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DoubleTree Hilo to Honor Late Sen. Gilbert Kahele

May 10, 2017, 11:09 AM HST
* Updated May 10, 11:12 AM
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The new DoubleTree by Hilton in Hilo announced it will rename the hotel’s oceanfront dock as “Kahele Point,” in honor of the late Hawai’i State Senator Gilbert “Gil” Kahele.

Late Hawai’i State Senator Gilbert “Gil” Kahele. Photo Courtesy

A dedication ceremony and the unveiling of the late Senator’s monument will take place on Monday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m., at the Grand Naniloa Hotel’s oceanfront dock.

The new hotel ownership offered to dedicate the monument and dock area as a means to show its gratitude of all of the redevelopment and service work of Senator Kahele.

In response, the Department of Land and Natural Resources, through Hawai’i State Concurrent Resolution 142, established the monument area that will honor the late Hilo Senator for his contribution to public service and his efforts to commence the revitalization of Banyan Drive with the first nationally branded hotel in Hilo-the DoubleTree by Hilton.

“Kahele Point” will feature a narrative plaque of the late Senator as well as fishing pole stands and keiki fishing poles, representing the Senator’s love for the ocean and fishing. The plaque will face moku ‘ola (Coconut Island) and downtown Hilo as well as expansive views of Hilo Bay and the coastline.

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“The community of Hilo, Banyan Drive redevelopment efforts and now our new DoubleTree by Hilton project have all been blessed by the assistance and service of the late Senator Kahele,” said Ed Bushor, the CEO of Tower Development, which redeveloped the hotel project. “We extend a huge mahalo nui loa to the Kahele family for allowing us to honor his legacy by establishing this memorial in an area that will be used for boating and fishing activities for generations to come.”

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