Park changes names

  • Sen. Kai Kahele, left, and members of his family helped post a sign at Maunakea in honor of Kahele’s father, late Sen. Gilbert Kahele. Also present were DLNR Chair Suzanne Case, DLNR deputy Robert Masuda, Hawaii Island State Parks Superintendent Dean Takebayashi, and county representatives. Courtesy photo

HILO – The late Hawaii Island State Sen. Gilbert Kahele was a champion for the stewardship and improvement of facilities at the formerly named Mauna Kea Recreation Area.