It’s Official… Pahoa Skate Park Closed Half the Time

A few weeks ago I mentioned that the County had official Skate Park rules and regulations that were punishable by law.

Yesterday I took my son to play at the new playground there and noticed from a distance that there was a sign on the fence that I hadn’t seen before.

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Not my son skating!

When I got close enough to see what it said… it said this:

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Now if you ask me… these hours are pretty bogus!  That means you can only legally use the place half the day.  I know for a fact that many people were and have been using it later then 7 pm.

Why would we prevent a place like this from being accessed at least until 10 pm?

Pahoa Museum Featuring Hula Exhibit… Merrie Monarch Coming Up

Just in time for Merrie Monarch, the Pahoa Museum is featuring an exhibit that features the history of Hula.

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The Kent Ghirard collection is currently on Display provided by the  Hula Preservation Society.

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Kent Ghirard, Photo from Honolulu Preservation Society

Kent Ghirard, Photo from Honolulu Preservation Society

Kent Ghirard was born in California and became fascinated with hula at the age of 12 when his family visited Hawai`i on vacation. He received his first hula lessons from Marguerite Duane, professional dancer and friend of Hilo Hattie. After he moved to Hawaii in 1947, he studied with Alice Keawekäne at the Bill Lincoln Studio, and he later taught privately and also held classes at the Betty Lei Studio. He learned several kahiko from Mary Kawena Puku`i but concentrated his hula efforts primarily on `auana (modern) hula for tourist audiences. His dancers were known for their perfect grooming and professionalism, and he was regularly hired by the Hawai`i Visitors Bureau. Kent considers his hula style as simple, utilizing only basic hula steps. His “Hula Nani Girls” dance troupe became the first Hawaiian group to tour Japan in 1955.

Inside the museum, you will see a wall of his works that are truly works of art.

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You can learn more about Kumu Ghirard and see more of his photography work here.

The museum has also opened a small coffee/snack shop called the Milk and Honey Cafe.

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Which features a little indoor dining area and a few seats outside as well.

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So while you’re in Pahoa for the Merrie Monarch, stop on by the local community museum in Pahoa to see some of the History of Hula by Kent Ghirard.

Can We Get a Yield Sign Please… Kahakai Onto H-130?

Can anyone tell me why their is a “Merge” sign on this “on ramp” to a major state Highway (130) instead of a “Yield” sign?

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You have a lot of cars traveling into town and then a lot of people who are basically crossing over the Highway from Kahakai to get to the Pahoa Shopping Center…

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From my understanding of what will be possibly happening… is that the  Kahakai intersection will be going through some major changes in the next little while… but it wouldn’t take that much time, effort or money to install a damn Yield sign now as a quick fix project.

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Mesa Terminates Code Sharing Agreement with Mokulele

Mesa Air Group Inc., (Nasdaq: MESA) today announced the termination of its code share agreement with Hawaii based Mokulele Airlines. Mesa elected to accelerate its previously announced termination date, as permitted under the terms of the Code Share Agreement, following Mokulele’s announcement that it had replaced its Chief Executive Officer. go! Express passengers traveling on or after March 25, 2009 will be seamlessly re-accommodated on flights operated by Hawaii Island Air Inc., dba Island Air, which operates a fleet of 37-seat, twin engine turbo-props on inter-island flights…

More here

Multiracial Kids Can Now be More Precise When Filling Out Department of Education Profiling Data

I always hated filling out those profile sheets that would ask me what ethnicity I was.  Black or White was always my options… but it always seemed like I was forced to pick one or the other.

Of course when I was younger, I always filled out white… but then when I got older and started to fill out college applications and apply for loans, I was told to put in black because it would give me “Minority” preference on things.

Finally, the No Child Left Behind act is getting something right and finally allowing kids of mixed ethnicity to be more precise about what race they are when they check off those “race” boxes.  Now kids  and their parents will be able to mark more then just one choice on their “Race” and the Native Hawaiian category has been put in Federally.

From Today’s Washington Post:

…Racial and ethnic information, collected when children register for school, can inform school board decisions on reading programs, discipline procedures or admissions policies for gifted classes. The government looks at test scores of minority groups to help determine whether schools make the grade under the No Child Left Behind law. In an increasingly data-driven culture, educators also scrutinize such test scores and enrollment figures to pick programs meant to narrow achievement gaps and equalize academic opportunity…

Starting in 2010, under Education Department rules approved two years ago to comply with a government-wide policy shift, parents will be able to check all boxes that apply in a two-step questionnaire with reshaped categories. First, they will indicate whether a student is of Hispanic or Latino origin, or not. (The two terms will encompass one group.) Then they will identify a student as one or more of the following: American Indian or Alaska native; Asian; black or African American; native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; or white…

More Here

I was thinking about this… and I thought I had it bad choosing between just Black and White.

My son has more then 5 Races that he can trace his blood line to.

Black, White, Japanese, Hawaiian, Filipino… I’d have to ask the wife what the other parts are…

Can you believe that… race means so little to me now… That I don’t even know the full race of my own child?