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.