Charmaine Clamor Returns to the Big Island

Celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,” Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her Queen of Jazzipino crown. Clamor visited Hilo two years ago and now returns to the big island to play one concert only at Honokaa Peoples Theatre on Saturday, October 12 at 8pm.

Charmaine Clamor

Charmaine Clamor

Charmaine’s musical journey began at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine’s enduring love of American music.

In 2011, while making her sixth-straight appearance at the Philippines International Jazz Festival, Charmaine gave a command performance at Manila’s Malacanang Palace for United States Ambassador Harry Thomas and Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, President of the Philippines. President Aquino joined Charmaine onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime duet and declared her “a genuine source of Pilipino pride.”

In 2010 Charmaine was the only Filipina to appear on the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim concept album, “Here Lies Love” (Nonesuch), about the life of Imelda Marcos. She was joined on the recording by luminaries such as Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, and Natalie Merchant.

In the liner notes of Something Good(FreeHam), Charmaine’s 4th U.S. album, she declares, “I believe there are two kinds of music: the good stuff, and everything else.” To Charmaine Clamor, the categories don’t matter; the labels are irrelevant. Call her a Filipino-jazz-world-soul-pop-funk-blues singer. Call her the Queen of Jazzipino. When she shares her once-in-a-generation astonishingly expressive voice, genres fade away and beauty takes over. JazzTimes emphasized, “Clamor vocally resembles an amalgam of Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, a sumptuously elegant blend of silk and satin, trimmed with gutsy self-possession.”

Saturday 10/12 at 8pm, at Honoka’a People’s Theatre. Tickets are general admission, $30 adult and $25 senior or student in advance, with all tickets $35 at the door. Tickets via or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800 838 3006 (24/7), or at Tara Patch in Honoka`a. Doors open at 7pm on day of concert.


Video: Rotten Turkey Spam Bought From Walmart in Hawaii

YouTube user Kenny Jin just uploaded this video entitled, “Rotten turkey spam bought from Walmart in Hawaii” and when you view the video… you will definitely see that it’s rotten!

I'll say it's rotten and possibly has dead worms?

I’ll say it’s rotten and possibly has dead worms?

I’m not sure where it was purchased, however “Kenny” explains in the video that the expiration date says best by May 2016.


Hawaii State Department of Education Recognizes 2013 Employee and Team of the Year

Yesterday, the Hawaii State Department of Education presented its Employee of the Year award to Donna Therrien, a former district support teacher whose educator effectiveness training has served as a model for the state.

The 2013 DOE Team of the Year, the Kaala Food Services team, includes​ Arleen Asato, Derna Duarte, Pearla Kesolei, Kaiulani Kinoshita, Susie Lee and Georgette Ralar.

The 2013 DOE Team of the Year, the Kaala Food Services team, includes​ Arleen Asato, Derna Duarte, Pearla Kesolei, Kaiulani Kinoshita, Susie Lee and Georgette Ralar.

The Kaala Food Services Team took the DOE’s Team of the Year award for its dedication to shaping positive student behaviors and serving nutritious meals.

Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe and Hawaii State Board of Education member Amy Asselbaye honored four employees and team nominees at the DOE Incentive and Service Awards held at the state Capitol auditorium.

The program recognizes employees who have made special and continued contributions to improve the quality and effectiveness of Hawaii’s public school system.

“The dedication and professionalism of these exemplary employees inspire all of us to always strive high to do our very best for Hawaii’s students and their families,” said Superintendent Matayoshi. “They have played critical roles in our ongoing transformation aimed at ensuring all students are equipped to succeed in college and careers.”

In the 2012-13 school year, Therrien took it upon herself to provide educator effectiveness training for teachers in all 16 schools in the Castle-Kahuku complex area. Her professional development sessions covered all key components of the teacher observation protocol and helped participants implement strategies to boost student achievement.

Donna Therrien

Donna Therrien

Therrien has also assisted in the DOE’s transition to the Common Core State Standards. She rewrote the English language arts Common Core shifts with detailed instructional strategies to help educators.  Capturing best practices from kindergarten to grade 12, Therrien inspired teachers with videos, lessons and student work captured in Hawaii’s public schools. A National Board Certified teacher, Therrien also mentored candidates pursuing Board certification by providing feedback on written portfolios, videotaping and reviewing lessons.

Outside of work, she serves as a board member of the Aikahi Elementary School Community Council, where she continues to share resources and solutions to improve student achievement. Therrien is currently working as an administrator at Hawaii Technology Academy Public Charter School.

The six-member Kaala Food Services Team works seamlessly to provide meals to some 450 students, 75 staff members as well as children enrolled in the Head Start Program.

The team, whose members include are Arleen Asato, Derna Duarte, Pearla Kesolei, Kaiulani Kinoshita, Susie Lee and Georgette Ralar, helps engage parents and support student achievement with their involvement in over 38 community activities, including an evening Read Aloud Program.

For the past three school years, the team has provided new food experiences to students through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. About 85 percent of Kaala students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and nutritious meals are critical to meet student’s basic needs and prepare them to learn.

The Kaala Food Services team also plays a key role toward improving facilities through the School Safety Committee and the Annual School Inspection Program.

Therrien and the Kaala Food Services team will represent the DOE in the annual Governor’s Award for Distinguished State Service in October.

Today’s event also recognized the outstanding efforts of others within the Department.

Sustained Superior Performance Award

  • Susan Harper, Curriculum Coordinator and Success for All Facilitator, Makawao Elementary, Maui District.
  • Catherine L. Kaide, School Food Service Manager, Hilo Union Elementary, Hawaii District.
  • Daralyn Ramos, Personnel Regional Officer Clerk, Central District Office, Office of Human Resources.

Team Excellence Award of Merit

  • Makawao Elementary Cafeteria Staff, Maui District:  Stephanie Bayne, Sandra Calasa, Tiffany Calasa, Kwi Ae Esquibel, Phyllis Freitas, Antoinette Robinson, Nancy Shimabukuro, Ashley Waipa.
  • School Administrative Services Assistant Academy Team, Office of Fiscal Services: Cindi Akuna, Curtis Chang, Adele Chong, Kevin Drake, Erin Ebisuya, Earlyne Harada, Scott Jeffrey, Miki Kamimura, Tammy Keller, Lynn Kitaoka, Karie Klein, Rie Kodama, Gail Morimoto, Gail Nakaahiki, Elden Nakamura, Frances Pitzer, May Price, Lawrence Suan, Coleen Tanaka, Adri Wilson, Tracy Yoshikane.
  • Waianae Complex Student Services Coordinators, Oahu District:  Kelly Kalinowsky, Grace Lorenzo, Kathy Mitchell, Gail Nakao, Mary Stamps, Mariko Thompson, and Kristy Wagatsuma.

The Hawaii State Department of Education is the 10th largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country. It is comprised of 255 schools and serves more than 183,000 students. Hawaii’s public school system was established in 1840 by King Kamehameha III. To learn more, visit

Feral Goat and Feral Sheep Control Permits Announced

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is issuing permits for control of feral goats in the makai portion — and feral goat and feral sheep in the mauka portion — of the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a (PWW) Forest Reserve, pursuant to Title 13, Chapter 123, “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting,” §13-123-9, “Nuisance or crop damage.” This program will be conducted on weekends, starting Sept. 28, 2013, and ending Oct. 20, 2013.


For PWW Makai (below Mamalahoa Highway), the program will be limited to archery for the first three weekends, followed by one weekend of muzzleloader for feral goats. There is no bag limit on goats. Deboning is not allowed, but quartering feral goats is permissible with skin attached for identification purposes. For safety purposes, a maximum of 50 permittees will be allowed per day.

For PWW Mauka (above Mamalahoa Highway), the program will be limited to archery for the first three weekends followed by one weekend of muzzleloader for feral goats and feral sheep. There is no bag limit on feral goats and non-typical rams. One typical ram can be harvested after two non-typical rams are harvested and checked-out by the same permittee. Whole carcasses (entrails can be cleaned but with attached genitalia on carcass) need to be inspected at checkout. For safety purposes, a maximum of 50 permittees will be allowed per day.

For permit assignments, call the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063. Permits will be assigned from 8 a.m. until slots are filled on Sept. 25 for only one day of the FIRST weekend of the program for either PWW Makai or PWW Mauka. A valid hunting license is required to apply for a permit. A maximum of five permittees will be allowed per call and only one slot per hunter is allowed. Participation for the remainder portion of the program will be on a first-come, first-served basis at the hunter check station on the day of program.

Permittees are to check in at the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a check station between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. and must be checked-out by 6 p.m. Vehicle passes will be given at the hunter check station. Stand-bys will be allowed after noon for the first weekend and as slots become open for the rest of the program.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Division of Forestry and Wildlife Offices in Hilo at (808) 974-4221 or in Kamuela at (808) 887-6063.