Honoka’a Western Week Coming in May

A week wrapped in palaka, paniolo pride and performance rolls out May 17-26, with exciting drama, movies, food events, rededication of the new Honoka‘a Arena, a 90th birthday gala for the Andrade Building and the rollicking fun of Honoka‘a Western Week (HWW).

Honoka'a RodeoSpearheaded by the Honoka‘a Business Association, HWW brings together a lively cast of characters and rich regional history for a week-long celebration. In addition to HWW’s ever-popular Paniolo Parade, Saloon Girl Contest and Mamane Street Block Party, this year’s events ride the range from cultural to historical, food, family fun and more.

Highlights include the touring production of the new play “The Legend of Ko‘olau,” written by Gary T. Kubota with support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Sunday at Honoka‘a Peoples Theater. The play takes place in 1893, when Hawaiian cowhand Ko‘olau single-handedly repelled a militia that had overthrown the Hawaiian queen – and became a legend among his people.

On Monday, Mayor Kenoi and other dignitaries will hold a blessing ceremony and re-dedication of the refurbished “Honoka‘a Rose Andrade Correia Arena.” The new name pays tribute to the family matriarch and benefactor who donated her land to the County of Hawai‘i in support of the Hawai‘i Saddle Club and Hawaii’s paniolo. The restored arena features new covered bleachers, restrooms, concession stand and other improvements. Monday evening’s events continue with a Chili Cook Off at The Landing restaurant.

Honokaa Rodeo

Then on Tuesday, creative hands and imagination work together with the Hāmākua Youth Center group, Calley O’Neill and other area artists to build do-it-yourself stick horses for Friday’s pre-parade stick horse race. Wednesday is Western Movie Night at Honoka‘a Peoples Theater, with a great line up of favorite “horse operas” for all to enjoy.

Thursday is a very special day, as the community is invited to dress up western-style and help celebrate the historic Andrade Building’s 90th Birthday. Beginning at 5 p.m., the evening includes talk story, music by the Country Lads and dancing on the “vintage” ʻ Ōhiʻa Lanai, complete with five of the original barstools. Theme refreshments include “cool sasparilla” and “hot lil’ doggies” for sale, plus custom logo mugs and stadium cups.

The main event, of course, is when the whole town turns cowboy for the Paniolo Parade and Block Party on Friday. Commemorative Honokaʻa Western Week buttons are available now at businesses throughout Honoka’a town for only $3.00 Buttons automatically enter purchasers in the block party lucky number drawing, and are not required for admission to events. However, participants are forewarned that anyone without a button may be subject to “arrest” by roving sheriffs, and locked up in the hoosegow until bail can be arranged (all in good fun, of course).

Honoka‘a Western Week is a volunteer-driven project of the Honokaʻa Business Association, The Hāmākua Farm Bureau and the Hāmākua Lion’s Club celebrating Hāmākua’s paniolo heritage and unique cultural blend. Sponsors include Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Hawaiʻi CPEP, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter and many other generous supporters. Checks payable to “Honokaʻa Business Association” can be sent to P.O. Box 474, Honokaʻa HI 96727, attention: Honoka‘a Western Week. Anyone requiring special assistance, please contact the Committee prior to May 9, 2014. For more information, follow Honoka‘a Western Week on Facebook.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  • May 9. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. For information, call Jill Mattos, 808-960-5605 or Lorie Farrell, 808-557-2780.
  • May 17-26. Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka‘a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-theme activities every night. For information, call Jeanne Keller, 808-775-0530.
  • Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m., “Hanau Ke Aliʻi,” a Hula Drama by Halau Na Kipuʻupuʻu about the life of King Kamehameha, Honokaʻa Peoples Theater.
  • Sunday, May 18, 3 p.m., “The Legend of Koʻolau” at Honokaʻa Peoples Theater. A special theatrical production about a true Hawaiian Cowboy written and performed by some of Hawaii’s foremost theatre personas and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Monday, May 19, 10 a.m. (subject to change) Blessing and re-opening of the newly refurbished Honokaʻa Arena.
  • Monday, May 19. Chili Cook Off hosted by The Landing. Set up at 5 p.m., judging at 8 p.m. Prizes for first, second and third place. For rules and details, please call Evelyn Offenbaker, 430-3593.
  • Tuesday, May 20, 3-5:30 p.m. Stick Horse Workshop. Make-your-own Stick Horse for the Races, with Calley O’Neill and other island artists,at Hāmākua Youth Center.
  • Wednesday, May 21. Western movies at the Peoples Theater
  • Thursday, May 22, 5-8 p.m. Memories of Honoka‘a Western Weeks Past, and blessing of the ʻŌhiʻa Lanai to celebrate the Andrade Building’s 90th birthday

