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Hawaii Robotics Teams Receive $45,000 From McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii

McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii donated $45,000 to the Hawaii robotics teams participating in the 2016 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition, which took place on April 1 and 2 at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center in Manoa.

L-R: Stephanie Steuri, Robotics Competition emcee; Glenn Waki, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator; Victor Lim, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator; Lenny Klompus, Friends of Hawaii Robotics president; Shannon Scott, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii marketing consultant; Ed Yamamura, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator; Rafael Zayas, Robotics Competition emcee.

L-R: Stephanie Steuri, Robotics Competition emcee; Glenn Waki, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator; Victor Lim, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator; Lenny Klompus, Friends of Hawaii Robotics president; Shannon Scott, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii marketing consultant; Ed Yamamura, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator; Rafael Zayas, Robotics Competition emcee.

During the competition’s opening ceremony on Saturday, April 2, McDonald’s owner/operators presented a check for $45,000, which will be divided among the 26 competing Hawaii robotics teams. The five (5) Hawaii schools (Baldwin High School, Iolani School, Kapolei High School, Kealakehe High School, Waialua High School) that will be advancing to the FIRST World Championship competition in St. Louis, Mo. in April each received an additional $1,000 from McDonald’s.

“We are honored to continue our support of Hawaii’s robotics teams,” said Victor Lim, McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii owner/operator. “We are dedicated to helping our communities thrive, so it’s great to be able to lend a hand to help our local schools. To watch the students’ creativity and innovation come to life in these competitions is inspiring. Congratulations to all the schools that competed this year.”

The money was raised through a statewide fundraiser that ran from March 21 to 27 where McDonald’s donated $1 from every Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight sandwich, and Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight Extra Value Meal sold between 5 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Additionally, throughout the fundraising period, Hawaii teams conducted robot demonstrations at selected McDonald’s restaurants across the state. This was the fifth consecutive year that McDonald’s was the FIRST in Hawaii official breakfast sponsor, providing breakfast sandwiches to all participating teams.

“We are so very thankful for the overwhelming generosity of McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii in supporting the FIRST in Hawaii Robotics Regional Competition,” said Lenny Klompus, president of Friends of Hawaii Robotics. “This is the fifth consecutive year that McDonald’s has not only brightened our students’ morning with a delicious breakfast sandwich ahead of the competition, but most importantly they have helped our local robotics teams excel as a result of their ever-growing monetary donation. McDonald’s unwavering impact with this donation enables a generation of young leaders in our state to build innovation today, for tomorrow.”

FIRST is a national organization that joins students, teachers and mentors to inspire youth interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to pursue careers in these fields. Students are able to work directly with professionals, gaining first-hand knowledge of the industry. FIRST combines the competitiveness of sports with the rigors of science and technology to engage young people to solve problems in an intense and competitive way.

House Hawaiian Affairs Chairman Responds to Governor’s Proposal to Fund Department of Hawaiian Homelands


Rep. Kaniela Ing ((Kihei, Wailea, Makena) today issued the following statement:

“The Governor’s DHHL appropriation message to the legislature represents a huge first step in meeting the state’s constitutional obligation to native Hawaiians. Now the legislature needs to do its job and ensure DHHL’s operations and maintenance costs are covered so that from now on the proceeds from the trust funds are used solely for putting native Hawaiians back on the land.This appropriation also represents a test for DHHL as the public money being used for these new positions will all be a matter of public record and must be reported back to the legislature. This additional funding needs to be attached to a clear timeline of hard outcomes to reduce the waitlist and restore native Hawaiians to the land.”

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces April Flight Plans

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans for April 2016:

  • April 8, 18, 21, 25 and 28, between 6 a.m. and noon, to shuttle crew, camp supplies, fencing material and equipment to Mauna Loa at about 9,000-ft. elevation.
  • April 8, between 7 a.m. and noon, to shuttle crew and camp supplies between Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) and the northwest area of Kahuku for vegetation monitoring.
  • April 18, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., to shuttle crew to/from the western area of Kahuku around 7,500-ft. elevation for vegetation monitoring.
  • April 19, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000- and 7,000-ft. elevation.

In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.

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The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.

Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

Prince Dance Institute Celebrates 10 Years at the Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, April 16, at 7PM, and Sunday, April 17, at 4PM, Prince Dance Institute celebrates 10 years of performing at the Kahilu Theatre with Deca:Dance. Close to 100 local performers from the Prince Dance Institute, ages five to adult, amateur to professional will come together in this multi-media dance performance and relive the most popular dance pieces from the last nine years in the retrospective show.

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Photo by Evan Bordessa

Founded in 2006 by Angel Prince, Prince Dance Institute (PDI) teaches a wide range of dance and movement classes at the Kahilu Theatre. Initially starting with only two students, PDI has grown significantly over the last decade and now has over 100 students of all ages enrolled in its after-school classes. Classes offered include contemporary dance, hip-hop and break dancing, hula, and more.

Over the last 10 years, Prince Dance Institute has created nine original theatrical dance shows combining contemporary dance with narration, video, and live music. The majority of those shows center around environmental topics such as sustainability, renewable resources, clean water, locally sourced food, and the importance of forests. “The idea of using art as a platform for greater good is not a new concept, but is something that I think that still holds great importance in our world today. Using dance and theatre as a medium for this cause is both educational and entertaining,” said Angel Prince, Artistic Director of Prince Dance Institute.

PDI will be welcoming back former dancers from past shows to reprise their roles in Deca:Dance. Among the returning dancers performing in this year’s show include Mimi and Brian Kerley, Kanoa Withington, Lia Cain, Erin Kawakami, Angel Prince, and Elizabeth McDonald. Playing live music on the Theatre’s new Steinway piano will be Everett Knowles and there will be video projection by several local video artists. Designer, and long-time Prince Dance Institute collaborator, Emily Leucht has also created over 150 costumes for this performance.

With choreography by Angel Prince, Lynn Barre, Elizabeth McDonald, Kai Webber, and Leia Lawrence, and exciting and eclectic music from Phillip Glass to Lordes, this performance will be both high energy and visually stimulating.

Deca:Dance will also play for local schools and children in two youth Shows on Wednesday, April 13th. For more information about the Youth Shows offered at the Theatre please contact Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the Saturday performance and at 3pm for the Sunday performance. There will also be food and beverages available for sale. The Art Off The Wall exhibit will be showing in the Kohala Gallery.

Tickets are $32 / $27 / $22 / $16 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

HFD Incident Report on Today’s Fire in Hilo

Hawaii Fire Department Incident Report: News release for a structure fire on Mililani Street in Hilo today.

Mililani House Fire

Type of Incident: Structure Fire

Situation Found at Scene: First HFD Unit arrived on scene found an unoccupied residential structure fully engulfed in flames.

Cause: Under investigation.

Remarks: HFD Units extinguished an unoccupied residential structure fire. Initially, the fire threatened a residence on Manono Street, but two crews were able to protect that residence by using tactical attack lines. HPD Units provided scene control and setup roadblocks at the Piilani Street/Mililani Street intersection and also at the Hualani Street/Mililani Street intersection.

Governor Proposes Highest Level of Funding Ever for Department of Hawaiian Home Lands

Gov. David Ige is proposing a funding plan that is consistent with the State Constitution requirement to provide sufficient funding for administrative and operating expenses for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (article XII, section 1).

hawaiian home lands logoFor FY16, the state proposes replacing DHHL’s $9.63 million general fund appropriation for administration and operating expenses with $17.14 million in general funds. For FY17, the state proposes $17.8 million in general funds with fringe benefits of $5.7 million, for a total of $23.5 million for the department.

If approved, the funding would be the highest level of funding ever for DHHL.

“We want to give DHHL the tools and flexibility to reform and restructure the department. I will hold DHHL accountable, with the ultimate goal of giving beneficiaries greater access to DHHL programs and services,” said Gov. Ige.

DHHL’s funding has been varied over the years. From 2010-2013, the department received no general funds and used trust and special funds to operate.

The proposal must be approved by the state Legislature.

USS Paul Hamilton Leaves Hawaii for San Diego

USS Paul Hamilton will depart Hawaii April 5 after more than twenty years of being homeported in Pearl Harbor.

050822-N-6264C-097 Sulu Sea (Aug. 22, 2005) - The guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) makes her way into position for a combined U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy task group formation during the at-sea phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in the Philippines. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the respective sea services. U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class William Contreras (RELEASED)

Sulu Sea (Aug. 22, 2005) – The guided missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) makes her way into position for a combined U.S. Navy and Philippine Navy task group formation during the at-sea phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in the Philippines. CARAT is an annual series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asian nations designed to enhance the interoperability of the respective sea services. U.S. Navy photo by Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class William Contreras (RELEASED)

The U.S. Navy announced recently that USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) will swap homeports with USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) this summer.  William P. Lawrence departed San Diego on a regularly scheduled deployment in January and will arrive in Hawaii in mid-2016.

This move supports the rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, placing our most advanced capabilities and greater capacity in that vital theater.  Likewise, it will allow Paul Hamilton, also a guided-missile destroyer, to proceed to San Diego for a scheduled extended dry-docking selected restricted availability.

“Commissioned in 1995, USS Paul Hamilton has been operating out of Pearl Harbor ever since, providing forward presence for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The men and women who served aboard this destroyer directly strengthened Pacific maritime security during dozens of deployments, training missions and exercises, including Koa Kai and RIMPAC.” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Navy Region Hawaii. “This homeport assignment is part of the U.S. Navy’s strategic laydown and dispersal plan.  The Navy is committed to basing approximately 60 percent of Navy ships and aircraft in the region by 2020.  As such, our readiness and the warriors’ ethos in Hawaii will continue to be critical to maintaining security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

Both Paul Hamilton and William P. Lawrence are Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers that perform key roles in support of a carrier strike group, expeditionary strike group, or surface action group.

DDGs are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control and deterrence.  These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking to include air, surface, undersea, space and cyber warfare. DDGs coordinate with units of a task group to conduct naval operations and execute the Maritime Strategy under a naval component commander.

Ke Ola Magazine Names Gayle Greco General Manager

Now in its eighth year of publishing, Ke Ola Magazine announces Gayle Greco is filling the position of Ke Ola’s general manger. A resident of Kailua-Kona, Greco is a long-time haumana (student) of Hawaiian culture and a regular Ke Ola editorial contributor.

Ke Ola

In 2013, Greco was hired in an interim executive management position at the Seattle Times. During that time, Greco provided successful leadership in the advertising sales division resulting in positive goal achievement. In addition to this assignment, Greco has worked on consulting projects for the Sacramento Bee, Tacoma News Tribune and locally at La’i ‘Opua 2020.

Gayle’s current responsibilities at Ke Ola Magazine include overseeing and managing the sales, distribution, editorial and administrative departments, while helping to create a business plan for the magazine’s next stage of growth and development.

Barbara Garcia, publisher and owner, has recently updated Ke Ola Magazine’s mission and vision statements. The updated mission states Ke Ola is in business to help other businesses reach new customers, while perpetuating Hawai’i Island’s arts, culture and sustainability.

Ke Ola is the only island-wide magazine that is published to reach people who live on Hawai’i Island, as well as frequent visitors. Its five-part vision statement includes points such as offering marketing solutions for businesses that want to reach new and existing customers while providing opportunities to support Hawai’i Island’s artists, writers and the subjects they write about. By using Hawaiʻi Island and native Hawaiian culture as a model, Ke Ola aims to help educate the rest of the planet on sustainable (pono) practices to preserve all lands and cultures.

Agriculture Workshops Offered in West Hawaii

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) offers two agriculture workshops with Zach Mermel this month at the Hawai’i Community College Palamanui campus in Kailua-Kona. Both workshops will be held in Room B-125.

edible plants
The Secrets of the Soil series is held on Saturday, April 23. Part 1 meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will explore the basics of soil biology. Topics include soil formation, types of soils found on Hawaiʻi Island, the dynamics of the soil food web, and fundamentals of soil testing at the homestead and farm scale. Part 2 will be held from 2 – 5 p.m. This hands-on session will teach participants how to make a high-quality compost and includes constructing a biologically active compost pile. The cost is $40 for Part 1, $30 for Part 2, or $60 for both sessions.

Edible Landscaping will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to transform their land into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. Mermel will cover edible landscaping and provide hands-on experience in creating a basic landscape plan. Participants should bring an aerial photo or TMK map of their land as well as colored pens and pencils. Tuition is $55.

For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/ccecs/.

Big Island Business Selected for Elite Air Force One Detailing Team

John Paul of West Coast Detailing and Cornerstone Mobile Detailing has been selected to the elite Air Force One Detailing Team that restores and now preserves the original Air Force One presidential jet, on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. The Boeing 707-120, also known as Special Air Missions (SAM) 970, was a flying Oval Office for Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon. It also entertained many international VIPs such as Nikita Khrushchev and Henry Kissinger.

John Paul detailing a car.

John Paul detailing a car.

“I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of such a significant project as preserving Air Force One, a beautiful icon of our country’s aviation heritage and history,” quoted Paul.“How many chances do you get to work on preserving a piece of our country’s history and here we are cleaning and restoring more than fifteen of Boeing’s most prestigious vintage aircraft. It is a privilege to be a part of this team and to share in this unique opportunity” he added.

air force detailing

As a member of the 2016 team, Paul was selected out of hundreds of detailers nationwide to help celebrate Boeing’s 100th Anniversary and the opening of the Seattle Museum of Flight’s new Airpark Pavilion with the biggest and most prestigious historic aircraft detailing project on record.

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Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker and John Paul

Renowned Big Island based Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker and his company Tiki Shark Art Inc promptly jumped in support of Paul as his main sponsor. “Paul always takes care of detailing and maintaining our Tiki Fleet of automobiles so well, like they were his own” stated Parker. “He is a perfect fit for this project”.

“It is a pleasure to support our local business, watch them grow and give back to the community…..all the best to you John Paul” he added.