Volcano Art Center Welcomes Anela Strings for Holiday Harp Concert

Never known for shying away from the unconventional, Volcano Art Center welcomes the unique sounds of Anela Strings for an extraordinary holiday concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Expect the unexpected with this profound alchemy of vibration that has been said to lift, inspire, and most of all, remind us of the shining light of our true natures.

This holiday performance features the multi-talented harpist duo Kristin Aria Shaw and Irminsul creating a harmonious marriage of the harp’s ancient and stirring sound with heart thumping percussion and expansive electronic vistas. Their unique musical approach creates a tether from the here and now to the Everywhere.

Recently reviewed by Marya Mann in the November/December edition of Ke Ola Magazine, “Anela music is… all-encompassing as it is to reconnect with the field of human and planetary ecology, it’s more significantly a view of ourselves as whole, a Holy thing, and you don’t even have to believe it. Just listen to the music.”

“Anela Strings, Music of a Higher Place” will be held Saturday, December 1 starting at 7:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Doors open at 6:30pm. Cost is $16 or $14 for VAC members.

Tickets may be purchased in person or over the phone at (808) 967-8222. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or www.anelamusic.com.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Paradise Roller Girls Triple Header Coming Up

The upcoming Nov. 24 Paradise Roller Girls home teams triple header at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium in Hilo is more than just a mêlée of derby madness. There is order. And strategy, technique, talent, and a lot of hard work that takes place before the frenzied bouts can begin.

But don’t miss out, because this upcoming event will be the last chance fans have to see some hard hitting, fast-paced skating action before the 2012 PRG derby season ends. It will also be an opportunity to see the skills of PRG’s most recent draft picks, as well as the commitment and talent of some of the league’s more experienced players.

“This is the beginning of a new day in Hilo,” Mauna Kea Killahz ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ said on Thursday. “The themed bouts were more for showcase. This is focused on athleticism. This is a door for derby getting taken as a serious sport.”

The Volcano Vixens perform an advanced pack drill during a practice session at Malama Park.

The Volcano Vixens face off with the Mauna Kea Killahz in the first bout of the triple header at 6:45 p.m. The next bout will be between one of those two teams and the Hilo Bay Bruisers before the next teams take the rink during the final face off of the night.

The Hilo Bay Bruisers test the skills of one of their new recruits.

The Bruisers, who were seen as the underdog by their own ‘Smash Yo Face Stace’, picked up three new draft picks during the league’s most recent recruiting camp. According to the Bruiser’s ‘Ann Illusion’, those new players could add just enough punch to help raise their standing from underdog to top dog.

“One of our new recruits may possibly be the fastest girl in the league,” ‘Ann Illusion’ said. “Over time our players will perfect their skills to the point where we will be raising the bar for the rest of the league.”

Volcano Vixen’s ‘Von Slappenbitch’ had a different perspective on where the league’s talent rests though. “Ha! We are some of the hardest working girls in the league,” she said.

The Mauna Kea Killahz execute their set plays in preparation for the upcoming derby triple header.

But the Vixens might need more than just hard work to win this triple header. ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ explained the Killahz plan to win not just through hard work, but also through “team work” and “staying together” as a pack. It’s not clear as to what tricks the Killahz have up their sleeve, but ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ wasn’t shy about the fact “coach Bash has been working on some plays,” and that the Killahz are ready to use them.

According to ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’, what sets the Killahz apart from the rest of the teams is their accommodation for players with families. “We are really family based,” she said. “We arrange the practices around our families. Our team is really accommodating.”

But for some, derby is family, and accommodation extends beyond the personal lives of players. “Derby is a new family of women who help each other,” ‘Von Slappenbitch’ explained. “It builds camaraderie through community service, and then you can knock them down also.”

Those who want to watch PRG’s three teams build camaraderie by knocking each other down can purchase tickets to the event for $8 in advance at CD Wizard, the Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa, through your nearest derby girl, or via the web at www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Tickets are $10 at the door and kids 5 and under are free. Come early and watch the Junior Derby girls spark the night off with a pre-event bout at 5:15 p.m.

Fans not only help to support PRG’s mission of promoting a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community, but they will also help to raise money for the creation of Hilo’s very own skate park, as a portion of ticket sales from the triple header will be donated to the Hilo SkatePlaza Coalition.

19th Annual Charity Trees at the Mauna Lani

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows invites local organizations and charities to participate in the 19th annual Charity Trees at Mauna Lani this holiday season. This special event helps to raise awareness and much-needed funds for local non-profit organizations.

Each decorated tree will be displayed in Mauna Lani Bay ’s hotel lobby through the holiday season. Community members, resort guests, employees and friends and family are invited to view the entries and vote for their favorite tree ($1 donation per vote).

The Charity Trees will be on display from December 3rd and winners will be announced December 19, 2012. Mauna Lani Bay will be awarding cash prizes to the organizations whose trees receive the highest number of votes: $2,000 (1st place), $1,000 (2nd place) and $500 (3rd place).  Donations will be split among all participating organizations (excluding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners).  All for-profit organizations must designate a charity to receive their donation.

Charity Trees at Mauna Lani Bay entry forms will be accepted through November 26: For entry forms, participation details or more information, visit www.maunalani.com or call Ranie Fukumoto at (808) 881-7002 or email: rfukumoto@maunalani.com


Chicago in Hawaii!

Grammy Award winners Chicago will perform in Hawaii as part of their 2012-2013 world tour, with shows at the Blaisdell Arena on Friday, January 11th, Kona’s Waikoloa Bowl on Saturday, January 12th, and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater on Tuesday, January 15th.  All shows start at 7:30pm.

Chicago, one of America’s most dynamic, high-energy bands, has had an amazing 25 Top Forty singles and 5 consecutive #1 albums; they are among Billboard’s Top 100 artists of all time at #13.  With 33 albums to their credit, Chicago is the first American band to chart Top 40 albums across five decades, with 25 of them certified platinum.  Worldwide, their music has sold more than 100 million records.

Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, November 16th at:


Reserved tickets are priced at $75, $55 and $45.  On sale at 9am at Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart.  Charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, or order online at www.ticketmaster.com.


General Admission tickets are priced at $65 and $49.  On sale at 9am at CD Wizard in Hilo, Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, KBXtreme in Kona and Persimmon at Queens’ MarketPlace, or Ticketmaster outlets at Walmart in Hilo and Kona.  A limited number of reserved section $95 tickets are available online only at ticketmaster.com or waikoloanights.com.


Reserved tickets are priced at $75, $55 and $45, with a limited number of premiere seats at $125.  On sale to MACC Members at 10am at the MACC Box Office, online at mauiarts.org, or by phone at (808) 242-7469.  General public sales begin Saturday, November 24rd.

Queens’ MarketPlace Invites Folks to the “Lights On” Festival

As the holidays approach, Queens’ MarketPlace launches the season of celebration with lights, music and more, Saturday, November 17, from 3-8 p.m.  Teamed up with WAVE 92.1, Hawai’i Island’s newest radio station, the fun free festivities include prize giveaways, live bands, and the countdown to “lights on,” when the touch of a switch brings the entire mall aglow with thousands of sparkling lights.

Live entertainment takes place all afternoon and evening at the Coronation Pavilion—from the sweet Hawaiian sounds of The Kupuka‘as, to Mystik Rhythmz’ blues, funk, reggae and pop hits, and the laid back, rhythm-based rock originals of Life In Pursuit.  Radio personalities from WAVE 92.1 FM will be on hand to introduce the station with a live remote and rewards for new and future fans.

“It’s a time to have some fun as a community, just as the holiday bustle begins,” said Waikoloa Beach Resort Vice President of Operations Scott Head.  “We’re inviting the entire community, visitors and residents, to come to Queens’ MarketPlace, enjoy the music, grab a bite to eat, visit the shops, meet the folks from the new radio station, and help us countdown to the  moment when the whole mall lights up.  Look up, take a breath, and really appreciate the fact that this is just a great place to be—especially during the holidays.”

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.


