Ironworkers, Laborers and Sierra Club endorse Gil Kahele for Hawaii State Senate District One

With 46 days before the August 11th primary election we are proud to announce that Senator Gil Kahele has received endorsements from the Ironworkers, Laborers Local 368 and the Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter . These three endorsements continue to carry momentum into our campaign and show continuing support from Hawaiiʻs working class as well as the most widely recognized environmental organization in the country.

The Ironworkers of Hawaii (Stabilization Fund) represents thousands of island workers who work on bridges, structural steel, ornamental architectural and miscellaneous metals and rebar.

The Laborers International Union of North America Local 368 represents 4,369 members throughout the State of Hawaii. Formed in December of 1954 the union represents members working in the construction, environmental remediation, maintenance, food service, clerical and health care occupations.

The Sierra Club is the largest and most influential grassroots organization in the country. Formed in 1892 the Sierra Club has a membership of 1.4 million people and advocates for safe and healthy communities, smart energy solutions to combat global warming and creates an enduring legacy for Americaʻs wild places. The Hawaii Chapter of the Sierra Club focuses on our beaches, oceans, watersheds, forests, clean and renewable energy and our native eco-systems. Sierra Club chapters exist on every island and the Hawaii Chapter is the Moku Loa Group.

To date, Senator Gil Kaheleʻs candidacy for State Senate District One has been endorsed by the ILWU, HSTA, UHPA, Ironworkers, Laborers and the Sierra Club.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the endorsement of the Ironworkers, Laborers and the Sierra Club. These endorsements reflect my strong support for Hawaiiʻs working class citizens as well as our precious environment. The economy is the #1 issue in this campaign and putting people back to work in East Hawaii is my top goal as a legislator. Growing up in the fishing village of Miloliʻi I know the value and respect for our precious environment, watersheds, oceans and marine ecosystems. The endorsement of the Sierra Club reflects my belief that we should be “stewards” of the ʻaina and therefore are responsible to take care of it, cherish it and preserve it for future generations. As a legislator I play a vital role in the success of these issues and if elected, I will continue the mission I started less than two years ago when I took office which remains the cornerstone of my campaign, making government work for the people”

Hauʻoli Ka Manaʻo,

Senator Gil Kahele

Battle of the Islands – Roller Derby Tournament

The Battle of the Islands, a Roller Derby Tournament featuring the best roller derby teams in the entire State of Hawaii will happen on July 14th, 2012 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium and is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am.

Flight School for Girls Takes Off at the Pacific Aviation Museum

Sixth through eighth grade female students are having an opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer.

Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight on three consecutive weekdays, 9am to 3pm on June 26-28, July 10-12 and July 24-26.

Burl Burlingame shows the kids around one of the hangars.

“It’s a program aimed at helping girls discover the importance of flight for the growth and development of our society,” explains Dr. Tonkin.

The program consists of immersive, hands on activities with an emphasis on Pacific aviation—and fun—while exploring scientific principles of flight through demonstrations and experiments, learning to “fly” in the Museum’s flight simulation lab, operating remote controlled aircraft, and meeting the pioneers of aviation through presentations by costumed interpreters.

Waikoloa 4th of July Information

Every year, Queens’ MarketPlace brings out the child in everyone, with its “Family Fourth” celebration in Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Kids’ games, rides and activities, food booths, live entertainment and nonstop fun take place Wednesday, July 4, from 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Coronation Pavilion and throughout the shopping center.  And, capping off the festivities, there is a spectacular grand finale of fireworks to the rock & roll beat of “Johnny Shot” at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

Many of the day’s events are free or nominal charge to support The Food Basket’s efforts to feed Hawai‘i Island families.  A collection point for non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be available throughout the day,

“Family Fourth” highlights include the colorful Zoo Choo train rides around Queens’ MarketPlace, balloon sculpting by Ballon Monsoon, carnival games with prizes, face-painting, and fun festival food like cotton candy and popcorn.  Continuous live musical entertainment features something for every music-lover:  jazz, salsa, island style and more.

And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with Fourth of July fireworks—and Waikoloa Bowl fills with the big sound of rock & roll.  First up, “Don’t Sit Down,” a four-piece retro rock band that specializes in the 60’s, including go-go girls.  Then, leading into the fireworks extravaganza, the explosive classic rock of “Johnny Shot.”  A high-energy band in demand for conventions and dance venues, “Johnny Shot” delivers solid music from Elvis Presley and the Beatles to Johnny Cash and The Clash that makes audiences island-wide want to get up and dance.   After the fireworks, wind down and relax with “Full Circle” at the Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion.

Admission is free, and families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the “Family Fourth” with a bang.  Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl

  • 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Zoo Choo rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy
  • 11-11:45 a.m. Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band
  • 12-1:45 p.m. Salsa Latinos
  • 2-2:45 p.m. I‘land Boiz
  • 3-4:15 p.m. Life in Pursuit
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Vizion 20/20
  • 5:00 p.m. Waikoloa Bowl gates open Music by Don’t Sit Down
  • 6:00-8:15 p.m.  Johnny Shot in Concert
  • 8:00 p.m. FIREWORKS SHOW
  • 8:30 p.m.  Music by Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

North Hawaii Community Hospital Announces William Park, MD, Stepping Down as Group’s Chief Medical Officer

After serving eighteen months as Chief Medical Officer, William I. Park, MD, announced today he will step down from his leadership position in North Hawaii Medical Group (NHMG), effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Park will continue to serve as senior general surgeon and will remain on the hospital’s Board of Directors.

