The Hilo Drug Company: A Pharmacy in the Midst of Changing Federal Legislation

In a 2013 program at the Lyman Museum, Mimi Pezzuto of UH-Hilo’s College of Pharmacy addressed the question: “What can we learn about the life of a community by looking at lists of names, dates, and pharmaceutical ingredients?”

Hilo Drug Co., Ltd. near left and American Factors across street. Hawaii State Archives - Date: ca. 1928

Hilo Drug Co., Ltd. near left and American Factors across street. Hawaii State Archives – Date: ca. 1928

Her presentation of the contents of weighty prescription logs from the now-defunct Hilo Drug Company illustrated some of the afflictions suffered by residents of old Hilo town in the years 1894 to 1945, and the substances and practices used to treat them.

On February 23, 2015 once again at the Lyman Museum in Hilo, Mimi is joined by archivist Helen Wong Smith to discuss the differences between Hawai`i and the United States, in the legislation and medical practices of that era, including opium prescriptions and the licensing of kāhuna.

Courtesy of the Lyman Museum

Courtesy of the Lyman Museum

Prescription logs and other local pharmacy ephemera will be available for viewing!

HI-PAL Basketball Results – Hoop Dreams Claim Title

More than 70 youths from 10 teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 12-and-under basketball championships this past weekend at Carvalho Park.

My son doing his best to block out against the big boys!

My son doing his best to block out against the big boys!

Hoop Dreams raced past Stray-Kats 49-19 to claim the tournament title. Kaukahi Alameda scored 14 points and Kiaʻi Apele, added 12 to spark the champions. Jamichael Labuanan scored eight to lead the runners-up.

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Members of the championship Hoop Dreams squad included Alameda, Apele, Kilohana Hassenritter, Shesley Martinez, Guyson Ogata, Dominique Pacheco, Keegan Scanlan and Kaupena Yasso.

In the Third Place contest, Waiākea Titans edged Kamehameha Warriors 26-14. Johnacy Mackwelung led the Titans with 14 points. The Warriors were led by Micah Low’s six points.

Others teams participating in the event were the Andrews Hawks, B-Elite, Kaʻu Champs, Keaʻau Chargers Red, Keaʻau Chargers Black and Rise Above.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaʻii Police Department encourages all youth, teens and adults to use their seat belts.

Big Island Workshops on Safe Routes to School

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be holding Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops on the Big Island at the following dates and locations.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Keaukaha Elementary School
240 Desha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kahakai Elementary School
76-147 Royal Poinciana Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Community leaders, school officials, health and transportation professionals, law enforcement officers, parents and neighbors who are interested in the implementation of SRTS strategies at all schools statewide are invited to participate.
safe routes

These workshops are offered free of charge with lunch provided.

To register, go to and click on the link under Upcoming Workshops, or contact Tara Lucas at 808-692-7696, or e-mail  Workshop size is limited, so please register early.

Communities around the country are using SRTS programs to make it more safe and appealing for children to walk and bicycle to school.  Federal legislation has recognized the value of SRTS programs and has provided funding for states to establish programs.

SRTS programs grow from community’s concerns about safety, health and traffic.  A combination of engineering, education, encouragement, and enforcement strategies are used to address these concerns and make SRTS a reality.

This workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop sound SRTS programs based on community needs and conditions, best practices and responsible use of resources.  The day concludes with participants learning how to develop an action plan.

Below is an overview of the workshop agenda.  The materials covered will be similar to SRTS workshops HDOT held previously.

  • Why SRTS matters: safety, health and transportation issues
  • Engineering strategies
  • Education and encouragement strategies
  • Enforcement strategies
  • Field exercise: observation of school campus and surrounding area
  • Perspectives from local stakeholders
  • Pick-up and drop-off area strategies
  • Identifying problems and solutions
  • Creating an action plan for your community
  • SRTS federal program in Hawaii 

For more information on the SRTS federal program in Hawaii, please visit

Pāhoa Pool Nighttime Swim Program Temporarily Suspended

The new nighttime swim program at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center is being temporally suspended so the pool may be upgraded to better meet patrons’ needs.

Pahoa Pool

Until further notice, Monday, January 26, will mark the last of the nighttime open-swim sessions offered at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center. Lighting and other safety enhancements are needed before the pilot program will be reinstated.

In response to swimmers’ requests for longer operating hours, the Department of Parks and Recreation earlier this month started keeping the pool open until 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

Normal operating hours of 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. closure on weekends) will resume at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center starting Tuesday, January 27.

Information regarding County of Hawai‘i swimming pools is available at

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or

UH Hilo’s Team Hoku Wins Microsoft Video Challenge

UH Hilo’s Team Hoku captured first place in the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge, Games Category.

eam Hoku, featured from left to right: Casey Pearring, Brian Hall and Theodore DeRego (not pictured: Lucas DeRego).

Team Hoku, featured from left to right: Casey Pearring, Brian Hall and Theodore DeRego (not pictured: Lucas DeRego).

Team members Brian Hall, Theodore DeRego, Lucas DeRego and Casey Pearring created reForge, a 2D online sci-fi sandbox game where players command customizable ships in tactical battles. UH Hilo students Kristin Pederson and Kelli Yamane worked on the documentation aspects of the game, although they are not official members.

Team Hoku received a $3,000 cash prize and is moving on to the Blueprint and User Experience challenges. The Imagine Cup competition is recognized as the premier global student technology competition, honoring innovations that address the world’s toughest problems.

Going With the Flow: Documenting Kilauea’s Latest Movements

On February 16, 2015 at the Lyman Museum in Hilo, two noted geologists and volcanologists, Dr. Ken Hon and Dr. Cheryl Gansecki of UH-Hilo, will present a special program on the June 27th lava flow.

Photo by Jose “Vamanos” Martinez

Photo by Jose “Vamanos” Martinez

Ken and Cheryl have been studying and filming the eruption and flow activity since the summer of 2014, and their presentation tonight brings together the science and the visual beauty of the ongoing event.  Don’t miss their latest footage and findings!

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i.  Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit

Master Food Preserver Trainings Set for Kona, Hilo

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) presents two food preservation trainings this spring.

Ken Love and his Same Canoe Lifetime Achievement Award from the One Island Sustainable Living Center

Ken Love and his Same Canoe Lifetime Achievement Award from the One Island Sustainable Living Center

Taught by Master Food Preserver Ken Love, executive director of HTFG and the Hawaii Master Food Preserver Program, the 64-hour training session is targeted to individuals looking to expand their knowledge of safe, home food preservation—plus learn the business side of selling syrups, preserves and sauces. Learn the steps for canning fruit and vegetables, plus pickling, fermenting and more.

Participants must be able to commit to an eight-day training and volunteer at least 20 hours in a year. Graduates earn a master food preserver certificate from UH-Hilo.

Kona dates are February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23 and 24 at the classroom/kitchen at 81-6393 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Kealakekua. Applications are due January 28. Hilo dates are March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23 and 24 at the Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana St. Applications are due February 16.

“The training is designed to teach small agribusinesses and local residents how to safely preserve delicious and attractive, value-added products from underutilized produce,” explains Love, who is certified to teach the course by the University of California Master Food Preserver program. “It’s like the old adage, ‘Waste not, want not.’”

Tuition is $100. Apply by contacting CCECS 808-974-7664 or

The classes are made possible by a grant from the Hawaii Department of Labor Workforce Development Division.

16-Year-Old Girl Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

A 16-year-old Pāhala girl died in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday night (January 14) in Pāhala.

She was identified as Leiani Camba-Penera.

Leiani Camba-Penera

Leiani Camba-Penera

Responding to a 9:21 p.m. call, police determined that a 1994 Toyota pickup truck operated by an 18-year-old Nāʻālehu man was traveling south on Route 11, seven-tenths of a mile south of the 41-mile marker, when the driver reportedly fell asleep, ran off the right shoulder and struck a utility pole.

Camba-Penera, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m. Thursday (January 15). An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The driver was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Police believe that speed and drugs may have contributed to this traffic fatality. They have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, Ext. 299. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the first traffic fatality this year compared with two at this time last year.

Hawaii Parents Informed of Higher Learning Expectations for Public School Students

Public schools across the state today welcomed back students after a three-week winter break. Students were given a letter to take home to their parents as a reminder of the upcoming spring assessments for English language arts and math.

Click to read letter

Click to read letter

The new assessments, known as Smarter Balanced, are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core standards implemented statewide at the start of the school year. The letter from Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi also included sample exercises explaining how students are being asked deeper questions that require critical thinking.

“New expectations for student learning mean we need new ways to measure how our students are performing,” stated Superintendent Matayoshi. “These new tests measure not only what students know, but also how well they can apply their knowledge in real-world situations.”

Smarter Balanced assessments will be administered beginning in March to students in grades three through eighth and high school juniors to measure their reading, math, writing, listening, research and thinking skills. Hawaii is a governing member of a multi-state consortium that has worked with teachers, parents and higher education faculty to develop the Smarter Balanced assessments. Over three million students across the consortium participated in the field test last year to ensure questions are valid, reliable and fair for all students.

“While this is a step forward in our plans to raise student achievement, we expect the change to the new test will result in lower scores as compared to previous years,” said Superintendent Matayoshi. “However, because it is a new test aligned to new standards, we will not be comparing the results to that of the old test. Results from this year are a new starting point for students.”

The results also benefit teachers. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System offers information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are thriving and where they need help.

A number of schools held Smarter Balanced parent nights with activities during the fall. The parent letter includes additional assessment examples and tips for helping with homework.

For more information on how the Hawaii State Department of Education is striving higher with new learning standards and assessments, visit

HEI Charitable Foundation Donates $30,000 to Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation has contributed $30,000 to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation presented a $30,000 capital campaign grant to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America in support of the organization’s mission to develop leaders for the next generation. Pictured left to right are: Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores), Colin Kubota (Life Scout), Alan Oshima (Hawaiian Electric), Gabe Lee (American Savings Bank) and Jeff Sulzbach (Aloha Council, BSA). Photo courtesy of Aloha Council, BSA.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation presented a $30,000 capital campaign grant to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America in support of the organization’s mission to develop leaders for the next generation. Pictured left to right are: Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores), Colin Kubota (Life Scout), Alan Oshima (Hawaiian Electric), Gabe Lee (American Savings Bank) and Jeff Sulzbach (Aloha Council, BSA). Photo courtesy of Aloha Council, BSA.

The nonprofit organization – which trains and develops youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance – will use the HEI Charitable Foundation grant to support its Developing Leaders for Life Capital Campaign. Hawaiian Electric Industries is the parent company of American Savings Bank, Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light.

“The Aloha Council thanks our partners in the community, the Hawaiian Electric Companies and American Savings Bank. This grant shows their commitment to Scouting in Hawaii and the development of local boys and girls into the next generation of leaders. The grant will provide quality outdoor experiences at camp,” said Jeff Sulzbach, CEO & Scout Executive, Aloha Council, BSA.

The donation announcement was made during the Friends of Scouting Leadership Breakfast, Aloha Council BSA’s annual fund drive kick-off held on Dec. 15, 2014 at the Pacific Club. Keynote speaker Alan Oshima, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company, launched the BSA’s 2015 campaign theme “Get Grit” by sharing his personal story of perseverance.

“Having grit, or perseverance, is important whether you’re learning how to build your first campfire or leading a customer centric organization,” said Oshima, who is overseeing the transformation of the state’s largest electricity provider into a value and results-driven energy services utility. “Scouting plays a role in equipping our youth with life lessons and leadership skills so they can persevere in the face of challenges. Hawaiian Electric applauds the Aloha Council’s commitment to positively impact Hawaii’s youth. This is a value we also share, and we are honored to partner with them in their efforts.”

“Camping and the outdoor experience are a key component of the youth scouting program so it is essential that the camp facilities are maintained and enhanced,” added Rich Wacker, president and CEO of American Savings Bank. “This grant will expand and upgrade camp facilities, which in turn will attract more attendance. ASB is proud to support the mission of the Boy Scouts to develop leaders for life.”

The Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 with help from early community leadership support. Today, the organization continues to thrive with more than 12,000 young men and women regularly engaged with nearly 5,000 volunteers on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii Island and across the Pacific Rim.

For more information about the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America or to make a donation to the organization, visit

UH Hilo Announces Fall Dean’s List Recipients

The University of Hawaii at Hilo released it’s Dean’s List recipients for Fall 2014 semester.

UH Hilo Moniker

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences received Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2014 semester:

Shannon Abarra, Richard Abbley, Janjake Abedania, Tyler Aburamen, Jozie Acasio, Anthony Actouka, Melissa Adams, Charlemagne Adams, Sebastian Afaga, Clifford Agcaoili, Alexandria Agdeppa, Devon Aguiar, Angela Aguinaga, Vanessa Aguirre, Jessica Akiona, Eric Alabanza, Daryl Albano, Jessalyn Albano, Alston Albarado, Mikael Altares, Alia Alvarez, Daisyjean Amoncio, Mikayla Anima, Brandi Antonio, Travis Apple, David Arakawa, Megan Araujo, Jerome Arellano, Kapuanani Arsiga, Leslie Asato, Scott Ashida, Kassy Astrande, Amanda Atlan-Kinasz, Colleen Aubrey, Andreas Baardsen,

Tiffany Bader, Rosanna Badua, Kaitlin Barcoma, Sydney Barney, Cynthia Benevides, Ryan Berengue, Lars Bergstrom, Ellen Best, Jahnu Best, Mark Beau Bigler, Julianna Blair, Bonnie Blair, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Alize Blas, Francis Blas, Casey Bolger, Lori Bothwell, Malia Bowden, Ashley Boyle, Courtney Ann Brock, Heather Brown,

Skyler Brown, Leena Brown, BreAnna Brown, Riana Brown, Ashley Buasriyottiya, Kailah Buchanan, Edward Bufil, Merritt Burch, Jerold Alexis Cabel, Yanara Caez, Joseph Camara, Vada Cambio, Jennifer Campbell Jackson, Kirsten Cannoles, Megan Caoagdan, Sheryl Lyn Cariaga, Sean Carlos, Imelda Auxiliadora Da Conceicao Carlos, Tiari Carreira, Katherine Carroll, Micah Carter, Julie Carter, Alessandra Casanova, Lily Cash, Viviana Castillo, Christina Cauley, Allison Chai,

Tani Chamberlin, Andy Chang, Zachary Chang, Lisa Chanley, Emily Charman, Royce Chee, Marymargaretrose Cheung-fuk, Yoonjin Cho, Adam Chong, Alyssa Chow, Caitlyn Christiansen, Haylee Chung, Victor Ciaramitaro, Leilani Clark, Kobie Clarke, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Jordan Concannon, Raven Cornelio, Renee Corpuz, Cletus Correia,

Lianna Cortazar, Alysha Cosier, Cory Craig, Chanell Crawford, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie Alice Croad, Angel Cruz, Justin Cueva, Carter Czerwinski, Kanani Daley, Charles Daria, Maxwell Darris, Angelo Davis, Axel Defngin, Le’Shell Dela Cruz, Dustin Delima, Caitlyn Desilva, Amelia Dolgin, Thomas Dols, Shaylin Domingcil, Ryan Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Lorelei Marie Domingo,

Jamison Domingsil, Bailey Donahue, Jason Donaldson, Pedro Dos Santos, Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Laura Dowsett, Jayahmie Drio, Alejandra Duarte, Brandi Dugo, Nalu East, Raelyn Eckert, Jacqueline Economy, Cara Edwards, Rachel Edwards, Isak Emil Skadsem Eikelmann, Michael Elimon, Tiana Ellis, Tiffany Epping, Tiffany Erickson, Jon Petter Ervik, Karlee Eugenio, John Evans,

Emma Farris, Sharrylei Fernandez, Misty Figueira, Taysia Figueroa, Ane Kongsro Finstad, Doug Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Fleming, Joseph Fontana, Amber Fontes, Nicolas Cesar Franco, D’Jon Franklin, Silmai Uchellaz Fritz, Joshua Fuentes, Kana Fujihira, Shaylyn Fujii, Kaitlyn Fujii, Cody Fujimoto, Kendra Fujioka, Ashley Fukuchi, Ryder Furukado, Reynard Galdones, Sharon Gamulo, Kelly Gani,

Jeremy Ganir, YinSong Gao, Desha Ann Gapusan, Grace Garberson, Nicole Garcia, Mario Garcia, Heidi Garcia, Erica Gardner, Jessica-Ann Garett, Ashley Garnett, Zachary Geisterfer, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Hattie Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Stephanie Gimmeson, Lauren Glover Alejado, Kahri Golden, Acacia Goo, Samantha Gordon, Travis Gordon, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly Ann Gorospe, Kylie Grogg,

Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Alexander Guerrero, Courtney Guirao, Justin Guzman, Sarah Haas, Brittany Hale, Brenna Halverson, Jamaica Hancock, Michelle Hanson, Celeste Hao, Arielle Harnik, Shane Harrison, Rose Hart, Kaitlyn Haselton, Krysten Hayashida, Zachary Heltz, Jordan Heltz, Karl Hennen, John Herman,

Maria Hernandez, Maria Herradon Garcia, Dawn Hess, Brad Higa, Alexander Hilo, Linsie Hiraoka, Tyler Hirokawa, Emily Holt, Eric Holub, Blake Honda, Alyssa Hoshide, Bryan Houston, Nerissa Howard, Samantha Howell, Matthew Hoy, Shayna Hu, Kaleb Huddy, Adrian Huff, Brittany Huff, Thomas Hughes, Courtney Hurt, Quang Tan Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Kai Igarashi, Andi Igawa, Natalie Ilaban,

Cody Inagaki, BeeJay Ines, Kana Inoue, Elise Inouye, Carrie Ip, Kallen Ishii, Linda Ixtupe, Jessica Jacobs, Jodie Jahns, Erika Jardin, Rebecca Jardin, Triscilla Jardin, Joshua Jasper, Michael Jerry, Mandy Jimenez Casian, Tamiah Johnson, ShoaAxum Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Casey Jones, Mikayla Jones, Jamie Josephson,

Ku‘ulei Kaaekuahiwi, Keaolani Kaaialii, Jarin Kadooka, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kaipo Kailipaka, Kayla-Ann Kalauli, Bree Kalima, Steven Kalua, Kaiulani Kamau, Thomas Kaminski, Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki, Noelani Kansaku, Lilinoe Kauahikaua, Angela Kauwe, Nicholas Kaya, Tori Kaya, Jordan Kealoha, Evianne Keeney, Benjamin Kelly, Bianca Keohokapu, Ada Kettner, Duk Kim, Mary Louise Kimura, Rachel Kishimoto, Joshua Kitagawa, Christopher Kluzak, William Kobus,

Kamrie Koi, Amber Koker, Felicia Kolb, Hyesun Kong, Danielle Kooyman, Kaili Kosaka, Kristofer Krekow, Nolan Kua, Jordan Kumasaka, Bonnie Shuk Ping Kwok, Casey Kyte, Joshua La Pinta, Taylor Lagadon, Liezl Leilani Lagua, Desmond Ka Kin Lai, Ciera Lamb, Colin Lang, Danielle Larson, Angela Laureta, Valerie Lazickas,

Da Hai Lee, Roseanna Lee, Korina Leong, QiXin Li, Robert Lieberman, Cynthia Lilleston, Keola Limkin, Lee Linneman, Hannah Lipman, Elijah Livingston, Danalynne Llacuna, Robin Lockwood, Laura Loftness, Preston Long, Kieran-Tiaye Long, Kawehi Lopez, Kristi Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Mandy Lui, Chari-Ann Luis-Calvo, Blaine Luiz, Brittany Luna, Jacob Lunz, Sarah Luth, Robert Lyman, Alayna Machacek, Meagan Mahiko, Kate Malasig, Ashley Maldonado,

Alexandra Marin, Genesis Marks, Dario Martin, Patricia Martone, Anna Claire Masuda, Carle-Ann Mata, Martin David Hamre Mathisen, Rosella Mathson, Moriah Mathson, Kasey Matsumoto, Kelley Matsumoto, Evan Matsuyama, Kanna McCann, James McElvaney, Remi McKay, Brannon McQuillan, Lokella Kaliko Medeiros, Justin Meikle, James Melcher, Angelo Menezes Guterres Aparicio,

Metotagivale Meredith, McKayla Meyer, Adele LaVette Mier, Lauren Miho, Anna Baker Mikkelsen, Jessica Miller, Francis Miller, Hi‘inae Miller, Orissa Lila Alexandrina Miller, Maikai Miller, Adam Mills, Amberlyn Milum, Zayin Minia, Amanda Minney, William Mitchell, Melissa Mizuguchi, Norman Mogote, Sharyse Molina, Celina Monge,

Ariel Moniz, Caitlin Moniz, Andrea Monks, Austin Moore, Ariyana Moran, Erika Morihiro, Jacob Moser, Candice Moses, Konrad Mossman, Lindsey Muranaka, Isaac Murray, Joacim Ruud Myhre, Shane-Earl Naeole, Kenneth Nagata, Camie Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Tiffany Nakamura, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Alison Nakata, Sheena Nakata, Mya Yee Nandar, Allyssa Nau, Brandon Neal,

Hannah Near, Sean Nearhoof, Kara Nelson, Christopher Nelson, Kara Nelson, Keith Nerida, Michelle Nevins, Jaysen Niedermeyer, Scott Nielsen, Mikiko Ninomiya, Lindsey Nishimura, Chloe Nishioka, Mary Nixon, Sachika Nojiri, Nicole Nonies, Rochelle Nowaki, Arren Nunez, Eloisa Obero, Ellaine Mae Obero, Jordan Ocol, Steven Ogi, Daniel O’Halloran, Andrew Oidem, Zechary Okamoto, Julie Okinaga, Jarrin Okutsu, Genoa Olivera, Morgan Olson, Theopholius O’Neal, Thomas O’Reilly, Marysol Ortiz, Nicole Ortiz, Evan Oue, Wesley Owens,

Priscilla Sharleen Anyango Oyas, Cheynielle Pacheco, Aimee Lynn Pacheco, Basanta Raj Pahari, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Bronson Palupe, Isaac Pang, Pauleen Pante, Jannah Pante, Kirsty Parker, Elizabeth Parks, Kristine Pasek, Madison Pate, Michael Patterson, Samantha Patterson, Kara Paulachak, Peggy Pauni, Casey Pearring,

Emily Peavy, Jordan Pedersen-Fukunaga, Elizabeth Pennock, Kayla Breanne Penny, Bobbie-Jo Perez, Graham Pernell, Katrina Peterson, Kori Petsch, Nancy Phan, Douglas Phillips, Shelley Phu, Amber Pinard, Terri Pinyerd, Hye-Jin Piper, Lauren Poissant, Deborah Postma, Arwen Potochney, Debra Potter, Nicole Preston, Danielle Pulido, Nathaniel Quan, Jasmin Mae Quiamas, Marline Quiroz,

Akemi Rair, Micah Rhobelyn Ramos, Katrina Ramsey, Skye Rances, Crystal Rances, Duchess Rapoza, Robyn Rector, Stacey Reed, Maricel Reid, Marjie Ann Retundo, Manuelito Kadmiel Rey, Ronnie Richter, Ryan James Ritchie, Leigh Robinette, Ciara Robinson, Karla Robles Moreano, Adan Rodrigues, Joseph Rodriguez, Demi Rodriguez, Joshua Roeper, Cole Rogers, Kainoa Rosa, Makoa Rosa, Julia Rose,

Jenna Rubin, Robin Rudolph, David Russell, Laak Russell, Ardena Saarinen, Melanie Sacro, Amanda Ann Sadamoto, Christa Sadler, Julie Anne Sagabaen, Karl Sakai, Reese Sako, Vanessa Salinas, Nalei Sampson, Anthony Santoro, Jasmine Santos, Chelsie Santos, Ronald Santos, Teresinha Santos Da Costa, Amanda Sarabia, Christian Saragosa, Chelsea Sato, Teri Savaiinaea, Michael Sayaboc, Janell Schabell, Annie Schaupp, Tatianna Schenk-Lee, Emily Schneider,

