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Bone Hill – The Concert Coming to UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

The lives of four generations of women in a Cherokee family will be told through story and song when Martha Redbone and band perform Bone Hill – The Concert on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC).

Redbone, accompanied by six musicians and a singer, will take the audience back to her own childhood and beyond into the memories and tales of her ancestors to share an important untold piece of American history. Bone Hill details the plight and struggles of the Cherokee nation, following the Trail of Tears, the U.S. government’s radical reclassification legislatures of the Mid-Atlantic states, and the desecration of ancient burial mounds on the highest peak of the Eastern seaboard for the sake of coal and the building of new mining towns during the early 1800s.

“Martha Redbone is a mesmerizing performer, writer, and storyteller,” wrote Broadway Director Charles Randolph-Wright. “Bone Hill is a uniquely American story of family and dreams. No matter who you are or where you’re from, Martha takes you home.”

Bone Hill – The Concert is written by Redbone, Roberta Uno, and Aaron Whitby with music and lyrics by Redbone and Whitby. Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $25 General, $20 Discount and $12 UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi CC students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17 pre-sale, or $30, $25 and $17 at the door. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Kahilu Theatre

World famous music machine the Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes their way to the Kahilu Theatre stage on Friday, October 14th at 7pm.

dirty-dozenBorn over thirty-five years ago in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style. Anchored by original members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns, and Kirk Joseph, they are still breaking through boundaries of the traditional brass band to evolve into a highly lauded world-renowned musical force.

To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at this point, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and-true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo—you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”

They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games, and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and the Black Crowes. The band is sure to have concertgoers tapping their feet and shaking their tail feathers during the genre-bending romp and high-octane performance at Kahilu Theatre.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the performance. There will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu exhibit, featuring some of today’s most respected kapa artists, is currently on display in the Kohala Gallery.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Mimi & Brian Kerley, Nancy Lematta, Bob & Nancy Male, Kona Brewing Company, and Fairmont Orchid.

Hawaii Ecotourism Association Announces Winners of Sustainable Tourism Awards

Hawaii Ecotourism Association (HEA) announced the winners of sustainable tourism awards at a luncheon today in Waikiki. Twenty-three tour operators were certified as sustainable tour operators by HEA, a local nonprofit organization that protects Hawaii’s unique natural environment and host culture by promoting responsible travel.

Valley Isle Excursions, a company known providing luxury and eco-friendly tours to Hana and the road beyond, was awarded with the coveted the 2016 Sustainable Tour Operator Award. “This outstanding example of a sustainable tour operation far exceeds HEA’s mission and goal of protecting the unique natural and cultural resources of Hawaii nei,” said Aaron Lowe, President of HEA’s Board of Directors.

The 2016 Ecotour Guides of the Year were announced as follows: From Oahu – Manly Kanoa of Hokupaa and Andrew Puchalski of Kailua Beach Adventures; from Kauai – Abraham Frehm of Na Pali Experience, from Maui – Rowdy Lindsey of Hawaiian Paddle Sports and Curtis Geary of Maui Kayak Adventures; from Hawaii – Ben Catcho Jr. of KapohoKine Adventures and Richard Lindberg of Hawaiian Legacy Tours. Guides make each tour guest feel connected to Hawaii’s natural resources and Hawaiian culture. HEA is delighted to recognize the contribution of the award winners.

The Travel Writer of the Year was awarded to Shannon Wianecki. She is a prolific freelance writer who shares the natural and cultural history of the Hawaiian Islands with the readers of local and international travel magazines and books.

Pro Surfer Jamie O'Brien is sponsored by Body Glove.

Pro Surfer Jamie O’Brien is sponsored by Body Glove.

The twenty-three tour operators were awarded HEA’s Sustainable Tourism Certification for 2016-2018. They include: Under the Sea Hawaii, Hopkupaa, Dolphins and You, and Ocean Joy Cruises on Oahu; Kipu Ranch Adventures, Holo Holo Charters, and Na Pali Experience on Kauai; Aloha Kayaks Maui, Maui Nei Native Expeditions, Haleakala Bike Company, Temptation Tours, Maui Dreams Dive Company, Valley Isle Excursions, Maui Ocean Center, Maui Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Maui Surf Lessons, and Hawaii Mermaid Adventures on Maui; and Body Glove Cruises, Mauka Makai Adventures, Essential Hawaii Tours, Kona Honu Divers, Sea Quest Hawaii, and Kohala Ziplines on Hawaii.

“As a founding member of the organization, I am excited that the number of certified operators across the State more than doubled since the 2014-2016 certifications were awarded,” said Annette Kaohelaulii, HEA Board Treasurer.

IUCN recognized HEA’s Sustainable Tourism Certification Program in the tours organized especially for this event, which just ended. The Hawaii Tourism Authority also supports HEA efforts to educate commercial tour operators and community stakeholders on best management practices for the use of natural and cultural resources. HEA’s Certification Program is only one of two statewide programs in the U.S. providing a third party, comprehensive assessment of tour providers whose operations positively affect the State’s natural and cultural resources, contribute to conservation and help sustain local communities.

Mark Alan Vocal Works Brings A (Mostly) Classical Recital: Songs and Arias to Hilo

Local singing students from Mark Alan Vocal Works, Mark Sheffield’s voice studio, together with singers from his UH Hilo voice studio, will present a recital of (mostly) classical songs and arias.  Together with legendary pianist Quack Moore and the new vocal ensemble VOICES, they bring their unique interpretations of classics and modern favorites to Hilo. Showtime is Friday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Hilo’s Church of the Holy Cross. Admission is free.  For more information, call 238-6040.


A (Mostly) Classical Recital: Songs and Arias presents singers in various stages of vocal development – from young beginners to experienced performers – in a recital designed to showcase and celebrate their particular strengths.  Singers include RyAnne Raffipiy, Landon Ballesteros, Samantha Saiki, Rachel Edwards, Amy Horst, and Bridge Hartman, along with Mark Sheffield, who teaches the other singers. Students from Mark’s private Vocal Works studio join singers from his UH Hilo voice studio to bring to life songs of love, heartbreak, joy, and beauty.

VOICES, a new vocal ensemble also led by Mark Sheffield, joins the concert with a return to their roots. They will perform their signature motet, “The Silver Swan” by Orlando Gibbons.  The solo singers follow, celebrating classics including old Italian songs “O cessate di piagarmi” and “Caro mio ben;” while bringing to life arias such as “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” from La Boheme and Rachmaninoff’s haunting “Vocalise.” The recital earns its (mostly) classical label with the performance of pop tunes by Adele and Billy Joel, and sizzling Broadway hits including Sondheim’s great song “Being Alive.”

Mark Sheffield maintains a busy private voice studio in Hilo, where he has taught both privately and at UH Hilo for ten years. 2016 saw the inauguration of Mark’s Vocal Works program, designed to provide both individual training and theory-based practical education in the vocal arts. This year also saw the inception of VOICES, a vocal ensemble comprised of Mark’s advanced students from both his Vocal Works and UH Hilo studios. Mark is joined at the helm of this recital by Quack Moore, the Grammy-winning pianist of Hilo Palace Theater and Saturday Night Live fame, who now devotes much of her time to supporting and promoting young musicians.

When asked how he came to create A (Mostly) Classical Recital: Songs and Arias, Mark said, “For a decade now, my students have performed in joint studio recitals given by my wife, piano teacher Katie Sheffield, and I. Beyond this, my students have performed to acclaim in shows locally and around the country, as they pursue studies, work, and dreams of Broadway success. Now we invite our friends and our community to a recital of our very own.  Thank you, Hilo, for supporting vocal music. We look forward to singing for you.”

A (Mostly) Classical Recital: Songs and Arias comes to Hilo September 30, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. at Hilo’s Church of the Holy Cross for one show only.  Admission is free.  Call 238-6040 for more information.

Science Gets Silly with Garry Krinsky’s Toying with Science

Saturday, October 1 at 4pm, Garry Krinsky brings his fast-paced, fun loving, varied and dynamic program Toying with Science to Kahilu Theatre.

Garry Krinsky

Garry Krinsky

The acclaimed Toying with Science program combines circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines.

Garry Krinsky and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who have played important roles in the exploration and discovery of concepts that define our world. Science-based toys are brought to life with motion, music, humor, and insight. Garry impresses upon his audiences the idea that by mastering simple scientific concepts, one can produce terrific results!

First commissioned by the Museum of Science in Boston, Toying with Science has toured across the U.S. and Canada to rave reviews, including performances at Kennedy Center of Washington DC, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and on NBC’s Today Show.


Garry Krinsky’s theatre experience is extensive, and it has been said that he resembles a living cartoon with his animated movement and non-stop energy. Garry co-founded the Patchwork Players, and was an original member of both the Boston Buffoons and the Wright Bros., a New England vaudeville troupe. Since 1978, he has brought his high energy and experience to thousands of schools, theaters, and festivals.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 3pm for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu Exhibit is currently on display in the Kohala Gallery, featuring some of todays most respected kapa artists.

Tickets are $33 / $28 / $23 / $18 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

Garry Krinsky – Toying With Science Promo video from Baylin Artists Management on Vimeo.

Garry will also give two Youth Shows at the Theatre on Friday, September 30 at 9am and 10:30am. For more information about Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

These performances are made possible by generous sponsorship from Tom & Marsha Kerley, Other Friends of Kahilu, and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

New “Fun Pass” Being Introduced at Hawaii County Fair

E.K Fernandez shows will be introducing their fun pass card system in this year’s 66th Annual Hawaii county Fair which runs from Sept. 22nd to the 25th.

fun-pass-cardsPlease understand cards are none refundable once purchased and only good for the following:

All E.K Fernandez carnival rides, all games and novelty wagons and all EK food wagons Pizza, cotton candy, funnel cake, hamburger, and corn dog wagons.

fun-pass-standThese cards will be pre-sold starting Sept 21-22 ,2016 from 10:00am until 5 pm each day! Location will be in the fairs grounds next to our information Booth area behind the Afook-Chinnen Civic auditorium

ALL ENTRY GATES WILL STILL BE CASH ONLY and ALL OTHER FOOD BOOTHS AND SODA BOOTH VENDORS ARE CONSIDERED CASH ONLY ZONES, which means please have CASH available to purchase in these areas, placing all your money on fun pass cards may limit you to selected participating areas of EK Fernandez Shows and food wagons.


