Commentary — Is Stephens Media Sinking The Hawaii Tribune-Herald?

Stephens Media’s announcement this week that the Las Vegas-based corporation will be shutting down the union-run press of the Hawaii Tribune-Herald might be the beginning of the end of East Hawaii’s historic newspaper.  At least that is what those of us in the business here on the island are saying.

Stephens Media plans for West Hawaii Today to print the Tribune-Herald and for the freshly printed newspaper to be trucked over to East Hawaii.  One former Tribune-Herald employee reminded Big Island Chronicle that West Hawaii Today got it’s start in 1962 by being printed at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

For those not in the know, Hawaii Tribune-Herald was first the Hilo Tribune, and that newspaper got its start in November 1895. (See Hawaii Tribune-Herald’s Facebook page for the history.)  Hilo Tribune became Hilo Daily Tribune in 1917.  And Hawaii Herald, another newspaper, ran from August 1896 to February 1923. The Hilo Daily Tribune, Hawaii Herald and another newspaper called the Daily Post-Herald all merged in February 19, 1923 calling itself Hilo Tribune-Herald.  In March 1964, two years after the West Hawaii Today was running as a weekly, the Trib became the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

A newspaper veteran on the island believes that the move for West Hawaii Today to now publish the Hawaii Tribune-Herald is basically the first step toward sinking it. Read more

Hawaii News — ‘Cruise Paradise 2012’ Events Extend Through July 7

1930 Ford Rat Rod image courtesy of Martha Rodillas

(Media release) — The Hawai`i Classic Cruisers proudly presents “Cruise Paradise 2012” from Thursday, June 28, 2012 through Saturday, July 7, 2012.  Classic and vintage vehicles will cruise the streets of the Big Island during this 10-day island-wide event.  Vehicles from the past have been restored to mint condition by car enthusiasts and will journey through towns and scenic routes across the island.

Classic vehicles arriving from as far away as Texas, Florida, California, Nevada, the neighbor islands and our very own local favorites are participating in the many activities planned for club members with free admission to the public.  During this 10-day event, the classic vehicles are expected to travel a total of approximately 90,000 miles and use 9,000 gallons of gas.

Television personality Dennis Gage will film an episode of “My Classic Car” of the car events that will be televised on the SPEED channel.

(Following) is a schedule of events that are open with free admission to the public:  Read more

Kona News — Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Sheraton Keauhou With Pualu Award for ‘Culture and Heritage’

(Media release) —  Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa was recognized today with a Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce Pualu Award for Culture and Heritage. The award recognized the resort for exhibiting through its actions practices that promote island traditions and preserves Hawaii’s multi-cultural heritage.

“We feel that it is our responsibility to share Keauhou’s and Hawaii’s culture and history and by doing so, guests depart with a much deeper and respectful sense of place,” said Area Managing Director and Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa General Manager Steve Lindburg. Read more

Volcano News — County of Hawaii, Hawaii Tourism Authority And Friends of Hawaii Charities Award Needed Funds To VAC

(Media release) — Rain showers are nothing new for the Big Island’s Volcano Village, but for one local nonprofit, fresh grant funding has been pouring in along with all the wet weather. Volcano Art Center (VAC) has recently been awarded three new grants to expand their education, outreach and forest restoration programs.

Hawaii County has just approved VAC’s request to create a Hawaii Island Network of Artists (HINA) economic impact report and website, awarding $21,250 to help fund the undertaking. Particularly strong in arts administration, including sales, education and promotion, VAC is already positioned to research, promote, perpetuate and document the expanding community of artists throughout Hawaii County. Read more

Hilo News — Help Police Solve Kaumana Robbery

(Media release) — Big Island police are investigating a report of a robbery in Hilo that involved a firearm.

On Wednesday morning (June 27) shortly after 6 a.m., police responded to a convenience store in the upper Kaumana Drive area, where a 41-year-old Hilo man reported that while on his morning walk at about 4:30 a.m., he was approached by two male suspects standing near a car at the intersection of Kaumana Drive and the Puainak? Avenue extension. While one of the suspects asked the victim a question, the other suspect reportedly struck him on the head from behind. Read more

Obituaries — Martin ‘Jackie’ Branco Died At 89

Martin “Jackie” Branco, 89, of Hilo, he passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Hilo Medical Center. He was born on January 13, 1923 in Laupahohoe Point, Hawaii to Anna Meyer Branco and David William Branco and raised in Hilo on a dairy farm. He was a US Army Veteran of World War II, an Area Salesman for Standard Oil Company (Chervon), Cattle Rancher, Macnut Farmer, Bulldozer Operator and a member of the Keaau Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Panaewa Kumiai Association and Chevron Retirees Association. Read more

Politics — Russell Ruderman To Host ‘Funraiser’ At Kalani Saturday

Russell Ruderman will host a Meet the Candidate “Funraiser” featuring an art auction, live music, and an Island Naturals meal.
at 1 p.m. this Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Kalani.  

Come talk story, ask questions, enjoy music from El Leo and the Jarican Express and Diana Aki, buy works of art from exceptional Puna artists, eat delicious food, and support the owner of Island Naturals for State Senate. For more info call (970) 519-1576 or email

Politics — Upcoming Candidate Forums




Thursday July 5th 5-6pm * Realtors & Chamber of Commerce * Sangha Hall, Hilo

Tuesday July 10th 6pm * HawaiAssc. For Family & Community Ed. * UCB100 UH-Hilo

Tuesday July 10th 5-9pm * Pele Defense Fund & Friends * Aunty Sallys Luau Hale

Sunday July 15th 3-7pm * Hawaiian Paradise Park Owners’ Assc. * Maku?u & 17th Ave

Sunday July 22nd 4-6pm * Unitarian Universalists of Puna * 15-1791 14th Ave

Wednesday July 25th 5:30-8pm * Malama Puna * Pahoa Community Center

Saturday July 28th 11-3pm * Hawaiian Shores Community Assc * Honu St. Rec. Facility

Saturday July 28th 9-5pm * Big Island Chronicle * Akebono Theater, Pahoa.

(Submitted by Shawn James Leavey.)

Pahoa News — Land-Use Workshop Is Thursday

(Media release) — Larry Brown of the County of Hawai’i Planning Department will enlighten all attending a public workshop Thursday about different land use regulations that affect property owners on the Big Island, including State Land Use, the LUPAG within the County’s General Plan, the County Zoning Code, as well as the rezoning process.  The land-use workshop is slated for 1 p.m. at Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School.

This is a “MUST-DO” seminar for everyone involved with and interested in The Pahoa Plan,  and also for those who simply have questions about regulations affecting property.  Everyone with an interest in the subject is invited to attend.

HAAS is located at 15-1397 Homestead Road, which is also known as Post Office Road. The school is Makia of Highway 130.
(Submitted by Pahoa Regional Town Center Development Committee.)

Guest Column — HB 280’s Passage is Important For Hawaii Coffee Industry

By Chris Manfredi
Passage of HB 280 is Important for Hawaii Coffee Industry.
Coffee is one of Hawaii’s signature products.  The legendary Kona origin has been part of the mystique of Hawaii for nearly 200 years.   High-quality Hawaiian coffee is a unique export crop in that it is almost exclusively grown on small family farms that help to support resilient rural communities.  However the very success of Hawaii’s coffee has led to problems of counterfeiting that the coffee industry must address in order to protect the integrity of Hawaiian coffee in a global marketplace. Read more