After Dark in the Park at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in May. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

  • Lei Making, Wili-Style. Volcano resident and hula student Kanoe Awong shares the traditional wili style of lei making using liko lehua. Learn how to transform the leaves and flower buds of the ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree into beautiful lei. These trees are currently in bloom throughout the park, and its signature red blossom is the official flower of the island of Hawai‘i. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., May 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai
Whose footprints are these? (NPS Photo)

Whose footprints are these? (NPS Photo)

  • Whose Footprints Are These Really? Research suggests the story behind the fossilized human footprints in the Ka‘ū Desert may be more complex than originally thought. Footprints found in desert ash layers were believed to have been created in 1790 by the army of the Hawaiian Chief Keōua on their way back from battle. While in the area, Kīlauea erupted, sending suffocating ash down on one group. Others made it out alive, leaving their footprints in the then-wet ash. The ash dried, forever memorializing this event…or did it? Join Dr. Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura as she examines fascinating geologic evidence that may indicate much more prehistoric activity in the area. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free. When: Tues., May 14 at 7 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium
  • Lei Making, Hilo-Style with Ti Leaf. Malia Macabio and Amy Kaawaloa demonstrate how to make the Hilo style of lei by twisting two strands of ti leaves together. Hula dancers use lei lā‘ī (ti leaf lei) to adorn their wrists and necks. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., May 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai



Hawaii State Senate Statement Regarding House Bill 622 – (Journalism Shield Law)


“Passing the amendment without consulting with the other chamber affirmatively kills the bill.  The draft that was passed out of conference in the form of HB622, HD1, SD1, CD1 continued the additional protections of a shield law above and beyond what is provided by Hawaii’s constitution for the press.

The floor amendment presented a very substantive change to the conference draft that was agreed upon by the House and Senate conferees. Every draft of the bill up until that point sought to make the shield law permanent.  To introduce such a substantive change, moments before the Senate began its floor session, lacked the transparency and openness that the public expects and deserves. “

-Senate Majority Leader Brickwood Galuteria


Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to Activate Giant Voice Mass Warning System Tomorrow

“A training exercise at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) will be conducted on May 2 between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm.


During the exercise JBPHH will activate the Giant Voice Mass Warning System to provide notifications to the base population. All messages will have a tone and a voice message. The voice messages will start and end with the phrase, “exercise, exercise, exercise” – the base population can disregard these warnings.

There are no concerns for the JBPHH population and no actions are required to be taken. This exercise is designed to enhance the Navy’s emergency response capability and poses no hazards to the base or surrounding areas.”


Big Island Police Identify North Carolina Man Who Died From High Voltage Electrocution


Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who died in an industrial accident in Mountain View on April 25 as 56-year-old Yves Morel of Raleigh, North Carolina.

An autopsy conducted Friday (April 26) determined that he died from high voltage electrocution


Inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Clinic Announced

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s HI-PAL Program, and the nonprofit Big Island All-Stars are proud to announce the inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Clinic for boys and girls 9 to 17 years old.

Jimmy Yagi

Jimmy Yagi

Named in honor of the former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Clinic will be held July 31 through August 3 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and various other Hilo gymnasiums. Instruction and drills will be conducted throughout the day, and games will be played at night.

Players registering by the Monday, July 15, deadline will be charged $60 each. Late enrollment is $70 per child. All enrollees will receive a camp shirt and group photo.

Lead clinician will be Bill O’Rear, a former Vulcan star and UHH Hall of Fame inductee who helped coach at the Vulcans school for more than 30 years. Various guest clinicians will be announced at a later date. Parks Director Clayton Honma will serve as clinic director.

Registration forms are available during normal business hours at the Department’s Recreation office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani St. in Hilo. Checks should be made payable to the Big Island All-Stars and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Clinic.”

Additional coaches also are welcomed. Those interested in signing up are asked to contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or Coaches will be selected from a list of volunteers.

“Did You Know?” – Spay or Neuter Campaign Announced by Hawaii Island Humane Society

Did you know that kittens can go into heat and get pregnant as early as 4 months old and puppies around 5 months old?  If not sterilized, puppies and kittens can get pregnant and have a litter of their own just two months later. And it’s these accidental litters that end up in animal shelters with no place to call home.
Hawaii Island Humane SocietyTo reduce these accidental births, Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS), with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, is introducing the Did You Know? Campaign, featuring a special $20 spay or neuter surgery for puppies and kittens under six months of age during the month of June.

While some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, Hawaii Island Humane Society has performed more than 5,000 pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since 2008.

“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old,” says Donna Whitaker, HIHS Executive Director. “But by then, it can be too late. By then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.”

This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to all residents of Hawaii Island.

Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Did You Know?” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, HIHS will provide 100 puppy and kitten sterilizations for $20 during June. Please visit, call the HIHS Spay Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 or call 329-1175 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be taken on a first-come first-served basis beginning Monday, May 6.


Hulihe‘e Palace Announces New Museum Hours and Fees

Hulihe‘e Palace is expanding its museum hours to be open on most Mondays, with hours of operation from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The only exception is on the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village stroll, when the palace is closed in the morning and open 1-4 p.m.

Hulihe'e Palace

Hulihe’e Palace

Beginning May 1, admission fees for adult, kama‘aina, military and seniors increase by $2. The new fee schedule follows:

General Admission:

  • Adult:  $8.00 (non-guided tour) $10.00 (guided tour)
  • Kama`aina:  $6.00 (non-guided tour) $8.00 (guided tour)
  • Military:  $6.00 (non-guided tour) $8.00 (guided tour)
  • Seniors: (65)  $6.00 (non-guided tour) $8.00 (guided Tour)
  • Children:  $1.00 (18 years and under)

Visitors can choose from a 45-minute docent-guided tour, a self-guided tour (detailed brochure provided), or can use a personal mobile telephone to access a free “On Cell” audio tour (regular mobile air me fees may apply).

Built in 1838, the two-story Hulihe‘e Palace houses a collection of ancient Hawaiian (pre-Western contact) artifacts and personal memorabilia of 19th century Hawaiian royalty. The palace structure has been painstakingly restored to circa 1885, a period known in Hawaiian history as the Kalakaua Era. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Hulihee Palace

Standout furnishings include King Kalakaua’s magnificent armoire that won a silver medal in the 1889 International Exhibition in Paris, a 70-inch table top made from a single piece of koa wood, an ornate steamer trunk used by QueenKapi‘olani to carry belongings to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, King Kamehameha the Great’s stone exercise ball weighing a whopping 180 pounds and exquisite bed mats made from the endemic makaloa sedge.

Gift shop hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.