The Most Depressing Day of the Year: Blue Monday – Beat the Blues with a CWTCH

With Blue Monday (21 January, 2013), supposedly the most depressing day of the year, just around the corner, Confused.com is urging people to beat the January blues with a cwtch.

Blue Monday

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Big Island Police Charge Puna Man With Second Degree Murder and Other Offenses

Hawai’i Island police have charged 30-year-old Claude Keone Krause of Puna in connection with the disappearance of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman of Hawaiian Acres, who was reported missing on January 10.

Claude Keone Krause

Claude Keone Krause

Krause was charged at 11:20 a.m. Saturday (January 19) with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, two counts of ownership/possession of a firearm prohibited, and use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony. He remains in police custody with no bail pending his initial court appearance.

Kawena K. Krause

Kawena K. Krause

Another suspect, Kawena Krause, who was arrested Friday (January 18), also remains in custody while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Big Island Realtor Begins Shooting 8 Episodes of HGTV’s “Live Here, Buy This”

Another 2013 Hawaii real estate star ascends with agent Molly Harris of MacArthur & Company/Sotheby’s International Realty going before cameras beginning today, January 19, shooting HGTV viewers on an 8 episode fantasy island tour of hot-listed properties matching the wish lists of “Live Here, Buy This” guests.

Molly Harris shows HGTV Live Here Buy This Hawaii heaven in January

Molly Harris shows HGTV Live Here Buy This Hawaii heaven in January

After a 2010 stint on HGTV’s House Hunters International while living in Costa Rica, Harris was asked to showcase the best of the Big Island’s tropical properties for HGTV’s latest hit. “I’m excited to show what the Big Island of Hawaii has to offer. Above romantic beachfront properties, the real value of the alluring investments we represent has kept our clients happy and our company locally and internationally competitive for decades.”

Harris returned home to Hawaii a year ago with a huge appreciation for the Big Island and the people who live there. “After running my own luxury real estate business in Costa Rica for years with the competition (Christie’s), the only company I could possibly have joined next was MacArthur & Company/Sotheby’s International Realty. While “Live Here, Buy This” will be great for all the real estate agencies in Hawaii, I’m glad to have the support of our global realty team, as well as working with strong, smart women like Dodie (MacArthur, CEO.) I’m also a HGTV junkie with a four-year old, so I can totally relate to the viewers needing to indulge fantasy options.” After screening hundreds of properties, Harris can’t wait to show how far dollars will stretch here on the Big Island over Hawaiian properties elsewhere.

When choosing the hosting real estate agent and agency for this initial run of their new season’s eight episodes, “Live Here, Buy This,” Rebecca Tyo of JV Productions, shared she sought out MacArthur and Company/Sotheby’s International Realty because the brand is famed for beautiful listings and top professional agents – components trusted to show and sell properties which Hawaii home seekers and viewers alike crave.

Rebecca_Keliihoomalu , Senior VP, R(B), recently showcased a single room of Shangri-La for HGTV’s show, “Million Dollar Rooms,” highlighting again the company’s commitment in partnering for success. Three out of the top ten top producers on Hawaii (H.I.S, 2012) are agents of MacArthur and Company/Sotheby’s International Realty – a testament to the company’s steadfast striving for dreams to come true for both clients and associates.

“Live Here, Buy This” ranks often among HGTV’s number one shows in the 18-49 year old bracket — a great match for the brand reputation of Sotheby’s International Realty’s wider reach. With Molly’s ease sharing real estate in front of global cameras, lining up with a great fantasy-fulfilling concept, a longstanding brokerage with an abundance of listings of all types, plus guests primed to explore options “… we’re eager to show anyone can afford to live in paradise!” enthused Tyo.

Harris said she’s as comfortable in her thigh-high snake boots shopping raw land and real estate in the jungle as she is slipping into heels for their firm’s most upscale clients and HGTV viewers so stay tuned to see where the show steps out with Molly for Hawaiian dreams fulfilled on “Live Here, Buy This.”

Click on links for more information on “Live Here, Buy This,” Molly Harris, Dodie MacArthur and MacArthur & Company/Sotheby’s International Realty. Follow us on: Facebook and Pinterest and stay tuned for air dates this coming summer, 2013.

MacArthur and Company Sotheby’s International Realty HQ at Parker Square, 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 104, Kamuela, HI 96743 P: (808) 885-8885

 

 

US Navy Submarine USS Buffalo Arrives in New Home Port – Pearl Harbor

On a clear sunny day in Pearl Harbor, with performers from the Polynesian Cultural Center dancing, the Pacific Fleet Band playing tunes, and family and friends with leis in their hands, USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrived at her new homeport.

USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrives at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)

USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrives at her new homeport, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 18. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)

The Jan. 18 arrival of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam marked the near completion of a homeport shift from Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam.

Buffalo, nicknamed Silent Thunder, departed Guam Jan. 11. Upon her arrival at Pearl Harbor, she will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 1.

“My crew and I couldn’t be more excited about Buffalo’s change of homeport to Pearl Harbor!,” said Cmdr. Richard Seif, commanding officer of Buffalo. “My Sailors and families have heard many so many great things about the islands, and we are looking forward to experiencing Hawaii’s world famous “spirit of aloha.”

With only two families left to move, their arrival in Hawaii in the next few weeks will complete the move from Guam.

Seif said Buffalo’s change of homeport has been a real team effort that began almost a year ago. Buffalo’s Sailors had a lot of great lessons learned from the USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) and USS Houston (SSN 713) who made the move to Hawaii from Guam previously. He said he can’t say enough about the support he and his crew have received from Commander Submarine Squadron 1, Naval Submarine Support Command, the housing office, and the personnel support detachment staffs from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, because they made the move easy for crew.

“It was a little hard to move here at first, but the people are very kind, so it was OK,” said Paige Suh, a Buffalo spouse.

For Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Kekoa Ulep, Hawaii is home. The Hawaiian native has been smiling continuously since the crew got underway from Guam, and entertained the crew with his ukulele. Ulep is very excited to see his family and go back to his church.

“It feels great to be here, I really miss my ohana or “family” and it’s a very overwhelming feeling, I love it,” said Ulep.

USS Buffalo is the second ship to be named after Buffalo, N.Y., and is built to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and Special Operation Forces; carry out Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions; support battle group operations, and engage in mine warfare.

 

Big Island Police Arrest Second Puna Man in Connection With Disappearance of Dante Peter Gilman

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a second Puna man in connection with the disappearance of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman of Hawaiian Acres, who was reported missing on January 10.

Kawena K. Krause

Kawena K. Krause

At 10:37 a.m. Friday (January 18), 19-year-old Kawena K. Krause of Kurtistown was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@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.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Couple Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a man and woman who were reported missing.

The woman, 21-year-old Anika Young-Adams, was reported missing in September. Her boyfriend, 27-year-old John Hamrick, was reported missing in December. Both were last seen when they moved out of their Hawaiian Paradise Park home in September.

John Hamrick

John Hamrick

Hamrick is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

Anika Young-Adams

Anika Young-Adams

Young-Adams is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

They may be in a Silver 2004 Nissan Frontier and they may be living on the beach.

Police ask that anyone with information on their 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.

Coast Guard Conducts Harbor Tour with Sen. Brian Schatz

Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz met with the U.S. Coast Guard on Oahu and conducted a tour of Honolulu Harbor aboard one of the Coast Guard’s newest vessels, Tuesday.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray, 14th Coast Guard District commander, hosted the tour and provided Schatz an up close look at Coast Guard operations in and around the Port of Honolulu. It was also an opportunity for Schatz to learn more about the role of the Coast Guard in the Hawaiian Islands and throughout the Pacific.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

Schatz was given the opportunity to pilot the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, under the instruction of crewmembers from Station Honolulu. The RB-M is one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets with an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their various missions.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson

‘School Quality Survey’ Seeks Parent Feedback

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is encouraging parents to complete a survey to help schools set priorities for improving programs and services. Survey results will also be used to measure strategic plan goals for the DOE.
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Beginning this month, schools will mail or ask students to bring the surveys home. Parents whose children are enrolled in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 11 will be asked to complete the survey and return it in a prepaid envelope by February 28.

“Parent feedback is critical for schools to evaluate their services and ensure students’ needs are being met,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Their valuable input also plays a key role in our success and helps track progress of the strategic plan.”

Last year, about 25 percent of participating parents statewide responded to the survey. The DOE has prepared public service announcements and partnered with grassroots organizations to raise awareness about the survey and increase return rates.

Survey results provide schools data on everything ranging from parent satisfaction with course offerings, support services and availability to discuss their child’s progress to whether students feel safe and are meeting their goals. In addition to the parent survey, teachers and students from the selected grades will fill out separate surveys at school.

Survey responses are confidential. Overall survey results should be available to schools by the end of the academic year. The reports will also be posted on the internet at http://arch.k12.hi.us.

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School Quality Survey 2013 from Hawaii DOE – Video Technology on Vimeo.

Questions about the survey may be emailed to sqs@notes.k12.hi.us. Parents may also call 808-733-4008 (Oahu) or 1-855-276-5801 (toll-free Neighbor Islands) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

Alan McNarie is One of the Best Freelance Writers on the Big Island

Alan McNarie is one of the best freelance writers on the Big Island.

Alan McNarie takes a moment to take things in.

Alan McNarie takes a moment to take things in.

If I was looking for someone to write something for me and I had a budget… he’s the guy I’d have write something up.

Mahalo for all you do for the Big Island!

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16-Year-Old Hilo Boy

Hawaiʻi County police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo boy reported as missing from Hilo since January 14.

Makananui Fejeran

Makananui Fejeran

Makananui Fejeran is described as Hawaiian, approximately 6-foot-2, 178 pounds with brown eyes and short dark hair.

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.

 

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement Regarding the Public Land Development Corporation

In November, Gov. Neil Abercrombie deferred action on pending administrative rules of the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) to fully consider and address public concerns about the agency. Gov. Abercrombie directed the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), to which the PLDC is administratively attached, to facilitate the meetings with stakeholders.

abercrombieheaderGov. Abercrombie today stated:

“With many others, I believe in the legislative intent of Act 55, which has the potential to support using public lands for public purposes that otherwise will not have sufficient funding. 

“However, after reviewing the information compiled by the DLNR and suggested rule and regulation proposals, I believe the administrative rules process may not be able to reconcile existing support with opposing views to the extent necessary to satisfy outstanding concerns.

“The Hawaii State Legislature may need to adjust Act 55 so that its good intention can be implemented appropriate to the goals of this law.  Public understanding and support are essential. If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue. I will take that outcome into consideration but we cannot walk away, should that occur, without a solution that moves us forward. 

“As always, we will continue to work closely with the Legislature. We need to work together to achieve what is best for Hawaii.”

 

 

Big Island Police 30-Year-Old in Connection With Dissapearance of Hawaiian Acres Man

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Puna man in connection with the disappearance of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman of Hawaiian Acres, who was reported missing on January 10.

Claude Keone Krause

Claude Keone Krause

At 12:40 p.m. Thursday (January 17), 30-year-old Claude Keone Krause of Kurtistown was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@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.

Kona Man Charged With 11 Offenses as a Result of Robbery Investigation

A Kona man has been charged with 11 offenses as the result of a robbery investigation.

On December 16, police responded to a 7:30 p.m. report of a robbery. Responding officers determined that the victim, a 36-year-old Ocean View man, was confronted by the suspect as the victim was coming out of a garage access area at Kona Plaza in downtown Kailua-Kona. The suspect grabbed cash from the victim’s hand and ran away.

The victim chased the suspect to the parking lot of Coconut Grove Marketplace, where the suspect began striking the victim repeatedly with a metal chain, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to gain possession of the chain and the suspect fled the area.

Jacob DeMasters

Jacob DeMasters

Investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section determined the identity of the suspect, 31-year-old Jacob DeMasters of Kailua-Kona, who was located and arrested Tuesday (January 15).

Wednesday (January 16), DeMasters was charged with robbery, assault and theft. He was also charged with three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of promoting a harmful drug, one count of promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia for items that were in the car he was in at the time of his arrest.

DeMasters was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $18,750 bail until his initial court appearance Thursday (January 17).

 

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Boat Ramp and Breakwater at Mahukona Beach Park

The County Department of Parks and Recreation announces a public meeting to discuss a proposed project to construct a new boat ramp and breakwater at Māhukona Beach Park in North Kohala.

Mahukona

When: January 23rd , Wednesday

Location: Māhukona Beach Park Pavilion

Time: 5pm to 6pm

Staff from the US Army Corps of Engineers along with County representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting this meeting to provide a general overview of the North Kohala Navigation Improvement Feasibility Study process, to present project alternatives and receive input from the users.

Persons who need special accommodations to attend this meeting should call 961-8311 at least 1 day prior to meeting date.

 

 

Victims of Sexual Abuse Blast Local High School

Victims of sexual abuse are blasting a Honolulu high school for publicizing a scholarship named after a three-time accused predator priest.

In a letter to the president and board of directors of Maryknoll High School, members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org) say that a scholarship honoring accused predator priest Fr. James A. Jackson “hurts victims and discourages them from speaking up, thus endangering more kids.”

They are urging that the scholarship be dissolved.

Father James Scholarship

The endowed scholarship, advertised on the school’s website is named after Fr. Jackson, a Maryknoll missionary priest. The scholarship goes to students who “demonstrat[e] a willingness to contributed to the continued excellence of the Maryknoll family.”

In 2002, Fr. Jackson was accused of abusing three former students. At the time of the alleged crimes, Fr. Jackson was working as a missionary priest on the Big Island. He is now deceased.  At least one of Fr. Jackson’s victims came forward publicly at that time to warn the community of the threat Fr. Jackson posed.

SNAP believes that this scholarship deters victims from Maryknoll or any school in Honolulu from reporting predators.

“You may say that the scholarship is a ‘simple oversight,’ but that is little more than a cheap excuse.” the letter says. “There is no room for ‘simple oversight’ when it comes to the safety of your students, the prosecution of predators and healing of children who have been horribly hurt by abuse.”

The group wants the school to immediately dissolve or re-name the scholarship and apologize to Fr. Jackson’s alleged victims and the school’s alums. SNAP is also inviting school officials to host a “listening session” with victims of child sex abuse, so that the Maryknoll community can “better understand the harm that abuse causes to victims and communities and the chilling messages such insensitive actions send to other abuse victims.”

“When an institution praises a credibly accused serial predator, it’s basically saying that adult criminals will be believed and kids will not be,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director. “It encourages silence about child sexual abuse, which leads to more abuse, and it rubs salt into the wounds of victims, which leads to more pain.”

The group is also encouraging anyone who was abused, or who has seen or witnessed abuse, to come forward and report to law enforcement. A new Hawaii law allows child sex abuse victims to use the court system and expose their predator no matter when the abuse occurred. The law can help many victims of child sex abuse in Hawaii get justice and accountability, the group says. Similar laws in California and Delaware exposed more than 250 previously unknown child sex predators and helped law enforcement put at least five predators behind bars.

The law has already exposed ten predator clerics who worked at Honolulu’s Damien Memorial School.

OFFICIAL LETTER:

January 17, 2013

Perry Martin

Maryknoll School

Office of the President

1526 Alexander St.

Honolulu, HI 96822

president@maryknollschool.org

development@maryknollschool.org

fax: 808 952-7201

cc: Office of Development, Board of Directors

Dear Mr. Martin and members of the Board of Directors;

We are victims of sexual abuse who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women who were sexually abused in religious or institutional settings. We are writing you today because we are shocked and disturbed to discover that you support and publicize a student scholarship named after three-time accused predator, Fr. James A. Jackson. http://www.maryknollschool.org/page.aspx?pid=521

In case you do not know, Fr. Jackson has been accused of child sexual abuse by three children from when Jackson was a priest working on the Big Island. One of those victims even came forward publicly to warn the community about Jackson and the alleged abuse. The only reason Jackson was not prosecuted was due to the statute of limitations, not the merits of the victims’ accusations.

Having any honor for Jackson is implying that Maryknoll leadership honors silence when it comes to child sexual abuse. You are also saying that you admire and respect accused predators more than the brave victims who came forward and reported the crimes against them to law enforcement.

We hope you agree that this is a dangerous situation that must be immediately fixed. That is why we ask that you do the following:

  • Immediately dissolve the Jackson scholarship,
  • Inform the Maryknoll community of the accusations against Jackson,
  • Publicly apologize to the Maryknoll community and victims of sexual abuse,
  • Reach out other potential victims of Jackson or any predator who may have worked at Maryknoll School, and
  • Host a ‘listening session’ with victims of child sex abuse so that members of the Maryknoll community can learn about the effect of abuse and abuse prevention.

You may say that the scholarship is a ‘simple oversight,’ but that is little more than a cheap excuse. There is no room for ‘simple oversight’ when it comes to the safety of your students, the prosecution of predators and healing of children who have been horribly hurt by abuse.

We look forward to your immediate response to this matter and are more than willing to help you schedule a listening session.

Sincerely,

Joelle Casteix

SNAP Western Regional Director

jcasteix@gmail.com

Barb Dorris

SNAP Outreach Director

snapdorris@gmail.com

Boat Brought To Honokohau Harbor By Fisherman Is Potentially Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

A Kona fisherman has retrieved what could be the sixth confirmed item of Japan tsunami marine debris in Hawaii.

Honokohau Harbor

Honokohau Harbor

Yesterday afternoon, Randy Llanes, Kona captain of the fishing vessel Sundowner, brought to Honokohau small boat harbor, a 24-foot Japanese net boat with a deep “V” bow that was found floating about 4 miles out at sea. Other vessels reportedly had been fishing around it that morning, since fish are attracted to the marine growth and the protection a boat provides.

Llanes contacted the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) marine debris call-in line at (808) 587-0400 and kept in touch with Hawaii District Boating Manager, Nancy Murphy, to coordinate his arrival Tuesday afternoon at Honokohau.

DLNR immediately notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program and kept the program informed at all times. NOAA in turn notified its U.S. Coast Guard and National Parks Service contacts. The state Department of Health has been contacted regarding a testing for radiation levels.

While still at sea, Llanes spoke by phone with DLNR’s aquatic invasive species specialist, Jonathan Blodgett, who determined that Llanes had already scraped off blue mussels, an alien species in Hawaii, well out at sea, leaving only typical gooseneck barnacles that are common pelagic species and not harmful to native marine species.

Llanes told DLNR officials the skiff appeared identical to the four other small boats that have arrived in Hawaii waters since October 2012. He said he found it upside down and flipped it over.

As was done with the other four boats, NOAA will work with the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and Government of Japan on determination of the vessel’s origin and owner, if possible.

“On behalf of NOAA and the State of Hawaii, we ask that anyone who finds personal items, which may have come from the tsunami, to please report them to county, state and/or federal officials,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “Please show aloha and respect to the people of Japan, and the regions that suffered devastation from the 2011 tsunami. Remember, these items may be all someone has left.”

By being able to communicate with this boater in advance of his arrival, DLNR was able to quickly provide important guidance to prevent introduction of possible invasive marine species to island waters, and to ensure the skiff was met on arrival and properly handled and stored pending ownership verification.

DLNR recommends that boaters, fishers and coastal users view online guidelines for reporting and handling marine debris, including possible Japan tsunami marine debris (JTMD). They can be found on DLNR’s updated website at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr.

 

Shark Attack Off The Big Island – Warning Signs Posted at Kiholo Bay State Park

About 5 p.m. this evening, a 43-year old local male was surfing about 200 yards offshore at the north side of Kiholo Bay when he was bit on the right forearm by a 15 foot tiger shark. He also suffered injuries to his knee. A worker at a private home on the north side of bay called in to 911.

Kiholo Bay

Kiholo Bay

Hawaii County Fire Department responded and a helicopter was sent up to scan the waters, but nothing was seen. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement contacted the Kiholo Community Association which posted shark warning signs at the entrance gate to Kiholo Bay State Park. The park will remain closed until noon tomorrow. In the morning, HFD and DLNR will assess the area for any sharks sightings. If nothing is seen, the park and beach will reopen.

 

Wordless Wednesday – Pahoa’s New Roundabout

Tonight was the informational meeting about the Pahoa Roundabout that will be installed beginning the Summer of 2013 at a cost of $5 million dollars.

Pahoa Round-a-bout

Construction will last approximately one year and Highway 130 will be detoured through Pahoa Town during this time.

Highway 130 will be closed from the Entrance of Malama Market to Kahakai Blvd.  All Traffic will be routed through Pahoa during the construction time slated to happen from Summer 2013 to Summer 2014.

Highway 130 will be closed from the Entrance of Malama Market to Kahakai Blvd. All Traffic will be routed through Pahoa during the construction time slated to happen from Summer 2013 to Summer 2014.

This is who you get to blame for the pending mess!

Highway Card

 

Summer Food Service Program Helps Fill Hunger Gap

Children in low-income communities are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. However, the programs end when school lets out for the summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps fill the hunger gap.

SFSPDuring the summer months, SFSP provides nutritious meals that help children to learn, play and grow.

Schools, public agencies, and private nonprofit organizations may apply to be SFSP sponsors. Sponsoring organizations receive reimbursements for serving healthy meals and snacks at approved sites to children and teenagers (18 years and younger). Sponsors are encouraged to provide educational or recreational activities.

For more information about SFSP, contact Alexis Weisskopf at the Hawaii State Department of Education Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs at (808) 587-3600.

 

DLNR Holds Public Hearing On Proposed Kaluanui Natural Area Reserve

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, to receive public testimony on the proposed Kaluanui Natural Area Reserve that will be withdrawn from the upper portion of Sacred Falls (Kaluanui) State Park and transferred to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Natural Area Reserve Program.

DLNR

The meeting will take place at the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center at 53-516 Kamehameha Highway, Hauula, HI 96717.

This 376-acre area being proposed as a natural area reserve does not include the formerly used public trail or change the closed status of the Sacred Falls state park and trail that leads up to a pool located at the base of Kaliuwaa (Sacred) Falls. Both the park and trail will remain closed to public access due to hazards from rocks falling on the trail and at the pool.

The Kaluanui Natural Area Reserve will allow for more intensive natural resource management designed to protect and preserve this portion of Oahu’s native rainforests that contains rare plants, damselflies and snail populations. Improved management of these biological resources will allow future generations to study and learn about a native Hawaiian ecosystem in the windward Koolau Mountains.

“Many of these native species are only found in the Kaluanui area and are perilously close to extinction from the impacts of invasive plants and animals. The Natural Area Reserves System seeks to protect the best remaining samples of Hawaii’s unique ecosystems,”said William Aila Jr., DLNR chairperson.

In addition to saving native species, forest protection secures Hawaii’s water supplies. Hawaii’s native forests collect rain and fog, providing water for human use. Forests also prevent erosion that muddies beaches and reefs.

Persons unable to attend or wishing to present additional comments may mail written testimony received no later than Feb. 6, 2013, to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, attn: Emma Yuen, 1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 325, Honolulu HI, 96813, or via e-mail to Emma.Yuen@hawaii.gov.

Copies of the nomination and a map of the area are available for inspection by contacting the address above. Any person may testify or present information at the public hearing.

Anyone planning to attend the above meeting who requires auxiliary aids (taped materials or sign language interpreter), should request assistance 10 working days prior to the date of the hearing by calling 587-4170.