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The Stinging Bees

So my son started soccer up again.

2008 Soccer Pose

2008 Soccer Pose

I look forward to this season and can tell my son has progressed a lot from last season.

The major difference this year… is he will be wearing glasses and can actually see the ball.

Anyone have any tricks to keeping sports goggles from getting fogged up?

sports glasses

His team name this year is the “Stinging Bees”.  We were gonna call them the “KILLER Bees” but we made a decision to lighten the “Sting” and just call them the “Stinging Bees”.

Of course I think this beats last years team name of the “Mighty Giraffes”

My son's team last year - "The Mighty Giraffes"

My son's team last year - "The Mighty Giraffes"

I won’t be actively coaching again this year because I will be doing the census work starting on the 21st, but until then… I’m helping out a new coach that has never coached before.

From Hawaii: Men Who Gain Excessive Weight in Early Adulthood May be at Increased Risk of Eventually Developing Prostate Cancer?

From Hawaii – According to a report published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, men who gain excessive weight in early adulthood may be at increased risk of eventually developing prostate cancer. Researchers studied the health records of nearly 84, 000 men of varying ethnicities. Those who gained excessive weight after 21 were more likely to develop high-grade prostate cancer later in life…


Mayor Kenoi Helps Kick Off National Training Workshops for Pacific Community Coalitions

Media Release:

On August 20 and 21 representatives from community coalitions on 4 Hawaiian Islands, Guam, Palau, American Samoa and Los Angeles gathered at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott for high-quality training by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).  The mission: to support the work these diverse groups are doing now, and to help them target strategic solutions for their community’s problems related to drug and alcohol abuse.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), provides the federal funding for Drug Free Coalitions, and works in conjunction with CADCA. Based in the Washington D.C. area, CADCA was formed in 1992. CADCA Institute provides training and technical assistance, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences and special events to community coalitions around the world.

Beth Mehau, Mayor Billy Kenoi and Hamakua Youth Center representative Lanakila Mangauil

Beth Mehau, Mayor Billy Kenoi and Hamakua Youth Center representative Lanakila Mangauil

About 50 people attended the training program, which included 2 days of workshops plus one-on-one mentoring sessions, and access to individual telephone conferencing for a year.  Mayor Billy Kenoi helped kick off the workshops, sponsored by the North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition (NHDFC) and others.  Kenoi has been active in drug-free issues since 2000, when he served as Mayor Harry Kim’s Executive Assistant/Anti-drug Coordinator.

“It is nice to see CADCA and North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition bringing technology and assistance to Hawaii Island … so we all can continue to work for drug-free communities,” said Kenoi.  “I am proud that on this Island, everyone in every geographic region is committed to cooperation and collaborative effort.”

“The more we put aside ego and competing ideologies the better we work together, the better we do at creating our goal, which is safe and healthy drug-free communities in Hawaii.  If our children are healthy and safe, families healthy and safe, certainly our community will be healthy and safe as well,” said Kenoi.

Event coordinator for NHDFC, Beth Mehau has been working for 5 years to bring the CADCA training here.  “Finally our island people are communicating with each other in a common language that will help identify common problems and be able to share resources while gaining compassion for the differences, allowing us to better understand how we may serve each other.”

According to Mehau, CADCA gifted all the training, while NHDFC and the Drug-Free Coalition on Oahu were able to find resources to assist with transportation.  “Waikoloa Beach Marriott has really been a partner in this,” she said. “SAHMSA allowed Drug Free Coalitions to revise their remaining federal budgets to help get people here—and a county grant from Healing Our Island helped with some of the expenses.”

Nine participants from American Samoa came to Hawaii for the training.  Underage drinking is a big issue, there as here, where social norms and family gatherings make access easier.  Aloha Nuusila, of the Saole Coalition said, “I am finding this very enlightening.  I am an instructor at the community college back home, and I know by the end of the meeting we will be doing a lot more when we go home.”

Joelle Aoki, Executive Director of Coalition for a Drug-Free Lanai, has been involved for almost 20 years.   “The Community wanted to form a grassroots organization to deal with the drug and alcohol problem,” she said.  The island experienced a significant increase in alcohol and drug abuse during the transition from agriculture to tourism.  One contributing factor, according to Aoki, is the lack of parental supervision as people move from plantation hours to resort hours.

“We need to increase ownership {of community problems},” says NHDFC’s Program Co-Coordinator Jan Sears.  “The three questions people can ask are: ‘How does it affect me, what am I going to have to do differently and how can I help in my own way?’  For NHDFC, we may be asking everybody to speak up.  Speak up if you see kids drinking or smoking.  Take on the community role of keeping an eye on the kids next door.”

Lanakila Mangauil, of the Hamakua Youth Center was one of the original members of NHDFC’s youth task force.  “He eats, sleeps and breathes community service,” said Mehau.  Mangauil, a graduate of Kanu O Ka ‘Āina started teaching hula and oli to younger students voluntarily while he was still in high school.

“I’m ‘opio,” he said.  “My birthright is to teach the generation below me and to keep learning from the one in front of me.”  After participating in a National Youth Culture Exchange program with Native American youth in Arizona, California and Hawaii, Mangauil was inspired to do more at home.  “Everybody is responsible for their own communities, he said, “especially our young men.”

“This inspiration is critical,” said Mehau.  “I ask myself ‘What causes people to have passion and desire for altruistic behavior in times like these?’ Right now more than ever we need this invigoration.”  Mehau and NHDFC would like to bring in CADCA’s technology track and youth track programs, to keep the momentum going and take our communities to the next level.

For more information or to help advance the causes of a safe, healthy and drug free Hawaii, please visit http://www.fivemountains.org/nhdfc.

2009 Hawaii County Women’s Hall of Fame Nominees


Hawaii Wallo’s Vintage Skateboard 1975/76

Original Film by Art Hottendorf with camera help from Kalani Aweau. Filmed at Wallo’s on the Island of Oahu in 1975 or 1976. Skating are Art Hottendorf & John Jardine. Video production Will Lucas – Surf 64 Productions, Ltd. www.surf64.com


Wordless Wednesday – Root System


Holland America Lines to Bring in Zaandam for Circle Hawaii Tours

Media Release:

Holland America Line’s  Zaandam is set to discover the Hawaiian Island chain in 2010 with Circle Hawaii itineraries that offer guests the best of both worlds: luxuriously relaxing days at sea and exotic islands to explore. The 1,432-passenger ship will sail five 14-day roundtrip San Diego, Calif., cruises and one 15-day voyage from Vancouver, British Colombia, to San Diego. The sailings are from October through December.


Nestled between two stretches of sea days are back-to-back calls at Hawaii, Oahu, Kauai and Maui — plus a call at Ensenada, Mexico — before returning to San Diego. Included in the Hawaii cruise roster is a holiday sailing departing Dec. 19.

“Our Hawaiian itineraries combine the appeal of warm-water cruising and a port-intensive Pacific island experience,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs, Holland America Line. “Guests will have time to enjoy our shipboard amenities and activities, and the convenience of visiting four ports in four days without multiple flights or the packing and unpacking associated with island hopping.”

Departing Sundays from San Diego, guests will have several relaxing days at sea before arriving at Hawaii. During this time, they can enjoy a day at the Greenhouse Spa, channel their inner chef at the Culinary Arts Center for a hands-on cooking class or attend a Digital Workshop powered by Windows(R) to learn how to share memorable photos taken on the voyage. The Speaker Series offers exciting insights into upcoming ports and includes destination-related topics such as Polynesian music and dance traditions.

The first port call is to Hilo on the big island of Hawaii where guests can visit one of Hawaii’s best-known landmarks — Kilauea Volcano — with its impressive molten lava flows. Other highlights include world-class botanical gardens and the awe-inspiring Akaka Falls.

As Zaandam makes its way to Honolulu, the state capital, guests can enjoy an evening at the Polynesian Cultural Centers or other Hawaiian must-dos: whale watching, a traditional Hawaiian luau, a stroll down Waikiki beach or even surfing. For a more reflective view into Hawaii’s past, guests can visit the USS Arizona Memorial from World War II.

On route to Nawiliwili, Kauai, cruisers are in for spectacular views as Zaandam sails along the island’s dramatic Na Pali Coast. Upon reaching Nawiliwili guests can visit Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of the Pacific) or get an aerial view of the island on a helicopter tour. Thrill-seekers can book a zipline tour through the forest canopy for a unique perspective of the island’s inspiring natural setting.

At Lahaina, Maui, guests can explore the stunning beaches and a magnificent volcano, or spend the day shopping at chic boutiques and galleries.

Those sailing on the 15-day voyage departing Oct. 2 have an added call at Kona, once known as the playground of Hawaii’s royalty. Kona is synonymous with the famous coffee that grows on the slopes of dormant Hualalai volcano, a definite must-see for coffee aficionados. Another highlight of this longer voyage is an evening scenic cruise past the famous Kilauea volcano.

Cruise fares begin at $1,499 per person for the full 14-day Circle Hawaii and $1,699 per person for the 15-day voyage.

For a cruise brochure or for more information on Holland America Line’s GrandVoyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com

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