Informational Meeting on Burglaries and Thefts in Kona Tuesday

Police and members of the administration are holding an informational meeting Tuesday night regarding the recent rash of burglaries and car thefts in the County of Hawaii, and particularly in Kona.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Konawaena High School cafeteria.

“We’re very concerned about this recent spike in crime,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Police will be available to update the community on their investigation, how to make you home less vulnerable to burglary and how to help police catch these people.”

Call Bobby Command, executive assistant to Mayor Kenoi, at 323-4442 for more information.

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane… It’s Skydive Hawaii Kid

Check out this skydiving clip uploaded by Skydive Hawaii Kid:


All footage was taken from two skydives made on Saturday morning, the 8th of September 2012.

Kalapana Bee Buddy Festival

Join us in celebrating the first Bee Buddy Festival in Kalapana at Uncle Robert’s Kava Club, September 15, 2012 from noon to 4pm. Learn how to be a Bee Buddy and keep the honey flowing.

Living on Hawaii Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and farthest away from landfall, the honeybees, major pollinators of our food supply are vitally important to us.

We are facing a difficult time with many bees dying from various assaults, including virroa mites, small hive beetle, GMO plants and toxic substances on our aina and shortage of good bee food. As well, honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, coffee, mac nuts, mangos, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Bee Buddy’s was created to provide information and solutions so everyone from keiki to kupuna can have a part to play in helping bring our honeybees back and making our local environment more conducive to their wellbeing. Plus, it helps us continue to enjoy the foods they so generously pollinate to keep us well fed.

Alison Yahna of Artemis Smiles will preview her trailer “Temple for the Divine Honeybee”. Alison says, “Artemis Smiles Honeybee Sanctuary is dedicated to restoring a reverent, loving and mutually beneficial relationship between bees and humans.  We practice spirit-centered beekeeping and direct communication with the Honeybees.  The bees have helped us understand why they are “vanishing” and what they need for their health and protection.”


We will be featuring bee products, bee movies (The Vanishing of the Bees), Talk story sessions with bee keepers, apiary technician Lauren Rusert from the State Apiary program, theme song, information handouts, seed give-aways, plus entertainment featuring Diana Aki, Princess Keli’iho’omalu, and a proclamation from Mayor Kenoi in support of Bee Buddies.

We will be introducing our new website:

Email us at: or call Star at 896 8658 for more information. If you’d like to participate we are asking people to come share their favorite uses of honey and bee products. ‘What are you doing with your honey’ is a new addition to our Bee Buddy project.

Star is available for interviews and to set up local Bee Buddy gatherings in your neighborhood.

Captain Planet Foundation Awards Education Grant to Hawai’i Forest Institute

The Captain Planet Foundation, an international environmental education foundation for youth based on the successful Captain Planet cartoon, is proud to announce that the Hawai’i Forest Institute (HFI) has recently been awarded an educational grant of $2,500.  HFI will use these funds toward the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest Project.

Landscape Architect Leonard Bisel plants a seedling with Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalani’ana’ole Elementary School student.

“We are thrilled to present this award to the Hawai’i Forest Institute,” says Leesa Carter, Executive Director of the Foundation. “We receive hundreds of submissions each year and have to be very selective to whom we award funding. This is one of the few projects from across the country that we chose to fund. We wish the Hawai’i Forest Institute great success as they work to implement this important project. It is our hope that our combined efforts will educate, empower, involve and invest today’s youth to cultivate a better tomorrow.”

Mother and daughter Volunteers

“We are pleased to receive support from the Captain Planet Foundation. These funds will allow us to initiate Phase II of the Pana’ewa Zoo Discovery Forest, a forest demonstration project at the Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hilo”, said HFI Executive Director Heather Simmons.

HFI and HFIA Director Peter Simmons and Kamehameha Schools student pull weeds

HFI, the Hawai’i Forest Industry Association (HFIA), project partners, and community volunteers completed Phase I of the Discovery Forest in 2011, which includes Native and Agro-forest demonstration gardens. Phase II will include clearing invasive weeds; introducing native and agro-forest (Polynesian-introduced) plants and trees; and providing volunteer and educational opportunities through volunteer events, interpretive signage, and plant identification signs.