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Kaʻū Man Rearrested and Charged with Attempted Murder and Other Offenses

Hawaiʻi Island police have rearrested a Kaʻū man charged with attempted murder and other offenses in connection with a stabbing May 10 in the vicinity of James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo.

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibson

At 10:28 a.m. Thursday (May 22), detectives arrested 46-year-old Paul Gibson of Ocean View in Hilo District Court.

Gibson, who was free on $374,000 bail, had appeared in court for the continuation of a preliminary hearing to determine if prosecutors had enough evidence to take him to trial. The preliminary hearing was no longer necessary because a Grand Jury indicted Gibson on Wednesday for attempted second-degree murder, third-degree assault, two counts of terroristic threatening, five firearms offenses and resisting an order to stop.

His bail was increased to $700,00. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock until his arraignment Friday (May 23).

Ka’u Community Coastal Cleanup This Weekend

Kau Cleanup

Free Films Featured Tonight at the Big Island Film Festival

At 7:30 p.m. tonight at The Shops at Mauna Lani is where the official grand opening of the festival will take place.

BIFF Leo on Stage

The event is free and open to the public where the Festival will welcome the 2014 filmmakers and watch a sampling of short films from Hawaii and around the world.

Films featured tonight at the Mauna Lani Stage will be: Meet Anna, Prinsesa, Take a Deep Breath, We are Enemies, Horse for Sale, Little Girl’s War Cry, The Maury Island Incident, Honey Brown Morgan, and Posey.

All films are appropriate for all audiences.

Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid Begins – Mayor Kenoi’s Message

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival is kicking off tonight at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.

Here is Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s message inside the program guide welcoming folks to the festival:
Mayor Kenoi Message to BIFF


Latest Episode of Big Island’s Most Wanted Now Airing

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a 42-year-old man wanted for parole violation, a 21-year-old man wanted on three outstanding bench warrants and a 25-year-old man who is wanted on a warrant and for theft.

The new episode began airing May 16.

Dale Daniel Arruda

Dale Daniel Arruda

In it, police ask for help in locating 42-year-old Dale Daniel Arruda of Hilo, who is wanted for parole violation. He is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He may have a goatee. He is known to frequent the Puna District.

Hakunaalii Kane

Hakunaalii Kane

The television program also asks for help in locating 21-year-old Hakunaalii Kane, who is wanted in the South Kohala area on bench warrants for contempt of court and two counts of violating probation. He is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Kaina Namaka Black

Kaina Namaka Black

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in locating 25-year-old Kaina Namaka Black, who is wanted on a warrant for contempt of court and for questioning in a theft case. He is described as 5-foot-6, 145 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and a missing front tooth. He has no permanent address but frequents the Kona and South Kohala districts.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men not to approach them but to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo. 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.

Big Island Man Arrested Again – Stolen Truck Crashes in Federal Jurisdiction

One Hilo man is being held on a felony charge and another has been release from police custody in connection with a stolen truck that crashed Sunday morning (May 18).

Hiram Kawelu

Hiram Kawelu

The crash occurred in the Volcano area under the federal jurisdiction of the National Park Service. After the driver, 25-year-old Hiram Kawelu of Hilo and his passenger, 22-year-old Cole Evans-Tanigawa appeared in court on federal charges Monday (May 19), detectives from the Hawaiʻi Police Department arrested them for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen items. Both men were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

The pickup truck was reported stolen from Hilo on May 14. A generator, fishing poles with reels and a cooler were reported stolen from a campsite at South Point early Sunday morning (May 18). In addition, several vehicles were broken into at the entrance to Kawa Beach in Nāʻālehu the same morning.

At 1:30 Wednesday (May 21) Kawelu was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (May 22).

Evans-Tanigawa was released pending further investigation.

Related: Two Hilo Men in Custody Over Incidents Involving Car and Gun

We Vote Hawaii Seeking Votes on New Logo

In advance of the 2014 General Election, students statewide will be voting on a new look for We Vote Hawaii, which allows students the opportunity to practice and experience voting.

We Vote HawaiiStudents statewide will be voting on a new look for Kids Voting Hawaii, now renamed WE VOTE HAWAII, an affiliate of Kids Voting USA, in advance of the 2014 General Election. Five new logo designs have been selected from scores of entries submitted by professionals around the country, and on Friday, May 23, students will log on to the new www.wevotehawaii.org website to vote for their favorite logo.

The non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization Kids Voting Hawaii (KVH) has been giving students the opportunity to practice the fundamental American right to vote in Hawaii’s General Elections since 1996. Since 2002, youth voters have gone on-line to cast their student ballots and access information about the candidates and issues. In the 2012 General Election, more than 120,000 students logged on to vote. The results of the KVH ballot are tabulated and reported to the media immediately after the adult polls close on Election Night.

KVH heard from students that they want a new name and a new look for their vehicle to the on-line General Election experience. To reflect the K-12, public, private, Charter and home school sources of student voters, We Vote Hawaii replaces Kids Voting Hawaii, in name and logo only, as the only statewide youth civic engagement project simulating the adult voting experience. We Vote Hawaii will continue to be affiliated with Kids Voting USA, and provide access for teachers and parents to the Kids Voting USA curriculum and other resources, while assuming a more local, mature moniker, as requested by older Hawaii students.

The final designs in the logo design competition are on display on the www.wevotehawaii.org website the week of May 19th. On Friday, May 23, a one-day ballot will be available for the public to vote on the www.wevotehawaii.org website and determine the future image of We Vote Hawaii.

U.S. Navy Launches Missile From Kauai Test Site

The US. Navy conducted a missile test off Kauai yesterday:

The Aegis Ashore Weapon System launched an SM-3 Block IB guided missile from the land-based Vertical Launch System during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test from Kauai, Hawaii on May 20, 2014.


Learn more about Aegis Ashore by visiting the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Site.

UH Hilo Students Awarded Hollings Scholarship

Two students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo majoring in Marine Science have been named to the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program’s Class of 2014 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education.

UH Hilo Moniker

Katherine “Kate” Carroll and Emily Wallingford will both be juniors this fall. Carroll has concentrated her studies on marine debris and micro plastics, while Wallingford’s independent Marine Option Program (MOP) project has focused on shark ecology.

The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides awards that include academic assistance (up to $8,000 per year) for two years beginning in September and running through May 2016, with a full-time summer internship position in 2015 ($650 per week) at a NOAA facility, subject to academic performance.

Carroll hopes to attend graduate school to earn a masters degree and possibly a Ph.D. She also plans to conduct research and is considering careers in teaching at a university or working in a conservation-related field.

“This is one of the best opportunities to happen to me,” Carroll said. “I plan to use this scholarship to gain research experience.”

Wallingford plans to use the scholarship to gain field experience with NOAA, career networking, and to narrow the area of marine science she’ll study in graduate school.

“Receiving this scholarship is very exciting,” Wallingford said. “I’m especially looking forward to the 10-week internship with NOAA, which will help me become a more experienced and knowledgeable marine scientist.”

Both students will attend a mandatory, one-week Orientation Program this month at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where they will meet the agency’s administrator, senior program managers, and scientists from NOAA’s organizations.

For more information about the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/hollings.html#page=program.

New Playground Opens at Kailua Park

Mayor Billy Kenoi joined Council Vice Chair Karen Eoff, Councilmember Dru Mamo Kanuha, and members of the Kona community to open a new playground at Kailua Park near the Old Airport in Kona – a hub of activity for families participating in soccer, baseball, basketball, tennis, and any number of other sports in the surrounding fields and nearby Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.

The new playground at Kailua Park

The new playground at Kailua Park

“Growing up in Kona, we didn’t have many of these playgrounds. This project was an important investment in our community, in our keiki, and in our families,” said Councilmember Dru Mamo Kanuha.

