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3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii Early in the Morning

Magnitude 3.2
Location 19.409°N, 155.321°W
Depth 4.2 km (2.6 miles)
  • 10 km (6 miles) WSW (243°) from Volcano, HI
  • 21 km (13 miles) WSW (251°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 24 km (15 miles) SW (232°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 41 km (26 miles) SW (217°) from Hilo, HI
  • 336 km (209 miles) SE (129°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.6 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 14, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.05 sec, Gp=130°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60375051

Japanese Visitor Drowns in Kona Waters

A Japanese visitor apparently drowned Monday (July 30) in Kailua-Kona.

At 11 a.m. Monday, Kona patrol officers responded to a report of a possible drowning in waters fronting a resort at 75-5852 Aliʻi Drive in Kailua-Kona.

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Arriving officers learned that resort personnel and bystanders had pulled an unconscious male snorkeler from the water and attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Officers assisted with CPR until Fire Department personnel arrived.

The 60-year-old victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Police have classified the case as a coroner’s inquest. They have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Big Island Video News for Monday, July 30th, 2012

Hawaii County candidates for mayor, prosecutor debate the Lowest Law Enforcement of Cannabis law, elections controversy, and county officials bless Kapulena Ag Project in Hamakua.

Big Island Video News for Monday, July 30, 2012:


Hawaii Film Partners Premiere – “You May Not Kiss the Bride”

Honolulu-based Hawaii Film Partners will premiere their first feature film, “You May Not Kiss the Bride,” directed by Rob Hedden from his original screenplay, at Consolidated Theatres statewide on Friday, August 31, 2012.  The movie opens nationally on September 21st, in select markets, and has also been purchased by several international markets.

Set in Chicago and Tahiti, the romantic adventure comedy was filmed almost entirely on location in Hawaii, and is produced by Hawaii Film Partners’ Rann and Gina Watumull and David and Shauna Jackson.  The film also features music by several Hawaii artists, including Willie K, Ben Vegas & Maila Gibson, Tiffany Thurston, Afatia Thompson, Kapono Beamer, and Imua Garza – who wrote and sings the opening credits track.  It also includes an original song co-written and performed by leading lady, Katharine McPhee.

An invitation-only premiere screening with some of the lead cast is planned for Wednesday, August 29th, at 7 p.m., at the Consolidated Ward 16 Theatres.  Red carpet arrivals will begin at 6 p.m., and the public is welcome to “star gaze” as the limos pull up on Auahi Street fronting the theaters.  A private after-party will be held at Vice Nightclub, also at Ward Centers, from 9 p.m.~midnight.  More details will be announced shortly.

“You May Not Kiss the Bride” stars Dave Annable (ABC series “Brothers and Sisters” and the upcoming ABC Series “666 Park Avenue”); Katharine McPhee (NBC’s hit “Smash,” “American Idol,” “House Bunny”); Mena Suvari (“American Pie,” “American Beauty”); Rob Schneider (“50 First Dates,” “Deuce Bigalow”); Ken Davitian (“Borat”); Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World,” “True Lies”); Vinnie Jones (“X-Men 3: The Last Stand,” “Gone in Sixty Seconds”); Kevin Dunn (“Transformers,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”); and Academy Award-winner Kathy Bates (NBC series “Harry’s Law,” “Misery”).  In addition to Carrere, Hawaii’s Willie K, is also featured in the film, both acting and singing.

The movie finds an unsuspecting Chicago pet photographer (Annable) being forced to marry the daughter (McPhee) of a Croatian mobster (Davitian).  Action, adventure and romance ensue as the couple spends their “fake honeymoon” in Tahiti interacting with humorous, quirky, and dangerous characters, and realize that they may share real feelings for each other.

“We’re extremely proud of our first film, the talented cast, and Rob Hedden’s funny screenplay and comedic direction,” said the film’s producers.  “The movie also highlights Hawaii’s flexibility as a feature film location that can double for anywhere in the world, and showcases the versatility of Hawaii’s amazing musical artists.”

Director/Screenwriter Hedden previously wrote the original script for the action film “The Condemned” (2007, Lionsgate Films).  He also co-wrote the story and screenplay, and co-produced Nickelodeon Films’ “Clockstoppers” (Paramount Pictures).  He had fun writing and directing “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” (Paramount Pictures).

“We were looking for just the right screenplay for our next project, and when we couldn’t find it, we decided to create one,” said the film’s producers.  We spent almost two years collaborating with Rob on the story premise and script draft.

“You May Not Kiss the Bride” is reminiscent of ‘Romancing the Stone’ in its blending of romance, mad cap humor, and edge-of-your-seat action.  We’re thrilled to have worked with Rob and such a terrific cast and crew.  And we’re extremely proud of Katharine’s huge success in the NBC hit series ‘Smash.’  We know from working with her that she’s a star, and wish her the best in her bright, bright future in TV, film, and recording.”

“When the producers approached me about writing and directing a movie in Hawaii, I jumped at the chance,” says Hedden.  “You simply can’t beat the amazing scenery, location versatility, professional crews, and film-friendly environment. Working with Hawaii Film Partners on such a fun, action-packed romantic comedy fulfilled a lifelong dream.”

Behind the camera, filmmaking talent includes Director of Photography Russ T. Alsobrook (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Superbad”); Costume Designer Robert Moore (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Marathon Man”); and Production Designer Scott Meehan (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” ABC series “Lost”).

About Hawaii Film Partners
Producers Rann and Gina Watumull are co-founders and senior executives at Hawaii Film Partners based in Honolulu.  With the goal of helping to build a sustainable film industry in Hawaii, Hawaii Film Partners is dedicated to producing motion pictures, television shows, and animated projects in Hawaii with Hawaii ownership.

Producers David and Shauna Jackson are president and executive vice president, respectively, of Showcase Entertainment, a worldwide film distribution company, and are co-owners and senior executives of Hawaii Film Partners along with Rann and Gina Watumull.

Hawaii Film Partners’ first project was the acclaimed, award-winning international hit television show for Discovery Kids, “Flight 29 Down,” which is still airing in over 100 territories.  Also for television, Hawaii Film Partners has produced 38 two-minute animated episodes of “Ape Escape” for Nickelodeon’s NickToons™ Network.  Rounding out Hawaii Film Partners’ ambitious slate is the original animated television series, “Guardians of the Power Masks,” which marks an historic international partnership with the Chinese City of Changzhou and the Gangwon Information Multi-Media Corporation (GIMC) in South Korea.  Production of this animated children’s series is near completion.
Hawaii Film Partners plans to produce more feature films and television projects in the State of Hawaii.

For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/YouMayNotKissTheBride.

US Mint Ceremony Releasing the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Quarter

The public is invited to be part of an exciting, historic event as the United States Mint ceremonially releases the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park quarter at the park’s Kahua Hula on Wed., Aug. 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

HFS Federal Credit Union will provide $10 rolls of the commemorative quarters for exchange.

The new quarter is part of the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The coin features an engraved image of an eruption on Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone on its reverse (or tails) side and inscriptions that read HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES, HAWAII 2012 and E PLURIBUS UNUM. It was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.

The Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ quarter is the fourth quarter to be launched in 2012, and the 14th in a series of 56 circulating America the Beautiful Quarters. The reverse side (or tails side) designs are symbolic of a national park or other national site in each state, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories.

All coins in the program have a common obverse (heads side) featuring a portrait of George Washington and the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

“This highly collectible quarter is a significant milestone for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, for the residents of Hawai‘i, and for the Hawai‘i Island destination. Now everyone carry a reminder of Hawai‘i’s first World Heritage Site in their pocket,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

County of Hawai‘i Tourism Specialist Stephanie Donoho will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and representatives from the United States Mint, the Governor’s office, and the State Delegation will participate.

The ceremony will take place at the park’s Kahua Hula, south of Kīlauea Visitor Center, on Crater Rim Drive. The event is free, but park entrance fees may apply.

Hilo Man and Woman Charged with Stealing Recyclables

Big Island police have charged a Hilo man and woman in connection with a burglary that occurred Friday morning (July 27) in Hilo.

Jesse Idebond Sablan

Jesse Idebond Sablan, 36, and Dana Sablan, 21, were charged at 11:10 a.m. Friday with one count each of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft. Bail was set at $11,000 for Jesse Sablan and at $2,250 for Dana Sablan. Both were being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 30).

Dana Sablan

Friday shortly after midnight, officers responded to a business on Kekūanāoʻa Street in Hilo to a report that two suspects had removed two bags of recyclables and were fleeing the area.

Both suspects were arrested and the stolen property was recovered.

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 jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Royce Serrao by phone at 961-8810 or by email at rpserrao@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.

25-Year-Old Hilo Man Dies from Car Crash on South Point

A 25-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (July 29) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash on July 23 on South Point Road approximately 5.5 miles south of Kamāʻoa Road.

Responding on July 23 to an 8:47 a.m. call, Kaʻū patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2001 Mercury sedan and traveling north on South Point Road when he ran off the right side of the road, lost control, struck a utility pole and overturned several times.

The victim was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle.

He was taken by helicopter to Kona Community Hospital and died on July 29 at 9:25 a.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were factors but speed may have been a factor in this crash.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this traffic crash call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 21st traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 15 at this time last year.