‘Protectors’ to celebrate Hawaiian Independence Day; other events planned for holiday weekend

  • This Tribune-Herald file photo captured July 19 shows the view from Pu’u Huluhulu at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Maunakea Access Road.

  • “Pikachu” helped build a “Kingdom of Hawaii Post Office” out of sticks and ti leaves not far from the base of the Maunakea Access Road. (MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY/Tribune-Herald file photo)

HILO — With much of the island taking a long weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving, those gathered at the Maunakea Access Road will celebrate a different holiday.