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Opihi Picker Rescued by Helicopter

It was reported that an opihi picker had disappeared after rappelling down a cliff along the coast, just north of Kawainui Stream.

Upon making contact with the reporting party, Chopper One was directed to the area of his last known point. The chopper was able to locate the stranded opihi picker, and using a billy pugh net he was safely transported to Hawaii Fire Department ground units.  The patient was assessed and determined to have no injuries.

Kahilu Theatre Presents the Broadway Musical – 13 the Musical

Saturday, June 17, at 7 pm, and Sunday, June 18, at 4 pm, Kahilu Theatre presents 13 the Musical with the Kahilu Youth Troupe.

Using the Kahilu Youth Troupe’s youngest rising stars, Director Beth Dunnington directs this hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that “cool” is sometimes where we least expect it. 13 the Musical is about fitting in and standing out. Recognized for featuring the only all-teenage cast ever to hit Broadway, 13 the Musical has a powerful rock score and searingly honest high energy story.

13 the Musical is directed by Beth Dunnington (assistant director Sean Dunnington) with musical direction by NYC’s Phil Kadet, choreography by Amanda Trusty (assistant choreographer Noelani Anderson), costumes by Leilani Bostock, tech by Waimea Music, and vocal coaching by HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. Kahilu Theatre enjoys artistic collaboration with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in this production.

The cast of eighteen, in alphabetical order, includes Grace Bostock, Tyler Bryson, Colby Camero, Stacee Firestone, Lucky Friend, Rose Friend, Eric Gee, Caitlyn Hooley, Ryan Hooley, Benito Mercier, Mako Satoh, Makana Shimizu, Cameron Supplee, Melissa Lynn Threlfall, Grace Todd, AriaMarie Tyau, Ethan Tyau, and Alianna West.

Doors open at 6 pm for the performance on Saturday, June 17, at 7 pm, and at 3 pm for the performance on Sunday, June 18 at 4 pm. There will be snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

13 the Musical follows the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Godspell, and Grease, all directed by 13 the Musical Director Beth Dunnington, as the fourth annual Kahilu Youth Musical in two decades.

Tickets are $38 / $28 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9 am to 1 pm.

This Kahilu Production is made possible by generous sponsorship by Kate Bell & Tom Blackburn, Tim Bostock & Melanie Holt, and Duncan F. Dempster.

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. 13 is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Hokulea Crew Celebrates Equator Crossing with Ceremonial Protocol

Hokulea crossed the equator yesterday, marking an important milestone in her journey north from Tahiti back to Hawaii. Now having been at sea for ten days during this final international leg of the Worldwide Voyage, Hokulea crew members  performed a deeply significant ceremony to mark the crossing.

Paying close attention to the canoe’s position relative to the elements surrounding them, the crew accurately tracked their latitude to recognize this moment entering the piko o wakea, or equatorial crossing point. “To be in this space, and to be able to confirm where we are based on what we’re seeing in the sky–and to then justify it, back it up one more time with our mileage and navigating process–has been very gratifying,” said Pua Lincoln Maielua, apprentice navigator aboard Hokulea.

The crew performed a traditional awa ceremony; one by one, each person then placed pohaku, or stones, in the water, representing the crew member’s home and family. The ceremony performed yesterday fulfilled a vision by pwo (master) navigator Bruce Blankenfeld, set in motion at the beginning of the Worldwide Voyage three years ago. Now the sail master on board for this final leg of the Malama Honua voyage, Bruce led the crew to begin this new tradition. As traditional Polynesian voyaging continues to grow and flourish and as crossings occur over years and generations, sailors will continue to drop pohaku into the ocean here in honor of this place.

Hokulea’s expected return to Hawaii on June 17 will be celebrated at Magic Island with a cultural welcoming ceremony  followed by a grand celebration open to the entire community. The week-long celebration will continue with the Malama Honua Fair and Summit, a three-day event at the Hawaii Convention Center, which will highlight the voyaging, cultural, environmental, educational, and health and well-being missions of the Worldwide Voyage by sharing malama honua “stories of hope” and voyage-inspired initiatives and activities with the public.

The event’s inspirational speaker series will feature local and global speakers who have engaged with the Voyage including: Megan Smith, 3rd chief technology officer of the United States; Dieter Paulmann, founder of Okeanos Foundation for the Sea; and Ocean Elders Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and Don Walsh. Registration for these events is now open at www.hokulea.com/summit.