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Hilo Municipal Golf Course to be Shortened, Remain Open During Renovation Project

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces it will shorten the Hilo Municipal Golf Course and open temporary greens so golfers may continue using portions of the links while it is undergoing major renovation.

Hilo Golf Course

Starting Monday, February 8, play will be limited to the front 9 holes and a temporary 9th green opened to accommodate construction work. When renovation of the back 9 holes is completed, they will be opened for play and the front 9 holes closed so renovation work may shift to that section of the course. Temporary greens will be opened at the 17th and 18th holes until new grass is established on the reconstructed greens. Also, temporary tee boxes will be opened at the 15th hole to allow for construction access.

These rotating partial closures are expected to continue through mid-May. During that period, tee times will be modified to allow golfers to play two rounds and create the equivalent of an 18-hole golfing experience.

Course renovation work will include the following upgrades:

  • Reconstructing the 9th, 17th and 18th greens
  • Constructing a new 14th green and using the existing green as a temporary green
  • Replacing all course waterlines
  • Installing new accessible drinking fountains throughout the course
  • Constructing new accessible shelters at the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 13th and 18th tees
  • Constructing new accessible restrooms at the 4th and 12th tees
  • Performing structural and safety repairs to the course bridges
  • Tree removal

The Department of Parks and Recreation understands the inconvenience the ongoing construction work will cause, and sincerely appreciates patrons’ patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

HI-PAL Elementary and Intermediate Basketball Championships Crowned

Eighty-five youths from eight teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” elementary and intermediate basketball championships this past weekend at Papaʻikou Gym.

 Members of the Intermediate Champion Waiākea Titans (from left)—Dominic Rodrigues, Chance Simeona, Kiai Apele, Macmillain Aloisio, Guyson Ogata, Vergil Henry.


Members of the Intermediate Champion Waiākea Titans (from left)—Dominic Rodrigues, Chance Simeona, Kiai Apele, Macmillain Aloisio, Guyson Ogata, Vergil Henry.

In the Intermediate Division, Waiākea Titans finished the round robin event with an undefeated 4-0 record to claim the championship. Titans defeated St. Joseph Gold 57-51 led by Kiai Apele’s 20 points, Kaʻū 56-35 led by Chance Simeona with 19 points, Waiākea 49-26 led by Apele’s 18 points and St. Joseph Red 48-34 led by Apele with 14 points. St. Joseph Gold finished second with a 3-1 record. Members of the championship Titans squad included Apele, Simeona, Macmillan Aloisio, Vergil Henry, Guyson Ogata and Dominic Rodrigues.

In the Elementary Division finals, the St. Joseph Cardinals edged Kealakehe Blue 31-28 to claim the title. Jayden Villena led the Cardinals with 11 points, Forrest Mckinney added 8 points and Zayre Fuiava tallied 6 points. Second-place Kealakehe was led by Shammah Talley with 9 points and Elayo Malapit and Edward Lai who added 6 points apiece. In the third place contest, Haʻaheo defeated Kealakehe White 26-18. Zamar Brres led Haʻaheo with 15 points. Members of the champion St. Joseph squad included Villena, Mckinney, Fuiava, Tiffany Castillo, Thomas Costa, Aidyn Cruise, Kavis Davies, Blayden Grace, Landry Ishii and Stanislaw Stack.

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

Hawaii Attorney General “Fantasy Sports Contests FanDuel and DraftKings” Constitute Illegal Gambling

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin issued a formal advisory opinion today stating that daily fantasy sports contests, such as those run by FanDuel and DraftKings, constitute illegal gambling under existing state laws.

Fan DuelDraft Kings“Gambling generally occurs under Hawaii law when a person stakes or risks something of value upon a game of chance or upon any future contingent event not under the person’s control,” said Chin. “The technology may have changed, but the vice has not.”

Nearly sixty million Americans participate in fantasy sports, with the vast majority playing in a league with friends or colleagues that might be considered “social gambling” which is legal in Hawaii. In contrast, daily fantasy sports contests typically involve competitions between hundreds or thousands of people, are played daily, involve wagers of up to $1,000, and allow each individual multiple entries leading to top prizes of up to $1 million.

“Hawaii is generally recognized to have some of the strictest anti-gambling laws in the country,” said Chin. By statute the Attorney General provides opinions upon questions of law submitted by the Governor, the state legislature or its members, or a state agency head. The Department of the Attorney General is weighing next steps, including civil or criminal enforcement, consistent with its opinion.

The text of Attorney General Opinion 2016-01 is attached.

UH Hilo Offers Youth Basketball Teams Free Admission to Home Basketball Games

Hawai‘i Island’s youth basketball players can show their support for the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s basketball teams by taking advantage of free admission Vulcan Athletics is offering for remaining men’s and women’s home games.

UH Hilo 2016 mens team

All registered keiki basketball players and coaches, including those participating in Department of Parks and Recreation’s leagues and Hawai‘i Police Activities League (HI-PAL) tournaments, are eligible for free home game general admission. The offer covers each team’s players, head coach, one assistant coach, and the coaches’ significant other for the remainder of the 2015-2016 UH Hilo basketball season.

Due to recruiting restrictions for high school athletes, the free admission can be offered only to keiki currently attending kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Games will be played at Hawai‘i County’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium located in Hilo. The following is the remaining schedule, starting times (women play first) and opponent:

  • Monday, January 25 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – California Baptist University
  • Saturday, February 13 (11 a.m./1 p.m.) – Chaminade University
  • Monday, February 15 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Thursday, February 18 (6 p.m.) – Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i
  • Tuesday, February 23 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Point Loma Nazarene
  • Saturday, February 27 (5 p.m./7:30 p.m.) – Azusa Pacific University

Coaches wishing to participate in the program must provide their team’s name, roster, players’ ages, and coaches’ contact information. Coaches of multiple youth teams must submit separate rosters.

For more information, please contact Kelly Leong, UH-Hilo sports information director, at 932-7177, 895-0929 or kellyl@hawaii.edu.

Video: Fly HI with The Maka Project – Big Island of Hawaii

The Maka crew enjoying life on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

MAKA PROJECT 2

Capturing the Big Island of Hawaii from a slightly different perspective!

Full of aloha and adventure, the Island of Hawaii is an epic place to call home- especially for the Maka crew. Filmed by Joshua Lambus and Eric Franke.

Two Hawaii Prep Stars Nominated to Play in 2016 McDonald’s All American Games

Chanelle Molina of Konawaena High School and Keala Quinlan of Roosevelt High School have been chosen as nominees for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games High School Girls Basketball Team. Molina and Quinlan are among 755 high school seniors from 49 states and the District of Columbia who have been culled by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.

Chanelle Molina

Chanelle Molina

Konawaena guard and five-star recruit Molina led the Wildcats to an HHSAA Div. I state championship last season, a title they are favored to win again under her leadership this year.  Meanwhile, Roosevelt forward Quinlan is a four-year letter winner helping the Roughriders capture the OIA East Division Championship in both 2014 and 2015. This is the first time a player from Konawaena or Roosevelt High School has been nominated for the McDonald’s All American Games.

“We are so proud of Keala,” said Roosevelt head girls’ basketball coach Hinano Higa. “She is our go-to person and an all-around team player going out of her way to make sure her teammates are involved and comfortable.”

“Chanelle represents the state of Hawaii so well. This nomination is not only great for our school, but for the entire state,” said Konawaena head girls’ basketball coach Bobbie Awa. “She is helping put our kids on the map.”

A complete list of 2016 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com. McDonald’s will name the final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2016 Games during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU, airing Sunday, January 17 at 9:30 p.m. CT; 5:30 p.m. Hawaii Time.

The 39th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, March 30, at 8:00 p.m. CT; 4:00 p.m. Hawaii Time from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 15th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT; 1:30 p.m. Hawaii Time and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Information regarding tickets for the 2016 McDonald’s All American Games is available at Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2016 Games go on sale Saturday, February 6. Tickets start as low as $10 and include free parking. There is also the popular family four-pack option that includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $53.

Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The Games have raised more than $11 million for RMHC since their inception in 1978. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide stability and vital resources to families in their time of need, allowing their child time to heal and helping to keep them healthy and happy.

US Women’s National Soccer Team Match in Hawaii Has Been Cancelled Due to Poor Field Conditions

The US Women’s National Soccer Team match scheduled for tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Aloha Stadium has been cancelled.Photos via Andrew Lee Facebook account

University of Hawaii Sports Photographer Andrew Lee reports the field conditions are not up to par for the players to play on.

Lily Kahumoku Speaks Out About Coach June Jones Allegations

In 2008 there was a rumor floating around that Coach June Jones had impregnated UH Volleyball player Lily Kahumoku.

Lily and her family

Lily and her family

The rumor floated around long enough that I finally asked readers on my website on whether they believed it was true or not and amazingly 75.1% of the folks that replied… believed the rumor to be true.

Lily Poll

A few years after Lily graduated from the University of Hawaii, I received the following email from her:

9-14-2011

Hello Damon,

My name is Lily, it used to be Kahumoku, but now it’s Olteanu. I’ve seen your site. I commend you for your passion and the work that you’re doing. I also have blog and I know how much work it is to maintain.

The reason I’m writing to you is, I would like you to remove your survey about regarding June Jones impregnating me. I shouldn’t have to say this, but I will, the rumors and lies spread about this affair are ridiculous. It never happened, but  do to the timing of my sabbatical, June Jones accident and Dr Joel Fischer, I understand how the creation of this false narrative came to life. And it’s tragic, that people truly believe it happened.

I never let these rumors get to me, because I knew it was bullshit. Unfortunately, due to rather recent events in my life, I’ve become a bit more fragile and sensitive to this topic, specifically because I am reproductively challenged and am still mourning the loss of my children, my suns, Keali’ikauila Cristian and Kahekili Alexandru Olteanu. They passed away on December 9, 2010, in Tours, France. The law France prohibited their incubation and neonatal assistance and they both died shortly after the birth. 

Well, I didn’t about this survey until recently when my husband googled my name and saw it. He was very disturbed. It simply isn’t fair that my family has suffers over something like this. I know life’s not fair, and that you’re work is to provide news and information to the people of Hawaii. However, I think you’re a reasonable person and I would like to ask you, as a courtesy, to please remove the article/survey regarding this nonsense.

I made a tribute site for my children at: www.lilyolteanu.com, there is a section called Mommy’s journal, you can go to the archives to see all of my entries. It’s not perfect, it’s full of errors and it’s sloppy places. But it’s real, it’s from my heart and has been my savior.

Anyway, I hope this message finds you well.

Mahalo for your cooperation and time.

Lily Olteanu

Now with June Jones applying for his former position with the University of Hawaii after Norm Chow has been released… I felt it was time to clear the air with this alleged rumor and Lily does too as she sent this to me yesterday after I asked her if I could post her side of the story:

11-4-2015

Hello Damon,

I really appreciate your message and for that I have no problem with you sharing my email. For years, these rumors have hurt my family and loved ones. On countless occasions I thought about “clearing the air” on my own forum in one of my blogs. But I never did, it’s a Catch 22. If I say it never happened, which it didn’t (I don’t even know Coach Jones personally), there will be crazies out there who will still think whatever they want.

When I sent you the email I was a emotional wreck. In the last four years, I lost two more little boys, twins again, Kainoa and Kekoa, they lived for 6 and 10 days before passing away due to complications with their prematurity. I also had a life-threatening ectopic scar pregnancy in which I did two rounds of chemotherapy in Romania and England, because it was too dangerous to remove the fetus.

However, after this hellacious journey to and through motherhood I am proud to say my son Lucian is almost one year-old. The journey to get him almost got the most of me, but he was/is definitely worth it. HAPPY ENDINGS DO EXIST. Mahalo again for the notice. Here are a few pictures.

Lily and babyAloha,

Lily

Free Youth Soccer Clinic in Hilo

Boys and girls age 6 to 14 years old are invited to a free soccer clinic that will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at Dr. Frances F.C. Wong Stadium in Hilo.

Hawai‘i’s Chevy dealers, in partnership with the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, is sponsoring the Chevy Youth Soccer Instructional Clinic. The free clinic is open to the first 200 keiki who register. Soccer fundamentals such as dribbling, passing and shooting skills will be taught at the clinic.

Hawaii ClinicEach child must RSVP online at soccer.youthsportsclinics.com. Select the “Hawai‘i” market and enter the password “kickit” to complete the free registration process. A signed waiver form, available from the same website, also is required. Waiver forms will be offered at the event.

Concessions will not be available, so family members are encouraged to bring their own refreshments. All participants will receive a clinic T-shirt and a post-clinic snack.

For more information about the Chevy Youth Soccer Instructional Clinic, please contact CYS Coordinator Beth Heyer at 770-407-8565 or bheyer@gmdealerprograms.com.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Blood is the New Black – Roller Derby Battle Coming Up

BLOOD IS THE NEW BLACK! Hilo’s Paradise Roller Girls (PRG) Hawaiian Honey Badgers are ready to slaughter their competition in all-out combat against O’ahu’s Pacific Roller Derby Hulagans for a rematch that promises be a gruesome battle to the finish.

Blood is Black

It all goes down Friday, October 30th at the Hilo Civic. Doors open at 6:00pm and the main event starts at 7:30pm.  It guarantees to be an epic action-packed showdown you won’t want to miss.

Additional fun and entertainment will take place throughout the evening.  Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby play at 6:00pm and 6:30pm.  Come out and show your support for this awesome youth athletic event!  Get in the Halloween mood by wearing your costume and trick-or-treating the vendor booths, then participate in a thrilling halftime show featuring Big Island Cheer and PRG’s biggest fans.

Tickets are $5, and keiki 5 and under get in free.  Purchase tickets at: Kadota Liquor, Lucy’s Taqueria, Mt. View Village Video, Jungle Love in Pahoa, or CD Wizard (add $1 surcharge), hit up your favorite derby girl, or at the door the night of the event.

Concessions available inside. Please no strollers, coolers, or beverage containers.  Don’t forget to swing by our merchandise booth to get your PRG swag on!  PRG 2016 calendars are on sale now for $10. Gets yours signed at the calendar release party after the bout

Paradise Roller Girls is a member-owned Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) league based out of Hilo, Hawai’i and adheres to the association’s rules and regulations; a comradery of diverse skaters of all ages and backgrounds whose mission is to promote a healthy and athletic lifestyle while giving back through community service, outreach, and charity.

Mahalos to our sponsors: Ace Hardware Pahoa, Paradise Photo and Design, Hawai’i Life Real Estate Brokers, Kadota Liquor, , ProVision Solar Inc., Will Kill, Hilo Town Tavern, and Title Guaranty.

For more information on upcoming events, recruitment of skaters, junior skaters, referees, non-skating officials, volunteer opportunities, bout vendor booths and more go to www.paradiserollergirls.com.  Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to keep up with the latest roller derby happenings in our community!

Big Island State Champs Heading to Washington D.C. – Seeking Sponsor

Hawaii’s defending girls basketball state champs are headed to Washington D.C.

WildcatsThe Konawaena Wildcats, six-time state champions in the last dozen years, are one of 48 teams across the nation that have been invited to participate in the prestigious Title IX Tournament  and Conference to be held Dec. 27-30 at the D.C. Armory  in our nation’s capital.

This three-day, four-bracket tournament widens opportunities for female student-athletes as teams with highly recruited players compete against local talent before a wide range of coaches and scouts seeking to award scholarships  — scholarships made possible because of the passage of Title IX.

Konawaena returns a strong lineup of six returnees who were part of the team that defeated Lahainaluna of Maui 51-41 to win the Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournament in March. The wildcats feature Chanelle Molina, the state’s top player and the most recruited girls basketball player in Hawaii high school history.

Also returning are starters Mercedes “Ihi” Victor, Mikayla Tablit, and sisters Celena Molina and Cherilyn Molina. They are joined by returnee Mahie Kaawa and newcomer Jenny Fong. The Wildcats, who were ranked 20th in the nation last year, are favored to repeat as state champions in 2015.

While participating in the tournament and conference in D.C., the team will also tour important institutions, monuments and sites within the District of Columbia. The event is sponsored by the Sankofa Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the bar of expectations for girls, particularly as scholar-athletes. It also seeks to raise the expectations of the systems and communities that support them.

The team is seeking a title sponsor for this event in return for any type of marketing opportunities for the sponsor as amateur athletics will allow. If a title sponsor cannot be identified, the committee hopes to seek smaller donations by businesses and individuals who have supported the program in the past and see the value of the Konawaena girls basketball program. Many of Coach Bobbie Awa’s players have had the opportunity to receive college educations, and some of them have returned to Kona and Hawaii and become role models to new generations of scholar athletes.

The companion conference will allow participants to learn about Title IX, but more importantly. the girls will be empowered to self advocate in the area of sports, STEM careers, leadership, public speaking, financial literacy, citizenship and civics.

“This experience will last a life time for some of our girls,” said Awa. “We’ve been invited to other good tournaments, but this is an opportunity for them to learn about Title IX, where their opportunities came from.”

A committee has been formed by Athletic Director Bill Trumbo to come up with donations to defray the cost of this trip for the team and coaches. This committee is made up of Trumbo, head coach Awa and Bobby Command, Konawaena booster and deputy planning director for the County of Hawaii. Separate travel packages will also be available for basketball fans who would like to accompany the team to Washington D.C.

“The success at Konawaena doesn’t just happen,” said Trumbo. “It takes the passion and commitment of someone like Coach Awa. I see this trip as recognition for all her years of  building this program.”

There is reason to believe that the Kona girls have a shot at faring well in this tournament. The 2014 version of the Wildcats gained national prominence during the Iolani Classic by defeating No. 23-ranked Miramonte 63-62 and No.  1-seeded Riverdale Baptist (Md.) 49-41, before falling to St. Mary’s of California 68-59 in what would be the team’s only loss of the season. The Wildcats finished 31-1 and ranked 23rd in the nation.

“This is just like the movie ‘Hoosiers,'” said Command. “This is a small team from a tiny school in a far off corner of an isolated state traveling to the big city miles to play some of the top teams in the nation.”

Konawaena High School is a firm supporter of equal opportunities for female scholar athletes, which were made possible by the 1972 passage of Title IX co-authored and introduced by Sen. Birch Bayh (Ind.) and Hawaii Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first Asian-American woman to serve in Congress.

Now known as the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, it states, in part, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Still Has Openings – Late Registration Fee Waived

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation still has openings for its 3rd Annual Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp and has waived the late registration fee for the camp set for July 21-24 in Hilo.

Can you find my son in a previous camp picture?

Can you find my son in a previous camp picture?

Parents may still take advantage of the discounted early entry fee of $60 per child. All participants will receive a camp shirt and group picture.

Registration forms are available at the Department’s Recreation Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lu‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo and online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/. Completed forms should be submitted at the Recreation Office or the Department’s main office at Suite 6 within Aupuni Center. Please make checks payable to the County Director of Finance and include the note “Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp.”

Open to boys and girls 9 to 17 years old, the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp is named in honor of the legendary former University of Hawai‘i at Hilo basketball coach who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. It will be held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and the Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts.

UH-Hilo women’s basketball coach David Kaneshiro will share his basketball expertise by serving as lead clinician for the four-day camp. Assisting Kaneshiro will be Daphne Honma, Honoka‘a High School girls basketball coach and a former Division II coach of the year. Additional basketball coaches have volunteered to serve as camp clinicians.

Campers will receive personalized instruction as they practice agility, ball-handling and other basketball drills each morning before breaking for lunch. Players will return to showcase their skills by competing in games expected to last until about 3:30 p.m. each day.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Richardson Roughwater Swim July 26

The Department of Parks and Recreation announces the 28th Annual Richardson Roughwater Swim will be held Sunday, July 26, at Richardson Ocean Park in the Keaukaha area of Hilo.

Waimea's Mo Mathews a Swimming Legend. 82-year old Mo Mathews being helped out of Richardson's by friends Jim Budde (left) and Ed Doherty.

Waimea’s Mo Mathews a Swimming Legend. 82-year old Mo Mathews being helped out of Richardson’s by friends Jim Budde (left) and Ed Doherty.

This 1-mile-long race course is designed for strong, experienced swimmers. Competitors may experience ocean swells, powerful currents and waves breaking over the outside reef.

Register by Friday, July 17, and receive the discounted rate of $15 per person. A late-entry fee of $25 per swimmer will apply after that deadline.

Entry forms are available at all County of Hawai‘i swimming pools and the Department’s Recreation Office located within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Lū‘au Hale at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo.

For more information, please call 961-8694 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. weekdays.

Los Angeles Lakers in Honolulu for Preseason Games – Tickets Available Thursday

The Los Angeles Lakers will be having two preseason games at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu on October 4th and 6th.

Lakers at Stan Sheriff

Individual game tickets for the Lakers preseason games in Hawaii go on sale at 9:00am HST on Thursday, May 21.

Tickets for the game in Hawaii will be sold at www.etickethawaii.com and will be available by phone at 1-808-944-2697. Tickets are priced from $18 to $84.

Big Island Car Dealership Offering Free Car for Perfect March Madness Bracket Prediction

Big Island car dealership “Aiona Car Sales” is offering a 2014 Chevy Spark to anyone that can complete a perfect NCAA March Madness Bracket prior to the tournament starting.

Aiona Car DealMust be 18 & over and be a Big Island resident with valid drivers license as well as using this bracket to be qualified for the car.

Skydiver Survives “Fucking Line Twist”

A skydiver on Oahu with over 3,000 jumps had an experience of a lifetime that he will never forget when his parachute failed to open correctly.

line twist

Frank T.K. Hinshaw was on a jump recently when he was videotaping other skydivers while flying in his wingsuit.

He deployed his parachute when all things went wrong on him:

Hinshaw states:

“It was an intentional flyby. The first canopy was another wing suiter that just deployed. The second canopy was also in the same group that left the aircraft with me, after I passed the second canopy, I headed under the third. I pitched… and it got caught in my burble* so I dropped my left shoulder to try to get it out.

The twists were caused by my leg wing getting caught underneath me on opening.

Cutting (the chute away) was a possibility, but I was overly confident I would be able to kick out of the twists, so I just decided to fight it.

The main lesson I took away is, if I would’ve had 1,000 more feet I definitely could’ve cleared it.”

*burble – basically the area of low pressure behind a mass moving thru a fluid. The more lift you make (or the heavier the aircraft), the bigger the burble.

HI-PAL Basketball Results – Hoop Dreams Claim Title

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

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

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

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

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

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

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

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

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

Legislature Slashes Pahoa Booster Club Funding – Payments Still Not Received

In May the Hawaii State Legislature appropriated $92,362 in Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding for the Pahoa Booster Club. This grant was to go towards establishing the Pahoa football program serving the entire Puna area within the 96778 zip code, which includes all Pahoa public and charter schools, with the focus on an eight-man team. The Pahoa Booster Club was formed out of community desire to assist the Pahoa Regional Schools and their student athletic programs.

Parents have wondered where this money has gone and I’ve received comments like:

I heard that the $90K funding the new Pahoa Booster Club received to fund the 8 man football team hasn’t reached Pahoa school yet. You heard anything about that?…

I inquired with the Pahoa Booster Club and was forwarded the following from their accountant:

On October 9th the following was received from the DOE in reference to the GIA requestes that had been approved.

Due to declining tax revenue collections, on September 2, 2014, the Governor needed to impose a $24 million restriction (withholding) on the Department of Education’s general fund appropriation for the current fiscal year (7/1/14-6/30/15).  To implement this restriction the Department of Education, with the approval of the Board of Education, will need to withhold a portion of each grant-in-aid appropriation as well as funding for many educational programs.

Booster FundingGuidance from the Budget Execution Policies that announced the $24 million restriction related to grant-in-aid appropriations is that “departments should refrain from requesting release of these types of appropriations until the start of the second half of the fiscal year.”  What this is referring to is the prior written approval of the Governor that is required prior to the finalization of a contract with organizations that received grant-in-aid awards by the Legislature.  So what the Budget Execution Policies are saying is Department’s should not even initiate the process until the second half of the fiscal year.  http://budget.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/EM-14-06-FY-15-Budget-Execution-Policies-Instructions.pdf

Despite these instructions the Department of Education has already initiated the process and requested the Governor’s approval to release funds for all of the GIA’s appropriated through the Department’s EDN100 and EDN200 budgets.

We are currently awaiting approval for the finalization of contracts.

Keep in mind that even if the Governor approves the release of funds at a level higher than reflected above, unless a portion of the $24 million restriction is lifted the Department will only be able to expend up to the amounts in the last column of the table above.

At this point the football grant, under fiscal sponsor Kalani Honua, was reduced from $92,362 to $78,562.

On November 17, the contract was sent to the Booster Club, dated Nov 10, for the full amount of the original grant, $92,362 with a payment schedule calling for a 2nd quarter payment of $87,362.    On November 18,  a purchase order was received, dated 10/23/14 in the amount of $78,562.

Because of the different dated and numbers, the Booster Club invoice was submitted to the DOE for the amount of $87,362, which appear to be the correct amount because the contract was dated after the purchase order.

Last week, I received a phone call from the DOE that the invoice needed to be for the amount of the purchase order.  That revised invoice was sent by Kalani Honua with a copy of the purchase order today.  We are required to send hard copy, not fax or pdf.

The DOE has agreed to expedite processing as soon as the invoice is received.

I hope this explanation helps.

 

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

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

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

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

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

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

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

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

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

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Norbert at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

 

Public Forum To Reduce User Conflicts In Oahu Surf Breaks

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is hosting a public forum to generate discussion about a management concept designed to reduce user conflicts in specific surf breaks in the waters off of Oahu.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Jefferson Elementary School cafeteria at 342 Kapahulu Avenue in Waikiki, Oahu.

SafeSurf

Proponents of the concept, representing a movement called “Safe Surf Hawaii,” are suggesting the creation of a framework for separating user groups competing for waves in the same surf breaks with the ultimate goal of improving safety and reducing user conflicts.

What’s being proposed:
A one year pilot project, in which, during a limited number of time periods each week (i.e., Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 3 to 9 p.m.), standup paddleboarders (SUPs) would not be permitted in the surf zones located between the entrances of Ala Moana / Ala Wai harbor and Kewalo Basin harbor.
(excerpt from http://www.safesurfhawaii.com).

“The department was asked by Safe Surf Hawaii to solicit comments from the general public and gauge acceptance of this plan to limit use of SUPs in this waterway,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson. “If the concept gains wide support, the department may consider rulemaking as a way to formalize the plan. However, the support would need to be nearly unanimous among all users.”

Representatives of Safe Surf Hawaii will be given an opportunity to present their plan before the floor is opened to discussion.

DLNR faced a similar challenge when user groups asked for the department to ban the use of SUPs in the waters of Ala Moana Lagoon. Instead of creating a rule, the department elected to install a series of buoys and suggested a voluntary separation of the conflicting uses in 2010.

“Our goal at that time was to reduce the user conflicts and create a safe environment for all users, but without a formal rule change that would have prevented access to these high-value ocean waters for a specific user group.”

“In our opinion, the Ala Moana Lagoon decision was very successful,” Aila said. “Once we installed the SUP corridor, complaints stopped coming in. No one was prevented from accessing the resource. What we are hoping is that discussion and understanding can again help us resolve a growing problem.”

The department encourages all ocean users to comment on the proposed plan and/or suggest other solutions by attending the meeting in person or by sending comments to DLNR’s generic address for receiving comments at dlnr.HarReview@hawaii.gov.

The meeting location is disability accessible. If special needs are required (i.e., large print, taped materials, sign language interpreter, etc.), call Clifford Inn on Oahu at (808) 587-1972 at least three business days prior to the public forum.