The rich, diverse history of Mōʻiliʻili and Old Stadium Park will come to life in a community-inspired mural being painted at the urban park beginning this week. The mural will adorn a once graffiti-ridden wall at the ‘Ewa, mauka-end of the park shared between the City and the nearby building owner.


The over 9-acre public space sits above underground caves and was home to Honolulu Stadium from 1926 to 1976 before it was designated as an urban park approximately two years later. When the stadium stood, it hosted football, baseball, and other sports exhibitions. The park has since become a multi-use common area that welcomes a variety of activities.

“I have so many fond memories of Mōʻiliʻili, especially during my playing days for the University of Hawai‘i in the 1960’s and later as an Assistant Coach for the Rainbow Warriors in the 1970’s,” said Mayor Rick Blangiardi. “I am encouraged to see such a vibrant piece of public art paying homage to that era, the natural history, and various uses of the park, while also looking ahead to the future generations who can enjoy this revitalized public space. Mahalo to the many groups who assisted with this piece, and those who continue to improve and reactivate Old Stadium Park.”


The mural is the result of a collaborative effort between the City, AARP Hawai‘i, Blue Zones Project Hawai‘i, Voyager Public Charter School, Age-Friendly Honolulu, and the community at-large. Inspiration for the various elements of the mural were derived from the input of more than 600 area residents and other park stakeholders. The design was finalized by local muralist Luke DeKneef, whose team will install the mural, following a multi-generational design workshop with community members and keiki from Voyager School.


“There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for this mural project from nearby residents, community groups, schools, and businesses,” said Colby Takeda, Senior Manager of Blue Zones Project. “We hope this art piece can help to share the vibrant history of Honolulu Stadium, bring pride to the Mōʻiliʻili community, and envision a thriving public space for all community members—keiki to kūpuna—to enjoy for generations to come.”

Other recent improvements to the park and the surrounding area include street painting & bulb-outs at the intersection of King and Isenberg streets, a renovated comfort station in November 2018, and a refurbished play apparatus in December 2016.


“Projects like this help make Honolulu a more livable city,” said Keali‘i Lopez, the AARP Hawai‘i State Director. “The mural honors the rich past of the surrounding area and the former site of Honolulu Stadium. We support the mural and attempts to improve Old Stadium Park, including recent traffic improvements at the intersection of Isenberg and King streets, because having a more livable city also means having a more Age-Friendly City that people of all generations can enjoy.”


AARP Hawai‘i is currently soliciting grant applications from non-profit groups to fund projects like the Old Stadium Park mural, which bring people of all ages together and make neighborhoods better places to live. To find out more about the AARP Livable Communities Initiative 2021 Community Challenge Grants go to www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led, well-being, and improvement initiative designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice through permanent changes to lifestyle, environment, policy, and community partnerships. It was brought to Hawai‘i through an innovative sponsorship by the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) in collaboration with Sharecare and Blue Zones, LLC.


If you need an auxiliary aid/service, other accommodations due to a disability, or an interpreter for a language other than English in reference to this announcement, please call DPR at (808) 768-3003 on weekdays from 7:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or email parks@honolulu.gov


Source: https://www.honolulu.gov/cms-csd-menu/site-csd-sitearticles/1454-site-csd-news-2021-cat/41361-02-23-21-mural-at-old-stadium-park-to-showcase-park’s-past,-present,-and-future.html


Hirono Highlights Hawaii Priorities and Historic Nomination of Rep. Haaland for DOI Secretary in ENR Confirmation Hearing



Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) highlighted issues she hopes to focus on with the Department of the Interior (DOI) during the first day of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s hearing on the nomination of Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M), President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior.


“I thank you for meeting with me a little while ago to discuss policy matters that are very important to me—and of course, the issues that relate to Hawaii’s indigenous, Native Hawaiian community are very important to me. I note, as several have already have noted, how historic and important it is that you will be the first Native American woman…poised to serve as Secretary of the Interior,” Senator Hirono said.


As an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblo, Rep. Haaland’s “people were in our country long before the rest of us ever came here. So I think the significance of your background is not lost on any of us,” Senator Hirono continued. “Based on my conversation with you, I would expect that you will be very committed to working with us on Native Hawaiian issues, as well as issues relating to other indigenous peoples—of course the Alaska Natives and American Indians.”


Click here to download broadcast quality b-roll of Senator Hirono’s exchange with Rep. Haaland during the hearing.


Senator Hirono also noted that if Rep. Haaland is confirmed as Secretary, she wants to work with her to protect native and endangered species and mitigate invasive species in Hawaii. The Senator encouraged Rep. Haaland, if confirmed, to work collaboratively with the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and members of Congress to fairly and collaboratively renegotiate the Compacts of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, as they are set to expire in 2023 and 2024. Senator Hirono also noted that she hopes to work with Rep. Haaland to address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and children. The Senator asked about how a transition to clean energy could create jobs—even for families that have worked in the fossil fuel industry. Rep. Haaland responded that there is the potential for millions of clean energy jobs, and that renewable energy technology and innovation will help to create those jobs. Finally, the Senator emphasized the importance of Rep. Haaland’s track record of bipartisanship during her time in the House of Representatives in accomplishing policy goals.


Senator Hirono and Rep. Haaland met last month to discuss shared priorities for Hawaii and the United States.


Source: https://www.hirono.senate.gov/news/press-releases/hirono-highlights-hawaii-priorities-and-historic-nomination-of-rep-haaland-for-doi-secretary-in-enr-confirmation-hearing




At the direction of the President of the United States, Gov. David Ige has ordered that the United States flag and the Hawai‘i state flag will be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and upon all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawai‘i National Guard in the State of Hawai‘i immediately, until sunset on ­­Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.


“This action is being taken today, as the U.S. marks a half-million COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. Let us reflect on this loss and the memory of the more than 500,000 fellow Americans – including 431 in Hawai‘i -- who have died of COVID-19. Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones on this day,” Gov. Ige said.


More Americans have died in a single year of this pandemic than in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War combined, according to the White House proclamation.


President Joseph R. Biden is also asking Americans to observe a moment of silence at sunset, in honor of those who have died of COVID-19.


The president’s proclamation can be found here.


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