Crocs Come to Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa

Since 2002, toes of the world have enjoyed the colorful “amphibious footwear” of Crocs™.  Originally created as easy-care boat shoes for wet or dry conditions, Crocs™ work well in the Hawai‘i Island environment, and will soon be available at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.


Branching off creatively from the iconic clog design, Crocs™ has stepped into the workplace, golf course, fashion scene and classroom with over 300 styles for men, women and children, including sandals, sneakers and heels.  Available in 90+ different countries, the brand has topped $1 billion in annual sales and continues to expand its markets.

Sharing in that success, Crocs™ proves it is a company with a conscience through its “Crocs Cares” program, which has donated more than three million pairs of shoes to communities in need in more than 40 countries around the world.  By partnering with a variety of global non-profit organizations to help ship and distribute shoes to those in need, Crocs Cares works to help protect the foot from infections and diseases that rob the body of vital nutrients.  And, with the Soles4Souls Foundation, the company also recycles gently used Crocs™ to toes in need around the world.

“Crocs™ are great shoes for Hawai‘i, and a perfect fit for Queens’ MarketPlace,” said Sales and Operations Manager, Margo Mau Bunnell. “They are very comfortable and offer a wide range of styles that fit any lifestyle for children and adults—from fun, colorful and casual, to classy fashion for work or a special night out.  With a full selection available right here on the Kohala Coast, Crocs™ will be the place to shop.”

The Crocs™ shoe store in Queens’ MarketPlace will open later this year, with daily operating hours from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit or

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit or call 886-8822.


Pahoa Pool Temporarily Closed for Unexpected Maintenance

Wow, the Pahoa Pool just went through at $1.5 Million dollar renovation project that left the pool closed for nearly a year and now it’s already having to temporarily close because of unexpected maintenance:

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation closed the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center on Wednesday, October 16, so workers could perform unexpected maintenance.

Pahoa Pool

Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, October 17, when the pool will be reopened at 9 a.m. for public recreational and adult lap swimming.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the unexpected closure may cause and thanks the public for its patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Kona Girl Missing Since August

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kona girl who was reported missing. Addie Cragg was last seen in Kailua-Kona on August 16.

Addie Cragg

Addie Cragg

She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with blue eyes and long, straight strawberry-blond 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.


It’s Seabird Fledging Season

Every year from Mid-September to December, seabird chicks leave their nests and make their first nocturnal flight from their nesting burrow to the sea. Guided by moonlight, the lights from cities, towns and homes can confuse these young birds – and even some adults – and cause them to fall inland rather than continue out to the ocean.

SeabirdDowned seabirds may acquire impact injuries and, once grounded, are also vulnerable to dangers including passing cars and predators. You can help protect our native seabirds by being prepared and knowing what to do if you find a downed seabird.

How to prepare: keep a clean towel, pillow case or large t-shirt and a ventilated cardboard box, pet carrier or other non-airtight container in your car. If you are on foot, just a towel will do.
How to rescue a downed seabird: gently pick up the bird from behind with a towel, carefully wrapping the material completely around its back and wings. Place it in the ventilated container as soon as possible. Keep the bird covered and in a quiet, cool location and do not feed, water or handle it. Take the bird to a permitted wildlife rehabilitation center or contact your island’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife office for further directions (contact numbers provided below). Do not attempt to release the bird yourself as it may have internal injuries or be too tired or weak to survive. Throwing the bird in the air could also cause additional harm.
Hawai‘i Island:
Hawai‘i Wildlife Center: (808) 884-5000
DOFAW Office: (808) 887-6063 or (808) 974-4226
Maui Nui:
DOFAW Office: (808) 984-8100
DOFAW Office: (808) 973-9776
Save our Shearwaters, Kaua‘i Humane Society: (808) 635-5117
DOFAW Office: (808) 274-3433
For more information, including a step-by-step breakdown on how to rescue a downed seabird and ways that you can help reduce light attraction, visit the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center seabird fallout response page at

Pierre Omidyar Comments on His New Venture and Hiring Former Guardian Journalist Glenn Greenwald

Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

As many of you know, I’ve had an interest in journalism for some time now. I’ve been working on Civil Beat for three years and through my philanthropic work at Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, we’ve supported many efforts around the world related to media, citizen engagement, and government transparency and accountability.

Separate from my work with Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, and as part of my growing interest to preserve and strengthen the role journalism plays in society, I explored purchasing The Washington Post over the summer. That process got me thinking about what kind of social impact could be created if a similar investment was made in something entirely new, built from the ground up. Something that I would be personally and directly involved in outside of my other efforts as a philanthropist.

I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the public interest. And, I want to find ways to convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens. I think there’s more that can be done in this space, and I’m eager to explore the possibilities.

Right now, I’m in the very early stages of creating a new mass media organization. I don’t yet know how or when it will be rolled out, or what it will look like.

What I can tell you is that the endeavor will be independent of my other organizations, and that it will cover general interest news, with a core mission around supporting and empowering independent journalists across many sectors and beats. The team will build a media platform that elevates and supports these journalists and allows them to pursue the truth in their fields. This doesn’t just mean investigative reporting, but all news.

As part of my learning process, I recently reached out to Glenn Greenwald to find out what journalists like him need to do their jobs well. As it turns out, he and his colleagues Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, were already on a path to create an online space to support independent journalists. We had a lot of overlap in terms of our ideas, and decided to join forces.

I believe that independent journalists like Glenn, Laura, and Jeremy play an important role in our society. We’ll be working with them and others, but we have a long way to go in terms of what the organization looks like, people’s roles and responsibilities — all of those things still need to be worked out.

I’ll be sure to update you along the way as the new organization progresses.

Pierre Omidyar