Huge Fish Capsizes Boat Off Kauai

A 54-year-old man was rescued from his capsized vessel approximately 10 miles southwest of Port Allen, Kauai, Friday.

A huge fish capsized this boat. Coast Guard rescuers were able to upright the boat.

A huge fish capsized this boat. Coast Guard rescuers were able to upright the boat.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:41 a.m., from Wichman’s spouse notifying watchstanders that her husband’s 14-foot Livingston boat was capsized south of Port Allen. Wichman was fishing in the area when he hooked a 230 lb. Ahi that subsequently capsized his boat. When his boat capsized, his leg was caught in the fishing line and he was dragged underwater. After freeing himself, he was able to get on top of the hull and call his wife for help. Sector Honolulu was able to establish communication with Wichman via cell phone and launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Kauai and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to the scene.

The Dolphin crew arrived on scene and found Wichman sitting on the hull of his partially submerged vessel. A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered to the water and hoisted Wichman into the helicopter. Sector Honolulu and Station Kauai coordinated with Lihue Airport and local emergency medical personnel to arrange for medical transport to Wilcox Memorial Hospital.

The MLB crew stayed on scene with the capsized vessel until Jordon Ornellas and Abraham Apilado, friends of Wichman arrived on scene with a vessel to help salvage his boat. While assessing the situation to determine if they could right the capsized vessel, Ornellas and Apilado realized that the Ahi was still hooked on the fishing line attached the vessel. They were able to reel in the Ahi, right the vessel and take it in tow back to Port Allen.

The fish that didn't get away!

The fish that didn’t get away!

“This rescue is a perfect example of why mariners must be sure they have good safety equipment and reliable communications before heading out on the water,” said Lt. Jessica Mickelson, Sector Honolulu’s Public Affairs Officer.  “Thankfully Mr. Wichman was still able to use his cell phone after capsizing and entering the water. Sector Honolulu was able to work in conjunction with 911 dispatch to get a GPS position of the capsized vessel from Mr. Wichman’s cell phone enabling Coast Guard rescue crews to arrive on scene at the exact location of distress instead of having to conduct a search. At the end of the day, we couldn’t have asked for a better rescue. Mr. Wichman was delivered safely to shore with minimal injuries and he and his friends will have quite the indisputable fish tale to tell.”

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety and communications equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office at (808) 535-3230.

Honey Badgers Ready to Compete in 3rd Battle of the Islands – Maui

The Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badgers are riled up and ready for some hard-hitting action in the upcoming 2013 Battle of the Islands in Maui, June 28-29. Honey Badger Talina DiMartino, aka “Sasha Buzzkill”, said the PRG all-star team is prepared to “out-block, out-score, and out-skate” their opponents. “We’re ready for anything, she said. “We’ve been doing extra endurance drills, scrimmaging, and having meetings about strategy.”

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Teammate Hau’oli Sayles, aka “Stealth SoulJAH”, agrees with DiMartino about the team’s readiness, saying all the players are in top shape and eager to play. “We are working on specific strategies and skills that will be used to hopefully win this tournament,” Sayles said.

The Maui Owie Rollers and Waimea Wranglers will roll out to warm the fans up in the first matchup of the tournament, Friday, June 28 at 6:30 pm. Second up in the starting night’s double header will be the much anticipated bout between the Honey Badgers and the Maui Roller Girls, slated to begin at 8 pm.

Teams from Pacific Roller Derby (Oahu), Garden Isle Renegade Rollerz (Kauai), and Aloha City Rollers (Oahu) will play on the second day of the tournament, with the first bout starting at 10 am. Seven teams will vie for the championship slot in two separate brackets. The final bout for B bracket is scheduled for 5 pm on Saturday. The battle for the top spot in bracket A starts at 6:30 pm.

In addition to the extra endurance drills and team strategy meetings, Honey Badger players are taking time out to do some personal training too. Sayles said she is doing High Intensity Interval Training in order to “step up the jammer game, increase performance, and prevent injury.”

Kaya Lela, aka “Chola Roll-ya”, said she’s “eating a nutritious diet and practicing four times a week.” Lela started skating with PRG “from the get-go,” but said this will be her first time competing in the Battle of the Islands.

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Battle of the Islands is a state-wide bi-annual flat-track roller derby tournament. The tournament rotates to different islands where it is hosted by the local roller derby league. Paradise Roller Girls hosted the first Battle of the Islands tournament last July in Hilo. A second Battle of the Islands took place in Oahu last September. The fourth Battle of the Islands will be in Kauai later this year. Money earned from the June 2 PRG Skate-a-Thon fundraiser is being used to pay for some of the Honey Badgers’ travel costs for this year’s trip to Maui.

Games will take place at Central Maui Boys and Girls Club Outdoor Basketball Court 100 Kanaloa Avenue Kahului, HI 96793. For tickets and a full schedule of the upcoming June 28-29 tournament visit mauirollergirls.com. Those attending the tournament are encouraged to bring a canned food or pantry item to help support the Maui Food Bank.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Victim in Alleged “M” Nightclub Beating Speaks Up – Pictures of Incident

I’ve been in contact with Shane Busby for the last 9 months since he was allegedly busted up at the “M” nightclub in Honolulu by the part-owner Michael Miske, Jr.

During the recent Pro-Bowl that happened here in Honolulu, NFL Player Trent Williams was also allegedly assaulted by the same owner.

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Tonight on Facebook Shane Busby released the following information to me and below it is the original e-mail he sent me over 9 months ago:

Full story goes like this, My girlfriend flies in that morning from Australia, and she wants to go out to M, as it is marketed as one of the ritzier clubs here in Honolulu so, because I usually take pictures, and do video at clubs, I ask my friend (promoter eightball) if he wants to go out that night, and if he can get us a hook up on bottle service at M the promoter that night, was/is Flash and he texts back, “If your group purchases a bottle at $300, I will comp an extra bottle”

The night goes well, and towards 2:30ish the bill is brought to our table and it has both bottles, I politely tell the waitress that I was told I would be comped a bottle, so she walks off to investigate.

Soon after Mike Miske and about 7 of his security show up, pull me out of the booth that I am sitting in, and repeatedly punch me in the sides..while taking me to the tables outside

Mike sits me down and the waitress (NAME DELETED  – DT) brings the bill back. Mike tells me “you will pay this bill or else”

I look at him (now with multiple bruised ribs) and tell him “you’ve already beat me up, or else what? Are you going to kill me?”

He just stares at me.

So, I sign “FUCK SECURITY” in big letters on the bill because if they’re going to throw me in a ditch at least there is a paper trail to where I was, and where my last conflict was…that is assuming they decide to keep the check

Mike looks at the bill, says “Fuck Security?!” out loud, and waves his henchmen over…and they start laying into me again

One of them gets within my circle, so from my military training, I grab him, hold him in between me and the other security guards, and walk back towards the main entrance When I get there I tell securitas to call the police, these people are trying to mug me

5:39pm

Shane Busby

Front security comes out and pretends that nothing is happening, and that they are concerned…while they do that, someone in an untucked black polo (same setup as security) comes out, shakes hands with the front security…then lays into me, knocking out my front teeth, hitting my g/f in the process etc.

5:39pm

Shane Busby

(Eightball, Cris Perez, and my g/f were kicked out from the table, when I was grabbed and were waiting out front when I got there)

Securitas got my information, before this guy tackled me, and then laid pinned him down while Cris takes me to his car and drives me to Tripler.

Apparently Securitas (officer’s name was joe) has no recollection of who this person was, never got his information

M was posting that the night of the incident they had video and I was being a drunken idiot, however when the detective came to investigate all video had been deleted

5:44pm

Shane Busby

I work at these places regularly, if Mike had come to my table, and said “Im sorry, Flash isn’t authorized to comp people bottles” I would have asked the other 4 people in my party for more cash (everyone pretty much ponied up $100 cash for the night, and I had no intention of using my card) we would have been on our way, and probably would have come back

5:44pm

Shane Busby

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^this is our waitress. She approached me a few weeks ago at another event and said if there was any way she could help out anonymously, she would

But apparently Mike is not against showing up at people’s doorstep and doing the same thing he did that night to me at M, so shes scared to death of him

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^She claims she was roofied by M security, and when her roomie tried to get her out, they beat him up

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^she is a Special Ed teacher at (SCHOOL NAME DETRACTED – DT) …her case is the one that is currently in the news.

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^He was the main one they attacked at M with Theresa. He had broken ribs, kidney damage, etc

6:27pm

Damon Tucker

Ok… so are you comfortable w/ me posting this all on my site?

6:30pm

Shane Busby

I’m fine with it

 

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This is the email he sent me long before NFL Player Trent Williams was also allegedly assaulted by the same person:

From: shane busby To: damon tucker Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:01 AM Subject: Beating at the M

Hey, sorry about last night. I was a little confused as to whether you wanted a copy of the official statement from the police report, or my story of what happened.

Here is the full and dirty:
Promoter flash (also used to be radio host on 93.9 the zone’s morning show before they had the format change) had promised my friend (promoter eightball) that if we dropped by M for his event, he would comp us a bottle, if we purchased one. So, we get our two bottles and go merrily on our way drinking them. About an hour before everything went down, I noticed my stomach was not taking kindly to a straight vodka shot, so I poured myself some straight cranberry juice drinks (from the mixers we had at the table) and once my stomach settled I ordered a beer. I continued to babysit my beer until the tab came. When it did, it had both bottles (at a price of $300 each) on the tab. My friend, Eightball saw this, and said he would find Flash and get everything settled. I gave the waitress all the cash I had been handed for the night, ($300, plus another $40) for the time being. Next thing I know, (apparently the owner) comes up to me in a white shirt surrounded by security telling me “not to talk to his waitress like that” I look at him and say, “like what? I never said anything.” Because of the corner location of the table, security grabs me by all sides, and has issues pulling me out, as they are pulling against each other. They then bring me into the circle and start punching my chest. They throw me onto the empty patio out back, and sit me down. I keep my hands above my head, and the owner keeps telling me I “roughed up one of his guys.” Im all of 5’8 150lbs. Roughing up in a circle of 5-7 security guards is not an idea I like. I am brought the bill by our waitress, told Im going to sign it “or else.” I look at the “owner” and say, “or what, you’re going to kill me?” He just looks sternly at me. So I sign the bill, and write “fuck security” on the tab, as Im being forced to sign it under duress, and well, at the time I couldnt think of anything else to write on the bill, to show what had happened, if I did wind up missing in the morning. The owner grabs the bill, and says “fuck security huh?” and then they continue to go at punching me in the back. I recall grabbing one person pushing them out of the way, and making a run for the side door. When I get there, my g/f and friend (eightball) are standing out front. Securitas is close by. I make sure to go to them, trying to get the cops called. While I am talking to them, some security from the club comes up to me and says “we want to help.” Im standing, telling the story, and some guy walks up, shakes hands with club security, then out of nowhere punches me, and gets my g/f on the follow through. This is where my teeth got messed up. Securitas puts this guy on the ground, and I get hauled off to the parking lot to get taken to tripler, as its obvious the safe place for me is not anywhere near that club. At Tripler I was treated for: Closed head injury, Physical Assault, Multiple Abrasions, Dental fracture, and a Single Contusion with soft tissue hematoma to the head. At approximately 8am I was seen by HPD to give a statement, and I was released from the Hospital about 10am. When we were talking to securitas outside the club, M security kept saying I hit one of their guys. I never raised my hand at any of their people. I only pushed one out of the way when I was getting the second beating. This guy shows up with a cute little band-aid above his eye saying I hit him. I keep posting pics of my knuckles because anyone that has hit someone in the face, or been hit in the face knows your knuckles will get just as messed up as their head.
A friend of mine received a text from out waitress asking what the hell happened. He showed me this in the parking lot as we left.
Upon posting these things, I got a message from a friend of our waitress, that said this:
Her:
ya she told me she didnt know what happened. something like flash told you guys it was buy one get one free. and then the owner told her no and insisted she charge you for both. and then she got it taken off by the manager and the owner i guess didn’t like that and went to handle things on his own. she didn’t know what was happening she just heard after the fact what happened. sorry idk what to say. the m owner is pretty sketchy and is known for this kind of shit
Me:
yea, If your friend would testify in court, I have a felony assault case in the works
Her:
  • shes scared of the owner and losing her job and what he could do to her and she really doesnt know. like she didnt know that he was talking to you until she had to go find u to give the bill
  • sorry
    Me:
    sounds like she should quit anyway
    Her:
    • ya ive been trying to tell her that but needs to make some decent money and she pays all her own business so its all she can do for now. m is super sketchy
    • but the owner is known for this kind of shit theres a lot of ppl hes beaten up but he usually threatens them so thats why nothings happened. probably said a lot more than i should. but hes pretty thuggish. and not really someone u wanna mess with. i wouldn’t take it unless u know hes gonna get locked up. ive heard some pretty scary stories from all sorts of ppl

