3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island

Magnitude 3.2
Location 19.359°N, 155.207°W
Depth 2 km (1.2 miles)
  • 11 km (6 miles) SSE (163°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SSW (213°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) SW (215°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SW (236°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 41 km (25 miles) SSW (198°) from Hilo, HI
  • 349 km (217 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI

Some of the Restaurants Announced for the BBQ Cook-Off

Some of the restaurants that will be participating in the BBQ Cook-Off being held at the Royal Kona Resort on August 13th are the following:

Royal Kona’s Don The Beachcomber

Don the Beachcombers Stand at last years BBQ Cook-Off

Big Jakes Island BBQ

Roy’s Waikoloa

Roy's Waikoloa at last years BBQ Cook-Off

Romano’s Macaroni Grill



Outrigger Keauhou

Banji’s Paradise Par and Grill in Waikoloa

Other restaurants are still submitting and getting their applications approved.

Also on hand that afternoon will be Henry Kapono, the Mai-Tai Festival and The Spin Doctors under the moon!


East Hawaii Officer of the Month for July – Sergeant Juergen Canda

Media Release:

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i recognized Sergeant Juergen Canda on Thursday (July 28) as “Officer of the Month” for July.

Aloha Exchange President Dale Tokuuke presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Sergeant Juergen Canda

Aloha Exchange President Dale Tokuuke presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Sergeant Juergen Canda

The Puna sergeant was honored for arresting a highly intoxicated reckless driver who had evaded police and national park law enforcement officers for an hour while drinking and speeding from Ka’ū into territory patrolled by the National Park Service.

Sergeant Canda had just made a speeding traffic stop near the 24-mile marker in Volcano when he headed toward the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park boundary to intercept the reckless driver. Within a minute, he encountered the driver swerving down the wet Volcano highway in busy traffic going 93 miles per hour. When Canda pulled the driver over, the man restarted his vehicle, sped off in the Hilo direction, turned into a subdivision and ran his vehicle off the road. Canda subdued two occupants who were attempting to flee while the driver ran into the forest.

When backup officers arrived, Canda conducted an extensive hour-long search until the suspect was located and arrested. The man was later charged with DUI, reckless driving, resisting an order to stop, driving without a license, driving without insurance, excessive speeding and accident involving property. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Lieutenant Glenn Uehana nominated Canda for the recognition of his good work. “Sergeant Canda’s dedicated efforts to make the roadways safer for the citizens and visitors of Hawai’i County prevented what was sure to end in a tragedy, as this dangerous driver headed into the populated areas during heavy weekend traffic,” Uehana wrote in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Canda is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.

Lawmakers Told by Governor’s & Mayor’s Office that Roundup of Homeless Will Not Occur Prior to the APEC Summit

Media Release:

The House Human Services chair, Rep. John Mizuno, announced today that the state and county (Honolulu) will not seek a “sweep” or “roundup” of the homeless in Waikiki prior to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in November 2011.



In November, Waikiki will be the center stage for the APEC Summit, before 21 APEC nations and 2,500 journalists.  In an effort to avoid a possible sweep or roundup of homeless in preparation for APEC, the House Committees on Housing and Human Services held a legislative briefing today seeking to secure a plan for a safe zone for the homeless.

During the briefing, Mufi Hannemann (former Mayor of Honolulu), representing the Hotel & Lodging Association, concurred with lawmakers that a “sweep” of homeless in the Waikiki area prior to APEC would look bad for Hawaii.  Mr. Hannemann also pledged support by the hotel association to lawmakers and stakeholders in finding both a short-term and long-term solution to reducing homelessness.



At the briefing, Rep. Mizuno read the email from Chad Buck, the Owner and CEO of the Hawaii Foodservice Alliance and the biggest individual donor (over 400,000 lbs.) of food to the Hawaii Food Bank:  “I support this effort to provide a safe zone for our homeless citizens in need and applaud the efforts by Representative Mizuno to reach out to coordinate the efforts from government, non-profits and the business community. As a business owner and resident, I recognize that the homeless issues that we face will only be solved when we stop relying on just the government. If businesses, non-profits, faith based initiatives and government agencies all join hands, the solutions will come both for the short and long term.”

At the briefing, Marc Alexander, State Homeless Coordinator & Bridget Palmer Holthus, Deputy Director of the Honolulu Department of Community Services, both confirmed their focus in reducing homelessness was on 1)  Affordable Housing, 2) Permanent Housing Solutions for homeless, and 3) Job Development.

“Today was extremely important, because we obtained a commitment from the Governor’s Office and Mayor’s Office that no “sweep” or “roundup” of the homeless in Waikiki will occur prior to or during APEC, said Rep. Mizuno. “Moreover, we confirmed support from the hotel industry and a major food distributor willing to help government in its efforts to reducing homelessness.  Today we gained concurrence with state, county, non-profits, private businesses, and faith based organizations willing to work together to better address homelessness.  A viable solution for our “safe zones” for homeless will be to expand our current homeless shelters, possibly in Kakaako and Kalaeloa, to accept some of the estimated 200 homeless in Waikiki.  These shelters provide homeless with a secured facility to sleep at night, showers, restrooms, meals, healthcare, and workforce development.”

“We have homeless with a mental illness and/or drug addiction who will refuse to go to a shelter and some are homeless by choice, so realistically we will always have a percentage of chronically homeless,” added Rep. Mizuno.  “Working together in a coordinated effort with all the stakeholders allows us greater ability to prove assistance to homeless who desire to transition back into the community.  We offer hope to those that seek it.”

Updated Flood Maps May Change Insurance Rates for Hawai‘i County Residents

Media Release:

The Department of Public Works is holding public meetings regarding updated flood maps. The purpose of these meetings are to give everyone a chance to thoroughly review and comment on the proposed Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map before it becomes official. Once the map becomes official it may affect insurance rates and it will be difficult and expensive to change. Coastal areas especially near Honaunau, Ho’okena, Ki’ilae, and Miloli’i should be aware that their insurance rates may increase. Pa’auau Stream near Pahala will also be discussed at these meetings.

Please help spread the word and/or attend one of these public meetings:

  • August 9, Aupuni Conference Center, Hilo 1:00 – 4:00PM
  • August 10, West Hawaii Civic Center, Kailua-Kona 2:00 – 5:00PM

Here is the 7/28/2011 Press Release from the Department of Public Works:

Click for Post-Preliminary Processing - Digital Flood Map

“Updated Flood Maps May Change Insurance Rates for Hawai‘i County Residents 

The revised preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) for Hawai‘i County will be released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and available for public comment during open houses on August 9 and 10.

Results of the Kona and Puna Flood Studies are not included in the preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for Hawai‘i County.

To ensure affected property owners understand the preliminary DFIRM map change process, open houses will be held on August 9 at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., and on August 10 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Building A, Conference Room A, in Kailua-Kona from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Personnel from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), FEMA, State Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Hawai‘i County, Department of Public Works will be available to answer questions.

Also taking place at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center on August 10, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., will be a workshop on the topic of Substantial Improvement / Substantial Damage.  This workshop provides a valuable training opportunity for engineers, architects, planners, and community officials.

If you require additional auxiliary aids and services for effective communications at these meetings, please contact Department of Public Works at 961-8321 as soon as possible, but no later than five days prior to the meeting date, to arrange for accommodations.

Link to FEMA Post-Preliminary Process Digital Flood Map Fact Sheet.

P.S.  The plan is to link the 2011 maps on to the flood hazard assessment tool, if not we will see it on maps for the 1st time at the open houses.”


Historical Map Donated to Hawaii County

Media Release:

Artist Blaise Domino utilizes the authority and grace of an old map as a canvas and utilizes his ability as an artist to cover it with beauty. The result brings history to life.

Through the use of visual vignettes depicting historical personalities, events and ecological and cultural conditions of the past, Domino’s collectible prints turn the two-dimensional tool that is a map into a stimulating teaching instrument that is a work of art in itself.

Councilman Fred Blas, Blaise Domino and Mayor Billy Kenoi

Domino recently donated two of his framed “giclée” – a high quality print of an art work – to the County of Hawaii. The pieces, which depict the history of Hawaii Island, will be hung in the Mayor’s Offices in Hilo and Kona.

“’Island of Hawaii’ is my fifth in a series of my historical maps of Hawaii,” said Domino, who publishes these maps through his Picture Map Company, located in Honolulu. “At first glance, it would appear to be quite busy with content, but unlike other art forms, maps are to be poured over and studied with relish.”

On Thursday morning, Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi presented the artist with a certificate of appreciation at an unveiling ceremony in Hilo. “On behalf of the County of Hawai’i, it is an honor and a privilege to showcase this unique and beautifully detailed map of our Hawai’i Island, and we are grateful for Mr. Domino’s very generous gift,” Kenoi said.

Following the Hilo unveiling, Mr. Domino travelled to the West Hawai’i Civic Center for a reception that afternoon with the Kona staff of the Mayor’s Office. Domino’s giclée is the first work of art that visitors will encounter as they enter the mayor’s offices in Hilo and Kona.

For more information on Mr. Domino’s work, visit www.blaisedomino.com, or email him at blaise@blaisedomino.com, or call him at (808) 737-3777. For more information on the donation to the county, contact Charmaine Shigemura, Executive Assistant, at (808) 961-8503 or email cshigemura@co.hawaii.hi.us.

25 Year-Old Dies in a Two-Vehicle Crash in Kamuela

Media Release:

A 25-year-old Waimea man died Wednesday (July 27) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash on Kawaihae Road (Route 19) .4 miles west of the 63-mile marker in Kamuela.

The driver was identified as Isaiah Lindsey of a Kamuela address.

Responding to a 5:44 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that Lindsey was operating a 1988 Ford multi-purpose vehicle and traveling east on Kawaihae Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2010 Toyota pickup truck traveling east and being operated by a 27-year-old woman from Kamuela.

Both drivers and a 31-year-old woman from Kamuela, who was a passenger in the Ford, were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Lindsey was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.

The female passenger was in serious condition and confined to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

The driver of the Toyota was treated and released with minor injuries.

Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 18 at this time last year.