Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface – Conference Begins Next Week

A five day conference entitled “Hawaiian Volcanoes: from Source to Surface”  begins next week in Waikoloa on the Big Island.

The registration for the conference is now closed but I look forward to hearing some of the findings from the conference.

The meeting will span five days, with Wednesday being reserved for optional field trips to various locations on the Island of Hawai’i. Each meeting day will include morning invited plenary talks, early afternoon contributed plenary talks, afternoon breakout discussions followed by a keynote address, and evening poster viewing. The meeting format is designed to maximize scientific discussion by providing numerous methods for attendees to engage one another.

In 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will mark the Centennial of its founding. This occasion provides an opportunity to review the state-of-the-art in understanding of how Hawaiian volcanoes work and to assess the most important problems requiring future research. The “Hawaiian Volcanoes: From Source to Surface” Chapman Conference will include both invited and contributed talks, as well as contributed posters. Topical sessions will be organized to follow a packet of magma from its point of origin to the surface, with day-long discussions devoted to (1) magma origin and ascent; (2) magma storage and volcano evolution; (3) volcanic eruptions and degassing; and (4) the future of research into Hawaiian volcanism.

Specific conference objectives are to:

  • establish the state of current knowledge of Hawaiian volcanism across multiple disciplines and processes
  • explore how a better understanding of Hawaiian volcanoes can be applied to volcanoes elsewhere on Earth and other planets, and vice versa
  • identify the most important questions that should be the focus for future research into how Hawaiian volcanoes work
  • provide a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of ideas and new technologies/methodologies
  • stimulate the formation of multidisciplinary collaborations that will address key research questions
  • facilitate transfer of knowledge between scientists in different disciplines and career levels

In addition, conference attendees will be invited to contribute to a planned AGU monograph on Hawaiian volcanism that should serve as a resource for researchers for years to come.

Na Palapalai in Concert Sunday at the Sheraton Keauhou

Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Na Palapalai in Concert Sunday at the Sheraton Keauhou:

20-Year-Old Pāhoa Man Charged with Burglary and Financial Crimes

Big Island police have charged a 20-year-old Pāhoa man with burglary and several financial crimes for an incident that occurred last month.

Duane Lipps Jr.

On July 15, at about 5 p.m., a couple residing in Nanawale Estates reported that someone had entered their home and removed several items, including personal checks.

On August 13, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Dennis Duane Lipps Jr. He was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (August 15), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Lipps with one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree forgery, one count of second-degree identity theft, one count of third-degree identity theft and one count of third-degree theft.

His bail was set at $101,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon (August 16).

31-Year-Old Pāpa‘ikou Man Charged with Burglary and Other Offenses

Big Island police have arrested and charged a 31-year-old Pāpa‘ikou man with burglary and other offenses.

South Hilo patrol officers responded to a 7:30 a.m. burglary report Wednesday on Puʻuhina Street in Hilo.

Police located the suspect hiding on the property with stolen items, including the victim’s house key. He was also in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

Tyson McDowell

Tyson McDowell was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while officers continued the investigation. On Thursday, he was charged with burglary, theft, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a harmful drug, promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $10,250.

Hawaii State Office of Elections Report Regarding the Implementation of the 2012 Primary Election by the Clerk of the County of Hawaii

This is the official Hawaii State Office of Elections Report Regarding the Implementation of the 2012 Primary Election by the Clerk of the County of Hawaii, Jamae Kawauchi:


The Office of Elections has received numerous requests to investigate what transpired during the 2012 Primary Election in the County of Hawaii from public officials, candidates, and members of the public. In order to best address those requests, we believed it appropriate to issue the following report for public dissemination.

In order to understand what occurred in the County of Hawaii, it necessary to first reiterate, as we have told people in the past, the different roles and responsibilities of the State and the counties when it comes to elections.

As provided for in the Hawaii State Constitution, my duties include the supervision of state elections. Article IV, Section 3. In regards to county elections those are within the purview of each county. As provided for in the County of Hawaii’s charter, “[t]he council shall appoint the county clerk” and the county clerk shall “[c]onduct all elections held within the county.” Section 3-6(b).

The County of Hawaii, similar to the other counties, provides in its charter that its elections will be held in conjunction with the Primary and General Election. Section 13- 27. As such, the Office of Elections attempts to work in coordination with the county clerks in running our combined elections, while recognizing the autonomy of each county. Article VIII, Section 2 (Local Self-Government; Charter).

In county only elections, the county is responsible for all aspects of an election ranging from voter registration, polling places, absentee voting, operation of the voting system, counting of the ballots and reporting of the results. Similarly in state elections, the State is responsible for all aspects of the elections. HRS §§ 11-182 and 11-183.

In combined state/county elections, the counties are responsible for voter registration and absentee voting. HRS §§ 11-11 and 15-4. Those responsibilities are always the statutory province of the counties. Additionally, the counties are responsible for storage of election materials. The State in combined elections is responsible for operating election day polling places and in operating the voting system including the counting of ballots and reporting of results. There are various other subsidiary responsibilities that the counties and the State split in an equitable manner. HRS § 11- 184.

Having said that, given that the Office of Elections is based on Oahu, the State is authorized under HRS § 11-2 to “delegate responsibilities in state elections within a county to the clerk of that county.” In recognition of the fact that state elections includes not only state contests but county contests, the State and counties split the costs of any overtime in regards to poll worker recruitment and for county election officials who work on election day and at other times, such as the logic and accuracy testing of the voting system. This cooperative relationship between the counties and the State has always

worked to the benefit of the voters. It is our assumption that the county clerks factor this into justifying their personnel descriptions for their civil service positions, staffing allocations, and in requesting budget appropriations from their county councils for elections.

The County of Hawaii has never refused this delegation of responsibility or the compensation from the State and it has always said it was up to the task, even when it terminated its civil service election administrator in an election year. Instead, at all times, the County Clerk has contended that she was up to the task and that there were no problems. The State in reviewing the matter has spoken to the County Clerk several times and corresponded with her about the county’s readiness for the elections. At all times, the County Clerk had said she was prepared.

The Hawaii State Elections Commission dedicated a portion of its May 30, 2012 meeting to discuss with the county clerk whether she was prepared for the 2012 elections, given correspondence it had received from Councilmember Dennis Onishi. The County Clerk insisted that everything was under control. Attached is a copy of the draft minutes from that meeting.

During the meeting, the Elections Commission sought for the County Council to provide additional assurances that the elections would be successful in the County of Hawaii.

Commissioner Orikasa asked Councilman Onishi how the Clerk is selected and Onishi responded that Clerk is appointed by the Council Chair. Commissioner Orikasa then asked what opportunities are available for the Council to get involved with getting assurances that the elections will be successful.
Councilman Onishi responded that he could make a request to the Council Chair that the elections topic be placed on the agenda for the next Council meeting. He also explained that since the election time frame is so short, he wrote to the OE and the Elections Commission to see if he could get the status on the Hawaii County elections.
Commissioner Orikasa then suggested that Councilman Onishi go ahead and try to have the elections topic placed on the agenda. Onishi said that he would ask the Chair to place the topic on the next meetings agenda. Councilman Onishi also stated that his intent for going to the OE and the Elections Commission was to protect the people of Hawaii County and make sure that they have a fair and open election.
Chair Marston expressed to Councilman Onishi that that he hopes he will report back to the Council the concerns that the Commission has

regarding elections. He also wanted to comment that the elections are a cooperative effort that involves all parties and he also encourages County Clerk Kawauchi to get whatever resources necessary to succeed in this election. Councilman Onishi suggested that if available, the Commissioners could attend the next Council meeting. Commissioners Okazaki and Masunaga said that they would be willing to attend the meeting if elections were placed on the agenda. Councilman Onishi also expressed that he is appreciative that this issue was placed on this Commission meeting agenda for discussion.
Elections Commission Meeting Minutes (Draft) at pages 7 and 8.

Ultimately, it is our understanding that the County Council never elected to put the issue on their agenda. As such, we had to continue to legally rely on the representations of its county clerk who by charter “[c]onduct all elections held within the county.” Section 3-6(b). In other words, it is our understanding that no one other than the County Clerk, or perhaps the County Council that appoints her, has legal authority to speak on behalf of the County of Hawaii in regards to election matters.

As we got closer to the Primary Election, the Clerk’s issue regarding communicating in a timely and detailed manner to the Office of Elections and the other county clerks reached a critical point when the County Clerk failed to communicate the circumstances surrounding her closure of her Hilo office on July 23, 2012. We noted to her, in part the following,

We are fielding calls as to what is going in your county, as well as, when your absentee ballots are going to be mailed out. Your closure on July 23, 2012, and your failure to thoroughly communicate to the rest of the election community and the media as to the reasons for the closure, has unnecessarily lead to significant speculation in the public about the integrity of our elections only a few weeks before the August 11, 2012, Primary Election. This is simply unacceptable on the part of a fellow election administrator. The public relies on us to be assured that their elections are safe and secure.
Excerpt of Letter to County Clerk (July 25, 2012).

Ultimately, the County Clerk explained that her “audit” had found some duplicate voter registrations and that possibly a handful of voters may have voted twice. The County Clerk’s lack of familiarity with voter registration and absentee voting records, which are the jurisdiction of the county clerks, apparently lead to her inability to definitively say what she had found.

In debriefing with her and the other county clerks on July 31, 2012, it was our hope that the Clerk of the County of Hawaii had come to the realization that


she needed to communicate with the Office of Elections and the other county clerks, and that she would benefit from the institutional knowledge and election administration experience of these election administrators.

As we approached the Primary Election, on August 11, 2012, despite the representations by the County Clerk that everything was fine, I felt it important to send one of my veteran section heads to help trouble shoot any problems that might occur, as we had a new counting center manager. Additionally, I requested the Department of the Attorney General to assign a deputy attorney general to the Board of Registration that would be based in the County of Hawaii for the election.

What my staff witnessed was poor planning, implementation, and leadership by the County Clerk. Despite this, the hard working staff and volunteers did their best under the circumstances and were able to get through the election. Essentially, the County Clerk on election day is supposed to be like a field general with a plan of attack, who acts confidently, and has the support of his or her troops. The County Clerk was in no way, shape, or form that type of leader.

For example, the issue regarding the late opening of polls. While irregularities may happen on election day, as we are dealing with hundreds of stipended volunteers, and many moving parts, the County Clerk lacked the ability to definitively articulate the nature of the problem to the Office of Elections or the public. This resulted in the need for the Governor to conduct triage, in the form of an emergency proclamation, extending polling place hours, based on the limited information that she provided the Attorney General.

Specifically, the County Clerk at no specific time had a handle on how many polling places out of the forty in the county opened late. The election proclamation issued by the Governor refers to over half of the polling places in the County of Hawaii had not opened on time. The County Clerk initially reported three precincts had opened late, later on we were told by the Attorney General’s Office that they had been told twenty five by the County Clerk, and then later in the day we were told by the County Clerk that there were at least eleven but that she was still looking into it.

The public’s confidence in our elections was rocked by this election proclamation, which normally is only issued when a natural disaster or emergency occurs. The Governor did not lightly issue this proclamation and under the circumstances, he arguably had no other choice than to protect the rights of the voters, if the County Clerk’s general representations to Attorney General were correct.

Following the election, we waited for the County Clerk to follow up on her representation that she would follow up and get a more definite answer as to


what the scope of the problem was. We heard nothing on Sunday or Monday from her regarding any further details. A statewide meeting, in Hilo, was scheduled for August 14, 2012 (Tuesday) with all the county clerks to debrief about the Primary Election.

During the meeting, the County Clerk still could not answer the question of how many polls had opened late. Additionally, she had no answers to why there had been problems with delivering supplies in West Hawaii to the polling places on election day. Her answers were essentially that she was still looking into it. In the end, we did not get the responses we expected from a county clerk, who had been entrusted with elections within her county.

Having said that, given that the public is asking and the fact that we needed to know what the scope of the opening of polls problem was, we immediately conducted our own investigation. Specifically, we took custody of the record books for all forty polling places in the County of Hawaii. We also, immediately began calling every precinct chairperson in the County of Hawaii to get answers, with calls being made that evening and the following morning.

The result of that investigation, which was completed the following morning, after reviewing the records books and the notes from the telephone calls, was that a total of thirteen polling places out of forty polling places opened late. However, of those thirteen polling places, four opened between 7:01 a.m. and 7:03 a.m., five opened no later 7:30 a.m., two opened no later than 8:00 a.m., and the final two opened at 8:40 a.m. A copy of the spreadsheet showing the exact opening times for each polling place is attached.

Our review of what transpired in the County of Hawaii focused on two things. First, was the conduct of the 2012 Primary Election defensible under the law? Second, did the conduct of the County Clerk unnecessarily undermine the public’s confidence in our electoral system?

In regards to the first question, our initial review of the matter indicates that the irregularities complained of, while unfortunate, do not rise to the level of changing the election results. Specifically, irregularities must involve sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the irregularities complained of could have caused a difference in the election results. Sufficient evidence requires something more than a “mere fishing expedition undertaken in the hope that in an examination of all the ballots enough might be discovered to change the result.” Brown v. Iaukea, 18 Haw. 131, 133 (1906). Additionally, any challenger would need to show “actual information of mistakes or errors sufficient to change the result.” Funakoshi, 65 Haw. at 316-17 (citing Iaukea, 18 Haw. at 133). Further, a challenge cannot be based on “mere belief or indefinite information.” Akaka, 84 Hawai`i at 388 (citing Kulike v. Fern, 19 Haw. 278, 283 (1909)).