Public Invited to Free Pāhoa Art Exhibit November 26

The County of Hawai‘i’s new Pāhoa Senior Center will host its inaugural art exhibit from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, November 26.

The new gate to the Pahoa Senior Center

Holiday pupu will be served at the free event, which will feature art work presented by eight students of the county’s SoulCollage® classes. Parking will be available at the adjacent Pāhoa Neighborhood Facility.

As a way of discovering their inner wisdom, SoulCollage students create deeply personal cards that help them navigate through life. These unique cards will be shown for display purposes only and will not be available for purchase.

The exhibit will give students and the class facilitator an opportunity to share the SoulCollage experience with the public.  A new 10-week SoulCollage class will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Pāhoa Senior Center starting January 7, 2013.

People interested in registering for the next class may call Valarie Matinjussi at 965-6000 or email her at valariematinjussi@yahoo.com.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Hilo Boy

Big Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing.

Jonah Farmer

Jonah Farmer was last seen in Hilo on Saturday (November 10). He is described as 5-foot-10, 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

“Get A Job” – Kamaaina Rates Now Available

*Editors note* I just got my copy of Get A Job on DVD.

Even my dogs want a piece of the action!

“GET A JOB,” Hawaii’‘s first award winning major motion picture comedy starring Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, and many of the island’s top entertainers and musicians, is now available on DVD and is quickly becoming the hottest christmas gift and stocking stuffer in Hawaii and beyond.

Both the Movie and Soundtrack are available for purchase online at www.GetAJobMovie.com, and fans can save 10% on their purchases by using the special discount code “KAMAAINA.”

Get a Job... The Movie

Honolulu Star-Advertiser film critic Burl Burlingame says the movie is “Undeniably funny.” Impressed by the quality of the all-Hawaii production team, he adds “… in sheer filmmaking technique, it’s a masterpiece.”

Entertainer and Honolulu Midweek reporter Kaleo Pilanca observes “This movie is for everybody or anybody who wants to laugh and not take life too seriously.” Asked if he would buy the DVD, he replies “Yes. I would send it to all my relatives who live on the mainland. This would help them with homesickness.”

Regarding the motion picture Soundtrack in his Island Mele column, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Jon Berger raves “‘Get A Job’ sings with fun, creativity, and versatility.”

Maui Time’s Anu Yagi states “GET A JOB” has broken boundaries, proving it’s possible to create a quality Hawaii story, by Hawaii people.” She continues, “From the flicker of the first few frames, “GET A JOB” is going to change everything anyone’s ever thought about locally made films.”

Producer Brian Kohne… with Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears and Actor/Musician Eric Gilliom

“(Writer/director) Kohne took inspiration from vintage screwball comedies like ‘It’s a Mad Mad World,’ where chaos is the starting point and things get crazier from there,” reports Maui News film critic Rick Chatenever. “It’s a madcap comedy, a throwback to the zaniness of Hope and Crosby, Martin and LEwis, Abbott and Costello.”

“GET A JOB” on DVD stars Willie K, Eric Gilliom, and Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, the late Charles Ka’upu, Ernie Cruz Jr., Kealoha, and Kathy Collins, with cameos by Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers. The movie was written/directed by Maui’s Brian Kohne, produced by Stefan Schaefer, and features a tropical soundtrack by the Barefoot Natives. Produced entirely in Hawaii by islanders, the ground breaking feature film previously screened in theaters throughout Hawaii, on the mainland, and in countries such as Spain, India, and Cambodia, winning top prizes in many of the Festivals in which it competed. The movie is available for purchase at www.GetAJobMovie.com.

Jesse Sapolu Book Signing & Auction to Benefit the Hawaii Island United Way

Four-time San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl champion, Jesse Sapolu, will be signing copies of his new book, “I Gave My Heart to San Francisco” at Cronies Bar & Grill in Hilo on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, from 4:30-7:00pm.

In his recently released book, the former Farrington High School and University of Hawaii-Manoa football standout who spent his entire 15 year NFL career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform, details the highlights and hardships of his remarkable playing career.

Sapolu triumphed on the field despite having a dangerous heart condition, a torn aortic heart valve, that stayed with him during his 15-year career which included nine appearances in the NFC title game, four Super Bowl rings, two Pro Bowl appearances and two All-Pro selections.

