Hawai’i Island’s Most Wanted Features Repeat Stars Still Wanted

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights three men who were highlighted before but are still wanted.

The new episode begins airing tomorrow, Friday May 17th.

In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating a 47-year-old man wanted for a violent crime in Puna in August 2010. Rexford Milo is wanted for threatening a 64-year-old Leilani Estates man with a shotgun, knocking him to the ground, tying him up, stealing cash, identification and credit cards and then driving off in the victim’s pickup truck.

Rexford Milo

Rexford Milo

Milo is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 145 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He may be in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates area. The stolen truck is still missing. It is described as a dark green 4×4 2009 Toyota Tacoma. Police caution the public not to approach Milo, as he may be armed and dangerous.

The television program also asks for help in locating an unidentified suspect in a theft case.

ATM Suspect

ATM Suspect

A Hilo woman reported in April 2010 that cash was withdrawn from her account during an unauthorized ATM transaction. Investigators recovered surveillance video, which depicts a man using the victim’s bank card to make withdrawals.

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help locating a Honokaʻa man wanted in an investigation into burglary, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.

David Botelho

David Botelho

Thirty-year-old David Botelho is described as 5-foot-5, 150 pounds with short black hair and hazel eyes. He is also wanted on a $20,000 bench warrant.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaiʻi Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger Project

COULD BREADFRUIT HELP ALLEVIATE GLOBAL AND LOCAL HUNGER?

The newly launched Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger project harvests breadfruit in Kona and distributes it to the food insecure. The project is based upon the simple fact that there are many people on Hawai‘i Island without enough nutritious food to eat, and at the same time there are literally tons of breadfruit that are not being harvested and eaten. Breadfruit (‘ulu) is a local, abundant and nutritious food that can be used to alleviate hunger in Hawai‘i.

Breadfruit

Breadfruit is a traditional staple crop throughout the Pacific region. According to Dr. Diane Ragone, Director of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden, more than 80% of the world’s hungry live in tropical and subtropical regions where ecological conditions are suitable for cultivating breadfruit. Just like in Hawai‘i, many people in the tropics have high food, fuel, and fertilizer costs and need sustainable, low-input crops. Many island nations are turning to breadfruit as a solution.

According to a survey done by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network, people who grow breadfruit reported that 46% is wasted. At the same time, many of Hawai‘i’s families are food insecure—lacking access to affordable and nutritious food.

In its first month of operation, Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger harvested, distributed and processed over 500 pounds of breadfruit.

The project builds relationships with landowners who have excess breadfruit and forms an agreement to harvest. The breadfruit is then distributed through social service agencies such as the Kealakehe Meet and Eat, Ocean View Food Basket and Hawai‘i Island Youth Corps. Excess breadfruit is processed and frozen for future use by the West Hawai‘i Community College Culinary Arts Program.

The Breadfruit Harvest for Hunger project was started with the support of the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. It is an initiative of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—a project to revitalize ‘ulu (breadfruit) as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food which addresses Hawai’i’s food security issues.  The Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project is led by Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

The project is seeking additional partnerships with landowners who have excess breadfruit and agencies that serve the food insecure.  For more information or to donate breadfruit from your trees, please email hooulu@hawaiihomegrown.net or call Andrea Dean at 960-3727. More information about the project can be found at www.breadfruit.info.

Coast Guard Requests Public’s Help in Search for Missing Swimmer

The Coast Guard continues the search Thursday for a man last seen Monday night at the north end of Waipio Valley Beach on the Big Island Wednesday.

Kevin Devlin

John Spillane (HPD released his name as Kevin Devlin the other day)

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the situation at approximately 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, by the Hawaii County fire department. The report stated that a man had gone swimming off the northeast coast of the Big Island and had not been seen since Monday night.

The Coast Guard and Hawaii County Fire Department are currently searching with air, shore and sea assets for the 62-year-old male, John Spillane. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Spillane are requested to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

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

Navy – Missile Defense System Completes Successful Intercept Test Off Kauai Last Night

The Missile Defense Agency and Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie conducted a successful flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system yesterday, Pentagon officials reported.

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires a Standard Missile-2 during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 20 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise that began in 1971. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW) Derek R. Sanchez/RELEASED

USS Lake Erie (CG 70) fires a Standard Missile-2 during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from Jun. 20 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The world’s largest maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of the sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise that began in 1971. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW) Derek R. Sanchez/RELEASED

In the test, the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 4.0 weapon system and a Standard Missile 3 Block IB missile intercepted a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean.

A separating short-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, and flew northwest toward a broad ocean area. The USS Lake Erie detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar. The ship, equipped with the second-generation Aegis BMD weapon system, developed a fire control solution and launched the SM-3 Block IB missile.

The SM-3 maneuvered to a point in space based on guidance from Aegis BMD weapon system and released its kinetic warhead. The warhead acquired the target re-entry vehicle, diverted into its path, and, using only the force of a direct impact, engaged and destroyed the target.

Initial indications are that all components performed as designed, officials said, and program officials will assess and evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test.

Last night’s event, designated Flight Test Maritime 19, was the third consecutive successful intercept test of the Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system and the SM-3 Block IB guided missile, and the 25th successful intercept in 31 flight test attempts for the Aegis BMD program since flight testing began in 2002.

In this image provided by the US Navy a ballistic threat target missile is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, Saturday Nov. 1, 2008 enroute to an intercept over an open ocean area northwest of Kauai. The target missile was successfully intercepted by a Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) launched from the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton. However a second threat target missile was not successfully destroyed by the USS Hopper according to the Navy. (AP Photo/US Navy)

In this image provided by the US Navy a ballistic threat target missile is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii, Saturday Nov. 1, 2008 enroute to an intercept over an open ocean area northwest of Kauai. The target missile was successfully intercepted by a Standard Missile – 3 (SM-3) launched from the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton. However a second threat target missile was not successfully destroyed by the USS Hopper according to the Navy. (AP Photo/US Navy)

Across all Ballistic Missile Defense System programs, this is the 59th successful hit-to-kill intercept in 74 flight tests since 2001, officials said.

Aegis BMD is the naval component of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. The MDA and the Navy cooperatively manage the Aegis BMD program.

UH Hilo College of Business and Economics Announces Dean’s List for Spring 2013

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Business and Economics announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2013 semester:

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Marisol Alvarez, Chelsea A. Alward, Dayna E. Bersamin, Debra H. Cannoles, Shanda L. K. Carvalho, Claire E. Cea, Krystel R. Charkowski, Winona Yi-an Chen, Soomin Chung, Christina M. Evert, Norine R. Fitzgerald, Benjamin J. Friedlander, Daniel Z. A. Fujii, Matthew C. Garvey, Sarah J. K. Hamakawa, Anna Sofia Marie Hamlin, Justin K. Hirako, Hanale Hose, Summer K. Ilac-Wong, Melanie C. Isa, Yvonne S. Johnny, Josie L. Johnson, Aysia K. M. Kaaumoana, Hitomi Kitade, Amber L. Koker, Corey K. Kozuma, Tomoaki Kurima, Jonathon F. Laudner, Hyunchul Lee, Matthew P. M. Luga, Elise L. Martin, Christina M. Method, Coryn A. Miyashiro, Candela Montero Llasera, Marvin Louis P. Nagtalon, Alexandria J. Nakao-Eligado, Taylor L. Neel, Alvin K. Nguyen, Kelli S. Okumura, Yulia I. Orlova, Navarone K. Ortiz, Jesica L. Pacheco, Tehani-Jenae L. K. Palolo, Junyong Park, Michael S. K. Patterson, Zachary J. Pettus, Lindsey F. Poulsen, Mikhail A. Romantchouk, Kristen L. Ross, Karyle K. Saiki, Shannon N. T. Sampaga, Aaron Sanchez Robles, Thomas Jay T. Shigemoto, Ji Hye Shin, Kun H. Sigrah, Brandi Lei H. Smith, Logan M. Snell, Jana Soli, Travis T. A. Stancil, Mark Tokuuke, Risa Watabiki, and Kayla S. Yugawa.

 

Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai to Celebrate 50 Years

Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai will celebrate 50 years since its incorporation on Saturday, June 8.

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Crafted by graphic artist Cary Tanoue, the design incorporates English and kanji spelling out the organization’s name along with an anthurium.

“A Japanese community non-profit organization has been around in Pahoa for more than 100 years,” said committee chairman Jason Hashimoto. “This event celebrates the golden anniversary of our formal incorporation in 1963. It’s the first time we are trying to get Pahoa people together for a community reunion, both current and former residents.”

President Craig Shimoda said, “We are looking for people with ties to Pahoa who may have moved away from this area.”

Events planned for the day include a memorial service at 10 a.m. followed by recognition of keirokai members (80 years of age and older), luncheon, old fashioned games, photographic and artifact displays, and talk story time in the YBA Hall in Pahoa.

Past president Stanley Oishi recalled, “The organization way back built the first Pahoa Japanese school. In recent years, we built the YBA Hall. We take care of the hall and the cemetery. Annually we host the last obon dance of the season and mochi pounding close to the new year.”

Cost of the event is $10 for members or $20 for non-members. RSVP by May 4 to Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai, P.O. Box 504, Pahoa HI 96778. Anyone wishing further information may contact Jason Hashimoto at (808) 937-5941 or by e-mail jasonhashi@gmail.com

About the logo:

A logo has been selected for Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the non-profit community organization’s incorporation.

Crafted by graphic artist Cary Tanoue, the design incorporates English and kanji spelling out the organization’s name along with an anthurium.

“If it’s representing Pahoa, it’s got to be an anthurium,” said long time resident Glenn Watarida, a former president of the organization.”

According to the late Pahoa historian Hiroo Sato, an active member of Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai, “The first anthuriums were imported from England in 1889 by Samuel N, Damon and planted in his Moanalua botanical garden.” That first variety had a pink spathe.

“One of the first persons to grow anthuriums in Hilo was Herbert Shipman. There were several other local pioneers of whom one was Kisataro Keno of Kaumana. Kono produced anthurium
seedlings that were sold to Katsuto Hayashi who probably was the first to grow anthuriums in Pahoa in the 1930s.”

A multi-million dollar floral industry flourished with more than 260 farms on the island of Hawaii in 1959 – the majority of the state’s production. Due to the many growers, packers and shippers located in the area, Pahoa was labeled the Anthurium Capitol of Hawaii. “The industry reached its peak in 1980, supplying local, national, and international markets with up to 232,000 dozen flowers per month. Although yield was at 2.5 million dozen flowers in 1980, supply was insufficient to meet demand,” according to University of Hawaii publications. The bacterial blight of the 1980s set the industry back. Since then, development of disease-resistant strains, new horticultural practices such as drip irrigation, and advances in tissue-culturing of disease-free varieties has led to the continuation of the industry.

“We are so grateful to Cary Tanoue for all his help,” said current president Craig Shimoda. “Cary also has cleaned the Pahoa YBA sign that hung on the front of the first hall starting in 1921 and on the current building since 1980. It will be ready to hang up again for the celebration.”

“We have a full slate of activities for Saturday, June 8,” said anniversary chairman Jason Hashimoto. “Registration has been extended until May 25.”

Advance registration is required for the memorial service, activities and luncheon. For further information, contact Hashimoto at (808) 937-5941 or by e-mail to jasonhashi@gmail.com.

Los Angeles Lakers Chris Duhon Announced as Special Guest for 2013 Hawaii Island Hoops Summer Camp

Hawaii Island Hoops (HIH) is happy to announce and welcome Los Angeles Laker and former Duke Blue Devil Chris Duhon as our special guest at the HIH 13 College Prep Basketball Camp from June 3- 7, 2013 at the Kekuaokalani Gym in Kailua-Kona.

Chris Duhon

Chris Duhon was a high school McDonald’s All-American and a four year starter for Duke University. In his freshmen year, he helped the Duke Blue Devils win the 2001 national championship, defeating Arizona in the finals. Duhon finished his career as Duke’s all-time leader in steals (300) and minutes played (4,813), and second in assists (819). He left as the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record 1,200 points, 800 assists, 475 rebounds, 300 steals, and 125 three-point shots.

In June 2004, Chris Duhon was selected as the 38th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.  During his time with the New York Knicks, On November 29, 2008, in a game against Golden State Warriors, Duhon set a new Knicks single-game record with 22 assists in one game.  Now currently with the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Duhon has been a solid contributor at the point guard position.

To register for the camp visit:  Hawaii Island Hoops

Video: Punahou Pole Vaulter Snaps Pole During State Meet

Pole vaulting is a sport for the brave!

Pole Vault

A Punahou Pole Vaulter, Quinn Cassid, snapped his pole during the recent state meet held at Mililani High School:

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Another angle:

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Cassid was fine and later went on to take second place in the event.

UH Hilo Captures Microsoft Academic National Championship

A student team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo recently won the prestigious 2013 U.S. Microsoft Imagine Cup Championship held in San Jose, California. The team now heads to St. Petersburg, Russia for the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in July.

Imagine Cup is Microsoft’s premier student technology competition that honors technology innovations addressing the world’s toughest problems as student innovators from around the world use Microsoft resources to take their one-of- a-kind, ground breaking application ideas from concept to the marketplace. The national finals featured the top 10 U.S. teams pitching their ideas and solutions to investors, entrepreneurs, and technology professionals for a chance to win cash prizes and support for their businesses.

Team Poliahu - Featured from left to right: Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, Professor Edwards and Mike Purvis.

Team Poliahu – Featured from left to right: Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, Professor Edwards and Mike Purvis.

UH Hilo’s Team Poliahu, comprised of seniors Mike Purvis, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada and junior Ryder Donahue from the UH Hilo Computer Science Department, topped the field of competition with their application entitled “Help Me Help,” which focused on community help for disaster relief efforts. The program 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 Captain Purvis said the idea grew out of a senior project to design software that could track native and invasive plant species.

“We realized tracking that kind of information could be applied to a larger scale with more impact,” said Purvis. “So we decided to rewrite our entire idea for disaster response.”

Team Adviser Dr. Keith Edwards, associate professor, computer science, said the student’s achievement is evidence of what hard work and creative thinking can accomplish.

“As a professor, I am always the most pleased when students are able to transcend the material taught in the classroom to develop knowledge and capabilities beyond what is presently known,” Edwards said. “The success achieved by these students is a perfect representation of how the tremendous creative possibilities at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo can have a worldwide impact.”

 

Fukushima Friends Benefit Concert – Japan Kids to Come to the Big Island for Respite, Rest and Fun

Please help the children and young adults that desire to come to the Big Island from the disaster area of Fukushima, Japan, in July and August, 2013 by attending the Fukushima Friends Relief Concert on May 26th at the East Hawaii Center for Spiritual Living.

Fukushima Benefit Concert

About 20 young people with chaperones from 5th grade up are coming to the Big Island to receive respite, rest, and fun from July 15-Aug 26.

A group will be providing food, shelter, and transportation for one month which is costly.  In addition, some of you may not know, but, these children and young adults have suffered the earthquake, tsunami, family suicides, survival camps, and high radiation exposure for 2 years.  They are in need of fresh air, ocean swimming, and rest for their physical and mental health.  They have been living inside locations without being able to play outside, touch the ground, or eat Fukushima food because of the radiation dangers.  Please help us provide for these young people.  Please come to the concert or you may donate any amount to the fund.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Man in Waipio Valley

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 62-year-old Honokaʻa man who was reported missing on Tuesday (May 14).

