Pahoa High and Intermediate Student Body Government Using Facebook as a Tool to Spread the Word

Last week I was scanning through my facebook wall when something that I hadn’t seen before popped up from a friends wall and that was the Pahoa High and Intermediate School Student Body Government page.

I spent about a decade working for the Department of Education and this is the first time I have ever seen a local school using a social media tool such as facebook to spread the word about what is going on.

I sent the following message to the administrator of the site:

I’m curious who runs this site. I really like the idea of it and would like to interview someone about it. Feel free to email me at damontucker @ (no spaces)

A little after I sent that I got an email inviting me to come meet the administrator of the site as well as the Student Activities Coordinator for the student government body today at 1:30.

Pahoa Student Body Government Executive Council Treasure Ruby Tidwell and Jewel Castro the Student Activities Coordinator

So today I got to meet Pahoa Student Body Government Executive Council Treasure Ruby Tidwell, who is one of the administrators of the Facebook site as well as Jewel Castro the Student Activities Coordinator and I sat down and talked with them about their Facebook site.

One of the first thing that Ruby explained to me was that the page was not an “official” Pahoa Page and it had been set up for about a year now and they have a disclaimer on the site which reads:

This is an unofficial page, and as such, the views and opinions expressed on this page do not necessarily reflect those of Student Body Government, or of our school.

Ruby stated that there were about 200 members on the group page and the majority of the population of the school was on Facebook in general.

When I asked Ms. Castro about if she had any reservations about setting up a facebook site for the Student Government she said she “was a bit hesitant at first but the students felt that it was a good way to get the word out because so many of the students spent hours on the site.”

Pahoa High and Intermediate Student Body Government

Ruby stated that the idea was her idea last year and that they got permission from the principle to do the site before they started it.  She said while it was her idea… she does plan on passing the site on to someone else after she graduates and they are currently teaching students to take over the reigns so to speak.

Ruby said that she is not the only admin of the site and there were other admins that helped with the site.

Some of the other administrators of the Pahoa Student Government Facebook page

When I asked if they had any problems on the site like cyber-bullying or anything like that they said they haven’t had any real problems and the only real thing they have had to deal with is the occasional advertising on the site… which can quickly be removed.

Ruby wanted to emphasize that while it’s associated with Pahoa High and Intermediate that it is not just relegated to students and that they post a lot of community related things on the site as well!

Ruby asks folks to check out the site at Pahoa High and Intermediate Student Body Government.  It is an open site and open to the public so check it out.

Kicking it on Facebook!

North Hawaii Hospice to Host First Annual Floating Lantern Ceremony

Media Release:

North Hawaii Hospice will host its first annual floating lantern ceremony to be held at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii on Sunday, August 28, from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  The ceremony, to be held at Coconut Grove at the AAA Four Diamond luxury resort, will include live music, hula, Taiko drummers and Hawaiian chanting and will be followed by a sunset lantern release into Pauoa Bay.

“This is truly a remarkable event.” shared Katherine W. Ciano, MHA, RN and Executive Director of North Hawaii Hospice.  “We are looking forward to partnering with The Fairmont Orchid in what we hope will be an annual event to honor and remember those who have passed.”

Lantern floating is an Asian spiritual tradition that symbolizes the wish for all beings to live in peaceful coexistence. As the lanterns are released onto the ocean they take with them our healing prayers to honor and remember those who have passed.

Admission is free, and floating lanterns for inscribing messages and decorating will be provided for a suggested donation of $10.00.  Food and beverage will be available for purchase, and complimentary self parking will be available.  Additional information may be found by calling North Hawaii Hospice at 808-885-7547 or online at


North Hawaii Hospice is a community based non-profit hospice organization that helps seriously ill patients and their loved ones maintain quality of life even at the end of life. North Hawaii Hospice provides compassionate, supportive care that focuses on comfort, dignity, and peace, and has been privileged to serve North Hawaii ’s families for over 25 years.


The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i on the Big Island is a AAA Four Diamond luxury destination resort on 32 oceanfront acres offering 538 guestrooms on the island’s northwestern coast.  Inspired by Culture, Well-Being and Genuine Aloha, The Fairmont Orchid’s facilities and services include the Hawaiian-inspired Spa Without Walls with 10 waterfall hale (hut) and 5 oceanside cabanas, authentically local daily beach and cultural activities, golf, tennis and water sports, year-round children’s program, six delectable restaurants and expansive indoor and outdoor meeting facilities all surrounded by service with Aloha.