UH Hilo Student Attacked in Women’s Restroom

UPDATE:  This was falsely reported to the Police and the story was fabricated by the alleged victim.  More here:  Student Attack at UH Hilo Restroom Was Fabricated

I got the following report from a reliable source of an attack that occurred yesterday on the University of Hawaii Hilo Campus.

UH Hilo Moniker

Aloha Damon can you help? My niece at UH Hilo a sophomore, was attacked in the girls restroom on campus at about 4:40pm. He was a tall 6 foot white guy and put a knife to her neck. He struggled trying to get her top off than dropped the pocket knife then she started punching his face and yelling and then he picked up the knife and ran out. She ran after him and saw him get into a Red Ford Expedition and speed off. When the police interviewed her, she thought her attacker looked like Ariel Jost that guy that was just busted. Maybe he has a brother? Will forward you the info from her mom *****, my niece flew back to Honolulu today to be near her parents for the next few days.

The following is from her mom:

The incident occurred in the Geology building women’s bathroom at approx 4:45pm Tuesday 11/19, white male 6′ short curly blonde/brown hair followed her grabbed her, held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her if she screamed. He dropped the knife when he was trying to remove her clothes then she started punching his face, he yelled, picked up the knife and ran out of the bathroom. She saw him driving away in a red Expedition. Police report #C13031131

UH Hilo Honored for Language Revitalization

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language (KHUOK) has received the 2013 William Demmert Cultural Freedom Award from the National Indian Education Association (NIEA).
Hawaiian Language CollegeThe award was presented to Director Dr. Keiki Kawai`ae`a during the NIEA’s 44th Annual Convention & Tradeshow held earlier this month in Rapid City, South Dakota. Established in 1970, NIEA is recognized as the premiere organization for advancing comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States.

As part of its mission, NIEA honors individuals, organizations and institutions that have made outstanding contributions to native education. The William Demmert Cultural Freedom Award recognizes KHUOK’s work in P-20 Hawaiian language revitalization and its positive impact on native student academic achievement.

“The faculty, staff and administration at Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani are totally dedicated to its mission and works tirelessly to achieve it through its degree programs and many P-20 outreach efforts,” Kawai`ae`a said. “This award is a great honor, which recognizes over a generation of work that has made the College a leader in language and cultural revitalization.”


Alexander & Baldwin to Acquire the Hawaii Commercial Portfolio of Kaneohe Ranch and Harold K.L. Castle Foundation

Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. announced today that it has agreed to acquire a portfolio of commercial properties in Hawaii from Kaneohe Ranch and the Harold K. L. Castle Foundation (“HKL Castle Foundation”) for $373 million ($260 million of Kaneohe Ranch assets and $113 million of HKL Castle Foundation assets). Due diligence was completed yesterday and, subject to the satisfaction of normal closing conditions, the transaction is anticipated to close in late December.

Kaneohe Ranch Building

Kaneohe Ranch Building

The portfolio, which encompasses grocery- and drug store-anchored shopping centers, retail strip centers, light industrial properties and ground leases, is primarily located in the Windward Oahu town of Kailua. The portfolio also includes about 585 acres of mostly preservation-zoned land in Kailua. A&B will fund the purchase with proceeds from the planned sale of several commercial properties it owns on the Mainland, along with other tax-deferred 1031 proceeds.

“With this purchase, we will be acquiring one of the state’s largest and finest retail portfolios, in an excellent market. This is an opportunity that rarely arises in Hawaii, and our decision to purchase is a reflection of our confidence in and commitment to Hawaii’s future,” said Stanley M. Kuriyama, A&B chairman and chief executive officer. “This acquisition dramatically accelerates our strategy of migrating our Mainland portfolio to Hawaii, diversifies our holdings with a major investment in the Windward side of Oahu, and improves the quality of earnings from our overall commercial portfolio. We look forward to working with the Kailua community in meeting the community’s needs and building upon the successes achieved by Kaneohe Ranch and HKL Castle Foundation.”

“We take a long-term perspective on our community development efforts and strive to work closely with communities to meet their changing needs,” said Christopher J. Benjamin, A&B president and chief operating officer. “Kailua is a thriving and vibrant community, and we intend to partner with the community in maintaining the livability, desirability and beauty of Kailua town.”

“The acquisition solidifies A&B’s position as the second largest retail owner in Hawaii,” Benjamin added. “The portfolio includes 386,000 square feet of prime retail and light industrial space in the heart of Kailua, and over 50 acres improved with retail and other commercial centers that are ground leased to third-parties in Kailua and other parts of Windward Oahu and urban Honolulu. The retail portion of the portfolio comprises the majority of the grocery-anchored centers in Kailua, and includes the only Whole Foods store in Windward Oahu.”

“When this transaction and the related Mainland property sales close, we will have shifted, in less than a year, approximately two-thirds of our Mainland net operating income to Hawaii, where we believe we are better able to leverage our local market knowledge,” continued Benjamin. “Eighty percent of our commercial portfolio net operating income will now come from Hawaii assets versus 42% at the beginning of 2013.”

The portfolio includes a diversified and well-occupied mix of fully entitled commercial properties:

  • Four grocery- and drug store-anchored centers comprising approximately 190,000 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA) on 13 acres of nearly-contiguous land in downtown Kailua. These centers are 98%  occupied and anchored by Whole Foods, Longs/CVS Drugs, and Hawaii supermarket chains Foodland and Times Supermarket.
  • Ten retail strip centers in Kailua comprising 102,000 square feet of GLA on 6 acres. These properties are 99% occupied.
  • Eight light-industrial properties totaling 94,000 square feet of GLA on 4 acres in downtown Kailua, which are 98% occupied.
  • Twenty-two properties, covering 51 acres, that are ground leased to third-parties and developed with a variety of commercial improvements.
  • Thirteen of these ground leases (15 acres) are located in downtown Kailua and improved with 260,000 square feet of GLA, including a Safeway-anchored shopping center and a Macy’s department store. The remaining nine ground leases (36 acres) are located elsewhere in Windward Oahu and urban Honolulu, and are improved with 500,000 square feet of GLA, including three grocery-anchored shopping centers, one mixed-use office and retail center, and two auto dealerships.

The portfolio also includes 76 acres of agriculture-zoned land, and 509 acres of preservation-zoned land, in Kailua.

The Company intends to fund over 70% of the purchase price with proceeds from the sale of a number of its U.S. Mainland commercial properties via tax-deferred 1031 exchanges, with the balance of the funding to come from other 1031 proceeds. The Company expects to temporarily finance the difference between cash funding needs at close and the receipt of cash from planned dispositions.

Amy Hanaiali’i Christmas Concerts in Kealakekua, Kamuela and Hilo

Amy Hānaiali’i will perform three Christmas Concerts on the big island, on Wednesday December 18 at 7pm at the Aloha Theatre in Kealakekua, on Thursday December 19 at 8pm at Kahilu Theatre in Kamuela, and on Friday December 20 at 7pm at The Palace Theater in Hilo.

Amy Hanaiali'i for Friends and Family of Hawaii

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Tickets are available in advance from AlohaTheatre.com, or from Kiernan Music for the Kealakekua show; from Kahilutheatre.org, or 885-6868 for the Kamuela show, and via HiloPalace.com or 934-7010 for the Hilo show.  Tickets for the Palace and the Aloha Theatre are $30 general admission, with $25 discount price for students and seniors.  At the door all tickets will be $35.  Tickets for the Kahilu Theatre show are reserved seating, ranging from $20 to $65, with discounts for Kahilu Theatre members.

Amy’s band will include Kamuela Kimokeo, Steve Jones, and Darryl Pellegrini.  The shows are produced by Tim Bostock Productions – long time Honolulu promoter recently moved to the Big Island, and since September the Artistic and General Manager of the Kahilu Theatre.

Amy Hānaiali’iis Hawaii’s top selling female vocalist of all time. She is a 5 time Grammy Nominee and a 17 time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner. All 11 of her albums have been in the top ten World Billboard Charts.

While Hānaiali’i received years of formal musical and theatrical training, it was Tutu Jennie who ultimately inspired her to grow in Hawaiian music. Recognizing her natural vocal abilities, Tutu arranged for a meeting between the legendary Genoa Keawe and her granddaughter. It was Aunty Genoa that introduced Amy to the ha’i falsetto music. Amy’s talent of ha’i brought a new found appreciation for the art of Hawaiian female falsetto style for which she is known today.

Amy Hānaiali’i has opened for numerous acts such as: Joe Cocker, Diana Krall, Earth Wind and Fire, Boz Skaggs, and Carlos Santana and recorded an acclaimed duet with Willie Nelson on her Friends and Family CD. Hānaiali’i has performed numerous times with the Honolulu Symphony Pops and made her debut with the Nashville Symphony.  She will cross over to Oahu following the big island concerts to play the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall with the new Hawaii Symphony.

Her Christmas Concert is a beautiful blend of traditional Christmas songs, sung in Hawaiian and English.  This show is a tribute to her childhood (growing up in a Hawaiian Church), while holding true to her classic hits that have made her so popular. Amy Hānaiali’i lives on her home island, Maui, where she raises her daughter Madeline.


UH Hilo Athletic Director Dexter Irvin Resigns for Mainland Job

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney today announced the resignation of Athletic Director Dexter Irvin, effective December 31, 2013. Irvin, who joined UH Hilo in August 2009, has accepted a position as athletic director with the College of Southern Nevada located in Henderson, Nevada, pending Nevada Board of Regents’ approval.

Dexter Irvin

Dexter Irvin

“Dexter contributed greatly to the progress of UH Hilo Athletics,” Straney said. “He worked tirelessly to move our diverse athletics program forward, and his efforts are greatly appreciated by the University and local community. We wish him all the best in his new position.”

Under Irvin’s leadership, Vulcan Athletics developed a gender equity plan, implemented its first official audits, created an operations manual from scratch, established Women’s Basketball and Men’s and Women’s Soccer as officially recognized sports with the hiring of full-time, permanent coaches, and witnessed the expansion of the PacWest Conference. During his tenure, fundraising revenue and corporate sponsorships also increased notably.

Pending final approval in accordance with UH System policies, Timothy Moore, founding director, Campus Recreation Department, will serve as interim athletic director, effective January 1, 2014.

Moore came to UH Hilo on June 1, 2008 from Southern Methodist University where he served as assistant director and later associate director of recreational sports from 1992-2008. He holds a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Louisville.

A national search for a permanent director of intercollegiate athletics at UH Hilo is anticipated to be launched in 2014.

Annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” – Sunday, December 8th

Community members are invited to come join in a mid-day event of spell-binding entertainment and treats.

This year the annual Hilo Elks “World of Magic” performance includes Taishoji Taiko of Hilo and magician Kelvin Chun of Oahu who will share the stage at downtown Hilo’s Palace Theater on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11am.

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko of Hilo

Taishoji Taiko was founded in 1989 under the direction of Yoshihumi Ono at Taishoji Soto Mission in Hilo. The group originally played only for Taishoji’s annual Bon dance, but gradually expanded into kumi daiko, or performance drumming. In addition to the annual Toro Nagashi (lantern floating ceremony), Taishoji Taiko has played at numerous community and cultural events around the Big Island. The group opened for the Big Island debut of the critically acclaimed group TAIKOPROJECT at the UHH Performing Arts Center in June 2008 and celebrated it’s 20th anniversary at the inaugural Big Island Taiko Festival in 2009.

At various times, Taishoji Taiko has received instructions from taiko masters from Hawaii and California, including Kenny Endo of the Taiko Center of the Pacific. Members have also attended workshops given by Kodo, On Ensemble, and Seiichi Tanaka of San Francisco Taiko Dojo.

Under the direction of Chad Nakagawa, members of Taishoji Taiko are a diverse collection of ages and backgrounds united by their passion for the energy and spirit of taiko. Their performances are fun, dynamic crowd pleasers sure to be enjoyed by audience of all ages.

“Magi-kel Magi-chun” Kelvin Chun is an internationally recognized award winning educator, magician, balloon artist and kite enthusiast.  He has over 20 years of magic and balloon experience and has competed against and performed with world class magicians in prestigious international magic competitions at venues such as Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort 1,800-seat showroom.

Kelvin Chun

Kelvin Chun

He was also a featured performer at other stages, including the New Zealand International Magicians Convention in Auckland, New Zealand, Texas Convention, Japan Cup, and Hong Kong International Magic Convention.

Learning magic and balloon techniques from all over the world, Kelvin’s performance is infused with international flair and has mesmerized audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Please come join us for this fun filled event! At the show’s end we are expecting a jolly visit from Santa, too.

Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.

Questions? Call Lily at the Hilo Elks Lodge 935-1717. Hope to see you there.

2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade Information

Mainstreet Pahoa Association, celebrating 20 years in operation, will host the Pahoa Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.

2012 Pahoa Holiday Parade 187

Pahoa Village Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Montessori Country School, which celebrates 30 years in Pahoa this year, will be honored as the parade’s grand marshal. The parade’s theme will be “Passport to Pahoa.”

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Get parade applications at Pahoa Puna Buy and Sell, Puna Style or Jeff Hunt Surfboards.

Since Pahoa High and Intermediate School won’t be hosting a ho’olaulea his year following the parade, food and arts and crafts vendors may rent a booth at the farmers market in Pahoa Village.

hoolauleaContact Mainstreet Pahoa Association holiay parade co-chairs Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 938-8592 and Madie Greene at (808)965-7296 for more information.


An Update on Zoe the “Blonde Zebra” on the Big Island of Hawaii

So there has been a lot of chatter on Facebook and Twitter about “blonde zebras” in the past few weeks. Here is what we know. Up until Zoe was 10 (she now is about to be 14) she was the only one alive on earth. There is now a related animal, caught by the same animal broker, in Ohio at a roadside safari park.


Zoe the “Blonde Zebra”. Click to enlarge

There are 5 more at a private park in South Africa near Kenya. This is the same are where the Hunt brothers caught Zoe’s mother years ago. The private park was started by the same Hunt family. The zebra herd (about 50 animals) is very inbred and they are deliberately breeding the same line to get blonds. Many are pinker muzzled and with very watered down pale eyes.

Unlike Zoe who has bold gold stripes and really blue eyes. Anyway that is the scoop on all we know and can verify. Thanks everyone for your input. Come visit Zoe and all the rest of the gang. Please share her image but post that she lives at Three Ring Ranch in Kona HI.

Big Island Wildlife Club Invites the Public to It’s First Meetup

Big Island Wildlife Club will be holding it’s first meetup on December 7th from 12 noon until 2pm.

Wildlife Club Meetup

Meeting will be held at the Coconut Island Pavilion, meeting to start at noon with a picnic potluck to follow. All ages welcome, especially keiki!  We will be doing a couple activities including a chance to draw/color your favorite animal.

“Like” us on fb to stay up to date on all our activities :  https://www.facebook.com/BigIslandWildlifeClub, this event is FREE just bring smiles and good vibes!

For more information email stacey.hwf@gmail.com.

Public Invited to Opening Ceremony of Mountain View Gym and Park’s New Children’s Playground

Mayor Billy Kenoi, Puna Councilman Zendo Kern, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Friends of Mountain View Gym and Park invite the public to an opening ceremony for the new children’s playground at A.J. Watt Gym in Mountain View.

Mt. View Park

Mt. View Gym and Park new playground equipment

Festivities will start at 2 p.m. Friday, November 22, at the Nā Wai Ola Public Charter School campus located next to the gym.

Friends of Mountain View Gym and Park will hold drawings for donated prizes.

Covering 2,300 square feet, the new playground is comprised of two modular-design play areas designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. A climbing wall, stairs, platforms, a protective roof and five slides, including a tunnel slide, are among the features. A special synthetic turf and impact-absorbing layer comprise the safety surface installed under the playground.

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

MADD Awards Five Big Island Officers

At their annual Law Enforcement Awards, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaiʻi and Big Island Toyota honored Big Island police officers Monday (November 18) for their outstanding efforts and dedication to preventing impaired driving and reducing underage drinking. The awards were presented at a ceremony at The Luau House in Hilo.

Left to right: Officers Keith Nacis, Nicholas McDaniel, Christopher Kapua-Allison, Shea Nactor and Sergeant Christopher Gali.

Left to right: Officers Keith Nacis, Nicholas McDaniel, Christopher Kapua-Allison, Shea Nactor and Sergeant Christopher Gali.

During the presentation, the following officers were honored for the following number of arrests during 2012:

  • Officer Keith Nacis, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I, 76
  • Officer Shea Nactor, Puna patrol, 27
  • Officer Nicholas McDaniel, Kona patrol, 21
  • The “Top Cop” award went to Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison of South Hilo patrol with 104 arrests.
  • Additionally, Sergeant Christopher Gali of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I, was awarded the Big Island Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Vessel Missing Since October Located Adrift in Pacific, Unmanned

The Coast Guard located and boarded a derelict sailing vessel Friday nearly 1,600 miles west of Oahu that was first reported missing from Honolulu in early October.

The Coast Guard asks for assistance in locating 60-year-old Greg Stephanoff last seen departing Ala Wai boat harbor on his 42-foot Catalina sloop, "C:DRIVE."

The Coast Guard has found the “C:Drive: last seen departing Ala Wai boat harbor in October.”

Greg Stephanoff  departed Ala Wai boat harbor on a possible voyage to Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai Oct. 2, 2013. A concerned friend notified the Coast Guard Oct. 4 of Stephanoff’s departure from the harbor and that he hadn’t heard from him for two days.

Greg Stephanoff

Greg Stephanoff

The Coast Guard broadcast a notice to mariners via VHF Channel 16, contacted harbor masters, marinas and other known locations Stephanoff frequented requesting information on his whereabouts. Without any new information, the Coast Guard suspended the search Oct. 15 pending further developments.

On Nov. 7, crewmembers aboard the container ship Manukai notified the Coast Guard that they had come across what appeared to be a derelict sailing vessel named the C:Drive approximately 1,300 miles west of Oahu.  The container ship attempted to communicate with the vessel on VHF channel 16 and made several blasts on the ship’s whistle in an attempt to contact anyone aboard. No one was observed aboard and the Manukai continued its course having no means of boarding.

An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew was launched from Air Station Barbers Point and the fishing vessel Wakatake Maru was redirected to rendezvous with C:Drive. The Wakatake Maru crewmembers located the C:Drive, but weather conditions made boarding the vessel unsafe.

The Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, a 225-foot buoy tender home ported in Honolulu, was dispatched to locate and board the sailing vessel. The transit from Honolulu to C:Drive’s last know position took four days.

The crew of the Kukui located the C:Drive and conducted a boarding at 3:30 p.m. Friday. They discovered no one aboard and  no indication of what may have happened. The vessel was marked with paint by the boarding team and remains adrift. A GPS and personal effects were removed from the vessel to possibly assertain what transpired during the month the vessel was adrift.

For the previous release and images regarding C:Drive, visit: http://www.d14.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1924025/.

For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at (808) 535-3230.

Critical Time at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for Nēnē

Visitors to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park now through April could get lucky and spot pairs of the endemic Hawaiian goose, or nēnē, flying overhead or grazing with goslings.

Click to view PSA

Click to view PSA

While nēnē are present in the park year-round, this seasonal window is their breeding and nesting time, and is vital for their survival.

Currently, female nēnē are focused on building up their fat reserves in order to lay eggs and survive the 30-day incubation period.  A few females have already started to nest in the park, and their mates are dutifully standing guard.  Because visitors can unknowingly disturb nesting nēnē, the park may temporarily close certain areas to give nēnē families a break from human interference.

“Nēnē are most vulnerable to vehicles this time of year.  They are focused on eating and could be out foraging from dawn to dusk.  They blend in with their surroundings, and in low-light periods, they are especially hard for motorists to spot,” said Kathleen Misajon, Nēnē Recovery Project manager.  

The park has posted nēnē crossing signs that highlight key roadside areas that nēnē use. These include sections of Highway 11, Crater Rim Drive, and Chain of Craters Road. Motorists are urged to use extra caution in signed nēnē crossing areas, and to obey posted speed limits.  

Nēnē are endangered, and in the mid-1940s, only 50 birds remained.  Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park began efforts to recover the species in the 1970s.  The Nēnē Recovery Program continues today, and more than 200 birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet. As many as 2,000 or more nēnē exist statewide.

“We’ve had a great deal of success protecting nēnē and maintaining the population in the park,” said Misajon. “But it is imperative that humans keep a respectful distance from the geese, especially during this sensitive time.”  

Visit http://www.nps.gov/havo/photosmultimedia/nene_psa.htm for more information. To report nēnē on the road in the park, call 808-985-6001. Outside the park, call 808-974-4221.

EPA Awards Over $30 Million to the Pacific Territories for Environmental Protection

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded over $30 million as part of a yearly program that provides grants to Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa for use in continuing environmental protection work and for improvements to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

EPA LOGO“EPA’s funding enables the islands to advance their goals in the pursuit of clean air, water and land,” said Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “As one example, the investment made in leak detection projects in all three territories has dramatically reduced drinking water losses, and saved over $1 million in energy costs.”

Guam EPA will be receiving $3.2 million, CNMI DEQ will be receiving $1.7 million, and the American Samoa EPA $1.8 million to support the operations of each environmental agency. The work done by the agencies include inspections, monitoring the safety of beaches and drinking water, permit writing, enforcement and other facets of their environmental protection programs.

Additionally, EPA provides drinking water and wastewater construction grants to improve the water supplies in each of the territories. The Guam Waterworks Authority will be receiving $8.2 million, CNMI’s Commonwealth Utilities Corp. will be receiving $6.9 million, and the American Samoa Power Authority $8.3 million.

Accomplishment highlights from previous funding include:

  • Improvements to the drinking water system in all three territories, including improved chlorination in Guam, increased water storage in CNMI, and an ongoing extension of the central system in American Samoa to remote villages.
  • EPA funding has contributed to the increased drinking water availability in Saipan, where 95% of the population now has access to 24-hour water (up from 75% in 2009).
  • Improvements to the wastewater collection and treatment systems in all three territories, including rehabilitation of a treatment plant in Saipan, improvements to the collection infrastructure in Guam, and ongoing extension of sewer lines in American Samoa.
  • EPA has funded the replacement of older wastewater pumps with newer energy efficient pumps and controls, saving the utilities hundreds of thousands of dollars in power bills in all three territories.

Big Island Police Identify Trucker Who Died Friday in Tractor/Tanker Crash

A 41-year-old man died Friday afternoon (November 15), in a single tractor/tanker crash in South Kohala. He was identified as Amos K. Agliam of Hilo.

Amos Agliam

Amos Agliam

Around 2:04 p.m., a 2003 Kenworth tractor pulling a tanker trailer, which was loaded with 8,402 gallons of No. 2 diesel fuel, was traveling west down a steep grade on Highway 19 (Kawaihae Road) near the 64-mile marker when it pulled onto the right paved shoulder, continued onto the unpaved shoulder and collided with a large mound of dirt and debris. (It was reported that the vehicle’s brakes were smoking.) The trailer broke loose, crushing the cab and rolling onto its right side.

The tanker was punctured, spilling between 1,500 and 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel.

Agliam died at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death. Alcohol and speed are not considered factors in this collision.

Kawaihae Road was closed to all traffic at 2: 26 p.m. It reopened at 8:42 p.m.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the collision call Officer Thomas Koyangi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 24th fatality this year compared with 36 at this time last year.


University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay Injured in Scuffle at Stan Sheriff Center

The following recap of tonights event’s come from photographer Andrew Lee’s Facebook account (with permission) who was attending the game on his own time:


Following the Hawaii vs Western Virginia game there was an awards ceremony scheduled since it was the last game of a tournament. Before the ceremony could start there was a huge scuffle behind the WVU bench.

A number of officials and ushers went down to break up the scuffle. Among those attempting to break it up were Rich Sheriff and Ben Jay.

Rich was knocked down but was able to get up on his own with a few cuts. Ben however was unable to get up for a while.

The awards ceremony was immediately canceled and fans were cleared from the arena.

It's not everyday you see campus security, HPD and EMS blocking the Stan Sheriff Center exit area.  Photo Andrew Lee

It’s not everyday you see campus security, HPD and EMS blocking the Stan Sheriff Center exit area. Photo Andrew Lee

HPD as well as campus security were called to the arena along with EMT’s.

EMT’s arrived and began to treat Mr. Jay who appeared to have gotten hit from his back.  Ben was then taken from the court side area to the trainers room for treatment.

EMS Crew has arrived at the SSC. Photo Andrew Lee

EMS Crew has arrived at the SSC. Photo Andrew Lee

Also during the scuffle the wife of one of the WVU Coaches passed out during the scuffle but is now reported to be okay.

I will not be answering any questions about the incident and will not provide anymore updates unless they are 100% confirmed.

Thanks to everyone for their concern and when the time is right I’m sure Ben will have a statement.

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Last Seen in Hawaiian Acres Yesterday

11/19/13 UPDATE: Missing Person Annie Chung-Pacheco has been located.

Big Island Police are searching for a 16-year-old female who was last seen in Hawaiian Acres.

Annie Chung-Pacheco

Annie Chung-Pacheco

Annie Chung-Pacheco has long brown hair, brown eyes, is 5’1″ tall and 14o lbs  with unknown clothing. She was last seen Saturday, November 16 in Hawaiian Acres.

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.

Workshops for Backyard Egg Farmers Scheduled – Federal and State Regulations Apply for Eggs for Sale

A series of workshops have been scheduled to educate the growing number of Hawaii residents who are raising backyard poultry and selling eggs to friends, family and in some instances, the public.  Many are not aware that if they sell their eggs, they must follow federal and state regulations to ensure good food safety practices. Buyers should also know the regulations so they may purchase eggs that are properly handled.

Egg Workshop

Workshops to educate backyard farmers have been scheduled for Kauai, Molokai, Kona and Hilo in the month of November in a collaborative effort between the Hawaii Departments of Health and Agriculture and the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

Dates, Times & Locations:

The workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Candling and grading of eggs
  • Washing and good handling practices
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Compliance with federal and state laws
  • Resources for the backyard egg farmer

Farmers are encouraged to bring their eggs to the workshop.

For workshop information, contact:  Lynn Nakamura-Tengan on Maui at 808-244-3242 ext. 222 or e-mail:  lynnnaka@hawaii.edu

Big Island Pop Warner Club Funds Stolen – $150,000 Plus Missing From Travel Account Funds

Well here goes… I’ve kept quiet long enough.  I’ve heard others will be releasing the name of the suspect soon enough and I don’t feel it’s my responsibility to place blame on this person.

At this time I will just give you folks the background on the case as I have heard it so far.  The following is a compilation of a few emails on the subject and I feel comfortable posting this knowing that I’m not posting anyone’s name specifically as all folks are considered innocent until proven guilty.:

Members of the Puna Panthers

Members of the Puna Panthers

Aloha Damon, I met you a few times real briefly a few years ago thru councilman Fred Blas and Aunty Mattie Green… I’m in need of your advice on an issue that came about last July and needs to be dealt with ASAP.

So the Pop Warner league treasurer whom we’ve booted out of her position, stole over $150K of which belonged to the children and was to be used for national travel to Florida to participate in the National Pop Warner Super Bowl should a team from the Big Island ever qualify. This was put in to place in 2006 and was put together with each team depositing $8250 each. At the time there were 12 teams in the league.

Long story short, this treasurer has admitted to stealing all of that money as well as several years worth of ticket monies collected during playoffs and private vendor monies that she collected that were all supposed to be spent on the kids. Anyhow, my issue or desire is to expose this individual as well as the Big Island Pop Warner Football Conference (BIPWFC). See when this was learned a police report was filed, which was fine. In her interview with the police, she has openly admitted to taking the money. My frustration is that BIPWFC is not following up and completing the necessary documentation so that the police can move forward with the case and go for prosecution.

I am seeking your advice / expertise and hoping you can point me in the right direction to put some pressure on the BIPWFC president so that this case can be brought to light and something can be done. Please share any info you can I would greatly appreciate it.

From what I’m told by the police, all they need is for a BIPWFC official comb thru all the checks that were written and confirm which were fraudulent and which were actually approved. Apparently her method of theft was by forging the BIPWFC presidents signature on the checks that were made out to herself.

Moving forward, this year is a travel year for big island pop Warner’s midget division which means a team from the big island has a really good chance at representing the western region in Florida. In fact Panaewa and Kohala are 2 games away from Florida. About $100K that was taken was specifically from the travel fund which was designed to aid a team should they get that far. Needless to say, if Kohala or Panaewa should advance to Florida, they are left with a burden of raising another $100K to take 35 players and 15 chaperones to Florida for 10 days.

Which is the duration of the pop warner Super Bowl. They would have to play 3 games total if they do make it. However, if either of the teams should advance but not show up in Florida for whatever reason, the league (BIPWFC) will be fined $25K.


Hey I was told today that a story is supposed to come out about the theft tomorrow. Not sure by who but apparently someone else has gone to the press. Just in time because Panaewa won the regional championship against Maui today and is headed to Florida. From what I understand they still need about $60K dollars to get there. Just thought I give you this update.

Here’s the police report number and more information. Report number C12014283 Filed as a forgery report. It was originally taken by officer Kuamo’o but is now sitting with detective Jason Berryhill who works out of the Kona station.

From what I’ve been told, the police department needs a representative from BIPWFC to go and verify each check to see which checks were written fraudulently and which checks were legit. Apparently “Pua” had been writing checks to herself and forging Charles Nahale’s signature (president at the time). Nahale has since stepped down back in December citing his want to get this case completed.

Unfortunately it’s been stuck in this stage since last June which is why I’m seeking Damon’s assistance.

UPDATE… MORE HERE: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/24004635/missing-money-jeopardizes-big-island-teams-trip-to-pop-warner-super-bowl

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Surfer Kirk Passmore

The Coast Guard suspended the search at sunset Friday for a missing surfer near Alligator Rock.

Kirk Passmore's Facebook Profile Picture

Kirk Passmore’s Facebook Profile Picture

“It is with heavy hearts that we now suspend our active search efforts,” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, commanding officer for Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Our thoughts go out to the Passmore family and the tight-knit communities in both Hawaii and California where he was an important member.”

The Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety searched more than 2,330 square miles.

Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point searched the area.

Honolulu Fire Department, Ocean Safety and volunteers from the community also combed the area by land, air and sea.

For more information, contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Public Affairs Officer at 808-842-2657.