Reed’s Bay Beach Park Re-Opens

A thoroughly renovated Reed’s Bay Beach Park was officially reopened Saturday morning during a blessing ceremony that attracted about 100 park users, dignitaries and passers-by to the popular Hilo facility. Mayor Billy Kenoi joined other elected officials in welcoming people back to the Banyan Drive park, upgraded for safety and accessibility.

An improved Reed’s Bay Beach Park on Hilo’s Banyan Drive welcomes families.

Comprising slightly more than four acres and located within walking distance of downtown Hilo, Reed’s Bay Beach Park offers safe access for swimmers, fishermen and boaters with authorized moorings in the bay. The park includes mature trees for shade, grassy areas for play and a protected bay for use by keiki and kupuna alike. Parking is provided at an adjacent 2.3 acre lot.

During a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, Kumu Kimo Awai told the story of a family whose young child once wandered into ocean and was at risk of drowning, when a force – a large school of small fish called ‘oama – guided the keiki safely back to shore. Today, the park continues this history of being a safe place for our keiki.

Kumu Kimo Awai performed a Hawaiian blessing ceremony before dignitaries, descendants of the bay’s namesake William Reed, and members of the Keaukaha community untied the maile lei signifying the opening of the park.

Reed’s Bay Beach Park is “a place that celebrates family and protects our children and is a pu‘uhonua, a safe haven for our families that actually protects our children from drugs, and from gangs and from violence,” Mayor Kenoi said after joining dignitaries and members of the Keaukaha community in untying the maile lei to signify the reopening of the park.

Reed’s Bay is named after William H. Reed. Born in 1814 Belfast, Ireland, Reed was a businessman who bought Reed’s Island in 1861 and built the first commercial bridge over the Wailuku River. He also created Reed’s Landing, which he used to moor boats carrying lumber for one of his businesses.

Remembering how as a child he played at the park with his parents, Mayor Kenoi thanked contractor Nan Inc., the Department of Parks and Recreation staff, members of the Reed family, and Bill Walter, CEO and president of W.H. Shipman Ltd., which was founded by Reed’s stepson.

Reed’s Bay Beach Park now features concrete walkways complete with integrated seat walls, outdoor showers, drinking fountain and landscaping. Future plans call for picnic tables and additional landscaping to be added this summer as part of an Eagle Scout project.

Leonard Bisel of Leonard Bisel and Associates designed the improvements, while Nan Inc. performed much of the work under a $690,763 contract. With the help of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawai‘i County obtained a $248,525 federal grant that was used to pay more than one-third of the contract cost, thereby reducing the financial burden on local taxpayers.

Assisting with the project were Department of Parks and Recreation personnel, who installed the showers, poured concrete footings, trimmed trees, spread sand, and performed other work.

The project represents teamwork and partnership with the federal and state governments, Parks & Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald told audience members. He called the project “a great example of laulima – what we can all do together.”

Sen. Inouye issued a statement read by his field representative, Delbert Nishimoto. Sen. Inouye praised Mayor Kenoi and his administration for delivering projects that improve Hawai‘i County and add to the island’s beauty.

State Sen. Gilbert Kahele, state Rep. Mark Nakashima and Puna Councilman Fred Blas also each spoke at the reopening ceremony. “It’s nice to come down from Puna and see a beautiful place like this,” Councilman Blas said.

The newly renovated Reed’s Bay Beach Park continues a vision then-Gov. John Burns started for the Banyan Drive area in 1969, Sen. Kahele said. “Banyan Drive is a wonderful place. I played here as a child, and I enjoyed the ocean.”

Mayor Kenoi announced that a second phase improvements at Reed’s Bay Beach Park, to include a comfort station, will start in August, to avoid impacting summer use of the park, and be finished by year’s end.

For safety reasons, the sand along the park’s shoreline is no longer accessible to motor vehicles, although boat owners with approved moorings in the bay may continue to launch and retrieve their vessels.

Horizon Lines Issues Statement in Strong Support of the Jones Act

Horizon Lines issued the following statement from interim President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen H. Fraser:

Horizon Lines Issues Statement in Strong Support of the Jones Act

Horizon Lines is, and always has been, a very staunch supporter of the Jones Act and all of its requirements.  The Jones Act stipulates that cargo shipped between two U.S. ports must be transported on vessels that are American-made, American-flagged, at least 75% American-owned and predominantly American crewed. We fully support these requirements and steadfastly believe they are vital to American economic, merchant marine, military, national and homeland security interests.  The Jones Act has provided a strong foundation for America’s domestic shipping industry since 1920, and has enjoyed the long-standing support of the U.S. Navy, bi-partisan members of Congress and every president in modern history.

As one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies and as a proud member of the American Maritime Partnership, Horizon Lines understands that the history and livelihood of our company, our customers and the markets we serve are inextricably linked to the Jones Act.  Fifty-six years ago this week, the converted U.S. built tanker Ideal X departed Port Newark with 58 containers bound for Port Houston.  With that voyage, Sea-Land Service, our predecessor, went on to revolutionize ocean cargo transportation.  Today, the associates of Horizon Lines, in partnership with our maritime and shore-side union partners, are proud of the role we play supplying the citizens of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico with goods that are vital to their lives.  The Jones Act has made this possible.  It has been integral to our nation’s past and it is critical to our future.

Pride of Puna – Pictures, Videos and Results

Last night at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the first ever Pride of Puna “Fight for Hunger” all ages kick boxing event took place to a sold out crowd.

A packed Akebono Theater

The event began with some youth fights that were well appreciated by everyone in the crowd.

Promoter Serge Mamone proud of his son Ricky

Here are the results from the youth fights:

  • 65 lbs – Ricky Mamone defeated Derek Romero
  • 70 lbs – Elija Apao defeated David Martinez Jr.
  • 95 lbs – Kaleo Apao defeated Damien Romero
  • 115 lbs- Trent Saragosa and Micah Castro had a DRAW
  • 125 lbs – Avery Sanchis defeated Ethan Ramos

Then the Open fights began with a women’s fight featuring Riechelle Silva vs. Kehaulani Rodrigues.

Riechelle Silva

The fight was an exciting fight that saw Silva dominating Rodrigues for the majority of the fight and winning in the end.

Then the Open Mens fight began:

Koa Lopez and Roy Fukushima had a three round fight:




The judges declared Koa Lopez the winner

Koa Lopez gets his hand raised

The next bout featured Paul Abiley versus Cameron Sylva.


The judges declared Cameron Sylva the winner after this third round.



The next fight saw Patrick Torres defeat Josh Sosa and then Mathew Majamay took on Kevin Silva:



In the end the judges declared Majamay the victory.


In the final Open fight, Conrodo Martin Defeated Keola Arakaki.  The night then moved to the Semi-Main Event which featured Petey Vital “3” defeating Donald Gonzales.

Petey Vital “3” was victorious in his Semi Main Event match and said later on at the Pahoa Village Club that he was ready to take on the UFC!

The Main Event saw Riquo Abadilla defeating Justin Yamauchi.

Trophies and Medals were given out to the victors

It was a great event that was put on and lots of food was raised. *UPDATE* 403 pounds of food were raised!