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Food Producers Invited to Exhibit at Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Local food producers are invited to display and sample their product at the 21st annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

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The state’s premiere ag showcase again offers a free opportunity for Hawai‘i farmers, ranchers and food producers to hookup with participating chefs and attendees during the 6-8 p.m. Taste.

The event is also open for agricultural and sustainability-themed organizations wanting to present informational displays.

Producers and ag-related educational organizations interested in participating may signup online at www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com or by contacting Jill Beaton at tasteexhibitors@gmail.com or 808-937-0314. The deadline is July 31.

Taste headlines 30-some statewide chefs who dazzle diners using various cuts of forage-fed meats and a cornucopia of island fruits, vegetables and other farm products. Also on tap is a 3 p.m. culinary activity, “Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101,” presented by chefs Kevin Hanney and Jason Schoonover of the award-winning 12th Ave. Grill.

taste2Pre-sale tickets for Taste are $45 and $60 at the door. Entry to Cooking 101 is $10. Tickets are for sale online and available starting July 1 at Kuhio Grille in Hilo, Kamuela Liquors and Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona and Kohala Essence Shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Purchase tickets online at www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI.

For general event information, phone 808-322-4892.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact 808-322-4892 no later than August 9, 2016.

Taste Hayden

Hawai‘i residents eager to savor the flavors of the Taste can take advantage of Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range Package with rates starting at $239 + tax per room on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. This Kama‘aina Special also includes two tickets to the Taste of the Hawaiian Range. Guests must show valid Hawai‘i state ID at checkin and must have Hawai‘i address in reservation. Pre- and post-event hotel room prices start at $149 plus tax per room, per night, based on availability. To book an overnight stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village under an exclusive Taste of the Hawaiian Range room package (code TSH), visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/kamaaina, or https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?hotel=KOAHWHH&spec_plan=TSH&arrivaldate=20151009 or call 1-800-HILTONS.

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, plus encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, Hawaii Beef Producers, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program, Kamehameha Schools, KTA SuperStores, West Hawaii Today and Pacific Radio Group. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

Hawaii Representative Asks Attorney General to Investigate School Air Conditioning Bids

Contractors bids so high that project delayed and students to suffer

As summer heats up and public schools prepare to begin Aug. 1, plans to spend $100 million to cool off 1,000 classrooms have been delayed due to the outrageously high bids from contractors to install air conditioning.

Rep. Matthew LoPresti

Rep. Matthew LoPresti

Rep. Matthew LoPresti has asked the Attorney General to investigate if there is a conspiracy to defraud taxpayers by artificially inflating bids for profit at the expense of school children – who will suffer through yet another unbearably hot summer in stifling classrooms.

“We cannot just wait for another round of bids and hope they are reasonable,” said Rep. Matthew LoPresti. “Classrooms in my district and across the state will soon be too hot for students to learn and teachers to teach. We must find a way to get this project moving forward.

“At the same time, the bids for the work came in so high that it is possible contractors who know the state is hard pressed to get this work done conspired to submit bids much higher than reasonable to make unreasonable profits.”

This past session the Legislature approved more than $100 million to add air conditioning to 1,000 classrooms by the end of the year and Gov. David Ige has been working with the state Department of Education and private companies to get the work done.

The DOE now says the project must be either delayed due to the high bids or far fewer classrooms then expected will be cooled.  As an example, the DOE said the bid for one photovoltaic-powered air conditioning project with an estimated cost of $20,000 came in more than $100,000.

LoPresti said there have also been complaints from contractors that the bid specifications for a $20,000 project were up to 100 pages long and that makes submitting a bid expensive and complicated.

“I would like the DOE to take a look at the bidding process and simplify the documents if possible,” he said. “We need to get to the bottom of why these bids are so high. Whatever the reason, we need to fix it.”

The cool schools project now is being pushed back with bidding reopened with the new fiscal year which begins July 1, 2016.

“If contractors are gouging the state at a time of great need in our schools and the students have to suffer because of this, the Attorney General must find them and prosecute to the full extent of the law,” LoPresti said. “The public deserves answers as to why bids are coming in suspiciously high and we cannot just sit by and accept this.”

As part of his “Cool Schools 4 Ewa” initiative, LoPresti is reaching out to the public to create a hui of professional volunteers willing and able to contribute to the heat abatement effort by donating their time and labor to help the DOE cool classrooms at realistic and reasonable costs.

LoPresti urges those able to install PV or PV AC systems to contact his office so he can help organize and facilitate those willing to step up and help our keiki to move beyond those who would rather profiteer from their suffering.

UH Hilo Announces Resignation of Softball Coach

University of Hawai’i at Hilo Athletic Director Patrick Guillen today announced the resignation of Softball Head Coach Patty “Peejay” Brun, effective July 1, 2016. Brun leaves UH Hilo to become associate head softball coach at Texas State University.

Patty "Peejay" Brun

Patty “Peejay” Brun

“I have very mixed emotions with Coach Brun’s departure,” Guillen said. “On one hand, I am happy for her and her family who she will be reunited with in Texas and also for this professional opportunity to move back to the NCAA I level.  But selfishly, Vulcan Athletics is losing a top-notch coach who is a great mentor, educator and leader for our softball student-athletes.

“I am grateful to Coach Brun for her tireless work ethic and commitment to building a solid program that our community is proud of.  Our loss is certainly Texas State’s gain.”

Brun joined UH Hilo in 2014. In her two seasons with the Vulcans, her teams compiled a 63-33-1 record with back-to-back 30-win seasons and produced an all-American.

“I’d like to thank Chancellor Donald Straney and Tim Moore for giving me the opportunity to be at the helm of UH Hilo softball,” Brun said. “I’d also like to thank the University and town of Hilo for embracing me and helping me transition so quickly.  The love and aloha that was shown to me from the moment I stepped on the island has meant so much.

“It has been an absolute privilege to coach here and be a part of the Vulcan family. Finally, I’d like to thank Pat Guillen for his great support this year.  His vision for the program is one that I know will help take it to great success.

“The next step has presented itself in this opportunity to coach and be with my family and it was an opportunity we felt could not be turned down.”

A search for Brun’s replacement will begin immediately.

“I am confident we will be able to identify and bring in a quality coach,” Guillen said. “We have some big shoes to fill.”

Hokulea Arrives at Block Island

On Sunday, June 19 at approximately 8:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. HST), Hawaii’s famed voyaging canoe Hokulea arrived at Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island after departing New York City on Sunday.
Block IslandAs part of the Hokulea crew’s protocol for showing respect for the land and its people, crew members sought permission to dock the sailing vessel from the indigenous tribes of the area. They were welcomed by a representative of the Narrangansett Indian Tribe. Hokulea captain and master navigator Kalepa Baybayan offered a kahili (feather standard) on behalf of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage. 
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Community members are encouraged to visit the canoe from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Block Island Boat Basin Marina for canoe tours and to learn more about the Worldwide Voyage. Hokulea is expected to remain on Block Island until Thursday, June 23, before continuing onto Mystic, Connecticut, with safety and weather conditions dictating any sail plans. 

Hawaii Department of Education Virtual Job Fair Scheduled

The Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) will be holding a Virtual Job Fair to engage with prospective educators, administrators and support staff interested in joining the department.  Users can register for the event here.

Virtual Job FairWebsite information will be available from 11 a.m., Thursday, July 14, through 3 p.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016 (Eastern Standard Time).

Live chat sessions with recruiters from HIDOE’s Office of Human Resources are scheduled on:

  • Thursday, July 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST)
  • Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EST)

Registration for this online event is required.  Click here to sign up today.

Hawaii residents unable to attend the online event can visit HIDOE’s Employment Opportunities website or call the Office of Human Resources directly at 808-441-8444 for more information.

Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani Na Pua Lei O Ka Na’auao, Kupulau 2016 (College of Hawaiian Language Dean’s List, Spring 2016)

UH Hilo Hawaiian Studies Building

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawai’i ma Hilo, Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha ‘oi no ke kau Kupulau 2016:
(The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester):

Delia Ann Ah Nee, Isaac Ahuna, Destanie Alayon, Jainine Abraham, D’Anna Asher, Joshua Bass, Laura Birse, Eleanor Brown, Courtney Ann Brock, John Crommelin, Sophie Dolera, Angelica Durante, Alexander Guerrero, Kalai Grothmann, Karise Hallsten, Pomaikai Iaea, Runa Ikeno, Kayla Ing, Joshua Kalima, Kiana Kamala, Alana Kanahele, Sumire Kanno, Sheena Lopes, Khaelee Mae,

Kelly Martin-Young, Haruka Miura, Risako Mise, Morgana Murdoch, Hokulani Mckeague, Alana Paiva, Isaac Pang, Avion Plummer, Pomaikai Ravey, Josiane Saccu, Marleena Sheffield, Trevor Slevin, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Gin Tezuka, Taylor Traub, Brenna Usher, Vanessa Winchester-Sye, Vivianne Yamanishi, Cheyne Yonemori, and Krisha Zane.

Backpack Drive for Children Who Cannot Afford Them

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to participate again in a backpack drive for children who cannot afford to buy them. As in previous years, all police stations around the island will double as drop-off points for persons interested in helping children in need. Backpacks may be dropped off between now and August 30.

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Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi. The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

This is the eighth consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry).

Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Names Spring 2016 Dean’s List

UH Hilo Inouye College of Pharmacy

The following students from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 spring semester:

Class of 2017: Sean Abreu, Trenton Aoki, Lena Asano, Robert Bautista, Mark Allen Bibera, Megan Calderwood, Christopher Cao, Rhea Castro, Nicole Chin, Francesco Console, Terri Anne Corpuz, Ronnijean Delenia, Christopher Diaz, Andy Diep, Mark Finlay, Madeline Fu, Audrey Fung, Gibe Gelan, Melissa Giachetti, Ryan Higa, Dann Hirayasu, Abraham Jose, David Khan, Mickey Ku, Shaun Lasky, Jaclyn Lee, Lauren Levine, Caleb Malinski, Sean Menda, Kevin Meno, Kelsea Mizusawa, Lauryn Mow, Jonathan Muna, Loc Ngo, Angela Nguyen, David Nguyen, Khanh Nicholas Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Kelia Parrilla, Asal Rafie Delijani, Kimberlee Roseman, Hannah Shin, Ryan Shiroma, Nadine So, Jaime-Rose Tangonan, Lillian Tran, Jenni Ueno, Hoa Vo, Hong Vong, Brenda Yuen, Zi Zhang

Class of 2018: Chelsea Aipoalani, Goody Cacal, Robby-Sean Cayetano, Matt Chen, Jane Choi, Karen Christian, Sara Evanko, Jennifer Fujio, Cierra Gauvin, Kelli Goo, Jui-Yu Kao, Jonathan Kataoka, Cindy Khamphaphanh, Macie Kim, Krystle Kiyuna, Bernice La, Tram Le, XuanLam Le, Jessica Lee, Nicolette Lew, Niaz Nafisi, Christopher Nakagawa, Kerri Nakatsu, Phuong Nguyen, Vicky Nguyen, Megan Olaguer, Marina Ortiz, Carli Owan, Joann Phan, Niko Pogorevcnik, Caroline Rhee, Lauren Sato, Andrew Skorheim, Lauren Skorheim, Mari Takushi, John James Taman, Lucilla Tong, Ha Tran, Vivian Tran, Paolo Vinh Tuan Truong, Quan Truong, Seungyeun Yoo

Class of 2019: Sydney Barney, Deniz Bicakci, Athena Borhauer, Rene-Scott Chavez, Samantha Gonzalez, Leigh Heffner, Vance Hill, Tyler Hirokawa, Preston Ho, Logan Kostur, Kevin Lei, Kate Malasig, Tyler Millar, Veronica Morales Colon, Jennifer Nguyen, Thu Nguyen, Kelsey Noetzelmann, Kara Paulachak, David Pham, Gam Phan, Rachel Randall, Jae Sung Shim, Shannon Trinh, Nicholas Tsoi, Ashley Uehara, Nancy Wong, Veronica Wong, Carrie Yeung

West Hawaii Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop

State Representatives Nicole Lowen and Mark Nakashima, in partnership with UH Sea Grant, Hawaii County Civil Defense, and the National Weather Service, are hosting a free workshop on July 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers. Participants will learn how to prepare their families and homes for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

natural hazards handbookThe workshop will cover topics from Sea Grant’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, including emergency supply kits, evacuation planning, sheltering in place, insurance and home retrofits.

The Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is also available for download at: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-prepare-natural-hazards

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by emailing replowen@capitol.hawaii.gov or calling (808) 586-8400.

  • WHO:  State Representatives Nicole Lowen and Mark Nakashima
  • WHAT:  Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop with Hawaii County Civil Defense, UH Sea Grant, and the National Weather Service
  • WHEN:  Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE:  West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers, Building A, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona

 

East Hawaii Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop

Representatives Mark Nakashima, Clift Tsuji and Richard Onishi are hosting a free Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop on June 25 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. East Hawaii residents can learn more about how to prepare their families and homes for natural disasters.

natural hazards handbook

The workshop will cover the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards including tsunami and hurricanes. Other topics will include emergency supplies, evacuation planning, sheltering in place, insurance and home retrofits.

Hawaii Sea Grant’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is available for download at: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-prepare-natural-hazards

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by calling Rep. Nakashima’s office at 974-4000 ext. 6-6680, or email l.hasegawa@capitol.hawaii.gov

  • WHAT:  Natural Hazard Preparedness Workshop
  • WHEN:  Saturday, June 25, 2016,  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE:  University of Hawaii at Hilo; UCB 100

36th Annual Hawaii Volcanoes Cultural Festival & BioBlitz

Mark your calendars for the free Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Cultural Festival & BioBlitz, Saturday, August 27, 2016!

Keiki & alaka‘i head into the rainforest on a BioBlitz species inventory at last year's BioBlitz. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Keiki & alaka‘i head into the rainforest on a BioBlitz species inventory at last year’s BioBlitz. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

This year’s festival honors the park’s centennial anniversary and connects visitors and the community to the culture, biology and geology of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

Themed E Ho‘omau (to perpetuate; to continue in a way that causes good to be long-lasting), the 36th annual cultural festival invites people of all ages to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how native Hawaiians lived closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try Hawaiian crafts. Performers include Hālau o Akaunu with Manaiakalani Kalua, Kenneth Makuakāne, Kai Ho‘opi‘i, and Diana Aki, plus many more.

This year’s festival will again include a “BioBlitz,” a hands-on opportunity for families and individuals to observe and document the biodiversity that thrives in the lava flows and native rainforests of Kīlauea volcano. In mid-July, participants will be able to sign up for any of the BioBlitz field inventories, which include “Hiding in Plain Sight: the Insects and Spiders of the Park,” a birding excursion “Feathers in the Forest,” and “Na Mea o Kanu o Ka Hula (The Plants of Hula),” on the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park website. The field inventories are led by experts at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian culture.

The BioBlitz runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cultural festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 27. Entrance and all events are free.

2016 is the 100th anniversary for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. To find out what’s happening throughout 2016, visit the park website. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, and to learn about centennial events at other national parks, visit FindYourPark.com

Puako Makai Watch Hosts Workshop for Interested Volunteers

An educational workshop is planned on Saturday, June 11, for interested community members who want to learn more about ongoing resource management and conservation in Puakō.

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Puakō Makai Watch will host, ‘’Ike Kai,” which is designed to inform and engage community members on how they can volunteer with the Puakō Makai Watch program.

Information to be covered will also include basic ecology about marine life found in the area, and details about the Puakō Fisheries Management Area. Additionally, ‘Ike Kai is a user-friendly curriculum intended for the general public to gain a better understanding of rules and regulations associated with the Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) and how as a community we can work together.

The workshop will include a brief overview of the Makai Watch program and purpose, a review of DAR and DOBOR rules and regulations, natural history of marine resources in the area, and an overview of observation and incident reporting as part of the Makai Watch program.  It will conclude with example scenarios of real-life situations from the field.

The workshop will be held in the Hokuloa Church, 69-1600 Puakō Beach Drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday June 11, 2016.  All are welcome to participate in this training, we hope to see you there!

New Findings Show Promising Trends in Hawaii Student Health Behaviors

Today the Hawaii State Department of Health, Department of Education (HIDOE), and University of Hawaii released high school data from the 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for the state and all four counties. The YRBS is a bi-annual survey that regularly monitors the health risk behaviors of public, non-charter school students statewide. Over 12,000 Hawaii students in grades 6 through 12 participated in the 2015 survey.

Click to see results

Click to see results

Topics covered in the survey include unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. The survey also monitors the percentages of students affected by obesity and asthma.

“The results reflect our recent initiatives to raise the bar at all levels in education,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “The downward trend of students engaging in risky behaviors and an increase in healthy choices is testament to the work done by our schools and the commitment of our students to strive higher.”

The 2015 YRBS results show trends towards less-risky behaviors in many important areas, and highlight needed improvements in others:

Physical fighting continues to decline, with 15 percent of high school students reporting that they were in a fight at least once during the 12 months before the survey. Bullying has stayed relatively steady, with 1 in 5 high school students reporting that they were bullied on school property during the same time period.

Consistent with objectives outlined in the State’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Plan, many YRBS indicators suggest an increase in youth behaviors that support healthy lifestyles. Only 13 percent of high school students report drinking at least one can, bottle, or glass of soda or pop at least once per day, compared to 23 percent in 2007. The survey does not cover drinking other types of beverages with added sugar such as sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks (other than 100 percent fruit juice) or sweetened tea and coffee. The proportion of high school students meeting physical activity recommendations remains steady, with 20 percent achieving the national recommendation of at least 60 minutes per day on each of the seven days before the survey. However, sedentary time continues to increase, with 2 in 5 high school students spending three hours or more per day playing video games or using a computer for non-school purposes.

Alcohol use has declined among Hawaii’s youth, with 1 in 4 high school students reporting that they drank alcohol within the 30 days before the survey. Similarly, we continue to see steady declines in smoking; 90 percent of Hawaii’s high school students do not smoke cigarettes. However, many have tried using electronic smoking devices, with 1 in 4 reporting that they currently use electronic smoking devices.

“This data shows that we are improving as a state in many areas,” said Director of Health Virginia Pressler. “However, the sharp rise in the use of electronic cigarettes reminds us of the importance of continually monitoring student behavior. We will continue to work in partnership with HIDOE to ensure that our programs and interventions target these emerging issues.”

One area that remains a concern is adolescent mental health. In 2015, 29.5 percent of high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row at least once in their lifetime. Rates of attempted suicide over the past 12 months has steadily decreased since 1993, but remain unacceptably high at 11 percent.

Survey procedures protect students’ privacy by allowing for anonymous and voluntary participation. The data is gathered from students in public high schools across the State of Hawaii. In a change from the previous years’ survey administration, parents were offered the opportunity to “opt-out,” rather than requiring a form to “opt-in” to the process. This resulted in a 30 to 40 percent increase in response rate, providing a more comprehensive picture of student behavior across the state and all four counties.

The Hawaii YRBS is part of the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). National YRBS survey results were also released today by CDC. For a comparison of Hawaii’s data to national rates, please visit http://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx.

For more information on the Hawaii YRBS, visit http://apps.hidoe.k12.hi.us/research/Pages/YRBS.aspx.

The full survey report, including more detailed data reports by county, gender, grade and race/ethnicity, and the survey questionnaires are available at the www.hawaiihealthmatters.org.

Creative Lab Hawaii Announces Music Immersive Participants for Songwriting Boot Camp and Mentors

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Creative Industries Division (CID) announces the participants and coaches for the Music Immersive Program (June 11-15) through the department’s Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH). The program will take place on Hawaii Island, right before the annual Hawaii Songwriters Festival (June 16-18).

Hawaii Songwriting Festival“The music immersive program aims to jumpstart the careers of 10 attendees who are all promising songwriters and musicians with a proven track record, including 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Kimie Miner, of Hauula,” said DBEDT Director, Luis P. Salaveria. “The department’s Creative Lab Hawaii is building creative entrepreneurs, strengthening the economy and generating future jobs.”

The five-day intensive program focuses on giving participants the opportunity to co-write and produce music for specific film or TV projects with a team of professional mentors. Following the completion of the program, attendees will receive year-round mentoring support, and three of the most promising attendees will be selected by the mentors to participate in networking opportunities with music industry leaders in Los Angeles.

In addition to composing songs, participants will learn the finer points of music licensing, publishing, intellectual property (IP) protection, and other aspects of the business from industry experts.

Leading the CLH Music Immersive are  music supervisors, producers, industry execs and songwriters including : Adam Zelkind, “Hookman” Marlin Bonds, Richard Harris, , Christine Ayres, Brian Fennell, Katie Herzig, Adrianne Gonzalez, Todd Wright, Janine Scalise-Boyd, Dave Jordan, Julianne Jordan, Gwen Riley, Heather Anderson, Susan Schwartz and Natalie Wali. http://creativelab.hawaii.gov/music-immersive-mentors/

The CLH Music Immersive program is spearheaded by the Creative Industries Division, under the direction of the president of the Hawaii Songwriter’s Festival, Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner, Charles M. Brotman and , Jerome Spence VP of Film/TV/Ads & Business Development of Secret Road Music.

Admittance to the program was competitive and managed by the Hawaii Songwriter’s Festival executive committee.  Applicants were selected by a review committee consisting of representatives from organizations such as The Recording Academy, The Guild of Music Supervisors, and internationally recognized music publishing, licensing and management company, Secret Road.

“The expansion of Creative Lab Hawaii into music industry development is delivering world class mentors from the music, publishing and media industries to provide new opportunities to monetize songwriter’s works in film and television – a potentially lucrative additional source of revenues for our singer/songwriters,” said Georja Skinner, chief officer for the Creative Industries Division.

“Creative Lab Hawaii’s Music Immersive is the newest module in the program, which will deliver unprecedented opportunities for artists to extend their reach into film and television, while expanding their network of mentors in the mainstream music industry.”

Selected participants in addition to Miner include:  Annie Dingwall (Los Angeles, CA), a songwriter who’s worked with worked with PJ Bianco (Jonas Brothers, Veronicas, LP); Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill); Jacques Brautbar (Phantom Planet); Brent Magstadt (Keaau, HI), a professionally trained jazz musician and songwriter; Isaac Moreno (Izik) (Kapolei, HI), a musician and songwriter working in pop, alternative R&B genres; Maelan Abran (Hilo, HI), a singer-songwriter whose song, “Irresistible,” was placed on the major network television show, Sleepy Hollow; Nitanee Paris (Malibu, CA), a multi-genre songwriter who has won more than 100 awards; Ryan Higgins (Kamuela, HI),  a singer-songwriter working in the rap, Christian, pop and alternative genres who’s performed in music events in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii; Ryan Hiraoka (Keaau, HI), who won a Na Hoku Hanohano award for R&B album of the year in 2010; Sebastian Hughes (Honolulu, HI) the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner for Electronic and 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee; Sierra West (Solana Beach, CA), a singer-songwriter who won Best Singer-Songwriter at the San Diego Music Awards and has had songs placed in various television series including BRAVO TV’s “Southern Charm” and ABC TV’s “Resurrection”.

Noting the talents of Hawaii, Charles Brotman shares, “There is a wealth of musical and songwriting talent in Hawaii, and it is exciting to see this kind of talent making more connections with the mainstream music industry.  With the vision and support of the state’s Creative Industries Division, this Music Immersive will not only give a boost to the careers of the participating songwriters, it will also help to move Hawaii’s music community forward.”

Commenting on his excitement over this year’s Music Immersive, Jerome Spence adds, “I am thrilled to help organize such an amazing program with Charles Brotman and the State of Hawaii’s Creative Lab Hawaii. The collaborative writing efforts between Secret Road, Hawaii Songwriting Festival and local Hawaii writers is an attempt to bridge the gap between Hawaii and mainland media projects. Our special guest music supervisors bring years of knowledge and experience to the camp increasing the number of opportunities for the camp’s attendees.”

CLH strategic partners include:  U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA); Innovate Hawaii; High Tech Development Corporation (HTDC); the Writers Guild of America (WGA), West; International Game Developers Association (IGDA); the Producers Guild of America (PGA); The Modern Honolulu; The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; Twenty20 Sound; Lava Tracks Recording; GVS/Honua Studios; Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF); and Arthur’sLimousine/SpeediShuttle.

Hokulea Crew on Governors Island for Education and Environment Summit

Community leaders discuss environmental restoration through the Billion Oyster Project

Today, crewmembers of the legendary voyaging canoe Hokulea continued their momentum of focusing on community outreach through the New York Education and Environment Summit. The crew was joined by educators and community members from Hawaii and New York.

Oyster project 1The summit was held on Governors Island, where the delegation was received by the Trust for Governors Island, the National Park Service, New York Harbor School, and the Billion Oyster Project. The Hawaii delegation included University of Hawaii President David Lassner, Kanu o Ka Aina and Ka Waihona o Ka Na auao charter schools’ administrators and students, and representatives and students from Kamehameha Schools. Honolulu City and County Mayor Kirk Caldwell was also present for the discussions that centered on sustainability and protection of the environment.

