HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Activist and Hawaii Recording Artist Hawane Rios shared this post on Independence day, which many might find controversial. It says "do you know how many people died for this country? Yes, approximately 5 million slaved and between 80-100 million Native Americans." She also wrote as a comment: I don't celebrate the "independence" of the United States. Today, I say a prayer of remembrance for all of the people who experienced the horror, violence and profound trauma of being ripped from their ancestral lands, brutally murdered and enslaved.
We showed video this morning of Kapena celebrating the 4th of July on Kauai Island; The caption read "Thank you Beautiful Kauai you guys came out in full force Mahalo Mahalo Mahalo!! ?#best4thofjulycelebrationever? ?#hospicekauai? ?#bestfireworkshow?"
Musician Ron Artis the second has brought his funk-soul-blues music to Sunrise before. Now he's on Hawaii Sessions Acoustic Live. Hawaii sessions posted this video yesterday. Musician Jon Yamasato commented online quote "A great way to spend this holiday is with Ron Artis II and the Truth". Ron is releasing a new E-P called "Little People." He'll be a part of the Sunrise Summer Concert Series August 12th. Then he's performing at the Blue Note Hawaii. He's also on tour this year with Jake Shimabukuro.
Henry Kapono enjoyed his fourth...and is taking some R' n R' with his family. He posted these photos on facebook from Kentucky. Caption read "Surfing, eating and river funnin' Kentucky style!!! Yeehaa...!!!"
My family spent most of the 4th on a plane headed back from Dallas, Texas. It was the 2016 Boys Junior National Volleyball Championships. We saw Daniel Dae Kim was there, he was cheering on his son who was playing.
But also there in the same Convention Center, TEAM USA played their last matches against Australia and Russian. Those were the last matches on American soil before they head to Rio. Dave Shoji was in attendance; we ran into him during the weekend! Just a reminder: you can watch the Olympics from Rio here on KHNL Starting August 5.