Bill Designates September 11th as Patriot Day in Hawaii

In 2009 HB 274 was passed by the Hawaii State Legislature as Act 14. The measure was authored by State Representative John Mizuno, Chairman of the Human Services Committee, designing September 11th as “Patriot Day” in Hawaii to honor the victims of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and in rural Pennsylvania.

2011 Hawaii Patriot Day
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was one of the deadliest and most damaging in the history of the United States. The destruction was enormous, the World Trade Center’s towers devastated by the two hijacked airplanes, the Pentagon partially destroyed by a third hijacked plane, a fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania, and more than 3,000 people killed.

Rep. Mizuno explains that the purpose of the measure is to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and to acknowledge the bravery and heroism of those individuals who assisted in rescue efforts following the attacks. The measure is also to remind us to remain committed and united in defending our state and nation against terrorism.

“By designing September 11th as ‘Patriot Day’ we shall provide a reminder of the sacrifices made by those who perished on September 11, 2001, and also the vigilance that is needed to combat terrorism. I wanted to recognize and honor the victims and true heroism that was shown in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. The brave acts of the police officers, firefighters, emergency personnel, and ordinary citizens, truly define our citizens.” Stated Rep. Mizuno.

On May 1, 2011, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and the terrorist network behind the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States was killed in Pakistan.

“We will never forget our people we lost on that fateful day and as we approach the 10th anniversary of the attacks we continue to move steadfast against terrorism and united in support of our country,” said Rep. Mizuno.

First Annual “Run for Peace” to be Held in Conjunction with International Peace Day Festivities in Honoka’a

2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Day Festivities in Honoka‘a Town on Sunday, September 18, will include the 1st Annual Peace Parade “Run for Peace.”  A 5K/3.1-mile run open to everyone, the event is sponsored by the Peace Committee, producers of the 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School football field.  The Peace Run begins just before the parade and the route will take the runners before the entire audience of thousands waiting for the parade.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

$100 cash prizes will be awarded to the fastest male and female finishers and $50 for the best Peace costume.  Entry Fee of $15 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt. (For high school cross-country teams, special terms and conditions apply.)  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org or contact Jim Atkins, steelsprings@yahoo.com, 962-0110.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

The Peace Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Honoka‘a High School, down Mamane Street and up to the Honoka‘a Sports Complex where the Festival takes place.  A “moving stage” of music, dance and entertainment with a message, the parade features taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance, jazz, rock & roll, hula and more.  Concurrently, a Peace Day Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with great local and ethnic foods, artists and crafters, live entertainment and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from 2010 Peace Day Parade

Other Peace Day events include support programs for the Carteret Atoll education projects, the 2011 Peace Poster Contest and a concert by the Sakura Ensemble at Honoka‘a Library at 6 p.m. September 22, sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.  Detailed information is available at www.peacedayparade.org or Facebook.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

The 5th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development (Tourism Division) CPEP and the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii’s Social Concerns Committee.   For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

19-Year-Old With Mohawk Wanted for Questioning for Armed Robbery in Hilo

Big Island Police are looking for a 19-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery in Hilo the Saturday morning (September 3) at a convenience store in Waiākea Uka.

South Hilo patrol officers responded to a 6:16 a.m. call reporting that three male suspects entered the store and then one of them suspects pulled out a gun, showed it to the clerk and ordered her to open the cash register. The suspects made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise.

The employee was not physically injured.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. On Thursday (September 8th), they arrested two 17-year-old boys and charged then with first-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Stetson Kaholo

Stetson Kaholo

Detectives now would like to question 19-year-old Stetson Kaholo of Hilo in connection with this investigation. He is described as 5-foot-8 with a medium build, brown eyes and a tan complexion. Kaholo is known to frequent the Lanakila housing area of Hilo.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this case call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or 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.

Sr. Little League World Series Champions Parade and Autograph Session

A parade honoring the 2011 Senior Little League World Series Champions will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at 11:00 am.  The parade begins at the Liliu’okalani Gardens (near Restaurant Nihon) and will proceed into the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium grounds where the 61st Hawai’i County Fair will be ongoing.

The public is invited to meet and greet the 14 Senior Little League World Series Champions who range in age from 15-16 years old. These student/athletes attend Hilo, Waiakea, Konawaena and Kamehameha-Hawai’i.  The Hilo All Stars head coach/manager Kaha Wong and assistant coaches Walter Silva and Roxanne Costa will be on hand and an autograph session will follow in the Civic, on the main stage from 11:30pm to 1:00pm.

