“The Volcano Kilauea” – 1918 Rare Silent Movie Surfaces

This original 1918 film, The Volcano Kilauea, is a version updated through 1924.  Filmed using the Prisma Process, this was the first Hawaii film produced in color on the Islands.

The Volcano

No audio as words/lines were inserted; thus, a silent film. Rare film documented as being ‘lost’.

Ray J Baker was the producer; he was an early Hawaii photographer who progressed into moving film. Produced in Los Angeles by William Horsley Company.

Hawaii Life Picked Up for Two More Seasons – Opens Hilo Office

Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers recently expanded their Big Island operations with the opening of their new Hilo office.

Hawaii Life Real Estate Companies Hilo Location

Hawaii Life Real Estate Companies Hilo Location

Nearly 200 people attended the grand opening ceremony held March 28 at the firm’s new East Hawaii location at 500 Kalanianaole Ave. in Keaukaha. The newly renovated office encompasses 3,078 square feet.

According to Hawaii Life President and Principal Broker Matt Beall, “Hawaii Life is really honored to be so well-received in Hilo. We’re committed to serving all of Hawaii, and East Hawaii is such an important part of that commitment. It’s really a special community.”

The Hilo location marks the third office on Hawaii Island for the fast-growing real estate firm, which also has offices in Kailua-Kona and Puako. Of the firm’s 65 agents island-wide, 17 will work out of the new Hilo office.

In February the firm announced the expansion of its headquarters in Princeville, Kauai and last week announced plans to open a second office in Wailea, Maui.

With 187 agents statewide and 10 offices statewide, Hawaii Life has grown steadily since it was founded in 2008. In 2012 it was ranked the third-fastest growing company in the state according to Pacific Business News’ Fastest 50 list.

Hawaii Life is featured on the cable network HGTV with a show by the same name. The show, which follows different brokers as they help clients find their perfect home in Hawaii, was recently picked up for two more seasons.

For more information on Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers or its new Hilo office, contact Katie Minkus, Statewide Director of Sales, 1-800-667-5028, or email katieminkus@hawaiilife.com.

Big Island Television Going Digital

Big Island Television, iconic island information channel for almost 30 years, steps into the digital age on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, according to President A.D. Ackerman who founded the company in 1985.

The Big Island Television team, Vice President Noel Black-Ackerman, Cameraman-Editor-Producer Randall Quander, Office Manager Denise Lindsey, Cameraman-Editor-Producer Lyman Medeiros, "Discover Hawai'i" Hostess Cobey Ackerman, President A.D. Ackerman, Director of Sales & Marketing Rachelle Hennings-Newman

The Big Island Television team, Vice President Noel Black-Ackerman, Cameraman-Editor-Producer Randall Quander, Office Manager Denise Lindsey, Cameraman-Editor-Producer Lyman Medeiros, “Discover Hawai’i” Hostess Cobey Ackerman, President A.D. Ackerman, Director of Sales & Marketing Rachelle Hennings-Newman

Known for in-depth visitor information, as well as historical and cultural programming, Big Island Television (BITV) in its new digital format, will move from Channel 9 to Oceanic Time Warner Cable Channel 97.6 and Channel 130.

Customers are advised that if their TV cable goes from the wall directly to a newer television with an internal digital receiver, BITV can be located with a simple, one-time “channel search” from the television’s menu options.  The scan will quickly locate BITV on Digital Channel 97.6.

Those customers with an Oceanic Cable Box, will find BITV on Channel 130; a channel scan is not needed.

“Now, in this new environment, video images of our people, places, culture and history, will come to life like never before,” said Ackerman.  “People who live here say all the time that they watch BITV, and we hope they will continue to watch and enjoy the experience even more.  We have new programming every single week—and for me, I know I’m always finding something new to learn about our island home.”

Original weekly programs on BITV include “Hawai‘i At Its Best,” a one hour circle island tour, that highlights each district and businesses it contains, and “Discover Hawai‘i,” featuring in-depth interviews with interesting residents, chefs, artisans, musicians, community leaders and more.

Locally owned and family operated, Big Island Television offers 24/7 programming that highlights the unique culture, history and natural wonders of Hawai‘i Island, along with shopping, dining and activity options for visitors and kama‘āina.  An extensive video collection is available online at www.YouTube.com/user/BITVHAWAII and www.BigIslandTV.com.

