Big Island Police Searching for Second Escapee at Hale Nani Correctional Facility

Hale Nani Correctional Facility reported the escape of Joshua Kalili, male age 20.

Joshua Kalili

He is described as having brown hair, brown eyes, 5’9″, 180 lbs., brown complexion, medium built, wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts. Party resides in the Honaunau area in Kona. Last seen at approx. 2:30 pm today at Hale Nani. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Hawaii Youth Take a Stand on Underage Drinking Prevention

Young people have a voice in underage drinking prevention on Hawai‘i Island, and a new way to reach out to peers and their parents.  Community outreach stations set up by island youth provide information to help kids and adults understand the risks of alcohol use before age 21.

As part of its commitment to the County of Hawai‘i underage drinking prevention campaign, Five Mountains Hawai‘i worked with Mama’s House Lifeplan Youth Leadership Team to design and print two brochures and supply them with card racks for 11 libraries island-wide.  The Prevention Resource Center (PRC) of the state Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawai’i provided a third brochure, chosen by youth participants.

“The kids helped create the taglines, the artwork, messaging and style of the two brochures and they worked with 11 libraries to get the information in place,” said Robin Mullin, Executive Director of Five Mountains Hawai‘i.  “And it will be their responsibility to keep the libraries stocked, and to maintain their contacts for future programs.  It’s a very good experience for them, and it’s inspiring to see it work.”

“It’s not our job to tell people what to do, but to give them the choice,” said youth group member Hoku Pagan, 15.  “We put resources in libraries around the island that they can really read, and learn about the consequences.”

For example, even though it has been the law since 1988, not everyone knows that 21 is the legal drinking age in all 50 states.  Or, that “social hosts,” including families, who allow someone under 21 to drink alcohol can be held liable for damages they cause.

“We are very grateful to Five Mountains,” said Beth Mehau, youth leader and Executive Director of The Pantry.  “And certainly to Michelle Park of PRC and all the libraries, for supporting these young people and their prevention programs.  With their continued partnership, we are excited about the possibilities for expanding projects through the school year and beyond.”

In addition to the library outreach, the youth group is planning relevant activities programs for younger students, targeting underage drinking prevention.  “One of our goals is to help them be prepared,” said Pagan, “so that when they go to high school, they already know what decision to make.”  The youth group is also planning an underage drinking prevention poster contest for students in grade six to twelve.

Community outreach card racks can be found in the following libraries:

  • Bond Memorial Public Library, Kapa‘au
  • Hilo Public Library
  • Holualoa Public Library
  • Honoka‘a Public Library
  • Kailua-Kona Public Library
  • Kea‘au Public and School Library
  • Kealakekua Public Library
  • Laupahoehoe Public and School Library
  • Mountain View Public and School Library
  • Na‘alehu Public Library
  • Thelma Parker Memorial Public and School Library, Waimea

This project is an equal opportunity program funded through the County of Hawai‘i Mayor’s Office, Hawai‘i Department of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant SPO 13944.

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Six Foot Long Snake Found in Oahu Field – Snakes in Hawaii?

*I don’t know how I missed this on the news recently*

Two dead snakes have been turned in to the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) in two separate incidents recently.

On Tuesday (7/31), a Central O`ahu farm turned in a dead boa constrictor which measured about six feet in length.  Workers harvesting a field early in the morning came upon the snake and incapacitated the snake. The carcass was later turned in to HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Office.

In a separate incident, a guest at a Waikiki hotel reportedly found a dead garter snake in a carry-on bag and turned the snake in to the front desk.

Garter snake turned in at Waikiki hotel

The snake, which appeared to be dried and dead for a while, measured about six-inches long and was picked up by Plant Quarantine inspectors.  The visitor is from Washington State and arrived in Honolulu on Monday.

Boa constrictors are non-venomous and are native to Central and South America.  They may grow up to 12 feet in length and have a normal diet of small mammals such as mice and rats.  Snakes have no natural predators in Hawai`i and pose a serious threat to Hawai`i’s environment.  Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to endangered native birds.  Large snakes can also be a danger to the public and small pets.

Garter snakes are native to North and Central America.  They produce a mild neurotoxin, but are not considered a danger to humans.  Their diet consists of lizards, amphibians, insects and aquatic animals.  Depending on the species, they may grow to about four-and-half feet long.

Individuals who have illegal animals are encouraged to turn them in under the State’s Amnesty program, which provides immunity from prosecution.  Anyone with knowledge of illegal animals in Hawai`i is asked to call the toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Volcano Area of the Big Island Early This Morning

Magnitude 3.6 Upgraded to 3.7
Location 19.312°N, 155.216°W
Depth 9 km (5.6 miles)
  • 15 km (10 miles) S (173°) from Volcano, HI
  • 20 km (12 miles) SSW (207°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 23 km (14 miles) SSW (210°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 42 km (26 miles) SW (231°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 46 km (28 miles) SSW (197°) from Hilo, HI
  • 351 km (218 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 48, Dmin=7 km, Rmss=0.14 sec, Gp=126°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60383411