The  players include; Koa Matson (Hilo High), Kodi Medeiros (Waiakea High), Kaimana Moike (Kamehameha Hawai’i), Kean Wong (Waiakea High), Korin Medeiros (Waiakea High), Quintin Torres-Costa (Waiakea High), Jarrett Kitaoka (Konawaena High), Chad Teshima (Kamehameha-Hawai’i), Kolten Yamaguchi (Konawaena High), Chayce Kaaua (Hilo High), Chay Toson (Kamehameha-Hawai’i), Davey Camacho (Waiakea High), Andy Filoteo (Waiakea High) and Keenan Nishioka (Hilo High).

Community: Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted’ highlights a 25-year-old man wanted for auto theft and a 31-year-old man wanted for escape.

The new episode begins airing Friday, September 9.

Brendan Isaac Therriault

Brendan Isaac Therriault

In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating 25-year-old Brendan Isaac Therriault, who is wanted for an auto theft from a Kailua-Kona home in June. He is described as 6-feet tall, 180 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

Sky Lewis

Sky Lewis

The television program also renews the Police Department’s request for help in locating 31-year-old Sky Kamai Lewis of Kona, who is wanted for escape. Lewis failed to return to the Hale Nani community-based program on March 30 after violating terms of an extended work furlough in Kona. He is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-8, 175 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these cases call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” which was prerecorded, Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in locating 35-year-old Eddie Poai of Hilo, who was wanted on a $1,000 bench. Police have located and arrested him and no longer need the public’s assistance with that case.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaiʻi Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.
Wanted: Kaholo 09-09-11

13th International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds Next Week

Alligator weed

Alligator weed

About 200 invasive weed experts from around the world will convene next week on Hawai`i Island for the XIII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds.  The symposium begins on Sunday, September 11th through Friday, September 16th at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on the Kohala Coast.  This international conference is held once every four years and is the premier international forum for scientists and managers working in biological control of weeds around the world.

Biological control, which utilizes natural plant enemies and/or diseases, is needed in natural and managed ecosystems worldwide as a tool for managing invasive plant species that are too widespread and expensive to control using herbicides and/or mechanical removal methods.  Although challenging to implement, effective biocontrol can provide long-term, large-scale, highly selective control of otherwise prolific weeds.  Current research methods thoroughly test potential biocontrol agents prior to release to ensure that they only attack the target weed and not other native or beneficial plants or animals.

“Biological control is a necessary tool for protecting our native forests from highly invasive plants,” said Tracy Johnson, PhD, research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USDA-FS) and co-chair of the symposium. “This meeting in Hawai`i will provide a unique opportunity to draw on worldwide expertise to create new solutions for our worst weeds.”

“It is so appropriate that Hawai`i hosts this important symposium since the biological control of weeds actually began in Hawai`i,” said Neil Reimer, PhD, Plant Pest Control manager for the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA).  “With the tight economy and the Department of Agriculture’s diminished resources, the collaboration between states and nations becomes even more important.”

The Kingdom of Hawai`i was a world leader in biocontrol with successful introductions of a beetle to control cottony cushion scale in 1890.  After Hawai`i became a U.S. territory in 1900, biological control methods progressed with the introduction of several insect species to control lantana in 1902.  Since then, researchers in Hawai`i continue to be internationally recognized in biological control of weeds and plant pests and have collaborated with colleagues worldwide on the biological control of invasive weeds such as miconia, fireweed, fountain grass, banana poka, ivy gourd and gorse, among others. Many of those who have collaborated with Hawai`i researchers are attending the conference from the U.S. Mainland and countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil, Costa Rica, and South Africa.

The conference is hosted by HDOA, USDA-FS, and the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference Center.

Sponsors of the conference include: USDA-FS Pacific Southwest Research Station, Hawai`i County Department of Research & Development, Hawaiian Electric Company & Hawai`i Electric Light Company, Landcare Research Manaaki Whenua (New Zealand), U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Island Ecosystem Research Center, Hawaii Forest and Trail, Destination Hilo, HDOA, Maui Invasive Species Committee, University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference Center.

To view the conference agenda and information go to:  http://isbcw2011.uhhconferencecenter.com/