Hawaii State Census Numbers Released

2010 Hawaii State Census Numbers:

(UPDATE… Please Note… the above data was pulled from Civilbeat.com however I actually got it through an RSS feed that Hawaii Free Press put out and I picked it up on http://thebigislandonline.com )

See the comments on this post for the dialog between me and Michael Levine from Hawaii Civil Beat.  I guess he is pissed and thinks I pulled the data from their site.

Department of Public Works Hawaii Starts Tweeting

I just noticed that the Department of Public Works Hawaii has started a twitter account and is tweeting road work being done on Hawaii County roads.

A quick look at their first few tweets looks like this:

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Delays on Palani Road at the Henry Street Intersection on Friday. Helco crews are working in the area.
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The road closure at Kamakaeha is part of the offsite improvements to the Ane Keohokalole hwy, also known as the mid-level road.
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Closure of Kamakaeha Street expected to last from Monday, Feb 14 to March 7, 2011.
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Motorists are asked to use Makala Blvd. to go to Makalapua Center due to to the closure of Kamakaeha between Makala Blvd and Palani Road.

You can check out their twitter feed here: Department of Public Works Hawaii

Wordless Wednesday – Refrigerator Science Project

Well I was cleaning out my refrigerator and I came across this and I have no idea what it is… or what it was!

Needless to say… it’s become a “science project”!

What was in this jar?

11th Annual Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival

Hot licks, cool music and great ‘ukulele giveaways

Media Release:

Waikoloa Beach Resort will present the 11thth Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 5, 1:00-7:00 p.m. at Queens’ MarketPlace.  With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the Festival spotlights ten different performances on two stages, a free workshop with Roy Sakuma and chance to win one of seven top of the line ‘ukulele from Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar and ‘Ukulele Company and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele demonstrations and lessons will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Sakuma and wife Kathy created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.   Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Sakuma at the Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival will be Roy’s protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria, his mentor for over 50 years Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta and jazz guitartist Nando Suan.  In addition, Horace Dudoit, Chris Kamaka and Glen Smith, members of the Grammy-nominated band Ho‘okena make a special appearance.

Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies Kala ‘Ukulele, KoAloha, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile‘a ‘Ukulele, MGM ‘Ukulele, Ko‘olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company and the ‘Ukulele Festival-Hawaii, in addition to Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa and Roberts Hawaii.  For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net

Schedule of events, Saturday, March 5

Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa:

  • 10:00 a.m.-Noon  ‘Ukulele Workshop. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Queen’s MarketPlace:

  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Making Demonstration by Bob Gleason of Pegasus Guitars & ‘Ukuleles
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Lessons with Auntie Marjorie Spencer
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society
  • 2:00-6:00 p.m.  ‘Umeke Making with Auntie Donna Jensen

Island Gourmet Markets Stage

  • 1:00 p.m.  Auntie Lani Lee & Na Kupuna O Kona Ali‘i
  • 2:00 p.m.  Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki and Nelly Toyama-Baduria
  • 3:00 p.m.  Herb Ohta and Nando Suan
  • 4:00 p.m.  John Keawe
  • 5:00 p.m.  ‘Ukulele Lehulehu

Coronation Pavilion

  • 2:00 p.m.  The Kupuka‘a’s
  • 3:00 p.m.  Kris Fuchigami
  • 4:00 p.m.  Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki and Nelly Toyama-Baduria
  • 5:00 p.m.  Herb Ohta and Nando Suan
  • 6:00 p.m.  Chris Kamaka, Horace Dudoit and Glen Smith of Ho‘okena

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822

HIKI NŌ Premieres Monday on PBS Hawaii

Hawaii Students from 55 Public, Private and Charter Schools Deliver an Historic Launch Season of Programming  from the Nation’s First Statewide

Media Release:

They’re on the verge of making history. Several hundred students from Kauai, Niihau, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island are working feverishly on their first newscasts – their opportunity to tell the stories of their communities to a statewide television audience and on the worldwide web.

With the guidance of their teachers and support from the PBS Hawaii team – Hiki Nō Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker , Managing Editor Sue Yim, and Producer/Editor Lawrence Pacheco – these students are creating the first statewide student news network in the nation.  Each newscast will be produced by an average of nine school teams.

The Bank of Hawaii Foundation donated $100,000 and will be the exclusive Hiki Nō broadcast and webcast underwriter.  “There are stories unique to every community on every island, and Hiki Nō allows students to share their perspectives on community issues with all of us,” said Donna Tanoue, President of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation.  “We’re looking forward to seeing students tell their stories their way.”

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President & CEO, said, “We deeply appreciate the Bank of Hawaii Foundation’s investment in the future, giving students across the state equal access to a powerful learning vehicle for 21st-century skills. The program builds critical thinking and teamwork, and we’ll see collaborative leaders emerge.”

In this first season, Hiki Nō will air every Monday at 5 PM, starting February 28, with encores scheduled for Mondays @ 5 pm, Tuesdays @ 12:30 pm, Fridays @ 9:30 pm, Saturdays @ 12:30 pm, and Sundays @ 3:00 pm.  Hiki Nō programs will also be available at www.pbshawaii.org/hikino

Participation in Hiki Nō is open to all middle and high schools in the state at no cost. School teams producing the debut newscast are:

  • Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School , Kauai
  • Kalani High School , East Honolulu
  • Kamehameha Schools Kapālama High School
  • Kawananakoa Middle School, Nuuanu
  • Konawaena High School , West Hawaii Island
  • Maui High School, Kahului
  • Maui Waena Intermediate School, Kahului
  • Sacred Hearts Academy , Kaimuki
  • Waipahu High School , Central Oahu

Major Development Funding for Hiki Nō is from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, Hawaii Community Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and citizens of Hawaii .

For more information on Hiki Nō go to www.pbshawaii.org/hikino or contact Susan Yim , Managing Editor for Hiki Nō at syim@pbshawaii.org.