RJ Hampton Files for Hawaii County Council District 5

Well this political race is getting interesting.  RJ Hampton has now entered the Hawaii County Council District 5 race.

Roxanne "RJ" Hampton

Roxanne “RJ” Hampton

Many folks remember RJ for stalking President Obama and getting harassed by the secret service for things.

Here is the YouTube video of her I took of her before she went to Washington DC as a legislative assistant for then Councilwoman Emily Naeole.

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Here is the PR she has released to the media:

I have had the good fortune to have lived in east Hawai’i for the last 20 years. I have become increasingly active in the community over that time. I believe it would be an honor to continue to serve my community on the County Council.

Our district needs a person on the Council that can work together with the whole Council to champion the concerns of our community and network their support for addressing the needs in our district. My life experiences and people skills can be an asset for you in your County government to accomplish that goal.

I need your support to make it happen.

Sincerely,
Roxanne “RJ” Hampton

Test Post and Kiholo Bay Photo

Just a picture of a Kiholo Bay posted to Twitter.  Kiholo State Park planned in the near future!  I know this picture has been seen around the world… I’m checking to see if my website is working accurately!

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

Feel free to share!

Senator Ruderman on $92,362 Grant-in-Aid for Pahoa Booster Club

The Hawaii State Legislature has appropriated $92,362 in Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding for the Pahoa Booster Club. This grant will go to towards establishing the Pahoa football program serving the entire Puna area within the 96778 zip code, which includes all Pahoa public and charter schools, with the focus on an eight-man team. The Pahoa Booster Club was formed out of community desire to assist the Pahoa Regional Schools and their student athletic programs.

Senator Russell Ruderman

Senator Russell Ruderman

 “I would like to congratulate the Pahoa Booster Club on receiving this Grant-in-Aid award and for their tireless efforts and support of the youth in Puna. This grant will help to ensure that student athletes will get the support and resources they need to succeed in their desire to compete with their peers on the field,” said Senator Russell Ruderman. “All students deserve the opportunity to develop themselves not just academically, but also physically and mentally through organized athletics. Grants like this help equip them with the appropriate tools and services they will need to improve as individuals and these GIA funds will assist in laying down the foundation to achieve those goals.”

 

Additional Funds Secured to Fight Coffee Berry Borer Bug

Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

Following an announcement from Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono that she and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard were successful in securing $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to combat the coffee berry borer in Hawaii, State Representative Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau) issued the following statement:

“For the last several years, Hawaii Island coffee farms have been battling the coffee berry borer,” Lowen said. “Together with the $500,000 secured by the state Legislature this session to establish a Pesticide Subsidy Program, these monies will go a long way to turning the tide and protecting Hawaii’s coffee industry, which brings in $30 million annually. I am very grateful to both Senator Hirono and Representative Gabbard for their continued strong efforts in looking after Hawaii’s interests in Washington D.C.”

To date the coffee berry borer has destroyed more than $9 million of locally grown coffee since 2010, impacting many small local businesses and farms, especially on Hawaii Island. As a member of the House Finance Committee, Lowen successful secured $800,000 in 2013 and, as noted above, $500,000 this session to combat the coffee berry borer.

Hawaii Lava Flow Update From Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

New camera position on Puʻu ʻŌʻō; The active front of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow (Click to Enlarge Pictures)

New flows on the floor of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater over the past few weeks threatened cameras positioned on the crater’s north rim.

Poor weather and winds prevented the power systems for the cameras that were moved from being put into place until today (May 5, 2014). The cameras are now operational, and are visible in the background of this photo, beyond a spatter cone on the north side of the crater floor.

Poor weather and winds prevented the power systems for the cameras that were moved from being put into place until today (May 5, 2014). The cameras are now operational, and are visible in the background of this photo, beyond a spatter cone on the north side of the crater floor.

