Statement from Former Governor Linda Lingle on Internet Piracy Legislation

Former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle released the following statement today  on internet piracy legislation:

Gov. Linda Lingle Proposes Industry-based Guidelines

“I have been monitoring the issue of how best to address copyright infringement and intellectual property piracy occurring via foreign websites.

“Two current bills pending in the U.S. Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), would give broad reaching powers to the Department of Justice to shut down or severely curtail American internet companies, search engines, and sites who connect to these foreign sources.

“I share the concern of many internet users and members of Congress, that these legislative proposals have not been thoroughly vetted.  I am strongly committed to the protection of intellectual property and believe those involved in the industry are best suited to work together to develop policing and enforcement systems that can address the perpetrators.

“International examples exist for setting standards and allowing industry officials to use independent third parties to ensure these standards are adhered to.  Underwriters Laboratory and ISO 9001 (International Organization of Standardization for quality management controls) are two such examples.

“As Senator, I would work to develop public-private cooperative efforts that address piracy and copyright infringement without the potential of government censorship that the current legislative proposals would permit.”

-Gov. Linda Lingle

First Big Island Math Summit Gives Teachers a Forum to Share Ideas and Develop Lessons

WHAT:  Big Island Math Summit

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2012  9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center (Moanahoku Room) 600 ‘Imiloa Place

WHO: More than 35 public and private elementary, middle and high school math teachers from around the island, and more than 20 UH Hilo and Hawaii CC math professors; presenters from American College Testing; Rep. Mark Nakashima

Background:   With the intention to boost math education and appreciation in schools, the first ever Big Island Math Summit was developed by a group of volunteers to provide math teachers a forum to share ideas, look at new approaches to teach common core standards, and learn about the resources available to them.

The programs main objectives are to:

  1. Bring together classroom “math champions” to share their ideas for impacting math education;
  2. Provide a forum for the development and publishing of lessons to teach common core math standards and;
  3. Provide resources and support for hosting Family Math Nights at community schools.

Family Math Nights is a platform to involve parents and share with them ways to support their children’s math education.


  • Registration & Refreshments:  8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome by Chancellor Noreen Yamane: 9:00 a.m.
  • Crime Scene Investigation: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Luncheon with Student Scholar sharing & American College Testing presentation: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Standards Lesson Development: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Sharing:  2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Summary and Closing by chancellor Donald Straney:  3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 24-Year-Old Man with Medical Condition

Big Island police are searching for a 24-year-old Hilo man reported as missing.

Jordan Kaneshiro

Jordan Kaneshiro was last seen in Hilo on Thursday afternoon (January 19). He has a medical condition that requires medication.

Kaneshiro is described as Japanese/Hawaiian, 6-feet tall, 320 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes, and a tan complexion. He may be operating an older model white Toyota 2-door sedan.

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.

Honolulu Candidate for Mayor Kirk Caldwell Statement on Cayetano Announcement

Honolulu Mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell had this to say about former Governor Ben Cayetano’s announcement that he would also be running for the Honolulu Mayor’s seat:

Being Mayor means being hand on! And let’s get something straight right up front, rail transit is an important issue in this election. However, this election is about so much more. It’s about the buses that take people to and from their jobs everyday. the HandiVan service, bus passes, it’s about protecting people and their property, filling pot holes and repaving their roads.

If you want a world traveler or a single issue candidate, I’m not your guy. I’ll be a Mayor who understands the details, rolls up his sleeves, digs in, gets serious, brings people together, listens to ideas . . . and solves problems. That’s how I did things when I was Mayor, that’s how we’ll get the job done … everyday, hands on.

Kirk Caldwell

Mayor Kenoi Meets with U.S. Secretary of Education and Inquires About Federal Funding

Mayor Kenoi discussed the status of Hawaii’s Race to the Top funding and inquired about federal programs that could benefit public schools on Hawaii Island with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today in Washington D.C.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Mayor Kenoi (Photo from Mayor Kenoi's Facebook Site)

Dessert Lovers Paradise – 17th Annual Quisine of Hearts

Coconut Divine Truffles. Lilikoi Mac Nut Cheesecake. White Chocolate-Dipped Double Fudge Brownie Pops. Cherry Supreme Ice Cream.

Calories don’t count at the 17th annual ‘Q’uisine of Hearts, a spectacular brunch that benefits several community nutrition awareness programs. Presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Assn., the fundraiser is 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Come hungry!

While innovative and mouth-watering desserts are definitely the draw at ‘Q’uisine, the culinary repast whets the sweet tooth with a sprawling bruschetta buffet stocked with breads, meats, cheeses and carefully crafted condiments arranged by West Hawaii community college culinary students. Also on tap are omelet and eggs benedict stations, wine, champagne and ales, plus piping hot coffee and tropical teas.

“Conceived to showcase the isle’s hard-working pastry chefs, bakers and confectioners—the event takes pride in delivering awe-inspiring delicacies that are infused with local products,” details Patti Kimball, event co-chair. “The undisputed high caliber of sweets is recognized through an annual critique performed by a trio of judges.”

Voted Best Dessert last year was the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Waimea Strawberry Salad and Mai Tai Sauce by then Mauna Kea Beach Resort Pastry Chef Ross Alaimo. The mascarpone cheese and gelatin delicacy was delectable topped with fresh island fruit and an indulgent tropical sauce that hinted of pineapple and rum.

Up to 15 culinary stations annually vie for Best Dessert bragging rights to the delight of enthusiastic tasters. This year, Kailua Candy Company will be offering its scrumptious Kona Coffee Chocolate Dream, which earned third place in the professional division at the 2011 Kona Coffee Festival Recipe Contest.

Serenading the scrumptious “eats” will be romantic piano music by Loren Wilken, including some of your favorite love songs. During the silent auction, attendees can vote for their favorite “sweetheart” floral arrangement and bid to take it home. Other auction items include private catered dinners by top island chefs, take-home Valentine-themed desserts by student chefs and out-of-the-ordinary gifts and furnishings.

‘Q’uisine of Hearts annually benefits 2000 Kona-Kohala keiki through ACF Chef and Child Foundation (CCF) nutrition awareness programs. Activities include visiting 40 classes of second graders each year from January through May to lead keiki in creating nutritious Fabulous Fruit Kabobs and Smart Sandwiches.

“The CCF initiative also reaches youth through hands-on fun at the annual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest and workshops at Kona’s annual Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS),” adds Carol Whitaker, event co-chair.

Additionally, ‘Q’uisine supports Green Tables, a farm and garden philanthropic initiative for children by Les Dames d’Escoffier Hawaii in Waimea. Through Green Tables, CCF supports students who are planting a school garden. It also provides funds for Choose My Plate brochures geared for teens and seniors.

Tickets, priced at $45 for adults and $20 for children aged 5-10 are for sale at Gourmet Chef’s Supply, Kailua Candy Company and Kona Wine Market in Kona or at Tropical Dreams Ice Cream in Waimea. Charge by phone at 808-329-2522.

For information, contact 808-333-5442.

4th Annual Aloha Music Camp Retreats Scheduled

Enthusiasts of Hawaiian song, dance and culture will converge on the grounds of Keauhou Beach Resort this year for Aloha Music Camp. Two weeklong retreats are scheduled in 2012 – February 5 – 11 and July 1-7.

Each retreat will feature classes in ukulele, slack key guitar, hula, oli (chant) and Hawaiian storytelling as well as cultural activities including lei making and crafting instruments. Registration is currently open for artisans of all ages and skill levels interested in receiving lessons from top island musicians and performing artists to enhance their musical talents.

“This is the fourth year Keauhou Beach Resort has hosted Aloha Music Camp and each year we look forward to the grounds coming alive with the unique sights and sounds of Hawaii,” said Jim Heather, general manager at Keauhou Beach Resort. “From the classes being offered and Keauhou’s historic grounds, travelers can find a refreshingly authentic experience of our island home.”

Presented by Keola Beamer and the Mohala Hou Foundation, Aloha Music Camp features contextual learning modeled after the teaching structure of Old Hawaii. Classes are small to allow ample one-on-one interaction with world-class musicians and performing artists. The February camp will feature the following celebrated local instructors:

  • Alan Akaka, steel guitar
  • Kaliko Beamer-Trapp, Hawaiian language and ukulele
  • Keola Beamer, slack key guitar
  • Moanalani Beamer, hula and lei making
  • Dr. Samual Gon III, oli (chant)
  • Uluwehi Guerrero, hula
  • Ozzie Kotani, slack key guitar
  • Dennis Lake, ukulele building
  • Herb Ohta, Jr., ukulele
  • Anakala Philipo Solatario, storytelling and kukakuka (discussion)

Participation in Aloha Music Camp is $1,400 for adults and $600 for children 12 years of age or younger and includes daily instruction, concert, “talk story” sessions and all lunches and dinners throughout the week of camp. A non-instructional adult rate is available for partners or spouses at $1,000 and includes participation in all events and meals for those who want to tag along to paradise. Accommodations are not included in camp rates. Registration is now being accepted for both Aloha Music Camp sessions. To register, please visit Camp participants can also make room reservations through this website or by calling the Keauhou Beach Resort Reservations Department at 808-324-2515.

Keauhou Beach Resort is offering Aloha Music Camp participants special rates starting at $130 for an ocean view room or $140 for deluxe ocean view accommodations.

One Suspect Caught… One on the Run in Holualoa Robbery

Thanks to tips from the public, Big Island police have arrested one suspect in connection with a robbery last week in Hōlualoa.

Roger Rasmussen

On Friday (January 13), detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section located and recovered a white 1998 Jeep Wrangler Sahara associated with the January 12 Keauhou Store robbery. They arrested the registered owner, 41-year-old Roger Rasmussen of Kailua-Kona. On Sunday (January 15), they charged Rasmussen with accomplice to robbery. His bail was set at $50,000.

Police are still seeking the primary suspect. Police ask that anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, extension 238, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Police again advise the public not to approach him, as he is considered dangerous and possibly armed.

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.

Carnevale di Venezia: Under a Hawaiian Moon

An evening Masquerade with Italian culinary delights, art and enjoyment for all.

Get swept away in the magic of Carnivale at Volcano Art Center’s 8th Annual benefit gala, Love the Arts.  Doors open at 5:30PM on Saturday, February 11, 2012, with tickets available for purchase online at  For one memorable evening, guests will be transported Venice, Italy through food, artwork and installations by some Hawaii’s most gifted artisans.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Love the arts at the Volcano

In theme with the event, guests are encouraged to wear creative, original, fantastical, or homemade masquerade attire.  Costumes are optional, with prizes and recognition awarded to attendees voted “best mask.”  Welcomed by our own “Aloha Gondolier,” with a Hawaiian canoe built by Jeff Roth, the setting will offer perfect photo opportunity.

Indulge in an affair of the senses, with complimentary fine wine and Prosecco, handmade truffles and coffee in an Italian Bistro Setting.  Italian/Venitian gastronomique by Pacific Isle Catering Co. offers delectable options even for vegetarians, serving tender pillows of artichokes in creamy bread custard, isalata caprese skewers, grilled shrimp, calamari and mussel salad on a bed of fennel and more.

Each year the “Love the Arts,” silent and live auctions grow in size and reputation through the generosity of local artists and community sponsors.  Fine arts, goods and services will be among the auctioned items, as well as a selection of wearable artwork in the accompanying exhibit “Masquerade:  The Art of Illusion.”  A collection of art work by Leimanu Designs will also be featured at this event.  Steel and copper light fixtures hanging from the rafters will cast pools of light on the floor and walls.  “It’s all about the light, where it falls, and where it doesn’t,” says artist Leilehua Yuen.  “Making the art is really just crafting the tool which will sculpt the light.”  Auction proceeds benefit arts, cultural and environmental programs in and around the Volcano community.  This event takes place at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road.  Contact Anne for info: (808) 967-8222 or e-mail:

Eat Local… Drink Local – Locavore Brewer’s Dinner

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and Hawai’i Nui Brewing Company Proudly presents: Locavore Brewer’s Dinner. Locally Brewed, Locally Grown. Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Coast Grille.

House made bar snacks, grilled curry rubbed chicken sate paired with Volcano Red Ale, tako salad paired with Southern Cross Belgian Style Ale, nairagi sashimi paired with Tsunami Ipa, guava braised pork shoulder paired with Hapa Brown Ale and ginger crab cakes paired with Kauai Golden Ale.

  • Friday, Febuary 3, 2012
  • $46.00 inclusive
  • Call 808-880-1111 for reservations