Big Island Police Searching for 25-Year-Old Missing Waikoloa Man

(9/18/12 UPDATE) Big Island police have located 25- year-old Joel Kiwini Gugudan who was reported missing. He was found in good health in Waikoloa on Tuesday morning (September 18).

Police are looking for a 25-year-old Waikoloa man who was reported missing.

Joel Kiwini Gugudan is described as a Filipino male, about 5’ 7” tall, weighing about 195 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, and a tan complexion.

Gugudan was last seen leaving work in the Waikoloa area on Friday, September 14, 2012 at about 1:00 a.m. He was last seen wearing a blue floral print shirt, black slacks and black tennis shoes. He may be operating a green Ford mustang convertible sedan.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gugudan to call Officer Kyle Hirayama at 887-3080. Callers may also call 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.

County of Hawai‘i Honored for Advancing Innovative Programs that Help Low-Income Families Save and Build Wealth

The Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition, a group of municipal governments – including the County of Hawai‘i – dedicated to helping low-income residents achieve long-term financial stability, was presented today with the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Assets & Opportunity Award.

The award, the only one of its kind, honors groups and individuals who are advancing the field of asset-building in the United States and increasing the use of financial products and services that allow low-income families to buy a home, pursue higher education, start a business and move up the economic ladder.

The award was presented to coalition co-chairs Jonathan Mintz, Commissioner of the New York Department of Consumer Affairs, and José Cisneros, Treasurer of the City and County of San Francisco, at CFED’s biennial Assets Learning Conference in Washington, D.C.  Keynote remarks were given by Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker, a CFE Coalition member, and Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award has been presented two times previously, to Citigroup and the Ford Foundation.  In addition to the County of Hawai‘i the coalition includes Chicago, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Newark, New York, Providence, San Antonio, San Francisco, Savannah and Seattle.

Hawai‘i Island’s financial empowerment work is spearheaded by the Department of Research and Development.  As a member of the CFE Coalition since 2010, the County works with officials in other cities who learn best practices from each other and expand programs that help people save and build assets. The initiative focuses on creating public-private partnerships around the areas of financial education, increasing opportunities to access financial services and developing innovative asset-building products.  Programs already existing on Hawai‘i Island include the Children’s Savings, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and innovative uses of technology to provide families with on-line benefits screening and referrals, and a text messaging based platform for budgeting.

The CFE Coalition has also launched its own non-profit organization – the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, which supports municipal efforts to improve the financial stability of households by leveraging opportunities unique to local government.

Kupuna Fall Prevention Awareness Week Activities Begin September 22

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) Emergency Medical Services and Injury Prevention Systems Branch and the Hawai‘i Fall Prevention Consortium, in collaboration with The Queen’s Medical Center, FOODLAND Supermarkets, MINA Pharmacies, TIMES Supermarkets, and KTA Superstores, are sponsoring Kupuna Fall Prevention Awareness Week activities from September 22 to 30, 2012. The week coincides with National Fall Prevention Awareness Day on September 22, established by Congress.

“On average, every five hours in Hawai‘i a senior suffers a fall injury so serious he or she must be hospitalized,” said Director of Health Loretta Fuddy. “Fall prevention is a major concern for the safety and well-being of our beloved kupuna, the fastest growing segment of our population.” Falls and fall-related injuries impact individuals, families, the community at large, and the health care system. Fall incidents increase dramatically in the years after age 65, and those who have fallen once are much more likely to fall again. Every year in Hawai‘i, an average of 108 kupuna die, 1,840 are hospitalized and 5,715 are treated in emergency departments due to falls, resulting in almost $118 million in hospital and physician charges. Adding the costs of rehabilitation and nursing care can double that amount.

“We are very excited about the commitment to senior well-being exhibited by our partners: The Queen’s Medical Center, FOODLAND Supermarkets, MINA Pharmacies, TIMES Supermarkets, and KTA Superstores,” said Dr. Linda Rosen, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and the Injury Prevention Systems Branch. “By conducting free in-store reviews of seniors’ medications, pharmacists will be providing a much-needed and valued service that can help prevent serious and tragic accidents.”

Throughout the week, partnering pharmacies will be offering free medication reviews, and “Fall Prevention Tips for Seniors” bag-stuffers will be distributed statewide by participating stores. Sponsor newsletters will also include fall prevention stories and tips, and magnets with fall prevention messages will be available.

On September 22 at the Athletic/Wellness Fair at Sangha Hall (Hilo Hongwanji Mission), free physical screening of kupuna to assess their risk for falling will be provided by Hawai‘i County Fire Department volunteers and Fall Prevention Consortium members.

Beginning September 24, in-store pharmacists at participating stores statewide will conduct free medication reviews, by appointment, for kupuna to check for medicines that could cause or contribute to a fall.

From September 28 to 30, free physical screenings will also be provided by Fall Prevention Consortium members and Queen’s Hospital volunteers at the Seniors’ Fair Good Life Expo at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu.

Kupuna fall prevention tips include exercising regularly to increase balance and flexibility, having your doctor or pharmacist review medications yearly, having eyes checked annually, and making the home safer by removing fall hazards, installing safety devices like railings and grab bars, and improving lighting.

For more information about fall prevention for kupuna, contact the DOH fall prevention coordinator at (808) 733-9202.

Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival 2013 Accepting Entries

Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival (BIFF) 2013, one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” and “25 Coolest Film Festivals,” is now accepting entries for the May 23-27 events at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.  A celebration of narrative filmmaking in inspiring Hawai‘i Island settings, BIFF includes screenings, social events and networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops and more.  A closing night “Best of the Fest” features a top Hawaiian music concert and movies chosen by our audience from Festival entries. Last year’s celebrity honorees included Eloise Mumford (“The River”) and NBC’s award-winning Story/Career Consultant Jennifer Grisanti.

Eloise Mumford at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

Deadlines.  Narrative short films (30 minutes or less) and feature length (60 minutes or more) completed after January 1, 2012 will be considered.  Deadlines are:

  • Early Bird – November 1, 2012.  Early Bird Entry Fees: $50 Feature, $40 Short, $30 Student
  • Regular – January 1, 2013.  Regular Entry Fees: $60 Feature, $50 Short, $35 Student
  • Late/Final February 1, 2013.  Late Entry Fees:  $70 Feature, $60 Short, $40 Student

All films shot in Hawai‘i or created by filmmakers who live in Hawai‘i receive a 25% discount on entry fees (verification required).

Outdoor evening screenings (Kirk Aeder photo)

Awards.  BIFF 2013’s “Golden Honu” will be awarded to the Best Feature and Best Short in Family, Student, Animated, Foreign, Hawai‘i and Audience Choice categories at a special Awards Brunch to honor the filmmakers and their works on Monday, May 27, 2013.  Numerous alumni films have won awards at prestigious film festivals around the world, and achieved commercial success in the industry.

Kristina Anapau in front of the Fairmont Orchid at Mauna Lani

True Blood’s “Maurella” (Kristina Anapau) was awarded a Golden Honu in 2011

Success stories.  The made-in-Hawai‘i comedy “Get A Job,” was screened in Spain during the Marbella Film Festival and numerous other festivals around the world.  “Get A Job” is currently being shown in Hawai‘i theatres, prior to mainstream DVD release this fall.  From Canada, “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy” continues to garner acclaim at international film festivals, and both the film DVD and its soundtrack are enjoying commercial success.

Get a Job... The Movie

2012 films “Searching for Sonny”, “Qwerty”, “The Italian Key” and numerous others have enjoyed success on film festival circuits, as have 2011’s “The Dead Inside”, “Uncle Melvin’s Apartment” and numerous other BIFF alumni film projects.  “The Drummond Will” (2011) has been acquired by House Lights Media Partners for Theatrical and Non-Theatrical North American distribution.  “Lunatics, Lovers, and Poets” (BIFF 2009) was distributed in 10 states through Carmike Cinemas, and by North American Home Entertainment DVD contract with Seminal Films.  “Remarkable Power” starring Kevin Nealon (2009 BIFF Best Feature) was released through most cable outlets as a PPV title before DVD release.  “Two Tickets to Paradise” (BIFF 2008), and “Rain in the Mountains” and “Sixes and the One-Eyed King” (BIFF 2007) have been released on DVD.

Leo Sears presents Sarah Wayne Callies the "No Ka Oi" Award

Leo Sears presents Sarah Wayne Callies the “No Ka Oi” Award in 2011 (Photo Courtesy of Devany Vickery-Davidson)

“It’s hard to believe we’re in production for the eighth annual Big Island Film Festival with our resort partners at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i,” said Executive Director Leo Sears.  “Thanks to them, and to our wonderful audiences, filmmaker family and supporters, we’re able to bring a little bit of the ‘Sundance’ experience to Hawai‘i.  Filmmakers from around the world have told me it’s one of the most inspiring and rewarding film festivals they’ve been to, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Jennifer Grisanti, Mayor Kenoi and Eloise Mumford at the 2012 Big Island Film Festival

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with free family films under the stars, international features and shorts screened days and evenings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, stellar social events, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops, film awards and much more in an outstanding island setting.  Anchor sponsors include: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County Department of Research and Development CPEP, Kenwood Vineyards, Redeeming Light International Inc. and many other generous sponsors and supporters.

For submission rules and application visit  For further information call 808-883-0394.

North Hawaii Community Hospital’s Kaheleaulani Awarded OHA Grant

North Hawaii Community Hospital’s (NHCH) newly named Kaheleaulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program, was recently awarded a grant of $241,000 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). The purpose of this grant is to begin a Native Hawaiian health disparities initiative called The Ho’omalule Project, which addresses obesity and physical health Improvements in Native Hawaiians.

NHCH held a public blessing and open house of Kaheleaulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program, on Friday, August 31st at 9:00 a.m. “NHCH’s Kaheleaulani, a Native Hawaiian Health Program, helps meet the needs of Native Hawaiians which make up nearly 30 percent of the community NHCH serves,” says Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH.

“We are excited to partner with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in addressing these important issues of obesity and diabetes,” says Bill Brown, CEO of NHCH. The Ho’omalule Project supports qualified participants in reducing their body weight by 10% or more over a 12 month period by empowering Native Hawaiians to be proactive in their overall health and well-being. In accordance with NHCH’s mission to improve the health status of North Hawai‘i, Kaheleaulani’s mission is to improve the health status of Native Hawaiian ‘ohana by providing culturally-appropriate, high-quality medical and behavioral health services for all Native Hawaiian ‘ohana, to clearly identify Native Hawaiian health disparities particular to North Hawai‘I, and to formulate a plan of action with the goal of rectifying those disparities.

“Over the last year, we have identified a high rate of Native Hawaiians in North Hawaii who are currently at risk of chronic disease due to diabetes or obesity,” says Dr. Claren Ku’ulei Kealoha-Beaudet, Clinical Psychologist and Kaheleaulani Behavioral Services Director. “Funding support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs makes the Ho’omalule Project possible, providing Native Hawaiian ‘ohana a comprehensive program with the highest quality, culturally informed medical, behavioral and psychosocial change interventions. “NHCH looks forward to helping our Native Hawaiian communities and their families with health services that will provide the kokua they need,” says Bill Brown. “Our team includes behavioral health specialists, medical providers and patient care coordinators, who work together with Ho’omalule Project participants to develop an intensive exercise, nutrition, and health program unique to each person,” says Dr. Claren Kealoha-Beaudet. “We will empower Native Hawaiians to be proactive in their overall health and well-being by offering supportive opportunities and community connections to maintain weight loss, including nutrition planning and preparation, fitness and movement planning, as well as coaching, behavioral change therapy sessions, huaka’i (cultural excursions) and program incentives, such as gift certificates and food baskets specially prepared for program participants.

“Kaheleaulani understands and embraces a culturally-appropriate healthcare approach for Native Hawaiians and takes into account traditional Hawaiian healing principles that differ significantly from those of Western medicine,” says Dr. Claren Kealoha-Beaudet. “We envision a vibrant, inter-dependent Native Hawaiian community based on cultural values with individuals achieving their optimal spiritual, mental and physical potential.”

Kaheleaulani, formerly known as the Native Hawaiian Health Clinic, opened in September 2011. During the past year, NHCH renovated its facilities to better accommodate this program. NHCH recently held a blessing of Kaheleaulani to mark its new name and space. “The name Kaheleaulani honors Lucy Davis Henriques’ wishes as stated in her will executed in 1932 to establish a medical facility to care for the families of Waimea,” says Dr. Claren Kealoha-Beaudet. Kaheleaulani was most likely a name within Lucy Henriques’ family.

Kaheleaulani is seeking qualified patients to participate in The Ho’omalule Project. Participants must reside in NHCH’s service area and be identified by their medical doctor or community provider as being in crisis or at risk of chronic disease due to diabetes or obesity. Kaheleaulani is also currently accepting patients with a target population of Native Hawaiians age 13 and older, non-Hawaiians who are married to a Native Hawaiian or are a life partner of a Native Hawaiian, non-Hawaiians who are widowed and whose spouse was a Native Hawaiian, and non-Hawaiians who are divorced or separated from a Native Hawaiian and have Native Hawaiian children. Kaheleaulani is located in North Hawaii Community Hospital at 67-1125 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information about Kaheleaulani, The Ho’omalule Project or to make an appointment, please call 808-881-4843.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on Hawai‘i Island. Non-profit and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Volcano Art Center Gets Elemental

Earth, water, fire, air. The natural elements are such a commonplace theme used in art, literature and especially music from the 70’s that we often overlook how they influence our daily lives.

Enter The Elemental: Setting Forth Various Elements Through Transfigurement Into Shining, a group exhibition presented at Volcano Art Center’s Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani beginning Saturday, September 29, 2012. A closing reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 25 from 4:00 to 6:00pm.


Tim Freeman, He ipu hō’ihi Pele #22

Instead of depicting the elements through representational or impressionistic means, works of clay, wood, metal and canvas aim to celebrate the basic dimensions of nature in a more immediate, tangible way.


Clayton Amemiya, Pi’ihonua, III

This unique collection features the work of artists Clayton Amemiya, Henry Bianchini, Kevin Diminyatz, Stephen Freedman, Tim Freeman, Stephen Lang, Chiu Leong, Monika Mann, Michael Marshall, William McKnight, Elizabeth Miller, Jerilee Negrillo, Alan Ohara, Susumu Sakaguchi, Randy Shiroma, Randy Takaki, Kaori Ukaji and Glenn Yamanoha.


Randy Shiroma, Navel of the Earth

The Elemental will be on display Saturday, September 29 until Saturday, October 27, showing Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:00pm at VAC’s Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. For showings outside of gallery hours, please call for an appointment at (808) 967-8222. For additional exhibit information, please visit or email

The art show is exhibited in conjunction with a philosophy conference on the topic of “The Elemental” hosted by the Philosophy Department of the University of Hawaii at Hilo to be held September 27-29 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For questions related to the conference, please contact Tim Freeman at (808) 345-5231 or


Public Invited to 6th Anniversary Gala for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

The public is invited to spend a gala evening at the Museum with military, civic and community dignitaries on Historic Ford Island as Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor celebrates its 6th Anniversary. Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff promises, “It will be another glittering evening of friends of the Museum, dining and entertainment to fund our Education and Restoration projects. As this is the Museum’s annual fundraising dinner, we invite table sponsors to participate.”

Guests will be greeted at the door of Hangar 37 with aircraft, vintage military vehicles, and re-enactors dressed in period costumes. At dinner, they will be entertained with a “1940s Radio Show,” enjoy fine wines and award-winning cuisine from Chef Chai of Chai’s Island Bistro. A silent auction will be held for items such as trips and hotel stays, wines, jewelry and art.

Tickets and tables may be purchased by calling Director of Development Carol Arnott at 808/441-1006 or purchasing online at The Museum is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.

Big Island Police Searching for Man Who Disappeared Visiting the Big Island in 2007

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 23-year-old man who disappeared in 2007 while visiting from the mainland.

Sean Ryan

Sean Ryan of California was last seen at a friend’s home in the Fern Acres subdivision in upper Puna on August 12, 2007. At the time of his disappearance, he may have been wearing white shorts or blue flannel pajama bottoms and likely did not have on a shirt. Ryan suffers from a medical condition that requires medication.

Ryan is described as 5-foot-10, 160 pounds with a slim build and short blond hair that is curly on top. When last seen, he was not wearing the glasses depicted in the photograph provided.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call Lieutenant Gregory Esteban of the Criminal Investigation Section at (808)961-2252 or email at Callers may also call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

76-Year-Old Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash – Big Island Road Fatalities Double From Same Time Last Year

A 76-year-old Kapolei man died Friday (September 14) from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on Wednesday (August 29) on Kohala Mountain Road (Route 250) at the 18-mile marker in the North Kohala District.

The man was identified as Calvin B.T. Hoo, of a Kapolei address.

Responding to a 12:33 p.m. call, North Kohala patrol officers determined that the motorcyclist was traveling north on Kohala Mountain Road when he ran off the right side of roadway and lost control of the motorcycle.

The man was transported to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital and was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

Hoo died on September 14, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were factors in this crash.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 30th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 15 at the same time last year.