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Confirmed Case of Mumps at Konawaena High School


The cases of mumps in Hawaii continues to climb.  The Department of Health has not been listing many of the recent cases, but today a case was confirmed here at a high school on the Big Island of Hawaii:

Aloha Konawaena Families,

We wanted to inform you that we do have a confirmed case of mumps on our campus. We have taken all the necessary steps to address this issue.

Today, all students received a pink letter with more information about mumps. Please ask your child about this letter. Those students who may have been in close contact with the student with mumps will receive an additional letter in the mail. All those students who need to be excluded from school have already been notified by phone.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Diane Spencer, Vice Principal

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Kona Girl

4/23/13 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 17-year-old Aisha Freitas of Kona, who was reported missing.

She was found unharmed in Kona at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 23).

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kona girl who was reported missing.

Aisha Freitas

Aisha Freitas

Aisha Freitas was last seen at Konawaena High School on Tuesday (April 16). She is described as 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5, 110 pounds with brown eyes, black wavy hair and a fair complexion. She may be in the Kona area.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Clive Okino at 326-4646, ext. 276..

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Konawaena Student is Driving Force Behind Sustainability Resolution

Two years ago an essay contest on sustainability caught the attention of Trevor Tanaka, currently a senior at Konawaena High School on Hawaii Island. He realized that he did not know a lot about sustainability and, more importantly, while private schools incorporated sustainable education into their courses, it was woefully absent from the public school curriculum.

Trevor Tanaka

Trevor Tanaka

Trevor’s journey to do something about this began at the Hawaii State Student Council’s Secondary Student Conference in the fall of 2011 where he presented a resolution requiring public schools throughout the State to incorporate sustainable education into their science curriculum.  At the conference, the resolution garnered the support of 85% of the student delegation.  He was then nominated by Nancy Redfeather from The Kohala Center to join the Sustainable Hawaii Youth Leadership Initiative (SHYLI) and presented his resolution at the 2012 Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, last July and at the SHYLI Youth Leadership Forum in Kamuela in January 2013.

In addition to drafting HCR 178 and its companion SCR192, Tanaka solicited officials like Mayor Billy Kenoi and other Big Island community leaders to submit testimony.  Earlier this week Trevor came to Honolulu to testify on his resolution before the House Committee on Education. HCR178 passed the House committee and will go to the full House for a vote before being sent to the Senate for its consideration.

“When I meet someone like Trevor I know that the future of Hawaii is in good hands,” said  Rep. Denny Coffman (District 5: Na’alehu, Ocean View, Capt. Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona) who introduced the resolution on Trevor’s behalf.

“Trevor discovered a gap in his school curriculum and decided to take the initiative and do something about it.  We could all learn a thing or two from this exceptional young man,” Coffman added.

Second Kona Community Meeting Planned on Rash of Burglaries and Car Thefts

Police and members of the County Administration will hold a second informational meeting about the recent rash of burglaries and car thefts in the Kona area and other parts of Hawaiʻi County.

Konawaena High School

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (October 18) at the Konawaena High School cafeteria.

This is a follow-up meeting to one held September 11.

Persons desiring additional information may call either Bobby Command, executive assistant to Mayor Kenoi, at 323-4442 or Police Captain Richard Sherlock of the Kona District at 326-4646, extension 299.