Sneak Peek at the 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show Featuring the Islands of Hawaii

In 2012, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will take visitors on a trip to a whole new Philadelphia International Flower Show.

Guests will have fun, learn more, and be wowed by real-time floral competitions, the world’s largest lettuce wall, internationally renowned speakers, and a whole new layout of displays. They will also navigate the Show and take home ideas on the new Mobile Application. The Flower Show App for Smartphone users will provide free maps, schedules, special offers, Show features, and parking advice.


The new vibe of the Show will be most evident in the themed gardens. “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” this year’s rallying theme, will introduce a tropical experience that blends next-stage digital technology with the natural beauty and rich culture of the islands, and so much more.

This is not your grandmother’s Flower Show … but she’s going to love it!

Known as the Nation’s Flower Show, this year’s presentation will take place March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Breaking from tradition and moving in new directions is exactly what PHS President Drew Becher had in mind when he challenged designers to take the 2012 Show exhibits to new heights.

“This is a Show that will appeal to anyone who enjoys excitement, fantastic design, and a full-tilt experience,” Becher said. “Whether you’re a Show veteran or a first-timer, you’ve never seen a Flower Show like this.”

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Video of Today’s Fire at the University of Hawaii

A fire was raging on the University of Hawaii (Manoa) campus next to Lower Campus Road.

This video is taken at 12:30 PM on 12 February 2012, a portable has been on fire for at least four and a half hours and has drawn the attention of at least five fire vehicles from the Honolulu Fire Department.


The burning portable is located just off Lower Campus Road south of the Orvis Music Auditorium and west of the Richardson law school and Stan Sheriff Center. Somewhere in the vicinity of the Financial Procurement Office and Office of Procurement and Real Property, it may be one of those structures.

Commentary – Please Reinstate Principal John Colson to His Position at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School

Aloha Charter School Review Panel,

The Ho’okako’o School Board came in from Honolulu and disrupted our school, hurt our keiki, and disrespected the parents by removing our respected Principal, John Colson from Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School on the Big Island. It looks like they made him sign a gag order in the process. Nobody is telling us why this has been done.

John Colson (middle)

The Ho’okako’o School Board has stonewalled the faculty and parents by refusing to give us any answers. This is not respectful to the Waimea community in any way. We feel like we are being steamrolled over in this situation. They seem to be saying that it is none of our business. I say that this is very much our business. My son is a student at Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School.
We want Mr. Colson reinstated. That would be the right thing to do. You don’t change horses in midstream.
Principal John Colson is widely respected. He is the best person to continue the very good work that he has done for this school.
Please reverse this tragedy that has come to the Waimea (Kamuela) community. Please help us.
Steve Summers
Kamuela, H

Big Island Students – Big Island Press Club Journalism Scholarships Available

The Big Island Press Club announces the availability of college scholarships to students with Big Island ties who are seeking careers in journalism.

This year we are offering the $1,500 Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship, the $1,000 Bill Arballo Scholarship, the $500 Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship, the $500 Yukino Fukabori Memorial Scholarship and the Marcia Reynolds Memorial Scholarship.

All information, including application forms, are posted on the press club website at The deadline to apply is June 9.

Applications without the required documents will be deemed incomplete.

After an initial review of the applicants the Scholarship Committee will be conducting personal interviews in Hilo in the summer. If applicants cannot be physically present an interview may be conducted over the phone.

For questions, write to Peter Sur at or call (808) 930-7351.