Time Warner Cable Terminates Negotiations with Hearst Television – KITV Up In the Air

KITV released the following statement on it’s Facebook page regarding their station going off the air:

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Time Warner Cable, on behalf of itself and Bright House and Insight, for which it has negotiating authority, has terminated negotiations with our company, Hearst Television, for continued carriage of KITV.

Hearst has successfully concluded over 150 carriage agreements in recent months with other cable companies with no disruption of service to subscribers.  This contrasts with Time Warner’s disruptions of service and withdrawal of carriage of local television stations in other cases.

Time Warner Cable refuses to pay our station a reasonable fee relative to what it pays for other significantly less popular channels.  Time Warner’s characterization of the percentage increase in carriage fees we are seeking is inaccurate.   We have sought a reasonable increase consistent with the increased costs we have to pay for our highly valued programming and the carriage fees now paid to us by Time Warner’s competitors. The fees we are asking from Time Warner are based on the fees we are being paid by other cable companies under our recent deals, which is the real measure—not Time Warner’s exaggerated and distorted claims—of the fairness of our proposal.  In fact, retransmission fees paid to stations are just 7 cents of every dollar of the total carriage fees paid to cable networks, which are less popular than local TV stations, according to recent independent research.

We regret the inconvenience Time Warner Cable has imposed on its subscribers, and we will keep you fully informed of developments.

Contrary to Time Warner’s claim, we have not “blacked out” our station.  You may continue to receive our station for free, over the air, or by satellite from DIRECTV or DISH, and, where available, from other cable operators.

Viewers can determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Hearst Stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.

Customer service numbers for other providers carrying Hearst Station signals include the following:

DIRECTV: 1-888-777-2454

DISH Network: 1-800-823-4929

Hawaiian Telcom:  643-3456 or 1-877-482-2211

Hearst Television, a national multi-media company, owns and operates 29 local television stations and two local radio stations, serving 30 U.S. cities and reaching approximately 18% of U.S. television households.  The TV stations broadcast 60 video channels, featuring local and national news, weather, information, sports and entertainment programming, and local community service-oriented programs.  The stations also host and operate digital on-line and mobile platforms that extend the company’s brands and content to local, national, and international audiences.  Hearst Television is recognized as one of the industry’s premier companies, and has been honored with numerous awards for distinguished journalism, industry innovation, and community service.  Hearst Television is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corporation.  The Company’s Web address is www.hearsttelevision.com.

Hawaii Police Department – Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Chief Harry Kubojiri is pleased to announce that the Hawaiʻi Police Department is about to enter its final phase of efforts to achieve accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).

A team of CALEA assessors will arrive on the island of Hawaiʻi on August 4 to examine all aspects of the Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

The team’s verification that the Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, Chief Kubojiri said.

To gain accredited status, the Hawaiʻi Police Department must comply with 421 standards.

As part of the on-site assessment, Police Department personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session from 5-7 p.m. on August 6. The session, which will be conducted by the CALEA assessment team, will be held in the County Building’s Puna Conference Room located at 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1501, in Hilo.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may provide telephone comments by calling 961-2270 on August 6 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the South Hilo station, at 349 Kapiʻolani Street in Hilo. The Police Department’s CALEA program manager is Lieutenant Kenneth Bugado Jr., who can be reached at 961-2260.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation/recognition may write to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Lieutenant Bugado said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed, Bugado said.

The assessors are Chief William Benson of the Wheeling Police Department (team leader) and Sergeant Charles Groover of the Covington Police Department.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the Hawaiʻi Police Department, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the Police Department is to be granted accredited status, Bugado said.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the Police Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information about the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., you may write to the CALEA address above, call (703) 352-4225, or email calea@calea.org.

New 121-KW PV System Will Offset 86 Percent of All Electricity Use at Big Island Macadamia Company

Sunetric, Hawaii’s leading solar design and installation company, will install a 121-kilowatt (KW) photovoltaic (PV) system this summer at the Big Island orchard of Island Princess Macadamia Nut Company, allowing the gourmet food products company to add solar energy to its extensive array of sustainable farming practices.

Honolulu-based Island Princess will use the fixed ground-mount system to power its macadamia nut processing facility, located on the company’s 1,100-acre orchard at Keaau on the Big Island. The orchard, which encompasses 110,000 macadamia nut trees, has for years used sustainable soil management and pruning techniques, as well as recycling organic byproducts such as potting and road surfacing material.

The photovoltaic array will generate 14,730 kWh of energy each month, offsetting 86 percent of the processing facility’s electricity, which is used to slow-dry, crack, sort and roast nearly 30,000 pounds of macadamia nuts each day during the peak harvesting season of August through March. The array will result in a monthly savings to Island Princess of more than $5,100, or nearly $62,000 a year, allowing the company to recoup its investment during the third year of operation. Construction is set to be completed by August 2012.

“Agriculture is a key industry for creating a more sustainable Hawaii, and we are proud to continue a legacy of environmentally sound harvesting practices,” said Dr. Michael Purdy, president of Island Princess. “As we look to increase macadamia nut production in the coming years, this array will be essential in helping us reduce our energy consumption and environmental impact.”

The array’s clean solar energy will also replace more than 288 barrels of oil a year that would have been imported to Hawaii to make electricity.

“Coming from a background in agribusiness, I am always pleased to be working with farmers and growers to help them achieve cost savings and run their operations in a more sustainable manner,” said

Alex Tiller, CEO of Sunetric. “Island Princess embodies the progression toward a more sustainable food production infrastructure in Hawaii, of which renewable energy sources will play a critical role.”

For nearly 30 years, Island Princess has manufactured specialty macadamia nut products, chocolates and confections in Hawaii. The company grows and processes its macadamia nuts on its 1,100-acre orchard and facility on the Big Island, and transforms the nuts into gourmet confections at its 30,000-square-foot factory in Honolulu. Visit www.islandprincesshawaii.com for more information.


Founded in Hawaii in 2004 by Sean and Beth-Ann Mullen, Sunetric is one of North America’s top solar firms. Headquartered in Hawaii with branch offices in Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., Sunetric is the largest renewable energy and solar installation company in the islands, with over 150,000 solar panels and 40 megawatts of solar installations statewide. As Hawaii’s first SunPower Elite dealer, Sunetric has installed several of the largest photovoltaic systems in Hawaii, including Kona Commons on the Big Island, Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai, and Y. Hata on Oahu. Visit www.sunetric.com for more information.

Big Island Biker & Family Fest – Charity Music Festival Slated for Laupāhoehoe Beach Park

The Big Island Biker & Family Fest, a charity event to benefit the Hawai‘i Island United Way, will be held Saturday, Aug. 25, at Laupāhoehoe Beach Park.

Live musical performances, children’s games, a motorcycle contest, and food and craft vendors will be part of the festival that starts at noon and will end at 7 p.m.

CJ’s Promotions and the JUZ-US Motorcycle Club are sponsoring the festival in partnership with the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Uncle Willy K & the Warehouse Blues Band will headline the festival, while Amy Hanaiali‘i, Lehua Kalima, Tomi Isobe Blues Band, Ol’ School Band and Kanakapila also will perform.

A bouncing castle and slide will be provided for keiki use, and food and craft items will be available from dozens of vendors. No glass bottles will be allowed.

Free shuttles will transport festival participants between Laupāhoehoe High School, which will be used for overflow parking, and Laupāhoehoe Beach Park.

Five levels of sponsorship are available to businesses or individuals who are able to help support the Hawai‘i Island United Way, which will receive 100 percent of the Star Sponsorship proceeds. Now celebrating 45 years of serving Hawai‘i Island, the nonprofit United Way runs 53 programs and helps 40 agencies island-wide.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded for Best American Custom, Best Foreign Custom, Rat Bike and two other motorcycle categories.

Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Keiki up to 10 years old will be admitted free of charge. Tickets are available at Ellsworth’s Custom Cycles in Hilo, CD Wizard, Taro Patch Gifts in Honoka‘a, the 50’s Highway Fountain in Laupāhoehoe, Big Island Harley-Davidson, and Music Exchange stores in Hilo, Waimea and Kailua-Kona.

For additional sponsorship details, please contact Pepe Romero at 938-9714 or jromero12@hawaiiantel.net. Other inquiries may be directed to Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Big Island Police Investigating Home Invasion in Hilo Involving Two Armed Masked Men

Big Island police are investigating a home invasion that occurred Monday night (July 9) in Hilo.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a home on Ainaola Drive in the upper Waiakea Uka area after receiving a report that two armed and masked men had confronted the occupants. Police learned that a 72-year-old man and his 51-year-old son had been at home when the two armed suspects entered the house through an unlocked door and demanded money.

The victims were reportedly bound by the suspects, who then proceeded to search through the house. The suspects also reportedly entered an adjoining home before fleeing the area with an undisclosed amount of money.

Neither victim sustained any injuries in this incident, which is classified as a first-degree burglary, first-degree terroristic threatening, first-degree robbery, and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case contact Detective Wendell Carter by phone at 961-2378 or by email at wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Ernest Matsumoto Jr. by phone at 961-2379 or by email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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 Requesting Help in Identifying Credit Card Thief

Big Island police are renewing their request for help in identifying a man suspected of using a stolen credit card.

A 33-year-old man reported that his wallet containing his credit cards was stolen from the Hilo area last year sometime between 9 p.m. September 23 and the early morning hours of September 24.

Police later recovered a video surveillance image of a man who used the credit card at various businesses in Kona on September 24.

He is described as Caucasian, possibly in his 30s, bald, approximately 6-feet tall with numerous piercings on his face. He was wearing dark shorts, no shirt and a white necklace during the transactions.

Police ask that anyone who may know his identity contact Lieutenant Gregory Esteban by phone at 961-2252 or by email at gesteban@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Candidate’s Forum Tonight at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale

Candidate’s forum tonight, Tuesday July 10th at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale from 5-9pm. We will have voter registration info, info tables from many different organizations, and light refreshments will be served.

At least 26 candidates have agreed to attend so far, including Wendell Ka’ehu’ae’a, Russell Ruderman, Bob Marx, John Carroll, Lorraine Rodero Inouye, Brittany Smart, Denny Coffman, Harry Kim, Dominic Yagong, Lincoln Ashida, Paul Dolan, Ken Goodenow, James Weatherford, Zendo Kern, Karen Eoff, Chelsea Yagong, and many MORE! Candidates will be making short speeches and will be available for informal talk story sessions. A town hall forum will begin at 7:30. Please bring your questions and a friend! Check this web site for more info http://7wiseideas.org/

Sponsored by Occupy Hilo, Pele Defense Fund, Puna Pono Alliance, Ohana Ho’opakele, Malu Aina, Aloha Uprising, Na Kupuna Moku o Keawe, Heiau o Lono, Na Koa Lohe o Ke Akua, and MKrug

Canadian Space Agency Begins Field Tests on the RESOLVE Moon Rover on the Big Island

At the invitation of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) begins a joint nine-day field test today in a volcanic area near Hilo, Hawaii, to test technologies and concepts for lunar exploration.

Dubbed RESOLVE (short for “Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction,”) the project will demonstrate how future explorers could extract water and other useful resources from the lunar soil at potential polar landing sites. Terrestrial field work, like the RESOLVE mission, allows scientific and technical teams to test exploration concepts in a cost-efficient manner to reduce the risks in designing future missions.

The Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, consists of a lunar rover and drill to support a NASA payload that is designed to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources. Kennedy Space Center Photo

The CSA is contributing the following Canadian-built equipment to the NASA RESOLVE field mission:

  •  The Artemis Junior terrestrial rover will serve as the semi-autonomous mobile platform for payloads, including  NASA instruments designed to prospect for water ice and other lunar resources.
  • Destin, a versatile onboard drill and sample transfer system.
  • Q6 Stack, an avionics suite consisting of a powerful, low-mass and low-power hybrid processors and interface modules, which will control the RESOLVE system.

The RESOLVE field work will be conducted in an environment similar to the Moon. In fact, the lava-covered mountain’s soil and dust is quite similar to that in the ancient volcanic plains on the Moon. The Canadian rover’s small size, versatile tools and robust equipment make RESOLVE suitable for any kind of investigation work, whether exploring the Moon or digging into Martian soil.

Work done here on Earth through missions like RESOLVE helps prepare the international space community for its eventual next steps in space exploration. In the future, unmanned missions will set out to explore areas humans have never visited. Robotic explorers will analyze and transform matter samples, for instance to confirm the existence of frozen water in the polar regions.

The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, also hosts the collaborative mission.

Reduce Energy Consumption and Get Free Airline Miles – Ikehu Demand Response Incentive System (DRIVE)

Soon, consumers will have a new incentive to reduce energy consumption: free airline miles.

Ikehu Natural LLC, a startup based in Hawaii, won the “Peak Energy Usage” award in a contest sponsored by the U. S. Department of Energy.  They received the award for creating a technology called the Demand Response Incentive (DRIVE™) System.


The DRIVE™ technology gives power companies the ability to offer airline miles to their energy-efficient customers.  The company hopes that the award will generate interest from power companies around the world.

“It’s an honor to be selected among the winners in such a prestigious competition” says Holland Wood, Ikehu’s CEO and founder. “Soon, utilities will have the ability to use airline miles to guide consumers towards responsible energy use.”

The DRIVE™ Mobile App and platform will utilize existing web and smartphone technologies so it can be deployed by virtually any power company.  This patent-pending solution includes a mobile app and related web service that enables power companies to offer mileage-based incentives.

The U.S. Department of Energy evaluated contest entries based on several criteria including innovation, implementation, and potential impact.  In all, 56 entrants competed for seven prizes.  In addition to the award, the Ikehu team received $6,000 in prize money.  They have also been invited to showcase their technology at an upcoming recognition event in Washington, DC.

“Hawaii is working to become an environment where technology startups can thrive,” says Billy Kenoi, Mayor of Hawaii County. “Congratulations to the Ikehu Natural team, and I look forward to their continued success.”

“An award from the U.S. Department of Energy is validation that technology startups can launch in Hawaii,” adds Karl Fooks, President of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation.  “The recently established Launch Akamai Venture Accelerator (LAVA) Program will help to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and assist startups like Ikehu Natural to quickly grow their businesses and contribute to Hawaii’s economy.”

To be notified of when the DRIVE™ Mobile app will be available in your area, sign up at www.ikehu.com.


Ikehu Natural LLC is a Hawaii-based startup that is focused on clean technology.  “Ikehu” is the Hawaiian word for “energy.”  The company has a patent-pending, demand management system that is targeted towards residential customers.  The solution is called the Demand Response Incentive (DRIVE™) System.  The Ikehu team includes Derek Gabriel, Rod Hinman, Matt Ing, and Holland Wood.

Big Island Police Charge 20-Year-Old Pepeʻekeo Woman with Burglary

Big Island detectives have charged a 20-year-old Pepeʻekeo woman in connection with a burglary last week in Pepeʻekeo.

Police responded to a reported burglary in progress on Maukaloa Street in Pepeʻekeo on Thursday (July 5) after neighbors observed a woman running from a residence around 11:30 a.m. Responding officers checked the house and determined that an attempt had been made to gain entry, causing damage to a glass pane.

Neighborhood checks conducted throughout the area led to the identification of the responsible person. Investigation revealed that she may have been injured as a result of the attempted entry and then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Shaylyn Momi Araw

At 1 p.m., police arrested Shaylyn Momi Araw in the Paukaʻa area of Hilo.

On Friday (July 6) detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Araw with attempted first-degree burglary, a Class B felony.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, 21-year-old Robert N. Navor of Pepeʻekeo, was also arrested but was subsequently released without charges.

Police ask that anyone with additional information about other incidents in the area contact Detective Robert Almeida by phone at 961-2386 or by email at ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Police remind the public to be vigilant and to secure their homes.

The Police Department’s Community Policing Section offers free home security inspections. To make an appointment, you may call 961-2350.