3.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Leilani Estates Area of Big Island

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake just shook the Leilani Estates area of the Big Island.

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Hawaii Coaches and Athletic Directors to be Recognized

WHAT:  Recognition of Coaches and Athletic Directors participating in Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program

WHEN:  Monday, October 7, 2013, 9:30 A.M. 

WHERE:  Room 329, Hawaii State Capitol, 415 South Beretania Street

WHY: The Coaching Boys Into Men (CBIM) program, created by Futures Without Violence and implemented in Hawaii by the non-profit Ala Kuola, equips athletic coaches with strategies, scenarios and resources needed to build attitudes and behaviors among young male athletes that promote respectful, healthy relationships. Coaches have numerous opportunities to teach early and often that violence has no place in relationships. In addition October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the State of Hawaii.


WHO: Edwin K. Flores, Ala Kuola, Vice Speaker John Mizuno and the following coaches and athletic directors:

Athletic Directors: 

  • Blake Moritsugu (Aiea H.S.)
  • Mark Brilhante (Kalaheo H.S.)
  • Gregory Van Cantfort (Kalani H.S.)
  • Kelly Jack Sur (Radford H.S.)
  • Thomas Correa (Waiakea H.S.)
  • Sondra Lundvick (Hilo H.S.)

 Head Football Coaches:

  • Wendell Say (Aiea H.S.)
  • Greg Taguchi (Kalani H.S.)
  • Fred Salanoa (Radford H.S.)
  • Darren Hernandez (Kapolei H.S.)
  • Bryon Moku Pita (Waiakea H.S.)
  • David Baldwin (Hilo H.S.)


  • Cal K. Lee, Assistant Football Coach, Kalani H.S.
  • Bronson Leafa, Junior Varsity Head Coach, Radford H.S.
  • Keala Pule, Sr., Hawaii Football Club, Big Island

Big Island Police Locate Puna Man Wanted for Robbery, Kidnapping, First-Degree Terrorist Threatenting and Other Crimes

Hawaiʻi Island police have located 26-year-old Michael Dwayne Carvalho, who was wanted on warrants and for questioning in an unrelated case.

Michael Dwayne Carvalho

Michael Dwayne Carvalho

Carvalho was arrested at noon Wednesday (October 2) in Puna and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation into a robbery, assault and terroristic threatening incident in June.

At 2:30 p.m. Thursday (October 3), Carvalho was charged with first-degree robbery, kidnapping, first-degree terroristic threatening, attempted unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and two counts of second-degree assault . His bail was set at $140,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (October 4).

The charges stem from an incident the evening of June 9 at a home on Cook Street in Kalapana. On that date, Carvalho reportedly held a 29-year-old male acquaintance at knife point, assaulted him, threatened him, demanded his car keys and attempted to steal his vehicle.

Man In Custody After Shots Fired From Car in Panaewa Area

Hawaiʻi Island police have have a man in custody in connection with a report of gunshots in Hilo on Monday afternoon (September 30).

HPDBadgeAt 1:54 p.m. Monday, Hilo patrol officers responded to a report that a man had fired several rounds from a red Mazda Miata in front of a house on Elama Street in the Panaʻewa area.

On Thursday (October 3), police found the car and the driver in a vacant lot on Lehua Street in the Fern Acres subdivision in Puna. Kevin Kuhia, 34, who has no permanent address, was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangering. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Backpack Drive Raises Over 300 Backpacks

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is pleased to announce that families throughout the island donated more than 300 backpacks for children in need during a backpack drive between July and September.

Hope Services Hawaii workers pick up backpacks from Officer Jason Grouns, Chief Harry Kubojiri and Officer Patrick Menino at the Hilo police station, one of eight collection sites around the island.

Hope Services Hawaii workers pick up backpacks from Officer Jason Grouns, Chief Harry Kubojiri and Officer Patrick Menino at the Hilo police station, one of eight collection sites around the island.

During the backpack drive, all police stations around the island doubled as drop-off points. This was the fifth consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

In addition to the backpacks, thoughtful citizens donated numerous boxes worth of school supplies.

Police Chief Kubojiri said he is grateful for the community’s participation. “It is heartwarming to see the outpouring of compassion year after year,” Kubojiri said. “It is particularly rewarding to see how the number of donated backpacks has grown since this project began five years ago.”

Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.
From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies. Now 17, Welch-Keliihoomalu raised an additional $450 in cash donations for the project this year through her school, Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy.

Kama'aina Motors employees display a truckload of backpacks their company collected after payroll clerk Ashley McCollum-Ranne (at far left) heard an announcement on the radio.

Kama’aina Motors employees display a truckload of backpacks their company collected after payroll clerk Ashley McCollum-Ranne (at far left) heard an announcement on the radio.

Another $250 was donated by the Ikitagawa company, parent company to Kamaʻaina Motors, Napa Auto Parts, Kamaʻaina Nissan and Kona Auto Center.

Iktagawa also collected 132 backpacks and several bags of school supplies after Ashley McCollum-Ranne, a payroll clerk at Kamaʻaina Motors, heard an announcement on the radio and approached General Manager Ivan Nakano about collecting backpacks from employees.

Other large contributors were HFS Federal Credit Union, which donated 75 backpacks, and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Papaʻikou, which donated 12 backpacks.

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi. The donated backpacks are being distributed to women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing around the Big Island.


Representative Awana Steps Down as Majority Floor Leader

Speaker Joseph M. Souki announced yesterday that Representative Karen Awana has resigned her position as Majority Floor Leader of the Hawaii House of Representatives.

capitalYesterday, Representative Awana submitted a letter resigning her position to the Speaker’s Office stating that she was grateful for the opportunity to serve on the House leadership team, however under the circumstances she did not want to distract from the important work of the body.  Her offer of resignation was accepted by Speaker Souki.

“I appreciate all that Representative Awana has done for the House and after much consideration I have accepted her resignation so that she may focus on rectifying her situation.  It is my hope that we can move ahead so that we may name her Chair of the newly created Committee on Culture and the Arts & International Affairs in the upcoming legislative session,” said Speaker Souki.

Big Island Police Seeking Information About Robbery at Hot Ponds – Victims Threatened With Machete

Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking information about a reported robbery at a Puna park in July.

 ‘Āhalanui Park Hot Ponds

‘Āhalanui Park Hot Ponds

A 51-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were reportedly approached by three unidentified men at 2 a.m. on July 28 at the pavilion of Ahalanui Park, also called “Hot Pond.”

After demanding the victims’ wallets, one of the suspects got into a physical altercation with the male victim. Another suspect then reportedly threatened the victim with a machete. The suspects fled with cash and the victim’s cell phone.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2871 or [email protected]

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.

West Hawaii Legislators Encourage Public to Attend Healthcare Forum

Officials to Answer Questions About Major Upcoming Healthcare Changes

Community Enterprises, a community group dedicated to holding informative, educational and interactive forums for Kona area residents, is hosting a community health care forum in Kailua-Kona.


State officials and West Hawaii legislators will be in attendance to answer questions on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare. Participating House Legislators include Health Committee Chair Della Au Belatti, Representative Denny Coffman (Naalehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona), Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala), and Representative Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau).

In a joint statement the lawmakers said, “Over the next year, we will see many changes to the healthcare system and these changes will affect residents throughout Hawaii. This forum will be an opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how its enactment will impact them collectively and individually. We encourage people to take the time to attend the forum.”

Tom Matsuda, Implementation Manager of the Affordable Care Act in Hawaii, and Coral Andrews, Executive Director of the Hawaii Health Connector, Hawaii’s new online health insurance marketplace, will be the main presenters. They will also participate in a panel discussion with Senator Josh Green. Representatives from the West Hawaii Community Health Center, Hope Services Hawaii, and the HIV AIDS Foundation who have been trained as Marketplace Assisters regarding the ACA will also be available to provide personal assistance.

The program will be moderated by Sherry Bracken. Pupus and beverages will be served.

WHO:  Representative Denny Coffman, Representative Cindy Evans, Representative Nicole Lowen, Representative Della Au Belatti, Chair of Health Committee

WHAT: West Hawaii Community Healthcare Forum

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 15, 2013,  5:30 – 8:00 P.M.

WHERE:  Makaeo Pavilion (Old Airport Park)

New Traffic Signal at Ane Keohokālole Hwy and Kealakehe Parkway

The new traffic signal at Ane Keohokālole Hwy and Kealakehe Parkway in North Kona is scheduled to be operational Wednesday, October 9.  Flashing lights will prepare motorists for the new signal the day before.

Approaching Ane Keohokālole Highway intersection from Kealakehe Parkway on the North

Approaching Ane Keohokālole Highway intersection from Kealakehe Parkway on the North

Wireless detectors embedded in the roadway surface will detect cars and trucks approaching the intersection and program the traffic signal to optimize traffic flow.

Ane Keohokālole Highway runs parallel to and about a mile mauka of the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway from Palani Road to Hina-Lani Street in Kaloko.  The Highway funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act opened to the public in June 2012.

Puna Sustainability Expo Next Saturday


Puna Sustainabilty Expo