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Commentary – A Giant Tree Almost Killed Me Last Night on HWY 132

I received the following commentary:

Dear Damon,

I really had a close call last night.

Tree Smash

Was driving down on my way home in Kapoho through the tree tunnel by Lava Tree state park. I heard a thunderous crack and saw for a split second a giant branch on it way down directly in front of me…not sure if I hit it first or it hit the road first but I hit it hard.

Tree Smash 2

Airbags went off and smoke filled the cabin…when I came to I was choking from the airbag smoke I got out from the car, dazed. The occupants from the car behind me asked if I was OK and said that they saw the tree come down and I was lucky to be alive…Police said I was lucky to be alive as well.

The force was enough to crack the block on the engine and spray oil and engine parts on the road.

Tree Smash 3I drive through that tree tunnel of old junk albizias every day… So do my loved ones and friends. Almost every local resident has a story of branches of all sizes down in the road and near misses.

I ask why does the county allow such a persistent and inevitable threat to exist? All one has to do is look up at the mass of giant tangled limbs and it not hard to see the gravity of the situation.

Who’s next? Will they be lucky like me? Only sore, bruised and shaken or will they be more gravely injured? 

I am a farmer by trade and don’t think I will be picking up any baskets of ginger for a while.

I will be writing letters to the County of Hawaii public works, road maintenance division as well as our council members asking the same questions above.

Tree Smash 4

In a perfect world my sincere story would be enough to get them moving to take care of this obvious problem, however If you would like to share my story on your blog it may help shine a light on this issue.

Thank you kindly,

Daniel Kelly

Puna Music Festival Takes to the Streets of Pahoa

Last night folks from all over Puna, decked out in their party attire, took to the streets of Pahoa for a music festival that went on until about 10:00 pm.

Inside the Akebono Theater

Inside the Akebono Theater

I’m trying to figure out what smell was the stronger smell in the air… Patchouli or Pakalolo?

HPD officers were on the scene to make sure no one got out of hand

HPD officers were on the scene to make sure no one got out of hand

Here are some pictures from the evening… feel free to click on them to enlarge:

Pahoa Photographer Finalist in Smithsonian Photo Contest

A photo that Pahoa Photographer Gisele Cassarotti Prescott took, is a finalist in the 11th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest.

In creating In Wonderland #6: Red Queen Marching, Cassarotti Prescott says she wanted to bring back memories from her childhood. "Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was part of my childhood, and I believe it was part of many generations before and after me." (Pahoa, Hawai'i, May 8, 2013, Canon 5D Mark II)

Wonderland #6: Red Queen Marching (Pahoa, Hawai’i, May 8, 2013, Canon 5D Mark II) Click to Enlarge

In creating In Wonderland #6: Red Queen Marching, Cassarotti Prescott says she wanted to bring back memories from her childhood. “Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was part of my childhood, and I believe it was part of many generations before and after me.”

The Readers’ Choice voting is now closed. They will announce the Readers’ Choice, Grand Prize and six Category winners on May 15, 2014.

The Readers’ Choice voting is now closed. We will announce the Readers’ Choice, Grand Prize and six Category winners May 15, 2014.

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Ocean View Man Arrested for Attempted Murder

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an attempted murder investigation in connection with a stabbing Saturday afternoon at a beach park in Hilo.

At 2:15 p.m. Saturday (May 10), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 4-Mile Beach Park in the Keaukaha area.

When officers arrived, they learned that a 41-year-old Hilo man had sustained multiple stab wounds to the back during an altercation with another man. The victim was en route to the hospital in a private vehicle when the vehicle came upon responding Fire Department rescue personnel, who transported him to Hilo Medical Hospital in critical but stable condition.

Paul Gibson via Facebook

Paul Gibson via Facebook

The suspect, 46-year-old Paul Gibson of Ocean View was located six minutes later on Laukapu Street in Hilo. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information on this case to contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.