go! Airlines Adding New Flights

go!, “Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline,” is proud to introduce convenient new flights on its most popular routes from Maui (OGG) – Lihue (LIH), Honolulu (HNL) to Kahului (OGG), and from Kona (KOA) to Honolulu (HNL).

One of go!’s most popular routes is from Honolulu to Maui, and we are excited to add a new 6:45 a.m. flight from Honolulu to Maui, as well as a late evening flight returning from Maui to Honolulu at 8:00 p.m. The new scheduling additions offer more opportunities for business travelers to put in a full day of work and more flexibility for families traveling these segments. The new routes go into effect on 8/2/12.

go! is also adding a 6:00 p.m. Kona to Honolulu roundtrip flight on the weekends starting 8/4/12. Plus a convenient nonstop from Maui to Lihue leaving at 8:00 a.m. on the weekends effective 9/5/12.

go! passengers fly in comfortable all jet service and enjoy true island-style hospitality. go! is dedicated to the people of Hawai‘i and to being the inter-island air carrier of choice by providing the most convenient routes for kama‘aina. To book your tickets visit www.iflygo.com

About go! Airlines

go! Airlines is operated by Mesa Airlines Mesa currently operates 77 aircraft with approximately 419 daily system departures to 93 cities, 35 states, Mexico and the District of Columbia. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as Mesa Airlines and go!Mokulele. The Company, founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982, has approximately 2,700 employees and was awarded Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine in1992 and 2005.

Mesa Website: www.mesa-air.com


Big Island Police Raid Drug Distribution Operation in West Hawaii – Four Arrested

Thanks to complaints from the public and calls to the Police Department’s Ice/Drug Tip Hotline, a police investigation has led to a raid on a drug distribution operation in West Hawaiʻi.

The house on Malino Place

Detectives from the Area II Vice Section served a search warrant Friday (July 6) on a house on Malino Place in the Kona Highlands subdivision, where they recovered 17.2 grams of methamphetamine, .2 grams of crack cocaine, 2.2 grams of heroin and 4 morphine pills. Police also recovered a loaded .38 caliber revolver, paraphernalia associated with drug use and distribution, and $1,000 dollars in cash.

Two men and two women were arrested at the scene and later charged with various offenses.

Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith, 51, who lives at the house, was charged with seven counts of promoting a dangerous drug, one count of meth trafficking, five counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and two weapons offenses. His bail was set at $315,000.

Alyssa Anderson

Alyssa Anderson, 23, who also lives at the house, was charged with one count each of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $4,000.

Sidney Biber

Sidney Biber, 25, of Kailua-Kona was charged with seven counts of promoting a dangerous drug, one count of meth trafficking, five counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and a weapons offense. Her bail was set at $45,000.

Leonard Karpik

Leonard Karpik, 34, of Ocean View was charged with two counts each of promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $40,000.

Anderson was released from police custody after posting bail. Smith, Biber and Karpik were held at the Kona police cellblock until their initial court appearance Monday morning (July 9).

Police encourage the public to report suspected drug activity by calling the Ice/Drug Tip Hotlines at 329- “ZERO-ICE” (329-0423) in West Hawaiʻi or 934- “VICE” (934-8423) in East Hawaiʻi. Community participation helps police better serve the public.

Big Island Police Searching for 15-Year-Old Hilo Girl Missing Since June

Police are searching for a 15 year-old Hilo girl reported as missing since June 1.

Lanasha Decosta

Lanasha Decosta is described as Hawaiian, 5-foot-1, 110 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and denim Capri pants.

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.

3rd Annual Rain Forest Run

It’s time to lace up, stretch out and get ready to Run Rain Forest, Run! Volcano Art Center (VAC) presents the 3rd annual Rain Forest Runs on Saturday, August 18, 2012 under the leadership of Sharron Faff, race director for the Kona Marathon.

“Rain Forest Runs is a fun-filled family event that brings in needed awareness about the Hawaiian rainforest and attracts viable business to the greater Volcano community,” stated Faff.

Once again featuring a Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races, Rain Forest Runs boasts cool temperatures and cooler views as runners and walkers traverse through the Niaulani Rain Forest in Volcano Village on Hawaii’s Big Island. This annual event is co-sponsored by The Cooper Center, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the County of Hawaii and takes place at 4,000 feet above sea level just minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the most active and visited volcanoes in the world, Kilauea.

The 5K and 10K participants weave through the lush native rain forest on the mostly flat, tranquil roads of Volcano Village while the Half Marathon course continues into the hills of the surrounding ranch lands, treating racers to breathtaking panoramic views of the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

This year, an opening ceremony is planned for 6:30am to kick off the day’s festivities. The Half Marathon start time is scheduled for 7:00am, the 10K starts at 7:30am and the 5K starts at 7:45am. Race day registration for the 5K and 10K only begins at 6:00am; there is no race day registration for the Half Marathon. The ever-popular Keiki Runs begin at 10:00am.

Runners and their guests are invited to attend a complimentary Welcome Reception on Friday, August 17 from 11:00am–1:00pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. Packet pickup and registration is also available on the same day from 10:00am–6:00pm. In preparation for race day, indulge in a “carbo-load” pasta and salad bar dinner on Friday from 5:00–7:00pm at The Cooper Center located at 19-4030 Wright Road in Volcano Village.

Pricing through July: Half Marathon–$65, 10K–$40, 5K–$30. Pricing as of August 1: Half Marathon–$75, 10K–$45, 5K–$35. Each race event starts and finishes at The Cooper Center. Local artists have donated handcrafted art awards for top three overall, male, female, military and age division winners, and registered participants all receive souvenir race t-shirts.

Registration forms are available online at www.rainforestruns.com and at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. For more information or to learn about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, contact race director Sharron Faff at (808) 967-8240 or race@volcanoartcenter.org.

Hilo Orchid Society Gala Preview Party is August 2nd

The Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off its 60th anniversary Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium.  Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.

Guests will enjoy fine wine tasting at the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium on August 2, the gala event also features beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. and coffee tasting from Hilo Coffee Mill. Photo Danny Robinson

“Preview Party guests will be surrounded by lush displays at their freshest expressing this year’s theme of ‘Islands of Orchids,’” said show chair Sandra Song.  “Party-goers will have the first chance to purchase exciting new hybrids and exotic orchid species that growers will have for sale, as well as other unusual plants and orchid-related products.”

August 2 marks the Preview Party for the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. Proceeds benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. Photo Danny Robinson

Libations include fine wine tasting, plus beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co.  Ticket holders receive a souvenir wine or beer glass upon entry.  Coffee will be provided by Hilo Coffee Mill.

Delectable food will be available at various serving stations compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Audrey Wilson.  A cookbook author, Wilson writes the weekly “Let’s Talk Food” column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 60th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The Preview Party on Thursday evening, August 2, gives ticket holders the first opportunity to see the lush displays and buy orchids, plants, and related products. Photo Danny Robinson

Throughout the evening, Hawaiian music by local artists will fill the stadium.  The gala event will be “green,” with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling and composting stations.

Proceeds of the Preview Party benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  The Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund offers financial assistance to students of tropical agriculture at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center provides affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.

Song recommends buying tickets early because they expect to sell out.  “We want to ensure a fabulous, satisfying experience for all our guests.”

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop on bayfront at 256 Kamehameha Avenue or Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.  Or call Linda Levine at (808) 963-6306 or Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116.  For more information, visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org.

Big Island Police Arrest 61-Year-Old Kau Man in Connection with Ocean View Shooting

Big Island police have arrested a 61-year-old Kaʻū man in connection with a shooting Sunday afternoon (July 8) in Ocean View.

John O’Leary of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates is being held at the Kona police cellblock on suspicion of attempted murder and two firearm offenses.

John O’Leary

Kona patrol officers responded to the 92-8000 block of Reef Parkway in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates after dispatchers received a 3:25 p.m. call Sunday reporting a gunshot. When they arrived, O’Leary was waiting for them in the roadway.

Police learned that the victim, a 66-year-old Ocean View man, had already been taken by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the victim and suspect had been longtime acquaintances. The victim had gone to O’Leary’s house, where O’Leary reportedly fired several shots. One of the bullets hit the victim in his right upper thigh.

The victim struggled with O’Leary and took away his firearm. O’Leary than reportedly grabbed a bat and used it to hit the victim on the elbow. The victim drove away in his car with the gun, went home and called 911. He was taken to the Kona hospital, where he was treated and later released.

Police recovered the weapon, identified as a .22 caliber revolver.

O’Leary remains in police custody while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation. Police have not determined a motive for the shooting.

Members of the Mars Nutrition Program Talk About Expectations and Goals

The members that were selected for the HI-SEAS Mars Nutrition Study that will be conducted here on the Big Island of Hawaii, talk about how they felt when they were selected for the mission and what they hope to bring to the mission.


Select prime and reserve crew members Kate Greene, Chris Lowe, Sian Proctor, Angelo Vermeulen and Yvonne Cagle talk about their participation in the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) study to determine the best way to keep astronauts well nourished during multiple-year missions to Mars or the moon. The study is being conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and Cornell University.

Senator Gil Kahele Receives More Endorsements

Senator Gil Kahele received the endorsement and support from the Hawaiʻi Association of Realtors, IBEW Local 1357, Hawaiʻi Building and Construction Trades Council and United Public Workers Union.

 “I am humbled and honored to accept the endorsement of the Hawaiʻi Association of Realtors, IBEW Local 1357, Hawaiʻi Building and Construction Trades Council and the United Public Workers Union.  These endorsements reflect my strong support for Hawaiiʻs working class citizens both in the public and private sector. The economy is the #1 issue in this campaign and putting people back to work in East Hawaiʻi is my top goal as a legislator. A strong economy creates healthy communities and as a legislator I play a vital role in that success. If elected, I will continue the mission I started less than two years ago when I took office which remains the cornerstone of my campaign, making government work for the people”

Hauʻoli Ka Manaʻo,

Senator Gil Kahele