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Big Island Police Arrest Man and Woman Following Puna Burglary Last Week

A man and a woman are in police custody following a burglary last week in Puna.

The burglary occurred Friday (October 25) at a home on 21st Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Police investigation led to the identities of two suspects, 40-year-old Michael Anderson of Keaʻau, and 24-year-old Celeste Geraghty of Pāhoa.

Celeste Geraghty

Celeste Geraghty

Both were arrested Monday and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. Detectives recovered two stolen rings taken in the burglary as well as four packets of a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia after search warrants were executed at Geraghty’s home in the Ainaloa subdivision and on Anderson’s personal property.

Tuesday evening, Geraghty was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with failure to appear in an unrelated case. Her bail was set at $15,050. Anderson was charged with second-degree theft, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $60,000.

The pair remained at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (October 30).

Senator Schatz Introduces Bills to Create Jobs and Grow Hawai‘i’s Economy

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz introduced two bills that will create high-quality jobs in Hawai‘i and promote American manufacturing as part of a collaborative “Make it in America” initiative with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and other Senate colleagues.

Sen. Brian Schatz

Sen. Brian Schatz

  • The SelectUSA Authorization Act would help businesses tap into the investment needed to expand and create jobs, spur economic growth and promote American competitiveness. A companion bill in the House has been introduced by Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA).
  • The Native Small Business Conformity Act, introduced by Senators Schatz and Hirono, would enhance opportunities for Native Hawaiian Organizations to engage in federal contracting as other Native owned small business firms do.

In the coming weeks, Senator Schatz will also be introducing two additional bills to promote trade and incentivize energy efficiency in manufacturing.  The American Export Promotion Act, which accompanies legislation introduced in the House by Representative Pete Gallego (D-TX), would boost exports of Hawai‘i’s unique products and help small businesses access global markets. He will also be working with Senate colleagues to introduce the Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act, which would offer targeted incentives to promote energy efficiency improvements in industrial and manufacturing facilities and make American industry more competitive.

“These policies will help create good jobs in Hawai‘i and help Hawai‘i businesses grow,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.  “New clean energy incentives, opportunities for Native Hawaiian small businesses, increasing Hawaii’s exports, and promoting foreign investment in our businesses are all part of a dynamic economy here in Hawai‘i.”

On SelectUSA Authorization Act of 2013:

“The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii supports the SelectUSA bill to provide funding in support of the organization’s efforts to showcase the Unites States as the world’s premier business location, and increase both foreign and domestic investment in U.S. business. This bill, if enacted, will enable SelectUSA to hold future conferences, including one with an Asia-Pacific focus, which, because of Hawaii’s strategic mid-Pacific location, would greatly benefit our local economy and businesses in the state, and is why the Chamber is proud to represent Hawaii at the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit.”
-Sherry Menor-McNamara, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

American Export Promotion Act of 2013:

“As the sole representative to the National Association of Manufacturers for the State of Hawaii, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii supports the American Export Promotion Act. We believe that Hawaii businesses could benefit from this legislation, which will help small and medium-sized businesses export their products across the globe. The Act’s promotion of American exports and advocating for small businesses and American jobs is good for Hawaii, and clearly ties in to the Chamber’s manufacturing in Hawaii initiative, which is designed to help the industry grow in the state.”
-Sherry Menor-McNamara, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

“The American Export Promotion Act appears to be a vital step in supporting this essential effort for our economy. I feel strongly that Hawaii Small Businesses would benefit from the technical assistance that could be provided by the Hawaii SBDC to support development of plans to export, particularly to the Asia and Pacific Region.”
-Cathy Wiltse, Hawaii Small Business Development Center

On Native Small Business Conformity Act of 2013:

“The Native Hawaiian Organizations Association supports the Native Small Business Conformity Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Brian Schatz, which seeks to create opportunities for job growth in America. Though small in number, our companies have successfully created thousands of jobs while simultaneously contributing millions of dollars to support community-based non-profit organizations in areas including education, health, economic development, and culture.  This bill will allow us to advance our efforts by increasing business opportunities, creating jobs in Hawaii, and providing the resources to help us fulfill our mission to improve the socio-economic status of the Native Hawaiian community.”
-Ron Jarrett, President, Native Hawaiian Organizations Association

