Monday, August 4, 2008

Na hunehune mea hou - News bits

Rep. Bob Herkes fished the first two years of the Hawaii International Billfish Tournament and, nearly 50 years later, he is still an integral part of the event. In addition to being a state representative and fighting vog, he's the editor of the Bill Fish Bowl - "All the news that's fish, we print." The Bill Fish Bowl is the tournament's daily newspaper; Herkes started working on it with the late Harry Lyons when it was called the Ahi Daily News. Not only that, he's the booming voice announcing on the pier as the boats come in each day. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the Hawaii International Billfish Tournament.

Many saw Rep. Joey Manahan's letter to editor on the recent Elections Office controversy but wondered about his connection to the issue. Rep. Manahan formerly worked at the Office of Elections as an administrator under the former director Dwayne Yoshina.

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu is teaming up with Senator Clarence Nishihara to produce a new television series on Olelo about Waipahu. They have started videotaping segments. Air dates to be announced.

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