Waiānuenue Resurfacing Begins Nov. 13

Resurfacing work on Waiānuenue Avenue will start from Kamehameha Avenue intersection and proceed to Ka‘iulani Street beginning on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Motorists heading in the mauka direction from Kamehameha Avenue to Kino‘ole Street will be redirected to Wailuku Drive as a one-way travel pattern on Waiānuenue Avenue in the makai direction will be in effect.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution as emergency response vehicles will be allowed to travel in both directions through the work zone at all times.

Travel lanes from Keawe Street to Wailuku Drive will remain open.

The one-way travel restriction will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and travel in both directions will be restored at the end of the workday. Normal traffic patterns in this area will be restored once the project has proceeded past the Kino‘ Street and Waiānuenue Avenue. intersection.

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

Questions or concerns, contact Information and Education Specialist Barett Otani at (808) 961-8787.

Roadway Resurfacing Work on Kīlauea Avenue

The County of Hawai‘i Highway Maintenance Division will begin resurfacing work on Kīlauea Ave. from the 4-mile bridge to Hale Manu Dr. on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and is estimated to be completed by Friday, October 20, 2017. Working hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution as heavy vehicles and machinery will be in the work zone. One lane closures, alternate lane closures, lane shifts will be in effect and at a minimum, one lane of travel (for two way traffic) will be provided at all times through the construction area. The lane closures are necessary to complete the roadway resurfacing work in a timely manner and for the safety of the workers and the traveling public.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist at 961-8787.

Bayfront Highway Still Closed

As of 10:30 today, Bayfront Highway remains closed between Pauahi Street and Waianuenue Avenue due to high waves washing debris on highway.

Use Kamehameha Avenue as an alternate route.

Photos From the ‘Ohana Lehua Bonsai Club Show

The ‘Ohana Lehua Bonsai Club held a show today at Hilo Public Library from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Here are some photos from the show:

 

Swimmer Rescued From Hilo Bay

Location:  Hilo Bay

Situation Found at Scene: Search commenced for swimmer in Hilo bay. Located via aircraft and extricated using Billy Pugh

Remarks:  At 2:49 this afternoon, Hawaii Fire Department units were dispatched to a possible swimmer in distress. Per the caller, a female swimmer in her late 20s was seen leaving the Wailoa river mouth heading out toward a green channel marker which is located about 1 mile off shore. When the caller lost sight of her, the caller became concerned and called 911. After a 35 min. search, Chopper 1 located the swimmer and deployed a rescue swimmer. The patient was taken to shore via Billy Pugh net. The exhausted swimmer refused medical attention.

Hospice of Hilo to Offer Presentation for Professionals

Hospice of Hilo will be offering a free presentation for community professionals serving those whose lives are affected by loss  “Grief Touches Everyone.” Participants will meet at Hospice of Hilo’s Community Room located at 1011 Waiānuenue Ave in Hilo, on Wednesday, October 25, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Facilitated by Hospice of Hilo bereavement counselors, participants will learn about common responses to loss, and how grief can affect adults and children emotionally, cognitively, physically, socially and spiritually. An overview of the organization’s free community Bereavement Services will also be provided.

The workshop is highly recommended for teachers, counselors, case managers, social workers, and caregivers.“ This well organized and informative workshop is a good introduction to grief and the resources that can help,” said a past participant.

To register or for further information contact: Anjali Kala at 961-7306 or email anjalik@hospiceofhilo.org. Please RSVP no later than October 24th.

Job Seekers Invited to 4th Annual Job Fair & Job Readiness Workshop

The Hawai‘i County Workforce Development Board is pleased to invite job seekers to attend its 4th Annual Job Fair and Job Readiness Workshop, hosted by the Big Island Workplace Connection (BIWC), a proud partner of the American Job Center.The Job Readiness Workshop: Assists participants to prepare for the job fair by offering guidance on resume writing, interviewing skills, properly completing an application and instruction on dressing for success. For easy access and portability of new and updated resumes, participants will need to provide their own jump drive.

  • When: Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, 799 Pi`ilani Street, Hilo.

The 4th Annual Job Fair: Will host over 80 island-wide businesses looking for employees to fill vacancies.  Participants should come prepared with resumes and in professional attire, as interviews may be done on site.  Many participating businesses will be offering door prizes.

  • When: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Edith Kanakaʻole Tennis Stadium

These events are free and open to the public.  For more information, please call Office of Housing and Community Development at 961-8379.

Notice of Construction on Banyan Drive

Hawaii Electric Light announces construction work along Banyan Drive between Banyan Way and Lihiwai Street in Hilo from October 10 to December 29, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays.Contractors will begin excavation work on October 10. Work will be performed off the road but occasional partial lane closures may be necessary while heavy equipment is moved. Motorists are asked to slow down and drive with caution in the construction area.

This work is part of the company’s efforts to upgrade underground infrastructure and improve service reliability for customers.

Hawaii Electric Light regrets any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding. For questions or concerns, please call 969-6666.

Two 86-Year-Old Women Struck By Vehicle in Hilo Intersection

South Hilo Patrol officers are investigating a collision involving a motor vehicle and two pedestrians that occurred in Hilo.

On (September 21), at about 10:50 a.m., police and HFD medics responded to a report of two pedestrians that were struck by a vehicle while on Kinoʻole Street at the Mamo Street intersection in Downtown Hilo.

Arriving officers determined that an 86-year-old Hilo woman and an 86-year-old female visitor from Oahu were crossing Kinoʻole Street in a marked crosswalk when they were struck by a blue 2016 Toyota Corolla compact traveling south on Kinoʻole Street and being operated by an 88-year-old Hilo woman.

Medics took the victims to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment. They are in critical condition, and both will be transported via medi-vac to Oahu for further treatment.

The driver of the compact was uninjured.

Police have initiated a negligent injury investigation and ask that anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call Officer Debney Jaramillo at (808) 961-2213 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers at (808) 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 does not record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 35-Year-Old Woman Last Seen in Kalapana

Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 35-year-old missing woman.

Parker Godwin

Parker Godwin was last seen in the Kalapana area on (August 6).

She is described as Caucasian, 5-feet-10-inches, 145 pounds, brown shoulder length hair, blue eyes and a “Led Zeppelin” tattoo on her lower back.

She primarily resides in the Hilo district.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call Officer Robert Keffer at (808) 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

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

Seniors 55+ Invited to Akamai Living Fairs in Hilo and Kona

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to invite seniors 55 years and older to attend this year’s Akamai Living Fairs, to be held in Hilo and Kona.

These free events will feature health screenings, seminars, vendors, entertainment and door prizes.  The Akamai Living Fairs are co-sponsored by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation’s Elderly Activities Division and HMSA.

  • Hilo: Edith Kanakaʻole Multipurpose Stadium on Friday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Kailua-Kona: West Hawaiʻi Civic Center on Friday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For more information, please call Margaret Yafuso at 966-5801.

Big Island Police Searching for 32-Year-Old Hilo Woman

9/7/17 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 32-year-old Luci Palik of Hilo, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed in the Puna area on Wednesday (September 6).

Hawai’i Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing.

Luci Palik

Luci Palik was last seen on Tuesday (August 29), at about 1:00 p.m., in Hilo.

She is described as Micronesian about 5-feet-five, 140 pounds with brown eyes, shoulder length brown hair and a medium complexion wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans pants.

She may be in the Hilo or Puna area.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 in Hilo or (808) 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

Suisan Celebrates 110th Anniversary – Hosts Poke Takeover Featuring Top Chef Finalist, Sheldon Simeon

Rooted in local values with an eye always to the future, Suisan celebrates 110 years in business.

To commemorate this milestone, Suisan is hosting a birthday event at its fish market on Lihiwai Street on Thursday, September 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Hilo’s own Top Chef finalist, Sheldon Simeon.

Simeon has five creative poke combinations that are available for this one day only, including Singulaw, ahi garnished with fried pork belly, coconut vinegar and coconut milk; Da Lox, salmon three ways mixed with cream cheese, onion, ikura and dill; and Bam Bam, chunks of tofu and watermelon seasoned with nuoc cham and a mixture of fresh herbs, peanuts and toasted sesame seeds.

The birthday event also features pop-ups by local chefs from Seaside Restaurant, Ponds Hilo and Cousins Seafood & Bento, who will prepare samples using an array of products Suisan distributes.

Throughout the month of September, Suisan will give away 110 poke bowls via social media contests.

“It is humbling and gratifying to be part of Suisan as it celebrates 110 years of service to Hawaii Island,” said Stephen Ueda, president and CEO. “We would not be here without the support of our hardworking and dedicated employees and our loyal customers. We look forward to another century of innovation and growth, while always taking care of the customer.”

Suisan celebrates 50 years in business. Photo taken in 1957 at the site where Suisan’s fish auction was once held.

Founded on September 7, 1907, Suisan has grown from a fish market cooperative to Hawaii Island’s premier broadline food distributor. Over the last 110 years, Suisan faced many challenges including two tsunamis and having its property seized in World War II and its principal, Kamezo Matsuno, sent to an internment camp. More recently, Suisan suffered a fire that claimed its main office and warehouse in 2014.

Despite these setbacks, Suisan has moved forward and thrives. Its growth has been predicated upon anticipating community demand. In the 1950s, Suisan expanded its product mix to include frozen food. In the 1970s, it established a Kona warehouse and office to better serve its customers.

Today, Suisan employs 185 and has a fleet of 33 refrigerated trucks. It inventories more than 5,000 products and serves more than 1,000 wholesale customers including restaurants, schools, healthcare and government facilities, resorts and institutions islandwide.

Hospice of Hilo to Host safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training

Hospice of Hilo will be hosting a safeTALK Suicide Prevention Training sponsored by the State of Hawaii Department of Health, on Saturday, September 30 from noon-4:00pm at the organization’s Community Building located at 1011 Waiānuenue Avenue, Hilo.

This half-day workshop will prepare participants to recognize and support a person with thoughts of suicide. Attendees will become safeTALK-trained suicide alert helpers, which will allow them to move beyond the common tendency to dismiss or avoid talking about suicide. This training will provide instruction in how to properly connect a person with thoughts of suicide to first aid and intervention caregivers. A certified safeTALK instructor along with the support of Hospice Spiritual Counselor, Rebekah Bernard, will facilitate the workshop.

Suicide was the most common cause of fatal injuries among Hawaii residents over the 5-year period 2010-2014, accounting for over one-quarter (908, or 26%) of all fatal injuries, according to State of Hawaii Department of Health data. Suicide was also the leading cause of injury-related death for most age groups — all but the very young and the very old out-pacing car crashes, homicide, unintentional poisoning and drowning. Health data estimates one person dies by suicide in Hawaii every two days.

The training is free, however pre-registration and sign up are mandatory. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, September 28th by calling Volunteer Manager, Jeanette Mochida at (808) 969-1733 or by emailing jeanettem@hospiceofhilo.org

2017 Queen Lili’uokalani Festival Set for Saturday, September 9

The He Hali’a Aloha no Lili’uokalani Festival, Queen’s Birthday Celebration, will take place on Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lili’uokalani Gardens Park in Hilo.

This year’s Festival to honor Hawai’i’s last reigning monarch is being held in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration of Lili’uokalani Gardens, and is being coordinated and sponsored in part by the Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens.

The day-long festival includes music, hula, arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, children’s games and cultural activities.

Entertainment will include Darlene Ahuna, Taishoji Taiko, Komakakino with Halau Ha’akea a Kala, the Waiākea Ukulele Band, Tahitian by Merahi Productions, with the finale featuring Mark Yamanaka, recipient of multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Hula is the major focus of the Festival and each year, festivities are kicked off with a mass hula featuring more than 250 hula dancers throughout the Park performing a traditional mele.

Dancers from throughout the State will dance together, symbolizing the Queen’s vision of sharing Hawai’ian culture with the rest of the world.  During this performance, more than 50,000 orchid blossoms will rain from the skies above the park.

Activities include Japanese Tea Ceremony, a Jumping Castle and Water slide, Coconut Weaving, Hawai’ian Printing & Stamp Pads, Hawai’ian Herbs, Hawai’ian crafts, and children’s coloring activities designed to provide historical information about the garden.

Community and educational organizations will be on hand to offer information on available services for families on Hawai‘i Island.

A bountiful variety of local foods will be available for purchase.

Admission to the Festival is free of charge.  Additional public parking is available at the Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium and Hawai’i County Mass Transit will be providing free shuttle service from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The County of Hawai’i is proud to partner with the Queen Lili’uokalani Trust, Pacific Radio Group, Hilo Fire Extinguishers, Blue Hawai’ian Helicopters, Grand Naniloa Hotel, KWXX, Honolulu Skylark Productions CJ Promotions, the Hawai’i Tropical Flowers Council and the Friends of Lili’uokalani Gardens to present this cultural experience to residents and visitors.

For more information, please call the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Culture and Education Section at 961-8706.

PISCES and Hawaii CC Launch Credit-Based Internship Program

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) — a state-funded aerospace agency — in partnership with Hawaii Community College has launched a new credit-based internship program to offer college students high-tech learning opportunities while earning classroom credit.
The collaborative program will provide hands-on experience in computer programming and robotics work to develop Hawaii’s skilled labor workforce as jobs increasingly shift toward high-tech industry positions.

“I am very happy to be working closely with Hawaii Community College to provide students the opportunity to practice and improve the skills they learn in the classroom,” said PISCES Program Manager Rodrigo Romo. “At PISCES we are committed to providing Hawaii’s youth with as many tools and opportunities as possible to meet the demands of the growing high tech industry in the Islands.”

“Hawaii Community College believes that preparing our students for the jobs of the 21st century goes beyond our classrooms,” said Hawaii CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas. “Along with industry partners like PISCES, we can provide academic rigor in internship-based courses and programs.”

Two Hawaii CC students will participate in the new program during the fall 2017 semester, earning hour-for-hour classroom credit towards their degrees. Andrew Hasegawa and Jack Andersen, both Electronics Technology majors, will design and develop an autonomous navigation system for the PISCES planetary rover, “Helelani,” enabling the 700-pound robot to drive itself. The students will also develop a delivery system for an unmanned aerial vehicle to mitigate little fire ant populations in tree canopies — a PISCES project in partnership with the Hawaii Ant Lab. Both students are already familiar with the Helelani rover’s configuration since developing the robot’s software and hardware systems during PISCES’ 10-week internship program this summer.

“Hawaii Community College is very proud of our two summer intern students, Andrew Hasegawa and Jack Anderson, who will also participate this fall in the credit-based internship program at PISCES,” said Hawaii CC Electronics Technology Instructor Bernard “Chip” Michels. “Their work this past summer is a good representation of the new Electronics Technology curriculum the students were exposed to. I believe this new, revitalized Electronics Technology program that is focused on telecommunications and process and control industries will yield other fine examples of student work in the future. We hope to have more opportunities for our interns at PISCES and other interested organizations.”

PISCES and Hawaii CC intend to make the credit-based internship an ongoing program to provide unique learning opportunities for Hawaii college students outside of the classroom.

“Although classroom learning is invaluable for foundational knowledge, it can at times be lacking in more realistic problem-solving scenarios,” said Hawaii CC student Andrew Hasegawa. “This internship provides me with hands-on situations that I’m sure will serve me well in my overall education and future employment opportunities.”

Andersen and Hasegawa demonstrated the effectiveness of their summer internship experience during a final presentation in Hilo on Aug. 18 to an audience of lawmakers, educators, industry representatives and other members of the community.

“I am amazed with students’ testimony about their place-based learning experiences and their enthusiasm in applying their skills to the real world,” said Solemsaas.

Coffee With a Cop Day

Today (August 22), from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. South Hilo Community Police Officers partnered with Zippy’s Restaurant in Hilo for Coffee with a Cop. The event allows members of the public to speak to officers in a relaxed setting, building partnerships between law enforcement and the community. Throughout the morning officers spoke to over 20 citizens on a variety of topics.

Pictured are officers with the South Hilo Community Police Unit, Neighborhood Watch Liaison-Bobbye St. Ambrogio, along with Zippy’s employees at Zippy’s Restaurant.

The 2nd Annual National Coffee with a Cop Day is (October 4). Officers with the Hawaiʻi Police Department will be at the Puainako Starbucks in Hilo from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. that day.

Hospice of Hilo to Host Free Six-Week Grief Support Group

Hospice of Hilo will be offering a free, six-week adult grief support group called, “The Healing Journey”. The group is open to anyone in the community who has suffered a loss. Meetings will be at Hospice of Hilo’s office complex located at 1011 Waiānuenue Ave, Hilo, on Wednesdays from 10:00am to 11:30 am from September 6 through October 11.

“Participants are comforted by the validation of their grief and the knowledge that they are not alone.” said Hospice of Hilo Community Bereavement Counselor and group leader Cathy Hough. “To light memorial candles for their loved ones, write in journals, and to learn about the ways that grief ‘shows up’ empowers them to take charge and navigate their personal journey of loss.”

Hospice of Hilo

A recent participant explained, “Cathy’s commitment and pride in her work are evident. I think anyone could benefit from this class since loss in its many forms is universally experienced.” Healing Journey attendees have commented that the group was very helpful to them, finding it to have a kind and loving atmosphere in which to share their grief. “I use the coping mechanisms provided to this day because my grief journey is an on-going process.”

To participate in the Healing Journey six-week adult support group, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, August 30 to Cathy Hough at (808) 961-7309.

Forever In Our HeARTS – In Honor of Stephanie Becher

Forever In Our HeARTS: A night of scenes, songs, memories, love and laughter in honor of Stephanie Becher.

The variety show will be at Hilo’s Historic Palace Theater, Thursday August 24, 2017 at 7:30pm. Stephanie Becher was a mother, friend, attorney, and beloved member of the Hilo theatre community. Sadly we lost her after complications of a necessary heart surgery in July 2017. This concert will be performed in her memory by her many friends in the theater community.

The show will feature scenes, songs, and dances from a variety of shows in which Stephanie has performed. This evening of laughter and loving memories will honor Stephanie and help to raise funds for her husband and two young sons.

Please join us in remembering Stephanie for all of the brightness she brought to our world through the arts. A $20 donation is suggested; all proceeds benefit the Becher ‘ohana. Tickets are available in advance from performers and at the Palace Theater box office in Hilo and remaining tickets will be available at the door. For ticket information, call the Palace Theater at (808) 934-7010.

Fire at Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory Causes $105,000 in Damage

A fire at a structure last night at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory caused over $100,000 in damage early Monday morning:Location: Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory

Found at Scene: 20’x30′ structure at rear of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut processing plant fully engulfed

Cause: Unknown

Remarks: Smoke and flames visible from Hwy 11 and Macadamia Nut Dr. Upon arrival found 20’x30′ structure fully engulfed. Security guard described structure as a mac nut husk dryer. Fire was under control at 0313. Wet down and mop up was prolonged due to access and abundance of macadamia nut mulch. HFD Inspectors on scene investigating at time of press release.