Red Bull Minor Threat – Bruce Irons Surfing With a Flare

Bonus round of the Red Bull Minor Threat as Bruce Irons breaks out the stops and flares up in Indo.

Red Bull Minor Threat pairs 4 veteran, elite surfers along with 4 junior surfers on remote surf breaks in the Mentawai Islands. Based on the Indies Traver IV boat, both young and old push one another to progress their skill level in surfing. Join Bruce Irons, Kolohe Andino, Jamie O’Brien and more as they explore the Mentawais and conquer its high performance waves.


For Red Bull Minor Threat, four surfing pros and four surfing rookies were pitted against one another with the objection of creating a higher level of surfing at the famous waves at the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Enjoy Bruce Irons, Kolohe Andino, Ian Walsh, Evan Geiselman and the others surfing this divine spot in the first episode and then stay tuned for more.

Governor Abercrombie and Secretary Donovan Reaffirm Commitment to Improve Hawai’i Public Housing

Governor Neil Abercrombie and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan this afternoon spent over two hours meeting with management and residents at Mayor Wright and Palolo Valley Homes.

Mayor Wright Homes is a 364-unit development owned and managed by Hawai’i Public Housing Authority. Earlier this year, under Governor Abercrombie’s directive, hot water was restored to residents in Mayor Wright Homes.  The Abercrombie Administration is seeking partnerships to aid in other repair and maintenance at Mayor Wright Homes as well as other public housing properties across the state.
Governor Abercrombie at Mayor Wrights Housing

Click for pictures from Governor Abercrombies visit at Mayor Wrights Housing and Palolo Housing

“We have a comprehensive housing policy in Hawai’i that includes repairing and building public housing units where people feel safe in their community and proud of their home,” Governor Abercrombie said. “Secretary Donovan offered his full support for Hawai’i and he expressed his enthusiasm for our efforts to coordinate the public and private sectors to nurture vibrant, affordable communities across the islands.”

Palolo Valley Homes is a 300-unit housing development for low-income families.   HUD provided a $1.7 million grant to Palolo Valley Homes to build its Learning Center.  Additional funding came from development partners Kapiolani Community College, University of Hawai’i, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and the City and County of Honolulu.

The Learning Center opened in December 2010 and features a state of the art computer lab with more than 30 computers in an air-conditioned room, a video production lab, and interactive software.  Amenities include a kitchen, children’s play area, health exam room and a large screen television.

Secretary Donovan praised the renovations that have occurred at Palolo Valley Housing.  “I will go back to Washington D.C. inspired by your example,” he said.  “We want innovative techniques in bringing non-profit and private partners to the table to make a community truly a home to its residents.”

“We must be creative and we must be bold,” Secretary Donovan added. “It is an inspiration for me to witness this remarkable transformation that all of you have helped to make happen.”

Secretary Donovan also noted that reshaping public housing builds communities and creates jobs.

Prior to meeting with Secretary Donovan, Governor Abercrombie spent the morning chairing the first meeting of the Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness.  The council, which is tasked with the goal of implementing solutions to address homelessness in Hawai’i, is comprised of 24 members from state departments, federal agencies, and community organizations and the State Legislature.

During his visit in Hawai’i, Secretary Donovan recently remarked that “by connecting housing with supportive services, communities across the country have reduced the number of chronically homeless people by more than a third inside of five years — all while saving money for the taxpayer.”

Governor Abercrombie said, “We can thank Secretary Donovan and President Obama for being partners with us.  This is just the beginning to ensure that everyone is housed and to build stronger communities.”

Should Welfare Recipients Be Required to Take Drug Tests… The Poll

There has been a lot of discussion in the news about whether welfare recipients should be required to take drug tests before receiving government benefits.

There are a lot of folks on welfare here in Hawaii… so I ask  the following question:

Should welfare recipients be required to take drug tests?

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Senator Inouye to Tour Highway and Interpretive Center on the Big Island Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye will tour portions of the $32 million Ane Keohokalole Highway and the adjoining cultural interpretive center Wednesday, Aug. 31 starting at 4 p.m. Participants will gather at Kamakaheha Avenue.

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye

The $1 million interpretive center focuses on the culture of the ahupua‘a of Keahuolu through a 16th century farm, or kauhale. The center will also be a repository for artifacts found in the area, and offer a resting place for Native Hawaiian remains. The interpretive center in this culturally rich area is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and was designed by Kari Kimura, a Kona native who attended MIT. The center helps perpetuate assets of the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, which is mandated to oversee the welfare of orphaned and destitute children.

Construction of the Ane Keohokalole Highway is on time and on budget as the contractor nears the paving phase of this project. Underground utilities are essentially completed and sidewalks are about halfway completed. The roadway is graded, and paving should start in early December. Paving is expected to last about eight weeks.

Landscaping has started, along with efforts to protect a dryland forest. Biologists are already propagating native Hawaiian plants to replace those taken in the construction.

Councilmember Brittany Smart on the Upcoming Workshops on Proposed Building Code Changes

Council Member Brittany Smart

Council Member Brittany Smart

Aloha Friends,

Here is information on a few upcoming workshops on the proposed building code changes:

County staff from the Building Department will explain and clarify proposed changes to the Hawai`i County Building Code at two workshops next month.

Bill 270, Draft 3, would change the Building Code by adopting the 2006 International Building Code (2006 IBC), along with a number of state and county amendments.

The county is required by state law to adopt a building code using model codes and standards, such as the 2006 IBC, no later than two years after the adoption of the state building code.  The state building code was adopted in 2010, and adoption of Bill 270 will bring the county into compliance with the state law.

The workshops will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Community Meeting Hale  in Kailua-Kona from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Wednesday Sept. 7 at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


To view a copy of Bill 270, Draft 3, go to

To view a copy of the current Hawaii County Code, Chapter 5, relating to building, go to

To view a free copy of the International Code go to  and

Office of Hawai’i County Councilmember Brittany Smart
District 6 – Upper Puna, Ka’u, South Kona
25 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8536

The Hawaii Breadfruit Festival Coming Up Next Month

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden are presenting the Breadfruit Festival

Breadfruit Festival

Dr. Diane Ragone of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden will be one of the expert speakers at the Breadfruit Festival. Photo credit: Jim Wiseman

Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. The Breadfruit Festival celebrates the rich culture of breadfruit (‘ulu) in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, raises awareness about the importance of breadfruit for food security and gives the people an opportunity to taste many delicious ways that breadfruit can be prepared. On the day of the Festival, the Garden will also be dedicating its new visitor center at 12:00 noon. The Festival and dedication are free and open to the public.

Breadfruit-inspired food will highlight the festivities. Chefs Olelo pa‘a Faith Ogawa of Glow Hawaii and Scott Lutey, Executive Chef of the Eddie Aikau Restaurant and Museum will be demonstrating how to make various delicious breadfruit dishes and giving out samples to taste. A local food buffet featuring breadfruit will be presented by Chef Betty Saiki and the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program. Members of the public are invited to enter the Breadfruit Cooking Contest with their own favorite recipes. Open to all Hawai‘i Island residents, Cooking Contest prizes will be awarded in the categories of Appetizer, Soup/Salad/Side Dish, Main Dish/Entrée, Dessert, Best of Show and Healthiest Choice. Celebrity Chefs Mark Tsuchiyama of Hualalai Resort, Jacqueline Lau of Roy’s Restaurants, and Olelo pa‘a Faith Ogawa will be joined by food writer Sonia R. Martinez and KITV weekend anchor Pamela Young to judge the Cooking Contest.

Jerry Konanui pound breadfruit into "breadfruit poi"

Mahi‘ai and educator Jerry Konanui pounds ‘ulu poi at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden. ‘Ulumaika, woodworking, quilting, tapa making, 'ulu poi and talks by Hawaiian cultural experts will be some of the cultural activities at the Breadfruit Festival. Photo credit: Craig Elevitch

The Breadfruit Festival will feature many Hawaiian and Pacific Islander cultural activities, including: Mahi‘ai and educator Jerry Konanui will lead a hands-on workshop in the art of preparing ‘ulu poi. Hawaiian cultural expert Wesley Sen will be demonstrating how to make tapa from ‘ulu bark. ‘Ohana of the late Micronesian navigator Mau Piailug will share ‘ulu preparation techniques from their home island of Satawal. Master artisan Keoni Turalde will be carving a Hawaiian pahu (drum) from ‘ulu wood. Cultural experts Ryan McCormack of Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School and others will be giving talks on the culture, history and mythology of ‘ulu in Hawai‘i. Other cultural activities include ‘ulumaika, lei making, and quilting featuring ‘ulu motifs.

Workshops on breadfruit propagation, tree care and maintenance, economic opportunities and other topics will be given by experts Dr. Diane Ragone and Ian Cole of the Breadfruit Institute. An art exhibit will feature breadfruit-inspired works from the Festival fine art and youth art contests. ‘Ma‘afala’ (Samoan) and Hawaiian varieties of breadfruit trees will be available for sale.

Dr. Diane Ragone

Learning to cook breadfruit will be one of the Breadfruit Festival activities. Olelo Pa'a Faith Ogawa and other celebrity chefs will be demonstrating how to make gourmet dishes from breadfruit. The public can compete in the Breadfruit Cooking Contest to win prizes. Photo credit: Angela Tillson, Courtesy of the Breadfruit Institute

In the week leading up to the Breadfruit Festival, the Keauhou Resort will celebrate the “Taste of ‘Ulu” by featuring gourmet dishes in its resort restaurants and at the Keauhou Farmers Market.

The Breadfruit Festival is sponsored by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program. Other sponsors include Kamehameha Schools, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Keauhou Resort, Ke Ola Magazine, Ho‘oulu Lāhui, Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School, West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program, Big Island Resource Conservation and Development, Glow Hawai‘i, Kona ‘Ulu, Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers, Sonia R. Martinez, ‘Āpono Hawai‘i and dozens of individual “Breadfruit—Traditional Roots and Modern Fruits” campaign supporters.

Learn more about the Breadfruit Festival by visiting

The Breadfruit Festival is a program of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit, a project of Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden to revitalize ‘ulu as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food that addresses Hawai‘i’s food security issues.

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Lifeplan Back To School Hip Hop Bash

Breaking back to school stress starts with a Hip Hop Bash on Saturday, September 3, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  The high-energy night includes a Hip Hop class with Alayna from 6:30-7:30, followed by an open dance with DJ Chad, Xbox games, snacks and cold drinks, at Waimea Community Center (between the ball fields and Isaacs Art Center).  Admission is $3 at the door and all students 12-19 years old are welcome.

Life Plan HawaiiThe “no alcohol, no drugs, no drama” event is presented by the participants of Lifeplan Institute Hawaii Island (LIHI) Youth Leadership Team.  A project of Five Mountains Hawaii, LIHI is an innovative mentoring program for youth ages 12-19.  Last year, LIHI trained 60 adult mentors, who have since worked enthusiastically towards establishing a full-fledged program in Hawaii County.  The Back 2 School Hip Hop Bash is also a way to help young people learn what goes into planning and carrying out a community event.

“This kind of project teaches leadership,” said Kei-Lin Cerf, Lifeplan Mentor and Executive Director of the Hualalai ‘Ohana Foundation,  “We often hear that there’s ‘nothing to do.’  And this can help our students start to understand what it means to create events for youth—from organizing and budgeting to working with other people and organizations, and understanding the need to take responsibility among their peers.”

Just because it’s a community project doesn’t mean the Back 2 School Hip Hop Bash won’t be a lot of fun and a great way to burn off some energy, hang out with friends and relax.  Produced by  teens for teens, the dance is designed with everyone in mind, including Xbox games for those who don’t spend much time on the floor.

Donations of food and soft drinks, door prizes and time as adult chaperones are welcome.  Please contact Beth Mehau at Mama’s House, 887-2287.  Advance tickets are available at Mama’s House, limited to first 180 students.

Lifeplan is the new youth mentoring program, and their Youth Leadership Team is putting on a Hip Hop dance as a way to a) have fun, and b) learn what it takes to put events like this together.  It’s a cool idea and the kids are doing the majority of the work themselves… Catherine Tarleton

For more information on LIHI and youth mentoring programs, visit or find them on Facebook.

Puna Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Female Hitchhiker

Big Island police have arrested a 22-year-old Puna man in connection with the 2010 sexual assault of a female hitchhiker. John Tak was taken into custody last Thursday (August 25) without incident at his Puna home. Friday evening (August 26) detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section charged him with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and second-degree theft.

John Tak

John Tak

The charges stem from a report police received on August 4, 2010, from an adult female who said that between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m she was hitchhiking on Highway 11 in the area of the Panaewa Zoo. A young man unknown to her stopped and offered her a ride. She reported that he drove her into the Hawaiian Acres subdivision, where he sexually assaulted her.

Tak is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $250,000 pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (August 29) in South Hilo District Court.

Detectives have not yet determined whether this was an isolated incident or if additional similar events have gone unreported.

3D Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe – Limited Run Through September at Imiloa

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Senator Gilbert Kahele Begins “Talk Story” Forums on the Big Island

Hawaii Island’s District 2 State Senator Gilbert Kahele begins the first of five “Talk Story” forums this Wednesday August 31st in Volcano at the Copper Center at 5:30PM

Senator Gil Kahele

State Senator Gilbert Kahele begins the first of five "Talk Story" forums this Wednesday August 31st in Volcano at the Copper Center at 5:30PM

Building upon the completion of a successful legislative session as Hawai’i Island’s District 2 freshman State Senator, Senator Kahele is using these forums to hear the concerns of his constituents as well as help him prepare for the upcoming 27th Legislative session in January. He will provide a re-cap of the 26th Legislative session as well as address specific issues pertaining to individual communities where the forums will be held.

Members of the community can email the Senator with issues and questions for the forum. He will make every effort to address those questions and report on the findings of those issues at the forum.

Senator Kahele’s Fall “Talk Story” Forum Dates and Locations are:


August 31st 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Cooper Center


September 21st 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility


October 14th 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Ocean View Community Center


October 26th 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at the Pahala Community Center


November 16th 2011, 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the Waiakea High School Cafeteria

Email your issue(s) to: or call/fax in your issue to: 1-808-586-6760 (Office) 1-808-586-6689 (Fax) Please let us know which forum you’ll be attending, and send your issue no later than 3 days prior to the forum to guarantee it will be on the agenda.

Hawaii Island Hoops Fall Mini-Camp

Hawaii Island Hoops announces today they will be hosting a basketball training mini-camp on Saturday September 17th and Sunday September 18th from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.

The training mini-camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 – 16 years old.  Hawaii Island Hoops is dedicated to teaching you how to train and workout the right way to help improve your overall basketball skills.

Starting with a Nike Sparq training clinic, which includes footwork, speed, agility and quickness stations.  Then into a passing/ball handling workout, ending with a high-intensity shooting workout.

The weekend training mini-camp fee is $50 and registration can be found at for more information please contact Director Andy Smith at 937-3082.