Honolulu Rail – One Down… Two-Hundred to Go

I recently had the opportunity to share a Go!Airlines flight with community organizer, musician and founder of the Men of Pa’a, Iopa “Bruddah Kuz” Maunakea, a few weeks ago and I asked him what he was doing over on Oahu.

Bruddah Kuz

He told me that he was “working on the rail… the Honolulu Rail”.

Well the other day he posted the following picture on Facebook and I asked him I could post this here on my site because I understand the importance of what this actually represents:

Honolulu Rail Column 65 (Copyright Iopa Maunakea use with permission only)

“Bruddah Kuz” stated on his Facebook page, “Strip the forms on column 65. One down and two hundred more to go…pretty impressive the view going be awesome….”

Big Island Police Searching for “Boomer” – Considered Armed and Dangerous

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 43-year-old Kailua-Kona man wanted for assault and other offenses.

Robert Kanuela Tanoai also known as “Boomer”

Robert Kanuela Tanoai—also known as “Boomer”—is considered armed and dangerous. Police caution the public not to approach him but to call police immediately if they see him.

Tanoai has an outstanding arrest warrant for assault and other offenses stemming from an incident in February.

On February 4, Kona Patrol Officers responded to an 11:55 a.m. report of a possible domestic incident in the parking lot of Kealakekua Ranch Center in Captain Cook. While en route, officers received additional information that the man and woman had left the parking lot in a white sports-utility vehicle traveling north on Māmalahoa Highway.

While searching for the SUV, officers received information about a 911 call regarding a woman who was at a Post Office in Hōnaunau requesting police assistance. Officers contacted a 30-year Kapaʻau woman, who had reportedly been assaulted by an acquaintance. She was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where she was treated for injuries to her face and body and later released.

During the investigation, officers determined that the assault was connected to the original call reporting the possible domestic incident at Kealakekua Ranch Center and that the victim had been held against her will, threatened and assaulted.

Through police investigation, officers identified the suspect as Tanoai. He is described as Hawaiian, 6-feet tall, 255 pounds with a dark complexion, short black hair, brown eyes and a muscular build. He has several tattoos on his upper arms and chest and one with the name “TANOAI” on his back.

Tanoai is also wanted for questioning in connection with several unrelated incidents, including some in which he was reportedly seen in possession of firearms.

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 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.

Two Hawaii Companies Recipients of Marine Conservation Grants

In honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announced the recipients of their annual Marine Conservation Grants program. 

Grants for a total amount of $35,000 are being awarded to organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to “improve and protect marine habitat,” which is part of West Marine’s mission.  This year’s grant recipients are located in Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Hawaii, California and Virginia.

“West Marine is proud to support recreational fishing, scientific and marine environmental groups who are working together for abundant and healthy habitats and fish stocks,” said Randy Repass, chairman and founder of West Marine. “The work of these organizations will benefit recreational fishing, sustainable commercial fishing and help to enhance fish populations for today’s anglers and future generations.”

The 10 grants awarded focused on projects that enhance fish populations including; (1) engaging anglers in data collection and tagging, (2) enhancing marine habitat, (3) educating anglers, (4) encouraging policies that maintain healthy fish stocks.

The Hawaii Recipients of the West Marine Conservation Grants for 2012:

  • Pacific Islands Fisheries Group: The Pacific Islands Fisheries Group (PIFG) was established to help keep Pacific Island fishermen engaged and informed on the management and conservation of fishery resources.  PIFG administers and supports programs that benefit marine and fishery resources, enhances fishing experiences and encourages responsible fishing. Find more information about PIFG at www.fishtoday.org.The grant will support PIFG’s Statewide Tagging Challenge for tournaments.  Tagging raises awareness about the science and management of local fisheries and contributes valuable data to local and national fisheries management.
  • The Ocean Foundation Tag-a-Giant Fund: The Tag-A-Giant Fund supports research on highly migratory fishes and promotes innovative policy and conservation initiatives based on this research.  Led by Stanford University Professor of Marine Sciences Dr. Barbara Block, Tag-A-Giant has played a key role in integrating cutting-edge research into discussions of fisheries policy and marine spatial planning, particularly as it concerns bluefin tuna.  You can learn more about them by visiting www.tagagiant.org.Funds will be used to purchase a tag for the HIBT Great Marlin Race. The Great Marlin Race is collaboration between Stanford University, the Hawaiian International Billfish tournament and IGFA.  Tags deployed on blue marlin during tournaments provide valuable data for researchers.

West Marine’s Marine Conservation Grants are awarded through a formal application process in which interested organizations must submit their proposal directly to West Marine.  All applications are reviewed and evaluated by a dedicated and experienced cross-functional team of senior West Marine leaders.

Those applying must show sound financial policies and management with a key focus in marine conservation, habitat restoration and sustainable fisheries. These activities may cover water clean-up, habitat protection and restoration, ocean science and conservation projects that relate to key marine species, water quality, sustainable ocean use, etc.

