Kamehameha Schools to Transition Windward Mall, Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center to Ground Leases

The following letter went out from the CEO of Kamehameha Schools, Dee Jay Mailer.

I am sending this advance notice regarding news from Kamehameha Schools to ensure that you hear about this important announcement directly from me: Completing the strategy related to our shopping centers that we announced in October with the Royal Hawaiian Center, we are announcing today our intent to offer for sale the buildings and other improvements at Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center and Windward Mall in Kāne‘ohe while retaining ownership of the underlying land.

Windward Mall Floor Plan

Windward Mall Floor Plan

This decision is part of our broad, ongoing strategy to proactively grow and perpetuate the endowment that supports Kamehameha Schools’ educational mission. As with our Royal Hawaiian Center offering, this action is aligned with our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan, which calls for active stewardship of our lands — whether for commercial, agricultural or conservation purposes — while prudently optimizing the value and use of Kamehameha’s financial and nonfinancial resources in support of our educational mission.

Proceeds from the potential sales will be reinvested in the endowment in support of our many educational programs and services currently in place, as well as those envisioned for 2015 and beyond that will serve many future generations of our lāhui. To this point, you should know that Kamehameha Schools has spent more than $2.6 billion on education in Hawai‘i over the last 10 years. Our educational programs, collaborations and other activities serve more than 47,000 learners and families each year, and Kamehameha serves as the largest private funder of public education in Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center

Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center

Again, as with our proposed sale of the buildings at Royal Hawaiian Center, if we are successful in our offer to sell Windward Mall and Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, it will not be a sale of our lands, but rather a sale of the buildings and other improvements on our lands.

Parents, mahalo for your trust in allowing us to teach and nurture your keiki and your families, and Alumni, mahalo for proudly representing the good and industrious men and women Pauahi so loved. We are blessed by your ongoing support of Pauahi’s legacy and educational mission!

I Mua!

Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer

Gov. Abercrombie Announces Four Appointments

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the following appointments: Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District. The interim appointments are effective immediately and subject to state Senate approval.

From the Governor's Desk

“These individuals represent a cross-section of Hawaii residents’ diverse backgrounds, offering vital perspectives, input and leadership to the future of Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Good government depends on individuals getting involved and taking responsibility as leaders to work collaboratively toward solutions, and I am confident in their ability to do so on behalf of the people of Hawaii.”

Grant Y.M. Chun, a resident of Wailuku, will represent Maui on the BOE. Chun is currently vice president of A&B Properties Inc. and the former managing director of the County of Maui. He is a practicing attorney and brings a strong background in administration and law to the position. Active in the community, Chun serves on the board of directors for A Keiki’s Dream, Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Maui Chinese Cultural Society, Maui Economic Development Board, and Maui Economic Opportunity, as well as on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of American Maui County Council, on the Maui Regional Board of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and on the Chancellor’s Advisory Council for UH Maui College. He is also a life member of the Maui Young Business Roundtable. Chun earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public relations from the University of Southern California. He also holds a law degree from the University of California – Hastings College of the Law.

Doreen Napua Gomes, a resident of Kula, assumes the Maui seat on the Hawaiian Homes Commission. Employed by Palekana Permits since 2009, Gomes was previously a Health Unit Assistant at Kula Hospital. She is president-elect of the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, serves as a commissioner for the County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, and is a member of the Ahahui Kaahumanu Society. Gomes also served as director of Hui No Ke Ola Pono Inc. from 2009 to 2011 and on the Maui Police Department Commission from 2005 to 2010. In addition, Gomes is an advocate for the American Cancer Society and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and she has been a Maui County Health Volunteer since 2007. Gomes earned an associate’s degree in general studies from the University of Phoenix.

Aaron D. Mahi, a resident of Honolulu, fills the LUC Hawaiian Specialist seat. Mahi has worked as a cultural consultant for the Malama Aina Foundation since 2011 and as an assistant cultural specialist for the Partners in Development Foundation since 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he served as chief manager of the Ka Waihona Mele Noeau, a division of the Abigail K.K. Kawananakoa Foundation, for the collection, research and preservation of Hawaiian music, literature and oral history as part of the establishment of a Hawaiian culture repository. From 1981 to 2005, he directed the Royal Hawaiian Band as bandmaster. Mahi is a past district representative on the Oahu Island Burial Council and is first vice president of the Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club board. Mahi earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and attended the University of Loma Linda for orchestral conducting.

Brian T. Tamamoto of Honolulu brings to the HCDA more than 24 years of experience in labor relations, business operations, and development. He is currently the executive vice president of Resort Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Kobayashi Group. Previously, he worked as director of labor relations for Hawaiian Telcom, as managing director for Human Resources Solutions, and as director of human resources/labor relations for Aloha Airlines. Tamamoto has served as the Hawaii president of the Society for Human Resource Management, chair of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, and as a commissioner for the State Foundation on the Culture and Arts. He also volunteers for River of Life Mission’s homelessness program. Tamamoto earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.

The Office of the Governor oversees more than 180 boards and commissions established by the state constitution, statutes or executive orders.

Auditions for Miss Saigon – UH Hilo’s Spring Musical

Open auditions for college-age and older actors for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Department’s spring musical, Miss Saigon¸ will be held on January 20 and 21, 2014 on the main stage of the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Miss Saigon
All auditionees will be required to sing at the audition, either as a soloist if seeking a lead role, or in a group if interested in a chorus role. Soloists must bring sheet music for 16 bars of a song from the musical theatre genre while chorus auditionees will be taught a song from the show at the audition. A dance sequence will also be taught so comfortable clothing that allows movement is essential.

The Boubil-Schonberg-Maltby musical, based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, takes place in Vietnam in the mid-1970s as American troops vacate Saigon, leaving behind a war-ravaged country and unexpected love. The musical won numerous awards, including 1991 Tony awards for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical, and has toured the world ever since its premiere in 1989.

UH Hilo Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson directs the show, with retired Department of Education teacher and professional musician, Armando Mendoza, as musical director. UH Hilo dance instructor, Celeste Staton, choreographs, with Kawai Soares and Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki as student choreographers. Amy Horst, director of choral activities at UH Hilo, teams with senior Kait Wilson to work with singers. Ariana Bassett, the UH Hilo resident designer, is in charge of scenery and lighting.

“Several lead roles are available: The Engineer, half-Vietnamese and half-French, who is a raunchy master of ceremonies/pimp in a Saigon bar; Kim, a girl orphaned at 17 and forced to make a living dancing with soldiers in the Dreamland bar; Thuy, promised to Kim in marriage but now embittered and rising in Communist military ranks; Chris, the American G.I. who falls inexplicably in love with Kim; John, Chris’ G.I. friend who eventually follows his conscience; and Ellen, who married Chris years after his Vietnam tour and chooses to stand by his side,” Johnson noted.

Secondary roles call for strong actors/singers/dancers as Gigi, Mimi, Yvette, and Yvonne, who work at Dreamland and share Kim’s hopes for a better life. Finally, a young Eurasian boy, age 3-5, is needed to play Tam, the child arising from Kim and Chris’ union. Parents of young actors interested in this role should contact Professor Johnson to discuss the rehearsal and performance commitment at 932-7491 or by e-mail: jpjohnso@hawaii.edu.

Shark Kills Man Fishing from Kayak Off Maui


The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and County lifeguards have closed waters off Makena State Recreation Area, following a fatal shark bite before 10:20 a.m. this morning in which a man was bit while fishing from a kayak half a mile off a point near Little Beach.

Makena State Recreation Area

Makena State Recreation Area

A companion, also on a kayak, said the man was fishing with artificial lures to attract baitfish when his dangling foot was bit by a shark.

His fishing partner was about 500 yards away when the incident occurred, then paddled over, tied a tourniquet and asked a nearby charter tour boat for assistance. The boat brought the injured man to Kihei boat ramp from where he was transported to the hospital.

Shark warning signs are being posted to advise the public to remain out of the water from Ahihi Bay to Makena Landing.

The beaches are open but the public is advised to stay out of the water.

DLNR staff and County lifeguards will continue to monitor the nearshore waters today and in the morning will reassess the area. If no sharks are seen, the area will reopen at noon tomorrow, following state shark incident protocol.

According to the Division of Aquatic Resources, this is the 13th reported shark incident statewide this year, and the 8th on Maui. Over the last 20 years, Hawaii has averaged about four unprovoked shark incidents per year (see http://www.hawaiisharks.org/incidentyear.html), but numbers per individual year are highly variable. There were no reported incidents in1998, and just one in 2008. In 2012, the 10 incidents reported were at the time unprecedented.

“We are not sure why these bites are occurring more frequently than normal, especially around Maui. That’s why we are conducting a two-year study of shark behavior around Maui that may give us better insights,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “It is our hope and expectation that numbers of incidents will return to a more normal range in the near future.”

Aila continued, “We offer our condolences to the family of the victim. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

UPDATE: Police say 57-year-old Patrick Briney of Stevenson, Washington died Monday while fishing from a kayak off Maui’s southwest coast. State Department of Land and Natural Resources says the shark bit his dangling foot.

East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for November is Officer Lloyd Ishikawa

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Lloyd Ishikawa on November 21 as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for November.

Officer Lloyd Ishikawa

Ishikawa, a Puna Patrol officer and former “Officer of the Year,” was honored for piecing together information that led to the arrest of a wanted man considered armed and dangerous.

On September 30, police responded to a report that a man had fired several rounds from a silver Mazda Miata in the Panaʻewa area of Hilo. In the days that followed, Ishikawa was provided with the identity of the suspect and shared the information with his fellow officers. One remembered being sent to Fern Acres a few days earlier, where the property owner reported a silver Miata parked on the vacant lot. Checks of the license plate at that time had not shown the car as being stolen or belonging to a wanted person.

On October 3, Ishikawa went to the Fern Acres property and observed fresh tire tracks leading up the driveway. After obtaining permission from the property owner to proceed onto the lot, he returned at dusk with a team of officers and discovered additional fresh tire tracks. Ishikawa directed the officers to walk in on foot to retain the element of surprise. When they did, they observed three vehicles on the property, including the Miata, a stolen pickup truck and a stolen Mercedes Benz.

The doors, hood and trunk of the Mercedes were open. Two people, who were standing next to it, fled into the bushes but were quickly apprehended. One of them was the suspect in the shooting. A semi-automatic pistol was on the seat of the open Mercedes. Inside the Miata was a spent firearm cartridge.

After the arrest, Officer Ishikawa contacted the registered owner of the Miata, who was on the mainland and unaware that the car had been stolen. Ishikawa then made an additional case for the stolen Miata.

Lieutenant Reed Mahuna, who recommended Ishikawa for the award, said Ishikawa “truly demonstrates” the Police Department’s core values. “Officer Ishikawa’s diligence in taking a piece of information, sharing that information to develop leads, and acting on those leads was instrumental in the apprehension of a dangerous fugitive and the recovery of three stolen vehicles, one of which had not yet been reported stolen,” Mahuna wrote in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Ishikawa is eligible for “Officer of the Year.” In 2011, he was named “Officer of the Year” for his initiative and dedication to duty.

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

Hospice of Hilo Celebrates with 24th Annual Light Up a Life

Hospice of Hilo is celebrating the Holiday Season by lighting up the Trees of Remembrance at its 24th Annual Light Up a Life.  The trees are at the two entrances of Macy’s at the Prince Kuhio Mall from now until December 24th from 10:00 am to 8:00pm.  “Everyone is invited to place a commemorative ornament with the name of a loved one on the tree.  The ornaments are a very meaningful way to pay tribute to those we remember and love,” said Hospice of Hilo Spokeswoman, An Umamoto.

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This year, Hospice of Hilo asked the Kuwaye Family to do the honor of placing the first ornament of the season on the tree in memory of Yasuo Kuwaye, who received hospice services.  “We feel real special to be asked to be the first family and so thankful to have had Hospice of Hilo’s services,” said wife, Anako Kuwaye.

The Kuwaye family, which included daughter Frances Chow, son Wayne Kuwaye, Daughter-in-law Carol Kuwaye, sister Sue Toyama and wife Anako Kuwaye, gathered around Hospice of Hilo Chaplain, Phillip Jones, as a he led them in a short memorial commemorating the life of Yasuo Kuwaye.

Light Up a Life is a community event raising funds for Hospice of Hilo’s programs.  There is a suggested $10.00 donation for creating and hanging an ornament, however, no one will be denied the opportunity to honor a loved one.  For more information about Light Up a Life or any of Hospice of Hilo’s programs call 969-1733.