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Results From the 2010 Keaau Lighted Christmas Parade

The 7th Annual Kea’au Lighted Christmas Parade happened tonight in Kea’au on the Big Island.  More then 50 entrants participated in this years events.

I was fortunate enough to be asked to be one of five judges this year.  The other judges were Bill Crawford, Hawaii Tribune Herald; Carol Hunter, Wiki-Wiki Mart;  Loreen Hough, Oceanic Time Warner; Tom English; W.H. Shipman, and Chris Missick – Alternate Judge, Wiki-Wiki Mart.

This year’s Grand Marshals was former Keaau principals Ann Paulino of Keaau High School and Jamil Ahmadia from Keaau Middle School.   The Master of Ceremonies was J.E. Orosco, of K-Big Radio, FM-98, Pacific Radio Group.

Points were given for theme, originality, attractiveness, and most spirited.


March Unit

1st – Paradise Roller Girls

2nd – Puna Panthers Pop Warner Football and Fred Blas Action Team

Marching Band

1st – Kamehameha School

2nd – Keaau Middle and High Schools

Big Rigs

1st – Island Wide Trucking

2nd – Helco

Large Float

1st – New Hope Fellowship – East Hawaii

2nd – R. Kobayashi Trucking

Medium Float

1st – ET Ohana

2nd – Paradise Park Baptist Church

Small Float

1st – Keiki Express

2nd – Keaau Post Office

Horse Mounted Unit [Damon edit – I’m not sure where the horses were though :roll:  they had a good float and the judges sheets only listed them as a mounted unit]

1st – Hawaii Horse Association

Wreath Contest Winners

Best of Parade Theme – Ma’s Kitchen

Best Workmanship – Shaka Chic

Best Materials – Hokulani’s

Committee members working on the project for the past five month include, Adella Walter, Arline Macanas, Barbara Riley, Bill Walter, Carl Okuyama, Cheryl Kiefer, Dee Joaquin, Jamil Ahmadia, Jeanine Acia, Kathy Weller, Ken Watanabe, Larry Kiefer, Lily Chan-Harris, Oliver English, Puamana Paikai, Randy Akao, Ron Jarvis, Sally De Ryke, Scott Amaral, Tammy Kagawa, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Val Summers, Valerie Ferrari, and Wendy Davis.

Contributing business sponsors included Ace, Alibi Tavern, Inc., Big Island Toyota, Bueno Burrito, Duke’s Shave Ice, Eddie’s Plumbing, Inc., Foodland, GW Construction, HFS Federal Credit Union, HPM, Kea`au Filipino Food Store, Kea`au Natural Foods, Inc., KTA, Lemongrass Restaurant, McDonald’s, Orchid Properties, Pacific Floral Exchange, Inc., Paradise Beverage, Puna Rock Co., Ltd., Watumull Properties, Wiki-Wiki Mart and W.H. Shipman

Accident Investigation and Video of the C-17 Crash at the Alaska Airshow

The Pacific Air Forces released the following releases about the C-17 crash at the Alaska Air Show that happened 10 days after I rode in a C-17.

Pacific Air Forces: Accident Investigation Board Reports

Initial Press Release on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson C-17 Globemaster II Incident of 28 July 2010

USAF Aircraft Accident Investigation Board Report Executive Summary for Incident of 28 July 2010

Video of Incident of 28 July 2010 (C-17A, T/N 00-0173)

The video above cuts off right before the impact but you can still tell the plane is going down fast and furious!

The video below is from when I got to sit “shotgun” or in the cockpit of the C-17 when it landed in Kona.


Pahoa’s Kua O Ka La Charter School Principal Named to Who’s Who’s List in Education Administration

Media Release:

Susan Leigh Osborne, Principal of Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, has been named Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Education Administration. While inclusion in Cambridge Who’s Who Registry is an honor, only two male and two female members in each discipline are named the Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year. The Cambridge Who’s Who selection committee chooses these special honorees based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, and leadership abilities.

Passionate about the importance of a cultural education, Susan Leigh Osborne channeled nearly 20 years of accumulated experience into the establishment of Hawaii’s Kua O Ka La Public Charter School. For the past eight years, she has served as the school’s principal and executive administrator. Ms. Osborne handles the school budget and pours her efforts into educational program development and grant composition.

A persevering and hard-working educator, Ms. Osborne notes that she recognized the need for a quality education for the native children of Hawaii—one that would provide not only a standard course of curriculum but specialized instruction with roots deeply embedded in the ancient Hawaiian culture. Looking to the future, Ms. Osborne intends to continue developing the 600-acre coastal village site where Kua O Ka La Public Charter School is located. She also plans on focusing her efforts on community-related and nonprofit work.

Ms. Osborne attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education and earned a certification through the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development. She is a certified paralegal and holds a certification from the Principals Academy. Ms. Osborne is the vice president of the Hawaii Charter Schools Network and is an affiliate of Na Lei Na’au’ao Hawaiian Charter School Alliance and the Hawaii Island Chapter of the United Nations.

About Cambridge Who’s Who
With over 400,000 members representing every major industry, Cambridge Who’s Who is a powerful networking resource that enables professionals to outshine their competition, in part through effective branding and marketing. Cambridge Who’s Who employs similar public relations techniques to those utilized by Fortune 500 companies and makes them cost-effective for members who seek to take advantage of its career enhancement and business advancement services. Cambridge is pleased to welcome its new Executive Director of Global Branding and Networking, Donald Trump Jr., who is eager to share his extensive experience in this arena with members.

Cambridge Who’s Who membership provides individuals with a valuable third party endorsement of their accomplishments and gives them the tools needed to brand themselves and their businesses effectively.  In addition to publishing biographies in print and electronic form, it offers an online networking platform where members can establish new professional relationships.

For more information, please visit http://www.cambridgeregistry.com.

Today – Kea’au 7th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade