September 6, 2010 – Naalehu, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
Ka Ohana O Honuapo celebrated its stewardship of Honuapo Park at the third “Hoolaulea at Honuapo: Malama Ka’u,” on Sunday, Sept. 5th.
The free, multi-generational festivities took place along the dry and rocky shoreline of scenic Honuapo, aka Whittington Beach Park, and featured great food, music, hula, ‘olelo (storytelling) and more.
Live entertainment included Cyril Pahinui, Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele, Halau Hula O Kahikilaulani, Just Us, Back to the 50’s (seen in the video) and many others.
According to a media release issued before the event:
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), Honuapo 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.
Honuapo 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 Honuapo is dedicated to protecting the 223 acres of Honuapo Park, now the largest county shoreline park in the State of Hawaii. Event organizers hope to raise awareness about Honuapo, 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 Hawaii will also present the final Honuapo 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 Honuapo. “We have a lot to share, and, based on the two previous Hoolaulea at Honuapo, we expect a large turnout!”
This event is being supported by the County of Hawaii through a grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
|John Replogle talks story
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(September 5, 2010 – Naalehu, Hawaii)
Ka Ohana O Honu’apo board member John Replogle explains the long road that arrived at the current plan for stewardship of the treasured Honuapo shoreline, filmed during the 2010 Honuapo Hooloaulea. The festivities coincided with the creation of a new map illustrating the future vision for the beach park.