Big Island Rumbling… Earthquakes Increasing?

Two earthquakes registering 3.0 or over were recorded recently today on the Big Island:

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.975°N, 155.554°W
Depth 15 km (9.3 miles)
  • 13 km (8 miles) ESE (114°) from Waimea, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (220°) from Honokaa, HI
  • 16 km (10 miles) S (174°) from Kukuihaele, HI
  • 57 km (36 miles) WNW (302°) from Hilo, HI
  • 279 km (173 miles) ESE (122°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.8 km (0.5 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 49, Dmin=16 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Gp=166°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60359176

The most recent one:

Magnitude 3.1
Location 19.244°N, 155.518°W
Depth 33.6 km (20.9 miles)
  • 6 km (4 miles) NW (318°) from Pahala, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) NNE (20°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 30 km (19 miles) ENE (60°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
  • 68 km (42 miles) SW (221°) from Hilo, HI
  • 333 km (207 miles) SE (133°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 1.2 km (0.7 miles)
Parameters Nph= 54, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp=115°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60359246

Information on 21st Annual Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race

Get ready for a wet and wacky fun-filled day this Fourth of July at Kings’ Shops Waikoloa Beach Resort.

The 21st Annual Rubber Duckie Race, with 100 percent of the duck sales benefiting the United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA) of Hawaii and the Food Basket, is set for July 4.  “Our goal is to raise much needed funds to assist those with cerebral palsy and associated disabilities helping our community here at home on Hawaii Island,” said Steven Schwartz, general manager of Kings’ Shops.  “Last year over $30,000 was raised and this year we hope to raise even more with the public’s help.”

This year, adopted ducks will be tagged with a waterproof ticket and adoption number with the name of the adoptee.  They will then be placed in a giant starting cage which is suspended over the Kings’ Lake.  At exactly 3 p.m. they will be released.  The first 50 duckies to cross the finish line will win over $24,000 in prizes.

Between now and July 4th, adoption certificates are available at Adoption Headquarters, the Kings’ Shops Management Office and at the Queens’ MarketPlace Management Office.  Mail-in order forms are available at Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union locations and the Waikoloa Village Market and online purchases can be made at  On race day look for the United Cerebral Palsy Association duck booth where adoptions will be available before race time. Adopt a duck with a donation of $5 or a “quack pack” of four adoption certificates and a duckie t-shirt for a $25 donation.

In addition to the race, the first 500 people who arrive at the event at 9:30 a.m. will receive goodie bags filled with gifts, promotions and discounts from Kings’ Shops merchants and a commemorative rubber duckie in honor of the event.  It is an entire day of fun from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with loads of activities for the entire family including live entertainment on Center Stage, watermelon eating contest, food booths and the famous duck waddling and duck calling contests with great prizes.

Kings’ Shops, Hawaii Island’s premier shopping and dining destination is located at 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.   For more information call the Adoption Headquarters, Kings’ Shops Management Office at (808) 886-8811 or visit

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Public Invited to Dedication of New Pahoa Senior Center

Puna’s kupuna will have a new gathering place starting June 18, when Mayor Billy Kenoi, Puna Councilman Fred Blas and other dignitaries welcome them into the Pāhoa Senior Center.

The public is invited to Monday’s 10 a.m. dedication ceremony that will feature a formal blessing by
Father Joey Ranjo of Sacred Heart Church, live entertainment and food donated by area businesses.

Volunteer apprentices from the Hawai‘i Carpenters Union teamed with Department of Parks and Recreation carpenters, plumbers and electricians to convert the former Pāhoa Fire Station into a convenient location in the center of Pāhoa.

Seniors, who have been using the adjacent Pāhoa Community Center, now can go to the new facility to enroll in weekday classes ranging from foreign language to dancing, sign up for the nutrition program and obtain picture identifications. Booths showcasing Senior ID, Senior Employment, RSVP and various other services will be assembled for public benefit during Monday’s dedication ceremony.

“It’s an honor and privilege to present this new facility to our cherished kupuna,” Mayor Kenoi said.
“Mahalo to the Hawai‘i Carpenters Union apprentices and Department of Parks and Recreation maintenance staff for working together to complete this project, along with the many Pāhoa businesses, groups and volunteers who have made generous donations for the dedication ceremony.”

The No. 1 Chinese BBQ, L&L Drive-Inn, Luquins Mexican Restaurant, Bryson’s Cinders, Paul’s Repair Service and Gas Station, Pāhoa Cash & Carry Store, Sanford’s Service Center Inc., Madie Greene, and Councilman Blas all donated food for the event. Also, Dan Nicks AKA “Elvis Presley,” the Puna Men’s Chorus, Ernie Cruz, the Alu Like Senior Group, and the Pāhoa Senior Center ukulele class instructed by Nohealani Sarong will entertain the attendees. Stanley Oishi from Big Rock Anthurium is providing flowers, while na kane volunteers are helping with the event.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or

Hawaii County Police Part of Investigation on “Jamaican Lottery Scam”

According to The Day, a lady out of Connecticut was recently arrested on several charges related to her alleged participation in a “Jamaican lottery” scam.

What interested me, is that the Hawaii County Police Department was also involved in the investigation.  Anyone get any calls from Jamaican Lottery Officials recently?

…Waterford police did not give further details about the alleged crime, but Internet reports about Jamaican lottery scams indicate the problem is widespread. Perpetrators in such scams call people, generally elderly, and tell them they’ve won the lottery but must first pay taxes and fees. The perpetrators then try to acquire the victims’ personal information, like a credit card or bank account number.

Police said the arrest capped an investigation that included the Hartford police department, the County of Hawaii police department, the New London County State’s Attorney’s Office and the United States Marshalls’ Service…

Full story here: Police Arrest Waterford woman for alleged role in “Jamaican Lottery” Scam

Hawaii Island Economic Development Board Announces New Officers and Board of Directors

The Hawaii Island Economic Development Board (HIEDB) is pleased to announce its new 2012-13 Officers and Board of Directors.

Dr. Greg Chun (Kamehameha Schools) continues as Chair of the Board of Directors with James Takamine (Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union) serving as Vice Chair, Mike Kaleikini (Puna Geothermal Ventures/ORMAT) serving as Secretary and David Honma (First Hawaiian Bank) serving as Treasurer. Roberta Chu (Bank of Hawaii) is HIEDB’s Immediate Past Chair.

Members of the Board of Directors include LeeAnn Crabbe (Queen Liliuokalani Trust), Richard Ha (Hamakua Springs), Richard Henderson (RSM, Inc.) Jay Ignacio (HELCO), Marvin Min (The Gas Company), Barry Mizuno (BTM LLC.) Patricia Provalenko Price (PATDI Inc.), Dr. Mike Sayama (HMSA), Barry Taniguchi (KTA Super Stores) and Bill Walter (W.H. Shipman).

“I am honored to work with this dedicated and inspired group of people whose main mission is to promote Hawai’i Island as an “Island of Opportunity,” stated HIEDB Executive Director Jacqui Hoover. “These individuals devote countless volunteer hours to make Hawai’i Island a better place to live, work and learn.”

HIEDB’s island-wide initiatives focus on Place (infrastructure planning and natural resources including environment, agriculture, energy and historic sites), People (education, community engagement, workforce development, innovation and community health) and Products (agriculture, innovation industries and tourism).

Place-based strategic focus areas include Saddle Road Phase III Alignment, Invasive Species Control, Food Security, Fuel Self Sufficiency and Heritage Corridor Interpretive Plans.

People initiatives include Huiana Internship Mentor Program, Robotics and Project EAST, Kama’aina Come Home, University of Hawaii Hilo and Kona campuses, Tourism—Educate to Innovate, Astronomy (Thirty Meter Telescope) and Promotion of Life Sciences through PBARC and NELHA.

Product initiatives include EPA Recycling, Consume Local Campaign, Agri-Tourism and an Innovation Sector Data Base.

The Hawaii Island Economic Development Board was formed in a time of economic turmoil in late 1983 during the County of Hawaii administration of Mayor Herbert Matayoshi. Stephen K. Yamashiro was the Council Chair at the time. During the early formation months of its inception HIEDB pursued a grant from the State Department of Planning and Economic Development to assist them and the Chambers in building a support mechanism based on surveying existing business to more clearly define the existing business climate as an important component of any business retention and attraction program. HIEDB has grown from these early years to partner today with many Federal, State, County and private enterprises to promote sustainable growth and development of Hawai’i Island.

For more information call HIEDB at 808-935-2180.

Unukupukupu Halau From Hawaii Community College Heading to Washington D.C.

University of Hawaiʻi students, staff, faculty and community members have been rehearsing for months in an old World War Two Quonset hut on the Hawaiʻi Community College campus in Hilo. The 25-member hālau is preparing for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. later this month.

“We’re actually transporting our village. Our hālau,” said Taupouri Tangaro, kumu hula and chair of Hawaiʻi CC’s Hawaiian lifestyles and humanities department.

The hula group Unukupukupu hired a professional moving company to ship decorative plants, 50 conch shells, 25 drums—a total of 2,200 pounds of hula equipment and plants.

The hālau will perform twice a day on the National Mall during the two-week festival, as part of the University of Hawaiʻi’s 80 member delegation. About 1.5 million people will visit this annual festival, which will mean huge exposure for the University of Hawaiʻi and its community.

Unukupukupu wants to demonstrate the many ways hula helps the community.

“If they walk away realizing that hula is not entertainment more than it is a process for transformation, I’ll be satisfied. We’re taking this 2,000 year old story and we pull out of it leadership models,” Tangaro said, referring to his use of hula in academics.


The performers will be doing pele lava dances, temple dances and numbers not commonly seen at lūʻau and the Merrie Monarch Festival.

The performers include faculty, staff, administrators and students from the entire university system.

“We blend those communities so the people that serve the students are actually now students. And we just blend them. And that works really well for student success,” Tangaro said.

“This is wonderful because it dissolves barriers between all the different categories. So we’re all part of the village, so we look at the students as part of the learning process. We learn together and support each other’s growth,” said Professor Trina Nahm-Mijo, head of Hawaiʻi Community College’s Social Science and Public Services Division.

Nahm-Mijo found that she is also the oldest hālau member heading to Washington D.C.

“It’s on my bucket list of things I wanted to do. So I get to do it as a senior citizen. It’s wonderful,” Nahm-Mijo said.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins on Wednesday, June 27 and ends on Sunday, July 8.

There will be a host of other University of Hawaiʻi exhibits, including aquaponics, a mini taro patch, traditional navigation, Hawaiian health and healing through hula, medicinal plants, lomi lomi, makahiki games and much more.

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, which paved the way for working class citizens to attend college. Prior to the signing of the Morrill Act, only the wealthy could afford a higher education at private colleges.

The University of Hawaiʻi will be one of 20 public land grant universities participating in this year’s festival.