Breaking Lava News – Students Who Wish to Stay at Pahoa CAN Through Geographic Exemptions

Pahoa and Keonopoko students living north of the flow have been transferred to Kea’au.

Pahoa High and Intermediate
After speaking with complex superintendent Mary Correa, Senator Russell Ruderman is happy to announce that those students that wish to stay at Pahoa may do so through a geographic exemptions (GE’s).

These exemptions will allow Pahoa High students living north of the lava flow to continue to attend school ion Pahoa – as long as they can secure transportation to and from Pahoa. A special accommodation will allow these students to continue to compete for Pahoa teams.

Applications for a Geographic Exemption can be found at Pahoa High School at the Registrar’s Office (F106).

 

Pahoa Elementary, Intermediate and High Schools 2nd Annual Ho’ike

The Pahoa Elementary, Intermediate, and High Schools are having their 2nd Annual Ho’ike this weekend and the public is invited to come and participate:

Pictures from the Community Meeting on Geothermal at Pahoa High School

Last night at Pahoa High School, five members of the Hawaii County Council came to Pahoa to listen to residents testify about their experiences with geothermal in the Puna District.

Hawaii County Council members listen to residents concerns.

I didn’t even arrive at the meeting until 11:30 at night and residents were still testifying in three minute increments since the meeting had begun earlier in the evening.

A Puna resident talks about her breathing problems

From what I understand, earlier in the evening the cafeteria was actually packed with folks and people began to leave after they had a chance to testify.

Former legislative assistant "Sativa" speaks out against geothermal

However, many folks stuck it out until the end of the meeting just so they could put in their two cents.

Most of the folks in attendance seemed to oppose geothermal in their neighborhood.

I have to say I’m pretty impressed with our council members for sitting through such long and repetitive testimony at times.

Members of the council listen patiently

I left right as Hawaii County Council Candidate James Weatherford was addressing the council at about 11:50 and there were still more people scheduled to testify.

County Council Candidate James Weatherford testifies

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Police Searching for Five to Six Young Men Accused of Accosting Man Near Pahoa High School

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspects of a reported robbery in Puna early Friday morning (March 30).

A 39-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he was walking along Highway 130 near Pāhoa High School around 2:15 a.m. when he was accosted by five to six young men who were also walking in the area. One of them started a conversation with the victim. While the victim was distracted, the other men assaulted him and removed his backpack. They then fled the area.

The victim walked to Pāhoa town and notified police. He refused medical treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries.

Police recovered the backpack that was taken during the assault.

All the suspects were described as being in their 20s. One was described as “local looking,” approximately 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 with dark short hair, a medium build and a medium complexion. He was wearing a black T-shirt.

Another suspect was described as having a light complexion, reddish-brown short hair and a muscular build. He was wearing a black T-shirt and a ball cap.

A third suspect was described having dark shoulder-length hair, a goatee, a medium build and a medium complexion. He was wearing a T-shirt and ball cap.

The investigation is classified as a second-degree robbery and a third-degree assault.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao Jr. by phone at 961-2383 or by email at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. 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.

Groundbreaking Begins on “Helene Hale” Gymnasium in Pahoa

Today was the long anticipated groundbreaking of the “Helen Hale” Gymnasium that will be located on the Pahoa High and Intermediate Campus.

Legislative Aide RJ Hampton, Mayor Bill Kenoi, Senator Russell Kokubun,  Helene Hale, Representative Faye Hanohano and the Principal of Pahoa High break ground on the new gymnasium while Councilwoman Emily Naeole says a prayer in the background.

Legislative Aide RJ Hampton, Mayor Bill Kenoi, Senator Russell Kokubun, Helene Hale, Representative Faye Hanohano and the Principal Dean Cevallos of Pahoa High break ground on the new gymnasium while Councilwoman Emily Naeole says a prayer in the background.

Many dignitaries in attendance talked about how long this process has taken and all were very thankful that the process has finally started.

gym side shot

Helene Hale, who is a legend around this area, really pushed for this gymnasium many years ago and even today she was very greatful and joked that she was at least happy she was able to see the groundbreaking before she goes on to the next part of her life.

Emily Naeole, Helene Halel and Faye Hanohano all looking lovely

Emily Naeole, Helene Halel and Faye Hanohano all looking lovely

Community members from all parts of Puna came out to support this great project as most locals from around here… are actually graduates or attended Pahoa School at one time or another in their lives.

Maddie Greene, Fred Blas and Johnna Medeiros

Maddie Greene, Fred Blas and Johnna Medeiros

Even our own elected official Emily Naeole graduated from Pahoa and Rep. Faye Hanohano was at Pahoa before transferring to Oahu to attend Kamehameha.

Cousins Emily Naeole and Faye Hanohano talk about how long they have waited for this day

Cousins Emily Naeole and Faye Hanohano talk about how long they have waited for this day

The students of Pahoa are one of the last schools to get a gym built.  My wife played many volleyball and basketball games in the old gym and it has many memories… but the school outgrew that gym a long time ago and this is definitely a good thing.

Vice-Principal and Principal of Pahoa High and Intermediate

Vice-Principal and Principal of Pahoa High and Intermediate

I’m glad I could be there for this historic groundbreaking.

I heard it will be done in several phases.  The first phase will not include locker rooms, however the second phase of it will have locker rooms.

You can click on the pictures below for a larger view and Big Island Video News has video of the event as well posted here:

Six College-Bound Pahoa High School Grads Receive Scholarships From Puna Geothermal Venture

Six seniors from Pahoa High School will attend college this fall with scholarships from Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) and Tropical Ponds Hawaii LLC, an exotic fish farm located on the PGV site.

At the Pahoa H.S. awards ceremony: (top left) Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo- Thornton, Lei Kyna Ganiron, and Kaleikini; (bottom left) Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Denarose Fukushima and Rex Fiesta.

At the Pahoa H.S. awards ceremony: (top left) Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo- Thornton, Lei Kyna Ganiron, and Kaleikini; (bottom left) Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Denarose Fukushima and Rex Fiesta.

“There is no better investment than the education of our Puna youth,” said
Michael Kaleikini, PGV plant manager. “We are particularly proud of this year’s winners and look forward to following their progress.”

One of the students, Denarose Fukushima, worked as an intern at the PGV
administrative office last summer.

This is the tenth year PGV has awarded scholarships in cooperation with Pahoa High School, which selects the recipients.

Fukushima and Lei Kyna Ganiron each received $1,000 to attend University of Hawai‘i-Hilo. Krissel Anne Alcon Lagua, Fuafetoimailelagi-FiaSalemeanai Valinda-Sue Wilson, Tiana-Marie Kahealani Araujo-Thornton, and Rex Fiesta each received $500 to attend Hawai‘i Community College.

PGV is also a sponsor of this year’s annual “Salute to the Graduates Program”
hosted by Pacific Radio Group, Inc. which recognizes outstanding seniors from 15 Big Island high schools.