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All Oahu and Kauai Genki Sushi Restaurants Ordered to Close Immediately

The Hawaii State Department of Health has mandated that all Oahu and Kauai Genki Sushi Restaurants close immediately.

Genki Sushi

The Department of Health determined the hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu is likely due to imported frozen scallops served raw at these restaurants.

The restaurants are now closed to prevent any further illness and protect the public.  No word on when they may reopen.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Centennial Events for September 2016

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, and continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public in September.

All ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Conservation in Hawai‘i: A Living Legacy. Join Bryan Harry, former superintendent of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and founding member of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, as he talks about the state of conservation in Hawai‘i and what it means for Hawai‘i to host the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2016.

Bryan HarryPart of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

  • When: Tues., Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Hawaiian ‘Ukulele Demonstration. Oral Abihai shares his passion for making ‘ukulele from discarded or naturally fallen pieces of wood.

Oral Abihai Ukulele

Learning only several years ago in Lahaina from Kenny Potts, he has since made more than 50 ‘ukulele. Oral currently lives on Hawai‘i Island, where he makes ‘ukulele by hand. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Hula Performance by Hālau Hula Ulumamo o Hilo Palikū. Kumu hula Mamo Brown is a lifelong resident of Hilo, and was formally trained by Nālani Kanaka‘ole and Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele of Hālau Kekuhi in the ‘ai ha‘a, or low bombastic style, of kahiko (traditional) hula.

Halau at volcanoAfter her ‘ūniki (graduation), Mamo started her own hālau and carries on the kahiko tradition. She and her hālau have performed at the park’s annual Hawaiian cultural festival several times. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Centennial Series After Dark in the Park: Hawaiian Adze Production and Lithic Block Quarries on Kīlauea. Park Archeologist Caleb Houck shares his knowledge about the lithic block quarries on Kīlauea volcano.

Basal Rock

Learn how Hawaiians crafted finely grained basalt rock into adze (stone tools) following the 1790 summit eruptions, why these particular rocks were prized by Hawaiians, and how archeologists discovered these abandoned quarries centuries later.

  • When: Tues., Sept. 27, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Make a Hawaiian Broom. Join park rangers and learn to make a useful pulumi nī‘au.

Hawaiian BroomFashioned from the midribs of coconut leaves, pulumi nī‘au are a kind of broom used to keep houses tidy and clean. The coconut tree is an incredibly useful species utilized by people throughout the Pacific, and pulumi are just one example of its myriad uses. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

  • When: Wed., Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Centennial Hike: Hawaiian Adze Production—Lithic Block Quarries on Kīlauea. Join Park Ranger Jay Robinson on an easy hour-long hike among the abandoned adze quarry at Kīlauea Overlook. Most visitors have no idea this area was showered by large basalt rocks erupted from Kīlauea during its summit eruptions of 1790, or that Hawaiians coveted the rocks for stone tools (adze). Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.
  • Where: Meet at Kīlauea Overlook

Hawaii County General Plan Public Input Forums

Hawaii County encourages people to attend an upcoming General Plan Public Input Forum.

Hawaii County General Plan

The General Plan guides the island’s long-range physical development.  Participants in the Forums will give feedback on alternatives for future growth.

  • Tuesday, August 23, 6:00pm – 8:00pm,25 Aupuni Street, Room 1401, County Council Chambers, Hilo

You may also participate at our live remote sites:

  • Waimea Community Center – 65-1260 Kawaihae Road
  • Pahoa Neighborhood Facility – 15-2910 Puna Road
  • Naalehu Community Center – 95-5635 Māmalahoa Highway
  • Kona Council Chambers – 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building A

Thursday, August 25

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Building A, County Council Chambers, Kona

You may also participate at our live remote sites:

  • Waimea Community Center – 65-1260 Kawaihae Road
  • Pahoa Neighborhood Facility – 15-2910 Puna Road
  • Naalehu Community Center – 95-5635 Māmalahoa Highway
  • Hilo Council Chambers – 25 Aupuni Street, Room 1401

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Hawaii’s Open Primary Elections

In a published opinion issued today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Hawaii’s practice of holding open primary elections. The Democratic Party of Hawaii had sued the state office of elections in 2013 and sought to limit participation in the Democratic primary election to registered Democrats only.

Democrat lawsuit

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The Ninth Circuit ruled that the Democratic Party did not show that the open primary system burdens its associational rights. The Party offered no evidence that the open primary impacted its candidates or messages. The Ninth Circuit noted that Hawaii’s voters may vote in only one party’s primary election.

The case, Democratic Party of Hawaii v. Nago, was originally filed in the federal district court of Hawaii. In November 2013, Judge J. Michael Seabright ruled in the State’s favor, upholding the open primary. The Democratic Party appealed. The Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments in May 2016.

“The open primary is part of Hawaii’s commitment to make voting easier and to include more persons in the democratic process,” said Attorney General Doug Chin. “This ruling keeps Hawaii’s primary elections open to all registered voters, regardless of their formal party affiliation.”

This ruling has no effect on the 2016 primary or general elections. A copy of the court’s opinion is attached.

Kahilu Performing Arts Classes Fall Semester Registration Opens August 18

Registration for the fall semester of Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC) opens Thursday, August 18. The semester begins Wednesday, September 7 and classes run through Thursday, December 15, concluding with a music and theatre showcase on Saturday, December 17.


There are a total of 26 classes on offer for the fall semester, including the addition of four new classes – Dance Improv & Choreo, Backstage Tech, Conditioning, and Acting the Song.

Formerly Prince Dance Institute and smArt Academy, these two programs have merged into the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes (KPAC). Directed by Angel Prince, former Artistic Director of Prince Dance Institute, this newly renamed Kahilu Theatre education program will continue to offer excellence in training in the performing arts with many of the same teachers and classes returning for the new semester.

New Classes:

Dance Improv & Choreo is a fun and explorative class, which will use interactive games as a tool to create movement, enhance creativity and inspire new ideas. Basic composition lessons will aid in developing individual creative expression in a relaxed and supportive environment.

Backstage Tech is a hands-on, audio-visual class for those who are interested in theatre production experience. Students will learn the basics of lighting, sound, set building, and various technical performing arts world skills. There is no experience needed to join this class.

Conditioning class optimizes neuromuscular connections, alignment, strength and flexibility. It supports dancers in training or anyone wishing to move with the skill and grace of a dancer. An ideal after-ballet class, all levels of experience are welcome to join to lengthen, tone and reconnect.

Acting the Song is a musical theatre class that will teach students a technique for working on and performing songs from musicals. The same method acting technique that Beth Dunnington teaches in acting class will apply to this musical theatre class. Students will work on individual songs and one group number, both of which they will have the opportunity to perform in the December 17th showcase at the Kahilu. Students will be welcome and encouraged to audition for the June Kahilu Theatre Youth Troupe production of 13: The Musical.

Complete List of Fall Semester Kahilu Performing Arts Classes:

  • Trapeze 1, Trapeze 2
  • Contemporary 1, Contemporary 2, Contemporary 3
  • Aerial Silks 1, Aerial Silks 2, Aerial Silks 3, Aerial Silks 4
  • Keiki Dance
  • Ballet 1, Ballet 2
  • Hip Hop 1, Hip Hop 2
  • Breakdancing
  • Hula 1, Hula 2
  • Dance Improv & Choreo
  • Theatre Games
  • Singing
  • Acting the Song
  • Acting Technique & Improv
  • Circus Arts
  • Conditioning
  • Backstage Production

KPAC Faculty

  • Angel Prince (Director of KPAC): Contemporary, Improv and Choreography
  • Noelani Anderson: Theatre Games
  • Lynn Barre: Ballet and Conditioning
  • Paul Buckley: Backstage Tech
  • Beth Dunnington: Acting Technique and Acting the Song
  • Graham Ellis: Circus Arts
  • Chris “Mana” Ho’opai: Hip Hop and Breakin’
  • Leia Lawrence: Hula
  • Elizabeth McDonald: Contemporary and Trapeze
  • Kat Reuss: Aerial silks
  • Victoria Roos: Aerial silks
  • Val Underwood: Singing

Class Enrollment Information:

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 3:00pm and 7:30pm, and will be held on the main stage and in the Mike Luce Studio.

Dance Class

Scholarships are available for qualifying applicants and will be accepted from August 18 through September 1. A panel will review applications and notification will be sent to all applicants before classes begin on September 7.

For more information regarding class schedules, registration, fees, and scholarship information, call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868 or visithttp://www.kahilutheatre. org.

Repeat Hawaii Sex Offender Charged With Failing to Register Location

Attorney General Doug Chin announced that the Department of the Attorney General has charged Alexander Aipolani, Jr. with four counts of failure to comply with covered offender registration requirements.

Albert Aipolani Jr.

Albert Aipolani Jr.

Aipolani was convicted of kidnapping with intent to commit a sexual offense and sentenced to five years probation in 1984. He was also convicted of sexual assault in the second degree in 1993 in a case involving a minor under the age of 14. Aipolani was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for that crime.

Following his release from prison, Aipolani was required to register as a sex offender. He failed to report to the chief of police in person within thirty days of his birthday in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also failed to report a new address to the attorney general and the Hawaii criminal justice data center within three days of moving, as required by law.

Attorney General Chin said “My office has been diligent in tracking down and charging sex offenders who do not comply with registration requirements. We have charged almost ten of these offenders since April of this year alone.”

The charges against Aipolani carry a sentence of up to five years in prison for each offense.

Aipolani is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Attorney General Chin reminds the public that they can view an online directory of Hawaii registered sex offenders and other covered offenders, and sign-up for email alerts through the Department’s award-winning “Hawaii Sex Offender Search” mobile app. Those without a mobile device can also view an online directory of Hawaii registered sex offenders and other covered offenders, and sign up for email alerts at

Severo Recognized as “Kohala Officer of the Quarter”

The Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association recognized Officer Severo Ines as “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” during a ceremony Friday (August 12).

Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association President Bill King presents a “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” certificate to Officer Severo Ines.

Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association President Bill King presents a “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” certificate to Officer Severo Ines.

Officer Ines was honored for intervening while off duty when a man threatened another driver at a gas station after driving dangerously in a stolen vehicle.

On May 24, Ines was off duty in his personal vehicle when he observed a vehicle illegally passing his vehicle and four others in a no-passing zone, nearly causing a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer. Officer Inez located the driver a short time later at a gas station in Honokaʻa. He saw that the man was acting in a threatening manner toward another man at the gas station and that he punched the window of another vehicle, frightening the driver away from the scene. When the man began to threaten his initial target, Officer Ines identified himself as a police officer and ordered him to stop. The aggressor then charged at Officer Ines. Despite being in plainclothes and without any police gear, Officer Ines subdued the aggressor and held him for more than five minutes while waiting for an on-duty officer to arrive.

Police learned that the man had stolen the vehicle he was driving from the South Kohala District. He was arrested and charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, reckless driving, theft and resisting arrest.

Sergeant Edwin Buyten said in nomination papers that Ines’ peers recommended him for the award because of his “courageous bravery” and exceptional police work. Buyten said the officer’s “selfless act stopped the aggressor from assaulting another citizen” and was “in keeping with the highest traditions of public service.”

The Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association is an organization of hotel and airport security managers and visitor industry professionals. Its “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” program is an opportunity to recognize outstanding officers from the North Kohala and South Kohala Districts.