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Coming Up – Waimea Ocean Film Festival

This January, as temperatures drop and snow falls those seeking the warm sun and sandy beaches of Hawaii’s Big Island will be in for another treat, The Waimea Ocean Film Festival. With special offers on lodging during the festival, it’s best to book travel now to be part of this amazing event!

The festival will be held January 5-9, 2011, in the town of Waimea on the Big Island, and at the Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea resorts. A smaller version of the festival will show again at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai January 13-15, 2011.  An opening gala for patrons, filmmakers and speakers will be at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai the evening of January 5 and will include a multimedia journey of our world by Kenji Williams.

The film festival will feature screenings of 30-40 documentary films and exclusive footage by local Hawaiian flimmakers. The festival includes inspiring paddling footage and surfing films, important and thought provoking documentaries, stunning nature films, and films about island history and culture. A few of the films to be shown include Melali, 180˙ South, Waverider, Sun Come Up, I Am, The Watermen Experience, Papa Mau, Bag It! and Ocean Voyageurs.

The festival will also host presentations by experts and industry leaders, such as Tom Shadyac, director of Ace Ventura Pet Detactive and the Nutty Professor, to speak on the making of his first documentary film, I Am, and Flip Nicklin, photographer and author reknown for his work on humpback whales. Filmmakers will be on hand for Q&A sessions after many of the films.

Early morning activities, such as yoga on the beach, ocean swims and outrigger canoe lessons, will be available for participants to start the day. Breakfast talks each morning allow for more intimate discussion with filmmakers and speakers over a cup of coffee.

Films and presentations will run throughout the day and into the evening, with a break to enjoy the sunset hour. Festival art exhibits include a work in progress by artist Aurora Robson made from plastic debris collected on Kamilo Beach as part of a volunteer clean-up and an exhibit of photography by the National Geographic photographer who traveled with the Hokulea to Tahiti in 1976.

Na Kalai Waa, the Hawaiian voyaging society on Big Island, will host sunset picnic talks each evening, with one evening on the ancient art of Wayfinding, and one evening with a traditional hula telling the story about the sail of Makali’i to Tahiti.

As a grand finale, participants can enjoy a lua’u feast at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, on one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches.

“There’s an extraordinary combination of people and films coming together for this festival. Not only will the festival bring many of the best filmmakers, surfers and speakers of our time to the Big Island, but in better understanding what our ocean means to us, and how what we do impacts the ocean, we can better protect and preserve the unique beauty and rare treasure we have on the Big Island. ” Tania Howard, Executive Director.

Sponsors of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival include: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Fairmont Orchid, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Parker School, Hawaii Preporatory Academy (HPA), Fujimama’s, Gaia Creative, Milsal+Partners, Kona Law, Ken Ransford, PC, Wallis Estates and Starbucks Coffee.

TICKET INFORMATION – Film, Event, Contributors and Hualalai passes for the festival may be purchased by calling 808-960-9744 or via email by contacting info@waimeaoceanfilm.org.

Occupy Art at the Volcano Art Center

Volcano Art Center and Donkey Mill Art Center open their hearts, minds and walls to residents and visitors inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement that began in New York City on September 17, 2011 and has since swept across many states and countries. These partnering arts organizations offer a place for healthy communication about socially relevant issues, using art as a vehicle for expression.

To provide a venue for creative and peaceful responses to this movement, people of all walks of life and arts experience are encouraged to submit heartfelt and artful contributions to be exhibited.  At Volcano Art Center, “OCCUPY ART,” exhibit and “Zero Currency Trade Event,” will be open to the public December 2-9, 2011, with intake beginning at the end of the November.  In Holualoa, The Donkey Mill Art Center will host a sister exhibition called “BEYOND WALL STREET” December 20, 2011 through February 11, 2012.  Intake for this exhibition will be December 9-10, 2011.

Together We Find Strength

According to the unofficial de facto Occupy Wall Street (OWS) website, www.OccupyWallSt.org, “OWS is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions brought together by their intolerance for the greed and corruption of the 1% of money earners and the desire to restore democracy to America. The OWS movement empowers people to create real change from the bottom up and encourages the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”

Open Call for Art from the Heart

An open call seeks responses to the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Global citizens of all ages, arts experience and backgrounds are encouraged to participate.  Original art work in all media may including painting, sculpture, photography, sketches, poetry, writing or performance.  Artwork must be complete and ready to display (on hangers or in frames, etc.).

