Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Schedule of Events – More Then 50,000 Expected to Attend

The culmination of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūleʻa’s historic return to Hawai‘i on June 17, 2017 will be celebrated at Magic Island, Oʻahu, with a cultural welcoming ceremony followed by an all-day grand celebration open to the entire community.

More then 50,000 people are expected to take part in the homecoming.

Event Timeline:

  • 7-8:00 AM Four local voyaging canoes from Hawaiian Islands arrive at Magic Island marina: Arrival Times:​ 7:00 AM – Nāmāhoe / 7:30 AM Moʻokiha / 7:45 AM Makaliʻi / 8:00 AM Hawaiʻiloa
  • 8:30 AM Two canoes from the Pacific voyaging community arrive at Magic Island marina Okeanos Marshall Islands / Faʻafaite of Tahiti
  • 9:00 AM Hikianalia enters marina and docks along bank
  • Hōkūleʻa enters marina and ties up to floating dock at Marker 7
  • 10:00 AM Kāliʻi Rite conducted by Hale Mua
  • 10:30 AM Formal Homecoming Ceremony
  • 12:30-1 PM Screening of Mālama Honua Voyage Highlights
  • 1:00-5:30 PM Hoʻolauleʻa: Music and Community Celebration
  • 1-1:20 PM Olomana
  • 1:30-1:45 PM Jon Osorio
  • 1:50-2:20 PM Kapena
  • 2:30-2:55 PM Keauhou
  • 3:00-3:10 PM Auliʻi Carvalho
  • 3:15-3:30 PM Leon & Malia
  • 3:35-3:45 PM Steve Grimes
  • 3:50-4:10 PM Kainani Kahaunaele
  • 4:15-4:40 PM Tahiti MANA
  • 4:45-5:20 PM John Cruz, Brother Noland & Paula Fuga
  • 5:20-5:25 PM Mahalo message from Nainoa Thompson
  • 5:25-5:30 PM “Hawaiʻi Aloha”


  • No general parking in Magic Island, strictly enforced
  • Limited handicap parking in Magic Island, must have placard-holder in the car with ID, strictly enforced
  • Encouraging public transportation and off-site parking to alleviate expected congestion;
  • HPD may shut down Ala Moana Park Drive as needed
  • Offsite parking available with shuttles running as needed from 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Free parking at McKinley High School, enter at Pensacola St.
  • Paid parking at Hawai‘i Convention Center, enter at Kalakaua Ave.


Participating vendors will be using compostable items; no one-time use plastics.  PVS encourages reusable water bottles, coconut filtered water stations provided by Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation

Participating food vendors:

  • Ahi Ambassadors
  • Da Spot
  • Hale Kealoha
  • IL Gelato
  • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Hawaiian Plate and Mix Plate
  • Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
  • Waimānalo Farms


  • Pop-up tents only allowed around perimeter of multi-purpose field
  • No canoe tours or entry onto Hōkūleʻa
  • PVS commemorative Homecoming t-shirts available for sale

Alexander & Baldwin Acquires Five Buildings At Honokohau Industrial Park In Kailua-Kona

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. announced the latest expansion of its commercial real estate portfolio with the acquisition of five multi-tenant industrial buildings at the Honokohau Industrial Park in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  The buildings are located on two lots within the 37-acre industrial park and are centrally located to service both Kailua-Kona and the Kohala Coast.

Honokohau Industrial Park

The $10 million acquisition represents 73,200 square feet of prime industrial space within the 37-acre industrial park. The purchase was largely financed with sales proceeds from non-income producing properties. The in-going cap rate is 8.3%. Currently 94 percent of the available space is leased to tenants from the construction, tourism, food distribution, automotive repair and transportation industries, generating an annualized base rent of $12.13 per square foot.

“This is a quality property that expands our industrial portfolio in Hawaii, consistent with our intent to increase investments in this attractive asset class. We look forward to working with the tenants and ensuring they have the best possible customer experience,” said Lance Parker, president of A&B Properties.


Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. is a Hawaii-based public company, with interests in commercial real estate, land operations, materials and infrastructure construction. With ownership of approximately 87,000 acres in Hawaii, A&B is the state’s fourth largest private landowner, and one of the state’s most active real estate investors. The Company manages a portfolio comprising 4.7 million square feet of leasable space in Hawaii and on the U.S. Mainland and is the largest owner of grocery/drug-anchored retail centers in the state. A&B is also Hawaii’s largest materials company and paving contractor. Additional information about A&B may be found at www.alexanderbaldwin.com.

Hawaii Board of Education Names Interim Education Leadership

The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) today announced its appointment of Keith Hayashi as interim superintendent.  Hayashi is currently the deputy superintendent at the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) until the end of June 30, 2017. In July, he will serve as superintendent for a month-long interim basis.

L to R: Keith Hayashi, Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Amy Kunz. Photo Credit: Department of Education

The interim deputy superintendent during this transition period will be current senior assistant superintendent, Amy Kunz.

“I want to thank Keith and Amy for ensuring continuity of operations through their interim appointments until the new superintendent starts in August,” said BOE Chairman Lance Mizumoto. “Both leaders understand the work at hand and will be assisting Dr. Kishimoto as she makes her transition to head the Department.”

Current Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi will end her term on June 30 after serving in the position since 2010. Last month, the BOE announced its selection of Christina Kishimoto, Ed.D.  as the next HIDOE superintendent. Kishimoto’s official start date is Aug. 1, 2017.

Kishimoto is currently transitioning out of her position as superintendent for the Gilbert Public School district in Arizona. She is in Hawaii this week to meet briefly with board members and HIDOE staff.

“I realize this is a critical time and I want to thank Superintendent Matayoshi and her team for bringing me up to speed as we work towards a smooth transition,” stated Kishimoto. “I’m grateful for the time and diligence of all those who want to ensure that I can hit the ground running.”

Hayashi is a former complex area superintendent and has served as principal at Waipahu High School since 2009. In February 2017 he was appointed deputy superintendent. He plans to return to Waipahu High at the conclusion of his interim appointment.

Kunz was appointed in 2011 as assistant superintendent of the office of fiscal services and chief financial officer. In 2014, she was appointed to senior assistant superintendent to oversee the additional offices of information technology services, human resources and school facilities and support services.

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill to Halt Deportation of Kailua-Kona Farmer, Andres Magana Ortiz

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) spoke on the House floor today urging Congress to pass a ‘private bill’ she introduced this week For the Relief of Andres Magana Ortiz (H.R.2794).

A similar bill was introduced by U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka to assist Chef Chai Chaowasaree in 2001. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, this legislation would adjust  Mr. Andres Magana Ortiz’s legal status and make him eligible for legal, permanent residence in the United States where he lives in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Mr. Ortiz is under threat of deportation under a Final Order of Removal issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The introduction of this bill follows a letter sent this week by Hawaii’s congressional delegation to DHS Secretary Kelly requesting that the Department reverse its decision to deport Mr. Ortiz.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said:

“The purpose of this bill is to help Mr. Ortiz with his extremely challenging situation, put him on a path to citizenship, and prevent his family from being torn apart. Without this legislation, Andres Ortiz faces deportation within days, after living in Hawaii for 28 years and working hard as a small business owner. His wife and children – U.S. citizens – have exhausted all of the options available to them before their father and husband is forced to leave the place he calls home in Hawaii. We need a pathway to citizenship for immigrants to ensure people who deserve to be here, can find a way to be a part of our great country.  We need immigration reform that keeps families together.”

Background: Immigration reform has been one of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s top priorities throughout her time in Congress.  She also co-sponsored two measures to protect families and children, including the DREAMer Information Protection Act (H.R. 532) which prohibits DHS’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) from being used for immigration enforcement proceedings and the BRIDGE Act (H.R.496) which codifies the DACA program.

14,105 Pounds of Donations Saved From Trash During Student Housing Move-Out

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Student Housing Services managed to gather more than 14,105 pounds of items for donation during the weekend of residence hall move-out at the end of spring 2017 semester.

Nicole Chatterson (right) and Eunice Yamada led student efforts to divert 45 mini-fridges from the landfill.

Students and staff juggled commencement and the end-of-semester move out rush to donate 9,554 pounds of clothes and 4,551 pounds of miscellaneous items to the Boys and Girls Club and the Kidney Foundation.

In addition to these items, the UH Office of Sustainability teamed up with the Surfrider UH Club to rescue 45 abandoned mini-fridges from the waste stream. These mini-fridges will be offered to incoming student residents in fall 2017.

“I never thought I’d be making the effort to recycling anything larger than plastic bottles until I realized refrigerators were being abandoned,” said Erika Peralta, Co-Chair of the Surfrider UH Club. “Not only did I consider the accumulation of waste, but I also thought about how we might help relieve some pressure on student budgets by facilitating the re-use of these mini-fridges.”

“While there is a lot of effort put into making move-out sustainable, it’s not yet a zero-waste system,” said David Akana, associate director of student housing services. “Residence hall dumpsters around this time of year are overflowing with quality, re-usable goods ranging from hydro-flasks, to fans, to kitchen utensils. We’re excited to partner with students to do even better with our waste diversion and reduction efforts next year.”

