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Additional Information on Today’s Puna Geothermal Trip

UPDATE: At 3 PM today Puna Geothermal reported a release of steam from one of its wells. The situation was contained and secured as of 3:45 PM. The Hawaii County Fire Department remains on scene and is continuously monitoring the air quality at the site, the perimeter, and the surrounding community.

Based on all available data, there is no threat to the public and no evacuation is necessary. Civil Defense is monitoring the situation and we will keep the public advised of any changes in the situation. If you have any questions, you may call 935-0031.
puna-geothermal-ventureAdditional information on today’s Puna Geothermal Steam Release:

• HFD HAZMAT reported at 3:10 PM today that initial readings from PGV monitors at the PGV facility were 15.7 PPB
• Since then, when HFD HAZMAT got on scene at 3:38 PM, arrived at front gate and got “0” readings there, they then proceeded up to the plant and continued monitoring. All readings were at “0” readings.
• HFD HAZMAT then proceeded to go around the outside perimeter of facility downwind, down Kapoho Rd to HInalo street, got all negative, or “0” readings, last reading was at 3:53 PM.
• Dispatch at 4:04 received 2 calls of people complaining of strong smell of sulfur near Hinalo street.
• At 4:10 PM HFD HAZMAT went back and checked, again, they got negative or 0 readings.
• HFD Engine Company on scene at 3:19 PM.
• Both HAZMAT and Engine Company remain on scene at this time.

Per PGV:
• Isolation of H2S occurred within 1 hour, isolation is complete at this time.
• The noise was loud, it was a release valve opening up. The level of sound was about 70 decibels at time of release.
• it is unknown what caused the trip, technicians are looking into it at this time.

Trouble at Puna Geothermal Plant

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From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

At 3:03 today PGV reports a possible partial trip offline for their power plant. Community calling in about a loud bang at the plant, asking for more information.

  • PGV troubleshooting, Civil Defense is waiting on more information from them at the plant.
  • A partial H2S release possible
  • majority of steam going into an abatement tank
  • perimeter air quality monitoring ongoing.
  • The trigger point for notification/action is 25 PPMillion. The trigger point for OSHA is 10 PPM. We are not at those levels at this time
  • Civil Defense is following protocols according to plan.
  • HFD HAZMAT is on scene

Though readings are not at the action/alert level, we would like to ask for your assistance with notifying as many people as possible just for information purposes. It would be better if through community associations as they may have phone trees already planned.

More information coming

Volunteers Sought for Stewardship at the Summit in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Help ensure the future of the Hawaiian rainforest at the summit of Kīlauea volcano for the next 100 years and volunteer for “Stewardship at the Summit” programs in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, October through December 2016.

Volunteers from Japan remove invasive plants from Devastation Trail Area.  NPS Photo

Volunteers from Japan remove invasive plants from Devastation Trail Area. NPS Photo

Stewardship at the Summit begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. The dates October through December are: October 8, 12, 22, and 28; November 4, 11, 18, 26 and 30; December 10, 14, 23, and 30.

Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native plants from growing. Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m. on any of the above dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply. Visit the park website for additional planning details: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/summit_stewardship.htm.

Volunteers have dedicated more than 7,500 hours of their time, and have restored more than 61 acres of native rainforest within the national park since 2012. Countless Himalayan ginger, faya, Australian tree fern, strawberry guava, and other invasive, non-native plants that threaten the native understory near the summit of Kīlauea volcano have been removed. In their place, once-shaded ‘ōhi‘a trees, ‘ama‘u and hāpu‘u tree ferns have re-emerged, and pa‘iniu, kāwa‘u, and other important native plants are returning to the stewardship plots.

“The park’s Stewardship at the Summit program is a wonderful example of resource stewardship and community engagement,” said Park Ecologist David Benitez. “In addition to removing highly invasive weeds from native forests, volunteers learn hands-on how to recognize native and invasive species, how to safely control invasive vegetation, and how to sanitize clothing and gear to avoid spreading other pest species, including Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death,” he said.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park provides numerous ways for visitors to connect with and appreciate Hawaiian culture, active volcanoes, and native plants and animals. It is a designated World Heritage Site (1987) and International Biosphere Reserve (1980).

Big Island Substance Abuse Council Receives $40,000 From First Hawaiian Bank

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council received $40,000.00 from First Hawaiian Bank’s Foundation to help further its reach to provide substance abuse and prevention services to Hawaii Island.

Left to Right - Mana Canon First Hawaiian Bank Personal Banking, Hannah Preston Pita, CEO of BISAC, Chuck Erskine First Hawaiian Bank, Vice President and Area Manager; and Del Delo Santos BISAC’s Chief Financial Officer.

Left to Right – Mana Canon First Hawaiian Bank Personal Banking, Hannah Preston Pita, CEO of BISAC, Chuck Erskine First Hawaiian Bank, Vice President and Area Manager; and Del Delo Santos BISAC’s Chief Financial Officer.

“The First Hawaiian Bank has been a huge support to the Big Island Substance Abuse Council and its mission of helping individuals, their families, and communities reclaim their lives” says BISAC’s CEO Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita.

The funds will be used to help BISAC provide transportation services and reach individuals in rural-underserved areas.    “Transportation is a big barrier to treatment on our island.  However, with the help of First Hawaiian Bank we will be able to remove this barrier and work on treating our community” says Dr. Hannah.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse.  They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

Landfill, Transfer Station Closures for Ironman, Oct. 8

The Pu‘uanahulu Landfill in Waikoloa and the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station in Kailua-Kona will be closed all day on Saturday, October 8, 2016, due to road closures for the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Kona.

The closure at Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station will affect all services including Residential Rubbish Disposal, HI5 Redemption, 2-Bin Recycling, Green Waste Recycling, Re-Use Store and Mulch Pick-up.

Alternative services for Residential Rubbish Disposal, HI5 redemption and 2-Bin Recycling are available at the Keauhou Recycling and Transfer Station.

Regular operations at the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station will resume on Sunday, October 9, 2016. The Pu‘uanahulu Landfill will resume its normal schedule and re-open on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Mahalo for your cooperation!

If you have any questions, please contact the Solid Waste Division Administrative Office at 808-961-8270.

Commentary: Planned Striping Proposal on Highway 130 Not a Good Idea

highway-130-wideningI strongly believe the proposed re-striping proposal to add capacity to Highway 130 is not a good idea.

There is serious safety issues if this proposal moves forward. I strongly believe a 5 foot shoulders is totally inadequate for bikers and pedestrians. In addition, adding two east bound and west bound lanes without a median is a recipe for disaster. There won’t be any buffer in place to prevent head-on collisions from happening.

I strongly urge you not to implement this band-aid proposal. These short term fixes won’t solve the underlying issue, which is the deferral of all new capacity projects. The latter is simply bad policy, especially with the continued population growth in areas such as Puna.

Aaron Stene

Navy Keeps Stakeholders Informed About Red Hill

Commander, Navy Region Hawaii issued a fourth Red Hill Fuel Facility “stakeholder letter” to local community leaders, neighborhood board members and elected officials, and posted the letter Sept. 28 to the Red Hill website: www.cnic.navy.mil/redhill.

Inside a fuel tank at Red Hill

Inside a fuel tank at Red Hill

The letter, signed by Rear Adm. John Fuller, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, updates the community about the Navy’s ongoing modernization upgrades at the facility and continued efforts to protect drinking water in the area.
“As in the past, testing and independent lab results clearly indicate that all drinking water near Red Hill – including neighboring drinking water used by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply – remains safe and meets all Federal and State safe drinking water standards,” Fuller said.

Since the previous stakeholder letter in June, Navy engineers and contractors installed two more groundwater monitoring wells. That brings the number of monitoring sites to 12, with two more wells planned for installation in early 2017. The wells are expected to provide subject matter experts with additional data.

From 2006 till now, more than $200 million has been invested in the Red Hill facility, which is considered a strategic national asset.
Fuller outlined steps the Navy and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) are taking in close coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State of Hawaii Department of Health (DOH).

“We continued our routine facility inspections and maintenance to ensure our equipment works properly, and we continued training our teams to ensure they remain proficient at safely operating the
facility,” Fuller noted. “Concurrently, we continued our planning and investing to keep the facility modern, which also enhances safety and operational proficiency.”

Recently, the Navy participated in a series of meetings with EPA and DOH to track various inspections, maintenance procedures and assessments at the Red Hill facility.

Navy leaders and subject matter experts will participate in DOH-hosted scoping meetings on Oahu Oct. 3-5 and in the first Hawaii State fuel tank advisory committee meeting Oct. 6.
Then, in the evening of Oct. 6, senior leaders at Navy Region Hawaii will join with representatives of EPA, DOH and DLA to jointly host a Red Hill public meeting at Moanalua Middle School.

“We look forward to giving updates and sharing our progress with the public at this event,” Fuller said.

“Red Hill remains a strategic national asset that cannot be replicated. I want to assure you that your Navy fully understands that our national security interests and continued prosperity in the Pacific depend, in part, on our ability to operate the facility, and that those operations must be both safe within the facility and for the environment.

The first three stakeholder letters from Rear Adm. Fuller, along with other information and photos, are available at www.cnic.navy.mil/redhill . Other information about Red Hill is available at: www.epa.gov/region9/waste/ust/redhill/index

TRAFFIC ALERT: Māmalahoa Hwy at Nāpo‘opo‘o Junction, Kona – Motorist Can Expect Long Delays

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Isemoto Contracting will be doing paving work tomorrow, Thursday, September 29th on the Māmalahoa Highway  from Shiraki’s Dry Cleaners to the Nāpō‘opo‘o Intersection.

Motorists are advised to expect delays with additional drive time of 30 – 60 minutes, as there will be traffic back-up due to alternating lane closures necessary for the paving work.

Work is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather and construction conditions permitting.  Isemoto Contracting and the Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

HPD Promotes Jefferson A. Grantz to Rank of Lieutenant

Chief Harry Kubojiri has promoted Jefferson A. Grantz to the rank of lieutenant.

Jefferson A. Grantz

Jefferson A. Grantz

Lieutenant Grantz is assigned to the North Hilo District in Laupāhoehoe.

Grantz joined the Hawaii Police Department in 1990. As a patrol officer, his assignments took him to the districts of Kaʻū, Puna, South Kohala, Hāmākua, and North Hilo.

He was promoted to detective/sergeant in 2006. He worked as a detective in the Area II Criminal Investigations Section and the Area I Juvenile Aid Section and as a sergeant in the districts of Hāmākua and, most recently, North Hilo.

His promotion to lieutenant took effect on September 16.

Rep. Gabbard Introduces Bill to Protect Macadamia Nuts and Fund Invasive Species Research in Hawaii

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced legislation today to help fight the macadamia felted coccid, an invasive species destroying macadamia trees and threatening the domestic macadamia nut industry at large.

Since the invasive insect was introduced to Hawaiʻi in 2005, it has cost the local macadamia nut industry millions every year, threatening the vitality of one of Hawaiʻi’s most important crops. The Macadamia Tree Health Initiative would authorize highly sought research and development to help fight the invasive insect and establish an Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) plan in affected areas to help manage the invasive pest in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly, and cost effective way.

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“The macadamia felted coccid is one of more than 4,300 invasive species that threaten our agriculture industry in Hawaiʻi and across the United States. In Hawaiʻi alone, this pest costs our local farmers, landowners and agriculture industry millions of dollars a year, and puts hundreds of local farms, thousands of local workers, and the future of one of our most important crops at risk,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “As I visited multiple farms on Hawaiʻi Island last month, I heard story after story of how this tiny invasive insect is destroying farms and threatening the livelihood of communities like Kona, Kaʻu, and Hilo. Very little is known about this invasive pest, making it difficult for our agriculture workers to fight back. The Macadamia Tree Health Initiative will authorize much-needed research and development and establish a comprehensive management plan to help our local agriculture industry combat these invasive, harmful insects.”

