State Seeking Comments on Commercial Operator Signs at Keauhou Bay Small Boat Harbor

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is seeking public input regarding the installation of commercial signs at the Keauhou Bay small boat harbor.

Keauhou Bay small boat harbor

DOBOR’s Hawai‘i district office received a request from one of the six commercial operators moored in Keauhou bay to install a sign in order to identify their business to their customers.

Since this is a public facility, DOBOR needs to treat all authorized commercial operators the same.

Suggestions are invited on where signs and sign board could be located, for example, all in one area such as the launch ramp, and all following the same design.

Please provide any recommendations regarding the proposed installation of commercial operator business signs in the harbor to the following email address by September 30, 2016: dlnr@hawaii.gov

Hawaii Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald announced today that he is seeking public comment on judicial nominees for two vacancies – one in the District Court of the Fifth Circuit (island of Kauai) upon the retirement of Judge Trudy K.T. Senda in December, and one in the District Family Court of the Third Circuit (island of Hawaii) as a result of the retirement of Judge Lloyd X. Van De Car.

JudiciaryThe names submitted for these vacancies by the Judicial Selection Commission, in alphabetical order, are:

District Court of the Fifth Circuit (island of Kauai)

Jonathan J.H.L Chun

Mr. Chun currently serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Court of the Fifth Circuit and is a Managing Partner of Belles Graham Proudfoot Wilson & Chun, LLP. Chun is a graduate of the Gonzaga University School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1981.

Christopher M. Donahoe

Mr. Donahoe is currently employed as a Deputy Public Defender with the State of Hawaii Office of the Public Defender. Donahoe is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2009.

Russell K.M.K. Goo

Mr. Goo is currently employed as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General. Goo is a graduate of the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1998.

Sara L. Silverman

Ms. Silverman serves as a Per Diem Judge of the District Court of the Fifth Circuit and is also currently employed as Sara L. Silverman, Attorney at Law. Silverman is a graduate of the DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1992.

Michael K. Soong

Mr. Soong is currently employed at the Law Office of Michael K. Soong. Soong is a graduate of the Southwestern University School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1986.

Jennifer S. Winn

Ms. Winn is currently employed as First Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the County of Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Winn is a graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1999.

District Family Court of the Third Circuit (Island of Hawaii)

Dakota K.M. Frenz

Ms. Frenz is currently employed at the Law Office of Dakota K. Frenz, LLLC. Frenz is a graduate of Whittier Law School and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2006.

Paul K. Hamano

Mr. Hamano is currently employed as Paul K. Hamano, Attorney at Law. Hamano is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law (King Hall) and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1985.

Kevin S. Hashizaki

Mr. Hashizaki is currently employed as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the County of Hawaii Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Hashizaki is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1995.

Peter K. Kubota

Mr. Kubota is currently employed as Peter K. Kubota, Attorney At Law, A Law Corporation. Kubota is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1989.

Jeffrey W.S. Ng

Mr. Ng is currently employed as a Senior Trial Deputy Public Defender with the State of Hawaii Office of the Public Defender. Ng is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 2002.

J Stanley Yoshimoto

Mr. Yoshimoto is currently employed as a Deputy Corporation Counsel with the County of Hawaii. Yoshimoto is a graduate of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law and was admitted to the Hawaii State Bar in 1992.

Because the Chief Justice has the discretion to assign judges to the district or district family court calendar, comments about the qualifications and character of any of the nominees with regard to either calendar assignment may be sent, in writing, to:

Chief Justice Mark E. Recktenwald, Supreme Court of Hawaii, 417 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, Fax: 808-539-4703,  Email: chiefjustice@courts.hawaii.gov

Comments must be post-marked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered no later than Wednesday, August 17, 2016. All comments will be kept confidential.

The individuals selected by the Chief Justice are subject to Senate confirmation.

Kona Patrol Officer Dustin Chaves Recognized as “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Kona Patrol Officer Dustin Chaves as “Officer of the Month” for August in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (August 3) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Dustin Chaves

Officer Dustin Chaves

Chaves was honored for his investigation of a stolen vehicle.

On May 19, Officer Chaves and another officer responded to a report that a stolen car had been spotted in a shopping center parking lot. When they arrived, the car was gone but they learned the direction in which it had traveled. They located it and initiated a felony traffic stop. After they gave multiple orders for the driver to exit the vehicle, she disregarded the order and sped away. Both officers initially followed but immediately terminated the pursuit when the stolen car began to speed through the Kealakehe Elementary School zone.

When other officers arrived to cover all possible getaway routes, Officer Chaves decided to check the Laʻi Opua subdivision, where he located the car parked and unoccupied. He enlisted the assistance of a concerned citizen, who pointed out the direction the driver had walked. Officer Chaves located her and arrested her. She was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, promotion of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sergeant Rollin Rabara said he nominated Chaves because of his “initiative and intuition” to check the Laʻi Opua area but added that the other officers who responded should also be recognized for the teamwork they displayed.

Chaves was previously named “Officer of the Month” in January 2015. As “Officer of the Month” again, he 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 Hawaiʻ

Registration Deadline Extended for ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation has extended the registration deadline for its 20th Annual ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament until Friday, August 12.

Ohana Fishing Tournament fishCompleted registration forms must be turned in to the Recreation Division office located at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo or postmarked by Friday, August 12. Registration forms, along with tournament rules, are available at County Parks and Recreation facilities island-wide, S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo and J. Hara Store in Kurtistown. The forms also can be found online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

The ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament will open Friday, August 19, and end with weigh-ins conducted from noon until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at Honoka‘a Gymnasium.

Separate divisions are offered for keiki 5 to 12 years old, teens, men, women, kūpuna at least 55 years old, and ‘ohana or families. There also will be a barbless circle hook challenge. Entry fee is either $25 or $30 per person or family, depending on the division entered. Please make checks payable to “County Director of Finance.”

For more information about the ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament, please call Jayme Carvalho at 962-2109 or 936-4285.

Morgan Brown to Receive Mana Award at Hawaii Horse Expo

Hawaii Horse Expo 2016 gets underway this weekend (August 6 and 7) at Pukalani Stables in Waimea with two full days of “Horsemanship with Aloha” including the presentation of the prestigious Mana Award, sponsored by Veterinary Associates.

The Hawaii Horse Expo Mana Award, recognizing those who inspire and educate, will be presented to Arthur Morgan Brown III by Dr. Billy Bergin on Sunday, August 7 at 12:30 p.m. via Skype at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. The award is named after an abandoned mare named Mana who spent the final months of her life in the care of the Hawaii Island Humane Society Waimea Shelter.

Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown

Morgan, as he is known to all, was a prominent Waimea horseman who was instrumental in formalizing the Hawaii Quarter Horse Association and establishing the Youth chapter in Hawaii.

Born in Hilo and raised on Keauhou Ranch in Volcano, Morgan moved with his family to Waimea in 1937. His father established A Lazy B Ranch and Morgan took the reins shortly after his father passed. Buster Brown, the large puu behind Waimea, was named for Morgan’s father.

Morgan had a passion for horses – rope horses, cow horses and race horses. He sponsored several relay teams at both Panaewa and Paniolo Park. Morgan was a charter member of the Hawaii Quarter Horse Association and he served as President, board member and advisor for many years. One of his greatest contributions was instructing and encouraging youth classes in the association.  In later years, A Lazy B Ranch was also the site of University of Hawaii-Hilo animal science courses where Morgan provided workshops in horsemanship and ranch management.

In addition to being an excellent horseman, Morgan was also a first rate cattleman.  In the 1950s, he and Anna Perry Fiske were among the first to import Charolais cattle to the state.

Morgan has since retired to California along with his wife, Carol, and the rest of their family where he continues to raise quality Quarter Horses and a commercial cattle herd.

Past Mana Award recipients are Laura Rose (2010), Pudding Lassiter (2011), Franz Dick Solmssen (2012), Edwin Nobriga and Wallie Kimura-Nobriga (2013) and Fern White (2014).

All Hawaii Horse Expo 2016 events, including clinics and hands-on workshops, demonstrations, silent auction, ono kau kau, mobile animal adoptions and a very special paniolo blessing by the Puu Moi Riders, will take place at Pukalani Stables in Waimea, Hawaii.

Proceeds from Hawaii Horse Expo benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which helps abused and abandoned horses on the island.

Hawaii Horse Expo weekend and single day passes are on sale now at Hawaii Island Humane Society Waimea, Keaau and Kona Shelters, Parker Ranch Store in Waimea, and Alfalfa Hay & Cubes in Paauilo.

For more information and ongoing program updates visit HawaiiHorseExpo.com.

Hawaii Hepatitis A Outbreak Now at 135 Confirmed Cases

As of August 3, 2016:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 42 new cases of hepatitis A.  All cases have been in adults, 39 have required hospitalization.

Findings of the investigation suggest that the source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu.  Seven (7) individuals now live on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui, and one visitor has returned to the mainland.

Confirmed Cases of Hepatitis A: 135

Onset of illness has ranged between 6/12/16 – 7/24/16.

Places of Interest

An employee of the following food service business(es) has been diagnosed with hepatitis A. This list does not indicate these businesses are sources of this outbreak; at this time, no infections have been linked to exposure to these businesses. The likelihood that patrons of these businesses will become infected is very low. However, persons who have consumed food or drink products from these businesses during the identified dates of service should contact their healthcare provider for advice and possible preventive care.

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Kona Community Talk Story With Mayor Kenoi

Please join Mayor Kenoi and his cabinet for a “Community Talk Story” on August 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  in Kona, at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center – Council Chambers.

Kenoi Talk Story