Video – The 2012 New Year’s Eve B.A.S.E. Jump From the Top of the Sheraton Waikiki

Miles Daisher’s 3000th B.A.S.E. Jump From The Top Of Sheraton Waikiki.

Miles Daisher talks about his pending jump on New Years Eve 2012

Miles Daisher talks about his pending jump on New Years Eve 2012

New Year’s Eve · Jan 1, 2012

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Keaau-Pahoa Road Roundabout Public Informational Meeting Re-Scheduled for January 16th – Will Be in Pahoa

The state Department of Transportation would like to invite the community to a Public Informational Meeting regarding intersection improvements at Keaau-Pahoa Road and Old Government Road in Pahoa, Hawaii.  The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, at 6 p.m., at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility located at 15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa.

The intent of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow by converting the existing T-intersection into a single-lane modern roundabout. Construction work time is estimated at approximately 12 months.

The intent of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow by converting the existing T-intersection into a single-lane modern roundabout. Construction work time is estimated at approximately 12 months.

The intent of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow by converting the existing T-intersection into a single-lane modern roundabout.  The project also includes slope reinforcement, landscaping improvements, electrical conduits, street lights and drainage improvements; along with ADA-compliant curb ramps and sidewalks, fencing, guardrails, signage and striping.  Construction work time is estimated at approximately 12 months.

Pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Native Hawaiian Organizations and Native Hawaiian descendants with ancestral lineal or cultural ties to, cultural knowledge or concerns for, and cultural or religious attachment to the proposed project may contact Steven Yoshida via email at steven.yoshida@hawaii.gov, or by US Postal Service to Department of Transportation, Traffic Branch, Traffic Design Section, Highways Division, 601 Kamokila Boulevard, Room 602, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707.  Please respond by January 30, 2013.

To request language interpretation, an auxiliary aid or service (i.e., sign language interpreter, accessible parking, or materials in alternative format), contact Steven Yoshida, Highways Division, by phone at (808) 692-7682 or by email at steven.yoshida@hawaii.gov, three (3) days prior to the meeting date. TTY users may use TRS to contact our DOT office.

 

Public Invited to Rededication Ceremony of Renovated Mo’oheau Park Tomorrow

A public rededication ceremony highlighting the recently renovated Mo‘oheau Park will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 3, at the downtown Hilo facility.

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Mayor Billy Kenoi and County of Hawai‘i Parks Director Clayton Honma will be among the distinguished guests welcoming people back to the popular park. Pastor Sheldon Lacsina of New Hope Hilo will perform a blessing.

Restrooms, concrete walkways and other park features now meet federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. As part of its $664,000 contract, Site Engineering Inc. also replaced the bus terminal’s roof, windows, doors, and cabinets, while completely renovating the restrooms, painting the building and adding skylights.

Construction started August 13 and was completed December 24. Work was done in phases so the park could be reopened to accommodate special events like the KWXX Downtown Ho‘olaule‘a, the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk and the Salvation Army Christmas Festival. Portable bathrooms with wash basins, a temporary office for the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, canopy shelters for Hele-On bus passengers and other provisions were made to aid the park’s many users.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks park users, Hele-On bus riders and the general public for their patience and understanding while Mo‘oheau Park was closed for renovation.

Following the rededication ceremony, live musicians and hula dancers will entertain the audience from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association sponsors the free Hilo Hula Days performances to welcome cruise ship passengers to Hilo.

Thursday also is “Make a Snowflake Day” at Mo‘oheau Park, part of a nationwide effort to support the victims, families and teachers of last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., the public is invited to gather at the bandstand to make paper snowflakes that will be sent to Connecticut to welcome students back to school. That effort is being coordinated by the Connections Public Charter School PTSO.

For more information about the rededication ceremony, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Update on Bayfront Murder Case – No Suspects Identified at This Time

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday morning (January 2) on the body of the 32-year-old victim of the weekend Bayfront shooting.

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The preliminary results from the examination showed that Faafetai Fiu died from exsanguination (blood loss) due to multiple gunshot wounds. The medical examiner ruled the death as a homicide. Detectives are awaiting additional toxicological findings.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads and also want to interview fishermen who frequent the Bayfront area who may have left before police could contact them. In addition, police are asking that motorists or pedestrians call police if they were in the area and witnessed a confrontation near a silver or light-colored vehicle that was parked on the makai shoulder of the highway just makai of the Moʻoheau ball field.

On Saturday (December 29) at about 8:47 p.m., police received a number of calls of possible gunshots heard in the area of Moʻoheau Park in Hilo. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive male victim with apparent gunshot wounds.

Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 nserrao@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.

 

Big Island Police Warning the Public About a Telephone Scam Involving Persons Impersonating Utility Workers

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a telephone scam involving persons impersonating utility workers.

HPDBadgeIn this scam, the perpetrators call the victims and inform them that their utility bill is delinquent and that their service will be shut off. They then instruct the victims to make payment directly to the scammers by telephone.

Police advise members of the public who receive a call about their utility bill to hang up and then call the utility company directly at a published phone number (not a number they receive from the caller) to find out if the call is legitimate.

Citizens should never give out any personal information over the telephone to persons who call them and ask for it.

Big Island Police Searching for 48-Year-Old Hilo Man Who Was Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 48-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Brian Paul Andrade

Brian Paul Andrade

Brian Paul Andrade is described as about 5-foot-9 tall,130-140 pounds with a tan complexion, brown eyes, a mustache and graying brown hair. He was last seen Tuesday evening (January 1) in Keaukaha. He was wearing a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and slippers.

He may have a condition that requires medical treatment.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or 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.

The Incredible Journey of Faith Continues – Memoirs of Henry Obookiah

Almost 195 years after it was first published, the Woman’s Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands, a 141-year-old non-profit organization formed under the Kingdom of Hawaii, is pleased to announce a dramatic program and book launch in Hilo featuring the newly revised edition of the historic “Memoirs of Henry Obookiah,” from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, at Haili Church, located at 211 Haili St. A festive reception and book signing will directly follow the program at the Lyman Museum and Mission House, located just up the street at 276 Haili Street.

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The event is free, however space is limited and reservations are required to secure a place on the guest list by calling (808) 935-5021. The soft back edition of the book will be available the night of the event for $20. Proceeds will benefit the Lyman Museum and Mission House and the WBM, which gives monies to various sister organizations that help minister to women and children throughout Hawaii and Pacific Rim.

Known as the first fruit of the Christian faith amongst the Hawaiian people, the story is honest and untainted, as told through Obookiah’s (also known as Opukaha‘ia) own perspective, as recounted through his personal diary entries and letters to close friends. It is a poignant narrative of suffering, pain and his tragic death at age 26 when he succumbed to typhus. It is also a story of healing, renewal, joyous faith and a new life everlasting that inspired a generation of young missionaries to leave the East Coast and travel to the islands to fulfill Henry’s desire to have his people hear the gospel message.

The original memoir, written by Edwin W. Dwight, details the amazing story of a uniquely able, adaptable, alert, curious, educated, hard-working, unusually intelligent and very remarkable 19th century young Hawaiian man who forsook idol worship, jumped into the ocean at Kealakekua Bay, boarded a ship headed for America, where he fully embraced Christianity.

The newest edition contains a collection of vintage and current photographs, along with a brand new epilogue documenting how lifelong Hilo resident Deborah Li‘ikapeka Lee, the blood relative responsible for leading the charge to bring Opukaha’ia’s intact earthly body (iwi) back to the Big Island an amazing 175 years after he was originally laid to rest in a cemetery in Cornwall, Connecticut.

“It’s an extraordinary journey of an ordinary woman who answered God’s call, ‘He wants to come home,’” said Karen Welsh, president of WBM and author of the epilogue. “It was a privilege and honor to interview Deborah and work with her on the editing process of the story. We laughed and cried together. I knew this was a meaningful piece of both Hawaiian and American history and it was something bigger than both of us.”

Through the reprint it is hoped this newest generation will take advantage of the opportunity to know, appreciate and share this life changing story.