HI-PAL Volleyball Returns to The Big Island

Twenty-three youths aged 10 and under participated in eight two-set volleyball games during the “Click It or Ticket” HI-PAL and Keaukaha Sports “Jus Fo’ Fun” volleyball day held at the Kawananakoa Hall gymnasium in Keaukaha on Saturday, September 14.

HIPAL Volleyball

This tournament was the first HI-PAL volleyball activity in more than 10 years. The next HI-PAL volleyball event is scheduled for September 28 in Kailua-Kona. For further information on this tournament, call Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.

Other HI-PAL volleyball activities are in the works for the remainder of the year.

“Click It or Ticket” is a national education and enforcement campaign aimed at increasing seat belt use and decreasing traffic fatalities and injuries. The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all youth, teens and adults to always use their seat belts.

 

Free Sports Equipment for East Hawaii Children Sponsored by Neighborhood Place of Puna

Neighborhood Place of Puna is now distributing new and gently used youth sports equipment to East Hawaii children and youth who want to play sports but cannot afford to buy the necessary equipment.

Neighborhood Place of Puna believes that every child deserves the right to play team sports. Our Sports Rescue program takes donations of gently used unwanted or outgrown sports equipment and gives it to East Hawaii children and youth who need help getting the equipment necessary to play sports.

If your child wants to play sports and needs help finding equipment, please call Neighborhood Place of Puna at 965-5550, to find out if we have the sports equipment that you need.

Free Sports Equipment

Neighborhood place of Puna is also still accepting donations of new and gently used sports equipment. Donations can be dropped off at our Pahoa office, 15-3039 Pahoa Village Rd, during business hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday. Or call 965-5550 to arrange to drop off donations in Hilo.

This program is made possible through a grant from Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help families raise healthy safe keiki by providing families with the tools and supports they need to be successful.

Happy Birthday YouTube Star Lehua! Dolphin Quest Hawaii’s First Second-Generation Dolphin Calf Celebrates 1st Birthday

Lehua the dolphin celebrated her one-year birthday Tuesday (September 17, 2013) at Dolphin Quest Hawaii, located at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

My son swimming with one of the dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

My son swimming with one of the dolphins at Dolphin Quest Hawaii

Last year, Lehua’s incredible birth video touched the hearts and minds of millions after debuting on YouTube.

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The crystal clear underwater footage documented the fascinating first moments of the young calf’s life. Lehua’s mom, Keo, was also born at Dolphin Quest Hawaii, making Lehua Dolphin Quest’s first second-generation calf.

Dolphin Quest Hawaii trainers and some lucky young guests joined in Lehua’s birthday fun and festivities on Tuesday. Lehua was greeted with a chorus of “Happy Birthday”, and a delicious birthday treat. The adorable kids who participated in the event had the opportunity to meet young Lehua while learning about dolphins and ocean conservation. Video of Lehua’s birthday celebration can be seen on Dolphin Quest’s YouTube channel and on their Facebook page in a segment called the “Dolphin Calf Chronicles”.

“Lehua is an amazing ambassador, inspiring guests from all over the world to be passionate about dolphins and their ocean environment,” says Lauren Prutow-McKenna, senior dolphin trainer at Dolphin Quest.

According to Tim Murphy, General Manager of Dolphin Quest Hawaii, “Lehua’s birthday is not only a celebration of an incredible dolphin, but it is also a testament to the top-notch animal and veterinary caretakers who ensure that all of our dolphins are well-loved and well-cared for at Dolphin Quest.”

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Residents of Hawaii and military personnel who would like to wish Lehua “Happy Birthday” in person can enjoy a special 15% discount on select dolphin interaction programs through the end of the year. Reservations can be made by calling Dolphin Quest or visiting the Dolphin Quest Web site.

Dolphin Quest is an international organization known for its creative approach to education, its commitment to ocean wildlife research, its exemplary animal health care and its successful breeding programs. The innovative encounter programs featured at the Dolphin Quest locations in Hawaii and Bermuda promote a spirit of connection to the marvels of the oceans.

For more information, visit: www.dolphinquest.com or www.facebook.com/dolphinquest.

Big Island Police Catch Second Man Wanted in Home Invasion Robbery

Hawaiʻi Island police have located the second man wanted and previously charged in connection with a home invasion robbery in the Leilani Estates subdivision on July 24.

Kawika Benny Kahee

Kawika Benny Kahee

At 12:20 p.m. Thursday (September 19), police arrested 30-year-old Kawika Benny Kahee at a home in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision. On the strength of a grand jury indictment, he was charged with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault, second-degree theft, third-degree promoting a dangerous drug, and drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested and charged with and contempt of court and two counts of no-bail probation revocation. His bail for the remaining offenses was set at $58,000.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday afternoon (September 20).

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Update

Kahaualeʻa 2 source vent and Puʻu ʻŌʻō:

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is fed from a spatter cone, shown here, on the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor.

The spatter cone is about 8 m (26 ft) high. (click to enlarge)

The spatter cone is about 8 m (26 ft) high. (click to enlarge)

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow extends to the north and northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

From the edge of the flow, where it first reaches the forest, Puʻu ʻŌʻō still appears to tower above the surrounding plain.

From the edge of the flow, where it first reaches the forest, Puʻu ʻŌʻō still appears to tower above the surrounding plain.

Views of Kahaualeʻa 2 flow:

Active breakouts on the Kahaualeʻa 2 are scattered over a broad area.

Here, a breakout near the edge of the forest engulfs trees and burns dead foliage.

Here, a breakout near the edge of the forest engulfs trees and burns dead foliage.

This beautiful bubble of glass, about the size of an small orange, adorns the surface of a breakout on the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

Note the delicate bubble walls stretched so thin that they grade from the color of honey to transparent.

Note the delicate bubble walls stretched so thin that they grade from the color of honey to transparent.

Big Island Church Offering Animal Blessing Services – Goats, Sheep and Pigs Welcome

The community is invited to bring their pets to Hilo’s Church of the Holy Apostles for the church’s Annual Feast of St. Francis Animal Blessing Services on October 6, at both the 7:30 am and 10:30 am services.  The church is located at 1407 Kapi‘olani Street.

Pet Blessing

“Pets show us unconditional love. The Feast of St. Francis gives us an opportunity to honor that and to honor our pets that give us comfort, satisfaction, and peace,” said Church of the Holy Apostle Rector, the Reverend Moki Hino.

“I love how incredibly open the Church of the Holy Apostles is to all people as well as to all animals; not just cats and dogs, but goats, pigs, chickens, sheep and horses too.  If you can bring it, it’ll get blessed,” said church member, Kim Arakawa.

For more information about the Animal Blessings call the Church of the Holy Apostles at 935-5545.