Hawaii Drought Monitor for May

It’s been pretty dry here on the Big Island during the last month.

Here is the lasted U.S.D.A. Drought Monitor image for the State of Hawaii updated May 20, 2014 and released today:

Drought Monitor for MayI washed my car this weekend and after two days of driving on Puna roads… my car looked like this from all the dust on the back roads:
Dusty Car

East Hawaii “Officer of the Month” Recognized

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Kelly Moniz on Thursday (October 22) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for May.

Hilo Exchange Club President Jay Kimura presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Officer Kelly Moniz.

Hilo Exchange Club President Jay Kimura presents an ‘Officer of the Month’ award to Officer Kelly Moniz.

Moniz, a Vice Section officer, was honored for his role in an investigation that dismantled a major ring of crystal methamphetamine traffickers.

In 2012, Moniz developed information about crystal meth distributors working out of Puna. He later worked with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force—consisting of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and police officers from Las Vegas—in an investigation of a larger distributor working out of Las Vegas.

The investigation revealed that one of the Big Island distributors was flying to Las Vegas to pick up large quantities of crystal meth from the target of the Task Force’s investigation. In August 2012, both of those persons and three others were arrested in Las Vegas. The Task Force recovered 4.7 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 10 pounds of liquid crystal methamphetamine, 4 ounces of heroin and $53,000 in cash for forfeiture.

Detective Brandon Konanui, who nominated Moniz for the “Officer of the Month” award, said Moniz consistently does an “amazing job” in his role as a Vice officer. “Officer Moniz has more than 10 years serving as a police officer and still comes to work with the same enthusiasm that he did when he first put on the uniform,” Konanui said in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Moniz is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

Kaʻū Man Rearrested and Charged with Attempted Murder and Other Offenses

Hawaiʻi Island police have rearrested a Kaʻū man charged with attempted murder and other offenses in connection with a stabbing May 10 in the vicinity of James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo.

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibson

At 10:28 a.m. Thursday (May 22), detectives arrested 46-year-old Paul Gibson of Ocean View in Hilo District Court.

Gibson, who was free on $374,000 bail, had appeared in court for the continuation of a preliminary hearing to determine if prosecutors had enough evidence to take him to trial. The preliminary hearing was no longer necessary because a Grand Jury indicted Gibson on Wednesday for attempted second-degree murder, third-degree assault, two counts of terroristic threatening, five firearms offenses and resisting an order to stop.

His bail was increased to $700,00. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock until his arraignment Friday (May 23).

Ka’u Community Coastal Cleanup This Weekend

Kau Cleanup

Free Films Featured Tonight at the Big Island Film Festival

At 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Shops at Mauna Lani is where the official grand opening of the festival will take place.

BIFF Leo on Stage

The event is free and open to the public where the Festival will welcome the 2014 filmmakers and watch a sampling of short films from Hawaii and around the world.

Films featured tonight at the Mauna Lani Stage will be: Meet Anna, Prinsesa, Take a Deep Breath, We are Enemies, Horse for Sale, Little Girl’s War Cry, The Maury Island Incident, Honey Brown Morgan, and Posey.

All films are appropriate for all audiences.

Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid Begins – Mayor Kenoi’s Message

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival is kicking off tonight at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.

Here is Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s message inside the program guide welcoming folks to the festival:
Mayor Kenoi Message to BIFF