Honoka’a Peace Day Parade – More on Tap: Poetry Slam, Peace Advocate Author-Veteran, Chalk Art Street Event and Earth’s “Climate Change Refugees”

Media Release:

The usually quiet Honokaa community will welcome a series of energized events during the week of its 4th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Sunday, September 19.  On tap, a live Poetry Slam for peace, with special appearance and booksigning by peace advocate and US Army veteran Paul Chappell, Saturday September 18,  5:00-7:00 p.m. at Feel My Bean coffee house and restaurant in Honokaa.

Paul Chappell

In keeping with the United Nations 2010 theme of “Youth, Peace and Development,”  the Honokaa events, produced by the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple’s Peace Committee, are packed with creative opportunities, fun activities and free expression.  Numerous partner projects and programs are represented in the days leading up to the main events, the “Peace Day” Parade & Festival.

Darron Cambra, Faith Angelica Pascua and Tuia’ana Scanlon will represent the award-winning Youth Speaks Hawaii group—two time national Youth Poetry Slam winners and featured on HBO.  Slam poetry is a freeform, upbeat style of creative writing, often performed with hip hop moves or rapid rap-style delivery. Students can identify instantly with its powerful impact, inspiring even the shyest to get involved and perform.  The poets and mentor will take “slam poetry” workshops into local schools (students only), courtesy of Truth2Youth and support from Hawaii People’s Fund.

"Youth Speaks"

From 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, a free, open-to-the-public workshop will be conducted by Youth Speaks Hawaii poets at North Hawaii Education Resource Center (NHERC).  At 5:00 p.m. a live poetry slam at Feel My Bean restaurant allows poets old and new a chance to take the stage to perform for friends and family.  Admission is free, with gourmet coffee, local organic pupus and other great menu items available for purchase.

Also at 5:00 Saturday, the Peace Committee is proud to present internationally-known speaker, author and peace advocate, Paul K. Chappell.  A young and dynamic West Point graduate and Iraq veteran, Chappell is appearing throughout Hawaii for statewide Peace Day events as part of his world book tour.  Chappell  will talk story and sign books at Feel My Bean in collaboration with the poetry event, thanks to Dr. Jeannie Lum and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Education, Educational Foundations Department and the Civic Forum for Public Schools in Hawaii.  The community is invited to come and enjoy the chance to meet him in person, and purchase autographed copies of his most recent books: “Will War Ever End?” and “The End of War,” acclaimed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other celebrated peacemakers.

Already underway, the Peace Poster Contest rolled out at the beginning of the school year, state- and nationwide.  Entries are displayed at the Festival and will be part of an exhibition at Wailoa Center later this year.  Overall Winner and parents will receive a night’s stay at the luxurious Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast, event sponsor.  Entry deadline is Friday, September 10.  See details at www.peacedayparade.org

On Sunday at 11:00 a.m., stepping off from Honokaa High School, the Peace Day Parade is a “moving stage” of music, dance and more, marching down the “new” freshly-repaved Mamane Street.  The wide variety of multi-cultural performers includes ‘ukulele bands, hula, Taiko drum groups, bon dancers, break dancers, cirque performers, stilt-walkers, rock & roll, jazz, the “Peace Bubble,” superheroes and lots of surprises.  At 12:00 noon, a community Festival takes place in the Honokaa Sports Complex, with food booths, crafters and community information, plus peace ceremonies, music and entertainment onstage until 3:00 p. m.  One goal of the Festival is to be a low or no-waste event.  Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The 4th Annual “Peace Day” events are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the County of Hawaii’s Department of Research and Development (CPEP grant from the Tourism Division) and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission Buddhist Temples of Hawaii (Social Concerns Committee and Propagation Grant Committee).

For more information visit www.peacedayparade.org, see “Peace Day Parade” on Facebook, or email PeaceDayParade@gmail.com

Toothless Tuesday

So my son came home and opened his mouth and to my surprise he had lost his first tooth.

"I pulled it out at school when everyone was around and I didn't even cry!"

I Found a Hawaiian “Blind” Snake!

Check out this Ramphotyphlops Braminus otherwise known as the Hawaiian Blind Snake that I just found in my backyard in Pahoa.


I previously mentioned how I’d never seen one in person… Well I can take that off my list… The one I saw today was much smaller and not as fast as this one.

A Resting Stop for the Outlaw… Behind the Scenes at Night of a New Television Show

There is a new television show premiering on September 15th on NBC called “Outlaw“.

Starring Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing”), “Outlaw” is a new drama from creator and executive producer John Eisendrath (“Alias,” “Felicity”)…

…Using his inside knowledge of the justice system, Garza and his team will travel across the country taking on today’s biggest and most controversial legal cases…

When I was in California last week the production team and some of the talent were staying at the same hotel that I was staying at.

I wondered why security was so tight in the parking lot but still managed to take the following pictures:

Now this is a truck that was parked with the rest of the crews cars and I’m not sure if it’s a prop for the show or not… but I’ll be on the look out for an episode where these antlers might be used somehow.

Antler Prop?

UH Awarded $1 Million to Improve Inter-Island Connectivity Speeds

Students at UH Campuses are about to see an increase in their internet speeds:

…This RII C2 award will enable the University of Hawaii System, which comprises all public higher education institutions in Hawaii including community colleges, to provide new inter-island connections among four specific locations that are most critical to Hawaii’s research program in biodiversity, as well as to Hawaii’s overall S&T and STEM education agendas. The project will provide 10 Gbps connectivity among these key locations, and the design will be extensible to all public higher education institutions in Hawaii…

More Here: Improving Cyber Connectivity, Scientific Collaboration Among Institutions.

Hawaii County Website… Users Beware!

I don’t know why the County of Hawaii is using Network Solutions to host it’s government website “County of Hawaii“.

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

   Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
   Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
   Status: clientTransferProhibited
   Updated Date: 12-jun-2008
   Creation Date: 27-jul-1998
   Expiration Date: 26-jul-2013

Network Solutions was originally set up to give government and military places free IP addresses and URL’s but in more recent years it has become a private company.

They pretty much hijacked the domain name before anyone on this Island even knew what a domain name was and I guess the county has just run with it ever since then.

Now you can use your credit card to make purchases through the site… but user beware:

In August 2009, Network Solutions notified customers that its “secure” servers were breached, and led to the exposure of names, address, and credit card numbers of 573,928 people who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the company. Susan Wade, a spokesperson for Network Solutions, said, “We really feel terrible about this.” At the time of this writing, NSI does not know how their servers were compromised.

You can learn more about the controversies that Network Solutions has had in the past here.

I still don’t understand why Hawaii County doesn’t have a .gov domain like most other government offices?  I do see that http://hawaiicounty.gov is available.  :roll:

Tribune Herald on the TMT Project… HUH? Where are the Locals?

I was trying to figure out how the TMT project was providing a boost in our economy when not many folks right now are even from Hawaii that are working on this project and construction has not officially began.

I fired off the following question to Sandra Dawson the “Task Leader for the TMT Site Master planning”:

I read in the newspaper the other day that the TMT has helped employment numbers on this island, but at no time have I seen an announcement listing job opportunities.

I do see quite a few people employed: http://www.tmt.org/about-tmt/people

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like many local folks have been hired yet.

When will local folks have an opportunity at applying for positions with TMT.

I got the following response from Ms. Dawson regarding the newspaper article:

The newspaper should have said “will help employment numbers”.  The only hiring we have done so far is a few small contracts with local companies for surveys, and several contracts for consulting.  I am still the only
TMT employee in Hawaii.
Current TMT employees are are specialized telescope designers and scientists, and are in California and Canada.  If there are local folks who qualify for these specialized positions they will be considered.  I see every applicant for jobs from Hawaii, and there have been very few so far.

We hope to begin construction by the end of 2011.  When we do that, we will likely beef up our office staff here with local people, as well as hiring local construction workers.

Year-Round Bike Sharing Hits The Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is responding to the recent bike-sharing frenzy by introducing its own pilot B-Cycle program in the city of Kailua in December. The initiative is intended to offer a healthy choice of transportation, lessen the volume of traffic on the roads and improve the current car-cyclist relationship.

“B-Cycle is more for the residents of Kailua than for the tourists,” said Nguyen Le of Momentum MultiSport. “It is to provide a way for the residents to get around for short trips by bike instead of by car. The reason Kailua was chosen was because it is a geographically small area with natural divisions by the ocean and the high hills. It has a population density so a cycling program can service the community adequately which is what made it a good candidate for a pilot program.”

More Here:

Year-round Bike Sharing Hits The Hawaiian Islands – BikeRadar.

For clarification purposes I had the following message sent to me from cyclist Mike Zagorski:

Their is a b-cycle program starting in kailua on o’ahu driven by momentum multisports owner nguyen le. (Sponsor of my cycling team)

Should BJ Penn Retire… The Poll

Well BJ Penn got his ass handed to him tonight by Frankie Edgar in a unanimous decision at UFC 118.

This being his second straight loss to a guy that ESPN ranked the previous fight with him as the biggest upset of the year.

Is it time for BJ Penn to retire?  There is no doubt in my mind that he will be selected to the  UFC Hall of Fame.

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The following Twitter feed was provied by John Garcia

  1. Frankie Edgar beats BJ Penn by decision in five rounds. #HIUFC 33 minutes ago via Echofon

County Council Candidate Forum, Thursday August 31st

The public is invited to a nonpartisan, moderated candidate forum.

Thursday, August 31, County Council Candidate Forum, 6 p.m. til 8 p.m.
Come early, food sales  benefit Kealakehe High Culinary Program and Rotary Sunrise by Tante’s Restaurant at 5 p.m.

County Council District 7, South Kona:  Incumbent Brenda Ford, Enoch Friere
County Council District 8, North Kona:  Incumbent Kelly Greenwell, Debbie Hecht , Angel Pilago, Jim Rath

Forum moderator is Sherry Bracken ,  news reporter for Hawaii Public Radio and host of the LAVA 105.3 fm and KKOA 107.7 fm weekly broadcast, Island Issues.
Please submit questions in advance to sherryb@lava105.com  or at the forum.  Questions call Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, 329-1758.


West Hawaii Today
Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
Kohala Coast Resort Association
Kona Outdoor Circle
Community Enterprises – Kona Town Meetings
Rotary Sunrise and Tante’s Restaurant
LAVA 105.3 FM/Mahalo Broadcasting
Kealakehe High School

BJ Penn UFC 118 Pre-Fight Interview

HeavyMMA.com’s Ryan Loco talks with “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn about his upcoming bout with Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 118.


The Day My Grandpa Caught a Bunch of NAZIS!

I’ve posted a few things about my grandfather before.

Recently one of my uncles has sent the following newspaper clip along with some letters that he wrote to my grandmother during the time of the NAZI invasion.

I’ll be going through these letters and publishing what I can in the next few days.

In the meantime here is the first thing that I will release. You can click on the document to view it better.

I wish I knew which newspaper this came from!

Ho’olaule’a At Honu’apo in Ka’u Labor Day Weekend

Cyril Pahinui and Others Will Entertain at the Sunday, Sept. 5 Fundraiser

Media Release:

Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo celebrates its stewardship of Honu’apo Park at the third “Ho’olaule’a At Honu’apo: Mālama Ka’u,” Sun., Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Honu’apo Park and Whittington Beach Park.

The free, multi-generational festivities are open to everyone, with great food, music, hula, a mo’olelo (storytelling) contest and more.  Cyril Pahinui, Halau Hula O Kahikilaulani led by Kumu Hula Nahokulani Gaspang, Halau Kukui Malamalama O Kona with Kumu Hula David Ka`iliwai, Back to the ’50s, Halau Hula Ka Makani Hali Ala O Puna with Kumu Hula Ehulani Stephany, Just Us, Mahalo Ke Akua Hula Ministry led by Terry Tanaka, and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka’u, will entertain the crowd.

Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo and the Ka’u community are dedicated to protecting the 230 acres of Honu’apo Park, now the largest county shoreline park in the state. Honu’apo is a special shoreline nursery that nurtures and protects dozens of endangered marine and terrestrial plants and animals. Event organizers hope to raise awareness about Honu’apo, and raise funds to help maintain programs. The day includes a variety of fun-filled events for all ages, including cultural demonstrations, canoe rides, pony rides and a beach clean-up contest for keiki.

Other special elements of the Ho’olaule’a include a look at the past, with an exhibition of historic photos, and numerous food, crafters and community education booths, a silent auction, and lucky number prizes, including a grand prize of $400 in Hawaiian Airlines gift certificates. The mo’olelo (storytelling) contest has a first prize of $200, second prize of $100 and third prize of $50. Contestants are limited to five minutes, stories must be family-friendly, and stories about Ka’ua nd Honu’apo are encouraged.

“Ka’u has been blessed with so many resources for self-sufficiency,” said event organizer Michelle Galimba, president of Ka ‘Ohana O Honu’apo.  “We have a lot to share, and, based on the two previous Ho’olaule’a At Honu’apo, we expect a large turnout!”

This event is being supported by the County of Hawai’i through a grant from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority.

For more information call (808) 929-9891 or visit www.honuapopark.org.

World Premier Fashion Show, “HŌKŪ MĀLAMA” Highlights Hawaiian Cultural Weekend, September 3-5, 2010

Media Release:

Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs premiers a new, exciting line of distinctive aloha wear for women with “Hōkū Mālama” an elegant brunch and fashion show, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom.

Part of Waikoloa Beach Resort’s 4th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days of Aloha, the show introduces “Hōkū Mālama” to the Big Island and the world with a fashion splash.  The program includes music by Na Palapalai, 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners, and “magical” arrangers of traditional songs for today’s listeners, trendsetters in the falsetto style of ha‘i ha‘i.

The Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festival, carry on the longstanding tradition begun with “Aloha Week” in the 1950’s, celebrating Hawaii’s unique history, music, style and cuisine with a fun series of cultural events, designed to delight audiences of all ages.  The celebration kicks off with the big, beautiful Big Island pageantry of the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala on Friday, honoring women with “supersized” aloha, talent and grace.

On Saturday, it’s everybody’s favorite Poke Contest with tastings of “Hawaii’s Soul Food.”  Home cooks and top chefs vie for the championship, mixing it up with inspired interpretation of the traditional snack made with bite-sized raw fish, creatively seasoned with worlds of ingredients and imagination.  Saturday night, the 19th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest spotlights the talents of male singers who lift their voice into the upper register and captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs.

Sunday’s Hawaiian Elegance Fashion Show Brunch is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a Big Island audience to experience a brand-new style of contemporary women’s wear, created by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs, the well-known island designer of signature aloha fashions.

“This is a new look, and it is extraordinary,” said Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Margo Mau-Bunnell, Sales and Operations Manager for Queens’ MarketPlace.  “And we are just delighted that Kumu Nalani and Sig chose our Hawaiian Cultural Weekend to premier her new line.  The Big Island is already a world-class destination, and designer events like this add a different level of excitement.  People will be talking about this show for a long time.”

Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Hawaii Island Festivals “30 Days of Aloha”

Friday September 3
Ms. Aloha Nui Gala
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Doors open 5:00 p.m. pageant begins 6:00 p.m.
Tickets $7
For contest information, call Leiola Mitchell, 896-3798.

Saturday, September 4
Poke Contest
11:00 a.m.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona Ballrooms
Tickets $7
Please call Linda Pokipala, 937-4896 for contest information.

Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest
Doors open 6:00 p.m., contest begins 7:00 p.m.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Tickets $7
For contest information, call Pua Garmon, 345-8575.

For information, visit www.hawaiiislandfestival.org.  A nearly month-long Big Island cultural celebration with years of tradition, “Hawai’i Island Festival—30  Days of Aloha” begins Saturday, August 28, 10:00 a.m., with the Royal Court Investiture, Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park, includes the famed Paniolo Heritage Parade in Waimea Saturday, September 18, and concludes Thursday, September 16, 5p.m. with the Kupuna Hula Festival, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort.  Complete schedule available online.

Sunday, September 5
Hawaii Elegance Brunch and world premier Hōkū Mālama Fashion Show by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs*
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fashion Marketplace
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Na Palapalai in Concert
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Brunch
1:30-2:00 p.m. Fashion Show
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Monarchy Ballroom
Tickets $45 in advance—until Saturday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.—and $50 at the Door.  Admission includes self-parking, spectacular brunch buffet, concert and fashion show. *This very special event is a benefit for the Moku O Keawe Foundation

Take a Guess

Your idea of what this is… is just as good as mine!

Its Official!

Well its time to say what I’ve been up to this week.

I have been in California getting trained as a PERMANENT Census Bureau employee for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

I’m not gonna talk about my responsibilities right now, but I am stoked I will be working out of my house on my own hours doing some pretty important stuff for East Hawaii.

Wili Wili Festival Saturday

Waikoloa Village will host the first-ever community wide “Wiliwili Festival” Saturday, August 28, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. in several locations throughout the day.   A variety of activities are planned, including a WVOC Plant Sale at Waikoloa School, music and hula at Highlands Shopping Center, and family-friendly games, a putting contest with prizes, food booths and live entertainment at the Driving Range.  General admission is free and shuttle transportation is being provided by Waikoloa Village Association.


8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Waikoloa School

WVOC’s Annual Plant & Art Sale

  • Ornamentals, fruit trees and more
  • Succulents and orchids
  • Native plant species and Herbs
  • Air plants and beautiful Desert Rose
  • Local artists Henry Lyon and Erna Nagandhi
  • Information about composting and invasive species, Master Gardener Wendy Fraser and Dave Faucette, Waikoloa Dry Forest Manager

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center

Craft Vendors and Live Entertainment

  • John Keawe—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
  • Halau Na Lehua E Liko No Ka Wailani—12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Bruddah Smitty—1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Waikoloa Village Golf Course

Activities, Food, Entertainment and Putting & Chipping Contest with prizes

  • Live Entertainment by:  The Ladies of Hula Hālau Nā Lei o Kaholokū, Ken Herkes,  Aulani’s Hula Halau, Jim Major, Ke Kane, Na’au Ali’i
  • Adult/child team Putting & Chipping Contest, sponsored by the Waikoloa Village Golf Course.  The winning team will be awarded a junior set of golf clubs and a round of golf for both team members.  Registration at Pro Shop, contest begins at 4:30 p.m.
  • Fun on the Water Slide, Party Bouncer and Climbing Wall.  Also keiki fun booths with face painting and tattoo artistry —3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Bookmobile Blessing—4:00 p.m. at the Tennis Courts.
  • Display of Hawaii County Fire Department vehicles – HazMat, Ambulance, Fire Truck & Chopper from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Keiki ID provided by the Hawaii County Police Department
  • Food, Artwork and Craft Vendors

Admission is free at all venues.  Scrip will be sold for keiki activities (or wear the new WVOC t-shirt, featuring the Wiliwili tree, for unlimited access to the water slide, bouncer and climbing wall).  Bring chairs and blankets for seating plus towels for those using the water slide.  No coolers, please.

The Waikoloa Village Association will be providing continuous FREE shuttle service between the various venues beginning at 10:45 a.m. at the Community Church across the street from Waikoloa Elementary & Middle School, to Pu’u Nui Park, then to Highlands Shopping Center and, starting at 2:45 p.m., drop off and pick up at Waikoloa Village Tennis/Pool Parking  with the shuttle continuing the venue loop until 8:45 p.m. Look for the green & purple pennants designating pick-up and drop off locations at each stop.

Find Wiliwili Festival on Facebook, visit www.WaikoloaOutdoorCircle.org, call Event Chair Julia Alos at 883-1191 or email wiliwilifest2010@gmail.com for more information.

Emergency Training

I just got back from my training and it looks like a bunch of people are getting trained for an airplane crash that ends up in the water!

A “Hearing” Dog!

I know that there are seeing eye dogs to help the blind… but I never would have thought there could be “hearing” guide dogs!

I wonder how the dog communicates with its owner!

Wordless Wednesday – Prop 65 Warning