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Coming Up – 2nd Annual Keiki Triathlon on the Big Island of Hawaii

Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) will hold the 2nd Annual Keiki Triathlon on Saturday, October 19, at the Kona Community Aquatic Center and Maka‘eo Park, also known as Old Kona Airport Park, in Kailua-Kona.


Children ages 7 to 14 years old are invited to swim, bike and run in a miniature version of the IRONMAN World Championship that will be held one week earlier.

The entrance fee is $5 per child. Registration will end on Friday, October 4. Registration forms are available online at the Department’s website: www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/. They also can be obtained from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the following locations:

  • Yano Hall in Captain Cook
  • Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in Kailua-Kona
  • Pu‘u Nui Park in Waikoloa
  • Waimea Community Center
  • Kamehameha Park in Kapaau
  • Hilo Recreation office within Aunty Sally Kale‘ohano’s Lū‘au Hale

To ensure the athletes’ safety, enrollment will be limited to the first 30 children who sign up in each of the four age-group categories or a maximum 120 total racers. All participants must supply their own bicycle, helmet, swim goggles and other equipment.

Racers must check in between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on race day October 19. The youngest children will start the triathlon by entering the Kona Community Aquatics Center pool promptly at 8:30 a.m., followed by the older age-group categories.

Individual events will consist of a 100-yard swim, 3.2-mile bicycle race and a mile-long run. The 7- and 8-year-old children will race half those distances.

The Keiki Triathlon will be part of the Mayor’s 2013 Health Fest, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Kekuaokalani Gymnasium.  Designed to promote public health and wellness, the event will feature health screenings, live demonstrations, informational booths and keiki activities.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Boaz Johnson “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” in September

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a 23-year-old man wanted in a murder investigation, a 40-year-old woman wanted for a domestic incident and a 30-year-old man wanted for a stabbing.

The new episode begins airing Friday (September 6).

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson

In it, police ask for help in locating 23-year-old Boaz David Johnson, who is still at large and wanted for the strangulation death of his girlfriend, Brittany-Jane Royal.

Boaz Johnson

Boaz Johnson

Her body was found in the ocean off Kalapana on May 28. Johnson is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen. He is considered dangerous.

The television program also asks for help in locating a 40-year-old Puna woman wanted in connection with a reported burglary and domestic incident in Kurtistown on August 16. Mary Lolita Santos of Mountain View is also wanted on a $5,000 bench warrant for a felony theft case. She is described as 5-foot-2, 147 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Mary Lolita Santos

Mary Lolita Santos

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in locating a Kona man wanted for a stabbing at White Sands Beach in Kona on May 22, 2012. The assault sent a 39-year-old Mountain View man to the hospital with a stab wound to the neck. Thirty-year-old Tommy Eugan Howard also goes by the names Casino, Tommy Washington and Cesar Waltz. He is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, 145 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes—but he might wear contact lenses that alter his eye color. He has a tattoo of a chain of musical notes that runs from his left shoulder down along his left arm. He may be in Kailua-Kona or Pāpaikou. He is also wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections for failure to register as a sex offender.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

St. Michael’s Celebration Expands to Two Days

Multi-cultural food, keiki activities, live entertainment, a country store and silent auction are part of the family fun at the annual St. Michael the Archangel Feast Day Celebration. Times are 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.


Admission is free and proceeds from food and booth sales, plus the silent auction, benefit the Parish Building Fund. Keiki can purchase a $5 Fun Bracelet that entitles them to enjoy the inflatables, a hot dog and a drink.

Built in 1850, St. Michael the Archangel Church was damaged beyond repair during the October 2006 earthquake and subsequently decommissioned and demolished in November of 2009. The Kailua congregation continues to worship in a tent and has not yet realized its building fund goals while construction of the new church is underway on Alii Drive.

Festivities for the Feast Day Celebration begin at the 5 p.m. Mass Saturday at the church tent at 74-574 Honokohau St. in the Honokohau Industrial Park. The service will showcase the congregation’s rich ethnic heritage when members of various cultures participate by wearing traditional dress in a colorful Flag Progression of Nations. After Mass, parishioners will serve free samples of their heritage foods.

