Big Island Police Searching for 18-Year-Old Wanted for Kolekole Beach Park Robbery Indictment

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old man wanted on a warrant of arrest.

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor

Tyler Taylor is wanted in connection with a Grand Jury indictment related to a robbery at Kolekole Beach Park on February 6. He is described as 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with short black hair. He has no permanent address but frequents the Puna District.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or 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.

Holy Relics Donated to Kalaupapa National Historical Park

A very special donation was recently made to Kalaupapa National Historical Park this past April, courtesy of Grandma Jean O’Keefe of Kualapu‘u, Molokai.  The donation consisted of three objects associated with the life of Father Damien.

Holy RelicsDonated Holy Relics of Saint Damien

Father Damien was canonized in the Roman Catholic Church as a Martyr of Charity in 2009, and objects associated with his life are now considered holy relics.  The donation to Kalaupapa NHP included: a fragment of the Saint’s original coffin; cloth that touched his head; and nails he used to build the original Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Church on Molokai….

More Here: Holy Relics Donated to Kalaupapa National Historical Park.

UH Hilo 2013 Chancellor Scholarship Recipients Named

Nineteen students from public and private high schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
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The award, valued in excess of $23,000, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earn either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students, remain enrolled continuously, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2013 Chancellor Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

• David Arakawa, Roosevelt High School
• Stacy Mae Gelacio, Maui High School
• Ashley Maldonado, Kamehameha Schools
• Kayla Smallwood, Campbell High School
• Justin Allagonez, Keaau High School
• Keani Shirai, Waiakea High School
• Landon Ballesteros, Kamehameha Schools Maui
• Joel Pascua, Pearl City High School
• Brock Honda, Pearl City High School
• Elsie Inouye, Kaimuki High School
• Crystal Rances, Waiakea High School
• Brooke Higa, Baldwin High School
• Jeffrey Tarinay, Leilehua High School
• Benjamin Wada, Christian Liberty
• Brittany Luna, Moanalua High School
• Jenna Aiwohi, Kamehameha Schools
• Carlie Ann DeSilva, Kapa`a High School
• Aeshalani Palomares, Leilehua High School
• Bishop Akao, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island Early This Morning

Magnitude 3.2 – 13km SSE of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii

Earthquake Honaunau

Event Time

  1. 2013-06-12 15:12:11 UTC
  2. 2013-06-12 05:12:11 UTC-10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-06-12 05:12:11 UTC-10:00 system time

Location

19.351°N 155.804°W depth=15.4km (9.6mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 13km (8mi) SSE of Honaunau-Napoopoo, Hawaii
  2. 37km (23mi) SSE of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  3. 85km (53mi) WSW of Hilo, Hawaii
  4. 91km (57mi) WSW of Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
  5. 304km (189mi) SE of Honolulu, Hawaii

 

USGS Report – Lava Flows Near Puʻu ʻŌʻō and Ocean Entry Continues

Two ocean entry points remain active near Kupapaʻu Point, near the boundary of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

The eastern entry has produced a larger plume than that at the western entry, which tends to be weak and wispy. Today several small breakouts were active just inland of the eastern entry point, creating a narrow cascade of lava pouring down the sea cliff.

This photo looks south towards Puʻu ʻŌʻō, where a vent is supplying lava to the Kahaualeʻa II flow, north of the cone.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

This slow-moving flow has reached the forest line, producing small scattered brush fires.

A close-up of the Kahaualeʻa II flow burning vegetation at the forest line, just north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

The flow consists of numerous slow-moving pāhoehoe lobes.

The summit eruption in Halemaʻumaʻu crater remains active.

USGS Photo

USGS Photo

The lava lake is within the Overlook crater (the source of the gas plume), which is in the southeast portion of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

 

Search Underway for Missing Snorkeler

The Coast Guard is searching for a snorkeler who went missing near Molokini Tuesday evening.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the situation at approximately 5:51 p.m., Tuesday, by the sailing vessel Gauguin. The 56-year-old man was snorkeling near Molokini and went missing after he was seen struggling to swim.