For more information call 808-322-3672, click www.BigIslandTV.com, watch Digital Channel 97.6 or Channel 130.

Big Island Schools Join Forces to Host PBS Hawaii HIKI NŌ News Program

For the first time, students from four schools representing diverse, rural Hawaii Island communities will join forces to host an episode of PBS Hawaii’s student news program, HIKI NŌ:

  • Kau High School in Pahala
  • Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana in Waimea
  • Kua o ka La Public Charter School – Milolii Hipuu Virtual Academy in Milolii
  • Volcano School of Arts & Sciences in Volcano

This will be the first HIKI NŌ appearance for all four schools. The episode is scheduled to premiere Thursday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawaii.

Hiki No

From March 31 through April 4, HIKI NŌ Executive Producer Robert Pennybacker, Managing Editor Susan Yim and Editor/Assistant Producer Lawrence Pacheco will visit each school to train students and teachers on their responsibilities as “home-base,” or host, schools. Photos from these sessions will be available for publication after the training period.

Among the students’ host duties will be to present notable facts about their communities.

“One of the key goals of HIKI NŌ is to teach students the skills to tell visual stories about their communities, especially remote communities rarely covered by traditional media outlets,” Pennybacker said. “It’s important for the people of Hawaii to get a glimpse of unique communities across the state, and to give students in those communities a voice.”

Other Hawaii Island schools participating in HIKI NŌ:

  • Connections New Century Public Charter School
  • Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science Public Charter School
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy
  • Hilo Intermediate School
  • Hilo High School
  • Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Middle School
  • Kamehameha Schools Hawaii High School
  • Keaau High School
  • Kealakehe High School
  • Konawaena High School
  • Waiakea High School
  • Waiakea Intermediate School
  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy

Big Island Student Wins 2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee… “P-L-A-N-G-E-N-C-Y””

Christianne Abella, an eighth grader at Konawaena Middle School on Hawaii Island, emerged as the 2014 champion of the aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee at PBS Hawaii Saturday night.

Christianne Abella

Christianne Abella

Christianne will represent Hawaii in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. May 25-31. The national bee is televised live on ESPN.

Christianne’s winning word was “plangency” – the quality of a loud, resounding sound.

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawaii President and CEO; Christianne Abella, 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion; Susan Eichor, aio President and Chief Operating Officer

Runner-up Hope Kudo, another eighth grader from Hawaii Island, represented Kealakehe Intermediate School. She and Christianne were this year’s Hawaii Island co-champions.

The other 12 contestants were:

  1. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6 – Kauai
  2. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8 – Leeward Oahu
  3. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Central Oahu
  4. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
  5. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8 – Honolulu
  6. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7 – Windward Oahu
  7. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5 – Leeward Oahu
  8. Leila Nelson of Kapaa Middle School, Grade 7 – Kauai
  9. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5 – Windward Oahu
  10. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6 – Maui
  11. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8 – Central Oahu
  12. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4 – Maui

Two Big Island Students Competing in 2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee

PBS Hawaii will air a live broadcast of the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox will host, and for the first time, Hawaii Literacy Executive Director Suzanne Skjold will be pronouncer.

Two students from the Big Island are representing the Island of Hawaii.

Hope Kudo

Hope Kudo

They are Hope Kudo from Kealakehe Intermediate and Christianne Abella from Konawaena Middle School.

Christina

Christianne Abella

These 14 student finalists representing Grades 4-8 will vie for the state championship:

  1. Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School, Grade 8
  2. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6
  3. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8
  4. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6
  5. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8
  6. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8
  7. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7
  8. Hope Kudo of Kealakehe Intermediate School, Grade 8
  9. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5
  10. Leila Nelson of Kaapa Middle School, Grade 7
  11. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5
  12. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6
  13. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8
  14. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4

The finalists’ families, friends and sponsors will watch the live broadcast inside a hospitality tent set up at the station’s parking lot. Throughout the evening, OC16’s Felipe Ojastro will provide spectator commentary from the tent.

The state champion will represent Hawaii at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 25 – 31 near Washington, D.C.

Last Chance to Enter Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

With three weeks to go before submissions close for the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Executive Director Leo Sears is confident that movie lovers will be captivated with a full slate of entertaining narrative films. The final deadline to enter is February 1, by direct submission with website submission forms, or via www.WithoutABox.com.

Vincent, Mayor Kenoi and Kate at the Big Island Film Festival

Vincent Kartheiser, Mayor Kenoi and Kate McKinnon at the 2013 Big Island Film Festival

Celebrating its ninth year with the new name that comes with special partnership, the Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i continues to deliver a unique, professional film festival experience in a welcoming island style and luxurious oceanfront resort setting.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

True Blood’s “Maurella” Kristina Anapau was awarded a Golden Honu in 2011

“My favorite part of the festival is at the beginning,” said Sears. “When the filmmakers first arrive, especially if they haven’t been to Hawai‘i before, their feet hardly touch the ground. They’re walking around with leis, and these incredulous smiles on their faces. Then later you’ll see them watching their film in a beach chair, relaxing under the stars with a cold drink in hand, surrounded by other filmmakers who are all part of the family now. It’s a beautiful thing; it’s inspiring.”

Huffington Post blogger Jennifer Grisanti, Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Actress Eloise Mumford (The River) at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

Huffington Post blogger and NBC Story Consultant  Jennifer Grisanti, Mayor Billy Kenoi, and Actress Eloise Mumford (The River) at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

Attended by returning visitors and independent filmmakers from around the world, as well as local residents who love movies, BIFF also hosts notable workshop leaders, such as NBC story consultant Jen Grisanti and screenwriter Ron Osborn of “Moonlighting” fame, among others. Last year’s actor honorees were Saturday Night Live’s comedic heroine Kate McKinnon, and Vincent Kartheiser of “Mad Men” who happily mingled with fans at the Fairmont’s 1960’s-themed cocktail reception and salute.

One of BIFF’s many success stories includes 2013 winner “Chasing Shakespeare” which also earned laurels in the First Glance Film Festival, SXSW, and AFI Cannes’ World Peace Initiative. Directed by Norry Niven, the film is now in distribution as “From Above,” starring Graham Greene and Danny Glover. Hawai‘i-made BIFF alumni films include wildly-popular comedy “Get A Job” by Maui filmmaker Brian Kohne, GB Hajim’s animated sci fi love story “Strange Frame,” and the poignant “Land of Eb” about South Kona’s Micronesian coffee worker community.

A celebration of narrative filmmaking, the complete BIFF experience includes not only film screenings for grown ups at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii’s beautiful outdoor Plantation Estate, but free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, numerous networking and celebrity social events, feasts for foodies, screenwriting workshops and a closing night “Best of the Fest” with a top-rated Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen by the audience from Festival entries. “Golden Honu” Awards will be presented to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawai‘i and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 26.

BIFF at Mauna Lani

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i would like to thank sponsors The Shops at Mauna Lani, County of Hawai‘i, Dept. of R&D: CPEP Grant/Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Redeeming Light International, Inc. and others.

For detailed information visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com, find them on Facebook, or 808-883-0394.

Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted Features Three Still Wanted

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a 23-year-old man still wanted in a murder investigation, a man wanted for questioning about two thefts and a burglary, and an indentified man wanted in a Hilo robbery.

The new episode begins airing Friday (December 20).

In it, police again ask for help in locating 23-year-old Boaz David Johnson, who is still at large and wanted for the strangulation death of his girlfriend, Brittany-Jane Royal, whose body was found in the ocean off Kalapana on May 28.

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson

Johnson is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen. He is considered dangerous.

Thomas J. Desimone

Thomas J. Desimone

The television program also asks for help in locating a man wanted for questioning about two thefts and a burglary in Puna. Thomas J. Desimone is 43 years old and has no permanent address. He is described as 5-foot-8, 170 pounds with blue eyes, brown hair, a mustache and goatee.

In this latest edition of “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in identifying a suspect in a Hilo robbery.

Composite Sketch

Composite Sketch

A 43-year-old Hilo woman reported that between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on November 4, she was walking with a bicycle on Mililani Street between Piʻilani Street and Hualani Street when she was approached by a man who demanded money, threatened her and fled with cash. The victim was not injured in the encounter. The suspect is described as a local male between 5-foot-10 and 5-foot-11 with a muscular build, dark brown eyes, very short black hair and a tan complexion. He was wearing surf shorts and a dirty blue tank top.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

American Jungle Producer Responds to Allegations by State Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

The producer of History Channel’s latest TV Series “American Jungle” has responded to the allegations made by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources.

TJaye Forsythe

TJaye Forsythe

TJaye Forsythe posted the following on Facebook tonight:

I can no longer be silent. I’ve been informed that the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has made a statement regarding the show “American Jungle”. The press release alleges that the show is “inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal”.

Let me get straight to the point of being “inaccurate.” This is a television show not a documentary. Television shows have fictional and non-fictional elements to them. “American Jungle” was considered more of a reality show because these are not actors and they are not reading from a script. If the show was meant to be an accurate depiction of hunting in Hawaii, we would have created a documentary. If the DLNR believes that the show is “inaccurate” then I believe they’ve answered their own question about “American Jungle” just being a television show. Like the show Hawaii 5-0, I don’t believe this is how police procedures are done in the State of Hawaii because I know it’s just a show.

Second, what is “offensive” is that DLNR has made a press release placing false allegations on A&E and History Channel without making any contact with the network. I have been informed by the network that no one from the DLNR had contacted them prior to making the press release to clear up any inaccurate or illegal issues. DLNR claims that “filming may have occurred on private land, the maps depicted in the show clearly demark areas that are under DLNR’s jurisdiction.” DLNR decides to use the animated map on the television show and claims it clearly marks the areas they believed were used in filming. For those who have watched the show, it is obvious that this animated map is not drawn to scale and has no ratio measurements to pinpoint the exact locations. DLNR’s use of the animated map from the television show indicates the extent of their investigation. DLNR did not contact the network to clear the private and public land issue. Instead, they chose to use an animated map from the television show. A quick call to the network would have clarified that it was private land.

Third, since the filming is on private land, does DLNR now feel that they are going to begin regulating what can be done on private land? Their concern was that there may have been illegal hunting at night. Was DLNR on site during filming to see the time the hunt took place and if the pig was alive? Again, this is a television show, and no one from the network was contacted by DLNR to clarify if any illegal activity took place. In fact, Governor Neil Abercrombie stated, “If we discover any laws or regulations have been broken we will vigorously pursue legal and/or criminal charges.” Is this a witch hunt? How can you discover if any laws were broken when you do not contact the network and decide to do your own investigation by watching an edited television show?

Finally, and most importantly, DLNR states that the “series depicts ‘clans’ that are fighting over access trails to territorial hunting grounds that inaccurately portray restrictive access to Hawaii’s public lands, which are held in public trust for the people.” DLNR continues by stating that “the cultural insensitivity of the series is also a concern.”

But I believe the biggest and most important issue of “territorial hunting grounds” is DLNR’s plan to ban hunting within 4,800 acres of public forest located south of Hilo. This DLNR “land grab” is the biggest territory war that the hunters of the Big Island have ever faced. This “land grab” calls for installing 17 miles of fencing to keep pigs, goats and sheep out and will extend almost to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park boundary. The area would be closed to hunting as DLNR’s way of protecting the ecosystem from invasive species. If the land is truly held in the “public trust for the people” why are you taking away these hunters rights to gather on land that has been providing food for their families for generations? You are taking away these hunting grounds like a “thief in the night.” You claim that you are concerned about “cultural insensitivity”. Where is your cultural sensitivity to these hunters as you threaten the local culture by targeting one of its traditional food sources?

DLNR is a bully taking away rights, threatening cultural livelihood and even trying to censor what can be shown on television. To this I say, long live “American Jungle” for exposing the land grab issues DLNR was trying to hide and showing how hostile Hawaii is towards the filming industry.

If I had known “American Jungle” would have received this much attention from the DLNR, I would have made an accurate documentary showing the “inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal” land grab issue that threatens these Big Island hunter’s way of life. This documentary would have exposed the DLNR’s land grab as the largest territory war that hunters of the Big Island have ever faced.

Hawaii State Critical of TV Program Misrepresenting Hunting in Hawaii – Investigation Launched Into Possible Law Violations While Filming

In response to The History Channel’s new series “American Jungle,” the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), as well as representatives of hunting, animal protection and film agencies in Hawaii, find the series’ depiction of hunting activities on the Island of Hawaii to be inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal.

Clans

The DLNR Division of Conservation Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) is currently conducting an investigation into whether several of DLNR’s rules and regulations may have been broken during the filming of the program. Activities such as night hunting both on public and private land, are illegal under Hawaii Revised Statues §183D-27 and Hawaii Administrative Rules §13-123-6. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), which oversees DLNR’s hunting program, denied a permit request last spring for the production to film on state forest lands.

The series depicts “clans” that are fighting over access trails to territorial hunting grounds that inaccurately portray restrictive access to Hawaii’s public lands, which are held in public trust for the people. Though the filming may have occurred on private land, the maps depicted in the show clearly demark areas that are under DLNR’s jurisdiction. Comments received by DLNR staff from U.S. Mainland viewers have already made it clear that the program gives a warped interpretation of Hawaii’s hunting program.

“DLNR enforces hunting rules in the interests of public and hunter safety, established game management practices and to provide a recreational and sustainable sporting tradition. We denied the film permit request because it failed to provide sufficient details to indicate the show’s content, and raised concerns as to possible illegal activities that might be depicted in the series,” stated DLNR Chairperson William Aila.

Additionally, the cultural insensitivity of the series is also a concern to DLNR. In the first episode of “American Jungle,” spears and dogs were used to hunt a cow. However, in an archival review of more than 60,000 historical documents, there is no evidence that native Hawaiians hunted pigs in the forest with spears, let alone cattle. Further, cattle are not recognized as game animals in Hawaii and are illegal to hunt without a special feral cattle control permit issued by DLNR under §13-123-12.

The Hawaii County Game Management Advisory Commission also expressed its discontent: “GMAC is very disappointed in the History Chanel’s new series, ‘American Jungle.’ The show’s content does not in any way portray the views or actions of the Big Island hunters or residents,” said Willie-Joe Camara, GMAC District 1 commissioner. “As you know, the people of the Big Island, as well as the entire state of Hawaii, take pride in helping our neighbors and showing our visitors our “Aloha” way of life. So far ‘American Jungle’’ has done nothing to show that.”

“Hunting serves important historical, cultural and practical roles in Hawaii,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “When guided by lawful and ethical hunting practices, hunting supports worthy conservation objectives in protection of native species and habitats against invasive and destructive elements. Portraying our local hunters as primitives demeans our people and their contributions to subsistence and wildlife conservation. This appears to be a fictional ‘reality’ production with no connection to actual hunters in Hawaii. If we discover any laws or regulations have been broken we will vigorously pursue legal and/or criminal charges.”

“The methods depicted violate core fair and ethical hunting principles, including preventing prolonged and unnecessary animal suffering.” Inga Gibson, Hawaii director of the Humane Society of the United States.

The film industry provides guidelines for the proper care of animals during production. Concerns regarding the ethical treatment of animals and whether some of the scenes were “staged” have also been raised.

“By their very nature, so-called reality television programs are difficult to control, given their unscripted, fast-paced style,” said Donne Dawson, manager of the Hawaii Film Office.

“But they are exactly why we have a well-established film permitting process in place. Our state film permits are the only way we can help productions get what they need safely, while at the same time protecting our natural and cultural resources and providing the necessary liability insurance.”

“The Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement is alarmed by the hunting practices depicted in the American Jungle series,” said Randy Awo, DOCARE chief. “All persons involved in verifiable hunting activities that are contrary to the laws, rules and regulations established to ensure safe and responsible hunting practices in the state of Hawaii, may be subject to criminal prosecution or DLNR administrative hearings.”

DLNR and the Humane Society of the United States offer a reward of up to $5,000 for any violations of state conservation laws. To report violations, call 1-855-DLNR-TIP.

New Episode of “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” Begins Airing Tonight

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a 23-year-old man still wanted in a murder investigation, a man wanted for questioning in connection with sexual assaults and a man wanted on bench warrants and for questioning in other cases.

The new episode begins airing Friday (November 8).

In it, police again ask for help in locating 23-year-old Boaz David Johnson, who is still at large and wanted for the strangulation death of his girlfriend, Brittany-Jane Royal, whose body was found in the ocean off Kalapana on May 28.

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson

Johnson is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen. He is considered dangerous.

The television program also asks for help in locating 45-year-old Rudolfo Gomoban Rios Jr.—also known as Rudy Rios—who has no permanent address.

Rudy Rios Jr.

Rudy Rios Jr.

He is wanted for questioning in an investigation into multiple sexual assaults involving minors. Rios is described as 5-foot-6, 145 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in locating 22-year-old Airiel Rhodes Jost—also known as Ariel Jost — of Waikoloa, who is wanted on three outstanding bench warrants and for questioning in two unrelated robbery investigations.

Airiel Rhodes Jost

Airiel Rhodes Jost

He is described as 6-feet tall, 145 pounds with strawberry-blond hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaiʻi Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

 

“American Jungle” – New Eight-Part TV Series Follows Hunting Clans on The Big Island

On the island paradise of Hawaii, thousands of acres of untamed jungle are home to wild beasts and the men who live off the land in the ancient ways of their ancestors. Generations of families have claimed, maintained and fought over their own sacred hunting trails. When the dry season comes, wild boar, goats, feral bulls and small game crisscross the island in search for water. These clans must do whatever it takes to protect their turf.

Click to read about the cast

Click to read about the cast

But in a land where traditions run deep and ancient spirits rule the mountains, hunting is about more than putting food on the table. It’s about respecting the family and revering the ancestors. AMERICAN JUNGLE, a new series on HISTORY, follows several tight-knit clans as they hunt the old way – with knives and spears – and battle for control of their territory. The eight-part series premieres Sunday, November 10 at 10 pm ET on HISTORY.

About the clans:

The powerful Spear Clan, descended from Hawaiian royalty, has hunted and preserved their trails for more than 150 years. The trails fell into decline and other clans saw opportunity. Their leader Scotty is determined to return the clan to its former power. Scotty turned his back on his family and traditions seven years ago and left for the mainland. Now he is back and seeking redemption.

The Rosa Clan survives entirely off of the land. Clan leader Tony was estranged for the past ten years, and has reconnected with his son Isaac, 19, to teach him the ways of his family. The clan is small, and if Isaac doesn’t learn, the family’s knowledge of the jungle will end with Tony. The Rosa’s chief rivals are the Correas. The clans began feuding nearly 40 years ago.

Pa, 67, is the leader of the Correa Clan. He descends from the legendary “Barefoot Hunter” from the island of Oahu. When Oahu became developed as a tourist destination, Pa moved the family to the Big Island and carved out his own trails. Game became the main source of food for his rapidly growing family. So keen were his hunting abilities that he brought home enough food to feed some 20 immediate family members. Now in his sunset years, he needs to make a hard decision – which of his sons will take his place.

Johnny Blaze is leader of the Blood Clan. The former college football star and his friends Eric and Kalei teamed up to learn the ways of the jungle. They are a band of outlaws who hunt all the trails in the belief that the jungle belongs to no one clan. Seldom seen by other clans, it is believed that the Bloods are mystically in touch with the spirits of the jungle and engage in strange rituals, such as drinking the blood of their kill.

The Cowboy Clan is led by Curly, a highly skilled horseman who possesses deadly precision with a lasso. He and his trusted partner Lionel are descendents of a long line of Californian-Mexican vaqueros (cowboys). They hunt the plains on horseback and like the Bloods, they don’t respect the idea of trails being owned.

Chewy and Prophet of the Ocean Clan are born and bred locals who don’t take kindly to intruders. Their behavior and alliances are completely unpredictable, changing their tactics to suit whatever the situation calls for. Most clans would rather keep the peace than to cross them.

Because they don’t own trails and are not respected on the island, the Outsiders are not a clan, but they aspire to be one. Big Joe, born in Oklahoma, learned the ways of the jungle from the local elders. He discovered early on that hunting means asking permission of the clans who claim ancestral heritage of the trails. Mark, born on the military base outside Hilo, learned the ways of the jungle from his father before they had a falling out. The pair realized that, as outsiders, they will always be at the mercy of the powerful clans unless they make a name for themselves.

Brian Evans, Tom Arnold & William Shatner Live in Kona – Big Island Celebrity Series

The Big Island Celebrity Series Begins in December:
Enjoy an evening of comedy and song when crooner Brian Evans (“At Fenway”) takes to the stage on Kona, introduced by legendary film star William Shatner, followed by a full stand up performance by the hilarious Tom Arnold (“True Lies,” “Roseanne”). Get your tickets now to experience this unexpected surprise in Hawaii!
Autographs will be available and cameras are welcome at the show.

Cameras are welcome at the show.

Tickets: $95 (General)
VIP: $125
Photo with William Shatner (prior to show in personal Meet & Greet): $350 (includes 1 VIP seat to the show)
Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at The Hilton Waikoloa Village in The Monarchy Ballroom
Time: 7:30 PM
Camera’s are allowed at this performance.  Tickets available online here: Big Island Celebrity Series

“Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” Premieres October 1st on ESPN

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea.

Legend of Eddie Aikau

With its rich combination of archival imagery, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material Hawaiian is a compelling examination of the tragic decline and extraordinary rebirth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.

30 for 30 ‘Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau’ premieres October 1st, 8pm ET on ESPN.

A Step Away: Lake Smits Talks About New Reality Show With Jennifer Lopez

This initially ran in the HuffPost Hawaii:

I recently had the opportunity to interview former Hawaii resident Lake Smits who has really taken his dancing talents far from his days at the Hawaii 24/7 Dance Troupe.

Starting in October, he will be on a reality show that will be online called A Step Away that will be featured on NUVOtv.

Lake Smits

Lake Smits

The following is a question and answer session I had with him about the show and dancing with Jennifer Lopez:

Aloha Lake how you doing today?

I’m doing good… how you doing?

Can you tell me about the new show that you’re doing?

I’m doing a new show it’s called “A Step Away” it’s w/ the J-Lo Dancers and its pretty much a “follow-documentary” about our lives being on tour and what we did on our off days behind the stage.

When will the show actually start airing?

The show begins on October 3rd on NUVOTV at 10 pm every Thursday, it’s not available in Hawaii but you can watch it online at NUVOTV.com.

What was it like working and dancing with J-Lo?

It was amazing she’s a very nice lady, she was a dancer at one point, she’s really cool and she really had a great relationship with the dancers and it was almost like family and she really takes care of us it’s just really awesome and a great experience.

Tell me a little bit about your background and where you came from?

I started dancing when I was 12 years old, I grew up in Kaneohe of a family of five and we were all into theater growing up.

What’s your ethnicity?

I’m Filipino, White and Korean… I’m a mutt just like everybody else.

I see that you also danced for Janet Jackson. What was that like?

It was great, Michael Jackson was my idol growing up and the fact that I got to dance with his sister was a great experience and she was a nice lady.

Is dancing your full-time job now?

Dancing is now my full-time job and I reside in Los Angeles.

Do you know how or why you were selected for this new show?

This new show was something that Jennifer is the producer and she just wanted to capture the lives of the dancers and it’s never been done before and it’s a follow-doc and they just want people to see what it’s like to be a professional dancer on a world tour… This is Jennifer’s second tour but first world wide tour. The season is six episodes long so starting October 3 they will premiere the first episode.

Is there anyone that you would like to thank in particular in for your success?

There are two people that I definitely want to shout out to and that’s Ronald Bright he brought me into theater and the director of Hawaii 24/7 Dance Troupe Marcelo Pacleb who trained me in my dancing and helped me to become the dancer that I am. Without those two… I wouldn’t be the man that I am today.

Do you have any words of advice for kids who may want to become a professional dancer?

If you want to be a professional dancer work hard and start young because it’s a short-lived career, so if you are truly passionate about work hard now so that when it comes time to audition and move up… you will be ready.

Is there a way to follow you on social media?

You can follow me at @Lakey_Boy on Twitter or @Lakey_Boy on Instagram.

Check Out the Editing in This Video!

This film uploaded to YouTube and apparently filmed in Hawaii has some incredible editing!

This is what was said about the video on YouTube:

Amazing Video Editing That Blows Your Mind-Mind Blowing video Editing-Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind Pt. 1 -Very Amazing Cool Stairwell Illusion – Will Blow Your Mind – Watch!!! -Power of Nanotechnology Video Blow Your Mind -The Detailed Universe: This will Blow Your Mind.

HawaiiCon Early Pre-Sales Offers Mega Deals

Today HawaiiCon announced the start of early pre-sale tickets to their highly anticipated science, sci-fi and fantasy convention.

Hawaii Con 2014

HawaiiCon is scheduled for September 12-15, 2014 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Resort.  Pre-sales, via Kickstarter, give members big breaks on hotel rooms and Con passes.  Three night hotel packages with convention pass will start at only $595. For a 3-day pass without hotel, prices start as low as $75. Getting in on these pre-sale deals assures members the best experiences HawaiiCon has to offer.  Attendance will be limited to 2,500. Once the pre-sale is sold out, regular costs are $250 for the Con pass and $795 for the pass plus hotel and up.

Discount Passes and hotel packages are available here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/289378015/hawaiicon

In additional to the usual panels and workshops in the convention rooms, HawaiiCon will also provide members the unique opportunity to go on tours, share a luʻau or go to the beach with their favorite stars.

HawaiiCon founder, GB Hajim, says, ”We want to create a unique event that will set us apart from other Cons, to give folks both the feeling of ʻOhana and an inspirational experience that only can be found through the adventures that the Big Island offers.”

The signed list of celebrities continues to grows every week: Torri Higginson, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion, and Andee Frizzell from Stargate: Atlantis are scheduled to appear for a 10th year reunion, along with Claudia Christian and Patricia Tallman from Babylon 5 and voice actress Cree Summer (Drawn Together). David Franklin is coming for 15th reunion of Farscape.  More actors and actresses will be added in the next few weeks. Panelists and workshop experts include world reknown Mars mission scientists, Hawaiian cultural experts, cosplay designers, robotics teams, astronomers, and aerospace experts.

HawaiiCon expects to add $1-2 million to the islandʻs economy in its first year and grown 15-20% per year.

Hawaii Con Group

ABOUT HAWAIICON:

HawaiiCon is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase public awareness of science, the science fiction genre, and mythologies, past and present, which guide humanity.  HawaiiCon will emphasize education and uniquely Hawaiian contributions to science, including navigation and ensure that Native Hawaiian culture is accorded an honored place in the conversation of science and science fiction.

HawaiiCon founder is GB Hajim, Producer and Director of the award winning film, Strange Frame.  The Board of Directors is made up of Performing Arts Learning Center Director Jackie Seaquist, Realtor Jessica Hall, Dave Steiner, owner of Hawaii White Mountain Coffee Company, and UH-Hilo Communications student Jessie Minick.

HawaiiCon has partnered with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Big Island Visitors Bureau, Gemini Telescope, Big Island Film Commission, and Imiloa Astronomy Center, with more organizations coming aboard every day.

Follow HawaiiCon on FaceBook at: facebook.com/HawaiiCon and Twitter: @HawaiiCon

 

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Identifying Credit Card Thief

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for using a stolen credit card.

Have you seen this man?

Have you seen this man?

An unidentified man used the stolen card on June 26 to purchase two flat-screen televisions at a store in Kona. He was seen driving away in what appeared to be a red four-door sports-utility vehicle. His image, which was captured on a surveillance camera, is posted on the Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com.

Police ask anyone who recognizes the man in the photo to call Lieutenant Gerald Wike at 326-4646, extension 266, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

 

Hawai‘i Five-0’s Kamekona at the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Recovery Day

Local Hawai‘i born actor Taylor Wily who plays Kamekona on the TV series Hawai‘i Five-0 will be signing autographs at Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s (BISAC) 9th Annual Health and Wellness Recovery Day on Saturday August 3 at the Kamehameha Schools Kea‘au Campus.

Taylor Wily

Taylor Wily

The event will feature a Strong Man Contest, which will have events like tire flipping and car towing, as well as a Move and Groove-a-Thon, a Health Fair with cooking demonstrations, giveaways, martial arts demonstrations and health and wellness promotions.  The event will also have a Recovery Day Walk that is dedicated to honor and celebrate all those in recovery.

The event is free to the public with proceeds going to support all the programs BISAC offers to the community.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives through substance abuse counseling in a non-threatening environment.  For more information about how to support BISAC’s programs or about the 9th Annual Health and Wellness Fair call 854-2827.