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New Works of Art By Distinguished Local Artist Displayed at Honolulu International Airport

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airport Division, in coordination with DFS and HMSHost, on behalf of the Airport Concessionaires Committee were presented with a piece of fine art by local artist Satoru Abe.

From left; Kahu Kordell Kekoa; Tobi Solidum; Mel and Pally Chiogioji; Satoru Abe; Gail Goto, Mr. Abe’s daughter; State Senator Ronald Kouchi, Senate President; Ross Higashi, HDOT Airports Division Deputy Director

The art piece is displayed at the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) main lobby terminal near the newly renovated cultural gardens.

Artist and sculptor Satoru Abe, 90, stands beside his work “Sunburst” located at the Honolulu International Airport.

Hawaii’s renowned sculptor and artist Satoru Abe will grace one of the walls at HNL with his work. Abe’s vision was to create a visceral sensory dynamic sharing 40 laser engraved wood etched paintings to tell his story in collaboration with his grandson Donovan Goto. This combination of grandfather and grandson brings the best of traditional artwork blended with high technology to depict themes from nature such as the sun and trees.

The Satoru Abe gallery is located on the second level of the Central Concourse overlooking the newly renovated cultural gardens.

As a capstone to this commission Abe is including a special metal sculpture named “Sunburst” presented to DFS and the residents and visitors of Hawaii. A ceremony at HNL this morning marked the occasion with a memorandum of understanding and a proclamation announcing Feb. 24, 2017 as Satoru Abe Day.

“Sunburst” by Satoru Abe is proudly displayed at Honolulu International Airport. Photos courtesy, Hawaii Department of Transportation or HDOT.

In all Abe, 90, has created more than 8,000 art pieces, many of which have found their way to locations of distinction such as the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii State Art Museum, Aloha Stadium, Hawaii Convention Center, and his alma mater William McKinley High School.

Gov. Abercrombie Signs Historic Marriage Equity Legislation into Law

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed into law a bill that will legalize marriage for same-sex couples in the State of Hawaii. The Governor signed Senate Bill 1 in a ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center.


This new law recognizes marriages between individuals of the same sex and extends to same-sex couples the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of marriage that opposite-sex couples receive.

The new law takes effect on Dec. 2, 2013. Hawaii is now the 15th state in the nation to fully embrace marriage equity.

“The legalization of marriage for same-sex couples is part of the long history of civil rights movements in the United States,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “Many people have worked tireless to make this day possible. This significant piece of legislation is a clear example of people exercising courage, determination and patient perseverance. The result advances equity in marriage and honors all First Amendment religious imperatives.”

“We have moved into a new era of Aloha for same-sex couples, who can now share in the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Attorney General David Louie.

“Although Hawaii was not the first to enact same-sex marriage, what shouldn’t be lost is Hawaii was the first in the Baehr v. Lewin lawsuit, that started the same-sex marriage discussion nationally,” said Sen. Clayton Hee, chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor. “I am pleased today to be able to open a new chapter in our state’s history and to join the growing list of states in conferring to all Americans equal treatment under the law.”

Gov. Abercrombie has always been a strong advocate for equal rights. In 2011, the first bill he signed into law as Governor legalized civil unions, making Hawaii the seventh state to grant such privileges to same-sex couples.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act that denied federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married under state law. The court’s decision means that same-sex couples who are married in states where it is legal can take advantage of tax breaks, pension rights and other benefits available to married couples.


Hawaii State Website Gets New Design

The new Hawaii.gov portal just might be the coolest government website you have ever seen.


The touch-first design, Hawaiian themes, dynamic data and enhanced search represent a huge evolutionary step forward in government web sites.

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The New Hawaii.gov Website from ehawaii.gov on Vimeo.

Hawaii.gov is designed for mobile with a touch-first Responsive web design. Built for touch, speech, and with accessibility for all users, the new design showcases the very best in Web design thinking. Highlighting Hawaii’s diversity, native culture, and the uniqueness of each island, Hawaii.gov also provides a Web experience that truly reflects the Aloha State.

2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference – Day 1

Today was the first day of the 20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference and it was a great day held by all.

Tomorrow the public is invited to attend for free from 3 pm – 8 pm where Anuhea Jenkins will be putting on a show later in the evening on the 4th floor of the Hawaii Convention Center.

Here are my Tweets from this afternoon (if you read them from the bottom up they are more chronological that way:

Damon Tucker@damontucker

Check out the crowd at the symposium on New Developments for Managing Invasive Species! #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/8YFhboN6

Sheri Mann talks about funding sources for acquisition of conservation lands. #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/3bPSkXzH

Forum: The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary – 20 years later. #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/WL2iodLd

@swianecki @footesea @rtb808 I have to leave and then come back. Got to eat and check into hotel.

Big Island Police Looking for Suspects in Puna Burglary and Fire http://wp.me/ph7YX-eh5 

Cynthia King updates crowd on the State of #Hawaii Native Invertebrate database at #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/CpgL9NCB

University of Hawaii President M.R.C. Greenwood talks about institutung “Green Jobs” #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/Fsw1gysW

#hcc2012 Raynor – Our job is to build capacity of local leaders in Micronesia. We think this is true in Hawaii too!

Raynor: About forest loss in Pohnpei: “if you lose the forest, you lose the water, you lose the med plants, you lose everything” #HCC2012

Standing Room Only as Paul Higashino talks about the last 20 years on Kaho’olawe #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/MFYrrsl9

Big Island resident & UHHilo student Jesse Eiben talks about the Wekiu Bug #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/qek29g9P

Chris Brosius talks about the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/12fWlJNL

So nice to see a huge event like #HCC2012 without politicians trying to campaign! pic.twitter.com/YB6dOUw6

Heads up… Traffic light out at Kalakaua and Kapiolani intersection. pic.twitter.com/lXXMPpOI

Tundi Agardy: Ridges to Reef management & stewardship (Hawaii’s ahupua’a concept) is what will lead to effective conservation #HCC2012

Agardy: “By going very deep we forget to reach out to the side” problem of scientific hyper-specialization #HCC2012

Agardy: fishing+eutrophication+invasive spp= full ecosystem regime shifts; cannot be restored, there is a pt of no return #HCC2012

With deep-belly chants, each island asks permission to enter the conference during the opening protocol of #HCC2012 #hawaiianstyle

Check out hashtag #HCC2012 for great updates on the Hawaii Conservation Conference! Thanks for keeping me in the loop, tweeps!

Great opening plenary at #HCC2012 To succeed: love what you do, stay curious, perservere, listen to others, treat ppl well (return calls)

panelist James Jacobi:Hawaii may not be a biodiversity hotspot, but it’s an evolutionary & conservation hotspot w/ fantastic biota #HCC2012

RT @footesea Sato: We need new messengers-teachers, community & youth (+ scientists) If ppl don’t understand, they will fight you #HCC2012

Sam Gon, key to conservation success: know a little about a lot, appreciate wonders of this archipelago, & obsessiveness helps too! #HCC2012

Hashtag for attendees! RT @HCAFriends Welcome to the Hawaii Conservation Conference 2012 everyone! Let’s go: #HCC2012

Opening Plenary Panel: Tundy Agardy of Sound Seas & Bill Raynor of The Nature Conservancy #HCC2012 pic.twitter.com/vQPP1rK7

The 2012 Hawaii Conservation Concert is now beginning. #HCC2012 http://yfrog.us/fv4d2hxbqiziavoxddqiobiez …

Here are the pictures I took from today:

20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference to Feature Anuhea on the Public Day

I’m excited to attend the 20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference over on Oahu and I just got wind that there will be a public event that anyone can attend and Anuhea will be the featured entertainer!

Anuhea Jenkins at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

The public event is entitled “Conserve Hawai‘i! Our Islands, Our People, Our Future” and will take place on Wednesday, August 1st from 3pm to 8 pm at the Hawaii Convention Center.


The 2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference Public Day has activities for all to enjoy! Such as a live mural painting by Wyland, Maoli Art in Real Time, the Knowledge in Motion film series, a Slow Food Hawaii Sampler Booth and music from singer/songwriter Anuhea! That’s not all, check out www.hawaiiconservation.org/ for more event details.

“Protect Our Hawaii As One” During Hawai`i Conservation Month

The public is invited to a festival of arts, music, film and conservation on August 1, 2012 as part of the Hawaii Conservation Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Activities on the public day on August 1, 2012 will take place from 3pm – 8pm and include interactive exhibits and Maoli Real Time Gallery, a live mural-painting by Wyland, Aupuni Place native art demonstrations, and Knowledge In Motion conservation through film showings, food and musical performances.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands.

Join the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance at The Hawaii Convention Center for a day filled with activities for the whole family also including My Hawaii Student Award, poster contest winners, and the Hawaii Energy Award.

Protect our Hawaii as one community in a fun, inspirational, and creative atmosphere with the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and its partners.

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards – And The Winners Are…

The 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show presented by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Artists was held last night at the Hawaii Convention Center to a sold out ballroom and broadcast live state-wide on KFVE.  Big Islands Mayor, Billy Kenoi, even got into the action and presented an award.


Most Promising Artist of the Year


Female Vocalist of the Year


EP (“Extended Play” Release) of the Year

NA MELE O IOANE KEANAAINA, John Ioane Keanaaina, Jr. (no label)

Religious Album of the Year

John Demello accepted the award on his behalf

CHUCKY BOY CHOCK AND FRIENDS, Chucky Boy Chock (New Song Music)

Group of the Year

WAIPUNA, E Hoi Mai (Poki)

Hip Hop Album of the Year

ILLNOMADIC, Navid Najafi (Aumakua)

Single of the Year

AINAHAU, Waipuna (Poki)

Male Vocalist of the Year

KUANA TORRES KAHELE, Kaunaloa (Kuana Torres Kahele)


Instrumental Album of the Year

PEACE LOVE UKULELE, Jake Shimabukuro (Hitchhike)

Slack Key Album of the Year

  • WAIMAKA HELELEI, Dennis Kamakahi and Stephen Inglis (Aumakua)

Island Music Album of the Year

E HOI MAI, Waipuna (Poki)

Jazz Album of the Year (TIE)

SALT, Starr Kalihiki (Kipuka) and  UKULELE JAZZ LIVE IN CONCERT HILO, HAWAII, Benny Chong (no label)

Contemporary Album of the Year

RISING IN LOVE, Lehua Kalima (Kalima)

Reggae Album of the Year

SIMPLY FOR LOVE, Ekolu (Waiehu)

Hawaiian Album of the Year

KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Rock Album of the Year

WAREHOUSE BLUES, Willie K (Maui Tribe)

Album of the Year

KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele) Kuana Torres Kahele and Dave Tucciarone –  Producers

Song of the Year

NA VACQUEROS by Kuana Torres Kahele from KAUNALOA

Favorite Entertainer of the Year



Graphics Award

KUHAO ZANE AND KAMELE ESKARAN, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Liner Notes Award

KUANA TORRES KAHELE, for KAUNALOA, Kuana Torres Kahele (Kuana Torres Kahele)

Note:  Each of these categories is voted on by a separate panel of judges.

Haku Mele

KUU HOA HIIKUA, by Kalehua Krug from AIA I HI`IALO, Hiikua (Kanemakua)

Hawaiian Language Performance

ROBERT CAZIMERO, Hula (Mountain Apple)

Engineering Award

  • WENDELL CHING for Lover’s Race (Afflatus)
  • WENDELL CHING, BRAD WATANABE, AND JP KENNEDY for Self Titled, Hot Rain (Afflatus)

International Album of the Year – NEW CATEGORY

OHANA, Kaulana (Kaulana)

Vote for the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts “Favorite Entertainer of the Year”

The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts (“HARA”) invites the public to vote for this year’s “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” at http://www.hara-vote.com/, from among ten extremely talented finalists, as follows, in alphabetical order.

  • ROBERT CAZIMERO for “Hula”
  • RAIATEA HELM for “Sea of Love”
  • HIIKUA for “Aia I Hiilalo”
  • WILLIE K for “Warehouse Blues”
  • KUANA TORRES KAHELE for “Kaunaloa”
  • LEHUA KALIMA for “Rising in Love”
  • JAKE SHIMABUKURO for “Peace, Love, Ukulele”
  • WAIPUNA for “E Hoi Mai”


Go to http://www.hara-vote.com/ and Learn about each of the finalists. Make your selection by clicking “Vote” in your favorite artist’s box. You may only vote once.

Click to vote for your favorite entertainer of the year

All votes are final. Deadline to vote is May 15, 2012.

The winner of “Favorite Entertainer of the Year,” by public vote, will be announced at the 35th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards on May 27, 2012, 5-10 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center.  The main program, including the announcement of this award, will be telecast live from 7-10 p.m. locally on KFVE, and via live streaming at www.k5thehometeam.com.

All artists who released a CD in 2011 were eligible for the preliminary ballot.  The top ten, as voted by HARA members, advanced to the final ballot.  (Artists in Compilation and Anthology categories are not eligible, and non-resident artists in the Hawaiian, Island Music, Slack Key, and International categories are also ineligible.)

Past winners of this prestigious award have included Napua Makua (2011), Jake Shimabukuro (2010), and Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa for Force of Nature (2009).

Part of the month-long Mele Mei 2012, and sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, Kintetsu, Ala Moana Hotel, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Alaska Airlines, Star-Advertiser & MidWeek, KZOO Radio, Hawaii.com, and other partners, this music festival offers the public a unique chance to experience a rich cultural interchange, making the connections between music, our culture, and the spirit of aloha, through interesting and unique workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions, as follows:

DATE                     EVENT                                                 LOCATION
Friday, April 27      Public Opening Event & Media Day     The Willows
Saturday, May 5     Lifetime Achievement Awards               Ala Moana Hotel
Friday, May 25       Workshops, Day 1                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Saturday, May 26   Workshops, Day 2                                  Hawaii Convention Center
Sunday, May 27      Na Hoku Hanohano Awards                  Hawaii Convention Center

For Na Hoku Hanohano event and ticket information, please:
•  Go to www.nahokumusicfestival.com
•  Call HARA at (808) 593-9424
•  E-mail info@nahokumusicfestival.com

One Week Left for Proposals for the 20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be taking place from July 31st to August 2nd at the Hawaii Convention Center.  This is the 20th annual conference and this years theme is “What Difference does 20 Years Make? Reflections on Change, Innovation, and the Work that Remains”.

The HCC organizing committee is soliciting proposals for sessions, forums, workshops, trainings and individual oral or poster presentations in the following four tracks. Specific session topics are suggested for each track; however, we also welcome other related conservation topics.  The deadline for proposals ends at the end of this month on January 31st.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Activities will include a presentation of a “20th Anniversary HCC Video” reflecting on the successes and memories of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance (formerly the Secretariat for Conservation Biology); daily thought provoking keynote speakers; a special banner to memorialize our collective genealogy; public art event; training opportunities; and more.

You can learn more about previous conferences that have been held by clicking here: Hawaii Conservation Conference Archives

APEC 2011 Road Closures, Parking Restrictions and General Convention Center Area Rules

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will hold its Leaders Week November 7-13 in Honolulu, Hawai’i.  Senior Official and Ministerial meetings for Leaders Week will take place from Tuesday, November 8, 2011, through Friday, November 11, 2011, at the Hawai’i Convention Center.

APEC 2011

Transportation restrictions in the vicinity of the Hawai’i Convention Center have been developed to ensure the safety and security of the APEC delegates.  Every effort has been made to mitigate the impact of these safety measures.  The public’s cooperation and patience is appreciated during this time.

Road closures, parking restrictions, and changes to public transportation routes and public works services will be necessary during these APEC meetings.  Additional restrictions will be implemented for the Leaders Meetings beginning the evening of November 11 through November 13.  Information on those changes will be forthcoming from the appropriate agencies.

Additions or updates to this plan may be made prior to the start of the event.

Convention Center Area Road Closures and Restrictions

Road closures will begin daily at approximately 6 a.m. and continue through approximately 7 p.m., on Tuesday, November 8, and ending on Friday, November 11.  No parking will be permitted on the following streets from November 8 through 11.  Fencing and other physical barriers, as well as uniformed law enforcement officers, will be in place to assist the public with traffic flow and identifying the closed roads.  “No Parking” signs will be posted.

Vehicular traffic will be limited to vehicles with a law enforcement purpose on the following roadways:

  • Kapiolani Boulevard, all lanes, from Kalakaua Avenue to Atkinson Drive.
  • Atkinson Drive, all lanes, from Kona Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.

Vehicular traffic will be limited but not closed on the following roadway:

  • Kalakaua Avenue, from Kapiolani Boulevard to the Ala Wai Canal will be open, but with reduced lanes.

There will be intermittent closures of other intersections in the vicinity of the Hawai’i Convention Center that may temporarily affect vehicular and pedestrian movement.

Special accommodations for area residents:  There will be a 24-hour modified traffic pattern for Kahakai Drive from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13.  Access to Kahakai Drive from Atkinson Drive will be closed.  Area residents will be permitted to enter via the small private lane between the Atkinson Towers and Jade apartment buildings located at 419A Atkinson Drive.

Convention Center Area Parking Restrictions

No parking will be allowed at any time from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13 in affected areas.  Vehicular parking restrictions will be coordinated and enforced by the Honolulu Department of Transportation Services and the Honolulu Police Department.  Appropriate signs will be posted and enforced on the following roadways:

  • Kahakai Drive, both sides, throughout the entire length of the street.
  • Kapiolani Boulevard, both sides, from Kaheka Street to Kalakaua Avenue.
  • Kalauokalani Way, both sides, from Makaloa Street to Kapiolani Boulevard.

The following parking prohibition will be enforced 24 hours-per-day from Tuesday, November 8 through Sunday, November 13:

  •  Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Ala Moana Boulevard to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  •  Hobron Lane, ewa (North) side, from Kaioo Drive to Ala Moana Boulevard.
  •  Hilton Hawaiian Lagoon parking lot-Harbors division.
  •  Koa Avenue, makai side, 100 feet ewa (West) of Uluniu Avenue.
  •  Ohua Avenue, ewa (West) side, makai of Kuhio Avenue.
  •  Beachwalk, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

No parking will be permitted Tuesday, November 8 through Friday, November 11 between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the following roadways:

  •  Kaheka Street, Koko Head (South) side from Kapiolani Boulevard to S. King Street.
  •  Makaloa Street, both sides from Kalakaua Avenue to Sheridan Street.
  • McCully Street, both sides, from South King Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

The following parking prohibition will be enforced for 24 hours on Friday,

November 11:

  • Beretania Street, makai (South) side only, from Punahou Street to Kalakaua Avenue.

Please exercise caution while parking in these areas during APEC Leaders’ Week to ensure compliance with the temporary parking restrictions.