Erin Schrenker, Ian Seely, David Sellers, Nelli Semenko, Artem Sergeyev, Bodhi Shartner, Clara Sheffield, Marleena Sheffield, Alice Louise Sherlock, Brandi Shifflett, Justin Shiigi, Sydney Shiigi, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Bennjamin Siemers, Gloria Simpson, Maysyvelle Sistoza, Hazel Faye Sivila, Trevor Slevin, Carrie Soo Hoo, Ryder Souza, Sara Souza, Ethan Souza, Kalena Spinola,

Ashlin Stahlberg, Kristen Stalter, Taylor Stokesbary, Jeremiah Storie, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Cole Stremski-Borero, Caroline Stromick, Grady Sullivan, Paige Sumida, Tyler Sumner, Tanyalee Switzer, Yvonne Sylva, Dillon Tacdol, Dustin Tacdol, Hazel Tagalicud, Shawnia Taisto, Malia Talbert, Sophia Tang, Shawntel Tangonan, Morgan Tate,

Reuben Tate, Alana Tavares, Gloria Tavita, Gabriel Tebow, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Ashley Terrell, Nicolette Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Keoni Thompson, Natasha Thorell, Tyler Thornhill, Katherine Timm, Zachary Tman, Kaycie Tomei, Taylor Tomita, Kyle Tsubota, Kayla Uehara, Brenna Usher, Brandi U‘u, Rachel Van Spronsen, Mark Vancamp, Shane Vannatta Kam, Jasmine Venegas,

Shelby Vickers, Joana Vierra, Fred Visaya, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Nelson Vo, Michael Voight, Ashley Vongsy, George Wall, Emily Wallingford, Laurence Walsh, Kenton Wandasan, Donald Waner, Kori Ward, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Rachel Warschaw, Valerie Kelly Wasser, Alison Watts, Taylor Whipple,

Ty Widhalm, Hunter Wilburn, Brian Wild, Brittany Willbrand, Joshua Willing, Daisy Willis, Henry Wilson, Katherine Wilson, Anders Clausen Wollberg, Christyn Wong, Daniel Woods, Jessica Yamaguchi, Kelli Yamane, Randall Yamaoka, Nicholas Yamauchi, Eddie Yeichy,

Darcy Yogi, Micah Yogi, Nicole Yoneishi, Seamus Yoneshige, Tristan Yoshida, Sable-Marie Young, Tyler Young, Deanna Young, Jordan Ysen, Bithiah Yuan, Luana Zablan, Tahiya Zaman, Turfa Zaman, Marikka Zavas, Xiaoqing Zheng, Abcde Zoller, and Anastasia Zosim.

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recognizes the following students as Dean’s List recipients for Fall 2014:

Amerfil Grace Acob, Melialani Agcaoili, Caitlin Aiona, Paul Ang Sheng, Scott Ashida, Stacy Aurway, Heather Bartlett, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Kegan Blood, Marcello Campbell, Shanda Carvalho, Claire Cea, Lance Charlton, Jiyoun Choi, Andrew Dawrs, Megan Doherty, Jhoanne Domingo, Melanie Ebreo, Jaytrine Flores,

Gabriel Fry, Hannah Furumo, Brace Gotshalk, Dakotah Graham, Jiyoung Han, Kamaile Henriques, Justin Hirako, Marina Horner, Yan Ying Huang, Lara Hughes, Melanie Isa, Aisha Izuno, Donald Jobe, Aysia Kaaumoana, Juvette Kahawaii, Hitomi Kitade, Kaili Kosaka,

Corey Kozuma, Hyebeen Kwak, Nanncy Leao, Breanna Leonard, Lara Lewis, Anna Liu, Cheyenne Losalio, Erik Anton Lund, Midori Matsuo, Levi Moniz, Mduduzi Silence Mugoba, Dairon Munoz, Yumiko Nakano, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Claire-Ann Niibu-Akau, Adam Onishi, Lynda Ono, Kin Oshiro, Geraldine Padilla, Tehani-Jenae Palolo, Aliyah Pana, Jan Paulo Pascual, Michael Patterson,

Serena Perrells, Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Chelsy Rapozo, Rachel Roorda, Phillip Steering, Ryan Torio, Maria Vicente, Hokuloa Waahila, Jacob Whipple, Selina Williams, Danielle Wilson, Abigail Wright, Karyle Yamane, Aaron Zackoski, and Xiaoqing Zheng.

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management are recognized as Dean’s List recipients for the Fall 2014 semester:

Kevin Alison, Peter Angeleo, Juan Avellaneda, Shaye Lynn Baldos, Whitney Boteilho, Allyson Bruckner, Cody Butler, Chloe Colvin, Brett Cranston, Noel Dickinson, Alexandra Doi, Yasha Eads, David Finley, Adrian Frazier, Kyle Frazier, Jordan Fry, Alyssa Fujii, Kawaikapuokalani Genovia, Terence Hedtke, Ashli Hirai,

Mahealani Hiraoka, Kelly Hodson, Amy Horn, Kayuri Kadoya, Hiilei Kamau, Lukas Kambic, Kuilei Kramer, Daisy Maher, McKayla Meyer, James Moore, Tana Rivers, Kodie Solis-Kalani, Kuupomaikai Stevens, Michael Sthreshley, William Trammell, Dominique Zarders, Stephen Zilch, and Timothy Zimmerman.


Social Impacts of the June 27th Lava Flow

On September 14, 2014 Dr. Mark Kimura, a researcher in economic geography at UH-Hilo, launched the Facebook page “Lower Puna Infographics” to provide information about the social impacts of the June 27th lava flow.  Within days it became one of the most popular online resources among residents of the affected areas of Puna district … and for others equally interested in the effects of the flow on the community.