Ultimately, the Hawaii Supreme Court has determined that “[i]n the absence of facts showing that irregularities exceed the reported margin between the candidates,


the complaint is legally insufficient because, even if its truth were assumed, the result of the election would not be affected.” Akaka, 84 Hawai`i at 388 (internal citations omitted). In the present case, the irregularities complained of do not appear to be legally sufficient to change the election results.

As for the question of whether the conduct of the County Clerk unnecessarily undermined the public’s confidence in our electoral system, the answer is unfortunately yes, for the reasons previously noted. This cannot be allowed to happen again. The County Clerk must rededicate herself to mastering election administration or at the very minimum to surround herself with individuals with expertise in election administration. Additionally, the County Clerk must work on learning to communicate effectively and in a timely manner to other members of the election community and to the public as a whole. We look forward to continuing to work with the Office of the County Clerk, so as to learn from the events of the Primary Election, and to ensure a well administered General Election.



New Tastes and Faces for Waikoloa Grill’n Bar

Waikoloa Grill’n Bar announces the addition of two innovative new chefs to the culinary team, and introduces their fresh new all-day menu, already generating “buzz” in the restaurant formerly known as Buzz’s Sand Trap,  in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Chefs Gabriel Rao and Helgi Olafson

Chefs Helgi Olafson and Gabriel Rao will work with seasoned restaurateur Dickie Furtado, who remains at the helm of Waikoloa Grill’n Bar, to offer diners a fresh flair for lighter, healthier menu choices, side-by-side with timeless favorites and comfort food from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Helgi Olafson attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute and has followed a varied culinary career path over the last 10 years. A food judge on Fox TV’s “Master Chef 3” with Gordon Ramsay, a shipboard chef for Alaska Charters, sushi chef in Scottsdale’s Sushi Roku, Olafson also has experience with Food in Bloom, Vibrant Table Catering in Portland, Oregon and boutique restaurants on the east coast of Florida. When he’s not cooking, “Chef Helgi” is training for Ironman 2013, or enjoying the natural wonders of his Hawai‘i Island home.

Originally from Oregon, Gabriel Rao developed a strong appreciation for local ingredients, growing up on his family farm in Eagle Creek.  He attended Western Culinary Institute and cooked with many of Portland’s top chefs, such as Chef Kenny Giambolvo at Bluehour, Chef Kit Zhu at Papa Haydns.  He also opened Davis Street Tavern with Chef Gabriel Kaputska, served as Executive Chef of N.W. Natural, and established Black & White Catering Co.  Here in Hawai‘i, “Chef Gabe” shops local farmers markets personally, and incorporates local-grown fruits, vegetables, fish and beef that the Big Island has in abundance.

Signature Calamari

“The chefs’ new dishes are designed for seekers of fresh island flavors that you want to taste when you’re on vacation, because you don’t find them anywhere else,” said co-owner Dickie Furtado.  “They make a Paella with fresh caught mahimahi, clams, shrimp, garlic, Maui onion and saffron.  The Grilled Caesar Salad can be customized with choice of shrimp, chicken, blackened ahi or steak, and wait till you taste the Signature Calamari.  But not to worry, our tried and true favorites are still on the menu—the classic steak and salad meals, our Big Island meatloaf and Friday-Saturday Prime Rib Special,” he said.

“It’s exciting to see Waikoloa Grill’n Bar changing their game a bit and bringing a something ‘new to the table,’” said Waikoloa Beach Resort Vice President of Operations Scott Head.  “Waikoloa Beach Resort is proving itself as a dining destination—in addition to shopping, golf, accommodations and all the other things we have to offer.  And we’re proud to have Waikoloa Grill’n Bar as one of our resort’s fine venues.”

Open 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily, Waikoloa Grill’n Bar offers delicious island cuisine in a relaxing garden setting by Waikoloa Golf’s classic Beach Course.  Their new team of Chefs will create unique specials in addition to their all-day menu of soups, salads, appetizers, “small plates,” “big plates” and luxurious housemade desserts.  The restaurant offers daily Happy Hour 3:30-5:30 p.m., and is available for private parties.  For reservations and more information, call (808) 886-8797 or visit www.waikoloagrillnbar.com.

More information available at www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com

Hawaii Department of Health Launches New Website – Hawai’i Network of Care

The Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant and the Hawai‘i Department of Health has launched a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with veterans’ issues.

Governor Abercrombie speaks to some veterans about the new “Hawaii Network of Care”

The Hawai’i Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families (www.Hawaii.NetworkofCare.org) is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of veterans’ services.

Regardless of where veterans, service members, and their families begin their search for assistance and services, the Hawai’i Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The Hawai’i Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of all service providers in Hawai’i, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  The Hawai’i Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about crisis intervention, employment, education, and reintegration points of contact, as well as daily news articles from around the nation concerning veterans’ issues.

The new Web site will enable veterans, service members, and their families to educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.

To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The Network of Care also provides key information in multiple languages.

Trilogy Integrated Resources, Inc., of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families, and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Public Health Assessment and Wellness; and the Network of Care for Probation Services.

Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.

New Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Quarter to Be Released – Coin Forum Night Before

Join United States Mint and National Park Service officials for the presentation of the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarter at 1:30 p.m., August 29, 2012.

The ceremony will take place at the Kahua Hula, south of Kilauea Visitor Center.  Invited guests include United States Senator Daniel Inouye and Governor Neil Abercrombie.  Following the ceremony, the public can exchange their cash for $10 rolls of newly minted Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarters at face value.

  • WHAT: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter Launch
  • WHO: Daniel Inouye, United States Senator, David Croft, Plant Manager, United States Mint at Denver, Cindy Orlando, Superintendent, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Stephanie Donoho, Tourism Specialist, County of Hawaii
  • WHEN: Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 1:30 p.m. (Hawaii Time)
  • WHERE: Kahua Hula, south of Kilauea Visitor Center Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park One Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii National Park, HI  96718

Coin Forum

The evening before the launch ceremony — 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2012— the United States Mint will host a coin forum.  The public forum provides an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage, and to learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.  The coin forum will be held at Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, One Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii National Park, HI  96718.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program, authorized by Public Law 110-456, is a multi-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites.  Each year, the public will see five new national sites depicted on the reverse (tails side) of the America the Beautiful Quarters.  The United States Mint will issue these quarters in the order in which the honored site was first established as a national site.

Hale Nani Escapee Seen in West Hawaii

A 31-year-old Kailua-Kona man wanted for allegedly escaping from a correctional facility is reported to be in West Hawaiʻi.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar was reportedly seen Wednesday afternoon in Kainaliu and Wednesday evening in Kailua-Kona. He is suspected of escaping from Hale Nani off Route 11 Tuesday afternoon (August 14).

He is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 170 pounds with blue eyes and short reddish-blond hair. He has a tattoo along his entire right arm.

Although Jeffries-Hamar is not considered dangerous, police warn the public against contacting him and instead advise them to call police.

Police ask that anyone with information Jeffries-Hamar’s whereabouts call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Adopt A Highway Groups on Highway 130 – Saturday, August 25th

The Hawaiʻi Police Department in cooperation with the Department of Transportation’s State Highways Division and local community organizations will be conducting a coordinated “Adopt a Highway” cleanup project on August 25 with hopes to make it an annual event.

Highway 130 Project Map

Highway 130 Project Map

On that date, police and multiple “Adopt a Highway” groups will be on Highway 130 between Keaʻau and Pāhoa at 9 a.m. to clean litter from that section of the road. Police ask for the public’s help in driving with caution during this event due to expected pedestrian traffic along the shoulder.

Anyone interested in the “Adopt A Highway” program may call the Department of Transportation’s State Highways Maintenance Division at 933-8878.

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island Last Night

Magnitude 3.7
Location 19.298°N, 155.216°W
Depth 10.5 km (6.5 miles)
  • 17 km (10 miles) S (173°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SSW (205°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 25 km (15 miles) SSW (208°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 43 km (27 miles) SW (229°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SSW (197°) from Hilo, HI
  • 352 km (219 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 68, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=108°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60382396

Paradise Roller Girls Skate-A-Thon: Pledge for Sweat

Want to watch the Paradise Roller Girls push their physical endurance to the limit? Then make a pledge for the Sept. 9 Paradise Roller Girls’ Skate-A-Thon taking place 9 a.m. to noon at the Wainaku Community Gym.

The Big Island’s very own derby girls will sweat their butts off by skating as many derby-track size laps as they can in three hours. Skaters will raise money through flat pledges or by pledge-per-lap. Skaters who receive per-lap pledges will earn the pledge amount multiplied by the amount of laps the sponsored skater completes. Money earned from the event will help pay PRG team travel costs for the Sept. 29-30 Oahu Battle of the Islands roller derby tournament.

Make a flat pledge or donation, or pick and choose the skaters you want to sponsor. Pledging a dollar amount per-lap is the best way to watch these girls move out and sweat. The more you pledge, the harder they will work! Donations and pledge money can be paid by cash, check, money order, or with credit card via PayPal.

To find a skater or make pledges and donations contact DERButante Diva at (808) 938-6007 or kimgitzel@mac.com. Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

*Editors Note* Currently listed skaters: