No More Political Ads on My Site…

Due to the fact that I’ve been getting a lot of flack for having any “FREE” political ads on my site from folks that either think one thing or another… AND THE BULLSH*T campaign rules that state what I can and cannot do on my website…

I’ve removed all political ads I had on this site.

If you are a politician interested in running an ad on my site… I’m sorry, I just don’t want to deal with all the BS that goes with it.

Politicians can still send me press releases and other information… and I will continue to post the information I WANT TO POST on my site… with out getting crap from those that I don’t post their literature from at times!

Kawananakoa Playground Re-Opens in Hilo

The Hawai’i County Department of Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the reopening of the keiki playground at Kawananakoa Gym in Hilo following completion of safety repairs to its rubberized surface.

The Keaukaha community and Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi played vital roles in securing the funding needed to restore the playground so it could be returned to public use Tuesday afternoon.

Required to meet a federal accessibility mandate and industry safety standards, the playground’s poured-in-place rubber surface developed holes, creating a hazard for young users. Parks staff determined the fall zones in certain areas of the playground were unsafe due to the compromised surface.

Safety concerns prompted the Department of Parks and Recreation to cordon off the playground March 8 and keep it closed until maintenance personnel could complete training needed to perform the technical repairs.

The Department of Parks and Recreation wishes to thank Councilman Onishi and the Keaukaha Community Association for helping to finance the training that has enabled county personnel to repair playground surfaces at all Hawai‘i County parks.

Park users or others who encounter deteriorating playground surfaces may contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Picture Released of 72-Year-Old Puna Man – More on Sunday’s Shooting

Big Island police have charged a 72-year-old Puna man in connection with a shooting Sunday evening (May 13) at a home in Panaʻewa.

Joseph Amormino

Joseph Amormino of Hawaiian Beaches was charged at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday (May 15) with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, burglary, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, place to keep ammunition, and two counts of place to keep firearms.

He was also charged with three counts of terroristic threatening for an unrelated incident that occurred about twenty minutes before the shooting. In that case, Amormino allegedly waved a handgun at a 52-year-old Mountain View woman, a 48-year-old Mountain View man and a 14-year-old Mountain View girl after reportedly tailgating their vehicle on Highway 130 near the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Amormino’s bail was set at $656,000. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (May 16).

Ka’u Man Arrested After Grand Jury Indicts Him for 2006 Death of Wife

A Ka’u man was arrested Monday, after a Grand Jury indicted him for murder in the 2006 death of his wife.

Daniel DeJarnette

Daniel DeJarnette, 59, of Ocean View is charged with second-degree murder for the November 12, 2006, death of 56-year-old Yu DeJarnette.

On that date, Kaʻū patrol officers responded to the DeJarnette home in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates to a reported home accident. Yu DeJarnette had reportedly been found by her husband lying on a lava embankment near their house.

Based on a preliminary investigation by patrol officers, detectives were summoned and conducted a more through investigation.

An autopsy conducted on the victim indicated that she died from extensive head injuries. The case was reclassified from a home accident to a murder.

On November 14, 2006, detectives arrested Daniel DeJarnette on suspicion of murder and held him in custody pending further investigation. After consulting with county prosecutors, he was released on November 16, 2006 pending additional investigation.

This Monday (May 14), A Kona Grand Jury indicted DeJarnette on one count of second-degree murder. His bail was set at $200,000. Police arrested him at his Ocean View home at 4:55 p.m. Monday and held him at the Kona police cellblock until his initial court appearance on Tuesday (May 15).

Keaukaha Students Learn About the Transit of Venus Courtesy of NASA

NASA’s Sun-Earth Day traveled to a native Hawaiian elementary school in Hilo (Keaukaha Elementary School) to record a classroom activity about the Transit of Venus.

The students built small telescopes and practiced following a model of Venus across a projected image of our Sun. Along the way, they learned about the 1874 Transit event which ties in closely with Hawaiian history.

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52-Year-Old Puna Woman Busted for Heroin and Weapons Offenses

A Puna woman was arrested last week and held on $1 million bail after being charged with heroin and weapons offenses.

Cathrine R. Kessaris

On Thursday (May 10), Vice officers served a narcotics search warrant on a Melekule Street home in the Orchidland subdivision, where they recovered approximately a pound of heroin, digital scales, packaging materials, two firearms and $5,200 in cash.

Officers arrested two women at the scene. Cathrine R. Kessaris, 58, of Orchidland was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation. A 52-year-old Keaʻau woman was released without charges.

On Friday, Kessaris was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, drug paraphernalia and ownership prohibited. Her bail was set at $1 million. She remained at the Hilo cellblock pending her initial court appearance on Monday (May 14).

Hawaii Education Program Seeks to Increase STEM Education Through Gardening

Many teachers use creative methods to keep their students engaged in the curriculum they are teaching. Some methods work far better than others. For one group in Hawaii, teachers are using gardening to boost their science, technology and math classes, while placing an emphasis on Hawaii’s need for more experiential science learning related to agriculture and sustainability.

More than 100 teachers attended the Statewide School Garden Teacher Conference in Ho ‘Aina O Makaha, Oahu, last year as part of the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network. Photo Credit: The Kohala Center

The Kohala Center is using funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Secondary Higher Education and Ag in the Classroom Challenge grants program to organize the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network. This network, consisting of 30 elementary, middle and high school teachers, will establish a School Learning Garden program that will integrate core curriculum and STEM education with hands-on, garden-based learning.

Over the course of one year, participating teachers will complete six learning modules that include a summer intensive, various school garden visits, a mentoring/teacher observation program and a garden-based research project. Each is designed to help them develop the skills and confidence needed to be a sustainability educator in a school garden setting.

As Hawaii is at the threshold of an agricultural renaissance, island residents understand the urgent need to return to more sustainable food and energy systems and to improve the state’s environment and human health. However, for this renaissance to be successful, the education pipeline needs to motivate students to gain the education needed for change to happen. School gardens are a logical place for experiential science learning and schooling for sustainability to start. The long-term goal of the project is to create an agricultural education program at the elementary and secondary levels that motivates and qualifies greater numbers of Hawai’i students to complete college-level agricultural science degree programs.

Food, water, energy, waste and economics play into the whole system of the garden every time a gardener goes out to work. Farming and gardening today have become a science with an emphasis on technology. The Hawai’i Island School Garden Network hopes to develop a team of educators who will bring science and the art of food production together in soil/seed to table programs.