“NACA applauds the introduction of the Native Small Business Conformity Act, an initiative which will allow Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian community-owned businesses to continue to thrive and grow in today’s federal marketplace. We look forward to the favorable review of the bill, which is based on the federal trust responsibility for Native Americans. The advancement of this responsibility allows our communities to further our self-sufficiency and spur economic development across our nation.”
-Kevin Allis, Executive Director, Native American Contractors Association

Hawaii Volcano Observatory Update – Thermal Image Sequence of Lava Lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater

This thermal image sequence shows the typical motion of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

Thermal image sequence of summit lava lake motion... Click Picture to view the sequence.

Thermal image sequence of summit lava lake motion… Click Picture to view the sequence.

For scale, the lake is about 160 meters (520 feet) wide in this view. The clip spans about 12 minutes, and is shown at 30x speed. The lava upwells along the north margin of the lava lake (in this view, near the top of the image). The crust slowly migrates towards the south, where it sinks back into the magmatic system along the south and southeast margins of the lake (bottom of image). The surface moves at roughly 0.5 meters per second, or about 1 mile per hour. The lake surface consists of numerous thin plates of crust, separated by hot cracks. As the lake surface migrates, these plates split, merge and change shape.


District Court Judges Honorable Harry P. Freitas and the Honorable Barbara T. Takase to Receive “Peacemaker Awards”

On Sunday, November 10, the Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center—in participation with the Hawai‘i County Bar Association (HCBA)—is hosting its Eighth Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction in Hilo to help fund the non-profit human services agency.

“Founded in 1983 as a program of the Hawai‘i Island YMCA, Ku‘ikahi became an independent community mediation center in 2005,” said board president Andrew P. Wilson, Esq.  “Please join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!”

No-host cocktails will be served at 5:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  The buffet will feature three entrees—prime rib, Furikake salmon, and shrimp scampi over fettuccini—as well as salad, side dishes, and dessert.

Newton John Chu, Esq. will emcee the gala event, which features a silent auction, live auction, and door prizes.  Items up for bid include rounds of golf, adventure tours, entrance to local attractions, overnight stays, gift cards to restaurants and retail stores, artwork, gift baskets, flower arrangements, and more.

This year Ku‘ikahi is giving ‘Peacemaker Awards’ to the Honorable Harry P. Freitas and the Honorable Barbara T. Takase, both District Court judges serving second terms in the Third Circuit.

“The value of the services provided by the Ku’ikahi Mediation Center cannot be measured in dollars and cents or even in time.  What mediation affords litigants is a chance to participate in a confidential process in which a neutral third party helps people work out their differences to reach an agreed upon settlement.  This agreement may include issues that would not or could not be dealt with if they decided to try the case in court,” said Judge Takase and Judge Freitas in a joint statement.

They added, “In court, the judge decides, based on the law and the facts which are allowed to be presented pursuant to the rules of evidence; and as participants are often told, most of the time, neither party is satisfied with a decision the court makes.  In mediation, participants play an active part in and have a say in the outcome of their case.  That is the value that cannot be measured.”

2012 Award Winners: Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right)

2012 Award Winners: Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right)

This fundraiser provides a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi needs to provide free and low-cost dispute resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.  Over half of Ku‘ikahi’s clients are at or below the poverty level, meaning they are unable to pay even modest fees for their mediation sessions.

“Family Court could not succeed without the partnership of the mediation center,” said Family Court Judge Anthony K. Bartholomew, who is being honored by HCBA at the event.  “I’ve begun thinking of mediation as one of the ‘healing arts’ because it resolves a form of trauma from the existence of the conflict.  If you can help people resolve their conflict, it’s like a weight has been lifted, and people can move forward.”

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $85 per person (of which $50 is tax deductible) and are available from Ku‘ikahi’s board of directors and from Ku‘ikahi’s office in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.  For reservations, contact Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844 x 116 or email julie@hawaiimediation.org.

“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.