Two cameras—a thermal camera observing the crater and a regular webcam observing the active Kahaualeʻa 2 flow in the distance—were moved to a safer location partway up the steep northwestern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone. Another webcam, regularly capturing a panorama of the crater floor, was left in place to maintain a consistent view of the crater.

The distal tip of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow, shown here, was 8.6 km (5.3 miles) straight-line distance northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō when mapped today. The flows advanced about 300 m (0.2 miles) since April 28.

The distal tip of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow, shown here, was 8.6 km (5.3 miles) straight-line distance northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō when mapped today. The flows advanced about 300 m (0.2 miles) since April 28.

Lava flow from South spatter cone; Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s south flank slowly being buried

A lava flow fed from a spatter cone on the south part of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor (the South spatter cone) continues to advance toward the east-southeast, and is about 700 m from its vent.

The flow is the silvery lava that crosses the center of the photo.

The flow is the silvery lava that crosses the center of the photo.

The flow from the South spatter cone has buried part of the southern flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, leaving little of the original tephra that composes the cone visible. Compare this photo to the one taken just a few months ago, on March 7.

The South spatter cone, feeding the flows that have blanketed the south flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, is the prominent, fuming spatter cone just to the right of the center of the image, directly behind where the cone has been covered.

The South spatter cone, feeding the flows that have blanketed the south flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, is the prominent, fuming spatter cone just to the right of the center of the image, directly behind where the cone has been covered.

Big Island Police Investigating Robbery at Liliʻuokalani Gardens

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Monday night at Liliʻuokalani Gardens in Hilo.
HPDBadgeA 44-year-old Hilo man reported that an unknown man punched him and took his backpack at approximately 8:40 p.m. Monday (May 5).

The suspect was described as a local male, 5-foot-7, 150 pounds wearing slippers and unknown clothing. He was last seen heading south on Lihiwai Street in what may have been a dark blue older-model Honda CRV.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.

UH Hilo Students Receive 2014 Droste Awards for Writing

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo English Department presented six students with the Spring 2014 Howard and Yoneko Droste Awards for outstanding writing.

UH Hilo Moniker

They include:

  • Freshman Cassidy Dixon’s paper, “A Change Beneath the Waves,” won the $250 award for Outstanding Freshman Composition Paper
  • Senior Timothy Parent was awarded Outstanding 200-Level English Paper for “Character Conflict with Society at Large”
  • Junior Michael Lovell’s short story, “The Robed Shisa,” won the $250 award for Outstanding Work in Fiction
  • Senior Katlin Chesney’s short story, “Haole,” received the $250 Honorable Mention in Fiction in Memory of English senior Matthew Therrien, who passed away in Spring 2014
  • Senior Daniel Paul won the $250 award for Outstanding Work in Poetry
  • Senior Asia Howe received the $500 award for Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper for her research paper, “The Oedipus Complex and Écriture Féminine As Seen in Mau”

In addition, two English majors, Britni Schock and Ashley Spencer, received $250 book vouchers to the UH Hilo Bookstore.

The awards are made possible by a bequest by the estate of the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.

Hawaii Public School Students Continue to Increase Readiness for College and Careers

A greater number of Hawaii public school students are getting a head start on higher education by earning college credits while in high school and taking advanced placement courses, according to a new College and Career Readiness Indicators report.

DOE ReleaseThe report, released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE), indicates improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline.Among the highlights:

  • The percentage of students enrolled in dual credit courses (earning college credit while in high school) increased by 7.7 points to 723 students from 671 students. Waipahu High School showed the biggest gain with 65 students participating in dual credit, up from 23 students a year ago.
  • Advanced Placement exam participation increased to 27 percent from 24 percent.
  • The percentage of students who enrolled in a University of Hawaii campus in college-level math rose to 26.7 percent from 24 percent, while the percentage of students requiring remedial math classes dropped to 32 percent from 36 percent.
  • The college enrollment rate remained steady at 54 percent. Enrollment in four-year post-secondary institutions increased by two percentage points over two-year institutions. The report now also accounts for college enrollment numbers at Hawaii Pacific University, in addition to the University of Hawaii.
  • The top five college enrollment rates by high schools were Kalani (78 percent), Mililani (71 percent), Roosevelt (70 percent), Moanalua (68 percent) and Kalaheo (65 percent).
  • Of the high school graduates who enrolled in postsecondary education in the first fall semester following graduation, 70 percent attended one of the University of Hawaii’s 10 campuses.
  • Hawaii’s class of 2013 graduates are attending college in every state in the nation and the District of Columbia, with the exception of South Dakota and Vermont.

Despite progress in many areas, the data reveals many students are graduating from high school without college- and career-ready skills. One-third of DOE graduates who enroll at the University of Hawaii take remedial courses in math or English. Outcomes are even worse for those who took less than Algebra 2 in high school.

“This report provides more evidence that there is much work to be done to help students transition to college-level studies,” said DOE Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “At the center of our Strategic Plan is the focus on improving teaching and learning in every classroom. The report shows we are making progress and our educators, students and communities deserve to be commended for those successes.”

“The information provided by the annual College and Career Readiness Indicators reports is essential to gauge the readiness of Hawaii’s students as they transition from high school to post-secondary education,” said Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “Using this data, educators and school administrators can identify strategies that are most effective in preparing students for college and the workforce.”

“To achieve Hawaii’s education goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025, students must be prepared early, and this data helps us understand what it takes to prepare students and help them to succeed,” Lee added. “We are very pleased to see increases in college preparation over the past four years.”

The College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) reports are an annual collaboration between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii, coordinated by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, to present information on how well Hawaii public school graduates are prepared for college. Hawaii’s CCRI reports are continuously recognized by national organizations, including the Education Sector, the Data Quality Campaign, Achieve, and the National Governors Association, as a leading example of both collaboration between K-12 and higher education and for providing useful information on college readiness. The full reports can be found at:
http://www.p20hawaii.org/resources/college-and-career-readiness-indicators-reports/2013-ccri-data/

Police Week Festivities on the Big Island

Police Week festivities on the Big Island will be held next week (May 11-17).

Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty.

Ronald "Shige" Jitchaku

Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as Police Week. In Hawai’i County, Police Week activities this year are scheduled from Monday, May 12, to Friday, May 16.

William

William “Red” Oili

The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies Monday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at the Hilo Police station and Wednesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaiʻi County police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Manuel Cadinha

Manuel Cadinha

Police will pay tribute to Officer Manuel Cadinha, who gave his life in 1918, Officer William “Red” Oili, who gave his life in 1936, Officer Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, who gave his life in 1990 and Officer Kenneth Keliipio, who gave his life in 1997.

Kenneth Keliipio

Kenneth Keliipio

Also during Police Week, station tours for all districts will be offered to the public on Friday, May 16, with tours at the Hilo station being held at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Call Officer Patrick Menino at 961-2264 to schedule an appointment.

Three Police Officers Promoted to Rank of Sergeant/Detective

Chief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted three police officers to the rank of sergeant/detective:

HPDBadgeSergeant Tuckloy D. Aurello is assigned to the CALEA Project in the Administrative Bureau. He was previously a Traffic Enforcement Unit officer. He joined the Police Department in January 2003.

Detective Michael D. Hardie, who was most recently an officer in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, is now assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section in West Hawaiʻi. He joined the Police Department in January 2001.

Sergeant Christopher A. Ragasa is assigned to the Puna District. He previously served as an officer in the North Hilo District. He joined the Police Department in November 1994.

The promotions took effect May 1.

Big Island Police Searching for 21-Year-Old Man Wanted in South Kohala Area

Hawaiʻi Island police are looking for a 21-year-old man who is wanted in the South Kohala area on three outstanding bench warrants.

Hakunaalii Kane

Hakunaalii Kane

Hakunaalii Kane, who has no permanent address, is wanted for contempt of court and two counts of violating probation.

He is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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 the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.