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Runway 8-26 Closure to Begin August 12 at Hilo Airport

The state Department of Transportation (HDOT) advises Hilo residents of an expected increase in nighttime aircraft traffic over the area due to the closure of Runway 8-26, as crews repave areas prone to ponding on Taxiway E at Hilo Airport.

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The closure will redirect cargo night flights to Runway 3-21. This requires flying over Hilo communities, and will increase air traffic noise during the evening hours.

Construction is weather dependent, and is expected to begin Tuesday night, August 12, and will take place from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Thursday morning, August 14. Work will resume on Sunday night, August 17, and continue through Wednesday morning, August 20.

The ponding was not caused by recent Hurricane Iselle or Julio, but is an existing issue Hilo Airport is working to address.

The HDOT appreciates residents’ patience and understanding as we work to improve the condition of the Hilo Airport’s Taxiways.

B-ELITE Basketball Garage Sale Fundraiser

Help support my son’s basketball team and Big Island youth basketball at a garage sale in Hilo.
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Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man in Connection with Wednesday’s Robbery

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Hilo man who was arrested in connection with a robbery Wednesday in Hilo.

Shannon L. Y. Estocado

Shannon L. Y. Estocado (2011 file photo)

At 3:10 p.m. Thursday (July 31), detectives charged 30-year-old Shannon L. Y. Estocado of Hilo with second-degree robbery, first-degree unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and third-degree assault. He was released after posting $7,250 bail.

At 10:58 a.m. Wednesday (July 30), Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery outside a restaurant on Kanoelehua Avenue.

Police determined that a man had reportedly approached and entered the passenger door of a 2004 Mazda sedan that was occupied by a 54-year- old woman. He then struck the woman in the chest and head with a closed fist and stole her car keys, cellular phone and prescription medication. The assailant then left the area in a brown jeep being driven by an unknown person.

The victim went to Hilo Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries and released.

Investigation led to the arrest of Estocado a short time later on Railroad Avenue.

Hilo Man Charged With 18 Offenses for Possesion of Steroids

A 24-year-old Hilo man has been charged with 18 offenses after being found in possession of large quantities of illegal steroids.

On Tuesday (July 29), officers from the Area I Vice Section served search warrants at a home on Paipai Street in Hilo and recovered 10 vials of Testosterone Cypionate, two vials of Boldenone Undeecylenate, eight vials of Testosterone, eight vials of Drostanolone, 404 pills of Oxandrolone, 192 pills of Mesterolone, 95 pills of Oxymetholone, four vials of Nandrolone and 1,373 pills of Methandrostenolone.

Gregory Douglas Kama

Gregory Douglas Kama

Gregory Douglas Kama was arrested at the scene and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

On Thursday (July 31) he was charged with 10 counts of promoting a harmful drug and eight counts of possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $82,000. He remained at the cellblock pending an initial court appearance on Friday (August 1).

Tahiti Fete of Hilo Returns to the Big Island

The drums will be pounding and hips will again be gyrating as the Tahiti Fete of Hilo returns to Hawaii Island on Saturday and Sunday July 26 and 27, thanks to founding producer Pua Tokumoto. “The last year we did it in Hilo was 2008 and so many performers and audience members kept asking us to bring it back, I just decided we’d try again,” said Tokumoto.

tahitiTahitian halau and individual performers are invited to sign up for the dance competition for this year’s event that takes place at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Several halau have already signed up from around Hawaii, the mainland and Mexico with a few inquiries from Japan so residency in Hawaii is not mandatory. “We have fantastic prizes that attract very high quality performers,” said Tokumoto.

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At the fete, it isn’t all about the dancers and drummers. To help create the right festival atmosphere, arts, crafts, food and product vendors are also being sought.

With over two decades of producing the much larger Tahiti Fete of San Jose (largest of its kind in the US), Tokumoto brought the fete to Hilo in 2000, where she and award-winning steel guitarist husband Dwight Tokumoto call home. “There is such a wide interest in and connection to Tahitian culture in Hawaii, it was a natural to start a fete here,” she said. “Actually Tahitian culture is global and since we started the Hilo fete, we established a smaller No Te Here i Tahiti Mexico in Mexico City that includes workshops on ori (Tahitian dance) and hula” as well as a mini-fete.

