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Police Looking for Thugs Who Assault and Steal Moped From Lady on H-130 Near Kalapana

Media Release

The Hawaii Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying a pair of males who were last seen in the Kalapana area in the early evening hours of January 13.

At approximately 7:15 p.m., a 22-year-old woman was riding her moped southbound on Route 130 near the 17-mile marker when she was stopped by a red newer-model Honda sedan. A local male exited the front passenger seat and started yelling at her. He struck her twice on the side of her head and pushed her to the ground. He then drove off with the victim’s moped, following the red Honda, which continued traveling southbound on Route 130.

The suspect is described as a local male, 5-foot-11 to 6-feet tall, 170-180 pounds with a short-trimmed mustache.

Police ask anyone with information on this case call Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua at 961-2252 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Senator Hee Talks About the Pending Ceded Lands Case… Video

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GO LOOK AT THE MOON!

Jupiter VENUS is lined up behind the moon and you can see the dark side of the moon.  It’s pretty cool.

Wish I had a decent camera now!

20 People Drowned Off the Big Island Last Year

I didn’t realize the numbers were this high:

The ocean around the Big Island claimed 20 drowning victims last year, the highest toll since 1993…

More here

Received an Award the Other Night

Figured I’d let you folks hear about if first HERE (must view till the end or else!)

I’d like to say thanks to John Rabi for  nominating me.

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Hawaii “Suicide” Bill Passes First Reading

Others simply call this the “Suicide Bill”.  Hawaii is calling it the “Death With Dignity” Bill or HB587.

House Bill 587 passed the first reading on Tuesday and has been referred to the House Committee on Health.

Measure Title: RELATING TO DEATH WITH DIGNITY.
Report Title: Death With Dignity
Description: Allows a terminally ill, competent adult to get lethal dose of medication to end life. Prohibits mercy killings, lethal injections, and active euthanasia. Requires informed consent. Allows alternate doctor to replace attending doctor if latter declines to prescribe. Requires monitor at time of taking dose.

Honolulu “Teddy Bear” Indicted for Threatening Bush

I can’t make this up…  from the Advertiser:

A federal grand jury today indicted a Hawai’i woman on one count of threatening to kill then-President George W. Bush.

Teddy Bear Paradise, also known as Denise Oneal Serot and Denise Oneal, is accused of mailing a letter addressed to Bush at the White House on Nov. 7, 2008. The letter had a return address with the name “Teddy B. Paradise, Honolulu Hawaii,” according to an affidavit by Secret Service Special Agent Todd Nerlin that was filed in U.S. District Court.

In the letter, Paradise wrote, “I am coming to Washington, D.C. to murder you,” according to the affidavit.

Home Repair Loans for Hawaiian Home Lessees

Media Release

The Office of Housing and Community Development is pleased to announce that it is currently accepting applications to its Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) Home Repair Loan Program.  NAHASDA was established by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and administered by the Office of Housing and Community Development to make low-interest loans available to low-and moderate-income DHHL lessees who are interested in repairing their primary residence. The NAHASDA loan can be used for roof repairs, electrical and plumbing work, sewer improvements, termite treatment and damages caused by termites or wood rot and the installation of a solar water heating system in conjunction with repairs.  Loans range from $2,500 to $50,000 at 0% to 3% interest.  The interest rate is set based on age and income.   Applicants 62 years or older and very-low income may have a 0% interest and deferred payment loan with a possible grant provision.  For more information or an application contact Dawnelle Forsythe at 959-4642.  Application packets can also be found on-line at http://www.hawaii-county.com/directory/dir_housing.htm.

For more information about this topic please call Dawnelle Forsythe at 959-4642 or e-mail at ohcdeh@co.hawaii.hi.us.

