December 17, 2012, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
Free to members; $3 nonmembers
To date, nearly 3,000 prehistoric and historic sites and features reveal the island of Kaho`olawe to have been a navigational center for voyaging, an adze quarry site, an agricultural center, and a site for religious and cultural ceremonies. Traditionally, the island has been revered as a wahi pana (legendary place) and a pu`uhonua (place of refuge). In modern times, Kaho`olawe would be used briefly as a penal colony and for ranching, and was eventually transferred to the U.S. Navy for use as a bombing range. Litigation forced an end to the bombing in 1990 and the island was placed under the administration of the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC). Ten years of ordnance removal followed, after which control of access to Kaho`olawe was transferred to the State in 2003.
Today, the KIRC is responsible for the restoration and sustainable management of the island until it can be transferred to the stewardship of a Native Hawaiian entity. At the Lyman Museum on Monday, December 17, Dean Tokishi, manager of KIRC’s Ocean Program, illustrates the exceptional history of this small but significant island, and the restoration efforts that spell a better future for its land and the surrounding ocean. Additional parking next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First come, first seated.
Lyman Museum ~ 276 Haili St ~ Hilo, Hawai`i ~ (808) 935-5021 ~ www.lymanmuseum.org
The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i to tell the story of its islands and people.