Paradise Roller Girls Honey Badgers Take 3rd in Battle of the Islands

Paradise Roller Girls’ All-star team the Honey Badgers took third place in last weekend’s Battle of the Islands derby tournament in Maui after defeating the Garden Isle Renegade Rollerz 172-112. “That game went really well,” Honey Badger Mealoha ‘Tsunamea’ Kraus said. “We were able to keep our heads level, work together, and execute some really good strategy.”

Honey Badgers Travel Team

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First round elimination rules prevented the Honey Badgers from going to the finals after losing to Maui in the first bout of the tournament. The Honey Badgers dominated the first three quarters of that bout, but a series of penalties gave Maui the opportunity to come back and hang on for the win. Kraus said the “power plays in favor of Maui is what did us in there.”

A power play happens when one or more players on the same team are sent to the penalty bench for fouls, giving the other team’s jammers more room to score points. Honey Badger Rebecca ‘Reba SmackNflyher’ Hilbert said there wasn’t any one play in the tournament that stuck out above the others.

“So much happened I would not know where to begin,” she said. “To suggest that any one play be mentioned over all the others is impossible. The winning spirit of the PRG Team that went to Maui is what impressed me the most.”

Kraus said the biggest difference from the way the Honey Badgers played in this tournament compared to last year’s experience at Battle of the Islands on Oahu. “Now, we have a lot more strategy and work more cohesively as a team,” she said. “Playing our neighbor island leagues is a crucial way for us to continue to learn, no matter what the outcome.”

The Honey Badgers’ play Pacific Roller Derby’s Hulagans in their next regular season bout August 24 at the Hilo Civic Afook Chinnen Auditorium. For more information about upcoming events visit

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located 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.


A “MOVING STAGE” – Peace on Parade in Honoka‘a

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula, cirque performers and more—Honoka‘a town fills with color and music for the 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, Saturday, September 21, 2013.

Peace DayStarting at a new time this year to coincide with the official International Day of Peace and Peace Day in Hawai‘i, the Parade steps off at 4 p.m. from Honoka‘a High School, as a “moving stage” of music, dance, colorful costumes and fun entertainment with a message marches down Mamane Street.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Afterwards, a free community Peace Day Festival takes place at the Honoka‘a Sports Complex from 5-8 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  The Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist temple, producers of the annual festivities, is now accepting booth applications from community groups, food and other vendors for the Festival.

2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Committee is also planning the 5K “Peace Run-Walk,” “Read for Peace” programs in the library and school, a “Day of Mindfulness” and the popular annual Peace Poster Contest for students.  The contest is free to enter, and cash prizes are awarded to the winners in several categories.  Detailed information is available at:

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years, and Peace Day became law in Hawai‘i in 2007 as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhist Association.  Proceeds go towards community services, including educational programs, charities, environmental activism programs and various peace initiatives year-round.


The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.  The Peace Committee continues to seek additional support, information on sponsorship, contributions (including for the Silent Auction) and purchasing t-shirts is available at or by email


Jazz Great Liane Carroll To Open 2013 Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival

One of the world’s foremost jazz artists, Liane Carroll, will open Hawaii Performing Arts Festival’s (HPAF) ninth season at the Kahilu Theatre on July 9. A perennial Hawai’i Island favorite, Ms. Carroll was named 2012 Vocalist of the Year by the British Jazz Awards, and has just released a new CD, Ballads, to rave reviews in the UK.


Following that concert, music lovers can experience Chee-Yun, the Korean-American violin charmer who performs with orchestras and festivals worldwide. Hilo audiences can take in a multimedia /string concert, and a raucous night of opera fun will take place at Huggo’s in Kona, plus three complete operas, a collaboration with Honoka’a jazz legend Gary Washburn, Baroque pieces and a Broadway review. Rising opera designer and director, James Darrah of last winter’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, returns. HPAF will perform at seven different venues all over Hawai’i Island in 2013. Many concerts will be free to the public.



