• 12 May 2015 /  Uncategorized


    Thursday, May 21: GRAND OPENING – Welcome filmmakers and film lovers to the Big Island!

    Sampler of short films: 34th Street Christmas, The Devil Goes Down, Hotwire, BIRTHDAY, Butterflies, The Rabbit, Lihau’s Journey 7:30-9:30 p.m.

    Friday, May 22: Filmmaker orientation with Leo Sears and Ilihia Gionson, Big Island Film Office 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (Fairmont Orchid)

    Movies: Flowers, Lost Dog, Patterson’s Wager 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23: Take a Stand, Arthur, Nobody, Jilel – The Calling of the Shell 7:30-9:30 p.m. Shops at

    Sunday, May 24: The Lei Makers, Under the Blood-Red Sun 7:30-9:30 p.m.

  • 12 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    Patterson's Wager poster hi res BLACK AND WHITEBy Tiffany Edwards Hunt 

    Corbin Saleken made a film that he wanted to see himself.  “That was the ultimate gauge for me,” said the Canadian filmmaker of “Patterson’s Wager,” which will have its international premiere at the upcoming Big Island Film Festival among 48 other short and feature films from around the world.

    “Patterson’s Wager” is a charming, feel-good film that stars Canadian known actor Fred Ewanuick (Corner Gas, Dan for Mayor) as a man who discovers that he has the unpredictable ability to see two minutes into the future.

    The film is among 48 other shorts and features from around the world that will play at the 10th annual Big Island Film Festival in Waikoloa May 21-25. “Patterson’s Wager” will play at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 22, at The Shops at Mauni Lani.

    Saleken will be coming to Hawaii for the film’s showing.  His visit to the island will a first, as was “Patterson’s Wager” is first feature film.

    “Every filmmaker wants to make a feature, so I went for it.”  Read the rest of this entry »

  • 12 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    By Kristine Kubat

    For as long as I have been writing this column, I have been preaching the zero waste gospel with all the fervor of a religious fanatic. Rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle. Don’t just turn things you’re finished with into a rubbish heap. Heaven help anyone who tries!  And since a good portion of what’s appeared here has been critical of a mayor who at one point sought just as fervently to damn us all to 25 years of high volume resource destruction, you might be wondering how I am feeling now that Billy Kenoi is headed for the rubbish heap.

    Suffice it to say, as we gather round the metaphoric sort station to determine Billy’s fate, I feel conflicted. In many ways, a mayor is terrible thing to waste. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 12 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    Billy Kenoi memeBy Tiffany Edwards Hunt 

    As we were going to press for this issue, we were witnessing unrest, all over the nation, with protestors fed up with racial profiling and police brutality, taking it to the streets, even resorting to looting in Maryland. There was unrest here at home, too, with our volcanic goddess Pele creating quite a spectacular show with the rising lava lake in Halema’uma’u Crater at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. And we were seeing unrest atop Mauna Kea.  This is considered a dormant volcano, so the unrest I am referring to here is our very own newsworthy protest. Those defending the sacred mountain from telescope development, however, consider themselves as protectors rather than protestors. Their protest hasn’t been violent. In the most disturbing news of the Thirty Meter Telescope demonstrations, 31 people were arrested for blocking the way to the summit of Mauna Kea.  But we saw authorities gathered in prayer with these ‘protectors.’ We saw at least one police officer give a protector a honi honi, or traditional embrace, before that protector was arrested. The protectors and the police are showing aloha, at the same time both sides are fulfilling their perceived duties.

    Mauna Kea - police- protector (1) black and white

    As we look around the nation and see violent reactions to political injustices, it is refreshing to see a demonstration be so peaceful. The message is far more resounding with this kind of delivery.  Read the rest of this entry »

  • 12 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    By Alan McNarie  

    At press time, it had been a wild week at the Big Island Chronicle.

    We were supposed to be concentrating on this new print edition. But first our Web site crashed and stayed that away for four days; we finally had to ditch our Web host and find a new one. (Thanks, Netcom and Jeff Gray, for giving us a new home—and with a locally based company at that!)  Meanwhile, my own computer developed a couple of ailments, including a dead mouse. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 12 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    BIC May cover 2015

    The latest edition of Big Island Chronicle is circulating now. The featured artist this month is Ethel Mann. Following is her artist statement:

    “As a painter, discoveries during the creative process are paramount. I allow each image its own voice.

    A work may be in progress for many months, or may announce its arrival very immediately.

    My studio on Enoka Place, in Papaikou, Hawai’i, overlooks a lush botanical rainforest, which also descends steeply, trailing immediately to river swimming and rushing waterfalls. Read the rest of this entry »

  • 12 May 2015 /  BULLETINS, news

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports an earthquake of 6.8 magnitude occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.  Based on all available data a destructive Pacific wide tsunami has not been generated and no tsunami threat to Hawaii.  Repeat, no tsunami threat to Hawaii.


  • 11 May 2015 /  BULLETINS, news

    A brush fire in the Green Sands Subdivision in Ka’u continues to burn out of control, according to the Hawaii County  Fire Department.

    The fire is currently in the areas of Pele and Mark Twain Roads and Fire and emergency personnel are on scene and working to contain the fire. Residents have been advised to evacuate the subdivision due to high winds and heavy smoke conditions. The Na`alehu Community Center remains opened as an evacuation center. All highways and major roadways remain open; but some roads within the subdivisions are closed. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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  • 11 May 2015 /  Island Events, meeting notice, news

    Lieutenant Colonel Jacob A. Peterson, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa, will be the keynote speaker at a Memorial Day Service s sponsored by VFW Post 3830 and Ladies Auxiliary at Veterans Cemetery #1 in Hilo on Monday, May 25 beginning at 10 a.m. The public is welcome to participate. Aloha attire is suggested.

    “This is the first time VFW 3830 is hosting the Memorial Day Service in Hilo,” noted spokesperson Jan Kama. “We invite you to attend and participate in paying tribute to those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

    \Peterson began his career in 1991 as an artilleryman in his local Colorado National Guard unit. After an appointment to West Point, he was commissioned in the Infantry in 1996. Prior to assuming command at Pohakuloa, he served as Air and Missile Defense Division chief the U.S. Army Central Command in Leavenworth, Kansas, and worked as Southeast Asia counter-terrorism officer at U.S. Army-Pacific Command on O’ahu.




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  • 11 May 2015 /  Big Island Press Club, news

    The Big Island Press Club honors five students with its annual 2015 scholarship program. The $4,600, to support students striving toward careers in journalism or communications, was awarded to Kacie LaGuire, Alex Bitter, Cashman Aiu, Britni Schock and Eli Matola. The Big Island Press Club’s annual scholarship awards dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at Hilo’s Seaside Restaurant and feature award-winning comedian Augie T. as the guest speaker.

    This year’s $1,500 dollar Robert C. Miller Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Kacie LaGuire. A 2015 graduate of Waiakea High School she will attend University of San Francisco in the fall majoring in media studies. LaGuire has been active at Waiakea as a videographer, producing segments on student life for the PBS Hawaii student television program, Hiki No. The scholarship namesake, Robert Miller, was a Big Island newsman and UPI reporter. LaGuire says of her future: “I am enthusiastic about many aspects of media-mostly camera work and storytelling…I strongly value the importance of journalism and educating the public and I plan to get involved with journalism related to social justice issues.”

    The $1,000 dollar Bill Arballo scholarship, given in honor of Bill Arballo a founder of Big island Press Club in 1967, is awarded to Alex Bitter. A 2012 graduate of Wai?kea High School, Bitter attends the University of Hawai?i at M?noa as a Regent’s Scholar, majoring in journalism and political science. At UH M?noa, he served as editor and staff writer for the school newspaper Ka Leo O Hawai?i. Bitter has interned at Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Business Magazine and this summer will work for the Dow Jones News Fund in New York City. “In the long run I hope to work one day as a reporter covering politics or business,” Bitter says of his writing future.

    Marcia Reynolds was a former Hawaii Tribune-Herald reporter, BIPC president and community leader and her memorial $1,000 scholarship is awarded to Cashman Aiu. Cashman was a 2014 graduate of Kamehameha Hawaii Campus and attends New York University. She is a media, culture and communications major. She is the Oceania Editor for NYU’s travel magazine Baedeker and a contributing writer for Fashion Week for the Washington Square News. She is the co-captain of the school’s co-ed volleyball team and is a leader in the NYU Hawaii Club. Aiu says of her career path: “In my media and culture courses at New York University I have found, while indigenous cultural studies is a thriving academic major, native authors are not a common thread amongst the discourse…and as a future broadcast journalist I hope to represent a positive example of Native Hawaiians and minorities in media.”

    This year’s $600 Yukino Fukabori Memorial Scholarship, given to honor one of Hawaii Island’s top woman news reporters, is bestowed on Britni Schock. Schock graduated from Canada’s Selkirk Secondary in 2008 and attends University of Hawaii Hilo where she is a communications major. She is a writer for the UHH student newspaper Ke Kalahea. She is also a student member of Big Island Press Club. “After graduation I hope to find a position as a writer somewhere on the Big Island and continue my passion for writing.”

    This year’s Jack Markey Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Eli Matola. Matola is a 2011 graduate of Kapaa High School on Kauai. He attends University of Hawaii Hilo where he is a philosophy and communications major. Next semester at UHH he will be an intern at the Applied Learning Experiences Program where he will be a staff writer. His favorite news site is Vice.com which often features investigative news in a narrative, documentary format. Matola says “Ever since I was young, I have always had a very special interest in the news…this passion has followed me as a young adult.”

    With poor vision, unable to drive a car, and a senior citizen Jack Markey was a visible streetside Hilo fixture. Hitchhiking around town to sell radio advertising, Markey also recruited new members for BIPC in the process. Since his death in 1990, BIPC has funded a yearly $500 Markey scholarship.

    The Big Island Press Club’s annual scholarship dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28 at Hilo’s Seaside Restaurant. Comedian Augie T. will be the guest speaker. Make your reservations now for $35 while at the door entry is $40. Please call BIPC scholarship committee member Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 938-8592 to reserve your spot or for more information. Send check to BIPC P. O. Box 1920, Hilo HI 96721 or buy a ticket online via the Eventbrite link at http://bigislandpressclub.org/events/

    Since 1967 Big Island Press Club has been an organization of professional Hawaii communicators dedicated to skills improvement, open government, networking and education.

  • 09 May 2015 /  Uncategorized


  • 08 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    Dear Editor,

    On the way to school this morning, my son says, “mommy, it seems like they care about the cars on the highway more than they care about the kids.” I’m just curious, why is the speed limit not 25 mph on Hwy 130 by HAAS school in Pahoa? It’s 25 on Hwy 11 at Mt. View school, and 20 mph at Ke Kula N?wah?okalani’?pu’u school in Kea’au. They even have flashing lights and crosswalks at the other locations, and we already have the flashing 45mph ‘reminders’ so just a tweak to 25 would be a simple/free solution.

    How about putting those same measures in place for our Pahoa children.

    Thank you,

    Jennifer Tanner

  • Dear Editor,

    I’d like to congratulate the powers that be on Hawaii’s insidious medical marijuana dispensary bill!  We have made it so restrictive that we are discriminating against over 13,000 people.  This is a bad law, and all in the legislature have shown your true colors, besides Senator Ruderman.

    It is amazing and apparent how the lobbyists and police control the legislature, and the only thing we can hope is the Governor vetoes it as being bad for the people of Hawaii.

    The overburdonsome regulations will bite you in the okole!  Oh wait, I forgot that is your plan to keep it as illegal as you can to generate crime, unaffordable prices are sure to be the norm, as is the continuation of the black market.

    Good Job (NOT),

    Sara Steiner
    P.O. Box 2011
    Pahoa, Hawaii 96778

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  • 07 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

     On the last day of the 2015 regular session, the House passed on final reading HB321, CD1, which creates a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana and establishes the parameters for individuals and entities to apply to set up the dispensaries. The bill has also passed the senate and now goes to the governor, who can either sign it, veto it or allow it to pass into law without his signature.

    “There are n estimated 13,000 qualifying patients throughout the state who are desperately looking to find a safe, reliable and convenient access to medical marijuana.  This bill is a reasonable and compassionate response to the needs of our citizens,” said Rep. Della Au Belatti (D-Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully Pawaa, Manoa), who co-introduced the bill along with House Speaker Joseph M. Souki (Kahakuloa, Waihee, Waiehu, Puuohala, Wailuku, Waikapu).  Both are long-time supporters of medical marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana use for medicinal purposes has been legal since 2000, but until  now there has been no system to distribute it to patients aside from grow-your-own.

  • 07 May 2015 /  Uncategorized

    Seventy-five percent of the beef produced in Hawaii is raised on the Big Island. But local beef producers, especially small farmers and ranchers, who want to sell their beef here sometimes face a challenge in getting it slaughtered locally.

    To ease that challenge, a new producer-owned cooperative called Hawai‘i Island Meat (HIM) is bringing in the island’s first mobile slaughter unit to process pigs, sheep, goats, and cattle. The unit will open for business on the island in early 2016. HIM will hold two free informational workshops for producers interested in the service. The workshops will be held in Hilo from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, at the Komohana Agricultural Research Station, 875 Komohana St., and in Pahala from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 14, at the Pahala Community Center,  96-1149 Kamani St.

    “Like their counterparts in the continental United States, many meat producers on Hawai‘i Island face significant barriers to starting and maintaining their businesses,” notes a press release from HIM. “Despite its abundant ranch lands and ranching operations, the island currently imports 17 percent of its beef and more than 95 percent of its pork, lamb, and goat products due to competition from imported meat products, high operational costs, and insufficient access to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspected slaughterhouses.”

    The island currently has two USDA-certified slaughterhouses: Kulana Foods in Hilo and a state-owned facility that is  leased to Hawai’i Beef Producers, a partnership between David DeLuz Sr. and a group of ranchers. The state-owned facility recently underwent a $4.5 million expansion. Despite that, when a task force assembled by the Big Island Resource Conservation & Development Council, Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center, and The Kohala Center asked Big Island ranchers about a mobile slaughter unit,  “90 percent of those surveyed said they were interested in using the unit and 70 percent committed to investing their own money in the project.” In response to those numbers, HIM was formed.  The cooperative’s 36-foot-long mobile unit will bring USDA-inspected slaughter services directly to ranches and regional docking sites around the island, reducing stress on the animals and the quality of the meat by cutting long transport trips. The unit can slaughter and process eight to 10 head of cattle, 15 pigs, and 30 lambs or goats per day.

     “Not only will the mobile slaughter unit help to revitalize family ranching operations on Hawai‘i Island, it will increase the amount of healthy, locally grown protein available to our communities, and can be part of the solution to reduce the island’s population of feral and invasive cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats,” said Melanie Bondera, cooperative business development specialist at The Kohala Center. “Locally produced meats are also in high demand by island residents, visitors, and gourmet chefs, so the increased availability will contribute positively to farm-to-fork programs and our local economy.”

    The mobile slaughterhouse was made possible with funding from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. For more information, see HawaiiIslandMeat.com or email HawaiiIslandMeat@gmail.com.

  • 05 May 2015 /  BULLETINS, politics, State Legislature

    As the close of session quickly approaches, the House today approved bills that address a wide range of issues. Among measures that passed final reading in the House were those increasing the tax state credit for low-income residents; providing additional funds for preschool for low-income families; requiring health insurers to provide coverage for children with autism; making sex trafficking a Class A felony; and establishing an affirmative consent task force to review and make recommendations on the University of Hawaii’s executive policy on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

    HB500, CD1, the state budget bill, appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the current biennium, fiscal years FY2015-2016 and FY2016-2017, will now go to the Governor for his signature. The bill includes nearly $6.6 billion in general funds for FY2015-2016 and $6.862 billion in general funds for FY2016-2017.

    In crafting the budget, House Finance Chair Rep. Sylvia Luke (Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa) looked to create a “better budget” in four ways, by: (1) limiting growth in the budget, (2) fueling economic growth through selective tax credits, (3) investing in people who need help the most, and (4) reducing the state’s unfunded liabilities and building up its Rainy Day funds.

    Earlier, the House passed and sent on to the Governor a bill that raised the smoking age in Hawaii to 21. The bill also banned the sale and use of e-cigarettes in public places to anyone under 21.

    Highlights of the measures passed include:

    SB64, CD1, makes an appropriation of $6,000,000 for the Preschool Open Doors Program.

    HB820, CD1, establishes the Executive Office on Early Learning Public Prekindergarten Program to be administered by the Executive Office on Early Learning and provided through Department of Education public schools and public charter schools. Read the rest of this entry »