County of Hawaii Offers Home Repair Loans

Media Release

The Office of Housing and Community Development is currently accepting applications to its Residential Emergency Repair Program (RERP).  The RERP program was established in 1997 to make low-interest loans available to low-and moderate-income homeowners who are interested in repairing and improving their primary residence.  The RERP loan can be used for roof repairs, electrical and plumbing work, sewer improvements, termite treatment and damages caused by termites or wood rot and the installation of a solar water heating system.  Loans range from $2,500 to $25,000 at 3% interest.  Loan payments are deferred for 15 years at which time full payment will be due.  Applicants 62 years or older or with special needs, may have 30% of the principal balance of the loan forgiven as a grant.  For more information or an application contact Dawnelle Forsythe at 959-4642.  Application packets can also be found on-line at http://www.hawaii-county.com/directory/dir_housing.htm.

For more information about this topic please call Dawnelle Forsythe at 959-4642 or e-mail at ohcdeh@co.hawaii.hi.us.

New Sulfur Dioxide Monitoring System

Kudos to Guavabee for blogging about the States new sulfur dioxide monitoring system.

You can check out the current Sulfur Dioxide Levels in the Puna Area here and I’ll put a link under my official sites on the left.

http://www.hiso2index.info/

Former UH Hilo Student Body President Hires Prominent “Gotti Lawyer” for Murder Defense

A 39-year-old Big Island murder suspect in the 2004 Pali Golf Course shootings who was represented by a court-appointed lawyer a year ago has mysteriously retained a prominent New York criminal defense attorney as his trial is set to begin tomorrow.

Ethan “Malu” Motta of Hilo will be represented by Charles Carnesi, whose clients include accused Gambino crime family scion John “Junior” Gotti, in a racketeering and murder trial.

More here

Motta was the President of UH Hilo’s Associated Student Body for a year.

BJ Penn vs. George St. Pierre: Sports Illustrated Covering Fight

This Saturday will be probably the biggest fight in UFC history as Hilo’s own BJ Penn takes on Canada’s George St. Pierre.

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BJ Penn's Academy in Hilo

You know MMA is getting big when Sports Illustrated is covering it.  They just came out with the following article:

Against St. Pierre, Penn eyes second belt, new chapter in history.”

There are thousands of blogs and articles about this, so I won’t blog to much about it.

I hope BJ kicks his ass!

You can see pictures of BJ’s Gym that I took last week here.

BJ Penn's full scale ring in the basement of his academy

BJ Penn's full scale ring in the basement of his academy

“What he’s doing for the youth of Hawaii, he’s trying to send them in the right direction,” Valentino said. “What’s he’s done for the people of Hawaii is to give them hope that you can be champion in anything you do.”

During the 1920s, that distinction belonged to a slender Japanese emigrant, Seishiro “Henry” Okazaki. Combining different arts into an effective form of self-defense and fighting, Okazaki met many challengers along the way who aimed to test their style against his: a mixture of boxing, Japanese jujitsu and the ancient Hawaiian art of bone breaking, the Lua.

A hotbed of jujitsu, thanks to a significant number of Japanese workers toiling on the Big Island’s plantations, Hilo was Okazaki’s fighting epicenter. In 1922, he faced the toughest match of his life. British boxer Carl “Kayo” Morris traveled to the islands in search of mixed-discipline bouts. After roughing up several local fighters, Morris came across Okazaki, whom he battered in the first of six three-minute rounds. However, the Japanese fighter survived a broken nose before putting the boxer out with an injured arm. The victory propelled Okazaki into hallowed ground, and helped establish a new style of martial arts, Danzan-Ryu jujitsu… Sports Illustrated

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Hawaii County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Committee: 2008 Report to the Mayor

The 2008 Hawaii County Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Committee Report to the Mayor has been released and can be viewed here.

The next public meeting will be held on Monday, February 9th @10:00 AM.

You can view the location of the meeting and agenda here.

Why Do They Call “Black People” Colored or For That Matter… Black?

Disclosure: I’m half “Black”

I’m thinking about this a little bit over. Why do they call black people colored? I myself have never in my life seen a “Black” person.

I’ve seen dark-skinned people… but never “Black”.

A common joke that’s been played out in many different ways is this:

When I was born I was Black. When I grow up I am black. When I am sick I am black. When I go in the sun I am black. When I am cold I am black. When I die I am black.

But You. When you are born you are pink. When you grow up you are white. When you are sick you turn green. When you go in the sun you get red. When you are cold you turn blue. When you die you turn purple. And you have the fucking nerve to call me COLORED!

And people complain about being called a “pot smoking dopehead” ;)

Honolulu City Council Passes Bill Banning Text-Messaging While Driving

From KITV:

The Honolulu City Council has passed a bill banning Oahu motorists from text-messaging on their cell phones and playing video games while driving.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann hasn’t decided whether he’ll sign the bill. He’s concerned the measure will be difficult for police to enforce.

Council member Charles Djou introduced the bill after a city bus driver was suspended for playing a video game while driving a bus.

Honokaa Boy – The Film Trailer

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The film is “loosely based” on the book by Leo Yoshida…
Here’s the story: In 1999 a young Yoshida visits Honokaa and falls in love with the town. He meets Dr. Kinney who owns the Honoka’a People’s Theater and asks if he could train to become the projectionist. The doctor welcomed the idea. While working at the theater, Leo befriends a seamstress named Beatrice Okamoto and the pair become very close. Almost nightly she cooks dinner for him and they would talk about Japan, Hawaii and life in general. This is a very special period in their lives.
Leo returns to Tokyo and writes a book called Honakaa Boy that becomes a hit because it’s a true story about a little town in Hawaii that talk about real people…
Producers are Gary Basson (L.A.) and Keishi Kuroki (Japan). Three well known Japanese actors are expected to play the lead roles. The real Leo Yoshida will have a cameo role…Local Hawaiian casting is by Laurie Foi on Oahu and Laura Bollinger of the Big Island. This is director Atsushi Sanada’s first feature film.
Honokaa Boy, which is scheduled for a spring release in Japan, will mostly be in the Japanese language. No international release is scheduled. The production company is Robot Communications (Japan) and Twin Planet Films (U.S.)

Hat tip to Tim Ryan

Mini-Grants Available: Healing Our Island Community Fund

Media Release

Healing Our Island Community Fund mini-grants are still available through the Hawaii County Resource Center (HCRC), a program of the Department of Research and Development.  This fund, obtained through a state Grant-in-Aid, is designed to make funding available to grassroots groups that ordinarily have no access to traditional grant sources.  The Healing Our Island Fund encourages grassroots involvement to plan and implement community-led anti-drug initiatives, services, programs and events in the County of Hawai’i.  Over 400 community mini-grants have been awarded since the inception of this program to enable communities to connect and work in a united front to address substance abuse issues.

Grants are limited to not more than $2,000.00 and applicants are encouraged to collaborate and cooperate with others in their own communities and with other communities.  Applications are reviewed monthly and applicants must apply for funds at least eight weeks prior to using the funds.  Applications are due in the Department of Research and Development in Hilo or Kona by 4:30 p.m. on the 10th of each month or the first business day following if it falls on a weekend or holiday.

To support potential applicants, district liaisons are available to serve as community grant coaches and collaborative facilitators.  The liaisons can help applicants sort through grant paperwork and reporting requirements as well as monitor project progress and attend funded events.  First time applicants are encouraged to contact their respective district liaisons before submitting an application.

More information and guidelines about the Healing Our Island Community Fund are available at www.hcrc.info.  Applications are also available for pick up at the Department of Research and Development in Hilo at the Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, PH-1014C or in Kona at the Lanihau Professional Center at 75-5591 Palani Road, Suite 2001 (next to Frame Ten Center-Kona Bowl).  For more general information or questions, email hcrc@co.hawaii.hi.us or call Laverne Omori, Resource Center Specialist, at 327-3665.

My Hawaiian Home

I added a new blog to my ‘Roll this morning: My Hawaiian Home

Devany Vickery-Davidson is a new resident here on the Big Island. She comes here from the mainland with an extensive background in cooking as well as a great knowledge of pottery and other arts and crafts.

She has another blog that she also writes: East Bay Potters that is also worth checking out.

I welcome Devany to The Big Island as well to my ‘Roll so check out “My Hawaiian Home” when you get the chance.

List of Senate and House Bills Introduced to the 2009 Hawaii Legislature

2009 Regular Session Bills Introduced from the Bills and Documents site on the Legislatures homepage.:

* Senate Bills Introduced
* House Bills Introduced