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3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in the Waikoloa Area of the Big Island Today

Magnitude 3.1
Location 19.841°N, 155.685°W
Depth 37.7 km (23.4 miles)
  • 16 km (10 miles) SE (135°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 20 km (13 miles) S (184°) from Waimea, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) ESE (118°) from Puako, HI
  • 64 km (40 miles) WNW (284°) from Hilo, HI
  • 276 km (172 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.4 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 66, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60336916

Mahalo to The Pride of Puna for Raising 403 Pounds of Food for the Fight for Hunger

On Friday evening the Pride of Puna Kickboxing event took place at the Akebono Theater.   The cost of admission was $15.00 or $10.00 with a can of food.

Needless to say, a lot of folks saved money as 403 pounds of food was raised for the “Fight for Hunger”.

Congrats Serge on a well run production

I have to give props to Serge Mamone and his wife Kalei for putting on such a great production as well as raising so much food for the “Fight for Hunger”.

Big Island Police Investigating Puna Robbery of California Visitors at Hot Ponds

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred late Sunday night (April 29) in the Puna District.

At about 12:36 a.m. Monday, police received a report from a 30-year-old female visitor from California. She reported that last night at about 11:30 p.m., she and a 26-year-old male companion, also from California, were parked in a rented silver Jeep Patriot in the area of the Ahalanui Park in lower Puna. They were awakened by a rock shattering a window of the Jeep. The rock struck the 26-year-old passenger, who declined treatment for minor injuries.

The victims were apparently blinded by a bright light used by one suspect and it appeared that at least one more suspect was present during the incident. One of the suspects reached into the vehicle and removed an undisclosed item. One of the suspects demanded money and made mention of a firearm. Neither victim saw a weapon.

The victims drove away from the area and reported the incident to police upon reaching a parking lot in the South Hilo district.

The incident is classified as a second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, and first-degree criminal property damage.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Wendell Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

The 30th Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show and Sale

The 30th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is Sunday, July 22 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.

The 30th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is coming up

The anniversary theme of this year’s show is “Kona’s Orchids Through Time,” and includes a tributary display on the late Tom Kadooka, club advisor, nurseryman and developer of the Big Isle’s vanilla industry.

The show offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.  Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and the Daifukuji Taiko drummers will perform at 10 a.m.

Also on tap will be an elaborate display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more by club members.

Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations.

In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, contact Joyce Hancock, 808-328-8375.

Dates Set for the Fourth Annual Mango Festival

Mango mania returns to Kona for the fourth annual Mango Festival with activities on three days.

First up is the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser July 21 in Kealakekua at the New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. Admission is a $10 donation and fun includes a dramatic show of tango dancing, dessert bar and silent auction from 6:30-9 p.m. For ticket info, phone 887-1292.

Mango Tango proceeds benefit New Thought Center, a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path, and the free, two-day community Mango Festival.

Geared for mango lovers of all ages, the Mango Festival returns to the Keauhou Beach Resort 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for a full weekend of juicy jive July 28-29. The free festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season.

Ken Love of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers displays varieties of mangos grown in Hawaii.

Ken Love, president of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, says this year’s mango season looks good. “Although there have been limited rains, what we had came at the right time,” notes Love. “Diversifying mango crops by variety has helped to increase the overall quantity as flowering takes place at difference times. Overall, growers do a much better job of field sanitation, which has also helped to increase local production.”

Love is part of the event’s agricultural and educational offerings on Saturday. Attendees can also enjoy culinary demonstrations using mango and a mango-themed recipe contest for non-professional chefs.

Arts and crafts, mango-themed desserts and drinks, plus fresh produce will be offered both days. The focus on Sunday’s fun will be entertainment, with a non-stop medley of music and performing arts, including dramatic hula and a Belly Dance Extravaganza on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the resort’s Royal Garden.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the free community Festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths for July 28-29 are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. For info, contact event organizer Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Pahoa Town Under Surveillance – Street Cameras Installed

Pahoa Village and in particular the town section of it, has long had a reputation of having many problems.  A few years back the Town was a recipient for Federal funding for “Weed and Seed” programs that brought cameras in to town and established laws that would make dealing drugs more punishable.

Well the cameras in town didn’t last long and they really didn’t seem to be very effective in cleaning up the problems that Pahoa was having.

This morning, I just noticed that quietly the county has installed cameras throughout the town:

This camera is set up near Kaleo's Restaurant pointed towards Luquins Restaurant

I’m not exactly sure who is monitoring these cameras and/or who paid for them… but they look pretty high-tech.

