Skydive Hawaii Offering 10 Free Tandem Jumps Each Day to Federal Workers Affected by Shutdown

Skydive Hawaii just posted the following comment on Facebook offering free tandem jumps to residents of Hawaii who are FEDERAL WORKERS AND HAVE BEEN AFFECTED by the Government Shutdown:

If you have a Hawaii ID and you are a Hawaii affected federal worker, how about we take up to 10 people a day at no charge for the skydive. Must be over 18 and weigh under 200 pounds and sign the liability release.If an affected worker has already made a deposit to make a tandem skydive during this period of shutdown, let us know and we’ll refund it and offer you a free tandem instead.

Setting a Hawaii Tandem Skydiving Altitude Record on December 10, 2011 at Skydive Hawaii

Setting a Hawaii Tandem Skydiving Altitude Record on December 10, 2011 at Skydive Hawaii

I will toss this in just for the fact of the matter… Please be prepared to show your Federal Identification badge or card.

They are also offering affected Federal workers with a Skydiving License a free lift in the sky:

We are very sad to hear that many people will be affected by the US Government‘s shutdown. Skydive Hawaii will be offering free lift tickets during the work week (Monday-Friday) to all USPA licensed sport skydivers who are federal workers directly affected by the shutdown. We will keep this up until you’re working again or we no longer can bear the costs.

Mahalo to Skydive Hawaii for hooking folks up during this time of need.  For more information on the promotion… you will need to call the company directly at 808-637-9700 or 808-945-0222.

Sunday – 2nd Annual Festival of Aloha

Festival of Aloha

Sam Choy, Sonny Bhagawalia Headline TechConKona 2.0

TechConKona, a full-day conference teaching business owners technology and sustainability solutions to boost their bottom line — will be held Saturday November 2nd at the NELHA Gateway Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A fundraising pau hana will follow from 4-6:30 pm to benefit the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

The conference is headlined by three prominent speakers:

Sonny Bhagwalia

Sonny Bhagwalia

Sonny Bhagawalia, the State of Hawaii’s first Chief Information Officer and champion of island-wide Wifi access;  Sam Choy, “Food Network” star, author and restauranteur; and Henk Rogers, who helped create Tetris, one of the world’s first computer games and founder of the Blue Planet Foundation. These well-known experts, along with 8 other dynamic speakers, will address small business owners, farmers, chefs, digital marketing and technology professionals and sustainability change agents.

Attendees will learn how technology and sustainability intersect for business success and focus on new systems, ideas, resources and information led by experts in the fields of food sustainability, digital marketing, Internet technology, and more.

The conference will address Hawaii island’s issues surrounding local food, labor, and resources, saving money using web technology and productivity tools, and working together to find systems that benefit the island AND local business.

“At TechConKona, our presenters and expert panelists will show business owners and managers how to use technology to boost their bottom line using affordable tools, while learning about sustainability practices which impact us all on a deep level, both personally and professionally,” said Julie Ziemelis, a key organizer of the event. “TechConKona is an exciting networking, educational and synergistic event which we are proud to present. Thought leaders, change agents and innovators are encouraged to attend and participate!”

The Pau Hana reception is being held in memory of Guy Toyama, who helped found the event last year. Guy, a local environmental and sustainability innovator, passed away last November and a memorial fund was set up in his name to fund scholarships for students in the fields of environmental sustainability.

Tickets to the event are $75 and VIP tickets are $100. Registered attendees receive full conference access, refreshments, post-event networking fundraising reception benefiting the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund and access to exhibitors. More about buying tickets and the speaker agenda can be found at

Companies interested in being exhibitors at the event can contact Julie Ziemelis, Ziemelis Communications, at 808-854-6769 or email

The conference, which will feature exhibitors, networking opportunities, a luncheon, and a pau-hana business reception, is sponsored by the County of Hawaii, the Small Business Development Center, Mac Made Easy, Natural Investments, Ziemelis Communications and Hafner Creative Communications.

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement Regarding the Federal Government Shutdown

Gov. Neil Abercrombie recently met with bond purchasers and major credit rating agencies in Los Angeles and New York to confirm Hawaii’s solid fiscal condition.


While meeting with the credit agencies, it was clear to them that the shutdown of the federal government could have serious detrimental effects on the economies for all states.  The federal shutdown could also compromise much of the accomplishments that Hawaii has achieved in the past few years emerging from the economic recession.

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“The State of Hawaii cannot substitute for the federal government nor assume its obligations. However, with the report from the Sequestration Impact Response Team in hand, resources funded this past legislative session, and the readiness of all departments in the administration to respond to the shutdown, we are confident in our ability to address immediate contingencies.  It is the clear responsibility of Congress to end the shutdown as quickly as possible and to meet continuously until that is accomplished.”

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Identifying Human Remains

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying human remains found in Kona last week.

HPDBadgeShortly after 7:30 a.m. Friday (September 27), Kona patrol officers responded to a report of human remains found in a vacant lot on the south side of Ololi Street in Kailua-Kona.

Officers found the decomposed body of a man believed to be a Caucasian between 50 and 60 years old, about 5-foot-3 and 150 pounds. All his upper teeth were capped. He was wearing shorts made of sweatshirt material, water socks and a jade crucifix hanging from a string around his neck. Found near the body was a dark backpack. The man may have been living on the empty lot.

An autopsy performed Friday determined that he died of natural causes.

Police ask anyone who may know his identity to contact Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 228, or

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Initiating Coroners Inquest in Connection With Fatal Fire

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with a fatal fire Monday night (September 30) in Kaʻū.

In response to a 9:09 p.m. report of a structure fire on Bamboo Lane in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision, Kaʻū Patrol officers arrived to find Fire Department personnel extinguishing a fire that destroyed a small house. After putting out the flames, Fire Department personnel found the remains of an unidentified man inside.

Fatal Fire
An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday (October 2) to determine the exact cause of death and to attempt to identify the deceased.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Sean Smith at 326-4646, extension 262, or

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.

Government Shutdown Forces Closure of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – 217 Employees Affected

Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.  All visitor facilities including Kīlauea Visitor Center, park hotels, campgrounds and roads – except for Highway 11, a thru way – are closed.  The park will remain closed until the government reopens.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Entrance

Superintendent Cindy Orlando said that park visitors in all overnight campgrounds and lodges will be given until 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 3 to make travel arrangements and leave the park. In addition, all park programs and special events have been canceled, including tonight’s After Dark in the Park presentation on earthquakes.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park hosts 4,500 visitors on average each day; nationally, more than 715,000 visitors a day frequent the National Park System. The park will lose an estimated $12,800 of entrance fees each day of the shutdown, plus other fees. Nationwide the NPS stands to lose approximately $450,000 per day in lost revenue from fees collected at entry stations and fees paid for in-park activities such as cave tours, boat rides and camping. Gateway communities across the country see about $76 million per day in total sales from visitor spending that is lost during a government shutdown. Visitors spend about $96,990,000 a year in the communities around Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, or approximately $265,726 a day.

In Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 127 employees are on furlough because of the shutdown and another 90 concessions employees are similarly affected.  Thirteen park employees remain on duty, providing security and emergency services.

Nationwide the shutdown has also furloughed more than 20,000 National Park Service employees; approximately 3,000 employees remain on duty to ensure essential health, safety, and security functions at parks and facilities. About 12,000 park concessions employees are also affected.

Because it will not be maintained, the National Park Service website will be down for the duration of the shutdown. has more than 750,000 pages and 91 million unique visitors each year.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit

About the National Park Service. National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.