William Park, MD,

“Bill’s importance to NHCH cannot be overstated,” says Robert Momsen, NHCH Chairman of the Board. “In 2008, Bill chose to remain at NHCH because he believed in our future. Had he not had such confidence in NHCH, much of our current successes would not have been possible.”

“Without his leadership, NHCH’s new medical group would not be a reality,” says Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH. “I would like to thank Bill for the tireless hours he has spent bringing the concept of a medical group into fruition at NHCH.” North Hawaii Medical Group, was formed and established in January 2011 as an affiliate organization of NHCH consisting of multi-specialty health care providers. NHMG’s goal is to work closely with community physicians to form an integrated system of care focused on serving the 35,000 people who live in the hospital’s service area. NHMG is comprised of more than 15 health care providers who offer a wide range of specialty care services including: Adult and Family Medicine, Hospitalist Care, Minimally Invasive and General Surgery, Native Hawaiian Health, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Pulmonology and Women’s Health.

“It has been my privilege to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of the North Hawaii Medical Group,” says William Park. “I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to assist with the establishment of NHCH’s North Hawaii Medical Group and have learned more than I have given in this process. I look forward to resuming my career as a general surgeon and continuing to serve on the hospital’s Board of Directors.”

NHCH is actively recruiting a full time Executive Director to lead their North Hawaii Medical Group. Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH, will serve as interim director until an appropriate candidate is found.

Shaolin Warriors Return to Hawaii

The Shaolin Warriors return to Honolulu for a full week of shows in this Year of the Dragon at The Hawaii Theatre, September 26 to 30. Tickets go on sale on Friday June 29 at 9am, at the Hawaii Theatre Box Office on Bethel Street, also charge by phone at 528-0506, and 24-hours through www.hawaiitheatre.com.

The Shaolin Warriors are 22 Buddhist monks from Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan Province, with an amazing spectacle of high-flying martial arts and acrobatics. The masters’ butt-kicking hand-to-hand combat and weaponry skills have mystified and excited lucky audiences across the world for the last ten years. This Honolulu engagement kicks off a 44-city US tour, and is the third time the masters will visit Hawaii, following sellout runs in 2002 and 2009.

Their 2012 show is called “Voices of the Masters”, and seeks to connect the balletic beauty and explosive strength of the modern Kung Fu monks with their historical teachers, demonstrating some of the training traditions that have lasted through the centuries.

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Shaolin Warriors, Voices of the Masters is a full sensory theatrical experience; suitable for the whole family. As the Boston Globe said, the show is “…part action flick, part Cirque du Soleil.” While graceful maneuvering is the yin of the evening, unbelievable stunts provide the yang.

Opening night at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 will be a benefit for the Palolo Chinese Home. All seats will be $35 and $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the center for senior services in the heart of Palolo Valley. PCH has been redeveloping its campus and will soon open Kalakaua Gardens, a 17-story senior care facility with assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care beds.

The remaining shows are at 7.30pm Thursday September 27, 8pm Friday September 28 and Saturday September 29, with 2pm matinees on Saturday September 29 and Sunday September 30. Tickets are priced $60 / $50 / $40 / $30 (plus Hawaii Theatre booking fees) with $10 discounts for children under 18, college students, seniors and military.

Shaolin Warriors is produced by Tim Bostock Productions. More information and past reviews are available at the show website, www.shaolinwarriorshawaii.com

Take the HI Road Campaign Kicks Off

First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) is inviting the public to help bring courtesy back to Hawaii’s streets and highways. FICOH recently commissioned a survey by Qmark Research to get some hard data on the state of courtesy on our roads. Among other findings, the survey found that more than half of the 800 drivers polled believe their fellow drivers are less courteous today than they were five years ago. The results of the survey are the inspiration for FICOH’s new “Take the HI Road” campaign, which launched today.

“Driver courtesy – or the perceived lack of it – is a passionate topic of conversation. These are the conversations we’re hoping to tap into and engage our community in,” said FICOH president and CEO Allen Uyeda. “We not only want to spotlight the importance of driver courtesy but also give Hawaii drivers a way to share the good and courteous things happening on our roads so that together we can spark a positive change in driving behaviors in Hawaii.”

The Take the HI Road campaign kicked off with a sign-waving event this morning in front of FICOH’s offices on Ward Avenue and Beretania Street with dozens of employees and officers with the Honolulu Police Department participating. In addition, FICOH has launched a campaign page on its website, www.ficoh.com/takethehiroad, where drivers are invited to share their thanks for acts of courtesy they experience on the road, and in this way help to start a chain reaction of courteous actions. New thank-you messages will be shared on the Web page daily. Drivers who share their thanks will be entered in a weekly drawing for a road relaxation kit.

Members of the community will be invited to join FICOH employees at more Take the HI Road sign-waving events in the future. In addition, Hawaii drivers may participate in a dialogue about the state of courtesy on Hawaii roadways on FICOH’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Of the Hawaii drivers QMark polled, 89 percent believe that if they show someone courtesy on the road, that person is more likely to be courteous to someone else,” said Uyeda. “This shows us that when we act with courtesy, it has a positive ripple effect that can lead to safer roadways. No matter how stressful our environment or how many delays we face, we still control our behavior.”

For the poll that FICOH commissioned, QMark Research surveyed 789 drivers who live in Hawaii for at least six months out of the year, have a driver’s license and drive at least twice in an average week. The survey covered drivers on Oahu, the Big Island, Maui, and Kauai. (See QMark slides for more survey findings.)