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First Volcom Store to Open on the Big Island

Queens’ MarketPlace announces that Volcom, a modern lifestyle brand that embodies the creative spirit of youth culture, will open its first Big Island store at the popular shopping center by the end of this year.

VolcomFounded in 1991 on the principles of “liberation, innovation and experimentation,” Volcom products are designed for people with a passion for art, music, film, skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.  With designs for men, women and youth Volcom incorporates a distinctive mixture of fashion and function combined with quality, comfort and athletic performance.

“Volcom is excited to be opening our first store on the Big Island at Queens’ MarketPlace,” said Volcom’s Senior Director of Retail, Rocky Taylor. “We have four other stores in Hawai‘i and feel this location will be a great addition.”

Bringing its creative energy to Queens’ MarketPlace, Volcom joins a growing family of shops and boutiques, galleries, services and restaurants within award-winning Waikoloa Beach Resort.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Volcom team to help build excitement for their opening, and add their lifestyle products to our already-great lineup of sports and activities, and the gear to go with them,” said Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations. “Their new shop is great news for visitors and our resident kama‘āina as well.”

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 www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Today is Hiroshima Day – “199,000 Cranes” for Peace

On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb devastated the city of Hiroshima, Japan and the world changed forever.  68 years later, a little girl who experienced the blast is remembered by people around the world, including the small town of Honoka‘a on the Big Island of Hawai‘i.

Peace Day Cranes

With strong ties to Hiroshima from many residents in the community, the Peace Committee of Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple is launching an ambitious, year-long project to gather 199,000 origami paper cranes.  The cranes will be sent as a massive “flock” to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, where a statue of the little girl—Sadako Sasaki—stands as a symbol of peace.

About Sadako Sasaki

Sadako was only two years old when the bomb fell.  She grew into a healthy, athletic girl who loved to run, but at age 12 succumbed to leukemia, caused by radiation exposure.   During her illness, Sadako folded origami cranes, trying to reach the legendary 1,000 that would make her wish for peace and healing come true.

After her death, friends and schoolmates continued to fold cranes in her memory, and soon the story of Sadako and her cranes spread to other children and adults, inspiring books, films, peace education projects and her statue in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.  At the base of the statue are thousands of paper cranes, from children around the world.

About Peace Day events

The families of Sadako’s brother and nephew will visit the Big Island for the 7th Annual Peace Day Parade Parade and Festival on September 21, 2013.  The Peace Committee, producers of the events, created the “199,000 Cranes” project to honor Sadako and her family.

“We chose 199,000 as our goal because it corresponds to the number of atomic bomb casualties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” said Peace Committee Chairman Miles Okumura.  “There are many people in our community who had family in Hiroshima on that day, and many still do.  Some of our Peace Committee members are women who remember the day the bomb fell, and felt those horrific losses very deeply.”

In addition to the “199,000 Cranes” project, the Peace Committee‘s peace education efforts will include:  support for teachers using the book “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes” in class; a dramatic presentation of the play of the same name; and mini-grants to teachers who share their peace education lesson plans.

Other projects include: Read for Peace; a Day of Mindfulness (for Peace in Your Daily Life), Sept. 14; the student Peace Poster Contest; a 5K Run for Peace; and “adopt a clan house” support for climate change refugees in the islands of the Carteret Atoll.

About the Peace Day Parade & Festival

The Peace Day Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, stepping off from Honoka‘a High School and proceeding along Mamane Street to the Sports Complex. The Parade has been described as a “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment-with-a-message, delivered by 40+ different parade units, likely including thousands of origami cranes as a tribute to the Sasaki’s.

“We are asking individuals or groups who can donate a display of at least 1,000 cranes to contact us about participating in the Peace Day Parade,” said Okumura.  “It’s such an honor for our community to welcome the Sasaki family. We want to show aloha from all of us, and let them know that we know Sadako’s story and are doing what we can to share the message of peace, compassion and global interdependence.”

After the Parade, the Peace Festival takes place at the Honoka’a Sports Complex from 5-8 p.m.  Admission is free and families are encouraged to come and enjoy lots of live music, food booths, crafts, train rides, a “jump and slide,” taiko drums, magic, and a large community bon dance for all to join.

The United Nations has been celebrating the International Day of Peace for more than 25 years, and Peace Day became law in Hawaii in 2007 as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhist Association.  Peace Day events include global ceasefire to facilitate humanitarian and relief work, large scale concerts and peace festivals worldwide.

To learn more about these projects and 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace, and contribute cranes to the “199,000 Cranes” project, please visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or PeaceDayParade on Facebook, or email info@peacedayparade.org.


Inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp a Huge Success

Nearly 150 youth basketball players participated in the inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp that concluded Saturday in Hilo.

Jimmy Yagi

Jimmy Yagi

University of Hawai‘i at Manoa women’s head basketball coach Laura Beeman, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo women’s head basketball coach David Kaneshiro and UH-Hilo men’s head basketball coach GE Coleman joined several former collegiate players and current high school coaches in providing personalized instructions during the four-day skill-development camp.

Under the guidance of lead clinician Bill O’Rear, a former UH-Hilo Vulcan standout, campers were taught passing, ball handling and other basketball skills during daily drills conducted both at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts. Participants then returned each afternoon to practice the techniques in games.

Sponsored by the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hawai‘i Police Department’s HI-PAL Program, and the nonprofit Big Island All-Stars, the camp was open to boys and girls 9-17 years old. More than 50 teens participated in the senior division, while another 83 signed up for the youth division.

The camp was named in honor of former UH-Hilo men’s basketball coach Jimmy Yagi, who coached the Vulcans for 18 years and helped guide the Vulcans-Hawai‘i Basketball School for 37 years. Coach Yagi, who has conducted basketball camps on several continents and worked with some of the sport’s biggest stars, offered campers instruction, inspirational messages and even a display of his impressive collection of basketball memorabilia.

Parks Director Clayton Honma, who served as the camp director, wishes to thank coaches Yagi, Beeman, Kaneshiro, Coleman, O’Rear and all the others who helped to make the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp a huge success.

Award certificates were presented to campers who impressed the coaches with their hard work, helped to inspire their teammates or displayed the teamwork, dedication and commitment Coach Yagi instilled in his players.

The following received certificates:

Coach Jimmy Yagi Award:

  • 9-12 Age Group:        Boy – Josiah Rodrigues                     Girl – Megan Baldado
  • 13-17 Age Group:      Boy – Tolby Saito                   Girl – Kizzah Maltezo

Coaches’ Award:

  •  9-10 Age Group:  Keirstyn Agonias, Veda-Lynne Galima, Leah Hara, Kayla Iwata, Dominic Rodriguez, Jaycie Nishimura, Bronson Klein
  • 11-12 Age Group: Keani Midel, Meghan Wong, Bobby Castillo Jr., Kelsie Imai, Jaeda Yamasaki
  • 13-17 Age Group: Ezekiel Jordan Narido, Cole deSilva, Jenna Rose Anuhea Kahikina, Chailey Cabalis, Camren Statler-Ellamar, Mikayla Tablit

Inspirational Award:

  • 9-10 Age Group:  Frank Hatori-Rodrigues, Paul Isotani Jr., Jayden Benevides, Scott Hakoda, Dakota Muranaka, Royden Ratific-Justo, Kiare Kepano
  • 11-12 Age Group:  Dominique Pacheco, Michelle Vintero, Sara Iwahiro, Aisha Haley Bianchi, Megan Baldado
  • 13-17 Age Group:  Sharlei Graham-Bernisto, Anthony Dollwet


The Green Set to Release New Album – Hawaii ’13

Hawaii’s The Green are back with their anticipated new album, Hawai‘i ’13, set for worldwide release on August 20 through Easy Star Records.  Hawai‘i ’13 is the band’s third studio album and was recorded and mixed with Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck, Jack Johnson) mainly in Costa Mesa, CA, at Hurley Studios.   ‘

Hawaii 13 The GreenSince the 2011 release of their chart-topping (#1 Billboard and iTunes Reggae) sophomore album Ways & Means (Easy Star Records), the sextet continues to raise their profile to the top of the thriving US reggae scene. The Green’s previous two albums have sold over 50,000 copies worldwide, winning awards (iTunes Best Reggae Album 2010, Best Reggae Album at Hawaii’s 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards) and receiving critical praise from media outlets like NPR, Billboard, The Huffington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Green receives the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best Reggae Group

The Green receives the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for best Reggae Group

Their prolific touring has yielded countless sold out shows, while sharing the bill with reggae heavyweights Damian Marley, Rebelution, and SOJA, to name a few. Internationally they’ve toured in Japan, New Zealand, and Guam, while at home performing at notable festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, Wakarusa, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and the California Roots Festival.  “The talent and creativity coming out of the band is getting stronger by the minute and the new album captures this growth beautifully” says Easy Star Records Co-Founder Eric Smith.

The first single off the new album – “Take Me On” – is already receiving heavy commercial radio airplay in Hawaii and is currently charting #3 on Oahu’s Island 98.5 FM.  National Geographic Music touted “The Green’s radio friendly modern roots sound, sweetening their deep island grooves with just enough vocal honey to entrap legions of new fans.”

The Green at Pahoa Village Cafe

The Green at Pahoa Village Cafe

Hawai‘i ’13, recorded in February and March 2013, is the first Green album using a dedicated producer/engineer.  Kalb, best known for his work with Ben Harper, was introduced to the band by Easy Star Records.  Guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson explains, “Danny was one of a few mixing engineers we had on our second album Ways & Means. We were really happy with his work on that project and his overall vibe seemed right so we asked him to be our main guy for this record and the results are pretty magical.”

The album title Hawai‘i ’13 has meaning on multiple levels.  The obvious ones are the year it was created and released in and that there happens to be 13 songs on it.  But, there is also a bigger significance according to Zion and the band.  He states, “It’s also a reference to a song that we grew up with called “Hawai‘i ’78” by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo‘ole.  The song deals with the issues and ongoing conversations about the changes that have happened to our land and people. It questions how our ancestors would react to seeing things like over-crowding, technological advancements and unwanted industrial growth. Something that many people and cultures around the world can relate to, but is an ongoing issue to the people of Hawai‘i to this day and is still very fresh in our minds.  On this record we wanted to encapsulate this push and pull feeling of both a connection to the past and a progression forward, all in one.”

