Hawai‘i’s Legacy Land Conservation Program Seeks Applicants For Conservation Acquisition Funds

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Legacy Land Conservation Program is seeking applicants for grants from the State Land Conservation Fund to support the protection, through acquisition, of lands having value as a resource to the State of Hawai‘i.


The Legacy Land Conservation Program provides an annual source of funding for the acquisition and conservation of watersheds; coastal areas, beaches, and ocean access; habitat protection; cultural and historic sites; recreational and public hunting areas; parks; natural areas; agricultural production; and open spaces and scenic resources.

State agencies, county agencies, and nonprofit land conservation organizations may apply. Proposed projects may include acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. County agencies and nonprofit project applicants must be able to provide at least 25 percent of the total project costs.

“Legacy Land funds protect natural, cultural and agricultural resources that are at a risk of being lost when lands with these resources are sold or developed,” said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. “Conservation agencies and nonprofit organizations can use these funds to buy lands in order to manage the resources, or purchase a conservation easement on the property to ensure the landowner will always protect those resources.

“The program brings federal matching funds to Hawai‘i and helps local agencies and organizations hurdle the high costs of land in order to protect watersheds, agricultural lands, cultural resources and recreational areas that provide benefits to the public.”

The 2014-2015 grant program may provide up to $4.5 million in grants, awarded through a competitive process and subject to any budget restrictions. Funds are from the state’s land conveyance tax; 10 percent of these funds are set aside annually for the purpose of acquiring lands to protect Hawai‘i’s unique and valuable resources. Since its inception in 2006, the Legacy Land Conservation Program has awarded funds for the protection of over 20,000 acres of lands having natural, cultural, and agricultural resource value, leveraging about two matching federal, private and county dollars for every state dollar spent.

Project applications will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, which will nominate projects for funding. Projects are subject to the approval of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, consultation with the Senate President and Speaker of the House, review by the Attorney General, and the approval of the Governor. Final awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Starting June 1, 2014, the forms and instructions for the 2014-2015 grant cycle will be available at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/llcp/apply/. In order to be considered for funding, applicants must submit Agency Consultation Forms by July 1, 2014. Grant applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Sept.15, 2014.

For more information on the Legacy Land Conservation Program, visit
http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/ecosystems/llcp or call (808) 586-0921.

Hawaii Volcanoes Lava Flow Update – Flow Remains Active

Kahaualeʻa 2 flow remains active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow, which began just over a year ago, remains active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Activity on the flow seems to have diminished slightly over the past two weeks, following deflation at the summit. Today, the flow front (in the foreground) was at 8.8 km (5.5 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō, but the front had stalled with active breakouts present a short distance behind the flow front. The farthest active breakouts, at about 8.4 km (5.2 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, can be spotted by the small smoke plume just behind the flow front. Puʻu ʻŌʻō can be seen in the distance in the left portion of the photograph.

On the left, a normal photograph shows the front of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. On the right, a thermal image shows a similar angle but in the infrared. Warm, but inactive, portions of the flow are shown by the purple and red colors, while the white and yellow areas shows active breakouts. As the thermal image shows, the flow front was inactive today, with the farthest active breakouts (also visible by the smoke plume) present several hundred meters (yards) behind the flow front.
A closer view of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow front. The leading tip of the flow, inactive today, is in the upper right portion of the photograph. The small smoke plume is caused by active breakouts on the flow margin.

Top: Another look at the margin of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. Small vegetation fires triggered by the active lava spread a short distance out from the flow margin. Bottom: A near-vertical look at the margin of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. Numerous trees surrounded by the slowly moving pāhoehoe lava were burned through at their base, causing them to eventually fall over onto the flow itself. In many cases, by the time the tree falls over, the lava crust is no longer hot enough to ignite the wood, leaving a relatively intact tree resting on the flow surface. These fallen trees can make mapping the flow margin on foot very difficult.

A lone time-lapse camera, perched on a mound of solidified lava spatter, withstands thick volcanic fume and brutal weather to provide a record of lava pond activity in the northeast portion of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. This spot is also the vent area for the Kahaualeʻa 2 lava flow.

Lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater remains active

The lava lake remains active in the Overlook crater, which is nested within the larger Halemaʻumaʻu Crater. The Overlook crater today was filled with thick fume, making visual observations of the lava lake difficult.

Another view of the Overlook crater, comparing the visual photograph with a thermal image taken from a similar position. The thermal camera can “see” through thick fume, providing an unobstructed view of the crater and lava lake. The thermal image clearly shows the inner ledge along the south wall of the Overlook crater, with the active lake surface well below the level of the ledge.

7th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo to Feature New Equine Medicine Symposium

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s 7th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo 2014 runs August 23 through 24 with a special Equine Medicine Symposium slated for August 22. In partnership with the Paniolo Preservation Society, Hawaii Horse Expo returns to the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

 7th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo   Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables  August 23-24, 2014

7th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo
Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables August 23-24, 2014

Nancy Jones, Hawaii Horse Expo producer, takes pride in hosting nationally-renowned equine clinicians in Hawaii where they share their knowledge, horsemanship and skills to improve equine excellence during each Hawaii Horse Expo. “The 2014 Hawaii Horse Expo includes an impressive roundup of noted experts,” Jones said. “This will be our seventh year and each year keeps getting better with returning clinicians joining first-time Hawaii Horse Expo lecturers to present new workshops and demonstrations.”

Jones also emphasized that the beautiful setting in Waimea is just 30-minutes from luxury resorts along the Kohala Coast making a vacation timed with Hawaii Horse Expo ideal for visitors. Special rates for attendees are available at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Rates and reservation details are available at HawaiiHorseExpo.com.

Clinicians scheduled to appear at the 2014 Hawaii Horse Expo include:

  • Dr. Brady Bergin, respected Hawaii Island veterinarian now Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota
  • Pete Gorrell, author and award-winning Hawaiian and western saddle maker
  • Scot Hansen, retired mounted police officer and horsemanship trainer
  • Jim Helfter, founder of Advanced Biological Concepts, who provides livestock producers with nutritional technology
  • Rick Lamb, popular host of RFD TV’s “The Horse Show,” returns as Hawaii Horse Expo moderator
  • Kerry Kuhn, esteemed horseman and lecturer who connects riders and horses
  • Dr. Robert Miller, veterinarian, renowned equine behaviorist, author and lecturer
  • Curt Pate, author and international clinician who specializes in stockmanship, colt starting and horsemanship
  • Tammy Pate, rancher and horsemanship lecturer on mental and physical balance
  • Sandy Siegrist, presenter on natural horsemanship

Hawaii Horse Expo is multipurpose with a mission to educate and inspire, visit and share with others and with these experts. Two full days of simultaneous clinics and demonstrations also includes colorful pa’u riders and a traditional Hawaiian blessing of the horses.

In addition to interactive demonstrations throughout both days at Pukalani Stables, the Hawaii Horse Expo includes a marketplace with vendors offering state-of-the-art services, medical and nutritional information and programs, saddle making, and related equine services including clothing, art, a silent auction and delicious food. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact event co-coordinator Connie Bender at hawaiihorseexpo@gmail.com or 808-371-4803. Sponsor inquiries can be directed to Jones at 808-887-2301 or email nanjon8@aol.com.

A portion of each Hawaii Horse Expo ticket purchase is tax deductible. Tickets will be available online at HawaiiHorseExpo.com beginning in June. Hawaii Horse Expo is sponsored in part by Parker Ranch, Pony Express Mail Services, Alfalfa Hay & Cubes and Aloha Auto Group.

Seven Big Island Companies Finalist for Inaugural Taste Awards

Seven Big Island companies or individuals are finalists of the inaugural Taste Awards presented by the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA).

Taste Awards

They were nominated by members of the statewide HFMA and supporting organizations. The winners of eight different awards will be announced Saturday, June 14 on Oahu.

The finalists include:

  • Big Island Abalone of Keahole-Kona for Product of the Year
  • Big Island Bees of Captain Cook for Innovate Hawaii Manufacturer of the Year-Small Company
  • Glow Hawaii Inc of Waikoloa for Community Service Award
  • Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company of Kawaihae for Innovate Hawaii Manufacturer of the Year-Small Company
  • KTA Superstores with island wide locations for Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • KTA Superstores with island wide locations for Innovative Marketing Award
  • Nina Tanabe of Hilo for Advocate of the Year
  • UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources for Supplier of the Year
  • In addition, FCH Enterprises for Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award. FCH operates a Zippy’s in Hilo.

Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) announced today that it will hold its first-ever Taste Awards to honor outstanding companies in Hawaii’s food manufacturing industry. Co-sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the awards will recognize individuals, companies and products that have demonstrated exceptional performance, innovation and contribution to the manufacturing industry and to the community.

The Taste Awards gala reception will be held on Saturday, June 14, at the newly renovated Pomaika`i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event will feature a “Battle of the Chefs” where celebrity chefs will create signature dishes using locally manufactured products. Event attendees will indulge on several one-of-a-kind dishes prior to a formal dinner reception followed by the awards ceremony. Many locally made foods and drinks will be showcased as part of the evening’s festivities.

“We’re very excited to launch the Taste Awards,” said Byron Goo, President of the HFMA board of directors. “It’s long overdue for our industry to recognize the best of the best. There’s a lot of hard work and so many wonderful stories to tell about the local companies that produce the great food products found throughout Hawaii’s homes, stores and restaurants.”

