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Local Talent Benefits from Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball Camp

Media Release:

2009 camp attendees advance their academic and athletic careers.

Big Island Basketball Camp

The 2009 Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball Camp was a huge success on and off the court, most importantly…off the court.  That was the verdict with over 10 camp attendees who took what they were given seriously.

“Every night of our camp we would provide a college-prep seminar on academic requirements, financial aid, athletic recruitment, and taking advantage of opportunities”. Said Director Andy Smith. “What makes the whole program enjoyable is to see so many kids take control of their futures, practically apply what they have learned, and watch them get accepted to different colleges.  I’m very proud of them and hope that this year’s camp inspires next year’s student-athletes”.

The concept of our college-prep basketball camp is extraordinary.  The encouragement, knowledge, tools and resources along with promoting a positive – mental – attitude, were of great benefit.  It really helped that our directors and coaching staff all played college basketball and also coach the game, so they could relate completely to all attendees and share their life experiences with them.  Aside from excelling on the court, the message was received that the most important aspect of the camp was getting a college education and leading a positive life.

Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep coaching staff deserves a lot of credit for helping every attendee.  Brad Barbarick and Joe Navarro from Concordia University, Tyler Toney and Aukai Wong from Warner-Pacific College, Bill Naylor, University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan Alumnus and Camp Director and former University of Hawaii at Hilo standout Andy Smith.

Some notable beneficiaries of the college-prep basketball camp are:

·         Bari Mims – Cardinal Newman High School – Kona resident.  2009 HIH College- Prep Camp MVP, signed athletic scholarship to play for Southwestern Oregon Community College.

·         John Craig – Lahinaluna High School – Maui – Signed athletic scholarship to play for Clark Community College in Oregon.

·         Michael Santos – Castle High School – Honolulu – Attending Santa Rosa Junior College in California.

·         Tyler Terai – Maryknoll High School – Honolulu – signed athletic scholarship to play for Southwestern Oregon Community College.  Tyler was also a Honolulu Star-Bulletin Fab-15 All-State member.

·         Kauila Miller – Kailua High School – Honolulu – To play for Concordia University in Portland, Oregon.

·         Kapanaia Carvalho – Kohala High School – Big Island – Attending Clackamas Community College in Oregon.

·         Brandon Lewis – Kennedy HS-Sacramento CA- Attending University of California at Davis.

·         John Bryant – Kealakehe High School – Big Island – Attending Clark Community College in Oregon.

·         Carlos Craig – Kalaheo High School – Honolulu – Attending University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

·         Kapono Kong – Kihei Charter School (Maui) – To play at Santa Barbara Community College in California.

·         Ryan Delaries – Kealakehe High School – Big Island – To play at Southwestern Oregon CC.

·         Dylan Soldwisch – Lahinaluna High School – Maui – Attending Southwestern Oregon CC.

·         Bruno Radmilovich – Kealakehe High School – Big Island – Attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hawaii Island Hoops looks forward to the continued success helping local student athletes and will continue its commitment to the community at the 2010 college-prep camp.   For more information on future camps and college-prep seminars, please contact Director Andy Smith at (808) 937-3082, director@hawaiiislandhoops.com, also visit: www.hawaiiislandhoops.com

Amy Hānaiali‘i Sunday, November 8 at the Waikoloa Bowl

amy HMedia Release:

In a special appearance under the stars, Ms. Amy Hānaiali‘i performs her special blend of Hawaiian music Sunday, November 8 in the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, as part of the Moku O Keawe International Festival.  Her concert caps off the celebration of hula and related arts during “Hō‘ike,” a traditional presentation, where the Festival’s workshop students share what they have learned.

The Hō‘ike begins at 6:00 p.m. with hula, chant, and songs played on traditional Hawaiian musical instruments such as pūniu (knee drum), ‘ohe hanu ihu (nose flute) and ‘ulī‘ilī (gourd rattles).  The program continues with Ms. Amy Hānaiali‘i in concert at 7:00 p.m.

Multi-talented musician, singer and entertainer Amy Hānaiali‘i has released 10 albums in her sparkling career, earning 3 Grammy nominations and 15 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (including Female Vocalist of the Year 4 times).  She is officially “Hawaii’s Music Ambassador” as proclaimed by Governor Linda Lingle, and has opened for legendary stars like Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Wayne Newton, Arlo Guthrie, The Beach Boys, Ernie Watts, Boz Scaggs, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sergio Mendes and many more.  Her second album, “Hawaiian Tradition” was the first Hawaiian Language album placed on the World Billboard Charts.

“We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect performer to close the 2009 Moku O Keawe festivities,” says event Moku O Keawe Foundation CEO Margo Mau Bunnell. “Her incredible talents and her deep commitment to the living Hawaiian culture take the event to the next level.  We hope everyone will come to be inspired by the Hō‘ike students and enchanted by Amy’s concert.”

Tickets for the Hō‘ike/Concert November 8 are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  Keiki 4 and under are free.

The Moku O Keawe International Festival November 5-8 at Waikoloa Beach Resort is a celebration of hula and the arts of hula, including competition in kahiko, kupuna and ‘auwana, cultural workshops and made-in-Hawaii marketplace.  The Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a 501(c)(3) 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.

Major supporters of the Moku O Keawe International Festival include Hawaii Tourism Authority, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Louis Vuitton, Big Island Candies, County of Hawaii, Sig Zane Designs, Kathy Long, Sushi Shiono, Big Island Visitors Bureau, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Pacific Radio Group (KAPA), Kintetsu International Hawaii, Waimea Music Center, Kona Deep, Bausch & Lomb-Japan.

For information and tickets to events, visit www.MokuOKeawe.org

The “THINGS” That Mess Up Your Room When No One Is Around

Dr. Seuss’s “Thing 1 and Thing 2” were what my wife and son were for Halloween this year.


My son actually got 1st place in a costume contest they had on Friday. My wife actually made the majority of their costumes.

Picture Courtesy of Leslie Lang.

Girls and Guys Gone Wild! The Biggest Party in the Pacific… Halloween in Waikiki

Well this year turned out to be no different then any other year. Thousands of folks came out to Waikiki to celebrate Halloween.

Were you there? Do you see yourself below?


Hawaii County League of Women Voters Sponsoring Candidate Workshop

The Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission has announced its
November 5th Big Island workshop for 2010 prospective candidates.

If you are considering running, or if you plan to play a key campaign
role, you need to attend.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Aupuni Center in Hilo –
no preregistration, no fee, public welcome

While ten months remain before the primary election, deciding to
run and planning a campaign require careful consideration. Last minute
campaigns do not succeed, and anyone wishing to use pilot program
funding should begin before the filing period opens. Funding and
reporting are always challenging.

All candidates need to have full information before making the
decision about what type of funding to use. This workshop is the
best place to get that information.

The workshop is offered only in Hilo. A second round is scheduled
February, but the filing period opens on February 16th, and many
candidates will launch their campaigns before then.

Candidate handbooks are available online at the Campaign Spending
Commission’s website, as is the schedule for classes for Nov. 5th.
For additional information, call the Commission at (808)586-0285.

The League of Women Voters hopes to see knowledgeable people
who are ready to run thoughtful, organized campaigns. This meeting is
the first step in the campaign process.

Mahalo… It’s Been a Great Weekend!

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