Convention Center Area Pedestrian Restrictions

The following sidewalks and walkways will be continuously closed from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13:

  •  Atkinson Drive, Kokohead (South) side only, from Kahakai Drive to Kapiolani Boulevard.
  •  Kapiolani Boulevard, Kokohead (South) side only, from Atkinson Drive to Kalakaua Avenue.
  •  Kalakaua Avenue, makai (West) side only, from Kapiolani Boulevard to Ala Wai Boulevard.
  •  The Promenade walkway from Kalakaua Avenue to the security barricade makai (South) of Kahakai Drive.

The following crosswalks will be closed 24 hours-per-day from Monday, November 7 through Sunday, November 13:

  • Atkinson Drive/Kapiolani Boulevard, makai (South) side crosswalk.
  • Kapiolani Boulevard/Kalakaua Avenue, Ewa (West) side crosswalk.
  • Kalakaua Avenue/Pau Street.

Pedestrian traffic inside the restricted areas will be permittedfor owners/employees of local businesses that fall within the secure area. Credentials issued by the U.S. Secret Service or the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security will be required to gain access.

Public Transportation

Routes 3, 9, and CityExpress A will be detoured in the Convention Center area from Tuesday, November 8 through Friday, November 11 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Specific detour information will be disseminated by the Department of Transportation Services and Oahu Transit Service, Inc.

The public is urged to reduce non-essential travel into and out of the Waikiki-Ala Moana area as traffic is expected to be congested, thereby negatively affecting the schedule of the buses.

City Trash Collection

The traffic associated with the road closures may affect services delivered by Honolulu’s Department of Environmental Services.  Up-to-date information on city provided trash collection will be available at www.opala.gov.

Online Information

Information and updates will be available online through the following websites:


Honolulu Police Department: 808-499-4653 or 808-499-4654

U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, 571-345-2499 (through November 3, 2011); 202-320-2434 (November 4-13, 2011)

Big Island Carbon Receives State Department of Health Clean Air Permit – Carbon Plant Will Now Operate as Designed With Clean Green Technology

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) District 9 in San Francisco recently reviewed and approved Big Island Carbon’s Clean Air Permit  application prepared by Hawaii ’s State Department of Health. The permit has now been issued.

Big Island Carbon

The Big Island Carbon plant has been operating on a non-covered source permit while working through the State and Federal processes for the Covered Source Clean Air Permit which will allow the company’s Power Plant to be installed.

“The EPA’s issuance of our Clean Air Permit means two important things,” explained Big Island Carbon CEO Rick Vidgen. “First, it means we can operate our plant the way it was designed to operate—clean and green. And secondly, it supports the fact that we are fully capturing and reusing much of what would otherwise be burned in a flare stack by producing most of our power from the manufacturing process itself. This clean, green technology allows us to be environmentally prudent, lower our energy costs and importantly, contribute to our bottom line.”

Big Island Carbon’s technical process produces a gas energy stream that will be used to generate internal power with the recovered energy being used in a closed system process to make activated carbon in a highly efficient and highly sustainable process and system.

Big Island Carbon has developed a carbon plant that is state of the art and technologically unique in the world.  Big Island Carbon has the first plant of its kind that has successfully developed a process to utilize macadamia nut shells as feedstock to produce premium specialty Granular Activated Carbon. The start up company has 25 full-time workers.

Big Island Carbon integrates biomass material (macadamia nut shell) from Big Island macadamia processors together with cutting-edge technology developed for activated carbon production. Activated carbon is a critical component that cleans up or improves the performance of products from cell phones to wind turbines. Other diverse uses include gold refining and catalyst support for the pharmaceutical industry. Activated Carbon has recently found extensive use in cleaning up some aspects of nuclear accidents.

Big Island Carbon was recently awarded a Best in Business Innovation Award for Hawaii County from the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee. Big Island Carbon will be one of 5 Hawaii companies featured during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Week in November. Big Island Carbon will be highlighted within displays at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and the U.S. National Center for APEC CEO Summit at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and receive a feature profile in APEC Hawaii TV in-room hotel channel, APEC 2011 Hawaii virtual online exhibit, and the special edition Hawaii Business magazine that will be distributed to APEC delegates.

