2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Nominations Announced

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) has announced the Final Ballot Nominees for the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, per below.  There are 27 categories, including Technical and Adjudicated categories, as well as a brand new category, International Album of the Year, with artists from Japan and Korea among the finalists.

The stage at the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

35TH ANNUAL NA HOKU HANOHANO AWARDS FINALISTS

Most Promising Artist of the Year

  • ABRIGO OHANA, Ekahi (Abrigo Ohana)
  • KAINALU, Kainalu (Mellowsoul)
  • STARR KALAHIKI, Salt (Kipuka)
  • KAWENA, Salty Kisses (Kawena Mechler)JOHN IOANE KEANAAINA, JR., Na Mele O Ioane Keanaaina (no label)
  • JOSH TATOFI, This Love (Waiehu)

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU, A (Keko)
  • RAIATEA HELM, Sea of Love (Raiatea Helm)
  • STARR KALAHIKI, Salt (Kipuka)
  • LEHUA KALIMA, Rising in Love (Kalima)
  • MAILANI MAKAINAI, Aina (Mountain Apple)

EP (“Extended Play” Release) of the Year

  • CHRISTMAS FROM HAWAII, Fran Kalb and Glenda Delenstarr (Rising Star)
  • HOLIDAYS IN HULAVILLE VOLUME 1, Hot Club of Hulaville (Hulaville)
  • INTIRE PROJECT, THE, The Intire Project (Aumakua)
  • NA MELE O IOANE KEANAAINA, John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr. (no label)
  • SALTY KISSES, Kawena (Kawena Mechler)

Religious Album of the Year

  • CHUCKY BOY CHOCK AND FRIENDS, Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)
  • LITTLE PRAYER, Dennis and Christy Soares (Elation)
  • NOW IS THE TIME – LIVE WORSHIP FROM HOPE CHAPEL WEST OAHU, Hope Chapel West Oahu (Hope Music)
  • SENT, THE, Kamalei Mark Teves (no label)

Group of the Year

  • EKOLU, Simply for Love (Waiehu)
  • HIIKUA, Aia I Hiialo (Kanemakua)
  • DENNIS KAMAKAHI & STEPHEN INGLIS, Waimaka Helelei (Aumakua)
  • NUFF SEDD, Life…In a Song (Goofyfoot)
  • WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)

Hip Hop Album of the Year

  • DROWN ‘EM IN BEATS – SAVE ‘EM WITH RHYMES, Nocturnal Sound Crew & Slapp Symphony (Slapp Symphony)
  • ILLNOMADIC, Navid Najafi (Aumakua)
  • NOW! SERVING FAMILY DINNER – A SPORKFUL OF FUNK!!!, Family Dinner Band (Pass Out)
  • REFLECTIONS, Tripple Los (Gotthos)

Compilation Album of the Year

  • HAWAIIAN CHRISTMAS, A, Various Artists (HCUCC) Kenneth Makuakane, Jon Brekke, Charles Buck, Lisa Doud, Jeff Orig, and Tasha Tavares-Makuakane – producers
  • HOALA IAPANA, Various Artists (no label) Dave Tucciarone – Producer
  • ISLAND STYLE UKULELE, Various Artists (Neos) Bob St. John and Pati St. John – Producers
  • REBUILDING – YOU GOTTA START SOMEWHERE, Various Artists (Voyager) Kenneth Makuakane – Producer
  • SOUL SEARCHING – WORLDWIDE COMPOSERS VOL.2, Dennis Soares (Elation) Dennis Soares – Producer

Single of the Year

  • AINAHAU, Waipuna (Poki)
  • AMAZING GRACE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)
  • HIDEAWAY, Kapena (featuring Kalena Ku) (KDE)
  • I FOUND MY LOVE IN WAIKIKI, Brad Kawakami (Lele)
  • WALK AWAY, Bruddah Waltah (Rubbah Slippah)

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)
  • SHAWN ISHIMOTO, John Valentine Presents Shawn My Kine of Music V.3 (Studio Valentine)
  • WILLIE K, Warehouse Blues (Maui Tribe)
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • HENRY KAPONO, Henry (Kapono)

Anthology Album of the Year

  • ISLAND IN YOUR EYES, Various Artists (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello – Producer
  • JOURNEY OF LIGHT…THE EARLY YEARS, Leiohu Ryder (Ululoa) Leiohu Ryder and Jake Rohrer – Producers
  • KEKUMUWAI, Pandanus Club (Makuakane) Kenneth Makuakane, Chris Keliiaa, and Tash Tavares-Makuakane – Producers
  • LIVE A LITTLE…HAWAIIAN STYLE Vol. 2, Various Artists (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello – Producer
  • TROPICS, Henry Kapono (Kapono) Henry Kapono and Lezlee Kaaihue – Producers

Instrumental Album of the Year

  • HAWAIIAN AT HEART – UNIQUE UKULELE ARTISTRY, Harold Uchino (He-U)
  • MYSTICAL SOUL, Dennis Soares (Elation)
  • OPEN TUNING IMPROVISATIONS, Dennis Soares (Elation)
  • PEACE LOVE UKULELE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)
  • REJECTS FROM THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY IMAGINARY MOVIE, David Kauahikaua (Tiki)
  • UKULELE ISLAND, Kenneth Makuakane (Makuakane)

Slack Key Album of the Year

  • IN MY HEART – HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR & UKULELE INSTRUMENTALS, Doug and Sandy McMaster (Aloha Plenty)
  • KAMAALUA, Patrick Landeza (Addison Street)
  • NA LANI O MAUI – MAUI SKIES, TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR, James Kimo West (Westernmost)
  • WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)
  • WAO AKUA (THE FOREST OF THE GODS) HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR
  • INSTRUMENTALS, George Kahumoku, Jr. (Daniel Ho)

Island Music Album of the Year

  • E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  • EKAHI, Abrigo Ohana (Abrigo Ohana)
  • MYSTICAL MOLOKAI, Eddie Akio Waimakanui Tanaka, Jr. (Mystical Molokai)
  • NO KUUIPO, Ahumanu (Ululoa)
  • SEA OF LOVE, Raiatea Helm (Raiatea Helm)

Jazz Album of the Year

  • SALT, Starr Kalihiki (Kipuka)
  • SENTIMENTAL SWING – VIOLIN, Duane Padilla (no label)
  • TONE COLORS, Les Peetz, Dean Taba, and Noel Okimoto (OK No Name)
  • UKULELE JAZZ LIVE IN CONCERT HILO, HAWAII, Benny Chong (no label)
  • WE GO TO HILO, Glen Goto and Friends (Sweet Brown Pitbull)

Contemporary Album of the Year

  • CONTAGIOUS, Kanohowailuku Helm (Anahaki)
  • HENRY, Henry Kapono (Kapono)
  • KAINALU, Kainalu (Mellowsound)
  • MY JOURNEY, LT Smooth (Rhythm and Roots)
  • RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

Reggae Album of the Year

  • FEELING GOOD, Micah G (HI Finest)
  • GOT THIS MUSIC, Natural Vibrations (GO Aloha)
  • LOVE TOWN, Kolohe Kai (GO Aloha)
  • SIMPLY FOR LOVE, Ekolu (Waiehu)
  • WAYS & MEANS, The Green (Easy Star)

Hawaiian Album of the Year

  • A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  • AIA I HIIALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  • AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple)
  • HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Rock Album of the Year

  • DEEP WATER, Allan Thomas (Black Bamboo)
  • INVENT, Sing the Body (Aumakua)
  • LEGS OF OUR OWN, The Throwdowns (The Throwdowns)
  • PIMPBOT, Pimpbot (Pass Out)
  • WAREHOUSE BLUES, Willie K (Maui Tribe)

Album of the Year

  • A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko) Dave Tucciarone, Iolani Kamauu and Natalie Ai Kamauu – Producers
  • AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple) Dr. Trey and Jon de Mello – Producers
  • E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki) Kale Chang and Waipuna – Producers
  • HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple) Jon de Mello and Robert Cazimero – Producers
  • KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele) Kuana Torres Kahele and Dave Tucciarone –  Producers

Song of the Year

  • E IKE I KA NANI AO POLIAHU by Kawaikapuokalani Hewett from E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  • KUU PUA PAKALANA by Natalie Ai Kamauu from A, Natalie Ai Kamauu (Keko)
  • NA VACQUEROS by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • NAU HOOKAHI by Robert Cazimero from HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • RISING IN LOVE by Lehua Kalima from RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

Favorite Entertainer of the Year

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO
  • RAIATEA HELM
  • HI`IKUA
  • WIILIE K
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE
  • LEHUA KALIMA
  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU
  • MAILANI MAKAINAI
  • JAKE SHIMABUKURO
  • WAIPUNA

2012 TECHNICAL FINALISTS

Graphics Award

  • JON de MELLO AND ROBERT CAZIMERO, for HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • JON de MELLO AND KEITH USHER, for AINA, Mailani Makainai (Mountain Apple
  • NEAL IZUMI, KAUILA BARBER, AND ESTHER SADA, for SALT, Starr Kalahiki (Kipuka)
  • GRANT MIYASAKI, for SEA OF LOVE, Raiatea Helm (Raiatea Helm)
  • KUHAO ZANE AND KAMELE ESKARAN, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Liner Notes Award

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO, for HULA, Robert Cazimero (Mountain Apple)
  • KAMA HOPKINS, for AIA I HIIALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • STEPHEN INGLIS, for WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)
  • NEIL J. HANNAHS, for E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)

2012 ADJUDICATED FINALISTS
Note:  Each of these categories is voted on by a separate panel of judges.

Haku Mele

  • KUONOONO, by Puakea Nogelmeier from E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)
  • KUU HOA HIIKUA, by Kalehua Krug from AIA I HI`IALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)
  • WAIKAHULI, by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • WAIMAKA HELELEI, by Rev. Dennis Kamakahi from WAIMAKA HELELEI (Aumakua)
  • WAIMANU I KA LAUOHA, by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (KuanaTorres Kahele)

Hawaiian Language Performance

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)
  • HI`IKUA, Aia I Hiialo (Kanemakua)
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)
  • NATALIE AI KAMAUU, A (Keko)
  • WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)

Engineering Award

  • WENDELL CHING for Lover’s Race (Afflatus)
  • WENDELL CHING, BRAD WATANABE, AND JP KENNEDY for Self Titled, Hot Rain (Afflatus)
  • JEFF GAETH for Shoestrings, Jeff Gaeth (Puna)
  • MATTHEW HONDA, TATSUYA SATO, AND JAY FRANCO for Drown ‘Em in Beats – Save ‘em with Rhymes, Nocturnal Sound Krew & Slapp Symphony (Slapp Symphony)
  • SHAWN PIMENTAL AND MICHAEL GRANDE for Rising in Love, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

International Album of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

  • HAWAIIAN MUSIC FOR HULA, Kapalili (Studio 273)
  • KA PILINA, Park Sang Eon (Gois, Inc.)
  • KAYO HULA, VOL. 2, ASIAN MELE HULA, Various Artists (Maunaloa)
  • MY SWEET LEI, Na Lei (Amane)
  • OHANA, Kaulana (Kaulana)

The 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2012, in the Kalakaua Ballroom at the Hawaii Convention Center.  It is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and other partners, and will be telecast live on KFVE.  Tickets are $150 General Admission, $135 Kamaaina, and $125 for HARA members.  For tickets, please contact (808) 593-9424, or purchase online at http://www.nahokumusicfestival.com/eventinfo.htm.  For more information, please visit www.nahokumusicfestival.com.

ABOUT NA HOKU HANOHANO MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) and other partners, this music festival offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.  For event and registration information, please go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com, call (808) 593-9424 or email info@nahokumusicfestival.com.

DATE                     EVENT                                                 LOCATION
Friday, April 27      Public Opening Event & Media Day     The Willows
Saturday, May 5     Lifetime Achievement Awards               Ala Moana Hotel
Friday, May 25       Workshops, Day 1                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday, May 26   Workshops, Day 2                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Sunday, May 27      Na Hoku Hanohano Awards                  Hawaii Convention Center

ABOUT MELE MEI
Started in May 2011, Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii.  It encompasses workshops, concerts, award ceremonies, and even a Guinness World Record attempt, and culminates with the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Festival and 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.  The 2012 Mele Mei events will be held throughout Waikiki at various hotels, on the beach, at restaurants, the Hawaii Convention Center, and other venues.  For more information, please visit www.melemei.com.

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Montana Man Drowns Off Kona Coast

A Montana man apparently drowned Tuesday (April 10) in waters off Kona. The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Edward Woyciehowicz of Missoula, Montana.

Just before noon, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning at Kahalu‘u Beach Park. Upon arrival, they learned that a lifeguard had seen a man floating and had pulled him out of the water and begun cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. Fire Department personnel also responded and continued CPR.

They took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police do not suspect foul play. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Big Island Police Seeking Man Wanted in Connection With Puna Shooting

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted for questioning in connection with an apparent shooting last year that injured a Puna man.

Misinale Kalavi Jr

On October 22, a 36-year-old Keaʻau man sustained a head wound when an occupant of a teal sedan reportedly shot at him while the victim was driving on Route 130 in the area of the Ainaloa subdivision. Following the incident, the sedan and its several male occupants left the scene.

Fire Department personnel took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for his injury and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section have identified a person of interest as 22-year-old Misinale Kalavi Jr. of the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. He is described as 6-foot-1, 280 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He is known to frequent the Puna and Kona areas.

Police warn members of the public not approach him but instead to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Robert Almeida by phone at 961-2386 or by email at ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Big Island Police Looking for Siblings that Went Missing on Different Days Last Month

Big Island police are searching for a brother and sister reported missing from Hilo.

Mariah Akima

Sixteeen-16-year old Mariah Akima has been missing since March 2. She is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-5, 122 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black sweater and black jeans.

Zachary Akima

Fifteen-year-old Zachary Akima has been missing since March 3. He is described as Hawaiian, 5 foot-6, 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red, black and white plaid jacket, black and blue surf shorts and a black cap.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of either teenager 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.

USS Crommelin to Visit Hilo for Merrie Monarch Festival

The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG-37) will visit Hilo April 12-15 to participate in the 49th annual Merrie Monarch Festival. Rear Admiral Fernandez “Frank” Ponds, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, will also attend the festivities at the invitation of The Merrie Monarch Festival director.

Sailors man the rails aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) as the ship gets underway for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert Stirrup/Released)

USS Crommelin will greet the Merrie Monarch Royal Court during a pierside welcome ceremony at Hilo Harbor Pier 1 on Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m.  USS Crommelin Sailors, along with Rear Adm. Ponds, will attend the hula competitions and participate in the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. along downtown Hilo.  The Navy’s Pacific Fleet Band will also participate in the parade.

USS Crommelin (FFG 37) joins Royal Cambodian Navy patrol craft (PC 1141 and PC 1108) for joint ship maneuvers off southern Cambodia, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2010. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist First Class Robert Clowney/Released)

A select group of Waiakea High School Navy JROTC cadets will have the rare opportunity to embark the ship on its return trip from the Big Island to Pearl Harbor.

Royal Cambodian Navy officers depart USS Crommelin (FFG 37) after opening ceremonies for the second phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia 2010. CARAT is a series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Tross/Released)

USS Crommelin is a 453-foot long Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate with a mission to escort and protect carrier battle groups, amphibious landing groups, underway replenishment groups and convoys.  Commanding officer Cmdr. Michael Johns leads a crew of about 200 Hawaii-based Sailors.

Hawai’i Community Foundation to Offer Free, Live Webcasts of Pillars of Peace Hawai’i’s Dalai Lama Events

Messages of peace and aloha will be shared online with audiences worldwide

The Hawai’i Community Foundation (HCF) announced today that three Pillars of Peace Hawai’i events featuring Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will be available for viewing via live stream. The events offered online will include a talk specifically for students on April 14th at 11:45 a.m. HAST, a panel on Native Hawaiian culture on April 15th at 9:45 a.m. HAST, and a presentation for the general public on April 15th at 11:45 a.m. HAST. Because of support received from www.DalaiLama.com, HCF is able to offer these live streams free of charge at www.PillarsofPeaceHawaii.org.These events are part of the Dalai Lama’s three-day visit to O’ahu (April 14-16) where he will participate in a series of conversations with local leaders and visits to cultural and historical sites on O’ahu.

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“We will be streaming select events in real time so that people in Hawai’i and around the world have the opportunity to experience these extraordinary events as they unfold,” said Kelvin Taketa, president and CEO of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Talks to be offered online include:

Saturday, April 14 — Student Talk, “Educating the Heart”

Live stream starts: 11:45 a.m. HAST

Dalai Lama talk starts: 1:30 p.m. HAST

This event is for high school and college students and is focused on encouraging compassionate behavior in Hawai’i’s youth. His Holiness will discuss with Hawai’i students the importance of practicing tolerance, perseverance and persistence in everyday life. The event will also feature musical performances with messages on peace from Jack Johnson, Taimane Gardner, Anuhea Jenkins and more. Very limited tickets for the Student Talk are still available, please contact the University of Hawai’i Stan Sheriff Center Box Office at 808-956-4482.

Sunday, April 15 — Panel Discussion, “The Importance of Native Intelligence in Modern Times”

Live stream and panel starts: 9:45 a.m. HAST

His Holiness will participate in a panel discussion with Native Hawaiian leaders, including Dr. Pualani Kanahele and Nainoa Thompson. Panelists will consider the positive contributions of wisdom found in Hawaiian and other native cultures and explore Hawai’i’s potential for global leadership. The discussion will be moderated by John DeFries. This event is only available to the general public via the live webcast.

Sunday, April 15 — Public Talk, “Advancing Peace through the Power of Aloha”

Live stream starts: 11:45 a.m. HAST

Dalai Lama talk starts: 1:30 p.m. HAST

His Holiness will speak to the general public about the role of peace and compassion in daily life – aiming to spark discussion and dialogue in the community. The event will include musical performances with messages on peace from Michael McDonald, Amy Hānaiali`i and Henry Kapono, to name a few. Due to the enthusiastic response to this appearance by His Holiness, tickets for the Public Talk are no longer available.

The Dalai Lama’s visit marks the launch of a new HCF initiative entitled “Pillars of Peace Hawai’i: Building Peace on a Foundation of Aloha.” The program, supported by the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, aims to bring global peace leaders to Hawai’i to exchange ideas about the many forms of peace that exist here at home in Hawai’i and around the world. The Dalai Lama is visiting O’ahu at the invitation of Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Support is being provided by a lead grant from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund in addition to other partners providing in-kind and cash donations.

For more information about the Dalai Lama’s visit to O’ahu, please call 1-855-PEACE00 (1-855-732-2300), email info@pillarsofpeacehawaii.org or visit www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org. Pillars of Peace is also on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pillarsofpeace and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PillarsofPeace for up-to-date information. Please follow along using the following hashtag: #PEACEHI

ABOUT HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMAHis Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for Tibet and received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights and religious understanding.” He recently won the 2012 Templeton Prize for his work in spiritually relevant scientific research. Author of more than 72 books and the recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates, His Holiness describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. For more information about the Dalai Lama, please visit: www.dalailama.com.ABOUT THE HAWAI’I COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

With 95 years of community service, the Hawai’i Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of more than 600 funds, including more than 160 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2011, more than $43 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide. The Foundation also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector. Visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org for more information.

ABOUT PIERRE AND PAM OMIDYAR

Active philanthropists who are guided by their belief that people are inherently capable and basically good, Pierre and Pam Omidyar have committed more than $1 billion to help individuals improve their lives and ignite change across a variety of sectors and geographies. The Omidyars received the 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of the lasting impact of their work and generosity. In 2009, Pierre and Pam made an historic $50 million commitment to the Hawai’i Community Foundation to establish the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund, which is being used to launch several community initiatives. To learn more about the Omidyars’ commitment to Hawai’i and ongoing philanthropic interests around the world, go to www.pillarsofpeacehawaii.org/hosts.

International Scholars Learn Best Practices at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Two scholars from World Heritage Sites in China and the Philippines are studying how Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, also a World Heritage Site, operates. Once they return to their countries, they will share how the National Park Service successfully integrates conservation and tourism.

