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Video: U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono Rallies East Hawaii Voters at Big Island Bus Stop Tour

Big Island of Hawaii’s Democratic contingency took part in an East Hawaii Bus Stop tour today starting at Laupahoehoe Community Charter School and ending at Auntie Sally’s Luau in Hilo today.

I took the following pictures at HAAS Community Charter School in Pahoa today on their third stop of the tour.

Unfortunately Governor Abercrombie and Democratic Candidate Tulsi Gabbard were unable to make the event, however, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono had this to say at the rally:


Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Awarding Judge Nakamura and Prosecutor Iboshi “Peacemaker Awards”

On Sunday, November 11, the Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center (KMC)—in participation with the Hawai‘i County Bar Association—is hosting its Seventh Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction in Hilo to help fund the non-profit human services agency.

Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right) are being honored at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center’s Seventh Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction in Hilo. The event helps raise funds for the non-profit human services agency. Judge Nakamura and Prosecutor Iboshi will receive ‘Peacemaker Awards’ from KMC for their support of alternate dispute resolution. Mr. Wilson is being recognized by the Hawai‘i County Bar Association for 40 years of service. For fundraiser tickets, contact KMC Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844 x 116 or email julie@kmchilo.com.

“This year we are recognizing the Honorable Greg K. Nakamura and Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi with ‘Peacemaker Awards’ for all they have done for our community,” said KMC President Andrew P. Wilson, Esq.

“I am also humbled that the Hawai‘i County Bar Association has chosen to honor me,” added Wilson, who is being recognized for practicing law in Hawai‘i for 40 years.

No-host cocktails will be served at 5:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  The buffet will feature a choice of shrimp scampi over fettuccine, Italian chicken, and Spencer roast, as well as salads, side dishes, and dessert.

Newton John Chu, Esq. will emcee the event, which features a silent auction, live auction, and door prizes.  Items up for bid include rounds of golf, adventure tours, entrance to local attractions, overnight stays, gift cards to restaurants and retail stores, bodywork, wearing apparel, artwork, gift baskets, flower arrangements, and more.

“Our Annual Dinner provides a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center needs to provide free and low-cost dispute resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community,” Wilson stated.  “Over half of our clients are at or below the poverty level, and many are not able to pay any fees for their mediation sessions.”

Judge Greg K. Nakamura is an avid advocate of mediation and arbitration, and believes that these alternate dispute resolution processes are integral tools to help resolve cases.  KMC is recognizing him with a 2012 ‘Peacemaker Award’ during its November 11 fundraiser.

“The Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center has been very supportive of the Judiciary’s efforts to have matters resolved out of court,” noted Judge Nakamura.  “In particular, the Center’s participation in the Foreclosure Mediation Pilot Project has been instrumental in the program’s success.  This has allowed many homeowners facing foreclosure to keep their homes.”

Judge Nakamura is a graduate of the William S. Richardson School of Law and began his legal career in private practice in 1979.  In 1990, Judge Nakamura was appointed to the bench as a District Family Court Judge in Kona.  In 1994 he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge in Hilo,  In addition, he also is Deputy Chief Judge for the Third Circuit Family Court, Administrative Judge for the Court-Annexed Arbitration Program, and Drug Court Judge for East Hawai‘i.

KMC is also honoring Charlene Y. Iboshi with a ‘Peacemaker Award.’  She has supported mediation throughout her career as prosecutor.  She initiated training for mediation for the Prosecutor’s staff and supported the principles embodied in victim-driven mediation in appropriate cases.  She has served on the KMC board of directors, and continues to support the efforts of alternative dispute mediation within the schools and judiciary for civil matters where access to justice and quick resolution to disputes builds respect for the justice system.

Prosecutor Iboshi was born in Hilo and graduated from Hilo High School, University of Hawai‘i, and University of Puget Sound Law School.  She worked as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Washington state, and then was appointed as a Hawai‘i County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in 1980 and First Deputy in 1992, and became the Prosecuting Attorney in 2011.

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $85 per person (of which $50 is tax deductible) and are available from KMC’s board of directors and from KMC’s office in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.  For reservations, contact KMC Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844 x 116 or email julie@kmchilo.com.

NASA: Operation RESOLVE – Big Island of Hawaii

In July of 2012, NASA came to the Big Island of Hawai’i for an analog test to simulate rovers in a moon-like environment on Mauna Kea.

At the end of the test, the rovers were brought to the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on the campus of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo for a public outreach event. Here, people of all ages were able to interact with equipment that was used during the test, and learn about what went on during the test.


Annual Fundraiser Day at Hulihe‘e Palace

The picturesque, seaside grounds of Hulihe‘e Palace will be the location of the annual spring fundraiser, Day at Hulihe‘e, on Saturday, Mar. 30,  2013. An 8:30 a.m. traditional Hawaiian blessing kicks off the 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event, which is hosted by palace caretakers the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins.

