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20th Anniversary of Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia’s Homecoming to be Celebrated August 17th

The 20th anniversary of the return of Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia, Hawai‘i’s first known and documented Christian scholar, will be celebrated on August 17 at Kahikolu Congregational Church in Nāpo‘opo‘o, South Kona.

Henry Celebration

‘Ōpūkaha‘ia, a 19th century Hawaiian from Hawai‘i Island, left Kealakekua Bay in 1808 aboard a merchant ship bound for the east coast of the United States. Upon arrival, he enrolled in linguistic studies at Yale University and soon assimilated into Christian culture. These acts made him a prominent figure in American society, most especially amongst the religious community.

Though a fond wish of his, ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia did not return to Hawai‘i in his lifetime. He remained on the continent until his passing in 1818 of Typhoid fever. News of his death and burial caused much distress for the Hawaiian community. It took relatives nearly two centuries, but his deathbed request to return home was finally honored in 1993.

Archaeologists unearthed ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia’s remains from their 175-year resting place, and discovered his bones intact. He was placed in a koa casket and began a tour of memorial services in Connecticut, on O‘ahu, and around Hawai‘i Island. He was laid to rest in August 1993 at Kahikolu Congregational Church, where the August 17 event will be held.

The day will include readings, music and fellowship celebrating and commemorating the young Hawaiian’s life accomplishments, and the 20th anniversary of his homecoming. Many of the people who played a part in that historical homecoming will be on hand.

For more information on the event or to RSVP, contact Deborah Lee at keoheolahou@yahoo.com or (808) 443-1268. Also, find ‘Ahahui ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia on Facebook at facebook.com/AhahuiOpukahaia.


Hawaii Volcano Observatory Report – Kupapaʻu Point Ocean Entry Weak, But Still Active

Using a telephoto camera lens, an HVO scientist captured this view of the Kupapaʻu Point ocean entry on the morning of August 7.


Although no lava flow activity was observed on the coastal plain near the ocean entry, small streams of lava still poured into the sea.

Zooming his camera in even more…. An up-close view of the easternmost lava streams entering the ocean.


Reminder to all lava observers: Peering through a telephoto lens is the safest way to view Kīlauea Volcano’s ocean entry.



Three Men Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Oahu

Three men were rescued from their capsized vessel approximately 14 miles off Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Friday.

US Coast Guard HH65 Dauphine

US Coast Guard HH65 Dauphine

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:20 p.m., from a man who received a text message from his three friends who said their 23-foot boat had capsized and they needed to be rescued.

Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska to respond. At the same time, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu also received a distress signal from the capsized vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon that gave an exact position of the capsized vessel.

Using the information from the text message and the EPIRB, the Dolphin crew arrived and found one man sitting on the hull of the capsized vessel and the two other men floating in the water. A Coast Guard aviation survival technician was lowered to the vessel and all three men were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to back to the air station where emergency medical services were standing by to assist.

All three men were uninjured.

“It cannot be overstated how important working safety gear is when heading out onto the ocean,” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu’s public affairs officer. “The position received from this vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon was a key factor in getting rescuers to the exact location of these men who were in distress. The EPIRB took the search out of this search and rescue case”.

The capsized boat remains adrift and the Coast Guard issued a safety broadcast to alert mariners of the hazard to navigation.

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety and communications equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

There are no photos or video available of this rescue.