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Hawaii International Music Festival Announces Second Season

The Hawaii International Music Festival (HIMF) announces its second annual season, “Thrill of the Senses,” with daily performances between August 10 – 17, 2017. Founded by Internationally Acclaimed Artists: Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, Violin Virtuoso Eric Silberger, and Esteemed Pianist Carlin Ma, the festival will include classical music concerts, appearances, and outreach events on Oahu and Hawaii Island.

Violinist Eric Silberger performing near the Keanakākoʻi Crater and Volcano House.

Operations Manager Taylor Yasui of Honolulu, states, “We are excited to showcase the music and stories of acclaimed international and local artists, which adds to the unique and diverse musical landscape we have here in Hawaii. Each year HIMF strives to build upon our mission of presenting unique interdisciplinary classical music events and educational outreach programs for the community of Hawaii.”

Pahala House Plantation

The festival arrives on the Big Island on Wednesday, August 16, for a 7:00 PM performance at the Pahala Plantation House. The concert will raise awareness of the Pahala Historic Properties Alliance and their efforts to build a museum to curate and honor the history of Pahala. This concert will feature Metropolitan Opera Soprano and daughter-in-law of Lorie Obra (of Rusty’s Hawaiian Coffee) Amy Shoremount-Obra, Virtuoso Violinist Eric Silberger, Esteemed Pianist Carlin Ma, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Cellist Sung Chan Chang, Mexican Tenor Manuel Castillo, Young Artist Mexican Mezzo-Soprano Sandra Aldaz Meraz, and World Renowned Argentinean Bandoneon Player JP Jofre.  Tickets and donation information is available both at the door and online at http://himfpahala.bpt.me

Violinist Eric Silberger performing in the Thurston Lava Tube

The festival concludes with a performance in Hilo on Thursday, August 17, with a free prelude picnic preview at Lili`Uokalani Gardens from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM, followed by the main festival event, “Tastes, Sights, and Sounds of the Big Island” taking place at 6:30 PM at First United Protestant Church Hilo, 1350 Waianuenue Ave. Original photography by Artistic Director Carlin Ma and special guest, Big Island Photography Expert, Ken Goodrich, will be paired with music featuring World Renowned Argentinean Bandoneon Player JP JOFRE, Esteemed Pianist Carlin Ma, Virtuoso Violinist Eric Silberger (Pictured), Metropolitan Opera Soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, Mexican Tenor Manuel Castillo,  Hawaii Symphony Cellist Sung Chan Chang and Young Artist Mexican Mezzo-Soprano Sandra Aldaz Meraz.  The concert will also feature a tasting of artisanal specialty coffee from Rusty’s Hawaiian and chocolate courtesy of Hawaiian Crown Chocolate Plantation. The event will raise awareness and accept donations for Lili’Uokalani Gardens, for their continued maintenance, improvements, and events as a key cultural center in Hilo.  Tickets for the evening concert and artisanal tastings are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. http://himfhilo.bpt.me

State of Hawai‘i Partners with SANS Institute to Help Students Test Cyber Aptitude

Participants serve as ‘Cyber Protection Agents’ in free online simulation

Gov. David Y. Ige today announced a partnership between the State of Hawai‘i and SANS Institute to offer high school and college students the opportunity this summer to participate in a free online cybersecurity assessment and exercise called CyberStart.

In coordination with the Hawaii Departments of Education and Defense, University of Hawaii, and the Office of Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), SANS Institute is encouraging students to participate in the CyberStart program, which involves a game simulation through which students interested in cybersecurity as a career can learn basic cybersecurity skills and test their cyber aptitude. An introductory “practice” version of CyberStart is available through July 28, 2017. The full-scale program will run from Aug. 1 to 28, 2017.

“CyberStart is an innovative opportunity for Hawaii students to test and develop skills applicable to careers in high-demand IT security and related fields,” Gov. Ige said. “There is clearly high interest in cybersecurity among Hawaii youth, as demonstrated by strong participation in existing programs coordinated by the Department of Education, University of Hawai‘i, and organizations such as Cyber Hui. Exploration of this exciting career path can now continue with CyberStart.”

Students don’t have to travel to participate; all they need is an Internet-connected computer and a desire to explore. Each player starts as a “cyber protection agent” responsible for protecting a hypothetical operational base. The student chooses and solves challenges, earning points along the way. An agent field manual provides answers to questions that may arise and helpful hints when players get stuck. When the player has solved a sufficient number of challenges at one level, a new level opens and new challenges appear – for a total of 31 layers. Experienced players have cited CyberStart as being particularly useful to a wide variety of students because everyone can excel, not just a few superstars.

Students who excel in the CyberStart game will have the opportunity to share in $150,000 in scholarships for further cyber education, and ultimately for $500,000 in scholarships for college and graduate-level training in preparation for highly sought-after industry certifications.

“It’s exciting to see our youth being given the opportunity to excel in cybersecurity with the CyberStart program,” said Reynold Hioki, state cybersecurity coordinator within the Hawai‘i Department of Defense, whose protective mission extends to law enforcement agencies and public sector partners providing critical infrastructure and services to the Hawaii community. “Hawai‘i is taking advantage of CyberStart and other related youth programs like CyberPatriot, CyberCamps, GenCyber, Safe and Secure Online, and Hacker High school that directly contribute to increasing the state’s cybersecurity posture.”

ETS Chief Information Security Officer Vincent Hoang, who is responsible for securing state government information resources and infrastructure, said: “These types of programs provide a fun and interactive environment where students are exposed to challenges of varying difficulty and are approachable at any experience level. This is a great opportunity for students to level up their cybersecurity skills.”

SANS Director of Research Alan Paller added: “SANS trains more than 30,000 advanced cybersecurity professionals each year for military and intelligence organizations and for large high-tech companies in the U.S. and its allies. We discovered that those who have mastered the topics taught and measured in the CyberStart program do far better than others in the advanced cybersecurity courses that prepare the critically needed people. By opening CyberStart to hundreds of thousands of students we may be able to help the nation identify the next generation of talented people who will excel in this critical field.”

