Firsthand accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, with combined photographs taken during the attack and modern day locations where events took place.
Firsthand accounts of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, with combined photographs taken during the attack and modern day locations where events took place.
In preparation for their December 7th flyover ceremonies at the USS Arizona Memorial and for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 7th Anniversary gala fundraiser tonight, two vintage warbirds made a historic landing on Ford Island Runway today at 9am. Navy runway #04/22 has been closed to air traffic for years. The Navy assisted in this fly in today.
At approximately 9am, Bruce Mayes of Pacific Warbirds piloted his North American SNJ T-6 Texan on to the Ford Island Runway followed by Harry Greene in his Boeing Stearman PT-17, landing about 9:15am.
Both warbirds will be standing guard at Hangar 37 tonight at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s 7th Anniversary fundraiser gala “Some Enchanted Evening.” 450 guests are expected to attend. Loretta Ables Sayre will entertain. Dan Cooke is emcee. The event is to raise funds for the Museum’s Education and Restoration projects.
“We’re honored to have these great warbirds gracing our event tonight,” said Museum Executive Director Ken DeHoff. “It’s a wonderful sight to see them in the air over Ford Island and landing on historic Ford Island Runway.”
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, which depends on membership and donations for its support. A Smithsonian affiliate Museum, it is also rated one of the top 10 aviation attractions nationally by TripAdvisor. Located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818. 808-441-1000.
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Just a few days shy of the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Sailors and Marines manned the rails of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as they entered the harbor Dec. 3.
Passing by the USS Arizona memorial, the crew on board Nimitz paid tribute to their fallen comrades in the hallowed waters below.
“It really is surreal,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Daniel Routhier, assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, one of eight squadrons assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, embarked on Nimitz.
Routhier, who has experienced paying honors to Arizona before, said doing so gave him an immense amount of pride in the Navy, and in being able to continue the tradition of saluting the memorial.
Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class Michalle Boyce manned the rails of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) while passing the Arizona in 2004, and has volunteered to do so with every opportunity she has since been given. Boyce’s grandfather served on the USS Oklahoma during the attack, and being able to render a salute to the Sailors lost in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack has become a point of personal pride.
“Every time I stand up there I feel goosebumps when we pass the Arizona,” Boyce said. “It is a very powerful experience.”
Nimitz, along with embarked Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11, CVW- 11 and Destroyer Squadron 23 made the brief stop while headed home after an eight-and-a-half month deployment to the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibilities (AORs).
“I am especially proud of our crew, and all the work they have done over the duration of this deployment,” said Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander, CSG 11.
Upon departing Pearl Harbor, Nimitz is scheduled to continue east toward San Diego, before returning home to Everett, Wash., before the end of the year.
For more news from USS Nimitz (CVN 68), visit http://www.navy.mil/local/cvn68/.
The following letter went out from the CEO of Kamehameha Schools, Dee Jay Mailer.
I am sending this advance notice regarding news from Kamehameha Schools to ensure that you hear about this important announcement directly from me: Completing the strategy related to our shopping centers that we announced in October with the Royal Hawaiian Center, we are announcing today our intent to offer for sale the buildings and other improvements at Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center and Windward Mall in Kāne‘ohe while retaining ownership of the underlying land.
This decision is part of our broad, ongoing strategy to proactively grow and perpetuate the endowment that supports Kamehameha Schools’ educational mission. As with our Royal Hawaiian Center offering, this action is aligned with our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan, which calls for active stewardship of our lands — whether for commercial, agricultural or conservation purposes — while prudently optimizing the value and use of Kamehameha’s financial and nonfinancial resources in support of our educational mission.
Proceeds from the potential sales will be reinvested in the endowment in support of our many educational programs and services currently in place, as well as those envisioned for 2015 and beyond that will serve many future generations of our lāhui. To this point, you should know that Kamehameha Schools has spent more than $2.6 billion on education in Hawai‘i over the last 10 years. Our educational programs, collaborations and other activities serve more than 47,000 learners and families each year, and Kamehameha serves as the largest private funder of public education in Hawai‘i.
Again, as with our proposed sale of the buildings at Royal Hawaiian Center, if we are successful in our offer to sell Windward Mall and Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, it will not be a sale of our lands, but rather a sale of the buildings and other improvements on our lands.
Parents, mahalo for your trust in allowing us to teach and nurture your keiki and your families, and Alumni, mahalo for proudly representing the good and industrious men and women Pauahi so loved. We are blessed by your ongoing support of Pauahi’s legacy and educational mission!
Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer
According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser a University of Football player drowned this morning at Sandy Beach:
He was 20.
According to a Honolulu Fire Department report, Wilson was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water early this morning. At about 4:30 a.m., they noticed that Wilson was not with them.
OFFICIAL UH STATEMENT ON PLAYER’S DEATH:
UH Football Player Willis Wilson Passes Away
HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department has confirmed the passing of Willis Wilson, a running back on the football team.
“We are very saddened by the news of Willis’ passing,” head football coach Norm Chow said. “He was a very fun-loving young man, who was well-liked by his teammates. He was an exciting football player who came to us from the University of Washington and whom we felt would help us at running back. He overcame some obstacles in his life and he was the perfect lesson to our team to never quit. Our thoughts and prayers are with Willis’ family during this difficult time.”
Wilson, 21, a walk-on who transferred from Washington, did not appear in any games this season.
Born in Pearl City, O‘ahu, Wilson spent three years at UW, where he redshirted in 2010 and received the team’s Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Player of the Year award. He did not appear in any games in 2011 and saw limited action in four games as a sophomore.
Wilson graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. He was an all-state running back and the South Puget Sound League’s offensive player of the year as a senior after rushing for 1,425 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading Lakes to the 3A state semifinals.
Wilson’s father Jack Wilson, Jr., played for UH in the late 1980s.
Looks like Pacific Skydive had another skydiving incident today that could have killed someone.
The tranquility of Thanksgiving morning in Mokuleia on Oahu’s North Shore was suddenly broken at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday when a skydiver struck a high-voltage power line near Farrington Highway and dangled for several intense moments….
….Valencia said his jaw dropped when he ran outside to see what had caused the loudcrash.
“I came here to check it out and a skydiver is just dangling in the wires,” said Valencia. “He was moving and kicking, but there’s no sparks.”
After several intense moments, the skydiver was able to shake himself loose. Firefighters on the scene estimate he fell about 30 feet to the ground below.
Guy Banal, the owner of Pacific Skydiving, identified the skydiver as 26-year-old Jonathan Zar. He said Zar has been working for the company for the past three months, and described him as an expert parachutist.
“He was coming down and the wind changed direction,” said Banal. “He’s still not used to the conditions out here.”
Witnesses say Zar appeared to have suffered a burn to his left arm. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.
Video of Andrew Pereira’s report here: Skydiver survives landing on power lines
A Coast Guard helicopter crew was targeted by an individual with a laser pointer while flying in the vicinity of Waimanalo Bay on Oahu, Saturday.
The lased MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was conducting a search in response to an uncorrelated distress call when the incident occurred. Four crewmembers observed the laser sweeping the aircraft and one of the pilots was directly struck.
This is the fifth lasing incident within the last year at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
The Coast Guard is working with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Honolulu Police Department to investigate the incident.
“We were searching off Waimanalo following a received mayday call when we were hit by a green laser,” said Lt. Cmdr. Roger Barr, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot at Air Station Barbers Point. “We protected our eyes quickly enough to avoid being blinded, reported the incident, and were able to continue the mission. This was the air station’s first East Oahu lasing incident in recent years. The frequency of incidents locally and nationally is increasing at a dangerous rate and the public needs to know that when we are hit by a laser, we are no longer effective at finding that lost family member or friend.”
Laser pointers can cause glare, afterimage, flash blindness or temporary loss of night vision, all causing a great danger to the crew. If any aircrew member’s vision is compromised during a flight, Coast Guard flight rules dictate that the aircraft must abort their mission. If an aircrew member is lased it severely compromises their ability to fly the aircraft and complete the mission safely. In order to ensure their health, aircrew members are taken off flight duty until cleared by a flight surgeon before flying again. This hinders the Coast Guard’s ability to respond to people in distress, training, and homeland security missions.
It is a federal crime, as well as violation of most states’ laws to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. If an individual is caught purposefully lasing an aircraft, punishment ranges from being arrested or having to pay a civil penalty of $11,000 for a single offense, to more than $30,000 if the individual has multiple offenses. People witnessing this crime are strongly encouraged to immediately call 911 to report the incident. The FAA tracks laser incidents by city, state and nationality and initiated about 95 civil penalty cases in 2011 nationwide.
For more information contact Lt. Bryan Weber, Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point public affairs officer, at (808) 682-2628.
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A series of events will be held on December 7, 2013 to commemorate the 72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Listings are below.
December 5th – 7th Anniversary Dinner Gala: “Some Enchanted Evening,” 5:30 to 9:30pm at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. A fundraiser for the Museum.
December 7th Events at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
USS Arizona Ceremony, 7:45am, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, free admission. Attendees should arrive at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument by 6:30am at the latest. This year’s keynote is Secretary Max Cleland of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Parking is available at WWII National Monument/Arizona Memorial or at Richardson Field near Aloha Stadium with free shuttles to Pearl Harbor. Visit www.PacificHistoricParks.org for more information.
Moment of Silence, 7:55am
Blackened Canteen Ceremony, 1:40pm, aboard USS Arizona Memorial. Dr. Hiroya Sugano M.D., Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers Club, will honor fallen Japanese and American soldiers with this ceremony, held annually since 1945. Two Army Air Force B-29s collided and crashed during a bombing raid over Shizuoka, Japan in June 1945. The event killed 23 Americans and over 2,000 Japanese. The canteen was pulled from the wreckage–the same canteen
Dr. Sugano uses to pour whiskey into the waters of Pearl Harbor as a symbol of peace, honor, and reconciliation. Admiral Ronald J. Hays, USN (Ret.) Chairman of the Board at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, will accompany Dr. Sugano in this commemoration ceremony.
Prior to the ceremony students from Nagaoka, Japan will meet with Pacific Aviation Museum Pear Harbor Executive Director Ken DeHoff and Dr. Sugano for a roundtable discussion at the Museum. The Japanese students, accompanied by a Nagaoka City representative, are participating in an educational and cultural exchange between Nagaoka City and Honolulu. Visit http://www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for more information.
The Museum Store and Laniakea Café restaurant are unique in their offerings and their 1940s ambiance. Laniakea Café will be open from 9am-4pm. Located in the air-conditioned Hangar 37. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beer and wine are available. Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for tickets and more information. Tickets and a free Flight Simulator coupon are available online.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, which depends on membership and donations for its support. A Smithsonian affiliate Museum, it is also rated one of the top 10 aviation attractions nationally by TripAdvisor. Located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.
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A skydiving incident in Hawaii has left a skydiver seriously injured at Pacific Skydiving located at the Dillingham Airfield over on the North Shore of Oahu.
To make matters worst, their instructor toppled onto him according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
A 34-year-old male skydiver suffered serious injury Friday afternoon after a hard landing at Dillingham Airfield.
Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said the injury was to his pelvic area and the instructor toppled onto him.
The accident occurred at 12:57 p.m. Friday…
In a video released yesterday, you can see that skydivers at Pacific Skydive have been known to push the limits when it comes to jumping:
Under CFR 14 Part 91.155 conducting VFR parachute operations thru overcast skies is illegal and dangerous. Feel free to contact me for more evidence regarding FAR violations from this company, I have hours worth of footage.
14 CFR Part 105 is based on the assumption that any individual who chooses to skydive has assessed the dangers involved and assumes personal responsibility for his or her safety. The regulations in Part 105 are intended to assure the safety of those not involved in the sport, including persons and property on the surface and other users of the airspace. The skydiving community is encouraged to adopt good operating practices and programs to avoid further regulation by the FAA.
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U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning, Hawaii Senator Mark Takai, RAAF Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, USAF General Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, and Australian Consul-General Scott Dewar were just a few of the military officers, pilots, and dignitaries who attended Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s formal acceptance ceremony today, November 23, 2013, for the General Dynamics F-111C jet gifted to the Museum from the Royal Australian Air Force.
The 4:00 p.m. ceremony took place in Hangar 79 at the Museum on Historic Ford Island. A reception followed from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Over 200 people attended the private event. Kahu Kordell Kekoa of Kamehameha Schools officiated at the blessing.
The pilot name on the fuselage of the aircraft was unveiled as Royal Australian Air Force Air Marshal Geoffrey Brown, who was in attendance.
The exterior is an exact livery of the paint scheme and markings as delivered from General Dynamics to the Royal Australian Air Force in 1973. The F-111C joins the Museum’s growing collection of 45+ historic aircraft.
“We’re proud and honored to receive such a gift from the Royal Australian Air Force,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. “We will display it for the world to see and enjoy.”
The F-111C (Australian serial number A8-130) was Australia’s principal strike aircraft from 1973 through 2010 and was affectionately known there as the Pig due to its ability to “hunt” at night with the nose of the aircraft close to the ground. With the United States Air Force it saw combat in Vietnam and participated in the bombing raids of Operation Desert Storm. The outright gift of the F-111 to the Museum is a reminder of the F-111’s shared service between Australia and the United States.
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Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. announced today that it has agreed to acquire a portfolio of commercial properties in Hawaii from Kaneohe Ranch and the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation (“HKL Castle Foundation”) for $373 million ($260 million of Kaneohe Ranch assets and $113 million of HKL Castle Foundation assets). Due diligence was completed yesterday and, subject to the satisfaction of normal closing conditions, the transaction is anticipated to close in late December.
The portfolio, which encompasses grocery- and drug store-anchored shopping centers, retail strip centers, light industrial properties and ground leases, is primarily located in the Windward Oahu town of Kailua. The portfolio also includes about 585 acres of mostly preservation-zoned land in Kailua. A&B will fund the purchase with proceeds from the planned sale of several commercial properties it owns on the Mainland, along with other tax-deferred 1031 proceeds.
“With this purchase, we will be acquiring one of the state’s largest and finest retail portfolios, in an excellent market. This is an opportunity that rarely arises in Hawaii, and our decision to purchase is a reflection of our confidence in and commitment to Hawaii’s future,” said Stanley M. Kuriyama, A&B chairman and chief executive officer. “This acquisition dramatically accelerates our strategy of migrating our Mainland portfolio to Hawaii, diversifies our holdings with a major investment in the Windward side of Oahu, and improves the quality of earnings from our overall commercial portfolio. We look forward to working with the Kailua community in meeting the community’s needs and building upon the successes achieved by Kaneohe Ranch and HKL Castle Foundation.”
“We take a long-term perspective on our community development efforts and strive to work closely with communities to meet their changing needs,” said Christopher J. Benjamin, A&B president and chief operating officer. “Kailua is a thriving and vibrant community, and we intend to partner with the community in maintaining the livability, desirability and beauty of Kailua town.”
“The acquisition solidifies A&B’s position as the second largest retail owner in Hawaii,” Benjamin added. “The portfolio includes 386,000 square feet of prime retail and light industrial space in the heart of Kailua, and over 50 acres improved with retail and other commercial centers that are ground leased to third-parties in Kailua and other parts of Windward Oahu and urban Honolulu. The retail portion of the portfolio comprises the majority of the grocery-anchored centers in Kailua, and includes the only Whole Foods store in Windward Oahu.”
“When this transaction and the related Mainland property sales close, we will have shifted, in less than a year, approximately two-thirds of our Mainland net operating income to Hawaii, where we believe we are better able to leverage our local market knowledge,” continued Benjamin. “Eighty percent of our commercial portfolio net operating income will now come from Hawaii assets versus 42% at the beginning of 2013.”
The portfolio includes a diversified and well-occupied mix of fully entitled commercial properties:
The portfolio also includes 76 acres of agriculture-zoned land, and 509 acres of preservation-zoned land, in Kailua.
The Company intends to fund over 70% of the purchase price with proceeds from the sale of a number of its U.S. Mainland commercial properties via tax-deferred 1031 exchanges, with the balance of the funding to come from other 1031 proceeds. The Company expects to temporarily finance the difference between cash funding needs at close and the receipt of cash from planned dispositions.
The Coast Guard located and boarded a derelict sailing vessel Friday nearly 1,600 miles west of Oahu that was first reported missing from Honolulu in early October.
Greg Stephanoff departed Ala Wai boat harbor on a possible voyage to Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai Oct. 2, 2013. A concerned friend notified the Coast Guard Oct. 4 of Stephanoff’s departure from the harbor and that he hadn’t heard from him for two days.
The Coast Guard broadcast a notice to mariners via VHF Channel 16, contacted harbor masters, marinas and other known locations Stephanoff frequented requesting information on his whereabouts. Without any new information, the Coast Guard suspended the search Oct. 15 pending further developments.
On Nov. 7, crewmembers aboard the container ship Manukai notified the Coast Guard that they had come across what appeared to be a derelict sailing vessel named the C:Drive approximately 1,300 miles west of Oahu. The container ship attempted to communicate with the vessel on VHF channel 16 and made several blasts on the ship’s whistle in an attempt to contact anyone aboard. No one was observed aboard and the Manukai continued its course having no means of boarding.
An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew was launched from Air Station Barbers Point and the fishing vessel Wakatake Maru was redirected to rendezvous with C:Drive. The Wakatake Maru crewmembers located the C:Drive, but weather conditions made boarding the vessel unsafe.
The Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, a 225-foot buoy tender home ported in Honolulu, was dispatched to locate and board the sailing vessel. The transit from Honolulu to C:Drive’s last know position took four days.
The crew of the Kukui located the C:Drive and conducted a boarding at 3:30 p.m. Friday. They discovered no one aboard and no indication of what may have happened. The vessel was marked with paint by the boarding team and remains adrift. A GPS and personal effects were removed from the vessel to possibly assertain what transpired during the month the vessel was adrift.
For the previous release and images regarding C:Drive, visit: http://www.d14.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1924025/.
For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.
The Coast Guard suspended the search at sunset Friday for a missing surfer near Alligator Rock.
“It is with heavy hearts that we now suspend our active search efforts,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our thoughts go out to the Passmore family and the tight-knit communities in both Hawaii and California where he was an important member.”
The Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety searched more than 2,330 square miles.
Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point searched the area.
Honolulu Fire Department, Ocean Safety and volunteers from the community also combed the area by land, air and sea.
For more information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Public Affairs Officer at 808-842-2657.
The search continues Thursday for a missing surfer near Alligator Rock, south of Waimea Bay.
The surfer, Kirk Passmore of Haleiwa, was last seen Wednesday. Passmore’s surfboard was located onshore.
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Barber’s Point and the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island searched through the night Wednesday. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu joined the search Thursday. Galveston Island will search through Thursday night.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the missing man Wednesday by the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety.
The Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are also searching with air, land and ocean assets. They will suspend their search at sundown and resume searching at first light.
The Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are searching for a missing surfer near Alligator Rock, south of Waimea Bay Wednesday.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the missing man by the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Barber’s Point at approximately 12 p.m. and the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island was diverted at 2 p.m. to assist in search efforts.
The surfer, Kirk Passmore of Haleiwa, was last seen wearing black board shorts and no shirt. He is described as having red hair and in his early thirties. Passmore’s surfboard was located onshore.
The Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are also searching with air, land and ocean assets. The Coast Guard will search throughout the night. Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety will suspend their search and sundown and resume searching at first light.
Any sightings of Passmore should be immediately reported to local authorities or Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600 or on VHF channel 16.
A pedestrian found a live snake on a Chinatown sidewalk at about 7 a.m. this morning and turned it in to police. Police notified the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and inspectors were immediately dispatched to pick up the two-and-a-half foot long snake, which was later identified as a non-venomous rainbow boa constrictor. The snake was found on the sidewalk on Nuuanu Ave. fronting the Kukui Plaza condominium.
Rainbow boas are native to Central and South America and can grow up to six feet in length. In the wild, their diet consists of rodents, birds, lizards and possible aquatic animals.
Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii. The HDOA urges those who spot illegal animals or who know of persons possessing illegal animals to call the state’s PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST(7378). Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to our endangered native birds.
The state’s Amnesty Program allows illegal animals to be turned in and provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo, Panaewa Zoo in Hilo or any Humane Society — no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized. The maximum penalty under state law for possessing and/or transporting illegal animals, a class C felony, is a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison.
The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing kayaker near Makaleha Beach Park, Sunday.
“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always a difficult decision, but one that had to be made at this point in time,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our hearts ache at the loss of this promising young man and our thoughts are with both the family and community that have shown how much he meant to them.”
The Coast Guard is searching for a missing male kayaker near Makaleha Beach Park, Oahu, Saturday.
Missing is 18-year-old Dayne Ortiz.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Command Center received a call from the Honolulu Fire Department stating that they were responding to a report of a missing kayaker in the vicinity of Makaleha Beach Park.
Ortiz’s kayak had overturned at approximately 6 p.m. His brother attempted to swim out to assist in righting the kayak but was unable to reach him and returned to shore.
The fire department began their search at 6:25 p.m., with a rescue helicopter, a rescue boat and a shore party. They requested Coast Guard support after finding an unmanned kayak that had washed ashore.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to search and arrived on scene at 7:36 p.m.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported here, launched at 8:48 p.m., to aid in the search.
Ortiz was reported to be wearing black swim trunks but was not wearing a life jacket.
The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information to call the Coast Guard over VHF marine radio channel 16 or to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa welcomed special guests Sunday as she sailed from her home port at Sand Island to her final Hawai‘i stop of the Mālama Hawaiʻi portion of the Worldwide Voyage, Ko Olina. On board was Wish Kid Colin, his mom, his brother Chase and his aunt; Colin was receiving his wish-come-true.
