3.4 and 3.0 Magnitude Earthquakes Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island – No Tsunami Generated

Magnitude 3.0
Location 19.419°N, 155.289°W
Depth 33.1 km (20.6 miles)
  • 7 km (4 miles) WSW (239°) from Volcano, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) WSW (251°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 20 km (13 miles) SW (229°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SW (214°) from Hilo, HI
  • 338 km (210 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.2 km (3.2 miles); depth +/- 1.9 km (1.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 11, Dmin=1 km, Rmss=0.32 sec, Gp=148°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60396806

And Earlier in the day:

Magnitude 3.4
Location 19.389°N, 155.245°W
Depth 3.4 km (2.1 miles)
  • 7 km (4 miles) S (188°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (233°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (231°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) SSW (205°) from Hilo, HI
  • 343 km (213 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 43, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 54°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Event ID hv60396546

Public Meeting to Discuss New Kealakehe Regional Park Master Plan

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to invite the public to an informational meeting regarding development of a new regional park on a 190-acre site in Kealakehe.

An overview of the planning process will be presented and community input sought during the meeting set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in Building G, Community Meeting Hale, of the West Hawai‘i Civic Center located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokāole Highway in Kailua-Kona.
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This will be the first of three public meetings to determine what recreational activities and land uses are appropriate for the regional park to be built on state-owned land two miles north of Kailua-Kona. In January 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie issued an executive order setting aside the vacant land for public purposes and placing it under the County of Hawai‘i’s control.

The goal of the meetings is to generate and implement a comprehensive master plan that will guide development of the regional park for the next 20 years.

For more information or to obtain flyers (electronic or hard copy), please contact Leslie Kurisaki, Kimura International, at (808) 944-8848 or lkurisaki@kimurainternational.com.

For accessibility accommodations for this meeting or to request a sign language interpreter or printed materials in alternate format, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 323-4321.

6th Annual “Peace Day” Parade and Festival Information

In what has become a most colorful yearly tradition, Honoka‘a town is busy decorating storefronts, building floats and making plans to read, run, walk, dance, draw, drum and otherwise celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.  On Saturday, September 22, the 6th Annual “Peace Day” Parade and Festival steps off at 10 a.m. from Honoka‘a High School, with what’s been called a “moving stage” of multi-cultural and multi-generational entertainment.

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance groups, belly dancers, robots, rock & roll, hula hālau, costumed school groups and senior citizens all perform their way down the town’s main Mamane Street, and wind up  at the Sports Complex for the Peace Day Festival.   The Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features numerous craft and food booths, live music on stage, and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  Featured entertainment for the Parade & Festival includes “Elvis,” Hiccup Circus, Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band, the Big Time R&B Band, Honoka‘a Seniors Women’s Chorus, The Hawaii Island Festival’s Royal Court, and Kea‘au High School Band.

The “Fastest Man in America.”  Special honoree for the 2012 Peace Day Parade will be one-time “fastest man in America,” Everett Souza of Honoka‘a, who as a teenager held the record in the 50-mile run during President Kennedy’s physical fitness challenge to America.  Souza completed the run from Hualālai to Honoka‘a in about 12 hours, besting U.S. Marines, college track teams and many others, and has good-naturedly offered to participate and encourage students to keep fit, 50 years later.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Peace Poster Contest.  Peace-related events take place throughout the month.  Ongoing now, the Peace Poster Contest for K-12 students will accept entries until 6 p.m.  Friday, September 14. Posters are rated on focus and clarity of this year’s theme, “Aloha Peace.” Cash prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded by groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with winners announced at the Festival. “Best of Show” receives $100 and an overnight stay at contest sponsor Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast.  Entry forms at www.peacedayparade.org.  For more information, call 775-7232.

Read for Peace.  On Monday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to join an engaging conversation based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Peace Is Every Step, at the Honokaa library.  “Read for Peace” is sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

Benefit for GMO-Free Hawai‘i—including films, local-networking, panel discussion, food, and dancing to great reggae music by international recording star Marty Dread, with special guest “Big Time.”  Events take place Monday, Sept. 17, 4:30-10 p.m. at the Honoka‘a Peoples Theater.  Proceeds go towards GMO-Free Hawaii’s completion of the Documentary “With Love and Gratitude from Hawai‘i to Japan: Thank you for saying NO to GMO Papaya,” an international collaboration that will spread the message abroad of the fight to keep Hawai‘i GMO-free. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for 18 and under with student ID before 5 p.m. show day, available at Taro Patch Gifts. For more information, call 775-7159.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Day of Mindfulness, Forgiveness and Personal Peace.  On Friday, Sept. 17, prior to the Parade & Festival, the Peace Committee hosts a “Day of Mindfulness, Forgiveness and Personal Peace” at Kalopā State Park.  As opposed to meditation, “mindfulness”  is a practice of paying careful attention to what is happening in the present moment—including sensations, sounds, smells, visual images , emotions and thoughts.  It can be done any time, while engaged in any kind of activity, but the quiet natural setting of the forest promotes more complete relaxation and focus.   Guidance will be provided by Reverend Mary David of Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (Oahu). Registration fee of $25 includes a vegetarian lunch.  Please contact info@peacedayparade.org to sign up, as advance registration is required.

Run/Walk for Peace.  The 2nd Annual “Run/Walk for Peace,” a 5K run or 2-mile walk open to everyone, will start at 9:00 a.m. from the Honoka‘a High School Football Field—prior to the Parade on Saturday, September 22, with check-in 8:15-8:45 a.m. Entry Fee of $20 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded top finishers.  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org

Global connections.  This year’s events will have international ties, partnered with concurrent Peace Day concerts and activities around the world via live streaming video.  These include: One Day One Dance, a program of founder Jeremy Gilley’s organization Peace One Day, and Playing for Change Day, a global multimedia musical project taking place on the same day, September 22.  The Peace Committee is proud to be part of these initiatives and encourages readers to learn more and support their good works.

The 6th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i Committee on Social Concerns.  For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

Big Island Police Initiate Investigation of Allegations of Voter Fraud on Hawaii Island

The Hawaiʻi Police Department has initiated an investigation into an allegation of Voter Fraud on Hawaiʻi Island.

The investigation was launched based on information provided by the Hawaiʻi County Office of Elections involving elections conducted in 2010.

Voter Fraud, under section 19.3.5 of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, is a class C felony.

The investigation is being handled by Detectives of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section.

At this time, no other details will be released as it is an active investigation.

Birth of Dolphin Caught on Tape!

The birth of a dolphin caught on tape is a very rare experience.

Check this out!


Hawaii Pacific University and Oceanic Institute help a Bottlenose Dolphin Give Birth to a Calf.

Hawaii Community Foundation’s West Hawaii Fund Currently Accepting Online Grant Proposals

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation is inviting community groups and nonprofit organizations to submit grant proposals for the West Hawai‘i Fund.  Established in 1990 to provide a stronger link between charitable donors and the specific needs of West Hawai‘i communities from Kohala to Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, the West Hawai‘i Fund is currently accepting online applications through October 1, 2012.  Through the years, local citizens have created additional funds that are also distributed by the West Hawai’i Fund advisory committee including the Hartwell and Rebecca Carter Fund, the Robert C. and Helen F. Nichols Fund, the Arthur Mullaly Fund, and the Oscar and Ernestine Armstrong Fund.
Hawaii Community Foundation
The West Hawai‘i Fund welcomes proposals aimed at improving the quality of life on the west side of Hawai‘i Island.  Applications for programs that address the critical needs of people affected by the current economy are strongly encouraged. 
To be eligible for a grant of up to $10,000, a group must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization – such as schools, units of government or neighborhood groups — or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor and clearly demonstrate a program or project’s benefit to the West Hawai‘i community. Community organizations without 501(c)(3) status are eligible to apply for a grant up to $2,000, provided the activities to be supported are charitable.
Proposal applications are being accepted online at:  www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org until 11:59 p.m. Oct 1, 2012.  Please direct any questions regarding the online process to the Honolulu office at 1-808- 537-6333 or toll-free at 1-888-731-3863.
About the Hawai`i Community Foundation
With 95 years of community service, the Hawai`i Community Foundation has become the leading philanthropic institution in the state.  Having a presence that stretches across all the islands and a reach covering a broad array of fields, the Foundation works with individuals, families, foundations, businesses and organizations to transform lives and improve Hawai‘i’s communities. In 2010, the Foundation provided more than $32 million in grants and contracts throughout Hawai’i on behalf of its clients and funds.

Edmund C. Olson Trust II Announces Its Acquisition of the Wainaku Executive Center in Hilo

Wainaku Executive Center, one of East Hawai‘i’s prime oceanfront properties, is under new ownership as of Monday, September 10, 2012.

The Edmund C. Olson Trust II, a company invested in sustainable agriculture, natural-resource conservation, community development, cultural legacy preservation, and renewable energy for Hawai‘i, will use its new asset to further economic and community interests. “We are thrilled with this acquisition,” says Ed Olson, President of the Trust. “Our Board envisions that under our stewardship this culturally and environmentally significant property will contribute to the well-being of Hilo and its surrounding communities as a vibrant anchor point.”

With expansive views of Hilo Bay, manicured grounds, and a black sand beach, located less than a mile north of Hilo‘s Singing Bridge, Wainaku Executive Center once served as headquarters for C. Brewer & Co., one of the oldest companies in Hawai‘i and part of a group that owned most of the sugarcane industry. C. Brewer & Co. formally dissolved in the mid-2000s. While the 12-acre Center was on the market, it graciously housed various tenants, including the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s College of Pharmacy. A 1.37-acre mauka parking lot with easy shuttle access is part of the property. The Trust’s plans for the Wainaku Executive Center include use of the grounds as a destination location for weddings, business meetings, and local events. After renovations, which will begin immediately, the beautifully designed 12,000-square-foot two-story building will also host an artist gallery. Art on display will include work by Edmund C. Olson Trust II staff artist Kathleen Kam, widely praised for her nature-inspired murals, and stone sculptor William P. McKnight, who trained with master Italian and Japanese sculptors. Additionally, the Center will offer rotational exhibit opportunities for other artists.

“We are dedicated to the thriving of Hawai‘i into the future, and the Trust already successfully engages or employs dozens of island residents, in the fields of agriculture, agri-tourism, conservation, and clean energy development,” says John Cross, land manager for Edmund C. Olson Trust II. “So it seemed relevant and important to secure a location that adds a celebratory component supportive of community-oriented business, tourism, art and initiative. We are going for it!”

About the Edmund C. Olson Trust: Stewarding nearly 16,000 acres of prime agricultural and conservation lands, of which 13,000 acres are in Ka‘ū, the Trust creates and oversees subsidiaries aligned with its vision to preserve Hawai‘i’s agricultural, cultural and environmental heritage. The Trust invests in sustainable agriculture supported by agri-tourism, managed natural-resource conservation, community, education, renewable energy and cultural legacy preservation. At its offices at the former Onomea Plantation Office in Pāpa‘ikou, the Trust preserves and makes available to the public rare historical maps and documents dating back to the early 1800s, to inform Hawai‘i’s future with its legacy.

Edmund C. Olson Trust II subsidiaries:

  • Hilo:     Edmund C. Olson Trust II Archive & Gallery; Hāmākua Macadamia Nut Company (Kawaihae); Hāmākua Orchards II LLC; Hilo Bay Tours; Island Nuts Trucking LLC; OK Farms LLC.
  • Ka‘ū:    Ka‘ū Coffee Mill; Ka‘ū Farms Management.
  • O‘ahu:  Gil-Olson Joint Venture; Palehua Ranch LLC.

2 Killed When Truck Tries to Pass Van with 8 Passengers

A 61-year-old woman and a 54-year-old woman, both from Keaʻau, died Monday (September 10) from injuries they received in a two- vehicle crash on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19), .2 miles east of the 39-mile-marker in the Hamakua District. Overtake

The victim’s were identified as Josefina B. Visaya, 61, and Patrocinia R. Cadang, 54, both of a Keaʻau address.

Responding to a 4:24 p.m. call, Hamakua patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that a 30-year-old Honokaʻa man was operating a 1993 Nissan pick-up truck and traveling east on Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19) when he overtook a 2005 Ford van being operated by a 45-year-old Keaʻau man with 8-passengers.

The Nissan pick-up truck was returning to the east bound lane when it collided with the Ford van.

The two victims from the Ford van were transported to the Hilo Medical Center where they were pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m.

The driver of the Ford van was transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was later treated and released with minor injuries. Other passengers within the van, a 23-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, both from Keaʻau, were transported to the Hilo Medical Center where they were treated and released with minor injuries. A 46-year-old Keaʻau woman was medevaced to the Queens Medical Center on Oʻahu in critical condition, another 46-year-old Keaʻau woman was transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital in critical condition and a 46-year-old Keaʻau woman was transported to the Hilo Medical Center in critical condition. A 55-year-old Keaʻau man was also transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital in stable condition.

Alfred Berdon III

The driver of the Nissan truck, identified as Alfred Berdon III, was arrested for 2 counts of negligent homicide, 4 counts of negligent injury, operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, driving while license suspended/revoked and no no fault insurance. He was also arrested for an outstanding bench warrant.

Berdon is being held at the East Hawaiʻi Detention Center pending further investigation.

Police believe that alcohol and speed were a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit Officers have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Paul Kim at 333-9708.

This is the 28th and 29th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 15 at the same time last year.


Big Isle road rage victim loses eye, suspect charged

Hawaii County police charged a 25-year-old Honokaa man with assault and other offenses Friday for allegedly punching a motorist, causing him to lose an eye.

South Kohala patrol officers responded to an assault victim at North Hawaii Community Hospital at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday. A 23-year-old Honokaa man reported he had been involved in a road rage incident in South Kohala a half-hour earlier. Investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim were traveling in separate cars from Waikoloa Road onto Route 190 headed for Waimea when the victim gestured the suspect to pull over.

After pulling over, the suspect approached the victim, who was seated in his car. Police were told that after a brief exchange of words, the suspect punched the victim once in the left eye. The victim’s sunglasses shattered, causing serious injury to his eye, which later had to be removed.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section determined that the fight stemmed from a previous road rage incident between the two men.

On Friday they charged 25-year-old Alfred Berdon III with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, criminal property damage and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $14,000. Berdon is being held at the Kona police cellblock.