KDEN is Looking for a Few (Actually Quite a Few) Good Actor/Singers

From Kilauea Drama and Entertainment Network:

KDEN announces auditions for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I”. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 18 & 19 at 6:30 pm, in KMC’s Kilauea Theater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The show will be directed by Suzi Bond, with musical direction by Kait Wilson and choreography by Carmen Richardson. Pedro Ka’awaloa will conduct the orchestra. Jonathan Sudler is designing the set and costume construction will be lead by Helie Rock.

The story of “The King and I” is based on the 1944 novel “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon.English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

KDEN’s summer musical is a family affair with parts available for all ages. Principal parts are available for 3 women, 2 men, and 2 boys. There are featured roles for 2 men and a singing-dancing ensemble consisting of Royal Dancers, Wives, Children, Priests and Amazons. Auditoneers should be prepared to sing with accompaniment and dance some. Dress comfortably to be able to move freely on the stage. There will be some line readings for those interested in the lead roles.
For more information, please contact KDEN at 982-7344 or email us at kden73@aol.com. The show will run July 10 – 26, 2015, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30. Please join us for a summer of fun

Artist Opportunity: First Ever Artist in Residence Sought for Gettysburg National Historical Park

For the first time in its history, the Gettysburg National Historical Military Park is seeking an Artist in Residence to spend at least a month this summer living and working in the park.  But they apparently have had trouble getting the word out: the deadline to apply has been extended to April  15, 2013.Those interested can apply at http://www.nationalparksartsfoundation.org/#!apply-/c1as3
For more information go to  http://nationalparksartsfoundation.org/ or e-mail     Info@nationalparksartsfoundation.org   

Politics — Big Island Chronicle To Host Candidate Forum At Akebono Theater July 28

Big Island Chronicle will host a candidates’ forum at Akebono Theater on Saturday, July 28.
Sherry Bracken, Big Island radio newswoman, and Kathy Frankovic, CBS pollster, will serve as moderators of the various forums spanning from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candidates and their supporters are welcome to set up tables to distribute campaign-related material throughout the day.
Following is the schedule:

9 a.m. Doors open for candidates’ setup
9:45 a.m. Introductions/ground 
10 a.m. Prosecutor’s race
10:45 a.m. Break
11 a.m. Mayor’s race
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch break
1 p.m. State House District 4
1:45 p.m. Break
2 p.m. State Senate District 2
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Hawaii County Council District 5
3:45 p.m. Break
4 p.m. Hawaii County Council District 4

Note: Big Island Chronicle reserves the right to refuse entry.

Politics — Hawaiian Shores Candidate Forum Is July 28

CANDIDATE FORUM!  SAT, July 28th 11 am to 3 pm. Hawaiian Shores Park: 15-2793 Honu St., Pahoa. Senate #2 and House #4 candidate forum at 11 am.  Mayor, Prosecutor, and Council District #4 forum at 1 pm.  Hotdog/soda fundraiser.  Sponsor: Hawaiian Shores Community Assn (965-8140); Facilitator: League of Women Voters.  Open to the public. — Eileen O’Hara

North Kohala News — Police Community Meeting Tuesday

(Media release) — Big Island police are reminding the public about the Police Department’s community meeting in North Kohala next week.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kohala Intergenerational Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Kohala District.  Read more

Puna News — Council Member Blas To Host ‘Dangerous And Vicious Dogs’ Meeting Wednesday


Council member Fred Blas is hosting a public meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012 to discuss “Dangerous and Vicious Dogs” at Pahoa Community Center.  The speaker will be Carl Oguss, a dog psychologist.

Public testimony will be taken; three (3) minutes per individual.

***Commentary*** Regarding The Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee Meeting Today

Flow chart courtesy of the Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee.

Gathered at the Pahoa Museum for a couple hours Tuesday morning, the Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee spent some time trying to define itself amongst other community groups seeking to develop a growth management plan for Pahoa.

Robin Stetson, who is one of four people who comprise the Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee, spent at least a half-hour explaining to fellow committee members and others in attendance how and why Rob Tucker, another member of the steering committee, went before the Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee last week seeking $69,000 from the Geothermal Relocation and Community Benefits Fund.