The man was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday wearing a white rash guard, board shorts. He was not wearing a lifejacket.

A 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui in Maalaea Harbor was diverted from a training mission to begin a search. The Maui County Fire Air 1 helicopter assisted in the search until sunset and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was also launched to search. The Coast Guard Cutter Ahi is en route to join the search.

The Coast Guard is asking mariners in the area of the Molokini Crater to keep a sharp eye out for the man and to report any sightings to the Coast Guard over VHF marine radio channel 16 or to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

 

Department of Health Warns of Possible Syphilis Outbreak on the Big Island

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating five cases of syphilis reported over the past five months primarily on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Department of Health

On June 10, DOH sent a medical advisory to physicians statewide to raise awareness regarding this possible syphilis outbreak. Although most of the cases were reported in men who have sex with men in West Hawaii, cases related to this outbreak may develop on the other islands.

“While we know there are several cases from West Hawaii, there may be people who are infected and unaware of their illness, who have traveled to other islands,” said Luke Hasty, program coordinator for the STD/AID Prevention Branch of the DOH. “A blood test is the most common way to determine if someone has syphilis.”

Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) passed from one person to another by a specific bacterium during unprotected sexual contact. Syphilis can cause long-term complications and/or death if not adequately treated. Early signs of syphilis, often a small ulcer or sore on the sex organ, may be overlooked as the ulcer is often painless and may go away on its own. Signs and symptoms of syphilis that develop later on often mimic symptoms due to more common disorders (symptoms such as skin rashes, mouth sores, fever, sore throat, muscle aches and fatigue) and are often missed or resolve without treatment.

Timely antibiotic treatment provides an effective cure of syphilis infection. Untreated syphilis infections can last for many years and result in damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, liver, bones, and joints, ultimately resulting in death. Infection with syphilis also increases the likelihood of HIV transmission and acquisition. It is critical that all sexual partners of an infected person be tested for infection, even if no signs of infection or illness are recognized.

Members of the public with questions or concerns about possible syphilis infection should contact their healthcare provider, or call DOH at 733-9281 on Oahu, 821-2741 on Kauai, 984-2129 on Maui, or 974-4247 on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Fact sheets regarding syphilis are available at http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/STDFact-Syphilis.htm. Additional information for the public and healthcare providers is available on the DOH website at http://hawaii.gov/health/healthy-lifestyles/std-aids/index.html

Wordless Wednesday – Puna Speed Limit Sign

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Victims to Leaflet Kailua Neighborhood Where Accused Priest Lived and Worked

At least six kids have charged cleric with abuse;  Neighbors may know witnesses, other victims; It is safe and right to talk about abuse, leaflet says; New law gives victims rights to expose abuse, get justice

What: Victims of sexual abuse and their supporters will leaflet a Kailua neighborhood where a six-time accused priest worked and lived. The leaflets will:

  • Alert neighbors about accusations and lawsuits against the Diocese of Honolulu and Fr. J. Michael Henry
  • Let people know that it is safe and right to talk about abuse
  • Ask people to come forward if they have information or are witnesses to abuse
  • Urge victims to report abuse to law enforcement and get help and healing.

Where: The neighborhood surrounding St. Anthony’s Parish in Kailua.

Saint Anthony

148 Makawao St  in Kailua, Leafleting will start at the SW corner of Kalaheo and Makawao

For exact location, call (949) 322-7434

When: Wednesday, June 12, 11 am to 1 pm

Who: Two to three men and women who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), including a California woman who the group’s Western Regional Director.

Why: Victims of sexual abuse and their supporters are passing out leaflets in a Kailua neighborhood in the hopes of reaching out to victims of abuse and alerting the neighborhood about an accused predator priest..

At least six children have now come forward and charged that Fr. J. Michael Henry, a former Diocese of Honolulu priest and a member of the Maryknoll order, sexually abused them while the cleric worked at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kailua. Henry lived at the parish from 1952 to 1974.

The victims are able to come forward and expose their abuse because of a landmark new law that allows victims to file lawsuits in civil court, no matter when their abuse occurred. The law expires in April 2014. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2012/07_08/2012_08_24_Sakahara_2Kailua.htm

SNAP is urging people to come forward before the civil window closes. They fear that there may be more victims of Henry suffering alone in shame and silence.

SNAP also believes that members of the parish and neighbors may know of valuable information that can help victims. They will be urging people to talk to their children, friends and neighbors about abuse and report anything they know to law enforcement, no matter the offender.

Copies of the leaflet will be available at the event.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2013/01_02/2013_02_22_Gutierrez_VictimsSue.htm

Contact:

IN HONOLULU Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

Barb Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003, snapdorris@gmail.com

If You Attempt to Smear A Local Company for Something They Haven’t Done…

I’m sick and tired of anonymous folks trying to bring down companies…

I may make it a mission to start outing anonymous folks.  (Yes you have been warned…. don’t even bother commenting on my site if you want to be anonymous)

NUFF SAID FOR TONIGHT!

Coast Guard Rescues Three After Boat Runs Out of Fuel Near Kailua-Kona

Three adults are safe after being rescued from a recreational vessel that ran out of fuel 21 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona Sunday morning.

Three adults are safe after they were rescued from their vessel that ran out of fuel 21 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona June 9, 2013. Several Coast Guard crews responded, took the vessel in tow and returned them safely to Kawaihae harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Three adults are safe after they were rescued from their vessel that ran out of fuel 21 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona June 9, 2013. Several Coast Guard crews responded, took the vessel in tow and returned them safely to Kawaihae harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a call from a friend of the vessel’s crew, notifying Coast Guard watchstanders that the 21-foot pleasure craft was running out of fuel.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Station Maui, a HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point and the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska were launched to the scene.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 5:15 p.m., and dropped provisions, flares and a radio in a watertight container and was able to establish communications with the vessel’s captain.

At 7:10 p.m., the response boat crew took the vessel in tow and returned them safely to Kawaihae harbor.

The Coast Guard strongly encourages boaters to remain aware of their vessel’s fuel capacity and other limitations while operating offshore of the Hawaiian Islands. Filing float plans, installing a VHF marine band radio and frequently checking safety equipment like flares and life jackets can greatly increase your survival in an emergency or help avoid an emergency altogether.

For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org

 

University of Hawaii Researchers Discover Martian Clay Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life

Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form (borate), boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, one of the building blocks for life.

The work was published on June 6 in PLOS ONE.

The Antarctic Search for Meteorites team found the Martian meteorite used in this study in Antarctica during its 2009-2010 field season. The minerals it contains, as well as its chemical composition, clearly show that it is of Martian origin.

Electron microscope image showing the 700-million-year-old Martian clay veins containing boron (100 µm = one tenth of a millimeter). (Credit: Image courtesy of Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Electron microscope image showing the 700-million-year-old Martian clay veins containing boron (100 µm = one tenth of a millimeter). (Credit: Image courtesy of Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Using the ion microprobe in the W. M. Keck Cosmochemistry Laboratory at UH, the team was able to analyze veins of Martian clay in the meteorite. After ruling out contamination from Earth, they determined boron abundances in these clays are over ten times higher than in any previously measured meteorite.

“Borates may have been important for the origin of life on Earth because they can stabilize ribose, a crucial component of RNA. In early life RNA is thought to have been the informational precursor to DNA,” said James Stephenson, a UHNAI postdoctoral fellow.

RNA may have been the first molecule to store information and pass it on to the next generation, a mechanism crucial for evolution. Although life has now evolved a sophisticated mechanism to synthesize RNA, the first RNA molecules must have been made without such help. One of the most difficult steps in making RNA nonbiologically is the formation of the RNA sugar component, ribose. Previous laboratory tests have shown that without borate the chemicals available on the early Earth fail to build ribose. However, in the presence of borate, ribose is spontaneously produced and stabilized.

This work was born from the uniquely interdisciplinary environment of UHNAI. The lead authors on the paper, Stephenson, an evolutionary biologist, and Lydia Hallis, a cosmochemist who is also a UHNAI postdoctoral fellow, first came up with the idea over an after-work beer. “Given that boron has been implicated in the emergence of life, I had assumed that it was well characterized in meteorites,” said Stephenson. “Discussing this with Dr. Hallis, I found out that it was barely studied. I was shocked and excited. She then informed me that both the samples and the specialized machinery needed to analyze them were available at UH.”

On our planet, borate-enriched salt, sediment and clay deposits are relatively common, but such deposits had never previously been found on an extraterrestrial body. This new research suggests that when life was getting started on Earth, borate could also have been concentrated in deposits on Mars.

The significance goes beyond an interest in the red planet, as Hallis explains: “Earth and Mars used to have much more in common than they do today. Over time, Mars has lost a lot of its atmosphere and surface water, but ancient meteorites preserve delicate clays from wetter periods in Mars’ history. The Martian clay we studied is thought to be up to 700 million years old. The recycling of the Earth’s crust via plate tectonics has left no evidence of clays this old on our planet; hence Martian clays could provide essential information regarding environmental conditions on the early Earth.”

The presence of ancient borate-enriched clays on Mars implies that these clays may also have been present on the early Earth. Borate-enriched clays such as the ones studied here may have represented chemical havens in which one of life’s key molecular building blocks could form.

UHNAI is a research center that links the biological, chemical, geological, and astronomical sciences to better understand the origin, history, distribution, and role of water as it relates to life in the universe.

 

Hawaii Health Insurance Marketplace on Track for October Launch

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The State of Hawaii and the Hawaii Health Connector today received the next stage of approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to launch Hawaii’s new online health insurance marketplace on Oct. 1, 2013.  The Connector had received conditional federal approval in January following the submission of its marketplace operating plans.

“This is an important step in our progress to transform healthcare in Hawaii,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “Every resident deserves a good, equitable system of healthcare, and this new online marketplace requires insurers to offer better benefits and reward quality.”

When launched, the online marketplace will serve as a convenient, one-stop resource for eligible individuals, families and small businesses to browse and purchase health insurance. The Connector will be the only place where individuals and small businesses can qualify for tax credits, subsidies and cost sharing reductions, per the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is implementing a state-of-the-art eligibility system, integrated with The Connector, which includes an online application. DHS will determine eligibility for Medicaid and federal subsidies to purchase health insurance through this new online marketplace.

“DHS has fully seized the opportunity to use available federal funding to modernize its IT systems to better serve Hawaii residents,” said DHS director Patricia McManaman. “An estimated 300,000 Medicaid beneficiaries will be the first to benefit from this service.”

“Today’s announcement signals that we have made significant progress toward the delivery of a state-based insurance marketplace to our community by October 1,” said Coral Andrews, executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector. “Achieving this milestone is a reflection of tremendous collaboration by stakeholders engaged at all levels. It is another step toward enabling access to affordable health insurance coverage statewide.”

The Connector, DHS, the Governor’s Office, the Office of Information Management and Technology, and other state departments have been working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to ensure Hawaii is ready for open enrollment through its online marketplace. Plans purchased through the Connector from Oct. 1, 2013 will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

For more information about the ACA and Hawaii’s implementation, visit the DHS website at: humanservices.hawaii.gov/aca/ and the Hawaii Health Connector website at HawaiiHealthConnector.com.

 

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital Calling Candidates for Best Friends Pet Therapy Program

Have you wondered if your dog would make a good Pet Therapy dog? North Hawaii Community Hospital’s (NHCH) Best Friends Pet Therapy program is looking for handler/dog teams to volunteer for a few hours once a week.

Pet Therapy

Dogs in the hospital’s Best Friends program make rounds in the hospital, visiting with patients, people in waiting rooms, and staff. They bring smiles and brighten the day for patients. Many patients miss their own dogs while staying in the hospital and begin talking and interacting when the dog enters their room, even if they have been withdrawn before. Pet therapy has been found to have a therapeutic effect on people as it can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure and raise spirits and. The hospital staff also looks forward to visiting with the therapy dogs, as they provide a few moments of unconditional love and a break during their busy day.

The dog/handler team will be initially evaluated by the hospital’s Best Friends Pet Therapy program directors according to the standards of Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society) and Therapy Dogs International. A temperament assessment will be conducted as well. If a team is accepted as a possible candidate for the Best Friends program, the handler will begin the volunteer application process. This will include a background check.

All breeds welcome. Dogs must be two years of age to qualify for the program and must be examined by the hospital’s veterinarian prior to being accepted. Characteristics of a therapy dog include:

  • A strong bond with its owner
  • Must be housetrained
  • Well-socialized and outgoing, must like people
  • A calm, stable personality that can handle the unexpected
  • Under handler control at all times, even when distractions occur
  • CANNOT jump up, bite, snap, paw or bark while at work

If you are interested in seeing if you and your dog qualify as a pet therapy team, please contact Jennifer Rabalais at 881-4825.

 

Erika Stein Selected as Superintendent of Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Erika Stein has been selected as the new superintendent of Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Moloka`i in Hawai`i. She replaces Steve Prokop who was recently selected as superintendent of Redwood National and State Parks.

Erika Stein

Erika Stein

“Erika’s educational and professional background makes her the ideal candidate for this position. She is a well-respected leader with a proven track record of working collaboratively with the Kalaupapa community,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. “I’m delighted that she has accepted this assignment.”

Stein is currently the acting superintendent at Kalaupapa. She has worked at the park for more than five years, first as an archaeologist, then as the Cultural Resource Program Manager, before accepting her present temporary assignment. During her time at Kalaupapa she has been instrumental in growing the park’s cultural resource program, as well as its interpretation and education program. Among her accomplishments are her work with the Hawaiian Legacy effort to perpetuate traditional knowledge and skills, and her involvement with cultural resource education with local student groups. Stein was also part of the planning team for events celebrating the canonization of Saints Damien and Marianne. She will transition into the superintendent position permanently in late June.

“I’m so grateful to Kalaupapa and its community for all the opportunities, support, and encouragement that have already been afforded to me,” said Stein. “I look forward to guiding this richly diverse park, with all its astounding cultural and natural resources, and will continue to work with the staff and community to preserve this very sacred place.”

Prior to working for the National Park Service Stein was a contract archaeologist in Hawai`i and California. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and a Master’s Degree in Maritime Archaeology from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. As part of her graduate education she participated in a field program in ethnography and marine sciences in the Solomon Islands.

Stein will be getting married on July 5th on the island of Moloka`i. She has a cat that has traveled with her since her graduate school days in Australia, as well as two dogs. She enjoys being active – she’s a regular participant in endurance events, such as running, ocean swimming, and triathlons – and has been a regular hiker of the Kalaupapa Trail for the past six years. She also loves yoga and dancing hula with others in the Kalaupapa community.

The primary story at Kalaupapa is the forced relocation from 1866 to 1969 of people from Hawai`i afflicted with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) to the remote northern Kalaupapa Peninsula on the island of Moloka`i. Today, Kalaupapa serves as a place for education and contemplation, where many families can reconnect with an ancestor once considered “lost”.

Before Kalaupapa became a settlement for individuals with Hansen’s disease it was home to Native Hawaiians who lived within the boundaries of what is now the park for more than 900 years. Structural remnants built and used over centuries are everywhere within the park and illustrate how early Native Hawaiians lived their daily lives.

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa National Historical Park

Kalaupapa National Historical Park was designated as a unit of the National Park System on December 22, 1980. The park’s authorized boundaries encompass 8,725 acres of land and 2,000 acres of water, though only a small part of the park – 23 acres – is owned by the National Park Service. The remainder is owned by various other government and private organizations, which work cooperatively with the National Park Service in managing the landscape. Parts of the park hold designations at both the state and federal level, including status as a state Natural Area Reserve, Forest Reserve, and Hawai`i State Seabird Sanctuary, as well as designation as a National Historic Landmark and National Natural Landmark.

Rapper J-Diggs Arrested on Hawaii Warrant, Drug Charges

Washington County Sherriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Jamal David Diggs on a felony warrant out of Hawaii, and for drug and drug-related charges today.

Jamal David Diggs arrested in Washington County, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Booking Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Jamal David Diggs arrested in Washington County, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Booking Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Diggs was booked into Washington County Correctional Facility at 2:16 p.m. after being arrested in Santa Clara. Local offenses underlying the arrest include possession of paraphernalia and marijuana, both class B misdemeanors. Arrest on the Hawaii warrant is a third-degree felony and bond required on that charge is $30,000.

Diggs was initially stopped on a traffic offense, Sheriff’s Det. Nate Abbott said, and the Hawaii warrant came up under the national criminal database as an extraditable warrant. Then the deputies found the paraphernalia and drug offenses.

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Mysterious Object Off Puna Coast Has Residents Wanting Answers

About three days ago, someone reported a strange object off the coast of Puna.  It was reported to me as a strange yellow looking type of buoy.  I finally got a chance to go down and take some pictures of this thing and it has me baffled as to what it could be.

This is where I pulled over and parked... you can just barely see the object in this picture.  (click a couple times to enlarge)

This is where I pulled over and parked… you can just barely see the object in this picture. (click a couple times to enlarge)

I got out of my car and tried to take some pictures with my iPhone of the object but they obviously didn’t turn out very well:

Puna Buoy

I’d say the object was about 200 feet off shore and it was round with some sort of antenna that was about 3 feet tall sticking up from the top of it.

What is this thing?

What is this thing?

Here is where it is located:

Red dot is approximate location

Red dot is approximate location

Anyone have any ideas what it is and/or who put it there?  From what I have heard… it’s been there for at least three weeks now.

UPDATE (I just received the following on Facebook)

Round-ish yellow buoy, antenna, stationary…my guess is a tidal or weather buoy probably belongs to NOAA. There are some similar to your description near here.

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mlb/?n=nsbuoys

NSA Whistleblower is Hawaii Resident – Honolulu Civil Beat

“Breaking news this morning on the whistleblower behind the leaks of secret National Security Agency documents.

The revelations that the federal government has been routinely monitoring phone records and Internet use of citizens has been blowing up this past week, sending President Barack Obama and federal officials scrambling to defend such a widespread domestic surveillance operation.

On Sunday, the Guardian newspaper named the source as Edward Snowden, a disclosure the paper says is being done at Snowden’s request.”

More Here:
NSA Whistleblower is Hawaii Resident – Honolulu Civil Beat

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/09/nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-interview-video

Two Children, Three Adults Safe After Boat Capsizes Off Kaena Point

Two children and three adults are safe after they were rescued from their capsized vessel off Kaena Point Saturday morning.

capsized boat

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a mayday call over VHF channel 16 at 6:41 a.m. after the 17-foot pleasure craft capsized.  A 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point were immediately launched to the scene.

The Dolphin crew arrived and found the two children in lifejackets and the three adults not in lifejackets, clinging to the overturned vessel.  A rescue swimmer was lowered to the water and rescued one adult man and the two children.  A vessel that was nearby rescued the two other men.

Sector Honolulu coordinated with the Honolulu Fire Department to setup an incident command post at Dillingham Airfield where emergency medical technicians provided treatment. The response boat crew marked the position of the capsized vessel and the location is being broadcast over VHF Channel 16 to notify mariners of the capsized vessel until it is removed.

“This rescue is a perfect example of why boaters must be sure they have good safety equipment and reliable communications before heading out on the water” said Lt Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer.  “Because this boat had a working VHF radio and properly sized lifejackets for the children, we were able to determine the boat’s location and rescuers were able to save five lives in distress.”

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on bopating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

For more information contact Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer at (808) 286-4675 or Lt. Casey Corpe, Air Station Barbers Point public affairs officer at (808) 682-2750.

Ceremony Signals Start of Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Improvements

On Friday, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation  held a ceremonial ground breaking, attended by boaters and other members of the public,  for the long-awaited Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) Improvements Phase 1 project.

Kahu Keoni Atkinson opening the blessing ceremony. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

Kahu Keoni Atkinson opening the blessing ceremony. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

The ceremony took place this morning at Kawaihae South Small Boat Harbor, in Kawaihae, Hawaii Island. Construction is expected to begin later in June and be completed by April 2014.

The Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor (South) is located adjacent to the Kawaihae Deep Draft Harbor. It was dredged in the 1970s, and the breakwater structures were completed in the late 1990s by the Army Corps of Engineers for use as a small boat harbor. The harbor has sat relatively unused since then.

From left to right: William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company Representative Evans Representative Hanohano Kahu Keoni Atkinson Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

From left to right: William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company, Representative Evans, Representative Hanohano, Kahu Keoni Atkinson, Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

This Phase 1 project will include an ADA accessible 435-foot long floating dock, finger pier, moorings, water system, vehicle and trailer parking, a comfort station, and boat wash down area.  The Phase 1 contract cost is $4,496,223.00

The project was delayed over 4-1/2 years while DLNR obtained a Department of Army Permit for in-water construction.

From left to right: Billy Mitchell Cedric Ota, Vice President HDCC Ed Underwood, Administrator, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Nancy Murphy, Hawaii District Manager, DOBOR Senator Solomon William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR Representative Evans Representative Hanohano William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company Kahu Keoni Atkinson Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

From left to right: Billy Mitchell, Cedric Ota, Vice President HDCC, Ed Underwood, Administrator, Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, Nancy Murphy, Hawaii District Manager, DOBOR Senator Solomon, William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR, Representative Evans, Representative Hanohano, William Wilson, President Hawaiian Dredging Construction company, Kahu Keoni Atkinson, Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

This permit was initially submitted to the Army Corps of Engineer’s Regulatory Branch on August 7, 2008, and was subsequently revised to delete the boat ramp and two loading docks, due to issues regarding coral removal and mitigation.

At the request of the federal regulatory agencies and the Army Corps of Engineers, DLNR has completed numerous studies and made revisions to the project design to mitigate damage to corals and impacts to Endangered/listed species. These include three Marine Biological Surveys, a Draft Biological Evaluation Report, draft and final Coral Transplantation Plans, and physical removal and relocation of corals.

From left to right: William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR and Senator Solomon untying the Maile Leis Kahu Keoni Atkinson Lilinoe Atkinson Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

From left to right: William Aila, Jr., Chairperson DLNR and Senator Solomon untying the Maile Leis, Kahu Keoni Atkinson, Lilinoe Atkinson. Photo by Eric Yuasa, DOBOR

The Department of Army Permit (Letter of Permission) was finally issued on March 21, 2013. A partial Notice to Proceed for ordering/purchasing of materials was issued on April 9, 2013.

Phase 2 of improvements, still in the design phase, will include construction of a 3,600-foot long paved access roadway and 3,400 feet of new water mains with fire hydrants and service laterals.  Act 106, SLH 2012 appropriated $2,300,000 for this project.