Hawaii Island Hoops Now Accepting Registration for its 2011 College-Prep Basketball Camp

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Hawaii Island Hoops is now accepting registration for its 2011 College-Prep Basketball Camp, from June 20th- 24th, 2011, at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.


Special Guest:  Jon Brockman – Milwaukee Bucks Forward, University of Washington All-American…Also, Guest Nike Coach at camp all week!!

Get noticed and be instructed by college coaches! Our college-prep camp includes Nike SPARQ Training, daily fundamental drill stations, shooting clinics, defensive breakdowns, team offense, individual skills competitions and championship game.  There will also be a 3-point shootout, free-throw, slam dunk contest, all-star game and awards ceremony. Take advantage of this opportunity!

Hawaii Island Hoops College-Prep Basketball Camp is open to boys ages 13-19 who are looking to improve their skills and learn a college style program.  The cost of the five-day camp is $350 and includes top-notch college coach/player instruction from NCAA, NAIA and JUCO level, evening college-prep seminars on academic requirements, financial aid available, and athletic recruitment.  Each camper will also receive a Reversible Jersey, shorts, Basketball, Camp T-shirt, College-Prep Handbook, All-Meals included, athletic trainer on site, Hapuna Beach trip…and a week of fun!

Registration can be found online at www.HawaiiIslandHoops.com or for more information, contact Director Andy Smith at (808) 937-3082 Director@HawaiiIslandHoops.com

Governor Abercrombie Announces Board of Education Appointees

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In another step forward to advance the state’s public school system, Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced his appointments to the new Board of Education (BOE).  The board consists of nine members – three from O’ahu, three at-large, and one each from Hawai’i Island, Maui and Kaua’i.

“I was encouraged by the number of quality people who applied to serve on the BOE, all who were ready to commit themselves to a new day in education,” said Governor Abercrombie.  “It was important for me to find the right balance of individuals who could bring their diverse experiences to the table.  Education is one of my highest priorities.  Hawai’i depends on the success of our public schools and these individuals have stepped up to take responsibility for increasing public confidence in our schools and fundamental change to improve outcomes for children and our community.”

Act 5, which was signed into law earlier this month, established legislation for the Governor to appoint BOE members.  His appointments require confirmation by the state Senate.

The Governor’s appointees to the BOE are:

  • Maui:  Wesley Lo is the Chief Executive Officer at Maui Memorial Medical Center.  He previously worked as the Maui County Finance Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Maui Memorial Medical Center.  His children attend Baldwin High School and Pomaikai Elementary.  Lo’s wife is a counselor at Maui High School.  His appointment is for a three-year term.
  • Hawaii:  Brian DeLima is an Attorney in Private Practice.  He is a former Hawai’i County council member.  DeLima is a graduate of Hilo High School and in 1972 he served as the first student BOE member.  His daughter, who has special needs, attends Hilo Intermediate School.  DeLima’s appointment is for a two-year term.
  • Kauai:  Nancy Budd is an Attorney in Private Practice.  Budd is a member of the Kauai Planning and Action Alliance Public Education Action Team; she serves as Director and President of the Kauai District Parent Teacher Student Association; and is a reading tutor at Wilcox Elementary School. Budd’s daughter graduated from Kaua’i High School. Her appointment is for a one-year term.
  • O’ahu:  Jim Williams is retired Administrator and CEO of the Hawaii Employer-Union Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF). Currently, he is the Vice-chair of Voyager Public Charter School, and previously served as President and CEO of Royal State Learning Foundation; Interim Director and President of the Hawai’i State Teachers Association; and teacher at Kauanakakai Elementary School and Moloka’i High School.  Williams’ appointment is for a three-year term.
  • O’ahu:  Charlene Cuaresma is the Associate Director of the Graduate Professional Access Program at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  She is also the Community Director of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training.  Cuaresma, a Waipahu High School graduate, is active in many Filipino community initiatives. Cuaresma’s appointment is for a two-year term.
  • O’ahu:  Cheryl Kauhane Lupenui is the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Oahu.  She has served on the boards of Hawai’i Tourism Authority’s Hawaiian Resource Advisory Board; the Center for Asian Pacific American Women; and Aloha United Way.  Lupenui’s appointment is for a one-year term.
  • At-large:  Keith Amemiya is the Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents at the University of Hawai’i.  He is the former Executive Director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.  Amemiya served on a number of boards including the Honolulu Firefighters Foundation, Aloha Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Susannah Wesley Community Center, and The Learning Coalition.  His appointment is for a one-year term.
  • At-large:  Kim Gennaula is a Philanthropy Director at Kapiolani Health Foundation.  She is a former news anchor and previously worked as Communications Director for Liberty House and Sharper Image.  Her two children attend Hokulani Elementary School, and she has been a member of an advisor board to the Superintendent.  Gennaula’s appointment is for a two-year term.
  • At-large:  Don Horner is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of First Hawaiian Bank.  In February, the Governor appointed him to fill the vacancy of the at-large position on the board.  (http://hawaii.gov/gov/newsroom/press-releases/governor-abercrombie-selects-community-leader-for-the-board-of-education)

The Governor has also appointed Horner as the new BOE Chairman.

BOE members oversee the Department of Education (DOE), which has a $1.7 billion operational budget.  The DOE is one of the state’s largest organizations with more employees than the state’s five largest private sector employers combined.

Since signing Act 5 into law, the Governor’s office received more than 150 applications to the BOE.  Governor Abercrombie’s nine appointments must be confirmed by state Senate’s Education Committee as well as the confirmation of the full Senate.

Ukulele Jams – A Benefit for the Victims of the Tsunami in Japan

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The Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Incorporated presents ‘Ukulele Jams on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10am-sundown at the Lihikai Hawaiian Cultural Learning Center in Keaukaha. A benefit for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, this free concert features some of the island’s finest musicians including Grammy award-winning artist Keoki Kahumoku, Brittni Paiva, Buddy and Sammi Fo, Konabob Stoffer… and you!

Keoki Kahumoku

‘Ukulele players from beginner to advanced are invited to bring their instrument and participate in a kanikapila like no other. Start with lessons in proper jam etiquette and tuning techniques, then follow along with the aid of visuals and wandering instructors. As performers take the stage, they’ll teach attendees some of their favorite songs, from Hawaiian mele to jazz and everything in between. The list of entertainers grows daily and also includes Andy Andrews of the ‘Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz, Keone Turalde, Grammy award-winner Sonny Lim, and Colin John. This unique opportunity to learn from some of the best and make beautiful music is free and open to the public.

Participants can take advantage of free string changing for all 4-string ‘ukulele. In the market for a new ‘ukulele? Custom instruments made and donated by various ‘ukulele builders from Hawai‘i will be available for sale.

Calabash donations to aid relief efforts in Japan will be accepted throughout the day. Participants should bring their own lunch and water, along with a beach chair and of course, their ‘ukulele. If you have a favorite song, bring it along to share, too. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For more information visit KeokiKahumoku.com.

Kona Blue Water Fish Farms Loses Its Ocean Cages

Kona Blue Water Farms has officially reported to NOAA that both of its cages broke free while they were being towed behind a boat.

“…Food & Water Watch allies in Hawaii confirmed that NOAA received a call from someone at Kona, alerting them to the loss of the cages…”

A quick look at the Kona Blue website and it states:

Sorry, we’re temporarily out of Kona Kampachi® due to ocean site upgrades for increased sustainability.

This reminds me of the cartoon that Greg Henkel sent me back in 2008:

Wordless Wednesday – But is it Edible?

This is growing in my backyard and it looks like some type of squash.

One that is just starting to grow looks like this:

Just wondering if this thing is gonna be edible eventually or am I just watching a weird vine grow?

Today is Agriculture Awareness Day at the State Capitol

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WHAT: The House and Senate Agriculture Committees and the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation present “Agriculture Awareness Day” at the State Capitol.  The event will feature exhibits by members of Hawaii’s agriculture industry, including local farmers and producers of local product from the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu and Maui.

Local produce, products and samples of island cuisine will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Oahu Food Bank and Food Basket Inc.  Attendees to the farmer’s market are to bring their own shopping bags as no plastic bags will be available.

WHEN:                 Wednesday, March 30, 2011

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:               HAWAII STATE CAPITOL – 4th floor lanai

WHO:                   See attached list of exhibitors and map

WHY: Agriculture Awareness is an annual event to promote the importance, growth and sustainability of local grown fruits and vegetables, eggs and dairy, livestock, flowers, coffee, and aquaculture.