What Kailua-Kona Looked Like Seconds After the Devastating Tsunami Hit

This is video from the same guy that posted the initial Kailua-Kona Tsunami Footage.

This video was taken a few minutes later and shows the water receding and forming “Whirlpools” in the streets of Kona.

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Ten Big Island Credit Unions Join in Japan Tsunami Relief Effort

From the Mayors Office:

Ten credit unions in the County of Hawai ‘i have agreed to serve as collection points for the “Aloha for Japan ” relief effort, joining in a statewide campaign by the largest banks in Hawai‘i to assist victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan , Mayor Billy Kenoi announced today.

“All of us have been saddened by the loss of life and terrible damage in Japan, and we all want to help,” Mayor Kenoi said. “I want to thank the credit unions in our community for stepping forward to join in this effort to assist the victims of this tragedy.”

Participating credit unions in the County of Hawai ‘i include HFS Federal Credit Union; Hawai‘i Community Federal Credit Union; CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union; Hawai‘i County Employees Federal Credit Union; and Hawai‘i First Federal Credit Union.

Also joining in the relief effort are the Independent Employers Group Federal Credit Union; North Hawai ‘i Community Federal Credit Union; Ka‘u Federal Credit Union; Big Island Federal Credit Union; and Onomea Federal Credit Union.

“With such close ties between Hawai‘i and Japan, we are very happy to join in this collaborative effort of credit unions across the island to support our family, friends and all those in Japan suffering during this traumatic time,” said Bernard Balsis, president of the Independent Employers Group Federal Credit Union.

The credit unions are joining Hawai‘i business leaders, members of the Japanese community, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and Japan Consul General Yoshihiko Kamo in a coordinated effort to collect monetary donations.

Banks that are volunteering as collection points for the relief effort include American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank, Pacific Rim Bank and Territorial Savings Bank. Those banks are providing almost 275 collection points statewide.

Checks should be made payable to “Aloha for Japan .” Donation checks can also be mailed to: Aloha for Japan , 2454 South Beretania Street, Suite 201 , Honolulu , HI 96826

Another Highway 130 Wreck

Well there was another devastating Highway 130 wreck this afternoon.

Highway 130 and Kahakai

This one was located at the intersection of Highway 130 and the newly opened up Kahakai Boulevard.

Highway 130 and Kahakai

I arrived about 4:00 and there was no visible signs of bad weather or rain and it appeared that two vehicles were involved.

Highway 130 and Kahakai

I’ve often thought that this intersection would be a great place to put a round-a-bout in… but no one ever listens to me.

Highway 130 and Kahakai

 

Video of the Kona Tsunami – Harbor Effects 2011

Here is a video taken by Kona resident Tim Bates showing some of the damage that was done during the Kona Tsunami.

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Volcano Art Center Announces Special Slam Emcee Host… Kealoha!

The Volcano Art Center’s popular poetry slam continues in 2011 on March 18 at 7:00 pm in its new home, the Hale Hoomana Performance Hall Campus, 19-4074 Old Volcano Rd in Volcano Village.

Kealoha

Media Release:

The Art Center is again proud to announce that our special Slam Emcee host will be the incredible Kealoha.

Kealoha is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. He is the first poet in Hawai`i’s history to perform at a governor’s inauguration, and in 2010 he was selected as a master artist for a National Endowment for the Arts program.

In the 7 years that he has represented Hawai`i at the National Poetry Slam, he has performed on the finals stage 4 times, was ranked in the top ten of the nation’s best poets in 2007, and was honored as a “National Slam Legend” in 2010. He is the founder of HawaiiSlam, Youth Speaks Hawai`i (2-Time International Champions), and First Thursdays (the largest registered slam poetry competition in the world with an average attendance of 600+). Kealoha has served as Hawai`i’s SlamMaster since 2003, and has been on the Artists in the Schools roster since 2005.

He has featured at hundreds of live venues throughout the world including the Nuyorican poets cafe (New York City), the Bowery Poetry Club (New York City), the Green Mill (Chicago), the Schiffbau (Zurich, Switzerland), the Rokerij (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Bienal do Ibirapuera (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl halftime show.

In the genre of storytelling, he has gained national recognition by showcasing at high profile events such as the National Storytelling Network Conference, the Bay Area Storytelling Festival, and the Honolulu Storytelling Festival.

“We do truly consider it an honor to have such an amazing talent as Kealoha join us in Volcano as we continue to celebrate the art of the “written word. We want to bring the best artists to the Big Island and once again I think we have.” stated Concerts and Performance Coordinator David Wallerstein. “Come up as this is going be a hot one!”

Kealoha was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices series presented by Russel Simmons, and he is the poetic vocalist for Henry Kapono’s “Wild Hawaiian Experience” (nominated for a Grammy).  In the literature world, his poetry has been published by Bamboo Ridge, Real Word Magazine, and Auckland University Press.

His poetry performances have also been recorded on albums such as Hapa’s “Maui” (winner of 4 Na Hoku Hanohano awards and the Hawai`i Music Award for “Album of the Year”), the Mana Maoli compilation (featuring Jack Johnson and John Cruz), and a full-length spoken word CD entitled Kealoha.  He has performed 4 times on the “World’s Greatest Poetry Slam” DVD series (2004, 2005, 2007, 2008), was featured in the film “Get a Job” starring Willie K and Eric Gilliom, and starred in the movie “Hawai`i Slam: Poetry in Paradise.”

Kealoha has made dozens of television appearances, including two performances for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, PBS’s Long Story Short (with Leslie Wilcox), and the State of Hawai`i’s “Can’t Fool the Youth” anti-smoking campaign that he wrote, performed, and co-directed.
Kealoha has shared the stage with Kenny Loggins (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Jack Johnson (Multi-Platinum Recording Artist), Ben Harper (Multiple Grammy Winner), Willie Nelson (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Damian “Junior Gong” Marley (Multiple Grammy Winner), Jason Mraz (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), Michael Franti (Spearhead), Don Carlos (Reggae Legend), Konishiki (Champion Sumo Wrestler), Medusa (Grammy Winner), and countless numbers of slam poetry superstars. He has also collaborated with artists such as Henry Kapono (Grammy Nominee), Hapa (Multiple Na Hoku winners), Makana (Slack Key Virtuoso), Willie K (Grammy Nominee), Mick Fleetwood (Multi-Platinum/Multi-Grammy Winner), and Jason Scott Lee (Actor).

Finally, he has conducted workshops at over 200 distinct schools, libraries, prisons, and community centers throughout his career (including a Master’s Workshop at the Bamboo Ridge Writer’s Institute) alongside writing leaders such as Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), Maxine Hong Kingston (The Woman Warrior), and Witi Ihimaera (The Whale Rider).

The Volcano Poetry Slam” takes place at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in the Hale Hoomana Performance Hall, located in Volcano Village.  Poetry Slam Night, there will be dinner, drinks, and desserts for purchase. Ticket price is $8.00 at the door

Volcano Art Center is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization created in 1974. VAC promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i through the arts and education

Alfred Souza, Jr., Dr. Benjamin Young, and Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell Have Been Selected for the Prestigious ‘Ö ‘Ö Award

The Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce will honor this year’s 2011 ‘Ö‘Ö Award recipients Thursday, April 7, 2011 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Coral Ballroom.

Media Release:

Alfred Souza, Jr., Dr. Benjamin Young, and Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell have been selected to receive the prestigious ‘Ö ‘Ö Award; presented to Native Hawaiians who have contributed to the betterment of Hawaiians, their communities and their professions.  The benefit dinner will begin with No-host cocktails and silent auction at 5:30p.m., dinner at 7p.m. and award ceremony at 8p.m.  Proceeds from the event go to support scholarships and programs for Native Hawaiians.

Alfred Souza, Jr., – With a BS in History and Political Science from the University of San Francisco and a graduate of the Naval Officers Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, Alfred Souza, Jr. is a successful entrepreneur.  Souza is a partner in Hawaii Box and Packaging Company and has been VP and Partner of Tri-Star Restaurant Corp., with restaurants including Sarento’s at the top of the Ilikai and Nick’s Fish Market.  As a 10 time Wai`alae Country Club Champion, Souza was inducted into the Hawaii State Golf Hall of Fame in 1996, and now serve as a director on the Executive Committee for the Sony Open.