At one point, Stetson expressed discomfort with Big Island Chronicle’s presence at the meeting, despite the fact that the meeting was being held to discuss public business. Stetson and others present spoke of and expressed resentment for inaccuracies in BIC’s commentary last week relaying that Tucker had gone before the PCDP Action Committee seeking the $69,000 in geothermal funds.  In need of clarification is the fact that Tucker is a steering committee and was not taking it upon himself, but representing the group, when he made the request, which wasn’t actually a request, it was a proposal, and it was not for a consultant, it was for a “paid coordinator,” actually “a position and a half” to help create Pahoa’s growth management plan, Stetson said.

Gary Safarik (L), former Puna councilman and candidate for State Senate District 2; James Weatherford, candidate for Hawaii County Council District 4; Westen Tegman, Pahoa Plan Committee member; Mark Hinshaw, Pahoa Plan Committee member and Mainstreet Pahoa Association board president; Robin Stetson, Pahoa Plan Committee member and Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee member; and Cynthia Albers, Pahoa Plan Committee member. (Photos by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.)

The Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee, which is comprised of Stetson, Tucker, Madie Greene and Rob Tucker, looks to the PCDP Action Committee as “advisors,” according to Stetson.  A week before last week’s PCDP Action Committee, members of the Pahoa Regional Town Center Plan Steering Committee made the decision to seek funding.  Stetson said the reason for that decision was that she herself has wanted to “pull back” after several months of being one of the key volunteers working on the Pahoa Plan.

Members of the Pahao Plan Committee, which Stetson has been leading, decided recently that, despite “incredible achievements” working to gain input on a community survey, supplies and staff are needed to develop a plan for Pahoa, Stetson said.

In order to keep the momentum of Pahoa planning going, steering committee members put together what Stetson described as a “hasty presentation” that Tucker ultimately delivered as a result of the fact that Stetson was running late to the Puna CDP Action Committee meeting. Read more

Hilo News — For Merrie Monarch Festivities April 11-15, Kalanikoa Street Will Have One-Way Traffic Pattern

Image courtesy of Judith Kunzlé

(Media release) — In conjunction with the 49th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo.

Traffic will be allowed to flow only in the Puna—or southerly—direction on Kalanikoa Street between Kuawa Street and Piʻilani Street during the festival. The one-way traffic pattern will be in effect daily from 12 noon Wednesday, April 11, through 1 a.m. Sunday, April 15.

Right turns only will be allowed on Kalanikoa Street to accommodate festival participants to enter and exit the Hoʻolulu Complex.

Traffic will not be allowed to turn left (easterly direction) onto Piʻilani Street from Kalanikoa Street. Traffic will only be allowed to turn right (westerly direction) onto Piʻilani Street from Kalanikoa Street.

The regular two-way traffic will remain in effect on Manono, Kuawa and Piʻilani Streets.

After the festival is over, traffic will be allowed to flow in its normal two-way pattern.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Puna News — ‘Dagger Day Celebration’ Wednesday To Commemorate $8.6 Million Gym, Honor Helene Hale

Photo courtesy of Zendo Kern

A dedication ceremony for the $8.6 million Pahoa High and Intermediate School Gymnasium will be held tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. Dubbed the “Dagger Day Celebration,” the school will pay tribute to longtime supporter and former councilwoman/legislator Helene Hale. Hale was integral in getting the 16,077 square-foot facility built.  Primatech Construction was the general contractor.  On hand to celebrate with PHIS staff and students will be Area Superintendent Mary Correa, Mayor Billy Kenoi, State Rep. Faye Hanohano and Councilman Fred Blas.  Recycle Hawaii Executive Director Paul Buklarewicz and Education Director Howard Shapiro are expected to present the Keep America Beautiful “Recycle-Bowl” national recognition award and a check for $1,000 to the PHIS Green Club.

Hawaii News — Col. Benedict Fuata Is New Civil Defense Director

(Media release) — Hawai’i Army National Guard Col. Benedict Fuata has been selected as the next Civil Defense Administrator for the County of Hawai’i, it was announced yesterday by Mayor Billy Kenoi.
Fuata, 50, has been the Commander of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Hilo since 1993. He is also the Guard’s director for logistics. He will transition from his previous position at the National Guard during the coming weeks. Fuata replaces Quince Mento, who retired Dec. 1. John Drummond, an administrative officer at Civil Defense, has been serving as acting administrator since Mento’s retirement.
The Civil Defense administrator directs and coordinates the development and administration of the county’s emergency preparedness and response program to ensure prompt and effective action when natural or man-caused disaster threaten or impact Hawai’i Island.

Fuata was born and raised in Honolulu and is a 1979 graduate of Damien Memorial High School. He graduated from the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif., with a degree in political science, and received his masters degree in organizational management in 2000 from the University of Phoenix. He serves as a board member for the Hawai`i Island Home for Recovery.
“I’m honored to take this position, and I am looking forward to the challenge,” said Fuata. “Hawai`i County Civil Defense is a first-class operation, and I hope I can do the office justice. But with 29 years of military training, I will be able to adapt.”
Mayor Kenoi said Fuata was chosen from a pool of outstanding finalists. “Col. Fuata brings to the county impressive credentials, both professionally and as a public servant,” said Mayor Kenoi. “He is a proven leader who will only enhance an outstanding agency and public safety team.”
Fuata, a resident of Mountain View, is married to his wife, Teresa. They have two daughters, Alaina and Teresa.
(Submitted by County of Hawaii Mayor’s Office.)

Hilo News — East Hawaii Chapter of  Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster To Meet Feb. 21

The East Hawaii Chapter of  Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster- VOAD (Voh-Add) is having its quarterly general meeting at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Civil Defense office located at 920 Ululani Street.
VOAD  is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities. Members of  VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission. All interested organizations are welcome to attend and become members. 
For more information call Suzi Bond at 982-7344 or Bill Hanson at Hawaii County Civil Defense 935-0031. — Suzi Bond.

Hawaii News — Regarding Five Applicants For Fire Chief; Public Hearings Slated For Aug. 23-25

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira has retired from the County of Hawaii but is staying on temporarily while the fire commission chooses his replacement. Civil Service has offered commissioners five choices. The public can review those choices at hearings slated for Aug. 23-25.

(Media release) — The County of Hawai`i Department of Human Resources has forwarded the names of five Fire Chief applicants to the Hawai`i County Fire Commission for consideration in selecting our County’s next Fire Chief. The qualified applicants are:

1. Aaron Arbles 2. Glen Honda 3. Gerald Kosaki 4. Paul Paiva 5. Darren Rosario

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira officially retired on August 1, 2011, and has agreed to hold over as the Temporary Fire Chief on a volunteer basis until the next Chief is selected. Read more

Letters — Public Meetings On The State Water Plan Are This Week


The state Water Use Plan has not been updated since 1990, now we have a 2010 plan.  The article in West Hawaii Today states that:  “the aquifer that feeds Kona and the surrounding area…should the area see full build-out.. water demand would exceed the sustainable water yield.. by 4 or 5 times.”   South Kona, Waimea and Kohala will also not have enough water to provide to new residents at build out. 

See the whole article: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/sections/news/local-news/state-seeks-input-water-use-plan.html

PUBLIC MEETINGS:  Wednesday at 6 pm Konawaena High School’s cafeteria and Thursday, 6 pm at Waiakea’s HS cafeteria to discuss the Plan dated August 2010

To view the report:  http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/cwrm/planning/wudpha2010.pdf

WHAT is responsible development?  
If everything was built in the Kona/ South Kona/ Kohala areas tomorrow that’s allowed by current zoning and approved subdivisions, how many new homes would there be? 
Where would the water come from?  
Would existing residents be required to pay for new or updated water systems for new residents buying new homes?
At what point in population growth do we put a cap on how many people can we provide with water?  
On the other side of the equation (excuse the pun) how much sewage can our soils absorb?  What is the limiting factor? 
Do we need legislation to guarantee that each new home have water for 50 years? 
Mahalo for caring about our island!
Debbie (Hecht)