Emcee for the evening will be B-97 Radio Morning Personality, Darrin “DC” Carlson. At around 6:30pm, Jesse and DC will auction off San Francisco 49ers merchandise with proceeds going to the Hawaii Island United Way. Items to be auctioned off include a grand prize package including tickets for two to a 49ers football game, pre-game field passes and tailgate party with Jesse!

Other activities during the book-signing include a silent auction and door prizes. The first 50 attendees will receive an autographed photo of Jesse. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Hawaii Island United Way. The NFL is a strong supporting partner of the United Way movement across the United States.

Roman Sapolu

Football fans of all ages are invited to come and meet and talk story with Jesse. Sapolu’s youngest son, Roman, is a sophomore center at Oregon State University. For information, go to www.hiuw.org.

In Hawaii, Someone Dies by Suicide Every Other Day – National Survivors of Suicide Day

In observance of the 13th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health in conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will present the “Prevent Suicide: Survivors, Provider and Community Partners In-Action Hawai‘i Conference 2012,” on Wednesday, November 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu, located in Kapi‘olani Park. Each November, survivors of suicide loss come together at healing conferences in their communities nationwide for support and guidance.

In Hawai`i, this year’s conference is being held to acknowledge the grief that survivors experience and to provide hope and assistance for them in an atmosphere of support and healing. The conference will also address the community need for education and information among service and health care providers, school personnel and professional caregivers. Sessions will be offered on survivor debriefing, healing through the arts, and strategic planning for suicide prevention in Hawai‘i. This year’s conference themes are hope (man‘olana), help (kokua), and healing (ho‘ola).

Conference keynote speakers include Dr. Kamana‘opono Crabbe, Chief Executive Officer of Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Dr. David Brown, Regional Director, Behavioral Health, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Tripler Army Medical Center; and Dr. Ishmael Stagner, Program Specialist at Alu Like.

In addition to the DOH Injury Prevention and Control Program and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, conference sponsors include Hawai‘i Suicide Prevention, Education, Awareness, and Research (SPEAR); and Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center.

The conference will be enhanced by an Awareness Walk in Kapi‘olani Park at 5 p.m. and an Aloha Reception at 6:30 p.m. at Elks Lodge. Both events will be held on November 14, the same day as the conference. For registration information for the conference, walk and reception, contact Pua Kaninau-Santos at (808) 271-8582 or kkanina@qlcc.org

One million people die by suicide every year in the United States. In Hawai‘i, someone dies by suicide every other day. These individuals leave behind countless family members and friends to make sense of the tragedy. Survivors often experience a wide range of grief reactions, including anger, shock, and symptoms of depression and guilt.

Memorial Services Set for Guy Toyama

Memorial Services for Guy – Friday, November 30, 2012

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

Kona Hongwanji (81-6630 Mamalahoa Highway, Kealakekua – near Kona Community Hospital)

Service from 3pm

Big Island Police Identify Body Found at Waikini Beach

Big Island police have identified a body found November 3 at Waikini Beach in Kaʻū as 48-year-old Terry Lee Day, who lived in the Ocean View area but had no permanent address.

“Voices From Our Past: Diversity and Independence in Kona’s Oral Histories” To Be Presented Tomorrow

The Kona Historical Society will present the next lecture in its Hanohano ‘O Kona series at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the West Hawai’i Civic Center on Kealakehe Parkway in Kona.

Ann Kern will be presenting a lecture entitled “Voices From Our Past: Diversity and Independence in Kona’s Oral Histories.” The lecture series is held in cooperation with the Office of Mayor Billy Kenoi.

The Kona Historical Society connects the past, current and future generations and inspires an appreciation for Kona’s unique island heritage. Check out the society’s website at www.konahistorical.org, or contact the society at khs@konahistorical.org or by phone at (808) 323-3222.

Taste Tamarillos at Free Ultra-Exotic Fruit Event

Have you ever bit into a bilimbi or tasted tamarillos? Known as ultra-exotic fruits, these not-so-well-known edibles are among a growing number of odd fruits that are intriguing island chefs and shoppers.


