UH Students Build Robotic Vessel to Help in Times of Disaster

One day soon, technology developed by University of Hawaiʻi researchers and students, may be in harbors and ports all over the world providing daily security and surveillance, along with life saving inspections after natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

The technology is an unmanned port security vessel.

The six-foot long, four and half-foot wide, 160-pound robotic platform also has a high-resolution camera and real time video. It can be deployed rapidly and operated from miles away while providing critical, up-to-the-second information to first responders for maritime security. The idea came from Hawaiʻi based Coast Guard units sent to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

The six-foot long, four and half-foot wide, 160-pound robotic platform also has a high-resolution camera and real time video. It can be deployed rapidly and operated from miles away while providing critical, up-to-the-second information to first responders for maritime security.
The idea came from Hawaiʻi based Coast Guard units sent to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

“This is a system that can go in as a robot, keep people at a safe distance, and be able to tell you where it is safe to operate and where it is not safe to operate,” said Margo Edwards, director of Department of Homeland Security National Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environmental Security, also known as CIMES, which is based out of UH Mānoa.


“It uses sonar, chemical sensors and infrared cameras,” explains Brian Bingham, an assistant professor at the UH Mānoa College of Engineering. “And it surveys autonomously, in an unmanned fashion, it surveys the harbors.”

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Big Island Visitors Bureau Announces Additions to Marketing Team

The Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Kimura as marketing director and Teresa Cosgrove as sales manager, two industry veterans who bring more than 40 years of combined experience to the team. Both Kimura and Cosgrove will be based out of BIVB’s West Hawaii office.

Teresa Cosgrove

Teresa Cosgrove

“Having had the opportunity to work with Donna and Teresa in other capacities over the past two decades, I’m extremely pleased to have them join our BIVB ohana [family],” said Ross Birch, BIVB Executive Director. “Not only do they bring a solid track record of success and strong network of industry contacts to the team, but also a deep, personal understanding of Hawaii Island and the passion needed to take our destination to the next level. We’re all looking forward to keeping the momentum moving in a positive direction for our island.”

In her position as Marketing Director, Kimura will be responsible for development, budgeting and implementation of the BIVB’s annual marketing plan for all major market areas for promotion of Hawaii Island as a leisure travel and meeting/convention destination. This includes working with the BIVB’s sales team, advertising and public relations contractors, and the industry at large to identify markets and trends to ensure current strategies are in line with current market conditions.

With 25 years of experience, Kimura worked briefly for BIVB in 2009, managing the activities of its contractors, coordinating promotions, and working on other marketing initiatives before becoming a freelance marketing communications consultant later that year and eventually finding her way back to the bureau. Prior to that, she held public relations and marketing positions with the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Orchid at Mauna Lani, and The Ritz-Carlton, Mauna Lani. Kimura is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned her master’s degree in linguistics.

Cosgrove brings more than 15 years of experience to her position as BIVB sales manager where she will provide support to the sales and marketing team in its mission to bring more meetings, conventions, and incentives business to Hawaii Island. Prior to joining the bureau, she was the Leisure Sales Manager at the Hilton Waikoloa Village for 12 years where she served as the liaison between on-property leisure sales and Hilton Hawaii’s regional sales team.

In that role, Cosgrove conducted site and familiarization tours for wholesale and retail industry agents, participated in industry tradeshows and educational seminars, developed leisure promotions for the FIT, military and corporate travel markets, and was responsible for contract preparation and rate planning for wholesale partnerships and tour group sales. She started her travel career at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in 1998 as its Sales Administrative Assistant and then became its Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator in 1999. Cosgrove is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the recipient of the 2002 Hilton Circle of Excellence and has earned numerous Quarterly Sales Goal Achievement Certificates of Accomplishment.

BIVB is a chapter of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Hawaii’s tourism marketing agency for North America. For more information about Hawaii, the Big Island, visit www.BigIsland.org or call 1-800-GOHAWAII.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Costume Party at the Kahilu Theatre

The Kahilu Theatre will present a screening of the infamous Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday October 25, with a Costume Party and Contest starting at 8pm, and the movie at 10pm.  Tickets are $10 per person, they will be on sale at the door and also are available in advance online 24/7 at www.kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868, or walk in to the Theatre 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

There will be food and drink for purchase, and Rocky Horror “props” will be for sale – audiences are invited to bring their own props too – confetti, rice, umbrellas, newspapers, toast, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, party hats and all – the only caveat is that no squirting water will be allowed in the theatre and hot dog throwing will not be encouraged.  There will be prizes for “Audience Choice (Under 20)”, “Audience Choice (20 and over)”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Likeness” (to a Rocky Horror character).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film and an adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play by Richard O’Brien. Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. The film has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The movie is rated R – children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.  A Kahilu Theatre donor has provided funds so that one under 17 with one adult will get in free.


Kona Man in Custody on More Than Half A Million Dollars Bail – Meth and Loaded Gun Found

A Kona man is in custody on more than half a million dollars bail after being found in possession of methamphetamine and a loaded gun.

Danny Campogan

Danny Campogan

On Wednesday, Area II Vice officers served a search warrant on a car off Palani Road in Kailua-Kona. The vehicle was occupied by 36-year-old Danny Campogan of Kailua-Kona and 27-year-old Natalie Bowling, who has no permanent address. Police recovered 15.7 grams of a crystalline substance packaged in amounts consistent with meth distribution, a loaded handgun and several rounds of unspent ammunition.

Campogan and Bowling were arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Thursday, police released Bowling from custody pending further investigation. Campogan was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, meth trafficking, drug paraphernalia and 18 firearms related offenses, including being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $593,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Friday (October 18).