Dr. Benjamin Young – A minister, physician and psychiatrist, Young, a graduate of Roosevelt High School, was the first Native Hawaiian to graduate with a medical degree from Howard University Medical School.  In 1971, Young helped form the Polynesian Voyage Society and served as the onboard physician for Hokule‘a’s maiden voyage.  He established the Imi Ho‘ola program, helping Native Pacific Islanders learn pre-med science courses to gain admission to medical school, while serving as chief of staff at Castle Medical Center.  Known as the premier historian of Hawaiian Medicine, Young was honored as a Distinguished Historian by the Hawaiian Historical Society for a lifetime of significant contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaii’s history.

Dr. Richard Kekuni Blaisdell – A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Blaisdell received his medical degree from the University Of Chicago School Of Medicine in 1948.  Trained in medicine, hematology, and pathology, Blaisdell became the first Chair of the Department of Medicine for the John A. Burns School of Medicine.  As a founder of E Ola Ma u, an organization of kanaka maoli healers, he helped provide key reports on the health of Native Hawaiians which led to the 1988 Native Hawaiian Healthcare Improvement Act.  With the belief that the essence of wellness is lokahi and pono with self, others and all in the cosmos, Blaisdell continues to study the social determinants that affect Hawaiian health.

Established 35 years ago in 1976, the ‘Ō‘Ō awards have become one of the most prestigious honors presented to outstanding Native Hawaiians who, through their talents, have made significant contributions to improve our communities and the status of Native Hawaiians.

To date, there have over 55 recipients of this important award including such notable

Native Hawaiian men and women as Kane S. Fernandez, Kenneth F. Brown, John D. Bellinger, Oswald Stender, Gladys A. Brandt, Haunani Apoliona, Monsignor Charles Kekumano, Wright Bowman, Sr., Aunty Mary Lou Kekuewa and Paulette Kahalepuna, Andy Poepoe, Herb Kawainui Kane, Dr. Michael J. Chun, David M. Peters and more.

The annual event is the Chamber’s primary fundraiser and proceeds go to support the organization’s college scholarship, business mentoring and student internship programs.  The evening will include a special Hawaiian-themed dinner and a silent auction featuring unique items from Native Hawaiian craftsmen, artists and businesses.

This year’s theme, “I ulu a māhuahua ka `umeke `ai a Hina” honors Hina and describes that the bounty of her calabash shall be fruitful and plentiful, as the NHCC sees the prosperity of the Hawaiian community.  “This year’s theme represents the mission of NHCC as we move forward to strengthen Native Hawaiian Businesses and Business Professionals, building a foundation through relationships, resources, and Hawaiian values,” stated NHCC President Dirk Soma.

Local artist Carl Pao will interpret this theme in a series of spectacular banners he will create especially for this event to decorate the ballroom.

Award-winning kumu hula Veto Baker and Micheal Casupang and their hālau, Hula Hālau I Ka Wēkiu, will perform a specially choreographed oli for the event.

Table levels are as follows and include seating for ten people:  Kou Tables priced at $5,000.00, `Ōhi’a Tables priced at $3,500.00, Koa Tables priced at $1,750.00 and Kamani Tables priced at $1,250.00.  Individual tickets may be purchased at a price of $125.00

Early reservations are encouraged for the best seating and can be made by calling Bruss Keppeler at 808. brussk@jtsii.net.  You may also call Leilani Kūpahu-Marino, ‘Ō‘Ō Awards chairperson, at 808. 352.0013 or email alohaleilani7@yahoo.com.

For information about NHCC and the ‘Ō‘Ō Awards, please visit our website at www.nativehawaiianchamberofcommerce.com.

Founded in 1974, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce strives to encourage and promote the interests of Native Hawaiians engaged in business and the professions.  NHCC members participate in a variety of areas, including economic, social and public affairs.

NHCC’s mission is “to strengthen Native Hawaiian businesses and professions by building on the foundation of relationships, resources and Hawaiian values:  Aloha, `Imi `ike, Lōkahi, Pono, `Ha`a ha`a, `A`a, Ala ka`ina, Po‘okela, Ho`okō and, Ha`aheo.”

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