State briefs for December 12

Hikianalia reaches Honolulu

HONOLULU — Hikianalia, Hokule‘a’s sister canoe, was expected to arrive Tuesday in Honolulu on the final leg of the Alahula Kai o Maleka Hikianalia California Voyage from San Diego back to Hawaii.


Following an approximately 2,300-nautical-mile sail, the solar- and wind-powered Hikianalia and its crew were on track to arrive at the Marine Education and Training Center at Sand Island, depending on weather conditions.

This journey is being led by co-captains Kaniela Lyman-­Mersereau and Jason Patterson, along with lead navigator Haunani Kane. The three are part of the cohort of the Polynesia Voyaging Society’s “next generation” of leaders who trained during the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

The Hikianalia departed Honolulu in mid-August and made landfall Sept. 10 at Half Moon Bay, Calif. While in California the canoe made several stops, being greeted at each port with an arrival ceremony hosted by the indigenous and local communities of those areas.

High-surf, wind advisories in effect

HONOLULU — A high-surf advisory is in effect for the east-­facing shores of most Hawaiian isles from Kauai to the Big Island because of strong trades creating choppy surf, effective through 6 a.m. Thursday, weather officials said.

The National Weather Service said surf was expected to rise to 6-10 feet high Tuesday along east-facing shores of the isle chain. The impacts are moderate, with strong breaking waves and strong rip currents, making swimming difficult and dangerous.

Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should exercise caution and heed all advice given by ocean safety officials.

A wind advisory, meanwhile, remains in effect for Maui County isles and the Big Island, with localized gusts of more than 50 mph, through 6 a.m. today. Winds of 20 to 40 mph can knock down tree branches and cause car doors to slam, weather officials warned, and result in sporadic power outages.

Weather forecasters said a series of high-pressure systems passing north of the islands will maintain strong trades through most of the week, then begin weakening Friday into the weekend.

Military’s Aegis system intercepts test missile

HONOLULU — The U.S. military’s land-based Aegis missile defense system intercepted an intermediate range ballistic missile in a test near Hawaii.

The Missile Defense Agency said Monday’s test showed an interceptor missile the military is developing with Japan is ready to be manufactured.

Defense contractor Raytheon says the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor has larger rocket motors that will allow it to defend broader areas.

An Air Force C-17 launched the target missile. The Navy tracked it and launched an interceptor missile from Kauai.

The U.S. has an Aegis Ashore site in Romania and is developing another in Poland.

Japanese navy ships have the Aegis system and Japan is installing Aegis Ashore.

Hawaiian version of ‘Moana’ to be given to schools

HONOLULU — The 2016 Disney film “Moana” re-recorded in the Hawaiian language will be given to every accredited school throughout Hawaii.

The Hawaiian-language version of the animated film premiered in Hawaii during the summer following a yearlong effort by University of Hawaii faculty and students.

About 10,000 words were translated and about 4,000 sound files were recorded by student engineers to produce the Hawaiian version. More than 30 Hawaiian-language speakers and singers were cast for the re-recording, said Chris Lee, director and founder of the university’s Academy for Creative Media.

Auli‘i Cravalho of Mililani, Oahu, also participated, lending her voice again for the eponymous character.


“This was an educational endeavor to encourage students to learn olelo Hawaii and we are so grateful to our partners at Disney Animation and Disney Character Voices International for making this possible,” Lee said in a statement.

It’s the first Disney movie to be re-recorded in the Hawaiian language. It was also translated into the Maori language.

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