“The Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau applauds Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s efforts to help the Hawaiʻi macadamia industry and fully supports the proposed Macadamia Tree Health Initiative. Federal funding is desperately needed to find a solution to controlling the macadamia felted coccid which has severely impacted the Hawaiʻi macadamia growers. The initiative can be a game changer in our farmers’ fight against this devastating pest,” said the Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau Federation.

“The Edmund C. Olson Trust No. 2 is a grower of over 1,100 acres of macadamia orchards on the island of Hawaiʻi and a part owner of Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, a processor of several million pounds of nuts grown by the Trust and many dozens of independent growers around the island. We truly appreciate Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s proposed Macadamia Tree Health Initiative. The invasive macadamia felted coccid is an especially damaging pest to many growers on Hawaiʻi Island. The health and wellness of our trees translates into a healthy industry able to keep our employees and their families with good jobs.  Further, healthy trees also assure consumers that Hawaiian-grown macadamia nuts will continue to be the finest macadamia products for many years to come. This bill will help not only our farm but that of the 16,000 acres of other growers and processors that combined produce some 50 million pounds of nuts each year,” said John Cross, land manager for the the Edmund C. Olson Trust II.

“Royal Hawaiian Orchards (RHO) is a grower of macadamia nuts on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and supports the Macadamia Tree Health Initiative. The threat to the macadamia orchards in Hawaiʻi from the macadamia felted coccid (MFC) is real and potentially devastating. The plan to develop and disseminate the best science based tools for treating MFC will make the Macadamia Tree Health Initiative exactly what the industry needs,” said Martin E. Ramirez, Director of Farming Operations at Royal Hawaiian Services.

Background: Last year, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced the Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) Act (H.R.3893) to support long-term sustainable solutions to many pest management problems and reduce invasive species impact on agriculture and the environment. The bill would help farmers in Hawaiʻi and across the country fight invasive species like the coffee berry borer, fruit flies, and macadamia felted coccid [kok-sid]. AIPM systems reduce reliance on a single pest management tactic, reduce risks to human health and the environment, and increases economic benefits for farming communities across the nation.

Big Island Police Searching for 15-Year-Old Girl Missing Since August

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for 15-year-old Captain Cook girl who was reported missing.

Jade Yamashita

Jade Yamashita

Jade Yamashita was last seen in Hilo on August 27.

She is described as Native American, 5-foot-7, 155 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

GOT ‘UKE? Grand Opening of Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar

One of the top music shops in the state, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar will celebrate its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 1, 2016, in the Queens’ MarketPlace Coronation Pavilion. Music lovers can enjoy free mini-concerts, a live remote by KAPA radio, and the chance to win guitars, ‘ukulele and other prizes, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
got-ukesThe outstanding entertainment lineup includes 2010 Clyde Kindy Sproat Falsetto Contest winner, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Ali‘i Keana‘aina and his hālau, Kaleilaniakeali‘i Hula Studio, plus the 2016 Junior Hawaiian Idol Michael Hanato, and Robert Yates, “Uncle ‘Uke” himself, in a special appearance.

“We’re giving away two guitars, one on the radio and one at the Grand Opening,” said Yates. “These are two complete ‘gig packs,’ with electric guitar, amp, and all the cords and straps you need. And we’ll have at least four ‘ukulele from some of our favorite brands, and other merchandise from the store.”

With decades of experience building and playing instruments, Yates has connected with some of the best luthiers in Hawai‘i and across the planet. As a result, his shop is a showroom for in-demand brands like Kala, Kamoa, Koaloha and Pono ‘ukulele, plus Cordoba, Guild, Prestige, Jose Ramirez and Breedlove guitars.

Since it opened this spring, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar has become one of Kala Music’s “Custom Elite Vendors.” The status allows them to carry Kala’s custom-made instruments, available nowhere else in Hawai‘i.

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“We are able to order unique, one-of-a-kind ‘ukuleles from Kala, like the ‘21 Pilots’ ‘Ukulele,” said Yates. “They are one of the hottest bands in the country, now sponsored by Kala. Theirs uses a combination of three different tone woods for an incredible sound.”

“We also have a really nice lap steel by Iseman, the leading lap steel builder in the world.  We have a ‘lute-ulele,’ a ‘Baroque-ulele,’ and a ‘balalaika-lele.’ These are custom instruments you won’t see anywhere else.”

In addition to their collection of upper-echelon, professional instruments, Hawaiian ‘Ukulele and Guitar offers more affordable lines for beginners and everyday enthusiasts.  The shop also features a large selection of sheet music, CDs and DVDs, quality strings, picks, tuners, instrument cases, stands, humidifiers and much more.

For more information, visit www.hawaiian-ukulele.com or call 315-2919.

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Conversion to L.E.D. Streetlights Continues in Kona

The Department of Public Works, Traffic division will be conducting streetlight work on Wednesday, September 28th along Hualālai Rd. from the intersection of Kuakini Hwy. and Hualālai Rd. and then along Ali’i Dr. from the intersection of Hualālai Rd. and Ali’i Dr. heading in the southern direction.

Wednesday

Streetlight work will continue on Thursday, September 29th on Palani Rd. from the intersection of Hina Lani St. and Palani Rd., to the Palani Rd. and Queen Ka‘ahumanu Hwy. intersection.  Work for both days is scheduled between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Thursday

Thursday

This work is part of the County public streetlight conversion program.  The program converts streetlights from current low-pressure sodium lamps, or LPS, to light-emitting diode lamps or LED.

Special off-duty police officers will facilitate traffic movement during intermittent lane closures.  Motorists are advised to expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes.

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.

Free Prediabetes Education Classes at North Hawaii Community Hospital

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 86 million American adults – 1 out of every 3 – has prediabetes, with only 11% of individuals aware they have the condition. Without intervention, many people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. In an effort to curb these numbers and promote healthy living, North Hawaii Community Hospital is offering free prediabetes classes.

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North Hawaii Community Hospital

Prediabetes is defined as having a blood sugar level that higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. People are more likely to have prediabetes and type 2 diabetes if they are over 45 years of age, overweight, have a family history of type 2 diabetes, physically active fewer than three times per week, and/or have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes during a pregnancy or gave birth to a baby weighing more than nine pounds. Additional signs and symptoms of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes include excessive thirst and hunger, change in weight, frequent urination and high blood glucose.

Classes will consist of three 1.5-hour group sessions, presented by a certified diabetes nurse educator from the hospital’s Diabetes Wellness Center. Topics covered will include nutritional education, carbohydrate vs. protein, the importance of exercise for good health, and awareness of complications caused by uncontrolled diabetes.

The class will meet October 12, 19, and 26, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the Annex Building at North Hawaii Community Hospital. There is no charge for these classes and pre-registration is required. Please call 881-4832 to register or for more information.

Officer Jeremy Kubojiri Named East Hawaii “Officer of the Month”

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Jeremy Kubojiri on Thursday (September 22) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for September.

Officer Jeremy Kubojiri

Officer Jeremy Kubojiri

Kubojiri was honored for saving the life of a 71-year-old man who had fallen off a balcony several days earlier.

On August 23, Officer Jeremy Kubojiri and another Community Policing officer were conducting presence patrols in the Fern Acres subdivision when, around noon, Dispatch assigned patrol officers to check on the welfare of a 71-year-old man. A friend from Oregon had not heard from him in several days and was concerned about his welfare.

The two Community Policing officers were in the general vicinity and volunteered to take the call. At the man’s house, they announced their presence outside a locked gate and, after receiving no response, maneuvered through thick foliage and trees and made their way to the house. When the officers received no response from anyone inside, they entered the house through an open door and continued to call out while they checked the interior.

Officer Kubojiri noticed a paint can on a second-floor balcony that had no railing. He then looked over the balcony and spotted a man lying motionless on the ground.

Officer Kubojiri immediately made his way down to the man, who was conscious but unable to move and barely able to speak. The man had been painting his house 3-5 days earlier when he fell from off the balcony and landed on the rocks below, suffering serious injuries. He was flown to Queens Medical Center on Oahu for treatment.

“Officer Kubojiri’s  willingness to volunteer to handle a call he was not assigned and then to make a diligent thorough check of the victim’s property undoubtedly saved the life of the 71-year-old victim who would have otherwise succumbed to his injuries and exposure to the elements,” said Captain Samuel Jelsma, who added that Kubojiri provided the friend in Oregon with regular updates on the man’s condition.

As “Officer of the Month,” Kubojiri is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

Hawai‘i International AgriTourism Symposium

Hawai‘i AgriTourism Association (HATA) will host the state’s first Hawai‘i International AgriTourism Symposium on October 15, 2016 at the College of Hawaiian Language: Ka Haka ‘Ulu O Ke‘elikōlani, in Hilo. Industry experts from Hawai‘i, New Zealand and Japan will share their forecasts, trends and tips on how they compete on a global stage. They will share what visitors from their regions are looking to experience in AgriTourism, as well as perspectives on how they have diversified agricultural operations in innovative ways to increase profitability, reduce risk, and protect rural communities.

ag-conference-2016This global symposium aims to help people get on trend with the connections between agriculture and travel/tourism. The industry is an “economic multiplier” that impacts restaurants, lodging, health, and education. For every dollar spent at an AgriTourism farm, an additional $2.25 is spent within the community in food, fuel, and retail. The ripple effect continues with home based and small businesses that create value add products from the farm crop such as jams, baked goods, and beauty or health products.

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As a popular and highly marketable segment of Hawai‘i’s $10-billion dollar visitor industry, AgriTourism is poised to take off in the next decade. It’s not only a viable part of the economy; it’s also an important way to preserve our island lifestyles and culture.

AgriTourism offers farmers and small businesses an incredible opportunity to expand their business using creative approaches, and innovative partnerships.  This symposium will show how the state’s largest economic industries, tourism and agriculture, merge to create economic diversity and innovation that visitors will pay for.

Farmers who include an AgriTourism component in their marketing plan can see substantial financial benefits. AgriTourism can provide the difference between a profitable and an unprofitable farming operation, and between a sustainable and an unsustainable agricultural region. With the potential of this niche market expanding at such a fast pace, there has never been a better time to learn more about AgriTourism.

Online Registration for Hawai‘i’s International AgriTourism Symposium is open at www.hiagtourism.org. Vendors who wish to sell products at the Hawai‘i Marketplace may also register online as well. For more information, please contact Lani Weigert, lani@hiagtourism.org. Space is limited, early registration encouraged.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Kahilu Theatre

World famous music machine the Dirty Dozen Brass Band makes their way to the Kahilu Theatre stage on Friday, October 14th at 7pm.

dirty-dozenBorn over thirty-five years ago in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band revolutionized the New Orleans brass band by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional style. Anchored by original members Roger Lewis, Kevin Harris, Gregory Davis, Efrem Towns, and Kirk Joseph, they are still breaking through boundaries of the traditional brass band to evolve into a highly lauded world-renowned musical force.

To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at this point, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and-true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo—you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”

They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games, and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and the Black Crowes. The band is sure to have concertgoers tapping their feet and shaking their tail feathers during the genre-bending romp and high-octane performance at Kahilu Theatre.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 6pm for the performance. There will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu exhibit, featuring some of today’s most respected kapa artists, is currently on display in the Kohala Gallery.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $48 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by sponsorship from Mimi & Brian Kerley, Nancy Lematta, Bob & Nancy Male, Kona Brewing Company, and Fairmont Orchid.

New Traffic Pattern at Waikoloa Intersection with Queen Kaahumanu Highway Begins Monday

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces the opening of the intersection of Queen Kaahumanu Highway and Waikoloa Road to traffic in all directions beginning Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

waikoloa-intersectionThe intersection at Mile Post 75 on Route 19 was previously a three-way intersection. HDOT Highways Division, Hawaii District added an access road to the Waikoloa Beach Resort area, which allows drivers heading towards Kona on Queen Kaahumanu Highway to turn onto Waikoloa Beach Drive.

Motorists are asked to use caution when driving in the area, especially if they were used to the previous intersection configuration. Motorists coming down Waikoloa Road making the left turn onto Queen Kaahumanu Highway should be aware of the possibility of oncoming traffic from the new access road.

HDOT thanks motorists for their patience as this new four-way intersection goes into operation.

Coast Guard Searching for Canadian Sailor Last Seen Leaving Hilo

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a Canadian sailor seen leaving in Hilo, Hawaii, Aug. 1 by a fellow mariner.

Paul Lim

Paul Lim

Mr. Paul Lim of Salt Spring Island, British Colombia, reportedly left Hilo bound for Victoria, Canada, aboard the 35-foot Sailing Vessel Watercolour. U.S. Coast Guardsmen estimate Mr. Lim should’ve have arrived in Victoria by approximately Sept. 10 or 11.

U.S. Coast Guardsmen at Rescue Coordination Center Alameda began broadcasting to mariners along Mr. Lim’s possible route to be on the lookout for his vessel Sept 21. They have queried dozens of commercial vessels along his route and are broadcasting to all mariners along the Pacific coast including Alaska and Hawaii.

A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu completed a search in an area between Hilo and Victoria Thursday with no sign of Mr. Lim.

The Canadian Coast Guard is assisting by maintaining contact with Mr. Lim’s family and is acting as a conduit for information in the search. Mr. Lim was reported overdue by his loved ones to the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Watercolour is a 35-foot white hull Spencer vessel with whites sails and a blue canvas dodger. Mr. Lim was also towing a nine-foot pink dingy behind the Watercolour.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Lim or the Sailing Vessel Watercolour is asked to call the U.S. Coast Guard at 510-437-3701.

Department of Health Workers Doing Door-to-Door Surveys Saturday on Oahu

Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) workers and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers will be canvassing neighborhoods in McCully-Moiliili, Makiki-Lower Punchbowl, and Ala Moana-Kakaako on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon to conduct a Community Health Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER). Participation in the door-to-door survey is confidential and voluntary.

department-of-healthHousehold in these areas can expect to see teams of two volunteers wearing DOH identification badges and carrying clip boards. The purpose of this survey, or CASPER, is to gain a clearer picture of possible public health needs in case of an emergency or disaster. The survey includes general questions about household size, makeup and existing emergency preparations. The information gathered will help DOH and state and county partners better understand how Honolulu communities prepare for public health emergencies to then better shape response and recovery plans.

The pilot project was presented at a McCully/Moiliili neighborhood board and other meetings in the past months to encourage participation and collaboration. Project results will be shared with the respective area neighborhood boards and state and county emergency management agency partners. For more information, contact the Public Health Preparedness Branch at (808) 587-6569.

The Department of Health’s Public Health Preparedness Branch is funded by a Hospital Preparedness Program – Public Health Emergency Preparedness cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Through the grant, the branch works to prepare for, respond to, and assist in recovery from natural and human-caused public health emergencies and threats.

The Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps has local volunteer members throughout the state and is housed within the Public Health Preparedness Branch. Volunteers are asked to attend quarterly meetings, participate in disaster preparedness exercises, and assist with non-emergency community health activities, such as the Stop Flu at School program, vision screening clinics, and community health fairs.