Big Island Police Still Looking for Missing Man Last Seen This Weekend

Big Island police are searching for a 31 year-old Hilo man reported as missing.

Keolamaikeakoa Akui

Keolamaikeakoa Akui

Keolamaikeakoa Akui, was last seen in Hilo Saturday morning (April 6). He is described as Hawaiian, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, having a thin build with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and shorts and may be in need of medical attention.

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.

Big Island Police Asking for Public’s Help in Identifying Shoplifter

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for shoplifting.

Have you seen this lady?

Have you seen this lady?

On March 27 at about 4:20 p.m. the unidentified woman removed items from a Hilo retail establishment without paying for them. She is described as Caucasian-mix, short with a large build and long dark hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her identity or location 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.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Man Who Robbed Taxi Driver

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 31-year-old Hilo man wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery of a taxi driver in Hilo.

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque is described as part Hawaiian, about 5-foot-6, about 175 pounds with a fair complexion, short black hair and brown eyes. He has a piercing below his lower lip and numerous tattoos on his neck, chest, abdomen, arms and legs.

On April 6, at 10:07 a.m., police received a report from a 59-year-old taxi driver that after he picked up a fare in the Banyan Drive area, he transported him to the Mountain View area in Puna. The fare claimed he did not have money to pay for the ride and asked to be taken to another location. After the driver refused, the fare assaulted and threatened the driver and took the driver’s bag containing cash. The driver forced the fare out of the cab and drove to Keaʻau to report the robbery to police.

The victim was initially treated by Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics. He was later treated at Hilo Medical Center for minor injuries and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as second-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or who may know the whereabouts of Antoque call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or email him at 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.

 

Lane Closures Along Ka’iminani Drive Beginning Next Week

Alternate lane closures along Ka‘iminani Drive will happen for two weeks.

Kaimani Drive

Ka‘iminani Drive will be resurfaced starting from Imo Place and will continue in the makai direction toward Ahiahi Street beginning April 11.  Alternating one- lane closures will be in effect between the hours of 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, weather permitting for two weeks.

This $10 million improvement project is federally funded.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is paying 80% of the construction cost and the County 20%.  Improvements focus on roadway reconstruction, and drainage improvements that include six-foot shoulders, tie-ins to private driveways on Ka‘iminani, retaining walls, and re-striping of the roadway.

Improvements began in October 2012 at the intersection with Highway 190 and will end at Ahiahi Street in the third quarter of 2013.

 

UH Hilo Now Accepting Summer School Applications

Applications are currently being accepted and registration is now in progress for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Summer Session. Classes will be conducted over two sessions: May 20-June 14, and June 17-July 26. Students will be able to take advantage of the tuition schedule introduced in 2011, which rolled undergraduate resident rates back to 2009 levels.
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Tuition costs range from $248 per credit hour for resident students to $357 for non-residents, and $483 for graduate students. There is also a special $302.50 rate for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and Pacific Islander students.

“Many of today’s students are trying to balance their studies with a full- or part-time job and/or raising a family,” said Dr. Matthew Platz, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “So it’s important for us to provide our students with both educational value and more opportunities to meet their needs.”

This year, students will have more selections to choose from with a total of 171 courses, or 8% more than the 159 provided last summer. Over 40% of those courses are being offered online.

Organizers have adjusted their curriculum to address newly revised General Education requirements and to support the goals of the UH System’s “15 to Finish Campaign” that seeks to increase the number of students graduating in four years by emphasizing courses that fulfill the students needs in those areas.

“We fully support ‘15 to Finish,’ but recognize the challenges some students face making that commitment to go all in,” Platz said. “Summer Session can be a valuable planning resource that allows them to spread out that commitment yet still achieve the goal of graduating in four years.”

This summer’s course offerings highlight UH Hilo’s familiar role as a living, learning laboratory with classes and programs emphasizing the island’s cultural and academic resources including field courses in biology, geography and marine science.

Back by popular demand is QUEST (Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques), the intensive marine science field course conducted each year on the west side of the island. The two-week course trains undergraduates in underwater ecological surveying methodologies including design, implementation and analysis of a research project, and incorporates instruction in identifying the common seaweeds, corals, invertebrates and fishes of Hawaiian reefs.

A number of unique or novelty courses are also being offered, including an Island Ecology Field School taught by Dr. Allan Arndt from the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) near Vancouver, British Columbia, and UH Hilo’s Dr. Cam Muir. The course will combine students from both universities who will register with their respective home institutions.

For a tentative course listing and information, visit http://hilo.hawaii.edu/depts/summer/, email ccecs@hawaii.edu, or call (808) 974-7664. Students who haven’t registered for a UH Hilo credit course within the last six months can apply at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/admissions/Apply.php. International students will need to submit additional forms.

 

If You Donʻt Like It, What Makes You Think They Do?

If you donʻt like it, what makes you think they do?

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Big Island Police Catch and Charge Escapee Araw

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 21-year-old Pepeʻekeo woman in connection with an escape from a Hilo correctional facility.

Shaylyn's time on the run was cut short last night

Shaylyn’s time on the run was cut short last night

At 5:32 p.m. Sunday (April 7), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Shaylyn Momi Araw with second-degree escape. Her bail was set at $10,000. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon (April 8).

At 7:35 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the Hale Nani facility off Route 11 after receiving a report from correctional officers that Araw had scaled a fence and fled on foot. She was being held at Hale Nani for various property crimes.

Personnel from South Hilo Patrol, the Special Enforcement Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Division conducted extensive searches along Route 11 as well as in the Hilo area. Police received and followed up on a tip that Araw might be in the upper Wainaku area. She was located there and arrested at 3:50 p.m.

 

Pet Reminder for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Managers of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remind the public that dogs and other pets are not allowed in many areas of the park for safety reasons, and for the protection of threatened and endangered species.

A visiting nature enthusiast strolls along the Ni‘aulani Nature Trail, examining a natural arbor formed by fallen and merged endemic Hawaiian tree ferns

A visiting nature enthusiast strolls along the Ni‘aulani Nature Trail, examining a natural arbor formed by fallen and merged endemic Hawaiian tree ferns

According to 36 CFR § 2.15, pets are prohibited in the following areas of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park:

  • All undeveloped areas of the park, including designated wilderness areas.
  • All trails, including backcountry trails.
  • All backcountry campgrounds, including Kulanaokuaiki.
  • ‘Āinahou, Kīpuka Nēnē, and all of Hilina Pali Road.

Authorized service animals are permitted, but may be prohibited from certain areas if their presence is detrimental to park management programs, like nēnē recovery.

“During  my career in national parks, I have witnessed dogs go over the sides of cliffs chasing birds, and in the past year at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, we have had incidents of dogs off leash in nēnē areas, and most recently, falling into steam cracks, all while seemingly under control of their owners,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Pets are like our family, and the best way to protect them is to not expose them to the unnecessary hazards and risks prevalent in a national park,” she said.

All pets and service dogs in the park must be leashed at all times. Recently, hikers have reported being bitten by dogs off leash on park trails. In 2012, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park law enforcement officers cited, warned and responded to 24 dog incidents in the park.

Dogs are used by the park to support ungulate control programs, and by law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties, in accordance with federal and state laws.

 

Hulihe‘e Event Remembers Boy Prince

The Daughters of Hawai‘i present Afternoon at Hulihe‘e 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Hulihe‘e Palace to remember the late Prince Albert. Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai‘i. The halau is fresh from dancing at the recent Merrie Monarch Festival.

Hula Dancers dance behind Hulihe'e Palace. (Photo Fern Gavalek)

Hula Dancers dance behind Hulihe’e Palace. (Photo Fern Gavalek)

Afternoon at Hulihe‘e is part of the palace’s series of free monthly concerts that honor Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

 “Albert was the only royal Kamehameha of his generation,” notes Casey Ballao, palace docent coordinator. “The baby was named after Queen Victoria’s prince consort, and the British royals agreed to serve as his godparents.”

King Liholiho and his young family enjoyed traveling to the neighbor islands and visited Hulihe‘e Palace several times, favoring the seaside royal residence for vacations from Honolulu’s busy pace. “We have a crib used by the baby prince on display in the palace’s north bedroom,” adds Ballao.

 The north Kauai community of Princeville is named after Prince Albert in honor of his family’s visit there in 1860. Tragically, the prince died at the young age of 4, shortly after he was declared Ka Haku o Hawai‘i (His Royal Highness the Prince of Hawai‘i.)

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org. The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2013 Afternoon at Hulihe‘e schedule: 4-5 p.m. on the palace grounds

All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihe’e Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

  •  Apr 21: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert
  • May 19: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”
  • Jun 9: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”
  • Jul 21: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini
  • Aug 18: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”
  • Sep 15: Band appearance remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani
  • Oct 20: Event remembering Princess Ka‘iulani
  • Nov 17: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud” Dant
  • Dec 15: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

“Cherish the Child” Family Event

The whole family is invited to attend the 9th annual Celebrate Your Family on April 27, 10am to 1pm at Sangha Hall.

Puna Event

This is FREE event. There will be lots of fun games, activities, crafts, prizes, and food.

Don’t miss the opportunity for the Keiki to meet, Dr. Health E. Hound.

Get your Keiki’s eyes checked with FREE vision screening for children provided by the Akaka Falls Lion’s Club.

Keiki ID will also be available.  If you have questions about your child safety seat, Hilo Medical Center will help you makes sure you have the right seat for your keiki, and that the seat is installed properly.

The event is presented by the East Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect whose mission is to empower the community to keep children safe from child abuse and neglect.

Please join us for food, fun, and family activities and Celebrate Your Family on April 27th, 10am at the Sangha Hall in Hilo.

 

Escapee at Hale Nani Correctional Facility on the Big Island

On April 7, 2013, at approx. 7:30 a.m., police received a call from the Hale Nani Correctional Facility that a female inmate identified as Shaylyn Momi Araw escaped by scaling a 15′ to 20′ fence.

Shaylyn Araw

Shaylyn Araw

Araw is descibed as having brown eyes, 5’3, 110 lbs, brown shoulder length hair, tan complexion. She was last seen wearing blue shorts with “HCC” printed on the back, white T-shirt with “HCC Inmate” printed on the back.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is being asked to contact the police.

Senator Mazie Hirono on Immigration Reform

Senator Mazie K. Hirono hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders about how comprehensive immigration reform could impact Hawaii. Among the 20 attendees included immigration law specialists, children’s advocates, philanthropic organizations and immigration justice activists. The meeting was the first of a series of events this week where Hirono will discuss how her work in the Senate impacts Hawaii residents.

Click to sign letter

Click to sign letter

“After listening to these local immigration experts, I was struck by their stories of how central families are to an immigrant’s success,” Hirono remarked after the event. “These professionals and activists serve on the front lines of the issue in Hawaii, helping immigrants wade through the bureaucratic red tape and see firsthand the challenges our immigration system poses for families.”

At the meeting, Hirono listened as participants spoke of their own daily experiences dealing with the immigration system and discussed ways immigration reform could make their jobs easier.

“What I thought was so great about the meeting is how many different voices from the community were here — the people from Micronesia, people with medical issues related to immigration, the immigration services community,” participant John Robert Egan, a Honolulu immigration attorney, remarked after the event. “It’s so great to get so many voices around the table and have a free interchange with the Senator.”

Mazie Poster on Immigration

Participants also spoke up on how important Hirono’s fight for the family immigration system is as the Senate takes up immigration legislation in the coming weeks.

“Senator Hirono showed understanding of the community’s needs and where we are in terms of advocating for the issues. Hopefully, she will be able to get support from the other senators because this really means so much, not only for Hawaii, but for the rest of the country,” remarked participant Melba Bantay, Program Director for Immigration Services at Catholic Charities Hawaii.

After spending three months in the United States Senate and joining key discussions on national security, economic issues, immigration reform and other matters important to Hawaii, Senator Hirono is meeting with Hawaii residents this week to discuss how her work in the Senate impacts them.

 

Honolulu Mayor Signs National Safe Boating Week Proclamation

Representatives from Honolulu City and County, the 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron and Hawaii Ocean Safety participated in the signing of a proclamation for National Safe Boating Week at Honolulu City Hall, Friday.

Representatives from Honolulu City and County, the 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron and Hawaii Ocean Safety participated in the signing of a proclamation for National Safe Boating Week at Honolulu City Hall Friday, April 5, 2013. National Safe Boating Week is an annual initiative sponsored by the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The purpose is to raise awareness of and encourage safe boating practices. Other National Safe Boating Week topics include the importance of life jackets, purchasing, maintaining and registering an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, carrying safety and communication equipment aboard a vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto)

Representatives from Honolulu City and County, the 14th Coast Guard District, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Sail and Power Squadron, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron and Hawaii Ocean Safety participated in the signing of a proclamation for National Safe Boating Week at Honolulu City Hall Friday, April 5, 2013. National Safe Boating Week is an annual initiative sponsored by the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The purpose is to raise awareness of and encourage safe boating practices. Other National Safe Boating Week topics include the importance of life jackets, purchasing, maintaining and registering an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, carrying safety and communication equipment aboard a vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto)

“We appreciate the mayor’s proclamation of May 18-24, 2013 as National Safe Boating Week,” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray, the 14th Coast Guard District commander. “Preparation helps save lives. Monday’s rescue of six mariners off Maui proved that preparation is essential in the event of a maritime emergency. The captain of the excursion vessel Piper radioed the Coast Guard for help, ordered the passengers to don life jackets and enter a life raft, contributing to the survival of all six people.”

National Safe Boating Week is an annual initiative sponsored by the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary. The purpose is to raise awareness of, and encourage, safe boating practices. Other National Safe Boating Week topics include the importance of life jackets, purchasing, maintaining and registering an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, carrying safety and communication equipment aboard a vessel and the use of float plans and Paddle Smart stickers. National Safe Boating Week runs from May 18-24.

 

State of Hawaii Invests in Innovative Zero Waste Biofuel Program – Governor Presents $200,000 to Hilo-Based Project

Governor Presents $200,000 to Hilo-Based Project, Recognizes Local Researcher Dennis Gonsalves, Ph.D.

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At a special open house event at the USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (PBARC), Gov. Neil Abercrombie today presented a $200,000 check from the state Department of Agriculture that will go toward the Hilo center’s zero waste biofuel and high protein feed program.

PBARC along with Florida-based BioTork Hawaii LLC have invested more than $1 million to successfully develop an economically sustainable zero waste conversion project producing biofuel and high protein animal feed from unmarketable papaya. The conversion process takes 14 days to cycle in a heterotrophic environment, meaning no sunlight is needed using organically optimized algae/fungi developed and patented by BioTork.

From Gov. Abercrombie's Facebook page.

From Gov. Abercrombie’s Facebook page.

The state’s $200,000 investment will assist PBARC in moving the project to pilot scale as a prelude to commercial production. The State of Hawaii’s Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) will become a venture partner to globally export the rapid conversion technology in association with PBARC and BioTork Hawaii LLC.

“This patented evolutionary technology is unique to the marketplace and places Hawaii in a leading position in the area of biofuel and feed research,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “With this technology, farmers can turn agricultural waste into an additional revenue stream, and local production of biofuel can lower dependence on Hawaii’s import of fossil fuels.

“Aside from the benefit of producing biofuel, this technology has the ability to create another revenue stream for papaya and other tropical agriculture farmers. Local high protein feed production – another by-product of this process – can greatly benefit cattle, hog, chicken and aquaculture farms through competitive market pricing.”

The state also hopes to develop a long-term revenue generator as a partner exporting this technology. At full scale, more than 1,000 jobs are projected.

While papaya was chosen as the initial feedstock, this technology can be applied to any plant material as a carbon source. In Hawaii, other identifiable feedstock are unmarketable sweet potato, sugar cane, mango, albizia and glycerol. Invasive trees like albizia could be used as feedstock in this zero waste program.

“This Hawaii-based technological development is a major breakthrough that focuses on key components hampering the sustainability efforts of other microorganism based biofuel projects,” said James Nakatani, ADC executive director. “These obstacles include the high cost of feedstock. Approximately 70 percent of the cost for production is consumed in this area. Using unmarketable plant and other waste materials drastically reduces this cost driver.

“While past lab projects have not translated into robust performances when scaled-up, BioTork’s solution promotes rapid and dynamic evolution of microorganisms that are robust even in ‘suboptimal’ conditions.”

Research and development funds will be used for customizing feedstock formulations to create Hawaii’s zero waste conversion technological library. The library will be available for export and sale to other states and countries. The United States alone produces up to 20 million metric tons of culled produce from which as much as 1.7 billion gallons of renewable lipids could be made.

Dr. Dennis Gonsalves Day
Also at the event, the Governor honored Kohala-born Dennis Gonsalves, Ph.D. by proclaiming April 6 “Dr. Dennis Gonsalves Day,” recognizing his research efforts at PBARC to improve and develop sustainable agriculture crops and programs in Hawaii and around the world.

Dr. Gonsalves served for 10 years as PBARC’s director and recently retired. He is most noted for his efforts that saved Hawaii’s papaya industry from the ringspot virus. The transgenic “Rainbow Papaya” that he and his team developed and released to growers in 1998 helped to bring the industry back after ringspot virus had reduced Hawaii’s papaya production by 50 percent.

DLNR Repairs at Kekaha Kai State Park Begin Monday

Starting Monday, April 8, 2013, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin repair work on the entry road to the Mahaiula section of Kekaha Kai State Park, necessitating weekday closures. This work is anticipated to take three to four weeks and will consist of pothole and sectional filling and laying compacted gravel on the roadway surface. This park section will be closed on weekdays from April 8 to May 3, 2013, but reopened on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) during this period.

Kekaha Kai

Starting in May, work will begin in the Maniniowali or Kua Bay section of the park. A new outdoor rinsing shower will be constructed, and waterline improvements made. The project is expected to be completed by July 2013 or sooner as conditions allow. This park section will be open but there will be construction activities near the parking area and the pathway leading to the beach. Appropriate safety barriers and practices will be implemented.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of visitors and residents using the park during this needed repair project. Kekaha Kai State Park provides unique recreational opportunities and is a popular destination for all users,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

The contractor is George M. Oye, Inc., and the project cost is $188,000.

Kekaha Kai (Kona Coast) State Park is located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Hwy. 19), 2.6 miles north of Keahole Airport. Separate 1.5 mile access roads from the highway lead to the Mahaiula (unpaved) and Maniniowali (Kua Bay) sections of the park. The Mahaiula section has a sandy beach and dune with opportunities for swimming and beach-related activities. A picnic area with tables is available. A 4.5-mile hike north through this wilderness park on the historic coastal trail, Ala Kahakai, leads to the Kua Bay section at the north end of park and beach-related activities. Midway, a hike to the summit of Puu Kuili, a 342-foot high cinder cone, offers an excellent view of the coastline. The park can be dry and hot, and is equipped with restrooms, picnic tables, and trash cans, but no drinking water. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

MacKenzie State Park Only Open to Walk-In Access Next Week

From Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12, 2013, the DLNR will close the entry road to MacKenzie State Park for road repairs and improvements. While the roadway will be closed to vehicular traffic, walk-in access will be provided to park users during this period.

Old sign at the State Park courtesy of Hunter Bishop's Old Blog

Old sign at the State Park courtesy of Hunter Bishop’s Old Blog

The roadway repairs are part of ongoing improvements at the park that began early this year. The project is expected to be completed by June 2013 or sooner as conditions allow. This park section will be open and appropriate safety measures will be implemented.

Other improvements include a new composting comfort station and parking area near the camping sites and other park clean-up and repair work.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone using the park during this improvement project, which will enhance the park experience for the public and provides needed maintenance as part of proper stewardship of state lands,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

The contractor is Kona Kau Construction Services and Supplies, and the project cost is approximately $700,000.

MacKenzie State Recreation Area, covering 13.1 acres, is located on Kalapana-Kapono Beach Road (Highway 137), 9 miles northeast of Kaimu. It is a low-cliffed, wild volcanic coastline with picnicking and tent camping in an ironwood grove and known for good shore fishing. An old Hawaiian coastal trail traverses the park. The park has restrooms, camping area, trash cans, but no water and is open daily during daylight hours. There is no entrance fee.

Florida Man Began Downloading Child Porn While Living as Navy Member in Hawaii

New details in the arrest resulting in the biggest child porn bust in state history are upsetting.

John Shearen

John Shearen

Investigators say they found girl’s clothing and even pacifiers when they raided John Shearen’s Leesburg apartment Thursday.

Friday morning, a judge refused to give Shearen bond.  He was arrested Thursday and faces charged for possessing and distributing child pornography.  The arrest affidavit lists the disturbing names and descriptions of many of the videos authorities say they found in his home.

It was some of the other items that had people in the neighborhood even more worried.

Detectives with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are busy cataloguing the 51-year-old’s collection of child pornography.

Shearen, a retired Naval officer, said he began downloading back in 2001 while still living in Hawaii…

More here: Disturbing details in child porn arrest for John Shearen

 

Jet Surfing in Hawaii – The Next Big Thing?

On Wednesday, April 10th the first ever Jet Surf session in the powerful waves of Hawaii will be done by Kai Lenny & Pato Teixeira.

Jet Surfing

Discover this new motor sport on water with the most ecological engine in the world that can get up to 60 kmh thanks to the clever design by Formula 1 engineer Martin Sula!

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Starring Kai Lenny, Pato Teixeira, Flavien Neyertz, Jamie O’Brien, Duane Desoto & Martin Sula

Hawaii House Bill 903 Held By Senate Ways and Means Committee

Today the Senate Committee on Ways and Means voted to hold House Bill 903, House Draft 2, Senate Draft 1, effectively killing the bill for the 2013 legislative session.

HB 903

HB903, HD2, SB1 relates to nonpoint source water pollution; fee rules; separate account – establishes a separate Water Pollution Control account and authorizes the Director of Health to prescribe fees to help fund the operations of the Department of Health in managing pollution from nonpoint sources and individual wastewater systems.

Senator Russell Ruderman supported the intent of the bill – to reduce environmental pollution, but after amendments and changes to the language of the bill, and the overwhelming number of concerns expressed by constituents that this would have a potentially negative economical impact on the Puna-Ka’u district, Sen. Ruderman could not support the existing measure.

Senator Ruderman said, “I appreciate the decision of Chair Ige and the committee and thank you for your consideration on this measure. I would also like to thank Director Gary Gill and the Department of Health for their valuable time and efforts to address this important issue. Hopefully we can find a version that will address all of the concerns of our constituents.”

 

State Securities Commissioner Orders Colburn Kuwata and Related Businesses to Cease and Desist

Hawaii Commissioner of Securities Tung Chan issued a Preliminary Order to Cease and Desist and Notice of Right to Hearing against former Hawaii securities salesperson, Colburn Kuwata.

The order alleges that Kuwata induced a 70-year-old Hawaii resident to give him $60,000 to invest in a financial scheme. Kuwata allegedly told the investor that the investment, which would yield a guaranteed 20 percent return, was offered by a London-based company and involved a “medical plan” or “accounts receivable.”  Kuwata also allegedly promised the Hawaii senior that her investment would be insured and risk-free.

Upon receipt of the investor’s $60,000, Kuwata allegedly deposited it all into his own bank account and spent most of the investor’s money on a large mortgage payment and other personal expenses.

The Hawaii investor allegedly never received her $60,000 or promised interest from Kuwata, other than a single payment of $1,000 in September 2011.

Commissioner Chan alleges that Kuwata was not properly registered to transact securities, that he sold an unregistered security, and that he violated the state’s anti-fraud provisions.  Chan also alleges Kuwata violated the terms of a 2000 Consent Order barring Kuwata from the securities industry.  Because the alleged victim was a senior in this case, the Commissioner can impose additional penalties against Kuwata. The order seeks total penalties of $300,000 in addition to a permanent injunction against transacting securities in the State and rescission and restitution for the investor.

Anyone who has been similarly solicited by Colburn Kuwata, or who may have information regarding this matter is urged to contact the State Securities Enforcement Branch.

Securities Enforcement Branches

State securities laws provide anti-fraud provisions and also require securities such as investment contracts, as well as individuals or entities soliciting or transacting securities, to be registered with the state.