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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Best Local Political Ad of 2014

Haven't commented much about politics lately on this blog. However just want to note that Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui's 30 second TV spot is warm, entertaining, different and right on. Plus he's a good guy. I'd vote for him over anyone else in the Lt. Governor's primary if I pulled a (D) ballot. August 9. Coming soon.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Honokaa Rodeo Stadium Dedication Kicks off Western Week

The County of Hawaii will bless and open the Rose Andrade-Correia Stadium in Honokaa on May 19 at 10 a.m. Invitations like the one above have been sent out to the media by the county.

Honokaa's annual Western Week gets under starts on May 19 and continues to May 26. The rodeo lasting over two days will highlight the festivities that are also marked with a parade, chili cook-off and dancing.

Honokaa Western Week on Facebook

Friday, May 02, 2014

Three Big Island Girl Scouts Receive Highest Award


Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i Recognizes Gold Award Recipients for Changing Their Communities Hilo, Hawai‘i 

Three Hawai‘i Island Girl Scouts were among 25 statewide who earned their Gold Award on Saturday, April 29, 2014, putting them in the top five percent of Girl Scouts across the nation. The award is the highest achievement that a Girl Scout in grades nine through 12 can earn. To earn it, the scout must complete at least 80 hours in a project that creates measurable and sustainable change for the local, regional, or global communities.

Bethany and Caitlyn Anderson of Hilo each were recognized for their Gold Award projects, “Preventing Inhumane Treatment of Cats and Dogs” and “Limiting the Impact of Invasive Mammals on Hawai‘i’s Fragile Ecosystem.” Bethany Cole of Kurtistown was also acknowledged for her project, “From the Garden to the Table.”

First Hawaiian Bank Foundation sponsored the Gold Award for a second consecutive year with a $5,000 grant. Joanne Arizumi, senior vice president of First Hawaiian Bank and Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i board member, acknowledged the girls’ exceptional projects at Saturday’s ceremony.

“The projects show that girls and young women today can accomplish anything they set their mind to,” said Arizumi. “It is truly a privilege to take part in the opportunities that the Girl Scouts provide.”

Lori Lum, public affairs director at Watanabe Ing LLP and chair of the Girl Scouts Hawai‘i’s board of directors, thanked parents, family and friends for supporting Hawai‘i’s Girl Scouts.

“The Girl Scout Gold Award provides an extraordinary opportunity for young women to make a powerful difference in the lives of so many people, while developing leadership skills that will help the girls succeed in life. Today’s Gold Award recipients are a true testament to the positive impact of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.”

The following young women were also recognized for their Gold Award projects:

Dori Lei-Chee, Honolulu, “Saving a Life Can Make a Difference”
Catherine Coleman, Honolulu, “Native Stories”
Carley Coppin, Kula, “Horses Fostering Youth”
Heather Arielle Dupire-Nelson, Honolulu, “Diagnosing Early Reading Challenges”
Kaylie Eko, Honolulu, “Giving Aloha to Our Furry Friends”
Amra Evers, Honolulu, “The Key to Volunteering”
Emma Green, Kāne‘ohe, “Healing Garden”
Briana Grenert, Kailua, “Rocket Readers”
Jessie Haylor, Makawao, “Health & Wellness Fair for Foster Children”
Hannah Henderson, Honolulu, “Island Sustainability”
Kelsey Kozuma, Kāne‘ohe, “Self Defense for Teens: Anti-Bullying”
Kelly Lam, Honolulu, “Star Spangled Citizenship for Schools”
Rafael Lee, Honolulu, “Bullying Beware”
Jocelyn Louie, Kapolei, “Eat Local, Live Healthy”
Diane Low, Honolulu, “Healthy Snacks”
Marissa Lum, Kāne‘ohe, “Lei of Aloha”
Emma McLeod, Honolulu, “The Other Forgotten Heroes of Pearl Harbor”
Diana Sellner, Honolulu, “Bring Your Own Bag Hawai‘i”
Ariel Todoki, Honolulu, “Shooting for the Stars”
Erin Todoki, Honolulu, “Heart To Heart: Medical Play”
Nicole Wheatman, Honolulu, “Repurpose for Learning: Project Senegal”
Charlynn Yeung, Honolulu, “A Voice for Change: Raising Awareness for the Darfur Conflict”

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in kindergarten through 12th-grade. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. As the country’s pre-eminent all-girl organization, Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawai‘i in 1917 by Queen Lili‘uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i has approximately 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 12 - You've Got the Power Premieres

The following is reprinted with permission from HawaiiReporter.com

A new half hour television show, You've Got the Power, produced by Malia Zimmerman, Irma Baptiste and Shaunna Touchi of Luminescent Productions, will air on Saturday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. on KGMB TV and Saturday, April 19 at 6 p.m. on KHNL.

See a 30-second clip of the show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nkv6EO5UmmA&feature=youtu.be

The half hour show, which focuses on people who have overcome great odds to be successful and then help many other people, features Skylar Soares, Delorese Gregoire and Mo Maurer in the first episode.

Soares, 12, is the SBH Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. She founded with the help of Make a Wish Foundation and Hawaii Pacific University, the HiSky retail business.

Gregoire is the founder of Winners Camp and has helped 15,000 teenagers discover their leadership skills and talents. Maurer, a Maui resident, founded Assistance Dogs of Hawaii and has helped thousands of people in need find they joy and independence they deserve.

Sponsors include HMAA, King Windward Nissan, InControl Diabetes Center, Pharmacare, Revolusun, Hawaii Homestay and Ted Hong - attorney at law.

Dean Kaneshiro is the videographer, director and editor of the show, while Candace Nashman is the producer and Luke Trimble is providing his musical recordings.

If your company would like to be a sponsor of this new inspirational show, contact Irma May Baptiste at irmamaybaptiste@gmail.com

Photos from the premiere party held on April 8 at Dave and Busters.

You've Got the Power Party

You've Got the Power Party

You've Got the Power Party

You've Got the Power Party

Friday, February 28, 2014

Custom Legislative District Info Now Online


DBEDT has released two new applications showing demographic information for Hawaii's legislative districts.  Using these applications, the public can discover demographic information such as population, median age, race, household size, median income and other characteristics of their State Senate or State House district.   The applications can be accessed from the Statewide GIS page (click on Census Interactive Online Maps and go to 2012 ACS Online Maps), or directly from these links:

State Senate District Demographic Information (http://files.hawaii.gov/dbedt/op/gis/maps/agol-maps/state_senate_districts_acs2012.htm) 

State House District Demographic Information (http://files.hawaii.gov/dbedt/op/gis/maps/agol-maps/state_house_districts_acs2012.htm)