Johnston-Kitazawa presents third in series about harbors, landing places of Hawaii Island

  • Courtesy of KIKO JOHNSTON-KITAZAWA Military amphibious landing ship bringing vehicles and munitions for Pohakuloa.

  • Courtesy of MIKE VARNEY Pinnace ‘Imi Loa sailing off Kawaihae.

Sailor, canoe builder, and Hawaiian culture/history educator Kapena Kiko Johnston-Kitazawa returns to the Lyman Museum from 7-8:30 p.m. today and 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday to present the third in his series of programs about the harbors and landing places of Hawaii Island.

Join Johnston-Kitazawa this time for a virtual sail along the coasts of South and North Kohala.


Learn where snow and cold on the shores of a desert coast rivermouth delayed the wedding of a Kauai chief. Sail to places where key events helped forge the Hawaiian Kingdom. View relics of the sugar era, and areas where other societal choices have shaped (and continue to shape) modern Hawaii. Consider the effects of geological forces, as well as wind and waves, upon the land and people of the Kohala District.

Johnston-Kitazawa’s exceptional presentation is a must-see on either of the two occasions.

Admission is free to museum members, or $3 for nonmembers. Because of COVID-19 safety restrictions, masks that meet CDC guidelines must be worn and physical distancing observed. Temperature checks will be made before entering the museum.


Seating is very limited; you must reserve seats in advance by calling during business hours and must check in at the front desk prior to the presentation. Check in begins at 6:30 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday evenings only, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School by entering the Kapiolani Street entrance. Park, then walk through the museum’s green gate in the rock wall.

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