Hilo Defeats Maui 26 – 7 in First Round of State Playoffs

The Hilo High School Vikings defeated the Maui High Sabres 26 – 7 at Wong Stadium in Hilo this evening in round one of the Hawaii High School State Football Playoffs.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 35-Year-Old Puna Woman

Update: Hawai’i Island Police have located Heather Rose Brooks who was reported missing earlier this afternoon (November 4). She was located in good condition in Kailua-Kona.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 35-year-old Puna woman who has been reported as missing.

Heather Brooks

Heather Rose Brooks was last seen in the Pāhoa area (October 21).

She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6, 130 pounds, has a thin build, brown eyes, and dark hair. She is known to wear bright colored wigs, has facial piercings, and sometimes speaks with a British accent. She also suffers from a medical condition and requires medication.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Shawn Ibarra at the Kau Police Station at (808) 939-2520 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

USS O’Kane Departs Pearl Harbor for Western Pacific

The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific, Nov. 3.

PEARL HARBOR (Nov. 3, 2017) The guided-missile destroyer USS O’Kane (DDG 77) departs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific. While deployed, O’Kane will support theater security cooperation efforts and maritime presence operations with partner nations. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Gabrielle Joyner)

O’Kane has a crew of nearly 330 Sailors, officer and enlisted, and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group.

While deployed, the ship will conduct theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. Having steadily worked through a sustainment cycle, the ship’s commanding officer is confident in his ship and crew’s performance.

“The crew has worked hard over the past several months, participating in advanced level exercises and improving the material condition to be ready for our deployment,” said Cmdr. Colby Sherwood, commanding officer of O’Kane. “I am proud of the resiliency of these Sailors and all they have accomplished to maintain O’Kane’s readiness. We look forward to operating with our allies and partners from around the world again.”

O’Kane is named after Adm. Richard O’Kane, a Medal of Honor recipient, as the aggressive commanding officer of USS Tang during World War II. USS O’Kane was last deployed to the Persian Gulf in 2014.

O’Kane is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. Naval Surface Forces. U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.

Hapuna Beach Construction Costing Over $4.2 Million

Hapuna Beach project costing some big bucks!


The first of three phases of capital improvement construction costing just over $4.2 million, that will last almost a year, is underway at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. These will affect the makai and mauka areas of the Hapuna Beach section and the park’s Waialea section. Work is being done by contractor Site Engineering, Inc.

The first phase of work, which began on Monday, October 30, in the Hapuna Beach North section, has required closure of the comfort station and pavilion — a portable toilet will be provided. Replacement has also begun of the concession pathway, beach and shower pathways, and pathway from the upper parking lot. Security fencing will be installed. This phase is expected to be completed by January 7, 2018.

The park will remain open during each phase of work, however, closures should be expected in the specific areas impacted, (see below), including pathways, comfort stations, pavilions, showers and parking areas.
Portable toilets will be provided during comfort station closures, as well as security fencing in construction areas, and park signage as needed.

Hapuna Beach Section Improvements to include:

  • Renovation and repair of the 3 comfort stations in the North, South and main parking areas.
  • Renovation and repair of the 2 pavilions including new roofing supports, replacement of barbecue units, flooring and wall repairs.
  • Replacement of the makai pathway with a 10-foot wide concrete pathway/emergency roadway.
  • Replacement showers at the North and South sections, 3 new foot showers at the North, South and main parking areas, and 1 new rinsing shower in the center area of this section.
  • Replacement pathways from the upper parking area, and replacement of the pathway behind the concession stand.
  • Parking improvements – in the upper parking area: removal of existing light fixtures and restriping of this parking area to increase number of stalls — in the main parking area: adding more ADA stalls and installing bike racks
  • Related repairs and improvements as needed – ADA accessibility compliance, plumbing and building code compliance, etc.
    Mauka areas: repaving of the mauka entry road, adding an unpaved gravel shoulder/parking area near the cabins, and relocating the ADA parking stall adjacent to the dining hall.

Wailea Section Improvements:

  • Renovation and repair of the comfort station
  • Replacement rinsing shower
  • Construction of a new stairway connection from the pathway by the comfort station to the picnic table area
  • Installing new bike racks near the comfort station.

Successive phases of construction work are scheduled for:

  • Phase 2, from February to April 2018: at the Hapuna beach central and south sections including the remainder of the makai pathway, comfort station, pavilion, showers, and ADA parking.
  • Phase 3, from– May to July 2018: Hapuna’s upper areas including the main parking lot, comfort station, and upper parking lot.
    In the Waialea section, from August to September 2018: at the comfort station, shower and pathway areas.
  • At the Mauka cabin area, from September to October 2018: on the mauka roadway to cabins and dining hall.