Brian Keaulana set to join Waterman Hall of Fame 8/23/12


The legacy of the waterman and all that it represents to Hawai‘i’s ocean sports community will be celebrated with the honoring of four renowned kama‘aina by the Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame on Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m., at the Outrigger Canoe Club.

One of the 4 2012 honorees is Brian Keaulana – accomplished surfer, waterman, and lifeguard extraordinaire.

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame Awards Dinner is presented by the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) and Honolulu Star-Advertiser, with Publisher Dennis Francis serving as Honorary Chair. Along with paying tribute to the new Hall of Fame honorees, the evening’s festivities will feature a concert by Henry Kapono and music by Maunalua.

“We are honoring truly remarkable watermen who have meant so much to modern-day ocean sports in Hawai‘i and whose influence is seen in generations of young people throughout our islands,” said Tim Guard, event co-chair and ODKF board member.

Table sponsorships seating eight are available for $3,500, $2,500, and $1,000, with individual seats at $65 each. Net proceeds raised will benefit ODKF’s college scholarships and athletic grants program. Tickets and information are available at

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame was initiated in 2010 to create a lasting tribute to the Hawaiian Islands’ water sports legacy and honor the achievements of Hawai‘i’s standout watermen and waterwomen. The criteria used to select inductees are:

  • Keiki o ka ‘äina / keiki o ke kai
  • Sustained outstanding contribution to the sport
  • International, national and local accomplishment and recognition

Past Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame honorees are Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, Wally Froiseth, Fred Hemmings, Buffalo Keaulana, Rabbit Kekai, Keo Nakama, Nappy Napoleon, Rell Sunn, Peter Cole, Ethel Kukea, Aileen Soule, and Nainoa Thompson.

ODKF is a public, nonprofit foundation whose mission is to financially support the development of individuals and organizations that perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku. ODKF has awarded college scholarships and athletic grants of approximately $1.8 million to 1,277 Hawai‘i individuals and nonprofit organizations in water sports and volleyball since its formation in 1986, including $130,950 to 60 recipients in 2012. For information, visit


STATE OF HAWAI‘I DATA BOOK 2011 — now available online

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) today released the 2011 edition of the State of Hawai‘i Data Book at

The state’s Data Book is the most comprehensive statistical book about Hawai’i in a single compilation. With 800 data tables, it covers a broad range of statistical information in areas such as population, education, labor, energy, business enterprises, government, tourism and transportation.

“As a part of government services provided by DBEDT, the Data Book is a great tool for the public to use in their business planning or just to know Hawai’i in depth,” said DBEDT Director Richard C. Lim. “We are in an economic environment where we must carefully target our resources. Good data helps us do that more efficiently.”

Some of the unique and interesting data in this newest edition show that:

·        Hawai’i’s resident population is expected to increase by about 0.8 percent annually between 2010 and 2015, growing from about 1.36 million people in 2010 to about 1.42 million people in 2015. (Table 1.27)

·        As of September 30, 2011, there were 42,371 active-duty U.S. Department of Defense personnel stationed in Hawai’i. This excludes the U.S. Coast Guard, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and personnel afloat or temporarily shore-based, but includes personnel deployed for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn. By branch of service, there were 22,895 Army, 8,630 Navy, 5,905 Marine Corps and 4,941 Air Force personnel. (Table 10.03)

·        In 2011, 21.5 percent of the employed wage and salary workers in Hawai’i were members of unions, while 22.5 percent were represented by unions. This is considerably higher than the United States as a whole, where members made up 11.8 percent of the employed and those represented made up 13 percent. The Hawai’i figures were down from 2010, when there were 21.8 percent and 23.5 percent in the state. (Table 12.47)

·        The City and County of Honolulu typically consumes two-thirds of the state’s water; in 2011 Honolulu consumed 50.2 billion gallons of the 75.7 billion gallons that the state consumed. (Table 5.23)

·        In 2011, the number of registered vehicles in the State of Hawai’i surpassed the 1.2 million mark, hitting a new high of 1,210,310 and beating the record high from 2007 of 1,167,240. (Table 18.06)

·        The average electricity price for residential customers on O’ahu increased from 25 cents per kWh in 2010 to 32 cents per kWh in 2011, with a 25.8 percent increase from the previous year. (Table 17.13)

·        The tuition per semester for a full-time resident undergraduate student at University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2011 was 4,200 dollars, 24 percent higher ($3,384) compared to year 2009. (Table 3.24)

·        Duty free store revenue in 2011 was 152.8 million dollars in 2011 and was 28 percent higher compared to 2010.

·        There were 83 credit unions in Hawai’i with a total of 810,675 credit union members in 2011. (Table 15.06)

DBEDT’s Research and Economic Analysis Division (READ) also maintains the historical series of tables and updates the data continuously throughout the year. The historical series and the update can be found in the “economic information” section of the DBEDT website.

The Data Book is available on the DBEDT website, at and may be downloaded in whole or in part as PDF or Excel files.

Ka Himeni Ana 2012 Hawaiian Music Competition August 25

Mahi Beamer is this year’s honoree. Photo by Kathleen Walling Fry.

Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 28th Annual “KA HIMENI ANA” Hawaiian music competition on Saturday, August 25 at Hawaii Theatre!

Ka Himeni Ana, founded by Richard M. Towill, features Hawaiian music groups performing in the “nahenahe” style, the distinctive Hawaiian music form that features sweet vocal harmony supported by unamplified acoustic instruments.

Contestants vie for cash prizes ranging from $200 to $1,200. The winning group will also receive round-trip tickets to the Mainland, courtesy of Hawaiian Air.

Ka Himeni Ana organist and beloved Hawaiian music icon Mahi Beamer is the honoree at this year’s event.

Tickets are $23 and $33, available at or the Hawaii Theatre Box Office. Don’t miss this special night of beautiful Hawaiian music and dance!

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Update 8.14.12 at 8:30am by Eric K. Keawe: Contestants from Maui are Na Wahine O Honoapiilani will represent!