Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park July 2013 – Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in July. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.  Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Hawaiian Hula Presented by Haunani’s Aloha Expressions. This entertaining hula group is comprised of native Hawaiian kāne and wāhine kūpuna, or elders, ranging from 70 to over 90 years old. For years, they have shared the aloha spirit by welcoming malihini (visitors) on cruise ships arriving at the Port of Hilo, and at Hilo International Airport.

The kūpuna also entertain on a regular basis for the patients at the Life Care Center of Hilo, Hale ‘Anuenue, Extended Care, Hawai‘i Island Adult Day Care, Aunty Sally Kaleohano Lū‘au House Senior Program and more. They won overall at the Kūpuna Hula Festival with the song, Tutu E. They also won the Moku o Keawe competition on numerous occasions. They make all of their own colorful costumes and lei, singing and dancing hapa-haole hula and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival on numerous occasions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Wed., July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

A train with the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway plies the rails between Hilo and the Hamākua Coast. Photo courtesy of the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum.

A train with the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway plies the rails between Hilo and the Hamākua Coast. Photo courtesy of the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum.

All Aboard! The Laupāhoehoe Train Museum (www.thetrainmuseum.com) mission is to emphasize the history of railroads in Hawai‘i and to preserve, promote, and protect the community interests of the Hilo-Hamākua Coast.  Many visitors – and residents – are surprised to learn that there were trains in Hawai‘i.  Learn the history of the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway (the only standard gauge train in the islands), the impact of the 1946 tsunami, and the development of the train museum which started in 1995.  Museum treasurer Doug Connors will discuss the history of the railroad on the island of Hawai‘i, the sugar plantations, and the development of the Hamākua Coast. Free.

When: Tues., July 30 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium


UH Hilo Team Poliahu Wraps Up 11th Worldwide Imagine Cup

A four-member team of computer science students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo competed in the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals sponsored by Microsoft July 8-11 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Although Team Poli`ahu did not capture top honors, competing on the world stage was a significant achievement.

Team Poliahu in front of Alexandrinsky Theatre for the awards ceremony

Team Poliahu in front of Alexandrinsky Theatre for the awards ceremony

“It has been great to see UH Hilo students recognized as some of the best in the world,” noted Dr. Harry Keith Edwards, faculty advisor. “The U.S. national championship and our participation in the world finals demonstrate that students at UH Hilo receive a quality education and can compete with the best in the world.”

UH Hilo’s Team Poli`ahu, comprised of Mike Purvis, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, and Ryder Donahue, won the U.S. Championship in May with their application entitled “Help Me Help,” which aids the community and emergency response personnel in disaster situations by allowing users to upload images of nearby hazards through the use of smart phones.

Team Poli`ahu competed against more than 30 other teams in the Innovation category that included entries from China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Slovenia, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom’s team captured top honors with their mobile phone application, SoundSYNK, which is designed to establish an impromptu social network by connecting phones through Bluetooth. Team DORA of Slovenia finished second and Thailand’s Team MYRA came in third.

Purvis described the competition as a wonderful experience as the students got to meet people from all around the world. He believes they made a lasting impression, showcasing both their application and Hawaiʻi.

“We were very popular among the competitors and the public,” Purvis said. “We feel proud of our project, presentation, and the teams that won. We’re looking forward to implementing the Mauna Kea Guide to track native and invasive species when we return – after we catch up on sleep, of course.”

The Imagine Cup is recognized as the premier student technology competition that honors innovations that address the world’s toughest problems. This year’s competition drew 87 student teams from 71 countries who competed for more than $1 million in cash and prizes after winning local and online competitions around the world.


Riding Lawnmower Stolen From Hilo YWCA

Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating a theft of a riding lawnmower early this month.

LawnmowerSometime between July 2 and July 3, a red Toro riding mower, model LX460, was removed from the YWCA in Hilo.

Police ask anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the lawnmower 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 calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Call for Nominations – UH Hilo Distinguished Alumni & Service Awards

UH Hilo’s Alumni and Friends Association is currently accepting nominations to honor selected individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions. Deadline for nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Alumni & Service Awards is August 30, 2013.

Nominations UH Hilo

Each year, the Association grants one or more Distinguished Alumni Awards to individuals based on the nominee’s professional accomplishments, community service, and service to the University. Nominees for the Distinguished Alumni Award must have completed at least 50% of his/her educational program at UH Hilo. For those who attended the institution prior to 1973 when UH Hilo was a 2-year college, that means one year at UH Hilo.

The Distinguished Service Award is given to those whose contributions to UH Hilo (financial or service) has benefited the University in numerous and significant ways. Nominees of the Distinguished Service Award must have demonstrated consistent contributions to the University over a reasonable period of time, and whose contributions have had a positive impact on the students and/or the University.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni honorees were Eric Matsumoto (16th Bishop of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii), Larry Kimura (Assistant Professor of Hawaiian Language and Culture), and Valerie Takata (Complex Area Superintendent for State of Hawaii, DOE: Hilo-Waiakea). The Distinguished Service honoree was former Director of University Relations and External Affairs, Gerald De Mello.

UH Hilo’s 14th Annual Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards Banquet is set for Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at UH Hilo’s Campus Center Dining Hall, starting at 5:00pm with no-host cocktails and a silent auction.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend; proceeds help to raise funds for the UH Hilo Alumni & Friends alumni scholarship program.

Nomination forms can be found here or call (808) 974-7501 for more information.

Farm to Wok Cook-Off Next Weekend in Hawi

North Kohala’s Farm to Wok Cook-off will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Hawi Jodo Mission on Akoni Pule Highway in Hawi.

Farm to WokTeams from Hawaiian Airlines, University of Hawai‘i Hilo, Bromeliads Hawaii LLC, Sustainable Kohala, Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Honsador Lumber and Kaiser Permanente will compete in an “Iron Chef” style cooking competition featuring Kohala grown ingredients.  A tasting featuring the results of the competition is included in the ticket price.

The community is asked to contribute fruits, vegetables and herbs, to be used as surprise ingredients in the cook-off.  Community members who contribute food (must be received the night before) will receive free tickets to the event.

Farm to Wok will be hosted by LAVA 105.3 FM’S Eddie O, with live music provided by T&T Hawaiian Style, Roz & Matt Kupukaa, Sydney Case and Young Hearts.

Throughout the day, there will be informational booths on North Kohala’s food self-sufficiency efforts.  The event is a fundraiser for the Palili ‘O Kohala project, a ten family taro growing cooperative in North Kohala.

Tickets are limited ($10 in advance, $12 at the door).  For tickets and information or to donate fresh local food, call Carol at 889-5391 or go to FoodHubKohala.org.

This event is presented by Kahua Pa‘a Mua, Palili ‘O Kohala, Ka Hana No‘eau and the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign.

Palili ‘O Kohala Natural Farming Demonstration Farm and the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign are collectively supported by the County of Hawai‘i, Kaiser Permanente, Honsador Lumber, Partners in Development and the Local Initiatives Fund of RSF Social Finance.  Additional support for Farm to Wok comes from Hawaiian Airlines.

Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man With Burglary That Was Caught on Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 30-year-old Hilo man with burglary and other related crimes in connection with a break-in Wednesday (July 10) that was captured on tape in the Kaūmana area of Hilo.

Justin Fergerstrom

Justin Fergerstrom

A surveillance video caught a suspect breaking into the house on South Wilder Road several times during a four-hour period. Items removed from the home included fishing gear, car parts, power tools and other items valued in excess of $1,700.

On Thursday morning (July 11), police arrested Justin Fergerstrom and held him at the Hilo police cellblock while they continued the investigation.

Friday afternoon, Fergerstrom was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $85,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 15).


Hawaii County Fire Department Collecting Unwanted, Illegal and Damaged Fireworks

Fire Chief Darren Rosario would like to announce that the Hawai‘i Fire Department will be conducting a collection of unwanted, illegal, and/or damaged fireworks from anyone wishing to turn them in for proper disposal. Members of the public will be able to drop off their unwanted fireworks (island-wide) on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Old Fireworks

Those wishing to participate can contact the HFD Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 on Monday, July 15, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to get more information regarding drop off locations and drop off times.

Please be advised that these fireworks are dangerous and utmost care must be taken to keep them away from any spark or open flame. Fireworks may be soaked in water overnight and dried prior to transporting them to one of the drop off locations. Please note that no other hazardous materials or explosive products will be accepted. Acceptable items will include all types of Fireworks, fountains, sparklers, firecrackers,
cakes, rockets, etc.

In addition, you may also turn in any “aerial luminary devices.” The State of Hawai‘i deemed it illegal to buy, sell, use, possess, ignite, or cause to ignite any such aerial luminary device. An aerial luminary device is defined as any homemade or manufactured device that has an open flame and which can be send airborne or adrift, leaving the height and distance it travels to be determined by existing atmospheric conditions. These devices can start brushfires as well as entangle in electrical lines, and even has the ability to hit an aircraft if it drifts near an airport or in the vicinity of an aircraft. The common brands found here are “Sky Lanterns” and “Hawai‘i Lanterns.”

The Hawai‘i Fire Department would like to thank you, the community, for its continued support in helping us to make our Island as safe as can be.

For more information please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912.

Hawaii County Emergency Warning Siren TEST Scheduled for Tuesday, July 16

The Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency will conduct a test of the emergency warning siren system on Tuesday, July 16 at 11:45 a.m. This test is necessary to confirm system readiness in the wake of adjustments and repairs performed immediately following the regular monthly test on July 1.

The new Hakalau siren

The new Hakalau siren

During the July 1 test, 18 of the 71 sirens did not activate, and the malfunction was linked to a radio system repeater site. The issue was corrected immediately, and the follow-up test on July 16 has been scheduled to confirm that the repairs were successful.

The public is reminded that the siren system is just one method of notification of emergencies and disasters. The activation or sounding of the sirens is a prompt to listen to the radio for follow-up information and instructions. The public is also encouraged to learn about the hazards that affect our community including tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, etc., and to plan and prepare for those unpredictable events.

Our goal is to continually improve our systems and capabilities, and to reduce the potential for breaks or gaps in our ability to provide the community with accurate and timely notifications and advisories.  We appreciate the public’s understanding, and want to assure our community that every effort will be made to provide the necessary information and guidance to allow you to make decisions in the best interest of your safety.



Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hosts Next Forest Restoration Project

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts our next volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ranger Corie Yanger planting in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park - Credit: FHVNP

Ranger Corie Yanger planting in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – Credit: FHVNP

This month we will be planting native trees in 1 to 3 gallon pots in the Kilauea section of the park. The area where we work and the species planted will be dependent on how much rain has been received by possible planting sites. We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration program.

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.

In addition, imperative is scrubbing the soles of one’s shoes prior to arrival on site, in order to ensure outside dirt and invasive species seeds are not tracked in.

Our goal is a crew of 12 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 will 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 Wednesday evening, July 17. 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***



Ed Case to Join Outrigger Enterprises Group as Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President

Ed Case – a veteran Hawaii attorney and former US Congressman– is joining Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior vice president and chief legal officer starting July 22, 2013.

Ed Case

Ed Case

In his new role, Case will manage the multifaceted legal affairs for Outrigger Enterprises Group, including assisting with the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets, supporting the company’s hotel and condominium management business, and overseeing the full range of internal and external legal matters. Case replaces Donna Leong, who was tapped by Mayor Kirk Caldwell in May of this year to serve as Honolulu’s corporate counsel.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ed’s tremendous caliber and reputation join our Outrigger team,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “His extensive experience in real estate and property law, coupled with his insights gained as a former US congressman and Hawaii state representative and his deep understanding of our community, make for an outstanding addition to our executive team. Ed’s experience working with foreign companies is also a plus, given our continued expansion beyond Hawaii’s shores,” added Carey.

“I am truly honored to join such a legendary and dynamic company like Outrigger that is mounting a visionary expansion throughout the Pacific and Asia under David Carey’s leadership,” said Ed Case. “Like so many local residents, I practically grew up with Outrigger, so it is especially gratifying for me to now be part of a company that is synonymous with Hawaii and a team that’s helping to take this iconic company into an exciting new era,” he added.

Case was most recently an attorney with Bays, Lung, Rose & Holma, focusing on real property transactions and development since 2007. He previously practiced law at Carlsmith Ball for 20 years, where he rose from associate, to partner, to managing partner.

In addition to his law background, Case served as a Hawaii state representative for the Manoa/Makiki/Punahou district from 1994 to 2002, and also served as a United States congressman for Hawaii’s second district from 2002 to 2007. Case also served on the Manoa Neighborhood Board for four years beginning in 1985.

Case has served as an adjunct professor at the Hawaii Pacific University, is on the Hawaii District Export Council for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and is on the board of directors for Smart Business Hawaii. Case also co-authored the Hawaii Supreme Court Hawaii Appellate Handbook. Case earned a law degree from the University of California/Hastings College of Law, and a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Williams College in Massachusetts.


Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision Victim Identified

The 61-year old woman died who died from injuries she received in a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision Tuesday night in downtown Hilo has been identified as Roslyn Rushing of Hilo.

Kamehameha and Kalakaua

Kamehameha and Kalakaua

National Park Service Grants $1.3 Million to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced more than $1.3 million in grants to help preserve and interpret the sites where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans – two-thirds of them U.S. citizens – were imprisoned during World War II.

Concentration Camp“Our national parks tell the stories not only of American success, but of our failures such as the dark history of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II,” Jarvis said. “We make these grants so that present and future generations are reminded what happened and how the people survived these camps. And we make these grants to demonstrate our nation’s commitment to the concept of ‘equal justice under law’ that grew out of these and other civil rights experiences.”

The 14 grant projects include:

  • Creation of a memorial to honor Japanese Americans forcibly removed from Juneau, Alaska and sent to the Camp Lordsburg Internment Camp in New Mexico and later to the Minidoka Relocation Center in Idaho
  • Installation of exhibits at the San Bruno Bay Area Rapid Transit station featuring photographs by Dorothea Lange and Paul Kitagaki telling the story of forced relocation of California Bay Area Japanese Americans
  • A plan for acquisition and preservation of an abandoned root cellar, one of the few remaining original structures at the former Heart Mountain site internment site in Wyoming
  • A kiosk in a Chandler, Arizona park that focuses on daily life and the importance of baseball at the Gila River Internment Camp
  • An exhibit at the Los Angeles Go For Broke National Education Center, “Divergent Paths to a Convergent America: A 360 Degree Perspective of the Japanese American Response to WWII”
  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, “Exploring Honouliuli: A Multimedia and Virtual Tour” Honouliuli Internment Camp, Honolulu County, Hawaii

The Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program supports projects in seven states. Today’s grants bring grant totals to $12 million of the $38 million Congress authorized when it established the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program in 2006.

Grants from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program may go to the 10 War Relocation Authority camps established in 1942 or to more than 40 other sites, including assembly, relocation, and isolation centers. The goal of the program is to teach present and future generations about the injustice of the World War II confinement and inspire a commitment to equal justice under the law. These are competitive grants with required matches – a dollar of non-federal funds or $2 in-kind contributions for every grant dollar.

A full list of the funded projects follows. For more details about these projects, visit: http://www.nps.gov/hps/hpg/JACS/.

For further information: Kara Miyagishima, Program Manager for the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, 303-969-2885 or kara_miyagishima@nps.gov

  • City and Borough of Juneau, Alaska. “Empty Chair Project”, Minidoka Relocation Center, Jerome County, Idaho and Camp Lordsburg, Hidalgo County, N.M.  $80,000.00
  • City of Chandler, Chandler, Ariz., “Nozomi Park History Kiosk”, Gila River Relocation Center, Pinal County, Ariz., $9,380.00
  • The Regents of the University of California (UC-Berkeley, History Department), Berkeley, Calif., “Japanese American Confinement in the Records of the Federal Reserve Bank”,  Multiple Sites, $18,488.00
  • Contra Costa Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Contra Costa, Calif., “They Wore Their Best: Photographic Exhibit of the Works of Dorothea Lange and Paul Kitagaki” Tanforan Assembly Center, San Mateo County, Calif.  and 10 WRA Sites, $67,537.00
  • UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Los Angeles, Calif., “Aiko and Jack Herzig Archival Collection Project” Multiple Sites, $154,960.00
  • Japanese American Citizens League, San Francisco, Calif., “JACL Teacher Training: Incarceration and Confinement Sites”, Multiple Sites, $62,845.00
  • National Japanese American Historical Society, San Francisco, Calif., “Camp Collection: A Digital Library”, Multiple Sites, $33,467.00
  • Go For Broke National Education Center, Torrance, Calif., “Divergent Paths to a Convergent America: A 360 Degree Perspective of the Japanese American Response to WWII Incarceration”, Multiple Sites, $369,765.00
  • Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, “Exploring Honouliuli: A Multimedia and Virtual Tour”, Honouliuli Internment Camp, Honolulu County, Hawaii, $111,557.00
  • Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, Portland, Ore., “Farm Security Administration Documentation of Agricultural Labor Internment Camps in the Pacific Northwest”, Multiple Sites: Nyssa, Malheur County, Ore.; Rupert, Minidoka County, Idaho; Shelley, Bingham County, Idaho; Twin Falls, Twin Falls County, Idaho $92,386.00
  • Nikkei Heritage Association of Washington (Japanese Cultural Center of Washington), Seattle, Wash., “Unsettled-Resettled: Seattle’s “Hunt Hotel””, Minidoka Relocation Center, Jerome County, Idaho, $102,810.00
  • Wing Luke Memorial Foundation (Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience), Seattle, Wash., “Inspiring Future Generations: Journeying from Confinement Sites to Battlefields with Japanese American Soldiers”, Multiple Sites,$111,600.00
  • Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Powell, Wyo., “Heart Mountain Archives Project”, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Park County, Wyo., $97,279.00
  • Heart Mountain, Wyoming Foundation, Powell, Wyo., “Heart Mountain Root Cellar Planning and Preservation Project”, Heart Mountain, Relocation Center, Park County, Wyo., $33,621.00

Total $1,345,695.00