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Grand Naniloa Hotel – a DoubleTree by Hilton to Unveil “Kahele Point” in Honor of Late Hawaii Senator Gilbert “Gil” Kahele

The ownership of the new Grand Naniloa Hotel – a DoubleTree by Hilton is honored to announce that it will rename the hotel’s oceanfront dock as “Kahele Point,” in honor of the late Hawai’i State Senator Gilbert “Gil” Kahele. A dedication ceremony and the unveiling of the late Senator’s monument will take place on Monday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m., at the hotel’s oceanfront dock.

The late Senator Gilbert Kahele

The new hotel ownership offered to dedicate the monument and dock area as a means to show its gratitude of all of the redevelopment and service work of Senator Kahele. In response, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, through Hawai’i State Senate Resolution No. 104, established the monument area that will honor the late Hilo Senator for his contribution to public service and his efforts to commence the revitalization of Banyan Drive with the first nationally branded hotel in Hilo the DoubleTree by Hilton.

“Kahele Point” will feature a narrative plaque of the late Senator as well as fishing pole stands and keiki fishing poles, representing the Senator’s love for the ocean and fishing. The plaque will face moku ‘ola (Coconut Island) and downtown Hilo as well as expansive views of Hilo Bay and the coastline.

“The community of Hilo, Banyan Drive redevelopment efforts and now our new DoubleTree by Hilton project have all been blessed by the assistance and service of the late Senator Kahele,” said Ed Bushor, the CEO of Tower Development, which redeveloped the hotel project. “We extend a huge mahalo nui loa to the Kahele family for allowing us to honor his legacy by establishing this memorial in an area that will be used for boating and fishing activities for generations to come.”

The idea for the monument was in collaboration with the Kahele Family, Tower Development and the ownership of the new Grand Naniloa Hotel – a DoubleTree by Hilton.

Hawaii House of Representative Richard Onishi Disqualified From Running for Late Senator Kahele’s Senate Seat

Hawaii House Representative Richard Onishi (D-3) has been disqualified from running for late Senator Gilbert Kahele’s Senate Seat according to the Hawaii County Democratic Party.

Richard Onishi

According to the Chair for House District 2, Micah Alamedia, Onishi submitted 11 names on his “Statement of Candidacy” to run for the vacant seat, however, only 3 of those names were registered democratic members.

Candidates needed to have at least 5 members sign the Statement of Candidacy that were in good standing with the Democratic Party.

Each candidate did have the opportunity to verify that each of the folks that signed on the Statement of Candidacy were in good standing, however it appears that Rep. Onishi did not double check the signatures against the registered voters list.

The Hawaii Island Democratic Party will be meeting tomorrow at Keaukaha Elementary School at 10:00 am where members of the party will hold a vote and then select 3 nominees to be sent on to Governor Ige.  Governor Ige will then decide which of the three will replace the late Senators spot in office.

The following folks are still in contention, Margarita “Day Day” Hopkins, Donald Ikeda, Kaialii “Kai” Kahele, Shannon Matson, Kaloa Robinson, and Dolly Strazar. Representative Onishi will remain in office as a House Representative and no penalty will be held for not having 5 confirmed signatures.

Hawaii Legislators Seek to Establish the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Technology (DBEDT) and the Office of Aerospace Development could be tasked to develop a plan for the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus.

Gil Kahele and Marine

One of the last bills the late Senator Gilbert Kahele introduced was Senate Bill 3073, which if passed this session, would establish the School of Aeronautical Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Looking to build upon the possibility of the School of Aeronautical Science, State Senators Brickwood Galuteria (Dist. 12 – Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, McCully, and Mo‘ili‘ili) and Donovan M. Dela Cruz (Dist. 22 – Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho) have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 27 and Senate Resolution 10 requesting the Office of Aerospace Development to develop a plan for the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus in Hilo.

“This is more than the Senate’s way to recognize the good work of the late Senator,” said Sen. Galuteria. “This is a memoir that reflects the way he operated, bringing people together to plan and build for a better Hawai‘i. And you see that in the resolution, it brings together various groups to develop a plan for the Hilo community and the state of Hawai‘i.”

Sen. Dela Cruz has been working with DBEDT in developing industry hubs to create jobs. “We are looking at all the industries and assets relating to aerospace, aeronautics, and aviation. If the School of Aeronautical Science is established at Hilo, then we need to make sure the school is supported by all industries related to these fields,” said Dela Cruz.

DBEDT has adopted a goal of creating 80,000 new jobs with salaries over $80,000 in technology and innovation by 2030. Creating an aero technology campus in the Hilo area will help the State meet this goal by supporting a new industry and retaining local graduates.

“This is an important reality for jobs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)”, said Dela Cruz. “As we continue to focus and push STEM curriculum in our schools, we need to make sure there is a pathway from our schools into the industry so our students can have the proper skills to be career or college ready.”

The plan for the aero technology campus will be facilitated and coordinated among Hawai‘i’s public, private, and academic sectors, in line with the vision of Sen. Kahele and continuing to build upon the foundation he had developed over the years.

Sen. Gilbert Kahele’s Son (Kaiali’i Kahele) Files Papers to Finish Out Senate Term

Last night at the Hilo Civic Auditorium, hundreds of folks paid their respect to the late Senator Gilbert Kahele.

Kai Kahele embraced by Malia Paul, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz at his father's Celebration of Life.

Kai Kahele embraced by Malia Paul, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz at his father’s Celebration of Life.

21 State Senators flew to the Big Island for the Celebration of Life, as well as current Hawaii State Governor Ige and former Governor Neil Abercrombie.  Former Hawaii County Mayor Dante Carpenter, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and current Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi all gave great tributes to the late Senator.

This evening I have learned that the beloved Senator’s own son, Kaiali’i Kahele has filed a “Statement of Candidacy” to fill the mid-term vacancy left by his fathers passing:
Kai Kahele Announcement

I myself think he would be a great replacement and hope that he is selected by the Democratic party to continue on with the things his father was working on.

“Kai” Kahele told me His (Sen. Gilbert Kahele) priorities are my priorities, Banyan Drive, UH-Hilo Aviation, Lanakila Housing, Covered Playgrounds at Haʻaheo and Waiakea Elementary schools amongst others. I am looking forward to spirited conversation on Saturday with the other candidates and sharing my vision, dreams and hopes for our Hilo community and our island.”

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Hawaii State Senator Gilbert Kahele

As a mark of respect for the late Hawai’i State Senator Gilbert Kahele, Gov. David Ige has ordered the flags of the United States and State of Hawai‘i shall be flown at half-staff at all state offices and agencies, as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard, from sunrise to sunset on Monday, February 8, 2016.

Hawaii Flag Half Staff

“Senator Kahele was a dedicated public servant who spent the last few years working for the good of his beloved community at the Hawai‘i State Legislature. He was a respected and influential leader both in the legislature and in his hometown community of Hilo. On behalf of the people of Hawai‘i, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Kahele ‘ohana,” said Gov. Ige.

Sen. Kahele grew up in the fishing village of Miloli‘i on Hawai‘i Island and graduated from Hilo High School. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Marines and worked for the Hawai‘i Department of Defense for more than three decades.

Kahele was appointed to the Hawai‘i State Senate in 2011 by former Gov. Neil Abercrombie. He served as chairman of the Tourism and International Affairs Committee.

Kahele worked to strengthen Hilo’s economy and was instrumental in obtaining funding to build the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. He was also a staunch supporter of the School of Aviation at Hilo International Airport.

Previously, Kahele served as chairman of the Hawai‘i County Police Commission and vice chairman of the Democratic Party for East Hawai‘i.

Note: Flag orders are issued to coincide with the day of the memorial service.

Democratic Party of Hawaii Seeking Candidates to Replace Late Senator Gilbert Kahele

Democratic Party of Hawaii

The Hawaii County Democratic Party is seeking candidates who are interested in an appointment to serve as the Senator of Senate District 1. I’m sure you are all aware of the recent passing of Senator Gil Kahele who served so honorably in this seat. Our party will hold a process to determine 3 names that we will forward to the Governor for his appointment to the seat.

