District Court Judges Honorable Harry P. Freitas and the Honorable Barbara T. Takase to Receive “Peacemaker Awards”

On Sunday, November 10, the Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center—in participation with the Hawai‘i County Bar Association (HCBA)—is hosting its Eighth Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction in Hilo to help fund the non-profit human services agency.

“Founded in 1983 as a program of the Hawai‘i Island YMCA, Ku‘ikahi became an independent community mediation center in 2005,” said board president Andrew P. Wilson, Esq.  “Please join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!”

No-host cocktails will be served at 5:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  The buffet will feature three entrees—prime rib, Furikake salmon, and shrimp scampi over fettuccini—as well as salad, side dishes, and dessert.

Newton John Chu, Esq. will emcee the gala event, which features a silent auction, live auction, and door prizes.  Items up for bid include rounds of golf, adventure tours, entrance to local attractions, overnight stays, gift cards to restaurants and retail stores, artwork, gift baskets, flower arrangements, and more.

This year Ku‘ikahi is giving ‘Peacemaker Awards’ to the Honorable Harry P. Freitas and the Honorable Barbara T. Takase, both District Court judges serving second terms in the Third Circuit.

“The value of the services provided by the Ku’ikahi Mediation Center cannot be measured in dollars and cents or even in time.  What mediation affords litigants is a chance to participate in a confidential process in which a neutral third party helps people work out their differences to reach an agreed upon settlement.  This agreement may include issues that would not or could not be dealt with if they decided to try the case in court,” said Judge Takase and Judge Freitas in a joint statement.

They added, “In court, the judge decides, based on the law and the facts which are allowed to be presented pursuant to the rules of evidence; and as participants are often told, most of the time, neither party is satisfied with a decision the court makes.  In mediation, participants play an active part in and have a say in the outcome of their case.  That is the value that cannot be measured.”

2012 Award Winners: Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right)

2012 Award Winners: Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right)

This fundraiser provides a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi needs to provide free and low-cost dispute resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.  Over half of Ku‘ikahi’s clients are at or below the poverty level, meaning they are unable to pay even modest fees for their mediation sessions.

“Family Court could not succeed without the partnership of the mediation center,” said Family Court Judge Anthony K. Bartholomew, who is being honored by HCBA at the event.  “I’ve begun thinking of mediation as one of the ‘healing arts’ because it resolves a form of trauma from the existence of the conflict.  If you can help people resolve their conflict, it’s like a weight has been lifted, and people can move forward.”

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $85 per person (of which $50 is tax deductible) and are available from Ku‘ikahi’s board of directors and from Ku‘ikahi’s office in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.  For reservations, contact Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844 x 116 or email julie@hawaiimediation.org.

“American Jungle” – New Eight-Part TV Series Follows Hunting Clans on The Big Island

On the island paradise of Hawaii, thousands of acres of untamed jungle are home to wild beasts and the men who live off the land in the ancient ways of their ancestors. Generations of families have claimed, maintained and fought over their own sacred hunting trails. When the dry season comes, wild boar, goats, feral bulls and small game crisscross the island in search for water. These clans must do whatever it takes to protect their turf.

Click to read about the cast

Click to read about the cast

But in a land where traditions run deep and ancient spirits rule the mountains, hunting is about more than putting food on the table. It’s about respecting the family and revering the ancestors. AMERICAN JUNGLE, a new series on HISTORY, follows several tight-knit clans as they hunt the old way – with knives and spears – and battle for control of their territory. The eight-part series premieres Sunday, November 10 at 10 pm ET on HISTORY.

About the clans:

The powerful Spear Clan, descended from Hawaiian royalty, has hunted and preserved their trails for more than 150 years. The trails fell into decline and other clans saw opportunity. Their leader Scotty is determined to return the clan to its former power. Scotty turned his back on his family and traditions seven years ago and left for the mainland. Now he is back and seeking redemption.

The Rosa Clan survives entirely off of the land. Clan leader Tony was estranged for the past ten years, and has reconnected with his son Isaac, 19, to teach him the ways of his family. The clan is small, and if Isaac doesn’t learn, the family’s knowledge of the jungle will end with Tony. The Rosa’s chief rivals are the Correas. The clans began feuding nearly 40 years ago.

