DLNR Responds to Circuit Court Ruling on Aquarium Fishing Permits

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources issued a statement on Friday, Oct. 28, in response to a Circuit Court ruling on aquarium fishing permits.

Yellow tang, one of the Hawaiian reef inhabitants most sought by aquarium fish collectors, will get greater protections under rules signed by the governor. Wikimedia Commons photo.

Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Crabtree ruled on Friday that, based upon a Hawaiʻi Supreme Court opinion issued on Sept. 6, 2017, existing permits for use of fine mesh nets to catch aquatic life for aquarium purposes are illegal and invalid. Judge Crabtree also ordered the DLNR not to issue any new permits pending environmental review.

In its statement on Friday, officials with the DLNR said the department continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound.

The department also expressed appreciation for local businesses and families that depend on the industry for their livelihoods, but said it respects Judge Crabtree’s ruling and will fully comply so long as it remains in effect.

Hawaii Air National Guard KC-135 Tankers Return from Middle East Mission

Two Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron, and associated personnel returned to Hawaii today following a deployment to the Middle East, where they had supported Operation Inherent Resolve.

A third tanker and additional personnel are scheduled to return later this week.  The KC-135 tankers and flight crews deployed six months ago to refuel U.S. and other coalition aircraft that are striking ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria.  Deployment durations for individual Airmen ranged from more than two months to six months.

Aerial refueling is essential to U.S. air operations around the world.  The refueling allows fighter jets and other aircraft to remain over the battlefield longer, which allows greater support to U.S. and coalition forces fighting on the ground.   The HIANG is not releasing individual names of 203rd ARS personnel due to possible threats from ISIS and/or ISIS sympathizers.

The 203rd Air Refueling Squadron is one of three flying units within the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Wing, the largest and most complex wing in the entire Air National Guard.   The Guard is tasked with being ready for war or any other operational contingency overseas and well as disaster response here at home.

Inmate Indicted for Assault of Adult Corrections Office at Women’s Correctional Facility

Attorney General Doug Chin announced that inmate Alex Parks was charged today with assault in the second degree and harassment against adult corrections officers at the Women’s Community Correctional Center.

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Assault in the second degree is a class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine. Harassment is a petty-misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine.

Alex Parks is presumed innocent unless and until she is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.
A copy of the charging document is attached.

Four Kailua-Kona Men Arrested in Robbery and Assault Investigations

 

Michael Johnson, 31, of Kailua-Kona. PC: Hawaii Police Department

Donchevell Makekau, 20, of Kailua-Kona. PC: Hawaii Police Department

Eddie Faafia, 32, of Kailua-Kona. Photo Courtesy Hawaii Police Department

On Saturday, Oct. 28, Kona patrol officers received a report of a 33-year-old male who was assaulted by an unknown male individual near the intersection of Palani Road and Kuakini Highway.

After being assaulted, police say the male victim fell onto the public roadway where he struck a moving vehicle, causing minor injuries.

During the same time period, officers received a report of an affray which was occurring near an establishment in 74-5500 block of Pawai Place in the Old Kona Industrial area.

As officers were responding to the affray, a 29-year-old male victim reported that while in the parking lot of a business establishment in the 75-5600 block of Kuakini Highway, four male suspects approached the victim and demanded money from him.

Police say the suspects then entered the victim’s vehicle, removed items without permission, and left the area on foot, heading north on Pawai Place.

Responding officers were able to locate and arrest the four responsible males, identified as: Eddie Faafia, 32, of Hōnaunau, Donchevell Makekau, 20, Michael Johnson, 31, and Andrew Ollero-Heist, 20, all of Kailua-Kona.

The men were transported to the Kealakehe Police Station where they were held pending further investigation by Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigation Section.

On Sunday, detectives charged Faafia, Makekau, Johnson, and Ollero-Heist with Robbery in the Second Degree. Faafia and Johnson were also charged with one count each of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree and Faafia was also charged with one count of Assault in the Second Degree.

Faafia’s bail was set at $9,000, Johnson’s bail was set at $7,000, and Makekau’s and Ollero-Heist’s bail was set at $5,000 each.

All four men were held at the Kealakehe Police Station pending their initial court appearance this morning, Monday, Oct. 30, at the Kona District Court.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call police at the non-emergency number (808) 935-3311. Individuals may also contact Detective David Matsushima of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section via email at David.Matsushima@hawaiicounty.gov or
at (808) 326-4646 ext. 224.

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. 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.

Hawaiian Immersion Schools Mural Project

A statewide campaign to commemorate a landmark anniversary for Hawaiian language education continued over the weekend by The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

Students helped design and create ten Living Legacy Murals, inspired by the mo‘olelo (story) of Kalapana.

“The Ke Kanakolu (The 30th) project was created by 808 Urban’s Living Legacy Series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ka Papahana Kaiapuni – the Hawaiian Immersion Schools in Hawaiʻi,” said Kamalani Johnson, lecturer, KHʻUOK and the project’s Hawaiian Language Director. “The project’s goal is to use art as a medium to invigorate Native Hawaiian identity and perpetuate Hawaiian values, language and culture, while raising awareness of the 23 Hawaiian Language Immersion and Charter schools that form Ka Papahana Kaiapuni.”

Led by graffiti artist John Prime Hina, ʻĀuna Pāheona, a group of art-centric individuals, have been traveling the state since August. The group is engaging local artists and Hawaiian Immersion schools to design and create the murals, which are being painted one-by-one, culminating on May 25, 2018 in Hanapēpē, Kauaʻi.

The story of Kalapana involves his mother, Halepākī from Kauaʻi and his father, Kānepōiki from Kona, who dies when he loses a hoʻopāpā (battle of wits) challenge from Kaua‘i chief, Kalanialiʻiloa. When he matures, Kalapana travels to Kaua‘i and avenges Kānepōiki’s death by winning his hoʻopāpā challenge through his knowledge of the winds, rains, plants, songs, and ʻai (tools) that are unknown to Kalanialiʻiloa.

“This mo‘olelo was selected for the tenacity and drive of the protagonist,” Johnson said. “The strife Kalapana experiences with the loss of Kānepōiki, that leads to avenging the will of his father is comparable to Hawaiian language revitalization efforts.”

ʻĀuna Pāheona worked with Ke Kula ʻo ʻEhunuikaimalino to complete the first mural in Keauhou, Kona. They are now nearing completion of the second painting in Nānākuli on Oʻahu, working with Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Nānākuli. The first two installments focus on Kalapana learning hoʻopāpā with his mother, Halepākī, and aunt, Kalaoa.

The Hilo mural, located at 51 Makaʻala Street, will depict Kalapana unofficially putting his hoʻopāpā skills into play after completing his schooling with Kalaoa, then going to Kauaʻi where he encounters a local of the area.

Painting participants will include teachers, students and ʻohana from Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo, along with Hawaiian language students from KHʻUOK and the Hawaiian medium laboratory school Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu.

The Ka Papahana Kaiapuni celebration coincides with the 20th anniversary of KHʻUOK. Director Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa says the murals commemorate the progress and revitalization efforts of the Hawaiian language through its Hawaiian medium-immersion educational pathway as Hawaiʻi prepares to mark next year’s 40th anniversary of ʻōlelo (language) Hawaiʻi as a state official language.

“KHʻUOK continues to support the renormalization of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi through various initiatives, including new Hawaiian lexicon, an on-line dictionary at wehewehe.org and Hawaiian medium curriculum for grades K-12 supported by the college’s Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center. Additional contributions include the preparation of Hawaiian medium-immersion teachers through the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education program and Hawaiian medium laboratory schools such as Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu in Keaʻau,” Kawaiʻaeʻa said. “Through strong collaboration of P-12 and tertiary education working together with schools, families, government and community, Hawaiian language is showing a shift towards recovery of this precious cultural resource.”

Governor Ige to Mayor Kim on Living Monument for World Peace on Mauna Kea

Gov. David Ige called on Hawaiʻi Mayor Harry Kim to lead and organize a working group to create a Living Monument for World Peace at Mauna Kea.

In a letter to Mayor Kim dated Oct. 14, 2017, Gov. Ige wrote, “All of Hawaiʻi Nei stands at a crossroad regarding Mauna Kea’s and our collective future.”

“I could think of no better person than you to lead and organize a working group of like-minded individuals to create a Living Monument of World Peace on Mauna Kea. I trust you without any reservation and hesitation in this endeavor,” Gov. Ige wrote.

Mayor Kim accepted the task and responded to Gov. Ige’s call for action saying, “You are so right in your statement of honor and respect for the special gift of Mauna Kea and the people of Hawaiʻi (First Nation of Hawaiʻi). I thank you for your trust in me to carry out this very difficult task.  As you are well aware, there is a complexity of pre-existent management responsibilities of leases, permits, funding sources, authorities and overlapping jurisdictions.”

He continued saying, “The decision to do this was uncomfortable simply because of the awareness of many people who are better suited for this important task.”

In a letter dated Oct. 26, 2017, Mayor Kim said he would pursue the effort, “with all the energy” he can possess and will reach out for wisdom and guidance. “This as you know, must be collective in nature and its success will be so dependent on people’s willingness to get together and listen to each other.  This is such a worth mission as Mauna Kea and Hawaiʻi so rightfully deserve to be globally recognized as cultural and natural treasures.”

Gov. Ige explained the thought behind the monument saying, “This journey will test all of us and will go beyond the merging of culture, science, education, economics and the environment. On this journey, we must be mindful that we are able to call Hawaiʻi our home today because of the grace, mutual respect and aloha that were given to us as a gift by the People of Hawaiʻi’s First Nation,” said Gov. Ige.

“It will require unite and special people who can coordinate their own hearts and minds and lead us forward for the collective existence of Mauna Kea and all of us, with no obligation in return,” he said.

Gov. Ige said the he believed the collective efforts would positively change the trajectory of Hawaiʻi so present and future generations can choose to call Hawaiʻi home. “Therefore, I humbly ask you to lead us along this preferred path of peace for a better future,” he wrote, saying he will make himself, his staff and resources available to Mayor Kim to achieve this goal.

Mayor Kim responded saying, “A place on this earth as a symbol of diverse people living together peacefully and respectfully in harmony with nature. This of Hawaiʻi, and the people of the First Nation that grew out of a painful history of wrongs and today finds a cosmopolitan people remarkable tot he world.  This treasured place of Hawaiʻi should be and can be a beacon of hope for peace in this world. This, I will work towards.”

Kolten Wong Meet and Greet at Jamba Juice Hilo

Kolten Wong. Photo Courtesy

Hilo-native and St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong will make a homecoming appearance at Jamba Juice in the Prince Kuhio Plaza on Friday, Nov. 3.

Fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the major leaguer and have autographs signed from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Attendees will also be able to try in-store samples and win many prizes including free Jamba Juice for a year, a free 15-pack smoothie pack and more.

Wong graduated from Kamehameha High School on Hawai‘i Island, and also attended and played ball for the UH Manoa Rainbow Warriors. He has been playing Major League baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals since 2013.

This past season Kolten batted .285, his highest batting average in the big leagues.

Also on hand will be The Beat FM 95.9 East Hawai‘i and 93.9 West Hawai‘i for a live broadcast.

Jamba Juice Hilo is located at 111 Puainako Street.

Puna Man Arrested in Connection With a Shooting Incident

The Hawaiʻi Island Police Department have arrested a Puna man in connection with a shooting incident.

Yesterday, Oct. 29 at 2:23 p.m., officers responded to a North Road residence in Mt. View for a report of a man who had been shot. The 24-year-old victim, who lives at the residence, was found in the yard with a gunshot wound to his head. A firearm was recovered at the scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center and later flown to O’ahu in critical condition.

Mahdi Hemmat. HPD Photo

At 2:45 p.m., 28-year-old Mahdi Hemmat, who also resides at that address, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo cellblock while detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation that has been classified as a second degree attempted murder.

Anyone who may have any other information about this incident it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Grant Todd of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2381 or Grant.Todd@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.

This information was provided by the authorities. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Governor Ige to Mayor Kim on Living Monument for World Peace on Mauna Kea

Gov. David Ige called on Hawaiʻi Mayor Harry Kim to lead and organize a working group to create a Living Monument for World Peace at Mauna Kea.

In a letter to Mayor Kim dated Oct. 14, 2017, Gov. Ige wrote, “All of Hawaiʻi Nei stands at a crossroad regarding Mauna Kea’s and our collective future.”

“I could think of no better person than you to lead and organize a working group of like-minded individuals to create a Living Monument of World Peace on Mauna Kea. I trust you without any reservation and hesitation in this endeavor,” Gov. Ige wrote.

Mayor Kim accepted the task and responded to Gov. Ige’s call for action saying, “You are so right in your statement of honor and respect for the special gift of Mauna Kea and the people of Hawaiʻi (First Nation of Hawaiʻi). I thank you for your trust in me to carry out this very difficult task.  As you are well aware, there is a complexity of pre-existent management responsibilities of leases, permits, funding sources, authorities and overlapping jurisdictions.”

He continued saying, “The decision to do this was uncomfortable simply because of the awareness of many people who are better suited for this important task.”

In a letter dated Oct. 26, 2017, Mayor Kim said he would pursue the effort, “with all the energy” he can possess and will reach out for wisdom and guidance. “This as you know, must be collective in nature and its success will be so dependent on people’s willingness to get together and listen to each other.  This is such a worth mission as Mauna Kea and Hawaiʻi so rightfully deserve to be globally recognized as cultural and natural treasures.”