To join the program, participants must be 16 years or older and enrolled in any high school or college in Hawai‘i, Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Rhode Island, or Virginia. For more information, visit: www.sans.org/cyberstartUS

Plywood Cup Challenge This Saturday – Proceeds Benefit Local Programs of United Cerebral Palsy

The 2017 Transpacific Yacht Race is holding its Plywood Cup Challenge at the Kaneohe Yacht Club this Saturday, July 22, starting at 9 a.m. The family-friendly event, in its 26th year, benefits the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii (UCPA) and is the ultimate challenge for racing enthusiasts young and old. Participants get the opportunity to build a boat with provided materials and race it against the clock and other competitors.

Teams of up to ten members are supplied with the same materials and tools and have just two hours to construct a boat. Race planning and tactics for the triangular course are allowed one hour. Entrants can participate by either sponsoring a team or forming a team. Space is limited to twenty teams and all entry fees are tax deductible.

Visit www.ucpahi.org to learn more. Register by emailing ucpa@ucpahi.org or calling 808-532-6744.

5th Annual Big Island Summer Jam

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) will be celebrating their 5th annual Summer Jam event.  This event is scheduled for July 29, 2017 at Hilo’s Edith Kanaka`ole Multi-purpose Stadium.

The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and finishes at 3:00 p.m.  This year’s event will include a craft fair with over 40 vendors, health fair, keiki activities, Strong Man contest and an Arm Wrestling competition.   The event’s purpose is to provide a free fun-filled event for the whole family.   BISAC will be honoring Judge Greg Nakamura for his years of service in Hawaii County Drug Court.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse and mental health.  They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

For more information about BISAC and all of its programs call 969-9994 or visit www.bisac.org.

Free Orchid Show This Sunday

The 35th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, July 23 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. The free event offers attendees a complimentary orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.  This year’s theme, “Orchids in Your Hawaiian Garden,” offers educational displays on how to add beauty and fragrance to your outdoor space, plus a guided tour through the on-site Orchid Grotto. The grotto demonstrates how to beautify a problematic space that can be enjoyed from both inside and out. The anniversary show also offers a historical-themed exhibit, “Orchid Reflections, Past and Present.”

Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome.

Got growing questions? Veteran members staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts long-time members who have been growing orchids at different Kona elevations and in Ocean View.

The event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids grown by club members and select Big Isle commercial growers. Club members will sell home-baked goods and drinks and membership info will be available.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. Get club updates at www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise.

Queen Lili‘uokalani Keiki Hula Competition Celebrates 42 Years: Children’s Event Honors Culture, Music, Dance

The Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society proudly presents the 42nd Annual Queen Lili’uokalani Keiki Hula Competition this Thursday through Saturday, July 20-22, at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena.  This competition was established in 1976 to provide a venue for children ages 5-12 to showcase their achievements in ancient and modern hula.   Four hundred youngsters will represent twenty-two hālau from O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, Hawai‘i Island, and Japan.

40th Annual Queen Lili’uokalani 2015 Keiki Hula Competition. Photo: James Kimo Garrett

Over its history, thousands of keiki have participated in this prestigious event. Former Miss Keiki Hula winners include Kumu Hula and 1995 Miss Aloha Hula Kailihiwa Vaughan, 2015 Miss Aloha Hula Jasmin Dunlap, and Kumu Hula and 1999 Miss Aloha Hula Keola Dalire, who brings her hālau to this year’s competition backed by Grammy winner Kalani Pe‘a. Former Master Keiki Hula winners include Kumu Hula Brandon Paredes and Kau‘i Kamana‘o, both of whom bring their hālau regularly to the competition. Former Master Keiki Hula winners also include fashion designers Manaola Yap (Manaola Hawai‘i) and Chaz Kamau‘u (Hula Tease).

“Keiki Hula exemplifies the best of Hawai‘i. It’s a combination of culture, community, and children,” explains Kalihi-Pālama Culture & Arts Society President, Trisha Kehaulani Watson. “Nothing is more inspiring than watching children dance hula. This event gives keiki the opportunity to showcase their hard work and passion. We have seen over our many years how this opportunity positively shapes children’s lives and helps to set in families a lifelong appreciation of hula and the arts. It’s a beautiful experience.”

This event is supported by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, and numerous community partners.  For more information, email info@kpcahawaii.com or visit our website at www.keikihula.org.

The schedule of the competition is as follows:

  • Thursday, July 20, 6:00 p.m. – Miss & Master Keiki Hula competition
  • Friday, July 21, 6:00 p.m. – Group-Hula Kahiko competition
  • Saturday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. – Group-Hula ‘Auana competition

Reserved seats are $14.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 4-12 yrs.  Tickets are on sale now at the Blaisdell Center box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1(800)745-3000 or via the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

The participating hālau are:

  • Aloha ‘O Pu’uwailani Halau
  • Halau Kekuaokala’au’ala’iliahi
  • Halau Hula Helele’i Pua ‘O Waipi’o
  • Halau Keolakapuaokalani
  • Halau Hula ‘O Hokulani
  • Halau ‘O Kaululaua’e
  • Halau Hula O Keola-Ali’iokekai
  • Halau ‘O Napuala’ikauika’iu
  • Halau Hula ‘O Napunaheleonapua
  • Hula Halau ‘O Kamuela
  • Halau Hula O Puka’ikapuaokalani
  • Hula Hui O Kapunahala O Nu’uanu YMCA
  • Hula Halau ‘O Leilani
  • Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka
  • Halau Hula Olana
  • Ka La ‘Onohi Mai O Ha’eha’e
  • Halau o Ka Hanu Lehua
  • Ka Pa Nani ‘O Lilinoe
  • Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leina’ala
  • Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O Laka
  • Halau Kala’akeakauikawekiu
  • Leialoha Hula Studio

This year’s event will include some of Hawaii’s top Hawaiian musicians, including Keauhou, Waipuna, Kuana Torres, Na Palapalai, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Hoku Zuttermeister, Chad Takatsugi and many more.

 

Augie T “Laugh Da Island Way” Statewide Comedy Tour

Favorite local comedian Augie T is proud to announce the “Laugh Da Island Way” statewide comedy tour this September, presented by Island Air and Primo.

In Kona, “Laugh Da Island Way” comes to ʻUmeke’s Pāʻina Room on September 1. Augie T will be joined by opening act Kanoa Kukaua from Maui. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door from ʻUmeke’s or AugieT.com.

In Hilo, join Augie T at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium on September 2 with opening act Kanoa Kukaua. Tickets are $10 general admission, or $20 VIP seating including an Augie T gift. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are available at KTA Super Stores locations in Hilo, as well as AugieT.com.

On September 8, “Laugh Da Island Way” comes to Hawaiʻi Theatre on Oʻahu where Augie T will be filming for his ninth DVD and TV special. The opening act will be Shawn Garnett of Hawaiʻi Five-O fame. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are available at the Hawaiʻi Theatre box office for $30. For this show only, special $5 tickets are available for Oʻahu residents who bring proof of low income to the box office. Acceptable proof includes a Section 8 housing voucher or acceptance letter, a public housing rental agreement or tenant ID, SNAP letter of acceptance, or a Quest/Medicaid card.

The Maui show will be on September 15 at the historic ʻĪao Theatre in Wailuku. Opening for Augie T will be Shawn Garnett. Show begins at 8 p.m., tickets are $20 at AugieT.com.

The tour closes on Kauaʻi on September 16, at the Kauaʻi Veterans Center. Opening for Augie T will be Shawn Garnett. Tickets are $20 in advance at AugieT.com, $25 at the door.

All shows in the “Laugh Da Island Way” tour are benefits for B.R.A.V.E Hawai‘i in an effort to bring an anti-bullying message to school-aged youth. Over 3,000 students on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have experienced B.R.A.V.E. presentations, and the organization will be coming to middle schools on Hawai‘i Island this year with your support. Find out more about B.R.A.V.E. Hawai‘i at BRAVEhawaii.org.

Final 8 Boats Arriving in Transpac 2017

With all Hawaii affiliated boats having crossed the finish line at Diamond Head safely we now give our final 8 boats the traditional ALOHA WELCOME, during the next 36 hours in the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor at Hawaii Yacht club, including  our “Tail End Charlie”, the final boat to cross the finish line, projected to arrive late Monday night, early Tuesday morning, Kastor Pollux.

Photos courtesy Sharon Greene (Ultimate Sailing)

Yes, Transpac is a very prestigious race, started in the late 1800’s by King Kalakaua, but nothing says race orgainzers don’t have tons of fun and throw the best parties for sailors the world knows, in fact our Welcome Parties greeting sailors from across the globe are legendary. And this has been done the same way for over 100 years.

A large wave of finishers in the 2017 Transpac have arrived in the Ala Wai last night and in the pre-dawn hours to start to fill up the slip spaces set aside in the Marina for the finishers, known as Transpac Row. From tallest mast to shortest, most of the race entries are moored here, bedecked with leis and ti leaves as symbols of Aloha hospitality from a culture that recognizes the special nature of having completed a long sea voyage.

After crossing the finish line, all boats are escorted to the narrow (sometimes treacherous) entrance to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, a safe haven from the Pacific swells. Donned in their flowered shirts, the crews stand on deck to be greeted like conquering heroes by the amplified sounds of native drums, slack key guitar music and a loud and resounding “Aaaahhh- looohhh – haaaaah” given by staff commodore Howie Mednick from the second deck of the Hawaii YC.

“We welcome you to Hawaii, and ask only that you do Drink well, Sing well, Eat well, Sleep well…and Drink well some more!”

Boats then proceed to their assigned slips, get boarded and inspected for rules compliance, and then are released to the awaiting leis and hugs of family, friends and well-wishers. Regardless of the time of day or night, every crew is given an Aloha Party of food and drink, some more traditionally Hawaiian than others, with the unshaven and weary crews growing their smiles with each re-told story and re-acquaintance with terra firma.

This is a unique feature of Transpac among the world’s ocean races: nowhere else will you find this intimate and embracing level of hospitality and respect. Finishers of the Volvo Ocean Race and Vendee Globe will experience their re-entry into life ashore under the glare of TV lights, crowds and microphones, whereas at Transpac it will be under the flickering flames of a tiki torch and the inner glow from a Mai Tai.

The lore of this hospitality reaches far and wide, as evidenced by not only entries who come every two years from around the Pacific Basin, but also those who come from the other side of the world. This year two entries from Europe were here to have the Aloha experience.

One was Michael St Aldwyn’s J&J 50 Zephyr from the Royal Yacht Squadron, with many of the team hailing from London and Lymington. Despite the reception another English crew received in Hawaii in 1778 when Captain Cook met his demise on the island of Hawai’i, David Sharples was effusive in praise of the race, the help given by TPYC, and the reception received at their finish at 7:11 PM last night.

“We have sailed in many races, and there is nothing like the warm reception we had here,” said Sharples. “This was a great race, and from here we are off next to Australia for the Sydney-Hobart.” This is a typical path for many yachts from overseas as they pursue the items on their bucket lists…another for St Aldwyn is black marlin fishing, which Hawaii offers on the Kona Coast.

Another entry from another seafaring nation in Europe was Karl Otto Book’s Wasa 44 Cubanaren from Norway, the first to finish in Division 7 at 3:24 AM this morning. Book is an active racer, competing in a variety of regattas and a variety of boats throughout Europe. His modest-sized team of four started their journey a year ago at the ORC World Championship in Copenhagen, where racing on a Landmark 43 they placed 6th in a competitive class of 59 boats in Class B.