2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… And the Winners Are!

The 34th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards were held at the Hawaii Convention Center last night and I just want to say that the Big Island of Hawaii was well represented and came away with many Na Hoku Hanohano Awards this evening.

Even Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi was impressed with the amount of awards Big Island recording artists received.

The following artists won awards for their hard work that was recognized by the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts:

Most Promising Artist:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Female Vocalist of the Year:


Male Vocalist of the Year:

MARK YAMANAKA – Lei Pua Kenikeni

Group of the Year:
KUMZ – On the Summit

Christmas Album:

Willie K -Willie Wonderland

Album of the Year:

Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters of Hawai‘i

Song of the Year:

Single of the Year:

HE LEI KAULANA – Nā Palapalai

Extended Play Release of the Year

SOLO UKULELE – The King of Pop – Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends

Anthology of the Year – Producer’s Award:

BEST OF NĀ PALAPALAI, THE – Nā Palapalai; Shawn Pimental, producer

Compilation of the Year (Various artists) – Producer’s Award:
KONA – Dave Tucciarone, producer

Contemporary Album of the Year:

FOREVERMORE – Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson

Haku Mele -composer’s award for first-time recorded Hawaiian-language song or chant

Kainani Kahaunaele – ‘Ohai ‘Ula

Hawaiian Album of the Year:

MŌHALU – Nāpua Makua

Hawaiian Language Performance:

Kainani Kahaunaele -Ohai ‘Ula

Instrumental Album of the Year:


Island Music Album of the Year:

– Amy Hānaiali‘i and Slack Key Masters

Jazz Album of the Year:

DJANGO WOULD GO – Hot Club of Hulaville

R&B / Hip Hop:


Reggae Album of the Year:

GREEN, THE – The Green

Religious Album of the Year:
– Ata Damasco

Rock Album of the Year:

STREAM DREAMS – Kamuela Kahoano

Slack Key Album of the Year:


Favorite Entertainer:


Engineering Award:

Bryan Sanchez and Jeffrey James – Hawaiian Girls

This years winners as well as previous winners:

Click on the pictures below for larger versions:

The 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) presented the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards today at the Hawaii Convention Center.

2011 HARA & Na Hoku Hanohano Lifetime Achievement Awards

Musicians and family members began filling up the Hawaii Convention Center ballroom around 10:30 this morning.

Around 11:00 the President of HARA, Ku’uipo Kumukahi, welcomed the musicians and family members to the ceremony.

Kumukahi introduced the Mistress of the Ceremony Karen Keawehawai’i to the audience.

An opening Pule (Hawaiian for prayer) was said by the former HARA President.

Lunch consisted of beef brisket, chicken, steamed vegetables and rice with furikake.

After lunch was served the awards program and entertainment began by having Mihana Aluli Souza present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill “Tappy” Tapia who wasn’t present, but did send in a video of a recent show that he did on the Mainland.

Uncle Bill “Tappy” Tapia (born January 1, 1908) is an American musician, born in Honolulu, Hawaii, of Portuguese parents. At age 10, Tapia was already a professional musician, playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” for World War I troops in Hawaii.

In his long career beginning in Vaudeville and quickly expanding as a jazz guitarist and ukulele player he has performed with names such as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Hawaiian musicians such as King Bennie Nawahi, Sol Ho‘opi’i, and Andy Iona.

The next lifetime achievement award was presented by President Kumukahi to Harriet Daisy Kawai’ala Ka’oionapuaopi’ilani Stevens-Poire.

Napua Stevens Poire (born Harriet Daisy Kawaiala Kao’ionapuapi’ilani Stevens, August 31, 1918 – January 7, 1990) was a well-known Hawaiian entertainer, singer, hula dancer, musician, teacher, radio-TV personality, producer and author. Noted for her hits such as “Beyond The Reef” and “Hawaiian Hospitality” in the late 1940s, she performed as a Hula dancer in the group The Coral Islanders in the 1950s and later embarked upon a successful media career as a radio DJ for her own show KTRG and presenting her own TV cooking show Napua’s Kitchen in the 1960s. She made two guest appearances in the popular series Hawaii Five-O and also presented the Aloha Week and Kamehameha Day hula shows.

The next Lifetime Achievement Award went to Ernest and Freddie Tavares and was presented by their niece Tasha Tavares.  His son Terry Tavares along with Alden Levi, Kenneth Makuakane and Alan Akaka put on a performane to honor Ernest and Freddie.

Freddie Tavares (1913 – 1990) was an American musician and inventor. Born in Hawaii, Tavares is perhaps best known for his role in designing the Fender Stratocaster and other Fender instruments and amplifiers, although he was a virtuoso on the steel guitar, playing on many hundreds of recording sessions, radio broadcasts and movie soundtracks. The signature steel guitar swoop at the beginning of every Warner Bros.Looney Tunes theatrical short was played by Tavares. His other credits include work with Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Sons of the Pioneers, “Tennessee” Ernie Ford, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Lawrence Welk, and Henry Mancini.

The next lifetime achievement award went to Jacqueline Leilani “Skylark” Rossetti for her extensive work in promoting Hawaiian Music.

You can check out a recent interview of Skylark with Leslie Wilcox here.

The final Lifetime Achievement Award went to the group Kalapana for their many years of great Hawaiian music.

They played a few songs for the audience that got everyone in the house grooving!

In 1973, childhood friends David John (DJ) Pratt and Carl James Malani Bilyeu auditioned at the Rainbow Villa for Cecilio & Kapono. Malani was soloing at the Oar House in Hawaii Kai and DJ was downstairs at Chuck’s in Sunlight with Kirk Thompson. They got together in DJ’s grandfather’s garage with Bryant Mackey Feary, another solo act, playing at the Oar House. They wrote songs, rehearsed, and at one point discussed the meaning of Kalapana. The literal translation of the word “Kalapana” is “sprouting money”. Kirk said the meaning was “beat of the music”, but he wanted “Dove” anyway. DJ thought it meant “Black Sand”. Regardless, they named themselves Kalapana, playing their first gig at Chuck’s in Hawaii Kai.

They became a regular band at a club called “The Toppe Ada Shoppe”. They opened concerts for Earth, Wind & Fire, Batdorf & Rodney, The Moody Blues, Sly & The Family Stone, and Cecilio & Kapono. They released their first, self-titled album, Kalapana, which included Jackie Kelso on sax and flute, Bill Perry on bass and Larry Brown on drums.

Kalapana performed a three–concert event at the Waikiki Shell during the span of June 25–27, 1976, where 25,000 people attended. In 1977, they helped select the entrants for the “Home Grown” album project.

Kalapana won several Nani Awards, the predecessor to the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. They were nominated for four categories and received “Best Performance by a duo or group”, and “Best Male Vocalist” for Mackey, who had split from the group and joined Billy Kaui (Country Comfort).

The group reorganized to include Randy Aloya, replacing Mackey, who was pursuing a solo career, DJ, Malani, Kirk, Michael and Alvin. The reorganized group included Kimo Cornwell (formerly with Beowolf and later with Hiroshima) on keyboards, toured in Japan and released “Kalapana Live In Japan” (Sun Plaza), “Northbound”, and “Kalapana Alive at Yokohama”. DJ, as Kalapana, also released “Hold On” and a solo LP “Branded”.

In Hawaii, Mackey & Malani regrouped and recorded “Kalapana Live Reunion”, a concert at the Waikiki Shell. The group changed members over the next few years while each pursued solo and duo efforts.

For me the most touching part of the afternoon was when the only son and grandchild of Mackey Fearey took the stage and addressed the audience on behalf of his deceased father.

As usual you can click on the pictures below for a larger view and don’t forget to tune into KFVE tomorrow for the live broadcast of the 34th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show.