Senator Inouye to Present Hawaii County $7.2 Million in Bus Grants

From the Mayor’s Office:

U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye will be in Hilo on Saturday to present a check to the County of Hawaii representing $7.2 million in federal grants for six new 45-passenger buses and major improvements to the county’s Mass Transit Agency facilities.

Hawai‘i County Mass Transit Agency Director Tom Brown, left, and Mayor Billy Kenoi, accept a Federal Transit Agency check representing $7.2 million from U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye to fund mass transit improvements in the County of Hawai‘i.

“The safe and timely transportation of our residents and visitors is critical to maintaining a healthy economy,” said Senator Inouye. “These funds will help people on the Big Island get to and from work while reducing traffic congestion and limiting the impact fossil fuels have on the environment.”

A $5 million State of Good Repair Grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, includes $4 million for new administration offices and base yard for the County’s Mass Transit Agency in Hilo.

The new County mass transit offices will provide easy access to a central location where the public can visit or call to obtain transit services and information. The base yard will enable the county to better house and maintain the transit agency’s growing fleet of buses.

The State of Good Repair Grant also includes $1 million for the purchase of three new 45-passenger buses with wheelchair access, bicycle racks and passenger security features that will continue to improve the County’s free, island-wide bus services for island residents.

An additional $2.2 million federal earmark from the FTA’s transit capital investment program will be used to purchase four additional new 45-passenger buses for the County’s transportation fleet. The grant will also used to purchase bus stop and bus shelter materials.

“This $7.2 million grant is a huge appropriation for our County and recognizes our efforts at building and enhancing the largest transportation system in the State of Hawaii,” said Mayor Kenoi. “We are very grateful for the help provided by our senior Senator Inouye and his staff in obtaining this valuable assistance for our residents.”

The county’s free, island-wide bus system is rapidly growing. In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, 1.1 million passengers boarded Hawaiian Island’s Hele-On buses, an 18 percent increase from the previous year.

“The new buses and the administrative and base yard improvements will have a tremendous positive impact on our mass transit system, allowing more people to use the system and to help us address increasing demand for our services,” said Tom Brown, Mass Transit Agency director.

“The growing demands of our residents traveling between East and West Hawaii, connecting the Ka`u and Ocean View districts with Hilo and Kona, North Kohala and Kona, and between upper and lower Puna to Hilo, will be addressed with the new buses,” Brown said. “Helping to get our people to work, school, medical appointments, and recreation activities improves their quality of life.”

“With the generous support from Senator Inouye,” said Mayor Kenoi, “we are continuing to follow through on our commitment to expand our transit system.”

The grant will be presented in a brief ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the front of the Hawaii County Building at 25 Aupuni St., Hilo.

Big Islands Most Wanted Criminals

Have you seen these folks? Big Islands Most Wanted criminals according to the U.S. Marshall Service.   Click on the picture to see warrant.

LEFRANDT, Frank Jr. Name: LEFRANDT, Frank Jr. 

Offense(s): Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.  Original Charge: Sexual Assault, Attempted Sexual Assault.

Date of Warrant: December 17, 2008

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


NITTAYANUPA, Pavit Name: NITTAYANUPA, Pavit 

Offense(s): Violation of Pretrial Release.  Original Charge: Fraud – False Statements on Customs Declaration.

Date of Warrant: December 13, 2004

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


ORTIZ, Mauro Martin Name: ORTIZ, Mauro Martin 

Offense(s): Kidnapping, Sexual Assault

Date of Warrant: July 10, 2008

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


OSUNA, Jose Edmundo Name:  OSUNA, Jose Edmundo 

Offense(s): Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


TAECHARATANAPRASERT, Arkrin Name: TAECHARATANAPRASERT, Arkrin 

Offense(s): Failure to Appear.  Original Charge: Fraud – False Statements on Customs Declaration.

Date of Warrant: April 26, 1991

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


BANEZ, Benjamin M. Name: BANEZ, Benjamin M. 

Offense(s): Violation of Supervised Release.  Original Charge: Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Date of Warrant: May 09, 1996 and January 11, 2005

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


CASTRO, Eric Name: CASTRO, Eric 

Offense(s): Violation of Pretrial Release.  Original Charge: Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Date of Warrant: July 26, 2006

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


GARCIA, Joslyn G. Name: GARCIA, Joslyn G. 

Offense(s): Violation of Supervised Release.  Original Charge: Bank Fraud.

Date of Warrant: July 31, 2007

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


QUIAMBAO, Bernard Name: QUIAMBAO, Bernard 

Offense(s): Violation of Pretrial Release.  Original Charge: Conspiracy; Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

Date of Warrant: August 24, 2007

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


TAUFA, Alifeleti Name: TAUFA, Alifeleti 

Offense(s): Robbery 1st Degree

Date of Warrant: March 28, 2000

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


Adrian BARAHONA Name:  BARAHONA, Adrian 

Offense(s): Narcotics Violations

Date of Warrant: May 25, 2000

Point of Contact: DUSM Brent C.L. Naluai at (808) 541-3000


Wen Jun XU Name:  XU, Wen Jun 

Offense(s): Visa Fraud, Filing False Income Tax Returns

Date of Warrant: December 19, 2000

Point of Contact: DUSM Roman Buyson at (808) 541-3000


VALENDIA, Christian Name:  VALENDIA, Christian 

Offense(s): Distribution of Methamphetamine

Date of Warrant: September 10, 2003

Point of Contact: DUSM Jay Bieber at (808) 541-3000


KIM, Chan Nyun Name:  KIM, Chan Nyun 

Offense(s): Violation of Pretrial Release

Date of Warrant: May 3, 1999

Point of Contact: DUSM Tanya Muna at (808) 541-3000


 CABEL,Wilfredo Name: CABEL, Wilfredo 

Offense(s): Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution.
Original Charge: Murder ***Use Extreme Caution***

Date of Warrant: January 24, 1992

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


NGUYEN, Nancy Name: NGUYEN, Nancy 

Offense(s): Violation of Pretrial Release.  Original Charge: Wire fraud and Mail Faud

Date of Warrant: September 20, 2004

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


TABOR,JAMES CRAIG Name:  TABOR, James Craig 

Offense(s): Violation of Supervised Release

Date of Warrant: December 13, 2004

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000


KIYOTSUKA, Cheyn Name:  KIYOTSUKA, Cheyn 

Offense(s): Violation of Supervised Release.  Original Charge: Distribution of Methamphetamine

Date of Warrant: July 05, 2006

Point of Contact: U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii at (808) 541-3000

Congresswoman Hirono Announces Vote to Provide One-Time $250 Check for Hawaii Seniors

Media Release:

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono announced House Democrats will move ahead with legislation to provide Social Security recipients with a one-time $250 payment in 2011. The Social Security Administration is expected to announce Friday there will be no automatic Cost-of-Living-Adjustment for 2011.

H.R. 5987, the Seniors Protection Act of 2010, is expected to be brought to the House floor for a vote when Congress reconvenes in November.

“There are more than 160,000 seniors in the State of Hawaii who receive Social Security benefits. As a cosponsor of this measure, I strongly support Congress’ efforts to enact this one-time $250 payment to seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities to help them make ends meet,” said Congresswoman Hirono.

Pahoa Museum Presents New Exhibit Which Depicts Hawaiian Royalty

Media Release:

The Pahoa Village Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings honoring the life of this land by artists Alan Fine and Barry Wilkinson. Fine’s art, which has been exhibited at Hilo’s Palace Theater, depicts Hawaiian Royalty. Wilkinson’s paintings depict an intimate and beautiful reflection of Hawaiian life.

Opening reception is Saturday, October 30, 5-8 pm with live music and refreshments. The show runs through January 16. The Pahoa Village Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 10-5; admission is by donation.  The museum is located at 15-2931 Pahoa Village Road (across the street from the Akebono Theater).

Paradise Roller Girls Announce First Derby Bout

Media Release:

Roller Derby is back on Hawaii’s Big Island, and Paradise Roller Girls presents its first derby bout, “Fairies vs. Scaries” on Sat., Nov. 27 at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the action starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door the night of the event. Tickets can be purchased online at www.brownpapertickets.com, at local outlets including CD Wizard, Hilo Burger Joint, and Mountain View Village Video, or from your favorite derby girl.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 women are part of the spirited “warriors on wheels” group, which holds practices several times a week throughout East Hawaii.

“The sports that most women participate in don’t require knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, a helmet and a mouth guard,” said PRG’s president, Meg Premo, aka Megative. “But don’t let that scare you. Derby is a fantastic, physical outlet for women, and fun for the whole family to watch.”

Indeed. Derby girls skate around an oval flat track, whipping their team mates through a tight pack of opponents eager to knock them down and prevent the lead jammer from scoring points. Derby girls choose clever personas (Fisty Kristy, BamBooHoo, Avatart, Devil’d Meggs, and Noella DeVille are some of PRG’s monikers) and they dress the part.

“Derby empowers women. Our league has even banned the word ‘sorry.’ If someone says sorry at a practice, they have to drop and give us five pushups for each offense,” Megative said.

PRG adheres to Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rules and has qualified referees in the league.

Come out and support your local roller derby, with action-packed entertainment, and family fun. For more information and to “meet” the PRG, check out www.paradiserollergirls.com.