Big Island Video News for Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Big Island Video News for Thursday, July 19, 2012:


Big Island Police Charge 37-Year-Old Pahoa Man in Connection with Puna Burglary

Big Island police have charged a 37-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with a burglary in Puna last week.

On June 13 at about 3 p.m., police responded to a call from a 32-year-old Pāhoa man who reported that upon returning to his Nānāwale Estates home, he discovered someone had broken into the house and removed several items with an estimated combined value of $2,500.

Jesse Robert Murray

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Jesse Robert Murray at 12:05 p.m.Tuesday (July 17) for this incident and for an unrelated theft case in Kailua-Kona on July 6. Detectives have recovered several of the items allegedly stolen.

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 18), Murray was charged with one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $45,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance today.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities contact either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. by phone at 961-2384 or by email at or Detective Royce Serrao by phone at 961-8810 or by email at

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.

KITV and Hearst-Argyle Reach Agreement – Station Back on Air

KITV and Hearst-Argyle have reached an agreement and KITV is back on the air already.

In a statement released from Oceanic Time Warner on Facebook:

Great News! We have reached a long-term agreement with Hearst Television and our customers can expect their signals to be restored to our cable systems shortly. We thank our customers for their patience and their willingness to stick with us through another unnecessary broadcaster blackout.

Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, Discusses the U.S. Navy’s Green Fleet

Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus, discusses the U.S. Navy’s green fleet during the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.

Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus

RIMPAC 2012 is the world’s largest international maritime exercise, including twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel, and provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans.


RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul Seeber/Released)

Hospice of Hilo Looking for Volunteers

Hospice of Hilo is looking for volunteers willing to be a part of its team, providing compassionate end-of-life care and support to the East Hawaii community. The next volunteer training session will be on August 18th & 25th from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

According to Volunteer Manager, Pearl Lyman, “Hospice of Hilo volunteers are called upon to perform an array of supportive services; including patient care and feeding, respite care, bereavement care, transportation, companionship, shopping, errands, active listening and reading, as well as office administrative support, community education and public relations.  And now with the opening of the Pōhai Mālama a Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Care Center there will also be a need for cooking, gardening and even playing the piano.”

Lyman goes on to say, “Our volunteers give so much, and ask for so little. They meet the families where they’re at and they journey with them through the unknown. I am so lucky to work among these wonderful people.”

For volunteer, Nancy Molitor, it’s all about, “Caring for all humanity.”

To find out more about becoming a Hospice of Hilo Volunteer please contact Pearl Lyman at (808) 969-1733 or email to arrange a pre-training interview.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Archivist to Serve on National Committee

Helen Wong Smith, archivist for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the Academy of Certified Archivists for a two-year term.

Helen Wong Smith

The Academy is a national independent, nonprofit certifying organization of professional archivists. Individual members qualify for certification by meeting a series of defined professional standards. Archivists can become certified only by meeting educational and experience requirements and passing the archival certification examination. Individual members demonstrate continuing professional commitment that goes beyond education and experience.

“Helen is one of only 12 certified archivists in the entire state of Hawai‘i,” said Laura C. Schuster, Chief of Cultural Resources Division for Hawai‘i Volcanoes. “Her highly specialized skills include making sure
historical and modern records and data are retrievable and searchable. She serves a vital function not only for the Park and the Academy, but also to future generations.”

Wong Smith holds a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS), and is the lead archivist for a multi-year backlog cataloging project for all national parks in the Pacific Island Network, including Haleakalā National Park, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, and parks in American Samoa, Guam, and Saipan.

Wong Smith has been a certified archivist since 2001. She has been a member of the Committee on Education and the Nominating Committee for the Society of American Archivists, and has served twice as the president of the Association of Hawai‘i Archivists.

Noted Author, Budhist Scholar to Speak in Honoka’a and Hilo

Noted author and educator, guest speaker Dr. Kenneth K. Tanaka will speak at Honoka‘a Hongwanji, Monday, August 13, and at Hilo Betsuin, Tuesday, August 14.  His talks about “Attraction, Detraction and the Future of Shin Buddhism within American Religious Landscape” begin at 7 p.m. at both locations, and there will be an opportunity to meet Dr. Tanaka, share some refreshments and talk story afterward.

Dr. Kenneth K. Tanaka

“I like all food as I try practicing non-attachment!” said Tanaka, successful author of eight books, including Ocean: an Introduction to Jodo Shinsu Buddhism in America.  In spite of his esoteric titles, Dr. Tanaka has a down-to-earth and enlightening perspective on Buddhism in the United States—as evidenced in his writing.  For example, in “Ocean” Chapter One, Dr. Tanaka talks about Buddhist principles, the “Four Marks of Existence.”

“Buddhist teachings can seem complicated, but I have an easy way to remember the Four Marks of Existence:
1) Life is a Bumpy road,
2) Life is Impermanent,
3) Life is Interdependent,
4) Life is Fundamentally Good.
“So, to remember the four, “Think BIIG!”

Born in 1947 in Yamaguchi, Japan, Dr. Tanaka moved to California at the age of eleven in 1958 with his Japanese-American parents.   After graduating from Stanford in 1970 with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, he took a year-long journey around the world that included a stint as a monk in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand.

In Japan, he earned an M.A. in Indian Philosophy from Tokyo University and was ordained in as a Shin Buddhist minister in 1978. Returning to the U.S., he earned a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1991 was appointed Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union.  He has also taught at Musashino University, Tokyo University and Ryukoku University.

A dedicated scholar, writer and educator, Dr. Tanaka understandably has little spare time for outside interests.  “I have no hobbies since my life itself is a hobby!” he said.  And no pets, although he does find time to feed three stray cats every morning, which have taught him Dharma (described as piety and ethical practice, duty and obligation, the orderly fulfillment of our inherent destiny).  “They are Dharma cats,” he said.  Visit Dr. Tanaka’s website at

Admission to the “Attraction, Detraction” talks are free and open to everyone regardless of religious or spiritual background. Dr. Tanaka’s talk begins at 7 p.m. followed by time for questions and answers, and informal receptions with light refreshments.  Dr. Tanaka’s presentations are courtesy of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple and Hilo Betsuin. Major support has been provided by the Commission on Buddhist Education (Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii).