3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Registered in the Waikoloa Area of the Big Island Today

Magnitude 3.1
Date-Time
Location 19.841°N, 155.685°W
Depth 37.7 km (23.4 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 16 km (10 miles) SE (135°) from Waikoloa Village, HI
  • 20 km (13 miles) S (184°) from Waimea, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) ESE (118°) from Puako, HI
  • 64 km (40 miles) WNW (284°) from Hilo, HI
  • 276 km (172 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 1.4 km (0.9 miles)
Parameters Nph= 66, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60336916

Mahalo to The Pride of Puna for Raising 403 Pounds of Food for the Fight for Hunger

On Friday evening the Pride of Puna Kickboxing event took place at the Akebono Theater.   The cost of admission was $15.00 or $10.00 with a can of food.

Needless to say, a lot of folks saved money as 403 pounds of food was raised for the “Fight for Hunger”.

Congrats Serge on a well run production

I have to give props to Serge Mamone and his wife Kalei for putting on such a great production as well as raising so much food for the “Fight for Hunger”.

Big Island Police Investigating Puna Robbery of California Visitors at Hot Ponds

Police are investigating a robbery that occurred late Sunday night (April 29) in the Puna District.

At about 12:36 a.m. Monday, police received a report from a 30-year-old female visitor from California. She reported that last night at about 11:30 p.m., she and a 26-year-old male companion, also from California, were parked in a rented silver Jeep Patriot in the area of the Ahalanui Park in lower Puna. They were awakened by a rock shattering a window of the Jeep. The rock struck the 26-year-old passenger, who declined treatment for minor injuries.

The victims were apparently blinded by a bright light used by one suspect and it appeared that at least one more suspect was present during the incident. One of the suspects reached into the vehicle and removed an undisclosed item. One of the suspects demanded money and made mention of a firearm. Neither victim saw a weapon.

The victims drove away from the area and reported the incident to police upon reaching a parking lot in the South Hilo district.

The incident is classified as a second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, and first-degree criminal property damage.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Wendell Carter at 961-2378 or email him at wcarter@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.

The 30th Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show and Sale

The 30th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is Sunday, July 22 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall.

The 30th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is coming up

The anniversary theme of this year’s show is “Kona’s Orchids Through Time,” and includes a tributary display on the late Tom Kadooka, club advisor, nurseryman and developer of the Big Isle’s vanilla industry.

The show offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.  Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and the Daifukuji Taiko drummers will perform at 10 a.m.

Also on tap will be an elaborate display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more by club members.

Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations.

In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, contact Joyce Hancock, 808-328-8375.

Dates Set for the Fourth Annual Mango Festival

Mango mania returns to Kona for the fourth annual Mango Festival with activities on three days.

First up is the Mango Tango Dance and Desserts FUNdraiser July 21 in Kealakekua at the New Thought Center in Pualani Terrace on Hwy. 11. Admission is a $10 donation and fun includes a dramatic show of tango dancing, dessert bar and silent auction from 6:30-9 p.m. For ticket info, phone 887-1292.

Mango Tango proceeds benefit New Thought Center, a sanctuary for the nourishment, development and evolution of each individual’s unique spiritual path, and the free, two-day community Mango Festival.

Geared for mango lovers of all ages, the Mango Festival returns to the Keauhou Beach Resort 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for a full weekend of juicy jive July 28-29. The free festival celebrates Hawaii’s delicious and diverse mango varieties during the peak of the harvest season.

Ken Love of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers displays varieties of mangos grown in Hawaii.

Ken Love, president of the statewide Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, says this year’s mango season looks good. “Although there have been limited rains, what we had came at the right time,” notes Love. “Diversifying mango crops by variety has helped to increase the overall quantity as flowering takes place at difference times. Overall, growers do a much better job of field sanitation, which has also helped to increase local production.”

Love is part of the event’s agricultural and educational offerings on Saturday. Attendees can also enjoy culinary demonstrations using mango and a mango-themed recipe contest for non-professional chefs.

Arts and crafts, mango-themed desserts and drinks, plus fresh produce will be offered both days. The focus on Sunday’s fun will be entertainment, with a non-stop medley of music and performing arts, including dramatic hula and a Belly Dance Extravaganza on the scenic, palm-fringed grounds of the resort’s Royal Garden.

Both the Mango Tango FUNdraiser and the free community Festival are presented by the non-profit Sanctuary of Mana Ke‘a Gardens. The community is invited to collaborate, support and participate. Exhibitor booths for July 28-29 are available for businesses and non-profit organizations. Volunteers are encouraged to help with festival day activities, speaker support and workshops. For info, contact event organizer Randyl Rupar at 808-334-3340.

Pahoa Town Under Surveillance – Street Cameras Installed

Pahoa Village and in particular the town section of it, has long had a reputation of having many problems.  A few years back the Town was a recipient for Federal funding for “Weed and Seed” programs that brought cameras in to town and established laws that would make dealing drugs more punishable.

Well the cameras in town didn’t last long and they really didn’t seem to be very effective in cleaning up the problems that Pahoa was having.

This morning, I just noticed that quietly the county has installed cameras throughout the town:

This camera is set up near Kaleo's Restaurant pointed towards Luquins Restaurant

I’m not exactly sure who is monitoring these cameras and/or who paid for them… but they look pretty high-tech.

It looks like some of them may be powered by solar panels, I just can't tell

I wonder if they are being recorded 24/7 or just being monitored when needed?

This one was in front of Luquins pointing towards Kaleos Restaurant

Some of the cameras looked like they may have the ability to look 360 degrees.

There are two cameras in this picture. I believe the round one w/ the bubble covering it can view 360 degrees.

Let’s see if this solves some of the problems we are having… or just creates more!