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Spring Wind Quintet in Concert in Volcano

Media Release:

The Spring Wind Quintet, recognized as one of the country’s leading woodwind quintets, has been a major force in the development of chamber music in Hawaii. Many new compilations have been composed and arranged especially for the Spring Wind Quintet. The group has an extensive and varied repertoire earning several national grants and offers educational programs for all ages. “It is truly a privilege to have the quality of music that the Spring Wind Quintet will bring to Volcano. To be able to perform the Keola Beamer piece Malulani that was written for the SWQ is going to be a real treat for the Big Island audience as well as Onslow, Ibert, and other true classic Hawaiian pieces that will really make you smile. It is going to be a great mix of music and we are proud to present it.” stated an excited David Wallerstein, Concerts and Performance Coordinator for the Volcano Art Center.

The Spring Wind Quintet

James Moffitt has held the position of Associate Principal and Bass Clarinet with the Honolulu Symphony since 1981, serving four different seasons as acting Principal Clarinet. He was clarinetist with Chamber Music Hawaii’s Spring Wind Quintet since 1986, he served as Acting Assistant Principal and E-Flat Clarinet with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for two seasons. James has performed, toured and recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Winds. Jonathan Parrish has been Assistant Principal Horn with the Honolulu Symphony since 1998 and served as Acting Associate Principal and Acting Principal Horn. Before coming to Honolulu he was a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra for four seasons, and also performed with the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde and several festivals including Rutgers Summerfest and the Music Festival of the Hamptons. Jonathan is originally from Virginia and received degrees from James Madison University and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Marsha Schweitzer, Associate Principal Bassoon of the Honolulu Symphony, graduated from Oberlin College. She studied bassoon with Leonard Sharrow, Kenneth Moore, Artemus Edwards, Steven Maxym, and chamber music with Marcel Moyse. Marsha has been principal bassoonist of the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra, Hawaii Symphony, Maui Symphony, and the Honolulu City Ballet Orchestra. She also appeared as soloist with the Hawaii Chamber Orchestra in 1977, the Honolulu Symphony in 1986, and Chamber Music Hawaii in 2000. From 1994 to 2000 Marsha was a member of the Cleveland Ballet/Opera Orchestra. Karla Myers is currently a full-time member of the Royal Hawaiian Band and has played numerous times with the Honolulu Symphony. Karla has a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from California State University, Sacramento and has studied privately both at Indiana University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Brad Shimizu is the band Teacher at Hawaii Baptist Academy and is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Tickets are $25.00 for the first 4 rows and $18.00 for the remainder of the Theater and all seats in the house are reserved. $10.00 for students with student ID. 10% off for Members of the Art Center, Seniors, and Kamaina. 50% off for all members of the United States Armed Forces. Please call 808-967-8222 for tickets or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org for information and to purchase tickets.

Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark Launches Craigconnects

Media Release:

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark today launched craigconnects, a web-based initiative to help people work together for the common good using the Internet. craigconnects seeks to identify, connect and protect organizations engaged in work that is truly sustainable – socially responsible, self-perpetuating and replicable. The initiative’s primary platform is a new website, www.craigconnects.org.

“I guess I got myself a ‘bully pulpit’ of sorts that I don’t really want or need, but it’s good for getting the word out about people of good will who get stuff done,” said Craig. “It’s a voice for the grassroots, the rank-and-file, for people who never had a voice until now.”

The initial list of organizations includes dozens working in the areas of community building, social media for social progress, journalism integrity, open and accountable government, service and volunteering, veterans’ issues, and peace in the Middle East. The public is invited to submit recommendations for others to be added to the list via the craigconnects website.

“I’ve been doing this for nonprofits, but much more informally, for maybe 10 years, applying a lot of what I’ve learned doing customer service for craigslist,” said Craig. “Now I think it’s time to get deadly serious.”
The website will also serve as a channel through which Craig’s support – as a speaker, board member, social media champion, traditional media source, etc. – can be solicited.

craigconnects is not a fundraising or grant-giving organization. It is also an entirely separate entity from craigslist, the hugely popular web platform Craig founded in the 1990s. Craig has not served in a managerial position at craigslist for more than 10 years.
“My strong gut feeling is that this isn’t altruism, at least not for me, it’s just what feels right,” said Craig. “Over time, we can figure out what works, find people who are better than me at this, and persist.”

To find out more or participate in craigconnects, visit www.craigconnects.org.

Kilauea’s Latest Eruption Has All Eyes on Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

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Kīlauea volcano’s new eruption site, which suddenly cracked open on Sat., Mar., 5, continues to spew lava through fissures on its east rift zone, following the dramatic collapse of Pu’u ō’ō crater’s floor.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

Fiery curtains of orange lava some as high as 80 feet have been captured on video and in photographs the last few days, shooting up from fissures that extend more than a mile between Nāpau and Pu’u ō’ō craters. The eruption is in a remote area of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and is not accessible to the public.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

While the park and most of its popular overlooks remain open, HVNP has closed Chain of Craters Road, all east rift and coastal trails, and Kulanaokuaiki Campground for public safety. Park rangers are sharing the latest real-time videos, photos and information at Kīlauea Visitors Center and Jaggar Museum, much to the delight of visitors to Hawai’i’s largest national park.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

The Federal Aviation Administration reduced the temporary flight restriction (TFR) above the newly active fissure area on Mon., Mar. 7, making it easier for flight-seeing passengers to get a bird’s eye view of the molten lava from 1,500 feet above.

Residents in neighboring towns like Mountain View reported seeing a reflective red glow from the lava in the clouds on Sunday night.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

“It’s definitely an exciting time to visit Hawai’i Island and our World Heritage Site. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has always been a must-see experience for visitors,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “It’s a perfectly safe experience to enjoy our changing volcanic action if visitors heed Park and Civil Defense officials,” he said.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

Pu’u ō’ō is not the only crater on Kīlauea to “bottom out” recently. At Halema’uma’u crater, the previously rising lava lake within the vent suddenly dropped over the weekend. A brilliant red glow is sometimes visible after dark, and rocks continue to cascade down crater walls, creating occasional-to-frequent loud rumblings audible from the overlook at Jaggar Museum.

“Park visitors are very happy,” said HVNP Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “There’s a steady stream of cars coming in, and they absolutely love the real-time action our rangers are sharing with them.”

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

Orlando said that park visitation is up, but that it’s difficult to attribute the increase to one specific source, such as the recent volcanic events, an improving economy, or the start of a vigorous Spring Break season.

Outside of HVNP boundaries and down near sea level at the County of Hawai’i’s Kalapana Lava Viewing Area, the flow has temporarily halted its march across the surface towards the ocean. On the evening of Sat., Mar. 5, molten lava was very visible on the pali (cliffs) and coastal plain, tantalizing onlookers as it disappeared and reappeared through an underground network of lava tubes. County officials reported there was very little if any molten lava visible from Kalapana on Sunday and Monday. However, a significant red glow from the new fissure activity was illuminating the clouds after dark.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

Conditions near the viewing area can change at any time depending on the direction and volume of the lava flows. That’s part of the thrill – this isn’t Disneyland. The area will be closed if visitors’ safety is ever in doubt. When conditions are right, the popular Kalapana viewing area boasts not only stunning vistas of the planet birthing, but also convenient parking and port-a-potties. And admission is free.

Currently, viewing and parking hours at the Kalapana overlook are 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Visitors must be parked by 8 p.m.

Image Courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov (Click Picture for larger view)

For the latest conditions at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visit www.nps.gov/havo or call (808) 985-6000. The latest information for the County of Hawai’i Kalapana viewing area is available on the Lava Hotline: (808) 961-8093. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s Kīlauea status updates can be found at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/activity/kilaueastatus.php and live webcams at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/.

Internet and Cable Services Disrupted on Big Island

The internet and cable services were interrupted in East Hawaii due to a tree falling across a cable fiber line.

I was told by a technician that the reason why it took so long to fix, is that hundreds of fiber optic wires had to be re-spliced.