Manhunt Over on Police Escape on the Big Island

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A 19-year-old Waikoloa man who was the subject of a one-and-a-half-hour manhunt is in police custody facing possible escape charges.

Airiel Jost

Airiel Jost , who was at the Waimea courthouse for resisting an order to stop and two counts of theft, was in the process of being arrested on a $10,000 contempt of court warrant Tuesday afternoon (July 26), when he bolted from Sheriff’s deputies shortly before 2 p.m. and ran from the building.

The Hawai’i Police Department launched a search and found Jost hiding in bushed behind North Hawaii Community Hospital at 3:30 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of escape. He was also arrested and charged with contempt of court for the $10,000 arrest warrant.

He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday (July 27).

The Green Signs with Easy Star Records

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The Green burst on to the national scene last year with their self-titled debut album, which was named Best Reggae Album of 2010 by both iTunes and Hawaii’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Now, they are ready to pick up where they left off with their new release, Ways & Means. The full-length album comes out October 25th, while the Love & Affection EP, featuring four tracks from the upcoming record along with an exclusive bonus dub, is available digitally on August 9th. The band has teamed up with the trendsetting indie reggae label Easy Star Records, for both releases.

The Love & Affection EP is an excellent intro to the band’s maturing sound, featuring the three singles “Love & Affection,” “She Was The Best,” and “Got Me In Love,” along with the roots-heavy album track “Travlah.” The exclusive track is a dub version of “Travlah,” mixed by Michael Goldwasser of the Easy Star All-Stars.

The song “Love & Affection” is also available for download as the lead track on the Pacific Island Sampler, which the website just released.

In advance of an extensive North American fall tour to support the new album, The Green head to California to play the Monterey Bay ReggaeFest on July 29th, then return to Honolulu for KCCN FM100’s Birthday Bash at the Waikiki Shell the next day, before heading back to the West Coast for more select dates in August.

The Green joins an Easy Star family that includes the Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown’s Body, Cas Haley, The Black Seeds, Ticklah, Tommy T and The Meditations.

“There are so many new bands coming into the reggae scene these days, but The Green immediately caught our attention as something special. They have already accomplished so much in a short period of time, but we know they have just scratched the surface of their potential,” says Easy Star Records co-founder Eric Smith.

“We remember listening to the first Easy Star release when we were just starting out,” says singer-keyboardist Ikaika Antone. “My first band Herbin Riddim even covered the song ‘Delilah’ off Easy Star Volume 1. Easy Star has been a major part of my musical influence and journey, so it’s very exciting to us to be putting out music on the label now.”

Feeding Hawai‘i’s Keiki During the Summer Months

From the Governor’s Office:

In the summer months, schools go on break. For many children in Hawai‘i, that means they stop eating the regular meals they’re used to during the school year.


A program funded by the federal government allowed 60 Hawai‘i public schools to keep serving free breakfast and lunch this summer. All children 18 years old and younger, even those not enrolled in that particular school, are able to have a free meal at these schools under the Seamless Summer Option program.
At Kaewai Elementary School in Kalihi, students get to eat some of their favorite school meals, like pizza for Victoriana Vili, an incoming fifth grader. If it were up to incoming fourth grader, Steven Houston, he would have ice cream on the menu.
“A hungry child cannot learn,” said Sharon Egi, School Food Services Branch Supervisor, Windward, who estimates that about 60,000 children benefitted from this program this summer. “We want to encourage them to come eat breakfast and lunch because I really believe it does help in the learning process.”
Schools participating in the free summer meal program must have at least 50 percent of their regular enrolled students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The Hawai‘i Department of Education has participated in this program for years now and, pending future funding, plans to continue it next summer.
“A lot of our students at Kaewai are in foster care and come from troubled backgrounds,” said Kaewai Elementary School Principal Bert Carter. “I always think that eating meals is a social activity and a lot of times, our students don’t eat as a family unit and this gives them an opportunity to be a family.”
At Kaewai Elementary, students could also attend Extended Learning Opportunities program during summer months that focuses on English language arts and math. As students go back to school across the islands for the 2011 to 2012 school year, Hawai’i’s education leaders – Governor Neil Abercrombie, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and Board of Education Chairman Don Horner – are all aligned to make it a great school year.
Video by Erin Lau

Get A Job – The Movie to Premiere on Oahu

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GET A JOB,” the award-winning motion picture comedy produced entirely in Hawaii and starring Willie K, Eric Gilliom, and many of the island’s top entertainers and musicians, will screen its Oahu premiere on August 12 & 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu. Proceeds from the opening night gala benefit the Hawaii Theatre (

Part of both events will be the dedication of the film to the late Charles Ka’upu, a cast member and cultural icon who passed away on July 13.

Charles Ka'upu

The two stars of “GET A JOB,” Willie K & Eric Gilliom will perform as the “Barefoot Natives” before the movie on August 12. Another star of the film, Henry Kapono, will perform songs from his magical new CD “Henry” prior to the screening on August 13. Both evenings, Writer/Director Brian Kohne will conduct a Q & A following the screening and the audience will be invited onstage for a autograph session with the many cast members expected to attend. Commemorative “GET A JOB” movie posters are free to the audience (while supplies last).

The movie has been on a hot streak since entering the 2011 Film Festival circuit, including the recent win of “Jury Award” in the Las Vegas Film Festival, which is akin to runner up for best of show (Grand Jury Award) out of over 1000 movies that were in consideration. In fact, “GET A JOB” has won top prizes in each of the four Film Festivals in which it has screened, BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL (May) – “”Best Hawaiian Feature,” “Audience Choice Award.” DETROIT WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (June) – “”Best Comedy.” VENTURA FILM FESTIVAL (July) – “Best Comedy.” LAS VEGAS FILM FESTIVAL (July) – ”Jury Award.”

From September through December “GET A JOB” will return to the festival circuit and screen in such far-off locales as the Marbella Internacional Film Festival in Spain.

“GET A JOB!” is written and directed by Brian Kohne and stars Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Oahu’s Carolyn Omine (writer for “the Simpsons”), Henry Kapono, Amy Hanaiali’i, the late Charles Ka’upu, Ernie Cruz Jr., Kealoha, Kathy Collins, and many other premier Hawaiian entertainers. It also boasts special appearances by superstars Mick Fleetwood, Willie Nelson, and Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers.

“GET A JOB” is an unconventional musical featuring 27 songs, eighteen by the Barefoot Natives (, along with tracks from Don Tiki, Amy Hanaiali’i, the Throwdowns, Willie K, Kealoha, Avi Ronen, and Kristen Grove.

Drug Sniffer “Diesel” Retires

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A police narcotics dog in West Hawai’i is headed for retirement at the end of the week.

Diesel, an 8-year-old narcotics detection canine, is seen with his teammate, Officer Edwin A. Buyten, who is displaying a bag of methamphetamines that Diesel sniffed out while it was hidden behind the engine and firewall of a meth distributor's vehicle.

Diesel is an 8-year-old yellow Labrador retriever who began his career at the Hawai’i Police Department in February 2007 as part of a certified narcotics detection team with Officer Edwin A. Buyten. Since that time, Diesel has been responsible for the following recoveries:

• Roughly 8 pounds of methamphetamine

• Roughly 20 pounds of marijuana

• Roughly 2 ounces of heroin

• Roughly 3 pounds of cocaine

• Roughly $250,000 in cash seizures

• Roughly 20 vehicle seizures

Diesel has also traveled throughout the state and assisted with outside investigations at the request of the FBI, the DEA, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs Services and the U.S. Secret Service.

The canine has an extremely passive disposition, which allowed him to participate in the D.A.R.E. program, local parades, educational demonstrations at the various Big Island schools and other community events.

Two of his most notable recoveries took place in Kona.

The first was an investigation at the Kona airport at which the Hawai’i Police Department, the FBI and the DEA received information about a large quantity of methamphetamines being transported from the mainland to Kona. Diesel conducted a screen on luggage and provided an alert on a bag. After the execution of a search warrant, investigators located more than 2.5 pounds of methamphetamines with a street value exceeding $150,000 dollars.

The second was when investigators from the Hawai’i Police Department requested the deployment of Diesel on a vehicle being operated by a known methamphetamine distributor. The woman was extremely cooperative with investigators and said numerous times that the officers could search her vehicle. Once deployed, Diesel immediately climbed underneath the vehicle and provided an alert to the firewall area. After the execution of a search warrant, officers located more than 5 ounces of methamphetamines hidden behind the engine and firewall. The drugs had a street value of $15,000 dollars.

Diesel plans to leave the Kona police station on Friday to live out his days in bliss in the Waimea area.

Global Legends Youth Foundation Basketball Camp and Games on the Big Island

Elbert “Tree” Gordon and the Global Legends Youth Foundation Basketball Camp is happening this week at the Hilo Afook-Chinen Auditorium and today I had an opportunity to drop in on the camp and talk to “Tree” and his staff for a few minutes.

There were about 50 – 70  kids participating in the camp and when I arrived they were broken into different age groups and skill stations.

I had a chance to talk to “Tree” outside for a minute or two and this is what he had to say about the camp and the upcoming celebrity basketball games that are going to be happening on the Big Island in the next few days.


“Tree” took time to talk with and pose for pictures with Pahoa’s own National Gold Medal Winner at the 2011 Special Olympics, Louie Perry.

Local coaches were also on hand to assist with the legends.

Friday’s game against the Hilo “All Stars” will be at the Afook-Chinen Auditorium with the doors opening at 6:00 pm and the money from the ticket sales goes to local charities.

Saturdays game will be against the Kona All Stars at the Kekuaokalani Gymnasium with the doors also opening at 6.