Community celebrates restoration of Kalakaua Park War Memorial Pond

Photos courtesy of the Office of the Mayor, Hawaii County

Veterans, volunteers, and about 100 members of the community joined Mayor Billy Kenoi during Wednesday’s rededication and mahalo ceremony for the restored Kalākaua Park War Memorial Pond in downtown Hilo.

A public-private partnership involving numerous groups, businesses, and government entities successfully cleaned the koi pond at minimal cost to taxpayers.

The restored pond has never looked more beautiful, Mayor Kenoi said in publically thanking all the individuals, businesses and government agencies that assisted with the beautification project.

“This beautiful memorial is for all our brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War II, in Korea and Vietnam. It was such an honor to have our hard working employees work together with volunteers from the community to get together and restore this historic, special place,” Mayor Kenoi said. “It revitalizes the entire downtown Hilo. We’re honored that so many came together to make something so special.”

The Big Island Water Garden Club, B&B Pumping Service and GW Construction provided vital assistance with the restoration effort. Additional help came from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center, which cared for the fish during the project’s cleaning phase, along with U.S. Army firefighters, the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works, and the Parks Department’s Maintenance Division.

Among those who attended Wednesday’s ceremony was state Sen. Gil Kahele, who shared his personal connection to the park.

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