The spirit of giving Lāna‘i style and for Hawai‘i state parks

Posted on Nov 29, 2017 in Capitol Connection, Featured

Various non-profits were on hand to support island residents

Gov. Ige on Lāna‘i with Turkey and Rice Giveaway organizers Randy and Jim Coon

Gov. Ige on Lāna‘i with Turkey and Rice Giveaway organizers Randy and Jim Coon

The governor got a workout passing out turkeys and rice to the community for Thanksgiving

On Lāna‘i, the governor got a workout at the 24th Annual Turkey and Rice Giveaway last month, which provided food for every family on the island. Organizers Jim and Randy Coon of Trilogy Charter Boat Co. joined with Maui Hotel & Lodging, Young Brothers and Bank of Hawaii, along with other community organizations, to distribute more than 1,000 turkeys and bags of rice for Thanksgiving.

DLNR state park administrators Alan Carpenter and Curt Cottrell model the custom designed aloha shirts

State Park Aloha Shirt

If you’re looking for a unique holiday gift, consider the State Park Aloha Shirt — a partnership between the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, Pacific Historic Parks and Hilo Hattie.

The shirt features popular state parks on four islands: Diamond Head and ‘Iolani Palace on O‘ahu; the Na Pali Coast on Kaua‘i, Akaka Falls on Hawai‘i island; and ‘Iao Valley on Maui. The shirts are available at the Diamond Head Visitor Center or on line at for $39.95.

After expenses, Pacific Historic Parks uses the funds for education programs. In addition, if the shirt is purchased at a Hilo Hattie store in Ala Moana, Lahaina or Līhu‘e, 10 percent is donated back to the Diamond Head park.

Read more in our December issue