Coast Guard Evacuates Sick Passengers From Cruise Ship Off the Coast of the Big Island

Aircrews aboard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conduct medical evacuations of three ill passengers off the cruise ship Oosterdam approximately 100 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, Nov. 1, 2011.

Coast Guard Evacuates Sick Passengers From Cruise Ship Off the Coast of the Big Island

The Oosterdam was en route from Maui, Hawaii to California when three passengers suffered various health-related issues aboard. In addition to the two helicopters, the Coast Guard also launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane to provide cover and assist with communications during the medevac. U.S. Coast Guard video

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Hawaii Police Department Backpack Drive Update

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is pleased to announce that families throughout the island donated 135 backpacks for children in need during a backpack drive between July and September.

During the backpack drive, all police stations around the island doubled as drop-off points. This was the third consecutive year the Police Department worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi. The donated backpacks are being distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

In addition to the backpacks, thoughtful citizens donated the following items for families that might not have the means to purchase them for their school-age children:

47 boxes of crayons
44 composition tablets
8 boxes colored markers
8 boxes colored pencils
32 boxes of pencils
50 spiral notebooks
57 folders
26 binders
25 erasers
19 scissors
16 bottles of glue
14 packs of binder paper

Police Chief Kubojiri said he is grateful for the community’s participation. “It is heartening to see the outpouring of compassion, even during these hard economic times,” Kubojiri said. “You have proven that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts and lending a helping hand.”

Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Wordless Wednesday – Senator Inouye Receives Congressional Gold Medal

Senator Inouye today accepted the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.

Senator Inouye today accepted the Congressional Gold Medal.

Third Annual “Walk With Will” – Hike for Hunger Around the Big Island of Hawaii

Will Zucker is hiking for hunger. Zucker, sales manager at Mahalo Broadcasting (LAVA 105.3fm/KKOA 107.7 fm/KHNU 620 AM), will walk the 126 miles from Hilo up the Hamakua Coast, thrrough Waimea and Waikoloa to Kona, to raise awareness of the need for donations to Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank. Zucker says his goal is 75,000 pounds of food, or the equivalent, donated at KTA stores around the island during his hike.

Hike for Hunger

Will Zucker at a previous Hike for Hunger

The Food Basket is an island wide, supplemental food network that collects and distributes nutritious, high quality food to low income households, the working poor, the disabled, the ill, senior citizens, children’s programs and other charitable organizations that serve this population. Supplemental food is provided regardless of religious beliefs, gender or ethnicity.

Hike for hunger

Hike for hunger

Zucker will start by spending a day at KTA in downtown Hilo on Saturday, November 5, from 8 am til 3 pm, collecting food and donations. On Sunday, November 6, he’ll be at KTA Puanako, from 9 a.m. til 1 p.m. November 7 and 8, he’ll be walking up the Hamakua Coast, camping out overnight, with plans to arrive at KTA Waimea by Wednesday, November 9 for a 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. food collection. The morning of Thursday, November 10, he’ll walk from Waimea to Waikoloa KTA for a food and donation collection lasting from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. He plans to wake from Waikoloa to KTA in Kailua-Kona on Palani Road the morning of Friday, November 11. The food and donations collection will be at KTA Kona November 11 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday morning, November 12, he’ll walk from the Kona KTA to Keauhou KTA, for an all-day food and donation collection from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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This is Zucker’s third annual Hike for Hunger. Hawaii Island Food Basket says the holidays are the most desperate time of the year, with the demand for food being highest. They are seeking donations of nonperishable food, especially meats and protein. They also welcome cash donations, as each dollar donated can purchase nine pounds of food.

Those wishing to “Walk with Will” should call him at 990-0990. There is more information about Hawaii Island’s Food Basket at their web site, /www.foodbaskethi.org. Nani Lee, Director of Hawaii Island Food Basket also welcomes questions about The Food Basket at 933-6030.