Police Contact 223 Drivers at Pahoa High DUI Checkpoint Yesterday

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Traffic Enforcement Unit and Puna Community Policing officers conducted a DUI sobriety checkpoint on Pāhoa Village Road fronting Pāhoa High and Intermediate School at 3 p.m. Tuesday (December 14).

Members of the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club assist police in reminding motorists not to drink and drive.

Boys and girls from the Pāhoa Boys and Girls Club also participated by waving signs to the passing motorists advising them not to drink and drive during the holiday season.

Officers contacted 223 drivers during the checkpoint.

Police will be increasing DUI sobriety checkpoints throughout the island during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Wordless Wednesday – Our New County Council

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Holland America Line’s Rotterdam and Westerdam to Sail Hawaii and Tahiti Explorations in 2011 and 2012

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In fall of 2011 and winter of 2012 two Holland America Line ships — ms Westerdam and ms Rotterdam — will sail three 30-day “Circle Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas Islands” explorations, visiting beautiful and picturesque islands throughout French Polynesia and the Aloha state.

Westerdam’s voyage sails round trip from San Diego, Calif., and departs Sept. 29, 2011. Rotterdam also sails round trip from San Diego and departs Jan. 4 and March 4, 2012.

“The South Pacific islands are known for their impressive landscape, crystalline waters, lush foliage and pristine beaches,” said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales and guest programs. “Holland America Line gives our guests a full range of experiences, offering some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities in the world as well as unique land excursions including tours to pearl farms and vanilla plantations.”

Guests sailing on the Westerdam will have two opportunities to extend their voyage and embark early for the coastal portion of the cruise. The ship departs Seattle, Wash., Sept. 24, making it a 35-day voyage, or Sept. 25 from Vancouver, B.C., making it 34 days.

During the voyages the ships will call at Hilo, Lahaina, Honolulu and Hawaii; Fanning Island, Kiribati; Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, and Raiatea, Bora Bora, Papeete, Moorea, Rangiroa and Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia.

Highlights of the journey include crossing the equator and international date line, two “musts” on every traveler’s list. Extended stays at Lahaina, Hilo and Honolulu allow for a more in-depth Hawaiian experience, while an overnight call at Papeete, Tahiti, affords guests time to explore the island’s French culture as well as learn more about painter Paul Gauguin.

Cruise fares for Westerdam’s “Circle Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas Islands” voyage begin at $3,699 for 30-day, $3,899 for the 34-day and $3,949 for the 35-day journey. Rotterdam cruise fares begin at $3,999. All fares are per person, double occupancy.

When in port, guests can choose from a multitude of diverse shore excursions including Overland Adventures, off-the-beaten-track explorations, Signature Collection private-car touring and exclusive Medallion Collection excursions.

Rotterdam features the latest Signature of Excellence enhancements, including new Lanai cabins and new stateroom decor. Highlights also include Mix, a new bar concept with three specialty lounges serving their namesakes: Martinis, Champagne and Spirits & Ales; Showroom at Sea, a glamorous nightclub with a new slate of performances featuring seasoned Broadway entertainers; a new resort pool feature called The Retreat, a shallow area where guests may lounge in chairs and dip their fingers and toes in the water; and Canaletto, a complimentary Italian restaurant that is open in the evening.

For more information on Holland America Line’s Hawaii, Tahiti and Marquesas Islands Voyages, consult a professional travel agent, call 1-800-522-3399 or visit www.hollandamerica.com.

Find Holland America Line on Twitter, Facebook and the Holland America Blog. Access all social media outlets via the Online Communities quick link on the home page at www.hollandamerica.com.

About Holland America Line:

Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 354 ports in 98 countries, territories or dependencies. Two- to 110-day itineraries visit all seven continents and highlights include Antarctica, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage; and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New England, Europe and Panama Canal.

Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totaling more than $525 million, that showcase the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine — a state-of-the-art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes — Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens-only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat-panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

Legislative Update From State Senator Josh Green

Dear Friends,

I am honored to serve as the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee in the upcoming legislative session.

I remain committed to strengthening healthcare in Hawaii and I will do everything I can to make sure that we have the best, most accessible system in the nation.

As Chairman, I will pursue the priorities that people statewide have indicated are the most important to them:

1. tougher DUI penalties to prevent drunk driving tragedies
2. keeping doctors and nurses in Hawaii with loan repayment programs
3. strengthening Hawaii’s hospital system and healthcare safety net

For West Hawaii, I will be fighting for a new courthouse, an upgrade to our emergency medical infrastructure, harbor improvements, repair of our aging park facilities, and better access to healthcare, especially drug and alcohol treatment.

While the role of Chairman comes with added responsibility, it also provides a greater opportunity to stand up for West Hawaii and the entire Big Island in the coming years on the issues that matter most to our families.

Please contact me anytime with your ideas and concerns. Let’s keep working together to make the Big Island and all of Hawaii a better place to live.

From my family to yours, have a happy and safe holiday season and a great New Year.


Josh Green
State Senator
District 3, West Hawaii

Continental Airlines Announces New Service to Hilo, Hawai’i

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Continental Airlines today announced new daily nonstop service to Hilo, Hawai’i, from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and once-weekly service to Hilo from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) beginning June 9, 2011.

The new flights complement Continental’s and United’s extensive service to Hawai’i. United, which has served the islands since 1947, and Continental collectively provide more mainland service to Hawai’i than any other carrier from their hubs at Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Chicago and Newark/New York.

“We are excited to provide customers the only direct flights to Hilo from the mainland,” said Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc. “These flights will offer customers convenient, nonstop service to the Big Island without having to connect in Honolulu.”

“The addition of the two routes is welcome news for Hawai’i Island and the entire state, and a result of the momentum established by our tourism industry to lead Hawai’i’s tourism recovery. Based on initial Hawai’i Tourism Authority projections, the flights could bring nearly 40,000 more visitors to the island and generate $50.6 million in direct visitor spending and $5.52 million in tax revenue,” said Mike McCartney, Hawai’i Tourism Authority president and CEO.

Continental will utilize a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the new routes, with 16 seats in first class and 144 seats in economy. The flight schedules are as follows:

Los Angeles – Hilo (daily) Hilo – Los Angeles (daily)
Departs Arrives Aircraft Departs Arrives Aircraft
5:00 p.m. 7:40 p.m. 737-800 8:55 p.m. 5:15 a.m.* 737-800
San Francisco – Hilo
(Saturday only)
Hilo – San Francisco
(Saturday only)
Departs Arrives Aircraft Departs Arrives Aircraft
4:20 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 737-800 9:20 p.m. 5:20 a.m.* 737-800
*Arrival time is the next day.

The new flights are timed to provide convenient connections at Los Angeles and San Francisco, with an extensive network of United and Continental flights to more than 82 destinations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. United’s hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco are the largest of any carrier on the West Coast.

“Hilo has demonstrated its value as a premier visitor destination with nearby Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival as featured attractions, and we believe that once visitors discover Hilo, they will want to return again and again,” said County of Hawai’i Mayor Billy Kenoi. “I am grateful for Continental’s confidence in our future as a visitor destination, and I know these direct flights will become a win-win for both Continental and Hawai’i Island. Aloha and mahalo to Continental Airlines for being an industry leader and making this happen.”

About United Continental Holdings, Inc.

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate a total of approximately 5,800 flights a day to 371 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries. United’s and Continental’s more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world.For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to UnitedContinentalHoldings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com, and follow each company on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.