UH Hilo Announces College of Arts and Sciences Spring 2016 Dean’s List

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for spring 2016:

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Shannon Abarra, Richard Abbley, Taylor Acheson, Jenna Acia, Shelie M. Acoba, BJ Isaac Acosta, Anthony Actouka, Clifford Agcaoili, Alexandria Agdeppa, Devon Aguiar, Isaac Ahuna, Rhonda Akano, Leahi Akao, Roy Alameida, Jessalyn Albano, Jeannelle Alejo, Melinda Alles, Losalia Aloisio, John Alokoa, Alia Alvarez, Catherina Amantiad,

Frank A. Amdal, Aalona Amimoto, Victoria E. Amundsen, Erica Amundson, Brian Anderson, Shalen Anderson, Shantel Antonio, Zion Apao, Ralph Aquino, Shaylyn Arakaki, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Theresa Arcilla, Jerome Arellano, D’Anna Asher, Scott Ashida, Lacey Astgen, Cameron Atsumi, Jessica Bailey, Michael Bailey, Kayla Bajo, Sharlene Bala, Valerie Balken, Zoe Banfield,

Ashley Barhite, Benedick Baris, Reagan Barnhart, Ruth Bascar-Sellars, Crystal-lynn Baysa, Catherine Bellefleur, Chase Benbow, Sarah Benner, Ryan Berengue, Chakra Best, Jahnu Best, Victoria Birrenbach, Vilde R. Bjoerdal, Allexandria Blacksmith, Ashton Blair, Julianna Blair, Henry Blake, Chelsea Blaquera, Katherine Bluhm, Stephen Bond, Kelsie Bork, Sarah Brakenwagen, Courtney A. Brock,

BreAnna Brown, Eleanor Brown, Matthew Brown, Harley Broyles, Rachel Bruck, Kathryn Brunk, Kailah Buchanan, Karley Burcena, Merritt Burch, Malia Byram, Ridge Cabaccang, Alexis Cabrera, Sheldon Cabudol, Leischene Calingangan, Keala Campbell, Amanda Canda, Kirsten Cannoles, Tiari Carreira, Nicholas Carrion, Anne Carsey, Micah Carter, Kanoeuluwehianu Case, Jennifer Castro,

Kahana Cazimero, Isabella Cebreros, Jennifer Chai, Cibyl Chan, Roget Chan, Andy Chang, Maggie Chen, Edward Cheng, Kate Chikasuye, Cheuk Wang Chiu, Adam Chong, Christopher Chow, Ka Hei G. Choy, Kobie Clarke, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Angela Colon, Adam S. Colton, Brandie Colwell, Stefan Coney, Michael Coombs, Cletus Correia, Presley Coryell, Alysha Cosier, Clarence Cottrell, Seneca Cox,

Janelle Coy, Cory Craig, Leanne Crain, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie A. Croad, John Crommelin, Kawelina Cruz, Justin Cueva, Jasmin Curiel, Uilani Dasalla, Theodore Dawson, Laura Deaton, Kaylee Decambra, Edwina Degrood, Theodore DeRego, Billi Derleth, Ileana Derouin-Loando, Erin Dewing, Abbie DeWitte, Danielle Dodge, Lorelei M. Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Ryan Domingo, Jasmine Donner, Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Mike Dowsett, James Drescher, Julie Duhaylongsod, Sarah Dunaway, Jennifer Eastin,

Raelyn Eckert, Jacqueline Economy, Jamie Economy, Jon Ehrenberg, Cale Elliott, Sara Ellsworth, Remedios Epp, Sara Erickson, Raynell Espaniola, Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Damon Ewen, Jade Farmer, Heidi Featherstone, Maria M. Feldt, Sarah Ferguson, Taysia Figueroa, Kelsey Foreman-Bunting, Aubrey Foulk, Jeena Franco, Mitchell Fraser, Ella R. Fregeau Olmstead, Dallas Freitas, Esther Frost, Bailey Fuchs, Brittany Fuemmeler, Shaylyn Fujii, Kellsie Fujimoto,

Ashley Fukuchi, Maki Fukuhara, Trent Furuta, Dylan Gable, Nicholas Galliani, April Gaoiran, Nicole Garcia, Zachary Geisterfer, StacyMae Gelacio, Meghan George, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Kahri Golden, Kassidy Gonsalves, Annabel Gonzalez, Acacia Goo, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly A. Gorospe, Marc D. Grande, Siera Green,

Zechariah Greene, Rachel A. Greer-Smith, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Rihei Grothmann, Heidi Guan, Alexander Guerrero, Natalie Hagemann, Brittany Hale, Carli Hand, Kye Harford, Arielle Harnik, Molly Harris, Rose Hart, Bridge Hartman, Stephen Hasegawa, Alexander Hedglen, Dakota Helfrich, John Herman, Rachel Heu, Brad Higa, Tyler Hoffman, Tiana Honda,

