Coast Guard Continues to Search for Missing Illinois Man

The Coast Guard continues the search for a snorkeler who went missing near Molokini Crater Tuesday evening.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

The 56-year-old man, Paul Blackburn from Illinois, was snorkeling near Molokini Crater with his son when he went missing. He was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday wearing a white rash guard and board shorts. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

Coast Guard Cutter Ahi and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point are scheduled to search throughout the night. Wednesday’s search also included a 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui, the Maui County Fire Air 1 helicopter and fireboat as well as personnel from Ocean Safety and Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were initially notified of the situation at approximately 5:51 p.m., Tuesday, by the sailing vessel Gauguin.

A 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui was diverted from a training mission to begin the search. A Dolphin helicopter crew assisted in the search until sunset Tuesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi joined the search Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard is asking mariners in the area of the Molokini Crater to keep a sharp eye out for the man and to report any sightings to the Coast Guard over VHF marine radio channel 16 or to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

Driver Licensing Office Advisory

Driver Licensing and State Identification Card offices across the state, including the County of Hawai’i’s locations, closed early this afternoon after they were affected by a computer outage on O’ahu.

Pahoa Police Station

The system is expected to be back in operation tomorrow morning, and Hawai’i County Driver Licensing offices will be open. However, the combination of this week’s holiday and this afternoon’s outage raise the possibility of extended wait times tomorrow.

Motor vehicle registration services were not affected by this outage and will resume as normal tomorrow. We recommend residents seeking driver license or state ID services consider rescheduling your service to another day if possible to avoid the possibility of longer than usual wait times. Mahalo for your understanding.

Big Island Police Searching for 18-Year-Old Wanted for Kolekole Beach Park Robbery Indictment

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old man wanted on a warrant of arrest.

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor is wanted in connection with a Grand Jury indictment related to a robbery at Kolekole Beach Park on February 6. He is described as 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with short black hair. He has no permanent address but frequents the Puna District.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact 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.

Holy Relics Donated to Kalaupapa National Historical Park

A very special donation was recently made to Kalaupapa National Historical Park this past April, courtesy of Grandma Jean O’Keefe of Kualapu‘u, Molokai.  The donation consisted of three objects associated with the life of Father Damien.

Holy RelicsDonated Holy Relics of Saint Damien

Father Damien was canonized in the Roman Catholic Church as a Martyr of Charity in 2009, and objects associated with his life are now considered holy relics.  The donation to Kalaupapa NHP included: a fragment of the Saint’s original coffin; cloth that touched his head; and nails he used to build the original Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church on Molokai….

More Here: Holy Relics Donated to Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

UH Hilo 2013 Chancellor Scholarship Recipients Named

Nineteen students from public and private high schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
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The award, valued in excess of $23,000, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earn either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students, remain enrolled continuously, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2013 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

• David Arakawa, Roosevelt High School
• Stacy Mae Gelacio, Maui High School
• Ashley Maldonado, Kamehameha Schools
• Kayla Smallwood, Campbell High School
• Justin Allagonez, Keaau High School
• Keani Shirai, Waiakea High School
• Landon Ballesteros, Kamehameha Schools Maui
• Joel Pascua, Pearl City High School
• Brock Honda, Pearl City High School
• Elsie Inouye, Kaimuki High School
• Crystal Rances, Waiakea High School
• Brooke Higa, Baldwin High School
• Jeffrey Tarinay, Leilehua High School
• Benjamin Wada, Christian Liberty
• Brittany Luna, Moanalua High School
• Jenna Aiwohi, Kamehameha Schools
• Carlie Ann DeSilva, Kapa`a High School
• Aeshalani Palomares, Leilehua High School
• Bishop Akao, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island Early This Morning

Magnitude 3.2 – 13km SSE of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii

Earthquake Honaunau

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-12 15:12:11 UTC
  2. 2013-06-12 05:12:11 UTC-10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-12 05:12:11 UTC-10:00 system time

Location

19.351°N 155.804°W depth=15.4km (9.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 13km (8mi) SSE of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii
  2. 37km (23mi) SSE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  3. 85km (53mi) WSW of Hilo, Hawaii
  4. 91km (57mi) WSW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
  5. 304km (189mi) SE of Honolulu, Hawaii

 

USGS Report – Lava Flows Near Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Ocean Entry Continues

Two ocean entry points remain active near Kupapaʻu Point, near the boundary of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

The eastern entry has produced a larger plume than that at the western entry, which tends to be weak and wispy. Today several small breakouts were active just inland of the eastern entry point, creating a narrow cascade of lava pouring down the sea cliff.

This photo looks south towards Puʻu ʻŌʻō, where a vent is supplying lava to the Kahaualeʻa II flow, north of the cone.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

This slow-moving flow has reached the forest line, producing small scattered brush fires.

A close-up of the Kahaualeʻa II flow burning vegetation at the forest line, just north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

The flow consists of numerous slow-moving pāhoehoe lobes.

The summit eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu crater remains active.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

The lava lake is within the Overlook crater (the source of the gas plume), which is in the southeast portion of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

 

Search Underway for Missing Snorkeler

The Coast Guard is searching for a snorkeler who went missing near Molokini Tuesday evening.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the situation at approximately 5:51 p.m., Tuesday, by the sailing vessel Gauguin. The 56-year-old man was snorkeling near Molokini and went missing after he was seen struggling to swim.

The man was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday wearing a white rash guard, board shorts. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

A 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui in Maalaea Harbor was diverted from a training mission to begin a search. The Maui County Fire Air 1 helicopter assisted in the search until sunset and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was also launched to search. The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi is en route to join the search.

The Coast Guard is asking mariners in the area of the Molokini Crater to keep a sharp eye out for the man and to report any sightings to the Coast Guard over VHF marine radio channel 16 or to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

 

Department of Health Warns of Possible Syphilis Outbreak on the Big Island

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating five cases of syphilis reported over the past five months primarily on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Department of Health

On June 10, DOH sent a medical advisory to physicians statewide to raise awareness regarding this possible syphilis outbreak. Although most of the cases were reported in men who have sex with men in West Hawaii, cases related to this outbreak may develop on the other islands.

“While we know there are several cases from West Hawaii, there may be people who are infected and unaware of their illness, who have traveled to other islands,” said Luke Hasty, program coordinator for the STD/AID Prevention Branch of the DOH. “A blood test is the most common way to determine if someone has syphilis.”

Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) passed from one person to another by a specific bacterium during unprotected sexual contact. Syphilis can cause long-term complications and/or death if not adequately treated. Early signs of syphilis, often a small ulcer or sore on the sex organ, may be overlooked as the ulcer is often painless and may go away on its own. Signs and symptoms of syphilis that develop later on often mimic symptoms due to more common disorders (symptoms such as skin rashes, mouth sores, fever, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue) and are often missed or resolve without treatment.

Timely antibiotic treatment provides an effective cure of syphilis infection. Untreated syphilis infections can last for many years and result in damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, liver, bones, and joints, ultimately resulting in death. Infection with syphilis also increases the likelihood of HIV transmission and acquisition. It is critical that all sexual partners of an infected person be tested for infection, even if no signs of infection or illness are recognized.

Members of the public with questions or concerns about possible syphilis infection should contact their healthcare provider, or call DOH at 733-9281 on Oahu, 821-2741 on Kauai, 984-2129 on Maui, or 974-4247 on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Fact sheets regarding syphilis are available at http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-Syphilis.htm. Additional information for the public and healthcare providers is available on the DOH website at http://hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/index.html

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