Tengan to demonstrate gyotaku at Suisan

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Brandon Tengan has a love affair with the ocean as a surfer, fisherman, and fish print artist.

He will demonstrate gyotaku, the art of fish printing, at Suisan Fish Market on Lihiwai Street, Saturday January 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. as part of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll.

Brandon Tengan and a tako catch Brandon Tengan and a tako catch

As stated on his web site, Prior 2 Pupu Productions, “The Japanese Art of Gyotaku…most simply translated as “gyo”—fish, and “taku”—rubbing or impression; a technique developed to accurately record a fisherman’s prized catch, prior to eating it.  Fish are caught, painted with a non-toxic ink, and imprinted on shoji (rice) paper.  When peeled back, the paper is left with an impression yielding the exact size, shape and ultimately – the fisherman’s story.  The prints are then painted, remembered and shared.  Most importantly, the fish is then washed clean and prepared as a meal.”

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Another Wreck at Our Favorite Intersection

Another Car Wreck at the Pahoa MarketPlace Entrance!

Goodbye Gramma Su

Photography Is Not a Crime – Lawyer Threatens Me Over Today’s #WordlessWednesday Picture

Well once again I’m getting threatened by an attorney for something that seems ridiculous and I will ask this question now… Is taking photographs of cars and the signs that are on them illegal?

Earlier today, as I do on many Wednesdays, I posted a post entitled: “Wordless Wednesday – I Lost My Implants…” where I simply stated:  “I saw this truck parked at Island Naturals in Pahoa on the Big Island yesterday:” and then posted a picture of a truck that I saw parked at Island Naturals in Pahoa.

This afternoon I received an email from Honolulu Law firm WILLIAM J. NAGLE III, ESQ., Roeca Luria & Hiraoka LLP stating:

Mr. Tucker:

This firm represents Dr. ***********  in the matter of the photograph of the sign displayed on your blog dated 1/29/14.  We request that the photograph be removed from your blog (damontucker.com) as the contents of the sign are offensive to our client.  Because your blog is widely read on the Big Island, the photograph of the sign has disappointed and upset Dr. *********.
Mahalo for your kokua in this matter.

Well I don’t know what I should do really and feel that I have every right to post pictures I take in public.  I was just posting an observation I saw and really wasn’t making any statement other then it was “Wordless” in a sense.

I’ve left the blog post up… but have now removed the Doctors name from the picture.

IS PHOTOGRAPHY A CRIME?  Here is the incriminating photograph… minus the doctors name:

Dr. Who?

Dr. Who?

Big Island Police Department Identify Woman Who Died on Highway 130

Police traffic investigators have identified the 53-year-old woman who died Saturday (January 4) after being involved in a two-vehicle collision on Route 130, .2 miles south of the Route 139 intersection in Keaʻau.

HPDBadgeThe woman was identified as Anh Kim Tran of a Keaʻau address.

Local Hawaii Based Artist Chooses to Stay Local

In the world of lowbrow Tiki Art, Collectables and Souvenirs  there is no name more respected and famous than Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.  His Big Island based company Tiki Shark Art Incorporated announced the signing of a exclusive distribution deal with Oahu based KC Hawaii.  This new arrangement will expand exposure of Tiki Shark Art to the mainstream buyers across the Hawaiian Islands and Nationwide.  A brand new line of “Souvenir Tiki” items is scheduled to hit the market as early as Spring of this year.

Tiki Shark Art’s recent high profile copyright infringement legal bout with California based internet giant Cafe Press.com has prompted the company to keep this deal local, in Hawaii.

“K C Hawaii has a great reputation as a local distributor in the Tiki-Gift Market” said Parker, “I have been approached by several company’s regarding a distribution deal…….but got a real sense of ALOHA when the owners of KC came forward” he added.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker signs with KC Hawaii.

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker signs with KC Hawaii.

“We are excited and proud to be associated with Brad’s Art and believe we can carry his unique work to yet another level in distribution”, said Bobby Chang – Vice President of KC Hawaii.

About Tiki Shark Art Incorporated:  Headquartered in Kailua Kona, Tiki Shark has been quoted as “one of the fastest growing island lifestyle companies in Hawaii” by Hawaiian Style magazine. They pride themselves in the production of cutting edge items with Tiki design.  The company also exclusively designs products for surf giant Body Glove International.

About KC Hawaii – KC Hawaii is a major distributor and supplier of authentic Hawaiian souvenirs, gifts and tropical merchandise supplying to thousands of retail stores and resorts in the USA and worldwide.  With long term, in depth industry experience KC is a world class distributor of “Tiki and Hawaiiana gifts”.

Big Island Police Investigating New Years Day Robbery in Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery in Kona during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

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On Wednesday (January 1), Kona Patrol officers responded to a 2:22 a.m. report of a robbery in the parking lot of a store on the 74-5000 block of Kamakaeha Avenue in Kailua-Kona.

The victims, a 19-year-old Hilo man and two 18-year-old Hilo men, reported that they were in the parking lot when a dark gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck pulled up. The truck’s passenger got out of the Toyota with something concealing his face, approached them with a handgun and robbed them of a red backpack, personal identification, credit cards, cellular phones and an undisclosed amount of cash. He then fled on Makala Boulevard in the truck with the stolen items.

The victims recovered their cell phones, which thrown out of the truck as it left the area.

The gunman was described as a skinny local male, about 5-foot-8 who spoke pidgin.

Police ask anyone who has any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

My 2013 Year in Review

Well 2013 was another interesting year.

Some quick site stats:

  • In 2013, 817,155 people visited this site with the most being in the month of November with 114,001 people visiting it:
  • The average amount of people that visited this site each day was 2,239 with the most average amount also being in November with 3,800 people per day:

    2013 Site Stats

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2013 Average per day

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I appreciate all my sponsors, family, friends and readers that have given me the opportunity to do some of the things I’ve gotten to do in the past year.

Andrew and I

Vincent, Mayor Kenoi and Kate at the Big Island Film Festival

Vincent, Mayor Kenoi and Kate at the Big Island Film Festival

  • May was also the month that one of my best friends from when I was younger decided to have his bachelor party in Las Vegas.  Besides going go-karting, attending the Last Cowboy Standing Rodeo Competition, hitting comedy clubs up and just partying in general… well I also jumped off the Stratosphere!
Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

Family members of the Body Glove International Company

Family members of the Body Glove International Company

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

My Uncle and Aunt on the back end of the USS Lake Erie.

My Uncle and Aunt on the back end of the USS Lake Erie.

  • And at the end of 2013, I got to spend time in Ko Olina while my uncle and aunt renewed their 50th wedding vows:

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Twitter Owes Me $6,524 for Being a Tweeter

So Time Magazine came out with this unique tool that calculates how much Twitter would owe you.

I entered my twitter name @DamonTucker and it said that Twitter would owe me $6,524.00 for being a tweeter.

Click to find out how much twitter owes you!

Click to find out how much twitter owes you!

Methodology

In its IPO paperwork filed to regulators last month, Twitter stated its 230 million active users are producing 500 million tweets per day, noting, “We deliver more than 200 billion Tweets per day to our users.”

Twitter appears to define a “delivered tweet” as any tweet seen by a follower of another user. If the 200 billion figure is to be believed, then each of the 500 million daily tweets is delivered to an average of 400 people.

A $24.9 billion value divided by 200 billion tweet deliveries a day comes out to 12.45 cents per daily eyeball on the site.

We know how many times per day a person tweets on average. We also know how large each user’s audience is. That audience may not be the world’s most engaged. At least one study suggests that around three-quarters of tweets are ignored. To estimate a user’s current number of daily readers, we reduce the potential audience by 75%.

The size of this daily audience times 12.45 cents gives you your share of the Twitter largesse.

 

 

Honoring Granker on Veteran’s Day

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My Granker (Grandpa) fought in WW II. He was also a Military Doctor the second time he served.

I could only find some of his medical background as he is long gone now and the Internet databases only go so far back:

Dr. Perry E. Rowe was born in Everett, Washington on October 1, 1910. He received his medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1941. He interned at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington 1941-42. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps 1942-45. He was in private practice in Lynden, Washington for 15 years. He was Clinical Instructor in General Practice at the University of Washington Medical School 1954-61. In 1962 he came to Hawaii to be the physician for the Hawaiian Agricultural Company and lived in Pahala, Hawaii. Dr. Rowe became the medical officer on Yap in the Trust Territories in 1965. He moved to Carmel, California in 1970.

Grandpa at a Tribal Meeting in Yap back in the Sixties

He was a member of the Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii County Medical Society, American Medical Association and the Hawaii Industrial Medicine Association. Dr. Rowe and his wife, Betty, were the parents of Michael Dean, Susan Lane and Robert Spencer. Dr. Rowe died on June 24, 1997; his last residence was listed as Friday Harbor, San Juan, Washington.

Diver Uses Green Laser to be Rescued by Coast Guard

A diver is receiving treatment after being rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew 2 miles off of Kaena Point, Oahu, Friday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a call from the Honolulu County Fire Department regarding a missing diver 2 miles off of Kaena Point on the Makaha side.

The missing diver’s friend contacted the fire department when he didn’t see him surface.

At 6:33 p.m., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu was launched to begin a search.

The Dolphin aircrew was vectored to a position where a green laser had been spotted by a fire department helicopter aircrew.

The missing diver had been in the water for approximately four hours. He filled his dry suit with the remaining air left in his dive tank to remain afloat.

Once on scene at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered into the water to assist the diver in distress.

He was then hoisted into the helicopter and was transported to Kuakini Health System in Honolulu for decompression chamber treatment.

Happy Halloween!

When my son said he wanted to be a “Centaur”… My wife was able to make his wish come true!

Hawaii Police Bust Hilo Couple With Stolen Credit Card After Owner of Card Tracks Them Down

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Hilo couple with several offenses involving a stolen credit card.

Around 4 p.m. Wednesday (October 23), police received a phone call from a 22-year-old woman, who reported that she and her husband were following a sports-utility vehicle that was occupied by a man and woman suspected of using her husband’s stolen credit card. The vehicle was subsequently stopped by patrol officers, who arrested both occupants at 4:20 p.m. The SUV was recovered as evidence.

The victim, a 21-year-old Hilo man, informed police that at about 2:30 p.m., the same vehicle and its occupants had arrived at a repair shop on Railroad Avenue in Hilo to inquire about a possible repair. After a short time, the couple abruptly left in the SUV.

Shortly thereafter, the victim received phone calls from his financial institution reporting suspicious transactions at two retail stores on Makaʻala Street. The victim then discovered that his wallet and its contents, which had been at the repair shop, were missing.

After observing the same SUV on Makaʻala Street, the victim and his wife began to follow it and called police to report its location.

Brandi Heather McKee

Brandi Heather McKee

After their arrests, 30-year-old Brandi Heather McKee and 33-year-old Steven Robert Giatroudakis, both of Hilo, were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation.

Steven Robert Giatroudakis

Steven Robert Giatroudakis

At 11 p.m. Thursday (October 24), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged both McKee and Giatroudakis with theft/forgery of a credit card, second-degree identity theft, third-degree identity theft, second-degree theft, third-degree theft, fourth-degree theft and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Bail was set at $15, 750 each. They were scheduled to make their initial court appearance Friday afternoon.

Police were able to recover the victim’s wallet and merchandise allegedly purchased with his credit card.

“Immediate reporting of crimes involving a stolen credit or debit card is critical to a timely solution,” said Lieutenant Greg Esteban of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section. “Other factors in preventing victimization include keeping credit cards and debit cards in a safe location and conducting periodic and regular checks on your statements.”

Office of Mauna Kea Management Hires Wally Ishibashi as Cultural Officer

The Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM), charged with the management of approximately 12,000 acres of State-owned land on Mauna Kea, continues to advance its mission to malama (take care of) Mauna Kea resources with the recent hiring of Wallace “Wally” Ishibashi Jr. as Cultural Officer. 

Wallace Ishibashi

Wallace Ishibashi

“The University of Hawai‘i through the Office of Mauna Kea Management is committed to protecting the cultural resources and fostering a greater understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Mauna Kea.  Wally’s role as cultural officer is to help OMKM instill awareness and understanding about Mauna Kea’s deep cultural significance through outreach and educational programs.  As long as the University has a presence on Mauna Kea, OMKM will continue to monitor, document and protect the archaeological and cultural sites for future generations,” stated OMKM’s Director Stephanie Nagata.

Ishibashi will assist with implementation of OMKM’s Cultural Resource Management Plan and will develop and provide a cultural training program for those using Mauna Kea for cultural, scientific, and recreational purposes. In addition, Ishibashi will serve as cultural monitor and as a cultural advisor for staff including Rangers and the Visitor Information Station at Hale Pohaku. He will assist with outreach efforts within the Hawaiian community and the general public, and will work closely with the Kahu Ku Mauna Council.

“I look forward to promoting a greater understanding of the rich cultural heritage of Mauna Kea and ensuring that Native Hawaiians continue to have a voice in the management and stewardship of the mountain,” said Wally Ishibashi.

A Hawaii Island native of Hawaiian, Japanese and Chinese ancestry, Ishibashi was born in Hilo and raised in the Keaukaha Panaewa Hawaiian Homestead. His KealohaPoliahu and Makuakane families have ties to the Kaohe ahupuaa (land division) and specifically to Kukaiau Ranch, Kukuihaele and Waipio Valley. Poliahu is known in Hawaiian mythology as one of the snow goddesses and is believed to have lived on Mauna Kea.

Every year we would go up Mauna Kea to learn about different areas of the mountain. Lessons we learned from my uncles who were rangers for the Department of Land and Natural Resources included respect and proper care for animals and the aina (land). I was always taught the importance of balance between the old ways and new ideas. Cultural preservation is essential and balance is pono (righteous),” said Wally Ishibashi.

For the past 20-plus years, Ishibashi has served as a Business Agent and Division Director for ILWU Local 142. He was recently appointed by Governor Abercrombie to the Hawaiian Homes Commission representing East Hawaii. He is a member of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I Moku o Keawe, Moku O Mamalahoa Heiau, Hawaiian Community Representative for Hawaiian Homes Keaukaha Panaewa Association, Hawaii Island United Way Executive Board Member and the Democratic Party Precinct Chair for Papaikou.

Federal Worker to Eat Cow Ball for Charity During Government Shutdown

The following post first appeared on the HuffPost Hawaii Site:

After moving to Hawaii in 1993, I’ve had chances to eat things many folks don’t get an opportunity to on the mainland.

Unfortunately, I have a very weak stomach and I don’t take advantage of all the great foods that Hawaii has to offer. Whether a common food, such as raw fish, or a staple such as poi, I just can’t seem to stomach them.

Cow balls getting ready to be cooked.

Cow balls getting ready to be cooked.

The last few years I’ve been invited to the Big Island of Hawaii’s premier food and agriculture event, the Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, where I’ve been able to sample and eat every part of a cow so far, except for, well… it’s BALLS, otherwise known as Rocky Mountain Oysters.

I don’t know why I’ve been so fearful of eating this part of a steer other then the thought of it pretty much disgusts me and churns my stomach. I’m sure I’ve probably had a few cow balls mixed in to my regular hamburger meat at times… it’s just I wouldn’t have known it.

I’ve always believed that if you have a fear of something, you should tackle that fear head-on. Why continue to live in fear of something when you can get over your fear and move past it?

I asked the following question to my friends on Facebook:

1. Have you ever eaten Rocky Mountain Oysters and what did they taste like to you?
2. If you had the chance to eat them in the past…. and didn’t eat them… why didn’t you?

Most of my friends said they tasted like chicken, but then I got this one comment from Leilehua Yuen: “I’ve eaten them prepared very well – tasted a bit like a cross between sweetbreads and brain. And I’ve eaten them prepared poorly – very salty and overcooked so they were too hard to chew. Both times, they had been breaded and deep-fried. Ono (good) with beer!”

Yes, Leilehua said, “BRAIN”!

As I said before, I have to move past my fears and I figured this year at the Taste of the Hawaiian Range I would volunteer to eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster if folks would pitch in for a non-profit charity. I will videotape my tasting and put it on my website.

"Snip"

“Snip”

I didn’t know what type of response I would get but then the offers to watch me choke down a cow ball started coming in. The local automobile magazine, Hawaii Motorhead was the first to pitch in so I offered them the opportunity to pick the non-profit and they have chosen The Food Basket, Inc. (a network that provides food for low income and homeless folks here on the Big Island of Hawaii).

After just a week of posting my offer to swallow down a cow ball and through generous contributions from Hawaii Motorhead, Craig Watanabe, Lucy Denise K. Mossman, Chris Henry, Dustin Acdal, Matt and Kehau Sproat (who don’t want to see the video as it’s too gross for them), Laura Kinoshita of Kinoshita Communications, Mahealani and Kevin Dayton as well as Mark Hinshaw I have now raised over $300 for the island’s food bank.

At the 18th Annual Taste of the Hawaiian Range, between 6-8 p.m. October 4, is where I will be filmed eating this cow ball… and yes, I will have a big glass of water next to me to wash it down. Wouldn’t it be funny if I actually ended up liking the “oyster”?

Thankfully Rocky Mountain Oysters are not the only thing on the menu as the “Taste” will offer 35 restaurants preparing numerous cuts of grass-fed beef–plus lamb, mutton, goat and feral and domestic pork.

And for all you vegetarians out there who I may have completely disgusted with this post, the Taste of the Hawaiian Range is not all about meat, although to this meat lover it seems like it at times but there will also be over 40 agriculture and educational booths for folks to peruse.

So I ask… how much money would it take for you to eat a Rocky Mountain Oyster?

Want to pitch in on this challenge?????

Waimea Women’s Center Receives OHA Grant to Offer Culturally-Relevant Prenatal Program for Native Hawaiian Women

North Hawaii Community Hospital’s (NHCH) Waimea Women’s Center (WWC) was recently awarded a two-year grant totaling $206,768 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The purpose of this grant is to implement a culturally-relevant prenatal care program for Native Hawaiian women by using a group model of care known as CenteringPregnancy to address health and emotional wellbeing and improve pregnancy outcomes.

North Hawaii Community Hospital

North Hawaii Community Hospital

“We are honored to partner with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in addressing these important issues,” said Dr. Patricia Gunter, North Hawaii Medical Group Director and OB/GYN Physician at Waimea Women’s Center. CenteringPregnancy offers a group approach to prenatal care, combining three essential elements of care every pregnant woman needs: health assessment, education and support to improve pregnancy outcomes. A certified nurse midwife from NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center facilitates 10 two-hour sessions with 8 to 10 mothers-to-be and their partner. All women are due around the same time, and sessions start in the first trimester of pregnancy. Each session includes a comfortable environment, including food and an individual health prenatal assessment, with the majority of time focused on group discussions, creating a community and an opportunity to share common experiences and concerns.

“Rather than having traditional short and frequent one-on-one visits with their healthcare provider, this group model of prenatal care known as CenteringPregnancy will better meet the needs of our unique, rural Native Hawaiian

population, which makes up nearly 30 percent of the community we serve and 50% of delivering moms at NHCH,” says Robin Ramsay, NHCH Waimea Women’s Center Certified Nurse Midwife and CenteringPregnancy facilitator. Maternal health indicators show a higher rate of infant mortality, teen birth rate and an increase in social risk factors in Native Hawaiians that is in disproportion to other ethnic groups in the state. “Our hope is to enroll eighty Native Hawaiian women into this new culturally-relevant prenatal program per year over the next two years.”

“Benefits of the CenteringPregnancy model of care are many,” says Ramsay. “It creates a community for moms-to-be, focusing on a woman’s own experiences and sharing these experiences with each other.” Additional benefits of this new group model of care include: higher patient satisfaction, mothers-to-be are more involved in their prenatal care, are more likely to deliver healthy, full-term babies and to breast feed longer.

Working in conjunction with the Waimea Women’s Center, the hospital’s Kaheleaulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program, will provide seamless primary care services within the same culturally-sensitive framework. “Kaheleulani provides primary care services by understanding and embracing a culturally-appropriate healthcare approach for Native Hawaiians and takes into account traditional Hawaiian healing principles that differ from those of Western medicine,” says Dr. Leina’ala Crawford, Kaheleaulani Medical Director and Primary Care Physician. “We are enthusiastic about this project and understand that it will benefit the community in ways that connect our people to preventive and interactive health care,” says Crawford.

NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center is currently the only healthcare provider on Hawaii Island offering CenteringPregnancy. In addition, Waimea Women’s Center offers a full spectrum of services for women through every stage of life, including: preconception care, prenatal care, delivery services (in the hospital’s Level I Family Birthing Unit), post partum care and gynecology services for women of all ages. WWC provides services for 2,000 to 3,000 women per year, including nearly 600 births, and accepts all insurances. WWC accepts island-wide maternal care patients on a space available basis. Waimea Women’s Center is located in the Lucy Henriques Medical Center at North Hawaii Community Hospital at 67-1123 Mamalahoa Hwy, Suites 110 and 120, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information on CenteringPregnancy, the Waimea Women’s Center or to make an appointment, please call 808-885-9606.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on Hawai‘i Island. Non-profit and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Please visit http://www.NHCH.com for more information.

Firetruck Loses Wheel… Shuts Down Highway 130

A firetruck apparently lost its wheel and/or had some sort of a tire blowout and traffic is temporarily halted in both directions on Highway 130 between Pahoa and Leilani Estates.

HuffPost Hawaii Looking for Big Island Bloggers

Yesterday, Thursday, Sept. 5 – Pierre Omidyar, publisher and CEO of Honolulu Civil Beat, alongside Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post hosted a private Hawai‘i Island reception to celebrate the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. This all-new, vibrant online news site, which debuted on Sept. 4, aims to provide a high-quality, dynamic blend of real-time news, views and community discussion about Hawai‘i.

Arianna Huffington and Former Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau George Applegate

Arianna Huffington and Former Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau George Applegate

The Huffington Post, the Pulitzer Prize-winning source of news, opinion, entertainment, community and digital information, and Honolulu Civil Beat launched HuffPost Hawaii. The Huffington Post’s newest edition offers real-time local news and perspectives, along with national and international coverage, to both local and global audiences. To celebrate its launch, HuffPost Hawaii will host a series of events this week, including an industry talk with local media, receptions on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island, and a panel on “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power,” an editorial initiative that will feature prominently on HuffPost Hawaii.

“Beyond being a major tourist destination and home to more than one million people, Hawai‘i occupies a unique place in our collective imagination,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. “In addition to its history, diversity and unique culture, Hawai‘i’s natural beauty and Aloha spirit have made it a world capital of unplugging and recharging. As we focus on The Third Metric and redefining success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom and giving back, there is so much that Hawai‘i can teach the rest of the world. We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat in order to tell the islands’ most important stories—and, just as important, to help the people of Hawai‘i tell their stories themselves—while at the same time bringing those stories to the rest of America and to our growing international audience.”

Arianna and Pierre visited the Nawahi

Arianna and Pierre visited the Nawahi Hawaiian Immersion School before meeting with business and community members. Photo HuffPost Hawaii

HuffPost Hawaii features a dynamic blend of high-quality content ranging from slideshows of Hawai‘i, guides to local attractions and the topics that matter most to Hawai‘i residents, such as the state’s education system and economic development. And of course, HuffPost Hawaii will showcase local bloggers sharing their voices and unique perspectives.

“The Huffington Post has enormous reach into communities around the world and now here at home in Hawai‘i. The partnership with Civil Beat is full of opportunity as we look to leverage that platform to share Hawai‘i’s unique assets as well as our challenges,” said Pierre Omidyar, co-founder, CEO & publisher of Honolulu Civil Beat. “ We’re eager to see what voices emerge from across the islands, and which stories people feel are important to share with others. I believe this partnership has the power to shape the world’s perception of Hawai‘i and there’s an open invitation to every resident to be a part of that.”

Those interested in becoming a community blogger for HuffPost Hawaii can email the editorial team at hawaiiblogs@huffingtonpost.com.

HuffPost Hawaii brings together the resources of The Huffington Post and Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawai‘i’s largest news organization dedicated exclusively to civic affairs journalism. Honolulu Civil Beat has hired a new editorial team to manage HuffPost Hawaii’s content, editorial direction and daily operations. Honolulu Civil Beat will continue to operate as a standalone local news site, serving as a vibrant platform for civic engagement and a reliable source for public affairs news and investigative reporting.

After meeting with community and business members, Arianna and Pierre visited Richard Ha's Farm Hamakua Springs.

After meeting with community and business members, Arianna and Pierre visited Richard Ha’s Farm Hamakua Springs Country Farms. Photo HuffPost Hawaii

HuffPost Hawaii’s debut follows the May launch of HuffPost Japan, a partnership between The Huffington Post and Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest newspaper. HuffPost Hawaii is uniquely positioned to be a journalistic platform for bridging Asia and the Pacific while sharing Hawai‘i’s aloha spirit with the rest of the world.

Stay connected to HuffPost Hawaii on Facebook (Facebook.com/HuffPostHawaii) and Twitter (@HuffPostHawaii). Launch events for Ke Ka’apuni: A Tour of Hawai‘i will be tracked via the hashtag #AlohaHuffPost.

 

Arianna Huffington and Pierre Omidyar Roll Out HuffPost Hawaii – Visit the Big Island

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington and eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar (also founder of Civil Beat) are on the Big Island right now and just finished a luncheon with business and community leaders at the Imiloa Astronomy Center.

eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar and Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington are greeted at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii.

eBay Founder Pierre Omidyar and Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington are greeted at the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo, Hawaii.

They were here to announce their new start-up “HuffPost Hawaii“.

Huffington states:

Aloha! I’m here for the launch of our newest edition, HuffPost Hawaii. We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat, a beacon of journalism in Hawaii focusing on public affairs and investigative reporting, with deep roots in the local culture. In its three years, Civil Beat has committed itself to the mission of its founder, Pierre Omidyar — who also founded eBay — and has created a “a vibrant civic square.”

They arrived a little after 12:00 this afternoon and then were ushered into a private room where Huffington and Omidyar held a conference call with some folks on the mainland and talked about their trip so far.

They were very relaxed and only a few of us were allowed in the room

They were very relaxed and only a few of us were allowed in the room

Once the livestream began, we all had to be completely quiet in the room as the microphones were very sensitive.

I had never heard Arianna speak before and then all of a sudden she had this accent that I couldn't even tell where it was from!

I had never heard Arianna speak before and then all of a sudden she started speaking and she had this accent that I couldn’t even tell where it was from!

Here is a link to the Livestream that was posted on HuffingtonPost Live earlier today (folks in attendance did not even see this): Aloha, HuffPost Hawaii

After the Livestream, Arianna and Pierre got a short tour of the Imiloa Astronomy Center where they learned about what was going on at the place.

Touring the Imiloa Astronomy Center

Touring the Imiloa Astronomy Center

After the tour of the center, they moved into a ballroom where folks from the community were invited to a luncheon hosted by the two.

Honolulu Civil Beat Engagement Editor Gene Park (center on phone) hard at work.

Honolulu Civil Beat Engagement Editor Gene Park (center on phone) hard at work.

After the lunch, Arianna and Pierre talked to audience members about their new upstart and why they started it.  They also invited folks to contact the HuffPost Hawaii if they would like to blog for them.

Arianna and Pierre talk to community members.

Arianna and Pierre talk to community members.

After their short introduction and talk… they took time to mingle with community members.

Pierre and some blogger dude!

Pierre and some blogger dude!

Arianna and that same blogger dude!

Arianna and that same blogger dude!

Arianna writes:

…By bringing together Civil Beat’s local journalism expertise with the Huffington Post’s global platform, HuffPost Hawaii will be a powerful forum for storytelling and the exchange of ideas, a place to celebrate Hawaii’s way of life and to put the spotlight on what needs improving. It has been such a pleasure working with Pierre Omidyar, as well as Civil Beat’s general manager Jayson Harper and of course Civil Beat’s editor Patti Epler, who I’m thrilled will be HuffPost Hawaii’s editor-in-chief. Our team at HuffPost Hawaii will also include associate editors Gabriela Aoun and Chloe Fox, and social media editors Gene Park and Carla Herreria…

More here on Arianna’s opening post for the HuffPost Hawaii: Aloha! Introducing HuffPost Hawaii.