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Department of Health Workers Doing Door-to-Door Surveys Saturday on Oahu

Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) workers and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods in McCully-Moiliili, Makiki-Lower Punchbowl, and Ala Moana-Kakaako on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon to conduct a Community Health Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). Participation in the door-to-door survey is confidential and voluntary.

department-of-healthHousehold in these areas can expect to see teams of two volunteers wearing DOH identification badges and carrying clip boards. The purpose of this survey, or CASPER, is to gain a clearer picture of possible public health needs in case of an emergency or disaster. The survey includes general questions about household size, makeup and existing emergency preparations. The information gathered will help DOH and state and county partners better understand how Honolulu communities prepare for public health emergencies to then better shape response and recovery plans.

The pilot project was presented at a McCully/Moiliili neighborhood board and other meetings in the past months to encourage participation and collaboration. Project results will be shared with the respective area neighborhood boards and state and county emergency management agency partners. For more information, contact the Public Health Preparedness Branch at (808) 587-6569.

The Department of Health’s Public Health Preparedness Branch is funded by a Hospital Preparedness Program – Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through the grant, the branch works to prepare for, respond to, and assist in recovery from natural and human-caused public health emergencies and threats.

The Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps has local volunteer members throughout the state and is housed within the Public Health Preparedness Branch. Volunteers are asked to attend quarterly meetings, participate in disaster preparedness exercises, and assist with non-emergency community health activities, such as the Stop Flu at School program, vision screening clinics, and community health fairs.

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.

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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.

Volcano Art Center Announces Award Winners in Return of ‘Alalā Art Contest

Volcano Art Center is proud to present Return of ‘Alalā: Restoring The Voice Of Hawai`i’s Native Forests, a statewide multimedia art competition featuring Hawai`i’s endemic ‘Alalā.

The exhibit will be on display at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park through October 9th, 2016.  Proceeds from the exhibition support the Hawai`i Endangered Bird Conservation Program and celebrate the reintroduction of the Alalā into Hawaii’s forests this November.  The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge although park entrance fees apply.

“Volcano Art Center wishes to express a sincere thank you to the participating artists who submitted work,” states Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss.  “The juried show is a terrific representation of this unique species, in many different media, by over 40 different artists.  Special mahalo to the jurors: Paul Banko, Ph.D., Clifford Hague and Michelle Schwengel-Regala who had the difficult task of choosing 43 artworks from the over 80 entries submitted to include in the exhibit.

ʻAlalā No. 2, oil painting by Reyn Ojiri

ʻAlalā No. 2, oil painting by Reyn Ojiri

The Best of Show award was granted to Reyn Ojiri for his oil painting titled ‘Alalā No. 2.  Two first place awards were also presented in the professional category.

Into The Forest Again, watercolor painting by John D. Dawson

Into The Forest Again, watercolor painting by John D. Dawson

First place in the 2-D category went to John D. Dawson for his watercolor titled Into The Forest Again, and the first place award in 3-D was awarded to Elizabeth Miller for her ‘Alala Caws and Coaxes Her World Awake, a hand-tooled aluminum and india ink wall sculpture.

'Alala Caws and Coaxes Her World Awake, aluminum and india inks sculpture by Elizabeth Miller

‘Alala Caws and Coaxes Her World Awake, aluminum and india inks sculpture by Elizabeth Miller

Three awards were also granted in the hobbyist division.  First place to Maria Macias, second place to Lisa Komarczyk and third place to Alice Hostica. These works plus the other 36 pieces juried into the exhibition can be viewed at Volcano Art Center Gallery daily from 9am -5pm until October 9th.

“The community support and public outreach included in this exhibition exceeded expectations”, states Weiss.  VAC has decided to expand the exhibit to the Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.  The artwork not selected by the jury will be on display Mon. – Fri., 9am -5pm at Volcano Art Center’s Administrative offices at 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd. also through Oct. 9th.

All artworks are for sale with proceeds supporting Hawai`i’s endangered birds. “VAC is proud to support this conservation effort.  We welcome the public to view the exhibit in person or online at www.volcanoartcenter.org to find out more ways to help support the ‘Alalā”, states Weiss.

For more information, please contact Emily C. Weiss at (808) 967-7565.

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through arts and education. Please visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for more information.

Wastewater Forum for West Hawaii Community on Thursday

The Office of the Governor is hosting a Wastewater Forum for the West Hawai‘i community to learn about the nuts and bolts of wastewater from a panel of state and county officials, a professor from the University of Hawai‘i and a county consultant.

wastewaterThe public is invited to submit questions for the panel to abigail.au@hawaii.gov or susan.m.kim@hawaii.gov.

Who:

  • Bruce Anderson, division administrator, DLNR aquatics resources division (moderator)
  • Sina Pruder, wastewater branch chief, State Department of Health (DOH)
  • Robert Whittier, geologist, State DOH Safe Drinking Water Branch
  • Eric Yuasa, engineering branch head, DLNR division of boating and ocean resources (DOBOR)
  • Finn McCall, engineer, DOBOR
  • William Taylor, Hawaii district branch manager, DOBOR
  • Bobby Jean Leithead Todd, director, Hawai‘i County department of environmental management
  • Dora Beck, chief, Hawai‘i County wastewater division
  • Shihwu Sung, professor of environmental engineering, UH Hilo
  • Brown and Caldwell, consultant, Hawai‘i County wastewater division

When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 pm

Where: West Hawaii Civic Center, County Council Chambers

THURSDAY: 6th Annual Kipimana Cup – Keaau vs. Kamehameha

The Keaau Cougars will host the 6th Annual Kipimana Cup challenging the Kamehameha Warriors Thursday, this time with a new head coach who happens to be a former coach for Kamehameha.

kipimana-cup
“We are excited to host the Kipimana Cup at our campus this year,” said Iris McGuire, Keaau High School’s athletic director. “We have a new coach and style of football at Keaau High School,” she noted, referring to Aurellio Abellera, who was the defense coach for the Warriors before opting to lead the Cougars.

Hosted by W.H. Shipman, Limited, which calls Keaau home, the Kipimana Cup is a goodwill football game between the public and private schools located within a few miles radius in Keaau.

“Every year it is encouraging to see the attitude of friendship tied to this particular competition,” said Bill Walter, president of W.H. Shipman, Limited. “Team leadership has been effective in instilling what we all hoped that attitude would be: we can play hard, we can compete to win a game and we can compete here in Keaau in a spirit of good will. Similarly, we encourage incoming businesses to recognize this as a special place to do business and to work together to create an environment where our customers want to come to do business.”

Dan Lyons, head football coach for the Kamehameha Schools Keaau campus, noted the Kipimana Cup is a way of “creating a competition” among the two schools and their athletes, “but also an acknowledgement of sportsmanship” that exists between the two schools. “I just think it’s a really good thing for the community, building community togetherness with both of us being in Keaau.”

He noted that W.H. Shipman, Limited is rooted in the history of both schools, with the land originally owned by the family owned company. As for Keaau’s new coach being one of his former staffers, Lyons thinks it’s “awesome.”

“’Leo’ is a really good guy and a really good catch,” Lyons said. Noting the Cougars have already won a couple of games, he said Abellera will bring “structure, organization, character, and integrity” to the Keaau team. “I mean, he’s a very good coach and great guy. It obviously leaves a void in our program, but it certainly helps Big Island football be better.”

“I coached with Dan for the last three years, and he helped me bring back the fun in coaching and football,” Abellera said. He has actually been a math teacher at Keaau High School for the last 16 years, and this is his second time coaching there. “My dad got sick and footballl didn’t seem fun anymore,” he said.

It was Lyons and the Kamehameha Warriors that got him back into coaching. With Kamehameha on solid ground, and the Cougars in need of help, Abellera returned to Keaau.

For the Kipimana Cup Thursday, Kamehameha will show up with four wins and one loss to Kealakehe, in their most recent game on Friday. Keaau, meanwhile, will face off with the Kamehameha Warriors with two wins and one loss, having defeated the Honokaa Dragons in their most recent game last week.

Thursday’s Kipimana Cup will be a league game for both teams. Kamehameha Schools and Keaau High School didn’t always play against each other, being in different divisions — Keaau being in Division 1 and Kamehameha being in Division 2.  The Big Island Interscholastic Federation League ultimately changed that, but not before W.H. Shipman, Ltd. first pitched the annual Kipimana Cup six years ago.

W.H. Shipman, Limited provides $500 to each of the school’s booster clubs following the game, and a trophy to the winning team.
The Kamehameha Warriors have won all five of the previous Kipimana Cups, but that may be a different story this year with Abellera leading the Keaau Cougars, Lyons acknowledged.

Kamehameha School’s Hawai‘i campus opened on former W.H. Shipman land in 2001 and has an enrollment of a little over 1,000 students, grades K-12, while Keaau High School has an enrollment of 880 children, grades 9-12.  The school first opened in 1998, also on Shipman property.

Kipimana is how Hawaiians historically referred to Shipman. W.H. Shipman, Limited staff came up with the idea for the Kipimana Cup six years ago.

Based in the Puna for the last 130 years, W.H. Shipman, Limited currently has 17,000 acres in and around Keaau, and is active in agriculture and commercial/ industrial development and leasing. Shipman holds a long-range view toward sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.

Thursday’s Kipimana Cup will be held at Keaau High School.  Kickoff for the varsity game is expected to start around 7:30 p.m., a half hour after the 5 p.m. junior varsity game ends. Expect to pay a nominal admission.

Contact Walter at 966-9325 for more details.

Third Annual Historic Kailua Village Luau October 1st

The Kailua Village Business Improvement District continues to host exciting community events that add to the vibrancy within Historic Kailua Village. Next up is the Third Annual Historic Kailua Village Luau on Saturday, October 1 at 6 p.m. on the makai (oceanfront) lawn at Kona Inn.

kailua-luau“The Historic Kailua Village Luau is very popular with both local residents and visitors,” said KVBID President Riley Smith. “Our aim is to celebrate a special Hawaiian evening by the sea and keep the price within reach. Too often we are wrapped up in daily responsibilities and we don’t take enough time to enjoy where we live with our friends and family. Our Historic Kailua Village Luau is an opportunity to enjoy traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment in a perfect oceanfront setting.”

Traditional Hawaiian luau fare will be complemented with entertainment by Halau Kalaakeakauikawekiu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kenneth “Aloha” Victor with music by Iwalani Hoomanawanui and friends.

Special value tickets are priced at $45 each and reserved tables of 10 are available in limited quantities at $400 per table. Tickets may be purchased online at HistoricKailuaVillage.com.

The Third Annual Historic Kailua Village Luau is brought to you by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Big Island Honda, Kona Commons and Courtyard Marriott Kona Beach Hotel. Contact HKVevents@gmail.com a minimum of 5 days in advance to request an auxiliary aid or reasonable modification.

2016 Hawaii DAR Chapter Honors and Recognition

The Hawai’i Loa Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) will honor and recognize those who have dedicated themselves to conserving the dryland forest of the Kohala District and those who have preserved the history of the Kona District of Hawai’i County. Presentations will be held during the September 17, 2016 DAR chapter meeting at the West Hawaii Civic Center located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy. in Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawai’i.

Preceding the meeting, a reception will be held for our honored recipients between 10:00 and 10:20 a.m. in Conference Room A and the chapter meeting and award presentations will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The meeting is expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m.

NSDAR CONSERVATION MEDAL

The NSDAR Conservation Medal recognizes an adult with a distinguished volunteer conservation record that includes outstanding efforts in wildlife and nature centers; resource management; park establishment; youth leadership; conservation related media; and education on the college, high school, junior high school, middle school, or elementary school level.

Beverley Brand, NSDAR Conservation Medal Recipient

Beverly Brand

Beverly Brand

In 2004, wiliwili trees were in danger of disappearing due to contractors removing them from the Waikoloa Village area and replanting them at the resort properties located nearby. In an effort to prevent any additional transplanting, Beverley Brand led the charge to obtain a lease on 275 acres of land that would later become the Waikoloa Dry Forest Preserve. Furthermore, she formed a committee of people who would later found the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative (WDFI) that allowed her to obtain funding, develop educational programs, and collaborate with professionals and state and federal agencies to ensure that these trees would be preserved and protected.

Her efforts have provided local jobs, protected tropical lowland dry forest (which is one of the most endangered forest types in the world), helped recovery efforts for rare and endangered Hawaiian plants, and provided a venue for youth to learn about and participate in conservation through experiential education activities.

Today, Beverley serves as president on the WDFl Board and continues to be a guiding force of the project. Her energy and enthusiasm for this work has inspired countless others to join the effort and the preserve at Waikoloa Dry Forest is now counted among the top dry forest restoration projects on Hawai’i Island.

NSDAR HISTORIC PRESERVATION RECOGNITION AWARD

The Historic Preservation Recognition Award recognizes and honors an individual or group that has done recent remarkable volunteer work at the community level. The award recognizes achievements in all areas of historic preservation: buildings, landmarks, monuments, cemeteries, historic districts, statues, museum collections, manuscripts, documents, and archival materials. It also includes writing or compiling and publishing books on historic preservation projects, historical properties, genealogical and court house records, and photography collections; as well as compiling oral histories; and serving as historical guides, interpreters or docents.

NSDAR Historic Preservation Recognition Award Recipients: Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins

One of our nation’s treasures, the Hulihe’e Palace, is preserved through the courageous, imaginative, and undaunted efforts of the Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins.

The Daughters of Hawai‘i were organized in 1903 by seven Kama’āina women who feared the loss of Hawaiian culture. To preserve their culture, the Daughters have restored and currently maintain the only two furnished palaces within the United States which were used by former Hawaiian Royalty. One is the summer palace of Queen Emma located on the island of Oahu and the other is the Hulihe’e Palace located on the island of Hawai’i.

In 1986, the Calabash Cousins (of the Daughters of Hawai’i) was officially established to assist in raising funds and participate in the ongoing preservation efforts. Many are docents and help with preservation activities and fundraisers.

For many visitors, the Hulihe’e Palace is a first stop during their time here. Keeping history alive in our community and educating our many visitors to the island, Hulihe’e Palace remains the jewel it is because of the hard work and devotion of the Daughters of Hawai’i and the Calabash Cousins.

NSDAR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

The NSDAR Community Service Award allows an opportunity for chapters and states to recognize worthy individuals and organizations for outstanding unpaid voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors.

Ann Kern and the Kona Historical Society – NSDAR Community Service Award Recipients

ann-kernThe Kona Historical Society is a community based, non-profit organization that was founded in 1976 to collect, preserve and share the history of the Kona districts supported by over 1000 members internationally. Society member Ann Kern created the Hanohano O’ Kona (Honoring Kona), a free lecture series offered monthly to the community. Speakers and coordinators of the series donate their time lecturing on topics pertinent to Kona’s history. Today, Ann Kern serves as coordinator of the lecture series while also serving as lead interpreter for the Kona Historical Society’s Kailua Village Walking Tour and Greenwell Store Living History Museum.

HELCO President to Speak at West Hawaii Forum – Hawaii’s Energy Future

What’s Ahead for Hawaii’s Energy Future?

Join the discussion at this month’s West Hawaii Forum on September 15th, 2016 from6 PM   –   8 PM at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers

Doors will open at 5:30 pm. This program is free and open to the public.

Jay Ignacio, President of Hawai’i Electric Company (HELCO)

Jay Ignacio, President of Hawai’i Electric Company (HELCO)

Don’t miss this important September 15th Forum — energy is everybody’s business.    Join us and hear varying energy visions from top stakeholders in a post-NextEra Hawaii. Learn how Hawai’i could achieve its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2045 and how those plans may affect you.

What economic and environmental benefits can we expect when Hawaii’s energy needs are met through locally produced clean energy?

Is it possible for all ground and marine transportation to be electrified or powered by renewable hydrogen or renewable biofuels?

Of Hawaii’s top 250 companies, five are solar contractors that generated $140 million in 2015 and are the economic drivers of several thousand local jobs.

What does the future hold for rooftop solar?

Forum Presenters:

  • Jay Ignacio, President of Hawai’i Electric Company (HELCO)
  • Isacc Moriwake, Esq., Earthjustice, Mid-Pacific Office, Hawai’i
  • Marco Mangelsdorf, Hawai’i Island Energy Cooperative (HIEC)

Forum Moderator – Henry Curtis, Illana Media, Hawai’i

In advance of the Forum, ask your questions or concerns for the energy experts at: http://www.westhawaiiforum.org/event/nextera-your-next-utility/     And join the Forum audience on September 15th, as experts explain their visions and plans for the next five years of Hawaii’s 30 year path to a clean and independent energy future.

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.

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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!
www.EKFernandez.com

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

Estimated 5,500 People Lost Power Due to Tropical Storm Madeline

Hawaii Electric Light’s business offices, including the Customer Service and Customer Engineering offices, will remain closed today. The Company will continue to address customer outages caused by Tropical Storm Madeline on Thursday. Customers may still reach the company to report power outages and downed power lines by calling its trouble desk at 969-6666. All offices will be open for business on Friday, September 2, 2016.

HELCO Worker

During the course of the day yesterday, an estimated 5,500 customers experienced power interruptions related to Tropical Storm Madeline on Wednesday. Employees worked to repair downed lines and broken poles, and remove trees and branches from power lines to restore power to customers. Nearly all affected customers have been restored. As of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, approximately 100 customers in Pahala, Mountain View, and Honokaa are without power. Crews are working tonight to restore power to customers as long as it is safe to do so.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority,” said Hawaii Electric Light spokesperson Rhea Lee-Moku. “Do not touch fallen or low hanging power lines or anything they may be in contact with. A seemingly harmless wire may still be energized. Stay clear of puddles where downed lines may have landed. Stay at least 30 feet away from a fallen line and call the Hawai‘i Electric Light trouble desk at 969-6666.

Even after power is restored, small pockets of outages may occur. Customers who are without power and have not yet reported their outage should call the trouble desk to report it.

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.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

2016 Peace Day Flyer

PEACE POSTER CONTEST

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 MOVIE NIGHT

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).

WINE AT 5

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.

PEACE DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL

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.

READ FOR PEACE

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.

CHALK THE WALK

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.

A DAY OF MINDFULNESS

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.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Now Closed Until Further Notice

To ensure the safety of visitors and employees, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will close at noon today until it is determined safe to reopen.

NPS Photo

NPS Photo

Park staff and volunteers not directly involved in storm efforts were directed to stay home. Guests at Kīlauea Military Camp and Volcano House will shelter in place, or if necessary, be directed to the nearest shelter.

Rangers will assess impacts from Hurricane Madeline at 8 a.m. Thursday. The strongest winds are predicted to hit the park between noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters predict the park could see up to 10 inches of rain, maximum winds of 45 mph up to 75 mph (depending on the storm’s track), and dangerously high surf.

“The closure will continue until we have a chance to assess the impact to the park and mitigate any damage. With Hurricane Lester right on the heels of Madeline, and still a Category 4 hurricane, we could end up continuing the closure for a few days until it’s safe to reopen,” said Chief Ranger John Broward.

Rangers will determine by Friday if the Kahuku Unit, open only on Saturdays and Sundays, will remain closed over the weekend.

Updates will be posted to the park’s website www.nps.gov/havo, and its official social media sites.

Big Island Amateur Radio Emergency Service Districts Activate to Support Possible Hurricane Response in Hawaii

ARRL Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator Clement Jung, KH7HO, has announced the activation of all four Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) districts on the Big Island of Hawaii, to support each other and served agencies as two hurricanes — Madeline and Lester — threaten. A hurricane watch remains in effect for Hawaii County.

amateur radioA SKYWARN net activated on August 31 as Hurricane Madeline approached the Big Island, and KH6SW went on the air from the National Weather Service (NWS) Honolulu Forecast Office on HF, VHF, and UHF. A second SKYWARN activation for Hurricane Lester will begin on September 2 at 10 PM (0800 UTC on September 3), continuing until Monday, September 5 at noon (2200 UTC).

As of 1200 UTC, Madeline, now a category 1 storm, was located about 200 miles east of Hilo and 410 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds near 90 MPH. The storm is moving to the west at 12 MPH.

As of 0900 UTC, Hurricane Lester, a much stronger category 4 storm, was some 1160 miles east of Hilo, with maximum sustained winds of 140 MPH and moving to the west at 12 MPH. NOAA has advised interests in Hawaii to monitor Lester’s progress.

ARES teams were set to initiate local repeater nets, holding 146.52 MHz simplex in reserve in case repeaters go down. Plans call for using HF (7.180 and 3.975 MHz) to relay traffic via Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) nets to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Emergency Operations Center (EOC). SKYWARN traffic will use Fldigi MT63 1KL or voice on 7.080 MHz (USB), with 3.888 MHz (LSB) as an alternate frequency, and 7.095 MHz available to support informal and tactical traffic.

Jung said that if Hawaii Emergency Management Agency RACES is activated, it will monitor 7.088 MHz (LSB) for voice and Fldigi MT63-1KL. Until then, SKYWARN will be the statewide HF net control station on 7.080 MHz (USB) for voice and Fldigi.

Hawaii Gov David Ige has declared a state of emergency in the state, with the Big Island under a hurricane warning for Madeline. The National Weather Service has indicated that hurricane conditions could occur on the Big Island within the next 24 hours. Public schools in Hawaii have been closed, and the governor was urging residents of the Big Island to take steps to protect people and property. A dozen schools have been designated to serve as emergency evacuation shelters.

In addition to HF, KH6SW will operate on these repeaters:

  • 146.660 (EARC, Windward Oahu)
  • 146.760 (DEM RACES, Peackcock Flat, North Shore Oahu)
  • 146.800 (EARC, Manakapu, Oahu)
  • 146.880 (DEM RACES, Diamond Head)
  • 146.980 (DEM RACES, Downtown Honolulu)
  • 147.060 (State RACES, Diamond Head)
  • 444.350 (State RACES, Diamond Head)

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.

HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Endless Summer Statewide Invitational Basketball Classic Results

A total of 122 youths from 13 teams, included four teams from Oahu and Maui, participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Endless Summer Statewide Invitational Basketball Classic this past weekend at Waiākea-Uka Gym.

In the Varsity Girls division finals, Maui Sparks edged Wahine Ryders 41-39 in overtime, with Mikayla Tablit hitting the game winning three-pointer in the waning seconds of the game. Tablit led the Sparks with 21 points. Mandy Kawaha topped the Ryders with 19.

Maui Sparks

Maui Sparks

Members of the champion Maui Sparks squad included Tablit, Nel Mae Bumanglag, Kaylee and Kyra Cambra, Kamaile Cugal, Jordyn Mantz, Honeylet Padasadao, Ashley Taylor Peralta, Kealia Sjostrand, Mikiala Sniffen and Tanniya Uchida.

In the third-place contest, Waiākea defeated Keaʻau 43-15. Madison Hwang tallied 10 for Waiākea.

In the Girls Rising Stars finals, Kona Stingrays withstood a furious comeback from Hoop Dreams to claim the championship 26-25. Gracie Hing scored 11 points for the Stingrays and Keani Midel had 10 for Hoop Dreams.

Kona Stingrays

Kona Stingrays

Members of the champion Stingrays included Hing, Kassie and Lanie Alapai, Kiera Ambrosia, Tayvia Cabatbat, Dallas Carlos, Rebekah Fong, Peyton Healeamau, Gabryela Kaipo, Iolani Kamakau, Caiyle Kaupu and Juliana Losalio.

In the third-place contest, Honokaʻa outscored Maui Sparks 26-15. Kaliana Salazar-Harrell led Honokaʻa with 14 points.

In the boys Rising Stars division, Hoop Dreams out-gunned St. Joseph 62-32 to claim the title. Keawe Silva scored 18 points, Kobe Kahele added 16 and Kiaʻi Apele tallied 11 for the champions. Stan Mawry led the runners-up with 10 points.

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Members of the champion Hoop Dreams included Silva, Kahele, Apele, Kaukahi Alameda, Macmillan Aloisio, Isaiah Cordero, Chance Simeona, and Kaupena Yasso.

In the third-place contest, Hawaiʻi Storm ran past PGU 42-7. Enzo Mazzulli scored 10 for the Storm.

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

Big Island Police Name “Officers of the Month” for July & August

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Puna Patrol Officers Eddie Cardines and Whitman McCallum on Thursday (August 25) as “Officers of the Month” for July and Vice Officer Zenas Pacheco as “Officer of the Month” for August.

Officers of the Month for July: Whitman McCallum and Eddie Cardines

Officers of the Month for July: Whitman McCallum and Eddie Cardines

Officers Cardines and McCallum were honored for their actions that led to the immediate capture of a triple homicide suspect. Officer Pacheco was commended for reducing the supply of methamphetamine in East Hawaiʻi.

In the early hours of May 6, Officers Cardines and McCallum were dispatched to a report of a possible gunshot victim in Leilani Estates. As they were trying to locate the house, McCallum noticed a vehicle leaving the area without its lights on. He alerted his fellow officers and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver evaded him and drove away. Officer Cardines caught up with the vehicle a block away and made a felony traffic stop. After the suspect was apprehended, Cardines inspected the car, preserved critical evidence in danger of being washed away by a sudden downpour of rain, and made observations that ultimately led to the discovery of a woman’s body in the trunk.

Once the suspect had been secured, McCallum joined another officer to check the suspect’s house, where they discovered the bodies of two young children.

Sergeant Brandon Konanui said the actions of McCallum and Cardines led to the preservation of evidence and the “quick capture of a highly dangerous suspect.”

Officer of the Month for August: Zenas Pacheco

Officer of the Month for August: Zenas Pacheco

Officer Pacheco’s award was for seizing what Acting Lieutenant Brian Miller described as an “unheard of” amount of methamphetamine in East East Hawaiʻi. “Within the past two months, Officer Pacheco has recovered approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine, which was headed to high-level drug suppliers in East Hawaiʻi,” Miller wrote in nomination papers.

In one case, a suspect who was in the custody of Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center had been distributing meth while out on work furlough. Pacheco recovered 11.5 ounces of the drug after executing a search warrant on the inmate’s car in June.

Officer Pacheco developed enough information to conduct a joint operation with the Drug Enforcement Administration in July on the supplier of the man arrested in June. They recovered more than 5 pounds of meth, leading to the arrest of the supplier, who is facing a mandatory 10-year sentence to federal prison.

As “Officer of the Month,” the honored officers are eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

Three Big Island Residents Selected for Omidyar Fellows Program

Omidyar Fellows Program is excited to announce Cohort V of the Omidyar Fellows! Please join us as we warmly welcome these 14 outstanding local executives from various sectors and islands.

Omidyar FellowsEach new Fellow will bring their own insights and experiences as they expand their leadership horizons together. Cohort V is ready to heed the call as they learn, discover, and collaborate to collectively impact the future of Hawaii.

  • Brad Bennett (Kaumana, Hawaii Island), complex area superintendent, Department of Education Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area
  • Kyle Chock (Kamuela, Hawaii Island), assistant executive secretary-treasurer, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Elisia Flores (Hawaii Kai, Oahu), vice president and chief financial officer, L&L Franchise, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Ignacio (Waialae Iki, Oahu), orthopedic surgeon and managing partner, IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health
  • Malia Kaaihue (Kaimuki, Oahu), president, DTL, a Hawaiian strategy studio
  • Nalani Fujimori Kaina (Hawaii Kai, Oahu), executive director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Micah A. Kane (Kaneohe, Oahu), president and chief operating officer, Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Shelee Kimura (Aiea Heights, Oahu), vice president of corporate planning and business development, Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Keoni Lee (Kaimuki, Oahu), co-founder and owner, Oiwi TV
  • Richard Matsuda (Waimea, Hawaii Island), chief of operations, W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Alicia Moy (Kakaako, Oahu), president and chief executive officer, Hawaii Gas
  • Cameron Nekota (Kaimuki, Oahu), vice president, D.R. Horton Schuler Homes LLC
  • Susan Tai Kaneko (Lihue, Kauai), president and chief executive officer, Kauai Economic Development Board
  • Nicole Velasco (Lower Kalihi, Oahu), executive director, Office of Economic Development for the City & County of Honolulu

North Hawaii Community Hospital Celebrates 20 Years Delivering Babies and Receives Certificate of Approval

North Hawaii Community Hospital is celebrating 20 years of service to the community by inviting everyone born at the hospital since its opening in 1996 to a birthday celebration on Friday, August 26 at 3 pm.

North Hawaii Community Hospital FrontAttendees will be treated to birthday cake and party favors, and are asked to bring their baby photo to display.

The hospital will also be celebrating Baby Friendly Day.  North Hawaii Community Hospital was designated a Baby Friendly hospital by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund for offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies, and is one of only three in the state with this special designation.

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North Hawaii Community Hospital Women’s Health CenteringPregnancy® program recently received their certificate of approval from the Centering Healthcare Institute.  After a thorough site visit and program review, Centering officials determined that North Hawaii Community Hospital’s program has demonstrated fidelity to the Centering model and is on track for sustainability.

Centering officials, who visited from Massachusetts, noted that Women’s Health is implementing the Centering model while integrating important cultural practices and traditions, making it unique and very special to the participants. “The staff and participants have created a sacred space that forges strong bonds and a sense of pride. This is a model site and should be encouraged to share their experiences,” said Centering officials.

Officials also noted the program’s excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction, good average group size, strong administrative support, and an effective and engaged steering committee.

CenteringPregnancy offers a group approach to prenatal care, combining three essential elements of care- health assessment, education, and support.  Approximately 10 to 12 expectant moms meet for 10 two-hour sessions starting in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Moms-to-be share stories and learn from one another and talk about health issues.  Each two-hour session is led by a Women’s Health certified nurse midwife and childbirth facilitator.  In the past year, CenteringPregnancy participants reported 100% satisfaction and exceeded goals for low birth weight and premature births.

For questions about the CenteringPregnancy program, contact Women’s Health at North Hawaii Community Hospital at 885-9606.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder Offered

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is offering Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Dr. Stephanie Dodge.

UH Hilo MonikerClasses will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., September 20 – October 18, at UH Hilo’s Sciences and Technology Building (STB) 225. Cost is $75.

The series is open to anyone who would like to learn more about ASD, including parents, caregivers, educators and practitioners. It will provide an overview of diagnosis, prevalence and etiology of ASD, as well as an introduction to interventions. Also included is information about behavioral assessments and programs, assistive technology and advocacy for services.

Dodge received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UH Manoa. She specializes in helping young children who have problems with attention, focus, following instructions, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and disobedience. She also specializes in autism treatment and is trained to administer two gold-standard evaluation tools.

For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/ccecs/.