Kailua-Kona Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Schedule

Media Release:

The West Hawai‘i community is invited to enjoy both a parade and fireworks this Monday, July 4. The Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The parade begins at the Kona Pool next to Kekuaokalani Gym on Kuakini Highway near Old Airport. It will proceed south on Kuakini Highway, past West Hawaii Today, to Palani Road, to Ali‘I Drive, and then south on Ali‘i to Walua Road just past Coconut Grove Marketplace. There will be about 69 festive entries. The community is invited to come dressed in their festive Independence Day outfits.

The theme this year is Celebrate Freedom. There will be multiple color guards to celebrate the birthday of our country. Several military organizations will be represented, including Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawai‘i National Guard, Big Island Military Vehicle Group, and Camp Tarawa Detachment #1255. The entries will feature music, skateboarders, roller derby skaters, dogs, and lots of festive holiday creativity.

The Grand Marshal will be five members of our Hawai‘i County Police and Fire Departments who have served our country in the military. They include Fire Fighter Recruit Dominic Marzi, Fire Fighter Paul Kekela Jr.,and Volunteer Fire Equipment Operator Clinton Haina. From Hawai‘i Police Department, the Grand Marshals will be Officers Kupono Mata and Thomas Koyanagi.

Announcing stations for the parade will be at West Hawaii Today, Remixx Lounge at King Kamehameha Mall, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Tantes Restaurant, Boston Basils, Pancho & Leftys Cantina,Kimos/Uncle Billy’s, Waterfront Row, Island Lava Java, and Humpys at Coconut Grove.

Before the parade, there will be magic courtesy of The Great Arneleo at Kimos/Uncle Billy’s and music at Waterfront Row. The announcers at Pancho & Leftys will have an Independence Day Trivia contest (no prizes, just fun), and at Humpys, the two parade announcers dressed as Uncle Sam will provide frolic, fun, and trivia.

Many generous sponsors including the County of Hawai‘i, have contributed to provide a community fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.. The gala fireworks display will be from a barge in Kailua Bay, with pyrotechnics provided from a barge in the bay by fireworks production company Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics, Inc. LAVA 105.3 fm radio will broadcast patriotic music before and during the display.

There are more than 50 generous community sponsors that have made the fireworks and parade possible. In addition to the two major sponsors, Hawai‘i County and Kona Commons, other significant donations have come from Queen Liliuokalani Trust, Coconut Grove Marketplace, Holualoa Management Corporation, Lanihau Properties, Inc., Royal Kona Resort, Rotary Club of Kona Community Foundation, Royal Hawaiian Movers, and Fish Hopper.

Big Island Police Looking for Man Last Seen Walking Away From the Hilo Medical Center

7/1/11 UPDATE:
Big Island police have located 64-year-old Phillip Hollenbeck of Hāwī, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed in Waimea on Thursday afternoon (June 30).
Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a 64-year-old Hāwī man who was reported missing.

Phillip Hollenbeck

Phillip Hollenbeck

Phillip Hollenbeck was last seen walking away from Hilo Medical Center at 1:30 a.m. Thursday (June 30). He has several medical conditions that require medication.

He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-8, 165 pounds with hazel eyes, gray hair and a goatee. He was walking with a cane and wearing an orange and brown shirt, black shorts, a khaki baseball hat and black sandals.

Police received an unconfirmed report that someone fitting his description was later seen at Mo’oheau bus stop in Hilo.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Two Punks Busted for Causing Extensive Damage to Hilo High School

Media Release:

Police charged two 20-year-old Hilo men on Wednesday (June 29) for causing extensive damage to a Hilo school campus with graffiti.

Dezmond Marquise Bonaparte

Dezmond Marquise Bonaparte

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section charged Dezmond Marquise Bonaparte and Robert S. Lindbergh at 5:10 p.m. with second-degree criminal property damage after they allegedly caused damage in excess of $2,000 by spraying and writing graffiti on various buildings and fixtures on the Hilo High School campus. Bail for Bonaparte and Lindbergh was set at $2,000 each. They were scheduled to make their initial court appearance Thursday (June 30).

Robert S. Lindbergh

Robert S. Lindbergh

At 12:42 a.m., Tuesday morning, (June 28), South Hilo Patrol officers responding to a report received from a security officer about graffiti at various locations on the school campus. Bonaparte and Lindbergh were quickly identified as possible suspects.

Police ask that anyone who may have information about this case or other similar acts call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Honolulu Rail Follies – Sumitomo Appeals Honolulu Transit Core System’s DBOM Contract Award with DCCA

Media Release:

After a careful review of the City’s denial of its protest of the Honolulu High Capacity Transit Corridor Project Core Systems Design/Build/Operate/Maintain (DBOM) award, Sumitomo Corporation of America (SCOA) has decided to appeal the decision by the City and ask for an impartial hearing from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).

Sumitomo remains very interested in the Honolulu rail project and wants to be the company that builds this system. Emphasizing this, Gino Antoniello, VP, Transportation Systems and Equipment for SCOA explained: “Our protest–a first for us–was prompted by the conviction that our bid was improperly passed over in favor of another vendor with less experience and a questionable track record that lacked the proper legal qualifications to undertake a project of this scope.  Simply speaking, their bid does not meet all the specification requirements and adds up to less value with a significantly higher price tag overall – an extra $900 million more that will be taken out of the pockets of Honolulu taxpayers.”  In contrast, SCOA’s proposal meets all the specification requirements, makes no conditions and provides the best value to the City and its taxpayers.

Explaining the company’s decision to proceed to the next step in the process, Mr. Antoniello added, “We embarked on this protest reluctantly, one to protect our good name and standing in the industry, but most importantly, because we owe it to all our local partners and contractors, including WASA Electric with whom we have worked over the past two years to ensure we would not just be building a world class transit system, but we would be creating a new industry with long term jobs for the State of Hawaii.   This flawed decision by the City to reject our protest, not only hurts Sumitomo, but it jeopardizes the livelihood of our local partners, and the community with whom we have built lasting relationships.

“Sumitomo has a stellar performance record both in the U.S. and internationally,” states Antoniello.  “With a history that dates back 400 years, the company has the corporate longevity and financial stability that ensures our clients predictability and reliability.  This is important in projects with timelines that span decades and involve many subcontractors.   As the prime contractor we manage all of that and we have never had a legal conflict, frivolous lawsuits, or any pursuit of liquidated damages with a client.  With an impeccable track record we have strong customer references and a very high rate of repeat business.”

Antoniello stressed that in starting down this protest path, the company did so with a readiness to go all the way.   “We are confident that we will prevail and we respect the appeal process, and look forward to an impartial review and outcome by the DCCA.”

Governor Abercrombie Set To Sign The South Kona Wilderness Bill Tomorrow

Media Release:

Governor Neil Abercrombie is scheduled to sign legislation tomorrow that will create a permanent wilderness area on State land in the South Kona region of the Big Island. SB1154 authored by Hawai’i Island State Senator Gilbert Kahele will ensure the South Kona wilderness area,”rich with cultural, biological, and historical significance, remains in perpetuity for the future generations of Hawai‘i’s people”.

Senator Gilbert Kahele

Senator Gilbert Kahele

The legislation provides a mechanism to address both the community’s interests in utilizing the area for recreational purposes and protecting the vast amounts of archaeological sites, native plants, and native animals that exist in the preserve.The lands included in the wilderness reserve area are at Honomalino and Okoe from the shoreline to 6000 feet inland and the Manuka Natural Area Reserve boundary extended to the shoreline at Manuka and Kalanamauna. The bill will prevent sub-divison of the State owned land and will also prevent construction of new homes or structures within 1000 feet of the shoreline. Unlike an earlier bill which was signed by the previous administration into law, SB1154 has no “sunset” clause and will remain a permanent wilderness preserve for future generations. Earlier this month Senator Kahele led an archaeological hike and tour of the South Kona Wilderness Area with 75 participants of the 2011 Miloli’i Lawai’a ‘Ohana Camp. The hike began in Miloli’i and ended at the ancient Holua Slide. To view pictures of the walk and see some of the area and historic sites that the South Kona Wilderness Bill will protect for future generations of Hawai’i’s keiki visit this link: http://ow.ly/5ulSv

July 4th at The Shops at Mauna Lani

Hawaii Horse Expo 2011 Coming Up

Media Release:

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo 2011 is coming up August 5 through 7. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

Hawaii Horse Expo begins Friday, August 5 with an Equine Medicine Symposium from 9am until 5pm at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Top equine veterinarians Dr. Robert Miller from California, Dr. Brady Bergin of Waimea and Dr. Mark Fitch from Colorado will share their experiences so that attendees learn better animal care.

“Once again we have gathered some extremely talented individuals for the Expo. They are ready and willing to impart their knowledge so that horse owners and horse lovers can learn from them,” said Hawaii Horse Expo producer Nancy Jones. “We’re very fortunate to have these individuals coming to the Big Island and I hope people will take full advantage of their presence.”

In addition to Veterinarians Miller, Fitch and Bergin, accomplished horseman and trainer Tommy Garland, RFD TV host Rick Lamb, “HorseThink” founder and trainer Scot Hansen, and TTouch founder Linda Tellington-Jones will all be conducting clinics and hands-on demonstrations on Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea beginning at 10am and continuing throughout the day.

Saturday topics include Different Approaches for Different Horses; Calm Your Spooky Horse; Bucking, Rearing, Running Off; Making Your Horse Road Safe; Slowing Down the Canter; and Self Defense for the Trail Rider.

Expo Demonstration
Hawaii Horse Expo photo by Mary Buckley.

Sunday begins with a Blessing of the Horses. Horse owners are welcome to bring a strand of their horse’s mane or tail for a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Also on Sunday, Hawaii Horse Expo will present the event’s Mana Award to recognize an individual on the Big Island who has inspired and educated the community about horses in line with the goals of Hawaii Horse Expo. The award is sponsored by Veterinary Associates Inc. in Waimea.

Clinics and demonstration topics on Sunday are The Making of a Police Horse; Learning to Read Your Horse; Transform Your Horse’s Attitude; Ground Exercises to Teach Carriage, Control, Confidence; and Easier Ways to Achieve Lateral Flexion.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday the Hawaii Horse Expo Vending Hall will be open for shopping and a Silent Auction will benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The cost of the Equine Medicine Symposium is $50 and is limited to fifty people. Saturday and Sunday clinics and demonstrations at Anna Ranch are just $30 for each full day of events. Gold and Platinum benefactor passes are also available.

Information and ticket purchase forms are available at Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters in Kona, Waimea and Keaau or may be downloaded at www.HawaiiHorseExpo.com. Anyone interested in becoming a supporter, vendor or sponsor should contact Jones at 808-887-2301 or email NANJON8@aol.com.

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa on President Obama’s Press Conference

Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa released this statement following President Obama’s press conference Wednesday morning:

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

“I support President Obama’s call today for Congressional Republicans to step up, do their jobs, and show real leadership in addressing our nation’s economic concerns. Hawaii’s families continue to feel the sting of our nation’s economic downturn and Congress needs to take action to ease the burden on our working families, from job creation and the payroll tax reduction to addressing our debt ceiling and preserving America’s credit worthiness in the global economy. It is long past time for Republican leaders to end their single minded protection of tax breaks for the super-wealthy and oil companies, and acknowledge that America is a place that values decisive, effective action over political posturing.”