Video – Hurricane Iselle Damage & Recovery in Puna, Hawaii

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Iselle devastated Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii on August 7, 2014.

Fragile invasive albizia trees shattered, downing utility lines and blocking major roads.

Falling Branches

The storm surge at Kapoho flooded and demolished homes. The community immediately started to pitch in with food, water, and ice. The government efficiently organized resources, and cleared roads and beach parks and HELCO is working overtime to get electricity back to folks systematically.

Much mahalos to everyone for your aloha spirit during this challenging time. Imua!

Public Forum To Reduce User Conflicts In Oahu Surf Breaks

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is hosting a public forum to generate discussion about a management concept designed to reduce user conflicts in specific surf breaks in the waters off of Oahu.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Jefferson Elementary School cafeteria at 342 Kapahulu Avenue in Waikiki, Oahu.

SafeSurf

Proponents of the concept, representing a movement called “Safe Surf Hawaii,” are suggesting the creation of a framework for separating user groups competing for waves in the same surf breaks with the ultimate goal of improving safety and reducing user conflicts.

What’s being proposed:
A one year pilot project, in which, during a limited number of time periods each week (i.e., Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 3 to 9 p.m.), standup paddleboarders (SUPs) would not be permitted in the surf zones located between the entrances of Ala Moana / Ala Wai harbor and Kewalo Basin harbor.
(excerpt from http://www.safesurfhawaii.com).

“The department was asked by Safe Surf Hawaii to solicit comments from the general public and gauge acceptance of this plan to limit use of SUPs in this waterway,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson. “If the concept gains wide support, the department may consider rulemaking as a way to formalize the plan. However, the support would need to be nearly unanimous among all users.”

Representatives of Safe Surf Hawaii will be given an opportunity to present their plan before the floor is opened to discussion.

DLNR faced a similar challenge when user groups asked for the department to ban the use of SUPs in the waters of Ala Moana Lagoon. Instead of creating a rule, the department elected to install a series of buoys and suggested a voluntary separation of the conflicting uses in 2010.

“Our goal at that time was to reduce the user conflicts and create a safe environment for all users, but without a formal rule change that would have prevented access to these high-value ocean waters for a specific user group.”

“In our opinion, the Ala Moana Lagoon decision was very successful,” Aila said. “Once we installed the SUP corridor, complaints stopped coming in. No one was prevented from accessing the resource. What we are hoping is that discussion and understanding can again help us resolve a growing problem.”

The department encourages all ocean users to comment on the proposed plan and/or suggest other solutions by attending the meeting in person or by sending comments to DLNR’s generic address for receiving comments at dlnr.HarReview@hawaii.gov.

The meeting location is disability accessible. If special needs are required (i.e., large print, taped materials, sign language interpreter, etc.), call Clifford Inn on Oahu at (808) 587-1972 at least three business days prior to the public forum.

Civil Defense 6:30 PM Message on Hurricane Iselle

A HURRICANE WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE BIG ISLAND. 
A HURRICANE WARNING CONTINUES FOR WATERS AROUND THE BIG ISLAND. 
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR OAHU...MOLOKAI...LANAI... 
KAHOOLAWE...MAUI. 

Hurricane Iselle
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR WATERS AROUND OAHU...MAUI 
COUNTY WATERS...PAILOLO CHANNEL AND ALENUIHAHA CHANNEL. 
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR NIIHAU...KAUAI. 
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR KAUAI NORTHWEST WATERS... 
KAUAI WINDWARD WATERS AND KAUAI LEEWARD WATERS. 
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS. 
 
.STORM INFORMATION... 
 
AT 5 PM HST...THE CENTER OF HURRICANE ISELLE WAS LOCATED NEAR 
LATITUDE 17.7N...LONGITUDE 147.5W...OR ABOUT 515 MILES 
EAST-SOUTHEAST OF HILO HAWAII AND ABOUT 720 MILES EAST-SOUTHEAST 
OF HONOLULU HAWAII. HURRICANE ISELLE IS MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST AT 
18 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 90 MPH. 
 
.SITUATION OVERVIEW... 
ISELLE IS EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAINS...HIGH SURF AND DAMAGING 
WINDS. HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP ON THE BIG 
ISLAND OF HAWAII ON THURSDAY. TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE 
EXPECTED TO SPREAD TO MAUI COUNTY THURSDAY NIGHT AND TO OAHU ON 
FRIDAY. SWELLS GENERATED BY ISELLE WILL BUILD TONIGHT...POSSIBLY 
BECOMING DAMAGING ALONG SOME COASTLINES ON THURSDAY. HIGH SURF IS 
EXPECTED TO REACH THE ISLANDS AHEAD OF THE HEAVY RAINS AND STRONG 
WINDS. THE HIGH SURF MAY BRING COASTAL FLOODING...PARTICULARLY 
WHEN COMBINED WITH AFTERNOON ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDES. THE THREAT 
OF COASTAL FLOODING AND PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL BE GREATEST ON 
WINDWARD BIG ISLAND. 
WHILE THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY IN THE EXACT TRACK AND 
STRENGTH OF ISELLE...THE BIG ISLAND AND MAUI ARE EXPECTED TO BE 
IMPACTED FIRST. 
 
.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
 
.NEXT UPDATE... 
 
THE NEXT LOCAL STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND 1230 AM HST...OR 
SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. 
 
...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT... 
 
...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
 
...WINDS... 
BASED ON THE LATEST FORECAST TRACK...WINDS OVER 40 MPH ARE 
EXPECTED TO BEGIN OVERSPREADING THE AREA THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND 
EARLY THURSDAY EVENING. IN SOME AREAS...WINDS WILL BE AS HIGH AS 
60 TO 70 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 85 MPH ON THURSDAY NIGHT. 
DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED. SOME DAMAGE TO BUILDING STRUCTURES 
COULD OCCUR...PRIMARILY TO UNANCHORED STRUCTURES...SUCH AS SCHOOL 
PORTABLES. SOME DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO POORLY CONSTRUCTED SIGNS. 
LOOSE ITEMS LEFT OUTDOORS WILL BECOME PROJECTILES...CAUSING 
ADDITIONAL DAMAGE. PERSONS STRUCK BY WINDBORNE DEBRIS RISK INJURY 
AND POSSIBLE DEATH. NUMEROUS LARGE BRANCHES OF HEALTHY TREES WILL 
SNAP. SOME TREES WILL BE UPROOTED...ESPECIALLY WHERE THE GROUND 
IS SATURATED. MANY AREAS WILL LIKELY EXPERIENCE POWER OUTAGES 
WITH SOME DOWNED POWER POLES. 
GUSTS WILL BE STRONGEST OVER MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN...THROUGH 
PASSES...AND WHERE WINDS BLOW DOWNSLOPE. WINDS AFFECTING THE 
UPPER FLOORS OF HIGH RISE BUILDINGS WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY 
STRONGER THAN THOSE NEAR GROUND LEVEL. 
 
...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE... 
SURF WILL STEADILY INCREASE ALONG THE BIG ISLAND WINDWARD COAST 
TONIGHT...AND REACH HAZARDOUS LEVELS AS THE STORM APPROACHES. 
SURF HEIGHTS WILL REACH 15 TO 25 FEET ON THURSDAY AND THURSDAY 
NIGHT. THE ASTRONOMICAL HIGH TIDE FOR HILO BAY IS 120 PM AT 2.8 
FEET ON THURSDAY AND 203 PM AT 3.0 FEET ON FRIDAY. THE HIGH SURF 
AND HIGH TIDE COMBINATION WILL BRING COASTAL FLOODING ALONG LOW 
LYING AREAS. STORM SURGE IS EXPECTED TO REACH 1 TO 3 FEET DURING 
THE STORM PASSAGE...ADDING TO THE THREAT OF COASTAL FLOODING AND 
PROPERTY DAMAGE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. 
 
...INLAND FLOODING... 
 
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE ENTIRE AREA. HEAVY 
RAINFALL OF AROUND 5 TO 8 INCHES IS EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED 
RAINFALL TOTALS OF 12 INCHES. THESE HEAVY RAINS COULD LEAD TO 
LIFE THREATENING FLASH FLOODS.

Skydiver Seriously Injured on North Shore – Pacific Skydive Has Another Incident

This afternoon at Pacific Skydive on the North Shore of Oahu, a man was was seriously injured skydiving, when the steering line on his canopy broke and he was not able to land properly.

Guy Banal, President at Pacific Skydiving

Guy Banal (sunglasses), President at Pacific Skydiving looks on.

The Emergency Medical Team and the Hawaii Fire Department are on the scene now:

Paramedics on the scene

Paramedics on the scene

A skydiver at the scene stated, “…Broken steering line on landing. Check your gear, especially if it is older, for degradation.

Man Seriously Injured Skydiving at Pacific Skydiving

Pacific Skydiving had another skydiving incident today that sent a person to the hospital.

Whoops!

Whoops!

According to a skydiver on the scene it was “…totally preventable with proper instruction. This is why you should trust professionals, not a bunch of poser skydivers…The guy stalled his canopy from 100ft and held toggles buried pretty much until he hit. No PLF, no training, straight to the hospital.”

Didn't walk away!

Didn’t walk away!

Pacific Skydiving has had a few mishaps sending skydivers to the hospital over the years.

Skydiving incident as Pacific Skydive

Skydiving incident as Pacific Skydive

As of this write-up there has been no release on the condition of the skydiver.

Poll: BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar – Who Do You Think Will Win?

This coming Sunday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the UFC brings us the finale for season 19 of their TUF event. The card is headlined by the coaches clash between BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar, marking the third time the pair will meet in the octagon. The match sees Edgar a huge favorite at (-750) over Penn, who comes back at (+450).
Penn vs. Edgar
Who do you think will win?

Yes… That Was Me in Today’s Wreck at Malama Market Intersection

Today at about 10:30 my cousin and I were driving back home after dropping my wife’s car off at Kolohe Auto Repair when we got in an accident at the Malama Market intersection on Highway 130 here in Pahoa.

View from inside the car right after the wreck.

View from inside the car right after the wreck.  I tried to get out of the car but was too stunned to even move and my neck and back hurt so felt it was best to just stay put.

I was the passenger in a 2009 Scion that took the brunt of the impact.  Simply put… what happened shouldn’t have happened had the driver we hit was paying attention.

We were driving towards Kalapana on Highway 130 and the driver of a Jeep Wrangler was driving towards town direction.  He moved into the left turn lane at the Malama Market intersection and came to a stop.

As we were going at the speed limit recommended for the area of 45 MPH… right as we got to the intersection… the Jeep Wrangler decided that he was going to take a left turn in to the Malama Market area.

The driver of the car I was in… slammed on her brakes but it was too late and we slammed into the car.

I spent all day in the hospital getting everything from Cat Scans to X-Rays while the whole day my neck was in some sort of collar to keep me from moving it.

I’m now happy to report that I’m back home with the diagnosis of serious whiplash and I have a nice gash down the shin of my left leg.

Highway 130 and this Malama Market intersection have been one of the most dangerous ones in the State and today it proved itself to me personally.

The State KNOWS there is a problem with this intersection yet accidents continue to happen there almost daily.  People have lost limbs, lost cars, broken bones and still yet nothing has been done.

There is plans to install a round-a-bout at this intersection in the next few months… I’m not sure how that will work in the long run.
pahoa roundMore posts related to accidents on Highway 130 can be found here:  Highway 130

Big Island Police Investigating Accident that Caused Death of Oahu Man

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a public accident that caused the death of an Oahu man on Sunday (February 9).

At 11:28 a.m. Sunday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a report that a man had fallen from a cliff in Pepeʻekeo.

The man was reportedly hiking to shore to dive with friends when he fell off the cliff and landed approximately 80 feet below. Fire Department rescue personnel extricated him from the bottom of Loa Road and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m.

Keylan Sato Facebook Profile picture

Keylan Sato Facebook Profile picture

He has been identified as 24-year-old Keylan Sato of Honolulu.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

23-Year-Old Man Dies After Trying to Climb Down Cliff on the Big Island

A 23-year-old man fell 80 feet to his death in Pepeekeo today while trying to climb down a cliff to reach a beach.  Here is the Hawaii Fire Department release on the incident:

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Click to enlarge

39-Year-Old Dies in Construction Site Accident

On Wednesday (February 5) at about 1:11 p.m., Kona patrol officers responded to a reported construction site accident with injuries in Hōlualoa.

Donny Loando

Donny Loando

It was determined that 38-year-old Donny Loando of Hōlualoa had been operating a single drum roller while constructing a private driveway when the vehicle rolled backwards down a steep slope and crashed into a carport at a neighboring residence.

Loando was thrown from the roller and sustained injuries. He was transported to Kona Community Hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 4:15 p.m.

No one in the residence was injured.

The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation and ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with additional information on this incident call Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison at 326-4646 extension 229

Medical Examiner Defers Cause of Death Following Autopsy of Man that Died After Being Arrested

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (February 5) on the body of 39-year-old Randall Hatori of Kailua-Kona, who died Tuesday in the course of an arrest.

Randall Hatori

Randall Hatori

The medical examiner deferred the cause of death pending toxicology and histology results.

At 12:30 a.m. Tuesday (February 4), a Kona Patrol officer made a traffic stop at a gas station in a shopping center on Palani Road. The driver, 38-year-old Ernest Ricky Alvarez of Kailua-Kona, was arrested on a $10,000 bench warrant for contempt of court.

Hatori, who was a passenger and was wanted for assault and violating temporary restraining orders, fled on foot.

The officer pursued Hatori on foot and a struggle ensued while trying to apprehend him. Initially unable to restrain Hatori, the officer deployed his conducted electric weapon (commonly known as a “Taser”) in an attempt to subdue him. Hatori continued to actively resist arrest and the struggle continued. Other officers responded to the scene and assisted in restraining Hatori. After Hatori was placed in handcuffs, he became unresponsive.

Fire Department EMTs on scene attempted resuscitation and then transported him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:53 a.m.

Detectives recovered 7.3 grams of methamphetamine at the scene of the struggle.

The Police Department’s Area II Criminal Investigations Section is continuing to investigate this incident as a coroner’s inquest and an assault on a police officer.

In addition, the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation, as is standard practice in any police involved death.

Alvarez remains at the Kona police cellblock while police investigate possible drug charges.

UH Football Player in Fight Surrounded – Another UH Football Player Ends Up With Concussion

According to the crime beat of the University of Hawaii Manoa School paper Ka Leo a member of the University of Hawaii Football team was in a fight and got surrounded by 20 males.  Another football player attempted to help out when he fell and hit his head suffering a concussion.

UH HelmetHere is the report from the student paper :

Staff reported the incident at 12:01 a.m. According to a witness two men —  one who was a UH Mānoa football player — were fighting and were surrounded by a group of 20 males. According the Campus Security report, a fellow football player ran towards the fight, tripped, hit his head on the ground and suffered a concussion. This case has been referred to Student Housing Services

And in other bizarre UH Manoa news:

Harassment at Moore Hall

At 3:59 p.m. a member of staff received a disturbing, sexual message from an anonymous caller. According the the victim the suspect said, “I want to (expletive) your tight (expletive).”

Harassment at Hale Aloha Mokihana

A student reported that he was harassed between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. The suspect allegedly tried provoke the victim in regards to a legal case which both are involved in, a Campus Security report said.

Skydiving Incident in Hawaii Leaves Man Seriously Injured at Pacific Skydiving

A skydiving incident in Hawaii has left a skydiver seriously injured at Pacific Skydiving located at the Dillingham Airfield over on the North Shore of Oahu.

Ambulance arrives at Pacific Skydiving to take away the injured skydiver

Ambulance arrives at Pacific Skydiving to take away the injured skydiver

To make matters worst, their instructor toppled onto him according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:

A 34-year-old male skydiver suffered serious injury Friday afternoon after a hard landing at Dillingham Airfield.

Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Shayne Enright said the injury was to his pelvic area and the instructor toppled onto him.

The accident occurred at 12:57 p.m. Friday…

In a video released yesterday, you can see that skydivers at Pacific Skydive have been known to push the limits when it comes to jumping:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/LBngThlt2oE]

Under CFR 14 Part 91.155 conducting VFR parachute operations thru overcast skies is illegal and dangerous. Feel free to contact me for more evidence regarding FAR violations from this company, I have hours worth of footage.

14 CFR Part 105 is based on the assumption that any individual who chooses to skydive has assessed the dangers involved and assumes personal responsibility for his or her safety. The regulations in Part 105 are intended to assure the safety of those not involved in the sport, including persons and property on the surface and other users of the airspace. The skydiving community is encouraged to adopt good operating practices and programs to avoid further regulation by the FAA.

University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay Injured in Scuffle at Stan Sheriff Center

The following recap of tonights event’s come from photographer Andrew Lee’s Facebook account (with permission) who was attending the game on his own time:

UH FIGHT RECAP:

Following the Hawaii vs Western Virginia game there was an awards ceremony scheduled since it was the last game of a tournament. Before the ceremony could start there was a huge scuffle behind the WVU bench.

A number of officials and ushers went down to break up the scuffle. Among those attempting to break it up were Rich Sheriff and Ben Jay.

