Lingle Releases Funds for Park Improvements… 3 Big Island Parks to See Improvements

Governor Linda Lingle has released $250,000 to improve the energy efficiency of state parks and Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) facilities on the Big Island, Kaua‘i, Maui and O‘ahu. This project is in addition to the $1.87 billion public infrastructure construction plan unveiled by Governor Lingle in December 2008 to stimulate the economy and create jobs…
…The following parks and DLNR facilities will receive improvements:

Big Island:
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area and Baseyard
Kalōpā State Recreation Area
Wailoa River State Recreation Area and Baseyard

Full list of other State Parks on other Islands as well as more on the Governors release here.

Inaugural Prevent Bullying Rally Held at Pahoa Elementary… Pictures

Pahoa Elementary was 1 of only 2 schools in the entire state that had an “Inaugural Aloha Rally  to Prevent Bullying”.  It was  held this evening in the schools cafeteria.
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There was plenty of assistance on hand for those needing parking.

11 year old Richard Hatori manned the upper parking lot

11 year old Richard Hatori manned the upper parking lot

Koliah Hatori, 11 and Trey Guerra, 13 man the crosswalks

Koliah Hatori (10) and Trey Guerra (13) man the crosswalks

Vice Principal, Catherine McPherson oversees the action

Vice Principal, Catherine McPherson oversees the action

Inside the cafeteria people filed in for a night of fun.

Principal Marilyn Quaccia signs people in

Principal Marilyn Quaccia signs people in

Audience listens intently

Audience listens intently

There were many people involved in making this event turn out to be a great success.

Couldn't do it without them

Couldn't do it without them

Sue Labrantz, Big Island Anti Bullying Coalition (purple and teal mumu)

Sue Labrantz, Big Island Anti Bullying Coalition (purple and teal muu muu)

Throughout the school you will see pledge cards placed all over that read:

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A video was played that featured 20/20 stories as well as other information on bullying.

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Different grade levels performed skits about bullying.

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A good time was had by all and I hope the kids learned a thing or two about bullying.

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Pahoa JV Basketball Team Starts Off Season Undefeated

Pahoa High Schools Junior Varsity team has won an impressive 8 games in a row staying unbeaten at the time of this blog.  Tonight is their homecoming game against St. Joseph.

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Tonight they are playing the always tough St. Joseph Team:

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The game was just tipping off when I got there.

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The game was close in the first quarter.

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I left at the beginning of the second quarter but there was still lots of basketball to be played.

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St. Joseph has always been known as a fairly good basketball team, I wonder what the outcome of this game ended up being.  It did appear the St. Joseph was taking the lead, but anything can happen in basketball and there was a lot of time left on the clock.

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Win or lose tonights game, it doesn’t really matter to me.  The kids are all winners and the fact that they have started off the season undefeated should be recognized.  Congratulations Dagger JV Basketball Team.

The Real Reason Sumo Wrestlers Get So Big

I knew there had to be a way these guys got “Hungry”:

Sumo wrestlers with pot bellies, yes. Sumo wrestlers with pot? Now that’s harder to grapple with.

In the past six months, four wrestlers have been kicked out of the ancient sport for allegedly smoking marijuana, creating the biggest drugs-in-sports scandal that Japan has ever seen…

…Sumo aficionados like to note that former grand champion Musashimaru, of Hawaii, had a 10 p.m. curfew…

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…But that is changing…

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Kamehameha School Student “…Detention for What We Believe In.”

I’m wondering about this recent tweet I just got.

It’s from a purported Kamehameha Schools “Student” who recently started a Twitter account.

There has been controversy about the use of KSBE on Twitter and people Hi-jacking the name and logo, so I can not necessarily believe this purported Tweet.

Capsun posted this the other day:

“Yesterday, Kamehameha Schools had a problem on Twitter.  It wasn’t that they have only a couple dozen followers….”

Ian Lind blogged:

“Check out the war of words (or Tweets) that flared this month on Twitter.com between the official Kamehameha Schools persona (@KSNews) and a cyber squater that has grabbed onto a related name (@KSBE)…”

I just got a “Follower” on my Twitter account from someone using the Twitter Account: @KSBEstudent.

In this tweet he says:

No longer allowed to bring homelunch, dentetion for defending what we believe in.

SCAM Warning for Hawaii Facebook Users

The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii today is warning Facebook users of hackers, scammers and ID thieves posing as the user’s friend in order to spread viruses or steal identities…

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