Poll: Lincoln Ashida vs. Mitch Roth – Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney

Now that the primary elections are over and no candidate for Prosecuting Attorney received more then 50% of the votes… we are left with two candidates to choose from for the 2012 Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney race.

Who will you vote for Hawaii County Prosecutor in the 2012 General Elections?

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the recent Pahoa “Rock the Vote” event.

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Massachusetts Has the Highest Percent of People With Health Insurance in America – Hawaii Next in Line

*8/30/12 UPDATE* The Massachusetts data was not identified yesterday in the screen grab from the graph that I took.  Looking at the site again today… it looks like Massachusetts now has the highest percentage of people with health insurance.  Thanks to Dave Smith for double checking the data.

Health Insurance in America has been a crisis situation for many folks.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau data collected in the 2010 Decennial Census, more people in Hawaii have some form of health insurance then any other State in America:

My personal guess, is that this doesn’t reflect the amount of folks that are on Government funded health insurance here in Hawaii.


Wordless Wednesday – The Story Behind VH07V

My son and I got more VHO7V swag today!

You can check out more about them here:

Kanu o ka ‘Āina Celebrates Building Completions

Kanu o ka ‘Āina (KANU) New Century Public Charter School, with its nonprofit partner Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ´Ohana (KALO)  in Waimea, will celebrate the completion of two new buildings, Hālau Poki´i and Hālau Puke, on Tuesday, September 4.  U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka will be among the dignitaries attending the celebration.

“We couldn’t be happier right now,” said Pat Bergin, KANU co-administrator. “It means so much to everyone involved – teachers, parents, volunteers and particularly our more than 250 students, to be together in such a special place in these beautiful new buildings.”

The two buildings, completed in time for the new school year, allow all KANU students to be accommodated together at Kauhale ‘Ōiwi O Pu‘ukapu.  The buildings occupy a site on Department of Hawaiian Homes Land and are part of KALO’s womb-to-tomb community based initiatives to support culture based education and the community.

Within Hālau Puke is a native library for school and community use. The library is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Classrooms for KANU students’ grades 6 through 12 are also in a portion of the library building.

Hālau Poki´i is home to preschool classrooms through grade 5. The private preschool, Malamapokii, is operated by KALO and supported by Kamehameha Schools. Having the private preschool alongside KANU’s K-12 school helps create a seamless early education transition as part of the public private partnership between KALO and KANU.

Two off-site outdoor learning labs at Puupulehu and Waipi´o expand the learning opportunities further.

Hālau Ho‘olako has been occupied at the site on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands since 2009. Hālau Ho‘olako also serves as a community resource and technology center.

Although KANU is not an immersion school, Hawaiian culture and language are integrated into the curriculum from preschool on. KANU integrates Hawaiian culture, language, traditions, community and the natural environment in a curriculum that is project-based and place-based.

As a free public K-12 school, KANU is held to the same performance expectations and same assessment testing that all schools throughout the state must follow. The school achieved Annual Yearly Progress Safe Harbor status for the 2012-13 school year and has received six full years of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

KALO executive director Taffi Wise expressed appreciation for the support from DHHL, Kamehameha Schools, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Castle, Pa´ahana Enterprises, Quality Builders and the Waimea Community who have all had a role in reaching this milestone. “However, we are not done,” Wise said. “KANU still needs a cafeteria, high school classrooms and more. Since charter schools do not receive funding, KALO and community partners will continue efforts to perpetuate Hawai´i’s culture through charter schools like KANU.”

Learn more at kanu.kalo.org or call 890-8144.

About Kanu o Ka ‘Āina Learning Ohana

Kanu O Ka ‘Āina Learning ´Ohana (KALO) is a nonprofit educational organization based in Waimea that assists statewide with Hawaiian-focus charter schools. Incorporated in 2000 as a Native Hawaiian nonprofit (KALO) provides viable choices in education, which empower Hawaiian learners of all ages to remain natives of the Hawaiian Islands inhabited by our people for over 2000 years. KALO’s womb-to-tomb programs constitute a dynamic intergenerational family of learners comprised of educators, students, parents, extended families, community supporters and partnering organizations dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawai‘i’s native language, culture and traditions.  Visit kalo.org.

National Bone Marrow Registry – Big Island Resident Needs Bone Marrow Transplant


Due to overwhelming response, the Bone Marrow Registry drive will continue tomorrow, Labor Day, 10am till 2pm KTA Puainako. If you didn’t make it down today, please come tomorrow. All ethnicities, ages 18-60, healthy people. Only need to fill out a questionnaire and swab your cheeks to register. Please come!!

Native Hawaiian patients have a special need

Ke‘ala (Pauline Kealoha) Lee Loy

Employed at Kamehameha Schools and a former teacher with the DOE, Ke‘ala was recently diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.

Of the 9 million potential donors registered in the National Marrow Donor Registry, only 0.1%, or 1/10 of one percent, of the donors are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders. This means that the probability of a Native Hawaiian finding a donor match is less than 3% (data as of March 2011). Caucasians have an 80% chance of finding a donor match, and Asians, Hispanics and Afro-Americans have a 15% chance.

You can help! First, spread the word and encourage Hawaiians and other under-represented minorities to register as a donor. Second, register yourself — all it takes is a cheek swab and a bit of paperwork.

Join the Marrow Registry

All you need is to:

1. Be between the ages of 18 and 60

2. Be willing to donate to any patient in need

3. Meet the health guidelines

Three opportunities to register in September 2012

Hawai‘i Island
September 2
KTA Center
50 East Puainako St.
Hilo, HI 96720
September 7-9
Hawai‘i Woman Expo 2012
Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall
777 Ward Avenue
Honolulu, HI  96814
September 27-30
Maui Fair 2012
211 Kanaloa Avenue
Wailuku, HI  96793

Big Island Police Charge 20-Year-Old Woman in Connection to Burglary in Pepeʻekeo

Big Island police have charged a 20-year-old Pepeʻekeo woman in connection with a June 30 burglary in Pepeʻekeo.

Shaylyn Momi Araw

Investigation by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section led to the arrest of Shaylyn Momi Araw on Friday (August 24). After conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged her with first-degree burglary. Her bail was set at $5,000.

Police ask that anyone with information about other incidents in the area or burglary activities to contact either Detective Royce Serrao by phone at 961-8810 or by email at rpserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us.

In addition, the Community Policing Section encourages residents to request a free home security inspection by calling 961-2350.

55-Year-Old Man Dies After Vehicle/Motorcycle Crash in Hilo

A 55-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (August 26) at 4:05 p.m. at Hilo Medical Center from injuries he received in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash at the intersection of Kinoʻole Street and Mohouli Street on July 13.

The man was identified as Earl M. Arakaki, of a Hilo address.

Responding to a 10:05 p.m. call (July 13), South Hilo patrol officers determined that Arakaki was operating a 2007 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kinoʻole Street when a 67-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona operating a 2003 Honda four-door sedan and traveling south on Kinoʻole Street failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn in front of Arakaki.

Arakaki was not wearing a helmet. Fire Department rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he remained confined until his death.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have reclassified a negligent injury case to a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

Because Arakaki died more than 31 days after the incident, his death is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.

Big Island Police Looking For Punk Wanted on Disorderly Conduct and Assault

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 31-year-old man wanted for questioning in a disorderly conduct and assault investigation over the weekend and on two outstanding warrants.

Rodney Impelido

Rodney Impelido was last seen in Waimea. He is described as a Filipino, about 5-foot-7, 165 pounds with short black hair and tattoos on his neck, shoulders, calf and back.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Eric Ontiveros at 887-3082 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

U.S. Government Cancels Osprey Landings at Upolu Airport on Big Island and Kalaupapa Airport on Molokai

I’m actually amazed that U.S. Government cancelled the landings!

U.S. Marine Corps parachutists free fall from an MV-22 Osprey at 10,000 feet above the drop zone at Fort A.P. Hill, Va. on Jan. 17, 2000. The Marines from the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C., became the first to deploy from the Osprey. Twenty-four successful jumps were recorded under the supervision of the U.S. Army Operational Test Command and the Marine Corps Systems Command to qualify the V-22 for parachute service. DoD photo by Vernon Pugh, U.S. Navy. (Released)

…Regarding the Hawaiian flights, Ospreys were scheduled to make practice landings at Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Moloka’i, and Upolu Airport on the Hawaiian main island. The U.S. government cancelled the landings, however, due to opposition from local residents plus concerns over noise pollution and potential effects on local heritage sites.

The tilt-rotor aircraft have had a number of high-profile accidents since their introduction to service in 2007, including a fatal April 2012 crash that the U.S. Marine Corps concluded recently was due to pilot error, ruling out mechanical or safety problems.

According to Japan-U.S. diplomatic sources, 24 Ospreys are scheduled for deployment to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, O’ahu by 2018. In preparation, in August 2010 the U.S. Department of the Navy began an environmental assessment of the plan as required under the National Environmental Policy Act.

The navy department assessment named Kalaupapa Airport and Upolu Airport as sites for Osprey practice landings. However, local residents and other U.S. government departments came out against holding the training flights at the two sites, pointing to the danger to a National Park Service-designated archeological site near Kalaupapa Airport and the potential for severe noise pollution around Upolu Airport…

More here: Local Opposition Scuttles Hawaiian Osprey Training Flights