Paradise Roller Girls to Present First Ever Derby Double Header!

Media Release:

It’s a Midsummer Night Scream in Hilo! Hawaii Island’s Paradise Roller Girls are hosting Seattle’s Rat City Roller Girls’ Sockit Wenches

The Socket Winches out of Seattle

and Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby all-stars, the Hulagans, in a derby double-header.

Oahu’s Pacific Roller Derby all-stars, the Hulagans

The event is scheduled for Sat., Aug. 13 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the first bout starts at 5 p.m. with the Hulagans vs. the Sockit Wenches, followed by Paradise Roller Girls’ newly-named all-stars, the Hawaiian Honey Badgers vs. the Sockit Wenches.

Tickets are available now at www.paradiserollergirls.com or from your favorite derby girl. Other outlets include CD Wizard, Mountain View Village Video, Akmal’s Indian Food, Kalapana Village Cafe, Jungle Love and at the door the day of the event. Pre-sale ticket price is $10, $15 at the door. Selling out is anticipated so get your tickets early! Children two and under are free. Please, no strollers, coolers or beverage containers; concessions will be available inside.

Aug. 13 will also debut PRG’s all-new Junior Roller Derby team, the Big Island Babes, with a scrimmage between the bouts. With 35 girls ranging from 8 to 17 years old, the Big Island Babes Junior Derby started June 6 of this year.

Double the bouts means double the half-time contests! The first bout half-time contest is Derby Girl Dress-Up where audience teams scramble to dress their friend in protective gear and accessories. Once dressed, the first “derby girl” to finish a lap around the track wins.

The second bout will feature Paradise Roller Girls’ favorite contest – the Superfan Costume Contest. Come dressed to impress in your best derby fan outfit! Our lovely half-time emcees OxyJen and Bam Boo Hoo will prowl the crowd looking for the best costumes to feature in the contest, so make sure to strut your stuff before the bout starts. Great prizes, including a family four-pack, eight-line zipline adventure from Honoli‘i Mountain Outpost.

PRG is donating $1 from every ticket sold for the Aug. 13 event to the Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition. Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition works directly with the non-profit organization Big Island Resource Conservation and Development to accept tax deductible donations. The Coalition is currently working towards their financial benchmark of $100,000 to secure a vacant lot within the Hilo Ho‘olulu Complex for construction of the Hilo Skate Plaza. Once constructed, the Hilo Skate Plaza will provide a safe environment for a variety of recreational activities.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. PRG membership is island-wide with teams in Kona and Hilo.

Sponsors of the Midsummer Night Scream include WillKill Termites & Pests, Aloha Coast Realty, KapohoKine Adventures, Kona Marine Supply, Law Offices of Steven Strauss, Sin City Skates, Coldwell Banker Day-Lum and Curly Pinky Designs.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action packed entertainment and family fun. For more information and to meet the PRG, check out www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Star Elbert “Tree” Gordon and The Global Legends to Play on the Big Island

The founder of the The Global Legends, Elbert “Tree” Gordon, is committed to inspiring the youth,  The former Harlem Globetrotter is bringing The Global Legends for some basketball clinics and a couple games in both Hilo and Kona.

Some of the proceeds from the basketball games will be going to the Lawakua Nui program which is a life skills and motivational training camp for youth here on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Global Legend leaders will provide activities that are fun, educational, fighting child obesity, and provide a model for healthy living. 

Elbert “Tree” Gordon brings solid experience, determination, and love for the youth. He is committed to making a lasting difference from state to state and community to community.

County of Hawaii Reaches Furlough Agreement With HGEA

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County of Hawai`i Mayor Billy Kenoi today announced a new two-year agreement with the Hawai`i Government Employees Association that continues a limited county furlough program to save an estimated $2.1 million per year.

The agreement calls for HGEA members to accept furloughs of one day per month for the two-year period that began July 1, 2011. That equates to a pay reduction of 4.615 percent from pay levels in effect before furloughs first took effect last year.

HGEA members accepted two furlough days per month during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011.

The new, scaled-back furlough program will better serve the public by allowing county facilities to remain open more days this year, Mayor Kenoi said.