“Some of the waste reduction challenges faced in student housing, such as the need for outreach campaigns focused on waste minimization and system design, are experienced elsewhere on campus,” said Nicole Chatterson, UH Office of Sustainability student coordinator. “If we can pilot and refine effective systems with SHS, we will be better prepared to address systemic waste issues and move UH towards zero-waste practices.”

Reef Fish Sustainability Off West Hawaiʻi Island

Jennifer Wong-Ala, a 2017 spring graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Global Environmental Science (GES) degree program, conducted original research to determine how biological and physical factors affect the number of fish surviving to sustain populations of reef fish off West Hawaiʻi Island.

Jennifer Wong-Ala

Adult reef fish, like yellow tang, release eggs strategically—in places where the eggs can be swept into the open ocean to live out their free-floating larval stage and develop until they are ready to come back to the reef. This process of successfully returning home, termed recruitment, can be influenced by many physical factors including ocean currents, as well as biological strategies such as when and where fish larvae are born and how long the fish remain in the free-floating larval stage.

To explore the influence of these factors, Wong-Ala and her mentor, oceanography assistant professor Anna Neuheimer, developed a computer model which accounted for date of birth, location of birth, movement of larvae, duration of the free-floating larval stage, development, settlement and death of larval reef fish off of Hawaiʻi Island.

Their study found that recruitment changed depending on the fish’s birthdate due to influences of the currents, eddies and moon phase (i.e. tides). Additionally, location of birth mattered, with individuals born in shallow and sheltered bays having higher rates of recruitment compared to individuals born in unsheltered locations under certain conditions.

“This study provides a baseline understanding of how biophysical factors interact to impact recruitment in western Hawaiʻi Island,” said Wong-Ala.

The information can be used to explain species-specific variation in recruitment from year to year and predict possible changes in the future. Understanding the amount of fish that make it back to the reef is important for maintaining sustainable reef fish populations.

Following her passion with supportive mentors

“I chose GES because it is an interdisciplinary major that allows us to learn about the changes in the environment, gain valuable computer skills, and focus on what we are truly interested [in],” said Wong-Ala, who was born and raised in Waimānalo, Oʻahu. “My favorite aspect of my thesis experience is the relationship that developed with my mentor. I have worked in her lab for three years and it has been an experience that has taught me so much. I hope to be a mentor like her in the future.”

A graduate of Kapiʻolani Community College, Wong-Ala became interested in environmental science through the KCC-School of Ocean, Earth, Science and Technology summer bridge program. She was invited to participate in UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean, Earth, Science and Technology. Anela Choy, Wong-Ala’s mentor, co-founded the Maile program along with Barbara Bruno and Keolani Noa. The program helps student thrive through individualized mentoring and peer support.

Having graduated last Saturday, Wong-Ala is preparing to enter a graduate program at Oregon State University in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Paauilo Fatality

Situation Found at Scene:

Head-on type collision involving 3 vehicles. 4 door sedan vs dump truck towing a flat bed trailer and a SUV. Occupant of sedan ejected from vehicle and pinned under the flat bed trailer (Dead On Arrival).


Paauilo at about the 36 mile marker, a 4 door sedan heading South, crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a dump truck heading North. A SUV that was following the sedan heading South was also involved suffering minor damage. The occupant of the sedan was ejected and pinned under the flat bed trailer that the dump truck was towing (Dead On Arrival). The driver of the dump truck was treated and released at scene. Two occupants of the SUV had no injuries. Traffic was re-routed thru Hauola and Pohakea Rd.

UPDATE (Media Release):

A man died following a three-vehicle crash this morning (June 7) in Paʻauilo.

His name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Responding to a 9:04 a.m. call, police determined that a sedan was traveling Hilo bound on Highway 19, passing the 37 mile marker when it crossed the center line and struck a 2007 Kenworth dump truck head on. Upon impact, the sedan was pushed backward into the path of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler which was also heading Hilo bound.

The driver of the sedan was taken to the Hilo Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The occupants of the dump truck and Jeep received minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Clarence Acob at 961-2293. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

Midnight Rider’s Donate to Hospice of Kona

The generosity of the Midnight Riders Motorcycle Club was warmly appreciated by Hospice of Kona, which welcomed the club’s $2,000 fundraising check. The monies will be used for quilts and stuffed bears provided to youth attending Camp Erin®-Hawaii on Hawaii Island at the end of June.

“The Midnight Riders have supported Hospice of Kona and the campers for a number of years. The bears and quilts are favorite keepsakes that are still treasured long after camp is over,” said Laura Varney, Hospice of Kona’s CEO.

Camp Erin-Hawaii is a free, weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6–17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It is a traditional, fun, high-energy camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers. Camp Erin-Hawaii is part of The Moyer Foundation’s national Camp Erin program.