Cruise Paradise Classic Car Expo and A Touch of Gold

Waikoloa Beach Resort invites fans of classic cars and classic Motown to a full day of fun, flashbacks, and fabulous music from “back in the day” on Saturday, June 30.  The Resort will host the Cruise Paradise classic car expo at Queens’ MarketPlace and a concert by the Motown tribute band A Touch of Gold at Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.


Touch of Gold

“Cruise Paradise 2012,” Hawaii’s major classic car event, happens once every three years for a 10-day period, with events for hot rod enthusiasts across the entire Big Island.  Admission is free for the June 30th “Show & Shine” at Queens’ MarketPlace, with  over one hundred of the hottest classics on display with their proud owners on hand to talk story from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With their glitterati 70’s costumes, solid harmonies and smooth dance moves, A Touch of Gold specializes in “Motown Hawaiian Style,” and unforgettable songs like “Just My Imagination,” “My Girl,” and more.  In their 25-year history, A Touch of Gold has evolved from an island style “kani ka pila” band to entertainers in demand, winning the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for the Best R&B/Hip-Hop Album and widespread acclaim for high energy music that brings audiences to their feet every time.

Admission to the concert is $10 adults; $5 teens 13-17; FREE for kids 12-and-under (all general lawn seating).  Tickets are available at Persimmons in Queens’ MarketPlace.  Bring a beach chair or mat for Lawn Seating, no alcohol permitted.  Doors open at 6 p.m., Concert starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit

Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties.  The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs.  For more information visit or call 886-8822.


Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Hilo Boy Missing Since April

7/9/12 UPDATE – Big Island Police have located 16-year-old Kayden C. Fuerte, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed on July 4.

Big Island Police are searching for a 16-year-old boy reported as missing from his Hilo home since April 24.

Kayden C. Fuerte

Kayden C. Fuerte is described as 5-foot-5, 125 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair.

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 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 our community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record any calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Congressional Candidate Marx Calls Out Hannemann for Missing Debates

Bob Marx, a small business owner in Hilo and candidate for Hawaiʻi’s Second Congressional District attended a debate on Maui sponsored by the Sierra Club and Akaku Cable.

“Actually living in the district has given me a perspective that my opponents simply don’t have.”

Fellow candidates Esther Kia’aina and Tulsi Gabbard were present, but Mufi Hannemann was again absent. This marks the second public forum that Hannemann has missed. During the debate, participants responded to questions ranging from their stance on the economic crisis affecting America to how they would best fill the position synonymous with former Second District congresswoman Patsy Mink.

Marx noted that “this race keeps getting painted as a two way race between Gabbard and [Hannemann]…but he doesn’t show up for debates, and she just tells people what they want to hear.” During the debate, Marx passionately responded to questions involving the state of the economy and the process of economic recovery. “We need to re-evaluate the way we manage our budgets,” Marx said. “First we need to cut waste, then we need to establish strict oversight to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Only then can we adopt incentive programs to spur growth.”

As a supporter of local farming and agriculture, Marx is an adamant supporter of providing small farms with low-interest loans and appropriate funds for disaster relief. Unlike Gabbard and Hannemann, Marx has been a thirty year resident of the second district. “Actually living in the district has given me a perspective that my opponents simply don’t have.”

Despite his candidates receiving endorsements and contributions from a myriad of groups, Marx responded: “It doesn’t matter who or what gives them money—I am running because I am sick of exactly the type of politics they are participating in. Will their endorsements and resources change the fact that they are beholden to the interests that provide them? [I] don’t think so.”

Marx will be attending the North Hawaiʻi Candidate Forum at Waimea School Thursday evening at 5pm, along with other candidates Rafael Del Castillo, Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann, and Esther Kia’aina.

Hawaii Trends in Voting Provided by the U.S. Census Bureau – The Voting Hot Report

The U.S. Census Bureau Released the Voting Hot Report and I’ve posted the Hawaii statistics below:

The Current Population Survey collects data on voting and voter registration in November of even-numbered years, and has done so since 1964. It provides information about voting and registration by many characteristics, including age, sex, race, and education. Because the data are from a survey, they are subject to sampling error.

Voting and registration rates are historically higher in years with presidential elections than in congressional election years. The text in this report refers to the election of 2010, a congressional election year, but graphics refer to the year you’ve selected from the menu above. In 2010, the observed percentage of age-eligible citizens who voted in Hawaii (43 percent) was not statistically different from the national voting rate of 46 percent.

