Mayor Kenoi’s Site Leads to Japanese Blog Site – Healing Our “Japanese” Islands?

I was just perusing the Hawaii County Mayor’s Website and I came across this link for “Healing Our Islands”:

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It looks like someone didn’t pay their bill for the Healing Our Islands website or something fishy is going on as when I go to that website linked on the Mayor’s site… it takes me to some sort of Japanese Blog that I can’t read:

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Here is the alleged link to Healing Our Islands and you can see for yourself where it takes folks: http://www.healingourisland.com/

 

 

The Intergalactic Nemesis is Coming to Hawaii! Performances on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island

The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One Target Earth performs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm.

Intergalatic Nemesis
“This is a one-of-a-kind all-ages show, and is definitely not to be missed!” said UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Manager Lee Dombroski. The premise is simple: a period adventure story featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

“The telling is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique,” Dombroski explained. “While three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full color, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic book images blast from the screen, all performed live. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone.”

Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $20 General, $15 Discount and $10 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

Hawaii Show Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Book One: Target Earth Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theatre Kahului, Hawaii
  • Friday, January 11, 2013 Book One: Target Earth University of Hawai’i Performing Arts Center Hilo, Hawaii
  • Saturday, January 12, 2013 University of Hawai’i, Kennedy Theatre Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Film “Endangered Hawai’i” Awarded International Jury Prize in EkoFilm Festival

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Endangered Hawai’i, produced by American Bird Conservancy and narrated by actor Richard Chamberlain, has been awarded the international jury prize of the EKOFILM Festival.

For more information about the film and the Endangered Birds of Hawaii see here: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/oceansandislands/hawaii/endangered_hawaii…

For more information about American Bird Conservancy’s program to protect endangered Hawaiian birds see http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/120822.html

Join the Movement – Transform Hawaii Government

Transform Hawaii Government:

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The Movement is a non-profit grassroots organization to support the State of Hawaii’s effort to transform government through improved business practices and continued investments in technology to benefit all people of Hawaii.

Learn more at http://www.transformhawaiigov.org

Lost Campers USA Brings Budget Campervan Rentals to the Big Island

Lost Campers USA, the fast-growing company that set the standard for quality campervan rentals on the West Coast, is crossing the Pacific to open in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on January 2, 2013. Owners Nick and Emma Thomson intend to bring their unique style of ultimate customer service to one of the most incredible locations in the world, offering adventurous travelers an alternative to hotels and vacation home rentals. Nick Thomson comments, “The best way to explore the natural riches of this beautiful tropical destination is by driving and camping. Lost Campers Campervan Rental Hawaii allows vacationers the opportunity to travel all over the big island in comfort, providing great versatility for a modest price.”

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With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles and over 75 campervans for hire, Lost Campers USA has, since 2008, been the top rental agency for travelers wishing to experience California and the West by campervan. The Los Angeles office has been open two years, and in that time, has proven the viability of campervan rentals as a successful travel business.

Amidst the recent economic downturn, campervans remain a popular means of travel, especially for families and those visiting the U.S. from abroad. Lost Campers’ new big island location is the perfect venue for the company’s expansion, as the island is teaming with wildlife, rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails, pristine beaches, national parks and lava fields for travelers to explore by camping.

Sierra Class

Sierra Class

Hawaii campervan rentals will open with ten vehicles in January, and expand as the market demands. The agency will offer Lost Campers’ Sierra class vans which feature the amenities that have made campervans so popular — full-size platform bed, inside storage, side awning, camp kitchen kit, fresh linens, stereo, storage and seating for four passengers. The Hotel Sierra campervan also features a rooftop tent. Lost Campers’ Big Island campervans start at just $75/day. Located just 10 minutes from Kona International Airport in Keahole, Lost Campers USA offers shuttle service to and from the rental facility. To learn more or to book a van, go to www.lostcampersusa.com and click on the Hawaii page or call 1-888-567-8826 (888-LOST-VAN) or 1-415-386-2693.

Hawaii Rises to Second Healthiest State in Nation

The Trust for America’s Health today ranked Hawaii as the second healthiest state in the nation behind Vermont. Hawaii moved ahead of two other states this year from last year’s health ranking of fourth. In its 23rd year, the annual America’s Health Rankings is the longest running comparative health index of states. For overall health, Hawaii consistently ranks in the top five states each year.

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“This year’s improved ranking is encouraging and reflects the efforts of Governor Abercrombie and the work of the department to improve the health of our state,” said Health Director Loretta Fuddy. “The state has taken many positive steps in the last year, but chronic disease and obesity are still major growing concerns, especially when it comes to our children. We must turn the tide on these issues for our next generation.”

