Officer Brian Beckwith Named Hawaii County “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Brian Beckwith as “Officer of the Month” for April in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (April 6) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Brian Beckwith

Officer Brian Beckwith

Beckwith was honored for his compassion and integrity.

On February 14, Officer Beckwith responded to a report of a man in a wheelchair at the Kailua Pier who appeared to need assistance. The 78-year-old man, who had lost both his legs due to a medical condition, told the officer someone had stolen the battery charger to his electric wheelchair. He was unable to care for himself and had been stranded on the pier since the previous day. Beckwith attempted to contact numerous social service agencies to help the man, but, as it was a three-day weekend, he was unable to reach anyone who could help.

As a short-term solution, Beckwith reserved a hotel room in Waimea. After completing his shift, he drove the man to the hotel. During his days off, he visited the man several times a day, cleaning him and providing food and company.

Beckwith learned that the man was a Korean War veteran and that he had an appointment with the Veterans Administration on February 16. Beckwith drove him to the VA office and attempted to get him placed in a suitable living environment. When the VA was unable to help, Beckwith continued to provide assistance.

The following day, while on duty, Beckwith located a Kona resident with the same wheelchair as the veteran’s. He borrowed the Kona resident’s battery charger and charged the veteran’s wheelchair.

With continued persistence, Beckwith was able to obtain placement for the veteran with help from Adult Protective Services.

Beckwith, who joined the Hawaiʻi Police Department three years ago, served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years. For the past six years, he has been a combat medic as an active reserve for the Department of the Army.

As “Officer of the Month,” Beckwith is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Friends of NELHA Debuts New Tours

The non-profit Friends of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (FON) offers a new lineup of tours open to the public that can be conveniently booked online.

View the world’s largest operational Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) power plant and find out how it works.

NEHLA MakaiDiscover how many aquaculture operations are utilizing deep, cold, nutrient-rich water and warm, surface water to farm our food at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park (HOST)—and taste samples.

Learn about what HOST facilities are working to protect and restore our unique ocean inhabitants and why it’s important.

Morning tours are Mondays through Fridays. All tours start at the LEED-certified Gateway Visitor Center. The schedule includes:

FON Ocean Matters Tour: Offering an introduction to cutting edge green energy, aquaculture, desalination and research efforts underway at HOST the activity is 10-11:15 am Monday with options to also visit the OTEC tower at Keahole Point, Big Island Abalone and the Kanaloa Octopus Farm.

NEHLA Octopus

FON Ocean Conservation Tour: Fun starts with an overview presentation and continues with a visit to Ke Kai Ola, the monk seal rehabilitation center. Learn about the efforts to revive Hawai‘i’s declining seal population. Next stop is at the world’s first octopus farm to get up-close-and-personal with cephalopods before seeing the nearby OTEC Tower. Time is 10 a.m.-12:30p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NEHLA Tour

FON Sustainable Aquaculture Tour: Attendees hear about the challenges and successes of producing sustainable food in the ocean during a tour at Kampachi Farms. Next, see how Big Island Abalone produces feed, brood stock and market product before enjoying a delicious, grilled sample of the company’s premium ezo abalone. Stop at the OTEC Tower and overview presentation. Time is 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Book tours and find more details at www.friendsofnelha.org or phone 808-329-8073.

Friends of NELHA (FON) is a nonprofit, conservation education organization offering public tours with a focus on renewable energy, sustainability, sustainable aquaculture and the uniqueness of the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology Park at Keahole Point . Presentations begin 10 a.m. weekdays at the Gateway Visitor Center, a mesmerizing location where visitors are inspired by the technologies being developed on the Big Island. Tours are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). www.friendsofnelha.org.

Entrance Fees Waived at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for National Park Week

Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary – and the centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – during National Park Week, April 16-24. Entrance fees will be waived nine full days, and a “National Park Rx Day” will be held on Sunday, April 24.

Volcano at night

Visitors gather every night at the Jaggar Museum observation deck to witness the summit eruption of Kīlauea volcano from Halema‘uma‘u Crater. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi

“There’s no better way to celebrate the centennial anniversaries of both Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and the National Park Service than by inviting our community and visitors to enjoy the park at no charge,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Your park ‘ohana welcomes you to join us for a special program, reconnect with your favorite trail, or stay after dark to admire the splendor of glowing lava within Halema‘uma‘u Crater,” she said.