Hula Dancers dance behind Hulihe’e Palace. (Photo Fern Gavelek)

Browse among tented arts and crafts booths, a tempting bake sale featuring Aunty Nona’s scrumptious peach cake and the ever-popular Classy Tutu’s Attic. Choose a fresh flower lei made on site by palace volunteers. The Kuakini Hawaiian Civic Club will offer ono food and local hula halau will provide cultural entertainment. Prize drawings throughout the day will be featured.

Palace admission will be complimentary all day, although donations will be accepted.

Day at Hulihe‘e remembers Hawai‘i’s Citizen Prince who was born in March: Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1922.) Hawai‘i observes an annual statewide holiday to commemorate Prince Kuhio’s dedication toward serving his people; it’s Tuesday, Mar. 26 in 2013.

Beginning in 1902, Kuhio served as a delegate to the U.S. Congress for 10 terms, was the driving force behind the development of Pearl Harbor and instituted the Hawaiian Homestead Commission. A monument at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park credits Prince Kuhio for founding the park in 1916.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

USS Crommelin Decommissioned Today – Last Stop in Hilo Was During Merrie Monarch

During last years Merrie Monarch, I got invited to tour the Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate warship the USS Crommelin and learned at that time that it would be decommissioned later on this year.

USS Crommelin (FFG-37), twenty-eighth ship of the Oliver Hazard Perry-class of guided-missile frigates.

Well today the US Navy released the following release announcing that it is being decommissioned today.

Sailors line up in front of the USS Crommelin while she was ported in Hilo last year

The US Navy reports:

The Navy is retiring a Pearl Harbor-based guided missile frigate after putting the ship to use for nearly 30 years.

The Navy is holding a ceremony on Friday to decommission the Crommelin.

In 2004, the Crommelin intercepted and recovered more than 20 tons of cocaine worth more than $1 billion and detained 29 drug smugglers. It also rescued 96 people adrift at sea.

The Crommelin is named after three brothers from Wetumpka, Ala., who served during World War II.

The oldest became a surface warfare officer while two others died in combat as naval aviators. A monument commemorating their bravery rests in Battleship Park in Mobile, Ala.

The Crommelin entered service in 1983.

While the Crommelin was in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch, Mayor Kenoi’s office proclaimed it to be USS Crommelin day and a small celebration was held for the sailors.

One sailor got to pick and choose who he wanted to have dance with the dancers and I could see big smiles on all the sailors faces as he was calling out names.

You have to know that Hawaii is the place that all sailors in the Navy want to be stationed!

Tahitian Dance for the sailors of the USS Crommelin

I’m glad I got my USS Crommelin Coin before the ship was decommissioned as this buggah just became even more important to me!

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Just Shook the Volcano Area of the Big Island

Magnitude 3.0
  • Friday, October 26, 2012 at 09:18:39 AM at epicenter
Location 19.377°N, 155.242°W
Depth 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (185°) from Volcano, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) SW (228°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (228°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) SSW (204°) from Hilo, HI
  • 345 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 36, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Event ID hv60420136

Lapakahi State Historical Park Closed Until Monday for Gathering of Traditional Native Hawaiian Healers

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks will close Lapakahi State Historical Park to the public from Friday October 26 through Sunday October 28, 2012 during the 18th annual gathering of traditional native Hawaiian healers.

Members of Na Haumana La‘au Lapa‘au o Papa Auwae organize this annual event to share cultural healing practices with one another in order to perpetuate these traditions. Founder Papa Henry Auwae is recognized as a Hawaiian elder who practiced and shared healing traditions with other native healers and students for many years.

Healing traditions include use of herbal and remedies from nature, lomilomi massage, prayer and other methods.

“The Department is pleased that we can partner with Na Haumana La‘au Lapa‘au o Papa Auwae in the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditional practices, as one of our core responsibilities,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.

Lapakahi State Historic Park has been rededicated as a healing site. The group has a formal curatorship agreement for Lapakahi with the Division of State Parks.

The Board of Land and Natural Resources has authorized the annual event in recognition of the needs of the native Hawaiian community to perpetuate and improve the health conditions of the native people. The park is closed during the proceedings to prevent disruptions.

Lapakahi State Park will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012.

Puna Baptist Church Moves to New Facility – Grand Opening Celebration.

We’re very excited to announce our Grand Opening Day Dedication Celebration, November 1 – 4, at Puna Baptist Church’s new million dollar facility in Pahoa.

Everyone is invited!

Enjoy Puppet Shows, Skits, Christian Entertainers, Gospel Music, Kids’ Carnival, and much, much more! Something different every day:

  • Thursday, November 1st, Youth Night @ 7 pm
  • Friday, November 2nd, Family Night @ 7 pm
  • Saturday, November 3rd, Puna Community Gathering @ 3 pmwith a free spaghetti dinner @ 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 4th, please join us for the Official New Building Dedication Service @ 10:30 am.

For more information call 965-9970 or visit us on the Web@PunaBaptist.org.