Puna News — Keiki Fairytale Land To Accompany This Year’s HAAS Haunted House, And A Call To ‘Stay Clean On Halloween’

fairytale_land_poster_final(Media release) — From the producers of Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and Babes in Toyland, the Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science Theater Arts Program and Arts and Science Center (ASC) proudly presents the “2nd Annual Spook-tacular Haunted House” and “Fairytale Land” (for the keiki), along with nightly concession and entertainment. This event will be open to the community from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Oct. 22, 23, 29, and 30 and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 at the Hawaii Academy of Arts& Science Main Campus, 15-1397 Homestead Rd.(Off the Pahoa bypass.) Ticket donation is $6. Bring a canned food item and get $1 off.

This alcohol and drug free event comes with a message to “Stay Clean On Halloween.” Read more

Guest Column — Are You Ready For Some Football? On Coaching And Mentoring The Braddahs

By Kurt Dela Cruz

As you know, knucklehead grunts like me are experiencing the most wonderful time of the calendar year….Football Season! Sorry, I can’t help myself. I’ve been a football head since I can remember. I hopefully sandbagged enough good deeds and projects around the house over the summer because Maire (my partner)  knows that stuff just doesn’t get done when football season rolls around. And she’s okay with that….most of the time, I think.

Along with it being a sport of brutes and overpaid crybabies, the sport, especially at its youth levels have provided (most times at least) a place for young boys to grow. In the best of situations, coaches of youth teams inspire their players to excel not only on the field, but to also understand the good virtues of teamwork, hard work, being “tough” (boys need this sometime!:), etc. etc. etc. Sadly, there are other times…..and often in our settings (Hilo, Puna, Ka’u), where we hear horrendous stories of football coaches who do some “less than positive” things in their duties as coach. I’ve heard stories of coaches around here actually getting into fisticuffs in front of their young players. WTF?

Just the other day, a coach at Keaau High School goes off on a profanity-laced tirade to players and walks off the field in a very angry “I quit….I’m over it” fashion. Read more

Kea’au News — High School Students To Participate In International ‘Walk A Mile In Her Shoes’ Domestic Violence Demonstration Tomorrow

Kea’au High School students will host a “Walk A Mile In her Shoes” event tomorrow,Friday, walking a mile with police and fire departments to shed light on rape, sexual assault and gender violence.  

“We encourage the public to take part in this one-mile walk to bring light to the issue of violence against women and young girls,” said Kea’au High School coordinator Julia Carlson.    

Puna Councilwoman Emily Naeole is expected to kick off the event at 10:45 a.m.  Music will begin at noon and the one-mile walk will take place at 1 p.m. For more information about Walk A Mile In Her Shoes in Kea’au, call Julia Carlson at (808) 982-4220.  For more information about the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence, visit