New Precinct Added to Second Senatorial District – Polling Place to Return to Pahoa High School

Pahoa High and Intermediate

Senator Ruderman just posted the following on Facebook:

The Hawaii State Office of Elections has added a new precinct within the Second Senatorial District. District 04-02, which has Keonepoko Elementary School as its polling place, will be split.

The new District Precinct will be numbered 04-04. The tentative polling place for this new precinct is Pahoa High School, pending approval from the school.

With the split, District Precinct 04-02 will have approximately 2300 registered voters and District Precinct 04-04 will have approximately 2750 registered voters. The new precinct will serve voters who live makai of Highway 130.

First of 101 Perfect Wave Murals and the Largest Wave Mural Completed in Honolulu

On October 19th artist Hilton Alves began painting the world’s largest wave mural at 1320 Kalani Street in Honolulu. The mural, five stories tall and four hundred feet wide, was completed on October 26th in a record 8 days. Miraculously the weather stayed perfect for the entire 8 days allowing the artist to complete in time and for onlookers to watch the process transforming the blank and drab wall to an art centerpiece in Honolulu.

Artist and waterman Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea and water sports. Born in 1980 and raised in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton began painting professionally in 2000. His passion leads him to express the magnificent beauty of the aquatic world in drawings, paintings and murals. Hilton has a passion for the sheer beauty of ocean life. This beauty is expressed through a series of paintings about surf, marine life, perfect waves, seascapes, and others. The self-taught artist uses oil, acrylic, and airbrush to bring life to his playful imagination and inspiring dreams. The artist brought his art to another level in 2004 when he began painting murals. His murals convey the awe of the ocean and bring viewers closer to the earth's precious marine life and perfect waves. Hilton's murals can be admired in Santos, Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Bahia and Floripa in Brazil and on Oahu in Hawaii.

Artist and waterman Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea and water sports. Born in 1980 and raised in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton began painting professionally in 2000. His passion leads him to express the magnificent beauty of the aquatic world in drawings, paintings and murals.

The concept of the approximately 14,080 square feet mural is bringing the North Shore to the South Shore with an image depicting a beautiful Banzai Pipeline wave scene. This mural is a celebration of Hawaii’s surf culture and acknowledgement of Hawaii being an ocean lovers and surfers mecca for the world. At the mural’s completion, artist Hilton Alves exclaimed, “I can’t believe we finished this massive wall and we are going to paint 100 more around the world!”

This wall is the first in a series of his 101 Perfect Waves International Mural Project created in partnership with Brian Wyland of Hawyland Styles Gallery. Partner Brian Wyland mentioned, “It’s just really to show people the beauty of the ocean and help people to get inspired to preserve it and look out for it”. The project aims to bring the beauty of the oceans and the power of waves close to people in hopes that they are inspired to protect and preserve the life of the ocean and it’s creatures. Students from Halau Lokahi received this message during their visits to the site and also got a chance to hear how teamwork was a crucial element of the project.

Project materials, including 150 gallons of paint, were provided through sponsorship from Vertical Technologies and Al’s Tinting Inc. and donations from Planet Sun, Everpaddle, Once a Month Church, the North Shore News and individual donors. The completion of the mural process from inception was also made possible through the help of volunteers who worked hard for about 6 months to make it come to life. The colossal mural art itself a donation from Hilton Alves to the city of Honolulu and all who will enjoy it and only made possible through donations and community support. Thanks also goes to all who came to visit the mural, those who honked passing by and those who followed Hilton on Facebook during the mural completion process. The artist, and his team, are grateful and appreciative to all who helped this mural become a reality.

For more information you can visit www.theartofhilton.com . If you are interested in having one of the 101 Perfect Wave Murals in your community, if you have any questions or would like to get involved please feel free to contact Hilton Alves at 382-2098, hiltonsurfart@hotmail.com or www.facebook.com/hiltonalves.


New Vehicle Safety Inspection Program Begins November 1st – Prices to Increase

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the launch of the new vehicle safety inspection program beginning November 1, 2013, creating an efficient and secure method of keeping vehicle information. The program will do away with monthly reporting by the inspection stations and provide immediate recordation and proof of the vehicles current results.

Safety Check

“With this program we enter the new age of wireless computerization, instant recordation and protection from fraud and theft,” stated Glenn Okimoto, director of the state Department of Transportation.
Under the proposed regulations, the cost of the vehicle safety inspection for automobiles and trucks will increase to $19.19 + tax with $1.70 for each inspection going to HDOT for administration and enforcement of the program and $1.69 going to Parsons for providing the equipment and technical support.
The HDOT Motor Vehicle Safety Office worked closely with the City & County of Honolulu and the Neighbor Island counties to develop this program and will continue working together to improve the efficacy of the inspection program.


Mayor Kenoi Proclaims “October 25th, 2013 – Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day” in the County of Hawaii

Last week, Body Glove International celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary with a party in Kona, Hawaii that was attended by the family of Body Glove and was open to the public.

Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mayor Kenoi

Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mayor Kenoi

The following night the party continued at the Wyland Gallery in Kona where Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker was signing merchandise and had his new Body Glove 60th Anniversary “Tiki Mug” release party.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Mayor Kenoi and Abbas Hassan

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Mayor Kenoi and Abbas Hassan

Here is a photo of the new mugs:

Brad Parker Tiki Mug

Mayor Kenoi was on hand and proclaimed October 25th, 2013 as Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day in the County of Hawaii.

Meistrell Brothers, Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Here is the proclamation that he read to folks in attendance:


WHEREAS, growing up in Missouri, twin brothers Bob and Bill Meistrell fell in love with the water. They dreamed of making a life in the ocean, and those dreams came true when the family moved to California in 1944; and

WHEREAS, in 1953, the Meistrell brothers turned their passion for the ocean into a business venture. They joined Bev Morgan and the three became business partners at Dive N’ Surf, the first dive and surf store of its kind; and

WHEREAS, Dive N’ Surf became quickly known for being the home of the first practical and commercially viable wetsuit, invented by the Meistrell brothers and Morgan. The name given to the suit – Body Glove, because it fit like a glove – has become an iconic brand worldwide; and

WHEREAS, over their sixty years in business, serious watermen and waterwomen worldwide have come to count on Body Glove’s products, and Body Glove-sponsored teams in surfing and wakeboarding are made up of many of the most skilled athletes in those sports in the world; and

WHEREAS, the values that have guided Body Glove for the past six decades – hard work, perseverance, love of family, and love of the environment – are values shared by the people of Hawai‘i Island and the many long-standing family-owned businesses that are the cornerstones of our economy; and

WHEREAS, we are honored to host Body Glove’s 60th anniversary celebration on Hawai‘i Island here in Kailua-Kona, home of local partners Body Glove Cruises and Tiki Shark Art Hawai‘i,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim October 25, 2013, as BODY GLOVE 60th ANNIVERSARY DAY in the County of Hawai‘i, and we hope to celebrate many more Body Glove anniversaries in the future.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused The Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed.  Done this 25th day of October, 2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

Billy Kenoi

You can click on the pictures in this gallery to open them up for larger views:

Numbering System Being Implemented for House Hearing to Assist Flow of Testimony on Marriage Equity Bill

Due to the anticipated high volume of testifiers for the October 31, 2013  House hearing on SB1 relating to equal rights, the Judiciary and Finance Committees will assign registration numbers to people who submit testimony and wish to testify in-person. Those who submit testimony on line and wish to testify at the hearing will receive an email with their registration number.  Those who submit their testimony in person will be assigned a number at that time.

capitalThe numbering system is being implemented to more efficiently assist the flow of people and their testimony during the hearing.  It will also allow testifiers to know where they are on the testimony list and plan their presence accordingly.

All regular hearing procedures will remain in place including submitting testimony on line or in person up until the day of the hearing and limiting oral testimony to two minutes.

For more information please see the testimony submission instructions on the hearing notice at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession2013b/Hearing_JUD-FIN_10-31-13_.pdf

16-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Receives Wish of a Lifetime Aboard the Hōkūleʻa

The Polynesian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa welcomed special guests Sunday as she sailed from her home port at Sand Island to her final Hawai‘i stop of the Mālama Hawaiʻi portion of the Worldwide Voyage, Ko Olina. On board was Wish Kid Colin, his mom, his brother Chase and his aunt; Colin was receiving his wish-come-true.

Colin takes the helm of the Hokulea

Colin takes the helm of the Hokulea

After facing a life-threatening diagnosis of alveolar rhabdomyasarcoma, countless treatments and hospital stays, Colin’s one true wish was to travel to O‘ahu for a sailing experience, and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) partnered with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii to grant his wish. PVS crewmembers were quick to volunteer to support Colin’s wish – many of those on Sunday’s voyage were cancer survivors themselves.

Colin has had a life-long love for sailing that started with sailing excursions with his dad who was in the Navy and a sailor at heart. Tom, Colin’s father, passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly in January 2010, and then Colin was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer two years later. Today, Colin can say he is cancer clear and he felt this wish would not only realize his passion, but honor his family, particularly his father, as well.

Colin and brother Chase

Colin and brother Chase

Once under sail, a pule, prayer, was said and introductions were made, as is traditional. During the sail, Colin and Chase (10) helped to steer the waʻa and participated in story telling exchanges with the crew. Colin’s mom and aunt did not hop on the sweep, but actively shared stories with the crew. It was a happy sunset sail, with a lot of laughter and learning.

“We are incredibly honored to work with Polynesian Voyaging Society to help make Colin’s wish come true,” said Siana Hunt, President and CEO Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “We believe that a wish can be powerful medicine for children battling life-threatening conditions and we would not be able to bring wishes true without the support of our community; the type of incredible support shown by PVS with Colin’s wish. Colin was shown the true spirit of aloha and we couldn’t be more grateful for PVS’s involvement.”

Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson

As the sail completed, Master navigator Nainoa Thompson told Colin “you are a star of hope.” Colin smiled and said the sail was just as he imagined it would be.

Public Hearing Set for Hawaii’s Marriage Equity Bill – How to Submit Testimony

SB1, the marriage equity bill, has been scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, October 31, at 10:00 AM in the Capitol Auditorium. The hearing is pending receipt of bill from the Senate and referral to JUD/FIN.


The bill is to be heard by the House Judiciary and Finance Committees—whose combined membership represents over half of the State House.

To follow the bill and keep updated on SB1’s status see the bill page at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indivSS.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=1&year=2013b

Members of the public wishing to submit testimony may do so online, via email, in person, or by fax. More information about the hearing and how to submit testimony can be found on the Committee’s hearing notice at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession2013b/Hearing_JUD-FIN_10-31-13_.pdf


Milestone for Hawaiiʻs First Space Launch Completed In New Mexico

The 135-ft. rail launcher to be used in Hawai‘i’s first space launch, known as ORS-4, was unveiled today at the National Technical Systems (NTS) facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. NTS and Western Fabrication built the rail launcher In addition, a full-sized model of the Super Strypi rocket that will be used in the Hawai‘i launch was unveiled.

The rail launcher to be used in Hawai‘i's first space launch is unveiled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attached to the rail launcher is a scale model of the Super Strypi rocket that will carry a satellite constructed by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students. The launcher will be disassembled and transported to the 2014 launch site at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua‘i. Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories.

The rail launcher to be used in Hawai‘i’s first space launch is unveiled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Attached to the rail launcher is a scale model of the Super Strypi rocket that will carry a satellite constructed by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students. The launcher will be disassembled and transported to the 2014 launch site at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua‘i. Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories.

The mission manager for the launch is the Air Force’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office.  The Open House event was hosted by ORS and project partners Sandia National Laboratories, the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kaua‘i, Aerojet Rocketdyne Corp., and the University of Hawai‘i’s Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory (HSFL).  The launch is currently planned for spring 2014.

The ORS-4 mission is sponsored by the ORS Office and is the first launch of the Super Strypi launch system.This mission will demonstrate a new, low-cost launch capability able to deliver 300 kilograms to Low-Earth Orbit.  This is the first orbital launch from the Pacific Missile Range Facility and will carry the University of Hawai‘i’s hyperspectral imager as the primary payload, along with 12 cubesats in an integrated payload stack.  This demonstration will enable low-cost launch alternatives and range processes for the future.

When the Super Strypi rocket takes flight from the U.S. Navy’s PMRF on Kaua‘i, it will be carrying a satellite designed and built by University of Hawai‘i faculty and students.  UH will have also played a significant role in getting the satellite into space.  With this mission, UH has become one of the only universities in the world to have both satellite fabrication capabilities and direct access to orbital space.  Interim President David Lassner said, “The University of Hawai‘i is pleased to support the State in becoming a low-cost gateway to space and to provide our students with real-world experience that will be invaluable as we train Hawai‘iʻs aerospace workforce.”

Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory Director Luke Flynn with a model of the launcher and Super Strypi launch vehicle.

Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory Director Luke Flynn with a model of the launcher and Super Strypi launch vehicle.

HSFL is responsible for payload development, and project management of the rail launcher and launch pad. The University of Hawai‘i’s faculty and students are building the primary payload called HiakaSat.  “Hiaka” means “to recite legends or fabulous stories” in Hawaiian.  It is also an acronym for Hyperspectral Imaging, Aeronautical Kinematic Analysis.  The 110-lb. satellite is being designed to do a number of things including performing thermal hyperspectral imaging.

HSFL was established in 2007 within the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) and the College of Engineering.  As a multidisciplinary research and education center, HSFL brings together individuals from diverse areas and other UH campuses to work on the exploration and understanding of the space environment.  Kaua‘i Community College will be the primary communications link for the satellite.  Honolulu Community College is designing one of the satellite payloads and will operate a receiving station during the mission.  Windward Community College and UH Hilo are also involved.

Lassner said, “The Hawaii Space Flight Laboratory has brought in more than $35 million in government funding for this project and is partnering with top tier aerospace companies for our State’s first space launch.  It is a great example of the critical role UH plays in the Hawai‘i Innovation Initiative to build the research sector and to create exciting jobs for future generations.”

HSFL Director Luke Flynn says the university would like to be able to launch small satellites on a regular basis, which will attract companies that are looking for affordable ways to test space technology.  HSFL is looking for partners willing to invest in this endeavor.

The launch rail system will now be disassembled and moved to the PMRF site on the island of Kaua‘i, where it will be reassembled for the 2014 launch.


Halloween “Spooktacular” at the Kings’ Shops

Are you looking for a “spooktacular” time this Halloween?  Bring the children to Kings’ Shops on the Kohala Coast Thursday, October 31st for an evening of FREE treats and magical tricks.

Halloween 2010

Halloween 2010

The fun kicks off at 5 p.m. at Center Court Stage with FREE Trick-or-Treat bags for the first 100 children.  Visit participating merchants throughout Kings’ Shops for Trick-or-Treating.  There will also be FREE popcorn and cotton candy for all, while supplies last.

At 6 p.m. The Great Barusky will perform “Tricks ‘N’ Treats,” a Halloween-themed magic show.  This year’s show will include illusions never seen before on Center Court Stage and will be followed by a costume contest.

Visit with Officer Denise Smith of the Hawaii Police Department to learn about safety and Halloween.

Kings’ Shops, Hawaii Island’s premier shopping and dining destination, is located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort at 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive.   For more information visit KingsShop.com or call (808) 886-8811.

1st Annual “Trunk and Treat” Halloween Party at Maku’u Farmers Market

Raisin’ Cane Sorbet and Juice Company presents the 1st Annual “Trunk and Treat” Halloween Party Thursday at Maku’u Farmers Market.

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008

Three days to the big event…. $50.00 prize each for Best Costume and Best Decorated Truck. (gate opens at 3pm)



Transformer - Bumblebee

Halloween 2012

A Trunk or Treat Halloween event is where people gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out treats from their trunks.  The event provides a safe family environment for our keiki.

Costume parade (starts at 7) and contest. $50.00 reward for BEST TRUNK. $50.00 reward for BEST COSTUME.

Proceeds will go into the Maku’u Community Garden fund. All Donations are tax deductible and the gates open at 3pm. All the fun starts as the sun goes down.

For more info call the TRUNK AND TREAT hotline 965-7270

Randy Hu Joins The Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s Board of Directors

First Hawaiian Bank’s Business Banking Officer, Randy Hu, has taken a position on the Big Island Substance Abuse Council’s Board of Directors.  Hu, a Hilo native, brings his background in Public Accounting, non-profits and banking to BISAC.

Randy Hu

Randy Hu

Hu also serves as the Treasurer of Hawai‘i Island United Way, is a member of the Hilo Yacht Club’s House Committee and is a member of the Hawai‘i Association of Public Accountants, AICPA, HSCPA.

“I feel the programs offered by BISAC are essential in the prevention, intervention and education on drug and alcohol abuse. When I served as a member of the Grad Nite a few years ago, I was impressed with the knowledge of BISAC’s staff,” said Hu.

Since 1964, BISAC has been inspiring individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives in the wake of the ravages of substance abuse.  They offer a continuum of services that are culturally appropriate and aligned with the ever-changing behavioral health field.

“We are so grateful that Randy is joining our Board of Directors and helping us to inspire individuals and families to reclaim and enrich their lives while holding on to the vision of a community where everyone can be free to live an enriched life of health, happiness and overall well-being,” said BISAC CEO, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita.

Senator Hirono Statement on the Passing of Shizuko “Mary” Teshima

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Shizuko “Mary” Teshima.

Shizuko "Mary" Teshima

Shizuko “Mary” Teshima

“Hawaii has lost a true ambassador of aloha with the passing of my friend, “Grandma” Mary Teshima. In all the years I had known her, Grandma Teshima was always warm, caring and energetic. Stopping by her iconic Teshima’s restaurant in Kona and enjoying comfort food, such as the famous tempura and udon, made me feel right at home.

“Grandma Teshima had been one of my strongest supporters throughout my career; making sure that I was doing okay and always encouraging me to ganbatte – To do my best, never give up!

“We will all miss Grandma Teshima. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Teshima ‘ohana.”


USS Pearl Harbor Finds 49 Pounds of Marijuana Floating in Ocean

U.S. Navy landing dock ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) recovered a bale of marijuana Oct. 23 found adrift while conducting training exercises off the Southern California coastline.

Crew members aboard the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) recover a bale of marijuana found adrift in the Pacific. Pearl Harbor is currently underway conducting training exercises off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo)

Crew members aboard the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) recover a bale of marijuana found adrift in the Pacific. Pearl Harbor is currently underway conducting training exercises off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo)

Pearl Harbor was conducting underway training exercises when crewmembers spotted a suspicious object adrift near the ship. Upon recovery and inspection it was determined that the object was a bale of marijuana weighing approximately 49 pounds.

“You never know what you may come across anytime you are at sea. The crew members who initially spotted the floating object had the foresight and diligence to take the appropriate action and as a result these drugs won’t find themselves in the wrong hands,” said Cmdr. Michael Harris, commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor.

Upon confirmation, the bale was immediately placed in a secure location. The United States Coast Guard was contacted and arrangements were made for the transfer of custody of the marijuana.

“The Coast Guard is always appreciative of the watchful, vigilant eye of the Navy. Partnering with the Navy, MTF [Maritime Task Force], and all of our San Diego agencies is the most effective way to ensure the safety and security of our borders,” said Cmdr. Jeremy Smith, chief of response, USCG.

Pearl Harbor is assigned as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) stationed out of San Diego. Expeditionary Strike Group THREE commander, Rear Adm. Fernandez Ponds, sent his congratulations to the officers and crew commending them for their alertness and a job well done.

“The Pearl Harbor and her crew continue to be a standard bearer of operational excellence, their vigilance is yet another demonstration of the range of our amphibious force capabilities,” said Ponds.

Pearl Harbor recently returned from a four-month deployment in the Oceania region in support of Pacific Partnership 2013; a mission focused on building sustained capacity, improving maritime security and stability in the Pacific region, as well as strengthening Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) preparedness while improving multilateral interoperability.

DLNR Announces Opening of Game Bird Hunting Season on the Big Island

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2013-2014 Game Bird Hunting Season on the Big Island, on Saturday, November 2, 2013.


The fall game bird hunting season will run through Monday, January 20, 2014, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays.

DLNR wildlife biologists are predicting an “average” season of bird hunting, with the easing of drought conditions in many parts of the state. A December 31, 2007 appellate court ruling determined that no game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw “Administrative Rules”).

Here is the pertinent information for the island of Hawaii:

MAUNA KEA FOREST RESERVE AND Game Management Area (GMA) will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA will be open for game bird hunting, at the direction of the Department of Defense, subject to training schedule. Hunters are to call the hunter’s hotline at 969-3474 for information on hunting days, open areas and access routes.

KAPAPALA RANCH COOPERATIVE GMA (CGMA) AND KAPAPALA FOREST RESERVE will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

PUU WAAWAA CGMA (now FOREST RESERVE) – All sections of Puu Waawaa CGMA, will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season

PUUANAHULU GMA will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

KAOHE GMA and STATE LEASED AREA (now MITIGATION SITE) will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

KIPUKA AINAHOU will be open for game bird hunting on weekends and State Holidays throughout the game bird hunting season. A special permit is required, and is available from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices in Hilo and Kamuela and at the Puu Huluhulu Hunter Check Station. Hunters are to avoid nene geese that are in the area. Mammal hunting in this area is closed from November 1 through February.

CLOSED: KAHUA/PONOHOLO RANCH SPECIAL PERMIT AREA will be closed due to continuing drought conditions with private landowners concerns with the potential for wildland fires.

OPEN: All other public hunting areas not listed above are open to game bird hunting on weekends and State holidays, November 2, 2013 through January 20, 2014 in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

PRIVATELY OWNED LANDS are open to game bird hunting on weekends and State holidays November 2, 2013 through January 20, 2014, with landowner permission and in accordance with Chapter 13-122.


All game bird hunters should be familiar with Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.”

Hunters will be required to check in and out at established hunter check stations. First obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land. Prevent wildfires. DO NOT PARK OR DRIVE IN TALL GRASS OR BRUSH! Report fires to 911.

Support wildlife conservation: Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (-3567). Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers: Kauai: 274-3433; Oahu: 587-0166; Maui: 984-8100; Molokai: 553-1745; Lanai: 565-7916; Hilo: 974-4221; Kamuela: 887-6063.


One World, One Universe, One Dream – TMT in China

The TMT Collaborative Board of Directors met in Beijing, China this week. The Board meets quarterly and this marks the first time the Board has gathered in China.
Guests included several Chinese officials, including Xu Guanhua, the former Minister of Science and Technology, Cao Guoying, the Vice Director General for the Department of Basic Research and Xu Ruiming, Director General of the Bureau of Frontier Sciences and Education, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In his remarks to the Board, Minister Xu described the frontier science questions that TMT will explore.

“Nearly one thousand exoplanet systems have been discovered. I hope the question ‘Are we alone in the universe?’ will be answered by TMT,” said Xu. “It is my sincere hope that TMT does this.”

TMT is an international partnership among institutions in the U.S., Canada, China, India and Japan. Marking the international flavor of the project, leadership meetings have rotated among the partner countries. In October 2012 the Board met for the first time in Tokyo, Japan, followed by a January 2013 meeting in New Dehli. India. In an important milestone in July 2013, the Board met in Hawaii and signed the TMT Master Agreement. The Master Agreement establishes a formal agreement amongst the international parties defining the project goals, establishing a governance structure and defining member party rights, obligations and benefits.

“TMT is a unique project. Never before in history has something of this magnitude been developed collaboratively by people from these nations,” said Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT Collaborative Board.

As TMT approaches the beginning of construction in 2014, Board meetings have expanded with many guests from the partners attending and contributing to the development of the international partnership agreements. During the latest meeting in Beijing, over 50 Board members and guests were in attendance, the largest meeting to date.

“We are sitting very close to the 2008 Olympic site, and so I would like to end by saying astronomy is shared by the whole human kind, we truly have only ‘One World, One Universe, One Dream.’ I wish TMT success in the pursuit of our common dreams of unraveling of the mystery of the Universe,” Xu added.

TMT is a collaboration of the California Institute of Technology, University of California, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, a consortium of Chinese institutions led by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and institutions in India supported by the Department of Science and Technology of India. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.