‘A great tribute’: NG-16 Cygnus spacecraft after NASA astronaut Ellison Onizuka

  • Ellison Onizuka is seen with keiki in this March 1985 photo.

  • Ellison Onizuka signs autographs on April 22, 1985. WHT file photo

  • Ellison Onizuka waves in this March 9, 1985, photo. WHT file photo

  • Ellison Onizuka speaks at a Big Island school in March 1985. WHT file photo

  • Ellison Onizuka speaks at Kealakehe school in March 1985. (WHT/file photos)

  • Ellison Onizuka is seen on Kailua Pier with a 420-pound marlin he boated on March 14, 1985. WHT file photo

  • Ellison Onizuka. Press release photo

  • West Hawaii Today's front page from January 29, 1986 covering the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion.

Kona’s own homegrown hero, the late astronaut Ellison Onizuka, is being honored by having a spacecraft named after him.