It looks like some of them may be powered by solar panels, I just can't tell

I wonder if they are being recorded 24/7 or just being monitored when needed?

This one was in front of Luquins pointing towards Kaleos Restaurant

Some of the cameras looked like they may have the ability to look 360 degrees.

There are two cameras in this picture. I believe the round one w/ the bubble covering it can view 360 degrees.

Let’s see if this solves some of the problems we are having… or just creates more!

Congressional Candidate Bob Marx Begins Weekly Web Address

Bob Marx, neighbor island candidate for Hawai‘i’s Second Congressional District, joined Rachel Thompson for his weekly web address. This week, the pair addressed the disappearing American Dream, the economy, education, and Marx’s candidacy.

Mr. Marx was asked about the stagnant unemployment rate and bleak job forecast for many of his constituents. “I think you have to go forward, sometimes, without knowing for sure what’s going to happen but with faith and confidence in the future,” Marx said. “Even though we are in the middle of some of the most difficult economic times America has ever seen, it’s also a time of tremendous opportunity for people who have good insight…and persistence to press forward in spite of doubt.”

When asked how we can solve the growing employment crisis, Marx said: “It’s easy to say this and difficult to do, but one is to be patient and the other is to stop looking for jobs, and start looking for work…I’ve had like forty jobs, some of the most miserable conditions, and each one of those have made me a better employer and employee for myself,” Marx explained.


In response to a question about how an out-of-work, experienced, middle-aged employee can compete in the changing economy, Marx said that it will be tough since these types of workers expect a lot of compensation. “I think [it’s] a real serious problem…my philosophy is that you make a school available for any age person as cheaply as you possibly can–ideally free…if not it should be a very low tuition,” Marx said.

Marx said that the retraining of many of our middle-aged workers is something that must be available in the digital age in which we now live. Many older workers–once resistant to technology and digital information–now realize that it is inevitable and they must be able to use email and the internet not only to find a new job but to be employable and competitive with younger applicants.

Sudden Rush Rocks the Pahoa Village Club

On Friday, after the Pride of Puna kick boxing event at the Akebono Theater, the Pahoa Village Club was the place to be for a concert by the popular local group Sudden Rush.

Lead singer Don Ke'ala Kawa'auhau Jr. in front of the Pahoa Village Club

The last time I saw Sudden Rush perform was over a couple years ago, however, just because they have gotten a bit older… doesn’t mean they can’t still put on an awesome show!

Sudden Rush rocking it at Pahoa Village Club

Here is a video that was produced a few years ago that has been pretty popular:


Of course it wouldn’t have been a rocking concert w/out a T-Shirt vendor!

Fearless Hawaiian

8th Annual East Hawaii Cultural Center Lei Day Celebration

WHAT: Lei Day

WHEN: 10 am – 3 pm – Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

WHERE: East Hawai’i Cultural Center & Kalakaua Park

  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Hula
  • Food
  • Crafts
  • Vendors
  • Lei making demonstrations
  • Tea with Her Floral Majesty, Lei Day Queen Hokulani Fo (reservations are a must)

Bring the family for a day of fun at Kalakaua Park.  For info and/or reservations call 898-0850 or e-mail info@leiday.net

Reed’s Bay Beach Park Re-Opens

A thoroughly renovated Reed’s Bay Beach Park was officially reopened Saturday morning during a blessing ceremony that attracted about 100 park users, dignitaries and passers-by to the popular Hilo facility. Mayor Billy Kenoi joined other elected officials in welcoming people back to the Banyan Drive park, upgraded for safety and accessibility.

An improved Reed’s Bay Beach Park on Hilo’s Banyan Drive welcomes families.

Comprising slightly more than four acres and located within walking distance of downtown Hilo, Reed’s Bay Beach Park offers safe access for swimmers, fishermen and boaters with authorized moorings in the bay. The park includes mature trees for shade, grassy areas for play and a protected bay for use by keiki and kupuna alike. Parking is provided at an adjacent 2.3 acre lot.

During a Hawaiian blessing ceremony, Kumu Kimo Awai told the story of a family whose young child once wandered into ocean and was at risk of drowning, when a force – a large school of small fish called ‘oama – guided the keiki safely back to shore. Today, the park continues this history of being a safe place for our keiki.

Kumu Kimo Awai performed a Hawaiian blessing ceremony before dignitaries, descendants of the bay’s namesake William Reed, and members of the Keaukaha community untied the maile lei signifying the opening of the park.

