Waikoloa Beach Resort presents the 14th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 1. A free ‘ukulele workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma starts off the day-long celebration—which includes nonstop entertainment and a special appearance by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners “Kapena” with Kelly Boy DeLima.
Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini is Master of Ceremonies for the ‘Ukulele Festival, spotlighting fourteen performances on two stages, with ‘ukulele lessons, demonstrations and giveaways offered throughout the afternoon.
Roy and wife Kathy Sakuma created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu. Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants. The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July. Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”
Appearing with Roy at the ‘Ukulele Festival will be his mentor for over 50 years, Herb “Ohta-San” Ohta, jazz guitarist Nando Suan, and his protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria. Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Kings’ Shops, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies: KALA, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile’a ‘Ukulele, KoAloha and Ko’olau Pono Guitar & Hawaii Music Supply. For more information, call 808-886-8822 or visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.net.
Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties. The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call (808) 886-8822.
‘UKULELE FESTIVAL: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Saturday, March 1, 2014
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Ali`i Ballroom
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
‘Ukulele Workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele). Free.
Kings’ Shops Center Stage
11:15 a.m., Kris Fuchigami
12 p.m., Kalama Intermediate ‘Ukulele Youth Ensemble
1 p.m., Hawaii Preparatory Academy
2 p.m., Roy Sakuma with Nelly Toyama-Baduria, Daniel Baduria and Nick Acosta
3 p.m., Uncle Uke
4 p.m. Ohta San and Nando Suan
Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion
12 p.m., Waikoloa School, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kealakehe Intermediate School
12:45 p.m., Kahikina’s Nahenahe ‘Ohana
1:45 p.m., Kalama Intermediate ‘Ukulele Youth Ensemble
2:30 p.m., Mele ‘Ohana ‘Ukulele Group
3:30 p.m., Brad Bordessa and Anthrophony
4:30 p.m., Roy Sakuma with Nelly Toyama-Baduria, Daniel Baduria and Nick Acosta
5:30 p.m., Kapena with Kelly Boy DeLima
6:30 p.m., Ohta San and Nando Suan
Queens’ MarketPlace 1:00-5:00 p.m.
• ‘Ukulele Making Demonstration with Bob Gleason
• ‘Ukulele Lessons with Aunty Barni Fischer and Aunty Hanae Okumura
• Kala ‘Ukulele Sales
Thirteen students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Marine Science Department and Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Graduate Program will attend this year’s Ocean Science Meeting February 23-28 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu.
The meeting is the largest gathering of ocean scientists in the world and is expected to attract more than 5,000 people.
The students will be among presenters sharing the results of their research via posters and oral presentations. They will also showcase Hawaiʻi’s cultural heritage by performing a series of traditional Hawaiian chants, including a chant about voyaging that follows the introduction of the opening speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Kapu`uwailani Lindsey, who will be recognized and honored for her role as a way-finder.
The trip is sponsored by various scientific endeavors. Seven students have received travel grants from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Multicultural Program. The other six are supported with funds from the Hawaiʻi EPSCoR grant.
Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the hospitalization of a 2-month-old Hōlualoa boy.
On Wednesday (February 19), the Area II Juvenile Aid Section was notified by Child Welfare Services in Honolulu that the infant had been taken by a family member to Kona Community Hospital Tuesday night (February 18) and then flown to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu on Wednesday morning.
Detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section have initiated an abuse case.
I received a phone call from Governor Abercrombie’s West Hawaii liaison after my last letter to the editor was published in January.
The meeting with Ms. Barbara Dalton was a very uncomfortable experience. She asked me why I wrote that letter, which criticized Governor Abercrombie’s administration for not being transparent with the public regarding highway projects. In addition, she told me not write anymore letters criticizing the governor and go through her if I have any more concerns in the future.
I wrote several e-mails to Governor Abercrombie’s Honolulu staff regarding the meeting I had with Ms. Dalton. Someone from Governor’s Honolulu office called me a few days later. He apparently told Ms. Dalton that it was inappropriate to tell me not to write letters criticizing the governor.
This individual, who I didn’t get his name, also promised to get an update on the stalled right of way acquisition for the final east side Daniel K. Inouye Highway phase.
Its been over a month and I’m still waiting for this person to call me back. I’ve sent several e-mails to various individuals in the governor’s Honolulu office with no response. They don’t care about my concerns it seems like, which is deeply frustrating. I will remember this when I vote for governor in November.
The official green light has been posted for the Body Glove Wake / Surf Team to travel to the Middle East for an exhibition performance as the world watches and awaits in anticipation!
This is the first time in history that we are sending our team to perform in that part of the world” quoted Billy Miestrell, Body Glove Owner and SVP, “and we are very excited about the opportunity!” he added. The magic of their performances is going to take place on April 4, 2014 at the world famous Xtreme Wake facility in the ultimate high glamour City of Dubai – UAE..
To mark this occasion, Centurion Boats will be unveiling their brand new, ultra cool Body Glove Limited Edition ENZO FX22 in the ruby blue waters of the Arabian Peninsula that very same day!
Riders participating in “Making Wave History” are:
- Rusty Malinoski – Current WWA World Champion
- Harley Clifford – 2012 Pro Tour and “King Of Wake” Series Champion
- Bob Soven – Alliance WAKEBOARD Magazine’s 2013 “Rider Of The Year”
- Melissa Marquardt – Alliance WAKEBOARD Magazine’s 2012 Female “Rider of the Year”
- Keenan Flegel – Current World Wakesurfing Champion
This unique and extraordinary event is going to be highly published and filmed thru our partners Alliance Wakeboard magazine www.alliancewake.com and our very own award wining Body Glove Entertainment team headed by Greg Browning. “Our Team is thrilled to be preforming on the high profile world stage” quoted Browning ……”what an great back drop the skyline of Dubai will make for our film!” he added.
The team will be on camera during their entire visit to the Middle East with the Grand Finale one –day exhibition held at the facilities of Body Glove’s newest partners in the region, Xtreme Wake. www.xtremewakeuae.com Get ready to make wave history and for some jaw dropping action! https://www.facebook.com/XtremeWakeUAE
“We are extremely proud and excited to have this opportunity to presented to us by our local partners in the Emirates,” says Robbie Meistrell, Body Glove International CEO. “We know the folks there will never have seen a performance as specular as this one”.
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A Puna man died Wednesday (February 19) after a tractor he was operating fell off a cliff and into a stream.
He has been identified as 25-year-old Jose Luiz Hernandez-Miranda of Keaʻau.
Shortly after 11:26 a.m., police responded to a property on Mailekea Road, which is off Kaiwiki Road in the Wainaku area of Hilo.
They learned that Hernandez-Miranda had been operating a Ford tractor on a farm when he got too close to the edge of a 12-foot cliff above a stream and fell into the stream with the tractor.
Fire/rescue personnel extricated him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m.
Police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Because the accident happened on private property, the death is not included in the Police Department’s official fatality count.
The state, County of Hawaii, and Hawaii Electric Light Company announced a strategic partnership to share resources and attract companies interested in testing and evaluating pre-commercial energy storage units at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park in Kailua-Kona, managed by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA).
“This strategic partnership highlights NELHA’s value to our state as a test-bed for new technologies and driver of innovation and economic development,” said Gov. Abercrombie, who last month released more than $13 million for capital improvements at NELHA facilities.
“With the significant cost reduction in clean energy generation over the years, some consider lower cost energy storage to be the ’missing link’ and one of the most challenging elements in the design and function of a clean energy microgrid,” said NELHA Executive Director Gregory Barbour.
Energy storage is a rapidly evolving market and offers significant potential for future growth as microgrids require higher degrees of reliability and power quality, sophisticated generation-load balancing.
According to some reports, the worldwide market for energy storage systems for wind and solar will grow from less than $150 million annually in 2013 to $10.3 billion by 2023 and an installed capacity of projected to total 21.8 GW.
“The good news is that we have already developed the necessary infrastructure to allow for the ‘real-world’ grid connected standardized testing and validation of energy storage devices at HOST Park,” Barbour said. “NELHA plans to offer low-cost outdoor and indoor sites for testing, up to 30kW of power, power sensors, and real-time monitoring data of energy storage devices at no additional cost.”
“Hawaii Island offers an ideal opportunity to develop technologies that will allow more cost-effective, sustainable energy solutions to benefit our residents,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi.
“Our mission is to provide secure, clean energy for Hawaii,” said Hawaii Electric Light President Jay Ignacio. “There are great opportunities in energy storage to increase clean energy, support reliability and ultimately lower costs for customers. This partnership will help our efforts to identify economic and reliable energy storage options that support our mission.”
Added Barbour, “Efforts like these are providing a backbone that NELHA can build out further in the coming years and greatly assist in making the critical seawater system more cost efficient for businesses at HOST Park.”
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A Puna man has been charged with five offenses in connection with a gun incident early Monday morning in Puna.
In response to a 2:24 a.m. call Monday (February 17), Puna patrol officers responded to 28th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, where it was reported that an acquaintance had brandished a rifle and threatened to shoot a 50-year-old man after the two got into an argument in the victim’s home.
Police recovered the rifle at the scene and arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Peter Johnston-Riveira of Pāhoa. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, detectives charged Johnston-Riveira with first-degree terroristic threatening and four firearms offenses. His bail was set at $38,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Wednesday (February 19).
There has been so much discussion about the two missing Maui women… that I wonder why all the missing people on the Big Island aren’t getting more attention?
I sympathize for the Maui families involved… but here on the Big Island… it seems to be an epidemic!
The Hawaii-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) will depart Feb. 18 for a Western Pacific deployment, the ship’s last while being homeported in Pearl Harbor.
While deployed, Lake Erie will conduct theater security operations with partner nations while providing deterrence, promoting peace and security, preserving freedom of the seas and providing humanitarian assistance/disaster response.
Upon completion of this deployment, Lake Erie is expected to replace John Paul Jones as a rotational Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) deployer out of San Diego.
“We are trained and ready for deployment,” said Lake Erie Commanding Officer Capt. John S. Banigan. “I am very proud of this crew and all that they have accomplished. We have an amazing team of professionals, and I have the utmost faith in their abilities. I could not ask for a better group of Sailors to go to sea alongside.”
Lake Erie is one of 11 surface ships of Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. USS Lake Erie is named in commemoration of the Battle of Lake Erie fought Sept. 10, 1813. During the pivotal engagement, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry hoisted a crudely stitched flag bearing the dying words of his friend, Capt. James Lawrence, “DONT GIVE UP THE SHIP!” That proud motto served as the battle cry that day, and continues to inspire today.
U.S. Navy guided-missile cruisers are multi-mission surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups, amphibious readiness groups, surface action groups or operating independently.
Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific leads and manages the overall warfighting capability of the Surface Combatant Force homeported at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii to achieve the highest levels of combat readiness; to coordinate with external organizations for products and services to directly support surface combatant force mission readiness; and to support the type commanders and numbered fleet commanders in the development of surface warfare requirements, policies, programs, standards, and business practices to meet operational readiness goals.
Today the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) and the Department of Education (DOE) reaffirmed its commitment to Hawaiian Education and Hawaiian Immersion programs in Hawaii’s public schools.
The Hawaiian Education policy states “Hawaii’s public education system should embody Hawaiian values, language, culture and history as a foundation to prepare student in grades K-12 for success in college, career and communities, locally and globally.” Board policy 2104 affirms that Hawaiian language, culture, and history should be an integral part of Hawaii’s educational standards for all students in grades K-12.
BOE Chairperson Don Horner stated, “The policy strengthens our commitment to offer students the added value of a bilingual, bicultural based education. The curricula will have rigorous performance standards and be taught by a core of qualified, effective teachers. The goal is to graduate outstanding students that are highly proficient in both English and Hawaiian and are well prepared for college, career and contributors to community.”
The Board spent nearly one year working with stakeholders to craft the policy revisions. BOE Student Achievement Committee Chairperson, Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui explained that, “It was very important that stakeholders be an integral part of this process and the policies reflect the shared goals of the DOE and the community. We held more than 40 stakeholder meetings during the development process and at today’s meeting we received over 100 testimony in support of the policies.”
Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi stated, “The department looks forward to advancing Hawaiian education as an integral part of our public schools for all students.”
The state currently has 20 Hawaiian Immersion programs which includes six charter schools. The proposed amendments to BOE policy 2104 and 2105 are linked on our General Business Meeting agenda here on the BOE site.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie today named Judge Michael D. Wilson as his nomination for associate justice to the state Supreme Court. This nomination will fill the upcoming vacancy when Associate Justice Simeon Acoba retires next month and is subject to state Senate confirmation.
Gov. Abercrombie joined Judge Wilson and his family members to announce the appointment in a news conference this afternoon in the Executive Office Ceremonial Room.
“Both on and off the bench, Judge Wilson is a well-respected leader,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “He brings a wealth of experience, having served as an attorney and Circuit Court judge. The Constitution and our kuleana responsibilities to it will be in good hands.”
“I am very grateful and humbled for being placed as a candidate by the Judicial Selection Commission and honored by the Governor’s appointment,” said Judge Wilson.
Judge Wilson, 60, has served on the First Judicial Circuit since 2000, presiding over the felony trial calendar, drug court and mental health court. Previously, he was a chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission, commissioner for the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission and executive director for the state Division of Consumer Advocacy.
A graduate of Kailua High School, Judge Wilson earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Antioch School of Law.
The high court is composed of a chief justice and four associate justices. Judge Wilson is Gov. Abercrombie’s third appointment to the state Supreme Court. Justices are nominated by the Governor from a list of names submitted by the Judicial Selection Commission. A justice’s nomination is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Each justice is initially appointed to a 10-year term. All justices must retire at age 70.
Showdown in Chinatown presents the launch of the 2014 Showdown in Chinatown Short Film Series, with a 48-hour Challenge! Honolulu’s premier underground short film challenge & showcase is designed to provide a creative outlet to those interested in careers in broadcast, film, and television production.
Filmmakers will have 48-hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film, seven minutes or less. Filmmakers will also be given a topic, two props, and a line of dialogue they must use in their film. The top 12 films will premier on the big screen at Wade Warehouse screening hall, 449 Cooke Street, in Kakaako, Saturday March 8 at 7:00pm. The topic will be announced on Wednesday March 5, at 5pm online at www.ShowdownInChinatown.com and at Showdown in Chinatown’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Films are due Friday, March 7 between 5-8pm, the drop-off location to be announced online.
Some of our participants, dubbed “Showdown Graduates”, had never written a story or even picked up a video camera prior to entering their first competition, and are now producing broadcast quality films and showing in festivals around the world. Neil Sauvage and Kurt Loney of Cheap Rental Productions were the winners of our 2013 Championship Challenge with their short Cineparadoxia. Their team received a $15,000 grand prize from Hawaii Photo rental and will have their short entered into Hawaii International Film Festival and other film festivals all over the mainland. Here is a link to their short film https://vimeo.com/81869964
Showdown In Chinatown appeals not only to aspiring actors and filmmakers, but also to ordinary people who have never thought of visual storytelling as a possible means of expression. Young and old alike… professional and amateur… all are given the opportunity to do something creative and have their work premiered on the big screen.
The aim of Showdown In Chinatown is to improve the talent and strengthen the community within Hawaii’s independent film and storytelling network. We hope that this creative exercise is a launch pad for filmmakers to discover their talent, try new things and push their own creative boundaries.
Showdown is open to the public and relies on contributions, in-kind donations, and its volunteers to operate. Visit www.ShowdownInChinatown.com to give today. Showdown in Chinatown is a registered LLC. Donations are not tax-deductible.
For more information, contact Neil Sauvage or SIC Producer, Cyrina D Hadad.
A Puna man has been charged with assault after his neighbor went to the hospital with substantial injuries to his face and body.
at 2:49 a.m. Monday (February 17), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center, where a 47-year-old man was being treated for injuries reportedly received by his neighbor at the victim’s Waa Waa home on Pakala Road shortly before midnight Sunday.
At 8:50 a.m. Monday, police arrested 28-year-old Kiel Brende of Waa Waa. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of assault while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.
At 3:30 p.m. Monday, detectives charged Brende with second-degree assault. His bail was set at $10,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Tuesday (February 18).
After four years author S.P. Grogan has revealed the location of the hidden $5,000 Hawaiian war club, where the clues were to be found in his award-winning mystery thriller, Captain Cooked. (www.spgrogan.com)
Captain Cooked (www.captaincooked.com) is the second treasure hunt in the Quest Mystery ™ series where clues lead to a cash prize. The first, Vegas Die, had a hidden dagger worth $25,000.
In the search for the hidden Hawaiian war club, the Lei-OˈManō, with clues within Captain Cooked, treasurer seekers (called Questors) were to use geocaching and metal detectors and search on The Big Island of Hawaiˈi. Eight ammunition cases also holding clues were hidden throughout the island, including within a lava tube and even at South Point, the farthest most southern tip of the United States. A highly popular event for family and groups, geocachers (geocaching.com) can still search out the locations of the Captain Cooked caches across the island. No one to the date of the contest closing had found the war club though several Questors did come close.
Location of the treasure (now removed): On your way to Waipi’o Valley, at a trash dump, under a tire, under an ammunition case (#2), under white coral rocks, is another ammunition case (#8). For more information on the clues and full answer visit: spgrogan.com.
Captain Cooked, 2011 winner of the ‘Aloha Across the Sea’ award from the Hawaiˈi Publishers Association, is also a culinary mystery featuring recipes from the top chefs and restaurants on The Big Island with a portion of book sale proceeds to go to The Food Basket, Hawaiian Islands Food Bank.
Captain Cooked can be purchased within the Hawaiian Islands as well at Amazon, Smashwords, and Nook, both as hard cover and E-book.
Author Grogan’s most recent work, not a Quest Mystery, but still as entertaining, is a political action thriller E-book entitled, bin Laden’s Revenge.
For further information and in-depth answers to Mystery Quest plus search photos visit: S.P. Grogan (www.spgrogan.com)
Recently the folks from Kendama USA came to Hawaii to put on a demonstration and show over on Oahu. While the team was here they put together the following video:
Hawaii was amazing! I have never seen so many people playing Kendama in my life! 1800 people signed up to battle before we had to cut it off. 5000 people total were at the event. Choke players were there! It was great to get some time on Oahu an meet the people and the players. Hawaii is defiantly where it’s happenin. Amazing hospitality and kindness from everyone. Huge thank you to Razor Sports and Pearl Ridge Mall for their support and dedication. We will be back soon!
Mountain View is a diverse rural community with a rich historical and agricultural heritage. It is also one of the fastest growing communities in the state. The Mountain View long range plan community volunteer group meets every second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Mountain View School Cafeteria to lay the foundation for a community based plan that will accommodate this growth. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Our group’s mission is to ensure that the Mountain View community has a voice in determining its own future. This process will begin when the community defines for itself its unique sense of place. Our feelings of attachment to our cherished home, our willingness to care about and to care for landmarks and landscapes where community gathers, has collective memories of and identifies as Mountain View – this is our sense of place. This sensibility will inform our community plan and allow for future growth that is compatible with our connection to our beloved home, our social values, our cultural heritage and the beauty of our natural environment.
Every resident of our community has an opportunity to share their vision for our future by taking a community survey. The survey will be available online until March 5 at:
Hard copies of the survey are also available at the Mountain View Library and the Hilo Coffee Mill. The results of the survey will be used to draft a community plan that reflects our collective vision. Future meetings will invite the public to comment upon and contribute to the plan. Please join us in this very worthwhile effort to ensure our future community continues to be a place where we all feel lucky to live. If you have any further questions please call Susan Langer at 315-8645.