The Green

The Green warms up before the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Hawai‘i ’13 is available for digital pre-order on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/hawaii13.  The CD and vinyl (please note the vinyl ships September 17) pre-order is available through the band’s web store (http://smarturl.it/TheGreen808Hawaii13), where fans can also add in newly designed Green tank tops for men or women.

The Green, hot on the heels of their recent headlining “Take Me On Tour,” will be back with another US tour this Fall.  More details coming soon.


Latest Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Application List Updated

The latest Department of Hawaiian Home Lands Application Waiting Lists have just been posted to the website, dhhl.hawaii.gov.

If you are having trouble viewing the PDF files in your web browser, try Right-Clicking on the desired link and selecting “Download Linked File” from the popup list, then view the downloaded file in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. Please be sure to update to the latest version of the Adobe Reader PDF reader software (free).


DHHL Chart


Walk with the Friends in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

The public is invited to join the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park (FHVNP) for a “Sunday Walk in the Park” on August 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of FHVNP to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

Join volcanologist Cheryl Gansecki for a four-mile round-trip hike to explore features from Footprints Trail to Mauna Iki.

Walk in the park

At the Footprints trailhead, we will examine textural details of an ‘a‘a lava flow. Once we descend to the sandy desert, we’ll view footprints fossilized in the muddy ash in 1790.

As we approach Mauna Iki, we will see a pahoehoe lava field with unusual secondary mineralization that results in beautiful surface patterns.  From there, we’ll ascend Mauna Iki (little mountain) to explore a variety of volcanic features.  If we’re lucky, we may come across beautiful Pele’s Hair, wafted downwind in the plume of Halema‘uma‘u Crater. 

Cheryl Gansecki is a volcanologist with a Ph.D. in Geology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Earth Science and Archaeology from Wesleyan University. Her research includes volcanoes in Hawai’i, Greece, and Yellowstone National Park. She has worked as a geologist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory mapping lava flows on Mauna Loa, a lecturer at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo; has given numerous lectures and led tours for teachers; Elderhostel and other educational programs in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Cheryl is co-owner and president of Volcano Video Productions, where she films and produces the ongoing “Eruption Update,” seen daily in the park’s Kilauea Visitor Center.

The hike is rated moderate, with four miles of hiking along hardened lava trails and a 100’ elevation gain.  Be prepared for the base 3,000’ elevation as well as for variable weather conditions, including sunny and windy.  Hikers should be in good condition, able to do without shade all morning in a remote, rugged area.

FHVNP’s “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the non-profit organization in order to attend.  Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits.

To register, call Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes Park at 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.


Public Meeting on Proposed Big Island Critical Habitat Tomorrow

On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be holding a second public informational meeting on a proposal to designate nearly 19,000 acres of land on the Big Island as critical habitat. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 3-5pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center – Community Meeting Hale, Building G in Kailua-Kona.

Mezoneuron Kavaiense. Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

Mezoneuron Kavaiense. Photo credit: C. Harrington/USFWS

“As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, I am pleased we were able to work with USFWS to give Big Island residents and stakeholders another opportunity to provide input about this proposal and raise any unanswered questions,” said U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa. “I will continue to follow these discussions as we work towards a compromise that properly protects our native species and supports our communities.”

USFWS also reopened the public comment period until September 3, 2013.

On the Big Island, USFWS has proposed designating approximately 18,766 acres of land as critical habitat for three endangered plant species. More than 1/3 of the proposed lands are in private ownership and about 12,000 acres are owned by the State of Hawaii. A public meeting was held on May 15, 2013, but interested parties were left with unanswered questions and concerns.


Kona Marathon Partners with Other Big Island Endurance Events for Triple Crown Series

Kona Marathon announced today that they have partnered with the Big Island International Marathon and the Volcano Rain Forest Runs to create the Hawaii Triple Crown Half Marathon series.

Kona Marathon

Starting in 2014, participants who complete the Half Marathon at each event will have achieved the Triple Crown status. “Our goal is to provide our runners with the opportunity for a new challenge and for them to have fun doing it at the same time. It is a great way to see the island as an athlete as well as to stay fit and healthy.” Event Operations Director, David Ranck stated.

Each participant who completes the series will be rewarded with a Triple Crown medal, certificate and other prizes to be announced. “The award ceremony will take place after they complete the last event of 2014, the Volcano Rain Forest Run. We will celebrate their achievements in grand style,” said Sharron Faff, Director of both the Kona Marathon and Rain Forest Run.

The 2014 dates for each half marathon events are as follows: Big Island International Half Marathon March 16, Kona Half Marathon June 22 and Volcano Half Marathon August 16. The three half marathon events are scheduled perfectly for any trained athlete to run or walk each event. Additional information and registration is available at konamarathon.com.