On Stage with “The Green”

The winners of the Reggae Album of the Year for the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards was the group “The Green“.

"The Green" - 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Reggae Album of the Year

It just happens to be that “The Green” is my favorite group right now so I was thrilled to hear that they would be performing at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Performing at the Awards Ceremony

They rocked the Convention Center that night!

Side view of their performance at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

What many folks might not know, is The Green’s self-titled debut album was named iTunes Best Reggae Album of 2010!

The Green

Well I was fortunate enough to be allowed into the Convention Centers Main Ballroom at 3:30 for their sound check and that was a hoot!

The Green Sound Check

I asked lead singer Caleb Keolanui if I could come on stage and he said come on up!

On Stage with The Green

They played some chords while the sound folks at the convention center tweaked the audio so that it would be the best it could be for both the television audience as well as the live audience.

Sound Check with The Green

The Green then busted out a couple songs for just the few folks that were in the room at the time.

Sound Check

This was the second time that I’ve gotten to check out The Green in person.

On Stage with The Green

Later in the evening after the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were over… members of The Green were spotted at The Shack in Waikiki for an after party that I’ll be posting about soon enough.

Caleb Keolanui enjoys a cold one at The Shack

I’d like to thank The Green for allowing me access to their sound check and for just being a great band in general.

You can click on the pictures below for a larger view.

Big Island Police Seeking Man Wanted for Sex Assault on Female Minor

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Big Island police are requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating a man wanted for questioning in connection with a sexual assault of a female minor. The assault occurred on October 1, 2010, between 7 and 7:30 p.m. in Kurtistown in the Puna District.

Artist Rendition

The man is described as local, “scruffy” looking, 18-30 years old, 5-feet-7 to 5-feet 9, 150 to 175 pounds with a medium build, brown eyes, short buzz-cut black hair and a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a blue aloha shirt with blue hibiscus print and driving a gold or light-colored four door Honda or Mazda sedan.

Detectives with the Juvenile Aid Section are continuing this investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on his identity or location call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Cockfight Raided in Ka’u… 150 on Site 5 Arrested

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Five men were arrested Sunday (May 29) at a cockfight in Ka’ū.

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Mug shot image of Takahashi Mug shot image of Sakata Mug shot image of Mattos Mug shot image of Gonzales
Patrick Takahashi Keldon Sakata Donovan Mattos Modesto Gonzales Edward Polido

Officers from the Area II Vice Section—assisted by detectives from the Area II Juvenile Aid and Criminal Investigations sections, the Area I Vice Section and the Criminal Intelligence Unit—served a search warrant shortly after noon Sunday at a macadamia nut orchard in Pāhala, where the cockfight was taking place.

Police observed 75 vehicles and about 150 people at the site. Officers located 20 dead roosters and recovered injured roosters, rooster boxes, gaffs, paraphernalia related to cockfighting and gambling records related to cockfighting. In addition, police seized $7,737 in cash for forfeiture.

The five men below were arrested and charged with the following offenses:

  • Patrick Takahashi, 31, of Waipahu with cruelty to animals, gambling and possessing gambling records
  • Keldon Sakata, 31, of Pāhala with three counts of cruelty to animals
  • Donovan Mattos, 37, of Nā’ālehu with two counts of cruelty to animals
  • Modesto Gonzales, 69, of Ocean View with two counts of cruelty to animals
  • Edward Polido, 51, of Pāhala with gambling and possessing gambling records

Lieutenant Sherry Bird from the Area II Vice Section is urging the public to help prevent animal cruelty by reporting information about cockfights. “This time of year is considered cockfighting season,” she said, “but cockfighting is illegal.”

Persons with information about illegal cockfighting may call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or the Vice hotlines at 329-0423 in Kona or 934-8423 in Hilo. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for 57 Year Old Man Missing Since Februrary

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Big Island police are searching for a 57-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Robert Dalpe

Robert Dalpe missing since February

Robert Dalpe, who has no permanent address, frequents the Hilo area. His family last heard from him in February.

He is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-1 about 150 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

2011 Hawaii Community College 70th Commencement… Student Interviews

Graduates discus their plans after graduation, their learning experience, and advice for those considering enrollment at Hawai’i Community College. Graduates interviewed:

  • Melissa Nakayama – Electrical Installation and Maintenance Technology
  • Kealaka’i Thomas Matsumoto – Liberal Arts, Human Services
  • Denyse N. Kuupuaimohalaikalani Woo-Ockerman – Marketing

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Summer of Love… Anuhea Jenkins Coming to Pahoa!

This past week I spent some time on Oahu doing my best trying to convince musicians from the State of Hawaii to come play on the Big Island.

Anuhea at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

I was pleasantly surprised when I asked 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Anuhea Jenkins when she would come to the Big Island again and in particular come to Pahoa and she stated “I’m Coming to Pahoa on Sunday, July 3rd at the Akebono Theater

Anuhea and The Green at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Anuhea and The Green at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Of course Anuhea is one of my favorite artists right now… so I’ll be sure to be there!

Summer of Love Tour UNPLUGGED

At : Akebono Theater
KWXX Radio presents: Anuhea Summer of Love Tour, Pahoa
Anuhea performs acoustic style at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii.
More info TBA!

I Can Handle Coqui Frogs… But Keep Them Damn Snakes Out of Hawaii

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It was one of the first evening classes since arriving in Guam. Suddenly there was a snake, just six inches away, tongue out, staring coldly into his eyes. Raymond McGuire, Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s coqui control coordinator, later realized his work capturing coqui frogs on the Big Island had helped him spot the Brown Tree Snake (BTS) which can be nearly invisible outdoors.

Raymond Pulling a snake out of his trap

Raymond Pulling a snake out of his trap

McGuire was one of nine Pacific island-based personnel, including several from Hawaii Invasive Species Committees, sent to Guam for a three-week training led by James Stanford, BTS rapid response coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey.

According to Page Else, Big Island Invasive Species Committee public outreach specialist, the impact of the Brown Tree Snake — which first invaded Guam in WWII — has been very costly to that island territory’s economic, ecological and social environment. She added it would cause similar problems for Hawaii.

A snake

A snake

“These snakes are frequent flyers and somehow know to crawl into airplane wheel wells or cargo holds. Without constant airport inspections, Hawaii is sure to be infiltrated,” Else said recently. “Snake populations would rapidly establish in Hawaii, with rats, mice, birds and lizards as plentiful food sources. The threat is even more of a concern now due to the military base buildup on Guam and the current constraints on government budgets.”

Christy Leppanen, until recently the Honolulu-based state Department of Land and Natural Resources’ invasive species specialist, is the newly appointed Invasive Species Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This summer, she will be moving to Saipan to make sure, as Leppanen tells it, “the Brown Tree Snake doesn’t make it to Hawaii.”

Leppanen joined McGuire and Shawn Okumura of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee in the BTS training in Guam. McGuire and Okumura said they felt the training was worthwhile, although arduous. The students received daily classroom instruction in the mornings and four hours each night of field training in finding and capturing the BTS.

The first night in the field, a small snake bit into Shawn's leather glove

The first night in the field, a small snake bit into Shawn's leather glove

During the evening field session, the participants entered snake enclosures full of vegetation and trees to count the number of snakes. Initially, McGuire found it hard to coax himself to grab the snakes without hesitation. The duration of three weeks’ training helped him conquer that challenge. He learned to use the snakes’ scales and coloring as cues. The BTS’s scales shimmered in the light and sometimes – but not always – their eyes shined. BTS can vary in color from olive to dark brown and the older snakes often have yellow bellies.

By the end of the three weeks of training, McGuire had caught 15 snakes with hand tools and many more in traps. Okumura earned the record for most hand-captured snakes in one evening: seven.

Shawn and his large snake

Shawn and his large snake

Trapped BTS were bad-tempered, according to McGuire. Each participant was responsible for 10 traps that they checked every other day. The density of Guam’s BTS population became apparent as the group captured 70 snakes from a three-acre parcel one night, only to return two days later and capture another 60.

Working in teams of two, the participants learned to maneuver the snakes without frightening them, coaxing them onto branches where they could be captured. One trick they were taught was to thump a tree to get the BTS to descend from the upper branches.

Gurney Amore and Shawn Okumura holding a large snake

Gurney Amore and Shawn Okumura holding a large snake

According to the trainer, BTS are only mildly venomous and are not aggressive in the wild but quickly realize when they are being hunted. For children, a bite can result in a hospital visit but adults are usually not affected, the trainer said.

Okumura and McGuire deliberately allowed themselves to get bit, to make sure they were not allergic. “It didn’t hurt, even though the snakes try hard and chew strongly,” McGuire reported.

Obviously, the BTS is a potential threat to Hawaii’s environment but it is not the only reptilian threat, according to Else. Other snake species have been smuggled into Hawaii, despite it being against the law to do so. “Many people do not understand the impact snake populations could pose to our economy and ecosystems,” Else said. “It is illegal to bring a snake into the state but there have been over 300 credible snake sightings in the past 25 years, with only 100 recovered.”

The BIISC representative in Hilo said that designated state and federal employees continue to train and guard Hawaii against invasion by snakes and other biological threats. “We’re glad to have our ‘snake warriors’ ready to protect our island,” she said.

She then urged anyone who spots a snake to immediately call the Big Island Invasive Species Committee hotline at 961-3299 or the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife at 974-4221

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… And the Winners Are!

The 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were held at the Hawaii Convention Center last night and I just want to say that the Big Island of Hawaii was well represented and came away with many Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this evening.

Even Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was impressed with the amount of awards Big Island recording artists received.

The following artists won awards for their hard work that was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts:

Most Promising Artist:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Female Vocalist of the Year:

NAPUA MAKUA – Mōhalu

Male Vocalist of the Year:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Group of the Year:
KUMZ – On the Summit

Christmas Album:

Willie K -Willie Wonderland

Album of the Year:

AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I –
Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i

Song of the Year:
KALEOONĀLANI by Mark Yamanaka from LEI PUA KENIKENI

Single of the Year:

HE LEI KAULANA – Nā Palapalai

Extended Play Release of the Year

SOLO UKULELE – The King of Pop – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends

Anthology of the Year – Producer’s Award:

BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai; Shawn Pimental, producer

Compilation of the Year (Various artists) – Producer’s Award:
KONA – Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year:

FOREVERMORE – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson

Haku Mele -composer’s award for first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant

Kainani Kahaunaele – ‘Ohai ‘Ula

Hawaiian Album of the Year:

MŌHALU – Nāpua Makua

Hawaiian Language Performance:

Kainani Kahaunaele -Ohai ‘Ula

Instrumental Album of the Year:

‘UKULELE NAHENAHE – Herb Ohta, Jr.

Island Music Album of the Year:

AMY HĀNAIALI‘I AND THE SLACK KEY MASTERS OF HAWAI‘I
– Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters

Jazz Album of the Year:

DJANGO WOULD GO – Hot Club of Hulaville

R&B / Hip Hop:

COCONUT WIRELESS – Kepa Kruse

Reggae Album of the Year:

GREEN, THE – The Green

Religious Album of the Year:
SOMEWHWERE UP AHEAD – GOSPEL HYMNS OF HAWAII, VOL. II
– Ata Damasco

Rock Album of the Year:

STREAM DREAMS – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year:

PLAY WITH ME PAPA – John Keawe

Favorite Entertainer:

NAPUA MAKUA

Engineering Award:

Bryan Sanchez and Jeffrey James – Hawaiian Girls

This years winners as well as previous winners:

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park June Happenings

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture with the community and visitors throughout June. Most programs are free, but Park entrance fees may apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Lā‘au Lapa‘au (“Healing Medicine”). Learn how plants are used as medicine. Ka‘ohu Monfort shares her knowledge of how Hawai‘i’s native plants, including noni, kukui and ōlena, can heal and nourish. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Fri., June 10 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center lānai

Kenneth Makuakāne, Singer/Songwriter. Enjoy a free performance by the 12-time Nā Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter and producer as he shares original songs from his first solo album, Makuakāne, and his latest albums, The Dash, White Bath Tub and other compilations. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” performances.

