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Transpac 2017 Current Leader: “Invisible Hand”

Today at 11:20:10 a.m. Invisible Hand was very visible as she crossed the Diamond Head finish line after racing hard for seven straight days from Pt. Fermin in Long Beach to Oahu.

Photos via Sharon Green

Invisible Hand, skippered by Frank Slootman in his Pac 52, was followed by the other new Pac 52, Tom Holthus’ Bad Pak, at just under four hours, finishing at 3:03 p.m.

The remainder of the fleet is completing the race with five more boats finishing today and more than 20 in the next 24 hours. As the bulk of the fleet progresses west and south into the tradewinds, the weather gets warmer, layers of clothes get removed and the boats get flatter, giving teams more comfort after a sometimes very grueling race of over a week. They will hit the dock today with lots of stories to tell and greeted by the famous Hawaiian Aloha Welcome Parties at Transpac Island, Hawaii and Waikiki yacht clubs, and Kewalo Basin.

Current standings of Hawaii crew/affiliated boats:

  • 1st in Div. 2, Pyewacket, Roy Pat Disney Jr., sails out of Waikiki Yacht Club
  • 3rd in Div. 2, Grand Illusion, James McDowell, Waikiki Yacht Club, 3-Peat Winner of Transpac
  • 4th in Div. 2, Merlin, crew member Keahi Ho is from Maui
  • 3rd in Div 1, Azshou, half of the crew is from Hawaii
  • 4th in Div 1, Medicine Man, sponsored in part by Pau Maui this year

IN OTHER TRANSPAC NEWS…  Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio 100 Wins 2nd Straight Barn Door Trophy

Just after 3 a.m. this morning Manouch Moshayedi’s Rio 100 crossed the finish line of the 2017 Transpac Race, winner of the Barn Door Trophy for the second consecutive race! Rio’s elapsed time of 6 days 17 hours 9 minutes and 9 seconds was over 12 hours faster than their Transpac Race in 2015. Congratulations to Team Rio and Aloha.

Rio 100’s hold on the Barn Door Trophy for being the first-to-finish monohull sailing without powered assistance in the sailing systems is fairly secure: at 1400 HST was 170 miles out going 15 knots. Assisted by a left shift in the breeze and being on port tack, she is close to being at her normal speeds and is outpacing Frank Slootman’s Pac 52 Invisible Hand who was closing on her the last couple of days but is now 100 miles astern. At current speeds she is expected at Diamond Head after midnight tonight, with Hand expected about 8 hours later.

This was the second fastest elapsed time for any Transpac Barn Door winner in the history of the event.

Hawaii Department of Health Confirms 11 New Cases of Mumps – Total Now at 154

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed eleven (11) new cases of residents with the mumps, raising the total number of statewide cases this year to 154. Seven (7) of the new cases of individuals are adults. Ten (10) of the cases are from Oahu and one is from Kauai. None of the individuals required hospitalization and all are recovering.  More cases are expected in the coming weeks as mumps is a highly-contagious disease.

To help prevent the spread of mumps, ensure that your family is fully vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.  All adults born in or after 1957, without evidence of immunity to mumps and who cannot verify previous MMR vaccination, should receive one MMR dose.

Individuals with only one documented MMR dose are strongly encouraged to consider receiving a second vaccine dose at a minimum of four weeks after the first dose.  Although it is not ideal, receiving extra doses of the vaccine poses no medical problem.

All children should receive two doses of the MMR vaccine. The first dose is given at age 12–15 months and the second dose routinely at 4–6 years of age. However, because of the continued circulation of mumps in Hawaii, children between 1–4 years of age should receive their second dose now (a minimum of also four weeks after the first dose).

Patients suspected or diagnosed with mumps should remain at home to avoid spreading the disease to others. According to Hawaii State Law, a person with mumps may not attend school, work or travel for nine (9) days after the onset of parotitis (swelling of the salivary glands).Mumps is spread easily through coughing, sneezing and touching objects or surfaces with unwashed hands.  Symptoms include fever, headache, swollen glands in front of the ears or jaw, tiredness and muscle aches.

To locate a vaccinating pharmacy nearest you, visit http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/vaccinesimmunizations/vaccine-locators/ or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1.  More information about mumps and the ongoing investigation can be found on the DOH website at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/department-of-health-investigating-mumps-cases/.

EPA Requires Matheson Tri-Gas Kapolei to Close Illegal Cesspools

Yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced an agreement with Matheson Tri-Gas to close three cesspools at its Kapolei facility on Oahu.

Click to read the consent agreement and final order

In May 2016, EPA inspected the Matheson Tri-Gas facility, a commercial gas supply company in the Campbell Industrial Park, and found two large-capacity cesspools (LCCs) in use. EPA regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act required closure of all existing LCCs by April 5, 2005.

Matheson, which acquired the facility in 2015, will close the two LCCs and convert to a septic system. The company will pay a civil penalty of $88,374 for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and spend $50,000 on a supplemental environmental project to close an on-site small-capacity cesspool. Matheson expects to complete the closure of all three cesspools and convert to a septic system by the end of 2017.

“Matheson has agreed to not only close and replace its LCCs with approved systems, but will also close an additional small-capacity cesspool at its facility,” said Alexis Strauss, EPA’s Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “EPA will continue to focus on closing illegal cesspools to protect Hawaii’s drinking water and coastal water resources.”

Cesspools collect and discharge untreated raw sewage into the ground, where disease-causing pathogens and harmful chemicals can contaminate groundwater, streams and the ocean. Groundwater provides 99 percent of all domestic water in Hawaii, where cesspools are used more widely than in any other state. Since EPA banned LCCs in 2005, over 3,000 large-capacity cesspools have been closed state-wide, many through voluntary compliance. The ban does not apply to individual cesspools connected to single-family homes.

For more information and to submit comments on this specific agreement visit:

https://www.epa.gov/uic/hawaii-cesspools-administrative-orders#oahu

For more information on the large-capacity cesspool ban and definition of a large-capacity cesspool, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/uic/cesspools-hawaii

HPD Task Force Catches Two Individuals in Huge Crime Spree

Four days after the Hawaiʻi Police Department developed a task force to address the alarming number of auto thefts, two individuals were arrested.

Christian Olivera

At 1:30 p.m., (July 11), 19-year-old Christian Olivera and 24-year-old Jasmine Saragosa-Taoy were arrested without incident at a Hawaiian Paradise Park residence in Puna. They were taken to the Hilo cellblock while police continued the investigation.

Jasmine Saragosa-Taoy

During the investigation, police learned Christian Olivera was responsible for the following crimes:

  • July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic
  • July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic (a different vehicle)
  • July 7, 2017, fled from police in a vehicle pursuit
  • May 28, 2017, stole a Subaru coupe at gunpoint
  • May 28, 2017, operated a stolen Subaru coupe
  • May 28, 2017, pointed a rifle at a male party
  • May 31, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma
  • April 28, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma
  • May 22, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma
  • June 21, 2017, stole and operated a Honda two-door hatchback
  • May 6, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma
  • July 6, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic
  • July 8, 2017, recklessly placed a police officer in danger or death of bodily injury
  • July 8, 2017, recklessly placed a police officer in danger of death or bodily injury
  • July 8, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic
  • July 8, 2017, stole and operated a Subaru
  • June 25, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic
  • July 9, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma

Police also learned Jasmine Saragosa-Taoy was responsible for the following crimes:

  • July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic
  • July 7, 2017, stole and operated a Honda Civic (a different vehicle)
  • May 31, 2017, stole and operated a Toyota Tacoma
  • July 8, 2017, recklessly placed a police officer in danger or death of bodily injury
  • July 11, 2017, possession of stolen credit cards
  • July 11, 2017, theft of credit cards
  • July 11, 2017, possession of confidential information
  • July 11, 2017, theft of credit cards

At 7:10 p.m., (July 12) and after conferring with prosecutors, police charged Olivera with 13 counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, three counts of resisting an order to stop, two counts of terroristic threatening and one count each of criminal property damage and robbery. His bail is set at $600,000.

Saragosa-Taoy was charged with hindering prosecution, two counts of credit card theft and two counts of unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. She was also charged with being an accomplice to Olivera in three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, one count of terroristic threatening and criminal property damage. Her bail is set at $115,000.

Both suspects remain at the Hilo cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon (June July 13) in District Court. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.

All charges are classified as felonies and involve vehicles that were stolen from the Puna, Hilo, Hāmākua, South Kohala and Kona districts. Investigators are continuing to examine these cases to determine if additional suspects are involved. The task force will continue to focus their attention on dismantling organized groups responsible for stealing cars.

Anyone with information about these incidents or any stolen vehicle is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3111 or Sergeant James Correa of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2272 or James.Correa@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Neil Everett of ESPN to Deliver Keynote Address at 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu

Neil Everett, the popular ESPN SportsCenter anchor known for opening each show with Howzit! and frequently referencing other Hawaii terms during broadcasts, will present the opening keynote address on the second day of the 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu.

Photo Credit: ESPN

Everett will make his presentation on Wednesday, September 20, starting at 8:30 a.m., at the Hawaii Convention Center. His topic, Paying Aloha Forward – How Hawaii Saved My Life, will draw upon the inspiration of Hawaii’s aloha spirit in helping to steer him through a difficult period in his life and how, today, he shares the power of aloha with others.

“I spent 15 years in Hawaii and the love I have for the people and aloha will forever be in my heart,” said Everett. “Living in the islands changed me and made me into a better person, and now I pay aloha forward whenever I can.”

Everett moved to Honolulu in 1985 after graduating from the University of Oregon. For the next 15 years, he worked in the athletics department at Hawaii Pacific University, while also writing, producing and reporting news and sports at various times for three Hawaii TV networks, KITV, KHNL, and KGMB. Everett joined ESPN in 2000 as a SportsCenter anchor at its headquarters studio in Bristol, CT, before moving to Los Angeles in conjunction with the opening of ESPN’s West Coast studio in 2009.

Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the three-day Global Tourism Summit, September 19-21, will share the significance of the Hawaiian culture, global marketing, technology and innovation in presentations and panel discussions, with the overall intention of bringing people together to help improve tourism in Hawaii and abroad. Sustainable tourism is the summit theme.

“Like people throughout the country, I’m a fan of SportsCenter because of Neil Everett and how he cleverly combines fun with professionalism in the telling of scores and reporting of sports news,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. “You meet Neil and can quickly tell his soul is filled with a goodness to do what’s right and to help others, and much of that stems from him living in Hawaii. Attendees of the Global Tourism Summit will enjoy hearing his story of personal inspiration.”

Attendees can register to attend the Global Tourism Summit and hear Everett’s keynote address by registering online at www.GlobalTourismSummitHawaii.com.

Several options are available for registration, including early-bird savings being offered to individuals and groups attending all three days of the summit if they register by July 31.

  • Individuals: Full Conference, September 19-21: $325, a savings of $70
  • Groups of Eight or More: Full Conference, September 19-21: $300 per person, a savings of $65 per person (Groups can mix and match different attendees during the conference)
  • Student and Faculty Members: Full Conference, September 19-21: $150
  • Individuals, Partial Conference, September 19-20: $275
  • Individuals, Partial Conference, September 20-21: $265

Kona Crime Prevention Officer of the Month of August: Adam Cho

Officer Adam Cho

Officer Adam Cho was recently on patrol on Aliʻi Drive when he was waved down by a woman who had just witnessed a man purportedly stealing items from a store. As the officer approached the subject he bolted and ran through several parking lots and businesses with Officer Cho on foot pursuit. They lost sight on the man, but saw him at a different location a few minutes later. With the assistance of another officer driving ahead of the suspect it caused the man to slow down and allow Officer Cho to catch up and make the apprehension. He was arrested and charged with theft of merchandise.

Officer Cho is a consummate individual who continually exemplifies the Core Vales of the Hawaiʻi Police Department with Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Teamwork and Community Satisfaction.