Karen Eoff Announces Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 8

Aloha Friends and Family,

Mahalo to all of you for your support and encouragement!

It is now official….I filed my nomination papers with the Office of Elections, and I am a candidate for County Council District 8.

I will be applying for Comprehensive Public Funding for my Campaign.

This is a Pilot Program for the County of Hawai‘i to promote “Clean Elections.”

To qualify, we need to collect $5 from 200 Registered Voters in District 8.

With help from many of you, we have over 100 signatures already and will work hard to reach our goal.

Please contact me if you would like to contribute $5 to the Campaign Election Fund and someone will arrange to meet with you.

Again, mahalo a nui loa for your well wishes and support.

I look forward to serving you on the County Council.


(www.KarenEoff.com Web Site to be launched soon)

Woman Identified in Big Island’s First Traffic Fatality of the Year

A 42-year-old Hōlualoa woman died Thursday (February 9) from injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Kaiminani Drive, 150 feet west of Ane Keoholeola Highway in Kailua-Kona.

The woman was identified as Sheila Goto.

Responding to a 9:33 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 42-year-old Keaʻau man had been operating a 2000 Ford (crane truck) from a local electrical company and traveling west on Kaiminani Drive when the boom of the truck struck a large cable going across the roadway.

This caused the truck to tip over on its left side and the boom of the truck to strike a 2011 Ford pickup truck traveling east that was being operated by Goto.

Goto had to be extricated by Fire/Rescue personnel and later transported to Kona Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 12:22 p.m.

Two passengers in the Ford pickup truck, a 37-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman, both from Kailua-Kona, were treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.

The driver of the crane truck was confined to Kona Community Hospital in stable condition.

The driver and front seat passenger of the Ford pickup truck were the only people wearing their seat belts.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the first traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with four at this time last year.

Dru Mamo Kanuha Announces Candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 7

Lifetime Hawaii Island resident Dru Mamo Kanuha has announced he will run for the newly-created County Council District 7, representing downtown Kailua Village and the Kona area from roughly Kainaliu north to Kona’s Old Airport.

Dru Mamo Kanuha announces his candidacy for Hawaii County Council District 7

Kanuha was born in Kealakekua and raised near the shore, in the ahupua’a of Holualoa. His father, Jerome Kanuha, was also born and raised in Kailua-Kona. His mother, Debbie Kanuha, was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Redondo Beach, California and has been in Kona for more than 40 years. The Kanuha family has lived for generations in the Keopu ahupua’a that extends from Kailua Bay through the area now known as Emma’s Square and mauka, and is known for their stewardship of Kona lands.

Kanuha attended Mokuaikaua Church pre-school, Kahakai Elementary School, and Kealakehe Intermediate and High School. Kanuha graduated from the University of San Diego in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Business Administration.

Kanuha says he’s been interested in serving the people of Hawaii Island in a leadership role since he was a boy, and attended many public meetings about roads, infrastructure, and development with his father while he was still in high school. Kanuha feels the time is right for him to represent the people of Kona and West Hawaii on the County Council. He says recent divisiveness on the County Council has concerned many citizens. He says he feels he can help the County Council regain a sense of looking out for the entire island as a whole, even though his primary focus will be the new Kona District 7.

Kanuha has been involved in public service for more than a decade. He has taught free tennis lessons to children every summer at the Old Kona Airport, worked with the Kealakehe High School Waveriders Against Drugs, and cleaned rubbish off beaches. Kanuha also served on the Hawaii Island Burial Council from 2010 to 2011 as the Kona Representative. Over the past year he served on the Hawaii Island Redistricting Commission, representing (the current) Kona District 7. Kanuha also serves on the Board of Director for Kai ‘O Pua Canoe Club, one of the oldest Canoe Clubs in the state with a membership of over 300, and in which his great-grandfather had a founding role.

Kanuha is employed by Kamehameha Schools-Land Assets Division, Hawaii Island, focusing on water and agricultural resources. In this capacity, he supports community outreach, promoting agricultural related events that support Kamehameha Schools’ Strategic Agricultural Plan. Previously Kanuha worked for Judiciary and Labor Chairman Clayton Hee as a Legislative Aide at the Hawaii State Capitol.

Kanuha is a founding member of The Betty Kanuha Foundation, Inc., which was formed in 2001 as a tribute to his grandmother. The Betty Kanuha Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports literacy and cultural programs for the youth of Hawaii Island. In the past 11 years, the Foundation has given over $250,000 to the West Hawaii Community, in the form of start-up reading programs, computers for classrooms, athletic programs for schools, scholarships for pre and post high school students, repairing the aging Simmons field at the Old Kona Airport, and holding eight consecutive years of the free “Kalae Iki” Youth Baseball Clinic for island boys and girls. The Foundation has also supported the continued restoration of Keolonahihi Heiau, beach cleanups, and numerous other programs aimed at cultural and educational opportunities for Kona Youth.

Big Island Police Renewing Search for Missing 42-Year-Old North Kona Woman

Big Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in locating a 42-year-old North Kona woman who was reported missing last year.

Naomi Sanders

Naomi Sanders left her Kainaliu home the night of June 6, 2011, and has not been seen since. Her family is very concerned about her safety.

Sanders is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-3 and 120 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. She has a tribal print tattoo on her upper right arm in the shape of an arm band.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or 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.

Hilo High School Gym Project Delayed Due to Difficulties in Obtaining Building Permit

Rep. Jerry Chang and the Hawaii Island legislative delegation today received new information from the Department of Education on the status of the Hilo High School Gymnasium project, which they wanted to share with the community.

Artist rendition of the earlier proposed Hilo High gym

According to the Department, the Hilo High School gym project has been delayed due to difficulties in obtaining a Hawaii County building permit.  The County is requiring the project to meet Chapter 3-180 Hawaii Administrative Rules, specifically an update to Section 423 pertaining to being able to sustain high winds of 155 miles per hour.

The project is currently designed to sustain 115 mph winds, which was agreed upon with the State Civil Defense.  During the design phase of the project, the building was planned on the Uniform Building Code in effect when Hawaii County required only 80 mph.  State Civil Defense continues to support the project at 115 mph due to the fact that the gym is intended to be used as an emergency shelter if needed, but not as a hurricane shelter.

While the DOE submitted the permit application prior to the adoption of the new rules, the County interprets the submittal date to be after the documents have been routed and approved by all other agencies.  In this case, the County considers the project to fall under the newly adopted rules.  Therefore, the Hilo High School gym application must follow the 155 mph requirement, and the consulting firm working on the project, Kober/Hanssen/Mitchell Architects, Inc., is redesigning portions of the gym to conform.

The DOE anticipates that the redesign may impact the cost of the project.  A proposed solution from the consultant is expected on or around February 14, 2012.

“We are disappointed in the delays,” said Rep. Jerry Chang.  “We hope that the DOE and the consultant can work out a solution with the County that will save as much time and money as possible.  A new gymnasium is sorely needed in our community; the community has waited patiently, and we wanted to make sure that they knew the reasons for the delay.”

Mālamalama Waldorf School Receives Grant to Commission Big Island Artist Patricia Leo

Puna’s Mālamalama Waldorf School (MWS), Hawai‘i County’s only independent school offering the internationally recognized Waldorf curriculum, has just received a generous grant from Envision Media to support the school’s arts education program.

The $708.00 grant will be used to bring in noted Big Island artist, Patricia Leo to work with the students.

Kaimu, by Patricia Leo

Leo’s paintings have been described as innovative, original and enchanting.  “It’s really a great opportunity for the students to explore the reaches of their imaginations with such a great artist.  We’re really grateful to Envision Media,” said board Vice President, Kim Arakawa.  Arakawa a former educator goes on to say, “Research continually shows that arts education is linked to almost everything that we say we want for our children, academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity.”

For over 30 years MWS has been incorporating the arts and hands-on learning activities in conjunction with academics while focusing on educating the whole child, head, heart, and hands.  According to Administrative Chair, Kehaulani Costa, “A large part of our operating budget goes to tuition assistance, ensuring that as many families as possible have access to the school.  Support from organizations like Envision Media is vital to our ability to continually provide enriching programs to our students.”

According to Envision Media Art Director, Hugh Broughton, “Schools have been losing more and more funding for art curricula.  We believe that art is essential for encouraging creativity and developing focus in our youth, and in many ways making the world a more beautiful place to live.”

For more information about the Mālamalama Waldorf School call (808) 982-7701.

To All You CEO’s That Come to Hawaii… Beware!

To all you CEO’s that come to Hawaii and forget about your hard working co workers that got you to the place where you are at…

Here is a little reminder as to why you should have brought them with you:


Volunteers Wanted – Puako Beach Clean-Up

Governor Abercrombie Fills Deputy Positions in Agriculture and Human Resources Departments

Governor Neil Abercrombie has appointed Scott Edward Enright to Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture (DOA), and Leila Kagawa to Deputy Director of the Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD).

Mr. Enright (DOA Deputy Director) brings a strong background in agriculture, community building, and conflict resolution to his position. Mr. Enright has worked as a consultant for the Hawai’i Sustainable Agriculture and Renewable Energy Project project manager for ITC Water Management, cultivation and irrigation superintendent for Hamakua Sugar Company, and orchard superintendent for Kilauea Agronomics. Mr. Enright was also served as Chairman for the Board of Agribusiness Development Corporation, on the Community Development Plan Steering Committee for Hamakua District, and on the Hilo-Hamakua Community Development Corporation Board.

A graduate of the University of Hawai’i – Hilo, Mr. Enright holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy. He also earned a Master of Science degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.

Mr. Enright begins his duties as DOA Deputy Director immediately.

Ms. Kagawa (DHRD Deputy Director) has over 15 years of experience in human resources. She is currently a Senior Solutions Consultant at ADP, Inc., where she provides employer services solutions sessions to executive management across the state. Ms. Kagawa is also a Human Resources Certification Program Facilitator. She is a former Human Resources Manager at Pacific Marine & Supply Co., Ltd. & Subsidiaries. Ms. Kagawa is a designated Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Payroll Professional. She is a board member of the Society of Human Resource Management Hawai’i Chapter and National Association, and the Vice President of the American Payroll Association Hawai’i Chapter and National Association.

A graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Ms. Kagawa holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and political science. She completed her master’s degree coursework in organizational development from the University of Phoenix and Hawai’i Pacific University.

Ms. Kagawa begins her position as DHRD Deputy Director on March 1, 2012.

Big Island Police Searching for Two Men Wanted on Bench Warrants

Big Island police are searching for a 31-year-old Kaʻū man wanted on bench warrants.

Daniel “Duke” Abraham

Daniel “Duke” Abraham, also known as Daniel “Duke” Abrojina, lives in Miloliʻi and frequents the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates area. He is wanted on three contempt of court warrants totaling $100,000.

Abraham is described as 5-foot-10, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He may be armed and dangerous. Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Big Island police are also searching for a 27-year-old Kaʻū man wanted on three warrants.

Michael J. Kaawa

Michael J. Kaawa, frequents the South Kona, Hōlualoa and Kailua-Kona areas. He is wanted on a 20,000 warrant of arrest for drug offenses and two $300 bench warrants for failure to appear in court. He is also wanted for questioning in connection with a terroristic threatening and criminal property damage incident.

Kaawa is described as 5-foot-10, 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police ask that anyone with information on his 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.