Papakolea on the Big Island Named One of the World’s Most Unusual Beaches

Stuff.Co recently ranked Papakolea beach on the Big Island as One of the Worlds Most Unusual Beaches.  Many folks typically associate Papakolea as the “Green Sand Beach”.

Olivine

When it comes to beaches, the volcanic islands of Hawaii aren’t content to leave it at sugar-white. They mix it up with ebony black, Mars red – and green! Papakolea’s not exactly blazing emerald, but it does have a distinct green tint from olivine crystals deposited on the beach by a volcanic explosion about 10,000 years ago. These crystals are heavier than the rest of the volcanic materials, so as the water washes the rest away, the beach gets greener. Eventually the olivine will run out and the beach will be grey, but not any time soon in human terms.

Papakolea is in the Ka’u district. You’ll have to hike in and climb down the cinder cone. But hey, it’s green!

Special Message From Governor Abercrombie Presented to APEC Distinguished Guests and Visitors

On behalf of the State of Hawai‘i, I would like to extend my aloha to the leaders, ministers, CEOs, distinguished guests and visitors from the member economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Hawai‘i is world-renowned for our natural beauty and warm hospitality. We would like to take this opportunity to show you that Hawai‘i has so much more to offer to the world.

In Hawai‘i, a spirit of discovery and entrepreneurship has led to excellence in many industries including the fields of clean and renewable energy; sky, ocean and earth sciences; life and health sciences; and the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions market.

As you read the stories featured in this special edition of Hawai‘i Business magazine, you will appreciate Hawai‘i as a place for emerging technology and international business and investment.

Our community feels privileged to have been selected to host APEC 2011, and we look forward to sharing our islands, our hospitality and our aloha spirit.

Neil Abercrombie, Governor State of Hawaii

Surfers for Healing – Honoli’i Paka Surf Gathering and Surf Camp

The Surfers Healing Foundation – Hawai’i Island Chapter will be hosting a 2 – day event for children with Autism and other disabilities.  The first event is scheduled for Friday, November 25th at Hilo’s Palace Theater from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The public is invited to meet the founders of Surfers Healing, register for the surf camp and enjoy a  short documentary surf filmed titled “Clay Marzo: Just Add Water”, produced and directed by Strider Wasilewski and Jamie Tlerney.  An inspiring surf movie featuring Clay Marzo- a 22 year-old professional surfer from Maui who was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism in December 2007.  Admission is free. Marzo is currently on the World Surfing Tour.

On Saturday, November 26th, the Honoli’i Paka Surf Gathering and Surf Camp for children with Autism and other disabilities will be held on at Honoli’i Beach Park beginning at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This alcohol and tobacco – free family event is sponsored by the Hawai’i Island Chapter of Surfers Healing, a national organization started 13 years ago in Malibu, California to share the unique experience of surfing with children with autism.  An estimated 300 people are expected at Honoli’i, including approximately 75 children. Worldwide, over 2,000 children per year participate in Surfers Healing Camps.

Surfers for Healing

Families with children with autism or other disabilities are invited to spend a day surfing and enjoying the beach. Boards and safety vests will be provided. The event is made possible through a partnership of the Hawai’i County Department of Parks & Recreation, Basic Image Productions and Hulakai Surfboards.

Surfers for Healing

Surfers for Healing

Kalani Kahalioumi, who has been a surf instructor at Surfers Healing events on the East and West Coasts, said the experience of surfing makes the youngsters “glow,” and they ask to go back out to surf the waves over and over.  “Something magical happens when they ride a wave,” said Kahalioumi. “Once you get them standing on the wave, standing up, they light up. Part of it is the surfer, but most of it is done by Mother Nature, the surf.  What is really touching is when one kid brings 30 family members to the beach. They all support this one child, and when they see their child surfing, when you bring the kid to the beach when they finish the ride, the parents are in tears,” Kahalioumi said.

For more information or to sign up for the event, visit www.surfershealing.org.

Galaxy Forum 2011

Galaxy Forum 2011

Big Island Police Searching for 27-Year-Old Pa’auilo Man Wanted in Assault Investigation

Big Island police are searching for a 27-year-old Paʻauilo man wanted for questioning in an attempted assault investigation. The man is identified as Dayne Victorino.

Dayne Victorino

Dayne Victorino

Hāmākua Patrol officers responded to a call for service on Tuesday (November 1) where there was a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on Pikake Street in Honokaʻa. Upon arrival, officers observed a verbal dispute between Victorino and another man. Victorino was observed operating a late-model Toyota pickup truck, which struck a fence fronting the house and almost struck three bystanders.

Victorino is described as a local male, 5-foot-8, 185 pounds with brown eyes, short shaved hair, and a mustache and goatee.

Police ask than anyone with information on his whereabouts call Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or 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.

FCC and FEMA to Conduct First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

As part of their ongoing efforts to keep our country and communities safe during emergencies, the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

The EAS test plays a key role in ensuring the nation is prepared for all hazards, and that the U.S. public can receive critical and vital information, should it ever be needed. The first nationwide test will be conducted Wednesday, November 9, at 9 am Hawaiʻi Standard Time. This test may last up to three and a half minutes and will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaiʻi, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.” When the test is over, regular programming will resume. For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, please visit http://www.fema.gov/medialibrary/media_records/6407. On November 9 at 9 a.m. HST, please remember: Don’t stress; it’s only a test.

Attorney Bob Marx Announces Candidacy for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District

One of East Hawaii’s premier attorneys and middle class advocate, Bob Marx, has announced his candidacy for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional district.

Attorney Bob Marx

“Preserving the Middle Class” is the bedrock for his platform, along with protecting senior citizens, ending dependence on foreign oil and getting the U.S. out of the war in Afghanistan.

For more than a quarter century, Bob Marx has protected the interests of the Middle Class and the interests of the people of Hawaii.  He has practiced law in Hilo since 1980 and has been a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party.

He has a long history of working for Hawaii, and has been involved in building foundations to support local community organizations, awarding scholarships to college students, and protecting Hawaii’s unique environment.

“I have spent my life fighting for the middle class and for the people of the Big Island,” Marx said.  “I not only live in the Second Congressional District, but understand how rural Oahu and the Neighbor Islands feel disenfranchised.”

“I have the experience, history, and the determination to put Hawaii first as your Congressman.  This next Congressional session is going to be about jobs and the economy,” Marx said.

“I am a successful businessman and community supporter. Now is the time to help my community in Washington, D.C.  I humbly ask for your support to serve you and in putting Hawaii first.”

Marx believes the time for abstract debates over national issues is over.  “We need to stop bringing the problems of Washington to Hawaii.  Hawaii needs to be protected against the negligence of politics.  I stand ready to project the will and voice of the people of Hawaii,” he added.

“Most importantly, I will make sure that Hawaii is always first.”

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” Opens New Da Kine Dog House Store at Koko Marina

Duane “Dog” Chapman is opening a retail store over on Oahu capitalizing on his name:

Dog the Bounty Hunter Store

DA KINE DOG HOUSE GRAND OPENING
Saturday, November 5, 2011
10 a.m.~7:30 p.m.
Autograph session with Duane “Dog” Chapman from 3~6 p.m.
Koko Marina Center (near Zippy’s)

“Dog” and family members from the show will autograph merchandise purchased at the store from 3-6 p.m., so this is the perfect time to get that special gift for the “Dog the Bounty Hunter” fans on your holiday list!

Dog the Bounty Hunter

Da Kine Dog House features official “Dog the Bounty Hunter” merchandise, from clothing and accessories, to photos, books, DVDs, mouse pads, bags, keychains, and much more. There is always a sale rack at the store, as well.

Season 8 of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” premieres on December 14th, on A&E.

DA KINE DOG HOUSE
Koko Marina Center
7192 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Tel. (808) 396-1120
Also online at www.thebountystore.com!

The Green Debuts at #1 on The Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae Charts

Hawaii’s rising reggae band The Green has debuted at #1 on The Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae charts with the release of their new album Ways & Means (officially released October 25 on Easy Star Records).

The critically-acclaimed album has also debuted impressively on other Billboard charts including #6 on the Heatseekers Chart, #1 on the Regional Pacific New Artist Chart, and #94 on the Top 200 Digital albums, amongst others.

“With its #1 debut on the reggae charts, Ways & Means is picking up right where The Green left off with their first album. It is exciting to see how much they are accomplishing in such a short period of time, and we know there is much more to come,” says Easy Star Records co-founder Eric Smith.

The band shows no signs of slowing down and is midway through their extensive US tour with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (Easy Star label mate Cas Haley joins the lineup on November 3rd). Critical praise for their album and live shows has been gushing with flattering superlatives from a diverse range of media outlets.

  • “The Honolulu band released its follow-up CD, “Ways & Means,” and it seems likely to win a whole new set of fans with its command of roots and dancehall grooves, catchy melodies and thick four-part harmonies.” – San Francisco Chronicle
  • “The Green (with loving oversight in the studio by the Easy Star team) pull off song after song on Ways & Means, coupling some beautiful harmonies with enough thump and grit to keep it real.” – Jambands.com
  • ”What they’ve emerged with is a great, highly listenable record that’s as contemporary as Rebelution or Easy Star All-Stars, yet which harkens back to the sweet harmonies of classic Jamaican artists like The Heptones.” – The Santa Barbara Independent
  • “You don’t have to be from Jamaica to make righteous reggae music, as these rising stars of the genre prove. They’re from Hawaii and they’re really shaking things up with their youth-infused rootsy reggae sound.” – Sacramento Bee
  • “The Green’s latest effort points to a band growing into their newfound success quite comfortably, as they’ve tweaked their sound to be sharper, more focused, and certainly a bit more ferocious.” – The Pier
  • “The Green are completely different to how you may expect reggae music to sound….The Green have revolutionized the reggae genre and made it exciting for the first time in a long time.” – Altsounds
  • “They set you up for an incredible melodic journey before making you beg yourself to put the album on repeat.” – The Dubside

The Green consists of singer Caleb Keolanui, singer-guitarist JP Kennedy, singer-keyboardist Ikaika Antone, and singer-guitarist Zion Thompson. The four members of The Green take pride in the pop burnished roots reggae style they’ve cooked up—edgy enough to make tastemakers sit up and take notice, yet accessible to all ages. Four distinct voices, four sharp songwriting talents, masterful musicianship, and monster grooves add up to one exceptional band with an unforgettable sound.

Don’t miss what Nice Up and World Music Central call “…one of the very best reggae acts.”

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TOUR DATES

  • Thu/Nov-03 – New Orleans, LA – HOB Parish
  • Fri/Nov-04 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
  • Sat/Nov-05 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Stage
  • Sun/Nov-06 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
  • Tue/Nov-08 – Orlando, FL – The Social
  • Wed/Nov-09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
  • Thu/Nov-10 – Vero Beach, FL – Filthy McNasty’s
  • Fri/Nov-11 – Satellite Beach, FL – Sports Page
  • Sat/Nov-12 – Charleston, SC – Pour House
  • Sun/Nov-13 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
  • Tue/Nov-15 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
  • Wed/Nov-16 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
  • Thu/Nov-17 – West Chester, PA – The Note
  • Fri/Nov-18 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10
  • Sat/Nov-19 – Cambridge (Boston), MA – Middle East
  • Sun/Nov-20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
  • Mon/Nov-21 – Clifton Park (Albany), NY – Northern Lights
  • Wed/Nov-23 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall