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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Now Closed Until Further Notice

To ensure the safety of visitors and employees, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will close at noon today until it is determined safe to reopen.

NPS Photo

NPS Photo

Park staff and volunteers not directly involved in storm efforts were directed to stay home. Guests at Kīlauea Military Camp and Volcano House will shelter in place, or if necessary, be directed to the nearest shelter.

Rangers will assess impacts from Hurricane Madeline at 8 a.m. Thursday. The strongest winds are predicted to hit the park between noon and 2 p.m. Wednesday. Forecasters predict the park could see up to 10 inches of rain, maximum winds of 45 mph up to 75 mph (depending on the storm’s track), and dangerously high surf.

“The closure will continue until we have a chance to assess the impact to the park and mitigate any damage. With Hurricane Lester right on the heels of Madeline, and still a Category 4 hurricane, we could end up continuing the closure for a few days until it’s safe to reopen,” said Chief Ranger John Broward.

Rangers will determine by Friday if the Kahuku Unit, open only on Saturdays and Sundays, will remain closed over the weekend.

Updates will be posted to the park’s website www.nps.gov/havo, and its official social media sites.

Big Island Amateur Radio Emergency Service Districts Activate to Support Possible Hurricane Response in Hawaii

ARRL Pacific Section Emergency Coordinator Clement Jung, KH7HO, has announced the activation of all four Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) districts on the Big Island of Hawaii, to support each other and served agencies as two hurricanes — Madeline and Lester — threaten. A hurricane watch remains in effect for Hawaii County.

amateur radioA SKYWARN net activated on August 31 as Hurricane Madeline approached the Big Island, and KH6SW went on the air from the National Weather Service (NWS) Honolulu Forecast Office on HF, VHF, and UHF. A second SKYWARN activation for Hurricane Lester will begin on September 2 at 10 PM (0800 UTC on September 3), continuing until Monday, September 5 at noon (2200 UTC).

As of 1200 UTC, Madeline, now a category 1 storm, was located about 200 miles east of Hilo and 410 miles east-southeast of Honolulu, with maximum sustained winds near 90 MPH. The storm is moving to the west at 12 MPH.

As of 0900 UTC, Hurricane Lester, a much stronger category 4 storm, was some 1160 miles east of Hilo, with maximum sustained winds of 140 MPH and moving to the west at 12 MPH. NOAA has advised interests in Hawaii to monitor Lester’s progress.

ARES teams were set to initiate local repeater nets, holding 146.52 MHz simplex in reserve in case repeaters go down. Plans call for using HF (7.180 and 3.975 MHz) to relay traffic via Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) nets to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency Emergency Operations Center (EOC). SKYWARN traffic will use Fldigi MT63 1KL or voice on 7.080 MHz (USB), with 3.888 MHz (LSB) as an alternate frequency, and 7.095 MHz available to support informal and tactical traffic.

Jung said that if Hawaii Emergency Management Agency RACES is activated, it will monitor 7.088 MHz (LSB) for voice and Fldigi MT63-1KL. Until then, SKYWARN will be the statewide HF net control station on 7.080 MHz (USB) for voice and Fldigi.

Hawaii Gov David Ige has declared a state of emergency in the state, with the Big Island under a hurricane warning for Madeline. The National Weather Service has indicated that hurricane conditions could occur on the Big Island within the next 24 hours. Public schools in Hawaii have been closed, and the governor was urging residents of the Big Island to take steps to protect people and property. A dozen schools have been designated to serve as emergency evacuation shelters.

In addition to HF, KH6SW will operate on these repeaters:

  • 146.660 (EARC, Windward Oahu)
  • 146.760 (DEM RACES, Peackcock Flat, North Shore Oahu)
  • 146.800 (EARC, Manakapu, Oahu)
  • 146.880 (DEM RACES, Diamond Head)
  • 146.980 (DEM RACES, Downtown Honolulu)
  • 147.060 (State RACES, Diamond Head)
  • 444.350 (State RACES, Diamond Head)

7th Annual Kau Kau Kailua Showcases Restaurants Throughout September

Restaurants are essential in thriving towns and Historic Kailua Village celebrates their culinary contributions every September. Beginning September 1, the 7th Annual Kau Kau Kailua gets underway with a month-long opportunity to enjoy great values and restaurant specials at a wide array of eateries throughout Historic Kailua Village.

kau kau kailuaMore than 20 participating restaurants have already posted their special value coupons at HistoricKailuaVillage.com. Kau Kau Kailua coupons can be printed in advance or displayed via smartphone at the time of ordering. The coupons are valid throughout the month of September. Each restaurant has customized their special value coupons and the offerings are as diverse as the dining choices.

Kau Kau Kailua is 30 days of fun for the whole family with great food and drink from celebrated eateries throughout Historic Kailua Village. And as the summer travel season slows, September is a perfect time to dine out. Residents and visitors are invited to take advantage of the great special restaurant values Kau Kau Kailua offers.

Participating restaurants include:

  • ‘Ai Pono Café
  • Daylight Mind Coffee Company
  • Evolution Bakery & Café
  • Fish Hopper
  • Fresh Off Da ‘Boat Polynesian Cuisine
  • Fumi’s Kitchen
  • Get Sum’ Pizza
  • Honu’s on the Beach
  • hBAR at Huggo’s
  • Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse
  • Kona Coffee & Tea
  • Kope Lani Coffee
  • Krua Thai Cuisine
  • Laverne’s Sports Bar
  • One Aloha Shave Ice
  • Paradise Brewing Co.
  • Patricio’s Mexican Taqueria
  • Seiji’s Sushi
  • Splashers Grill
  • Sushi Shiono
  • Thai Rin Restaurant
  • Ultimate Burger

Log on to www.HistoricKailuaVillage.com for complete details. Check back often as restaurants continue to add their Kau Kau Kailua special values to the site.

Kau Kau Kailua is brought to you by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, Kona Commons, Big Island Honda and Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.

HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Endless Summer Statewide Invitational Basketball Classic Results

A total of 122 youths from 13 teams, included four teams from Oahu and Maui, participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Endless Summer Statewide Invitational Basketball Classic this past weekend at Waiākea-Uka Gym.

In the Varsity Girls division finals, Maui Sparks edged Wahine Ryders 41-39 in overtime, with Mikayla Tablit hitting the game winning three-pointer in the waning seconds of the game. Tablit led the Sparks with 21 points. Mandy Kawaha topped the Ryders with 19.

Maui Sparks

Maui Sparks

Members of the champion Maui Sparks squad included Tablit, Nel Mae Bumanglag, Kaylee and Kyra Cambra, Kamaile Cugal, Jordyn Mantz, Honeylet Padasadao, Ashley Taylor Peralta, Kealia Sjostrand, Mikiala Sniffen and Tanniya Uchida.

In the third-place contest, Waiākea defeated Keaʻau 43-15. Madison Hwang tallied 10 for Waiākea.

In the Girls Rising Stars finals, Kona Stingrays withstood a furious comeback from Hoop Dreams to claim the championship 26-25. Gracie Hing scored 11 points for the Stingrays and Keani Midel had 10 for Hoop Dreams.

Kona Stingrays

Kona Stingrays

Members of the champion Stingrays included Hing, Kassie and Lanie Alapai, Kiera Ambrosia, Tayvia Cabatbat, Dallas Carlos, Rebekah Fong, Peyton Healeamau, Gabryela Kaipo, Iolani Kamakau, Caiyle Kaupu and Juliana Losalio.

In the third-place contest, Honokaʻa outscored Maui Sparks 26-15. Kaliana Salazar-Harrell led Honokaʻa with 14 points.

In the boys Rising Stars division, Hoop Dreams out-gunned St. Joseph 62-32 to claim the title. Keawe Silva scored 18 points, Kobe Kahele added 16 and Kiaʻi Apele tallied 11 for the champions. Stan Mawry led the runners-up with 10 points.

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams

Members of the champion Hoop Dreams included Silva, Kahele, Apele, Kaukahi Alameda, Macmillan Aloisio, Isaiah Cordero, Chance Simeona, and Kaupena Yasso.

In the third-place contest, Hawaiʻi Storm ran past PGU 42-7. Enzo Mazzulli scored 10 for the Storm.

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

Big Island Police Name “Officers of the Month” for July & August

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Puna Patrol Officers Eddie Cardines and Whitman McCallum on Thursday (August 25) as “Officers of the Month” for July and Vice Officer Zenas Pacheco as “Officer of the Month” for August.

Officers of the Month for July: Whitman McCallum and Eddie Cardines

Officers of the Month for July: Whitman McCallum and Eddie Cardines

Officers Cardines and McCallum were honored for their actions that led to the immediate capture of a triple homicide suspect. Officer Pacheco was commended for reducing the supply of methamphetamine in East Hawaiʻi.

