Hilo’s Nigahiga Becomes #1 Subscribed Youtube Channel

Congrats to Ryan Higa for becoming the number one subscribed youtube channel in the world!  Ryan posts a video on youtube, and within a few weeks it has over a million views!

A 19-year-old from Hilo, Hawaii, recently overtook squeaky-voiced Fred Figglehorn as the YouTube channel with the most subscribers…

…Ryan Higa, whose Nigahiga channel had more than 1.4 million subscribers Monday afternoon, thanked his fans in a new video in which he gave his own version of an acceptance speech. “It’s not just my achievement, it’s yours as well, because without you guys, I’d have no subscribers,” he said. “You guys make — you know — I don’t know where I’m going with this….”

More at the Wall Street Journal

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University of Hawaii Part of Joint Project to Simulate Earthquakes World Wide by Detonating Explosives

The Seismology Division of the Geophysical Institute of the Ministry of National Infrastructure will simulate an earthquake in the southern Negev Thursday by detonating 80 tons of explosive material. The experiment, financed by the U.S. Defense Department, is a joint project with the University of Hawaii, and is part of a scientific project intended to improve seismological and acoustic readings in Israel and its environs (up to a 1,000 km/621 mile radius).

The experiment intends to improve scientists’ understanding of sound waves in the atmosphere. Scientists will then be able to fine-tune Israel’s seismological equipment to give advance warning of earthquakes. Measurements will also be taken in other countries, including Cyprus, Greece, France, and Germany.

Israel National News

An Exciting Day for the BJ Penn Youth Foundation

Some of the twenty kids that will be participating in BJ Penn’s Youth Foundation that will be happening for the next 4 months.

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Stan reporting in from the Foundation:

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And the video I posted about the BJ Penn Foundation on May 27th.

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NELHA GATE OPENED… Gate to O’oma and Kohanaiki OPEN!!

I just got wind from a reliable source that the gate to O’oma and Kohanaiki is now OPEN!

PBS Hawaii Selects ACM’s First Program for Statewide Broadcast

Media Release:

Statehood Special from Academy For Creative Media

Premieres Thursday Night Followed by Live Insights Panel Discussion

State of Aloha – a one-hour statehood documentary from the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media – will be part of a special 2-hour Insights on PBS Hawaii Thursday, August 27, at 7:30PM.  This will be the first program from ACM to be broadcast to a statewide audience.

Following the State of Aloha broadcast,   Insights moderator Dan Boylan will be joined by a special panel:  Journalist Helen Altonn – with Star-Bulletin for 54 years; Kekuni Blaisdell, MD – Professor of Medicine University of Hawaii at Manoa & Hawaiian Sovereignty Activist; John Waihee – Former Hawaii Governor (1986-1994); and Jon Okamura – Professor, Ethnic Studies Dept. University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Insights viewers and web followers can join the live discussions each week by calling in questions (973-1000) or emailing – insights @pbshawaii.org, as well as following the discussion on twitter.com – pbshawaii and the Insights LIVE blog forum at pbshawaii.org.

State of Aloha was a four-year research documentary project produced by ACM students and professional mentors.  Producer/Director Ann Misawa says ACM pitched a research topic on Hawaii Statehood and received funding from a General Services Administration grant intended for research.  Misawa says, “We were free to explore the topic as we saw fit….   What I have heard from students over and over is that they were surprised by this or that element of history they were not aware of earlier.”

The title State of Aloha was taken from a sermon concerning statehood given by Reverend Abraham Akaka March 13, 1959.

This special 2-hour edition of Insights on PBS Hawaii will be rebroadcast in its entirety on Friday evening, August 28th from 10:30PM-12:30AM and on Sunday, August 30th from 3-5PM.

For More Information

Linda Brock – 973-1383 – lbrock@pbshawaii.org

Last Week to See TAPE at the East Hawaii Cultural Center

Media Release:
TAPE A Drama by Stephen Belber

The East Hawaii Cultural Center proudly presents the Hawaii premiere of TAPE, a drama written for stage by Stephen Belber, and later produced as a feature film…

Tickets $25.00 (Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays) through August 29, 2009 at 7:30pm. All Thursday night performances are “pay-what-you-can” nights (first come, first serve). You literally pay what you are able to afford. Ticket prices for the regular run of the show is $15.

This drama is directed by Ken Elliot, co-founder of GASP Theatre Company, and professional actor. TAPE is a suspenseful, high-stakes drama which examines questions of motive, memory, truth and perception.

GASP Theatre Company is a Hawaii-based universal theatre group that literally makes the audience “gasp” by presenting visceral and provocative art within the form of theatre. EHCC is proud to be a part of GASP Theatre Company’s inaugural production.

For tickets or more information please call 961-5711 or visit our website, you can also find us on http://www.youtube.com/easthawaiiculture. Please follow us on Twitter as well! @easthawaiiarts

Traci Toguchi’s Question of the Day

I submitted a question for Traci Toguchi a few days back when I was getting driven crazy by some coqui frogs that were going off.

It made her “Daily Q’s” today on her blog… so feel free to check it out:

What do you live with?

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