Neil Abercrombie Healthcare Task Force Advisory Member on Native Hawaiian Perspective on Healthcare Reform

Hardy Spoehr of Papa Ola Lokahi provides a Native Hawaiian perspective on healthcare reform.   Spoehr is a member of Congressman Abercrombie’s Healthcare Advisory Task Force which is offering its input to the Congressman, as the U.S. House works on legislation to reform the nation’s healthcare system.


The Daniel R. Sayre Memorial Foundation 12th Annual Awards Ceremony

Daniel Sayre Foundation

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Good News: Princess Cruises Adding Hawaii Sailings

This is good news for the tourism industry:

Princess Cruises has added seven new sailings to its fall 2010 and spring 2011 schedule aboard Sapphire Princess, including two Pacific crossings between California and Sydney, plus additional Hawaii cruises.

The new Sapphire Princess voyages include:

• Two-day Pacific Coastal (Vancouver to San Francisco) – September 20, 2010
• 30-day Hawaii, Tahiti South Pacific (San Francisco to Sydney) – September 22, 2010
• 29-day Hawaii, Tahiti  South Pacific (Sydney to Los Angeles) – October 23, 2010
• 10-day Mexican Riviera (roundtrip out of Los Angeles) – January 5, 2011
• 14-day Hawaiian Islands (roundtrip out of Los Angeles) – January 29, 2011
• 14-day Hawaiian Islands (roundtrip out of Los Angeles) – February 26, 2011
• 14-day Hawaiian Islands (roundtrip out of Los Angeles) – March 26, 2011

The new sailings are currently open for sale, with fares starting at $199 per person for the new two-day coastal cruise.  Hawaiian Islands sailings begin at $1,995 per person, and Pacific crossings begin at $4,195 per person.

The new cruises were added as a result of shifting demand in the west coast cruise market. To accommodate the new cruises Princess has canceled 15 previously scheduled Mexican Riviera sailings, but an additional 17 Mexican Riviera sailings are still available during this time period.

Hilo Surfboard Co. Gets New York Times Press Coverage

Hilo Surfboard Co. Shirt

The Hilo Surfboard Co. got a nice little piece of national exposure this morning in the New York Times in a post entitled “In Glossy Glory, a Coming-Out for Surfers“:

…Regardless, we at Waves can happily report that some things have not changed: Nothing resembling approval has come from stealing waves this year. And in spite of an influx of new surfers still learning the ropes, general etiquette seems to be holding at the more popular breaks throughout the area. (The crew at the Hilo surf shop in Hilo, Hawaii, has a great primer on the rules of the lineup that should hold for anywhere in the world.)…

Social Media and the internet are going big here locally here on the Big Island. I’d just like to congratulate the Hilo Surfboard Co. for getting this type of press for simply having a website set up to having “Rules of the lineup” show up on the radar screens for the New York Times writer to pick it up and use it in his column.

The Hilo Surfshop Co. located at 84 Ponahawai St., Hilo, Hawaii 808-934-0925

The Hilo Surfshop Co. located at 84 Ponahawai St., Hilo, Hawaii 808-934-0925

Ashley Lelie Signs With Kansas City Chiefs

Sports Illustrated is reporting former UH standout Ashley Lelie has signed with Kansas City Chiefs.

Ashley Lelie