“Plants of Hula: Na Mea Kanu o Ka Hula” in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

On Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia and Tim Tunison lead the field seminar “Plants of Hula: Na Mea Kanu o Ka Hula” in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia (seated) is the kumu hula (hula teacher/master) of Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu. On Sunday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Valencia and botanist Tim Tunison team up for a cultural and scientific exploration of the plants used in hula.

Ab Kawainohoikala‘i Valencia (seated) is the kumu hula (hula teacher/master) of Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu. On Sunday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Valencia and botanist Tim Tunison team up for a cultural and scientific exploration of the plants used in hula.

“Please join us for this exciting program, following on the heels of the Merrie Monarch Festival, in which a kumu hula (hula teacher/master) and botanist team up for a cultural and scientific exploration of the plants used in hula,” stated Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Elizabeth Fien.

From kumu hula Valencia, learn about hula plants as kino lau, manifestations of Hawaiian deities in plant form (as his Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu understands them).

“There are plants for the hula altar, the kuahu, which include maile, ‘ie‘ie, ‘ilima, lehua, and halapepe.  Plus, there are adornments—mele hula plants that are worn by the dancers—which include maile, ‘ilima, and lehua, plus palapalai, ‘a‘ali‘i, pukiawe, and ‘olapa,” Valencia explained.

Participants meet at the Kilauea Visitor Center.  The day begins with a welcoming oli (chant), followed by a short walk to the kahua hula—the hula platform that overlooks Halema‘uma‘u Crater, home to the volcano goddess Pele.

Next the group will drive to Kilauea Overlook to discuss cultural protocols used when picking plants—and to walk among native species in their natural environment, with scientific information and insight shared by botanist Tunison.

“After lunch, we’ll visit Tunison’s property in Volcano Village, where he is restoring the land to its native ecosystem.  We’ll get a hands-on lesson in native plant propagation, plus receive plant seedlings to grow at home,” said Valencia.

Valencia was born and raised in Honolulu, though his ‘ohana (family) was originally from Hilo.  He established Halau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu in Honolulu in 1991, and currently maintains his halau (school) in Honolulu as well as Volcano.

Tunison worked for the National Park Service for over 30 years.  He was a Botanist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park from 1982-1994 and Chief of Resource Management from 1995-2006, when he retired.  Since then, Tunison has taught field botany, native plant propagation, and forest restoration.

This event is presented by the Hawai‘i Volcanoes Institute, a program of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a non-profit organization.  Program cost is $45 for Friends members and $65 for non-members.  Students (K-12 and college with valid student ID) are $25.  Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to get the member discount.

To register for the “Plants of Hula” field seminar, call 985-7373 or visit www.fhvnp.org.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or reasonable modification of policies and procedures to participate in this event should email institute@fhvnp.org or call 985-7373 as soon as possible, but no later than 5 days prior to the program start.

 

Big Island Police to Hold Community Meeting in Honoka’a Next Week

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 16, from noon to 2 p.m. in the conference room at the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center in Honokaʻa.

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The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Hāmākua District.

The Hāmākua event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Hāmākua District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Miyamoto at 775-7533.

 

New Activities Offer Unique Fun at Ka’u Coffee Festival

Three new adventures join a lineup of coffee-related activities at the 2013 Ka’u Coffee Festival April 26-May 5. They include a Ka’u Mountain Water System Hike, a Coffee & Cattle Day at Aikane Plantation and Ka’u Star Gazing atop Mt. Makanau.

The Ka‘u Mountain Water System Hike is 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 and explores flume systems of the sugar cane era and development of hydroelectric power in Ka’u. John Cross, former operations manager of the Ka’u Sugar Company, leads the moderate-to-difficult hike that covers “undulating and rocky terrain” with an elevation gain from 3,100 to 3,500 feet. It also traverses suspension bridges.

Water flume system photo by Andrew Hara

Water flume system photo by Andrew Hara

“Participants will see the horizontal ash bed irrigation tunnels unique to Ka’u that were bored in the 1920s to bring water down the mountains to the sugar cane fields,” notes Cross. “These tunnels are now being renovated to serve coffee and agriculture under cultivation in the Wood Valley area.” Cross adds that the area is home to a variety of native birds: oma‘o, ‘i‘iwi and ‘apapane. The hike is limited to 30 and lunch is provided for $35. Register at 808-928-0550.

Coffee & Cattle Day is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 3 and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet at Aikane Plantation. Attendees will see how this Pahala-area agricultural operation grows coffee, grass-fed beef, protea, fruit, taro and more.  Aikane traces its coffee history back to 1894 when J.C. Searle planted the first coffee trees in Ka’u—which are still alive and used to propagate offspring. Admission is $25 and limited to 100. Register at aikaneplantation@hawaii.rr.com or 808-927-2252.

Ka’u Star Gazing atop Mt. Makanau is 5:30-10 p.m. Friday, May 3 and led by John Cross and Shawn Laatsch, planetarium manager of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center. Attendees will enjoy a guided interpretation of the night sky from the 1,800-foot summit above Punalu‘u Black Sand Beach. Participants will also be privy to panoramic views of the Ka’u region extending to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and learn about the area’s history and astronomy’s relevance to Hawaiian culture.

Stargazing photo by Andrew Hara

Stargazing photo by Andrew Hara

 

Stargazing includes four-wheel drive transport up to the summit from Ka’u, coffee, snacks and a souvenir laser light pointer.  Limited to 35 participants, admission is $35.  Phone 808-928-0550 to signup.

Debuting at last year’s festival, Simply Elegant: the Ka’u Farmers Table is 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at The Inn at Kalaekilohana. Featuring Chefs Kenny Joyce and Patty Fujimoto, the multi-course dinner showcases Ka’u’s agricultural products. The menu includes ahi tartare, Caprese salad with homemade mozzarella, Mala‘ai Ratatouille, Pahala corn polenta, Kuahiwi Pelehu beef, coffee shortbread tart, Ka‘u coffee ice cream, Ka‘u coffee espresso caramel and Ka’u estate coffee.  The $75 admission includes a commemorative coffee cup. Advance reservations only at 808-939-8052, visit www.kau-hawaii.com.

Also in its second year, the Triple C Recipe Contest returns to Ka’u Coffee Mill in Pahala with competition in cookies, candies and crackers, all made with Ka’u coffee. Contest fun is 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 28 and includes free coffee tasting, entertainment by Keoki Kahumoku and the ‘Ukulele Kids and tours of the Ka’u Coffee Mill. Recipe judging is 2 p.m. followed by tasting. The contest offers a $500 grand prize and other cash prizes. Entry info is posted at www.kaucoffeemill.com or phone 808-928-0550. Pick up at entry form and free coffee for your entry at the mill, 96-2694 Wood Valley Road.

Java-jumping festival fun culminates the weekend of May 4-5 at the Pahala Community Center. On Saturday, enjoy the Ka‘u Coffee Festival Ho‘olaule‘a, with a full day of music, hula, food, local crafts, coffee tastings and farm tours. Festival entry is free; Ka‘u Coffee Experience coffee tasting is $5; farm tours are $20. On Sunday, learn about the coffee industry at the annual Ka’u Coffee College. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Call 808-929-9550 or visit www.KauCoffeeFest.com.

A popular hometown event opens this year’s festival, the Miss Ka’u Coffee Pageant at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the Ka’u Coffee Mill. Advance tickets are $10 by calling 808-928-8558.

Ka’u Coffee Festival

Founded in a coffee tradition hailing to the 1800s—plus the hard work of sugar employees who lost their jobs in 1996—Ka‘u coffee burst onto the specialty coffee scene by winning numerous awards. These accolades highlight the unique combination of people and place that makes Ka‘u coffee a favorite across the globe. The festival’s mission is to raise awareness of Ka‘u as a world-class, coffee-growing origin. Serving as an economic stimulus for the rural Ka‘u region, the festival is supported by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research & Development, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture. For more information and festival updates, visit kaucoffeefest.com, follow the Ka‘u Coffee Festival on Facebook and Twitter or call 808-929-9550.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Folks Responsible for Stealing Iron Materials in North Kohala

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for stealing iron materials in North Kohala or for information about the location of the stolen goods.
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Sometime between the beginning of February and the second week in March, the items were stolen from a farm in Kohala Estates. Taken were 50 18-foot-long pieces of galvanized angle iron weighing roughly 200 pounds each and six spools of quarter-inch galvanized cable. The value of the stolen materials is estimated at $6,200.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Officer Julie Edmondson at 889-6540 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 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.

 

Earth & Ocean Family Health and Fun Fair – Kona

The Earth & Ocean Family Health and Fun Fair is a free event for the whole family designed to showcase and explore our unique island treasures.  Discover how you can support our native habitats, eat healthy and increase our island sustainability through fun, interactive games and crafts, traditional Hawaiian cultural practices, health screenings, keiki identification registration and more.

Al Harrington

Al Harrington

Enjoy locally made food and entertainment. Meet Al Harrington, original Hawaii Five-O cast member (Det. Ben Kokua) and spokesperson for Aloha Care.  Bring the whole family to the Fair on Saturday, April 20th from 10 am to 3 pm at Kealakehe High School Gymnasium and Grounds.

Presented by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, West Hawaii Community Health Center , Kealakehe High School and University of Hawaii Sea Grant College. Sponsored by Fair Wind, AlohaCare , Hawaii Forest & Trail and West Hawaii Today.  Free to the public. For more information, call 808.329.1758, email info@kona-kohala.com, or visit www.kona-kohala.com.

 

 

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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.
UH Hilo
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.

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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.