“We really enjoyed this race, and had no problems except for one broken afterguy,” said Book. “We sailed the boat well I think, but we don’t know if we will continue to have our lead when Azure comes in.” At their current rate of speed Rod Pimentel’s Cal 40 is only 2.5 hours behind Cubaneren in corrected time, and they will be asking for time in redress for having diverted mid-race race to assist the Division 4 Santa Cruz 52 Medusa with fuel. If given more then this margin, Azure will likely take the prize in this class as the last finishers come in today, tonight and tomorrow.

Book says they were considering going south and west to Australia, but have changed their plans to stay in this hemisphere for a while. “We will cruise around the islands for a week, then go back to California, down to Panama, the Caribbean, Cuba, then the East Coast, possibly the Bermuda Race next year.”

Another story from today was the morning finishes of Scott Grealish’s Farr 400 Blue Flash, hampered by an ailing steering system since the second day of the race, and thus on training wheels of having to use smaller sails while nursing their steering system. Grealish said they may have tried to push harder, but with only a crew of five this was difficult, and three of the five were teenagers: son Sean, Kyle Collins, and John Ped were all 18 and 19 years old, with Kyle celebrating his 18th birthday today at their Aloha party.

Another teenager finishing today was 16 year old Will Vanderwort on board Ross Pearlman’s Jeanneau 50 Between the Sheets. “I’m really interested in keelboat and match race sailing, but my dad started a tradition of bringing [us kids] on the Transpac, and this was my turn. I think it was great, I really enjoyed it.”

Transpacific YC’s handling of this race is full-service: not only are there dozens of volunteers to handle all aspects of this complex race, but a prerequisite for membership in this club is in having done this race at least once, so everyone has a passion to replicate its special and unique features every two years. Planning for the next race begins immediately after the last, with a new Commodore installed and dates set within weeks after the Awards…this year the torch will be passed from Bo Wheeler to Tom Hogan.

There are already ideas floating around about expanding the reach and appeal of this special race to include more multihull classes, re-examine the Barn Door Trophy criteria, and other notions. Start dates for 2019 will be examined to consider moon phases, consolidation of the fleet into being in the same weather, weekend start days to encourage more spectating, etc.

“It’s a balance between tradition and innovation,” said Dan Nowlan, TPYC Commodore for the 2015 race. “This is a unique race, and we want to preserve its character, but also invite entries to come from all over the world.”

For more information – position reports, photos, videos and stories new and old, visit the event website at https://2017.transpacyc.com.

Stay tuned also to the Transpac Facebook page for photos, videos and even stories coming in from the teams while at sea: www.facebook.com/ TranspacRace/.

Aloha in Abundance at Park’s 37th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival & BioBlitz

Sunny skies, outstanding views of Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, and an outpouring of aloha from all who participated in the Hawaiian Cultural Festival & BioBlitz, made for a joyful Saturday at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

NPS Photo(s) – Janice Wei

Although the official count isn’t yet available, park staff estimated that several thousand people, from keiki to kupuna, from local residents to first-time visitors, enjoyed the annual event that celebrates and perpetuates authentic Hawaiian culture. For the third year, the event connected people to science with BioBlitz field hikes.

The 37th annual Cultural Festival and BioBlitz were held on the grounds of Kilauea Military Camp in the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and park entrance was free all day.

The festival’s theme, Hilina‘i Puna, Kālele iā Ka‘ū, (Puna leans and reclines on Ka‘ū), celebrates the two land districts that comprise the park. The event was sponsored by Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive Program Now Accepting Applications

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Creative Industries Division (CID)’s Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH) Music Immersive Program is now accepting applications.

The program will be held from Sept. 11 – 15, 2017, immediately following the Hawaii Songwriting Festival at the Hapuna Prince Hotel on Hawaii Island. Professional and aspiring local songwriters interested in applying for CLH’s second annual Music Immersive Program must submit applications by Friday, July 28.

“We’re thrilled to once again support the Music Immersive Program, connecting our tremendous local talent to prestigious mentors and new markets,” said DBEDT Director, Luis P. Salaveria. “This program is part of our overall growth strategy to grow our local talent and create new jobs.”

“This program allows participants to empower and expand their creative horizons,” said Georja Skinner, division chief, DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division and founder of CLH.  “We look forward to seeing our talent elevate their craft through an intensive collaboration process, as well as access industry insights into additional avenues for monetizing and protecting their work.”

Under the direction of Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner, Charles M. Brotman, the CLH Music Immersive Program will provide attendee songwriters with the opportunity to co-write and produce songs for a specific TV or film project each day of the immersive, working alongside world-class music supervisors, producers, songwriters and executives.

In addition to composing, participants will gain a deeper understanding of music licensing, publishing, intellectual property protection, and other aspects of the business. Following the completion of the 5-day Immersive program, attendees will receive year-round mentoring support.

“We’re offering Hawaii’s songwriters the tools to build and strengthen their business and mentorship networks,” explains Charles Brotman. “The CLH Music Immersive is truly a one-of-a-kind, hands-on learning process. It pushes our participants’ creativity to new heights while providing perspective into the business behind the creation process.”

Admittance to the program is competitive and for serious songwriters only, with the inaugural year of CLH’s music immersive including talented local artists such as 2016 Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning musician, Kimie Miner, and 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano nominee, Izik Moreno. A majority of the participants at last year’s Immersive have since had work licensed by major entertainment studios after making connections through the Program.

Eleven applicants will be selected to participate in the free immersive program. Selected participants will need to cover personal expenses, including transportation, lodging and meals. To be considered for the CLH Music Immersive Program, an applicant must be a member of a Performing Rights Organization (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.), have some co-writing experience and have attended an industry conference. For a full list of requirements and to apply, go to: http://creativelab.hawaii.gov/accelerator-program/immersive-program/music-immersive/ or email cb@lavatracks.com.

