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Big Island Police Arrest Man in Connection With Stabbing in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing in Puna on Tuesday afternoon (November 5).

At 3:20 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing victim on Pilo Street in the Eden Roc subdivision. They arrived to find an unresponsive 32-year-old man with multiple stab wounds.

Police took a 34-year-old man into custody but were not immediately able to verify his identity. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and initially taken to the Hilo police cellblock. He was then transferred to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to contact Detective Dean Uyetake at 961-2379 or duyetake@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.

Luquin’s Waitress in Pahoa Receives Surprise $500.00 Tip from “Aaron’s Last Wish”

A waitress at Luquin’s restaurant in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii was blessed with a huge $500.00  tip from “Aaron’s Last Wish“.

Winner of Aaron's tip

Winner of Aaron’s tip

Aaron was born June 15, 1982.  He was a computer technician for Computers Plus in Lexington, KY and held a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.  Aaron lived his life quickly, not holding on to many things and always with a vigor to have experiences not possessions.

He was incredibly sentimental, though he always tried to hide it.  The small things people did for him are what touched him the most.  He was generous with the limited means he had, and his last wishes were that any money he had be given freely in ways that would impact those who received it.

See more at: http://aaroncollins.org/?page_id=2#sthash.08BkDodw.dpuf

Aaron states:
I finally made my way out to Hawaii. Thanks to William (from the Spokane video) I had a wonderful family to stay with on the big island. Wednesday we all went out to eat at Luquin’s and surprised Pepper with a $500 tip. Check it out and stick around at the end for cupcakes!

Here is video of the surprise:

Governor and Attorney General Statement on Amendments to SB 1 – Relating to Equal Rights

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and State Attorney General David Louie released the following statement regarding amendments to Senate Bill 1 – Relating to Equal Rights.


“The amendments outlined in House Draft 1 strike a balance between the bill that was introduced by the Legislature and concerns raised in written and oral testimony during public hearings.

“We support the principle that any measure on marriage equity must protect religious freedom, which the Legislature has clearly worked to achieve.

“The bill as amended is legally sound and is in accord with the Hawaii State Constitution.

“We urge the Legislature to pass this bill, which will provide marriage equity and fully recognize religious beliefs in that context.”


Wrestling Clinic & Take Down Event at Pahoa High School

Wrestling Clinic & Take Down Event at Pahoa High School Gym on Saturday, November 16, 2013.
Wrestling Clinic

Live Snake Found on Sidewalk in Chinatown Over on Oahu

A pedestrian found a live snake on a Chinatown sidewalk at about 7 a.m. this morning and turned it in to police.  Police notified the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and inspectors were immediately dispatched to pick up the two-and-a-half foot long snake, which was later identified as a non-venomous rainbow boa constrictor. The snake was found on the sidewalk on Nuuanu Ave. fronting the Kukui Plaza condominium.

This Rainbow Boa was found alive today in Chinatown in Honolulu.

This Rainbow Boa was found alive today in Chinatown in Honolulu.

Rainbow boas are native to Central and South America and can grow up to six feet in length. In the wild, their diet consists of rodents, birds, lizards and possible aquatic animals.

Snakes are illegal to possess and transport to Hawaii. The HDOA urges those who spot illegal animals or who know of persons possessing illegal animals to call the state’s PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST(7378).  Snakes and large lizards have no natural predators in Hawaii and pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat. Many species also prey on birds and their eggs, increasing the threat to our endangered native birds.

The state’s Amnesty Program allows illegal animals to be turned in and provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo, Panaewa Zoo in Hilo or any Humane Society — no questions asked and no fines assessed. Animals turned in under amnesty will not be euthanized. The maximum penalty under state law for possessing and/or transporting illegal animals, a class C felony, is a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison.

Statement by Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Matayoshi on Senate Bill 1

Hawaii State Department of Education Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi today made the following statement to address the rising discussion over the DOE’s role in the current special session regarding Senate Bill 1:

DOE Release“It has come to our attention that statements are being made before the Legislature claiming to represent the State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) and what is taught in our public schools.

“For the record, the DOE does not have marriage as a lesson in its curriculum. The DOE and its public schools remain committed to teaching all students regardless of their home situation. We understand that our students come from a variety of backgrounds, whether the adult caregivers in their lives are married, single, in a civil union, a grandparent, foster parents or incarcerated parents, are divorced, or divorced and remarried. Whatever the case may be, we support, care for and educate all children to help them fulfill their potential. We teach students how to treat each other with respect and aloha. We hope that all adults can share in the responsibility as a community of living aloha.

“The DOE is also equally committed to providing a safe and enjoyable learning atmosphere for students, families and educators and promoting a sense of belonging and acceptance for all in our school communities.”

25 Teams Participate in HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” Hoops Championships – Results

A total of 168 youths, ages 4 to 17, from 25 teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” Hoops Championships this past weekend, November 2-3, at Pāpaʻikou Gymnasium.

In the 8-and-Under Division, Keaukaha defeated Kohala NSP 20-10 to claim the title. JJ Mandaquit poured in 10 points and Jaety Mandiquit added eight to lead the champions. Hezekiah Wilson led NSP with five points.

8 and Under: Keaukaha

8 and Under: Keaukaha

Members of the championship team, as pictured, are JJ Mandaquit, Peyton Pana, Jaiden Gabriel, Jaety Mandaqui, Tiffany Castillo, Jaziah Oili and Kawika Lyons. They are coached by Jason Mandaquit and assistant Lexi Pana.

