Mazie Hirono Officially Files Nomination Papers for U.S. Senate

Mazie Hirono officially filed her nomination papers with the State Election Office today, officially declaring her candidacy for U.S. Senate.

Here is a video of her filing her nomination papers with the State Election Office.


UH Hilo Awards 2012 Chancellor Scholarships

Nineteen students from public, private and charter schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The award, valued at $23,520, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earn either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT, while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

The 2012 recipients are a diverse groups of students comprised of 10 women and 9 men from the islands of Hawaiʻi (9), O`ahu (6) and Maui (4) who were selected from more than 90 applicants. The cohort has an average high school GPA of 3.83, with four students scoring 4.0 or better. The average SAT scores for Reading, Math and Writing were 622, 607 and 560 respectively.

“This is an impressive class of students whose academic achievements, dedication and leadership qualities are outstanding,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “We believe their decision to attend UH Hilo will benefit the entire University as well as their own personal and professional development.”

All Chancellor Scholars will be required to enroll as full-time students, stay enrolled continuously, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2012 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools are as follows:

Jenna Burns, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hawaiʻi; Kobie Clarke, Hilo High School, Hawaiʻi; Theodore DeRego, Kamehameha (Hawaiʻi), Hawaiʻi; Ashley Fukuchi, Moanalua High School, O`ahu; Alexander Guerrero, Kamehameha (Maui), Maui; Richard Hernandez, Damien Memorial High School, O`ahu; Tyler Hirokawa, Hilo High School, Hawaiʻi; Casey Jones, Kapolei High School, O`ahu; Johann Kuipers, Hilo High School, Hawaiʻi; Kate Malasig, W.R. Farrington High School, O`ahu; Jamie Ouye, Hilo High School, Hawaiʻi; Kara Paulachak, Waiakea High School, Hawaiʻi; Koa Rodrigues, Kamehameha (Maui), Maui; Dillon Tacdol, Kamehameha (Maui), Maui; Michelle Uchida, Sacred Hearts Academy High School, O`ahu; Jasmine Venegas, Waiakea High School, Hawaiʻi; Donald Waner, Lanakila Baptist High School, O`ahu; Bailey Wooldridge, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hawaiʻi; and Jenna Yanos, Maui High School, Maui.

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii Today

Magnitude 3.5
Location 19.369°N, 155.473°W
Depth 10.6 km (6.6 miles)
  • 18 km (11 miles) N (2°) from Pahala, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) WSW (250°) from Volcano, HI
  • 36 km (22 miles) NNE (20°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 55 km (34 miles) SW (227°) from Hilo, HI
  • 327 km (203 miles) SE (131°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles)
Parameters Nph= 64, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.12 sec, Gp= 36°,
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Big Island Police Asking for Public’s Help in Providing Info on Burglary and Fire in Shipman Industrial Park

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in providing information about a burglary and fire Wednesday morning (May 30).

At approximately 5:19 a.m., police and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire in the Shipman Industrial Park. Upon arrival, they found a warehouse located on Kipimana Street fully engulfed in flames.

Investigation reveals that the front gate chain was severed to gain entrance to the premises. One or more suspects entered the building from the rear by cutting a hole in the wall and then removed a flatbed pickup truck and some heavy equipment.

Police have initiated burglary and arson investigations.

Police are looking for a dark Ford 4-door pickup truck seen in the area prior to the fire.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385.

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.

“Rabbit” Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone to be Inducted into the Surfer’s Hall of Fame

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is pleased to announce one of its most exciting and diverse classes on Friday, August 3, 2012 when it inducts a Waikiki Beach Boy mentored by Hawaiian Royalty, one of the most creative and gifted surfers on the planet and the man responsible for coaching hundreds of students and winning multiple national championships.

Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone will have their hand and footprints immortalized in cement for the ages at 10:00 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport. Famed sports commentators David Stanfield and Rockin’ Fig will serve as Masters of Ceremony.

The Surfers Hall of Fame in Huntington Beach, Photo by Mark A. Payton

The nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame celebrated its first induction in 1997 inside of specialty retailer Huntington Surf & Sport where several slabs remain. Four years later with the blessing of the City Council and a stunning bronze statue of sport’s spiritual leader Duke Kahanamoku serving as a backdrop, the ceremony moved outside to the corner of PCH and Main; less than 100 feet from the famed Huntington Beach Pier, site of the U.S. Open of Surfing. Please visit for more information.

“Rabbit Kekai, Dane Reynolds and Andy Verdone are three Surfing Legends that have influenced generations of Surfers past, present and future,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. “We are very honored and excited to induct them into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this coming August!”

“Rabbit” Kekai

Rabbit Kekai: Rabbit Kekai is a living legend that has done it all from Waikiki beach boy to groundbreaking surfer to North Shore Beach Marshall. At age 10 he was taken under the wing of Duke Kahanamoku who paid his entries into canoe races and had him teaching surf lessons. A pioneer of North Shore surfing in the ’30s with George Downing and Wally Froiseth, Rabbit became known as an innovator of drop-knee turns on short, finless boards. He practically invented hot-dogging, inspiring the likes of Phil Edwards, Joe Quigg, Miki Dora and Donald Takayama. Rabbit made his own redwood and balsa boards prior to World War II, at which time he served as an army frogman in the South Pacific. A winner of the Peruvian and Makaha International titles during the ’50s, he has competed worldwide for decades. And each winter season he can be found at the Triple Crown of Surfing, doling out singlets, wisecracks and advice as Beach Marshall…just as he has every year since the first Pipe Masters in 1971.

Dane Reynolds: Dane Reynolds is a young charger known for his “go for broke” style of surfing that includes a number of experimental and aerial maneuvers. It was on the point breaks around Santa Barbara and Ventura that he honed his progressive approach. Reynolds competed in the 2003 and 2004 X Games and received the highest single wave score both years. His first video, “First Chapter”, won Best Male Performance in a Video and Video of the Year at the 2006 Surfer Poll Awards. Dane qualified for the 2008 World Tour after finishing runner-up to Jordy Smith on the 2007 World Qualifying Series. He wound up 19th on the tour that year and then rocketed into the coveted Top 10 in 2009. Reynolds had a breakout year in 2010, ending up tied for fourth in the world. Despite injuries that held him back in 2011 and thus far in 2012, Dane is known for pushing the boundaries of the sport. He spends as much time in the air as he does in the water while surfing, and his aggressive, almost violent style in attacking waves have earned him the praise of fellow pros, many of whom who call him the most exciting free surfer in the world.

Andy Verdone: Coach Andy Verdone took over from the late Chuck Allen in ’87-’88 and immediately lead Huntington Beach High School Surf (HBHS) Team to a NSSA National title. Known as the “Phil Jackson” of surf coaches, Verdone has built his program into among the most successful and winningest in the country, capturing 10 NSSA National Titles as well as a National Surf League (Brad Gerlach’s “The Game” format) Title in 2010. He has trained and coached some of the best surfers in Huntington Beach including the Deffenbaugh brothers, Jay Larson, Micah Byrne, Shaun Ward and Brett Simpson. A huge part of Coach Verdone’s program is his legendary surf trips with the team to such destinations as Australia, South Africa and Ireland. Coach Verdone and his young globetrotters appeared in a 2007 surf documentary called “Chasing the Dream”, which follows eight kids on his squad who want to become pros. Year after year 100 students try out for his squad and only 30 make the cut. Verdone’s impact on the sport of surfing in Surf City is such that one young surfer moved here from Nantucket, Massachusetts without his family just to surf for the Huntington Beach Oilers.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony pays tribute to those individuals who have made an indelible mark on the sport, industry and culture of surfing. Annually, tens of thousands of visitors to Huntington Beach’s downtown area literally walk in the footsteps of surfing superstars and legends from several eras including Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado who are already immortalized in cement.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge. Further information is available at

Past Inductees

51-Year-Old Kona Man Arrested and Released After Kona Hospital Goes Into Lock-Down

A 51-year-old Kona man was arrested Wednesday (May 30) in connection with threatening comments made about a Big Island hospital.

Kona Patrol Officers responded to a call from Kona Community Hospital at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that a man had made phone calls threatening to “shoot up” the hospital.

Police contacted Philip Couch at his home in the White Sands area off Ali‘i Drive and arrested him at 12:40 p.m. on suspicion of disorderly conduct for causing alarm at the hospital. He was released about an hour later pending further investigation.

NHCH Receives American Heart Associations Gold Quality Achievement Award

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) has received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

The recognition signifies that NHCH has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations.

Under Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and Director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like NHCH implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.”

“NHCH is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program will help us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Doug Hiller, Orthopedic Surgeon and NHCH Chief of Staff.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps NHCH’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures, such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable NHCH to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and, ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit

Hawaii State Civil Defense Walk Through

A brief tour of the Hawaii State Civil Defense headquarters provided by the Hawaii National Guard.


Candonino Agusen Talks About His National Winning Project

Candonino Agusen

Candonino Agusen, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, helped raise more than $64,000 to buy temporary housing kits for people displaced by the earthquake in Japan last year.


For more information you can read here: Hawaii’s Candonino Agusen of Kailua-Kona Named One of America’s Top Ten Youth Volunteers

Wordless Wednesday – I Found the Hidden Spa

I found the “Hidden Spa” at the Fairmont Orchid!

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island Tonight

Magnitude 3.3
Location 19.299°N, 155.213°W
Depth 9.4 km (5.8 miles)
  • 17 km (10 miles) S (172°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SSW (204°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) SSW (207°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 42 km (26 miles) SW (229°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SSW (196°) from Hilo, HI
  • 352 km (219 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
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2012 Big Island Pride Festival Announced

The 2012 Big Island Pride Festival will take place on Sunday July 22nd from 10:00AM – 2:00PM at Kamakahonu Beach/Ahu’ena Heiau (the Luau Grounds of Courtyard at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel).

After an absence of several years this island-wide event once again brings together the Big Island of Hawaii’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Questioning people and those who love and support them.

“I am thrilled that we have been able to pull this off this year,” said event coordinator Blake Howell, “We have some fun activities planned and a fantastic location to gather on Sunday for the big event!” The event, scheduled for the beautiful Luau Grounds at Courtyard at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, will feature vendors, a cash bar, music, and beach and water activities. A Saturday Night Drag show and Dance Party kick off the festivities.

Gay Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to promote their, increase their visibility as a, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and. Pride, as opposed to shame and, is the predominant outlook that bolsters most movements throughout the world.

More information and updates on the Big Island Pride Festival can be found at and BigIslandPrideFestival on Facebook.

HCA – 2012 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference – Hawaii Conservation Alliance

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit.

The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Activities will include a presentation of a “20th Anniversary HCC Video” reflecting on the successes and memories of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (formerly the Secretariat for Conservation Biology); daily thought provoking keynote speakers; a special banner to memorialize our collective genealogy; public art event; training opportunities; and more. Join us in celebrating HCC’s 20th anniversary!

More information here:

HCA – 2012 Hawai‘i Conservation Conference – Hawaii Conservation Alliance.

KapohoKine Adventure Issues Statement on HIOSH’s Report on the Death at a Hawaii Island Zipline

Regarding the report issued by Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division on the death at a Hawaii Island zipline last year, Tony DeLellis of KapohoKine Adventures issued the following:

“It doesn’t change the tragic loss of a human life,” said DeLellis, “and it troubles us that more rigid standards weren’t applied to these lines by the builder” (Experiential Resources, Inc. and GoZip LLC).

“Lava Hotline’s decision to independently evaluate the course was well founded,” DeLellis said.

Following the accident last fall, which caused the death of an employee of the zipline builder who was testing the line, the operator for the lines, Lava Hotline, hired independent engineers to evaluate the course. “That choice was clearly a sound one,” DeLellis said. The entire course was redesigned and is being rebuilt by an accredited zipline builder. Platforms are being rebuilt, supports are being reinforced and every anchor has been replaced and is undergoing intensive testing.

KapohoKine, a Hilo-based adventure tours company, booked zipline excursions through Lava Hotline. KapohoKine suspended zipline tours after the incident, awaiting full evalutation of integrity of the lines.

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Eloise Mumford Awarded Golden Honu at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

On Saturday at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival there were more movies and films that included “Nobody’s Child” and “Steve Phoenix – The Untold Story” in the morning followed by “Buzkashi Boys” and “Donkeys’.  Then in the afternoon the films “Election Day”, “Found” and “Searching for Sonny” were shown.

The big event of the day was the “Reception and Salute” to actress Eloise Mumford.  The reception included a carving station that had roasted turkey and then this steamed platter of Chinese food.

After the reception and salute, there was a celebrity awards ceremony where Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears presented Mumford with a 2012 Golden Honu Award for Acting.

Maui film producer Brian Kohne (Get a Job) interviewed Mumford about what it was like to work in the industry and she mentioned how fortunate she feels to be so far along at such a young age.

While only a few weeks ago Mumford learned that the current show she stars in “The River” has been cancelled, she remained upbeat and talked about a current project she is working on entitled “Waikiki”.

Eloise with the producers of “Waikiki”

She talked about the auditioning process and how many auditions folks really need to go out and do before they may even get picked up. Of course Kohne tried to convince her to come play a part in one of his upcoming movies.

After the awards ceremony, I had the opportunity to go on a walk with Eloise and ask her a few more questions about herself.

Eloise Mumford and Singer/Songwriter/Producer RJ Kaneao

When she was talking to Kohne earlier in the evening she mentioned that she graduated from High School in Olympia, Washington and that struck a nerve with me as I attended a High School there as well my freshmen year.

Well it turns out that she went to Capital High School and I went to a high school on the opposite site of Olympia called Tumwater for a brief time during my younger days.  Of course I really didn’t want to ask her how old or young she was… but with this connection I was having with her… I just had to ask her what year she graduated, but with respect for how young she really is… I won’t say what year she graduated in!

Of course all the guys want to know if she is single.  Well she does have a boyfriend that arrived just in time for her to receive an award.

Sorry guys… taken!

Later on in the evening the “family films” held at The Shops of Mauna Lani, were “Dissolving Destinies”, “A Finger”, “Two Dots”, “Giant Monsters” and ” Miss Minoes”.    The festival films held at the Plantation Estate of the Fairmont Orchid were ” Technicality”, “Nani”, “Silver Case”, “Scenen” and “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”.

I had to leave early the next day to go to Oahu but according to the Big Island Film Festival Facebook site… The previous attendance record of 1954 patrons was smashed this year with 2202 patrons and visiting filmmakers visiting this year.

Big Island Police Searching for 29-Year-Old Involved in Kailua-Kona Stabbing

Big Island police have identified a man wanted for questioning in connection with a stabbing last week in Kailua-Kona.

Police are looking for 29-year-old Tommy Eugan Howard. He is described as African-American with black hair and brown eyes. He may wear contact lenses that alter his eye color. He has a tattoo of a chain of musical notes that runs from his left shoulder down along his left arm. He sometimes goes by the names Casino, Tommy Washington and Cesar Waltz.

He is also wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections for failure to register as a sex offender.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext. 238 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 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.

At 1:25 p.m. on May 22, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing at Laʻaloa Beach Park—also known as White Sands Beach—on Aliʻi Drive. The victim, a 39-year-old Ocean View man, had reportedly been at the park with family members when he got into a verbal dispute with another man. The other man reportedly stabbed him in the side of the neck and then fled in a white Jeep.

The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released.

DLNR Holds Public Hearings on Proposed Rule Requiring Boater Safety Course Completion

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold public hearings on proposed adoption of Title 13, Section13-244-15.5, HAR, Operation of Power Driven Vessels on May 30 and 31, 2012.

The proposed new rule:

  • Requires that boat operators obtain a certificate of completion from a State of Hawai‘i and National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) approved course on the safe use and operation of certain power driven vessels
  • Sets a minimum age of 15 for operating a vessel unsupervised
  • Establishes a fine between $50 and $1000 for violators
  • Exempts those possessing a valid license to operate a vessel issued for maritime personnel by the US Coast Guard
  • Goes into effect 24 months after the rule is signed by the Governor.

“Nationally, the experience many states have had is that boating education not only save lives, it also reduces accidents. And if fewer vessels run aground that’s less we expend to remove them from our nearshore areas,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.

“The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has paid out in excess of $860,000 in the last 10 years to remove boats that ran aground or sank in State waters,” he said. “Completion of a safety education course benefits everybody because it means improved safety, and less marine debris and hazardous materials in our waters.”

“It also means that our boaters must understand rules and regulations which protect marine life,including protected species like the humpback whale, monk seals, and sea turtles.”

Related agencies supporting this proposed rule include:

  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • The US Coast Guard Auxiliary in Hawai‘i
  • Honolulu Sail and Power
  • Squadron and the Hawai‘i Ocean Safety Team

If the rule is adopted DOBOR will have two years to develop and prepare NASBLA- and State -approved boating safety courses before it takes effect. One on-line course is already available, but the division’s goal is to foster development of numerous fully approved on-line and classroom courses as well as a home-study course within a year’s time so the public will have choices and ample time to comply with the rule.

The public hearings will be held as follows:

  • O‘ahu: May 30, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aiea Elementary School 99-370 Moanalua Road, ‘Aiea.
  • Kona: May 30, 5 to 7 p.m. at Honokohau Harbor Fishing Club, Honokohau
  • Maui: May 31, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Maui Waena Intermediate School, 795 Onehe‘e Ave, Kahului
  • Hilo: May 31, 2012 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the State Office Building, 75 Aupuni Street
  • Kaua‘i: May 31, 2012, 6 to 8 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou Street, Lihu‘e

All interested parties are invited to attend and to present their views, either orally or in writing. Written statements may be submitted at the public hearings or to the DLNR Boating Division, 33 Queen Street, Suite 300, Honolulu Hawaii 96813, attention Administrator up to one week following the hearing date. Or by e-mail to

The rule may be reviewed online at or can be reviewed in person at any small boat harbor from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. If unable to review online or in person, a copy can be mailed after payment of the required fees for postage and paper (per 91-2.5 HRS) upon verbal or written request to: the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, 333 Queen St., Suite 300, Honolulu, HI 96813, Ph: 587-0142.

Big Island Film Festival Interview with Huffington Post Blogger Jennifer Grisanti

Each year the Big Island Film Festival brings in industry professionals to talk about things and present workshops to people attending the festival.  This year they brought in multi-talented television do-it-all and Huffington Post Blogger, Jennifer Grisanti, as one of the folks giving workshops.

On Sunday evening, there was a “Reception and Salute” to her where she won this Golden Honu Award for her accomplishments in the industry.

I had the chance to interview her on Friday at the Fairmont Orchid and I asked her about some of her experiences, her background and what she is currently up to and here are some things she said to me.

Q: Tell me a little about you do and why were you invited to the Big Island Film Festival?

A: I actually did a seminar at Turtle Bay Resort about three years ago and I contacted Leo (Sears)… I got his name from someone at one of the universities as somebody that could help promote the event that I was doing and Leo told me that he was doing the Big Island Film Festival and he gave me some tips which helped and lead to a very successful event at Turtle Bay.  Then Leo told me he would keep me in mind for future BIFF in the future and when an opportunity came up, he sent me an email in May of last year and asked if I would be interested and of course I said yes.

Q: Where are you from and what is your educational background?

A: I’m from Los Angeles and I was born in Buffalo and raised in Los Angeles in a place called Friendly Hills Whittier.  My educational background… I went to a all girls Catholic High School in Anaheim and went to USC where I studied Communication and Cinema.

Q: How long have you been a blogger for the Huffington Post?

A: I’ve been a blogger for the Huffington Post for three years.

Q: What do you like to blog about?

A: I like to blog about the books that I’m writing and I wanted to develop the other side of my brain and blogging was a great practice for writing my books.

Q: What was the workshop that you gave at the Big Island Film Festival?

A: The class was about writing the TV Spec and Pilot Scripts which is a very big part of my background.  I started as Aaron Spellings Assistant in 1992 and I climbed the ranks at Spelling Television as a current programming executive where I covered shows like 90210, Melrose Place, Charmed, Seventh Heaven and then I went on to be a VP of current programming at CBS/Paramount where I covered shows like “Medium”, “Numbers”, “NCIS”, “4400”, and “Girlfriends” which lead to all my knowledge on Spec  Scripts because I read like 300 Spec Scripts a season so the Spec and Pilot Script became my expertise and teaching classes on it is a large part of what my business is.

Q: Is the film writing class something that you do on an ongoing basis?

A: Yes, I own my own business called Jennifer Grisanti Consultancy Inc., and I work with writers one on one in consult as well as seminars and teleseminars where I teach TV writing, film writing, covering topics such as finding your voice and adding fiction to your truth in your writing, as well as writing the TV Spec and Pilot Script and the Writing the Features Script.

Q: What are some of your favorite projects that you have worked on?

A: It was wonderful working on 90210 at the beginning of my career because it was the original 90210 so that will always have a special place in my heart.  I would say while working at CBS/Paramount I loved working on all the shows, I would say that “Medium” was a fun show to cover, I really enjoyed the creative experience of story telling with that show.  With “Numbers” it was a challenge and every show has its gifts and its challenges.

Q: If you weren’t doing consulting what would you fall back onto as a second career?

A: I was a television executive for 15 years so I would have thought that opening my own business was falling back on something, but then I recognized that being an executive was setting the foundation for what I do now and what I do now I love.  I know that because the business is growing at a tremendous pace, that its something that could last for a very long time, like when you look at Robert McCree (sp?) and you recognize that he’s still teaching story at 73 there is a recognition that the niche is there which is a great thing.

Q: Is there anything you would like to say in closing?

A: I’m very grateful to Leo and Jan Sears and all of their hospitality, I’m very grateful to the Fairmont Hotel and everybody that works here and their friendliness and the accommodations are phenomenal, I’m grateful to everyone who’s been part of the Big Island Film Festival.

The biggest thing in coming here like one of the messages that I really thought about is that it was so wild when they asked if you wanted to be the celebrity guest and it was such a fascinating thing because really what I do is celebrate the accomplishments of the filmmaker and that’s what I’m all about is really the message of understanding the significance of being able to put your heart on the page and connect with your audience by coming from your truth, and so seeing so many filmmakers that have done that through their stories here has been a really fulfilling experience for me because it’s why I love what I do.

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing in Mountain View on the Big Island

A tour helicopter made an unscheduled landing in Puna on Monday (May 28).

Puna patrol officers responded to a 1:45 p.m. notification from the Federal Aviation Administration of a helicopter down near the 14-mile marker on Highway 11 near Mountain View. It was determined that the pilot of the helicopter, which is registered to a local tour company, made a precautionary landing after a warning light illuminated on his control panel.

No one was hurt and the helicopter was not damaged. Another helicopter from the same tour company responded to the scene and transported the passengers out of the area without incident.

Hawaii Island Hoops Camp Announces 2012 Summer Camp Staff

The 2012 Hawaii Island Hoops Camp is just around the corner and today they announced the stellar coaching staff:

Andy Smith – Director – Hawaii Island Hoops

A former University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan basketball standout and 2-year starter in the mid 90’s, Smith set several shooting records and finished a solid college career before graduation.

“I founded Hawaii Island Hoops because I know that our local student-athletes need help and outlets for them achieve their goals of getting a higher education and playing on the next level”.   “This is why we have specifically invited many college coaches and players to come out here and help our local players get better, and help find a college that is right for them”.

With the help of great coaching staffs throughout the years, Hawaii Island Hoops has helped place over 50 local student athletes in schools across the country.  “We are stoked to have another amazing coaching staff in 2012 and look forward to helping as many local student-athletes as we can”.

Andy Smith has been the Director of Hawaii Island Hoops since 2004 and teaches the shooting clinics at the College-Prep Basketball Camp.


Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:Brad Barbarick.jpgBrad Barbarick – Concordia University (Portland)

Coach Brad Barbarick returns for his 4th consecutive year to help Andy Smith with Hawaii Island Hoops College Prep Camp.  Barbarick’s love for Hawaii Island Hoops runs deep as he has helped numerous campers achieve their goal of playing college basketball. “I truly love working Hawaii Island Hoops College Prep Camp, it is a great camp that truly has benefited lots of young men from Hawaii achieve their goals.”

Barbarick has worked and directed numerous basketball camps all over the United States in his 26 years as a college coach. Barbarick has worked and directed camps for such notable coaches as John Wooden, Pat Riley, George Karl, Jim Harrick and Don Nelson. Barbarick has run his own camp, Rip City Hoop Camp in Portland, Oregon for 21 years.

During his time at Concordia University Barbarick has produced numerous All-Americans and has been fortunate to have had several 20 win seasons and win two Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships


Henry Barrera – Nike SPARQ Training

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:HenryBarerra2010.jpgNow entering his 3rd year with HIH, Henry Barrera is a dedicated teacher and coach of performance enhancement training.  He has spent the last 9 years developing programs for athletes in all sports, specializing in speed, agility, and quickness training.

Along with a Master’s degree in Education, he is Nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Nike SPARQ trainer.  Henry is currently the director of Speed-4-Sport and is a Sports Performance Specialist at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

As an athlete Henry was rewarded for his dedication and work ethic by being selected as a two-time NCCAA Division II All-American and was honored his senior season with the Pete Maravich National Basketball Player of the Year award in 99-2000.  Henry brings a high level of energy to every training session and looks forward to making an impact on the Island.



Craig McMillan – Santa Rosa Junior College – Head Coach

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:Craig McMillian.jpgCraig McMillan is a teacher by his own example and by his own path in life.  Starting out playing his college ball at the University of Arizona, this gave him the passion to turn to coaching.  He first began coaching as an assistant at Marquette University from ’89-’94, then Assistant at University of Tennessee from ’94-’96.

From the college ranks he took his coaching talents oversees and coached professionally in Kuwait from ’96-’99 and Lebanon from ’99 – 2000.  Now, Coach Craig McMillan has been the head men’s basketball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College since 2000.

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:2K12 Coaches:Coach Glenn Farello.jpgGlenn Farello – Paul IV High School – Fairfax, Virginia

Glenn Farello just completed his 5th year as head coach at Paul VI HS and 14th overall.  He has coached over 50 players that have played College Basketball and 10 that have played Professional Basketball, including 2 NBA players, Delonte West (Mavericks) and Eddie Basden (Bulls).  His teams have made it to 11 Final Fours and have won the 2002 MD State Championship, the 2009 and 2012 VA Independent School State Championships, the 2012 City Title and PVI’s first ever WCAC Championship in 2012, going 21-0 in conference play.  The first team to have ever accomplish that feat in the conference.

Coach Farello has been named Coach of the Year 8 times, most recently the WCAC COY and Virginia State COY in 2012. In 2002, he was named Washington Post All Met Coach of the Year while at Eleanor Roosevelt.  9 times his teams have been ranked in the Top20 in DC Metro Area, including #1 in 2012.  The team finished ranked in Top 10 in the nation in 2012 going 35-3.  Coach Farello’s overall record stands at 267 – 128.

