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Congrats to Greggor Ilagon and Mahalo Fred Blas

Well it looks like we will now have the youngest Hawaii County Council Candidate in history serving our Hawaii County Council in new “Councilman Greggor Ilagon”.

Greggor Ilagan

I look forward to working with Councilman Ilagon in the future and I want to say mahalo to current Councilman Fred Blas for his hard work that he has done while he has been in office.

Councilman Greggor… get ready for me to be on your ass bro! ;)

Mayor Kenoi Will Hold Office

After enough analysis of tonight’s race… I will say that Mayor Kenoi will hold office.

Deputy Mayor Iizuka presents a message of aloha to Mayor Kenoi on behalf of Mayor Sadaji Akutsu of Shibukawa.

Congratulations to both Mayor Kenoi and Former Mayor Harry Kim for really running pretty clean campaigns and really not beefing.

Normally we see a lot of smear tactics amongst constituents of candidates and this year we didn’t see that.

Mahalo to Mayor Kenoi and Harry Kim for running a campaign free of smearing each other.

Hawaii County Election Results – First Read Out

Printed on: 11/06/2012 at 08:32:29 pm
Hawaii General 2012 – State of Hawaii – Hawaii County
November 6, 2012
**NUMBER 2**
Page 1
President and Vice President
28 of 43
(D) OBAMA, Barack / BIDEN, Joe 37,196 75.4%
(R) ROMNEY, Mitt / RYAN, Paul 10,721 21.7%
(L) JOHNSON, Gary / GRAY, James P. 550 1.1%
(G) STEIN, Jill / HONKALA, Cheri 549 1.1%
Blank Votes: 278
Over Votes: 19 0.0%
US Senator
28 of 43
(D) HIRONO, Mazie 34,226 69.4%
(R) LINGLE, Linda 14,356 29.1%
Blank Votes: 717
Over Votes: 14 0.0%
US Representative, Dist 2
28 of 43
(D) GABBARD, Tulsi 39,120 79.3%
(R) CROWLEY, Kawika 8,182 16.6%
Blank Votes: 1,979
Over Votes: 32 0.1%
State Senator, Dist 2
7 of 9
(D) RUDERMAN, Russell E. 9,083 72.1%
(R) SMITH, Daryl Lee 2,635 20.9%
Blank Votes: 875
Over Votes: 9 0.1%
State Senator, Dist 3
7 of 12
(D) GREEN, Josh 8,126 75.9%
(R) LAFRANCE, Jeff R. 2,095 19.6%
Blank Votes: 486
Over Votes: 3 0.0%
State Senator, Dist 4
5 of 13
(D) SOLOMON, Malama 5,627 62.3%
(G) GREENWELL, Kelly 2,668 29.5%
Blank Votes: 740
Over Votes: 1 0.0%
State Representative, Dist 3
5 of 7
(D) ONISHI, Richard H.K. 4,114 57.4%
(R) HAPAI, Marlene (Nachbar) 2,196 30.6%
(L) FOGEL, Frederick F. 588 8.2%
Blank Votes: 261
Over Votes: 10 0.1%
State Representative, Dist 5
7 of 8
(D) COFFMAN, Denny 4,801 64.4%
(R) BATEMAN, Dave 2,176 29.2%
Blank Votes: 477
Over Votes: 6 0.1%
State Representative, Dist 6
0 of 5
(D) LOWEN, Nicole 2,512 62.7%
(R) EBERT, Roy 1,253 31.3%
Blank Votes: 243
Over Votes: 0 0.0%
Hawaii Resident Trustee
28 of 43
LINDSEY, Robert K. 20,859 42.3%
MEYERS, William (Willy) 6,680 13.5%
MIRANDA, Edwin L.P. 4,780 9.7%
Blank Votes: 16,977
Over Votes: 17 0.0%
Kauai Resident Trustee
28 of 43
AHUNA, Dan 6,948 14.1%
PACHECO, Haunani 3,143 6.4%
KAGAWA FU, Kanani 2,539 5.1%
BURKE, Jackie Kahookele 2,332 4.7%
YADAO, Leland K. (Radar) 2,233 4.5%
POMROY, Sharon A. 1,988 4.0%
SWAIN, Billy Kealamaikahiki 1,700 3.4%
SANTOS, D. Kaliko 1,112 2.3%
ALBAO, Liberta Hussey 921 1.9%
SAHUT, Ronson K. 197 0.4%
Blank Votes: 25,566
Over Votes: 38 0.1%
Molokai Resident Trustee
28 of 43
MACHADO, Colette (Piipii) 21,742 44.1%
Blank Votes: 27,571
Over Votes: 0 0.0%
“At Large” Trustee
28 of 43
APOLIONA, Haunani 12,265 24.9%
LEE, Cal 5,169 10.5%
RITTE, Walter 4,448 9.0%
AKINA, Keli’i 3,599 7.3%
MAKEKAU, Kealii J. 2,154 4.4%
LINCOLN, Lancelot Haili 2,033 4.1%
Blank Votes: 19,611
Over Votes: 34 0.1%
OHA Vacancy: Maui
28 of 43
LINDSEY, Carmen Hulu 9,147 18.5%
KANE, Dain Pomaika’i 3,658 7.4%
KAPU, Ke’eaumoku 3,330 6.8%
GOMES, Doreen Pua 3,183 6.5%
AU, Glenn G. 2,027 4.1%
DUEY, Rose 1,738 3.5%
AMORIN, Johanna Kuulei Shin 1,157 2.3%
Blank Votes: 25,056
Over Votes: 17 0.0%
Mayor, County of Hawaii
28 of 43
KENOI, Billy 24,157 49.0%
KIM, Harry 24,038 48.7%
Blank Votes: 1,103
Over Votes: 15 0.0%
Prosecuting Attorney, County of Hawaii
28 of 43
ASHIDA, Lincoln 22,871 46.4%
ROTH, Mitch 21,637 43.9%
Blank Votes: 4,793
Over Votes: 12 0.0%
Councilmember, Dist 1
5 of 8
POINDEXTER, Valerie 2,908 56.5%
YAGONG, Chelsea 1,834 35.6%
Blank Votes: 404
Over Votes: 0 0.0%
Councilmember, Dist 4
3 of 3
ILAGAN, Greggor 3,795 59.1%
BLAS, Fred 2,376 37.0%
Blank Votes: 247
Over Votes: 2 0.0%
Councilmember, Dist 6
7 of 8
FORD, Brenda 2,892 48.5%
DAVID, Maile (Medeiros) 2,735 45.8%
Blank Votes: 338
Over Votes: 2 0.0%
Councilmember, Dist 9
0 of 3
WILLE, Margaret 1,641 47.0%
SHIMAOKA, Oliver (Sonny) 1,513 43.3%
Blank Votes: 337
Over Votes: 0 0.0%
CON AMEND: Relating to Dams and
Reservoirs 28 of 43
YES 23,477 47.6%
NO 20,344 41.3%
Blank Votes: 5,468
Over Votes: 24 0.0%
CON AMEND: Relating to Retired Judges
28 of 43
YES 25,533 51.8%
NO 18,604 37.7%
Blank Votes: 5,159
Over Votes: 17 0.0%
1. HAWAI’I: Records and Meetings Open to
the Public 28 of 43
YES 30,727 62.3%
NO 12,209 24.8%
Blank Votes: 6,346
Over Votes: 31 0.1%
2. HAWAI’I: Public Access, Open Space,
and Natural Resources Preservation Fund 28 of 43
YES 26,608 54.0%
NO 16,738 33.9%
Blank Votes: 5,937
Over Votes: 30 0.1%
3. HAWAI’I: Public Access, Open Space,
and Natural Resources Preservation 28 of 43
YES 27,270 55.3%
NO 15,838 32.1%
Blank Votes: 6,182
Over Votes: 23 0.0%
4. HAWAI’I: Establishing Special Funds
28 of 43
YES 11,540 23.4%
NO 32,087 65.1%
Blank Votes: 5,654
Over Votes: 32 0.1%
5. HAWAI’I: Eligibility for Redistricting
Commissioners to be Candidates for County 28 of 43
YES 31,448 63.8%
NO 10,697 21.7%
Blank Votes: 7,137
Over Votes: 31 0.1%
6. HAWAI’I: Establishing a Game
Management Advisory Commission 28 of 43
YES 28,567 57.9%
NO 15,567 31.6%
Blank Votes: 5,151
Over Votes: 28 0.1%
Printed on: 11/06/2012 at 08:32:29 pm
Hawaii General 2012 – State of Hawaii – Hawaii County
November 6, 2012
**NUMBER 2**
Page 2
TOTAL TURNOUT 49,313 47.3%

Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club Starts Construction

Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) announced the start of construction of its newest resort, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, an upscale urban timeshare resort in world-famous Waikiki.  Coinciding with the start of the extensive renovation project was the official launch of sales for the resort, which is the company’s seventh timeshare resort in Hawaii.  The property is located at the site of the former OHANA® Islander Waikiki Hotel and was acquired from Outrigger Enterprises Group by HGV in May 2011. The resort is anticipated to open in late 2013.

Artists Rendition

Leading architectural firm Group 70 International of Honolulu has been commissioned to design the fourteen-story resort, which balances Hawaiian aesthetic with modern elements. Los Angeles-based studio Indidesign will oversee the interior design and Hensel Phelps has been selected as Construction Manager.

Hokulani Waikiki will be comprised of 143 one-bedroom suites with elegant and personalized touches, which include a living room, boutique kitchen and spacious bathrooms. Both interior and exterior designs will utilize natural elements and tones to showcase Hawaii’s unique cultural heritage and lush environment. Mahina, the spacious open air lobby, will provide a relaxing arrival experience as well as a personalized area to enjoy throughout the stay. Guests and owners will also have access to Nalani, an exclusive rooftop deck with a pool lounge, bar, private cabanas and dynamic views of Waikiki.

According to Bryan Klum, executive vice president of Hilton Grand Vacations-Asia/Pacific, Hokulani Waikiki was created with the sophisticated and active traveler in mind.

“We will deliver a guest experience that is contemporary, vibrant and fun,” Klum said. “We have incorporated a number of features and design elements that will distinctively set Hokulani Waikiki apart from other timeshare resorts in Hawaii. It will be the perfect choice for the traveler who wants to be in the center of Waikiki and is looking for an exciting, action-packed vacation. Hokulani Waikiki will be a great complement to our timeshare properties at the nearby Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.”

All conceptual images. Features and amenities subject to change.

The suites at Hokulani Waikiki have been superbly designed with surprising features and a decor approach that interprets Hawaiian motifs in a modern way, Klum said. “We think it will appeal equally to our domestic and international customers, especially those with urban sensibilities and appreciation for quality.”

Hokulani Waikiki is located at 2181 Kalakaua Avenue, adjacent to Lewers Street, which will provide guests with immediate access to premier shopping, dining and entertainment selections in the exciting Waikiki Beach Walk entertainment district.

Klum added that Hokulani Waikiki is further proof of the growing popularity of HGV’s timeshare offerings in Hawaii. It is also an opportunity to tap into the demand and awareness created by the Waikiki Beach Walk. “We are incredibly fortunate to have a wonderful working relationship with Outrigger Enterprises Group, and together we are committed to providing owners and guests with an opportunity to discover the wonders that can be found in Waikiki and throughout the island of Oahu,” he said.

“It’s a real pleasure to welcome Hilton Grand Vacations into our expanding ohana at Waikiki Beach Walk,” said Barbara Campbell, vice president of retail development and leasing for Outrigger Enterprises Group. “With a diverse array of dining and shopping opportunities, guests staying at Hokulani Waikiki will be able to experience firsthand our warm island hospitality and a genuine spirit of aloha.”

A blessing ceremony will be held later this month to signal the start of the renovations. Attendees will include company VIPs and other dignitaries.

Upon its completion, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club will join award-winning properties at Oahu’s Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort and Waikoloa Beach Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Hawaii Residents – Check Your Safeway Carrots (Recall in Effect)

November 1, 2012 – Bolthouse Farms is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Bolthouse Farms® 16-ounce Carrot Chips following a routine sampling event, conducted on October 22, 2012, by a North Carolina health official.

Bakersfield, California-based Bolthouse Farms voluntarily recalled about 5,600 cases of 1-pound bags of carrot chips after a test in North Carolina indicated the possibility of salmonella contamination.

The company was notified on October 31, 2012 that the inspection detected the possibility of Salmonella in the single16-ounce bag that was tested. Bolthouse Farms has not received any reports of consumer illness or other consumer complaints related to this product.

Out of an abundance of caution, Bolthouse Farms is retrieving the Carrot Chips from the marketplace.

No other Bolthouse Farms products are affected by this recall.

Approximately 5,600 cases of the 16-ounce bags shipped to retail customers in the United States and Canada are being recalled. The affected product is labeled as Bolthouse Farms Carrot Chips, Safeway Farms Carrot Chips, or Farm Stand Carrot Chips and has the following information and codes on the front right corner of the bags:

Bolthouse Farms Bolthouse Farms Safeway Farms* Farm Stand
NOV 12 2012
BF 212 J11
UPC 71464 17209
NOV 13 2012
BF 212 J 12
UPC 71464 17209
NOV 13 2012
06 T XXXX S2682
BF 212 J12 286
UPC 21130 70217
NOV 12-13 2012
BF 212 J11-12
UPC 41163 45311

*Safeway Farms Carrot Chips are sold in Safeway stores in Ketchikan, Alaska; Arizona; California; Hawaii; Idaho; Montana; Nevada; New Mexico; Oregon; and Washington State, as well as Carrs stores in Juneau, Alaska; Pak ‘N Save stores in California; Randalls stores in Texas and Tom Thumb stores in Texas.

Consumers who have purchased these Carrot Chips with these codes and best by dates should not eat the product. Consumers are encouraged to return the product to the store where they purchased it for an exchange or full refund. Consumers also can contact Bolthouse Farms at 1-866-535-3774 (24-hours a day through Monday, November 5, 2012) for more information.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause a foodborne illness. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment.

Zucker 41 Miles Into Hike for Hunger on the Big Island – Looking to Raise 110,000 Pounds of Food on the Big Island

Will Zucker is hiking a part of the Big Island in his annual fight against hunger.

Zucker, sales manager at Mahalo Broadcasting (LAVA 105.3fm/KKOA 107.7 fm/KHNU 620 AM), is in the progress of walking 126 miles from Hilo up the Hamakua Coast, through Waimea and Waikoloa to Kona, to raise awareness of the need for donations to Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s Food Bank.

Zucker says his goal is 110,000 pounds of food, or the equivalent, donated at KTA stores around the island during his hike. But he says he really hopes to get to 150,000. In his 2011 Hike Against Hunger, he raised the equivalent of 100,000 pounds of food—a combination of nonperishable food donations and cash, which the Food Basket uses to buy food.

The Food Basket is an island wide, supplemental food network that collects and distributes nutritious, high quality food to low income households, the working poor, the disabled, the ill, senior citizens, children’s programs and other charitable organizations that serve this population. Supplemental food is provided regardless of religious beliefs, gender or ethnicity.

Zucker started by spending a day at KTA at Puanako on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4,  collecting food and donations.

In the next few days, November 6 and 7, he’ll be walking up the Hamakua Coast, camping out overnight, with plans to arrive at KTA Waimea by Wednesday, November 7 for a 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. food collection.


The morning of Thursday, November 18, he’ll walk from Waimea to Waikoloa KTA for a food and donation collection lasting from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. He plans to wake from Waikoloa to KTA in Kailua-Kona in the Kona Coast Shopping Center on Palani Road the morning of Friday, November 9.

The food and donations collection will be at KTA Kona Friday, November 9 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday morning, November 10, he’ll walk from the Kona KTA to Keauhou KTA, for an all-day food and donation collection from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The final day of food and cash collection will be at KTA Keauhou on Sunday, November 11 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This is Zucker’s fourth annual Hike for Hunger. Hawaii Island Food Basket says the holidays are the most desperate time of the year, with the demand for food being highest. They are seeking donations of nonperishable food, especially meats and protein. They also welcome cash donations, as each dollar donated can purchase seven pounds of food.

Those wishing to “Walk with Will” should call him at 990-0990. There is more information about Hawaii Island’s Food Basket at their web site, /www.foodbaskethi.org. Nani Lee, Director of Hawaii Island Food Basket also welcomes questions about The Food Basket at 933-6030

Hawaii News and Island Information Polls Now Closed – The Results

Here are the final results of the polls I was running on the side of my site.
Who Will You Vote for in Big Island Mayoral Race:
Billy Kenoi  49.61%  (189 votes)
Harry Kim  50.39%  (192 votes)
Total Votes: 381
Who will you vote for Hawaii County Prosecutor in the 2012 General Elections:
Lincoln Ashida  35.44%  (56 votes)
Mitch Roth  64.56%  (102 votes)
Total Votes: 158
Who Will You Vote for President of the United States:
Barack Obama  65.89%  (85 votes)
Mitt Romney  34.11%  (44 votes)
Total Votes: 129

All But Two Civil Defense Sirens Fixed

To expedite repairs to Civil Defense warning sirens that didn’t function properly during November’s monthly siren test, State Civil Defense technicians flew to the Big Island Friday to inspect and repair four sirens on the west side of the island (Puakō, Kamehameha Park, Kahaluʻu Beach Park and Nāpoʻopoʻo).

Meanwhile, personnel from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense and the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Radio Shop worked through the weekend to oversee and inspect seven sirens on the east side of the island. Of those, two functioned properly (Kawailani and Paʻauilo), three were repaired over the weekend (Pāpaʻikou, ʻOʻōkala and Paradise Park and) and one (Honokaʻa) was completed Monday (November 5) by a private contractor.

State Civil Defense technicians returned to the Big Island on Monday and repaired the siren at Laupāhoehoe Point.

