US Navy Submarine USS Buffalo Arrives in New Home Port – Pearl Harbor

On a clear sunny day in Pearl Harbor, with performers from the Polynesian Cultural Center dancing, the Pacific Fleet Band playing tunes, and family and friends with leis in their hands, USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrived at her new homeport.

USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrives at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)

USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrives at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)

The Jan. 18 arrival of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam marked the near completion of a homeport shift from Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam.

Buffalo, nicknamed Silent Thunder, departed Guam Jan. 11. Upon her arrival at Pearl Harbor, she will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 1.

“My crew and I couldn’t be more excited about Buffalo’s change of homeport to Pearl Harbor!,” said Cmdr. Richard Seif, commanding officer of Buffalo. “My Sailors and families have heard many so many great things about the islands, and we are looking forward to experiencing Hawaii’s world famous “spirit of aloha.”

With only two families left to move, their arrival in Hawaii in the next few weeks will complete the move from Guam.

Seif said Buffalo’s change of homeport has been a real team effort that began almost a year ago. Buffalo’s Sailors had a lot of great lessons learned from the USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) and USS Houston (SSN 713) who made the move to Hawaii from Guam previously. He said he can’t say enough about the support he and his crew have received from Commander Submarine Squadron 1, Naval Submarine Support Command, the housing office, and the personnel support detachment staffs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, because they made the move easy for crew.

“It was a little hard to move here at first, but the people are very kind, so it was OK,” said Paige Suh, a Buffalo spouse.

For Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Kekoa Ulep, Hawaii is home. The Hawaiian native has been smiling continuously since the crew got underway from Guam, and entertained the crew with his ukulele. Ulep is very excited to see his family and go back to his church.

“It feels great to be here, I really miss my ohana or “family” and it’s a very overwhelming feeling, I love it,” said Ulep.

USS Buffalo is the second ship to be named after Buffalo, N.Y., and is built to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Special Operation Forces; carry out Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support battle group operations, and engage in mine warfare.

 

Big Island Police Arrest Second Puna Man in Connection With Disappearance of Dante Peter Gilman

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a second Puna man in connection with the disappearance of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman of Hawaiian Acres, who was reported missing on January 10.

Kawena K. Krause

Kawena K. Krause

At 10:37 a.m. Friday (January 18), 19-year-old Kawena K. Krause of Kurtistown was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or 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 Searching for Couple Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a man and woman who were reported missing.

The woman, 21-year-old Anika Young-Adams, was reported missing in September. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old John Hamrick, was reported missing in December. Both were last seen when they moved out of their Hawaiian Paradise Park home in September.

John Hamrick

John Hamrick

Hamrick is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anika Young-Adams

Anika Young-Adams

Young-Adams is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

They may be in a Silver 2004 Nissan Frontier and they may be living on the beach.

Police ask that anyone with information on their 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 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.

Coast Guard Conducts Harbor Tour with Sen. Brian Schatz

Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz met with the U.S. Coast Guard on Oahu and conducted a tour of Honolulu Harbor aboard one of the Coast Guard’s newest vessels, Tuesday.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray, 14th Coast Guard District commander, hosted the tour and provided Schatz an up close look at Coast Guard operations in and around the Port of Honolulu. It was also an opportunity for Schatz to learn more about the role of the Coast Guard in the Hawaiian Islands and throughout the Pacific.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

Schatz was given the opportunity to pilot the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, under the instruction of crewmembers from Station Honolulu. The RB-M is one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets with an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their various missions.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

‘School Quality Survey’ Seeks Parent Feedback

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is encouraging parents to complete a survey to help schools set priorities for improving programs and services. Survey results will also be used to measure strategic plan goals for the DOE.
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Beginning this month, schools will mail or ask students to bring the surveys home. Parents whose children are enrolled in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11 will be asked to complete the survey and return it in a prepaid envelope by February 28.

“Parent feedback is critical for schools to evaluate their services and ensure students’ needs are being met,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Their valuable input also plays a key role in our success and helps track progress of the strategic plan.”

Last year, about 25 percent of participating parents statewide responded to the survey. The DOE has prepared public service announcements and partnered with grassroots organizations to raise awareness about the survey and increase return rates.

Survey results provide schools data on everything ranging from parent satisfaction with course offerings, support services and availability to discuss their child’s progress to whether students feel safe and are meeting their goals. In addition to the parent survey, teachers and students from the selected grades will fill out separate surveys at school.

Survey responses are confidential. Overall survey results should be available to schools by the end of the academic year. The reports will also be posted on the internet at http://arch.k12.hi.us.

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Questions about the survey may be emailed to sqs@notes.k12.hi.us. Parents may also call 808-733-4008 (Oahu) or 1-855-276-5801 (toll-free Neighbor Islands) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.