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
Pahoa

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.”

WARNING VIDEO CONTAINS VIOLENT AND RACIAL LANGUAGE:

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.

DLNR

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)

  • LIVE MUSIC
  • GAMES
  • PRIZES
  • OPEN MIC
  • INTERACTIVE ART TABLE
  • BALLOON TWISTING
  • FACE PAINTING

Location:

  • MAKU’U FARMERS MARKET HYW. 130 PAHOA
Transformer - Bumblebee

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.

35 Pahala

Earlier a 3.0 Magnitude earthquake struck off the Kohala coast of the Big Island:
30 Kalaloa

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:

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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:

Flossie Big Island

Announcing #TechTuesday – Hawaii TechWorks’ Monthly Meetup!

How #TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks Began

On the Big Island, Cody Anderson grew up in Kea’au and Tony Marzi grew up in Pahoa. As kids, they both played on the same soccer team in Kea’au. Years later, after both had spent time away in school and on the Mainland, both returned home to the Big Island, where they reconnected in Hilo, Marzi as the founder of Hawaii TechWorks and Anderson as the owner of Bolo Graphics. Although their interests vary widely, they quickly discovered a shared mission: to bring together the creative and technical community of Big Island. With that shared vision, and with the help of dedicated Hawaii TechWorks staff and volunteers, including Charles Huston, Kent Olsen, and Anoka Jung, they started co-hosting #TechTuesday events in Hilo for programmers, creatives, designers, students, engineers, and anyone they knew to be interested in and invested in science, technology, entrepreneurship, education, and their local community. Since the launch of #TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks, a cohesive membership has formed, new young leaders in the community and in tech have emerged, and #TechTuesday #ProjectGroups have taken shape, all with the shared mission of community economic and educational development.

A beautiful day for an outdoor crowd at #TechTuesday by #HawaiiTechWorks

A beautiful day for an outdoor crowd at #TechTuesday by #HawaiiTechWorks

#TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks

In April of 2013, we hosted our first pau hana, potluck-style #TechTuesday event. We invited friends and colleagues interested in learning, connecting, and utilizing technology in new and interesting ways, and opened up the floor for discussions and networking. Co-hosts Tony Marzi and Cody Anderson shared their vision with the group, and modestly delivered the #TechTuesday concept as a mind-map that they drew on the whiteboard -activities, projects, and events -all in a form to build new friendships and professional collaborations, and to jump-start new tech and small business projects.

In May, our second #TechTuesday event was held at the Pacific Aquaculture Coastal Resources Center (#PACRC). There we hosted a 3D printing presentation and demonstration by Ted Stretham and Gerard Kruisheer.. Also on the agenda, Don Kosak shared his recent experience at the Bay Area Maker Faire, which was attended by well over 80,000 people, and Kent Olsen shared his new role with TEDTalks as marketing director for TEDxHilo.

Our third #TT event was held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Old Army Reserve Building, in association with the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES). We had an excellent presentation from PISCES Director Christian Andersen, who shared the projects PISCES has been working on in Aerospace Technology, as well as Mike Purvis and Ryder Donahue (Team Poliahu, University of Hawaii at Hilo), who shared with us the Help Me Help app that made them the 2013 Microsoft Dream Cup U.S. Champions.

We have had individuals across the education, business, and tech spectrum join us in helping to establish #TechTuesday as a monthly meetup in Hilo -enabling Hawaii TechWorks to provide a highly anticipated, new and interesting forum for tech collaboration and opportunity in our community. From high school and college students, design and software engineers, university staff, and local business members, all have been and are deeply engaged, and our first #ProjectGroup, which is being spearheaded by Vahid Ajimine, has already launched. Our next #TechTuesday meetup, for July, is coming up, as well as other, much-anticipated events.

The Future of #TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks

Anderson and Marzi, with the assistance of Hawaii TechWorks volunteers and support staff, plan to continue co-hosting #TechTuesday meetups each month. In the pipeline, along with the formation of #TechTuesday #ProjectGroups, are #CodeJam and #GameJam events that should prove to be both fun and productive. The level of engagement and commitment with #TechTuesdays from our membership is high, and we look forward to continuing to meet our community economic development and STEM education mission with our members as partners. With each #TechTuesday meetup and #ProjectGroup activity, Hawaii TechWorks is fostering and nurturing the crucial exchange of ideas that will lead to new tech, small businesses, and opportunity for everyone in our community.

