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Treasure Hawaii Auction to Benefit Friends of the Future

Online auctions are great way to help raise money for local nonprofit organizations. You get a little in return while you give to a good cause. Participating in online auctions is easy. There’s no admission fee. As long as you visit the auction website before the electronic gavel falls, you can join the auction action whenever you want, wearing what ever you want. You can bid from anywhere with a computer with access to the Internet.

Handmade silk scarf, feather lei kamoe, koa box, and Hawaiian quilt wall hanging are among the items available in the Treasure Hawai`i online auction, a fundraiser for Friends of the Future

Friends of the Future, a Hawai`i Island nonprofit with more than 20 years of service to the community, is offering over 90 opportunities to bidders in the Treasure Hawai`i online auction. The auction is currently underway and accessible through their website, www.FOFHawaii.org. The Treasure Hawaii auction will close on Sunday, August 28, 2011, at 4:00 pm Hawai`i Standard Time.

Also available are family activities and exclusive opportunities such as golf at Hōkūlia`s private course, sail on the Makali`i, and tour of the Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope. Sponsored by Hawaii Forest and Trails, Crackseed, Etc, and Lava Rock Realty

Place your bids before the auction closes and help a Hawai`i Island nonprofit continue their work to perpetuate the essence of Hawai`i for the world’s benefit.  The Treasure Hawaii auction will close on Sunday, August 28, 2011, at 4:00 pm Hawai`i Standard Time.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on the Big Island – All Male Revue Show This Weekend

Here’s one for the ladies on the Big Island!  The First Annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun… “The Best Pacific Playboys All Male Revue” is happening this weekend at 100% Moxies Club Cafe.

All Male Review Show

UH Professor Awarded Nearly $1 Million Grant to Study Social Networks

UH Release:
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Information and Computer Sciences Associate Professor Scott Robertson has been awarded a four-year, $948,537 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the use of social networks and new media in political deliberation, voter decision-making, and civic participation.
Scott Robertson

Scott Robertson

Use of the Internet and social networking sites to get information about politics is increasing dramatically, especially among young people. It is important to understand what information people are getting from social software and how it influences their opinions and choices.

According to the project abstract on the National Science Foundation website, browsing political material is a direct way of acquiring knowledge about civic activities, the operations of government, and the issues of the day. This project examines a fast growing, but little understood new type of political participation: online information seeking, deliberation and decision making in the context of Web 2.0 technologies.

The funding will support two graduate students and a post-doctoral researcher. The team will study how people use social software to find information, measure how social information influences the understanding of traditional media, and observe how social information influences choices.

One part of the research will follow people through several election cycles and changes in technology. The team will also design better online searching, browsing and deliberation tools. Better tools in the area of digital politics, and insights into how they work, will broaden opportunities for civic participation in the 21st century, helping to bridge the digital divide.

Robertson serves as the director of the Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab at UH Mānoa.  He has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology (Cognitive Science specialization) from Yale University. His research interests include digital government, e-Democracy and e-participation, social computing, and natural language processing.

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Just for Kids Classes Begin at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus

Just for Kids

All classes are held at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in the Hale Ho’momana Educational Facility:  19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano Village.

Call (808) 967-8222 or e-mail: community@volcanoartcenter.org to register.

Ukulele for Life, with Patrick Inouye

Four Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20 & 27   with a performance on October 4.

3:00PM-3:45PM Ages 6-8

4:00PM-5:00PM Ages 9-13

No one is too young or too old to learn to play the ‘ukulele.  Learn a song on an ukulele at your first lesson.  Build your confidence and develop a lifelong skill.  Learn chord and strumming techniques from Patrick Inouye, who has over 50 years of experience.  An extension course will be offered in November to students wanting to build on their skills.  $40/$36 for VAC family members.  ‘Ukulele for Life is offered as a part of VAC’s Art Afterschool Program, funded in part by the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts.

Mommy and Me

Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 2011

Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

GROUP 1: Tumblers, Ages 18-23 Months       9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

GROUP 2: Rompers, Ages 2- 4yrs.                  10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Creative engagement and social time for very young keiki, including music, movement, and artistic activities in a hodgepodge of fun and learning through play. $6 per class or $25 for 5.

Volcano Rain Forest Art Camp: Autumn Harvest

Monday-Friday, October 3-7, 2011   9:00AM-4:00PM

Keiki and teens ages 6-14 are invited to participate in this one-week camp with Hawaiian culinary and cultural emphasis.  Activities include luau cooking class, traditional tool making, art and outdoor adventures, all culminating in an ‘ohana luau with food and performances by our creative keiki.  $165/$148.50 for VAC family members.  Partial financial aid available for those in need; applications due by September 21, 5:00pm.  To register, request a financial aid application or for more information: community@volcanoartcenter.org

Mexican Folk Art Days

Sundays in October: See Online Calendar for schedules and offerings.

Mask making, tissue flowers, collage altars and more… In honour of upcoming Dia de Los Muertos celebrations at East Hawaii Cultural Center and Volcano Art Center in November, individuals, families and children are invited to join in the creation of traditional art and craft projects.


November 1 – December 9, 2011       3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Creative engagement with professional artists, musicians and cultural practitioners for kids ages 6-13.  Classes include studio practice, outdoor fun and movement activities for a relaxed and balanced afterschool option for kids. See our “Menu for Creative Enrichment” for current offerings in ‘ukulele, painting, drawing, performance arts, ceramics and more…  Tuition is $60-$65 per 5 week class.

Performance Arts  with Tanya Aynessazian

5 Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 23, 30, and December 7    3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

This 5- week course introduces young performers Ages 10-14 to the art of using their voice, body and soul… not to mention the stage! Each session includes warm-ups, conceptual discussion, improvisation games, sketch comedy exercises, two 15-minute breaks and question/answer time. Students will actively participate in creating the class each week, building quick-thinking skills, characterization, comedy, movement and expressiveness.  Basic stage skills and focus on specific skills (i.e., projection, comedy writing, character development) per participant desire and need will be addressed weekly.  Learn to use your energy creatively, purposefully and work with others to create acts and skits each week!  $65/$58.50 for VAC family members.  VAC’s Art Afterschool Program is funded in part by the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.

Free Hazardous Household Waste Collection Scheduled for Wai‘ōhinu

The County of Hawai‘i has scheduled a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection event from 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at the Wai‘ōhinu Solid Waste Transfer Station.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management holds these free collection events to help residents conveniently dispose of acceptable HHW in a manner that protects both public health and the environment.

This event is for household generated and self-hauled waste only.  No business or farm wastes allowed, and no electronic waste will be accepted.

Some acceptable HHW are automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides.  There will also be a concurrent latex paint reuse collection/exchange during this event.

For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable HHW, please visit our website www.hawaiizerowaste.org. The website includes other useful information on solid waste diversion and recycling.

The next HHW Collection Events will be on December 3, 2011in Hilo and December 10, 2011 in Kailua-Kona.

Please direct your comments or questions regarding these HHW Collection Events to Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist with the Department of Environmental Management at 961-8554 or email to recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us.

East Hawaii Officer of the Month – Erhard Autrata

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Erhard Autrata on Thursday (August 25) as “Officer of the Month” for August. It was Autrata’s second such award this year.

Officer Erhard Autrata

Aloha Exchange President Dale Tokuuke presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Officer Erhard Autrata

The Hilo patrol officer was honored for what his supervisor described as his “continued commitment and dedication” to arresting drunk drivers.

In 2010, Officer Autrata made 59 DUI arrests—more than any other patrol officer in the Police Department. Autrata has already surpassed that with 63 DUI arrests for the first half of this year, said Lieutenant Robert Fujitake, who nominated Autrata for the award. In May, Autrata made 30 DUI arrests, “topping his last record of 18 DUI arrests in February 2011,” said Fujitake, who also commended Autrata for his outstanding work ethic.

Autrata was “Officer of the Month” in May and was recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his DUI arrests in 2010. As “Officer of the Month,” he is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.

State Of Hawaii Sued For Second Amendment Violations

Honolulu Police Chief And State Of Hawaii Sued For Second Amendment Violations

The Hawaii Defense Foundation’s founding director and president, Christopher Baker, has filed a lawsuit against Honolulu Chief of Police Louis Kealoha, the Honolulu Police Department, the City and County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii, and Governor Neil Abercrombie in connection with civil rights violations of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.

The complaint filed in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii by attorneys Richard Holcomb, Alan Beck, and Kevin O’Grady alleges that Hawaii’s license to carry statute and various other firearm regulations are unconstitutional.

State law mandates that citizens may be provided licenses to carry only in “exceptional circumstance” or “where a need or urgency has been sufficiently indicated,” all at the discretion of the county’s Chief of Police.

The complaint asserts that this language violates the Second Amendment, which secures the right of all responsible, law-abiding citizens to bear arms for the purpose of self-defense. Additionally, the complaint also addresses the use of non-lethal tools for self-defense such as electric guns, which are banned in in Hawaii.

“The Second Amendment protects the right to self-defense. Everyday around the islands good people are robbed, assaulted, raped, or in the worst cases murdered. It’s simply a matter of physics, the Police can’t be everywhere to stop criminals from committing violent acts. We must be allowed to carry the tools that give us a chance to protect ourselves from harm,” says Chris Baker.

“We want criminals to have to think about the consequences of attacking someone,” he continued, “but right now, nothing serves as a deterrent to them – the odds are in their favor.”

Hawaii Defense Foundation (www.TheHDF.org) is a domestic not-for-profit corporation based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Foundation serves the community by providing various services, such as: legal defense of civil rights, educational courses on firearm safety, self-defense training, and life saving techniques – such as first aid and CPR. The Foundation has many supporters and members across the State of Hawaii.

If you would like to show your support or are looking for additional information please contact the Foundation’s Secretary, Erica Castillo, at (808) 664-1827 or info(at)hawaiidefensefoundation.org.

The Green in Pahoa TONIGHT… U.S. Tour Dates Released

It’s going down in Pahoa Town! Friday September 2nd  TONIGHT at the Historic Akebono Theater…The Green!!

Akebono Theater in Pahoa, Hawaii

Akebono Theater in Pahoa, Hawaii

Can You Hear them Coming? Back on the Big Island and Ready to Rock w/ Special Guests Damon Williams, Mano Ali’i and Rudeboy Defender Sound. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EPIC REGGAE RAGER YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!


In less than a year the scene-shaking reggae band The Green has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting new Reggae artists from the US. Both critics and fans quickly took hold of their youth-infused modern roots reggae sound.  Their self-titled debut album was named “Best Reggae Album” of 2010 by iTunes and hit Billboard’s 2010 Year-End Reggae Chart by selling over 20,000 copies and counting.

The Green

The Green after winning the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best Reggae Album

The band is following up with their sophomore album entitled Ways & Means, set to be released on October 25th on one of the leading reggae labels – Easy Star Records. The label is home to some of the most accomplished and progressive reggae artists, including the Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown’s Body, Cas Haley, The Black Seeds, Ticklah, Tommy T, The Meditations, and more.

The Green - Love and Affection

The Green - Love and Affection

The Green consists of singer Caleb Keolanui, singer-guitarist JP Kennedy, singer-keyboardist Ikaika Antone, and singer-guitarist Zion Thompson. The four members of The Green take pride in the pop-burnished roots reggae style they’ve cooked up—edgy enough to make tastemakers sit up and take notice, yet accessible to all ages. Four distinct voices, four sharp songwriting talents, masterful musicianship, and monster grooves add up to one exceptional band with an unforgettable sound.

The Green

The Green

With songs contributed by all four core members, a strong shot of assistance from touring bassist/producer Brad Watanabe and touring drummer/producer Leslie Ludiazo, and the mixing skills of Danny Kalb (Ben Harper), Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Jim Fox (Rebelution, SOJA, Israel Vibration), and Matthew Honda, the message of Ways & Means boils down to bringing people together and respecting all people for who they are, whether it’s through a love song like the title track, a spiritual like “Jah Love,” or a paean to perseverance like “Keep On” on which all four songwriters collaborated.

The Green

The Green warms up for the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards show

On Ways & Means the band also interjects doses of R&B, Soul, and Pop, making them an accessible listen to fans outside of reggae circles without diluting their roots. Though The Green is an important player in the new wave of homegrown reggae artists, they stand out with their ability to play both classic roots and modern dancehall, their vocal harmonies recalling reggae’s golden age, and their four distinct songwriting and singing voices.

The Green

Zion checking out the lighting

With their upcoming extensive US tour kicking off in October, The Green is poised to break out on a national level. Don’t miss them at a city near you!

The Green – Ways & Means – US Tour Dates:

 Fri/Oct-07 – Las Vegas, NV – Pure Aloha Festival

Sat/Oct-08 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones

Wed/Oct-12 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

Fri/Oct-14 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre

Sat/Oct-15 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

Sun/Oct-16 – Paonia, CO – The Paradise Theatre

Tue/Oct-18 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vertigo

Wed/Oct-19 – Boise, ID – The Reef

Fri/Oct-21 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

Sat/Oct-22 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Sun/Oct-23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

Mon/Oct-24 – Bend, OR – Domino Room

Wed/Oct-26 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium

Thu/Oct-27 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s

Fri/Oct-28 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

Sat/Oct-29 – Santa Ana, CA – Yost Theatre

Tue/Nov-01 – Dallas, TX – HOB Cambridge

Wed/Nov-02 – Austin, TX – Antone’s

Thu/Nov-03 – New Orleans, LA – HOB Parish

Fri/Nov-04 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco

Sat/Nov-05 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Hell Stage

Sun/Nov-06 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

Tue/Nov-08 – Orlando, FL – The Social

Wed/Nov-09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

Thu/Nov-10 – Vero Beach, FL – Filthy McNasty’s

Fri/Nov-11 – Satellite Beach, FL – Sports Page

Sat/Nov-12 – Charleston, SC – Pour House

Sun/Nov-13 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre

Tue/Nov-15 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

Wed/Nov-16 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Thu/Nov-17 – West Chester, PA – The Note

Fri/Nov-18 – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10

Sat/Nov-19 – Cambridge (Boston), MA – Middle East

Sun/Nov-20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

Mon/Nov-21 – Clifton Park (Albany), NY – Northern Lights

Wed/Nov-23 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall