Big Island Police Looking for Tree Vandals

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons who damaged trees at Waimea Ānuenue Park earlier this month.

Sometime between the evening of Friday, March 2, and the morning of Saturday, March 3, two koa trees were stripped of most of their bark, and five calliandra trees were partially stripped.

Police ask that anyone with any information about this case call Officer Kristi Crivello at 887-3080, 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 13-Year-Old Hilo Girl Missing Since February

*UPDATE* Sources tell me she has been found.

Big Island police are searching for 13-year-old girl reported as missing from Hilo since February 11.

Kyara Kalili

Kyara Kalili is described as 5-foot 2, about 120 pounds with long brown hair and brown eyes.

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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Congressional Candidate Bob Marx Says “Alternatives to Petroleum Equal Jobs for Hawai‘i”

Bob Marx contends that investing in alternative energy solutions is one of the best ways to rid our dependence on foreign oil, limit the effect of Wall Street speculators on prices and create jobs in Hawai‘i.

Congressional Candidate Bob Marx

“Gas prices, now over $5.00 per gallon on Kaua‘i and parts of Maui, are causing financial hardship on the working people of Hawai‘i,” Bob Marx, Democratic Congressional Candidate, stated while speaking before a group of supporters in Hilo this morning.

“Many of the people in the in rural areas of Oahu, Kaua‘i, Maui, Molokai and the Big Island must commute long distances and remain in traffic for lengthy periods of time. These working people are simply trying to get to work and paying exorbitant gas prices.”

“Our failed energy policy must be immediately transformed.  As your representative in Congress, I will push for massive private and public projects in alternative & renewable energy,” Bob Marx stressed. “We need to explore ideas like those of Wailuku Mayor Arakawa, whose administration is proposing burning landfill trash to produce up to 15 Megawatts of Electricity.”

“We must push the technological envelop and explore all technologies including Geo and Ocean Thermal, Tidal, Wind, Solar, and Biofuels,” Marx added. “The time of big oil interests telling us it’s ‘too expensive’ or ‘a decade away’ must end. Research and Development will provide the next generation with the jobs and opportunities they need to become leaders in renewable energy.”

Groups like Ocean Power Technologies, in partnership with the US Navy, have been testing grid connected “PowerBuoys,” which have clearly demonstrated the potential for wave-generated power. Marx “strongly supports” the program at Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i.

“We should be long past relying on foreign oil for our energy. We will dependent on the whims of oil speculators on Wall Street and Middle East Tycoons until we are energy self-sufficient. Unfortunately, this summer gas prices will likely climb as Iran goes into crisis and the demand in the Far East continues to rise.  We cannot continue to link our economic prosperity to the instability of the Middle East produced by relying on foreign oil,” the Big Island Democrat concluded. “As your representative to Congress, I will work tirelessly to bring R&D and new energy jobs to Hawai‘i.”

Bob Marx is a Democratic Candidate for Congress in the 2nd Congressional District, which represents rural Oahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, Molokai, and the Big Island.


Nature Guides Needed in Volcano

Volcano Art Center (VAC) seeks environmental-minded volunteers who can devote a minimum of two hours per month, either on Saturday or Monday mornings, guiding visitors and residents through a unique, historic section of native Hawaiian rain forest in Volcano Village.

Niaulani Nature Walk guides sharing the importance of Hawaiian Rain Forests

The three hour-long session readies potential guides for weekly one hour long “Niaulani Nature Walks,” which have been running strong every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. since 2006. Guides are granted the opportunity to also help lead Saturday tours, from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to be initiated in May of 2012. These tours provide thousands of local and global visitors a chance to experience and learn about one of the last intact, accessible examples of this forest type remaining in the entire state.

On the day of the training, attendees are offered an intensive written and oral explanation of the concepts intended to be communicated to visitors, such as Niaulani’s natural history and cultural uses of its components. After the training, attendees are encouraged to follow on more tours until they get a general understanding of the forest, a feel for the flow of interpretational information, are comfortable communicating it to groups, and can commit to begin leading walks on their own. For officially scheduled guides, VAC provides an extensive 90-page illustrated narrative further detailing the ecology and history of the forest. VAC also has a volunteer reward program based on hours accumulated annually.

The April 28 training is held at VAC’s Niaulani Campus, at 19-4014 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Registration for the training is required and space is limited. If you are interested in being part of these exciting educational tours please contact Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or