McMurdo reformed state Legislature



August 23, 2012

As an “independent” at the 1978 Constitutional Convention, I agreed with citizen leaders like Mary-Jane McMurdo that Hawaii needed the power of initiative in the state Constitution. Later I encouraged Mary-Jane to run for elected office, but was unsuccessful at getting her to run as a Republican. Mary-Jane continued to be a strong outspoken senator for the Sandy Beach initiative and keeping the convention center out of Fort DeRussy.

I will also remember her for encouraging an end to alcohol-laced opening-day parties at the Legislature. In the old days there were many lavish receptions and a few went on into the wee hours. After Mary-Jane railed against these festivities, the open houses became shorter, simpler and generally non-alcoholic.

Gone are the days of dozens of bouquets, leis, plateloads of food, crowds and busloads of tourists. Opening Days have become more work-oriented. Thanks to Mary-Jane we have 60 legislative days, not just 59.

Rep. Barbara Marumoto
R-Kalani Valley, Diamond Head


The 9th Annual “I LOVE LILIHA” Town Festival Will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2012

When:         Sunday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

Where:        Kuakini Street and Liliha

What:           Block Party  “I Love Liliha”

The 9th Annual “I LOVE LILIHA” Town Festival will proudly reconvene this year on Sunday, August 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Each year the ever-popular block party held on the last Sunday of August gathers business leaders, vendors, healthcare providers, entertainers and government agencies together, joining hands with community residents to celebrate the spirit and heritage of Liliha-Nuuanu.   Over the day’s course, last year’s event gathered approximately five-thousand attendees from within Liliha and beyond.


Sponsors such as Finance Factors, Liliha Bakery, and Longs Pharmacy have since 2004 allowed the Festival to offer free admission, which it will continue to provide this year.  To start the day, The Royal Hawaiian Band, will delight attendees from 10am to 11am.    Two-time Grammy award nominee Earl Stuckey, Jr. who has also been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame is also scheduled to perform.  Hawaii’s favorite comic Augie T will meet and greet people between 10am and 12.   Other events include singer Lorna Kaeck, a Chinese lion dance performed by Kong Siu Lum Pai, and an oral historian, Hazel Ho who will recite tales of her experience growing up in the District.

“We are honored to have the sponsors we do to support the festival each year,” says Representative Corinne W. L. Ching, “‘I LOVE LILIHA” is nothing if not individual gems of the community arriving at one place and time, to remind residents why they should be proud to call Liliha home.”

The event features fresh local produce, plant and flower sales, handmade arts and crafts from local artisans, live entertainment, a “Keiki Fun Zone” bounce house, health information and screenings, representatives from community organizations such as the FBI, Hawaii State Civil Defense and Neighborhood Boards.   A Taste of Liliha” featuring food sampling from Liliha neighborhood restaurants such as Erin’s Shave Ice and Cotton Candy will delight the attendees.   An antique fire truck rides also highlights the experience each year for many.


The annual town festival offers a venue to showcase the many reasons one may rightly exclaim “I love Liliha!”  Bring your beach umbrellas, mats & chairs, and spend the day! Free parking is also available.