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Hawaii Skydivers “Swoop” Into Waimea Bay

I just noticed this video uploaded by Youtube user “hillkdogg” entitled “Waimea Swoop”.

These are trained professionals and the guy that goes in the water at the beginning of the video is the same guy I was strapped to when I set a Hawaii State tandem altitude jump with Skydive Hawaii.


Honolulu “Smart Parking Meters” – Installations to Begin June 1st

The City and County of Honolulu is piloting 110 new card and coin accepting parking meters around Honolulu Hale to provide more parking payment options for customers. These state-of-the art meters are solar powered, accept payment by phone, and are paired with vehicle detection sensors to gather valuable data about parking occupancy. Meter installation will begin June 1, 2012 and will be located in the following areas: Honolulu Civic Center Garage, S. King St. and Punchbowl Ave. near the state capitol building, and Honolulu Police Department.

A smart parking meter

“I am excited about this technology which will raise the existing system to state-of-the art standards. Its benefits include user convenience, improved revenues, controls and efficient management. As we roll out the pilot project phase, we encourage our parking customers to provide us feedback to ensure its successful implementation later in the year.” Said Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle

Click here to see how the Smart Parking Meters work.

One Tiny Egg

I just saw this tiny egg on the ground!

The little fire ants were already attacking it.  *Update* I’ve been told that this is a gecko egg.

Mokulele Airline Flights Return to Kapalua, Maui

Mokulele Airlines, one of Hawai’i’s favorite commuter airlines, is expanding its services by returning to the Kapalua Airport, located on West Maui.  Flights will begin on July 1st with 4 flights a day, and fares as low as $59.97 based on availability.

“As we expand our fleet, we will continue connecting the dots in Hawai’i,” says CEO Ron Hansen “The new flights will provide customers with additional options when traveling to and from Maui at affordable prices.”

“The added lift from Honolulu to Kapalua will be valuable as we head into the busy summer season,” said Michael Jokovich, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. “It will provide our guests with a convenient alternative to flying into Kahului and additional access for visitors to enjoy all that Kaanapali has to offer.”

Flights are currently available online at www.mokuleleairlines.com, thru the reservations department, and thru your favorite travel agent.

Depart Arrive Flight
Honolulu to Kapalua 10:25A 11:07A 1780
2:20P 3:02P 1782
Kapalua to Honolulu 11:28A 12:10P 1781
3:23P 4:05P 1783

Mokulele Airlines has recently been adding new cities to its growing network, most recently by providing the only daily non-stop flights between Kahului and Lanai City starting at $45.00.


Mokulele Flight Service, flying the skies of Hawai’i since 1994, was recently purchased by TransPac Aviation Holdings in late 2011. Mokulele offers over 46 flights a day connecting Maui & Oahu to the Big Island, Lanai, and Molokai using 9 seat turbine powered Cessna Grand Caravan 208 aircraft. The company maintains its headquarters in Kailua-Kona. For reservations & information, visit mokuleleairlines.com, facebook.com/mokulele , visit your favorite travel agent, or call 866 260 7070.

Miloli’i 2012 Lawai’a ‘Ohana Camp – Preserving Our Precious Resources

Pa’a Pono Miloli’i in conjunction with Conservation International and the Hawai’i Fish Trust are announcing the 2012 Miloli’i Lawai’a ‘Ohana Camp to be held at the Miloli’i Beach Park in South Kona.

Located at the end of the five mile road from Highway 11, the Miloli’i Park is the gathering place for the fishing village. It plays host for all people, a place for community members to relax, have get-togethers, community meetings, and attend Sunday mass at the Hau’oli Kamana’o church. This year the camp will use the entire park and Miloli’i Bay as it venue.

Participants will camp in the front of the park and activities, camp meetings and meals will be housed under the community halau. The park also has public restrooms and a basketball court for outdoor activities. Drinkable water will be delivered for participants to shower and use for cooking food. The park is a perfect host as it is a centralized point for all people. The dates of this year’s camp will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2012 thru June 30th 2012. The camp will commence at 8:30 am with opening traditional Hawaiian protocol. This year we will be seeking to have a special oli created for the haumana to use and learn for Miloli’i. The camp will be for three nights and four days and will conclude on June 30, 2012 at around 12 pm with a traditional Hawaiian closing protocol.

This year the camp coordinators are Kaimi Kaupiko and Lei Kaupu. Kaimi and Lei along with other members of the Miloli’i community decided to focus on three species which they feel are paramount to preserving Milolii’s precious resources. The three species they chose were due to the noticeable decline of these resources over the past few years. As a community and cultural practitioners this years camp goal is to continue the traditional ways of taking care and preserving the little we do have in Miloli’i and on the South Kona Coastline. We believe strongly in its restoration and preservation for all to enjoy.

The three species are:

  • Pakukui
  • ‘Opihi
  • Limu

First, the Pakukui is a favorite reef fish among all villagers. This year the camp will study, learn and embrace everything they can in regards to the Pakukui. The second species is the Opihi, the students will learn the insides and outsides of the Opihi and hopeful are able to make an opihi necklace. Finally, the children of the camp will learn the different limu’s Miloli’i has and our goal is to have a limu restoration project and help repopulate the limu in Miloli’i.

Other major activities that will be held this year is; biological fish monitoring project, mo’olelo stories of our three species, hula, fish alkaline pond restoration, hike to Honomalino bay, cross net demonstration, and a community lua’au for everyone. This year the students will create digital workbooks as part of their Lawai’a Kit for all participants. The students will create digital presentations to present at the Luau and also to take home to their families. We will be using technology throughout the camp and will take pictures and make videos.

This years confirmed Guest Presenters will be:

  • John Kahiapo: (DLNR Aquatic Resources Division) Rules and Regulations June 27th 10:30AM
  • Chantal Chung: (Sea Grant, UH) Limu and Fish Anatomy June 28th 8:00AM to 10:00AM
  • Shafton Kaupu-Cabuag: ‘Oli and Hula
  • Piki Hayward: ‘Olelo and Mo’olelo
  • Kehau Springer: ‘Opihi Presentation
  • Healani Cahill: ‘Opihi Project, Mo’olelo and Basket Weaving
  • Erica Perez and Cindi Punihaole: The Kohala Center

For more information on this years Miloli’i Lawai’a Camp please contact: Kaimi Kaupiko: (808)- 937-1310 or Lei Kaupu: kainoa_12@hotmail.com

NEW Lineup of Hollywood Stars for the Big Island Film Festival

The 7th annual Big Island Film Festival will host two very special celebrity guests during the Festival, May 24-28 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani.

Honorees are Eloise Mumford (“The River”) and NBC’s Story/Career Consultant Jennifer Grisanti, replacing actor David James Elliott whose last-minute family commitments keep him away.  Mumford and Grisanti will appear in person at a special “Meet the Stars” gala on Friday, and receptions in their honor on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.  (Ticket prices vary. Visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com for complete information.)

Eloise Mumford

Eloise Mumford, an NYU graduate, appeared on Broadway and played opposite Dennis Hopper in STARZ acclaimed series “Crash,” before going on to guest star in “Law and Order SVU” and “Mercy.”  She stars in the new Dreamworks/ABC series “The River” and has leading roles in feature films, coming soon.

Jennifer Grisanti

Jennifer Grisanti is a Story/Career Consultant and Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC.  Prior to that, she worked with Spelling Television Inc. for 12 years, covering all of Spelling’s shows including “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Melrose Place” and “Charmed.”  As Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount, she worked with “Medium,” “Numbers,” “NCIS,” “4400,” “Girlfriends” and many others.

Jen Grisanti Consultancy was launched in 2008 and has since helped 350 writers, 24 of which have staffed as writers on television shows and ten have sold pilots, two that went to series.  (http://jengrisanticonsultancy.com.)  She’s also a Blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the new books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells.

Celebrity appearances at Big Island Film Festival:

  • “Meet the Stars” gala, Friday, May 25, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i Kilohana Room, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Reception & Salute to actress Eloise Mumford, Saturday, May 26, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Wailana Gardens, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Reception & Salute to Jennifer Grisanti, Sunday, May 27, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Wailana Gardens, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ticket prices vary. Visit www.bigislandfilmfestival.com for complete schedule and ticket information.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 24-28, 2012. Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP.  For complete schedule information and to print-your-own-tickets from Ticket Derby, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.