The Rural South Hilo Community Association will hold a general membership meeting on Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at the Papaikou Community Center. It is time for the biennial elections of RSHCA board members, and we hope to see a good representation of our community taking part in this process.
The Rural South Hilo Board will present a slate of candidates consisting of the current board members who are willing to serve again, plus candidates who have volunteered to fill those positions for which the current officer is not available to serve next term. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the meeting. The vote will follow.
After the vote, RSCHA will host Councilwoman Val Poindexter, who will share her priorities for this term and will lend an ear to our feedback, ideas and concerns. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from your councilperson and to exercise your own voices in building the community you want for the future.
If time allows, more information on various ongoing projects will be shared. Also bring your ideas for topics of interest to be addressed at future meetings. As always, food will be shared and is welcomed at the meeting.
On the following Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., again at the Papaikou Community Center, State Rep. Mark Nakashima will present a post-legislative update for this year’s session. Come hear his take on how well goals were met this session, and on where we go from here.
If you have not yet stopped by the new Plantation Museum in Papaikou, it is open! A big mahalo to Uncle Wayne, and all those helping make the museum a new star in “downtown” Papaikou Village.
The British Blues Explosion comes to Hawaii – featuring two British blues icons, John Mayall, the “Godfather of British Blues,” with special guest Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds — in a fundraiser for the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association Jr. Lifeguard Program. The show is in Honokaa at the Honokaa People’s Theater on Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. For information, call 896-4845.
Lazar Bear presents this concert, which is part of Mayall’s four-island tour with Texas guitar slinger Rocky Athas, Greg Razb on bass and Jay Davenport on drums. There will be a live auction of a signed guitar and other instruments to benefit the junior lifeguard program. For videos, music and more information, visit www.lazarbear.com.
Zippo Film Productions announced that it will begin production of a new made-in-Hawaii narrative festival film, led by award-winning director David Rosen and starring an ensemble cast of Hawaii’s top talent, including KITV4 Sports Director Robert Kekaula and musical artist and kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel.
Filming is scheduled to begin in May on Oahu, with a world premiere planned for later this year, and film festival tour to follow. A serious story with a sense of humor, “The Fishing Club” is based on short fiction written by Hawaii Island author Catherine Tarleton in the 1990s, though its themes, and its questions, are alive and well today.
In “The Fishing Club” a group of longtime fishing buddies hatch a plan to save their favorite fishing spot from development. When outside forces come into play, events start to spin out of control and the Fishing Club’s members have to question not only their plans, but their own, and each other’s, personal motives and kuleana.
One of Hawaii’s premier directors, Rosen (Shooters Film Production) is known for his visual storytelling style which has helped create successful marketing campaigns and garnered numerous local and national awards, including Hawaii’s 2010 Advertising Man of the Year. With him, Shooters Executive Producer Darrin Kaneshiro brings key organizational skills and 20 years of production storytelling to the quality film project.
In addition to Kekaula and Reichel, the cast includes veteran actor Allan Okubo, who began his career in “Magnum P.I.” and appeared recently in “You May Not Kiss the Bride.” Fellow “Bride” actor Theo Coumbis has also played roles in iconic TV series from “Fantasy Island” to “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0.” And, musical theater actress-singer Mary Gutzi performed in “Les Miserables” and “CATS” in New York, and most recently, the television military drama “Last Resort.”
Executive Producer Dana Hankins of Redhead Productions selected the story from entries written for the Honolulu Magazine Fiction Contest, as with previous short films, “The Lemon Tree Billiards House” with Ray Bumatai, “Dancing with the Long Bone” (Henry Kapono and Karen Keawehawaii), and “True Love and Mimosa Tea” (Tamlyn Tomita and Elizabeth Lindsey). Hankins also produced the award-winning short film “Chief,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
For more information, follow The Fishing Club Movie on Facebook or visit www.thefishingclubmovie.com.
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