Transformer Bumblebee Takes Home Best Home Made Original Costume

Tonight was the Akebono Theater Halloween party for kids in Pahoa Village.  Over 100 parents and kids enjoyed the festivities.

My wife made my sons costume and he took home first place for “Best Home Made Original Costume”.

Transformer - Bumblebee

Transformer - Bumblebee

I’m so lucky to have a creative wife!

Big Island Police Arrest Three in Connection with Kona Brawl

Big Island police have arrested three men for assault in connection with a confrontation in Kona early Saturday Morning (Oct 29).

Kona patrol officers responded to a 2:15 a.m. report of an affray in the parking lot of a Kailua-Kona shopping center located between Aliʻi Drive and Kuakini Highway.

An injured 36-year-old Kailua-Kona man was taken to Kona Community Hospital and later flown to Kaiser Permanente’s hospital on Oahu, where he remains in stable condition.

Police investigation revealed that the victim and three men had been in a verbal dispute that became physical. The victim was reportedly punched and kicked about the head and face.

Kapena Kuahiwinui

Kapena Kuahiwinui

Police arrested 29-year-old Kapena Kuahiwinui of Kailua-Kona at the scene.

Noah Alani

Noah Alani

Two other suspects, 24-year-old Smith Alani of Kailua-Kona and 23-year-old Noah Alani of Captain Cook, fled by car prior to police arrival. Officers located them at 2:45 a.m. in a parking lot off Henry Street and arrested them.

Smith Alani

Smith Alani

All three suspects were taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 7:10 p.m. Sunday, all three suspects were charged with second-degree assault. Kuahiwinui was held on $10,000 bail until his initial court appearance Monday morning (October 31). The other two men were released from custody after posting $2,000 bail each.

Free-Fall From a C-130… Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Mike Simpson, jump master assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit hand salutes while executing a free-fall sky jumps from C-130 Hercules aircraft above Basa Air Base, Philippines, Oct. 25, 2011. Marines of the 31st MEU are conducting the jumps as part of an amphibious landing exercise (PHIBLEX) with the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which includes the Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by By GySgt. Guadalupe M. Deanda III)

Big Island Woman Treated With New Brain Aneurysm Procedure

New Pipeline stent recognized as a treatment for certain aneurysm patients without good treatment options.  Stanford Hospital is first in Northern California to offer the Pipeline treatment without restrictions.

If Barbara Maluo’s brain aneurysm had been discovered a few months ago, she would have had few viable treatment options. She was one of the 10 to 15 percent of brain aneurysm patients diagnosed each year with aneurysms so large and wide that they cannot be reliably treated using conventional methods of treatment.

Barbara Maluo

Barbara Maluo's Facebook Profile

Fortunately, time was on Maluo’s side. The discovery of a bulge in her carotid artery came after the Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval of a brand-new intracranial device called the Pipeline stent. This week, Stanford Hospital became the first hospital in Northern California–and one of only two in the state–qualified to offer the Pipeline treatment without restrictions. Maluo was one of Stanford’s first Pipeline patients.

The FDA has limited the Pipeline for use on aneurysms in the internal carotid artery, the major blood vessel supplying blood to the front of the brain. “We know that the device is safe in certain anatomy, like the carotid,” said Michael Marks, MD, chief of Stanford’s Interventional Neuroradiology Department. “The carotid is also one of the most common sites for these large aneurysms to occur. As we learn more, there may be additional applications for a device like this. But our focus right now is treating those patients that we’ve had no good treatment for.”

Maluo was first diagnosed with the aneurysm after going to a hospital in Hilo, Hawaii. She had reacted badly to some pain medication and was so “loopy,” she said, that doctors did a quick brain scan on her. That’s when they discovered the large bulge in her carotid artery. Maluo’s doctor sent her angiogram images by iPhone to Marks, who examined them and realized she would be good candidate for the Pipeline.

A few days later, Maluo was at Stanford Hospital, ready for her procedure. Through a small incision in her groin, Marks threaded in a catheter along a path through Maluo’s blood vessels to help carry the Pipeline to her brain.

Aneurysms occur when blood vessel walls weaken, causing them to balloon out. People may walk around with brain aneurysms for years without symptoms. The threat is that they will burst; the bleeding that follows can be lethal. An estimated 6 million people in the United States (about one in 50) have a brain aneurysm. Some 25,000 to 30,000 people every year experience hemorrhages from a burst aneurysm; about 40 percent do not survive.

Some aneurysms are small and can be treated either by filling them up with coils inserted through a catheter in a minimally invasive procedure, or through neurosurgery that opens the skull, clamping them off with clips. Some smaller aneurysms with wider necks can also be treated with coils and stents developed especially to keep the coils from falling into the main artery.

Others, like Maluo’s, are so big and wide that coils and standard stents are not adequate. In such cases, these traditional procedures carry a higher risk and have a lower chance of success.

At first glance, the Pipeline looks like a standard intracranial stent used with coils, but its distinctive design eliminates the need for coils, which are used to fill a brain aneurysm to block blood flow. The Pipeline’s netting is braided, with 48 strands interlocked into a dense weave. Introduced into the artery through a microcatheter less than 0.027 inches in diameter, the Pipeline is placed to precisely expand and cover over the neck or opening of the aneurysm. Its braided walls diminish the flow of blood into the aneurysm, sealing it off while still allowing blood to flow freely through the healthy part of the artery.

The blood in the aneurysm clots, blocking the aneurysm’s ability to expand or rupture. The Pipeline allows all the blood vessels in the area to remain functional. “You really don’t want to sacrifice a major blood vessel,” Marks said.

The new device was originally developed by a Menlo Park-based company, and its clinical success won FDA approval after just a year’s use in Europe. “It was a very fast turnaround,” Marks said. “This stent was recognized as a treatment for a group of patients who did not have any good treatment options.”

Maluo was out of the hospital quickly. “It’s kind of amazing to know that they were in there working on your brain and you’re out in two days,” she said. “I am just overjoyed to get it treated so quickly.” She has since returned to Hawaii, her life-threatening aneurysm safely sidelined.

About Stanford Hospital & Clinics

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Life Size Teddy Bears on Exhibit to Honor APEC Delegates – Teddy Bear World Anniversary Party

While most of the stories about APEC are focusing on security, preparation and economic development, Teddy Bear World has created an exhibit that embodies a lighter side of APEC. Teddy Bear World has created ten (10) life-size bears to honor the delegates of APEC Hawaii 2011.

These amazing bears will be unveiled on Wednesday, November 3, 2011 at the Teddy Bear 1 Year Anniversary Party. This exhibit will be open to the public the next day. It’s a great story about how Hawaii companies are celebrating APEC in unique ways.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 –  5:30 – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Teddy Bear World.  2155 Kalakaua Ave. (Parking at Bank of Hawaii building off Beachwalk)

WHAT: Teddy Bear World 1 Year Anniversary Party. Ten (10) life-size teddy bears inspired by ten APEC delegates will be unveiled at the event to celebrate the upcoming global conference. Learn more about this international organization and tour this one-of-a-kind museum in the heart of Waikiki. Hosted cocktails and pupus.

Paradise Roller Girls Final Bout of the Season

The Paradise Roller Girls are gearing up for their final bout of the season, “Barbies vs. G.I. Janes,” in an inter-league match-up featuring some of the Big Island’s favorite skaters.

The action takes place Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the bout starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and are available online at or through your favorite Paradise Roller Girl. Other ticket outlets include CD Wizard in Hilo, Oasis Skate Shop, Jungle Love, Mountain View Village Video, the Hilo Town Tavern, the Hilo Burger Joint, and Akmal’s Indian Food. PRG expects to sell out again so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby will roll onto the track at half-time for some half-pint derby fun. This group of girls ranging in age 8 to 17 has been training since June, so come show your support for the future of roller derby on the Big Island.

This event is also a toy drive for the Lokahi Giving Project, which aims to provide support to needy families in Hawaii. Donations of new toys will be accepted on bout day at the door. Please help us bring smiles to the faces of our local keiki.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat track roller derby league based out of Hilo, Hawaii. The league began in February 2010 with a small group of thrill-seeking women looking for good fun in a quiet town. Now, more than 60 skaters and volunteers call this league home.

PRG is an Apprentice League of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and adheres to the association’s rules as well as has qualified referees in the league.

The Panasonic EVOLTA Robot Finishes the Kona Ironman Triathlon

The Panasonic EVOLTA Robot has just completed the Kona Ironman Triathlon.

This digest covers the hours between 12:00 ~ 20:00 on the 28th of October as EVOLTA gets closer to the finish line in Kailua-Kona.

Evolta Team A

Evolta "Team A"

This clip is the last clip that you will see on my site, however, you can watch the EVOLTA Youtube Channel to catch clips of the triathlon.


I’m also removing the Twitter Stream from the top of my site but here is the EVOLTA’s Team Tweets for the entirety of the race.

Pahoa Teacher Named District Teacher of the Year by Governor Abercrombie

Governor Neil Abercrombie, Board of Education Chair Donald Horner, and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi honored the  District Teachers of the Year and announced the 2012 State Teacher of the Year as  Chad Miller of Kailua High.

The State Teacher of the Year is selected from the current District Teachers of the Year:

• Kaeokulani Vasconcellos (Honolulu District, Roosevelt High),
• Meghan McCormick (Central Oahu District, Wheeler Middle),
• Luane Higuchi (Leeward Oahu District, Waianae Intermediate),
• Chad Miller (Windward Oahu District, Kailua High),
• Nancy Iaukea (Hawaii District, Pahoa High and Intermediate),
• Mitzi Hasegawa (Maui District, Hana High and Elementary), and
• SheriAnn Moises (Kauai District, Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle),

The Polynesian Cultural Center, the State Teacher of the Year program’s corporate sponsor for over 25 years, awarded $500 to each District Teacher of the Year. In a colorful presentation featuring music and dance, PCC  presented an additional $1,000 to the State Teacher of the Year.

Nancy Iaukea

Nancy Iaukea

SMARTer Kids Foundation presented each District Teacher of the Year with gifts of instructional software, and other classroom technology to the State Teacher of the Year.

The Hawaii Automobile Dealers’ Association awarded the State Teacher of the Year with a free one-year lease on a new car.

Uncle’s Awa Club Presents Spookfest 2011 with Ho’okoa and Inik


Flying Tigers Exhibit Opens at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor opened its American Volunteer Group “The Flying Tigers” Exhibit with a dedication and gala reception yeterday in honor of the pilots and support personnel who protected the China skies. It is a permanent exhibit, which is housed in the Museum’s Hangar 79.

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Flying Tiger, which was one of the most popular and successful American aircraft of WWII, joined the aircraft collection at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in July of 2010 and is the centerpiece of the new exhibit. The aircraft is valued at $1.5 million and is on loan to the Museum from FedEx.

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

Prior to the United States involvement in World War II, a group of volunteers was formed to train and equip the Republic of China Air Force with fighter aircraft. They soon became the only aerial support for a country under attack. Parallel to the effort was a group of air transport pilots who “flew the Hump” carrying war material, food, and other supplies. If it were not for these two groups, life in China might be much different today.

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

According to Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “The P-40 displayed in our new Flying Tigers exhibit is depicted as number 67, flown by pilot Robert Prescott. On the tail horizontal stabilizer are the names of some of the American pilots and crew who supported the ninety P-40 aircraft received in China to fight. It’s an incredible addition to our Museum and we’re grateful to FedEx.”

Pacific Aviation Museum Tiger Exhibit

Artifacts included in display cases around the exhibit include uniforms and patches that were worn by both American and Chinese members of the three fighter squadrons and the transport group, tools and gear carried by the crews, and original photographs of the aircraft, people and airfields.

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

The exhibit is dedicated to one of those transport pilots who was a great supporter of aviation and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in his later years—Alaska Senator Ted Stevens. The event featured a special tribute to Senator Stevens who was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force and flew the Curtiss C-46 and Douglas C-47 cargo transports “over the Hump” into China, in 1944 and 1945.

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

Built in 1942 for the Royal Canadian Air Force and used primarily for training during WWII, the aircraft changed ownership before being shipped to Hawaii in 1969 to be used in the filming of Tora! Tora! Tora!

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

The aircraft recognizes Flying Tiger Line founder Robert Prescott, American Volunteer Group (AVG) ace and a member of Flying Tigers in China. The AVG consisted of pilots recruited from U.S. Forces and contracted with the China National Aviation Corporation to fly for China. The Tigers are credited with 299 confirmed enemy aircraft destroyed during their service from 1941~1942. The FedEx aircraft on loan to the Museum is the P-40E model painted to resemble the Flying Tigers P-40B Number 67. Many of the pilots signed the left side and the support crew signed the right side of the horizontal tail assembly, during a reunion in 1981.

Opening of the P-40 AVG Exhibit

Manufactured by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, the “67” on the side of the plane represents the original number that crashed early in the fighting. A red illustration on the front fuselage represents the Third Pursuit Squadron, “Hells Angels.” An insignia on the wings represents the Chinese Air Force.

Two Middle School Students Charged with Terroristic Threatening in Connection with a Fake Bomb at School

Two middle school students have been charged with terroristic threatening in connection with a fake homemade bomb confiscated at Konawaena Middle School on Wednesday (October 26).

Kona patrol officers responded to the school Thursday afternoon (October 27) in response to a report that school officials had confiscated a homemade bomb from a student. Police investigation revealed that the device—consisting of an aluminum can with electronic parts and numerous wires—had been confiscated from a 13-year-old boy’s backpack on Wednesday and taken to the vice principal’s office. It had been given to the 13-year-old boy by a 14-year-old boy, who is also a student at the school.

Police secured the building and called the U.S. Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from Oahu.

Both students were arrested at the school at 2:30 p.m. After consulting with Hawaiʻi County prosecutors, police charged each of them at 3:30 p.m. with first-degree terroristic threatening. They were release to the custody of their parents or guardians pending an appearance in Family Court.

Shortly after 6 p.m., when school was closed, the Army’s bomb squad arrived and determined that the bomb was a simulation that did not contain any explosives.

Major James O’Connor from the Area II Operations Bureau, said this incident is a reminder of the importance of communication between parents and their children.

“As a parent myself, I can’t stress enough the value of making ourselves aware of what our children are reading, writing and talking about,” O’Connor said. “A parent’s guidance can reduce or eliminate these potentially dangerous situations.”

“Think Local, Buy Local” Campaign During Black & White Night in Downtown Hilo

The Hawai‘i Alliance for a Local Economy (HALE) in partnership with the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association (Hilo DIA) is launching a pilot Think Local, Buy Local campaign during Black & White Night Downtown Hilo on November 4, 2011 at 5pm.


Black & White Night/Think Local, Buy Local buttons offer Hawai‘i Island residents discounts at locally owned businesses throughout the holiday season. Buttons are $5-available and are available at Black & White Night and in advance at the Hilo Information Center; Palace Theatre; Diabolik Surf & Glass; Bayfront Coffee, Kava, and Tea Co.; and Basically Books.

During the holiday season, the Think Local, Buy Local campaign will be highlighting local products and services offered by 30 locally owned businesses in downtown Hilo.

“The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association has been helping locally owned businesses thrive in downtown Hilo for 49 years. Black & White night is a major economic development event, bringing over 10,000 people to downtown Hilo businesses each year,” says Alice Moon, Executive Director of the Hilo DIA, “The partnership with Think Local, Buy Local helps raise awareness about the many locally made products, foods and services available by locally owned businesses in downtown Hilo.”

In a consumer survey conducted by HALE, Hawai‘i Island residents indicated they felt a personal obligation to purchase locally produced goods and services for many reasons: “it helps the local economy”, “want to help the local farmers, merchants, and businesses succeed”, ”keeps jobs and money here”, “is better for the environment”, “we need to support our neighbors” and “local products are usually better—especially food.”

The Think Local, Buy Local pilot campaign is funded by the County of Hawai‘i, Office of Research and Development. “During challenging economic times, we feel that it is even more important than ever to find creative ways to grow our local economy”, says Randy Kurohara, Director of the County of Hawai‘i Office of Research and Development. “We believe that keeping local dollars circulating in the local economy is an investment in the social, environmental and economic strength of our communities. ”

In a survey of approximately 200 Hawai‘i Island owned businesses, 70% of respondents said they would like to “increase my percentage of locally sourced goods and services.”

“We all know that most of our goods are shipped in on barges and therefore a lot of our dollars are shipped back out with our purchases, “ says Andrea Dean Project Coordinator for HALE and the Think Local, Buy Local campaign, “Steering the ship away from an import based economy and towards a strong local economy can be done by having many hands on deck. In recent years, more residents and business owners have been dedicating a portion of their budgets to locally made and grown products and it has been inspiring to see many cottage industries grow.”

The Hawai‘i Alliance for a Local Economy (HALE) is an emerging alliance of local businesses, non-profits, government, community leaders and residents who believe that local, independent businesses are the foundation of a local living economy.

Obama to Meet with Canada Prime Minister and Mexico President for the North American Leaders’s Summit in Honolulu

President Obama will host Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for the North American Leaders’ Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 13, 2011.

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Mexican President Felipe Calderón (AFP/File, Mandel Ngan)

The meeting will build on wide-ranging, on-going cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on competitiveness, citizen security, energy and climate change, and North America’s role in the Americas as well as in global economic, political, and security issues.  The last North American Leaders’ Summit was hosted by President Calderon in Guadalajara in August 2009

Senator Inouye Visits the F-22 Compound at Joint Base Pearl Harbor

‘Shaka Aloha’ from Hawaii’s F-22 pilots and Senator Daniel K. Inouye at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Oct. 27.

Senator Inouye visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons

Senator Inouye visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons

The Senator visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons. Inouye, the most senior member of the U.S. Senate and the President Pro-Tempore, is known for his distinguished record as a legislative leader, and as a World War II combat veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, who earned the nation’s highest award for military valor, the Medal of Honor.

Panasonic EVOLTA Triathlon… The Digest Part II

The last time I posted on the EVOLTA Robot that is attempting to complete the Ironman Triathlon on just three rechargeable Panasonic Batteries he was just finishing charging.

In today’s digest we find the EVOLTA Robot has progressed in the Ironman and at one point even had some cheerleaders from the Mauna Lani Bay Hotels and Bungalows come out to cheer him on.

Team Mauna Lani practicing their cheer in anticipation of the Evolta Robot passing the resort tonight.

Team Mauna Lani practicing their cheer in anticipation of the Evolta Robot passing the resort tonight.

Part 10 of the digest covers the hours between 4:00 ~ 12:00 on the 26th of October:


Part 11 of the digest covers the hours between 12:00 ~ 20:00 on the 26th of October:


Part 12 of the digest covers the hours between 20:00 of October 26th to 4:00 of October 27th:


Check for the latest information on the official site:

Big Island Police Warning the Public About Credit Card Scam

Big Island police are warning the public about a credit card scam.

Several citizens have reported receiving suspicious messages on their mobile devices. A recorded messages claims that the caller’s credit card or debit card has been deactivated due to a security breach and directs the recipient to press “1” to reactivate the card. Upon pressing “1,” the potential victim is directed to a live voice, usually a person with a foreign accent, who asks for confidential financial information, such as the card number, expiration date and other information that could lead to identity theft.

Police urge anyone who receives such a call to hang up without providing any identifying or financial information. In addition, they should call their wireless service provider to find out how they can block future nuisance calls originating from that number.

Over Hawaii – A Pilot’s View

The unique wonders of Hawai‘i are explored in this illuminating, off-the-beaten-path tour of Hawai‘i’s six major Hawaiian islands: Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Lāna‘i, Moloka‘i, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

Over Hawaii: A Pilot's Story

While popular visitor destinations such as Honolulu are highlighted, much of this captivating hour features areas that can be accessed only by helicopter—or the extremely adventurous hiker. The itinerary includes unspoiled rain forests, majestic valleys, otherworldly volcanic landscapes, spectacular sea cliffs, and idyllic beaches where turquoise waters meet pristine white sands. Over Hawai‘i also ventures under, diving into Hawai‘i’s waters to visit coral reefs teeming with sea life.


Over Hawai‘i celebrates not only the scenic beauty of Hawai‘i but its cultural heritage as well, featuring commentary by people who call Hawai‘i home and who tell the islands’ stories from an authentically Hawaiian point of view. The soundtrack showcases a wide range of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Blending breathtaking scenery with fascinating insights, Over Hawai‘i reveals the remarkable diversity of America’s 50th state.

Big Island Police Conducting DUI Checkpoints and Roving Patrols Through Halloween

Big Island police will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols from Friday through Halloween, which falls on Monday. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drive sober or get pulled over.”

Sergeant Robert Pauole, head of the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s Traffic Services Section, pointed out that drugs, alcohol or both have been factors in 72 percent of the 18 traffic fatalities we’ve experienced so far this year. He urges all motorists to be extra cautious in the next few days, when a large number of pedestrians may be out for Halloween festivities.

“Be especially careful in residential areas by slowing down and looking for keiki on roadways and shoulders,” Pauole said. “If you plan to drink, please don’t drive. Make arrangements to ride with a designated, sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you can’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.”

Police offer the following tips for pedestrian safety over the Halloween weekend:

  • Make sure children are supervised as they cross the street.
  • Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not on the traffic side.
  • Drive below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours.
  • Watch for children on roadways and on medians.
  • Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.

The Police Department wishes everyone a fun and safe Halloween.

Wordless Wednesday – Wipe Out of the Year Contender… Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania

Local schoolteacher James McKean slips on the staircase and right into one of the greatest wipeouts of all time at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania.

James McKean slips on the staircase and right into one of the greatest wipeouts of all time at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania

A new contender for the Verizon Wipeout of the Year category at the 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards.


Video by Tim Bonython. For more scary video see the event website at

Department of Health Cites Kapunakea Partners for Underwater Storage Tank Violations

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against Kapunakea Partners, the registered owner and operator of West Maui Shell located in Lahaina.

Kapunakea Partners has been assessed an $85,750 penalty for the following alleged UST violations: failure to provide adequate spill prevention equipment; failure to maintain release detection records for the tanks and piping; and failure to conduct maintenance and /or testing of operability of all release detection equipment.  These violations were discovered during a routine inspection conducted on May 11, 2010. Kapunakea Partners has 20 days in which they may contest the Notice of Violation and Order and request a hearing.

Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Chapter 11-281, requires UST owners and/or operators to maintain adequate spill prevention equipment. Records of release detection monitoring for both tanks and piping must be maintained on site. The regulations also require that an annual maintenance of the release detection equipment and/or testing of operability be performed at least every 12 months.

The routine maintenance and testing of release prevention and detection equipment is essential to avoiding an accidental, but possibly catastrophic, release of petroleum product, such as gasoline or diesel, into the environment.

The DOH regulates underground storage tanks which store petroleum or hazardous substances by conducting operational compliance inspections from the time the tank is installed. Inspections determine if a tank is being maintained properly to prevent damage to the environment.