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Hamakua Community Project Updates With Council Chairman Yagong at Honokaa People’s Theater

Council Chairman Dominic Yagong invites the public to a meeting to update the community on projects in the Hāmākua Area.  Project updates include the Ahualoa Well Project, Kapulena Well Project, Honoka‘a Sewer Connection Project, Lehua Sidewalk Project, and the leasing of County lands in Pa‘auilo.

Honokaa People's Theater

“So many things are happening in Hāmākua, and we will provide time to discuss other matters as well,” said Chairman Yagong.  Meeting is on Monday, March 19th at the Honokaa Peoples Theater beginning at 6:30pm.  For information, call Yagong at 961-8538.

Big Island Police to Have Access to Gated Communities at Communities Expense

Gaining access to gated communities can be problematic for emergency responders. Working in collaboration with gated communities around the island, the Hawai‘i Police Department has developed a solution to provide law enforcement with immediate access into gated communities during times of emergency.

The estimated 200 gated communities across the island use various methods to control access, and it is impractical for emergency responders to carry keys for every lock or keep track of every combination. Some attempts to do so in the past have resulted in police personnel being substantially delayed when communities changed their lock or reprogrammed the combination without informing the Police Department.

Working together with gated communities, a solution has been agreed upon to standardize access by utilizing radio-controlled gate openers. Once a community installs the system, police officers will be able to open the locked gate with their police radios. This technology allows for immediate access by police personnel during an emergency, while continuing to provide security and prevent unauthorized access by those other than residents.

Each community association that wishes to utilize this technology will be responsible for purchasing, installing, programming maintaining and repairing the radio-controlled gate system. The Police Department is equipped to use the technology with its existing police radios and will not incur any additional costs associated with the implementation of this new access system.

Chief Harry Kubojiri said he is grateful for the participation of the community associations in reaching this agreement. “It has always been our goal to work in partnership with our communities to address and resolve problems that affect public safety. Police want to provide residents and visitors alike a safe place to live, visit and conduct business while on the island of Hawaiʻi,” Kubojiri said.

Participation by gated communities in this program is strictly voluntary. The Police Department will continue its practice of not storing keys and/or recording individual combination lock numbers for these gated communities.

To participate in this program, a gated community association must designate a contact person and have an authorized representative sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Police Department. The MOU sets forth the responsibilities of both the gated community and the Police Department with respect to the radio-controlled access system.

For more information or for a copy of the MOU, please contact the police commander in the district where your gated community is located. You may find the police commander for each district by going to the Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com and clicking on “Police Stations” under “Contact Us.”

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Lanai, 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Volcano Area of the Big Island

The following earthquake shook the Big Island today after the earlier one on Lanai

Magnitude 3.4
Location 19.380°N, 155.237°W
Depth 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (181°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (228°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (227°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) WSW (241°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 40 km (24 miles) SSW (204°) from Hilo, HI
  • 345 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 47, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Event ID hv60320566

And the following earthquake was reported on Lanai:

Magnitude 3.3
Location 20.778°N, 156.910°W
Depth 0.6 km (~0.4 mile) (poorly constrained)
  • 6 km (4 miles) SSE (167°) from Lanai City, HI
  • 27 km (17 miles) WSW (244°) from Lahaina, HI
  • 30 km (18 miles) SW (234°) from Kaanapali, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) WSW (256°) from Kahului, HI
  • 112 km (70 miles) ESE (122°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.8 km (1.1 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 20, Dmin=52 km, Rmss=0.34 sec, Gp=151°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=5
Event ID hv60320526

“Images From the Edge” Photo Contest in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Calling all photographers!  Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) announces the first annual “Images From the Edge” photo contest.

Images From the Edge

“We look forward to receiving fine photographic images taken of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park made by our island residents and off-island visitors of all ages and skill levels,” said FHVNP General Manager Julie Mitchell.

“The contest will culminate in a slideshow and finalists ceremony, followed by an exhibit of the award-winning works,” she added.

Camera and spider by Jack Jeffrey

The contest is open to anyone with an original photograph taken in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (park entrance fees apply) within the last three years.  Photos may be color or black and white and can cover any subject matter.

