Pahoa Elementary School “Slipper Fund” for Kids

Pahoa Elementary School is having a “Slipper fund“:
It is a health and safety requirement for students at a public school to wear footwear.  If a child shows up  to school without footwear, we try to find some footwear for the child to wear so that they can enter the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch.  If the child’s slipper breaks during the school day, we try to mend it by using duct tape, staples, paper-clips, and also the plastic bread clip.
Pahoa High and Intermediate
Over 93% of Pahoa Elementary School students come from a household receiving public assistance and therefore, the rubber slipper is their only foot covering.  Last week, we gave out our last donated pair of size 8 slippers.  Two students had to wear size 4.5 slippers to the cafeteria so that they could enter and eat breakfast.  The shoes were so small that their heals hung off the back of the slipper. Please help to re-fill our needed supply of rubber slippers.  Mahalo,  Kainoa Arensdorf, School Counselor.

Government Shutdown Leads Hawaii Acting Governor to Put Hawaii Under Hiring Freeze Within Executive Branch

Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui today announced that the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch.

Lt. Governor Tsutsui at a press conference

Lt. Governor Tsutsui at a press conference

The Acting Governor has signed an Executive Memorandum from Finance Director Kalbert Young authorizing the temporary general freeze, which is effective immediately. The temporary freeze is necessary to conserve dwindling state department financial resources that are being expended to provide services the federal government is currently not funding during the shutdown.

“As the federal government shutdown approaches its third week, we continued discussions with department directors and decided to take a proactive approach toward minimizing the impact on our state by instituting a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions,” Tsutsui said. “The deadline for raising the federal debt ceiling is also quickly approaching, and we are acting now to ensure we are best prepared for the potential financial impact.”

The memorandum will allow for specific exemptions in order to accommodate for critical positions at the Hawaii State Hospital, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, and state Department of Health. The state Department of Education (including Charter Schools), Hawaii State Public Library System, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, and University of Hawaii are exempt from the freeze but are being asked to take similar precautionary measures. This is expected to be only a short-term and temporary measure.

“The State of Hawaii is being pragmatic about what federal and state services it can financially cover over any prolonged period,” Young said. “While we do not know how long the shutdown will last, we do know that departments are already struggling to cover missing federal funds and they are worried about what could happen to all public services if promised federal funds do not return immediately. Looming matters like the debt limit issue will adversely affect the state and national economy, as well as many public programs. By curtailing state expenditures, we may be slightly better prepared to fund public services longer. All of the state’s revenues, including general and special funds, could be affected.”

State officials have been assessing day-to-day impacts caused by the federal shutdown and have been in contact with Hawaii’s congressional delegation.

The state will continue to closely monitor the situation in the nation’s capital.


Kahalu’u Educational Complex Community Meetings to be Hosted by Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools has scheduled two public meetings for community members to discuss plans for the development of the Kahalu’u Educational Complex on lands of former hotel sites in Kahalu’u.
The former Keauhou Beach Resort
The community meetings are scheduled for Thursday evening, October 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, and Friday morning, October 18 from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa Convention Center Keauhou Ballroom 1.

Community participants will receive an update on the Kahalu’u ma kai project, review project timelines, learn more about the vision for the educational project and share mana’o (feedback).

“We encourage everyone who is interested to attend and learn more about our vision for Kahaluu ma kai, and especially our evolving Kahalu’u Manowai education plans.  Come talk-story with our team about how we are protecting the cultural, historical and environmental assets during demolition,” stated Kamehameha Schools Director of Strategic Initiatives for West Hawai’i Ka’eo
Duarte. “We’re looking forward to advancing the educational legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop in West Hawai’i by restoring and re-energizing this very special place.”

As stated by Kamehameha Schools, the vision for the Kahalu’u educational complex is to restore the cultural landscape of Kahalu’u ma kai to an intrinsically Hawaiian place in which opportunities for applied learning, teaching, and knowledge creation are rooted in tradition while advancing learners and lahui (assemble) toward innovation, leadership and a sustainable future.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP by emailing Denise Kauhi at or calling 808-322-5301.


Big Island Police Renewing Request for Information on Wanted Hāmākua Man

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 49-year-old Hāmākua man wanted on warrants.

Adrien Haena Kalani

Adrien Haena Kalani

Adrien Haena Kalani of Āhualoa is wanted for contempt of court, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. He is also wanted for questioning in connection with an assault and an auto theft.

He is described as approximately 6-foot-2, 300 pounds with short black-and-gray hair and brown eyes.

Police caution the public not contact or approach him. Instead, anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked 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.