Na Mele’s First Location HD Production Airing Monday at 7:30PM on PBS

Halekulani’s House Without a Key Provides Stunning Venue for Na Mele’s First Location HD Production Airing Monday at 7:30PM

The PBS Hawaii series Na Mele: Traditions in Hawaiian Song has recorded and preserved in perpetuity performances by many of Hawaii ’s musical legends. Throughout the years, these musical treasures were recorded in PBS Hawaii ’s studio in Manoa. Now, seven years into the series, Robert Pennybacker , VP Creative Services, says PBS Hawaii is ready to take Na Mele in a new, exciting direction. “We want to document not only the treasures of traditional Hawaiian music but also an iconic, cherished local experience.”


The first Na Mele location selected is a place that has had special meaning for local residents, as well as visitors, since the golden era of Waikiki . Halekulani’s House Without a Key is an experience that embodies a beautiful tradition according to Pennybacker. “Hearing authentic Hawaiian music in the classic stylings and harmonies of the Kahau’anu Lake Trio, with two of the islands’ most gifted hula soloists, and the sun setting on two of the more renowned landmarks in the world (Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach) – well, it just doesn’t get any better than that”, he said. Those dancers are none other than Kanoe Miller and Debbie Nakanelua-Richards. The featured trio, very much in the Kahau’anu Lake tradition, is Pa’ahana (consisting of Pakala Fernandes on bass & vocals; Kaipo Kukahiko on guitar & vocals; and Douglas Tolentino on ‘ukuele and vocals).

Also featured are reminiscences by legendary dancer Beverly Noa, who entertained at the Halekulani with singer Ed Kenney in the late 70s and early 80s.

“We are honored to be the first destination to host the PBS Hawaii series Na Mele in HD,” said Gerald Glennon, general manager of Halekulani. “House Without a Key is truly the gathering place of Oahu , an iconic oasis celebrating the timeless essence and spirit of aloha as experienced through traditional Hawaiian music.”


The entire production was done with high definition technology from the HD Sony cameras used on location, through post-production and broadcast. Pennybacker is Executive Producer. Other crewmembers include Production Manager Paul Hayashida ; Director of Photography Glenn Yamamoto ; Editor Michael Powell ; HD Finishing by Daryl Harada ; Associate Producer Derek Hoppe ; and sound recording and mixing by Gaylord Holomalia.

Hawaiian Airlines is the title underwriter for the Na Mele series on PBS Hawaii . The premiere of Na Mele: House without a Key will be Monday, February 23rd at 7:30PM on all PBS Hawaii channels, including Oceanic Time Warner HD Channel 1010 and the PBS Hawaii over-the-air HD broadcast channel 11.1.

Death With Dignity Bill Killed by Judiciary

Judiciary Chair Jon Riki Karamatsu has decided not to hear Death with Dignity bill this year, but open to do so in future.

House Bill 587
Report Title: Death With Dignity
Description: Allows a terminally ill, competent adult to get lethal dose of medication to end life. Prohibits mercy killings, lethal injections, and active euthanasia. Requires informed consent. Allows alternate doctor to replace attending doctor if latter declines to prescribe. Requires monitor at time of taking dose.

West Hawaii Today Reports on Building “Cod”

I know I make typos and mistakes all the time.  I’ve never claimed to be a great speller and I certainly don’t have a copy editor.

I just love this headline in today’s online West Hawaii Today:

“Citizens push for greener building cod”

It will probably be fixed soon enough, but you can check it out here in the meantime.

This Weekend: 2009 Season Opener at the Hilo Drag Strip



February 21 & 22 Season Opener/Points Meet
March 21 & 22 Points Meet
April 25 & 26 Points Meet
May 23 & 24 Memorial Day Drags/Points Meet
June 27 & 28 Points Meet
July 18 & 19 Points Meet
August 15 & 16 Points Meet
September 5 & 6 Labor Day Drags/Points Meet
October 10 & 11 Season Finale/Points Meet
November 21 & 22 Make-up Race if necessary
December 12 & 13 Make-up Race if necessary

Hawaiian Makes Top 36 on American Idol… Introducing Kai Kalama

Kai Kalama

Kai Kalama

Kai Kalama

Age: 26 | Hometown: San Clemente, Calif. | Job: Musician, care-giver

His first audition appearance was accompanied by a piece about how he takes care of his sick mother in the daytime and performs at night. He made it through to the Top 36 despite weak vocals toward the end of the Hollywood round. He’s of Hawaiian heritage. Judge Simon Cowell said he has the personality of a cruise-ship singer.


