My Hawaii Story Project

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The Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Foundation, The Pacific Writers’ Connection, and ING DIRECT today announced a Fundraiser and Celebration of My Hawai’i Story Project, to be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009.

The events start at 8 a.m. with a free My Hawai‘i Fair, featuring activities and educational materials for all ages. Then culminating the Fair will be a public reading by My Hawai‘i student authors and a reception to follow from 4:30 to 6: 30 p.m.  A silent auction featuring books, art, special nature tours, and other special offers will be on display and open for bidding at the ING DIRECT Café from November 7, 2009. Funds raised will support the 2010 writing contest. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration of children’s writing.

Location: ING DIRECT Café

1958 Kalakaua Ave.

Honolulu, Hi. 96815

Ph. (808) 955-1435

My Hawaii Story Project is a Middle School writing contest held annually that invites students to write a story, poem or essay to reflect their thoughts and feelings about what makes Hawai‘i’s environment special to them. Since the Project launched in 2007, 1,172 students have participated, and 75 students writings were published in the annual anthologies. Several student authors will be reading their poems and stories from the 2009 Anthology at the celebration.

“Students eagerly participate in this writing exercise each year hoping to share their experiences of Hawai‘i,” said 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Le Jardin Academy, Marcia Huber about the My Hawai’i Story Project. “As a teacher, I am thrilled to be able to provide a real life writing situation that interests my students. This collection of stories and poems is a valuable teaching tool for classrooms, sparks discussions, and provides future writing opportunities,” she added.

Complimentary valet parking will be available off Pau Street for the event.

For more information on the “My Hawai‘i Story Project”, including a list of the winning entries and a PDF version of the anthology, visit the website at .

Campaigning for Climate Change, Sen. Gary Hooser Takes Part in Local Events


(left to right) State Senate Majority leader, Sen. Gary Hooser, Congressman Ed Case, and event organizer Keith Rose

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After fighting against furloughs this past week, State Senate Majority leader, Gary Hooser was working this weekend to take part in the International Day of Climate Change and campaign against carbon emissions. He was joined by Congressman Ed Case and over one hundred Oahu residents for a rally and photograph at the State Capitol on Saturday.


“The effects of climate change and sea level rise are increasingly evident in our island ecosystems.  We see it on our coral reefs, shorelines and native forests,” said Sen. Hooser.


Sen. Hooser speaks before rally attendees

Over twenty years ago, NASA scientist named James Hansen found that 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was the limit for a habitable planet. The Hawaii state capitol rally was part of an “international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand,” according to the website.


“As a State Senator and as Lieutenant Governor, I aim to make energy independence and earth friendly programs a priority,” said Sen. Hooser. He also urged attendees to be active in their practice of sustainable living personally, socially and politically. “It will take committed leadership at all levels – at the government level, in the halls of business, in our schools and most importantly within our community itself,” he said.

Also on Saturday, Hooser participated in The Blue Planet Foundation’s Blue Line Project that marked the potential effects of sea level rise, if action is not taken by the international community to combat climate change.

Local conservation advocate, Marjorie Ziegler called Sen. Hooser a friend of the environment and added that he “understands the importance of protecting Hawaii’s natural environment and is willing to take the tough stands needed to preserve our fragile coastlines, streams and mountain areas.”


Oahu residents participate in the International Day of Climate Change at the State Capitol on Saturday, October 24. Sen. Gary Hooser is pictured center, holding a white 350 sign.

“I think that Gary is a real sustainability candidate,” said Andrea Dean, a sustainable business advocate. “He can use the platform of Lieutenant Governor to move our state forward in ways that balance our economy and our environment.”

One of the most recent examples of Hooser’s leadership in advocating for sustainable practices is his authorship of the Solar Mandate Bill, requiring all new homes built in Hawai’i after January 1, 2010 to have a solar hot water heater or other highly efficient system installed. “Solar Hot water is a low-hanging fruit. Its a simple and affordable, proven technology that should be on top of everyone’s house. The technology and solutions are out there to reduce our dependency on energy that is harmful to our islands and harmful to our planet,” said Sen. Hooser. “Its a great policy that puts Hawaii on the map for green technology innovation,” he added. Sen. Hooser, also aims for his 2010 campaign for Lt. Governor to be the first ever in Hawai’i to go carbon neutral to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global climate change.

Recently, two former directors of the Hawaii chapter of the Sierra Club, Jeff Mikulina (1998-2008) and David Kimo Frankel (1996-1998), endorsed Senator Gary Hooser for Lt. Governor in 2010.

“As someone who has been active in advocating for Hawaii’s sustainability for over a decade, I’m supporting Gary Hooser for Lt. Governor,” said Mikulina. “Gary has earned my support through his honest, thoughtful, and smart approach to leadership and policymaking. He’s not afraid to make the tough political decisions that will benefit many–today and tomorrow. ”

David Kimo Frankel, recounting his years of lobbying for the Sierra Club had shown him that “there are not many people who can successfully navigate the system with integrity, intelligence and a progressive ideology. Gary Hooser is the kind of person we need at the statewide level here in Hawai`i,” he said.


2009 Moku O Keawe International Festival Excursions to Famous Sites


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Mahai`ula, North Kona, was the home of Magoon family and this idyllic setting has been described by Helen Desha Beamer in a name song of that beautiful place.  The area is one of the parks now known as Kekaha Kai, a trio of white sand beaches north of the Keahole Airport.

When Aunty Helen wrote of the journey from the pier at Kailua, up the coastline, to the pristine waters of Mahai`ula in the calm, she painted a picture for us to enjoy forever. The song continues to be a favorite hula and will be one of featured at this year’s Moku O Keawe International Festival at Waikoloa Beach Resort this November 5 – 8.

An excursion to Mahai`ula with Kumu Hula Kaleo Trinidad of Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, takes place on Saturday, November 7.  In addition to sharing the beloved stories of the Beamer and Magoon families, Trinidad will teach the hula to the song written for that place.  Trinidad has led his halau, Ka Leo O Laka I Ka Hikina O Ka La, through many Merrie Monarch Festival competitions and has won both the kane and wahine’s top titles! Sign up for the excursion today.

Take a journey to the cultural significant grounds at Keauhou, Kona and learn about King Kalakaua as he spent much time in the area.  The heiau of Hapai Alii has been restored allowing a view into the brilliance of the ancients.  Kumu Hula Keala Ching will lead the class with the historical and cultural background of this famous place and will teach a hula kahiko “Ponimo`i `O Kalakaua”, a chant he composed to honor King David Kalakaua and his many accomplishments for his people.  Participants will also learn protocol as ho`okupu will be presented at Hapai Alii.  Stories of the district and how governance and the relationship to hula will be shared.

Both excursions will be on Saturday November 7, departing at Waikoloa’s Marriot Beach Resort and Spa at 900 am.  Lunch is included in the class fees.  Participants are invited to showcase what they have learned at the Festival’s Ho`ike Concert to be held on Sunday, November 8th.

Cultural workshops are part of the 2009 Moku O Keawe International Festival to be held November 5 – 8, at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The annual event, now in its fourth year, celebrates hula and its related arts through its educational workshops on hula, including traditional protocol.  2009 will offer a competition for the Women’s Division in hula kahiko and auwana.  There will also be a night of competition with the Kupuna Wahine, including group and solo.  The Sunday evening event will be a special concert at the Waikoloa Bowl with Amy Hanaialii.

The non-profit Moku O Keawe Foundation sets the guidelines for all events and continually challenges that the bar is lifted to enrich the community.  Through sponsorships, grants, and fundraising efforts, the Festival broadens the experiences of dancers on an international level.  In the past four years, many halau from Hawaii, Japan, and Tahiti, have shared their hula. As a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts, its focus is to build, strengthen and inspire the living cultural traditions of Hawaii.

For more information, visit our website at

Mayor Kenoi Proclaims Today BJ Penn Day

BJ and Kenoi

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Mayor Billy Kenoi bid good luck to Hilo mixed martial arts fighter BJ Penn Tuesday as the fighter left to prepare for the defense of his Ultimate Fighting Championship world lightweight title.

Mayor Kenoi lauded Penn as a “positive role model and mentor to youth in our community” at the fighter’s Kino‘ole Street gym.

Billy and BJ

Kenoi proclaimed “BJ Penn Day” October 27 in Hawai‘i County as Penn left to begin serious training this week in Orange County, California, for his December 12 title defense in Memphis, Tennessee.

Penn is the #1 ranked lightweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world and currently holds the UFC lightweight title.

“BJ Penn has the full support and backing of a legion of Big Island family, friends and fans whose cheers should be loud enough to hear in Memphis on December 12,” Kenoi said.

Penn and his family reside in Hilo where he operates his mixed martial arts-related business ventures. Penn also delivers anti-drug and anti-violence messages to  Big Island youth.

Mayor Kenoi called on residents to “recognize and support the contributions of BJ Penn to our island.”

“He’s a champion in our hearts in every way,” Kenoi said, “He’s the pride of the Big Island and we wish him the best of luck in his next fight.”

Kenoi and Penn

Just Think Mobile

The “Just Think Mobile” in Waimea

Last Nights Moon and Jupiter… and UFO’s?

Thanks to the hattip from Andrew Cooper over at the Darkerview, I pulled my butt off my chair and went outside and caught these pictures of the Moon and Venus Jupiter last night:

Moon and Venus

Of course… I’m using a junk camera so in the picture above… Venus Jupiter looks like a UFO.

Here is a better picture that I was able to take… Not bad considering I’m a few miles away using a $100.00 camera?  LOL

Venus and Mars

The Twitter Song

I dedicate this song to @alohaarleen :