Friday, May 23

  • 2 p.m., Road Closure
  • 3 p.m., Stick Horse Race
  • 4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Mamane Street in Honoka‘a Town
  • 5 p.m., Block Party, Steak Fry fundraiser for Honokaʻa High School Track and Soccer Teams
  • 6 p.m., Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests
  • 8 p.m., Dancing in the Street

Saturday, May 24

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo “Saturday Slack.” Rodeo tickets are $7 per person per day in advance $8 at the gate.

Sunday, May 25

  • 12 p.m. to Pau, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo.

Monday, May 26

  • 12 p.m. to Pau, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo.

 

25-Year-Old Hilo Man Charged with Kidnapping and Other Offenses

A 25-year-old Hilo man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses in connection with a series of events this past weekend that began in Hilo and ended at a West Hawaiʻi beach thanks to the help of concerned citizens.

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale

On Saturday morning (April 19), police received a report that Keahi Sale had kidnapped an adult female in Hilo. Police began an intensive search for Sale, who was also wanted on three unrelated warrants and had been featured on “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted.”

That afternoon, the victim managed to call for help to bystanders at Spencer Beach Park. The bystanders physically restrained Sale until police arrived.

Sale was initially arrested and charged with violating terms of release and two counts of violating probation. He was later taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section continued the investigation into the kidnapping incident. On Monday, after conferring with prosecutors, he was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, terroristic threatening and two counts of abuse. His bail was set at $80,000.

During the investigation, detectives also arrested Sale on suspicion of numerous additional offenses for incidents that reportedly occurred between September and April in Hilo and Puna.

For the September and October cases, Sale was arrested on suspicion of felony assault of a female infant, terroristic threatening, unlawful imprisonment of a 33-year-old woman, four counts of abuse and two additional counts of abuse of a 7-year-old boy.

For a November case, he was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening and custodial interference.

For a January case, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of an adult female, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and two counts of abuse.

For an incident in April, he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, sexual assault of an adult female, terroristic threatening, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and four counts of abuse, as well as for 11 traffic offenses from Hilo to Puna in connection with the same series of crimes.

After conferring with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon (April 22) on the additional offenses, police did not charge Sale with any of them and will forward those cased to the Office of the Prosecuting attorney for final disposition.

Sale is incarcerated at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center and is being held there on the three warrants. His initial court appearance for the charged offenses is scheduled for Friday afternoon (April 24).

Hawaii Wildfire – Close Call! GoPro Evacuation

On a viciously windy day while out running some errands in town we get a call from our friends saying “The backyard is on fire blowing straight towards the house, we’re taking the dogs!”.
Maui Wildfire

They were not kidding. We were 10 minutes away, and by the time we got halfway home we could see the black smoke billowing from the horizon, and we got back just in time to pull our valuables out of the house before the Maui County Fire Department closed off the street completely while they battled the 2 acre blaze being fed by the constant 30mph+ winds coming from the north.

Wildfire Truck

With the assistance of many fire trucks and a helicopter bringing water from the ocean less than 1/2 mile away they were able to bring the flames under control before they got to the neighborhood. Nothing was damaged other than the house smelling like a huge campfire for a few days afterwards thanks to the quick response by fire and police units, it could have been very much worse than it was.

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Special thanks to all involved with helping protect our homes, you guys rock!!

Via EpiCapture Productions

Arbitration Award Aligns with DOE Goals in Raising the Bar in School Leadership

An arbitration panel has issued an award for educational officers of the State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) who are members of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) bargaining unit 06. The decision, announced April 21, affects DOE school principals and other educational officers.

DOE Release“Our principals do tremendous work in leading their schools towards student and staff success, as seen in recent student achievement gains,” said School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We are pleased that the arbitration has concluded and we can move forward in supporting our educators to prepare students for college and careers.”

“I want to thank all those who were involved in the various stages of the negotiation and arbitration process,” added Matayoshi.

Major highlights of the arbitration award include:

  • Annual across-the-board salary raises of 4.5 percent for four years, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.
  • A 90-day vacation cap that is consistent with other 12-month educational officers and other 12-month employees.
  • Establishes a rewards and recognition program (RRP) for the last two years. A joint committee of DOE and HGEA representatives led by an outside professional facilitator will determine how to best reward and recognize educational officers based on their performance evaluation rating. The details, criteria and procedures of the RRP will be decided through the committee’s work. The RRP will be able to distribute $200,000 for the 2015-2016 school year and $200,000 in 2016-2017.

In December 2012, HGEA and the DOE agreed to principal performance evaluations on a new Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administrators (CESSA). These evaluations are being conducted in all 255 DOE public schools.

CESSA was designed to support and improve principal effectiveness, thereby boosting teacher and student performance. This is aligned with Goals 1 and 2 of the Department’s Strategic Plan. The DOE and HGEA worked together to provide school principals with guidelines, training and support in advance of successful CESSA implementation in the 2013-14 school year.

Governor Abercrombie Declares May 3rd as “Big Island Chocolate Festival Day”

Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie has declared Saturday, May 3 as Big Island Chocolate Festival Day! The proclamation not only heralds Hawai’i’s growing cacao industry, but also the culinarians who masterfully create foods featuring chocolate.

Chocolate Festival

The three-day festival offers a full lineup of chocolate decadence from planting to plating: a Kona cacao farm tour, plus seminars, how-to culinary demonstrations, guided chocolate tastings—yum!— and an indulging festival gala at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. All activities are open to the public.

Star power celebrity chocolatiers include “Mr. Chocolate” Jacques Torres of New York City, Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard chocolate, Chef Vincent Bourdin of Valrhona Chocolate and cacao consultant Ed Seguine.

Chef Jacques Torres

Chef Jacques Torres

The 6-10 p.m. Saturday gala features the Big Isle’s own celebrated contingent of culinarians for a chocolate-inspired feast of savory and sweet treats. Returning favorites include the savory mole bar staffed by West Hawai‘i culinary students, a towering chocolate fountain complete with fresh fruits and macaroons, plus an array of gaily decorated bonbons.

Gala fun showcases a chocolate sculpture using 40 pounds of chocolate, chocolate body painting, fine wines, chocolate-infused beer and the debut of a tasty new Bacardi Mango Fusion cocktail. Attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award, dance the night away with Girls Nite Out! band and bid for activities and merchandise at a silent auction.

Hands-on Culinary seminar at last year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival

Hands-on Culinary seminar at last year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival

Festival beneficiaries are the $150,000 “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the future Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui and the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School. The third annual event is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc.

For tickets, visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com. For accommodations, book with the hotel at 808-885-2000 and mention “Big Island Chocolate Festival.”

Public Invited to Discussion on Water System Plans for Upper Puna

The Department of Water Supply Manager-Chief Engineer, Quirino Antonio, Jr. together with his Engineering Staff will present the water system plans for upper Puna at the next meeting of the Mountain View Village Planning Committee.

Quirino Antonio, Jr

Quirino Antonio, Jr

Please join us on May 8, 2014, 6:00 p.m., in the Cafeteria of the Mountain View Elementary School. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces Flight Plans

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans:

  • April 28, May 12, and May 26, between 8 a.m. and noon, to transport fencing material from the summit of Kīlauea to an area near the top of Mauna Loa Road.
  • April 29, morning flight to Kahuku for wildlife management.
  • May 16: flying camp supplies and equipment from end of Chain of Craters Road to ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, and Halapē campsites for annual monitoring of hawksbill turtle nesting season.

HVNP

The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.

Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.