Lauren Hong, Alena Hookano, Tanya Hooper, Trenton Hooper, Alyssa Hoshide, Jordan Howard, Kainoa Howard, Samantha Howell, ZhiLing Huang, Robert Huelskamp, Adrian Huff, Brianne Huggins, Jonathan Hults-Ferko, Thien Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Andi Igawa, Kadi Igawa, Alleonore-Destiny Iguin, Runa Ikeno, Kayla Ing, Ching Ip, Courtney Ip, Sepe S. Isaac, Joanne Isabella, Yui Isogai, Cameron Ita, Daylen Ita,

Alexa Jacobs, Dana J. Jennings, Bethanie Johnson, Lindsay Johnson, Casey Jones, Kailani Jones, Mikayla Jones, Jamie Josephson, Jessica J. Julian, Jessica Justo, Kahuliau Kaai, Kayuri Kadoya, Natasha Kahana, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kelii Kailipaka, Kahoruko Kajiya, Nainoa Kalaukoa, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, Bree Kalima, Tayler Kaniho, Vebjoern Karisari, Melvalee Kaulia, Germaine Kaululaau, Hokuto Kawashima,

Jill Keely, Joanne Keliikoa, Bianca Keohokapu, Micah Kerr, Ada Kettner, Chantelle Kiessner, Bokyung Kim, Chan Gyeom Kim, Mary L. Kimura, Andrew J. H. Kinloch, Rachel Kishimoto, Joshua Kitagawa, Keely Kitamura, Faasalafa Kitiona, Rachel Klein, Alexandra Kler Lago, William Kobus, Kamrie Koi, Cody Kojima, Felicia Kolb, Lisa Kosilla, Maya Kottwitz, Ayaka Koyama, Michelle Kuehn, Johann Kuipers, Morgan Kultala, Desmond K. K. Lai, Mia Lamirand,

Brittney Lane, Danielle Larson, Samantha Lathrop, Brandon Lau, Joshua Lawcock, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee, Shalyn Lewis, QiXin Li, Hannah Lipman, Eileen Liu, Emerson J. Llaguno, Gerard Lono, Piikea Lono, Sheena Lopes, Kawehi Lopez, Catherine Lord, Kristi Lovell, Michael Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Rebekah Loving, Vanessa Lua, Sharlene Macasieb, Kimberly Magsipoc, Lily Mahan, Brandon Mahle,

Wilson Malone, Danielle Marrufo, Kelly Martin-Young, Shae Massie, Anna C. Masuda, Carle-Ann Mata, Moriah Mathson, Kasey Matsumoto, Kelley Matsumoto, Aspen Mauch, Michelle Mazzetti, Shaina McEnroe, Meghan McGrath, Kayla McKown, Jared McLean, Brendan McQuillan, Korin Medeiros, Leslie Medina, Matthew Merritt, Zoey Meyers, William Midgley, Anna B. Mikkelsen, Bryce Miles-Leighton, Zayin Minia, Risako Mise, Lauren Mizuba, Nicole Monette,

Ariel Moniz, Brendan Moore, Ariyana Moran, Juliann Morris, Candice Moses, Meghan Mulley, Jenny Nagatori, Brandon Naihe, Lorelei Nakagawa, Tori Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Blayne Nakasone Sakata, Joseph Nakoa, Robynn A. Namnama, Kirstie Naone, Jordan L. Nauka, Ariel Navarro, Shanice Navarro, Christopher Nelson, Nena Nena Jr., Keith Nerida, Kelsey Nguyen, Cameron Nicholson, Richelle G. Nicolas, Keenan Nishioka, Dylan Oakes, Aaron O’Connor, Ryuta Ogawa, Helio M. A. Oliveira De Araujo, Morgan Olson, Nicole Ortiz,

Jebe G. Pacris, John D. Padapat, Isaac Pang, Jessica Pang, Jannah Pante, Pauleen Pante, Joshua Parep, Ciarra-Lynn Parinas, John Parker, Kailey Pascoe, Ishani S. S. Patel, Tyson Pavao, Leomanaolamaikalani Peleiholani Blankenfeld, Ulupuamahinamaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld, Graham Pernell,

Trevor Perry, Mark Petner, Sharon Petrosky, Terri Pinyerd, Avion Plummer, Wakea Po, Michelle Popek, Arwen Potochney, Gavrielle Pressman, Froile Queja, Kylee Quevedo, Jasmin M. Quiamas, Natalie Quinajon, Sheri Quon, David J. Ramones, Crystal Rances, Kaylee Rapoza, Kaydee Rapozo, Nicole Rascon, Larry Rawlins, Evangeline Raza, Keana Rees, Marleah Renti Cruz, Chelsea Requelman,

Ashley A. Resurreccion, Travis Richard, Taumie Richie, Emily Risley, Tatiana Robson, Ashley Romero, Shyla Ronia, Kainoa Rosa, Megan Rose, Robin Rudolph, Nina Sabahi, Josiane Saccu, Melanie Sacro, Tessie Sadino, Julie A. Sagabaen, Gabriella Sanchez, Chelsea Sato, Jacey Savage, Kristen Savea, Tomoki Sawada, Tatianna Schenk-Lee,

Crystal Schiszler, Dehrich Schmidt-Chya, Sinead Scholl, James Scott, Artem Sergeyev, Ishael Shaw-De Mello, Marleena Sheffield, Ang Sheng, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Kayla Shiroma, Keian Shon, Sabrina Shores, Malia Silva, Lindsay Simmons, Heather Simon, Hazel F. Sivila, Trevor Slevin, James Smith, Kathleen Smith, Kiana Soloria, Carrie Soo Hoo, Krismon Sotiangco, Megan Souza, Sarah O. L. C. Spicer, Jamie N. Sporcic, Lauren Spreen, Kimberlee Staats,

Ryan Stack, Ashlin Stahlberg, Erin Stamper, Maria Steadmon, Angelica Steele, Emma Stevens, Marguerite Stith, Taylor Stokesbary, Jeremiah Storie, Tiffany Stranathan, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Cole Stremski-Borero, Jason Su, Kylee Sullivan, Taliesin Sumner, Tyler Sumner, Sarah Swenson, Randolph Tafua, Irie Taguchi, Ryan Taifane, Peniamina Taii, Erlynn Takahashi, Melia Takakusagi, Casey Tamura, Chiko Tanahara, Devin Tanaka, Victoria Taomia, Morgan Tate,

Reuben Tate, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Allicyn Texeira, Gin Tezuka, Travis Thieme, Ginger Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Pueo Tinglin, Julie Tom, Kaycie Tomei, Shonosuke Tomomatsu, Ashley C. Tomori, Brandon Tomota, Ryotaro Toshima, Irene Transfiguracion, Taylor Traub, Kyndra Trevino-Scott, Saori Uchida, Sabrina Uchino,

Lavin Uehara, Mary-Fem Urena, Brenna Usher, Aundrea Vidal, Lixie A. Villanueva, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Anthony Vizzone, Michael Voight, Ashley Vongsy, Kaipoleimanu Wahinepio, Shayla Waiki, Amirah Waite, George R. Wakefield, Jasmin Wamar-Deponte, HeNaniNoOeKaWahineUioIkePono Wandasan, Kenton Wandasan,

Seng-Khooi Wang, Jordyn Waracka, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie K. Wasser, Evan Watanabe, Joerg M. Weber, John Whitworth, Brian Wild, Magnus Wilhelmsen, Alexis Williams, Leah Wilson, Skyla Wilson, Vanessa Winchester-Sye, Michelle Winkler, Ashley Winslow, Tanya Wong, Tiana Wong, Chayata Wongpojanee,

Daniel Wright, Chelsie Wung, Marilyn Yamamoto, Phillip Yawata, Miho Yokotani, Cheyne Yonemori, Sayuri Yoshimura, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Anwar A. Yu, Hye Lin Yu, Trisha Yuen, Jacqueline Yuw, Luana Zablan, Nils Zahn, Turfa Zaman, and Yeva Zobova.

Big Island Film Festival Announces Class of 2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii announces the 2016 Award Winners:

Best Student Short: Breathe
Best Hawai’i Short: Surrender Call
Best Family Short: Rated
Best Foreign Short: Regression

Producers Milan Andrjasevic, Leanne Melissa Bishop and Michael P. Mason of the film "Regression". Milan was also the Director and writer.

Producers Milan Andrjasevic, Leanne Melissa Bishop and Michael P. Mason of the film “Regression”. Milan was also the Director and writer.

Best Short: Monty and the Runaway Furnace

Film Producer Vinnie Taranto from Florida. He produced the film "Monty and the Runaway Furnace"

Film Producer Vinnie Taranto from Florida. He produced the film “Monty and the Runaway Furnace”

The Barbara Award: New Generations
Best Foreign Feature: Psychoanalysis

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Film Director/Writer James Raue of Psychoanalysis

Best Hawai’i Feature: THROUPLE The Movie

Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson from Throuple.

Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson from Throuple.

Best Family Feature: Catfish Blues
Best Feature: The Closer

Audience Choice Short: Water Girl

Producer Richard Gonzalez (Right) writer Karen Rose (lei) and cast of the film "Water Girl". Emily Lathrop (age 11, center) is the star.

Producer Richard Gonzalez (Right) writer Karen Rose (lei) and cast of the film “Water Girl”. Emily Lathrop (age 11, center) is the star.

Audience Choice Feature: Catfish Blues

Catfish Blues

The festival concludes tonight with a “Best of the Fest” concert from 5-7 p.m. where there will be a silent auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center. Auction items will be on display at the Tennis Pavilion of Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i while the legendary band HAPA will entertain folks.

Winning bids will be announced at 7 p.m. then at 7:30 p.m. the festival will show the Audience Choices for Short (Monty and the Runaway Furnace) and Feature Films (Catfish Blues). These films were selected by votes during the previous four days.

$45 general admission, $35 kama’āina, $10/5 keiki 7-12. All seats are $5 more at the door.

Purchase tickets online.

Films only: Adult $8, Keiki $5. All seats are $5 more at the door. (Doors Open 7 p.m.)

Bellamy Young Receives 2016 Golden Honu Award From Big Island Film Festival

Last night at the Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii… actress Bellamy Young was awarded a 2016 Golden Honu Award.

Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears and Bellamy Young after Bellamy received the Golden Honu Award.

Big Island Film Festival Director Leo Sears and Bellamy Young after Bellamy received the Golden Honu Award.

Bellamy has been at the festival since Thursday interacting with fans and enjoying the films being presented.

Actor Michael Gross and Bellamy at the Mayor's Reception.

Actor Michael Gross and Bellamy at the Mayor’s Reception.

Last night she also had a question and answer session with Variety Magazines Features Writer Peter Caranicas where she talked about her career and the current hit show “Scandal” where she plays the lead character of the First Lady of the United States, Melody “Mellie” Grant.

Bellamy talks about her career with Variety Magazine Features Editor Peter Caranicas

Bellamy talks about her career with Variety Magazine Features Editor Peter Caranicas

After the question and answer session inside the Fairmont Orchids Lehua Theater, Bellamy went outside where she met with filmmakers, producers, writers, and fans.

Bellamy was literally "blown" away by the guys that I have penned the Tiki Torch Guys.

Bellamy was literally “blown” away by the guys that I have penned the Tiki Torch Guys.

You can watch full episodes online of “Scandal” anytime here: http://abc.go.com/shows/scandal/episode-guide

This is the 11th year the Big Island Film Festival has entertained and promoted films from around the world and tomorrow from 5-7 p.m. there will be a silent auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center.  Auction items will be on display at the Tennis Pavilion of Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i while the legendary band HAPA will entertain folks.

Winning bids will be announced at 7 p.m. then at 7:30 p.m. the festival will show the Audience Choices for  Short and Feature Films. These films were selected by votes during the previous four days.

$45 general admission, $35 kama’āina, $10/5 keiki 7-12. All seats are $5 more at the door.

Purchase tickets online.

Films only: Adult $8, Keiki $5. All seats are $5 more at the door. (Doors Open 7 p.m.)

Trustee Screening Committee Names Three Finalists for KSBE Board of Trustees

The Probate Court’s Trustee Screening Committee filed a report in Court identifying the names of three finalists the Committee recommends for the current vacancy on Kamehameha Schools’ Board of Trustees.

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The three finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • Kamanamaikalani Beamer
  • Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham
  • Kanoelani Naone

The Screening Committee reported that they reviewed resumes and vision statements of 70 applicants. They also conducted personal interviews with semi-finalists to determine that the three finalists best meet the Probate Court’s requirements and desirable qualities and characteristics.

The court is accepting comments on these finalists until 4:00 p.m. on June 14, 2016. Comments received before the deadline will be filed with the Probate Court. Comments may be submitted as follows:

Email: jobs@inkinen.com
Regular mail:
Trustee Screening Committee
c/o Inkinen & Associates
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 1477
Honolulu, HI 96813

Hilo to Tanzania – Open Community Forum

The Rotary Club of South Hilo, in partnership with Short n Sweet Bakery and Café, and The Church of the Holy Apostles, is inviting the community to a free Open Community Forum presenting the experiences of four Peace Corps Volunteers and their time in Tanzania.  The forum will be on Wednesday June 8 at 5:00 pm at the Church of the Holy Apostles located at 1407 Kapiʻolani St., Hilo.

Returning Peace Corp Volunteers to speak at the Church of the Holy Apostles—1407 Kapiʻolani Street, Hilo

Returning Peace Corp Volunteers to speak at the Church of the Holy Apostles—1407 Kapiʻolani Street, Hilo

The featured speaker is Kanoelehua Ho along with three of her Peace Corp colleagues; Rochelle Latka, Sarah Munteanu, and Ginny Worley.  Their talk will focus on their experiences of being a Peace Corps Volunteer, and about Ho’s projects in Tanzania.

Ho a Kamehameha Schools Keaʻau alumna graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington in 2013.  In February 2014, she headed to Tanzania to start her assignment for the Peace Corps.  During her 27 month stay in Tanzania Ho has led numerous projects in her village including several funded with the help of a $3000 grant from the Rotary Club of South Hilo.  With the grant, Ho led a project that completed the village’s visiting physician house and completed a system bringing running water to its health clinic.

The project also brought 20 beehives to the village, to teach beekeeping and provide honey.  Besides providing income to buy HIV medication, the bees also will help pollinate a plant that can help treat HIV.  The grant also purchased two acres, where Ho and the villagers planted 300 avocado trees.  The avocado crop serves as another source of income.

“It’s truly amazing all of the lives Kanoe has been able to impact in her work with the Peace Corps.  The community is so incredibly proud of all she has done.  We are really looking forward to seeing and hearing about all she and her colleagues experienced in Tanzania,” said Rotary Club of South Hilo President Kim Arakawa.

The award winning Short n Sweet Bakery and Café will be providing light refreshments for the event.  For more information please contact (808) 741-1475.

Soldiers In The Battle Against Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death; Passion for Hawaii Forests Prompts Participation

Dozens of scientists, foresters, surveyors, researchers, and educators are actively involved in the fight to try and stop the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death. The fungal disease has decimated tens of thousands of acres of native ‘ōhi‘a on the Big Island. A virtual army of specialists from a wide array of federal, state, county, and non-profit organizations are engaged in the fight to find a treatment and simultaneously to stop it in its tracks. That’s where education and outreach come in.

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Anya Tagawa and Jeff Bagshaw of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s (DOFAW)    Natural Area Reserve (NAR) program are two of the soldiers on the frontline of spreading awareness about Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.  They’ve each created signs that hunters, hikers,     mountain bikers and other people recreating on state public lands will soon see.  DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said,  “It is critical that every person who goes into the woods or forest anywhere in Hawaii, takes steps to prevent this disease from spreading. Anya and Jeff’s work along with a team of other outreach experts, is vitally important in getting kama‘āina and visitors alike to be certain they don’t inadvertently track the fungus from place to place.”

Their individual signs are different in appearance, but contain the same basic message. Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death kills one of the most important native trees quickly and in wide swaths.  Failing to follow the simple recommendations outlined on both signs could make you responsible for spreading this disease inter-island and intra-island.

Tagawa’s passion is borne of a life spent in the forest. She comments, “My life has always been intertwined with ‘ōhi‘a, with our native forests. I grew up hiking, exploring, and being captivated by our forests. I continue to learn about their unparalleled uniqueness and feel an intimate    connection with these special places. Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death threatens this way of life. It is imperative that we do all what we can to ensure ‘ōhi‘a is present for our future generations to experience, engage, and form a relationship with. It is critical for the continued persistence of the countless unique plants and animals that rely on ‘ōhi’a.”

Bagshaw is the outreach coordinator at the Ahihi-Kina‘u NAR on Maui’s south shore. The nearest wild ‘ōhi’a is dozens of miles away yet he designed the sign for the Na Ala Hele Trails Access system, because he, like his colleagues, is deeply concerned about the fate of Hawai‘i’s ‘ōhi’a forests.

He said, “We hope hikers and all forest users will start to be conscious  wherever they go, even if there’s ‘ōhi’a there or not. We’d like them to realize, that they could be taking something into the forest that affects our native ecosystems. ‘Ōhi’a are the backbone of our native rainforest; they feed the honeycreepers, they protect the watershed.  I can’t imagine a Hawaiian rainforest without ‘ōhi’a.”

Recently, Bagshaw, his staff, and volunteers conducted awareness surveys with visitors to the Ahihi-Kina‘u NAR.  They’ve found very few people have any knowledge about ōhi’a or Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.  They’re heartened though, by people’s willingness to adopt the preventative measures outlined on each of the trail signs.

Tagawa’s signs will eventually be at every DOFAW trailhead on the Big Island: more than 50 in all. On Maui, Bagshaw’s signs are being placed at all Na Ala Hele trailheads.

Soldiers in the Fight Against Rapid Ohia Death- Video News Release from Hawaii DLNR on Vimeo.

East Hawaii Officer of the Month: Jared Cabatu

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Jared Cabatu on Thursday (May 26) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for May.

Aloha Exchange Club member Joey Estrella presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Officer Jared Cabatu.

Aloha Exchange Club member Joey Estrella presents an ‘Officer of the Month’ award to Officer Jared Cabatu.

Cabatu was honored for his outstanding accomplishment in patrol operations that led to the recovery of a stolen federal vehicle.

On April 26, three pickup trucks were stolen from the University of Hawaiʻi Institute of Astronomy. In the days that followed, Cabatu worked to solve the case and learned that a vehicle matching the description of the ones stolen had been seen in the upper Hilo area. Following that lead, he located the vehicle in the Waiākea Uka area and determined that its license plate had been stolen from another vehicle. When he attempted to contact the occupants, they fled.

Officer Cabatu immediately communicated information about the vehicle and the suspects to his fellow South Hilo Patrol officers, leading to the recovery of the vehicle and the arrest of two men and a woman. As a result, detectives assigned to the case were able to develop additional leads and information.

Cabatu was previously named “Officer of the Month” In March 2013 and October 2015. As “Officer of the Month,” he is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

UH Hilo’s Lam Receives Prestigious Fulbright Award

Carolina Lam, director of global education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Center for Global Education and Exchange, has received a prestigious Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) Award to visit South Korea.

Carolina Lam, Director, Global Education at UH Hilo

Carolina Lam, Director, Global Education at UH Hilo

The purpose of the program is to provide international education administrators an opportunity to learn about the host country’s educational system and network with Korean and U.S. cohort colleagues. Lam will spend two weeks in June traveling throughout South Korea, meeting with representatives from the country’s universities, along with selected government and private sector agencies.

“I am honored to have been selected to participate in this program,” Lam said. “I look forward to learning more about South Korea’s culture and educational system, and visiting with at least four of our 11 partner universities that are located there.”

The IEA award is part of the Fulbright Scholar program, which sends approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Fulbright programs are international education exchanges that are sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

For more information, visit http://www.cies.org.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

International Space Station

It will be visible beginning tonight, Thursday, May 26, at 8:02 PM. It will be visible for approximately 6 minutes at a Maximum Height of 61 degrees. It will appear 11 degrees above the Southwest part of the sky and disappear 11 degrees above the North Northeast part of the sky.

New Lava Flow Map Hints at Direction of New Flows

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawaiʻi.

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The new breakouts from Puʻu ʻŌʻō that began on May 24 are shown in red, as mapped on May 25. The area of the original June 27th lava flow field is shown in pink, as last mapped in detail on May 9.

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The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth’s surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. The base map is a partly transparent regional land cover map from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM). The bathymetry is also from NOAA. Click to enlarge

Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray. The black box shows the extent of the accompanying large scale map.

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The new breakouts from Puʻu ʻŌʻō that began on May 24 are shown in red, as mapped on May 25. The area of the original June 27th lava flow field is shown in pink, as last mapped in detail on May 9. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is at lower left.

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The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth’s surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. The base map is a partly transparent 1:24,000-scale USGS digital topographic map draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM).

Free Window Screening Workshop #FightTheBite

Lowes, Habitat For Humanity West Hawaii and the State Health Department have created a “Free Window Screening” workshop day on June 16th from 10-1 in the Lowe’s parking lot near the garden area to help repair people’s screens and teach residents how to do it themselves, as well.

Lowes Fight the Bite

Qualified residents can sign up to have Habitat folks provide the materials to make sure people have homes with screens to avoid contracting mosquito borne illnesses. Perk? A free BBQ from Randy’s BBQ!

Puʻu ʻŌʻō Breakouts Continue – No Significant Advancement

The two breakouts that began at Puʻu ʻŌʻō yesterday (May 24) are still active.

As of 8:30 a.m., HST, today, May 25, 2016, lava continued to flow from two breakout sites on the flanks of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, which was shrouded by rain and steam during HVO’s morning overflight.

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This morning, the active portions of both flows remained relatively short, extending no more than 1 km (0.6 miles) from their breakout points. The northern breakout, shown here, changed course slightly overnight, but is still directed towards the northwest in an impressive channel, with lava spreading out at the flow front. Click to enlarge

At the northern breakout (see maps at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/maps/), a new lobe of lava broke out of yesterday’s active channel and was advancing to the northwest. This new lobe of lava had advanced about 950 m (0.6 mi) as of this morning. Yesterday’s channel—now inactive—is visible to the right of today’s flow.

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In this thermal image of the northern breakout, the active lava channel and flow front are clearly revealed as bright yellow and pink colors. The channel that was active yesterday, but now stagnate, is visible as a bluish-purple line to the right of today’s active flow.

This morning (May 25, 2016), the northern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō was feeding an impressive channel of lava that extended about 950 m (0.6 mi) northwest of the cone. This channel was about 10 m (32 ft) wide as of 8:30 a.m., HST.

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The second flow from the eastern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō—in the area of the “Peace Day” flow that broke out in September 2011—remained active as of this morning, and its total length was about 1.2 km (0.75 mi) long.

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This lava flow was slowly spreading laterally, but the flow front had stalled.

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Despite heavy rain, which resulted in blurry spots on this photo due to water droplets on the camera lens, HVO scientists were able to do some of the work they hoped to accomplish during this morning’s overflight.

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Here, an HVO geologist maps the location of active lava from the eastern breakout on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Click to enlarge

Amidst steam created by rain falling on the hot lava, another HVO geologist uses a rock hammer to collect a sample of the active flow.

Analyses of this sample will yield data on the temperature and chemical makeup of the lava, information that is needed to help determine what's happening within the volcano.  Click to enlarge

Analyses of this sample will yield data on the temperature and chemical makeup of the lava, information that is needed to help determine what’s happening within the volcano. Click to enlarge

Nēnē Class of 2016 Takes Flight

It’s springtime and nēnē have begun to reappear in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, after being less visible since fall and winter, when they hunker down to nest, raise goslings and grow a new set of flight feathers (molt).

An adult pair of nēnē in pūkiawe bush near Crater Rim Drive in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Kathleen Misajon

An adult pair of nēnē in pūkiawe bush near Crater Rim Drive in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Kathleen Misajon

Nēnē have started to flock, and younger nēnē are taking their first flights. Drivers are reminded to slow down and watch out for the native geese on roadways in and out of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Two young fledglings were killed last Saturday on Crater Rim Drive, between Kīlauea Overlook and Jaggar Museum, by an unknown motorist. The young birds, which were around six months old, were discovered by a park ranger.

“Young fledglings test out their wings and explore new territories this time of year,” said Wildlife Biologist Kathleen Misajon, Manager of the Nēnē Recovery Program at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. “The park uses nēnē crossing signs to alert motorists to key areas, however, until the young birds learn the ropes from their parents, the areas they choose to land can be unpredictable. It’s so important to be extra vigilant when driving so these kinds of accidents don’t happen,” Misajon said.

Nēnē, the largest native land animal in Hawai‘i, are present in the park and other locations on Hawai‘i Island year-round. They blend in with their surroundings and can be difficult for drivers to spot. They are federally listed as endangered.

Nēnē crossing signs posted throughout the park call attention to roadside areas frequented by nēnē. These include Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road, and sections of Highway 11. Motorists are urged to use extra caution in signed nēnē crossing areas, and to obey posted speed limits.

A young nēnē fledgling tests its wings in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Kathleen Misajon

A young nēnē fledgling tests its wings in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. NPS Photo/Kathleen Misajon

By 1952, only 30 birds remained statewide.  Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park began efforts to recover the species in the 1970s.  The Nēnē Recovery Program continues today, and more than 250 birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet. More than 2,500 nēnē exist statewide.

Wild nēnē, the world’s rarest goose, are only found in Hawai‘i and are the last survivor of several other endemic geese. Their strong feet sport padded toes and reduced webbing, an adaptation that allows them to traverse rough terrain like lava plains. Most nēnē fly between nighttime roosts and daytime feeding grounds. Watch this short Public Service Announcement for more information. To report nēnē on the road in the park, call 808-985-6170. Outside the park, call 808-974-4221.

Kona Drug Court Food Drive for Hawaii Island’s Food Bank

judiciaryThe Kona Drug Court has selected The Food Basket, Inc., “Hawai‘i Island’s Food Bank,” as the focus of its 2016 National Drug Court Month community service project, to give back to the charity that provides for Big Island residents in need, including children from low-income or homeless families, elderly, veterans, and many addicts in the early stages of recovery.

The Kona Drug Court asks the West Hawaii community to help support The Food Basket, Inc., by dropping off donations of non-perishable foods to Drug Court volunteers, who will be dressed in red t-shirts, in front of the KTA Super Store in Kailua-Kona.

For more information on Friday’s food drive please contact Grayson K. Hashida, Hawaii Island Drug Court Coordinator at (808) 443-2201.

  • WHAT: Kona Drug Court Food Drive for Hawaii Island’s Food Bank
  • WHO: The Kona Drug Court
  • WHEN: Friday May 27, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:    KTA Super Store Kailua-Kona, in the Kona Coast Shopping Center,  74-5594 Palani Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii


This Weekend – Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi 2016 State Convention

The Democratic Party of Hawaiʻi will have its 2016 State Convention this weekend, May 28th and May 29th, at the Sheraton Waikiki.

Democratic Party of HawaiiThe highlight will be the election of the new Party Chairperson on Sunday to replace outgoing Chair Stephanie Ohigashi who served a two year term. Candidates for Party Chair are Jacce Mikulanec, Tyler Dos Santos-Tam, Florence Kong Kee and Tim Vandeveer.

Other scheduled activities include:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • Opening Ceremonies & Plenary
  • Party Executive Officer Reports
  • Executive Branch Reports
  • Convention Committee Reports
  • Election of State Central Committee members, National Convention Delegates, and Presidential Electors
  • Legislative Branch Reports

Sunday, May 29, 2016

  • Session Reconvenes & U.S. Senate and Congressional Member Reports
  • Announcement of Election Results from May 28, 2016
  • Election of the National Committeewoman, National Committeeman, and State Party Chair
  • Meritorious Award Presentation
  • Convention Committee Reports (Cont.)

“Our biennial convention is a special time for Hawaiʻi Democrats. With over a thousand delegates, alternates, party officials, elected officials, student observers and guests gathering at this convention, it’s an opportunity to visit with old friends, make new friends and to do the important work of moving Hawaiʻi forward,” Chair Stephanie Ohigashi said. “I absolutely look forward to seeing my fellow Hawaiʻi Democrats from across the state.”

Map of New Breakouts at Puʻu ʻŌʻō

This map of two new breakouts at Puʻu ʻŌʻō, which began just before 7:00 a.m., HST, this morning, shows the extent of the lava flows based on aerial photos that were taken at 8:30 a.m.

The new breakouts had not extended beyond the boundary of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field at the time the photos were taken, and neither lava flow currently poses an immediate threat to nearby communities. Click to enlarge

The new breakouts had not extended beyond the boundary of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field at the time the photos were taken, and neither lava flow currently poses an immediate threat to nearby communities. Click to enlarge

At the time, the larger flow from the northern breakout was traveling down the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, towards the northwest, and was about 1 km (0.6 miles) long, and the flow from the eastern breakout was about 700 meters (0.4 miles) long. The aerial photos used to map the flows are shown over an older satellite image. The new breakouts had not extended beyond the boundary of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field at the time the photos were taken, and neither lava flow currently poses an immediate threat to nearby communities.

State Conservation Officers Seeking Person of Interest for Mauna Kea Road Obstruction

Anyone who may have witnessed or have knowledge of rocks being placed on the   Mauna Kea Access Road, late afternoon, on May 16, 2016, is asked to contact the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE). This happened at the 5.5 mile marker of the summit road, at the 12,500 foot level. The rocks created a potential safety hazard as they were placed in the downhill lane, in the middle of a sharp right hand corner.

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DOCARE officers interviewed workers on Mauna Kea, who reported seeing a man in the area just before and after rocks appeared on the road.

Photos taken by a Hale Pohaku Visitor Center security camera show a shirtless man carrying a plastic gallon container and walking uphill along the road. A telescope worker confirmed that this was the person they witnessed on the road at about the time the rocks were placed.

Rocks personHe is described as 5’5″ – 5’8”, with a slim build. He was seen wearing light-colored white to light gray-colored board shorts and slippers, with a black-colored backpack. He was carrying an opaque plastic container.

If anyone has information about this incident you are asked to contact DOCARE at 643-DLNR.

One Week Left on Public Education Survey – Offer Your Input on Hawaii’s Education Future

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is reminding the public that they have one more week to submit input on a plan for student success. HIDOE and the Board of Education (BOE) are currently reviewing their joint Strategic Plan for the next three years. The community’s input is needed to support student aspirations in our public schools.

Join the Conversation

Feedback is being sought through a survey posted at hiqualityed.tumblr.com. Some of the questions participants can expect include:

  • Given your understanding of HIDOE’s vision, mission, and values, how would you define “student success”?
  • What innovative practices, programs, or approaches best prepare students to become college, career, and community ready?
  • What promising practices, programs, or approaches could specifically support struggling students in setting and reaching their college, career, and community ready goals?
  • What school or community programs or efforts effectively support students in achieving their college, career, and community goals?

“In the past three weeks, we have received more than 730 completed surveys providing input on what the education experience should look like for our public school students, and we’re looking for more feedback before the May 31 deadline,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “This is an important opportunity for teachers, parents, students and community members to share their thoughts and make an impact on thousands of students.”

HIDOE is also taking into account the passage of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which provides more flexibility to states to direct their own education strategies to support state goals, while keeping several federal requirements tied to funding in place. Since January, HIDOE has been providing ESSA analysis and information to the Governor, the BOE, the Legislature, educators and the public.

For more information and to take the survey, click here; to join the conversation on social media use #HIQualityEd.

High Technology Development Corporation Hosts Forum on Entrepreneurship with Noted Business Innovation Expert

The High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) will host a free brown bag lunch lecture by nationally recognized venture capitalist, technology expert, business executive and media commentator Jonathan Aberman on Wednesday, June 1 from 12 noon – 1 p.m. at the NELHA Gateway Center in Kailua-Kona. Seating is limited for Aberman’s presentation, “The Challenge of Growth: It’s a high class problem, but still a problem.”

Jonathan Aberman

Jonathan Aberman

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Jonathan Aberman address our local business leaders in Kailua-Kona,” said Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO of HTDC.  “His vast experience in the technology innovation and business startup fields has made him a highly respected voice that people across the nation look to for guidance. We’re very fortunate to welcome him to Hawaii to share his thoughts on the challenges facing small businesses today.”

Aberman is founder, chairman, and managing director of Amplifier Ventures, a Washington, D.C.-based consortium of technology innovation consulting and investment management businesses that assists technology startups and provide consulting services to government agencies, academic institutions, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations. He has been cited as a thought leader in the areas of technology innovation and entrepreneurship by numerous media outlets. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of its “Tech Titans,” and the Washington Business Journal tabbed him as one of the “Power 100” in the region. The Commonwealth of Virginia has also listed Aberman as one of its “50 Most Influential Entrepreneurs.”

Online registration is available at nelha-jonathanaberman.eventbrite.com. Tickets are free, but limited to 50 seats. The NELHA Gateway Center is located at 73-4460 Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island. Following his presentation, Aberman will be available for consultation. Appointments are limited and reservations are required.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact Tom Leonard at tom.ni3@htdc.org or (808) 936-0222.

Two New Breakout Lava Flows at Pu’u O’o

Two new breakouts at Puʻu ʻŌʻō began this morning just before 7:00 a.m., HST. The larger of the two breakouts, shown here, originated on the northeast flank of the cone, at the site of the vent for the ongoing June 27th lava flow.

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This breakout point fed a vigorous channelized flow that extended about 1 km (0.6 miles). This lava flow had not extended beyond the existing Puʻu ʻŌʻō flow field at the time this photo was taken (8:30 a.m., HST).

A wider view of the larger breakout traveling down the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, towards the northwest. This photo was taken at about 8:30am.  Click to enlarge

A wider view of the larger breakout traveling down the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, towards the northwest. This photo was taken at about 8:30am. Click to enlarge

Another breakout occurred just east of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, about 500 m (0.3 miles) from the crater, in the area of the “Peace Day” flow that broke out in September 2011.

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This second breakout was smaller than the one on the northeast flank, but was still feeding an impressive lava channel. At the time of this photo (8:30 a.m., HST), this flow was about 700 m (0.4 miles) long and traveling towards the southeast.

A video of the larger breakout, flowing northwest.