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Hilo Elks Club Sponsoring World of Magic Performance

The Hilo Elks Lodge 759 will present its annual World of Magic show from 11am to 12:30pm at downtown Hilo’s Palace Theater on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

This year’s special performer will be magician KAULANA. Born and raised in the islands of Hawai’i, KAULANA grew up knowing that he was very different from everyone else.

kaulanaAt the young age of 12, KAULANA discovered the art of magic, dreaming of one day to become a magician. After a year of intense studying, KAULANA created “TORCH”, a style of entertaining unlike any other. With his unique style of magic, KAULANA became an 8-time award-winning magician who has toured throughout the Hawaiian Islands as “The Youngest Professional Magician in Hawai’i”.

As a teenager, KAULANA received an opportunity to perform in a Las Vegas revue show in Waikiki. After a two-year run, he headlined in “Encore! Hawai’i” a variety show, which showcased talent from all over the world. After performing for sold out crowds night after night, KAULANA received the title “The Most Unique Magician in Hawai’i”.  KAULANA offers high-energy entertainment; leaving each audience with a magical experience they will never forget. KAULANA has also traveled across the Pacific to perform in Los Angeles, Arizona and Las Vegas.

What makes KAULANA so unique? KAULANA combines his knowledge of magic and his passion to entertain to create “Ho’okalakupua me ke Kaila” or “Magic with Style”.  KAULANA knew that in order for his dream to come true, he had to take magic to a new level. In each performance, KAULANA ignites the imagination of his audience and allows them to escape reality to make them “Believe, Dream & Imagine”.  KAULANA is a true entertainer, who strives daily to reach his goals by using his Heart, Soul and the Spirit of Aloha.

At the end of the show, expect Santa to make a special appearance.

Sponsored by the Elks National Foundation and community members, admissions to this performance is free, and donations are welcome.

For more information, please contact Lily at the Hilo Elks 935-1717.

Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent on Passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

doe-logoRepresentative Clift Tsuji worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents. Superintendent Matayoshi reflects on his relationship with the Hawaii State Department of Education and extends condolences to his family.

It is with great sadness to learn that Representative Clift Tsuji has passed away. As a Hilo native, I knew Clift and his commitment to his community and public service. Two weeks ago we spoke about his district and he expressed his support for the educational progress made. Sincere condolences go out to his family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on Passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement today after the passing of Hawaiʻi State House Representative Clift Tsuji:

 “Today, Hawaiʻi lost a dedicated public servant. Born and raised in Papaikou, Representative Clift Tsuji served the people of Hawaiʻi Island throughout his life. After graduating from Hilo High School, Rep. Tsuji served as a U.S. Army Reservist with the 442nd Infantry out of Hilo, and continued to serve Hawaiʻi Island in various community organizations, as a successful businessman, and as a representative for the people of Keaukaha, Panaewa, Waiakea, and parts of Hilo. As chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Tsuji helped champion legislation to fight invasive species and strengthen our biosecurity.  I saw Rep. Tsuji recently at the Hilo Veterans Parade and, as usual, he was full of aloha, as he welcomed me to the community he loved so much. Today, my heart is with Rep. Tsuji’s family, friends, and all whose lives he touched.


Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hawaii President’s Statement on the Passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

clift-tsuji“The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Hawaii is deeply saddened by the news of Rep. Clift Tsuji’s passing,” said Russell Arikawa, president of the Chamber.

“He was truly a public servant, and a long-time member of our Chamber. He served our country in the 442nd Infantry from 1959 to 1965, and our beloved Hawaii Island as State Representative since 2004,” Arikawa said.

Rep. Tsuji was a strong supporter of agriculture and economic diversity for our island and state and as a Chamber, we counted on him to support our island in the Legislature. Our hearts and prayers are with his family; his genuine, friendly spirit will truly be missed,” he added.

Hawaii Governor Extends Emergency Proclamation for Maui County

Gov. David Ige signed an extension to the emergency proclamation originally signed on Sept. 16, to provide relief for disaster damages, losses and suffering following September’s heavy rains and flooding on Maui.

iao-valley-damageThe proclamation also serves to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the people of Maui County and to maintain the strength, resources and economic life of the community.


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The proclamation signed today expires in 60 days.

Hawaii Governor and Lt. Governor Statements on Passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

clift-tsujiRepresentative Clift Tsuji was a quiet man with a big heart who had the courage to stand for his convictions. He was a passionate leader and a vigorous advocate for the Hilo community. His legacy of service will be remembered by his constituents and all Hawaii Island residents. He was a personal friend, and I am going to miss his presence at the State Capitol. Dawn and I send our condolences to his sons, Ryan and Ashley.

— Governor David Y. Ige

Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui has this statement to offer on the passing of State Representative Clift Tsuji:

“My deepest condolences go out to the ohana of Representative Clift Tsuji during this very difficult time.  Clift leaves behind a legacy as a strong voice for the people and a staunch advocate for Hawaii’s agriculture community.  I will always remember Clift’s booming voice coupled with his friendly and approachable nature.  Those who were fortunate to have known him will also remember his kindness and the aloha he shared with the countless people he touched.  He will be missed.”

Hawaii Judiciary on the Passing of Representative Clift Tsuji

judiciary“On behalf of the Judiciary, I extend our sincere thoughts and condolences to Representative Clift Tsuji’s family.  Representative Tsuji was a genuinely kind and caring person, and an outstanding public servant who represented the people of Hilo with pride.  He was also a strong supporter of the new courthouse in Kona, and the work being done by pro bono attorneys who volunteer their time providing legal assistance to the community.  We thank Representative Tsuji for his service and dedication to the people of Hawaii.”

— Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, Hawaii State Supreme Court

“We are saddened by the news of the passing of Representative Clift Tsuji.  He has always been a big supporter of the Third Circuit and has attended numerous Judiciary- related functions because of his genuine care for people and our community.  We appreciate all his support throughout the years.  We will miss him and send our condolences to his family.”

— Chief Judge Ronald Ibarra, Third Circuit

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Encourages Opportunities for Veterans in Technology

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus and of the Diversifying Tech Caucus, delivered opening remarks at the congressional briefing Veteran Readiness in Technology: Preparing Veterans for the 21st Century Economy, hosted by the Millennial Action Project, Engine, TwinLogic Strategies, and Amazon.

tulsi-technology1The congresswoman spoke about how veterans are largely underrepresented in the rapidly growing technology industry, and about the importance of empowering veterans as they transition to civilian life. Following opening remarks, expert panelists discussed the current challenges transitioning service members and veterans face during their path towards a career in technology, and opportunities for veterans and service members in the 21st century tech economy.

tulsi-technology2“Roughly 500 veterans return to civilian life every day, bringing with them unique experiences and skills from their military service. Our veterans are natural leaders, trained to make decisions under pressure, work together as a team, and accomplish the mission at hand,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Veterans have been largely underrepresented in the tech community, making up just 2% the sector that drives much of our economic innovation across the country. Ensuring our veterans have access to training and opportunities that set them up for success in the 21st century tech economy is good for our economy, good for our tech industry, good for our country, and good for our veterans.”

Background: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has introduced legislation like the Veterans’ Entry to Apprenticeship Act, to enable veterans to use their GI Bill benefits for apprenticeship programs in the skilled-trade industry, as well as the HIRE Vets Act to incentivize employers to hire and retain veterans.

Hokulea Departs Virginia and Sets Sail for Miami, Florida

Crewmembers aboard legendary voyaging canoe Hokulea are setting their sights for Miami, Florida as the team departed Hampton, Virginia yesterday morning.

hokulea-vermont1For three weeks, the vessel was dry docked at the nationally-acclaimed Mariners’ Museum to perform necessary restoration work, including structural repairs, service to electrical and mechanical systems and a new exterior paint job. After the completion of maintenance, Hokulea was returned to the water and readied for the next leg of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

hokulea-vermont2“Virginia welcomed our crew with genuine warmth and aloha and we are thankful for the opportunity to work with so many dedicated volunteers throughout the period of our dry dock,” said captain Bruce Blankenfeld. “With the dedication of our skilled dry-dock team as well as the hands and hearts of the community, Hokulea is in great shape for her journey home.”


This leg of the Voyage takes Hokulea and her crew 950 nautical miles to Miami, Florida. The canoe will make approximately 16 stops in various ports along the way and is expected to arrive in Miami by early December.

hokulea-vermont4Miami is one of the Florida’s most famous travel destinations and in addition to having the most populous areas in the state, the southern coast is home to some of the greatest biologically diverse marine ecosystems.  During her first touch to Florida in March, Hokulea and her crew engaged with local community groups to learn about the environmental and cultural legacy of the region. In Miami, crewmembers will once again engage with local community members to share the mission of the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage before continuing the 11,000 miles home.

Statement on the Passing of Representative Clift Tsuji From Senator Kaiali`i Kahele

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Representative Clift Tsuji today. A proud graduate of Hilo High School, Clift represented Hilo honorably for over 12 years in the House of Representatives. He proudly wore our nations uniform in the 442nd Infantry and was recognized as the Hawai‘i Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year in 2015. I will always remember his warm smile, friendship and encouragement he extended to me as a new legislator at the Capitol.

He leaves behind a legacy of service, hope and a better Hawaiʻi for our children. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, many friends and his sons Ashley Allen and Ryan Kalei.”

kai-kahele-profileSenator Kaiali`i Kahele, District 1 – Hilo

Hawaii Legislature Statements on Passing of House Rep. Clift Tsuji

capitalStatement from House Speaker Joseph Souki on the passing of Rep. Clift Tsuji

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Rep. Tsuji. Clift who was a great public servant and a close personal friend,” said House Speaker Joseph Souki. “He loved his family, Hawaii and the communities he represented. He will be greatly missed.”

“Our condolences and aloha go out to his friends and family from everyone at the legislature.”


“I am deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Rep. Clift Tsuji. He will be remembered for his hard work supporting Hawaii’s agriculture, his commitment to the residents of his district, and his warm and ready smile. On behalf of the Hawaii State Senate, our deepest condolences to the Tsuji family.”

-Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi


Big Island’s Rep. Clift Tsuji Passes Away

Hawaii Rep. Clift Tsuji, 75, passed away at the Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu today.

clift-tsujiTsuji represented House District 2 including Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Pana‘ewa and Waiākea.

The family has requested privacy at this time. Services are pending.

Tsuji was born on Jan. 20, 1941 and raised in the Big Island’s plantation town of Papaikou. He is a 1959 graduate of Hilo High School and completed his post-secondary degrees at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Washington, Pacific Coast Banking School.

Rep. Clift Tsuji was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and was chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Among his many awards he was named the Hawaii Farm Bureau’s Legislator of the Year Award in 2015.

Tsuji served in the U.S. Army Reserve, 442nd Infantry, Company B, Hilo, from 1959-1965.

He was also active with the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, Hawaii Island Japanese Community Association, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hiroshima Kenjin Kai, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Kumamoto Kenjin Kai.