Jovel Ananayo - NPS Photos by Stephen Geiger

Jovel Ananayo, 35, is a National Park Service World Heritage Fellow from the Philippines, and a tourism post-graduate student at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He works as the tourism specialist for the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo), a nongovernmental organization embarking on the conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. The rice terraces are more than 2,000 years old and represent “an absolute blending of humankind and the environment,” according to UNESCO. But they face many challenges, from introduced invasive pests, tourism pressure on natural and cultural resources, diminishing indigenous knowledge systems, very limited financial resources, and more.

“What amazes me here is how all the divisions and experts work together. You have experts on cultural and natural resource management and the eruption crew all providing information to the interpretation team who very effectively share their knowledge with visitors. That’s how it should be,” Ananayo said. “In Ifugao, efforts are much more fragmented, but we hope to improve on our collaboration and on how we integrate cultural and natural heritage in our tourism activities drawing from the model of the Hawai‘i Volcanoes,” he said.

Li Lijuan - NPS Photo by David Boyle

Li Lijuan, 27, works for Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve in China’s Yunnan Province, part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas, a World Heritage Site. Lijuan took a leave of absence to participate in the East West Center’s Asia Pacific Leadership Program, where she studied political, global and regional emerging issues, trends, and leadership last semester. This semester, she’s serving as an intern at Hawai‘i Volcanoes to better understand how the U.S. national park system operates. Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve emphasizes preservation and restoration, and is probing how to balance protecting natural resources, provide access, and sustainable utilization.

“The United States has a very good  national park system, and you excel at balance. Here people can appreciate nature,” she said.

This year, Hawai‘i Volcanoes celebrates its 25th anniversary of becoming a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, recognized internationally for its outstanding universal value. The park is one of only 21 World Heritage sites in the United States, and 936 worldwide. Today, visitors, students and volunteers from around the world come to experience its natural and cultural wonders, found nowhere else on earth.

Lobster and Kona Crab Season Ends May 1st

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) reminds the public that the season for taking ula and ula papapa (spiny and slipper lobsters) and Kona crabs in state waters will be closed starting on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The closed season extends through the end of August.

Hawaii Administrative Rules prohibit the taking, killing, sale or offering for sale, or possession of any ula, also known as spiny lobster (Panulirus penicillatus, P. marginatus) and ula papapa or slipper lobster (Scyllarides squammosus, S. haanii) from state waters during the closed season.

It is also illegal to take, possess, or sell Kona crab during May through August.

“These rules are in place to protect lobsters and Kona crabs during the summer months, which are the peak of their reproductive season, and to help ensure their populations will continue to be sustainable,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson. However, any commercial marine dealer may sell, or any hotel, restaurant, or other public eating house may serve spiny or slipper lobster lawfully caught during the open season by first procuring a license to do so pursuant to section 13-74-41, Hawaii Administrative Rules.

During the open season, catching, taking or possessing of female spiny and slipper lobsters and female Kona crab is prohibited as a result of the passage of Act 77 by the 2006 State Legislature.

Also during the open season, any spiny or slipper lobster, or Kona crab, caught with eggs must immediately be returned to the waters from which it was taken. Taking or killing of females is prohibited year round.

The Hawai‘i Fishing Regulations booklet, available at all Division of Aquatic Resources offices and most fishing supply stores, shows how to determine the sex of spiny lobsters and Kona crabs. Or go online to http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/regulated_fish_invert.html

For more information on regulations concerning these and other marine invertebrates, including  minimum sizes, go to http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/regulated_fish_mia.html or call the Division of Aquatic Resources.

To report any violation of these or other fishing regulations call the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement at 643-DLNR.

Big Island Police Trying to Locate Owners of Kau Property Recovered in Burglary Investigations

Big Island police are trying to locate the owners of stolen property recovered during burglary investigations in the Ka‘ū District. The items were recovered from burglary suspects in Na‘alehu, Discovery Harbor and the Green Sand subdivision.

The burglaries started three to four months ago.

Police have linked some of the stolen items to four different victims but have yet to link additional items to specific victims. Some of the burglaries may have gone unreported.

Burglary victims in the affected areas are asked to call Sergeant Cory Koi or Officer John Smith at 939-2520 and be prepared to describe any of the following stolen items:

2 car stereos
5 solar panels
3 car batteries
1 fishing reel
1 arc welder

Police again remind the public about the importance of marking or engraving their property and recording serial numbers to increase the likelihood that their stolen property will be returned in the event of a burglary.