Big Island Police Searching for Missing 54-Year-Old Hilo Man

*UPDATE*

Big Island police have located 54-year-old Warren Dale Ellison of Hilo, who was reported missing.

He was found in good health on Friday (August 24) in Washington, D.C.

Big Island police are searching for a 54-year-old Hilo man reported as missing.

Warren Dale Ellison

Warren Dale Ellison has a medical condition that requires medication. He is described as 5-foot-11, 160 pounds with short red hair, a red mustache and a goatee. He wears a purple Minnesota Vikings ball cap.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto by phone at 961-2379 or by email at ematsumoto@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.

Video: Public Warned to Keep Out of Water Around Whale Carcass in Pahoa – Sharks Actively Feeding

The DLNR is warning the public to keep out of the near shore and ocean waters off Pahoa, due to the presence of tiger sharks that are being attracted to a decomposing 50-foot long sperm whale carcass.


DLNR’s aquatic resources and enforcement divisions are working together to post shark warning signs and to direct the public to stay out of the water within one mile on either side of where the carcass located on the rocky shoreline in front of the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision.

Numerous sharks are present and actively feeding on the carcass in nearshore waters. The carcass is also considered a public nuisance because of its offensive odor.The state office of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary at DLNR, in partnership with NOAA’s Fisheries Service, is working with a private marine salvage company to remove the carcass. The public is advised to remain out of these waters until three days after the carcass is removed. DLNR will issue updates as they become available.

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Sperm whales are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act as well as Hawaii Revised Statute Ch. 195-D. Taking and possession of any part of the animal is prohibited without prior authorization from NOAA and the State. Disturbing and tampering with the carcass is also prohibited.An area resident first reported the carcass in the morning on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. A Hawaii County Fire Department Helicopter confirmed the presence of the carcass by about mid-morning, and it was up against the shore by the afternoon.

Video courtesy of Honua Consulting.

Big Island Biodiesel Building a High Vacuum Distillation Unit

Big Island Biodiesel (BIB) is building a High Vacuum Distillation (HVD) unit.

Aerial view of the Big Island Biodiesel Plant

Once built, it will be for a 5 million gallon per year facility that can process a wide range of agricultural feed stocks into high quality biodiesel.

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Big Island Installing and Converting 1,000 Street Lamps Around Island

The Department of Public Works’ Traffic Division is continuing to convert streetlights from the current low-pressure sodium (LPS) lamps to light-emitting diode lamps (LED) this week.

An example of an LED Street Light

The plan is to install twenty LEDs per intersection near traffic signals along Kino‘ole Street from Waiānuenue to Haihai. With minimal traffic disruption and weather permitting, this work could take about a month.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 24-26, special off-duty police officers will redirect traffic during intermittent lane closures along Kino’ole Street in Downtown Hilo from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, beginning at the Waiānuenue Street intersection.

The Traffic Division ordered 1,000 lamps using $500,000 received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActIt will take Public Works a year to convert the streetlights to LED around the island. This summer, ninety streetlights in Waimea were converted to LED.

Hawaii Youth/Adults Share Their Experiences from CADCA Mid-Year Training Institute Held in Nashville

North Hawai’i Drug-Free Coalition sponsored three youth from North Hawai’i to serve as representatives at CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute, held in Nashville, Tennessee, July 22-26, 2012.

Standing (L-R): David Fuertes, Jr., Ka Hana No’eau/Partners in Development (adult advisor); Hoku Pagan, Mama’s House Youth Group, Kynan Kawai, youth representative, Ka Hana No’eau/Partners in Development; Makanani Akau, youth representative, Mama’s House Youth Group. Front (L-R): Beth Mehau, Mama’s House (adult advisor); Cielito Rooney, adult representative from North Hawai’i.

Themed “Ticket to Community Change,” participants explored various topics – everything from how to run a community anti-drug coalition to how to implement environmental strategies.
There were a total of 1,920 attendees, an increase of more than 57 per cent from last year’s event, including more than 400 youth who attended CADCA’s signature National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI Key Essentials and NYLI Advanced). There were also 35 attendees representing 16 other countries.
Additionally, more than 150 members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps attended the training to refine their skills and learn more about the coalition model.
Conference Attendees Share
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On Thursday, August 16, 2012, NHDFC-sponsored conference attendees were asked to share their experiences with the NHDFC Leadership Team.
Youth stated that they learned new skills on how to tackle community issues by identifying a problem specific to their community, developing a problem statement, then breaking that down into a few (achievable) top action steps to address the issue. They then presented their findings to hundreds of youth and adults.
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NHDFC-sponsored adult representative Cielito Rooney was unable to attend this meeting, but shared her experience. “What I got most out of the media courses was the term ‘media advocacy,'” said Cielito. “It’s changing policies rather than behavioral changes. What we see in our environment is a lot of alcohol marketing targeting youth, which undermines what we as parents (or adult influencers) are trying to teach our children. By reducing alcohol advertising exposure to young people, we can change attitudes towards underage drinking.”

Makanani Akau

Makanani

Makanani attended the conference with a goal to make a change in our community and to look at various ways to teach youth to live healthier lifestyles and be drug-free. For the past 2 years, she has contributed more than 200 hours of community service in the area of drug and alcohol prevention messaging with peers who share her passion. Participating in focus groups and helping create t-shirt designs are a few of Makanani’s most recent accomplishments.
With regard to the conference, Makanani says, “We met so many kids, and it was so cool hearing what they are doing in their state. The training was amazing – not just one boring guy talking. Everyone was enthusiastic and there were lots of kids and activities.”
Normally a bit shy in front of crowds, Makanani was eager to share their project outcomes with hundreds at the CADCA conference.

Kynan Kawai

Kynan

Born and raised in North Kohala, a small community, Kynan has noticed underage drinking and substance abuse on a steady incline.
He remembers that when he was a child, there would be sign waving groups in his community sponsored by the Kohala Let’s Kick Ice drug prevention program. He would tag along with his mom, helping create catchy signs, like one that read “cook rice, not ice.”
Sadly, sign waving gatherings such as this have dwindled down to none. Kynan feels that sign waving was a very effective way of informing the public about being drug-free and is using the knowledge he gained in Nashville to revive sign-waving efforts in the North Kohala community.
He would also like to explore ways to create activities for youth to keep them busy and less likely to get involved with substance abuse.

Hoku’ulaikalei’ohu Pagan

Hoku

Hoku believes in communication and the power of knowledge. She attended the mid-year institute, further refining her skills to identify key issues and breaking them down so that it can be effectively addressed.
Her goal is to find ways to inform other youth to take a drug- and alcohol-free path in life. She feels if youth realize that they have a choice and are in control of their own destiny, they will, ultimately, make the right choices.
Hoku and Makanani, along with other youth from the Mama’s House Lifeplan Youth Leadership group, are looking at ways to share information they learned with their peers. They have already distributed underage youth prevention brochures to 12 resource centers island-wide as part of the SPF-SIG “Models Not Bottles” initiative. They are currently working on a youth poster design contest.

Record Turnout for 3rd Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs

This past Saturday was an especially beautiful day for a run. The 3rd annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs on August 18, 2012 was blessed with sunshine and smiles for all the miles of the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races held in Volcano Village on Hawaii’s Big Island.

A generous display of aloha from the crowds of spectators and volunteers helped propel the record-setting 590 racers across the finish line, especially Pahoa’s own Billy Barnett who finished first in the Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes and 21 seconds.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the turnout or more thankful for everyone’s incredible support,” says Volcano Art Center CEO Tanya Aynessazian. Registration increased nearly 20% over the 495 total finishers in the 2011 Rain Forest Runs.

“I am filled with gratitude,” Aynessazian says, and extends special appreciation and sincere thanks to Race Director Sharron Faff, the board members and staff of VAC, the Volcano community, The Cooper Center, the Volcano Community Association, GU, Kona Marathon, Eddie O. and Lava 105.3, Leilehua Yuen and Manu Josiah, the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Kilauea Lodge, Barefoot Wine, Rotarians of Hilo Bay, Pahoa Sunset and Volcano, the Keaau High School Cross Country Team and the many, many volunteers who helped make this event possible, positive and fun for everyone.

Race results and photos are posted at www.rainforestruns.com with special cheers for these top finishers:

  • Half Marathon: Billy Barnett (1:19:21, M 20–29, Pahoa) and Amy Gordon (1:38:25, F 30–39, Waialua)
  • 10K: Chris Gregory (:36:25, M 20–29, Hilo) and Keri Ogden (:42:56, F 20–29, Honolulu)
  • 5K: Todd Marohnic (:19:30, M 50–59, Volcano) and Shayli Nakamoto (:22:31, F 14–19, Kealakekua)

The next Volcano Rain Forest Runs is already set for August 17, 2013. Volcano Art Center – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education – invites you to learn more about how you can support the arts and your community at www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Big Island Charge 64-Year-Old in Connection With Puna Standoff

Big Island police have charged a 64-year-old Glenwood man in connection with a standoff in Puna on Monday.

Dasa Sivam

At 4 p.m. Wednesday (August 22), detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Dasa Sivam with criminal trespass, promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon (August 23).

Puna patrol officers responded to a 10:22 a.m. report Monday (August 20) that a man had threatened his neighbors with a machete on Kokokahi Road in the Fern Forrest subdivision in Glenwood.

When police arrived, the suspect barricaded himself inside his house and claimed he had a large machine gun. Officers could hear a large object banging the inside of the door.

The Police Department’s Special Response Team was called to the scene and negotiated all night with the suspect. After hours of negotiation, the suspect emerged from the house shortly before 5 a.m. and a confrontation ensued.

A Special Response Team officer received minor injuries when a stairway he was standing on collapsed.

Dasa Sivam was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Saturday – 2nd Annual Kipimana Cup

W.H. Shipman, Ltd., (WHS) in concert with Keaau and Kamehameha-Hawaii High Schools will kick off the 2nd annual Kipimana Cup Saturday, August 25, to support Keaau area high school athletics.

The Kipimana Cup

The cup will be presented to the winner of a goodwill football game between Kamehameha and Keaau High Schools at Kamehameha’s home field. The JV game starts at 1 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

“Last year’s games were a huge success,” said Bill Walter, president of WHS.  “I enjoy seeing the team camaraderie and community members coming together to celebrate the area with a friendly game of football.  W.H. Shipman is proud to be a longstanding part of Keaau–a truly great place to live and work.”

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii campus opened on former WHS land in 2001 and serves approximately 1,120 keiki, grades K-12, and their familes from Waimea to Waiohinu.  Keaau High School serves approximately 950 keiki in grades 9-12 and their families.  It opened in 1998 on land that was also once owned by the WHS Estate.

“Kipimana” is how Hawaiians referred to WHS more than 100 years ago, and the name is used today as a street name in the Keaau area.

WHS will award $500 to the booster club of each school.  Last year, Kamehameha Schools won bragging rights and the inaugural Kipimana Cup over Keaau with a final score of 36-21.

WHS, part of the East Hawaii business community for 130 years, has 17,000 acres in the Puna District and is engaged in agriculture and commercial/ industrial development and leasing.  As a land steward, the company holds a long range-view to sustainability and planned development for balanced community use.

State Offers Seminars on Designing Accessible Recreation Facilities

The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB) is hosting a two-day series of free seminars featuring U.S. Access Board Accessibility Specialist Bill Botten discussing the design of accessible recreation facilities.

Bill Botten

The seminars will be held on September 24 and 25, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Hawai‘i Suite. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Botten was part of a team that developed the new combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act. Specializing in access issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas, Botten also provides technical assistance to the building design and construction industry as well as state and federal agencies and consumers with disabilities.

September 24 seminar topics are: 1) sports facilities, exercise equipment, team seating, assembly areas and press boxes; 2) play areas; and 3) swimming pools and spas, dressing and locker rooms.

September 25 seminar topics are: 1) golf courses, miniature golf facilities; 2) fishing piers and recreational boating facilities; and 3) the Proposed Outdoor Developed Area Accessibility Guidelines.

For a copy of the program flyer and registration form, go to the DCAB website at www.hawaii.gov/health/dcab/, e-mail dcab@doh.hawaii.gov or call (808) 586-8121.

The Disability and Communication Access Board is a governor-appointed, statewide, 17-member board whose mission is to advocate and promote the full integration of independence, equal access, and quality of life for persons with disabilities in society.

Video – Woman Brings in 1,000 Pound Marlin off the Big Island

A woman battled a 12-foot, 1,000 lb marlin during a fishing tournament in Hawaii.

She won’t get credit for a world-record catch because she wound up needing help getting it on her boat

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But 28-year-old Molly Palmer is missing out on the glory and thousands in tournament prize money for one pesky reason: Her team’s honor code.