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Cyril Pahinui Will Jam at the Sunday, Sept. 5 Fundraiser

Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo celebrates its stewardship of Honu’apo Park at the third “Ho’olaule’a at Honu’apo: Mālama Ka’u,” Sun., Sept.5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Honu’apo Park and Whittington Beach Park on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

The free, multi-generational festivities are open to everyone, with great food, music, hula, ‘olelo (storytelling) and more.  Cyril Pahinui, Na Hōku Hanohano winner and sweet-voiced son of Hawaiian music legend Gabby Pahinui, will add his slack key magic in a special performance.

Traditionally, a ho’olaule’a is a gathering for a special occasion, such as May Day or school graduation, when food, Hawaiian cultural crafts and games are shared.  What sets the “Ho’olaule’a at Honu’apo: Mālama Ka’u” apart is that it’s also a fundraiser to protect the historic and culturally significant Honu’apo Park in the southern Ka’u District.

This stretch of rocky coast, tidepools and marshes has transformed many times, yet maintains its sense of place.  From ancient fisheries, to a busy sugar cane port and railroad depot (that were at least twice destroyed by tsunamis and once blasted by the military during WWII), Honu’apo remains a warm and welcoming retreat for human visitors and fishermen, as well as habitat for the black-crowned night heron, the Hawaiian coot, Hawaiian duck, Hawaiian hawk, Hawaiian black-necked stilt, the Hawaiian monk seal, hawksbill turtles, green sea turtles, and other endangered wildlife. Honu’apo is a very special rare shoreline nursery that nurtures and protects dozens of endangered marine and terrestrial plant and animal life.

Led by a diverse board of passionate volunteers, Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo is dedicated to protecting the 223 acres of Honu’apo Park, now the largest county shoreline park in the State of Hawai’i. Event organizers hope to raise awareness about Honu’apo, and raise funds to help maintain programs and facilities. The day includes a variety of fun-filled events for all ages, including Cyril Pahinui in concert, and free educational walking tours with Ka’u docents.

Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo along with Townscape Hawai’i will also present the final Honu’apo General Resources Management Plan, to which hundreds of community members contributed over the last several years. Other special elements of the Ho’olaule’a include a look at the past, with an exhibition of historic photos, and numerous food, crafters and community education booths, a silent auction, and lucky number prizes.

“Ka’u has been blessed with so many resources for self-sufficiency,” said event organizer Michelle Galimba, president of Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo.  “We have a lot to share, and, based on the two previous Ho’olaule’a at Honu’apo, we expect a large turnout!”

This event is being supported by the County of Hawai’i through a grant from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.

For those who want to stay in the Ka’u area for the weekend, several B&Bs like Pahala Plantation Cottages and Leilani Bed and Breakfast are offering special discounted rates.

For more information call (808) 929-9891 or visit

Photo credits:  monk seal from Julia Neal/Kau Calendar, Cyril Pahinui courtesy of Cyril and Honuapo courtesy Ka Ohana O Honuapo.

Before there were any developments on the South Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island, there were the resort areas of Kailua-Kona and Keauhou.

Keauhou is a culturally-rich area with heiau (stone temples), ancient burial grounds and more.  One of the major hotels here is the Keauhou Beach Resort and, on Sunday, March 29, the resort marks its 40th anniversary with a day-long celebration in the hotel’s Royal Luau Grounds from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Local families, friends and visitors are invited to be a part of the festivities that will include local arts and crafts, Hawaiian makahiki games, cultural tent, Hawaiian plate lunches and (non-alcoholic) beverages for sale, and a line-up of entertainment.  Anyone planning to enjoy the celebration should bring along a beach mat and chairs so they can get comfortable while enjoying the day.

Schedule of Events

Made in Hawai‘i Arts & Crafters:  7:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Hawaiian Printed Bags, Hawaiian wood pendants, Lauhala weaving, black pearls and other goodies.

Hale ‘Imi Na‘auao cultural tent (located in the Punawai Gardens):  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Makahiki Games
  • Hawaiian Language
  • Lei Making (Wili Ti-leaf)
  • Beginning Hula

Entertainment (Royal Lu‘au Grounds):  9:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Opening Ceremony with Employee Chant (E ala e)
  • Kumu Keala Ching, Ka Pa Hula Na Wai Iwi Ola
  • Alula with Rolinda Bean
  • Special Guest artist Aunty Diana Aki
  • Kumu Aloha Victor with Hālau Kala‘akeakauikawekiu
  • Kumu Wayne Takemoto with Hālau Ka‘ulaokalani o Kona
  • Aloha ‘Aina

The Keauhou Beach Resort enjoys a prime oceanfront setting with tide pools sheltering sea turtles and reef fish out front and Kahalu‘u Bay Beach Park, one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island, right next door.

Parking is free. No outside food or coolers will be allowed.

Residents who want to make a weekend of it can take advantage of the hotel’s low kama‘āina rates starting at $109 per night.

For reservations or information, call toll free 1-866-326-6803 or the hotel direct at 1-808-324-2515 (long distance charges apply), or visit

Images courtesy of Keauhou Beach Resort

Too bad about this news … ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, turns the volume down and is dimming the lights on the Friday night entertainment rock shows starting March 5. ‘Imiloa will end its weekly Friday night rock shows, having exhausted the current inventory of rock shows available for the planetarium.

The decision to discontinue the shows was based on the limited content of new planetarium music entertainment shows on the market.

The Friday entertainment rock shows have been popular with local audiences, attracting a different audience for the Center with shows like, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, Rock On Demand, and the last show U2.

‘Imiloa is developing other avenues for evening programming and will continue to provide the Hilo and Hawai’i Island community a fresh alternative to the East Hawai‘i night life.  Stay tuned for ‘Imiloa’s Friday night program offering.

For more information about Imiloa’s offerings throughout the day, go to, or call (808) 969-9700.