Graffiti Paint Off Kicks Off Kalihi Pride Events

Warren Kaminaka
Warren Kaminaka

KALIHI (KHNL) - Mayor Mufi Hannemann joined youth groups and community leaders in a graffiti paintout Saturday to launch a series of "Kalihi Pride" events. The paintout began at 9 a.m. at Song's Auto Body, 1229 North King Street.


Mayor Mufi Hannemann and the Mayor's Office of Economic Development will hold an economic summit on revitalizing Kalihi from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the Farrington High School auditorium.

"This is just one in a series of Kalihi Pride events we¹re planning over the next few months," said Hannemann, who grew up in Kalihi. "Kalihi is one of Oahu¹s oldest neighborhoods, and many, many people in today¹s Honolulu have roots there."

"For many people, it was their family¹s first home in Hawaii, as it was for my family. Kalihi remains a fascinating, diverse mix of cultures, tastes and languages, but it could use an infusion of economic horsepower," said Hannemann. "We hope to follow the model of our highly successful Chinatown Summit in June last year, which produced a wealth of great ideas and actions."

City Economic Development Director Ann Chung said, "The goal of the Mayor¹s Kalihi Economic Summit is to bring residents, businesses, community leaders, private organizations and the City together to come up with practical, concrete ideas to make Kalihi a better place to live, work and raise families."

The summit will draw a wide range of participants, from the Kalihi Business Association and Kamehameha Schools to the Filipino Chamber of Commerce and the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

The summit will begin at 4 p.m. with Flavors of Kalihi, a sampling of heavy pupu dishes from many well-known Kalihi eateries.

Following that, Mayor Hannemenn will present the keynote speech, discussing the City¹s commitment to revitalizing Kalihi and will be followed by presentations on:

-Supporting Kalihi¹s Businesses, by the Kalihi Business Association, Filipino Chamber of Commerce, Empower Oahu and Day in Kalihi.

-Developing Kalihi¹s Wokforce, by Work Hawaii / Oahu Worklinks, Honolulu Community College, Building Industry Association, and the Pacific Gateway Center.

-Economic Revitalization, by the Kamehameha Schools and Urban Land Institute.

-Empowering Kalihi¹s Youth, performance by Farrington High School¹s Hope Through Music program.

All interested businesses and community organizations are invited to attend the Mayor's Kalihi Economic Summit, but registration is requested.

To register, call 237-3678, e-mail or visit April 23 is the registration deadline.