Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy Spring 2013 Dean’s List

The following students from The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2013 spring semester. The Class of 2013 was performing clinical rotations and therefore this designation does not apply.

Inouye CoverClass of 2014: Miho Aoki, Maurina Bartlett, Katherine Bass, Jeffrey Christley, Jizan-Anne Evangelista, John Fujita, Jack Goldsberry, Jaymie Kanda, Mariko Katagiri, Daniel Kim, Kyle Kumashiro, Andy-Long Le, Dana Lee, Yan Feng Lin, Janine Masri, Janelle Matsukawa, Tracy Nakama, Steven Nishimoto, Naoto Oki, John Opoku-Ansah, Andrew Reinhart, Behnam Rostami, Joanne Sablan, Jed Sana, Caroline Sousa, Koon Ting, Hana Tran, Christopher Tsue, Dayna Michelle Wong.

Class of 2015: Brianne Blakesley, Andrea Brauer, Richard Cleave, Chao Cox, Jeremy Daube, Jozelle Gabriel, Davis Hanai, Daniel Hasegawa, Kelly Ishizuka, Brian John, Madison Karr, Tiffany Kahn, Traci Kusaka, Daniel Leong, Jennie Lim, Wei Lin, Kristina Lo, Chelsea Murobayashi, Tracy Ng, Eric Ngo, Darian Oshiro, Alysia Osugi, Jessica Parker, Jarred Prudencio, Garrett Rhodes, LaTasha Riddick, Lindsey Takara, Trina Tran, Antonio Verduzco, Jill Anne Villarosa, Jillian Wewers, Nichole Wilson, Akio Yanagisawa, Nicole Young.

Class of 2016: Amy Anderson, Allen Bagalso, Kyle Cabison, David Choe, Chau Dang, Yen Dao Barnes, Walter Domingo, Rachel Ebbett, Bryce Fukunaga, Jerilyn Gudoy, Alexander Guimaraes, Samantha Hanabaga, Andrew Hayashi, Allan Higa, Okezie Irondi, Leilani Isozaki, Blake Johnson, Camilla Kim, Micah Kim Han, Nancy Le, Quynh Le, Thao Le, Uoc Le, Albert Lee, Katherine Lee, Tina Liu, Shanon Makanui, Anissa Marzuki, Aryn Meguro, Joseph Nguyen, Sarah Osellame, Joson Perreira, Yolette Quach, Daryl Sakado, Eric Sanders, Huong-Thy Ta, Andy Takahata, Mireya Talavera, Christopher Thai, Carlo Tiano, Eric Tsuji, Brandon Tuzon, Kimberly Victorine, Kevin Wang.

Big Island Police Initiate Arson Investigation in Connection With Fire Last Week in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated an arson investigation in connection with a fire in Puna last week.


At 5:37 p.m. Thursday (May 30) a structure fire was reported on 38th Avenue in the Orchidland Estates subdivision. The house, valued at an estimated $155,000, was destroyed in the fire.

With the assistance of a a dog from the Hawaiʻi Fire Department’s Arson Canine Team, it was determined that the fire was deliberately set.

The Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Section is continuing the arson investigation. They ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us. 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.


Volunteer Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For June we be working in an area of Ohia forest that has been invaded by Kahili ginger. We will be cutting the ginger back so that it can be treated by the park’s weed management crew.

Carol Johnson Removing Ginger

Carol Johnson Removing Ginger

We will learn about the park’s forest restoration efforts from a member of their Natural Resources Management team.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and be able to walk up to 1/2 mile over uneven terrain with a moderate slope. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water and a snack.

Our goal is a crew of 16 people, and pre-registration is required. All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign.

Be aware that there can be VOG or high levels of SO2 in the area. If it is too heavy or the park is closed, we’ll cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance.

***If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Friends at forest@fhvnp.org or call the office at (808)985-7373 by Monday evening, June 10. Please include your first and last name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation***


Big Island Police Identify Man Who Died in Saturday’s North Kona Accident

A 47-year-old Kamuela man died Saturday (June 1) after being involved in a one-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kaiminani Drive and Wainana Place in North Kona.


The driver was identified as Kurt T. Okada, of a Kamuela address.

Responding to a 12:05 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the driver was operating a 1992 Kenworth dump truck and traveling west on Kaiminani Drive when he lost control, ran off the right side of the road, struck two parked cars, a rock wall, utility boxes and a tree. The vehicle then caught on fire and also ignited the tree.

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle.

The driver was taken to Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:04 p.m.

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

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

This is the 16th traffic fatality on Hawaiʻi Island this year compared with14 at the same time last year.