In the early hours of May 6, Officers Cardines and McCallum were dispatched to a report of a possible gunshot victim in Leilani Estates. As they were trying to locate the house, McCallum noticed a vehicle leaving the area without its lights on. He alerted his fellow officers and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver evaded him and drove away. Officer Cardines caught up with the vehicle a block away and made a felony traffic stop. After the suspect was apprehended, Cardines inspected the car, preserved critical evidence in danger of being washed away by a sudden downpour of rain, and made observations that ultimately led to the discovery of a woman’s body in the trunk.

Once the suspect had been secured, McCallum joined another officer to check the suspect’s house, where they discovered the bodies of two young children.

Sergeant Brandon Konanui said the actions of McCallum and Cardines led to the preservation of evidence and the “quick capture of a highly dangerous suspect.”

Officer of the Month for August: Zenas Pacheco

Officer of the Month for August: Zenas Pacheco

Officer Pacheco’s award was for seizing what Acting Lieutenant Brian Miller described as an “unheard of” amount of methamphetamine in East East Hawaiʻi. “Within the past two months, Officer Pacheco has recovered approximately 6 pounds of methamphetamine, which was headed to high-level drug suppliers in East Hawaiʻi,” Miller wrote in nomination papers.

In one case, a suspect who was in the custody of Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center had been distributing meth while out on work furlough. Pacheco recovered 11.5 ounces of the drug after executing a search warrant on the inmate’s car in June.

Officer Pacheco developed enough information to conduct a joint operation with the Drug Enforcement Administration in July on the supplier of the man arrested in June. They recovered more than 5 pounds of meth, leading to the arrest of the supplier, who is facing a mandatory 10-year sentence to federal prison.

As “Officer of the Month,” the honored officers are 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.

Three Big Island Residents Selected for Omidyar Fellows Program

Omidyar Fellows Program is excited to announce Cohort V of the Omidyar Fellows! Please join us as we warmly welcome these 14 outstanding local executives from various sectors and islands.

Omidyar FellowsEach new Fellow will bring their own insights and experiences as they expand their leadership horizons together. Cohort V is ready to heed the call as they learn, discover, and collaborate to collectively impact the future of Hawaii.

  • Brad Bennett (Kaumana, Hawaii Island), complex area superintendent, Department of Education Hilo-Waiakea Complex Area
  • Kyle Chock (Kamuela, Hawaii Island), assistant executive secretary-treasurer, Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Elisia Flores (Hawaii Kai, Oahu), vice president and chief financial officer, L&L Franchise, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Ignacio (Waialae Iki, Oahu), orthopedic surgeon and managing partner, IMUA Orthopedics, Sports & Health
  • Malia Kaaihue (Kaimuki, Oahu), president, DTL, a Hawaiian strategy studio
  • Nalani Fujimori Kaina (Hawaii Kai, Oahu), executive director, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
  • Micah A. Kane (Kaneohe, Oahu), president and chief operating officer, Hawaii Community Foundation
  • Shelee Kimura (Aiea Heights, Oahu), vice president of corporate planning and business development, Hawaiian Electric Company
  • Keoni Lee (Kaimuki, Oahu), co-founder and owner, Oiwi TV
  • Richard Matsuda (Waimea, Hawaii Island), chief of operations, W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Alicia Moy (Kakaako, Oahu), president and chief executive officer, Hawaii Gas
  • Cameron Nekota (Kaimuki, Oahu), vice president, D.R. Horton Schuler Homes LLC
  • Susan Tai Kaneko (Lihue, Kauai), president and chief executive officer, Kauai Economic Development Board
  • Nicole Velasco (Lower Kalihi, Oahu), executive director, Office of Economic Development for the City & County of Honolulu

North Hawaii Community Hospital Celebrates 20 Years Delivering Babies and Receives Certificate of Approval

North Hawaii Community Hospital is celebrating 20 years of service to the community by inviting everyone born at the hospital since its opening in 1996 to a birthday celebration on Friday, August 26 at 3 pm.

North Hawaii Community Hospital FrontAttendees will be treated to birthday cake and party favors, and are asked to bring their baby photo to display.

The hospital will also be celebrating Baby Friendly Day.  North Hawaii Community Hospital was designated a Baby Friendly hospital by the World Health Organization and United Nations Children’s Fund for offering an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies, and is one of only three in the state with this special designation.

And

North Hawaii Community Hospital Women’s Health CenteringPregnancy® program recently received their certificate of approval from the Centering Healthcare Institute.  After a thorough site visit and program review, Centering officials determined that North Hawaii Community Hospital’s program has demonstrated fidelity to the Centering model and is on track for sustainability.

Centering officials, who visited from Massachusetts, noted that Women’s Health is implementing the Centering model while integrating important cultural practices and traditions, making it unique and very special to the participants. “The staff and participants have created a sacred space that forges strong bonds and a sense of pride. This is a model site and should be encouraged to share their experiences,” said Centering officials.

Officials also noted the program’s excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction, good average group size, strong administrative support, and an effective and engaged steering committee.

CenteringPregnancy offers a group approach to prenatal care, combining three essential elements of care- health assessment, education, and support.  Approximately 10 to 12 expectant moms meet for 10 two-hour sessions starting in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Moms-to-be share stories and learn from one another and talk about health issues.  Each two-hour session is led by a Women’s Health certified nurse midwife and childbirth facilitator.  In the past year, CenteringPregnancy participants reported 100% satisfaction and exceeded goals for low birth weight and premature births.

For questions about the CenteringPregnancy program, contact Women’s Health at North Hawaii Community Hospital at 885-9606.

Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder Offered

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is offering Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with Dr. Stephanie Dodge.

UH Hilo MonikerClasses will be held on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., September 20 – October 18, at UH Hilo’s Sciences and Technology Building (STB) 225. Cost is $75.

The series is open to anyone who would like to learn more about ASD, including parents, caregivers, educators and practitioners. It will provide an overview of diagnosis, prevalence and etiology of ASD, as well as an introduction to interventions. Also included is information about behavioral assessments and programs, assistive technology and advocacy for services.

Dodge received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UH Manoa. She specializes in helping young children who have problems with attention, focus, following instructions, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and disobedience. She also specializes in autism treatment and is trained to administer two gold-standard evaluation tools.

For more information and to register, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/ccecs/.

Family Fun Day at Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, August 27, 10AM – 2PM, the Kahilu Theatre will be hosting a Family Fun Day event called Animal Fun! to celebrate the launch of the Theatre’s 2016/2017 Presenting Season. The event will be full of family fun and entertainment, inside and surrounding the Theatre. Animal Fun! is free and open to the public.
Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Hara

Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Richard Hara

Young stars from the recent Kahilu Circus Camp and Kahilu Performance Arts Classes (KPAC) will perform at Animal Fun!. Performances will feature aerial arts, juggling, unicycling, hooping, clowning, and magic. In addition to student performances, there will be live music, face painting, and balloon sculptures from Ari the Clown.
Tickets for Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Season will also go on sale to the general public during the event.
This will be the first of three Family Fun Days planned for Kahilu Theatre’s 2016/17 Season. The next Family Fun Day is slated for Saturday, February 4, in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868 for more information about upcoming events, memberships, and Arts Ed @ Kahilu programs.

Police Making Two “Active Shooter” Presentations in North Kohala

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will make two “active shooter” presentations in North Kohala on Saturday (August 27).
Active Shooter
The presentations, which are open to the public by reservation only, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Kohala Inter-Generational Center located at Kamehameha Park.

The presentations are designed to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent incident. Police will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such situations, law enforcement’s response, and how to work together as a community toward prevention. They will also provide additional resources for participants so they can continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.

Seating is limited. Persons wishing to attend must make a reservation by contacting the Hawaiʻi Community Federal Credit Union at 930-7700 or marketing@hicommfcu.com.

Persons unable to attend may obtain “active shooter” information by viewing the “Active Shooter/Violence Awareness” page on the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s website (www.hawaiipolice.com) under the “Services” tab.

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds Welcomes All

The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds – Ha`akula Manu – is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, local keiki (children) 15 and under accompanied by an adult with a paid general admission ticket can attend the festival for FREE!  Adult entry is $10 and includes $5 of Birdie Bucks coupons that can be spent on items at the vendor booths and silent auction.

Bird Festival 2016The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds is an opportunity for Big Island keiki to increase their knowledge of birds and their habitats. The festival will highlight the important role played by birds in Hawaiian culture, the need to preserve and restore our island’s unique habitats critical to these birds’ survival, and help children learn that birding is a just like a real life, fun version of Pokemon-Go!

The Festival, scheduled for the weekend of September 24-25 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, includes on-site events on Saturday and field trips on Sunday. The Saturday, September 24 events held at the Sheraton Kona will include educational seminars, bird-related trade and arts booths, and fun activities for the whole family. The seminars will be stimulating for adults and teens, while younger ones will enjoy the hands-on activities related to Hawaii’s unique birds. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

Sunday activities include guided birdwatching field trips hosted by Hawaii Forest & Trail, a bird photography tour hosted by Jack Jeffrey, and a guided boat trip out of Honokohau Harbor to watch seabirds with on-board pelagic leaders Lance Tanino, Brian Sullivan and Mike Scott. Tours are already discounted to $150 with no additional discount for keiki or kama’aina. Space is limited on field trips, so register now if you would like to take advantage of this great deal (includes transportation, lunch, dinner, and guides).

Here are a few of the family-oriented activities everyone can participate in at the Festival:

  • Build a Bird Contest – Create a unique bird out of supplied materials to keep or enter into a contest to win a T-shirt.
  • Birdwatching Basics – Here’s how to get started on a new hobby that can turn into a lifelong passion (may also be used as partial fulfillment for Scout merit badge requirements).
  • Where in the World? – See if you can identify the original homes of our island birds (hint: some are found only here in Hawaii!).
  • Trivial Pursuit – Our own island bird edition.
  • Birds and Beaks – Take a close-up look at how the beaks of our island birds are adapted for the foods they find here.

“The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds, with the help of experts who will be joining us to teach, will give our keiki a chance to learn more about the birds of Hawaii,” said Hawaii Forest & Trails’s Rob Pacheco.  “The learning is just a first step though.  Through learning, kids gain an appreciation and develop a fascination with birds, which then, often leads to a lifelong affair with nature.”

Festival sponsors include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Alaska Airlines, Audubon Magazine, Hawaii Forest and Trail, Destination Marketing Hawaii and others.

For more information and Festival registration, please visit the website hawaiibirdingtrails.com.

Community Voices Sought for Input on Public Education Plans

Since April, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education’s (BOE) has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan. BOE members have hosted meetings in Waimea (Hawaii Island) and Wailuku, and the public has more opportunities to provide feedback at upcoming community meetings on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai.

A group brainstorms ideas during the Maui Community Meeting on Aug. 8.  Photo: Department of Education

A group brainstorms ideas during the Maui Community Meeting on Aug. 8. Photo: Department of Education

“It is important for us to dialogue with members of all sectors of our communities as we work on strategies towards achieving student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Education affects all of us, that’s why we appreciate the public input provided so far and urge others to attend the few meetings we have left before finalizing plans that will set the direction for public education in the upcoming years.”

The public has the remaining opportunities to lend their voice at the following community meetings:

  • Aug. 22: Kailua High School College and Career Center, 451 Ulumanu Drive
  • Aug. 31: Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Drive
  • Sept. 1: Kaunakakai Elementary School, 30 Ailoa Street
  • Sept. 14: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou Street
  • Sept. 15: Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway

All meetings will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Storyline Consulting, a third-party facilitator, brought in to ensure the objective report of community input, reported on the first phase of HIDOE’s community outreach, which included 108 focus groups on six islands and 1,429 online survey responses. The Phase I report noted the following emerging themes as community-based descriptors of student success:

  • Giving back to the community, environment, and world;
  • Discovering and pursuing passions so students can reach their full potential;
  • Demonstrating strong academic and soft skills, and showing an ability to think critically, solve problems, and apply knowledge to new situations or contexts;
  • Being prepared for life after high school, including setting clear goals and developing short-term and long-term engagement in learning;
  • Exhibiting strength, confidence, and resilience in their every day lives and being generally healthy and happy; and
  • Gaining a strong sense of cultural understanding and appreciation for Hawaii.

For more information, view the digital and print reports.

The Department and BOE are updating the description of student success, and strategies for school and community innovation, professional development, leadership and more. A draft plan will be presented to the BOE in mid-October, and final plan will be presented to the BOE in December.

“Since we embarked on community engagement in April, we have received tremendous amounts of valuable information that will help us craft a Strategic Plan that meets the ever-changing needs of our students and community,” said Tammi Chun, assistant superintendent, Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. “The process has been two-fold as we’re also using the feedback from the community to help us with our state plan in response to the new federal education law, ESSA, that is required to receive federal funds.”

HIDOE continues to monitor the national changes for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and has offered feedback to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on how the rules and timelines will impact Hawaii.  The Department took issue with the draft regulations appearing to be more prescriptive than what is described in the spirit of the law. HIDOE anticipates submitting the state’s plan for ESSA funding on the USED’s March 6, 2017 deadline.

For more information about the Strategic Plan and HIDOE’s ESSA efforts, click here; to join the conversation on social media use #HIQualityEd.

7th Annual “Taste of Mauna Lani” Coming Soon

Mauna Lani Resort is happy to present the 7th Annual Taste of Mauna Lani, starting Monday, September 5, and continuing through Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Taste of Mauna LaniThe Shops at Mauna Lani, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i have partnered together to offer a variety of tantalizing and affordable menu selections showcasing the very best of Big Island Cuisine. Six of Mauna Lani Resort’s top restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe dinner, ranging in price from $35 to $65.

A portion of the proceeds from each Taste of Mauna Lani dinner sold will be donated to Hawai‘i Island Food Basket. In addition, diners will receive a VIP Shopping Discount Card with special savings from participating Shops merchants including 50% off tickets for Kozy’s Magic and Comedy Show and a free 4D Adventure Ride.

Participating restaurants include: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Monstera Noodles & Sushi, The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, all at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Additionally, CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i are participating in Taste of Mauna Lani. Reservations are recommended.

County of Hawaii Announces Temporary Closure of Kukuihaele Park

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation announces the temporary closure of Kukuihaele Park effective immediately and continuing through completion of construction activities, currently anticipated to be in April of 2017.

Kukuihaele Park

The project will improve and enhance the recreational facilities provided at this rural park for the benefit of area youth, residents and our entire island community. In addition to replacing the existing outdoor basketball court and upgrading the sports field, the County is investing in a new pavilion and restroom facility to support community gatherings, a new walking path to promote healthy living, and amenities such as picnic tables, onsite parking, safety improvements, and enhanced landscaping.

The general contractor has fenced off the entire perimeter of the park for public safety, and the County respectfully requests the public’s assistance in honoring the contractor’s worksite and ongoing construction operations.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks park users and the general public for their understanding and patience while it works to improve Kukuihaele Park.

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

“Active Shooter” Presentation in Kona

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will make an “active shooter” presentation in Kailua-Kona, on Tuesday, August 23.
Active ShooterThe presentation, which is open to the public, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Hawaiʻi Civic Center Community Meeting Hale.

It is designed to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violent incident. Police will provide information on previous incidents of mass violence, recent events, best practices for those caught in such situations, law enforcement’s response, and how to work together as a community toward prevention. They will also provide additional resources for participants so they can continue their education on this topic, followed by a question-and answer segment.

Persons unable to attend may obtain “active shooter” information by viewing the “Active Shooter/Violence Awareness” page on the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s website (www.hawaiipolice.com) under the “Services” tab.

For more information about this event, please contact Sergeant Roylen Valera of the Kona Community Policing Section at 326-4646, extension 259, or roylen.valera@hawaiicounty.gov.

Exhibit – Return of ‘Alalā: Restoring The Voice Of Hawaii’s Native Forests

Volcano Art Center is proud to present Return of ‘Alalā: Restoring The Voice Of Hawai`i’s Native Forests, a statewide multimedia art competition featuring Hawai`i’s endemic ‘Alalā.  The exhibit will be on display at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park from September 3rd to October 9th, 2016.

return of alalaProceeds from the exhibition support the reintroduction of this important species to Hawai`i’s native forests this fall.  The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge although park entrance fees apply.

“The response to this collaborative conservation effort has been terrific,” states Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss.  “Hawai’i’s creative community has learned so much about this critically endangered species through outreach from the ‘Alalā Project and the Hawai`i Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

To date, VAC has received 47 entries. The artwork submitted reflects the artist’s knowledge of and affinity for this special species. Although the early bird registration just closed, the final registration deadline isn’t until August 19th.”

Details can be found at www.volcanoartcenter.org for those who still wish to participate.

For the first time ever, Volcano Art Center is hosting a preview exhibit.  Selected artworks from the Return Of ‘Alalā competition will be on display at the Volcano Art Center Gallery beginning at 9am on Saturday, August 27th in conjunction with the Cultural/Festival and BioBlitz hosted by Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

These select works will be available for presale purchase through a silent auction in an effort to raise funds to support the Hawai’i Endangered Bird Program and their long term project.  Bidding will commence at 9:00am on Saturday, August 27th and conclude at 6:45pm on Sunday, August 28th.

