New Honoka‘a Park Playground Opens March 25

A blessing and dedication ceremony for Hawai‘i Island’s newest public playground will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Honoka‘a Park.

The public is invited to join Mayor Billy Kenoi, Hāmākua Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter and other dignitaries in opening the new Honoka‘a Park playground. Refreshments will be served.

Located next to the park’s gymnasium, the playground features a play area designed for children 2 to 5 years old and another for bigger keiki between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Multiple slides, climbing rings, covered decks and a grass-like safety surface comprise the playground’s modular design.

Mt. View's new Playground

Mt. View’s new Playground

William C. Loeffler Construction Inc. built the playground, landscaped the area, and installed benches, safety fencing, railings and accessible walkways as part of its $295,422 contract with the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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


Hilo Woman Facing Meth Trafficking and Other Charges

A 26-year-old Hilo woman is facing meth trafficking and other charges following a search warrant on her residence.

Rebecca Mosmanking

Rebecca Mosmanking

At 12:05 p.m. Monday (March 17), Vice Section officers served a narcotics search warrant at a house on the 300 block of Hilinai Street in Hilo.

They recovered 26.1 grams of crystal methamphetamine along with paraphernalia associated with the consumption and distribution of meth.

Rebecca Mosmanking was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Vice Section continued the investigation. At 7:16 p.m. Monday, detectives charged her with first-degree meth trafficking, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $305,000.

She remained at the cellblock pending her initial court appearance on Wednesday (March 19).

UH Hilo Students Awarded Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong Scholarship

Three students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were awarded the Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong Scholarship at the third annual Bee-coming Sustainable event sponsored by the Adopt-A-Beehive with Alan Wong program held on March 8 at the UH Hilo Farm Laboratory in Panaewa.

Māpuhonehone, the bee friendly garden, is at the UH Hilo farm in Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi.

Māpuhonehone, the bee friendly garden, is at the UH Hilo farm in Panaʻewa, Hawaiʻi.

The program is a collaborative partnership with Chef Wong and UH Hilo to bring greater awareness to the importance of honey bees and support the educational beekeeping activities at UH Hilo.

This year’s scholarship recipients are Stephen Zilch, Kawehi Lopez and Kirsti Vedenoja. Chancellor Don Straney and Marketing Director for Alan Wongs, Nicole Ng, presented the recipients with a check for $1,000 each.

The event also showcased the advanced beekeeping students who presented walking tours through Mapuhonehone, the bee garden, van tours to the apiaries, educational demonstrations and displays of honey extraction, honey sampling, frames, and a live observation hive. In addition, Chef Wong’s staff treated adopters to food samplings made with honey, such as pizza, pulled pork sliders, ice cream and salad dressing with Hawaiʻi Community College-grown greens.

To learn more about the program, visit:

New Videos Released for Great Alaska Quake 50th Anniversary

The U.S. Geological Survey has released two new videos about the Great Alaska Earthquake of March 27, 1964 to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the largest earthquake ever recorded in the United States.

The videos include rare vintage film footage and photos of the earthquake damage, combined with modern interviews with some of the same scientists who first investigated the magnitude 9.2 quake. They tell the story about the scientific discovery that was a significant early contribution to the now widely-accepted theory of plate tectonics.


The two videos, a four-minute, and an 11-minute version of the same story, feature USGS Geologist Emeritus George Plafker who was one of the first geologists on the scene 50 years ago to assess the damage and help with plans for rebuilding. Today, Plafker is still conducting geologic research to better understand the ground response and what the severity of shaking may be during the next big earthquake in Alaska. While the probability of a repeat earthquake of the same magnitude is very low, even a smaller quake of magnitude 7 or 8 can do a significant amount of damage. Plafker’s and other scientists’ research contributes to the safety and resiliency of Alaska communities to future large quakes.


“This is an incredible story. We’ve got great old film footage, revolutionary science and some remarkable geologists who’ve really made a difference,” said USGS video producer Stephen M. Wessells. “It’s been exciting to learn how two generations of scientists have sorted out the details and clarified the threats.”

While examining modern sediment cores drilled in Alaska and brought into the laboratory, Plafker reminisces about his first impressions on the scene immediately after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. His current research is helping scientists understand how frequently earthquakes of that size have occurred in the past. Carbon dating the layers in the core sample, reveals the past 5000 years of prehistory, and gives Plafker a clue about the potential of future activity or occurrences of similar events.

As the anniversary approaches, many educational and historic public events are planned. Check the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake and Tsunami 50th Anniversary website for an up to date schedule and additional resources

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Hilo Boy Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing.

Delvionte Cooper

Delvionte Cooper (file photo)

Delvionte Cooper, also known as “Devy,” was last seen in Hilo on the morning of March 14. He is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, 114 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

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