31st Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show

The 31st annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is Sunday, July 28 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.

Orchids

The theme of this year’s show is “A Rainbow of Orchids” and the member’s annual indoor display of blooming orchids showcases the many colors found in numerous species. Enjoy an elaborate display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome.

The show offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.  Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Harpist Bonne Mitchell will serenade attendees in the morning and the Daifukuji Taiko drummers will perform outside in the parking lot at 10 a.m.

Orchid Taikos

Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations.

In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, visit www.kdoc.us, get club updates at www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise or phone 808-328-8501.

 

 

Hawaii Biochar Products Signs Historical Memorandum of Understanding

Nobel Laureate Nguyen Huu Ninh, Ph.D., CERED,  Larta Institute, Ecology Farming Corporation and Josiah Hunt, Hawaii Biochar Products agree to sign a memorandum of understanding to help strengthen biochar related proposals in Vietnam.

Josiah Hunt

Josiah Hunt

On May 8th, Hawaii Biochar Products, the Center for Environment Research Education and Development (CERED), Ecology Farming Corporation (Ecofarm) and Larta Institute – Asia Pacific will sign important memorandum of understanding.

Hawaii Biochar Products, a Puna, Hawaii based company will participate in a Vietnam Biochar industry testbed and training program. The program will further their mission to provide solutions for sustainable agriculture using organic materials and environmentally friendly processes.

Together, they will support project proposals that create and strengthen a Vietnam biochar industry and related energy, policy, and training infrastructure matching CERED’s leadership in climate change and sustainable agricultural practices and policy; Larta Institute Asia Pacific’s network of expertise and contacts, project management and subject matter expertise; Hawaii Biochar’s experience and technology utilization and network of technology sources; and EcoFarm’s working knowledge of sustainable agricultural programs in Vietnam, and mission.

CERED has identified the development of a Biochar Industry in Vietnam as a priority with the Vietnam National Government and leading regional institutions.

CERED will provide the leadership on proposal development and submission for resources to enable these proposals with input from the Proponents as needed.

The signing between these organizations will occur on Wednesday May 8th at 1pm in the University of Hawaii Innovation Center at Hilo in downtown Hilo, Hawaii.

About Hawaii Biochar Products – http://hawaiibiochar.com

Mission: To provide sustainable agricultural expertise and solutions for the state of Hawaii  and provide locally produced, cost-effective, agricultural products using organic materials and environmentally friendly processes. Josiah Hunt’s TEDx video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWbomZJn83U

About Dr. Nguyen Huu Ninh, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Center for Environment Research, Education and Development (CERED), Professor, Doctor (Hon.) of University of Pécs (Hungary), Doctor of Science (Hon.) of University of East Anglia (U.K.), Lead Author Member of the Fourth Assessment Report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Climate Change 2007, which was awarded by Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

About CERED

The objective of the Center for Environment Research Education and Development (CERED) is to carry out its strategy for environment and development research in Vietnam in cooperation with other domestic and international organizations.

About the Larta Institute

Larta helps regions around the world maximize the commercial potential of publicly funded R&D by supporting entrepreneurs in their commercialization efforts and nurturing the innovation ecosystem.

About Ecology Farming Corporation (EcoFarm)

Committed to effectively change cultivation towards sustainable agriculture production, increasing climate change adaptability, and improving farmer income.

 

Hilo Man Charged With Burglary, Woman Charged with Possession of Stolen Property

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 26-year-old Hilo man for breaking into a home in Hilo last week.

Scottie I.K. Yanagawa

Scottie I.K. Yanagawa

At 2 p.m. Tuesday (May 7), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Scottie I.K. Yanagawa with first-degree burglary and second-degree theft. Yanagawa’s bail was set at $35,000. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday (May 8).

On May 3 at about 5:16 p.m., police received a call from a 38-year-old Hilo woman that her home in the upper Ainaola Drive area had been entered and several items had been removed.

Police received information that some of the items were sold to second-hand dealers in the Hilo area. Police were able to recover some of the stolen property, which led to Yanagawa’s identification. He was arrested Tuesday morning (May 7) and was held in the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Suzy Cho Chun

Suzy Cho Chun

In addition, a woman and a man who accompanied her were arrested over the weekend in connection with the same incident. On Saturday (May 4) at 2 p.m., 25-year-old Suzy Cho Chun of Hilo was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft for being in possession of items from the burglary. She was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. At 11:45 p.m., after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Chun with second-degree theft. Her bail was set $2,000. She made her initial court appearance on Monday.

The man who was arrested with Chun was subsequently released without charges.

25-Year-Old Woman Dies in One-Vehicle Crash at the Fairmont Orchid Hotel

A 25-year-old woman from Hāwī died Tuesday (May 7) from injuries she received in a one-vehicle crash on North Kaniku Drive at the entrance of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel.

HPDBadgeResponding to a 7:57 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that the driver was operating a 2006 Toyota four-door sedan and traveling west on North Kaniku Drive when she ran off the right side of the road and crashed into a storage building.

The woman was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 11:48 p.m.