Awards will be presented in nine categories, including:

  • Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Innovate Hawai’i Manufacturer of the Year (2): Large-Company and Small-Company categories
  • Start-up Manufacturer of the Year
  • Product of the Year
  • Advocate of the Year
  • Supplier of the Year
  • Community Service Award
  • Innovative Marketing Award

“We believe food manufacturing will be one of our state’s key economic drivers for decades to come,” said Richard Lim, director of the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT). “Hawaii’s food manufacturers will invest millions of dollars over the coming years into their businesses. So we want to both congratulate and thank HFMA, its members, and this year’s finalists for their contributions to our state’s economy.”

According to data compiled by DBEDT, food is the largest manufacturing sector using local products as inputs in Hawaii, generating over $900 million in annual revenue for the state’s economy. HFMA’s member companies represent 30 percent of food manufacturers in the state including numerous kama‘āina companies and household names such as Hawaiian Host, Hawaiian Sun and Aloha Shoyu, as well as exciting new startups.

Tickets and sponsorships for the Taste Awards are still available. To purchase tickets call 422-4362 or visit www.foodsofhawaii.com. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kapiolani Community College Culinary Arts Program.

About Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association

Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association is a non-profit organization that was established in 1977 and is currently the only statewide food manufacturing association in the United States. With more than 125 member organizations, HFMA works to increase the understanding and appreciation of the unique flavors, quality and care that go into the production of Hawaii’s fine foods and beverages. For more information, visit www.foodsofhawaii.com.

Suspect Remains in Custody in Connection with Three Stabbings in Hilo

A suspect remains in police custody in connection with three stabbings early Friday (May 23) in Hilo.

Varaha Mims

Varaha Mims

At 12:02 a.m., South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a bar at 168 Keawe Street and found a 28-year-old Pāhoa man and a 27-year-old Hilo woman with stab wounds. A man unknown to them had reportedly stabbed them outside the bar, damaged a car and then fled on foot toward the Wainaku area.

Minutes after police arrived at the scene, they received additional calls reporting a stabbing at a residence on the 300 block of Ohai Street in the Wainaku area. Responding officers found a 49-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Police immediately launched a search for the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the Ohai Street victim.

All three victims were taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Pāhoa man underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition. The Hilo man underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition. The woman was treated for her injuries and released.

At 7:36 a.m., police located the suspect, 28-year-old Varaha Mims, at the home of a Hilo acquaintance. He was arrested on suspicion of suspicion of first-degree attempted murder, three counts of second-degree attempted murder, third-degree criminal property damage, first-degree burglary and third-degree promoting a detrimental drug. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Detectives are reviewing video surveillance from nearby businesses on Keawe Street.

Police ask anyone with information about these cases or anyone who may have witnessed either incident to contact Detective Todd Patarayat 961-2382 or tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@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.

Special Message from Governor Neil Abercrombie In Recognition of 9th Annual Big Island Film Festival

Governor Neil Abercrombie has this special message for filmmakers, sponsors, guests and patrons of the 9th Annual Big Island Film Festival that began last night at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.
Abercrombie BIFF Recognition

Tonight’s Free Family Films at The Shops at Mauna Lani are: Poison Apple, Shadow, and Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure (with special permission from Warner Bros.)

The Festival Films at the Fairmont Orchid Plantation estate begin at 7:30 with screenings of Day For Night, The New Neighbor and The Haumana. At 9:30 the films Solace, If We Were Adults, and Druid Peak will be shown.

Festival films are $16 or $12 Kama’aina rate. Late films only are $7.50.   Upgraded seating is available for an additional $10, space available only.

There will be concessions available.

Hōkūle‘a Departure Update – Tahiti First Stop on Voyage Around World

Hōkūleʻa and Hikianala are in Hilo, their last stop in Hawai‘i before their voyage around the world!

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Hōkūle‘a in Radio Bay

On Saturday, 5/24, private cultural ceremonies will take place early in the morning to help prepare and protect our crew members and our waʻa. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the local community has spearheaded a public opportunity to share mākana and visit the waʻa. Mahalo nui loa for the hospitality and the aloha in Palekai/Radio Bay.

The Hōkūle‘a being worked on. Picture courtesy of Pillars of Peace

The Hōkūle‘a being worked on. Picture courtesy of Pillars of Peace

After the noon hour on Saturday, 5/24, the crew and waʻa will go into a kapu period of rest, reflection, and emotional and spiritual preparation for the journey ahead. Our captains, working together with the national weather service, have noted that the appropriate winds for our journey will likely not appear until Tuesday 5/27.

Na Aumakua of the Hōkūle‘a

Na Aumakua of the Hōkūle‘a

As Nainoa Thompson remarked, “Mau taught me patience, letting me know that we do not tell the wind what to do–the wind tells us what to do.” We look forward to the right conditions for departure on or after Tuesday 5/27, and to celebrating with the Hilo community this Saturday.