Archive for February, 2010

Hawaii Kai Heiau

February 22nd, 2010
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Pahua Heiau

Overlooking Maunalua Bay an ancient Hawaiian heiau sits in the middle of a Hawai‘i Kai neighborhood as a testament to how the historical culture continues to survive.

Pahua Heiau once functioned as an agricultural and fishing heiau more than 400 years ago. Ancient Hawaiians built fishing shrines by placing upright stones near the fishpond while sweet potato grew abundantly throughout the area. Today the Office of Hawaiian Affairs owns the heiau, land given to them, by Kamehameha Schools several decades ago.

“How can this place serve as an icon for dialogue about Hawaiian cultural values (and) sustainability?” asked Kevin Chang, O‘ahu Conservation Land Manager for OHA.

Chang is one of 40 individuals nationwide selected as a 2009 TogetherGreen Fellow. Each recipient receives $10,000 toward a community-focused project that engages residents in conservation of land, water and energy, and contributing to greater environmental health.

He and his team hope to create dialogue among islanders to honor this Native Hawaiian cultural site and to gain a better perspective on the heiau’s significance. They have already spoken to residents but hope to also reach out to the broader community.

An information sharing session will be held in Hawai’i Kai Feb. 25. Anyone interested in participating should call 864-8081 for more details.

For more video, visit Pacific Network's Green Channel at http://science.pacificnetwork.tv/GreenPicks/ or the News Channel at http://news.pacificnetwork.tv/NewsDesk/.

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Aloha Waikiki

February 19th, 2010
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Aloha Waikiki

Sunday, February 21 (4-8pm) “Aloha Waikiki"

Held in tribute to Waikiki’s great icons of culture and entertainment the event will be filmed as part of the new Internet - television series and the opening of Sheraton Waikiki's The Edge. Sheraton Waikiki has created a brand new beach vista with their multi million dollar renovations and if you have not seen... it's beautiful. The event is free to the public.

This classic kanikapila Hawaiian style gathering will honor Waikiki’s beach boys, beach girls and legendary entertainers; with music by the Sean Na‘auao trio and other icons expected to "sit in".

VIP guests include Van Horn Diamond, Nalani Olds, Jimmy Borges, Tony Conjugacion, Sam Kapu, Nina Keali‘iwahamana, Boyce Rodrigues, Gary Aiko; Beach Boys: Blue Makua, Uncle Billy Lumpy, Ted Bush and others.

The event will also introduce the Waikiki Dream, the first original Hawaiian cocktail in 50 years, its name borrowed from the  film “Waikiki in the Wake of Dreams,” the first film to premiere on Kuhio Beach in 2002. Ironically it was the Sheraton Waikiki and Starwood Luxury Collection and FilmWorks Pacific that premiered the film back then at Kuhio Beach. This became a Waikiki film venue which gave birth to today’s Sunset on the Beach event still popular today -- an event that brought kama‘aina to Waikiki and created a "movable feast" venue for merchants.

The series “Aloha Waikiki” presents an insider’s 24-hour tour “behind-the-scenes” of a Waikiki that most people never experience. Talk story with world famous beach boys and visit behind the scenes with Waikiki’s current trendsetters. Produced by PacificNetwork.tv, the series will be broadcast in over 12,000 hotel rooms in Waikiki, on WhereTV, on television later this year and streamed to the world on www.PacificNetwork.tv.

Part of the celebration on Sunday includes a final mixology contest with seven of Hawai’i’s best bartenders who create the next signature cocktail, the Waikiki Dream.

To highlight the diversity and style of Waikiki, a unique fashion presentation by 2 Couture’s Takeo Kobayashi and Eric Chandler will feature an historical tribute to Aloha Wear and contemporary evening wear from yesteryear to today. Models include Miss Hawaii 2010 and Miss Teen Hawaii.

Join us!

For more video, visit the Travel Channel at http://travel.pacificnetwork.tv/alohawaikiki/.

Alyssa Navares, PacificNetwork

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Aloha Waikiki

February 16th, 2010
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Pioneer Hi-Bred

February 14th, 2010
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Pioneer Hi-Bred

Waialua had an especially sunny winter last year with more than 40 acres of full-bloomed sunflowers brightening the usually barren frontier lands of this North Shore area. These flowers make up more than just a typical garden -- they are  part of a full-scale commercial production in which farmers worldwide use these "sunnies" to make cooking oil.

For more than 80 years Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. has led the world in developing and supplying advanced plant genetics to farmers in about 70 countries. Hawai‘i’s warm weather played a major role in the company, based in Iowa, deciding to open a facility in the Pacific. Today the O‘ahu location specializes in plant breeding and seed multiplication for corn, soybeans and sunflowers.

“It’s all about the weather,” said Cindy Goldstein, Pioneer’s business and community outreach manager. “We can plant corn and grow corn year round, so Hawai‘i has been a very good place for us to do this kind of work.”

Pioneer grows hundreds of different corn varieties, which are then used to make hybrid seeds. Their soybeans are sold to make popular food products such as tofu.  Goldstein has done research with GMOs on the mainland prior to working at Pioneer. She says there’s no need to worry.

“When we look at the safety of people eating these crops and animals, we find them to be safe through hundreds of studies that have been published,” she said.

The seed industry provides 22.7 percent of all agricultural jobs in the state. Pioneer has also expanded production to Kaua'i and saw a boost in the number of employees a few years ago. They now have more than 300 full-time employees and about 150 seasonal hires during peak production periods.

The sunflower crops will return later this year bringing more sunshine and more jobs to the islands while the question of safety in consumption of GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food products continues to be raised.

For more video, visit the Science Channel at

http://science.pacificnetwork.tv/GreenPicks/

and our Editorial at  Editorial on GMO AND TARO

Alyssa S. Navares, PacificNetwork.tv

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Chinese New Year -Kung Hee Fat Choy!

February 12th, 2010
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Kung Hee Fat Choy!

Firecrackers popping, the clang of metal cymbals crashing, drums beating into the night, and the flashing colors of a brilliant Chinese New Year celebration... welcome the Year of the Tiger!  Parades and festivals throughout the world are held this month in a celebration now many thousands of years old.  Scholars estimate the Chinese calendar began during the reign of Huangdi translating the year 2010 into "chinese year" number 4,708.  Or some say 4,707, or could be 4,647, but who's counting? It's a lot of years.  In any event this is one heck of a celebration for the family and the greater community.

My favorite part of the holiday is not the Lai Sze, those little red envelopes full of money, or the sweet cakes, sugared fruits, or all the other great dishes served this time of year considered a celebration of the lunar new year, but I look forward to the dragon dance and the lion dance and I've often wondered what the meaning was behind the ritual.  After some 21st century research (Wikipedia!) and a call or two to some old timers here is what I learned ...

In ancient China in a village near Shanghai, or so the story is told, villagers feared the springtime attacks of the dreaded "Nian" a dragon-like beast from under the sea (but it also lives high in the mountains so all you  Chinese living in the Swiss Alps heed the warning).  During the lunar new year the Nian would appear. It looked for adults, children and dogs. The Nian was supposedly sensitive to loud noises and it didn't like the color red. Drums, plates, and bowls were hit to make loud noises. Firecrackers were tossed about, the louder the better, and babies were dressed in bright red, banners and flags of red were flown throughout the village and all of this to scare away the big bad Nian who still exists... or so it is believed... and why not?

So enjoy our wonderful glimpse of downtown Honolulu's celebration of the Year of the Tiger, wear your red, and Kung Hee Fat Choy!  Life is good.

For more video visit http://news.pacificnetwork.tv/NewsDesk/

To view other Life is Good videos visit http://pacificnetwork.tv/blog/life-is-good/

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