Car Crashes Into Pizza Hut in Keaau Shopping Center – Pizza Craving?

A friend sent me this picture of an accident that happened today at the Keaau Shopping Center.

Folks that live here in Puna will recognize this place as the place to pick up Pizza Hut Pizza to Go!

Pizza Hut Crash

Man Dies From Electrocution in Industrial Accident in the Puna District

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal industrial accident in the Puna District on Thursday morning (April 25).

At about 9:14 a.m., police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics received a report of an apparent industrial accident at a job site just off Route 11 near the North Kulani Road intersection in Mountain View.

Kulani and Highway 11

Kulani and Highway 11

Responding officers discovered that a 56-year-old man had been inspecting the electrical system for a newly installed water tank when he apparently was electrocuted from the energized system. A 51-year-old Honokaʻa man, who was working nearby, attempted to assist the victim. He was able to de-energize the electrical system but not before sustaining minor injuries from exposure to electrical current.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:32 a.m.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are conducting further investigation into this incident, which is classified as an industrial accident and a coroner’s inquest.

Police are awaiting positive identification and notification of the next of kin before releasing the name of the victim.

An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning (April 26) to determine the exact cause of death.

All-Star Ensemble Cast for New Hawaii’i-Based Film: “The Fishing Club”

Zippo Film Productions announced that it will begin production of a new made-in-Hawai‘i narrative festival film, led by award-winning director David Rosen and starring an ensemble cast of Hawaii’s top talent including KITV4 Sports Director Robert Kekaula and musical artist and kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel.  Filming is scheduled to begin in May on Oahu, with a world premier planned for later this year, and film festival tour to follow.

Keali'i Reichel and Robert Kekaula

Keali’i Reichel and Robert Kekaula

In “The Fishing Club” a group of longtime fishing buddies hatch a plan to save their favorite fishing spot from development.  When outside forces come into play, events start to spin out of control and the Fishing Club’s members have to question not only their plans, but their own, and each other’s, personal motives and kuleana.

One of Hawaii’s premier directors, Rosen (Shooters Film Production) is known for his visual storytelling style which has helped create successful marketing campaigns and garnered numerous local and national awards, including Hawaii’s 2010 Advertising Man of the Year.  With him, Shooters Executive Producer Darrin Kaneshiro brings key organizational skills and 20 years of production storytelling to the quality film project.

In addition to Kekaula and Reichel, the cast includes veteran actor Allan Okubo, who began his career in “Magnum P.I.” and appeared recently in “You May Not Kiss the Bride.”  Fellow “Bride” actor Theo Coumbis has also played roles in iconic TV series from “Fantasy Island” to “Lost” and “Hawaii Five-0.”  And, musical theatre actress-singer Mary Gutzi performed in “Les Miserables” and “CATS” in New York, and most recently, the television military drama “Last Resort.”

A serious story with a sense of humor, “The Fishing Club” is based on short fiction written by Hawai‘i Island author Catherine Tarleton in the 1990’s, though its themes, and its questions, are alive and well today.  Executive Producer Dana Hankins of Redhead Productions selected the story from entries written for the Honolulu Magazine Fiction Contest , as with previous short films, “The Lemon Tree Billiards House” with Ray Bumatai, “Dancing with the Long Bone” (Henry Kapono and Karen Keawehawaii), and “True Love and Mimosa Tea” (Tamlyn Tomita and Elizabeth Lindsey).  Hankins also produced the award-winning short film “Chief,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

For more information, follow The Fishing Club Movie on Facebook or visit www.thefishingclubmovie.com

The Fishing Club

 

 

Summertime Flight School Scheduled at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Flight School for sixth to eighth grade students will be in session again this summer at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. The Museum’s innovative and popular aviation program introduces Middle School age students to the history and science of flight on three consecutive weekdays, 9am to 3:30pm.

Sixth through eighth grade female students have the opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer. Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight.

Sixth through eighth grade female students have the opportunity to soar at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s new “Flight School” program this summer. Developed by Director of Education Dr. Shauna Tonkin, the Museum’s program introduces girls to the history and science of flight.

Flight School for Girls will be held May 28~30, June 18~20, June 25~27, and July 24~26. Flight School for Boys will be held June 5~7 and July 16~18. Advanced Flight School for Girls will be held July 9~11.

Students learn the basics of flight through demonstrations and experiments, tour historic aircraft, fly remote control planes, and “take to the skies” in the Museum’s flight simulation lab. They meet historic pioneers of aviation through presentations made by costumed interpreters such as Amelia Earhart and Rosie the Riveter.

Flight School

“This is a hands-on program that introduces youth to the heroes and pioneers of aviation, and helps them consider future careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” explains Dr. Shauna Tonkin who, as Director of Education at the Museum, developed the curriculum.

Upon successful completion of Flight School, the students celebrate with a Winging Ceremony.

For more information on this event contact Dr. Shauna Tonkin at ShaunaT@PacificAviationMuseum.org or 808-441-1005. Information is available online also at http://www.pacificaviationmuseum.org/education/flightschool

The Museum is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.

Pacific Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.

 

Second Suspect Charged in Connection with Kailua-Kona Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a second suspect in connection with a burglary on Queen Kalama Avenue in Kailua-Kona on April 5.

Ammon K. Kamohai

Ammon K. Kamohai

Ammon K. Kamohai, 22, of Kailua-Kona was initially arrested Monday afternoon (April 22) on two warrants for revoking probation in a drug case and on suspicion of promoting a dangerous drug. He was also wanted for questioning in connection with additional felonies.

Kamohai’s bail for the probation revocation charges was set at $100,000 and he appeared in court on Tuesday (April 23).

After court, police returned Kamohai to the Kona police cellblock , where they arrested him on the additional felonies, including those connected with the April 5 burglary.

At 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, detectives charged him with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, attempted second-degree theft and forgery for the April 5 burglary. The other suspect in the April 5 burglary, 23-year-old Tonino Benson of Kailua-Kona, was charged on April 12 with the same offenses.

Kamohai was also charged Wednesday with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for allegedly removing a vehicle from the parking lot of an apartment complex off Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona sometime between Sunday and Monday (April 21 and April 22). His bail on those charges was $65,000.

Kamohai was not charged in the promoting a dangerous drug case pending additional investigation.

He remained at the Kona cellblock pending another court appearance scheduled for Thursday (April 25).

 

Bomb Threat at Honolulu Circuit Court Shuts Down Traffic in Area of Courthouse

UPDATE: Device rendered safe at Circuit Court. The scene will be released as soon as Law enforcement finish with their investigation.

A suspicious package was found outside Circuit Court on the side by Punchbowl and Halekuwila Streets. Halekuwila is blocked at Punchbowl. Please avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes. All nearby schools and businesses are being notified. A Sheriff K9 team is heading to Circuit Court. Sheriffs and HPD are on the scene. We will keep you informed of the latest developments.

The downtown area is now open and safe for the public.

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A suspicious package was found outside Circuit Court on the side by Punchbowl and Halekuwila Streets. Halekuwila is blocked at Punchbowl. Please avoid the area if possible and use alternate routes. All nearby schools and businesses are being notified. A Sheriff K9 team is heading to Circuit Court. Sheriffs and HPD are on the scene. We will keep you informed of the latest developments.

Instructions:

Avoid area. Take alternate routes.

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island Early This Morning

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Magnitude 3.0 3.2 (UPGRADED)
Date-Time
Location 19.602°N, 155.084°W
Depth 14.1 km (8.8 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 2 km (1 miles) NW (313°) from Kurtistown, HI
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (245°) from Keaau, HI
  • 7 km (4 miles) NNW (334°) from Hawaiian Acres, HI
  • 11 km (7 miles) S (179°) from Hilo, HI
  • 343 km (213 miles) ESE (123°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 51, Dmin=11 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=133°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60492776