Community Meeting on Development of Kealakekua State Park – Public Input Invited

Interested people are invited to review and discuss the preliminary alternatives for the management and development of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park on Hawaii Island at a meeting on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Konawaena Elementary School.

KealakekuaThe findings of  studies conducted for the planning will be shared, along with the alternatives that address public use, management of important resources, and proposed facilities. Kealakekua is one of the most culturally and historically significant places in Hawaii and the goal of this park planning is to balance the preservation of the cultural values and historical sites with the recreational use of the park, especially the very popular Kealakekua Bay.

  • DATE: Saturday, January 30, 2016
  • TIME: Open House 1:00 to 2:30pm, Discussion Session 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • LOCATION: Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria, 81-901 Onouli Road, Kealakekua

Special assistance: If accommodation of special needs is required (e.g., large print, taped materials, sign language interpretation), please contact John Kirkpatrick, Belt Collins Hawaii LLC, by January 22, 2016.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks in partnership with Belt Collins Hawaii (BCH) is hosting this meeting as part of the planning process for the Master Plan Update and an Environmental Impact Statement. If you are unable to attend this meeting, the materials can be reviewed on the State Parks website ( Comments will be accepted until February 28, 2016.

“As we update our master planning for Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, we’ve made a concerted effort to integrate planning for the bay and ocean recreation with the land-based park and the concerns of the local community” said Curt Cottrell, DLNR State Parks Administrator. “We know how popular this bay is with both residents and visitors and are seeking input on management and development alternatives that will balance recreational use with the historical and cultural values of this very special place,” Cottrell said.

Decision to End Search for Marines “Extremely Difficult”

The Coast Guard will suspend the active search at sunset Tuesday for the 12 Marine aviators of Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 463 off the North Shore of Oahu.

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“A decision to suspend searching without finding survivors is extremely difficult given the depth of its impact and I know I speak for the entire Coast Guard when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Marine Corps helicopter squadron and particularly with families and loved ones of those missing,” said Capt. Jim Jenkins, chief of staff and acting commander, Coast Guard 14th District. “I want to thank all our partners, the Navy, Army, the National Guard, the Hawaii Fire, Police and Ocean Safety for their extraordinary professionalism. I am proud of my Coast Guard crews and most of all thank you to the Marines for your leadership and partnership during this case. I emphasize that as we suspend the search, we pass the baton to the Marine Corps for any follow on actions. We stand ready to support any future maritime operations, and we will continue to provide any comfort we can for those suffering from this terrible loss.”

As of sunset Tuesday, the Coast Guard and military partners will have conducted a cumulative search effort of 40,530 sq. nautical miles, plus the extensive shoreline effort by the Honolulu Fire and Police Departments with Ocean Safety Lifeguard Service. More than 130 individual searches were conducted over five days, a continuous sustained search effort of 115 hours.

Involved in the search were:

Surface assets:
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter & HC-130 Hercules airplane with multiple crews
Navy P-3 Orion airplane with multiple crews
Navy H-60 helicopter with multiple crews
Army H-60 helicopter with multiple crews
Honolulu Fire Department helicopter with multiple crews
Honolulu Police Department helicopter with multiple crews
USS Gridley
USS John Paul Johns
USS Paul Hamilton
USNS safeguard-class ship Military Sealift Command
Mobile Diving & Salvage Unit 1 with ROV
Coast Guard Cutter Kiska & Coast Guard Cutter Ahi
Ocean Safety jet ski teams with multiple crews
Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat
Marines comprising shoreline search teams
Incident Command Post team Honolulu
Incident Command Post team Haleiwa
Coast Guard MSST 91107 & Regional Dive Locker Pacific
Coast Guard Sector Honolulu
Hawaii Army National Guard  & Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

Coast Guard watchstanders in Honolulu received notification of two possible downed military helicopters off the coast of Oahu’s Waimea Bay, each reportedly with six personnel aboard, late Thursday evening prompting the joint search effort. The aircraft were CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

The Marine Corps has the lead role for any salvage and the ongoing investigation into the cause of the incident.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 224

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases rose by 1 more case since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 224:
Mosquito Bite

As of January 19, 2016*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 1 new cases of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 0 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
Cases no longer infectious
224 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 1/8/16
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 202 are Hawaii Island residents and 22 are visitors.
182 cases have been adults; 42 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 1/8/16.

As of today, a total of 924 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

Conference – Science Behind Medical Marijuana at Psychopharmacology

A leading researcher on the science of medical marijuana will speak as part of a conference at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel, Waikiki on O`ahu February 3-5. Although the conference is targeted toward health care providers, the public is welcome to register.

Marijuana Book

Dr. Kevin Hill, author of “The Unbiased Truth About The World’s Most Popular Weed,” will discuss recent statistics, why marijuana is complicated and marijuana myths and the science behind them. Dr. Hill is the director of the Substance Abuse Consultation Service at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He also is on faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The presentation is part of the 2016 Psychopharmacology Conference presented jointly by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy (DKICP), the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and the American Association of Professional Nurses (AAPN). The main topics for the three-day seminar are depression, substance abuse disorders and medical marijuana.

“As the State Department of Health in Hawaiʻi begins considering applications for medical marijuana dispensaries, we’re fortunate to access a leading national clinical and research expert on a topic that’s certainly not new to Hawaiʻi,” said Karen Pellegrin, DKICP director of continuing education and strategic planning. “Many people, professionals and lay people alike are looking for answers in order to understand the science behind its use. Dr. Hill is well qualified to provide some substance to the conversation.”

Additional speakers include:

  • Dr. Brett Lu, attending physician of treatment-resistant and geriatric psychiatry consult clinics, Queen’s Medical Center, and associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, UH Manoa. Dr. Lu will talk about pharmacogenomics, new procedures for depression treatment and provide a general workup for difficult-to-treat depression.
  • Dr. Karen A. Miotto, director of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Addiction Psychiatry Service, and associate professor, UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Miotto will give an update on alcohol pharmacotherapy and discuss challenges in treating prescription medication-use disorders.

    Cost to attend is $200 per day, or $500 for all days, with a 20 percent discount for kama`aina. The event is eligible for APA CE, ACPE, and CME credit.

    To register, call (808) 933-2914 or online at

Smoking Costs the Average Hawaii Smoker $2,186,781 Over a Lifetime

With Tobacco-Free Awareness Week reminding us of the societal and economic costs of smoking, which total more than $320 billion a year and rising, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its report on The True Cost of Smoking by State.

smoking and money

To encourage the more than 66 million tobacco users in the U.S. to kick the dangerous habit, WalletHub’s analysts calculated the potential monetary losses — including the cumulative cost of a cigarette pack per day over several decades, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs — brought on by smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Financial Cost of Smoking in Hawaii (1=Lowest, 25=Avg.):

  • Out-of-Pocket Cost per Smoker – $164,538 (Rank: 49th)
  • Financial Opportunity Cost per Smoker – $1,555,886 (Rank: 49th)
  • Health-Care Cost per Smoker – $175,171 (Rank: 35th)
  • Income Loss per Smoker – $278,260 (Rank: 46th)
  • Other Costs per Smoker – $12,927 (Rank: 41st)
  • Total Cost Over a Lifetime per Smoker: $2,186,781

For the full report, please visit:

Big Island Artists on Display at Hawaii State Capital

The photographic artistry of Big Island photographers Ed Goldstein, Joe Ruesing and Trudee Siemann are currently on display at the State Capitol.

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“The images of these three Big Island photographers are wonderfully contemplative, exciting and haunting at the same time,” said Puna State Representative Joy San Buenaventura who sponsored and worked to have the photographs displayed in the entry foyer to the House and Senate chambers in the Capitol.

“Some of the images, like the one of Ed Goldstein’s two old metal skates and skate key, takes you sweetly back to ‘small kid’ time in the islands, and causes you to remember days that were simpler and unsophisticated.  I just love it.”

Puna’s Goldstein had a successful career as a commercial photographer in advertising in Los Angeles before turning his attention to more artistic venues of fine photography.  His works have been exhibited throughout the western U.S. and acquired by photography collectors and curators of fine art museums worldwide.

“When I was a kid I remember working on my bicycle with a cast iron wrench and noticing how proud I felt to be fixing something with my own hands and strength,” Goldstein says.

“Nowadays, we seem to be losing the ability to mend our own machinery and fixtures.  My desire to photograph these objects goes beyond my interest in celebrating their remarkable formal qualities, and becomes a rite of social documentation.”

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Hilo photographer Ruesing was born in Michigan and has lived in Hilo for the last 25 years.  His work is in the collection of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  “My art is a journey through the mysteries and enchantment of the world we live in.  It is art that documents the imagination,” says Ruesing of his approach to photography.

Ruesing’s fellow Hilo photographer Trudee Siemann was born and raised in Southern California and took up photography in 1995.  Using her large format film camera, she makes photos derived from her imagination and most currently has been producing a series of age related portraits.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous locations on the Big Island, Southern California and Taiwan.

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“I’m trying to express in pictures what I can’t express in words,” “revealing how I visualize and share images from my inquisitive imagination,” Siemann says.  “I’m not sure where this artistic journey will take me I’m enjoying the ride.”

The exhibit of the three Big Island photographers will be on display in the entry foyer to the chamber level of the State Capitol until January 29.