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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

40th Annual Ho`oku`ikahi Establishment Day Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Pu‘ukohola Heiau                     

Saturday, August 11, 2012
     6:30am-10:00am Ceremonies, Warrior Exhibitions
     10:00am-3:00pm Cultural Activities
Sunday, August 12, 2012
     10:00am-3:00pm Cultural Activities

 Activities Include:
Ho`okupu Ceremony, Warrior Exhibitions,
Cultural Demonstrations, Traditional Crafts,
Hawaiian Food Tasting, Canoe Rides,
Traditional Games, Music & Much More!

All Are Invited to Attend This FREE Event!
Festival held at Pelekane Beach in Kawaihae.
Follow signs to designated parking area.

The public is invited to experience Royal Court ceremonies, traditional warrior exhibitions, cultural demonstrations, traditional crafts, music, games, double-hulled canoe rides, traditional food tasting and many more activities.

Royal Court, Ho`okupu Ceremony & Sham Battle will occur from 6:30am-10:00am Saturday only.

(Cultural Workshops and Activities 11:00am-3:00pm Sat. & Sun.)

Hula Kāhiko (Ancient Hula), Lei Haku Ame Lei Wili (Ancient Lei Making), Hana Kapa Kuiki (Quilting), Ulana, Lauhala (Lauhala Weaving), 'Ohe Hanu Ihu (Nose Flute), Kūkūweke La'ī (Rain Cape), Hana 'Upena Kiloi (Net Making), Ku'i 'Ai (Poi Pounding), Holo Wa'a (Canoe Rides), Hana Hū (Spinning Tops)l, 'Ohe Kāpala Ki'i (Bamboo Stamp, Designs), Pahu (Drums), Ulana Lau Niu (Frond Plaiting), Kahili (Fly Brush), Nī'au Pūlumi (Hawaiian Broom), Ipu (Gourd, making), Hana Pala'ie (Loop and Ball Making), Makau (Fishhook), Kumu La'au (Woodwork), Ku'i, Wauke (Tapa Pounding), Awa (Traditional Drink)

Need More Information?
Call: 882-7218 Ext. 1011

Event Sponsors:
Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association                              
Nā Papa Kanaka o Pu‘ukoholā Heiau
Nā Aikāne o Pu‘ukoholā Heiau

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Service for Will Kyselka Tonight at Church of the Crossroads

Will Kyselka's service is TONIGHT, July 27, from 5:00 - 7:30pm at the Church of the Crossroads on O'ahu (1212 University Ave., Honolulu, Hawaiʻi 96826).

Previously Posted:
Will Kyselka passed away Sunday, July 1st. 
Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society spoke these words, "Will has been one of the most important and crucial teachers that we have had in the whole 37-year journey of rediscovering our voyaging knowledge. He brought the vital need to connect and integrate science and technology with what Mau brought: culture and heritage. Will helped to design a new way to learn the heavens that could be taught to the navigators in the late ʻ70s, ʻ80s and ʻ90s, and that would guide Hōkūleʻa and the many other voyaging canoes that would follow. What he brought to the family of voyaging was his wisdom, guidance, years of service through education, values of caring and compassion, and 30 years of commitment and dedication to the success of voyaging. All of this helped to define and strengthen who we are as a family. Because of this, we are all deeply saddened." 

For more information about Will's life and his gift to voyaging, click here.

There will be a celebration with the voyaging family in honor of Will and his wife Lee who passed away on May 10, 2012. Details will be available shortly.

Click here for regular updates on Hōkūleʻa and Polynesian Voyaging Society. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012


July 13, 2012, HONOLULU – The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to fund the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawai‘i.

The Legacy Land Conservation Program provides an annual source of funding for the acquisition and conservation of cultural and historic sites; watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.

State agencies, county agencies, and non-profit land conservation organizations may apply.  Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements.  County agencies and non-profit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs.  On average, funded projects usually bring about 65 percent matching funds from federal, county, or private sources.

This year, applicants are advised of an early deadline for a new requirement that includes a consultation with State agencies.  Starting July 16, 2012 the 2012-2013 grant application and instructions are available at  Application summaries must be submitted to consulting State agencies by August 3, 2012, and full applications must be received or postmarked no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 17, 2012.  
The 2012-2013 application cycle may provide approximately $2.5 million in grants, awarded through a competitive process and subject to any budget restrictions.  Funding is available through a portion of the State’s land conveyance tax set aside annually in the Land Conservation Fund for the purpose of protecting Hawai‘i’s unique and valuable resource lands.  Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding.  

