With a setting and menu befitting of royalty, Hulihe‘e Palace offers a monthly Wilhelmina’s Tea. Served on fine china on the palace’s picturesque oceanside lanai, the 10 a.m. tea includes a hearty array of ribbon sandwiches, scones and tasty tidbits, plus a 45-minute guided tour of Hulihe’e Palace.
Presented by the Daughters of Hawaii and the Calabash Cousins, the new activity raises funds to purchase Apple iPads for use by visiting students. The two-hour tea is priced at $35 and includes a take-home, mini chocolate Bundt cake favor.
Dates for Wilhelmina’s Tea in 2013 are June 10, July 22, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18 and December 16. Teas are held the Monday following Afternoon at Hulihe’e during the monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll.
Holualoa resident Faye Daniel came up with the idea for the tea as a tribute to her grandmother, an accomplished horsewoman and the first pa’u rider to represent the Territory of Hawai‘i at the California Floral Parade, the precursor to the Tournament of Roses Parade,
“My grandmother Wilhelmina would take me to tea on Sunday at the Wai‘ahole Tea Room on O’ahu,” recalls Daniel, a Daughter of Hawai‘i member. “This tea is a tribute to the memory of a remarkable woman and a true Daughter of Hawai‘i.”
While Daughters and Cousins create the lavish tea fare, Daniel’s brothers provide the delicious shortbread cookies—a family recipe—and the favors. Adding an island twist, homemade lilikoi jam is served with the scones, rather than the traditional clotted cream.
Daniel’s polished Grand Baroque silver tea pot is used to serve the Constant Comment tea and attendees enjoy tea service on an eclectic mix of pretty cups and dishes, all donated by Daughters and Cousins—each contributor’s name appears on the reverse side.
Other palace volunteers who organize the tea and serve guests are Lolly Davis, Sally Inkster, Denise Rosso and Shan Quinn.
“We’re all retired teachers and do this to raise funds so visiting students can have the use of iPads,” details Daniel. “When they’re looking at an artifact here, they can pull it up on Goggle for more info. That’s how you teach kids now.”
The Daughters mentor middle school students, teaching them about Hulihe‘e Palace, the Hawaiian monarchy and culture.
Wilhelmina’s Tea is limited to 20 guests and non-refundable reservations are required; phone 808-329-9555.
Hulihe‘e Palace: Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization 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.
Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; 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. Mondays through Saturdays, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.
Continuing to invest in capital improvement projects (CIPs) that improve state facilities and infrastructure while strengthening Hawaii’s economic and employment environment, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $48.3 for public housing CIPs across the state.
“These investments will have long-term benefits, providing homes for island families while further stimulating our economy and generating local jobs,” Gov. Abercrombie said.
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:
- $25,822,000 – Lump Sum Non-Routine Repair, Maintenance, Improvements and Renovations, statewide – Planning, design, equipment and construction for public housing program site improvements
- $10,000,000 – ADA Compliance for Various State and Federal Projects, statewide – Planning, design and construction to comply with the ADA for various state and federal public housing projects; among the various housing projects are: Hale Aloha O Puna (Keaau), Pahala Homes (East Hawaii), Pomaikai (Hilo), Koolau Village (Kaneohe), Hale Hookipa (Kahaluu), and various facilities on Kauai
- $7,500,000 – Lanakila Homes, Hawaii Island – Construction for renovation of existing buildings at this public housing complex in Hilo that was originally developed in 1962; currently, it consists of 148 units built since 2000 and 62 original units built in 1962 (The 62 units are boarded up and abandoned, and the project will replace the existing buildings to allow the units to be rented to qualifying families)
- $5,000,000 – Hale Laulima, Oahu – Design and construction for modernization, roof replacement, and termite damage repair at this 36-unit public housing project in Pearl City, built in 1981
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Shining a modern light on an ancient practice, noted Buddhist scholar, author and educator, Dr. Ugo Dessi will present a talk at the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Asking the question, “Can the globalization of Buddhism help solve war and alienation?” Dessi brings international and inspiring insights to the podium, discussing how Japanese Buddhism continues to evolve, along with environmental and human rights values, as global interconnectedness has increased. Admission is free and the general public is enthusiastically welcome.
Born and raised on the Italian island of Sardinia, with many similarities to Hawai‘i, Dessi and his wife, Dr. Elisabetta Porcu met as university students. Together, they traveled to Mumbai, India to study Buddhism, and then to Germany, where both received PhD in religious studies from the University of Marburg. After six years in Japan, working at Ryukoku University, Otani University, and Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, they returned to Germany in 2010 to teach Japanese religions at the University of Leipzig.
Dessi is the author of Japanese Religions and Globalization (Routledge 2013), and is presently doing research on meditation practice by Jodo Shinsu lay and clergy practitioners in Hawai‘i for another book project on the global relevance of Japanese Buddhism. He will be sitting with the Honokaa Mindfulness Sangha, Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m. in the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple social hall.
“What is globalization?” said Dessi. “Through a variety of examples we will see how Japanese Buddhism is unexpectedly involved in globalization in a variety of ways. Like in the past, the transmission of Buddhism continues to be an important ingredient in the globalization of culture… And, significantly, there are cases in which Japanese Buddhism is addressing global problems such as war and social alienation that are left unsolved by the global markets and politics.”
Dr. Dessi’s talk is free and open to everyone regardless of religious or spiritual background. The program begins at 7 p.m., followed by time for questions and answers, and light refreshments. For information please call Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple at 775-7232.
The presentation is made possible by the Buddhist Education Commission with support of the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, producers of the annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace. (www.peacedayparade.org)
It is going to be a fun-filled day raising much needed funds for the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) of Hawaii and honoring our first responders. The 22nd Annual Rubber Duckie Race, with 100 percent of the duck adoptions benefiting the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) of Hawaii, is set for July fourth.
“This year we chose the theme Hawaii Five-0 to show our appreciation of our first responders here on Hawaii Island,” said Specialty Leasing Manager Colene DeMello. “This is an opportunity for Kings’ Shops to give back to our island community, continued Mrs. DeMello who is spearheading this year’s event.
Kings’ Shops General Manager, Steve Schwartz commented, “last year we raised over $35,000 and this year with the public’s help, we hope to raise even more.” The duck adoptions are slated to begin the first week of June.
Between the first week of June and July 4th, adoption certificates will be available at Adoption Headquarters, the Kings’ Shops Management Office and at the Queens’ MarketPlace Management Office. Mail-in order forms will be available at Waikoloa Village Market. Online adoptions can be made at www.KingsShops.com. On race day look for the United Cerebral Palsy Association duck booths where adoptions will be available all the way up to race time. Adopt a duck with a donation of $5 or a “quack pack” of four adoption certificates and a duckie t-shirt for a $25 donation.
The adopted ducks are tagged with a waterproof ticket with the adoption certificate number and the name of the adoptee. They will then be placed in a giant starting cage which is suspended over the Kings’ Lake. At exactly 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July they will be released. The first 50 duckies to cross the finish line win one of the 50 prizes which together total over $25,000.00.
COULD BREADFRUIT HELP ALLEVIATE GLOBAL AND LOCAL HUNGER?
The newly launched Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger project harvests breadfruit in Kona and distributes it to the food insecure. The project is based upon the simple fact that there are many people on Hawai‘i Island without enough nutritious food to eat, and at the same time there are literally tons of breadfruit that are not being harvested and eaten. Breadfruit (‘ulu) is a local, abundant and nutritious food that can be used to alleviate hunger in Hawai‘i.
Breadfruit is a traditional staple crop throughout the Pacific region. According to Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, more than 80% of the world’s hungry live in tropical and subtropical regions where ecological conditions are suitable for cultivating breadfruit. Just like in Hawai‘i, many people in the tropics have high food, fuel, and fertilizer costs and need sustainable, low-input crops. Many island nations are turning to breadfruit as a solution.
According to a survey done by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, people who grow breadfruit reported that 46% is wasted. At the same time, many of Hawai‘i’s families are food insecure—lacking access to affordable and nutritious food.
In its first month of operation, Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger harvested, distributed and processed over 500 pounds of breadfruit.
The project builds relationships with landowners who have excess breadfruit and forms an agreement to harvest. The breadfruit is then distributed through social service agencies such as the Kealakehe Meet and Eat, Ocean View Food Basket and Hawai‘i Island Youth Corps. Excess breadfruit is processed and frozen for future use by the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program.
The Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger project was started with the support of the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. It is an initiative of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—a project to revitalize ‘ulu (breadfruit) as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food which addresses Hawai’i’s food security issues. The Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project is led by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
The project is seeking additional partnerships with landowners who have excess breadfruit and agencies that serve the food insecure. For more information or to donate breadfruit from your trees, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Andrea Dean at 960-3727. More information about the project can be found at www.breadfruit.info.
Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai will celebrate 50 years since its incorporation on Saturday, June 8.
“A Japanese communityhas been around in Pahoa for more than 100 years,” said committee chairman Jason Hashimoto. “This event celebrates the golden anniversary of our formal incorporation in 1963. It’s the first time we are trying to get Pahoa people together for a community reunion, both current and former residents.”
President Craigsaid, “We are looking for people with ties to Pahoa who may have moved away from this area.”
Events planned for the day include a memorial service at 10 a.m. followed by recognition of keirokai members (80 years of age and older), luncheon, old fashioned games, photographic and artifact displays, and talk story time in theHall in Pahoa.
Past president Stanley Oishi recalled, “The organization way back built the first Pahoa Japanese school. In recent years, we built the YBA Hall. We take care of the hall and the cemetery. Annually we host the last obon dance of the season and mochi pounding close to the new year.”
Cost of the event is $10 for members or $20 for non-members. RSVP by May 4 to Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai,504, Pahoa HI 96778. Anyone wishing further information may contact Jason Hashimoto at (808) 937-5941 or by e-mail email@example.com
About the logo:
A logo has been selected for Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the non-profit community organization’s incorporation.
Crafted by graphic artist Cary Tanoue, the design incorporates English and kanji spelling out the organization’s name along with an anthurium.
“If it’s representing Pahoa, it’s got to be an anthurium,” said long time resident Glenn Watarida, a former president of the organization.”
According to the late Pahoa historian Hiroo Sato, an active member of Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai, “The first anthuriums were imported from England in 1889 by Samuel N, Damon and planted in his Moanalua botanical garden.” That first variety had a pink spathe.
“One of the first persons to grow anthuriums in Hilo was Herbert Shipman. There were several other local pioneers of whom one was Kisataro Keno of Kaumana. Kono produced anthurium
seedlings that were sold to Katsuto Hayashi who probably was the first to grow anthuriums in Pahoa in the 1930s.”
A multi-million dollar floral industry flourished with more than 260 farms on the island of Hawaii in 1959 – the majority of the state’s production. Due to the many growers, packers and shippers located in the area, Pahoa was labeled the Anthurium Capitol of Hawaii. “The industry reached its peak in 1980, supplying local, national, and international markets with up to 232,000 dozen flowers per month. Although yield was at 2.5 million dozen flowers in 1980, supply was insufficient to meet demand,” according to University of Hawaii publications. The bacterial blight of the 1980s set the industry back. Since then, development of disease-resistant strains, new horticultural practices such as drip irrigation, and advances in tissue-culturing of disease-free varieties has led to the continuation of the industry.
“We are so grateful to Cary Tanoue for all his help,” said current president Craig Shimoda. “Cary also has cleaned the Pahoa YBA sign that hung on the front of the first hall starting in 1921 and on the current building since 1980. It will be ready to hang up again for the celebration.”
