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72-Year-Old Texas Woman Dies Snorkeling Off the Kohala Coast

Big Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with a Texas woman who died after snorkeling along the Kohala Coast on Sunday.

South Kohala patrol officers responded to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital Sunday evening in response to an 8 p.m. call reporting the death of 71-year-old Sokoon Yu of Flour Mound, Texas.

Yu had been snorkeling with a tour group in waters fronting a resort on the 74-5000 block of Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when she became unresponsive at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday. Workers from the tour group pulled her from the water, performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, and took her to shore. Fire Department personnel continued CPR and transported her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

Public Invited to the Grand Opening of Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina on the Big Island

Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina would like to invite the community for a day of cultural celebrations and Grand Opening of their newest location on the Kohala Coast, Friday, March 23, 2012 from 5 p.m.-2 a.m.  Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina will be hosting live entertainment such as the band “Leche de Tigre” along with two VIP theme cocktail reception areas sponsored by Corona and Peligroso Tequila.

“Come join Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina at the Shops at Mauna Lani for a night of Authentic Mexican Food and Margaritas,” said Jesus Santoyo, Owner and Founder.  “Our Mexican dishes are guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds with exotic flavors using the freshest ingredients the island has to offer.”

Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina is dedicated to providing impeccable service within a comfy “fiesta” ambience, bringing the warmth and generosity of Mexico to your table. “Here at Just Tacos Mexican Grill & Cantina everyone is family,” said Santoyo.

Along with the Authentic Mexican Cuisine is a Tequila Bar serving over 300 different Tequilas.  “You will be blown away by the fine choices available for tasting,” said Santoyo.  “Pairing the right tequila with your meal is important, so the knowledgeable staff is ready to guide you in choosing the right tequila for your dish!  It will take the casual drinker around six months to try all of the available spirits.  If you thought you knew good tequila already, trust us you haven’t tried anything yet!”

For more information, visit www.justtacos.com or call 808-884-8484.


2.4 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Kohala Coast of the Big Island

*UPDATE* It has now been revised to a 2.4 Magnitude earthquake after being reviewed by a seismologist.

Magnitude 3.0
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 23:45:32 UTC
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 01:45:32 PM at epicenter
Location 20.203°N, 156.011°W
Depth 27.7 km (17.2 miles)
  • 19 km (12 miles) WSW (257°) from Hawi, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) W (261°) from Kapaau, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) W (262°) from Halaula, HI
  • 41 km (25 miles) WNW (299°) from Waimea, HI
  • 111 km (69 miles) WNW (300°) from Hilo, HI
  • 225 km (140 miles) ESE (123°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 3.2 km (2.0 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
Parameters Nph= 34, Dmin=26 km, Rmss=0.29 sec, Gp=288°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60298266

Queens’ MarketPlace Welcomes Ocean Sports to New Location

Media Release:

Ocean Sports, popular provider of beach activities and sea-going adventures, announces its sixth and newest location at Queens’ MarketPlace in Waikoloa Beach Resort, with a soft opening Monday, January 17, 2011.  The new shop will feature interactive marine life displays, logo items and island souvenirs, reservations and check-in desk for the company’s Whale Watch, Snorkel and Sunset Sails.

Founded in 1981, Ocean Sports had humble beginnings as a single card table on the beach at ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay.  Today, it is the Big Island’s #1 ocean recreation company, providing professional beach concession and swimming pool services to seven major resort properties on the Kohala Coast and an educational Whale Center in Kawaihae Village.

The company motto, “Every day is an adventure,” is experienced by guests daily on Black Sand Snorkel Sails, Champagne Sunset Sails, and seasonal Whale Watch excursions aboard three luxurious catamarans. Ocean Sports also offers private charters, weddings-at-sea and glass-bottom boat adventures.  Not just a provider of fun and recreation, Ocean Sports helps educate visitors and residents about Hawaii’s fragile marine environment.

“Ocean Sports is an exciting addition to Queens’ Marketplace and will make lifetime memories for so many,” said Sales and Operations Manager Margo Mau Bunnell. “This central check-in location will serve customers from around the island and will help to make ocean activities more accessible to all.  Visitors and residents, from keiki to kupuna, can come to this new location to learn more about the ocean, check out all Ocean Sports’ activities, make their reservations on the spot and pick up souvenirs and gifts to take home. We are very happy to have them join our Queens’ MarketPlace ‘ohana.

The new Ocean Sports shop will be open 7 days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Free parking and shuttle service for passengers provided.  For reservations, call (808) 886-6666, or visit www.hawaiioceansports.com.  For more information about the new store, visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.