|Troy and Ala Keolanui reign over the Merrie Monarch Festival this week. See more below and at www.merriemonarch.com.|
Photo from Merrie Monarch Festival by Bruce Omori.
|Sen. Mazie Hirono visted KTA in Hilo on Thursday and reiterated her|
support for Da BUX program that helps low income families buy
locally grown produce. Photo from Hirono's office
She toured the Kolekole Bridge in Honomu to discuss infrastructure investments in Hawai'i with Hawaii Department of Transportation Deputy Director of Highways Ed Sniffen. The Kolekole Bridge is one of many bridges in Hawai'i that will be upgraded. “Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Hawaii is set to receive more than $2.8 billion for infrastructure investments including upgrades to bridges and roads. This historic funding will help make sure Hawaii remains a great place to live, work, and explore for decades to come.”
|Sen. Mazie Hirono visited Merrie Monarch artists and|
craftspersons on Thursday and called the festival an
important economic driver. Photo from Hirono's office
The Senator ended her day with a visit to the Merrie Monarch festival in Hilo, saying, “The Merrie Monarch Festival is a wonderful celebration of Hawaii’s unique history, culture, and talent—it has also developed into an important economic driver for the Big Island. After two years without the Merrie Monarch Festival, it was great to see the festival back in action this year and to meet so many talented local artists and craftspeople from across Hawai'i.”
|Seth White, 21, who died in a motorcycle accident on|
Tuesday morning at the entrance to Hawai'i Volcanoes
National Park. Photo from Jada-Simone S. White
|Troy and Ala Keolanui who work with Edmund C. Olson Trust and OK Farms are|
king and queen for Merrie Monarch. Photo from Merrie Monarch by Cody Yamaguchi
See livestream, results and more at www.merriemonarch.com
"Troy, born in September 1963, is the son of Norbet Kahalehili Keolanui and Rachel Keolanui Epperson. A Hilo High School graduate, he attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, then embarked on a career in construction and management, and in 1989 began working for the Edmund C. Olson Trust. In 2002, in partnership with Edmund Olson, Troy founded the
"Ala'amoe was born in Hilo in October 1978 to Gary and Barbara Kuʻikahi. Raised in Keaukaha and Waiākea Uka, she graduated from Waiākea High School, then earned a certificate in Human Services from Hawaiʻi Community College. After a career in admissions at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi for many years, ʻAlaʻamoe began to work full-time on the OK Farms in 2013."
Kehau Ke will represent Ka'u in the Merrie Monarch Parade
on Saturday. Photo by Kamalani Kualahine-Salmo
CONCERT AT THE CRATER ON SATURDAY, MAY 21 has been announced as a free community live music event at Kilauea Theater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with music to begin at 6 p.m. . The event will feature two local music groups.
The event is free to the public, with the community and visitors "being warmly welcomed," said Carr. Park entrance fees apply.
The Pet Nail Trim in Ocean View is a fundraiser
for Big Island Farm Sanctuary on South
Point Road. See www.bigislandsanctuary.com and