December Give-A-Ways: Hand Signed 2014 Tiki Calendars

This month… each week,  I will be giving away a 2014 Tiki Calendar designed by Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker via my Facebook page.

Tiki CalendarYou can find out more about the promotion by liking and following my Facebook site here:  Damon Tucker’s Facebook Page.

Big Island Police Looking for Senior Citizen Last Seen in Parking Lot of Long’s Drug Store

UPDATE: Hatsuko Yamashita has been located in good health.

Police are requesting public assistance in locating a missing person, Hatsuko Yamashita, Female 84, who may be in a white 1990 Toyota Corolla 4 door sedan, license number MWN486.


Yamashita was last seen within this vehicle in the parking lot of the Prince Kuhio Long’s Drug Store. Both Yamashita and the vehicle are missing.

Yamashita described as 5’1″, medium build and shoulder length black hair. Unknown clothing.

Persons with information are asked to call 935-3311.

This Process Called Plate Tectonics

I freaking love this…. apparently some teacher is pretty creative and funny!

Lyrics by Dan Reed
Music: “Royals” by Lorde

I wanted to make a fun way for my students to get content stuck in their heads.


Alfred Wegener wrote the draft.
He said these continents look like pieces
Of a puzzle.
And everyone who knew him laughed.
They wanted proof of cause.
They wanted more than fossils.

But now we know that
Makes new ocean floor.
Ocean trench
Fuels a new volcano.
What’s the cause?
Convection currents in the mantle
Drive a process called
plate tectonics.
Don’t say that you’re leery.
What a great theory!
It makes sense.
There’s so much evidence.

And there’s so much construction.
Mountains being built,
The Grand Canyon has been lifted.
Recite these words, I’d say you’re gifted.
Lava from volcanoes
Build up the surface Earth.
Maybe let them cool,
See a whole new landform birth.

You know this movement has to flow.
Tectonic plates collide and cause
Such friction.
And when the energy builds up slow,
The seismic force released,
It kinda sounds like fiction.

But every quake’s like
Focus in the lithosphere.
Surface waves,
Most destructive,
What’s that rumble I hear?
What’s the cause?
Convection currents in the mantle
Drive a process called
plate tectonics.
Don’t say that you’re leery.
What a great theory!
It makes sense.
There’s so much evidence.

There’s the Ring of Fire
Around Pacific Plate.
You know that faults have landforms rifted.
Recite these words I’d say you’re gifted.
And there’s so much subduction,
Volcanic island arcs.
Now while you’re in school,
Tell me how tsunamis start.

Hot… Spots…
Hawaii is an island chain.
And you can get there on a plane.
Hot… Spots…
The path isn’t really straight.
It follows the Pacific Plate.

That’s plate tectonics,
But there’s so much more.
You know these continents have drifted.
Recite these words I’d say you’re gifted.
Mid-ocean ridges
Pull Europe and us away.
We’re moving slow.
An inch per year’s the spreading rate.

University of Hawaii Football Player Willis Wilson Drowns at Sandy Beach

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser a University of Football player drowned this morning at Sandy Beach:

WillisUniversity of Hawaii running back Willis Wilson apparently drowned this morning in an incident off Sandy Beach.

He was 20.

According to a Honolulu Fire Department report, Wilson was among a group of three men and two women who were wading in shallow water early this morning. At about 4:30 a.m., they noticed that Wilson was not with them.

More here:


UH Football Player Willis Wilson Passes Away

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i Athletics Department has confirmed the passing of Willis Wilson, a running back on the football team.

“We are very saddened by the news of Willis’ passing,” head football coach Norm Chow said. “He was a very fun-loving young man, who was well-liked by his teammates. He was an exciting football player who came to us from the University of Washington and whom we felt would help us at running back. He overcame some obstacles in his life and he was the perfect lesson to our team to never quit. Our thoughts and prayers are with Willis’ family during this difficult time.”

Wilson, 21, a walk-on who transferred from Washington, did not appear in any games this season.

Born in Pearl City, O‘ahu, Wilson spent three years at UW, where he redshirted in 2010 and received the team’s Brian Stapp Special Teams Scout Player of the Year award. He did not appear in any games in 2011 and saw limited action in four games as a sophomore.

Wilson graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, Wash. He was an all-state running back and the South Puget Sound League’s offensive player of the year as a senior after rushing for 1,425 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading Lakes to the 3A state semifinals.

Wilson’s father Jack Wilson, Jr., played for UH in the late 1980s.


Results of the Second Annual Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph 5K Walk/Run

Here are the results of the Second Annual Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph 5K Walk/Run that was held on Thursday, November 28.

Big Dog New Years Run
The run was named after long time Big Island Roadrunner Club President and Hilo Marathon Director. Wayne passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.

The event was open to all and there was no time limit:

  1. Ian McQuate         17:00
  2. Steven Hunter           17:34
  3. Axl Aricayos               17:44
  4. Ryan Witthans       18:41
  5. Zack Mermel          18:47
  6. Mike Daly                18:48
  7. Tod Narohnic          19:00
  8. Kai Garson- Shumway     19:17
  9. Bryn Witthans                   19:17
  10. Bill McMahon                    19:20
  11. Conrad Salboro                 19:35
  12. Johann Kuipers                 19:42
  13. Curtis Neck                         19:43
  14. Mehana Sabado-Halpern –F          19:43
  15. Joe Barcia            19:43
  16. Robert Patey     19:44
  17. Carmen Garson                -Shumway          19:45
  18. Noe Waller         19:47
  19. Bodhi  Anderson              19:53
  20. Alan Ryan            19:54
  21. Unknown            20:02
  22. Tony  O’Toole    20:07
  23. Patrick Baker      20:10
  24. Joi Kislig                20:16
  25. Drew Holloway 20:18
  26. Garret Uyeda    20:20
  27. Bryce Harada     20:21
  28. Casey Bolger      20:23
  29. Corey Stewart   20:39
  30. Chad Trujillo       21:01
  31. Keith Marrack    21:10
  32. Steven Chung    21:15
  33. Jordan Villena    21:18
  34. Stewart Miyashiro           21:13
  35. Aaron Knell         21:38
  36. Michael Gunden       21:41
  37. Derek Supnet    21:45
  38. Todd Shumway                 21:49
  39. Sally Marrack     21:53
  40. Luke Memmer  22:06
  41. Tim O’Connell    22:07
  42. Solomon  Escalante         22:07
  43. Heather Rosario               22:11
  44. Stewart Hunter                 22:17
  45. Jordan Zarate    22:35
  46. Saya Yabe            22:41
  47. Felix Peng           22:45
  48. Dean Sakai          22:46
  49. Steve Pavao       22:53
  50. Isaac  Axtell        22:56
  51. John Hylas           23:07
  52. Lukas Kuipers    23:18
  53. Jin Harbour         23:21
  54. Adam Hill             23:24
  55. Skye Ombac       23:25
  56. Richard Tumin   23:29
  57.  Kobe Miller        23:33
  58. Tuan Giang         23:34
  59. Neil Brauer         23:35
  60. Michael Moses 23:37
  61. Ada Benson        23:41
  62. James Gunden  23:46
  63. Jordan Drewer  23:46
  64. Noa Corman       23:48
  65. Kevin Okumura   23:49
  66. Roy Yamada       23:49
  67. Jimmy Park         23:51
  68. Jordan Moe        23:55
  69. Christopher Hu 24:03
  70. Grace Sousa       24:04
  71. Christian Albano  24:21
  72. Shawn Suga        24:23
  73. Cody Tehero      24:27
  74. Vanessa Ignacio                   24:29
  75. Genevieve Girdner         24:30
  76. Mary Jane Tominaga      24:31
  77. Austin Wilson    24:35
  78. Sophia Romanic                   24:36
  79. Wendy Yamada                  24:46
  80.  Zayne Peresa    24:49
  81. Aaron Cox           24:50
  82. Hayley Barcia     24:58
  83. Charles Fernandez          25:02
  84. Andrew Langtry                   25:14
  85. Robert Salvadares           25:59
  86. Kundalini Richardson-Walker      25:32
  87. Kevin Hunter     25:33
  88. Harold Wilson    25:34
  89. Keith Marzullo   25:38
  90. Kelly Frietas        25:39
  91. Unknown            25:41
  92. Unknown            25:42
  93. Katie Loeak         25:43
  94. Merrily Wolf       25:46
  95. Michelle Miranda  25:46
  96. Shelby Tanaka   25:53
  97. Kaylee Rapoza   25:54
  98. Megan Washburn            25:54
  99. Vandey Okinaka               25:55
  100. Keri Fujiwara      25:55
  101. Jordan Concannon          25:55
  102. Brenna Halverson            25:56
  103. Ryosuke Hatanaka      25:58
  104. Quinn Shiroma    25:58
  105. Amelia Warnock    26:00
  106. Mel Ahlo              26:03
  107. Brittany Anderson    26:04
  108. Robert Paude    26:05
  109. Bob Erickson     26:06
  110. Deylan Okinaka    26:08
  111. Emerson Baker   26:09
  112. Catherine Spina    26:13
  113. Daniel Thorn    26:24
  114. Adrian Zarate   26:25
  115. Cherish Quiocho   26:26
  116. Malbert Ranan    26:32
  117. John Woolverton     26:35
  118. Robin Bauman   26:47
  119. Damien Miller    26:48
  120. Robert Belcher    26:49
  121. Kapua Lapera   26:52
  122. Iris Liberato        26:55
  123. Carly Belcher      26:59
  124. Dawn Patterson                  27:00
  125. Andrea Brauer  27:00
  126. Susan Armstrong   27:01
  127. Miguel Rivero   27:02
  128. Martha Rivero   27:07
  129. Dennis Nagai      27:09
  130. Kumei Kern        27:21
  131. Kaleo Kaleohano   27:23
  132. Jayden Gebin   27:24
  133. Ken Tamanaha   27:28
  134. Charles Bostwick   27:34
  135. Firmin Tehero    27:35
  136. Al Yano    27:37
  137. Unknown
  138. Ashferd Kelson    27:39
  139. Bradley Sanekane            27:39
  140. Kaleo Pana          27:40
  141. Karen Littrell      27:43
  142. Evan Trujillo        27:49
  143. David Hammes 27:55
  144. Adams Agtarap    28:00
  145. Linda Thomason    28:03
  146. Jarvis Valera       28:05
  147. Charles Keen     28:07
  148. Eric Kuwana        28:08
  149. Daniel Alveria    28:12
  150. Hallia Evans-Bautista       28:12
  151. Unknown            28:13
  152. Lyle Balingit        28:15
  153. Unknown            28:19
  154. Bryan Gorges     28:39
  155. Makani Miller    28:40
  156. Aaron Jarneski  28:42
  157. Richard Somerin      28:43
  158. Kanani  Desa      28:44
  159. Linda Ixtude       28:46
  160. Jack Brower        28:50
  161. Rowena Takiguchi            28:55
  162. Alyssa Asuncion                                29:03
  163. Leslie Samson-Tobakin  29:05
  164. Kawa Harijan      29:09
  165. Kaitlyn Galima   29:10
  166. Harlon Galima    29:12
  167. Richard Guenthoer         29:14
  168. Gerald Yamada                 29:14
  169. Edgar Tuliao        29:16
  170. Suzanne Swanson           29:18
  171. Kyle Saplan         29:21
  172. Ava Greenwood                               29:22
  173. Kim Furumo       29:30
  174. Sharron Hirota   29:32
  175. Dano Banks        29:39
  176. Emma Pedro      29:51
  177. Lorilyn Montizor               29:55
  178. Zachery Suffern                                29:57
  179. Petter Escalante               30:05
  180. Joseph D’Angelo              30:06
  181. Unknown            30:06
  182. Irene Gebin        30:07
  183. Lori Barretto       30:10
  184. Noah Pacheco   30:19
  185. Syndey Barcia    30:23
  186. Kayla Paiva          30:24
  187. Colby LaBrie       30:24
  188. Keith Miller         30:33
  189. Jason Shafer      30:35
  190. Daylene Midel   30:41
  191. Unknown            30:42
  192. Linda Laform      30:44
  193. Marti Banks        30:48
  194. Celeste Barcia    30:49
  195. Lynne Brauher  30:52
  196. Anne Veillet       30:53
  197. Jane Jackson      30:53
  198. Don Bintley         30:54
  199. Maile Bellosi       30:57
  200. Unknown            31:00
  201. Brenda Deschamps         31:05
  202. Keith Yamasaki  31:11
  203. Minoaka Malanas            31:22
  204. Lissa Paresa        31:23
  205. Adrel Vicente    31:30
  206. Jerelyn Hammer               31:34
  207. Yuka Blinn           31:35
  208. DJ Blinn                                31:36
  209. Aipono Valente                                31:38
  210. Anela Brickwood              31:42
  211. Kaalalani  Ahu                    31:44
  212. Nani Spaar                          31:45
  213. Cindy Ahsing                      31:47
  214. Unknown                            31:50
  215. Katrina Ombac                  31:52
  216. Sarah Ericson                     31:54
  217. Unknown                            31:55
  218. Kurt Kuipers                       32:00
  219. David Baldwin                    32:02
  220. Rita Miller                            32:05
  221. Kimberly Rodriguez         32:12
  222. Waiolu Peterson              32:16
  223. Anja Kuipos                        32:25
  224. Unknown                            32:27
  225. Brandi Ahyo                       32:34


