Skydive Hawaii Drops In on the 2012 Kaneohe Air Show

The folks at the best skydive company in Hawaii, Skydive Hawaii, had the privilege of participating in the 2012 Kaneohe Air Show that was held this past weekend over on Oahu.

A view of the Kaneohe Base from above

They were the folks that skydived in with the flag!

Lyle Stewart drops in over the US Blue Angels at the 2012 Kaneohe Air Show

And here is a video to show you what it’s like to drop in on the airshow from above!


From what I’ve heard, they may be ending their Big Island operations pretty soon but until then, there is still time to get in on the action:

Hawaii Island Skydiving, located at Upolu Airport near the town of Hawi in North Kohala, is now offering the only skydiving adventure available east of Honolulu (O’ahu). Skydivers will cruise to altitude on a 20-minute scenic flight in a Cessna jump-craft, taking in majestic views of the North Kohala coastline, West Maui, and the summits of Maunakea, Maunaloa, Hualalai, and Haleakala. The adrenaline-pumping freefall lasts for about 45 seconds, after which you will enjoy a peaceful three to five minute descent under parachute to a soft-landing back at Upolu Airport. No skydiving experience is necessary to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity. For more information, visit or call (808) 949-4852.


October Events for Volcano Art Center

October Events for Volcano Art Center

Mondays at 7:30AM, Tuesdays at 5:30PM & Thursdays at 5:30PM

October 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23, 29 & 30

Yoga with Emily Catey. Relax your body and rejuvenate your soul in this gentle and peaceful class. The focus is on stretching and releasing both physical and mental tension. Classes are offered on Monday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, open to both beginning and intermediate students at VAC’s Niaulani Campus (no class on Thursday, October 25). $10 drop in fee or $5 for VAC members.

Mondays at 9:30AM & Saturdays at 11:00AM

October 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29

Niaulani Nature Walk – Free Guided Rain Forest Tour in Volcano. This one-hour nature walk travels through a lush portion of an old-growth Hawaiian rain forest on an easy, 1/7-mile loop trail. The walk introduces individuals, families, and groups to the native plants and birds of Volcano. Guides focus not only on the biological, ecological, and geological features of the area, but also the cultural usages of flora and fauna by native Hawaiians. Offered every Monday at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Free; donations welcome.

Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 5:30PM – 6:30PM

ZUMBA!  Ongoing every Monday. Join Meagan for this addictive “dance party” exercise set to exotic rhythms and high-energy Latin and international music. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students. Held every Monday except holidays at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Just show up, no registration required. Classes are $5.

Wednesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 5:30PM

Kanikapila Jam Sessions are open to all musicians. Bring your instrument and enjoy “garage style” jamming with your neighbors and community. Donations are appreciated. Ongoing at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Wednesdays, October 3 & 10, 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Beginning Qigong. Join Priya Lucas for the last two sessions of this introductory, six week course in Chi-lel Qigong. Past students are welcome to drop in for $12 for a deeper re-connection to the practice. Qigong helps to bring all aspects of being into balance – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual, facilitating more energy, relief from pain and physical problems, and also helps remove emotional and mental blockages. Practicing Qigong deepens your ability to access radiant inner peace and internal harmony, bringing an enhanced state of physical and mental well-being. Chi-Lel Qigong, a form of Medical Qigong, was developed by Grandmaster Pang Ming, MD at the medicine-less hospital in China. Priya has studied nearly twenty years with Masters Luke and Frank Chan and now resides on the Big Island to share her expertise and passion for this ancient healing art. Held in the Great Room at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, 26, 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Aloha Fridays. Every Friday, a free hands-on demonstration lesson is given in a cultural craft that will vary from week to week. Held on the VAC Gallery lanai in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All Aloha Friday events are free, though donations are welcome and park entrance fees apply.

Saturday, October 6, 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Written and Verbal Storytelling. Join Kimberly Dark for a morning of writing and storytelling games, guidance, commentary and fun as you prepare to identify themes, use insightful strategies and various storytelling devices to entertain an audience.  Perhaps you’re a writer or performer – or you just want to tell a good story at the dinner table – this is the place for practice. Also, there’s a new event at VAC, Story Flow on October 13. If you think you’d like to participate, this is the perfect place to begin or hone your work. During the morning, Kimberly will provide guidance and during the afternoon, participants are welcome to stay and work with the new tools they’ve gained and rehearse their work for one another. Cost is $50 or $45 for VAC members. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Wednesday, October 9, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

HINA Community Meeting – South Kohala District. Come and learn about VAC’s Hawaii Island Network of Artists project, partially funded by the County of Hawaii. This exciting new initiative aims to encourage and support a greater awareness of Big Island artists and the economic impact of this unrecognized creative workforce. Held at the Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road in Kamuela, Hawaii. For more information, visit or contact HINA Project Manager Tiffany DeEtte Shafto at Stay connected with HINA on our Facebook Page and on Twitter, join our Facebook Group and subscribe to our Blog to receive updates in your inbox.

Saturday, October 13, 10:30AM

Hula Arts at Kilauea – Hula Informance. This recurring VAC program features a Hula Kahiko Informance with kumu hula Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah. A 50-minute narrated demonstration of the preparation, protocol and offering of traditional hula and chant. This outdoor presentation takes place rain or shine at the pa hula (stone platform) located near the VAC Gallery. The audience is encouraged to bring a sitting mat and be prepared for variable weather. On the same day, there is a hands-on cultural demonstration from 9:30AM to 1:30PM on the VAC Gallery lanai. Held in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, all events are free, though donations are welcome and park entrance fees apply.

Saturday, October 13, Sign up 6:45PM, Showtime 7:00PM

Story Flow – Theme: “The First Time”. Ready for a new performance literary event at Volcano Art Center? Here it is: the Story Flow in which YOU bring your best six minute story related to the theme of the month (no stories on other themes, please, no matter how magnificent they are). This isn’t a contest, but audience participation is encouraged. Audience, come with quotes and quips on the theme of the month if you’ve got them! Whether you’re a writer, performer or improviser, your stories are welcome.  They must be six minutes or less and aimed for audience entertainment. (Hint: Rehearse, don’t ramble!) No more than 10 stories will be told, so come early to sign up. Entry fee $6; held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Sunday, October 14, 4:00PM – 5:30PM

Medicine for the Mind, Buddhist Healing Meditation. Everyone longs for happiness in external conditions, expecting people and things to be the source of the satisfaction we seek. In these classes, we will look at Buddha’s teachings on finding happiness inside – in states of mind that are the cause of inner peace. We will engage in meditations

to train our mind in the inner causes of fulfillment and discover a lasting source of happiness. Everyone is welcome and classes are free though donations are accepted. Future classes will be held on November 11 and December 9 at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. For more information contact Buddhist student Patty Johnson at (808) 985-7470.

Saturday, October 20, 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Piano Hinge, Unhinged with Charlene Asato. The mysteries of the piano hinge structure as used in bookbinding will be dispelled in this workshop. The possibilities of sculpturally and texturally rich books will inspire you. Charlene is an award winning artist, her work having been included in many juried shows. She avidly pursues book arts, paper arts, photography, calligraphy and doll arts. Join Asato in this whimsical and creative workshop. Cost is $35 or $31.50 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee; held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Saturday, October 20, 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Spinal Rejuvenation with Qigong. Rejuvenate and bring mobility to your spine. You will learn techniques to stretch and massage your own spine, which will help to decompress the vertebrae and allow more flexibility. This practice also activates and balances the central nervous system, releasing tension and allowing a natural, renewing flow of energy. We hold patterns of stress and emotional imbalances in our bodies. By working on the nervous system, we release emotional blockages as well as physical. Your core will strengthen, resulting in a deeper internal balance and inner peace. Instructor Priya studied Chi-Lel Qigong, a form of Medical Qigong that was introduced to the Western world by Chinese practitioner Grandmaster Pang Ming, MD and perfected by Masters Luke and Frank Chan. Priya has studied nearly twenty years with the Masters and now resides on the Big Island to share her expertise and passion for this ancient healing art.  Costis $65 or $59 for VAC members. Held in the Great Room at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Sunday, October 21, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

Auditions for Holiday Comedy Show. Make us laugh!!! Bring your stories, jokes, skits, and show us what you got! Open to all ages and experience. This audition is to find performers for two comedy shows being held December 15 and 16. Bring props, music and whatever else you need to give us roughly 3 minutes on stage at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Questions? Call Tanya or Julie at (808) 967-8222.

Sunday, October 21, 4:00PM – 5:30PM

Dances of Universal Peace. Facilitated by vocalist and musician Lila Flood, the Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice incorporating folk-dance-like steps and sacred mantras that draw from all the major spiritual and religious traditions. Of Sufic origin, the Dances blend chant, live music and movement into an experience of unity, peace and possibility. Lila accompanies the circle dances using her artistry as a musician and her ethereal voice. No experience necessary and everyone is welcome. A free though donations are accepted. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. For more information, contact Lila at (808) 985-9109 or Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222.

Wednesday, October 24th, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

HINA Community Meeting – South Hilo District. Come and learn about VAC’s Hawaii Island Network of Artists project, partially funded by the County of Hawaii. This exciting new initiative aims to encourage and support a greater awareness of Big Island artists and the economic impact of this unrecognized creative workforce. Held at University of Hawaii at Hilo, Room UCB 127, 200 W. Kawili Street in Hilo, Hawaii. For more information, visit or contact HINA Project Manager Tiffany DeEtte Shafto at Stay connected with HINA on our Facebook Page and on Twitter, join our Facebook Group and subscribe to our Blog to receive updates in your inbox.

Thursday, October 25, 5:30PM – 7:00PM

VAC Annual Membership Meeting. Members, it’s time again to usher in our new board and review the year. Current members will receive their ballots and meeting invitation in the mail. Recipients of this year’s Artist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year will be announced. A light dinner will be served and a Grand Opening celebration will immediately follow at our new Rainforest Gallery at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Saturday, October 27, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Basic Gourd Craft. Join artist Jelena Clay and learn the basics of cleaning and prepping a gourd, safety, designing on gourds, coloring; including stains, dyes and guilders paste, and weaving on gourds. Each student will leave with a finished piece. Basic skills, no experience necessary. Cost is $80 per student plus a $30 supply fee. Students will get a cleaned and prepped gourd along with natural materials to finish the tops. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Saturday, October 27, 1:30PM – 4:30PM

Gourd Sculpture & Wall Art. In this more advanced afternoon gourd class, Jelena Clay will teach students to compose a sculpture or wall art using gourds and gourd pieces.  No basic skills are necessary but a Dremel rotary tool is required and will not be provided. A Dremel tool can be purchased in hardware or crafting stores. Cost is $80 per student plus $50 supply fee. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Sunday, October 28, 2:00PM – 4:00PM

“Daughters of Fire” Book Debut with author Tom Peek. Join Volcano’s resident writing expert Tom Peek in celebrating his debut novel. A gripping adventure tale of romance, intrigue, myth and murder set amid the cultural tensions of Hawaii. Tom Peek has written for over thirty years, both professionally and as a potent way to process and guide the personal experiences of his life. From the backwaters of the Mississippi River to receiving his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota then exploring the South Seas as a hitchhiker, he made Hawaii Island his home where he has now lived for over twenty years. Held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus.

Hui Wanted by Big Island Police

Big Island are searching for a 39-year-old Kaʻū woman who is wanted for violating a court order.

Sharon Hui

Sharon Hui is described as 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-6, 130-160 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She may be in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates or Kona areas.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Detective Renee Morinaka at 326-4646, extension 301.

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.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Earns “TsunamiReady/StormReady” Designation

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has received federal recognition for its efforts to protect visitors and staff from weather-related and natural hazards from shoreline to summit.

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Emergency Operations Coordinator John
Broward (left) and Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno (right) were instrumental in
helping the park achieve its TsunamiReady/StormReady designation. NPS Photo/Stephen Geiger

Park officials worked closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Honolulu to meet standards set forth by the NWS StormReady/TsunamiReady program.

“Our emergency plan is quite unique and challenging because the park encompasses a landscape that ranges from 32 miles of coastline, to the slopes and summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet,” said Chief Ranger Talmadge Magno.

The park’s coastal areas and Mauna Loa attract day visitors as well as campers and backpackers drawn to remote wilderness. The safety plan includes identifying tsunami inundation zones and marking them; new signage along the coastline; and revised literature in coastal area shelters. For Mauna Loa, the park developed a road and trail closure system based on NWS forecast models.

For more information on the park’s current and past weather conditions, visit Visit for more information about the NWS TsunamiReady and StormReady programs.

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shook the Big Island Early This Morning

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.387°N, 155.896°W
Depth 7.4 km (4.6 miles)
  • 7 km (4 miles) S (188°) from Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
  • 12 km (8 miles) S (176°) from Captain Cook, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (170°) from Kealakekua, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) SSE (163°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 92 km (57 miles) WSW (247°) from Hilo, HI
  • 294 km (182 miles) SE (136°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 37, Dmin=11 km, Rmss=0.21 sec, Gp=169°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Event ID hv60407046

TONIGHT – Mayoral and County Prosecutor Debates on the Radio

Mayor Candidates and County Prosecutor Candidates will debate tonight from 6 p.m. til 8:15 p.m. at the  Kealakehe High School Cafeteria and will be broadcast live on the radio at LAVA 105.3 fm. 

Candidates for Mayor,  Mayor Billy Kenoi and former Mayor Harry Kim, and Candidates for Prosecutor, Lincoln Ashida and Mitch Roth have agreed to attend.

Food sales by Kealakehe High Principal Wil Murakami and School Community Council at 5:15 p.m. featuring Chinese Chicken Salad and homemade cookies.

The moderator for tonight’s debates is Sherry Bracken.

Here are a couple polls that I’m running in these races: