What Lies Beneath the Lyman Mission House

Anyone who has taken a guided tour of the Lyman Mission House knows that, prior to the 1930s, the House was actually situated directly over present-day Haili Street and the adjacent House lawn.  But did you know that when it was built in 1839, the House had a cellar similar to those Sarah and David Lyman remembered from their childhood homes in New England?

Such cellars, typically a feature of mission homes in Hawai`i, did not transfer well to rainy climates and porous soils and often fell into disuse.  But what might the Lymans’ buried cellar tell us today about how they lived in the mid 1800s?

Courtesy of Lyman Museum

Courtesy of Lyman Museum

On Monday evening, March 9, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Lynne Wolforth, of UH-Hilo’s Department of Anthropology, describes two limited public archaeology projects carried out in the 1990s to identify the location of the Mission House cellar and to recover and analyze historic artifacts from that site—work in which UH-Hilo students were active, hands-on learners.  Doors open at 6:30 pm, additional parking is available in the Hilo Union School parking lot.  Cost is $3 and free to Lyman Museum members.

Mentoring Program Assists in Community Reintegration

HOPE Services Hawaii Inc. has launched “Mentoring,” a program designed to help recently released Hawaii Island prisoners transition back into the community.

Hope Services Hawaii

In partnership with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), HOPE will provide support, mentorship and skills training to help participants successfully reintegrate.

The program offers support by teaching positive values, providing training opportunities that develop job skills, and assists with securing stable work and living arrangements.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 95 percent of all individuals incarcerated will eventually be released and return to the community; of that, 77 percent will be arrested again within five years. In 2013, 1,615 inmates were released in Hawaii, many in need of housing and jobs.

HOPE Services, a non-profit specializing in homeless services and transitioning people off the streets, has committed to addressing the cycle of recidivism in 2015 through Mentoring. The two-year pilot program will provide support and mentorship for 50 adult male and female inmates island wide. The program already has secured 10 qualified volunteer mentors in East Hawaii, but more are needed to make Mentoring successful.

“Often, individuals released from incarceration feel helpless in their transition,” said Brandee Menino, Chief Executive Officer for HOPE Services. “The Mentoring program works with inmates before they are released, which allows them the opportunity to build on the skills and values needed to make reentry successful. It makes all the difference to have someone in your corner that believes in you and gives you hope.”

Through Mentoring, each participant is matched with a volunteer mentor who offers advice, provides positive support, helps hone skills development and assists with securing housing and employment. Mentors are trained to build and foster the relationship, providing non-judgmental support and guidance.

By the end of the Mentoring program, the goal is that participants have increased self-confidence and achieve a level of self-sufficiency through employment and housing and are contributing, productive members of society.

Community members interested in volunteering as a mentor must be 21 years or older and participate in a mentor training workshop. A Mentor Support Group meets monthly and is open to all volunteer mentors.

For more information, or if you would like to become a Mentor, contact Steven “Happy” Stachurski, HOPE Services Hawaii’s Mentoring Coordinator, at (808) 935-3050 or send an inquiry to volunteer@hopeserviceshawaii.org.

Friday – HawaiiCon’s Cosmic Cosplay Ball

This Friday the 13th, HawaiiCon presents the Cosmic Cosplay Ball.

Winners of HawaiiCon’s 2014 Cosplay Contest – photo credit Tyler Murray

Winners of HawaiiCon’s 2014 Cosplay Contest – photo credit Tyler Murray

Cosplay (“costume play”) was coined in 1984 at WorldCon. Fans celebrate their favorite fictional and non-fictional characters through the construction and wearing of costumes.

This all ages event takes place at the Hilo High School Auditorium from 7-10pm. There will be dancing, a silent auction and refreshments, but the highlight will be the costume contest. This contest will bring out the best costume makers of the Big Island to compete for cash and other prizes.

For more information go to www.hawaiicon.com or follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/hawaiicon or @HawaiiCon on Twitter.

Funds from HawaiiCon’s Cosmic Cosplay Ball will help the Performing Arts Learning Center continue to offer quality arts education experiences to East Hawaii keiki. PALC is an after school theatre arts program open to students in grades 7-12. Hundreds of students over the last three decades have found enrichment through working on stage and acting before the public.

Big Island Police Searching for Hilo Girl Missing Since January

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

Kyara K. Kalili

Kyara K. Kalili

Kyara K. Kalili was last seen in Hilo on January 9.

She is described as 5-foot-3, 170 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair with “ehu” highlights.

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 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 doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Department of Education Strengthening Commitment to Hawaiian Programs

After spending two years to create a strategic path forward for Hawaiian Education, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) shared how it is strengthening its commitment to Hawaiian programs in the public school system.

DOE ReleaseSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi today updated the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) on the collaborative groundwork made since BOE acted on two Hawaiian Education policies.

The board and the department initiated and engaged in a number of community stakeholder meetings over 18 months to listen to the concerns and opportunities for improvements before the enactment of revisions to Hawaiian Education policies 2104 and 2105.

Policy 2104 was changed to incorporate the establishment of the Office of Hawaiian Education to support Hawaiian education’s positive impacts on the educational outcomes of all students. Policy 2105 provides students with Hawaiian bicultural and bilingual education; and the development and administration of the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program (Ka Papahana Kaiapuni) curriculum, standards, and formative and summative assessments. The DOE’s Kaiapuni program is offered at 20 schools and educates more than 2,000 students.

“Over the course of the last year, we have engaged with Hawaiian educators, community leaders, parents and supporters to create a stronger Hawaiian education pathway,” said Superintendent Matayoshi. “We started this process from the beginning with setting a unified vision and taking the necessary actions that set a clear direction.”

With the recent establishment of the Office of Hawaiian Education, the DOE is now accepting applications for a director. The director will lead the incorporation of Hawaiian knowledge, practices and perspectives in all content areas; oversee and coordinate Hawaiian education programs, projects, and initiatives; and provide organizational leadership for growth of Ka Papahana Kaiapuni.

Many stakeholders, who spent the last year providing input in the strategic mission of the Office and the description of the director position, filled the boardroom. Superintendent Matayoshi thanked the stakeholders including Kamehameha Schools and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for their support.

“There has been a lot of thought and shared commitment by our community partners, Chair Don Horner and board member Cheryl Lupenui to ensure that all of our students receive quality lessons that are uniquely provided through Hawaiian Education,” added Superintendent Matayoshi. “We know there is a lot of work ahead of us to ensure that Hawaii Education is aligned to the Hawaii Common Core standards while incorporating cultural knowledge and understanding.”

Community engagement will remain a priority as the DOE continues to advance Hawaiian Education initiatives while addressing the following challenges:

  • System wide valuing of Hawaiian education for all students
  • Developing a manageable scope and focus for the Office of Hawaiian Education
  • Aligning federal and state accountability requirements for Hawaiian language assessments
  • Limited time and resources to implement policies systems-wide and prepare all students before they graduate

Individuals interested in the position of Director of the Office of Hawaiian Education can apply here. Application deadline is February 20, 2015. For more information about Hawaiian Education, please visit www.hawaiipublicschools.org.

Superintendent Matayoshi also briefed the BOE on the development of a Hawaiian language assessment. The DOE, in partnership with the University of Hawaii-Manoa, has developed a field test for Kaiapuni students that measures progress towards mastery of academic standards that is on par with the Smarter Balanced Assessment given in the English language. The field test in language arts and math for students in grades 3 and 4 enrolled in Ka Papahana Kaiapuni schools will be held this spring. DOE has requested a “double testing” waiver from the U.S. Department of Education that would allow students taking the field test to forego the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Many Kaiapuni parents have chosen to “opt out” of English language statewide assessments. When students opt out it has detrimental effects on the school’s Strive HI results. Strive HI is the DOE’s school accountability and improvement system.

“Hawaii has a unique situation of educating students who learn in an official language of the state,” noted Superintendent Matayoshi, who visited with federal officials on this issue in November 2014. “This is not about translating a test, rather offering a quality assessment in the indigenous language of Hawaii.”

The Hilo Drug Company: A Pharmacy in the Midst of Changing Federal Legislation

In a 2013 program at the Lyman Museum, Mimi Pezzuto of UH-Hilo’s College of Pharmacy addressed the question: “What can we learn about the life of a community by looking at lists of names, dates, and pharmaceutical ingredients?”

Hilo Drug Co., Ltd. near left and American Factors across street. Hawaii State Archives - Date: ca. 1928

Hilo Drug Co., Ltd. near left and American Factors across street. Hawaii State Archives – Date: ca. 1928

Her presentation of the contents of weighty prescription logs from the now-defunct Hilo Drug Company illustrated some of the afflictions suffered by residents of old Hilo town in the years 1894 to 1945, and the substances and practices used to treat them.

On February 23, 2015 once again at the Lyman Museum in Hilo, Mimi is joined by archivist Helen Wong Smith to discuss the differences between Hawai`i and the United States, in the legislation and medical practices of that era, including opium prescriptions and the licensing of kāhuna.

Courtesy of the Lyman Museum

Courtesy of the Lyman Museum

Prescription logs and other local pharmacy ephemera will be available for viewing!

HI-PAL Basketball Results – Hoop Dreams Claim Title

More than 70 youths from 10 teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 12-and-under basketball championships this past weekend at Carvalho Park.

My son doing his best to block out against the big boys!

My son doing his best to block out against the big boys!

Hoop Dreams raced past Stray-Kats 49-19 to claim the tournament title. Kaukahi Alameda scored 14 points and Kiaʻi Apele, added 12 to spark the champions. Jamichael Labuanan scored eight to lead the runners-up.

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Members of the championship Hoop Dreams squad included Alameda, Apele, Kilohana Hassenritter, Shesley Martinez, Guyson Ogata, Dominique Pacheco, Keegan Scanlan and Kaupena Yasso.

In the Third Place contest, Waiākea Titans edged Kamehameha Warriors 26-14. Johnacy Mackwelung led the Titans with 14 points. The Warriors were led by Micah Low’s six points.

Others teams participating in the event were the Andrews Hawks, B-Elite, Kaʻu Champs, Keaʻau Chargers Red, Keaʻau Chargers Black and Rise Above.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaʻii Police Department encourages all youth, teens and adults to use their seat belts.

Big Island Workshops on Safe Routes to School

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be holding Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops on the Big Island at the following dates and locations.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Keaukaha Elementary School
240 Desha Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
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Location Map

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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Kahakai Elementary School
76-147 Royal Poinciana Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Location Map

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Community leaders, school officials, health and transportation professionals, law enforcement officers, parents and neighbors who are interested in the implementation of SRTS strategies at all schools statewide are invited to participate.
safe routes

These workshops are offered free of charge with lunch provided.

To register, go to http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/srts/ and click on the link under Upcoming Workshops, or contact Tara Lucas at 808-692-7696, or e-mail saferoutestoschool@hawaii.gov.  Workshop size is limited, so please register early.

Communities around the country are using SRTS programs to make it more safe and appealing for children to walk and bicycle to school.  Federal legislation has recognized the value of SRTS programs and has provided funding for states to establish programs.

SRTS programs grow from community’s concerns about safety, health and traffic.  A combination of engineering, education, encouragement, and enforcement strategies are used to address these concerns and make SRTS a reality.

This workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop sound SRTS programs based on community needs and conditions, best practices and responsible use of resources.  The day concludes with participants learning how to develop an action plan.

Below is an overview of the workshop agenda.  The materials covered will be similar to SRTS workshops HDOT held previously.

  • Why SRTS matters: safety, health and transportation issues
  • Engineering strategies
  • Education and encouragement strategies
  • Enforcement strategies
  • Field exercise: observation of school campus and surrounding area
  • Perspectives from local stakeholders
  • Pick-up and drop-off area strategies
  • Identifying problems and solutions
  • Creating an action plan for your community
  • SRTS federal program in Hawaii 

For more information on the SRTS federal program in Hawaii, please visit http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/srts/.

Pāhoa Pool Nighttime Swim Program Temporarily Suspended

The new nighttime swim program at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center is being temporally suspended so the pool may be upgraded to better meet patrons’ needs.

Pahoa Pool

Until further notice, Monday, January 26, will mark the last of the nighttime open-swim sessions offered at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center. Lighting and other safety enhancements are needed before the pilot program will be reinstated.

In response to swimmers’ requests for longer operating hours, the Department of Parks and Recreation earlier this month started keeping the pool open until 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights.

Normal operating hours of 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. closure on weekends) will resume at the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center starting Tuesday, January 27.

Information regarding County of Hawai‘i swimming pools is available at www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-aquatics/.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

UH Hilo’s Team Hoku Wins Microsoft Video Challenge

UH Hilo’s Team Hoku captured first place in the 2015 Microsoft Imagine Cup Pitch Video Challenge, Games Category.

eam Hoku, featured from left to right: Casey Pearring, Brian Hall and Theodore DeRego (not pictured: Lucas DeRego).

Team Hoku, featured from left to right: Casey Pearring, Brian Hall and Theodore DeRego (not pictured: Lucas DeRego).

Team members Brian Hall, Theodore DeRego, Lucas DeRego and Casey Pearring created reForge, a 2D online sci-fi sandbox game where players command customizable ships in tactical battles. UH Hilo students Kristin Pederson and Kelli Yamane worked on the documentation aspects of the game, although they are not official members.

Team Hoku received a $3,000 cash prize and is moving on to the Blueprint and User Experience challenges. The Imagine Cup competition is recognized as the premier global student technology competition, honoring innovations that address the world’s toughest problems.

Going With the Flow: Documenting Kilauea’s Latest Movements

On February 16, 2015 at the Lyman Museum in Hilo, two noted geologists and volcanologists, Dr. Ken Hon and Dr. Cheryl Gansecki of UH-Hilo, will present a special program on the June 27th lava flow.

Photo by Jose “Vamanos” Martinez

Photo by Jose “Vamanos” Martinez

Ken and Cheryl have been studying and filming the eruption and flow activity since the summer of 2014, and their presentation tonight brings together the science and the visual beauty of the ongoing event.  Don’t miss their latest footage and findings!

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i.  Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

Master Food Preserver Trainings Set for Kona, Hilo

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) and the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) presents two food preservation trainings this spring.

Ken Love and his Same Canoe Lifetime Achievement Award from the One Island Sustainable Living Center

Ken Love and his Same Canoe Lifetime Achievement Award from the One Island Sustainable Living Center

Taught by Master Food Preserver Ken Love, executive director of HTFG and the Hawaii Master Food Preserver Program, the 64-hour training session is targeted to individuals looking to expand their knowledge of safe, home food preservation—plus learn the business side of selling syrups, preserves and sauces. Learn the steps for canning fruit and vegetables, plus pickling, fermenting and more.

Participants must be able to commit to an eight-day training and volunteer at least 20 hours in a year. Graduates earn a master food preserver certificate from UH-Hilo.

Kona dates are February 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23 and 24 at the classroom/kitchen at 81-6393 Mamalahoa Hwy. in Kealakekua. Applications are due January 28. Hilo dates are March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 23 and 24 at the Komohana Research and Extension Center, 875 Komohana St. Applications are due February 16.

“The training is designed to teach small agribusinesses and local residents how to safely preserve delicious and attractive, value-added products from underutilized produce,” explains Love, who is certified to teach the course by the University of California Master Food Preserver program. “It’s like the old adage, ‘Waste not, want not.’”

Tuition is $100. Apply by contacting CCECS 808-974-7664 or ccecs@hawaii.edu.

The classes are made possible by a grant from the Hawaii Department of Labor Workforce Development Division.

16-Year-Old Girl Dies in Single-Vehicle Crash

A 16-year-old Pāhala girl died in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday night (January 14) in Pāhala.

She was identified as Leiani Camba-Penera.

Leiani Camba-Penera

Leiani Camba-Penera

Responding to a 9:21 p.m. call, police determined that a 1994 Toyota pickup truck operated by an 18-year-old Nāʻālehu man was traveling south on Route 11, seven-tenths of a mile south of the 41-mile marker, when the driver reportedly fell asleep, ran off the right shoulder and struck a utility pole.

Camba-Penera, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 4:10 a.m. Thursday (January 15). An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The driver was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Police believe that speed and drugs may have contributed to this traffic fatality. They have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Kimo Keliipaakaua at 326-4646, Ext. 299. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

This is the first traffic fatality this year compared with two at this time last year.

Hawaii Parents Informed of Higher Learning Expectations for Public School Students

Public schools across the state today welcomed back students after a three-week winter break. Students were given a letter to take home to their parents as a reminder of the upcoming spring assessments for English language arts and math.

Click to read letter

Click to read letter

The new assessments, known as Smarter Balanced, are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core standards implemented statewide at the start of the school year. The letter from Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi also included sample exercises explaining how students are being asked deeper questions that require critical thinking.

“New expectations for student learning mean we need new ways to measure how our students are performing,” stated Superintendent Matayoshi. “These new tests measure not only what students know, but also how well they can apply their knowledge in real-world situations.”

Smarter Balanced assessments will be administered beginning in March to students in grades three through eighth and high school juniors to measure their reading, math, writing, listening, research and thinking skills. Hawaii is a governing member of a multi-state consortium that has worked with teachers, parents and higher education faculty to develop the Smarter Balanced assessments. Over three million students across the consortium participated in the field test last year to ensure questions are valid, reliable and fair for all students.

“While this is a step forward in our plans to raise student achievement, we expect the change to the new test will result in lower scores as compared to previous years,” said Superintendent Matayoshi. “However, because it is a new test aligned to new standards, we will not be comparing the results to that of the old test. Results from this year are a new starting point for students.”

The results also benefit teachers. The Smarter Balanced Assessment System offers information during the year to give teachers and parents a better picture of where students are thriving and where they need help.

A number of schools held Smarter Balanced parent nights with activities during the fall. The parent letter includes additional assessment examples and tips for helping with homework.

For more information on how the Hawaii State Department of Education is striving higher with new learning standards and assessments, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

HEI Charitable Foundation Donates $30,000 to Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation has contributed $30,000 to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation presented a $30,000 capital campaign grant to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America in support of the organization’s mission to develop leaders for the next generation. Pictured left to right are: Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores), Colin Kubota (Life Scout), Alan Oshima (Hawaiian Electric), Gabe Lee (American Savings Bank) and Jeff Sulzbach (Aloha Council, BSA). Photo courtesy of Aloha Council, BSA.

Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation presented a $30,000 capital campaign grant to the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America in support of the organization’s mission to develop leaders for the next generation. Pictured left to right are: Rick Blangiardi (Hawaii News Now), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores), Colin Kubota (Life Scout), Alan Oshima (Hawaiian Electric), Gabe Lee (American Savings Bank) and Jeff Sulzbach (Aloha Council, BSA). Photo courtesy of Aloha Council, BSA.

The nonprofit organization – which trains and develops youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance – will use the HEI Charitable Foundation grant to support its Developing Leaders for Life Capital Campaign. Hawaiian Electric Industries is the parent company of American Savings Bank, Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light.

“The Aloha Council thanks our partners in the community, the Hawaiian Electric Companies and American Savings Bank. This grant shows their commitment to Scouting in Hawaii and the development of local boys and girls into the next generation of leaders. The grant will provide quality outdoor experiences at camp,” said Jeff Sulzbach, CEO & Scout Executive, Aloha Council, BSA.

The donation announcement was made during the Friends of Scouting Leadership Breakfast, Aloha Council BSA’s annual fund drive kick-off held on Dec. 15, 2014 at the Pacific Club. Keynote speaker Alan Oshima, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company, launched the BSA’s 2015 campaign theme “Get Grit” by sharing his personal story of perseverance.

“Having grit, or perseverance, is important whether you’re learning how to build your first campfire or leading a customer centric organization,” said Oshima, who is overseeing the transformation of the state’s largest electricity provider into a value and results-driven energy services utility. “Scouting plays a role in equipping our youth with life lessons and leadership skills so they can persevere in the face of challenges. Hawaiian Electric applauds the Aloha Council’s commitment to positively impact Hawaii’s youth. This is a value we also share, and we are honored to partner with them in their efforts.”

“Camping and the outdoor experience are a key component of the youth scouting program so it is essential that the camp facilities are maintained and enhanced,” added Rich Wacker, president and CEO of American Savings Bank. “This grant will expand and upgrade camp facilities, which in turn will attract more attendance. ASB is proud to support the mission of the Boy Scouts to develop leaders for life.”

The Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 with help from early community leadership support. Today, the organization continues to thrive with more than 12,000 young men and women regularly engaged with nearly 5,000 volunteers on Oahu, Kauai, Hawaii Island and across the Pacific Rim.

For more information about the Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America or to make a donation to the organization, visit www.alohacouncilbsa.org.

UH Hilo Announces Fall Dean’s List Recipients

The University of Hawaii at Hilo released it’s Dean’s List recipients for Fall 2014 semester.

UH Hilo Moniker

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences received Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2014 semester:

Shannon Abarra, Richard Abbley, Janjake Abedania, Tyler Aburamen, Jozie Acasio, Anthony Actouka, Melissa Adams, Charlemagne Adams, Sebastian Afaga, Clifford Agcaoili, Alexandria Agdeppa, Devon Aguiar, Angela Aguinaga, Vanessa Aguirre, Jessica Akiona, Eric Alabanza, Daryl Albano, Jessalyn Albano, Alston Albarado, Mikael Altares, Alia Alvarez, Daisyjean Amoncio, Mikayla Anima, Brandi Antonio, Travis Apple, David Arakawa, Megan Araujo, Jerome Arellano, Kapuanani Arsiga, Leslie Asato, Scott Ashida, Kassy Astrande, Amanda Atlan-Kinasz, Colleen Aubrey, Andreas Baardsen,

Tiffany Bader, Rosanna Badua, Kaitlin Barcoma, Sydney Barney, Cynthia Benevides, Ryan Berengue, Lars Bergstrom, Ellen Best, Jahnu Best, Mark Beau Bigler, Julianna Blair, Bonnie Blair, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Alize Blas, Francis Blas, Casey Bolger, Lori Bothwell, Malia Bowden, Ashley Boyle, Courtney Ann Brock, Heather Brown,

Skyler Brown, Leena Brown, BreAnna Brown, Riana Brown, Ashley Buasriyottiya, Kailah Buchanan, Edward Bufil, Merritt Burch, Jerold Alexis Cabel, Yanara Caez, Joseph Camara, Vada Cambio, Jennifer Campbell Jackson, Kirsten Cannoles, Megan Caoagdan, Sheryl Lyn Cariaga, Sean Carlos, Imelda Auxiliadora Da Conceicao Carlos, Tiari Carreira, Katherine Carroll, Micah Carter, Julie Carter, Alessandra Casanova, Lily Cash, Viviana Castillo, Christina Cauley, Allison Chai,

Tani Chamberlin, Andy Chang, Zachary Chang, Lisa Chanley, Emily Charman, Royce Chee, Marymargaretrose Cheung-fuk, Yoonjin Cho, Adam Chong, Alyssa Chow, Caitlyn Christiansen, Haylee Chung, Victor Ciaramitaro, Leilani Clark, Kobie Clarke, Heather Coad, Zoe Coffman, Jordan Concannon, Raven Cornelio, Renee Corpuz, Cletus Correia,

Lianna Cortazar, Alysha Cosier, Cory Craig, Chanell Crawford, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie Alice Croad, Angel Cruz, Justin Cueva, Carter Czerwinski, Kanani Daley, Charles Daria, Maxwell Darris, Angelo Davis, Axel Defngin, Le’Shell Dela Cruz, Dustin Delima, Caitlyn Desilva, Amelia Dolgin, Thomas Dols, Shaylin Domingcil, Ryan Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Lorelei Marie Domingo,

Jamison Domingsil, Bailey Donahue, Jason Donaldson, Pedro Dos Santos, Sadie Dossett, Cortney Dougherty, Laura Dowsett, Jayahmie Drio, Alejandra Duarte, Brandi Dugo, Nalu East, Raelyn Eckert, Jacqueline Economy, Cara Edwards, Rachel Edwards, Isak Emil Skadsem Eikelmann, Michael Elimon, Tiana Ellis, Tiffany Epping, Tiffany Erickson, Jon Petter Ervik, Karlee Eugenio, John Evans,

Emma Farris, Sharrylei Fernandez, Misty Figueira, Taysia Figueroa, Ane Kongsro Finstad, Doug Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Fleming, Joseph Fontana, Amber Fontes, Nicolas Cesar Franco, D’Jon Franklin, Silmai Uchellaz Fritz, Joshua Fuentes, Kana Fujihira, Shaylyn Fujii, Kaitlyn Fujii, Cody Fujimoto, Kendra Fujioka, Ashley Fukuchi, Ryder Furukado, Reynard Galdones, Sharon Gamulo, Kelly Gani,

Jeremy Ganir, YinSong Gao, Desha Ann Gapusan, Grace Garberson, Nicole Garcia, Mario Garcia, Heidi Garcia, Erica Gardner, Jessica-Ann Garett, Ashley Garnett, Zachary Geisterfer, Emma-Lei Gerrish, Hattie Gerrish, Tuan Giai Giang, Stephanie Gimmeson, Lauren Glover Alejado, Kahri Golden, Acacia Goo, Samantha Gordon, Travis Gordon, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly Ann Gorospe, Kylie Grogg,

Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Riana Grothmann, Alexander Guerrero, Courtney Guirao, Justin Guzman, Sarah Haas, Brittany Hale, Brenna Halverson, Jamaica Hancock, Michelle Hanson, Celeste Hao, Arielle Harnik, Shane Harrison, Rose Hart, Kaitlyn Haselton, Krysten Hayashida, Zachary Heltz, Jordan Heltz, Karl Hennen, John Herman,

Maria Hernandez, Maria Herradon Garcia, Dawn Hess, Brad Higa, Alexander Hilo, Linsie Hiraoka, Tyler Hirokawa, Emily Holt, Eric Holub, Blake Honda, Alyssa Hoshide, Bryan Houston, Nerissa Howard, Samantha Howell, Matthew Hoy, Shayna Hu, Kaleb Huddy, Adrian Huff, Brittany Huff, Thomas Hughes, Courtney Hurt, Quang Tan Huynh, Laura Ibbotson, Kai Igarashi, Andi Igawa, Natalie Ilaban,

Cody Inagaki, BeeJay Ines, Kana Inoue, Elise Inouye, Carrie Ip, Kallen Ishii, Linda Ixtupe, Jessica Jacobs, Jodie Jahns, Erika Jardin, Rebecca Jardin, Triscilla Jardin, Joshua Jasper, Michael Jerry, Mandy Jimenez Casian, Tamiah Johnson, ShoaAxum Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Casey Jones, Mikayla Jones, Jamie Josephson,

Ku‘ulei Kaaekuahiwi, Keaolani Kaaialii, Jarin Kadooka, Shaylyn Kahawai, Kaipo Kailipaka, Kayla-Ann Kalauli, Bree Kalima, Steven Kalua, Kaiulani Kamau, Thomas Kaminski, Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki, Noelani Kansaku, Lilinoe Kauahikaua, Angela Kauwe, Nicholas Kaya, Tori Kaya, Jordan Kealoha, Evianne Keeney, Benjamin Kelly, Bianca Keohokapu, Ada Kettner, Duk Kim, Mary Louise Kimura, Rachel Kishimoto, Joshua Kitagawa, Christopher Kluzak, William Kobus,

Kamrie Koi, Amber Koker, Felicia Kolb, Hyesun Kong, Danielle Kooyman, Kaili Kosaka, Kristofer Krekow, Nolan Kua, Jordan Kumasaka, Bonnie Shuk Ping Kwok, Casey Kyte, Joshua La Pinta, Taylor Lagadon, Liezl Leilani Lagua, Desmond Ka Kin Lai, Ciera Lamb, Colin Lang, Danielle Larson, Angela Laureta, Valerie Lazickas,

Da Hai Lee, Roseanna Lee, Korina Leong, QiXin Li, Robert Lieberman, Cynthia Lilleston, Keola Limkin, Lee Linneman, Hannah Lipman, Elijah Livingston, Danalynne Llacuna, Robin Lockwood, Laura Loftness, Preston Long, Kieran-Tiaye Long, Kawehi Lopez, Kristi Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Mandy Lui, Chari-Ann Luis-Calvo, Blaine Luiz, Brittany Luna, Jacob Lunz, Sarah Luth, Robert Lyman, Alayna Machacek, Meagan Mahiko, Kate Malasig, Ashley Maldonado,

Alexandra Marin, Genesis Marks, Dario Martin, Patricia Martone, Anna Claire Masuda, Carle-Ann Mata, Martin David Hamre Mathisen, Rosella Mathson, Moriah Mathson, Kasey Matsumoto, Kelley Matsumoto, Evan Matsuyama, Kanna McCann, James McElvaney, Remi McKay, Brannon McQuillan, Lokella Kaliko Medeiros, Justin Meikle, James Melcher, Angelo Menezes Guterres Aparicio,

Metotagivale Meredith, McKayla Meyer, Adele LaVette Mier, Lauren Miho, Anna Baker Mikkelsen, Jessica Miller, Francis Miller, Hi‘inae Miller, Orissa Lila Alexandrina Miller, Maikai Miller, Adam Mills, Amberlyn Milum, Zayin Minia, Amanda Minney, William Mitchell, Melissa Mizuguchi, Norman Mogote, Sharyse Molina, Celina Monge,

Ariel Moniz, Caitlin Moniz, Andrea Monks, Austin Moore, Ariyana Moran, Erika Morihiro, Jacob Moser, Candice Moses, Konrad Mossman, Lindsey Muranaka, Isaac Murray, Joacim Ruud Myhre, Shane-Earl Naeole, Kenneth Nagata, Camie Nakagawa, Richard Nakamura, Tiffany Nakamura, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Alison Nakata, Sheena Nakata, Mya Yee Nandar, Allyssa Nau, Brandon Neal,

Hannah Near, Sean Nearhoof, Kara Nelson, Christopher Nelson, Kara Nelson, Keith Nerida, Michelle Nevins, Jaysen Niedermeyer, Scott Nielsen, Mikiko Ninomiya, Lindsey Nishimura, Chloe Nishioka, Mary Nixon, Sachika Nojiri, Nicole Nonies, Rochelle Nowaki, Arren Nunez, Eloisa Obero, Ellaine Mae Obero, Jordan Ocol, Steven Ogi, Daniel O’Halloran, Andrew Oidem, Zechary Okamoto, Julie Okinaga, Jarrin Okutsu, Genoa Olivera, Morgan Olson, Theopholius O’Neal, Thomas O’Reilly, Marysol Ortiz, Nicole Ortiz, Evan Oue, Wesley Owens,

Priscilla Sharleen Anyango Oyas, Cheynielle Pacheco, Aimee Lynn Pacheco, Basanta Raj Pahari, Keirsa Pakani-Tsukiyama, Bronson Palupe, Isaac Pang, Pauleen Pante, Jannah Pante, Kirsty Parker, Elizabeth Parks, Kristine Pasek, Madison Pate, Michael Patterson, Samantha Patterson, Kara Paulachak, Peggy Pauni, Casey Pearring,

Emily Peavy, Jordan Pedersen-Fukunaga, Elizabeth Pennock, Kayla Breanne Penny, Bobbie-Jo Perez, Graham Pernell, Katrina Peterson, Kori Petsch, Nancy Phan, Douglas Phillips, Shelley Phu, Amber Pinard, Terri Pinyerd, Hye-Jin Piper, Lauren Poissant, Deborah Postma, Arwen Potochney, Debra Potter, Nicole Preston, Danielle Pulido, Nathaniel Quan, Jasmin Mae Quiamas, Marline Quiroz,

Akemi Rair, Micah Rhobelyn Ramos, Katrina Ramsey, Skye Rances, Crystal Rances, Duchess Rapoza, Robyn Rector, Stacey Reed, Maricel Reid, Marjie Ann Retundo, Manuelito Kadmiel Rey, Ronnie Richter, Ryan James Ritchie, Leigh Robinette, Ciara Robinson, Karla Robles Moreano, Adan Rodrigues, Joseph Rodriguez, Demi Rodriguez, Joshua Roeper, Cole Rogers, Kainoa Rosa, Makoa Rosa, Julia Rose,

Jenna Rubin, Robin Rudolph, David Russell, Laak Russell, Ardena Saarinen, Melanie Sacro, Amanda Ann Sadamoto, Christa Sadler, Julie Anne Sagabaen, Karl Sakai, Reese Sako, Vanessa Salinas, Nalei Sampson, Anthony Santoro, Jasmine Santos, Chelsie Santos, Ronald Santos, Teresinha Santos Da Costa, Amanda Sarabia, Christian Saragosa, Chelsea Sato, Teri Savaiinaea, Michael Sayaboc, Janell Schabell, Annie Schaupp, Tatianna Schenk-Lee, Emily Schneider,

Erin Schrenker, Ian Seely, David Sellers, Nelli Semenko, Artem Sergeyev, Bodhi Shartner, Clara Sheffield, Marleena Sheffield, Alice Louise Sherlock, Brandi Shifflett, Justin Shiigi, Sydney Shiigi, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Bennjamin Siemers, Gloria Simpson, Maysyvelle Sistoza, Hazel Faye Sivila, Trevor Slevin, Carrie Soo Hoo, Ryder Souza, Sara Souza, Ethan Souza, Kalena Spinola,

Ashlin Stahlberg, Kristen Stalter, Taylor Stokesbary, Jeremiah Storie, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Cole Stremski-Borero, Caroline Stromick, Grady Sullivan, Paige Sumida, Tyler Sumner, Tanyalee Switzer, Yvonne Sylva, Dillon Tacdol, Dustin Tacdol, Hazel Tagalicud, Shawnia Taisto, Malia Talbert, Sophia Tang, Shawntel Tangonan, Morgan Tate,

Reuben Tate, Alana Tavares, Gloria Tavita, Gabriel Tebow, Temau Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Ashley Terrell, Nicolette Thomas, Melanie Thomason, Keoni Thompson, Natasha Thorell, Tyler Thornhill, Katherine Timm, Zachary Tman, Kaycie Tomei, Taylor Tomita, Kyle Tsubota, Kayla Uehara, Brenna Usher, Brandi U‘u, Rachel Van Spronsen, Mark Vancamp, Shane Vannatta Kam, Jasmine Venegas,

Shelby Vickers, Joana Vierra, Fred Visaya, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Nelson Vo, Michael Voight, Ashley Vongsy, George Wall, Emily Wallingford, Laurence Walsh, Kenton Wandasan, Donald Waner, Kori Ward, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Rachel Warschaw, Valerie Kelly Wasser, Alison Watts, Taylor Whipple,

Ty Widhalm, Hunter Wilburn, Brian Wild, Brittany Willbrand, Joshua Willing, Daisy Willis, Henry Wilson, Katherine Wilson, Anders Clausen Wollberg, Christyn Wong, Daniel Woods, Jessica Yamaguchi, Kelli Yamane, Randall Yamaoka, Nicholas Yamauchi, Eddie Yeichy,

Darcy Yogi, Micah Yogi, Nicole Yoneishi, Seamus Yoneshige, Tristan Yoshida, Sable-Marie Young, Tyler Young, Deanna Young, Jordan Ysen, Bithiah Yuan, Luana Zablan, Tahiya Zaman, Turfa Zaman, Marikka Zavas, Xiaoqing Zheng, Abcde Zoller, and Anastasia Zosim.

The College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recognizes the following students as Dean’s List recipients for Fall 2014:

Amerfil Grace Acob, Melialani Agcaoili, Caitlin Aiona, Paul Ang Sheng, Scott Ashida, Stacy Aurway, Heather Bartlett, Andrew Bayang, Julianna Blair, Kegan Blood, Marcello Campbell, Shanda Carvalho, Claire Cea, Lance Charlton, Jiyoun Choi, Andrew Dawrs, Megan Doherty, Jhoanne Domingo, Melanie Ebreo, Jaytrine Flores,

Gabriel Fry, Hannah Furumo, Brace Gotshalk, Dakotah Graham, Jiyoung Han, Kamaile Henriques, Justin Hirako, Marina Horner, Yan Ying Huang, Lara Hughes, Melanie Isa, Aisha Izuno, Donald Jobe, Aysia Kaaumoana, Juvette Kahawaii, Hitomi Kitade, Kaili Kosaka,

Corey Kozuma, Hyebeen Kwak, Nanncy Leao, Breanna Leonard, Lara Lewis, Anna Liu, Cheyenne Losalio, Erik Anton Lund, Midori Matsuo, Levi Moniz, Mduduzi Silence Mugoba, Dairon Munoz, Yumiko Nakano, Alexandria Nakao-Eligado, Claire-Ann Niibu-Akau, Adam Onishi, Lynda Ono, Kin Oshiro, Geraldine Padilla, Tehani-Jenae Palolo, Aliyah Pana, Jan Paulo Pascual, Michael Patterson,

Serena Perrells, Koa Peterson, Chantee Poepoe-Vigil, Chelsy Rapozo, Rachel Roorda, Phillip Steering, Ryan Torio, Maria Vicente, Hokuloa Waahila, Jacob Whipple, Selina Williams, Danielle Wilson, Abigail Wright, Karyle Yamane, Aaron Zackoski, and Xiaoqing Zheng.

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management are recognized as Dean’s List recipients for the Fall 2014 semester:

Kevin Alison, Peter Angeleo, Juan Avellaneda, Shaye Lynn Baldos, Whitney Boteilho, Allyson Bruckner, Cody Butler, Chloe Colvin, Brett Cranston, Noel Dickinson, Alexandra Doi, Yasha Eads, David Finley, Adrian Frazier, Kyle Frazier, Jordan Fry, Alyssa Fujii, Kawaikapuokalani Genovia, Terence Hedtke, Ashli Hirai,

Mahealani Hiraoka, Kelly Hodson, Amy Horn, Kayuri Kadoya, Hiilei Kamau, Lukas Kambic, Kuilei Kramer, Daisy Maher, McKayla Meyer, James Moore, Tana Rivers, Kodie Solis-Kalani, Kuupomaikai Stevens, Michael Sthreshley, William Trammell, Dominique Zarders, Stephen Zilch, and Timothy Zimmerman.

 

Social Impacts of the June 27th Lava Flow

On September 14, 2014 Dr. Mark Kimura, a researcher in economic geography at UH-Hilo, launched the Facebook page “Lower Puna Infographics” to provide information about the social impacts of the June 27th lava flow.  Within days it became one of the most popular online resources among residents of the affected areas of Puna district … and for others equally interested in the effects of the flow on the community.

Resident Survey

Join Mark at the Lyman Museum on January 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. as he presents highlights from his info-graphics and the results of his June 27th Lava Flow Social Impact Survey.  Mark will also share his thoughts on the emerging roles of social media in natural disasters, and some of the life lessons his Facebook page’s subscribers revealed to him.

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i.  Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  For additional information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

 

Castle Foundation Makes $10,000 Donation to Help Students Affected by Lava Flow

At its December meeting, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation’s board of directors approved a $10,000 donation to Catholic Charities Hawaii to help meet the growing academic needs of school students in the Puna area of the Hawaii Island affected by the Kilauea volcano lava flow.Castle foundation“Catholic Charities will oversee the disbursement of grant funds to help students at six Hawaii Island Department of Education schools and three charter schools,” said Terry George, Harold K.L. Castle Foundation president and CEO.

Mary A. Correa, outgoing Complex Area Superintendent for Ka‘u-Kea‘au-Pahoa, called the donation “Absolutely wonderful!” “At this special time of the year, it is so humbling to see the community stepping forward to help our students,” she said.

George said the Foundation hopes “this modest grant” will spur other organizations and individuals to make donations to the schools to help students continue their academic pursuits in the face of the continuing disruption caused from the lava flow.

To make a donation or for more information about Hawaii Island students affected by the Kilauea lava flow in Puna, contact incoming Complex Area Superintendent Chad Farias at 808-982-4719 or Elizabeth Murph at Catholic Charities Hawaii at 808-961-7051.

To learn more about recipients of the Castle Foundation’s December grants or for more information on the Foundation’s grant giving, visit www.castlefoundation.org.

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Boy Missing Since August

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Keaʻau boy who was reported missing.

Trey Tomlinson

Trey Tomlinson

Trey Tomlinson was last seen in Hilo on August 18.

He is described as Hawaiian, 4-foot-6, 103 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on his 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Fire at Waiakea-Uka Gym Causes Change in Venue for Winter Intersession Program

The Winter Intersession Program slated for Hilo’s Stanley Costales Waiākea-Uka Gymnasium will be held at Andrews Gym due to fire damage sustained at Waiākea-Uka Gym.

Waiakea FireOriginal program dates and times will apply to the new venue located within Waiākeawaena Park at 33 West Kawailani Street in Hilo. Open to keiki enrolled in the first through six grades, the winter Intersession classes will be held from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays starting December 22 and running through January 8, 2015.

The Department of Parks and Recreation regrets any inconvenience caused by the venue change and thanks program participants for their understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Police detectives are investigating a fire at the Waiākea Uka Gym in Hilo.

The fire was reported at approximately 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (December 10). Police and firefighters responded and found the fire concentrated at the northwest corner of the building.

Fire personnel extinguished the flames and estimated the damage to the walls and roof area at $65,000.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time but is being investigated.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Norbert at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.