Wordless Wednesday – Pahoa Burger King Drive In

The Pahoa Burger King had another Drive-In today!

Posted to Facebook tonight:

Drive Thru

Photo by Tasha Nakatsu

So went to work today everything was normal and then all he’ll broke lose!!!!!
My co worker goes and clocks out for lunch and then walks out to order his meal when a car goes through the building. The car hits him n he goes flying.
It was the most scariest thing I have ever experienced in the work place.


Big Island Police Searching for Man Missing After Car Found With Damages

Kona Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating 33-year-old Arthur Medina who was reported missing on May 6, 2014 (Tuesday).

Arthur Medina

Arthur Medina

Medina was said to have left his residence in Kailua-Kona, dropped off his children in the morning and proceeded to work in Waimea. According to his employer, Medina never showed up for work on May 6, 2014.

Medina’s vehicle was found to be in an accident near the Puʻuanahulu area with damages, but Medina was not within the vehicle.

An initial search of this location was conducted by police and was met with negative results.

Medina is described as a local male, heavy build, with a tan complexion. He is 5’5” , weighs 200 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He has a large tattoo on his upper chest of wings and a spider in the middle and a large tattoo on his mid upper back area.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Dr. Roy Lozano Announces His Candidacy for Hawaii County District 4

I’ve stated before that I’ll be voting for Maddie Greene for Hawaii County District 4.   The district race certainly is becoming interesting.

Dr. Roy Lozano

Dr. Roy Lozano

Dr. Roy Lozano has announced his candidacy for Hawaii County District 4 in this YouTube video that was published yesterday:


Underneath the video he states:

Go to Roy Lozano’s website (lozano4puna.com) for a more complete understanding o Roy’s position on the key issues: conscious development, infrastructure, youth mentoring, energy & power for life, solid waste management, organic-natural farming, and entrepreneurship. Roy wants to “talk story” with you.

Governor Abercrombie Releases $618,000 for New Volcano School of Arts & Sciences Campus

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $618,000 in capital improvement grant funds for the Friends of the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences on Hawaii Island.

Volcano School Of Arts and Sciences

Volcano School Of Arts and Sciences

Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will finance the planning and design needed to construct a new campus for the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences (VSAS) in Volcano Village. The campus will be built on a 3.5-acre site at the historic Keakealani School, which VSAS is currently leasing from the state Department of Education for its grade 5-8 classes.

“When this project is complete, the Volcano community will finally have a permanent education facility at a consolidated public charter school,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “In the meantime, this grant will generate immediate employment opportunities on the Big Island.”

This project will allow VSAS to consolidate its grade K-4 classes (currently located on Old Volcano Road) with its grade 5-8 classes so the school’s students will be together on one campus. The nonprofit Friends of the Volcano School of Arts & Sciences is expected to fund the construction phase of the project privately through donations, foundation grants, loans and possible federal assistance.

West Hawaii Community Forum to Feature West Hawaii Legislators

The May 13th Community Forum at the main pavilion at Old Kona Airport will feature West Hawaii Legislators who will provide an update on the recently adjourned legislative session. If you want to learn more about State activities and projects affecting West Hawaii, come to the free Community Enterprises’ May 13 Community Forum. Representatives Richard Creagan and Nicole Lowen and State Senator Malama Solomon will also be available for questions.

Dr. K. Marty Fletcher, the West Hawaii Director for the University of Hawaii programs will provide an update of current educational opportunities and potential future programs at the upcoming Palamanui Campus. Dr. Fletcher will also be available to answer questions from those attending.

Christianne Abella

Christianne Abella

Community Enterprises will make a special presentation to Christianna Abella, an 8th grader at Konawaena Middle School and Hawaii State Spelling Bee champion.

The May 13 West Hawaii Community Forum will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Maka`eo Old Airport Pavilion. Pupus and beverages will be served.

Community Enterprises Inc. is a private non-profit organization with a 501c (3) designation from the IRS. Its mission is to bring educational resources to the residents of West Hawaii so they can better participate in the public policy issues that affect their lives and their communities. Visit us at our website www.konatownmeeting.org.

For more information please contact John Buckstead at 326-9779 or email at jbuckstead@hawaii.rr.com.

UH Hilo and County of Hawaiʻi Offer Sustainable Farming Forum

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and the County of Hawaiʻi will host a free public forum on “Building Momentum Toward a Resilient and Sustainable Local Farming Culture” on Thursday, May 22, 9-4:30 p.m., in UH Hilo’s UCB Room 100. The forum aims to share collective knowledge and brainstorm ideas about the future of Hawaiʻi Island agriculture, beginning with how to improve soil health.

UH Hilo Moniker

Dr. Hector Valenzuela of the UH Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and Dr. Norman Arancon of CAFNRM will be the lead presenters with discussion facilitation by Interim CAFNRM Dean Bruce Mathews and County Councilwoman Margaret Wille, chair of the County Council’s Committee on Agriculture, Water, Energy, and Sustainability.

Morning presentations and panel discussions focus on eco-friendly agro-ecological models, integrated crop-livestock systems and feed options, improving soil health, and increasing economical options for high quality compost. The afternoon sessions includes a discussion on red fire ant control strategies and facilitated breakout sessions to follow up on the morning topics.

For further information, call CAFNRM at 932-7036.

Officer of the Month for May Recognized

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Jerome Duarte as “Officer of the Month” for May in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (May 7) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Jerome Duarte

Officer Jerome Duarte

Duarte was honored for stopping an assault in progress while off duty.

At 6:30 a.m. on March 15, Officer Duarte, who was wearing civilian clothing, was headed to the Kona police station prior to the start of his shift. En route, he saw a man with an aluminum bat chasing a naked man in the middle of Kuakini Highway where it intersects with Nalani Street. The suspect swung the bat at the victim several times while the victim tried to get away.

Officer Duarte stopped his car, grabbed his duty firearm, announced that he was a police officer and confronted the suspect. He directed him to drop the bat and to get on the ground and stay in that position. After the suspect complied, Duarte called for an ambulance for the victim, who had several large red marks on his back and legs.

The suspect was arrested and charged with felony assault.

Sergeant David Araki, who nominated Duarte for the award, noted that the officer’s actions represent one of the reasons people become officers—to make a positive difference in our community.

“I believe that, thanks to the quick and decisive actions of Officer Duarte, he prevented further injury to the victim and anyone else at the scene that might have been caught in the middle of this incident,” Araki wrote in nomination papers. “Officer Jerome Duarte’s unquestioned professionalism and dedication to duty led to the immediate protection of the victim and the apprehension of the suspect in this investigation, thus making our community a safer place to work and live.”

As “Officer of the Month,” Duarte is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Individuals Honored at UH Hilo Awards and Recognition Celebration

A faculty, staff , student and volunteer were recently recognized with special honors during the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2014 Awards and Recognition Celebration.

UH Hilo MonikerThe Distinguished Service Award for Improving Student was presented to Dr. Tom DeWitt, director of the Office of Applied Learning Experiences (ALEX).

Emily Tarring, a counselor in the Office of Financial Aid, received the Pulama `Ike Award, which recognizes a significant contribution to developing and promoting the spirit and mission of the University.

The Excellence in Service Award, given to a faculty or professional staff for service-related professional skills to UH Hilo and the community went to Gary Nekoba, an IT specialist in the Office of Technology and Distance Leaning.

The Excellence in Building and Ground Maintenance Award, which recognizes significant contributions to UH Hilo by a building or ground maintenance employee, was awarded to Building Maintenance Supervisor Neal Nagao.

Receiving the Chancellor’s Special Campus Recognition Award was Danny Kosora, a community volunteer contributing his skills in landscaping toward improving the campus grounds.

Keani Santa-Isabel from the Office of the Registrar was honored as Student Employee of the Year.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of
service awards.