5th Annual Hilo InterTribal PowWow Coming Soon

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Experience this annual event that takes place on the Big Island every May. The 5th Annual Hilo InterTribal PowWow happens May 29, 30 & 31, 2010 at the Wailoa River Park in Hilo, Hawaii.

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For more information, Go to: www.hilopowwow.com or call: 808-557-8607. This short film (uploaded in 2 parts) was filmed and edited by Danny Miller and premiered at the Palace Theater at the Hawaii Indigenous Film Festival, in November 2009.

County Hiring and Salary Data Released

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County of Hawai’i Mayor Billy Kenoi today released data to the Hawai’i County Council detailing the cost of County hiring during the Mayor’s first year in office.

Mayor Kenoi announced new hiring restrictions the day he took office in an effort to cut the cost of County government, and from December 2008 to December 2009 his administration reduced the size of the county workforce by a net 77 employees through hiring restrictions and attrition.

Mayor Kenoi’s first budget also unfunded 55 vacant positions, the largest unfunding of vacancies in County history. Unfunding vacancies means those positions will not be filled. The Mayor’s budget plans for the coming year include additional de-funding of positions to save more money…

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February Big Island Deals

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Valentine’s Day only comes once a year but Hawai’i’s Big Island shares its aloha all year long with adventurous new activities, excellent lodging deals for couples, families and groups, plus plenty of ways to experience authentic Hawaiian culture.

ADVENTURES, ACTIVITIES & EVENTS

Uplifting News from the Bay Area! Alaska Airlines announced it will launch another direct flight into Kona International Airport, this one from San Jose, CA. The new flight will operate four times a week, beginning Mar. 12. The inaugural flight is already sold out, but be sure to check competitive fares and flights at www.alaskaair.com and start those frequent flyer miles today!

New East Hawai’i Zip Line! The new Zip Isle Zip Line Adventures has opened at the World Botanical Gardens, 16 miles north of Hilo. It offers seven thrilling zip lines, including a 1,100-foot dual zip line, where riders fly through the rainforest canopy and over waterfalls and streams.  All tours include safety training and transportation from the Gardens to the Zip Isle starting point. Visit www.zipisle.com or call toll-free: (888) ZipIsle (888-947-4753).  Advance, online reservations are recommended.

Lava Ocean Volcano Exploration – Lava Ocean Adventures is spreading the love beyond Valentine’s Day and offering a $125 rate for a 2 ½  hour cruise along the Puna coastline and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  You’ll view sea arches, lava tubes and the most recent areas that lava last touched the sea. Or, opt to enjoy uncrowded humpback whale watching while cruising the waterfall-filled Hāmākua coastline on the 2 ½ Wonders of Hilo tour for $125. Go to www.lavaoceanadventures.com.

Blog Roll, please. Want to know what a native Hawaiian poppy looks like? Or what island has the highest numbers of native Hawaiian nēnē (geese)? (Hawai’i Island, of course!). Check out Native Guide Hawaii’s terrific new blog, http://nativeguidehawaii.blogspot.com and book a private tour with author/proprietor Warren Costa on your next Big Island visit.

Out There Tours. Hiking tour company Hawaiian Walkways has created a new division called “Out There Tours” to accommodate requests from groups with requirements outside the customary orbit of Hawai’i’s visitors.  The flexibility this company offers allows it to arrange custom tours for those with particular preferences. Intrigued? Visit www.hawaiianwalkways.com or call (808) 775-0372.

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Duke Aiona Releases Campaign Spending Report

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Lt. Governor Duke Aiona today announced that he has raised more than $267,000 in the last six months of 2009, including nearly 950 donations of $100 or less.

Aiona has raised more than $2 million during his gubernatorial campaign.

“During these tough economic times, I am honored to have the financial support of so many residents across our state,” said Lt. Governor Aiona. “We treat every donation as an investment in our future. I am running for Governor to fix our public school system because education is the foundation of the modern economy, and I will cut taxes and regulations on working families and small businesses to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation that will create jobs.”

Brian Schatz Files Strong Fundraising Report with $259,378

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The Schatz campaign announced the results of their strong fundraising efforts for the last half of 2009. The Campaign Spending Commission Report which has been filed this morning shows $259,478 in the bank.

The Lieutenant Governor Campaign brought in contributions of more than 262 thousand dollars in 2009 as of the close of the reporting period ending December 31, 2009.

In the last reporting period which includes the final six months of 2009, the campaign brought in $120,531.72 contributions.

The early show of support and momentum demonstrates deep enthusiasm for our message of improving and changing state government, says Schatz. “We’ve seen people from across the state, from every sector, enthusiastic about changing the way state government works and getting our economy back on track. We’re grateful for the outpouring of support and believe it speaks volumes about the generosity of Hawaii’s people, and their commitment to a better future.”
Schatz notes that the fundraising success is especially challenging and critical in a difficult economy. “Resources are scarce in this economic environment, so we’re deeply appreciative of the support we’ve already garnered. We have a long way to go, but our message of changing the government for the better and fixing the economy is gaining traction.”

Brian Schatz served in the legislature for eight years as a member of the House, where he served as Majority Whip and Chair of the Economic Development Committee. He just completed his tenure as the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and remains involved with the Hawaii for Obama organization.

His candidacy was announced on January 10, 2010. His Campaign Chair is Chuck Freedman, and his Co-Chairs are Ron Matayoshi, Donna Hoshide, and Kim Yoshimoto.

Hawaii Island Hoops 2010 College-Prep Basketball Camp Now Accepting Applications

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Hawaii Island Hoops is now accepting applications and registration for its 2010 College-Prep Basketball Camp, from May 31st – June 4th, 2010, at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball Camp is open to boys ages 13-20 who are looking to improve their skills and learn a college style program.  The cost of the five-day camp is $350 and includes top-notch college coach/player instruction from NCAA, NAIA and JUCO level, evening college-prep seminars on academic requirements, financial aid available, and athletic recruitment.  Each camper will also receive a Reversible Jersey, shorts, Basketball, Camp T-shirt, College-Prep Handbook, All-Meals included, athletic trainer on site, Hapuna Beach trip…and a week of fun!

Building on the success of last year’s camp, Hawaii Island Hoops will include daily fundamental drill stations, shooting clinics, defensive breakdowns, team offense, individual skills competitions and championship game.  There will also be a 3-point shootout, free-throw, slam dunk contest, all-star game and awards ceremony.

Kekuaokalani Gym offers great facilities with 3 full indoor courts, 3 outdoor courts and an Olympic size swimming pool to refresh and relax during break time.  The College-Prep camp also offers daily inspirational guest speakers while promoting a positive-mental-attitude.

Applications and registration can be found online at www.HawaiiIslandHoops.com or for more information, contact Director Andy Smith at (808) 937-3082 Director@HawaiiIslandHoops.com

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