Man Dies Attempting to Harvest Opihi on the Big Island

A man in his sixties passed away in the Pahoa District of the Big Island today while attempting to get Opihi:

Hawaii Fire Department Incident Report: 10851

Situation Found at Scene:

Unresponsive male Opihi picker in waters off shore of Kumukahi Lighthouse.

Photo via Eli Duke

Remarks:

Report of Opihi picker who was swept into the ocean by wave action.  Two bystanders assisted victim away from rocky shoreline and were met by lifeguards on jetski’s.  The Victim, 60’s Male, was pulled from the water by Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel on Chopper 1 via Billy Pugh Net.  Victim was then transported to awaiting medic at Kumukahi Lighthouse, for emergency medical service assessment.  The victim was found to have no signs of life and was released to Hawaii Police Department.

Steal a Doritos Locos Tacos From Taco Bell on June 13th

With the Golden State Warriors “stealing a game” from Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland… folks around the United States can obtain a FREE Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell:
Details:

Consumers may obtain one (1) Free Taco during the Promotion Window on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 while supplies last. To obtain the Free Taco, Eligible Consumers must visit and be in line at any participating Taco Bell® restaurant between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. on the Redemption Date only and request a Free Taco.

Free Taco will not be offered at a consumer’s request on any other date or time, regardless of circumstance, but Taco Bell reserves the right to change the redemption date at its sole discretion for some or all participating Taco Bell restaurants.

Participating Taco Bell restaurant managers reserve the right to deny Free Taco to any person they reasonably believe has already received a Taco or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity. Free Taco offer is subject to store availability and Taco Bell reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute an item of equal or greater value due to unavailability; any difference in value will not be awarded. All Taco Bell managers’ decisions are final regarding Free Taco offer.

GENERAL CONDITIONS : As a condition of the offer, each Eligible Consumer who participates in the Promotion agrees (a) to be bound by these Terms and Conditions; (b) to release and hold harmless the National Basketball Association, each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the teams and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns of the foregoing entities (hereinafter, “NBA Entities”), Sponsor and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, licensees, sales representatives, distributors and franchisees, and each of their officers, directors, employees and agents (“Promotional Parties”) from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action, injuries, damages and/or liabilities, that may arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in this Promotion or from the receipt, unavailability or use or misuse of the Free Taco, or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of the Free Taco; (c) that under no circumstances will Eligible Consumer be permitted to obtain awards for, and Eligible Consumer hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (d) that all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any Free Taco (or the unavailability thereof) or any advertising, marketing, promotion or publicity materials in connection therewith, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (e) that any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs; and (f) that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, Eligible Consumer’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with this Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between Announcements and these Terms and Conditions, these Terms and Conditions shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Taco Bell’s sole and absolute discretion. This Promotion may be modified or terminated at any time without notice at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

By participating, Eligible Consumers consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts for Irvine, California for the resolution of any disputes related to this Promotion.

Man Who Gave Native Bird its Hawaiian Name Given Citizen Conservationist Award

During a ceremony at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today, Noah Gomes was honored with the second DLNR Citizen Conservationist award. Gomes, a park ranger is known here as someone who perpetuates Hawaiian culture in his interactions with visitors and always demonstrates the spirit of Aloha.

As a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Gomes conducted painstaking research in an effort to find the historical name for the endangered Hawai‘i Creeper. He pored through hundreds of pages of old Hawaiian newspapers and reviewed virtually every bit of literature he could find on the traditional name of the tiny forest bird.  In his thesis, which was published in the ‘Elepaio Journal, Gomes posited that the customary name of the Hawaiian Creeper is ‘Alawī.  This convinced the Hawaiian Lexicon Committee to approve the name.  The committee, established in 1987, approves the creation of words for concepts and material culture, unknown to Hawaiian ancestors.

DLNR First Deputy Director Kekoa Kaluhiwa presented the award to Gomes.  He said, “As a graduate student, Noah chose to research and review major literature on native Hawaiian birds by important authors in the late 19th and early 20th century to try and find a specific Hawaiian name for the Hawaii Creeper.  For more than a century there was no known Hawaiian name for this endangered bird.” In a statement read during today’s award ceremony Kaluhiwa added, “We are grateful for Noah’s efforts and hereby present him with a DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award, for his efforts to preserve our Native Hawaiian cultural heritage; in a time when birds like the ‘Alawī are endangered and even on the brink of extinction. His efforts help us all recognize not only the ecological importance of the ‘Alawī, but also the role it plays in our lives and those of our ancestors.

On May 31, 2017, during a naming ceremony for the ‘Alawī at the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve, not far from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Gomes did the blessing and led an ‘awa ceremony in honor of the bird’s naming. In remarks after he received his award Gomes explained, “This joined my life-long love of birds with my passion for Hawaiian culture and our language. I’m thrilled and honored to have been involved in the naming of the ‘Alawī.”

Alex Wang, (pronounced Wong) a bird specialist with the DLNR Natural Area Reserve program, and a Gomes’ friend commented, “Noah has such a deep sense of place and appreciation for native Hawaiian culture and what it represents to everyone, Hawaiian or not, living in these islands today.  He truly personifies the very best traits associated with the people of our host culture. In addition to what I expect will be many notable accomplishment in his future, he will be known in the history books as the person who named the ‘Alawī. and as Noah said how many of us are fortunate enough to marry a childhood fascination with a professional contribution to science and culture.”

The DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award program was established in early 2017 to recognize people in the community who go above and beyond to assist the department in fulfilling its mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i nei.

Hawaii State Land Board Imposes $15,000 Fine for Lava Tour Boat Violations

The Board of Land and Natural Resources today assessed a fine of $15,000 for three violations by lava tour boat operator Shane Turpin (dba Kohala Tours) for conducting commercial activity from a state boating facility without a required commercial use ramp permit, in violation of boating administrative rule, HAR 13-231-51.

The violations took place between February 3-7, 2017 from the Pohoiki boat launch ramp in south Hawaii island. These involved repeated launches of the vessel LavaKai II from the ramp without having a valid commercial use ramp permit.

Turpin’s other company Lava Ocean Tours, Inc. does hold one of the four available commercial use ramp permits issued by the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) for use of the state ramp for operation of its vessel, LavaOne. On the same dates the LavaOne was also carrying passengers for lava viewing tours. However, permit holders may not use the boat ramp to launch other vessels not covered by the permit.

The board declined to assess additional fines ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 against two vessel captains for multiple counts of violating the same boating rule. Any future violations may result in citations, fines or possible revocation of the commercial use launch ramp permit.

Hollywood Movie Seeking Native Hawaiians to Audition for Chiefess Kapiʻolani and Queen Liliʻuokalani

Seeking Native Hawaiians to audition for Chiefess Kapiʻolani and Queen Liliʻuokalani – Send pics to: casting@theislandsmovie.com

How would you like to be involved in the biggest movie on Hawaii’s history ever told on the big screen?

We plan to shoot “THE ISLANDS” – The sweeping, incredible story on the beginning of Hawaii from Captain Cook to King Kamehameha to the last reign of Queen Liliuokalani.

We believe the film will be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards and are shooting for this goal. We will also have a well-known cast matched with the award-winning producer/director Tim Chey. The film will hit 3,000 theaters worldwide on November 9, 2018.

We are seeking to raise $20 million to produce the groundbreaking film and $15 million in marketing and advertising to take the film out to a guaranteed 2,500 theaters nationwide. We will also receive a 20% rebate back from the State of Hawaii ensuring another $4 million in our advertising war chest.

We believe “THE ISLANDS” will be one of ten films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ for 2018.

We’re aiming for a $65-$150 million box office.“THE ISLANDS” will be the biggest movie on Hawaiian history ever put in cinema.

We’re aiming for A-list stars like Russell Crowe, Pierce Brosnan, or Hugh Jackman to play Captain Cook. And also get The Rock and Marcus Mariota to possibly play roles. In other words, we’re aiming to hit a major homerun.

This is YOUR chance to participate in history in the making, and make a possible huge return and income. Join us on this amazing voyage! Don’t miss the boat on this.

Hilo Traffic Alert for Next Week

The Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be upgrading the traffic signal controller at the Maka‘ala St. and Kanoelehua Ave. intersection on Wednesday, June 14th between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Work will continue on Thursday, June 15th at the Waiānuenue Ave. and Ka‘iulani St. intersection between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.  Work involves removing and replacing the makai bound mast arm and traffic signal.

The traffic signals at both intersections will be shut down during the scheduled work hours and special off-duty police officers will be in the area to facilitate traffic movement.  Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Applications Being Accepted for Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Mānowai O Hanakahi program is currently accepting applications for its Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training course, to be held in Hilo Monday-Friday, June 26 – 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Hawaiʻi Island youth age 15 and above are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in marine health, stewardship and related marine careers will be given special consideration. The application deadline is Friday, June 23.

The course is made possible through funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Education and Training Mini Grant program.

For session information and an application, visit: http://stem.hilo.hawaii.edu/manowai, call 933-0707, or email hperry@hawaii.edu.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to Join Max Holloway Homecoming Parade

This weekend, in between congressional voting weeks in Washington, DC, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is flying home today to join the state and community of Waiʻanae in a homecoming parade recognizing and celebrating UFC Champions Max Holloway & Yancy Medeiros for their undisputed victories at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Holloway will be making an appearance at The District Nightclub later that evening.

The congresswoman will participate in the community parade that will begin in Nānākuli and end at Waiʻanae High School on Saturday, and present Holloway and Medeiros with congressional certificates recognizing them for their achievements.

The congresswoman will then depart for Washington, DC Saturday night and join the Hawaiʻi State Society of Washington, DC and local and state leaders at the annual King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol.

DETAILS

Saturday June 10

  • 10:00 am Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will participate in the Waiʻanae Coast Homecoming Parade to recognize and celebrate UFC 212 Champions Max Holloway and Yancy Medeiros, and honor the athletes with congressional certificates in recognition of their achievements and proud representation of Hawaiʻi to the world
  • WHERE: Parade kicks off at 87-2020 Farrington Hwy (PVT) and ends at Waiʻanae High School at 85-251 Farrington Hwy.

Sunday June 11:

  • 2:30 PM (EST) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will deliver remarks at the 2017 King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony
  • WHERE: U.S. Capitol Building, Visitor Center, Emancipation Hall, Washington, DC

Island Air Flight Attendants, Molokai Police Officer Recognized by Hawaii Governor and Mayors for Lifesaving Actions

Two Island Air flight attendants and an off-duty Moloka‘i police officer were recognized today by Gov. David Ige for recently coming to the aid of a woman in need of medical attention.

Gov. David Ige recognized two Island Air flight attendants and a Moloka‘i police officer for their life saving actions (left to right): Moloka‘i Police Officer Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario; Island Air flight attendant Shanay Coloma; Island Air flight attendant Wendy Nakamura-Chan; Gov. David Ige

On March 6, 2017, Island Air flight attendants Wendy Nakamura-Chan and Shanay Coloma witnessed a medical emergency at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Commuter Terminal in Honolulu. The two flight attendants, who were on reserve assignment at the time, immediately responded when a 50-year-old female passenger became unconscious and unresponsive. With the assistance of Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario, an off-duty police officer from Moloka‘i who was waiting to board a flight, Nakamura-Chan and Coloma used an automated external defibrillator (AED) located in the terminal to revive the passenger. The woman regained consciousness and was taken to a nearby hospital for further examination. She was released from the hospital and was able to continue her family vacation on Maui the following day.

“Island Air flight attendants Wendy Nakamura-Chan and Shanay Coloma and Officer Bishaw-Juario came to the aid of a stranger in need, and that speaks volumes about their character,” said Gov. Ige, who presented the three individuals with letters of commendation in the Executive Chambers of the Hawai‘i State Capitol. “Without hesitation, they used their CPR and AED training, and their quick response likely saved a woman’s life. Their actions serve to remind us of the importance of learning CPR and knowing how to properly use automated external defibrillators.”

Earlier this week, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa presented the flight attendants and police officer with commendations in his office, while also declaring June 1-7, 2017 as “CPR/AED Awareness Week” in Maui County. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued Award of Recognition certificates to them.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa recognized two Island Air flight attendants and a Moloka‘i police officer for their life saving actions (left to right): Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa; Island Air flight attendant Wendy Nakamura-Chan; Moloka‘i Police Officer Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario; Island Air flight attendant Shanay Coloma; Maui County Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu; Island Air Vice President of Administration, Safety and Security Dee Airman.

“Wendy and Shanay, with the assistance of Officer Bishaw-Juario, instinctively responded to a critical situation and assisted a passenger in need,” said David Uchiyama, Island Air president and CEO. “I would also like to thank Gov. Ige and Mayors Arakawa and Caldwell for recognizing these three individuals and raising awareness for training in CPR and the use of AEDs.”

Kona Crime Prevention Committee Officer of the Month, Marco Segobia

Congratulations to Kona Crime Prevention Committee Officer of the Month, Marco Segobia, for his work in the Vice Unit.

Detective Jeremy Lewis, Officer Segobia, and Assistant Chief Mitchell Kanehailua. Photo: Courtesy of Sherry Bracken

Thanks to the work of Officer Segobia and his fellow vice officers, drugs including crystal meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills were taken off the street

Coast Guard Searching for Possible Person in the Water Near Cove Beach Park, Maui

UPDATE:

Emily Walton was verified to be safe and on land Friday following a search off Kihei, Maui.

“This is the best possible scenario and we are glad Ms. Walton is safe, ” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Cusic, a watchstander at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center. “We were not certain she was in the water, but there was as strong possibility and we take every case seriously. We recommend all waterway users leave word with family or friends of their plans including their intended return.”

Walton called the Coast Guard command center to report herself on land Friday afternoon. Maui County police officers made contact with her and verified she was her identity and safety. All response assets were stood down. 

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers stating Walton’s boyfriend reported her missing off Cove Beach Park Thursday. The call prompted watchstanders to issue an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and to direct the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Maui. The RB-M crew searched the area for approximately two hours Thursday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conducted a first light search of the surrounding area Friday. The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316), homeported in Honolulu, also launched to assist in the search but was stood down once Walton was located.

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