Governor Abercrombie’s 2011 Holiday Message

Governor Abercrombie offers a special holiday message and reflects upon the meaning and values of Mele Kalikimaka and Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.



We all know Christmas is a special time of the year and we say so every Christmas. But what is it that makes it special? I suspect it’s because we feel we need to remind ourselves about values that represent the holiday season – The value of giving, of sharing joy, of spreading the meaning of Aloha near and far – to family, friends, and even those we meet or scarcely know.

We emphasize these things during the holidays because we fear we may have forgotten them more than a little bit since last Christmas. The idea of the greetings – Mele Kalikimaka – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – is to remind ourselves that perhaps this year we can keep their meaning fresh in our hearts and minds all through the year to come. So, Mele Kalikimaka – Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. Love and joy to you this holiday and for all the days to come in the New Year.

Federal Interagency Recreation and Hawaii TriPark Pass Now Available

The 2012 edition of the Federal Interagency Recreation Pass and the annual Hawai‘i TriPark Pass are now on sale – just in time for the holidays.

The new 2012 Interagency Recreation Pass provides access to recreation opportunities at national public lands managed by four Department of Interior agencies: the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, plus the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service. This pass is $80 and is valid for one year.

Always a popular stocking stuffer, the $25 TriPark pass is also available, and provides access to Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau, and Haleakalā national parks.

The interagency pass and the TriPark pass are both available for sale at Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau, and Haleakalā National Park entrance stations. Both passes are the size of a credit card and are valid for one year.

“The TriPark Pass is an ideal holiday gift and a terrific way to jump-start New Year’s resolutions to get outside and reconnect with the natural wonders in your backyard,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

The 2012 TriPark Pass features artwork of  ‘ulei by Hilo artist John Dawson. A member of the rose family, ‘ulei is a sprawling native shrub that grows in all three parks. Its flowers and leaves are used in lei and for medicine, while its tough wood is used to fashion ‘o‘o (digging sticks) and hoops for fish nets.

Eighty percent of the pass purchase price is invested in projects that enhance park visitors’ safety, access, and enjoyment. Parks use the money to rehabilitate hiking trails; provide waysides and brochures that interpret distinctive natural and cultural features; improve survival of endangered native species; and more.

For information call Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ fee office at (808) 985-6151.

The Best Christmas Light Display in Hawaii – The Punalights… Ed Oshiro’s House

If you haven’t had a chance to swing by Ed Oshiro’s house and the Punalights in Hawaii Paradise Park this year, I highly suggest you do. 

Here is a presentation from last years display.  If you want to see this years… you will have to go in person.

This year Punalights has teamed up with The Food Basket.  They are accepting non-perishable food items and/or monetary donations for the Hawaii Island Food Basket.

192 channels of LightORama controls 30,000+ lights synchronized to the Cha Cha Slide by DJ Casper. This light show is located in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. For more information on this light show, please visit If you want directions to this show, please type in “punalights” into


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