Island Events — 3rd Annual ‘Spooktacular’ And Keiki Fun House At HAAS Next Two Weekends

(Media release) — Ever wonder if nightmares really do come true?  Come to the House of Horrors….. WE DARE YOU!

The HAAS Theater Arts Program’s 3rd Annual Spooktacular “House of Horrors” is open on Thurs., Fri., & Sat. Oct. 21, 22, 23 & 28, 29, 30, 2010  from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for a $6 donation. Help support the Hawaii Food Bank and bring a canned food item for a $1 discount. Please note:  No one under the age of 9 is permitted in the “House of Horror’s” and children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Come to the scariest HAUNT on the island.

If you don’t want a scary treat and prefer to keep your dreams sweet, then support the 8th grade class and HAAS Yearbook. Come visit the “Keiki Fun House.” With the theme, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” this is a fun and safe alternative for all ages. Bring your family and friends to the 3rd Annual Spooktacular for a night of fun, food, entertainment and much more. For more information contact HAAS artistic director Maiva Blaisdell at (808) 756-3004.  Happy Halloween. (Submitted by Maiva Blaisdell.)

Yoga — Practice Ashtanga Wednesday Afternoons In Pahoa


Photos By Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

I have been looking for the right place to practice yoga in Pahoa and I think I have found it at Jo Mama’s.  At 3 p.m., tomorrow, I’ll be there cleaning up the space and debuting what I hope is a regular mysore Ashtanga class in the gazebo there.  Anyone who wants to join me for a $5 donation is welcome.  Rest assured, if you don’t have $5, you will still be admitted. Bring fruit or handicraft as your offering. Nothing is free.  Proceeds will go to fund the space, and pay for my popsicles for my daughter — since this will be my time away from her.

I’ve practiced yoga, let’s see, I was thinking about this today, since 1994. My first class was in an old school gym in Laramie, Wyoming, with retired New York dancer Mavis Walters. Read more

Guest Column — On Fred Blas Winning The Ola Pono Award

By John Theismann

Fred Blas is well known in Puna for his efforts in performing Community Service projects in our town and subdivisions.  Along with the Hawaiian Beaches Action Team, Fred has worked to build bus shelters for local youth, clean up and beautify parks, organize recreational activities for kids of all ages, and coordinate activities to promote an alchohol free and drug free lifestyle for our youth.

Fred has been a supporter of the Workplace Readiness Program, now at Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science,  for a number of years.   Read more

***Commentary*** Notes From A Pahoa Halloween

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Among us was a mermaid, a leopard, batwoman, spiderman, Jasmine, Snow White, the alphabet, and a baby octopus. Our team of trick-or-treaters hit old Pahoa Town, the littlest ones by stroller and a wagon.

Before the rain came down we hit every lit business and residence. Gladly, many of the businesses offered us treats — Jeff Hunt Surfboards, L & L Hawaiian Barbecue, Black Rock Cafe, Pahoa Home Video, 7-Eleven, Pahoa Cash-N-Carry, Island Naturals, Book Buyers, Puna Style, Sukothai Restaurant, Pahoa Village Cafe, Boogie Woogie Pizza, the tattoo parlor, LuQuin’s Mexican Restaurant, even the Pahoa Fire Station.

Sadly, one of the only establishments in the historic corridor to reject us was the police substation.  Officer Watkins answered the door, empty-handed.  “Sorry, we don’t have any candy,” he said. Read more

Hilo News — Victory For Waters Of Life And All Public Charter Schools

 Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara ruled yesterday, Wednesday, July 15, 2009, that the State Board of Education’s Charter School Review Panel illegally revoked the Waters of Life Public Charter School’s charter when it tried to shut down the school last month. 

Read the Hawaii Tribune-Herald's coverage of Waters of Life's victory here. (William Ing photo)

Read the Hawaii Tribune-Herald's coverage of Waters of Life's victory here (William Ing photo)

Judge Hara noted that the Review Panel acted without necessary administrative rules in place and that no immediate health or safety concerns supported the revocation.  Gary Zamber, one of the attorneys for the school and its Local School Board, argued that the school has made great progress over the past year under its past Director Katheryn Crayton-Shay in improving its fiscal operations while providing an excellent, individualized education for over 150 students. 

The judge’s ruling comes a day after news that the Hawaii County Planning Department won’t levy any fines against Connections Public Charter School and will allow its high school to remain at Nani Mau Gardens.  That charter school is seeking a special use permit to operate on 23 acres zoned for agriculture. Its high school is housed in the former salon buildings and a maintenance building at the botanical gardens.

Charter schools in Hawaii struggle with fewer dollars per student than their D.O.E. counterparts and must pay for their own facilities, most of which are difficult to obtain and improve to current standards. Read more