Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Boy Missing Since October

Big Island police are looking for a 17-year-old boy who was reported missing.

Austin Imholt

Austin Imholt failed to return to his Kailua-Kona home on October 29th. He is described as 5-foot-7,about 145 pounds, with a fair complexion, blond curly hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing green, red and yellow surf shorts, a white tank top and black slippers. He has a black outlined gothic tattoo on his right forearm and a tattoo with the word “IMHOLT” in old English lettering on his back.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276, 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. 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.

BJ Penn Presents “Just Scrap 15” This Weekend at the Hilo Civic

BJ Penn Presents “Just Scrap 15” this weekend at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.  There will be fifteen fights with four of them with titles on the line.


Chad “The Brahma Bull” Thomas vs. Ologagae Faamau (Heavyweight Title Fight)
Joey “The Tazmanian Devil” Gomez vs. Robby Ostovich (Lightweight Interim Title Fight)
Jason “Suave” Soares vs. Lavelle “The Bad Son” Brown (Welterweight Title Fight)
Wayne “House of Pain” Emche vs. Keola Arakaki (Flyweight Title Fight)

Non-Title Fights:

Patrick Abiley vs. Zach Ching
“Wiley” Adam Collarile vs. Kawika “Tips” Martin
Louis “The Hawaiian Dragon” Pauole vs. TBD
Kiko “The Freako” Nacimento vs. Eddie Wine
Kimo Louis vs. Pati Faavaa
Kevin Villanueva vs. Steven Rojo
Bronson Barozo vs. Nate Amirol
Robert “Mr.” Manners vs. TBD
Jonah Aiona vs. Michael Perreira-Thompson
Nat Rowland vs. “Crazy” Chris Miranda
Tyler Leopoldino vs. Tyler Iopa

2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Kohala Coast of the Big Island

*UPDATE* It has now been revised to a 2.4 Magnitude earthquake after being reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 3.0
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 23:45:32 UTC
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 01:45:32 PM at epicenter
Location 20.203°N, 156.011°W
Depth 27.7 km (17.2 miles)
  • 19 km (12 miles) WSW (257°) from Hawi, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) W (261°) from Kapaau, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) W (262°) from Halaula, HI
  • 41 km (25 miles) WNW (299°) from Waimea, HI
  • 111 km (69 miles) WNW (300°) from Hilo, HI
  • 225 km (140 miles) ESE (123°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 3.2 km (2.0 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
Parameters Nph= 34, Dmin=26 km, Rmss=0.29 sec, Gp=288°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60298266

Tesoro Announces Plan to Sell Hawaii Operations

Tesoro Corporation today announced its plan to sell its Hawaii operations, including the 94 thousand barrel per day (mbpd) Kapolei refinery, operations at 32 retail stations and all associated logistical assets.

“Following a comprehensive analysis, we’ve determined that our business in Hawaii does not align with our strategic focus on the Mid-Continent and West Coast, and can provide greater value for a company that will invest in the business and employees,” said Greg Goff, president and CEO of Tesoro. “While the Hawaii business is no longer in line with our vision for Tesoro’s future, there is no question that it offers value for the right investor.”

The Kapolei refinery enjoys a favorable geographic position, excellent logistical infrastructure and an advantaged configuration that make it an attractive business for interested buyers. The refinery yield is distillate-focused and is complementary to the on-island demand for utility, jet and military fuels. The facility has the necessary logistics to support product movements to and from the U.S. West Coast or Pacific Rim markets, and is well positioned for participation in existing State of Hawaii and U.S. Department of Defense renewable fuels projects.

This is a fully integrated business which includes:

– Advantaged hydrocracking refinery

– Network of retail stations

– Deep draft single point mooring facility for crude and product movements

– Proprietary pipelines with connections to crucial business hubs such as Honolulu International Airport, the military fuel depot and Barbers Point inter island barge harbor

– Terminal access and barge operations to supply the major outlying islands

Tesoro Hawaii indicated its operations are focused on continuing to meet all its business commitments during the marketing and sales process.

Current Status of Hawaii Island’s Volcanoes Presented in Kona

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s 1912–2012 Centennial—100 Years of Tracking Eruptions and Earthquakes

The current status of Hawai‘i Island’s active volcanoes and how they are monitored will be the topic of a Volcano Awareness Month program in Kailua-Kona on Wednesday, January 11.

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory uses a variety of ground- and satellite-based techniques to monitor Hawai‘i’s active volcanoes. Here, an HVO scientist sets up a portable GPS receiver to track surface changes during an island-wide survey of Hawai‘i’s volcanoes.

Mike Poland, a volcanologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will talk about Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, Hualālai, and Mauna Kea in an informative and engaging presentation in the Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, 74-5000 Puuhulihuli Street, in Kailua.  A campus map is available online.  His talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:00 p.m.

Hawai‘i Island is home to five volcanoes, four of which have erupted within the past 10,000 years.  Poland will provide updates on the status of these “active” volcanoes, with particular focus on recent events on Kīlauea, which has been erupting almost continuously since 1983.  He will also talk about how HVO scientists monitor Hawai‘i’s active volcanoes.

According to Poland, Hawaiian volcanoes are among the best-monitored volcanoes in the world.  “Since its founding in 1912, HVO has been at the forefront of developing, testing, and implementing cutting-edge monitoring tools and techniques,” he said.  Poland’s presentation will include an overview of the state-of-the-art techniques now used by HVO to track magma movement within the currently erupting Kīlauea and to watch for changes within the presently-quiet Mauna Loa, Hualālai, and Mauna Kea.

This presentation is one of many programs offered by HVO during Hawai‘i Island’s third annual Volcano Awareness Month (January 2012), and in celebration of HVO’s 100th anniversary. For more information about Poland’s talk, and other HVO Centennial and Volcano Awareness Month events, please visit the HVO website or call (808) 967-8844.

2012 Hulihe’e Palace Schedule of Events

The Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins present their first free monthly Afternoon at Hulihe’e for 2012 on Sunday, Jan. 15. The 4 p.m. event on the grounds of Hulihe‘e Palace remembers the late King Lunalilo and past palace curator, I‘olani Luahine.

The event presents the Hulihe’e Palace Band, the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

King Charles Lunalilo (1835-1874) was known as the “people’s king” as he was popular with all his subjects. During his abbreviated, 390-day reign, Lunalilo advocated the legislature to remove property qualifications for the right to vote and asked for the separation of the legislature into two houses.  He also thought the kingdom should give Pearl Harbor to the U.S. in exchange for duty-free Hawaiian sugar into California.

“During Lunalilo’s short reign, he tried to make the kingdom’s government more democratic,” notes Casey Ballao, palace docent coordinator. “His efforts were cut short by tuberculosis.”

I‘olani Luahine (1915-1978) served as curator of Hulihe‘e Palace from 1973 to 1978.  She was born Harriet Lanihau Makekau in Napo‘opo‘o, but was renamed I‘olani, after the Hawaiian hawk. Luahine was a master of hula and named a “Living Treasure” in 1972; she was invited three times to perform at the National Folk Festival in Washington D.C.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2012 Afternoon at Hulihe‘e schedule: 4-5 p.m. on the palace grounds

All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihe’e Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

Jan 15: Band appearance remembering King Charles “Lunalilo” and Aunty I‘olani Luahine

Feb 19: Event remembering Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani

Mar 18: Band appearance remembering Queen Ka‘ahumanu and Prince Kuhio

Apr 15: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert

May 20: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”

Jun 10: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”

Jul 15: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini

Aug 26: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”

Sep 16: Band appearance remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani

Oct 21: Event remembering Princess Ka‘iulani

Nov 18: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud Dant

Dec 16: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Big Island Police Searching for Teen Missing Since December

Big Island police are looking for a 16-year-old boy reported missing.

Chance Gorelangton

Chance Gorelangton failed to return to his Kamuela home on December 2. He is described as about 5-foot-6, about 150 pounds, with black straight hair, brown eyes and a tan complexion. He was last seen wearing blue surf shorts and a black-and-white checkered sweatshirt.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276, 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. 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.

Dolphins “Surf” on Humpback Whales Off of Kauai

Many species interact in the wild, most often as predator and prey. But recent encounters between humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins reveal a playful side to interspecies interaction.

In two different locations in Hawaii, scientists watched as dolphins “rode” the heads of whales: the whales lifted the dolphins up and out of the water, and then the dolphins slid back down. The two species seemed to cooperate in the activity, and neither displayed signs of aggression or distress.


Whales and dolphins in Hawaiian waters often interact, but playful social activity such as this is extremely rare between species.