(Honolulu, Hawaii) May 24, 2016 – Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF), with funding through a grant from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, has partnered with Hawaii News Now to showcase a new series, “Wahi Pana: Hawai‘i's Special Places.” “Wahi pana” is defined as a celebrated legendary place or landmark of special interest and historical significance. In the first of a series, viewers go beyond the name and get to know Waimanalo, premiering on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. on KGMB.
Waimanalo, famous for its beautiful soaring cliffs and miles of white sand beaches, was the fourth largest ahupua‘a on O‘ahu, covering Hawaii Kai to Mount Olomana. It was also home to one of the largest fishponds in the islands, Kuapa Pond, which is now Hawaii Kai Marina.
This installment of “Wahi Pana” includes interviews from Clyde Aikau, Waimanalo resident and legendary surfer, Renwick “Uncle Joe” Tassill, Waimanalo kupuna and Hawaiian Homes Commissioner, David “Kawika” Kahiapo, community coordinator and slack-key guitar master, and many others.
“The sense of place is an important Hawaiian tradition that has powerful applications in the lives of our children, families and leaders,” said Jan E. Hanohano Dill, PIDF President. “Mahalo to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority for funding this project; the late, award-winning director, editor and videographer Don Mapes and his daughter Melissa Mapes for directing and producing; and Hawaii News Now for airing this very special program.”
“We are very proud and excited to partner with PIDF in sharing this incredible collection of beautiful programs showcasing the rich history and beauty of our islands in a way that most of us have never seen before,” said Rick Blangiardi, General Manager of Hawaii News Now.
Future episodes set to air include Hawai‘i Island’s Hilo, Ka?u, North Kohala and Waimea; Maui’s Lahaina; and O‘ahu’s Waihe?e Valley.
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