About Hawaii TechWorks

Hawaii TechWorks is a non-governmental, social enterprise organization working in East Hawaii and surrounding communities. Hawaii TechWorks’ mission, as established by founder Tony Marzi, is to approach the existing and systemic issues we face today with 21st century tools and solutions. The goals of Hawaii TechWorks are: to assist in the development of community-based high growth and high impact businesses; to help entrepreneurs convert great ideas into successful businesses; and, to help companies succeed by providing the technical assistance, business infrastructure, and networking opportunities that will increase their chances of successes. We are focused on fostering the emergence of a next generation of leaders, in facilitating the development of strong community ties through informal networking and relationship-building, in new job opportunities for local residents, and in community-based economic development.

For more information or to become a #TechTuesday by Hawaii TechWorks presenter, please contact us at community@HawaiiTechWorks.org.

To view our #TechTuesdays photo album, please click here:#TechTuesdays by Hawaii TechWorks

Senator Hirono and USDA Announce First Major Federal Initiative to Fight Coffee Berry Borer

After Hirono Urged USDA To Take Action Against The Highly Destructive Beetle Earlier This Year, Department Agrees To Spend $1 Million Immediately To Set-Up Hawaii Operation To Fight Invasive Species

Senator Mazie K. Hirono and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the first major federal initiative today to fight the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost three years. The project, a new arm of the USDA’s integrated pest management program, will be a scientifically-based approach to fighting the invasive species. In the immediate term, USDA will spend an initial $1 million dollars to set-up the Hawaii operation.

Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei)

“This new initiative to fight the coffee berry borer is great news for Hawaii and our economy, and I am very pleased that the USDA has recognized the threat of this highly destructive invasive species,” said Hirono. “Our state produces some of the world’s best coffee, and coffee is an important export from our state. But the livelihood of Hawaii Island coffee growers is increasingly being threatened by the coffee berry borer, as many farmers are forced to abandon large portions of their yields due to infestation each year. That’s why I originally urged the USDA to set up this initiative and have been working closely with the department to begin its implementation. USDA, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and the University of Hawaii will collectively work to help coffee farmers combat and contain this invasive species.”

The announcement of the new project comes after Hirono urged the department to set up a Hawaii operation to fight the coffee berry borer. After working closely with Hirono and Hawaii coffee farmers to assess the need for the program, USDA agreed to immediately implement a new initiative to fight the devastating invasive species.

“USDA shares your concerns about the agricultural and economic impacts of this noxious pest,” U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wrote to Hirono in a letter earlier this month. “As such, I am pleased to announce the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has funded an Area Wide Integrated Pest Management program to aid in controlling the coffee berry borer in the United States.”

Electronic scan of the coffee berry borer

Electronic scan of the coffee berry borer

Members of the Hawaii delegation have been working to get more funding for a possible program in the Farm Bill currently being considered in Congress. Ahead of USDA’s agreement to fund a program, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard introduced a successful amendment which was included in the Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that authorized funding for a USDA program. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa cosponsored the measure. Hirono introduced a similar measure in the Senate that was cosponsored by Senator Brian Schatz.

“The coffee berry borer has been a destructive force striking at the heart of Hawai‘i’s multi-million dollar coffee industry,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. “In just two years, our treasured Kona coffee industry suffered more than $9 million in market losses, representing a roughly 25 percent revenue decrease. The economic impact has been deeply felt by coffee farms, most of which are small family farms, and coffee processors are being forced to lay off workers or reduce hours. The USDA initiative being established in Hawai‘i will help local coffee growers combat the effects of this invasive and destructive pest.”

The new program will be tasked with distributing effective treatments to local farmers and educating them on the most effective treatment practices, researching the genetic makeup of the coffee berry borer to find its weakness and disposing of infected plants. In his letter, Vilsack explained that the new USDA initiative will coordinate with local coffee farmers, the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to use the following techniques to fight the borer:

  • Distribute the most effective repellents to farmers and training them on how to best use these treatments
  • Research new types of pest controls that could be more effective in killing the beetles
  • Create a plant sanitation program that decreases the opportunities for borer to reproduce and spread
  • Study the borer to find how the species is similar or different that other agricultural pest in order to develop better methods for controlling the pest

Hawaii Island is home to more than 700 small coffee farms. In 2011, coffee farmers in Hawaii produced more than 8 million pounds of coffee, valued at more than $30 million.

The borer is an insect native to Central Africa that lives, feeds and reproduces in both immature and mature coffee berries. This damage can have a significant negative impact on the quality and quantity of coffee crop yields. As a direct result of the coffee berry borer, many farmers in 2012 have expressed concerns that their yields were in jeopardy. Recent reports have found infestation rates of up to 80% for some Hawaii farms.

Vilsack’s letter to Hirono agreeing to start the program, as well as her initial call for the USDA to create the initiative, read below:

USDA to Mazie

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Fireworks Crown Queens’ Marketplace’s ‘Family Fourth’

Queens’ MarketPlace is where the Big Island wants to be on the 4th of July, when folks of all ages come out to play, shop, enjoy good food and great music all afternoon and evening—capped off with spectacular fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl. 

Queens Shop in Waikoloa

In the Coronation Pavilion five of the island’s favorite bands take the stage starting at 12:30pm (see below).  Free cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, balloon sculpting and other festivities offer non-stop fun from 1-5 p.m. For the keiki and the young at heart, there are carnival games (25 cents) and Zoo Choo train rides ($2), with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.

When the sun starts to set, Waikoloa Bowl starts rocking with the exciting sounds of Vizion 20/20 and Bump City, leading into the fireworks extravaganza at 8 p.m.  After the fireworks, kick back and relax with “Full Circle” at the Coronation Pavilion.

Admission is free, and families are invited to come early, beat the crowd, enjoy the day and cap off the “Family Fourth” with a bang.  Beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  Waikoloa Beach Resort would like to thank the Hawaii County Fire Department for co-sponsoring the community fireworks display. For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822. 

July 4 Schedule of Events at Queens’ MarketPlace and Waikoloa Bowl:

  • 12:30-1:45 p.m.  Music by Salsa Latinos at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 1-5 p.m.  Zoo Choo train rides, balloon sculpting, carnival games, face-painting, popcorn, and cotton candy.    (Carnival games are 25 cents, and Zoo Choo rides are $2, all benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.)
  • 2-2:45 p.m.  Music by Vizion 20/20 at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 3-3:45 p.m.  Music by Life in Pursuit at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 4-4:45 p.m.  Music by I’land Boiz at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 5 p.m.  Gates open to Waikoloa Bowl
  • 5-5:45 p.m.  Music by Bobby G and the Generous Theives at the Coronation Pavilion
  • 5:15-8 p.m.  Music by Vizion 20/20 and Bump City in Waikoloa Bowl
  • 8:00 p.m.  FIREWORKS SHOW
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m. Music by Terry Secor and Full Circle at the Coronation Pavilion

For more information visit www.QueensMarketPlace.net or call 886-8822. 

 

Proposed Critical Habitat Sites for the Island of Hawaii

State GIS Map: US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed critical habitat sites for the Island of Hawaii.

Critical Habitats

Click here for more information: Big Island Proposed Critical Habitats

5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Pahala Coast of the Big Island – NO TSUNAMI THREAT

We just had a 5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Pahala Coast of the Big Island:

52 Earthquake

See large red dot on bottom right for location of quake.

TSUNAMI SEISMIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER   1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
215 PM HST TUE JUN 04 2013

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - LOCAL TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 0213 PM HST 04 JUN 2013
   COORDINATES - 18.9 NORTH  155.1 WEST
   LOCATION    - IN THE DEEP OCEAN SOUTHEAST OF THE BIG ISLAND
   MAGNITUDE   - 5.2

EVALUATION

 NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED. REPEAT. NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED.
 HOWEVER...SOME AREAS MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED STRONG SHAKING.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

Commentary: Senator Josh Green – “Over $180 Million in Appropriations for West Hawaii Over the Next Two Fiscal Years”

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to report that this year the State Legislature has approved over $180 million in appropriations for West Hawai’i over the next two fiscal years to improve our region’s transportation, education, healthcare, and justice systems.

These important new investments in our community’s roads, schools, and hospitals will continue to create jobs, stimulate our economy, and build our community for years to come.

I am particularly pleased to report that this year the Legislature has made a strong commitment to complete the new Kona Judiciary Complex, a facility which represents a large state investment in the development of West Hawai’i and will house 230 full-time employees when it is completed. In 2011, the Legislature appropriated $12 million for land acquisition and design of the complex, and this year the Legislature approved an additional $9 million to begin construction with the intention of approving an additional $81 million to complete construction in the coming years.

This year the Legislature has also approved an additional $2.4 million to complete the construction of phase I of the new West Hawai’i Community College Campus at Palamanui, bringing the state investment in the new campus to $14.9 million, in addition to private investment of close to $20 million. This new campus will give our young people the option of pursuing higher education in West Hawai’i, and will serve as an educational resource for our entire community.

In addition, the Legislature has renewed the Hospital Sustainability Act, which will this year again bring more than $37 million in federal money to help strengthen and support hospitals in Hawai’i, including over $4 million to North Hawai’i Community Hospital on the Big Island.

Projects approved for West Hawai’i during the 2013 legislative session include:

  • Kona International Airport – $113.5 million for airport improvements including construction of the first phase of the terminal expansion program, design and construction of an international arrivals building, and extensive security improvements
  • Saddle Road Extension – $15.8 million for design of a new roadway extending the Saddle Road from the Hilo terminus to Queen Kaahumanu Highway, and land acquisition and construction of a road maintenance facility that includes maintenance and office structures
  • Puuanahulu Shooting Range Facility – $13 million for plans, design, and construction of the Puuanahulu Shooting Range Facility
  • NELHA Frontage Road – $9.7 million for construction of a frontage road and new connections to the Kaiminani Drive and Makako Bay Drive intersections on Queen Kaahumanu Highway
  • Kona Judiciary Complex – $9 million for plans, design, and construction of a new Judiciary Complex in Kona
  • Mamalahoa Highway – $6 million for construction of drainage improvements to Mamalahoa Highway in the vicinity of Puuwaawaa Ranch Road
  • Kona Community Hospital – $4 million for renovations and upgrades to Kona Community Hospital
  • Manuka Natural Area Reserve – $3.5 million for plans, design, and construction of a boundary fence at the Manuka Natural Area Preserve
  • West Hawai’i Community College at Palamanui – $2.4 million for design and construction of the completion of phase I of the new West Hawai’i Community College Campus
  • Kohala Community Hospital – $1 million for renovations and upgrades to Kohala Community Hospital
  • Kealakehe High School – $300,000 for design of upgrades to an all-weather and synthetic track at Kealakehe High School

Please join me at the West Hawai’i Community Forum on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 pm at the Main Pavilion of Maka’eo (Old Airport) Park, along with our other legislators from West Hawai’i. Come join us for pupus and beverages, talk story, and share your ideas and concerns with your representatives in state government.

As your State Senator, I will continue to work hard every day to improve our transportation, education, healthcare, and justice systems and make our roads, schools, and hospitals in West Hawai’i the best that they can be.

Let’s keep working together to achieve even greater results in the coming years, and to make West Hawai’i and our entire state an even better place to live.

Aloha,

Senator Josh Green

 

 

 
Josh Green, State Senator, District 3, West Hawai’i

 

 

4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island

The original report of a 4.2 magnitude earthquake off the Big Island has been upgraded to a 4.4.

earthquake

Magnitude 4.4
Date-Time
Location 20.341°N, 155.071°W
Depth 17.8 km (11.1 miles)
Region HAWAII REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 43 km (27 miles) NNE (23°) from Laupahoehoe, HI
  • 45 km (28 miles) NE (43°) from Paauilo, HI
  • 50 km (31 miles) NE (54°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 71 km (44 miles) N (1°) from Hilo, HI
  • 306 km (190 miles) ESE (110°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.4 km (8.3 miles); depth +/- 10 km (6.2 miles)
Parameters NST= 47, Nph= 50, Dmin=42.3 km, Rmss=0.36 sec, Gp=122°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb000g6fd