Reed’s Bay Beach Park is “a place that celebrates family and protects our children and is a pu‘uhonua, a safe haven for our families that actually protects our children from drugs, and from gangs and from violence,” Mayor Kenoi said after joining dignitaries and members of the Keaukaha community in untying the maile lei to signify the reopening of the park.

Reed’s Bay is named after William H. Reed. Born in 1814 Belfast, Ireland, Reed was a businessman who bought Reed’s Island in 1861 and built the first commercial bridge over the Wailuku River. He also created Reed’s Landing, which he used to moor boats carrying lumber for one of his businesses.

Remembering how as a child he played at the park with his parents, Mayor Kenoi thanked contractor Nan Inc., the Department of Parks and Recreation staff, members of the Reed family, and Bill Walter, CEO and president of W.H. Shipman Ltd., which was founded by Reed’s stepson.

Reed’s Bay Beach Park now features concrete walkways complete with integrated seat walls, outdoor showers, drinking fountain and landscaping. Future plans call for picnic tables and additional landscaping to be added this summer as part of an Eagle Scout project.

Leonard Bisel of Leonard Bisel and Associates designed the improvements, while Nan Inc. performed much of the work under a $690,763 contract. With the help of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawai‘i County obtained a $248,525 federal grant that was used to pay more than one-third of the contract cost, thereby reducing the financial burden on local taxpayers.

Assisting with the project were Department of Parks and Recreation personnel, who installed the showers, poured concrete footings, trimmed trees, spread sand, and performed other work.

The project represents teamwork and partnership with the federal and state governments, Parks & Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald told audience members. He called the project “a great example of laulima – what we can all do together.”

Sen. Inouye issued a statement read by his field representative, Delbert Nishimoto. Sen. Inouye praised Mayor Kenoi and his administration for delivering projects that improve Hawai‘i County and add to the island’s beauty.

State Sen. Gilbert Kahele, state Rep. Mark Nakashima and Puna Councilman Fred Blas also each spoke at the reopening ceremony. “It’s nice to come down from Puna and see a beautiful place like this,” Councilman Blas said.

The newly renovated Reed’s Bay Beach Park continues a vision then-Gov. John Burns started for the Banyan Drive area in 1969, Sen. Kahele said. “Banyan Drive is a wonderful place. I played here as a child, and I enjoyed the ocean.”

Mayor Kenoi announced that a second phase improvements at Reed’s Bay Beach Park, to include a comfort station, will start in August, to avoid impacting summer use of the park, and be finished by year’s end.

For safety reasons, the sand along the park’s shoreline is no longer accessible to motor vehicles, although boat owners with approved moorings in the bay may continue to launch and retrieve their vessels.

Horizon Lines Issues Statement in Strong Support of the Jones Act

Horizon Lines issued the following statement from interim President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen H. Fraser:

Horizon Lines Issues Statement in Strong Support of the Jones Act

Horizon Lines is, and always has been, a very staunch supporter of the Jones Act and all of its requirements.  The Jones Act stipulates that cargo shipped between two U.S. ports must be transported on vessels that are American-made, American-flagged, at least 75% American-owned and predominantly American crewed. We fully support these requirements and steadfastly believe they are vital to American economic, merchant marine, military, national and homeland security interests.  The Jones Act has provided a strong foundation for America’s domestic shipping industry since 1920, and has enjoyed the long-standing support of the U.S. Navy, bi-partisan members of Congress and every president in modern history.

As one of the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping companies and as a proud member of the American Maritime Partnership, Horizon Lines understands that the history and livelihood of our company, our customers and the markets we serve are inextricably linked to the Jones Act.  Fifty-six years ago this week, the converted U.S. built tanker Ideal X departed Port Newark with 58 containers bound for Port Houston.  With that voyage, Sea-Land Service, our predecessor, went on to revolutionize ocean cargo transportation.  Today, the associates of Horizon Lines, in partnership with our maritime and shore-side union partners, are proud of the role we play supplying the citizens of Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico with goods that are vital to their lives.  The Jones Act has made this possible.  It has been integral to our nation’s past and it is critical to our future.

Pride of Puna – Pictures, Videos and Results

Last night at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, the first ever Pride of Puna “Fight for Hunger” all ages kick boxing event took place to a sold out crowd.

A packed Akebono Theater

The event began with some youth fights that were well appreciated by everyone in the crowd.

Promoter Serge Mamone proud of his son Ricky

Here are the results from the youth fights:

  • 65 lbs – Ricky Mamone defeated Derek Romero
  • 70 lbs – Elija Apao defeated David Martinez Jr.
  • 95 lbs – Kaleo Apao defeated Damien Romero
  • 115 lbs- Trent Saragosa and Micah Castro had a DRAW
  • 125 lbs – Avery Sanchis defeated Ethan Ramos

Then the Open fights began with a women’s fight featuring Riechelle Silva vs. Kehaulani Rodrigues.

Riechelle Silva

The fight was an exciting fight that saw Silva dominating Rodrigues for the majority of the fight and winning in the end.

Then the Open Mens fight began:

Koa Lopez and Roy Fukushima had a three round fight:




The judges declared Koa Lopez the winner

Koa Lopez gets his hand raised

The next bout featured Paul Abiley versus Cameron Sylva.


The judges declared Cameron Sylva the winner after this third round.



The next fight saw Patrick Torres defeat Josh Sosa and then Mathew Majamay took on Kevin Silva:



In the end the judges declared Majamay the victory.


In the final Open fight, Conrodo Martin Defeated Keola Arakaki.  The night then moved to the Semi-Main Event which featured Petey Vital “3” defeating Donald Gonzales.

Petey Vital “3” was victorious in his Semi Main Event match and said later on at the Pahoa Village Club that he was ready to take on the UFC!

The Main Event saw Riquo Abadilla defeating Justin Yamauchi.

Trophies and Medals were given out to the victors

It was a great event that was put on and lots of food was raised. *UPDATE* 403 pounds of food were raised!

Pride of Puna and Sudden Rush – Pahoa is the Place to Be Tonight

The kickboxing tournament “Pride of Puna” starts at 6:30 at Pahoa’s Akebono Theater tonight:

Then across the street at the Pahoa Village Club, the doors will open at 8:00 for Big Island’s own Sudden Rush.

Video – Hawaiian Cultural Panel with His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Moderator John De Fries connects the call by His Holiness for “universal responsibility” with the responsibility of those in Hawaii to care for the islands.


His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet listens to a Hawaiian Cultural Panel entitled “The Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times.”

Happy Early May Day

My son’s May Day celebration is going on now. My wife designed and made his aloha shirt.

Commercial and Tandem Skydiving to Open in Kona on the Big Island – “Island Skydiving”

A few months ago I mentioned that the folks from Skydive Hawaii did some exploratory jumps to see about the the feasibility of starting up  a commercial and tandem skydiving business on the Big Island.

Today, the Hinshaw family, from Skydive Hawaii, is pleased to announce that Island Skydiving, LLC., a family owned partnership, will begin skydiving operations at Upolu Airport on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 6:00AM.

Frank T.K. and his Father Frank Hinshaw at the Upolu Airport

Skydiving operations will be conducted from a Cessna 182 or 206 with Airvan support, all with a 10,000’ target exit altitude.

Skydiving operations will be conducted from a Cessna 182 or 206 with Airvan support

The memorable view from the aircraft and in freefall can be spectacular at Upolu Airport as Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa loom behind Kohala volcano. Waipio Valley and the Hamakua Coast are on the East side of Upolu Airport and often in clear view. With blue skies on Maui, the sacred volcano on Haleakala can be also be seen reaching up from Hana. Mo’okini Heiau and Kamehameha Akahi Aina Hanau, the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great are also visible within the Upolu Airport area.

The view from 10,000' is breath taking to say the least

Tandem skydiving will be offered with hourly arrival times between 6:00AM and 9:00AM. Due to the strong winds conditions at Upolu Airport reservations are limited within these hours. The tandem skydive is priced at $329 per person and included photos and video taken by the tandem instructor. Customers should plan on spending 2 hours at Upolu Airport.

Tandem skydiving will be limited to those over the age of 18 and under 200 pounds. The customer will be required to sign the company’s standard liability release. Upolu Airport is in a remote part of Hawaii island and emergency medical services may take time to respond.

Sport skydivers are required to hold a USPA class C or D license with 250 jumps and jump with their own gear

Sport skydivers are required to hold a USPA class C or D license with 250 jumps and jump with their own gear. A wing loading of more than 1 to 1 is required.

Reservations can be taken at this time or more information obtained at 808 949-4852 for reservation dates beginning May 5, 2012. www.islandskydiving.com is expected to be operational soon. You can “Like Us” on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hawaii-Island-Skydiving/173920866012443

12th Annual CAPE Awards Seeking Hawaii Writers

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) New Writers Awards deadline is quickly approaching on Friday, May 25, 2012.

Submissions are being accepted in Feature Film, Television Writing, and Hawaii. The Hawaii category is open to writers originally from Hawaii, currently living in Hawaii, or screenplays/ teleplays set in Hawaii.

Both CAPE and non-CAPE members are welcome to submit. Entrants can also be individuals or teams.

Multiple entries in one or more categories is highly encouraged.

Three (3) winners will each receive a $4,000 cash prize, the latest Final Draft professional scriptwriting software, a staged reading of their winning script, and exclusive meetings with entertainment industry agents, producers, and executives.

Entries must be submitted electronically by Friday, May 25, 2012 11:59PM PST.

For over a decade, the CAPE New Writers Awards has been dedicated to discovering and nurturing Asian Pacific Islander voices and talents. This unique program has helped launch the careers of numerous writers. Success stories include Aaron Ho (COUGAR TOWN), Alice Wu (SAVING FACE), Christina Choe (2012 Slamdance winner), Jaffar Mahmood (SHADES OF RAY), Ken Cheng (WILFRED), Leonard Chang (AWAKE), Thomas Wong (Fox Writer’s Intensive Finalist), and Randall Park (THE ERASISTS). This year’s sponsors include NBC Universal, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Hawaii International Film Festival, and Final Draft.

For detailed submission guidelines and materials, please visit capeusa.org/CNWA.

Pahoa Elementary, Intermediate and High Schools 2nd Annual Ho’ike

The Pahoa Elementary, Intermediate, and High Schools are having their 2nd Annual Ho’ike this weekend and the public is invited to come and participate:

Capital Asia Group Ventures Into Hawaii – Ho’olei on the Big Island

SINGAPORE-based real estate marketing firm Capital Asia Group Pte Ltd (CAG) has launched its latest land investment product, Ho’olei (Crown of Flowers), on the north-western coast of Big Island in Hawaii.

Ho’olei is a approved development land fully owned by Aina Le’a Inc, which plans to build 70 single-family luxury homes with 2,800 undivided land fractions (ULF) for sale to mostly individual investors in Asia.

CAG business development director Paul Tan said the company has been given the exclusive marketing rights to assist the land owner to market 2,800 ULF development land projects in Ho’olei.

“Each of the ULF is set affordably at US$9,600 with warranty deed and registered under the investors’ names as lawful owners to the land purchased,” he said.

He said the strategy for this land investment is known as FIFO (first-in first-out), whereby the investors will own a percentage of the entire 8.7ha, which has 1/2800 interest.

The investors will be designated a running number according to the date of their purchase.

The moment a desired builder comes along and purchases the land lots, the first num-ber in the ULF purchased will exit, Tan explained.

“This will offer the investors the possibility of an exit earlier than 36 months, while enjoying the full 36 percent returns,” the business development director said.

The investment time-frame is fixed at 36 months with an assured return of 36 percent.

Tan said the previous development land investment product, Lulana Gardens, an affordable housing project in Big Island of Hawaii, providing 30 percent returns in 30 months, have been fully taken up.

“It has provided much publicity for CAG as well as successfully syndicated over US$42 millions, and is well on its way to exiting the investors in the coming months,” he added.

KOHALA Live in Concert at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest”

GRAMMY award-winning producer Charles Michael Brotman, with Rupert Tripp Jr. and Charlie Recaido are the celebrated acoustic trio “Kohala,” headlining the Big Island Film Festival “Best of the Fest” Concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, Monday, May 28, 2012.

Charlie Recaido, Charles Michael Brotman and Rupert Tripp, Jr. of "Kohala." Photo by Sarah Anderson

A blend of folk, island and jazz, reflecting the beauty of the Big Island’s Kohala region, the talented guitar trio has performed for enthusiastic audiences around the world and produced eight albums.  Brotman’s slack key song “Hapuna Sunset” was included in the acclaimed soundtrack of Oscar nominee “The Descendants.”  He has won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and Hawaii Music Awards and his recordings have reached #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart. Charles composes, records, and produces from his Lava Tracks Recording Studio in Kamuela, Hawaii, and is the President of Palm Records.

“Kohala was with us for the very first Big Island Film Festival,” said Executive Director Leo Sears, “And we’ve been eager to get them back ever since.  Their music is ageless, timeless, and every song tells a story without words.  It’s perfect for this event in this beautiful place.”

Tickets can be purchased on line at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com. Best of the Fest tickets are $40 at the door ($30 kama‘āina) and $35 in advance ($25 kama‘āina), $10 keiki 6-12.  Some chairs will be available and food and beverages for purchase (no coolers please).

Best of the Fest includes:

Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.

KOHALA Concert, 5:30-7 p.m.

Audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2012, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Best of the Fest is also a fundraiser for Hawai’i Island Food Basket.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 24-28, 2012. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai’i County CPEP.

For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.