World Record Spam Musubi Attempt to be Challenged at Rice Fest Tomorrow

Tomorrow in Honolulu, a group of friends will attempt to make the worlds largest spam musubi at the Hawaii Rice Festival.

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Cops on Tops of Wal-Mart to Support Special Olympics Hawaii

Officers from the Hawaiʻi Police Department have been on top of Wal-Mart stores in both Hilo and Kona since 6 a.m. Friday (September 28) to support Special Olympics Hawaiʻi.

Officer Aaron Kaleo, Officer Jason Grouns and Major James O’Connor talk to shoppers below while perched on the roof of the Hilo Wal-Mart to raise cash and awareness for Special Olympics Hawaiʻi

The goal during the fund raising project is to stay up there around the clock until 2 p.m. Sunday (September30) while other officers and Special Olympics athletes collect donations at ground level.

Police are spending their off-duty time perched on the roof at the Hilo Wal-Mart store and atop 14-foot scaffolding at the Kona Wal-Mart store, eating, sleeping and raising community awareness for Special Olympics Hawaiʻi. Since its inception, Hawaiʻi’s law enforcement agencies have raised more than $1.6 million through their “Cop on Top” efforts.

The Special Olympics, modeled after the Olympic Games, provide a year-round program of training and competitive sports for physically or mentally challenged athletes.

This is the ninth year the Hawaiʻi Police Department is participating in this event, which includes participation from law enforcement officers at the county, state and federal levels statewide.

Hirono, Hanabusa and Gabbard Honor Life and Legacy of Patsy T. Mink

One decade ago today, the people of Hawaii and the nation mourned the passing of a devoted champion for equality, fairness and social justice. The Honorable Patsy T. Mink, known throughout her career of public service as a thoughtful and tenacious legislator, passed away on September 28, 2002. On this 10th anniversary of her passing, Patsy Mink’s life and legacy were remembered today by several Hawaii leaders, including Mazie Hirono, Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard at a gathering at Ala Wai Community Park softball field.

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono and Colleen Hanabusa pay their respects to Patsy Mink

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Mazie Hirono said, “Patsy’s lifetime of accomplishments paved the way for women to have opportunities that she herself never had. Patsy was my friend and a continuing inspiration. In the time we spent together, we agreed to never give up and to always keep fighting for what was right. I will continue to work hard to build on her legacy by advancing our shared principals of equality, fairness and opportunity for all, especially for women, both in Hawaii and across the United States. We will continue to focus on expanding the possibilities for girls and women for generations to come.”

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa said, “Patsy Mink led the way for many successful women by being willing to stand up and take on the challenges of her time. It’s easy today to forget the world women faced while Patsy was envisioning her own future. But she never backed down, and all Americans have benefitted from her courage. Women in government, in business, in sports, and in their lives can now walk a path set for them by Patsy Takemoto Mink. I am proud to celebrate her life, to continue on her mission in Congress, and to encourage others to find inspiration in her example.”

Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic nominee for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, said, “I too am proud to honor the legacy of Patsy Mink on the 10th anniversary of her passing. She was a trailblazer who accomplished so much that made Hawaii proud, starting with Title IX. Patsy was the first woman elected to Congress from Hawaii.  She was the first Asian American to seek the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party as an anti-war candidate.  If elected to the seat she represented from Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, I will do my very best to uphold the legacy she left behind, and continue to fight for the people, including issues Patsy cared deeply about, such as legislation  impacting women, and the military conflicts that continue to claim the lives of Americans.”

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, better known as Title IX, the federal law that protects students from gender discrimination in federally supported education programs and activities.

If elected to Congress, Hirono, Hanabusa and Gabbard are respectively committed to building upon Mink’s achievements and accomplishments in education as well as other areas where gender discrimination still exists.

Public Invited to Groundbreaking of New Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter

The public is invited to a groundbreaking for the new Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter to be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, at the Ka‘ū High and Pāhala Elementary school campus.
Governor Neil Abercrombie will be joined by Mayor Billy Kenoi, Department of Education officials, and Ka‘ū High Principal Sharon Beck.
The $17 million Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter is a State-County partnership in which the State is financing design and construction and providing the site for the facility. The County is responsible for design and construction of the facility through the good work of the Departments of Public Works and Parks and Recreation. The facility will be used jointly by the school and the community.
The 43,300-square-foot Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter will expand athletic and recreational opportunities in the Ka‘ū district.  It will also serve as a destination for community events and as an emergency shelter during natural disasters.
The new Ka‘ū District Gym & Shelter will offer residents a gym that will accommodate three regulation Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association basketball or volleyball courts. Accessory rooms will include; locker and training rooms, and restrooms; a lobby, courtyard, kitchen, ticket booths; and office space, and storage areas for the State Department of Education, County Parks & Recreation, and the American Red Cross.
The plans, design, and construction will strive to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines put forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
For a building to achieve LEED certification, its construction must meet criteria in six performance standards: a sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.
Construction is scheduled to begin the week of October 11 and will take 18 months to complete.

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

Ghouls, ghosts, zombies, creatures, and humans of all types will be haunting and howling at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium Saturday, October 13, where the Paradise Roller Girls will host the spookiest derby bout in the state – ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ So get your fangs on, call your zombie mommas, and head down to the Civic for a night of clean, family, derby fun and spooks. It’s the only place on the Big Island where you’ll find skeletons and witches zipping around on roller skates, smashing into each other just to provide the type of morbid entertainment everyone craves.

These ghouls may just want to have fun, but it’s always serious inside the rink where the Big Island’s toughest girls ‘derby down’ in what some have called the fastest growing sport in the world. Learn why as the Big Island Babes Junior Derby kick the night off with a pre-bout scrimmage at 5:45 p.m. Skeletons and witches take the rink at 7:30 p.m. and will skate for two 30 minute periods.

Eight dollar pre-sale tickets are available on the PRGWebsite, via one of your favorite derby girls, at Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic the day of the event for $10. Admission for kids age 5 and under is free.

By attending this event witch fans, skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts will not only help to support the Paradise Roller Girls, but they’ll also be helping the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun’ bout will go to the HawaiiWildlifeFund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education, and conservation.

Much of what Paradise Roller Girls does couldn’t be made possible without the help of their sponsors. The league’s 2012 season sponsors are Ace Hardware Pahoa, WillKill Termites & Pests, Kona Marine Supply, Curly Pinky Designs, Britten Traughber Photography, Aloha Coast Realty, Surrounded By Blue, and Coldwell Banker Day-Lum. PRG gives special thanks to them, the Big Island community, and derby fans around the world!

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Kaiminani Drive Road Improvements Begin October 1st

Construction on Ka`iminani Drive in North Kona is scheduled to begin the week of October 1.  Improvements will begin just below the intersection at Māmalahoa Highway (Route 190) for approximately one mile ending near Ahiahi Street.

Improvements will focus on roadway reconstruction and drainage improvements that include six-foot wide shoulders, drainage structures and swales, and driveway tie-ins on Ka`iminani to prevent a “drop-off” between the reconstructed pavement and the existing driveways, retaining walls, utility adjustment and relocation, mailbox and newspaper box relocation, road resurfacing, signs and restriping.

The contractor working with the property owners, will coordinate removal, and or trimming plants located in the County right-of-way.

The temporary relocation of postal and newspaper boxes and temporary shutdown of water and utility services will be coordinated with the U.S. Postal Service, the contractor, utility companies, property owners and County agencies.

Traffic management plans will be in place between the construction hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  No weekends, holidays and nighttime work is scheduled at this time.

Jas W. Glover Ltd, the contractor was awarded the $10 million improvement project.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is funding 80 percent of the $10 million construction cost.

Construction is expected to take a year.

Hilo Man Dies Saving His Son From Large Wave

A 34-year-old Hilo man who nearly drowned over the weekend died Thursday (September 27) from the incident.
Chris Broussard of Hilo and his 9-year-old son were snorkeling in a tide pool in the Brown’s Beach area Sunday morning (September 23) when a large wave swept the boy out of the tide pool. Bruoussard jumped into the ocean in an attempt to save the boy. By the time bystanders were able to pull the child to safety, Broussard was floating face down in the water.

Fire rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he died at 10:10 a.m. Thursday.

Police are investigating the case as a fatal public accident.