Projects are subject to the approval of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, consultation with the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, review by the Department of the Attorney General and the approval of the Governor.  Final awards are subject to the availability of funds.

For more information on the Legacy Land Conservation Program, please visit or call (808) 586-0921.  

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Royal Hawaiian Features "Boat Days" Photo Exhibit

WAIKIKI BEACH, HONOLULU, HAWAII – July 17, 2012 – The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort has partnered with Matson Navigation Company to present “Boat Days” exhibit showcasing a collection of rarely seen photographs of visitors traveling to Oahu on Matson ship liners.  On July 18, prized images revealing archived photos of passengers arriving in Honolulu from the late 1920s to the late 1940s and their visits to The Royal Hawaiian and Hawaii will be open to the public. 
The exhibit will be on display at the resort’s Coronet Lounge until January 31, 2013 with no admission fee.

This rare collection of photographs features the S.S. Lurline, Hula Boat Day greeting of passengers arriving at Aloha Tower, The Royal Hawaiian Band playing music at Aloha Tower, original Royal Hawaiian luggage tags, a variety of Matson travel posters, and more.  Starting in the mid-1920s, visitors from all over the world began arriving at Aloha Tower on Matson passenger ships and vacationing at The Royal Hawaiian enjoying the exotic wonders offered on Waikiki Beach.  Each photograph will be presented on large canvas prints lining the walls of Coronet Lounge. 
Matson Navigation Company was instrumental in the development of tourism to Hawaii and the South Pacific.  A fleet of Matson Lines cruise ships, the most famous being the S.S. Lurline, traveled from the mainland to Hawaii from the 1920s to 1960s.  Matson built The Royal Hawaiian in 1927 so luxury accommodations were both available afloat and ashore.  Matson photographers took thousands of snapshots of the celebrities and world-class travelers who traveled on its ships and vacationed in Waikiki. 

Matson Navigation Company Archives encompass a vast collection of photographs and artwork from Matson Lines passenger and hotel era, 1920s to 1960s


