The earthquake that happened yesterday evening has been upgraded to a 5.2 magnitude earthquake.
Hawaii Electric Light crews continue to make progress on restoring electric service to customers affected by recent severe weather conditions. Crews worked through the night to restore service to approximately 3,300 customers island-wide. All transmission lines were repaired and are back in service.
About 1,700 customers are currently without service. Today crews will be working in the following areas: Kaloko, Captain Cook, Holualoa, Kamuela, Hawi, Ahualoa, Honokaa, Kalopa, Paauilo, Nanawale, Hawaiian Paradise Park, Volcano, Upper Puna, Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, and Kau.
The areas from Lindsey Road to Ahualoa suffered substantial damage. Customers in these areas are advised to prepare for an extended outage through Tuesday.
Hawaii Electric Light asks customers who have not yet reported their power outage to call its trouble line at 969-6666. Due to the high call volume, customers may experience a longer wait time before speaking with a representative. The company sincerely apologizes for this inconvenience and thanks customers for their patience and understanding.
The company urges the community to be safe and treat downed power lines as energized and dangerous. Do not handle or move any fallen or damaged utility equipment. If someone is injured by a downed power line, do not approach them. Call 9-1-1 for assistance.
On the island paradise of Hawaii, thousands of acres of untamed jungle are home to wild beasts and the men who live off the land in the ancient ways of their ancestors. Generations of families have claimed, maintained and fought over their own sacred hunting trails. When the dry season comes, wild boar, goats, feral bulls and small game crisscross the island in search for water. These clans must do whatever it takes to protect their turf.
But in a land where traditions run deep and ancient spirits rule the mountains, hunting is about more than putting food on the table. It’s about respecting the family and revering the ancestors. AMERICAN JUNGLE, a new series on HISTORY, follows several tight-knit clans as they hunt the old way – with knives and spears – and battle for control of their territory. The eight-part series premieres Sunday, November 10 at 10 pm ET on HISTORY.
The powerful Spear Clan, descended from Hawaiian royalty, has hunted and preserved their trails for more than 150 years. The trails fell into decline and other clans saw opportunity. Their leader Scotty is determined to return the clan to its former power. Scotty turned his back on his family and traditions seven years ago and left for the mainland. Now he is back and seeking redemption.
The Rosa Clan survives entirely off of the land. Clan leader Tony was estranged for the past ten years, and has reconnected with his son Isaac, 19, to teach him the ways of his family. The clan is small, and if Isaac doesn’t learn, the family’s knowledge of the jungle will end with Tony. The Rosa’s chief rivals are the Correas. The clans began feuding nearly 40 years ago.
Pa, 67, is the leader of the Correa Clan. He descends from the legendary “Barefoot Hunter” from the island of Oahu. When Oahu became developed as a tourist destination, Pa moved the family to the Big Island and carved out his own trails. Game became the main source of food for his rapidly growing family. So keen were his hunting abilities that he brought home enough food to feed some 20 immediate family members. Now in his sunset years, he needs to make a hard decision – which of his sons will take his place.
Johnny Blaze is leader of the Blood Clan. The former college football star and his friends Eric and Kalei teamed up to learn the ways of the jungle. They are a band of outlaws who hunt all the trails in the belief that the jungle belongs to no one clan. Seldom seen by other clans, it is believed that the Bloods are mystically in touch with the spirits of the jungle and engage in strange rituals, such as drinking the blood of their kill.
The Cowboy Clan is led by Curly, a highly skilled horseman who possesses deadly precision with a lasso. He and his trusted partner Lionel are descendents of a long line of Californian-Mexican vaqueros (cowboys). They hunt the plains on horseback and like the Bloods, they don’t respect the idea of trails being owned.
Chewy and Prophet of the Ocean Clan are born and bred locals who don’t take kindly to intruders. Their behavior and alliances are completely unpredictable, changing their tactics to suit whatever the situation calls for. Most clans would rather keep the peace than to cross them.
Because they don’t own trails and are not respected on the island, the Outsiders are not a clan, but they aspire to be one. Big Joe, born in Oklahoma, learned the ways of the jungle from the local elders. He discovered early on that hunting means asking permission of the clans who claim ancestral heritage of the trails. Mark, born on the military base outside Hilo, learned the ways of the jungle from his father before they had a falling out. The pair realized that, as outsiders, they will always be at the mercy of the powerful clans unless they make a name for themselves.
Filed under: Announcements, Big Island, Entertainment, Hawaii, Something New?, Television | Tagged: American Jungle, Big Island of Hawaii, History Channel, Hunting in Hawaii, The Clans | 13 Comments »
Two fishermen on the Big Island recently had the catch of a lifetime when they brought in a tiger shark estimated to be about 12-14 feet the other day.
Published yesterday on YouTube, Mike McCrum says: “Big Rope + Big Cable + Big Hook + Big Bait = LIVE ACTION With A Big SHARK!!!!! yeeeeeeeeee What U Kno About Dat!?. “Catch And Release”.
If the shark was released… I have to wonder what type of shape it was in after this battle:
- Hawaii to Study Shark Movements in Island Waters – Four Shark Attacks in Last Month (damontucker.com)
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The United States Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force, a Hawaii HIDTA initiative, conducted a four-day fugitive sweep in Hilo, Hawaii, which began on Monday, August 19, 2013.
The mission, executed by Deputy U.S. Marshals, Hawaii State Sheriffs and Hawaii County Police, targeted fugitives with extensive criminal histories wanted for narcotics offenses, firearms violations, sex related offenses and other violent crimes.
After four days, 37 fugitives were arrested (1 federal fugitive and 36 state fugitives), clearing 46 outstanding arrest warrants and charging 21 additional drug cases.
Seizures during the mission included 27 marijuana plants ranging in height from 4’-5’ tall, 11.5 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The task force is made up of Deputy U.S. Marshals, the State of Hawaii Sheriff Division, Hawaii County Police Department, Maui Police Department, Kauai Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Well Hawaii sure has been having its fair share of shark attacks in the last few month.
Today a shark attacked a surfer at Pohoiki! Fire Department officials say the attack happened Sunday at Pohoiki Beach also known as Isaac Hale Park in Puna.
Fire and Emergency medical officials responded to the Pohoiki boat ramp and the victim, a surfer, was taken to Hilo Medical Center.
No word yet on the extent of the surfer’s injuries and what condition the surfer is in. The name of the surfer has not yet been released. (UPDATE: Jimmy “Ulu Boy” Napeahi is the name of the surfer that got attacked)
Officials closed Pohoiki Beach shortly after the incident.
Situation Found at Scene: Firefighters arrived at Pohoiki Boat Ramp and found 16-year old male being treated by Life Guards on scene. Per Pt. he was surfing at “Dead Trees” surf location when he was attack.
Remarks: Victim sustained multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to lower extremities. Pt was treated and transported by M-10 to Pahoa Fire Station where he was transferred to C-2 and transported to Hilo Medical Center Emergency Room. A helicopter conducted an aerial surveillance in the area of the shark attack, with negative results
Filed under: Announcements, Big Island, Environment, Hawaii, Puna, Security, Sports, Unexplained Phenomenon | Tagged: Big Island of Hawaii, Jimmy "Ulu Boy" Napeahi, Pohoiki, Shark Attacks in Hawaii, Shark Attacks Surfer, Ulu Boy Napeahi, Ulu Napeahi | 2 Comments »
The coolest Big Island video I have seen in the longest time! (Sent in by Jeremy Kalima)
DJI Phantom Video Contest:
EXPLORE YOUR IMAGINATION CONTEST
LOCATED ON THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII
PRIMEFOOTAGE: THE RISK, THE SACRIFICE, THE GLORY.
SONG USED: ENDING SATELLITES – A FLOATING POINT
NO POST STABILIZATION WAS USED….ONLY SURFING CLIPS WERE COLOR GRADED OTHER THAN THAT ITS ALL JUST A STOCK PHANTOM AND A GO PRO!!!
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The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project was scheduled to begin today on the Big Island.
It will begin tomorrow following a small delay.
The HI-SEAS Project is a project that NASA has developed to figure out how to cook food on the Planet Mars, in a Mars like environment here on the Big Island.
Today they stated that the project’s initial start was pushed back 24 hours:
One of the crew members posted the following on Facebook today:
You can follow them on Twitter at #HISEAS or follow their website: Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation.
Filed under: Agriculture, aloha, Announcements, Big Island, Community, Education, Environment, Food & Drink, Hawaii, Health, National Affairs, Something New?, Sustainable Living, Technology, Unexplained Phenomenon | Tagged: Big Island of Hawaii, Food on Mars, Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, HI-SEAS, Mars Mission, Mauna Kea Research, Mission to Mars | Leave a comment »
According to spoiler alerts coming out… Big Island’s own Bryant Tadeo has made it to the top 40 in American Idol Season 12. This means we will be seeing him on national television soon.
From the American Idol YouTube site:
From the Big Island of Hawaii, Bryant Tadeo marks his second attempt in becoming the next American Idol. Listen to his story in his own words.
And from Wet Paint we learn a little more:
…Such is the case for Hawaii native Bryant Tadeo. He may have been cut in Hollywood last year but, but Bryant has made it all the way to the Las Vegas round, according to a recent spoiler list of the Top 40 contestants for Season 12…
Tadeo most recently sang here publicly on the Big Island at a fundraiser for Mitch Roth:
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Lost Campers USA, the fast-growing company that set the standard for quality campervan rentals on the West Coast, is crossing the Pacific to open in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on January 2, 2013. Owners Nick and Emma Thomson intend to bring their unique style of ultimate customer service to one of the most incredible locations in the world, offering adventurous travelers an alternative to hotels and vacation home rentals. Nick Thomson comments, “The best way to explore the natural riches of this beautiful tropical destination is by driving and camping. Lost Campers Campervan Rental Hawaii allows vacationers the opportunity to travel all over the big island in comfort, providing great versatility for a modest price.”
With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles and over 75 campervans for hire, Lost Campers USA has, since 2008, been the top rental agency for travelers wishing to experience California and the West by campervan. The Los Angeles office has been open two years, and in that time, has proven the viability of campervan rentals as a successful travel business.
Amidst the recent economic downturn, campervans remain a popular means of travel, especially for families and those visiting the U.S. from abroad. Lost Campers’ new big island location is the perfect venue for the company’s expansion, as the island is teaming with wildlife, rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails, pristine beaches, national parks and lava fields for travelers to explore by camping.
Hawaii campervan rentals will open with ten vehicles in January, and expand as the market demands. The agency will offer Lost Campers’ Sierra class vans which feature the amenities that have made campervans so popular — full-size platform bed, inside storage, side awning, camp kitchen kit, fresh linens, stereo, storage and seating for four passengers. The Hotel Sierra campervan also features a rooftop tent. Lost Campers’ Big Island campervans start at just $75/day. Located just 10 minutes from Kona International Airport in Keahole, Lost Campers USA offers shuttle service to and from the rental facility. To learn more or to book a van, go to www.lostcampersusa.com and click on the Hawaii page or call 1-888-567-8826 (888-LOST-VAN) or 1-415-386-2693.
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To expedite repairs to Civil Defense warning sirens that didn’t function properly during November’s monthly siren test, State Civil Defense technicians flew to the Big Island Friday to inspect and repair four sirens on the west side of the island (Puakō, Kamehameha Park, Kahaluʻu Beach Park and Nāpoʻopoʻo).
Meanwhile, personnel from Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense and the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Radio Shop worked through the weekend to oversee and inspect seven sirens on the east side of the island. Of those, two functioned properly (Kawailani and Paʻauilo), three were repaired over the weekend (Pāpaʻikou, ʻOʻōkala and Paradise Park and) and one (Honokaʻa) was completed Monday (November 5) by a private contractor.
State Civil Defense technicians returned to the Big Island on Monday and repaired the siren at Laupāhoehoe Point.
The two remaining sirens that are not functioning, one at Hakalau, which was knocked over in a car crash, and one at Waiaka, which has a frozen motor, require new parts and extensive work by private contractors. State Civil Defense hopes to have the Hakalau siren in operation in time for the December monthly test. A time line has not been established for the Waiaka siren.
Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Administrator Ben Fuata said he appreciates the assistance of the Police Department and State Civil Defense for working “tirelessly” through the weekend along with his staff. “We’ve made a substantial dent in improving the efficiency and enhancing the readiness of our emergency siren alerting system,” Fuata said. “For that I am grateful and indebted to them for their service.”
Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri added that the collaboration of the three agencies and private contractors is an example of the Police Department’s partnership with the community. “The public’s safety is our number one concern,” Kubojiri said. “That cannot be compromised.”
Filed under: aloha, Announcements, Big Island, Community, Earthquakes, Environment, Hawaii, Health, Legal, Rumors, Security, State Affairs, Technology | Tagged: Ben Fuata, Big Island of Hawaii, Civil Defense, Civil Defense Sirens, State Civil Defense, Tsunami Sirens | Leave a comment »
A delegation from Hawai‘i County Sister City Oshima Island visited the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi today, delivering a gift in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Sister City relationship.
In Japanese, Oshima means “big island” – so it’s fitting that Oshima Island’s only international Sister City relationship is with Hawai‘i’s biggest island. Though Oshima is much smaller than Hawai‘i Island – about 35 square miles with a population of 8,500 in 2008 – it is home to waterfalls, valleys, and Mt. Mihara, an active volcano standing at 2,507 feet. The most recent eruption was in 1990. Oshima is the largest island in the Izu group, over a dozen islands extending south from the Izu Peninsula.
“Fifty years of a special friendship tie between our islands, which our predecessors continuously built, is the pride and honor of the people of Oshima-Machi,” wrote Oshima Mayor Masafumi Kawashima in a letter to Mayor Kenoi.
Mayor Kawashima was unable to come to Hawai‘i Island for the celebration, but Mayumi Jinguh and Zen Tanaka of Oshima visited on his behalf, delivering a letter and a gift – a copper relief depicting a rainbow bridge between the Sister Cities of Hawai‘i Island and Oshima 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 Oshima Island, including Mayor Masafumi Kawashima, participated in crafting the piece.
“We are very honored and very privileged to call you our friends, to call you our neighbors, and to call you family,” said Mayor Kenoi.
The County of Hawai‘i’s Sister City relationship with Oshima 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.
The current Mayor of Oshima-Machi, Mayor Kawashima, visited Hawai‘i Island before he was mayor – in 1996 as part of a volcano study tour to Mt. St. Helens on the Continental U.S. and three Hawaiian islands. The last visit from Oshima Island to Hawai‘i County was in 2006, when a delegation of 100 people came in celebration of Oshima’s 50th anniversary of township.
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It’s been reported that Jack Osbourne will marry his fiancé Lisa Stelly this weekend at an undisclosed location on a beach here on the Big Island tomorrow… OR IS HE?
UPDATE: Jack just tweeted the following:
I love how going to Hawaii with my mum for her 60th has turned into my wedding. Hahaha people are funny.
They both posted pictures from the their Bachelor and Bachelorette parties on twitter recently.
- Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly to Marry This Weekend in Hawaii (EXCLUSIVE) (celebuzz.com)
- Osbourne, Stelly to marry this weekend? (vancouverdesi.com)
- Jack Osbourne Set For Weekend Wedding (contactmusic.com)
- Jack Osbourne Marrying His Blue Mother Of Pearl Crush Tomorrow In Hawaii! (perezhilton.com)
- Jack Osbourne Gears Up for Hawaiian Wedding This Weekend (sfluxe.com)
Hawaii Beef Producers Join Parker Ranch and Ulupono Initiative in Joint Development Agreement For Large-Scale Grass-Fed Beef Trials
Hawai‘i Beef Producers has joined Parker Ranch and Ulupono Initiative in an agreement to jointly fund pre-commercial trials for irrigated finish pasture beef production on the Big Island of Hawai‘i. The irrigated trials will be run on 70 acres of pasture next to the Hawai‘i Beef Producers processing facility on the Hamakua Coast and involve just under 100 head of cattle. The trials will be completed by May 2013.
“We’re pleased to be joining in these trials to help find the most cost-effective, timely method toward increasing our overall local grass-fed beef production,” said David De Luz, Jr., Hawai‘i Beef Producers. “Everyone’s collaboration on this study will help ranchers statewide determine the potential for developing commercially based grass-fed feedlots, or pasture finishing companies, to meet consumer demands for high-quality local beef that everyone can afford.”
In these pre-commercial trials, Hawai‘i Beef Producers is testing the impacts of fertilized, irrigated grass using the Hamakua Ditch Irrigation System, and Parker Ranch is studying the impact of using fertilized, non-irrigated grass. In addition, Kamehameha Schools is doing its own trial on unfertilized, irrigated pasture in Hamakua. The outcomes from all of the trials will be combined and shared with all partners as well as the Hawai‘i Cattlemen’s Association and the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) to help determine which combination of methods are best for lowering the production costs and improving the quality of locally produced grass-fed beef.
“These trials are integral to helping further Hawai‘i’s agricultural sector, so it’s great to have Hawai‘i Beef Producers join,” said Kyle Datta, general partner for Ulupono Initiative. “We’re so pleased to be able to help catalyze this partnership with our local ranching community to help inspire other Hawai‘i ranchers to consider grass-fed as an option. In addition, the combined trials using the Hamakua Ditch Irrigation System will help provide insights on commercially viable water rates for finish pasture operations, which will be key to the expansion of local beef production and could have statewide implications.”
Dutch Kuyper, CEO of Parker Ranch, said, “The interest and collaboration among our fellow ranchers for these trials is a sign of positive momentum. It gives us additional confidence that our research and investment in grass-fed beef is a good decision for our business model and for the scale of the Hawai‘i beef industry as a whole.”
About Hawai‘i Beef Producers
The De Luz family has been ranching for three generations on the 10,000 acre Kukai‘au Ranch located in Pa‘auilo on the Hamakua Coast of Hawai‘i Island. Hawai‘i Big Island Beef is its grass-fed beef product, which is processed at its adjoining Hawai‘i Beef Producers slaughterhouse. To learn more about Hawai‘i Big Island Beef, please visit www.hawaiibigislandbeef.com.
About Parker Ranch
Parker Ranch is one of the largest and oldest cattle ranches in the United States. Parker Ranch is beneficially owned by Parker Ranch Foundation Trust with four non-profits as beneficiaries including North Hawai‘i Community Hospital, Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy, Parker School and Hawai‘i Community Foundation. To learn more, please visit www.parkerranch.com.
About Ulupono Initiative
Ulupono Initiative is a Hawai‘i-focused impact investing firm that uses for-profit and non-profit investments to improve the quality of life for island residents in three areas – locally produced food; clean, renewable energy; and waste reduction. To learn more, please visit www.uluponoinitiative.com.
- Ulupono Initiative, SolarCity Partner to Invest $15 Million to Finance Local Solar Power Projects (damontucker.com)
- Growing Hawaii’s Grass-Fed Beef Industry (civilbeat.com)
- Three-Dozen Hawai’i Restaurants to Participate in 17th Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival (damontucker.com)
- Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival 2013 Accepting Entries (damontucker.com)
Filed under: Agriculture, Announcements, Big Island, Food & Drink, Hawaii, Hawaiian, Health, State Affairs | Tagged: Big Island of Hawaii, Grass-Fed Beef, Hawaii Big Island Beef, Parker Ranch, Ulupono Initiative, Where's the Beef | 1 Comment »
Over the course of 3 days, the U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force conducted a collaborative arrest warrant sweep. Deputy U.S. Marshals, Hawaii County Police Officers, and Hawaii State Sheriffs conducted a joint fugitive round-up blanketing the island of Hawaii.
Sixty-seven wanted fugitives were arrested with 91 federal and state warrants cleared. Those who were apprehended were wanted for various violent crimes which include drug offenses, sex offenses, robbery, and probation violations. The three-day mission represents the commitment of law enforcement to reduce violent crime through a multiagency approach.
During the course of the mission, the following fugitives were apprehended, most notably 25 year-old Joseph Narzisi from Kailua-Kona. On August 29, 2012, Narzisi was apprehended for three criminal contempt of court warrants. During the arrest, law enforcement officials recovered methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia at the residence at which time a search warrant was obtained. Narzisi faces additional charges. In 2005, Narzisi was convicted of jumping bail and burglary in the first degree.
On August 27, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for 45 year-old Charles Bruce Kanouff. Kanouff was arrested the next day and charged with one count of Sexual Assault in the 2nd degree. Bail was fixed at $15,000.
On August 8, 2012, an arrest warrant was issued for career criminal Patrick Enos. Enos, 38, was arrested on August 29, 2012, and charged with theft of credit card and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. Bail was fixed at $6,000. Enos has an extensive criminal history dating back to 1991. He has been arrested and convicted of various crimes to include multiple robbery and felony drug charges.
Filed under: Announcements, Big Island, Hawaii, Legal, National Affairs | Tagged: Arrest warrant, Big Island of Hawaii, Charles Bruce Kanouff, Joseph Narzisi, Patrick Enos, United States Marshals Service | 1 Comment »
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Well these fishermen got the catch of the day inside of Honokohau Harbor on the Big Island the other day. A shark that looked to be about 3 to 5 feet in length latched onto their catch!
Honokohau Harbor is located on the West side of the Big Island and it kind of trips me out the shark was caught from land!
You can see from the video below that the released the shark after after they were able to cut the line… But I have to ask the question… what were they thinking even bringing the shark into shore? Cut the line already and let it go… or possibly lose a hand!
Filed under: Big Island, Environment, Food & Drink, Hawaii, Kohala, Security, Unexplained Phenomenon | Tagged: Big Island of Hawaii, Fishermen Catches Shark, Honokohau Harbor, Shark Sigthing | 1 Comment »