Compliments ranging from “What a great turnout!” to “What wonderful food!” covered the spectrum for the Hawaii Ports Maritime Council’s “Maritime Ohana BBQ” on April 29.
Union members and friends mingled with elected officials from the local, state and federal levels, including longtime maritime support, Governor Neil Abercrombie.
“This was a great event,” stated Hawaii PMC President Randy Swindell. “Many union members took advantage of their time to personally speak with the elected officials. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and our politicians came away understanding more about their neighbors who work hard in our industry.”
Besides Gov. Abercrombie, others stopping by to eat and talk included U.S. Senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono; U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard; Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and former Mayor Mufi Hanneman; State Representatives Bob McDermott, Wil Espero, Richard Fale, Aaron Johanson, Gil Kahele, Betrand Kobayashi, Kimberly Pine and Mark Takai as well as Honolulu Councilmen Stanley Chang and Ron Menor.
Banners from the many PMC affiliates adorned the stage in of the Ke’ehi Lagoon Memorial Hall in Honolulu while musicians provided by MEBA entertained the attendees. Seafarers helped with setting up and cleaning the hall.
“The success of this event could not have happened without all our volunteers who contributed into planning this event on short notice,” stated PMC Secretary-Treasurer Hazel Galbiso. “I would like the volunteers to be acknowledged with much ‘Mahalos’ (Hawaiian for ‘thanks’).”
Galbiso also translated “Ohana” which mean “family.