An adjunct program of HPAF, Lifelong Singer 2013 is a program for adult singers of all abilities. “As far as we know, Lifelong Singer is unique in the world of singers and the only program of its kind.” states HPAF Artistic Director Val Underwood. From July 1-5 participants can study any kind of music—opera, jazz, pop, art song. The emphasis is on vocal technique, with lessons, coachings, master classes, and opportunities to perform. Liane Carroll will be in residence on July 4 and 5 to collaborate with students on song interpretation.

Hawai’i Performing Arts Festival offers ten free concerts, awards scholarships to young artists from Hawai’i, supports local food banks, and works with local nonprofits to provide free concert tickets to disadvantaged adults. Kids under 12 are admitted free to all concerts. .

A brand new membership society has just been announced, for music lovers who want to demonstrate their support on several different levels. HPAF is a 501[c]3 nonprofit arts organization

HPAF is supported by the State of Hawai’i Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Richard Smart Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation, plus numerous generous individuals, private and family foundations. Volunteers and housing assistance are needed for the 2013 season.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit or call 808-333-7378.

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Free Carcasses – DLNR and Division of Forestry Conducting Animal Control Activities on Mauna Kea

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will conduct animal control activities specifically for trapping mouflon/feral sheep hybrids, staff hunting, and/or aerial shooting from helicopters within palila critical habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A), palila mitigation lands, and the Kaohe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawaii for feral goats, feral sheep, mouflon and mouflon/feral sheep hybrids.

Just a goat!

Just a goat!

Aerial shooting is required for compliance with the federal court order mandating the removal of sheep and goats from critical habitat for palila, a bird endemic to Hawaii.

Control schedules are July 15 and 16, Aug. 28 and 29, and from September 3 to 6, 2013.

Public access to Mauna Kea Forest Reserve, palila mitigation lands, the Kaohe Game Management Area and Mauna Kea Hunter Access Road will be restricted and allowed BY PERMIT ONLY for animal salvage purposes on the following dates:

7 a.m. July 15, 2013 – 7 p.m. July 16, 2013
7 a.m. Aug. 28, 2013 – 7 p.m. Aug. 29, 2013
7 a.m. Sept. 3, 2013 – 7 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

These actions are pursuant to Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapters 13-130-19 and 13-104-23(a)(3). The Mauna Kea Observatory Road will remain open.

The temporary closure is needed to minimize the dangers of incompatible uses in the forest area and safely conduct animal control activities. To implement the closure, both the Hale Pohaku and Kilohana gated entrances to Unit A and G and the gate behind Mauna Kea State Recreation Area will be locked/reopened as follows:

Locked 7 p.m. July 14, 2013, and reopened 7 p.m. July 16, 2013
Locked 7 p.m. Aug. 27, 2013, and reopened 7 p.m. Aug. 29, 2013
Locked 7 p.m., Sept. 2, 2013, and reopened 7 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013

Copies of the map illustrating the area subject to aerial shooting on these dates are available for inspection at the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office.

Due to high public participation, telephone call-ins to the DOFAW Kamuela Office at (808) 887-6063 for receiving salvage permits will be conducted from 9 a.m. July 10, 2013, to 10 a.m. the day before each shoot day. One permit will be issued per call per vehicle for one day only. Applicants can have their names added to a stand-by list for additional days, should all slots not be filled by other applicants. No standbys waiting at the gates will be allowed access. The driver, occupants, vehicle license plate, and make/model of vehicle are needed when calling in. A maximum of 15 permitted vehicles will be allowed at the Puu Koohi location and 10 permitted vehicles at the Kaluamakani location.

Carcasses taken during the shoot will be available to the permitted public for salvage at the following locations (4-wheel drive vehicle are required, and access permits will be issued). There is no guarantee that animals will be able to be salvaged.

Salvage locations are subject to change:

  • On Sept. 3 and 5, 2013, at Puu Koohi. Permittees must meet at Mauna Kea State Park at 7 a.m. sharp.
  • On July 16, Aug. 28 and 29, and Sept. 4 and 6, 2013, at Kaluamakani. Permittees must meet across from the Waimea Veterinary office on Mana Road at 6 a.m. sharp.

Contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063 for additional details regarding meat salvage or access permits.

Pualu Awards Tap Nine for ‘Working Together’

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) recently recognized nine individuals, businesses or organizations with Pualu Awards at its annual Installation and Membership Banquet at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Nick Sutton awarded the Chamber Member of the Year

Nick Sutton awarded the Chamber Member of the Year

“Meaning to “work together,” Pualu Awards were established in 1979 to honor those in West Hawai ‘i for their dedication and hard work in the community,” explains Vivian Landrum, Chamber president/CEO. There were nine winners in seven categories and they were chosen by an awards committee from nominations received by Chamber members and the general public.

The Community Education Award honors an individual or organization that promotes and supports education and enrichment programs that develop personal skills and lifelong learning.  There were two winners in this category.

The individual recipient is Wayne Iokepa, a staunch supporter of workplace mentoring and exploratory career options for high school students.  Under his leadership at Oceanic Time Warner, 22 students have participated in the Huiana Internship program. Through this model program, interns develop a sense of self worth, understand the career options and opportunities in this field and have the opportunity to experience a positive work environment in which coworkers respect, value and care for each other.

The business award in this category was for an educational tour program that hosts visiting school children from across the state. West Hawaii Explorations Academy ’s Aloha Kai Tour Project is a peer education outreach program hosting over 26,500 students since its inception in 1994.  WHEA high school students present on-campus mini science lessons to children on topics such as marine science, robotics, and endangered native plants. Students from kindergarten on up, and their parents and teachers, experience a novel approach to education that incorporates hands-on learning offered by students to students. This inspires intrinsic motivation and personal buy-in from WHEA students and ultimately creates poised and confident public speakers.

The Environmental Awareness Award taps an individual or organization that exhibits sensitivity and concern for the environment through innovative environmental practices and is awarded to Ann Goody.  Goody is described as someone “who has skills, patience, determination and commitment towards our fragile native wildlife environment as well as the desire for motivating compassion in children and visitors towards all living things.”

Three Ring Ranch Curator, Ann Goody, has provided a vital service to our island for over 14 years. Besides leading the way with innovative care for animals and birds, Ann offers educational programs to youth in our community, many of whom have gone on to become nurses, doctors, veterinarians, scientists and teachers. One pre-vet student said of Ann, “she teaches us all to be aware of the environment and how the environment affects the wildlife in Hawai’i . Her willingness to teach about the animals and the environment is something that I greatly look up to.”  By instilling a passion for the environment she fuels young people’s dreams and inspires them to become protectors of our natural environment.

The Business Innovation Award recognizes a business or organization that is committed to improving or enhancing employee’s lives, or exhibits creative product development, marketing or customer service. Kohala Zipline received this award.

Seeking to differentiate itself from its competitors from the very start, Kohala Zipline designed its aerial trekking course to be a complete experience, not just a ride or attraction. Through the use of interpretive elements, innovative course design and expert guides, guests are treated to stories and legends, conservation practices and a thrilling adventure.

Kohala Zipline designed its course to protect, retain and enhance the natural environment it was incorporated into, all the while incorporating the highest safety standards. Platforms are elevated and supported with minimal penetration and adjust with the growth of the tree. Guests are high above the ground, offering minimal impact     to an otherwise inaccessible area in the ahupua‘a of Halawa, filled with cultural and environmental significance. This unique activity has not only provided jobs for the Kohala region, but helps bring a steady flow of visitors to the area.

The Lifetime Service Award taps an individual who has made a lifelong commitment to the community exemplified by their personal and/or business achievements. This year’s recipient is Carl A. Carlson, Jr.

Carlson has dedicated his life to serving the best interests of Hawai‘i, both the state and the island.  As founder of Hu’ehu’e Ventures, he provided real estate consulting and agricultural property management services.  He served as trustee of the Parker Ranch Foundation Trust and served on the Boards of Parker Ranch, Inc and Waimea Wastewater, Inc.

He also served a term as chair of the County of Hawai‘i Board of ethics, served two terms on the Hawai‘i State Board of Agriculture, is a former member of the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and the Hawai‘i Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.  From its inception, he served as vice president of the Kohala Center and currently sits on the Advisory Committee of the Kukio Community Fund, a charitable fund administered under the umbrella of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.  Carlson has twice served as Chairman of the Hawai‘i Leeward Planning Conference, twice been a board member of our Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Carlson represents the Island of Hawai‘i on the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents, serving as Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of their Budget and Finance Committee and sits on the Planning and Facilities, and University Audits committees.

The Visitor Industry Marketing Award is presented each year to that person or group who diligently works to promote the visitor industry in West Hawai ‘i. Congratulations to this category’s two winners, Linda Zabolski and Greenwell Farms.

Linda Zabolski, co-owner of Captain Zodiac, not only promotes her own company, but also serves as an unofficial ambassador for Hawai`i Island in everything she does. Linda singlehandedly established the first trade booth for the State of Hawai ‘i at the annual Cruise Shipping Miami/Seatrade conference, a premier trade show for the cruise industry. Due to her diligent efforts, HTA now recognizes the value and importance of this event for Hawai‘i, and participates as a key player. In addition, when the state considered levying extra fees on cruise ship tours, she actively fought and successfully defeated the measure which would have had dire consequences on cruise ship traffic to Hawai‘i. Currently, Linda is working with the Big Island Film Office on an innovative and unique social media marketing program designed to attract more reality television programming to our island.

The business recipient is Greenwell Farms.  As the fourth generation of this now multi-faceted agribusiness, these “farmers” have proven that utilizing savvy marketing and media technology can enhance your business as well as promote our destination.

Greenwell Farms organizes media, travel agent and industry familiarization tours from Hawai‘i’s major market areas as well as internationally. Travel writers and journalists who experience the farm first-hand share photos and write compelling stories in publications throughout the world, actively promoting the Kona-Kohala coast, Kona coffee and Hawai‘i Island.

Each of these national and international stories captures and communicates our island destination and a Kona coffee farm ag tourism experience to targeted audiences that translates to opportunities for increased visitor arrivals, longer stays and repeat visitors. Exceptional use of social media marketing tactics and a strategically developed website add to the conversations that lead to awareness, desire and intentions to visit our island.

The Culture & Heritage Award is awarded to an individual or organization that has exhibited, through its actions, practices that promote island traditions and preserves our multi-cultural heritage. This year’s recipient is Thomas Hickcox, whose unique life passion promotes traditional Hawaiian lifestyles.

Hawaiian culture is his passion. Sharing knowledge is his calling. The consummate cultural practitioner, Hickcox serves as President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ahu’ena Heiau.  He is instrumental in continuing this 20 year old organization’s goal of preserving and maintaining ancient Hawaiian structures, foundations and burial sites and promoting the appreciation of Hawaiian history. Ahu’ena’s motto is Malama I Ko Kakao Ho’olina – Preserving Our Past, and recipient Tommy Hickcox lives to accomplish just that.

Chamber Member of the Year recognizes the individual who advocates, promotes and supports the mission of KKCC through active participation on committees, events, membership and/or community service. This year KKCC honors Nick Sutton.

Sutton was elected to the KKCC Board of Directors in 2010 and immediately became a valuable asset to the Chamber. In 2011 he took the position of Vice Chair for North Kona . He chaired the Ambassador Subcommittee for one year and then moved to Chair of our Membership Services Committee. He annually spearheads the KKCC membership drive, making it one of their most successful events, this year bringing in 19 new members from that one-day endeavor. What really sets this gentleman apart is his consistent promotion of the Chamber of Commerce. He truly is an Ambassador, as he represents the Mission , Vision and core competencies of KKCC at every opportunity. Not only officially, as he staffs their membership table at the Governor’s and Mayor’s luncheons, Building & Design Expos, golf tournaments, but informally as well, as he meets with business clients throughout our community. He continually shares the value of chamber membership and encourages those not already “in the family” to join the KKCC Ohana.