Hanohano `o Kona (Honoring Kona), a free community lecture series that started last year, will continue in 2013, spotlighting local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawaii, these presentations are a gift from the Society to the community that has supported it for so long. Free of charge, they are open to all, residents and visitors alike.
Local historian Melrose will get the series going on January 30, sharing archival films and photos from the Society’s collections. Among the topics of this year’s talks are: Chinese New Year Celebrations and Traditions; Hawaiian Surfing History; Humu`ula Sheep Station Archeology Project; Royal Order of Kamehameha, Kaahumanu Society, and Daughters of Hawaii; Kamehameha the Great; Hawaii International Billfish Tournament History; Polynesian Voyaging Society; D. Uchida Living History Coffee Farm’s Stories of Kona’s Pioneers; and Lauhala Weaving.
Maile Melrose, Ed Yap, John Clark, Peter Mills, Fred Cachola, Rick Gaffney, Chadd Paishan, Elizabeth Lee, Alfreida Fujita, Ed Kaneko, and Tomoe Nimori, among others, will deliver a broad spectrum of cultural and historical content.
Hanohano `o Kona (Honoring Kona) occurs on the last Wednesday of every month except November and December, at the West Hawai’i Civic Center at Kealakehe Parkway and Ane Keohokalole Highway, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Further information is available at 323-3222 and www.konahistorical.org.