Snakes on the Pali – Boa Constrictor Becomes Roadkill on Pali Highway

A dead snake was turned over to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) last week after it was apparently run over and killed by a Windward motorist on the Pali Highway last Sunday (Sept. 22).

This was a snake found ran over on the mainland.  National Parks Service Photo

This was a snake found ran over on the mainland. National Parks Service Photo

The motorist said he was traveling town-bound on the Pali Highway near the entrance to the Nuuanu Reservoir at about 5 p.m. last Sunday when he ran over the five-foot long snake. He pulled over and picked up the dead snake and took it to a relative’s home. The motorist called HDOA Monday afternoon and Plant Quarantine inspectors picked up the snake, which was later identified as a boa constrictor.

After picking up the dead snake within an hour after it was reported, several inspectors went directly to the area where it was found but did not find evidence of any other snakes.

“Any snake found in the wild in Hawaii is of serious concern,” said Russell S. Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Boa constrictors may grow up to 12 feet, which is particularly troubling for nearby residents and for the environment.”

Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii and HDOA urges those who spot illegal animals or who know of persons possessing illegal animals to call the state’s PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST(7378).  Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to our endangered native birds. Large snakes may also kill pets and even humans.

The state’s Amnesty Program allows illegal animals to be turned in and provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo, Panaewa Zoo in Hilo or any Humane Society — no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized. The maximum penalty under state law for possessing and/or transporting illegal animals, a class C felony, is a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

Will Work For Food – Laid Off Government Worker

With the Federal Government now shut down…. I wonder how many Federal workers will be filing for unemployment tomorrow?

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The sad thing about unemployment… is you don’t get paid for the first week you are on it as that is called a “waiting period”.  During this waiting period… folks are required to fill out all sorts of paperwork, attend a class, look for at least three jobs…. etc.

Well crap by the end of the one week waiting period… my guess is we will be back to work.

The dilemma? Do I go down there and spend half a day just waiting in lines and then spend 20 + hours of my time this week doing mandated unemployment stuff just to possibly get called back to work the next week or possibly even the next day?

Well I think I’ll hold off for a while and hopefully I will get back to work soon enough.  The sad thing for me… is both my wife and I are now effectively laid off!

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Kona Health Center to Re-Open October 7th

Planned Parenthood of Hawaii will re-open the Kona Health Center on October 7, 2013 with an open house at 11:00 a.m. and a blessing at noon at the Center’s location at 75-184 Hualalai Road, Suite 205. The Kona Health Center will begin serving patients that afternoon.

Kona Health Center

“We celebrate the re-opening of the Kona Health Center because it means that more people living on the island of Hawaii will have access to a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a community partner,” noted Andrea Anderson, Planned Parenthood of Hawaii CEO, “The reopening is also a testament to Planned Parenthood of Hawaii’s triumph in the face of adversity and the culmination of months of hard work and dedication to providing Hawaii’s people with the quality health care for which Planned Parenthood is known.”

The Kona Health Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will offer the following services: well-woman exams, including Pap smears, pelvic and breast exams; HPV testing; low or no cost birth control, including pills, shots, patches, rings, Mirena, Paragard, Nexplanon, diaphragm, sponges, condoms, emergency contraception; abnormal Pap follow-up, including colposcopy and LEEP; pregnancy testing; options counseling; ultrasound; screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections in women and men; Rapid HIV testing; testing and treatment for vaginal and urinary tract infections; first trimester surgical and medication abortion services; referrals for mammograms and bone density testing; teen counseling/education; Human Papilloma Virus (“HPV”) vaccinations; menopause services; and transgender services. The Center has family planning services available on a sliding fee scale and accepts most insurance plans.

Big Island Police Arrest Two After Assault in Downtown Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged two men with various offenses stemming from an incident early Saturday morning (September 28) in Hilo.

At 3:27 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a 19-year-old Hilo man who had allegedly been assaulted in front of a closed business establishment on the 1700 block of Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo.

Witnesses informed police that two men apparently were involved. One suspect allegedly punched the victim while the second removed his cell phone.

The victim reported being assaulted a second time after he tracked down his cell phone to a home in Hilo. One of the suspects allegedly damaged the victim’s vehicle following the assault.

Upon receiving the report, police were able to track the phone to a location off of Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo. They recovered the cell phone and located both suspects, who were arrested at 4 a.m. and taken to the Hilo police cellblock.

The victim sustained minor injuries and declined treatment.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Dustin C. M. Snedeker-Abadilla

Dustin C. M. Snedeker-Abadilla

After conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged 22-year-old Dustin C. M. Snedeker-Abadilla of Pāhoa with second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, fourth-degree criminal property damage and third-degree assault. His bail was set at $4,750.

 Jacob Anthony Blanco

Jacob Anthony Blanco

Detectives charged 18-year-old Jacob Anthony Blanco of Hilo with second-degree robbery and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $11,000.

Both men were scheduled to make their initial court appearances Monday afternoon (September 30).

Shots Fired – Mountain View Man Arrested

Hawaiʻi Island detectives are investigating an incident involving the discharge of a firearm in the Mountain View area Sunday afternoon (September 29).
HPDBadgeAt 12:04 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a report that a 64-year-old Mountain View man had allegedly discharged a firearm in a residential area off Kukui Camp Road and threatened a nearby resident.

Responding officers located and arrested Falaniko N. Himphill of Mountain View. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

The case is classified as a second-degree reckless endangering and a first-degree terroristic threatening.

UPDATE:
Hawaiʻi Island detectives have charged the man arrested in connection with the discharge of a firearm in the Mountain View area Sunday afternoon (September 29).

At 1:55 p.m. Monday (September 30), detectives charged Falaniko N. Himphill of Mountain View with first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree reckless endangering and ownership prohibited.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $21,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (October 1).

Hawaii Signs Onto Majuro Declaration as U.S. Climate Leader

The State of Hawaii is the first sub-national government to sign onto the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, presented Friday by the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum to the United Nations Secretary General. The Aloha State joins other leaders from around the world in making commitments to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Ronald Jean Jumeau became ambassador of the Seychelles to the United States on September 6, 2007. He also served as the Permanent Representative of the Seychelles to the United Nations.

Ronald Jean Jumeau became ambassador of the Seychelles to the United States on September 6, 2007. He also served as the Permanent Representative of the Seychelles to the United Nations.

“The State of Hawaii stands with other islands around the world in recognizing the urgent threat of climate change to our sustainability,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. “We have signed onto the Majuro Declaration to share our ambitious commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovative energy transformation. We also understand the need to prepare for climate change adaptation through an integrated approach to building a green, resilient economy.”

Hawaii Green Growth Poster

The United States committed to the declaration by submitting President Barack Obama’s new Climate Action Plan as a broad set of additional actions announced in June 2013 to enhance efforts in furtherance of its emissions reduction target. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said: “The U.S. is deeply committed to leading on climate change. We will work with our partners around the world through ambitious actions to reduce emissions, transform our energy economy, and help the most vulnerable cope with the effects of climate change.”

Hawaii’s commitments to climate change mitigation are focused on actions related to the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which is a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Hawaii to achieve 70 percent clean energy (40 percent through renewables and 30 percent through efficiency) by 2030 – one of the most ambitious energy goals in the nation. Additionally, Hawaii has committed to reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to levels at or below estimates for 1990. Hawaii is the only state in the nation to adopt both a climate change mitigation policy and climate change adaptation policy, which recognize the role of public-private partnerships in achieving goals.

Green Growth Welcome

On Sept. 5, the Leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum adopted the Majuro Declaration in response to scientific evidence that escalating emissions of greenhouse gases are causing global warming and Pacific Islands are on the front lines of the impacts. The declaration notes that on May 9, 2013, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide measured near the summit of Mauna Loa in Hawaii exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time since measurements began. The declaration states, “In crossing this historic threshold, the world entered a new danger zone.”

Since then, on Sept. 27, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, appointed by the United Nations, released a 2000-page report that stated, “it is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause” of global warming since 1950. For the first time, the panel formally endorsed the limit of emissions.

Abercrombie Behind Doors

Earlier this month, Minister Tony de Brum of the Marshall Islands invited Gov. Abercrombie to join other Pacific islands in this effort at the Governor’s reception for Seychelles Ambassador Ronald Jumeau during the 2013 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in Honolulu.

“We very much welcome the commitment of the State of Hawaii to be a Climate Leader by signing our Majuro Declaration,” Minister de Brum said. “Hawaii is the first sub-national government to come on board, and will help create the upward spiral of ambition the world so desperately needs. As an island state with ambitious green targets, Hawaii knows the threat posed by climate change. It is time now for all of us to turn our words into action, and to ensure others follow quickly in our footsteps.”

USS Chung-Hoon to Return to Hawaii Homeport Tomorrow

A couple of years ago I got to go out to sea with USS Chung-Hoon and I’m proud that they are returning to its homeport here in Hawaii:

Participating in the 2010 RIMPAC Exercises

Participating in the 2010 RIMPAC Exercises

The destroyer Chung-Hoon returns to its Hawaii homeport Tuesday after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

The nearly 280 sailors on board participated in joint exercises with the Vietnamese, Japanese and Australian navies before heading home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Photo from when I went to sea on the USS Chung-Hoon

Photo from when I went to sea on the USS Chung-Hoon

“We operated forward and worked with our foreign partners in various multi-national exercises improving warfighter skills across a broad range of mission sets and further strengthening our bonds,” said Cmdr. Justin Orlich, the ship’s commanding officer. “Chung-Hoon sailors have accomplished a great deal this deployment and have much to be proud of in service to our nation.”

Photo from when I went to sea on the USS Chung-Hoon

Photo from when I went to sea on the USS Chung-Hoon

Sailors participated in training and exchanges in search and rescue, medical, diving medicine, navigation and shipboard firefighting in April as part of the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Gajeezus they let me hold one!

Gajeezus they let me hold one!

Over the summer, Chung-Hoon conducted multi-warfare exercises with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and Royal Australian Navy in Pacific Bond 2013 and with the Royal Australian Navy in Talisman Saber 2013.

Checking things out

Checking things out

“Chung Hoon performed marvelously throughout their deployment,” said Capt. Wallace Lovely, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 31. “This team answered the call for mission support on time, every time.”

The Commanding Officer gave me this coin after we had lunch on the USS Chung Hoon

The Commanding Officer gave me this coin after we had lunch on the USS Chung Hoon

The Chung-Hoon is named after the late World War II hero, Rear Adm. Gordon Paiea Chung-Hoon. He’s a Hawaaian native and a Navy Cross and Silver Star recipient for actions as commander of the destroyer Sigsbee from May 1944 to October 1945.

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Registered Off Kohala Coast

A 3.2 Magnitude earthquake was just registered off the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii:

32 Kalaoa

3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island

We just had a 3.6 magnitude earthquake in the Volcano area of the Big Island.

36 VolcanoThere is still some minor trembling going on that is creating some seismic activity.

26-Year-Old Kona Man Dies in Vehicle-Pedestrian Collision

A 26-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Sunday morning (September 29) in a vehicle–pedestrian collision.

 

HPDBadgeAbout 2:53 a.m., a 2004 Mercedes-Benz was traveling south on Highway 11 near the junction with Puʻuloa Road in Kailua-Kona when it ran over a man who was lying across the southbound lane. The man, Richard Penrose of Kailua-Kona, died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The driver, 39-year-old Christian S. Yamagata of Kealakekua, was not injured. He was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and release pending further investigation.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the collision call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 23rd fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.

E Mau Ana Ka Hula, The Hula is Perpetuated – A Tribute to King David Kalakaua

“Hula is the Language of the heart and therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People” King David Kalākaua.

Kalakaua Fest

On this special occasion, we pay tribute to the “Merrie Monarch” King David Kalākaua, with a celebration of hula held at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Kumu Hula and students from across the Hawaiian Islands, Japan, and Europe will present their art of style and tradition of hula with either hula kahiko (ancient) or hula auana (modern) styles of dance. Each school will showcase the best integrity and quality of traditional hula steps, expressions, creativity, and adornments with costumes and stories that support the hula traditions.

Local arts and crafts vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian items, and ono food will be available too! Admission is free, so bring the family and join us to share in the joy of hula!

On Friday and Saturday, November 15&16, hula workshops will be held featuring several of the presenting Kumu Hula. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Festival information and registration for workshops is available online at www.emauanakahula.org

28th Annual PATH 5K/10K Fun Run and Keiki Dash

PATH ~ Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii announces the 28th Annual PATH 5k/10k Fun Run and Keiki Dash on Sunday October 6 at 7:30 am at Hale Halawai Park on Ali’i Drive in Kona. This is a family friendly FUNdraiser benefiting the PATH Bike Education Program, which provides Hawaii Island 4th graders with in-school bicycle safety education and skills building exercises.

PATH

The 28th Annual PATH Run is one of Kona’s traditional kickoff events to IRONMAN week.

An entry form for the race is available at all Bike Works and Big Island Running Company stores. Online registration and an electronic copy of the entry form is available at www.pathhawaii.org under the Events tab.

Questions regarding the PATH Run can be directed to PATH 808-326-7284 or at sharetheroad@pathhawaii.org