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UH Hilo Alumni & Friends Announces 2013-14 Scholarship Recipients

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Alumni and Friends Association recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship to each of its 2013-14 scholarship recipients: Norine Fitzgerald, Micah Glasgow, Victoria Vrooman and Christopher Yoakum.

Norine Fitzgerald

Norine Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald graduated from Aiea High School and is seeking a B.B.A. in business administration. As a parent of a child whose learning capabilities were inhibited by anti-seizure medication, Fitzgerald is especially sensitive to the challenges of students with special needs. She intends to further her education at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and become a special education teacher.

Micah Glasgow

Micah Glasgow

Glasgow is a graduate of Waiakea High School and is currently the only Native Hawaiian student in the Pharmaceutical Science doctoral program. His current research includes nanotechnology for the treatment of neuroblastoma and lung cancer. He hopes to use variations of this drug delivery method to potentially treat other diseases found within the State of Hawai‘i.

Victoria Vrooman

Victoria Vrooman

Vrooman graduated from Waiakea High School and is pursuing her graduate degree in counseling psychology. Her thesis compares the effects of domestic violence between individuals in local Hawaiian and European American cultures. Her future plans include interning at the local prison and attending a Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. She would like to work in a prison as a full-time psychologist where she can “work with the people that need the most help.”

Christopher Yoakum

Christopher Yoakum

Yoakum is a graduate of Hilo High School and is enrolled in the communication program with a minor in history. Following graduation, he intends to serve overseas as a teacher in the Peace Corps then pursue a graduate degree in journalism. His goal is to become a writer and foreign correspondent for a media agency.

For nearly a decade, the UH Hilo Alumni and Friends Association has supported deserving UH Hilo students through its scholarship program. To date, 29 students have received the award.

To support the scholarship program at UH Hilo, call (808) 974-7501 or visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/alumni/scholarship.

Hilo Pistachio Nuts Being Recalled

Torn and Glasser, Inc of Los Angeles, CA  90021 is voluntarily recalling some packaged Pistachios because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Due to a Class I recall by ARO Pistachio, Torn and Glasser, Inc Announces Voluntary Recall of Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk (Photo US FDA)

Due to a Class I recall by ARO Pistachio, Torn and Glasser, Inc Announces Voluntary Recall of Pistachios Due to Possible Health Risk (Photo US FDA)

This decision to recall was made due to the expanded recall of pistachio products by ARO pistachio (Upgraded from a Class II to a Class I) due to the potential of contamination with Salmonella.  The Torn and Glasser recalled products contain pistachios supplied by the ARO processing plant located in Terra Bella Ca 93270.

The recalled product was distributed from February 21, 2012 to April 29, 2013 in CA, AZ, and HI.


To date, Torn and Glasser, Inc. has not received any complaints concerning illness on any of these lot numbers. Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products are urged not to eat them and to return products to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers can contact the Company at 1-310-605-4900/1-800-282-6887 for information regarding this recall. The phone will be manned from 7am to 3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time) Monday – Friday.

Possible Missing Diver Off Kahe Point/Electric Beach

The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing diver off of Kahe Point/Electric Beach Sunday.  The passenger vessel Kai Oli Oli recovered an orange dive float and flag approximately 100 yards off of Electric Beach.  The dive float is marked in black lettering with its brand name, Hawaii Blue.  The float was not anchored. The Kai Oli Oli monitored the area and no one appeared to be in distress in the immediate area.

Coast Guard Buoy Hawaii Blue

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched to the scene and continues to search in coordination with Ocean Safety.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the dive float is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.  The Coast Guard is asking mariners in the area of Kahe Point Electric Beach to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.

The Coast Guard advises the public to label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.

For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs Office at (808) 535-3230.

The Coolest Big Island Video You Will See in a Long Time – It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s a What?

DJI Phantom w/ Mounted GoPro

DJI Phantom w/ Mounted GoPro

The coolest Big Island video I have seen in the longest time!  (Sent in by Jeremy Kalima)


DJI Phantom Video Contest:






Saving Lives Worldwide by Training International Volcano Scientists

Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in nine countries are visiting Mount St. Helens and the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Science Center’s Cascades Volcano Observatory this week to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes. Organized by the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo, with support from the VSC-managed joint USGS-USAID Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, the annual program has been training foreign scientists for 22 years. This year’s class includes volcano scientists from Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, and Papua New Guinea.

International members of the 2013 CSAV volcano monitoring summer training class pose at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory sign.

International members of the 2013 CSAV volcano monitoring summer training class pose at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory sign.

The International Training Program in Volcano Hazards Monitoring is designed to assist other nations in attaining self-sufficiency in monitoring volcanoes and reducing the risks from eruptions. Through in-class instruction at two USGS volcano observatories, and field exercises in Hawaiʻi and at Mount St. Helens, U.S. scientists are providing training on monitoring methods, data analysis and interpretation, and volcanic hazard assessment, and participants are taught about the use and maintenance of volcano monitoring instruments. Additionally, participants learn about focusing on forecasting and rapid response during volcanic crises, and how to work with governing officials and the news media to save lives and property.

Mikhail Herry from Papua New Guinea, (wearing a CSAV shirt) watches as McChesney demonstrates how to test a battery in the field

Mikhail Herry from Papua New Guinea, (wearing a CSAV shirt) watches as McChesney demonstrates how to test a battery in the field

“Science diplomacy, building friendships, and collaboration between the U.S. and other nations through joint scientific work and training can ultimately save many thousands of lives in nations with active volcanoes,” said USGS geologist and VDAP chief, John Pallister.  “Avoiding a major volcano disaster through mitigation and advance training is not only better for humanitarian reasons, but it can also be more cost effective than providing foreign aid after a disaster.”

The annual summer course usually takes place only on the Island of Hawaiʻi at the University in Hilo, the USGS VSC Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and in the field on the slopes of Kīlauea Volcano. This year, in an added component to the course, students are visiting the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash. and doing field work at Mount St. Helens to give them the experience of working with a geologically different (more explosive) type of volcano.

“Bringing the class to CVO and including field sessions at Mount St. Helens to complement the Hawaiʻi experience takes advantage of two superb natural laboratories for the study of active volcanism,” said Don Thomas, director of CSAV. “Mount St. Helens has a strong legacy and reputation worldwide as a teaching volcano.” One of this year’s participants noted that he is among the second generation from his country to visit and study modern monitoring techniques at Mount St. Helens.

USGS volcano scientist, Andy Lockhart discusses telemetry options with Syegi Kunrat of Indonesia

USGS volcano scientist, Andy Lockhart discusses telemetry options with Syegi Kunrat of Indonesia

Providing critical training to international scientists began at HVO, leading to the creation of CSAV to continue the legacy. Since 1990 roughly 200 scientists and civil workers from 25 countries have received training in volcano monitoring methods through CSAV. HVO continues to provide instructors and field experiences for the courses, and VDAP has a long-term partnership with CSAV, providing instructors and co-sponsoring participants from developing countries. VDAP scientists are based at CVO in Washington, so with CSAV course instructors visiting CVO for the first time, there is an opportunity for professional scientific exchanges among researchers who don’t often have a chance to collaborate face to face. For many of the students, attending this training is a rare chance to share their experiences and challenges with other participants from around the world.

VDAP is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Since 1985, VDAP has worked to reduce fatalities and economic losses in countries experiencing volcano emergencies. At the request of host countries, and working through USAID, an experienced team of USGS scientists can rapidly respond to developing volcanic crises worldwide, and provide consultation, assistance with forecasting, remote sensing data, and monitoring equipment. VDAP teams work in the background, providing support to their hosts who are the responsible parties for hazard communication. Between crises, VDAP scientists work with international partners to build and improve volcano-monitoring systems and to conduct joint activities, including workshops and on-the-job training, to reduce volcanic risk and improve understanding of volcanic hazards.


Pahoa Pool Re-Opening Pushed Back

The re-opening of the Pahoa Pool and Aquatics Center has been pushed back.  The original completion date was set to be tomorrow, July 16th.

Pahoa Pool OpeningI went by the site on Friday to see if I could sign my son up for the swim lessons that were supposed to start this week.  It obviously didn’t look like it was going to be completed soon.

I emailed County of Hawaii Department of Parks and Recreation Public Officer Jason Armstrong and his reply was that it was going to be hopefully opened towards the end of July:

Hi Damon,

We anticipate reopening the Pahoa Pool by the end of July 2013. There likely will be a ceremony, which I’ll inform you of if one is held, but that has not yet been scheduled.

We’re also waiting for the construction to be finished before signing kids up for swim lessons.

Thanks for your continued patience while we work to improve this important recreational facility!

Jason Armstrong,

Public Information Officer, Department of Parks & Recreation, County of Hawai’i


Friday – Meet the Governor’s Cabinet at UH Hilo

Governor's Cabinet

Sudden Rush Has a Polynesian Party at the Lava Shack in Pahoa

Sudden Rush performed last night at the “Lava Shack” in downtown Pahoa last night.

Members of Sudden Rush take time to give aloha outside the Lava Shack in Pahoa.

Members of Sudden Rush take time to give aloha outside the Lava Shack in Pahoa.

The Lava Shack is the place formerly known as the Pahoa Village Club/Cafe and they now have new owners.  This was the first time I have returned to the place since I was beaten-up by the cops after the last time covering a show.

Lava Shack is the former Pahoa Village Cafe/Club

Lava Shack is the former Pahoa Village Cafe/Club

Here are some of the pictures I took last night (click to enlarge):

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New Department of Education Website to Better Serve Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff and Public

Tomorrow, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will launch HawaiiPublicSchools.org, a redesigned website to better serve parents, students, teachers, staff and the broader public.

Click to enter new site

Click to enter new site

The website overhaul was one of the specific targets of focus outlined in the DOE and Board of Education’s 2011-2018 Strategic Plan. The new site took nearly a year of research and public and staff input.

“We made a dedicated effort to ensure parents and students could easily access information and increase transparency of our reporting systems,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “In today’s technological world, we strive to better communicate the excellence and transformation occurring in our public school system. Our new website also allows for a stronger connection with our communities.”

HawaiiPublicSchools.org is a key component of the Department’s communications and community engagement plan to inform the community about Hawaii’s public schools. The website covers everything from educational initiatives and reform to school-level data and college- and career-readiness efforts, as well as programs supporting student life and health and opportunities for the community to contribute to public education.

Equipped with multimedia elements such as videos and photo galleries, the website includes a Success Stories section showcasing achievements of schools, students, staff, partners and volunteers. A redesigned Employment section is available for those interested in working for the 25,000-strong Department.

The DOE invested $1.7 million of federal Race to the Top funds to build its new website. The funds will also be used to develop an employee intranet — set to launch in the fall — to boost operational efficiency, information sharing and collaboration among the various DOE offices.

The latest versions of Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, are recommended when accessing the website. Older and out-of-date browsers may face difficulties in displaying multimedia.

The DOE welcomes comments from site visitors through a Contact Us form or by emailing the Communications and Community Affairs Office at doe_info@hawaiidoe.org.

Free Book (Limited Time) – “Sarah’s Kine Justice, A Story of Modern Hawaii”

To commemorate the 170th anniversary of the end of British occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Hermann Schachtschneider will be giving away free copies of his new Christian novel, Sarah’s Kine Justice, A Story of Modern Hawaii, available for Amazon kindle.

U.S. Marines leaving Iolani Palace grounds after Annexation ceremony.  Date: Aug. 12, 1898 Photographer: Davey, Frank, 1860-? (Hawaii State Archives)

U.S. Marines leaving Iolani Palace grounds after Annexation ceremony. Date: Aug. 12, 1898
Photographer: Davey, Frank, 1860-? (Hawaii State Archives)

Here’s the book description from Amazon.com:

“Action and Adventure in Hawaii
Told from a Christian worldview!

Prologue: In 1893, a diplomat of the United States and 162 US Marines helped overthrow the government of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Five years later, an act of Congress unilaterally annexed the islands. At the time, President Cleveland admitted mistakes were made, but he failed in his efforts to restore the Hawaiian Monarchy.

A hundred years later, President Clinton formally apologized for the actions of the United States. Yet today, Hawaiian pleas for justice are still unresolved.

Now, two genetic engineers have found a way to force the United States to give back the islands, and they’ve given notice that all non-Hawaiians must get out or die.

Sarah Kiley is one of a few thousand pure-blooded Hawaiians who stand to inherit Hawaii under the scientists’ plan. While investigating the murder of a friend, she finds herself a key player on the inter-agency task force that’s trying to stop them. Given the opportunity to change the history of her people and return their stolen sovereignty, she must decide which side will win. “

To get your free copy, go to http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sarah%27s+kine+justice anytime between July 27 and July 31 (US Pacific Time).

Don’t have a kindle? Amazon has free kindle apps you can download for your Windows PC, Macintosh, Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Windows Phone. Download the apps here:


Sovereignty Restoration Day (July 31) commemorates the day in 1843 when the British Rear Admiral Richard Thomas, on behalf of Queen Victoria, formally returned control of the Hawaiian Kingdom to King Kamehameha III. The Islands had fallen into British possession when a British sea captain, acting on his own authority, seized them in the name of Great Britain some five months earlier.


UH Hilo Invites the Public to a Block Buster Party on the Lawn

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo invites the public to celebrate the arts at the first Summer Art Institute – Hilo Block Buster Party on the Lawn, to be held on Saturday, July 20, noon to 6 p.m., UH Hilo/Hawaiʻi Community College Manono Campus Building 394.

The event features a public painting, studio tour, refreshments, live DJ, music and dancing mix with faculty and students currently participating in the 2013 UH Summer Art Institute – Hilo program.

The SAiH project is made possible with support from the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation – Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund, the Howard and Yoneko Droste Bequest, the UH Hilo Art Department, and the UH Hilo Student Activities Council.

For more information, contact Art Department Chair Michael Marshall at 974-7524 or mdmarsha@hawaii.edu.


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16-Year-Old Girl Last Seen in Puna

*UPDATE* she was located in good health this morning.

Big Island Police are searching for a 16-year-old Puna girl who was reported missing.

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No picture released yet

Ashley Hancock  is described as 5’8″ and 130 lbs with light brown hair and  hazel eyes.  She was last seen wearing a bright blue T-shirt, brown pants and was last seen near Pohaku Circle and Hwy 130 in Puna.

Smoother Launch for Boaters From the Pohoiki Concrete Boat Launch Ramp

The rough section of the road adjoining the Pohoiki concrete boat launch ramp will be resurfaced Tuesday July 16 between the hours of 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM by the Department of Public Works, Highway Maintenance division.



The boat ramp will remain open and boaters should plan for delays.  The resurfacing could continue the next day Wednesday July 17.  If it does, work is expected to be completed by noon.

Pohoiki concrete boat launch ramp is adjacent but not part of the Isaac Kepo‘okalani Hale Beach Park.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park July 2013 – Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in July. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.  Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Hawaiian Hula Presented by Haunani’s Aloha Expressions. This entertaining hula group is comprised of native Hawaiian kāne and wāhine kūpuna, or elders, ranging from 70 to over 90 years old. For years, they have shared the aloha spirit by welcoming malihini (visitors) on cruise ships arriving at the Port of Hilo, and at Hilo International Airport.

The kūpuna also entertain on a regular basis for the patients at the Life Care Center of Hilo, Hale ‘Anuenue, Extended Care, Hawai‘i Island Adult Day Care, Aunty Sally Kaleohano Lū‘au House Senior Program and more. They won overall at the Kūpuna Hula Festival with the song, Tutu E. They also won the Moku o Keawe competition on numerous occasions. They make all of their own colorful costumes and lei, singing and dancing hapa-haole hula and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival on numerous occasions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Wed., July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

A train with the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway plies the rails between Hilo and the Hamākua Coast. Photo courtesy of the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum.

