H*w*ii Residen*s Being No*ified of Wheel of For*une Audi*ions – I’m Selec*ed!

I’m not sure when Wheel of Fortune started sending out notices to folks that applied to be on the upcoming Hawaii tapings of Wheel of Fortune… but today I got an email stating that I get to try and audition for the show:

Pat and Vanna will be back on the Big Island soon.

Pat and Vanna will be back on the Big Island soon.

DO NOT RESPOND TO THIS INVITATION VIA E-MAIL; IT IS BEING SENT FROM AN UNMONITORED LOCATION. PLEASE CALL THE RSVP NUMBER IN THE INVITATION BELOW.  MAHALO.

THIS EMAIL INVITATION HAS BEEN ELECTRONICALLY WATERMARKED TO AVOID DUPLICATION.

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN INVITATION FOR ANOTHER AUDITION TIME/DATE, PLEASE IGNORE THIS INVITATION.

Congratulations! You have been selected to attend a WHEEL OF FORTUNE contestant audition (by invitation only).  We have reserved the following appointment for you:

 

DLNR Cites Boat for Damage to Coral Caused by Anchor Chain

Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers cited the owner of a 47-foot sailing vessel in Kailua Bay on Friday, May 2, for damage caused to coral reef by the vessel’s anchor chain. Approximately 80 feet of chain was in the water, with about 30 to 40 feet in the coral.

Coral damaged by a boat anchor. Division of Aquatic Resources photo.

Coral damaged by a boat anchor. Division of Aquatic Resources photo.

A swimmer photographed and reported the damage to the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) security officer for Kailua Pier, who immediately called the DOCARE Hawai‘i Branch to request that officers investigate the coral damage. DOCARE officers investigated and photographed the damage and cited the boat owner. The boat owner did not have a mooring permit.

Under Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Section 13-95-70, it is unlawful for any person to take, break, or damage any stony coral. The violation is a petty misdemeanor offense, subject to a criminal fine of a minimum $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense, and $1,000 for a third or subsequent offense. In addition, administrative fines of up to $1,000 per specimen may apply.

Under the newly amended coral rules, which took effect on May 1, each damaged coral head or colony less than one square meter in surface area is a separate specimen. For colonies greater than one square meter in surface area, each square meter and any remaining fraction thereof constitutes a separate specimen.

According to court records, the boat owner’s arraignment and plea is scheduled for May 22 at 1 p.m. in Kona District Court.

DLNR Reminds Public Of Sacred Falls Park Closure, Acknowledges 15-Year Anniversary Of Tragedy

Due to a recent rise in citations for unauthorized entry into Sacred Falls State Park, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces and underscores that the park remains closed to the public due to danger from falling rocks.

Sacred Falls

Signs at entrance to Sacred Falls

Mother’s Day marks the 15-year anniversary of tragedy at Sacred Falls State Park, where a massive rockslide on May 9, 1999, killed 8 and injured around 50 people. Following that incident, DLNR closed the park, locked the entrance, and posted and maintained numerous signs indicating the park’s closure and hazardous conditions.

To address public safety concerns raised by this event, the state Legislature established a statewide warning signage system, through Act 82 SLH 2003, to protect the state and county governments from liability on certain parks and trails.

“So many of us remember the loss, pain, and suffering that ensued at Sacred Falls 15 years ago,” said Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. “Yet, people continue to illegally hike in the park, ignoring DLNR’s clear signage and exposing themselves to possible injury or death, and criminal citation.”

From March to April 2014, the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) issued about 30 citations for prohibited entry into Sacred Falls State Park, many of which involved out-of-state residents or U.S. military personnel.

One incident in March 2014 necessitated search and rescue efforts by DOCARE and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD). During the past two years, DOCARE and HFD have conducted four search and rescue operations in Sacred Falls State Park, some of which involved bodily injury.

“DOCARE takes prohibited entry violations seriously and will continue to monitor Sacred Falls State Park, issue citations, and protect public health and safety when necessary,” said DOCARE Enforcement Chief Randy Awo. “But the reality is that these illegal entries divert time and attention from natural resource protection.”

Sacred Falls Sign

Entry into Sacred Falls State Park, and any other closed state park, is a petty misdemeanor crime, punishable in court with fines of a minimum $100 for a first offense; $200 for a second offense; and $500 for a third or subsequent offense. Moreover, The Board of Land and Natural Resources may also pursue civil administrative penalties of up to $2,500 for a first violation; $5,000 for a second violation; and $10,000 for a third or subsequent violation.

“We encourage people to enjoy the many other state parks and trails that are open and accessible to the public, such as the trails managed by the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife under the Nā Ala Hele Trail Access system,” said Dan Quinn, administrator for the DLNR Division of State Parks.

For more information about the Hawai‘i State Park system, visit http://hawaiistateparks.org/ and http://hawaiitrails.org.

To report an incident, call 643-DLNR.