Kaiser Permanente to Begin Construction on New Kona Medical Office Building

Kaiser Permanente had a ground breaking for their new Kona Medical Office Building that will be built in North Kona.


The new project will expand access to quality health care for the North Kona Community and the Big Island in general.

Video From the 2012 Keiki Dip N Dash at 2012 Ironman World Championships

Video from the 2012 Keiki Dip N Dash with Dave Erickson and Angi Greene during the week before the 2012 Ironman World Championship.


“Spooktacular Christmas Extravaganza” at Mama’s House

Mama’s House Thrift Shop and 12 Step Bookstore announces a new take on holiday shopping with the “Spooktacular Christmas Extravaganza” Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Thelma Parker Gym in Waimea.  Plus, as a gift to community members who send clothes to family off-island, Mama’s House is offering thousands of FREE clothing items for men, women and children.

Beth Mehau of Mama’s House

“We have so much,” said Beth Mehau, Executive Director of Mama’s House umbrella nonprofit The Pantry.  “And many people around the island send clothing items to their families in the Philippines, Guam, the Marshall Islands and elsewhere.  We’d be thrilled to give it away and keep this volume out of our landfills.”  According to Mehau, shipping costs to have the clothing sent through a donation program were in excess of $10,000.  “That’s too much, and there’s no reason to dump these perfectly usable things.  Please tell everyone to bring a bag and fill it up with whatever they need, because we have more than enough.”

In addition to the clothing giveaway, Mama’s House will feature a wide array of some new and many gently-used holiday items for sale—from Halloween costumes for children and adults, to Christmas decorations, holiday linens, lights, trees, toys and much more.  There will also be a selection of unique island arts and crafts for one-of-a-kind gifts.  (Crafters please call 887-2289).

At the “Spooktacular,” tickets will be available for another event, Ledward Ka’apana & Friends in Concert—a fundraiser for the ‘Ohana in the Arts at Waimea Artists’ Guild (WAG), Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 4-6 p.m. at Kanu o ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School.  Admission:  $15 adult, $9 youth 4-12, keiki 3 and under free, includes chili, rice, salad bar and beverages, live concert and Arts Market 10a.m.-4 p.m.  This is an alcohol/drug free event, project of The Pantry dba Waimea Artists’ Guild.

“Our ‘Spooktacular’ is the same day as Waimea Middle School’s Container Sale, Country Fair and Concert,” said Mehau, “and that makes it a wonderful day to come to Waimea, shop local for tons of great bargains, enjoy some music, get your tickets for the November third event, talk story with your neighbors, and work together to make ours a more sustainable community.”

The Pantry is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, of which Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store are components.  WAG is an association of professional artists whose intent is to produce art and promote education in their community.  The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility of Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.”  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com .

Second Annual Hawaii Artist Collaborative Reception and Auction

The second annual Hawaii Artist Collaborative Reception and Auction takes place at the Holualoa Inn on October 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The combined works of 30 artists from Hawaii Island, Oahu, Australia, England, and the U.S. mainland will be featured. The theme this year is “Bending the Rules”, with the initial philosophy remaining, “Ho’o hui a ho’opa’a, Olelo no eau” (Bringing together all skillful artists and the talented/wise to gather as a people and stand together).

“The four-day, invitation-only artist collaborative brings together artists representing 14 different media including blacksmiths, fine art painters and sculptors, woodworkers, jewelers, found object assemblage, and Hawaiian artisans. One of the many goals of this gathering is to re-invigorate artists and craftsmen, allowing them to take back a host of new possibilities and connections into the communities they serve the rest of the year,” says Tai Lake, who together with Holualoa artist Cliff Johns organized the event.

According to Lake, the artists will work together from October 16 to October 19 in Holualoa, creating numerous pieces of art to be auctioned off at the event on October 21.

The Hawaii Artist Collaborative is inspired by established events in Canada and New Zealand with the same goal: to encourage artists to venture outside their usual medium, while sharing their own experience to create new works.

All artworks produced during the collaboration will be offered for sale at the “no reserve” live auction at Holualoa Inn’s new special events venue, Malulani Pavilion, on Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Proceeds will fund art scholarships and future collaborative events. Entry to the auction is complimentary. For more information, contact hawaiicollab@gmail.com, phone (808) 322-6611 or visit our Facebook page “Hawaii Artist Collaboration”.

Mālamalama Waldorf Students Excited by Student Learning Project

Mālamalama Waldorf School’s 5th & 6th graders took part in a service-learning project in Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a as part of their Botany section of study. Students participated in a “web of life” activity highlighting the interconnections of ecosystems, helping the students understand that all parts of an ecosystem relate to each other.

 Students also engaged in an out planting of endangered, native, Hala pepe, Uhiuhi and Wiliwili seedlings, led by Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Coordinator Elliott Parsons. Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a is part of the USDA Forest Service, Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest (HETF).

 Dr. Susan Cordell, research ecologist from the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF), in Hilo, accompanied the students. Cordell, studies dry forests in Hawai‘i and spoke to students about endemic and invasive plant species and the importance of tropical dry forest conservation and restoration.

 “It’s so nice when the children are given the opportunity to leave the classroom and gain hands-on experience in the field”, said Cordell.

Waldorf Education strives to provide experiential learning experiences for its students by utilizing community specialists in their field.

Mālamalama Waldorf School is the only non-sectarian, non-denominational independent school offering the internationally recognized Waldorf curriculum in Hawaii County. Visit www.hawaiiwaldorf.com.

Puna Man Charged With Auto Theft and Other Offenses

Big Island police have charged a 30-year-old Kurtistown man with a variety of offenses following his arrest on Monday (October 8) in Puna for allegedly stealing a car.

Claude Keone Krause

On August 17, at about 6:30 a.m., police received a report of a sighting of a vehicle that had been reportedly stolen from a home in Kurtistown. The stolen vehicle was recovered but the driver fled prior to the officers’ arrival.

Claude Keone Krause was identified as the driver and police were seeking him for questioning.

At about 10:30 a.m. Monday (October 8), police were conducting checks at a home on Huina Road in Kurtistown and spotted Krause. Following a brief foot pursuit, patrol officers apprehended him. During the arrest, a 41-year-old Puna patrol officer sustained minor injuries after Krause allegedly assaulted the officer and resisted arrest.

The officer, a 6-year veteran of the Police Department, was treated and released for his injuries at Hilo Medical Center.

At about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I, Criminal Investigations Section charged Krause with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, resisting arrest and first-degree assault against a law enforcement officer. His bail was set at $22,000. He remains in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon (October 10).

Paradise Roller Girls Honey Badgers Take Second in Battle of the Islands 2

The Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers captured the number two spot in last week’s Battle of the Islands two day roller derby tournament in Oahu where eight teams from across Hawaii clashed in a frenzy of non-stop skating action. The Honey Badger’s were defeated in the exciting final moments of the championship bout by host team Pacific Roller Derby, whose 3 point lead at the end of last play was just enough to give them the win.

“The championship game came down to the last jam. Everyone played really hard and left everything on the track.” Honey Badger ‘Smash Yo Face’ Stacey said. “When you see that kind of effort it’s hard to be upset about a loss.”

The final score of the bout was Pacific 157, Honey Badgers 154. The only other loss for the Big Island team came in the first bout of the tournament where they were also beat by Pacific, 177 to 151.

The Honey Badgers quickly made up for their early tournament loss though, upsetting the Garden Island Renegade Rollerz in bout 5, 150 to 33. The Honey Badgers went on to secure a spot in the finals after smashing the Maui Roller Girls 109 to 49 in bout 9. Maui Roller Girls finished third place in the tournament after beating the Renegade Rollerz 68 to 40 in bout 7.

Dawn ‘Paige Forbidden’ Hawkins, a newer member of PRG skating for her first time with the Honey Badgers said the tournament opened her eyes to the different skating styles and techniques of the other derby teams. “Battle of the Islands was a great opportunity to learn new skating skills by watching and playing with other skaters,” she said.

Hawkins and the rest of the Honey Badgers wouldn’t have been able to travel to Oahu without the support of the local community whose donations and pledges during the Sept. 9 Skate-A-Thon in Hilo helped to pay for some of the team’s travel expenses. About $1,900 was raised from the fundraiser.

Paradise Roller Girls’ next bout is Oct. 13 at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Wordless Wednesday – An Ethics Complaint

Tiffany Edwards Hunt appeared before the ethics board to complain about the way she was treated on the day of the elections by Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi. Of course Kawauchi was not available to reply.