Big Island Carjacking Suspect Rios Apprehended

Hawaiʻi Island police have located Jeremy Todd Rios, who was wanted in connection with a reported carjacking.

Jeremy Todd Rios

Jeremy Todd Rios

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 30), Rios walked out of a pasture area onto Mauna Kea Access Road, where a police officer making checks in the area took him into custody.

Rios was arrested and was being taken to the Hilo Police cellblock, where he will be held while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

The Mauna Kea Access Road has been reopened to traffic. The Police Department thanks the public for its patience while the road was closed during the search.

 

National Weather Service Honolulu Making Changes to High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory Criteria

Effective August, 1st 2013, the National Weather Service office in Honolulu will begin issuing High Wind Warning and Wind Advisory products based on updated thresholds.

NOAA Wind ChangesThese thresholds were changed based upon customer feedback and to bring criteria better in line with national standards.

The updated criteria are as follows:

Wind Advisory:

1. Sustained winds of 30-39 mph for an hour or more, and/or gusts of 50 to 57 mph.

2. Summits of Haleakala, Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea: Sustained winds of 45-55 mph for an hour or more, and/or gusts of 55-65 mph.

High Wind Warning:

1. Sustained winds of 40 mph or greater for an hour or more, and/or gusts of 58 mph or higher.

2. Summits of Haleakala, Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea: Sustained winds of 56 mph or greater for an hour or more, and/or gusts of 66 mph or higher.

Wind Advisory products are designed to alert the public to strong and gusty winds that may cause hazardous driving, minor structural damage, and power outages.

High Wind Warning products alert the public to the potential for strong and damaging winds. Winds that reach the warning threshold are capable of doing significant damage to structures, widespread damage to vegetation, and represent a serious hazard.

For questions regarding the updated criteria please contact National Weather Service Honolulu’s Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Mike Cantin, at 808-973-5270.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 13-Year-Old Waikoloa Girl

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 13-year-old Waikoloa girl who was reported missing.

Cristilyn Guerpo

Cristilyn Guerpo

Cristilyn Guerpo was last seen around noon Thursday (July 25) in Honokaʻa.

She is described as 4-foot 11, 115 pounds with brown eyes and black shoulder-length hair.

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 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.

Carjacking Suspect Jumps in Bushes Near Mauna Kea Access Road

Hawaiʻi Island police have set up a roadblock at the entrance to Mauna Kea Access Road off the Saddle Road and are limiting access to Mauna Kea Access Road. The road is closed to the public until further notice while police search for a suspect in a carjacking.

Mauna Kea Access Road

Mauna Kea Access Road

The car stolen in the carjacking incident has been located off the Mauna Kea Access Road. The suspect, 31-year-old Todd Rios (corrected age),was seen fleeing into the brush. Police are searching the area with help from a county helicopter crew.

Jeremy Todd Rios

Jeremy Todd Rios

Police caution the public not to pick up hitchhikers on Saddle Road.

Rios is described as 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos, including one on his throat/neck area depicting brass knuckles. He may be in possession of a firearm.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to 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.

Councilwoman Margarette Wille: GMO Meeting Rescheduled, But No Public Testimony Permitted

“The GMO Bill # 79 Council Committee hearing has been rescheduled for August 6th, at 1:30 pm in Hilo at the Council’s Chambers at Aupuni Center.

Councilwoman Margaret Wille

Councilwoman Margaret Wille

At this time council members will discuss and presumably vote on Bill 79, with any amendments.  The public is encouraged to attend but no public testimony will be permitted.

FYI – We had over 700 written testimonies submitted on Bill 79″

Councilwoman Margarette Wille

 

Big Island Police Searching for Jeremy Todd Rios After Carjacking in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a Hilo man wanted in a reported carjacking.

At 7:40 a.m., South Hilo patrol officers responded to reports of a man flashing a firearm from a black Honda sedan while driving on Kinoʻole Street. Responding officers spotted the car in a parking lot on Kinoʻole Street near Kahaopea Street.

Kinoole Parking Lot
The car sped off onto Kinoʻole Street in the Hāmākua direction and turned right on Ohea Street, broadsiding a pickup truck at the intersection of Ohea Street and Kīlauea Avenue. He then exited the black Honda and stole a white Honda from a woman who was stopped in traffic because of the collision. The woman was not injured.

The suspect then drove away in the stolen Honda after striking another vehicle in traffic.

Jeremy Todd Rios

Jeremy Todd Rios

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Jeremy Todd Rios of Hilo. He is described as 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and numerous tattoos, including one on his throat/neck area depicting brass knuckles. He may be in possession of a firearm.

The stolen car is described as a white 2007 Honda Accord, license plate HHN 082, with front-end damage. It was last seen on Saddle Road in the vicinity of Mauna Kea Access Road.

Police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of Rios or the stolen Honda to 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.

Kanu o ka Aina Launches Online Education – Program Open to Anyone Grades 6-11

Kanu o ka Aina (KANU) New Century Public Charter School is launching a Blended Learning Hui. This expansion of KANU is an addition to traditional, classroom-based education and is available to students in grades 6 to 11. The educational components of the hui are online learning for core subject classes and Hawaiian language coupled with integrated, self-directed, independent, place-based projects.

Kanu o ka Aina

“We are excited to bring this free and flexible additional learning option to the public,” said Allyson Tamura, KANU co-administrator. “Whether a homeschooled student seeking additional support or an enriched program, someone whose learning style fits this educational experience, or a simple desire for online education within KANU’s educational philosophy, our new Blended Learning Hui can be an ideal solution.”

Core subjects offered online through K12/Aventa Learning will include English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Hawaiian language classes will be offered through Niuolahiki from Aha Punana Leo. Independent projects will incorporate Hawaiian culture, history, traditions and practice with 21st century technology.

All students’ paths will be charted by a college preparatory Individualized Learning Plan authored and maintained in a partnership of student, ‘ohana (family) and KANU. Two to three hour long, weekly face-to-face sessions with a KANU instructor/advisor are required and will help students stay on target to complete classes and projects. The schedule, to the maximum allowable degree, is flexible and uses a 12 month calendar. The program is scheduled to begin September 1, 2013 but KANU will be accepting students until October 1 or until all spaces are taken, whichever comes first.

As a free public K-12 school, KANU, which integrates Hawaiian culture, language, traditions, community and the natural environment in a curriculum that is project-based and place-based, is held to the same performance expectations and same assessment testing that all schools throughout the state must follow. The school achieved Annual Yearly Progress Safe Harbor status for the 2012-13 school year and has received six full years of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Applications for KANU Blended Learning Hui can be picked up at the KANU office or downloaded from the Hui’s website at http://bit.ly/kanublendedlearning

Questions about the program can be addressed to Kamaka Meringolo: kanublendedlearning@kalo.org.

Save $20 and Get Presale Tickets Now for Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Presale tickets are for sale online and at islandwide locations for the island’s mega-agriculture festival, Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range. The price is again $40.

Mealani Sign

Sprawling again inside and out of Hilton Waikoloa Village, the 6-8 p.m. event on Friday, Oct. 4 showcases the isle’s grass-fed beef industry and a bounty of locally produced food. In addition to sampling cuisine by 35 restaurants, meet the folks that are growing our food and browse among agriculture-themed displays.

Mealani Line-up

Admission at the door is $60 for the 18th annual event.

Tickets can be purchased at 13 Big Isle locations: Blue Kalo, Café Pesto, Hilo Bay Café and Kuhio Grille in Hilo; JJ’s Country Market in Honokaa; Island Naturals and Kona Wine Market in Kailua-Kona, Gio’s Gelato in Kainaliu; Parker Ranch Store and Kamuela Liquors in Waimea; Kohala Burger and Taco in Kawaihae and Kohala Essence Shop at Hilton Waikoloa Village.

“Also available are $10 tickets for the fun Cooking Grass Fed Beef 101 class by Chef Hubert Des Marais of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i,” says Talaite Petrowki, ticket chairperson. “Get them at Kuhio Grill, JJ’s Country Market and Kohala Essence Shop.” The demo, which includes sampling, is at 3 p.m.

Students learning about nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef.

Students learning about nutritional benefits of grass-fed beef.

Online ticket links for both Taste and Cooking 101 can be found at www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com.

Several new Taste chefs will be joining over 30 others who concoct delectable dishes using grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar—plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey and spices. Culinary adventure seekers can enjoy all the cuts of grass-fed beef—everything from tongue to tail—prepared expertly by chefs. Enjoy familiar cuts like sirloin tip and ribs, plus beef cheek and the infamous “rocky mountain oysters” or bull testicles.

Mountain Oysters

New statewide chefs include Korie Nazara of Mahina Café, Ronnie Nasuti of Tiki’s Grill & Bar and Chef Mark Noguchi of Pili Hawaii. A full list of participating restaurants can be found on the website previously listed. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228.

Local food producers and ag organizations wishing to participate with a booth should contact Deanna Young at 808-747-7200 or tohrbooths@gmail.com by August 18.

Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI.

Hawai’i residents can take advantage of Hilton Waikoloa Village’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range Package with rates starting at $229 per room on Oct. 4 that includes two tickets for Taste. For details, and to book a stay under an exclusive Taste of the Hawaiian Range room package (code TSH), visit http://bit.ly/14wUunL or call 1-800-HILTONS.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should contact Jeri Moniz at 808-960-8411 no later than Sept. 4.

2012 Kamehameha Schools - Beef (Steamship Round)

2012 Kamehameha Schools – Beef (Steamship Round)

Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag-tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods, UH-Hilo CAFNRM, County of Hawaii Dept. on Environmental Management and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Hawaii Community College Food Service & Culinary Program and KTA SuperStores. The quality and growth of this event are rooted in small business participation, sponsorship and in-kind donations. For more information, visit http://www.TasteOfTheHawaiianRange.com.

 

 

Hawaii State Department of Education Cleared from High-Risk Status in Race to the Top Grant

DOE Release

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this morning received notification from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) that its Race to the Top (RTTT) grant is no longer considered “high-risk” and is in good standing.

“This is great news that validates the good work that’s been done by the teachers, educational leaders and our community partners,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “The transformation of our public schools is in full swing. We are staying the course in our mission to ensure all students graduate from our public schools prepared for college and careers.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie today informing him of the USDOE’s acknowledgement of the major progress that Hawaii has and continues to make.

“The commitment made by the Hawaii State Department of Education to get to where it is today speaks for itself and I congratulate all of those involved for a job well done,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “It is clear that transformation in our education system is taking place at all levels from the Board of Education meeting room to the classroom.”

In August 2010, the USDOE awarded Hawaii with a four-year $75 million RTTT grant. Hawaii was placed on high-risk status in December 2011. The DOE spent two years making significant progress, which later led to the removal of high-risk status in two of its Assurance Areas, including B (Standards and Assessments) and C (Data Systems). Until today, the high-risk status remained in Assurance Areas A (System Alignment and Performance Monitoring), D (Great Teachers, Great Leaders), and E (Turning Around Persistently Low-Achieving Schools).

In February 2013, the DOE received recognition for a number of major accomplishments and was also praised for implementing important reforms, including programs to support educator effectiveness. Today’s announcement of total removal of high-risk allows Hawaii to continue its RTTT reform efforts through September 2014 when the grant officially ends.

Key improvement areas in the DOE’s transformation efforts include:
· Aligned state, complex area and school planning and monitoring. This allows for a cohesive system at all levels focused on shared goals for students. From the strategic plan to the school’s academic plans and evaluations of educators, administrators and teachers are tracking students to ensure all graduate college and career ready.
· Worked with union partners to formalize new evaluation systems for teachers and principals.
· Improved communication both internally and externally. Earlier this month, the DOE launched its new website and is in the process of establishing an intranet service for staff that allows for increased exchange of information. The DOE also provided clarity of roles, responsibilities, and vision both within our system and in the community.
The 2013-14 school year begins Aug. 5. The DOE remains firm in its strategic goals in setting targets for multiple progress indicators that show progress towards student achievement.

For more information about Race to the Top, please visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

 

Big Island Police Searching for White 2007 Honda – Occupant May Be Armed and Dangerous

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Police are looking for a white 2007 Honda 4-door sedan, license HHN 082. Last seen on Saddle Road.

Occupant may be armed and dangerous. If seen, do not approach. Instead, please call 911