Since 1994, West Marine has donated nearly $5,000,000 to non-profit organizations that support youth boating, boating safety and the marine environment. For more information about the Marine Conservation Grants program, please visit www.westmarine.com.

HVCB, MPI Team Up to Showcase Hawaii Island to Meeting Planners – Sustainability is Key Theme of Four-Day Conference

This weekend 30 meeting planners are coming to Hawaii Island from throughout the nation to take part in a first-time educational conference and experience the qualities that make the Hawaiian Islands a premier destination for business meetings.

The hosting of the Hawaii MPI EduFAM conference, June 9-12, is the result of a partnership secured by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meetings industry’s largest trade organization.

The meeting planners, who collectively book group programs worth tens of millions of dollars annually, will do site tours of Hawaii Island resorts and meeting facilities, experience activities, learn about Hawaii’s cultural diversity, and take continuing education courses.

In addition, Hawaii industry suppliers, including resorts and service providers, will meet with the planners to discuss opportunities for future group bookings. Most of the planners are also extending their stays to conduct site tours of Kauai, Oahu, or Maui.

“We look forward to welcoming the meeting planners from across the U.S. to showcase the Hawaiian Islands as an ideal place to conduct business,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).

“Planners will be able to experience first-hand our world-class facilities, one-of-a-kind destination and the aloha spirit of our people. The HTA, together with the HVCB, remain committed to marketing the Hawaiian Islands as a premier global meetings destination and growing our meetings, conventions and incentives (MCI) market.”

The importance of cultural and environmental sustainability will be a key theme of the conference and is being communicated daily with presentations by a native Hawaiian cultural advisor. The planners will also take part in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) volunteer project in support of Kukaiau Forest on the northern slopes of Mauna Kea.

The conference’s featured presenters are Bruce MacMillan, CEO of MPI, and Paul Salinger, vice president of marketing for Oracle. MacMillan will make a presentation on the state of the meetings industry, while Salinger will lead the workshop, “Best Practices for Sustainable Meeting Management.”

Michael Murray, CMP, CMM, CASE, HVCB’s vice president of sales and marketing, noted the conference will be a superb showcase for Hawaii Island while reinforcing the state’s business brand as a site for hosting meetings and conventions.

Murray commented, “We are very grateful to MPI for bringing this education conference to Hawaii and allowing us to create a meeting experience offered nowhere else in the world. The meeting planners taking part represent the diverse interests of organizations and third-party providers who are exactly the kind of groups that would find doing business in Hawaii rewarding and productive.”

Murray added that the conference’s focus on sustainability is building on the principals conveyed during Hawaii’s successful hosting of the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting (APEC). Hawaii entities making innovative advancements in clean energy, as well as ocean, earth and sky sciences, and health and life sciences, were showcased during the APEC conference.

“Hawaii is a recognized leader in being sustainable and preserving our natural resources and this conference will continue to highlight the importance of that message and how it can be integrated into the overall meeting experience,” said Murray.

Based in Dallas, MPI has more than 21,000 members representing 86 countries in 71 clubs and chapters, including Hawaii’s Aloha Chapter, making it the largest meetings industry trade organization in the world.

HVCB is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, to provide marketing management services for the conventions, meetings and incentives market segment. HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

Dog the Bounty Hunter Answers Questions About the Cancellation of His A&E Show

Recently Arts & Entertainment (A&E) decided to drop one of it’s longest running shows, Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Beth and Duane Chapman meet up at the Hilo Airport

The folks that handle the publicity for both Duane and Beth Chapman released the following question and answers regarding the cancellation of the show and what is up and coming for the Chapman’s.

Dog and his wife Beth, Courtesy of A&E Television Network

1) Was the show cancelled because of members leaving the team ?

No

2) How is the Family?

The family is doing well. The drama was last year and things are much better

3) Is Dog retiring ?

No, not a chance.

4) Does the family still Bounty Hunt with out A&E filming?

Yes, they still do frequently

5) Has Dog signed with another network ?

Nothing to announce there

6) Are Dog and Beth okay?

Dog and Beth are both doing well and enjoying time with their kids.

7) Would the Chapmans have done Season 9?

Yes, they were looking forward to letting fans know things have changed and relationships are healing

8) Does Leland speak with them?

Yes, things are fine between them.

9) When do the new seasons play outside North America?

Please ask your local network

10) Are fans speaking out about the cancellation by A&E?

Yes there is a petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/a-e-television-network-bring-back-dog-the-bounty-hunter?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=share_petition and a Fan page with ideas at www.dogsupporter.wordpress.com

11) Did the Chapmans quit the show ?

No, the network chose to end negotiations and walk away.

12) Where can I see Dog and Beth in person ?

All events are listed at http://www.dogthebountyhunter.com/FanClub/Events.aspx