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Confirmed Cases of Dengue Fever Rises to 107 on the Big Island of Hawaii

As of November 26, 2015*:

Hawaii Island residents 93
Visitors 14
Confirmed cases, TOTAL 107

Of the confirmed cases, 93 are Hawaii residents and 14 are visitors.
83 cases have been adults; twenty-four have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 11/18/15.

Mosquito Bite

As of today, a total of 230 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

For a map of potential areas of infection by mosquito for confirmed dengue fever cases, click HERE**. (Updated November 25, 2015)

101 Confirmed Cases of Dengue Fever – CDC Official to Visit Big Island

As of November 25, 2015 there were 101 confirmed cases of Dengue Fever reported on the Big Island:

Hawaii Island residents 88
Visitors 13
Confirmed cases, TOTAL 101

Of the confirmed cases, 88 are Hawaii residents and 13 are visitors.
78 cases have been adults; twenty-three have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 11/17/15.

As of today, a total of 190 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

101According to the Hawaii Tribune, an official from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will be coming to the Big Island on Tuesday of next week:

“…a top CDC official is set to arrive on island next week to assess the handling of the outbreak here.

Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, will vet containment efforts and share his analysis with county and state officials during his visit, confirmed Gov. David Ige’s communications director Cindy McMillan.

“(Petersen) will evaluate ongoing efforts based on his visit and analysis of the most current data being captured on a daily basis,” McMillan said.”

Hurricane Advisory Issued for Hawaii

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  1. The Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, Hawaii is issuing advisories on hurricane Guillermo located about 680 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii and moving west-northwest near 10 miles an hour. Guillermo advisories are being issued under AWIPS header TCPCP4 and WMO header WTPA34 PHFO.
  2. A weak low pressure area, the remnant of post-tropical cyclone Eight-E, was located about 515 miles south-southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. This feature was moving west at 10 to 15 miles an hour. Atmospheric conditions are expected to remain unfavorable for redevelopment over the next couple of days.

* Formation chance through 48 hours, low, near 0 percent.

  1. Isolated thunderstorms had been occurring in the vicinity of a weak low pressure area centered about 1245 miles west-southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii. This area was moving west around 10 miles an hour. Upper level winds will likely inhibit tropical cyclone development in this area over the next couple of days.

Police Officer and Woman Shot – Man Barricades Himself in North Kohala

At 7:48 p.m. Monday (July 13), patrol officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home on the 53-4200 block of Akoni Pule Highway in Halaula, North Kohala.

53-4200 Block Akoni Pule Highway

53-4200 Block Akoni Pule Highway

Responding officers contacted several neighbors in the area who reported loud yelling and screaming coming from the residence. Several people were then seen running from the house as officers approached from the driveway. A gunshot was fired at the officers, striking one officer in his right forearm.

A woman from the house approached the officers and said she had been shot in her outer thigh by her boyfriend.

Both the officer and the woman were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The 37-year-old man barricaded himself in the house and remains there. He is believed to be the only occupant.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Special Response Team responded and neighboring residents were evacuated as a precaution.

The wounded 43-year-old officer is a 14-year veteran with the Hawaiʻi Police Department. He is listed in stable condition. The 32-year-old woman is also listed in stable condition.

Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Division are continuing the investigation.

Because of this ongoing incident, Route 270 in North Kohala is closed in both directions near the 25-mile marker.

Big Island From the International Space Station

From the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) took this photograph of the island of Hawaii and posted it to social media on Feb. 28, 2015. Cristoforetti wrote, “And suddenly as we flew over the Pacific… the island of #Hawaii with its volcanoes! #HelloEarth”

Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti

Crewmembers on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface as part of the Crew Earth Observations program.

Photographs record how the planet is changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth and reservoir construction, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions.

Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for more than 40 years, beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s. The ISS maintains an altitude between 220 – 286 miles (354 – 460 km) above the Earth, and an orbital inclination of 51.6˚, providing an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world.

Big Island Residents Asked to Move to Higher Grounds Before Hurricane Ana Hits

This is a Tropical Storm information update for Wednesday, October 15th at 10:00am.

The National Weather Service is currently tracking Tropical Storm Ana and will be providing further updates as conditions change. As of 5:00 am this morning, Tropical Storm Ana was located approximately 680 miles east southeast of Hilo and moving west at 9 miles per hour. Presently the system is showing sustained winds of 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. In addition to the high winds, high surf and storm surge may be expected as well as heavy rains and thunder showers.

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Although the threat level has not yet been raised we are asking Hawaii Island residents to monitor your local radio broadcasts for updates and to prepare for possible storm conditions which could begin to affect the Big Island by Friday. Residents in the shoreline communities of Punaluu in Kau and the Kalapana, Kapoho, and Pohoiki areas of Puna are advised to take precautions and to move to higher ground. Surf heights of 25 to 40 feet are currently forecasted for the southeast facing shores of Hawaii Island. 

Additional updates will be broadcasted as information becomes available.

4.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Big Island… Residents Wait for Hurricane #Iselle

A 4.5 Magnitude earthquake struck the Waimea area of the Big Island this morning:
4.5 waimeaMany Big Island residents may not have felt it as we are also preparing for Hurricane Iselle to hit us within the next 12 hours:
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Commentary – Young and Sober Club First Meeting Pushed Back… Hit By Drunk Driver on Way to Meeting

I would like to announce the first meeting of the Young and Sober Club will be Saturday, May 3, at 3PM at Panaewa Zoo. This group is a social gathering of people ages 16-30 who are drug, alcohol and tobacco free. With all the focus on legalizing marijuana, people forget that you don’t need to be stoned to have fun. The Young and Sober Club is designed to give young people a choice.

This is the second time we are having a first meeting of the club. The last time we were going to meet, a couple of weeks ago, I was hit by a drunk driver at the Pahoa traffic light intersection. How’s that for ironies! Hit by a drunk driver on the way to a Young and Sober Club meeting!

Fortunately, nobody in my car was hurt, although there is more than $10,000 damage to my car. The drunk driver was arrested for DUI and his drunk passenger was sent to the hospital.

At first, our social club was to be for people 18-30 who want to meet other sober friends and have social gatherings where you aren’t having to say no to offers of alcohol, weed, or worse. Growing up in Hawaii is a challenge for someone who is drug and alcohol free. You can smell weed as you pass cars or go to the beach. It’s everywhere, and the pressure to use it is high. Young people need to have healthy ways of having fun, too, and meet other young people who are sober.

But we decided to lower the age to 16 since that’s the age when people start driving. Auto accidents are the number one killer of young people. And the recent accident I just had is a reminder that being sober is not only a personal decision. It affects everyone you come in contact with, especially on the road. (By the way, the guy who hit me was over 30.) Parents are welcome to attend our meetings.

We plan on meeting at different interesting places each week and do all sorts of activities, depending on the interests of the members. This is a FREE event. So come and check us out at the zoo this Saturday at 3. For more information and to find out about future meetings, call me at 443-4750.

Solomon Singer

Big Island Lady Goes Ballistic Test Driving Car – Video Goes Viral

This Big Island Lady went ballistic yesterday test driving a car.  The car salesman simply asked her to drive the speed limit and she totally lost it.  A friend of mine said “this happened yesterday (3/22/14) at my car lot. The guy on the test drive is my co-worker. He posted this video to youtube this morning and is going viral all over the internet.”


My friend went on to say, “We know the lady is a former customer of ours and has bought several cars from us prior. We are 95% sure we know her identity, but the salesman working the sale failed to obtain a copy of her driver’s license, so we’re not 100% positive.

Update on the Big Island Shark Attack

The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers and DLNR Aquatic Resources staff are responding to a report of a shark incident that took place today between 8 to 8:30 a.m. in ocean waters between the County’s Punaluu Beach Park and Ninole, in Ka’u District of the island of Hawaii.

It was reported by Hawaii County Police that a male, 29 years old and two friends were in the water body boarding about 7 a.m. About an hour later, while the male was paddling back out, he was about 20 yards from shore when he was hit and knocked of his board by a shark. Type of shark is thought to have been a 10 to 12 foot tiger shark according to the victim’s friends.

According to DOCARE, water depth was about 8-12 feet , conditions windy with surf. The male was transported by friends via private vehicle to a hospital in Pahala with non life-threatening injuries.

Shark Sighted

Hawaii County Police have confirmed to DOCARE that Punaluu Beach Park has been closed by Hawaii County Lifeguards. Lifeguards have posted shark warning signs at Punaluu beach park, which will remain closed the rest of today. The fire department helicopter flew over the area at 10 a.m. today and will do so again tomorrow morning, If there is no further sighting of sharks the park will reopen at noon tomorrow.

Ka’u Kako’o, a local community outreach group at Punaluu will help to inform beachgoers that the beach is closed.


Big Island Flash Flood Watch Tonight Through Thursday

Waimanu trail closed, camping permits canceled due to Big Island flash flood watch tonight through Thursday

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), in cooperation with Hawaii County Civil Defense, is canceling all camping permits for, and closing the Waimanu trail in north Kohala today, until further notice, due to a flash flood watch for the Big Island for late tonight through Thursday afternoon.


With long sustained rains stream levels are likely to rise, which is a safety hazard for hikers crossing streams. Do not attempt to cross a flooded stream. Remain on higher ground and wait for the stream to subside.

“We are cancelling all camping permits and the remote Waimanu trail until further notice until the trail can be inspected and deemed safe for public use,” said Roger Imoto, Division of Forestry and Wildlife administrator.


1st Annual “Trunk and Treat” Halloween Party at Maku’u Farmers Market

Raisin’ Cane Sorbet and Juice Company presents the 1st Annual “Trunk and Treat” Halloween Party Thursday at Maku’u Farmers Market.

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2008

Three days to the big event…. $50.00 prize each for Best Costume and Best Decorated Truck. (gate opens at 3pm)



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Halloween 2012

A Trunk or Treat Halloween event is where people gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. Then they pass out treats from their trunks.  The event provides a safe family environment for our keiki.

Costume parade (starts at 7) and contest. $50.00 reward for BEST TRUNK. $50.00 reward for BEST COSTUME.

Proceeds will go into the Maku’u Community Garden fund. All Donations are tax deductible and the gates open at 3pm. All the fun starts as the sun goes down.

For more info call the TRUNK AND TREAT hotline 965-7270

3.0 and 3.5 Magnitude Earthquakes Registered on the Big Island

A 3.5 Magnitude earthquake was registered in the Pahala area of the Big Island today.

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Earlier a 3.0 Magnitude earthquake struck off the Kohala coast of the Big Island:
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Big Island Police to Hold Community Meeting in Kohala

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, October 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kohala Intergenerational Center.

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the North Kohala District.

This North Kohala event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the North Kohala District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Jason Cortez at 889-6540, stop by the North Kohala police station in Kapaʻau, or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com


Big Island Men to Walk in High Heels to Raise Awareness of Sexual Assault

YWCA Hawaii Island hosts the third annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7:30 a.m.  In East Hawaii, the one-mile march begins at the YWCA Ululani Street campus.  In West Hawaii, the march will be at the Kona International Market.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and is a call to end sexual assault, rape and gender violence in the community.

Mayor Kenoi holding his selected pair of heels for the 2012 Walk-a-Mile event

Mayor Kenoi holding his selected pair of heels for the 2012 Walk-a-Mile event

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Deputy Managing Director Wally Lau will lead the march and address participants at the YWCA kick-off sites in Hilo and Kona, respectively.  Also joining the march and leading their respective organizations are Police Chief Harry Kubojiri, Fire Chief Darren Rosario, County Prosecutor Mitch Roth, Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveria, Police Deputy Chief Paul Ferreira, Police Assistant Chief Paul Kealoha, and radio personality J.E. Orozco.

“Inspired by the saying, ‘You can’t understand a person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes,’ we’re asking men to walk in women’s shoes to show their support to end violence against women and girls,” said Karen Hayashida, YWCA board president.  “Every three hours someone on Hawaii Island is sexually assaulted, which is unacceptable.  The community must work together to create a safer, healthier place to live and work.”

The event is sponsored by KTA Superstores, Hawaii Radiology, Big Island Toyota, HPM Building Supply, HFS Federal Credit Union, Atlas Insurance and Target in Kailua-Kona.

All proceeds from the event directly benefit the YWCA Hawaii Island Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) program, the only 24-hour, 7-days a week rape crisis center for the island. SASS services are free and include crisis counseling, therapy for assault victims and their families, and violence prevention education for schools and the community.

March participants are asked to report to the kick-off sites by 7:30 a.m. to register, select their shoes and warm up for the walk.  All participants must complete an entry form and submit a $25 fee.  The community is invited to participate in the event and help raise funds to meet the $25,000 goal.  For more information, visit ywcahawaiiisland.org or call the YWCA Hawaii Island office at 935-7141.

About the YWCA Hawaii Island
YWCA Hawaii Island is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is the elimination of racism and empowerment of women.  Established in 1919, the organization offers services and programs which include: a nationally accredited preschool; the only Teen Court for the Big Island; and the only home visitation program to prevent child abuse and neglect for 0-3 year olds in all of East Hawai’i.

The YWCA Hawaii Island is part of the YWCA USA, the oldest and largest national women’s organization with the mission of empowering women and eliminating racism.  Nationally, the YWCA represents 2 million women, girls and their families in the US each year.  Globally, the YWCA USA is a member of World YWCA, which has affiliates in over 100 countries that serve 25 million women and girls worldwide.


4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Big Island Residents

The Big Island of Hawaii just got hit with a 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake:


Big Island Police to Hold Community Meeting in Waimea

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, August 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hawaiian Homes hall in Waimea.

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Kohala District.

This South Kohala event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the South Kohala District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Randall Medeiros at 887-3080, stop by the South Kohala police station in Waimea, or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.


First Volcom Store to Open on the Big Island

Queens’ MarketPlace announces that Volcom, a modern lifestyle brand that embodies the creative spirit of youth culture, will open its first Big Island store at the popular shopping center by the end of this year.

VolcomFounded in 1991 on the principles of “liberation, innovation and experimentation,” Volcom products are designed for people with a passion for art, music, film, skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding.  With designs for men, women and youth Volcom incorporates a distinctive mixture of fashion and function combined with quality, comfort and athletic performance.

“Volcom is excited to be opening our first store on the Big Island at Queens’ MarketPlace,” said Volcom’s Senior Director of Retail, Rocky Taylor. “We have four other stores in Hawai‘i and feel this location will be a great addition.”

Bringing its creative energy to Queens’ MarketPlace, Volcom joins a growing family of shops and boutiques, galleries, services and restaurants within award-winning Waikoloa Beach Resort.

“We’re looking forward to working with the Volcom team to help build excitement for their opening, and add their lifestyle products to our already-great lineup of sports and activities, and the gear to go with them,” said Scott Head, Vice President of Resort Operations. “Their new shop is great news for visitors and our resident kama‘āina as well.”

Since it opened in 2007, Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort has earned a reputation among visitors and kama‘āina as “the gathering place of the Kohala Coast,” full of shopping opportunities, services and great food, along with entertainment and arts programs, movies under the stars and large-scale concerts in Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens. For more information, visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822.

Governor Releases $12.9 Million for National Guard, Civil Defense and Health Facilities on Oahu and Big Island

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $12.9 million for capital improvement projects (CIPs) that include priority work at National Guard and State Civil Defense facilities, repairs and energy cost-saving measures for health facilities, and a new home for the Youth Challenge Academy program on the Big Island.

“Our recent brush with Tropical Storm Flossie highlights the need for enhanced National Guard, emergency management and health facilities, and these funds will strengthen our state’s disaster preparedness capabilities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The Youth Challenge Academy program, by working with island youth, is likewise an investment in the self-reliance of our future community members and leaders. I thank our state legislators for recognizing these projects that improve our ability to serve the people of Hawaii.”

Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved by the Governor:

National Guard / Civil Defense

$5,900,000 – Keaukaha Military Reservation, Hawaii Island – Construction of one, 100-person billet to house the cadets of the Youth Challenge Academy at the Keaukaha Military Reservation (KMR), as well as renovation of Building 621 for the addition of restrooms and other miscellaneous facility and infrastructure improvements (The relocation of the Hawaii National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy campus on the Big Island from the Kulani Correctional Facility to KMR is expected to provide cost savings, mostly from utilities, that directly translate into the potential for increasing the number of cadets allowed into the program; additional benefits include improved proximity to medical facilities in Hilo and National Guard resources and personnel)

$4,050,000 – National Guard Facilities, statewide – Design and construction for upgrades and improvements to National Guard facilities statewide, including major renovations in the mauka and makai wings of Building 46 at Kalaeloa, Oahu (electrical, water, sewer, and air conditioning)

$500,000 – Army Guard Facilities, Oahu – Construction to renovate Hawaii Army National Guard Facilities at Kalaeloa, Oahu, including renovation of Buildings 282 and 1784, as well as various utilities improvements (These funds are necessary in order to receive federal funds; total project cost is $19,800,000 with $2,300,000 in state funds and $16,500,000 in federal funds)

State Civil Defense Building

State Civil Defense Building

$225,000 – State Civil Defense, Building 303, Oahu – Design and construction to provide exterior building hardening improvements at  Building 303, which houses the Emergency Operating Center Annex, the State Media Center, Joint Information Center, administrative offices, and emergency equipment and supplies within Diamond Head Crater; the project includes upgrades to the roof, walls, windows, doors, and other building components that are vulnerable to high winds and flying debris (These funds are necessary in order to receive federal funds; total project cost is $900,000 with $225,000 in state funds and $675,000 in federal funds)

Health Facilities

$1,000,000 – Leahi Hospital, Oahu – Design, construction and equipment to install a photovoltaic system to reduce electricity costs

Leahi Health Center

Leahi Hospital

$650,000 – Maluhia Hospital, Oahu – Design and construction to replace existing windows that have deteriorated and need to be replaced to improve the building envelope

$535,000 – Maluhia Hospital, Oahu – Replacement of the existing retaining wall along Keola Road that has deteriorated

$75,000 – Hale Hoola Hamakua Hospital, Hawaii Island – Completion of an energy audit and installation of energy-saving equipment such as variable frequency drives, controlling devices or programs, or modify existing systems


Tropical Storm Flossie Changes Course – Big Island Spared

As of 5:00 this morning, it looks like Tropical Storm Flossie has changed directions and the Big Island will be spared from a direct hit from the storm:

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