3.0 Earthquake Shakes Pahala

A minor earthquake occurred at 7:21:19 PM (HST) on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 16 km (10 miles) N of Pahala.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).

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Keaau Company Hawaiian Springs Expands into Asian Market

Media Release:

Hawaiian Springs, a premier natural water brand recognized for bottling some of the purest and most sustainable waters in the world, recently announced a partnership with Inter-Islands Distribution Ltd. to expand its business in the Asian marketplace. The young, natural artesian water’s official launch in Hong Kong was marked at a press conference held Dec. 8 at the W Hotel—attended by more than 50 media outlets, as well as international actor Jean Reno who is a partner with Inter-Islands.

“As we continue our successful expansion on the U.S. mainland, it is a natural progression for us to expand globally—especially into the Asian market where there is a natural affinity for Hawaiian products and culture,” said Rick Hadley, chairman and CEO of Hawaiian Springs. “Hawaiian Springs has had limited, but extremely successful, market distribution in Japan and Taiwan up to this point. We are thrilled to be working with Inter-Islands and Mr. Reno on this expansion.”

With the support of Inter-Islands Distribution Ltd., Hawaiian Springs will expand its availability to Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, India and Korea, as well as Australia. Mahesh Harilela, chairman of Inter-Islands Distributions Ltd., will oversee marketing and distribution of the premium bottled water.

Reno, France’s most recognized male actor in North America and Asia, has partnered with Harilela to build awareness of the Hawaiian Springs brand in Hong Kong and beyond. Reno has appeared in numerous Hollywood productions such as The Da Vinci Code, The Pink Panther, Ronin, Godzilla and Mission: Impossible, and popular European productions including The Tiger and the Snow, The Professional and The Big Blue. The actor, a father of five devoted to his children’s well-being, was drawn to Hawaiian Springs for its distinct purity and health attributes—along with its beautiful packaging, which features a glass-like, tapered bottle and elegant graphics.

Distributed predominately in the Hawaiian Islands since 1995, Hawaiian Springs began its expansion nearly one year ago. Today, Hawaiian Springs is available in more than 12,000 locations worldwide as well as its online store at www.HawaiianSpring.com.

About Hawaiian Springs

Hawaiian Springs began bottling its young, natural artesian water in February 1995. Drawn from an artesian aquifer at the base of Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii, Hawaiian Springs bottles its water directly from the source within 30 days of falling as Arctic rain. Freshness, purity and a naturally sweet taste distinguish Hawaiian Springs from other waters. The brand is now sold at select retailers in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, multiple Asian markets and through the company’s online store at www.HawaiianSpring.com/blog/products. For additional information, visit www.HawaiianSpring.com or fan the company at www.facebook.com/HawaiianSprings.

Cher Auctioning Off Her Big Island Home

Media Release:

Award-winning singer, actor and cultural pop icon Cher has selected Concierge Auctions to auction her property at the Hualalai Resort, on the exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast in Hawaii, on Monday, January 18th, the company announced.  Meticulously designed by Cher and completed in December 2009, the 8,821-square-foot luxury residence has never been offered for sale.

“Displaying a contemporary Balinese style, the seamless architecture and interior design, cool color palette and natural surfaces exude a sense of serenity,” stated Laura Brady, Co-Founder of Concierge Auctions.  “The property is an elegant take on Island living and a true reflection of Cher’s refined personality and taste.”

Building on a centuries-old method for selling the finest art and antiquities, Concierge Auctions combines the latest technologies and marketing programs with experienced personnel to sell high-end properties in an open, competitive forum.

“This auction represents an excellent opportunity for buyers to secure one of the premier assets in our community, which has proven to be one of the most resilient and sought after locations in the world,” stated listing broker Rob Kildow of Hualalai Realty, who is supporting the auction.  “We are delighted to be collaborating again with Concierge Auctions and taking advantage of their platform and global marketing capabilities to successfully sell this property.”

Located at 72-122 Lau’eki Street, the property features a gated center courtyard leading to the main residence, which includes an expansive master suite, great room, kitchen, dining room, outdoor “lanai” living area, and infinity pool with spa overlooking the Hualalai Golf Course and the Pacific Ocean.  The courtyard is flanked by five individual, detached bungalows – four bungalow living suites, three with one bedroom and one bath, and one with two bedrooms and two baths; and a media bungalow.

The entire property is selling furnished, complete with custom artwork and accessories.  For further information, visit www.CherHawaiiAuction.com or call 877-215-2370.

Number of County Employees was Reduced by a Net of 77 in the Past Year

From the Mayor’s Office:

County of Hawai’i Mayor Billy Kenoi today announced his administration has reduced the size of the county workforce by a net 77 employees through restricted hiring and attrition to cut personnel costs during his first year in office.

The County Department of Human Resources also projects the number of “warm bodies” holding county jobs will decline by another 21 through retirements at the end of this month, Mayor Kenoi said. However, some of those retiring employees will be replaced in the months ahead because they are key personnel.

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Wave Skiing on Maui – Surfing w/ Skis!

A year in the making, Mike Douglas and Cody Townsend fulfill a dream of towing into big waves on skis in Hawaii. After 4 weeks, 5 broken skis, and 1 big scare, they proved that it is, in fact, possible. Is it just cool, or is there a future for skiing on waves?  Decide for yourself.

1966 Yap and the Outer Islands… A Photo Journal (Part VIII)

Part VIII: The People

Continued from Part VII:  Quotes from the Diary (Part B) – “... Now our soda is out of the refrigerator and the baby is in (it)”

With this section of this photo journal, I’m just gonna let the pictures speak for themselves as a picture is worth a thousand words as we all know.

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Honoli’i Surf Gathering Planned for Children with Disabilities

From the Mayors Office:

The first annual Honoli’i Beach Park Surf Gathering and Surf Camp for children with Autism and other disabilities will be held on Sunday, December 27 at Honoli’i Beach Park.

The event is being sponsored by the Hawai’i chapter of Surfers Healing, a national organization started 12 years ago in San Clemente to share the experience of surfing with children with autism. An estimated 300 people are expected at Honoli’i for the event, including about 50 children.

Sponsors of the event are inviting families with children with autism or other disabilities to spend a day surfing and enjoying the beach. The organization will provide the boards and safety vest. The event is being put on in cooperation with the County Department of Parks & Recreation.

Kalani Kahalioumi, who has been a surf instructor at Surfers Healing events on the East and West Coasts, said the experience of surfing makes the youngsters “glow,” and they ask to go back out to surf the waves over and over.

“Something magical happens when they ride a wave,” said Kahalioumi. “Once you get them standing on the wave, standing up, they light up. Part of it is the surfer, but most of it is done by Mother Nature, the surf.”

“What is really touching is when one kid brings 30 family members to the beach. They all support this one child, and when they see their child surfing, when you bring the kid to the beach when they finish the ride, the parents are in tears,” Kahalioumi said.

For more information or to sign up for the event, visit www.surfershealing.org.

Contact Person:        Kalani Kahalioumi, 961-8860 or 808-392-2252