About DBEDT (Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism)

DBEDT is Hawaii’s resource center for economic and statistical data, business development opportunities, energy and conservation information, and foreign trade advantages. DBEDT’s mission is to achieve a Hawaii economy that embraces innovation and is globally competitive, dynamic and productive, providing opportunities for all Hawaii’s citizens. Through its attached agencies, the department fosters planned community development, creates affordable workforce housing units in high-quality living environments, and promotes innovation sector job growth.

About CID (Creative Industries Division)

CID, a division within DBEDT, is the state’s lead agency dedicated to advocating for and accelerating the growth of Hawaii’s Creative Economy.  Through initiatives, program development, and strategic partnerships, the division and its branches implements activities to expand the business development, global export and investment capacity of Hawaii’s arts, culture, music, film, literary, publishing, digital and new media industries.

About the Creative Lab Hawaii Program

The Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH) Program was founded in 2012 by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic, Development and Tourism (DBEDT)’s Creative Industries Division to accelerate the growth of Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs through immersive, hands-on training in broadband/new media, producing, screenwriting, interactive media, music and design/fashion.  The CLH Program, a key facet of DBEDT’s HI Growth Initiative, is developing an ecosystem to increase export, attract investment and build the State’s creative entrepreneurial capacity. The CLH Program features three program components: 1) Immersive Programs; 2) Ideation Workshops; and 3) Public Keynotes.

10,000 Attend Waikiki 4th of July Floatilla – Rep. Ing Response

The Coast Guard and local authorities wrapped up a busy Fourth of July holiday handling multiple incidents off Waikiki, Tuesday.

Coast Guard crews partnering with Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services and the Honolulu Police Department, rescued more than 30 persons in the water.

The Coast Guard and local authorities wrapped up a busy Fourth of July holiday handling multiple incidents off Waikiki, July 4, 2017. Coast Guard crews partnering with Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services and the Honolulu Police Department, rescued more than 30 persons in the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Ito/Released)

“Our overall objective yesterday was to ensure everyone was safe on the water and to deter possible violations of federal, state and local law,” said Lt. j.g. Brian Waters, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Enforcement. “Our crews worked closely with HPD, DLNR and Ocean Safety to assist in the rescue of over 30 persons in the water, which included multiple intoxicated and underage youths.”

It is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in every state. Penalties for violating BUI/BWI laws can include large fines, suspension or revocation of boat operator privileges and jail terms.

An estimated 10,000 people were in attendance for the floatilla celebration, which included numerous personnel in various types of watercraft from motorized boats, kayaks, canoes, dinghies to inflatable floats.

Coast Guard crews also recovered over 100 inflatable floats to prevent future unnecessary search and rescue cases.

Sector Honolulu crews dispatched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Honolulu and four 25-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrews from Maritime Safety and Security Team Honolulu (91107) to conduct safety and security patrols throughout the day.

“We want to thank our state partners for their close coordination and assistance with the floatilla,” said Waters. “The joint effort highlights the importance of our partnership for these large holiday events.”

Representative Kaniela Ing, Chair of the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs, responds to the July 4 Floatilla event:

Rep. Kaniela Ing

“Reports of yesterday’s ‘Floatilla’ event are alarming. I know that the Department of Land and Natural Resources and city officials have attempted to address this issue in the past, but it has taken a turn for the worse,” said Rep. Kaniela Ing (D-11, Kihei, Wailea, Makena). “Organizers have had numerous chances to clean it up and keep attendees safe, but nothing has changed for the better. We are talking about public underage drinking, trash on our beaches and in our waters, 10 young people being rushed to the hospital, one 19-year-old woman in critical condition, and lifeguards having to rescue over 100 event goers, all during one party. Look, I’m young, and am all for having fun responsibly, but this has crossed way over the line.”

Ing believes that certain legal loopholes might make enforcement by city officials or DLNR impossible, and it is up to the legislature to amend the law. He plans to explore the issue by introducing and hearing a bill led by the committee he leads.

Tickets on Sale for Hawaii Island United Way’s 2017 Evening in Paradise, Evening with Kalani Pe‘a

Tickets are now on sale for two events during Hawai‘i Island United Way’s biggest weekend of fundraising for the year. Proceeds from these events support 48 human service programs delivered by Hawai‘i Island United Way’s 38 partner agencies islandwide. These services touch three quarters of our island’s residents.

On Friday, July 7, join Hawai‘i Island United Way for an evening with Hawai‘i Island’s Grammy award winner Kalani Pe‘a. Kalani’s debut album “E Walea” quickly topped the charts on iTunes, and was recognized with the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album and the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and cocktails at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel while Kalani serenades the crowd with his contemporary Hawaiian soul stylings. Tickets are $175.

On Saturday, July 8, join our island’s finest chefs at Evening In Paradise at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel’s Hale Hoaaloha Pavilion, a gourmet grazing evening with ‘ono food, live entertainment by Vaughn Valentino, and a silent auction with donations from an array of local businesses. Restaurants and purveyors which have confirmed participation include Big Island Abalone, Huggo’s On The Rocks, Lava Lava Beach Club, Mai Grille, Mehana Brewing, Paradise Beverages, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Roy’s Waikoloa, Seaside, Southern Wine & Spirits, The Fish Hopper, The Noodle Club, Tommy Bahama, Two Ladies Kitchen, Volcano Winery, and more. Tickets for Evening In Paradise are $100, or $50 for keiki 5-11.


Registrations are also still being accepted for the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament on July 7 and 8. For more information or to buy tickets, call Hawai‘i Island United Way at 935-6393 or visit HIUW.org/EIP for Evening In Paradise and HIUW.org/Kalani for Kalani Pe‘a.

Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook Reopens to Public

The Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened after being closed since February to protect breeding nēnē (endangered Hawaiian geese) in the area.

A couple enjoys the newly reopened overlook. NPS Photos

During the closure, the nēnē parents successfully raised their single gosling and the family has now moved on to their summer grounds.

