National Weather Service Places Oahu Under a Tropical Storm Warning – Statewide List of Evacuation Shelters

National Weather Service places Oahu under a Tropical Storm Warning

The National Weather Service has placed Oahu under a Tropical Storm Warning. A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when the threat of tropical storm conditions of high wind and storm surge are expected within 36 hours. Actions for protection of life and property should begin immediately. Evacuations may be ordered depending on the severity of Tropical Storm Flossie.

Click to see the statewide list of shelters

Click to see the statewide list of shelters

All residents are advised to take the following preparedness actions:

Fill up the fuel tank in your vehicle(s).

Have some spare cash on hand. The amount you would normally spend in one week is a good choice.

Be aware of the hazards that hurricanes and tropical storms create – destructive storm surge, severe flooding and high winds.

Know the location of your nearest hurricane shelter but do not automatically go there. Locations and opening times will be broadcast over TV and radio. See this link for Hawaii Hurricane Evacuation Shelters

Know if you are located in a tsunami evacuation zone. Evacuation zones for hurricanes and tropical storms are the same as those for tsunami events. Evacuation zones are printed in the yellow tabbed section of your telephone white pages. Or see this link for an interactive evacuation zone map

Consider designating an off-island friend as a family emergency contact should you be separated following a hurricane or other disaster. When phone systems are restored family members would check in with this person.

Plan to care for your family pets in the event you have to evacuate your home. Do not leave pets at home. If your home is not safe for you it is not safe for your pets.

Find out if your insurance policy covers flood damage.

Stock a seven-day supply of non-perishable foods and emergency supplies.

Make sure you have a battery operated radio, flashlight and spare batteries on hand at all times.


Geothermal Public Health Assessment (Draft) Released Today – Findings and Recommendations

The Geothermal Public Health Assessment (Draft) – Findings and Recommendations was released today.

Click to view the findings and recommendations of the assessment:

Click to read the report of the draft

Click to read the report of the draft

Big Island Police Officially Classify 13-Year-Old as Missing From Hamakua Health Center

The Hawai´i Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 13-year-old Waikoloa teen.


New picture released of Tatiana Miller-Tayamen

Tatiana Miller-Tayamen was last seen on Thursday (July 25, 2013) at about 2:10 p.m. at the Hamakua Health Center in Honoka’a.



Miller-Tayamen is 5’03” tall, weighing about 115 pounds, with dark brown medium length hair with highlights and black tips, a fair complexion, and was last seen wearing a light colored tank top, and blue jean shorts.



Police ask that anyone with information on Miller-Tayamen’s whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Aaron Yamanaka at 808-775-7533.
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.

Flash Flood Watch Issued For All Hawaiian Islands – Bring On Flossie!
















Owner Chases Men Off Property in Puna… Men Fire Shots Back at Property

Big Island police are investigating an incident involving three male parties who cut an entrance gate and entered a property in Hawaiian Acres Subdivision, and subsequently left the area after being chased off by the owner.

HPDBadgeThe suspects were in a silver colored older model pickup truck, unknown make, and as they left the area several guns shots were fired from the vehicle. The male parties as described as being three local males, approximately 5’6” to 5’8”, having no reported identifying marks or tattoos.

Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or the whereabouts of the vehicle involved is asked to contact Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email Callers can also notify police dispatch by calling 935-3311.

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


Governor Abercrombie Honors Shimeji Kanazawa as Lifetime Honorary Kupuna

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

Shemeji Kanazawa

Shimeji Kanazawa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

August 1-2

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

August 3-4

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

August 5-9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top: Mark McCurley Bottom: Kawika Kahee

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

Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or the whereabouts of the vehicle involved is asked to contact Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email Callers can also notify police dispatch by calling 935-3311.

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


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

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

Travis Lee Charbonneau

Travis Lee Charbonneau

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

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

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

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

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

Tatiana Lehua Miller Tayamen

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



Description from mother:

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

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

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

James Kama

James Kama

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

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

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

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


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

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

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

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

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

Police ask that anyone with information of his whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646 extension 238 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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$147.8 Million Released for State Transportation Infrastructure and Facilities

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

Airports Rendition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Highways Projects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gov. Abercrombie signs the plan into action

Gov. Abercrombie signs the plan into action

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

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

Abercrombie and plan

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

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


Helicopter Crashes Near Hilo Airport

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

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Photo by Dustin Acdal

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

Photo by Dustin Acdal

Photo by Dustin Acdal

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

Representative Chris Lee Encourages Marriage Equality for Hawaii

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


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

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

Coming Up – Fourth Annual Volcano Rain Forest Runs

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

Rain Forest Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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