Wordless Wednesday – Synchronicity

Wordless Wednesday - Synchronicity

Hawaii County Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Promoting Major Paul Kealoha to Assistant Chief

Media Release:

Chief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted Major Paul Kealoha to assistant chief effective July 18.

Major Paul Kealoha

Major Paul Kealoha

Kealoha will be in charge of Area II Operations in West Hawai’i. Assistant Chief Henry Tavares, a Hilo resident who is now in charge of Area II Operations, will transfer to Area I Operations in East Hawai’i on the same date.

Kealoha is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He joined the Hawai’i Police Department in 1985 and has worked in West Hawai’i for 24 of his 26 years on the police force. For the last two years he has been the major in charge of Administrative Services.

Damn It’s Good on Hawaii Island Hoops Camp 2011

Ok this is hilariousAlex Farnham has produced this video for the Hawaii Island Hoops Camp.

Alex Farnham from "Damn It's Good 808"

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Hawaii Wildlife Center Reaches Major Milestone

Media Release:

Linda Elliott, Hawaii Wildlife Center President and Director announced recently that the Hawaii Wildlife Center in Kapaau has reached a major milestone. Following a tour of the facility and a briefing of the organization’s goal to help preserve Hawaii’s native wildlife, a generous donor provided  funds needed  to complete construction of the building’s interior.

“I cannot express how grateful I am that this caring  individual really understood what we’re trying to accomplish here,” said Elliott. “Our fundraising will never end since as a non-profit we still need money to operate,  provide staffing and develop programs, but this donation is huge in many ways and means our doors will finally open.”

The Hawaii Wildlife Center is planning a Grand Opening in November, allowing Tinguely Construction and other sub-contractors sufficient time to complete the build-out.

Hawaii Wildlife Center exterior is completed. Recent funding provides for interior build out with grand opening soon thereafter.

Hawaii Wildlife Center exterior is completed. Recent funding provides for interior build out with grand opening soon thereafter.

The Center’s objectives – to protect, conserve and aid in the recovery of Hawaii’s native wildlife through hands-on treatment, research, training, science education and cultural programs – will be achieved through the integrated operation of three related components: the wildlife treatment facility, an interpretive lanai and an education pavilion. The 4,500 square foot building includes rooms for wildlife intake, holding, washing, drying, food preparation, lab work, medical treatment and isolation. The Center’s location on just over two acres of land provides sufficient space for an outdoor Recovery Yard. Public visitation will be encouraged to enhance awareness of conservation issues and challenges. The Education pavilion will be used for training, public lectures and related projects including opportunities for collaboration with the Kohala School Complex for hands on learning programs in math, science and conservation both during and after school.

Joining the anonymous donor in helping Hawaii Wildlife Center reach this final construction phase milestone are a combination of many individual donors, in-kind donations, and grants from The
Thomas J. Long Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Ltd., Hawaii Electric Light Co., Cleo Foundation, The Pettus Foundation, Kaulaunani Urban Forestry Cost-Share Grant, Change Happens Foundation and Patagonia Environmental Grants.

The Hawaii Wildlife Center was acknowledged recently by Scenic Hawaii, Inc. with an Award of Honor in the Community Gardens category presented during the 2011 Betty Crocker Landscape Awards dinner on Oahu. The awards are held annually to recognize the many people who work every day to make Hawaii a more beautiful place. Landscape Architect Jason Umemoto of Umemoto Cassandro Design Corporation generously donated time and expertise when hundreds of volunteers planted Loulu Lelo, Ho’awa, Ae’Ae, Uki’Uki, Palapalai fern, Naio Papa, Pohinahina, Akia and many native plants at the Hawaii Wildlife Center and this award validates their efforts.

About Hawaii Wildlife Center
The Hawaii Wildlife Center will become the first state-of-the-art response facility in the Pacific islands exclusively for native wildlife. The HWC will provide for the best achievable medical and husbandry care for sick, injured, contaminated and orphaned native wildlife, including those affected by natural and man-made disasters and by returning those successfully treated animals back to the wild.  Visit www.HawaiiWildlifeCenter.org to learn more or to make a donation.

Hawaiian Perspectives on Geothermal Panel Meeting Planned for Maui

Media Release:

WHAT:  The third in a series of community forums and information sessions on geothermal development in Hawaii .

From the Pahoa Geothermal Community Meeting held on April 9th, 2011

The crowd at the Pahoa Geothermal Community Meeting held on April 9th, 2011

The event will feature presentations from Native Hawaiians on community-based models for geothermal development, cultural issues and the protection of cultural resources, OHA’s role in Wao Kele O Puna forest management, the revenue OHA receives from Geothermal development, and native Hawaiian/public ownership of geothermal ‘minerals’ as assets of the ceded land trust. Also to be discussed is the issue of “peak oil” and its impacts to the global and local community.

Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG)

Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG) talks to the Pahoa community

WHO: Patricia Brandt, CEO of Innovations Development Group (IDG), a Native Hawaiian company with geothermal projects on Maori Trust lands in New Zealand , will moderate the forum. IDG has a proprietary native model for geothermal development that is firmly rooted in the community. They believe that the community must have a strong voice and stake in the development of public assets. Six native Hawaiian leaders will give presentations (information below). All community members are cordially invited to attend this information session to help ensure that we make the right decisions regarding our energy future.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Hannibal Tavares (Pukalani) Community Center

91Pukalani St. Pukalani, Maui , HI 96768

Hawaiian experts say that sustainable, domestic energy can fuel the Hawaiian Islands of the future, and replace more costly, dirty and dangerous alternatives like fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Senator Hanohano and Mililani Trask talk story outside the Pahoa Community Center

Senator Hanohano and Mililani Trask talk story outside the Pahoa Community Center

Now a group of Hawaiian organizations, corporations and noted individuals, including former opponents of the Wao Kele O Puna project like international human rights attorney Mililani Trask, have coordinated a public forum to discuss Community-Based Development of Geothermal Resource

The Community Geothermal Informational Sessions Series began Saturday April 9th in Pahoa. The session was well attended with community members and business leaders coming to learn about geothermal opportunities for Hawai‘i and to share their views. The next community meeting took place in Hilo on May 28th and was deemed informational and productive by those who attended. The series now moves to Maui on July 20th, for a community meeting featuring additional presentations from distinguished guests.

Moderated by IDG CEO Patricia Brandt, the forum’s panelists will include Mililani Trask, Esq. (Indigenous Consultants LLC), Ku’uleiohuokalani Kealoha Cooper (Kealoha Estate), Cy Bridges (IDG Cultural Advisor), Robert Lindsey (Trustee, OHA Hawaii Island), Hulu Lindsey (Lindsey Realty and Kahulu Productions), Richard Ha (Co-Chair, Geothermal Working Group & Hamakua Springs), and Wally Ishibashi (Co-Chair, Geothermal Working Group, Member of Hawaii Labor Alliance).

The Hawaiian Geothermal Community Informational Sessions are sponsored by Kealoha Estate, Indigenous Consultants LLC, Innovations Development Group, Inc., Bob Lindsey, OHA Trustee—Hawaii Island, Kanaka Council Moku O Keawe, Laulima Title Search and Claims.

Big Island Police Seeking Pahala Man Involved in Domestics Involving Firearms

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a Ka’u man wanted in connection with a domestic confrontation on Sunday (July 3).

Nathan Cakin

Nathan Cakin

Nathan Cakin, 31, of Pāhala allegedly used a firearm to force his way into his girlfriend’s car in the driveway of their Pāhala home and then forced her to drive.

The woman stopped the car on Wood Valley Road and ran away. Cakin allegedly fired two shots and ordered her back into the car. Before she reached the car, the woman was able to escape into a vehicle driven by a passing tourist.

Cakin then allegedly got into the car his girlfriend had been driving, reached into the tourist’s car and dragged his girlfriend by the hair.

The tourist drove the victim to the Nā’ālehu police station.

Cakin is described as Filipino, 5-foot-9, about 250 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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 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.

Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate – Hawaii Campus 2011 Summer School Open House – Hayden Shines!

Today was Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Hawaii Campus 2011 summer school open house.

My son showed me some of the stuff that he was learning in the classroom before the day actually began.

Once all the kids arrived, it was time to head out to meet the other 2nd grade classes for the morning “oli” or Hawaiian for prayer.

My son told me he had a surprise for me… and it turned out that he was selected to lead the morning “Oli”.

Here is a short video of him leading the classes:

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After the morning Oli was done, the parents watched a slide show of pictures from the events that the kids had been doing.

The parents then were treated to four performances in the schools cafeteria.

And here is the clip of the second grade performance:

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For those that don’t know… my son was fortunate enough to be one of forty kindergartners to get selected go to this school a couple years ago after almost a year of testing and application procedures.  Normally the summer school programs are set aside for students that aren’t accepted into KSBE on a regular basis so I feel very fortunate that he’s getting summer school provided for him as well!

Puna Hitchhiker Attacks Wrong Driver… Ends Up Wounded in the Bushes

Media Release:

Big Island police are investigating an attempted robbery that reportedly occurred in the Puna District on Monday (July 4).

A 20-year-old Kea’au man reported that at about 1 a.m. Monday, he picked up a man in the area of highway 11 near the Shipman Industrial park entrance. He reported that after traveling south on Route 11 in a light green Honda, he turned into the Fern Acres subdivision in Puna and the male passenger attempted to carjack him. The victim said that while attempting to steal the vehicle, the suspect was injured and was last seen running into the bushes.

The victim was not injured during the incident. He described the suspect as a “hapa” or mixed-race man in his 20s, about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10. He was last seen wearing a dark hooded jacket over a white T-shirt and dark blue knee-length jeans shorts. He may have an injury to his left thigh area.

Police are investigating this incident as a first-degree attempted robbery and ask that anyone who may have knowledge as to the identity of this individual call Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2382.

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.