I am pleased that an agreement with HGEA has been ratified by its members. I would like to express my gratitude for the hard work and commitment of the HGEA leadership and members in continuing to work towards an agreement to address the budget restrictions that are impacting our campuses. This agreement will result in savings of approximately $7.4 million annually and affect five bargaining units of HGEA that work at the university.
These decisions are difficult, but necessary to get us through this challenging fiscal period, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation. We value the work of all of our employees who are striving daily to meet the increased demand for services under difficult economic times. But they know, as we all know, that we must do everything in our power to make sure all students can and will receive the quality education they deserve.
While the current fiscal situation will likely continue for awhile, I believe that we must do what we can to prepare ourselves for when better times return. There is no better investment than supporting education to create a brighter future for our citizens. Together, we know we can meet this budget crisis. And together, we can and will continue to advocate for the quality of public higher education that our students and community deserve.


Media Release:

“I am pleased that HGEA members ratified the agreement reached between HGEA leadership and the state and counties.  HGEA members clearly recognized that the type of shared sacrifice embodied in our agreements is necessary to help see our state through the budget crisis we are now experiencing.

State and county employees work hard and serve the public well. These furlough days are not a reflection on their dedication–they are a reflection of the current fiscal reality.

The State, the Counties, and our dedicated employees, together, are working toward an improved economic environment.”

Saint Damien Relic to Rest in Pahoa for a Night


According to Hawaii247.org a “Relic” of Saint Damien will be resting in Pahoa on the night of Wednesday Oct. 21st at Sacred Hearts Pahoa.

…Wednesday, October 21
St. Anthony, Laupahoehoe: 8‐10 a.m.
Sacred Heart, Naalehu, and Holy Rosary, Pahala: 1‐3 p.m.
St. Theresa, Mountain View: 4‐5:30 p.m.
Holy Rosary, Keaau: 6‐8 p.m.

Relic taken to Sacred Heart, Pahoa, for overnight stay.

Thursday, Oct. 22
Sacred Heart, Pahoa: 6 a.m.‐noon
Malia Puka O Kalani, Keaukaha: 1‐4 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, Papaikou: 6 p.m. arrival, 7 p.m. Mass with anointing of the sick…

More information here: Saint Damien Relic touring the Big Island

Thursday – “Naming No. 2”

Toa Fraser

Toa Fraser

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo hosts a screening of Toa Fraser’s award-winning film, “Naming No. 2,” on Thursday, October 22 at 2:30 p.m. in UCB127. The event is free and open to the public.

“Naming No. 2” is the story about family matriarch Nana Maria (played by Ruby Dee). Inspired by a dream from her childhood in Fiji, she struggles to bring her grandchildren together in Auckland, New Zealand, for a traditional Fijian feast where she plans to name her successor as matriarch. One reviewer wrote that the 95-minute film is “a big-hearted, exuberant story about what it takes to bring family together.”

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The play No 2 took Madeleine Sami, then a bright-eyed and precociously talented teenager, around the world and made her a favourite with theatre-goers from Auckland to Aberdeen. However, it didn’t take her all the way to the silver screen – and that’s okay, she says.

Ten years after its debut at the Silo and six years after she last performed it, Sami is bringing the nine raucous characters from No 2 to the stage to mark the play’s anniversary. She’s excited about saying the lines again and the moves are returning even though she last performed No 2 in 2003.

It’s hardly surprising it’s all coming back, given that she had performed it 250 times.

But at times Sami and No 2 have had an uneasy relationship. Written by Toa Fraser, No 2 tells the story of a feisty Fijian-Kiwi matriarch, Nanna Maria, who feels the spark has gone out of her family life. Deciding it is time to name her successor, she gathers her divided extended family around her for one last family feast.

Fraser chose Sami to star in the one-person play after casting and working with her in his debut play Bare in 1998.

After critical and commercial acclaim in New Zealand, Sami, then aged 18, performed No 2 in Britain, Holland, Jamaica, Mexico and the United States. It won a Fringe First at Edinburgh in 2000; Sami’s image appeared in all the major newspapers alongside rave reviews.

So when Fraser developed it into an equally successful film in 2005, everyone Sami included expected she would play a leading role. It was not to be. Instead the film, starring Ruby Dee, Mia Blake, Taungaroa Emile and Rene Naufahu, went on to win the World Dramatic Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Festival without her. Fraser has since directed the stellar cast of Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and eight-time Academy Award nominee Peter O’Toole in his second feature, Dean Spanley.

It was obviously a really hard time for me and I would have loved to be in the film but it was just not meant to be, says Sami, now 28. In the end, though, it’s actually turned into a really positive thing because it made me seek out other opportunities.

She says she’d been putting all my eggs in one basket with No 2.

She was forced to look for new work, including a wider range of roles with Silo Theatre, Massive Company and Auckland Theatre Company, as well as a part in the hit film Sione’s Wedding.

More recently, she’s popped up on TV productions as diverse as Outrageous Fortune and The Jaquie Brown Diaries. She has also been singing with her sisters, Anji and Priya, and the trio head into the recording studio shortly.

Now I can come back to No 2 with all that other experience behind me and that’s a good thing. I’m not going to pretend I wasn’t devastated by the decision at time but it really was for the best, I think.

Sami has not seen the film version of No 2, saying she always thought she would revisit the play and didn’t want the movie and theatre images to blur.

Toys for Tots… Free

I was recently the recipient of a large bag of toys from someone who had collected them over the years.  A lot of them were like the “Happy Meal” toys and things that had been collected over the years.

My son doesn’t need two and three of everything… so if anyone is interested in taking the remaining toys that my son has pilfered… this bag is yours: