A Week Ago Today… I Witnessed Death and It Has Been Ruled a “Possible” Suicide

A week ago today, I witnessed death in Waikiki from a man possibly committing suicide from a high rise in Waikiki (note this is what the police have classified it now and not my speculation).

I know this still leaves a lot of unanswered questions!

I’ve been very traumatized by this and I’m slowly getting over it… Including taking melatonin a few nights to help me sleep.

I haven’t felt like blogging much nor doing much things online as I keep having flashbacks of that fateful night.

I know it’s tough on the family of the guy from Sonoma, California and they are searching for answers just as I am.

From what I have learned so far, is that the guys death has been classified as a suicide.

Here are the exact words from my source:

“… foul play has already been ruled out of that investigation. An autopsy has already been done, and he died of multiple injuries from the fall.

Typically we don’t cover possible suicides, out of respect for the victim and their family. We only make exceptions when it is done in a very public area, if it disrupts the public (like stopping up freeway traffic), and to assist people who were in that immediate area with information so they know it was nothing nefarious.

But unless the investigation flips and there is foul play suspected, we won’t be following up with a story. It’s unlikely that we would even run his name…”

And my source went on with some words to help me sleep that had nothing to do with this.

Basketball Mini Camp in Kohala – November 27th-28th

(Media Release)

Hawaii Island Hoops will be hosting a basketball training mini-camp on Saturday November 27th and Sunday November 28th from 9am – 12:00 Noon both days at the Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala.  Mini-Camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-18. Camp fee is $40 and includes camp T-shirt.

Our shooting clinics are specifically designed to sharpen your skills and improve your overall shooting percentage.  Whether you are learning ball-handling or proper passing techniques, this will cut down your turnover ratio and increase your assists per game.  Our mini-camp will empower you to take your game to the next level.

Registration can be found at www.hawaiiislandhoops.com for more information please visit our website or call Director Andy Smith at (808) 937-3082.

Winners Announced: 2010 Moku O Keawe International Festival

(Media Release)

The 5th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival’s hula competition concluded Saturday November 5, when First Place Wahine Hula and First Place Pakahi (Soloist) were awarded to Hula Hālau O Leilani, Kumu Hula Mihoko Ogawa, from Kanagawa, Japan.

Members of the Hau‘oli’s Masako Aketa’s Hula Studio perform in the Kupuna division of the 2010 Moku O Keawe Hula Competition. (Photo Michael Darden)

The winning hālau received a spectacular sterling silver and ‘ōhi‘a wood trophy created by Tiffany & Co., with Moku O Foundation’s “Pu‘u Lehua” logo designed by Sig Zane.  The perpetual trophy will be held by the winner through the year and returned for the 2011 presentation.  Solo winners received a Moku O Keawe signature bracelet in the same design.

On Friday, Hau‘oli’s Masako Aketa’s Hula Studio won first place in Kupuna Hula and Pakahi competitions.  A total of 15 hālau from Hawai‘i and Japan participated in the competition.  Groups and soloists were evaluated by judges Nālani Kanaka‘ole, Howard A‘i, Uluwehi Guerrero and Kaleo Trinidad, for expertise in the areas of Ka‘i (entrance chant), Interpretation, Expression Posture Precision, Hand Gestures, Feet and Body movements, Ho‘i (exit chant), Costumes, Adornments, Grooming and Overall Performance.

Event sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Louis Vuitton, Big Island Candies, Big Island Visitors Bureau, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Resort Quest Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Waimea Music Company, Bausch & Lomb, KAPA, Creative Arts, Shiono Sushi, Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Kintetsu International Hawaii.

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is an annual celebration of the rich Hawaiian culture, produced by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts to build, strengthen and inspire the living cultural traditions of Hawai‘i.  For more information, visit www.MOKIF.com

2010 Moku O Keawe International Festival Winners
Kupuna Pakahi (Soloist) Winners
3rd Place:  Ke Ola Pono No Na Kupuna, Kumu Hula Rayce Bento
2nd Place: Kyushu Hawaiian Association, Kumu Hula Keiki Ito
1st Place:  Hau’oli’s Masako Aketa’s Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Masako Aketa

Kupuna Hālau Winners
3rd Place:  Hālau Keali‘i O Nālani, Kumu Hula Keali‘i Ceballos
2nd Place: Hālau Kealakapawa, Kumu Hula Michael Canopin
1st Place:  Hau’oli’s Masako Aketa’s Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Masako Aketa

Wahine Pakahi (Soloists)
3rd Place: Kukui Mālamalama O Kona, Kumu Hula Bula Ka‘iliwai
2nd Place: Hau‘oli’s Masako Aketa’s Hula Studio, Kumu Hula Masako Aketa
1st Place:  Hula Hālau O Leilani, Kumu Hula Mihoko Ogawa

Wahine Hālau
3rd Place: Hālau Kealakapawa, Kumu Hula Michael Canopin
2nd Place: Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala, Kumu Hula Hulali Covington
1st Place:  Hula Hālau O Leilani, Kumu Hula Mihoko Ogawa