Nasty Wreck Shuts Down Both Lanes of Highway 11 at Glenwood Intersection

I’ve gotten wind that someone may have been decapitated in a nasty wreck that just happened on Highway 11 at the Glenwood intersection.

Traffic is now stopped in both directions. (Photo courtesy of Merle Gornick)

Hawaii Police advises you to AVOID Hwy 11 at 20mm/Glenwood Road Intersection due to a current traffic issue.

A vehicle crash near Hwy 11 at 20mm/Glenwood Road Intersection has closed Hwy 11 in both directions.

Duration of the closure is unknown at this time.

UPDATE: The following has been posted in the Volcano Hui facebook page by Cat Killam:

Just passed a bad two car accident in front of Hirono Store. Looks like someone pulled out and was hit pretty hard. The other car was flipped over. Hope everyone is okay. We all need to be more careful. Ambulances are on the way.

Conflicting information has come in and this post has been adjusted to reflect what happened as I have learned things.  From what I have confirmed… only one person died.

The 2012 Whitey Tightie Race – The Kona Ironman Underpants Run

Every year hundreds of fit triathletes get ready to compete in the Ironman World Championships.

But before they hit the swim, bike and run they like to get ready with a charity underpants run through the streets of Kona.

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2012 is no exception as the streets of Kona today filled with half naked runners all doing their bit for charity and of course getting in a short training run before the big race on Saturday.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing California Man

Big Island Police are requesting the public’s help in locating a 66-year-old man reported missing by the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department in Modesto, California.

The missing man, Lucas Gonzales, has ties to the Big Island and has lived in the Puna District.

Not the actual tattoo

He is described as Hispanic, 5-foot-8, 145 pounds with a dark complexion, brown eyes, short, balding black hair and a black-and-white beard. He has a tattoo of a Playboy bunny on his left bicep.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call Officer Corina Apuakehau at 965-2716.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Marks 25th Year as a World Heritage Site with Events

Twenty-five years ago, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park was acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest treasures, and was designated a World Heritage Site for having “superlative attributes of universal value important to the common heritage of humanity.”

Today, there are 21 World Heritage Sites in the United States (including two in Hawai‘i, the other is Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument) and 962 sites worldwide.

To commemorate the silver anniversary of its World Heritage Site status, and the 40th anniversary of the international World Heritage Convention, the park is offering two events, one at the park and one at The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast:

Jonathan B. Tourtellot, Geotourism Editor, National Geographic Traveler; Founding Director, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations; Portal Editor, DestinationCenter.org; Principal, Focus on Places LLC

World Heritage “After Dark in the Park” Presentation. Join National Geographic Traveler editor Jonathan Tourtellot for an overview of World Heritage Sites, how World Heritage grows jobs, four common myths about World Heritage and America’s position in the global quest for World Heritage sites. No registration required. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free (but park entrance fees apply).

When: Wed., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

World Heritage Anniversary Roundtable. The park, Big Island Visitors Bureau, and The Fairmont Orchid invite you to a destination roundtable with National Geographic Traveler editor Jonathan Tourtellot, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park staff, and travel industry leaders. Learn why having a World Heritage Site on our island is important, what it means to your organization, and how you can leverage this unique status in your outreach efforts. Free admission and free parking at The Fairmont Orchid; RSVP online at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4450461450/eorg, or contact Jessica Ferracane at 808-985-6018 or via email, jessica_ferracane@nps.gov.

When: Thurs., Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i’s Plaza Ballroom