Coast Guard Seeks Comment for New Regulated Navigation Area in Oahu

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a proposal of a permanent regulated navigation area, enforcement of which would take place only during times when a tsunami warning is issued for the Hawaiian Islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Coast Guard Navigation Area

Tsunami warnings require the evacuation of a large number of vessels from their respective harbors. Following the evacuation, these vessels must remain offshore until the emergency situation has passed and the harbors have been deemed safe for re-entry. Past tsunami warnings have created potentially dangerous offshore traffic congestion between commercial and recreational vessel traffic. Because of this, designated vessel traffic staging areas are necessary for a safe and orderly evacuation of southern Oahu ports.

Coast Guard Cutters Kittiwake and Ahi, both 87-foot Patrol boats homeported in Honolulu, maintain security and safety outside of Honolulu Harbor March 11, 2011. All vessels were urged to evacuate Thursday evening in prompt to the tsunami that was headed to the Hawaiian Islands following the devastating earthquake in Japan, March 10, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson.

Coast Guard Cutters Kittiwake and Ahi, both 87-foot Patrol boats homeported in Honolulu, maintain security and safety outside of Honolulu Harbor March 11, 2011. All vessels were urged to evacuate Thursday evening in prompt to the tsunami that was headed to the Hawaiian Islands following the devastating earthquake in Japan, March 10, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson.

“These staging areas are an example of Coast Guard efforts to improve our tsunami preparedness in the Hawaiian Islands,” said Captain Shannon Gilreath, captain of the port for Honolulu. “Second only to saving lives, the safe resumption of maritime commerce is a top priority following a disaster and these areas will help accomplish that”.

Public comment and related material on the proposed regulated navigation area must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 13, 2013.

The full proposed rule can be found and commented on here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCG-2012-0080-0001

For additional information or questions, contact Lt. Cmdr. Scott Whaley, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 522–8264 ext.352 or Scott.O.Whaley@uscg.mil.

 

HI-PAL Basketball Results

Forty-five youth participated in eight games during the Hawaiʻi Police Activities League’s 2013 “Click It or Ticket” 5-on-5 basketball tournament held at the Honomū gymnasium on April 27 during Honomū Family Fun Day. The breakdown of the participants was 17 from the 9-10 age division and 28 from the 13-14 age division.

The winning team in the 9-10 division was ‘Imi Pono from Waimea coached by Mark Low and Kalewa O’Neal. Members of the team were Dean Conners, Justin Lima, Logan Nakamura, Chylou Nobriga-Guerpo, Mana O’Neal and Braeden Samura.

Imi Pono

Imi Pono

The winning team in the 13-14 age division was N-One from Waiākea Intermediate School coached by Guy Nakamoto. Members of that team were Wesley Amuimuia, Kenneth Bugado, Michael Bugado, Justin Cabanila, Treisen Ishimoto, Shaun Kojima, Calvin Mattos and Kien Uyeda.

N-One

N-One

In conjunction with the HI-PAL tournament, the Hawaiʻi County Department of Parks and Recreation provided free activities that included a water slide and inflatable bouncer, keiki fish casting, craft-making and Zumba dancing. Additionally, 66 of the participants, coaches and spectators signed pledges to wear their seat belts.

“Click It or Ticket” is a nationwide campaign to educate vehicular operators and passengers on the use of seat belts and child restraints and about the fines associated with non compliance.

 

Missing Idaho Couple Located in Hamakua in Good Health

Hawaiʻi Island police have located the missing Idaho couple.

Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, were located in the Hamakua district and are in good health.

State Parks Takes Next Management Step to Balance Resource Protection and Public Recreation Use at Kealakekua Bay

Permits now available with specific conditions for recreational vessels

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks is taking the next step to restore additional public recreational access to the waters of Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park (KBSHP) after imposing a moratorium that began January 2, 2013 on all vessels entering the bay and all landing at Ka‘awaloa. Swimming and snorkeling have continuously been allowed in the bay without permits.

Kealakekua Bay

Taking a phased approach, State Parks in January began issuing permits to commercial and non-commercial vessels to merely transit the bay entering from an outside location (no landing of passengers on land allowed – only swimming in the water). Next, in April and May, the division authorized the three previously permitted commercial kayak guided tour companies to resume operations with strict permit conditions.

State Parks has now begun issuing special use permits – with specific use conditions — for the non-commercial recreational use of crafts such as kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and one-person canoes in the waters of Kealakekua Bay. There is no cost to these permits. Many of these users have been contacting the department for months to ask when they could resume their personal recreational hobby to paddle in the bay.

“Mahalo to those of you who have waited patiently as DLNR grappled with a variety of strategies and legal evaluations that were necessary to restore both a quality experience and provide enhanced resource protection to Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairman.

“Due to the legal complexity of changing management of the water from our Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation to the Division of State Parks, with different sets of administrative rules, more time than we anticipated has been needed to allow for various stages of public vessel access to waters of the bay to resume,” Aila said. “DLNR will continue to evaluate all vessel and public behavior and magnitude and determine, as needed, if further changes and conditions are warranted.”

Special use permits are now being issued for non-commercial, personal use of primarily paddle vessels, subject to a set of eight conditions:

1. No launching or landing of vessels from the wharf at Napo‘opo‘o landing.
2. No landing or transporting of people to land or to traverse any of the land at Ka‘awaloa Flats.
3. No launching or deployment of any auxiliary vessels from the permitted vessel. Swimmers are allowed in the water but not to access Ka‘awaloa Flats.
4. Motorized vessels are to operate at a “no wake” speed.
5. There shall be no damage to any live coral, or tampering or interfering with other marine life and mammals. All legal distances are to be maintained from marine mammals.
6. If an emergency landing is required on land within KBSHP, the DLNR Hawai‘i State Park Office must be notified within 24 hours of the landing and report the nature of the emergency and the need to land.
7. These conditions may be subject to change due to resource management decisions.
8. Violation of any of these permit conditions may cause the revocation of the permit

Special use permit request forms may be obtained by e-mailing DSP Permit Staff at Jacqueline.M.Velasco@hawaii.gov

Background:

Years of unmanaged proliferation of rental kayak use and the illegal commercial rentals of kayaks from historic Napo‘opo‘o wharf and landings at Ka‘awaloa Flats have impacted marine life in Kealakekua Bay and historic resources at Ka‘awaloa Flats. Unsustainable high numbers of unregulated traffic and the overall aesthetic degradation of the quality of experience in this culturally significant historic area led to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to determine it was time to implement a moratorium “time out” in order to rest the resources while better management actions could be developed.

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Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Visits Hospice of Hilo on Memorial Day

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spent her Memorial Day lunch visiting Hospice of Hilo’s Pōhai Mālama a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Care Center staff and patients.  Throughout the afternoon, the Congresswoman discussed significant reforms to healthcare, learned about the issues challenging hospice care, and presented Hospice of Hilo a certificate of excellence.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.   From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

During the tour, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was invited to visit a patient who was very excited to see her.  During the visit, the two held hands and talked about the wonderful care and amenities offered to the patient in the care center.  The patient said with glistening eyes, “I am so proud of what you are doing Congresswoman Gabbard,” and in return, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard thanked the patient for her encouragement and trust.

Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho, was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the exception care and outstanding community service provided by the organization.  “It is an honor to recognize Hospice of Hilo for their community involvement,” said Congresswoman Gabbard, “This facility is truly a model for the exceptional care offered to our citizens.  Thank you for helping families in their time of need.”

 

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby League Summer Session Information

On June 2nd the Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league will be starting their summer session. For 8 weeks, ending on July 21st, practices will be held at Wainaku gym (30 Aikane loop) every Sunday.

Summer Session

NO experience is required! All new skaters are invited to learn the basics, every Sunday from noon to 1pm. Cost for new participants is FREE! We also have limited loaner gear available to borrow for the session.

Returning or experienced skaters will practice from 1- 3pm. Cost is $50

All young ladies from the ages of 7-17 are encouraged to come and check out what roller derby is all about.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league aims to empower young women. We build Self Esteem by fostering Leadership Skills and Personal Accountability.

The Big Island Babes Junior Derby creates a Sisterhood of skaters and helps them to Form Positive Relationships through Respect, Sportsmanship, and Team Work. Communication skills are also very important and the skaters will learn positive ways to communicate between themselves as well as with the adults in the league.

For more information please visit Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby on Facebook, Bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com or email: info@bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com.

Contact

Stacey Breining

“Smash yo Face”

Coach

808-854-5424

info@bigislandbabesjuniorderby.com

 

Big Island Police Searching for Idaho Couple After Relative Receives Disturbing Call

8:00 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located the missing Idaho couple.  Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, were located in the Hamakua district and are in good health.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an Idaho couple reported missing.

Kevin Butler, 21, and Kimberly Linder, 18, both of McCall, Idaho, checked out of their Kona hotel on Friday (May 24) and told family members they planned to camp in a tent in a valley.

Kim and Kevin

Four days later, Butler’s relative received a disturbing phone call from someone who claimed to have Butler.

Kevin Butler and Kim Linder

Kevin Butler and Kimberly Linder

Butler is described as 6-feet tall, 175 pounds with an athletic build, brown short hair and hazel eyes. He has a scar on his shoulder.

Kevin Butler

Kevin Butler

Linder is described as 5-foot-4, 130 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. She has a tattoo on her right foot that says, “Walking with God.”

Kimberly Linder

Kimberly Linder

Police ask that anyone with information on their whereabouts 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.

Two People Die in One-Vehicle Crash in North Kona

A man and a woman were killed Tuesday (May 28) from injuries they received in a one-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway at the 79-mile-marker in North Kona.

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The driver was identified as Michelle K. Deluz, 24, of a Waikoloa address.

The passenger was identified as Gary J. Fergerstrom, 24, of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to a 2:49 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the 24-year-old woman from Waikoloa was traveling south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and operating a 2007 Honda two door-sedan when she lost control, crossed the centerline and ran off the left side of the road, where the vehicle rolled into a lava field.

The driver and the passenger were both not wearing their seat belts and were ejected from the vehicle.

The man was flown by the Fire Department helicopter to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he died at 3:34 p.m.

The driver was dead at the scene

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were involved but speed was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide and coroner’s inquest case.

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

These are the 14th and 15th traffic fatalities on the Big Island this year compared with 14 at this time last year.