Hawaii’s Largest Private Union Backs Governor Abercrombie

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 142, representing nearly 18,000 members throughout the islands, is endorsing Governor Neil Abercrombie for a second term.

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Abercrombie at the Palamanui Campus Groundbreaking

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Abercrombie at the Palamanui Campus Groundbreaking

“Governor Abercrombie is the clear choice,” said Donna Domingo, ILWU president. “He’s always stood on the side of workers. He also understands the critical role ILWU plays in many of Hawaii’s most important industries including tourism, agriculture, and shipping. Hawaii’s future is in good hands with his leadership.”

“In many ways, ILWU helped build the state into what it is today,” said Governor Abercrombie. “It is an honor to receive the support of the union that brought the Democratic Party to prominence. With their support, we’ll move Hawai‘i forward to a brighter future for generations to come.”

Governor Abercrombie took office in December 2010. He has turned state finances around by over $1 billion, creating jobs and reducing unemployment. Hawai‘i now has a strong foundation to advance education for our keiki, improve benefits and services for our seniors, and expand stewardship of the environment.

Go! Airlines to End Operations in Hawaii – Questions and Answers

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (“Mesa” or “Company”) announced today that it will cease its Hawai’i operations effective April 1, 2014.

go! Mokulele – Hawaii ’s Low Fare AirlineSince June 2006, go! has served its nearly five million passengers with safe, reliable and low fare service. The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision to focus the organization on maximizing its growth in the capacity purchase “codeshare” operations which comprise over 98 percent of the Company’s business “While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in the best interest of Mesa’s long term strategic objectives, particularly given the Company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines and US Airways.

Mesa will be placing into service 30 EMB 175 aircraft with United beginning in June 2014, and is adding 4 CRJ-900 aircraft with US Airways in 2014, having added 9 CRJ-900s in 2013,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the significant expansion opportunities in flying large regional jets in contracted service, we are re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations.


An additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused sustained profitability to be elusive” continued Ornstein. Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 in specifie fare classes on Hawaiian’s Interisland network. go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines, or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014.

All ticket holders will be contacted by go! reservations representatives regarding the re-accommodations. Customers and travel agents needing additional information may call 1-888-435-9462 or visit the website .

go! will continue to provide its passengers with safe and reliable transportation through its last day of service, and will work with our passengers and Hawaiian Airlines to minimize the impact that this announcement will have on our passengers,” noted Chris Pappaioanou, President of go!. “On behalf of Mesa Air Group, I would like to thank all of our many loyal passengers and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees – all of whom will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines.

While we say goodbye to our many passengers in Hawaii, we look forward to serving you on the mainland through our significant codeshare operations,” continued Ornstein. Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 407 daily system departures to 85 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively. The Company was founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a reservation for travel on go! between March 17, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Do I need to do anything?
A: No, go! will be operating its full flight schedule through March 31, 2014. Only passengers with travel on go! beginning on April 1, 2014 and beyond are affected by this announcement.

Q: I have a travel reservation for a flight after April 1, 2014, what should I do?
A: All passengers holding tickets for flights on April 1, 2014 and beyond will be contacted by go! reservations staff to discuss their reservations. go! has reached an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines to accommodate eligible ticket holders onto flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Passengers who are not able to be accommodated onto Hawaiian Airlines will receive a refund.

Q: I am a travel agent with a customer that holds a ticket on go! what should I do?
A: All travel agency bookings must be reaccommodated by go! reservations. Travel Agents should call (888) 435-9462 for assistance.

Q: Should I contact Hawaiian Airlines directly?
A: No, all changes to reservations must be initiated by go!’s reservation department.

Q: I bought my ticket through a travel agency and am not sure what to do?
A: go!’s reservations department will work directly with your travel agent to assist with changes to your reservation. Your travel agent can reach us at (888) 435-9462.

Q: What if I am holding a go! ticket for travel after June 30, 2014?
A: All passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014 will receive a refund from go!

Q: Can I request a refund even if I am holding a go! ticket for travel on June 30, 2014 or earlier?
A: Passengers holding tickets for travel between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 may request a refund from go!

Q: What if I am unable to travel at the times go! is offering for the new flight schedule?
A: Passengers will be advised of availability for reaccommodation, and any passenger declining the available flights and times will receive a refund.

Q: What if I am holding a reward redemption ticket for travel on go!?
A: Reward redemptions are limited to flights operated by go! through March 31, 2014.

Q: Will I receive a new confirmation number for my flights on Hawaiian Airlines?
A: Yes, when your flight is reaccommodated onto a Hawaiian Airlines flight, you will be issued a new confirmation number.

Q: What number should I call if I have any more questions or need more information?
A: Passengers are encouraged to visit www.iflygo.com for information regarding this announcement and may also contact go! directly at (888) 435-9462.

Q: I booked my travel on Mokulele Airlines and it includes a flight on go!, what should I do?
A: All passengers who purchased tickets from Mokulele Airlines should contact Mokulele to discuss their travel and/or refund options.

If you are requesting a refund, please complete the following form:  Refunds
If you are traveling between now and March 31 you can continue to book here: Booking

Landslide Closes Part of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closed past Kealakomo today due to large landslide:

Photo via NPS.

Photo via NPS.

Big Island Police Looking for Suspect Caught on Tape Burglarizing Hilo Residence

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a residential burglary on Sunday (March 16) in Hilo and are looking for a suspect who was captured on video surveillance.

Have you seen this guy?

Have you seen this guy?

At about 8:06 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the upper portion of Kukuau Street after receiving a report of a burglary. Responding officers discovered that the house had been forcibly entered while its occupants, a 45-year-old Hilo man and his 43-year-old wife, were in a separate portion of the home. Police learned that several valuables were removed from the house.

Officers recovered surveillance video footage. It appears to depict a man exiting a light-colored late-model four-door sedan, which he parked on the shoulder in front of the property before walking to the front door.

Hilo Burglar Car

The suspect momentarily remains at the door before returning to the vehicle, which is seen leaving. The same suspect is seen returning to the home several minutes later, but he leaves the area prior to officers’ arrival.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, who appears to be Caucasian, in his 30’s, between 6-feet tall and 6-foot-4 with a slim build, a fair complexion and neatly cut dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, slippers and a black long-sleeved shirt with images on both the back and front.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a first-degree burglary.

Police ask anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may recognize the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-8222 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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.

Healthy Schools Day at Capital Engages Policymakers in Hands-On Student Wellness Activities

As part of Education Week, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DOE) will conduct interactive demonstrations for legislators at this year’s Healthy Schools Day on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the Capitol Rotunda from 9 to 11 a.m.

capitalPolicymakers will meet student gardeners, experience a fitness assessment that DOE students receive in PE class, and compete in a fitness relay race. Students in grades K-12 will assist and cheer on legislators. Demonstrations will showcase policies and programs in Hawaii schools that support healthy students, including school gardening and promising practices for health and physical education (PE).

“Our successful DOH-DOE partnership has led to exceptional policies and programs for Hawaii public schools,” said Health Director Dr. Linda Rosen. “We want our senators and representatives to know about these initiatives so that we can continue to provide a healthy environment for our keiki and expand offerings statewide.”

The event will also celebrate DOE schools receiving the 2014 Excellence in Wellness Awards.

The awards are presented annually to schools that have reached high levels of achievement on the DOE Wellness Guidelines, a set of standards for schools that includes benchmarks for foods and beverages offered to students, health education, physical education, and other activities that support a healthy school environment. The Excellence in Wellness Awards are given to schools that score 90 percent or above on the state’s annual Safety and Wellness Survey. A total of 55 schools are receiving awards in 2014, up from 50 schools last year.

“We recognize the accomplishments of our school administrators who emphasize health and wellness,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We commend them for promoting student health as it contributes to enhanced academic achievement and better learning.”

Hawaii public schools have direct contact with more than 80 percent of the state’s children ages five to seventeen. School settings are an ideal location to nourish children’s minds and bodies when they align classroom instruction with foods and beverages sold and offered on campus and support regular physical activity.

For more information about wellness in schools, please visit: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/home.aspx or http://health.hawaii.gov/school-health/


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 48-Year-Old Pahoa Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 48-year-old woman who was reported missing.

Danielle Caron

Danielle Caron

Danielle Caron was last seen at her Pāhoa home on March 6.

She is described as Caucasian, 4-foot-11 with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

She may be in the Puna District and frequents Keaʻau, Kalapana and the Pāhoa town areas.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Identify Man Who Shot Himself During Attempted Murder/Suicide

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who shot himself during an attempted murder and suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision last week.

HPDBadgeHe was identified as 48-year-old Clyde Hawse Criswell, also known as Cris Criswell, of Ocean View.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on March 12, Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a property on Tiki Lane at the intersection of Luau Drive.

Police investigation determined that two men, who live in separate dwellings on the property, got into an argument. The victim, a 37-year-old man, entered his house and Criswell followed him and shot him. He then stepped out of the house and fatally shot himself.

The victim was flown to Kona Community Hospital and then to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal investigations section are continuing the investigation as an attempted murder and suicide.

Hawai‘i County Fights Fire Ants at Hilo Beach Park

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close Hilo’s Richardson Ocean Park, weather permitting, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, so maintenance personnel may apply a second round of baiting treatments designed to combat fire ant infestations. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning. Signs will be posted starting Monday, March 24, to inform park patrons of the temporary shutdown.

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

The Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with the University of Hawai‘i to establish an effective strategy for reducing fire ant colonies at Hawai‘i County parks. Fire ant populations at Richardson Ocean Park decreased by more than 50 percent following the placement of nontoxic baited vials at the park in mid-January.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the short closure may cause.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

March of Dimes Awards Grant to North Hawaii Community Hospital

The March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter has awarded a grant to the Waimea Women’s Center at North Hawaii Community Hospital. This grant will enhance the “CenteringPregnancy” group model of prenatal care. CenteringPregnancy® empowers women to make healthy life choices and has been found to increase babies birth weights and gestational age, which improves pregnancy outcomes.

NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center has been awarded a grant from March of Dime Hawaii to enhance their CenteringPregnancy® group model of prenatal care.

NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center has been awarded a grant from March of Dime Hawaii to enhance their CenteringPregnancy® group model of prenatal care.

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant to meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with the “CenteringPregnancy” group prenatal care model,” said Annette Manant, Certified Nurse Midwife at Waimea Women’s Center. “We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participation in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways. That participation and those donations make this grant possible,” said Pat Hopkins, Certified Nurse Midwife at Waimea Women’s Center.

Former Hawaii Councilman Fred Blas Files to Run Against Rep. Faye Hanohano

Former Hawaii Councilman Fred Blas has filed to run against House Representative Faye Hanohano amongst others in the State Representative District 4 race.

Fred Blas House Run

2014 Big Island Marathon – Results

8:25 PM UPDATE:  THE OFFICIAL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://jtltiming.com/results/hilo-m.html

Update: I just learned that the results posted below are incorrect “It’s wrong. It’s was corrected at the awards but didn’t get corrected on the web”  I will post the updated results when I have them.

The 2014 Big Island Marathon was held today along the shorts of East Hawaii.  209 runners completed the 26.2 mile course.

To view all of the results you can click here: 2014 Big Island Marathon Results

Collaboration Between the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy and Wilcox Hospital Formed to Help Combat Infectious Diseases on Kaua`i

A collaboration between the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy and Wilcox Hospital has formed Hawai’i’s first interdisciplinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) to help combat infectious diseases on Kaua`i.

UH Hilo MonikerASPs are programs designed to improve the utilization of appropriate antibiotics with the goals of improving patient outcomes and lowering healthcare associated costs, as well as slowing the development of antimicrobial resistance.

“The management of infectious diseases is a constant arms race, and, as medication experts, pharmacists are uniquely qualified to help drive ASPs,” said Roy Goo, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, who is based on Kaua`i. “As new antimicrobial agents are developed, bacterial, viral and fungal organisms evolve with new resistance mechanisms that confer immunity to even our best medications. Even with proper medication, it is estimated that 50 percent of antibiotics are used inappropriately.

“The practice of infectious diseases is the art of using only what is necessary to cure the infection and nothing more,” added Goo. “One of the basic principles of infectious diseases is the more antimicrobial agents we use, the faster resistance develops.” He points out that in recent years multiple strains of bacteria have arisen that are resistant to all currently available antibiotics.

In Hawaiʻi, Goo shows how the College of Pharmacy has played an integral role in the development of these programs across the State. With support from Wilcox Hospital’s inpatient pharmacy department and the hospital’s infectious disease physician Dr. Jimmy Yoon, students screen for patients who are on high-cost or high-risk antimicrobials. They then assess the appropriateness of the antimicrobial regimen for each patient and present their recommendations to the entire infectious disease team, who makes changes to optimize therapy.

“The Center for Disease Control strongly recommends that hospitals perform some form of antimicrobial stewardship, and it is likely that it will become mandated by the Center for Medicare/ Medicaid Services (CMS) in a couple of years,” Yoon said. “At Wilcox Memorial Hospital, we like to be ahead of the curve. Right now we are lucky that we have very few resistant bacteria, and we want to keep it that way. There is a clear correlation between bacterial resistance and increased morbidity and mortality as well as healthcare costs.”

Recognizing the importance of training pharmacists to fill this growing need, Yoon often spends time with students and tests them on their drug knowledge. Students consult with members of Wilcox Memorial Hospital’s Radiology staff, who also volunteer their time to go over chest X-rays and other imaging studies to point out abnormalities that serve as possible indications of infection.

“The drug pipeline for antimicrobial agents is dry so we need to save the agents that we have,” Yoon said. “My anticipation is that for pharmacists this is going to be a huge area for growth.”

This positive experience has led to other collaborative programs at Straub Hospital and Pali Momi Medical Center (PMMC) on O`ahu. Pharmacist Melissa Yoneda, a DKICP alumni from the Class of 2013, is currently helping to establish a pharmacy-driven ASP at PMMC in collaboration with the PMMC pharmacy, nursing and physician staff.

The release of an ASP module and guidance statement from the CDC indicates that ASPs will likely become a requirement across the United States. Certain states such as California have already made it mandatory that hospitals that enjoy Medicare reimbursement have an established ASP in place.

Commentary – Mahalo Ho’omana Tree Service

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Hawaii House of Reps Honors the Bishop Museum on Its 125th Anniversary

The state House of Representatives today honored the Bishop Museum on its 125th anniversary, four inductees to the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, and three veteran war heroes who have since made significant contributions to the community.

Bishop honorees

Bishop Museum was recognized on its 125th anniversary for promoting the culture and history of Hawaii. Taking part in the floor presentation was Bishop Museum President and CEO Blair Collis; Allison Holt Gendreau, Chair of the museum’s Board of Directors; board member Watters O. Martin, Jr.; and Dr. Yoshiko Sinoto, Bishop Museum’s Kenneth Pike Emory Distinguished Chair in Anthropology.

Three outstanding community minded military leaders were also honored by the House. They included: Tim Guard, Chairman and CEO, McCabe, Hamilton & Remy; Ron Hayes, Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired; and Joe Vasey, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired. These individuals have distinguished themselves, not only as outstanding former military leaders, but also as civic leaders who have made a difference in the state through their significant contributions to the community at large.

The House also paid tribute to the 2014 Junior Achievement of Hawaii Business Hall of Fame laureates. Since 1975, the U.S. Business Hall of Fame presented by Junior Achievement has honored men and women who have made outstanding contributions to free enterprise and to the community. The Junior Achievement of Hawaii’s Business Hall of Fame recognizes laureates who have helped mold our free enterprise system, and who continue to reshape and improve the manner in which businesses operates in Hawaii.

Honoka’a Western Week is Coming Around the Bend!

Cowboys and horses on parade, a rollicking block party with dancing in the streets, local vendors, Big Island steak fry, Saloon Girl and new “Cowboys Got Talent” competitions, plus rodeo action in the refurbished Honoka‘a Arena and more make for an exciting roundup of paniolo festivities for Honoka‘a Western Week, May 17-26, 2014.

PHOTOS by Sarah Anderson Photography

PHOTOS by Sarah Anderson Photography

One of the most highly-anticipated events of the year, Honoka‘a Western Week (HWW) lets the usually-quiet, former sugar cane plantation town kick up its heels and celebrate a century-old paniolo heritage. The unique cultural blend of rodeo sports, high-energy events, music, food, and education offers visitors and kama‘āina of all ages a whole herd of ways to have fun.
Honoka'a Cowboys
Leading off with the Paniolo Parade on Friday afternoon, the HWW team will close down Mamane Street for its popular Block Party, featuring country-style music, a sizzling steak fry fundraiser hosted by the Honoka‘a High School Soccer and Track Teams, and a fun lineup of contests and events. A major highlight is the Saloon Girl contest, starring bold and beautiful women, young and young-at-heart, who strut their stuff in a talent and personality competition for the cowboys onstage.

Salon GirlsNot to be outdone, the cowboys will vie for titles of their own, as will stick horse riders, and the best chili cooks around. In the days leading up to HWW, businesses, decorated western-style, invite everyone to dress up in their best cowboy boots, hats and duds, and help bring back the spirit of a wilder time.

And, premiering the newly renovated Honoka‘a Arena, the 58th Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo kicks into action, starting with “Saturday Slack,” an elimination round. Then cowboys, keiki and wahine are put through their paces Sunday-Monday, competing for buckles, saddles and prize money. Unique-to-Hawai‘i rodeo events, like Po‘o Wai‘u, are in the lineup, along with bull riding, calf roping, bareback and saddle bronc events, sheep riding for the keiki and much more.

PHOTOS by Sarah Anderson Photography

PHOTOS by Sarah Anderson Photography

In its 58-year history, the Rodeo has awarded thousands in scholarship funds to high school seniors island-wide as well as continuing education scholars. Taking place in the newly-restored arena, this year’s Rodeo promises to be better than ever, with new covered bleachers, restrooms, concession stand and other improvements.

More events, concerts, educational exhibits and activities are in the planning stages. Commemorative HWW buttons will be available to purchase as show of support, as well as automatic entry in the “lucky number” drawing during the Block Party. Although buttons are not required for admission, attendees receive fair warning that those without buttons at the Block Party risk being thrown into the hoosegow by roving sheriffs.  (All in good fun).

Honoka‘a Western Week is a volunteer-driven project of the Honoka‘a Business Association, The Hāmākua Farm Bureau and the Hāmākua Lion’s Club celebrating Hāmākua’s paniolo heritage and unique cultural blend.  Sponsors include Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Hawaiʻi CPEP, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, Steinlager, and many other generous supporters. Checks payable to “Honokaʻa Business Association” can be sent to P.O. Box 474, Honokaʻa HI 96727, attention: Honoka‘a Western Week. For more information, follow Honoka‘a Western Week on Facebook.

Events are subject to change, with more to come!

  • March 31. Deadline to enter HSC Rodeo Queen competition, 808-756-3293
  • April 1. Deadline to apply for HSC Scholarships. Call 808-960-2947 or email hawaiisaddleclub@ymail.com
  • May 9. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. For information, call Jill Mattos, 808-960-5605 or Lorie Farrell, 808-557-2780.
  • May 17-22. Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka‘a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-theme activities every night. (Subject to change, details coming soon). For information, call Jeanne Keller, 808-775-0530.
  • Monday, May 19. Chili Cook Off hosted by The Landing, for information, call Steve Offenbaker, 775-0888.
  • Tuesday, May 20. Art Event: Make-your-own Stick Horse for the Races
  • Wednesday, May 21. Western movies at the Peoples Theater.
  • Thursday, May 22. Memories of Honoka‘a Western Weeks Past, and blessing of the ʻŌhiʻa Lanai to celebrate the Andrade Building’s 90th birthday
  • Friday, May 23:

2 p.m., Road Closure

  • 3 p.m., Stick Horse Race
  • 4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Mamane Street in Honoka‘a Town
  • 5 p.m., Block Party, Steak Fry
  • 6  p.m., Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests
  • 8 p.m., Dancing in the Street
  • Saturday, May 24. 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo “Saturday Slack.”  Tickets $7 in advance $8 at the gate.
  • Sunday, May 25.  12 p.m. to Pau, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. Tickets $7 in advance $8 at the gate.
  • Monday, May 26. 12 p.m. to Pau, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. Tickets $7 in advance $8 at the gate.

Kona Man Charged for Assaulting Tour Boat Captain While Tour in Progress

A Kona man has been charged with assault in connection with a confrontation on a commercial dive boat.

In response to a 12:04 p.m. call Tuesday (March 11), officers learned that an unknown man had reportedly boarded a boat in waters off Kohanaiki Beach Park while a dive tour was in progress. He reportedly argued with the 54-year-old male captain, punched him and then jumped off the boat.

Cheyenne James Gaspar

Cheyenne James Gaspar

Police investigation led to the the identity of a suspect, 39-year-old Cheyenne James Gaspar of Kailua-Kona, who turned himself in at the Kona police station Thursday (March 13). He was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and then released from custody after posting $1,000 bail.

Kailua Intermediate’s Ryan Kagami Wins National ‘Teacher of Promise’ Award – Keaau High Teacher Nominated

Kailua Intermediate teacher Ryan Kagami believes that in order for students to understand the world of science, they must become part of it.

Kagami, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade science, was honored this morning as the National Milken Educators of Hawaii ‘Teacher of Promise.’ The award annually recognizes a teacher who demonstrates excellence in the field and the highest qualities of a professional educator during the first four semesters in the classroom. Established in 2007, the award alternates annually between elementary and secondary teachers.

'Teacher of Promise' Ryan Kagami of Kailua Intermediate

‘Teacher of Promise’ Ryan Kagami of Kailua Intermediate

Shortly after Kagami received a plaque and $1,000 through a sponsorship from HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union during a school assembly, he quickly joined students in a nearby beach cleanup – not surprising for an educator who sets an example for hands-on learning.

“Ryan is an exceptional educator who promotes instruction that inspires students to become active citizens of the world as they participate in scientific thinking, solve problems and prepare for college,” said Kailua Intermediate Principal Lisa DeLong. “In Ryan’s classes, science concepts become relevant because students find practical applications all around them.”

To make his lessons come alive, Kagami wrote and received grants to fund a classroom aquaponics system. The miniature lab draws students’ interest in complex topics such as water and nitrogen cycles, plant biology, fish anatomy, and the role microbial communities play in the earth’s ecosystem and humans.

Kagami is currently partnering with parents, local businesses, community leaders and military neighbors to submit a Repair, Remodel, Restore Our Schools (3Rs) grant to build and house a larger structure on the campus.

A team player, Kagami collaborates and plans regularly with fellow science teachers. This past summer, for example, they met to develop pacing guides aligned with the Hawaii Common Core State Standards – a new set of consistent expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade to graduate college and career ready.

The group once participated in an afterschool ghost walk in which they visited classrooms with no students present to see how well each teacher was using the classroom environment – such as posting student work with feedback – to support student learning.

Kagami was also a catalyst in launching the Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID, program at Kailua Intermediate. This school year, the home of the Jr. Surfriders fully implemented AVID, which promotes college readiness and high expectations.

Kagami began teaching at Kailua Intermediate in January 2012. The Castle High graduate earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a master’s degree in secondary education from Chaminade University.

From left to right: Cary Miyashiro, marketing representative for Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Kailua Intermediate 'Teacher of Promise' Ryan Kagami, along with past National Milken Educators from Hawaii, Catherine Payne ('95), Estelle Wong ('99) and Ellen Schroeder ('97).

From left to right: Cary Miyashiro, marketing representative for Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union, Kailua Intermediate ‘Teacher of Promise’ Ryan Kagami, along with past National Milken Educators from Hawaii, Catherine Payne (’95), Estelle Wong (’99) and Ellen Schroeder (’97).

The National Milken Educators of Hawaii (NMEH) committee members who selected Kagami for the award are all past recipients of the National Milken Educator Award. Presenting today’s award were former Milken Educators Catherine Payne (‘95), Estelle Wong (‘99) and Ellen Schroeder (‘97).

In addition to Kagami, four other Hawaii public school teachers nominated for the ‘Teacher of Promise’ award were recognized earlier in the year. They include Nathan Pontious (Kauai High), Christian Simoy (Aiea High), Christopher Ho (Keaau High) and Tricia Dong (Waianae Intermediate)

Big Island Police Searching for 42-Year-Old Missing Kea’au Man

UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 42-year-old Brian Willis of Keaʻau, who was reported missing. He was found unharmed Friday in Hilo.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 42-year-old man who was reported missing.

Brian Willis

Brian Willis

Brian Willis of a Keaʻau address was last seen in Hilo on March 10. He is described as Caucasian, 6-feet tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

He may be on foot in the Hilo or Puna District and frequents the Keaʻau and Pāhoa town areas.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Navy Finds Boat Grounded in Reef at Pearl Harbor – May Be Japan Tsunami Debris

Chief Warrant Officer Three (CWO3) Timothy Greene, Port Operations, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and Paul Sensano, Deptartment of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) paddle a 12-foot long skiff which was grounded on a reef near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 8.

 U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Nardel Gervacio

U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Nardel Gervacio

The skiff, possible marine debris from the Japan Tsunami of March 11, 2011, appeared in waters near Pearl Harbor, and posed both a navigational hazard as well as potentially damaging the shallow reef. Greene and Sensano righted the skiff and secured it before moving it to the Hickam boat ramp for removal.

To date, 17 large items including boats or skiffs have been identified in Hawaii as being associated with the tsunami.

Dropped 911 Call Leads to Man Being Rescued From Waipio Valley

A man was rescued from Waipio Valley on the Big Island yesterday.

Me at the top of Waipio Valley

Me at the top of Waipio Valley

The following release is from the Hawaii Fire Department:

Situation found at scene:

Company 8 responded to Waipio Valley for a dropped 911 call. Upon arrival made contact with the caller who stated she noticed a person on the trail to Waimanu Valley using a flashlight to signal people on the beach. Rescue Company 2 dispatched. Company 8 personnel proceeded to the beach area and saw the person signaling approximately halfway up the trail.


Company 8 personnel proceeded on foot to attempt to reach hiker in trouble while Company 2 responded by air. Company 2 made contact with hiker, a 23 y/o male, and was able to rescue him using a Billy Pugh basket. Hiker without injuries upon evaluation by medical personnel.