First, second, and third place awards will be given in three categories: Amateur-Beginner, Amateur-Advanced, and Professional. There will also be from three to seven Honorable Mentions. Judging is by professional photographers Rick Decker and Alvis Upitis of West Hawai‘i.

For full contest rules and to enter, visit www.fhvnp.org. Photo: NPS/Dave Boyle

“Our two impartial judges will review all entries, which will be judged anonymously on the following criteria: creativity, photographic quality, camera skills, and appropriateness to the theme of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park,” Mitchell stated.

All images will be considered for inclusion in a special multi-image slideshow on April 28 at the Kilauea Visitor Center.  All finalists’ photographs will be exhibited from June 9-17 at the Volcano Art Center Gallery.

Other prizes include a helicopter tour for two, a zipline adventure for two, a private Volcano tour for two, gift certificates for Big Island Candies, gift certificates for Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute field seminars, FHVNP memberships, FHVNP logo wear, and more.

For full contest rules and to enter, visit www.fhvnp.org.  The entry fee for up to 3 photos is $25, payable online by credit card.

FHVNP appreciates assistance and donations from the following supporters: event co-sponsor Volcano Art Center, judges Rick Decker & Alvis Upitis, Ken & Mary Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, plus Big Island Candies, Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, Hawaii Forest  & Trail / Kohala Zipline, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, Nui Pohaku Adventure Tours, Volcano Places, and Volcano Video Productions.

53rd Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament – First Time Teams from Portugal and Russia Expected

In the summertime…..the fish are biting.

An unforgettable week of famous deep-sea fishing in Kona awaits anglers from around the world as teams gather for the 53rd running of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament August 13-17 2012. This summer, HIBT anglers, aboard some of sportfishing’s finest fleet of vessels, will fish for prized Pacific blue marlin and a chance of capturing the HIBT’s prestigious Governor’s trophy.

Kona’s billfishing water is considered unique for two reasons, calm seas and big marlin. And summertime in Kona is where the billfishing action is. Just ask last year’s winning team. Port Vila Game Fishing Club of Vanuatu prevailed and captured the 2011 HIBT Governor’s Trophy, earning them first place. Port Vila’s lead going into Day 5 was strong enough to hold off several other teams high on the scoreboard, finishing the 2011 HIBT with an even 2,000 points.

The 2012 HIBT scoreboard promises to bring much anticipated excitement. Expect even more fishing action as teams return to fish HIBT from Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Vanuatu and teams from across the USA. However, don’t underestimate angler skill as the 2012 HIBT welcomes new teams to the Tournament including Portugal and Russia.

For more information, to register a 2012 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament team and IGFA world-record rules, log onto www.hibtfishing.com.

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity of the County of Hawaii and sponsored in part by KWXX Radio and numerous corporate and community donors.

2013 HIBT August 4-10, including five days of fishing August 5-9

2014 HIBT July 27-August 2, including five days of fishing July 28-August 1

Here is a video recap of the 2011 tournament:


Pahoa Residents Come Out in Force for Mayor Kenoi’s Community Meeting

Last night at the Pahoa Community Center, Mayor Kenoi and many County of Hawaii department heads attended a talk story meeting to an overflow crowd of about 150 people.

There was no space left in the room and residents literally listened from outside.

Mayor Kenoi himself was running a bit late so Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald started the meeting out by welcoming the crowd and allowing the department heads a chance to introduce themselves.

Parks and Recreation Director Bob Fitzgerald addresses the crowd.

Mayor Kenoi arrived as a lady was just beginning to go off and Kenoi tried his best to calm the lady down before addressing the crowd.  Kenoi talked about the improvements that the Pahoa area has seen in the last few years such as the newly paved town road and the new police and fire stations before taking questions from the crowd.

Mayor Kenoi addresses the crowd

Puna resident Aurora Martinovitch had very strong emotions tied to Puna Geothermal Ventures as did many others and complained about the county not relocating her and a few others fast enough.

Aurora Martinovitch talks about her ongoing problem with Puna Geothermal Ventures

Mayor Kenoi took offense with some folks saying that he wasn’t supporting Puna and mentioned how he was from Puna and that even part of his middle name was “Puna”.

I filmed the first part of Mayor Kenoi’s talk story and as you can see from the video… emotions were quite high in the room.