It’s been a decade since the last gosling was reared in the vicinity, and that nēnē is the grandfather of this year’s gosling, according to Kathleen Misajon, wildlife biologist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

The young nēnē gosling and its parents near Pu‘u Pua‘i ​Overlook on Feb. 6, 2017

“This year’s gosling was the fifth generation of the same nēnē family I’ve monitored over the years. After a 10-year hiatus, it is really exciting to see this female return to a favored family spot,” Misajon said.

In 1952, only 30 nēnē remained statewide.  In the 1970s, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park began efforts to save the species from extinction. Today, more than 250 wild birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet. There are more than 2,500 nēnē statewide.

During the closure, the park’s facilities maintenance team made improvements to the popular deck, which overlooks Kīlauea Iki crater and trail. Missing boards were replaced, and the deck was painted prior to the reopening.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park facilities maintenance team repairs Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook prior to the reopening.

Pu‘u Pua‘i is a massive reddish-brown cindercone that formed during an eruption at Kīlauea Iki crater in 1959. It is visible from many areas along Crater Rim and Kīlauea Iki trails.

Early Bird Registration for the 2017 Global Tourism Summit Now Available

Early-bird registration offering flexible discounted rates is now available for the 2017 Global Tourism Summit, being presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Sept. 19-21.   Participants can register via the dedicated website, www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com, and choose from one of several options to attend the conference being held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.


Sustainability is the theme of this year’s summit and how it is incorporated in the future of tourism will be a featured topic of the presentations. The significance of Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation will also be highlighted in presentations and panel discussions, with the collective focus on improving tourism in Hawaii and abroad.

George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO, said, “The core objective of the Global Tourism Summit is the collaboration and sharing of knowledge to make tourism stronger and better for the Hawaiian Islands and the industry as a whole. Tourism has stakeholders in all walks of life and all around the world and we are encouraging anyone interested in seeing this global industry succeed to participate in the summit, share their insight, and be part of this greater effort for everyone’s future benefit.”

Early-bird registration is available through July 31 for the following discounted rates:

  • Individuals: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $325, a savings of $70
  • Groups of 8 or More: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $300 per person, a savings of $65 per person (Groups can mix and match different attendees during the conference)
  • Student and Faculty Members: Full Conference, Sept. 19-21: $150
  • Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 19-20: $275
  • Individuals, Partial Conference, Sept. 20-21: $265

“We want to be flexible and provide interested attendees, especially those from Hawaii, with options that allow them to participate in the Global Tourism Summit in a way that best meshes with their daily work responsibilities,” said Szigeti.

Information on sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities is also available online at the dedicated website. A complete listing of sessions, programs and speakers will be added in the coming weeks.

Formerly known as the Hawaii Tourism Conference, HTA changed the name to the Global Tourism Summit to more accurately reflect Hawaii’s emergence as a leader in international travel and tourism.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s July 2017 Events

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public throughout 2017. In addition, the community is invited to lend a hand to save native rainforest through the park’s  Stewardship at the Summit (SAS) volunteer program.

ADIP, SAS and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Stewardship at the Summit. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Stewardship at the summit volunteer Heather removes invasive Himalayan ginger near Devastation Trail. NPS Photo/David Boyle

Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration is required for groups under six people, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for details. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

  • When: July 1, 7, 15, 21 and 29 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Meet project leaders at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates.

37th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival & BioBlitz at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park! Everyone is invited to engage in authentic Hawaiian cultural practices and learn how Hawaiians live closely to the land as its stewards. Enjoy hula and music, watch skilled practitioners demonstrate their art, and try your hand at Hawaiian crafts. This year’s festival will again include a “BioBlitz,” a chance to join scientists and cultural practitioners and discover the biodiversity that thrives in the park.

  • When: Sat., July 8; Cultural Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; BioBlitz activites from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Military Camp, about 1 ½ miles from the park entrance

What We Can Do Now to Data Recorded Way Back When. Now in its second century of operation, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) has fully embraced digital data recording and analysis. As technologies evolve, the challenge is to apply contemporary digital analysis techniques to historic paper seismic records. Join USGS HVO Geophysicist Paul Okubo as he describes a current look into seismograms from HVO’s first 100 years. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

  • When: Tues., July 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Lei Making Demo. Join local cultural practitioner Pua O’Mahoney and learn to make traditional Hawaiian lei with natural materials that include leaves, flowers, and more. The beautiful and versatile Hawaiian lei is used for adornments, blessings, rituals, gifts and as an expression of love and celebration. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

  • When: Wed., July 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Nā Wai Chamber Choir Performs. Revel in music that honors the traditions, sacred places, mythology, and legacies of Hawaiʻi Island. Based in Honolulu, Nā Wai Chamber Choir is a professional women’s vocal ensemble that celebrates the works of women, preserves and propagates Native Hawaiian music both past and present, and champions innovative repertoire for treble voices. Dr. Jace Kaholokula Saplan leads the choir on their Moku o Keawe tour.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

  • When: Tues., July 18 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Hālau Nā Pua o Uluhaimālama Performance. Hālau Nā Pua o Uluhaimālama, from Hawai‘i Island, is a hula dance troupe that perpetuates the culture and arts of hula.

They are led by Kumu Hula Emery Aceret, a student of the revered Kumu Hula Ray Fonseca, and they have participated in many notable hula competitions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

  • When: Wed., July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Vespers at Hānaiakamālama. Vespers at Hānaiakamālama is an amazing one-woman show on the life of Queen Emma. University of Hawai‘i-Hilo Performing Arts Graduate Denyse Woo-Ockerman brings the audience into Queen Emma’s home as she contemplates her eventual life, rich in family history and the weight of unexpected tragedy. Married to King Kamehameha IV, Alexander Liholiho, Emma reveals her resilience as they attempt to build, side-by-side, a better life for all Hawaiians, during a time of great change in the islands. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free, but park entrance fees apply.

  • When: Tues., July 25 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

‘Ohe Kāpala Demonstration. Learn to create designs from traditional patterns using bamboo stamps (‘ohe kāpala). Originally used to decorate clothing with symbolic meaning, we now use ‘ohe kāpala to tell stories on a wide variety of modern materials. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

  • When: Wed., July 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

“Family Fourth” at Waikoloa Beach Resort – July 4th

From the big splash of a thousand yellow ducks to the fantastic fireworks finale with music by the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, the Family Fourth is a great way to celebrate the red, white and blue. Waikoloa Beach Resort’s free, all-day event features nonstop entertainment, balloon art, carnival games and treats for all ages, from 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Kings’ Shops, Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl.

Family Fourth begins at 10:30 a.m. with opening oli (chant) and traditional hula kahiko at Kings’ Shops, followed by Hawaiian music from Komakakino. Leading up to the big race at 3 p.m., great entertainment by Micah De Aguiar with Kuleana, and Lito Arkangel. And afterward, one of Hawaii’s favorite singer-songwriters, John Cruz. (See schedule below). Special promotions will be offered from select merchants throughout the Shops.

The 26th Annual Rubber Duckie Race, is a major fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii (UCPA). Thousands of rubber duckies are adopted by people from near and far, who gather around Kings’ Lake to watch their ducks take the plunge, and cheer them on to the finish line. Winners reward their owners with valuable prizes. To adopt a duck, call Kings’ Shops office, at 886-8811. All proceeds benefit UCPA of Hawai‘i.

At Queens’ MarketPlace, salsa lovers from around the island bring their dancing shoes to join the Salsa Latinos at the Coronation Pavilion at 12 noon. At the same time, attendees can enjoy a fun selection of Carnival Games with prizes, amazing balloon-twist art by Balloon Monsoon, and cotton candy and popcorn stands. Tomi Isobe Blues Band, DamStr8, Lorenzo’s Army and the Larry Dupio Blues Band fill the day with music.

Doors open to Waikoloa Bowl at 4:30 p.m., for an exciting concert by Tomi Isobe Blues Band and the powerful sound of the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific, followed by a fireworks extravaganza.

From their station at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the Band travels across the Islands, to Japan and throughout the Pacific region to perform hundreds of musical concerts each year. For Family Fourth, the Band will be playing a variety of pop, rock and R&B hits, as well as patriotic music for the fireworks extravaganza that lights up the sky at Waikoloa Bowl.

Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating in Waikoloa Bowl. Coolers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. This is a non-smoking event. Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822.

July 4 Schedule of Events:

Kings’ Shops

  • 10:30 a.m.  Opening chant and hula kahiko
  • 11 a.m.  Komakakino with Hālau
  • 12 p.m.  Micah De Aguiar with Kuleana
  • 1:30 p.m.  Watermelon Eating Contest
  • 2 p.m.  Lito Arkangel
  • 3 p.m.  26th Annual Rubber Duckie Race for UCPA of Hawai‘i
  • 3:30 p.m.  John Cruz
  • 4:30 p.m.  Duck Calling and Duck Waddling Contests
  • 5:30 p.m.  Award Ceremony at Center Stage

Queens’ MarketPlace, Coronation Pavilion

  • 12 p.m.  Salsa Latinos
  • 12-5 p.m.  Cotton candy, popcorn, balloon art by Balloon Monsoon, Carnival games throughout Queens’ MarketPlace
  • 2 p.m.  Tomi Isobe Blues Band
  • 3 p.m.  DamStr8
  • 4 p.m.  Lorenzo’s Army
  • 5 p.m.  Larry Dupio Blues Band
  • 8:30 p.m.  Music by Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion, to wind down the night

Waikoloa Bowl

  • 4:30 p.m.  Entrances open to Waikoloa Bowl
  • 5 p.m.  Music by Tomi Isobe Blues Band
  • 6:30 p.m.  United States Air Force Band of the Pacific
  • 8 p.m.  FIREWORKS SHOW

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Hōkūleʻa Homecoming Schedule of Events – More Then 50,000 Expected to Attend

The culmination of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, Hōkūleʻa’s historic return to Hawai‘i on June 17, 2017 will be celebrated at Magic Island, Oʻahu, with a cultural welcoming ceremony followed by an all-day grand celebration open to the entire community.

More then 50,000 people are expected to take part in the homecoming.

Event Timeline:

  • 7-8:00 AM Four local voyaging canoes from Hawaiian Islands arrive at Magic Island marina: Arrival Times:​ 7:00 AM – Nāmāhoe / 7:30 AM Moʻokiha / 7:45 AM Makaliʻi / 8:00 AM Hawaiʻiloa
  • 8:30 AM Two canoes from the Pacific voyaging community arrive at Magic Island marina Okeanos Marshall Islands / Faʻafaite of Tahiti
  • 9:00 AM Hikianalia enters marina and docks along bank
  • Hōkūleʻa enters marina and ties up to floating dock at Marker 7
  • 10:00 AM Kāliʻi Rite conducted by Hale Mua
  • 10:30 AM Formal Homecoming Ceremony
  • 12:30-1 PM Screening of Mālama Honua Voyage Highlights
  • 1:00-5:30 PM Hoʻolauleʻa: Music and Community Celebration
  • 1-1:20 PM Olomana
  • 1:30-1:45 PM Jon Osorio
  • 1:50-2:20 PM Kapena
  • 2:30-2:55 PM Keauhou
  • 3:00-3:10 PM Auliʻi Carvalho
  • 3:15-3:30 PM Leon & Malia
  • 3:35-3:45 PM Steve Grimes
  • 3:50-4:10 PM Kainani Kahaunaele
  • 4:15-4:40 PM Tahiti MANA
  • 4:45-5:20 PM John Cruz, Brother Noland & Paula Fuga
  • 5:20-5:25 PM Mahalo message from Nainoa Thompson
  • 5:25-5:30 PM “Hawaiʻi Aloha”

Parking:

  • No general parking in Magic Island, strictly enforced
  • Limited handicap parking in Magic Island, must have placard-holder in the car with ID, strictly enforced
  • Encouraging public transportation and off-site parking to alleviate expected congestion;
  • HPD may shut down Ala Moana Park Drive as needed
  • Offsite parking available with shuttles running as needed from 7:00 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Free parking at McKinley High School, enter at Pensacola St.
  • Paid parking at Hawai‘i Convention Center, enter at Kalakaua Ave.

