Hawaii County Fire Fighter Recruits Required to Take College Courses

The Hawai‘i Fire Department announces the following due to recent changes to the prerequisites for entry into the Kapiolani Community College Emergency Medical Technician Course required for all new Fire Fighter Recruits.


All Fire Fighter Recruit applicants considered for hire by the Hawai‘i Fire Department shall have completed an English 100 (ENG 100) and a Health 125 (HLTH 125) course prior to selection for hire by the Hawai‘i Fire Department.  Interested applicants can contact any accredited college or university for enrollment in English 100 and Health 125. On-line courses for Health 125 are currently available at Leeward and Windward Community Colleges. The UH fall session starts 8/26 and ends 12/20. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact local or mainland accredited colleges or universities for information regarding on-campus and on-line courses for ENG 100 and HLTH 125. These courses must have been taken within the last 5 years.

Interested applicants who would like to check to see if other similar courses can be substituted for ENG 100 and HLTH 125 may contact Kapiolani Community College Counselor Russell Kinningham at kinningh@hawaii.edu or telephone (808) 734-9350.   Completion of an English 100 T (tutorial) will meet the English 100 course requirement.

All Fire Fighter Recruit recruitments beginning with the fall 2013 recruitment will require ENG 100 and HLTH 125 course completions as a prerequisite.  Courses must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of C or higher.

A current State of Hawai`i Emergency Medical Technician or Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic license issued by the State of Hawai`i Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs supersedes the requirement for English 100 and  Health 125.

Video: Fishermen Catches Shark by Hand on Big Island – Almost Gets Eaten in Process

Two fishermen on the Big Island recently had the catch of a lifetime when they brought in a tiger shark estimated to be about 12-14 feet the other day.

Captured Tiger

Published yesterday on YouTube, Mike McCrum says:  “Big Rope + Big Cable + Big Hook + Big Bait = LIVE ACTION With A Big SHARK!!!!! yeeeeeeeeee What U Kno About Dat!?. “Catch And Release”.

If the shark was released… I have to wonder what type of shape it was in after this battle:



Councilwoman Margaret Wille on Pending GMO Bills and Other Legislation

Councilwoman Margaret Wille

Councilwoman Margaret Wille

Bill 113: Proposed new Ordinance “ Protecting Hawai‘i Island’s Agricultural Heritage and Its Ecosystems from Harm from Genetically Engineered Organisms“

Margaret Wille on BILL #113: 

This revised version of Bill #79 prohibits open air cultivation of GMOs. My Bill would however exempt the papaya industry from this prohibition.  The Bill would also grandfather persons who are growing any other genetically engineered crops at this time, that is, in the same location where the crops are currently being grown. (We believe there may be no more than one or two farmers currently cultivating any other GMO crops).

My intent here is to draw the line on GMO’s at current usage – and at minimum prevent further infestation of GMO’s on this island. Otherwise we will suffer the same demise of organic and conventional agriculture for all GMO crops introduced here. What is important is to prevent one person’s cultivation of a crop that is likely to contaminate neighboring property, crops and vulnerable ecosystems. Note that under US patent laws, if pollen from GMO crops drifts on to a neighboring property – and contaminates crops on that neighboring property, the biotech companies can claim the resulting GMO crops on the neighbor’s property belong to the company that patented the GMO/GMO seeds. Keep in mind that my Bill would not affect the purchase/use of food or feedstock containing GMOs.

Brenda Ford has also introduced a GMO related Bill (#109) and her Bill will be discussed at the same time.  Ford’s Bill would prohibit all GMO crops/produce, including GMO papaya, after a 30 month period (except for scientific research in a high level containment facility).

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Margaret Wille on  GMO Ad Hoc Committee – Communication # 394:       

Wednesday Sept 4th at 1:30 pm Discussion and Formation of an Ad Hoc Committee Relating to Genetically Engineered Crops and Plants.

My intent here is to allow for follow-up discussions after passage of Bill #113.

The ad hoc committee would be limited in scope to review, assess, and make recommendations as appropriate for the County of Hawai‘i:

(1) Whether “co-existence” of open air cultivation, propagation, or development of any non-genetically engineered and genetically engineered crops and plants is possible, and if so, with respect to which crops and plants and under what conditions;

(2) Whether there are particular risks related to pesticides and herbicides used for genetically engineered crops and plants; and:

(3) The pros and cons of emphasizing indigenous and ecologically friendly methods of farming on the island of Hawai‘i.

The Ad Hoc committee will also investigate and suggest reasonable ways to enforce County of Hawai‘i ordinances restricting the cultivation, propagation, or development of genetically engineered crops and plants.

GMO Summit report Communication # 404:

Council Members Margaret Wille, Karen Eoff and Dru Kanuha will give a brief summary of the 2013 Hawai’i Island GMO Summit held on August 19, 2013.  

This GMO Summit was hosted by the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board and the Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference. This event was not open to the public but only to members of those organizations and invited guests. The presentation was a very lop-sided pro-GMO presentation. At one point Kamana Beamer (Kamehameha School) rose in disgust, explained he could not participate in such a one-sided presentation, and abruptly departed.

