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Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi Kanakaole & Ohana Play Three Concerts on Big Island

Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi Kanaka`ole are both multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winners and are both respected educators in Hawaiian cultural practice and hula.  Joining them both for this unique and intimate mother-son concert will be other members of the renowned Hilo-based `ohana.

Kekui Kaumakaiwa

The concerts are at The Palace Theatre in Hilo on Thursday September 19, at 7pm; the Aloha Theatre in Keanaliu on Friday September 20, at 7pm, and at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on Saturday September 21, at 8pm.

Kaumakaiwa is a remarkable and riveting performer, who has developed into a phenomenal world music artist with an inventive talent that shines brightly, and a magnetic stage presence that is at once impressive, kolohe and entertaining.  Kekuhi is equally charismatic on stage, possessing what one early reviewer described as “a certain ancient elegance”.  Both performers are recognized as voices and leaders of the new Hawaiian generations since the “Renaissance” of the ‘60s and 70s.  Edith Kanaka`ole was most certainly a leader in that renaissance, and her grand-daughter and great-grandson carry on her legacy and values.

Kaumakaiwa and Kekuhi are currently pursuing a studio recording project as a “duo”, with a projected digital release at end of October, and street product release before Christmas.  These performances will give a flavor of that new CD – and will redefine contemporary Hawaiian music, demonstrating what it means to be Hawaiian today.  Kaumaka`iwa, Kekuhi & `Ohana = chicken skin!

Thursday 9/19 at 7pm, at the Palace Theatre.  Advance tickets are $35 general and $25 for seniors or students.  Day of event tickets will be $45 for all. Tickets from www.brownpapertickets.com, CALL 934-7010 or stop at the Palace Box Office, Monday – Friday from 10am to 3pm.  Doors and box office open at 6pm on day of concert.

Friday 9/20 at 7pm, at the Aloha Theatre.  Advance tickets are $35 general and $25 for seniors or students.  Day of event tickets will be $45 for all. Tickets from apachawaii.org, and Kiernan Music. Doors and box office open at 6pm on day.

Saturday 9/21 at 8pm, at Kahilu Theatre.  Tickets range from $20, $35, $45 to $65, with discounts of up to 15% for members of the Kahilu Theatre.  Memberships and tickets from www.kahilutheatre.org or call 885-6868, or stop at the Kahilu Theatre from 9am to 12noon.  Doors open at 7pm on day of concert.

BJ Penn… Pro Bull Rider? BJ Penn vs. The Bull of Hilo

Is BJ Penn looking at a new career as a professional bull rider?

Can BJ Penn last 8 seconds on a bull??? See video below

Can BJ Penn last 8 seconds on a bull??? See video below

UFC Fighter BJ Penn uploaded the following video of him riding a bull today on the Big Island of Hawaii:


BJ Penn vs. The Bull of Hilo

U.S. Government Watchdog Objects to Hawaii Development’s Chapter 11 Plan


The government’s bankruptcy watchdog is objecting to a California developer’s plan to bring a long-stalled Hawaii development project known as Hokuli’a out of bankruptcy under the control of an investment group that includes the chairman of retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT).

Acting U.S. Trustee Tiffany L. Carroll, a Justice Department official who monitors the Hawaiian bankruptcy court, is objecting to the disclosure document of developer 1250 Oceanside plan to exit bankruptcy under the control of SunChase Holdings, a California real-estate investment firm.

The trustee said in a filing Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Honolulu that the document, called a disclosure statement, failed to explain how the plan’s backers intend to pay the project’s unsecured creditors.

“In the statement and plan, there is no information about when the [unsecured creditors’] fund will be funded, where the money will be held, and what parties can make a claim to the funds,” the trustee said.

The project is a partnership between SunChase owner William A. Pope and Robson Walton, Wal-Mart’s chairman. Forbes estimates the fortune of Mr. Walton, a son of founder Sam Walton, at some $21 billion.

But Ms. Carroll said the “statement’s citation to Forbes stating that Mr. Walton has a net worth of $21 billion does not satisfy feasibility unless that net worth is pledged to funding the plan.”

Companies must file a disclosure statement explaining how they intend to pay creditors, along with their Chapter 11 plans. The disclosures must pass muster with a bankruptcy judge before creditors can vote on the proposals.

The Chapter 11 plan, backed by $65 million in exit financing from a SunChase affiliate, would bring the real-estate project, long dogged by legal challenges and financial woes, out of bankruptcy.

The developer estimates the project’s current value is about $68 million, far less than the more than $600 million in debt owed to lenders.

The Chapter 11 plan gives control of the project to entities controlled by Messrs. Pope and Walton, with SunChase providing the key personnel for the development team, according to court papers.

About $20 million is earmarked to the county of Hawaii for the completion of a highway to serve the South Kona region of the Hawaii’s Big Island. Another $15 million is owed to a local family that had sold the developer 250 acres of land on the west side of the island in the coffee-growing and cattle-ranching region of Kona. The plan calls for the family, which is seeking a continuation of the disclosure hearing, to get back 28 1/2 acres plus a new $6 million note.

A hearing on the disclosure statement is slated for Sept. 16 in Honolulu.

First planned in the 1990s by Arizona developer Lyle Anderson as a 1,500-acre luxury neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island, the project stalled amid multiple legal challenges and the global financial crisis. Mr. Anderson, who has developed golf communities in Arizona and Scotland, hasn’t been involved in the project since 2008, according to court papers.

A subsidiary of SunChase Holdings purchased about half of the nearly $1 billion in debt Mr. Anderson’s entities owed to Bank of Scotland several years ago. The company put 1250 Oceanside Partners into Chapter 11 protection in March along with two affiliates to deal with a $625 million debt load. The company has said the Chapter 11 case would help it proceed with the residential development.

The development’s original plans in the mid-1990s contemplated at least 730 residences with a golf course and spa. However, a series of lawsuits filed by preservationists and environmentalists succeeded in putting the brakes on the development in the previous decade.

So far, only the 18-hole golf course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, along with a clubhouse and other recreational facilities, have been completed.

(Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review covers news about distressed companies and those under bankruptcy protection. Go to http://dbr.dowjones.com)

3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waimea on the Big Island

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake just shook the Waimea area of the Big Island:

30 Waimea

Time:  2013-09-09 15:45:05 UTC-10:00
Location:  20.074°N 155.615°W
Depth:  27.8km

Pahoa Punk Wanted AGAIN for Robbery, Assault and Terroristic Threatening

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 26-year-old Pāhoa man wanted (*EDIT* AGAIN) on two outstanding warrants. Michael Dwayne Carvalho is also wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery, assault and terroristic threatening.

Michael Dwayne Carvalho

Michael Dwayne Carvalho

He is described as Filipino, about 5-foot-11, about 190 to 200 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair. Police advise the public not to approach him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Citizens may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

Hawaii Awarded $23 Million From FAA and FTA for Airport Projects

Today, Senator Brian Schatz announced seven grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) totaling more than $23 million for Hawai‘i including funding for airport projects in Honolulu, Kaunakakai, and Lanai City.


“The FAA and FTA have made transportation in Hawai‘i a priority, and the grants announced today are evidence of that,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “I have confirmed through conversations with Transportation Secretary Foxx and Federal Transit Administration Administrator Rogoff  that our state will continue to receive funding for critical improvements, allowing Hawai‘i to continue to grow as a tourist destination and economic center.”

The grants include:

  • Runway pavement rehab: $10,522,090 from the FAA for Phase II, rehabilitation of existing runway pavement at the Honolulu International Airport that is needed to maintain structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.
  • Bus replacement: $3,440,000 from the FTA for the purchase of replacement buses for the County of Hawaii transit agency, the County of Maui Transportation Department, and the County of Kauai Transportation Department. The new buses will also have improved access for mobility limited passengers and patrons with bicycles. This project was selected on a competitive basis from the State of Good Repair Program and project selection was announced August 2012. The funds are now being obligated for the project.
  • Airport drainage improvements: $3,022,148 from the FAA for Phase II, construction of airport drainage improvements at the Molokai Airport in Kaunakakai. The drainage improvements are necessary to adequately handle stormwater runoff.
  • Additional airport pavement upgrades: $2,500,000 from the FAA to update the Pavement Management Program for the seven-primary and one-reliever airport within the State of Hawaii. The project is needed to establish the current condition of the airfield pavement and to address how the airfield pavement will be maintained or upgraded to acceptable levels.
  • Hangar rehab: $2,074,869 from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program for Phase II rehabilitation of Hangar 110 at Kalaeloa Airport (John Rodgers Field) in Honolulu.
  • Airport runway lighting: $1,041,930 from the FAA to rehabilitate the runway lighting system that has reached the end of its useful life at the Lanai Airport in Lanai City. The project is necessary to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions and to meet Federal Aviation Regulations Part 139 requirements.
  • Study of airport system needs: $904,500 from the FAA to conduct a state system plan study to evaluate the existing airport system and identify airport development needs.


Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hosts Next Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed to help control fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. Photo NPS

Volunteers needed to help control fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. Photo NPS

September 28th is National Public Lands Day. We will be joining the park and the Ocean View Community Association in controlling fountain grass along roadways in Hawaii Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Fountain grass increases fire potential, and the park is working to prevent its spread in HOVE and keep it from establishing in the Kahuku unit. Learn about the problems of fountain grass and its safe control from a member of the park’s Natural Resources Management team.

We will be driving the roads of HOVE looking for fountain grass along the roadside, with 2-3 people per vehicle. Volunteers who can drive their own vehicle will be helpful. The roads in HOVE are paved. For those coming from Volcano and the east side who would like to car-pool, we will meet at the Kilauea Visitors Center. There will be some space available in park vehicles.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and able to walk up to a mile along roadways and rough roadsides.  Sturdy walking shoes and long pants and are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water and a lunch.

Pre-registration is required. All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign.

***If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or (808) 352-1402 by Monday evening, September 23. Please include your first and last name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation***


Statement by House Speaker Joseph M. Souki on Special Session for Marriage Equity


House Speaker Joseph M. Souki today issued the following statement on Governor Abercrombie’s announcement that a special session will be convened to discuss marriage equity.

“I am not surprised about today’s announcement by the Governor.  Last week Friday when we met with him we had an open and frank discussion on the proposed legislation and it was clear that he intended to act on the issue very quickly.

Now that the decision has been made, it gives the public time to comment on the proposed legislation before the special session convenes on October 28.”



Governor Abercrombie Calls Special Session on Marriage Equity

Under Section 10 of Article III of the State Constitution, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has called both houses of the state Legislature to convene in a special session on Oct. 28 to address the issue of marriage equity.


“The decision to call a special session is based on doing what is right to create equity for all in Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “As a former legislator, I have great respect for the Legislature and the legislative process. The merits of holding a special session include the opportunity for the Legislature to focus squarely on this important issue, without having to divert attention to the hundreds of other bills introduced during a regular session. In addition, if full advantage of various tax and other financial issues is to be achieved for citizens, passage before the end of the calendar year is essential.”

Abercrombie Proclamation

Since last June’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department have ruled that same-sex couples legally married in jurisdictions recognizing their marriages will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs announced that gay married couples will be eligible for veteran’s benefits, and the Pentagon announced that married same-sex couples will be eligible for the same health care, housing and separation benefits as married opposite-sex couples.

“My office has received many e-mails, letters and telephone calls from constituents on both sides of the marriage equity issue, and I have responded with assurance that my administration will meet our responsibilities for due diligence in consideration of all views and legal considerations,” the Governor added. During a special session, all constitutional and legal requirements that govern the Legislature must still be met. The House and Senate internal rules are also the same, both of which require a public hearing before any bill is passed.

Last month, the Governor shared with legislators and the news media a marriage equity bill based on Senate Bill 1369, which was introduced in the 2013 regular session. Community input was taken into consideration while the state Attorney General’s office worked closely with elected officials and a number of legislative staff to craft and further refine the bill.

View the latest version of the Marriage Equity Bill here.

Increase the Peace – Basic Mediation Training Starts September 28

The non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center is pleased to announce its fall “Basic Mediation Training” in Hilo.  Facilitated by Diane Petropulos and Catherine Lampton, the training spans two consecutive weekends, September 28 and 29 and October 5 and 6.

Diane Petropulos (front row, second from right) and Catherine Lampton (front row, far right) will facilitate a 28-hour “Basic Mediation Training” starting September 28.  Community members who would like to learn how to effectively manage and resolve conflict are invited to attend.

Diane Petropulos (front row, second from right) and Catherine Lampton (front row, far right) will facilitate a 28-hour “Basic Mediation Training” starting September 28. Community members who would like to learn how to effectively manage and resolve conflict are invited to attend.

In Basic Mediation Training, participants learn a variety of approaches for dealing with people in conflict—through lecture, group discussion, hands-on exercises, and mock mediation practice.

“Whether you want to improve your peacemaking and communication skills or want to become a mediator, this training gives you the tools you need to start resolving conflict in a peaceful and lasting way,” said Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

The 28-hour training offers instruction in the process of mediation and how to apply advanced communication skills—such as active listening, summarizing and rephrasing, and using open-ended questions—in order to help parties resolve their differences.

“People in conflict often focus on each other as the problem, going head to head.  Mediation helps people focus on the issues, not on each other, so they can see that they have a joint problem to solve,” stated Mitchell.

“This training is perfect for anyone who wants to communicate more effectively at work and at home, become a better negotiator and problem-solver, and increase your value in the workplace,” Mitchell added.  “No particular background or personality is needed—all are welcome.”

Diane Petropulos, M.A., is a lead mediator with Mediation Services of Maui and handles cases both in court and at the agency. She is actively involved in providing Basic Mediation Training and follow-up mentoring for new mediators, as well as advanced workshops for experienced mediators.  Petropulos has extensive background in legal education as the former director of the Attorney Assistant Program (paralegal and conflict resolution coursework) at Sonoma State University.

Catherine Lampton is a mentor mediator with Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  She has mediated extensively on a wide range of civil issues and has facilitated meetings for the County Council, Hawai‘i Police Department, Department of Public Works, community associations, non-profits, and more.  Lampton was the Coordinator of Ho‘olaulima Student Mediation Center at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo/Hawai‘i Community College.  She has lead and co-lead numerous mediation trainings.

“Basic Mediation Training” tuition is $250, which includes training materials.  To register or for more information, contact Julie Mitchell at Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center at (808) 935-7844 x 116 or julie@hawaiimediation.org.  Applications are available online at www.hawaiimediation.org.



Akido of Hilo Offering Women Free Classes During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Aikido of Hilo will be offering women free Aikido classes for the month of October.

Akido Hilo DV

Observed each year in October, DVAM grew out of a single day, the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to connect groups that worked to end violence against women and children. The first observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month took place in October 1987, and two years later in 1989, Congress passed a commemorative legislation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Aikido is the martial art of peace and reconciliation.  It teaches us that we should concentrate not on harming others, but on protecting them.  We learn that aggression breeds greater aggression and that kindness also will be returned by others.  Rather than harming another and causing resentment, we are taught to neutralize physical and mental aggression and avoid injury to the attacker and ourselves,” said Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor Barbara Klein.

Klein and her husband, Dr. Robert Klein, both have 6th Degree Black Belts and have been training in Aikido for over 40 years.  They have been teaching the martial art in Hilo since 1980.

“We are honored to help spread awareness about ending violence against women and children.  We invite everyone to come and learn about bringing more peace and harmony into their lives and openly offer women the opportunity to take classes for free in October,” said Klein.

To find out more about Aikido of Hilo and the free October classes for women call Barbara Klein at 935-2454.

Check Out the Editing in This Video!

This film uploaded to YouTube and apparently filmed in Hawaii has some incredible editing!


This is what was said about the video on YouTube:

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