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.