When: Wed., June 15 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center lānai

Kenneth Makuakane

Kenneth Makuakane

Kenneth Makuakāne, Singer/Songwriter. Can’t make Kenneth’s daytime performance June 15? Enjoy a free evening of his island music that same night! The award-winning and prolific singer/songwriter is recognized as an innovator in Hawaiian music and has more than 100 albums to his producing credit. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” series of cultural programs.

When: Wed., June 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center Auditorium

Kapa

Nā Kapa Pa‘ahana – Design Your Own Kapa Implements. Kapa-making expert Kauhane Heloca shares the art of nā kapa pa‘ahana in this workshop. Materials cost is $300 to make four implements, including kua (wooden anvil) i‘e kuku (square beater), hohoa (round beater), and niho ‘oki (shark tooth knife). Space is limited to 35 students. To reserve a space for the workshop, contact Joni Mae Makuakāne-Jarrell via email at joni_mae_makuakane-jarrell@nps.gov, or call (808) 985-6020 by June 10, 4 p.m. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops.

When: Sat., June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Environmental Education Center
Cost: $300 for materials

An Evening of Hawaiian Music and Hula. Hawaiian entertainer and kumu hula Meleana Ulrich-Manuel and her hula hālau, Ke ‘Olu Makani o Mauna Loa, will perform song and dance this special evening. The hālau has participated in countless competitions, festivals and events throughout Hawai‘i, the mainland and Japan. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” series of cultural programs.

When: Fri., June 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (auditorium opens at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Kīlauea Visitors Center Auditorium

Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum to Open at Kings Shops

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Eddie Aikau, the inspiring Hawaiian hero and big wave surf legend who was lost at sea in 1978, dared to “go” for the biggest waves, the bravest ocean rescues, and the 2,500-mile trans-Pacific voyage of the sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a. Today two Hawai‘i Island-based companies have partnered to share Eddie’s story and spirit in a new, up-and-coming classic: the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum, opening this summer at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee and Keoni Regidor, the Honoka‘a Brothers, along with Executive Chef Scott Lutey, are Hawai‘i born and raised, surfers, watermen, enthusiastic young restaurateurs and chefs to watch. With Hawaiian Cahuilla, Inc., owned by Waimea residents Linda Gillette and husband Solomon Aikau, Eddie’s brother, they are working to assemble the ultimate collection of memorabilia, surf posters, awards, pictures, surfboards, videos and much more for the restaurant’s surf museum.

A July 3rd grand opening promises to be a big splash—with special appearances by celebrity pro surfers, top-of-the-charts Hawaiian bands, prizes, specials and surprises. With renovations under way now and exciting plans for the future, “Eddie’s” will debut during Resort-wide Independence Day festivities, including the annual Rubber Duckie Race for Cerebral Palsy, this year themed “Koloa Would Go,” the following day.

For more information, about the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum visit EddieAikauRestaurants.com (coming soon) and find them on Facebook.

About the restaurant

With the grand opening slated for July 3rd, the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum will be open for lunch and dinner, with live music Thursday through Saturday nights. Located in the Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, the two-story restaurant with indoor-outdoor lakeside seating, has been transformed into a hip yet classic 1960’s-style surf retreat/plantation house. Its ʻōhiʻa posts, earth tone interiors, “aloha” fabrics and a lifetime collection of surf memorabilia and mementos of Eddie’s life and surf career, capture the warm nature of an island home, inviting everyone to come in, share a meal and “talk story.”

About the chef

Winner of multiple Hale ‘Aina Awards, Chef Scott Lutey is creating a new “Contemporary Hawaiian Cuisine” for “Eddie’s” restaurant, based on his personal mana’o (thought energy) about food. “We focus on enhancing the natural flavor of the product, keeping up with food trends, cooking techniques and flavors in Hawaii and around the world—with simple elegance,” says Lutey. Spotlighting excellence in the sustainable local foods that Eddie would have loved, Chef Lutey is already reaching out to farmers, fishermen and ranchers for the best in Hawaii’s food products.

A waterman himself, Lutey is originally from Maui, and has made a name for himself on four islands, from First Hawaiian Bank’s Executive Dining Room in Honolulu, to the Sheraton Kauai and Beach House Restaurant, Grand Wailea Hotel and Spa on Maui, and Tommy Bahama’s restaurant in the Mauna Lani Resort here on Hawai‘i Island. Recipient of five Hale ‘Aina Awards and two ‘Ilima Awards, Chef Lutey has been a “Featured Chef” by James Beard and “Rising Star” by Zagat Survey Millennium Edition. He is a Grand Prize winner of the Angostura “World Class Taste,” and twice champion of the Sam Choy Poke contest.

About the owners

Hawaiian Cahuilla, Inc., comprised of Linda Gillette and husband Solomon Aikau, Eddie’s brother, partnered with Honoka‘a Brothers, LLC to create “The E. A. Restaurants,” a collaboration of restaurant expertise and a personal relationship with Eddie. Honoka‘a Brothers LLC is comprised of Brandon Lee, Ryan Lee and Keoni Regidor, who already operate two of the Big Island’s favorite recent restaurants: Pakini Grill in Waimea and Napua on the ocean at Kalahuipua‘a within Mauna Lani Resort. The Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort will add a third. Everyone involved with the project has a deep personal commitment to the kuleana (responsibility) of sharing Eddie’s story.

About Eddie Aikau

Edward Ryon Makuahānai Aikau was born on Maui in 1946 and grew up on Oahu with his extended family, who tended an old Chinese graveyard in exchange for rent. He and his brothers dreamed of the day they could catch the monster waves of the North Shore, where few 1960’s surfers dared to go. Eddie Aikau not only mastered the challenge of Waimea Bay, he captured the attention and respect of the sport and helped spark a worldwide love affair with big wave surfing.

In the years to come, he would be hired as the North Shore’s first official life guard, and not a soul was lost to the sea during his seven years of service. No matter how dangerous the conditions, it became known that “Eddie would go.” By 1977, he had won the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, named for his personal hero, had his photo in Life magazine, and was ranked 12th in the surfing world.

Having satisfied his big wave goals, Eddie answered a personal calling to connect more deeply with his Hawaiian culture joining the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a. Hōkūle‘a set sail March 16, 1978, on what would be an ill-fated voyage from Hawai‘i to Tahiti. Capsized in rough seas, Eddie insisted upon paddling to Lāna‘i for help, some 19 miles away. Although the crew was later rescued, Eddie was never seen again.

His legacy is honored today through the world’s most famous big wave surf meet, The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, and The Eddie Aikau Foundation, established by the Aikau family in 2000, to support promising opportunities that reflect Eddie’s dreams through education, advocacy and philanthropy. www.EddieAikauFoundation.org.

For more information, about the Eddie Aikau Restaurant & Surf Museum visit EddieAikauRestaurants.com (coming soon) and find them on Facebook.

The 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) presented the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards today at the Hawaii Convention Center.

2011 HARA & Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

Musicians and family members began filling up the Hawaii Convention Center ballroom around 10:30 this morning.

Around 11:00 the President of HARA, Ku’uipo Kumukahi, welcomed the musicians and family members to the ceremony.

Kumukahi introduced the Mistress of the Ceremony Karen Keawehawai’i to the audience.

An opening Pule (Hawaiian for prayer) was said by the former HARA President.

Lunch consisted of beef brisket, chicken, steamed vegetables and rice with furikake.

After lunch was served the awards program and entertainment began by having Mihana Aluli Souza present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill “Tappy” Tapia who wasn’t present, but did send in a video of a recent show that he did on the Mainland.

Uncle Bill “Tappy” Tapia (born January 1, 1908) is an American musician, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, of Portuguese parents. At age 10, Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii.

In his long career beginning in Vaudeville and quickly expanding as a jazz guitarist and ukulele player he has performed with names such as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona.

The next lifetime achievement award was presented by President Kumukahi to Harriet Daisy Kawai’ala Ka’oionapuaopi’ilani Stevens-Poire.

Napua Stevens Poire (born Harriet Daisy Kawaiala Kao’ionapuapi’ilani Stevens, August 31, 1918 – January 7, 1990) was a well-known Hawaiian entertainer, singer, hula dancer, musician, teacher, radio-TV personality, producer and author. Noted for her hits such as “Beyond The Reef” and “Hawaiian Hospitality” in the late 1940s, she performed as a Hula dancer in the group The Coral Islanders in the 1950s and later embarked upon a successful media career as a radio DJ for her own show KTRG and presenting her own TV cooking show Napua’s Kitchen in the 1960s. She made two guest appearances in the popular series Hawaii Five-O and also presented the Aloha Week and Kamehameha Day hula shows.

The next Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ernest and Freddie Tavares and was presented by their niece Tasha Tavares.  His son Terry Tavares along with Alden Levi, Kenneth Makuakane and Alan Akaka put on a performane to honor Ernest and Freddie.


Freddie Tavares (1913 – 1990) was an American musician and inventor. Born in Hawaii, Tavares is perhaps best known for his role in designing the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender instruments and amplifiers, although he was a virtuoso on the steel guitar, playing on many hundreds of recording sessions, radio broadcasts and movie soundtracks. The signature steel guitar swoop at the beginning of every Warner Bros.Looney Tunes theatrical short was played by Tavares. His other credits include work with Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Sons of the Pioneers, “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Lawrence Welk, and Henry Mancini.

The next lifetime achievement award went to Jacqueline Leilani “Skylark” Rossetti for her extensive work in promoting Hawaiian Music.

You can check out a recent interview of Skylark with Leslie Wilcox here.

The final Lifetime Achievement Award went to the group Kalapana for their many years of great Hawaiian music.

They played a few songs for the audience that got everyone in the house grooving!

In 1973, childhood friends David John (DJ) Pratt and Carl James Malani Bilyeu auditioned at the Rainbow Villa for Cecilio & Kapono. Malani was soloing at the Oar House in Hawaii Kai and DJ was downstairs at Chuck’s in Sunlight with Kirk Thompson. They got together in DJ’s grandfather’s garage with Bryant Mackey Feary, another solo act, playing at the Oar House. They wrote songs, rehearsed, and at one point discussed the meaning of Kalapana. The literal translation of the word “Kalapana” is “sprouting money”. Kirk said the meaning was “beat of the music”, but he wanted “Dove” anyway. DJ thought it meant “Black Sand”. Regardless, they named themselves Kalapana, playing their first gig at Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai.

They became a regular band at a club called “The Toppe Ada Shoppe”. They opened concerts for Earth, Wind & Fire, Batdorf & Rodney, The Moody Blues, Sly & The Family Stone, and Cecilio & Kapono. They released their first, self-titled album, Kalapana, which included Jackie Kelso on sax and flute, Bill Perry on bass and Larry Brown on drums.

Kalapana performed a three–concert event at the Waikiki Shell during the span of June 25–27, 1976, where 25,000 people attended. In 1977, they helped select the entrants for the “Home Grown” album project.

Kalapana won several Nani Awards, the predecessor to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. They were nominated for four categories and received “Best Performance by a duo or group”, and “Best Male Vocalist” for Mackey, who had split from the group and joined Billy Kaui (Country Comfort).

