Three men were rescued from their capsized vessel approximately 14 miles off Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Friday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:20 p.m., from a man who received a text message from his three friends who said their 23-foot boat had capsized and they needed to be rescued.
Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska to respond. At the same time, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu also received a distress signal from the capsized vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon that gave an exact position of the capsized vessel.
Using the information from the text message and the EPIRB, the Dolphin crew arrived and found one man sitting on the hull of the capsized vessel and the two other men floating in the water. A Coast Guard aviation survival technician was lowered to the vessel and all three men were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to back to the air station where emergency medical services were standing by to assist.
All three men were uninjured.
“It cannot be overstated how important working safety gear is when heading out onto the ocean,” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu’s public affairs officer. “The position received from this vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon was a key factor in getting rescuers to the exact location of these men who were in distress. The EPIRB took the search out of this search and rescue case”.
The capsized boat remains adrift and the Coast Guard issued a safety broadcast to alert mariners of the hazard to navigation.
The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety and communications equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.
There are no photos or video available of this rescue.
Evacuation shelters on Oahu to open at 3:00 p.m.
10 tropical storm evacuation shelters will open on Oahu at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon. Residents who feel that their home or place of residence may not be safe can utilize one of these locations as a refuge from severe weather and high surf.
These shelters, operated by the American Red Cross, provide only emergency refuge. You must bring all of your supplies with you including food, water, other emergency needs as well as bedding or a cot to sleep on. For the safety and security of evacuees Red Cross shelters do not allow smoking, guns, drugs, alcohol or other hazardous items.
Those on medication should bring a 7-10 day supply of medication. Diabetics should bring their medication and glucometers. Those with respiratory issues should bring inhalers and nebulizers. As with all other evacuees, those on special diets should bring their own food.
In addition these shelters will accommodate pets. Pet owners must provide a solid sided pet carrier or cage for each pet, food, water and sanitation supplies. In addition owners will be expected to assist in the care of their pets.
The following are the Oahu evacuation shelters that will open at 3:00 p.m.
Waianae District Park 85-601 Farrington Hwy Waianae 96792
Wahiawa District Park 1139-A Kilani Avenue Wahiawa 96786
Ewa Mahiko District Park 91-1161 Renton Road Ewa Beach 96706
Kailua District Park 21 South Kainalu Drive Kailua 96734
Kilauea District Park 4109 Kilauea Avenue Honolulu 96816
Koko Head District Park 423 Kaumakani Street Honolulu 96825
Waimanalo District Park 41-415 Hihimanu Street Waimanalo 96795
Waialua Church of Christ 67-174 Farrington Hwy Waialua 96791
BYU Hawaii 55-220 Kulanui St Laie 96762
Kalakaua District Park 720 McNeill Street Honolulu 96817
HAWAI’IGAS is recalling all Lite Cylinder brand cylinders as mandated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Administration. All Lite Cylinders are branded on the top handle near the nozzle.
The recall affects all customers who purchased a PropaneXchange cylinder on or before May 28.
Customers affected by the recall should immediately exchange their tank for a new, full tank at any PropaneXchange location.
Only HAWAIʽIGAS PropaneXchange customers on Oahu are affected by this recall. For questions please call HAWAIʽIGAS at (808) 535-5933.
Oahu PropaneXchange Locations
76 1010 Keolu Dr.
Kailua, HI 96734
Flagship Fastlube, Aiea
99-236 Moanalua Rd
Aiea, HI 96701
966 California Ave
Wahiawa, HI 96786
The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is asking for the public’s help to locate a large item of marine debris that may be floating in the ocean off the windward Oahu coast and could approach land over the holiday weekend.
What appears to be a large container, possibly made of metal, is approximately 20 feet long by 8 feet wide, 8 feet high and painted light blue. There is a small, square framed hole in the middle of its top surface that appears open and visible from a distance. About 6 to 8 feet of the object are above water. Its origin and contents are unknown at this time.
DLNR is working closely with its agency partners on the Hawaii Interagency Marine Debris Working Group, including the NOAA Marine Debris Program, U.S. Coast Guard, City and County of Honolulu Emergency Management, and others.
“We are asking people to immediately contact us with latitude and longitude (GPS) position and date and time of sighting, because we want to be able to take control of this large object before it can cause damage to a reef or introduce invasive species,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.
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Plants that are critically endangered will be reintroduced to their native habitat in a unique bog
Yesterday, volunteers, along with staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) conducted an outplanting of native plants at the Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve, the highest peak on Oahu.
Protection of Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve’s watershed forests by restoring native forest ecosystems is critical for maintaining the water supply of West and Central Oahu. Volunteers reintroduced the critically endangered kamakahala – with fewer than 100 individuals remaining in the wild –to its native habitat in the ridges of Mt. Kaala.
A hundred and fifty plants were planted thanks to collaboration the Board of Water Supply, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership and DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) program.
These new plantings will help strengthen the integrity of the forest watershed by maintaining the biodiversity of the Hawaiian forest.
For more information on Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve go to
For information on the DLNR Rare Plant Program check out:
- Natural Phenomena of Koa Defoliation on the Big Island Due to Population Explosion of Native Moth (damontucker.com)
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The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book One Target Earth performs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 pm.
“This is a one-of-a-kind all-ages show, and is definitely not to be missed!” said UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Manager Lee Dombroski. The premise is simple: a period adventure story featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott as they face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.
“The telling is what makes the experience of The Intergalactic Nemesis so incredibly unique,” Dombroski explained. “While three actors, one Foley artist, and one keyboardist perform all the voices, sound effects and music, more than 1,000 hand-drawn, full color, hi-res, blow-your-mind comic book images blast from the screen, all performed live. Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other and it’s for the kid in everyone.”
Tickets are reserved seating and priced at $20 General, $15 Discount and $10 UH Hilo/HawCC students and children, up to age 17, and available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 974-7310 or ordering online at artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.
Hawaii Show Dates:
- Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Book One: Target Earth Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Castle Theatre Kahului, Hawaii
- Friday, January 11, 2013 Book One: Target Earth University of Hawai’i Performing Arts Center Hilo, Hawaii
- Saturday, January 12, 2013 University of Hawai’i, Kennedy Theatre Honolulu, Hawaii
State Civil Defense siren maintenance technicians will conduct testing at the following siren locations Monday, November 19, 2012:
• Aiea High School
• Aiea Heights
• Waimalu Elementary School
• Pearl City District Park
• Palisades Elementary School
Residents in these areas may hear the sirens sound for 30-seconds during the identified time periods. The technicians will use data gathered from these tests to verify operational status and maintenance actions.
Oahu residents may call State Civil Defense at 733-4300 if they have any questions or concerns regarding this test of the Statewide Outdoor Siren Warning System.
State Civil Defense encourages the public to make use of redundant methods of warning including, but not limited to, text notification systems and NOAA Weather Radio.
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The 20th Annual Hawai`i Forest Industry Association’s Hawaii’s Woodshow wrapped up recently at the Honolulu Museum of Art Academy Art School Gallery at Linekona. While Jurors for the show previewed and
Vedad Kulalic’s impressive and playful “Desk and Chair” earned the People’s Choice Award.
Photo courtesy of Little Looks Photography
selected winners in various categories before the show’s opening date, the People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice winners have just been announced.
Master craftsman Vedad Kulalic won the People’s Choice award with his playful yet skillfully designed and crafted “Desk with Chair.” Kulalic, who lives on Oahu, utilized a combination of monkey pod and koa to mimic a soft fabric-draped desk that many onlookers mistook as sculpture rather than furniture.
Prior to the show’s opening Peter Ziroli’s “Round Center Table” had received the 1st Place Furniture award designated by
Peter Ziroli’s “Round Center Table” won two awards at the 2012 Hawaii’s Woodshow.
Photo courtesy of Little Looks Photography
Woodshow Jurors. Participating artists agreed and chose Ziroli’s table for the Artist’s Choice award. The table is based on an 1869 design by William Fisher. The table top is koa with a longon wood star and pheasant wood banding. Medallions on the table apron and base are longon and applied panels are of light koa and kamani. Ziroli lives and works in O’okala on Hawai’i Island.
“I’d like to thank our team of volunteers for making the 20th annual Hawaii’s Woodshow such a huge success,” said Marian Yasuda, show coordinator. “The Woodshow would not be possible without the collective effort of many people. The generosity and sacrifices are greatly appreciated by me and all those who enjoy seeing such a fantastic exhibit each year.”
Only art pieces crafted predominately from Hawai’i-grown woods are displayed at Hawaii’s Woodshow as part of its endeavor to encourage and strengthen appreciation for sustainable forestry through the planting of native species. Endangered woods and certain rare species are prohibited. Many Woodshow pieces are for sale to the public at http://gallery.hawaiiforest.org/
Hawaii’s Woodshow sponsors included Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Kamehameha Schools, Ron and Myra Kent, Specialty Forest Products, Inc., State of Hawai’i Department of Agriculture, Alexander & Baldwin and the Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, Halekulani Hotel, C. Barton Potter, Bubbies Ice Cream, Martin & MacArthur, and wood artist and HFIA Board President Tai Lake.
This is my definition of stupid tourists:
Would you allow your kids to swim in this death trap? This pool is connected to the open ocean by a short underwater tunnel. Works pretty much like a toilet flushing. As the wave comes in the pool fills up. When receding, the pool empties. You can imagine what happens when you’re sucked out the tunnel!!!! Many people have drowned here!
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The Big Island does not have curbside pick up of garbage and we have been having a major problem with illegal dumping going on.
As the Big Island grows, I would think we would start thinking more about having the county provide garbage pick up in at least some parts of the county. A truck could drive by an area once a week and pick up bags by residences that don’t have the means to take their opala to the transfer stations.
So my question… why can’t the Big Island have it provided by the County?
- Opala in Paradise – Group Clean Up Tomorrow (damontucker.com)
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ProElite, Inc, today announces its next step in mixed martial arts (MMA) with a fight in Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday, August 27th.
The chosen venue is the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Waikiki, the world-famous beach resort destination, marking the third time ProElite will bring its MMA event to the Arena.
The August event is ProElite’s first under the new ownership of Stratus Media Group Inc. Stratus Media Group recently closed the acquisition of 95% of ProElite.
“The timing could not be better!” said Jay Thompson, Vice President of ProElite Fight Operations. “MMA continues to see solid growth and has achieved mainstream acceptance across all visual media platforms in the last few years. It still has plenty of time to mature in the sporting arena.”
Fighter signings and match-ups for the August 27th Blaisdell Arena card will be released soon.
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My son has been begging to go back to Disneyland since we went there a couple summers ago!
I just noticed that one of the sponsors of this site, Go! Mokulele Airlines, is offering an awesome rate to get to Molokai from Oahu and Maui right now! $29.00 bucks… can you beat that?
More good news for the fishing industry:
Throughout the Hawaiian islands fishermen, Native Hawaiians and the public are coming together to share their knowledge of the sea. These statewide puwalu (unions), hosted by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, are aimed at developing best practices in the marine and fishing communities based upon traditional resource management systems.
Kicking-off on Moku O Keawe (the Big Island) with stops on Lanai, Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Molokai, the series delves into the subjects of adaptive management and regulation, code of conduct, community consultation, local and visitor education, and criteria necessary to be eligible to make decisions regarding natural resource management.
The findings will be presented to WPRFMC members and be used to implement the council’s Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan, which includes enhanced community involvement in the fishery management decision making process.
The series of puwalu are just part of the WPRFMC provision to support and sustain indigenous and other fishing communities in the U.S. Pacific Islands. The council was established under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976, which was reauthorized in 1996 as the Sustainable Fisheries Act and most recently reauthorized in 2006…
…Joining the council in this endeavor were the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate, the State of Hawaii, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, and a number of other community organizations throughout the state…
- Purpose of the Sustainable Fisheries Act of 1996 (brighthub.com)
- Bill would protect fisheries from closures (sports.espn.go.com)
The Aloha Festival Parade in Waikiki is normally one of the most colorful parades in the nation, but this year… I have to ask… what happened to all the floats?
Last year there were 14 floats according to the Star-Advertiser. This year there was only 5!
The Star-Advertiser said there was 5 floats… but as I look back over my pictures… I think they may have mistaken a few pooper scooper’s as floats.
Of course there was lots of equestrian units as well!
While the horse were adorned with much flowers… I had to feel sorry for them a bit as it was a hot day!
While I felt sorry for the horses… the folks I really felt sorry for… were the kids in all the marching bands that walked from Ala Moana Park all the way to Kapiolani Park!
I couldn’t imagine carrying this thing for nearly 3 to 4 miles in the blazing sun!
Feel free to click on the pictures above or below for larger images:
Yesterday, marked 8 years since the Ehime Maru incident off Oahu waters that left 9 crew members dead including 4 high school students after the submarine USS Greenville slammed into it as it was rising to the surface of the ocean.
The following is from a Japanese newspaper out of the Ehime Prefecture:
MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) About 340 people offered silent prayers Tuesday for the nine people who died eight years ago when a U.S. submarine surfaced under a Japanese fisheries high school training ship off Hawaii.
At a memorial service at Uwajima Fisheries High School in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, students, family members and teachers rang a bell recovered from the sunken Ehime Maru nine times at 8:43 a.m. — 1:43 p.m. Hawaii time — the exact moment when the 499-ton ship was struck from below by the USS Greeneville.
“Tremendous anger and grief have not gone away even after eight years. It is our duty to learn the lessons from the accident,” said Shinzo Imaoka, principal of Uwajima Fisheries High School.
In Honolulu, 60 people, including relatives of three of the victims, held their own memorial ceremony Monday.
“I don’t want to bring back the memory of the accident, but I really appreciate so many people attending the ceremony every year,” said Tatsuyoshi Mizuguchi, who lost his 17-year-old son, Takeshi, in the accident.
Mizuguchi’s son is the only victim whose body was not recovered.
Hawaii’s Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro produced the following Ukulele Song for the people of Ehime Maru and entitled it appropriately “Ehime Maru”:
Here is a clip of the salvation mission under sea:
Some shots of Canyon’s XL-16 and Quest ROV during salvage operations of the ‘Ehime Maru’.