Mayor Kenoi Kicks Off the 2011 Big Island Film Festival

The 2011 Big Island Film Festival kicked off today with a VIP welcoming party for the filmmakers and stars that made their way to the Big Island this year.

This was the first time that Mayor Kenoi has opened the festival and it was good to see such a large turn out of people.

The opening was held at the Fairmont Orchid for the first couple hours for drinks and light pupus while people socialized and got to know each other

I was taking pictures up front… when all of a sudden someone tapped me on my shoulders and asked if I was Damon… I said yes… and the next thing I knew… I was talking to one of the FEATURED STARS of the festival… Kristina Anapau!  A few days ago she agreed to meet with me on Thursday (Tomorrow) for an interview!

I will be meeting with her tomorrow for a short interview… but in the meantime… I realized that no one in the place knew that she was in attendance so I asked her if she would be willing to meet Mayor Kenoi and she agreed!

Mayor Kenoi gave Kristina a bunch of compliments for representing the Big Island and I asked the two of them to come outside and take a few pictures together.

I like to think of these shots as “The Beauty and the Beast”  LOL!

After the reception was over, free screenings of movies happened over at The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Despite a minor technical difficulty… folks were able to view the shows on the screen under the stars and the weather stayed clear.

Festival Director Leo Sears apologized for the technical difficulty to the crowd while also introducing the stars to the general public.

The festival runs for the next four days and you can still purchase individual tickets at the Big Island Film Festival Website.

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Vehicle Registration Reminder Notices to Have a New Look

Media Release:

The Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division has announced that the Motor Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminder notices will be changing. Renewal notices are sent out up to 45 days prior to the expiration of a vehicle registration. Beginning in May, the forms that vehicle owners receive in the mail will have a different look.

The reminder notice received in the mail will include a portion that is to be returned to Motor Vehicle Registration with payment of the indicated amount due. However, return envelopes will no longer be included. Payment may be made by mail, in person at one of the Vehicle Registration offices, or on-line. There is a small convenience fee associated with on-line renewals.

The Motor Vehicle Registration offices are implementing new technology that allows clerks to print the registration card and emblem (sticker) for the license plate right at their teller windows. This new system will also initiate the new registration emblem (sticker) to be placed on the license plate. The new sticker will be printed at the time the registration is renewed, and the number on the new sticker will match the license plate number. This will make it very clear whether a current registration sticker belongs on a car or not.

Lee Lord, Manager of the Vehicle Registration and Licensing Division, stated, “This is a statewide initiative. We feel that it will decrease the number of stickers that are taken from cars illegally. This new system will increase the efficiency of the Motor Vehicle Registration operations because we will not have to store, inventory and account for pre-printed stickers. The ‘Point of Delivery’ printers at each clerk’s desk will make their job easier and increase the speed of transactions at the windows. Lastly, our cost for mailing reminders will decrease.”

Motor Vehicle Registration transactions may now be completed at:

In West Hawai‘i at: West Hawaii Civic Center

74-5044 Anekeohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

In Hilo at: 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 5, Hilo, HI 96720-4224

In Pahoa at: 15-2615 Keaau-Pahoa Road, Pahoa, HI 96778

And on-line at: (see the site for fees and requirements)

Specific information and contact phone numbers for Motor Vehicle Registration, Driver License and Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspection may be found on the county website at:

Old Registration

Wordless Wednesday – A Sig Zane Surfboard!

How cool is this long-board for sale at Sig Zane Designs!

A Sig Zane Long Board!

Click on this picture below to read more information on the history of this board.

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