Happy Merrie Monarch Week!

President's Message

By Michael Kaleikini, President


Aloha mai kakou,

The last two months and whole first quarter of year 2012 have swiftly come and gone.  The New York Giants won the 2012 Superbowl and the Kentucky Wildcats won the NCAA college basketball championships.  Many activities have kept our chamber engaged since our February issue of Oshirase.


On February 2, a New Member Orientation was held at Encore.  New members in attendance included Stacy Kagimoto, Independent Distributor, doTerra Essential Oils; Fred Yamashiro, Island of Hawai'i YMCA; Reiko Hamano, Reiko Aloha Services; Teana Kaho'ohanohano & Tammy Silva, both from the Yukio Okutsu State Veteran's Home.  Welcome new members!  Read more in Carol VanCamp's update on Membership and Social & Cultural Committee activities 


How's your electricity bill these days?  If you pay $300 or so a month, I would say that you are doing good.  How much does it cost you to fill up your vehicle with gas?  Read more about Richard Ha and Noe Kalipi's presentation on "The Rising Cost of Energy" and the new Ku'oko'a company's efforts to free Hawai'i from our costly dependence on imported fossil fuels in Randy Kurohara's Economic Development article.

On February 19, I had the honor to represent our Chamber in participating in the 45th Annual Meeting and Shinnenkai with the East Hawai'i Hiroshima Kenjin Kai.  Outgoing president

Kenneth Ikemori and incoming president Delbert Nishimura were in attendance.  One of the highlights of the event was the recognition of 14 members who attained the revered status of Beiju (88th Birthday Recognition).  Congratulations!  Dignitaries in attendance included Mayor Billy Kenoi, Consul General of Japan, Yoshihiko Kamo, Japanese Community Association president Kenji Kawai and Claudia Chang of the Kona Hiroshima Kenjin Kai.


On Wednesday, February 22nd, Hawai'i Community College Chancellor  Noreen Yamane hosted an appreciation luncheon for the Taste of Hilo Committee and the scholarship to Hawai'i Community College.  Read more about it in Chancellor Yamane's article.  I'd like to reiterate my sincerest mahalo nui to the Taste of Hilo Committee - you represent the embodiment of Kahiau!


Thank you to all of the volunteers (Amy Aoyagi, Tommy Goya, Reiko Hamano, Roland Higashi, Jan Higashi, Midori Kume, Randy Kurohara, Ivan Nakano, Shawn Naleimaile, Yukio Takeya, Art Taniguchi, Carol Van Camp, Barry Mizuno, Carolyn Mizuno, Mr & Mrs. Kuki and Della Yamashiro) who participated with the visit of Mr. Okazaki and Mr. Inouye from the Yurihama International Friendship Association.  Please forgive me if I've forgotten anyone.


The Hawai'i Island Chamber of Commerce and our Chamber teamed up to sponsor two separate events in March.  On the 5th, a reception for Astronomy Educators was held at the Yacht Club.  This was the 8th year of this event, which is a culmination of Journey Week and Journey Through The Universe.  Read more in Janice Harvey's report here. Many volunteers, along with Ka'iu Kimura and the staff of 'Imiloa, have been integral to the success of this program.  On March 8, a second joint chamber event was held with the Hawai'i Island Chamber of Commerce and featured Lt. Colonel Rolland C. Niles, who provided an update on the Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA).  Read more about that event in Carol VanCamp's report here.  There aren't enough thank you's that we can provide to the men and women who put their lives on the line to maintain our freedom.  Mahalo!


On March 7, our annual Golf Tournament fundraiser was held at the Hilo Muni - it was a smashing success! Much mahalo to Craig Shiroma and Russell Arikawa and the entire Golf Committee for volunteering your hard work and continued dedication.  Okage Sama De!


On Sunday March 11th, I was honored to attend and provide a congratulatory message at the Hawai'i Shima Kumamoto Doshi Kai.  This was the 85th anniversary and interim president Dwayne Mukai was sworn in as the president.  There were exhibitions of Taiko Drumming and Kendo.


Our Chamber held a general membership meeting at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel on March 15 where the order of business was acceptance of the Officers and Directors for the upcoming fiscal year.  The meeting featured Mayor Billy Kenoi as he discussed our island's economic outlook.   