Return of the Carnival of Exotic Mayhem

Saturday, September 24 from 7pm to 11pm, local non-profit dance company Prince Dance Theatre is hosting Return to the Carnival of Exotic Mayhem, a fundraising dance party on the stage at Kahilu Theatre.

Even bigger than last year, the fundraiser will feature crazy costumes, video projections, magic, fire dancers, go-go dancers, aerialists, dance and cabaret performances from members of the company, and more, while DJ Danny Waddell serves up the best in body rocking dance music all night long in a wild and carnival like setting.

exotic-mayhemSavory treats from the Blue Dragon’s Dragon Wagon and chocolate confections from Cocoa Le’a will be available for purchase and there will be beverages for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

Prince Dance Theatre is raising funds to aid in the creation of its newest work Black Matter, a collaborative effort between Artistic Director Angel Prince and Jean-Charles Cuillandre from Canada France Hawaii. Black Matter aims to be both an informative and an entertaining dance theatre piece on the topic of space and dark matter, and will also have an outreach component to it in which the company and astronomer will go into local schools to present the work in an imaginative and educational manner for students. A new evening length work created for theatres is set to premier in the spring of 2017.

exotic-mayhem-2Return to the Carnival of Exotic Mayhem is an all ages event and attendees are encouraged to dress up in fun carnival gear and join in on the mayhem. Get ready for an unforgettable night with Prince Dance Theatre at Kahilu Theatre!

Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for under twelve, and $100 for the VIP package, which includes 2 beverage tickets, 1 food ticket, 5 prize giveaway tickets and dancer escorted entrance to VIP areas. Tickets are available at www.princedance.org or by calling Noelani at 808.854.6646

Kozy’s Tiki Palace – Comedy Magic Club By Night and Tiki Art Gallery By Day

The Shops at Mauna Lani announces its newest addition, Kozy’s Tiki Palace, a comedy club venue and gallery. By day, discover colorful, hard-to-find Hawaiiana and decorative Tiki Art, while night brings Kozy’s mystifying mix of comedy and magic to life.

kozys-tiki-palaceProclaimed by comedian Dennis Miller as “the single greatest magician I have ever seen,” Kozak the Magician, better known as Kozy, has been amazing audiences for over 39 years, from his start on the streets of Pittsburgh, to Las Vegas and beyond, including a performance for Prince Charles and Princess Diana.



He has appeared in global stand-up comedy markets, nightclubs, theaters and casino resorts as well as HBO, Showtime, MTV, “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central.

Artist Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker delivering some art.

Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker delivering some art.

His Tiki Gallery brings together art inspired by 1950’s Tiki Bars, including what artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker calls his “Lowbrow Pop Surrealism” paintings, Tiki inspired art from Trey Surtees, Jin An Wong and Jacob Medina, original pieces from world famous tattoo ink artist Rockwood and one of a kind Cigar Box Guitars hand crafted by Michael Zack. The Gallery is open daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Kozy’s Tiki Palace is located on the shopping center’s ground level, Suite 106, next to Reyn’s and Tommy Bahama Store. His “World Class Magic Comedy” is presented nightly at 8 p.m. for adults 18 and over. Appetizers and drinks by Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar are available for purchase. For tickets and information, visit www.konakozy.com, or call (808) 430-1957.

VIDEO: Vampires in the Islands – Hawaii Miss Vamp Contest 2016

I had no idea that Hawaii had anything like a Miss Vampire Contest but so goes it… and go figure it’s happening at the Trump International Hotel Waikiki!

Your first look at the contestants for Miss Vamp Hawaii 2016 as they strike a steak in our hearts during their first group photo shoot with Joe Marquez.

MOONLIGHT BATHING BALL / LINGERE FASHION SHOW | September 16th, 2016 – Trump International Hotel Waikiki – 6pm

MISS VAMP HAWAII 2016 PAGEANT | October 23, 2016 – The Hawaii Theater – 6pm

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Centennial Events for October

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, and continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public in October.

All ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. In addition, two artists-in-residence arrive for their October residency, sponsored by the National Parks Arts Foundation. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Centennial Hike: Hawaiian Adze Production—Lithic Block Quarries on Kīlauea. Join Park Ranger Jay Robinson on an easy hour-long hike among the abandoned adze quarry at Kīlauea Overlook. Most visitors have no idea this area was showered by large basalt rocks erupted from Kīlauea during its summit eruptions of 1790, or that Hawaiians coveted the rocks for stone tools (adze). Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.

When: Sat., Oct. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Where: Meet at Kīlauea Overlook

Lili‘uokalani at Washington Place.  Jackie Pualani Johnson performs an amazing, one-woman show about Queen Lili‘uokalani, the last monarch of Hawai‘i. Lili‘uokalani was imprisoned for a year at ‘Iolani Palace following the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, where she composed the poignant song Aloha ‘Oe and translated the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation chant, into English. Johnson’s performance emphasizes the relationship with her hānai children, and is taken directly from the writings of Queen Lili‘uokalani, the queen’s family and other historical sources. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.
When: Tues., Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Nā Pa‘ahana Hula (Tools of Hula). Learn about the beautiful implements that accompany traditional hula and ‘oli (chant).

Instruments of Hula.  NPS Photo

Instruments of Hula. NPS Photo

Pele Kaio, kumu hula for Unulau, and an instructor at Hawai‘i Community College, displays and describes the importance of ‘ulī ‘ulī (feathered rattles), pahu (drum), ‘ipu heke (gourd) and other Hawaiian hula tools. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Hawai‘i Nei Art Adventure: Palm Trail Hike. The featured category for this year’s Hawai‘i Nei Art Contest are the national parks of Hawai‘i Island to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. Come get inspired on Kahuku’s Palm Trail. This ranger-led hike across the 1868 lava flow reveals the pioneer plants that thrive on new flows, and more diverse and established flora in areas with deeper soil. The hike is moderately difficult, 2.5 miles roundtrip and will take 2-3 hours.  Carpooling is encouraged. Space is limited; register by Oct. 5 at www.hawaiineiartcontest.org. Free!

Where: Enter the Kahuku Unit on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile market 70.5

When:  Sat., Oct. 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Kahuku ‘Ohana Day. Calling keiki 17 and younger and their families to help the park’s natural resources staff restore native forest by planting native trees in the Kahuku Unit in Ka‘ū. Call (808) 985-6019 to register by October 3. Bring lunch, snacks, water, a re-usable water bottle, sunscreen, hat, long pants and shoes. Sponsored by the park and the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Enter the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, and meet near the parking area. Free.

When: Sat., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Kahuku Unit

Bert Naihe in Concert. Hawaiian musician and singer Bert Naihe will perform songs from his own CD, You’re the One, and catchy versions of other favorite tunes. Naihe, who was born and raised in Hilo, is also a musician for Hālau o ka Ua Kanileua with Kumu Hula Johnny Lum Ho.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

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

After Dark in the Park: LiDAR Sheds New Light on Hidden Gems. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology is used to digitize archeological resources including ancient footprints, petroglyph fields and agricultural systems. Join Park Archeologist Dusten Robbins to learn how the park uses LiDAR in managing cultural resources, and future uses of this exciting technology.

When: Tues., Oct. 25, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Ulana Niu (Coconut Leaf Plaiting). Join park rangers and learn to make fun and creative trinkets out of coconut leaves to take home. Park rangers and staff from the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association share their knowledge of this beloved Polynesian tradition. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

After Dark Out of the Park: LiDAR Sheds New Light on Hidden Gems. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology is used to digitize archeological resources including ancient footprints, petroglyph fields and agricultural systems. Join Park Archeologist Dusten Robbins to learn how the park uses LiDAR in managing cultural resources, and future uses of this exciting technology. Sponsored by Mokupāpapa Discovery Center.

When: Wed., Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Where: Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in downtown Hilo, 76 Kamehameha Avenue

Centennial Hike: LiDAR Sheds New Light on Hidden Gems. Join park rangers on a moderate, 2 ½-mile roundtrip hike into the Ka‘ū Desert and learn how LiDAR has helped rescript the history surrounding the ancient footprints embedded in this landscape. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.  About two hours.

When: Sat., Oct. 29, 2016 at 1 p.m.

Where: Meet at the Ka‘ū Desert Trailhead

Artists-in-Residence Programs for October. Composer, jazz musician and ‘ukulele champion Byron Yasui and accomplished painter and cellist Noreen Naughton, are the park’s Artists in Residence for October. Join the artists for these upcoming free events, which include public workshops, an After Dark in the Park presentation, and an open-house studio.

‘Ukulele: A Brief History and a Sampling of Playing Styles. Byron Yasui shares the various ‘ukulele styles he grew up with as a living history interpretation of the instrument’s varied history. This class is for players of moderate to advanced level, and could also inspire composers and arrangers in the areas of playing techniques, notation and tablature. Free, but registration is required. Call Laura Schuster at 808-985-6130 or email laura_c_schuster@nps.gov.
When: Sat., Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Theater at Kīlauea Military Camp

Painting Workshop with Noreen Naughton. Artist-in-residence and painter Noreen Naughton will talk about her process of discovering the subject and how she arrives at abstraction while painting out in the park. She will also discuss creative process and how it works for her. Free, but registration is required. Call Laura Schuster at 808-985-6130 or email laura_c_schuster@nps.gov.
When: Sat., Oct. 8 and Sat. Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: the lobby of the ‘Ōhi‘a Wing, between Kīlauea Vistor Center and the Volcano House

‘Ukulele Kani Ka Pila with Byron Yasui. Bring your ‘ukulele to this workshop for players of all skill levels. The objective is to have fun and learn easy-to-finger chords as an accompaniment to singing simple songs. Free, but registration is required. Call Laura Schuster at 808-985-6130 or email laura_c_schuster@nps.gov.
When: Sat., Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Theater at Kīlauea Military Camp

After Dark in the Park with Artists-in-Residence Bryon Yasui and Noreen Naughton. The artists speak about the creative process and how Hawai‘i informs and inspires their different art forms. Yasui, a Professor Emeritus of Theory and Composition at the University of Hawai‘i, is a composer, jazz musician, and ‘ukulele aficionado. Naughton is a renowned painter, educator and cellist. Free.
When: Tues., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium

The artists’ residency begins Sept. 27 and ends Oct. 27. The residency is brought to the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park by the National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF). These residencies are sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Hālau O Kekuhi Kicks Off Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Presenting Season

Sunday, September 18, 4PM, the internationally acclaimed Hālau O Kekuhi kicks off Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Presenting Season.


Hālau o Kekuhi is the hālau hula (classical dance company), and the center of cultural knowledge for the Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation (EKF). The cultural beliefs and practices in which the EKF is anchored radiate from the traditional practices of the hālau that can account for eight generations of kumu hula.

The hālau is celebrated for their mastery of the ‘aiha‘a style of hula (dance) and oli (chant). The ‘aiha‘a is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano personas Pele and Hi‘iaka, characteristic of Hawai‘i Island’s creative forces. They have earned local, state, national, and international recognition for their art.

The leadership of the dance company is currently transmitted through matrilineal succession and with the passing of Edith Kanaka‘ole, her daughters Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele and Nālani Kanaka‘ole assumed the role of kumu hula. In 2007, Pualani relinquished her position to her daughters, Kekuhi Keali‘ikanaka‘oleohaililani and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, who along with Nālani, are now the kumu hula of the hālau.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 3pm for the performance and there will be food and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. This show concludes the opening weekend of the Kapa Kahilu exhibit, which will be on display in the Kahilu Galleries.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by The Hawai’i Council for Humanities & The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and by generous sponsorship from Kate Bell, PhD & Tom Blackburn, PhD, Concepción S. & Irwin Federman, Jim & Susan Mori, Sherm & Elaine Warner, and Fairmont Orchid.

The Kahilu 2016/17 Hawaiian Series is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines and KAPA Radio.

Kapa Kahilu Gallery Exhibit

Kahilu Theatre is pleased to present Kapa Kahilu, an exhibition displaying original new works of kapa created by celebrated practitioners of the revered Hawaiian art form. The curated art works will be on display in the Theatre’s Kohala and Hamakua galleries from September 15 through November 3. The exhibit opens the 36th Season of the Kahilu Theatre Foundation.


Kapa Kahilu will be the first exhibit of its kind on Hawai‘i Island and will feature some of today’s most respected kapa makers across the state. It will be a rare chance for island residents, students, and visitors to Hawai‘i Island to be immersed in this ancient Hawaiian art form.

verna kapaa

“The Exhibit is in honor of renowned kapa practitioner Marie McDonald. She is one of the primary artists attributed to preserving and perpetuating the art of kapa; it was her idea to have a kapa exhibit of this caliber in North Hawai’i,” said Kahilu Exhibitions Coordinator Margo Ray. “Marie is a long time Waimea resident and although she is no longer making kapa, three of her pieces from private collections will be included in the exhibit.”

Kapa Artists Featured:

  • Moana Eisele
  • Roen Hufford
  • Dalani Tanahy
  • Sabra Kauka
  • Verna Takashima
  • Bernice Akamine
  • Solomon Aipo
  • Lisa Schattenburg Raymond
  • Marie McDonald
  • Denby Freeland-Cole

There will be an exhibit opening reception on Thursday, September 15, from 5pm to 7pm. Live music will be provided by Hōkū Pa’a, pupu and libations will also be on offer, and most of the featured artists will be present. The documentary Ka Hana Kapa will also be screened in the Theatre starting at 6pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

Hōkū Pa’a

Hōkū Pa’a

On, Friday, September 16, from 4pm to 6pm, kapa makers and experts will hold a symposium and Q&A session with exhibiting artists and contributing scholars. This is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the art form.

Sunday, September 18 at 4pm, there will be a performance by the celebrated Hālau O Kekuhi. Dancers from the halau will be wearing the traditional kapa pa’u and malo garments during the event. The Sunday performance is the opening show of the Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Season.

Kapa making demonstrations by local kapa makers will be held at the Theatre on select Saturdays during the exhibit. Confirmed demonstration dates are September 17 and October 8. These demonstrations will take place from 11am to 2pm and are free to the public.

Kahilu Theatre will also be publishing an educational and curatorial exhibit guide with scholarly essays by Victoria Kneubuhl, Moana Eisle, Betty Lou Kam, Roen Hufford, and Craig Howes, along with images of select kapa pieces in the exhibit.

Kapa is made from the fibrous inner bark of the wauke, and clothed early Hawaiians for centuries. The papery cloth is often stamped with many intricate designs, or stained with colorful dyes made from native plants and was used primarily for clothing, blankets, and religious rituals.

Kapa Kahilu is made possible by generous grants from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

The Kahilu Galleries are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 1pm, and during all performances. For more information, visit www.kahilutheatre.org or call (808) 885-6868.

Big Island Fair in Kona Cancelled

The fair that was scheduled for West Hawaii this weekend has been cancelled.

Fair Ride

EK Fernandez posted the following on Facebook on August 30th:

Due to the upcoming weather this week, piers on the Big Island are closing today and our rides and equipment are still on Kauai from this past weekend’s Kauai Fair. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get everything over to the Big Island in time to operate next weekend for the Big Island Fair in Kona. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience and will have any and all event updates posted on our social media and website.
Please take care and be sure to keep yourself and families safe and dry!

The Hawaii County Fair scheduled for September 22-25th is still scheduled to go on as planned.

Informational Meeting for Manta Ray Viewing Rules Rescheduled

A public information meeting planned this weekend to discuss new, proposed rules for the Makako Bay and Keauhou manta ray viewing sites has been rescheduled due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Lester. The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Boating and Ocean Recreation Division (DOBOR) will now hold the meeting on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Palamanui Campus of Hawaii Community College, 73-4255 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Room B-126, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

manta Ray

Manta ray viewing opportunities on the Kona coast are unique worldwide  Tours are conducted in two specific areas where mantas tend to congregate at night to feed on plankton — Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove) and the coastline fronting the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel.  The activity has become so popular in recent years that it has reached a point that is unsustainable and unsafe. Regulation is needed to preserve the resource and address the dangers posed by overcrowding of boats and swimmers/divers in the water.

The first part of the meeting to be held on September 24 will be devoted to discussing the history of manta ray viewing on the Kona coast. The second part of the meeting will be to present DOBOR’s proposed management plan in detail and collect feedback from all interested stakeholders.

DOBOR staffers have been working closely with DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources staff, commercial tour operators, the staff of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Hotel and other stakeholders to draft administrative rules to mitigate environmental hazards and decrease the potential risk for accidents causing harm to people or manta rays.

In 2016 DOBOR has been surveying the two manta viewing sites to determine where and how additional moorings could be placed to alleviate coral damage from vessel anchoring and allow for a safe, sustainable and environmentally conscious regulation of commercial manta diving activities.

DOBOR has drafted a proposed management plan and potential management options for the sites based on two years of collected stakeholder input.  The proposed management plan contemplates strategies such as prohibiting anchoring at the sites, limiting the number of commercial operators, prohibiting rafting, and restricting live boating to improve safety.

In order to give stakeholders time to review the proposed management plan before the September 24 meeting, DOBOR will release the plan on its website on September 10, 2016.  Interested parties can access the proposed management plan and get meeting updates by visiting DOBOR’s meeting announcement page: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/meetings/

WAR AND PEACE – Star Wars Meets Peace Day September 21

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” launches the annual Peace Day celebration September 21 at 6 p.m. at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre. The movie screening is free (donations appreciated) and cosplayers are encouraged to enter the costume contest for a chance to win prizes.

The Peace Committee, producers of the annual Peace Day events, chose the most recent installment of the “Star Wars” saga because of its connections with Buddhistic themes such as mindfulness meditation, and the Force’s similarity to the Dharma. Educator Kiyoshi Najita will discuss the concept during his introduction to the film September 21.

Peace-themed events continue through the month, including youth activities, a Blue Zones ‘Power 9’ event, books and art projects, the 10th Annual Peace Day Parade and Festival, and a complete Day of Mindfulness workshop on October 1.


2016 Peace Day Flyer


All students are encouraged to express themselves with posters on this year’s theme: “Peace = Future.” Cash prizes will be awarded in numerous categories, and the contest is open to public, private and homeschool students Pre K to 12. Entry forms and details at www.peacedayparade.org. Deadline to enter is Friday, September 16.


Peace Day, Wednesday, September 21, 6 p.m. A free screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Honoka‘a Peoples Theatre.  In celebration of Peace Day in Hawai‘i, and launch of “Peace Week,” the next epic chapter of the Star Wars saga shares unique messages of Mindfulness and Buddhistic themes threaded throughout. Presentation by educator, costume contest and more. Free (donations appreciated).


Friday, September 22, 5 p.m. at Cafe Il Mondo. A Blue Zones presentation and sampling of Cannonau DI Sardegna wine from Sardinia, Italy. This wine has the highest level of antiozidants of any wine in the world. The Blue Zones Project tells us that spending time with our friends can have a big impact on our health and happiness. Even if it’s just an hour, it’s important to set aside time to slow down and connect with friends and loved ones over a glass of wine (or beverage of your choice). Free.


Saturday, September 24, the 10th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace steps off at 4 p.m. Mamane Street will be closed for this colorful and entertaining celebration, with Taiko drumming, hula, and all kinds of music. The Peace Day Festival follows immediately, with food booths, great music, Bon Dance and Silent Auction and more. A very special Ho‘oponopono-centered activity for young people will be presented by West Hawaii Mediation and the Hamakua Youth Center.


Monday, September 26, 5-6 p.m., “Read for Peace” in the Honoka‘a Library, presented by Friends of the Libraries. Free. This year’s book selection is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. The instant New York Times  bestseller tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths  collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Free.


Thursday, September 29, 3:30-5:30 p.m., “Chalk the Walk” at Honoka‘a Library. Young artists are encouraged to come and express themselves on the sidewalks. A free activity for youth presented by the Friends of Honoka’a Library; all materials provided. Free.


Saturday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., A Day of Mindfulness with Dr. Gregory Pai, meditation teacher, Broken Ridge Korean Temple, Oahu. Located in the Social Hall, Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. Experience guided sitting and walking meditation, a Dharma discussion with Q&A and a mindful, silent meal. Please RSVP to fredburian@msn.com, or call 808-775-1064. The Day of Mindfulness is free, and donations, or Dana, as offerings of generosity and gratitude for the teachings, will be gratefully accepted.

For more information and updates, please follow Peace Day Parade on Facebook, visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org.

A Feast from Mauka to Makai – Waikoloa Beach Resort Food Events Feature the Best from Land and Sea

September 9-10, 2016 is the weekend foodies look forward to all year, when two of the island’s tastiest culinary events happen back-to-back in Waikoloa Beach Resort: Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range on Friday, September 9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and Hawai‘i Island Festival’s Poke Contest, Saturday, September 10 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

Poke Festival 2016

Celebrating its 20th year, Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range (TOTHR) is not just for carnivores anymore. Along with island-raised meats—skillfully prepared by 30 top chefs from around the state—TOTHR showcases a bounty of locally grown fruits, vegetables, dairy, nuts and other farm products. Additionally, a special culinary activity, “Cooking Pasture-Raised Beef 101,” presented by chefs Kevin Hanney and Jason Schoonover of the award-winning 12th Ave. Grill, takes place at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets are $45 and $60 at the door for TOTHR, $10 for Cooking 101, available online at www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com or at the Kohala Essence Shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. For general event information, phone 808-322-4892.

For kama‘āina, Hilton Waikoloa Village offers a Taste of the Hawaiian Range Package, starting at $239, which includes two tickets to the event. A valid Hawai‘i state ID and address are required. For hotel reservations, visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/kamaaina, (package code TSH), or call 1-800-HILTONS.

On Saturday, September 10, the culinary journey travels from the pastures to the ocean for Hawai‘i Island Festivals Poke Contest at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. A traditional Hawaiian food that has stood the test of time and continues to trend in popular cuisine, poke is a side dish made of bite-size pieces of fish, combined with a limitless range of creative additional ingredients.

Doors open for the Poke Contest at 11 a.m., where for both professional chefs and home cooks, will compete for cash prizes in numerous categories. And, after the judges announce the winners, the audience gets to taste too. For information and entry forms, visit www.hawaiiislandfestival.org.

Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties.  The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs.  For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call (808) 886-8822.

7th Annual Kau Kau Kailua Showcases Restaurants Throughout September

Restaurants are essential in thriving towns and Historic Kailua Village celebrates their culinary contributions every September. Beginning September 1, the 7th Annual Kau Kau Kailua gets underway with a month-long opportunity to enjoy great values and restaurant specials at a wide array of eateries throughout Historic Kailua Village.

kau kau kailuaMore than 20 participating restaurants have already posted their special value coupons at HistoricKailuaVillage.com. Kau Kau Kailua coupons can be printed in advance or displayed via smartphone at the time of ordering. The coupons are valid throughout the month of September. Each restaurant has customized their special value coupons and the offerings are as diverse as the dining choices.

Kau Kau Kailua is 30 days of fun for the whole family with great food and drink from celebrated eateries throughout Historic Kailua Village. And as the summer travel season slows, September is a perfect time to dine out. Residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of the great special restaurant values Kau Kau Kailua offers.

Participating restaurants include:

  • ‘Ai Pono Café
  • Daylight Mind Coffee Company
  • Evolution Bakery & Café
  • Fish Hopper
  • Fresh Off Da ‘Boat Polynesian Cuisine
  • Fumi’s Kitchen
  • Get Sum’ Pizza
  • Honu’s on the Beach
  • hBAR at Huggo’s
  • Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse
  • Kona Coffee & Tea
  • Kope Lani Coffee
  • Krua Thai Cuisine
  • Laverne’s Sports Bar
  • One Aloha Shave Ice
  • Paradise Brewing Co.
  • Patricio’s Mexican Taqueria
  • Seiji’s Sushi
  • Splashers Grill
  • Sushi Shiono
  • Thai Rin Restaurant
  • Ultimate Burger

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details. Check back often as restaurants continue to add their Kau Kau Kailua special values to the site.

Kau Kau Kailua is brought to you by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Kona Commons, Big Island Honda and Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.

Pearl Harbor Restaurant Using Celebrity Chef Sam Choy’s Name Without Permission

A restaurant located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is not what many folks may think it actually is and certainly isn’t what the United States Navy may have thought what they were getting when they allowed the restaurant to open up on the military base.

Island Grille2

Image from the Island Grille website

Sam Choy’s Island Style Seafood Grille” located on the base at 3465 Malama Bay Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii IS NOT AFFILIATED with the Celebrity Chef Sam Choy that we have all come to know and love here in Hawaii.

I asked the owner to respond to an email about the ownership of the restaurant… however, after 4 days he has not responded to my email.

Image from Island Grille website

Image from Island Grille website

After speaking with those associated with the “Real” Sam Choy, I learned that the restaurant is not even serving the same recipes; Sam does not cook there, and hasn’t ever even been compensated for his namesake on the restaurant.

Sam Choy stated:

“The Hickam / Pearl Harbor Restaurant was opened using my name.  To this day I have never seen a penny of royalty or any payment of any sort going towards using my name.  I just want the community to be aware of this fact.”

According to an August 19th Facebook post the Island Style Grille is accepting applications using Sam Choy’s name as a hiring point:

“Sam Choy’s Seafood Grille is hiring! Located conveniently on JBPHH right next to Hickam beach! Positions available for all back of house kitchen staff including Line Cooks as well as all front of house including Bartenders and Servers. Experience required for line cook, bartending and serving. Please inquire and/or apply in person or contact us with any questions!!!!!”

I have learned that Choy and his team have retained an attorney and are looking to get his name removed from the restaurant… so until then… just know that this restaurant is not affiliated with the “Real Sam Choy”.

Real Sam Choy

Click to see the REAL Sam Choy!

New Restaurants, Exhibitors Join Taste Hawaiian Range Sept. 9

Fresh and nutritious Hawai’i Island food and the people who produce it are the stars of Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Taste HaydenTasty culinary stations, food producer booths and agricultural-themed displays—totaling over 75 stations— will sprawl both inside and out at the resort’s conference center.

Pre-sale tickets are available online for $45 through midnight September 8 and at island wide locations until sold out; they are $60 at the door. Details: www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

Each Taste chef is assigned to prepare a whopping 100 pounds of a specific cut of pasture-raised beef—or locally sourced pork, lamb, mutton, goat or USDA-inspected wild boar—and the result is a festive adventure of tasting everything from tongue to tail. Most of the beef cuts are utilized so chefs and attendees can get acquainted with not-so-familiar cuts while having fun. The pasture-raised beef is sourced from local, humanely raised cattle that are free of antibiotics and hormones.

Taste ShankIn addition to “grazing” on expertly prepared beef sirloin, lamb or Rocky Mountain Oysters—aka bull’s testicles—attendees can taste samples at local food product booths and view compelling educational displays on sustainability and agriculture.

New participating exhibitors include Beyond Organic Consulting, Waimea Butcher Shop, Paradise Hawaii Balsamics, Spicy Ninja Sauce, Rapid ‘Ohi‘a Death, Farm Works Hawaii, Orchid Isle Traders, Hawaii Lassi-Akmal Foods, USDA Farm Service Agency and UH-CTAHR Veterinary Extension.

Restaurants debuting at the 2016 Taste include Noodle Club, Waipio Cook House, 3 Fat Pigs, Daylight Mind Coffee Company Waikoloa, Monstera and The Fish Hopper.

Also new will be a streaming video shown at different event locations featuring seven Big Island ranchers and farmers talking story about why they produce food.


Those wanting to learn first-hand how to use and prepare 100 percent pasture-raised beef can attend the event’s annual Cooking 101 culinary demonstration. This year’s team of guest presenters are chefs Kevin Hanney and J Schoonover of Oahu’s 12 Ave Grill and Kokohead Café. The 3 p.m. presentation includes sampling and is $10; tix available online or at the door. A 1 p.m. seminar, “Learn Where Beef Cuts Come From,” is free.

Islandwide tickets locations include Kuhio Grille in Hilo, Kamuela Liquors and Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona and Kohala Essence Shop at Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. For general event information, phone (808) 322-4892.

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


Hawaii DLNR Supporting Feds Rule Prohibiting Swimming With Dolphins

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is supporting a proposed rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which would prohibit approaching a Hawaiian spinner dolphin within 50 yards by any means.  This would include commercial swim- with-dolphins programs.

swim with dolphin

Bruce Anderson, administrator of DLNR’s Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR), said “We believe NOAA’s preferred option is reasonable.  Two of the five initial alternatives involved closing off entire areas designated as essential daytime habitats.  We felt that was going a little too far, but we can support approach rules and eliminating swim-with-dolphins activities.”

Anderson noted that the public comment period for the proposed rule ends October 23, 2016.  “We intend to comment,” he said.  “The proposed regulations would be in effect within two nautical miles of the main Hawaiian Islands, and within certain designated waters between Maui, Lanai, and Kahoolawe.  We will recommend NOAA expand that beyond two miles, all the way out to the limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone, which is 200 miles from shore.  We don’t see a rationale for a two-mile limit.”

Anderson also hopes NOAA will develop a plan to monitor the effectiveness of the proposed rule, once it goes into effect.