|The young ladies of Pāhala's Hālau Hula ‘O Leionālani performed at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on Monday. See more below.|
Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses
Other presenters included United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry who is also former Secretary of State. Also speaking was Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero of Guam.
Roth said, “It was an honor to be personally invited to the Our Ocean Conference by President Whipps to showcase all of the amazing things we are doing in Hawaiʻi to combat climate change and build a sustainable island chain where our keiki can thrive and succeed for generations to come. We truly believe that we can be a classroom for the world when it comes to the vision and practice of sustainable actions,
|Mayor Mitch Roth, John Kerry and Celeste Connors|
at the Our Ocean Conference in Palau.
Photo from County of Hawai'i
Our Ocean Conference was held on April 13-14 in Koror, with pre-event receptions and meetings beginning April 12. The Republic of Palau is the first small island developing state to host the Our Ocean Conference. The theme was “Our Ocean, Our People, Our Prosperity,” drawing on Palau’s rich tradition as an ocean society and focused on islander perspectives and approaches to ensuring the health of the ocean. The U.S. Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs supports Our Ocean Conferences. The statement from the mayor's office said they "have catalyzed unprecedented action by the global community to fight marine pollution, acidification, and unsustainable and illegal fishing and promote the blue economy and maritime security. The Our Ocean conferences focus on the key ocean issues of our time – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. In addition, the conferences emphasize commitments for action by participants and other stakeholders around the globe."
|Hālau Hula ‘O Leionālani, of Pāhala, traveled to Hilo Monday to help launch the Merrie Monarch Festival with|
a performance at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Photo by Brenda Iokepa-Moses
|The young ladies of Hālau Hula ‘O Leionālani, with the ladies|
of the halau looking on during outdoor performances Easter
Sunday at Pāhala Hongwanji. Photo by Julia Neal
|The old Japanese Schoolhouse in Pāhala serves as the learning place for Hālau Hula ‘O Leionālani,|
with an Easter and Merrie Monarch Celebration this past Sunday. Photo By Brenda Iokepa-Moses
Pop up tents sheltered families on the grounds of Pāhala Hongwanji, below monster mango trees, as Hālau Hula ‘O Leionālani celebrated Easter and the beginning of Merrie Monarch. Photo by Julia Neal
FIFTEEN MOTORISTS WERE ARRESTED during the week of April 11, through April 17. Hawai‘i Island police arrested 15 driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Four of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age of 21.
So far this year, there have been 323 DUI arrests compared with 377 during the same period last year, a decrease of 14.3 percent.
There have been 217 major accidents so far this year compared with 237 during the same period last year, a decrease of 8.4 percent.
To date, there were 10 fatal crashes, resulting in 12 fatalities (one of which had multiple deaths), compared with 8 fatal crashes, resulting in eight fatalities for the same time last year. This represents is an increase of 25 percent for fatal crashes, and 50 percent for fatalities.
Hawai'i Island Police promise that DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island wide.
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on newsstands and in the mail.