More Big Island Earthquakes – 3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in Volcano Tonight

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Magnitude 3.7
Date-Time
Location 19.304°N, 155.221°W
Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (175°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SSW (207°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) SSW (210°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 43 km (26 miles) SW (230°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SSW (198°) from Hilo, HI
  • 351 km (218 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI

Big Island Police Searching for 30-Year-Old Man with Bugs Bunny Tattooed on His Back

Big Island police are searching for a 30-year-old Pahoa man wanted for violating parole.

Matthew Keoni Tilfas

Matthew Keoni Tilfas

Matthew Keoni Tilfas is described as a local male, 5-foot-5, 160 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and possibly a mustache and goatee. He also is known as “Matt” and “Jenning.”

He has several tattoos:

  • Bugs Bunny on his back
  • A large cross and the name”Keoni” on his upper left arm
  • A series of triangles on his left forearm
  • A rose and the name “Courtney” on his left inner forearm
  • The name “TILFAS” on his abdomen

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810, Detective John Rodrigues at 961-2382 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.

Governor Abercrombie Concludes Asia Trip, Returns To Hawai’i

Governor Neil Abercrombie will return to Hawai’i tomorrow after having spent nearly two weeks in Asia, where he participated in numerous meetings to strengthen relationships in Tokyo, Okinawa, and Beijing.

Neil Abercrombie Far East Trip

“It was an extremely productive trip that will benefit Hawai’i as we look to strengthen our economy,” Governor Abercrombie said. “Building upon our relationships with these countries is important not just for our visitor industry but our longstanding cultural connections as well.”

Neil Abercrombie Far East Trip

The Governor was also among a delegation of six governors that participated in the National Governors Association (NGA) U.S.-China Governors Forum.  The Forum was co-convened by NGA and the Chinese People’s Associations for Friendship with Foreign Countries.  The Forum was established to strengthen a subnational dialogue between the two countries and focused on economic development and job creation.

Neil Abercrombie Far East Trip

Hawai’i Tourism Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Michael McCartney who traveled with the Governor in Beijing returned from China this afternoon.

Neil Abercrombie Far East Trip

McCartney said, “Governor Abercrombie led a series of successful briefings that were very positive for Hawai’i and U.S. foreign affairs. This trip has helped to further advance our relationships, especially in China, which is an emerging market for our visitor industry.”

Governor Abercrombie Concludes Asia Trip, Returns To Hawai'i

Photos of the Governor’s trip can be accessed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/neilabercrombie/sets/72157627872287544/.  Governor Abercrombie will hold a news conference to discuss his Asia trip on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Ceremonial Room on the 5th floor of the State Capitol.

Big Island Police Investigating the Circumstances Surrounding a Body Discovered in Hilo

Big Island police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a body discovered in Hilo.

Tuesday (October 18) shortly after 4 p.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to upper Kaiwiki Road area to investigate a report of an unattended vehicle. Upon arrival, police discovered that the registered owner of the Volkswagen convertible was an 84-year-old Kaiwiki man, who could not be accounted for.

Police found indications at the scene that the man might be injured. Units from the Hawaii Fire Department arrived to assist in the search of a nearby ravine and were aided by Chopper 1, the Fire Department’s helicopter.

At the bottom of the ravine, Fire department personnel located the body of an elderly Caucasian man with apparent injuries. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section secured the scene overnight and returned Wednesday morning (October 19) to conduct further investigation into this incident, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. Detectives have not ruled out foul play and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and to confirm the man’s identity.

Police are asking that anyone with 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

More Earthquakes and Aftershocks Hitting the Big Island

More aftershocks are hitting the Big Island after today’s earthquakes. You can click on the links below to find out more information on them.

MAP 2.1 2011/10/20 01:04:37 19.880 -155.545 18.0 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 3.3 2011/10/20 00:59:00 19.879 -155.541 16.7 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.4 2011/10/20 00:57:03 19.855 -155.542 14.8 23 km ( 14 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 3.0 2011/10/20 00:48:01 19.876 -155.541 16.8 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.4 2011/10/20 00:45:56 19.845 -155.546 14.7 24 km ( 15 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.8 2011/10/20 00:45:17 19.879 -155.545 15.2 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.1 2011/10/20 00:33:40 19.886 -155.548 18.1 20 km ( 12 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 1.7 2011/10/20 00:31:52 19.858 -155.527 16.2 24 km ( 15 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.0 2011/10/20 00:30:47 19.838 -155.408 16.7 23 km ( 14 mi) S of Paauilo, HI
MAP 2.7 2011/10/20 00:27:44 19.874 -155.543 14.7 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.4 2011/10/20 00:25:25 19.874 -155.547 16.3 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 3.1 2011/10/20 00:21:04 19.871 -155.543 15.7 22 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 2.6 2011/10/20 00:18:10 19.872 -155.542 17.3 22 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 1.9 2011/10/20 00:16:15 19.883 -155.541 17.8 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 3.6 2011/10/20 00:12:34 19.882 -155.533 16.6 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI
MAP 4.5 2011/10/20 00:10:04 19.886 -155.533 18.7 21 km ( 13 mi) SE of Waimea, HI

Two Earthquakes Shake the Big Island Today… 4.4 and 3.2 Magnitude – NO TSUNAMI THREAT

A 4.4 and a 3.2 Earthquake just shook the Big Island

Magnitude 4.4
Date-Time
  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 00:10:04 UTC
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 02:10:04 PM at epicenter
Location 19.884°N, 155.534°W
Depth 17.1 km (10.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 21 km (13 miles) SE (137°) from Waimea, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) SSW (199°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 25 km (15 miles) SW (224°) from Paauilo, HI
  • 51 km (32 miles) WNW (293°) from Hilo, HI
  • 286 km (178 miles) ESE (123°) from Honolulu, HI
Magnitude 3.6
Date-Time
  • Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 00:12:34 UTC
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 02:12:34 PM at epicenter
Location 19.882°N, 155.533°W
Depth 16.6 km (10.3 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 21 km (13 miles) SE (137°) from Waimea, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) SSW (198°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 25 km (15 miles) SW (223°) from Paauilo, HI
  • 51 km (32 miles) WNW (293°) from Hilo, HI
  • 287 km (178 miles) ESE (123°) from Honolulu, HI

Made in America Weekend… Cooking Classes and Comfort Foods at the Four Seasons Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu, the first and only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star resort on Hawai‘i Island, will play host to a weekend of culinary experiences in celebrating food author Lucy Lean’s new book Made in America; Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food.

Lucy Lean holds up her book

Lucy Lean holds up her book

Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre (LudoBites, Sundance Channel’s LudoBites America, Top Chef Masters), Evan Kleiman (Angeli Caffe, KCRW’s Good Food) and Peter Merriman (Merriman’s Restaurants) join hosts James Babian executive chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai) and Linda Rodriguez (pastry chef, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.)  Each of the participating chefs is featured in Made in America, which recreates America’s classic comfort food dishes, reinvented by 100 of today’s top chefs.

“We’re excited to be a part of Lucy Lean’s book release celebrations, and to have these esteemed chefs join us here at the Resort,” says Robert Whitfield, regional vice president and general manager of Four Seasons Resort Hualālai.  “We’ve got a great weekend ahead of dining and spectacular culinary experiences with our special guests.”

The Made in America weekend will include:

  • Cooking class with Ludo Lefebvre and Lucy Lean (Mussel Veloute, Hawaiian-style)
  • Cooking class with Evan Kleiman and Lucy Lean (Pie-Making 101)
  • Cooking class with Evan Kleiman and Nick Mastrascusa (Potato Gnocchi)
  • “Meet the Chefs” Cocktail Reception
  • Dinner by Peter Merriman, James Babian and Linda Rodriguez
  • Fishing Trip with Ludo Lefebvre
  • Farm Trip and lunch with James Babian
  • Five-course Made in America dinner, featuring the chefs, with wines from Joe Bastianich
  • Farmer’s Brunch with live action stations

Made in America events can be purchased individually and room rates start at $625 nightly.

For more information and reservations, please call (888) 340-5662 or visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.

About Lucy Lean

Lucy Lean’s life is an exciting journey from farm to plate: as a farmer’s daughter growing up in England to a French chef’s daughter-in-law in New York at La Cote Basque to a food magazine editor of edible Los Angeles and contributor to LA Weekly, Zester Daily, and Meatpaper, to traveling around America as a Food Judge for the Gordon Ramsay Fox hit TV show MasterChef, she’s savored a lot along the way. She lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles where she blogs about their culinary feats on her award-winning website, Ladles and Jellyspoons.

New Hawaii Dolphin Tours Welcomed into the Dolphin SMART Program

WDCS (the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society) and partners welcome three new Hawaii dolphin tour operators into the Dolphin SMART wild dolphin conservation program. Hawaii Nautical, Port Waikiki Cruises and Ocean Joy Cruises earned Dolphin SMART recognition after successfully demonstrating responsible viewing and advertising of dolphins in the wild and educating patrons on the importance of dolphin conservation. The Dolphin SMART program was launched in Hawaii on September 7 on Oahu.

Dolphin Smart

Responsible viewing of wild dolphins to ensure their behaviors are not disrupted is a cornerstone of the Dolphin SMART program. Inappropriate viewing of wild dolphins may disrupt important behaviors, such as feeding, nursing and resting, resulting in negative impacts to the health of dolphins and their young. Such disturbance may also be a violation of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act.

In recent years, there has been an increase in human dolphin interactions in the main Hawaiian Islands. These activities primarily target Hawaiian spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris longirostris), which are routinely found close to shore in shallow coves and bays where they congregate during the day to rest, care for their young and avoid predators before traveling to deeper water at night to hunt for food. Commercial operators that offer “swim with wild dolphin” tours and individuals that swim or paddle from shore interact with dolphins during times when the animals are at rest. Hawaiian spinner dolphins are a subspecies found only in the Hawaiian Islands and are genetically distinct from other spinner populations, such as those in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

WDCS is concerned that these human activities displace spinner dolphins from their resting areas and may have population and individual-level effects, and supports a variety of measures to protect spinner dolphins throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Scientific studies have documented human disturbance of Hawaiian spinner dolphins during their resting periods along the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, most notably in and around Kealakekua Bay.

“We are pleased to see Dolphin SMART being considered as a positive measure to address spinner dolphin harassment in the Hawaiian Islands,” said Courtney Vail, WDCS’s Program Director. “We remain optimistic about the value of this program to wild dolphin conservation and are entirely committed to supporting Dolphin SMART as it continues to expand to coastal areas where dolphin harassment is a real issue.”

Hawaii Nautical, Port Waikiki Cruises and Ocean Joy join nine other Dolphin SMART recognized operators in Florida and Alabama. WDCS encourages visitors to the Florida Keys, southwest Florida, Alabama and now Hawaii to book with a Dolphin SMART operator. Vessels of participating businesses carry a Dolphin SMART flag and decal with the current calendar year. A list of current Dolphin SMART businesses is available online at www.dolphinsmart.org.

Guests booking Dolphin SMART businesses can be assured they will enjoy an enhanced tour experience, while knowing they are aiding wild dolphin conservation efforts. Dolphin SMART businesses are trained by experts to recognize behaviors and provide educational information about the animals. They also only display advertisements showing natural wild dolphin behaviors without human influences, another cornerstone of the program.

The Dolphin SMART program was launched in 2007 by WDCS, NOAA’s Fisheries Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and Dolphin Ecology Project. The “SMART” acronym is a reminder of the basic principles of dolphin viewing etiquette:
• Stay at least 50 yards from dolphins
• Move away slowly if the dolphins show signs of disturbance,
• Always put your vessel engine in neutral when dolphins are near,
• Refrain from feeding, touching, or swimming with wild dolphins,
• Teach others to be Dolphin SMART.

Local businesses and organizations are also showing their solidarity for wild dolphin conservation by becoming Proud Supporters of Dolphin SMART. Dolphin SMART Proud Supporters help raise public awareness about the program and educate the public on why it is important to responsibly view wild dolphins.

The WDCS is an international charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of whales, dolphins and porpoises worldwide. Established in 1987, and with offices in the United States, Great Britain, Argentina, Germany, and Australia, WDCS works to reduce and ultimately eliminate the continuing threats to cetaceans and their habitats, while striving to raise awareness of these remarkable animals and the need to protect them in their natural environment.
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Wordless Wednesday – World Hagfish Day

Not all of the world’s wonders can be as cute as the koala or graceful as the gazelle. Today we’re celebrating Hagfish Day, the annual event to honor the denizens of the deep that may be seaworthy, but aren’t so see-worthy. As fantastic as they are repulsive, these marine misfits are marvels of evolutionary ingenuity.

hagfish

A Hagfish

Slime, or mucus is used by many animals both on land and in the sea, but Hagfish have the outstanding ability to defend themselves by producing an incredible slime when touched.

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It comes from the glands along the side of their body, and within minutes literally liters of it can be produced. Despite being one of the most primitive vertebrates alive, this rare species is certainly strange and wonderful! Our oceans harbor amazing species that despite being a bit weird, are still worth protecting.