Taste test tamarillos 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, November 16 at Island Naturals-Hilo. Chef Rob Love of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel will demonstrate how to use tamarillos and offer samples. The store will stock the fruit in their produce section and attendees will receive recipes and tamarillo info to take home.

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) is presenting the fruity fun to build markets for several tropical fruit rarities. HTFG members are growing a wide variety of ultra-exotic tropical fruits and they say the fruits are under-utilized by the mainstream market. Ultra-exotics under cultivation in Hawaii include Surinam cherry, calamonsie, jackfruit, pummelo, chico, lychee, white sapote, mangosteen and others.

Also known as tree tomatoes, the egg-shaped tamarillo is native to South America. Its flesh is “tangy and variably sweet with a bold and complex flavor,” according to HTFG President Ken Love, who will join his son, Chef Rob, for the demonstration.

Titled “New Markets for Ultra-Exotic Fruits,” the free event series is funded by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture through a USDA competitive grant program to foster small farm sustainability. A total of eight events are planned around the state. For more information, contact Love at ken@mycoffee.net or 808 (969-7926).

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

Incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii, HTFG is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion; http://www.htfg.org.

Play on Pasta in Tree Tomato Sauce

By Chef Rob Love, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel – Serves 5


  • 2 Large locally grown Purple Sweet potatoes6 tree tomatoes / tamarillos
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1tsp red salt
  • 1Tbl chopped basil
  • 1Tbl parsley


Shred sweet potatoes paper thin on mandolin or slicer. Salt and set aside until pliable.  Cut tree tomatoes in half and chop. In a large bowl mix in brown sugar, basil and parsley followed by the sweet potato slices folded in half.  Let sit 15 minutes before serving.

Big Island Police Seeking Witnesses to Crash in Front of Hirano Store

Big Island police are renewing their request for witnesses to a two-vehicle crash in front of Hirano Store on October 11 or anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash on Highway 11.

Responding to a 4:35 p.m. call on October 11, traffic investigators determined that a 2001 Ford four-door station wagon was traveling on Highway 11 and made a turn into Hirano Store.

A 33-year old woman from Glenwood in a Dodge van crossed the centerline to avoid a collision but struck the Ford.

The driver of the Ford station wagon, John K. Isabel Jr. of Glenwood, was dead at the scene. Fire Department rescue personnel took the woman to Hilo Medical Center.

Traffic was stopped in both directions. (Photo courtesy of Merle Gormick)

Police ask that anyone who observed either vehicle before or during the the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

Big Island Police Searching for Witnesses to Fatal Car Accident

Big Island police are renewing their request for witnesses to a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash on July 13 or anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash at the intersection of Kinoʻole Street and Mohouli Street.

Responding to a 10:05 p.m. call on July 13, South Hilo patrol officers determined that 55-year-old Earl M. Arakaki of Hilo had been operating a 2007 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kinoʻole Street when a 67-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona operating a 2003 Honda four-door sedan and traveling south on Kinoʻole Street failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn in front of him.

Fire Department rescue personnel took Arakaki to Hilo Medical Center, where he remained confined until his death on August 26.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Police ask that anyone who observed either driver before or during the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

Waimea Paddler Spurs Fight Against Breast Cancer in “Hulakai Race to Fitness”

Derek Park had a question—which led to an idea. What if persons dedicated themselves to improving the wellness and safety of others by taking on activities that enhanced their own health?

A familiar part of the idea will be displayed when Derek picks up his paddle in the November 17 “Hulakai Race to Fitness,” an event that will begin at Richardson’s and end at Hilo Bay. The proceeds from his local sponsorship, notably businesses and individuals, will go to supporting patients who need financial assistance for early breast cancer treatment from North Hawaii Community Hospital’s (NHCH) new Breast Health Program. “It’s people like Derek who give real meaning to the word kokua and embrace the entire community with their deeds,” stressed NHCH Vice President of Development, Marketing, and Communications Kerry Howell.

Derek Park

A five-year member of the Parker Ranch maintenance crew, Derek is a seasoned veteran of paddling competitions. His concerns about breast cancer are anything but impersonal. Years ago, Derek’s mother suffered multiple treatments for a malignant breast tumor and eventually underwent a mastectomy.

Moving to the Big Island seven years ago, he was still reflecting on her ordeal. “When I began paddling, I thought to myself, ‘I’m young, I’m healthy.’ Then I’d go home and realize how I’d love to know that my life could inspire other people to do good things, whether it’s beating breast cancer or something else.”

Derek’s decision was further strengthened by his friend and fellow paddler, Chris Landers, who was killed in a head-on car collision. “Chris always put every other person’s concerns ahead of his own,” he recalled.

Actions to fulfill his convictions were not long in coming. One earlier running competition, the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure, sent a potent message of support to breast cancer victims. “The goal is to increase my sponsorship for the races and give all the proceeds to patients in need,” he explained.

November 17 will mark Derek’s second entry in the Hulakai Race, which offers still another unique boost to his mission. The competition’s promoter, Jun Balanga, is no less committed to fostering wellness on the Big Island, viewing paddling as a truly Hawaiian vehicle for doing so. Or, as Derek said, “Any race he (Jun) puts together, I’ll be in.”

In his drive to “help others be healthy,” Derek clearly grasps the power of the visual. Designing his own “Paddling for Hope” logo, he was struck by the tendency of paddlers to strictly wear black or white. What to do? “I want to be the only guy wearing pink,” Derek enthused, “until every guy there wears pink and will be racing for something! People will say, ‘Look, he’s racing for NHCH which wants to make sure women can get mammograms’, or some other cause for staying healthy.”

NHCH’s new Breast Health Program offers patients access to a the latest cutting edge digital mammography technology, a more comfortable exam experience, faster image analysis and on-going support, in coordination with Hawaii’s new mammography self-referral law, which took effect on July 1st, 2012. For more information or to schedule an annual mammogram appointment, please contact NHCH’s Breast Health Program at 881-4882.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on Hawai‘i Island. Non-profit and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Please visit www.NHCH.com for more information

Tour of Kampachi Farms at the Hawaii Ocean Science at Technology Park in Kona

This was the final YouTube video that Guy Toyama uploaded last week.

I know that he himself personally was the one that started these tours as I was invited to one personally!


Each Friday, the Friends of NELHA hosts a fascinating aquaculture farm tasting tour from 10AM. Number is limited to 20 people so reservation is required. This is one of the farms on the tour and they are raising kampachi which is the Japanese name of the amberjack. They are also experimenting with new species including the Giant Grouper, Peacock Grouper (Roi) and the Chub (Nenue). Smoked kampachi is available for tasting after the tour.

Thirty Meter Telescope Briefing Held Last Week – Video by Guy Toyama

The following video was uploaded by Guy Toyama one week ago on November 5, 2012:


Mark Sirota, engineer at the new Thirty Meter Telescope talks about the project scheduled to be installed atop Mauna Kea.

Rest In Peace Guy Toyama – The “Mayor” of NELHA

I’ve just learned of the passing of a good friend and a great person, Guy Toyama.

According to Hawaii24/7:

“…Toyama, 42, finished the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Miracle Mile fun run Saturday evening and later collapsed.

He was rushed to Kona Community Hospital and later airlifted to The Queens Medical Center on Oahu, but could not be saved…”

Here are some of the awesome things Guy has done in just the last year:

Just last month he interviewed Mayor Kenoi:

Just last month Guy Toyama interviewed Mayor Kenoi on his new talk show.

A few months before that he introduced us to the Hydrogen Powered Scooters:

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

Back in March, his Abalone Poke won the Sam Choy’s Poke Contest in Keauhou:

I’m glad I got a chance to meet him personally and I’m saddened to hear of this.

Ian Kitajima wrote the following:

…He was NELHA’s evangelist…and will forever be the Mayor of NELHA. I am grateful that I got to spend a beautiful Saturday with Guy as he gave me an amazing behind the scenes tour of NELHA. Guy and NELHA are amazing!