Inaugural Lineman’s Rodeo Bringing Upgrades to Maka‘eo Park

The County of Hawai‘i announces Maka‘eo Beach Park will host the first Hawai‘i Lineman’s Rodeo, which is a free event to be held Saturday, February 23, at the Kailua-Kona facility.


A friendly competition among more than 40 mainland and local teams of electric utility professionals and contractors, the rodeo highlights safety, skill and education in overhead electric work. The Hawaiian Electric Companies, which includes Hawai‘i Electric Light Co., and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1260 are sponsoring the drug- and alcohol-free Hawai‘i Lineman’s Rodeo.

The event will support Toys For Tots and the Hawai‘i Food Basket, with a donated canned item, new toy or small donation per child earning unlimited rides in the event’s Kids Zone. Vendor applications to participate in the free community fair are still being accepted at

HELCO will hire contractors to install fencing and prepare a surface of sand and wood chips to create a competition arena located away from park amenities. Next, they will erect 75 utility poles for the estimated 125 competitors to use.

“Working with the County of Hawai‘i Parks Department, HELCO plans to leave the park in better shape than we found it, with improvements to be enjoyed by future park users,” company President Jay Ignacio said.

Once the competition has ended, the poles will be donated to the Department of Parks and Recreation for use in enhancing Maka‘eo Beach Park.

“This is a win-win-win situation,” Deputy Parks Director Bob Fitzgerald said. “We’re bringing in a whole bunch of visitors to Hawai‘i Island, providing free public entertainment and recreation, and improving Maka‘eo at little cost to the taxpayers.”

Parks officials consulted with cultural descendants of the area, canoe clubs that use Maka‘eo and other community stakeholders before approving the competition and related park improvements. Holes drilled for the poles will not impact any cultural resources, while the park will remain open during the February 23 event.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or



Toys for Tots Cancelled by the Hawaii Police Department Saved by Miracle

Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Toys for Tots motorcade and rally will take place as scheduled on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

Motorcade participants are asked to show up at 9 a.m. as the 300-plus member motorcade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. From Aunty Sally’s Lu’au Hale on Pi’ilani St. , the convoy will head down Kalanikoa St. towards Kamehameha Ave. where it will turn right and head out towards Keaukaha along Kalaniana’ole Ave.   At 4 Miles beach, they will u-turn and head back into town, turning right onto Banyan Drive, rumbling by Lili’uokalani Park and onto Manono St. where they will return to Aunty Sally’s.

The public is invited to attend an exciting rally that will start at 10:45 a.m. with live music from ‘Ol School Band, refreshments and concessions items.  Santa Claus will appear at 12 noon.  Unwrapped gift items are welcome for children ages 0-12 yrs old.  “We are thrilled with the amount and quality of the toys that are donated every year.  Last year, 47 bikes and more than 2,800 toys were donated to the children and families of the Big Island .  Although, we would appreciate having a few more for the girls, ages 9-12”, said Toys for Tots motorcade and rally organizer, Mr. Ellsworth Fontes.  Prior to December 11, toys can be dropped off at Ellsworth’s Custom Cycles on 969 Kino’ole St. or at Springleaf Financial at 395 Kino’ole St.

On Sunday, November 20, the Hawai’i Tribune Herald reported that organizers had cancelled the much anticipated event due to permitting discrepancies with the Hawai’i Police Department.  However, all conflicts were ironed out and the show will go on.  “The Police Department fully supports Toys for Tots.  This is a terrific event for the kids, nobody wants it cancelled, so I’m really happy to see that the event will take place,” said Captain Robert Wagner who oversees Area I permit requests.

Fontes, who also serves as president for the Rock & Roll Motorcycle Club stated, “This couldn’t happen without the tremendous support of Mayor Billy Kenoi… Christmas is on again, for the needy children of the Big Island .  In the spirit of Christmas, I’m happy that it all worked out.

KOA Puna 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign

KOA Puna MC is at it again with the kickstart of the 2011 Toys for Tots Campaign. This year they have a list of 400 keiki that have requested Christmas gifts from Santa and the club has a series of events scheduled to raise money and collect new toys for the drive.

Started in 1947 by the United States Marine Corps, the Toys for Tots program has collected and distributed over 500 million toys in the U.S. Every year, many groups, individuals, organizations and corporations have helped to raise money and collect new toys for kids, and this year in Puna the Toys for Tots drive is going strong. Working in association with the Maku’u Farmer’s Association, and local businesses, the club is working toward the goal of raising  $10,000.00 to gift 400 toys to local keiki.

Schedule of events: 

Every Sunday through Nov. 19th. KOA Puna MC will have a booth at the Maku’u Farmer’s Market to accept donations for the Toys for Tots drive or you can “adopt” a keiki for Christmas and donate 25.00 to buy them a gift from Santa. At the booth, the club is also accepting any re-saleable items to raise additional money and you can drop off a new toy for the 0-11 year old keiki’s.

Friday, October 21st. The Pahoa Village Club joins hands with KOA Puna MC with live music and entertainment 8pm. to 1 am. $5.00 cover charge will be donated to the local Toys for Tots drive.

November 19th. 10 am. to 2 pm. A time to bring everyone together at the Maku’u Farmer’s Market site for a fun day of music, food and fun. Boucny toys for the keiki and more! This event will be the final wrap-up for the Toys for Tots program, so bring the whole family for this huge event.

There are 2 other events that are pending and will be posted soon, so stay tuned. For more information on this program, please call Auntie Paula at 808-896-5537. We are asking that ANY local media, including bloggers to pick up this story to share with the Punaverse. Please contact me at

For those of you that are out of the area and want to donate or “adopt” a keiki, please send checks to: Maku’u Farmer’s Association.
15-2131 Keaua Pahoa Hwy.
Pahoa, Hi. 96778

Please mark checks: Toys for Tots

Mahalo. J.Osprey

Pahoa’s Toys For Tots Benefit Coming Up

Media Release:

It’s that time of the year again, and organizing the Pahoa Toys For Tots is well under way. This year it will take the form of a full-on Rock N Roll dance and pupu buffet at Akebono Theater on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Musicians donating their performances include Dave Seawater’s IBIS, Bo Lozoff, Kaliko Guyz, and Dan Nixx as Elvis, with Penney Madamba serving as emcee. M J Svoboda and Maavae will be cooking up a storm to create a spread similar to the one they did for the Obama Inaugural Ball a coupla years back.

A silent auction will feature artworks from StoneFace Hawaii, Patti Pease Johnson, Charles Christian Hansen, Nelson and Kainoa Makua, Willie K and others, goodies from Big Island Candies, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island Toyota as well as lots of R&R memorabilia and more. Silent auctions are great venues for getting some really nice holiday gifts at a fraction of their retail value!

Since it is a T4T benefit, admission is a $20 ticket OR a NEW, UNwrapped toy or child’s gift. Luquin’s will be manning the bar, so the event is only open to those 21 years and older. Of course, you’ll have to pay for your own drinks. But the rest is included in the price of admission.

Please turn out to help celebrate the holidays and help the needy children in our community. It’s gonna be rougher this year than last as many people’s reserves are no more!

And anyone willing to donate a nice item to the silent auction should please call Frankie Stapleton at 965-8945. Since T4T is a non-profit, tax deductions are applicable for those donating to the cause!