With multiple areas designed for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years old, the playground features swings, multiple slides, climbing rings, covered decks, benches, picnic tables, and a pavilion. The $440,677.00 playground, built by IPR Hawai‘i, also features a grass-like safety surface and canopies for shade from the hot Kona sun.

“This playground was worth every penny. It’s not only a place for children to enjoy, but a place for parents and grandparents to spend time together with their families,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi, who credited the hard work of the Department of Parks & Recreation team and the contractors for getting the job done.

“My older daughter plays soccer here, so every time we would drive by she’d be looking out the window, waiting for it to open,” said Michelle Eggers, who brought her two children to enjoy the new playground. “It’s really nice. Beautiful.”

In recent years, the County of Hawai‘i has built new or replacement playgrounds in Kailua, Honoka‘a, Pana‘ewa, Pohoiki, Mountain View, Kea‘au, Pāhoa, Waiākea Uka, and at the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo. A playground is also currently being installed at Hilo’s Gilbert Carvalho Park. These projects represent a $3 million investment in keiki playgrounds since the Kenoi administration took office in December 2008.

UH Hilo Announces Teaching Awards

Members of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo faculty, including two from nursing, were presented special teaching awards at this year’s spring commencement held on May 17.

UH Hilo Moniker

“Teaching is one of the most significant components of any university,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “The awards presented to these faculty members are a recognition of outstanding accomplishments in teaching.”

Señora Monica Minnitt, instructor in Spanish, received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Minnitt’s nominators described her as “an extraordinary, exceptional, talented and gifted educator,” who manages to challenge her students academically and creates a creative and nurturing environment.

The Board of Regents Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Alice Davis, associate professor of nursing. Her nominators describe Davis as someone who cares “professionally and personally” for her students, who is filled with passion for the field of nursing and always makes herself available for private tutoring.

Receiving the Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching was Lisa Tostenson, assistant professor of nursing. Described by her nominators as possessing a “passion for nursing,” Tostenson’s teaching incorporates humor and real-life situations to skillfully guide her students toward critical thinking assessments relative to the evidence-based nursing process.

Jacquelyn Pualani Johnson, professor of drama, received the 2014 Chancellor’s Certificate of Recognition. This award recognizes faculty and staff whose accomplishments and contributions exemplify the vision of UH Hilo to prepare students to thrive, compete, innovate and lead in their personal and professional lives.

“Jackie is a leading exemplar of what our faculty and staff do best,” Straney said. “She is a person of remarkable achievement—both on our campus and in the local community—with her teaching, research, and community outreach. Most importantly to the mission of UH Hilo, Jackie is an exceptional teacher, creating scholars and performers of her students, who go on to have successful careers of great impact on our communities, our island, and our State.”

Death, Injury Persist in Hawaii Boating Accidents

In 2013, boating accidents in Hawaii claimed the lives of four people and injured seven during 19 separate accidents. Hawaii had five deaths, six injuries and 28 accidents in 2012.

Click to view statistics

Click to view statistics

These numbers highlight the need for continued awareness of safety while on the water. The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and the National Safe Boating Council are highlighting safe boating practices during National Safe Boating Week May 17 through May 23.

The boating public is strongly advised to take appropriate steps to ensure their vessels are safe and that they are prepared to operate those vessels. Mariners should:

  • Wear a life jacket. In 2013, 328 drownings occurred where individuals were not wearing life jackets.
  • Have and know how to use a VHF-FM radio. VHF radios are much more reliable than cellphones. Make sure you have a reliable means for contacting help in an emergency situation.
  • Carry signaling devices such as flares.
  • File a float plan so someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return. Information on a “float plan,” including templates, can be found on the Coast Guard’s boating safety website http://www.uscgboating.org/.

Throughout NSBW federal, state and volunteer agencies will offer safe boating classes, free vessel safety checks at local marinas and increased patrols throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

To find the location of the nearest Auxiliary flotilla and a schedule of safe boating classes, visit http://wow.uscgaux.info/content.php?unit=140.

National Safe Boating Week is an annual observance sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, and endorsed and promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard.  Information on the NSBC can be found at http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org/.

A PDF of the most recent Recreational Boating Statistics can be found at http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/AssetManager/2013RecBoatingStats.pdf.

U.S. Forest Workers Help to Restore Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond in Kīholo

It’s National Preservation Month, and people all over the country are participating in events to enrich and preserve the treasures within their communities that make them special.

(L-R) Flint Hughes, research ecologist at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, and Rebecca Most from The Nature Conservancy transport debris across the anchialine pool to a staging area where it will be chipped into mulch. (U.S. Forest Service)

(L-R) Flint Hughes, research ecologist at the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, and Rebecca Most from The Nature Conservancy transport debris across the anchialine pool to a staging area where it will be chipped into mulch. (U.S. Forest Service)

Staff from the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station recently helped to restore an ancient Hawaiian fishpond in Kīholo, Hawaii, that has a rich history and tradition of providing a sustainable food source for the surrounding communities on the Big Island. Working in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Hui Aloha Kīholo, Station staff from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry cleared and hauled debris from the fishpond perimeter in order to reduce the accumulation of sediments caused by overhanging non-native plants, which improved foraging habitat for native fish and turtles. The group also replanted culturally and ecologically appropriate native species, restored habitat for rare invertebrate species, removed invasive weeds, and participated in native plant care within an area surrounding a nearby anchialine pool, which will be used as a nursery for future restoration activities.

Staff from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, The Nature Conservancy and Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife haul a tarp loaded with debris onto the raft as part of the restoration efforts at the Kiholo ponds. (U.S. Forest Service)

Staff from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, The Nature Conservancy and Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife haul a tarp loaded with debris onto the raft as part of the restoration efforts at the Kiholo ponds. (U.S. Forest Service)

Their work was part of an on-going effort to return the fishpond to its previously recorded ecological health, to evaluate the fishpond’s potential for revival as a reliable and sustainable food source within the community, and to improve the surrounding habitat to its former healthy state so that native plants and unique animal populations could successfully return to the area. In addition to saving and rehabilitating a valuable resource, project organizers used the effort to engage the community in fishpond ecology, scientific monitoring and on-the-ground conservation efforts while also connecting people to place.

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

The preservation project will be used as a platform that combines science and culture to teach and connect the community to each other and to Kīholo. In addition, the project attracts numerous local school groups to the fishpond, and engages volunteers and students in stewardship and research activities, including thinning invasive vegetation that is preventing access, damaging historic structures, and contributing harmful leaf litter to fishpond waters. The Nature Conservancy hosts volunteer restoration days at Kīholo fishpond the third Saturday of each month.

UH Hilo Announces Ka Lama Ku Awardees

Several University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo students and a pair of student organizations have been awarded 2014 Ka Lama Ku Certificates of Leadership for their contributions to the University and the community.

UH Hilo Moniker

The presentations were made during the recent UH Hilo Campus Leadership Program with the Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership awarded to students in the following leadership categories:

Alaka`i Certificate of Leadership:

• Kamalani Johnson

Kuleana Certificate of Leadership – Being Responsible and Accountable:

• Kealaka`i Matsumoto
• Keani K Santa-Isabel
• Marcy Martinez

Mālama Certificate of Leadership – Taking Care of Others:

• Tracy Ng
• Mary Ann Kalei Baricuatro

Laulima Certificate of Leadership – No Task is Too Big When Done by All:

• Kapuaonaona Roback

Certificate of Appreciation:

• Koa Rodrigues

Two student organizations were also recognized for their leadership contributions with a Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership.

Mālama Certificate of Leadership:

• Hawaiʻi Island Pre-Vet Club. Students presented with the Mālama Certificate of Leadership were Alexandra Doi, Carrie Nakagawa, Diana Kitiona, Gema Cobian, Kealaka`i Matsumoto, Kerstyn Au, Krystal Yamamoto, Meilani Jose, Santana Soria and Suluama Faaiuaso.

