Presentation will focus on Kahoolawe

DEAN TOKISHI, Will give free talk

The public is invited to a free presentation focusing on Kahoolawe titled “Kukulu Ke Ea A Kanaloa — The life and spirit of Kanaloa builds and takes form.”

The talk will be presented by Dean Tokishi, ocean resources specialist III with the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, at the Wednesday meeting of Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. This event will take place at a new venue: The Sphere at Maui Ocean Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m.; enter by the administrative office entrance at Maui Ocean Center.

The presentation will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

By order of the fire marshal, only 118 guests can be accommodated, so admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Kanaloa Kaho’olawe’s rich history, complex present and hopeful future can be seen and felt,” said Tokishi. “My talk will cover everything from the island’s use as a prison colony, a ranch, and military live fire training site to the extensive unexploded ordinance cleanup project and the efforts to restore an entire island ecosystem, mauka to makai.”

“Many on Maui look across the channel to Kahoolawe and wonder about its history, and what the island is like now,” said Amy Hodges, program manager at Maui Nui Marine Resource Council. “There’s also a lot of curiosity about the reefs and marine resources of Kahoolawe. How are they surviving after the years of extreme sediment runoff caused by the decades of military bombing of Kahoolawe? We are grateful that Dean Tokishi will be sharing his manao and knowledge about Kahoolawe with us all.”