Big Island Hit With Minor 3.1 Earthquake

Magnitude 3.1
Location 19.289°N, 155.771°W
Depth 10.2 km (6.3 miles)
  • 20 km (13 miles) N (359°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) SE (145°) from Honaunau-Napoopoo, HI
  • 27 km (17 miles) SSE (149°) from Captain Cook, HI
  • 85 km (53 miles) WSW (237°) from Hilo, HI
  • 310 km (193 miles) SE (136°) from Honolulu, H

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Neil Abercrombie and BJ Penn Looking to Bring UFC to Hawaii

Neil Abercrombie, with BJ Penn next to his side, today announced that he is going to attempt to bring the UFC to Hawaii.

UFC Athlete BJ Penn and Governor Abercrombie share a message about bringing UFC to Hawaii and engaging Hawaii’s youth in athletic activities:


The following picture is from when Mayor Kenoi announce that the Big Island was celebrating a BJ Penn Day.

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi Proclaims a day dedicated to BJ Penn

Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi Proclaims a day dedicated to BJ Penn

Police Seek Puna Man Wanted for Questioning in Kidnapping

Media Release:

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 22-year-old Puna man wanted for questioning in connection with a kidnapping which reportedly occurred in Kona with the victim being taken to Puna on Thursday (May 12th). The victim was familiar with the suspect.

Justin Keoki Silva

Justin Keoki Silva

Sought is Justin Silva, described as 5-foot-8, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Silva should not be approached as police have good reason to believe he is armed and dangerous.

Police ask that anyone knowing his whereabouts call Detective James Gusman at 961-2278 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.

More Updates on the Highway 130 Road Rage Incident From Yesterday

Media Release:

A 54 year-old Puna man was charged for attempted murder and other offenses following an apparent “road rage” incident that occurred in Puna on Wednesday. (May 18, 2011)

David Woodward

David Dean Woodward

David Dean Woodward of Hawaiian Paradise Park was arrested and charged for attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, criminal property damage in the first degree, reckless driving, and harassment. Bail for Woodward was set at $350,750.00. He remains in police custody at the East Hawaii Detention Center pending his initial court appearance on Monday (May 23, 2011.)

The charges stem from a report police received on Wednesday around 7:49 a.m. of what initially appeared to be a traffic collision on Maku’u Drive at the Route 130 (Kea’au/Pāhoa Highway) intersection. Police received numerous reports from passing motorists that prior to the collision, the occupants of a blue Chevrolet Equinox had been arguing with the driver of an early model blue BMW sedan and it appeared that one of the vehicles intentionally rammed the other, forcing it off the roadway and into a guardrail.

The 47-year-old driver of the Chevrolet and his 17-year-old son were injured but declined medical treatment. The 54-year-old driver of the BMW sustained minor injuries and was taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment.

Police learned that the Chevrolet was traveling up Maku’u Drive when the BMW passed it on the left. This action apparently was followed by aggressive behavior by an occupant of the Chevrolet. The driver in the BMW allegedly made a U-turn and intentionally rammed his car into the driver’s side of the Chevrolet.

The 17-year-old occupant of the Chevrolet was arrested for criminal property damage but was released pending additional investigation.

The driver of the BMW, David Woodward of Kea’au, was initially arrested for first-degree criminal property damage once he was discharged from the hospital.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident on Maku’u Drive as well as the collision to call Detective Wendell Carter of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808)961-2378. 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.

Final Highway 130 Environmental Assessment RELEASED!

I received a CD today with the final Highway 130 Environmental Assessment.  If you click on the link below, it will take you to the “BODY” of the Environmental Assessment.

Final Highway 130 Environmental Assessment Project No. STP-0130(27)

Lots of files to go through!

If anyone wants me to specifically post another file here on my site… Please look at the above list and leave a comment on which one you would like me to link here.

Reminder that there will be a presentation this Monday, May 23rd at 5:30 in the Keaau Elementary School Cafeteria.

Band Concert Honors Kamehameha the Great

Media Release:

The Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins present a free concert 4 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at Hulihe‘e Palace to remember the late King Kamehameha I. Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and a rousing performance by the Hulihe‘e Palace Band.

The concert is part of the palace’s series of free monthly concerts that honor Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Born circa 1758 in Kohala on the Big Island, Kamehameha moved the heavy naha stone as a teen—a feat that prophesied he would rule the island chain. In battle, Kamehameha overtook the Big Island, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu; he put Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau under his sovereignty by diplomacy. By 1810, the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was established and Kamehameha moved his court from Waikiki to Kailua-Kona.

“After Kamehameha formed his island kingdom he attempted to modify the impact of war on innocent citizens caught in the conflict,” says Fanny Au Hoy, docent coordinator. “He issued an edict protecting women, children and the elderly from arbitrary attack.”

The king also instituted a law to protect the weak from the strong, recalling a blow he suffered as a young warrior when his foot was caught in a rock crevice. The opponent hit Kamehameha with a canoe paddle that splintered at impact and the command later became known as the Law of the Splintered Paddle. The king died in 1819 in Kailua-Kona.

Kamehameha I is the only king to be honored along with George Washington and Robert E. Lee in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. A Polaris nuclear submarine also bears his name.

The palace has several artifacts on display that belonged to the king. One is a large, 180-pound ball made of lava rock for exercising. By standing on the ball and moving it with one’s feet, it trained the user in balance and agility while developing lower body strength. It’s in the Kuakini Room. On the staircase landing leading to the second floor, visitors can view the king’s javelins, the longest measures 22 feet.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours.

Due to damage from the March tsunami, the gift shop remains closed for repairs and donations are greatly appreciated. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2011 Hulihe‘e Palace Concert Schedule: 4 p.m. on the palace grounds

  • Jan 16: Hula Concert remembering King Kamehameha II “Lunalilo” and Aunty I’olani Luahine
  • Feb 20: Band Concert remembering Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani
  • Mar 20: Hula Concert remembering Queen Ka’ahumanu and Prince Kuhio
  • Apr 17: Hula Concert remembering Prince Albert
  • May 15: Hula Concert remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”
  • Jun 12: Band Concert remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”
  • Jul 17: Hula Concert remembering John Adams Kuakini
  • Aug 14: Hula Concert remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”
  • Sep 18: Band Concert remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani
  • Oct 16: Hula Concert remembering Princess Kai‘ulani
  • Nov 20: Band Concert remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud Dant
  • Dec 18: Hula Concert remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Kona Investigation Leads to Arrest of Two

Media Release:

A Kona man and woman are in police custody after being arrested and charged with burglary and other offenses.

The offenses stem from two burglaries last year between November 3 and November 5 at apartment complexes on Ali’i Drive between Lunapule Road and Royal Poinciana Drive. Taken in the burglaries were personal items, including electronics equipment and credit cards. The stolen credit cards were later used at a variety of retail locations in Kailua-Kona.

An investigation led to the identity of two suspects.

Brandon Halmas

Brandon Halmas

Kona patrol officers arrested the first suspect, 31-year-old Brandon Terrance Halmas of Kailua-Kona, Wednesday afternoon (May 18). Thursday morning (May 19), 23-year-old Donalea Elizabeth Postma of Kailua-Kona was also arrested.

Donalea Elizabeth Postma

Donalea Elizabeth Postma

On Wednesday, Vice Section detectives charged Halmas in an unrelated case with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing an imitation controlled substance. Thursday afternoon, detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged him with fraudulent use of a credit card, second-degree theft, fourth degree theft, two counts of first-degree burglary and two counts of theft of a credit card. His combined bail was set at $104,000.

Also on Thursday, detectives charged Postma with fraudulent use of a credit card, second-degree forgery, third-degree ID theft and two counts of theft of a credit card. Her bail was set at $42,000.

Halmas and Postma are being held at the Kona police cellblock pending their initial court appearance.

Highway 130 Open House and Public Meeting on Monday May 23rd

On Monday, May 23rd the Highway 130 Keaau Pahoa Advisory Group will be meeting with representatives from SSFM International (whom was paid $1,000,000 so far to run these meetings) to listen to the final Environmental Assessment for the Highway Widening project that will be taking place in the next few years.


This project is intended to address degrading traffic conditions along this highway corridor between Kea‘au and Pāhoa.


Currently, the Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road is heavily congested during peak traffic hours. The Hawai‘i Long-Range Land Transportation Plan (TranPlan), completed in May 1998, identified the potential for significant traffic increases due to availability of approximately 56,000 residential lots in the Puna region. The TranPlan recommended increasing the capacity of Kea‘au-Pāhoa Road by adding two lanes between Kea‘au and Pāhoa (from the end of the Kea’au Bypass to the beginning of the Pāhoa Bypass).


The planning portion of this project will include an alternatives analysis and an extensive public involvement program which involves a Context Sensitive Solutions approach. A Draft Environmental Assessment (FEA) was made available in May 2010 and the Final EA/Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is expected to be completed by late 2010 or early 2011. Design and construction will follow the planning process.

From 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Keaau Elementary School cafeteria there will be an Open House where members of SSFM and some members of the KPAG committee will be available to take questions from the general public.

At 6:30 the formal presentation is scheduled to begin.

I haven’t received a list of what State or Transportation Representatives will be there… but I do suggest folks that have questions about this upcoming project… attend the meeting.