UH Hilo Announces Year-End Award Recipients

A student, staff, and faculty members were honored at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Awards and Recognition Celebration held recently on campus.


Xietan Kawai Anuhea Dutro, a student fiscal/administrative assistant at Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language, was honored as Student Employee of the Year. Dutro has worked at the College since 2008 and is an integral part of its preparation and planning for events and activities as well as being the College’s representative on the Merrie Monarch Parade committee.

The Outstanding University Support Employee Award was presented to Shana Kaneshiro whose work as an office assistant in the Financial Aid Office positively affects the 8,200 students applying for financial aid each year. Kaneshiro redesigned all the FAO forms that can now be done online, and each year volunteers for the College Goal Sunday events in Hilo and Kona that help up to 400 students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). She has served as president of the UH clerical support group Nā Laulima, and has been the campus clerical representative on the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee since 2011.

College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) Program Coordinator Corinne Tamashiro, who began working for the College as a student in 1971, received the Professional Staff Award. A former Interim and Acting Dean, Tamashiro played a significant role in planning and establishing the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a, and single handedly built UH Hilo’s summer session program into what it is today.

This year’s Taniguchi Excellence & Innovation Award went to Dr. Philippe Binder, professor of physics, and Dr. Ramon Figueroa-Centeno, associate professor of mathematics. Binder and Figueroa-Centeno were recognized for their work on three-dimensional visualization of complex mathematical objects in `Imiloa’s 16-meter state-of-the-art stereoscopic planetarium. Their work offers significant advances in the presentation of complex mathematical data sets, which allow data to be manipulated so that it can be better understood and become a powerful tool in physics and mathematics courses. The first of its kind to be presented in a planetarium environment, the data has been presented at a national level visualization conference and used in university classes.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of service awards.

Hawaii Public High Schools Initiate New Approach to Help Students Prepare for Future Education Opportunities

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this month is initiating an unprecedented move designed to better prepare students for post-high school success.

DOE Release

Approximately 50,000 students in grades 8 through 11 will take the ACT College and Career Readiness assessment. The nationwide testing date for the ACT assessment test for high school juniors will take place on Tuesday, April 23. All other grades will be taking their tests over a two-week window that also begin on the same date.

With the ACT College and Career Readiness System, the DOE for the first time will be able to comprehensively collect and examine college and career readiness data in reading, mathematics, science and English.

“College and career readiness is a key cornerstone of student success,” says Keith Hayashi, principal, Waipahu High School. Mr. Hayashi recently won the Tokioka Excellence in Leadership Award among island public school principals. He developed several programs at Waipahu aimed at helping students achieve their college and career goals.

Mr. Hayashi added, “One of the Department’s strategies is to provide better data on students’ academic progress. This ACT test will help tremendously in that area.”

“The DOE’s decision to administer the ACT College and Career Readiness System for all students in 8 – 11th grades is evidence of their strong commitment to preparing students for post-secondary success,” said Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “The data gathered from the assessments will be invaluable as we work together with institutions of higher education to reach the state’s goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree in 2025.”

About the ACT

The tests for 11th graders will include all four of the areas, plus a writing section. The tests are designed to help students plan for future education opportunities and explore careers based on their skills, interests and ambitions.

Students in 8th and 9th grades will take the ACT EXPLORE; those in 10th grade will take the PLAN exam, and the ACT assessment in grade 11. The ACT College and Career Readiness System is benchmarked to both the expectations of higher education institutions and workforce.

  • EXPLORE (8th and 9th grade) serves as the entry measure of academic progress toward college and career readiness. It helps students understand and begin to explore the wide range of career options available.
  • PLAN (10th grade) is a midpoint assessment of academic progress toward college and career readiness. It’s a curriculum-based achievement test that measures college and career readiness, and is used for course placement as well.

The ACT aligns with Goal 1 of the DOE’s Strategic Plan. The Plan calls for specific measurable targets and goals for student achievement. It builds on key strengths and reform initiatives to ensure all students graduate ready to succeed in college or careers.

School communities, educators and students will benefit from ACT programs and services that reduce the need for remediation, align with state standards, and foster student success in postsecondary education. ACT’s unique student-level assessment data may also be used by counselors to improve the effectiveness of student-intervention plans.

In preparation for the tests, parents and students should be aware that each test is about four hours in duration. Cell phones of any type, and some calculators are not permitted in the testing areas as well. A website (http://www.act.org/aap/hawaii/) also provides more information about the testing. For more information about the ACT test, log on to http://www.act.org/aap/hawaii/.

The DOE Systems Accountability Office is leading the implementation of the ACT College and Career Readiness System. ACT, Inc. was awarded a contract totaling approximately $882,000 for the system’s assessment package, programs, and services for school year 2012-13.

To learn more about the DOE’s Strategic Plan and transformation in public education, please visit: http://hawaiidoe.org/curriculum/strategicplan2011-2018/update/index.htm.

Coming Up – 6th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival Cultural Workshops Celebrate Hula and the Arts

The 6th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival comes to life at Waikoloa Beach Resort, November 3-5, with international hula competition, a Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace and more. One of Hawaii’s biggest hula events, Moku O Keawe offers an educational, entertaining and engaging experience for everyone.

Moku O Keawe

International hula competition, Thursday-Saturday, November 3-5, Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens.   Moku O Keawe brings together hālau from Hawai‘i, Japan, and the U.S. Mainland with top caliber hula competition in the areas of Hula Kahiko and Hula ‘Auana.

  • Kahiko competition, Thursday, November 3, 5:30 p.m.
  • Kupuna competition and awards, Friday, November 4, 5:30 p.m.
  • ‘Auana competition and awards, Saturday, November 5, 5:30 p.m.

Affordable for everyone, Moku O Keawe tickets are only $5 Lawn seating, $15 Reserved. (Beach chairs and mats welcomed!)

Hawai‘i Marketplace.  Friday and Saturday November 4 and 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.  The Made-In-Hawaii Marketplace features some of the best products from the Island of Hawaii.  Hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses and jewelry, are some of the offerings at the special marketplace.

Moku O Keawe

Cultural Workshops, November 3-5.  The competition judges are asked to share their knowledge through workshops.  As masters, their insights and experiences are offered on a personal basis, allowing participants an opportunity to learn about hula kahiko and hula ‘auana, as the various lineages of the kumu hula are unique forms in style, repertoire, and interpretation.  Registration is limited and students are urged to register early by visiting www.MOKIF.org.

2011 Workshops

  • Workshop #1:  “Ko Ma‘i Ho‘eu‘eu” – Hula Ipu Heke Ole/Hula ‘Auana:  Nalani Kanakaole, Competition Judge.  Thursday, November 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.  “Ko Ma‘i Ho’eu‘eu” was composed for King Kalākaua.  The mele ma‘i honors the King and one of his popular mottos: “Ho‘ulu Lāhui” or “Increase the Race.”  The use of the ipu in choreography adds percussion by the dancer.  As a hula teacher for over fifty years, she is widely known as a difficult choreographer, affording the student of hula ‘auana with many challenges.  This three-hour class is limited to 50 students, with a donation of $50 for the three-hour hula workshop.
  • Workshop #2:  Hula Workshop: Leialoha Amina, Competition Judge.  Friday, November 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.  Limited to 50 participants.  Information will be provided soon.  A donation of $50.00 includes class instruction.
  • Workshop #3:  “Manu ‘O‘o” – Hula ‘Auana:  Iwalani Kalima, Competition Judge.  Saturday, November 5, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.  A favored love song, this hula speaks of Hilo Hanakahi, the kanilehua rain, and the lehua clusters.  Harry Na‘ope, grandfather of George Na‘ope, penned this mele hooipoipo. Iwalani Kalima comes from the very talented Kalima ‘ohana, known for their leo nahenahe.  In addition to “Manu ‘O‘o,” the student will learn “Ka Manu,” as the kai and hoi for the stage performance. A donation of $50 includes instructions for the three-hour hula workshop.
  • Workshop #4:  “Palisa” – Hula ‘Auana Workshop: Nani Lim Yap, Kumu Hula.  Thursday, November 3, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.   Nani, a gifted singer, hula dancer, ‘ukulele player and one of the Kumu Hula of the award-winning Hula Hālau Nā Lei O Kaholoku, is one of the “sweet angelic voices” of the popular musical family – the Lim Family of Kohala. “Palisa,” a song written by Kuana Torres, is a contemporary hula, as the song has just been released this year. The three-hour class is limited to 50 students. A donation of $50 includes instructions for the three-hour hula workshop.
  • Workshop #5:  Wahi Pana: Kalahuipua‘a – Huaka‘i to South Kohala:  Kaniela and Anna Akaka.  Friday, November 4.  Departure: 10 a.m., Return: approximately 2 p.m.  The Kalahuipua‘a Fishponds are the spiritual center of Mauna Lani Resort.  The seven ponds—Kalahuipua‘a, Kahinawao, Waipuhi, Waipuhi Iki, Hope‘ala, Milokukahi and Manoku—were used to raise fish and supplement ocean fishing. Daniel Akaka and his wife Anna, ambassadors of aloha, will direct the excursion of the famed site.  This excursion begins at Waikoloa Beach Marriott with a bus shuttle departure at 10 a.m.  A donation of $45.00 includes tour, historical facts, bus fees and box lunch.
  • Workshop #6:  Pa‘u La‘i – Ti Leaf Skirt: Kika Nohara.  Friday, November 4, 1-4 p.m.  In hula, only the green ti plant is used in making lei, skirts, and in ritual. Kika Nohara, a dancer with Hālau O Kekuhi and is ranked a kumu through ‘uniki rites, will teach the hālau style of making the fresh green skirt. The three-hour hands-on workshop will share techniques and the preparation of the leaves. A kit will be provided to each participant.  A donation of $50 includes instruction and all supplies including all ti leaves.
  • Workshop #7:  Ipu Heke ‘Ole – Hula Gourd Instrument:  Kalim and Kuuleialoha Smith.  Thursday, November 3; 1-4 p.m.  Implements are extensions of the body.  In ‘auana, the ipu heke ‘ole (single gourd), is held in one hand and tapped, swirled, and positioned within the choreography to enhance and illustrate the story lines. Kalim and Kuuleialoha Smith grow the ipu on lands of their forefathers.  Select an ipu and create a percussion instrument that will last a lifetime! Class size is limited due to the number of gourds available.  Only 25 students will have a selection of ipu.  A donation of $75 includes a complete ipu heke kit and classroom instructions.  (A hula workshop with the ipu heke ‘ole will be taught by Nalani Kanakaole the following day.)
  • Workshop #8:  Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Instrument:  Kalim and Kuuleialoha Smith.  Thursday and Friday, November 3 and 4.  9 a.m.-12 p.m. both days.  The ipu heke is one of the percussion instruments of the hula kahiko.  Kalim and Kuuleialoha Smith grow the ipu on lands of their forefathers.  They have grown and made some of the most perfect instruments in modern times. Class size is limited due to the number of gourds available.  Only 25 students will have a selection of ipu.  A donation of $135 includes a complete ipu heke kit and classroom instructions.

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts. For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com

Kamehameha Schools Serves More Than 45,000 Learners and Families

Media Release:

Kamehameha Schools served more than 45,000 keiki and their caregivers through its preschools, campuses, community education programs and collaborations with other organizations during this past fiscal year which ended on June 30, 2010.

The Schools’ support of Department of Education (DOE) schools and programs has been a key focus throughout its Education Strategic Plan implemented in 2005. Its support of DOE programs and services totaled $31 million this year, compared to $27.9 million last year – an increase of 10 percent.

“Most people think of our campuses when they see the name Kamehameha Schools, and we have very talented students in all three of our campus programs. But what many don’t realize is that we support talented young students in community programs and public schools throughout Hawaiÿi,” said Kamehameha Schools CEO Dee Jay Mailer.

Education and education support spending was also up from $258 million during FY 2009 to $299 million during FY 2010. Of this amount, $102 million was spent on community-focused programs.

“Our outreach numbers last year were well past the target for 2009-10 that we established in 2005, when the Education Strategic Plan was approved,” said Chris Pating, vice president of Strategic Planning & Implementation.

“Still, we know there are 75,000 school aged Native Hawaiian keiki in our public schools, so we are deepening our efforts to support initiatives and programs already in communities with large numbers of Native Hawaiians. For example, Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawaiÿi will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application,” he said. According to Pating, this also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nänäkuli and Waiÿanae high schools in project-based, 21st century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.

“For example Kamehameha Schools worked closely with the DOE in preparation of the Race to the Top application. A large part of the $75 million awarded to Hawai`i will flow to public schools from Nānākuli to Mākaha, one of the Zones of School Innovation defined in the state’s application. This also means that additional support for initiatives that Kamehameha Schools has already invested in, such as New Tech High, which is already engaging students at Nānākuli and Wai`anae high schools in project-based, 21st-century learning will enable these programs to become sustainable, meaningful parts of the educational success stories we’re already beginning to see.”

Other examples of KS’ educational impact include:

Literacy Instruction & Support (LIS): LIS provides culturally relevant learning experiences which develop literacy skills of Hawaiian keiki. This past fiscal year, eight new sites were added, thereby doubling the number of students served. Students at our 21 school-based sites (220 K-3 classrooms) are meeting or exceeding all key literacy targets and schools report high levels of satisfaction among DOE principals and superintendents. Attendance rates are high and students are engaged in both in-school and After School programs.

Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools: Kamehameha Schools has provided $9.1 million in per-pupil funding for the 17 Hawaiian-focused start-up and conversion public charter schools serving more than 3,600 students and their families.

Educator training: $7.9 million (up from $6.4 million FY 2009) in educator training and support including funding for Teach for America participants serving predominantly Hawaiian public schools.

Other Education Strategic Plan milestones in FY 2010 include:

  • Over $12 million in scholarships to Native Hawaiian children attending eligible preschools and private-school kindergarten programs across the state. (2,194 keiki)
  • $12.6 million for Native Hawaiians attending college and post-high vocational/technical institutions. (2,508 awards)
  • $6.6 million in funding support for a variety of programs for students in DOE schools, including:
    • Tutoring and test preparation for students ages 16+ who wish to attain their competency-based high-school diploma.
    • Summer enrichment programs on campus.
    • Homework centers and after-school tutoring.
    • Place-based learning in loÿi kalo and Hawaiian fishponds.
    • Distance learning.
    • Classroom-based Hawaiian social studies instruction for grades 4-7.
    • After-school violence and substance abuse prevention for at-risk youth.

“Going forward, Kamehameha Schools is committed to supporting the work in the DOE as well as programs and services in the community. Our goal is to see our Native Hawaiian keiki thrive – whether they are on one of our campuses, attending a charter school on Kaua`i or in an after-school program through our Literacy Instruction and Support program on Hawai`i, Kamehameha Schools recognizes its kuleana to support educational success for Native Hawaiians in perpetuity,” said Pating.

Kamehameha Schools is a private, educational, charitable trust founded and endowed by the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Kamehameha Schools operates a statewide educational system enrolling nearly 6,900 students of Hawaiian ancestry at K-12 campuses on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i and 31 preschool sites statewide. Approximately 37,500 additional Hawaiian learners and caregivers are served each year through a range of other Kamehameha Schools’ outreach programs, community collaborations and financial aid opportunities in Hawai`i and across the continental United States.

Tazer Incident at Keaau High School… My Thoughts

The Department of Education, the board overseeing the state’s schools and local police are doing separate investigations into an affray Tuesday at Keaau High School that led to the arrest of six students and one 17-year-old student being subdued with a Taser.

So the police tazered a kid at Keaau High School and it seems like many people are blaming many different reasons for what went down at the school.  Only those that were present know what went down so speculating what should and shouldn’t have been done is kind of useless.

Former Waiakea faculty member Brian Jordan thinks having more male role models would help:

…Students with severe discipline problems need to be in a school with MORE MALE ROLE MODELS…

…The lack of male teachers causes a security risk. These kids are BIG. Many are violent from years of neglect and all manner of abuse (physical, sexual,substance). The first thing that needs to happen is the old school complex needs to be a mostly male teacher campus…

I don’t know what the percentage of male to female faculty members are at the High School, but, at the Middle School, the staff is about 50-50 Male to Female.

It’s not the DOE’s fault that many MEN do not choose to go into the education field. I think it’s Society’s fault for not putting the value in teachers in general. If teachers were more respected, meaning higher pay, more authority, and less restrictions on what they can and cannot teach… the whole learning environment would be much better.

Right now with the NCLB act mandating that public schools be taught in such a structured format, many kids that go to them just can’t stand the format… and literally become a problem because they are bored at school. Most of the trouble that I see first hand at the “Feeder School” to the High School, stems from attitude problems that have nothing to do with the teachers at the school… It’s the system that the kids are in. The whole DOE needs a complete overall from top to bottom.

When will Hawaii wake up and realize that we are still one of the few States in America that still has a Statewide governance of the School System instead of local school boards?

Do you really think that Board of Education sitting over there on Oahu knows what kind of problems Big Island families face compared to Oahu?  I don’t know…

…Police say the use of the stun gun on the student was appropriate. But some parents and at least one Board of Education member are questioning the use of force.

“I’m having one of my staff analysts investigate how often this (stun gun) is being done. We want to get to the bottom of this,” said BOE member Mary Cochran.

“If this kid engaged in activity violent enough to warrant the use of a Taser, I don’t know. That’s what we’re trying to find out,” Cochran said…

I constantly am amazed at just how big some of these Middle School Students are.  I have students that are much bigger then me, and I’m almost 6 feet tall.  These are only 6th-8th graders mind you… not High School students.

I’ll say it once more for clarification… it’s not the schools/teachers/faculties  fault most of the times when problems do arise at schools… It’s the system.

All the way from the Governance of the Schools, to the way parents are raising their children.

Some people are blaming it all on the parents as well… and I do think there is a bit more merit in blaming the parents for what happens at the school.  As we all know, education begins at home.

I just have one question… I believe some of the Honolulu  Tazer guns have a camera installed on them so that anytime a gun is used, there is a video of the incident.

Does anyone know if Big Island’s cops have this device on their Tazers?  It would be interesting to see a video of the actual incident.

Here is an example of those guns:


Working With Special Kids… Everyone Should Do It

Part of my new job, is that I’m rotating between many different classes and subject matters. I’ve gone from some of the things that are easy for me like Language Arts and Literature, since I have a little background in writing although you wouldn’t know it by reading my blog, to subjects that I never in my lifetime thought I would be teaching like MATH!

Anyone that knows me, knows I suck at math and really basically FEAR it. I mean I can do the basics and what not, but when we start getting into the complex stuff… I’d just much rather stare out a window or something.

On occasion, they will have me substitute during a class period for “Special Kids” where I literally will monitor a child that needs a little more attention and I basically keep them on focus and give them a little more help understanding what the teacher is trying to explain to the rest of the kids.

The other day, my supervisor told me I needed to report to the “Band Room” where I would be assisting a “Special Needs” student with “Band Practice”. Anyone that knows me, knows that I also have no musical ability whatsoever and I doubt I could even play the friggin triangle if I wanted too.

I was dreading this class thinking that I was going to have to help this “special child” learn how to play an instrument. Man oh mighty, I was so pleasantly surprised by this child that they not only knew how to play their instrument, they new how to play it pretty good for the age of the student. This student even knew how to clean their instrument as well as tune it. I didn’t have to do a thing during the entire class. It was so enjoyable! I literally sat their and listened to the kids play music for an entire period. It was like listening to a symphony or anything great and most of the time, the kids were off on their playing… but it was so enjoyable.

Today, I also got the privilege to work with an Autistic child for about a half an hour. This child although he has the body of about a 13 – 16 year old, he is literally about the age of a 2-3 year old because of his Autism. This boy was so much fun to work with as I chased him around the school on his “GIANT TRIKE” that I just had a blast trying to teach him just the littlest things like GO and STOP… Things like Left and Right didn’t comprehend to him… but things like… Grass and Rain and other things did. While I understand that he probably didn’t understand much of what I was trying to say to him, I do feel that the little bit of talking I did with him … made his day… which in turn made my day.

Working with the special children is almost as fun as working with the other children. At least most of the Special Children don’t attempt to smart off on purpose!!!

Nice to Be Working… But These Damn Kids!

Well just got back from my first day back to work.  Only had to bring one kid to the counselors office and only assisted removing another from class.

I don’t remember kids being this hyperactive when I was in school…

Have a lot to catch up on… will write more later.

Keaau High School Wins State’s Consumer Competition

For the third year in a row, Keaau High School won the state title for the 5th annual LifeSmarts consumer education competition, which was held today at the State Capitol Auditorium. The game-show style competition tested students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities…
The members of the winning team, Keaau Mixed Plate, are: Riana Brown, Joseph Heck, Ricky William Tabandera, and Teleise Tino. The team was coached by Kathlynn Tabandera and Serena Fujikawa. The team may go on to represent Hawai‘i at the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 25 – 28. A total of 13 schools from O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island participated in this year’s competition…

More Here

Tonight: UH Hilo International Night

One of my favorite events that I attended at UH Hilo when I was living on campus, was the student run International Night.

2008 Opening - Photographer <a href=When I was attending the festival only happened on one night.  Now it has gotten so big that it covers two nights.

Samoa Club - Photographer <a href=

Tonight is 1 of 2 nights that will be filled with entertaining acts from throughout the world that the students put on themselves.

Philippines - Photographer <a href=I know that UH Hilo has a very  diverse student population with students from throughout the world so it really makes for a great evening of entertainment as well as education.

Native American - Photographer <a href=“…The countries or cultures to be represented will include Hawai`i, Ireland, Pohnpei, Native America, Palau, Okinawa, USA, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Brazil, Timor Leste, Japan, Philippines, and Chuuk…

South Korea - Photographer <a href=…International Nights 2009 is co-sponsored by UHHSA and Rotary Club of Hilo Bay. For more information about this event please contact the International Student Office at 974-7313…

Kosrae - Photographer <a href=…Tickets are priced as follows: $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors, $3 for students (schools and colleges) and children. For tickets, please contact the PAC box office at 974-7310.”

Japan - Photographer <a href=Personally, I think this event is probably the best event that UH Hilo puts on each year.

Marshall Islands - Photographer <a href=If you can’t make it to both nights, at least try to get to one of them.

You can see the UH Hilo Calendar here for more information on this as well as other upcoming events..

Mid-East and Ireland

Photographer James Rubio took these pictures that I lifted from UH’s Site. You can view his blog of the 2008 event here.

Here is a youtube clip from last years performance:


The Hilo, Hawaii Goju Ryu Karate Club performing the kata Saifa followed by Saifa bunkai for the 2008 U of Hawaii International Night.

Yes this is NOT the traditional bunkai, its performance bunkai. A little more flashy, music, and a couple moves from the kata are done twice with different applications. Remember, bunkai is just one interpretation of the kata. One motion in the kata can represent multiple techniques. The bunkai you practice may be different than ours.

Tomorrow: Department of Parks and Recreation Announces Track Meets

Media Release

The Dept. of Parks and Recreation has scheduled its 2009 Track & Field program for
February 7 & 21, 2009, at both East and West Hawaii sites simultaneously. The
Konawaena High School Track Oval will be utilized for the West Hawaii meets, while
the site for the East Hawaii meets will be at the Keaau High School Track Oval.
February 7, 2009, will be for the Age Group Track and Field meet. February 21, 2009, will be the All Comers Track and Field meet. The exponent meet will not be used this year.
1. Participants will be limited to 3 events, one of which shall be a field event. Relays
are included in the events. Be sure chosen events are listed in participants
division. Any participant competing in excess of three events will automatically
be disqualified from those events.
2. Once again only registered coaches and athletes of individual events will be
allowed on the track once the meet begins. Coaches will be given passes to enter
the oval. Passes must be turned in once the meet is over. 5 passes maximum. 2
coaches per event.
Enclosed in packet are:
1. Entry forms for girls and boys for the Age Group and All Comers Meets.
2. Waiver forms, which can be duplicated, for each participant.
3. Reminders.
For more information please call Mason Souza at 961-8735 ext. 25, or email at
Packets can be accessed by going on-line: http://co.hawaii.hi.us/parks/recreation.htm

The Department of Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual track and field meets for youngsters 6 through 14 years of age. The schedule is as follows:
Age Group Track & Field meet
Dates: Saturday, February 7, 2009
Sites: West Hawaii – Konawaena High School track oval
East Hawaii – Keaau High School track oval
All Comers Track & Field meet
Dates: Saturday, February 21, 2009
Sites: West Hawaii – Konawaena High School track oval
East Hawaii – Keaau High School track oval
Time for both meets:
9:00 am – Start of field events
10:30 am – Approximate starting time for track events. Track & field
events will run simultaneously.
All students should check with their school first to see if a track program is offered.

For More Information,  Sign Ups and Coaches Meeting information click here.

Inaugural Prevent Bullying Rally Held at Pahoa Elementary… Pictures

Pahoa Elementary was 1 of only 2 schools in the entire state that had an “Inaugural Aloha Rally  to Prevent Bullying”.  It was  held this evening in the schools cafeteria.

There was plenty of assistance on hand for those needing parking.

11 year old Richard Hatori manned the upper parking lot

11 year old Richard Hatori manned the upper parking lot

Koliah Hatori, 11 and Trey Guerra, 13 man the crosswalks

Koliah Hatori (10) and Trey Guerra (13) man the crosswalks

Vice Principal, Catherine McPherson oversees the action

Vice Principal, Catherine McPherson oversees the action

Inside the cafeteria people filed in for a night of fun.

Principal Marilyn Quaccia signs people in

Principal Marilyn Quaccia signs people in

Audience listens intently

Audience listens intently

There were many people involved in making this event turn out to be a great success.

Couldn't do it without them

Couldn't do it without them

Sue Labrantz, Big Island Anti Bullying Coalition (purple and teal mumu)

Sue Labrantz, Big Island Anti Bullying Coalition (purple and teal muu muu)

Throughout the school you will see pledge cards placed all over that read:


A video was played that featured 20/20 stories as well as other information on bullying.


Different grade levels performed skits about bullying.



A good time was had by all and I hope the kids learned a thing or two about bullying.


Click on pictures below for a larger view:

Pahoa JV Basketball Team Starts Off Season Undefeated

Pahoa High Schools Junior Varsity team has won an impressive 8 games in a row staying unbeaten at the time of this blog.  Tonight is their homecoming game against St. Joseph.


Tonight they are playing the always tough St. Joseph Team:


The game was just tipping off when I got there.


The game was close in the first quarter.


I left at the beginning of the second quarter but there was still lots of basketball to be played.


St. Joseph has always been known as a fairly good basketball team, I wonder what the outcome of this game ended up being.  It did appear the St. Joseph was taking the lead, but anything can happen in basketball and there was a lot of time left on the clock.


Win or lose tonights game, it doesn’t really matter to me.  The kids are all winners and the fact that they have started off the season undefeated should be recognized.  Congratulations Dagger JV Basketball Team.

Kamehameha School Student “…Detention for What We Believe In.”

I’m wondering about this recent tweet I just got.

It’s from a purported Kamehameha Schools “Student” who recently started a Twitter account.

There has been controversy about the use of KSBE on Twitter and people Hi-jacking the name and logo, so I can not necessarily believe this purported Tweet.

Capsun posted this the other day:

“Yesterday, Kamehameha Schools had a problem on Twitter.  It wasn’t that they have only a couple dozen followers….”

Ian Lind blogged:

“Check out the war of words (or Tweets) that flared this month on Twitter.com between the official Kamehameha Schools persona (@KSNews) and a cyber squater that has grabbed onto a related name (@KSBE)…”

I just got a “Follower” on my Twitter account from someone using the Twitter Account: @KSBEstudent.

In this tweet he says:

No longer allowed to bring homelunch, dentetion for defending what we believe in.

Ka Leo TV: UH Newspaper Goes to Youtube

I just noticed that the University of Hawaii Manoa’s student newspaper Ka Leo has joined the ranks of  “youtube” users.

Here is the papers first video:


Mainland High School Kid Wrestles Under False Name at Iolani Classic

…Crater High School’s Greg Haga, the architect of one of Oregon’s most successful prep wrestling programs, has been barred from coaching by the Oregon School Activities Association for the remainder of this school year and all of the next.

At a holiday tournament in Hawaii, Haga allowed an academically ineligible athlete to compete under a false name, District 6 Superintendent Randy Gravon said by phone Tuesday…

…The athlete in question, who was not identified, was academically ineligible to compete at the time of the incident and was awaiting the beginning of a new term before being allowed back. He is eligible now.

Athletes raised money to compete at the Iolani Invitational, held in Honolulu from Dec. 29-31. The athlete in question traveled with team — not expecting to wrestle but rather to take part in team functions, Gravon said. Once in Hawaii, Gravon said, Haga saw that the tournament was not being run according to strict standards, and he registered the athlete under a false name

More here

“The Ledge” Pt. 3: Relating to Taro Security and GMO

My father-in-law is one of the people spearheading this Taro Bill.  I’m not going to get into the debate here about GMO, but I just thought I’d pass along the information about the bill.

“Uncle (dad) shares a little about his life and connection with Kalo.
This video was made to encourage input from the public on House Bill 1663
prohibiting genetically modified taro.”


Genetically Modified Taro; Prohibition
Prohibits the development, testing, propagation, release, importation, planting, or growing of genetically modified taro in the State of Hawaii.

Rotary Club of Honolulu and Palama Settlement Create ‘Giving’ Library

Reading is cool! That’s why 48 Honolulu Club Rotarians spent their Saturday (January 24) constructing bookshelves and sorting thousands of books recently donated to the Palama Settlement-7,000 to date.

“These books will soon be off the floors, out of boxes and onto shelves ready for kids to browse and read,” said Rotarian Kirk Hovious, coordinator of the construction project for the Rotary Club of Honolulu.

Everything about this hands-on Rotary Cares project is unique.

It’s the first library–and a dream come true–for Palama Settlement, a century-old community organization serving individuals and families in the Palama, Kalihi and Liliha neighborhoods of Oahu.

It’s “non-traditional”-books will be conveniently located throughout the Palama campus-children’s books on shelves near the preschool area, teen reads at the activity center for youth and literature of all sorts at the adult education center. And, it will be a “giving” library-you can keep the book if you want it.

The message is one of literacy.

“By spreading books out in different locations, we encourage people to take and use them and share them with others,” said Jan Harada, Palama Settlement executive director, who worked with Rotarians on the concept. “It just seemed more practical.”

The project is also a double win for Honolulu Club Rotarians. By doing the work themselves, the club qualifies for a $10,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. This year the funds will go to Catholic Charities Hawaii for its senior citizens transportation program.

Windward Community College Signs on to UH Hilo Articulation Agreement

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and Windward Community College (WCC) have signed a partnership agreement that will facilitate the completion of baccalaureate degrees at UH Hilo by students who begin their post-secondary education at WCC. The partnership mirrors earlier agreements with Kapi‘olani Community College (KCC) and Hawai‘i Community College (HawCC)…

More Here

Tsunami Education: A Blueprint for Coastal Communities (Final Document January 2009)

I noticed that the Final Document of “Tsunami Education: A Blueprint for Coastal Communities” was released recently.

It’s a 90 page document prepared by Kylie Alexandria, Genevieve Cain and Patsy Iwasaki.   It was funded by The County of Hawai’i Planning Department State Office of Planning – Coastal Zone Management Program.

I only briefly scanned through it.  I don’t live in a Tsunami Zone, but those who do, I highly suggest reading it or at least skimming through parts that could be relevant to saving your life.

I also want to keep reminding folks that on TUESDAY, January 27th, the Big Island will be having Island Wide Tsunami Drills.

I added the icon of the infamous clock that somehow survived the Hilo Tsunami on the left.  If you click on that, it will take  you to a file that the government released about how to “Survive a Tsunami”


So click here to see the Final Document that the County has released on it’s website.

Tuck’s Smuck Award #2: Mark Samwick Essay House Promoter

This is my second installment of Tuck’s Smuck Awards:





Mark Samwick has been spamming sites trying to get his essay houses promoted across the United States for the last 12 years.


Recently the schemer has entered the Hawaii market and is offering a Hawaii House for one of his “Essay Contests”.  I’m not going to link the site any longer, but you can read some of my previous posts on this here, here, here and here.  Interesting comments have been made on most of those posts.


Samwick has been operating bogus sites for over a decade now.  I’m not even sure if Samwick is his true name.  Above is a collection of various ID’s sent to me of Samwick by an anonymous source.

KGMB even fell for this crap a few days ago: http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/13118/108/ (video clip starts a bit late)


KGMB9 We have to do our own investigation before we take action.

KGMB9 I’ll send you something after we investigate a bit more. The morning executive producer just called me and is looking into it.

KGMB9 I have to pull th

When his essay houses don’t fall through, he has other schemes lined up to get home owners to fall for some BS.


“**Check out this scam where he uses the alias “Sam Wick” (for when the essay BS doesn’t work, he has the “foolproof” backup plan of nutty-religious-idol-worship-voodoo crap) : http://www.saintjosephsellshomes.com/

Samwick runs a bunch of bogus sites and it really pisses me off that people that I know and care about have fallen for his BS!






So if you come across some of these bogus sites in the near future… remember it’s a buyer beware market out there.

If you think something is too good to be true, well then….?

This Smuck is for you Mark Samwick!


Oh yeah… and remember you said it yourself:

“… Why do you think you are on my “ass”? You are merely an individual with a blog and an opinion in Hawaii, and you know what they say about opinions…”