2009 UH Distinguished Alumni Announced and Dinner Information

Distinguished Alumni Awards 2009

DAA Honorees

The University of Hawai’i Alumni Association (UHAA) is pleased to honor the recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) at our annual dinner on May 7, 2009, which benefits the UHAA scholarship fund.

This year we will also honor President David and Wendie McClain with the UHAA President’s Award. President McClain has led the 10-campus UH system since 2004; his term of appointment concludes on July 31, 2009. Please join the UH community in saying “Mahalo” to the McClains.

For more information or to purchase tables or seats, please click here, call
toll free 1-877-842-5867, or e-mail events@uhalumni.org.

Registration deadline is April 30, 2009.

Big Island International Marathon Happening this Weekend

Wayne Joseph reminds us that the Big Island International Marathon is happening this weekend.

In case you’re wondering what a menu looks like a couple nights before a marathon… this is what the runners “Carb Up” on:

Tossed Greens with Assorted Dressings

Assorted Pastas (Penne, Spinach Fettuccini, Linguini)

Assorted Sauces (Marinara, Alfredo)

Steamed Garden Vegetables


Parmesan Cheese

Garlic Rolls

Cake du jour

Mr. Joseph was on the radio earlier today talking to Darrin “DC” Carlson about the event:


"DC" and "Big Dog"

Here is the course map for this years event:


Last years results can be found here, and a few pictures can be found here.

Here is the list of sponsors:





KTA Super Stores

Big Island Candies KBIG Radio
Creative Arts Hawaii Printing Pacific Media Group
Hawaii Naniloa Volcano Hotel


Hawaii Electric Light Company

Ki Mana Academy Massage
HPM Building Supplies Running with the Big Dog
John Moran, Attorney at Law Kunitake Coffee
Anheuser-Busch of Hawaii Kea’au Bananas


Ace hardware of Hilo

Hawaiian Natural Water Company
Seaside Restaurant Hilo Hawaiian Hotel Alii Ice Company
Hilo Bike Club Hilo Hattie Pescatore Italian Restaurant
The Waterman Pacific Trans Plants Akatsuka Orchid Farm


Waiakea High School Key Club (Kari Sato)
Hilo High Key Club (Justin Butterfield)
Keaau High School Key Club (Jon Taketa)
Waiakea High Students Against Drunk Drivers (Dana Maeda)
Waiakea High School Kiwins (Liane Martin)
Roy Kagawa – Kiwanis
Waiakea High Musical Group – Ky’ypauu
Boy Scout Troop (Howard Sur)
RSVP (Clarita Corpuz)
Waiakea Intermediate Ukulele Band
Waiakea Intermediate Builders (Barb Austen)
County of Hawaii Band
Hilo Intermediate Builders Club (Shaleen Douglas)
Hilo High School Kiwins (Ryan Villaruel)

Superferry Going Under Now is a GOOD Thing for Big Island

Believe it or not… I am a bit disappointed that the Superferry has been ordered to shutdown.

Lingle and her Oldschool Girls pretty much got spanked and even Lingle is still trying to prevent the closure.

It is a good thing that it shut down now, before it started operations on the Big Island.   I can only imagine all the people and farmers that would be struggling now to figure out how to ship their produce to the other islands with such a short notice.

I pretty much expect that with this shutdown… we might actually see the Superferry on this island a bit sooner!

From Dissappeared News http://tinyurl.com/dn6j6n

From Dissappeared News http://tinyurl.com/dn6j6n

If the military takes it over… I bet they would start running the ferry as Military Transport w/out having to go through as many hoops and barrels as a private company would.

Photo from http://www.boycottsuperferry.org/

Photo from http://www.boycottsuperferry.org/

I kind of wish that I would have taken at least one trip on the buggah.  It’s not too often that citizens get a chance to ride on Military Prototypes for very little cost.

Anyone want to place wagers on how quickly we see the Superferry looking something like this?

Photo from http://www.boycottsuperferry.org/

Photo from http://www.boycottsuperferry.org/

BJ Penn Invites 300 Martial Arts Teachers to Join Him for a Year of Intensive Training

From BJPenn.com

World Champion mixed martial arts fighter BJ Penn has been fighting on the mat, in the ring, and in the “cage” for more than a decade; now the popular Hawaiian-born fighter has decided to take on the world, the martial arts world that is. Penn has announced the launch of a one-year martial arts teacher training program called “The Live Like a Champion Project”, set to begin January 1, 2010.

Penn, the first non-Brazilian to ever win the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championships, a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight World Champion, and the current UFC Lightweight Champion of the World, will lead 300 hand-picked martial arts teachers, of all styles and from around the world, through an experiential training program that will include martial arts and fitness training, meditation, philosophy, a strict dietary regime, anger management classes, and extensive community involvement. Penn’s goal is to improve the way martial arts instructors learn and practice their craft.

“Fighting is just one part of the martial arts,” says Penn. “Half of The Live Like a Champion Project is about expanding the public’s awareness of what martial arts are about, beyond fighting and self-defense; the other half to expand the kind of education available to people who love teaching martial arts.” Participants will diary in on-line written journals and via video a year of their life as they work with Penn and a team of experts to upgrade their knowledge and live in a way that sets an example for their students –and the international martial arts community.

“The ring is small and the world is big,” says Penn, “knowing how to fight like a champion has its value, but living like a champion is the ultimate aim of the training; and to teach it you have to live it first.”

Video of the Volcano Eruption that Caused Today’s Tsunami Advisory


TSUNAMI Advisory… or NOT?

Our civil defense message currently says there is not a Tsunami Watch:

This is a Civil Defense Message.

This is an earthquake informational bulletin for Thursday morning, March 19, at 9:30.

An earthquake of 7.7 magnitude occurred in the Tonga Islands Region at 8:18 a.m. Hawai’i time this morning. There is no tsunami watch or warning for Hawai’i at this time. No destructive tsunami threat is expected for Hawai’i at this time.

Some coastal areas in Hawaii could experience small non-destructive sea level changes and strong or unusual currents lasting up to several hours. The estimated time such effects might begin is 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2009.

I repeat no destructive tsunami is expected for Hawai’i.

Thank you for listening and have a safe day.

But then when you go to the Actual Advisory… there is one currently under way:

AT 0933 AM HST.

Of course… I heard all this through Twitter before either site.

Beginning Ukulele Classes at East Hawaii Cultural Center Starting Soon



Macario will teach a Beginning ‘Ukulele class at the East Hawai’i Cultural Center starting Saturday, April 4.

The one-hour class, which will meet on five consecutive Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., costs only $25 for the public and $20 for EHCC members.

“You don’t have to know anything about the ‘ukulele,” says Macario, who played music professionally in Honolulu and on the mainland for 16 years. “You need to have your own ‘ukulele and bring a pen or pencil, and that’s it.”

He says he will teach some basic theory and chord structures so students will have the tools to go home and continue.

“I try to keep the class really simple so people can really understand how the notes and chords work,” he says. “I’m trying to give them a roadmap so they can look at their ‘ukulele’s fret board and figure out where the notes and chords are. That way, with a few simple instructions they’ll be able to go home and figure out what the chords in a song are.

“Most Hawaiian songs are really basic, really simple patterns,” he says. “Once you hear those and learn those simple patterns, you’ll start to recognize them everywhere.”

Students who know a little bit about ‘ukulele are welcome, he says, and he’d be happy to go over subjects slightly more advanced if appropriate, but mostly it’s a class for beginning ‘ukulele players. “I want to keep it simple; a simple class to get beginners started on their way to understanding the music, so they can learn more on their own and progress.”

Currently Macario works as a photographer; his website is at http://www.macariohawaii.com, and he runs an online magazine at http://macariohawaii.wordpress.com.

To enroll in Macario’s five-week Beginning ‘Ukulele class, call the East Hawai’i Cultural Center at 961-5711. The East Hawai’i Cultural Center is located at 141 Kalakaua Street in Hilo.

Help Save Hawaii’s Public Libraries

Help Save Hawaii’s Libraries. If their budget is cut any more than the 10% the Governor and the Board of Education have proposed, they will be forced to close libraries and lay off staff.

Check out the flier: www.hawaiilibraries.org