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Sponsors are being sought to help to keep ticket prices reasonable and insure quality prizes while providing experiential marketing opportunities for corporations and businesses. Benefits of sponsorship include branding in advertising materials, logo placement in the program and VIP seating at the fete, among others. For general information go to FACEBOOK: Tahiti Fete of San Jose & Hilo or to www.tahitifete.com. For more sponsor or vendor information or to sign up for the dance competition, contact Pua at 935-3002 or pua@tahitifete.com.

Man With Hate Rips Off State

The Hilo man who parks his truck at Lincoln Park and spews hateful words out of the back of his truck on cardboard signs has been convicted of obtaining benefits from the state illegally.

Facebook profile picture of James Borden

Facebook profile picture of James Borden

According to arrest records, James G. Borden, 64 of a Hilo address was indicted for Theft in the 2nd Degree on November 21, 2013. Borden was arrested at a Kapiolani Street address on December 17, 2013, and bail was set at $2,000.

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The indictment alleges that from April 1st, 2012 to April 30th, 2013, Borden obtained public assistance benefits “by deception” from Department of Health Services that totaled more then $300. He was initially charged with Theft in the 2nd Degree, but on July 11 Judge Glenn Hara accepted Borden’s plea of no contest to a reduced charge of Theft in the 3rd degree.

Borden up at the Hilo Pride Parade being a hate monger against everyone and anything

Borden up at the Hilo Pride Parade being a hate monger against everyone and anything

Borden filed a motion to defer acceptance of his no contest plea, and received a suspended jail sentence. Hara also ordered Borden to complete 50 hours of community service, and to repay the state Department of Human Services.

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Another condition of his release is that he must obtain and maintain legal and verifiable full time work or enroll in educational program. It’s unclear whether those court-ordered activities might interfere with his Lincoln Park demonstrations.

Ni’ihau ‘Alilea Shell Workshops at Lyman Museum

For the very first time ever, men (and women too!) will have the opportunity to create a one-of-a-kind Ni’ihau shell lei that traditionally is made and worn by men for very special occasions such as a wedding, or a hula hālau performance.

Lei created from 'alilea shells.

Lei created from ‘alilea shells.

At the Lyman Museum, Kele Kanahele of the Island of Ni’ihau will teach the authentic creation of these rarely seen pieces of Ni’ihau heritage for the first time anywhere, twice in August on Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16, from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

On either day you may learn how to make an18-inch necklace/lei ($380 for Museum members, $410 for nonmembers), or a pair of earrings for ladies ($105 for members, $130 for nonmembers)—or more than one piece, as long as you sign up for specific pieces in advance.  All pieces will be created in the pikake style, using ‘alilea ke’oke ‘o shells (white).  The ‘alilea is known as the large dove shell because it closely resembles but is slightly larger (about ¾ inch long) than the better-known momi or dove shell.  Such lei are rarely made because piercing is very difficult due to the thickness of the shell.  For the earrings, much smaller shells will be used to create pieces appropriate for ladies.

Space is limited to 24 persons per day; only people who have registered can be permitted in the classroom.  Reservations must be made, pieces specified, and the workshop fee(s) paid by Friday, August 8, to ensure your place and the availability of shells.  Space is limited to 24 persons per day; only people who have registered can be permitted in the classroom.

Kane, follow in the footsteps of generations of Ni’ihau men by creating and wearing this classic lei on important occasions of your own!  And wahine, these pieces will look just as lovely on you … or you can give your special someone a treasure of Hawai’i that shows everyone he’s a treasure too!  For more information or to register, please call 935-5021 or stop by the Museum’s Admissions desk.  The Lyman Museum is located at 276 Haili St in Hilo and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm.

First Group of New Inmates Arrive at Kulani Correctional Facility

The first group of 21 inmates were transported up to Kulani Correctional Facility this morning.

Kumu Kini K. Burke, dignitaries, and guests gather for the blessing of Kulani Correctional Facility on July 2nd.

Kumu Kini K. Burke, dignitaries, and guests gather for the blessing of Kulani Correctional Facility on July 2nd.

The facility closed in 2009, resulting in the displacement of nearly 100 staff and the transfer of almost 200 Hawaii inmates to other overcrowded state facilities.

On July 1, Gov. Neil Abercrombie joined Public Safety Department (PSD) Director Ted Sakai and members of the East Hawaii community to mark the grand re-opening of Kulani Correctional Facility in Hilo.

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Warden Ruth Coller-Forbes untie the maile lei and officially open the Kulani Correctional Facility.

Governor Neil Abercrombie and Warden Ruth Coller-Forbes untie the maile lei and officially open the Kulani Correctional Facility.

There are currently 56 staff working at the facility. Sixteen new ACOs started Basic Corrections Training on June 30 and will begin their jobs at Kulani upon graduation in August. In addition, 19 more positions are in various stages of recruitment.

Kulani’s 200 low-risk inmates will return in phases. The rest will return in increments over the next five months.

Governor Neil Abercrombie accepts a plaque from the Kulani Staff.

Governor Neil Abercrombie accepts a plaque from the Kulani Staff.

Vocational training and substance abuse treatment programs will be added through partnerships with community providers and other state departments. The vocational programs include a Facility Maintenance Program, Agriculture/Horticulture Program and other technology career training programs.

“The Facilities Maintenance Program teaches the inmates important trade skills like carpentry, drywall, solar installation, and electrical and plumbing fundamentals,” said Kulani Warden Ruth Coller Forbes. “The inmates will be helping to maintain and upgrade Kulani while learning important trade skills. We want them to leave Kulani as self-sufficient, productive members of society and never come back.”

PSD is also working with kupuna from East Hawaii to develop programs based on traditional Hawaiian values. In addition, the Departments of Agriculture and Labor are working with Kulani to develop a plan for a sustainable agriculture program that can help inmates develop essential work skills and provide fresh produce for the facility.

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Kulani’s reactivation is a major accomplishment of the Abercrombie Administration and is consistent with Hawaii’s participation in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), launched last year. The JRI strategy is a data-driven plan to reduce spending on corrections, reinvest savings generated in strategies that would reverse crime trends and eventually bring inmates housed in Arizona back to Hawaii.

In anticipation of the reopening, $686,400 was allocated for construction and renovation of the facility.

Lizard Talk at Lyman Museum

Among the many immigrants to reach Hawaiian shores are certain members of the reptilian Order Squamata (which includes lizards and snakes).  A variety of lizards have arrived with people through the years and made their homes in Hawai`i.  In addition to the several species of geckos which most of us here know well, and which have been in the Islands the longest, there are species of skinks, anoles, iguanas, and chameleons that have also established themselves as colonists.

My dog freaking out on a Jackson Chameleon

My dog freaking out on a Jackson Chameleon

On Monday, August 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Lyman Museum, Dr. William Mautz pulls back the foliage to look at these special creatures: their habits and habitats, how and when they came to Hawai`i, and prospects for a future in which other immigrant lizards may gain a toehold.  Dr. Mautz is a professor of biology at UH-Hilo, where he teaches and conducts research on the physiology and ecology of amphibians and reptiles.

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

Big Island Police Searching for Man Caught Using Stolen Credit Card On Video

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person captured on video surveillance while using a stolen credit card.
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The credit card was in a purse stolen August 25, 2013, from a business in downtown Hilo. The card was used the next day at two convenience stores in Hilo.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of the person in the surveillance image to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for Hilo Man Wanted on Two Bench Warrants

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 29-year-old Hilo man who is wanted on two $50,000 bench warrants for violation of probation.

Bryce Dustin Feary

Bryce Dustin Feary

Bryce Dustin Feary is described as 5-foot-11, 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

County to Present Plans for Improving Hilo Municipal Golf

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation’s plans for improving the Hilo Municipal Golf Course will be the subject of a public presentation set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, in the Hawai‘i County Council Chambers located at 25 Aupuni Street in Hilo.

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The purpose of this meeting is to explain the project’s entire scope to interested parties and gather their input.

Proposed improvements include replacing the clubhouse facility, waterlines and both of the course restrooms, reconstructing four greens, and performing various maintenance and repair work throughout the site. Another key component involves bringing the Hilo Municipal Golf Course and adjacent driving range into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Design work has started, and the Department of Parks and Recreation expects to solicit construction bids early next year.

The golf course, restaurant and pro shop will continue operating throughout the anticipated construction period of 12 to 16 months. However, it’s anticipated that pedestrian, vehicle and golf cart traffic will be rerouted intermittently while construction work is occurring. Also, areas of play on the course will require temporary modifications to allow construction operations to occur safely and successfully.

The 18-hole Hilo Municipal Golf Course totals 165 acres, making it the largest developed recreational site in Hawai‘i County’s inventory. It’s located at 340 Haihai Street in Hilo and is open daily, except Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The meeting place is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request an Auxiliary Aid or other accommodation, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us by Wednesday, July 16. Individuals who are Limited English Proficient may also request an interpreter.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Big Island Police Searching for Man Wanted for Questioning in Connection to a Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 26-year-old man wanted for questioning in connection with a burglary.

On June 1, cash and electronic devices were reportedly removed from a home on the 100 block of Kimo Place in Hilo.

Brandon Torres

Brandon Torres

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section want to question Brandon Torres, who has no permanent address but frequents Hilo. He is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with brown eyes, short black hair, a mustache and goatee, and tattoos on his neck and right forearm.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective John Rodrigues at 961-8222 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

UH Hilo College of Business and Economics Announces Dean’s List

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Business and Economics announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester:

Amerfil Grace Acob, Scott T. Ashida, Stacy C. Aurway, Marisa R. Baptista, Heather K. Bartlett, Andrew D. Bayang, Julianna K.T. Blair, Debra H. Cannoles, Dylan M. Collins, Lorena A. De La Cruz, Lilly P. Dorr, Carole J. Duquette, Robert W. Fellhauer, Silmai Uchellaz D. Fritz, Hannah M. Furumo, Jerome G. Gemine, Shantel L. Geringer, Kamaile R. Henriques, Justin K. Hirako,

Summer K. Llac-Wong, Melanie C. Isa, Aisha K. Izuno, Donald R.H.L. Jobe, Yvonne S. Johnny, Aysia K.M. Kaaumoana, Dajeong Kim, Joohyeon Kim, Kyli K.Y. Kim, Hitomi Kitade, Eunah Kong, Corey K. Kozuma, Laura Lanwehr, Nanncy Leao, Han Sang Lee, Suna Lee, Xiaoting Liu, Emerson Jake T. Llaguno, Cheyenne M. Losalio, Gareth K. Makino, Kerson T. Mariur, Aquilla Masami, Dilrae U. Mechol,

Eve Hida Morei, Raeann M. Mukini, Kelly A.A. Nakamichi, Alexandria J. Nakao-Eligado, Paolo A. Navalta, Claire-Ann H. Niibu-Akau, Kin B. Oshiro, Geraldine D. Padilla, Carissa N. Pajo, Kenny Paul, Nicole J. Perea, Lindsey F. Poulsen, Rosalie G. Roberts, Rachel J. Roorda, Andres Sanchez Gonzalez, Kyle R. Schulte, Aaron H. Sugimoto, Jade L. Thomas, Peleiupu M. Thomas, Cody J. Ventura, Maria L. Vicente, Rowell V. Villanueva, Hokuloa K. Waahila, Risa Watabiki, Aaron M. Zackoski, and Xiaoqing B. Zheng.

Free Kids Sports Physicals Available July 19th

Keiki up to 18 years old can receive a free sports physical on July 19 in Hilo under a partnership between Hawai‘i County, the nonprofit For Hearts and Souls and Sportz Viz.

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The “No Athlete Left Behind” sports physical program will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Pana‘ewa Park. Lead physician Dr. Kirk Milhoan, a Maui pediatric cardiologist and medical director of For Hearts and Souls, will perform sports physicals and echocardiographic screenings to rule out hidden conditions that could cause sudden cardiac arrest during strenuous activity.

Sportz Viz will take reservations for 25 athletes for each of four, two-hour blocks. Walk-in patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents must bring the appropriate physical form for their child’s school or association.

Tax-deductible donations will be accepted and used to provide cardiac care to children throughout the world.

To reserve a space or obtain more information, please contact Thane Milhoan of Sportz Viz at (808) 938-6805 or info@sportzviz.com.

Permanent Building Helps College of Pharmacy Receive Extended Accreditation

In a report to the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the national accreditation body has extended the accreditation of the only pharmacy school in the Pacific region, reversing an earlier noncompliance finding.

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The American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has now found DKICP compliant with all of the 30 standards that it uses to evaluate colleges of pharmacy.

The main issue considered by the ACPE was compliance with the standard concerning physical facilities. In May this year, State House and Senate budget conferees agreed to fund a building to house the College on Hawaiʻi Island.

Chancellor Donald Straney: “I was secure in the knowledge that our community knew the value of the College of Pharmacy to the future, to the economy and to the general well-being of our State. I want to thank everyone involved for their continued support that led to the funding of a permanent building.”

In 2013, ACPE declared DKICP was out of compliance with the standard concerning physical facilities after which, without promise of a permanent building, could ultimately lead to probation. Founding Dean John Pezzuto said probation could have signaled the end of the College.

“If we had followed the path we were on just a year ago, I could be saying that we have been placed on probation, which would’ve been disastrous for the future of the College,” Pezzuto said. “It is heartening that our accreditation is once again secure, but we all must remain diligent and prepare for the next steps.”

The College now must complete a self-study due by September, to be followed by an on-site visit in October 2014. The results of the site visit and continuation of accreditation will be reviewed at the next ACPE Board meeting, to be held in January 2015.

BISAC Inviting Public to Its 50th Anniversary at Summer Jam 2014

The Big Island Substance Abuse Council is inviting the public to celebrate its 50th Anniversary at Summer Jam 2014. The free event will be at the Waiākea High Campus located on 155 W. Kawili Street in Hilo on July 26 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the strongman competition starting at 7:00 am.

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The Summer Jam will feature a strongman contest as well as ‘ono food like roasted corn on the cob, Hawaiian Nachos from Aloha Lehua Cafe, wood fire pizza from @islandwoodfired, mochiko chicken from the Po‘okela Vocational Program, poke bowls from the Waiākea High School Athletic Booster Club, the Snow Factory and sweets from Hilo Bake Company. There will be crafts, a silent auction featuring an opportunity to bid on a car, free keiki activities including the Zoo Choo and an incredible entertainment line up featuring New Zealand pop sensations, J-Geeks.

Since 1964, the Big Island Substance Abuse Council 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.

“We are so grateful to have been able to serve the community for so many years. And we are incredibly grateful to all our sponsors, especially our title sponsors KTA and the Olson Trust, for making the event possible,” said BISAC CEO Hannah Preston-Pita.

Money raised from food and craft booths and the silent auction will go to support BISAC’s Po‘okela Vocational Program, which is in the process of creating a food truck business as part of its training program.

For more information about Summer Jam 2014 go to summerjamhawaii.com.

Hilo Man Charged in Unauthorized Entry of Dwelling

A Hilo man has been charged with unauthorized entry of a dwelling for an incident Sunday in the Sunrise Estates subdivision in Hilo.

Henry Henry

Henry Henry

At 10:56 a.m. Sunday (July 6) South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of an unknown man entering the premises at a home on the 800 block of Kukuau Street. When a 33-year-old male occupant confronted the suspect, he fled on foot.

Police investigation led to the identity of a suspect. Police arrested 22-year-old Henry Henry of Hilo on Mohouli Street at 3:22 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:50 a.m. Monday (July 7), detectives charged him with second-degree unauthorized entry of a dwelling. His bail was set at $2,000.

Hazmat Company Responds to Foamy White Substance Near Coconut Island

The Hawaii County Fire Department responded to patches of a foamy white substance on the shoreline and in the water fronting Coconut Island today on the Big Island.

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Coconut Island

Samples of white substance and air, in the area, tests by Hazmat Company 4 resulted with negative results of any type hazardous material in the area.

Per Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) personnel, the white substance is Algae bloom. No actions need to be taken.