The fun continues Sunday at a nearby, larger white tent with entrance on Kamanu Street. Find fresh pies and pastries, jellies and jams, pickled veggies, crafts and plants at the festival’s Country Store. Talented parishioners will stage entertainment and kids can enjoy games and inflatables. A food booth will offer steak and shoyu chicken plates for $10.

A live and silent auction—touting merchandise from local businesses and treasures from residents—benefits the Building Fund. Those wishing to donate can contact the church office, 808-326-7771.

Gifted Royal Australian Air Force F-111C Jet Arrives at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor welcomed the General Dynamics F-111C jet (serial number A8-130) to its collection of vintage and high performance aircraft. A gift from the Royal Australian Air Force, the jet is one of seven airframes being released to civilian institutions, the only one being gifted outright, and the only one being given outside Australia. The others are on loan. Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff has made it one of his projects over the last three years to ensure that the Museum receives this famed aircraft upon its retirement.


The aircraft arrived at Hickam Air Field of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in three shipments. The final shipment, which included the fuselage, arrived at Hickam about 10pm, Thursday, September 5 and moved to Pacific Aviation Museum about 1am Friday, September 6, across Ford Island Bridge. Members of the RAAF accompanied the

fuselage on this final flight aboard a C-17 and final shipment of the aircraft to the Museum. They are scheduled to be at the Museum for several days to reassemble the aircraft, which is in pristine condition.


According to Mr. DeHoff, “This is an important acquisition for us. We honor aviation history in the Pacific as part of our Museum mission, so to receive this from the Royal Australian Air Force is particularly significant. We’ll give it a final resting place that recognizes RAAF and Australia as the allies and aviation leaders they are in the Pacific region.”

From seeing combat in Vietnam to participating in the bombing raids of Operation Desert Storm, the F-111 has had a long and storied 37-year military career.

This remarkable aircraft was the world’s first fighters with variable sweep wings, which allowed the wing configuration to be changed while in flight. With wings fully extended, the F-111 could take off and land in as little as 2,000 feet; with the wings fully swept back, it could reach supersonic speeds at high or low altitudes. Capable of attacking in all weather conditions, the F-111 was also equipped with terrain-following radar, which allowed it to hug the ground at supersonic speeds.


The F-111C that the Museum received, serial number A8-130, is being retired from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the only country outside of the United States to operate the F-111. “This gift symbolizes the close working relationship we enjoy with our American colleagues – on operations, on exercises and through airmen-to-airmen talks,” said RAAF Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown.

This particular aircraft is one of only seven F-111C’s the RAAF released to civilian institutions, and the only one outside of Australia, under the F-111 Disposal Project. It was transported to Hawaii from RAAF Base Amberley, on three flights from late August through September 5, 2013.

The F-111C was Australia’s principal strike aircraft from 1973 through 2010 and was affectionately known there as the Pig due to its ability to hunt at night with the nose of the aircraft close to the ground.


The outright gift of the F-111 to the Museum is a reminder of the F-111’s shared service between Australia and the United States and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor plans a reception for Australian and American dignitaries and military representatives in October, to properly welcome the aircraft and honor the Royal Australian Air Force for their gift to the Museum.


Hawaii Island Police Track Down One Escapee – Other Still Sought

Hawaiʻi Island police have located one of two inmates who escaped from the Hale Nani correctional facility Wednesday night (September 4).

At 11:50 a.m. Friday (September 6), Kona Patrol officers and Community Policing officers responded to a report that 27-year-old Andrew Marshall Wanat had been seen on Alapa Street in Kailua-Kona.

Andrew Wanat

Andrew Wanat

When officers responded, he attempted to run away twice before he was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree escape and taken to the Kona police cellblock while police continue the investigation.

The second inmate is still at large. Robert Carlos Garcia, 23, who has no permanent address, is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, about 130 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Robert Garcia

Robert Garcia

He often wears a goatee and mustache, and he has tattoos on his right forearm and the left side of his neck.

Police ask anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact Detective Clarence Davies at 961-2384 or cdavies@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@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.


