Today – Big Island Roller Derby Showdown

Five teams from around the Big Island will duel it out in all day roller derby showdown this Saturday, October 19, at the Hilo Civic Auditorium. Bring the family and come join the fun as the Hilo Bay Bruisers, Volcano Vixens, Mauna Killahz, Waimea Wranglers, and Echo City Knockouts battle it out for the top spot in the ten-bout, five-round tournament.

Roller Derby 1019Tickets are $5 for the whole day and can be purchased at Mt. View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards Pahoa. Kids age five and under are free, plus a portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Hawaii Wildlife Fund, so bring all the keiki and let them know it’s for a good cause. Tickets can also be purchased at the door the day of the event or online at paradiserollergirls.com.

Doors open at 11:30 am and the first bout between the Vixens and Wranglers starts at noon. The next matchup between the Bruisers and Killahz is slated for 12:45 pm, with eight more bouts scheduled for the rest of the day. The last bout of round five is set to begin at 8:15 pm.

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For a full schedule of all the day’s bouts visit the Paradise Roller Girls website, or pick one up the day of the tournament.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league based on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

UH Students Build Robotic Vessel to Help in Times of Disaster

One day soon, technology developed by University of Hawaiʻi researchers and students, may be in harbors and ports all over the world providing daily security and surveillance, along with life saving inspections after natural disasters or terrorist attacks.

The technology is an unmanned port security vessel.

The six-foot long, four and half-foot wide, 160-pound robotic platform also has a high-resolution camera and real time video. It can be deployed rapidly and operated from miles away while providing critical, up-to-the-second information to first responders for maritime security. The idea came from Hawaiʻi based Coast Guard units sent to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

The six-foot long, four and half-foot wide, 160-pound robotic platform also has a high-resolution camera and real time video. It can be deployed rapidly and operated from miles away while providing critical, up-to-the-second information to first responders for maritime security.
The idea came from Hawaiʻi based Coast Guard units sent to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.

“This is a system that can go in as a robot, keep people at a safe distance, and be able to tell you where it is safe to operate and where it is not safe to operate,” said Margo Edwards, director of Department of Homeland Security National Center for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environmental Security, also known as CIMES, which is based out of UH Mānoa.

“It uses sonar, chemical sensors and infrared cameras,” explains Brian Bingham, an assistant professor at the UH Mānoa College of Engineering. “And it surveys autonomously, in an unmanned fashion, it surveys the harbors.”

More Here: Robotic vessel helps in times of disaster

 

Big Island Visitors Bureau Announces Additions to Marketing Team

The Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Donna Kimura as marketing director and Teresa Cosgrove as sales manager, two industry veterans who bring more than 40 years of combined experience to the team. Both Kimura and Cosgrove will be based out of BIVB’s West Hawaii office.

Teresa Cosgrove

Teresa Cosgrove

“Having had the opportunity to work with Donna and Teresa in other capacities over the past two decades, I’m extremely pleased to have them join our BIVB ohana [family],” said Ross Birch, BIVB Executive Director. “Not only do they bring a solid track record of success and strong network of industry contacts to the team, but also a deep, personal understanding of Hawaii Island and the passion needed to take our destination to the next level. We’re all looking forward to keeping the momentum moving in a positive direction for our island.”

In her position as Marketing Director, Kimura will be responsible for development, budgeting and implementation of the BIVB’s annual marketing plan for all major market areas for promotion of Hawaii Island as a leisure travel and meeting/convention destination. This includes working with the BIVB’s sales team, advertising and public relations contractors, and the industry at large to identify markets and trends to ensure current strategies are in line with current market conditions.

With 25 years of experience, Kimura worked briefly for BIVB in 2009, managing the activities of its contractors, coordinating promotions, and working on other marketing initiatives before becoming a freelance marketing communications consultant later that year and eventually finding her way back to the bureau. Prior to that, she held public relations and marketing positions with the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Orchid at Mauna Lani, and The Ritz-Carlton, Mauna Lani. Kimura is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned her master’s degree in linguistics.

Cosgrove brings more than 15 years of experience to her position as BIVB sales manager where she will provide support to the sales and marketing team in its mission to bring more meetings, conventions, and incentives business to Hawaii Island. Prior to joining the bureau, she was the Leisure Sales Manager at the Hilton Waikoloa Village for 12 years where she served as the liaison between on-property leisure sales and Hilton Hawaii’s regional sales team.

In that role, Cosgrove conducted site and familiarization tours for wholesale and retail industry agents, participated in industry tradeshows and educational seminars, developed leisure promotions for the FIT, military and corporate travel markets, and was responsible for contract preparation and rate planning for wholesale partnerships and tour group sales. She started her travel career at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in 1998 as its Sales Administrative Assistant and then became its Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator in 1999. Cosgrove is a graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is the recipient of the 2002 Hilton Circle of Excellence and has earned numerous Quarterly Sales Goal Achievement Certificates of Accomplishment.

BIVB is a chapter of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, Hawaii’s tourism marketing agency for North America. For more information about Hawaii, the Big Island, visit www.BigIsland.org or call 1-800-GOHAWAII.

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Costume Party at the Kahilu Theatre

The Kahilu Theatre will present a screening of the infamous Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday October 25, with a Costume Party and Contest starting at 8pm, and the movie at 10pm.  Tickets are $10 per person, they will be on sale at the door and also are available in advance online 24/7 at www.kahilutheatre.org, or call 885-6868, or walk in to the Theatre 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

There will be food and drink for purchase, and Rocky Horror “props” will be for sale – audiences are invited to bring their own props too – confetti, rice, umbrellas, newspapers, toast, flashlights, rubber gloves, noisemakers, toilet paper, party hats and all – the only caveat is that no squirting water will be allowed in the theatre and hot dog throwing will not be encouraged.  There will be prizes for “Audience Choice (Under 20)”, “Audience Choice (20 and over)”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Likeness” (to a Rocky Horror character).

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film and an adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show, a musical stage play by Richard O’Brien. Directed by Jim Sharman from a screenplay by Sharman and O’Brien, the production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through early 1970s. It introduces Tim Curry and features Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick along with cast members from the original Kings Road production presented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1973.

Still in limited release nearly four decades after its premiere, it is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It gained notoriety as a midnight movie in 1977 when audiences began participating with the film in theatres. The film has a large international cult following and is one of the most well-known and financially successful midnight movies of all time. In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The movie is rated R – children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian.  A Kahilu Theatre donor has provided funds so that one under 17 with one adult will get in free.

 

Kona Man in Custody on More Than Half A Million Dollars Bail – Meth and Loaded Gun Found

A Kona man is in custody on more than half a million dollars bail after being found in possession of methamphetamine and a loaded gun.

Danny Campogan

Danny Campogan

On Wednesday, Area II Vice officers served a search warrant on a car off Palani Road in Kailua-Kona. The vehicle was occupied by 36-year-old Danny Campogan of Kailua-Kona and 27-year-old Natalie Bowling, who has no permanent address. Police recovered 15.7 grams of a crystalline substance packaged in amounts consistent with meth distribution, a loaded handgun and several rounds of unspent ammunition.

Campogan and Bowling were arrested and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

Thursday, police released Bowling from custody pending further investigation. Campogan was charged with promoting a dangerous drug, meth trafficking, drug paraphernalia and 18 firearms related offenses, including being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $593,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Friday (October 18).

Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr. Assumes Command of the Pacific Fleet from Admiral Haney

With the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials as a backdrop, Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. relieved Adm. Cecil D. Haney as commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet during a change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 16.

With Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, right, looking on, Adm. Cecil D. Haney passes through the side boys after being relieved by Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, right center, during a change of command ceremony on the Pearl Harbor waterfront, Oct. 16. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)

With Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, right, looking on, Adm. Cecil D. Haney passes through the side boys after being relieved by Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, right center, during a change of command ceremony on the Pearl Harbor waterfront, Oct. 16. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)

“The only thing that makes my departure a little easier is knowing that my good friend and Naval Academy classmate Adm. Harry Harris is my replacement,” said Haney. “He has had an exceptional career filled with challenging assignments that have more than prepared him to command the Pacific Fleet. He knows the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and fully understands its complexities.”

Haney spoke of those complexities, and how the Navy’s historic role in the region will continue to promote security, stability, prosperity and peace.

“Our nation today looks to the future as we rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific,” said Haney, who assumed command in Jan. 2012 near the beginning of the rebalance initiative. “The world watches to see how economically and politically this rebalance will work. We’ve faced austere economic cycles and political turmoil in the past, but we’ve maintained a continuous, robust and capable naval presence in the Pacific since World War II.”

The official party salutes the colors during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)

The official party salutes the colors during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Johans Chavarro)

“Given the consistent message of our political and military leadership, I can stand on firm ground and predict that the U.S. will remain a Pacific power far into the future,” Haney said. “It has been fantastic to see new capability join this vibrant theater … the new littoral combat ship, Virginia class submarine, EA-18 Growlers, MV-22 Ospreys, and MH-60 Romeo and Sierra helicopters.”

“As excited as I am about our new platforms, I am even more excited about the rebalance of intellectual focus and leadership attention to a region where trillions of dollars of trade flows,” Haney said. “Given the uncertainty in the region regarding friction over sovereignty claims and certain nation state provocations, we must continue to maintain a combat-ready Fleet while working peaceful solutions using existing international norms and multilateral approaches.”

Adm. Locklear pins the Distinguished Service Medal on Adm. Cecil D. Haney during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel)

Adm. Locklear pins the Distinguished Service Medal on Adm. Cecil D. Haney during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Kolmel)

Adm. Samuel Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), commended Haney on his leadership during challenging times.

“Your strategic vision has set the stage for a new level of engagement, dialogue and consistence inside the PACOM area of responsibility,” said Locklear. “You have really done wonderful things in increasing the coordination and information sharing with our allies, to growing those critical partnerships, and on the Navy making sure the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific was real and realized.”

Locklear presented Haney with the Distinguished Service Medal. The award highlighted Haney’s efforts in achieving an unprecedented level of Fleet combat readiness, advancing regional partnerships, and leading the 2012 Rim of the Pacific, the largest multinational naval exercise in modern history.

“This award is more about the hard work and sacrifice of so many outstanding Pacific Fleet Sailors, civilians and family members,” said Haney, who moves on to lead the U.S. Strategic Command in Nebraska. “They are the ones who have earned it and who I sincerely thank for their hard work during my tour.”

After reading orders and assuming command, Adm. Harris thanked the men and women of the Pacific Fleet saying: “What you do on a daily basis is of fundamental importance to our nation’s defense — I’m proud to be your commander.” As the former assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Harris said he would continue the Pacific Fleet’s commitment to the rebalance “with our brothers and sisters” in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Special Operations and Coast Guard.

Adm. Haney accepts his pennant from U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez during the change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)

Adm. Haney accepts his pennant from U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez during the change of command ceremony. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Barker)

“Our president and secretary of defense are clear,” said Harris. “As a nation, we will rebalance to the Pacific and we will work closely with our allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”

Harris is the 34th naval officer to command the Pacific Fleet since it was established in February 1941 with headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1978, is a MIT Seminar 21 fellow, and has attended Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and Oxford University for East Asia security.

As commander of Pacific Fleet, Harris is responsible for 100 million square miles ‘from Hollywood to Bollywood, from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle.’ Covering more than half the Earth’s surface, the Indo-Asia-Pacific region is vital to U.S. economic and security interests. Pacific Fleet maintains combat-ready and forward-deployed naval forces that consist of approximately 200 ships/submarines, 1,100 aircraft and 140,000 Sailors and civilians. Whether called to fight and win or to protect the peace, Pacific Fleet operates alongside allies, partners and multilateral organizations to ensure a stable and secure Indo-Asia-Pacific where all nations can prosper.

 

President of Charter School PTSA Accused of Theft and Money Laundering

Attorney General David M. Louie announced that a two-count complaint was filed today in the First Circuit Court charging Tonya Taylor (43) with Theft in the First Degree and Money Laundering.

Tonya Taylor

Tonya Taylor

The two-count complaint charges Ms. Taylor, the former president of the Lanikai Elementary Public Charter School PTSA, with theft of $50,574.41 of the PTSA’s funds.

The complaint also alleges that Ms. Taylor laundered the proceeds of her alleged thefts.

Arraignment and plea is set for Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8:30 a.m., before Judge Richard Perkins. The complaint filed against Ms. Taylor is merely an allegation filed by the State and she is presumed innocent of the charges unless and until she is found guilty by a judge or jury.

Big Island Police Add Link to Website to Allow Public to Monitor Status of Inmates in Jail or Prison

The Hawaiʻi Police Department has added a link to its website that allows citizens to monitor the status of Hawaiʻi inmates in jail or prison.

Click to go to site

Click to go to site

The Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) system is powered by the nationwide Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system. It offers victims and concerned citizens free, anonymous and confidential access to timely information and notification on the custody and parole status of offenders under the jurisdiction of the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Public Safety.

This service does not apply to inmates in federal prison or suspects being held at a police cellblock before going through the court system.

Interested persons can look up an incarcerated offender’s status on line or sign up to receive phone, email or text messages when that offender’s status changes. This service is particularly valuable to crime victims who want advance notice when their offender will be released from prison or up for a parole hearing.

The link can be found on the Police Department’s website on the Related Links page. It can also be accessed by going to www.vinelink.com and then clicking on the Hawaiʻi portion of the map.

Hawaii Student Wins 2013 National Poison Prevent Week Poster Contest

Students from Georgia, Alabama and Hawaii found the right words and pictures to convey important messages about preventing poisonings – and they are being honored as the winners of the 2013 National Poison Prevention Week poster contest.

The Poison Prevention Week Council announced the following winners:

  • Grades kindergarten through two: Kayla Michelle Williams – Ellenwood, Georgia
  • Grades three through five: Chandan Makwana – Vinemont, Alabama
  • Grades six through eight: Rachelle Lariba – Kapolei, Hawaii
Rachel

Winning poster submitted by Rachelle Lariba

National Poison Prevention Week, held the third week in March each year, is observed nationally to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them. In honor of this awareness week, the Poison Prevention Week Council conducts a nationwide poster contest to educate the public about the dangers of poisonings and the importance of poison prevention.

The winning artwork in each division will be featured on the 2014 National Poison Prevention Week posters. First, second and third place winners in each division are posted online at www.poisonprevention.org/poster.htm.

Kayla Williams’ poster depicted various household scenarios where children can come into contact with hazardous substances. Her message: “Bad things happen to good people. Keep poisons out of [the] reach of children.”

Chandan Makwana drew a checklist of reminders on avoiding accidental poisonings for young and old alike. His message: “Poisonings span a lifetime. Poisons do not discriminate. Lock them away!”

Rachelle Lariba drew a vivid image about keeping poisonous substances out of the reach of children, along with a written reminder that “Children act fast. So do poisons.”

“The winning posters play an important role in our public awareness campaign each year,” said Nancy Bock, Poison Prevention Week Council Chair. “The Council is extremely proud of the winners and we are excited to share their posters with the public in an effort to teach others about poison safety,” added Bock, Senior Vice President of Education at the American Cleaning Institute.

The posters can be ordered on the Poison Prevention Week Council website at www.poisonprevention.org.

For more information, contact Nancy Bock, Chair, Poison Prevention Week Council at 202.662.2507 or nbock@cleaninginstitute.org.

 

Body Glove’s 60th Anniversary and Tiki Mug Release Party One Week Away

One week away until Body Glove’s 60th Anniversary party at the Royal Kona Resort.

Body Glove Party

State Department of Health to Hold Public Hearings for New Food Safety Rules

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) will hold public hearings in all counties between Dec. 2 and 6, 2013, to introduce new food safety regulations that will affect all restaurants and food establishments in the state. The last substantial change to these rules was made nearly 17 years ago in 1996.

Department of Health

Highlights of the new food safety rules include: adoption of the 2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Model Food Code as the basis for the rules; introduction of a highly visible restaurant grading system that will require food establishments to post the results of their last state inspection; move to annual permitting from biennial permitting; and permit fee increases.

“Adoption of the FDA Model Food Code will provide Hawaii with nationally recognized standards based on the most current scientific findings on food safety,” said Peter Oshiro, Sanitation Branch chief. “We look forward to enhancing our current state food regulations with these new and improved rules.”

The new grading system will consist of “PASS” (green), “CONDITIONAL PASS” (yellow), and “CLOSED” (red) placards. A “PASS” green placard will be given to food facilities that have one major violation or less that is corrected prior to completion of the inspection. A “CONDITIONAL PASS” yellow placard will be issued to a facility with two or more major violations during an inspection regardless of whether the violations are corrected on site. Major violations require a follow-up inspection. Follow-up inspections are conducted the next working day after notification from the facility that all major violations have been corrected. A “CLOSED” red placard will be issued if there are imminent health hazards that warrant immediate closure of the facility (lack of water, lack of electricity, sewage overflows in food preparation areas, sick employees, vermin infestation, etc.).

Major health inspection violations at food establishments are conditions that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA recognize as the main causes of food illnesses (lack of hand washing, poor temperature controls, and contamination by raw/uncooked foods, etc.)

It is anticipated that the fee increases outlined in the new food safety rules will fund 13 additional full-time inspector positions granted by the state Legislature to be filled in fiscal years 2012-2015. The additional staffing will support an expanded inspection schedule that will include a minimum of three on-site inspections each year for high-risk establishments, two on-site inspections each year for medium risk establishments, and annual visits for all other establishments to meet national program standards and reduce foodborne illness.

“The new food safety rules will mean a huge step forward for our program and will result in overall improvements by expanding food safety testing, pesticide monitoring of local produce, and shellfish monitoring, among many other activities that protect public health every day,” added Oshiro.

To view Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 11- 50, titled, “Food Safety Code,” go to http://health.hawaii.gov/san/. Public hearings will be held at the following dates and locations:

Hawaii (Hilo): Monday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m.

Environmental Health Facility conference room (1582 Kamehameha Ave., Hilo)

Hawaii (Kona): Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m.

West Hawaii Civic Center – Liquor Control conference room, 2nd Floor, Bldg. B

(74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy., Kailua-Kona)

Oahu: Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m.

Environmental Management Division conference room, 5th Floor (919 Ala Moana Blvd.,

Honolulu)

Maui: Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.

UH- Maui College Community Services Building (310 Kaahumanu Ave., Bldg. #205, Kahului)

Kauai: Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m.

Lihue Health Center conference room (3040 Umi St., Lihue)

 

Crocs Come to Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa

Since 2002, toes of the world have enjoyed the colorful “amphibious footwear” of Crocs™.  Originally created as easy-care boat shoes for wet or dry conditions, Crocs™ work well in the Hawai‘i Island environment, and will soon be available at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Crocs

Branching off creatively from the iconic clog design, Crocs™ has stepped into the workplace, golf course, fashion scene and classroom with over 300 styles for men, women and children, including sandals, sneakers and heels.  Available in 90+ different countries, the brand has topped $1 billion in annual sales and continues to expand its markets.

Sharing in that success, Crocs™ proves it is a company with a conscience through its “Crocs Cares” program, which has donated more than three million pairs of shoes to communities in need in more than 40 countries around the world.  By partnering with a variety of global non-profit organizations to help ship and distribute shoes to those in need, Crocs Cares works to help protect the foot from infections and diseases that rob the body of vital nutrients.  And, with the Soles4Souls Foundation, the company also recycles gently used Crocs™ to toes in need around the world.

“Crocs™ are great shoes for Hawai‘i, and a perfect fit for Queens’ MarketPlace,” said Sales and Operations Manager, Margo Mau Bunnell. “They are very comfortable and offer a wide range of styles that fit any lifestyle for children and adults—from fun, colorful and casual, to classy fashion for work or a special night out.  With a full selection available right here on the Kohala Coast, Crocs™ will be the place to shop.”

The Crocs™ shoe store in Queens’ MarketPlace will open later this year, with daily operating hours from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.crocs.com or www.company.crocs.com

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

 

Pahoa Pool Temporarily Closed for Unexpected Maintenance

Wow, the Pahoa Pool just went through at $1.5 Million dollar renovation project that left the pool closed for nearly a year and now it’s already having to temporarily close because of unexpected maintenance:

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation closed the Pāhoa Community Aquatic Center on Wednesday, October 16, so workers could perform unexpected maintenance.

Pahoa Pool

Normal operating hours will resume Thursday, October 17, when the pool will be reopened at 9 a.m. for public recreational and adult lap swimming.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the unexpected closure may cause and thanks the public for its patience and understanding.

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

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Kona Girl Missing Since August

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kona girl who was reported missing. Addie Cragg was last seen in Kailua-Kona on August 16.

Addie Cragg

Addie Cragg

She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds with blue eyes and long, straight strawberry-blond hair.

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 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.

 

It’s Seabird Fledging Season

Every year from Mid-September to December, seabird chicks leave their nests and make their first nocturnal flight from their nesting burrow to the sea. Guided by moonlight, the lights from cities, towns and homes can confuse these young birds – and even some adults – and cause them to fall inland rather than continue out to the ocean.

SeabirdDowned seabirds may acquire impact injuries and, once grounded, are also vulnerable to dangers including passing cars and predators. You can help protect our native seabirds by being prepared and knowing what to do if you find a downed seabird.

How to prepare: keep a clean towel, pillow case or large t-shirt and a ventilated cardboard box, pet carrier or other non-airtight container in your car. If you are on foot, just a towel will do.
How to rescue a downed seabird: gently pick up the bird from behind with a towel, carefully wrapping the material completely around its back and wings. Place it in the ventilated container as soon as possible. Keep the bird covered and in a quiet, cool location and do not feed, water or handle it. Take the bird to a permitted wildlife rehabilitation center or contact your island’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife office for further directions (contact numbers provided below). Do not attempt to release the bird yourself as it may have internal injuries or be too tired or weak to survive. Throwing the bird in the air could also cause additional harm.
Hawai‘i Island:
Hawai‘i Wildlife Center: (808) 884-5000
DOFAW Office: (808) 887-6063 or (808) 974-4226
Maui Nui:
DOFAW Office: (808) 984-8100
O‘ahu:
DOFAW Office: (808) 973-9776
Kaua‘i
Save our Shearwaters, Kaua‘i Humane Society: (808) 635-5117
DOFAW Office: (808) 274-3433
For more information, including a step-by-step breakdown on how to rescue a downed seabird and ways that you can help reduce light attraction, visit the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center seabird fallout response page at www.hawaiiwildlifecenter.org/seabird-fallout-response.html.

Pierre Omidyar Comments on His New Venture and Hiring Former Guardian Journalist Glenn Greenwald

Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

Pierre Omidyar and Arianna Huffington at Imiloa Astronomy Center announcing the beginning of HuffPost Hawaii.

As many of you know, I’ve had an interest in journalism for some time now. I’ve been working on Civil Beat for three years and through my philanthropic work at Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, we’ve supported many efforts around the world related to media, citizen engagement, and government transparency and accountability.

Separate from my work with Omidyar Network and Democracy Fund, and as part of my growing interest to preserve and strengthen the role journalism plays in society, I explored purchasing The Washington Post over the summer. That process got me thinking about what kind of social impact could be created if a similar investment was made in something entirely new, built from the ground up. Something that I would be personally and directly involved in outside of my other efforts as a philanthropist.

I developed an interest in supporting independent journalists in a way that leverages their work to the greatest extent possible, all in support of the public interest. And, I want to find ways to convert mainstream readers into engaged citizens. I think there’s more that can be done in this space, and I’m eager to explore the possibilities.

Right now, I’m in the very early stages of creating a new mass media organization. I don’t yet know how or when it will be rolled out, or what it will look like.

What I can tell you is that the endeavor will be independent of my other organizations, and that it will cover general interest news, with a core mission around supporting and empowering independent journalists across many sectors and beats. The team will build a media platform that elevates and supports these journalists and allows them to pursue the truth in their fields. This doesn’t just mean investigative reporting, but all news.

As part of my learning process, I recently reached out to Glenn Greenwald to find out what journalists like him need to do their jobs well. As it turns out, he and his colleagues Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, were already on a path to create an online space to support independent journalists. We had a lot of overlap in terms of our ideas, and decided to join forces.

I believe that independent journalists like Glenn, Laura, and Jeremy play an important role in our society. We’ll be working with them and others, but we have a long way to go in terms of what the organization looks like, people’s roles and responsibilities — all of those things still need to be worked out.

I’ll be sure to update you along the way as the new organization progresses.

Pierre Omidyar

 

Flood Advisory Issued for Big Island – Flash Flood Watch Also in Effect

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A FLOOD ADVISORY 
FOR THE ISLAND OF HAWAII IN HAWAII COUNTY
1:55 Hawaii Time

1:55 Hawaii Time

* UNTIL 430 PM HST

* AT 125 PM HST...RADAR SHOWED HEAVY RAIN OVER THE SLOPES OF THE 
  NORTH KONA AND SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICTS. THE HIGHEST RAIN RATES OF 
  1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WERE NEAR THE PUUANAHULU AREA. THE AREA OF 
  HEAVY RAIN WAS NEARLY STATIONARY AND ADDITIONAL RAINFALL MAY 
  DEVELOP OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE ADVISORY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
  WAIKOLOA VILLAGE...WAIKII...SADDLE ROAD JUNCTION...KALAOA...
  KAILUA-KONA AND HIGHWAY 190 SOUTH OF MILE MARKER 5.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS...DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE
TO FLOODING.

RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE
TO PONDING...REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION.

DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT.
TURN AROUND...DON/T DROWN.

&&

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR HAWAII COUNTY THROUGH 
THIS AFTERNOON.

THIS ADVISORY MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED BEYOND 430 PM HST IF HEAVY RAIN
PERSISTS.

Chevron’s “Fuel Your School Campaign” Awards Big Island School

Today, members of the Chevron Hawaii team visited Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo.  They dropped off a box full of supplies and STEM-related games that Ms. Gonsalves requested in a proposal submitted to Chevron’s Fuel Your School Campaign via DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students learn.

Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaina Elementary School in Hilo

Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo

The supplies requested in Ms. Gonsalves’ proposal, “Hands On, Minds On,” foster collaboration, creativity and enrich a child’s overall learning experience.  Ms. Gonsalves was very thoughtful in her selection of items, including various Bingo games that teach children how to tell time and count money, Legos to help children imagine and create a built environment, magnets for classroom surveys, and four shades of brown paint because her students want painted colors that match their skin tones when they paint pictures of themselves, their families and friends.

Students opening packages.

Students opening packages.

To view a complete list of Ms. Gonsalves’ project post, click here: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=1018573

Supply Box

After the supply box was opened, students selected a game, broke off into groups and played together.  The new games and supplies are a big help to Ms. Gonsalves, who, like many teachers across the state, often spend up to $500 of their own money a year to purchase additional classroom supplies for their students.

Marble Run

This is the first year that the Fuel Your School Campaign is in Hawaii.  Throughout the month of October, everyone can help their local schools by filling up at participating Chevron and Texaco locations.  Chevron will donate $1 for every 8-gallon or more fill up, up to $350,000, to support public education at Hawaii schools.

Teachers are encouraged to post project proposals and requests for learning materials on DonorsChoose.org by November 30, 2013.  Fuel Your School is designed to help support and improve critical educational programs, particularly in STEM subjects, to help prepare students for everyday experiences and plant “seeds of interest” in future STEM-related careers.

Chevron Games

Carina Tagupa, Chevron Hawaii’s Community Relations Specialist stated, “Chevron is a stakeholder in seeing students succeed in science and math. We are proud to launch Fuel Your School in Hawaii in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. We encourage public school teachers to post projects on the Donors Choose website now until Nov 30. We also encourage families to visit our Chevron stations and fill up as $1 is donated for an 8 gallon purchase”

Lt. Gov. Tsutsui to Lead New Sports Development Initiative

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today appointed Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui to spearhead the state’s Sports Development Initiative, which aims to coordinate efforts throughout Hawaii to build a thriving sports industry.

Shan Appointed

“This initiative will help to expand sports entertainment and participation opportunities in Hawaii, while also strengthening our visitor economy – particularly during the shoulder seasons when visitor arrivals are less robust,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “With Shan at the helm, we hope to take advantage of each island’s unique characteristics and bring athletic events that fit into their individual environments.”

While collaborating with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, University of Hawaii System, Stadium Authority, and private sports organizations, the initiative will identify, promote and engage opportunities to establish Hawaii as a premier sports destination for professional, amateur and youth athletics. The improvement of current facilities and development of world-class, state-of-the-art venues are also part of the initiative, intended to attract sporting events and athletic training opportunities not only on Oahu but throughout the state.

In addition to positive media exposure and awareness, professional sporting events have contributed well over $100 million to the state’s economy each year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

“With this Sports Development Initiative, we have the opportunity to diversify our visitor industry and generate more revenue for our state,” Lt. Gov. Tsutsui said. “Everyone can benefit from this initiative – from keiki to kupuna. They will be able to either participate in or attend a variety of sporting events.”

“With this Sports Development Initiative, we have the opportunity to diversify our visitor industry and generate more revenue for our state,” Lt. Gov. Tsutsui said. “Everyone can benefit from this initiative – from keiki to kupuna. They will be able to either participate in or attend a variety of sporting events.”

Through this initiative, community involvement and outreach will expand with more mentoring, camps and clinics to develop young athletes using unique concepts, utilizing teams, players and participants. It will also encourage active lifestyles and improve the health of keiki and adults

 

Consumer Electronics Industry to Team with ERI for Hawaiian E-Waste Recycling Events

Partnering with the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), in an effort to properly recycle unwanted consumer electronics in the state of Hawaii, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) has announced two one-day opportunities for Hawaiians to recycle e-waste on Saturday, October 19th. Both events are free to the public, and accepted items include computer equipment, televisions and mobile devices.

Ewaste

For this special manufacturing takeback program, ERI, the largest recycler of electronic waste in the nation, partnering with a number of electronics manufacturers and a local recycling organization in Hawaii, safely recycles all e-waste collected across the Hawaiian islands. Manufacturers work through MRM to sponsor the events. Sponsoring manufacturers include Funai Corporation, Inc., Hitachi America Ltd., Imation, JVC America, Mitsubishi, Orion, Panasonic, PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid), Sanyo Manufacturing Corp., Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO.

The special e-waste collection events will take place at the following venues:

· Kaimuki High School (2705 Kaimuki Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816), as part of the 10th Annual Community Cleanup for many items beyond electronics — 9:00 – 1:00 pm

· Kapolei Middle School (91-5335 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707) — 1:00 – 5:00 pm

For those unable to participate in the events, MRM-participating manufacturers and ERI have provided and continue to provide the community an opportunity to safely unload their old computers, television sets and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted consumer electronic items via permanent drop off locations across the Hawaiian islands for proper recycling that is safe and environmentally sound.

“With their collaborative support and proactive actions in Hawaii – and across the U.S. as well,” said Tricia Conroy, MRM’s Executive Director, “ERI has continued to be an organization we are proud to partner with. Just as the manufacturers that make up MRM are leaders in the electronic profession by being responsible recyclers of electronic waste and stewards of the environment, so too is ERI. ERI uses innovation and a commitment to doing things right to help forge processes that benefit all of us as well as our planet’s natural resources.”

“Partnering with the responsible electronics manufacturers through MRM to benefit the good people of Hawaii has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege, and the events we are holding later this week are no exception,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “MRM has proven to be a partnering of manufacturing organizations that has been forward-thinking in terms of environmental concerns. That we have already prevented literally millions of pounds of electronic waste from ending up in landfills in Hawaii through our partnership with MRM is a further example of just what can be accomplished when great organizations pool their resources for the common good.”

“Events like these are so important because they help the local residents unload the electronic junk that’s just sitting around while also benefiting the environment,” said Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services, who will be collecting the e-waste at the events. “We are proud to be able, alongside MRM and ERI, to help Hawaii’s residents become more environmentally responsible by offering them convenient opportunities to safely dispose of their old electronic devices.”

For local information about these special recycling events, consumers can contact Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services at (808) 371-0281. Also, consumers can visit the Hawaii MRM webpage (http://mrmrecycling.com/locator_hi.htm) for ongoing collection information.

For more information on general recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com, http://1800recycling.com or www.urbanmining.org.