Lost Star Daniel Dae Kim to Become “The King of Siam”


LOST star DANIEL DAE KIM will swap Hawaii for London this summer to star in a new production of musical THE KING & I. The 40-year-old actor, who plays Jin in the hit TV show, will take on the role of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein play…

Yule Brenner in the classic King & I

Yule Brenner in the classic King & I

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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:


Ceded Lands Moratorium Vote: Hawaii State House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs Votes in Favor of HB 1667… Video

This is a video of the vote taken by the Hawaii State House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs regarding HB 1667, which places a moratorium on the sale of ceded lands until the un-relinquished rights of Native Hawaiians are resolved.


BLNR; Ceded Lands; Public Land Trust; Prohibition on Disposition
Prohibits the board of land and natural resources from selling, exchanging, or otherwise alienating ceded lands in the public land trust.

Richard Ha Goes National… And a Few Rebroadcasts From the Past

Big Island farmer Richard Ha, of Hamakua Farms, is going to be on the season opener for PBS’s national show  “Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie” which will be aired Saturday, February 7th, at noon on PBS Hawaii.

Leslie Wilcox reminds us that tonight, Richard will be on a re-broadcast of Hawaii’s Long Story Short w/ Leslie Wilcox tonight at 11:00 pm as well as on Sunday, February 8th at 4:00 pm on PBS Hawaii.

…Richard Ha isn’t your average farmer. He’s been called a visionary farmer. An innovative small business owner, Ha offers his employees profit sharing, has found a way to generate electricity on his property outside of Hilo, initiated an adopt-a-class program at Keaukaha Elementary School, advocates native Hawaiian practices of ahupua‘a and writes a blog on his website

For more on Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, click here.

You may have seen this commercial on TV before:


Applications Due Friday, February 13, 2009 for the North and South Kohala Community Development Plan Action Committees

Media Release

The County of Hawaii Planning Department will be accepting applications for the North and South Kohala Community Development Plans Action Committees until Friday, February 13, 2009.  The Action Committees will be part of an exciting new process – the Kohala communities and county government working together to implement the community visions for the future.

All residents of North and South Kohala are encouraged to apply.  The goal is to have Action Committees that provide representation for the districts of North and South Kohala and represents the many perspectives of the community.

Volunteers who serve on the Action Committees will be asked to attend monthly meetings, meet with supporting partners, participate in training workshops and or retreats, help organize and attend public involvement meetings, workshops and or charrettes, and serve as a source for promoting and sharing information about the North and South Kohala Community Development Plans with individuals and community groups.

Applications and additional information can be downloaded at:


Applications can also be picked up at the Hilo or Kona offices of the County of Hawaii Planning Department located at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 3, Hilo and 75-5706 Kuakini Hwy, Ste., 109, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740.

Deadline to submit an application is February 13, 2009 4:30PM

Rep. Kimberly Pine Introduces “Karens Law” Bill… Video

House Bill 819, otherwise known as “Karen’s Law” has been introduced into the Legislature this session.


HB819 HD1
Crime; Minors Tried as Adults
Mandates minors aged 15-17 be tried as adults in cases of first and second degree murder. (HB819 HD1)

Click here to read the full bill.

“It has been nearly two years since Karen Ertell was allegedly raped and murdered by her 15 year old neighbor, and yet, justice has not been served. Current law requires victim’s families to endure not one, but two lengthy court proceedings if the alleged killer is a juvenile. A bill that was killed in the legislature in 2008 has been revived by Democrats and Republicans to ensure families suffer less in the process.
“We are happy that Karen’s Law is back up for review,” stated Malanie McLellan, Karen Ertell’s foster daughter. “Reliving my mother’s death twice for such a heinous crime has been devastating for my family.”
McLellan said House Bill 819, “Karen’s Law,” would eliminate the first court proceeding which allowed a judge to decide whether Vernon Bartley, the alleged murderer, would be tried as an adult or juvenile. If Bartley was tried as a juvenile, he could have been released from a juvenile facility after his 18th birthday. HB 819 requires that 15-17 year olds, charged with first or second degree murder, be automatically tried as an adult.
“The two court proceedings for such a rare horrible crime have been an emotional process for Karen’s family,” said Representative Kymberly Pine (R-43, Iroquois Point, Ewa Beach, Puuloa). “Every time they go to court they have to remember the day they found her body. Karen’s Law will be the first important step in sparing others their personal pain.”

Hawaii Reporters Malia Zimmerman interviews Malanie McLellan:


Foodland to Begin Selling Island Dairy Milk

Island Dairy, one of the two remaining dairies in Hawaii, now is selling its milk at Foodland stores. The Big Island dairy will distribute whole, low-fat and fat-free milk under the label, Hawaii’s Fresh Milk…

The company, which uses solar power and grows its own feed, is trying to become sustainable as well as produce enough milk for the entire state

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For more on Island Dairy and how they do their farming check out this interesting article.

Hawaiian Idol VI: The Promo

I’m not sure why the PROMO was put up so late for the Hawaiian Idol contest I mentioned earlier.

Here is the promo for it and you can find more information by clicking here.


Board of Ethics Meeting Minutes Available to Public

I’ve obviously got a lot of reading to catch up on.

I don’t know how long the minutes to all these meetings have been available, but there certainly is some interesting information to be found in them:

You can view them here.

I’ll just toss a few out here but if you want some good reading and have a bowl of popcorn ready… I do suggest checking out all of the minutes.

Transexual Who Won the Right to Compete as Women in Hawaii Now Facing More Discrimination in Chicago

In 2001, Tammy Wronski won the right to compete as a woman in canoe paddling in Hawaii. Now back in her native Illinois, there’s controversy at her health club, X-Sport Fitness.

Tammy Wronski

Tammy Wronski

…A canoe racing group has reversed itself and no longer will demand that transsexuals who want to compete in paddling clubs submit to DNA tests to determine their sex.

The decision, recorded in the minutes of a May meeting of the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association, comes after two transsexual women filed complaints with the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission over the racing association’s decision that they would have to submit to DNA testing before being allowed to compete on women’s paddling teams…

Here is the new case revolving around Mr./Mrs. Wronski:

A Chicago Ridge resident – born a man but now a woman – says she is still fighting discrimination, eight years after she won the right to compete as a female athlete.

You can’t put it any simpler than Tammy Wronski, 49, herself does.

“I do have a vagina downstairs,” she said.

In 2001, she won the right to compete as a woman in canoe paddling in Hawaii. Now back in her native Illinois, there’s controversy at her health club, X-Sport Fitness.

Another member, Janice Mazany, says she is traumatized every time she sees Wronski in the women’s locker room…

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