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Official Selections Announced for 2011 Big Island Film Festival May 11-15

Media Release:

From Animé to Zombies, the Big Island Film Festival delivers great entertainment for film lovers of all ages in its 2011 lineup of Official Selections.  The May 11-15 event at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani will showcase 63 independent narrative films from 7 countries (U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Brazil and Israel).


Sarah Wayne Callies

Celebrity honorees appearing in person include Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”) and Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”).


Kristina Anapau

Ten of the Official Selections are Hawai‘i-made films, four of those from the Big Island.  Hawaii’s films are strong contenders, showing a broad range of style, subject matter and creativity in both feature and short films, animated stories, comedy, romance and more.

One of the highlights is the uncontrollable farce “Get a Job,” starring popular Hawaii entertainers Willie K, Eric Gilliom and Augie T, which rocked sold-out houses in Honolulu late last year.  Gilliom plays a hapless “village idiot” surfer who fate and a mango bring to Willie K’s employment agency.  As “William” does his level best to keep him working, the two encounter Augie T as a volatile motorcycle cop, Jake Shimabukuro as a Japanese tour bus guide, Carolyn Omine, Slam Poet Kealoha, Henry Kapono (who headlines BIFF’s “Best of the Fest” concert May 15), Ernie Cruz, Jr., Amy Hanaiali’i, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons, Charles Kaupu, Willie Nelson, and other familiar faces.  “Get a Job” (“R”) screens Thursday, May 12 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, in the set beginning at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $15, $10 kama‘āina, available on line at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.

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Other Hawai‘i-made movies include:

“All Collected Things,” looking back at a love story

“Layover, on the Shore,” a contemporary Honolulu filmmaker’s edgy story


“Mute,” a deaf high school junior wants to try out for football

“The Green Tie Affair,” a puppet musical about identity and wardrobe

And these, from Big Island filmmakers:

“Sproot,” whimsical animation about telekinetic power and personal strength

“Hawaii’s Undersea Ohana,” Hawaiian proverbs put to music, includes a segment filmed on Ni‘ihau

“Alison’s Adventures: Snaked,” a surf adventure to Morocco

“The Pick-Up Artist,” two people meet in a bar, but are they who they seem to be?

“Waterfall,” loss and grief, embraced by nature

Feature films full of surprises, action, romance and lots of laughs will be screened Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Just a sampling:

“The Dead Inside” might be called “Glee” for zombies.  Sometimes hilarious, sometimes very scary, this is a good story well told, with memorable original music, lots of action and of course true love.  Follows “Get a Job,” Thursday.

“Queen of the Lot” watches an action movie diva played by Tanna Frederick romp through rehab with a house-arrest ankle bracelet, tangling herself in Old Hollywood family skeletons, robbery and quite possibly murder, along the way falling for her boyfriend’s brother, played by Noah Wylie (ER).  Frederick is planning to attend in person, Saturday.


“Sweet Little Lies” is a road trip adventure by two kids and a down-and-out petty criminal to the seedy side of Las Vegas.  An up-tempo family film with solid action, embraceable characters and delightful touches of fantasy, this film is entertaining for all ages.  Saturday at The Shops at Mauna Lani, free.

Complete schedule, individual event tickets and passes are available online at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com

BIFF 2011 Events

Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

  • Free Grand Opening at The Shops at Mauna Lani, to welcome the filmmakers and celebrities, and enjoy short films, including “The Verdict,” starring Hilo’s Kristina Anapau (“Black Swan”)

Thursday-Friday-Saturday, May 12-13-14

  • Daytime movies at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Amphitheatre (times vary).
  • Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani Center Stage, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Nightly double-feature (up to R) at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate, 7:30-11:30 p.m. with self-parking validation.

Saturday, May 14

  • Filmmaker Workshops: “Inside Pitch” with Naketha Mattocks and “It’s Alive: Breathing Life into Your Characters” with Ron Osborn. Pre-Registration form online.

Sunday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.

  • “Best of the Fest” featuring Henry Kapono in concert and audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short of BIFF 2011, at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Plantation Estate. Silent Auction on site during the concert, to benefit The Wounded Warrior Project for U.S. veterans.

For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com.


­Bert The Conqueror: Hawaii Episode Coming Up

I get a lot of media releases for many different things… this one totally cracked me up as I’ve never seen or heard of the show!

Media Release:

In this second season of Bert the Conqueror, Bert Kreischer continues on his search for exciting adventures around the country and he stops in beautiful Hawaii!

Bert on the Shaka

Come along for the ride as he visits Wet ‘N Wild to test out the park’s premiere ride, the ‘Shaka’. The majestic North Shore is next on the list, as Bert heads three miles out to sea for a marine tour with Hawaii Shark Encounters. And to round out his adventures in the Islands, Bert gets involved in a local standup paddle board competition with North Shore Paddle Adventures.

Bert the Conqueror

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau assisted in bringing this production to Oahu as part of its public relations outreach to feature the Hawaiian Islands on national travel television shows.

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

Sumitomo Files Formal Protest Regarding Winning Bid on Part of the Honolulu Rail Project

Media Release:

Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) filed a formal protest today regarding the selection of the winning bid for the Core Systems DBOM (Design, Build, Operate and Maintain) part of the Honolulu rail project.

“We regret having to take this action. It is not how we normally respond to bid outcomes,” said Gino Antoniello, Vice President, Transportation Systems and Equipment, SCOA. “However, we are working with many local partners and our team includes several Honolulu-based companies. We owe it both to ourselves and to them to challenge what we believe to be a wrong decision.”

Antoniello went on to explain: “Our concerns have only intensified following our debriefing meeting with the City last Monday and as we thoroughly reviewed the documents that were made available to us. The failure of the City to recognize and properly take into account the cost of the project over its total life-cycle will leave the Honolulu taxpayers with the burden of paying as much as $900 million more to operate and maintain the system.”

“We believe that the City must give our protest serious consideration and we fully expect the City to realize that the Sumitomo offer provides the best value to the City and the taxpayers,” said Antoniello.

Big Islands Honoka’a Jazz Band to Perform with Royal Hawaiian Band

Media Release:

In honor of National Jazz Month, the 32-member Honoka’a Jazz Band from the Big Island has scheduled a “Big City Tour” of Oahu with several performances and appearances from April 14-17. Rep. Mark Nakashima, District 1 – North Kohala, South Kohala, Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo, who graduated from Honoka’a High School and is a big fan of jazz music, arranged for the group to open for the Royal Hawaiian Band on the grounds of the Iolani Palace on Friday, April 15, 2011. The group will play from 11:10 – 11:40 a.m. Rep. Mark Nakashima will give the opening remarks.

The Honoka’a Jazz Band Performed at the Kings Shop back in December. Photo Credit: Toni Hall, Kaitlin Hal

The Honoka’a Jazz Band is the pride and joy of Honoka‘a High. In 2010, the music program at Honoka’a High School was selected by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation (NAMM) as one of 138 schools in the United States with an outstanding music program and commitment to music education. They are also the recipients of the prestigious 2011 Grammy Signature Schools Enterprise Award. Gary Washburn, the band director, recently received the 2011 Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award from the National Society of High School Scholars.

This year the band’s repertoire includes the music of Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Dusty Springfield, Miles Davis, Bobby Timmons, Michael Buble, Patsy Cline, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin and a special arrangement of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.

“Honoka’a High School’s music program demonstrates that with dedicated staff, parental and community support our children in rural Hamakua can compete and be recognized nationwide,” said Rep. Nakashima.

Honoka’a Jazz Band “Big City Tour 2011” Schedule

  • Thursday, April 14th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Shriner’s Childrens Hospital Special Luncheon, 1310 Punahou Street, Honolulu
  • Thursday, April 14th 7-8 p.m., Dots in Wahiawa- 139 Mango Street,
  • Friday, April 15th 7-8a.m., Peace of the Rainbow “Power of Jazz” hour Broadcast LIVE: Statewide on OC16 Television and on the Morning Drive of AM 1080 Radio also Global on www.oc16.tv Panel: Gary Washburn, Rep. Mark Nakashima, Chuck James. Panel discussion – The power of Jazz, what makes jazz unique, role of jazz in education, does jazz create better people, the story of Honoka’a Jazz Band,  Pride of Honoka’a www.peaceoftherainbow.com
  • Friday, April 15th – 11:10-11:40 a.m., Opening for the Royal Hawaiian Band at Iolani Palace.
  • Friday, April 15th – 6:30-7:30 p.m., Windward Mall Center Stage, Saturday, April 16th – 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., Ala Moana Shopping Center Stage.
  • Saturday, April 16th – 6p.m., Twilight Jazz at Helemoa Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center. Opening for Paul Shimamoto performing from his debut release “All That Hawaiian Jazz” a multi Na Hoku Nominee and Kekauoha The Jazz Project.
  • Sunday, April 17th – 12:15 p.m. -1:15p.m., Honolulu Academy of Arts Bank of Hawaii.

The Big 84 The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History has led the initiative for Jazz Appreciation Month, or JAM, “to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure.” According to the Smithsonian’s website, during the month of April musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and public broadcasters are encouraged to offer special programs on jazz.

Ukulele Jam in Kona to Benefit Japan’s Tsunami Survivors

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18 Year-Old Woman Dies in One-Vehicle Crash in North Kona

Media Release:

An 18-year-old Kailua-Kona woman died Saturday (April 9) from injuries she sustained in a one-vehicle crash on Ahulani Street, west of Kauwila Street in Kalaoa, North Kona.

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The victim was identified as Chernell Kaili, of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to a 2:39 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2002 Ford Explorer multi-purpose vehicle and traveling west on Ahulani Street when she lost control, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

Two men, ages 19 and 20, and a 15-year-old girl were transported to Kona Community Hospital by Fire Department rescue personnel. They were treated for minor injuries and released.

The victim was pronounced dead at 6:35 a.m. at Kona Community Hospital.

All the occupants of the vehicle were wearing their seat belts.

Police believe that speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the seventh traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with eight at this time last year.

Waikoloa Man Arrested Over Stabbing Incident

Media Release:

A Waikoloa man was arrested over the weekend in connection with a stabbing that sent his son to the hospital.

Around 9:26 p.m. Friday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a reported stabbing at a home on Kimo Nui Street in Waikoloa Village.

William Ford

Responding officers determined that 50-year-old William Ford Jr., had reportedly stabbed his 28-year-old son once in the upper right side of the chest and then fled the home where they both lived.

Fire Department rescue personnel took the victim to North Hawaii Community Hospital, where he remains confined in good condition.

Police launched a search for the suspect but were unable to locate him Friday night.

At 12:50 p.m. Saturday (April 9), Ford turned himself in at the Kona police station in Kealakehe. He was arrested and held at the cellblock while detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section, which investigates domestic violence cases, continued the investigation.

On Sunday (April 10), detectives charged Ford with first-degree assault and abuse of a family/household member. He was released after posting $35,000 bail.

Effing Centipede Bit Me Last Night!

*Note* Sorry for the disgusting pictures… but just documenting another event in my life”

So last night I’m sound asleep and I get awoken to this sharp piercing pain in my right foot and at first I thought I had cut off the blood to my foot and thought it had just fallen asleep… but after taking a closer look, I noticed a couple bite marks!

Despite the fact that I’ve never been bitten by a centipede… I knew exactly that is what had happened!  My foot instantly felt paralyzed and the throbbing pain was just unbearable.

I didn’t know if the swelling was going to keep going up my leg or what so I woke my wife up and asked her to take me to the local Fire Department at about midnight.  The closest emergency room is nearly 45 minutes away from where I live.

The firemen confirmed that it was a centipede bite, one even mentioned that he had been bitten over 20 times and they told me the only way to really treat a centipede bite is to wash the wound and apply cold presses and heat presses to the area of the bite wound.

Well I did that all night… and my foot is still swollen as of this moment and I can’t put any pressure on my foot at all.  I will keep a close eye on it and make sure that it doesn’t get infected.

Gee... Big Foot?