Big Island Press Club Launches Campaign to Help Replenish Books at Three Libraries

BIPC Release:

In a continuing effort to foster literacy, the Big Island Press Club has launched a campaign to help replenish the children’s book collections at three East Hawaii public libraries just in time for Christmas.

“Learning and loving to read is a key element to a discriminating public, and for a lot of children, the public library is their first exposure to vast choices in reading,” said BIPC president Stephanie Salazar.

BIPC board member Brandon Haleamau proposed raising the funds after learning of the need to replace worn-out books at the Hilo, Naalehu, and Pahoa public libraries. “Librarians said many of  the books are just worn out and they need to replace them, but their funds are limited,” Haleamau said.

The BIPC board of directors voted to donate a minimum of $500 for children’s books. Club members, along with the public, are invited to make tax-deductible donations to this effort. Checks an be made payable to BIPC Scholarship Foundation (note “Library Books” on your check) and sent to BIPC-Library Books c/o Rod Thompson, HCR3 Box 10075, Keaau, HI 96749.

Last Christmas BIPC donated $1,000 worth of children’s books funded entirely by an
anonymous donor.

Established in 1967, The Big Island Press Club (BIPC) is open to professional journalists, those working in the media, and supporters of a free press as guaranteed in our First Amendment. Current BIPC events and programs include scholarships to students of journalism, the annual Torch of Light Award that recognizes government actions on behalf of openness, along with the Lava Tube Award. Both are announced on March 16, Freedom of Information Day, honoring the birth of James Madison, principal author of the Constitution and foremost advocate for openness.

Mike Hale Tosses Name Into Kokubun Vacancy

Former Senate District 2 Republican Candidate Mike Hale tossed his name into the Senate District 2 Kokubun vacancy that was generated when Kokubun joined Governor Abercrombie’s cabinet.

However, I don’t think he realizes that Abercrombie can or would even appoint a registered Republican into the position… Or maybe he’s just joking around a bit.

UPDATED: Two Bodies Found in Hilo Residence… Detectives Do Not Believe Foul Play is Involved

I’m trying to figure out how this could happen without any foul play being involved!

Media Release:

Big Island Police are investigating the discovery of two bodies in a residence in Hilo.

At about 11:30 pm am on Wednesday (December 8, 2010), South Hilo patrol officers responded to a residence in the 1200 block of Kilauea Avenue in Hilo to a report of an unresponsive male. Responding officers discovered the male in the lower portion of the residence.

While police were investigating the initial report, officers discovered another body of a female in another portion of the residence.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the Hilo Medical Center.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation into both deaths and have classified the deaths as Coroner’s Inquests. Detectives do not believe foul play is involved; however the investigation remains continuing pending autopsies to determine the exact causes of death.


Big Island Police have identified the bodies of a male and a female party who were discovered in a residence in the 1200 block of Kilauea Avenue in Hilo.

The male was positively identified as Jon P. Gizewski, 44, of Hilo.

The female was also positively identified as Jackie Lynn Baker, 49, also of Hilo.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing their investigation and do not believe foul play is involved.  Autopsies will be performed on Friday to determine the exact causes of death.

Department of Environmental Management Seeks Council Approval to Purchase Bulldozer

Media Release:

The County of Hawai`i Department of Environmental Management is seeking Hawai`i County Council approval to purchase a D8 bulldozer for use at the Hilo landfill. The new bulldozer would take the place of equipment the county now rents from a private company.

A resolution requesting authorization to buy the bulldozer under a five-year lease-to-own arrangement was submitted to the Hawai`i County Council on December 6.

The new bulldozer is needed to comply with state Department of Health regulations that demand that the county have sufficient equipment to properly manage solid waste at the Hilo and Pu`uanahulu landfills.

The County now owns or has access to four bulldozers at the landfills, with two available for the Hilo operation and two available at Pu`uanahulu. However, this equipment is operated for long hours under hazardous and demanding conditions, and equipment failures are common. As a result, the bulldozers that are available to the county at the two landfills are often sidelined for significant periods of time awaiting repairs.

When additional equipment is needed to maintain operations at one of the landfills, the county rents a bulldozer. The purchase of a new bulldozer would eliminate the long-term need for a bulldozer rental contract.

If the Council authorizes the purchase, county officials estimate the new bulldozer will cost approximately $800,000, and will be delivered sometime in the next year.

Wordless Wednesday- The Puna Lights! The Oshiro House in HPP

192 channels of LightORama controls 30,000+ lights synchronized to the Siberian Sleigh Ride by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. This light show is located in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna on the Big Island of Hawaii. For more information on this light show, please visit If you want directions to this show, please type in “punalights” into