Wordless Wednesday – Big Islands New Park Structures

From what I have learned, is that not only will Pahoa’s new park have this covered structure… But other Big Island Parks will be getting them as well.

Laupahoehoe Charter School Interim Board Welcomes Input

Local parents and their families are excited about the opening of Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School in July 2012.  Parent and Laupahoehoe High & Elementary School graduate Kaihi Francisco recently stated: “My family and I thank those who worked hard and diligently for our charter school, and thank the Board of Education for their approval to open in July.  We are happy and excited!”

The Laupahoehoe Charter School Interim Local School Board (ILSB) supports citizens in their exercise of their first amendment rights of free speech, freedom to assemble and to petition their government and respects the right of individuals to express their objection to the Laupahoehoe Charter School opening in July 2012. It is with aloha that the ILSB welcomes dialog about any concerns that exist within the community and the school.

Francisco and his family stated: “We feel saddened that our enthusiasm is not shared by all in the community.  We hope that those who continue to hinder the progress of better opportunities for our youth will see the vision and give their support to our Charter.”

Parent Phoebe Mills went further, saying: “I’ve heard that a few teachers at the school are encouraging the kids in their classes to oppose the charter-conversion. I’m sure that most teachers would never do this, but if it’s true, it’s appalling.  The students should not be dragged into this on school time.”

The ILSB welcomes anyone with questions about the school opening or process to go to the website (www.laupahoehoecharterschool.com) or call 808-430-8699. Questions and concerns about the charter school may be presented at the public ILSB meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm (the website will list the most up to date information).

Interest in the charter school is widespread.  Numerous inquiries have come in from prospective parents and teachers who are enthusiastic about becoming part of an innovative community school.  To kick off the Charter’s hands-on learning approach, an exciting outdoors experience for high school students is planned for this summer.

An upcoming presentation by Board of Education Chair Don Horner & Vice Chair Brian DeLima will be held in February in the Laupahoehoe area to help the community to move forward.

The school encourages this year’s teachers to consider teaching at the charter school when it opens in July, 2012 and to submit letters of interest and resumes by February 15 2012. Inquiries regarding student registration or employment for qualified State teachers and staff should be directed to info@laupahoehoecharterschool.com.

Big Island Police Initiate Coroner’s Inquest Case in Connection with Death of Canoe Paddler

Big Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with the death of a canoe paddler.

Kona Patrol officers responded to the Keauhou Pier at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday (February 1) after receiving a report of an overturned double hull canoe.

When officers arrived, Coast Guard personnel were already on scene. All 10 paddlers from the canoe were back on shore by 7:45 a.m.

A 67-year-old Keauhou man who was non-responsive at the scene was transported by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:58 a.m. His identity is being held pending notification of his next of kin.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.