Big Island Police Charge Driver of Truck Involved in Fatal Vehicle-Bicycle Crash Friday

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the driver of a pickup truck involved in a fatal vehicle-bicycle crash Friday (September 27) in Puna.

Siaku L. Aholelei

Siaku L. Aholelei

At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, police charged 27-year-old Siaku L. Aholelei of Mountain View with first-degree negligent homicide and first-degree manslaughter. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $275,000 bail pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Monday (September 30).

At 11:56 a.m. Friday, Aholelei was was traveling south at a high rate of speed on Highway 11 near the 8-mile marker in Keaʻau when he lost control, crossed the grassy median and struck a bicycle traveling north on the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist, 66-year-old Cenon Tranquilino A. Visaya of Keaʻau, died at the scene.

Kohala Center Awarded $152,000 To Assist Island Farming Cooperatives

The Kohala Center, Inc., a community-based non-profit on Hawaii Island, has been awarded a $151,913 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist several farming cooperatives on Hawaii Island and Maui. USDA announced the grant awards today under the Small Socially Disadvantaged Producers Grant program, which offers technical assistance to help producers develop new markets and grow their operations.

Click to view release

Click to view release

In its grant proposal, the Kohala Center states it will use the funds to provide technical assistance to  Palili `O Kohala Cooperative (Hawaii Island), Maui Aquaponics Cooperative (Maui), Kau Agricultural Water Cooperative (Hawaii Island) and Cho Global Natural Farming Cooperative (Hawaii Island).

“Rural cooperatives are in a position to employ special marketing strategies to increase the bottom line for their farmers but may not always have the experience to do so,” said Russell S. Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “The Kohala Center has been a valuable resource for the agricultural community and this grant will expand its ability to strengthen these farming cooperatives, which the Abercrombie Administration recognizes as vital contributors to our economy and food-sustainability.”

Hawaii was one of 13 states that received funding under the Small Socially Disadvantaged Producers Grant. For more information on this grant, go to the USDA website:

Domino’s Pizza Golf Tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Domino’s Pizza in Waimea is excited to announce their first annual benefit golf tournament for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The tournament takes place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Makalei Golf Club and will be played in a four-person net scramble format, with shotgun start at 8 a.m.

Dominoes St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

On the corporate level, Domino’s has supported the hospital since 2004, contributing over $16 million to help take care of keiki with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, at no charge to their families.  In January of this year, Domino’s “delivered” an entire Assessment and Triage Clinic to St. Jude’s, colorfully decorated with children’s art and murals, most incorporating a pizza theme.

The Waimea store is proud to be part of their company’s good work with this first annual golf tournament.  Entry fee is $125 per player, including green fees, cart, lunch, prizes and some surprises during the tournament.  To sign up, please stop by Domino’s Pizza in Waimea, or call Tournament Coordinator Charmaine Mood at 808-756-2743 by October 15.

Peace Day Parade & Festival Wrap Up

The peaceful town of Honoka‘a was filled with people celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, September 21, during its 7th annual Peace Day Parade & Festival, “Peace in the Streets,” and other related events. Thousands of people gathered to enjoy the colorful “moving stage” of music, floats and entertainment with a message–as taiko drummers, bon dancers, cirque performers, rock and roll and kachikachi bands, hula hālau and more, joined together in the spirit of peace.

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala and Waimea. Photo by Sara Anderson

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko from Kohala and Waimea. Photo by Sarah Anderson Photography

A Peace Day Festival following the Parade featured food booths and entertainment, begun with a ceremonial chant and bell-ringing by Rev. Kosho Yagi of Honoka‘a Hongwanji .  Music and entertainment was provided as a gift to the community by the Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band, Magician Bruce Meyers, Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko, the Big Rock band, the Hiccup Circus and others,  and a large community Bon Dance that filled the field of the County Sports Complex.

Gerald DeMello of University of Hawai‘i read a proclamation from Governor Neil Abercrombie, in which he pledged continued support of “initiatives that inspire and further the advancement of peace throughout the State of Hawai‘i and the world.”

Gerald De Mello reads a proclamation from Gov. Abercrombie. Sarah Anderson Photography

Gerald De Mello reads a proclamation from Gov. Abercrombie. Sarah Anderson Photography

The proclamation also quoted the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King: “One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.”

