“HUAKA‘I, A Polynesian Adventure” – ‘Alohi Productions New Hula Theatre

‘Alohi Productions of Waimea has opened its summer company production of “Huaka‘i, A Polynesian Adventure” at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for a very special limited run.  Presented Thursday and Saturday evenings in the hotel’s Kamani Room at 7 p.m., “Huaka‘i” is an adventure expressed in music, drums and dance, created by Kumu Hula Lani Isaacs and the students of ‘Alohi Polynesian Dance Academy.

Huakai a Polynesian Adventure

PHOTO: Courtesy ‘Alohi Productions

Fully-produced for the resort setting, with elaborate costumes and professional staging, the show shares vivid stories from the Polynesian Triangle — Hawai‘i, Tahiti and New Zealand—rich in myth and emotion.  Dancers perform multiple roles as “Huaka‘i” unfolds, from the trans-Pacific canoe voyage of Pele and her dramatic impact on the islands, to legends of bird-filled skies and oceans alive with whimsical fish, along with haunting love stories, songs of home, and a stunning finale.

“E pūlama nā liko – ‘Treasure the Youth’ is our mission,” said Isaacs, a lifelong dancer, teacher, professional entertainer and choreographer.  “And these young dancers are as proficient and talented as any I’ve had the pleasure to work with.  They love to perform, and to meet their audience and interact with them after the show.  It’s wonderful to watch the cultural and multi-generational exchanges that take place in a very natural way whenever they dance.”

PHOTO: Courtesy 'Alohi Productions

PHOTO: Courtesy ‘Alohi Productions

In addition to the show, ‘Alohi Productions offers a series of Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori cultural classes, crafts, games and entertainment during the day, Tuesday through Saturday.  Programs include hula and lei-making, Tahitian dance, ‘ukulele lessons, poi ball practice and more.  To sign up, call the hotel directly at 808-880-1111.

Tickets for “Huaka‘i” are $40 Adults; Keiki under 12 free.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and showtime is 7 p.m.  Bento dinner boxes and beverages are available for sale, as are craft items, Polynesian jewelry and hula implements.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 887-0369, email: contactAlohiPDA@gmail.com or visit www.alohidanceacademy.com, or call the hotel at 808-880-1111.

Results From Today’s Civil Defense Siren Test

A test of the emergency warning siren system on Hawai‘i Island this morning was successful, with all 71 sirens islandwide sounding. Crews will be dispatched to follow up on two reports of abnormal sounding – lower than usual volume in Paukaa and shorter than usual duration in Laupahoehoe.


The emergency warning siren system is just one facet of a comprehensive emergency notification strategy, which includes sounding sirens, sending phone, text, and email alerts through mass notification systems, Civil Defense messages on radio and television stations, and manual notification by Police, Fire, and Civil Air Patrol.

Residents are encouraged to not rely solely on one means of notification and to utilize as many of the tools as possible. Civil Defense recommends having a portable battery operated radio to tune in to local broadcasts, and signing up for both Civil Defense (hawaiicounty.gov/civil-defense) and Hawai‘i Police Department (hawaiipolice.com) notification systems. In the event of an emergency, every effort will be made to provide the community with timely and accurate notification and guidance.

“On behalf of the entire staff of the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency, I would like to thank the community for your patience and understanding with the continued maintenance of the siren warning system,” said Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira. “We stand behind our commitment to work with everyone to provide for a safer Hawai‘i Island.”

Mission Complete for Hawaii Advisory Team – Say Aloha to the Afghanistan Uniformed Police

Hawaii National Guard soldiers complete their last mission as advisors for the Qalat Reserve Kandak, Afghan Uniformed Police.

National Guard Gift

The Qalat Reserve Kandak is comprised of over 700 policemen that patrol Highway One in Zabul Province.


Includes sound bites from Sgt. Bennet Samson, 1st Lt. Christopher Bretz and Command Sgt. Maj. Craig Ynigues, SFAT 21 and Maj. Ralph Hasegwa, SFAT 22. Video by Spc. Tim Morgan

Three Purebred German Shepherds Stolen From Puna Kennel

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of three purebred German shepherd dogs from a Puna kennel in May.



On May 6, a kennel was broken into at a home on the 15-1500 block of 2nd Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.



The dogs—two males named “Kujo” and “Mondavi” and a female named “Max”— were removed from the property.



The dogs are valued at $2,500 each.

Police ask anyone with information about the theft or the location of the dogs to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378 or wcarter@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.


State House of Representatives Appoints Deputy Director of Communications

William Nhieu has been appointed the Deputy Director of Communications for the Hawaii State House of Representatives.


Nhieu has a range of administrative, legislative, analytical, and public relations experience gained from positions across public and government affairs. In addition to working in local government, he has broad experience in the effective use and implementation of social and emerging media communications.

Past positions include serving as a Po’okela Fellow and Neighborhood Assistant at the City and County of Honolulu, Legislative Aide to Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, and Committee Clerk for the Hawaii Senate Special Committee on Accountability and the Hawaii State Senate Committee on Tourism.

“William represents the upcoming generation of young professionals with the skills necessary to keep up with progressing technological trends in the new 21st century workplace. With his knowledge and experience, the State House will be better positioned to reach an audience across the entire state of Hawaii,” said Director of Communications Carolyn Tanaka.


Six Police Officers Promoted to Rank of Sergeant/Detective


Chief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted six police officers to the rank of sergeant/detective:

  • Detective Clarence Davies is assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section in in East Hawaiʻi. He was previously an officer assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Unit in East Hawaiʻi. He joined the Police Department in October 2003.
  • Sergeant Zachary O. Fernando, who was previously a Community Policing officer in Hāmākua, is now assigned to the Kaʻū District. He joined the Police Department in October 2003.
  • Sergeant Paul D. Kim, who most recently worked as a Traffic Enforcement Unit officer in East Hawaiʻi, is now assigned to South Hilo Patrol. He joined the Police Department in October 2003.
  • Sergeant Mekia Rose is assigned to Kona Patrol. His previous assignment was as an Area II Vice Section officer in West Hawaiʻi. He joined the Police Department in August 2004.
  • Detective Levon P. Stevens is assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section in Kona. His previous assignment was as an officer in the North Kohala District. He joined the Police Department in in August 2004.
  • Detective Dean M. Uyetake, is assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section in Hilo. His most recent assignment was as a patrol officer assigned to the South Hilo District. He joined the Police Department in October 2003.

The promotions take effect today, Tuesday (July 16).