Free Light Bulb Exchange

Media Release:

Bring your new or used incandescent light bulb to Earl’s Garage before May 28, and you’ll receive free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Each household can exchange up to 5 incandescent light bulbs for the free CFLs.

CFLs use less electricity to produce the same amount of light, helping you save money and energy. Exchanging your old light bulb will have even greater benefit: Earl’s Garage will receive $1 for every incandescent light bulb collected. Your CFLs are still FREE!

Earl’s Garage offers hands-on, minds-on activities based in science, technology, and creativity to kids, ages 7 and up. Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in Kamuela Business Center at 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway (behind Tutu’s House), Earl’s Garage is supported by community donations, and grants. For more information, contact Katherine DuBose at 885-6777.

The CFL Light Bulb Exchange Fundraiser Project is a partnership between Blue Planet Foundation and The Kohala Center. Earl’s Garage is a project of Friends of the Future, a community based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Big Island Film Festival – Results, Awards and Pictures

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Big Island Film Festival that was held on the Kona side of the island.

I arrived on Friday and was able to catch actor Tom Berenger talking about his experiences in the movie and film industry.  Big Island Filmmaker and Festival director Leo Sears had to fill conducted the interview and then audience members later got to ask questions.

This was my first year attending this great festival and I got a chance to see some really great films and movies, but I also got to meet some of the folks that actually worked on the movies either as directors, producers or actors themselves.

Tom Berenger talking story with Hawaii’s own famous actor Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa

It was a great setting at The Shops at Mauna Lani for this group talk story session with Mr. Berenger.

On Saturday, I spent about 5 hours on and off  during the day watching all sorts of short films in the Fairmont Orchids Auditorium.  I must have watched over 20 movies throughout the three days that I was there.

Sunday was the awards luncheon and Mayor Kenoi was there to give out the first ever “Spirit of Hawaii” award.

Audience Choice Short:

“Deface” – Painting Pictures; Producer/Director/Writer John Arlotto

Audience Choice Feature:

“Aloha Daze” – Indie Kine Films, LLC; Producer Kim Spanoghe, Dante Parducci, Kimberly Binning; Director/Writer Dante Parducci


Best Animated Short:
“Summer” – Firewater films, Director/Writer, Marc Wiskermann

Best Student Short:
“Lucky Lotus” – American Film Institute, Producer Norie Ochiai, Norma Mallin, William Mallin, Jacqueline Tambunting; Director Ken Ochiai; Writer Cara Fason


Best Foreign Short:
“An Affair with Dolls” – Cinemantrix, Director/Writer Hans Montelius


Best Family Short:
“Official Selection” – Reel Vision Films, Producer Vince Masciale, David Sinatra, Keith Cox, Natalie Masciale; Director Vince Masciale; Writer Ryan Self

Best Hawaii Short:
“Ajumma! Are You Krazy?” – Brent Anbe Productions, LLC; Producer Brent Anbe, Ashley Smith, Laurie Foi; Director/Writer Brent Anbe


Best Short:
“Your Lucky Day” – Poducer Nathan F. Barr, Thai Tran, Lacey Leavitt; Director Dan Brown,Writer Dan Brown

Best Foreign Feature:
“Broken Hill” – Audience Alliance Motion Picture Studio; Producer Chris Wyatt and Julie Ryan; Director/Writer Dagen Merrill


Best Family Feature:
“Finn on the Fly” – Amaze Film & Television; Producer Michael Souther, Teza Lawrence, Stephen Onda; Director Mark Jean; Writer Mark Jean, Michael Souther, Teza Lawrence, Kellie Ann Benz

The Barbara Award for films celebrating children:
“About the Keiki” – ACM-University of Hawaii at Manoa; Producer Paulo Kobayashi, Felicita Garrido, Prof. George Wang; Director/Writer Felicita Garrido

Best Feature:
“Charlie Valentine” – American Media Group; Producer Bill J. Gottlieb, Ed Robin,  Ted Warren, and Ray Cavaleri.  Written and Directed by Jesse Johnson.

Mayor’s “Spirit of Hawai’i” Award, presented by Mayor Billy Kenoi
Pomaika’i Brown – “Aloha Daze”

BIFF Hookana Award:
Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa

Golden Honu Award for Filmmaking, sponsored by Hawaii Island Film Office:
Scott Stewart

Golden Honu Award for Acting, sponsored by Hawaii Island Film Office:
Tom Berenger

(I didn’t realize how tall he was until I stood next to him!)

Here is Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears with some of the winners that were present.

I had a great time at this festival and I’m already looking forward to next years one.

They did emphasize that they are looking for more “Family Friendly” films so for you filmmakers out there… think about that as you are thinking about films that you may want to submit to the festival.

Feel free to click on any of the pictures above or below for a better view of the pictures.


When Pigs Fly… How Pigs Get to Hawaii From Canada

A year ago I blogged about when Pigs Fly.

Here is a youtube clip that was just posted that explains more about what I was getting at.