The host organization’s executive director stated reason for not having a fairer presentation was that they were not able to find anyone on the other side of the issue who was available!! Each of the big name pro-GMO mainland speakers professed that they were not paid to be there by the industry, however when asked who paid for their travel and hotels, the answer was the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association – which is the advocacy arm of the five biotech companies.

Note this agenda item is required under the Sunshine law, HRS 92-2.5, because more than two members of the Council were present at this event – an event where there was discussion of matters that related to council board business (the GMO legislation).

Other legislation of interest

Re: Rezone in South Kohala

Wednesday Sept 4th at 10:00 am –Bill 112: REZONE Agricultural 5 acres to Family Agricultural 2 acres, at Pu‘ukapu Homesteads 2ND, South Kohala, Hawai‘i, covered by Tax Map Key 6-4-018:087.

The applicants wish to subdivide a 5 acre property now located in a 5 acre ag zone into two family ag 2 acre lots. This location is identified as Prime Agricultural Land. The applications states this subdivision is being carried out to provide lots for the owners two children.

The Planning Director and Leeward Planning Commission support this change of zone request subject to a condition that will prohibit the construction of a second dwelling (Ohana) unit and/ or the establishment of a Condominium Property Regime (CPR) on the newly created vacant lot.

UH Hilo Receives $2.7 Million to Fund “Ohana Heroes Project” – $100 For Families With at Least One Child

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the University of Central Florida, and the University of Houston have teamed up in a $2.7 million Department of Defense-funded research project to determine the effects of deployment on military families.

Ohana Heroes Project
“The ultimate goal of this project is to better understand the effects of military deployment on family functioning in order to develop and guide support programs for these families,” noted Dr. Charmaine Higa-McMillan, an associate professor of psychology at UH Hilo and principal investigator for the `Ohana Heroes Project at the UH Hilo site. Co-principal investigators in this multisite grant are professors Deborah Beidel at the University of Central Florida and Candice Alfano at the University of Houston.

“Parental deployment creates significant stress for both the deployed parent and the family left behind. Although significant numbers of U.S. combat forces in Iraq and Afghanistan will be returning over the next year, there are still thousands of troops deployed across the globe across all service branches, including each branch’s reserve component and the National Guard,” she added. “Unique to the current conflicts, families of deployed troops face increasing distress as a result of repeated and lengthening deployments.”

In addition to interviews and surveys, the research builds on past research by examining biological markers of stress such as stress hormones and disrupted sleep patterns as well as examining whether the non-deployed parent’s distress impacts the child’s psychosocial and academic functioning. Also unique to this study is the use of civilian families and non-deployed military families as control groups.

The `Ohana Heroes Project is looking for all types of families on Hawaiʻi Island and O`ahu with at least one child. Families will complete interviews with study staff and hard copy surveys. Non-invasive physical measures of stress (salivary cortisol and movement watches) will also be obtained over the course of one week. Estimated time to complete the project is four to five hours. Compensation for participation is $100 cash.

For more information, visit http://ohanaheroes.com/, email contact@ohanaheroes.com, or call (808) 933-3861 (Hawaiʻi Island) or (808) 365-4624 (O`ahu).


DLNR Presence Planned Over Labor Day Weekend

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is reminding the public it will be enforcing all state rules this Labor Day weekend in state harbors, parks, beaches and marine waters in the interest of public safety and to protect natural and cultural resources.

In addition, officers will be conducting both land and waterborne enforcement operations at Heeia Small Boat Harbor and Ahu O Laka in Kaneohe Bay. As part of their normal duties, officers will be boarding vessels on a random basis to verify current registration and compliance with carriage requirements and all state rules. Vessels going out more than one mile from shore must be equipped with an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or VHF radio, and any child under age 13 MUST wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved PFD while the vessel is underway or anchored offshore. These laws are designed to protect all ocean users. Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation staff will be present at Heeia Small Boat Harbor over the weekend, monitoring the launch ramp and parking lot areas.

Sandbar Party

Officers will also be addressing activities that could affect public health and safety at the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar. The new safety zone state boating rule enacted last year prohibits the possession, use or consumption of alcohol; loud, abusive or disorderly conduct; and the presence of persons under the influence of alcohol, narcotics or non-prescription drugs in an area designated as the Ahu o Laka safety zone (also known as the Kaneohe Sandbar) in Kaneohe Bay.

Violators may be subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 or less than $50 for each violation, in addition to administrative fines, fees, costs and damages. Persons cited will be processed administratively at a public meeting before the Land Board. Persons wishing to contest the infraction(s) may request a contested case hearing.

Here are some helpful reminders to encourage compliance with rules for public health and safety and to protect natural and cultural resources:

Holiday weekends mean more boats, as well as fishers, divers, paddlers and surfers in nearshore waters. For safety, have someone act as a lookout for diver and dive flags, other vessels, obstructions in the water and other hazards to navigation.

All boats, personal water craft and kayaks are required by federal and state laws to be equipped with approved operational safety equipment. Rules and regulations established by DLNR and the U.S. Coast Guard also prohibit vessel overloading, and boating under the influence of intoxicants.

Boats should have a designated non-drinking driver because the effects of alcohol are greatly amplified by the sun and dehydration. Boating under the influence is prohibited under state law.
Every boat owner should inspect their vessel to make sure it is in good working condition and prevent problems while on the water,

Take a boating safety course. It can save your life. For more information go to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dobor/

Divers are required by law (HAR 13-245-9) to use a diver’s flag when diving or swimming underwater in navigable waters and may surface no more than 100 feet from their dive flag (50 feet in a navigable stream).

A 12-inch square dive flag may be attached to a float or mounted on the highest point of a vessel up to 16 feet in length and visible from all directions. Vessels over 16 feet must display a 20”x24” flag along with a blue and white alpha flag mounted at the highest point of the vessel and visible from all directions.

Vessels are prohibited from approaching within 100 feet of a displayed diver’s flag (50 feet in a navigable stream) unless conducting SCUBA, snorkeling, or free-diving activities. These vessels may approach within the restricted area at a speed of slow-no-wake. Violations of HAR13-245-9 are subject to imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Park rules are designed to help users have an enjoyable visit while protecting the cultural and natural resources. Always observe and adhere to posted signs in the parks. In addition, you can help us by observing the following rules.
Where not prohibited, build fires in the fireplaces and grills provided. Portable stoves or warming devices may be used in designated camping and picnicking areas unless otherwise prohibited. Dump live coals only in designated ash pits or receptacles. Do not dump hot coals on the beach or bury in sand. They keep their heat a very long time and can badly burn anyone that might accidentally step into the coals.

GENERATORS: Operation or use of any portable electric generator is prohibited, except with a special use permit.
Pets and other animals are prohibited wherever posted, and are not allowed in restaurants, pavilions, swimming areas, campgrounds, lodges, or on beaches, and at Kaena Point State Park. Where permitted, pets are to be crated, caged, on a 6-foot or shorter leash or otherwise under physical restrictive control at all times. Please clean up after your pet. For more information, go to www.hawaiistateparks.org


New Volcano House History Walk Offered

Park rangers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are interpreting the history of the famous Volcano House, one step at a time. A new, one-hour, ranger-guided walk takes visitors on a fun, anecdote-filled journey through the various incarnations of the Volcano House, which “officially” began in 1846 as a grass house on the rim of Kīlauea Caldera.

New & Old. Park Ranger Travis Delimont stands outside the 1877 Volcano House (now the Volcano Art Center), which was relocated to this location in 1921 as part of a major renovation of the Victorian-inspired Volcano House. NPS Photo Art by Jay Robinson.

New & Old. Park Ranger Travis Delimont stands outside the 1877 Volcano House (now the Volcano Art Center), which was relocated to this location in 1921 as part of a major renovation of the Victorian-inspired Volcano House. NPS Photo Art by Jay Robinson.

Visitors can participate in the new trek starting Fri., Sept. 6, during a public open house of the iconic hotel, which celebrates the grand opening of the property following a multi-million dollar renovation. Dubbed the “History of Volcano House,” the guided walk will be offered at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. The walk and open house are free, but park entrance fees apply.

Park Ranger Travis Delimont, who developed the program as a way for visitors to understand and appreciate the fascinating past – and present – of the hotel, includes a stop at a hālau near the Kahua Hula – similar to the 1846 structure. Then it’s a short walk to the 1877 Volcano House that today serves as the Volcano Art Center. Along the way, visitors learn about the colorful characters and stories that punctuate the history of this historic hotel.  The program ends at the “new” 1941 Volcano House, where guests can once again spend the night on one of the world’s most active volcanoes, dine with views of erupting Halema‘uma‘u Crater, and enjoy a hot beverage in front of its famous fireplace, or outdoors on newly constructed crater-view decks.

“The Volcano House hotel has always captivated people. Its rich and eclectic history has contributed to the personality of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park today. There are many interesting stories and characters along the way, and we want to share them with everyone,” said Park Ranger Travis Delimont.

Can’t make the festivities next Friday? This walk is offered at various times throughout the week. Check the bulletin board outside Kīlauea Visitor Center after 9 a.m. for daily hikes and programs.

The 33-room hotel is owned by the National Park Service, and is managed under contract by Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC.

“Write On” Workshop for Young Writers – New Weekly Program Launches Sept. 3

“Write On,” a weekly creative writing workshop for young writers age 13-18, begins Tuesday, September 3.  Presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild in partnership with Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana (KALO) and led by island writer Elizabeth Cahill, the group will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School.

Instructor Eliza Cahill, courtesy Waimea Artists Guild

Instructor Eliza Cahill, courtesy Waimea Artists Guild

Continuing the WAG ‘Ohana in the Arts series, Write On is an opportunity for youth to develop their unique individual voice, as well as work together in a group setting.  The workshop is designed to help young writers:

  • Listen to and express their personal voice through poetry, memoir and fiction
  • Explore different writing styles and develop writing techniques
  • Experience different authors and poets
  • Have an opportunity to share their work among peers
  • Be encouraged to start writing daily, with personalized writing exercises as homework
  • Work as a group to free their creative potential and find their own voice and style
  • Express their emotions in their writing and to share in a safe environment
  • As a group, learn how to give and receive constructive criticism
  • Learn how to self-edit and do rewrites at a professional level
  • Work on and submit a writing piece to publication

Write On meets Tuesdays, September 3-October 1 from 3:30-5 p.m.  Suggested donation of $20 will help cover cost of materials.   Space is limited, so please register by calling The Pantry, 887-2289.  To reach the Kanu o ka ‘Āina campus, turn onto Kamamalu Street at the “Taco Tako/Waimea Brewhaus” intersection; pass the Police Station on your right; stay on this road through a sharp left bend and look for the campus on your right.

Waimea Artists’ Guild is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community—as part of The Pantry, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which also includes the Friday Night Crew youth group and Mama’s House Thrift Store. For additional information, please call The Pantry office at (808) 887-2289.

Damien Memorial Fudges Grant Application, Swindles $1.5 Million from State

What do you do when your umbrella organization files for bankruptcy (to avoid costly sex abuse civil trials); ten of your former teachers are exposed as perpetrators; and at least 15 former students come forward to say they were sexually abused by your teachers and brothers?

Swindle the state of Hawaii out of $1.5 million, of course.

Damien Memorial School, Honolulu’s hotbed of alleged child sex crimes, has just been granted $1.5 million in state (read: taxpayer) money for capital improvements. The problem? Damien fudged on the application, dramatically and untruthfully understating the legal mess they are facing because of child sex abuse and cover-up.

Damien Memorial: We will be just as conscientious with taxpayer dollars as we were with your child's safety.

Damien Memorial: We will be just as conscientious with taxpayer dollars as we were with your child’s safety.

From page 11 of the application, dated January 2013:


The applicant shall disclose any pending litigation to which they are a party,

including the disclosure of any outstanding judgment. If applicable, please


Three lawsuits are pending against Damien and the Roman Catholic Church in

Hawaii for which Damien has denied all allegations and is represented by

counsel for the Diocese. No judgments have been entered.

There is no mention of the 15 legal claims that were pending against the school at the time. (the $16.5 million settlement was not announced until May 2013). Nor is there any mention of the fact that victims still have the right sue the school and a civil window granting them the right to do so.

The school could be on the hook for millions in compensation for the kids who were sexually abused by priests and brothers while they were Damien students. But the Christian Brothers of Hawaii have no problem raiding public coffers – money much better used for the public schools in the state.

Damien officials KNEW that were knee-deep in legal trouble when they filled out the grant application. But did they disclose? No.

No matter your opinion of Damien, factual omissions on applications for public monies are wrong, immoral and illegal. Besides, if Damien officials are “omitting” facts for money, what else will they “omit” as more victims assert their legal rights?

The grant monies should be rescinded immediately. A criminal investigation, perhaps?

Joelle Casteix

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Get Your Feedbag on for Taste of the Hawaiian Range – Event Illustrates How To Use All the Cuts of Grass-Fed Beef

Come hungry to the island’s mega agriculture festival, Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range. Time is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 and the 18th annual event sprawls inside and out of the Hilton Waikoloa Village. Tickets are $40 presale and $60 at the door.

Mealani Sign

The menu headlines dry-aged, grass-finished beef—sourced from local, humanely raised cattle that spend their entire life eating grass after being weaned. It is free of antibiotics and hormones. Animal science research shows grass-fed beef is low in fat and calories, contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and is one of the richest known sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CIA), which has anti-cancer properties.

Thirty-five Hawai’i chefs are assigned to prepare a whopping 100 pounds of a specific cut of beef—or locally sourced pork, lamb, mutton, goat or USDA-inspected wild boar—and the result is a festive adventure of tasting everything from tongue to tail. The chef station annually serving Kohala Mountain Oysters, a nickname for local bull’s testicles, is always a Taste curiosity and favorite.

“The primary reason to assign all the beef cuts is for chefs and attendees to get acquainted with them while having fun,” emphasizes Jeri Moniz, event chairperson and rancher. “By utilizing the whole animal, there’s no waste and the value of the animal goes up. This is important for our livestock industry.”

Taste also showcases the efforts of our hard-working farmers, using a bounty of local vegetables, fruits and fungi in the chef’s culinary offerings. Attendees can talk story with local growers, ranchers and producers of value-added food products at gaily decorated booths while enjoying samples. In addition, Taste offers sustainability and agriculture-themed educational displays.

Those wanting to learn first-hand how to use and prepare 100 percent pasture-raised beef can attend the event’s annual Grass-Fed Beef Cooking 101 culinary demonstration. This year’s guest presenter is Hubert Des Marais, executive chef of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. A strong supporter of sourcing “local first,” Chef Des Marais uses two-to-three whole beef carcasses per month at the AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. The 3 p.m. presentation includes sampling and is $10.

Online ticket links for both Taste and Cooking 101, plus islandwide ticket locations, can be found at www.TasteoftheHawaiianRange.com. Watch for ticket giveaways on Facebook at Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Twitter #TasteHI. For general event information, phone (808) 969-8228.

Mayor Kenoi and Senator Hanohano look on as Dan Akaka Jr. blows the conch opening the 2011 Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Mayor Kenoi and Senator Hanohano look on as Dan Akaka Jr. blows the conch opening the 2011 Taste of the Hawaiian Range

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.

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 Island Police Searching for Missing 14-Year-Old Kona Girl

9/3/13 UPDATE:  Hawaiʻi Island police have located 14-year-old Kalehua Vea, who was reported missing. She was found in Tuesday afternoon (September 3) unharmed in North Kohala.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 14-year-old girl who was reported missing.


Kalehua Vea

Kalehua Vea was last seen at her Kailua-Kona home on August 24. She is described as Tongan, 5-foot-2, 120 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair.

Police ask anyone with information on her 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.

Culinary Class for Teens to Begin in Pahoa

Local boy Chef Thomas Aiu, former chef at Parker Ranch Grill and Aloha Luigi, and now owner of restaurant MaukaMakai.me in Pahoa, will lead a class for teenagers to “Create a Signature Dish”.  He will bring his 30-year experience in the culinary circle on the Big Island, Oregon, and Las Vegas to help student create a healthy and tasty dish from local growers to the dining table. Students will go through this creation process from conceptualization, ingredient selection, cost consideration, food presentation, to fine tuning an efficient production process, for the end product to debut at the 15th annual Taste of Hilo on Sunday, October 20, 2013, from 1-3pm.

 Picture: Chef Thoma (on left) receiving a fresh caught Ono for his restaurant

Picture: Chef Thoma (on left) receiving a fresh caught Ono for his restaurant

Class starts Monday, September 16, from 3-5pm, at the Hawaii Youth Business Center in Pahoa, where restaurant MaukaMakai.me is located. It will continue for five Mondays, with an extra “prep Saturday” on October 19, culminating to the big presentation on Sunday’s event, when students will be stationing at Hilo’s Sangha Hall from 9am-4pm.

Cost per student for this class is $50, inclusive of all materials. Any high school students interested in the culinary arts are welcome. Space is limited so sign up early! Questions or to register, please contact Trina Nahm-Mijo at 640-5109.

Royal Australian Air Force to Gift an F-111C Jet To Retire at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

This week, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will welcome the General Dynamics F-111C jet (serial number A8-130) to its collection of vintage and high performance aircraft. A gift from the Royal Australian Air Force, the jet is one of seven airframes being released to civilian institutions, the only one being gifted outright and the only one being given outside Australia. The others are on loan. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff has made it one of his projects over the last three years to ensure that the Museum receives this famed aircraft upon its retirement.

The fifth of six Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) General Dynamics F-111 Aardvarks has landed at its new home, this time quite a bit further away from RAAF Amberly than its mates. Arriving last week after a six-day, nearly 2,000 mile overland journey from the east coast, near Brisbane, to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (AAHP) in Darwin. The plane which had been restored to a very high static display standard by the RAAF, was disassembled for trucking and will be reassembled by a special team from the air force in it’s new hangar.

The fifth of six Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) General Dynamics F-111 Aardvarks has landed at its new home, this time quite a bit further away from RAAF Amberly than its mates. Arriving last week after a six-day, nearly 2,000 mile overland journey from the east coast, near Brisbane, to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (AAHP) in Darwin. The plane which had been restored to a very high static display standard by the RAAF, was disassembled for trucking and will be reassembled by a special team from the air force in it’s new hangar.

Arriving at Hickam Air Field of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in three shipments, the final shipment is planned for Wednesday September 4, arriving at Hickam about 10 p.m. and moving to Pacific Aviation Museum about 1 a.m. Thursday, September 5, across Ford Island Bridge. This final shipment will include the fuselage of the plane. Members of the RAAF will accompany the fuselage on this final shipment of the aircraft to the Museum and will be at the Museum through September 12 to reassemble the aircraft, which is in pristine condition.

According to Mr. DeHoff, “This is an important acquisition for us. We honor aviation history in the Pacific as part of our Museum mission, so to receive this from the Royal Australian Air Force is particularly significant. We’ll give it a final resting place that recognizes RAAF and Australia as the allies and aviation leaders they are in the Pacific region.”

From seeing combat in Vietnam to participating in the bombing raids of Operation Desert Storm, the F-111 has had a long and storied 37-year military career.

This remarkable aircraft was the world’s first fighter with variable sweep wings, which allowed the wing configuration to be changed while in flight. With wings fully extended, the F-111 could take off and land in as little as 2,000 feet; with the wings fully swept back, it could reach supersonic speeds at high or low altitudes. Capable of attacking in all weather conditions, the F-111 was also equipped with terrain-following radar, which allowed it to hug the ground at supersonic speeds.

The F-111C that the Museum will be receiving, serial number A8-130, is being retired from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the only country outside of the United States to operate the F-111. “This gift symbolizes the close working relationship we enjoy with our American colleagues – on operations, on exercises and through airmen-to-airmen talks,” said RAAF Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown.

F-111C A8-147 offloaded after its overland arrival at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. (Image Credit: EHMAHAA)

F-111C A8-147 offloaded after its overland arrival at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.
(Image Credit: EHMAHAA)

This particular aircraft is one of only seven F-111C’s the RAAF released to civilian institutions, and the only one outside of Australia, under the F-111 Disposal Project. It is being transported to Hawaii from RAAF Base Amberley, on three flights from late August through September 4.

The F-111C was Australia’s principal strike aircraft from 1973 through 2010 and was affectionately known there as the Pig due to its ability to hunt at night with the nose of the aircraft close to the ground.

The outright gift of the F-111 to the Museum is a reminder of the F-111’s shared service between Australia and the United States and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor plans a reception for Australian and American dignitaries and military representatives in October, to properly welcome the aircraft and honor the Royal Australian Air Force for their gift to the Museum.


Hawaii Island Police Searching for Armed Suspect in Old Stainback Highway Area

Hawaiʻi Island police shut down a portion of the Old Stainback Highway Thursday morning (August 29) due to a search for a suspect in a car theft case.

Officers were attempting to stop a suspicious pickup truck just after midnight on Highway 11 in the Pana‘ewa area when the vehicle fled the area.

It was located on an unimproved side road off the Old Stainback Highway in the Panaʻewa Rainforest. As the driver attempted to flee from police again, the truck became lodged in the brush. The suspect then exited the truck and fled on foot.

While officers were securing the vehicle—a black Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen from Hilo in July—gunshots were heard from the vicinity of the forest where it was believed the suspect had fled.

Patrol officers secured the area and conducted a further search of the forest area during daylight hours with assistance from the Police Department’s Special Response Team and Criminal Investigations Section.

Once the area was deemed safe, the Old Stainback Highway was reopened at 1 p.m.

The suspect is still at large and the investigation is continuing.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or his location 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.


Naked Lady With Gun Puts Puna Elementary School on Lockdown

Editors Note – Reports coming in from Facebook is that the lady was naked

A Puna woman is in police custody in connection with an incident involving a report of a gun near an elementary school in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

HPDBadgePuna patrol officers responded to a 7:18 a.m. report Thursday (August 29) that a woman at a residence near Keonepoko Elementary School was brandishing a firearm and pointing it in the direction of the school.

The school went on lockdown as a precaution. No one was injured in the incident.

Letter that went home to parents of students at Keoneopoko

Letter that went home to parents of students at Keoneopoko

Police arrested the suspect, 49-year-old Lokelani Lenore Harbrecht-Kalua on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening. She was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

The school lifted the lockdown after the arrest.

Hawaii Principal Named 2014 MetLife/NASSP National Middle Level Principal of the Year

King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa is the first educator from Hawaii to be named National Middle Level Principal of the Year by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In a surprise student assembly event this morning, Alaiasa was awarded the prestigious recognition by NASSP and MetLife representatives, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and area lawmakers.

King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa

King Intermediate Principal Sheena Alaiasa

“Changing a school’s culture is essential if any other real school improvement is going to take hold,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “Sheena Alaiasa has done remarkable work to create a safe, personalized environment in which all students feel welcome and valued.”

In her four years at King Intermediate, Alaiasa has received recognition for significant contributions toward student achievement, leading the school out of restructuring and elevating it to statewide acclaim. Alaiasa also concentrated on raising the bar for Hawaiian and special education students, incorporated parent engagement and created a personalized learning environment for each child.

MetLife Vice President Derrick Kelson said, “We applaud Sheena Alaiasa for her leadership in engaging the teachers, parents, and students at King Intermediate School.”

More than 600 students in the grades 7 and 8 attend King Intermediate. Eight elementary schools feed into King; they are Ahuimanu, Benjamin Parker, Heeia, Kahaluu, Kaneohe, Kapunahala, Puohala and Waiahole.

“On behalf of the State of Hawaii, we are very proud of Sheena and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition,” stated Gov. Abercrombie. “Sheena’s leadership and sense of community have enriched King Intermediate, its students and the entire school system.”“Principal Alaiasa is a role model for her staff and students,” noted Superintendent Matayoshi. “She demonstrates what can be done when you believe in your school community, set high goals and put in the work to accomplish them.”

In May, Alaiasa was named Hawaii’s Middle School Principal of the Year. From the pool of nationwide winners, NASSP judges chose three finalists. Alaiasa was chosen over two other finalists from California and Mississippi after an intense round of interviews, which also included a PowerPoint presentation.

“The nation now knows what we’ve known for four years about Sheena’s extraordinary leadership,” said Lea Albert, complex area superintendent for Castle-Kahuku. “She is humble, articulate and leads by example. Sheena represents everything we look for in educators and leaders.”

As National Middle Level Principal of the Year, Alaiasa has won grants totaling $5,000 ($1,500 as a national finalist, and an additional $3,500 as the national winner). In September, she will be honored during a learning institute event in Washington, D.C., where state winners will share their knowledge and meet other education leaders and politicians.

Prior to becoming principal at King Intermediate, Alaiasa served as vice principal and principal at Heeia Elementary in Kaneohe. She holds a master’s degree in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

For more information about the NASSP, please visit www.principals.org.


Hawaii County Joins McDonald’s of Hawaii in Stepping Up for Pedestrian Safety

Elementary school students will walk in the footsteps of Ronald McDonald and learn how to safely cross streets thanks to collaboration between the Traffic Division of the Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works and McDonald’s® Restaurants of Hawai‘i.

Ronald Shoes
McDonald’s of Hawai‘i is donated decals of Ronald McDonald’s bright red shoeprints imprinted with the messages “STOP” and “LOOK BOTH WAYS,” to the County of Hawai‘i The decals were installed at crosswalks fronting elementary schools around the Island. The decals, which measure approximately 30 inches wide and 22 inches long, are sure to get the attention of young pedestrians, county officials say.

“We thank McDonald’s for this great opportunity to work together and promote crosswalk safety awareness for young students with this unique pedestrian safety campaign at schools,” said Ronald Thiel, Traffic Division chief. “The colorful Ronald McDonald footprint decals on the sidewalks will remind students that crosswalks and intersections are places where they need to be especially alert to passing vehicles.”

Ronald Stop
The County of Hawai‘i Traffic Division has installed the decals at these 10 schools:

South Hilo:

  • Hilo Union Elementary School
  • Kapiolani Elementary School


  • Honoka‘a Elementary School
  • Pa‘auilo Elementary and Intermediate School


  • Kahakai Elementary School
  • Hōlualoa Elementary School
  • Kealakehe Elementary School


  • Nā‘ālehu Elementary School

South Kohala

  • Waikoloa Elementary School
  • Waimea Elementary School

Ronald McDonald’s bright red shoeprints were installed at the end of one crosswalk closest to each of these schools. Public Works’ “Stop and Look” decals were installed at the remaining three corners of these intersections. The plan is to continue installing the Public Works decals at all crosswalks that the County of Hawaii maintains.  So, far they have installed it at 100 locations.

Blue Jay Wireless Receives Approval as Eligible Telecommunications Carrier from Hawaii Public Utilities Commission

The approval from the state Hawaii Public Utilities Commission allows Blue Jay Wireless to provide discounted cellphone service to eligible residents of Hawaii under the federal Lifeline Program.

The Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii has granted approval to the Blue Jay Wireless, LLC petition for designation as an eligible telecommunications carrier within the state. The approval from Hawaii allows Blue Jay Wireless to provide discounted cellphone service to eligible residents of Hawaii under the federal Lifeline Program.


“The approval in Hawaii is great and exciting news for us,” states Blue Jay president and CEO, David Wareikis. “Hawaii has one of the lowest program participation rates in the U.S. due largely to its very limited availability, which we fully intend to bring to the eligible residents of this beautiful state.”

Blue Jay Wireless is committed to the high level of integrity and responsibility required of the Lifeline program and remains focused in providing the same high quality of support and awareness to the eligible residents Hawaii. Blue Jay Wireless strongly employs and enforces the strict rules set forth by the FCC in determining qualified consumers for the Lifeline program across the country.

Created in 1985 under the Reagan administration, the Lifeline Program was designed to ensure all low-income Americans have phone access to connect to jobs, family and emergency services. In 2005, as the proliferation of cellphones had increasingly replaced landlines, the Lifeline Program was expanded to include wireless service in addition to traditional landline service.

Available in every state, territory, commonwealth, and on Tribal lands, the Lifeline program is available to eligible low-income consumers, and allows for only one Lifeline phone per household. Eligibility criteria may vary by state.


Hawaii Island Police Renewing Request for Information About a Puna Robbery Last Week

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a robbery and auto theft last week in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna.


A 41-year-old man reported that sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. on August 20, he was assaulted outside his house on Maile Street and a car was stolen from the driveway.

The attacker is described as a local male, average height and weight with medium-length dark hair and a “local accent.” The car is described as a blue 2005 Kia Optima four-door sedan, license plate ZAT 755.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to 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.

Highway 130 Shoulder Conversion Project – Clarifications

I posted the following comment on the Facebook group “Bike Commuter of Hilo“:

As a former member of the Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group (KPAG) on Highway 130… I can tell folks that the last drawing I saw on this Highway widening plan that is starting now is supposed to have a Bike lane.

Whether it will have one or not is yet to be seen. I don’t have much confidence that the State really listened to us KPAG Members to well as they are installing the Pahoa Round-a-bout at a location we didn’t want!

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.

Doug Zang (not speaking on behalf of the DOT or SSFM) weighed in on my comment and stated the following:

Damon, some clarification is needed. As you know, I was actively involved in that project as well. The DOT has a very complicated and confusing way of implementing and funding the projects along that road, and given how long things take, I can understand the confusion.

The project that is being started this week is the “Shoulder Conversion Project.” It is NOT the same thing as the project you were involved with as a KPAG member. Yes, same highway. Yes, construction. NOT the same project.

The Shoulder Conversion Project is a short-term modification to ONLY the segment of highway between the Humane Society and Shower Drive. The only thing it will do is improve the shoulder on the mauka side of the highway so that people can drive on the mauka shoulder during the PM rush hour much as they drive on the makai shoulder during the AM rush hour today. All other hours of the day, the highway will STILL be only 2 lanes wide, and motorists will NOT be using the shoulder.

In essence, HDOT needs to widen the Waipahoehoe Bridge so that the shoulder extends at a full width across that bridge. (That is the reason the shoulder is not already being used today for that purpose in the afternoon.) So you can think of this as strictly a short-term fix until the full widening of the highway, all the way from Keaau to Pahoa, takes place.

HDOT did a *totally separate* environmental assessment for that shoulder conversion project, and it was always on a timeline ahead of the long-term widening of the highway (which is what you and I were both involved with, and the different environmental assessment that I wrote). The reason for this has to do with getting available funding. It was easier for HDOT to get funding for the shoulder conversion and make things somewhat better in the short-term. KPAG *was* told about that project, repeatedly, and told that THAT project was on a faster timeline than ours. You may not have been around for that discussion as I recall you were not present for probably the last three KPAG meetings.

In the long term, the project that both you and I were involved with WILL INDEED be wider (4 lanes, not two) and have shoulders that WILL serve bicyclists and pedestrians. THAT project, by the way, is still being designed, so it is some time off in the future before that design gets finalized and constructed.

The contact over at the HDOT office in Hilo that is involved with the Shoulder Conversion is named Julann Sonomura. If you call her (feel free to tell her I referred you) she can explain all this to you in greater detail.

Sorry for the novel, everyone, but I felt this needs to be made clear so the public understands. From the standpoint of bicyclists in East Hawaii, the Shoulder Conversion is good news but also not-so-good news. During the PM rush hour, the shoulder heading towards Pahoa will be filled with cars (much as it is in the AM heading the other way), so it will not be a place bicyclists want to be. All the OTHER hours of the day, the shoulder will be much better than now.

Governor Abercrombie Releases $18.7 Million for Capital Improvement Projects

Governor Abercrombie announced the release of more than $18.7 million in capital improvement project (CIP) and grant funds for priority repairs and improvements at state facilities and public schools, as well as installation of a new photovoltaic system for a charter school on Kauai.

“Our economy is getting stronger, and capital improvement projects are key to maintaining our positive momentum while enriching state services, improving public areas and enhancing learning environments throughout Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “A portion of these funds will go toward the installation of a new photovoltaic system at Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Charter School on Kauai, allowing the school and its K through 12 students to meet 100 percent of their classrooms’ energy needs.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:
Kauai High School


$9,895,000 – Kauai High School Gymnatorium, Kauai – Construction for a new gymnatorium (gymnasium/auditorium) building, which will include a wrestling room, boys and girls locker rooms, an athletic director’s office, and other support spaces

$2,500,000 – Heeia Elementary School, Oahu – Design and construction to provide covered play courts and help alleviate drainage issues due to frequent rain common in the Kaneohe area

$1,000,000 – Campbell High Athletic Track and Field Complex, Oahu – Design and construction for improvements to the existing cinder track and a new press booth; the project will also start design for a new synthetic track

$180,060 – Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha Charter School Photovoltaic System, Kauai – Capital improvement grant to Aha Punana Leo, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, for planning, design and construction of a new 30 kilowatt photovoltaic system to supply 100 percent of the charter school’s power


$2,597,000 – Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) CIP Administrative Services, statewide – Financing for wages and fringe benefits of DLNR’s project-funded positions for fiscal year 2014

$2,000,000 –  Puhawai Culvert, Oahu – Construction of culverts and other related drainage improvements to alleviate flooding along Puhawai Road in Waianae (The Lualualei Flats area is prone to flooding due to insufficient drainage infrastructure, lack of stream maintenance, and illegal dumping in streams and ditches)

$300,000 – Hilo Harbor Mooring Buoys, Hawaii Island – Construction to install five-day use mooring buoys (DMBs) as mitigative measures to comply with permit requirements for the dredging of Hilo Harbor (DLNR will install DMBs as part of the existing program to provide mooring opportunities in areas of high vessel traffic to reduce damage to natural resources from anchors)

$300,000 – Kewalo Basin Jetty Riprap Wall Repair, Oahu – Design to repair the riprap wall, located in a popular surfing area, which has been damaged by wave action creating potential danger to individuals