Honolulu Star-Advertiser

July 1, 2012: Two men and their girlfriends are dashing around Chinatown in search of a famous Chinese doctor. To prove they've found him, they've been instructed to take a photo of them hugging him. He's an old man, they've been told, so they should be gentle.
At last, the two couples spot the doctor near the Chinese Cultural Plaza. After asking a passer-by to snap their picture, they rush to the doctor and wrap their arms around him.
He doesn't hug them back, but they're not disappointed. The "doctor" is actually a bronze statue of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a Chinese revolutionary who became the first president of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1912. From the plaque on the statue, the group learns he came to Honolulu in 1879, at the age of 13, to study at ‘Iolani School. Honolulu was also where he founded the Hsing Chung Hui (Revive China Society) on Nov. 24, 1894.
The goal reached and an interesting history lesson gained, the couples look around and see an X and an arrow marked with chalk on a wall. Following that sign, they head to the courtyard of the Chinese Cultural Plaza where their next clue is located.
Yes, participants might be asked to do some zany things during a Treasure Hunts Hawaii activity, but they all add up to a really good time. Founder Chris Akin got the idea for the business eight years ago, when he was enjoying the ocean views from his house beside Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai.
An old wine bottle drifted to shore nearby. For Akin, who describes himself as "someone with an active entrepreneurial mind," that triggered an idea for a business — treasure hunts that would engage participants in fun activities, provide mental and physical challenges and reveal often overlooked characteristics about Oahu neighborhoods.
At first, Akin organized hunts just for friends and acquaintances. Gradually, however, the concept gelled and word spread. Corporate executives started asking him to organize hunts for their employees. Teachers and club leaders also began calling.
Today, Treasure Hunts Hawaii specializes in customized hunts for groups of at least 20 people. Public hunts for individuals, couples and smaller groups are available at least twice each month.
Akin holds many of his hunts in Chinatown. He worked on Bishop Street for several years as a financial adviser and operations manager for a media company. After work and during his lunch breaks, he spent a lot of time in Chinatown, strolling down narrow alleys, through buildings that are more than a century old and into restaurants selling delicacies he'd never tasted before.
"Chinatown is the perfect setting for a treasure hunt," Akin said. "It's walkable, it's culturally and historically significant, and it has a wide range of places where clues can be incorporated."
He usually forms teams randomly, noting that people establish rapport quickly when they have a common goal. All hunts are based on his original Tri-Fecta Formula, which combines three elements of engagement. The key component is the treasure hunt, which takes teams from place to place via a series of clues. In addition to figuring out the clues, they can accrue bonus points by gathering scavenger items and answering trivia questions.
"The hunts call for a variety of skill sets — athleticism, resourcefulness, out-of-the-box thinking, academic knowledge and knowledge about Hawaii," Akin said. "To be successful, team members have to collaborate and get creative."
Clues are communicated through puzzles, letters, photos, newspaper ads, song lyrics, GPS coordinates, 800 phone numbers and, for the Chinatown hunt, even fortune cookies. The answers to a crossword puzzle might include words such as theater, show, music, historic, park and Bethel. They lead participants to the Hawaii Theatre on Bethel Street, where their next clue might appear on the marquee.
"People love the surprise factor — discovering clues in unexpected ways," Akin said. "They enjoy going to places they hadn't noticed or been to before."
For private groups, hunts are tailored to specific ages, interests, professions. "I have hunts that are suitable for college students, lawyers, engineers, environmentalists, you name it," Akin said. "I did one for a real estate development firm that took employees through newly developed areas of Kakaako. I also ran a hunt in Waikiki that emphasized sports because a lot of the participants were avid sports fans. Some hunts have gone on for 90 minutes; others for 3 1⁄2 hours."
No matter what the hunt's theme, duration or location, participants inevitably show up at the finish line with big smiles on their faces. "They can't wait to compare what they did and where they went with the other teams," Akin said. "They share their stories, photos and videos during the awards ceremony, which sometimes goes on for an hour because people are having such a good time."
He says the hunts are rewarding diversions for both visitors and kamaaina. "When I travel, I find my most memorable and authentic experiences don't come from tourist attractions, they come from interactions with local people in areas where they live, shop, eat, work and play," he said. "The hunts are also great for kamaaina because they expose them to things about Oahu that they weren't previously aware of, including flora, historic sites, artwork and architecture. Last, but not least, the hunts are a ton of fun!"
Teammates who start out as strangers often become close friends. One man brought a date to the last public hunt, and they're now a couple. "The hunts are much more than people running around a place searching for clues," Akin said. "They can spark meaningful long-lasting relationships."
Cheryl Chee Tsutsumi is a Honolulu-based freelance writer whose travel features for the Star-Advertiser have won several Society of American Travel Writers awards.
» Meeting place for the Chinatown hunt: In front of the entrance to the American Savings Bank Tower, Tamarind Park, corner of Alakea and King streets, downtown Honolulu
» Offered: Saturdays and Sundays. Hunts are customized for private groups of at least 20 people. Public hunts (also with a 20-person minimum) are available a few days each month (see notes below for July's events). Reservations must be made at least three business days in advance via email.
» Time: 3 p.m. (check in 30 minutes prior)
» Cost: $40 per person; discounts are available for private groups of at least 40 people
» Phone: 295-1404
» Notes: Customized hunts can be held in any area of Oahu. Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and bring a digital camera or smartphone. Participants should be able to walk for a few hours in warm afternoon temperatures. There's a minimum age requirement of 12 for public hunts (minors must be accompanied by an adult).
Upcoming dates for public hunts are July 8, 15 and 22. In addition, Castle Resorts & Hotels is working with Treasure Hunts Hawaii on an islandwide hunt that will start on July 27 and end the next day. Prizes include hotel stays and vacation packages. This hunt is open to the public and there's no charge. Check the website for more information.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

JOIN US TONIGHT! Pau Hana with a Purpose


Pau Hana with a Purpose 

WHEN:  Thursday, July 19th
TIME:     6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Design Within Reach Studio, Ala Moana Center on the Upper Level near Nordstrom’s

WHY:     To celebrate and highlight some of the best examples of Hawai‘i Modern with
              the release of Historic Hawai‘i Foundation’s new illustrated booklet, “Hawai‘i
              Modern,” showcasing highlights of mid-century building and landscape design.

Current HHF members will receive a complimentary copy.

Join author Don Hibbard, researcher Tonia Moy, and graphic artist Viki Nasu as they showcase highlights of mid-century building and landscape design, and discuss efforts to understand, enjoy and preserve these next-generation historic properties.  

Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Deadline to Submit Nominations for Eighth Annual J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation is July 20th

The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) is currently seeking nominations for its  Eighth Annual J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation.  The “Timmy” Awards honor outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects in nine categories. 
The Timmy Awards offer a unique opportunity to honor innovation, design, and efficiency in the preservation tax credit market place.  This year, applicants may submit projects to any of the following categories:
·         Best Commercial/Retail/Non-Residential Project
·         Best Historic Rehab Utilizing LIHTCs (Small/Up to $5 million total development cost)
·         Best Historic Rehab Utilizing LIHTCs (Large/Over $5 million total development cost)
·         Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits
·         Best Market-Rate / Mixed-Income Residential
·         Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Involving New Construction
·         Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse
Additionally, this year there will be two special Judges Awards drawn from the applicant pool for:
·         Most Advanced Financial Structure
·         Achievement in Sustainability.
You can download this year’s application and learn more about the awards at: will be accepted no later than July 20, 2012.  If you have any recommendations or questions, please contact Caitlin Geary at   More information about NH&RA and the Timmy Awards can be found at

About The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association
NH&RA is a national trade association comprised of professionals involved in the development, ownership, operation and finance of multifamily affordable housing.  Formed in 1971, our members include developers, owners, property managers, debt and equity providers, attorneys, accountants, and other professionals involved in tax-advantaged real estate.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Public Information Meeting Tonight in Kona on Disposition of Archaeological Materials

The National Park Service has scheduled a public information meeting in Kailua-Kona to discuss a Proposed Rule Change for the Disposition of Archeological Materials of “Insufficient Archeological Interest” to be Retained in Federal Collections.

David Gadsby, Ph.D., an archeologist with the National Park Service’s Archeology Program in Washington, DC, invites you to the following information session:

Date:  Monday, July 16, 2012
Time:  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location:  Mayor’s Conference Room (Building C, 2nd floor), West Hawai‘i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i

(See plan map of the West Hawai'i Civic  Center: 

The proposed rule change would amend 36 CFR Part 79, “Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archaeological Collections;" see and the attached copy of an overview of 36 CFR Part 79 for more information about the existing rule.

A regulation for deaccessioning was proposed in 1990, but was not issued due to unresolved issues.  Declining funding and the growth of collections continue to concern many responsible for and interested in the appropriate curation of federal collections.  Discussions have continued since 1990; a working group worked on drafting a proposed rule through the mid-2000s; and the National Park Service anticipates proposing a rule change in the coming months.  

We encourage you to notify anyone who you believe would be interested in participating in the information session which will include a presentation for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer period.

Please register if you plan to participate by providing your name, title (optional), organization (optional), and the date and time of the session in which you plan to participate so that we know approximately how many handouts to provide. 

RSVP to Lisa C. Oshiro Suganuma at or (808) 792-9555 in the Department of the Interior’s Office of Native Hawaiian Relations.

Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission Seeks Applicants for Land Acquisition Funding

Funding will support efforts to preserve and protect lands that have historic or cultural significance,
abundant natural resources, and recreational value on O‘ahu

HONOLULU, JUNE 25, 2012 – Beginning July 1, 2012 applications to receive funding for land acquisition will be available through the Honolulu City Council’s Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission (Commission). Applications will be reviewed by the Commission, which will make recommendations to the City Council on projects to be funded through the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund. Final selection of projects to be funded will be made by the City Council as part of the City's annual budget process. Applications are due September 1, 2012 at 4:00 P.M.

 According to City Council Chair Ernest Martin, the Council has approved a total of nine exceptional O‘ahu land conservation projects in the first four cycles of the Fund. To date, these include: Kahuku Mauka Agricultural Lands, Kalauao Valley, Kukaniloko-Galbraith Lands, SunsetRanch, Honouliuli Preserve, Kunia Agricultural Research Station, the Fong Plantation, Hawea Heiau/Keawawa wetland, and Maunawila Heiau. “The Council encourages the public to work with the Commission through this process and to provide input that will assist it in making its recommendations to the Council,” Martin said.

According to Commission Chair Jean Campbell, the Commission has established an application process that reviews various criteria, including protection of watershed lands, historical or culturally significant land areas and sites, forests, beaches, coastal areas, and agriculture lands. Proposed projects may seek preservation of these areas through acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. Campbell said that the Commission will also consider factors such as the degree of urgency, financial support from other sources, and how a proposed project relates to the city’s fiscal priorities.

The application process to request funding from the City and County of Honolulu Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund for land acquisition on O’ahu opened on July 1, 2012 and will close September 1, 2012.  Please visit to view and download the application and for other information about the fund.  Submitted applications will be reviewed and ranked by the Commission, which will make recommendations to the Honolulu City Council on projects to be funded by the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund.  

Final selection of projects to be funded will be made by the City Council as part of the City's annual budgeting process.  According to City Council Chair Ernest Martin, the Council has approved a total of nine exceptional O‘ahu land conservation projects in the first four cycles of the Fund. To date, these include: Kahuku Mauka Agricultural Lands, Kalauao Valley, Kukaniloko-Galbraith Lands, SunsetRanch, Honouliuli Preserve, Kunia Agricultural Research Station, the Fong Plantation, Hawea Heiau/Keawawa wetland, and Maunawila Heiau. “The Council encourages the public to work with the Commission through this process and to provide input that will assist it in making its recommendations to the Council,” Martin said.

According to Commission Chair Jean Campbell, the Commission has established an application process that reviews various criteria, including protection of watershed lands, historical or culturally significant land areas and sites, forests, beaches, coastal areas, and agriculture lands. Proposed projects may seek preservation of these areas through acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. Campbell said that the Commission will also consider factors such as the degree of urgency, financial support from other sources, and how a proposed project relates to the city’s fiscal priorities.


In 2006, Honolulu voters approved a charter amendment that set aside a portion of real property tax revenues for land conservation. In 2007, the Council established the Clean Water and Natural Lands Fund (Ordinance 07-18) and the Commission (Reso. 07-355 CD1) to advise the City Council on the use and expenditure of these funds. For more information about the Commission and the grant application process please visit

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Governor Abercrombie Signs Bill Recognizing Honouliuli Internment Site

The Honouliuli camp held as many as 300 Japanese-Americans during World War II

July 7, 2012: The state is taking the first steps to establish part of a Honouliuli gulch as a reminder that hundreds of Japanese-Americans were interned there during World War II.  Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 2678 on Friday, creating an advisory group to come up with recommendations for an educational resource center at the site of the former Honouliuli Internment Camp in Kunia.

Carole Hayashino, president and executive director of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, said, "It's recognition that what happened at Honouliuli is important not only to Japanese-Americans, but to the state of Hawaii and the United States. It's going to help ensure that what happened at Honouliuli will not be forgotten and that history will be preserved and taught for future generations."
Some $100,000 was appropriated for activities of the group, which will work closely with the Japanese Cultural Center, Japanese American Citizens League-Honolulu Chapter, University of Hawaii-West Oahu, historians and the community.
The advisory group will include representatives from the Historic Preservation Division, UH-West Oahu, Japanese American Citizens League, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and Monsanto Hawaii. The Senate president and House speaker also will appoint a member to be part of the group.
Recommendations will be presented to lawmakers in the next legislative session.
Officials and volunteers from the Japanese Cultural Center were among those who attended the bill signing at Abercrombie's offices at the state Capitol.
During the bill signing, Abercrombie commended the Japanese Cultural Center for its ongoing efforts to preserve the site. Volunteers have been conducting preservation work for more than 10 years.
Following the attack of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government declared martial law in the Territory of Hawaii. In 1943 about 150 Japanese-Americans were relocated to Honouliuli from Sand Island, in a camp surrounded by barbed wire and armed guards in watchtowers. At its peak about 300 Japanese-Americans were interned at the camp. Also confined were people of German and Italian descent.
The camp was demolished after the war. However, some remnants still remain, including two buildings, one believed to have been used by guards.
Monsanto Hawaii, a seed company, owns the land of the former internment camp site. Community Affairs Manager Alan Takemoto said the company is interested in transferring ownership to the National Park Service.
Paul DePrey, superintendent of the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, said the Park Service is completing a resource study on how to best preserve Hono-uliuli and other Japanese-American internment sites throughout Hawaii. The study was initiated in the fall of 2010. Recommendations on the best management approach for Honouliuli have yet to be made.
DePrey said they hope to complete the report in the next six months.
Those who have visited Honouliuli gain a sense of the conditions internees endured while confined in the gulch.
"The gulch walls are your prison walls. And you are no longer part of the community of Oahu when you're in that gulch," DePrey said. "There were so many people who were in that gulch, and you couldn't see them and they couldn't see anyone else, and yet they were still on the island that they considered their home."

Tours Available
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii is conducting public tours of the former Honouliuli camp site in Kunia where hundreds of Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II. Those interested in taking a tour can call the cultural center at 945-7633.

Monday, July 9, 2012

From Poi to Pineapple: Thursday, July, 19th - 5:00-7:00 pm, Pono Kai Resort


Chanting, singing, dramatic storytelling & visuals brings new life to the journeys of the courageous Polynesian voyagers who sailed the blue waters of the Pacific 1200 years ago to the unknown islands of Hawaii. Presented by Judge William Fernandez.

For  more information contact the Kauai Historical Society
Telephone: (808) 245-3373      Email: