Hokule’a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii
The Hawaiian sailing canoe Hokule’a made its triumphant return to Hawaii today from its around the world voyage that started three years ago in 2014. The arrival of Hokule’a to Magic Island in Honolulu turned out to be an epic, historic event complete with a flotilla of several other sailing canoes and numerous smaller vessels that went out to sea to greet the canoe. Hokule’a spent the last weeks of its worldwide journey sailing to Hawaii from Tahiti, much like it was on her first trip to and from Tahiti back in 1976.

Volumes of stories have been told about the remarkable canoe which go far beyond the scope that this blog will ever achieve. What we have here is just a tiny snapshot of some of the pictures that we managed to capture on this day of homecoming.

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

Hokule'a Returns to Hawaii

All of the photos in this section are also posted to The Hawaii Files Flickr site.

Hokulea and Hikianalia in Hilo, Hawaii

Hokule’a and Hikianalia tied up in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii in May 2014 shortly before embarking on the worldwide voyage.

June Event Calendar – Public Meetings & Events

King Kamehameha the Great Honolulu City Council Meeting – June 7, 2017.

The Honolulu City Council will be holding its monthly council meeting on Wednesday June 7 at the City Council Chambers in Honolulu Hale starting at 10:00 a.m. Several tax and spend bills are on the agenda, mostly to fund the $10+ billion rail project.

The council will be taking up measures on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Operating Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (Bill 32) and several other budget relating items. Bill 68 will propose to increase admission fees at the Honolulu Zoo, a motor vehicle weight tax increase (Bill 10), and raising parking rates and adjusting times  (Bill 12) for metered parking stalls.

You can view and download the 45 page agenda at the following link: City Council Meeting Agenda June 7, 2017. (PDF)

City & County of Honolulu Events For June

A number of events for the month of June has been announced by the Mayor’s Office on Culture & Arts. Among the events:

The 47th Annual Aloha Show – May 23 to June 15 at Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Free art exhibit.

Oncology on Canvas, Art – Honolulu Hale Courtyard, June 20 to July 6. Free.

Water Conservation Week Art & Poetry Contest; June 6 – 22 Kapolei Hale Courtyard 1000 Ulu‘ohi‘a St 8 am – 4:30 pm

Hawai‘i Harmonica Society’s 20th Annual, Harmonica Recital & Concert – Saturday June 3,  10:00 am to 12 Noon; Mission Memorial Auditorium, 550 S King St. Free.

Kuhio Beach Hula Show, various days, Waikiki Hula Mound, free, 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Royal Hawaiian Band Performances, various venues

Download the monthly event calendar at this link: Kahea

Kamehameha Day Parade & Events, June 2017. Lei Draping, Honolulu at the King Kamehameha Statue on King St. 3:00 pm. • King Kamehameha Day Parade – Starts at Iolani Palace / Richards Street and goes through Waikiki and ends at Kapiolani Park. Free. 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Bands, pa’u riders, floats. More information: King Kamehameha Day Celebration on Facebook | King Kamehameha Festivals Page. | Top photo: King Kamehameha Statue © Melvin Ah Ching Photos on Flickr.com.

Polynesian Voyaging Society Hokulea canoe returns from its around the world trip on June 17. Magic Island, Ala Moana Park – Starting at 8:30 a.m. More info: Hokulea.com • Several public events are scheduled through the month after the canoe’s arrival.

Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene

Re-blogged from Bandcamp.com

It’s a warm Friday night in Honolulu’s Chinatown, and local punk band Smoke Free Armstrong are playing their final show to a packed crowd at the Downbeat Lounge, a venue that, in recent years, has been ground zero for the city’s DIY punk scene. Between songs, guitarist and singer Steve Tanji grabs the mic to offer a sincere tribute. “I just want to thank you guys, from the bottom of my heart, for letting us play for you,” he says. The crowd of kids gathered in front of the stage cheer in response. “We’ve been playing for two years, and I want to thank you all for coming out and supporting the scene.”

Read the complete article following the link below:

Source: Honolulu’s Honest, Diverse DIY Scene « Bandcamp Daily

Honokaa Western Week May 21 to May 29

Honokaa Western Week Rodeo

Honokaa Western Week is always an exciting time for the town of Honokaa located on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast. Western Week has a long history of hosting cowboys and cowgirls from all over the state who participate in the annual rodeo and the traditional parade that precedes it. In recent years, Western Week has expanded out to include a full week of activities with the parade, block party and rodeo being the major highlights.

Honokaa Western Week starts on May 20 and runs through the Memorial Day Weekend May 27 – 29.

Honokaa Western Week Rodeo

The event schedule from the Facebook site:

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (Subject to change)

May 20. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. For information and applications, call Michelle Hartman, 775-9777.

All week, May 21-29. Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style, visit Honoka‘a town merchants, and enjoy different paniolo-themed activities every night.

Sunday, May 21. 2nd Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All-day entertainment, dozens of vendors and food booths, educational presentations, silent auction, keiki activities and more. Located at the intersection of Māmāne Street and Highway 19 in Honoka‘a. No charge for admission.

Monday, May 22. Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweetbread Contest. Time and place TBA.

Tuesday, May 23. Stick horse creation at Hāmākua Youth Center, 3-5 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24. Line Dancing at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 25. Historic Honoka‘a Town Talk Story at Honoka‘a Library, 4 p.m., featuring Ross Stephenson, author of “Honoka’a Town,” and led by HWW Sheriff Larry Ignacio. Also Thursday, a “Rowdy Rodeo” at The Landing restaurant.

Friday, May 26.

4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Māmāne Street, with mounted and marching units, pā‘ū riders, gleaming vintage cars and more.

5 p.m., Stick Horse races

6 p.m. Saloon Girls and Cowboys Got Talent Contest

7-10 p.m., Great music and dancing in the Streets. Plus, a free “Keiki Corral” for the kids from 5-7 p.m., with carnival-style games, silent auction and more. Vendors interested in booth space for the Block Party may email westernweekhonokaa@gmail.com, or download forms from the website.

Sunday-Monday, May 28-29. 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. For more information, contact hawaiisaddleclub@ymail.com.

West Hawaii Today, May 16, 2017

From hoedown to hootenanny: Honokaa Western Week will dish up line dance, farm fest and Portuguese bean soup contest 

HONOKAA — Honokaa Western Week starts down on a farm and ends with a rodeo, beginning this Sunday through May 29. The now-legendary Paniolo Parade &Block Party on Friday may be the biggest parts of the celebration, but a week filled with activities and events promise to be memorable.

Source: From hoedown to hootenanny: Honokaa Western Week will dish up line dance, farm fest and Portuguese bean soup contest | West Hawaii Today

Honokaa Western Week on Facebook.com

Stopped by the Filipino Fiesta

Filipino FiestaKapiolani Park in Waikiki is always a hub of activity practically every weekend of the year. Yesterday the Filipino community was out in force to celebrate their culture at the Annual Filipino Fiesta event. Music, dancing, food and fun were the order of the day for the community and anyone else who happened to come by.

Spending about a half hour there after returning from an appointment in Waikiki, we were lucky to catch a couple of the music performances that included several folk dances. Here are a few pictures and a three minute video. Filipino dancers use a lot of props such as bamboo, benches and candles. The dances energizes the participants as well as the spectators. It’s all good fun.

More photos: Filipino Festival page on Facebook

Filipino Fiesta

Filipino Fiesta

Filipino Fiesta

69th Annual Library Book Sale Underway

 

Plenty of Books For Sale
Tons of books are available at the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale.

It’s that time of the year when book lovers and collectors from Hawaii and beyond converge to the McKinley High School Cafeteria for the annual Friends of the Library of Hawaii Book Sale. The sale starts today, June 18 and runs to next Sunday, June 26. Thousands of books are on sale as well as many CDs, DVDs, artwork and more.

It is a great place to pick up a good bargain on a good book, some music and movies. Certainly a haven for bookworms, collectors and clutter junkies.

This year’s event is being sponsored by the Hawaii State Federal Credit Union.

Go to the Friends of the Library of Hawaii website this week to get details on special deals they may have.

Friends of the Library Book Sale