Thursday
Nov052009

Ohana Saves the Day on Furlough Fridays

When the official announcement came that state funded public schools would be closed on 17 Fridays between October and May, the general consensus was one of shock. How could Governor Lingle, who originally campaigned for a better education for Hawaii’s children, take the school year from 180 to 163 school days – 12 days short of what many colleges require for acceptance? Eventually the reality set in and parents were left with the responsibility of providing care for their children on “Furlough Fridays.”

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Friday
Oct302009

Kaiser High School Halloween Haunted House and Craft Fair on October 31

Aloha from Kaiser High School, where the ghouls and goblins from the Athletic Department want to invite you to Halloween 2009’s scariest place in East Honolulu – Kaiser High’s Halloween Haunted House and Craft Fair on Saturday Oct. 31.

Craft Fair hours are 9 am to 3 pm on Halloween.

Haunted House hours are 10 am to 9 pm on Halloween.

Both events are at Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai. There will be games for the keiki and a costume contest at 4:30 p.m. The best costume wins $100.

The Craft Fair features live local entertainment, ono local foods, White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction and Raffle tickets for great prizes.

This scary event will help raise needed funds to pay for athletic equipment, supplies and transportation to games, so please kokua for Kaiser High.

Wednesday
Oct282009

Above ‘Cliffs’ the Diamond Head Surfing Club Garden Blooms

A lush, green oasis blooms on the Kuilei Cliffs on the lower slopes of Diamond Head Crater, just past the lighthouse, above the popular surf spot, “Cliffs.” Over eleven years ago, Gilbert Lum, an 84 year old retired utility worker, started the Diamond Head Surfing Club Garden on this barren wasteland, transforming nearly one acre of land into what it is today, a garden of Eden. Known as “The General,” Mr. Lum is proud of what he created over time from sheer determination and hard work.

Although the land is owned by the State, Mr. Lum has permission to till the soil, so long as he does not plant edible plants, fruit trees or vegetables, which could give the State liability issues. Mr. Lum, once an avid surfer, started this garden on the mornings that the surf was no good. He rarely surfs anymore, “perhaps once a year,” he said.  Nowadays he spends his time watching the weeds grow - not the surf - as they grow so fast. Anyone can join the Garden Club they just need to ask Mr. Lum. “I am in charge here,” he said. Mr. Lum welcomes help, but takes his leadership role seriously. His newest member to join the group is Roy, a surfer who recently asked if he could help out. When the waves are small, Roy can now be seen weeding with a special tool Mr. Lum gave him with his name on it.

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Tuesday
Oct272009

Undefeated Cougars Advance to Playoffs

Cougars Junior Varsity head coach, Chico Gonda is a man with deep faith. He believes in God, his team, assistant coaches, Kaiser, and the community, with a conviction that is hard to match. He encourages the best in people and gets the best in return. 

This past week, the Cougars defeated the Pearl City High Chargers 31 - 12 to finish the season undefeated, and move on to the OIA White Division play-offs. Gonda explained that he was waiting to hear from the Athletic Director regarding when, where and against whom the Cougars would play their first play-off game. Play-offs competition is single elimination, so these factors are crucial. Then the good news came. Sitting with two of his assistant coaches, Paul Kumashiro and Andrew Pangan, he was informed that the Cougars would be playing the Chargers in the first game on Kaiser’s own field; a home advantage.

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Monday
Oct262009

East Oahu Real Estate Market Recap

The month of September showed promising signs when compared to the same month last year. Overall, the island of Oahu saw a 13.5 percent increase in single-family home sales and an increase of 13.1 percent for condominium sales. 

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Wednesday
Oct142009

“A Day on the Farm” Hopes to Bring Greater Awareness to Hawaii Kai

Hawaii Kai is already a beautiful place to be, yet many local residents are unaware of the natural beauty in their own Kamilonui Valley. Judy Nii, joint owner of R&S Farms, and head of the Kamilonui Farmers Co-op, says she has met people who have lived in Hawaii Kai for more than 10 years who have never visited the valley and its nurseries or farms.

The Kamilonui Farmers Co-op, with the help of local community groups and organizations, aims to change all that with their big event “A Day on the Farm.” The event is planned for Saturday October 10th from 10AM – 2PM at the R&S Nii Farms, located at 938 Kamilonui Place. The day will include educational walking tours, door prizes, ono food, a farmers market, and games and a bounce house for kids. Teach-Ins, where the community will learn about the farmers’ plight, the dangers of overdevelopment, and the importance of Hawaii Kai’s watershed, will also be offered.

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Tuesday
Oct132009

Terry Twins Play as a Team

Jim and Matt Terry are a team. You get one. You get the other. It’s been that way since they were little kids.

Not all that unusual, I suppose, seeing as how they are twins.

What is a little unusual for the Hawaii Kai pair, is that in all the time they’ve been playing soccer — and we’re talking for 16 or 17 years now, since AYSO in hanabata days — they’ve never played on separate teams.

Never. You get Jim. You get Matt. They’re a team.

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Monday
Oct122009

Chamber of Commerce Sponsors Fundraising Event for Kaiser High School

On October 3, 2009, at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, the Hawai’i Kai Chamber of Commerce sponsored their first large community event to raise money for Kaiser High School’s special programs, mainly for the arts. The school approached the Hawai’i Kai Chamber of Commerce for assistance and they found a way to make it happen. One of the board members happened to be a tenant at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center and was able to get the space free of cost. It was a perfect venue for the festive occasion.

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Thursday
Oct012009

Hawai’i Kai Arts & Music Festival

A Benefit for Kaiser High School

October 3rd will mark a first for the Hawai’i Kai Chamber of Commerce and Hawai’i Kai residents! 

The Board of Directors of the HKCC, in fulfilling its mission to build community, will host this year’s Hawai’i Kai Arts & Music Festival. The festival will take place at the Hawai’i Kai Towne Center from 2 to 6 PM on Saturday October 3. The proceeds from this community event will go to the Kaiser High School PTSA. 

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Friday
Sep252009

KCC Culinary Team Brings Home the Gold

On July 13, the Kapiolani Community College culinary team took first place in the American Culinary Federation National Convention in Orlando, Florida.  No team from Hawaii has ever placed in the Nationals before.  The group of six students, which included Anna Hirano, Keaka Lee, Tate Nakano-Edwards, San Shoppell (team captain), Rena Suzuki and Ken Yistarted, began practicing back in October of 2008. They went on to win the western regional competition in April and made it all the way to national competition.  Under the tutelage of chef instructors Frank Leake and Alan Tsuchiyama, they competed against teams from Michigan, Pennsylvania and North Carolina and came home victorious.  What was it about this team that made them stand out among their peers?  Behind every great competitor, there are great coaches.

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Thursday
Sep242009

Diamond Head Theatre Opens 95Th Season With “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) launches its 95th Season with the Hawaii premiere of The Drowsy Chaperone, the “sleeper of the season” as described by The New York Times. The musical-within-a-comedy stars DHT’s Artistic Director John Rampage in the lead role as “Man in Chair”.

Guest directed and choreographed by James Patterson with musical direction by Phil Hidalgo, the show features music and lyrics by Tony Award® winners Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison and book by Tony Award® winners Bob Martin and Don McKellar. 

The Drowsy Chaperone is scheduled to run from September 25 – October 11, 2009. Call 733-0274 to charge-by-phone or purchase tickets online at www.diamondheadtheatre.com.

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Tuesday
Sep222009

From Highschool to the Pros a Look at Hawaii Football

Hard to believe, but the high school football season is almost half over. Can that be right? The NFL just got started. But that’s a fact.

Kaiser High looks like it might piece together enough wins to make a run at the Division II playoffs. The Cougars are 2-1 in Oahu Interscholastic Association White play, with victories over Waialua and Kalani and a loss to Kalaheo.

Waialua and Kalani aren’t traditionally strong programs, but at least Patrick Samsonas’ team beat the opponents they probably should have so far.

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Monday
Sep212009

Home Values Remain Relatively Stable Despite Drop in Number of Sales

During August, sales of 36 single-family homes and 24 condominiums were reported from Kapahulu-Diamond Head through Hawaii Kai through the Honolulu Board of Realtors® MLS.  The number of available single-family homes increased by seven since last month, bringing the total availability to 356.  Condominium availability shrunk by 12, resulting in a total inventory of 165.

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Friday
Sep182009

Assaggio Bistro Celebrates Grand Opening Of Kahala Location By Giving Back

For more than 20 years, the Assaggio family of Italian restaurants has been pleasing our palettes with its award winning, southern Italian cuisine.  Husband and wife team, Thomas and Siri Ky, first opened Assaggio in Kailua, and has since opened in Hawaii Kai, Ala Moana, Mililani and Kapolei.  The Kys have shared their success by giving its dedicated employees ownership interest in the business.  The newest addition to the family, the Assaggio Bistro Kahala, will be owned and operated by long time employees.  To celebrate the grand opening, they are giving back to the island community that has supported them throughout the years.

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Thursday
Sep172009

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone Opens at Friday Kahala Theater

For fans of anime, the U.S. release of a film like Evangelion:  1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, needs little explanation. For the rest of us, it can be a little confusing. Based on the popular Japanese TV series, Evangelion:  1.0 tells the story of teenage pilots of giant robots, aliens seeking to destroy mankind, and the futuristic government agency known as NERV. Though it’s an animated movie, given the violence and mature themes, it’s definitely not for kids.

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Friday
Sep112009

East Oahu Residents Launch Prototype at Ala Moana Center

When Gavin Cook, Christopher Wright, Gavin Kobayashi, Danny Ganiko and Kevin Mau decided to open a retail store, they knew it had to be different. All have backgrounds in surf-shop retail, with a few of them having retail ownership experience. They have all experienced market cycles and have seen the effects that 9/11 sent through the industry. 

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Wednesday
Sep092009

Yogurtlicious

With the new addition of Yogurtland in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, you won’t need a reason to break your diet this summer.  There are many different flavors to choose from including favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, and unusual choices like tart lemon-lime, New York cheesecake and orange crème.  For 39 cents an ounce, you can serve yourself as much as you want and top it off with anything from the topping bar.  Fresh berries and melon, red beans, nuts, cereal, candy and sauces allow for endless possibilities of combinations.  The best part is that it’s good for you!  All Yogurtland’s yogurts contain live and active cultures, which help maintain a healthy digestive tract, and are lower in fat than ice cream. Not something you want to think about while eating dessert?  Just imagine it is ice cream. 

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Monday
Sep072009

Kit Smith One of Hawaii’s Best Age-Group Runners

The first time I met Kit Smith was in February of 1990. He was a veteran business reporter at the Honolulu Advertiser and I was just starting there as a copy editor.

I never would have guessed him for an athlete, even though at the time he had already run a dozen or so Honolulu marathons.

Yes, he had been on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He showed me the magazine.

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Tuesday
Aug252009

East Oahu Football Season Preview

Football season is here again and it won’t be long before Oahu Interscholastic Association play begins for the three schools in the Sun’s coverage area.

Kaimuki, Kalani and Kaiser high schools each have played a non-conference game. The OIA season begins this weekend for White Division members Kaiser and Kalani. The Kaiser Cougars open OIA play at Waialua Friday night. Kalani is on the road at Aiea Saturday night. Kaimuki plays top-ranked St. Louis Friday night at Kaiser before beginning OIA Red Division play the following Friday at Castle.

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Tuesday
Aug252009

Shark Tours Topic of Discussion at Town-Hall Meeting

Sharks capture the imagination.

They are feared. They are worshipped ... and just about everything in between.

But are they being fed for the benefit of commercial operators who run tour boats that take the adventurous out to sea for an up-close rendezvous?

A town-hall meeting was held August 18 at Hahaione Elementary School to get questions asked and answered. Invited guests included the operators of Hawaii Shark Encounters of Haleiwa, Professor Carl Meyer of the University of Hawaii, the Safe Waters for Hawaii Organization, and the state Shark Task Force chairman Makani Christensen.

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