Big Island Police Searching for Kaʻū Woman Again

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 40-year-old Kaʻū woman wanted for abuse of a family/household member.

Sharon Hui

Sharon Hui

Sharon Hui is described as 5-foot-3, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

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.

Big Island Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker Sues CafePress.Com

CaféPress cost a painter $250,000 by removing his name from an artwork and selling products featuring the art directly to a foreign client, cutting out the creator, the painter claims in court.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker gets down at the Body Glove 60th Anniversary Pary

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker gets down at the Body Glove 60th Anniversary Pary

Tiki Shark Art sued California-based CafePress.com, in Federal Court.  Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker owns Tiki Shark Art, which is based in Kailua-Kona on the west side of the Big Island.

My 2014 Tiki Calendar signed by Parker.

My 2014 Tiki Calendar signed by Parker.

Parker says in the lawsuit that he painted “Forbidden Island” in 2007 and owns all rights to it.  He claims Café Press sells “blank” products that can be customized by members with their imprint, then sells and ships them to the public. Café Press gets paid for orders and pays members a commission based on the products sold.

But “Parker and Tiki Shark have never been associated with Cafe Press’ products or endorsed Cafe Press’ products,” according to the complaint.  Parker claims he lost a $257,728 order from a Dubai company after the company found his work on the CafePress website.  He claims the Dubai company order 25,000 towels directly from him, each one to bear his “Forbidden Island” image, then canceled it and bought it through Café Press.

Parker claims Café Press removed his name from the original painting, and has been selling it on towels, flip-flops, mugs and other items without his permission.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker signs autographs while Jenna Meistrell from Body Glove meets the public.

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker signs autographs while Jenna Meistrell from Body Glove meets the public.

He seeks damages for copyright and trademark infringement and lost profits.  He is represented by David Smith in Keauhou, Hawaii and Joel Rothman of Schneider Rothman Intellectual Property in Boca Raton, Fla.

(Information from Courthouse News Service:  Can’t Do That, Artist Tells CafePress)

Hawaiian Electric Companies Introduce Ohana Energy Gift Program

The Hawaiian Electric Companies today introduced their new Ohana Energy Gift Program, a thoughtful and practical way for customers to give the gift of energy to their friends and family or to help others in need.

HELCO Logo

The program allows customers of Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light to make payments toward a designated recipient’s electric account. The recipient will receive an acknowledgement letter once the gift amount has been applied to his or her account.

“In Hawaii, we’re blessed to live in a very supportive and generous community. We created this program because over the years we’ve received many requests from our customers for this kind of service,” said Jim Alberts, Hawaiian Electric senior vice president for customer service.

Gift givers will receive a confirmation letter once the designated recipient’s account information has been verified and the gift amount has been applied. Ohana Energy Gifts are not tax deductible donations.

The gifts may be anonymous, or the gift giver may choose to also send a special acknowledgement card with a personalized message.

If a recipient is not designated, the energy gift will be given to individuals and families in need. Application forms may be downloaded from the Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light websites or picked up from any of the companies’ customer service centers.

For more information and downloadable application forms, please visit www.hawaiianelectric.com/gift, www.mauielectric.com/gift, or www.hawaiielectriclight.com/gift.

Rare Sighting of Killer Whales off Kona on the Big Island

Researchers off Hawaii’s Kona coast on Friday documented a rare sighting of killer whales, including at least two that were playing host to hitchhiking remoras.

Killer whale with at least five remoras hitching a ride.  Photo Robin Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

Killer whale with at least five remoras hitching a ride. Photo Robin Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

There were four individuals in the group: a male, an adult female, and two sub-adults. Three of the four were outfitted with satellite tags, and a biopsy sample was collected from one of the cetaceans.

Cascadia Research Collective stated on its Facebook page that this was only its third killer whale encounter in the 14 years the group, which is based in Olympia, Wash., has been conducting studies in Hawaiian waters:

Today off Kona we encountered a group of four killer whales! This individual has a number of remoras on it (photo (c) Robin W. Baird) There were four individuals (one male, one adult female, and two sub-adults), and we were able to deploy satellite tags on three individuals to track their movements, and collected one biopsy sample for genetic studies. This is only our third killer whale encounter in Hawaiian waters in the 14 years we’ve been undertaking research here, and the first time we’ve tagged killer whales in Hawaii. Needless to say it was a good day. We’ll be posting more photos and information on the encounter and other encounters in the last few days at www.cascadiaresearch.org/hawaii/OctNov2013.htm although probably not till tomorrow.

An adult female and a sub-adult. Credit: @Robin Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

An adult female and a sub-adult. Credit: @Robin Baird/Cascadia Research Collective

“These are the first satellite tags we’ve deployed on killer whales in Hawaiian waters, and we think the first tags deployed on this species in the tropical Pacific, so we are excited about learning where these whales spend their time,” Cascadia stated on its website.

The 15-day research project ended Friday, but some of the scientists went back to sea on Sunday and re-located the four killer whales, plus three others, and witnessed a predation event involving a thresher shark.

Cascadia also posted a chart showing the movements of two of the three tagged killer  whales:

Whale Chart

Big Island Police Searching for Hilo Man Who May Be Armed and Dangerous

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 35-year-old Hilo man who is wanted on bench warrants for contempt of court and failure to appear.

Jacob W. Umemoto

Jacob W. Umemoto

Jacob W. Umemoto is described as 6-feet tall, 165 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police urge the public not to attempt to approach him, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

Instead, anyone who sees him or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Sergeant James Correa at 961-2213.

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.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Kayaker Dayne Ortiz

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing kayaker near Makaleha Beach Park, Sunday.

Dayne Ortiz Facebook picture

Dayne Ortiz Facebook picture

“The decision to suspend our active search efforts is always a difficult decision, but one that had to be made at this point in time,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our hearts ache at the loss of this promising young man and our thoughts are with both the family and community that have shown how much he meant to them.”

The Coast Guard searched more than 720 square miles with Honolulu Fire Department boats and dive teams, the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, a Coast Guard Station Honolulu 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point.
Dayne Ortiz was last seen when his kayak had overturned at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday. His brother attempted to swim out to assist in righting the kayak but was unable to reach him and returned to shore. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The Coast Guard would like to remind mariners that maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning. This tragic case reiterates the need for all mariners to understand the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times. For more information on types of life jackets and boating safety individuals can visit www.uscgboating.org.
For more information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Public Affairs Officer at (808) 842 2657

 

Three Days & Nights of Hula – Moku O Keawe International Festival is This Week

The 8th Annual Moku O Keawe International Festival takes place November 7-9, 2013 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, with high-caliber hula competition, an expanded Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace and unique Hawaiian cultural workshops.

Halau Na Pua 'Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

Halau Na Pua ‘Uluhaimalama peforms a hula noho during the 2012 MOKIF competition.

International competition.   Hālau from Hawai‘i, Japan and elsewhere will compete in Hula Kahiko, Hula Auwana, and Kupuna divisions, group and solo, in the Hilton’s Monarchy Ballroom.  Emceed by KAPA radio personality Ka‘ea Alapa‘i, Thursday and Friday are evening performances; Saturday’s events begin at 1:00 p.m.

Cultural Workshops.   Essential to the Festival is the element of Hawaiian cultural education.  Workshops, presented by the competition judges include hula kahiko and auwana by esteemed Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Iwalani Kalima, Cy Bridges and Chinky Mahoe.  Additionally, three generations of the legendary Lim ‘Ohana will present a talk-story session and Kele Kanahele will help students create Ni’ihau shell lei. 

Workshops will also be held.

Workshops will also be held.

Made-in-Hawai‘i Marketplace.  Featuring a wide variety of some of the best products from over 50 Island of Hawai‘i vendors, the new Marketplace at Hilton Hawaiian Village will showcase Hula implements, fresh lei, silk-screened clothing, woven lauhala hats and purses, food products, fine arts, jewelry, fragrance, soaps and more.  In the “class without walls,” noted ipu-maker Kalim Smith demonstrates how to make the traditional gourd drums.

A $5 rate for self-parking is provided by Hilton Waikoloa Village.  Advance registration required for Workshops, on line or at the Festival registration area, up to one hour prior to class.  For information and tickets to events, visit www.MOKIF.com

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po'ohala, last year's MOK solo winner.

Leiomalama Soloman of Beamer Solomon Halau o Po’ohala, last year’s MOK solo winner.

MOKU O KEAWE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
November 7-9, 2013, Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, November 7

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Aia La O Pele,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Iwalani Kalima
  • 1-4 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Lei Pua Kenikeni,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Chinky Mahoe
  • 5 p.m., Doors open for Kahiko Night
  • 6-9 p.m., Competition:  Wahine Kahiko, group and solo

Friday, November 8

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Workshop: Hana Lei Pupu (Ni‘ihau shell lei-making), Instructor: Kele Kanahele
  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Made-in-Hawaii Market Place
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Class without walls,” Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Implement.  Instructor:  Kalim Smith, open to the public, complimentary
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Ni‘ihau,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole
  • 1-4 p.m., Workshop: Hula Auwana, “Hualalai,” Instructor: Kumu Hula Cy Bridges
  • 5 p.m., Doors open for Kupuna Night
  • 6-10 p.m., Competition: Kupuna, group and solo.  Awards presentation to follow.

Saturday, November 9

  • 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Made-in-Hawaii Market Place
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., “Class without walls,” Ipu Heke – Hula Gourd Implement.  Instructor:  Kalim Smith, open to the public, complimentary
  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Workshop: “Following Tradition.” Mo‘olelo (talking story) with three generations of the Lim ‘Ohana
  • 12 p.m., Doors open for Auwana competition
  • 1-7 p.m., Competition:  Wahine Auwana, group and solo, and Makua Solo.  Awards presentation to follow.

Moku O Keawe International Festival takes place November 7-9 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, offering a special rate of $5 for self-parking.  Advance registration required for Workshops, on line or at the Festival registration area, up to one hour prior to class.  For more information and ticket purchase or Workshop registration, visit www.mokif.com.

 

Coast Guard Searching for Missing Kayaker Off Oahu

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing male kayaker near Makaleha Beach Park, Oahu, Saturday.

Missing is 18-year-old Dayne Ortiz.

Dayne Ortiz Facebook picture

Dayne Ortiz Facebook picture

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Command Center received a call from the Honolulu Fire Department stating that they were responding to a report of a missing kayaker in the vicinity of Makaleha Beach Park.

Ortiz’s kayak had overturned at approximately 6 p.m. His brother attempted to swim out to assist in righting the kayak but was unable to reach him and returned to shore.

The fire department began their search at 6:25 p.m., with a rescue helicopter, a rescue boat and a shore party. They requested Coast Guard support after finding an unmanned kayak that had washed ashore.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to search and arrived on scene at 7:36 p.m.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported here, launched at 8:48 p.m., to aid in the search.

Ortiz was reported to be wearing black swim trunks but was not wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information to call the Coast Guard over VHF marine radio channel 16 or to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

Campaign Bash for Auntie Madie Greene

Campaign Bash

 

Honoka’a Musician Gary Washburn to be Inducted Into Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

As members of the legendary 60’s dance band, “The Shadow Lake Eight,” Gary Washburn, Music Director of award-winning Honoka‘a High School (HHS) Jazz Band, son Mocha Washburn, an HHS alumni, and brother Kent of Los Angeles are set to be inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on November 16, 2013.  Following the induction, the band will perform in concert at The Jazz Depot in Tulsa.

Kent and Gary Washburn at the premier of Gary's original music, "Earth Life: October Full Moon," in Honokaa -- Sarah Anderson Photography.

Kent and Gary Washburn at the premier of Gary’s original music, “Earth Life: October Full Moon,” in Honokaa — Sarah Anderson Photography.

A family musical journey that began in Oklahoma and traveled across the country, the Washburn’s have made names for themselves individually and together—as educator, composer, producer, record executive and superlative musicians—over the last 50 years.

Gary Washburn

Gary Washburn joined The Shadow Lake Eight in 1962 at the age of 15 when he was still in high school.  After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Music, he received a Masters degree from University of Hawai‘i, and pursued a Doctorate in Music at Boston University.  He worked in Los Angeles as a writer/arranger for Motown, then moved back to the Island of Hawai‘i where he became a composer, musician and school teacher.

His award-winning concept of high school band is unique, geared toward teaching students how to become popular music performers, and many have moved into the entertainment industry.  In 2010, Gary was awarded the “Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction Award” and in 2011 his program received an award from the Grammy Foundation for its unique and outstanding band program.

“I don’t do marching bands,” said Washburn. “What good is that going to be for musically inclined students in this day and age?  I teach them how to compete in today’s real music market—Rock and Roll.”  In 2013, Washburn was named “A Living Hawaiian Treasure” by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i, and proclaimed by the Hawai‘i State Senate.

Even with his extensive education, Gary attributes his successes as an educator and performer to the years he spent playing with the Shadow Lake Eight. “That was my real education and what I use as the basis to teach kids the real value of music,” said Washburn, who resides and teaches in Honoka‘a with wife Linaka Morton-Washburn.

Mocha Washburn

Son Mocha is the latest addition to The Shadow Lake Eight, joining with them in 2013 for a reunion concert in Ponca City in June.  With early musical training from his father, Mocha played in the HHS Jazz Band until his graduation in 1996.

Mocha Washburn will join father and uncle in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.  Photo courtesy Kent Washburn

Mocha Washburn will join father and uncle in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Photo courtesy Kent Washburn

He attended the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, graduating with a degree in Philosophy and a Music minor in 2000.  He then went to Hollywood and attended the prestigious Guitar Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute for two years, graduating with honors and receiving the Tommy Tedesco Memorial Award for Most Outstanding Student.  As his personal preference is live performance, as opposed to studio work, Mocha eventually moved to Austin, Texas, known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” where he plays with various local groups and performs regularly as a solo artist at numerous venues.

Kent Washburn

Brother Kent Washburn joined The Shadow Lake Eight in the fall of 1960, and remained with the group, functioning as the leader from 1962 through 1967.  He then began traveling, playing in various lounge acts in such places as the Stardust in Las Vegas, and Harrah’s Club in Reno and Lake Tahoe.  He eventually became a successful record producer, cutting artists for RCA (Charles Drain and a girls group called The Love Set), Warner Bros (The Hypnotics), and Motown (Hi Inergy, Major Lance).  He hit pay dirt with Hi Inergy when they topped the R&B charts in 1977 and their album “Turnin’ On” achieved Gold Record Status in 1978.

Kent left Motown in 1979 and started a Gospel label with a gentleman named Philip Nicholas.  That label was called Command Records, and through the years garnered Billboard’s Album of the Year Award (Gospel) on the album “Dedicated”, recorded by the group Nicholas.  His productions also received three Grammy Nominations, (“Dedicated” by the group Nicholas, This Is My Story” by Vernessa Mitchell, and “Worthy” by Rodney Friend.)  He is married to Barbara, has a daughter, Sandy and a granddaughter, Taylor.

Kent currently lives in Los Angeles and works for Milan Entertainment in LA as Senior Vice President of Finance and Royalties, and is currently working with Soul Intention Records in the United Kingdom to re-release record productions in Europe. The first release “I Got To Have You” by Otis Williams peaked at #3 on the Soul/R&B charts in England; the second, “One Way Ticket” by The Hypnotics, was released in 2012, and additional releases are scheduled for fall. Also in 2013, Kent’s entire Gospel catalog was re-released on his EmKay Records label, through Milan Entertainment, distributed worldwide by ADA, the independent label distribution arm of the WEA system.

In November of this year, using the same distribution network, Kent will release brother Gary’s original composition, “Earth Life: October Full Moon,” an eight-piece suite of contemporary classical music for two pianos and percussion.

The Shadow Lake Eight

In 1958, Jimmy Trease, a student at Oklahoma State University (OSU) had a vision to put together a band made up of college students and spend the summer playing the Shadow Lake Resort in Noel, Missouri.

Shadow_Lake_Eight:  Circa 1963-64, the Shadow Lake Eight was considered one of the best dance bands in Oklahoma.  Gary Washburn far left, Kent Washburn, far right.  Photo courtesy Kent Washburn

Shadow_Lake_Eight: Circa 1963-64, the Shadow Lake Eight was considered one of the best dance bands in Oklahoma. Gary Washburn far left, Kent Washburn, far right. Photo courtesy Kent Washburn

“Jimmy Trease & The Shadow Lake Seven” spent the summer playing at the Resort, and went back to OSU with a plan to generate bookings during the school year. After adding a bass player, “Jimmy Trease and The Shadow Lake Eight” invited all the social chairmen from fraternity and sorority houses to a free dance in hopes of getting them to hire the band for social functions. They were booked solid every weekend.

The band returned to Shadow Lake Resort the following summer and broke all attendance records.  Over the next year, they continued to evolve, adding and changing musicians and expanding their range of music.  In 1960, the band advertised for a baritone sax player and auditioned Kent Washburn, who became the last addition to what is today affectionately referred to as “The Original Shadow Lake Eight Orchestra.”  Gary Washburn joined the band as a pianist in 1962, and they enjoyed a successful run of social events, night clubs and summer bookings for years.

In 1965, they became friends with Charlie Daniels, (at that time Charlie and The Jaguars), who helped get them booked into the Vanguard Lounge in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  That gig led to others in the area, where they played on their own and also backed up major artists Roy Hamilton, The Angels and Johnny Nash. They eventually met booking agent Gene Snyder, who, along with Vi Snyder, owned the Joni Agency in Louisville, Kentucky, a very aggressive and dynamic booking agency at the time. Working with the Joni Agency, the band played nightclubs in and around St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville and elsewhere in the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast.

What brought the band to its end was the Viet Nam War.  In the summer of 1967, they were offered a chance to go on the road as Brenda Lee’s traveling back-up band.  But within two weeks, Kent Washburn was drafted.  The band decided to call it quits, although several members did join up with Brenda Lee and traveled with her for years until she retired from the road.  Gary Washburn returned to school, eventually moving to Hawai‘i where he built a Grammy Award-winning music program in Honoka‘a on the Big Island.  Kent Washburn ended up in the music business, eventually moving to Los Angeles and working as a record producer for Motown, RCA and Warner Brothers.

In 1994, original band members gathered for a reunion concert in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the following year, Jimmy Trease himself arranged a reunion concert at the Shadow Lake Resort where it all began.  In 2013, the band again reunited in Ponca City Oklahoma, and Mocha Washburn joined them on guitar, and on November 16, Gary, Kent and Mocha will join other legendary musicians in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, and enjoy a reunion concert with the Shadow Lake Eight.  For more information about the Shadow Lake Eight, visit www.shadowlakeeight.com.

The Washburn’s look forward to the highly-anticipated release of Gary’s original music, “Earth Life: October Full Moon,” coming soon on EmKay Records.  For more information, visit Earth Life: October Full Moon on Facebook or Amazon.com.

Diver Uses Green Laser to be Rescued by Coast Guard

A diver is receiving treatment after being rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter crew 2 miles off of Kaena Point, Oahu, Friday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received a call from the Honolulu County Fire Department regarding a missing diver 2 miles off of Kaena Point on the Makaha side.

The missing diver’s friend contacted the fire department when he didn’t see him surface.

At 6:33 p.m., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu was launched to begin a search.

The Dolphin aircrew was vectored to a position where a green laser had been spotted by a fire department helicopter aircrew.

The missing diver had been in the water for approximately four hours. He filled his dry suit with the remaining air left in his dive tank to remain afloat.

Once on scene at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered into the water to assist the diver in distress.

He was then hoisted into the helicopter and was transported to Kuakini Health System in Honolulu for decompression chamber treatment.

President Obama Appoints Gov. Abercrombie to Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience

President Barack Obama has appointed Gov. Neil Abercrombie to serve on the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the White House announced today.

President Barack Obama has appointed Gov. Neil Abercrombie to serve on the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the White House announced today.   Co-chaired by Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Director David Agnew and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, the task force consists of a select group of governors, mayors and other leaders who will develop recommendations on how the federal government can better support local preparedness and resilience-building efforts. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on this task force, which will allow the State of Hawaii to have a strong voice in the national discussion on addressing the impacts of climate change,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “As the only island state in nation, Hawaii is unquestionably vulnerable to changes in climate such as rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification.” In conjunction with the announcement, Gov. Abercrombie introduced State Sustainability Coordinator Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, recently appointed by the Governor to the newly created position. Thiel is charged with coordinating across departments and with counties, federal agencies, and community partners to support progress on Hawaii’s sustainability goals.  “The task force established by President Obama gives Hawaii a direct line to provide recommendations on removing barriers to federal resources, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and developing tools to better support our unique needs and local efforts,” Thiel said. “Gov. Abercrombie’s congressional experience, particularly on the Armed Forces Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, as well as a senior member on the Natural Resources Committee, was cited as a factor in his selection, along with his ability to provide insight into the needs of the Asia-Pacific.

President Barack Obama has appointed Gov. Neil Abercrombie to serve on the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the White House announced today.
Co-chaired by Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Director David Agnew and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, the task force consists of a select group of governors, mayors and other leaders who will develop recommendations on how the federal government can better support local preparedness and resilience-building efforts.

Co-chaired by Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Director David Agnew and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, the task force consists of a select group of governors, mayors and other leaders who will develop recommendations on how the federal government can better support local preparedness and resilience-building efforts.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on this task force, which will allow the State of Hawaii to have a strong voice in the national discussion on addressing the impacts of climate change,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “As the only island state in nation, Hawaii is unquestionably vulnerable to changes in climate such as rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification.”

In conjunction with the announcement, Gov. Abercrombie introduced State Sustainability Coordinator Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, recently appointed by the Governor to the newly created position. Thiel is charged with coordinating across departments and with counties, federal agencies, and community partners to support progress on Hawaii’s sustainability goals.

“The task force established by President Obama gives Hawaii a direct line to provide recommendations on removing barriers to federal resources, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and developing tools to better support our unique needs and local efforts,” Thiel said. “Gov. Abercrombie’s congressional experience, particularly on the Armed Forces Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, as well as a senior member on the Natural Resources Committee, was cited as a factor in his selection, along with his ability to provide insight into the needs of the Asia-Pacific.

Governor Abercrombie’s statement:

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on this task force, which will allow the State of Hawaii to have a strong voice in the national discussion on addressing the impacts of climate change,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “As the only island state in nation, Hawaii is unquestionably vulnerable to changes in climate such as rising temperatures, droughts, flooding, sea level rise, coastal erosion and ocean acidification.”

In conjunction with the announcement, Gov. Abercrombie introduced State Sustainability Coordinator Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, recently appointed by the Governor to the newly created position. Thiel is charged with coordinating across departments and with counties, federal agencies, and community partners to support progress on Hawaii’s sustainability goals. She has been working to care for Hawaii’s environment and communities for over a decade, most recently with the interagency Hawaii Invasive Species Council. She earned her master’s in urban and regional planning as an East-West Center Fellow with a focus on implementing sustainability plans.

“The task force established by President Obama gives Hawaii a direct line to provide recommendations on removing barriers to federal resources, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and developing tools to better support our unique needs and local efforts,” Thiel said. “Gov. Abercrombie’s congressional experience, particularly on the Armed Forces Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, as well as a senior member on the Natural Resources Committee, was cited as a factor in his selection, along with his ability to provide insight into the needs of the Asia-Pacific region.”

In September, Hawaii was the first sub-national government to sign onto the Majuro Declaration for Climate Leadership, joining other islands and nations in making bold commitments to reduce carbon emissions and invest in adaptation.

William J. Aila Jr., chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, said: “Hawaii is especially vulnerable but we have made significant commitments toward mitigation and investments in adaptation. We know that our weather will be drier, and managing and protecting our native forests and watersheds is the best investments in capturing and delivering greater water quantity and quality. The state’s Rain Follows the Forest Watershed Initiative protects this vital resource needed for our survival.”

State Office of Planning Director Jesse Souki added: “Hawaii is the only state to have adopted both a climate change mitigation and adaptation policy. In 2012, Gov. Abercrombie signed Act 286, codifying into law the state’s Climate Change Adaptation Priority Guidelines, which will help us to build resiliency in agriculture, conservation lands, coastal and marine areas, education, health, transportation, and the built environment.

“We also recently updated the Ocean Resources Management Plan, which includes two priority management measures that address climate change impacts to marine resources and coastal areas. The State of Hawaii has approximately 1,052 miles of coastline with a vast majority of its communities located on or near coastal areas that may be impacted by sea-level rise.”

President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience will convene for the first time as early as next month in Washington, D.C., with its recommendations to the President expected within one year.

In June 2013, as part of his Climate Action Plan, President Obama called for the establishment of a short-term task force of state, local, and tribal leaders to advise on key actions the federal government can take to better support local preparedness and resilience-building efforts.

Link to the White House’s news release here:

Pahoa Cash and Carry Closing After 75 Years in Business

Pahoa Cash and Carry is closing after 75 years in business.

Pahoa Cash and Carry

Pahoa Cash and Carry

The company posted the following on their Facebook page earlier today:

Our last day will be November 15. New hours 7:30-4.

Thanks for your support and friendship throughout the years.
Aloha and a hui hou

Going out of business sale going on now.

Also available are shelving, coolers, cash registers, flat bed truck, kitchen equipment etc.

DLNR Accepting Nominations for American Forests’ National Register of Big Trees – Fall 2013 Register Includes 10 Champions Crowned in Hawaii

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 National Register of Big Trees. Across the United States, the largest trees of their species joined the ranks of the more than 780 national champion trees listed in American Forests’ National Register of Big Trees. More than 40 new champions were crowned across 50 states and the District of Columbia, including 6 new champions in Hawaii.

“Hawaii’s Big Tree Competition is proud to announce that our champion, Māmane in Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve, has been included in the American Forests 2014 Calendar,” said DLNR Forestry Program Manager Sheri S. Mann. “We would also like to welcome our new Hawaii Big Tree coordinator, Nicholas Joly.”

A huge Koa Tree

A huge Koa Tree

The 10 Nationally Crowned Champions in Hawaii include:

  • Koa in South Kona, Hawaii Island
  • Niu (Coconut Palm) in Hawea Heiau Complex and Keawawa Wetland, Oahu
  • Kōlea lau nui in Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve, Hawaii Island
  • Wiliwili in Puu Lani Ranch, Hawaii Island
  • Hau (Sea Hibiscus) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Island
  • Aalii (Hopbush) at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Maui
  • Olopua (Hawaiian olive) in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island
  • Pāpalakēpau in Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve, Hawaii Island
  • Mānele (Soapberry Wingleaf) in Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island
  • Māmane in Puu Wwaawaa Forest Reserve, Hawaii Island

Since 1940, American Forests National Big Tree Program has promoted the importance of planting and caring for trees and forests in helping to sustain healthy ecosystems and life on Earth. The program has campaigned to locate, protect and save the biggest specimens of every native and naturalized tree species in the United States.

Beyond national champions, Hawaii’s Big Tree Competition also recognizes the biggest trees in Hawaii using the same equation as the national program. Sheri Shannon, coordinator of American Forests National Big Tree Program said: “Anyone can be a big tree hunter. It’s because of avid tree lovers that we are able to find some of the nation’s biggest trees.”

Sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company, the National Register of Big Trees accepts nominations for national champions year-round, and American Forests releases an updated version of the register twice a year. The National Register of Big Trees records the largest trees of each species in the United States based on height, circumference and average crown spread.

To learn more about Hawaii’s Big Tree Competition or how to nominate a potential champion tree, contact Nicholas Joly at 808-587-0915. Be ready to provide the tree’s height, circumference, and crown spread measurements. To learn more about American Forests’ National Big Tree Program or the Big Tree Measuring Guidelines, go to http://www.americanforests.org/bigtrees/. Hawaii’s Big Tree Website is under construction but will be available in the near future.

Ohshima Relief Drive To Be Held In Wake Of Typhoon

Typhoon Wipha ravaged coastal towns along Japan’s east coast on October 16, and the hardest hit place was Ohshima Island, a sister city of Hawai‘i County. Wipha brought torrential rains – a record-breaking 33 inches in 24 hours – that caused flooding and mudslides that destroyed nearly 300 homes. 32 deaths have been reported and nine people were missing in the most recent report.

Aloha OshimaAs Ohshima’s only sister city, the County of Hawai‘i will be joining the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Hawai‘i, Japanese Community Association, and Kona Japanese Civic Association in the Aloha Ohshima relief drive. Through the end of December, donations to “Aloha Ohshima” will be accepted at Bank of Hawai‘i branches statewide.

“I offer our aloha and deepest condolences to Mayor Masafumi Kawashima and the residents of Ohshima Island. Although the destruction caused by Typhoon Wipha is unprecedented, we know that the strength and resolve of the people of Ohshima will carry them through,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi.

In Japanese, Ohshima means “big island” – so it’s fitting that Ohshima Island’s only international sister city relationship is with Hawai‘i’s Big Island. Though Ohshima is much smaller than Hawai‘i Island – about 35 square miles with a population of 8,200 – it is home to waterfalls, valleys, and Mt. Mihara, an active volcano 2,507 feet tall. Located 75 miles south of Tokyo, Ohshima is the largest island in the Izu group, over a dozen islands extending south from the Izu Peninsula.

The County of Hawai‘i’s sister city relationship with Ohshima Island was initiated in 1962 by the Board of Supervisors, the predecessor to today’s County Council. The Chairman and Executive Officer of the Board of Supervisors, the predecessor to the office of the Mayor, was Thomas K. ‘Lofty’ Cook. Members of the Board of Supervisors at the time were Wing Kong ‘Winkie’ Chong, Elroy Osorio, Helene Hale, Sherwood Greenwell, Ikuo Hisaoka, and Elias Yadao.

A monument commemorating the sister city relationship was erected in 1992, the 30th anniversary of the relationship, in Lili‘uokalani Gardens, by Ohshima Mayor Nagaharu Shimizu.

The most recent visit to Hawai‘i Island by friends from Ohshima Island was in October 2012. Mayumi Jinguh and Zen Tanaka of Ohshima visited on behalf of Mayor Masafumi Kawashima, delivering a letter and a 50th anniversary gift – a copper relief depicting a rainbow bridge between Hawai‘i Island and Ohshima Island. Tanaka, the 19th master of a 414-year-old copper craftsmanship school, started his work with copper when he was 15 years old. The people of Ohshima Island, including Mayor Masafumi Kawashima, participated in crafting the piece.

Spot the Space Station Tonight for Six Minutes in Hawaii

Spot the Space Station tonight in Hawaii for approximately 6 minutes beginning at 6:33 pm

Time: Thu Oct 31 6:33 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 73 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: SSE

International Space Station

Kauai Mayor Vetoes GMO Ban on Kauai – Statement From Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

HCIA

We commend Mayor Carvalho for his decision to veto Bill 2491 and for recognizing that the measure was severely flawed and would do more harm than good for Kauai County.

We thank the Mayor for his leadership in giving thoughtful consideration to balancing the issues raised in Bill 2491. This measure, although intended to be good for the community, would have had long-term negative effects on all agriculture in Kauai and our state, not just the seed industry or big agriculture.

These past several months have been difficult for Kauai. Bill 2491 has divided us – families, friends and neighbors – for far too long. It is time that we come together and do what the people of Hawaii have done for so long – ho’oponono, work together for a better Kauai.

Since this measure was introduced, the public debate has been loud, emotional and often filled with fear, rather than fact. As responsible stewards of the land, we take pride in growing the seeds that help farmers all over the world grow safe, healthy and affordable food for all people. We care for the land and the people of Kauai and are committed to transparency, being good neighbors and working with the community.

We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Mayor and the Council on how to address the concerns of the community and continue to support a voluntary program to address these concerns.

Alicia Maluafiti, Executive Director Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

 

Big Island Police Holding Community Meeting in Hilo to Discuss Police-Related Concerns

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Friday, November 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.
HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.

The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapiʻolani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Sherlock at 961-2214.

Big Island Police Seeking Person or Persons Responsible for Hilo Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for a Hilo burglary on Wednesday (October 30).
HPDBadgeSeveral pieces of gold jewelry and wristwatches were stolen from a home on lower Haihai Street during the mid-morning hours.

Police ask anyone who may have seen anything while driving on lower Haihai Street between 8 a.m. and noon or who may have any information about this case to call Officer Courtney Bello at 961-2213 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.

 

Happy Halloween!

When my son said he wanted to be a “Centaur”… My wife was able to make his wish come true!