The report noted that while Hawaii has one of the lowest obesity rates in the nation, there are still roughly 234,000 obese adults in the state. Also noted were an improvement in infant mortality from 7.6 to 5.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, and a decrease in preventable hospitalizations from 32.2 to 25.0 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees. While the prevalence of diabetes in Hawaii is below the national median at 8.4 percent, the state’s climbing rate reflects the troubling nationwide trend of increasing chronic disease. According to the report, roughly 90,000 adults in Hawaii are living with diabetes. Additional areas of high concern for the state include the rate of health disparities among ethnicities and rural areas. Page 2 Hawaii Rises to Second Healthiest State in the Nation

This includes higher rates of tobacco use and obesity among Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

“Because the measures used in the rankings reflect the condition of the ‘average’ resident, the report can mask serious health disparities within our island state,” said Director Fuddy. “In Hawaii there are often startling differences between ethnic groups and rural areas of the state that should not be ignored.”

“Hawaii’s positive ranking is encouraging, but there are areas that will require our continued attention as we work collaboratively with our partners in the healthcare industry and the federal government toward the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act,” said Beth Giesting, who was appointed by the Governor as Hawaii’s Healthcare Transformation Coordinator. “It is important that we identify what is working well, while zeroing in on where we can improve as a state. This will require Hawaii continuing to be a leader in shaping its healthcare future, as exhibited in October when the state proactively selected its healthcare benchmark benefits package.”

America’s Health Rankings include measures of behavior, community and environment, public and health policies, clinical care, and health outcomes to describe the health and wellness of each state compared to the other states. Updated each year since 1990, the rankings are sponsored by United Health Foundation and conducted in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention. The 2012 report released today is available at www.americashealthrankings.org/rankings.

 

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival Dedicated to the Late Anne Field-Gomes

The 20th Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Saturday, Feb. 2 is dedicated to the late Anne Field-Gomes. The Waimea resident served on numerous community organizations, including the Cherry Blossom Festival’s organizing committee. Mrs. Field-Gomes died October 23; she was 84.

Anne Field-Gomes and her husband David

Anne Field-Gomes and her husband David

Field-Gomes and her husband, David, will be recognized at the festival’s opening ceremony. Time is 9 a.m. on the entertainment stage at the rear of Parker Ranch Center.

“Anne was the hostess for the Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival; she’d walk among the venues to make sure all was going well,” says Roxcie Waltjen, festival coordinator, who serves as the culture and education administrator for Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation. “Both Anne and David were very involved and supportive of the festival.”

A dedicated volunteer, Field-Gomes was selected as the female Outstanding Older American for Hawai‘i Island in 1999. She was active for 20 years in AARP’s Tax Aid program and also volunteered for the Waimea Community Association, the South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee, the Friends of Thelma Parker Library and Trails and Greenways.

The Honolulu native was a 10-year volunteer at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital, working in the materials division, and she was active with the Hawaii County Democratic Party. She was also a member of St. James Church, Imiola Congregational Church, the Waimea Outdoor Circle and the Waimea Pupule Papale Red Hat Club.

Field-Gomes moved to the Big Island in 1986.  Anne and David Gomes were married in 1989 during a square dance at Waimea’s Kahilu Town Hall, the same year Anne moved to Waimea.

“Anne enjoyed participating in the community and recruited me for many of her activities,” says David Gomes.

In addition to honoring Anne and David Gomes, the festival will mark its 20th year with an anniversary exhibit, entertainment by some of the festival’s first performers and a commemorative poster, which will be offered for sale.

For two decades, the free community festival has showcased the 60-year-old cherry trees planted at Church Row Park and the Japanese tradition of viewing them—hanami. The event, held annually the first Saturday of February, includes a variety of activities 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at venues throughout Waimea—look for pink banners identifying site locations from the Parker Ranch Historic Homes on Mamalahoa Hwy. 190 to the Hawaiian Homestead Farmer’s Market on Hwy. 19.

Spend the day to experience an all-day lineup of Japanese and multi-cultural performing arts, plus hands-on demonstrations of bonsai, origami, traditional tea ceremony, fun mochi pounding and a host of colorful craft fairs. Enjoy free shuttle transportation among most venues. For info, 808-961-8706.

Big Island Police Warning Residents to Prevent Holiday Burglaries

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Big Island police are advising the public to take extra precautions to prevent burglaries during the holiday season and to report suspicious activities—especially suspicious persons in your neighborhood during the day or at night. The following tips can help reduce the chances of burglary in your neighborhood:

  • Lock your doors and windows when you leave your home, including those in the rear of the house that aren’t visible from the street.
  • Be cautious of posting your location on social networking sites as they can be used by criminals to determine if you are home.
  • Become familiar with your neighbors and their cars.
  • If you see unfamiliar vehicles driving around your neighborhood, note the description of the vehicle, the license plate number and descriptions of any occupants and report them to police.
  • Beware of strangers knocking on doors. They may be burglars checking to see if a house is unoccupied. Report suspicious persons coming to your home to police immediately.
  • Don’t leave a house key hidden outside your home.
  • Keep your home well lit.
  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed so they don’t provide cover for burglars.
  • If you come home and see evidence that someone has been in your home or may still be there, leave the area and call police immediately.
  • Ask your neighbors to report any suspicious persons and vehicles seen at or near your home.

If you suspect a burglary is in progress or if you encounter any suspicious person on your property, call 911. To report suspicious persons in your neighborhood, call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.