Organic Chemical Found on Walls of Kauai Water Tank

Department of Health

Recent samples taken from the inner wall of a Princeville water tank, part of a private water System on Kauai, have been confirmed to contain the organic chemical polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

The samples were tested as part of an ongoing investigation to determine a source for contamination previously announced in December of last year.

Intense and regular testing has confirmed that the community’s drinking water remains safe. However, the source of the contamination remains unclear. Efforts to remove the contamination are advancing under the Department of Health’s supervision.

PCBs do not dissolve well in water. Extensive monitoring performed on the drinking water distribution system has determined that the chemical is not in Princeville’s drinking water. Water served to the public continues to be safe. “The Department continues to sample Princeville drinking water.

We have confirmed that PCBs are not reaching people’s homes,” said Gary Gill, Deputy Director for Environmental Health. “Our Safe Drinking Water Branch is working closely with Princeville Utility Company to assure that their work to fix this problem will continue to protect the public.”

On December 14, 2012, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that contaminants had been found in a water reservoir in Princeville, Kauai.

DOH and the Princeville Utilities Company Inc. (PUCI), owner and operator of the private Princeville water system, have taken immediate action to maintain the quality of the water to protect the health of residents who use it. The water system serves a population of about 2,200 people on Kauai’s north shore.

On March 14, 2013, DOH learned that scrapings from the inner wall of the Princeville water tank were confirmed to contain PCBs. Aroclor 1254, one component of PCBs, was found at 2600 parts per million (ppm). Another component, Aroclor 1260, was also found at 2100 ppm. The caulking on the outside of the tank was also tested and was found to contain PCBs.

Concrete caulking compounds containing PCBs were sometimes used in expansion joints in concrete structures erected prior to 1980. The Princeville water tank was built in 1971. Commercial production of PCBs ended in 1977 because of health effects associated with exposure. In 1979, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of PCBs, however, PCBs may still be present in many pre-1979 products.

PUCI, with DOH approval, has decided to take the tank out of service to clean it. PUCI will remove an oily residue from the inner tank wall to help ensure that the chemicals do not leach into drinking water.

PUCI will install three new temporary 20,000 gallon water tanks to bypass the 1.5 million gallon tank.

During the bypass operation, residents will be urged to conserve water.

For more information on PUCI’s mitigation measures, contact Mike Loo of PUCI at (808) 826-6100.

The DOH has directed PUCI to continue weekly water testing to determine if PCBs are present in the distribution system and in sample water skimmed from the tank water surface. These samples are sent to CalScience Laboratory in California for testing; the CalScience Laboratory is certified by the DOH to run PCB analyses.

The DOH is also conducting concurrent monitoring twice per month to ensure that PCBs have not entered the drinking water distribution system.

The federal and state Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for PCBs in drinking water is 0.5 parts per billion at the compliance sampling point, which is immediately after the 1.5 million gallon water tank. This standard is set to avoid health risks based on a lifetime of consuming water containing that level of contaminant. PCBs are a group of organic chemicals formerly used in the United States in hydraulic fluids, plasticizers, adhesives, fire retardants, and de-dusting agents. To date, the Princeville water system is in compliance with federal and state PCB standards for drinking water.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Puna Man Who May Need Medical Attention


The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 36-year-old Puna man.

Chad Chun

Chad Chun

Chad Chun was last seen in the area of 15-1402 11th Avenue, Hawaiian Paradise Park on Saturday (March 16, 2013) at about 1000 a.m.

Chun is 6’0” tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with medium length black hair in a pony tail, and was last seen wearing camouflage pants and a blue jacket.

He has a medical condition requiring medication.

Police ask that anyone with information on Chun’s whereabouts to 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 any calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Friday – Pahoa Talk Story Session with Agriculture and Industry Experts

This Friday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m., bring your ideas, concerns and questions to the Pahoa Community Center for a talk story session with agriculture and industry experts.

“Food is a basic necessity that many struggle to obtain. Cultivating sustainable farming and encouraging agricultural development is necessary for our community, our island, to not only survive, but to thrive,” said District 4 Council Member, Greggor Ilagan.

Councilman Greggor Ilagan at his kickoff for the County Council Seat.

Councilman Greggor Ilagan at his kickoff for the County Council Seat.

Friday’s community discussion will include individuals from the Hawai’i Papaya Association and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s Agriculture programs.

“We need to get boots on the ground to help people with all aspects of gardening and agriculture,” said Bruce Mathews, PhD, Interim Dean of UH-Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM).

An overview of the UH Hilo Agriculture programs, workshops, education and possibly grant funds will be discussed. “We want to get to know your [Puna’s] concerns and needs, and offer our assistance to farmers in vital agriculture sectors,” said Mathews.

A sign-up sheet for future vermicomposting workshops given by Horticulturist, Dr. Norman Arancon, will also be available at the talk-story session. For those interested in learning more about composting with the power of earthworms, E-mail Dr. Arancon at

“Everyone is invited. Whether you’re a home gardener, local business, farm expert or beginner, get your ideas and concerns heard,” said Council Member Ilagan.

For more information regarding the talk story session on Friday, contact Council Member Ilagan at 965-2712, or E-mail at


Unprecedented Video of Sex Abusing Priest to Be Revealed at Honolulu News Conference Wednesday

Accused predator priest tells his story in shocking video, Admits molesting dozens – unabated by his superiors, New lawsuits of two more victims to be announced

What:  At a news conference in Honolulu, attorneys for victims of child sexual abuse in Hawaii will present gripping video testimony of a priest and child sex predator. In the video he admits to abusing children; discusses why he wasn’t stopped; explains how he was transferred from assignment to assignment; and how efforts of parents to stop him were thwarted. The priest, who worked at Damien Memorial School—and other schools and military bases nationwide—has been accused of abuse by three Hawaii men and more than two dozen men on the mainland. (Note: Transcripts and DVDs of the video will be available at the news conference and also as a download.  A map showing his trail of abuse will also be available.)

Damien Memorial

At the news conference attorneys will also announce a new lawsuit brought by two additional sexual abuse victims of this priest in Honolulu.

When:  Wednesday, March 20, 2013 Noon (HST)

Where:  Garden Lanai Room, Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Street Honolulu

Who: A parent of one of the priest’s victims, who reported abuse to Damien school officials.

Jeff Anderson:  Attorney Jeff Anderson is an internationally known St. Paul, Minnesota-based trial lawyer who is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of civil rights for children and the under-privileged. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.

Mark Gallagher:  Jeff Anderson & Associates’ Kailua-based affiliate Mark Gallagher has over 24 years experience as an attorney successfully seeking justice and compensation for those injured in Hawaii through no fault of their own. An experienced litigator in Hawaii state courts on Oahu, the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, Mark has also practiced in the United States federal courts system.

Joelle Casteix:  A survivor of childhood sexual abuse in Southern California, Joelle is a survivor advocate and is currently volunteer Western Regional Director of Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Contact:  Mark F. Gallagher   808.535.1500

Contact:  Attorney Jeff Anderson   888.567.5557 Mobile 612.817.8665



North Hawaii Community Hospital Encouraging Residents to Apply for Scholarship Opportunities

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) would like to encourage residents to apply for three scholarship opportunities. The three scholarships include the Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship, the NHCH Medical Staff Scholarship and the Hawai‘i Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA) Scholarship.

North Hawaii Community Hospital

The Peggy Dineen-Orsini Scholarship offers one $2,000 award to a resident of Hawaii County who is enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing (NLN) accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland. Private donors along with the Medical Staff at NHCH fund this scholarship in memory of Peggy Dineen-Orsini, who was a Registered Nurse at North Hawaii Community Hospital for eight years (1996 to 2004). Peggy had a caring and appreciative essence for all life offered. Her compassion for her patients, colleagues and friends made her a joy to know and be around. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage residents to become productive members of our community through higher education.

The second scholarship is funded solely by the NHCH Medical Staff and offers two $1,000 scholarships to individuals who are enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a National League of Nursing accredited program in Hawai‘i or on the mainland.

The third and final scholarship is funded by Hawai’i Emergency Physicians Associated, Inc. (HEPA), the independent, physician-owned group of board-certified physicians who provide staffing in NHCH’s Emergency Department. HEPA is offering two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating North Hawai‘i high school students. For this scholarship, students are asked to write a personal letter describing their future plans and goals and to explain why their financial need is compelling.

All applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee of each sponsoring organization based on the criteria and requirements outlined in the scholarship application, which can be found online at An important consideration in the selection process is financial need. Completed applications and all required documents must be received on or postmarked by the final filing date of Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Please mail completed applications and required documents to North Hawaii Community Hospital, Attention: Human Resources, 67-1125 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela, HI 96743. For more information, contact Human Resources at North Hawaii Community Hospital at (808) 881-4410.


Big Island Police Identify Women Killed in Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision on Saturday

Police traffic investigators have identified a 53-year-old Hilo woman died Saturday (March 16) from injuries she received in a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision at the intersection Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19) and Pukihae Street in Hilo.

Pukihae St

The woman was identified as Pamela G. Wilson of a Hilo address.

(Earlier) A 53-year-old Hilo woman died Saturday (March 16) from injuries she received in a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision at the intersection Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Route 19) and Pukihae Street in Hilo.

Responding to a 9:38 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the pedestrian was on the mauka side shoulder of the road fronting the crosswalk when she was struck by a 2005 Kia four-door sedan traveling  south being operated by a 37-year-old Volcano man.

The pedestrian was transported to the Hilo Medical Center by Fire Rescue personnel where she later died at 11:58 p.m.

The driver of the Kia and 3-year-old son were not injured.

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

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

The name of the pedestrian is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Paul Kim at 333-9708. Police are asking that if anyone was following the Kia into Hilo to call police.

This is the 10th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 7 at the same time last year.

2013 Auto Body Hawaii Student Essay Contest

Auto Body Hawaii is announcing their 2nd annual Senior Essay Contest.  Auto Body Hawaii will provide West Hawaii ’s graduating High School Seniors the opportunity to showcase their writing skills for the chance to win $500.

Auto Body Hawaii will also award $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to the winning High School teacher.

2012 winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School. Congratulations Brandt!

2012 winner Brandt Mabuni from Makua Lani Christian School.

Showcase your writing skills for the chance to win $500. Email your essay to by April 19th 2013. Write “Senior Essay” in the subject line of your email message.

We have added a second contest to include you. We know often you choose to spend your own money to buy additional supplies your classes need. Auto Body Hawaii would like to help, we are providing you the opportunity to win $500, as well as a gift certificate for a Super Wash Detailing Service; to spend in your classroom as you see fit by participating in our annual essay contest.
Email your essay to by April 19th 2013. Write “Teacher Essay” in the subject line of your email message.

Essay Contest Rules
The length of the essay must be between 650-750 words. Only one essay submission will be accepted per student. All words will be counted. All entries must be submitted as an electronic file in either Microsoft Word or MAC Pages format. Once essays are submitted they may not be re-submitted for any reason. The heading of the essay must include the following: Title, Name of Student or Teacher, Contact Info (Address, Phone Number, email address), School Attending.

Essays will be judged on Content using the Following Scale of Points:

  • Knowledge of subject – 15
  • Practically of proposal – 45
  • Originality – 25
  • Subject matter well organized/clarity of presentation – 15

Essay Contest is open to all High School graduating senior students from the following West Hawaii High Schools:

  • Kealakehe High School
  • Makua Lani High School
  • Konawaena High School
  • West Hawaii Explorations Academy
  • Kanu O Ka’aina Charter School
  • Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino
  • Honokaa High School
  • Kohala High School
  • Hualalai Academy
  • Parker School
  • Hawaii Preparatory Academy

2013 Essay Contest Question
“Among many is a growing sentiment that post-secondary education may not be an option for a number of graduating high school students. A worrying report indicates that approximately 62% of West Hawaii’s graduates did not pursue further education; some may have had prior obligations, some may have not been able to bear the cost, while others simply had no interest. What opportunities do you think can be created for graduating students who are not pursuing further education and decide to remain here in West Hawaii?”

Contest Deadline
Entries must be emailed to by April 19th, 2013.

Official Rules
Participation in contest and acceptance of prize constitutes each entrant’s and winner’s permission to use his/her name, likeness, photograph, biographical information, essay, and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Contest or Auto Body Hawaii for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrants and all prize winners agree to release and hold harmless Auto Body Hawaii, their respective advertising and promotion agencies and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries,affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees,officers and directors, from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, or participation in contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way, may be disqualified.

Questions can be sent to: