Aikido of Hilo to Host World Renowned Teacher

Registration has begun for Aikido of Hilo’s upcoming Fall Seminar with Morito Suganuma. The seminar will be held during Labor Day weekend from August 31st to September 2nd at the Aikido of Hilo Dojo on 29 Shipman Street.

Morihei Ueshiba

According to Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor, Barbara Klein, “Aikido is the Japanese martial art of peace and reconciliation.”

Suganuma who was born in Fukushima, Japan holds the title Shihan, master teacher, and is an 8th degree black belt. He began studying Aikido in 1963 and studied under the martial art’s founder Morihei Ueshiba and Ueshiba’s son Kisshomaru. In 1967, Suganuma received the honor of becoming the founder’s last uchideshi, a full time live-in student at the Aikido Headquarters in Tokyo.

After Morihei Ueshiba’s death in 1969, Suganuma was sent to Japan’s southern island of Kyūshū to represent the Aikido Headquarters in that area. In Kyūshū, Suganuma founded and is the head of the Aikido Shoheijuku Dojo, which today encompasses about 70 dojo and 4000 students. Suganuma is also a noted master in Japanese Calligraphy and a practitioner of Zen meditation and yoga.

“In Aikido there are only two 8th degree black belts in the United States and only a handful in the world. Having someone of Suganuma Shihan’s stature come to Hilo and teach is an incredibly rare opportunity,” said Klein.

Klein and her husband, prominent Hilo chiropractor, Dr. Robert Klein, both hold 6th degree black belts and have been teaching Aikido in Hilo for over 30 years.

The upcoming fall seminar has already attracted students from the U.S. Mainland, Canada, Japan and across the State of Hawai‘i. “There is still some limited space for Aikido students that want to study with Suganuma Shihan,” said Klein.

For more information and to register for Aikido of Hilo’s Fall Seminar go to the dojo’s website at

Second Annual Hospice of Hilo Benefit Concert

Hawaii Media Arts, founded by Dennis and Christy Soares, will be hosting the Second Annual Hospice of Hilo Benefit Concert on Saturday, August 10 at 7 pm. The performance will be held at Hospice of Hilo’s Community Building at 1011 Waianuenue Avenue and will showcase a fantastic lineup of talented musicians.

Hospice Benefit Concert

The lineup will include ukulele masters, Rick Jitchaku and Brian Vasquez, soulful guitarist Ronnie Harris, the melodies of Dennis and Christy Soares, Harp talents of Cymber Lily Quinn and more.

All artists are donating their time and talent to ensure every dollar raised will support quality and compassionate end-of-life care for patients in East Hawaii.

To the Soares’, this is a labor of love, “We have performed for Hospice of Hilo’s memorial service many times, and the stories from families touched by hospice care are amazing,” said Dennis Soares, “All of us will meet a point of our life when hospice is appropriate. Christy and I can’t think of a better cause to support.”

“We are so grateful to the Soares’ and the many musicians for sharing their incredible gifts to benefit Hospice of Hilo,” said An Umamoto, Hospice of Hilo Development Coordinator. “Last year’s event was wonderful and we look forward to another amazing experience this August.”

Tickets are $10 each. To purchase, visit or call Hospice of Hilo at (808) 969-1733.

Since 1983, Hospice of Hilo has been meeting the end-of-life and palliative care needs for the East and South portions of the Big Island. More information about the organization can be found at .


Announcing #TechTuesday – Hawaii TechWorks’ Monthly Meetup!

How #TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks Began

On the Big Island, Cody Anderson grew up in Kea’au and Tony Marzi grew up in Pahoa. As kids, they both played on the same soccer team in Kea’au. Years later, after both had spent time away in school and on the Mainland, both returned home to the Big Island, where they reconnected in Hilo, Marzi as the founder of Hawaii TechWorks and Anderson as the owner of Bolo Graphics. Although their interests vary widely, they quickly discovered a shared mission: to bring together the creative and technical community of Big Island. With that shared vision, and with the help of dedicated Hawaii TechWorks staff and volunteers, including Charles Huston, Kent Olsen, and Anoka Jung, they started co-hosting #TechTuesday events in Hilo for programmers, creatives, designers, students, engineers, and anyone they knew to be interested in and invested in science, technology, entrepreneurship, education, and their local community. Since the launch of #TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks, a cohesive membership has formed, new young leaders in the community and in tech have emerged, and #TechTuesday #ProjectGroups have taken shape, all with the shared mission of community economic and educational development.

A beautiful day for an outdoor crowd at #TechTuesday by #HawaiiTechWorks

A beautiful day for an outdoor crowd at #TechTuesday by #HawaiiTechWorks

#TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks

In April of 2013, we hosted our first pau hana, potluck-style #TechTuesday event. We invited friends and colleagues interested in learning, connecting, and utilizing technology in new and interesting ways, and opened up the floor for discussions and networking. Co-hosts Tony Marzi and Cody Anderson shared their vision with the group, and modestly delivered the #TechTuesday concept as a mind-map that they drew on the whiteboard -activities, projects, and events -all in a form to build new friendships and professional collaborations, and to jump-start new tech and small business projects.

In May, our second #TechTuesday event was held at the Pacific Aquaculture Coastal Resources Center (#PACRC). There we hosted a 3D printing presentation and demonstration by Ted Stretham and Gerard Kruisheer.. Also on the agenda, Don Kosak shared his recent experience at the Bay Area Maker Faire, which was attended by well over 80,000 people, and Kent Olsen shared his new role with TEDTalks as marketing director for TEDxHilo.

Our third #TT event was held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Old Army Reserve Building, in association with the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). We had an excellent presentation from PISCES Director Christian Andersen, who shared the projects PISCES has been working on in Aerospace Technology, as well as Mike Purvis and Ryder Donahue (Team Poliahu, University of Hawaii at Hilo), who shared with us the Help Me Help app that made them the 2013 Microsoft Dream Cup U.S. Champions.

We have had individuals across the education, business, and tech spectrum join us in helping to establish #TechTuesday as a monthly meetup in Hilo -enabling Hawaii TechWorks to provide a highly anticipated, new and interesting forum for tech collaboration and opportunity in our community. From high school and college students, design and software engineers, university staff, and local business members, all have been and are deeply engaged, and our first #ProjectGroup, which is being spearheaded by Vahid Ajimine, has already launched. Our next #TechTuesday meetup, for July, is coming up, as well as other, much-anticipated events.

The Future of #TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks

Anderson and Marzi, with the assistance of Hawaii TechWorks volunteers and support staff, plan to continue co-hosting #TechTuesday meetups each month. In the pipeline, along with the formation of #TechTuesday #ProjectGroups, are #CodeJam and #GameJam events that should prove to be both fun and productive. The level of engagement and commitment with #TechTuesdays from our membership is high, and we look forward to continuing to meet our community economic development and STEM education mission with our members as partners. With each #TechTuesday meetup and #ProjectGroup activity, Hawaii TechWorks is fostering and nurturing the crucial exchange of ideas that will lead to new tech, small businesses, and opportunity for everyone in our community.

About Hawaii TechWorks

Hawaii TechWorks is a non-governmental, social enterprise organization working in East Hawaii and surrounding communities. Hawaii TechWorks’ mission, as established by founder Tony Marzi, is to approach the existing and systemic issues we face today with 21st century tools and solutions. The goals of Hawaii TechWorks are: to assist in the development of community-based high growth and high impact businesses; to help entrepreneurs convert great ideas into successful businesses; and, to help companies succeed by providing the technical assistance, business infrastructure, and networking opportunities that will increase their chances of successes. We are focused on fostering the emergence of a next generation of leaders, in facilitating the development of strong community ties through informal networking and relationship-building, in new job opportunities for local residents, and in community-based economic development.

For more information or to become a #TechTuesday by Hawaii TechWorks presenter, please contact us at

To view our #TechTuesdays photo album, please click here:#TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks

Big Island Police Investigating Theft of Two Golf Carts

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of two golf carts from a golf course in Kona last month.

EZ Go Cart
The white E-Z-Go RXV golf carts were taken from Makalei Golf Course at 72-390 Hawaiʻi Belt Road in Kailua-Kona sometime between June 22 and June 23.

The golf carts are valued at 6,402 each. They may each display a 3-inch by 3-inch sticker. One had the number 27 and the other had the number 35.

Police ask anyone with information about this case or the location of the golf carts to call Officer Jeremy Riddle at 326-4646, extension 253.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


Kailua Village Business Improvement District Revised Strategic Planning Takes Shape

Since its 2007 inception Kailua Village Business Improvement District (KVBID) has worked collaboratively with business, government and area residents to develop and implement creative solutions to improve the cleanliness, attractiveness, community and economic vibrancy of Historic Kailua Village.

Click to view plan

Click to view plan

In June, a yearlong process culminated with KVBID Board’s adoption of an updated five-year Strategic Plan. Initiatives outline the core fundamentals and operations of KVBID while the organization looks to meet the growing demands of various stakeholders and seek new opportunities to improve the vitality of the district.

“A lot of hard work and insight has gone into this strategic plan,” said Michele Otake, development manager, Queen Liliuokalani Trust and KVBID board member. “I join everyone on the strategic planning committee in extending thanks to the KVBID board of directors and its board committee chairs as we worked through the process.”

Strategic initiatives in the new five year plan include Clean Team and Aloha Ambassadors, Public Realm, Economic Development, Branding & Public Relations, Community Events, and Parks and Open Space.

Short and long term objectives are prioritized within the scope of each strategic initiative and the KVBID board committees serving as champions behind each initiative are recognized. Preliminary funding sources for each objective have been identified.

The next step for KVBID’s strategic planning committee will determine budgeting and the timeline for seeking other sources of major funding including grants and County of Hawaii Capital Improvement Project funds.

The complete KVBID Strategic Plan may be downloaded at

The mission of the Kailua Village Business Improvement District is to make Kailua Village a model sustainable community that is a better place to invest, work, live and play. KVBID is working cooperatively to improve and maintain the physical appearance and aesthetics of public right of ways, open space and parks, increase cleanliness and security, and attract long term sustainable business and community activity in Kailua Village