Two Hawaii Island Properties Added to the National Register of Historic Places

Two well-known and popular community locations in Honokaa, Hawaii were recently added to the National Register of Historic Places:

Hotel Honoka‘a Club

The Hotel Honoka‘a Club, dating to about 1927, is a two story-wood frame commercial building located at 45-3480 Māmane Street in the historic plantation town of Honoka‘a. It is an example of “plantation” style of architecture and method of construction, with a main floor, a rear second story addition, and basement.

Hotel HonokaaThe hotel/club functioned as a local gathering place that provided guest accommodations for travelers and temporary sales space for the display of commercial samples and wares by traveling salesmen. It includes a dining room and bar facility which has served numerous local social occasions from the 1920s to the present.

It began as a social gathering place for large numbers of unmarried males seeking entertainment after a long day’s work. It became U.S. Department of the Interior hotel accommodations, resting place and headquarters for sales personnel/drummers who traveled the island peddling their wares. Its bar operations were boosted by lack of liquor establishments in nearby Waimea town, and the alcohol needs of World War II soldiers. Wedding receptions and high school gatherings at the Club have knit the Honoka‘a community together for generations.

Honoka‘a People’s Theatre

The Honoka‘a People’s Theatre also fronts Māmane Street, the main street traversing Honokaʻa, a town of almost 3,000 people. The classical revival building is characterized by its symmetric facade with pilasters, cornice and false front parapet.

Honokaa Peoples Theater Historic

It sits on a concrete foundation, which is raised toward the rear, and has a corrugated metal, front facing, gable roof with overhanging eaves and exposed rafter tails. The Honoka‘a People’s Theatre has been a center of community life since its opening in 1930. Its ability to accommodate both live and moving picture entertainment has led to extensive use as a multipurpose facility. Generations of audiences and performers have here experienced ethnic dances, music festivals, plays, and cultural exhibitions. The theater has been a venue for political/economic speeches and rallies. Its size and facilities, as the largest theater on the island outside of Hilo, attract people to Honokaʻa.

These two properties were added to the Hawai‘i Register of Historic Places in May this year. The Hawai‘i Historic Places Review Board at that time recommended that they be nominated for inclusion in the National Register.  Properties are eligible for inclusion in the Hawaiʻi register because of their association with broad patterns or events, or individuals important in the history of Hawai‘i. Inclusion in the National Register signifies that they also meet the requirements for national recognition. Places included in the registers are usually significant in architecture and design, or are likely to yield important information, and their features retain their qualifying integrity.  On October 16, 2015, the National Park Service did add the two sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

For additional information, please contact:  Megan Borthwick, 808.692.8015

Free Entry to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Veterans Day

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park joins national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees for Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.

“The men and women who have served our nation have sacrificed much to protect our freedom,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We invite everyone to honor their service and experience the American heritage by visiting their national parks at no charge this Veterans Day,” she said.

Visitors enjoy scenic views of Kīlauea Caldera and the summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater from Crater Rim Trail near Steaming Bluff.   NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Visitors enjoy scenic views of Kīlauea Caldera and the summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u Crater from Crater Rim Trail near Steaming Bluff. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has dozens of veterans among its employees and volunteers. Active duty U.S. military can obtain a free annual Military Pass at the park’s entrance station all year. For more information on the free Military Pass, visit the park website.

The park, which is open 24 hours a day, offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails and many opportunities to appreciate the volcanic landscape, native ecosystem and the Hawaiian culture that define this World Heritage Site. More than a dozen free interpretive programs are offered daily, and special events, including ‘Ike Hana No‘eau cultural workshops, After Dark in the Park presentations, and Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” concerts, are ongoing. Check for information for all events.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is one of five national park units on the island of Hawai‘i.  Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge Veterans Day weekend. There is no admission charged for Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

Information on special offerings at parks nationwide is available at

No Confirmed Cases of Dengue Fever at NHCH

As of November 5, there have been a total of 15 confirmed cases of locally acquired dengue fever on the Big Island. There have been no confirmed cases at North Hawaii Community Hospital but hospital personnel are on alert for possible exposure.

Mosquito Bite

Dengue fever is a viral illness spread by mosquitoes. Dengue is not spread directly from one person to another. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 400 million people worldwide are infected every year. There are not yet any vaccines to prevent infection with dengue virus and the most effective protective measures are those that avoid mosquito bites. When infected, early recognition and prompt treatment can greatly lower the risk of medical complications.

Dengue symptoms generally appear between five and seven days after a bite by an infected mosquito. Symptoms include high fever, joint and muscle pain, severe headache, eye pain, and rash. People with mild cases may have only a fever. Uncomplicated dengue cases usually resolve within two to seven days.

Individuals suspected or confirmed to have dengue are instructed to stay indoors and avoid mosquito bites during their first week of illness. Patients should be encouraged to aggressively control and eliminate mosquitoes around their homes and businesses by eliminating areas of standing water. Windows and door screens should be checked for holes and tears and repaired as needed. Individuals should use mosquito repellents containing 20–30% DEET (diethyltoluamide) and wear long sleeves and pants when possible.

If you think that you or family member may have contracted dengue, you are encouraged to call the Hawaii Department of Health Dengue Hotline (808) 586-8362 or contact your primary care physician immediately. Additional information is available at

27th Annual Christmas With The Chefs Holiday Gala

A stellar lineup of Big Isle chefs will be wowing attendees for the 27th annual Christmas with the Chefs holiday gala Saturday, Dec. 5. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Association fundraiser is again on the balmy, seaside grounds of the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel from 5:30-8 p.m.

Chocolate Fountain by The Cocoa Outlet

Chocolate Fountain by The Cocoa Outlet

Culinary participants to date include the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, Kailua Candy Company, Pueo’s Osteria, Huggo’s, The Feeding Leaf, Lava Lava Beach Club, Red Water Cafe and Habaneros Bar & Grill along with new participants Kohala Burger & Taco and Mai Grille by Chef Allen Hess. Host property Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel will also be decking the halls with a special culinary offering.

In addition, the holiday gala offers handcrafted ales by Kona Brewing Company, Mehana Brewing Company and Big Island Brewhaus; fine wines and 100 percent Kona coffee.

Attendees can enjoy live music by the Bill Noble Trio, dancing under the stars and an exciting silent auction.

Christmas with the Chefs benefits local culinary students attending Hawaii Community College-Palamanui and members of the Kona Kohala Chefs who want to further their education.

Tickets are $85 pre-sale or $90 at the door. Charge tix by phone at 808-329-2522, online at or purchase with cash at Kailua Candy Company, Kona Wine Market, Westside Wines Kona, Kamuela Liquor and Bentley’s in Waimea. Reserve VIP table seating for 10 for $1000 by phoning 808-329-2522.

American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association: ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors, growers and culinary enthusiasts: