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Public Information Division
Department of Customer Services
City & County of Honolulu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (AUGUST 10, 2002)
CITY COMMEMORATES MYRON “PINKY” THOMPSON
IN HAWAII KAI CANOE HALAU DEDICATION
A new canoe halau will be dedicated to the lifetime of achievement of the late community leader, Myron “Pinky” Thompson at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2002, at Maunalua Bay.
Set on the shores of the East Honolulu community of Hawaii Kai, ceremonies will begin with prelude music by the popular Na Hoku Hanohano winners, Maunalua, and will include welcoming remarks by Mayor Jeremy Harris, Project Co-Champion Steve Hirano, Architect Bill Chang and messages by the Thompson ‘Ohana and Hui Nalu Canoe Club. It will conclude with a blessing by Kahu Keomailani Fergerstrom and untying of maile lei by Laura Thompson.
The event will also feature the stowing of the first canoe and a Pai’na hosted by the Hui Nalu Canoe Club. Hui Nalu will be the primary caretaker and user of the halau.
The Myron “Pinky” Thompson Canoe Halau occupies 2,500 square feet, stands about 21 feet high and has the capability of storing 24 racing canoes and a dozen other crafts. Architect Bill Chang worked closely with Hui Nalu to ensure a culturally appropriate, functional facility, which will secure the ocean crafts under lock and key. It is anchored by moss rock walls and includes decorative metal grilles on the sides for ventilation, and a copper roof.
The halau is a community Vision project and commemorates Pinky’s exceptional life of service as a government administrator, visionary and community leader who was tireless in advocating for native Hawaiian rights. Thompson was guided by his strong belief in ancestral spirituality as the foundation by which one moves forward with confidence and discipline.
Throughout his achievements -- as President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Director of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, Trustee of Bishop Estate, one of the founding architects of Alu Like – Thompson dedicated himself to the values of “seeking, planning, experimenting, taking risks and the importance of caring for each other.” His vision of a healthy and vigorous Hawaii included all people, but he was especially concerned about the welfare of native Hawaiians.
Pinky’s leadership in the Hui Nalu Canoe Club is a natural outgrowth of his passion for the sea. He was an avid canoe paddler well into his seventies, and served as a board member and president of Hui Nalu for more than 30 years.
The halau was built by T. Iida Contracting, Ltd., at a cost of $655,000.
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