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Fair Wind Cruises Celebrates 45 Years of Cruises with $4.50 Kona Coast Cruises

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, family-owned and operated Fair Wind Cruises will celebrate 45 years of offering world-class ocean adventures on the breathtaking south Kona coast.

Fairwinds in KonaTo say mahalo to the community and visitors to Hawaii Island for their support, Fair Wind Cruises will be hosting a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the day will go towards the Kahaluʻu Reef Teach Program committed to promoting reef etiquette to protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem. Fair Wind Cruises will match the money raised on the day dollar-for-dollar.

Fairwind3In honor of the 45-year milestone, the day’s festivities will be just $4.50 including 45-minute cruises on the Fair Wind II and Hula Kai vessels. The boats will depart every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

fairwindFair Wind II passengers will have the chance to swim and play on the water slides and high-jump platform. Hula Kai passengers (minimum 5-years) will enjoy a scenic cruise along the Keauhou and Kona coastline with historical narrative throughout the journey.

Also on offer throughout the day:

  • Hot dogs, shave ice and refreshments.
  • Raffle drawings with prizes such as Fair Wind snorkel cruise certificates, shirts, hats and more.
  • Live music by Dennis Garcia.
  • Games and activities for the whole family.
  • Live broadcast by The BEAT 93.9.

The first 200 paid entrants will receive a free special edition Fair Wind Cruises trucker hat.

fairwind2Fair Wind Cruises was born from what was supposed to be a brief stopover in Kona on a cruise from Monterey to the South Pacific in 1971. The Dant family turned their passion into a lifetime of adventure and today, 45 years later, and several Dant generations later, Fair Wind is now one of Hawaii’s premier ocean activity companies.

For more information about Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration visit Fair-Wind.com/anniversary

  • WHAT: Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay, 78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street Kailua-Kona
  • COST: $4.50 per person (toddlers under three free)
  • PARKING: Available on Kamehameha III Road. Link to map: https://www.fair-wind.com/directions/

INFORMATION: Call 808-322-2788 or visit:

https://www.fair-wind.com/anniversary/

TRAFFIC ALERT: Māmalahoa Hwy at Nāpo‘opo‘o Junction, Kona

Work continues on the County of Hawai‘i’s highway intersection improvement project this weekend. One lane of Māmalahoa Highway will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 to allow Hawaiian Telcom to relocate overhead cables to newly placed utility poles near the intersection of Māmalahoa Highway and Nāpo‘opo‘o Road in Kona.

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway.  Photo by Aaron Stene

A section of the new Mamalahoa Highway. Photo by Aaron Stene

Traffic control will be on site to assist with traffic flow and to assure the safety of motorists and pedestrians. Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution. Work is weather-permitting and is subject to change.  Hawaiian Telcom and The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns please call Barett Otani, County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works Information and Education Specialist, at (808) 961-8787.

“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.

Alaska Airlines Beginning Weekly Service Between Kona and Bellingham

Passengers flying out of Bellingham International Airport (BLI) will have convenient access to some of Hawaii’s best snorkeling and the world-famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park starting Nov. 12 when Alaska Airlines begins new weekly service between Bellingham and Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The new service compliments the airline’s seasonal service from BLI to Maui which is set to begin on Nov. 6.

“The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the top rated travel destinations in the world and we are delighted Alaska Airlines is going to provide our customers with non-stop service to this incredible location,” said Sunil Harman, aviation director.  “Alaska Airlines is offering very competitive fares and we anticipate high demand for these flights.”

Alaska Airlines is offering one-way fares to Kona starting at $219.  The flights will be operated with Boeing 737-800 aircraft, accommodating 16 passengers in first class and 147 in the main cabin.

Restaurants at Taste of the Hawaiian Range – Rocky Mountain Oysters Served By…

The 21st Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is Friday, Sept. 9 at Hilton Waikoloa Village. Attendees will enjoy delectable dishes using pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb, goat, mutton and wild boar—plus a cornucopia of fresh island fruit, veggies, honey, spices and beverages.
Taste 2016
Each year the restaurants change what cut of meat they will be preparing and every year the question comes up of which restaurant will be serving the Rocky Mountain Oysters (Cow Balls).

Rocky Mountain Oysters

This year the winning (or depending on how you take it… the losing) restaurant that gets to cook up the Oysters is: Mai Grille

Restaurant Meat Cut
12th Ave Grill Beef Tongue
Blue Dragon Kalua Pork
Cafe Pesto – Kawaihae Beef Cheek Meat
Daylight Mind – Waikoloa Beef Clod / Cross Rib
Earl’s Waimea Beef Heart
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Beef Tri Tip
Hawaii Community College – East Hawaii* Beef Tripe
Hawaii Community College – West Hawaii* Island Lamb
Highway Inn Beef Flap Meat
Hilton Waikoloa Village Beef Top Round
Honolulu Burger Co. Beef Bottom Round
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Beef Chuckroll
Ippy’s Hawaiian BBQ Feral Pork
Kohala Burger & Taco Island Lamb
Kuhio Grille Beef Bottom Round
Mai Grille Beef Mt. Oysters
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Island Goat
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Beef Skirt Meat
Merriman’s Waimea Commercial Pork
Monstera Noodles & Sushi Bar Beef Chuckroll
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill Beef Top Round
Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai Beef Eye Of Round
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar Beef Oxtail
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay Feral Pork
The Feeding Leaf Beef Flank
The Fish Hopper Ground Beef
Tiki’s Grill & Bar Beef Boneless Shortrib
Tommy Bahama Mauna Lani Restaurant & Bar Beef Top Sirloin
Tropics Ale House Beef Sirloin Tip
Noodle Club Waimea Beef Shank
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa Mutton
Waipio Cook House Beef Boneless Brisket
* Student stations: Hawai’i Community College (HawCC) in both Kona and Hilo

State Seeking Comments on Commercial Operator Signs at Keauhou Bay Small Boat Harbor

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is seeking public input regarding the installation of commercial signs at the Keauhou Bay small boat harbor.

Keauhou Bay small boat harbor

DOBOR’s Hawai‘i district office received a request from one of the six commercial operators moored in Keauhou bay to install a sign in order to identify their business to their customers.

Since this is a public facility, DOBOR needs to treat all authorized commercial operators the same.

Suggestions are invited on where signs and sign board could be located, for example, all in one area such as the launch ramp, and all following the same design.

Please provide any recommendations regarding the proposed installation of commercial operator business signs in the harbor to the following email address by September 30, 2016: dlnr@hawaii.gov

Kona Patrol Officer Dustin Chaves Recognized as “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Kona Patrol Officer Dustin Chaves as “Officer of the Month” for August in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (August 3) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Dustin Chaves

Officer Dustin Chaves

Chaves was honored for his investigation of a stolen vehicle.

On May 19, Officer Chaves and another officer responded to a report that a stolen car had been spotted in a shopping center parking lot. When they arrived, the car was gone but they learned the direction in which it had traveled. They located it and initiated a felony traffic stop. After they gave multiple orders for the driver to exit the vehicle, she disregarded the order and sped away. Both officers initially followed but immediately terminated the pursuit when the stolen car began to speed through the Kealakehe Elementary School zone.

When other officers arrived to cover all possible getaway routes, Officer Chaves decided to check the Laʻi Opua subdivision, where he located the car parked and unoccupied. He enlisted the assistance of a concerned citizen, who pointed out the direction the driver had walked. Officer Chaves located her and arrested her. She was charged with unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, promotion of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sergeant Rollin Rabara said he nominated Chaves because of his “initiative and intuition” to check the Laʻi Opua area but added that the other officers who responded should also be recognized for the teamwork they displayed.

Chaves was previously named “Officer of the Month” in January 2015. As “Officer of the Month” again, he is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻ

Kona Community Talk Story With Mayor Kenoi

Please join Mayor Kenoi and his cabinet for a “Community Talk Story” on August 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  in Kona, at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center – Council Chambers.

Kenoi Talk Story

Kona Tax Office Changes Walk-In Service Hours

Effective August 1, 2016, walk-in service hours at the Department of Taxation’s Kona Office will be changed to 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Telephone calls will continue to be taken from 7:45am to 4:30pm.

tax mission

Due to the small number of staff in the Kona Office, adjusting the walk-in service hours will help the Kona staff provide better overall service to all Kona taxpayers.  Changes to the walk-in service hours are needed to ensure documents received by our Kona Office staff that day can be timely processed.

“We thank the residents of West Hawaii for their flexibility and understanding,” stated Director of Taxation Maria E. Zielinski.

Tropical Storm Darby Claims Large Tour Boat Off Kona Coast

The Coast Guard is responding to the grounding of the Spirit of Kona on the island of Hawai’i, Sunday.
Kona Boat
Representatives from Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, Department of Natural Resources, Hawaii Division of Boating and Recreation, commercial salvors and the owner of the vessel are working to develop a salvage plan.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification Sunday morning from a good Samaritan reporting the 65-foot Spirit of Kona, a commercial passenger vessel, aground on the rocks near the Kailua-Kona Lighthouse.

Kona Boat2

Representatives from Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at Marine Safety Detachment Hawaii, state agencies and commercial salvors have attended the scene to assess the vessel and reported a 120 yard by 53 yard non-recoverable rainbow sheen in the vicinity.

The vessel reportedly has a maximum pollution potential of 600 gallons of diesel fuel aboard, commercial batteries and 19.5 gallons of hydraulic and lube oils. No wildlife was seen in the area or reportedly affected.

The vessel reportedly broke free of its mooring in Kailua Bay as Tropical Storm Darby passed over the region early Sunday. No one was aboard the vessel at the time of the incident. Sector Honolulu watchstanders have issued a broadcast notice to mariners reporting the vessel as a possible hazard to navigation.
Spirit of Kona
As the Spirit of Kona is a commercial vessel, operated by Blue Sea Cruises, the Coast Guard will investigate the cause the of the grounding and work with the owner to address repairs and operating requirements once salvaged. A notice of federal interest has been issued.

Tropical Storm Darby continues to impact the Main Hawaiian Islands Sunday. Commercial ports on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Oahu are closed. The Coast Guard encourages boat owners to take precautions with regard to their vessels by moving them to protected areas, doubling up lines and taking them out of the water as applicable.

Darby continues to move west northwest. Localized damaging winds of 30 to 40 mph can be expected, along with gusts of 50 to 60 mph or greater. Surf along east facing shores of Maui will be 8 to 12 feet. Surf along east facing shores of Kauai, Oahu, and Molokai will be 6 to 10 feet. Passing rainbands will bring periods of showers. There is a chance for intense downpours or thunderstorms to develop near Maui county, then spread to Oahu and Kauai later today. Additional rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches with local amounts up to 15 inches are expected with tropical storm Darby.

4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Kona Area of Big Island of Hawaii

A 4.1 magnitude earthquake was just registered in the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island.
41 Kona
No tsunami was generated from it.  Full report here:  http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/hv61350131#executive

UPDATE:

New Alert: Tsunami Information (Hawaiian Islands) – On The Western Flank Of Mauna Loa – 4.0,
INFORMATION, A Tsunami Information has been issued by NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI for ON THE WESTERN FLANK OF MAUNA LOA at July 23, 07:20:00 GMT.

TSUNAMI SEISMIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
920 PM HST FRI JUL 22 2016

TO – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT – LOCAL TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 0916 PM HST 22 JUL 2016
COORDINATES – 19.5 NORTH 155.9 WEST
LOCATION – ON THE WESTERN FLANK OF MAUNA LOA
MAGNITUDE – 4.0

EVALUATION:

NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED. REPEAT. NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

2 Pilots Rescued From Downed Small Plane Off Kona

Survivors of a downed small plane were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard off Kona, Thursday, following a joint search involving the U.S. Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews.

Coast Guard and Hawaii Fire Department personnel stand with the mother of Sidney Uemoto following her daughter's rescue nine miles off Kona, Hawaii, July 15, 2016. Uemoto and David McMahon were both rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive joint search by Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)

Coast Guard and Hawaii Fire Department personnel stand with the mother of Sidney Uemoto following her daughter’s rescue nine miles off Kona, Hawaii, July 15, 2016. Uemoto and David McMahon were both rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive joint search by Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the survivors at 11:35 a.m. about nine miles north of the Kona airport, a mile and half offshore. They were flown to the airport where they were met by awaiting emergency medical crews and treated for minor injuries.

The mother of Sidney Uemoto checks on her daughter following her daughter's rescue nine miles off Kona, Hawaii, July 15, 2016. Uemoto and David McMahon were both rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive joint search by Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Cooper/Released)

The mother of Sidney Uemoto checks on her daughter following her daughter’s rescue nine miles off Kona, Hawaii, July 15, 2016. Uemoto and David McMahon were both rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive joint search by Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Cooper/Released)

A commercial helicopter flying along the Kona coast sighted a debris field and reported it to the Coast Guard. One of the Dolphin crews was diverted to investigate and sighted the survivors. They vectored in a second Dolphin crew with a rescue swimmer aboard to conduct the hoist. The survivors were both wearing lifejackets and were swimming toward shore at the time.

Coast Guard crews safely deliver David McMahon and Sidney Uemoto to emergency medical personnel in Kona, Hawaii, July 15, 2016, following their rescue nine miles off Kona. They were both rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive joint search by Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews. They reportedly sustained only minor injures in the crash. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Cooper/Released)

Coast Guard crews safely deliver David McMahon and Sidney Uemoto to emergency medical personnel in Kona, Hawaii, July 15, 2016, following their rescue nine miles off Kona. They were both rescued by a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew following an expansive joint search by Navy, Royal New Zealand air force, U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard crews. They reportedly sustained only minor injures in the crash. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Cooper/Released)

Involved in the search were:

  • HC-130 Hercules airplane crews and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Barbers Point
  • A Navy MH-60R helicopter crew from the USS Chung Hoon (DDG-93) and the crew of the ship
  • The USCGC Galveston Island (WPB-1349)
  • A Royal New Zealand air force P3K2 Orion airplane crew
  • HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from the 353rd Special Operations Group from Kadena Air Base, Japan

At 3:15 p.m. watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received notification from Honolulu control facility personnel that the pilot of a dual engine aircraft with two people aboard radioed them reporting and in air emergency. The tower confirmed they then lost contact with the pilot and the plane no longer appeared on radar.

The plane was reportedly traveling to Kona from Oahu, not Maui as previously reported, with the last known position approximately 25 miles northwest of Kona. A Navy P3 Orion airplane was on approach to Kona and overheard the pilot’s call to the tower. The Orion crew initially diverted to investigate the report, but is not involved in the search.

Watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast advising mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to JRCC. They also directed the launch of assets to respond.

Me at the helm of USS Chung Hoon

Me at the helm of USS Chung Hoon

The Chung Hoon is homeported in Pearl Harbor. The Galveston Island is homeported in Honolulu. The Chung Hoon, Royal New Zealand air force and U.S. Air Force HC-130 are participating in RIMPAC 2016.

Island Air 48-Hour Summer Sale – $64 Flights to Kona & Lihue

Summer fun has just begun with Island Air’s 48-hour summer sale. From Wednesday, July 6 through Thursday, July 7, Island Air is offering special summer fares on its newest routes to Kona and Līhu‘e starting at $64* one way. The travel period is July 20 through October 6, 2016. Reservations can be made online at www.islandair.com or by calling (800) 652-6541.

Island Air

“Interisland travel is such an integral part of summer in Hawai‘i, and we want to make it a little easier for families to ‘Fly the Island Way,’” said David Uchiyama, president and chief executive officer of Island Air.

*Island Air’s special summer promotional fares start at $64 one way for weekday flights, are non-refundable and non-transferable, subject to seat availability and can be changed without notice. The fare includes one (1) federal transportation segment tax and one (1) security fee. Other taxes, fees, and restrictions may apply.

ABOUT ISLAND AIR:

Island Air is the value leader in the Hawaiian Islands, offering 238 convenient flights each week between O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island. The affordable alternative for interisland travel, Island Air’s 64-seat ATR-72 aircraft are able to provide captivating aerial views of Hawai‘i’s remarkable landscapes. Founded in 1980 as Princeville Airways, the company was renamed Island Air in 1992 and has been proudly serving the islands of Hawai‘i for more than 35 years.

For more information about Island Air or to make a reservation, visit www.islandair.com or call (800) 652-6541. Let us know how we are doing on Yelp or TripAdvisor or just stay connected by liking Island Air on Facebook at www.facebook.com/islandairhawaii, or follow @IslandAirHawaii on Twitter and @IslandAir_Hawaii on Instagram.

Darren Cho Recognized as “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Kona Patrol Officer Darren Cho as “Officer of the Month” for July in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (July 6) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Darren  Cho was honored for using his community contacts to help identify and locate suspects in a deliberately-set fire at Big Island Drug Court.

Officer Darren
Cho was honored for using his community contacts to help identify and locate suspects in a deliberately-set fire at Big Island Drug Court.

During his investigation, Cho obtained a tip about a male suspect’s identity and learned that a pickup truck the man had used during the incident might be near Hoʻokena Beach Park. Cho located the abandoned truck in a heavily overgrown pasture in the area and determined that it had been reported stolen. Further investigation led to the identities of a key witness and a female accomplice. Both suspects were arrested and charged with first-degree arson, first-degree conspiracy to commit arson and criminal property damage. The male suspect was also charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Detective Walter Ah Mow, who nominated Cho for the honor, noted that the officer is a “seasoned veteran” with 11 years of service.

“Officer Cho’s experience as an officer and his relationship within the community he serves, combined with his own self-motivation and professionalism, have resulted in the apprehension of criminal offenders, recovery of stolen property and the continued safety of our communities,” Ah Mow wrote in nomination papers.

Cho was previously named “Officer of the Month” in December of 2011, May of 2012 and July of 2015. As “Officer of the Month” again, he is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaiʻi.

Free Orchid Show – 34th Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show

It’s an “Eruption of Orchids” at the 34th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale Sunday, July 17 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. This year’s theme salutes the centennial of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park with a central blooming display backdropped by a volcano.

Orchids

The free event offers attendees complimentary refreshments, plus an orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.  Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with the Daifukuji Taiko Drummers performing at 10 a.m.

Enjoy an elaborate and colorful display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more. Cameras are welcome. In addition this year’s show will have a display of orchids appearing on “Plates, Platters and Plaques.”

Got growing questions? Veteran members will staff a Question and Answer Booth where attendees can get expert advice on caring for orchids. The club boasts eight charter members who each have been growing orchids at least 30 years at different Kona elevations.

In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids grown by club members and Big Isle commercial growers.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, visit www.kdoc.us, get club updates at www.facebook.com/orchidsinparadise or phone 808-325-3261.

Governor Ige Town Hall Meeting in Kailua-Kona Friday

Governor David Ige has announced a town hall meeting this Friday in the Kailua-Kona area of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Governor Ige Profile

What: Governor David Ige’s Community Connection town hall meeting in Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i Island. This is an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with the governor and members of his administration on issues that are important to the West Hawai‘i community.

Who:              

  • Governor Ige
  • Scott Morishige, Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness
  • Department of Land and Natural Resources
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Agriculture                                               

When:  Friday, June 24, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm 

Where: Hawai‘i Community College — Palamanui 73-4225 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona

Big Island Police Searching for Parties Responsible for Dumping Abandoned & Derelict Vehicles

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public for help in identifying individuals or businesses who are responsible for the dumping of abandoned and derelict vehicles.
Abandoned
Since January 1, approximately 280 abandoned or derelict vehicles have been reported in the Kona District alone, compared with 106 reported during the same period in 2015.

“Be on the lookout for private or business vehicles that may be dumping vehicles on the sides of our roadways,” said Sergeant Roylen Valera of the Kona Community Policing Section. Dumping a vehicle is a criminal offense punishable by up to a $1,000 fine. Additionally, offenders could face a criminal littering charge, which is a petty misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $1,000 and community service.

“We would like to remind vehicle owners to complete the necessary paperwork if they dispose or transfer their vehicle to another person or entity, to ensure that they will not be liable for the vehicle if it is found abandoned on the side of the road,” Sergeant Valera said. If the paperwork is not completed, you will be responsible for any fines or towing charges. Our goal is to preserve the beauty of Hawaiʻi Island. ”

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of those who dump abandoned or derelict vehicles to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Sergeant Roylen Valera at 326-4646, extension 259.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Passes for “HawaiiCon 2016” On Sale Now

Kama’aina passes for HawaiiCon 2016 go on sale today. This year’s science and sci-fi convention takes place September 15-18 on the beach at the luxurious Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Highly discounted rooms are available to all attendees who book through the HawaiiCon website.

Hawaiicon2016Beyond an exciting array of panels and workshops, HawaiiCon, will be offering fans the most unique celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, featuring: a lu’au under the Milky Way with sci-fi stars on the beach, a hula lesson with Star Trek crew members, and amazing, real adventures with the crew of the Enterprise. Go snorkeling with Leeta (Chase Masterson) from DeepSpace 9, or night diving and snorkeling with giant manta rays next to both Rod Roddenberry (son of Star Trek’s creator Gene Roddenberry) and Next Generation’s Number One Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

hawaiicon 2016 membersOriginal Star Trek crew members Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) will also be on hand to meet fans and you can celebrate Walter‘s 80th birthday at a delicious gourmet dinner at Daylight Mind Waikoloa. If you are a Battlestar Galactica fan, go ziplining via Kapohokine Adventures with Helo (Tahmoh Penikett) and the Chief (Aaron Douglas).

HawaiiCon 2016 brings together leading cast members from the various Star Trek series, as well as over twenty other celebrity guests including New York Times Best Selling Author John Scalzi (Red Shirts).

HawaiiCon 2016 will be held at the Mauna Lani Resort.

HawaiiCon 2016 will be held at the Mauna Lani Resort.

The event also features well-known cosplayers, space scientists, visionaries, gamers, comicbook artists, and writers. Each day of the convention offers scores of panels and workshops to choose from. A popular day to come to the event is Saturday because of the Keiki and Adult Cosplay contests that draw hundreds of costumed fans. This year, a special category has been added to the contest, Star Trek, with prizes for the best costumes of characters from the original series.

Rod Roddenberry calls HawaiiCon, “The best convention I’ve been to.”

HawaiiCon, a non-profit, helps children of the Big Island ‘Reach for the Stars’ in science and the performing arts.

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

Island Air Launches Kona Service – George Applegate Named Island Air’s Hawaii Island Representative

Island Air today launched daily air service to Hawaiʻi Island as part of its continuing efforts to expand its presence in the Islands and offer residents and visitors an alternative option for interisland travel. The airline also announced it has hired veteran tourism industry leader George Applegate to serve as its representative on Hawaiʻi Island.

Photos courtesy of Island Air

Photos courtesy of Island Air

Island Air officials, along with government, business and visitor industry leaders from Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu gathered at the Kona International Airport this morning for a blessing of the airline’s new check-in counter located in Terminal 1 and departure/arrival gate (Gate 5). Following the blessing, passengers on the inaugural flights arriving into and departing from Kona were greeted with lei and entertained by keiki from Waimea’s Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau. In partnership with the Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB), guests also were given a tour of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaiʻi Authority located a short drive from the airport.

During the celebration, Island Air’s president and chief executive officer David Uchiyama announced that Applegate will serve as Island Air’s representative on Hawaiʻi Island. Applegate will support the airline’s sales efforts and assist in promoting Island Air’s business on Hawaiʻi Island.

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“Over the years, George has played an integral role in strengthening Hawaiʻi Island’s tourism industry. We are excited to have him join the Island Air team as we work to grow our Kona service,” said Uchiyama. “Our entire Island Air team recognizes the importance of having reliable interisland air travel options that allow local families and businesses to remain connected, support the local economy and provide alternatives for residents and visitors to enjoy Hawai‘i the Island way.”

Applegate has more than 40 years of experience in the visitor industry, including 24 years with the BIVB, 13 of those as its executive director before he retired in 2013. In 2015, he served as an executive assistant to Mayor Billy Kenoi where he assisted with various tourism projects for Hawaiʻi Island. He continues to provide tourism-related consulting services on a contractual basis to the County of Hawaiʻi through his firm George Applegate Consulting.

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“Having another alternative for interisland travel is critical for our community and visitor industry, which is why I am excited about this opportunity to assist with the growth of a second interisland airline that will support both residents and visitors,” said Applegate.

In addition to increasing seat capacity to Hawaiʻi Island with five daily roundtrip flights between Kona and Honolulu, Island Air hired 22 employees to service the new route. The Kona-based team of customer service agents and ramp agents is being led by Shardae Kaupu Lopez, who will serve as Island Air’s Kona station manager and oversee the airline’s airport operations. Lopez is originally from Miloliʻi and started working for Island Air in 2012.

West Hawaii Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop

State Representatives Nicole Lowen and Mark Nakashima, in partnership with UH Sea Grant, Hawaii County Civil Defense, and the National Weather Service, are hosting a free workshop on July 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers. Participants will learn how to prepare their families and homes for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

natural hazards handbookThe workshop will cover topics from Sea Grant’s Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, including emergency supply kits, evacuation planning, sheltering in place, insurance and home retrofits.

The Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards is also available for download at: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/homeowners-handbook-prepare-natural-hazards

Please RSVP to reserve your seat by emailing replowen@capitol.hawaii.gov or calling (808) 586-8400.

  • WHO:  State Representatives Nicole Lowen and Mark Nakashima
  • WHAT:  Natural Disaster Preparedness Workshop with Hawaii County Civil Defense, UH Sea Grant, and the National Weather Service
  • WHEN:  Saturday, July 9, 2016, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE:  West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers, Building A, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona