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St. Patricks Day Concert at Volcano Arts Center Featuring Brittni Paiva, Keoki Kahumoku and Aloha Bluegrass

Volcano Art Center’s Spring Concert Series kicks off this Saint Patrick’s Day with an “Evening of Green” for the whole family to enjoy. Surrounded by the lush forest and historic setting of the National Park, Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theater will come alive March 17th with a night of unforgettable performances from Brittni Paiva, Keoki Kahumoku and Aloha Bluegrass.

Brittni Paiva

Guests are invited to “wear green and share green” according to Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. “Sharing the arts, including the musical arts, is our mission. We believe in keeping art accessible and affordable for all, but in truth it’s the generous donations from our community that bring these great events to Volcano.”

Keoki Kahumoku

“We must have the luck of the Irish with such a distinguished lineup of musical talent,” stated Concerts Coordinator David Wallerstein. “Aloha Bluegrass will be opening the show with a bang, and the featured Hawaiian musicians are both local favorites. This will be one fun night!”

Wallerstein stated that he expects this concert to sell out quickly, adding “we hope this wonderful evening will ignite a passion for music in all who attend… and maybe inspire a few donations too if we’re lucky.”

Brittni Paiva, Hilo’s own “Ukulele Darling” is a Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning multi-instrumentalist who has been making beautiful music since the age of four. Now at 23 her preferred instrument is the ukulele, but Paiva also expertly plays piano, guitar, bass and drums. She recently released her first DVD, Living Ukulele and soon will be releasing her fifth album produced by renowned jazz saxophonist Tom Scott.

Fifth generation slack-key guitarist and multi Grammy Award winning recording artist Keoki Kahumoku is a Big Island native with deep roots in both Hawaii’s music and cultural heritage. He began performing with his father George Kahumoku, Jr. and his uncle, Moses Kahumoku as a hobby, but discovered a passion for sharing music through performing, teaching and mentoring. Much like his father, Kahumoku’s performance is as much about his relaxed, engaging ‘talk story’ style as it is about his extensive Hawaiian repertoire.

San Francisco’s Aloha Bluegrass is well known for captivating crowds with their driving rhythms, soaring fiddling, hot picking and sweet, tight harmonies. Their roots are deep in the traditions of Old Time, Bluegrass, and Country Blues while they seamlessly blend the best from Hawaiian, Irish, Cajun, Western Swing and more. Their enthusiastic, expressive style is sure to set a lively atmosphere for the rest of the night.

The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. with $20.00 tickets available for advance purchase at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus, at VAC Art Gallery or online at www.volcanoartcenter.org. For more information, contact David at (808) 967-8222 or concerts@volcanoartcenter.com.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.

Hawaii Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input on Regional Long-Range Land Transportation Plans for the Islands of Maui/Molokai/Lanai, Hawaii and Kauai

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be updating the Regional Long-Range Land Transportation Plans (RLRLTPs) for the islands of Maui/Molokai/Lanai, Hawaii and Kauai and is asking the public to participate.

The RLRLTPs define land transportation goals and needs for each region and have not been updated since the late 1990’s. Since then, the state of Hawaii has experienced significant changes in population, development, and travel needs.

“One of the key elements of this development process is community involvement,” said HDOT Director Glenn Okimoto. “The HDOT believes in effective community involvement to plan for Hawaii’s future land transportation, and thus the HDOT is moving forward with working with the citizens of Hawaii.”

The HDOT will be holding public meetings in Wailuku, Kona, Hilo, and Lihue in February and March to introduce the plans and receive input from the public. The updated RLRLTPs will be incorporated into the Statewide Long-Range Land Transportation Plan (SLRLTP), which is being developed concurrently. The SLRLTP will also incorporate the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan (ORTP 2035), which was just completed by the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization. The SLRLTP will embrace the overall values of the people of Hawaii and guide land transportation policy and programs within the state through the year 2035.

Once the drafts of the SLRLTP and RLRLTPs are developed later this year, another round of public meetings will be held on the neighbor islands to receive input on their respective RLRLTPs as well as the SLRLTP, and on Oahu to discuss the SLRLTP. These meetings, in coordination with other outreach efforts, will ensure that all of Hawaii’s communities have an opportunity to participate in the development of the plans.

For more information, visit www.hawaiilongrangeplan.com or call the HDOT’s Public Affairs Office at 808-587-2160.

Upcoming public meetings schedule:

  • Wailuku, Maui, Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 5:30-7:30 PM, J. Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani Street, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
  • Kona, Hawaii Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:30-7:30 PM, Kona Outdoor Circle 72-6280 Kuakini Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
  • Hilo, Hawaii Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 5:30-7:30 PM, Puueo Community Center

Happy Valentines Day From Hilo’s Own Youtube Star “Niga Higa” – A Romantic Valentines Day Story

Happy Valentines Day From Hilo’s Own Youtube Star Niga Higa.

A Romantic Valentines Day Story:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/H4W9sFTnh-M]

Tesoro Hawai’i Fuels Up to Support Special Olympics Hawai’i Athletes

Tesoro Hawai‘i is giving the green light to its seventh annual Fueling Dreams fundraiser to support Special Olympics Hawai‘i athletes. During this year’s event, island drivers can take advantage of discounted prices on all grades of gasoline and VIP service, courtesy of Tesoro Hawai‘i employees, local law enforcement officers and Special Olympics Hawai‘i volunteers at 14 stations on O‘ahu and the Big Island from March 1 – 2, 2012.

Participants in the seventh annual Fueling Dreams event can fill up with discounted prices on all grades of gasoline, March 1 - 2, 2012

Additionally, motorists revving to go can support this good cause by making donations to Special Olympics Hawai‘i at all Tesoro 2Go stores from February 1 – March 7, 2012. Supporters who give generously throughout the month-long campaign will be entered into a drawing to win $500 in Tesoro giftCards®. Two other drawings for $500 each will be awarded to those who make a donation during the two-day Fueling Dreams event.

“Every year, our employees look forward to rolling up their sleeves to help fuel the dreams of athletes and raise awareness for Special Olympics Hawai‘i,” said Eric Lee, Tesoro Hawai‘i’s senior regional manager – retail. “Tesoro Hawai‘i is proud to support Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s athletes and be a part of their successes – whether it’s on the playing field, at work, in the classroom or at home.”

Fueling Dreams volunteers will be out in force at the following participating Tesoro stations: Dillingham, Hawai‘i Kai, Kapahulu, Kapolei, King & Cooke, Mililani Mauka, Mililani Town Center, Nanakuli, Palama, Salt Lake and Waipahu Town Center on O‘ahu, and at Bay Front in Hilo and Queen Kaahumanu in Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i Island from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.

“We are thankful for the support of our loyal and generous year-round partners like Tesoro Hawai‘i who make it possible for us to provide free access to sports and wellness initiatives for our growing number of athletes throughout the state,” said Nancy Bottelo, president of Special Olympics Hawai‘i. “As we continue to serve more athletes and face rising costs, individual and corporate donations have become increasingly important to our work, which creates opportunities and is inclusive of those with intellectual disabilities in our communities.”

As a year-round mission partner, Tesoro Hawai‘i has committed to raising $75,000 this year to support Special Olympics Hawai‘i. Proceeds from Fueling Dreams will benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s Summer Games, which brings together more than 1,000 athletes and coaches from throughout the state. Athletes begin training in February and participate in area and regional competitions from March through May to qualify for this event. The Summer Games, held over the Memorial Day weekend, include competitions in powerlifting, softball, swimming and track and field.

For more information on Special Olympics Hawai‘i, please contact 808-943-8808 or visit www.specialolympicshawaii.org. Special Olympics Hawai‘i is also on twitter, www.twitter.com/sohawaii and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsHawaii.

4th Annual Art at the Capitol on First Friday in March

The Legislature and the Executive Offices are opening its doors for an evening of art, culture and history during downtown Honolulu’s First Friday in March.

View over 460 works of public art, purchased through the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, showcased in state lawmakers’ offices. Talk story with your state lawmakers and take a historical tour of the Capitol. Mingle with artists and enjoy chamber music provided by student quartets.

For more information call (808) 586-6460 or email artatthecapitol@gmail.com.

  • When:  First Friday, March 2, 2012  5 – 7 p.m.
  • Where: Hawaii State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street  Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Admission: FREE

Biti Biti Jr. Arrested for Monday’s Big Island Stabbing

Big Island police have arrested a Kaʻū man in connection with a stabbing Monday evening (February 13).

The suspect is identified as 35-year-old Biti Biti Jr. of Ocean View.

Kaʻū Patrol officers responded to a 7:46 p.m. call Monday and were informed that a 44-year-old Ocean View man had been shopping with his wife at a convenience store at the Ocean View Town Center when a male acquaintance confronted him and challenged him to a fight. The suspect reportedly lunged at the victim and stabbed him on the left side of his body near the ribs. As the victim turned to flee, he was stabbed on the back of the neck.

The suspect fled in a white pickup truck.

Fire/Rescue personnel took the victim to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. He remains confined to the hospital in stable condition.

Kaʻū patrol officers located Biti at a house in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision and arrested him at 8:36 p.m. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

The motive for the stabbing is still under investigation.