Daily Archives: March 8, 2017

Maui News recalls 1977 disappearance of two Kahoolawe activists

Maui News writer Colleen Uechi wrote a beautiful story published yesterday on the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of George Helm and Kimo Mitchell on March 7, 1977 (“40 years after men’s disappearance at sea, their vision for Kahoolawe has become a reality“). A fine bit of journalism, for sure.

I had a little advance warning in the form of an email on Friday from UH Professor and longtime Kahoolawe activist Davianna McGregor looking for an old photo.

Colleen Uechi of Maui News is writing a story for
the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of
George Helm and Kimo Mitchell (3-7-1977).

Are they any photos of George that you have that
Colleen could use for the story.

I do remember those terrible days after we heard the news about Helm’s disappearance. The anniversary brings back that pain.

The terrible thing about having tens of thousands of old photos–negatives, scans, and digital images–is finding something on short notice.

But I came up with this one, taken at a Kahoolawe workshop at Maui Community College on February 12, 1976. I have other bits and pieces from that day, including additional photos, a few rough notes, and names of some of those who attended copied from a handwritten sign-up sheet.

1976