UPDATE: Coast Guard Rescues All Who Abandoned Ship South of Hawaii

The Coast Guard successfully coordinated the rescue of 42 people who abandoned ship when their fishing vessel American Eagle caught fire approximately 1,800 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands, Wednesday.American Eagle Fishing LLC

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point arrived on scene at 5:10 p.m. (HST), established communications with the fishing vessel’s crew and dropped a dewatering pump, flash lights and flares.

Fong Seong 888, a Tuvalu-flagged oil tanker, arrived on scene at 5:30 p.m. (HST) to offer additional assistance.

The captain of the American Eagle reported smoke had lessened from the disabled fishing vessel and boarded the vessel with eight crew members to suppress the fire. The captain reported the fire extinguished and the vessel to be in stable condition. The team of nine were able to restart the generator, reestablish electricity and maintain communication. The remaining 33 crew members were successfully recovered from their life rafts, work boats and skiff by the Fong Seong 888.

American Eagle’s sister ship, American Victory, is en route and expected to arrive in three days to relieve the Fong Seong 888.

The crewmembers aboard 258-foot U.S.-flagged fishing vessel abandoned ship at 10 a.m. (HST) into two life rafts, three work boats and one skiff. An emergency position-indicating radio beacon was activated and continues to transmit information.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the vessel’s company American Eagle Fishing LLC at 8:38 a.m. (HST) of a fire aboard the vessel.

No injuries have been reported.

Hawaii Island Democratic Party Releases List of Candidates Applying to Fill Late Senator Gilbert Kahele’s Seat

The Hawaii County Democratic party released the following list of folks that have submitted formal “Statements of Candidacy” to fulfill the late Senator Gilbert Kahele’s remainder of term in office:

Sen Kahele Candidates
According to Ballotpedia the following process is taken to select a vacancy in the Hawaii’s Legislature:

If there is a vacancy in the Hawaii Legislature, the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. For all vacancies, the governor must appoint a replacement within 60 days after the vacancy happens. The candidate is selected from a list of three prospective candidates submitted by the political party that last held the vacant seat. The party has thirty days after the vacancy to submit a list of prospective candidates. If the person leaving the seat is an independent (no party affiliation), the governor must select a resident from the vacant district that is not a member of any political party

My understanding is that this Saturday February 13th, the Big Island Democratic Party will select three (update) of the above candidates listed and send then those names to Governor Ige for him to decide who he will nominate to be in office.

While all of the above candidates are fairly well known, I personally believe that the Big Island Democratic Party should select our late Senators son, Kaiali`i Kahele, to the position as he knows most how his father would have wanted to vote on things in the Legislature.

Updated Map Shows New Risk Areas for Potential Dengue Infection – Kona Downgraded

An updated map of potential areas of infection by mosquito for confirmed dengue fever cases has been released:

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Click to enlarge

This map should not be used to exclude any areas of the island from proactive mosquito control measures. All residents islandwide are encouraged to Fight The Bite by reducing mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

Past and present confirmed cases of Dengue Fever on Hawaii Island is at 252 (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 228 are Hawaii Island residents and 24 are visitors.
207 cases have been adults; 45 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 2/1/16.

As of today, a total of 1160 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

9 Year-Old Charter Student Brings Pipe Bomb to Hawaii School

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a suspicious device found Wednesday (February 10) at a charter school in Kaʻū.

Kau Learning Academy

Kau Learning Academy

At 10:15 a.m. police received a call reporting a “pipe bomb” found in the possession of a student at the Kaʻū Learning Academy on the 94-1500 block of Kalua Circle in Discovery Harbor. Responding officers learned that school officials had found the suspicious device in the backpack of a 9-year-old boy.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of possessing an explosive device and then released to a family member while police continue the investigation.

Police notified the FBI, the U.S. Army’s Explosive Ordinance Detail on Oahu, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Hawaiʻi County Fire Department.

The school was evacuated for the rest of the day.

Hawaii Parks and Recreation Seeks to Hire Adults for Temporary Summer Fun Jobs

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking to hire adults for temporary summer jobs working with keiki who attend its 2016 Summer Fun Program.

Summer Fun

Summer Fun activity aides and activity technicians will earn $11 per hour and $14 per hour, respectively. Applicants will be asked in which districts they prefer to work, although enrollment levels and program needs will determine the recreation sites used for 2016 Summer Fun activities.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of employment, possess current First Aid certification, submit a completed Summer Fun application, and be available to work May 31 through July 15, 2016. Summer Fun starts June 6 following a mandatory four-day training period for all temporary employees.

Summer Fun applications are available online at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation, the Department’s main office at 101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6 in Hilo, the Recreation Division Office at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo, and various County gymnasiums located around the island.

Completed applications must be filed with the Recreation Division or postmarked by Tuesday, February 16.  For more information about the Department of Parks and Recreation’s 2016 Summer Fun Program job opportunities, please contact the Recreation Division at 961-8740.

BREAKING NEWS: Coast Guard Responding to Report of 42 People Abandoning Ship South of Hawaii

The Coast Guard is responding to a report of 42 people abandoning ship after their fishing vessel American Eagle caught fire approximately 1,800 miles south of the Hawaiian Islands, Wednesday.

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The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point. They are expected to arrive on scene approximately 5 p.m. (HST) today.

Fong Seong 888, a Tuvalu-flagged oil tanker, is en route transiting more than 90 miles to the vessel’s location and is expected to arrive on scene approximately 8 p.m. (HST)

The 40 crewmembers aboard 258-foot U.S.-flagged fishing vessel abandoned ship at 10 a.m. (HST) into two life rafts, three work boats and one skiff. An emergency position-indicating radio beacon was activated and is transmitting information.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from the vessel’s company American Eagle Fishing LLC at 8:38 a.m. (HST) of a fire aboard the vessel.

American Eagle Fishing LLC

No injuries have been reported.

Hikianalia Sails to Hilo – Local Schools Invited to Participate (Must RSVP)

As legendary traditional sailing vessel Hokulea travels around the world, sister voyaging canoe Hikianalia continues to make her impact in Hawaii by delivering the Malama Honua message of taking care of Island Earth – this time on Hawaii Island- with the help of Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) crew members, Hawaii’s Ohana Waa (canoe family), and Imiloa Astronomy Center.

Vaka Sail - Oahu to Kauai - July 2011

Vaka Sail – Oahu to Kauai – July 2011

“It’s very important to PVS that Hikianalia continue engaging our local communities by offering opportunities for the public to interact with crew members and learn more about the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage,” stated Miki Tomita, director of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Learning Center. “As an organization, we’re always striving to ensure that the public, especially our islands’ schoolchildren, are engaged in the educational aspects of the voyage at home as well as abroad,” Tomita added.

Between Feb. 15-25, weather-permitting, Hikianalia, Ohana Waa, and partner organizations will be hosting community outreach events in Hilo, with some events open to the general public.

Hilo Day

A welcome ceremony in Palekai, Keaukaha will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, with the time to be determined. Local schools are invited to participate in the momentous occasion and will need to RSVP.

On Friday, Feb. 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Hawaii Island teachers and students will have the opportunity to take part in Hikianalia Education Day – again, schools will need to make reservations to participate.

Hikianalia Community Day will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will be at Suisan Pier, and all of the Hawaii Island community is invited – no reservations are required.

Imiloa Astronomy Center celebrates its tenth anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy the day by visiting the astronomy center for free, meeting PVS crew members, and learning more about Hikianalia, Hokulea and the Worldwide Voyage.

For more information or to participate in events that require reservations, visit http://www.hokulea.com/hikianalia/.