The driver was wearing a seat belt.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

“Mad Men” and “Saturday Night Live” Stars Shine on Hawaii Island at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival

From sinister to seriously funny, this year’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) celebrity honorees bring some of the best talent in television to Hawaii over Memorial Day Weekend.  Vincent Kartheiser, “Pete Campbell” on the award-winning drama “Mad Men,” will appear in person, as will Kate McKinnon, featured player on the legendary “Saturday Night Live,” known for hilarious impressions of Ann Romney, Ellen DeGeneres and Penelope Cruz.

and Kate McGinnon

Vincent Kartheiser and Kate McKinnon

Named after Vincent van Gogh, Kartheiser began acting as a teen, in “Untamed Heart” with Marissa Tomei.  His many film credits include “Little Big League,” “Ironwill” and “Another Day in Paradise” with James Woods and Melanie Griffith.  Most recently he appeared in the sci-fi thriller “In Time” with Justin Timberlake.  On television, Kartheiser starred in Joss Whedon’s “Angel,” and has guest-starred in numerous other series including “ER” and “The Cleveland Show,” before joining the skyrocketing success of Mat Weiner’s “Mad Men” on AMC.

Kate McKinnon joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” last April and has cracked up fans with creatively wacky characters and killer celebrity impressions ever since, one of which earned an invitation to “The Ellen Degeneres Show” last month.  McKinnon also earned a spot on Forbes’  “30 Under 30” list for 2012.  Prior to “SNL,” McKinnon performed with numerous at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre, becoming beloved by the New York comedy community for the three one-woman shows she wrote and performed at the UCB: “Disenchanted,” “Best Actress” and “Kate McKinnon On Ice.”

BIFF 2013 celebrity events:

  • Friday, May 24, 5-6:30 p.m., “Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood” reception in the Kilohana Room.  $75 VIP admission includes The Fairmont Orchid’s elegant “Legacy Menu” pupus, Kenwood wines and other beverages.  Or—new this year—the “Paparazzi Pass” at $15 invites the public to bring cameras and watch for photo ops as celebrities and filmmakers arrive on the red carpet, then mingle with the stars, and enjoy a no-host bar.  Party-goers are encouraged to dress up in aloha wear and join in the fun of celebrity buzz and Hollywood style “Aloha glam.”
  • Saturday, May 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reception & Salute to Kate McKinnon, starring chef’s select Asian appetizers, Moo Shu duck station and desserts, like fruit “sashimi,” mango nigiri and chocolate chopstick matcha torte.  After the reception, Brian Kohne will talk story with Kate in a one-of-a-kind interview and Q&A.  $35, advance tickets required.
  • Sunday, May 26 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reception & Salute to Vincent Kartheiser, with a “Mad Men” theme:  mini Beef Wellingtons and Oysters Rockefeller, “Dr. Arnold Rosen and Sylvia’s” cheese fondue and Baked Alaska.  Video career retrospective and personal interview with Vincent to follow.  $35, advance tickets required.
  • Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Golden Honu Awards Brunch in the Kilohana Room.  $50 per person, reservations required.  Posh buffet brunch, Awards presentations and announcement of the Audience Choice films that will be screened at Best of the Fest Monday evening.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 23-27, 2013.  Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i and The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawaii Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP.

For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

National Attention on Monk Seal Issue Highlights Need for Local Program

Response to New York Times Magazine article: Local fishermen working together with the Marine Conservation Institute to understand the issues and help create an attitude of coexistence.

A New York Times Magazine article investigating the monk seal killings on Kaua‘i and Moloka‘i in 2011 and 2012 has revived attention to the conflict over the protection of this highly endangered marine mammal.  In “Who Would Kill a Monk Seal?” writer Jon Mooallem, describes the complex conservation issues that plague the island of Kaua‘i, including conflict over the protection of shearwater birds and nene goose.

Monk Seal

The Marine Conservation Institute, a non-profit organization, hopes its work on Kaua’i will help resolve the conflict over the seal. Marine Conservation Institute has been working with Kaua‘i residents to investigate and resolve the social struggles prompted by federal conservation actions on the Garden Island.

“We are community advocates,” explains fisherman Matt Sproat, who works with the Marine Conservation Institute in an effort to understand the ongoing conflict and create solutions that foster coexistence between local communities and monk seals.  Sproat continues, “We are here to listen to the community and work with the community, because we know that local fisherman and ocean users are just people like us who want to make sure their livelihoods and rights are protected.  We believe there is a way to balance protecting the livelihoods of local people with the needs of monk seals.”

Sproat and his team are currently conducting interviews and focus groups across Kaua‘i, gathering information for a report that aims to understand and address interactions between ocean users and monk seals.  The report will craft a number of recommendations for NOAA and DLNR  to help reduce and mitigate conflict, and improve government responsiveness to community needs and concerns.

“The people of Kaua‘i are good people.  They love their ‘āina and they love their ocean,” says Sproat.  He continues,   “We are here to work with the community in finding solutions that work for everybody, then we will advocate to see those solutions implemented at all levels of government.”

Residents interested in participating in the interviews or focus groups, or learning more about the project, should contact Matt Sproat.

The Marine Conservation Institute expects to have a draft of the report completed by Fall 2013.

About Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting marine ecosystems. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations around the world to fashion sustainable solutions compatible with healthy, living oceans.

 

 

Video: Jumping Off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas

So last night me and some friends at a bachelor party jumped off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas with “SkyJump Las Vegas“.

Stratosphere Here is the video of my jump:
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I’ve skydived with SkyDive Hawaii five times so I’ve kind of gotten over the fear of heights.

The Stratosphere

Here is the video of John Evich’s jump. (The Bachelor)

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I got a certificate from the place after I jumped and the last part of it reads:

“This certificate also entitles the SkyJumper to a lifetime immunity from being called chicken, scaredy cat, wimp and any other monikers that might imply less than crazy brave.  Any embarrassing screams or loss of bodily fluids will forever remain under SkyJumper/SkyJump Las Vegas privilege.”