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3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of the Big Island

A 3.4 magnitude earthquake just shook the Volcano area of the Big Island:

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Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Kayaker Off the Big Island

The Coast Guard suspended the search at sunset on Friday for a fisherman whose kayak was found unmanned and adrift 300 yards of the Kawaihae entrance on Thursday morning.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

The 66-year-old man, Steven Wycoff, was last seen fishing at approximately 9:30 a.m. heading north from Mauna Kea beach.  Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the situation at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday.

The Coast Guard searched with air and sea assets covering more than 228 square miles in coordination with the Hawaii County Fire Department and their resources.

“After a thorough search effort alongside the Hawaii County Fire Department, we’ve come to the difficult decision to suspend this search,” said Captain Shannon Gilreath, Sector Honolulu’s commander. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”

Ground Broken For $7.8 Million La’aloa Avenue Extension

Completed Mauka-Makai Connector Will Improve Traffic Flow, Public Safety

A blessing and groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for a $7.8 million first phase of Kona’s La‘aloa Avenue extension project, creating another critically needed mauka-makai connector road to improve traffic circulation and public safety.
Ground Breaking at La'aloa

Ground Breaking at La’aloa

 The 1,900 foot extension, complete with sidewalks and bicycle lanes for safe multi-modal travel, will connect Ali‘i Drive with Kuakini Highway mauka. Currently, the nearest mauka-makai accesses are Royal Poinciana Drive to Lako Street to the north, and King Kamehameha III Road in Keauhou to the south.
An extended La‘aloa Avenue will ease congestion in the region, aid in orderly emergency evacuations, and allow motorists to get to their destinations safely and efficiently while maintaining the ambience of scenic Ali‘i Drive. The project is one of the top priorities of the Kona Community Development Plan.
“We are here because a lot of people worked very hard,” Mayor Billy Kenoi said at today’s ceremony. “Additional mauka-makai connector roads are essential to improving traffic flow in the region, which in turn improves public safety and the quality of life.”
This first phase will start with improvements at Kuakini Highway that will include a signalized intersection with acceleration, deceleration, and turn lanes. Isemoto Contracting Company Ltd was awarded the $7.78 million contract for Phase 1. Bids from contractors ranged from $7.78 million to $12 million.
A second phase, set to go to bid later this year, will upgrade the existing La‘aloa Avenue through the White Sands Beach Estates subdivision. Both phases are scheduled for completion in mid-2014.

Governor Enacts Legislation on Maui – Statement Regarding the Federal Shark Conservation Act

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed four bills related to land preservation, emergency medical services, small boat harbors and the Kahoolawe Island Reserve while at the Grand Wailea Resort on Maui.

Shark Legislation
“These measures will help to preserve Maui’s natural resources, encourage cultural activity, and improve emergency services,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “The population has increased significantly on Maui, and it’s imperative to provide timely responses to emergencies.”

HB1424 (Relating to the Acquisition of Resource Value Land) requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), in consultation with the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, to engage to acquire the parcel of land located at Lipoa Point.  This measure requires DLNR to ensure to the maximum extent practicable that the seller of the land uses the proceeds of the sale to benefit the pension plan of retirees of the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, Inc.

SB498 (Relating to Emergency Medical Services) appropriates funds out of the Emergency Medical Services Special Fund to establish and fund a 24/7 special emergency medical response vehicle unit based in Maalaea, Maui, including acquisition of a vehicle, equipment, and personnel costs.

HB1412 (Relating to Small Boat Harbors) requires DLNR to accommodate mooring of native Hawaiian canoes owned or leased by nonprofit entities and used for educational purposes in small boat harbors.

HB1328 (Relating to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve) makes permanent the exemption for the procurement of food or fuel products necessary for the Kahoolawe island reserve commission.

Statement Regarding the Federal Shark Conservation Act:

Gov. Neil Abercrombie agrees with Hawaii Sen. Clayton Hee and William J. Aila, Jr., chairperson of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, that Hawaii law prohibiting the possession and sale of shark fins should not be pre-empted by the federal government. Under proposed National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration rules, fishing vessels would be not be allowed remove shark fins in federal waters, but required to bring whole sharks into Hawaii to cut their fins off on land.

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“We must preserve the strong position the Hawaii State Legislature took in May 2010 when Hawaii became the first state in the nation to make it illegal to possess, sell or distribute shark fins in the state. This model legislation symbolizes Hawaii’s concern for the welfare of all creatures. “We oppose federal pre-emption of the Hawaii law. Our law is working as intended. We have educated fishers and restaurants, and they are complying.”

HI-PAL 2013 “Click It Or Ticket” 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament Results

One Hundred (100) youth, (17 from the 5-8 division, 56 from the 9-12 age division and 27 from the 13-17 age division), participated in thirty-seven (37) games during the Hawai´i Police Activities League (HI-PAL) 2013 “Click It Or Ticket” 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament held at the Kea´au High School Gymnasium on June 08, 2013.

Coming out on top in the 7-8 division was Ka´u, coached by Glen Hashimoto and Helena Carvalho. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Domonic Dacalio; Loea Kaupu; Kaimana Kaupu-Manini and Jensen Navarro-Villa.

7-8 Division winning team: Ka'u

7-8 Division winning team: Ka’u

Coming out on top in the 9-10 division was Pa´auilo, coached by Sheldon Batin and Augie Augustin. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Kalia Augustin; Keani Augustin; Tre Walker and Bear Wawner.

9-10 Division winning team: Pa'auilo

9-10 Division winning team: Pa’auilo

Coming out on top in the 11-12 division was ´Imi Pono, of Waimea, coached by Mark Low and Kalewa O´Neil. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Thomas Key; Micha Low; Kyrell Mateo; Kalewa O´Neil, Jr. and Nalu Shimizu.

11-12 Division winning team: 'Imi Pono

11-12 Division winning team: ‘Imi Pono

Coming out on top in the 13-14 division was HD, coached by Davin Alip. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Maitland Akau; Aina Alip; Kelsan Cacoulidis and Kelvin Falk.

13-14 Division winning team: HD

13-14 Division winning team: HD

Coming out on top in the High School Boys division was Pa´auilo, coached by Sheldon Battin. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Shyrome Batin; Ayson Datuin; Sione Epenesa and Wesley Salboro.

“Click It Or Ticket” is a nationwide campaign whose purpose is to educate vehicular operators and passengers on the use


Waikoloa Beach Resort “Family Fourth” Celebration

Waikoloa Beach Resort invites the community to celebrate the pursuit of happiness, and their freedom of choice, with ten free mini concerts on two stages, carnival food and games, the annual Rubber Duckie Race and more, capped off with spectacular fireworks over Waikoloa Bowl.

Waikoloa 4th of July

Non-stop family entertainment starts at 10 a.m. with live music until 1 p.m. at Kings’ Shops, followed by the ever-popular Merriman’s Market Café Watermelon Eating contest.  New this year, Chef Ippy Aiona of Three Fat Pigs will host a “mystery box” cooking challenge at 1:30 p.m.

At 12:30 p.m., Salsa Latinos fire up the music at Queens’ MarketPlace, building up momentum for the fun to start, with free cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and face painting from 1-5 p.m.  Throughout the shopping center, colorful Zoo Choo Train rides ($2) and carnival games (25 cents) treat the keiki to extra fun, benefitting Special Olympics West Hawaii.  Live music continues all afternoon, with Vizion 20/20, Life in Pursuit, I‘land Boiz and Bobby G & the Generous Thieves.

At 3 p.m., Kings’ Lake (Kings’ Shops) is the place to be for the start of the annual wet, wild and wacky Rubber Duckie Race, where thousands of the bright yellow waterfowl take a “quack” at crossing the finish line first.  Great prizes go to the winning ducks and 100% of the proceeds benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association.  To adopt your duck, call Kings’ Shops, 886-8811.

The main attraction happens just after dark, as the fireworks extravaganza lights up the skies at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Doors open at 5 p.m., with pre-show music by Vizion 20/20 followed by the big rock & roll sounds of Bump City.  Admission is free, and beach mats or chairs are welcome for open lawn seating, however coolers, alcoholic beverages and smoking are not permitted.  For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call Queens’ MarketPlace 886-8822.

Kings’ Shops Events
10:00 a.m. – Kahikina Nahenahe ‘Ohana
11:45 a.m. – Dam Str8
1:00 p.m. – Merriman’s Market Cafe Watermelon Eating Contest
1:30 p.m. – The Three Fat Pigs’ Black Box Challenge by Chef Ippy
3:00 p.m. – Rubber Duckie Race
3:30 p.m. – Mystik Rhythmz
5:00 p.m. – Duck Waddling / Duck Calling Contests
5:30 p.m. – Honoring our First Responders & Awards

Win great prizes by adopting your duckie in support of United Cerebral Palsy.

Queens’ MarketPlace Events
12:30 p.m. – Salsa Latinos
1-5 p.m. – Free cotton candy, popcorn, balloons, and face painting!  Plus Zoo Choo Train rides ($2) and carnival games (25 cents) benefit Special Olympics West Hawaii.

2:00 p.m. – Vizion 20/20
3:00 p.m. – Life in Pursuit
4:00 p.m. – I‘land Boiz
5:00 p.m. – Bobby G and the Generous Thieves
8:30 p.m. – Full Circle

Avoid the rush!  After the fireworks for entertainment until 9:30 p.m. at the Coronation Pavilion!

Waikoloa Beach Resort is a complete destination resort that encompasses two championship golf courses and over 3,000 guest rooms in two upscale hotels, and seven luxury condominiums and vacation home properties. The Resort also includes award-winning Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops, offering a wide variety of shopping opportunities, services and dining experiences, plus free entertainment and cultural programs. For more information visit www.WaikoloaBeachResort.com or call 886-8822.

Kohala Zipline Wins Business Innovation Award

Kohala Zipline has been recognized by the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce with a Pualu Award for Business Innovation. The award recognizes Kohala Zipline for its commitment to product development, safety, and customer service.

The Headquarters is located in historic North Kohala at 54-3676 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapaau, HI 96755

The Headquarters is located in historic North Kohala at 54-3676 Akoni Pule Hwy, Kapaau, HI 96755

From course design to ongoing industry-leading expert consultations, Kohala Zipline has set a high standard for zipline design and safety. Kohala Zipline’s course from the ground up is a complete experience, not just another ride or attraction.

There is an emergency brake in place at the end of each zipline for those that forget to brake

There is an emergency brake in place at the end of each zipline for those that forget to brake

It’s not just a zipline, it’s an aerial trekking course. Through the use of interpretative elements, innovative course design and expert guides, guests are engaged the entire time, not just when zipping. The unique course design, along with strong community involvement, has led to Kohala Zipline’s Business Innovation Pualu Award.

Entering Ewok Village

Entering Ewok Village

“We are happy our business model that successfully integrates safety, fun, conservation and community is being recognized with this award,” said Kohala Zipline President Rob Pacheco. “We have a fantastic team that provides memorable experiences for guests and this award belongs to them.”


Kahaualeʻa 2 Flow Still Expanding North of Puʻu ʻŌʻō – Ocean Entries Remain Active

Hawaii Volcano Observatory Report, 6/28/2013:

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow remains active north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and has expanded a very minor amount into the forest, burning trees.

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The flow, which consists of slowly moving pāhoehoe, has widened but advanced little over the past two weeks.

A wider view of a portion of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow margin at the forest boundary.

A wider view of a portion of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow margin at the forest boundary.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow, which is active north of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, is fed from a vent at this cone on the northeast rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater.

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Click to enlarge

Small openings at the top of the cone contain sloshing lava, and two skylights at the very start of the Kahaualeʻa 2 lava tube provided views of a swiftly moving lava stream rushing downslope.

This thermal image shows the eastern ocean entry at Kupapaʻu Point.

Photos courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Photos courtesy of Hawaii Volcano Observatory

Just inland from the entry point a patch of slightly warmer temperatures indicates an area of recent small breakouts. Inland from this warm patch you can see a narrow line of elevated temperatures that traces the path of the lava tube beneath the surface that is supplying lava to this ocean entry. Two plumes of high temperature water spread out from the entry point.



Hawaii County Officers of the Month: Brodie and Kubojiri

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi on Thursday (June 27) recognized Officer Kevin Brodie as “Officer of the Month” for May and Officer Jeremy Kubojiri as “Officer of the Month” for June.

Aloha Exchange Club member John Stewart congratulates Kevin Brodie, 'Officer of the Month' for May, and Jeremy Kubojiri, 'Officer of the Month' for June.

Aloha Exchange Club member John Stewart congratulates Kevin Brodie, ‘Officer of the Month’ for May, and Jeremy Kubojiri, ‘Officer of the Month’ for June.

Officer Brodie, who is assigned to the Puna District, was honored for apprehending a fleeing felon who was attempting a carjacking after having just committed two home invasion burglaries.

On the night of May 4, a Hawaiian Paradise Park resident reported that an unknown man broke the window to his house while people were inside, entered the home and stole a laptop computer. Shortly thereafter, police received a report of another home invasion in the same neighborhood, where a man fitting the same description was breaking a window and had kicked in a door to enter a home while a child was home alone. The suspect removed a safe from the master bedroom, broke into a car in the driveway, and then rammed the house with his pickup truck.

During a search for the suspect, Officer Brodie heard honking nearby. He rushed to that location and discovered that the suspect, claiming he was a police officer, was attempting to take a vehicle from residents who had just arrived home. The suspect had opened the car doors, demanded they exit and give him the keys, and attempted to forcefully remove a pregnant woman.

Officer Brodie subdued and secured the suspect and conducted further investigation that led to charges for two counts of burglary, two counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, criminal property damage, resisting an order to stop, phone ripping and impersonating a police officer.

Officer Kubojiri, was recognized for his performance of a special assignment as South Hilo Patrol’s drunk driving enforcement officer in response to the high number of alcohol- and drug-related fatalities in Hawai‘i County over the past several years.

For the period of February through April, Kubojiri made 27 drunk driving arrests, including one of a habitual DUI offender and four for drivers under the age of 21. During the same time, he issued 367 citations.

Additionally, as a field training officer assigned to prepare new officers for their solo assignments, Officer Kubojiri trained three officers during the month of May. While under Kubojiri’s supervision, those new officers initiated 11 drunk driving arrests, including two for drivers under 21. National studies have shown that under-21 drunk drivers are among the leading causes of alcohol-related fatal crashes.

In nomination papers, Lieutenant MelvinYamamoto Jr. said the number of drunk driving arrests made by Kubojiri and the officers he supervised comprised 29 percent of all DUI arrests made by South Hilo Patrol for that period. “Clearly, Officer Kubojiri is imparting the importance of keeping drunk drivers off our roads to the next generation of officers,” Yamamoto wrote.

As “Officer of the Month,” both officers are eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.