Highway 19 Wreck Update

There was a wreck today on Highway 19 in Waimea. 

Highway 19 (Hawaii Belt Road) is now closed in both directions at the 42-mile marker due to an overturned semi truck. Traffic is being diverted through Honokaa town. Expect delays for the next 1 – 2 hours.

Here is a clip of the Fire Departments Press Release:



Domestic Dispute Between Father and Son in Puna Leads to Man Pointing Rifle at Police

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a domestic dispute that sent a 24-year-old Mountain View man to the hospital for treatment of injuries.

HPDBadgePuna patrol officers responded to Keola Place in Mountain View at 8:30 p.m. Monday (September 2) for an affray between a father and his adult son. When officers arrived, the son ran into the forest. He came out at 11 p.m. with substantial bodily injuries and was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated and released. After his release, police arrested him on two unrelated bench warrants for contempt of court.

At 7:09 a.m. Tuesday (September 3), while police were at the scene securing the scene, the father, Jonathan P. Rodrigues Sr., emerged from the house and pointed what appeared to be a rifle at police officers.

Police later recovered an air rifle.

Rodrigues was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault for the domestic incident and first-degree terroristic threatening for the incident with the weapon. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section continue the investigation.


‘Ulu Smartphone App Highlights Kauai Breadfruit

In advance of the September 15, 2013 Breadfruit Festival Takes Root on Kauai, the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project has added sites of interest on Kauai to the Talking Trees app for iPhone and Android.

The Talking Trees App

The Talking Trees App

The Talking Trees app is free and features suggested stops on Kauai and Hawaii Island that offer the opportunity to learn about the culture and history of the islands through stories of the ‘ulu (breadfruit). Information is conveyed through photos, articles and video interviews with local cultural practitioners. For people who want to learn how to cook with breadfruit, the app also features award-wining breadfruit recipes. Other links include information about how to cultivate and use breadfruit and Hawaiian mythology.

“There are many different drive guides out there, but ours is the only one in Hawaii that takes people on a journey to see the islands and learn about the culture and history by seeking out the breadfruit trees,” says Andrea Dean, Co-Director of the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project, “It’s a fun way to see Kauai or Hawaii Island—kind of like a treasure hunt for ‘ulu trees.”

“Breadfruit was a primary staple food of Hawaii and still is in much of the Pacific. Raising awareness about how few trees are remaining and the importance of breadfruit to local and global food security is a part of our mission. The Talking Trees app puts people in direct contact with these beautiful trees,“ says Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

The Talking Trees app was developed with support from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s Kūkulu Ola—Living Hawaiian Culture Program administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. A corresponding enhanced web-based map was developed with support from the Atherton Family Foundation. Ho’oulu ka ‘Ulu is a project of the Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Learn more and download the app at breadfruit.info.


Mayor Kenoi in China to Seek Trade, Travel Partnerships with Taiwan

County of Hawai‘i Mayor Billy Kenoi is in Taipei, Republic of China this week with eight other mayors from across the nation in an effort to strengthen and promote business, agricultural, educational and cultural ties with Taiwan.

Kenoi Budget
The government of Taiwan organized the 2013 U.S. Municipal Mayor Delegation to Taiwan from Sept. 1-7, and selected mayors from Hawai‘i, California, Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, Connecticut, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to participate. The Republic of China is hosting the mayors and providing air and hotel accommodations.

The County of Hawai‘i established a sister-city relationship with the County of Haulian in Taiwan in 1971, and former Mayor Shen-Shan Hsieh of the County of Haulian led a delegation to the County of Hawai‘i in 2007. Taiwan was recently added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program to encourage travel between the two nations, and China Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines began direct flights between Taipei and Honolulu this year.

County of Hawai‘i Managing Director Wally Lau is serving as acting mayor until Mayor Kenoi returns on Friday, Sept. 6.


“The Voice” Contestant in Concert at Kokua Kailua September 15

Kailua Village Business Improvement District (KVBID) presents NBC’s “The Voice” contestant Duncan Kamakana in concert for Kokua Kailua on Sunday, September 15. Kamakana’s free concert celebrates the half-way point of Kau Kau Kailua.



Duncan Andrew Kamakanaonakuahiwi Osorio, who uses the stage name Kamakana, graduated from Kamehameha High School. He then spent time in Oregon, California and Michigan honing his musical skills on various projects and attending college. In 2012, he achieved local notoriety when he recorded a Burger King commercial that featured a modified version of the popular song “Fish and Poi.” The commercial helped land him a private audition for NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”

Producers subsequently chose Kamakana out of 50,000 other contestants and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine chose Kamakana for his team. Building on his roots in Palolo Valley and his national exposure on “The Voice,” Kamakana continues to create his musical legacy.

Kamakana’s free Kokua Kailua concert on September 15 will be his first concert appearance on Hawaii Island. During Kokua Kailua, Alii Drive becomes a festive pedestrian-only walkway from 1pm until 6pm with vendors, food, and artisans lining the way. Kamakana will perform at 5pm at Emma’s Square.

The free concert celebrates Kau Kau Kailua when Kailua Village Business Improvement District restaurants offer special values throughout the month. Coupons are available for download in advance at HistoricKailuaVillage.com and are valid until September 30. Kau Kau Kailua is the perfect opportunity to enjoy great values and restaurant specials throughout the District.

Kona Longboard Lager has joined KVBID as a supporting sponsor of Kau Kau Kailua.

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details. Check back often as restaurants continue to add Kau Kau Kailua values to the site throughout the month.



Ulupono Initiative Invests $350,000 in OpConnect Hawai‘i to Boost Hawai‘i’s EV Charging Infrastructure

Ulupono Initiative today announced a strategic investment of $350,000 in Hawai‘i’s emerging electric vehicle industry through OpConnect Hawai‘i, which is preparing to install Mark II charging stations throughout the state.


“At Ulupono, we believe that helping consumers feel confident that they can drive where they need to go without range anxiety is critical to widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Ulupono Initiative’s Managing Partner Murray Clay. “By investing in support of those who drive EVs, we’re helping achieve our goal of reducing Hawai‘i’s dependence on imported oil with more efficient technology,” Clay added.

“We are excited to receive the investment and support from the Ulupono Initiative,” said Dexter Turner, OpConnect Hawai‘i CEO. “This will ensure Hawai‘i’s EV drivers have a reliable and easy-to-use station for charging their electric vehicles throughout the islands. Together, we are helping the state of Hawai‘i realize its green energy goals.”

OpConnect Hawai‘i operates the largest network of charging stations in Hawai‘i with 83 charge spots on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i Island. The OpConnect Network has nearly 1,000 EV drivers in Hawai‘i registered for its OpConnect network with more signing up each week. In March, the company took over the Hawai‘i operations of Better Place and plans to replace the Better Place charge spots with OpConnect stations by this fall.

OpConnect’s newly designed Mark II Level 2 public charging station builds on the company’s innovative reputation and features include a 15-inch display, high-resolution touch-screen display and integrated security cameras.

OpConnect’s EV charging stations are advanced technology smart charging stations that are approved for indoor and outdoor installations.  All units include wireless communications and are part of the integrated OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System®, which includes a web portal and smart phone application to locate available charging stations, manage accounts and track individual or fleet electricity usage.  The OpConnect charging stations are Smart Grid ready to work with utilities to help balance the load on the electric grid.


Puna Woman Charged for Incident that Put Puna School in Lockdown Last Week

A Puna woman has been charged for an incident involving a report of a gun near Keoneopoko Elementary School last week.

Lokelani Lenore Harbrecht-Kalua

Lokelani Lenore Harbrecht-Kalua

Friday afternoon (August 30), detectives charged 49-year-old Lokelani Lenore Harbrecht-Kalua with first-degree terroristic threatening. Her bail was set at $2,000. She was held at the Hilo police cellblock pending her initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (September 3).

Police recovered three firearms during the investigation.

Letter that went home to parents of students at Keoneopoko

Letter that went home to parents of students at Keoneopoko


Hawaii Island Police Asking for Public’s Help in Solving 40-Year-Old Murder Mystery

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in connection with a 40-year-old murder investigation.