Laulima Certificate of Leadership:

• The Minority Access & Achievement Program Peer Assistant Linkages and Support (MAAP – PALS) Program with Peer Assistant Students. Students members receiving the Laulima Certificate of Leadership were Amy Horn, Ashley Kennedy, Austin Awana, Katrease Torres, Kellie Miyazu, Lashauna Wilson, Lindsey Muranaka, Mariah Potts, Mark Bigler, Rose Ann Navalta, Saengthong Douangdara, Sarah Amber Wakana, Shaylyn Fujii, Sheryl Visitacion, Zachary Tman and Zion Apau.

The Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership is sponsored by the Campus Center Student Leadership Development Program and the Campus Center Fee Board.

Mandatory Boater Education Requirement to Be Enforced in Less Than Six Months

With just less than six months to go before Hawaii’s new mandatory education law for boaters is to be enforced, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) would like to inform boaters that there is still ample time and multiple ways to become compliant.

Beginning Nov. 10, 2014, all individuals who operate a motorized vessel in Hawaii’s state waters must have taken a boating safety course and be able to show proof of certification.

Click to read the new rules

Click to read the new rules

The rule applies to all boaters unless they and/or the vessels being used fall under one of the exemptions mentioned in the new rule.

The text of this Mandatory Boater Education Rule can be accessed online at: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dobor/rules/amend/Amend-13-244-15-5.pdf

Any person violating this rule shall be fined not less than $50 and not more than $1,000 or sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both, for each violation. The court may also prevent an individual from operating a vessel in state waters for up to 30 days.

DLNR has worked diligently to create multiple methods for complying with the requirement. There are three Internet courses that are fully approved, with one being offered free of charge. Classroom courses are being offered statewide by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Two U.S. Power Squadrons are offering classes on Oahu.

In the next few months, numerous other course providers across the state will start to offer additional classes and DLNR will launch its own home study course. In addition, those who have already taken a course approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators can take abbreviated courses, free of charge, to become compliant.

A question and answer publication posted by DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is available at http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mandatory-boating-safety-education-qa/. Full details on all the compliance methods are posted at this site.

A study released in 2007 by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) showed that states with the longest history of mandatory education had the lowest boating fatality rates. For most of the boating safety community, this study was conclusive evidence that mandatory boating education saves lives. Hawaii ranked fifth on the list of highest fatality rates in the year the study was finalized. In 2011, Hawaii had a fatality rate of 44 per 100,000 vessels, second worse in the nation.

“A little bit of education and training can go a long way toward saving lives and preventing accidents. This is why the department initiated its Mandatory Education Rule,” said DLNR Director William J. Aila, Jr. “We can be easily persuaded to think of the ocean as wide open space. But because of the increasing number of whales that visit our waters each year, the burgeoning sea turtle population, the explosion in free diving, the popularity of stand-up paddling and other emerging recreational and commercial uses of our waters, there is growing potential for interaction between boats, marine life and ocean users.

“A boating safety course raises your awareness of your responsibility as a boater. All vessel operators should keep a constant watch and, beyond that, post an additional lookout to help scan the horizon whenever possible.”

New Stadium Opens at Honoka’a Rodeo Arena

Hawai‘i County Councilmember Valerie Poindexter joined Mayor Billy Kenoi and the Honoka‘a community yesterday at a dedication and grand opening of the Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena, home to one of the oldest rodeos in Hawai‘i.

The new 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements.

The new 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium at the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements.

The celebration of the $3.1 million project included a blessing by Deacon Larry Ignacio and a presentation by the Andrade ‘Ohana. The facility is named for lifetime Honoka‘a resident Rose Andrade Correia, a member of the Hawai‘i Saddle Club who helped develop the vision that led to the construction of the Honoka‘a Rodeo Arena.

“This rodeo arena is one of the important gathering places in Hāmākua. It was important to make this beautiful, and to make it to last for generations to come,” said Councilmember Valerie Poindexter.

The covered 1,200-seat Rose Andrade Correia Stadium replaces old bleachers that were exposed to the elements. The project also included replacement of the comfort station and judges’ stand, improvements to the pavilion, a new concession stand, and ramps and parking spaces to make the facility fully accessible to people with disabilities.

13 year old Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, great granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia, was among the first people to ride in the newly improved arena.

13 year old Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, great granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia, was among the first people to ride in the newly improved arena.

Among the first people to ride in the new arena was Leiana Rose Andrade Stout, 13, who showed her skills running around barrels on her horse Piko. Andrade Stout is the great-granddaughter of Rose Andrade Correia. “My great grandma didn’t do this for her. She did this for me, and my children, and my grandchildren. I think she would be pretty proud,” Andrade Stout said.

Construction was done by Site Engineering Inc., and Goodfellow Bros., Inc. The consultant was Inaba Architecture. The dedication and opening blessing included calf roping, barrel racing, and entertainment from the Honoka‘a Senior Club.

Today’s opening kicked off Honoka‘a Western Week. The rodeo arena’s first event will be the 58th Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo on Sunday and Monday, May 25 and 26, which will include more than 350 contestants from Hawai‘i and the mainland.

Stebbins, Martin Named to Top Corporation Counsel Posts

County of Hawai‘i Mayor Billy Kenoi has named Molly Amai Stebbins as the new corporation counsel, the county’s top civil lawyer. The appointment is effective May 20, and is subject to confirmation by the Hawai‘i County Council.
Hawaii County LogoStebbins has served as deputy corporation counsel since 2007, and is currently assigned to represent the Hawai‘i County Police and Fire Departments. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law.

“Molly is a highly skilled attorney who has the talent and experience to lead the Office of the Corporation Counsel,” Mayor Kenoi said. “We are proud to have her leading our legal team, and she will do an outstanding job serving our community.”

Mayor Kenoi also announced the appointment of Laureen Martin as assistant corporation counsel. Martin has served as County of Hawai‘i deputy corporation counsel since 2009, and is currently litigation section supervisor for the office. Martin also worked as Maui County deputy corporation counsel from 2002 to 2009.

Stebbins replaces Lincoln Ashida, who resigned as corporation counsel on April 30 to take a position as senior counsel for Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris. Martin replaces Katherine Garson as assistant corporation counsel. Garson will remain with the county as deputy corporation counsel.

MAMo Wearable Art Show to Debut on the Big Island

In celebration of Maoli Arts Month (MAMo), the PA‘I Foundation will debut their infamous Wearable Art Show on Hawai’i Island at Kahilu Theare, on May 31st at 7pm.

This fashion show will feature native Hawaiian designers in a fashion show like you’ve never seen.

Kainani Kahaunaele

Kainani Kahaunaele at the Na Hoku Awards Ceremony wearing a dress made by Micah Kamohoali’i.

Artist Micah KamohoaliʻI will open with a hula using original kapa costumes, followed by, Wahine Toa, with everyday Hawaiian wear, Maile Andrade exuding a 60s Mod feel, Keone Nunes with kākau, Living Hula with a local ready-to-wear line and Marques Marzan showing off haute couture designs.

images show models wearing designed by Keone Nunes and Maile Andrade photo by Kapulani Landgraf

Models wearing outfits designed by Keone Nunes and Maile Andrade photo by Kapulani Landgraf

Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine and award winning musician Robert Cazimero will emcee the event, which incorporates Hawaiian performing arts into the runway show. The Kahilu foyer will host lei makers, Hawaiian food and a trunk show of the designers’ ready-to-wear attire. The Kahilu tech team is building a special runway extending over the auditorium seats just for this event. The wearable art showcased includes both traditional and contemporary garments worn for ceremonial rituals, cultural practices, and adornments.

Proceeds from the MAMo Wearable Arts Show benefit the PA‘I Foundation, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations.

Tickets are $60 or $35 depending on seating preference. Tickets are available at kahilutheatre.org or by calling 885-6868.

Parker School Student Winner of Auto Body Hawaii Senior Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii has announced the winner of this year’s Senior Essay Contest answering the question: “If you had the opportunity to recommend a new subject that is not currently being offered in your school’s curriculum, what would you recommend & why would it be beneficial for students to learn?”

