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Governor Abercrombie Proclaims Today as Honoka’a Jazz Band Day

The Honoka’a Jazz Band played at the Hawaii State Capital rotunda today as part of their “Big City Tour” being held on Oahu.

The Honoka'a Jazz Band

State Senator Malama Solomon was on hand to greet the band.

State Senator Malama Solomon and Governor Abercrombie do a bit of two-stepping.

Governor Abercrombie then proclaimed today as “Honoka’a Jazz Band Day” in the State of Hawaii.

The Governor makes his proclamation

You can check out the rest of the pictures from today’s event on the Governors Facebook page here: Honoka’a Jazz Band Day at the Capital.

Click here to see a video of Governor Abercrombie and Senator Solomon doing the two-step.

Tomorrow, the 30-member band will perform at the Bishop Museum as part of the YMCA Healthy Kids Day.  Later, they will open the Twilight Jazz at Helumoa Concert in The Royal Grove at the Royal Hawaiian Center at 7 p.m. Joining the line-up will be The Kit Ebersbach Combo and Starr Kalahiki, performing at 8 p.m.

Native Hawaiian Arts Market Presented by Waimea Artists’ Guild for MAMo, Maoli Arts Month

Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG) will be included in the prestigious Maoli Arts Month (MAMo) in May, with a Native Hawaiian Arts Market May 12, 2012 at Kahilu Town Hall.  The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a wide variety of arts media, music, “keiki corner” and more.  Admission is free and plate lunch and refreshments are available for purchase.

Intricate carved cultural jewelry by Tom O'o Mehau, Waimea Artists' Guild

MAMo is an annual celebration of the breadth, depth and diversity of Native Hawaiian arts, with multiple exhibits, entertainment, a wearable art show and an arts market featuring work by Native Hawaiians from across the Islands.  Their goal is to create economic opportunities for Native Hawaiian artists and cultural practitioners by increasing their presence in museums and galleries, and educating residents and visitors about Native Hawaiian art.

The WAG Native Hawaiian Arts Market will showcase Big Island artists and their work in fine arts, cultural jewelry, traditional wood and bone carvings, photography, fiber arts and more.  The event provides the community an exceptional opportunity to meet and interact with the artists themselves, and to own an original Hawaiian creation.

“We couldn’t be more proud to continue the annual market event that HOEA began in 2010,” said Co-Director Beth Mehau, “And it’s a great honor for us to be included on the events calendar for MAMo.  Waimea Artists’ Guild is in very good company, with some of the most acclaimed indigenous artists in Polynesia.”

“Our over-arching goal is to build awareness, to help elevate these artists to the status they’ve earned and deserved, as with other fine arts disciplines,” she said.  The roster is limited to 30 artists from Hawai’i Island, and interested vendors should contact WAG as soon as possible.

Featured artists already on board for the WAG Native Hawaiian Arts Market include:

  • Master woodcarver Toma Barboza
  • Beau Jack Key, a lifetime fisherman and modern-day lure maker who he appreciates the art, functionality and evolution of the ancient Hawaiian fishhook and expresses that in museum-quality work.
  • Auhea Puhi recently turned her attentions to jewelry in copper, silver and legally-obtained walrus ivory after 42 years of distinguished feather lei creations.
  • Geoffrey Mundon, printmaker and creator of bone jewelry, enjoys making art “on the fly” with anything available to capture those fleeting, otherworldly moments that happen daily.
  • Acclaimed kapa-master and artist Roen Hufford
  • Kauanoe Chang, watercolorist, is a D.O.E. Hawaiian Studies Specialist, inspired by the people, places, things, events, physical and emotional and spiritual experiences of Hawai’i.
  • Tom O’o Mehau, known for his highly detailed pen and ink renderings and illustrations, most recently working in small-scaled carving under the tutelage of Maori Master Carver Stacy Gordine

WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  A project of The Pantry 501(c)3 non profit organization, WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.

The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.” Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists’ Guild, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com

Department of Health Orders Leeward Farm to Cease Sale of Basil Due to Pesticide Violation

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Food and Drug Branch today is placing an embargo on approximately 28 acres of fresh basil due to the presence of an unapproved pesticide found on the product during routine sampling. FAT Law’s Farm, Inc., a farm with acreage in ‘Ewa and Kunia, has been ordered to cease the sale, delivery, holding, or offering for sale of basil until further notice.

Basil samples were collected on FAT Law’s ‘Ewa farm on April 12, 2012 and analyzed for the presence of pesticide residues. The results received from the state laboratory on April 16 indicated a range of 0.045 to 3.49 parts per million (ppm) of methomyl, a pesticide that is not approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on basil. Methomyl is approved by the EPA for use on a variety of vegetables and has an  allowable range from 1 ppm for tomatoes up to 6 ppm for parsley leaves. There is a zero tolerance for methomyl on basil.

FAT Law’s Farm, Inc. was notified on April 17 to cease the sale of all suspect basil.

Today DOH inspectors will witness the destruction of basil at the 3-acre Ewa farm. Additional samples from the Kunia farm were collected on April 17 and analyzed for the presence of methomyl. Results received on April 19 indicated a range from nondetectable to 0.507 ppm of methomyl on the basil. Today the farm was notified of the DOH Orders Local Farm to Cease Sale of Basil Due to Pesticide Violation results and a Cease and Desist order was issued on an additional 25 acres of basil, prohibiting the farm from the sale, delivery, holding or offering for sale of basil until further notice. No basil will be allowed to be sold by the farm until subsequent samples indicate zero levels of methomyl.

The DOH believes that the basil crops tested on April 12 and 17 may have been distributed to consumers in Hawai‘i. However, since the pesticide is allowed in greater amounts on other crops, the department does not consider the situation to be a significant threat to public health.

The DOH Food and Drug Branch routinely collects and tests a variety of produce samples each month for pesticide residues. Any sample found in violation is immediately followed with a cease and desist order, further sampling and education. The Food and Drug Branch safeguards public health by ensuring that food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and related consumer products are safe and properly labeled. The program inspects establishments within the state where these products are manufactured, distributed, or sold. It also investigates complaints and collects samples to determine compliance with product standards.

4/20 Party Stunk Out by Police Using Fish Fertilizer

The pungent smell of pot that blankets a popular quadrangle at the University of Colorado-Boulder every April 20 was replaced by the stench of fish-based fertilizer Friday. (April 20)


Public Works Project Update: Kailua Village Seawall, W. Kawailani St., Mākālei Fire Station

The following items are on the agenda for the Hawaii County Public Works Department:

Kailua Bay Seawall Repair

Restoration of the Kailua Village Seawall along Aliʻi Drive, damaged by the 2011 tsunami, will begin April 23. The seawall will be restored by individuals who are knowledgeable in the construction of a Hawaiian rock wall. The $172,546.00 project, awarded to Isemoto Contracting, is scheduled for completion June 6, 2012. Work hours are Monday – Saturday, 7:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

The Makalei Fire Station

Mākālei Fire Station

The 11,000-square-foot Mākālei Fire Station currently under construction in Kona is 94 percent completed. The contractors are currently constructing the 50-foot driveway, connecting it to Māmalahoa Highway, installing traffic signal beacons, and completing utility work. Completed projects include the 50 kilowatt photovoltaic system, radio communication room, an three-space apparatus bay, a hose tower, a generator building, maintenance storage, office, kitchen, training room, dormitory, shower, restroom facilities, exercise work rooms, laundry room, fuel tank, and parking areas for staff and guests. Construction cost is $6.184 million, of which $ 4,113,686.00 million is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The project started April 28, 2011 is scheduled for completion in August.

West Kawailani Street Improvements

Integrated Construction Inc., contractors for the roadwork along West Kawailani Street in South Hilo, will begin mobilizing at the site the first week in May with construction to follow. Alternate lane closures throughout most of the project will begin from Kanoelani Street to the ‘Āinaola Drive & Pōhakulani Street intersection weekdays 8:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Hawaiian Telcom and the Department of Public Works are relocating utilities in preparation of future work from Kanoelani to Kuhilani Street, and portions of ‘Āinaola.  80 percent of the $1 million project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration, and the remaining 20 percent by the County. Completion is scheduled for 2013.

77-Year-Old Kona Woman Killed in Four-Vehicle Collision

A 77-year-old Kona woman was killed Thursday (April 19) after being involved in a four-vehicle collision at the intersection of Route 190 and Hinalani Street in Kailua-Kona.

Responding to a 2:58 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the woman was operating a 2011 Hyundai multi-purpose vehicle and traveling south on Route 190 when she rear-ended a 2006 Toyota four-door sedan being operated by a 34-year-old Waikoloa man.

The Hyundai continued south and sideswiped a 1999 Jeep multi-purpose vehicle traveling north which was being operated by a 42-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona.

Debris from the crash also damaged a 1998 Mazda pick-up truck also traveling north and being operated by a 51-year-old Kailua-Kona man.

The Hyundai continued south on Route 190, struck a stop sign at the intersection of Route 180, ran off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned in the parking lot of an old nursery which is just south of the Route 190 and Route 180 intersection.

The Hyundai then caught on fire and the driver was burned in the vehicle.

The drivers of the other vehicles were not injured.

The woman was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 7:09 p.m.

Her name is being withheld pending positive identification.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police are investigating whether the woman suffered from a medical condition prior to the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 12th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with eight at this time last year.