Hayden’s Report: KSBE Hawaii Defeats Pahoa in Volleyball Tonight

I figure I will start a new column where my son reports on things at times just to get him started in social media.  He already has his own private blog.  Here is his first field report for my blog:

Reported by Hayden Konanui-Tucker:

My school KSBE beat Pahoa tonight 3 games to 1 in volleyball.

Here is a quick video I took  from the intermission of the first match:


The Kamehameha bench discusses strategy:

Copyright Hayden Konanui-Tucker


Project Compassion for Hawaii Island Hoops

Join Dennys in Kailua-Kona on March 27 from 4-9 as we help raise funds for Hawaii Island Hoops at the Kona Denny’s. Twenty percent of food and drink sales and 100% of our special guest servers’ tips will go to support helping our island youth develop their basketball skills and explore college opportunities.


Big Island Visitors Bureau – Tsunami Update: Most Businesses, Resorts Open on Hawaii, The Big Island

Media Release:

Last Friday, Hawai’i Island, especially the Kona District, sustained some damage from the tsunami generated by an earthquake near Japan, but nearly all hotels, businesses and attractions are open, tourism officials said.

On Fri., Mar. 11, a tsunami hit Hawai’i following a destructive 9.0 magnitude earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan. Some hotels and businesses along the Kona and Kohala coasts were damaged by wave surge and debris, but most are open and are welcoming guests.

Two resorts that remain closed are Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, which plans to reopen on April 30, and Kona Village Resort. Phone lines at Kona Village are now working.

Kailua Pier was deemed structurally sound, and all charters that normally operate from the Pier, including Body Glove, Atlantis Submarines and Jack’s Diving Locker, are operating as usual. The Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America cruise ship will stop in Kona on Wed., Mar. 23 as planned.

King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel is also open, and guest rooms were not damaged. However, the lu’au area, ground floor public areas including the lobby and Kona Beach Restaurant, were flooded by seawater, sand and debris. Cleanup efforts are well underway, and several retail stores have reopened. The swimming pool and Billfish Bar are open, and the cleanup team has removed all of the carpet from the lobby and replaced all of the furniture. The award-winning Island Breeze Lu’au will resume this Sun., Mar. 20.

While the sands at Kamakahonu Beach were mostly swept away, Kona Boys have pitched in to tidy up the coastal area fronting King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Kona Boys are continuing to offer outrigger canoe rides, stand-up paddlesurfing (SUP), kayaking and snorkeling on the calm waters of Kailua Bay from their beach hut at Kamakahonu.

Hulihe’e Palace in historic Kailua Village is temporarily closed, but two upcoming outdoor events on palace grounds are still happening as scheduled. This Sunday’s band concert is confirmed, as is the annual palace fundraiser, Day at Hulihe’e, on Sat., Mar. 26.

Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides have resumed charters aboard Hula Kai and Fair Wind II from Keauhou Bay, and Keauhou Pier was not damaged, although Fair Wind’s check-in facility will be undergoing repair. Check-ins are being handled at a modified location nearby. The company reports that the north part of Kealakekua Bay near the Captain Cook Monument where the Fair Wind II moors for its popular snorkeling trip, has excellent visibility.

The National Park Service reports that two West Hawai’i parks have partial closures due to tsunami damage. Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is open on a very limited basis from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The only areas that are open are the main paved parking lot, the visitors center, amphitheater, and a small portion of the Royal Grounds in front (makai) of the amphitheater. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is now open normally except for a small stretch of coastal trail at the southern portion of the park between ‘Ai’ōpio Fishtrap and ‘Aimakapā Fishpond.

At ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay in the Waikoloa Beach Resort, the tsunami surge cleaved the beach in half, and waves breached the lava rock walls at Kings’ Pond. The public beach access and parking lot at the south end are closed until further notice. The public can access the northern portion of the beach at the Kolea condominium community. Ocean Sports’ catamaran Sea Smoke resumed charters at ‘Anaeho’omalu today.

No damage has been reported at any of the island’s renowned golf courses.

There were no deaths or serious injuries reported in Hawai’i from Friday’s tsunami. All airports are open and flights are on time, and all roads are open.

“We are deeply touched by the outpouring of well wishes from visitors, both here and far away. And in typical Hawai’i Island style, our community, government officials and local agencies are working together efficiently and quickly to get the cleanup job done,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “As we count our blessings, we also send our deepest aloha to Japan, and to everyone who suffered losses due to the earthquake and tsunami. For all of us in Hawai’i, Japan is so much more than economics. We are friends and family as we are related by our long historical ties and proud heritage” he said.

2011 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Artist Submission/Call for Entries

Media Release:

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is excited to extend a call to artists to submit new artwork for this year’s 41st Annual Festival. The winning artwork will be the feature on Festival buttons, poster, t-shirt, website, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival magazine, and newspaper tabloid, giving the winning artist great exposure among the thousands of festival goers.