Pa, 67, is the leader of the Correa Clan. He descends from the legendary “Barefoot Hunter” from the island of Oahu. When Oahu became developed as a tourist destination, Pa moved the family to the Big Island and carved out his own trails. Game became the main source of food for his rapidly growing family. So keen were his hunting abilities that he brought home enough food to feed some 20 immediate family members. Now in his sunset years, he needs to make a hard decision – which of his sons will take his place.

Johnny Blaze is leader of the Blood Clan. The former college football star and his friends Eric and Kalei teamed up to learn the ways of the jungle. They are a band of outlaws who hunt all the trails in the belief that the jungle belongs to no one clan. Seldom seen by other clans, it is believed that the Bloods are mystically in touch with the spirits of the jungle and engage in strange rituals, such as drinking the blood of their kill.

The Cowboy Clan is led by Curly, a highly skilled horseman who possesses deadly precision with a lasso. He and his trusted partner Lionel are descendents of a long line of Californian-Mexican vaqueros (cowboys). They hunt the plains on horseback and like the Bloods, they don’t respect the idea of trails being owned.

Chewy and Prophet of the Ocean Clan are born and bred locals who don’t take kindly to intruders. Their behavior and alliances are completely unpredictable, changing their tactics to suit whatever the situation calls for. Most clans would rather keep the peace than to cross them.

Because they don’t own trails and are not respected on the island, the Outsiders are not a clan, but they aspire to be one. Big Joe, born in Oklahoma, learned the ways of the jungle from the local elders. He discovered early on that hunting means asking permission of the clans who claim ancestral heritage of the trails. Mark, born on the military base outside Hilo, learned the ways of the jungle from his father before they had a falling out. The pair realized that, as outsiders, they will always be at the mercy of the powerful clans unless they make a name for themselves.

New Precinct Added to Second Senatorial District – Polling Place to Return to Pahoa High School

Pahoa High and Intermediate

Senator Ruderman just posted the following on Facebook:

The Hawaii State Office of Elections has added a new precinct within the Second Senatorial District. District 04-02, which has Keonepoko Elementary School as its polling place, will be split.

The new District Precinct will be numbered 04-04. The tentative polling place for this new precinct is Pahoa High School, pending approval from the school.

With the split, District Precinct 04-02 will have approximately 2300 registered voters and District Precinct 04-04 will have approximately 2750 registered voters. The new precinct will serve voters who live makai of Highway 130.

First of 101 Perfect Wave Murals and the Largest Wave Mural Completed in Honolulu

On October 19th artist Hilton Alves began painting the world’s largest wave mural at 1320 Kalani Street in Honolulu. The mural, five stories tall and four hundred feet wide, was completed on October 26th in a record 8 days. Miraculously the weather stayed perfect for the entire 8 days allowing the artist to complete in time and for onlookers to watch the process transforming the blank and drab wall to an art centerpiece in Honolulu.

Artist and waterman Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea and water sports. Born in 1980 and raised in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton began painting professionally in 2000. His passion leads him to express the magnificent beauty of the aquatic world in drawings, paintings and murals. Hilton has a passion for the sheer beauty of ocean life. This beauty is expressed through a series of paintings about surf, marine life, perfect waves, seascapes, and others. The self-taught artist uses oil, acrylic, and airbrush to bring life to his playful imagination and inspiring dreams. The artist brought his art to another level in 2004 when he began painting murals. His murals convey the awe of the ocean and bring viewers closer to the earth's precious marine life and perfect waves. Hilton's murals can be admired in Santos, Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Bahia and Floripa in Brazil and on Oahu in Hawaii.

Artist and waterman Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea and water sports. Born in 1980 and raised in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton began painting professionally in 2000. His passion leads him to express the magnificent beauty of the aquatic world in drawings, paintings and murals.

The concept of the approximately 14,080 square feet mural is bringing the North Shore to the South Shore with an image depicting a beautiful Banzai Pipeline wave scene. This mural is a celebration of Hawaii’s surf culture and acknowledgement of Hawaii being an ocean lovers and surfers mecca for the world. At the mural’s completion, artist Hilton Alves exclaimed, “I can’t believe we finished this massive wall and we are going to paint 100 more around the world!”

This wall is the first in a series of his 101 Perfect Waves International Mural Project created in partnership with Brian Wyland of Hawyland Styles Gallery. Partner Brian Wyland mentioned, “It’s just really to show people the beauty of the ocean and help people to get inspired to preserve it and look out for it”. The project aims to bring the beauty of the oceans and the power of waves close to people in hopes that they are inspired to protect and preserve the life of the ocean and it’s creatures. Students from Halau Lokahi received this message during their visits to the site and also got a chance to hear how teamwork was a crucial element of the project.

