About Town 03-10-18

  • Bill Thompson

March For Our Lives

The national March For Our Lives event takes to the streets at 10 a.m. March 24 to protest unsafe schools. The march is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings. In the wake of the 17 lives cut short in Florida, some politicians say now is not the time to talk about guns, but March For Our Lives says it believes the time is now.

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The march in Kona starts at Kmart, crosses the intersection and proceeds south toward Henry Street and back. Those who cannot march can join the movement at Palani and Queen K Highway intersection.

RSVP on https://event.marchforourlives.com/event/march-our-lives-events/search.

William Thompson selected for national historical parks

The National Park Service has selected William Thompson to serve as the next superintendent of Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. Thompson replaces Tammy Duchesne who transferred last year to the National Park Service’s Washington, D.C. office.

“Bill is a charismatic leader with energy to match,” said Martha Lee, acting regional director for the National Park Service’s Pacific West Region. “He truly cares about being a responsible caretaker of these national treasures that mean so much to Native Hawaiians.”

Thompson is a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service. He currently serves as the Intermountain Region chief of facility management based in Denver, responsible for the oversight of the eight-state region’s facility management and facility funding programs. His experience includes serving temporary assignments as a national program chief, an associate regional director, and park superintendent. He has been formally recognized by the National Park Service for his leadership in facilities management and cultivating a culture of customer service.

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“It is an honor to have this opportunity.” said Thompson. “I look forward to working alongside the talented and dedicated park staff at Puuhonua O Honaunau and Kaloko-Honokōhau, the park’s partners, and the local communities.”

Thompson will assume his new role April 1.