Big Island Police Identify North Carolina Man Who Died From High Voltage Electrocution

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Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who died in an industrial accident in Mountain View on April 25 as 56-year-old Yves Morel of Raleigh, North Carolina.

An autopsy conducted Friday (April 26) determined that he died from high voltage electrocution

 

15-Year-Old California Boy Lucky to Be Alive After Falling Into Steaming Earth Crack at Volcanoes National Park

A 15-year-old San Rafael, CA boy who fell 25 feet into a steaming earth crack at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Wednesday night was pulled to safety by Park Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel.

Steam vent near Volcano House where the California boy fell. A nearby sign reads: Rain water encounters hot rock as it seeps into the ground, and rises as vapor through a system of cracks to condense in the chilled air. Vapor temperature four feet down is 160 degrees F, cooling to 120 degree F at the surface. NPS Photo.

Steam vent near Volcano House where the California boy fell. A nearby sign reads: Rain water encounters hot rock as it seeps into the ground, and rises as vapor through a system of cracks to condense in the chilled air. Vapor temperature four feet down is 160 degrees F, cooling to 120 degree F at the surface. NPS Photo.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park SAR team, and County of Hawai‘i Fire crews based in the park, responded to a 911 call from the victim’s mother at approximately 6:43 p.m. It was reported that the youth had attempted to leap over the protective railing surrounding a steam vent between Kīlauea Visitor Center and Volcano House.

Park SAR Coordinator John Broward, assisted by County Fire, rappelled into the deep, narrow, chimney-like crack and rescued the boy, who suffered a bump on his head and minor abrasions. His family declined further medical treatment, and he was released at the scene following assessment by County of Hawai‘i responders.

“This young visitor and his family are extraordinarily lucky that he survived this mishap,” Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said. “This incident serves as a reminder that park visitors are urged to stay on trails and not engage in reckless behavior while visiting their national parks.”

Rescues like this also put park staff and other first responders at risk, Orlando noted.

This is the seventh SAR mission conducted by park staff so far this year. Last year, park SAR crews responded to a total of 26 incidents.

Police Identify Victims of Yesterday’s Two-Vehicle Crash that Killed 5 People

Police have identified three of the victims of a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday that killed five people on Highway 11 near Pāhala.

Picture from KITV's Facebook page

Picture from KITV’s Facebook page

The driver of the sedan was identified as 73-year-old Donald Ingoglia of Sacramento, California. An autopsy conducted Thursday (January 24) indicated that he suffered a medical condition, which apparently caused him to lose control of the car and cross the centerline.

The car crashed head-on into a 2002 Ford pickup truck, which overturned and caught fire.

Also riding in the sedan were the driver’s son, 39-year-old Philip A. Ingoglia of Costa Rica, and the passenger’s son, 9-year-old Isidora I. Ingoglia of Costa Rica.