I'm really enjoying working with all of you in continuing our Chamber's mission.....To promote the well-being of our community through business and personal relationships that embody the values of Kahiau and Okage Sama De.

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu     


Yukio Okutsu State Veteran's Home Hosts Goji Kara
By Carol Van Camp


The management , staff an d residents of Hilo's Yukio Okutsu State Veteran's Home will roll out the red carpet to JCCIH members and guests during an exciting Goji Kara ("After 5 pm") event planned for Wednesday May 2nd, from 6 to 8pm.


This beautiful facility, currently home to 89 of our finest Veterans, is located adjacent to Hilo Medical Center on Waianuenue Avenue. 

Teana Kaho'ohanohano, Administrator, and her team have put together a fun-filled evening  that will include  heavy pupu, great door prizes, and entertainment by Loeka Longakit and John Tuli.


In addition to tours of the facility, guests will also be treated to a special presentation by Dr. Smigel on pain management.

The cost is $10 per person, and reservations are requested by April 25th.


To Register:  CLICK HERE  





New Member Welcome & Orientation May 9th


On Wednesday, May 9, our quarterly New Member Orientation will be held at Restaurant Encore in Puainako Town Center at 5 pm.

New and longtime are invited to attend this opportunity to learn more about the history, traditions, programs and activities of JCCIH, and to meet and network with fellow members.


New members are encouraged to attend so that they can learn more about our Chamber and find the areas that interest them the most.

The event will feature no-host beverages and complimentary pupus.  For reservations, contact the Chamber office at 934-0177.


To Register:  CLICK HERE   






62nd Annual Installation Dinner    

Save-the-date!  On June 21, 2012 for JCCIH's annual installation event at 'Imiloa Astronomy Center.  Festivities will include the installation of
Keynote Speaker, Constance Lau, President & CEO of HEI
new officers and directors and the hosting of visitors from our sister Chamber in Japan.  Registration at 5pm and festivities will begin at 5:30pm.  

Constance Lau, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries, will be the keynote speaker. 

Jon Arizumi, from Hawai'i Electric Light Co., will be inducted a
s our new president, and Mike Kaleikini, from Puna Geothermal Venture, will be honored as our outgoing president.


Other highlights will include entertainment and a great dinner prepared by 'Imiloa's Sky Garden Restaurant. 
JCCIH President Jon Arizumi

Invitations will be sent out in early May, and a sell-out is expected.   


For more information, contact the Chamber office.






Omikoshi Event Set for April 24th at Hilo Daijingu


All Chamber members are invited to participate in a special event to clean and refurbish our Omikoshi, or portable shrine, which is stored at Hilo Daijingu, located at 10 Anela St. in Hilo.  Activities will begin at 5pm, and those attended are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and either a dish to share or something to cook on the Weber grill that will be available for grilling.  For the work involved, please also bring buckets, sponges, rags and other general cleaning items.

An example of an Omikoshi

An Omikoshi is an elaborate structure of carved black and red lacquered and gilded wood, and is the centerpiece of most local festivals in Japan, typically carried in parades associated with celebrations. They usually take several months to make and the oldest ones are more than 300 years old.  Our Chamber's Omikoshi has appeared in several local parades and celebrations over the years, but presently is in need of some TLC.

Rev. Daizo Watanabe will explain the significance of the Omikoshi within the Shinto religion. This event represents a great opportunity to join other Chamber members and guests in an evening that combines Japanese culture, friendship and fun.   


For more information, contact the Chamber office.






13th Annual Big Island Candies Golf Classic Tournament
By Co-Chairs, Russell Arikawa & Craig Shiroma


Our 13th Annual Big Island Candies Golf Classic Tournament was held on a beautiful day, March 7, 2012 at the Hilo Municipal Golf Course. Plans were made for rainy conditions but Mother Nature provided us with fantastic weather and all of the players enjoyed themselves in one of our major fundraising events.

A GREAT BIG ARIGATO GOZAIMASU goes out to all of the players, donors, sponsors and volunteers, and a special THANK YOU goes out to our outer-island friends who flew in to participate in both golf and the camaraderie afterwards. Due to the tremendous support that we received, once again we were able to ensure that each player and volunteer received a generous bag of mahalo goodies.

Sake Toasting "Banzai"

This year we were blessed to have Big Island Candies as our Title Sponsor.  Mahalo to Mr. Allan Ikawa, President of Big Island Candies, for his generosity. Mahalo also to the major sponsors: (1) KTA Superstores; (2) Hawaiian Airlines; (3) Creative Arts Hawai'i; (4) HPM Building Supply; (5) Kama'aina Motors, Inc.; (6) Big Island Toyota; (7) Puna Geothermal Venture; (8) HMSA; (9) Y. Hata & Co., Ltd.; and (10) Kuhio Grill/Encore Restaurant. We would also like to thank the many hole sponsors who not only made generous donations but also participated in the tournament. A special thank you and appreciation to Naomi Menor, Naomi's World Travel Service, who donated a trip to the West coast for a greenie prize on the 13th hole. 
Congratulations to Dale Tokuuke - prize winner of a Panasonic 32" flat screen TV

A very special thank you goes out to Clayton Honma, Deputy Director of County of Hawai'i Parks & Recreation, who was instrumental in
Congratulations to Gerald Kosaka - prize winner of an interisland round trip for two
reducing the required minimum amount of golfers that were needed for this tournament.  A huge thank you to JCCIH Executive Assistant, Lei Momi Fujiyama, who was the glue that held this together and put in countless hours to ensure that this tournament was a success.

Finally, thank you to the golf committee, who once again made this tournament one of the best ever. The JCCIH hopes that you will continue to give your support to make sure that this tournament will continue to be one of the most successful golf tournaments in the County of Hawai'i in the years to come.
Arigato Gozaimasu

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Economic Development
By Randy Kurohara


RandyKuroharaWe were fortunate to have presentations in February and March featuring a talk on Energy as well as our Mayor speaking on his upcoming 2012 - 2013 budget and economic initiatives.

Our Economic Development luncheon in February featured Richard Ha and Noe Kalipi from Ku'okoa.  They both shared on the motivation, inspiration and economic conditions both globally and locally that have allowed Ku'okoa to attract both local and national investment and interest.

As oil prices continue to rise, as electricity and prices at the gas pumps negatively impacts everyone's household economics, the question of how to cut our dependence on imported fossil fuels will continue to be at the forefront.


Mahalo Richard and Noe for sharing your passion and for putting forth a potential solution to this crisis that we face.


In March, we had a great turnout for our Mayor's Economic Outlook presentation which was held in conjunction with our General Membership meeting at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel.

Mayor Kenoi spoke on his 2012 - 2013 budget, some of his economic initiatives, as well as many of his accomplishments in cutting both the size and cost of government over the past 3 years that he has served as our Mayor.  

Mayor & Mike K at GM Mtg 3-15-12We were also treated to not just the Mayor, but many of his cabinet members who graciously supported our luncheon and shared with our members at each table.  It was a good opportunity to connect with those who serve alongside our Mayor in many of our County departments.

Mahalo to all of you who supported these well attended economic development presentations and luncheons.  We look forward to providing more of these opportunities in the months to come.




Pohakuloa Training Area - Now and into the Future
By Carol Van Camp
Lt. Col. Rolland C. Niles, PTA Commander, updated Chamber members on the many initiatives and upgrades underway at the largest U.S. Dept. of Defense installation in the State of Hawai'i (or anywhere in the Pacific) during a joint Economic Development Committee luncheon held March 8th at Encore Restaurant.

With approximately 108,863 acres of land along Saddle Road in the center of the island, PTA has become a major training facility for the U.S. Army and Marines, and other military personnel.  In addition to training our military to be among the best in the world, they are also partnering with local government to assist during natural disasters or other emergencies in surrounding areas from PTA.  This includes helping to fight fires, emergency medical services and transportation, and whatever other assistance local officials might need.

The realignment and improvements to Saddle Road that have been underway for the past several years are continuing, thanks to millions of dollars contributed by the U.S. Dept. of Defense because having safe roads is critical to the safety of their troops.  PTA annually pumps millions of dollars into the local economy buying food, fuel, supplies, and many services from local vendors, which translates into additional jobs that are created for the local population.

One of their current projects is a partnership with UH-Hilo whereby they are trying to identify a source of water for a fresh water well that could support PTA and the surrounding communities. 
They also have other partnerships to protect the surrounding environment and the many native species that exist in that area.  As the U.S. Dept. of Defense strengthens its position in the Pacific region, PTA is expected to continue to be an important training  facility for US troops in the years ahead, and as a supportive partner for our island community.



2012 Journey Through the Universe
By Janice Harvey, Journey Team Leader, Gemini Observatory


Journey through the Universe 2012 


As Journey through the Universe 2012 came to a close, we all realized the impact that this science education outreach program has had on our community.   For the past eight years astronomy educators and engineers have visited an average of 7,000 students in 380 classrooms at 20 schools in the Hilo/Laupahoehoe/Waiakea District.   This year was no exception and our astronomers were able to express their passion and excitement for science, engineering, and education by sharing this enthusiasm with their students.

The Journey through the Universe program not only nurtures our student's innate curiosity, but also provides workshops for our teachers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and an opportunity for our community members to visit the classrooms alongside our astronomers.  Family Science Events, held at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center as well as the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, are attended and enjoyed by thousands.  


Our community partners like JCCIH, have supported this effort monetarily as well as hosting a celebratory event at the Yacht Club for the past several years.  This thank you celebration provides a unique opportunity for astronomers, educators, and the business community to discuss and share what is our common goal - to enrich science education in our schools and inspire our children to aim high.



District Superintendent Valerie Takata elaborates, "Our Hilo /Laupahoehoe/Waiakea complex area schools' stellar partnership with the business organizations and community is Journey to the Universe: STEM initiative.  As a part of the educational system our complex area is overwhelmed with appreciation for the enthusiasm and energy this initiative has generated for our schools.... students, teachers and administrators and families. This concerted effort has made this grassroots program a sustaining reality.... for the past eight years.  As we work toward our vision for students to be career and college ready when they graduate, this reality becomes more powerful and impactful when support and involvement is in sync.  We humbly thank the Chamber of Commerce for their continued support as we all work together toward common goals - building a better future.



In addition to the numerous distinguished guests and lecturers at Journey 2012, Jeff Goldstein, Journeys' visionary who started the national program over a decade ago, participated in the activities by lecturing, leading a conference for local teachers in STEM education and providing inspiration for moving the program in new directions in coming years.



Everyone involved in the Journey through the Universe program would sincerely like to thank the JCCIH for their support and acknowledgement.  An education program of this magnitude could not happen without our community support.  We thank all members and look forward to many more years of partnership with the JCCIH!


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Kizuna - One Year Later
By Dr. Saeko Hayashi, Astronomer, Subaru Telescope



Last month, I had an opportunity to visit Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture.  A little more than a year has passed since the massive disaster in Tohoku (north-eastern) Japan. A magnitude 9 earthquake off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture created a huge tsunami, which lead to a malfunction of a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, abutting the south of Miyagi. The other side of Miyagi to the north is Iwate, another devastated area. In Hawai'i, we are no strangers to tsunami - and this tidal wave was no exception as it traveled across the Pacific Ocean to assault the western side of this island.   

The number of lives lost, or unaccounted for, is over 19,000.  320,000 remain in temporary housing. To put things in context, imagine if all the people on this island, times two, were displaced. Not only did these displaced people lose their loved ones or friends, but a significant portion also lost their homes, schools, and jobs. They managed to move into a little more stable and private accommodations after spending days or months in emergency shelters such as the schools or community halls. 


These numbers are well documented in the newspapers and other media. What I discovered is that there are three distinctly different areas: recovered or at least cleared, still waiting for clearing, and unreachable areas. 

Access to inland portion of Iwate and Miyagi are reasonably restored. Sendai Airport, Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train system), and the highways (interstate class) are serving as important life support system. Thanks to the sturdy structures, most of the buildings in Sendai survived the earthquake itself. Therefore, the infrastructure in the inland part is now back to the level as before.

Then there are areas which are difficult to gain access. I was trying to get to an intermediate school located in northern part of Ishinomaki in the coastal area, north of Sendai. My colleague in Tokyo told me it is one and half hour drive from Sendai. Since I was not confident in driving the wrong side of the road, I did not take his advice. Then found out that the local railway is not in service because there are no rails! Taxi service? Forget it. If the logistics are that bad, who am I to visit the school now? I did not feel it was appropriate to visit the school at this time. 

Then I took a tram to visit Sendai Airport near the coast. Last year, that area was severely damaged by the tsunami. One might recall a video showing the airplanes, choppers and the cars gliding by the airport passenger terminal due to the shear force of the wave. The first floor of the building was completely inundated. The runway was severely damaged. Rubble piled up on top of another. For awhile, a U.S. aircraft carrier served as a base for the aircraft during the rescue effort, then

later was used to deliver bare minimum necessities.



One year later, I could see some sense of normalcy return to the Sendai area. But how do you rebuild a community where so many residents are gone?  A way of life departed, not to mention the industries that can sustain the lives of residents within a community? The 1961 tsunami destroyed the general Hilo Bayfront area; but what if the entire Hilo area all the way up to Keaau were gone?   

My last meal in Sendai was at a Sushi restaurant. There was a celebration of first shipment of a special fish from the badly damaged fishing village. Sure, I ordered that special plate. Slowly the fishermen are restoring their boats, equipment, boat ramps, and the way of life.


I bought a wristband created by the women in the coastal area, using the remnants of fishing net. They lost their jobs, but their capable hands continue to produce something to connect people. I admire their resiliency. And this wristband will continue to remind me of Kizuna, a caring network of people, people throughout Japan and people throughout the world.   


Thank you very much for your immediate and continued support for my home country.


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HawCCHawCC Update

By Chancellor Noreen Yamane


In an effort to extend our gratitude, Hawai'i Community College invited the Taste of Hilo Committee members to a Spring Buffet Luncheon at the HawCC Bamboo Hale Dining Room on February 22.

Our second-year Culinary Arts students prepared Italy-themed entrees consisting of Stuffed Calamari on Arugula, Hamakua Mushroom and Chicken Terrine, Fresh Zucchini Salad, Marinated Mushrooms, Tomato Salad with Fresh Mozzarella, Green Salad Fennel Vinaigrette, Focaccia, Sauteed Shrimp and Asparagus Red Pepper Pilaf, Roast Leg of Lamb with Merlot Jus, Roasted Cauliflower, Polenta, Tomato and Leek Braised Chicken with House Made Fettuccini and Seared Broccoli with Gremolata.  The finale was a decadent dessert of Vanilla Panna Cotta with Orange Consomme.

At the luncheon, Dr. Pamela Scheffler, HawCC faculty member in the Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management program and recipient of a grant partially funded through the JCCIH to promote international education at HawCC, shared her experience at Zamorano University in Honduras.  Through Dr. Scheffler's efforts, HawCC and Zamorano University in Honduras entered into an agreement that will allow HawCC students to participate in a Study Abroad program this summer.


2012 TOH Apprec Luncheion pic 1

Proceeds from A Taste of Hilo made it possible for JCCIH to award a $10,000 donation to Hawai'i Community College for student scholarships.  Pictured here are HawCC Chancellor Noreen Yamane and JCCIH President Mike Kaleikini 



The JCCIH scholarships assist our students in achieving their educational goals as well as relieve some of their financial burdens.  Scholarship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year were Michelle Baldwin, Nicole Talisay, and Kara Nelson.  The  'Ohana Scholarship was also awarded to a student who had a financial challenge.  At the 2011 Student Recognition Ceremony, we awarded 85 students with gift certificates in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements.   Student appreciation awards were also given to five carpentry students who participated at the State Career Technical Education Conference on Oahu. 


Our Faculty and Staff Development program also benefited from your contribution which helped to sponsor a national expert on assessment, institutional effectiveness, and accreditation to provide training for our faculty in preparing for program and unit outcomes.

Our Digital Media Arts program was awarded funds to create a mural on the exterior wall of our Manono Cafeteria.  The students under the direction of instructor Tobias Brill will complete this project by the end of this Spring semester.  We welcome you to come and see the new mural as well as enjoy a delicious meal at our HawCC Manono Cafeteria when they resume service in the Fall.

We wish to thank the JCCIH and "A Taste of Hilo" committee for your continued support of our various college activities and programs.  We look forward to the next "A Taste of Hilo" event.


2012 TOH Committee
Mahalo to the JCCIH A Taste of Hilo committee!


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Thirty Meter Telescope Update  

By Sandra Dawson, Community Affairs Manager, TMT

Sandra Dawson



TMT Contested Case Report Expected Soon

In late November the public portions of the Thirty Meter Telescope's Contested Case Hearing, which included witness testimony, ended and all documents were turned over to Hearings Officer Paul Aoki. He has been reviewing all witness testimony and evidence and we expect he will render a decision on whether the Thirty Meter Telescope meets the eight criteria for a project proposed for a Conservation District soon.

Aoki's decision will trigger another State of Hawai'i Land Board meeting whereby the Board of Land and Natural Resources can accept, deny or modify his report.

TMT has continued forward.

SEE-IT Hawaii Science and Engineering Exposition grand opening for the public is set for April 4. SEE-IT was launched during the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC). TMT, the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy and Keck Observatory are participating exhibitors. Please stop by and visit the SEE-IT exhibit at the Hawai'i Convention Center next time you are on Oahu.

It was just announced that Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO), TMT's next-generation telescope U.S. competitor, is not planning to participate in the current National Science Foundation (NSF) competition, leaving TMT as the likely sole U.S. competitor for NSF funding. 


Looking back at the last three years, TMT stated when the project first came to Hawai'i Island that we wanted to do things differently and create a new paradigm.


TMT's public Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process has been called one of the best the State has ever seen. TMT has been transparent and open and we have aimed to do the right thing. TMT has followed the rules and the process to get to where we are today.

In addition to giving significant viewing time to the University of Hawai'i's Institute for Astronomy TMT will be contributing $1 million per year to an educational fund - The Hawai'i Island New Knowledge (THINK) Fund for island schoolchildren. The education fund will be managed locally by the Hawai'i Community Foundation and the Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation.

Everyone affiliated with the Thirty Meter Telescope is thankful for the support that the community has given to us in this long and arduous process to build an observatory.

With everyone's continued support, our island children will soon have the opportunity to reach for the stars. 







Stephanie Nagata Named Permanent Director
Office of Mauna Kea Management

By Barry K. Taniguchi, Chair of OMKM Board 


I could not be more pleased to announce that
Barry Taniguchi

Stephanie Nagata has been appointed director of the Office of Mauna Kea Management (OMKM) on a permanent basis. UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney made the official announcement last month after it was approved by UH System President M.R.C. Greenwood.     



As readers of this column know, Stephanie has served as Interim Director of OMKM for nearly four years now, as she regularly updates JCCIH members of important developments affecting Mauna Kea. However, I'm not sure that everyone knows how well qualified Stephanie is for the job. Stephanie holds both an M.B.A. from UH and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. She has extensive experience in both public and private sectors, coordinating programs, conferences and events, as well as research and feasibility studies.   


Director of the Office of Mauna Kea Management, Stephanie Nagata
Stephanie has been an integral part of OMKM's development since it was established 12 years ago by the 2000 Master Plan. Over that period of time, she has consistently demonstrated that she is very capable of handling the multitude of tasks and responsibilities placed on the office.  As the only original board member remaining from 2000, I can appreciate the importance of having someone with Stephanie's experience and institutional memory to lead OMKM in the years to come.


It is important because she knows firsthand the struggles and sacrifices that many individuals made to build credibility in a new management process that was trying to overcome decades of miscommunication and community mistrust. Anyone involved with the process since 2000 will not soon forget that the trust that was built, step-by-step, can never be taken lightly.


Over the years, Stephanie and the office have dealt with significant political challenges posed by the State Legislature and worked to establish a clear line of communication with UH administration. She helped OMKM develop a constructive working relationship with DLNR and various environmental and cultural groups that continue to keep a close eye on every action proposed for the summit. Finally, through its ranger corps, OMKM continues to monitor the vast and remote summit regions of Mauna Kea in order to protect its fragile resources and to improve public safety.

It is, quite simply, a tough job, and Stephanie has proven that she is up to the task. While still on interim status, she led OMKM through the daunting task of completing the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP), including several critical studies needed to develop both Cultural and Natural Resources management sub-plans.  And, although we still await the final word from the hearings officer on the contested case, the CMP was completed and approved by the BLNR in a timely fashion against formidable odds.


It is fitting, therefore, that Stephanie remain in charge of a process with no need to place the "interim" in front of her title of director from now on. It offers a much-needed sense of continuity and stability to the office as it strives to meet the challenges of managing Mauna Kea.

Mahalo Stephanie, and congratulations on your long-overdue appointment! 




The Key to Appreciation

For Tommy Goya  

on behalf of 2011-12 Hilo High School Key Club 

Dear Uncle Tom,

It is evident that we do not say "thank you" enough, especially to you.  Throughout the year, you do so much for us; attend almost all of our general meetings, advise countless projects, share with us valuable knowledge, and help us become better people.  So thank you, for being the world's best Kiwanis Advisor, mentor, and the one and only Uncle Tom.

Thank you for coming to every one of our general meeting that you can and being the Advisor for countless projects each month.  We know that sometimes the projects are rather last minute but we appreciate you making time in your busy schedule to be there for us.  Whether it is at the general meetings or during a service project, we can always count on learning something new.  You have taught us about the issues going on in our community, manners, recognition, the benefits of bananas, and so much more.

Although "thank you" is not enough to sum up our gratitude and appreciation, thank you for everything.  


Members of the 2011-2012 Hilo High School Key Club  



April 2012 

In This Issue
President's Message
Updates from Social & Cultural and Membership Committee
13th Annual Golf Classic Tournament
Economic Development
Pohakuloa Training Area
2012 Journey Through the Universe
Nihongo Kizuna - a Year Later
HawCC Update
TMT Update
Office of Mauna Kea Management
The Key to Appreciation
2011-2012 JCCIH Leadership
Welcome New Members














What's Happening


April 25, 2012
Installation Planning Committee Meeting
Chamber Conference Room, 5:00 pm
May 2, 2012
Goji Kara at Yukio Okutsu
State Veterans Home - Hilo
1180 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Click to register:  Invitation
Deadline:  April 25, 2012

May 7, 2012
Social & Cultural and Membership Committee Meeting
Chamber Conference Room, 5:00 pm
May 10, 2012
Taste of Hilo Committee Meeting
HawCC, Building 379-1
12:00 pm
May 14, 2012
Board of Directors Meeting
Restaurant Encore, 11:30 am
May 16, 2012
Green Hawai'i Presentation
Restaurant Encore, Buffet Lunch
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Click to register:  Invitation
Deadline:  May 9, 2012






2011-2012 Officers & Directors  


Executive Officers

Michael Kaleikini, President

Jon Arizumi, 1st Vice President

Carol VanCamp, 2nd Vice President

David Honma, 3rd Vice President

Naomi Menor, Japanese Secretary

Darren Nishioka, Treasurer
Donn Mende, Assistant Treasurer

Ivan Nakano, Auditor

Randy Kurohara, Immediate-Past President



Directors - term expiring 6/30/12
Jason Hayashi
Merle Lam
Stephen Ueda
Marcia Sakai

Directors - term expiring 6/30/13
Barry Mizuno
Kimo Lee
Howard Ainsley
Chad Ogata
Ka'iu Kimura
Seth Murashige
Eugene Nishimura
Dwayne Mukai 


Directors - term expiring 6/30/14
Phoebe Lambeth
Marvin Min
Tommy Goya
Russ Oda

Arthur Taniguchi    

Oshirase Newsletter  

Nico Leilani Verissimo, Editor 
Lei Momi Fujiyama, Executive Assistant 

Welcome New Members!   

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Keith Okamoto

County of Hawaii, Dept. of Water Supply


961-8050, 756-3773




Member - Gina Tanouye


Gina Tanouye

Allstate Insurance - Maruyama & Associates

Insurance Sales Producer

930-0109, 345-0773

[email protected] 





Paula Uusitalo

Hawaii Island Adult Care

Executive Director


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Arigato from
Japan after Tsunami
Please take a moment to view this video.  Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if countries could always be nice to one another instead of just in catastrophies? It shows how caring the world really is......

Arigato from Japan Earthquake Victims 
Arigato from Japan Earthquake Victims



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