Hundreds Attend Mountain View Gym Grand Re-Opening

Hundreds attended the grand re-opening of the Mt.View Gym on the Big Island. The Mt. View Gym has been closed due to hazardous lead paint.

Mayor Kenoi at Mt. View Gymnasium opening

Mayor Kenoi at Mt. View Gymnasium opening

It was a collaborative effort from Hawaii County’s Mayor’s office, Parks and Recreation, Hawaii County Council, Community organizations and community volunteers that helped to make this day possible.

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The Mt. View Gym has been a center of activities since it’s opening in 1938. Long time resident of Mt. View, Mr. Elpidio Calip, shared his memories of honing his basketball skills in the 1960’s. The gym was closed in May, 2009.

A Seventh Wedding, a Dolphin Birth, a Staycation and the Steve Miller Band at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

The Hilton Waikoloa Village Lagoon Prepped for a Wedding

The Hilton Waikoloa Village Lagoon Prepped for a Wedding

I recently had the opportunity to spend three days at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort leading up to the 16th Annual Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range and it was another great staycation that I’m finally able to write about.

Inside the Cave at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort

Inside a cave at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort

A few weeks before I arrived, I noticed a couple, Alex and Lisa, that had flew to Hawaii and was seeking a place to have their 7th wedding through an adventure they were documenting on their blog 2People1Life.com.

Wedding #7

Wedding #7 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort (Picture courtesy of Alex and Lisa)

I put out a couple facebook messages and a few tweets and the next thing I knew… Alex and Lisa were invited to have their 7th wedding taken care of for them by the folks at the Hilton Waikoloa Village all because of me and the folks at the Hilton.

Alex and Lisa get married with a dolphin looking on

Alex and Lisa get married with a dolphin looking on (Picture courtesy of Alex and Lisa)

Alex and Lisa’s 7th wedding night ended with a romantic dinner at “Buddha Point” where they enjoyed a great dinner with the sunset in the distance.

Alex and Lisa happily married at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort

Alex and Lisa happily married at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort

On August 20th, a few weeks before my most recent visit, a little male dolphin baby was born. The new dolphin calf’s mom is 40-year-old Iwa and both mom and calf are healthy and doing fine.

Iwa and her new baby boy

Iwa and her new baby boy

DolphinQuest Hawaii just finished a name the baby dolphin contest in which more then 300 folks entered names for the newborn.  They are still finalizing the name of the dolphin so I don’t know what the name is as of this writing.

The Baby Dolphin Surfaces with his mother Iwa

The Baby Dolphin Surfaces with his mother Iwa (Picture courtesy of Alex and Lisa)

I normally stay in the Lagoon Tower when I stay at the Hilton Waikoloa but this time I was put up in The Palace Tower which is the middle tower on the property.

Inside the Palace Tower

Inside the Palace Tower

The canal was under renovation so instead of taking boats around the property…

The Canal

Part of the canal

I used the trams quite a bit this stay…

The Tram

The Tram

But I myself prefer the boats as a form of transportation for some reason.

The trams pass each other

This staycation was a chance for me to unwind from some of the things that have been going on in my life of late and I sure appreciate the Hilton Waikoloa Village putting me up for a few days.

A Hilton Waikoloa Sunset

A Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort Sunset

I have a friend from the mainland coming in December and him and his girlfriend look forward to staying here.  I just wish they were coming a few days earlier so they could have the chance to catch the Steve Miller Band in Concert on the 10th!

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Big Island, Hawaii in Conjunction with a Global Solidarity Rally… “Occupy Wall Street”

KONA: Today, Saturday, Oct. 15th Kona will show its support for the Occupy Wall Street movement from 2-5 PM on Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy between Henry St and Nani Kailua.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Wall-Street-Kona-Hawaii-Solidarity/228566390534303

HILO: in solidarity with “Occupy Wall Street” and Hilo Peace Vigil – 10/15, 10am-noon Sat. – World Unites Day at ML (*and starting 10/24 EVERY Mon. 4-6pm, in front of Merrill Lynch, 1437 Kilauea Ave.)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Hilo-in-solidarity-with-Occupy-Wall-Street/123047804466820

WAIMEA: 10am – noon in front of the Waimea Foodland – Mamalahoa Highway and Lindsey Rd. (Parker Ranch Shopping Center)

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*Also, Maui, Kaua’i, and O’ahu

THIS IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH A GLOBAL SOLIDARITY RALLY.  /http://15october.net/

For the safety of participants and the driving public, please stand back at least 10 ft. (if possible) from the white line demarking the highway.  In addition, please be aware of whether you and/or your sign are blocking the ability of the driving public to see other signs.