“We have a full slate of activities for Saturday, June 8,” said anniversary chairman Jason Hashimoto. “Registration has been extended until May 25.”
Advance registration is required for the memorial service, activities and luncheon. For further information, contact Hashimoto at (808) 937-5941 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Island Hoops (HIH) is happy to announce and welcome Los Angeles Laker and former Duke Blue Devil Chris Duhon as our special guest at the HIH 13 College Prep Basketball Camp from June 3- 7, 2013 at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.
Chris Duhon was a high school McDonald’s All-American and a four year starter for Duke University. In his freshmen year, he helped the Duke Blue Devils win the 2001 national championship, defeating Arizona in the finals. Duhon finished his career as Duke’s all-time leader in steals (300) and minutes played (4,813), and second in assists (819). He left as the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record 1,200 points, 800 assists, 475 rebounds, 300 steals, and 125 three-point shots.
In June 2004, Chris Duhon was selected as the 38th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. During his time with the New York Knicks, On November 29, 2008, in a game against Golden State Warriors, Duhon set a new Knicks single-game record with 22 assists in one game. Now currently with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Duhon has been a solid contributor at the point guard position.
To register for the camp visit: Hawaii Island Hoops
Please help the children and young adults that desire to come to the Big Island from the disaster area of Fukushima, Japan, in July and August, 2013 by attending the Fukushima Friends Relief Concert on May 26th at the East Hawaii Center for Spiritual Living.
About 20 young people with chaperones from 5th grade up are coming to the Big Island to receive respite, rest, and fun from July 15-Aug 26.
A group will be providing food, shelter, and transportation for one month which is costly. In addition, some of you may not know, but, these children and young adults have suffered the earthquake, tsunami, family suicides, survival camps, and high radiation exposure for 2 years. They are in need of fresh air, ocean swimming, and rest for their physical and mental health. They have been living inside locations without being able to play outside, touch the ground, or eat Fukushima food because of the radiation dangers. Please help us provide for these young people. Please come to the concert or you may donate any amount to the fund.
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Last week I went to Las Vegas for my friend’s bachelor party and we stayed at the “New” Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
I say “new” because it’s recently gone through a huge remodel and everyone that I spoke to around the place that were regulars at the place talked about how nice it had become of late.
Big Island resident and famous comedian Roseanne Barr is currently doing shows at the world famous comedy club the “Laugh Factory” at 7pm on many nights. We went later in the evening and caught some other comics that had us laughing pretty hard.
Of course most folks tend to gamble in Vegas and I have to say the Tropicana dealers were especially kind to me. Especially a dealer named “Tracey S.” that actually seemed more interested in peoples life’s then just bringing in money to the resort. She really tried her best to explain the game clearly to those that were not very experienced at it and as someone who has lost money in the past do to some sneaky dealers… I appreciate a dealer that is honest about what they are doing!
They are still in the process of remodeling a restaurant that I have heard will become a buffet. The pool at the Tropicana has consistently been ranked as one of the top pools on the strip.
I got an excellent rate at the place because my friend had a bunch of rooms reserved under his name for his bachelor party so I’m glad I didn’t have to spend a lot for my rooms, however, when I looked at what the price of the rooms would have cost me… it was pretty reasonable for the time of the year and the location on the strip.
I did pretty good at the tables and I figure that after all of my expenses including airfare, hotel, food and entertainment… I came out about $600.00 bucks ahead for five days. The real joy was spending time with folks I hadn’t seen in a long time… that was priceless!
- Video: Jumping Off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas (damontucker.com)
- Q&A: Roseanne Barr, on marijuana, the CIA, and how she is, in fact, the president (esquire.com)
Record of Decision for Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is pleased to announce that the Record of Decision for the Plan for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates has been signed. The Record of Decision describes the alternative the National Park Service (NPS) has selected to implement and why, and completes this important planning effort for the park.
The plan will provide a park-wide framework to systematically guide non-native ungulate management activities in a manner that supports long-term ecosystem protection, supports natural ecosystem recovery and provides desirable conditions for active ecosystem restoration, and supports protection and preservation of cultural resources.
The NPS’s preferred alternative includes a progression of management phases, monitoring, and considerations for the use of management tools; a population objective of zero non-native ungulates, or as low as practicable, in managed areas; complete boundary fencing for Kahuku and ‘Ōla‘a rainforest; and potential use of localized internal fencing to assist in the control of non-native ungulates. Control techniques would be primarily lethal, but non-lethal techniques could also be considered. Volunteer programs would continue, but modifications would be required for lethal removal programs to meet current NPS practices. The plan/EIS is available on the web at http://www.nps.gov/havo/parkmgmt/plan.htm
The Record of Decision has been published on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/havo_ecosystem_rod. A copy of the Record of Decision may also be requested by contacting the park at One Crater Rim Drive, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718; or by phone at (808) 985-6026.
go! Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline announced today that it will offer space-available accommodations at no cost for Pacific Wings ticket holders affected by the carrier’s shutdown.
Jonathan Ornstein, go!’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented “We have always been committed to helping the people of Hawaii get where they need to go, and we will do everything we can to support Pacific Wings passengers and minimize any inconvenience and disruption.” Passengers that show a printed confirmation of a Pacific Wings booking at the go! ticket counter may fly standby at no cost on their original scheduled day of departure and route.
This offer applies for routes served by go! operated jet flights, and does not include flights operated by Mokulele Airlines. Please see www.iflygo.com/pacificwings for details.
About go! Airlines
go! Airlines is celebrating 7 years of bringing low fares on the most popular routes within the state of Hawai‘i. Since 2006, the airline has been dedicated to bring inter-island air travel to the people of Hawai‘i with convenient routes for kama‘aina. go! passengers fly in the comfort of the airline’s all jet fleet and enjoy true island-style hospitality. To book your tickets visit iflygo.com.
The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.
“This record-breaking aircraft has quite the history and we’re pleased to give it a new home,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.
The Starfighter went into production in 1956 and was the first combat aircraft capable of easily sustaining twice the speed of sound. It held simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and rate of climb. Due to its length of 54’ 9” and wingspan of only 21’ 11,” it was dubbed the Missile with a Man in It. The Starfighter served in the USAF from 1958 through 1975, as well as with several allied air forces around the world, including Japan.
Gen. Chuck Yeager famously displayed the “right stuff” during a high-altitude, record-breaking ascent in a rocket-assisted F-104, climbing to the edge of space at more than 100,000 feet.
The Museum invites donations of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. Donated artifacts are professionally cared for and enjoyed by millions of visitors from all over the world. The Museum also invites monetary donations for its Restoration and Education programs, as it is a nonprofit, private Museum, which depends on members and donors. To support the Museum, call 808-441-1006 or donate online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.
Hawaii Department of Agriculture Inviting Public to Sew Leis to Honor Those Interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is inviting the public, from keiki to kupuna, to come and sew locally grown flowers to honor those interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and the State Veterans’ Cemetery in Kaneohe.
HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch will open its doors on: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HDOA will provide thousands of locally grown flowers and the lei-making supplies. Backyard flowers are also welcome!
“The long-standing tradition that honors our veterans holds greater Aloha when the lei is made with our local flowers,” said Russell S. Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Over the past years, many Hawaii flower growers have gone out of business due to competition from foreign growers. When we talk about sustainability, it doesn’t just mean food security, it also includes the preservation of traditions and cultural aspects that make our community thrive.”
Finished lei will be taken to the Oahu veterans’ cemeteries to be placed on the graves by local scouting organizations the following day. More than 50,000 lei are needed to honor every grave.
“We have ordered thousands of plumeria, tuberose, orchids and other lei flowers and foliage,” said Carol Okada, manager of the Plant Quarantine Branch. “We need to turn the tide and replace imported flowers with local flowers and the more people get that message, the stronger Hawaii’s floriculture industry can become.”
HDOA is working in coordination with the City and County of Honolulu, which is responsible for the Memorial Day ceremonies at Punchbowl. City lei queens will make a special appearance at the event.
There will also be lei-making demonstrations and educational displays. The event also ties into the Buy Local, It Matters campaign, which encourages consumers to purchase locally grown produce and products whenever possible.
“If you don’t know how to sew a lei, we will have people available to teach you,” said Okada. “We feel it’s a really nice way to honor our veterans as well as showcase Hawaii blossoms.”
The public may also drop off flowers at the Plant Quarantine Branch earlier in the week if they are not able to attend on May 25.
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Governor Abercrombie Announces He Will Revive the “Governor’s Fashion Awards” – Hawaii Fashion Month 2013
Governor Abercrombie recognizes fashion industry’s potential to strengthen and diversify Hawaii’s economy
The Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi), in collaboration with the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), is proud to present the inaugural Hawaii Fashion Month (HFM) this October 2013 to celebrate and promote Hawaii fashion.
HFM is an opportunity to raise the profile of Hawaii as a unique, creative and progressive fashion destination while bringing sustainable growth to the industry that comprises design, manufacturing, retail, art, education and more.
The State Legislature has thrown its full support behind the initiative, committing $150,000 towards supporting the Hawaii fashion industry and staging this world-–class event.
“Hawaii has the talent and resources to support a thriving fashion industry and become a destination for the global fashion community,” Governor Neil Abercrombie said. “Hawaii Fashion Month will bring the community together to showcase, learn, sell and connect with Hawaii fashion, promoting locally made fashion products and services that will help to keep our hard earned dollars here in Hawaii. Simultaneously, it provides a focal point to explore the industry’s enormous potential, strengthen relationships and build collaborative opportunities to increase the export of Hawaii’s designs.”
Governor Abercrombie has announced he will revive the “Governor’s Fashion Awards” as the closing event for HFM to recognize outstanding fashion design talent throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Other events planned for HFM include:
- An official kick-–-off party presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation and attended by the ‘who’s who’ of Hawaii fashion to befittingly start the exciting month-–- long celebration.
- A trade show for emerging designers sponsored by the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, featuring panel discussions, speakers, industry networking, wholesale and retail opportunities.
- Celebrations of Iolani Sportswear’s 60th and Hilo Hattie’s 50th Anniversaries.
- A University of Hawaii at Manoa Costume Collection exhibition and evening/bridal fashion show at the Hawaii State Art Museum.
- A contemporary art exhibit and party at Luxury Row in Waikiki.
- A Niihau shell jewelry exhibit at the Bishop Museum.
- A children’s fashion show at Children & Youth Day at the State Capitol.
- Fashion-themed editions of events such as Discover Kakaako, Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu Museum of Art’s Bank of Hawaii Ohana Day, Kakaako Night Market and LUX @ the Trump.
The HFM brand identity was created by local artist and graphic designer, Lauren Roth of Yellow Bird Bohemia. Roth’s signature whimsical expression captures the creative, visual design essence of HFM. Web design services are provided by Aaron Lee of Formlessness Design.
Hifi Co-founder, Melissa White, commented that the HFM steering committee has received an overwhelming level of interest and support from both stakeholders and the community. Committed high level sponsors to date include the State of Hawaii, Creative Industries Division, DBEDT; The Howard Hughes Corporation; Office of Economic Development, City and County of Honolulu; Hilo Hattie and HONOLULU Magazine as the major media partner.
“This is a very exciting time for Hawaii fashion. We’re seeing established local brands collaborating with emerging designers and homegrown talent representing the islands on the international fashion stage. HFM has brought nearly every major fashion stakeholder in Hawaii to the table, showing the time is right for the community to come together to elevate the industry,” White said.
HFM invites statewide participation from businesses and individuals involved and interested in fashion across all its forms such as design, manufacturing, retail, education, art, photography, styling and gallery and museum exhibitions. Opportunities include sponsorships, partnering with HFM signature events, hosting your own events, listings on the official event calendar and volunteering.
Hifi Co-founder, Toby Portner, said: “From 2013 and beyond, HFM will be a time for Hawaii fashion to show progress as an industry, to set goals and establish partnerships for future growth. A month of highlights will capture the attention of the community as well as national and international visitors and media. Everyone with an interest in fashion and passion for building a strong local economy is encouraged to get involved.”
In 2012, Hawaii’s fashion industry produced approximately 3,630 jobs, generated sales of $756 million, produced an average salary of $24,095 and contributed $20.4 million tax dollars to the state government.
Sponsorship and participation inquiries are to be directed to Melissa White at email@example.com
HFM is open for all to attend and will include both free and ticketed events.
To keep up with all the latest HFM news and event information visit www.hawaiifashionmonth.com or follow us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @HFM2013. Don’t forget to #HFM2013!
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Nearly 50 Hawai‘i Island high school youth have completed training for eight-week summer internship programs with Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park starting in June.
Graduation ceremonies were held on Thursday, May 9th, at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus and again on Friday, May 10th.
The park’s non-profit partner, Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, was awarded grants from the Cooke Foundation, Ltd., the Victoria S. and Bradley L. Geist Foundation, Kamehameha Schools ‘Āina Education Program, and the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association to continue the park’s Youth Ranger Internship Program (YRIP), now in its fourth successful year.
In addition, generous donations from Volcano Art Center, KTA Superstores, Target, Nui Pohaku, and Safeway will support the graduation ceremony.
“We are so grateful to our community for embracing this life-changing program. Over $90,000 has been donated to give these great kids a chance to make a real contribution to caring for their park,” said Park Ranger Kūpono McDaniel, who oversees the program. “I have really enjoyed getting to know these kids from Ka‘ū, Pāhoa, and Kea‘au high schools and Hawai‘i Academy of Arts and Science, and now we will get to see them in action,” he said.
The Youth Ranger Internship Program provides education and career preparation to youth in rural East Hawai‘i. Youth train with park rangers in six different divisions within the park, including Interpretation, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Maintenance, Protection, and Administration. After training, as many as 33 successful candidates will be hired to these divisions.
“The Youth Ranger Internship Program is designed to empower local students to affect change in the world and to expose them to meaningful career options. The skills they learn will make them better candidates for any career they choose to pursue,” McDaniel said.
“Mad Men” and “Saturday Night Live” Stars Shine on Hawaii Island at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival
From sinister to seriously funny, this year’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) celebrity honorees bring some of the best talent in television to Hawaii over Memorial Day Weekend. Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” will appear in person, as will Kate McKinnon, featured player on the legendary “Saturday Night Live,” known for hilarious impressions of Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres and Penelope Cruz.
Named after Vincent van Gogh, Kartheiser began acting as a teen, in “Untamed Heart” with Marissa Tomei. His many film credits include “Little Big League,” “Ironwill” and “Another Day in Paradise” with James Woods and Melanie Griffith. Most recently he appeared in the sci-fi thriller “In Time” with Justin Timberlake. On television, Kartheiser starred in Joss Whedon’s “Angel,” and has guest-starred in numerous other series including “ER” and “The Cleveland Show,” before joining the skyrocketing success of Mat Weiner’s “Mad Men” on AMC.
Kate McKinnon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” last April and has cracked up fans with creatively wacky characters and killer celebrity impressions ever since, one of which earned an invitation to “The Ellen Degeneres Show” last month. McKinnon also earned a spot on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list for 2012. Prior to “SNL,” McKinnon performed with numerous at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre, becoming beloved by the New York comedy community for the three one-woman shows she wrote and performed at the UCB: “Disenchanted,” “Best Actress” and “Kate McKinnon On Ice.”
