Anuhea Rocks the Hawaii Conservation Conference Community Free Event

Last Wednesday at the 2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference being held at the Hawaii Convention Center, they had a free community event where the public was invited to do many things like make a mural with world famous muralist Wyland.

The highlight of the evening was a 90 minute concert put on by Anuhea Jenkins!

Fans of all ages came out to see her play as it’s not often you get to see talent like this play for free!

Mahalo Anuhea for giving me permission “to do my thing” as you were performing.

She played almost an hour straight without taking a break and then took a quick break to make some announcements on behalf of the folks at the Conservation Conference and then continued to play about 4 more songs!

I got the opportunity to make a little youtube clip of one her songs.  I wish I would have had more then my cell phone to take the video with though!


Anuhea was very gracious and offered everyone who asked her for an autograph after her performance the chance to get one.  Here she is with Hawaii Conservation Alliance Executive Director Lihla Noori and the youngest attendee of this years conference.

Hawaii Conservation Alliance Executive Director Lihla Noori and Anuhea with the youngest attendee of the 2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference

I heard a rumor that reggae group “The Green” might be headlining next year’s conservation conference… and once again Anuhea… Mahalo for being the sweetheart that you are!

Katsu Goto Memorial Service

State Representative Mark Nakashima, a member of the Katsu Goto Memorial Service Committee, announced  that there will be a Katsu Goto Memorial Ceremony on the Big Island commemorating the life of the revered leader who was a liaison between Hawaii’s first immigrant contract laborers and plantation management.

  • When: Thursday, August 23, 2012
  • Time: 2:30 P.M. HST
  • Where:  Hamakua Jodo Mission, 44-2947 Kalopa Road, Honoka‘a, HI

The commemorative service will mark the 127th anniversary of the arrival of the late Katsu Goto to Hawaii.  He was aboard the ship, “City of Tokio”, the first of 26 shiploads of “Kanyaku Imin”, or government contract laborers.  The ship landed in Hawaii on February 8, 1885.

Goto was one of tens of thousands of men and women who left behind family, friends and their homeland for the Hawaiian Islands to seek their fortunes.  He was assigned to work on Ookala Plantation along the Hamakua Coast.  After his three-year contract was fulfilled, he chose to stay and opened up a successful general store in the town of Honokaa.

Goto became a liaison between the Japanese laborers and plantation management because of his leadership skills, knowledge of English, and his strong character.  He facilitated mediation, served as an interpreter, and advocated for improved working conditions.

Katsu Goto’s Japanese-Hawaii immigrant experience is one of hardship, injustice, success and ultimately tragedy.  In summary, the story of Katsu Goto’s life is a cultural legacy for us today and for future generations of Hawaii residents.

Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan; Masao Hayashi, Hiroshima Prefectural Assembly President; and a delegation of officials from Hiroshima prefecture will be traveling to Hawaii to attend the Memorial Service.

The public is welcomed to attend the service to honor Katsu Goto as well.

The Katsu Goto Memorial Service Committee members are Masayoshi Nishimori of Hamakua Jodo Mission; Patsy Iwasaki of the University of Hawaii, Hilo Campus and the author of the graphic novel on Katsu Goto, “Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story”; Wayne Miyao of the Hiroshima-Hawaii Sister State Committee; and Rep. Mark Nakashima.

County of Hawaii Election Officials to Hold Press Briefing Tomorrow

I think many folks are very interested in the elections that are going on and with all the turmoil that has been happening of late… it will be interesting to see what the Hawaii County Office of Elections will have to say with only four days left until the primaries on August 11th.

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Puako Area of the Big Island This Afternoon

Magnitude 3.3
Location 19.965°N, 156.039°W
Depth 41.9 km (26.0 miles)
  • 19 km (12 miles) WNW (282°) from Puako, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) W (276°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 27 km (17 miles) N (352°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 104 km (64 miles) WNW (286°) from Hilo, HI
  • 239 km (148 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.9 km (0.6 miles); depth +/- 1.3 km (0.8 miles)
Parameters Nph= 41, Dmin=33 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp=162°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Event ID hv60366822