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 www.BillabongXXL.com

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.

Panasonic EVOLTA Triathlon… The Digest

For those of you that have been following the EVOLTA Panasonic Robot attempt to complete the Kona Ironman Race the last few days, there is actually a EVOLTA youtube channel that you can watch video progress of the robot.


The Panasonic EVOLTA fights the Kona Headwinds

Part 7 of the digest covers the hours between 04:00  ~ 12:00  yesterday:


Part 8 covers the hours between 12:00  ~ 20:00 yesterday:


Part 9 covers the hours between 20:00 yesterday and ~ 4:00 today:


Check for the latest information on the official site: http://panasonic.jp/charge/evolta/challenge/2011/index.html


Dia de los Muertos at the Volcano Arts Center

This year, Volcano Art Center and East Hawaii Cultural Center are collaborating in the remembrance of loved ones who have passed away with a two-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead.”  Based on the actual dates of this ancient cultural celebration, Dia de los Muertos will take place on November 1st and 2nd, 2011 in both Hilo and Volcano.  During this event, Volcano Art Center will host an exhibit of artwork based on the subject of death, loss, mortality and the passage of time, ending with a fiesta celebration of life on the evening of the second day. With traditional art, food, a community shrine and costumed procession through town, participants of all ages are invited to join in the festivities with skeletal face painting or masks.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos celebrations are often lively, colorful gatherings of friends and family who bring flowers, photos, mementos and even the favorite foods of their loved ones to create memorials or “altars.” Lee Walczuk, local performance artist and theater aficionado, brought notice to the event in past years by creating shrines and activities “in contemplation of the inevitability of our mortality and the dearly departed.”

On Tuesday, November 1, an evening procession takes place in downtown Hilo, beginning and ending at the East Hawaii Cultural Center.  Participants are encouraged to dress in themed attire and bring flowers and candles in jars to illuminate the path with light and color.  Personal sentiments may also be shared in short, individual readings of three minutes or less.


Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

On Wednesday, November 2, guests are invited to dine and dance the night away in a decorative, energetic finale at Volcano Art Center.  Tickets go on sale October 8, 2011 and are available for purchase by calling (808) 967-8222.  Advance tickets are $12 or $15 at the door.  Attendees will savor complimentary pupus, community art and special entertainment.  Art will be available for purchase as well as limited edition Dia de los Muertos jewelry by Artist Amy Flanders.  Participants cast their votes for the most impactful, inspirational and festive submissions from artists of all ages who contribute to the exhibition and awards presented.

In anticipation of this spectacular event, free Shrine Making and Mexican Folk Art activities are offered at both Volcano Art Center and East Hawaii Cultural Center in the weeks preceding the event.  Those inspired may contribute to the community shrine by lending their own memorial objects, photos, flowers or embellishments to the display.  For details on this event, visit Volcano Art Center’s Dia de los Muertos page at www.volcanoartcenter.org. To find out how to get involved, contact Anne Catlin at community@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center is a 501c3 nonprofit educational organization created in 1974. VAC promotes, develops, and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i through the arts and education.

Big Island Police Arrest 19-Year-Old in Connection with String of Burglaries

Big Island police have charged a Kealakekua man with eight offenses in connection with three burglaries in West Hawaiʻi.

Albert Watai

Albert Watai

The most recent burglary, at a business in Kainaliu town, was reported at 2:25 a.m. Sunday (October 23).

Police investigation led to the arrests later Sunday of 19-year-old Alexander Watai of Kealakekua, a 17-year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys.

Police recovered smoking pipes and clothing valued at $13,620 that had allegedly been taken during the burglary. Police also recovered tobacco products and lighters reported stolen from another Kainaliu business during burglaries on September 25 and September 27. Value of the items stolen on those dates was $1,700.

Watai was held at the Kona police cellblock and the juveniles were released to their parents pending further investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations and Juvenile Aid sections.

At 9 p.m. Monday (October 24), detectives charged Watai with criminal property damage, three counts of second-degree burglary and four counts of second-degree theft. He remained at the Kona cellblock in lieu of $15,000 bail until his initial court appearance on Tuesday (October 25).

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Parking Lot and Road Closures

Several roads and parking lots at popular trailheads and attractions will be temporarily closed or have limited access this week and next week during the current thoroughfare improvement project at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

Crater Rim Drive

Hilina Pali Road will be closed to traffic during the day on Thurs., Oct. 27 and Fri., Oct. 28. Hikers wanting access to backcountry trails and campsites including Halapē are encouraged to use other routes, such as Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu, or get their backcountry permits a day early at the Kīlauea Visitor Center and plan on a sunrise departure. Kulanaokuaiki campsite will not be accessible by vehicles during daylight hours due to
the closure, but campers may want to consider the newly remodeled facilities at Nāmakani Paio campground.

The following parking lots within the national park will be partially or temporarily closed next week:

Devastation Trail parking lot will be closed Tues., Nov. 1 and the Pu‘u Pua‘i parking lot will be closed Wed., Nov. 2. However, visitors can still hike Devastation Trail between the two parking lots and observe the fascinating features of the 1959 Kīlauea Iki eruption and Pu‘u Pua‘I cindercone.

Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku) and Kīlauea Iki parking lots will have limited accessibility on Thurs., Nov. 3. Thurston Lava Tube’s parking area will be closed in the morning while road crews patch the pavement and seal cracks, but will reopen in the early afternoon. One of the two Kīlauea Iki parking lot entrances will be closed at a time while crews improve the area, but limited parking will be available.

In addition, work continues on Crater Rim Drive, the bike trail and pedestrian paths near Steam Vents and Sulphur Banks, and the sidewalks at Kīlauea Visitor Center. All remain open, however the public should expect 15-minute delays in construction areas.

“Please pardon our dust during this short but necessary construction period. These much-needed improvements will make Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park even more enjoyable for everyone,” said Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

“We hope visitors will take this as an opportunity to explore some of the other areas of the park they might not be as familiar with.”

Work at the front entrance station is scheduled to begin Nov. 9. Check www.nps.gov/havo for updates.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 40-Year-Old Puna Woman

*Update* Big Island police have located 40-year-old Beatrice Brown of Leilani Estates, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed Thursday morning (October 27) in Hilo.

Big Island police are searching for a 40-year-old Puna woman who was reported missing.

Beatrice Brown

Beatrice Brown

Beatrice Brown of Leilani Estates was last seen at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday (October 25) at the corner of Makamae St. and Leilani Blvd.

She is described as 5-foot-3, 150 pounds with black medium-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing tan shorts, a light green blouse and a black fanny pack.

She has a medical condition that requires medication.

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 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.