Renowned Big Island Artist Parker Packs Hollywood Gallery – Sam Choy and Aidan James on Hand

Renowned local Big Island Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker’s highly anticipated mainland show opened to a jammed packed house in Hollywood California last night.  This year for the first time the artist was joined in his opening by legendary Chef Sam Choy and teenage Ukulele Sensation Aidan James.  Crowds lined up outside the historic La Luz De Jesus Gallery to meet the Hawaiian celebrity trio.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, Kid Sensation Aidan James and Agent Abbas Hassan met with folks in California last night

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, Kid Sensation Aidan James and Agent Abbas Hassan met with folks in California last night

“It was a pleasure joining Brad to show off the original artwork of my new Hawaiian Kitchen Apparel line” commented Chef Sam Choy. “Big mahalo for those who came out to welcome us” he added.

Sam Choy Kitchen line is now available at www.chefsamchoy.com and in many major retailers.

“What an honor it was to have the Chef and Aidan be a part of my show this year” commented Brad “Tiki Shark Parker”.  “It was a night I will always remember” he added.

Parker will be in Las Vegas for a few weeks before returning to Hawaii mid July.

Parker will be in Las Vegas for a few weeks before returning to Hawaii mid July.

Parker’s show titled Hawaiian Night in Hollywood runs through July 31, most of the artwork was sold on opening night but is definitely a must see for all in the area.  For a sneak peak see www.laluzdejesus.com

About La Luz De Jesus Gallery – Easily one of the most important, significant and ground-breaking galleries on the Mainland. La Luz De Jesus, quickly garnered a considerable reputation with Collectors, Galleries, & Artists around the world; & gave birth to a genre of an Art movement that would come to be known as “Lowbrow Art”.

 

USS America Arrives in Hawaii for RIMPAC 2016

Sailors and Marines manned the rails of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as it pulled pierside in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in preparation for the Rim of the Pacific 2016 Exercise, June 30.

PEARL HARBOR (June 30, 2016) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) salute the USS Missouri Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial as the ship transits into Pearl Harbor for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob Holloway/Released)

PEARL HARBOR (June 30, 2016) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) salute the USS Missouri Memorial and the USS Arizona Memorial as the ship transits into Pearl Harbor for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jacob Holloway/Released)

This is America’s first time participating in the world’s largest international maritime exercise, but according to Capt. Michael W. Baze, America’s commanding officer, the ship’s crew understands the importance of strengthening ties with our partners throughout the globe.

“America’s maiden voyage around South America during the summer of 2014 was an incredible opportunity to reinforce relationships with our brothers and sisters throughout the continent,” said Baze. “Now, during RIMPAC, we have the same opportunity, but with even more partner nations. I know the Sailors and Marines serving aboard America look forward to meeting new friends from foreign navies and military services.”

During America’s time in Hawaii, the ship will host distinguished visitors, participate in community relations projects, explore the Hawaiian culture, and make final preparations for the underway portion of the exercise.

“It’s exciting to be a part of RIMPAC this year and to visit Hawaii,” said Culinary Specialist Seaman Chelsea Milton, assigned to America. “I can’t wait to see the island culture, the hiking trails, meet new people, and check out the Hawaiian food scene.”
USS America
Throughout the exercise, America will host members of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Marines from Marine Expeditionary Battalion Hawaii (MEB-HI), and serve as the command and control platform for Amphibious Task Force CTF 176.

“America is a very capable and adaptable platform, and serves as the perfect amphibious task force flagship for this comprehensive exercise,” said Baze. “As a Marine Corps aviation-centric platform, USS America provides unmatched versatility for our fellow Marines who will be aboard throughout the next month.”

America’s Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Kenneth W. Robertson sees RIMPAC as a once in a lifetime experience for all the Sailors and Marines involved.

“I lived in Hawaii for several years and I am happy to come back to the islands to experience RIMPAC on America,” said Robertson. “The ship’s crew and embarked staffs will learn and grow together. This is a pivotal moment in the ship’s history and a memorable one for all participating.”

Twenty-six nations, 49 ships, six submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships between participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Hawaii Electric Light Reports Brief Power Interruption

Hawaii Electric Light reports a brief power interruption occurred on Friday, July 1, when a combustion turbine unit at its Keahole Power Plant tripped offline.

Helco new Logo 2Maintenance crews were testing the unit (CT5) when it unexpectedly tripped. About 15,000 customers in various areas of the island experienced a six-minute power interruption while backup generators were started. Service was restored to all affected customers at 9:38 a.m.

“We’re in the process of investigating what caused the unit to suddenly trip,” said Rhea Lee-Moku, Hawaii Electric Light spokesperson. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the interruption may have caused and want to thank the community for their patience and understanding.”

Information on power outages and restoration efforts can be found on Hawaii Electric Light’s Twitter account (@HIElectricLight) and website www.hawaiielectriclight.com.

POLL – President Of The United States

no vote no grumble

Hokulea Reaches Woods Hole After Making Connections in Martha’s Vineyard

Hawaii’s iconic voyaging canoe Hokulea started the month of July with a sail to a new destination. After various engagements within the Martha’s Vineyard community, Hokulea departed at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1 to make the journey over to Woods Hole.

Woods HoleA few members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe and local community organizers that the crew connected with at Martha’s Vineyard accompanied the Hokulea crewmembers on their latest sail.

woods hole2The canoe’s noon arrival at Woods Hole was marked by a greeting at Dyer’s Dock from representatives of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal nation and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute community. A short welcome ceremony was performed, including the performance of a song written about Hokulea by the children of the Neekun School, a Wôpanâak Language immersion program.

woods hole3“In this day and age, we know that it can be confusing about what is meaningful. But this is. This gathering, this togetherness is historical and we will speak of it for generations to come,” said Ramona Peters, an elder of the Mashpee Wampanoag, during the arrival ceremony.

woods hole4Today, the Hokulea crew are attending the  Mashpee Wampanoag’s 95th annual powwow. The three-day long Native American event filled with traditional songs, dances, cultural ceremonies and other intertribal activities will honor Hokulea as part of the program.

woods hole5The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, known as the People of the First Light, has inhabited present-day Massachusetts for more than 12,000 years.

woods hole6The crew and canoe are scheduled to participate in Woods Hole community events on July 4, departing July 5 for New Bedford followed by Boston.