China and Hawaii Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Clean Energy Collaboration

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Secretary General Xu Hubin of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signifying the partnership to start a clean energy investment and deployment program in Hawai’i. The program will allow CCPIT to refer interested Chinese clean energy investors and developers to the Hawai’i State Energy Office in the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) to facilitate the matchmaking process with clean energy project partners in Hawai’i in need of capital or development partners.

MOU signing and remarks at the 2012 Asia Pacific Clean Energy summit and expo

This definitive MOU follows the Letter of Intent (LOI) signed by Governor Abercrombie and Mr. Yu Ping, Vice Chairman of CCPIT, last November at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Hawai’i-China CEO Forum, “Transforming to Clean Energy.”The letter stated, “there was invoked a spirit of collaboration between China and Hawai’i on clean energy development efforts, as passionately presented by esteemed panelists from Hawai’i and China.”

“That spirit of collaboration initiated during APEC continues today with a common goal,”stated Governor Abercrombie. “Hawai’i’s expansive mix of renewable energy resources, coupled with our aggressive approach to achieve energy sufficiency, is attracting­these kinds of global partnerships for clean energy research, development and deployment.”

Today’s signing ceremony took place at the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo at the Hawai’i Convention Center. This international summit is being attended by local, national and international participants, including government, private-sector and energy industry leaders and officials from 20 countries.

Clean Energy Summit

“Hawai’i’s clean energy sector has catapulted over other states when it comes to the development of its clean energy industry,”said Richard Lim, director of DBEDT. “The MOU that sets our program with CCPIT will create an efficient process for foreign investors and developers to partner with clean energy companies here is Hawai’i leading to the economic growth of our State.”

Founded in 1952, CCPIT is the official trade organization for Chinese state-owned companies and has 16 Commercial Promotion offices outside China.

The Hawai’i State Energy Office has created an online form at energy.hawaii.gov/developer-investor where interested clean energy companies in Hawai’i can register to begin the matchmaking process with Chinese investors and developers.

Upper Parking Lot at Carvalho Park to be Reopened

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation announces that on Thursday, Aug. 16, it will reopen the recently constructed upper parking lot at Hilo’s Gilbert Carvalho Park.

Located mauka of the park’s baseball field, the new lot provides nearly an acre of safe, off-street parking for the public’s use. It features a paved entranceway and two levels that more than double the number of parking spaces while providing great viewing areas to watch games.

Gilbert Carvalho Park

The smaller, front portion is scheduled to remain open continuously, while the larger, rear portion will be available upon request for special functions held at the park.

County crews performed the driveway paving and striping work.

The gravel lot is part of approximately $890,000 worth of upgrades that have been made to Carvalho Park’s facilities since renovations were started last September.

The Department of Parks and Recreation wishes to thank park users and the public for their patience and understanding while the driveway-improvement work was occurring.

2012 Pokemon World Champions Announced

The 2011–2012 Play! Pokémon season came to a thrilling conclusion this weekend at the 2012 Pokémon World Championships in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Six battle-tested champions walked away as the world’s best Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) and video game players, rising above hundreds of other Pokémon players that came to the Big Island from more than 30 countries, including the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Representing their nations proudly in paradise, each player’s journey began nearly a year ago, battling in events over the course of the Play! Pokémon season sanctioned by The Pokémon Company International. The hard work and dedication to their craft led all players to Pokémon’s premiere competitive event.

The 2012 Pokémon TCG and Video Game World Champions are:

• 2012 Pokémon TCG Junior Division World Champion, Shuto Itagaki from Japan.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Junior Division World Champion, Abram Burrows from the United States of America.
• 2012 Pokémon TCG Senior Division World Champion, Chase Moloney from Canada.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Senior Division World Champion, Toler Webb from the United States of America.
• 2012 Pokémon TCG Masters Division World Champion, Igor Costa from Portugal.
• 2012 Pokémon Video Game Masters Division World Champion, Ray Rizzo from the United States of America.

Winners of the invitation-only tournament earned the title of Pokémon World Champion, received a special Pikachu World Championships trophy, and collectively earned more than $100,000 in scholarships. Additionally, The Pokémon Company International will choose a select number of Pokémon World Championships video game finalists and their Pokémon teams to be distributed as a Pokémon Trainer avatar in the upcoming Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 video games via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service. Players of the games, and those who have wireless Internet access, will be able to battle these Pokémon World Championships finalists and their teams in the Pokémon World Tournament, a new battle arena featured in the games. Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 launch globally the week of October 7th. The Pokémon Company International will announce details of the distribution later this year.

“The Pokémon World Championships not only showcase some of the best Pokémon TCG and video game players from around the world, they also celebrate an international community that is unified by the fun, friendship, and mutual respect that the Pokémon spirit embodies,” said J.C. Smith, director of Consumer Marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We are incredibly proud of all the players who competed this weekend and want to extend a big congratulations to the 2012 Pokémon World Champions who represented their nations proudly.”

To view highlights from the 2012 Pokémon World Championships, including official standings, photos, videos, and player interviews, please visit www.pokemonworldchampionships.com. For more information on how to participate in future Play! Pokémon events, please visit www.pokemon.com/play.

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Junior Division(born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Shuto Itagaki (Japan)
Second Place: Ian Robb (USA)

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Senior Division(born in 1997–2000)
World Champion: Chase Moloney (Canada)
Second Place: Colter Decker (USA)

2012 Pokémon Trading Card Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Igor Costa (Portugal)
Second Place: Harrison Leven (USA)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Junior Division(born in 2001 or later)
World Champion: Abram Burrows (USA)
Second Place: Brian Hough (USA)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Senior Division (born in 1997–2000)
World Champion: Toler Webb (USA)
Second Place: Jaime Martinez Alonso (Spain)

2012 Pokémon Video Game World Finalists—Masters Division (born in 1996 or earlier)
World Champion: Ray Rizzo (USA)
Second Place: Wolfe Glick (USA)

Local Girl Kristina Anapau on Last Night’s True Blood – Who is the Father of Maurella’s Baby?

I’ve gotten a chance to become friends with Kristina Anapau over the last couple years and she let me in on a secret last year that she was going to be in the final episode of last years True Blood television series.

Yesterday, I noticed a lot of folks visiting that post for some reason and now today Kristina has posted the following youtube clip to her “fan page” on Facebook.

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Kristina Anapau as Maurella on True Blood Season 5 Episode 10 ‘Gone, Gone, Gone’

Sookie found an ancient/vintage scroll under Gran’s bed and took it to Maurella so she could translate the contract. The burning question is: Who is the father of Maurella’s baby?!

My son with an autographed picture of Kristina

The Hawaii Kids Were Robbed of a Chance to Go to the Little League World Series

The Hawaii Little League baseball team was robbed of a chance to go to the Little League World Series on a bizarre appeal  that was incorrectly ruled an out on the field!

You can clearly see that he did step on the bag!

…Specifically, they lost on an appeal – an appeal of a play that had just scored them two runs, which brought them within one of Petaluma when Nanakuli was down to its final out. Petaluma third baseman Porter Slate, though, thought one of Nanakuli’s runners missed third on his way to scoring. Petaluma’s coach told the pitcher to appeal. He did. The runner was called out. Game over. The question: was the call correct? We dare you to watch the clip below and be sure of that:

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More here:  Is This The Worst Way Possible To Lose A Chance At The Little League World Series?

go! Airlines Adds Flights for Labor Day Weekend

go!  “Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline” is excited to announce convenient flights on Labor Day from Honolulu (HNL) – Lihue (LIH), HNL to Kona (KOA), and HNL to Hilo (ITO).

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday weekend go! has added some additional flights to make it more convenient for passengers to travel to Honolulu, Kona, Hilo and Lihue to see family and friends.  The additional services include a HNL-ITO 9am flight, ITO-HNL 10:15am flight, HNL-LIH 4pm flight, LIH-HNL 5pm flight, HNL-KOA 6pm flight and finally a KOA-HNL 7pm flight which will all be effective for Monday September 3rd 2012.

go! passengers fly in the comfort of our all-jet service in true island-style hospitality. go! is dedicated to the people of Hawai‘i and being the inter-island air carrier with the most convenient routes for kama‘aina. To book your tickets visit www.iflygo.com