UH Hilo Announces College of Business and Economics Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recognizes its Dean’s List recipients for spring 2016:
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Caitlin Aiona, Melinda Alles, Scott Ashida, Heather Bartlett, Jeryl Bautista, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Nicole Bogert, Shanda Carvalho, Tierra Chess, Soo Bin Choi, Elijah Cruz, Carrie Day, Lorena Dela Cruz, Juan David Diaz Casallas, Jhoanne Domingo, Tai Shea Ekamrak, Taylor Escalona, Cyanne Fernandez, Gabriel Fry,

Kai Anthony Gaitley, Francine Andrei Gallego, Darcy Gaylord, Dakotah Graham, Victoria Haili, Mayu Hayano, Robert Huelskamp, Lara Hughes, Alexandra Huizar, Summer Ilac-Wong, Aisha Izuno, Nixon Jack, Lindsea Jones, Aysia Kaaumoana, Nicholas Kaya, Pihanakealoha Kea, Cherilyn Kelii, Zoe Kimura, Evan La Rochelle,

Marissa Lai, Crystal Leopoldino, Kyeton-Allen Littel, Eileen Liu, Xiaoting Liu, Cheyenne Losalio, Erik Anton Lund, Xianbin Meng, Raeann Mukini, Marvin Louis Nagtalon, Wyatt Nelson, Rebecca Nielsen, Bianca Novotna, Deanna Obenauf, Brandon Okimoto,

Adam Onishi, Amber Pabustan, Anthony Papoutsakis, Jazzle Paraiso, Ciarra-Lynn Parinas, Robert Parks, Jan Paulo Pascual, Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Vester Robester, Alicia Rodriguez, Ang Sheng, Molly Souza, Danielle St.Pierre, Yoshito Tamaki, Jubylen Teehee,

Blake Philip Terry, Ke’ale Thornton, Ryan Torio, David Tottori, Dionn Tsue, Maria Vicente, Desborne Villaruel, Tatiyana Washington Bellamy, Travis Winters, Selisa Wright, Selisa Wright, Kristen Yagi, Tahiya Zaman, Krisha Zane, Jiyao Zhang, and Yuye Zhao.

Hawaii National Parks Non-Profit Donates Additional Funds for NPS Centennial Year

In honor of the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, the board of directors of Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association has approved an additional $100,000 in cash donations to the six parks in Hawai‘i and American Samoa served by HPPA.

Banners for community outreach at the National Park of American Samoa

Banners for community outreach at the National Park of American Samoa

This is in addition to donations of $233,000 approved last fall, and to the over $900,000 in program services donated in the form of staffing. Proceeds from our nine park stores support interpretation, educational programs, research projects, publications, and cultural activities in our partner parks.

Cultural demonstrations at Puʻukoholā Heiau NHP

Cultural demonstrations at Puʻukoholā Heiau NHP

The additional funding, “100,000 for the 100 years,” will allow the parks to provide enhanced programs for the many 2016 centennial events and to encourage visitors to “find your park.”

HPPA funding has and will be used for numerous projects large and small in the parks, including additional Junior Ranger programs, personnel for the Youth Intern program, and increased funding for endangered species management at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park; the Hawai‘i national parks centennial juried exhibition at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and cultural and community programs in partnership with Haleakalā National Park; community outreach events for the National Park of American Samoa; and additional cultural and community activities at three cultural sites in west Hawai‘i–Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, and Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historical Site.

Kona Crime Prevention Committee Recognized Officer Wyattlane Nahale as “Officer of the Month” for June

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized School Resource Officer Wyattlane Nahale as “Officer of the Month” for June in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (June 1) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Wyattlane Nahale

Officer Wyattlane Nahale

Nahale was honored not only for his school resource work but also for extracurricular activities with students from elementary school through high school.

One of Nahale’s responsibilities is teaching DARE classes to students at Konawaena Middle School. He took the initiative to expand the anti-drug-and-alcohol classes to area elementary schools, said Sergeant Floyd Cody Richardson, who nominated Nahale for the honor.

When Nahale is off the clock, he is the head junior varsity football coach at Konawaena High School and he conducts strength, speed and agility workouts for elementary age students through high school age students when football is not in season. According to Richardson, the purpose of those workouts is to keep students focused, in shape and out of trouble. “He has at least 50 students who participate in his regularly scheduled workouts, and at least 15 are around the age of 5 years old,” Richardson said in nomination papers.

Because of Nahale’s contact with schools outside his assigned middle school—including participation in HI-PAL sporting events—administrators from high school and elementary schools contact him regularly for help with issues affecting students and their families. “All of this, he does on his own time to give back to his community,” Richardson said.

As “Officer of the Month,” Nahale is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Pauahi Foundation Offering Science Camps Scholarships

Science Camps of America is back for another summer and the Pauahi Foundation wants to help Hawaii Island students get to camp. The initial deadline to apply for a full scholarship has been extended to Monday, June 13. The 10-day overnight camp gives teens entering grades 8 through 12 the opportunity to explore the environmental diversity that Hawaii Island has to offer from beaches to rainforests and mountaintops.
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“Hawaii Island is such an amazing place geographically, climatically and culturally,” states Science Camps Executive Director Michael Richards. “The best place to learn about the natural world is outdoors, and this compelled me to create a camp for teens to experience science in ‘nature’s greatest laboratory.’”

Camp home base is at the Pahala Plantation Cottages in Ka‘u. Some of the destinations include Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center, Mauna Kea Visitor Center, Mauna Loa Climate Observatory, Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach and many more.

The first camp session, Land and Sea, will be held June 29 to July 8 and focus on Hawaii’s ocean, forests, mountains and volcanoes. Campers will explore Hawaii’s unique flora and fauna and learn how events in the natural world affect every living creature, including humans.

The second session, Air and Space, will be held July 9 to 18 and focus on astronomy, space exploration and climate. Campers will gain a better understanding of climate change and the creation and use of alternative energy to help address global warming.

The Pauahi Foundation scholarship is for Hawaii Island residents ages 13 to 17. Preference is given to those of Native Hawaiian ancestry. To apply, visit www.pauahi.org/scholarships/science-camps-of-america/.

To extend this experience to more local teens, Science Camps offers a limited amount of partial scholarships based on financial need through the Science Camp of America Scholarship Fund. Other scholarship opportunities are still available. Contributions from the public to the Science Camp of America Scholarship Fund are welcome. To learn more about and register for Science Camps of America, visit SciCamp.org.

Kahilu Theatre Presents the Smash Hit Musical – GREASE

On Friday, June 17, at 7pm, Saturday, June 18, at 7pm, and Sunday, June 19, at 4pm, Kahilu Theatre presents the full production of GREASE (the Musical) with the Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe.

grease logoTravel back in time to 1959 with Rydell High’s senior class, as the duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and the gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoke the look and sound of the 1950’s in this rollicking Kahilu Produced musical.

Head “greaser” Danny Zuko, and good girl Sandy Dumbrowski, try to relive the romance of their “Summer Nights,” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through classics such as “Greased Lightning,” “Summer Nights,” “We Go Together,” and “You’re the One that I Want,” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley.

With an eight-year run on Broadway, and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions, GREASE is among the world’s most popular musicals, and the Kahilu Youth Troupe is sure to delight audiences!

GREASE is directed by Beth Dunnington, with musical direction by Phil Kadet, choreography by Dr. Angela Alforque, costumes by Maia Tarnas, and vocal coaching by HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. Kahilu Theatre enjoys artistic collaboration with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in this production.

Grease Rehearsal

The cast of GREASE includes P.T. Mahoney, Angela Mihelich, Noelani Anderson, Seraphim Benoist, Grace Bostock, Leilani Bostock, Sienna Byrne, Colby Camero, Michael Chu, Simon Dunlap, Sean Dunnington, Deb Goodwin, Daniel Gregg, Ryan Hooley, Hunter Kalahiki, Anna McFarland, Michelangelo McPeek, Walker McMullin, Sofia Ribeiro, Kat Rose Sullivan, Cameron Supplee, Grace Todd, and Alianna West.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the Friday and Saturday performances and at 3pm for the Sunday performance. There will also be food and beverages available for sale. The Waimea Schools Art Exhibit will be showing in the Kohala Gallery.

GREASE follows the 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee and Godspell, both directed by Grease director Beth Dunnington, as the third annual Kahilu Youth Production in two decades.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Roy and Frances Simperman, Tim Bostock and Melanie Holt, Regan and Shoshana Matsumura, Zaheva and David Knowles, Bob and Donna Povich, Duncan Dempster, Mimi and Brian Kerley, and Bob and Nancy Male.

Tickets are $33 / $27 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Hulihe‘e Event Marks 40th Anniversary of Palace Band, Glee Club

The Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabsh Cousins present Afternoon at Hulihe‘e 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Hulihe‘e Palace to remember King Kamehameha I, Paiea (1738-1819).  Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs, performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘I and the Hulihe‘e Palace Band.

Hulihee Palace Band and Glee Club

Hulihee Palace Band and Glee Club

The performance marks the 40th anniversary of the Hulihe’e Palace Band and the Merrie Monarchs glee club. The two organizations were founded in 1976 by the late bandmaster Bud Dant and the late palace curator and performer, Aunty Lei Collins.

Afternoon at Hulihe‘e is part of the palace’s series of free monthly concerts that honor Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Born in Kohala on the Big Island, Kamehameha moved the heavy naha stone as a teen—a feat that prophesied he would rule the island chain. In battle, Kamehameha overtook the Big Island, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu then he put Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau under his sovereignty by diplomacy. By 1810, the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was established and Kamehameha moved his court from Waikiki to Kailua-Kona.

“After Kamehameha formed his island kingdom he attempted to modify the impact of war on innocent citizens caught in the conflict,” says Jolee Chip, docent coordinator. “He issued an edict protecting women, children and the elderly from arbitrary attack.”

Kamehameha also instituted a law to protect the weak from the strong, recalling a blow he suffered as a young warrior when his foot was caught in a rock crevice. The opponent hit Kamehameha with a canoe paddle that splintered at impact and the command later became known as the Law of the Splintered Paddle. The king died in 1819 in Kailua-Kona.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday—with the exception of the palace open 1-4 p.m. the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village stroll.

Palace admission for a self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for kama‘aina, military and seniors, and $1 for keiki 18 years and under. Docent-guided tours are available upon request. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins. The Daughters was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

Big Island Police Investigate 23 Counterfeit Money Cases in May

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a spike in counterfeit cases in the Hilo and Puna districts.

In May, police investigated 23 counterfeit cases in those districts compared with seven cases in April and two cases in January through March. Stores and restaurants have received counterfeit bills in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.

Anyone who receives a counterfeit bill is urged to call the police to file a report.
Counterfit Money
Police ask anyone with information about who is producing or passing these bills to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.