Rich was knocked down but was able to get up on his own with a few cuts. Ben however was unable to get up for a while.

The awards ceremony was immediately canceled and fans were cleared from the arena.

It's not everyday you see campus security, HPD and EMS blocking the Stan Sheriff Center exit area.  Photo Andrew Lee

It’s not everyday you see campus security, HPD and EMS blocking the Stan Sheriff Center exit area. Photo Andrew Lee

HPD as well as campus security were called to the arena along with EMT’s.

EMT’s arrived and began to treat Mr. Jay who appeared to have gotten hit from his back.  Ben was then taken from the court side area to the trainers room for treatment.

EMS Crew has arrived at the SSC. Photo Andrew Lee

EMS Crew has arrived at the SSC. Photo Andrew Lee

Also during the scuffle the wife of one of the WVU Coaches passed out during the scuffle but is now reported to be okay.

I will not be answering any questions about the incident and will not provide anymore updates unless they are 100% confirmed.

Thanks to everyone for their concern and when the time is right I’m sure Ben will have a statement.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Surfer Kirk Passmore

The Coast Guard suspended the search at sunset Friday for a missing surfer near Alligator Rock.

Kirk Passmore's Facebook Profile Picture

Kirk Passmore’s Facebook Profile Picture

“It is with heavy hearts that we now suspend our active search efforts,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our thoughts go out to the Passmore family and the tight-knit communities in both Hawaii and California where he was an important member.”

The Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety searched more than 2,330 square miles.

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point searched the area.

Honolulu Fire Department, Ocean Safety and volunteers from the community also combed the area by land, air and sea.

For more information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Public Affairs Officer at 808-842-2657.

Hawaii’s History of Destructive Earthquakes the Focus of Two Talks and The Great Hawaii ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Hawaii’s long history of destructive earthquakes and actions that residents can take to reduce injury during the next one will be the topics of two presentations on Tuesday, October 1.  Both talks are open to the public.

USGS seismologists Wes Thelen (left) and Paul Okubo (right) working at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

USGS seismologists Wes Thelen (left) and Paul Okubo (right) working at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Paul Okubo, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, will speak about “Damaging earthquakes in Hawaii and the Great Hawaii ShakeOut” in the University Classroom Building, Room 100, on the UH–Hilo main campus, 200 W. Kawili Street, in Hilo. A map of the campus is online.  This free presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

Wes Thelen, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s seismic network manager, will present “Large earthquakes in the Hawaiian Islands: What you need to know” in the Kīlauea Visitor Center auditorium on Crater Rim Drive, in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, at 7:00 p.m.  This “After Dark in the Park” presentation is free, but Park entrance fees apply.

Large earthquakes pose an ever-present danger to Hawaii.  Since 1868, more than 30 magnitude-6.0 or greater earthquakes have impacted residents throughout the State.  The probability that another destructive —magnitude 6.5 or higher— earthquake will strike the Hawaiian Islands in the next 10 years is 50 percent; in the next 20 years, the probability increases to 75 percent.

According to Okubo, while the Island of Hawai‘i experiences more seismicity than other Hawaiian islands, the exposure to earthquake risk spans the entire State of Hawaii.  As a recent example, he notes that the October 2006 magnitude-6.7 and 6.0 earthquakes, located in West Hawai‘i, caused $200 million in damages on the Islands of Hawai‘i and Maui, as well as an extended power outage on O‘ahu.

Thelen points out that it has been 40 years since a destructive earthquake occurred during business and school hours—the magnitude-6.2 Honomū, Hawai‘i earthquake on April 26, 1973.  Without that experience, conducting drills is even more important for all schools and businesses, as well as individuals and families, to practice “Drop! Cover! Hold on!”—actions that are proven to reduce injury in an earthquake—during the Great Hawaii ShakeOut earthquake drill on October 17.

Both Okubo and Thelen will present an overview of damaging earthquakes in Hawaii, including current theories on why they occur.  They will also talk about “The Great Hawaii ShakeOut” and what people can do to protect themselves during Hawaii’s next large earthquake.

For more information about these two presentations, visit the HVO website or call (808) 967-8844.

BJ Penn… Pro Bull Rider? BJ Penn vs. The Bull of Hilo

Is BJ Penn looking at a new career as a professional bull rider?

