Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free Event to Honor Queen Liliuokalani

The Hawai'i Pono'i Coalition will honor Queen Lili'uokalani as a world leader of peace and justice on September 4, 2011, at ‘Iolani Palace, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The organization said that the special event is a day to gather to remember this great leader, to reflect on the past, to look to the future. It's a family day where kama‘āina and malihini can gather to learn about Hawai'i's history, enjoy great entertainment, food, and cultural activities, see a play and walk on a tour.

'Onipa'a will feature:
- Entertainment by the Royal Hawaiian Band, Jerry Santos and Olomana, Ipo Kumukahi, Halau I Ka Wekiu (Michael Nalanakila'ekolu Casupang and Karl Veto Baker, Na Kumu Hula), and others
- Ecumenical Services at Noon with Kahu Van Culin and Nola Nahulu
- Presentation by Walter Kawaiae'a on the Queen's Music
- The Queen's Play by the Ka Lei Maile Ali'i Hawaiian Civic Club
- The popular Mai Poina Walking Tours (a re-enactment of the events leading to the overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy under the direction of noted playwright Victoria Kneubuhl.)
- Free admission to 'Iolani Palace
- Cultural and educational exhibitions

The event is sponsored by: The Hawai 'i Pono'i Coalition; the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Kamehameha Schools; the Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center; and the Friends of 'Iolani Palace.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

DLNR Kaua'i Listening Sessions Aug. 20

DLNR Administration Team, including Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr., First Deputy Guy H. Kaulukukui, Ph.D. and Water Deputy Bill M. Tam will hold two Listening Sessions on Kaua‘i to hear community comments, questions, and concerns regarding topics under the Department’s jurisdiction. This is the first of a series of statewide listening sessions.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is charged with protecting rare and endangered species, native ecosystems, watersheds, streams, aquifers, submerged lands, coral reefs, fisheries, other ocean resources, and historic and cultural sites, as well as managing state parks, harbors, boat ramps, etc. It is also oversees public hunting and game management.
Kaua‘i Public Listening Session
Saturday, August 20, 2011

North Shore Listening Session
10:30am – 12:30pm
Kilauea Elementary School
2440 Kolo St., Kilauea, Hawai‘i 96754

Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School
3:30pm - 5:30pm
4319 Hardy Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

The Kaua‘i meetings are hosted by Senator Ronald Kouchi.

If you are unable to attend but would like to send your comments, questions, and concerns to the DLNR please e-mail:

Individuals requiring special assistance or accommodations are asked to contact Senator Kouchi’s office at (808) 586-6030 at least four days in advance of the meeting.

NPS Announces Fiscal Year 2012 Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program

Beginning Thursday, September 1, 2011, applications for fiscal year 2012 will be available to assist private non-profit organizations, educational institutions, state, local and tribal governments, and other public entities in their efforts to preserve confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II and to educate and inspire present and future generations about the importance of these historic places.

For more information about the National Park Service grant program and grant application process, please visit the following website:

Applications must be received by: Tuesday, November 1, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact the Hawaii NPS regional office:
Contact: Suzanne Bott
Phone: 808-541-2693 ext. 737

A & B Building Stars in Design Video

The architectural design and steel frame construction of the historic Alexander & Baldwin Building was the subject of a talk and video presentation at a monthly meeting of the Engineers and Architects of Hawai‘i earlier this year. Giving the presentation was Don Hibbard of Mason Architects, co-author of a book about one of the building’s designers entitled Hart Wood, Architectural Regionalism in Hawai‘i.
Wood and another notable Hawai‘i architect, C.W. Dickey, collaborated on the design of the A & B Building, which was completed in 1929.

View the video presentation of the building’s history at the Engineers and “Architects Channel link:

Mission Houses Museum presents: Huaka‘i: A Musical Journey

Saturday, September 17th, 5:30 p.m.
Featuring the music of George Kuo, Martin Pahinui, Aaron Mahi, Makana, and Kapena as we honor Kamaku ‘Ukulele on their 95th anniversary and raise funds to support the museum and its programs!
Tables and tickets on-line or 447-3922

Monday, August 8, 2011


Forest Legacy Program shines in “Year of the Forest”

HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) continues to partner with local land trusts and private landowners to successfully sustain forests through acquisition of conservation easement, which reduce conversion of forest land to other uses.

The Hawaii Forest Legacy Program, administered through DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife, is now seeking new applications for funding assistance for forest conservation acquisitions in the federal fiscal year 2013.

The deadline for the next round of applications to the Hawaii Forest Legacy Program is August 22, 2011. Landowners and non-profit entities who are interested in participating in the Forest Legacy Program may contact Sheri Mann at the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife at 587-4172.

“Hawaii projects have been very successful in this nationally competitive program,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “Through the Hawaii Forest Legacy Program we have been able to protect our environmentally sensitive forest resources, preserve watersheds, shelter endangered species, and safeguard our culturally important sites.”

The Forest Legacy Program works with private landowners, states and conservation non-profit groups to promote sustainable, working forests. In the federal fiscal year 2010, the Forest Legacy Program was funded at more than $79 million to assist landowners across the country to conserve and manage their land while protecting environmentally important landscapes.

“Conservation easements are one of the best options out there for a conservation-minded landowner,” stated Kip Dunbar of Kainalu Ranch. “Not only do conservation easements allow landowners to retain and manage their family property -- they also can provide technical and financial assistance, as well as tax benefits for donors, to help with the ongoing cost of managing land for conservation in perpetuity.”

“Conservation easements are a relatively new tool that allows a landowner to retain ownership of the restricted title to their property while providing permanent protection from development or unsustainable uses,” said Paul Conry, Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator. Easements are strictly voluntary, and the restrictions are binding to all future owners in perpetuity.

“Conservation easements allow the Forest Legacy Program to provide landowners with alternatives to selling their land to development companies,” Conry added. “With the help of land trusts, new cost-share and tax programs, and conservation-minded landowners, Hawaii is increasing the number of incentive programs which afford landowners a secure financial future and enhancement of natural resource that we all benefit from,” he said.

With the recent closing of a conservation easement on Hawaii Island, the Hawaii Forest Legacy Program has assured that an additional 9,000 acres on Kealakekua Heritage Ranch will be protected forever.

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife is also currently working to protect more than 600 acres of important forested watershed lands on Molokai with this program.

Roughly 57 percent of the nation's forests are privately owned yet the country has lost 15 million acres of private working forests in the last 10 years with an additional 22 million acres projected to be at risk in the next decade.

Nationally over 2 million acres of threatened private forests have been protected under the Forest Legacy Program, of which 45,000 acres have been protected under Hawaii’s program.

The Hawaii Forest Legacy Program has identified many forestlands throughout the state as important and in need of permanent protection. More about this can be found in the State’s Assessment of Needs ( The Hawaii program accepts both fee title and conservation easement acquisitions.

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce Historic Preservation Committee presents "Theaters of Hawaii"

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce Historic Preservation Committee presents "Theaters of Hawaii," an illustrated talk and book signing by Lowell Angell with a special appearance by Captain Haleiwa. Mr. Angell will talk about the rich history of theaters in Hawaii and Captain Haleiwa will speak about the history of the North Shore theaters as well as his gallant attempt to prevent the demolition of the iconic Haleiwa Theater.


Theatres of Hawai`i, Places of Performance in the Islands, 1847-1970, an illustrated talk presented by Lowell Angell with a guest appearance by Captain Haleiwa.

WHEN: Saturday, August 13, 2011, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Haleiwa Gym across from Haleiwa Post Office

ADMISSION: $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door (includes free popcorn)


Available at the Kai Ku Hale, Strong Current, and Chamber office Monday to Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Phone:637-4558

August Trail Volunteering Day at 'Iole

We're pleased to invite you to 'Iole's Volunteer Day on Saturday, August 13th. Come help us maintain and improve 'Iole's beautiful trails. Stay for catered lunch! Bring friends and spread the word!


Bond Historic District Homestead 53-496 'Iole Rd.
1/2mile past Kapa'au Town's King Kamehameha statue
Turn right (mauka) up 'Iole Rd.
'Iole's offices are below Kalahikiola Church
Kapa'au, HI


Saturday August 13, 2011 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM HST

Mahalo nui for your support and kokua. We look forward to seeing you on 'Iole's trails!


Kerry Balaam