Hawaii Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former Legislator and First Circuit Court Judge Katsugo Miho

In observance of the memory of former state Representative and First Circuit Judge Katsugo Miho, Governor Neil Abercrombie today ordered that all U.S. and Hawai’i flags at all State offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset, September 29, 2011.

Kats Miho's Story

Click to read Kats Miho's Story

“Kats Miho was a unique person in the best sense of the word.  He was always encouraging and supportive of the best in you – never pessimistic of Hawai’i or its future,” Governor Abercrombie said. “He genuinely believed in politics and in you as a person.  In my life personally and politically, he was someone I could always call on for advice, counsel, and support. In his public life, Kats Miho’s contribution to Hawai’i is old school.  In other words, he was always for Hawai’i, first, last, and always.”
Miho, born in 1922 in Kahului, Maui, served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II. Miho received his law degree from George Washington University Law School and became a lawyer in private practice. In 1959, Miho was elected to the State of Hawai’i House of Representatives and served for five terms. He was appointed as a Family Court Judge where he served for eight years. Miho was also involved in the community, including the Japan Goodwill Sumo tournaments, Japan-Hawai’i High School Goodwill and Friendship baseball series, 442nd Veterans Club of Honolulu and the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation.

Hilo Woman’s Club Presents – Oktoberfest 2011

Health and Medicine Among Contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, is Opening at the National Library of Medicine

A new exhibition examining concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, is opening at the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health. Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people, artwork, objects, and interactive media.

National Library of Medicine opens new interactive exhibition Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness first of its kind

Opening events will be held Oct. 5, 2011 and will include ceremonial dancing and the blessing of a healing totem pole that was created for the exhibition and installed in front of the Library. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Lister Hill Center (Building 38A) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. At 11:45 a.m., events move to the front of the Library (Building 38) for the blessing of the healing totem pole and the exhibition, and for the exhibition ribbon-cutting. Native Voices opens to the public Oct. 6.

The National Library of Medicine has a history of working with Native communities as part of the Library’s commitment to make health information resources accessible to people no matter where they live or work. The Native Voices exhibition concept grew out of meetings with Native leaders in Alaska, Hawaii and the contiguous United States.

“This exhibition honors the Native tradition of oral history and establishes a unique collection of information,” says Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, director of the National Library of Medicine. “We hope visitors will find Native Voices educational and inspirational, and we hope Native people will view it with pride. The Library is excited to open this exhibition, and to do it during our 175th anniversary year.”

Topics featured in the exhibition include: Native views of land, food, community, earth/nature, and spirituality as they relate to Native health; the relationship between traditional healing and Western medicine in Native communities; economic and cultural issues that affect the health of Native communities; efforts by Native communities to improve health conditions; and the role of Native Americans in military service and healing support for returning Native veterans.

The Hokulea courtesy of Herb Kawainui Kane and the movie "The Voyagers"

In addition to the collection of interviews, here are some of the objects visitors will find in the exhibition:

  • In the lobby of the Library, guiding people into the exhibition, is a 10-foot model of the Hokule‘a, a traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe used for long-distance travel. Visitors will learn how the mission of the Hokule‘a has spurred a Hawaiian cultural and health revival.
  • Inside the exhibition, in a section that explores Native games for survival, strength and sports, visitors will find a vintage surfboard and learn about Native Hawaiian sportsman Duke Kahanamoku, who won Olympic medals in swimming and revived the sport of surfboarding.
  • Ceremonial drums, pipes, and rattles from the Upper Plains Indians grace a section on healing.
  • A World War II radio is one object that helps tell the story of Navajo and other American Indian Code Talkers. Visitors will learn about their service to the country and the ceremonies performed by traditional healers to help relieve combat-related stress experienced by returning veterans.
  • The 20-foot healing totem pole created by master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James and the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation in the Pacific Northwest is located in the herb garden in front of the Library. Visitors will discover the meaning of the stories, symbols and colors on the totem pole and two benches that accompany it. In the weeks preceding the exhibition opening, the totem received blessings from a number of tribes as it was transported across the country to be permanently installed at the Library. Previous work by carver Jewell James includes healing totems to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks. Those totems are now installed in Arrow Park in New York, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.

To make the Native Voices information accessible to people who can’t come to the Library, there is an online version of the exhibition at www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices. The Library hopes to develop a travelling version consisting of a series of banners with information.

For people interested in Native health issues in general, the Library’s collection of free online information contains material on Native health including:

Saturday – 27th Annual Kohala Country Fair

The 27th Annual Kohala Country Fair is this Saturday, October 1st:

Saturday, October 1, 2011
9am – 4:30pm

Schedule of Performers:
9:00 - Blessing
9:30 – Taiko Drummers & Kupuna Hula
11:00 “Spam Sculpture Carving Contest” all ages
11:00 – Bradda Walta
12:00 – Positive Motion
1:00 -“Doggie Costume Contest”
         “Tug War Winners”
1:45 - “Spam Sculpture Carving Contest” all ages

2:00 – Nonami Band
3:00 – Mystik Rhythmz

KEIKI ACTIVITIES Fun Zone Carnival Games:

  • Baby Farm Animals & Pony Education Experience
  • Bungee Trampoline
  • Face Painting
  • Rock Wall
  • Ricochet Party Inflatables
  • Air-brush Tattoos
  • Fishpipe Fun
  • Smokey Bear
  • Zoo Choo Train
  • Hic Cup Circus

For more information click here: Kohala Country Fair

Big Island Police Seeking Missing 66 Year-Old Woman Who Needs Medication

*UPDATE* Big Island police have located 66-year-old Lucille Naungayan of Hilo, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed Monday afternoon (September 26) at the Hilo airport.

Big Island police are searching for a 66-year-old Hilo woman reported as missing.

Lucille Naungayan was last seen at 8:30 a.m. today (September 26) at her Kinoʻole Street home. She has medical conditions that require medication.

Naungayan is described as between 5-feet tall and 5-foot-2, 180 pounds with gray hair. She was last seen wearing glasses, a pink T-shirt, light-colored slacks, rubber slippers and an orange sweatshirt.

Police ask than anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

5th Annual China – U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit Held on Hawaii Island

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, welcomed tourism officials from across the U.S. and China attending the 5th Annual China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit on Hawai‘i Island today.

US-China Tourism Summit

US-China Tourism Summit

Members of the U.S. Travel Association (USTA) and China National Tourism Association (CNTA), including more than 60 regional tourism directors from the U.S. and China, met at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. The Summit, considered to be one of the top economic accomplishments by the two countries, is designed to build business through creating relationships and knowledge of both the Chinese and U.S. markets.

“The China-U.S. Tourism Leadership Summit is an important event to build on the growing relationship we have with China,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “Since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in 2007, opening group and leisure travel from China to the U.S., we have seen significant growth in this market, with visitor arrivals projected to reach 91,000 in 2011, up 37 percent over last year. This meeting also offers another opportunity to position Hawai‘i as a global meetings destination as our state prepares to host the 2011 APEC Leaders’ Week, and  builds on the growing interest of our state within the Asia- Pacific region.”

“We are very pleased and proud to host the 5th U.S.-China Travel Summit on the Island of Hawai‘i, and look forward to expanding our ties to tourism directors from both the Chinese and U.S. markets,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “We offer a very special kind of experience for travelers, and are at the forefront of emerging areas of the visitor industry such as educational and agricultural tourism. We want to extend to our guests the warm hospitality and aloha that make our island home so special, and we welcome this opportunity to showcase our Island of Hawai`I for these key international travel industry leaders.”

Attendees were welcomed by Roger Dow, president and CEO of USTA, and Qiwei Shao,chairman of CNTA, to discuss and work toward enhancing tourism-related cooperation between the two countries.

