Pahoa Students Suspended for Sidewalk Chalk on Buildings?

I’m sorry folks, but I don’t know enough information on this… but if these kids were just using sidewalk chalk and then they cleaned it up… they should not be suspended from school for 10 days!

A group of Pahoa Intermediate School students will miss the first two weeks of the next school year after they seemed to get a bit carried away during a game of hopscotch.

The school’s principal says 11 students were suspended when they took the chalk they were using to draw hopscotch boxes on the sidewalk and started writing on walls…

While no permanent damage was done to the walls, Principal Dean Cevallos says it took the students about an hour to clean up their handiwork….

I can understand making them clean it up… but fricking 10 days???

Governor Lingle Proclamation: May 31- June 4, 2010 Hawaii Island Hoops Week

From the Governors Office:


In 2004, Hawai‘i Island Hoops (HIH) was established by Andy Smith to help local high school student-athletes achieve their goals and help place them in a college that is right for them. Since its inception, HIH has helped send more than 30 local players to colleges across the county. The program also offers basketball camps and clinics on the fundamental development of the basketball and valuable tools and resources that contribute to well-rounded student-athletes on and off the court.

Through college-prep camps, shooting mini-camps, clinics, seminars, strength and quickness programs and leagues, Hawai‘i Island Hoops offers participants a comprehensive sports and educational experience. Players can also learn about academic requirements, available financial aid and all aspects of athletic recruitment.

Now in its milestone fifth year, Hawai‘i Island Hoops is holding its 2010 College-Prep Basketball Camp May 31 – June 4, 2010 at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona. The camp is open to those between the ages of 13 to 20 who are interested in playing college basketball. In addition to the advanced coaching staff who will provide multiple levels of instruction, NBA Sacramento Kings Rookie Jon Brockman will join the camp as a special guest and coach.

We offer a sincere mahalo to the coaches for emphasizing the importance of athleticism and academics, as well as to the student-athletes who dedicate their time and energy to achieving their fullest potential. Best wishes for a memorable camp and continued success in the future.

THEREFORE, I, LINDA LINGLE, Governor, and I, JAMES R. “DUKE” AIONA, JR., Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim May 31 – June 4, 2010 as


in Hawai‘i, in recognition of the program’s fifth anniversary.

DONE at the State Capitol, in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawai‘i, this eighteenth day of May 2010.

2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Festival – The Red Carpet

I’m not even going to begin to try and name or caption all of these pictures.

Wearing a Sig Zane Designed shirt that was inspired by an old map of Hilo Town

I had a great time playing “Paparazzi” at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards last night as I was given “Media Credentials” and was allowed pretty much free access to all of the local musicians.

They didn’t know it yet… But Kuhao Zane (sunglasses) and Lorna Lim would receive Na Hoku Awards later on in the evening.

There were a lot of great entrances made

One of my favorites was when Anuhea Jenkins made her appearance.  She would later win  two awards.

Yes… I am a big fan of Anuhea’s music!

"I always wanted a picture with my hand in front of my face" Anuhea Jenkins

Here’s your picture Anuhea… feel free to click on it to grab a larger version!

Click on any of the pictures below for a larger version:

Big Night For Anuhea Jenkins

She Just won her second Na Hoku Hanohano Award of the evening!

On The Red Carpet at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Festival

Its Kenny Loggins and Mick Fleetwood

How cool is this… two famous musicians giving us a one on one session!

The Ambassador of Aloha!

Wow… It’s Cas Haley

I can’t believe I’m sitting front of Cas Haley right now at the Na Hoku Festival.

He’s talking about getting on the TV show Americas Got Talent!

Anuhea Jenkins Rocking the Mic!

Anuhea Jenkins is rocking the mic now at the Mai Tai Bar as part of the Na Hoku Festivals

I Thought I Got Away From Obnoxious Frogs

Bidet… Don’t Do It!

Oh my… I just tried the bidet in my hotel room.

I’ve never tried one before…

I didn’t like it! I must be doing something wrong… but I sure didn’t like it!

The “Programs” at the Na Hoku Festival

I’m Off to the Na Hoku Festival

I’m heading over to Oahu to check out the Na Hoku Festival.

I’ll be uploading a few posts from my phone as well as tweeting most of the time I’m there.

I’d like to thank my sponsors that are hooking me up with this trip… as well as the Na Hoku Festival themselves for providing me the opportunity to go to something I’ve never been to before and only seen on TV!

There are many workshops that will be happening and I’ve registered for mostly the social media related ones.

I’ll be attending as many events that I can squeeze in as well as the HARA lifetime achievement awards on Saturday and the actual HARA Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Ceremony itself on Sunday evening.

I’m trying to make a few tweaks to my site so that my twitter #nahoku feed can be fed to this site.

Hawaii Five-O – Exclusive Preview

The classic show ‘Hawaii Five-O’ gets re-imagined this Fall starring Alex O’Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim. Catch the wave Mondays this Fall on CBS!


Highway 130 Draft Environmental Assessment Released

Well after months and months of getting together once a month and trying to figure out what we the “community” (KPAG Members) wanted to do with Highway 130… they (the State) has finally released the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) on the project.

You can see the Draft EA body here: (warning large file)

Wordless Wednesday – Old Government Road

Part of Old Government Road…


Pacific Ocean Experts at UHH for PACON 2010 International Conference June 1-5, 2010 at UH Hilo

Media Release:

Pacific Ocean shoreline protection, resource management, ocean pollution and tsunami response are among the topics to be presented during the five-day Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology: PACON 2010 International Conference on the campus of UH Hilo.

According to Judith Fox-Goldstein, UH Hilo Conference Center director, “More than 150 national and international marine scientists, engineers and policy makers will be in attendance.”  Visiting scholars and scientists from more than 14 countries including Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Russian and Iran will share their latest research findings.”

Highlighting the conference will be the recognition of Ocean Day which is an annual event.  The public is invited to hear the dynamic panel discussions on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 1 to 5 pm at UCB 127. No registration is required for Ocean Day.

Dr. Michael Crosby is PACON’s president elect and explains, “Nations and islands of the Pacific gather annually to exchange information, ideas and technology, but this is very exciting because it’s the first time the PACON International conference is being held on Hawaii Island.”

Abstracts presented will cover a range of topics, including the timely issues of offshore permitting, tsunami forecasting, tidal current power, seawater air conditioning, ocean energy, ocean engineering, remote sensing using small submersibles, and coral reef studies.

Among the PACON keynote speakers is oceanographer Capt. Charlie Moore who has written extensively on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific.  He is founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation of California, working to raise awareness of plastic debris and pollution in the Pacific Ocean.

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Mayor Kenoi and Staff to Attend Talk-Story Meeting in Pahoa

From the Mayors Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of his staff will attend a community talk-story meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Pahoa Neighborhood Center . The focus of the meeting will be the proposed County budget. The public is invited to attend and ask questions. For information, call the Mayor’s office, 961-8211

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Supports 2011 Solar Power Decathlon that UH Students Will Compete In

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono expresses her continued support for the development of renewable energy in our country. Speaking on the House floor, the Congresswoman commended the University of Hawaii for its upcoming participation in the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC.


MISSING… REWARD – Coffee Cup Lost at Pahoa Community Center

I have gotten word from a friend that she has lost her beloved coffee cup that she has had for more then 10 years.  She is offering a $20.00 reward for this lost coffee cup!

Signs are now being seen around Pahoa!