Food:

Participating vendors will be using compostable items; no one-time use plastics.  PVS encourages reusable water bottles, coconut filtered water stations provided by Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation

Participating food vendors:

  • Ahi Ambassadors
  • Da Spot
  • Hale Kealoha
  • IL Gelato
  • L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Hawaiian Plate and Mix Plate
  • Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
  • Waimānalo Farms

Other:

  • Pop-up tents only allowed around perimeter of multi-purpose field
  • No canoe tours or entry onto Hōkūleʻa
  • PVS commemorative Homecoming t-shirts available for sale

12,000 Attend Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii

Approximately 12,000 people made their way onto historic Ford Island to attend this year’s Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Now in its tenth year, the popular two-day remote control Airshow concluded today.

More than a dozen top remote control pilots showcased their award winning Giant Scale aircraft.  In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, pilots from nationally acclaimed Warbirds West performed an epic Battle of Midway reenactment with dive bombers and fighter planes, as well as a reenactment of the Pearl Harbor attack utilizing a fleet of Japanese AM6 Zeros. Aircraft stunts, helicopter aerobatics and flying formations kept the crowd on their feet.

Hundreds also made their way through historic Hangar 79 for tours of World War II restored aircraft and to climb into open cockpits. The event also included a Kids Zone with rides and kid-friendly activities, as well as a “Snow Field.” The two-day event capped off with a Jelly Belly “Candy Bombing” over historic Ford Island runway.

Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii sponsors included: Dr. Lawrence Tseu, Papa John’s Pizza, City and County of Honolulu, Joan Bellinger, Sheraton Waikiki, JN Automotive Group, 51 Fifty, Enterprise Rent a Car, Military Home Source, Jelly Belly Candy Company, MillerCoors,  Xtreme Fun, iHeart Media, Hawaii News Now, Bank of Hawaii, Hele Gas, Pepsi, Pacific Air Cargo, Flight Journal, Model Airplane News, Airworld, King Tech Turbines, and Consolidated Transport, 76, Omni Air International, Vacations Hawaii, and Yelp.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Historic Ford Island where bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Honolulu, Hawaii it is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on membership, volunteers, and donations for support. To join, volunteer or support, visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Bikeshare Hawaii Island Now Available in Kona

Kailua-Kona now has a new, viable transportation option that provides economic, health and ultimate convenience benefits. Bikeshare Hawaii Island is now available for residents and visitors alike along Kailua Village and points of interest. For anyone who wants to leave their car parked during a short trip, or enhance their transportation options Bikeshare is for you. In other cities with a bikeshare system, local businesses also benefit, with an increase in visibility on the street-level, because people are out of their cars and more aware of the shops around them.

Prices start at $3.50.

Bikesharing encourages a healthy and fun way to get around, and helps promote the continuous development of appropriate infrastructure for biking, bike safety and bike ridership on Hawai’i island.

Bikeshare Hawaii Island is a non-profit 501(c)3 program created through the joint efforts of the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development, the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council and PATH. Bikeshare Hawaii Island advances Mayor Billy Kenoi’s vision of healthy and active Hawaii Island communities.

Get the latest in Bikeshare news by checking out our Facebook page. Website: https://hawaiiislandbikeshare.org/.

For sponsorship information, call contact Tina Clothier at 808-561-9212 or email share@hawaiiislandbikeshare.org.

Bikeshare Hawaii Island’s first few Tweets:

  • Kona Ground Transportation has never been so easy!
  • Bikeshare is now available in Kona! Just swipe and bike Ali’i Drive!
  • Three bike kiosks now on Ali’i Drive in , swipe a cc to get a bike. $3.50 will get you to most popular beach destinations!

Hawaii Students Create Star Wars Simulation on World’s Best Hybrid Visualization System

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa engineering graduate student Noel Kawano and computer science student Ryan Theriot created a 3D immersive visualization project—Star Wars Squadron and Tatooine.

Developed at the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA) by MS graduate Noel Kawano and MS candidate Ryan Theriot. “Star Wars Squadron & Tatooine” immerses users in a real-time interactive action game in the newly developed Hybrid Reality Environment, Destiny CyberCANOE.

Users can battle with lightsabers or dogfight through a universe filled with starfighters, TIE fighters and an armada of star destroyers.

The (research and fun) possibilities are endless now that UH Mānoa is home to the best hybrid visualization system in the world that combines immersive virtual reality with ultra-high-resolution display walls. The Destiny-class CyberCANOE, which stands for cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment.

“We wanted to take advantage of the [Destiny-class CyberCANOE’s] capabilities and make something really cool,” Kawano said.

CyberCANOE users can go under the sea, explore outer space and probe microscopic elements of the human body without leaving campus.

Computer and Information Sciences Professor Jason Leigh is the system’s creator. His students were deeply involved in the design and construction of the CyberCANOE with investment and partnership from the National Science Foundation and the UH Academy for Creative Media System.

With 256 megapixels, the cylindrical CyberCANOE is the ultimate tool for scientists and researchers to visualize big data at resolutions that are 100-times better than commercial 3D displays. The diameter is 16 feet, and the walls are eight-feet high.

The Destiny-class cost about $250,000 to build and is actually the seventh and best CyberCANOE Leigh has built in Hawaiʻi over the past couple of years. His Laboratory for Advanced Visualization Applications (LAVA), where the Destiny-class CyberCANOE is housed, is planning to hold an open house in August 2017.