Experienced Skydiver Has Serious Accident on North Shore… Could Have Been Prevented Had State Kept Outdoor Circle Agreement

*EDITORS NOTE* I have updated this post with some corrections that the skydiver who suffered this accident has made in  red bold.  This Skydiver has asked that I remove the video from this post but I can leave the picture up.

Skydiving is a dangerous sport, there is no question about that.  However, certain things can be done to make the sport safer.

Last year on June 20th, there was a serious and life threatening accident that happened where one of the skydivers, a skydiver ended up being taken to Queens Hospital where she was diagnosed as having  broken femur two breaks in her left femer, three broken ribs a collapsed left lung, and a broken neck, after crashing into the ground after a gust of wind collapsed her parachute right as she was about to land.  Several months after the leg healed… she went into surgery again for an aneurysm Two months later she had a 4.5 cm aneurysm that took a 13 hour surgery to work on and save her, caused from the jump.

The Skydiver is recovering… Unfortunately, it appears that this accident could have been prevented.  Here is a video of her landing courtesy of T.K Hinshaw (Caution… language is not safe for work).  (VIDEO REMOVED UPON REQUEST)

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Skydive Hawaii Owner Frank Hinshaw had the following to say about the incident:

This skydiver had made over 500 jumps. She was taken to Queens, as she had a broken femur, perhaps compound as I remember. Several months after the leg healed, she went into surgery again for an aneurysm, also from the accident, and perhaps just as life threatening. She had made several uneventful jumps at Dillingham Airfield prior to this bad experience.

In 2004 the State DOT Highways and Outdoor Circle agreed to have to have the trees cut (and maintained at that height) below the bottom power line. Of course the State soon abandoned the deal and the trees were allowed to grow back. State DOT Airports did completely remove the ironwoods on “their” property on the Farrington Hwy side on the landing area at that time. I do have a letter from 2004 in which the Outdoor Circle wrote that tall trees by airports are not good. Last year the skydiving community went to Mokuleia Community Association and North Shore Neighborhood Board asking that the trees be trimmed to the 2004 agreed height. The State trimmed the trees at 40′, but I’d hate to see the skydiver’s jump repeated 10-15 feet lower, it would end pretty much the same – ugly.

No official ruling from anyone on the accident, but it is clearly wind turbulence which put some spin into her normal landing. The accident was totally preventable by simply keeping the ironwood trees trimmed low to the ground.

The skydiver went on to state:

I hope that people realize what needs to be done with those trees after seeing and reading this…

Board of Education Grants Laupahoehoe Charter School Appeal – Will Open July 2012

The Board of Education Affirms That Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Will Open July 2012.

Laupahoehoe Charter School will open in July 2012 following the State of Hawai`i Board of Education (BOE) final decision issued on Wednesday January 24, 2012.  (Please see attached decision.)

The decision came one week after the BOE heard two appeals brought by Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS) that challenged the actions of the Charter School Review Panel (CSRP). The Panel had ignored an amendment to the school’s implementation plan setting local school board elections by September, 2012 and directed that the school not open before the 2013-2014 school year.

On behalf of the Interim Local School Board, ILSB President Niki Barton Hubbard stated:  “We thank the BOE for its strong support for charter school students and for educational reform by overturning the CSRP’s misguided directives. The ILSB looks forward to working with the school and community to open a great school in July 2012.   The ILSB also thanks the many supporters in the Laupahoehoe school community who have worked for years to improve education for area students.  The ILSB expects that the Department of Education and CSRP will use their best efforts for the benefit of the students to ensure a smooth transition for the charter school opening.”  In March, 2012 LCPCS plans to hold its first welcoming celebration and information event in Laupahoehoe for new and existing students, parents, school employees and community members.

The ILSB continues to seek highly qualified teachers, school administrators and staff for the charter school.   Current LHES employees and other who wish to be considered for employment are encouraged to submit applications by February 15, 2012 to info@laupahoehoecharterschool.com.  A formal submission is required. Instructions can be found at www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com.

Puna Body Identified – Detectives Continue Investigation

An autopsy was conducted Friday (January 20) on a body found January 17 in the vicinity of Isaac Hale Beach Park in Pohoiki.


The victim was identified as 62-year-old Dennis Eugene White of Papaya Farms Road in Kapoho. The cause of death was a head injury.

Although police have not ruled out play, the case is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Detectives are also looking for White’s car, described as a black or dark green 1998 Jeep Wrangler with a tan soft top and bearing license plate HDY 926. White was last seen driving the Jeep alone in the area of Papaya Farms Road in the early evening hours of January 16.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case or the location of the Jeep call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or email him at nserrao@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.

Alcy “Shorty” Johnson Leaves $1.5 Million Estate Gift to North Hawai‘i Community Hospital and North Hawai‘i Hospice

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) and North Hawai‘i Hospice will each benefit from an estate gift valued at approximately $1.5 million. The bequest was made by long-time Waimea residents Alcy D. Johnson and his wife Jacque.

Alcy D. Johnson

Alcy Johnson, or “Shorty” as he preferred to be called, passed away unexpectedly on June 12, 2011, at the age of 89 in Waimea. Shorty’s wife, Jacque, passed away in 1993. Their generosity and community support continue with the creation of The Jacqueline and Alcy Johnson Memorial Fund as outlined in Shorty’s will to benefit NHCH and North Hawai‘i Hospice. The Jacqueline and Alcy Johnson Memorial Fund, held by Hawai‘i Community Foundation, will distribute proceeds annually to each organization with 60% directed to NHCH and 40% to North Hawai‘i Hospice.

Shorty was well known throughout Waimea for his volunteer activities and dedication to community service. He volunteered at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital starting April 11, 1996, even before NHCH officially opened in May of that year.

“The two trees on either side of our front lobby doors were faithfully watered by Shorty. I like to think that a part of him lives on in those trees. His warm smile and positive personality made him a true Ambassador of Aloha. ‘Shorty’ was a Press Release NHCH Page 2 North Hawaii Community Hospital, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela HI 96743 • www.NHCH.com

beautiful light, and his spirit of aloha will always be an eternal part of our healing environment at NHCH,” says Arielle Faith Michael, Director of Holistic Care Services and Volunteers at NHCH.

North Hawai‘i Hospice Executive Director Katherine Ciano, MHA, RN, says “Shorty and Jacque Johnson were vibrant members of the North Hawaii community who were service minded and participated in many projects to benefit our community. It is so fitting that they chose to plan their estate in such a way that they could continue to give back to the community they loved so much.”

Video: Short Recap 2012 Hawaii State Of The State Address by Governor Abercrombie

Governor Abercrombie offers a short recap version of the 2012 Hawaii State Of The State Address.

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Go!Mokulele Makes it Official… Enters Mainland Market

It’s official… Go!Mokulele Airlines enters mainland market with flights from Rockford, Illinois to Honolulu!

London and Honolulu are officially added to the list of Rockford Airport destinations…

…Flight Attendant Anita Jalbert said, “Going to be able to fly to Honolulu out of Rockford, this is such a great airport! This is so exciting!”…

…She said, “It’s a wonderful flight. You have a meal, and a movie, and just the landing in Hawaii… you step off and you feel the warm breeze and the smell of the orchids and the smell of plumerias… it’s just going to be wonderful!”

Many feel the best part is having the convenience and hassle-free arrival home.

A rep from Mokulele Airlines tells us they are very excited for their new destination. They plan to share ballpark how much flights will cost and flight times sometime this week.

Full article here: RFD to Fly to London and Honolulu

Pro Bowl Player Party Presented by Warren Moon and Tony Gonzalez

Well the Pro Bowl is happening this week over in Honolulu and there are lots of parties happening.  I will start posting a few of the posters to some of the parties that I think would be fun ones to attend.

The following party presented by Sports1Marketing (Warren Moon Enterprises) and of course will presenting Hall of Famer Warren Moon as well as future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will be happening on Thursday at the The Pearl Ultra Lounge.

Hawaii Mortgage Debt Second Worst in the Country

How much residents of each state owe on their mortgages is an interesting statistic. For the most part, residents of the states with the highest average mortgage debt are not in trouble.

While the average home price in these states dropped in value during the recession, the foreclosure rates in these states are among the lowest in the country.

The reason: residents of these states can generally afford to lose and owe more money than their counterparts in other states. 24/7 Wall St. examined a recent report by Credit Karma to find the 10 states with the highest average mortgage debt.

Hawaii has the highest median home value in the country at $525,000. This is $154,000 more than the next highest state. Needless to say, taking out a mortgage on a home in the island state is a tremendous financial commitment. But with extremely low unemployment, high median income, low poverty and the second-highest rate of health insurance coverage in the country, Hawaii homeowners can generally afford it.