Can BJ Penn last 8 seconds on a bull??? See video below

Can BJ Penn last 8 seconds on a bull??? See video below

UFC Fighter BJ Penn uploaded the following video of him riding a bull today on the Big Island of Hawaii:

[youtube=http://youtu.be/IMw6VLDbe9U]

BJ Penn vs. The Bull of Hilo

Akido of Hilo Offering Women Free Classes During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Aikido of Hilo will be offering women free Aikido classes for the month of October.

Akido Hilo DV

Observed each year in October, DVAM grew out of a single day, the “Day of Unity” in October 1981 organized by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to connect groups that worked to end violence against women and children. The first observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month took place in October 1987, and two years later in 1989, Congress passed a commemorative legislation designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Aikido is the martial art of peace and reconciliation.  It teaches us that we should concentrate not on harming others, but on protecting them.  We learn that aggression breeds greater aggression and that kindness also will be returned by others.  Rather than harming another and causing resentment, we are taught to neutralize physical and mental aggression and avoid injury to the attacker and ourselves,” said Aikido of Hilo Chief Instructor Barbara Klein.

Klein and her husband, Dr. Robert Klein, both have 6th Degree Black Belts and have been training in Aikido for over 40 years.  They have been teaching the martial art in Hilo since 1980.

“We are honored to help spread awareness about ending violence against women and children.  We invite everyone to come and learn about bringing more peace and harmony into their lives and openly offer women the opportunity to take classes for free in October,” said Klein.

To find out more about Aikido of Hilo and the free October classes for women call Barbara Klein at 935-2454.

Freaky Friday – Gecko Eats Skink

I noticed the gecko stalking something but I couldn’t figure out what it was until he caught it.  Turns out it was a baby skink!

When lizards eat lizards

When lizards eat lizards

I always thought geckos ate bugs… not other lizards!

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PETA Asks Fisherman Who’s Boat Got Flipped by Tuna to Give Up Fishing

As Koloa, Hawaii, angler Anthony Wichman recovers from nearly drowning after a 230-pound ahi tuna he had stabbed in the eye with a fishing gaff pulled him into the water, PETA is encouraging him to make Friday’s fishing expedition his last. As the group writes in a letter sent to him today, fish experience pain and fear just as all animals—including humans—do, and as PETA’s “Silent Scream” video illustrates, fish suffer immensely when they are impaled, yanked out of the water, stabbed, and suffocated.

The fish that didn't get away!

The fish that didn’t get away!

“Mr. Wichman survived the terrifying ordeal of being caught on a line, pulled out of his natural environment, and deprived of oxygen—so we’re hoping he’ll now think of what all the fish, including his most recent victim, go through and not want to inflict that pain and fear on them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA hopes he will make the compassionate decision to go vegan, and we’re willing to help him.” PETA is sending him a vegan starter kit and recipes for faux-fish dishes.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Here is a copy of the letter:

July 23, 2013

Anthony Wichman
5496 Emi Rd.
Koloa, HI 96756

Dear Mr. Wichman:

I am writing on behalf of PETA and our more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Hawaii. As a former fisher myself, I urge you to use your recent brush with death as an opportunity to put yourself in the place of the living being you were trying to kill and to consider the value of her life and others like her. As terrifying as it must have been for you to be nearly drowned by a 230-pound tuna, please consider how frightening and painful the experience must have been for the animal who was killed after a struggle that you initiated by punching a gaff through her back and then her eye while she began to suffocate after having been pulled out of the water. With all due respect, I ask you to do some soul-searching and abandon fishing for good.

As this tuna demonstrated, fish, like other animals, value their lives and don’t want to be killed. Studies show that fish have complex nervous systems and feel pain in much the same way as dogs and cats and we do.

Fishing causes immense physical and psychological suffering to fish, who have particularly sensitive mouths and lips that they use like we use our hands. Impaling a fish through the mouth and then dragging him or her out of the water is the equivalent of someone driving a hook through your hand and yanking your entire body weight into the water, where you wouldn’t be able to breathe. As PETA’s short video “Silent Scream” shows, even though fish cannot vocalize to express their pain and fear, there is no room for doubt that they suffer greatly when they are impaled, gaffed, gutted alive, or left to suffocate slowly.

Witnessing the struggle and suffocation of a bloody founder I yanked from the waters off Catalina during a teenage fishing trip made me recognize that fishing is, quite simply, a sadistic “pleasure” derived from another’s misery, and I hung up my rod for good. I sincerely hope that you will consider this point of view in the wake of your fight to the finish with the unfortunate tuna.

Kindest regards,

Dan Mathews
Senior Vice President