A 3.8 magnitude earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island this morning at 8:27 am:
Continuing the same trend of activity observed over the past few weeks, the active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow are still slowly advancing into the forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, creating small vegetation fires.
This thermal image looks northeast from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and shows how the subsurface lava tubes feeding the active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow are clearly visible as lines of slightly higher temperatures on the surface.
- Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update – Kahaualeʻa 2 Flow Still Active in Forest Northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō (damontucker.com)
- Update From the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory (damontucker.com)
- Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update (damontucker.com)
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Kings’ Shops welcomes the 2013 Retailer of the Year in Hawaii award winner, Tori Richard to its ensemble of luxury and boutique stores. The journey to the opening on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 began in 1953, when Mort Feldman moved to Hawaii to retire. When retirement did not suit Mr. Feldman, he and his wife, Janice Moody, founded the company naming it after one of Mort’s sons, Richard, and one of Janice’s daughters, Victoria. Tori Richard Ltd. was born.
In 1966, Mort Feldman & Howard Hope of Sun Fashions, as vice president and president of the Hawaii Fashion Guild; lobbied the state legislature to proclaim every Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, “Aloha Friday.” The measure was adopted and “aloha attire” became the official dress of the state of Hawaii. This effort is largely credited as the precursor to the national Casual Friday movement in the 1990s.
Based in Honolulu, Tori Richard Ltd. is one of the world’s premier designers and manufacturers of better men’s and women’s resort apparel. The Tori Richard customer enjoys a beautiful offering of destination-inspired men’s resort wear as well as the women’s line that gave the company its illustrious start.
Tori Richard has seven retail stores are located thought Hawaii and now their eighth at Kings’ Shops.
Yum! Think Yuzu Shrimp Tacos, Smoked Salmon Potato Terrine, Thai Beef Salad or Bacon-Wrapped Hamakua Mushrooms and Kampachi Poke with Ulu Chips …not to mention Eggnog Crème Brulee and Pumpkin-Spiced Ice Cream Sandwich with Burnt Cream Caramel and Hawaiian Salt!
Tickets are still available for the holiday culinary extravaganza, Christmas at The Fairmont, Dining with the Chefs.
The 25th anniversary holiday gala is a culinary scholarship fundraiser presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association. It features tantalizing fare prepared by 20 top Hawai‘i chefs and confectioners in the Grand Ballroom of The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Time is 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.
Enjoy delectable cuisine by Café Pesto, Cocoa Outlet, Daylight Mind Coffee Company, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hamakua Mushrooms, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Huggo’s, Kailua Candy Company, King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, Lava Lava Beach Club, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, Redwater Café, Roy’s Waikoloa, Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai, Sheraton Kona Resort, Tommy Bahama, The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i and Tropical Dream Ice Cream.
Returning to this year’s gala is the display of original gingerbread creations by West Hawai‘i Community College culinary students. Bid now online for the event’s silent auction at www.biddingforgood.com/christmasatthefairmont. The auction offers a host of locally made products and activities offered by the local generous business community.
Pre-sale tickets are $85 each, $90 at the door. Seating will be available for 400 guests on a first-come basis and reserved seating is available by purchasing a table for 10 for $1,000. Purchase tickets at www.konakohalachefs.org or at Kailua Candy Company, Clark Realty-Kona, Kona Wine Market and The Fairmont, Orchid, Hawai‘i, while supplies last. Charge tickets by phone at 808-329-2522.
Special event room rates of $259 for Partial Ocean View and $249 for Garden View are offered, including breakfast for two and self-parking at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Contact reservations for details at 808-885-2000 or 800-845-9905 and mention “Christmas at The Fairmont.”
For updates, visit Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on facebook.
American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association
ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors, growers and culinary enthusiasts; www.konakohalachefs.org.
- Christmas at The Fairmont Marks 25th – Online Auction Opens Nov 25 (damontucker.com)
Today was the 2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade. Montessori Country School in Pahoa served as the Grand Marshall of this years parade.
You can click on the pictures below for the full size image:
An investment in students commemorates the life of a Hawaii visionary while fostering positive change now and in the future.
The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is announcing its first academic scholarship in partnership with the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF). The academic scholarship, available to qualifying high school or college students who live in Hawaii and are pursuing a degree in the fields of sustainability, entrepreneurship or related disciplines, is made possible by donations from friends, family and businesses, and furthers Guy’s global vision for a better future.
“Guy understood that, in order to create a sustainable future, we need to invest in the students of today. This scholarship is a small step toward creating businesses and systems that accomplish this goal,” said Rod Hinman, Steering Committee Chair of the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.
Eligible students must enroll in a 2‐year or 4‐year college program, and should demonstrate a commitment to an area of study related to sustainability. Examples include: permaculture, environmental management, architecture or green building, ecology, ecological economics, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiency and renewable energy, green business management, or philosophy/ethics with a sustainability focus.
In addition to the academic scholarship managed by the HCF, the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund operates under the fiscal sponsorship of the Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF). Through the ISF, the fund will provide grants for non‐profit projects focused on innovation and sustainability. The combination of grants and academic scholarships will create positive outcomes for future generations.
Guy Toyama, a Hawaii visionary and champion of sustainable business and renewable energy, passed away in November of 2012. In honor of his longstanding commitment to improving the relationship between people and the islands, his never‐ending spirit of kuleana will be carried on through the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund. All who knew Guy were touched by his enthusiasm for life and his many passions. His joyful exuberance and his exceptional knowledge of how to live lightly on the planet were a source of inspiration to many.
Hawaii Community Foundation’s scholarship program awards over $4 million each year and consists of more than 180 different scholarship opportunities established by generous individuals, families, businesses or organizations to assist Hawaii’s residents in obtaining a college education. Some scholarship funds are part of the HCF and some opportunities are through private foundations that contract with HCF to administer their scholarships. Students apply online with one common application and, if eligible, can be awarded from one or more of these funds. To submit an online application, search for a scholarship or find more information, please visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org.
About the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund
The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the memory of Guy Toyama by establishing scholarships and awarding grants to non‐profits working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, waste reduction, and local food production. Requests for additional information can be addressed to email@example.com, or by visiting www.guytoyamafund.org.
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The westbound lane fronting Steam Vents will be closed for up to 10 weeks while crews replace a deteriorated water main, beginning Mon., Dec. 9.
Traffic controllers will alternate traffic flow through the single open lane, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Wait times to pass the construction area should not exceed 15 minutes.
Both lanes will be open to traffic if there is no active construction.
The project will replace approximately 3,000 feet of failing pipe that supplies water to Jaggar Museum and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
A new Christmas tradition is taking place in remote forests above Hilo. Early in the morning, volunteers scan the trees, looking for jewels far more beautiful than any Christmas ornament. These volunteers are on a quest to find Hawai‘i’s rarest native birds. The forests of Kulani are part of the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR) managed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW).
On Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, the DLNR Natural Area Reserves System (NARS), the Three Mountain Alliance (TMA), and the Hawai‘i Audubon Society and community volunteers will search through the forest and count native birds in an annual survey of the forest.
The objective of the count is to collect bird population data from which researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested parties may study the long-term status of bird populations. It provides a picture of how bird populations have changed in time and space over time.
Volunteers and birders may see ‘ōma‘o, ‘i‘iwi, nēnē, ‘elepaio, ‘apapane, ‘akiapōlā‘au, ‘amakihi, ‘akepa, ‘io and Hawai‘i Creeper.
This is the fifth year that Christmas Bird Counts will be held in Kulani and the 114th since the Audubon Society started this family tradition nationally. Volunteers will be paired with expert bird watchers to record all sightings or sounds of the birds.
BOX: All volunteer slots have been filled, but to put your name on a wait list or for more information contact Anya Tagawa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 443-4245.
“The Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve at Kūlani is one of the last refuges for Hawai‘i’s native birds. This free event gives the community a rare chance to see these beautiful species,” said Anya Tagawa, NARS education coordinator.
One of the native birds viewable at the Pu‘u Maka‘ala NAR is the endangered ‘Akiapōlā‘au, a Hawaiian Honeycreeper only found on the Big Island. This bright yellow bird has evolved to fill the role occupied by woodpeckers in many other parts of the world. It creeps along trunks and branches tapping holes in the rotten bark with its lower beak and extracts grubs and other insects with its sharply curved upper beak.
“The annual Christmas bird count is a great opportunity for the community to experience what makes Hawai‘i so unique,” said Lisa Hadway, branch manager of Hawai‘i Island DOFAW. “Our goal is to foster a better understanding of our native species and places we are so privileged to protect.”
More than half of Hawai‘i’s native forest has been lost, leaving little habitat left for these birds. In turn, more than half of Hawai‘i’s forest bird species have gone extinct, and almost all populations are declining.
“These surveys help us keep track of how the various populations are doing, and where they remain,” said Hadway. “Then, the DLNR can focus its efforts to where they protect forests from invasive species.”
In addition to saving native species, forest protection secures Hawai‘i’s water supplies. Hawai‘i’s native forests collect rain and fog, providing water for human use. Forests also prevent erosion that muddies beaches and reefs.
The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying anyone who may have information about the cause of half a dozen recent suspicious fires over the past two weeks.
The fires were located south of Puʻuanahulu along Hawaiʻi Belt Road, also known as Route 190, in the areas between the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (New Saddle Road) and the 14-mile marker.
Last Monday (November 25) at approximately 3:33 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire on the mauka side of Hawaiʻi Belt Road in the area of the 14-mile marker in Kona. Upon arrival, they discovered that the fire had spread north from the mauka side of the roadway toward the Daniel K. Inouye Highway, approximately four miles east and approximately two miles south along Hawaiʻi Belt Road.
Last Tuesday (November 26) at 3:54 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire on the mauka side of Hawaiʻi Belt Road in the area of the 16-mile marker in the area of Puʻuanahulu. Upon arrival, they discovered that the fire had spread from the mauka side of the roadway and headed south in the direction of the Puu Lani Ranch subdivision, burning approximately 150 acres of vacant land.
As emergency personnel were working to extinguish that fire, another brush fire was reported in the area of the 23-mile marker, also on Hawaiʻi Belt Road. Fire personnel were able to quickly extinguish that fire, which burned approximately a quarter of an acre.
Last Thursday (November 28) at 5:50 a.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire on the mauka side of Hawaiʻi Belt Road in the area of the 16-mile marker in the area of Puʻuanahulu. Upon arrival, emergency personnel were able to extinguish that fire, which burned an undetermined amount of vacant land.
This Monday (December 2) at 4:23 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire on the makai side of Hawaiʻi Belt Road in the area of the 24-mile marker in the area of Puʻuanahulu. Upon arrival, emergency personnel were able to extinguish that fire, which burned approximately 2,000 square feet of vacant land.
This Wednesday (December 4) at 6:28 a.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of a brush fire on the mauka side of Hawaiʻi Belt Road in the area of the 17-mile marker in the area of Puʻuanahulu. Upon arrival, emergency personnel were able to extinguish that fire, which burned approximately 4,800 square feet of vacant land.
No structures have been damaged nor were any in close proximity to any of the fires. The total extent of the burned property has yet to be determined.
Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Section, along with Hawaiʻi County fire inspectors, have deemed the fires as suspicious in nature and continue to investigate their cause.
The Hawaiʻi Police Department asks members of the public who frequent Hawaiʻi Belt Road, especially in the areas between the Daniel K. Inouye Highway and the 24-mile marker, to be aware of the recent fires and to report any suspicious activity in the area immediately to police at 935-3311. In addition, anyone with any information about the cause of the fires is encouraged to contact Detective Levon Stevens, at 326-4646, extension 275, or email@example.com.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.
The Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawaii collected foodstuffs for The Food Basket: Hawaii Island’s food bank, during its holiday party and general membership meeting Dec. 2.
Francis Rickard, operations manager of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel where the event was hosted, joined JCCIH president Carol VanCamp in collecting the donations.
JCCIH fosters economic sustainability, perpetuates the Japanese cultural heritage and traditions in Hawaii. Its mission is to promote the well-being of our community through business and personal relationships that embody the values of Kahiau & Okage Sama De. From the Hawaiian, Kahiau means giving without expecting anything in return. Okage Sama De is a Japanese Proverb which means I am what I am because of you.
The Chamber sponsors the popular annual Taste of Hilo, hosts business and cultural events and information sessions throughout the year and works with other business organizations as watchdog over state and county legislation.
For information about JCCIH, visit the website at http://www.jccih.org
Aloha, Chair Yoshimoto and Members:
On Nov. 19, 2013 the Hawai‘i County Council adopted Bill 113 Draft 3 adding a new article relating to Genetically Engineered Crops and Plants, and on Nov. 21, 2013 delivered the bill to me for my consideration. After careful deliberation and discussions with members of my administration and the public, I am signing Bill 113.
Our community has a deep connection and respect for our land, and we all understand we must protect our island and preserve our precious natural resources. We are determined to do what is right for the land because this place is unlike any other in the world. With this new ordinance we are conveying that instead of global agribusiness corporations, we want to encourage and support community-based farming and ranching.
The debate over this bill has at times been divisive and hurtful, and some of our hard-working farmers who produce food for our community have been treated disrespectfully. We are determined to protect every farmer and rancher. Agriculture on Hawai‘i Island will continue to grow with county assistance, investment and support. That commitment includes initiatives such as the public-private partnership to improve and expand the Pa‘auilo Slaughterhouse to support our grass-fed beef industry, and the launch of the Kapulena Agricultural Park, the largest agricultural park in the state on 1,739 acres of county-owned land. It also includes support for innovative training programs to grow the farmers of the future, and to train veterans to engage in agriculture on Hawaiian Home Lands, and the introduction and advancement of Korean Natural Farming as a sustainable method of producing healthier crops and livestock. It includes completion of the first-in-the-state Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline Study of Hawai‘i Island to measure the island’s progress toward food self-sufficiency.
We are determined to reunite our farming community to create a stronger and more vibrant agricultural sector. It is time to end the angry rhetoric and reach out to our neighbors. Our farmers are essential to creating a wholesome and sustainable food supply on this island, and they deserve to be treated with respect and aloha. We must turn now to a meaningful, factual dialogue with one another.
With my approval of this bill, our administration will launch a year of research and data collection to investigate factual claims and to seek out new directions that farming in our community should take. This work will include an expanded database detailing the locations of both organic and conventional farms, the crops that are grown, more accurate estimates of the revenue earned from these enterprises, and the challenges our farmers face in meeting food safety and organic certification requirements. We will work with our farmers and our ranchers to carefully monitor the impacts of this bill over the next year to separate speculation and guesswork from the facts.
Today our communities expect that government will be as cautious as possible in protecting our food and water supplies. We all want to minimize impacts to the environment while also producing abundant, affordable food for local consumption. This ordinance expresses the desires and demands of our community for a safe, sustainable agricultural sector that can help feed our people while keeping our precious island productive and healthy.
William P. Kenoi
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Mayor Kenoi On Vacation Beginning Dec. 6 – Mayor to Accompany His Son to the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Florida
Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi will be on vacation beginning Friday, Dec. 6 to cheer on his son Justin, 13, at the Pop Warner Super Bowl in Kissimmee, Fla.
Justin Kenoi is a member of the Big Island Pop Warner champion Pana’ewa Ali’i football team, which is the first Hawai’i Island team to win the Western Regional finals to advance to the Pop Warner Super Bowl.
Mayor Kenoi will remain with the team while the Pana’ewa Ali’i participate in the tournament. Managing Director Wally Lau will be acting mayor until Mayor Kenoi returns.
- Mayor Kenoi Proclaims “October 25th, 2013 – Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day” in the County of Hawaii (damontucker.com)
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Kalae Lee as “Officer of the Month” for December in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (December 4) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.
Lee was honored for his successful investigation of a methamphetamine dealer.
In July 2013, Lee received valuable intelligence that a man was distributing large quantities of “ice” in North Kohala. He conducted a month-long investigation with assistance from North Kohala Community Policing officers. The investigation led to the identity of a suspect and confirmed the reports of meth distribution.
Officer Lee drafted and obtained search warrants at a Kapaʻau home, where police recovered 4 1/2 ounces of crystal meth hours before it was to be distributed into the small community of North Kohala. The drugs had an estimated street value of $14,750. At the scene, police arrested two people. A 46-year-old man was arrested and later charged with first-degree meth trafficking and drug paraphernalia. A 28-year-old woman was arrested and later charged with promoting a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia.
Detective Edwin A. Buyten from the Ice Task Force recommended Lee for the award and commended him for his investigative skills. “Officers later learned the community was extremely pleased with the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s effort to disrupt the flow of narcotics within their community and protect their children from dangerous and harmful drugs,” Buyten wrote in nomination papers.
As “Officer of the Month,” Lee is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.”
The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.
The public is invited to join Senator Russell Ruderman as he hosts a Community Talk Story Session in Kea‘au to discuss state legislation, community priorities, and how the public can participate in the legislative process with a look towards the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session.
The talk story will be held at the Kea‘au Community Center on Thursday, December 12th at 6pm. Please join your senator for a lively session to provide your feedback in this democratic process.
For more information, please call Senator Ruderman’s office in Honolulu at (808) 586-6890 or toll free at 974-4000 (then enter 66890) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred in Hilo on October 31.
At about 8 p.m. on that date, police responded to the Waiākea Villas after receiving a report from a 49-year-old Hilo man that while walking in the complex toward his vehicle in the parking lot, he was accosted by a man who brandished a weapon and demanded money. After the victim refused the demand, the suspect fled the area. The victim was not injured in the robbery attempt.
The suspect is described as a local male in his late 20s, about 5-foot-10, about 200 pounds with a light mustache. He was wearing a black T-shirt, dark shorts and a cap embroidered with the words “BJ Penn.”
Police are releasing a composite drawing of the suspect with hope that someone will recognize him. Anyone who may know the identity of the suspect or who has any information on this incident is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or email@example.com.
Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.
Open auditions for college-age and older actors for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Department’s spring musical, Miss Saigon¸ will be held on January 20 and 21, 2014 on the main stage of the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m.
All auditionees will be required to sing at the audition, either as a soloist if seeking a lead role, or in a group if interested in a chorus role. Soloists must bring sheet music for 16 bars of a song from the musical theatre genre while chorus auditionees will be taught a song from the show at the audition. A dance sequence will also be taught so comfortable clothing that allows movement is essential.
The Boubil-Schonberg-Maltby musical, based on Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, takes place in Vietnam in the mid-1970s as American troops vacate Saigon, leaving behind a war-ravaged country and unexpected love. The musical won numerous awards, including 1991 Tony awards for Best Actress and Best Actor in a Musical, and has toured the world ever since its premiere in 1989.
UH Hilo Professor Jackie Pualani Johnson directs the show, with retired Department of Education teacher and professional musician, Armando Mendoza, as musical director. UH Hilo dance instructor, Celeste Staton, choreographs, with Kawai Soares and Kawehi Kanoho-Kalahiki as student choreographers. Amy Horst, director of choral activities at UH Hilo, teams with senior Kait Wilson to work with singers. Ariana Bassett, the UH Hilo resident designer, is in charge of scenery and lighting.
“Several lead roles are available: The Engineer, half-Vietnamese and half-French, who is a raunchy master of ceremonies/pimp in a Saigon bar; Kim, a girl orphaned at 17 and forced to make a living dancing with soldiers in the Dreamland bar; Thuy, promised to Kim in marriage but now embittered and rising in Communist military ranks; Chris, the American G.I. who falls inexplicably in love with Kim; John, Chris’ G.I. friend who eventually follows his conscience; and Ellen, who married Chris years after his Vietnam tour and chooses to stand by his side,” Johnson noted.
Secondary roles call for strong actors/singers/dancers as Gigi, Mimi, Yvette, and Yvonne, who work at Dreamland and share Kim’s hopes for a better life. Finally, a young Eurasian boy, age 3-5, is needed to play Tam, the child arising from Kim and Chris’ union. Parents of young actors interested in this role should contact Professor Johnson to discuss the rehearsal and performance commitment at 932-7491 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Lloyd Ishikawa on November 21 as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for November.
Ishikawa, a Puna Patrol officer and former “Officer of the Year,” was honored for piecing together information that led to the arrest of a wanted man considered armed and dangerous.
On September 30, police responded to a report that a man had fired several rounds from a silver Mazda Miata in the Panaʻewa area of Hilo. In the days that followed, Ishikawa was provided with the identity of the suspect and shared the information with his fellow officers. One remembered being sent to Fern Acres a few days earlier, where the property owner reported a silver Miata parked on the vacant lot. Checks of the license plate at that time had not shown the car as being stolen or belonging to a wanted person.
On October 3, Ishikawa went to the Fern Acres property and observed fresh tire tracks leading up the driveway. After obtaining permission from the property owner to proceed onto the lot, he returned at dusk with a team of officers and discovered additional fresh tire tracks. Ishikawa directed the officers to walk in on foot to retain the element of surprise. When they did, they observed three vehicles on the property, including the Miata, a stolen pickup truck and a stolen Mercedes Benz.
The doors, hood and trunk of the Mercedes were open. Two people, who were standing next to it, fled into the bushes but were quickly apprehended. One of them was the suspect in the shooting. A semi-automatic pistol was on the seat of the open Mercedes. Inside the Miata was a spent firearm cartridge.
After the arrest, Officer Ishikawa contacted the registered owner of the Miata, who was on the mainland and unaware that the car had been stolen. Ishikawa then made an additional case for the stolen Miata.
Lieutenant Reed Mahuna, who recommended Ishikawa for the award, said Ishikawa “truly demonstrates” the Police Department’s core values. “Officer Ishikawa’s diligence in taking a piece of information, sharing that information to develop leads, and acting on those leads was instrumental in the apprehension of a dangerous fugitive and the recovery of three stolen vehicles, one of which had not yet been reported stolen,” Mahuna wrote in nomination papers.
As “Officer of the Month,” Ishikawa is eligible for “Officer of the Year.” In 2011, he was named “Officer of the Year” for his initiative and dedication to duty.
The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.
Hospice of Hilo is celebrating the Holiday Season by lighting up the Trees of Remembrance at its 24th Annual Light Up a Life. The trees are at the two entrances of Macy’s at the Prince Kuhio Mall from now until December 24th from 10:00 am to 8:00pm. “Everyone is invited to place a commemorative ornament with the name of a loved one on the tree. The ornaments are a very meaningful way to pay tribute to those we remember and love,” said Hospice of Hilo Spokeswoman, An Umamoto.
This year, Hospice of Hilo asked the Kuwaye Family to do the honor of placing the first ornament of the season on the tree in memory of Yasuo Kuwaye, who received hospice services. “We feel real special to be asked to be the first family and so thankful to have had Hospice of Hilo’s services,” said wife, Anako Kuwaye.
The Kuwaye family, which included daughter Frances Chow, son Wayne Kuwaye, Daughter-in-law Carol Kuwaye, sister Sue Toyama and wife Anako Kuwaye, gathered around Hospice of Hilo Chaplain, Phillip Jones, as a he led them in a short memorial commemorating the life of Yasuo Kuwaye.
Light Up a Life is a community event raising funds for Hospice of Hilo’s programs. There is a suggested $10.00 donation for creating and hanging an ornament, however, no one will be denied the opportunity to honor a loved one. For more information about Light Up a Life or any of Hospice of Hilo’s programs call 969-1733.
Kohala By The Sea is one of only 34 communities nationwide to receive a national award from the Firewise Communities/USA program for its decade long commitment to wildfire safety. Community members will receive the award during a ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, at 1 p.m. in Kohala By The Sea at a private residence.
State Representative Cindy Evans will present a proclamation to the Kohala By The Sea Firewise committee on behalf of the State House of Representatives. Governor Neil Abercrombie’s west Hawaii liaison will also present a proclaimation on behalf of the governor to the Firewise committee. Hawaii County Councilmember Margaret Willie, Fire Chief Darren Rosario and Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira will also be on hand to congratulate the community. State Senator Malama Solomon is also issuing a proclamation to the community on behalf of the Hawaii State Senate.
Mayor Billy Kenoi will be unable to attend the ceremony and will present a proclamation on behalf of Hawaii County to KBTS residents later this month.
“The Hawaii Fire Department is proud of the Kohala By The Sea community for achieving national recognition for their efforts to protect their community from the potential devastating effects of wildfires,” said Fire Chief Darren Rosario.
“It’s important for communities to become Firewise for several reasons. The KBTS community and its neighbors were victims of serious fires in the early 1990s. It’s with their effort to be Firewise that I can proudly say as fire chief, it has made a difference.”
Realizing their community was at risk to wildfire, ten years ago the small community started participating in the Firewise Communtieis program in order to reduce their risk to wildfire.
Firewise Communities/USA is a national program that works with communities to reduce the threat of home loss due to wildfire. It teaches people to prepare for a fire before it occurs.
The program adapts especially well to small communities, developments, and homeowner associations of all types, says Denise Laitinen, the Firewise Communities Hawaii Coordinator.
“The residents of Kohala By The Sea recognized that they live in a high fire hazard area and used a variety of free Firewise resources to reduce their threat to wildfires,” says Laitinen.
“Firewise practices have been implemented at every level of the community,” adds Laitinen.
Wildfire safety community projects over the years include opening a fire emergency exit and removing overgrown brush from a gulch that runs through the neighborhood. Residents routinely remove overgrown brush from their property and create defensible space around their home, by removing dead leaves that might ignite during an approaching wildfire.
Kohala By The Sea residents attended a Firewise workshop taught by Laitinen and KBTS Firewise committee members distributed wildfire safety info packets to all community home owners. For years the KBTS design committee has provided Firewise construction checklists and videos on how to build a Firewise home to property owners wanting to build homes within the subdivision. Firewise practices have even been implemented in the community’s CC&R’s.
There are 950 nationally recognized Firewise Communities across the country. Each community must successfully complete five steps in order to be designated a Firewise Community. These steps include forming a neighborhood Firewise committee, having a wildfire hazard assessment conducted to identify the community’s wildfire threats, indentifying projects to reduce those risks and completing the mitigation projects.
The KBTS community formed a Firewise committee after Laitinen gave a community presentation. Laitinen also conducted the wildfire hazard assessment, something she has done for dozens of communities throughout West Hawaii and the state.
Kohala By The Sea first achieved national Firewise recognition status in December 2003. Every year for the past decade the community has successfully completed the five steps of the Firewise program and received its national designation.
For more information regarding Firewise or the Firewise Communities/USA program, contact the Firewise Communities Hawaii Coordinator at (808) 281-3497 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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A 31-year-old Keaʻau man died Friday morning (November 29) in a single utility tractor crash. He was identified as Troy K. Pattioay.
About 11:33 a.m., Pattioay was operating a 1987 Kenworth Utility tracker pulling an unloaded lowboy trailer and traveling west on Daniel K. Inouye Highway, (New Saddle Road), just prior to the 51-mile marker. As the truck was traveling down a steep grade it reportedly lost its brakes, crossed to the unimproved west-bound shoulder and lost control, causing the trailer to break free and the utility tractor to roll over. Pattioay died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.
His passenger, a 26-year-old Keaʻau man, was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Fire Department personnel. He was taken to North Hawaiʻi community Hospital in stable condition and then transferred to The Queens Medical Center on Oahu.
The highway was closed to all traffic at 11:35 a.m. and reopened at 5:15 p.m.
Police do not believe alcohol or speed were factors in the collision.
Police ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call Officer Larry Flowers Jr. at 326-4646, extension 229.
This is the 25th fatality this year compared with 36 at this time last year.