In the High School Division, Jonah Bredeson tallied 18 points to lead the Kona Stingrays to a 55-41 title game victory over the Kohala Magic. The Magic were led by Kala Jordan’s 19 points.

High School: Kona Stingrays

High School: Kona Stingrays

Members of the High School Division champions, as pictured, are Austin Aukai, Tolby Saito, Tanner Gray, Kevin Medeiros, Chase Takaki, Torrell Thomas, Jonah Bredeson and Kili Oliveira. (Not pictured: Brandon Awa and Poʻokela Hanato-Smith.) They are coached by Don Awa.

The tournament also featured the appearance of McGruff the Crime Dog and Darren the D.A.R.E. Lion who helped HI-PAL Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. remind the youth about crime prevention and the importance of wearing their seat belts.

“HI-PAL will be hosting future events to continue promoting seat belt use and providing safe drug free events for our youth,” said Officer Botelho. “Anyone interested in participating or wanting further information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, may contact me at 961-8121 or HI-PAL Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.”

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Names Recipients of Appreciation Awards

The Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) recently named the recipients of its appreciation awards, given annually to supporters of the state’s local fruit industry.

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

The six award winners were lauded at the recent HTFG annual conference, which boasted a record-breaking 250 attendees from Hawaii, California and other states, plus Malaysia, Japan, Puerto Rico and South America.

Recipients are Ono Pops, Whole Foods in Hawaii, James Simpliciano, Ed Kenney and Dr. Francis Zee.

“Each of our award recipients have gone out of their way to help Hawaii’s fruit industry prosper,” notes Ken Love, HTFG executive director.

Ono Pops of Oahu was recognized for only using locally sourced fruit with other ingredients to create its gourmet popsicles while Whole Foods was tapped for “working toward marketing more and more local produce” and serving as locations on both Oahu and Maui to host HTFG’s ultra-exotic fruit tasting and culinary demonstrations.

Chef Ed Kenney of Oahu’s Town Restaurant was cited for his focus on sourcing local fruit and living true to his motto, “Local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always…” James Simpliciano, Lahaina citrus grower and former chef at the Westin Maui Resort, was lauded for “typifying the best of both the culinary and agricultural worlds.”

Dr. Francis Zee, horticulturist and retired USDA researcher at Hilo’s Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center (PBARC), was recognized for his efforts in assisting fruit growers statewide, in addition to being credited as “the grandfather of tea growing and processing on the Big Island.”

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers: Incorporated in 1989 to promote tropical fruit grown in Hawaii, HTFG is a statewide association of tropical fruit growers, packers, distributors and hobbyists dedicated to tropical fruit research, education, marketing and promotion; http://www.hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org.

Free Concert Saturday Presented by the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, Inc.

A free concert presented by the Center for Hawaiian Music Studies, In.  will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 11 – 4 at the Pahala Plantation House in Ka’u.
Free Concert

Hawaii Education Leaders Partnering in Worldwide Voyage

Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi and Hawaii State Board of Education members today joined education leaders from public and private sectors in signifying their shared support for and participation with the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s (PVS’s) Worldwide Voyage.

Just an overexposed picture I kind of like

Just an overexposed picture I kind of like

Representatives from early childhood to higher education institutions gathered at the Marine Education and Training Center on Oahu’s Sand Island to sign a memorandum of understanding in support of community based and sustainable education aligned with the PVS’s voyaging canoes Hokulea and sister vessel Hikianalia. Titled “Promise to Children,” the MOU states in part that, “We will transform our schools, empower youthful voices, and accept the responsibility of Malama Honua. We believe that by inspiring children to explore, discover and learn about Island Earth, they will navigate the future of humanity toward vitality, renewal, and compassion.”

Jenna Ishii explains some of the safety equipment

Jenna Ishii explains some of the safety equipment

“We are … excited that we can make the claim that Hawaii is with us,” said master navigator Nainoa Thompson. He said the Hokulea, in preparation for its Worldwide Voyage, has hosted more than 20,000 school children and community members while visiting ports across the Islands.

Over the next 48 months, the Worldwide Voyage will sail 49,000 nautical miles, visiting 26 countries and 85 ports while sharing Hawaii’s culture with the world. Educators are collaborating on curriculum aligned with Worldwide Voyage activities. Students will be able to embark on a virtual educational journey and participate via various technology channels and the Internet.

The decks were so hot when I was aboard the Hokulea, that they had to keep splashing water on the deck to keep our feet from burning

The decks were so hot when I was aboard the Hokulea, that they had to keep splashing water on the deck to keep our feet from burning

“This voyage not only offers lessons about world exploration and Hawaiian navigation but also the cultivation of aloha and valued Hawaiian traditions,” said Superintendent Matayoshi. “We are excited to be a partner in this educational endeavor and will build upon the knowledge over the course of the next four years. We are grateful to the Polynesian Voyaging Society for including our public school students and teachers in this mission.”

While the vessels are not slated to depart Hawaii until May 2014, plans for the Worldwide Voyage are already changing the lives of children such as Daniel Corpuz, who has been visiting the Hokulea as part of an educational program.

“It was only natural that I fell in love with PVS,” he said about growing up near the ocean in Waianae. He said the program has engaged students with culturally relevant, hands-on learning and will help change negative stereotypes on the Leeward Coast. “As they are judging, we are learning,” Corpuz added.

The Hōkūle‘a

The Hōkūle‘a

Follow along with the educational program on the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s website at hokulea.org.

The Hawaii State Department of Education is the ninth largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country. It is comprised of 288 schools and serves more than 185,000 students. To learn more about the Department, its goals and vision for success, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.