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Big Island Police Searching for 26-Year-Old Female that May Be In Need of Medical Attention

11/15/13 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 26-year-old Amanda Helene Schwartz of Hilo, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed in Honokaʻa on Friday morning (November 15).

Big Island Police are searching for a 26-year-old female that may be in need of medical attention.

Amanda Schwartz

Amanda Schwartz

Amanda Schwartz, was reported missing on Monday November 11, 2013 and she was last seen on Monday November 4, 2013 at 11:35 p.m. on Lotus Blossom Lane in Oceanview, Kau.

She is described as being 5’6″, 140 pounds, with blue eyes and blond/brown hair. If located, please contact your nearest police station.

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Hawaii Ocean View Area of the Big Island

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake just struck the Hawaii Ocean View area of the Big Island.  No tsunami was generated:


Big Island Resident Jason Scott Lee Lands Role of King in Broadway Musical “The King and I”

According to Broadway World, Big Island resident Jason Scott Lee has landed the role as King in the Broadway musical “The King and I”

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini last night announced that the role of the King in the 2014 Melbourne season of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical The King and I will be played by international stage and screen star Jason Scott Lee.

King and I

Lee will play opposite Lisa McCune in the Tony Award-winning Australian production, which is being revived next year by John Frost and Opera Australia. Lee played the role to great acclaim previously in Frost’s production at the London Palladium in 2000-2001 opposite Elaine Paige.

Born in Los Angeles, Lee was raised in Hawaii and is of Chinese-Hawaiian descent. Although best known for his feature film roles, including the title role in the biopic Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Map of the Human Heart, Rapa Nui, Soldier and Lilo and Stitch, he has had an extensive stage career. Lee made his operatic debut in the non-singing role of Pasha Selim in Hawaii Opera Theatre’s production of Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio in Honolulu in 2009.

More here:  Jason Scott Lee to Star Opposite Lisa McCune in THE KING AND I Australian Tour

University of Hawaii Football Team Visits Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Well the University of Hawaii Football team is having a disappointing season this year and most recently lost to Navy 42-28 yesterday.

At least the team has had an opportunity to see a few things on the east coast and will take some positives away from the trip.

UH Athletic Director Ben Jay tweeted the following picture of the team on Friday in Washington D.C.:

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Our Hawaii football team visits the Capitol Building thanks to Sen. Schatz & Hanabusa. (Click to Enlarge)

Free Health and Beauty Trade Shows in Hilo

Experience this unique event that will enable you to feel the excitement of what our Island has to offer. Join us for the Fashion Show featuring models from Larson Talent and Lehua Hawaii Productions. Also, join us for a chance to win Door prizes. Must register at entry to win.

These are the days that we are going to meet entrepreneurs, artistic directors, designers, and creators of Healthy food and products that will enhance our health and beauty flowing from the inside to our outward appearance.

It is an endeavor that will also benefit the caregivers of our elders and developmentally challenged individuals. Out of our donations, we will allocate funds to help advocate the help needed by caregivers to strengthen them in their calling.

Health and Beauty Shows

Visit our Facebook page for more info!

If you can make it, please RSVP at the link above…and share with your friends.
We hope to see you there!

Hawaii Boaters Have 12 Months to Take Required Safety Course

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is reminding Hawaii boaters they now have a year’s time to take a boating safety course approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators and the State of Hawaii.


Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Hawaii Administrative Rule Chapter 13-244 on Oct. 30, 2012. This law provided for a two-year period before the rule could be enforced to allow the DLNR time to develop multiple compliance methods and give the boating community time to make use of those methods to become compliant.

Hawaii boaters now have 12 months to take a boating safety course approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators and the State of Hawaii to comply with HAR 13-244-15.5, which became effective on Nov. 10, 2012.

Enforcement of the new rule will begin on the second anniversary of the rule’s effective date, on Nov. 10, 2014. After that date in 2014, boaters will be required to show proof of successful completion of an approved boating safety course.

“Our primary goal in pursuing and formalizing the Mandatory Education rule was safety,” said William Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.  “The use of the ocean continues to diversify.  People are venturing far from shore to enjoy our waters. All boaters should be well versed in the state current boating laws to prevent accidents and loss of life.”

“In Hawaii, approved boating safety courses must include Hawaii-specific information that can help our boaters survive at sea after an accident or better yet, help boaters avoid trouble so their sea voyages are safe and enjoyable.  It is our hope that boaters will not perceive mandatory education as a burden but rather as a way to ensure safety for our ‘ohana and enhance their enjoyment of our waters,” said Aila.

The Mandatory Education Rule, HAR 13-244-15.5 is a part of the administrative rules under DLNR’s Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) and will be enforced by DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.

Any person violating this rule shall be fined not less than $50 and not more than $1000 or sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than thirty days, or both, for each violation; the court may also prevent an individual from operating a vessel in State waters of the State for up to 30 days.

Information about the mandatory education rule and how to sign up for courses is posted on the DOBOR web site at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mandatory-boating-safety-education-qa/

The public may also contact DOBOR offices on each island.

The division has worked with boating safety partners to provide Internet and classroom courses, is nearing completion on a home study course and plans to issue its own proof of compliance cards.  People who have previously taken NASBLA boating courses may be able to take an abbreviated course just on state-specific information to comply with the new rule.

Mandatory education for boaters has been endorsed as a method to reduce boating related fatalities by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, National Safe Boating Council, and the National Transportation Safety Board.


Hawaii House Passes SB 1 and HB 1 on Marriage Equity Bill – History Made

Live vote being read right now on SB 1 HD 1.
Sounds like a freaking peanut gallery on both sides of the capital as each sides of the debate hear reps saying yes or no to the Vote…

30 Aye Vote 19 No Votes 2 Excused….

SB 1 HD 1 Passes Third reading!

Bill goes to Senate and then the Governor for signing.

Hawaii Receives U.S. Government Support on Bid for 2016 World Conservation Congress

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced today that the state has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of State to support Hawaii’s efforts to bring the world’s largest global conservation meeting to Hawaii in 2016.

Convention Center
The U.S. Department of the State has issued a letter to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in support of the State of Hawaii’s bid to host the 2016 World Conservation Congress (WCC). Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy sent the letter to IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre expressing the U.S. Government’s confidence that Hawaii has the necessary resources in place to secure the event.

“Hosting this event in 2016 would be a tremendous honor for the state,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “The World Conservation Congress brings people together from around the globe to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation issues. This represents a unique opportunity to position Hawaii as a world leader in addressing and solving the environmental issues of today and formulating strategies to mitigate those of the future.”

William J. Aila, Jr., chair of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) further emphasized: “The State of Hawaii is ideally positioned to bring together nations of Asia, the Pacific, and global conservation partners, to facilitate cutting-edge discussions and agreements on biodiversity, climate change, species conservation, and cultural integration.”

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,200 government and NGO member organizations, and nearly 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. The last WCC was held in Sept 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

The WCC attracts nearly 10,000 delegates from more than 160 countries and is considered the foremost venue for setting a global agenda for the conservation of nature and culture. Top government officials, leaders of the business community, conservation organizations, and academics meet for 10 days to deliberate on pressing global issues including energy security, food security, invasive species, climate change, and impacts to marine systems.

The Governor is thankful for the early work of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye and former Sen. Daniel Akaka in supporting Hawaii’s initiative to prepare a bid to host the WCC. The Governor also acknowledges the leadership shown by Hawaii’s congressional delegation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and many Hawaii organizations that support the initiative, as well the support from the U.S. Department of State.

Hosting the WCC will result in major economic benefits to the state of nearly $50 million in visitor spending and tax revenue. Costs to host the WCC will obtained from a creative blend of state, private, and corporate funding. Hawaii will be competing against Istanbul, Turkey to host the event.

