Big Island Video News for Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Big Island Video News for Tuesday, July 24, 2012:


Big Island Police Searching for 27-Year-Old Hilo Man Wanted in Theft Investigation

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 27-year-old Hilo man wanted for a warrant.

Kalani Vegas Ahuna

Kalani Vegas Ahuna is part Hawaiian, about 5-foot-11, about 170 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes.

He is wanted on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court and is also wanted for questioning in connection with a theft investigation.

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

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Celebrates Amelia Earhart’s Birthday

Visitors enjoyed a famous aviatrix’s birthday party today at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor with cake, juice, an “Amelia Earhart in Hawaii” photo exhibit to view, picture-taking with an Amelia Earhart impersonator who was also on hand to help instruct the Museum’s “Flight School for Girls” that is in progress through the summer.

Today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday. Born July 24, 1897, she has a special connection with the Museum as she ground looped her plane near the Museum on Luke Field on take off, preventing her initial round-the-world flight attempt. Seventy-five years ago, she took a leave of absence from her Purdue University job, hopped in her Purdue-funded “Flying Laboratory” and jetted around the globe. Then she disappeared.

Google’s doodle honors Earhart with a drawing of her climbing into her Lockheed Vega 5B plane, which is housed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She set numerous aviation records, including being the first person to fly solo across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The latest expedition that hoped to find the wreckage from her final flight ended yesterday without conclusive proof of her last days.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Honolulu, Hawaii is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization which depends on the membership and support from donations. To join, volunteer or support, visit

Big Island Police Charge Suspect in Fatal Stabbing in Hilo

Big Island police have charged the suspect in the fatal stabbing Sunday morning (July 22) in Hilo.

At 5:45 p.m. Monday (July 23), detectives charged 49-year-old Daniel Schuster of Honomū with second-degree murder, promoting a dangerous drug, and drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $54,000. He remains in the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (July 24).

Daniel Schuster

At about 6:18 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a home on Pua Street in Honomū after receiving a report of a stabbing.

Responding officers and Fire Department personnel discovered the victim, identified as 30-year-old Joshua Earl Trickel of Honomū, inside the residence with injuries and no apparent signs of life.

Police arrested Schuster at the scene.

Big Island Police Charge 34-Year-Old Hilo Man With Attempted Murder

Big Island police have charged 34-year-old Jarvis Naoki Higa of Hilo with attempted murder for a shooting incident last week in Hilo.

Jarvis Naoki Higa

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Higa at 5:45 p.m. Monday after locating and arresting him earlier in the day.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $375,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday afternoon (July 24).

At 1:10 a.m. on July 18, police responded to a report of a man threatening a 34-year-old Hilo man with a firearm. Police determined that a round was discharged in the parking lot of a condominium complex on Kalanianaole Avenue in Hilo before the suspect fled the area. The victim was not injured.

Get Fit Hawaii Looking for Team Leaders

Five Mountains Hawai’i’s popular 10-week, team-based, free healthy lifestyle challenge returns for its fifth year with an expanded, island-wide program thanks to sponsorship from the Hawai’i Island Beacon Communities HEAL project and business partners.

Participants are encouraged to gather their friends, co-workers, and family to form teams of 4-10 people, then take the Get Fit Hawai’i challenge! Up to 500 participants will receive free health screenings, set personal goals, enjoy weekly challenges, get access to fitness activities/classes, receive great tips from local health professionals, be eligible to win prizes, receive Get Fit Hawai’i newsletters and online resources (e.g. webinars, healthy recipes, and food/activity trackers), and more! Participant registration begins on August 1st, with priority given to teams with registered leaders.
TEAM LEADER registrations are now being accepted (visit our website). One member of each team should attend a FREE training (healthy snacks provided) and two may attend as co-leaders. Leaders will receive valuable additional resources, program information, coaching, and gifts. Select from the Team Leaders Training Sessions listed below when you register:
  • Waimea: August 18
  • Kona: August 25
  • Hilo: August 25
If you intend to be a Team Leader but are unable to attend any of the Training Sessions above or if you have questions, please call Aileen or Ann at 887-1281.
For more information or to register online, visit or call 887-1281.

Mayor Kenoi Proclaims First Week of August as Orchid Week – Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show Coming Up

Mayor Billy Kenoi has issued a proclamation naming the first week of August as  “Orchid Week” in recognition of the value orchids have to the people, culture, and economy of the County of Hawai‘i.

Kenoi explains that Hawai’i Island is known as the Orchid Island, and that “the orchid industry… spreads Aloha throughout the world.”

In the proclamation, the mayor encourages people “to enjoy the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and the beauty of the many varieties of orchids grown on Hawai‘i Island” over the weekend of August 3-5.

Nicknamed the “butterfly orchid,” this Psychopsis Mendenhall ‘Hildos’ is one of many blooms that may be seen during the Hilo Orchid Society’s 60th Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The show is themed “Islands of Orchids,” and runs August 3-5 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo. Photo Credit: Lawrence Kuekes

This is the largest orchid show in the state, and is sanctioned by the American Orchid Society.  The orchids will be judged by American Orchid Society accredited orchid judges.  Ribbon judging of the orchid plants will also be conducted by the Hilo Orchid Society members.

The show takes place at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo.  Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 3; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 4; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 5.  Daily admission is a $5 donation, with keiki ages 12 and under admitted free.  For more information, call (808) 333-1852 or visit

The night before the show opens, the Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off the show.  Held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, the gala event features wine and beer tasting, tea and coffee sampling, delicious catered food spreads, musical entertainment, and orchid pre-sales.

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.  Get tickets in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, or by calling Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116.


Whereas, Hawai’i Island is known as the Orchid Island; and

Whereas, the appreciation of orchids is broadly based in Hawai’i; and

Whereas, education about the cultivation and culture of orchids continues to expand here on Hawai’i Island; and

Whereas, the production of orchids is an important part of our economy, both in local potted plant sales, cut flowers, and as a major export; and

Whereas, Hawai’i Island’s orchid exports account for more than 80% of all orchid plants and flowers shipped from the State of Hawai’i and

Whereas, the orchid industry creates jobs and income, and spreads Aloha throughout the world; and

Whereas, the Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show attracts visitors each year from across the State, the Mainland and overseas; and

Whereas, the 60th Annual Orchid Show, whose theme is “Islands of Orchids,” will be held August 3-5, 2012 at the Edith Kanaka’ole Multi-Purpose Stadium,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai’i, do hereby proclaim the first week of August, 2012, which includes the weekend of August 3-5, 2012 as


In the County of Hawai’i and encourage our people to enjoy the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Society Show and the beauty of the many varieties of orchids grown on Hawai’i Island.

Hawaii Coffee Association Crowned as Grand Champions of Hawaiian Coffee at Annual Conference and Cupping Competition

The Hawaii Coffee Association (HCA) crowned the Grand Champions of Hawaiian Coffee at the 17th Annual Conference and 4th annual Cupping Competition at the Maui Tropical Plantation in beautiful Waikapu, Maui on Saturday, July 21st.

Wood Valley Coffee Co. from Hawai‘I Island’s Ka’u district received Grand Champion honors in the Commercial Category for those entries that had at least 300 pounds of the winning coffee available for purchase as of the time of entry.

Heavenly Hawaiian Farms from the Big Isle’s Kona district received Grand Champion honors in the Creative Category for those entries that had less than 300 pounds of the winning coffee available for purchase. The Creative Category encourages farmers to try new cultivation or processing methods without having to produce a commercial-level quantity of coffee.

The coffees were ‘cupped’ and scored from a pool of 117 premium Hawaiian coffees from eight statewide districts, a 100 percent increase in entrants over 2011. Entries were critiqued by a judging panel of coffee industry professionals using standardized blind procedures, as defined by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. Judges assigned a single numerical score to each coffee.

The Specialty Coffee Association of America defines “Specialty Coffee” as a coffee that has a cupping score of 80.0 or greater. Awards were given for up to the top three eligible entries from each district, and the top 10 eligible coffees in each of the Commercial and Creative categories received awards.

In addition to the above awards, a listing of all entries that received a score of 80.0 or greater is being provided on the HCA website at  A total of 62 percent of the 51 Commercial Category entries and 68 percent of the 66 Creative Category entries achieved a cupping score of 80.0 or greater. Entrants were given the option to remain anonymous (they had to make this irrevocable choice at the time of entry), and those entries are simply blank in the listings.

Lead judges for this year’s cupping panel were Shawn Hamilton of Java City Roasters, Warren Muller of Inter American Coffee, and Paul Thornton of Coffee Bean International.

“This event seems to be creating more interest in learning and improving,” observed Thornton, who also serves as president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America.  “There are more, better coffees, than ever. Bravo to the HCA for persevering and continuing this event. Keep it up.”

Incoming HCA President Greg Stille added, “New farms and the improvement and expansion of existing farms are combining to raise the bar on innovation and quality for the benefit of the entire Hawai’i coffee industry and the drinking enjoyment of the specialty coffee consumer.”

Coffee cupping is a combination of art and science where coffees are evaluated and scored based on subtle characteristics including flavor, aroma, ”mouth-feel,” acidity, sweetness and aftertaste.

The conference also featured an industry trade show, guest speakers, growers’ reports, diverse educational seminars, a hands-on cupping workshop and a Hawaiian Coffee store.

The Hawaii Coffee Association’s mission is to represent all sectors of the Hawai‘i coffee industry, including growers, millers, wholesalers, roasters and retailers. HCA’s primary objective is to increase awareness and consumption of Hawaiian coffees.  A major component of HCA’s work is the continuing education of members and consumers. This annual conference has continued to grow each year and has gained increased international attention.

For more information visit Hawaii Coffee Association’s website at