Kevin Devlin

Kevin Devlin

Kevin Devlin, also known as Shawn Devlin, was last seen on Monday (May 13) between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Waipio Valley, where he reportedly was going for a swim. He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with short, thin white hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Dion Santiago at 775-7533 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Wordless Wednesday – The No Smoking Ashtray

Staying at the Tropicana in Las Vegas and Coming Away With Money!

Last week I went to Las Vegas for my friend’s bachelor party and we stayed at the “New”  Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

Outside the Tropicana

I say “new” because it’s recently gone through a huge remodel and everyone that I spoke to around the place that were regulars at the place talked about how nice it had become of late.

Tropicana

Big Island resident and famous comedian Roseanne Barr is currently doing shows at the world famous comedy club the “Laugh Factory” at 7pm on many nights.  We went later in the evening and caught some other comics that had us laughing pretty hard.

Laugh Factory

Of course most folks tend to gamble in Vegas and I have to say the Tropicana dealers were especially kind to me.  Especially a dealer named “Tracey S.” that actually seemed more interested in peoples life’s then just bringing in money to the resort.  She really tried her best to explain the game clearly to those that were not very experienced at it and as someone who has lost money in the past do to some sneaky dealers… I appreciate a dealer that is honest about what they are doing!

Chips

They are still in the process of remodeling a restaurant that I have heard will become a buffet.  The pool at the Tropicana has consistently been ranked as one of the top pools on the strip.

Tropicana Pool

I got an excellent rate at the place because my friend had a bunch of rooms reserved under his name for his bachelor party so I’m glad I didn’t have to spend a lot for my rooms, however, when I looked at what the price of the rooms would have cost me… it was pretty reasonable for the time of the year and the location on the strip.

I did pretty good at the tables and I figure that after all of my expenses including airfare, hotel, food and entertainment… I came out about $600.00 bucks ahead for five days.  The real joy was spending time with folks I hadn’t seen in a long time… that was priceless!

Record of Decision for Plan/Environmental Impact Statement for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is pleased to announce that the Record of Decision for the Plan for Protecting and Restoring Native Ecosystems by Managing Non-Native Ungulates has been signed. The Record of Decision describes the alternative the National Park Service (NPS) has selected to implement and why, and completes this important planning effort for the park.

The base of an ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree in Kahuku badly damaged by non-native ungulates. NPS Photo

The base of an ‘ōhi‘a lehua tree in Kahuku badly damaged by non-native ungulates. NPS Photo

The plan will provide a park-wide framework to systematically guide non-native ungulate management activities in a manner that supports long-term ecosystem protection, supports natural ecosystem recovery and provides desirable conditions for active ecosystem restoration, and supports protection and preservation of cultural resources.

The NPS’s preferred alternative includes a progression of management phases, monitoring, and considerations for the use of management tools; a population objective of zero non-native ungulates, or as low as practicable, in managed areas; complete boundary fencing for Kahuku and ‘Ōla‘a rainforest; and potential use of localized internal fencing to assist in the control of non-native ungulates. Control techniques would be primarily lethal, but non-lethal techniques could also be considered. Volunteer programs would continue, but modifications would be required for lethal removal programs to meet current NPS practices. The plan/EIS is available on the web at http://www.nps.gov/havo/parkmgmt/plan.htm

The Record of Decision has been published on the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/havo_ecosystem_rod. A copy of the Record of Decision may also be requested by contacting the park at One Crater Rim Drive, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718; or by phone at (808) 985-6026.

 

 

go! Offers Lift to Pacific Wings Passengers

go! Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline announced today that it will offer space-available accommodations at no cost for Pacific Wings ticket holders affected by the carrier’s shutdown.

Go Plane

Jonathan Ornstein, go!’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented “We have always been committed to helping the people of Hawaii get where they need to go, and we will do everything we can to support Pacific Wings passengers and minimize any inconvenience and disruption.” Passengers that show a printed confirmation of a Pacific Wings booking at the go! ticket counter may fly standby at no cost on their original scheduled day of departure and route.

This offer applies for routes served by go! operated jet flights, and does not include flights operated by Mokulele Airlines.  Please see www.iflygo.com/pacificwings for details.

About go! Airlines

go! Airlines is celebrating 7 years of bringing low fares on the most popular routes within the state of Hawai‘i.  Since 2006, the airline has been dedicated to bring inter-island air travel to the people of Hawai‘i with convenient routes for kama‘aina. go! passengers fly in the comfort of the airline’s all jet fleet and enjoy true island-style hospitality. To book your tickets visit iflygo.com.

 

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day

In recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all State of Hawaii flags be flown at half-staff alongside the flags of the United States at state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

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“The people of Hawaii will join the nation in recognizing all state, county and federal law enforcement officers who protect us in our daily lives, often putting their own safety and well-being at risk,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Together with Police Week, this observance also serves as a reminder of the importance of every citizen doing his or her part, remaining vigilant against all forms of crime and acts of violence, and working with law officials in this shared responsibility toward a safe society.”

President Barack Obama has proclaimed May 15, 2013, as “Peace Officers Memorial Day” and May 12 through May 18, 2013, as “Police Week.” The President also called upon all governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day, and encouraged all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

Link to the Presidential Proclamation here.

 

Hawai‘i Wildlife Center Receives Wildlife Rescue Vehicle

Native birds and bats throughout the state now have a vehicle just for them at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center.  Thanks to a generous challenge grant by the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and dozens of individuals who rallied together to answer the challenge, the new state-of-the-art native wildlife rehabilitation facility now has an official vehicle that provides wildlife transport to and from the Center.

HWC Founder, President and Center Director Linda Elliott with the new wildlife rescue vehicle

HWC Founder, President and Center Director Linda Elliott with the new wildlife rescue vehicle

The new wildlife rescue vehicle could not have come at a better time.  Since the official launch of wildlife care in September 2012, the HWC has received sick and injured animals from all main Hawaiian Islands, many of which have needed to be picked up from the airport or from the pier.  With activity continuing to increase, the new vehicle provides a peace of mind that there will always be a safe, reliable vehicle available for wildlife rescue missions.

Says HWC Founder, President and Center Director Linda Elliott, “this vehicle is extremely meaningful to us because it is a telling show of support from our statewide and national ‘ohana and our local community. We are thrilled to receive this critical resource and are excited about how it will increase our response capacity for the benefit of Hawai‘i’s native wildlife. Mahalo to everyone who made this happen!”

The vehicle has only been at the facility for two weeks, but has already been used to rescue a downed Newell’s Shearwater and to pick up supplies for the two Maui Nene and one O‘ahu ‘Auku‘u currently in care.

As the only facility of its kind in the State, HWC is continuously working on expanding its network of volunteer transporters to get sick and injured animals to the Center for care and healed, healthy animals to their appropriate release location, including back to their island of origin when necessary. If you would like to become a member of the HWC Wings for Wildlife air transport team or the Wheels for Wildlife ground transport team, please contact the Center at (808) 884-5000, info@hawaiiwildlifecenter.org. Individuals from all islands are welcomed to join.

Wings for Wildlife Air Transport Information: http://www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org/wings-for-wildlife-air-rescue-team.html

Wheels for Wildlife Ground Transport Information: http://www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org/wheels-for-wildlife-ground-transport-team.html

Four Hawaii Police Department Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Honored Today

Members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the public celebrated Police Week on Monday (May 13) at the Hilo police station. A 21-gun salute, “Taps” and a candle-lighting ceremony were part of the tribute to the four Hawaiʻi Police Department officers killed in the line of duty since 1918: Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).

Ronald "Shige" Jitchaku

Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku

During the ceremony, Mayor Billy Kenoi said he is proud of the men and women serving in the Hawaiʻi Police Department. “We have, if not the finest, one of the finest departments in the entire country,” he said.

Kenoi added he is grateful that Cadinha, Oili, Jitchaku and Keliipio are the only officers we have had to honor for losing their lives.

Kenneth Keliipio

Kenneth Keliipio

Chief Harry S. Kubojiri noted that the law enforcement memorial in Washington, D.C., names 19,981 officers nationwide who have been killed in the line of duty since 1792. “Of these names,” he said, “54 are from the State of Hawaiʻi.”

Chief Kubojiri also acknowledged Officer Joshua Gouveia, who attended the ceremony, and Officer Garrett Hatada. The two officers were shot January 2 while responding to a report of gunshots in Hilo.

William "Red" Oili

William “Red” Oili

“Thankfully, although both officers received gunshot wounds to their lower extremities, they survived the encounter and are currently recovering,” Kubojiri said. He asked the audience to pray for their speedy recovery.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. In honor of National Peace Officer Memorial Day this year, President Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. Flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday (May 15).

Manuel Cadinha

Manuel Cadinha

Another Police Week ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (May 14) at the Kona police station. The public is invited to attend.

U.S. DOJ Recognizes Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director for Efforts in Support Crime Victims

The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director Pamela Ferguson-Brey with the Crime Victims’ Financial Restoration Award. Attorney General Eric Holder presented the award to Ferguson-Brey during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards ceremony on April 24 in Washington, D.C.

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Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director Pamela Ferguson-Brey with the Crime Victims’ Financial Restoration Award. Attorney General Eric Holder presented the award to Ferguson-Brey during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards ceremony on April 24 in Washington, D.C.

Ferguson-Brey, working in conjunction with Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, legislators, community stakeholders, and the Council of State Governments, ensured that the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) in Hawaii included a victim service component.

The addition of that component resulted in a standardized framework for offenders to pay restitution to crime victims. Services for victims were improved by funding 22 new advocate positions, 15 of which are for county-based victim advocates, two for a corrections-based victim service program, and five for a restitution accountability program in the commission.

“I am proud of Pam’s commitment to helping crime victims get the restitution they deserve,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “Pam is a reflection of our state’s commitment to our Justice Reinvestment Initiative goals and the progress we have already achieved. Through her hard work, victims can be reassured that the people who committed the crimes will be held accountable for their actions.”

Ferguson-Brey’s efforts also led to funding for the creation of a comprehensive computer database to track restitution orders, collections and payments, and establishing the permanent Statewide Automated Victim Notification system.

In addition, Ferguson-Brey successfully advocated for an increase in the amount of restitution payable by inmates from 10 percent of inmate wages to 25 percent of all funds received by an incarcerated offender.

“Pam has worked tirelessly to help victims get back some peace of mind,” said Public Safety Director Ted Sakai. “The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is helping us right-size our corrections system while, at the same time, helping victims find justice.”

JRI is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest cost savings in strategies that can decrease crime. The purpose of justice reinvestment is to manage and allocate criminal justice populations more cost-effectively, generating savings that can be reinvested in evidence-based strategies that increase public safety while holding offenders accountable.

Attorney General Holder also recognized 12 other individuals and organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

Descriptions and videos of the honorees are available at the Office for Victims of Crime’s Gallery.

Historic F-104 Lands at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.

The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.

The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.

“This record-breaking aircraft has quite the history and we’re pleased to give it a new home,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

The Starfighter went into production in 1956 and was the first combat aircraft capable of easily sustaining twice the speed of sound. It held simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and rate of climb. Due to its length of 54’ 9” and wingspan of only 21’ 11,” it was dubbed the Missile with a Man in It. The Starfighter served in the USAF from 1958 through 1975, as well as with several allied air forces around the world, including Japan.

Gen. Chuck Yeager famously displayed the “right stuff” during a high-altitude, record-breaking ascent in a rocket-assisted F-104, climbing to the edge of space at more than 100,000 feet.

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The Museum invites donations of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. Donated artifacts are professionally cared for and enjoyed by millions of visitors from all over the world. The Museum also invites monetary donations for its Restoration and Education programs, as it is a nonprofit, private Museum, which depends on members and donors. To support the Museum, call 808-441-1006 or donate online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.