A train with the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway plies the rails between Hilo and the Hamākua Coast. Photo courtesy of the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum.

All Aboard! The Laupāhoehoe Train Museum (www.thetrainmuseum.com) mission is to emphasize the history of railroads in Hawai‘i and to preserve, promote, and protect the community interests of the Hilo-Hamākua Coast.  Many visitors – and residents – are surprised to learn that there were trains in Hawai‘i.  Learn the history of the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway (the only standard gauge train in the islands), the impact of the 1946 tsunami, and the development of the train museum which started in 1995.  Museum treasurer Doug Connors will discuss the history of the railroad on the island of Hawai‘i, the sugar plantations, and the development of the Hamākua Coast. Free.

When: Tues., July 30 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


UH Hilo Team Poliahu Wraps Up 11th Worldwide Imagine Cup

A four-member team of computer science students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo competed in the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals sponsored by Microsoft July 8-11 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Although Team Poli`ahu did not capture top honors, competing on the world stage was a significant achievement.

Team Poliahu in front of Alexandrinsky Theatre for the awards ceremony

Team Poliahu in front of Alexandrinsky Theatre for the awards ceremony

“It has been great to see UH Hilo students recognized as some of the best in the world,” noted Dr. Harry Keith Edwards, faculty advisor. “The U.S. national championship and our participation in the world finals demonstrate that students at UH Hilo receive a quality education and can compete with the best in the world.”

UH Hilo’s Team Poli`ahu, comprised of Mike Purvis, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, and Ryder Donahue, won the U.S. Championship in May with their application entitled “Help Me Help,” which aids the community and emergency response personnel in disaster situations by allowing users to upload images of nearby hazards through the use of smart phones.

Team Poli`ahu competed against more than 30 other teams in the Innovation category that included entries from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Slovenia, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom’s team captured top honors with their mobile phone application, SoundSYNK, which is designed to establish an impromptu social network by connecting phones through Bluetooth. Team DORA of Slovenia finished second and Thailand’s Team MYRA came in third.

Purvis described the competition as a wonderful experience as the students got to meet people from all around the world. He believes they made a lasting impression, showcasing both their application and Hawaiʻi.

“We were very popular among the competitors and the public,” Purvis said. “We feel proud of our project, presentation, and the teams that won. We’re looking forward to implementing the Mauna Kea Guide to track native and invasive species when we return – after we catch up on sleep, of course.”

The Imagine Cup is recognized as the premier student technology competition that honors innovations that address the world’s toughest problems. This year’s competition drew 87 student teams from 71 countries who competed for more than $1 million in cash and prizes after winning local and online competitions around the world.


Riding Lawnmower Stolen From Hilo YWCA

Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating a theft of a riding lawnmower early this month.

LawnmowerSometime between July 2 and July 3, a red Toro riding mower, model LX460, was removed from the YWCA in Hilo.

Police ask anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the lawnmower to 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.

Call for Nominations – UH Hilo Distinguished Alumni & Service Awards

UH Hilo’s Alumni and Friends Association is currently accepting nominations to honor selected individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions. Deadline for nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni & Service Awards is August 30, 2013.

Nominations UH Hilo

Each year, the Association grants one or more Distinguished Alumni Awards to individuals based on the nominee’s professional accomplishments, community service, and service to the University. Nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have completed at least 50% of his/her educational program at UH Hilo. For those who attended the institution prior to 1973 when UH Hilo was a 2-year college, that means one year at UH Hilo.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to those whose contributions to UH Hilo (financial or service) has benefited the University in numerous and significant ways. Nominees of the Distinguished Service Award must have demonstrated consistent contributions to the University over a reasonable period of time, and whose contributions have had a positive impact on the students and/or the University.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni honorees were Eric Matsumoto (16th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii), Larry Kimura (Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Language and Culture), and Valerie Takata (Complex Area Superintendent for State of Hawaii, DOE: Hilo-Waiakea). The Distinguished Service honoree was former Director of University Relations and External Affairs, Gerald De Mello.

UH Hilo’s 14th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet is set for Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at UH Hilo’s Campus Center Dining Hall, starting at 5:00pm with no-host cocktails and a silent auction.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend; proceeds help to raise funds for the UH Hilo Alumni & Friends alumni scholarship program.

Nomination forms can be found here or call (808) 974-7501 for more information.

Farm to Wok Cook-Off Next Weekend in Hawi

North Kohala’s Farm to Wok Cook-off will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Hawi Jodo Mission on Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi.

Farm to WokTeams from Hawaiian Airlines, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, Bromeliads Hawaii LLC, Sustainable Kohala, Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Honsador Lumber and Kaiser Permanente will compete in an “Iron Chef” style cooking competition featuring Kohala grown ingredients.  A tasting featuring the results of the competition is included in the ticket price.

The community is asked to contribute fruits, vegetables and herbs, to be used as surprise ingredients in the cook-off.  Community members who contribute food (must be received the night before) will receive free tickets to the event.

Farm to Wok will be hosted by LAVA 105.3 FM’S Eddie O, with live music provided by T&T Hawaiian Style, Roz & Matt Kupukaa, Sydney Case and Young Hearts.

Throughout the day, there will be informational booths on North Kohala’s food self-sufficiency efforts.  The event is a fundraiser for the Palili ‘O Kohala project, a ten family taro growing cooperative in North Kohala.

Tickets are limited ($10 in advance, $12 at the door).  For tickets and information or to donate fresh local food, call Carol at 889-5391 or go to FoodHubKohala.org.

This event is presented by Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Palili ‘O Kohala, Ka Hana No‘eau and the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign.

Palili ‘O Kohala Natural Farming Demonstration Farm and the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign are collectively supported by the County of Hawai‘i, Kaiser Permanente, Honsador Lumber, Partners in Development and the Local Initiatives Fund of RSF Social Finance.  Additional support for Farm to Wok comes from Hawaiian Airlines.

Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man With Burglary That Was Caught on Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 30-year-old Hilo man with burglary and other related crimes in connection with a break-in Wednesday (July 10) that was captured on tape in the Kaūmana area of Hilo.

Justin Fergerstrom

Justin Fergerstrom

A surveillance video caught a suspect breaking into the house on South Wilder Road several times during a four-hour period. Items removed from the home included fishing gear, car parts, power tools and other items valued in excess of $1,700.

On Thursday morning (July 11), police arrested Justin Fergerstrom and held him at the Hilo police cellblock while they continued the investigation.

Friday afternoon, Fergerstrom was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $85,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 15).


Hawaii County Fire Department Collecting Unwanted, Illegal and Damaged Fireworks

Fire Chief Darren Rosario would like to announce that the Hawai‘i Fire Department will be conducting a collection of unwanted, illegal, and/or damaged fireworks from anyone wishing to turn them in for proper disposal. Members of the public will be able to drop off their unwanted fireworks (island-wide) on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

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Those wishing to participate can contact the HFD Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 on Monday, July 15, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to get more information regarding drop off locations and drop off times.

Please be advised that these fireworks are dangerous and utmost care must be taken to keep them away from any spark or open flame. Fireworks may be soaked in water overnight and dried prior to transporting them to one of the drop off locations. Please note that no other hazardous materials or explosive products will be accepted. Acceptable items will include all types of Fireworks, fountains, sparklers, firecrackers,
cakes, rockets, etc.

In addition, you may also turn in any “aerial luminary devices.” The State of Hawai‘i deemed it illegal to buy, sell, use, possess, ignite, or cause to ignite any such aerial luminary device. An aerial luminary device is defined as any homemade or manufactured device that has an open flame and which can be send airborne or adrift, leaving the height and distance it travels to be determined by existing atmospheric conditions. These devices can start brushfires as well as entangle in electrical lines, and even has the ability to hit an aircraft if it drifts near an airport or in the vicinity of an aircraft. The common brands found here are “Sky Lanterns” and “Hawai‘i Lanterns.”

The Hawai‘i Fire Department would like to thank you, the community, for its continued support in helping us to make our Island as safe as can be.

For more information please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912.