Sudden Rush Has a Polynesian Party at the Lava Shack in Pahoa

Sudden Rush performed last night at the “Lava Shack” in downtown Pahoa last night.

Members of Sudden Rush take time to give aloha outside the Lava Shack in Pahoa.

Members of Sudden Rush take time to give aloha outside the Lava Shack in Pahoa.

The Lava Shack is the place formerly known as the Pahoa Village Club/Cafe and they now have new owners.  This was the first time I have returned to the place since I was beaten-up by the cops after the last time covering a show.

Lava Shack is the former Pahoa Village Cafe/Club

Lava Shack is the former Pahoa Village Cafe/Club

Here are some of the pictures I took last night (click to enlarge):

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New Department of Education Website to Better Serve Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff and Public

Tomorrow, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will launch, a redesigned website to better serve parents, students, teachers, staff and the broader public.

Click to enter new site

Click to enter new site

The website overhaul was one of the specific targets of focus outlined in the DOE and Board of Education’s 2011-2018 Strategic Plan. The new site took nearly a year of research and public and staff input.

“We made a dedicated effort to ensure parents and students could easily access information and increase transparency of our reporting systems,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “In today’s technological world, we strive to better communicate the excellence and transformation occurring in our public school system. Our new website also allows for a stronger connection with our communities.” is a key component of the Department’s communications and community engagement plan to inform the community about Hawaii’s public schools. The website covers everything from educational initiatives and reform to school-level data and college- and career-readiness efforts, as well as programs supporting student life and health and opportunities for the community to contribute to public education.

Equipped with multimedia elements such as videos and photo galleries, the website includes a Success Stories section showcasing achievements of schools, students, staff, partners and volunteers. A redesigned Employment section is available for those interested in working for the 25,000-strong Department.

The DOE invested $1.7 million of federal Race to the Top funds to build its new website. The funds will also be used to develop an employee intranet — set to launch in the fall — to boost operational efficiency, information sharing and collaboration among the various DOE offices.

The latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, are recommended when accessing the website. Older and out-of-date browsers may face difficulties in displaying multimedia.

The DOE welcomes comments from site visitors through a Contact Us form or by emailing the Communications and Community Affairs Office at

Free Book (Limited Time) – “Sarah’s Kine Justice, A Story of Modern Hawaii”

To commemorate the 170th anniversary of the end of British occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Hermann Schachtschneider will be giving away free copies of his new Christian novel, Sarah’s Kine Justice, A Story of Modern Hawaii, available for Amazon kindle.

U.S. Marines leaving Iolani Palace grounds after Annexation ceremony.  Date: Aug. 12, 1898 Photographer: Davey, Frank, 1860-? (Hawaii State Archives)

U.S. Marines leaving Iolani Palace grounds after Annexation ceremony. Date: Aug. 12, 1898
Photographer: Davey, Frank, 1860-? (Hawaii State Archives)

Here’s the book description from

“Action and Adventure in Hawaii
Told from a Christian worldview!

Prologue: In 1893, a diplomat of the United States and 162 US Marines helped overthrow the government of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Five years later, an act of Congress unilaterally annexed the islands. At the time, President Cleveland admitted mistakes were made, but he failed in his efforts to restore the Hawaiian Monarchy.

A hundred years later, President Clinton formally apologized for the actions of the United States. Yet today, Hawaiian pleas for justice are still unresolved.

Now, two genetic engineers have found a way to force the United States to give back the islands, and they’ve given notice that all non-Hawaiians must get out or die.

Sarah Kiley is one of a few thousand pure-blooded Hawaiians who stand to inherit Hawaii under the scientists’ plan. While investigating the murder of a friend, she finds herself a key player on the inter-agency task force that’s trying to stop them. Given the opportunity to change the history of her people and return their stolen sovereignty, she must decide which side will win. “

To get your free copy, go to anytime between July 27 and July 31 (US Pacific Time).

Don’t have a kindle? Amazon has free kindle apps you can download for your Windows PC, Macintosh, Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Download the apps here:

Sovereignty Restoration Day (July 31) commemorates the day in 1843 when the British Rear Admiral Richard Thomas, on behalf of Queen Victoria, formally returned control of the Hawaiian Kingdom to King Kamehameha III. The Islands had fallen into British possession when a British sea captain, acting on his own authority, seized them in the name of Great Britain some five months earlier.


UH Hilo Invites the Public to a Block Buster Party on the Lawn

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to celebrate the arts at the first Summer Art Institute – Hilo Block Buster Party on the Lawn, to be held on Saturday, July 20, noon to 6 p.m., UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi Community College Manono Campus Building 394.

The event features a public painting, studio tour, refreshments, live DJ, music and dancing mix with faculty and students currently participating in the 2013 UH Summer Art Institute – Hilo program.

The SAiH project is made possible with support from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation – Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund, the Howard and Yoneko Droste Bequest, the UH Hilo Art Department, and the UH Hilo Student Activities Council.

For more information, contact Art Department Chair Michael Marshall at 974-7524 or


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16-Year-Old Girl Last Seen in Puna

*UPDATE* she was located in good health this morning.

Big Island Police are searching for a 16-year-old Puna girl who was reported missing.

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No picture released yet

Ashley Hancock  is described as 5’8″ and 130 lbs with light brown hair and  hazel eyes.  She was last seen wearing a bright blue T-shirt, brown pants and was last seen near Pohaku Circle and Hwy 130 in Puna.