You can send me an email at micahalameda@gmail.com and I will forward you a copy of our county’s process for filling mid term vacancies. To be eligible an individual must be a member in good standing of the Democratic Party for a minimum of 6 months. The candidate can not currently be under reprimand pursuant to Article 1 of the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. There will be a mandatory meeting of all candidates seeking the seat at the Keaukaha Elementary School Cafeteria on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

At the meeting candidates will present a 3 minute introduction and then will be interviewed by officers of the nine precincts who comprise Senate District 1. At the completion of the interview process the precinct and district officers will vote to determine the top three candidates to forward to the governor. The process will be under my leadership as the Democratic Party Chair of House District 2 which is located entirely within Senate District 1.

Prospective candidates are to provide to the County Chair, Phil Barnes, for dissemination to the appropriate selection body a written application including the following:

1. Credentials and reasons for consideration for the position
2. Evidence of party participation
3. Verified signatures of at least five (5) party members within Senate District 1.

Items 1 and 2 above should be sent to Chair Barnes by email, preferably as PDF files, for electronic distribution to selectors. His email address is greenhi3@yahoo.com. Your signatures to complete #3 need to be on a form from the Hawaii County Democratic Party which you can easily get by emailing Chair Barnes and need to be delivered by mail to Chair Barnes at 64 Amauulu Road Hilo, HI 96720.

The Deadline for applications to be in Chair Barnes possession is 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday February 10, 2016.

For further inquiries please contact micahalameda@gmail.com or at (808) 319-3371.

Aloha nui,
Micah Alameda, Chair
District 2

Senator Gilbert Kahele Big Island Celebration of Life – Process to Nominate Replacement at Legislature

On January 26th, Hawaii Senator Gilbert Kahele passed away.  A celebration of life for Senator Kahele will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.  A private burial at sea will be held at Kapua Bay.

Kahele Motorcade
The process to nominate a replacement for him at the State Legislature was explained by Big Island Senator Lorraine Inouye as following:

The process will be that the Hawaii County Party Chair, Phil Barnes, will be notifying the precinct presidents of senate District 1.

A meeting must be held to have precinct members cast votes for their person, instructions to be determined.

It goes to several rounds, a vote cast for candidates by precincts, until such time a final three, who survived, their names will be sent to the State Party Chair, who then forwards those 3 names to the governor.

The meeting will be somewhere in Hilo, at a date picked by the Party chair and his officers.  I understand it will be sometime this month.
Please continue to search on the Hawaii County website as, I am sure information will be posted, or contact your precinct president.

I am sure there will be a deadline and must be a Democrat.

Candidates must be a democrat in the Senate District 1 only. Candidates may not only be elected official.  The election area will be cordoned off to keep candidates and precinct members who will participate in the voting process in a secured section of the place to be determined, but cannot close such meeting from other democrats who would like to observe in another section of the event.

That is the democratic process.

I see nothing in the current statute in the HRS of Hawaii to deny observers.  But they cannot participate in this election process.

All instructions must be clear at the day of the voting and conducted by the County Party Chair and the State Party President.

Lorraine R Inouye
Senator – District 4

Final Tribute for Hilo Senator Gilbert Kahele – Motorcade to Pass State Capitol

State lawmakers will pay a final tribute to the late Senator Gilbert Kahele as a motorcade passes the State Capitol on Beretania Street on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 9 a.m.  The motorcade will continue on to Hickam Air Force Base where the late Senator will be flown to his hometown of Hilo for memorial services.

Photo via Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran

Photo via Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran

A celebration of life for Senator Kahele will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.  A private burial at sea will be held at Kapua Bay.

The Senate chamber will be open tomorrow, Thurs. January 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for members of the public to pay their respects to the late Senator Kahele.

A condolence book is available to sign that will be shared with the family.

  • WHO:  Hawaii State Senators
  • WHAT:  Motorcade pass for final tribute to Senator Gil Kahele
  • WHEN:  Tuesday, February 2, 2016,  9:00 a.m.
  • WHERE:  Beretania Street, State Capitol


Hawaii State Senate to Hold Public Memorial for the Late Senator Gilbert Kahele

The Hawai‘i State Senate will open its doors to members of the public who wish to express their sympathies to the family of the late Senator Gilbert Kahele.

Senator Kahele Empty Desk

A condolence book will be made available to sign within the Senate Chambers and will be shared with the family. 

  • WHO:  Hawai‘i State Senate
  • WHAT:  Public memorial to be available in Senate Chambers
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, January 27, 2016, After session (around 12:30 p.m.) to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 28, 2016 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Senate Chambers – Hawaii State Capitol

Senator Kahele Makes “Rookie” Mistake – “Raffle Tickets” Will Now be FREE

Senator Gilbert Kahele was nominated by Governor Abercrombie to fill a vacant Senate seat so he has never officially ran for office.

The other day I noticed that he was selling raffle tickets to his “Big Event” and one of the prizes would be an iPad amongst other things.

I didn’t know if they were legal here in Hawaii and so I asked Senator Kahele if there was a way to purchase the tickets online somehow, and if the winners had to be present to win.

I then shared this on my Facebook site… Even though I wanted to win the iPad.  Someone commented that “raffles” were illegal in Hawaii.

Senator Kahele did some research and yep… it turns out he made a “Rookie Mistake” as he stated that now the tickets will be given away for free.

Here is the link that Senator Kahele found by himself and has now corrected the situation before his Big Event has even happened: Are raffles legal in Hawaii and this is what it says about them.

Are raffles legal in Hawaii?

No. Raffles are not legal if you must purchase tickets to participate – CONSIDERATION. It is random CHANCE which numbers are called. If your number is called, you receive something of value or REWARD.

Games where tickets are given out to everyone without them having to pay and the organizer receives no type of CONSIDERATION are legal, e.g., games promoted by businesses where you can win something and no purchase is necessary.

Department of Transportation Meeting Tonight – Puna Makai Alternate Route (PMAR) to be Discussed

Hawaii Department of Transportation officials along with local politicians will be meeting at the Keaau Elementary School cafeteria tonight at 5:30 to discuss the Puna Makai Alternate Route (PMAR) project and other state road projects that are happening on the island.

Puna Makai Alternate Route

At a meeting last night at Pahoa Community Center, Senator Gilbert Kahele passed out literature with the powerpoint presentation that will be presented and went over it with some of the folks that were in attendance.

One of my main concerns of course is Highway 130 and if we can get the PMAR approved, it will definitely lighten traffic on H-130 and at least give folks an alternate route and an emergency route to go when H130 is blocked off for what ever reason may be.

Senator Kahele Announces Puna Talk Story Forums

Senator Gilbert Kahele

On Sept 21st at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, the second of five “Talk Story with Senator Gil Kahele” forums planned in Senatorial District 2 will be held from 5:30 to 7:30PM. This community forum will allow Senator Kahele to hear concerns of his constituents in the Puna district and help him prepare and craft legislation to introduce in the upcoming 27th State Legislature scheduled to open in January. He will also provide a recap of the 26th Legislature and conclude with a question and answer session with those in attendance. Some topics that will also be discussed will be the State’s progress on the improvements to State Highway 130, the Puna-Makai Alternate Route, HB-1626 Fuel Tax Bill, and current CIP projects with Puna’s public schools. Other Puna district legislators are also scheduled to attend and participate.

On Sept 22nd at the Kea’au Elementary School Cafeteria, Senator Kahele will be hosting and moderating a “Infrastructure and Transportation Town Hall Meeting” that will be held from 5:30-7:30PM. Mr. Glen Okimoto, State Director of the Department of Transportation as well as other top level State DOT officials and Hawai’i County Department of Public Work’s officials will be attending and participating in the forum. Top  items that will be discussed and progress reports given will be on State Highway 130, Hilo Harbor Expansion, Hilo Airport Cargo Facility and the Puna-Makai Alternate Route.

Members of the community can email the Senator with issues and questions for the forums. He will make every effort to address those questions and report on the findings of those issues at the forums.

Senator Kahele’s September Puna Events

September 21st 2011, 5:30-7:30PM Pahoa Neighborhood Facility, 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa (Behind Bank of Hawai’i)

September 22nd 2011, 5:30-7:30PM Kea’au Elementary Cafeteria, 16-680 Kea’au-Pahoa Road, Kea’au

Email your issue(s) to:


or call/fax in your issue to:

1-808-586-6760 (Office)

1-808-586-6689 (Fax)

Please let us know which forum you’ll be attending, and send your issue no later than 3 days prior to the forum to guarantee it will be on the agenda.

Senator Gilbert Kahele Begins “Talk Story” Forums on the Big Island

Hawaii Island’s District 2 State Senator Gilbert Kahele begins the first of five “Talk Story” forums this Wednesday August 31st in Volcano at the Copper Center at 5:30PM

Senator Gil Kahele

State Senator Gilbert Kahele begins the first of five "Talk Story" forums this Wednesday August 31st in Volcano at the Copper Center at 5:30PM

Building upon the completion of a successful legislative session as Hawai’i Island’s District 2 freshman State Senator, Senator Kahele is using these forums to hear the concerns of his constituents as well as help him prepare for the upcoming 27th Legislative session in January. He will provide a re-cap of the 26th Legislative session as well as address specific issues pertaining to individual communities where the forums will be held.

Members of the community can email the Senator with issues and questions for the forum. He will make every effort to address those questions and report on the findings of those issues at the forum.

Senator Kahele’s Fall “Talk Story” Forum Dates and Locations are:


August 31st 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Cooper Center


September 21st 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility


October 14th 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Ocean View Community Center


October 26th 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Pahala Community Center


November 16th 2011, 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Waiakea High School Cafeteria

Email your issue(s) to: senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov or call/fax in your issue to: 1-808-586-6760 (Office) 1-808-586-6689 (Fax) Please let us know which forum you’ll be attending, and send your issue no later than 3 days prior to the forum to guarantee it will be on the agenda.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

Media Release:

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed historic legislation into law that created a permanent wilderness area on State land in the South Kona region of the Big Island of Hawai’i. SB1154 authored by Hawai’i Island State Senator Gilbert Kahele will ensure the South Kona wilderness area,”rich with cultural, biological, and historical significance, remains in perpetuity for the future generations of Hawai‘i’s people”.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness

The legislation provides a mechanism to address both the community’s interests in utilizing the area for recreational purposes and protecting the vast amounts of archaeological sites, native plants, and native animals that exist in the preserve.The lands included in the wilderness reserve area are at Honomalino and Okoe from the shoreline to 6000 feet inland and the Manuka Natural Area Reserve boundary extended to the shoreline at Manuka and Kalanamauna. The bill will prevent sub-divison of the State owned land and will also prevent construction of new homes or structures within 1000 feet of the shoreline. Unlike an earlier bill which was signed by the previous administration into law, SB1154 has no “sunset” clause and will remain a permanent wilderness preserve for future generations.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

As was stated by Senator Kahele at the historic signing,

“The Governor spoke about a new day, during the campaign, and we all know the Sun rises in the East and set’s in the West off the Kona Coast spectacularly, we have seen those sunsets,  there was a similar bill a few years ago that was also signed into law but this one is special…the reason for it is that the sun will never set on the The South Kona Wilderness Area”.

Governor Abercrombie Signs South Kona Wilderness Bill

Governor Neil Abercrombie to Sign SB1520 (The Native Hawaiian Recognition Act) Into Law

Senator Gilbert Kahele just posted the following on Facebook:

Senator Gilbert Kahele

Senator Gilber Kahele

Gov. Abercrombie is scheduled to sign SB1520 (The Native Hawaiian Recognition Act) into law July 6th 2:15PM. http://ow.ly/5q5Md

Senate Bill 1520 reads:

Establishes a five-member Native Hawaiian roll commission in the office of Hawaiian affairs for administrative purposes to prepare and maintain a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians; requires the commission to publish the roll to facilitate commencement of a convention for the purpose of organization; requires the governor to dissolve the commission after publication of the roll; requires the office of Hawaiian affairs to fund expenses of the Native Hawaiian roll commission; requires a report to the governor and legislature prior to the regular session of 2012.