After facing a life-threatening diagnosis of alveolar rhabdomyasarcoma, countless treatments and hospital stays, Colin’s one true wish was to travel to O‘ahu for a sailing experience, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) partnered with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii to grant his wish. PVS crewmembers were quick to volunteer to support Colin’s wish – many of those on Sunday’s voyage were cancer survivors themselves.
Colin has had a life-long love for sailing that started with sailing excursions with his dad who was in the Navy and a sailor at heart. Tom, Colin’s father, passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly in January 2010, and then Colin was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer two years later. Today, Colin can say he is cancer clear and he felt this wish would not only realize his passion, but honor his family, particularly his father, as well.
Once under sail, a pule, prayer, was said and introductions were made, as is traditional. During the sail, Colin and Chase (10) helped to steer the waʻa and participated in story telling exchanges with the crew. Colin’s mom and aunt did not hop on the sweep, but actively shared stories with the crew. It was a happy sunset sail, with a lot of laughter and learning.
“We are incredibly honored to work with Polynesian Voyaging Society to help make Colin’s wish come true,” said Siana Hunt, President and CEO Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “We believe that a wish can be powerful medicine for children battling life-threatening conditions and we would not be able to bring wishes true without the support of our community; the type of incredible support shown by PVS with Colin’s wish. Colin was shown the true spirit of aloha and we couldn’t be more grateful for PVS’s involvement.”
As the sail completed, Master navigator Nainoa Thompson told Colin “you are a star of hope.” Colin smiled and said the sail was just as he imagined it would be.
Kamehameha Schools announced today its intent to offer for sale the buildings at Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikīkī while retaining ownership of the underlying lands. This decision is part of the Trust’s proactive strategy to optimize the growth and perpetuity of the endowment that supports Kamehameha Schools’ educational mission.
“The transition of the Royal Hawaiian Center from a fully owned Kamehameha Schools property to one where Kamehameha Schools retains our lands but sells its improvements greatly strengthens and diversifies our perpetual endowment. This is aligned with our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan, which calls for active stewardship of our lands while optimizing the value and use of current financial and nonfinancial resources in support of our educational mission,” explained CEO Dee Jay Mailer. “With this decision, we are able to keep and care for our lands while using the funds from its improvements to benefit our children’s futures in perpetuity.“
Over the past 10 years, Kamehameha Schools has spent more than $2.6 billion on education in Hawai’i. Educational programs, collaborations and other activities supported by Kamehameha Schools serve more than 47,000 learners and families each year. In addition to operating private schools, Kamehameha serves as the largest private funder of public education in Hawaii.
“A successful sale of these improvements would reduce risk to our Endowment through greater diversification. It would create better balance in our overall portfolio,” said Elizabeth Hokada, Kamehameha Schools’ Vice President for Endowment. “The thriving business at Royal Hawaiian Center should continue as usual under a Kamehameha Schools ground lease, similar to the successful ground lease Kamehameha has with the neighboring Royal Hawaiian Hotel.”
Royal Hawaiian Center, the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Waikīkī, is located on a 6.3 acre parcel along a three-block stretch of famed Kalākaua Avenue. The Center comprises just over 322,000 square feet of leasable area with more than 110 shops and restaurants. A unique 30,000 square foot cultural venue, The Royal Grove, is reminiscent of Waikīkī’s historic Helumoa coconut grove. The Center was built in 1979 and underwent a renovation in 2005.
“Should this transition take place, it will in no way diminish our commitment to the stewardship of Helumoa, an ancestral home of our beloved founder, Bernice Pauahi Bishop,” CEO Mailer said. “Helumoa is a special place for us – a wahi pana that we cherish. This ‘āina sustained our ancestors as a place of peace, friendship, relaxation and healing. Today and for generations to come, under Kamehameha’s care, Helumoa will remain that place of peace and aloha for our people, as it provides the gifts of educational funding and rich cultural experiences that fulfill the vision of our benefactor.”
Mailer emphasized that Kamehameha Schools will still own and steward the lands of Helumoa. And as Kamehameha Schools considers potential buyers for the buildings of the Royal Hawaiian Center, the organization will seek those who understand and value the historic and cultural importance of this place. Their commitment to the vision for Helumoa will be an important factor in the decision-making process.
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