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New Skateboard Park to Open on the Big Island – Kamakoa Nui Skatepark in Waikoloa Village

The new Kamakoa Nui Skatepark in Waikoloa Village will celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, September 29, from 12 to 4 p.m.  Land for the park has been provided for the skateboard facility by the County of Hawaii, located at the end of Paniolo Estates on Iwikuamo’o Street.

Brian Sandlin, left, and Michael Moore, Jr. work on the coping and deck of the final quarter pipe of Kamakoa Nui Park. Grand opening is September 29 from 12 to 4 p.m.  Photo by Robin Christman for Waikoloa Community Development Corp./Transition Youth Project

Brian Sandlin, left, and Michael Moore, Jr. work on the coping and deck of the final quarter pipe of Kamakoa Nui Park. Grand opening is September 29 from 12 to 4 p.m. Photo by Robin Christman for Waikoloa Community Development Corp./Transition Youth Project

The community is invited and skaters are encouraged to bring their skateboards, helmets and pads and be among the first to skate in the new park, and to enter the Best Trick Contest with prizes for winners.  A free, family-event, the Grand Opening also includes a Silent Auction fundraiser, food, music, shave ice and fun activity for all ages.

Waikoloa Skate Park

Initiated in 2004 by the Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, the park was designed and built by California Skateparks, led by Brian Sandlin.  Phase I of the plaza-style skateboard facility, which opens Sunday, incorporates a variety of features for an exciting and rewarding experience for skaters on all levels.  Managed by Transition Youth Projects, additional phases will begin as fundraising levels are reached.

Waikoloa Skate Park

Granite “skate tiles” are available for sale to help support Kamakoa Nui Skatepark and plan for its future.  Businesses and individuals are invited to purchase one of three different sized tiles for a lasting contribution.

Donations can also be sent to Transition Youth Projects or Waikoloa Community Development Corporation, P O Box 383097, Waikoloa, HI 96738 (same address).  Both are 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  For more information, call Sherry Davis at 883-2748 or Laura Werneck at 883-3409, email info@waikoloaskatepark.com, visit www.waikoloaskatepark.com or find them on Facebook.

Coast Guard Supports State of Hawaii’s Response to Honolulu Harbor Molasses Spill

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received an official request from the Hawaii Department of Health to assist with the response to the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor Friday.

Molasses Sharks

“The Coast Guard is prepared to bring all the requested resources to this incident to support our state and local partner agencies” said Capt. Shannon Gilreath, captain of the port Honolulu. “We have been working closely with state partners since the spill occurred to offer advice and resources. This official request is the next step in our joint response to this incident.”

The Coast Guard began supporting the response Monday morning when investigators from Sector Honolulu responded to a report of discolored water in the harbor. Since then, the Coast Guard has held daily meetings with the lead State agency, Hawaii Department of Health. Crews from Station Honolulu have conducted daily patrols in the affected area since Monday.

The request for federal assistance allows the Coast Guard to support the lead agency with a wide variety of resources to include specialized response personnel, boats and equipment from the Coast Guard and other Federal Agencies. The captain of the port requested support from the Coast Guard’s National Strike Force for water sampling and monitoring and is currently coordinating with technical specialists from the EPA to help assess additional response mitigation strategies.

The Hawaii Department of Health remains the lead agency for the response. Other agencies involved include the Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbor Police, Hawaii Health Department Clean Water Branch, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources, Clean Islands Council and the Hawaii Wildlife Center.

For more information contact the Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, Lt. Kevin Cooper at (808) 286-4675 or the Department of Health Public Information Officer, Janice Okubo at (808) 586-4442.


Calling Artists of Filipino Ancestry

The Asia-Pacific Arts Consortium (A-PAC) presents PAMANA 2, the Annual A-PAC Art Exhibit in celebration of the Philippine-American Heritage Month at the Courtyard at Honolulu Hale.

Jimmy Tablante and some of his works

Jimmy Tablante and some of his works

The event is sponsored by the Renato and Maria A. F. Etrata Foundation and co-sponsored by the Philippine Cultural Foundation of Hawaii. The exhibit will be on display from October 16 through October 31, 2013. This year’s theme is: “2islands,1spirit”. We are calling all artists of Filipino ancestry to participate in this art show highlighting works in several art media such as oil, acrylic, photography, mixed media, watercolor, pastel. Deadline for entries is September 30.

Event:              The PAMANA 2 Exhibit

Venue:             Courtyard at Honolulu Hale

Date/Time:      Wednesday, October 16, 2013 through Thursday, October 31, 2013

Contact:          For more information please contact Corinne Gallardo Mata at  271-1344 or email corinnegallardo@hotmail.com.

Hawaii Inmate Commits Suicide at Mainland Correctional Center

The Connecticut Department of Correction and the Connecticut State Police are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Hartford Correction Center
Hartford Correctional Center
At approximately 8:02 p.m. on Friday September 13, 2013 correctional staff conducting routine tours observed an inmate unresponsive in his cell with a ligature tied around his neck. He was the only inmate in the cell at the time of the incident.

Correctional and medical staff immediately initiated emergency and life saving measures. The inmate was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 p.m.

The inmate is identified as 31-year-old John Matthew Tyhurst from Pearl City, Hawaii. He was an unsentenced inmate with pending charges of Employing a Minor in an Obscene Performance. Inmate Tyhurst had been incarcerated at the Hartford Correctional Center since July 30, 2013.

The exact manner and cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Open Cockpit Day Coming Up at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Visitors will have the opportunity to sit in the seat, man the controls, and really feel the history of WWII fighters and modern-day jet fighters at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s second Open Cockpit Day, Saturday, October 12, 9am to 5pm.The event is free with paid Museum admission and free for Museum Members.

Open Cockpit3A partnership with Honolulu Community College allows guests of all ages to “Explore the World of Aviation” through hands-on activities and pop-up exhibits related to avionics, engineering, and remote controlled aircraft. The Birds of Paradise Air Show Team will exhibit aerobatic remote controlled flying. The General Aviation Council of Hawaii (GACH) will also be on hand.

Open Cockpit

Guests younger than 10 years of age will require parental supervision to climb up and into the aircraft. Guests must also be able to climb boarding stairs and in to a cockpit, to participate. Museum visitors are invited to bring cameras and the Museum staff will do the rest. Pilot’s gear, the Museum’s vintage aircraft, and meetings with aviation heroes will create a unique family day.

Download a free flight simulator coupon and purchase tickets online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org. Phone 808-441-1007 for more information or email Education@PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily and is accessed by shuttles from the USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.