First Annual Shane Victorino Youth Fest

The Shane Victorino Foundation, founded by the famed Boston Red Sox and MLB All-Star player, provides underserved youth with educational, recreational and wellness programs.

The baseball star’s benevolent foundation will be hosting its First Annual Shane Victorino Youth Fest this Saturday, November 29 at Kailua Beach Center.

This fun, family-friendly event will take place from 5-9 p.m. and include music, dancing, food, beverages, a wine and beer garden for adults, and for the kids, raffles and a half-pipe skateboard contest. So, feast on your favorite flavor of Island Snow before the evening’s highlight: an appearance and autographs by Shane Victorino himself.

“I’m excited to partner with Island Snow, Stussy and A&B on this event and look forward to a great evening in Kailua,” Victorino shares.

If you plan to trek to Youth Fest Saturday, don’t forget to hashtag your Instagram photos #igokailua. You may spot your picture in our next issue!

Click here to be directed to the Honolulu Pulse calendar listing for details. To follow all the Kailua fun on Instagram, find us @gokailua.

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Summit this Sunday at Kailua Elementary School

Learn about what climate change means for Kailua and beyond at the Windward Climate Change Summit, 3-5 p.m., Sunday, November 23 at Kailua Elementary School (315 Ku‘ulei Road). Sponsored by the Windward Climate Change Hui, the summit features speakers from the Kanu Hawai‘i, NOAA, Blue Planet Foundation and others, who will be sharing their knowledge on climate change.

“The Windward Climate Change Hui, a group of concerned residents, is excited to bring seven expert speakers and involved organizations to our own community. We would like all Windward residents to be informed, connect and find the way in which each of us can be part of the solution,” shares Lisa Marten, Windward Climate Change Hui member. “The speakers will share research on the ongoing climate change in Hawai‘i and what can be done, followed by an opportunity to connect with local organizations already working on the problem.”

For more information and to RSVP, visit


Windward Climate Change Summit
Sunday, November 23
3-5 p.m.
Kailua Elementary School
315 Ku‘ulei Road, Kailua

“Science has spoken. There is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side.” – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Aubrey Yee, Kanu Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Research Center for Futures Studies


Impacts and Vulnerability
Stuart Scott, Deputy Secretary General, IESCO – International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization and long-time O‘ahu resident
Topic: Arctic Methane Emergency and the Root Cause of Climate Change

Dolan Eversol, NOAA/University of Hawai‘i, Sea Grant Program
Topic: Recent Climate Change Research and Local Sea-Level Rise

Dr. Camilo Mora, University of Hawai‘i Professor, Research Scientist Geography Department
Topic: Temperature Change: Impacts on Plants, Animals and Agriculture Production


Building Resilience Locally, Nationally and Globally
Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director, Blue Planet Foundation
Topic: Fossil Fuel, Individual Action

Colin Yost, Chief Operating Officer, Revolusun
Topic: The Role of Government in Promoting Clean Energy

Puni Jackson, Program Coordinator, Ho‘oulu ‘Aina, Kokua Kalihi Valley, will speak instead of Doug Cole, who will not be able to present.
Topic: “Using Native Hawaiian Cultural Practices to Rebuild ‘Aina and Community.”

Gerald Marten, Director, Eco Tipping Points Project Adjunct Senior Fellow, East-West Center
Topic: Human Ecology – Food Security, Disaster Preparedness



Windward Climate Change Hui:
Lois Crozer, Andrea Jepson, Julianne King, Aubrey Yee, Lisa Marten


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Image courtesy Windward Climate Change Hui

October Cool Down

Kailua Town cools down and lights up the night of October 11 for the 6th annual Cool Kailua Nights Block Party. A gaggle of local artists, food vendors, businesses and retailers will fill Kailua Town Center to have fun and raise funds for Boys & Girls Club Windward Clubhouse and Castle Medical Center’s Oncology Unit. Last year’s event raised more than $41,000 for Windward beneficiaries, and this year’s bash will be even bigger with the first-ever CKN fun run, hosted in conjunction with the first-ever Nite Run (an after dark 5K with DJs and glow sticks).

“Cool Kailua Nights started out of a personal passion to honor my mother who was undergoing cancer treatment and support the entire community and anyone affected with cancer,” shares Danielle Scherman, Cool Kailua Night’s Founder. “For me, it’s a way of giving back by bringing people together for a fun time, while raising money for a worthwhile cause!”

Kapena returns to entertain the masses with a host of other island musicians. And of course, the popular doggie fashion show will be back with barks of approval.

“This year, attendees can expect to enjoy great entertainment, a variety of fun local food offerings, keiki rides, snow land, silent auction, 40+ booths, local artisan crafts and much more,” Scherman says. “This will truly be a magical night for all, and I hope the entire Kailua community and beyond will come out to enjoy the block party and Nite Run, participate and feel good knowing their contributing to two very worthwhile causes.”

Cool Kailua Nights continues to draw an estimated annual 10,000 attendees is always looking for new vendors and sponsors! Early bird discounts will be offered until August 20. For more information and to register, go to

Watch what happened last year:

Photos courtesy Cool Kailua Nights, Danielle Scherman

BayFest to Rock the Bay


It’s official. Tickets are now on sale for October’s BayFest! From October 17-19, music and fun will rock Kaneohe Bay’s Marine Corps Base Hawaii!

General admission ticket holders will enjoy a Friday night fireworks show, food booths, various displays and expos, the E.K. Fernandez carnival and a GNC BodySearch Fitness Competition.

Here’s the lowdown on entertainment: Uncle Kracker and Smash Mouth to perform Friday (fireworks between sets); Capital Cities to play Saturday; Rodney Atkins and special guest Rose Falcon take the stage Sunday.

Concert tickets (includes general admission) purchased from August 1-15 will receive a special early bird discount. Note: A new ticket is required each day for entry to BayFest.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Photos courtesy Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) and MCB Hawaii.


Kailua goes Red, White and Blue

Fourth of July kicks off bang in Kailua Town! From a jubilant morning parade to a sparkling fireworks showcase after dark, we’re in for quite an Independence Day celebration on the Windward side!

Rise to view Kailua’s 68th Independence Day Parade from 10 a.m. to noon. Music, entertainment, community groups and vehicles festooned in red, white and blue will march in a lively procession from Palapu Street to Kailua Intermediate School. Line the streets and look for the festive Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Honolulu Pulse cars! A few go Kailua team members will be marching in the celebration—and passing out holiday-themed goodies! For more information about the parade, visit the Kailua Chamber of Commerce website at

Come sundown, the 65th annual Kailua Fireworks spectacular blasts off! Round up friends and relatives and venture to Kailua Beach Park to watch colorful lights jump and dance across the sky. Grab those smartphones and capture the twilight celebration, which starts at 8 p.m., from Castle Beach to Kailua Boat Ramp. For parking information, or to learn how you can support this community tradition, visit:

Don’t forget to hashtag your Independence Day Instagram pictures with #igokailua, and you may be in our next issue! In the meantime, visit us online at and on the ’gram at

Here’s to a safe, fun Fourth of July from your friends at go Kailua Magazine!

(Photos courtesy Dave Kennedy)