Pahoa Paintball Safety Zone members hosted a birthday party June 22 for Gage Reis, second from right in the middle row, who celebrated his 12th birthday at a paintball game in Pahoa with family and friends. His ohana treated him to a special birthday cake made to look like paintballs, with lots of decorative and colorful creative splatter adornments. For more information about the paintball club and its calendar of events, call Charlie Kawamoto at 965-8172.
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Lehua Hawaii Productions staged its third annual pageant June 14 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Angelina Ramirez, left, was crowned Young Miss Lehua Hawaii, and Kianie Sampaga was crowned Miss Teen Lehua Hawaii. Other top finishers included Kiana Vallente and Shaedelyn Kaaihue as first and second princess in the Young Miss Division and Kepola Ishikawa and Meghan Kualii as first and second princess in the Teen Division. Visit lehuahawaiiproductions.com if you are interested in participating in next year’s pageant.
The 25th edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book finds some gains in economic well-being and education of Hawaii’s children, but concerns remain.
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) recently honored 11 individuals, businesses and organizations with Pualu Awards during its annual installation and membership banquet at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, an older Volcano Watch column appeared in Sunday’s paper. The following is the most recent column.
Come celebrate Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s 50th anniversary at Summer Jam 2014. Join the fun from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Waiakea High School. The free event will feature a strongman contest, ono food, crafts, silent auction, free keiki activities including the Zoo Choo, and an entertainment lineup featuring New Zealand pop sensations J-Geeks. Visit summerjamhawaii.com for more information.
By uniting the islands under a single ruler, Kamehameha I (the Great) laid the foundation for what would eventually become the 50th member of the United States of America. Yet, between those two events were attempts by France, Great Britain and even Russia to take control of the islands.
It has been estimated one-third of the world’s population — 2.4 billion people — uses the Internet. Breaking it down even further, for those trying to sell something, in 2011 about $256 billion were spent by Internet shoppers. For an artist looking to increase their audience, these numbers are substantial. But it’s a wild, wild Web world out there and navigating the ins and outs of creating a website and managing one can be daunting.
Jamba Juice and Hilo Habitat for Humanity are partnering to offer tasty smoothies from 3-6 p.m. Fridays, July 18 and 25, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, July 27, in front of Wal-Mart.
Police and numerous county and state agencies will host four Kupuna Alert Partners (KAP) presentations to assist and educate kupuna to curtail and prevent becoming victims of fraud, prescription drug misuse and crime.
The Rotary Club of Hilo recently presented a $5,000 Hawaii Rotary Youth Foundation Scholarship to Lindsey Yamane, a 2014 graduate of Waiakea High School.
Coming in August, celebrate the first Hamakua Sugar Plantation Day Festival right here in Honokaa Town.
What do Australia, New Caledonia and Hawaii have in common?
For the past year, the Kahauale‘a 2 lava flow was erupting from a vent high on the northeast crater rim of Pu‘u ‘O‘o, on Kilauea’s East Rift Zone, sending lava toward the northeast.
As part of the County of Hawaii Sister City Program, students from Sumoto City on Awaji Island in Japan have visited Hilo for many years and enjoyed their home-stays with local families, and their exposure to the Big Island and its rich mix of cultures.