The group reorganized to include Randy Aloya, replacing Mackey, who was pursuing a solo career, DJ, Malani, Kirk, Michael and Alvin. The reorganized group included Kimo Cornwell (formerly with Beowolf and later with Hiroshima) on keyboards, toured in Japan and released “Kalapana Live In Japan” (Sun Plaza), “Northbound”, and “Kalapana Alive at Yokohama”. DJ, as Kalapana, also released “Hold On” and a solo LP “Branded”.

In Hawaii, Mackey & Malani regrouped and recorded “Kalapana Live Reunion”, a concert at the Waikiki Shell. The group changed members over the next few years while each pursued solo and duo efforts.

For me the most touching part of the afternoon was when the only son and grandchild of Mackey Fearey took the stage and addressed the audience on behalf of his deceased father.

As usual you can click on the pictures below for a larger view and don’t forget to tune into KFVE tomorrow for the live broadcast of the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show.

Maui Police … Trying to Act Like “Big Brothers”

Last month, I blogged about Tommy Russo’s run in with Dog the Bounty Hunter and the Maui Police in my post Maui Police Rough Up MauiTimes Publisher Over Dog the Bounty Hunter Incident.

Well it turns out the Maui Police are really overstepping their boundaries and they have subpoenaed the IP addresses of folks that made comments on the MauiTimes website over a 24 hour period of time.

Larry Geller over at Disappeared News writes:

If the report of the original incident is accurate, Maui police are badly in need of an education. Generally, police may not prevent a citizen, whether a reporter, blogger, or ordinary shmo, from photographing them from a public vantage point as they go about their business (this is one of he issues in the MauiTime article which attracted the comment in question). They also may not gather IP addresses, which can be used to identify persons who access a website, on a whim. In our society, unfortunately, police are seldom held accountable when they themselves break the law.

There seem to be a few things Maui police need to learn about the first amendment at least. As a blogger I was glad to learn that MauiTime publisher Tommy Russo will fight the subpoena.

I have to say that if the police ever asked me to turn over the IP addresses of anyone whoever commented on my site I would tell em to go to hell!

Bloggers are protected in the State of Hawaii via the Journalism Shield laws and we do not have to cite our sources of information and/or turnover to police IP Addresses of folks that comment on our site.

The Hawaii Legislature has passed a two-year extension of a law protecting journalists from having to reveal sources or unpublished information in court….

…Hawaii’s journalist shield law is stronger than those in most other states because it also protects online bloggers.  Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have permanent shield laws.

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Festival – Friday Workshops

Today was the first day I was able to attend the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Festival and it was basically a workshop day today with some jam sessions at the end of the day.  Here are some of the things that happened today:

It started with a panel that featured Līhau & Kellen Paik, Shawn Pimental, and Brett Ortone discussing how to just basically “Get Started” in the industry.

At the same time in another room there was a Haku Mele Panel Featuring: Puakea Nogelmeier , Dennis Kamakahi, Moon Kaukahi, Julian Ako, and Keali`i Reichel

There were up to five separate workshops going on at anytime through out the day in different rooms of the convention center.

At 10:00 there was a workshop on Promoting and Marketing your CD via both traditional methods and via new media that was put on by John Aeto, Ryan Ozawa, and Mona Wood-Sword.

Puakea Nogelmeier, Jon Osorio, Kalehua Krug, Kainani Kahaunaele, abd  Moon Kaukahi led a Haku Mele Panel that focused on Visualization, the senses and inspiration.

Kaleo Trinidad leads a hula workshop presented by Kinetsu that was translated in to Japanese for the Japanese speaking folks in attendance:

Also ongoing at 10:00 was a presentation by Steve Grimes who has designed some of guitars for the industries biggest names. Those that understand how important the slack key guitar is to Hawaiian music can appreciate these fine guitars.

Yamaha was also on hand and they demonstrated some of their latest instruments as well.

I took a break for about an hour and a half and had lunch at the All you can eat Buffet Hello Kitty Restaurant Makittii where I loaded up on crab legs, roast beef, sushi, oysters… etc…

I can’t believe how inexpensive it was and I just have no idea how they can stay in business with these type of prices!