“This is a fair agreement that reduces costs and prepares us for the uncertainties ahead,” Mayor Kenoi said. “It is a part of a larger effort to move the county to more solid financial ground, and to position us for the future.”

The new agreement with HGEA retains the existing 60-40 employer-employee health insurance premium cost split, Mayor Kenoi said.

“This agreement carefully balances the interests of both the public and public employees,” Mayor Kenoi said. “We are asking public workers to pay more each year as health insurance premiums increase, and that burden weighs most heavily on our lowest paid employees. This agreement strikes a fair balance on health care costs.”

Under the new agreement, the county will impose the first furlough day of the new fiscal year on Friday, July 29. Starting in August, the furlough days will be imposed on the first Friday of each month for the rest of this fiscal year, and will continue in fiscal 2012-13.

Wicky Wacky Hukilau Hula Luau – Huggo’s Wahine Tournament Looking for Wahine

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The Sixteenth Annual Huggo’s Wahine Tournament is set for Saturday, July 30th. Hawaii’s only all-women tournament is looking for wahine (women) anglers for its legendary tournament of fun, sun and of course, great fishing along the Kona coast. Entry fee is $400 per team and includes 4 anglers, captain and crew aboard some of Kona’s legendary charter boat fleet.

This year’s tournament is themed “Wicky Wacky Hukilau Hula Luau.” Huggo’s Wahine Tournament anglers and teams are encouraged to don the most outlandish, vintage or contemporary hula luau attire and get ready to hula!

The Tournament is held annually as a fundraiser for non-profit community organizations, this year the Family Support Services of West Hawaii will benefit. This event has a special camaraderie among the all-women teams and this worthwhile community organization. Over the past years more than $97,000.00 has been donated to charity.

Huggo’s Wahine Tournament teams compete for cash and prizes with the team scoring the most points during Saturday’s tournament taking home the bragging rights and great prizes. The tournament gives valuable scoreboard points for Pacific Blue marlin tagged and released under 300 pounds and points for fish boated over 300 pounds.

Entry forms are available for the first 75 teams. Interested wahine can pick up entry forms at Huggo’s Restaurant, The Charter Desk at Honokohau Harbor and Pacific Rim Fishing Supplies. Kona has boated some very large fish this year, and we expect some red HOT fishing action for the ladies!

“The Huggo’s Wahine Tournament is one of the largest ladies fishing tournament in the world,” angler Sue Vermillion says, “The volunteers have so much fun planning the tournament, and the proceeds go to such a good cause, it’s a win-win event for everybody involved.”

The tournament briefing will be held at Huggo’s “On the Rocks” bar on Friday July 29th starting at 6:00 pm.  The full day of fishing starts Saturday July 30th at 8:00 am, from Kailua Bay. The weigh-ins will be held at the Fuel Dock/ Charter Desk located at Honokohau Harbor at 4:00 pm after the call of stop fishing. The public is welcome to attend the weigh-ins.  The Awards Banquet will be held at Huggo’s “On the Rocks” bar on Sunday July 31 at 6:00 pm.

Team entries are limited.  Hurry, entry forms are due no later than July 28. Entry forms can be down loaded at www.huggos.com or picked up at Huggo’s Restaurant, Pacific Rim Fishing Tackle, The Charter Desk located at Honokohau Harbor.

For more information call 329-2840 or log on to huggos.com 

Royal Australian Navy Fires Missile Off Coast of Kauai

Here is a photo that the U.S. Pacific Fleet has released on their facebook site of the missile that was fired from an Royal Australian Navy Ship a few weeks ago off the coast of Kauai.

(Official Royal Australian Navy photo)

KAUAI COUNTY, Hawaii (June 20, 2011) A Standard Missile (SM 2) is fired from the Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Sydney (FFG 3) during a live-fire exercise near the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of Hawaii. Sydney was on a Mid Pacific (MIDPAC) deployment to test and evaluate the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade. (Official Royal Australian Navy photo)

Pahoa’s Own Majesty

I saw this car parked last week at the Pahoa Post Office and I was quite impressed with it.

Interesting license plate… Your Majesty.