Senator Brian Schatz: “We’re grateful for the opportunity to introduce Hawaii’s favorite dishes to the rest of the country. Sharing the foods we’ve grown up with is integral to sharing the very culture of our state.” PBN: The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution designating the week of June 12 as National Hawaiian Foods Week.
2. Food meets culture.
The KHON2-sponsored program “Search Hawaii: Where Food Meets Culture,” came out a winner Saturday after being awarded a regional Emmy in San Francisco, California. The show follows Maui chef Mike Lofaro and cultural expert Kainoa Horcajo on their journey to create a meal based on the Hawaiian moon calendar. KHON2: ‘Search Hawaii’ wins regional Emmy.
3. Supah awesome.
“I was dreading the whole thing — I mean, it seemed kinda nerdy,” Matsushima said. “But when we arrived, I got all excited seeing Spider-Man, Batman and some unidentifiable superheroes. I remember squeezing my husband’s hand and saying, ‘Oh my gosh, I wish Nainoa could see all of this.’” StarAd: Superheroes’ aloha needed for boy battling rare cancer.
4. Make Honolulu awesome.
Honolulu is one of five U.S. cities selected to participate in Heineken’s Cities Project for 2016, giving local residents the opportunity to apply for a $20,000 cash award and a heavily promoted campaign on Indiegogo. StarAd: Submit your idea to make Honolulu awesome.
5. Not very PC in Pearl City.
HNN: “If you have cancer, it’s almost like having AIDS, you don’t want people to know.” Republican Angela Aulani Ka’aihue, who’s running for Congress against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, has posted several signs declaring that she’s “healthy and cancer free.” She had previously said she was running for the seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Mark Takai, who will not seek re-election because he’s battling pancreatic cancer. The signs are angering Pearl City residents and members of the Hawaii Republican Party. But there’s not much they can do.
6. Ige’s education task group.
StarAd: “This request is a difficult one for me because while the subject of the governor’s team is education, it’s really not a joint project (with the DOE); it’s the governor’s project. And I think it’s really unprecedented for a governor to transfer funds from the department to himself.” BOE member Jim Williams abstained from voting on the release of $75,000 for an advisory group developing a “blueprint” to transform the face of public education in Hawaii for the better.
7. Hawaii’s safe trails, online.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources launched a new revamped website called hawaiitrails.org. The website is a great resource for state forest trail hikers in Hawaii. It features safety and hazard warnings, trail details, and you can even make a report if you see any damage or problems. Aaron Lowe, acting program manager of Na Ala Hele, said all the trails listed on hawaiitrails.org are open and maintained for public safety. “I hope it does draw people away from the other sites that are advertising trails that are closed or potentially hazardous.” KHON2: Hikers use revamped state website for information on best trails.
8. Who would you vote for president?
“All I have to say is, it doesn’t matter what gender. All we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who don’t feel like we have a voice. Those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president to push for what is right and push for what America really needs.” Miss Hawaii USA Chelsea Hardin was asked: “If the election were tomorrow, would you vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president?” The question immediately drew a chorus of boos from the audience. KHON2: Miss Hawaii USA has one more answer to that controversial question.
9. Hokele’a’s 21st Century voyage, via iPad.
StarAd: “Children learn about how the greatest navigators in history constructed double-hulled canoes out of natural materials, and they learn that protecting those natural resources is imperative for a healthy future for all of us,” said Nainoa Thompson, master navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. A new iPad app that uses video storytelling to teach kids about the “Malama Honua” voyage of the Hokule‘a canoe will be launched June 11.
- #ICYMI: Hokulea part of attraction of international canoe race in NYC (KHON2).
- #ICYMI: Solar-powered airplane lands in New York City (StarAd).