All senior students from schools from West & North Hawaii were invited to attend. This year’s student winner is Keoni Beaton from Parker School. He wins a $500 cash prize.

Keoni Beaton accepts his prize for his essay "

Keoni Beaton accepts his prize for his essay “The Concepts of the Real World”

Mr. Beaton’s essay was very interesting in that he suggested students be taught the basics of finance while in high school.

Here is his essay:

The Concepts of the Real World

In school, teachers are often questioned: Why is it important to learn calculus while most high school students either retake or won’t need it in or out of college? This is an important question that makes everyone think about what is important for preparing students for life as an adult. A majority of people would agree money; money is everywhere. If you buy something, you need money. When you work you are paid in money and everything that adults do is related to money in one way or another. Most parents are expected to teach their children how to pay taxes, understand loans and investments, but don’t people go to school to learn what they can’t at home? Schools, public or private, are based on one goal: to teach skills and knowledge.

No one is born understanding what a closed-ended loan is or how conventional loans with variable interest rates work. Most people get their first checking account or credit card around the time they start driving to pay for gas or emergency necessities. Sure, the parent whose name is most likely on the credit card understand that it is an open-ended loan that has a fixed interest, but if you asked any high school student they wouldn’t be able to tell you the first thing about it. If schools taught the differences in loans and how to choose which is the best, young adults headed off to college or putting a down payment on a car wouldn’t get scammed by payday loans or advance-fee loans. Every day people are caught in financial pits due to their ignorance.

Another reason to start teaching personal finance early is that skills learned early in life can be refined over time. When people just start learning to read and write at the age of five it is very difficult and rough. There are lots of mistakes and it takes a long time to do something that in another five years is subconscious. Most of the math required to do taxes or balance a check book is algebra, and if schools started teaching money management and finance in ninth grade with algebra, by the time the student graduated they would be ready for life in the adult financial world. By the time people graduate from high school, they have mastered basic English structure, basic math and have an understanding of the basic sciences and art, but imagine how much faster and farther people could rise in life if they had a mastery of the basics of finance at the age of nineteen.

Currently in a high school student’s senior year they are worrying about where to go next, if they prepared for life as an adult, and they are feeling insecure about their future. But, what if they could get a boost to their confidence? A huge part of the insecurity caused by the shift into real adulthood is because many are unprepared and unaware of what to expect. Most people have questions flying around their heads all concerning what it means and what is expected to be an adult. With an established understanding of loans, taxes, and investments, young insecure adults headed off to college or their first real full time job wouldn’t have to worry about their financial future or security as much. Instead they could put their all into doing the best they can where ever they are.

Every year children fresh from high school are separated from the security of a familiar surrounding, friends and family as they take their first steps to being an adult. Yet this transition can be overly harsh and brutal, as most fail to launch into the world and return home to the security they grew up in. With an understanding of the bigger concepts of the adult world, the traumatic transition could be far gentler. As a high school student myself, all this applies to me and I wish that I could have had the chance to learn such an important skill in a place where I felt safe and knew I could make a mistake.

Parker Ranch and UH Hilo Presents “Happy”

Parker Ranch, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii at Hilo, produced a remake of the music video “Happy” by Pharrell Williams to showcase the uniqueness of Hilo and as a tribute to the university’s Spring 2014 graduating class.


Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, was the keynote speaker at the Spring 2014 commencement. The overarching theme of his speech—happiness—is a reminder for all to live a life rooted in happiness because life is too precious to live otherwise.

A special mahalo to the wonderful people of Hilo for dancing with incredible enthusiasm and to the video crew—Brett Wagner of Wagnervision (Director), George Russell (Cameraman), Ashley Kierkiewicz of Hastings & Pleadwell (Executive Producer) and Shawn Pila of ENA Media Hawaii (Assistant Producer) for making production awesome.

The song used in this music video is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams—Courtesy of Universal Pictures & Columbia Records.