Waianae’s DeForest Buckner Drafted to 49ers

Waianae native, Punahou Alumni & Oregon Ducks Graduate , DeForest Buckner gets drafted to the San Francisco 49ers as the 7th pick in the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft.



Congratulations DeForest! Your hard work and dedication has taken you to the next level. You have made Waianae very proud & for that matter, Hawai’i as a whole. We are rooting for you, may your journey in the big leagues bring you many blessings. Continue to work hard to make all your dreams come true & continue to Defend Hawai’i!

May 1st

May Day on May 1 is an ancient northern hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. In Hawai’i, May Day is also known as Lei Day, and it is normally set aside as a day to celebrate island culture in general and the culture of the Native Hawaiians in particular.

lei-day1  But we are not here to talk about the number of leis that will be passed out this Sunday. May 1st is also a significant date in Hawai’i because it marks the revival of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and a renaissance of voyaging, canoe building, and non-instrument navigation.


On May 1, 1976, Hokule‘a left from Honolua Bay, Maui; set on a course towards Tahiti.

The crossing from Hawai’i to Tahiti presented two main challenges, one in sailing, the other in navigation. The longitude of the Hawaiian island of Maui, our starting point, lies some 500 miles west of the longitude of Tahiti. Since the trade winds along the route generally blow from the northeast above the equator, and from the southeast below it, in order to reach Tahiti, Hokule’a had to sail well enough to windward to make up the 500 miles of longitude and while also fighting the westward moving current that typically accompanies the trades. Our strategy to accomplish this was to sail as hard into the wind as the canoe would point without losing too much speed in order to gain maximum easting in the northeast trades, and then to hold on to as much of that easting as possible when, below the equator, the winds shift to the southeast and would start pushing us to the southwest.

tahiti_arrival_1976On June 4, thirty-four days after departing from Maui, the canoe sailed on to reach Tahiti.

“At the arrival into Pape’ete Harbor, over half the island was there, more than 17,000 people. The canoe came in and touched the beach. There was an immediate response of excitement by everybody, including the children.” – Nainoa Thompon


Hokule‘a approaches Oahu and home after its 4,800-mile historic trip to Tahiti and back. Star-Bulletin Archives

So, there you have it ohana. May 1st isn’t only to be remembered as the day we show off the aloha spirit, it is also to be remembered as the day Hawaiians took the step we needed to embrace our relationship and history with the stars, sun & moon.

Lowen Tynanes vs Koji Ando at ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS


ONE Championship, Asia’s largest and most exciting mixed martial arts extravaganza, returns to Manila once again to bring explosive martial arts action back to the Philippines. As one of the foremost fighting capitals of the world, Manila is no stranger to hosting world-class combat sports spectacles, and ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS is no exception.


Defend Hawai’i Representative & Hawai’i Elite MMA Fighter Lowen Tynanes will be at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Friday, as he takes on Koji Ando at ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS.

Lowen Tynanes vs Rasul Yakhyaev at ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER in Phnom Penh, Dec 2015. Global MMA News

Lowen Tynanes vs Rasul Yakhyaev at ONE: KINGDOM OF KHMER in Phnom Penh, Dec 2015. Global MMA News

Ever since Lowen Tynanes blew Eduard Folayang away in only his second professional fight, there’s been a clamour to see how good he really is. Six fights later, he’s still unbeaten, with five of those wins coming inside the distance.

His biggest test to date came against Vuyisile Colossa, whose masterful balance and movement certainly caused him trouble. But the Hawaiian’s superior grappling and endurance won the day in the closing moments. Tynanes has since beaten the (then) 18-3 Kuat Khamitov and Rasul Yakhyaev, who at the time was 9-2. – (Yahoo Sports)

Good luck Lowen, we are all rooting for you and the team! Your hard work and dedication is an inspiration. Kill em with aloha Lowen, show them how a true Hawaiian gets down!