All types of work accepted.  Art work for the Volcano Exhibit can be dropped off November 28-29 between 2-6pm to Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village.  Alternate Hilo drop-off is Stairway to Art Gallery, from 10am-4pm on the same days, at 336 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo (upstairs from Reuben’s near the farmer’s market).  Artwork for the Holualoa exhibition “BEYOND WALL STREET” can be dropped off at the Donkey Mill Art Center on December 9th and 10th.

Upon closing of the art gallery exhibitions, artists are encouraged to mail their artwork to one of their US Senators or Representatives as a visual representation of constituents’ perspectives or to identify locations in their community to display their artwork publicly.

Zero Currency Open Mic Nite

Volcano’s exhibit opens with a “Zero Currency Trade Event,” at VAC’s Niaulani Campus on Friday, December 2 at 7PM.  Poets, singers, musicians, comics, sketch artists, improv acts, magicians may come and perform on this inaugural, OWS-inspired Open Mic Night.  Acts up to 5 minutes may sign up upon arrival on a first-come, first-served basis.  As a “Zero Currency Trade Event,” there is no admission or entry fee and guests are invited to bring their own pupus, snacks, drinks and items to share or trade.  This is sure to be an eclectic and memorable evening.

5,000 miles from Manhattan

Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 that promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i people through the arts and education.  VAC’s Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Call Tanya for more information at (808) 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

The Donkey Mill Art Center is located at 78-6670 Mamalahoa Highway and is the home of the Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture.  The mission of this non-profit charitable organization is to enrich the lives of persons of all ages and abilities through arts and culture. Their vision is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop, and expand their artistic abilities.  For more information, call 322-3362 or visit www.DonkeyMillArtCenter.org

The opinions and ideas presented in the OCCUPY ART and BEYOND WALL STREET exhibits do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Volcano Art Center, Donkey Mill Art Center, their respective staff, boards or members.




November 28-29, 2011 from 2pm-6pm at Volcano Art Center

or – Stairway to Art Gallery, from 10am-4pm at 336 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo

(upstairs from Reuben’s near the farmer’s market).


December 9-10, 2011 from 10am-4pm

Opening Reception:


December 2, 2011 at 7pm, Volcano Art Center

A Zero Currency Trade Event with no admission or entry fee

Guests are encouraged to bring their own pupus, snacks, drinks and items to share or trade.


December 20, 2011



December 12-16 from 9am-5pm, M-F

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park December 2011 Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout December. These programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Garrett Hongo

The Poetry of Garrett Hongo. Garrett Hongo’s long-awaited third collection of poems continues his literary explorations into the history of the impermanent homeland his immigrant ancestors found in Hawai‘i. Join the Volcano native and acclaimed poet for an intimate, exhilarating, and soul-searching evening. Copies of Coral Road will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies upon request. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Tues., Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

The Kuahiwis

The Kuahiwis Live in Concert. Back by popular demand, the Kuahiwis bring their special blend of Hawaiian music, hula, and family deeply rooted in the volcanic soil of Hawai‘i. Join T.R. Ireland, Kiliona Young, and Grant Ka‘au‘a as they blend classic songs of their upbringing with modern rhythms and melodies of today. Copies of their award-winning CD, Hawaiian Music, will be available for sale. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Tues., Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Edna Buldado shares her kalo knowledge

Join Sam and Edna Buldado as they share their knowledge and cultural uses of the kalo (taro) plant. Kalo is highly significant to Hawaiians, and is used for many things, including food, medicine, glue, and dyes. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

John and Hope Keawe

Award-winning slack-key (kīhō‘alu) guitarist, composer and recording artist, John Keawe, brings his warm, original style of music to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for the holidays. His wife Hope provides moving interpretations of his music with her graceful hula. This program is expected to be well attended, so come early for seating. John’s CDs and DVDs will be available for purchase. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

When: Tues., Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. (auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Haunani’s Hula Expressions

Hula and Mele with Haunani’s Hula Expressions. Come sing along to your favorite Hawaiian melodies with this award-winning group of lively elders (kūpuna) who sing and dance hula to the sweet sound of hapa haole music, and make all of their own costumes and lei. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” series of cultural programs. Free.

When: Wed., Dec. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (auditorium opens at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Oral Abihai

‘Ukulele with Oral Abihai. Join Oral Abihai as he shares his passion for making ‘ukulele from discarded or naturally fallen pieces of wood. Learning only several years ago in Lahaina from Kenny Potts, he has since made more than 50 ‘ukulele. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

When: Wed., Dec. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

New Marine Corps Base Hawaii Commander Assumes Command

Col. Brian P. Annichiarico assumed command of Marine Corps Base Hawaii from Lt. Col. Michael P. Antonio during a change of command ceremony at the base flagpole Thursday.

Photo by Pfc. James Sauter Lt. Col. Michael P. Antonio presents the Marine Corps Base Hawaii battle colors to Col. Brian P. Annichiarico during a change of command ceremony at the base flagpole Thursday. Antonio will resume his previous position as the base director of operations and training after serving as the interim base commanding officer for a month. “It’s truly humbling to be here,” Annichiarico said. “You never get a second chance at a first good impression, and the impression I have of the team here is unbelievable.” Annichiarico has held numerous staff positions and deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of Operation Determined Falcon in Kosovo in 1998. He commanded Marine Attack Squadron 231 “Ace of Spades” while deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well.

Antonio will resume his previous position as the base director of operations and training after serving as the interim base commanding officer for a month.

During the ceremony, the guest of honor, Col. Leo A. Falcam, deputy commander, Marine Corps Installations Pacific, applauded Antonio for his leadership as the base commanding officer.

“Lt. Col. Antonio, your experience and leadership [as commanding officer] has served you well and should be commended,” Falcam said.

Annichiarico, an AV-8B Harrier pilot, recently performed the duties as head of the Aviation Branch for Marine Corps Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. He said he plans to continue the Hawaii Strategic Plan for 2011-2015 of supporting current and future training requirements, providing quality training facilities, maintaining good order and discipline on base, force protection, heighten safety awareness, environmental conservation and maintaining a quality workforce.

“It’s truly humbling to be here,” Annichiarico said. “You never get a second chance at a first good impression, and the impression I have of the team here is unbelievable. We have challenges ahead with an uncertain economic outlook, but this well oiled team here is prepared to take on those challenges.”

Annichiarico said that his main goal is continuing the ongoing support of the warfighter and their families as they train for deployments and other exercises.

“He has excelled as the [Ace of Spades] commanding officer and has an in-depth experience as a [Marine Air Ground Task Force] officer,” Antonio said. “He is well versed in strategic studies and policy, and the diversity of his career has more than prepared him to succeed as the commanding officer of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.”

Annichiarico has been awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, four Air Medals, a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Big Island Police Investigating Robbery Near the Bayfront Soccer Fields

Big Island police are investigating a robbery near the Kamehameha Avenue soccer fields in Hilo on November 15.

Responding to an 8:01 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers met with a 41-year-old man, who reported that he had been sitting under a banyan tree near the outskirts of the soccer fields when an unknown man walked up from behind him, struck him and took several items of his property. The victim was treated for his injuries at Hilo Medical Center and then released.

The suspect is described as a short local male with a medium build wearing a black or brown hooded sweater.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Reed Mahuna at 961-2384 or 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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Mesa Announces Sale of Mokulele Turboprop Operation

MESA AIR GROUP, INC. announced the sale of Mokulele Flight Services, Inc., its inter-island turboprop service operating four, nine seat, Cessna Caravan aircraft to Scottsdale, Arizona based Transpac Aviation, Inc. Mesa will continue to operate its jet inter-island service as go!Mokulele. Under the terms of the sale Transpac Aviation, operating as Mokulele Flight Services, Inc, will also continue to offer service under the go!Mokulele brand and serve it’s current routes as a code-share partner.

A Mokulele Turboprop

Passengers will continue to book reservations on both the jet and caravan service on www.iflygo.com and www.mokulele.com for seamless travel to the destinations served by both airlines. Existing reservations booked on the caravan service will be fully honored.

“This sale was a part of our strategic plan to concentrate on our inter-island jet service,” said Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein.

“This sale was a part of our strategic plan to concentrate on our inter-island jet service,” said Chairman and CEO, Jonathan Ornstein. “We believe this sale will allow us to focus on growing and expanding our low cost jet service to the people of Hawaii, particularly our loyal o’hana, and importantly, the alliance with Transpac Aviation will ensure that the smaller cities of Hawaii will still have critical air service and will provide a tremendous platform for the future growth of the go! and Mokulele brand. We are also happy to announce that current Mokulele employees will remain with the Mokulele Flight Services to ensure a seamless transition for our valued customers.” continued Ornstein.

Transpac Aviation, Inc CEO Ron Hansen said, “Hawaii has always been a special destination to me both as an airline pilot and as former CEO of several world wide air charter companies. It is very exciting to return and have the opportunity to serve the people of Hawaii by offering quality, low cost inter-island transportation. This partnership announced is an exciting and positive step for go!Mokulele and its passengers. We look forward to working with our new partners at Mesa and are confident that Mokulele Flight Services will continue to meet and exceed our passengers’ expectations”.

Mesa currently operates 87 aircraft with approximately 465 daily system departures to 96 cities, 37 states, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!Mokulele. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,700 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in 1992 and 2005.

Four Two-Hundred Pound Robots to Land on the Big Island in Three Months

This is kind of similar to the EVOLTA robot that recently completed the IRONMAN triathlon on the Big Island only a bit different.

A Wave Glider

A Wave Glider

Four two-hundred pound solar robots, named “Wave Gliders” will embark on a mission across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to gather and harvest scientific data.

They are expected to land on the Big Island in approximately 90 days.

…They will first take a 2,500-mile voyage to the Big Island of Hawaii, then two will split off and head to Australia — a 6,500-mile trip — while the other two make their way to Japan, a 7,000 to 8,000-mile crossing. If and when they reach Hawaii on the initial leg of their mission, they will set a new Guinness record for the longest voyage made by an autonomous ocean robot.

The robots should arrive in Hawaii in about 90 days, then it will take another 210 days for them to reach Japan and Australia. That should put them at their destinations around Sept. 6, 2012…

More here: Robots to cross the Pacific to gather scientific data

You can check out the robots in action here:


NOAA PMEL wave gliders are a simple and cost-effective platform for collecting ocean data that does not rely on expensive ships or buoys. See http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/edd/wave_gliders.html

Taro Alert – Invasive Taro in Hawaii

Hawaii State Civil Union On-Line Applications to be Activated

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) today announced new information about the state’s upcoming civil union on-line application process scheduled to be activated on January 1, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

“People in Hawai‘i and in other parts of the world are eager to get more information and begin planning their civil union ceremonies in Hawai‘i,” said Dr. Alvin Onaka, DOH state registrar. “We will be ready at midnight on January 1 with an accurate and efficient on-line process that will serve the public well for submitting applications, paying fees, registering events, and receiving their certificates for civil unions.”

DOH currently lists frequently asked questions and answers about the civil union law at

www.hawaii.gov/doh/civilunion. The FAQ includes answers to questions such as: who will be eligible to apply for a civil union? What are the steps for getting a civil union?

How do I receive a civil union license? And how do I register my civil union with the State?

The DOH monitors health status to identify community health problems and trends. An

important part of this work is done by collecting, compiling, and analyzing records of vital events that include all births, deaths, marriages and now civil unions that take place within our state.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 27-Year-Old Man

*UPDATE* Big Island police have located 27-year-old Kalani Ahuna, who was reported missing. He was found in Hilo on Thursday morning (November 17).

Big Island police are searching for a 27-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Kalani Ahuna

Kalani Ahuna was last seen at 9:14 p.m. Wednesday (November 16) in the Keaukaha area.

He is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with a brown “buzz” haircut, brown eyes and a fair complexion.

He was last seen wearing slippers and blue-and-white surf shorts.

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 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.