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Tony Marcopulos enters his 25th year of collegiate coaching. Coach Marcopulos has just completed his 12th season at Cabrillo Community College in Aptos, CA.  Prior to Cabrillo, Coach Marcopulos was a Div. 1assistant coach for 12 seasons. He coached eleven at the University of the Pacific (88′-99′) and one at the University of Portland (99-00) before becoming the Head Coach at Cabrillo College in 2000.

While at Pacific Marcopulos helped lead the Tigers to two Big West Conference titles, a 1997 NCAA tournament birth and a 1998 NIT tournament birth. Marcopulos recruited and helped mentor Michael Olowokandi who became the 1st overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the LA Clippers.

Marcopulos took over the Cabrillo College Basketball program in 2000. At that time Cabrillo was among the worst of the 90+ Community College programs in the state. Quickly Marcopulos made the Seahawks competitive. The 2006-07 season saw the Seahawks win their first ever in school history Coast Conference South Division Championship (college was founded in 1959). Since that season the Seahawks have won three more in 08, 11 and 12. In Marcopulos’ 24 years as a collegiate coach over 90% of the student-athletes that finished their eligibility have graduated.



Alex Hartman – Nike Basketball – Professional Player

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Hartman traveled back to Indonesia for and ASEAN league and became the league’s leading scorer.  Hartman also played with Malaysia International Champions, MVP and league leading scorer in 2010-2011. 2011 International Basketball League Campion’s. 2011Canadian National Team, FIBA Americas.  Alex Hartman now works as a Nike basketball trainer and owner.


Troy Stevenson – Santa Rosa Junior College – Assistant Coach

Description: Macintosh HD:Users:andysmith:Desktop:1-1-11CoachTroyStevenson[9].jpgTroy Stevenson is an assistant coach at Santa Rosa Junior College (Northern California) with Head Coach Craig McMillan, for the last six years. Stevenson is involved with recruiting, scouting, practice and game preparation. Additionally, Stevenson works with the guards in skill development drills and shooting. Stevenson is a former Bear Cub guard and recently received a Master’s Degree from Howard University (Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication) and the University of San Francisco (Counseling Psychology). Stevenson focuses on student-athlete academic performance, including junior college, NCAA, and NAIA eligibility.


Rob Engel – Hawaii Preparatory Academy – Former Euro Pro

Description: Data:Nimai 2012:IMG_3128.JPGFormer NAIA standout at Notre Dame College in New Hampshire, Rob still owns 5 national scoring records including most points in a game with 64. An All-American honorable mention, he finished his collegiate career with a 30.5 ppg and 12.4 rpg averages. He played professionally in Europe in such places as Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, and Italy. He was also Invited to play in the Fila NBA Summer Pro League in 1999 and 2000. Rob Engel is currently an assistant varsity girl’s coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy here on the Big Island.



Bill Naylor –Former University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcan –  Head Coach at      King Kekaulike – Maui

Coach Naylor has just completed his 23rd year of coaching in the MIL (Maui Interscholastic League ). Naylor began his coaching career at St. Anthony in the late 80’s,  He moved on to Maui High School in 1996 where he won 6 league championships over a span of 10 years. He is currently coaching at King Kekaulike High School in beautiful upcountry Maui.

In 2012, during his second season, he took his King Kekaulike team to the state tournament for the first time in the schools 17-year history.  .

Naylor has been involved in basketball camps in the islands for the past 26 years.  He puts a huge emphasis on defense and again this year will be passing this on to our K2012 campers.  Naylor is a 1979 graduate of University of Hawaii Hilo, where he played 3 years for the Vulcans.

“The Big Island did a lot for me so it‘s my turn to give back to it. I love this game, so as long as I can walk and talk you will most likely find me somewhere near the court. I am looking forward to another great week of camp with an amazing staff.  “PMA is the only way”

Coach Naylor is married to his wife Lei for 31 years.  He has two daughters Lyndsay 29 and Kristen 26, both who spent their youth basketball days on the courts in Hilo and Kona.