First Annual Guy Toyama Day – Beach Cleanup and Barbecue

A memorial fund was established earlier this year to commemorate the life of a true Hawaii visionary, Guy Toyama. Consistent with the fund’s purpose, The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is celebrating the first annual Guy Toyama Day with a beach cleanup and barbeque.

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

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

“Guy was such a big part of our success and this event symbolizes a small part of the Guy’s vision for a better future by simultaneously improving our community and our environment,” said Greg Barbour, Executive Director of NELHA. Beautifying Hawaii’s coastline fosters a sense of community pride and improves the beach experience for residents and visitors alike.

An aerial photo will also be taken to commemorate the event and capture the moment with an exciting visual. Photographer Angy Chesler and Paradise Helicopters are providing this service and it is a fun way to recognize those who participate in this unique event. Guy Toyama, a Hawaii visionary and champion of sustainable business and renewable energy, passed away in November of 2012. In honor of his longstanding commitment to improving the relationship between people and the islands, his never‐ending spirit of kuleana is being carried on through the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

All who knew Guy were touched by his enthusiasm for life and his many passions. His joyful exuberance and his exceptional knowledge of how to live lightly on the planet were a source of inspiration to many. This memorial fund, made possible by donations from friends, family, and businesses, furthers Guy’s global vision for a better future.

Event Details:

  • Who: The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is sponsoring this event
  • What: 1st Annual Guy Toyama Day Celebration: A Gathering for Guy: Beach Cleanup and BBQ
  • When: 2:00pm – 5 :00pm, Sunday December 1, 2013, rain or shine.
  • Where: Wawaloli Beach Park on Makako Bay Drive at the Natural Energy Lab (OTEC)

About the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the memory of Guy Toyama by establishing scholarships and giving grants to non‐profits working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, waste reduction, and local food production. Requests for additional information can be addressed to info@guytoyamafund.org, or by visiting www.guytoyamafund.org.

About the Institute for a Sustainable Future

The Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), a Hawaii 501(c)3 non‐profit organization, is dedicated to empowering communities to manage their resources and affairs in a sustainable manner. The ISF is accepting contributions to the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund. Checks should be made payable to Institute for a Sustainable Future, include “Guy Toyama Memorial Fund” in the memo line, and be mailed to Institute for a Sustainable Future, PO Box 3220, Kailua Kona, HI 96745.

Guy Toyama Memorial Fund to Spur Sustainability and Entrepreneurship on the Big Island

 A new memorial fund seeks to raise $1 million to honor the life and legacy of Hawaii visionary, Guy Toyama. Sustainability grants and scholarships will foster positive change worldwide.

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund seeks to advance innovation and entrepreneurship in areas of environmentally sound practices in Hawaii and around the world.

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

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

The Fund will provide scholarships for students interested in sustainability and entrepreneurship. In addition, the fund will provide grants for non-profit projects focused on innovation and sustainability integration. The fund will create positive outcomes for future generations through disciplines such as renewable energy, local food production, and waste reduction.

Guy Toyama, a Hawaii visionary and champion of sustainable business and renewable energy, passed away in November of 2012. In honor of his longstanding commitment to improving the relationship between people and the islands, his never-ending spirit of kuleana will be carried on through the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

All who knew Guy were touched by his enthusiasm for life and his many passions. His joyful exuberance and his exceptional knowledge of how to live lightly on the planet were a source of inspiration to many. This memorial fund, made possible by donations from friends, family, and businesses, furthers Guy’s global vision for a better future.

“Guy’s gift of generosity and his passion for positive social and environmental change were contagious. The memorial fund celebrates his enthusiasm and his unending dedication to the community,” said Debbie Baker, President of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce.

The late Guy Toyama shows off his award winning Abalone Poke.

The late Guy Toyama shows off his award winning Abalone Poke.

Initially, the fund will focus on Hawaii Island and the state of Hawaii. Donor support may allow the fund to expand its efforts globally. A fundraising pau hana kickoff event for the fund is planned for Friday April 26, 2013 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Gateway Energy Center near the entrance of the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA).

“Guy lived his life with a deep sense of kuleana, and he treated everyone with aloha. He made everyone he touched believe that we can solve our problems and live and work in harmony with each other and nature,” said Walter Kunitake, President of the Kona Japanese Civic Association.

Friends of the Future, a Hawaii 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is accepting contributions to the Fund. Checks should be made payable to Friends of the Future, include “Guy Toyama Memorial Fund” in the memo line, and be mailed to Friends of the Future, PO Box 2655, Kamuela, HI 96743. Visit www.fofhawaii.org and click on the DONATE link to contribute online using PayPal or a credit card. Include “Guy Toyama Memorial Fund” in the “note to seller” field when you review the PayPal transaction. Requests for additional information can be addressed to info@guytoyamafund.org.

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

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!

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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:

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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!

VIDEO: Solarside Chat with Guest Mayor Billy Kenoi

An intelligent and intimate conversation with leaders in Hawaii about the Environment, Energy and Economy.

Guy Toyama interviews his first guest Mayor Billy Kenoi on his new show

This month, our guest is Mayor Billy Kenoi, the Chief Executive of the County of Hawaii who talks about his goals of increasing lower cost renewable energy as a way to spur sustainable economic activity on his island.

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TechConKona 2012 Helps Small Business Owners Learn Tech Solutions

Teaching business owners technology solutions to boost their triple bottom line is the goal of TechConKona, a unique, one-day, four track business solutions conference being held on August 2, 2012 at the newly renovated Sheraton Keauhou Convention Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

TechConKona is a small business focused event that addresses questions about emerging technology trends and how attendees can implement these solutions in their business endeavors. Panelists will lead discussions on computer technology, digital marketing technology, sustainability/renewable energy, and promote ideas on innovation and start ups on the Big Island.

Keynote speakers, Paul Hawken, author of “Natural Capitalism” and the founder of the first natural food store in the U.S. and Dustin Luther, Head of Social Media at Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corporation will address the expected 400 attendees at the conference.  Mr. Hawken will address business sustainability issues and Mr. Luther will discuss “Social Media Optimization” and tools to listen to and engage clients to help drive sales.

At TechConKona attendees will learn how to:

  • RAISE funds to start a business
  • MARKET their business with online tools
  • ACCESS data from anywhere, anytime, securely
  • GENERATE business through online search
  • INCREASE income by lowering energy costs
  • MASTER the “Top 10 Apps For Small Businesses”
  • UNDERSTAND the power of mobile tech and tablets.

Tickets to the event are $75 before June 29th and $100 after that date. Ticket holders will receive lunch, a post event networking reception and access to exhibitors. An open discussion forum to learn specific topics of interest from the speakers and other business professionals is the projected highlight.

“Small businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs and future business owners can’t afford to miss this event”, stated Guy Toyama, Executive Director of Friends of NELHA, a key organizer of the event. “They will learn about specific and affordable tools and technologies to implement the day after the conference. At TechConKona, our presenters AND other business owners will show attendees how to use technology to boost the bottom line using affordable, and often times FREE, tools such as mobile apps, social media, email marketing and energy efficiency information. TechConKona is an exciting networking, educational and synergistic event which we are proud to sponsor.”

NELHA, Hawaii Community College, the County of Hawaii, the Small Business Development Center, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and RevoluSun are presenting sponsors.

More information and how to purchase tickets can be found at www.TechConKona.com

Exhibitors and sponsors are being sought before July 1. Visit the website or call Julie Ziemelis, at Ziemelis Communications at 808-854-6769.