Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Supports 2011 Solar Power Decathlon that UH Students Will Compete In

Congresswoman Mazie Hirono expresses her continued support for the development of renewable energy in our country. Speaking on the House floor, the Congresswoman commended the University of Hawaii for its upcoming participation in the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington DC.


UH President McClain Resigns From Mauna Loa Macadamia Orchards

Mauna Loa (ML)  Macadamia Orchards, announced that the Partnership has accepted the resignation of director Dr. David McClain effective June 30, 2009.

Dr. David McClain

Dr. David McClain

Dr. McClain has served as a director of the managing partner, ML Resources, Inc., since September 2000 and has chaired and served on the Audit, Governance, Nominating and Compensation Committees. Dr. McClain concludes more than five years of service as President of the University of Hawaii at the end of July 2009, after which he will be out of state on a professional improvement leave, returning to the faculty of the University’s Shidler College of Business in August 2010.

ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. is the world’s largest grower of macadamia nuts, owning or leasing 4,169 acres of orchards on the island of Hawaii.


Tonight: UH Hilo International Night

One of my favorite events that I attended at UH Hilo when I was living on campus, was the student run International Night.

2008 Opening - Photographer <a href=When I was attending the festival only happened on one night.  Now it has gotten so big that it covers two nights.

Samoa Club - Photographer <a href=

Tonight is 1 of 2 nights that will be filled with entertaining acts from throughout the world that the students put on themselves.

Philippines - Photographer <a href=I know that UH Hilo has a very  diverse student population with students from throughout the world so it really makes for a great evening of entertainment as well as education.

Native American - Photographer <a href=“…The countries or cultures to be represented will include Hawai`i, Ireland, Pohnpei, Native America, Palau, Okinawa, USA, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Brazil, Timor Leste, Japan, Philippines, and Chuuk…

South Korea - Photographer <a href=…International Nights 2009 is co-sponsored by UHHSA and Rotary Club of Hilo Bay. For more information about this event please contact the International Student Office at 974-7313…

Kosrae - Photographer <a href=…Tickets are priced as follows: $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors, $3 for students (schools and colleges) and children. For tickets, please contact the PAC box office at 974-7310.”

Japan - Photographer <a href=Personally, I think this event is probably the best event that UH Hilo puts on each year.

Marshall Islands - Photographer <a href=If you can’t make it to both nights, at least try to get to one of them.

You can see the UH Hilo Calendar here for more information on this as well as other upcoming events..

Mid-East and Ireland

Photographer James Rubio took these pictures that I lifted from UH’s Site. You can view his blog of the 2008 event here.

Here is a youtube clip from last years performance:


The Hilo, Hawaii Goju Ryu Karate Club performing the kata Saifa followed by Saifa bunkai for the 2008 U of Hawaii International Night.

Yes this is NOT the traditional bunkai, its performance bunkai. A little more flashy, music, and a couple moves from the kata are done twice with different applications. Remember, bunkai is just one interpretation of the kata. One motion in the kata can represent multiple techniques. The bunkai you practice may be different than ours.

Ka Leo TV: UH Newspaper Goes to Youtube

I just noticed that the University of Hawaii Manoa’s student newspaper Ka Leo has joined the ranks of  “youtube” users.

Here is the papers first video:


Lingle Nominates Former Student Regent Michael Dahilig as UH Regent At-Large

This is strange:

Governor Linda Lingle today announced she has nominated Michael A. Dahilig to fill the remaining University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents at-large seat. His name will be submitted to the Hawai‘i State Senate for its advice and consent.

I find this strange because he just submitted a resignation letter from his student regent position 6 weeks ago:


Letter lifted from Capsun's Corner, Click letter to see his breaking news earlier in the year on this.

I blogged earlier that this was the Student Regent that supported UARC despite the student wishes:

…He said personally for him it came down to a question of academic freedom. He said the three-year moratorium on classified research was “a fair compromise.” Ultimately, he said, “the pros outweighed the cons,” so he voted for the military research program…

…He said that while he is “not 100% proud” of the vote, that he felt he “tipped his hat” to the overwhelming student opposition by voting yes with reservations…

More Here

Windward Community College Signs on to UH Hilo Articulation Agreement

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Windward Community College (WCC) have signed a partnership agreement that will facilitate the completion of baccalaureate degrees at UH Hilo by students who begin their post-secondary education at WCC. The partnership mirrors earlier agreements with Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) and Hawai‘i Community College (HawCC)…

More Here

TONIGHT “Buckets & Tap Shoes” Coming to UHH… One Night Only

bucketsimgOn Wednesday January 21st at 7:30 pm for one show only, the percussionist will be performing at UH Hilo’s Performing Arts Center.

“This unique company of musicians, percussionists and rhythm tap dancers have astounded worldwide audiences creating music with 5-gallon paint buckets, metal cans and tap shoes, as well as traditional instruments: electric guitar, bass, and drums.”

More info here

From what it sounds like to me, it’s kind of like a mini version of the “STOMP” production that is pretty famous.

Tickets: $35 General, $30 Discount, $15 UH Students/Child

They have a myspace page which can be found here.

They are also performing in Kamuela on the 19th at the Kahilu theater at 7:00 pm and on the 20th at 10:30 am at the same place.

Here is a short youtube clip I found… very interesting buggahs:


Ooklah the Moc to Play at Next Weeks UH Hilo Ho’olaulea

Oahu reggae band Ooklah the Moc will be playing next weeks UH Hilo Ho’olaulea.

ooklahthemocOoklah has long been a favorite group of mine.  I’ve partied with a few of the members and they are a real cool group of dudes.


This is a performance from Ooklah’s gig last night at Pipeline Cafe on Oahu:


The Ho’olaulea in itself brings back memories for me, as in 1996 I was a student government senator and I was in charge of the PR for the Ho’olaulea.  That year, we were fortunate enough to get Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Na Leo Pilimehana.


We had IZ scheduled, but health complications forced him to cancel with less then a month until the Ho’olaulea was scheduled.  Less then 3 months later, he scheduled two concerts at the Crown Room in Hilo that I was fortunate enough to help promote.  This was IZ last performance on the Big Island before he passed away.


Here is the schedule for Saturday’s Ho’olaulea located at UH Hilo:

8am Break Thru Adventures Rummage Sale – UCB 127

11am Noho Hewa film presentation – UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

12n – 9pm Live Entertainment – Campus Center Plaza
* Mixjah
* Hawaiian Roots Band
* Ooklah the Moc & BW
* Tupulaga O Samoa Mo A Taeao (Samoan Club)
* Marshallese “Iakwe” Club
* Keaomalamalama Hawaiian Club
* ‘Ai Pohaku

3pm Noho Hewa film presentation – UH Hilo Performing Arts Center

Featuring ono kine food booths, craft vendors, community information and cultural awareness displays in the Campus Center dining hall. There’ll be a new car show on the library lanai and motorcycles in the parking lot!

Special feature is Keikiland with games, crafts, water slide and a rock climbing wall in the Campus Center’s lower yard … all Keikiland activities are FREE! Adults can enjoy the water slide and rock climbing wall too!

More info next week with the list of vendors and booths! For further information, contact the Campus Center office, 974-7499.

Economy Reduces New UH Hilo Dorm Plans From $200 Million to $74 Million

OUCH!  This hurts UH Hilo big time:

The nation’s financial meltdown has forced the developer of a long-planned student housing and retail complex in Hilo to scale back the project.

Bridgecreek International, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., had planned to build a $200 million complex that would include dormitories for 1,200 University of Hawaii at Hilo students on state land in exchange for rights to also develop a hotel and retail center on the property.

The project, called the U.S.-China Center, has been scaled back to $74 million and will house approximately 800 students, according to John Carlson, Bridgecreek’s president of development.

He said the redesign involves scrapping plans for four multistory dormitories and instead building clusters of two-story walk-up townhouses.

Wagner Removes Himself as Candidate for UH Hilo Athletic Director

I blogged yesterday that former UH Football coach Bob Wagner was in contention for UH Hilo’s Athletic Director position, well he has pulled out of the race.

Hat tip to Dave Reardons Sports Extra:

I have been honored to be a finalist for the University at Hilo Athletic director position, but I have removed myself as a candidate…

More Here

Former UH Football Coach Bob Wagner Finalist for UH Hilo Athletic Director

I just read on OC’16’s Daves Blog that former UH Football coach Bob Wagner is a finalist for UH Hilo’s Athletic Director position.

wagner“…Over at UH-Hilo Bob Wagner is one of three finalists for the Vulcan’s AD job. He interviewed on Tuesday and is the only local candidate of the trio. The initial field was 75 plus…”

More Here

UH Manoa Launches Test Balloon: NASA and Code 820

NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more…


…In addition to the super pressure test flight, two additional long-duration balloons have been launched from McMurdo during the 2008-2009 campaign.  The University of Hawaii Manoa’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna launched Dec. 21, 2008, and is still aloft. Its radio telescope is searching for indirect evidence of extremely high-energy neutrino particles possibly coming from outside our Milky Way galaxy…

More Here

Track the balloons here

More on the NASA Balloon Program Here

Sports Illustrated on 13 Year Old UH “Recruit”

Sports Illustrated ran an article today about the 13 year old UH Recruit I blogged about earlier.  I’m pretty sure this is what the NY Times article was based upon.

Koehler, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound eighth-grader from Kaneohe, Hawaii, was always too heavy to play Pop Warner football. But Koehler, the 13-year-old brother of Arizona freshman offensive lineman Solomon Koehler, impressed Hawaii coach Greg McMackin so much during drills at the school’s camp this past summer that McMackin extended a scholarship offer.

The offer isn’t binding, and Hawaii can’t make a written offer until Koehler is a junior in high school, but for now, Koehler may just be the most sought-after prospect in the class of 2013. He could receive more interest after Sunday, when he plays his first regulation, 11-on-11 game in pads in the Football University Youth All-American Bowl at the Alamo Dome. The game will be streamed live at …

More here

13 Year Old Gets Full Ride Scholarship Offer with UH Football Team

I previously blogged about  the 16 year old that got a scholarship

The New York Times is reporting a 13 year old now has one:

At age 13, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Reeve Koehler is so big that he has never been allowed to play organized football. Despite that, he already has a full scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii

13 year old Reeve Koehller (left)

13 year old Reeve Koehler (left) on Cooke Field at a 2007 summer camp

Lingle Selects 5 New UH Regents

Governor Linda Lingle Saturday announced she has selected five individuals to immediately replace University of Hawai’i regents who have been serving as holdovers. The names will be submitted to the Hawai’i State Senate for its advice and consent when it convenes later this month…

List of names selected here.

Former UH Volleyball Player Victoria Prince Dating K-Fed (Brittany’s Ex)

Now I’ve heard it all.

Former UH Volleyball Player Victoria Prince is dating Kevin Federline (K-Fed).

Kevin Federline and Victoria Prince, From People Magazine

Kevin Federline and Victoria Prince, From People Magazine


For the last month, Kevin Federline, 30, has been publicly stepping out with a 6-ft.-tall blonde named Victoria Prince…

…Prince, 26, shares a birthday with Federline’s ex-wife Britney Spears, 27 (both were born on Dec. 2), and graduated with a bachelor of arts in speech from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2006, where she played volleyball after transferring from the team at Washington State University…

More Here

Nine UH Hilo Students Left Homeless After New Years Fire

Nine Hilo college students are homeless after a fire early this morning, the Big Island fire department reported in a news release.
The fire broke out at a five-story home on a steep slope at 65 Halaulani Pl. a few minutes after 2 a.m. The house was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at  2:11 a.m…

More Here

Cataclysm Performs at UH Hilo… The Video

I used to be into dancing when I was younger… but these kids now a days do stuff that I wouldn’t have even imagined 20 years ago!

A local boy, Norman from Keaukaha, has been posting videos of local kids dancing around the island.

Dancing, for many kids, is an excellent outlet for them to get their aggression out in a non-violent way.

Here is CATACLYSM Performing at UH Hilo:


The Email UH Hilo Students Received After Detonations on Campus

Hat tip to Canspice:

Two more “small” explosions occurred early this morning (1 AM) on UH-Hilo’s Main Campus. One was in the dorm area, and another by Life Sciences/PB13-14 area. There were no injuries and no property damage.

A third un-exploded devise was found by Life Sciences/PB13-14. This has been closed off by Hawaii County Police, and NO ONE is allowed to enter this area. Explosive experts have been contacted and expect to be on campus around 8:30 this morning to remove this devise. Once the “All Clear” is given, this area will again be accessible, and the barriades will be taken down.


These devises are dangerous when they explode, and make a loud “bang”. If you see any “suspicious” bottles, DO NOT DISTURB IT, AND CALL CAMPUS SECURITY IMMEDIATELY AT 974-7911. If you have any seen anything or anyone or have any information regarding these devises, please call Campus Security.

Thank you and stay safe.

June Jones vs. UH Settlement Details: The Video

I’m still amazed at how many people are interested in the Lily Kahumoku/June Jones story I posted a long time ago.  :shock: