2011 Punalights is the Bomb!

I just got back from the 2011 Punalights at  Ed Oshiro’s house on 18th St. off Maku’u Drive and all I can say is WOW!

Here is just one song:


Big Island Police Investigating Home Invasion in Puna

Big Island police are investigating a reported home invasion that occurred last month in Puna.

Police received a call at about 10:32 p.m. on November 25 from a 29-year-old Keaʻau man, who reported that while he was in his home in Hawaiian Paradise Park, two unknown men armed with sharpened weapons forced their way inside. During the ensuing confrontation, the victim managed to disarm one of the suspects, and he injured him with the same edged weapon. Both suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.

The victim was treated and released at Hilo Medical Center for his injuries, which were not life threatening.

One suspect was described as being in his late 30s, about 5-foot-6, around 210 pounds, bald with a heavy build, a dark complexion, and possibly of Hawaiian-Caucasian-Portuguese descent. He was wearing denim jeans, possibly a grey long-sleeve shirt and unknown footwear.

The second man was described as being possibly Caucasian, in his mid to late 20s, around 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10, about 160 pounds with with blue eyes, short blond hair, a slim build, a fair complexion and facial acne scars. He wore faded black long pants, a black short-sleeved shirt that had a “Da Hui” design logo. He may have suffered an injury during the confrontation.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Section are conducting the investigation into this incident, which is classified as a first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying either suspect. Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Department of Land and Natural Resources Takes Civil Enforcement Action Against Kahala Oceanfront Property Owners

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has taken civil enforcement action this month against 9 Kahala oceanfront property owners whose encroaching vegetation is blocking the public beach transit corridor. These cases are still pending landowner response to comply.

DLNR’s Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands and its Administrative Proceedings Office also jointly issued 9 Civil Resource Violation Notices between September to November targeting beach encroachment violations at sites scattered from the Diamond Head area to Hawai’i Kai on the island of O’ahu.

“Maintaining public access along the shoreline is important and fortunately, a law is in place to ensure the beaches are kept free of encroaching vegetation from coastal properties that block the public right of way,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

“Our goal is to preserve the State’s beach resources for the promotion of economic and recreational activities by Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors alike,” Aila said.

“We are pleased that so far property owners have responded positively, and have satisfactorily removed or trimmed back encroaching vegetation so that people can continue to use public beach areas,” he said.

Act 160 passed by the 2009 Legislature amended Chapter 115, HRS to reaffirm public policy of extending public use and ownership of Hawai‘i’s shoreline to ensure the public’s lateral access along the shoreline.

Under this statute, DLNR is authorized to maintain public access within beach transit corridors under Chapters 115 and 183C, HRS by requiring private property owners to ensure that beach transit corridors abutting their lands shall be kept passable and free from human–induced, enhanced, or unmaintained vegetation that interferes or encroaches in the beach transit corridors.

After notification, property owners are given 21 days to come into compliance or face criminal fines (HRS Sec. 115-9) of $1,000 after 21 days, and $2,000 for repeated violations. Civil fines may also be levied under Sec. 183C-7, HRS up to $15,000 plus administrative and enforcement costs as well as any mitigation and restoration costs that might be incurred by the department.

Continued compliance with the law means keeping beach corridors passable and free of encroaching vegetation DLNR stresses that the community’s support and voluntary compliance are essential in fulfilling its mission in protecting the State’s coastal land and shoreline.

Dates Set for The 53rd Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament

Mark your fishing calendars for another exciting Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament (HIBT) scheduled for August 12-18, 2012 in Kona, Hawaii.

This prestige Tournament built on strict International Game Fish Association (IGFA) rules for world records, kicks off Sunday August 12 as teams register, draw for their tournament boats and participate in the HIBT parade through Historic Kailua Village. Then starting Monday, August 13 at 8am sharp, teams begin five days of tournament fishing. Last fishing day ends Friday, August 17 at exactly 4:30 pm. On Saturday August 18, teams, anglers, friends, captains and crew gather for the annual Crying Towel and Awards Dinner.

So far, International teams from Papua New Guinea, Japan, and the U.S. have registered for the 2012 HIBT. Be expecting a show of teams from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, China, California, Florida, Hawaii and North Carolina.

For more information or to request team registration, log onto www.hibtfishing.com

One More Week Left to Support Hawaii Non-Profit Organizations

Subaru Hawaii will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold by December 31;  Public can vote for favorite non-profit on Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page

The race is on and the public will decide which Hawaii non-profit will win an additional $5,000 from Subaru Hawaii during the “Share the Love” sales event. In addition to the $5,000 donation to one lucky non-profit, for every new vehicle sold by December 31, Subaru Hawaii will donate $250 to a group of great causes — Hawaii Wildlife Fund, Hawaii Literacy, Oahu SPCA, SPCA Maui and Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The public has an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization through Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SubaruHI. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Subaru Hawaii will award the organization with the most votes an additional $5,000.

“We are delighted to be able to give back to the community with the help of Subaru owners, who are very active members of their communities, and the general public,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President, Servco representing the Subaru Hawaii Dealers.  “It has been our pleasure to work with the five non-profit organizations during the ‘Share the Love’ event. For Subaru owners looking for an upgrade on their vehicle, we encourage you to stop by any of our five dealerships statewide before December 31. We also encourage the public to support their favorite non-profit organization by voting on Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page before the December 31 deadline.”

Military Families Still Not Sending Their Kids to Hawaii’s Public Schools

The U.S. Pacific Command is in the middle of a $600,000 study to find out why thousands of military families are not sending their school-age children to public schools in Hawaii.

Students from Hawaii's Pearl City Elementary School give Sailors assigned to Commander Navy Region Hawaii high-fives for the command's volunteer work at the school April 26, 2011. CNRH was one of several Hawaii-based commands that participated in the School Partnership Program, a community outreach initiative that partners a military command unit with a local public school. Mark Logico/U.S. Navy

After determining that 9,000 of the eligible 24,000 school-age students in military families were not attending public schools, top military leaders commissioned Johns Hopkins University researchers to focus on attitudes and opinions about the Hawaii education system.

The study, which began in 2009, is expected to conclude in June…

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