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Governor Abercrombie Honors Shimeji Kanazawa as Lifetime Honorary Kupuna

In a ceremony held today in Executive Chambers, Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Shimeji “Shim” Kanazawa as a Lifetime Honorary Kupuna of the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs (PABEA).

Shemeji Kanazawa

Shimeji Kanazawa

On April 10, 2013, Gov. Abercrombie signed House Bill 1258 (Act 8) into law, allowing PABEA to honor a non ex-officio member with the title of Lifetime Honorary Kupuna. The title includes all the rights and privileges of other PABEA members. Kanazawa was chosen as the first to receive the honor in recognition of her decades of achievement in advancing policies and programs that enhance the lives, safety and welfare of Hawaii’s elders and their caregivers across the state and nation.

“Shim is a living expression of what it means to live with Aloha,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “She has spent her life in service to others, especially as an advocate for youth and the aged. I am confident that she will continue to be a valuable contributor to the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs and a tireless advocate for Hawaii’s kupuna.”

Born 1915 in Kamuela, Hawaii Island, Kanazawa was raised on Parker Ranch as the eldest of 11 siblings. She attended and graduated from Waimea Elementary School, Hilo Intermediate, Hilo High School, and later Chamberlain School of Retailing. After graduating from Hilo High School in 1934, Kanazawa worked as a school secretary at Kohala High and Elementary School, where she also taught a course in office training and filled in as vice principal. She remained there until August 1941, when she moved to Oahu and worked at the Vocational Education Division of the Department of Public Instruction.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, her life was transformed dramatically.

Gustav W. Olson, Queens Hospital administrator and Vice Consul of Sweden, hired Kanazawa as the administrative secretary to the Swedish Vice Council. She functioned as the liaison between the Japanese civilian population and the U.S. military. She inspected the living conditions of the Japanese prisoners of war, of the internees in the Hawaii camps, and she accompanied Japanese families on their trans-Pacific journey to internment camps in the continental United States. It is during this time that she came to be known as the “Florence Nightingale of Hawaii.”

Kanazawa has made it her life’s work to aid those in need of assistance and to lift the spirits of those she comes across. Since the late 1950s, Kanazawa has worked as an advocate for youth and for the aged. She was a driving force behind the foundation of the State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging and, in 1989, founded the Project Dana (Dana means “selfless giving” in Sanskrit), an interfaith volunteer caregiver program based at the Moiliili Hongwanji Mission to provide support to frail, elderly and disabled residents. She was also appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Aging by President Jimmy Carter (as well as subsequently by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton).

In addition, Kanazawa has been a pioneer in numerous other leadership roles, including:

  • first female director and chair of the Board of Kuakini Medical Center;
  • first Nisei female on the board of Aloha United Way;
  • chairperson of Family Life and Law Committee (which led to the creation of the Family Court System in Hawaii); and
  • chairperson of Hawaii’s White House Conference on Aging.

For more information and to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans, contact the Executive Office on Aging at (808) 586-0100, visit the Aging and Disability Resource Center online at www.hawaiiadrc.org to locate a local Area Agency on Aging, or call (808) 643-2372.

Kawamoto Pool Closed for Maintenance – NAS Pool Opened for Adult and Public Swimming

Hilo’s Charles “Sparky” Kawamoto Swim Stadium will be closed for scheduled maintenance from Thursday, August 1 through Friday, August 9. The temporary shutdown is necessary to replace the swimming pool’s filter material.


To accommodate pool users, the Department of Parks and Recreation will allow daily adult lap swimming and public recreational swimming at the NAS Swimming Pool also located in Hilo. The expanded operating hours are as follows:

August 1-2

  • Adult lap swim – 9-10 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim – 12-1 p.m.
  • Public recreational swim – 5:30-7:10 p.m.

August 3-4

  • Public recreational swim – 9-10:45 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Public recreational swim – 1-4:10 p.m.

August 5-9

  • Adult lap swim – 9-10 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim – 12-1 p.m.
  • Public recreational swim – 5:30-7:10 p.m.

These schedules are subject to change. For more information, please call Mason Souza, recreation administrator, at 961-8077.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks pool users and the general public for their understanding and patience while the maintenance is being performed.

Big Island Police Searching for Three Suspects Involved in Leilani Estates Robbery

Big Island police are looking for three suspects involved in a robbery that occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision in the Puna District on Wednesday night (July 24).

The victim, a 56-year-old female, reported that three individuals who were invited to her home, used force against her and removed several items from within. The suspects left the residence operating a white Ford Mustang, unknown license plates.

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Top: Mark McCurley Bottom: Kawika Kahee

Two of the suspects have been identified as being Mark McCurley, Male 30 years-old, of a Hawaiian Beaches address, and Kawika Kahee, Male 30-years-old, of a Black Sand Subdivision address in the Puna District.

Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or the whereabouts of the vehicle involved is asked to contact Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers can also notify police dispatch by calling 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.


Big Island Police Charge 28-Year-Old Man With 37 Offenses in Connection With Various Financial Crimes

Big Island police have charged a 28-year-old Captain Cook man with thirty-seven offenses in connection with various financial crimes that allegedly occurred in Kailua-Kona.

Travis Lee Charbonneau

Travis Lee Charbonneau

On Friday (July 26) at 1:00p.m., detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section, after conferring with prosecutors, charged Travis Lee Charbonneau with theft of a credit card, eight counts of second-degree theft, eleven counts of third-degree theft, six counts of fourth-degree theft, nine counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, one count of identify theft second-degree and one count of identity theft third-degree.

On Monday (June 3) police received a report from a business owner in Keauhou that a company charge card had been used to make several unauthorized charges at a retail store in Kailua-Kona.

Charbonneau is being held at the Kealakehe police cellblock in lieu of $57,000.00 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 29).

13-Year-Old Girl Goes Missing From Hamakua Health Center

A 13 year old girl went missing yesterday from Hamakua Health Center around 12:00 noon with another local looking girl, her name is Tatiana Lehua Miller Tayamen. Police report has been filed. Was initially a runaway but now changed to missing.

Tatiana Lehua Miller Tayamen

If any info, please call Angela Tayamen, the girls mom, at 756-7383 or call the police station.



Description from mother:

5’4″ 115-120 lbs brown hair w dark ends, brown eyes w green specks, glasses, last seen wearing blue shorts, a light colored tank and multi-color osairis high tops…the other missing girl is dark wavy hair, dark eyes, dark skin, just a lil shorter than Tati,and a lil chunkier, She has lime green shoes (Tati)

Big Island Police Arrest and Charge 20-Year-Old Hilo Man for Burglary and Other Charges

Big Island police arrested and charged a 20-year-old Hilo man for Burglary and other related charges this afternoon.

James Kama

James Kama

James Kama was arrested for his involvement in the burglaries of two residences which occurred in the Waiākea Uka area in November and December of 2012.

Items removed in these burglaries included ammunition, hunting equipment, electronic, household and yard items totaling over $5,000.00.

Kama was charged with two counts of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree.

His total bail was set at $10,250.00 and is being held at the Hilo Police Cellblock pending arraignment.


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 52-Year-Old Visitor

Big Island police are looking for a 52-year-old-man who was reported missing.

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson failed to return to his Kailua-Kona home on Thursday (July 18) after leaving his residence on foot to swim at Honl’s beach off of Ali´i Drive.

Anderson is visiting from the mainland and has been staying with family members in Kona. He is described as 5-foot-10, about 160 pounds with a tan complexion, medium length gray hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information of his whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646 extension 238 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. 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.

Volcano Art Center’s “Ever Changing Island” – Exhibit Features Clytie Mead, Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross

Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, July 27, Volcano Art Center will present “Ever Changing Island” at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This latest exhibition features glass art from artists Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross of the Big Island Glass Gallery juxtaposed against watercolors on prepared silk from artist Clytie Mead.

Featured artwork from VAC’s upcoming “Ever Changing Island” exhibit

Featured artwork from VAC’s upcoming “Ever Changing Island” exhibit

The lavishly detailed and divergent creations of both Honokaa-based art studios effortlessly combine to express the wondrous beauty found within the life cycle of Hawaii Island’s native flora. Join the artists for an opening reception from 5:00–7:00pm on July 27 and enjoy their works from 9:00am–6:00pm daily through September 8.

On Friday, August 16, Mead will conduct a live silk painting demonstration at the gallery from 10:00am–2:00pm, sharing her technique, materials and the inspiration behind her work.

“Mead’s intricate watercolor depictions of bud to flower to seed evoke unexpected emotion and connection to the subject when experienced through the fluid, abstract lense of glasswork offered by Jenkins and Ross,” states Emily Catey, VAC’s Gallery Curator.

Clytie Mead was practically born with a watercolor brush in her hand. As a small child in Pennsylvania, her parents would keep her busy painting while they worked in their home studio creating architectural renderings with watercolors. She later went on to earn a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Architectural History from Cornell. Mead lived in Southern California until relocating to Hawaii in 1986 and began working in watercolor on silk after studying with the prominent Chinese painter Jane Chao in 1999.

An ancient Asian technique, painting with watercolor on silk has become Mead’s primary focus. She brings a lifetime of experience as well as her own Western point of view to each piece which can take up to 30 hours to complete. Using conventional watercolor paints and brushes, Mead carefully selects imported Chinese silks which have been specially treated to resist blurring or running as her preferred canvas.

“Ever since I first came to Hawaii, I’ve been inspired by the lovely natural surroundings,” says Mead. “I have wanted to express my deep appreciation for the beauty of the many native Hawaiian plant species, and to bring them to the attention of people who may never have had a chance to see these rare and sometimes endangered plants.”

Mead’s work has been exhibited in Hong Kong and Japan, at the Wailoa Center, Firehouse Gallery and Volcano Art Center on Hawaii Island, and is included in many private collections around the United States. She has won several awards, including Best in Show for the Helen Cassidy Show at the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea. She now lives and works in Ahualoa near Honokaa with “her husband Pete, four dogs, and too many cats.”

Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross are the dynamic husband and wife team behind Honokaa’s Big Island Glass Gallery. Even with an extensive collection of glasswork on display and new pieces constantly emerging, Jenkins and Ross proclaim “that perhaps the most creative thing we have done is to create this working relationship. With nature as a constant inspiration, the glass pieces are the natural outcome.”

Hugh Jenkins has pursued a life in glass work from his first introduction to glass blowing in 1969 at The Foundry in Honolulu, Hawaii. He carried his passion with him to the Punahou School in 1972 where he was an art teacher until 1998. Jenkins even spent his summers and sabbaticals engrossed in teaching glass at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Jenkins’ glasswork has evolved through several functional and sculptural phases, usually including highly polished optical surfaces.

Stephanie Ross earned her degrees first at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and then received her graduate degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has taught art to high school and elementary school students since 1975. Ross was introduced to glass in 1995 and has worked in collaboration with her husband since 1996. She excels at design and color, while Jenkins often takes the reins on finishing the form.

Since 1996, the couple has focused in collaboration on a highly-colored series of bowls and vases while also helping other glass blowers improve the efficiency of their equipment. Their recent creations evolved as a direct response to their Hawaii Island life, depicting impressions of the volcanoes, forest, ocean and widely varying climate and light.

“Ever Changing Island” is free to the public, though park entrance fees apply and donations are accepted.  For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact the VAC Gallery at (808) 967-7565 or gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

Public Invited to Attend the 2013 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Opening Ceremony

Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is pleased to announce that for the first time in many years, the public is invited to attend the 2013 HIBT Opening Ceremony at the Kailua Pier Sunday, August 4, 2013. This official recognition of teams from around the world marks the start of the 54th Annual Tournament. Ten countries will be spotlighted as each county’s national anthems is played and their respective flags are raised. Families and community members are encouraged to attend as the Kailua Pier comes to life with music and celebration.

billfishThe HIBT Opening Ceremony will get underway at 3pm with a Sunday afternoon of fun for the whole family. There will be food booths, craft vendors and free entertainment including the beautiful voice of Grace Basque and the always exciting Daifukuji Taiko drummers. Everyone is encouraged to take a seat on the bleachers provided. Then starting at 4:00, the Royal Court will open the official ceremony program with its arrival and procession. The Hawaii County Band will welcome each country as teams from Australia, China, Japan, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Africa, Vanuatu and the United States parade onto the pier and are officially welcomed to the 54th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Dignitaries will be on hand and acknowledged for their commitment to this iconic tournament and speeches will be presented during this momentous occasion.

The event is free and open to the public. Bleacher seats are on a first come bases so everyone is encouraged to come early. Plan to attend the 2013 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Opening Ceremony on the Kailua Pier Sunday, August 4, 2013 starting at 3pm.

Then on Monday, starting at 7:30 am, boats line up across Historic Kailua Bay, returning to the pier at 4:30 in the afternoon where spectators will see plenty of scoreboard action as teams weigh in at the end of the day, putting valuable points on the scoreboard.

HIBT event headquarters, retail and tournament control will once again be anchored at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, located adjacent to Kailua Pier.  The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is underwritten by the generosity  of the County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The tournament is further supported in part by KWXX Radio and numerous corporate and community donors.

For more tournament information, log onto www.hibtfishing.com

$147.8 Million Released for State Transportation Infrastructure and Facilities

Gov. Abercrombie announced the release of more than $147.8 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) improving Hawaii’s harbors, airports and highways.

“Many of these projects will transform our transportation infrastructure, facilitate commerce, and improve visitor, resident and business travel throughout our state,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “I’d like to acknowledge the state legislators for recognizing these worthy investments.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:


$44,990,000 – Pier 4 Interisland Cargo Terminal, Hilo Harbor, Hawaii Island – Construction for the new Pier 4 at Hilo Harbor which includes a new wharf, utilities, mooring system, and associated sitework; this construction will complete the new interisland barge terminal facility


$1,500,000 – Fire Suppression System at Piers 31A-32, Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction to replace the aging fire suppression system at Piers 31A-32

$750,000 – Structure Demolition at Kapalama Military Reservation, Honolulu Harbor, Oahu – Construction management services to manage the demolition of approximately 24 buildings located at the Kapalama Military Reservation, site for a new container yard


$34,507,500 – Apron Pavement Structural Improvements, Phase II, Kahului Airport, Maui – Pavement structural improvements in the apron area at Taxiway “A” where aircrafts are parked, loaded/unloaded, refueled, or boarded; a phasing plan will allow for completion of the construction within the constraints of the airport operations

Airports Rendition

$15,000,000 – New Day Work Program (NDWP) Management Services, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Funds to continue professional management services for the Airport Modernization Program; this $2.3 billion program will transform Honolulu International Airport into a world-class airport (The current phase will culminate in the completion of the new Mauka Concourse, the first major terminal enhancement in more than 15 years)

$11,000,000 – NDWP Diamond Head Site Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction for various site improvements at the Diamond Head end of the airport; these improvements are needed for the construction of a new Diamond Head Commuter Terminal facility

$9,620,000 – Passenger Loading Bridge Replacement, Kahului Airport, Maui – Removal and replacement of the aging passenger loading bridges with seven new passenger loading bridges to accommodate wide-body aircraft with direct overseas routes

$7,000,000 – Roadway Improvements and Consolidated Car Rental Facility, Kahului Airport, Maui – Additional design for a proposed new Consolidated Rental Car Facility that will relocate and consolidate rental car operations to a new single location; this facility with the roadway improvements will improve customer convenience and reduce traffic congestion at the airport

$6,465,000 – Replacement of Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Walkways, Kahului Airport, Maui – Removal and replacement of the aging 10 elevators, three escalators, and four moving walkways to enhance the efficient movement of passengers through the airport

$2,005,000 – Lihue Airport, Kauai – Design of runway safety improvements for Runways 3 and 21 as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to comply with federal standards

$1,500,000 – Re-Roofing Terminal Building, Kahului Airport, Maui – Phase II design for the replacement of the aging, original terminal roofing system

$1,300,000 – Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Additional funds for the design of site improvements and the new permanent Commuter Terminal facility; the proposed new 44,000 square foot Commuter Terminal will be located east of the Diamond Head Concourse

$614,000 – Hangar 110 Renovation, Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu – Phase II renovation construction to re-roof the lower roof and repair and replace the exterior walls and hangar doors

$550,000 – Master Plan and Noise Compatibility Program Update, Lanai Airport, Lanai – Funds to update the Master Plan and FAA Noise Compatibility Program to address any subsequent growth of aviation at the airport; the updated master plan will include an airport layout and implementation plan, as required by the FAA, and recommend a noise compatibility program

$100,500 – Airport Runway Safety Planning, statewide – Planning study to identify opportunities and alternatives to improve airfield safety and update the airport layout plan


$4,000,000 – Kamehameha Highway Resurfacing, Oahu – Resurfacing and improvement of Kamehameha Highway from Waihau Street to Ka Uka Boulevard; improvements will include the reconstruction of pavement areas, upgraded/new guardrails, and drainage improvements

Highways Projects

$3,000,000 – Kalanianaole Highway Resurfacing, Oahu – Resurfacing and improvement of Kalanianaole Highway from West Hind Drive to the vicinity of Hanauma Bay Road; improvements will include the reconstruction of pavement areas, upgraded/new guardrails, and the installation of traffic loop detectors

$1,800,000 – Aliiaimoku Hale, Building Improvements, Oahu – Design and construction for building improvements, including electrical upgrades, exterior painting, reroofing, and related work

$750,000 – Kamehameha Highway, Traffic Operational Improvements, Oahu – Construction of an additional left-turn lane from Lumiaina Street onto Kamehameha Highway to improve traffic flow; the traffic signal system at the intersection will also be modified to accommodate the additional lane

$490,000 – Keaau-Pahoa Road Intersection Improvements, Hawaii Island – Conversion of the existing “T” intersection at Keeau-Pahoa Road and Old Government Road to a single-lane roundabout to improve traffic safety

$386,000 – Puunene Highway Widening, Maui – Design to widen Puunene Avenue from two to four lanes between Kamehameha Highway and Kuihelani Highway, including drainage improvements, left turn lanes, and traffic signal studies

$262,000 – Farrington Highway Drainage Improvements, Oahu – Design for drainage improvements along Farrington Highway in the vicinity of Princess Kahanu Avenue to reduce ponding and flooding in the area

$76,000 – Hana Highway/Kaahumanu Avenue Beautification, Maui – Additional funds to complete design for landscape treatment and erosion control along Hana Highway and Kaahumanu Avenue

$60,000 – Vineyard Boulevard Resurfacing, Vicinity of Palama Street to End of H-1 On- and Off-Ramps, Oahu – Additional construction funds needed to start construction of roadway improvements including pavement repairs

$50,000 – Farrington Highway, Replacement of Maipalaoa Bridge, Oahu – Funds for the rental of land easements during the construction of a new bridge that will meet current design standards

$29,500 – Kamehameha V Highway, Replacement of Makakupaia Stream Bridge, Molokai – Land and design funds for the replacement of Makakupaia Stream Bridge with a new bridge that will meet current design standards

Governor Signs Statewide Ocean Resources Management Plan for Effective Cross-Agency Resource Management

Fostering collaboration across government agencies, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed the 2013 Hawaii Ocean Resources Management Plan, which brings county, state and federal partners together to ensure the sustainable use and conservation of Hawaii’s ocean and coastal resources for current and future generations.

“It is essential that government agencies at all levels work together to address Hawaii’s resource challenges,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Our lives are intertwined with the natural resources of these islands, from the local economy to our island way of life. This plan provides a clear roadmap for achieving a necessary balance between use and preservation.”

Gov. Abercrombie signs the plan into action

Gov. Abercrombie signs the plan into action

The plan was developed with the participation of county, state and federal agencies responsible for ocean and coastal resources. It identifies 11 management priorities for the next five years and pathways for achieving goals. The priorities are based on community outreach conducted in all four counties through public meetings, oral and written submissions, and social media. 

Tracking the success of the plan will be coordinated with the state Office of Information Management and Technology to take advantage of the state’s data.hawaii.gov portal.

Abercrombie and plan

“The 11 management priorities address resource management challenges that can only be achieved through a statewide, coordinated effort among various government and community partners,” said Jesse Souki, director of the state Office of Planning. “It addresses some of the greatest challenges of our time, including the impacts of climate change and balancing economic, cultural and environmental considerations to ensure sustainable stewardship of our resources.”

The Office of Planning is responsible for coordinating the periodic update of the plan pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes sections 205A-62 and 225M-2(b)(6). The project leverages federal funding through the Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program. To learn more about the plan and download a copy, visit planning.hawaii.gov or call the Office of Planning at (808) 587-2846.


Helicopter Crashes Near Hilo Airport

A helicopter landed hard in Hilo at 1:15 this afternoon at near the Hilo Airport.

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Reports coming in is that “Paradise Helicopters in Hilo suffered a hard landing @ 1:15 pm resulting in the chopper on its side.”

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Photo by Dustin Acdal

There were five people on board, but no reported injuries.

Representative Chris Lee Encourages Marriage Equality for Hawaii

State Representative Chris Lee (Kailua, Waimanalo) issued the following statement on the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) report.


“In this free country we don’t measure basic rights by a dollar value, but I think the report demonstrates that continuing a policy of discrimination really hurts our economy, and hurts us all.”

The UHERO report estimates that marriage equality would amount to $217 million in additional visitor spending between 2014-2016.

Coming Up – Fourth Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs

There’s still time to lace up, stretch out and start training for one of Hawaii’s most anticipated high-altitude endurance events of the year. Volcano Art Center’s fourth annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs is set for Saturday, August 17, 2013 with leadership once again provided by Kona Marathon’s Director Sharron Faff. Joining VAC’s aloha-filled leadership team this year is David Ranck, Kona Marathon’s Event Operations Race Director.

Rain Forest Run

Featuring a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events, the Volcano Rain Forest Runs take place at 4,000 feet above sea level just minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. Runners and walkers of all ability levels come back year after year for the cool temperatures and cooler views while traversing through the Hawaiian rain forest in Volcano Village. This year’s event is co-sponsored by The Cooper Center, the Kona Marathon, Lava 105 FM, Ultima Replenisher and BioAstin.

The 5K and 10K participants weave through the lush native forest on the mostly flat, tranquil roads of Volcano Village while the Half Marathon course continues into the hills of the surrounding ranch lands, treating racers to breathtaking panoramic views of the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

Entry fees through July 31: Half Marathon–$75, 10K–$45, 5K–$30. Pricing starting August 1: Half Marathon–$85, 10K–$50, 5K–$35. Registration and complete race information is available at rainforestruns.com.

Online registration closes Wednesday, August 14 at 11:59pm HST. Packet pickup and late registration will be held on Friday, August 16 from 10:00am–6:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, or on August 17 from 5:30–7:00am at the neighboring Cooper Center located at 19-4030 Wright Road. There is no race day registration for the Half Marathon, and registration for all races closes at 7:00am.

Race day action begins with an Opening Ceremony at 6:30am near the Start/Finish line located at the Cooper Center. There you’ll also find live music, entertainment by the Hiccup Circus, plenty of activity and food booths, a silent auction and much, much more. Free races for keiki (children) include a 100 yard dash for ages 1-4 and a 200 yard dash for ages 5-7. Prizes are awarded for all keiki participants.

Runners and their guests are invited to a Welcome Luncheon sponsored by Homes and Land Magazine on Friday, August 16 from 11am–1:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Enjoy complimentary pupus and wine, along with hourly guided tours of the Niaulani Rain Forest. Engage with local artists as they demonstrate their work in conjunction with a special art exhibition, “Footprints in the Forest.”

The traditional pre-race carbo-loading dinner will be held on Friday from 5:00–7:00pm at the Cooper Center. An all-inclusive pasta and salad buffet will feature meat, vegetarian and vegan options, and includes beverages and dessert. Cost is $15 per person, $8.50 for children under 10, credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit Volcano Friends Feeding Friends. Call Donna Stickel for tickets and details at (808) 967-7800.

Botanical World Adventures has generously donated two Zip Line Canopy Adventure Tours for the top male and female overall Half Marathon winners. The Zip Isle tour is an unforgettable thrill: safe, accredited, 7 stage zip line tour located at Mile Marker 16 north of Hilo.

Alaska Airlines is offering discounted rates to Hawaii Island in honor of the Volcano Rain Forest Runs. Use Promo Code ECMU612 for travel to Hawaii Island valid August 10 through August 24, 2013.

All registered race participants receive 10% off at VAC Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Rainforest Gallery at VAC’s Niaulani Campus from August 16 through August 19, 2013. Explore vacgallery.com/shop for online window shopping in advance.

Registration forms are available online at www.rainforestruns.com and at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Event Team Volunteers are still needed for set up, clean up, poster distribution, safety, course direction, parking assistance on event day, staffing booths and more. For more information, contact Sharron Faff at (808) 967-8240 or race@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education. VAC hosts this event annually, creating a community event that everyone can participate in. Everyone is invited to join as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator.


Two Hilo Men in Custody Over Incidents Involving Car and Gun

Two Hilo men are in police custody in connection with an incident over the weekend involving a car and a gun.

At 2:37 p.m. Saturday, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a home on Laula Road in Hilo to a report that two men in a Honda sedan had tried to run two acquaintances in a pickup truck off the road and had threatened one of them with a handgun twice.

The first confrontation was on Kilauea Avenue south of Kawailani Street. The second was on Haihai Street at the intersection of Laula Road.

The driver of the truck, a 26-year-old Pepeʻekeo man, and his passenger, a 25-year-old Hilo man were not injured during the encounter.

Albert Espaniola Jr.

Albert Espaniola Jr.

On Monday at 10:30 a.m., detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested the car’s driver, 25-year-old Hiram Kawelu III of Hilo. At 1:50 p.m. Monday, they arrested the passenger, 34-year-old Albert Espaniola Jr. of Hilo.

Hiram Kawelu

Hiram Kawelu

Both men were held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 10:25 a.m. Wednesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Kawelu with second-degree reckless endangering, promoting a dangerous drug, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving. His bail was set at $13,000. Espaniola was charged with two counts of terroristic threatening. His bail was set at $20,000.

Both men remain in the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (July 25).

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the incidents at around 2:30 p.m. Saturday contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@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.

Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana Receives Architectural Award

Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) in Waimea has won the 2013 Jack C. Lipman AIA (American Institute of Architects) Members’ Choice Award.

Kanu o ka Aina

The award was established in 1999 in honor of Jack C. Lipman, AIA, one of the Hawai‘i Chapter’s distinguished past presidents. According to AIA Honolulu, the recipient of this award is recognized as having achieved an outstanding level of design—appropriate to the climate and culture of Hawai‘i, as voted by fellow AIA Honolulu members.

“Having won an award for phase I of Kauhale Oiwi o Puukapu and now also for phase II validates so much of what we are about, what we are accomplishing, and the positive direction that we are headed,” said Taffi Wise, Executive Director, Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana. “So many key people were involved along the way. In particular, Ken Melrose of Paahana Enterprises and Katie Benioni, KALO’s Kauhale Project coordinator, were two individuals who helped us successfully complete both the first and second phases of our project build.”

KALO Building

KALO hired nationally recognized Flansburgh Architects to assist in master planning a new central campus. The Boston-based architectural firm specializes in the design of academic projects, having completed more than 250 educational facilities across the U.S. and abroad.

In September 2012 the 9,100 square-foot Halau Pokii, home to preschool classrooms through grade 5, and the 6,200 square-foot Halau Puke, a native library for school and community use, opened their doors. Retired U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka was among dignitaries attending the celebration. The buildings occupy a site on Department of Hawaiian Homes Land and are part of the non-profit organization Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana’s womb-to-tomb community based initiatives to support culture based education and the community.

In 2010 KALO was officially awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for their phase one facility, the 9,300 square foot green building called Halau Hoolako, which also serves as a community resource and technology center.

The Kauhale Oiwi o Puukapu learning destination is organized around a piko, or central space in Hawaiian. It is around this large outdoor space that locations for present and future building phases are organized. Considerations for sun, wind, view, rituals, community and appropriate student spaces have been essential to each design phase.

The resulting designs are wedge-shaped, modular buildings that are repeatable, passively ventilated, wind-blocking structures capable of multiple configurations. When strung together, these modules appear curvilinear in nature and maximize viewpoints northwest to the Kohala Mountains and southeast to Mauna Kea. They are cost effective, energy efficient and embrace the beauty of Waimea.

The buildings reflect the value-based pedagogy of aloha, and are designed to celebrate life-long learning as the piko for the community, providing spaces for a culturally-driven educational curriculum for those of all ages.

“KALO remains humbly thankful for all the community and partner support, specifically DHHL, OHA, Kamehameha Schools, USDA Rural Development, Castle Foundation, and the USDOE,” said Wise.

To learn more, visit KALO.org.

About Kanu o Ka Aina Learning Ohana

Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) is a nonprofit educational organization based in Waimea that assists statewide with Hawaiian-focus education. Incorporated in 2000 as a Native Hawaiian nonprofit, KALO and its partners are working to establish an autonomous, holistic education environment for the children of Hawai‘i: grounding every child and adult in the values that have shaped and empowered Hawaiians for generations, involving every member of the community in determining his/her education path and preparing every child of Hawai‘i to thrive in the modern world, free from oppression and with pride for our heritage. Serving and perpetuating sustainable Hawaiian communities through Education with Aloha. Learn more at KALO.org.

Governor’s Statement Regarding President Obama’s Remarks on Early Education and the High-Tech Economy

In a speech today at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., President Barack Obama stated that an education preparing the nation’s children and workers for global competition is a cornerstone of a strong middle class. The President also reaffirmed his commitment to make high-quality preschool available to every four-year-old in America and to spur innovation in schools so they teach the skills required for a high-tech economy.

abercrombieheaderIn response, Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“Education is top priority for my administration.  Hawaii’s plans for early education aligns with President Obama’s vision to make preschool accessible for all four year olds in America.

“A key component of my legislative package, SB 1093 (Act 169) was signed into law this past session, establishing a School Readiness Program that will initially help pay for about 1,000 children to attend preschool in 2014.  This is the first time that the state is codifying into law its commitment to preparing young children for success in school.

“In addition, the Hawaii State Department of Education has selected eight schools for its Common Core Digital Curriculum Pilot Project in the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The initiative will support the schools’ implementation of new digital curricula, incorporating a tablet or laptop for every student and teacher.

“Furthermore, Act 264 will propel the Hawaii Broadband Initiative forward by mandating a clear and decisive timeline for state and county agencies in advancing ultra high-speed Internet access for all the people of Hawaii by 2018.

“Working together with President Obama, our goals are within reach if we make the investment in our children now.”


Big Island Man Files Writ of Habeas Corpus on Behalf of Rev. Roger Christie

A member of the The Hawaii Cannabis (THC) Ministry in Hilo has filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of his pastor, Rev. Roger Christie, who has been held by the federal government as a pre-trial detainee for over 3 years.

Roger Christie

Roger Christie in front of the former THC Ministry

Mike Ruggles, 56, a resident of Mountain View on the Big Island, filed the petition with the United States District Court in Honolulu on July 23, 2013.

Rev. Christie was arrested by federal authorities on July 8, 2010, charged with distributing marijuana to members of his congregation.He has been held without bail at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center for over 36 months.

“Roger was a pillar of the community and he is sorely missed at this time,” said Ruggles. “Since Roger has been gone, meth use and violent crime has gotten worse, not better. Roger’s influence on the community was more effective than 50 cops on the street.”

Christie founded his Cannabis Ministry in the early 2000s. The Ministry operated openly on the second floor of the historic Moses building in downtown Hilo, right across from Hilo Bay.

Federal authorities conducted an extensive investigation of the Ministry beginning in 2008.

Rev. Christie will argue for his right to base his defense on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at a hearing scheduled for July 29th at 10:30 a.m. and July 30 at 10:00 a.m. in the Honolulu Federal Building Courtroom of U.S. District Judge Kobayashi.

“Our country was founded on religious freedom,” said Ruggles. “The government wants to shut down his religion. Whose religion is next?”


Big Island Police Charge One of Three Adults in Connection With Shots Being Fired From Car

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged one of three adults arrested in connection with an incident involving shots being fired from a moving vehicle late Monday night (July 22) in Hilo.

Alfred Fuller IV

Alfred Fuller IV

At noon Wednesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged 22-year-old Alfred Fuller IV of Hilo with first-degree reckless endangering, place to keep a loaded firearm and place to keep ammunition. His bail was set at $7,500. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (July 25).

The other two men arrested in this case, 21-year-old Justy Kahana of Hilo and 21-year-old Kaipo Kailipaka of Hilo, were released Wednesday pending further investigation.
Shooting Haihai
At 11:45 p.m. Monday, officers responded to several reports that gunshots had been fired from a car traveling east on Haihai Street between Heahea Street and Kinoʻole Avenue.

Police located the vehicle and arrested the three men and two 16-year-old boys. The juveniles were released to their parents pending further investigation.

Saturday – 18th Annual Huggo’s Wahine Tournament

The 18th Annual Huggo’s Wahine Tournament is coming up this Saturday, July 27, 2013. This year’s theme, Gods and Goddesses, celebrates the golden age of the Roman Empire when Gods and Goddesses mingle with Emperors and Empresses and even a few gladiators and centurions no doubt, at this fun fishing tournament with prizes for the best decorated boat and best costumed team.

Wahine Tournament

Proceeds from the tournament are donated to Family Support Hawaii (FSH), formally Family Support Services of West Hawaii, which is a Hawaii Island United Way agency.

“We’re excited to be hosting our annual Wahine Tournament,” said Huggo’s owner Eric von Platen Luder. “Over the past 18 years this fun, charity-focused tournament has donated more than $130,000 to Family Support Hawaii. We’re thankful that through the community’s support of the event, FSH can make a difference in people’s lives.”

All-women anglers are competing for cash prizes which will be awarded to the teams with the biggest marlin/billfish weighing more than 300 pounds. There will also be tuna, ono, and mahi mahi categories that will receive trophies for the largest catch.

Prizes and cash will also be awarded to the best decorated boat and team costumes. Awards will be announced at a special awards presentation Sunday evening, July 28 at On the Rocks.

For tournament details, visit Huggos.com or call 808-987-9734 or 808-329-2840. To learn more about Family Support Hawaii, visit fsswh.org or call 808-326-7778.