Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Navy SEAL – Loved One Could Not Be Found

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Navy sailor Sunday after exhaustive efforts to locate the man who went missing during an open ocean training exercise Tuesday.

The Pathfinder for Maritime Search & Rescue

The Pathfinder for Maritime Search & Rescue

Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps crews worked with Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety to search an area over 24,000 square miles using aircraft, cutters, small boats and shore personnel.

“In this case, I have the heartbreak of informing not only the family, but a close-knit military community, that a loved one could not be found,” said Capt. Joanna Nunan, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

For more information regarding the search, contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.

For more information regarding the Navy sailor, contact Lt. Cmdr. David McKinney at (619) 522-2816.

A Celebration of Life for Helene Hilyer Hale

Tonight was the “Celebration of Life” for the late Helene Hilyer Hale.

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Here are some pictures I took earlier this evening at Imiloa Astronomy Center:

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13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival

Waikoloa Beach Resort presents the 13th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival, Saturday March 2, at Queens’ MarketPlace.  Starting with a free ‘ukulele workshop with Roy Sakuma, the celebration of Hawaii’s favorite  musical instrument includes nonstop entertainment from 12 to 7 p.m., with a special appearance by multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winner Sean Na‘auao.

 Roy Sakuma performs with his workshop students at the Great Waikoloa 'Ukulele Festival.

Roy Sakuma performs with his workshop students at the Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival.

With Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” Danny Kaleikini as Master of Ceremonies, the ‘Ukulele Festival spotlights thirteen performances on two stages, and lots of giveaways.  Lei-making, ‘umeke making (decorated gourd bowl), ‘ukulele making demonstrations and ‘ukulele lessons will be offered throughout the afternoon.

“If you play the ‘ukulele or you just love the music, the ‘Ukulele Festival is a great way to spend the day,” said Margo Mau Bunnell, Queens’ MarketPlace Sales & Operations Manager.  “It’s a real pleasure for us to bring these amazing musicians to Queens’ MarketPlace for everyone to experience—keiki to kupuna.  And, it’s always fun to see so many people come and bring their ‘ukuleles for the free workshop with Roy, stay for lunch and enjoy great Hawaiian music all afternoon.”

Roy and wife Kathy created the first annual ‘Ukulele Festival in 1971, while Roy was a maintenance worker for the City and County of Honolulu.  Today, their efforts have grown into a series of events on four islands, with over 20,000 participants.  The original ‘Ukulele Festival at Kapi‘olani Bandstand in Waikiki, hosts a performance by an 800-member ‘ukulele orchestra every July.  Their 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, was established in 2004, “To bring laughter, love and hope to children and adults throughout Hawaii and the world through the music of the ‘ukulele.”

Appearing with Roy at the ‘Ukulele Festival will be his mentor for over 50 years, Herb “Ohta-san” Ohta, jazz guitarist Nando Suan, and his protégée Nelly Toyama-Baduria.  Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Queens’ MarketPlace, ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaii, Roberts Hawaii, ‘ukulele companies: MGM ‘Ukulele, KALA, Kamaka ‘Ukulele, Kanile’a ‘Ukulele, KoAloha and Ko’olau Pono Guitar & ‘Ukulele Company. For more information, call Queens’ MarketPlace office at 886-8822 or visit

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.  For more information, visit or call 886-8822.
Queens’ MarketPlace Studio
10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
‘Ukulele Workshop with Roy and Kathy Sakuma. BYOU (bring your own ‘ukulele).  Free.

Stage 1: Coronation Pavilion
12:00 p.m.   ‘Aoia!
1:00 p.m.    Na Kupuna O Kona Ali‘i
2:00 p.m.    Kupuka‘as
3:00 p.m.    Kona Pacific Public Charter School
3:30 p.m.    Aidan James
4:00 p.m.    Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki with Nelly Toyama Baduria and Daniel Baduria
5:00 p.m.    Sean Na‘auao
6:00 p.m.    Ohta San and Nando Suan

Stage 2: near Romano’s Macaroni Grill
12:30 p.m.   Kris Fuchigami
1:00 p.m.    Roy Sakuma’s Super Keiki with Nelly Toyama Baduria and Daniel Baduria
2:00 p.m.    Benny Uyetake and the Samuel E. Kalama Intermediate School ‘Ukulele Band (Maui)
3:00 p.m.    ‘Ukulele Lehulehu
4:00 p.m.    Ohta San and Nando Suan

Queens’ MarketPlace
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‘Ukulele Making Demonstration with Bob Gleason
‘Ukulele Lessons with Aunty Barni Fischer
Lei-Making with the Ladies of the Ka‘ahumanu Society (while suppl

Toga Party at University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center


University of Hawaii Basketball team presents Olympic Toga Night on Thursday Evening, February 28, 2013


Waimea Pharmacists to Address Their Changing Role in Free Presentation

A free opportunity to learn about the evolution of the role of pharmacists on Hawaii Island, and what it means to the general public, is taking place at Tutu’s House in Waimea, the next in a series of lectures offered by the Hawaii Island Beacon Community (HIBC).

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On Wednesday, February 27, from 7-8 pm, Kathy Schwarting, Waimea Foodland pharmacist, and Waimea KTA pharmacy manager Brandy Allen, will focus on the changing face of healthcare in Hawaii, and the role played by the modern-day pharmacist, including:

  • How the role of the community pharmacist is changing, and what it mean for patients and for healthcare
  • How prescriptions are handled in this new age of electronic health records
  • How or where the modern pharmacist fits with the other components of the healthcare system, e.g., physician, nurse, social worker, family caregiver.

“Throughout Hawaii Island, health care providers have been changing their practices to improve the quality of health care available to us all.  You have a role to play in this evolution and understanding your role can help you reap the benefits,” said Tutu’s House spokeswoman, Michelle Medeiros.

HIBC was formed in connection with a Federal grant awarded to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, with a mission to improve healthcare in Hawaii County using health information technology. To learn more about HIBC, visit its website,