About Town: 02-02-20

  • The voyaging canoe Makali’i is under sail in this undated photograph. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Emergency warning sirens to be tested Monday

The monthly test of the all-hazard Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Monday.


During this monthly test, all outdoor warning sirens will sound a 1-minute attention alert signal (steady tone). A simultaneous test of the live audio broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System is conducted with the monthly siren sounding, in cooperation with Hawaii’s broadcast industry.

There will be no exercise or drill accompanying the test, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

If you hear this siren tone in circumstances other than a test, follow emergency information and instructions provided by official government channels. This may be in the form of a local radio, television station broadcast, and/or cellular Wireless Emergency Alert.

To report siren operation issues in Hawaii County, call 935-0031.

Celebrate 25 years of Makalii

Na Kalai Waa invites all Makalii ohana to celebrate 25 years of the voyaging canoe going strong next weekend in Kawaihae.

The two-day event kicks off Saturday with a gathering at Kawaihae for a workday at 9 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch at noon and hoolauna at 2 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. the nonprofit organization will hold its annual meeting followed by pupu and hookani pila at 5 p.m.

The celebration continues Sunday with a malama hoea and tree planting in Kawaihae starting at 8 a.m.

Attendees should bring a personal mess kit, water bottle, breakfast and snack, ande artifacts and other archival items they’d like to share reflecting the history of the nonprofit organization that celebrated the “birth” or launch of Makalii in 1995.


“Our 25 year journey has been possible because opf the countless individuals who are our spirit, our conscience, and our back bone. The spirit of Makalii is deserving of continued, consistent relationships with the larger community who birthed her,” wrote Pomaikai Bertelman in announcing the event. “The next 11 months of celebrated energy will allow us to create extraordinary moments in time, that will ensure another 40 years of the ‘Makalii Magic.’”

Info: Call 885-9500 or email nakalaiwaa@gmail.com.

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