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Island Images

For Friday, December 10, 2010

By Star-Advertiser Photographers


Friends and family of late radio personality Victor Hoonani Opiopio, known as “Krash Kealoha,” paid their respects yesterday and enjoyed an afternoon of Hawaiian music at a celebration of life at Waimanalo Beach Park. Kumu Hula Frank Hewett danced a hula to music performed by Jerry Santos.
CHALLENGE EGGS ON DAMIEN STUDENTS | Damien Memorial School students built wooden containers for eggs to protect them from a two-story drop as part of a physics challenge yesterday. Shayne Uyehara, 16, pulled out an intact egg as Tyler Mitsui, 17, threw up his arms. Students were allowed to use wooden popsicle sticks, adhesive and rubber bands for the challenge, assigned by instructor Katie Brown. Dylan Yonamine-Baysa was declared the winner.
UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF CANDY: Waimalu Elementary student Kaitlyn Sucilla-Orozco, 9, and her sister, Patty, 6, reached out for some free candy yesterday (Dec. 9) morning at the 19th annual "Yes Virginia There Is a Deaf Santa" celebration at Pearlridge Center. The event featured a Santa for the deaf children to tell their Christmas wishes to in American Sign Language, entertainment with signing performers and giveaways for about 100 children with hearing loss.
PROCESSION OF COMPASSION: Nicholas Bartell led wagons full of donated toys with his fellow Makiki Montessori Community School kindergarten classmates to the Catholic Charities location on Nehoa Street yesterday (Dec. 9) afternoon. The donations were part of the kindergartners' peace curriculum focus on "lokomaika'i," or compassion project, which was planned by staff, students and their families for the holiday season. Pictured with Nicholas are Evan Allen, Noah Rajlevsky, Kaimana Newman, Timothy Chinsky and teacher Danni Vaiceliunas.
A group of professional surfers and other athletes from the Mauli Ola Foundation visited children yesterday at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children to sign autographs. Hans Hagen, left, Shawn “Barney” Barron, Nissen Osterneck, Kalani Robb and patient Pono Segobia, 11, surrounded Arrson Golbski, 2.
FIRST WAVE: Accompanied by Kalani Miller, 2010 world champion surfer Kelly Slater walked the red carpet at the Surfer Poll Awards at Turtle Bay on the North Shore Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. This year's world title was Slater's 10th.
TO SAVE THEIR SCHOOLS: Eight-year-old Jada Cenicola waved to motorists passing Maunalua Bay Beach Park yesterday as she took part in a protest of the possible consolidation of several East Oahu elementary schools, including Kamiloiki and Koko Head.
The Hilton Hotels and Resorts’ executive pastry chef, Andre Fusero, and his team took first place in the chefs’ gingerbread house competition at the annual Easter Seals Gingerbread Family Festival yesterday at Blaisdell Center. The group’s Iolani Palace even had working lights. For more pictures of the palace and other entries, please go to
Thousands of motorcyclists took to the streets of Waikiki yesterday for the annual Toys for Tots charity ride. For more pictures of this event, please go to
Thousands of motorcyclists took to the streets of Waikiki yesterday for the annual Toys for Tots charity ride. For more pictures of this event, please go to
Thousands of motorcyclists took to the streets of Waikiki yesterday for the annual Toys for Tots charity ride. For more pictures of this event, please go to
OH CHRISTMAS TREE! | The switch was flipped last night and the lavishly decorated 55-foot Norfolk Island pine Christmas tree in front of Honolulu Hale lit up the night during the annual Honolulu City Lights Celebration and Christmas Parade.
JUST RIGHT | A crane was used to place the giant star during a treetop-placing ceremony yesterday outside Honolulu Hale in downtown Honolulu. The Honolulu City Lights tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. today.
WINTER THRILL IN A TROPICAL CLIMATE | It was snow day at Central Union Preschool yesterday as the students enjoyed 15 tons of manufactured snow. From left, Camryn Adams, Rylee Hosoda --holding a small snowman she and her mother, Donna Hosoda, made — and Camden Fujimoto dressed warmly for the occasion.
Candace Nakamoto posed with her daughter, Kayli, age 2, who wanted to put a very big carot into the small snowman they made.
Actor Jim Nabors sat in the cockpit of a Lockheed Martin F-35 simulator yesterday evening at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The Pacific Aviation Museum was celebrating its fourth anniversary with a benefit featuring music, food, socializing and prizes. Behind Nabors is Clint Churchill, president of the museum. For more information about the Pacific Aviation Museum, visit
Rina Ochiai from Ka Hale I O Kahala halau performed a hula yesterday evening at the Outrigger Reef hotel in Waikiki as part of an island-style tree-lighting ceremony. Coming up at 6:30 p.m. Saturday will be the lighting of the Honolulu Hale Christmas tree to kick off Honolulu City Lights.
Lava from Kilauea Volcano claimed a second house at Kalapana Gardens last weekend. Molten flows advanced on the house, owned by Jean Olsen, all day Friday, then stalled 20 feet from the structure early Saturday morning. Olsen slept in the house Saturday night as county fire personnel stood by. Lava set the structure ablaze about 4 p.m. Sunday and it was engulfed a half-hour later. On July 25, lava destroyed a house owned by Gary Sleik.

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