Former County Council Candidate Edwards Hunt Responds to Voter Fraud Allegation

Former Hawaii County Council Candidate Tiffany Edwards Hunt went before a grand jury yesterday and according to her Twitter feed she says “I was denied the opportunity to testify before a grand jury today, to address these false voter fraud allegations.  I am innocent”.

Tiff Tweet 1She then went on to comment on the way the Prosecuting Attorneys Office is handling her case:
Tiff Tweet2Then ends her twitter rant with a “… bright side…”  tweet:
Tiff Tweet3I can say that if she read the Hawaii Tribune… she would know already who filed the allegations against her… as that has been made public.  I can tell you that my name won’t be showing up in any of those papers… despite what some folks may think.

Senator Kai Kahele Responds to Question of His Residency

I just spoke to Senator Kaiali’i Kahele and his office has sent me the following press release regarding a question of his residency:
Senator Kai Kahele Legislature Profile

In response to a recent inquiry regarding his residency, Sen. Kaiali‘i Kahele (Dist. 1 – Hilo), offers this statement:

“I live in the First Senatorial District – Hilo. In 2012, I moved to Hilo and have resided in Hilo continuously from that time. At that time, my parents and I agreed to take out a mortgage to remodel their house to allow me and my family to live there. Since 2012, I have continuously had the residence in Hilo as my primary residence and have used that residence for all purposes, including voter registration.

The question has been raised regarding the agreement I entered into in 2011 with my Aunt, Sally Kahikinaokala Dacalio, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources for a property in Miloli’i.

In 2011, I was approached by extended family with a request to assume my Aunt’s lease for the property in question. My Aunt was in poor health and her family was afraid that the lease would be lost by our family. Under those circumstances, I agreed to pay off my Aunt’s mortgage and assume the lease with DLNR. The matter was handled informally without legal advisors. Since I became aware of the terms of the lease, I have contacted DLNR for the purpose of addressing the situation. I am hopeful and confident that I will be able to resolve this matter with DLNR in the near future.”

Small Earthquake at Summit of Pu’u O’o – Lava Flows Onto Floor of Crater

A small earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred yesterday evening at 6 p.m. near the summit of the volcano. Over the past 24 hours, small amounts of lava flowed onto the floor of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

The summit lava lake on 2/12/16.  Photo via USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

The summit lava lake on 2/12/16. Photo via USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (click to enlarge)

Webcam images show that small amounts of lava flowed onto the crater floor from two of the incandescent vents within the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater. Yesterday, shortly before noon, and at around 10 p.m., lava flowed onto the floor from a vent on the east side of the crater, while this morning at around 6 a.m., lava flowed from one of the vents on the west side of the crater.

This current image is from a temporary thermal camera positioned on the northwest flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking southeast at Puʻu ʻŌʻō's summit crater.  The temperature scale is in degrees Celsius up to a maximum of 500 degrees (932 degrees Fahrenheit) for this camera model, and scales automatically based on the maximum and minimum temperatures within the frame.  Thick fume, image pixel size and other factors often result in image temperatures being lower than actual surface temperatures.

This current image is from a temporary thermal camera positioned on the northwest flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking southeast at Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s summit crater. The temperature scale is in degrees Celsius up to a maximum of 500 degrees (932 degrees Fahrenheit) for this camera model, and scales automatically based on the maximum and minimum temperatures within the frame. Thick fume, image pixel size and other factors often result in image temperatures being lower than actual surface temperatures.

Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Picks Big Island Branch Chief

The officer who has been acting as DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), Hawaii Branch Chief for the past year and a half has been appointed permanently to the position.  DOCARE Chief Thomas Friel said, “It is my honor and privilege to announce the selection of Lino Kamakau as DOCARE’s Hawaii Island Branch Chief, effective immediately.”

DOCAREKamakau is well known and respected by many on Hawaii Island from his 17 years of law enforcement experience there, with a sharp focus on enforcement of natural resources laws.  He began his enforcement career as a Hawaii County police officer, where he served for a decade.  At DOCARE Kamakau served nine years as a Conservation Resource Officer III and then six years as a DOCARE Field Supervisor.  He has served as acting Branch Chief on Hawaii Island since September 2014.

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Lino has been deeply engaged in protecting Hawaii literally from mauka to makai.  We are fortunate to have him as a core leader of our DOCARE team.”

BISAC’s Team Inspire Powerlifting Champions

This year’s annual WABDL Sonny Ronolo’s Powerlifting Meet was held at the Edith Kanaka’ole Stadium.  With over 100 participants taking part in the meet and hundreds of spectators, this event showcased some of the best lifters in the world.   The Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC) is no stranger to taking part in events that celebrate the community and promote healthy lifestyles.

Top Row Left to Right: Waiakea High School Coach Moku Pita, Jian Pascual, Isaiah K-Aloha, Va`a Keahi-Broad, Makana Gomez, Coach Toe Preston.   Bottom Row Left to Right: Shayne Kanae, Devin Vance Preston, and Nu`u Aiava.

Top Row Left to Right: Waiakea High School Coach Moku Pita, Jian Pascual, Isaiah K-Aloha, Va`a Keahi-Broad, Makana Gomez, Coach Toe Preston. Bottom Row Left to Right: Shayne Kanae, Devin Vance Preston, and Nu`u Aiava.

 BISAC’s team Inspire consisted of current students and graduates of Waiakea High School and promoted positive alternatives to substance use.   “These young men are an inspiration and provide positive  role modelling to younger individuals who are struggling with addiction” says BISAC’s CEO, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita.  “When we are able to show the younger generation that they can do it by engaging in healthy activities like this it gives them hope.”

By the end of the meet, Team Inspire’s small team was able to leave a positive impression, by securing 2nd place in the team category, receiving (11) first place trophies, (5) state records, and (1) world record.

 Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse.  They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

For more information about BISAC and all of its programs call 969-9994 or visit www.bisac.org.