One Arrested, Police Seeking Two Others in Ocean View Disturbance

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A 19-year-old Ocean View man is in police custody and police are searching for two of his companions in connection with a disturbance in Ocean View on Wednesday afternoon (April 20).

At 2:30 p.m., Ka’ū patrol officers responded to a number of calls reporting a disturbance at Pohue Plaza in Ocean View.

Pohue Plaza

Pohue Plaza

Upon arrival, the officers observed 19-year-old Sitsiro Mongkeya holding a 30-year-old man against the glass window of a shop and attempting to hit him. Mongkeya’s swing missed the victim and broke the window.

Police investigation determined that Mongkeya and two companions had created a disturbance at the plaza and that a 43-year-old woman also has been assaulted when she tried to block them from entering one of the shops. The suspects had reportedly engaged in other types of disorderly behavior, including throwing a chair at a window and making obscene gestures.

Police arrested Mongkeya on suspicion of disorderly conduct, fourth-degree criminal property damage and two counts of third-degree assault. Police took him to Ka’ū Hospital for treatment of injuries to his foot he sustained when stepping on the broken glass.

Police continue their search for the other two suspects, who had left the scene before the officers arrived.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Public Information Officer Mardie Lane Retires After 30 Years

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Public Information Officer Mardie Lane retired after more than 30 years of serving the 333,086-acre national park.

Mardie Lane and Anuenue

Mardie Lane and Anuenue

Lane officially retired March 31, 2011. Her distinguished park career spanned numerous eruptive milestones at Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes, as well as important historical occurrences, such as the park’s designation as a World Heritage Site in 1987 and its acquisition of Kahuku ranchlands in Ka‘u in 2003.

She started as a seasonal park ranger in 1977. After completing a degree in park management and environmental education at the University of Oregon, Lane returned to Hawai‘i Volcanoes in 1982 as a permanent park ranger.

The “Lane Ranger,” as veteran Honolulu Advertiser columnist Dave Donnelly dubbed her, was on the job when Pu‘u Kia‘i erupted in 1977, sending lava towards Kalapana.  She was on site for the eruption of Mauna Loa in 1984, Kilauea’s two summit eruptions in 1982, and the 28-year east rift eruption at Pu‘u O‘o. Her final press release recapped last month’s spectacular March 5 Kamoamoa fissure eruption.

The Kamoamoa Fissure

The Kamoamoa Fissure Courtesy of The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)

But her passion for the park started long before then. “I first stepped foot on Kilauea when I was three years old. The volcano captured my soul,” Lane recalls. While she kept the world informed about breaking news at the park, much of her work resonates with the tens of millions of park visitors who have visited Hawai‘i Volcanoes during the last 30 years. For instance, she and filmmaker Mick Kalber collaborated on the award-winning video, Born of Fire, Born of the Sea, a 20-minute introduction to Hawai‘i’s volcanoes and native plants, animals, and people shown daily at the Kilauea Visitor Center. She earned the respect of many notable Hawaiian leaders for her dedicated and mindful articulation of culture and history. Lane also created the park’s brochure and signage at Thurston Lava Tube and backcountry trailheads.

She worked with more than a thousand television and film crews, and coordinated visits by dignitaries and celebrities, including former First Lady Rosalind Carter and daughter Amy, the Princess of Thailand, Robin Williams and William Shatner (both of whom filmed documentaries at the park). One of her favorites?  Rocker Chris Isaak, who filmed his seductive video Wicked Gameon the former black sand beach at Kamoamoa.

In addition, Lane was called to duty as PIO at other Hawai‘i parks, including the USS ArizonaMemorial (the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor), Kalaupapa National Historical Park (the return of the relic of Father Damien and the 100th anniversary of Father Damien’s death), and Pu‘ukohola National Historic Site (the 200th anniversary of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands). She also served in the Mariana Islands at national parks in Saipan and Guam for their 50th anniversaries of liberation.

Lane says there’s nowhere else like the constantly changing park that captured her soul as a child. “Where else does one stand at the edge of creation? Where else does earth’s incandescence illuminate the faces and warm the hearts of those who arrive before sunrise and linger after sunset?” she asks.

Lane, who lives in Volcano, will not be a stranger to Hawai‘i Volcanoes after retirement. She volunteers for park programs, including serving as an interpretative ranger at the Kahuku unit, and especially dear to her, working at the stables, where five horses and two mules are used by park rangers for patrol, parades, and wilderness maintenance.

“Keeping the public informed of park news and current volcanic conditions was one aspect of the job Mardie was widely recognized for by media worldwide and she loved it,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “But what really makes her glow is working with animals, whether at the stables, along the coast with sea turtle hatchlings, or in the mountains with rare geese and forest birds,” Orlando said.

*UPDATE* Big Island Police Looking for 19 Year-old Reported Missing

*UPDATE: Big Island police have located 19-year-old Kyle Wana of Hilo, who was reported missing.

He was found unharmed in Puna on Thursday morning (April 21). For full details, go to

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Big Island police are searching for a 19-year-old man who was reported missing.

Kyle Wana

Kyle Wana

Kyle Wana was last seen at his Hilo home at 1 a.m. Monday.

He is described as Hawaiian-Filipino, 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Erhard Autrata Jr. 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.

Wordless Wednesday – Before and After (Brachiaria Mutica)

A couple of Mondays ago I asked what this obnoxious weed was that was growing in my yard and according to one of the comments it is Brachiaria Mutica or in my terms… the pain in the ass grass!  Others think it might be California Grass… I still don’t know the exact answer for sure.

Brachiaria Mutica

Brachiaria Mutica - Before

I had a few good answers on how to get rid of the buggah, but the one that I ended up trying, was from the President of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association, Ken Love.  Here is his suggestion he gave me  on Facebook:

…weed mat with rocks on top for about 3 months-You could cover it with anything — so it does not get light. — It will come back but when it does, its much easier to find and dig out.

So the other day… I started the process:

Brachiaria Mutica

Brachiaria Mutica - After

Ken has another site that he hosts where you can learn all sorts of information on local fruits and vegetables called the HawaiiFruit.Net .  Ken writes “The pictures and data on these pages are from almost 30 years of work on the Big Island….” so it’s definitely a great resource we all can use from time to time.

So check out Hawaii Fruit Growers Association and HawaiiFruitNet for more information on local fruits.

Cyber Collaboration Center Opens in Honolulu

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Referentia Systems, an award-winning advanced cybersecurity solutions leader headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, announced today the opening of its new Cyber Collaboration Center which will focus on cybersecurity initiatives critical for advancing the Defense, Energy, Healthcare, Transportation, and Financial sectors and other national critical infrastructures. The Center will foster collaboration with academic, government and industry partners to develop effective advanced cybersecurity solutions to address the growing severity of cyber threats aimed at destabilizing and preventing much-needed modernization of national and global infrastructures such as power grids and banking systems.


U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, who was among the first drivers of initiatives focused on making Hawaii a center for cybersecurity, interoperability operations, and energy infrastructure solutions, provided today’s keynote speech before more than 200 government, public and private industry leaders.

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Big Island Police Conducting DUI Checkpoints Now Through End of Merrie Monarch

It’s kind of cool our police department at least warns folks when they are going to be having DUI Checkpoints.  Those that get nailed during these times are idiots.  Well those that drive drunk are idiots to begin with.

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This Friday, Good Friday, kicks off a three-day holiday weekend.

To help prevent tragedy on our roads, Big Island police will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning Friday and continuing through the Merrie Monarch festival the following week. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

Driving under the influence of alcohol presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian that driver encounters. So far this year, Big Island police have made 404 DUI arrests.

Police remind the public that the County of Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency maintains a Shared-Ride Taxi program year round. Every individual is entitled to buy subsidized taxi coupons for as low as $2 each and use them with participating taxi companies. For details, call 961-8744 or visit

So far this year, there have been eight traffic fatalities on the Big Island. Those crashes ended the lives of eight individuals who never imagined they wouldn’t reach their destination. Please do your part to keep our roads safe. Always remember to have a designated sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you don’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.

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3.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Leilani Area This Morning

Magnitude 3.0
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 17:40:43 UTC
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 07:40:43 AM at epicenter
Location 19.269°N, 154.926°W
Depth 11.2 km (7.0 miles)
  • 23 km (14 miles) S (182°) from Leilani Estates, HI
  • 26 km (16 miles) S (174°) from Pahoa, HI
  • 27 km (16 miles) S (183°) from Nanawale Estates, HI
  • 31 km (19 miles) S (184°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 51 km (32 miles) SSE (161°) from Hilo, HI
  • 378 km (235 miles) SE (126°) from Honolulu, HI

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