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Nainoa Thompson, president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, delivered a short speech on the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and its significant connections with the Billion Oyster Project – a STEM-based initiative aimed at restoring one billion live oysters in the New York Harbor.

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After the morning’s presentations and discussions, the New York Harbor School conducted tours of the facilities. Event attendees visited the aquaculture lab at the New York Harbor School where the oysters for the Billion Oyster Project are raised, and visited other indoor and outdoor learning environments at the innovative school. Billion Oyster Project Director Pete Malinowski answered questions from the Hawaii educators and students.

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The summit is part of a roster of community events leading up to Hokulea’s significant role in the upcoming World Oceans Day gathering at the United Nations on Wednesday.

This week, Hokulea crew members will lead, participate in, and support the following events:

  • Tuesday, June 7: Presentation by master navigator Kalepa Baybayan on behalf of Imiloa Astronomy Center at Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History
  • Wednesday, June 8: World Oceans Day
  • Thursday, June 9: Hokulea Storytellers Evening at Patagonia New YorkSoHo
  • Saturday, June 11: Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge

Hawaiʻi CC-Pālamanui Offering Guided Tours

Hawaiʻi Community College—Pālamanui will host a series of guided tours on Wednesdays in June.

Hawaʻi CC–Pālamanui buildings

Hawaʻi CC–Pālamanui buildings

The tours will give prospective students and other community members the opportunity to see the new, sustainably designed facilities in North Kona and to learn more about the academic programs and how to apply.

“We are excited to be approaching our second academic year at our new state-of-the-art campus,” said Pālamanui Director Marty Fletcher. “Our facilities and programs are a valuable resource for West Hawaiʻi, and we want to ensure residents have an opportunity to get to know the campus.”

Pālamanui Tour Schedule:

  • June 8, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • June 15, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • June 22, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
  • June 29, 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

To RSVP for a tour, please contact Pearla Haalilio at (808) 969-8824 or by email haalilio@hawaii.edu.

Honor the Dads in Your Life at the 18th Annual Celebrate Father’s Day Event

The Hawai‘i Coalition for Dads and the State Commission on Fatherhood will celebrate the important role fathers play in their children’s everyday lives on Saturday, June 18 at Windward Mall.  The two organizations invite all Hawai‘i fathers and their families to join them at the 18th Annual Celebrate Father’s Day event.

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Families who attend this free event will enjoy a Father-Child Look-Alike Contest, live entertainment featuring “Cousin Flippa” from Hawaii Five-0, and family-friendly activities. Contestants in the Father-Child Look-Alike Contest – a highlight every year – will vie for prizes like a Nintendo WiiU, Weber tabletop Grill, and gift cards from Local Motion, Sports Authority and local movie theaters.

An increasing body of evidence indicates that children are more likely to thrive with the support, guidance, and nurturing of both parents. Yet, many children across the country are growing up without fathers.  As a result, they may lack appropriate male role models and face greater risks of health, emotional, educational, and behavioral problems during their developmental years. The National Fatherhood Initiative reports that children and families function much better with an active, involved, and responsible father in their lives.

Father-Child Look-a-Like Contest entry forms and rules are available at the Fatherhood Commission’s website. Get more information about the Hawai‘i Coalition for Dads and the State Commission on Fatherhood at the Commission’s website.

UH Hilo Announces College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The following students in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo received Dean’s List recognition for the spring 2016 semester:

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Bishop Akao, Calvin Arca, Shaye Lynn Baldos, Joshua Boranian, Whitney Boteilho, Talisa Caldwell, Pomaika`i Cathcart, Damon Ewen, Kyle Frazier, Adrian Frazier, Alyssa Fujii, Megan Fujitake, Kawaikapuokalani Genovia, Christian Grostick, Kelly Hodson, Kayuri Kadoya,

Laura Kelly, Jiang Li, Kawehi Lopez, Tyrus Moises, Risa Kabua Myazoe, Brandon Naihe, Michael Pamatat, Wesley Piena, Kodie Solis-Kalani, Kuupomaikai Stevens, Alexis Stubbs, Mark Tanouye, William Trammell, Justin Wada, Taite Winthers-Barcelona, and Timothy Zimmerman.

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.

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.