The week-long 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo on Hawaiʻi Island continues with kahiko or ancient style hula performances tonight. The competition portion of the festival got underway on Thursday night with the crowning of the new Miss Aloha Hula for 2014.
An estimated 3,721 acres of undeveloped rainforest is being granted to The Nature Conservancy as a conservation easement, under an agreement that will create the largest private nature reserve in Hawaiʻi, organization representatives said in an announcement.
A 17-year-old Hāna boy suffered fatal injuries in an overnight crash on the Hāna Highway after the vehicle he was driving went off the road, continued approximately 300-feet down a cliff, and landed on lava rocks on the shore where it burst into flames, officials said.
Representatives with Hawaiian Airlines tell Maui Now that they do not comment on pending litigation, and stated, “Hawaiian’s first commitment is always to safety.” Airline representatives also confirmed that they requested an informal conference with the FAA to discuss the matter.
A Haleakalā `ahinahina or silversword plant will make the journey to Korea and back, marking the first time the plant has left Haleakalā since 1992 when it was federally listed as a threatened species.
Federal Aviation Administration officials tell us that since 1947, there have been 105 people who have stowed away in 94 flights worldwide. Of those, 80 individuals or 76.2% died and 25 people or 23.8% survived, according to Ian Gregor of the FAA.
“Officials have notified the boy’s family that he is safe. The CWS Branch will enlist the help of all necessary agencies to ensure the child’s safe return to his home in California,” department officials said in a statement.