Public Invited To Participate In Online Survey On Hawaiian Sandalwood Trees

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is seeking public input regarding the status of, and recommendations on management priorities for the Hawaiian sandalwood species, ‘iliahi.

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In order to capture this information, DOFAW has created an anonymous online survey focused on sandalwood and invites the public to participate. Comments are requested by June 10, 2013. It is important to collect the opinions of a wide range of stakeholders in this survey in order to ensure that the public is being accurately represented on this issue.

“Historically, ‘iliahi was used by native Hawaiians for medicinal purposes, to scent tapa cloth, lei-making, as well as other important cultural resources,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR chairperson. “Today, ‘iliahi is highly valuable and demonstrates potential as a commercial forest resource as well as continuing to serve an important cultural and ecological role in Hawai‘i,” Aila said.

“However, there is currently limited information about the general health and status of ‘iliahi in Hawai‘i. As a first step in understanding this important resource, DOFAW would like to gather as much information about ‘iliahi as possible in order to understand what the public and stakeholders want for this resource,” he added.

The survey may be especially relevant for landowners and interest groups who are either growing sandalwood actively or are aware of sandalwood on their property, cultural practitioners that have an interest in this forest resource, and users of the timber.

Participants are not required to share any private information during the course of the survey and information will remain anonymous. The results of this survey will be used to inform DOFAW staff on what future actions, if any, should be taken to assess the current status of sandalwood and how to best manage this important resource. The results will also be presented at the Hawaii Conservation Conference (July 16-18 2013) in a poster format. The survey will close on June 10, 2013.

The survey may be found at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M977YNM.

Interested persons with questions regarding the survey, may contact:

Hannah Bergemann
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife,
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325,
Honolulu, HI 96813.
Or email Hannah.A.Bergemann@hawaii.gov

 

Credit Union on the Big Island Robbed by Masked Man

Hawai‘i Island police are investigating a robbery at a credit union in Pepe‘ekeo on Thursday afternoon (May 30).

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Shortly after 1 p.m., a masked man pointed what appeared to be a handgun at two tellers at the Hāmākua Coast Community Federal Credit Union and demanded cash. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as possibly in his 30s, about 5-foot-8 to 6-feet tall with a husky build. He was wearing dark glasses, a baseball cap, a sweatshirt, camouflage pants. He had a fluorescent green cloth covering his facial area and was carrying a black backpack.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this case call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also 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.

 

Legislators are Inviting Big Island Residents to a Town Meeting

Hawai‘i Island legislators are inviting residents to a town meeting from 6-7 p.m., Thurs., June 6, 2013 at UH-Hilo, UCB 127.

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Senators Malama Solomon and Gilbert Kahele, along with Representatives Mark Nakashima and Clift Tsuji, will share a post 2013 Legislative session update, including a discussion on district Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).

“The 2013 Legislative Session was very productive. Through working together, the Hawai‘i Island delegation was able to secure project funds that will help improve the quality of life in our districts,” said Sen. Gilbert Kahele (District 1, Hilo). “This meeting provides the public with an opportunity to hear from and talk story with their elected representatives.”

“Through legislative teamwork and community input, many of our Districts goals were met because of our collective lobbying efforts and because so many residents on Hawai‘i Island called, emailed or sent testimony to help their elected representatives secure the support of legislators from other islands,” said Sen. Malama Solomon (District 4, Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona).

“In fact, collectively, we brought home $380+ million.  This represents new jobs and job training, education and healthcare, roads, airports and harbor improvements, and vital “safety net” services for our keiki, kupuna and less fortunate,” said Sen. Solomon.

Rep. Mark Nakashima (District 1, Hamakua, Hilo) and Rep. Clift Tsuji (District 2, Keaukaha, Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea) noted that the legislature passed several bills and CIP addressing issues and concerns of Hawai‘i Island.

Rep. Nakashima said, “We are very pleased that the legislature focused on measures to support food sustainability and agriculture as these issues are particularly important to our island.  For example, we have incentives for our younger generation to take up farming by offering farm innovation loans. We have also expanded our livestock subsidies to allow our local industry to stabilize operations and compete with mainland suppliers.”

Rep. Tsuji added, “We focused on promoting investment, workforce development and financial stability by working with our colleagues to secure millions of dollars in CIP and federal funding for our airports, harbors and highways.  I am also pleased that working with the community we were able to secure a million dollars in Grant in Aid CIP funding for the Hawai‘i Adult Care Center.”

The general public will have the chance to ask questions about legislative issues and topics being discussed.

 

State Closely Monitoring Continued Koa Moth Outbreak on the Big Island

Signs of Natural Recovery Seen in Areas Impacted Earlier

First detected in January, an outbreak of the native koa moth and the resulting defoliation of koa forests on Hawai‘i Island are continuing to be observed by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), which is closely monitoring the outbreak with aerial and ground surveys performed in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i and U.S. Geological Survey.

 Koa Moth (Scotorythra paludicola) The koa moth (or koa looper ) is an endemic (native to a particular place and found nowhere else on earth) insect on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu. The caterpillars feed only on koa leaves and are capable of defoliating mature koa trees. Population explosions have been documented historically on Maui and Hawai‘i islands, where large areas of koa forest have been defoliated. An outbreak was recently detected in the Hilo and Hāmākua regions of the Hawai‘i Island. D escription : The wingspan of the koa moth is roughly 1.5 – 2 inches and wing color varies from pale to dark brown. Some may feature bands across the wings with small dark dots or crescents on each wing. The larvae are referred to as “looper” caterpillars, referring to their typical “inchworm” movement. The caterpillars start out tiny and black, but grow to about 1 inch long, and can vary in color and pattern, from grey, to brown, to green.

Koa Moth
(Scotorythra paludicola)
The koa moth (or koa looper) is an endemic (native to a particular place and found nowhere else on earth) insect on the islands of Hawai‘i, Maui, and O‘ahu. The caterpillars feed only on koa leaves and are capable of defoliating mature koa trees. Population explosions have been documented historically on Maui and Hawai‘i islands, where large areas of koa forest have been defoliated. An outbreak was recently detected in the Hilo and Hāmākua regions of the Hawai‘i Island.

“The department is closely monitoring the moth outbreak and the recovery of koa forests and will use the information gathered to determine whether future management actions are needed,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson. “Although recovery of most koa forests is expected, the opening of the forest canopy could hasten the spread of introduced plants in our native forests.”

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has mapped the defoliated area on East Hawai‘i, which spans from Laupahoehoe to Upper Waiakea and covers over 50,000 acres.

Moths and caterpillars, and initial signs of defoliation, have also been reported in the Kilauea, Keauhou and Ka‘u regions, and the Pu‘u Wa‘a Wa‘a area of West Hawai‘i.

Fortunately, trees defoliated earlier in the outbreak have already been observed sprouting new leaves, indicating that the forest is recovering.

Outbreaks of this native insect are a natural phenomenon, as indicated by oral accounts by Hawaiians describing similar outbreaks before the first documented outbreak in 1892. Researchers believe these disturbances likely play an important ecological role by eliminating unhealthy trees, thinning dense young koa stands, and providing an influx of nutrients into the forest ecosystem.

However, little is known about the causes and full natural cycle of this phenomenon. Additionally, an invasive psyllid insect that was first detected in Hawai‘i in 1966 – and was not present during previous outbreaks – could damage new shoots of recovering trees.

There are currently no tools for slowing or stopping the infestation. Aerial spraying of insecticides would harm other forest organisms and is not feasible on a large scale. Biological control is not possible with a native species because its natural enemies are already present in Hawai‘i, and there is no outside source for predators or parasites that would be specific to the moth.

In addition to monitoring the spread of the outbreak, DLNR is seeking funds to investigate natural controls of the moths using traps or baits, and monitor recovery of the forests and the response of invasive plant populations. This information will be useful for managing future outbreaks if they are determined to harm the forest.

2013 Big Island Film Festival Day 2 – “Meet the Stars: Aloha Hollywood”

Last week at the Fairmont Orchid over on the Kohala Coast, the 2013 Big Island Film Festival took place.

The South Tower at the Fairmont Orchid

The South Tower at the Fairmont Orchid

On the second day of the festival the morning began with a “Filmmaker Orientation and Talk Story” held with Big Island Film Commissioner John Mason and Big Island Film Festival Director and Founder Leo Sears.

Filmmakers talk to to John Mason and Leo Sears

Filmmakers talk to to John Mason and Leo Sears

Sears and Mason talked about how the Big Island was an ideal place to make movies and how the festival was run amongst other things.  After the orientation and talk story, the daytime films that were scheduled were shown.

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Films shown were “Coffee, God & Gasoline” “Caterpillar’s Kimono” “Hangdog” “Last Call” “Shoot the Moon” “Stigma” and “If I Were a Bell”.

One of the many waterfalls at the Fairmont

One of the many waterfalls at the Fairmont

I went back to my room and relaxed for a bit before the evening events began.  They added a day to the festival this year and with that came a new event.

A chocolate film reel

A chocolate film reel

At 5:00 in one of the Fairmont’s Ballrooms, the public was invited to meet and take pictures with celebrities and filmmakers on hand at an event dubbed “Meet the Stars:  Aloha Hollywood”.

The Paparazzi!

The Paparazzi!

Some of the celebrities that were on hand were Brad Turell from Paradigm Agency, Kate McKinnon from Saturday Night Live and Hollywood Story Consultant Jennifer Grisanti among others.

Brad Turell, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Grisanti

Brad Turell, Kate McKinnon and Jennifer Grisanti

Screenwriter Ron Osborn (Night Court, The West Wing, Duckman, Meet Joe Black, etc.) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men, Little Big League, Iron Will, Indian in the Cupboard, etc) were also was on hand to take pictures and talk to the general  public.

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Veteran Screenwriter Ron Osborn, Vincent Kartheiser and Jennifer Grisanti.

And of course there was food and wine provided by Kenwood Vineyards.

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Fried Ahi Panko Rolls

Lobster Rolls

Lobster Rolls

Dessert Bar

Dessert Bar

After the event, folks headed to either the Shops at Mauna Lani for free family films that included “The Invention” and “Upside Down, or folks headed to the Plantation Estate for the Festival films where folks watched “Home”, “A Perfect Day” and “The Land of Eb”.

The "hidden" hot tub

The “hidden” hot tub

I myself ended up taking a late night soak in the Fairmont’s “Hidden” hot tub.

Big Island Police Searching for Alaska Man Last Seen in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 22-year-old Alaska man who was reported missing.

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson of Petersburg, Alaska, last spoke to his family at noon Monday (May 27). He was reportedly in Puna.

He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, 145 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@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.

 

Pālamanui the Planned Kona Campus of Hawaiʻi Community College Has Groundbreaking Ceremony

Pālamanui, the planned Kona campus of Hawaiʻi Community College, has taken a giant step towards becoming a reality. A kīpaepae ʻeli honua, or groundbreaking ceremony for the new campus, was held in May 2013. Welcome news considering Pālamanui was first conceived of more than two decades ago, and had been in the planning stages since 2004.

Palamanui Ground Breaking

“We are graduating from planning to doing,” said University of Hawaiʻi System President M.R.C. Greenwood. “And that is a very important beginning.”

West Hawaiʻi is the only major geographic region and population center in Hawaiʻi without a permanent higher education facility. That will change in 2015 when the first phase of Pālamanui is scheduled for completion.

“The community colleges open the doors for our kamaliʻi, our children, for haumana, our students to dream,” said Hawaiʻi County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Palamanui Blessing

The state-of-the-art, energy-independent campus is expected to serve as a model for other state projects.

The $25 million first phase includes a structure with 24,000 square feet of classrooms, science labs, learning kitchens, library, learning commons area and a large photovoltaic system.

It fits in perfectly with Hawaiʻi Community College’s mission of E ʻImi Pono, or seeking excellence.

“It is the same spirit that will guide us into the future and the endless possibilities this new campus will provide,” said Noreen Yamane, chancellor of Hawaiʻi Community College.

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The groundbreaking ceremony prepared the land in a traditional Hawaiian way, and included Hānai ʻAwa, feeding ʻawa to the land; Kanu Iʻa, burying fish; Kanu Lāʻau, planting Lāʻau; and hula, with a mele or song for the spirit of the land, ocean and sky.

Then with ōʻō, or digging sticks, in hand; state, county and UH dignitaries dug into the earth, marking the start of the creation of a new home.

Palamanui Digging Stick

“We pledge all that we have, all that we are, to Hawaiʻi’s and its future,” said Governor Neil Abercrombie. “Pālamanui, is the future of Hawaiʻi.”

Classes Begin at Hawaii Youth Business Center in Pahoa

A class designed to help you feel secure and comfortable working on a computer, accessing the Internet, and creating a video project for posterity is being offered in Pahoa. Community members of any age are welcome to register.

Natec Penn

Natec Penn

The 8-session class will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from June 11 to July 4, 9am to 10:30am, at the Hawaii Youth Business Center in Woodland Center off Highway 130 (Pahoa Bypass). Natec Penn, HYBCʻs staff instructor and a professional videographer who specializes in short documentaries, will lead the class.

Each session will offer student information and practice opportunities with topics starting from computer and internet basics, social media, to understanding camera, sound and lighting techniques so you can create your own video projects. A class show to view the projects is planned for the last session with a potluck celebrating the Independence Day.

Computers are available on site, or you can bring your own laptop. Video equipment will be available for use.

Cost for each session is $15, or enjoy a 20% discount with pre-payment of $96 for the full 8-sessions. Pre-registration is required.

For inquiries or registration, please call Natec @ 937-8252.

Idaho Couple Who Was Found Safe… Mother Received Disturbing Mysterious Call in Middle of Night

According to AP Reports:

…Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, contacted their parents Wednesday evening, hours after police asked for help locating them, Linder’s mother, Christine Cearley, told The Associated Press Thursday. 

Hawaii County police previously said both from McCall, Idaho, but Linder’s mother said she is from Oakdale, Calif.The couple had checked out of their Kona hotel on Friday and told their families they planned to a camp in a tent in a valley, part of a backpacking adventure exploring Hawaii’s Big Island.”Everything was great,” Cearley said. “Except that a couple of days ago, Kevin’s mom received a call in the middle of the night basically saying someone had her kid.  “Their families weren’t able to reach them and saw that Butler’s bank account was overdrawn, Cearley said, so they contacted police. When police began investigating, they told Cearley there was an unidentified body matching her daughter’s description.

Meanwhile, Linder’s relatives were making plans to travel to Hawaii to search for them. That’s when Cearley got a text message from Linder saying they were OK, followed by a phone call, saying they didn’t have any cellphone reception while camping in Waipio Valley and had no idea anyone was looking for them until they later retrieved frantic phone messages.”‘We came down from the mountain and our cellphones were blowing up,'” Cearley recalled her daughter saying.

People in the Honokaa area spotted the couple and notified police, who met with them and checked their identification.The couple doesn’t know anything about the disturbing call from a man’s voice using a blocked number, claiming to have Butler, Cearley said…

Full article here:  Big Island Campers Found Safe, Unaware of Search

Body Found in Water Off Kalapana Reclassified to Murder

Hawaiʻi Island police have reclassified a coroner’s inquest case to a murder in connection with the discovery of a body Tuesday (May 28) in waters off Kalapana in the Puna District.

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An autopsy conducted Wednesday (May 29) determined that the female victim died of strangulation and that the manner of death was homicide.

Police have not yet identified the body, described as that of a Caucasian woman possibly in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8 with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of “Veritas” on her lower back.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may know the victim or have information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@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.

Coast Guard Seeks Comment for New Regulated Navigation Area in Oahu

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a proposal of a permanent regulated navigation area, enforcement of which would take place only during times when a tsunami warning is issued for the Hawaiian Islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Coast Guard Navigation Area

Tsunami warnings require the evacuation of a large number of vessels from their respective harbors. Following the evacuation, these vessels must remain offshore until the emergency situation has passed and the harbors have been deemed safe for re-entry. Past tsunami warnings have created potentially dangerous offshore traffic congestion between commercial and recreational vessel traffic. Because of this, designated vessel traffic staging areas are necessary for a safe and orderly evacuation of southern Oahu ports.

Coast Guard Cutters Kittiwake and Ahi, both 87-foot Patrol boats homeported in Honolulu, maintain security and safety outside of Honolulu Harbor March 11, 2011. All vessels were urged to evacuate Thursday evening in prompt to the tsunami that was headed to the Hawaiian Islands following the devastating earthquake in Japan, March 10, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson.

Coast Guard Cutters Kittiwake and Ahi, both 87-foot Patrol boats homeported in Honolulu, maintain security and safety outside of Honolulu Harbor March 11, 2011. All vessels were urged to evacuate Thursday evening in prompt to the tsunami that was headed to the Hawaiian Islands following the devastating earthquake in Japan, March 10, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson.

“These staging areas are an example of Coast Guard efforts to improve our tsunami preparedness in the Hawaiian Islands,” said Captain Shannon Gilreath, captain of the port for Honolulu. “Second only to saving lives, the safe resumption of maritime commerce is a top priority following a disaster and these areas will help accomplish that”.

Public comment and related material on the proposed regulated navigation area must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 13, 2013.

The full proposed rule can be found and commented on here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCG-2012-0080-0001

For additional information or questions, contact Lt. Cmdr. Scott Whaley, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 522–8264 ext.352 or Scott.O.Whaley@uscg.mil.

 

HI-PAL Basketball Results

Forty-five youth participated in eight games during the Hawaiʻi Police Activities League’s 2013 “Click It or Ticket” 5-on-5 basketball tournament held at the Honomū gymnasium on April 27 during Honomū Family Fun Day. The breakdown of the participants was 17 from the 9-10 age division and 28 from the 13-14 age division.

The winning team in the 9-10 division was ‘Imi Pono from Waimea coached by Mark Low and Kalewa O’Neal. Members of the team were Dean Conners, Justin Lima, Logan Nakamura, Chylou Nobriga-Guerpo, Mana O’Neal and Braeden Samura.

Imi Pono

Imi Pono

The winning team in the 13-14 age division was N-One from Waiākea Intermediate School coached by Guy Nakamoto. Members of that team were Wesley Amuimuia, Kenneth Bugado, Michael Bugado, Justin Cabanila, Treisen Ishimoto, Shaun Kojima, Calvin Mattos and Kien Uyeda.

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N-One

In conjunction with the HI-PAL tournament, the Hawaiʻi County Department of Parks and Recreation provided free activities that included a water slide and inflatable bouncer, keiki fish casting, craft-making and Zumba dancing. Additionally, 66 of the participants, coaches and spectators signed pledges to wear their seat belts.

“Click It or Ticket” is a nationwide campaign to educate vehicular operators and passengers on the use of seat belts and child restraints and about the fines associated with non compliance.

 

Missing Idaho Couple Located in Hamakua in Good Health

Hawaiʻi Island police have located the missing Idaho couple.

Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, were located in the Hamakua district and are in good health.

State Parks Takes Next Management Step to Balance Resource Protection and Public Recreation Use at Kealakekua Bay

Permits now available with specific conditions for recreational vessels

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks is taking the next step to restore additional public recreational access to the waters of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park (KBSHP) after imposing a moratorium that began January 2, 2013 on all vessels entering the bay and all landing at Ka‘awaloa. Swimming and snorkeling have continuously been allowed in the bay without permits.

Kealakekua Bay

Taking a phased approach, State Parks in January began issuing permits to commercial and non-commercial vessels to merely transit the bay entering from an outside location (no landing of passengers on land allowed – only swimming in the water). Next, in April and May, the division authorized the three previously permitted commercial kayak guided tour companies to resume operations with strict permit conditions.

State Parks has now begun issuing special use permits – with specific use conditions — for the non-commercial recreational use of crafts such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and one-person canoes in the waters of Kealakekua Bay. There is no cost to these permits. Many of these users have been contacting the department for months to ask when they could resume their personal recreational hobby to paddle in the bay.

“Mahalo to those of you who have waited patiently as DLNR grappled with a variety of strategies and legal evaluations that were necessary to restore both a quality experience and provide enhanced resource protection to Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairman.

“Due to the legal complexity of changing management of the water from our Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation to the Division of State Parks, with different sets of administrative rules, more time than we anticipated has been needed to allow for various stages of public vessel access to waters of the bay to resume,” Aila said. “DLNR will continue to evaluate all vessel and public behavior and magnitude and determine, as needed, if further changes and conditions are warranted.”

Special use permits are now being issued for non-commercial, personal use of primarily paddle vessels, subject to a set of eight conditions:

1. No launching or landing of vessels from the wharf at Napo‘opo‘o landing.
2. No landing or transporting of people to land or to traverse any of the land at Ka‘awaloa Flats.
3. No launching or deployment of any auxiliary vessels from the permitted vessel. Swimmers are allowed in the water but not to access Ka‘awaloa Flats.
4. Motorized vessels are to operate at a “no wake” speed.
5. There shall be no damage to any live coral, or tampering or interfering with other marine life and mammals. All legal distances are to be maintained from marine mammals.
6. If an emergency landing is required on land within KBSHP, the DLNR Hawai‘i State Park Office must be notified within 24 hours of the landing and report the nature of the emergency and the need to land.
7. These conditions may be subject to change due to resource management decisions.
8. Violation of any of these permit conditions may cause the revocation of the permit

Special use permit request forms may be obtained by e-mailing DSP Permit Staff at Jacqueline.M.Velasco@hawaii.gov

Background:

Years of unmanaged proliferation of rental kayak use and the illegal commercial rentals of kayaks from historic Napo‘opo‘o wharf and landings at Ka‘awaloa Flats have impacted marine life in Kealakekua Bay and historic resources at Ka‘awaloa Flats. Unsustainable high numbers of unregulated traffic and the overall aesthetic degradation of the quality of experience in this culturally significant historic area led to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to determine it was time to implement a moratorium “time out” in order to rest the resources while better management actions could be developed.

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Visits Hospice of Hilo on Memorial Day

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spent her Memorial Day lunch visiting Hospice of Hilo’s Pōhai Mālama a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Care Center staff and patients.  Throughout the afternoon, the Congresswoman discussed significant reforms to healthcare, learned about the issues challenging hospice care, and presented Hospice of Hilo a certificate of excellence.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.   From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

During the tour, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was invited to visit a patient who was very excited to see her.  During the visit, the two held hands and talked about the wonderful care and amenities offered to the patient in the care center.  The patient said with glistening eyes, “I am so proud of what you are doing Congresswoman Gabbard,” and in return, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard thanked the patient for her encouragement and trust.

Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho, was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the exception care and outstanding community service provided by the organization.  “It is an honor to recognize Hospice of Hilo for their community involvement,” said Congresswoman Gabbard, “This facility is truly a model for the exceptional care offered to our citizens.  Thank you for helping families in their time of need.”

 

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby League Summer Session Information

On June 2nd the Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league will be starting their summer session. For 8 weeks, ending on July 21st, practices will be held at Wainaku gym (30 Aikane loop) every Sunday.

Summer Session

NO experience is required! All new skaters are invited to learn the basics, every Sunday from noon to 1pm. Cost for new participants is FREE! We also have limited loaner gear available to borrow for the session.

Returning or experienced skaters will practice from 1- 3pm. Cost is $50

All young ladies from the ages of 7-17 are encouraged to come and check out what roller derby is all about.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league aims to empower young women. We build Self Esteem by fostering Leadership Skills and Personal Accountability.

The Big Island Babes Junior Derby creates a Sisterhood of skaters and helps them to Form Positive Relationships through Respect, Sportsmanship, and Team Work. Communication skills are also very important and the skaters will learn positive ways to communicate between themselves as well as with the adults in the league.

For more information please visit Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby on Facebook, Bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com or email: info@bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com.

Contact

Stacey Breining

“Smash yo Face”

Coach

808-854-5424

info@bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com

 

Big Island Police Searching for Idaho Couple After Relative Receives Disturbing Call

8:00 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located the missing Idaho couple.  Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, were located in the Hamakua district and are in good health.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an Idaho couple reported missing.

Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, checked out of their Kona hotel on Friday (May 24) and told family members they planned to camp in a tent in a valley.

Kim and Kevin

Four days later, Butler’s relative received a disturbing phone call from someone who claimed to have Butler.

Kevin Butler and Kim Linder

Kevin Butler and Kimberly Linder

Butler is described as 6-feet tall, 175 pounds with an athletic build, brown short hair and hazel eyes. He has a scar on his shoulder.

Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler

Linder is described as 5-foot-4, 130 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo on her right foot that says, “Walking with God.”

Kimberly Linder

Kimberly Linder

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

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

Two People Die in One-Vehicle Crash in North Kona

A man and a woman were killed Tuesday (May 28) from injuries they received in a one-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway at the 79-mile-marker in North Kona.

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The driver was identified as Michelle K. Deluz, 24, of a Waikoloa address.

The passenger was identified as Gary J. Fergerstrom, 24, of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to a 2:49 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the 24-year-old woman from Waikoloa was traveling south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and operating a 2007 Honda two door-sedan when she lost control, crossed the centerline and ran off the left side of the road, where the vehicle rolled into a lava field.

The driver and the passenger were both not wearing their seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle.

The man was flown by the Fire Department helicopter to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he died at 3:34 p.m.

The driver was dead at the scene

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide and coroner’s inquest case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

These are the 14th and 15th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 14 at this time last year.

Victim in Alleged “M” Nightclub Beating Speaks Up – Pictures of Incident

I’ve been in contact with Shane Busby for the last 9 months since he was allegedly busted up at the “M” nightclub in Honolulu by the part-owner Michael Miske, Jr.

During the recent Pro-Bowl that happened here in Honolulu, NFL Player Trent Williams was also allegedly assaulted by the same owner.

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Tonight on Facebook Shane Busby released the following information to me and below it is the original e-mail he sent me over 9 months ago:

Full story goes like this, My girlfriend flies in that morning from Australia, and she wants to go out to M, as it is marketed as one of the ritzier clubs here in Honolulu so, because I usually take pictures, and do video at clubs, I ask my friend (promoter eightball) if he wants to go out that night, and if he can get us a hook up on bottle service at M the promoter that night, was/is Flash and he texts back, “If your group purchases a bottle at $300, I will comp an extra bottle”

The night goes well, and towards 2:30ish the bill is brought to our table and it has both bottles, I politely tell the waitress that I was told I would be comped a bottle, so she walks off to investigate.

Soon after Mike Miske and about 7 of his security show up, pull me out of the booth that I am sitting in, and repeatedly punch me in the sides..while taking me to the tables outside

Mike sits me down and the waitress (NAME DELETED  – DT) brings the bill back. Mike tells me “you will pay this bill or else”

I look at him (now with multiple bruised ribs) and tell him “you’ve already beat me up, or else what? Are you going to kill me?”

He just stares at me.

So, I sign “FUCK SECURITY” in big letters on the bill because if they’re going to throw me in a ditch at least there is a paper trail to where I was, and where my last conflict was…that is assuming they decide to keep the check

Mike looks at the bill, says “Fuck Security?!” out loud, and waves his henchmen over…and they start laying into me again

One of them gets within my circle, so from my military training, I grab him, hold him in between me and the other security guards, and walk back towards the main entrance When I get there I tell securitas to call the police, these people are trying to mug me

5:39pm

Shane Busby

Front security comes out and pretends that nothing is happening, and that they are concerned…while they do that, someone in an untucked black polo (same setup as security) comes out, shakes hands with the front security…then lays into me, knocking out my front teeth, hitting my g/f in the process etc.

5:39pm

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(Eightball, Cris Perez, and my g/f were kicked out from the table, when I was grabbed and were waiting out front when I got there)

Securitas got my information, before this guy tackled me, and then laid pinned him down while Cris takes me to his car and drives me to Tripler.

Apparently Securitas (officer’s name was joe) has no recollection of who this person was, never got his information

M was posting that the night of the incident they had video and I was being a drunken idiot, however when the detective came to investigate all video had been deleted

5:44pm

Shane Busby

I work at these places regularly, if Mike had come to my table, and said “Im sorry, Flash isn’t authorized to comp people bottles” I would have asked the other 4 people in my party for more cash (everyone pretty much ponied up $100 cash for the night, and I had no intention of using my card) we would have been on our way, and probably would have come back

5:44pm

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(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^this is our waitress. She approached me a few weeks ago at another event and said if there was any way she could help out anonymously, she would

But apparently Mike is not against showing up at people’s doorstep and doing the same thing he did that night to me at M, so shes scared to death of him

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^She claims she was roofied by M security, and when her roomie tried to get her out, they beat him up

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^she is a Special Ed teacher at (SCHOOL NAME DETRACTED – DT) …her case is the one that is currently in the news.

(EDITORS NOTE… NAME AND LINK REMOVED> DT)

^^He was the main one they attacked at M with Theresa. He had broken ribs, kidney damage, etc

6:27pm

Damon Tucker

Ok… so are you comfortable w/ me posting this all on my site?

6:30pm

Shane Busby

I’m fine with it

 

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This is the email he sent me long before NFL Player Trent Williams was also allegedly assaulted by the same person:

From: shane busby To: damon tucker Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2012 9:01 AM Subject: Beating at the M

Hey, sorry about last night. I was a little confused as to whether you wanted a copy of the official statement from the police report, or my story of what happened.

Here is the full and dirty:
Promoter flash (also used to be radio host on 93.9 the zone’s morning show before they had the format change) had promised my friend (promoter eightball) that if we dropped by M for his event, he would comp us a bottle, if we purchased one. So, we get our two bottles and go merrily on our way drinking them. About an hour before everything went down, I noticed my stomach was not taking kindly to a straight vodka shot, so I poured myself some straight cranberry juice drinks (from the mixers we had at the table) and once my stomach settled I ordered a beer. I continued to babysit my beer until the tab came. When it did, it had both bottles (at a price of $300 each) on the tab. My friend, Eightball saw this, and said he would find Flash and get everything settled. I gave the waitress all the cash I had been handed for the night, ($300, plus another $40) for the time being. Next thing I know, (apparently the owner) comes up to me in a white shirt surrounded by security telling me “not to talk to his waitress like that” I look at him and say, “like what? I never said anything.” Because of the corner location of the table, security grabs me by all sides, and has issues pulling me out, as they are pulling against each other. They then bring me into the circle and start punching my chest. They throw me onto the empty patio out back, and sit me down. I keep my hands above my head, and the owner keeps telling me I “roughed up one of his guys.” Im all of 5’8 150lbs. Roughing up in a circle of 5-7 security guards is not an idea I like. I am brought the bill by our waitress, told Im going to sign it “or else.” I look at the “owner” and say, “or what, you’re going to kill me?” He just looks sternly at me. So I sign the bill, and write “fuck security” on the tab, as Im being forced to sign it under duress, and well, at the time I couldnt think of anything else to write on the bill, to show what had happened, if I did wind up missing in the morning. The owner grabs the bill, and says “fuck security huh?” and then they continue to go at punching me in the back. I recall grabbing one person pushing them out of the way, and making a run for the side door. When I get there, my g/f and friend (eightball) are standing out front. Securitas is close by. I make sure to go to them, trying to get the cops called. While I am talking to them, some security from the club comes up to me and says “we want to help.” Im standing, telling the story, and some guy walks up, shakes hands with club security, then out of nowhere punches me, and gets my g/f on the follow through. This is where my teeth got messed up. Securitas puts this guy on the ground, and I get hauled off to the parking lot to get taken to tripler, as its obvious the safe place for me is not anywhere near that club. At Tripler I was treated for: Closed head injury, Physical Assault, Multiple Abrasions, Dental fracture, and a Single Contusion with soft tissue hematoma to the head. At approximately 8am I was seen by HPD to give a statement, and I was released from the Hospital about 10am. When we were talking to securitas outside the club, M security kept saying I hit one of their guys. I never raised my hand at any of their people. I only pushed one out of the way when I was getting the second beating. This guy shows up with a cute little band-aid above his eye saying I hit him. I keep posting pics of my knuckles because anyone that has hit someone in the face, or been hit in the face knows your knuckles will get just as messed up as their head.
A friend of mine received a text from out waitress asking what the hell happened. He showed me this in the parking lot as we left.
Upon posting these things, I got a message from a friend of our waitress, that said this:
Her:
ya she told me she didnt know what happened. something like flash told you guys it was buy one get one free. and then the owner told her no and insisted she charge you for both. and then she got it taken off by the manager and the owner i guess didn’t like that and went to handle things on his own. she didn’t know what was happening she just heard after the fact what happened. sorry idk what to say. the m owner is pretty sketchy and is known for this kind of shit
Me:
yea, If your friend would testify in court, I have a felony assault case in the works
Her:
  • shes scared of the owner and losing her job and what he could do to her and she really doesnt know. like she didnt know that he was talking to you until she had to go find u to give the bill
  • sorry
    Me:
    sounds like she should quit anyway
    Her:
    • ya ive been trying to tell her that but needs to make some decent money and she pays all her own business so its all she can do for now. m is super sketchy
    • but the owner is known for this kind of shit theres a lot of ppl hes beaten up but he usually threatens them so thats why nothings happened. probably said a lot more than i should. but hes pretty thuggish. and not really someone u wanna mess with. i wouldn’t take it unless u know hes gonna get locked up. ive heard some pretty scary stories from all sorts of ppl

Update on Body Found in Ocean Near Lava Flow Entry

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the discovery of a body in waters off Kalapana in the Puna district.

Photo courtesy of Lava Ocean Adventures

Photo courtesy of Lava Ocean Adventures

At 6:28 a.m. Tuesday (May 28), personnel from the Hawaiʻi Police Department and Hawaiʻi Fire Department responded to a report of a body caught in a fishing line from a nearby fishing boat in the ocean off one of the lava viewing areas. Another vessel in the area contacted authorities and remained with the body until divers from the Fire Department and their helicopter recovered the remains and met with police at a temporary landing zone.

Detectives from the Area 1 Criminal Investigations Section responded to the location and are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a coroners inquest.

The body is that of a Caucasian female possibly in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8 with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of “Veritas” on her lower back. Detectives are reviewing recent missing persons records in an attempt to identify the female.

Police have not ruled out foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone who may know the female or have information on this case contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386or ralmeda@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@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.