Resident Survey

Join Mark at the Lyman Museum on January 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. as he presents highlights from his info-graphics and the results of his June 27th Lava Flow Social Impact Survey.  Mark will also share his thoughts on the emerging roles of social media in natural disasters, and some of the life lessons his Facebook page’s subscribers revealed to him.

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i.  Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit


Castle Foundation Makes $10,000 Donation to Help Students Affected by Lava Flow

At its December meeting, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation’s board of directors approved a $10,000 donation to Catholic Charities Hawaii to help meet the growing academic needs of school students in the Puna area of the Hawaii Island affected by the Kilauea volcano lava flow.Castle foundation“Catholic Charities will oversee the disbursement of grant funds to help students at six Hawaii Island Department of Education schools and three charter schools,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation president and CEO.

Mary A. Correa, outgoing Complex Area Superintendent for Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pahoa, called the donation “Absolutely wonderful!” “At this special time of the year, it is so humbling to see the community stepping forward to help our students,” she said.

George said the Foundation hopes “this modest grant” will spur other organizations and individuals to make donations to the schools to help students continue their academic pursuits in the face of the continuing disruption caused from the lava flow.

To make a donation or for more information about Hawaii Island students affected by the Kilauea lava flow in Puna, contact incoming Complex Area Superintendent Chad Farias at 808-982-4719 or Elizabeth Murph at Catholic Charities Hawaii at 808-961-7051.

To learn more about recipients of the Castle Foundation’s December grants or for more information on the Foundation’s grant giving, visit

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Boy Missing Since August

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Keaʻau boy who was reported missing.

Trey Tomlinson

Trey Tomlinson

Trey Tomlinson was last seen in Hilo on August 18.

He is described as Hawaiian, 4-foot-6, 103 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Fire at Waiakea-Uka Gym Causes Change in Venue for Winter Intersession Program

The Winter Intersession Program slated for Hilo’s Stanley Costales Waiākea-Uka Gymnasium will be held at Andrews Gym due to fire damage sustained at Waiākea-Uka Gym.

Waiakea FireOriginal program dates and times will apply to the new venue located within Waiākeawaena Park at 33 West Kawailani Street in Hilo. Open to keiki enrolled in the first through six grades, the winter Intersession classes will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays starting December 22 and running through January 8, 2015.

The Department of Parks and Recreation regrets any inconvenience caused by the venue change and thanks program participants for their understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or

Police detectives are investigating a fire at the Waiākea Uka Gym in Hilo.

The fire was reported at approximately 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (December 10). Police and firefighters responded and found the fire concentrated at the northwest corner of the building.

Fire personnel extinguished the flames and estimated the damage to the walls and roof area at $65,000.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but is being investigated.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Norbert at 961-2383 or


25th Anniversary America’s Health Rankings Finds Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health

25th Anniversary America’s Health Rankings Finds Hawaii Ranks No. 1 Among All U.S. States in Overall Health

Health Rankings

  • Hawaii’s strengths include low prevalence of obesity and low rate of preventable hospitalizations; state’s challenges include high prevalence of binge drinking and high incidence of infectious disease

Nationwide, reduction in smoking, and improvements in adolescent immunization and infant mortality offset by rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity

  • Long-term analysis finds Americans have made considerable progress in avoiding premature and cardiovascular deaths in the past 25 years; life expectancy at its highest yet

HONOLULU (Dec. 10, 2014) – Rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity threaten Americans’ quality of life, even as Americans progressed in several key health metrics in 2014, according to the landmark 25th Anniversary Edition of America’s Health Rankings®: A Call to Action for Individuals & Their Communities.

Nationwide, obesity increased 7 percent from 27.6 percent to 29.4 percent of adults. Likewise, the percentage of adults who reported not participating in any physical activity in the last 30 days increased from 22.9 percent to 23.5 percent. At the same time, the number of Americans who smoke continued to decrease, declining by 3 percent this year, and has consistently declined over the past decade.

Hawaii’s Overall Health

According to the special 25th Edition of America’s Health Rankings, Hawaii ranks No. 1 again this year when compared with other states. The 2014 report illustrates Hawaii has its share of strengths and challenges.

Hawaii’s Strengths

  • Low prevalence of obesity
  • Low rate of preventable hospitalizations
  • Low rate of cancer deaths

Hawaii’s Challenges

  • High prevalence of binge drinking
  • High incidence of infectious disease
  • Low immunization coverage among children

“Hawaii’s top ranking reflects our state’s focus on maintaining healthy lifestyles and protecting our environment,” said Acting Health Director Keith Yamamoto. “The department is pleased to see Hawaii has maintained its number- one spot from last year, however, the report also points out some areas of concern that we will continue to work to address.”

“This is encouraging news and I look forward to working with our public health and health care communities to ensure access to care and strengthen prevention efforts to reduce chronic disease and injury in our state,” Gov. David Y. Ige said. “I’m proud to say that Hawaii is the healthiest state in the nation, and we must continue to invest in our public health efforts.”

Key Hawaii Challenges Addressed by UnitedHealthcare Programs

UnitedHealthcare watches America’s Health Rankings closely to better understand the health of individuals and communities across the nation and in Hawaii. UnitedHealthcare has several programs to address the nation’s health challenges at a state level. These programs help educate people on how to live healthier lives and empower them to take action to improve health in their communities.

UnitedHealthcare’s efforts include supporting local health and community events throughout the Islands for children, families and seniors, and supporting organizations such as the local chapters of March of Dimes, YMCA and Alzheimer’s Association to help promote health and wellness for Hawaii residents.

“For the last 25 years, United Health Foundation’s annual America’s Health Rankings has provided an invaluable look at the challenges and opportunities facing Hawaii and how the picture of health in our state compares with those of our region and our nation,” said Ron Fujimoto, D.O., chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Hawaii. “We look forward to continuing to use the report as a key tool for identifying and implementing solutions to our most pressing challenges and measuring the strides we’ve made to date.”

UnitedHealthcare in Hawaii has more than 300 employees located on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island with central offices in Honolulu. With a care provider network of 21 hospitals and more than 2,900 physicians statewide, the health and well-being company serves more than 230,000 Hawaii residents including members of the United States military and their families, and people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare and Medicaid health plans.

50-State Snapshot: Hawaii the Healthiest; Mississippi Least Healthy

Hawaii has again taken the title of healthiest state. Vermont came in second, followed by Massachusetts, which improved to third after being ranked fourth for two years. Connecticut came in fourth, rising three slots from last year. Utah came in fifth. Mississippi ranked 50th this year, preceded by Arkansas (49), Louisiana (48), Kentucky (47) and Oklahoma (46). West Virginia and Alabama moved out of the bottom five.

To see the Rankings in full, visit

Nationwide: Obesity and Physical Inactivity Increase after Short-Lived Improvements

“We applaud hard-won advances in several key measures, including smoking prevalence, even as this year’s America’s Health Rankings is a solemn reminder that we have a lot more work ahead of us,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., senior medical adviser to United Health Foundation. “It is inevitable that increases in the rates of obesity and physical inactivity will result in more people suffering from significant chronic diseases that will compromise the quality of their lives, adversely affect their families and will be unaffordable for the nation.”

United Health Foundation is marking 25 years of America’s Health Rankings by introducing new online tools to inspire health advocacy across states and communities.

  • A “Change My Rank” online tool allows users to see how improving several key measures affects the state’s overall rank (for example, if a state reduced its prevalence of obesity by 5 percent, what would its overall rank be?).
  •  A Thought Leader Perspectives portal showcases notable leaders from the public health, government, academic, business, technology and consumer arenas reflecting on the achievements and challenges in America’s health over the last 25 years, and their thoughts for the next 25 years.

United Health Foundation will discuss the 25th edition Rankings at an event Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The event will feature remarks from leading health experts and thoughtful conversation about the past, present and future of America’s health. To watch the event live – and to get more information about America’s Health Rankings – visit

25th Anniversary Report Reveals Major Long-Term Health Strides, Challenges

With the launch of this year’s report, America’s Health Rankings commemorates 25 years of comprehensive health reporting and advocacy for a healthier America. The special 25th Anniversary America’s Health Rankings report finds Americans have made meaningful strides in health since 1990, particularly as it relates to life expectancy:

  • At 78.8 years, Americans’ average life expectancy is at a record high.
  • The past 25 years have seen considerable declines in:

o            infant mortality, decreasing 41 percent

o            cardiovascular death, decreasing 38 percent

o            premature death, decreasing  20 percent

  • U.S. cancer mortality rates have also shown a steady decline, dropping 8 percent between 1996 and 2014.

The decline in smoking rates stands out as a significant health improvement over the past 25 years. Since 1990, smoking rates have decreased 36 percent, from 29.5 percent to 19 percent of adults who smoke regularly. Cigarette smoking is still associated with one of every five deaths in the United States, making it the leading cause of preventable death in the country.

While Americans are living longer, the past 25 years have seen a steady rise in chronic conditions, many of them preventable, that compromise their quality of life.

  • Obesity – now a leading contributor to death in the United States – more than doubled over the last 25 years, from 11.6 percent of adults in 1990 to 29.4 percent of adults today. One possible explanation for the increase: levels of physical inactivity remain high, with 23.5 percent of adults reporting no physical activity or exercise in the last 30 days.
  • Adults who say they have diabetes currently stands at 9.6 percent, more than double the number from 20 years ago when America’s Health Rankings first started tracking diabetes.

“The challenge for the next 25 years is to achieve widespread, uniform success in fighting the chronic conditions that threaten Americans’ quality of life and adversely affect our nation’s health care system,” said Rhonda Randall, D.O., senior adviser to United Health Foundation and chief medical officer and executive vice president, UnitedHealthcare Retiree Solutions. “Obesity, diabetes and physical inactivity rates are troublingly high. We must continue to promote positive health behaviors and help prevent the devastating consequences of chronic illnesses that are often left unchecked.”

Hilo Folks are Big Spenders During the Holidays

Yep… us folks in Hilo are big spenders come Christmas time.  According to Nerdwallet, Hilo ranks 2nd in the most expensive places for holiday spending.

The average family in Hilo spends about $1,172.02 during the holidays.  The national average for a family of four is $877.22.


Commentary – Palamanui Developers Asking for Concessions From County

The developer of the Palamanui project, which is home to the future Hawaii Community College at Palamanui, is again asking for concessions from Hawaii County.

The ground breaking of Palamanui Campus

The ground breaking of Palamanui Campus

This time they’re asking for a time extension to construct the University Drive Extension between the college campus and Queen Kaahumanu Highway . In addition, they’re asking for relief from constructing a new mauka-makai roadway between the college and Mamalahoa Highway.

The developer(s) of this project have spent over 20 million dollars on infrastructure improvements for their project and the new college campus. I firmly believe they’ve gone above and beyond with their investment back into the community. This is why I believe the county, the developer and the community need to work together to find a mutually agreeable solution to this issue. It would be a real loss for the community if Palamanui’s hand is forced and they have to suspend their project. Everyone would lose in this in scenario.

Palamanui has offered to contribute 3 million dollars to start work on the next segment of the Ane Keohokalole Highway in lieu of construction of the new mauka-makai connector. The county could expedite the design and obtain the environmental clearances for this highway segment as a result.

I firmly believe extending Ane Keohokalole Highway will help with regional traffic circulation more than extending University Drive between the Mamalahoa Highway and the college campus.

Aaron Stene

THINK Fund at HCF – Grant Opportunities Available for Big Island

The newly formed THINK (The Hawai‘i Island New Knowledge) Fund at Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) was started by the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory to better prepare Hawai‘i Island students to pursue STEM-(science, technology, engineering, and math) related professions through community grants and scholarships.

TMT with the Laser Guide Star at Night (An artist concept of TMT at night, with the laser guide star system illuminated).

TMT with the Laser Guide Star at Night (An artist concept of TMT at night, with the laser guide star system illuminated).

TMT has committed a minimum contribution of $750,000 per year to THINK Fund at HCF. This commitment is for the life of the Mauna Kea sublease with the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo.