Hawaii Sex Education Program to be Reviewed

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) will be placing Pono Choices implementation on hold as it conducts another review of the pilot curriculum. Pono Choices is a medically accurate teen pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) prevention program funded by the federal Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and developed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Disability Studies (CDS).

DOE ReleaseLeila Hayashida, DOE’s Assistant Superintendent for the Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Student Support stated, “Recent concerns over the department’s sexual education curriculum have resulted in misstatements and misunderstandings about the learning that takes place in the classroom. Pono Choices is a pilot curriculum and is one of seven DOE approved curricula for schools to use for sexual health education. We recently asked the CDS to address public concerns about the curriculum’s descriptions of healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships.”

Following the 2013 fall semester, Pono Choices curriculum implementation will be placed on hold while the CDS addresses concerns and the DOE completes another review process.

“We look forward to the review process as this will provide us with the opportunity to address any concerns the department may have with the curriculum” said Kelly Roberts, Ph.D., principal investigator for Pono Choices. “Our goal is to have a positive impact, reducing teen pregnancy and preventing STIs, through the use of medically accurate and evidence-based curricula. We appreciate the parents who attended our informational sessions and provided valuable feedback while obtaining answers to their questions regarding the curriculum.”

During the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, 12 DOE schools chose to implement the Pono Choices curriculum as a part of sexual health education. Each school held parent informational sessions prior to use. Eight other DOE schools are scheduled to receive training this school year. These 20 DOE schools, if implementing sexual health education prior to finalization of the second DOE review of Pono Choices, will need to select and use another curriculum.

Sexual Health Education is taught in middle schools and is focused on the short-and long-term effects and consequences of sexual activity, such as an unintended pregnancy or STIs. All DOE approved Sex Education courses are in compliance with the Board of Education’s abstinence-based sex education Policy 2110. For any course or lesson that is considered “controversial,” parents have the option of opting-out their child. This is in compliance with DOE regulation 2210.


Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update – Kahaualeʻa 2 Flow Still Active in Forest Northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow remains active, and continues to slowly expand into the forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

 The photo shows the main area of vegetation fires, along the north margin of the flow. Mauna Loa can be seen in the distance in the upper right.  (Click to Enlarge)

The photo shows the main area of vegetation fires, along the north margin of the flow. Mauna Loa can be seen in the distance in the upper right. (Click to Enlarge)

The flow front of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow has cut a narrow swath through forest northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The narrow lobe at the front is now inactive, with the main area of surface flows about 2km (1.2 miles) behind the end of this lobe.

Some of these surface flows are slowly expanding northward into the forest, creating vegetation fires. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is in the upper left.

Some of these surface flows are slowly expanding northward into the forest, creating vegetation fires. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is in the upper left.  Click to Enlarge

An equivalent thermal image:


This thermal image shows the front of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow. A narrow lobe at the very front is now inactive (evident by the slightly lower surface temperatures), while the main area of active surface flows (shown by white areas) are farther back from this leading edge. Click to Enlarge

This photo looks southwest, and shows Puʻu ʻŌʻō. The northeast spatter cone on the east rim of the crater is near the center of the photo, and is the vent area for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

 The lava tube feeding the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow extends from the northeast spatter cone down the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, in a direct line towards the lower right corner of the photo.   Click to Enlarge

The lava tube feeding the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow extends from the northeast spatter cone down the north flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, in a direct line towards the lower right corner of the photo. Click to Enlarge

The thermal image below is an equivalent view, and highlights the lava tube well.

This thermal image shows Puʻu ʻŌʻō (see visual photograph at left for equivalent view). Recently, the southeast and northeast spatter cones have produced small overflows out of the crater, shown clearly here by their warm temperatures. The vent for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is at the northeast spatter cone, and the lava tube supplying the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is obvious as the line of elevated temperatures extending to the lower right corner of the image.  Click to Enlarge

This thermal image shows Puʻu ʻŌʻō (see visual photograph at left for equivalent view). Recently, the southeast and northeast spatter cones have produced small overflows out of the crater, shown clearly here by their warm temperatures. The vent for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is at the northeast spatter cone, and the lava tube supplying the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is obvious as the line of elevated temperatures extending to the lower right corner of the image. Click to Enlarge

It was remarkably clear during Wednesday’s overflight of Kīlauea’s east rift zone. This photo is taken from Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and looks northwest. Mauna Kea is at the right, and Mauna Loa is at the left.

 In front of the summit of Mauna Loa, the degassing plume from the lava lake at Kīlauea's summit is rising vertically.  Click to Enlarge

In front of the summit of Mauna Loa, the degassing plume from the lava lake at Kīlauea’s summit is rising vertically. Click to Enlarge

Kona Man Arrested and Charged With Multiple Offenses

A Kailua-Kona man has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses that occurred in Kailua-Kona between October and November of 2013.

Tucker Henry Bontecou

Tucker Henry Bontecou

On Sunday (November 24) patrol officers arrested Tucker Henry Bontecou, 22, of Kailua-Kona, for the theft of items from a retail outlet in Keauhou, Kona. Bontecou was also arrested for promoting a dangerous drug and drug paraphernalia.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section and Vice Section continued these investigations in conjunction with three residential burglaries that Bontecou was a suspect in. The burglaries occurred in Kailua-Kona between October 7 and November 6, 2013. During the investigation detectives executed a search warrant on a vehicle that was operated by Bontecou.

On Tuesday (November 26) detectives charged Bontecou with one count of theft in the forth degree, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, two counts of drug paraphernalia, three counts of burglary, one count of theft in the first degree, six counts of theft in the second degree and three counts of forgery in the second degree. His bail was set at $46,250.

Bontecou was held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court hearing scheduled for Wednesday (November 27).

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events on the Big Island

Household Hazardous Waste collection events will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., as follows:

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station.
  • Saturday, December 14, 2013, at the Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe) Recycling and Transfer Station.

These events are for household-generated and self-hauled waste only.  No business or farm wastes and NO electronic waste will be accepted.


The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management holds these regular collection events so households can conveniently dispose of acceptable HHW in a manner that protects both public health and the environment.  Some acceptable HHW are automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides.  For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable HHW, please visit our website The website includes other useful information on solid waste diversion and recycling.

If you are unable to attend the events described above, the next scheduled HHW Collection Events will be on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Waimea and on Sunday, March 2, 2013 in Pāhoa.

Please direct your comments or questions regarding these HHW Collection Events to Linda Peters, Recycling Coordinator with the Department of Environmental Management at 961-8942 or email to  Mahalo for your kōkua.


Another Skydiving Incident in Hawaii with Pacific Skydive – Man Nearly Electrocutes Himself After Jumping From Plane

Looks like Pacific Skydive had another skydiving incident today that could have killed someone.

Pacific Skydive Electric Line

KITV Reports:

The tranquility of Thanksgiving morning in Mokuleia on Oahu’s North Shore was suddenly broken at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday when a skydiver struck a high-voltage power line near Farrington Highway and dangled for several intense moments….

….Valencia said his jaw dropped when he ran outside to see what had caused the loudcrash.

“I came here to check it out and a skydiver is just dangling in the wires,” said Valencia. “He was moving and kicking, but there’s no sparks.”

After several intense moments, the skydiver was able to shake himself loose.  Firefighters on the scene estimate he fell about 30 feet to the ground below.

Guy Banal, the owner of Pacific Skydiving, identified the skydiver as 26-year-old Jonathan Zar. He said Zar has been working for the company for the past three months, and described him as an expert parachutist.

“He was coming down and the wind changed direction,” said Banal. “He’s still not used to the conditions out here.”

Witnesses say Zar appeared to have suffered a burn to his left arm. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

More Here: Lucky Thanksgiving! Skydiver survives plunge onto high-voltage line | More Local News – KITV Home.

Video of Andrew Pereira’s report here: Skydiver survives landing on power lines

3.9 Magnitude Earthquake Registered Off the Big Island Today

A 3.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the Pahala coast of the Big Island this afternoon at 3:51 pm Hawaii time:

3.9 Pahala

Black-Footed Albatross At Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge Named In Honor Of Japanese Student Who Sent A Message In A Bottle 7 Years Ago

In early November 2013, Department of Land of Natural Resources (DLNR) Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge staff received the flight patterns of a very special Black-Footed Albatross named “Rumi.” The seabird flew 5,000 kilometers for food from Kure Atoll towards the Japanese peninsula, where his namesake resides. “Rumi” is named in honor of a young woman from Japan who sent a message in a bottle in 2006 with her grade school class. Her bottle was found on the shores of Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 5, 2013. Since then, field staff have made contact with Rumi and continue to share information with her about Hawai‘i’s natural resources and the importance of our global ecosystem.

Black Footed Albatross

Habitat restoration at Green Island of Kure Atoll provides suitable habitat for seabird nesting. 98% of the world’s globally threatened seabird Black-Footed Albatross breed in the Hawaiian archipelago.

Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge, part of the Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument (PMNM), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is actually under the jurisdiction of the City and County of Honolulu. The DLNR has staff stationed year-round at Kure Atoll to gather data, remove invasive species and marine debris, and protect endangered wildlife. PMNM remains one of the largest and most important seabird rookeries in the world with more than 14 million individuals and over 98 percent of the world’s endangered Black-Footed Albatross; the land at Kure Atoll contributes significantly to seabird nesting.

The flight pattern tracks were collected in partnership with the Winged Ambassadors program, which involves partnerships with the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge. Patterns have shown that albatross tagged further south on the Hawaiian archipelago tend to forage northeast, while albatross tagged at Kure Atoll, like “Rumi,” tend to forage northwest towards Japan.

Last January, Ilana Nimz, a three-season biological technician at Kure Atoll, was surveying the beach and came across a unique piece of marine debris. The north Pacific gyre frequently disposes of marine debris at Kure Atoll, which is one of the top three threats to natural resource management in PMNM alongside climate change and invasive species Marine debris often includes plastic bottles, ropes, and fishing gear, but this particular object was a message in a bottle containing a typed note and a photo.

“The message in the bottle had Rumi’s home address, so I sent a letter with my email address and the Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge website listed so she may contact me and see what people are doing on Kure Atoll,” said Nimz. “Since then, we have been emailing and sharing pictures; I attempt to write in Japanese and she replies in excellent English. It has been so much fun to have a new friend in Japan through the most random connection of a message in a bottle, and I hope I get to meet her one day!”

Shortly after Nimz contacted Rumi, Kure Atoll field camp members chose a Black-Footed Albatross to name in her honor.

A photo of Rumi’s elementary class was provided. The original message, offered in both Japanese and English, read:

“Dear someone who has picked up this bottle. Hello. My name is Rumi and this is from Kagoshima, Japan. I’m [a] 6th grader. I wrote this letter because we’ll graduate elementary school so I wanted it to be a graduation memory…Could you please tell me where you received the bottle and what country you are from. Please tell me a little about your country. We are sending a card and can you send it back with your information? Thank you very much! We appreciate it. I hope to meet you sometime!”

Rumi is now a college sophomore studying social science at her local university. She intends to become an elementary school teacher and is eager to teach her future students about Kure Atoll State Wildlife Refuge. She recently wrote, “We had only limited hope, but Ilana sent me a letter. I was deeply moved with my friends! I want to go to Hawai‘i someday.”

The message in a bottle and Rumi the Black-Footed Albatross are both reminders of our global relationships. In Nimz’s words, “

Opening the letter and seeing the class picture was incredible, a little time capsule that had floated around the ocean for six years, and containing the potential of a new friendship.” The Pacific Ocean serves not only as an expanse of water, but also as a means of building international connections through our shared natural resources.


Papahânaumokuâkea is cooperatively managed to ensure ecological integrity and achieve strong, long-term protection and perpetuation of Northwestern Hawaiian Island ecosystems, Native Hawaiian culture, and heritage resources for current and future generations. Three co-trustees – the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of the Interior, and State of Hawai‘i – joined by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs together protect this special place. Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument was inscribed as the first mixed (natural and cultural) UNESCO World Heritage Site in the United States in July 2010.

Kona Comedy Shows to Support the Wounded Warrior Project

Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse & The Frisky Seal announced plans to host a 2-night, 2-show comedy festival featuring 5 stand-up comics from around the islands to assist service members who have been injured in the line of duty. All proceeds from the Big Island Comedy Fest! will be donated to the nonprofit organization Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), and will support a full range of programs and services for this generation of injured veterans and their families.

Comedy Show Benefit

Over 47,000 servicemen and women have been injured in the recent military conflicts. In addition to the physical wounds, it is estimated as many as 400,000 service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another 320,000 are believed to have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment.

WWP’s 18 programs and services are uniquely structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

2 shows: Fri. Nov. 29, Sat. Nov. 30 – 7:30pm – Featuring 5 comedians each night from the islands: Michael C. Hall of Oahu, Chino LaForge of Maui, Kaleo Naiga of Oahu, Aaron Sheehan of the Big Island, Kristen Sprague of the Big Island –  **SPECIAL GUEST (FRIDAY NIGHT SHOW ONLY): Sandy Choi of the Big Island

Big Island's own Sandy Choi

Big Island’s own Sandy Choi

Tickets: $25 presale, $30 at the door. There is a 2-drink minimum with a portion going to WWP. Also a silent auction will be auctioning off products and services from local businesses with all proceeds going to WWP. Tickets can be purchased at Humpy’s,  Frisky Seal,  Soundwave Music in the Old Industrial Area and Music Exchange in the King Kamehameha Mall.

Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse hosted a lanai sunset dinner for 10 Wounded Warriors in October, and is a proud supporter of our troops putting themselves in harm’s way. Event organizer, John Ruiz Jr., is a volunteer and fundraiser (and USAF veteran) for the Kona VFW Post 12122, and the West Hawaii Special Olympics delegation. A 5-year Special Olympics’ coach, and is co-organizer of the 2012 & 2013 Special Olympics Bus Pull Competition.


Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse and the Frisky Seal are the paramount pubs in Kona for beer lovers. Now it’s the place for comedy too!

About Wounded Warrior Project TM

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit

American Jungle Producer Responds to Allegations by State Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources

The producer of History Channel’s latest TV Series “American Jungle” has responded to the allegations made by the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources.

TJaye Forsythe

TJaye Forsythe

TJaye Forsythe posted the following on Facebook tonight:

I can no longer be silent. I’ve been informed that the State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has made a statement regarding the show “American Jungle”. The press release alleges that the show is “inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal”.

Let me get straight to the point of being “inaccurate.” This is a television show not a documentary. Television shows have fictional and non-fictional elements to them. “American Jungle” was considered more of a reality show because these are not actors and they are not reading from a script. If the show was meant to be an accurate depiction of hunting in Hawaii, we would have created a documentary. If the DLNR believes that the show is “inaccurate” then I believe they’ve answered their own question about “American Jungle” just being a television show. Like the show Hawaii 5-0, I don’t believe this is how police procedures are done in the State of Hawaii because I know it’s just a show.

Second, what is “offensive” is that DLNR has made a press release placing false allegations on A&E and History Channel without making any contact with the network. I have been informed by the network that no one from the DLNR had contacted them prior to making the press release to clear up any inaccurate or illegal issues. DLNR claims that “filming may have occurred on private land, the maps depicted in the show clearly demark areas that are under DLNR’s jurisdiction.” DLNR decides to use the animated map on the television show and claims it clearly marks the areas they believed were used in filming. For those who have watched the show, it is obvious that this animated map is not drawn to scale and has no ratio measurements to pinpoint the exact locations. DLNR’s use of the animated map from the television show indicates the extent of their investigation. DLNR did not contact the network to clear the private and public land issue. Instead, they chose to use an animated map from the television show. A quick call to the network would have clarified that it was private land.

Third, since the filming is on private land, does DLNR now feel that they are going to begin regulating what can be done on private land? Their concern was that there may have been illegal hunting at night. Was DLNR on site during filming to see the time the hunt took place and if the pig was alive? Again, this is a television show, and no one from the network was contacted by DLNR to clarify if any illegal activity took place. In fact, Governor Neil Abercrombie stated, “If we discover any laws or regulations have been broken we will vigorously pursue legal and/or criminal charges.” Is this a witch hunt? How can you discover if any laws were broken when you do not contact the network and decide to do your own investigation by watching an edited television show?

Finally, and most importantly, DLNR states that the “series depicts ‘clans’ that are fighting over access trails to territorial hunting grounds that inaccurately portray restrictive access to Hawaii’s public lands, which are held in public trust for the people.” DLNR continues by stating that “the cultural insensitivity of the series is also a concern.”

But I believe the biggest and most important issue of “territorial hunting grounds” is DLNR’s plan to ban hunting within 4,800 acres of public forest located south of Hilo. This DLNR “land grab” is the biggest territory war that the hunters of the Big Island have ever faced. This “land grab” calls for installing 17 miles of fencing to keep pigs, goats and sheep out and will extend almost to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park boundary. The area would be closed to hunting as DLNR’s way of protecting the ecosystem from invasive species. If the land is truly held in the “public trust for the people” why are you taking away these hunters rights to gather on land that has been providing food for their families for generations? You are taking away these hunting grounds like a “thief in the night.” You claim that you are concerned about “cultural insensitivity”. Where is your cultural sensitivity to these hunters as you threaten the local culture by targeting one of its traditional food sources?

DLNR is a bully taking away rights, threatening cultural livelihood and even trying to censor what can be shown on television. To this I say, long live “American Jungle” for exposing the land grab issues DLNR was trying to hide and showing how hostile Hawaii is towards the filming industry.

If I had known “American Jungle” would have received this much attention from the DLNR, I would have made an accurate documentary showing the “inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal” land grab issue that threatens these Big Island hunter’s way of life. This documentary would have exposed the DLNR’s land grab as the largest territory war that hunters of the Big Island have ever faced.

Hulihe’e Palace Event in December Honors Princess Bernice Pauahi

Enjoy a free Afternoon at Hulihe’e Palace 4-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 to remember the late Princess Bernice Pauahi. Presenting hula and serenade by the Merrie Monarchs, the event is part of a year-long series that honors Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

Painting of Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884).  (Hawaii State Archives)

Painting of Bernice Pauahi (1831-1884). (Hawaii State Archives)

Princess Bernice Pauahi is most well known as the benefactress of Kamehameha Schools. A great-granddaughter of Kamehameha I, she came of age during the Victorian Era. She was well liked and very private. When her cousin, Kamehameha V, chose her as his successor in 1872, she declined. Her refusal ended the Kamehameha Dynasty.

During her lifetime, the princess witnessed the physical and social decline of Hawaiians. Some foreigners brought disease—the native population dwindled from 400,000 in 1778 to fewer than 45,000 a century later—and controlled most commerce. Missionaries introduced a new value system.

“Distressed by the plight of her people, Princess Pauahi created a will in 1883 as an instrument of change,” says Casey Ballao, Hulihe‘e Palace docent coordinator. “She believed education could be the answer to help her people.”

The document established a charitable land trust overseen by trustees to improve the well being of Hawaiians. It operates as Kamehameha Schools today, one of the largest, private trusts in the nation.

“The will was the princess’s way to malama ka ‘aina—practice the ethical, prudent and culturally appropriate stewardship of land and resources,” adds Ballao.

Pauahi married Charles Reed Bishop in 1850. She and Bishop shared a love for traveling, teaching and entertaining and the couple became astute property managers. When her favorite cousin, Princess Ruth Ke‘elikolani died, Pauahi received her entire estate (including Hulihe‘e Palace) and this inheritance comprised the major portion of Pauahi’s landholdings. The princess died a year later in 1884. To honor his wife, Charles founded the Bishop Museum in 1889 to house the royal family heirlooms and her extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts.

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday—with the exception of the palace open 1-4 p.m. the Monday following the monthly Kokua Kailua Village stroll.  Palace admission for a self-guided tour is $8 for adults, $6 for kama‘aina, military and seniors, and $1 for keiki 18 years and under. Docent-guided tours are available upon request. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit The gift shop, open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i and the Calabash Cousins. The Daughters was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

Hawaii State Critical of TV Program Misrepresenting Hunting in Hawaii – Investigation Launched Into Possible Law Violations While Filming

In response to The History Channel’s new series “American Jungle,” the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), as well as representatives of hunting, animal protection and film agencies in Hawaii, find the series’ depiction of hunting activities on the Island of Hawaii to be inaccurate, offensive, and in some cases, potentially illegal.


The DLNR Division of Conservation Resource Enforcement (DOCARE) is currently conducting an investigation into whether several of DLNR’s rules and regulations may have been broken during the filming of the program. Activities such as night hunting both on public and private land, are illegal under Hawaii Revised Statues §183D-27 and Hawaii Administrative Rules §13-123-6. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), which oversees DLNR’s hunting program, denied a permit request last spring for the production to film on state forest lands.

The series depicts “clans” that are fighting over access trails to territorial hunting grounds that inaccurately portray restrictive access to Hawaii’s public lands, which are held in public trust for the people. Though the filming may have occurred on private land, the maps depicted in the show clearly demark areas that are under DLNR’s jurisdiction. Comments received by DLNR staff from U.S. Mainland viewers have already made it clear that the program gives a warped interpretation of Hawaii’s hunting program.

“DLNR enforces hunting rules in the interests of public and hunter safety, established game management practices and to provide a recreational and sustainable sporting tradition. We denied the film permit request because it failed to provide sufficient details to indicate the show’s content, and raised concerns as to possible illegal activities that might be depicted in the series,” stated DLNR Chairperson William Aila.

