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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 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 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 doctors are in

Hilo Medical Center and the Hilo Medical Center Foundation hosted a welcome reception June 27 at the hospital’s River Cottage for its first class of residents for the Hawaii Island Family Medicine Residency Program. The first class of residents consists of Dr. Ka‘ohimanu Akiona, Dr. Hamed Ahmadinia, and Dr. Svetlana Shchedrina, with a fourth resident to be announced at a later date. Pictured, from left, are Boyd Murayama, assistant hospital administrator and medical group practice director; Akiona, Family Medicine resident; Carol Galper, EdD, CHES, residency administrator; Dr. Mary K. Nordling, FAAFP, clinic medical director and resident faculty; Kahu Kimo Awai; Dr. Mark Knox, resident faculty; Dr. Kristine McCoy, residency director; and Ahmadinia, Family Medicine resident. Not pictured is Family Medicine resident Shchedrina.

Annual Sayre Memorial Foundation dinner will be Aug. 30

Registration is now open for the 17th annual Daniel Robert Sayre Memorial Foundation Awards and Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 30. The gourmet buffet dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony will be held in the ballroom of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Kohala Coast, starting at 4:30 p.m. with the opening of the silent auction. Cost to attend is $95 per person, including tax and gratuity. Register by visiting or calling 325-5456.

Hilo Community Players Fun-Raiser set for July 6

The Hilo Community Players (HCP) will launch its summer season ­— and celebrate 76 years of entertaining Hawaii — with an HCP Fun-Raiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the Hilo Woman’s Club. The Players will present short scenes from their two plays opening in Kalakaua Park the following week: Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra,” opening at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, and the family comedy, “This is Hamlet,” opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12.