Gayle Hook

Gayle Hook

On March 29, 1973, 23-year-old Gayle Hook of Nāpoʻopoʻo was reported missing. On April 6, 1973, her body was found in an abandoned church pavilion in Nāpoʻopoʻo with a fatal gunshot wound to the left eye.

The investigation is one of several cold cases for which detectives are tasked with re-evaluating evidence using new technologies.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Shawn Tingle at 326-4646, extension 277, or stingle@co.hawaii.hi.us. Persons also may 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.

Safeway Offering Free Flu Shots – Recipients Receive 10% Off Grocery Coupon

Safeway, Inc. is offering flu vaccines on a “walk-in” basis with no appointment needed at all Safeway pharmacies and through scheduled flu vaccination clinics at selected Safeway stores starting today. Safeway also provides flu clinics for businesses, senior centers and nursing homes that wish to provide their employees or residents with the convenience of receiving the flu vaccine where they work or live.

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“We want to make sure our patients and customers protect themselves and their families from the flu this year by getting their vaccination in our new Patient Care Wellness Centers. These state-of-the-art Wellness Centers offer the perfect environment to meet your immunization and other health and wellness needs,” said Michele Snider, Safeway’s Hawaii Director of Pharmacy Operations. “Everyone needs to be protected from the flu, and getting the flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu, stay well, and be more productive at home and at work. As an added bonus, everyone who gets the flu shot will receive a 10 percent Safeway grocery coupon.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months and older get their yearly flu vaccination as soon as the vaccine becomes available to maximize their protection from the flu. In addition, to avoid the risk of flu-related complications, the CDC stresses that it is important for people with chronic health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or immunosuppressive conditions to receive a flu vaccination each year.

All Safeway pharmacies will have Fluzone HD, a high-dose flu shot available for patients aged 65 years and older, as well as regular-strength and preservative-free vaccines. Businesses or organizations that desire an on-site clinic should call Stan Leung at 925-467-2630 to schedule an appointment.

Flu shots are available at the following Safeway Pharmacies in Hawaii during pharmacy business hours on a walk-in basis.  No appointments required.  In addition, Safeway Pharmacies are now able to provide flu shots for people ages 14-17 if they provide a prescription for the flu shot.


  • Kapaa, 4-831 Kuhio Highway – 808-822-2191Oahu


  • 1234 South Beretania Street – 808-535-1785
  • 888 Kapahulu Avenue – 808-733-2606
  • Kailua 200 Hamakua Drive – 808-266-5220
  • Ewa Beach 91-1119 Keaunui Drive – 808-683-3205


  • Kahului 170 E. Kamehameha Avenue – 808-893-0606
  • Kihei 277 Piikea Avenue – 808-891-9130
  • Wailuku (Grand Opening September 20, 2013) 58 Maui Lani Parkway – 808-243-3527

Big Island

  • Hilo 381 East Makaala Street – 808-920-8874
  • Kona 15-1027 Henry Street – 808-329-2207

Information about stores offering the flu vaccine can be found at www.safeway.com/flu or by contacting your local Safeway store. Safeway is able to bill Medicare B, HMSA, HMAA and UHA participants at no charge, as well as some HMA participants at a small co-pay amount.

Hospice of Hilo Sponsors Youth and Teen Bereavement Camps

Hospice of Hilo will be having free, four-week youth and teen bereavement camps at its Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center located at 590 Kapi‘olani St. in Hilo.  The youth camp is for children ages 5 to 11 and will meet from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm every Tuesday starting September 10 and going to October 1.  The teen camp is for ages 12 to 17 and will meet from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm every Wednesday starting September 18 to October 9.

Photo courtesy Hospice of Hilo

Photo courtesy Hospice of Hilo

“Grief is a normal response to death and loss. Within every child and adult there is a natural ability to respond to great loss. Each person chooses his/her individual path for expressing grief. Any death is emotional and disruptive for an adult; it can be devastating for a child,” said Hospice of Hilo Children’s Bereavement Counselor Fujio Sato.

“In a relaxed, supportive, open and safe environment, the youth and teens work with professionals to learn positive ways to share their feelings related to their loss and learn new ways to cope,” said Community Bereavement Counselor Cathy Hough.

Pre-registration is required for each camp.  No charge to participants. For more information or to register call Fujio Sato at 969-1733.