Big Island Police Searching for 25-Year-Old Man Considered Armed and Dangerous

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 25-year-old man wanted on no-bail warrants and for questioning in connection with unrelated investigations.

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale is described as 5-foot-7, 155 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has no permanent address but frequents the Hilo area. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts not to approach him but 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.

Bank of Hawaii Donates $12,500 to Hawaii Island’s Three Hospice Organizations

Hospice of Hilo along with North Hawaii Hospice and Hospice of Kona received a generous $12,500 donation from Bank of Hawaii.

BOH Hospice

The donation, funded by a teri beef plate sale, was an employee driven effort.  Bank of Hawaii employees voted to choose the three hospice organizations as beneficiaries.  The employees and hospice organizations sold 1348 teri beef plate tickets Island wide.

Over 80 volunteers, the majority being Bank of Hawaii employees, volunteered over 360 hours of their time to prepare, cook and serve the teri beef plates. In addition to the manpower provided by local Bank of Hawaii representatives, the bank’s Foundation also matched the funds raised with a $5,000 grant.  KTA Superstores generously provided the delicious products and space for the fundraiser to take place.

“This gift is especially meaningful because it was the employees of Bank of Hawaii who voted and chose our organizations to benefit from their hard work.  We are so honored to have their trust and support.  These dollars will greatly benefit the patients and families of our entire island,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho.

“Many of Bank of Hawaii’s employees have experienced, first hand, the incredible work of the hospices on our island.  We are honored to be able to support the invaluable care and compassion these organizations provide for our community,” said Bank of Hawaii’s Hawaii Island Manager and Senior Vice President, Roberta Chu.

Big Island Police Searching for Kona Man Wanted for Abuse of Family/Household Member

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 21-year-old Kailua-Kona man wanted for abuse of a family/household member.

Moala Kuahuia Kaupu

Moala Kuahuia Kaupu

Moala Kuahuia Kaupu is described as 5-foot-11, 185 pounds with brown eyes and short curly black hair. Both his ears are pierced and he has a scripture tattoo on an inner forearm.

Police ask anyone with information on his 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.

Governor Appoints Richard Creagan to State House Seat Vacated by Rep. Denny Coffman

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Richard P. Creagan, M.D. to the state House of Representatives for Hawaii’s Fifth Representative District, a seat recently left vacant by the resignation of Rep. Denny Coffman. The appointment is effective immediately and for the balance of the term.

Richard P. Creagan

Richard P. Creagan

“Richard’s diverse experience as a physician, researcher, farmer, Peace Corps volunteer and educator will contribute greatly to his service to the people of Hawaii,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “I look forward to working with Richard as a member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives.”

Dr. Creagan first came to Hawaii in 1966 and trained for the Peace Corps on Molokai for two months. He then served as a Health Care Worker in the Marshall Islands for two years. He speaks fluent Marshallese. A resident of Naalehu on Hawaii Island, Dr. Creagan is vice-president of Kiolakaa Mountain Farms, which he founded in 1994 with his wife, Marilyn, who works as a labor and delivery nurse at Kona Community Hospital.

As a residency trained and board certified emergency physician, Dr. Creagan worked for 10 years in California prior to moving to Hawaii full-time 23 years ago. Since then, he has worked in the Emergency Department and served as vice-chief of staff at Kona Community Hospital, worked as a Hawaii Department of Health bioterrorism preparedness epidemiologic investigator monitoring disease outbreaks, and helped found and run Hualalai Urgent Care.

Before his medical career, Dr. Creagan was a student and human genetics researcher at Yale University and the University of Connecticut Medical Center. He later helped found and run San Francisco-based AGRI, a firm which focused on animal vaccines and human blood products. The start-up company was eventually bought after five years, which facilitated his move to Hawaii.

As an educator, Dr. Creagan has assisted in teaching junior scientists at Yale and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer, seventh and eighth grade math and science in Pittsburgh, and tutored students in English at Naalehu Elementary School.

Dr. Creagan graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and then with an M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He recently returned to school and earned a Certificate in Plant Tissue Culture in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009 from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Update – Lava Flow Still Advancing Through Forest Northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is still advancing through the forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

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The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow remains active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, with the flow front this week consisting of a narrow finger that has reached 7.5 km (4.7 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The flow front has cut a narrow swath through the forest, and is igniting numerous small fires. The smell of smoke can sometimes be detected when the winds carry the smoke into populated areas. The vent for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is on Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, which can be seen in the upper left portion of the image.

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View of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking southwest. The vent for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is on the near side of the crater, close to the center of the photograph (but obscured by white fume). The Kahaualeʻa 2 lava tube that is supplying lava to the flow front in the forest (see photo above) goes down the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, and is marked by a line of fume extending towards the lower right corner of the photo. The lava tube that supplied the Peace Day flow (now inactive) extends to the southeast (towards the lower left corner of the photo) and is marked by a line of faint fume sources.

New Year’s Air Quality and Fireworks-Related Injuries Continue to Improve on Oahu

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Clean Air Branch measured low levels of smoke from fireworks during the 2014 New Year period, with particulate levels on Oahu showing continued improvement over years prior to the 2011 ban on certain fireworks on Oahu. The lower levels continue a trend that coincides with reduced fireworks activity resulting from the 2011 ban.

Hilo Bay Fireworks

The DOH measures particulate levels at four air monitoring stations on Oahu (Honolulu, Pearl City, Sand Island, and Kapolei). Fireworks smoke consist primarily of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), whichcan penetrate into the lungs and aggravate existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The PM 2.5 national standard is 35 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) averaged over 24 hours.

During the 2014 New Year period, the particulate levels were measured at 16 μg/m 3 or lower in all areas, with the highest recorded particulate level of 16 μg/m 3 in Pearl City. The particulate monitoring stations on Kauai (Niumalu), Maui (Paia and Kihei) and the Big Island (Hilo, Kona, Mountain View, Ocean View, Pahala, and Waikoloa) also measured levels below the standard.

The use of fireworks during the New Year’s celebration will always affect the air quality, but the degree of impact for any location is greatly influenced by weather conditions such as wind and rain, the amount of fireworks burned in the area, and the configuration of the land. New Year’s data is also available at the Clean Air Branch website at: http://health.hawaii.gov/cab/.

Information collected on fireworks-related injuries over the New Year period of Dec. 31-Jan. 2, show a total of 33 injuries treated in emergency rooms throughout the state. This is the second lowest total over the 14-year period data has been collected and a 17 percent decrease from the 40 injuries documented in the previous New Year period. Fireworks-related injuries continue to be relatively low on Oahu in the three years following a Honolulu County ordinance to regulate their use. The reduced number of injuries is particularly apparent among child-aged patients (under 18 years of age). The data was collected by the DOH Injury Prevention program from 22 emergency departments of all hospitals throughout the state and the Hana and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Centers.

Training to Handle Anticipated Increase for Elevation Certificates Under a New Federal Law

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Department of Land & Natural Resources (DLNR) will be conducting training on Elevation Certificates at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Thursday January 30 in Building A at the Council Conference room.

Registration is online at https://2014‐ec‐kona.eventbrite.com

Elevation Certificates (ECs), is now required to determine a structure’s risk under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

Elevation Certificate

Registration begins at 8:00 AM.  Participants will be introduced to ECs, given examples of application applicable to different types of structures, and how to trouble shoot possible problems.  The workshop ends at 12:30 PM. Parking is free.

For questions about the workshop, please contact the State National Flood Insurance Program, Department of Land and Natural (DLNR) Resources Engineering Division toll free at 974-4000 extension 70281 or 70254.

ECs can be downloaded on the County of Hawai‘i Public Works website at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pw-online-requests-permit-app/

 

Pacific Skydiving Incident on North Shore Sends Skydiver to Hospital

A skydiving incident at Pacific Skydiving on the North Shore has sent a skydiver to the hospital this afternoon.  It is not known at this time the extent of the injuries.

Another skydiving incident at Pacific Skydive

Another skydiving incident at Pacific Skydiving

Community Power Night at Keaau High School

Teens, parents, and families are invited to the Community Power Night on Friday, January 17, 2014, 5:45pm to 8pm at Keaau High School cafeteria.

Keaau High School

The free event will feature a workshop to educate and empower teens to identify positive choices to prevent underage drinking and use of drugs. Big Island Substance Abuse Council will lead this informative and interactive workshop.

For parents, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will lead the “Power of Parent, It’s Your Influence” Workshop. This workshop will provide parents with information and resources to talk to their teens about alcohol and making good choices.

Native FM’s Gumby will emcee and the guest speaker is Louise Fincher, trauma nurse at Hilo Medical Center.

In addition the event will offer a keiki zone with fun games & activities, skit with MADD Man & Beer Man, performance by Center Stage Dance Studio, free dinner, and door prizes.

Enter for a chance to win a 2 night stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village and a GoPro camera.

We would like to thank the following community partners: Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC), Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, Hawaii Meth Project, Hilo Medical Center, HOPE Services Hawaii, Keaau High School, Ken’s Towing, Living Waters, MADD, Neighborhood Place of Puna, Men of Pa’a, Office of Council Member Greggor Ilagan, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Thank you to the following for their generous donations: Hilton Waikoloa Village, Center Stage Dance Studio, HFS Federal Credit Union, Café 100, McDonalds, Island Princess.

Former House and Senate Members to Be Honored at Opening of Hawaii State Legislative Session

The Hawaii State Legislature will convene the 2014 Legislative Session on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10 a.m. in their respective chambers.

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To commemorate the 55th anniversary of statehood, the Legislature will honor and acknowledge former state House and Senate members who have served throughout the years since 1959.  In the House, over 50 former representatives are expected to attend.

As in 2010 and 2012 (second years of the biennium), the Legislature will hold a modest opening to the legislative session with a business as usual approach.  Floor proceedings will not include musical entertainment, and family members, friends and guests will not be seated on the chamber floors.  Following the session, legislators will have the discretion to host guests in their individual offices.

The public is welcomed to attend the opening floor sessions, however seating is limited. Chamber galleries will open at 9:45 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.