Big Island Police Locate One Suspect in Connection to Home Invasion Robbery in July

Hawai´i police have located one of the 30-year-old men previously charged in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred in July 2013 in the Leilani Estates Subdivision in Puna.

Mark Mc Curley

Mark Mc Curley

Yesterday (September 16, 2013) at 2:20 p.m., detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section arrested and charged Mark Mc Curley on the strength of a grand jury indictment for second degree robbery, second degree theft, and kidnapping. His bail was set at $85,000.00 and he was scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Kawika Kahee

Kawika Benny Kahee

Mc Curley and 30-year-old Kawika Benny Kahee were scheduled to appear in court after being charged for several offenses stemming from the July 24, 2013 robbery in which the 56-year-old female victim reported that three individuals forced their way into her home, assaulted and restrained her before fleeing from the residence with property stolen from her residence. The third assailant remains at large and has not been identified.

At the time, Mc Curley was charged with second degree robbery, second degree theft, and kidnapping. Kahee was charged for second degree robbery, second degree theft, and third degree assault.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kahee, who is described as Hawaiian, 5’11” tall, weighing about 265 pounds, shoulder length straight black hair, brown eyes, tan complexion, a large build. He often wears a light mustache and goatee. He also has several tattoos, including “Trinity” on his chest, “Serenity” on his entire right forearm, and a large ornamental tattoo wrapping around his left forearm.

As a result of a grand jury indictment, Kahee is wanted on a warrant for second degree robbery, third degree assault, second degree theft, third degree promoting a dangerous drug, and drug paraphernalia. He also has two arrest warrants for probation revocation and a bench warrant for contempt of court.

Police ask that anyone with information on Kahee’s whereabouts or information on the identity of the third suspect to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers in East Hawaii at 961-8300 or in West Hawaii at 329-8181 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to Caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Looking for Three Suspects in Puna Home Break-In While Residents Were Sleeping

Hawaiʻi Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects who entered a Puna home last night (September 16, 2013) while the occupants were asleep.

At about 10:30 pm last night, police received a call from a 54 year-old woman who reported that while she and her 63 year-old husband were asleep in their North Kulani Road residence, they were awakened by noises in an adjacent room. Her husband went to check and discovered three male suspects, who ran when confronted by the occupant.

The suspects ran out of the residence with two of the three suspects running towards Ihope Road.

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The other suspect ran towards Route 11.

Neither occupant was not injured nor was nothing taken from the residence.

Responding officers conducted checks in the nearby area and were not able to locate the suspects.

Two of the suspects were described only as being about 5’6 to 5’7” while the third suspect was described only as being about 5’9” tall.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation, which is classified as an First Degree Unauthorized Entry into a Dwelling.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Royce Serrao at 961-2272 or email at rpserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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

Sixty Kids Participate in HI-PAL Clinic Held at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus

Sixty youths participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Hoops Clinic for Elementary and Intermediate students held at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus this past Saturday, September 14, 2013.

“The clinic was a tool to remind our youth to wear their seat belts”, said Officer Nelson Acob, “and we also reminded them not to use drugs and how to deal with bullying”.

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Basketball was also played, and Louisville, was crowned champions of the 5th-6th Grade Division. Members of the championship squad included (as pictured) Makana Credo, Kiai Apele, Braedy Yamada, Jazelle Dorser, Cuinn Cariaga, Kaupena Yasso and Elyas Sheffet. They were coached by Officer Matt Kaaihue.

Kiai Apele was also selected as the divisions Most Valuable Player. Kuakahi Alameda was selected as the Outstanding Team Player, Izayah Chartrand won the Best Attitude Award and Dominique Pacheco was the Outstanding Defensive Player.

Duke won the 7th-8th Grade Division championship. Team members (as pictured) were Liko Medeiros, Rekki Prudencio, Aukea Hooper, Jordyn Mantz, Emmarose Sheffet, Kiai Apele and Thaze Gomes. They were coached by Maurice Janado.

Rekki Prudencio was selected as the divisions Most Valuable Player. Randon Arima was the Outstanding Defensive Player, Dabney Uchima was awarded the Best Teammate Award and Gabriel Bergen was the Outstanding Team Player.

“The clinic was a huge success”, commented Officer Brian Tina. “We look forward to hosting future clinics like this to promote seat belt use and provide a safe drug free event for our youth”.

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please contact Officer Joseph Botelho at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646 extension 258.

