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Second annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival to be held on June 1, 2014

 Second annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival to be held on June 1, 2014

The Honolulu Ekiden Foundation invites you to “Ho‘ohui Pa‘ani” (be “united in play”). Last year, the Foundation brought over 900 runners of all ages together for a marathon relay race and music festival, and once again welcomes runners to register for its 2014 event on June 1. Participants are encouraged to register in two- to six-member teams before April 30 for a reduced entry fee. The registration fee includes participation in the Ekiden race and admission to the nighttime music festival at Waikiki’s Sunset on the Beach. Immediately after the Ekiden, from approximately 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, everyone is encouraged to unwind, relax and recharge as we will continue to “Ho‘ohui Pa‘ani” with a local-style food and entertainment festival. Various vendors will be selling their tasty food and drinks, with Hawaiian and Japanese entertainment (hula, music, ukulele, taiko, etc) at the Waikiki bandstand adjacent to the Ekiden finish line.

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First ever Waikiki May Day Mele on the beach

First ever Waikiki May Day Mele on the beach

Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to experience Lei Day at the inaugural May Day event happening in Waikīkī on Thursday, May 1 at 3-5 p.m. The free event includes a concert by Hawaiian music trio, Nā Leo Pilimehana and will be broadcasted live on the radio on Hawaiian 105.1 KINE.

“The May Day event we envision and are working on is going to perpetuate an understanding and appreciation of the Hawaiian culture and the history of Waikīkī for generations to come,” said John Aeto, president of The Kālaimoku Group, the firm hired by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority to organize and promote the event.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at 17 Selected Statewide Libraries May 3

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at 17 Selected Statewide Libraries May 3

Mark your calendars!  Seventeen public libraries will offer readers free comic books on Saturday, May 3 in celebration of the 13th Free Comic Book Day.  Library patrons showing their valid Hawaii State Public Library System cards will receive a special free comic book, while supplies last.  Mahalo nui loa to the Friends of the Library of Hawaii, participating libraries’ local Friends groups, Gecko Books & Comics, and Collector Maniacs for sponsoring this year’s event.

McDonald’s supports 27,000 students in this year’s career and technical education program

HONOLULU – McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawaii is proudly supporting this year’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs with a title sponsorship. Each year approximately 27,000 public high school students are enrolled in CTE and its challenging curriculum. Students may enter this rigorous program as ninth or tenth graders and focus on one of six career pathways for one to four years in addition to their academic requirements. Designed to integrate knowledge and technical skills in the resolution of real-world problems, the CTE program includes many initiatives connecting learning to industry and business. One of these is the Performance-Based Assessments (PBA).

Kaiser Permanente Offers Classes and Resources for East Oahu Community

Kaiser Permanente Offers Classes and Resources for East Oahu Community

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii offers a number of community resources in the East Oahu area, ranging from weight management to driver safety. Classes are open to the public and all are welcome to attend, but pre-registration is required. Check the individual listing for information on how to register.

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UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

UHPA Fellowship Honors Plant Preservation Champion Dr. Lani Stemmerman

“Lani loved field work and jumped at every opportunity to traverse Hawai‘i’s
vegetation and landscapes.” —Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois

The University of Hawai‘i Professional Assembly of Honolulu is honoring UH alumna, innovative researcher and UH educator Dr. Lani Stemmermann through a $204,000 pledge to create the Dr. Lani Stemmermann Endowed Fellowship. This endowment will support graduate students pursuing their Ph.D. degree in Botany, in the Department of Botany University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Natural Sciences. 

City finally reopens Maunalua Bay restroom station

HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Four years after it was shuttered, the restroom facility at Maunalua Bay Beach Park was finally reopened.

Opening a comfort station is normally not a big deal, but this one drew a crowd, including Mayor Kirk Caldwell, members of the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood board, and the Hui Nalu Canoe Club.

The restrooms had been closed since February 2010 because of an outdated cesspool system.

"Basically everything went out into the ocean," said Michele Nekota, director designate for the city's Parks and Recreation Department. "Now the sewer system is like how we have in our house today, and so it doesn't go out into the ocean, thank goodness. So it's a good thing."

But the work had several delays, partially because it involved a lot of players, as well as the nearby busy Kalanianaole Highway.