“For the hundreds of individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts, having the U.S. Government support our efforts is very rewarding,” said Chipper Wichman, chair of the IUCN 2016 Steering Committee and director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. “While we have to overcome some very strong competition from Istanbul in order to host the 2016 WCC, we have a strong national network of supporters in place who believe Hawaii is the ideal location for the world to convene to discuss global conservation issues. Hawaii is a leader in bio-cultural conservation and with some of the rarest species on earth and a vibrant host culture we offer the world a unique venue,”

The state has been actively working on this for the past five years in collaboration with leaders from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Tourism Authority, the University of Hawaii, Bishop Museum, and many others.

Water Restriction Notice Effective Immediately For Parts of the Big Island

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply has issued a notice for water restrictions effective immediately in the North Hawaii areas of the Big Island:

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Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update

No activity was observed on the Peace Day flow on today’s overflight, meaning that the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is now the sole active flow.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow today had reached 6.4 km (4.0 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and was burning vegetation around the forest boundary.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow today had reached 6.4 km (4.0 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and was burning vegetation around the forest boundary.

Much of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow has traveled over ʻaʻā from Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s early activity in the 1980s.

This photo shows a lobe of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow advancing over a section of this older ʻaʻā, burning moss and small trees that have grown on the ʻaʻā clinker.

This photo shows a lobe of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow advancing over a section of this older ʻaʻā, burning moss and small trees that have grown on the ʻaʻā clinker.

Active pāhoehoe breakouts are scattered across portions of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

This photo shows a nice example of ropy pāhoehoe active near the flow margin.

This photo shows a nice example of ropy pāhoehoe active near the flow margin.

Very few surface flows have been observed in Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater over the past month, but the crater today was far from quiet.

The spatter cone shown here, in the northern portion of the crater, was producing a loud, continuous jetting sound resulting from gas being forced through a tiny opening at the peak.

The spatter cone shown here, in the northern portion of the crater, was producing a loud, continuous jetting sound resulting from gas being forced through a tiny opening at the peak.


Hawaii Island Humane Society Family and Pet Expo

On Friday, November 15 through Saturday, November 16 from 9am until 4pm Hawaii Arts and Crafts presents the Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) Family and Pet Expo at the Butler Building in Hilo. Nearly 100 vendors will be on hand at this much-anticipated event. From products and services to automobiles, games and prizes, the HIHS Farm and Pet Expo has something for everyone.

HumanesocietyAt the HIHS booth on Friday, Expo goers can pick-up their Krispy Kreme donuts which are available for presale from the Keaau shelter now until November 14. They can also adopt a shelter pet or snag great HIHS logo items, Christmas ornaments, cards and more, which could all make excellent stocking stuffers.

On Saturday in addition to HIHS goodies for sale, a Hawaii Island Humane Society silent auction will feature original art, jewelry, apparel, vintage music books, and more. The silent auction will run from 9am until 2pm.

As part of the Family & Pet Expo, there will be live entertainment throughout both days from mid-morning through late afternoon. Performers include Randy and Carol Fonseca, The Comedy Canines, Dan Nix, Ethan Swift, and a Tahitian drum performance by master drum designer and carver Alofa (Friday only). The Prosecutor’s office will be on hand both days to issue keiki ID’s. On Saturday in addition to the musical lineup, Hawaii Balloon and Photo will present balloon sculpturing and Shear Magic Pet Salon will have a booth offering pet nail painting, picture taking with your pet and more.

No event in Hawaii would be complete with delicious food and the HIHS Family & Pet Expo is no exception. Food booths include Hawaiian plate lunches, Thai food, BBQ Pork Teriyaki, Lau lau, Big Island Top Dog, burgers, freshly hand-cut French fries, wings, Chow Fun, Fried Saimin, Maui Waffle Dog, Shave Ice, and Cotton Candy

Expo parking is on the large grassy area at the corner of Manono and Piilani Streets near the Hilo Fairgrounds. Come early and stay for the day.  Contact Marlene Vashishta, Hawaii Arts and Crafts Executive Director, at (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com to learn more.


First Annual Guy Toyama Day – Beach Cleanup and Barbecue

A memorial fund was established earlier this year to commemorate the life of a true Hawaii visionary, Guy Toyama. Consistent with the fund’s purpose, The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is celebrating the first annual Guy Toyama Day with a beach cleanup and barbeque.