The two remaining sirens that are not functioning, one at Hakalau, which was knocked over in a car crash, and one at Waiaka, which has a frozen motor, require new parts and extensive work by private contractors. State Civil Defense hopes to have the Hakalau siren in operation in time for the December monthly test. A time line has not been established for the Waiaka siren.

Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Administrator Ben Fuata said he appreciates the assistance of the Police Department and State Civil Defense for working “tirelessly” through the weekend along with his staff. “We’ve made a substantial dent in improving the efficiency and enhancing the readiness of our emergency siren alerting system,” Fuata said. “For that I am grateful and indebted to them for their service.”

Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri added that the collaboration of the three agencies and private contractors is an example of the Police Department’s partnership with the community. “The public’s safety is our number one concern,” Kubojiri said. “That cannot be compromised.”

Members Needed for the 2013 Hawaii Conservation Conference Abstract Committee

The Hawaii Conservation Alliance is currently recruiting members for the 2013 Hawaii Conservation Conference Abstract Committee. This is your chance to contribute to the conference’s success by influencing the content of the sessions and presentations! Please volunteer and encourage your colleagues to also sign up to help review session proposals and abstracts for the 2013 Hawaii Conservation Conference “Living Today, Sustaining Tomorrow: Connecting People, Places and Planet.”

The 2013 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be happening at the Hawaii Convention Center

A description of the Abstract Committee and a timeline is included below. The Call for Proposals can be found at http://hawaiiconservation.org/activities/hawaii_conservation_conference/conferences/2013/call_for_proposals

Abstract Committee Description

Help develop criteria and guidelines for session proposal and abstract submissions. Review proposals for symposia, forums, workshops, and trainings. Review and accept/reject abstract submissions. Assist in developing conference program and schedule. Help identify session moderators and update guidelines for moderators. Assist with final editing of abstract and program book.

Session Proposal & Abstract Review Timeline

•    Abstract Committee email comments on Oxford Abstracts submission form and evaluation criteria: DUE November 19
•    Abstract Committee email comments on moderator and presenter guidelines: DUE January 10
•    All Abstract and Session proposals deadline: January 21
•    Abstract and Session proposal REVIEW by committee (online thru Oxford Abstracts): January 25-February 8
•    Abstract Review Committee MEETING in person or conference call (8hrs): March 1st
•    All Revisions deadline: March 15
•    Scheduling of session and oral presentation MEETING (2-3 volunteers in person only): March 29

Please sign up at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RJYHR3F or email coordinator@hawaiiconservation.org

Nēnē Killed by Vehicle in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park urges motorists to slow down and watch out for our endangered nēnē while driving on Highway 11 and other park roadways.

The park urges drivers to be cautious of nēnē in the roadway and to pay attention to all posted nēnē crossing signs. The nēnē in this photo is on Chain of Craters Road. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi

A female nēnē was killed early Friday morning along Chain of Craters Road, and her mate remains near the site. The young pair was preparing to nest.

As nesting season begins, nēnē, particularly females, are focused on eating. They must build up enough body fat to produce eggs and sustain them through the 30-day incubation period. As a result, females and their watchful mates are out not only during the day, but are also foraging at dusk and dawn and even throughout the night when the moon is bright.

Due to recent drought conditions, the vegetation is particularly dry at many of the favored breeding sites, pushing nēnē to move further afield in search of adequate food. Unfortunately, rain runoff from the pavement, combined with ground disturbance along road edges, often makes for lush grassy strips along roads, enticing birds to feed in dangerous spots. Furthermore, nēnē may be difficult to see along roadsides because their coloring often blends in with the surrounding area.

The park has placed nēnē crossing signs on roads where birds are known to congregate or cross, and where vehicle kills occur most frequently. Motorists are urged to pay attention to the signs and proceed cautiously.

“It’s imperative that drivers use caution throughout all nēnē crossing zones. It is understandable that people get complacent when they do not see nēnē in these areas for a long time; however, the park strongly urges motorists to pay attention to the signs and slow down,” said park wildlife biologist Kathleen Misajon.

Incidents of people feeding nēnē also have contributed to recent vehicle kills, Misajon said. On Oct. 1, a 16-year-old male – a father of three fledglings last season – was killed by a vehicle along Highway 11, one mile outside of the park’s Ka‘ū boundary. He was likely drawn to this location by feeding, which continues to be a problem at this site, attracting more nēnē to the roadside and increasing their odds of becoming the next road kill.

“Nēnē have significant threats to contend with, from predation by cats, mongooses and other introduced predators, to loss of habitat made worse by drought conditions. This species is really fighting an uphill battle. We ask the public to help us rebuild nēnē populations by minimizing vehicle-related nēnē deaths,” Misajon said.

Big Island Police Searching for Oahu Man Who May Be in the Waikoloa Area

Big Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Oahu man wanted on two bench warrants for contempt of court.

Joseph Roy Carrion

Joseph Roy Carrion frequently travels to the Big Island and may be in the Waikoloa area.

He is described as 5-foot-5, 165 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Tour Groups Seeking Dismissal of Federal Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Teen Swept Out to Sea

Two tour group companies are seeking dismissal of a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed against them after White Plains teen Tyler Madoff was swept out to sea July 4 while on a guided tour in Hawaii.

Golden, Colo.-based Bold Earth Teen Adventures and Kealakekua, Hawaii-based Hawaii Pack and Paddle LLC, claim the lawsuit filed by Tyler’s parents in August in federal court in Honolulu was filed in the wrong court.

In motions filed Nov. 1 in federal court, the companies argue that the 15-year-old’s parents, Michael and Marianne, entered into two contracts prior to the trip, binding them to litigate any lawsuit in Jefferson County, Colo., which is the county where Bold Earth is headquartered. A “Liability Agreement” was executed electronically “more than five months before the trip” and a “Parent Agreement” was hand-signed by Marianne “more than three months before the trip,” the motions say…

Full Story here: Companies seek dismissal of wrongful death lawsuit filed after teen swept out to sea

Harry Kim on Last Week’s Tsunami Warning: Escape Routes in Puna “…I am satisfied with what is there”

Harry Kim just posted the following on his facebook page following his silence about the the whole situation:


To those who have asked for comments on the last tsunami incident: I have not said anything, and will not comment because I believe that would be inappropriate and non-productive for me to say anything at this time. Any comments would be based on what has appeared in the media, not knowing the specifics of the situation, and would be just Monday night quarterbacking. I do hope that the authorities from the state to the county will review the entire event. I hope you understand that any comment by me would not in any way be productive in the only important mission at this time, and that is to make things better.

To Bill Daly – On your specific question on escape routes in lower Puna during tsunami incidents, I am satisfied with what is there. The major issue for residents is to be very familiar with their routes, and even practice evacuation. The available routes to safety are a short distance in all areas of Puna, and what is important that the residents be familiar with what is closest to them.

Aloha, Harry

Winners Announced of the 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival

Winners of the 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival were announced Saturday night to an enthusiastic crowd at Waikoloa Bowl in Queens’ Gardens.  Awards were presented to Makua Solo, Wahine Solo and Wahine Hālau, after three nights of competition in ancient Kahiko and modern ‘Auana divisions.  (Kupuna Hālau and Solo winners were announced on Friday).

Sig Zane, Mary Jane Kamoku, Nalani Kanakaole and Kumu Alberta Nicolas

The top-scoring Wahine Hālau was Hui Hula Naleikalākupua (1,102 points) from Japan, under the direction of Kumu Hula Yukiko Hanayama.  In second place was Hawai‘i Island’s own Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala (1,089 points), Kumu Hula Hulali Solomon Covington.  Covington’s niece, Leiomalama Solomon, won the Wahine Solo title; she performed “Kimo Hula,” composed by her great-great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer, for the ‘auana selection.

Hulali Solomon Covington, Leiomalama Solomon, Nalani Kanakaole and Kuhao Zane

Fourteen hālau—seven from Japan, six from Hawaii and one from Mexico—competed in the three-night event, which also featured Hawaiian cultural workshops and Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace during the day at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa.

Kuhao Zane. Sig Zane, Kumu Yukiko Hanayama and Nalani Kanakaole

WINNERS 7th Annual Moku O Keawe International Hula Festival:

  • 2nd Place Makua Solo Hula: Kyushu Hawaiian Association Kamalu Lani, 490 points, Kumu Hula: Keiko Ito Soloist: Sanami Hayashi
  • 1st Place Makua Solo Hula: Hula Hālau Kahula O Hawai‘i, 545 points, Kumu Hula: Kyoko Kubokawa, Soloist: Miyuki Iota
  • 3rd Place Wahine Hula: Kyushu Hawaiian Association Kamalu Lani, 1,084 points, Kumu Hula: Keiko Ito
  • 2nd Place Wahine Hula: Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala, 1,089 points, Kumu Hula: Hulali Solomon Covington
  • 1st Place Wahine Hula: Hui Hula Naleikalākupua, 1,102 points, Kumu Hula: Yukiko Hanayama
  • 3rd Place Solo Hula: Koga Mamina Hula Studio, 1,009 points, Kumu Hula: Mamina Koga, Soloist: Hiromi Sato
  • 2nd Place Solo Hula: Hula Hālau Kahula O Hawai‘i, 1,018 points, Kumu Hula: Kyoko Kubokawa, Soloist: Megumi Toyosawa
  • 1st Place Solo Hula: Beamer-Solomon Hālau O Po‘ohala 1,086 points, Kumu Hula: Hulali Solomon Covington, Soloist: Leiomalama Solomon
  • 3rd Place Kūpuna Hula: Hui Hula Naleikalakupua, 598 points, Kumu Hula: Yukiko Hanayama
  • 2nd Place Kūpuna Hula: Hula Hālau Plumeria Kamalu Lani, 618 points, Kumu Hula: Harumi Soejima
  • 1st Place Kūpuna Hula: Hālau I Ka Wekiu, 634 points, Kumu Hula: Karl Veto Baker and Michael Casupang

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is sponsored by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts.  Sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/County of Hawai‘i CPEP Program and others.  For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com/updates.

Hawaii County Elections Update


104,323 Hawaii County residents are registered to vote in the 2012 General Election. This is the official voter registration count for the 2012 General Election and is not subject to change for this election.


As of November 3rd, Hawaii County has received 20,019 voted absentee mail ballots.  Voters are reminded that the deadline to submit an absentee mail ballot for the General Election is 6:00 p.m. on November 6, 2012.  Voters are further reminded that absentee mail ballots may be submitted for the General Election by: (1) hand delivering their ballot to the Hawaii County Elections Division office in Hilo, (2) hand delivering their ballot to any precinct on Election Day, November 6, 2012, no later than 6:00 p.m.


Absentee/early walk-in voting ended on November 3, 2012.  As of November 3rd, 9,502 Hawaii County voters voted absentee/early walk-in voting in Hawaii County.

For more information please contact Lehua Iopa, Acting Elections Program Administrator, Hawaii County Elections Division (808) 961-8277 or by electronic mail to eiopa@co.hawaii.hi.us.


3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of the Big Island


Magnitude 3.2
Location 19.385°N, 155.246°W
Depth 3.3 km (2.1 miles)
  • 7 km (5 miles) S (189°) from Volcano, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) SW (231°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (230°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) SSW (205°) from Hilo, HI
  • 344 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 34, Dmin=1 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=2
Event ID hv60426701

Paradise Roller Girls Annual Jell-O Wrestling Tournament

It’s slippery. It’s sticky. It’s silly. It’s the Paradise Roller Girls Jell-O wrestling tournament and calendar signing day at the Hilo Town Tavern! Come join the fun November 10 in downtown Hilo to watch your favorite derby girls battle it out in a pool of slimy goo before the presentation and signing of the Paradise Roller Girls newly released 2013 photo calendar.

Paradise Roller Girl’s 2011 Jell-O wrestling tournament champion Atomic Ace holds her hands up in victory.

This year’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is the third such event to be hosted by PRG. During last year’s tournament Atomic Ace defeated Firefly Fatal and Sasha Buzzkill before beating Derbutante Diva to become the 2011 Jell-O wrestling champion. Ace, who was just a rookie last year, explained that like derby, Jell-O wrestling is not a staged event – it’s the real deal!

“Yeah, we were really wrestling in there. It was a really rough match,” she said about last year’s final matchup with Derbutante Diva. “I had never Jell-O wrestled before, but it was kind of cool because it is a bar that I go to often and there are a lot of people there that I know.”

2010 Jell-O wrestling tournament champion Holly Von Slappenbitsch Zimmerman basks in the glory of her triumph.

Holly ‘Von Slappenbitsch’ Zimmerman, the 2010 Jell-O wrestling champion, explained that the event is not just for entertainment either. “It helps to raise funds for the Paradise Roller Girls and it is fun,” she said.

Money raised from the event helps to pay for some of PRG’s administrative and operating costs. Entrance to Saturday’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is $5, with the wrestling action beginning at 4 p.m. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be sold at a discounted price for all PRG fans and Tavern regulars who make it through the door. For more information contact Ann Illusion at 315-0494 or the Hilo Town Tavern at 935-2171.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Floral Competition Taps Statewide Winners

Members of the statewide floriculture industry recently gathered for a lineup of horticulture seminars, market strategizing workshops and networking at the 4th Annual “Tropical Trends Collaboration Now in the 21st Century” conference presented by the Hawaii Tropical Flower Council (HTFC), Crop Productions Services and the Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association (HFNA).

Held October 19-21 at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, the conference culminated on Sunday with the first Tropical Trends Design Competition themed for a destination wedding in Hawaii. Award-winning floral designer, author and educator Hitomi Gilliam, AIFD, served as the contest’s lead judge, assisted by Carol Okada, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, and Margarita (Day Day) Hopkins, retired economic development specialist with Hawaii County.

“The contestants exceeded my expectations, producing interesting designs that illustrated their mechanical and professional knowledge,” noted Gilliam of Design 358.

Participating design contestants from Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii Island were tasked with using a surprise package of materials to create a bridal bouquet, a table centerpiece and one table setting “for the sophisticated bride and groom from New York City.” The winning contestants took home cash and the public was invited to attend for free.

“A competition like this brings out the best of what Hawaii has to offer, both in product and floral design, added Eric Tanouye, president of HFNA. “Many of our local designers have the talent to compete on the larger stage. Their designs were beautiful and definitely cutting-edge.”

Iris Viacrusis of Iris Gill Design in Hilo

Taking first place was Iris Viacrusis of Iris Gill Design in Hilo, followed by second place winner Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi of Su-V Expression in Honolulu. Lia Mercado of Ainahua Florals in Kamuela earned third place and the people’s choice award.

Lia Mercado of Ainahua Florals in Kamuela

“Local residents usually want flowers from the Mainland for their weddings but after seeing what we did with the Hawaii product, they were amazed,” shared Viacrusis. “Events like this can excite our citizens to request our tropical flowers for their weddings, which is more affordable than shipping product in.”

The first day of the conference focused on ways to improve floral production, delving into pest control, fertilizer and research. Saturday’s programs covered the importance of not only having a business plan, but also a marketing strategy with a Hawaii brand identity. Attendees learned about capitalizing on the trend in interior scapes, like “living walls,” and got an update on the global production and marketing of cut flowers, blooming plants and potted foliage by worldwide authority Henry Winogrond of Novelle Consulting.

While discussing “Trends, Design and Demand in the Floriculture and Nursery Industry,” Gilliam told growers they “have all the right things”—quality, product with interesting colors and textures and good delivery with Fed Ex—but need to better market themselves.

“The market is not going to come to the small grower; competition is fierce,” emphasized Gilliam of Canada. “Collaboration of all growers is essential to sell product to a targeted customer wanting the Hawaii brand and all the wonderful attributes the brand has to offer.”

Tanouye agrees, adding, “It’s important to stay in the top tier of the marketplace by delivering on the Hawaii brand promise of highest quality, consistency, an ever-changing diversified product, and service with aloha.”

The 4th Annual “Tropical Trends Collaboration Now in the 21st Century” is a partnership between County of Hawaii Research & Development, Crop Production Services, Flora-Dec, Hawaii Export Nursery Association, Hawaii Floriculture and Nursery Association, Hawaii Tropical Flower Council, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Orchid Growers of Hawaii, State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture and University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.


Tsunami Pervert Busted for Ripping Off Houses During Civil Defense Evacuations

Big Island police have arrested a male party in connection with a burglary which occurred in the Keaukaha area during the declared Civil Defense Emergency this past Saturday night (October 27).

Kalani Ahuna in a Facebook Profile Picture

Kalani Ahuna, M-28, of Keaukaha, was arrested on Thursday (November 1) at about 4:30 p.m. for Burglary of a Dwelling During a Civil Defense Emergency and is being held pending further investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about these burglaries (or anyone who didn’t evacuate and saw suspicious persons in the area) to call Sergeant James Correa at 961-2289 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

EXTRA –  According to Big Island Chronicle here is a partial list of some of the things he ripped off that eventing:

“…Two burglary victims say that the thief or thieves focused on undergarments such as panties and bras, bikinis, sex toys, and costume jewelry.  A bike was the most expensive item stolen from one of the homes.  A bathroom mirror was pried off a wall, and the victim thinks the thief or thieves thought it was a medicine cabinet.

In another home, the thief or thieves rejected electronics, cash, and a case of silverware found in a closet, but took costume jewelry, a vibrator, handcuffs, a baseball bat and a knife….”

3.8 Magnitude Earthquake Registered on the Big Island Today

Magnitude 3.8
Location 19.302°N, 155.222°W
Depth 9.9 km (6.2 miles)
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (175°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SSW (207°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 25 km (15 miles) SSW (210°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 43 km (27 miles) SW (230°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) SSW (198°) from Hilo, HI
  • 351 km (218 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 56, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Gp= 86°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=3
Event ID hv60425961