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Pahoa paintball club hosts birthday party

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.

Lehua Hawaii Productions queens crowned

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.

BISAC to celebrate 50th anniversary with event July 26

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.

2.4 billion reasons why an artist needs a website

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.

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The start of their ‘Journey of Faith’

Father Michael Scully of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Papaikou officiated Saturday, June 21, as five girls ages 8 to 13 were baptized on their “Journey of Faith.” The Hamakua Catholic Community welcomes Teneil Cablayan, Miracle Souza, Alysa Perreira, Magdlena Madrid and Justice Aoki as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist on July 6.