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Hawaii Fourth of July Celebration Information – 2012 Hilo Bay Blast, BBQ Cook-Off, Drive-In Movie and More

Live music, dancing, a classic car show, cooking contest, band concert, and fireworks display will be among the free events at this year’s July Fourth celebration in Hilo.

Hilo Bay Fireworks

Sponsored by the Hawai’i County Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the State of Hawai‘i and community organizations, the biggest-ever 2012 Hilo Bay Blast will be an alcohol- and drug-free event that promises to appeal to everyone from keiki to kupuna.

The Pahoa VFW Post 3830’s will kick off the Independence Day festivities with its “A Salute to Our Veterans” 2nd Annual Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk starting at 7 a.m. at Lili‘uokalani Gardens. For online registration, please visit www.vfwpost3830.com.

Returning again this year will be the two-day Hilo Bay BBQ Cook-Off, an internationally sanctioned competition serving as the Hawai’i State Championship. The barbecue cook-off will start at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at the Hilo Bayfront commuter parking lot located next to the Mo‘oheau Park ball field.

The three-time U.S. barbecue champion from California, two Texas teams, and Oahu’s defending champion will join local chefs in competing for $3,000 and the honor of representing Hawai‘i in the World Championship Invitational Barbecue competition Oct. 22 in Lynchburg, Tenn. Judging begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, for the chili, chicken, pork spare ribs, pork, and brisket categories. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. in the parking lot.

Hawaii Classic Cruisers is hosting Cruise Paradise 2012, a 10-day, island-wide tour starting Thursday, June 28, and involving hundreds of antique and classic cars that will culminate with a July Fourth Car Show & Shine at the Kamehameha Avenue mauka soccer field. Vehicles from as far away as Texas and Florida will be driven around Hawai‘i Island during a series of public displays and island-wide runs. Accompanying the automotive enthusiasts will be television personality Dennis Gage, who will be in Hilo on Independence Day to meet fans, sign autographs and film a new episode of his long-running “My Classic Car” cable TV show.

“American Graffiti” will be shown during a special drive-in movie night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the mauka Kamehameha Avenue soccer field. Motorists entering the movie night will be expected to keep their vehicles inside the area until the event concludes. Attendees who park elsewhere may walk in, sit in the lawn-viewing area and then leave at their leisure.

To display aloha for the visitors, the July Fourth Car Show & Shine will feature performances by Hula Halau O Na Pua Uluhaimalama under the direction of Kumu Hula Emery Aceret and the Tapiti Tahitian Group. Also, musicians Esther Zamora, Bonnie and Doug, Randy Lorenzo and Friends, Ol’ School Band, and Tomi Isobe Blues Band will entertain attendees. The free performances start at 9 a.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m.

A variety of children’s games and contests, a waterslide, and a jumping castle will be offered starting a 9 a.m. at the Mo‘oheau baseball field. The adjacent bandstand will be the site for interactive activities such as Zumba, line dancing and special performances by local musical groups.

The Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition will host a “Street Seen” team skateboarding competition from noon until 5 p.m. at the section of Bayfront Highway fronting the canoe halau.

People seeking shade or rest may visit the Kupuna & Ohana Comfort Station area at the makai soccer field along Kamehameha Avenue. There they will find 30 tents available for free, shared use, on a first-come, first-served basis, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Helping everyone get around will be the Mass Transit Agency, which will be running free Hele-On shuttle service to various activity sites from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking will be available in the downtown lot near the Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and at the Hawai‘i County Aupuni Center. The shuttle route will run from the civic auditorium, through Banyan Drive and along Kamehameha Avenue to the bus terminal before heading back along Kamehameha Avenue and up to Aupuni Center. Patrons should wait for the shuttle at the bus shelters along the route. Other Hele-On service will operate according the normal holiday schedule.

To celebrate Independence Day, the Hawai‘i County Band will perform a patriotic July Fourth Concert at the Mo’oheau Bandstand beginning at 7 p.m.

The Lehua Jaycees will again provide an Independence Day fireworks display from Moku Ola, also known as Coconut Island, starting at 8 p.m.

To ensure safe viewing spots along the shoreline, the Bayfront Highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. Gates at the Mo’oheau Bus Terminal, Mo’oheau Park ball field and adjacent soccer field will be opened to allow pedestrian access to this area during the fireworks exhibition.

Personal fireworks are prohibited at all beaches, parks, harbors and on roadways.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds all vessel operators to observe safety regulations. The vessel-viewing area is located north of the green ship channel markers and west of a line of sight connecting the end of the break wall and buoy No. 3 to Pauahi Street traffic lights.

For more information, please contact the Culture and Education Division at 961-8706 or Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hi.hawaii.us.

2012 Hilo Bay Blast Event Schedule:  July 4, 2012

  •  7 a.m. VFW Post 3830’s “A Salute to Our Veterans” 2nd Annual Hilo Bay 5K Run/Walk at Lili‘uokalani Gardens
  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Kupuna & Ohana Comfort Station operates at the makai soccer field along Kamehameha Avenue
  • 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. – Free Hele-On shuttle service from Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal, Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and at the Hawai‘i County Aupuni Center to downtown events
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hawaii Classic Cruisers’ Cruise Paradise 2012 Car Show & Shine at the Kamehameha Avenue mauka soccer field. Dennis Gage, host of the “My Classic Car” cable TV show, will be on hand to sign autographs and greet fans.
  • 10 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. – Hula halau Hula Halau O Na Pua Uluhaimalama and the Tapiti Tahitian Group will perform at the Kamehameha Avenue mauka soccer field, along with musicians Esther Zamora, Bonnie and Doug, Randy Lorenzo and Friends, Ol’ School Band, and the Tomi Isobe Blues Band.
  • All Day – Various children’s games and contests, a waterslide, and a jumping castle will be offered at the Mo‘oheau baseball field. The adjacent bandstand will be the site for interactive activities such as Zumba, line dancing and special performances by local groups.
  • 11 a.m. – Judging starts for the Hilo Bay BBQ Cook-Off categories at Hilo Bayfront commuter parking lot located next to the Mo‘oheau Park ball field
  • Noon-5 p.m. – “Street Seen” team skateboarding competition at the portion of Bayfront Highway fronting the canoe halau
  • 5 p.m. –Hilo Bay BBQ Cook-Off winners announced at Hilo Bayfront commuter parking lot located next to the Mo‘oheau Park ball field
  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Bayfront Highway will be closed. Gates at the Mo’oheau Bus Terminal, Mo’oheau Park ball field and adjacent soccer field will be opened to allow access to this area during the fireworks exhibition.
  • 7 p.m. –   The Hawai‘i County Band will perform patriotic music in the Mo’oheau Bandstand
  • 8 p.m. – Lehua Jaycees’ fireworks display from Moku Ola, also known as Coconut Island
  • 10 p.m. – Bayfront Highway reopens

“Protect Our Hawaii As One” During Hawai`i Conservation Month

The public is invited to a festival of arts, music, film and conservation on August 1, 2012 as part of the Hawaii Conservation Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Activities on the public day on August 1, 2012 will take place from 3pm – 8pm and include interactive exhibits and Maoli Real Time Gallery, a live mural-painting by Wyland, Aupuni Place native art demonstrations, and Knowledge In Motion conservation through film showings, food and musical performances.

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands.

Join the Hawai`i Conservation Alliance at The Hawaii Convention Center for a day filled with activities for the whole family also including My Hawaii Student Award, poster contest winners, and the Hawaii Energy Award.

Protect our Hawaii as one community in a fun, inspirational, and creative atmosphere with the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and its partners.

Police Investigating Death of Tourist Found Floating in Water

Big Island police are investigating the death of a 50-year-old San Francisco man who died Wednesday (June 13) along the Kohala Coast.

Paul S. Tsang was snorkeling in waters off Mauna Lani Beach Club at about 12:35 p.m. when an unidentified person on shore noticed he was floating. An Ogden, Utah, man using a paddle board went to check on Tsang and found him unresponsive.

Tsang was brought to shore, where a nurse from Tucson, Arizona, and Hawaiʻi lifeguard personnel performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel arrived.

Tsang was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:39 p.m.

Police are investigating the matter as a coroner’s inquest and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Hawai’i Becomes First State to Make Health Declaration

Governor Neil Abercrombie has issued a “declaration letter” to the U.S. Health and Human Services Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) verifying that the Hawai’i is establishing a state-certified health insurance exchange, the Hawai’i Health Connector.

In a June 7, 2012 letter to Steve Larsen, director of the CCIIO, Governor Abercrombie wrote, “Hawai’i is actively pursuing the establishment of a State-Based Exchange through the Connector.”

The establishment of the Connector meets the provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The letter ensures Hawai’i’s exchange will be locally controlled rather than federally operated.

For Hawai’i, the Connector is a next step toward a healthy community supported by health care benefits.  In 1974, the State was an early adopter of expanded health care benefits when it passed the Pre-Paid Health Care Act, which brought employer-provided insurance coverage to a majority of workers. In late May 2012, CCIIO issued a call for states to declare their intentions for the exchanges and how they will be structured.

Hawai’i is the first state in the nation to declare its intent to develop a State-Based Insurance Exchange. By January 1, 2014 Hawai’i will have a marketplace that will provide a level playing field for individuals and small businesses to access affordable health insurance.

Governor Abercrombie said, “Hawai’i has been a long-time leader in health care coverage and pledging our commitment to moving forward with our exchange, the Health Connector, reaffirms our commitment to providing healthcare to everyone.”

“Hawai’i has already received two grants from the federal government to assist with planning and set up of the Connector,”stated State Healthcare Transformation Coordinator Beth Giesting. “The Hawai’i Health Connector, a nonprofit partner with the state, will be crucial in moving Hawai’i toward universal coverage, providing consumers clear, understandable information, and ensuring that all choices offer high quality care.”

Hawai’i’s Connector, established by Hawai’i Act 205 in 2011, is a private, non-profit corporation and is recognized as a quasi-governmental agency. The Connector, overseen by a board of directors representing a diversity of interests and expertise, already has adopted articles of incorporation and bylaws and is well on its way to setting up the exchange.

Some states are opting for federal facilitation and control of their exchanges.

“We’re very focused on establishing the exchange as State-Based, ensuring that the Connector is of Hawai’i and for Hawai’i,”said Coral Andrews, executive director of the Connector.

Its web portal will serve as a one-stop-shop where individuals and small business can find, compare and purchase the best, most economical health insurance plans available to them.  The Medicaid eligibility system will be integrated into the exchange.

“Hawaii looks forward to working collaboratively with CMS in order to ultimately obtain approval for State-Based Exchange and to ensure the Connector’s operational readiness for 2014,”stated Governor Abercrombie.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens Keanakāko‘i Crater to Hikers

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has reopened the section of Crater Rim Drive near the Devastation Trail parking lot to Keanakāko‘i Crater, and a portion of Crater Rim Trail that leads from Chain of Craters Road to the south side of Keanakāko‘i, to hikers.

Keanakako’i from the south shows plume of Halema’uma’u Crater
to the left and Mauna Loa. Photo NPS

Approximately 0.8 miles of Crater Rim Drive is now open to hikers, and visitors can enjoy an easy roundtrip walk through koa and ōhi‘a forest on pavement all the way to the Keanakāko‘i Crater overlook. Across the road, another overlook provides panoramic views of Halema‘uma‘u Crater and Mauna Loa.

The park has also reopened about 0.7 miles of Crater Rim Trail from Chain of Craters Road just north of Lua Manu Crater. This section of trail winds through native forest, along the flows of 1974, and culminates at the south side of Keanakāko‘i Crater. Both routes offer an abundance of diverse and breathtaking views.

People at Keanakako’i Overlook off Crater Rim Drive. Photo NPS

Keanakāko‘i Crater likely formed during the 1400s, during Kīlauea’s great summit collapses. Until 1877, Hawaiian kahuna kāko‘i (carving experts) sought the crater’s superior and rare basaltic rock for making ko‘i, or adze heads. Bound to a sturdy ‘au ko‘i (wooden handle), this valuable tool was used to carve vital objects like canoes and houses. But the famous adze quarry was covered by lava, first in 1877, then again during the fissure eruption in July 1974. Today, the crater floor is 115 feet deep.

The park closed Crater Rim Drive from Jaggar Museum to Chain of Craters Road and portions of Crater Rim Trail for public safety after Halema‘uma‘u began to erupt in March 2008 and volcanic fumes caused poor air quality. Halema‘uma‘u continues to erupt, and Crater Rim Drive remains closed from Keanakāko‘i to Jaggar Museum.

“Thanks to a new sulfur dioxide monitoring network, and an increase in air quality monitoring tools at our fingertips, we can effectively evaluate air quality conditions,” said Park Ranger and Chief of Interpretation Jim Gale. “We encourage park visitors to take advantage of the newly opened section of road and trail,” he said.

The Keanakāko‘i area may still experience high levels of volcanic fumes with changing wind conditions. Should this happen, the park will temporarily close the site to visitation. Interpretive signage in the area features a QR code for smart phones, which connects to the national award-winning Hawaii SO2 Network website, www.hawaiiSO2Network.com.

Hawaii Bishop Accused of Molesting Boy – New Sex Abuse and Cover-up Lawsuit is Filed

This is the 2nd victim to name Ferrario as offender Diocese knew and covered up allegations, lawsuit says New state law lets victims expose abusers & protect kids

In a new civil lawsuit using an unusual new state law, a former Hawaii bishop and one of his priests are accused of molesting a boy and Catholic officials are accused of ignoring or concealing their crimes.

A California man says he was sexually violated as a ten-year-old in 1973, first by Fr. Joseph Henry and then by former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario. At the time, the boy attended mass at St. Anthony’s parish in Kailua. Both alleged wrongdoers are now deceased.

Joseph Ferrario

The lawsuit is one of the first filed under a new Hawaii law that lets child sex abuse victims use the courts to expose predators, protect kids and seek justice, even decades after they were assaulted.

The victim, who grew up in Hawaii and now lives in California, is suing the Honolulu Diocese, which employed both clerics.

The suit says that after being sexually victimized by Henry, the confused and scared boy was placed in religious education classes with Joseph Ferrario. Ferrario was a new priest at the parish who allegedly “counseled” the victim and began abusing the boy himself. The abuse reportedly continued after Ferrario was made an auxiliary bishop and continued until 1978.

Before Ferrario came to the parish, boy reported the abuse by Henry to two other priests, who told him to keep quiet, the suit maintains.

This is the second victim of Henry and Ferrario to come forward.

In 1991, David Figueroa of Hawaii filed a similar suit against both clerics. In 1991 it, was dismissed because the statute of limitations had passed http://www.bishop-accountability.org/bishops/accused/#ferrario.

The victim in the new suit came forward to a church lawyer in 1991 to report his abuse, but allegedly, Honolulu church officials offered no help and launched no investigation (or did so secretly). http://bishop-accountability.org/priestdb/PriestDBbylastName-F.html

“This is a perfect example of how Hawaii’s new civil window law can being justice and accountability to victims,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director. “Here’s a victim who did everything ‘right,’ but church officials silenced him and kept kids at risk. But because of this smart new law, the public will be able to learn which diocesan staff ignored or concealed these heinous crimes.”

“The new Hawaii law is especially important in situations like this one, when the power of an accused bishop is one of the factors that has prevented justice from being done,” said Terence McKiernan, president of BishopAccountability.org. “We know of 22 bishops in the U.S. who have been accused of abuse, including Bishop Ferrario, and as bishops, they have a crucial role in the clerical culture of abuse and the enabling of abuse.”

The new law, Act 068, sponsored by Sen. Maile Shimabukuru and signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in April gives child sex abuse victims a two-year “window” to use the civil courts to expose their perpetrators and those who may have ignored or concealed the crimes. This is the second known case filed under the new law. The first, against Damien High School chaplain Gerald Funcheon, was filed in May. http://www.mauinews.com/page/content.detail/id/561462/Lawsuit-claims-abuse-by-former-Honolulu-priest.html?nav=5031

In California and Delaware, civil window laws exposed hundreds of predators and help law enforcement put predators behind bars. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2007/11_12/2007_12_04_Spano_ExPriest.htm

Henry, who died in 1974, also went by J. Michael Henry and Joseph M. Henry. Ferrario died in 2003 and spent part of his clerical career working in Hawaii and California.

The victim is represented by Minnesota attorney Jeff Anderson (651) 227-9990, jeff@andersonadvocates.com; and California attorneys Mike Reck (714) 742-6593, mreck@andersonadvocates.com; and Anthony DeMarco (310) 927-9277, Anthony@demarcolawfirm.com. Copies of the lawsuit are available on the website http://www.abusedinhawaii.com
The lawsuit was filed in the Hawaii’s First Circuit Court and seeks unspecified damages.


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