For Junior Ranger Day on Sat., April 16, keiki 17 and younger are invited to join park rangers in Kahuku for a fun day of discovery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will hike the historic lower Palm Trail, and learn to make traditional string figures called hei. Call (808) 985-6019 to register, limited to 25 participants.

On Wed., April 20 kupuna hula group Haunani’s Aloha Expressions will perform for free at the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

On the last day of National Park Week, Sun., April 24, from 10 a.m. to noon, the park will host a “National Park Rx Day,” a community health initiative to “prescribe” time in parks to promote wellness. Join park rangers and Dr. Craig Kadooka on an easy one-mile roundtrip hike of upper ‘Iliahi Trail. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai at 10 a.m. The first 200 walkers will receive a reusable water bottle and fresh fruit. Hawaiian practitioners Edna and Sam Baldado will demonstrate the heath benefits of kalo, and Ka‘ohu Monfort will share how Hawaiians use plants to heal and cure. HMSA will also provide a table with health information.

A hiker takes in the coastal views at ‘Āpua Point in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo courtesy of Jacob W. Frank. ​

A hiker takes in the coastal views at ‘Āpua Point in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo courtesy of Jacob W. Frank. ​

National Park Week event sponsors include Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. The park provides countless ways for visitors to connect with and appreciate Hawaiian culture, active volcanoes, and native plants and animals. It was designated as a World Heritage Site (1987) and an International Biosphere Reserve (1980).

Court Orders Hawaii’s Insurance Commissioner to Take Over Family Health Hawaii

Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito today announced that Family Health Hawaii, MBS (“FHH”), was ordered into liquidation.  The order was signed by State First Circuit Court Judge Karen T. Nakasone.

Click to read the liquidation order

Click to read the liquidation order

The order authorizes Commissioner Ito to take possession and control of FHH’s assets as the Liquidator and assume the powers of the company’s directors and officers for the protection of policyholders, creditors, and the public.  The Order of Liquidation is effective immediately.

Health insurance companies in Hawaii are required to meet statutory solvency requirements which include maintaining minimum net worth to ensure that they are able to meet their obligations.  FHH’s 2015 annual filings revealed that the company is below the minimum level required by law with no prospects of making up the deficit.  FHH had been working with the State’s examination team prior to the 2015 annual filing but had missed several key deadlines.

“This is a regrettable situation. However, once we determined the degree of the existing financial hazard, the decision was made to protect the policyholders and creditors,” said Commissioner Ito. “Falling below statutory solvency requirements compelled this liquidation action.  Further delay would only increase the risk of loss and jeopardize FHH’s policyholders’ access to healthcare and providers under their plans.”

The Insurance Division is working to ensure that all employer groups are notified and transitioned off of FHH group plans in an expeditious fashion.   Employer groups should contact their insurance broker or account management for assistance with the transition of coverage to a new insurer. For more information and assistance, employer groups and healthcare providers can call (855) 206-3277.

Employer groups can also contact HMSA, Kaiser, UHA and HMAA. These insurers are committed in assisting these groups in this difficult time.  Contact numbers for these insurers are:

HMSA         (808) 948-5555
KAISER       (808) 432-5237
UHA            (808) 532-4009     Toll Free  (800) 458-4600, Ext. 301
HMAA         (808) 591-0088     Toll Free  (800) 621-6998

Family Health Hawaii currently insures approximately 420 employer group plans, and does not provide individual plans.

More information will be provided by the Insurance Division on the claims process throughout the liquidation proceedings. For any other questions, please call (844) 717-7334 or visit www.familyhealthhawaii.com for FAQs. Hawaii consumers can call Hawaii Insurance Division’s Health Branch at (808) 586-2804 or visit www.cca.hawaii.gov/ins/ for FAQs.

More information is available at the following links:

Liquidation Order:

Frequently Asked Questions:

2016 Q1 Small Group Rate Comparison:

Hokulea Crew Visits NASA Kennedy Space Center

Continuing their journey of connecting ocean wayfinding with space exploration, Hokulea crewmembers visited Florida’s NASA Kennedy Space Center today and engaged with the center’s staff. Polynesian Voyaging Society president and pwo navigator Nainoa Thompson also took the opportunity to speak to the NASA team on Hawaii-born NASA astronaut Lacy Veach’s contribution to space voyaging, and how Veach inspired the canoe’s Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage.

NASA Hokulea

“Coming to NASA for me has been an amazing celebration,” Thompson expressed during his speech today to a crowd of about 160 people that included both Hokulea and NASA crew. “I made a promise to Lacy back in ’95 when we lost him, that we’re going to go. It took us 22 years from the idea to actually leave, to get prepared to do something as dangerous as what we’re doing now. Lacy is our navigator on this voyage, and for that, this is the most important two days for me.”

NASA Hokulea Nainoa

Yesterday, the crew honored Veach along with Ellison Onizuka, another Hawaii-born astronaut for their extraordinary contributions to space voyaging, in an intimate ceremony onboard the canoe. Hokulea crewmembers conducted a star compass activity with local students, and pwo navigator Bruce Blankenfeld led a navigation presentation for the public visiting the center. Wednesday’s activities also included a tour of the NASA headquarters: Hokulea crewmembers visited the facilities where astronauts would get suited up before their flights, NASA’s vehicle assembly building and the launch control center.

Nasa Hokulea Building

Hokulea is scheduled to depart Titusville on Friday, April 8, and continue her journey up the east coast. For the most up-to-date schedule, visit http://www.hokulea.com/hokuleas-planned-east-coast-port-stops/.

To follow the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, visit http://hokulea.com/track-the-voyage

UH Hilo School of Nursing Accreditation Renewed

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo School of Nursing was recently awarded full reaccreditation for its Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
UH Hilo Moniker“A full 8-year accreditation for our nursing school is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Director Katharyn “Kay” Daub. “I’m especially pleased that we were commended for our value in the educational pipeline with the expansion of our RN to BSN program.”

The announcement followed last October’s site visit when a review team met with the School’s administrators, students, hospital staff, faculty and community members. Daub said the team was impressed by the students and overwhelmed by the support of the advisory board and UH Hilo administration. She applauded the faculty‘s work on the rigorous self-study report, which led one reviewer to describe the curriculum alignment with American Nurses Association standards as the best that they had reviewed.

The ACEN accreditation process provides for the maintenance and enhancement of educational quality through continuous self-assessment, planning, and improvement. The next review is scheduled for Fall 2023.

ChefConnect: Hawaii – American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Central and Western Region Awards

Chefs, students and food service professionals from the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) Central and Western regions gathered for professional development and culinary trend seminars at ChefConnect: Hawaii. The conference took place at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Waikoloa Beach, Hawaii, April 3-5.

Chef Connect HawaiiConference topics included honey varietals and beekeeping, Hawaiian poke, food pairings, beef trends and the processes behind growing vanilla. Attendees enjoyed hands-on workshops, culinary demonstrations and networking opportunities.

Presenters included Alan Wong, HHOF, renowned master of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and owner, Honolulu-based Alan Wong’s Restaurants; chef Lee Anne Wong, owner, Koko Head Café, Honolulu;and Bryan Fujikawa, owner/chef, Sun Dried Specialties, Kealakekua, Hawaii. For a full list of presenters, visit www.acfchefs.org/EventSeries.

Regional awards were presented to Central and Western region chefs and students during the conference. The following ACF award winners have the opportunity to earn their respective national titles at Cook. Craft. Create., Phoenix, July 15-19.

ACF Central Region Chef Educator of the Year – Christopher Misiak, CEC, CCE, program coordinator/instructor, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan; ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association

ACF Western Region Chef Educator of the Year – Cheryl Lewis, CCC, CCE, chef instructor, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Las Vegas; ACF Chefs Las Vegas

ACF Central Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award – Thomas Elkin, CEC, AAC, culinary instructor, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc

ACF Western Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award – Bobby Moghaddam, CEC, CCE, AAC, director, hospitality and culinary arts, Riverside City College Culinary Academy, Riverside, California; ACF Southern CA Inland Empire Chefs & Cooks Association

ACF Central Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Minor’s® – Kenneth Thompson, CEC, CCA, chef/instructor, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois; ACF Louis Joliet Chapter

ACF Western Region Dr. L.J. Minor Chef Professionalism Award, sponsored by Minor’s® – Anthony Danna, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Astor House at Springbrook Oaks, Newberg, Oregon; ACF Pro Chefs Oregon

ACF Central Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers and Vitamix – Students representing Kendall College, Chicago

ACF Western Region Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl, sponsored by American Technical Publishers and Vitamix – Students representing Utah Valley University Culinary Arts Institute, Orem, Utah

ACF Central Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions – Patrick Mitchell, CEC, AAC, executive chef/culinary adviser, Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, Texas; Texas Chefs Association

ACF Western Region Chef of the Year, sponsored by Unilever Food Solutions – Lenard Rubin, CEC, executive chef, The Country Club at DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona; ACF Chef’s Association of Arizona, Inc.

ACF Central Region Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter – Jan Lewandowski, CEPC, lead baking instructor, Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute, Little Rock, Arkansas; ACF Central Arkansas Cooks Association

ACF Western Region Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Plugrá® European-Style Butter – Andrew Corrao, CCC, CEPC, banquet/pastry chef, Bambara Restaurant, Salt Lake City; ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.

ACF Central Region Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary® – Shayne McCrady, sauté cook/line cook, The Gatesworth at One McKnight Place, St. Louis; Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc

ACF Western Region Student Chef of the Year, sponsored by Custom Culinary® – Michelle Stephenson, student, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah; ACF Beehive Chefs Chapter Inc.

ACF Central Region Student Team Regional Championship, sponsored by Vitamix – Students representing ACF Greater Kansas City Chefs Association that attend Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas

ACF Western Region Student Team Regional Championship, sponsored by Vitamix – Students representing ACF Bay Area Chefs Association of Oregon that attend Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, Coos Bay, Oregon

ChefConnect: Hawaii award recipients in ACF’s Central and Western regions listed below were recognized for their outstanding contributions to ACF, goodwill in their communities and/or culinary excellence.

ACF Central Region Chapter of the Year – ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association; Bolingbrook, Illinois

ACF Western Region Chapter of the Year – ACF Pro Chefs Oregon; McMinnville, Oregon

ACF Central Region Chapter Achievement Awards –

  • ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana; Schererville, Indiana
  • ACF Michigan Chefs de Cuisine Association; Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • Chefs de Cuisine Association of St. Louis Inc; St. Louis

ACF Western Region Chapter Achievement Awards:

  • ACF Pro Chefs Oregon; McMinnville, Oregon
  • ACF World of Thanks
  • ACF Kona-Kohala Chefs Association; Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  • ACF Central Region Cutting Edge Awards, sponsored by Friedr. Dick Corp.
  • Michael Vlasich, CEC, AAC, executive chef, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis; ACF Greater Indianapolis Chapter
  • Jack Mix, owner/chef, Comfort’s Catering, St. John, Indiana; ACF Chefs of Northwest Indiana

ACF Central Region Achievement of Excellence Awards:

  • Alpine Inn; Hill City, South Dakota
  • Redstone American Grill; Minnetonka, Minnesota

More than 350 chefs, students and foodservice professionals attended ChefConnect: Hawaii. The conference was part of ACF’s Signature Series, which provides educational and networking opportunities for culinary industry professionals and students. Learn more about the conference atwww.acfchefs.org/EventSeries, on Twitter @ACFChefs, #ChefConnect or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ACFChefs.

Sponsors of ChefConnect: Hawaii were: Custom Culinary®; Minor’s®; Unilever Food Solutions; NEWCHEF Fashion Inc; Plugrá® European-Style Butter; Vitamix; Ecolab; Allen Brothers; Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board; American Technical Publishers; Don Miller & Associates, Inc. (DM&A); Par-Way Tryson Company; The Beef Checkoff; Jones Dairy Farm; and Valrhona.

About the American Culinary Federation

The American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF), established in 1929, is the standard of excellence for chefs in North America. With more than 17,500 members spanning nearly 200 chapters nationwide, ACF is the leading culinary association offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and programmatic accreditation. In addition, ACF operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States, with the Certified Executive Chef®, Certified Sous Chef®, Certified Executive Pastry Chef® and Certified Culinary Educator® designations accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. ACF is home to ACF Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major international culinary competitions, and to the Chef & Child Foundation, founded in 1989 to promote proper nutrition in children and to combat childhood obesity. For more information, visit www.acfchefs.org. Find ACF on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACFChefs and on Twitter @ACFChefs.

12th Annual Hilo Huli

The Rotary Club of South Hilo will be celebrating its 12th Annual Hilo Huli on May 1, 2016 on Coconut Island from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. The Hilo Huli is the Rotary Club of South Hilo’s main fundraising event, with over 1000 people in attendance every year.

hilo huli

“The club brings together the cuisine of local chefs, award winning music, as well as a variety of wine, beer and mix drink offerings to create an all you can eat event that helps raise much needed funds to support our local community. It’s a fantastic way to have a really great time while helping uplift the life of our community,” said Rotary Club of South Hilo President, Kim Arakawa.

To date the Rotary Club of South Hilo’s Hilo Huli has raised over $200,000 used to serve needs in our local community, as well as international projects.

The money raised from this year’s event will help the Rotary Club of South Hilo support a variety of community projects throughout East Hawai‘i including the Obstetrics & Pediatric Unit Renovations (Hilo Medical Center), Hospice of Hilo’s Children’s Bereavement Program and Hilo Bayfront Trails.

“We’re so grateful for all the work the Rotary Club of South Hilo does to make sure our community is a great place to live, and we are so honored to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Hilo Huli,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho.

Tickets for the event are $50.00 in advance and $65.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased online or from Aiona Car Sales, The Most Irresistible Shop in Hilo, Short & Sweet, and any Rotary Club of South Hilo member, www.hilohuli.org or call 808-930-3609.

Holland Man Missing in Volcanoes National Park Located

A man from Holland who was missing overnight from Kūlanaokuaiki Campground in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Tues., April 5 has been located.

Volcano Rainbow

Gerrit Voortis, 63, and his wife, were camping at Kūlanaokuaiki, a campground located off Hilina Pali Road Tuesday afternoon. Voortis left his wife to go on a short hike by himself, and did not bring water, a phone, or a backpack with him. Park dispatch was notified by another concerned camper when he failed to return later that afternoon. Neither a County of Hawai‘i helicopter pilot nor the park’s search-and-rescue (SAR) team could locate him by nightfall. The SAR team continued to search for him on the ground until 10 p.m.

Around 6:30 the next morning, Wed., April 6, the park’s contracted helicopter pilot spotted a glow from a small fire, and located the man northeast of the campground. The pilot landed, and search-and-rescue rangers treated him for dehydration. Voortis was in good condition, but was cold, hungry and very thirsty. The small fire he built for warmth the night before was extinguished by park rangers.

Voortis and his wife were reunited at the park’s Visitor Emergency Operations Center Wednesday morning, and both expressed gratitude for the efforts made in his rescue.

“It’s extremely important to be prepared when going on any hike, whether it’s a short walk, or an extended trek into the backcountry,” said Chief Ranger John Broward.  “Plan ahead, research the area, and always have plenty of water,” he said. A detailed checklist of safety tips is provided on the park website.

Hawaii Department of the Attorney General Holds Auction of Seized and Forfeited Property

A public auction of property seized and forfeited to the State of Hawaii will be held on April 9, 2016 in the Pikake Room at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

auctionAmong the property being auctioned are multiple vehicles, including:

  • 2011 Kia Rio 4 door sedan;
  • 2010 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab 4×4 pickup truck;
  • 2006 BMW 325i 4 door sedan;
  • 2005 Mercedes E500 4 door sedan;
  • 2003 Hummer H2 SUV;
  • 2003 Lincoln Navigator SUV
  • Three sport bikes;
  • One Harley Davidson motorcycle; and
  • Other vehicles.

Other property to be sold includes, among other things:

  • Flat screen monitors and televisions;
  • Surveillance equipment;
  • Jewelry (including Ming);
  • Collectible coins and currency;
  • One vintage Rolex watch; and
  • Various electronics and other miscellaneous property.

The property to be auctioned may be inspected starting at 11:00 a.m. on April 9th. The auction, conducted by Rosen Auctions, will begin at noon the same day. For a list of the property, visit www.rosenauctions.com.

The auction is the result of ongoing efforts by state and county law enforcement agencies to fight crime by seizing and forfeiting assets used or acquired in connection with criminal activities. Assets that were used in, or obtained from, the commission of certain criminal offenses can be seized and forfeited under the state’s asset forfeiture law. Taking away the tools criminals use to commit crimes and the profits from those crimes is one way to deter and impede criminal conduct. Proceeds from this auction will be used by state and county law enforcement agencies to combat crime.

Employees (and their immediate family members) of county police departments, county prosecuting attorney’s offices, and the Department of the Attorney General are not eligible to purchase forfeited property.

Anyone having information about individuals who are profiting from criminal activity should call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 955-8300.

Hawaii Island Extended Furlough Inmate Fails to Check in at Facility

Extended furlough inmate Michael Joyce failed to report to the Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC) for his scheduled check-in.  State Sheriffs and Hawaii Police were notified.

michael Joyce

Inmates in the extended furlough program live and work outside of the facility but must check in at various times throughout the month.

Joyce is serving time for Assault 2.  Escape 2 is expected to be added to his charges. His next parole hearing was scheduled for June 2016.

60-year old Joyce is classified as community custody which is the lowest custody level. He is 5’6” tall and weighs 150 lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who sees Joyce is urged to call 911.

Big Island Dog in Running for American Humane Association Hero Dog Award

A Big Island of Hawaii canine is in the running for a American Humane Association Hero Dog Award.

Arson Dog Kaimi

Arson Dog Kaimi

Kaimi’s handler writes:

As Kaimi’s handler and partner for the last 8 years I have had the privilege to work with such an amazing K9 partner. In 2008 Kaimi became the first Arson K9 in the State of Hawaii and continues to serve the state by fighting the crime of arson statewide. Kaimi has worked hundreds of fires where he has assisted investigators to determine the origin and cause of all types of fires (structure, wildland & vehicles) and has been key in the conviction of arsonists in Hawaii.

In one case Kaimi traced the presence of ignitable liquids from the fire scene to the neighbors residence, where he found the presence of ignitable liquids on the neighbor. After laboratory analysis it was confirmed that the ignitable liquids were all consistent and that the neighbor was guilty of the crime. Kaimi and I travel thousands of miles from Hawaii to the Mainland every year for our annual recertification.

Kaimi also loves children and does numerous public education events & demonstrations to teach children about fire safety and prevention. He has also partnered with organizations to help fight animal hunger in Hawaii County. Kaimi is an amazing partner and one of Hawaii’s Heroes! I humbly ask for your vote!

To vote for Kaimi you can click here (voting begins May 12th, 2016): American Humane Association Hero Dogs: Kaimi

For millions of Americans, animals are not just their best friends, but their heroes. Whether they are lending eyes to the unsighted, ears to the deaf, protection to the sleeping family and the soldier, or providing a welcoming kiss at the end of a hard day, animals affect us in so many different ways. Behind almost every hero pet (and millions more animals) is a hero veterinarian or hero veterinary technician. These often little-known benefactors save and improve the lives of our two- and four-legged best friends in many ways, and the American Humane Association Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Technician Awards™, presented by Zoetis, honor their achievements.

Pet owners and animal lovers alike are invited to nominate their favorite veterinary professionals who are dedicated to the betterment of the health and welfare of animals and the promotion of the human-animal bond. The winning veterinarian and veterinary technician will be flown to Los Angeles to be honored as part of the fifth annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, which will be taped for a national television broadcast on Hallmark Channel later in the fall. These awards are not limited to companion animal veterinarians. Professionals from all fields of veterinary medicine are eligible for entry including, but not limited to those who work in: research, emergency services, shelters, and those who work with large and exotic animals.

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

Shipman, Kurtistown Park Will be Closed April 14 for Fumigation Treatment

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close both the Herbert Shipman Park pavilion in Kea‘au and the Kurtistown Park pavilion on Thursday, April 14, to perform fumigation treatments.

Shipman Park

Other park areas, including ball fields, outdoor athletic courts and parking areas, will remain open. Both pavilions will be available for public use starting at 6 a.m. Friday, April 15.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the temporary closures may cause and thanks park patrons for their understanding while works to maintain the recreational sites.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.