Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old-Girl Since November

Big Island police are searching for a 15-year-old girl who has been missing from her Mountain View home since November 24.

Kiana Kekahuna-Foster

Kiana Kekahuna-Foster is described as 5-foot-5, about 150 pounds with black hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in April

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors throughout April, including extra events during Merrie Monarch week. All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

Kilauea Explosion Cloud, 1924. Photo Courtesy of the National Parks Services.

Eruption Cycles at Kīlauea. Don Swanson, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will explain how Kīlauea’s eruptive cycles were recently recognized, what they mean in terms of how the volcano works, and what are the hazards implied by long explosive periods.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.  When: Tues., Apr. 10, 7 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Kalo and Lā‘au Lapa‘au. Sam and Edna Baldado share the many cultural uses of the kalo, or taro, plant. Learn about the hundreds of varieties of kalo in Hawai‘i and how each plant is identified. Ka‘ohu Monfort also shares her knowledge of lā‘au lapa‘au, and how Hawaiian medicinal plants can help heal and nourish.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., Apr. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Musical Performance by Rupert Tripp, Jr. Singer/songwriter Rupert Tripp, Jr. brings his love of music and decades of experience as a performer to the park. Rupert has played with many of Hawai‘i’s top recording artists (the Makaha Sons of Ni‘ihau, Roland Cazimero, Kapena to name a few) and is an accomplished soloist. He also plays acoustic guitar with the trio, Kohala. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., Apr. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Park Ranger Adrian Boone

‘Ohe Hano Ihu (Bamboo Nose Flute) Workshop. Park Ranger Adrian Boone and National Park Service volunteer Ed Shiinoki will demonstrate and make traditional three-holed bamboo nose flutes for visitors. The ‘ohe hano ihu is played by blowing air into a hole with one nostril and holding the other nostril closed. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Wed., Apr. 11 and Thurs., Apr. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Makuakāne ‘Ohana Arts & Music.  Celebrate Merrie Monarch with the Makuakāne ohana as they share the arts and music of Hawaiian culture. Mother Violet May and daughter Helene will teach the art of making a feather kahili, a symbol of royalty. Brother Kenneth, a singer, songwriter and producer, will play original songs from his albums, The Dash and Makuakāne as well as from his other award-winning compositions.  Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Thurs., Apr. 12 and Fri., Apr. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Nā Lei with Patricia Kaula. Hawaiians use lei for blessing crops, adornment for hula dancers, in healing and sacred rituals, and to show royal status or rank. Lei are also given to honor guests or as peace offerings, to celebrate a birth, and as expressions of love and expression. Join master lei artist Patricia Kaula as she shares nā lei, the art of traditional and modern lei making. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free. When: Thurs., Apr. 12 and Fri., Apr. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Pomai Longakit

Pomai in Concert. Contemporary Nā Hoku Hanohano award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Pomai Longakit shares her original songs and her latest hit, “Another Rainbow,” at Hawai‘i Volcanoes. Pomai is one half of the brother and sister duo, Pomai and Loeka, known worldwide for their song, “Come ‘A‘ama Crab,” and she hosts a popular radio show on Hawai‘i Island’s KWXX every Saturday and Sunday morning. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free. When: Wed., Apr. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Endemic Hawaiian Flowers: A Celebration of World Heritage. In 1987, Hawai‘i Volcanoes was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site due in part to the high number of endemic species it protects. This year the park celebrates 25 years of World Heritage by offering a series of special programs about the natural and cultural resources in the park. U.S. Geological Survey botanist and author Linda Pratt presents the story of Hawai‘i’s amazing and beautiful native flowering plants. Isolated by thousands of miles of ocean and cut off from the rest of the world for thousands of years, Hawai‘i boasts one of the highest rates of endemic species.  When: Tues., Apr. 24, 7 p.m. Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Hilo Boy

*4/27/12 UPDATE* He has been located

Big Island police are searching for a 15-year-old boy reported as missing from his Hilo home since February 7.

Cyrus E. Abiley

Cyrus E. Abiley is described as 5-foot-6, about 155 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Puna Girl

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old girl reported as missing from her Puna home since March 7.

Noriko Miranda Rigaud

Noriko Miranda Rigaud is described as 5-foot-2, about 122 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidenti

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Puna Boy

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old boy reported as missing from Puna since September 21.

Kyle B. Hank

Kyle B. Hank is described as 5-foot-11, about 140 pounds with short sandy hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Wordless Wednesday – Praying for Prickett

Mike Prickett, legendary water lensman, is suffering from serious decompression sickness after rescuing a fellow diver in Tahiti.

Hawaii’s Mike Prickett, an internationally acclaimed underwater cinematographer from the North Shore of Oahu, has been partially paralyzed following a diving accident that occurred during a commercial filming job in Tahiti. The accident happened last Wednesday and he is still undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Papeete.

Prickett, 47, sustained a severe case of decompression sickness (the bends) while saving the life of another diver on the job. He was paralyzed from the chest down but has today regained some sensation in his legs. Doctors are hopeful for his recovery.

“I was doing an underwater shoot for wetsuits and dive gear,” Prickett said. “I saw another diver sinking and panicking. I dove down to 220 feet to save him, but he used up all my air. I’m glad I was able to rescue him and he could walk away from the incident.

“I want to thank my family and friends for their prayers. I really need your prayers right now.”

Mike’s been a big part of bringing the incredible water angles for the ASP webcasts from South Africa to Hawaii and we all wish him a full recovery. Thoughts and prayers are with you Mike.

Video courtesy of Prickett’s nephew, Ryan Miyamoto