HB 143 Passes Transportation Committee and Goes to Judiciary: Bill Prohibiting Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices While Driving

Just in:

HB143 which prohibits use of mobile phones, electronic device while driving is on the move. Passed Transportation. Goes to Judiciary.

Mobile Phones; Safety
Prohibits the use of a mobile telephone while driving unless equipped with a hands-free accessory and being used in the hands-free mode. Exempts mobile radios. Prohibits transit drivers from using cellular phones whenever their vehicle is in motion.

Official Trailer Released: “Voyagers – The Discovery of Hawaii”


From director Paul Csige, comes the incredible true story of the discovery of Hawaii. Told through the art of Herb Kawainui Kane, this epic film will show you a place and a people you never knew existed.

World Premier at Gates Performing Arts Center

Big Island of Hawaii May 30th 2009.


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Hilo Bayfront Soccer Field #2 Closed for Six Weeks

Media Release

Effective immediately the Hilo Bayfront Soccer Field #2 (the main soccer field) will be closed for improvements for approximately six weeks while volunteers from AYSO and other organizations work to repair the field.

The staff of the Department of Parks and Recreation would like to express their appreciation to all volunteers who will assist with this community service project.

2009 Avocado Festival This Weekend


Live Music and Entertainment, local vendors,

Farmer’s Market, Arts & Crafts, Keiki games,

Agricultural displays, lectures, demos, etc.

Free Guacamole!!! Fresh Fruits, Juices, Organic Foods

Kava drinks offered by the Sanctuary of Mana Ke’a Gardens

1st Place Prizes for:

Best Guacamole, Best Dessert, Best Recipe

All recipes available for tasting after judging

“The Hawaii Avocado Festival is a great way to learn about all the wonderful healthful ways to enjoy the selection of avocado’s in Hawaii” said event coordinator Randyl Rupar. ” You’ll be amazed at the different tastes and uses of many varieties grown here in Hawaii”.

“Avocados are amazingly healthy and are used in delicious deserts, applied as beauty products, and are very nutritious” said Michael Saiz of Hawaii Health Guide, one of the events many sponsors, “We’re excited to support a such a great event which educates the community and celebrates the avocado as sustainable agricultural food source for Hawaii”.

Exhibitor and vendor booths are available to educate, sell or promote products and services to visitors and local residents attending the festival.  Contact (808) 334-3340 for more information.

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Angel Pilago to Run for His Old North Kona Council Seat

I just read the following tweet from former Big Island Weekly Editor Kristine Kubat:

Angel Pilago confirmed on Sunday he will run for his old North Kona council seat…

Starting Today: Big Island Schools Compete in KTA S’port Up

KTA Super Stores, along with Hawaiian Airlines and Sports Line, have teamed up for a third straight year for S’port Up!, a six-week promotion to help fund high school athletic programs across the island of Hawai’i.
This year’s Sport Up! theme, “Help Shape the Face of the Future,” runs from February 18 – March 31, and is aimed at raising funds for participating Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) high schools. To date, S’port Up! has assisted high school athletics with over $100,000 worth of sports equipment and travel…
…This year’s participating schools include, Christian Liberty Academy, Hawai’i Preparatory Academy, Hilo High School, Honoka’a High School, Kamehameha High School, Ka’u High School, Kea’au high School, Kealakehe High School, Kohala High School, Konawaena High School, Laupahoehoe High School, Makua Lani Christian School, Pahoa High School, Parker High School, St. Joseph High School and Waiakea High School…
…Shoppers write the corresponding school code (which will be provided at registers) of their favorite school on the back of their receipt and provide it to the cashier to accumulate points. At the end of the program, the points are put toward travel and equipment expenses, with each participating school receiving a minimum of $500 ($250 for travel, $250 for equipment)…

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