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy's Keauhou Poke Contest

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

“Guy was such a big part of our success and this event symbolizes a small part of the Guy’s vision for a better future by simultaneously improving our community and our environment,” said Greg Barbour, Executive Director of NELHA. Beautifying Hawaii’s coastline fosters a sense of community pride and improves the beach experience for residents and visitors alike.

An aerial photo will also be taken to commemorate the event and capture the moment with an exciting visual. Photographer Angy Chesler and Paradise Helicopters are providing this service and it is a fun way to recognize those who participate in this unique event. Guy Toyama, a Hawaii visionary and champion of sustainable business and renewable energy, passed away in November of 2012. In honor of his longstanding commitment to improving the relationship between people and the islands, his never‐ending spirit of kuleana is being carried on through the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

All who knew Guy were touched by his enthusiasm for life and his many passions. His joyful exuberance and his exceptional knowledge of how to live lightly on the planet were a source of inspiration to many. This memorial fund, made possible by donations from friends, family, and businesses, furthers Guy’s global vision for a better future.

Event Details:

  • Who: The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is sponsoring this event
  • What: 1st Annual Guy Toyama Day Celebration: A Gathering for Guy: Beach Cleanup and BBQ
  • When: 2:00pm – 5 :00pm, Sunday December 1, 2013, rain or shine.
  • Where: Wawaloli Beach Park on Makako Bay Drive at the Natural Energy Lab (OTEC)

About the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the memory of Guy Toyama by establishing scholarships and giving grants to non‐profits working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, waste reduction, and local food production. Requests for additional information can be addressed to info@guytoyamafund.org, or by visiting www.guytoyamafund.org.

About the Institute for a Sustainable Future

The Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), a Hawaii 501(c)3 non‐profit organization, is dedicated to empowering communities to manage their resources and affairs in a sustainable manner. The ISF is accepting contributions to the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund. Checks should be made payable to Institute for a Sustainable Future, include “Guy Toyama Memorial Fund” in the memo line, and be mailed to Institute for a Sustainable Future, PO Box 3220, Kailua Kona, HI 96745.

Big Island Man Arrested and Charged in Connection With Burglary in Hōlualoa

A Kealakekua man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary in Hōlualoa on October 28.

While detectives were investigating the burglary, they recovered jewelry from a second-hand shop in Captain Cook belonging to the three victims. They also recovered jewelry that had been taken during two additional burglaries in Hōlualoa on September 1 and October 7.

Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit

Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit

Detectives obtained the identity of the person who had sold the jewelry to the second-hand shop and arrested 32-year-old Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit of Kealakekua at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday (November 6). He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives charged Malapit with first-degree burglary and five counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $15,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Friday morning (November 8).


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.


Hawaii Fourth Graders Leads the Nation in Statistically Significant Gains in Math and Reading

Hawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 “Nation’s Report Card” shows 50th State leads the nation in statistically significant gains in math and reading.

Hawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders continue to progress in mathematics and reading; and for the first time, the state’s fourth graders have scored above the national average in math. This is according to the “The Nation’s Report Card” released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) spring 2013 state-by-state results.

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“The growth of our state reflected in the 2013 NAEP results is another indication that we are on track to meet the higher standards we have set in our schools,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We have stressed the importance of data in determining what is working best to ensure students’ success. These NAEP results are a testament to the strong leadership in our schools, and the rigorous work being done by our teachers and students.”

Hawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders have steadily narrowed the achievement gap with their peers across the nation. In 2011, Hawaii was the only state that statistically demonstrated significant improvement in both reading and mathematics at both the fourth and eighth grades. Now, in 2013, Hawaii’s students made significant gains in grades 4 and 8 in mathematics and grade 8 reading.

From 2003 to 2013, Hawaii leads the nation in statistically significant gains, making improvements in 13 assessments out of a possible 20, tying with the District of Columbia, and five ahead of the nearest other states.

“While all stakeholders in Hawaii’s public education can celebrate the pattern of achievement gains, we are committed to doing better,” said Matayoshi.