A man and woman in the truck died at the scene, as did a Donald and Philip Ingoglia. The boy was taken to Kaʻū Hospital and then flown to Kona Community Hospital, where he later died.

Police still have not made positive identification of the occupants of the truck.

UPDATE: The West Hawaii Today reported the identification of the other two as:

“…Richard Taylor and his girlfriend Trini Ballesteros, of Naalehu…”

Update on the Fatality of Big Island Resident Lloyd Rubio

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 37-year-old Hilo woman in connection with a stabbing Monday morning (January 7) in Hilo.

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At 7:17 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Cherie Sueko Moskwa on suspicion of second-degree murder.

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

In response to a 5:19 a.m. call Monday (January 7), South Hilo patrol officers responded to the 1400 block of Kaumana Drive, where they found a 38-year-old Hilo man with a stab wound.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he died at 7:11 a.m.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378. Detective Carter also may be reached by email at wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Man Dies in Crash with Hele-On Bus – Five on Bus Taken to Hospital

UPDATE: The 45-year-old Kona man involved in yesterday’s (December 19) two-vehicle crash in Oʻokala was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m. this morning (Thursday, December 20) at the Hilo Medical Center.

A 45-year-old Kona man died Wednesday (December 19) in a two-vehicle crash on the Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 19) at the 30-mile marker in Oʻokala.

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He was identified as Kris Korban of Kailua-Kona.

Police determined that Korban was operating a 1993 Ford Explorer heading north at 3:58 p.m. when his sports-utility vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a Hele-On bus traveling south.

Korban was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m.

Five passengers from the bus were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. The bus driver, a 58-year-old Hilo man, was treated for minor injuries at Hilo Medical Center.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.

This is the 38th fatality so far this year compared with 21 at this time last year.

Puna Murder Victim Died of Injury to Brain Caused by Blunt Force Trauma

An autopsy conducted Tuesday (December 18) determined that the victim of a Puna murder, 54-year-old James V. Johns Sr. of Nanawale Estates, died of injury to the brain caused by blunt force trauma.

Johns’ body was found in his home Sunday.

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Jason Russell Jump

The suspect, 36-year-old Jason Russell Jump of Pāhoa, remains in the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree murder. Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

BJ Penn Taken to Hospital After Fight – Dana White Wants Him to Retire

Last night, Hilo’s own BJ Penn got beaten down at UFC on FOX to Rory McDonald.

BJ walks back to the locker room after last nights UFC on FOX fight. (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting)

BJ walks back to the locker room after last nights UFC on FOX fight. (Esther Lin, MMA Fighting)

According to MMAFighting he was taken to the hospital after the fight:

…The former two-division champion was routed by Rory MacDonald at UFC on FOX 5, a beating so physically taxing that Penn had to be transported to a Seattle area hospital for observation, according to UFC officials…

The article then goes on to say that UFC Promoter Dana White wants him to retire:

…Following the event, White said during a FUEL TV interview that he wanted and expected to see Penn hang up his gloves for good.

“He didn’t say it tonight but I think BJ is probably going to retire,” White said. “I wouldn’t mind seeing that…

I actually expected him to retire after his last fight and it seems like he’s really taken a beating in the last years of his career losing only winning 1 of his last 6 fights!

BJ Penn Record

Here are the results of a poll that I took back in August of 2010 asking whether BJ Penn should retire or not:

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Classes to Resume Monday w/ Increased Security at Big Island School Following Brawl: Cultural Lifestyles Root of Problem – Racism in Hawaii’s Schools

Classes at Kealaheke High School will resume on Monday, December 10, 2012 with increased security on campus and extended instructional hours. School faculty and staff met today to review the situations and actions that had occurred over this past week and addressed plans for next week’s return of students.

Kealakehe High School

Kealakehe High School

School officials yesterday cancelled on-campus activities and classes for students in light of increased disruptions caused by at least three student fights over the course of two days. To prevent the disorderly conduct from escalating, the school was temporarily on lockdown Wednesday afternoon and students were sent home 45 minutes early, Thursday, in increments.

The Hawaii Police Department (HPD) is assisting school officials with security measures and made eight student arrests yesterday. Those students were released from police custody but face disciplinary actions that for some may include suspension. An investigation into their disorderly conduct is ongoing.

School officials say the root of the arguments between involved students is a misunderstanding between local, Micronesian and Marshallese cultures and lifestyles.

“This misunderstanding of cultural assimilation by Marshallese and Micronesian families is not isolated to Kealakehe High School,” stated Complex Area Superintendent (CAS) Arthur Souza. “This is a community issue that we are addressing.”

CAS Souza noted that he has been in discussions with lawmakers and local agencies about the topic of cultural assimilation and the misunderstandings that exists in the Kona community.

The Department of Education has temporarily assigned four additional security personnel to Kealakehe H.S. campus.

“We want to thank the Hawaii Police Department and the Kealakehe High School faculty for their actions in ensuring a safe environment for students,” stated Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “What could have been explosive situation was contained, and community issues that have played a role in the recent disruptions are being addressed. We also thank the parents for their understanding.”

Monday’s class schedule at Kealakehe H.S. will be modified to accommodate Friday’s loss of instruction time. Aside from additional security, the school will also have counselors on hand to address harassment and bullying.

 

Matt Levi Investigates: “The Colt Brennan Story”

A couple of weeks ago the following aired on TV.  It’s now available online:

Matt Levi in an exclusive interview with Colt Brennan.

Colt talks openly about his rise to iconic football hero and his fall in the wake of injuries, arrests and substance abuse.

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Official Statement – Hostess Brands Closes Down

Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities. Bakery operations have been suspended at all plants. Delivery of products will continue and Hostess Brands retail stores will remain open for several days in order to sell already-baked products.

The Board of Directors authorized the wind down of Hostess Brands to preserve and maximize the value of the estate after one of the Company’s largest unions, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), initiated a nationwide strike that crippled the Company’s ability to produce and deliver products at multiple facilities.

On Nov. 12, Hostess Brands permanently closed three plants as a result of the work stoppage. On Nov. 14, the Company announced it would be forced to liquidate if sufficient employees did not return to work to restore normal operations by 5 p.m., EST p.m., Nov. 15. The Company determined on the night of Nov. 15 that an insufficient number of employees had returned to work to enable the restoration of normal operations.

The BCTGM in September rejected a last, best and final offer from Hostess Brands designed to lower costs so that the Company could attract new financing and emerge from Chapter 11. Hostess Brands then received Court authority on Oct. 3 to unilaterally impose changes to the BCTGM’s collective bargaining agreements.

Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, much of which is determined by union wages and pension costs. The offer to the BCTGM included wage, benefit and work rule concessions but also gave Hostess Brands’ 12 unions a 25 percent ownership stake in the company, representation on its Board of Directors and $100 million in reorganized Hostess Brands’ debt.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

In addition to dozens of baking and distribution facilities around the country, Hostess Brands will sell its popular brands, including Hostess®, Drakes® and Dolly Madison®, which make iconic cake products such as Twinkies®, CupCakes, Ding Dongs®, Ho Ho’s®, Sno Balls® and Donettes®. Bread brands to be sold include Wonder®, Nature’s Pride ®, Merita®, Home Pride®, Butternut®, and Beefsteak®, among others.

The wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.

The Company said its debtor-in-possession lenders have agreed to allow the Company to continue to have access to the $75 million financing facility put in place at the start of the bankruptcy cases to fund the sale and wind down process, subject to U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval.

The Company’s motion asks the Court for authority to continue to pay employees whose services are required during the wind-down period.

For employees whose jobs will be eliminated, additional information can be found at hostessbrands.info . The website also contains information for customers and vendors. Most employees who lose their jobs should be eligible for government-provided unemployment benefits.

Trippy Thursday – Bird vs. Lizard

So this is what birds in Hawaii snack on at times?

This video was uploaded today by YouTube user Solomine:

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Solomine states – “This video was taken in Maui, Hawaii. These birds would stalk lizards hiding in bushes, and swallow them whole.”

Paradise Roller Girls Triple Header Coming Up

The upcoming Nov. 24 Paradise Roller Girls home teams triple header at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium in Hilo is more than just a mêlée of derby madness. There is order. And strategy, technique, talent, and a lot of hard work that takes place before the frenzied bouts can begin.

But don’t miss out, because this upcoming event will be the last chance fans have to see some hard hitting, fast-paced skating action before the 2012 PRG derby season ends. It will also be an opportunity to see the skills of PRG’s most recent draft picks, as well as the commitment and talent of some of the league’s more experienced players.

“This is the beginning of a new day in Hilo,” Mauna Kea Killahz ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ said on Thursday. “The themed bouts were more for showcase. This is focused on athleticism. This is a door for derby getting taken as a serious sport.”

The Volcano Vixens perform an advanced pack drill during a practice session at Malama Park.

The Volcano Vixens face off with the Mauna Kea Killahz in the first bout of the triple header at 6:45 p.m. The next bout will be between one of those two teams and the Hilo Bay Bruisers before the next teams take the rink during the final face off of the night.

The Hilo Bay Bruisers test the skills of one of their new recruits.

The Bruisers, who were seen as the underdog by their own ‘Smash Yo Face Stace’, picked up three new draft picks during the league’s most recent recruiting camp. According to the Bruiser’s ‘Ann Illusion’, those new players could add just enough punch to help raise their standing from underdog to top dog.

“One of our new recruits may possibly be the fastest girl in the league,” ‘Ann Illusion’ said. “Over time our players will perfect their skills to the point where we will be raising the bar for the rest of the league.”

Volcano Vixen’s ‘Von Slappenbitch’ had a different perspective on where the league’s talent rests though. “Ha! We are some of the hardest working girls in the league,” she said.

The Mauna Kea Killahz execute their set plays in preparation for the upcoming derby triple header.

But the Vixens might need more than just hard work to win this triple header. ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ explained the Killahz plan to win not just through hard work, but also through “team work” and “staying together” as a pack. It’s not clear as to what tricks the Killahz have up their sleeve, but ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’ wasn’t shy about the fact “coach Bash has been working on some plays,” and that the Killahz are ready to use them.

According to ‘Big Daddy’s Addiction’, what sets the Killahz apart from the rest of the teams is their accommodation for players with families. “We are really family based,” she said. “We arrange the practices around our families. Our team is really accommodating.”

But for some, derby is family, and accommodation extends beyond the personal lives of players. “Derby is a new family of women who help each other,” ‘Von Slappenbitch’ explained. “It builds camaraderie through community service, and then you can knock them down also.”

Those who want to watch PRG’s three teams build camaraderie by knocking each other down can purchase tickets to the event for $8 in advance at CD Wizard, the Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa, through your nearest derby girl, or via the web at www.paradiserollergirls.com.

Tickets are $10 at the door and kids 5 and under are free. Come early and watch the Junior Derby girls spark the night off with a pre-event bout at 5:15 p.m.

Fans not only help to support PRG’s mission of promoting a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community, but they will also help to raise money for the creation of Hilo’s very own skate park, as a portion of ticket sales from the triple header will be donated to the Hilo SkatePlaza Coalition.

Paradise Roller Girls Annual Jell-O Wrestling Tournament

It’s slippery. It’s sticky. It’s silly. It’s the Paradise Roller Girls Jell-O wrestling tournament and calendar signing day at the Hilo Town Tavern! Come join the fun November 10 in downtown Hilo to watch your favorite derby girls battle it out in a pool of slimy goo before the presentation and signing of the Paradise Roller Girls newly released 2013 photo calendar.

Paradise Roller Girl’s 2011 Jell-O wrestling tournament champion Atomic Ace holds her hands up in victory.

This year’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is the third such event to be hosted by PRG. During last year’s tournament Atomic Ace defeated Firefly Fatal and Sasha Buzzkill before beating Derbutante Diva to become the 2011 Jell-O wrestling champion. Ace, who was just a rookie last year, explained that like derby, Jell-O wrestling is not a staged event – it’s the real deal!

“Yeah, we were really wrestling in there. It was a really rough match,” she said about last year’s final matchup with Derbutante Diva. “I had never Jell-O wrestled before, but it was kind of cool because it is a bar that I go to often and there are a lot of people there that I know.”

2010 Jell-O wrestling tournament champion Holly Von Slappenbitsch Zimmerman basks in the glory of her triumph.

Holly ‘Von Slappenbitsch’ Zimmerman, the 2010 Jell-O wrestling champion, explained that the event is not just for entertainment either. “It helps to raise funds for the Paradise Roller Girls and it is fun,” she said.

Money raised from the event helps to pay for some of PRG’s administrative and operating costs. Entrance to Saturday’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is $5, with the wrestling action beginning at 4 p.m. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be sold at a discounted price for all PRG fans and Tavern regulars who make it through the door. For more information contact Ann Illusion at 315-0494 or the Hilo Town Tavern at 935-2171.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

Ghouls, ghosts, zombies, creatures, and humans of all types will be haunting and howling at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium Saturday, October 13, where the Paradise Roller Girls will host the spookiest derby bout in the state – ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ So get your fangs on, call your zombie mommas, and head down to the Civic for a night of clean, family, derby fun and spooks. It’s the only place on the Big Island where you’ll find skeletons and witches zipping around on roller skates, smashing into each other just to provide the type of morbid entertainment everyone craves.

These ghouls may just want to have fun, but it’s always serious inside the rink where the Big Island’s toughest girls ‘derby down’ in what some have called the fastest growing sport in the world. Learn why as the Big Island Babes Junior Derby kick the night off with a pre-bout scrimmage at 5:45 p.m. Skeletons and witches take the rink at 7:30 p.m. and will skate for two 30 minute periods.

Eight dollar pre-sale tickets are available on the PRGWebsite, via one of your favorite derby girls, at Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic the day of the event for $10. Admission for kids age 5 and under is free.

By attending this event witch fans, skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts will not only help to support the Paradise Roller Girls, but they’ll also be helping the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun’ bout will go to the HawaiiWildlifeFund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education, and conservation.

Much of what Paradise Roller Girls does couldn’t be made possible without the help of their sponsors. The league’s 2012 season sponsors are Ace Hardware Pahoa, WillKill Termites & Pests, Kona Marine Supply, Curly Pinky Designs, Britten Traughber Photography, Aloha Coast Realty, Surrounded By Blue, and Coldwell Banker Day-Lum. PRG gives special thanks to them, the Big Island community, and derby fans around the world!

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

KFC Pahoa CLOSED – Franchise Shuts Down Operation

The KFC in Pahoa has been shut down by the company.

An empty parking lot was often the scene and now it’s a regular scene

No official word has come out from the folks at KFC however a note on the door stated the following:

“Bussiness” or Business?

A quick look at the KFC Hawaii website and it still lists Pahoa as being a store that is open for business.  No releases have been made about it closing.

From the KFC Hawaii website

With Malama Market selling Huli Huli chicken for less then half what KFC sold the chicken for… it’s no wonder the place closed down.  I always thought the place was overpriced and it seemed like the only specials they had on buckets of chicken were strictly on legs and thighs!

So what do you think should fill location of this closed down business?

Wordless Wednesday – Do You Know What These Are?

Well the 17th Annual Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range is coming up in a few weeks and this past weekend my wife and son took part in a “Round Up”.

You know what these are?

This may give you a hint:

(Video) V-J Day August 14, 1945 – Kalakaua Street, Waikiki

Victory over Japan Day (also known as Victory in the Pacific Day, V-J Day, or V-P Day) is a name chosen for the day on which the Surrender of Japan occurred, effectively ending World War II, and subsequent anniversaries of that event.

The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan’s surrender was made – to the afternoon of August 15, 1945, in Japan, and, because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II.

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