VAC welcomes anyone interested in supporting the event further to join in a special Hawaiian blessing by Kumu Kaho’okele Crabbe which will take place in front of Volcano Art Center Gallery on Sunday, August 28 beginning at 3:30pm.  Immediately following the blessing a reception will be held at The Volcano House Hotel directly across the street from VAC Gallery.

Live music by Keoki Kahumoku along with drinks and pupus will be available for ticket holders. Those interested in tickets can purchase them in person at VAC or online at volcanoartcenter.org for $50 each.  Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to support the ongoing ‘Alalā release project.  The evening events will end at VAC Gallery with desserts and the final bids for the artwork closing at 6:45pm.

“Please join Volcano Art Center in supporting this unique conservation effort. The ‘Alalā has been extinct in the wild since 2002, with your support we hope that will change,” states Weiss.   The public is reminded that entrance fees to Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park will be waived from August 25 – 28, in celebration of the National Park Service Birthday.

For more information, please contact Emily C. Weiss at (808) 967-7565.

New Luxury Cinemas Coming to Queens’ MarketPlace

Queens’ MarketPlace will light up island nightlife with the highly-anticipated Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas, an upscale, three-screen movie venue with a full-service restaurant and bar. When the curtain goes up in the spring of 2017, movie lovers will be able to kick back in a cushy leather seat and order a glass of wine to enjoy with a first-run feature.
Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas
Guests will enter a spacious, contemporary lobby, with a bar and high-end furnishings, including an actual sample of the theaters’ leather loveseats to “test drive.” A 25-foot passageway of glass doors will lead into a 5,000 square-foot outdoor lanai lounge, available to everyone, movie patron or not.

Three exclusive auditoriums, outfitted with cutting-edge sound and projection equipment, will seat 85-100 people each, the largest offering Real 3-D technology. Food and beverages—from popcorn and sodas to gourmet snacks, pizza and cocktails—may be purchased prior to the show, or ordered for delivery to the loveseat.

“The ‘luxury cinema’ concept has proven to be quite a hit on the mainland,” said Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas owner Tony Dalzell, “so we decided that would be our business model here.” With an MBA and extensive experience in consumer marketing, Dalzell was also owner-operator of Marina WaterSports, Inc., California’s largest watercraft and parasailing attraction. Assisting Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas is theater consultant Scott Stalcup who has overseen 100 plus projects for AMC Theaters.

Since most of North Hawai‘i gets its movie fix in Kona or Honoka‘a or from Netflix on the sofa, Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas is date night waiting to happen. The Dalzells easily saw the potential success of adding a theater to Waikoloa Beach Resort nightlife.

“It’s no secret that, after dark, one’s entertainment options around here are pretty limited,” said Dalzell, who moved to the island earlier this year with wife Maria after visiting annually for two decades. “Retirement was an option but we both wanted something to do. We’re happy that it ended up being something that’s a contribution to our new community.”

In addition to films, Waikoloa Luxury Cinemas will be available for rentals, concerts and live performances. It will offer a potential boon for neighboring businesses, and will be providing about 45 new jobs in the community. For more information please visit their website at hawaiicinemas.com, or email inquiry@hawaiicinemas.com.

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 (808) 886-8822.

Mālama Maunakea Volunteer Day Scheduled for August 20th

The next Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) Mālama Maunakea volunteer day will be held on Saturday, August 20.

Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa

Mauna Kea from Mauna Loa

As part of its Mālama Maunakea campaign to protect the resources on the mountain OMKM organizes Saturday volunteer weed pulls to control fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) and other invasive plant species around the Halepōhaku area on Maunakea at the 9,000’ elevation. Every OMKM volunteer weed pull helps to prepare the area for future restoration projects.

Transportation to and from Hilo and lunch for volunteers are provided. Community members coming from other areas of Hawaii Island should contact OMKM to coordinate meeting at Halepōhaku. The Mālama Maunakea volunteer day starts with a project orientation and acclimation to the high elevation.

From 10 am until 12 noon volunteers will pull fireweed in the Halepōhaku area followed by lunch. An interesting lecture on the Maunakea resources completes this fun day on the mountain.

Items to bring:

  • sunglasses, sunscreen, sun protection, light rain gear, warm clothing, hiking boots or good walking shoes.  Long-sleeve shirt and pants, sun-hat, and layer(s) to protect from wind or wet and cool weather are recommended.
  • OMKM will provide: lunch, snacks, transportation, drinking water, gloves for pulling weeds

Families are welcome. These weed pull events are popular community activities so reservations are required.  Space is limited, and sign up is on a first-come first serve basis.  Email omkmvolunteers-grp@hawaii.edu to sign up or contact OMKM Natural Resource Program Manager Fritz Klasner at 808-933-0742.

Log onto malamamaunakea.org for more information.

Hawaiian Petroglyphs Revealed By Shifting Sands – Experts Believe 400+ Years Old

On a warm July evening, visitors Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere from the Ft. Worth, Texas metro area did what they normally do during their frequent visits to Hawaii.  They wandered out to the coastline to watch the setting sun. On this particular day they spotted something that they say has humbled and blessed them. Watson explained, “For some reason there was a beam of light…just a beam…it landed right on one of them and for some reason I just turned my head. I said, look, it was just a stroke of luck.”

Waiana PetroglyphWhat they saw was a large petroglyph, etched into the sandstone. Upon further investigation, they discovered at least 10 figures, stretching over roughly 60 feet of beach. While it’s likely this series of petroglyphs, created by aboriginal inhabitants of the Waianae coast, have revealed themselves in the past, this is the first time they’ve come to the attention of the DLNR State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) and the U.S. Army. Both agencies have been working together to record and document the petroglyphs; which now number at least 17 figures.

Army archaeologist and Waianae native Alton Exzabe was one of the first officials to arrive at the site. He said, “What’s interesting is the Army in Hawaiʻi manages several thousand archaeological sites, but this is the first one with petroglyphs directly on the shoreline.

What’s exciting for me, is I grew up coming to this beach and now as an archaeologist working for the Army, helping to manage this site, we discovered these petroglyphs that have never been recorded. Some people have said they’ve seen them before, but this is quite a significant find.”

Waianae PetroglyphsGlen Kila is a lineal descendent of the aboriginal families who first settled in Nene’u on the Waianae Coast. His family home is a short ways from the petroglyph field, and he says until now he was unaware of these particular figures. “They record our genealogy and religion. It’s very important to know about the lineal descendants of the area and their understanding of these petroglyphs. The interpretation of these petroglyphs can only be interpreted by the lineal descendants who are familiar with its history and culture,” Kila said.

Several days after the Texas families first saw the petroglyphs, a small group of people stood atop the rocks as sand was washing back in to recover them. Exzabe and fellow archaeologists from the SHPD encourage people to look and not touch. Even the process of scraping sand away by hand or with brushes can damage the integrity of the figures.

Exzabe added, “We can now come up with a plan to further protect and preserve this site.  The ones with the fingers, for me, are pretty unique. I believe there are some elsewhere with fingers, but fingers and hands are pretty distinct, as well as the size of them.  We find a lot of petroglyphs that are a foot or so tall, but this one measures 4-5 feet from head to toe. It’s pretty impressive.”

Waianae Petroglyphs2

The petroglyphs were only viewable for a short time. Since the Texans’ initial reporting, the sand has moved back in to cover them; however, the Army and SHPD are committed to protecting the “new” discovery whether visible or not.

Dr. Alan Downer, the administrator for the SHPD said, “We’re eager to join the Army in developing a protection and preservation plan for these petroglyphs. They are an important part of Hawaii’s culture and while sands have covered them again, in time they will reappear and we want to make sure people know that they are fragile and culturally sensitive and should only be viewed; not touched.”

Rotary Clubs and the Big Island Substance Abuse Council Team Up For Therapeutic Garden Beautification Project

On August 6, 2016, Rotary Club of South Hilo, Rotary Club of Hilo, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, and Rotary Club of Volcano volunteered at BISAC’s therapeutic garden beautification project.

Rotary Day

The therapeutic garden is a place where clients, staff and partnering agencies can work together, learning about sustainable gardening practices and developing vocational training skills.  “This project was very successful because of the many hands making a difference at our garden and continues to inspire positive changes in our communities” said BISAC’s CEO Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita.

The Rotary Clubs of Hilo and Volcano was able to move and spread over 60 tons of gravel and paint raised beds and common meeting areas.  BISAC has already completed the first phase of the project and is currently working towards completing the next phase.

This phase will include therapeutic walking paths and planting and harvesting fruits and vegetable gardens to be used in BISAC’s Food Trailer, Big Island Fusion. “I am grateful to the Rotary Clubs of Hilo and Volcano for helping us inspire change” said 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.