USS Oklahoma Sailor to Receive Full Honors at Funeral Service – Identification Delayed 7 Decades

Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Vernon T. Luke, 43, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will be buried March 9 at 11:30 a.m. with full military honors at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).

Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Vernon T. Luke

Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Vernon T. Luke

Luke was aboard USS Oklahoma (BB 37) during Imperial Japan’s attack of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was killed in action, but identification of his remains was delayed for more than seven decades.

Luke’s remains had been previously thought to be “unrecoverable” and “unidentifiable.” But thanks to determined efforts of Pearl Harbor Survivor and former Navy Chief Petty Officer Ray Emory, the remains of Luke and other USS Oklahoma Sailors were disinterred for identification by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Emory was stationed aboard USS Honolulu (CL 48) on Dec. 7, 1941.

“Chief Ray Emory works tirelessly to get his shipmates identified and properly honored,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. “We owe Ray a huge debt of gratitude for his research, compassion and ongoing commitment to our Sailors and their families,” Fuller said.

Both Fuller and Emory will attend Luke’s funeral service and meet with family members. The service will include a flag detail, firing detail, bugler and military chaplain.

11th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival

Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School (LCPCS) will host the 11th Annual Laupahoehoe Music Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from  9 a.m.to 6 p.m.at beautiful Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park. Proceeds go to the LCPCS agricultural and technology programs.

Laupahoehoe Music Festival

First organized in 2005 under the foresight of Laupahoehoe resident musician Braddah Smitty, the nonprofit Malama Hawaii Nei hosted the event until 2015, awarding nearly $27,000 in scholarships to the students.

This year’s Hawaiian style event features some of the island’s best music and hula entertainers performing at Laupahoehoe Point Beach Park, noted for its sacred and natural beauty and was a regular stopover by Kamehameha in his canoe voyaging conquest of the islands. The LCPCS Ukelele Band will play this year, featuring secondary school students under the direction of music instructor Todd Otake.

Music Festival Laupahoehoe

Tickets are $10 in advance at Hilo Guitars, Basically Books, CD Wizard and Hilo Music Exchange in Hilo, and Sakado Store in Laupahoehoe, Taro Patch in Honokaa, and in Kona at Music Exchange, or $15 at the gate. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.LaupahoehoeMusicFestival.org. Age 10 and under are free.

Traditional cuisines such as Hawaiian style, Thai and more will be available for sale.  Vendors are still being accepted. Please contact Gerry Delgado at (808) 962-2200 or email gerry.delgado@lcpcs.org before March 10th.

Sponsors include Kau Coffee, Big Island Toyota and Ke Ola Magazine. For event sponsorship opportunities, please contact Delgado at the contact information provided above.

The 2015 Music Festival drew 500-600 people to the Point. This is a great opportunity to spend the day with ohana. Games for keiki are $5 for eight games with automatic prizes.

Hui Kako-o O Laupahoehoe, the LCPCS non-profit organization, will again offer a silent auction, with proceeds going to the arts and garden projects at the school.

It’s a day of music, music, music, ono grinds and crafts. Drinks available on site. No coolers please. This is an alcohol and drug free event.

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of the Big Island of Hawaii

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Volcano area of the Big Island this afternoon:

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Hawaii Federal Court Rules Hertz Rent-a-Car Not Responsible for Employee’s Facebook Comments

In Howard v. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., a Hawaiian Federal Court found that Hertz Rent-a-Car could not be held responsible for its employee’s Facebook comments about one of its customers.

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While employers should welcome the outcome, it did turn on the facts, and could have produced a different result under different circumstances.  Employers therefore, should consider installing safeguards to ensure proper social media use by their employees.

The employee had posted comments over social media making fun of the customer’s sexual orientation, announcing that his credit card had been declined, accusing the customer of being a faker who pretended to have money, and encouraging people to “run that faka over!!! lol.”  In response, the customer sued Hertz for negligent supervision, negligent retention, and negligent training.  All three claims require proof of the typical negligence factors: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages.

– See full story here: http://www.natlawreview.com/article/employer-not-responsible-employee-defaming-customer-facebook

Time Warner Cable Invests in Kona and Waimanalo with Solar Deployments

Time Warner Cable (TWC) is pleased to share their Go Green commitment is beginning to reach beyond the walls of their business and help create renewable energy for communities that they serve.

TWC Solar Panels

For the past couple years, TWC has invested in solar deployments in Southern California, North Carolina, and Hawaii. In the last year, we have amplified our commitment with partnerships that will generate over 13 megawatts (MW) of solar power. Just to give you an idea of how much 13 MW actually is, it’s equal to powering over 600 homes in one year.

At our Charlotte campus, pictured above and below, we’ve supplemented our 500 kilowatt (kW) roof mounted system with a new, ground mounted 400 kW system surrounding the data center.

At our Charlotte campus, pictured above and below, we’ve supplemented our 500 kilowatt (kW) roof mounted system with a new, ground mounted 400 kW system surrounding the data center.

Through this effort, we’re facilitating the generation of green energy that is put on the grid for our operations and customers alike to use. Here are some examples of solar efforts underway:

  • In the Central New York area, we’re bringing 12 MW of solar energy through remote net metering in local farm fields.
  • In Indio, CA we are working to bring on over 500kW through the use of our facility roof and parking canopies.
  • In Hawaii, we are bringing on a 30 kW system at our Waimanalo hub site and a 330 kW solar carport system coupled with a battery storage system at our Kona facility.

We’re also encouraging our employees to make green lifestyle choices.  TWC has partnered with three solar companies to offer employees up to a $1,500 discount on solar energy for their homes. This is just one more step forward in demonstrating our commitment to “Go Green!”

Big Island Police Open Murder Investigation After Body Found in Waipio Valley

Hawaiʻi Island police have opened a murder investigation in connection with the body that was discovered in Waipio Valley on March 3.

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The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Thaine Ulysses Lucifer Price of Honokaʻa.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact either Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or todd.pataray@hawaiicounty.gov, or Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or robert.almeida@hawaiicounty.gov.

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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.