National Center for Education Statistics Commissioner Jack Buckley stated, “The 2013 NAEP results show that Hawaii’s students have continued their trend of significantly improved academic achievement in both reading and mathematics. Hawaii’s strong gains from 2011 to 2013 are consistent with earlier gains from 2009 to 2011 and represent commendable progress.”

Hawaii’s NAEP improvement over the past 10 years are:

  • Grade 4 mathematics: 2nd highest gains in the nation.
  • Grade 8 mathematics: 2nd highest gains in the nation.
  • Grade 4 reading: 11th in the nation in gains.
  • Grade 8 reading: 5th highest gains in the nation.

“Hawaii’s gains have occurred during a time when the percentage of English-language learners has doubled from five percent in 2003 to 10 percent in 2013 for grade 8 and increased from five percent to over seven percent for grade 4,” stated Hawaii NAEP State Coordinator Robert Hillier. “Also during this time period, the percentage of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch has climbed to over 50 percent for both grades. Hawaii’s teachers, administrators, and support personnel are helping all students learn.”

Between January and March 2013, NAEP administered assessments in all 50 states and two jurisdictions (District of Columbia and Department of Defense schools) to a nationally representative sample of 377,000 fourth- and 342,000 eighth-grade students. In Hawaii, about 6,000 fourth-graders and 6,000 eighth-graders participated.

NAEP achievement levels are set by the National Assessment Governing Board. “Basic” indicates partial mastery of prerequisite grade-level knowledge and skills that are fundamental for proficient work. “Proficient” represents competency over complex subject matter and may go beyond the grade level tested, and “Advanced” stands for superior performance.

NAEP 2011 Mathematics Results – Grade 4
Hawaii placed second in scale score gains in fourth-grade math from 2003 to 2013.

  • The average scale score for Hawaii’s fourth-grade mathematics increased from 239 to 243 between 2011 and 2013. In comparison, the national average increased from 240 to 241. Since 2003, when all states were mandated to participate in NAEP, Hawaii’s scores have increased 16 points, compared to the 7-point national average increase.
  • Eighty-three percent of Hawaii’s fourth-grade students were at or above Basic level, a full percentage point above the average for public schools nationally. Forty-six percent were at or above Proficient level, 4.67 percentage points above the national average. The percentage of Hawaii fourth-graders achieving the Advanced level (8.8 percent) also exceeded public schools nationally by more than a percentage point.
  • The percentage of Hawaii students achieving at or above proficient equaled or exceeded every state except Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Indiana, Vermont and Colorado.

NAEP 2013 Mathematics Results – Grade 8
From 2003 to 2013, Hawaii ranked second in scale score gains in eighth-grade math.

  • Hawaii’s average scale score for eighth-grade mathematics increased from 278 to 281 between 2011 and 2013. In comparison, the national average increased one point to 284.
  • Since 2003, Hawaii’s average scale score has increased by 15.7 points while the national increase has been 7.5 points.
  • The percentage of Hawaii’s grade 8 students who achieved basic or above was 72 percent, compared to 73 percent among public school students nationally.
  • The percentage of Hawaii’s grade 8 students who achieved proficient or above was 32.33 percent, up 2.32 percentage points from 2011, and a number statistically comparable to the 34.44 national public school percentage.
  • The percentage of Hawaii eighth-graders achieving advanced was 7.27, more than a percentage point gain from 2011 and a percentage point below the national average.

In mathematics, for both grade 4 and grade 8, Hawaii’s scores were higher than in any previous year as was Hawaii’s position in comparison to other states.

NAEP 2011 Reading Results – Grade 4
The average scale score for Hawaii (214.84) was slightly more than a point above its 213.61 score in 2011. The national gain was slightly less than a point, rising from 220.03 to 220.67.

  • The percentage of Hawaii students achieving proficient increased from 27.16 percent to 29.77 percent, while there was slightly under a two percentage-point gain for public schools nationally, rising to 34 percent.
  • Hawaii experienced a two percentage-point gain in the percentage of students achieving basic (61.61) while public schools nationally advanced slightly under a percentage point, rising to 67 percent.
  • Hawaii ranks eleventh nationally in average scale score gains since 2003.

NAEP 2011 Reading Results – Grade 8
Nationally public schools across the board made significant gains for most metrics in grade 8 reading.

  • Hawaii’s gain of almost three points (from 257.19 to 259.96) slightly exceeded the national gain from 263.59 to 266.02.
  • The percentage of proficient Hawaii students increased from 26 percent to more than 28, but this was somewhat less than the national public school gain from below 32 percent to more than 34 percent. In contrast, Hawaii experienced a three percentage-point gain in the percentage of students achieving basic (71.28 percent) while public schools nationally advanced two percentage points to 76.63 percent.
  • Hawaii ranks fifth nationally in average scale score gains since 2003.


NAEP is a congressionally mandated project of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. NAEP reports are located at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/


Hospice of Hilo to Offer Free Grief and Holiday Season Workshop

On Wednesday November 20 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Hospice of Hilo will be offering Grief and the Holiday Season, a free community workshop.

The Hospice of Hilo Staff

The Hospice of Hilo Staff

The workshop will be held at the Hospice of Hilo Community Center located at 1011 Waianuenue Avenue.  “As the days get shorter and the shadows of the season grow longer, managing grief can get more and more challenging; especially during the holidays.  Questions of how do we begin to fill the emptiness we feel when it seems everyone else is overflowing with joy seems to arise for many going through the process of losing a loved one,” said Hospice of Hilo Community Bereavement Counselor, Cathy Hough.

“There is often a tremendous amount of anxiety and apprehension for single parents about spending their first holiday season with out the other parent,” said Hough.  At the workshop participants will learn coping strategies and enjoy making a commemorative art project.  According to Bereavement Counselor Anjali Kala, “Creating rituals and traditions can often help as a coping tool.  It is also a way for kids to feel involved and incorporate their ideas.”  The workshop is open to all who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  For more information or to sign up please call Cathy Hough at 969-1733.

Native Hawaiian Artists Honored With Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowships

From a national call for entries to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded 2014 NACF Artist Fellowships to Kaili Chun (Honolulu), Keola Beamer (Lahaina), Micah Kamohoali’i (Kamuela) and Patrick Makuakāne (San Francisco). Installation artist Chun received a NACF Visual Arts Fellowship and singer/song-writer Beamer was awarded a music fellowship. Kumu hula Kamohoali’i and Makuakāne each received 2014 NACF Dance Fellowships.

Micah Kamohoali'i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship

Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship

The four Native Hawaiian artists are among 16 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiians selected to receive the 2014 award. Each year, the Native-led arts foundation awards fellowships to recognize exceptional Native artists who have made a significant impact in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, traditional and visual arts. In past years, singer Raiatea Helm, slack-key master Cyril Pahinui, dancer/choreographer Christopher K. Morgan, filmmaker Christen Marquez and visual artist Kapulani Landgraf were honored with this award. For 2014, the foundation awarded $220,000 to support individual artists through NACF Artist Fellowships ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 per artist.

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship

Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship

“It is our honor to present a dynamic new cohort of NACF Artist Fellows for 2014,” said NACF Program Director Reuben Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mexican). “Native artists are taking leadership in addressing critical issues across the country and act as catalysts for change in our communities. The fellowships support these artists as they delve deeper into their practices and cultivate their artistic voices to transport and inspire us. We celebrate their adventurous and creative spirits.”

List of 2014 NACF Artist Fellows:

  • Keola Beamer (Native Hawaiian), Lahaina, Hawaii, Music Fellowship
  • Raven Chacon (Navajo), Albuquerque, N.M., Music Fellowship
  • Eddie Chuculate (Muscogee Creek/Cherokee), Muskogee, Okla., Literature Fellowship
  • Kaili Chun (Native Hawaiian), Honolulu, Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), Syracuse, N.Y., Literature Fellowship
  • Jeremy Frey (Passamaquoddy), Indian Island, Maine, Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band of Cherokee), Tulsa, Okla., Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Melissa Henry (Navajo), Rehoboth, N.M., Film Fellowship
  • Micah Kamohoali’i (Native Hawaiian), Kamuela, Hawaii, Dance Fellowship
  • Billy Luther (Navajo/Hopi/Laguna), Los Angeles, Film Fellowship
  • Patrick Makuakāne (Native Hawaiian), San Francisco, Dance Fellowship
  • Nora Naranjo-Morse (Tewa-Santa Clara Pueblo), Espanola, N.M., Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Da-ka-xeen Mehner (Tlingit/N’ishga), Fairbanks, Alaska, Visual Arts Fellowship
  • Israel Shotridge (Tlingit), Vashon, Wash., Traditional Arts Fellowship
  • Brooke Swaney (Blackfeet/Salish), Polson, Mont., Film Fellowship
  • David Treuer (Ojibwe), Claremont, Calif., Literature Fellowship

Since 2010, the foundation has supported 85 Native artists and organizations in 22 states with $1,602,000 in assistance, including awards to the Hula Preservation Society, the Moku O Keawe Foundation, the PA’I Foundation and the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. The generosity of arts patrons, the Ford Foundation and Native Nations allows the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation to support the vibrant arts and cultures of American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian peoples. To read more about these Native Hawaiian fellowship grantees and all the talented 2014 NACF Artist Fellows, visit: www.nativeartsandcultures.org.


Big Island Police Investigating Attempted Robbery of Subway Restaurant in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted robbery Tuesday afternoon (November 5) at a fast-food restaurant in Hilo.

Big Island Police are investigating an attempted burglary at this Subway in Hilo.

Big Island Police are investigating an attempted burglary at this Subway in Hilo.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, a man entered the Subway restaurant on Lanikaula Street just mauka of Kīlauea Avenue. He claimed he had a gun and demanded cash. After the female victim refused to give him money, the suspect fled on foot up Lanikaula Street. He may have gotten into a black Toyota four-door sedan on Kapiʻolani Street just off Lanikaula Street.

The suspect is described as Asian, 5-foot-1 to 5-foot-4, about 140 pounds with brown eyes. His hair color was obscured by a gray hooded sweatshirt and a hat. He was also wearing dark shorts, a black-and-white flannel shirt and dark rubber shoes.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 961-2252 or gesteban@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.

FREE – “Ola – Health is Everything” at UH Hilo November 14th

The public is invited to a special screening of “Ola – Health is Everything” on Thursday, November 14 at 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo University Classroom Building Room 127. There is no admission charge and seating is limited.
The Hawaiʻi documentary premiered at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival in April 2013. It highlights the power of communities to heal, explores how society must rethink what it means to be healthy, and portrays individuals who bring hope to communities across Hawaiʻi. A Q & A will follow the screening with film writer and producer Matthew Nagato of the Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association.

The screening is supported by UH Hilo’s Student Health & Wellness Programs and the Chancellor’s Professional Development Fund.

For additional information, call 932-7458.


Ola (Hawaiian for “life, well-being”) is a feature length documentary which explores the widespread social factors that helped create Hawai’i’s health care crisis and offers an intimate look at individuals who have, in the face of these challenges, brought hope to their communities.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Off Maui

The search for a possible missing kayaker off Maui has been suspended pending further developments.

The search began after an abandoned kayak was found off La Perouse Bay, Maui, at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Jet Ski from Ocean Safety searched the area for a possible kayaker in distress.

Every year, countless man hours and taxpayer dollars go to search and rescue missions where someone is not in danger.

Paddle Smart

Paddle Smart Identification Sticker

“The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners use Paddle Smart stickers and mark their personal watercraft with their contact information,” said Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller, operations unit controller at Sector Honolulu Command Center. “This will reduce the number of man hours spent searching for individuals not in distress and it will allow valuable resources to be ready for actual search and rescue cases.”

Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The decal is weatherproof and reflective.

The goal of Paddle Smart is to save lives and taxpayer dollars. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.

The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

For information on obtaining a Paddle Smart sticker, contact 808-535-3424.