Laupahoehoe Music Festival and More This Weekend

Media Release:

In addition to the FABULOUS Laupahoehoe Music Festival this coming Saturday (go to for details or e-mail or phone (808) 938-3688), there is a yard and bake sale at the old hospital – see below for details!

The Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School project will be holding a benefit yard and bake sale this Saturday, February 19, from 8:00 to 3:00. The sale will be located at the old Laupahoehoe Hospital , located on the stretch of old highway between the 50s Restaurant and the Laupahoehoe post office. Items have been donated from dozens of families, and include furniture, household items, clothes, baby and child items, a weed wacker, exercise equipment, artwork, glass ware, a bread machine – you name it! Scrumptious bake sale items will also be featured.

In addition, we will have a limited number (first come first served) of brand new compact fluorescent lightbulbs, for FREE. Simply bring one or more incandescent (regular) lightbulb(s) from your house, and you will receive the same number of compact fluorescent bulbs, absolutely free. The light bulb exchange is a benefit for the Hamakua chapter of 4H.

The Charter School effort received a grant of more than $450,000 from the United States Department of Education in the fall of 2010. However, the grant does not cover certain expenses, including airfare for board members to travel to Honolulu as required by the charter conversion process. Therefore, the project is holding this benefit sale to build a petty cash fund to cover some very important miscellaneous expenses.

Please stop by on your way to or from the Laupahoehoe Music Festival!!

New Pahoa Police Station Finally Opens

Media Release:

County dignitaries and members of the public celebrated the grand opening of the new Pāhoa police station Thursday morning (February 17).

The new Pahoa Police Station

The new station, located just north of Pāhoa town on Highway 130, will replace a converted kit house in Pāhoa town that functions as a police substation.

Mayor Billy Kenoi, Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira and Puna Captain Samuel Jelsma addressed the crowd of community residents who came out to show their support and see the new station. Afterward, the audience toured the station and enjoyed light refreshments.

The new station has more workspace that the old one, is more secure, and includes three holding cells, surveillance cameras and plenty of parking.

Citizens may renew their driver’s licenses and register their vehicles in a portion of the new building operated by the County Department of Finance. In the near future, they will be able to apply for gun permits and register firearms by appointment. (The Police Department will notify the public when firearm registration at the Pāhoa station becomes available.)

The Puna District is the third busiest police district on the island – behind South Hilo and Kona. In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, 4,076 of Puna’s cases came from lower Puna, compared with 2,917 from upper Puna.

Community Meeting on Kahuku Villages

Media Release:

There will be an upcoming community meeting sponsored by Nani Kahuku Aina, LLC, March 2 at 6:00pm in the Naalehu Community Center in Naalehu. They are seeking community input on Kahuku Villages, a proposed development in Ka‘ū.

Please consider attending this event if you would like to learn more about it and let them know your thoughts as well. For more information please email:

Have a wonderful and safe weekend.


Brittany Smart, District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka‘ū, South Kona



Kamehameha Staff Member John Garcia in the Audi Social Media Campaign

As most of the readers of my blog know that I’m a proud parent of a Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate (KSBE) student.

Recently, John Garcia, an online digital designer for KSBE has been selected as a finalist for the Audi Social Media Campaign where he could win $25,000 for a local charity.

Currently he is the leader in this global contest being run on Twitter and if we all can support a local braddah from Oahu… it would be cool!

LP. Neenz Falafeens writes:

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Retweet his original tweet or any tweet that contains #ProgressIs AND #DeskDiary hashtags.
  2. Increase the views of his #DeskDiary twitpic and share the link with your community.
  3. Watch his #ProgressIs video on YouTube and leave a comment.
  4. Write and publish a blog post, then share on Twitter with the #ProgressIs and #DeskDiary hashtags.

Each action earns John a different amount of points, so why not do them all.  Let’s keep him in the lead, not because he’s a friend, but that his qualifying tweet, “#ProgressIs remaining timeless in design, pure in performance, genuine in quality while innovating for the future” is the best entry.

You can view a quick video he put together here:


Census Bureau to Release Local Hawaii 2010 Data Next Week

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What: Next week, the U.S. Census Bureau anticipates releasing local-level 2010 Census population counts for Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. For each state, the Census Bureau will provide summaries of population totals, as well as data on race, Hispanic origin and voting age for multiple geographies within the state, such as census blocks, tracts, voting districts, cities, counties and school districts.

According to Public Law 94-171, the Census Bureau must provide redistricting data to the 50 states no later than April 1 of the year following the census. As a result, the Census Bureau is delivering the data state-by-state on a flow basis in February and March. All states will receive their data by April 1, 2011.

When: Each state’s geographic products and redistricting data are first delivered to the state’s leadership, such as the governor and majority and minority leaders in the state legislative body. Upon confirmation of delivery to the state leadership, we will release a news release with five custom tables of data. Within 24 hours, the full set of five detailed tables will be available to the public online at

For more information on the Census Bureau’s Redistricting Data Program, visit

KeikiFest Seeks Exhibitors

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Tutu’s House is organizing the 12th Annual Waimea Healthy KeikiFest, a celebration of keiki health and safety that will be held on Saturday, April 23rd at the Parker Ranch Shopping Center.

Over the past 12 years, hundreds of community members from Hawai`i Island and Oahu have taken the time to provide fun, interactive learning experiences for the Hawai`i Island keiki community.

Tutu’s House is seeking individuals and organizations to present free informational activities at KeikiFest. Exhibit space is available for health professionals, government agencies, and organizations promoting keiki health and safety. Volunteers are also needed to support the event. Interested exhibitors are encouraged to sign up early as space is limited. The deadline for exhibit registration is March 4.

To get involved or for more information, contact Mikki at 885-6777.

Tutu’s House is a project of Friends of the Future, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which facilitates community-led change, perpetuates cherished cultural anchors, and improves health-related quality of life for the Hawai`i Island community. For the Friends of the Future Annual Report and information about its programs visit the web at or call 885-8336.