Pearl City Fires Intentionally Set

In the past two nights fires have occurred in the PCP Community. These fires have been classified as; Intentionally Set, by the Honolulu Fire Department. Fortunately there have been no reported injuries due to these fires. On Friday night, the fire was observed by our mobile security (Securitas) and the residents alerted and evacuated safely. Last night neighbors noticed the fire and alerted residents who were all evacuated safely.

The Honolulu Police and Fire Departments are investigating these incidents along with the Navy Security Forces. If any resident has information concerning these fires they should contact Honolulu Police Department. These are very serious crimes and any information any resident may have should be forwarded to the authorities.

Residents are cautioned not to leave any flammable material (such as gasoline, charcoal lighter etc.) in their carports.

Resident should report any suspicious activity to the Honolulu police department.

109th Annual Community-Wide Memorial Service in Honoka`a

Since 1904, the Honokaa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple has annually hosted the “Obon Service,” a communal memorial event when families and friends come together to remember loved ones who have passed away in the previous 12 months.

Bon Dancers Violet Oketani and Ann Koji, CTarleton photo

This year, the Buddhist temple is making an increased effort to include any and all members of the community to participate in the event, regardless of faith.  Non-Buddhists are welcome; any one can request to have a loved one remembered and included in the service.  When that person’s name is called, friends and family go forward to offer incense in his or her memory.  Even if only one person comes forward, it is important and gratifying to have the deceased remembered and honored in the presence of everyone. This is a unique opportunity for the entire community to support one another as we memorialize our loved ones.

The ceremony starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 21. The service will include “The Dharma Band” performing compositions by Mark Knopfler and Justin Currie. It will be followed by the always colorful and festive Bon Dance. Food and refreshments will be for sale.  Call Reverend Yagi, 775-7232, to request to have your loved one included in the service.   Admission is free for both events; 45-516 Plumeria Street, Honokaa.

20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference FREE DAY to Feature Anuhea, Wyland and Others

The 20th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference is reminding folks that there is also a free day that will be happening during the conference on August 1st from 3 – 8 pm at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Events & Activities

3:00-8:00 p.m. Interactive Exhibit Room/ Maoli Real Time Arts Gallery (Ballroom A) Aupuni Place  artisan market (Ballroom BC)
4:00-6:00 p.m. Wyland collaborative mural painting with students
Kawika Kahiapo of Kaukahi and special guests
4:00-8:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Kākou Mural Education Interactive (Ballroom BC)
5:30-8:00 p.m. HCC Poster Session (Ballroom BC)
6:00-6:30 p.m. Opening remarks, Hawai‘i Energy Award & My Hawai‘i Awards- 4th floor stage
6:30-8:30 p.m. Special performance by Anuhea
Pupus & no-host bar

I asked Anuhea if I could interview her on that day and she agreed!

U.S. House and U.S. Senate Candidate Forum in Kealakehe Tomorrow Night

The public is invited to a moderated candidate forum on Monday, July 16, for candidates for United States House and United States Senate.  The forum starts earlier then usual, at 5:30 p.m., at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria.  The Kealakehe High Yearbook Team will sell food (chili-rice-hot dogs-vegetarian option-rice) starting at 5 p.m.

The candidates who have confirmed their attendance for United States House of Representatives include Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann, Esther Kia’aina and Bob Marx, who are running in the Democratic Primary on Saturday, August 11, and will face one of two Republican challenges in the General Election.  The candidates for United States Senate who have confirmed include  former Congressman Ed Case,  attorney John Carroll and Pahoa resident Charles Collins.  Congressman Case’s major opponent in the Democratic Primary is  Congresswoman Mazie Hirono; although Congresswoman Hirono declined to participate in this  and all other forums on Hawaii Island, the invitation remains open and if she decides to participate, she will be welcome.

Sherry Bracken (LAVA 105, KKOA, Hawaii Public Radio) will moderate the forum, which is sponsored by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the Kohala Coast Resort Association, the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors, Rotary of Kona,  West Hawaii Today, LAVA 105.3 fm/Mahalo Broadcasting, the online news web site, and Kealakehe High.

Submit questions  via email to or via fax at 769-5050.  The forum will all also be carried live on the radio on LAVA 105.3 fm starting at 5:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on KLEI TV Channel 6 on the Tuesday evening following the forum.    The public and campaign supporters are welcome, but no sign waving is allowed on Kealakehe High Campus or in the cafeteria during the forum.

The final forum in this year’s pre-primary series of forums sponsored by these community organizations is Monday, July 23, at 6 p.m. at Kealakehe High with candidates for County Council District 6, Ka’u through South Kona (Maile David, Brenda Ford, Lee McIntosh, and Bradley Westervelt), District 7, South to Central Kona (Dru Kanuha), and District 8, North Kona (Karen Eoff, Charles Guccione).  Food sales will start at 5:15 p.m. and the forum will be carried live on LAVA 105.3 fm radio at 6 p.m.