BIFF 2013 celebrity events:
- Friday, May 24, 5-6:30 p.m., “Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood” reception in the Kilohana Room. $75 VIP admission includes The Fairmont Orchid’s elegant “Legacy Menu” pupus, Kenwood wines and other beverages. Or—new this year—the “Paparazzi Pass” at $15 invites the public to bring cameras and watch for photo ops as celebrities and filmmakers arrive on the red carpet, then mingle with the stars, and enjoy a no-host bar. Party-goers are encouraged to dress up in aloha wear and join in the fun of celebrity buzz and Hollywood style “Aloha glam.”
- Saturday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reception & Salute to Kate McKinnon, starring chef’s select Asian appetizers, Moo Shu duck station and desserts, like fruit “sashimi,” mango nigiri and chocolate chopstick matcha torte. After the reception, Brian Kohne will talk story with Kate in a one-of-a-kind interview and Q&A. $35, advance tickets required.
- Sunday, May 26 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reception & Salute to Vincent Kartheiser, with a “Mad Men” theme: mini Beef Wellingtons and Oysters Rockefeller, “Dr. Arnold Rosen and Sylvia’s” cheese fondue and Baked Alaska. Video career retrospective and personal interview with Vincent to follow. $35, advance tickets required.
- Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Golden Honu Awards Brunch in the Kilohana Room. $50 per person, reservations required. Posh buffet brunch, Awards presentations and announcement of the Audience Choice films that will be screened at Best of the Fest Monday evening.
The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 23-27, 2013. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP.
For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.
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So last night me and some friends at a bachelor party jumped off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas with “SkyJump Las Vegas“.
I’ve skydived with SkyDive Hawaii five times so I’ve kind of gotten over the fear of heights.
Here is the video of John Evich’s jump. (The Bachelor)
I got a certificate from the place after I jumped and the last part of it reads:
“This certificate also entitles the SkyJumper to a lifetime immunity from being called chicken, scaredy cat, wimp and any other monikers that might imply less than crazy brave. Any embarrassing screams or loss of bodily fluids will forever remain under SkyJumper/SkyJump Las Vegas privilege.”
Kama’aina have the opportunity to win a free two-night stay at Ala Moana Hotel
As the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Ala Moana Hotel will present its own prize envelope to three lucky people that correctly predict the winners of three Na Hoku award categories. Kama’aina and Pacific Business Connection members are invited to enter for a chance to win a free two-night stay in a sleek one-bedroom, ocean-view suite at Ala Moana Hotel.
“Ala Moana Hotel is proud to be the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards,” said Marty Milan, Ala Moana Hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “To celebrate Hawaii’s biggest night in music, our island residents are encouraged to stop by and take a guess at who might bring home the gold for a chance to win a two-night stay here at Ala Moana Hotel.”
“And the Winner is…”
The 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, May 25. Kama’aina and Pacific Business Connection members have until Friday, May 24 to correctly guess the winner in three categories of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and be entered to receive a free two-night stay at Honolulu’s Landmark Hotel. All eligible entry forms with three correct guesses in the categories of ‘female vocalist of the year,’ ‘male vocalist of the year’ and ‘group of the year,’ qualify for the random drawing that will determine the three prize recipients.
Qualified entrants must be 21 years or more at the time of entry and legal residents of the State of Hawaii or Pacific Business Connection guests. Participants may pick up a form at the front desk and can vote once per day. All completed forms must be returned to the front desk by midnight on Friday, May 24. The drawing will take place on Friday, May 31. No purchase necessary to participate in this sweepstakes. Official contest rules for the “And the Winner is…” contest are available upon request at the Ala Moana Hotel front desk.
- 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominees Announced (damontucker.com)