Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Mountain View Girl

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Mountain View girl reported as missing.

Briane Castro-Ah Nee

Briane Castro-Ah Nee was last seen in Mountain View on October 10. She is described as 5-feet tall, 135 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Free Veteran’s Day Concert

In honor of Veterans Day, the community is invited to a free concert from 11am-4pm at the Pahala Plantation House in Ka‘u.

The culmination of the weeklong Kahumoku ‘Ohana Music and Lifestyle Workshop, the event is hosted by five-time Grammy winner Keoki Kahumoku. The free concert features some of Hawaii’s favorite entertainers, including John Keawe, Diana Aki, Peter DeAquino, and Sonny Lim bending the strings on ‘ukulele and slack key guitar. Plate lunches will be available for purchase and support the non-profit Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Inc. For more information go to

Big Island Police Identify Second Man Killed In Sunday’s Tragic Wreck

Big Island police have identified the second man who died Sunday (October 21) from injuries he received after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 19) in the area of the 8-mile marker north of Hilo as 65-year-old Frank Rosol of a Hakalau address.

Responding to a 7:19 p.m. call, traffic investigators determined that Rosol was operating a 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck and traveling north on Route 19 on the Hanawi Bridge when he apparently crossed the centerline and collided with a 2005 Cadillac Escalade multi-purpose vehicle traveling south and being operated by 61-year-old Miles T. Nakanishi of Hilo.

Both drivers were dead at the scene.

Japanese Visitor Drowns Off Kohala Coast

A Japanese visitor apparently drowned Monday (October 22) off the Kohala Coast.

At 2:04 p.m., Monday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning in waters fronting a resort located on Kaniku Drive. Arriving officers learned that resort personnel had pulled an unconscious male snorkeler from the water and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The 35-year old victim, identified as Takashi Nakayama, was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police have classified the case as a coroner’s inquest. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

10/24/12 UPDATE:

An autopsy has determined that the cause of death for Takashi Nakayama of Japan was saltwater drowning.

Nakayama drowned Monday (October 22) in waters fronting a resort located on Kaniku Drive in South Kohala.

Intermediate Athletics Initiative Announced – Pahoa, Keaau, and Kau to Get Intermediate Sports Programs

Today, Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii State Board of Education Member Keith Amemiya, Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe, and community partners announced a new Intermediate Athletics initiative aimed at increasing learning opportunities for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

The program is being piloted in the Zones of School Innovation (ZSI), starting this fall in the Nanakuli-Waianae complex. Kau-Keaau-Pahoa complex area will hold a kickoff this winter.

“When we come together to help our youth succeed in life, there is no greater partnership,” stated Governor Abercrombie. “I am grateful for the all of the partners who recognize that this program is a long-term investment we are making in these students.”

“Students who are involved in extracurricular activities outside of the normal school day have been found to be more engaged in the classroom,” said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “We believe this program will have a positive impact on students who choose to participate.”

Engaging more students in extra-curricular activities fulfills BOE/DOE’s Strategic Plan, which sets increasing the percentage of students participating in these activities as a target in its student achievement goals. This new pilot program will fill a gap in sports opportunities for public school students at these grade levels.

All intermediate athletes also participate in After-School All-Stars program that provides them with academic support through tutorials and homework assistance and have at least a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) to participate.

Sports included for this year’s pilot program:

Nanakuli High & Intermediate (7th and 8th grade students)
Boys: Football, Basketball
Girls: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer

Waianae Intermediate
Boys: Football, Basketball
Girls: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer

Kau High & Pahala Elementary (7th and 8th grade students)
Boys: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer
Girls: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer

Keaau Middle
Boys: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer
Girls: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer

Pahoa High & Intermediate (7th and 8th grade students)
Boys: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer
Girls: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer

Generous donations from community partners totaling $750,000 have been secured for equipment, transportation, officials and coach stipends.

· McInerny Foundation: $175,000
· James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation: $150,000
· Duane Kurisu: $150,000
· Bank of Hawaii: $100,000
· Kamehameha Schools: $100,000
· First Hawaiian Bank: $50,000
· Island Insurance Foundation and others: $15,000
· Keith and Bonny Amemiya: $10,000
In addition, Roberts Hawaii School Bus has agreed to provide free ground transportation for all sports competitions involving the participating schools.

BOE member Keith Amemiya engaged donors to support this program. “This program provides intermediate school students in the Zones of School Innovation with the opportunity to participate in activities that are not offered at most public middle schools across the state,” he said. “We’ve received lots of positive feedback on this initiative and are excited to see it finally begin.”

For more information about intermediate athletics, contact Raymond Fujino at 808-421-4394

New Study Explains Connection Between Hawaii’s Dueling Volcanoes

A new study will be released that helps to explain the connection between Mauna Loa and Kilauea:

A new Rice University-led study finds that a deep connection about 50 miles underground can explain the enigmatic behavior of two of Earth’s most notable volcanoes, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa and Kilauea. The study, the first to model paired volcano interactions, explains how a link in Earth’s upper mantle could account for Kilauea and Mauna Loa’s competition for the same deep magma supply and their simultaneous “inflation,” or bulging upward, during the past decade.

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The study appears in the November issue of Nature Geoscience. The research offers the first plausible model that can explain both the opposing long-term eruptive patterns at Mauna Loa and Kilauea—when one is active the other is quiet—as well as the episode in 2003-2007 when GPS records showed that each bulged notably due to the pressure of rising magma. The study was conducted by scientists at Rice University, the University of Hawaii, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

“We know both volcanoes are fed by the same hot spot, and over the past decade we’ve observed simultaneous inflation, which we interpret to be the consequence of increased pressure of the magma source that feeds them,” said lead author Helge Gonnermann, assistant professor of Earth science at Rice University. “We also know there are subtle chemical differences in the lava that each erupts, which means each has its own plumbing that draws magma from different locations of this deep source.

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