Additionally, the cultural insensitivity of the series is also a concern to DLNR. In the first episode of “American Jungle,” spears and dogs were used to hunt a cow. However, in an archival review of more than 60,000 historical documents, there is no evidence that native Hawaiians hunted pigs in the forest with spears, let alone cattle. Further, cattle are not recognized as game animals in Hawaii and are illegal to hunt without a special feral cattle control permit issued by DLNR under §13-123-12.

The Hawaii County Game Management Advisory Commission also expressed its discontent: “GMAC is very disappointed in the History Chanel’s new series, ‘American Jungle.’ The show’s content does not in any way portray the views or actions of the Big Island hunters or residents,” said Willie-Joe Camara, GMAC District 1 commissioner. “As you know, the people of the Big Island, as well as the entire state of Hawaii, take pride in helping our neighbors and showing our visitors our “Aloha” way of life. So far ‘American Jungle’’ has done nothing to show that.”

“Hunting serves important historical, cultural and practical roles in Hawaii,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “When guided by lawful and ethical hunting practices, hunting supports worthy conservation objectives in protection of native species and habitats against invasive and destructive elements. Portraying our local hunters as primitives demeans our people and their contributions to subsistence and wildlife conservation. This appears to be a fictional ‘reality’ production with no connection to actual hunters in Hawaii. If we discover any laws or regulations have been broken we will vigorously pursue legal and/or criminal charges.”

“The methods depicted violate core fair and ethical hunting principles, including preventing prolonged and unnecessary animal suffering.” Inga Gibson, Hawaii director of the Humane Society of the United States.

The film industry provides guidelines for the proper care of animals during production. Concerns regarding the ethical treatment of animals and whether some of the scenes were “staged” have also been raised.

“By their very nature, so-called reality television programs are difficult to control, given their unscripted, fast-paced style,” said Donne Dawson, manager of the Hawaii Film Office.

“But they are exactly why we have a well-established film permitting process in place. Our state film permits are the only way we can help productions get what they need safely, while at the same time protecting our natural and cultural resources and providing the necessary liability insurance.”

“The Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement is alarmed by the hunting practices depicted in the American Jungle series,” said Randy Awo, DOCARE chief. “All persons involved in verifiable hunting activities that are contrary to the laws, rules and regulations established to ensure safe and responsible hunting practices in the state of Hawaii, may be subject to criminal prosecution or DLNR administrative hearings.”

DLNR and the Humane Society of the United States offer a reward of up to $5,000 for any violations of state conservation laws. To report violations, call 1-855-DLNR-TIP.

Free Surfers Healing Camp for Children With Autism and Other Disabilities

A free Surfers Healing Camp for children with autism and other disabilities will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at Richardson Ocean Park in Hilo.

Surfers Healing

Now in its fourth year, the Surfers Healing Camp provides disabled children and their families with the unique experience of surfing with professionals under supervised conditions. Knowledgeable surfing instructors, surfboards and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vests will be provided at no charge. Complementary drinks, snacks and lunches will be offered to participating children, their families and event volunteers.

Surfers Healing is a national organization started 15 years ago in California to share the joy of surfing with the less fortunate. Its Hawai‘i Island chapter is sponsoring the December 7 drug-, alcohol-, and tobacco-free event. Additional support provided through a partnership with the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, HMSA, Hawai‘i Behavioral Health and Hulakai Surfboards.

An estimated 200 people, including approximately 50 keiki, are expected to participate in the Hilo camp. Surfers Healing Camps are held throughout the world, providing more than 3,000 children annually with the opportunity to try surfing.

To register your child and learn more about the camp, please visit Space is limited, and spots fill up fast.

For more information, please call Kalani Kahalioumi at 315-6380.

Wordless Wednesday – 50 Foot Cliff Jump in Hawaii

First Person view of a cliff jump from a 50 foot ledge. Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Cliff Jump
Shot with a GoPro Hero 3 black at 1080p 60fps.


Aiona Car Sales Donates Proceeds of Car Sale to Hospice of Hilo

In support of Hospice of Hilo, Aiona Car Sales sold a 2006 Mercedes Benz M-Class ML350 and donated all the proceeds to Hospice of Hilo.  The car, with only 58,000 miles, sold for $10,000.

“We’re so grateful to the Aiona family in their support of our programs that help patients and families live better by bringing them care and comfort in their time of need,” said Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda S. Ho.

Hospice Aiona

In 1998 Aiona Car Sales opened its doors to the community and has been delivering on its mission of providing quality vehicles at a fair price. The Aiona family has had personal experiences with hospice care and deeply believe in its mission and work.  “Hospice is an amazing service.  They do great things for our community.  This is our way of giving back for the care they have provided for our family and the many, many `ohana throughout our community.  We’re lucky to have Hospice of Hilo here and are proud to support what they do,” said Pat Aiona, Sr.

Since 1983, Hospice of Hilo has been ensuring that every life is touched by compassionate care, helping individuals and families find comfort and sense of peace during their time of need.   Currently Hospice of Hilo runs a Home Care Program, an inpatient care center, a bereavement program for adults and children, and a Pre-Hospice Transitions Program, and is opening up Hawai‘i Islands first Palliative Care Center in January 2014.


Hiccup Circus at the Palace Theater This Weekend

Hiccup Circus