Project materials, including 150 gallons of paint, were provided through sponsorship from Vertical Technologies and Al’s Tinting Inc. and donations from Planet Sun, Everpaddle, Once a Month Church, the North Shore News and individual donors. The completion of the mural process from inception was also made possible through the help of volunteers who worked hard for about 6 months to make it come to life. The colossal mural art itself a donation from Hilton Alves to the city of Honolulu and all who will enjoy it and only made possible through donations and community support. Thanks also goes to all who came to visit the mural, those who honked passing by and those who followed Hilton on Facebook during the mural completion process. The artist, and his team, are grateful and appreciative to all who helped this mural become a reality.

For more information you can visit www.theartofhilton.com . If you are interested in having one of the 101 Perfect Wave Murals in your community, if you have any questions or would like to get involved please feel free to contact Hilton Alves at 382-2098, hiltonsurfart@hotmail.com or www.facebook.com/hiltonalves.

 

New Vehicle Safety Inspection Program Begins November 1st – Prices to Increase

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the launch of the new vehicle safety inspection program beginning November 1, 2013, creating an efficient and secure method of keeping vehicle information. The program will do away with monthly reporting by the inspection stations and provide immediate recordation and proof of the vehicles current results.

Safety Check

“With this program we enter the new age of wireless computerization, instant recordation and protection from fraud and theft,” stated Glenn Okimoto, director of the state Department of Transportation.
Under the proposed regulations, the cost of the vehicle safety inspection for automobiles and trucks will increase to $19.19 + tax with $1.70 for each inspection going to HDOT for administration and enforcement of the program and $1.69 going to Parsons for providing the equipment and technical support.
The HDOT Motor Vehicle Safety Office worked closely with the City & County of Honolulu and the Neighbor Island counties to develop this program and will continue working together to improve the efficacy of the inspection program.

 

Mayor Kenoi Proclaims “October 25th, 2013 – Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day” in the County of Hawaii

Last week, Body Glove International celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary with a party in Kona, Hawaii that was attended by the family of Body Glove and was open to the public.

Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mayor Kenoi

Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mayor Kenoi

The following night the party continued at the Wyland Gallery in Kona where Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker was signing merchandise and had his new Body Glove 60th Anniversary “Tiki Mug” release party.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Mayor Kenoi and Abbas Hassan

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Mayor Kenoi and Abbas Hassan

Here is a photo of the new mugs:

Brad Parker Tiki Mug

Mayor Kenoi was on hand and proclaimed October 25th, 2013 as Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day in the County of Hawaii.

Meistrell Brothers, Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Here is the proclamation that he read to folks in attendance:

Proclamation:

WHEREAS, growing up in Missouri, twin brothers Bob and Bill Meistrell fell in love with the water. They dreamed of making a life in the ocean, and those dreams came true when the family moved to California in 1944; and

WHEREAS, in 1953, the Meistrell brothers turned their passion for the ocean into a business venture. They joined Bev Morgan and the three became business partners at Dive N’ Surf, the first dive and surf store of its kind; and

WHEREAS, Dive N’ Surf became quickly known for being the home of the first practical and commercially viable wetsuit, invented by the Meistrell brothers and Morgan. The name given to the suit – Body Glove, because it fit like a glove – has become an iconic brand worldwide; and

WHEREAS, over their sixty years in business, serious watermen and waterwomen worldwide have come to count on Body Glove’s products, and Body Glove-sponsored teams in surfing and wakeboarding are made up of many of the most skilled athletes in those sports in the world; and

WHEREAS, the values that have guided Body Glove for the past six decades – hard work, perseverance, love of family, and love of the environment – are values shared by the people of Hawai‘i Island and the many long-standing family-owned businesses that are the cornerstones of our economy; and

WHEREAS, we are honored to host Body Glove’s 60th anniversary celebration on Hawai‘i Island here in Kailua-Kona, home of local partners Body Glove Cruises and Tiki Shark Art Hawai‘i,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim October 25, 2013, as BODY GLOVE 60th ANNIVERSARY DAY in the County of Hawai‘i, and we hope to celebrate many more Body Glove anniversaries in the future.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused The Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed.  Done this 25th day of October, 2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

Billy Kenoi
MAYOR

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