Representing Hawai‘i was McCartney and Lt. Governor Brian Schatz, who both addressed the participants. Other speakers included Dr. Rachel JC Chen, Ph.D, Center for Sustainable Business and Tourism, University of Tennessee; Dr. Dai Bin, Ph.D, chairman, China Tourism Academy; Mike Lieberman, president and CEO, Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau; Gary Sain, president and CEO, Visit Orlando; Leigh Von Der Esch, managing director, Utah Office of Tourism; She Quingwen, director general, Tian Jin Tourism Administration; Chen Jianjun, director general, Guang Xi Tourism Administration; and Hao Kang Li, director general, Si Chuan Tourism Administration.

“This event has served as a bridge between the tour and travel industries in both  countries,” said Bruce Bommarito, senior international consulting partner of the USTA. “It also provides an opportunity to meet and build connections with relevant decision makers from China, a rapidly growing market, in the tourism industry.”

Established in 1998, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, is responsible for strategically managing tourism to optimize benefits for Hawai‘i that integrates the interest of visitors, the community and visitor industry. Tourism is our state’s leading economic driver and largest employer and the HTA continually works to ensure its sustainability well into the future.

For more information on the HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (@HawaiiHTA).

Governor Abercrombies Proclamation In Memoriam of His Royal Highness Whatumoana Paki, Senior

Māori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikahu

The Māori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikahu, shares a quiet moment with her husband Whatumoana Paki in the gallery of Parliament during the passage of the bill for the Waikato–Tainui land settlement. As a result of the settlement, Waikato–Tainui received $170 million.

Governor Abercrombies Proclamation In Memoriam of His Royal Highness Whatumoana Paki, Senior:

Tetris Game Appoints Former Hawaii Deputy Director of Budget and Finance

Tetris Online, Inc. (www.tetrisonline.com) today announced the appointment of Dean Hirata as chief financial officer. In this position, Hirata will guide Tetris Online’s overall financial performance and strategic growth.

Formerh Hawaii Deputy Director of Budget and Finance Dean Hirata

Hirata, a certified public accountant, brings more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry to his new role as chief financial officer. Most recently, Hirata served as the State of Hawaii Deputy Director of Budget and Finance under the Abercrombie administration.

“Dean brings a wealth of experience and financial leadership to this new role of chief financial officer at Tetris Online,” said Minoru Arakawa, president and chief executive officer of Tetris Online, Inc. “We are confident that Dean will be a valuable addition to our executive team and guide the company financially as we continue to expand our games portfolio.”

Previously, Hirata served as vice chairman and chief financial officer of Central Pacific Financial Corp., the bank holding company of Central Pacific Bank. Prior to Central Pacific Financial Corp., he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of CB Bancshares, Inc., a bank holding company, whose principal subsidiary was City Bank.

Before joining CB Bancshares, Inc., Hirata served as senior vice president and controller at First Hawaiian Bank. He began his professional career at the international accounting firm of KPMG and left as senior manager to join First Hawaiian Bank.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hirata received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His professional affiliations include the Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International, Hawaii Chapter.

Additionally, Hirata devotes his time to non-profit organizations including the boards of the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America and Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF).

About Tetris Online, Inc. Tetris Online, Inc. is the exclusive online licensee of The Tetris Company, LLC of all rights to the world-famous Tetris(R) game in North America and Europe. Founded in January 2006 by Minoru Arakawa, Henk Rogers and Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris Online is a developer and publisher of electronic entertainment properties. Titles include Tetris for Nintendo 3DS(TM), Tetris Party Deluxe for Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM), Tetris Party for WiiWare(TM), Tetris Splash for Xbox LIVE(R) Arcade, Feevo on Facebook and iPad, Monster Fusion on Facebook, and Tetris Battle on Facebook, which can be found at www.facebook.com/tetrisbattle. Tetris Online is privately held and headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.