Big Island Press Club Announces New Board of Directors

From the Big Island Press Club website (Posted w/ permission):

The on again, off again website of the Big Island Press Club is live. We’ve got a new board of directors, a new president and a new presence on the web. So let’s first introduce ourselves again.

The Big Island Press Club was founded in 1967 to protect the public’s right to know. We are the oldest continuously active media organization in the state of Hawaii. Among our members are community leaders in the print, broadcast and new media, and supporters of a free and open press. We annually award scholarships totaling around $3,000 to students majoring in journalism or a related field. Our scholarships are funded by membership dues, endowments and investments.

We also fight to keep the public’s right to know. We highlight the best and worst examples of Sunshine Law compliance and violations through our Lava Tube and Torch of Light awards. We keep an eye on public officials to make sure they are acting in the open, under the gaze of the public. And when a violation is egregious enough, we have gone to court.

We’re also friends who enjoy getting together to celebrate life.

The members of our executive board are:

President Yisa Var, editor of Big Island Weekly

Vice President Nancy Cook Lauer, reporter for West Hawaii Today

Secretary John Burnett, reporter for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Treasurer Rod Thompson, reporter emeritus for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Past president Peter Sur, reporter for the Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Director Sherry Bracken, Lava 105

Director Bob Duerr, Hawaii Fishing News

Director Ilihia Gionson, Hiehie Communications

Director Patsy Iwasaki, faculty member of the University of Hawaii at Hilo

Stay tuned for more information about scholarships.

Animal Control Aerial Shooting From Helicopters to Happen Next Week

DLNR-DOFAW will conduct animal control activities, specifically aerial shooting from helicopters, within Palila Critical Habitat in the Mauna Kea Forest Reserve (Unit A) and Kaoe Game Management Area (Unit G) on the island of Hawaii for feral goats, sheep, mouflon/feral sheep hybrids from February 21 – 22, 2012.

Public access will be restricted and allowed by PERMIT ONLY.

Please read full announcement for all details.

DLNR Announces Opening Of Spring Bearded Turkey Season

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2012 Spring Bearded Turkey Hunting Season on Hawaii Island beginning Thursday, March 1, 2012. The spring season will run 31 consecutive days through Saturday, March 31, 2011. The spring season will be for bearded turkeys only.

Tags are required and may be obtained without charge from any Hawaii Island Division of Forestry & Wildlife office and a number of commercial vendors. Hunters must present current State of Hawaii Hunting License when obtaining tags. Turkey tags are also required on private land.

For further information, see the DOFAW website at or contact Division of
Forestry & Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers:
Hilo: (808) 974-4221;
Kamuela: (808) 887-6063 or
Admin office in Honolulu at (808) 587-0166.

Wordless Wednesday – Lt. Governor Brian Schatz and Mayor Kenoi on the Big Island Today

This morning I noticed the following tweet from Lt. Governor Brian Schatz:

On Hawaii Island to meet with @MayorKenoi and talk clean energy. And pick up some aloha shirts, of course.

Mayor Kenoi just posted the following pictures on his facebook page:

"Meeting with Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz and his senior advisor Dale Hahn this morning about clean energy on our island!"

Lt. Governor Schatz later tweeted, “Had a great meeting with Mayor Kenoi on clean energy. Big Island has enormous potential if we work together.”

"Had a good meeting with Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz about working to power our island with renewable sources of energy! Mahalo!"

Big Island Police Renew Search for Lady Missing Since 1988

Big Island police are renewing their request for help in located a 43-year-old woman who has been missing since August 1988.

Fran Uilani Kaniho

Fran Uilani Kaniho was last seen at her home on Wright Road in Volcano.

At the time she was reported missing, Kaniho was 19 years old, 4-foot-9, about 150 pounds with a tan complexion and brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information about her whereabouts call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 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 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.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Puna Boy

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old boy reported as missing from Puna since January 26.

Chye Robert Kulakauka Galante

Chye Robert Kulakauka Galante is described as 5-foot-9, about 130 pounds with short 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.