Island Skydiving Completes Exploratory Jumps at Upolu Airport on the Big Island

Island Skydiving, LLC has successfully completed exploratory skydives at Upolu Airport over the prior two weekends. A request has been sent to Mr. Wong Yuen, Manager, Kona International Airport, State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation, Airport’s Division for permission to begin daily skydiving operations at Upolu Airport beginning September 1, 2011.

Jujmping over the Upolu Airport

Island Skydiving, LLC is managed by Mr. Frank Hinshaw, who has extensive experience in operating skydiving activities at Skydive Hawaii. Tandem skydiving is the safest and easiest method to experience skydiving, and has become a favorite among both tourists and the local residents on Oahu. Tandem instructors are licensed by the United States Parachute Association and the parachute equipment is manufactured and maintained according to FAA regulations.

Frank T.K. Hinshaw and Frank Hinshaw

The company plans are to begin tandem skydiving at Upolu Airport when permission is granted. Operational hours will be limited due to the wind and other weather conditions. Tandem skydiving reservations are being planned for the hours of 6:00AM to 10:00AM daily, as wind conditions are most favorable for tandem skydiving during that period.

Due to the limited hours of operation the price for a tandem skydive is tentatively priced around $325 per person. The company has set a goal of 1,000 tandem customers in the first year of operation.

The company plans to have 2 full-time tandem staff when operations are started. At least two additional local jobs are expected to also be created by the company directly from these planned operations. Tandem skydiving should be a good compliment to the other outdoor recreational activities presently available and another opportunity for tourists to shop at other existing businesses in the greater Kohala community.

A successful landing at Upolu Airport

For more information, contact Frank Hinshaw at 808 637-4121.

Hawaii Tops Gallup Polls Again for Wellbeing

Gallup Released it’s 2011 States Wellbeing List and Hawaii top the list again:

Americans in Hawaii continued to set the national standard in wellbeing in the first half of 2011, followed closely by North Dakota. West Virginia and Kentucky maintained their status as the states with the lowest wellbeing. Nebraska, which showed the biggest gains in wellbeing rank from 2009 (25th) to 2010 (10th), continued to move up, landing in the top five.

Top 10 States, Wellbeing, January-June 2011

These state-level data, from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, are meant to provide a preliminary reading on the wellbeing of U.S. states in anticipation of the complete 2011 rankings, to be released early next year.

The Well-Being Index score for the nation and for each state is an average of six sub-indexes, which individually examine life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors, and access to basic necessities. The January through June 2011 aggregate includes more than 177,000 interviews conducted among national adults, aged 18 and older.

The midyear Well-Being Index score for the country so far in 2011 is 66.4, a slight decline from 66.8 for all of 2010. The Well-Being Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100, where a score of 100 would represent ideal wellbeing. Well-Being Index scores among states vary by a range of 8.7 points.

Southern States Continue to Struggle With Low Wellbeing

More states in the South than anywhere else in the country have wellbeing scores in the lower range, as has been true in the past. Eight of the bottom 11 states in wellbeing (Missouri is classified as a Midwestern state) are Southern states.

Many Western states, in contrast, thrive in wellbeing, with four out of the top seven Hawaii, Alaska, Colorado, and Utah located in that region of the country. Five Midwestern states — North Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa — are also in the top 12, as are three Eastern states: New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maryland.

More Here: Hawaii Continues to Lead in Well Being...

Fall Fashion Show Presented by Queens’ MarketPlace & Maximum Capacity

To wrap up summer and ramp up the school year, Queens’ MarketPlace and Maximum Capacity have teamed up for a fun Fall Fashion Show on Monday September 5 at 4:30 p.m.  A splashy variety of children’s, women’s and men’s apparel, accessories, shoes, shades and sportswear will be in the spotlight, from numerous Queens’ MarketPlace award-winning retailers.

Fashion Show

Featured fashions include contemporary looks from Persimmon (voted Best Clothing Store in North Hawaii by readers of North Hawaii News), aloha wear for all ages by Blue Ginger Family, Exclusive Designs and Reyn’s, the latest board shorts, swimsuits and beach “musts” from Pac Sun, Local Motion and Quiksilver—accessorized with great gear from BikeWorks Beach and Sports, Blue Wilderness and Ocean Sports (Best Snorkel Cruise/Sunset Sail).  Sunglass Hut adds cool shades for every lifestyle and pastime; and fun props, toys and gifts from Local Lizard and Friends, Island Gourmet Markets and Giggles (Best Toy Store) make it fun.

The first 200 registered attendees will receive a free Queens’ MarketPlace tote bag, filled with merchant specials. (Registration takes place on-site.)

Partner organization Maximum Capacity, run by Big Island residents Jon Sabati and Lilinoi Grace, is a free program that helps people of all ages develop fundamental skills and confidence to maximize their ultimate potential for success. By providing free workshops, Maximum Capacity encourages participants to explore their interest in careers and education, and to reach their goals.  The Fall Fashion show is a fun way to showcase their Media Arts group’s production and modeling talents, in style.

Recently voted “Best Shopping Center in North Hawaii,” Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama’āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast.”  Filled with shopping opportunities, services and great food, Queens’ MarketPlace also offers free entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and contemporary concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.

For more information visit or call 886-8822.

Childrens Peace Poster Exhibit at Wailoa Art and Cultural Center

The Wailoa Art & Cultural Center in Hilo will open a colorful new exhibit of creative children’s Peace Posters on Friday, September 2, in its Fountain Gallery.  Selected from hundreds of entries from previous years, the collection is provided by the Peace Committee of Honokaa Honpa Hongwanji as an outreach for their annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace (taking place this year on Sunday, September 18).

An opening reception on September 2 kicks off the exhibit, from 5-7 p.m.  The public is invited to come and enjoy the children’s posters and meet some of the artists and their families.  Afterwards, their work will be on display from September 2-29, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 4:30 p.m.  Admission is free. (For additional information about the Center please call 933-0416 or email

This year’s 2011 Peace Poster Contest welcomes entries from students in grades kindergarten through 12, willing to take time to express their thoughts on the theme “Peace means…” by Friday, September 9, 2011. The contest is free to enter, and cash prizes are awarded to the winners in several categories.  Detailed information is available at:

On Sunday, September 18, the Peace Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Honokaa High School and down Mamane Street.  A “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment with a message, the parade features taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula and more.

Concurrently, a Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honokaa Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.

The Peace Committee is also planning its first ever 5K “Peace Run,” (Details coming soon to, support programs for the Carteret Atoll education projects, and other peace-related events continuing throughout the month of September.

On Thursday, September 22, the Sakura Ensemble will perform a concert of peace music at Honokaa Library at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (Tourism Division) CPEP and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii.

For more information visit or email

Big Island Police Searching for 69-year-old Hilo Man Reported Missing

8/23/11 UPDATE: Big Island police have located 69-year-old Robert Johns, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed in Hilo on Monday (August 22).

Big Island police are searching for a 69-year-old Hilo man reported as missing.

Robert Johns

Robert Johns was last seen in Hilo on Saturday morning (August 20). He has a medical condition that requires medication.

Johns is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-11, 145 pounds with a thin build and a tan complexion. He has short white hair and brown eyes. He is possibly operating an older-model black Toyota pickup truck and may have two dogs with him.

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.