First Walgreens on Big Island Helps Support UH Hilo College of Pharmacy

Media Release:

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Pharmacy received a $10,000 gift at the grand opening and blessing ceremony for the first Walgreens on the Big Island April 17. Second- and third-year students also participated in the event by offering free blood pressure checks to all participants.

First Walgreens on Big Island helps support UH Hilo College of Pharmacy
“Walgreens has been an avid supporter of our College, both in working with students in stores in other locations and by helping with various funding, including a $50,000 pledge to help us with our new building,” said Dean John M. Pezzuto as he accepted the check. “We’re happy to welcome them to the island.”

Several dignitaries from Walgreens attended the ceremony, which also included a traditional Hawaiian blessing. Walgreens personnel included William Hose, market vice president of operations and Nancy Huang, Hawaiʻi district pharmacy supervisor from Honolulu. Kermit Crawford, president of Walgreens pharmacy, health and wellness division based in Deerfield, IL, remarked about the need for pharmacy services to residents of the Big Island.

“Pharmacists are the most accessible health care professionals,” he said. “We want to make sure they continue to have opportunities to learn. I want to thank Dean John Pezzuto for fostering the school here.”

Liz Heffernan, director of student services for the College of Pharmacy, was on hand to thank Walgreens for an earlier gift of $10,000 that was given to the College to help fund a diversity initiative. The gift was used to help support a trip to Moloka`i for 18 students along with two staff so the students could experience the cultural implications of Hansen’s disease in Hawaiʻi.

“Our students were able to see how a culture has handled a health care issue in a way that no other pharmacy students on the mainland have, and we’re grateful to Walgreens for giving us the chance to offer this amazing learning experience,” said Heffernan.

This is the third year Walgreens has chosen to include the College of Pharmacy as part of its national commitment to donate $1 million annually toward diversity initiatives at all of the more than 100 pharmacy schools nationwide.

The College of Pharmacy was officially launched in 2007 and was awarded candidate accreditation status by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education in July 2008. The College will be eligible for full accreditation when its first class of students graduates on May 14.

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Man Befriends Tourists, Rips Off Shopping Mall and Steals Their Van

Media Release:

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a theft suspect whose image was captured on a surveillance video.



The suspect, who told a German couple his name was Gary, may be homeless and living in the Kona area. He met the tourists in Kona in January and offered to show them around the island.

On January 22, he rode to Hilo with the couple in their rented van. They stopped at a shopping mall, where he removed two Quiksilver trucker hats from a department store and then returned to the parked van. When a store security guard approached him in the parking lot, the tourists jumped out of the front seat of the van and the suspect moved into the driver’s seat and drove away.

The van was recovered that evening at the Hilo airport parking lot.

Police ask that anyone with information on the suspect’s identity call Officer Duffy Duldulao at 961-2213 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 .

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.

Billabong Girls in Hawaii, Parts 2 and 3

A few weeks ago I posted Part 1 of the Billabong Girls in Hawaii.

Ellie-Jean and Felicity at Rockie Point

Ellie-Jean and Felicity at Rockie Point

Well parts 2 and 3 are now online:

Part 2: Waimea Bay


Part 3: Waikiki


3.2 Earthquake Shakes the Big Island Last Night

Well I didn’t feel this one either! I think I’m beginning to become immune to these things!

Magnitude 3.2
Location 19.339°N, 155.980°W
Depth 44.8 km (27.8 miles)
  • 15 km (10 miles) SW (219°) from Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SSW (204°) from Captain Cook, HI
  • 22 km (14 miles) SSW (196°) from Kealakekua, HI
  • 43 km (27 miles) S (177°) from Kalaoa, HI
  • 102 km (64 miles) WSW (247°) from Hilo, HI
  • 292 km (181 miles) SE (138°) from Honolulu, HI

More here:

Zumba for Charity at the Royal Kona Resort

Zumba for Charity

WTF!!! Can Someone Tell Me What “Hawaii” Beach This Is?

Holy crap!  Check out this dude jumping down this cliff.  The caption underneath it just reads:

Hawaii beach, he runs and jumps too long


I can’t recognize what language the person filming is speaking and I don’t recognize the beach… but holy crap this jump is amazing!

Book Release: Kili and the Singing Tree Snails