Sasaki family honored

Special guests for the Parade & Festival were members of the Sasaki family from Japan, whose sister and aunt Sadako Sasaki inspired the book “Sadako and the Thousand Cranes.”

The Sasaki 'ohana in Honoka'a. Sarah Anderson Photography

The Sasaki ‘ohana in Honoka’a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Sadako was only a child when the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Although she survived the blast, she later succumbed to radiation-caused leukemia, but not before working to reach her goal of 1,000 origami paper cranes, each enfolded with a wish for peace and healing.   Nephew Yuji Sasaki, a popular singer in Japan, performed his song “Inori” in her honor at the Festival.

One of Sadako's cranes will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Others reside in New York at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero, and in Vienna at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Sarah Anderson Photography

One of Sadako’s cranes will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center. Others reside in New York at the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero, and in Vienna at the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Sarah Anderson Photography

Earlier on Saturday, the Sasaki’s donated one of Sadako’s original cranes to the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center for a permanent exhibit.  Two others have been given, to the Tribute World Trade Center Visitor Center at Ground Zero in New York, and to the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Vienna.

“199,000 Cranes” project

The Peace Committee has taken on a year-long project to gather origami cranes and send as a “flock” to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum in Sadako’s honor.

Peace Day Cranes

Peace Day Cranes

Featured on KITV news, the “199,000 Cranes” project aims to reach their goal by Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2014. To contribute cranes, please contact by email,

Run for Peace

Saturday’s events also included the third annual 5K “Run for Peace,” directed by Sue DeLaCruz of Hamakua Health Center.  All runners received a logo participation medal and awards were presented to finishers as follows:

  • Overall Male and 16-18 Division winner: Tony Connors, 19:05
  • Overall Female and 16-18 Division winner: Hildhang Adona, 24:58

Age Division Winners:

  • 0-9 Male: Kyle Ignacio, 37:17
  • 10-15 Male: Chaystin Peters, 25:12
  • 19-29 Female: Amber Green-Weiss, 32:43
  • 30-39 Female: Nani Maloof, 30:19
  • 40-49 Male: Thomas Martin, 36:12
  • 40-49 Female: Kendra Ignacio, 37:19
  • 50 and up Male: Patrick Donovan, 31:40
  • Masters Male: Don Choquette, 39:15

Cash Prize Division:

  • Male: Seanry Agbayani, 20:38
  • Female: Nani Maloof, 30:19

Peace Poster Contest

Also during Festival, winners of the annual student Peace Poster Contest were announced. Led by artist Jay West, poster entries were reviewed for focus on the theme, “Prepare for Peace,” purpose, layout and design, drawings, mechanics, creativity and neatness.

Posters displayed in Honoka'a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Posters displayed in Honoka’a. Sarah Anderson Photography

Winners are:


  • 1st. Miami Minahan, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd, Reina Moriguchi, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd (tie),  Ocean Yagi, Honokaa Elementary School
  • 3rd (3-way tie), Samantha Allen, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Kira Kumitake, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Kaitlin Mercado, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu

Grades 4-6

  • 1st, Lyla Gonsalves, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 2nd, Brooke Peralta, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu
  • 3rd, Leah Delos Sants, Cathedral Catholic Academy, Honolulu

Grades 7-9

  • 1st, Mae Lee Solomon, Honokaa Intermediate School
  • 2nd, Terri Conner Honokaa Intermediate School
  • 3rd, Quinlan Mata Bishop, Waiakea High School

Grades 10-12

  • 1st, Joanne Bell, Honokaa High School
  • 2nd, Zoey Chang, Waiakea High School
  • 3rd, Tyana Yamamoto, Honokaa High School

Sponsor prize, presented by Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast: 

  • Brandee Samio, HHS
  • Megan Kauni, HHS

“Peace in the Streets”

From noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Honoka‘a Business Association teamed up with the Peace Committee to produce the first-ever “Peace in the Streets” activity.

The Zoo Choo

The Zoo Choo

Musicians performed on four different mini-stages up and down Mamane Street; keiki enjoyed the inflatable Jump & Slide and Zoo Choo train rides and everyone had a chance to visit 21 participating businesses in town to win Scavenger Hunt prizes.

Winners were:  Oarlene Wingate -$100 cash prize, Clinton Branco, Alicia Togi-Branco, Stacey Emerson, Mitchell Echavez, Branalyn Juan, Kaylene Torres, Moses Decoite, Megan King, Karen Yagi, Gary Tomes Jr., Barbara J. Moran, Annie Pacana, Lee Watanabe, Debbie Filippai, Melanie Ebreo, Shyla Kailalani, Yoshie Yagi, Jordan Marlin, and Ocean Yagi.

Earlier in September, other peace-related activities included a rummage sale fundraiser for the Carteret Atolls relocation project, support of the “Aloha Peace” award presented to President Obama’s half-sister Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, a “Day of Mindfulness” in Kalōpā State Park, reception and Peace Poster exhibit at C&J Woods and the Friends of the Library’s “Read for Peace.”  The Peace Committee is open to all and new members are always welcome.

The United Nations has celebrated Peace Day since 1981. In 2007, as a result of lobbying by the teen group, United Junior Young Buddhists Association, the Hawai‘i State legislature and Governor Linda Lingle passed a law establishing September 21 as Peace Day in Hawai‘i.  Hawai‘i is the first and only state in America to have a permanent Peace Day.

The 7th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace was presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations.  Major financial support has been provided by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i Social Concerns Committee, the Seymour Stern Memorial Trust and other generous sponsors.

Peace day 2013

The Peace Committee’s mission is to promote peace, compassion and the awareness of global interdependence by supporting activities year-round. It depends upon the community’s help and support for the continued success of the parade and festival annually.  Contributions can be made as tax deductible donations, purchases of t-shirts and various sponsorship packages.  Call 808-640-4602 or visit


Pahoa Rummage Sale to Benefit Sacred Heart Building Fund

Clothing, books, musical records and other entertainment as well as all variety of household goods will be offered at rock-bottom prices at this rummage sale to benefit the Sacred Heart Catholic Church’s building fund.

Pahoa Sacred Heart Church

The Pahoa sale will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the church’s Avery Hall where lots of free parking will be available. The church is located across the street from Pahoa Elementary School.

Food Basket of Hawaii Begins Annual Backpack Drive

The Food Basket, Hawai‘i Island’s food pantry, will begin its annual backpack program in October, to help provide school children with backpacks full of nutritious food on a regular basis.  A nationwide initiative that the state adopted five years ago, the program has served more than 450 children in two schools over the last two years.

Photo: Courtesy of The Food Basket

Photo: Courtesy of The Food Basket

“On the Big Island, we have five elementary schools with free and reduced lunch registrations over 90%,” said En Young, The Food Basket (TFB) Executive Director. “The school with the highest utilization is at 97%.”  Part of the National School Lunch Program that provides meals to children on school days, the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program requires registration, and can therefore help measure food needs of a particular school and community.

“Free and reduced lunch kids tend to get their most nutritious meal at school, so we stuff a backpack full of canned food, beverages and snacks for them to take home—especially over long weekends.  We try to do this at least once a month, and every other week before summer,” said Young.

Young said that this year, with support from the Food Bank, Hawai‘i island United Way and a very generous private grant, TFB will be able to expand the backpack program to three schools and more than 1,100 keiki in the Puna and South Kona Districts. Every child in the school may receive a backpack, without being labeled as needy. “We qualify the school rather than the individual,” said Young.

According to TFB website:

  • Not having enough food to sustain a healthy life is a reality for 1 in 8 Americans.  This includes children and seniors.
  • The lack of proper nutrition affects the cognitive and behavioral development of children.
  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture, limited resources prevent more than 36 million Americans from getting enough food.

In Hawai‘i specifically:

  • 32% of those served by TFB have had to choose between food and rent or mortgage bills, 27% between food and medicine or medical needs.
  • Among households with children, 67% are food insecure, including 31% who are experiencing hunger.
  • 11 % of adults served are elderly (65 or older).
  • 25% of households served had one or more children under age 18; and 6% of households served had one or more children age 5 or under.
  • 63% of client households have a monthly income below $1,000

“It’s important for us to help the public become more aware of what we do,” said Young.
For us, we want people to know that the need is there, and even if we can’t serve everybody, The Food Basket can make a difference, and help feed hungry kids.”

The Food Basket is an island-wide, supplemental food network that, in partnership with numerous community organizations, collects and distributes nutritious, high-quality food to low-income households, the working poor, senior citizens, children, people who are disabled or ill, and other members of the Big Island’s most vulnerable populations. Programs include regularly scheduled soup kitchens and food pantries in East and West Hawaii. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit or call 808-933-6060.


“Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau” Premieres October 1st on ESPN

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea.

Legend of Eddie Aikau

With its rich combination of archival imagery, dramatic reenactments, contemporary interviews and meticulously researched historical source material Hawaiian is a compelling examination of the tragic decline and extraordinary rebirth of the Hawaiian culture as personified by a native son whose dynamic life and heroic death served as inspiration to an entire spiritual movement.


30 for 30 ‘Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau’ premieres October 1st, 8pm ET on ESPN.

DLNR Proposes to Restore and Manage Watershed in Pu’u Maka’ala Natural Area Reserve

Yesterday the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved a management plan for Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve. The Land Board also approved Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) issuance of a finding of no significant impact for the final environmental assessment for the plan.

Puu Makaala Forest Trail

Puu Makaala Forest Trail

“This management plan is part of the DLNR’s goal to increase protection of Hawaii’s forested watersheds, and to protect and restore rare native Hawaiian animals and plants such as the ‘I‘iwi, the Mauna Loa Silversword and the ‘Alalâ,” said William J. Aila, Jr., BLNR Chairperson.

The 18,706 acre reserve, on the east side of the island of Hawai‘i, was established in 1981 to protect native wet koa and ‘ohi‘a forests and habitat for rare species of plants and animals. Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve (NAR) is managed by the DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), and the overall management goal is to protect, maintain, and enhance the reserve’s unique natural, cultural, and geological resources.

The plan outlines specific actions needed to protect and enhance native Hawaiian ecosystems in the reserve including management of invasive species and restoration of rare and endangered plants and animals. Public access is allowed in the reserve and the management plan includes the enhancement of public access through trail improvements. New interpretive hiking opportunities will provide opportunities for the public to learn more about the reserve, its unique native species and ecosystems and ongoing management activities.

The plan discusses collaborating closely with partners, including Kûlani Correctional Facility, to achieve management goals. The Department of Public Safety is planning on reopening Kûlani in 2014.

“Before Kulani closed in 2009, inmate conservation worklines helped DLNR work to remove many invasive plant species, restoring parts of the reserve to its natural beauty,” said Department of Public Safety Director Ted Sakai. “This collaboration resulted in substantial cost-savings for the state and, in turn, gave inmates valuable education and work training opportunities. We are pleased to once again partner with the DLNR and reestablish these successful community service programs.”

The reserve is part of the state’s Natural Area Reserves System, created in 1971 by the Hawai‘i State Legislature to preserve and protect areas which support communities of the natural flora and fauna, as well as geological sites, both for the enjoyment of future generations and to provide baselines against which changes to Hawaii’s environment can be measured. The Natural Area Reserve System protects the best remaining ecosystems in the state, and actively manages them to preserve the natural heritage of Hawai‘i.

The Natural Area Reserve System presently consists of 20 reserves on five islands, encompassing more than 123,000 acres of the state’s most unique ecosystems. These diverse areas range from marine and coastal environments to alpine desert, and from fresh lava flows to wet forests and serve as habitat for rare native plants and animals, many of which are on the verge of extinction. The Natural Area Reserve System includes important watersheds and also contributes to the natural scenic beauty of Hawai‘i.

Fifteen species of federally listed endangered plants occur in or near Pu‘u Maka‘ala NAR, and DOFAW is planning to use the reserve as a key recovery site for these species. Pu‘u Maka‘ala is also home to endangered forest birds, the Nene and ‘Io. This area may also be considered as a potential future release site for captive-raised Hawaiian crow, or ‘Alalâ.

Click here for The management plan and final environmental assessment

For more information about the project contact Lisa Hadway, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Hawai‘i Branch Manager at (808) 974-4221.


Woman Drowns at Kona Beach

I clipped the following from an email that was sent to me just now… too tired to translate it:

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Click to enlarge

Puna Man Dies In Vehicle-Bicycle Crash

A 66-year-old Puna man died Friday (September 27) in a vehicle-bicycle crash.

Ag 11:56 a.m., a 2004 Dodge pickup truck was traveling south at a high rate of speed on Highway 11 near the 8-mile marker in Keaʻau when it lost control, crossed the grassy median and struck a bicycle traveling north on the shoulder of the road.

The bicyclist died at the scene. He was identified as 66-year-old Cenon Tranquilino A. Visaya of Keaʻau. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Fire/rescue personnel took the driver of the pickup, 27-year-old Siaiku L. Aholelei of Mountain View, to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was arrested on suspicion of first-degree negligent homicide and is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

This is the 22nd fatality this year compared with 30 at this time last year.

Hawaii Ranked #2 Among States in Progress Made for Women

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today highlighted a recent report by the nonpartisan Center for American Progress that ranked the State of Hawaii as No. 2 among states in the progress made for women.

Click to view report

Click to view report

The report, titled The State of Women in America: A 50-State Analysis of How Women Are Faring Across the Nation, ranks each state based on 36 factors in the categories of economics, leadership and health, as well as an overall national ranking. Hawaii also received an overall grade of “A.”

“The Aloha State has benefited from the strong leadership of women at every level including government,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Hawaii’s own Congresswoman Patsy Mink championed Title IX legislation that transformed the way our entire nation addresses equality in education, which was a catalyst for ensuring further equity throughout our society.”

That legacy is continued by this administration, in which more than half of the appointed Cabinet and staff positions are held by women.

“Since this report was conducted, additional progress has been achieved this year,” Gov. Abercrombie added. “In collaboration with the Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus and Commission on the Status of Women, we are addressing a wide variety of issues including early childhood education, protections for domestic workers, human trafficking, and recognition of the societal and health benefits of breastfeeding. These advancements are the result of the community investing in our future by getting involved in state government to protect the rights and well-being of women.”

Catherine Betts, executive director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, is hopeful following the findings of this report: “This comes after years of advocacy from our women’s community and leadership in government that recognize the worth of Hawaii’s women and girls. Our women’s health community has been especially active in safeguarding our access to reproductive health care and ensuring our constitutionally protected rights remain intact. It is also timely to see how women fare in terms of paid family leave and an increase in the minimum wage – two policies that the commission is actively seeking to change.”

In Hawaii, 61 percent of our full-time minimum wage workers are women, and many of our women juggle the duties of full-time work and full-time caretaking, while struggling to feed their families and make ends meet. Gov. Abercrombie acknowledges that this study serves as a reminder that while Hawaii is doing well for our women and girls, there is always room for progress.

“I am confident that our ranking will improve,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “We will continue to pursue transformative initiatives, ranging from early education to minimum wage, to benefit the people of Hawaii.”


Official Count – 100 Papaya Trees Cut Down in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a criminal property damage case in connection with the destruction of papaya trees at a farm in Puna.

Papaya Trees cut down at  Bernardos Farm.

Papaya Trees cut down at Bernardos Farm.

Sometime between 5:30 p.m. Thursday (September 26) and 6:30 a.m. Friday (September 27), 100 papaya trees were cut down in Kapoho off Highway 132 near the 4-mile marker. The trees were 3- to 4-feet tall and valued at $3,000.
Papaya Trees
Police ask anyone with information about this case to call Officer Cala Arnold at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.


Kahilu Theatre Presents West African Dance Yankady and Bluesman Keb Mo

“YANKADY, Here is Good?” is a new original work choreographed by Master Dancer and Musician Fara Tolno of Guinea, West Africa, and written and directed by Fara Tolno and Michal Anna Carrillo.

Fara Tolno

Fara Tolno

Kahilu Theatre will host two performances, on Saturday October 19 at 7pm and Sunday October 20 at 2pm.  Tickets are $20, $25, $35 and $45, with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members.

The YANKADY performance will be a feast for the senses that is sure to provoke thought and wonder. Steeped in West African Dance and Music, it is a fusion work that explores first and third world concepts through the vehicle of dance. The show will be performed by The Lavaroots Dance Company & Fara Tolno, with special guest artists Naby Bangoura, Sekou Camara, Shizuno Nasu and David Chapman.  Kahilu is delighted to feature this incredible multi-media dance production in its Season, and is also happy to offer two schools shows of YANKADY on Monday October 21st.

AND… On Thursday October 17th at 8pm, Kahilu Theatre presents Keb’ Mo’

Keb’ Mo’ is a multiple Grammy Award-winning blues musician – he is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, originally from Chicago and currently living in Nashville, Tennessee.

Keb Mo

Keb Mo

He has been described as “a living link to the seminal Delta blues that travelled up the Mississippi River and across the expanse of America.” His post-modern blues style is influenced by many eras and genres, including folk, rock, jazz and pop. The moniker “Keb Mo” was coined by his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, and picked up by his record label as a “street talk” abbreviation of his given name.

Tickets for Keb Mo are priced $20, $34, $44 and $64, with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members.

Tickets for all Kahilu Theatre shows are available online 24/7 at, or call 885-6868, or walk in to the Theatre, 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.


Car Stolen From House Next to UH Hilo

Stolen car! Please call police if you have seen it:

Aloha Friends,
I just had the misfortune of having my 2000 Tan Honda Civic stolen from in front of my house in Hilo next to UH Hilo. It would have happened after 7pm last night and 11am today. 

Stolen Car

Please keep an eye out for it.

License Plate # HCS 839

VIN # 1HGEJ6671YL004760

It has small body damage around the passenger side headlight- pic attached.


Justin Avery

Another Puna Papaya Farm Attacked by Machetes

Another Puna Papaya farm has been attacked by one or more folks wielding machetes last night.  It’s at “Bernardos Farm” according to @Farmers4Choice.

Here is a picture of some of the damage:

Papaya Trees cut down at  Bernardos Farm.

Papaya Trees cut down at Bernardos Farm.

Farmers 4 Choice writes:

Really how dare you attack another small papaya grower? Who bought the machetes who destroyed over 100 trees this morning?

While the Hawaii Papaya Industry Association was gathering for their annual meeting and Mayor Billy Kenoi was speaking one farmer was absent; he was at his field with police overlooking destruction of his trees. A sad discovery awaited his trees had been chopped down!This is not okay, activism has gone to far now you have turned into eco terrorists! This is wrong!

We’re farmers not sex offenders, We will not register like a criminal…..
The criminals are the activists who have turned into ecoterrorists. Register the activists not farmers.

More here: We’re Farmers Not Sex Offenders

Missing Kayaker Found By Volcano National Park Ranger After Boat Breaks Up in Surf

The missing 48-year-old man who the Coast Guard and Hawaii County Police and Fire was searching for was located, Thursday.

Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez was found by a Volcano National Park Ranger after his boat broke up in the surf while attempting to come ashore, Sunday.

The park ranger rendered basic first-aid to Gomez and then assisted him to a local campsite.

“Had the boater in this case carried a reliable form of communication such as a handheld VHF radio, rescuers may have been able to eliminate several unnecessary search hours that resources were diverted from other missions,” said Cmdr. Steve Wheeler, Sector Honolulu Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. “A VHF radio distress call can often be picked up and triangulated by the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, which may reduce the search area and can change the outcome of incidents like this”.

Gomez departed Hilo in a small boat at 10 a.m., Sept. 20, 2013, and was reported missing by friends.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and crewmembers from the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake assisted in the search.

– See more at:

Roger Christie Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Marijuana

I just got a tweet from @FreeRevChristie and it was in regards to the post that I posted the other day announcing that Roger Christie would be pleading guilty to distribution of marijuana charges today.

The tweet was short and simple and just said… “Happening”.

Roger Christie Guilty TweetI’m not sure when or if the judge has sentenced him yet.


Andrew upadte

Christie Release DateUPDATED:

…Christie plead guilty to one county of marijuana trafficking and two counts of failure to pay income taxes in 2008 and 2009.

Christie’s conditional plea agreement will still allow him to appeal pretrial rulings to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Those rulings include the denial of his bid to dismiss the marijuana charges under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

His lawyer Thomas Otake said this week Christie will likely be sentenced to a five-year prison term. But Christie will have to serve only about six more months because he will be credited for the time he spent behind bars awaiting trial and because of the way federal authorities calculate prison sentences, Otake said…

More here: Big Island Marijuana Advocate Roger Christie Enters Guilty Plea

Senator Schatz Announces Over $1.5 Million for Native Hawaiian Programs

Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz announced $1.56 million from the Department of Health and Human Services for Native Hawaiian programs aimed at developing sustainable agriculture, creating stronger families, and expanding job opportunities by funding community-based projects.

Sen. Brian Schatz

Sen. Brian Schatz

“The grants announced today will provide job and educational opportunities that will help Native Hawaiian families ensure greater economic self-sufficiency, and better lives for their children,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “In Hawai‘i, our Native Hawaiian communities suffer from disproportionately high poverty and unemployment rates, making funding like this all the more impactful.”

  • $476,134 Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategy grant for the Hina’i: Hawai’i Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture at the Hawaii Alliance for Community Based Economic Development from the Administration for Children and Families and the Administration for Native Americans
  • $396,498 Social And Economic Development grant for the Mana Mele Youth Development Project at Mana Maoli from the Administration for Children and Families and the Administration for Native Americans
  • $396,336 Social And Economic Development grant for Hale Mua at the Aha Kane Foundation for the Advancement Of Native Hawaiian to re-establish practices of traditional Hawaiian male responsibilities, including preparation of adolescent males for adulthood and their roles as men in families, community and society from the Administration for Children and Families and the Administration for Native Americans
  • $295,846 Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategy grant for the Employment Readiness and Career Pathways Support Services Program for Native Hawaiians at the Native Nations Education Foundation from the Administration for Children and Families and the Administration for Native Americans


Department of Health Investigating Dietary/Nutritional Supplement in 10 Cases of Acute Liver Inflamation and Failure

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) is investigating at least 10 cases of acute liver inflammation and failure that have occurred in the state from May through September 2013.  Thus far, the cases have been negative for infectious causes, have no history of engaging in high-risk social activities, and have no identified commonly expected risk factors for liver failure.

Department of Health

The only common finding among all the cases, at this point, is the use of a dietary or nutritional supplement for the purpose of weight loss and/or muscle gain in the past six months. Cases have been reported from every county in the state.

“We are still in the early stages of this investigation and we have not identified the exact source of this condition,” said Dr. Sarah Park, State Epidemiologist. “However, we want to alert the public because of our concern that more people could potentially become ill.”

DOH has issued a statewide Medical Advisory to clinicians, clinics, and emergency departments to facilitate identifying more possible cases. DOH is collaborating closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as the investigation may involve a federally regulated supplement with national distribution.

The department urges all persons who use dietary or nutritional supplements for weight loss and/or muscle gain to do so with caution and under their health care providers’ guidance and monitoring. Persons who develop symptoms, such as abdominal pain or discomfort, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea and/or vomiting, and yellow skin or eyes, should consult their health care provider immediately.

DOH is responsible for monitoring, investigating, preventing, and controlling diseases of public health impact in Hawaii, as well as ensuring the state’s ability to respond to emergencies that threaten the public’s health.

Big Island Police Identify Victim in Mysterious Pahoa Attack

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the victim of an assault that resulted in a large deposit of blood left fronting a vacant establishment in Puna.
Blood scene
On June 26 at about 7:30 a.m., detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and evidence specialists responded to a report of blood discovered in an alcove fronting a closed business establishment in Pāhoa. After an extensive search in the neighboring business area using a scent discriminating canine, police could not locate a victim or any additional evidence.

This picture was taken before police arrived on the scene

This picture was taken before police arrived on the scene

On August 26, detectives were able to verify previously obtained information on the identity of the victim, who is a 60-year-old Pāhoa man. He reported that he had been in an altercation with an unidentified man in Pāhoa and that during the confrontation he had sustained a superficial head wound and did not seek treatment.

Police ask anyone with information about the confrontation to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or

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.