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

One hundred nineteen youth participated in 47 games during HI-PAL’s 2013 “Click It Or Ticket” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held at the Honokaʻa Sports Complex gymnasium on August 17.

Coming out on top in the 9-10 division was NSP out of North Kohala coached by Paul Antonio and Leo Agbayani. Members of the team are are Koby Agbayani, Molonai Emeliano, Jace Hook and La’akea Kauka.

9-10 Division: NSP out of North Kohala

9-10 Division: NSP out of North Kohala

Coming out on top in the 11-12 division were the Stingrays of Kona coached by Bobbie Awa, Ryan Hanato and Zach Hanato. Members of the team are: Elijah Antonio, Tito Cabico, Quinten Hanato and Tyler Jacinto.

11-12 Division: Stingrays of Kona

11-12 Division: Stingrays of Kona

Coming out on top in the 13-14 division was N-One #2 of Hilo coached by Guy Nakamoto. Members of the team are Mike Bugado, Shaun Kojima, Jayston Prudencio and Kien Uyeda.

13-14 Division: N-One #2 of Hilo

13-14 Division: N-One #2 of Hilo

Coming out on top in the combined girls 12 and 14-under division was Na Aikane Green of Honokaʻa coached by Kevin Yamasaki and Alan Kaohimaunu. Members of the team are Ceejay Agbayani, Makenzie Kalawai and Mikayla Tablit.

Girls Combined 12 and 14-Under Division: Na Aikane Green of Honoka’a

Girls Combined 12 and 14-Under Division: Na Aikane Green of Honoka’a

Coming out on top in the High School Boys division was Kohala of North Kohala, coached by Alfred Figueroa. Members of the team are: Justin Agbayani, Hana Carvalho, Kealen Figueroa, Kala Jordan and Shawn Ramos.

High School Boys Division: Kohala of North Kohala

High School Boys Division: Kohala of North Kohala

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

2nd Annual Holokū Ball

Na Wai Puna o Kona, under the direction of Kumu Keala Ching presents:

The 2nd Annual Holokū Ball – Hali’a Ka Nani – A memory of the beauty of the Holokū, Dinner, dancing and entertainment.  Friday, September 13, 2013 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.  Pupu’s and no host cocktails 5:30 – 6:30, Dinner 7pm.  Tickets: $75 per person, reserved seating – tables of 10 available


For tickets and information please call 345-9994 or visit www.nawaiiwiola.org before September 9.

A celebration in remembrance  of the beautiful European inspired dresses such as the one worn by Queen Lili’uokalani. The styles were influenced by the royal court during the reign of Kings Kamehameha III and IV and their queens, Kalama and Emma. Adapted from foreign fashions of London and Paris, the gowns with a princess line and sweeping train are a graceful reminder of days gone by, and it’s place of importance in the history of Hawaiian culture.



Tomorrow – Queen Lili’uokalani Festival

The annual Queen Lili`uokalani Festival — He Hali`a Aloha no Lili`uokalani — will be held in Lili`uokalani Gardens Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Queen Liliuokalani Festival 2013


HuffPost Hawaii Looking for Big Island Bloggers

Yesterday, Thursday, Sept. 5 – Pierre Omidyar, publisher and CEO of Honolulu Civil Beat, alongside Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of Huffington Post hosted a private Hawai‘i Island reception to celebrate the launch of HuffPost Hawaii. This all-new, vibrant online news site, which debuted on Sept. 4, aims to provide a high-quality, dynamic blend of real-time news, views and community discussion about Hawai‘i.

Arianna Huffington and Former Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau George Applegate

Arianna Huffington and Former Executive Director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau George Applegate

The Huffington Post, the Pulitzer Prize-winning source of news, opinion, entertainment, community and digital information, and Honolulu Civil Beat launched HuffPost Hawaii. The Huffington Post’s newest edition offers real-time local news and perspectives, along with national and international coverage, to both local and global audiences. To celebrate its launch, HuffPost Hawaii will host a series of events this week, including an industry talk with local media, receptions on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island, and a panel on “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money and Power,” an editorial initiative that will feature prominently on HuffPost Hawaii.

“Beyond being a major tourist destination and home to more than one million people, Hawai‘i occupies a unique place in our collective imagination,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. “In addition to its history, diversity and unique culture, Hawai‘i’s natural beauty and Aloha spirit have made it a world capital of unplugging and recharging. As we focus on The Third Metric and redefining success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom and giving back, there is so much that Hawai‘i can teach the rest of the world. We are delighted to be partnering with Honolulu Civil Beat in order to tell the islands’ most important stories—and, just as important, to help the people of Hawai‘i tell their stories themselves—while at the same time bringing those stories to the rest of America and to our growing international audience.”

Arianna and Pierre visited the Nawahi

Arianna and Pierre visited the Nawahi Hawaiian Immersion School before meeting with business and community members. Photo HuffPost Hawaii

HuffPost Hawaii features a dynamic blend of high-quality content ranging from slideshows of Hawai‘i, guides to local attractions and the topics that matter most to Hawai‘i residents, such as the state’s education system and economic development. And of course, HuffPost Hawaii will showcase local bloggers sharing their voices and unique perspectives.

“The Huffington Post has enormous reach into communities around the world and now here at home in Hawai‘i. The partnership with Civil Beat is full of opportunity as we look to leverage that platform to share Hawai‘i’s unique assets as well as our challenges,” said Pierre Omidyar, co-founder, CEO & publisher of Honolulu Civil Beat. “ We’re eager to see what voices emerge from across the islands, and which stories people feel are important to share with others. I believe this partnership has the power to shape the world’s perception of Hawai‘i and there’s an open invitation to every resident to be a part of that.”

Those interested in becoming a community blogger for HuffPost Hawaii can email the editorial team at hawaiiblogs@huffingtonpost.com.

HuffPost Hawaii brings together the resources of The Huffington Post and Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawai‘i’s largest news organization dedicated exclusively to civic affairs journalism. Honolulu Civil Beat has hired a new editorial team to manage HuffPost Hawaii’s content, editorial direction and daily operations. Honolulu Civil Beat will continue to operate as a standalone local news site, serving as a vibrant platform for civic engagement and a reliable source for public affairs news and investigative reporting.

After meeting with community and business members, Arianna and Pierre visited Richard Ha's Farm Hamakua Springs.

After meeting with community and business members, Arianna and Pierre visited Richard Ha’s Farm Hamakua Springs Country Farms. Photo HuffPost Hawaii

HuffPost Hawaii’s debut follows the May launch of HuffPost Japan, a partnership between The Huffington Post and Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s second-largest newspaper. HuffPost Hawaii is uniquely positioned to be a journalistic platform for bridging Asia and the Pacific while sharing Hawai‘i’s aloha spirit with the rest of the world.

Stay connected to HuffPost Hawaii on Facebook (Facebook.com/HuffPostHawaii) and Twitter (@HuffPostHawaii). Launch events for Ke Ka’apuni: A Tour of Hawai‘i will be tracked via the hashtag #AlohaHuffPost.


Big Island’s Chef Ippy Aiona Wins One for the U.S.A.

Chef Ippy Aiona wins in Toronto at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival’s 10th Anniversary International Iron Chef Competition

Chef Ippy Aiona of The Three Fat Pigs Restaurant & Gastropub plus The Thirsty Wolf  Lounge edged out Ecuadorian Chef Luis Barrazeuta and Chef Betty Vázquez of Mexico to win the semi-finals of the International Iron Chef Competition last Sunday night at the Hot & Spicy Food Festival held in Toronto, Canada.

Chef Ippy Aiona at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

Chef Ippy Aiona at the 2012 Mealani Taste of the Hawaiian Range

The competition, hosted by Iron Chef America’s Kevin Brauch at the famed Harbourfront Centre on Toronto’s waterfront was a sizzling showdown between chefs going head-to-head with other chefs and the clock.  Chef Ippy came out on top with creative dishes infused with sauerkraut.  It was Chef Ippy’s spin on beef Carpaccio with a sauerkraut foam mouse, sauerkraut tempura and arugula spaghetti that defeated runner-up Chef Betty Vazquez for the win.

“It was a tough decision to make, but Chef Ippy worked his culinary magic and turned the secret ingredient into a delicious gastronomic creation,” said Melanie Fernandez, Director of Community & Educational Programs at Harbourfront Centre. “Our panel of culinary experts agreed that his creativity deserves recognition, which is what earned him the prestigious International Iron Chef title.”

In addition to this latest title, Chef Ippy’s culinary achievements include being a finalist on the eighth season of Food Network Star and being recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the “Best 30 Under 30 in Food and Wine.”

Watch for Chef Ippy Aiona at the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival this weekend in Honolulu!


Hawaiian Electric Companies Implement Changes to Help More Customers Add Solar Photovoltaic Systems

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Companies are making procedures easier, faster and less expensive for customers seeking to add rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, while continuing to ensure safe and reliable service for all customers.

Solar Panels were recently placed on the Pahoa Community Aquatics Center

Solar Panels were recently placed on the Pahoa Community Aquatics Center

“Hawaii’s utilities lead the nation in percentage of customers who have PV,” said Scott Seu, vice president for energy resources and operations. “It’s a big contributor to achieving our state’s renewable energy goals and we know it’s an important option for our customers to help reduce their electric bills.

“At the same time, as our customers add more solar systems, circuits on all islands are reaching the level of PV that requires added care to maintain safety and reliability for all customers. But with additional studies and more experience, we are making changes to minimize the times when an interconnection study may be needed and making it as easy as possible for customers in cases when a study is needed.”

The Hawaiian Electric Companies are changing the threshold so more small systems (10 kW and under) can be added without a potentially costly and time-consuming interconnection study. The new threshold for a possible interconnection study is 100% of the daytime minimum circuit load, increased from 75%. In addition, Hawaiian Electric is doing a limited number of studies on several representative circuits and will apply the results to as many projects as possible on similar circuits.  Previously, each project requiring a study would have to go through its own separate study. This new approach will greatly reduce the number of studies needed and reduce costs to customers.

Hawaiian Electric is also asking all Oahu residential and commercial customers planning to add rooftop solar to call or email the utility before signing a contract or beginning installation. Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light already ask customers to contact them before initiating a solar project, as does Kauai Island Utility Cooperative.

Customers (or contractors on their behalf) should provide a name, address and proposed PV system size (in kilowatts) to the utilities by calling or emailing as follows:

• Oahu: 543-4760 or email nem@heco.com
• Maui, Molokai, Lanai: 871-8461 ext. 2445
• Hawaii Island:  969-0358 or email lvm@helcohi.com

In this way, a customer or contractor can get the most up-to-date status of the circuit on which they propose to add a solar project. Depending on how much PV is on the circuit, the utility may perform a supplemental review at the utility’s expense to determine if a more extensive study is required. Customers or contractors must still submit and get approval for a completed net metering application to connect to the grid and get the financial benefits of net metering.

“We want to avoid the situation where our customer signs a contract for PV or starts installation and later learns about added costs for studies or circuit upgrades because the circuit already has a high amount of PV,” said Seu. “We are making changes to make adding solar faster, cheaper and fairer, but we do ask customers to call so they have the most current information when making a decision about a very big financial investment in improving their homes or businesses.

“As we continue to monitor circuits and do representative studies we anticipate that it will be possible in the future for even more small systems to go forward without an interconnection requirements study,” Seu said.

Solar installations in Hawaii have doubled yearly since 2008 and are on track to double or nearly so in 2013.  No other utility in the nation has seen this dramatic growth. With more than 32,000 PV systems installed with a capacity of more than 240 megawatts interconnected, Hawaii utilities lead the nation in solar watts per customer and in the percentage of customers who have rooftop solar.

Too much solar power connected to a circuit without proper protective equipment is dangerous. The resulting back-feed can endanger the lives of utility workers and cause poor electric service, from flickers to outages. Over-voltage from high levels of solar can damage sensitive customer electronics including computers and televisions. Over-voltage can also damage utility lines and transformers. Interconnection studies are performed to identify what types of upgrades can be installed on a circuit to prevent these problems.