“HCF is thankful to TMT for providing this opportunity for the community and to the dedicated volunteer advisory committee members who have worked hard to determine the best way for the fund to benefit Hawai‘i Island,” stated Kelvin Taketa, president & CEO of Hawai‘i Community Foundation. “By improving STEM education and increasing the number of students going into STEM careers, it will make a difference for our local economy and build the confidence of our youth that there is a bright future for creative and hardworking students.”

THINK Fund at HCF’s focus is to support and encourage Hawai‘i Island students to pursue STEM-related professions. These are lucrative and growing career fields where by 2017, the STEM-related jobs across all industries in Hawai‘i are estimated to increase to 63,000, which means the state needs approximately 16,500 more workers with STEM skills annually. However, Hawai‘i is not currently producing enough graduates in STEM fields locally to fill jobs.

The initial strategic goals for THINK Fund at HCF are to:

  • Increase the number of Hawai‘i Island students who are inspired to pursue postsecondary STEM fields of study
  • Increase the number of Hawai‘i Island students who complete STEM degree and training programs
  • Increase the number of effective STEM teachers on Hawai‘i Island
  • Increase the number of effective STEM programs on Hawai‘i Island that also promote cultural competency or place-based learning

HCF staff based on Hawai‘i Island will implement the strategy and grantmaking of THINK Fund at HCF, which is guided by an advisory committee of Hawai‘i Island residents. The advisory committee currently includes Laurie Ainslie, Roberta Chu, Mary Correa, Kaeo Duarte, Hiapo Perreira, Doug Simons, and Barry Taniguchi.

“As a lifelong educator, I am known to say ‘If can, can. If no can, how can?’ THINK Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation provides our Hawai‘i Island students and educators with a wonderful ‘how can’ opportunity to reach to the stars, literally,” said Mary Correa, advisory committee member for THINK Fund at HCF and Complex Area Superintendent for Kau-Keaau-Pāhoa. “Through this support, our young people will have the opportunity to be inspired, be prepared to participate in the world-class discovery that occurs on our own island, and allows us to keep more of our homegrown talent on island to raise their families and contribute to the community.”

THINK Fund at HCF will support important steps for students along the “cradle-to-career” STEM education pathway. For more information on any of the grant or scholarship opportunities and to apply, visit Grantmaking from the fund will focus in three areas:

  • Learning Grants to nonprofit organizations or schools – Grants are available for nonprofits or schools to provide in-school, intersession or afterschool STEM learning experiences for K-12 students that integrate Hawai‘i’s cultural context or promote place-based learning opportunities. Grants can also provide training or professional development for teachers to increase content knowledge and pedagogy in STEM subjects. The online THINK Fund application opened on December 1, 2014 and the deadline to apply is January 30, 2015.
  • Educator Grants for teachers – Grants are available to support Hawai‘i Island public and charter school teachers of grades 6 through 12 who have projects that encourage STEM learning. Teachers who submit proposals to and are eligible to receive support for classroom materials, supplies, guest speaker expenses, or on-island field trips for their students. THINK Fund at HCF will provide grants for all but $100 for qualified projects that are less than $2,500. The application opened on November 24, and in just one week, the program funded nine projects at five Hawai‘i Island schools with over $11,187, that will impact over 1,100 students. A completed list of projects can be found at
  • College Scholarships for students – Hawai‘i Island students interested in pursuing a STEM career with the intention of working or teaching on the island are encouraged to apply. The online application for scholarships opened on December 1, 2014, and closes on February 19, 2015. By completing the application, students will be matched to multiple scholarship opportunities. THINK Fund at HCF will award scholarships in two areas:
  • Undergraduates or graduate level degrees, certificates or other professional development coursework to become a STEM educator on Hawai‘i Island.  Current educators or students working to towards a teaching degree that want to teach STEM subjects or professionals in a STEM-related field that would like to teach are encouraged to apply.
  • Degrees or certificates in STEM-related fields being completed by students from Hawai‘i Island. There is a wide range of STEM-related studies students can pursue that will qualify for these scholarships.

“We very excited and gratified that THINK Fund at HCF has been launched,” said Sandra Dawson, TMT Manager Hawai’i Community Affairs. “It is the beginning of our many-year commitment to STEM education on Hawaii Island, and is also the culmination of years of work by a hard-working and dedicated group of local citizens who provided the philosophy and goals of THINK Fund. We are also very happy to be in partnership with HCF and the very impressive, multi-talented advisory committee who is guiding this effort.”

Initially established by TMT, THINK Fund at HCF is designed to encourage and attract other funders who align with the mission and goal to improve STEM education and strengthen Hawai‘i Island’s workforce. The vision of this collaborative approach is to bring together the island community with funders in a partnership that strives to help Hawai‘i Island students in the long term. THINK Fund is one of several funds, initiatives, partnerships, and programs at HCF dedicated to supporting students and the STEM fields in Hawai‘i.

Saturday – Pāhoa Holiday Parade and Ho’olau’lea

The Pāhoa Holiday Parade and Ho’olau’lea is this Saturday, December 6 on Pāhoa Village Road starting at Pāhoa High School at 9:30am and continuing to Post Office Road. Our theme is “Pāhoa, Center of the Punaverse”.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Santa at the 2013 Parade

Santa at the 2013 Parade

Road closure for the parade route will occur at 9am so people are encouraged to get their cars parked before the closure if they want to be in the heart of the action. The County will open the parking lots at the Neighborhood Facility and the Swimming Pool at 7am. There is no street parking available along the parade route.

Senator Joy Buenaventura at the 2013 Parade.

House Rep. Joy SanBuenaventura at the 2013 Parade.

Immediately following the parade, there will be a Ho’olau’lea in the heart of Pāhoa with a vendor fair, FREE Santa photos for all keiki, entertainment, the Sacred Heart Holiday Fair and merchant specials.


MainStreet Pāhoa Association is committed to helping our communities enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Pāhoa and Lower Puna. We are actively involved with the Mayor’s Office, Civil Defense, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the County Council and our state legislators as well as the Visitor’s Bureau.
Come out and join us in celebration of Pāhoa, Center of the Punaverse.