Voting and registration rates tend to increase with age. In Hawaii in 2010, only 22 percent of 18-to 24-year old citizens voted, compared with 60 percent of those 65 and older.

In most states, including Hawaii, the voting rates for men and women were not statistically different from one another in 2010.

Voting rates also typically increase with education. In Hawaii in 2010, the survey sample size was not large enough to make state specific comments about voting and educational attainment.

The likelihood of voting frequently differs among race groups and Hispanics. In Hawaii in 2010, 47 percent of non-Hispanic Whites and 36 percent of Hispanics reported voting, however these were not statistically different. The Black citizen population was not large enough to make meaningful state specific comparisons.

Notes: “No Response” refers to survey respondents who did not give an answer either because they did not know if they voted or were registered, or because they ended the survey before all questions were asked.

The graphs are generated dynamically, regardless of the size of the sample. You may notice unexpected results for small subpopulations or small states. The entire dataset is available on for you to explore the data more fully.

Presidential elections include 2008, 2004, 2000 and 1996. Congressional elections include 2010, 2006, 2002 and 1998.

Source: All data in this report were collected as part of the November Voting and Registration Supplement as part of the Current Population Survey. For more information about the Source and Accuracy of the data please see :

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Kona Thugs Arrested After Late-Night Robbery

Two adults and a juvenile were arrested shortly after a late-night robbery Tuesday (June 5) in Kailua-Kona.

Kona patrol officers responded to an 11:30 p.m. report of an assault in the parking lot of Coconut Grove Market Place. They determined that a 27-year-old Kailua-Kona man had been confronted by three young men who reportedly attacked him, threw him to the ground, beat him and took his backpack.

As the assailants prepared to flee in a blue Ford Bronco, the victim reached into the sports-utility vehicle and retrieved his backpack. The suspects then fled the scene in the SUV.

The victim suffered scrapes and a cut to his face but declined medical treatment.

At 11:47 p.m., police located the SUV and its occupants on a dirt road behind a gas station on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona. They arrested 18-year-old Carlos Garrido of Kailua-Kona, 20-year-old Sione Kalavi of Kailua-Kona and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of robbery.

The juvenile was released to his parents early Wednesday morning (June 6). The adults are being held at the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, extension 281.

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.

ILWU, HSTA and UHPA endorse Gil Kahele for Hawaiʻi State Senate District One

At least Senator Kahele knew how to show some aloha attire to the world at the 2012 APEC Conference!

Senator Gil Kahele picked up the following endorsements from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 (ILWU), the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) and the University of Hawaii Professionals Assembly (UHPA) and sent out this letter this morning to his constituents:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Yesterday was the last day for candidates to file in this yearʻs upcoming election. As we wait to get the official list of candidates from the Office Of Elections, we are proud to announce that Senator Gil Kahele has received three important endorsements from the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association and the University Of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly. These three endorsements bring momentum into our campaign and show a broad cross-section of support for Senator Gil Kahele and his candidacy for State Senate District One.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142 (ILWU) represents 22,000 workers who are employed in every major industry including: longshore, tourism, agriculture, and general trades industries. (Agriculture includes the sugar, pineapple, macadamia nut, and coffee industries, as well as diversified agriculture)

The Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association (HSTA) represents 13,600 public school teachers throughout the State of Hawaiʻi. Formed in January of 1971, the association that represents teachers in classrooms across our state remains committed to making school a better place for teachers and students alike.

The University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly (UHPA) represents nearly 4,000 faculty members at 10 campuses in the University of Hawaiʻi system statewide. Their members consist of instructors, professors, librarians, specialists, extension agents and researchers. Formed in November of 1974 the UHPA encompasses seven Community Colleges, UH-Hilo, UH-Manoa and UH-West Oahu.

“I am humbled and honored to accept the endorsement of the ILWU, HSTA and the UHPA. These endorsements reflect my top campaign issues: jobs and education. The future of our state rests on the shoulders of the working class people of Hawaiʻi and the education of the future generation of Hawaiʻi, our children. The legislature and our state government play a vital role in the success of these individuals and their families and I am proud to represent them in the Hawaiʻi State Senate. If elected, I will continue the mission I started less than two years ago when I took office which remains the cornerstone of my campaign, making government work for the people”

Hauʻoli Ka Manaʻo,
“Happy Thoughts”

Senator Gil Kahele


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