Big Island Celebrations of the Inauguration of Governor Abercrombie

Hawaiian Biomass Companies, Sustainability Experts to Present at BIO’s 2010 Pacific Rim Summit

Media Release:

Progress in developing renewable resources for biofuels and bioproducts and standards for certification of sustainability will be presented at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) 2010 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, to be held Dec. 11-14 in Honolulu at the Hilton Hawaiian Village® Beach Resort and Spa.

Sessions that focus on Hawaii’s role in biomass development and sustainability standards include:

High Yield Tropical Biomass and Renewable Energy
Sunday, Dec. 12, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Honolulu Room 3

Aspects of Economic and Environmental Sustainability
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Honolulu Room 3

Progress in Commercialization of Algae-based Fuels
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Tapa Ballroom II

Now in its fifth year, the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will address the latest issues in industrial biotechnology, including algae, advanced biofuels, biopolymers and bioplastics, dedicated energy crops, green chemistry, and synthetic biology. The annual Pacific Rim Summit is the original conference dedicated solely to growth of the industrial biotechnology sector in Asia and the Americas. Conference and hotel registration are now open. Visit

For more information on the conference, please visit For assistance, please contact or 202-962-9200.

All programs at the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

About BIO

BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIO produces BIOtech NOW, an online portal and monthly newsletter chronicling “innovations transforming our world.” Subscribe to BIOtech NOW.

The Advanced Biofuels & Climate Change Information Center presents the latest commentary and data on the environmental and other impacts of biofuel production. Drop in and add your comments, at

New Surf and Paddleboard Shop Open on Big Island

Media Release:

The Shops at Mauna Lani announced today the addition of Hulakai, a surfboard, stand-up paddleboard and surf apparel lifestyle store.  The new 1,400 square foot store is located across from The Shops’ signature water feature center stage and will be open beginning Monday, December 13th.

Hulakai originally formed in 1997 when owner Jun Balanga began shaping longboards in Puako.  Jun’s first stand up paddleboard was shaped in 2001, well before the current popularity of stand up paddleboards.

Currently Hulakai is Hawaii’s #1 selling stand up paddleboard maker.  They are also Board Sponsor for the Stand Up World Tour ending on the Big Island this month in Hilo. (


“Hulakai is a core surf/sup company with emphasis on the sport,” said owner Sarah Taylor-Balanga.  “For those new to the sport of stand up paddleboarding or surfing, or those looking for high performance, Hulakai has a wide line of boards and knowledgeable staff to help fit everyone to a board.  Plus, we offer demos and lessons daily for those who are new to the sport.”  Both Jun and Sarah pride themselves in the quality of their products and services that they provide.

The Shops at Mauna Lani store will carry a full line of surf boards, paddleboards, beach gear, board shorts, swimwear, children’s clothing, ding repair, and accessories.  They also offer surfing and stand up paddleboard lessons, kayak and beach rentals, snorkel tours, Hawaiian sailing canoes and more at their second location in the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows beach area.

About The Shops at Mauna Lani
The Shops at Mauna Lani is a premier resort shopping and dining destination on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. With new energy and momentum being created, The Shops at Mauna Lani is on a clear path to become “The Heart of the Community” and the place where “Kama‘āina Shop, Dine & Enjoy”.  For more information call (808) 885-9501, visit or follow on Twitter (@TheShops) or Facebook.

Dam Its Good 808 Presents BJ Penn One Dolla!

So there is a filmmaker on the Kona side of the Big Island named Alex Farnham that goes by the youtube handle of DamItsGood808 .

He’s put together quite an impressive collection of youtube clips that he has produced.

Here is BJ Penn in “One Dolla!”


So check out his web site or better yet… hire the buggah!  Dam It’s Good 808