Virgin Airlines Coming to Honolulu and Neighbor Islands via Codeshare Agreement

More good news for the islands tourism industries.  Virgin Airlines is going to be flying here soon:

Virgin said on Friday it would place its airline code on Hawaiian’s flights from Sydney to Honolulu, as well as connecting services to surrounding islands of Maui, Kauai and The Big Island.

“Hawaii is a key tourist destination and this agreement will take us one step closer to obtaining global flight coverage for our guests,” Virginchief executive John Borghetti said in a statement.

The codeshare services start on October 31, 2011.

More here: Virgin Australia Spreads its Wings to Honolulu

Big Island Police Seeking 16-Year-Old Girl Missing Since September 10th

Big Island police are searching for a 16-year-old girl reported as missing from Puna since September 10.

Tera Mestuzzi

Tera Mestuzzi

Tera Mestuzzi is described as, 5-foot-4, about 115 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Police Looking for Two Individuals Involved in Assault and Robbery at Kehena Beach

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two individuals wanted in a robbery at Kehena Beach Park on September 23.

A 52-year-old Pāhoa man reported that two males in their late teens or early 20s approached him at about 3 p.m. and grabbed his backpack. During an ensuing struggle, one suspect took the victim’s prescription medicine and the second kicked him, causing him to suffer two fractured ribs. Both suspects then fled on foot.

One is described as being 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7 and muscular with short hair, light brown skin and no facial hair. The other is described as 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall and thin.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call 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.

This Weekend BJ Penn Presents – “Just Scrap: Cage of Horrors”

BJ Penn Just Scrap

BJ Penn presents “Just Scrap: Cage of Horrors” this Saturday evening October 15, 2o11.


If you’re trick or treating for blood, gore, and MMA action. Get down to the Hilo Civic Auditorium this Saturday, for BJPenn.coms Cage of Horrors.

Two Big Island Organizations Awarded USDA Grants to Increase Food Access Through Farmers Markets

Two Big Island organizations have been awarded grants from the USDA to increase food access through farmers’ markets.

They include:

  • $74,010 to the Heritage Ranch, Inc., Honaunau, HI, to start a new farmers market, establish a hub for farmers to drop off products to sell at the farmers market, expand an existing CSA operation, purchase a solar-powered cooler and freezer to store products for CSA and farmers market, introduce a weekly Food Share program, and host summer camp and field trips for students.
  • $90,460 to the Kohala Center, Kamuela, HI, to begin a new EBT project to provide EBT access to six farmers markets, train market managers and vendors, and promote these markets to SNAP recipients on Hawaii Island.

Nearly 150 farm-to-consumer marketing projects received funding today under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), marking a $9.2 million investment to support direct marketing and to increase consumer access to healthy food, much of it in food deserts and other low-income areas. This year’s awards–149 in total, distributed across 42 states and the District of Columbia–showed a rise in urban projects and increased diversity in the types of projects funded…

More info here: USDA Supports Diverse Food Access Through Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Appoints New Media Communications Contact

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has appointed public relations specialist Jessica Ferracane to its communications team.

Jessica Ferracane

Jessica Ferracane

Ferracane brings 10 years of experience in public relations to the position, having served as the president of Irondog Communications and the primary PR contact for the Big Island Visitors Bureau from 2006 to 2011, and as PR director for The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i resort from 2002 to 2005. Prior to becoming a PR professional, she worked as a print journalist. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in public relations from Webster University. Ferracane is a lifelong resident of Hawai‘i.

“We are delighted to have Jessica Ferracane as part of the communications team at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Her diverse background in public relations, the visitor industry and in journalism will serve the park, its visitors, and the media who cover park news, very effectively,” said Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Ferracane is the chief media contact for the 333,086-acre national park. Her duties will include creating and distributing press releases, reviewing and processing filming and photography permit requests, coordinating VIP visits, assisting in crisis communications, and more.

Ferracane can be reached via email at and by phone, (808) 985-6018.

County Receives $17.9 Million for Kau Emergency Shelter and Gymnasium

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The County of Hawaii has received $17.9 million of State funding for the Ka‘ū Emergency Shelter and Gymnasium. “We are very pleased the Governor has released these funds, as the health and safety of all residents is our number one priority,” said Councilmember Brittany Smart.

The district of Ka‘ū is over 900 square miles in area with a population over 6,500, but is lacking adequate shelter space in times of natural disasters. This project will help ensure residents are protected during emergencies. In addition, this facility will promote community resilience and aid in the post-disaster recovery process.

Councilmember Brittany Smart would like to extend special thanks to Governor Neil Abercrombie, State Representative Bob Herkes, and former Councilmember Guy Enriques for their collaborative hard work to procure the funding for this much needed project. Additional mahalos to State Senator Gil Kahele, the Hawaii State Legislature, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and his staff, and the Hawaii County Council for their much needed and valued support.