Warehouse Tenants Cited With 59 Serious Safety and Health Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DLIR) Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) has issued 59 serious citations with proposed fines of up to $89,265 to 10 tenants of Unicold Corporation’s refrigerated food warehouse in Honolulu. Unicold and the tenants face $340,595 in total proposed fines following joint inspections conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and HIOSH.

unicoldThe serious violations inspectors found include providing only one exit door, some of which were not side hinged, failure to select appropriate exit routes, train employees in the routes and hold periodic evacuation drills; neglecting to label routes that were not exits, obstructions to exit doors, and failure to train employees in the hazards of ammonia. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“The workers were exposed to grave hazards due to the employers’ decision to obstruct emergency routes to enlarge the available storage space,” said DLIR Director Dwight Takamine. “We are very fortunate that a tragic event did not occur, especially as the danger involved the potential of leaking ammonia, which could have exposed workers to asphyxiation, chemical and thermal burns, and other hazards. This could have been worse than the tragedy that occurred in the Waikele Bunker explosion in April 2011.”

“We hope the employers will act swiftly to correct the serious issues identified through this collaborative effort between OSHA and HIOSH,” said Galen Lemke, Director of the Honolulu Federal OSHA Office. “This is a good example of how federal and state actions can help achieve our common goal of providing safe and healthy workplaces for Hawaii’s workforce.”

Unicold Warehouse has 3.4 million cubic feet of refrigerated space 5 minutes from Honolulu piers and has 78 container spots

Unicold Warehouse has 3.4 million cubic feet of refrigerated space 5 minutes from Honolulu piers and has 78 container spots

Other serious violations cited included hazards relating to improper use of forklifts as personnel lifts, forklifts in disrepair, expired training credentials for forklift operators, unguarded machinery, damaged storage systems, and inadequate electrical equipment.

The companies cited for one or more of the above violations include Ramar International Corporation, P&E Foods, Norpac Fisheries, Love’s Bakery, Lappert’s Inc., Kahuna Distribution LLC, Eskimo Candy Oahu, Eight Point Distributors, Choyce Products, and C&S Wholesale Grocers.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742), the agency’s Honolulu office at 808-541-2680 or the HIOSH office at 808-586-9092.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. HIOSH’s role is to ensure these conditions for Hawaii’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://labor.hawaii.gov/hiosh/ or http://www.osha.gov.

 

Five Big Island Artisans Win Awards at 2013 Hawaii’s Woodshow

The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) recently announced the winners of the 2013 juried Hawaii’s ‘Woodshow, Na Lā‘au o Hawai‘i. Five artisans from Hawaii Island returned with awards from the prestigious exhibition.

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“The Last Kiss… Extinction” by Scott Hare. Photo by Hal Lum

Triple award-winner Scott Hare from Kurtistown brought home an Honorable Mention recognizing outstanding execution and design for his Milo wood piece, “The Last Kiss…Extinction.”  Based on votes by visitors to the exhibition, the work was as pleasing to the crowds as to the exhibition’s jurors. Hare’s entry won the People’s Choice Award. Hare’s peers also recognized his outstanding work. Participating artists selected “The Last Kiss…Extinction” for the Artist’s Choice Award. Hare’s woodworking business, Hawaii Koa Naturals, is based in Kurtistown.

Another Kurtistown resident, Michael Patrick Smith, was also a triple award-winner returning to the Big Island with three Honorable Mentions. “Fan Leaf Sculpture” of Milo, Lychee, Koa and Ebonized Mango was recognized in the sculpture category and in the turning category, “Yin Yang Fern” made from Mango and “Earth, Sea & Sky” made from Cook Pine were awarded.

First Place Sculpture, sponsored by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, went to Cliff Johns for “Holo Hula.” The sculpture was created from Bermuda Cedar from a tree removed from a private yard in Captain Cook. The Cliff Johns Gallery is located in Kainaliu.

First Place Woodturning

First Place Woodturning by J. Kelly Dunn. Photo by Hal Lum

First Place Turning, sponsored by Hawaii Forest Institute, was awarded to J. Kelly Dunn, a wood lathe artist from Hawi, for his piece “Plumeria Nocturne,” which he crafted from Mexican Cypress. Kelly and Linda Dunn’s all-wood art gallery, Dunn Gallery, in Kapaau represents some of the finest wood artists and craftsmen in the state as well as selected wood artists from around the world.

Artisan Mats Fogelvik brought home an Honorable Mention for “Pua Koa,” a furniture piece made from curly Koa burl veneer, Koa veneer, and Rosewood.  His company, Fogelvik Furniture, is based in Ocean View.

Other winners at the 21st Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow were:

  • Best of Show – sponsored by Kamehameha Schools; presented to the most outstanding entry in the exhibition:  Tak Yoshino – Zen Meditation Chair “Mantra”
  • Award of Excellence – sponsored by Woodcraft Hawai‘i; presented to the most outstanding entry by one of the qualifying Career Recognition artists:  Joel Bright – Credenza
  • First Place Furniture – sponsored by Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife:  Douglas Gordon – Writing Desk
  • First Place Musical Instrument:  Rich Godfrey – “Mahina” Koa Guitar
  • First Place Novice:  Hongtao Zhou – Energy Wood
  • First Place Open:  Francisco Clemente – “Silent Whisper”
  • Honorable Mention: presented to recognize outstanding execution and design:  R. W. Butts – King’s Cauldron,  Tom Calhoun – “Persephone’s Purse”,  Shaun Fleming – “Maui Forest”
  • Spirit of the Show Award; best showcases use of wood from under-utilized non-native trees while meeting exhibition criteria. Work featuring koa, mango, Cook or Norfolk Pine are not eligible:  Landon Hamada – Curved Chair
  • Kent Award – sponsored by Ron & Myra Kent; recognizes and honors the most promising first-time entrant age 18 and under: Landon Hamada – Curved Chair

Internationally recognized premier woodworker Paul Schurch, award-winning studio furniture designer Marian Yasuda and award-winning member of the American Institute of Architects and CEO at Group 70 International Norman G. Y. Hong served as jurors at this 21st annual Hawaii’s Woodshow. They had the difficult task of selecting winners from among more than 80 entries that ranged from furniture and woodturning to sculpture and musical instruments.

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Hawaii’s Woodshow was held September 1-15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. More than 20 pieces were sold following the exhibition’s conclusion and four works received recognition awards from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

Sponsors helping make Hawaii’s Woodshow possible were Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Hawai‘i Forest Institute, Woodcraft Hawaii, Halekulani On the Beach at Waikiki, Maui Custom Woodworkers, Inc., Ocean Eagle, Ron and Myra Kent, Hilo Frame Shop, Tusher Architectural Group, Thomas A. Loudat, C. Barton Potter, and Bubbies Ice Cream.

Hawaii’s Woodshow was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods as well as for the talented woodworkers throughout our Islands.  Artists are limited to Hawai’i-grown wood and are encouraged to use conservative techniques such as veneering to make the most effective use of woods in limited supply. Certain rare or endangered species are prohibited.

About The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association:

Established in 1989, HFIA is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA promotes healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry. In addition to Hawaii’s Woodshow™, along with affiliate Hawai‘i Forest Institute, HFIA sponsors projects and programs to promote healthier forests including Hawaii’s Wood Brand, forest restoration projects, and community forests with youth outreach programs. Visit HFIA www.hawaiiforest.org and the Hawai‘i Forest Institute (HFI) at www.hawaiiforestinstitute.org.

Senator Hirono Announces $7,485,000 to Improve Inter-Island Ferries

Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that $7,485,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation funding is coming to Hawaii to improve its inter-island ferries.

Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Resolution Honoring Mother Marianne of Molokai

Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Resolution Honoring Mother Marianne of Molokai

The funding will be used to support ferries from Kaunakakai, Manele, and Maalaea small boat harbors, located on Molokai, Lanai, and Maui respectively.

“Connecting our islands through transit and supporting air transit alternatives are necessary strategies to develop a more sustainable economy,” said Hirono. “This funding will help modernize Hawaii’s small commercial ferry infrastructure and ensure that residents on Lanai, Maui and Molokai can easily get from island to island.”

The DOT funding will go to projects that rehabilitate ferry terminals and piers, increasing the efficiency, safety and hospitability of the existing inter-island ferry system. The ferries make daily roundtrips and provide critical transportation needs between the three islands.

 

Grassroot Institute Announces Big Island Tour in October

Today, Grasssroot Institute of Hawaii announced two exciting new events on the island of Hawaii. The events will feature Grassroot President Keli’i Akina, former Representative Charles Djou, and Hawaii Shippers Council President Michael Hansen and will honor the legacy of Freddy Rice as well as discuss the local damage caused by the Jones Act.

Grassroot President Keli'i Akina

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina

On Friday, October 4th, Grassroot Institute will present a Jones Act Reform Night at Hilo’s Naniloa Volcanoes Resort. There, Dr. Akina and Michael Hansen will explain what the Jones Act is and why it is harmful to Hawaii’s future.  The event is part of Grassroot’s mission to educate the public as well as political leaders and to lead the charge in bringing about a much-needed reform of the Jones Act. This event is sponsored by the Conservative Forum of Hilo. For more details, please go to https://grassroothilo.eventbrite.com/.

On Saturday, October 5th, Grassroot will be at Kona’s Mauni Lani Golf Course for an event entitled “Upholding the Legacy of Freddy Rice.” There, Mr. Rice, a longtime defender of liberty and the free market in Hawaii, will be presented with the Grassroot Institute Legacy Award and Dr. Akina will speak on how Mr. Rice’s example can lead us to a better Hawaii. In addition, former Representative Charles Djou will address how it is possible to “shift the tide” on the Jones Act. For more information on the Kona event, go to https://grassrootkona.eventbrite.com/.

“We are delighted that Grassroot Institute can continue to serve residents of the Big Island and all neighbor island counties,” stated Keli’i Akina, President of Grassroot Institute. “Across the state, there are countless freedom-loving individuals who are banding together to build a better Hawaii for all.  They represent the real hope for the future of Hawaii’s economy, government and society.”

 

“Get Your Pink On” at North Hawaii Community Hospital’s 13th Annual Girls Night Out

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) invites women of all ages to their 13th Annual Girls Night Out event on Friday, October 11th, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School in Kamuela, HI. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and NHCH’s Girls Night Out helps keep the women in North Hawaii healthy, happy and informed. This year’s theme is “Get Your Pink On.”

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, North Hawaii Community Hospital hosts their 13th Annual Girls Night Out on Friday, October 11th at Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century public Charter School in Waimea.  This year’s theme is “Get Your Pink On”.

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, North Hawaii Community Hospital hosts their 13th Annual Girls Night Out on Friday, October 11th at Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century public Charter School in Waimea. This year’s theme is “Get Your Pink On”.

“Girls Night Out offers women in our community the opportunity to learn about breast cancer and enjoy a fun, free evening with friends,” says Laurie Edmondson, NHCH Event Coordinator. “This event strives to fulfill the hospital’s mission: to improve the health status of the people of North Hawai’i by improving access to care and providing high quality services at a reasonable cost,” continues Edmondson. Girls Night Out is one of two annual community outreach events held by NHCH; the other event is Senior Health Fair, held in May to support National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

Women will enjoy a fun and educational trade show by local resources and businesses, including massage, hair styling, manicures, make-up, energy work and acupuncture. Several booths will offer items for sale, including jewelry, make-up, and more. Women will also be treated to complimentary dinner, breast cancer bingo, silent auction and door prizes. A variety of women’s health and wellness information will also be provided to Girls Night Out attendees by: West Hawaii Mediation Center, bone density screenings and flu shots by Foodland, NHCH’s Rehabilitation Services, NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center and NHCH’s Breast Health Program.

Last year NHCH upgraded their Breast Health Program, which offers patients access to the latest cutting-edge technology, a more comfortable experience, faster image analysis and on-going support, in coordination with Hawaii’s new mammography self-referral law. Thanks to a new Hawai‘i state law which took effect on July 1stof last year, for the first time ever women over the age of 40 have the right and ability to choose when, where and with whom they’d like to schedule their annual breast-screening exam, without a referral from their primary care physician. Early detection is key in treating breast cancer, and annual mammography can help detect breast tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School is located at 64-1043 Hi’iaka Street, Kamulea, HI. For more information about NHCH’s Girls Night, please visit www.NHCH.com or contact NHCH’s Event Coordinator, Laurie Edmondson at Laurie.Edmondson@NHCH.com or 881-4425. To take advantage of Hawaii’s new self-referral process and NHCH’s new Breast Health Program, please call NHCH’s Imaging Department at 881-4882 to schedule your annual mammogram.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Non-profit, community owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Big Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 35-Year-Old Woman

9/19/13 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 35-year-old Claudette Morel of Kapaʻau, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed Thursday morning (September 19) in Honokaʻa.

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Kapaau woman who was reported missing.

Claudette

Claudette Morell

35-year-old Claudette Morell moved to Hawai´i in May of 2013. She last spoke to her mother on August 29, 2013 saying she was going to Waimanu Valley and would be out of touch for 5 days. On September 07, 2013, Morell’s mother received a concerning text from an unknown telephone number saying that Morell will be in Waimanu Valley for 2 to 4 weeks/years. Morell’s mother called the phone number and spoke with an unidentified male who informed her that Morell was in Waimanu Valley with Heather and Jake.

Morell is described as a Caucasian female; approximately 5’3” tall, approximately 150 lbs, blue eyes, long strawberry blonde straight hair and wears glasses. And also wears a straw hat. She has a tattoo of a vine with leaves from her knee to ankle on her left outer side of her leg and a cross shape scar on her chest. Morell has a 2001 white Chrysler Sebring, 4 door sedan bearing license plate, HAN 343 that is registered to her.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals 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.

Mayor Kenoi’s Statement On Naniloa Resort

Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi issued the following statement today regarding the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort:

“We strongly agree with the decision by the Board of Land and Natural Resources to enforce the terms of its lease with Hawai‘i Outdoor Tours, and we think that decision should stand.

The view from a Naniloa Balcony

The view from a Naniloa Balcony

“No special consideration should be given to lessee Hawai‘i Outdoor Tours or to First Citizens Bank & Trust, which is the lien holder in this case. This lessee failed to maintain the $1 million performance bond required by the lease. This lessee previously failed to stay current on the lease rent, and was issued notices of default. This lessee filed for bankruptcy protection a year ago, yet the lease specifically allows for termination if the lessee goes bankrupt.

“While all of this was going on, this lessee allowed the historic Naniloa property to dramatically deteriorate. That in itself is a violation of the lease, which requires that this important state asset be properly maintained. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

“Now the trustee and the bank are asking for special permission to continue to operate the Naniloa. There is no reason for the state or the court to agree to this. It is not in the best interest of our state or our community, and we hope the court will reject this proposal.

“It is time to cancel this lease and start over. It is time for us to start fresh with a new, responsible partner who will operate this facility properly. It is time for the restoration of the Naniloa to finally begin.”

Mayor Billy Kenoi

District 5 Community Meeting With Councilman Zendo Kern

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Senator Hirono Announces Nearly $3 Million for Native Hawaiian Education Programs

Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced seven Hawaii educational and community institutions will receive nearly $3 million for Native Hawaiian career and technical education programs from the U.S. Department of Education. These projects will be directed by Alu Like, Inc., a private, non-profit service organization that assists Native Hawaiians in their efforts to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency.

“This critical education funding demonstrates our nation’s commitment to the Native Hawaiian community,” Hirono said. “These career and technical education programs will help empower Native Hawaiian students with the skills they need to succeed professionally during these difficult economic times. Our state’s economy as a whole benefits when dedicated men and women can access quality jobs and greater opportunities.”

Alu Like
Alu Like, Inc. is a private, non-profit service organization that has assisted Native Hawaiians in their efforts to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency since 1975. The organization offers a comprehensive range of services and activities to fill needs in the Native Hawaiian community, such as early childhood development, job training and assistance for seniors. Its education programs include a maritime stewardship program, summer school scholarships, and scholarships for vocational education.

$413,677 for Honolulu Community College
Honolulu Community College is part of the UH system and offers a wide range of certificates and associate degrees. Honolulu Community College, through its Transitions, Poina Nalu Project, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

$423,636 for Leeward Community College
Leeward Community College is a two-year degree institution that is part of the UH system. It offers two year degrees in both technical degrees and opportunity to transfer to a four year institution. Leeward Community College, through its Transitions, Hooulu Project, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

$386,741 for Kapiolani Community College

Kapiolani Community College, part of the UH system, is home to a wide range of technical programs, including the renowned Culinary Institute of the Pacific. Nearly 10,000 students are currently enrolled. Kapiolani Community College, through its Health Careers and Work Experience, Kulia ma Kapiolani Project, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

$354,207 for James B. Castle High School

James B. Castle High School on Oahu serves a student body of over 1,500 in a socio-economically diverse community from suburban Kaneohe to rural Kualoa. The Castle Complex consists of Castle High School, King Intermediate School and eight elementary feeder schools. Castle High School, through its Health Careers Academy, E Ola Pono Project, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

$485,795 for Hawaii Technical Institute
The Hawaii Technical Institute (HTI) was formed in 1986 through a partnership between Alu Like, Inc. and IBM Corporation to develop a job-training center in Honolulu. HTI offers vocational training programs in technology and medicine. Hawaii Technology Institute, through its Health Careers Project, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

$378,260 for Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission
The Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) was created by the Hawaii State Legislature to manage the Kahoolawe Island Reserve while it is held in a trust. The KIRC is part of the state DLNR and uses the federal funds designated to restore the island. Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC,) through its Hui Kapehe Project, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

$360,360 for Marimed Foundation
Marimed Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that owns and operates the sailing school vessel Makani Olu (Gracious Wind), which offers programs for at-risk youth to promote personal growth. Marimed Foundation, through its Maritime Careers and Technical Training Program, will provide direct Career and Technical Education (CTE) services to Native Hawaiian students.

Commentary – Video of Shark Being Caught “Has Brought Shame To Our Island”

Recently, a video filmed at Honokohau Harbor has brought shame to our island. The video depicts some young people landing a large Tiger shark on the rocks at the harbor entrance. The tackle used is ropes tied to the land. This was neither fishing for food or sport-fishing where the animal is fought with a rod. It was simply disrespect.

Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

The shark is an important part of the Hawaiian culture. For some, the shark is ‘aumakua. But for all, the shark was respected, not a plaything: “(In old Hawai’i, catching the niuhi was the game of the chiefs, a dangerous sport for which special techniques were developed, according to historian Mary Kawena Pukui. Eating niuhi flesh was also taboo to women.) [http://www.moolelo.com/shark-respected.html]”

Today, sharks are globally threatened by the finning industry, which wastes the life of the shark for a few pounds of fin. Meanwhile, live sharks are an economic benefit to the dive industry. Shark dives bring in at least $125,000,000 per year globally and any Big Island dive operator can attest to the enthusiasm that’s generated even by a small reef shark.

Further, the sharks at Honokohau are well known to the community. Everyone knows Laverne, the largest resident female, but the shark in the video is Tony. (Tony survived: He was filmed by some divers two weeks after the video was shot.) You can see photos of Tony and the other tiger sharks of Honokohau at (http://milisenphotography.yolasite.com/tiger-shark-id.php)[http://milisenphotography.yolasite.com/tiger-shark-id.php].

When the young men in the video returned the shark to the water, they were putting a large injured predator back into an area where dozens of people swim every day. Alua Beach, a popular place for families to bring keiki, is only a few hundred yards from where the shark was landed. There are multiple dive sites within a quarter mile to either side of the boat channel.

As with most regular divers at Honokohau, I’ve watched the sharks and the sharks have watched me. I’ve never forgotten that these are apex predators and need to be treated with respect (and watched from a distance). The sharks are there because it’s their natural territory and, probably, because of scraps from fisherman. There’s never been a shark attack reported at Honokohau.

Since:

Sharks are important and culturally respected by native Hawaiians; and – Sharks are not targeted by shore-fisherman for either sport or food; and – The area is frequented by swimmers, SCUBA divers, and free divers:

I would ask that the County of Hawai’i and/or DNLR to declare the area near the entrance of Honokohau Harbor as a “niuhi conservation zone” and forbid the intentional targeting by fisherman of large sharks within that area. The ban should forbid the use of hooks larger than those used for commonly-targeted sports and food fish and the use of anchored ropes or chains for fishing.

Larry O’Brien, Kailua-Kona

Federal Officials Conduct Water Sampling Tests on Molasses Spill in Honolulu Harbor

Representatives from the Coast Guard National Strike Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted water sampling as part of a joint effort to analyze the effects of the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Sunday.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard National Strike Force head to their first location to use a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels in Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard National Strike Force head to their first location to use a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels in Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

The combined team departed Coast Guard Station Honolulu Sunday morning aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. The National Strike Force crewmembers from the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific Strike Teams used a water quality instrument to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels at various locations around the harbor that were affected by the spill.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Moore with the National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team, prepares a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels in the Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Moore with the National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team, prepares a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels in the Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

The National Strike Force provides highly trained, experienced personnel and specialized equipment to Coast Guard and other federal agencies to facilitate preparedness for and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents in order to protect public health and the environment. The National Strike Force’s area of responsibility covers all Coast Guard Districts and Federal Response Regions.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Moore with the National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team, handles a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels in the Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class James Moore with the National Strike Force Atlantic Strike Team, handles a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels in the Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

The National Strike Force team members arrived in Honolulu Saturday after Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received an official request from the Hawaii Department of Health to assist with the response to the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Friday.

The Coast Guard began supporting the response Monday morning when investigators from Sector Honolulu responded to a report of discolored water in the harbor. Since then, the Coast Guard has held daily meetings with the lead State agency, Hawaii Department of Health. Crews from Station Honolulu have conducted daily patrols in the affected area since Monday.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard National Strike Force discuss data from a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels with a member of the state of Hawaii Department of Health in Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard National Strike Force discuss data from a water quality instrument used to monitor depleted oxygen and pH levels with a member of the state of Hawaii Department of Health in Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu Sept. 15, 2013. Personnel from the Coast Guard, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tested the water at various locations around Honolulu Harbor affected by the molasses spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle)

The request for federal assistance allows the Coast Guard to support the lead agency with a wide variety of resources to include specialized response personnel, boats and equipment from the Coast Guard and other Federal Agencies.

For more information contact the Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, Lt. Kevin Cooper at (808) 286-4675 or the Department of Health Public Information Officer, Janice Okubo at (808) 586-4442.

New Salon and Day Spa Opens at Queens’ MarketPlace

The “buy local” movement can soon add “beautify local” to its mantra, when Hawai‘i Island hairstylist and entrepreneur Jason Harsin brings his new Hearts and Stars Salon and Day Spa to Queens’ MarketPlace.  Specializing in high-quality beauty services for hair, skin and nails, in an affordable price range, the full-service salon for men and women plans to open in November.

Jason Harsin of Hearts & Stars, coming soon to Queens' MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Anna Pacheco Photography

Jason Harsin of Hearts & Stars, coming soon to Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort. Anna Pacheco Photography

“The vibe we are going for is ‘accessible luxury,’” said Harsin.  “Top-end services and very, very high-end products available to everyone.  We’re going to extend a lot of aloha, and at the same time bring a little bit of a different thing to the island.”

Harsin has worked in the beauty business for over a decade, starting as manager and product designer for celebrity stylist Zac Jenkins at his salon in Venice Beach, CA. A resident of Kailua Kona since 2011, Harsin is an avid stand-up paddler, which helped inspire his new product line.

“We have extreme conditions here in Hawai‘i and people are outdoors all the time in the sun, sand and ocean,” said Harsin.  “All that strips nutrients from your hair, and I wanted to make a line that added proteins instead.” Years in development, Hearts and Stars products are made with high quality protein-rich ingredients such as hemp oil, argan oil, aloe vera and avocado oil, finished off with a blend of eucalyptus, tea tree and sage for fragrance. “None of the products I was using before were working very well,” said Harsin, “so I made my own.”

Harsin will lead the salon team of expert stylists and aestheticians, and all menus and services will be offered in Japanese as well as English.  Styled with a soothing, ocean-inspired palette, Hearts and Stars will welcome clients to an “oasis” with upscale, comfortable furniture, the latest equipment and luxury product lines in addition to their own, including Éminence Handmade Organic Skin Care Products, and OPI Professional Nail Products.

A company with a conscience as well, Hearts and Stars says its products are tested on “rock stars not animals,” and supports The Food Basket Hawai’i Island’s Food Bank, “Because it’s much easier to feel fabulous on a full stomach,” according to their website www.hearts-and-stars.com.  At their new Queens’ MarketPlace location, they plan to be available for bridal parties, makeovers and special occasions—and to support community events within the resort shopping center.

“It’s been super, really fun so far,” said Harsin.

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.

Na Mele Makana: A Slack Key Concert Series

Na Mele Makana

New Skateboard Park to Open on the Big Island – Kamakoa Nui Skatepark in Waikoloa Village

The new Kamakoa Nui Skatepark in Waikoloa Village will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, September 29, from 12 to 4 p.m.  Land for the park has been provided for the skateboard facility by the County of Hawaii, located at the end of Paniolo Estates on Iwikuamo’o Street.

Brian Sandlin, left, and Michael Moore, Jr. work on the coping and deck of the final quarter pipe of Kamakoa Nui Park. Grand opening is September 29 from 12 to 4 p.m.  Photo by Robin Christman for Waikoloa Community Development Corp./Transition Youth Project

Brian Sandlin, left, and Michael Moore, Jr. work on the coping and deck of the final quarter pipe of Kamakoa Nui Park. Grand opening is September 29 from 12 to 4 p.m. Photo by Robin Christman for Waikoloa Community Development Corp./Transition Youth Project

The community is invited and skaters are encouraged to bring their skateboards, helmets and pads and be among the first to skate in the new park, and to enter the Best Trick Contest with prizes for winners.  A free, family-event, the Grand Opening also includes a Silent Auction fundraiser, food, music, shave ice and fun activity for all ages.

Waikoloa Skate Park

Initiated in 2004 by the Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, the park was designed and built by California Skateparks, led by Brian Sandlin.  Phase I of the plaza-style skateboard facility, which opens Sunday, incorporates a variety of features for an exciting and rewarding experience for skaters on all levels.  Managed by Transition Youth Projects, additional phases will begin as fundraising levels are reached.

Waikoloa Skate Park

Granite “skate tiles” are available for sale to help support Kamakoa Nui Skatepark and plan for its future.  Businesses and individuals are invited to purchase one of three different sized tiles for a lasting contribution.

Donations can also be sent to Transition Youth Projects or Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, P O Box 383097, Waikoloa, HI 96738 (same address).  Both are 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  For more information, call Sherry Davis at 883-2748 or Laura Werneck at 883-3409, email info@waikoloaskatepark.com, visit www.waikoloaskatepark.com or find them on Facebook.

Coast Guard Supports State of Hawaii’s Response to Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received an official request from the Hawaii Department of Health to assist with the response to the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Friday.

Molasses Sharks

“The Coast Guard is prepared to bring all the requested resources to this incident to support our state and local partner agencies” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, captain of the port Honolulu. “We have been working closely with state partners since the spill occurred to offer advice and resources. This official request is the next step in our joint response to this incident.”

The Coast Guard began supporting the response Monday morning when investigators from Sector Honolulu responded to a report of discolored water in the harbor. Since then, the Coast Guard has held daily meetings with the lead State agency, Hawaii Department of Health. Crews from Station Honolulu have conducted daily patrols in the affected area since Monday.

The request for federal assistance allows the Coast Guard to support the lead agency with a wide variety of resources to include specialized response personnel, boats and equipment from the Coast Guard and other Federal Agencies. The captain of the port requested support from the Coast Guard’s National Strike Force for water sampling and monitoring and is currently coordinating with technical specialists from the EPA to help assess additional response mitigation strategies.

The Hawaii Department of Health remains the lead agency for the response. Other agencies involved include the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbor Police, Hawaii Health Department Clean Water Branch, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, Clean Islands Council and the Hawaii Wildlife Center.

For more information contact the Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, Lt. Kevin Cooper at (808) 286-4675 or the Department of Health Public Information Officer, Janice Okubo at (808) 586-4442.

 

Calling Artists of Filipino Ancestry

The Asia-Pacific Arts Consortium (A-PAC) presents PAMANA 2, the Annual A-PAC Art Exhibit in celebration of the Philippine-American Heritage Month at the Courtyard at Honolulu Hale.

Jimmy Tablante and some of his works

Jimmy Tablante and some of his works

The event is sponsored by the Renato and Maria A. F. Etrata Foundation and co-sponsored by the Philippine Cultural Foundation of Hawaii. The exhibit will be on display from October 16 through October 31, 2013. This year’s theme is: “2islands,1spirit”. We are calling all artists of Filipino ancestry to participate in this art show highlighting works in several art media such as oil, acrylic, photography, mixed media, watercolor, pastel. Deadline for entries is September 30.

Event:              The PAMANA 2 Exhibit

Venue:             Courtyard at Honolulu Hale

Date/Time:      Wednesday, October 16, 2013 through Thursday, October 31, 2013

Contact:          For more information please contact Corinne Gallardo Mata at  271-1344 or email corinnegallardo@hotmail.com.

Hawaii Inmate Commits Suicide at Mainland Correctional Center

The Connecticut Department of Correction and the Connecticut State Police are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Hartford Correction Center
Hartford Correctional Center
At approximately 8:02 p.m. on Friday September 13, 2013 correctional staff conducting routine tours observed an inmate unresponsive in his cell with a ligature tied around his neck. He was the only inmate in the cell at the time of the incident.

Correctional and medical staff immediately initiated emergency and life saving measures. The inmate was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 p.m.

The inmate is identified as 31-year-old John Matthew Tyhurst from Pearl City, Hawaii. He was an unsentenced inmate with pending charges of Employing a Minor in an Obscene Performance. Inmate Tyhurst had been incarcerated at the Hartford Correctional Center since July 30, 2013.

The exact manner and cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.