The Festival is looking for paintings that clearly express the theme of this year’s Kona Coffee Cultural Festival “Pride of the Pacific.” The winning artist will receive a complimentary booth to show his/her art work at the Festival’s Holualoa Village Coffee & Art Stroll event scheduled for Saturday, November 5, 2011 and a feature in the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival magazine.

Submission details:

  • Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 29, 2011. The winning artist will be notified in writing by Monday, May 9, 2011.
  • The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival has full image usage rights in perpetuity for the 2011 Festival winning artwork and for any future Festival needs.
  • Submissions may be original artwork or digital file of art. The winning artist may be asked to work with the Festival to prepare a final image.
  • If submitting artwork electronically, file should be at 300 dpi, approximately 8″ in longest dimension. Winning art if submitted digitally will require a higher resolution file for print collateral
  • Most promotional collateral is vertical or square.
  • No typography should be in the artwork.
  • Please include a short artist bio with each submission. A description of the submission is optional but not required.
  • Submissions should be delivered to Malia Bolton, Kona Coffee & Tea Company, 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Highway or electronically at maliabolton@gmail.com, with subject line “festival submission.”

Artwork is due on or before Friday, April 29, 2011. Winning artist will be notified in writing. Deliver to Malia Bolton, Kona Coffee & Tea Company, 74-5035 Queen Kaahumanu Hwy., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 or electronically to maliabolton@gmail.com

To request a copy of the artwork rules and guidelines, contact Malia Bolton at 808-896-7907.

About The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized and supported as a ‘Major Festival’ by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) as the Festival showcases Hawaii’s unique culture and diversity. HTA was created in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the

future. Its mission is to strategically manage the growth of Hawaii’s visitor industry in a manner consistent with its economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources and community interests.

Police Chief Kubojiri Promotes Eight Officers to the Rank of Sergeant/Detective

Media Release:

Chief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted eight police officers to the rank of sergeant/detective:

  • Detective Robert Almeida is assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. A 22-year veteran of the Hawai’i Police Department, Almeida was most recently a school resource officer in South Hilo.
  • Detective Jason Berryhill is assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section. Berryhill, who joined the Police Department nearly 19 years ago, last served as a patrol officer in the South Kohala District.
  • Sergeant Paul Bugado is assigned to Kona Patrol. Bugado, who has been with the department for more than 17 years, was most recently a community police officer in the South Kohala District.
  • Sergeant Grad Elarionoff, a member of the Police Department for almost 12 years, is assigned to Kona Patrol. His most recent assignment was as a patrol officer in that district. He previously was a Kona vice officer.
  • Detective Joel Field is assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. Field, who has been with the Police Department nearly 20 years, was a patrol officer assigned to the South Hilo District before his promotion.
  • Sergeant Robert Pauole, who joined the department more than 11 years ago, is assigned to the Traffic Services Section. His last assignment was as a patrol officer assigned to South Hilo. Before that, he was a Traffic Enforcement Unit officer.
  • Detective Brian Prudencio is assigned to the Area II Vice Section’s Ice Task Force. Prudencio, an 11-year veteran of the Police Department, was most recently a patrol officer in South Hilo. Before that, he was a vice officer for six years.
  • Detective Grant Todd is assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. Todd, who was previously a vice officer, has been with the Police Department since the beginning of the decade.

The promotions took effect Wednesday (March 16).

Hawaii County Tsunami Tax Remission

From the Mayor’s Office:

Any taxpayer who experienced destruction or damage to their real property due to the recent tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011, should file a claim for remission of real property taxes, it was announced by Mayor Billy Kenoi.  Although the deadline for filing this claim is June 30, 2011, taxpayers should file the claim as soon as possible, if they have not already done so.

According to County Finance Director Nancy Crawford, taxpayers should access the Real Property Tax website at http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com under the Forms and Instructions tab and Miscellaneous to obtain the appropriate form and information about the remission of taxes.  Taxpayers may also contact the appraisal section of the Real Property Tax Office at 75-5706 Kuakini Highway, Suite 112 , Kailua-Kona , Hawaii 96740 or call 323-4881 to obtain forms and information.  Taxpayers may also contact the Hilo office at 961-8354.  Before filing the claim, taxpayers should be aware that this method of filing is the only way to recover a portion of the real property taxes paid on property for the current tax year (7/1/2010 to 6/30/2011).

Each parcel is subject to a minimum tax in the amount of $100 and any remission will not reduce the total tax below this amount.  Since the real property tax assessment does not include personal property such as furniture, carpets or draperies, no remission will be made for this type of loss or damage.

The County does not tax personal property, only the assessed valuation of land and buildings.

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