Gov. Ige explained the thought behind the monument saying, “This journey will test all of us and will go beyond the merging of culture, science, education, economics and the environment. On this journey, we must be mindful that we are able to call Hawaiʻi our home today because of the grace, mutual respect and aloha that were given to us as a gift by the People of Hawaiʻi’s First Nation,” said Gov. Ige.

“It will require unite and special people who can coordinate their own hearts and minds and lead us forward for the collective existence of Mauna Kea and all of us, with no obligation in return,” he said.

Gov. Ige said the he believed the collective efforts would positively change the trajectory of Hawaiʻi so present and future generations can choose to call Hawaiʻi home. “Therefore, I humbly ask you to lead us along this preferred path of peace for a better future,” he wrote, saying he will make himself, his staff and resources available to Mayor Kim to achieve this goal.

Mayor Kim responded saying, “A place on this earth as a symbol of diverse people living together peacefully and respectfully in harmony with nature. This of Hawaiʻi, and the people of the First Nation that grew out of a painful history of wrongs and today finds a cosmopolitan people remarkable tot he world.  This treasured place of Hawaiʻi should be and can be a beacon of hope for peace in this world. This, I will work towards.”

Real Estate Commision to Hold “Condorama” Education Event

The Real Estate Commission, together with Community Association Institute Hawaiʻi Chapter (CAI) will hold a free “Condorama” event at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol Auditorium on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  The event runs from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and will feature three speakers recognized in the condominium community for their expertise in law, property management and insurance.

In collaboration with the Real Estate Commission, the Community Associations Institute of Hawaiʻi provided the speakers for this event and will assist with condominium education outreach for the public.

The event is open to the public and registration is available online at www.caihawaii.org. For more information the public can call the Real Estate Branch at 808-586‑2643.

AGENDA

8:30 a.m.  – 9:00 a.m.                        Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.                         Welcome and Introductions

9:10 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.                         Do’s & Don’ts of Association Contracts. Lance Fujisaki, Esq. – Partner, Anderson Lahne & Fujisaki

9:40 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.                       Communication, Meets & Volunteerism. Kanani Kaopua – VP, Hawaiian Properties, Ltd.

10:10  a.m. – 10:40 a.m.                    Insurance – How Much is Enough. Sue Savio – President, Insurance Associates, Inc.

10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.                     Questions & Answers

10:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                     Evaluations & Adjournment

Woman Arrested for DUI in National Park

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (middle right), perched on the rim of Kīlauea Volcano’s summit caldera, overlooks Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, where an active lava lake occupies a vent that opened in 2008 and continues to emit a volcanic gas plume today. INSET: HVO is located next to the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park museum named for the observatory’s founder, Thomas A. Jaggar. USGS photos.

A 46-year-old woman from Mountain View was arrested Friday night for driving under the influence of alcohol in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and refusing to provide a breath sample.

National Park Service rangers conducted patrols over the weekend to detect and deter DUI behavior and other vehicle safety issues.

“Park officials are very concerned about the safety of people utilizing the park,” said Chief Ranger John Broward. “Our rangers are proactive in preventing drinking and driving and will continue to conduct road safety checkpoints and increase patrols to deter DUI and other vehicle-related safety incidents,” he said.

Rangers have made three DUI-related arrests in 2017, and there has been one confirmed fatality due to drunk driving this year.

Her name is being withheld during the preliminary investigation.

Woman Found Dead in Volcano Caldera

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Parks reports that a woman was found dead in the Kīlauea caldera on Sunday, Oct. 29.

A USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcam captured this image of spattering on Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake on Sept. 6, 2017. In concert with summit inflation, the lake level had risen to 54 ft below the vent rim, bringing it into view from the Jaggar Museum Overlook in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. When inflation switched to deflation the next day, the lava lake level dropped about 49 ft. PC: USGS

Park rangers recovered the body of a 63-year-old Kea‘au woman Sunday morning from Kīlauea caldera below Steaming Bluff.

At approximately 10 a.m., the park received a report about a female resident missing since Friday. Family traced her phone to the park, and park rangers located her vehicle at the Steam Vents parking area. Rangers began to search for her by ground and air. At around 11:30 a.m., the woman’s body was located by personnel aboard a County of Hawai‘i helicopter about 250 feet below the caldera rim, and removed.

According to Chief Ranger John Broward, the woman appears to have died after falling from the edge beyond Crater Rim Trail. The area where she fell is not currently erupting. Rangers stated it appeared that she left the trail and went around several barriers to access the edge.

Her name is being withheld pending notification of family. An investigation is underway.