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Hawaii House Passes SB 1 and HB 1 on Marriage Equity Bill – History Made

Live vote being read right now on SB 1 HD 1.
Sounds like a freaking peanut gallery on both sides of the capital as each sides of the debate hear reps saying yes or no to the Vote…

30 Aye Vote 19 No Votes 2 Excused….

SB 1 HD 1 Passes Third reading!

Bill goes to Senate and then the Governor for signing.

Hawaii Receives U.S. Government Support on Bid for 2016 World Conservation Congress

Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced today that the state has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of State to support Hawaii’s efforts to bring the world’s largest global conservation meeting to Hawaii in 2016.

Convention Center
The U.S. Department of the State has issued a letter to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in support of the State of Hawaii’s bid to host the 2016 World Conservation Congress (WCC). Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy sent the letter to IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre expressing the U.S. Government’s confidence that Hawaii has the necessary resources in place to secure the event.

“Hosting this event in 2016 would be a tremendous honor for the state,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie. “The World Conservation Congress brings people together from around the globe to discuss the world’s most pressing conservation issues. This represents a unique opportunity to position Hawaii as a world leader in addressing and solving the environmental issues of today and formulating strategies to mitigate those of the future.”

William J. Aila, Jr., chair of the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) further emphasized: “The State of Hawaii is ideally positioned to bring together nations of Asia, the Pacific, and global conservation partners, to facilitate cutting-edge discussions and agreements on biodiversity, climate change, species conservation, and cultural integration.”

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network – a democratic membership union with more than 1,200 government and NGO member organizations, and nearly 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. The last WCC was held in Sept 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea.

The WCC attracts nearly 10,000 delegates from more than 160 countries and is considered the foremost venue for setting a global agenda for the conservation of nature and culture. Top government officials, leaders of the business community, conservation organizations, and academics meet for 10 days to deliberate on pressing global issues including energy security, food security, invasive species, climate change, and impacts to marine systems.

The Governor is thankful for the early work of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye and former Sen. Daniel Akaka in supporting Hawaii’s initiative to prepare a bid to host the WCC. The Governor also acknowledges the leadership shown by Hawaii’s congressional delegation, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and many Hawaii organizations that support the initiative, as well the support from the U.S. Department of State.

Hosting the WCC will result in major economic benefits to the state of nearly $50 million in visitor spending and tax revenue. Costs to host the WCC will obtained from a creative blend of state, private, and corporate funding. Hawaii will be competing against Istanbul, Turkey to host the event.

“For the hundreds of individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts, having the U.S. Government support our efforts is very rewarding,” said Chipper Wichman, chair of the IUCN 2016 Steering Committee and director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. “While we have to overcome some very strong competition from Istanbul in order to host the 2016 WCC, we have a strong national network of supporters in place who believe Hawaii is the ideal location for the world to convene to discuss global conservation issues. Hawaii is a leader in bio-cultural conservation and with some of the rarest species on earth and a vibrant host culture we offer the world a unique venue,”

The state has been actively working on this for the past five years in collaboration with leaders from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Tourism Authority, the University of Hawaii, Bishop Museum, and many others.

Water Restriction Notice Effective Immediately For Parts of the Big Island

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply has issued a notice for water restrictions effective immediately in the North Hawaii areas of the Big Island:

Click to view notice

Click to view notice

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory Update

No activity was observed on the Peace Day flow on today’s overflight, meaning that the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow is now the sole active flow.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow today had reached 6.4 km (4.0 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and was burning vegetation around the forest boundary.

The Kahaualeʻa 2 flow today had reached 6.4 km (4.0 miles) northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and was burning vegetation around the forest boundary.

Much of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow has traveled over ʻaʻā from Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s early activity in the 1980s.

This photo shows a lobe of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow advancing over a section of this older ʻaʻā, burning moss and small trees that have grown on the ʻaʻā clinker.

This photo shows a lobe of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow advancing over a section of this older ʻaʻā, burning moss and small trees that have grown on the ʻaʻā clinker.

Active pāhoehoe breakouts are scattered across portions of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

This photo shows a nice example of ropy pāhoehoe active near the flow margin.

This photo shows a nice example of ropy pāhoehoe active near the flow margin.

Very few surface flows have been observed in Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater over the past month, but the crater today was far from quiet.

The spatter cone shown here, in the northern portion of the crater, was producing a loud, continuous jetting sound resulting from gas being forced through a tiny opening at the peak.

The spatter cone shown here, in the northern portion of the crater, was producing a loud, continuous jetting sound resulting from gas being forced through a tiny opening at the peak.


Hawaii Island Humane Society Family and Pet Expo

On Friday, November 15 through Saturday, November 16 from 9am until 4pm Hawaii Arts and Crafts presents the Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) Family and Pet Expo at the Butler Building in Hilo. Nearly 100 vendors will be on hand at this much-anticipated event. From products and services to automobiles, games and prizes, the HIHS Farm and Pet Expo has something for everyone.

HumanesocietyAt the HIHS booth on Friday, Expo goers can pick-up their Krispy Kreme donuts which are available for presale from the Keaau shelter now until November 14. They can also adopt a shelter pet or snag great HIHS logo items, Christmas ornaments, cards and more, which could all make excellent stocking stuffers.

On Saturday in addition to HIHS goodies for sale, a Hawaii Island Humane Society silent auction will feature original art, jewelry, apparel, vintage music books, and more. The silent auction will run from 9am until 2pm.

As part of the Family & Pet Expo, there will be live entertainment throughout both days from mid-morning through late afternoon. Performers include Randy and Carol Fonseca, The Comedy Canines, Dan Nix, Ethan Swift, and a Tahitian drum performance by master drum designer and carver Alofa (Friday only). The Prosecutor’s office will be on hand both days to issue keiki ID’s. On Saturday in addition to the musical lineup, Hawaii Balloon and Photo will present balloon sculpturing and Shear Magic Pet Salon will have a booth offering pet nail painting, picture taking with your pet and more.

No event in Hawaii would be complete with delicious food and the HIHS Family & Pet Expo is no exception. Food booths include Hawaiian plate lunches, Thai food, BBQ Pork Teriyaki, Lau lau, Big Island Top Dog, burgers, freshly hand-cut French fries, wings, Chow Fun, Fried Saimin, Maui Waffle Dog, Shave Ice, and Cotton Candy

Expo parking is on the large grassy area at the corner of Manono and Piilani Streets near the Hilo Fairgrounds. Come early and stay for the day.  Contact Marlene Vashishta, Hawaii Arts and Crafts Executive Director, at (808) 981-0518, email hawaiiartsandcrafts@yahoo.com or visit hawaiiartsandcraftsfestival.com to learn more.


First Annual Guy Toyama Day – Beach Cleanup and Barbecue

A memorial fund was established earlier this year to commemorate the life of a true Hawaii visionary, Guy Toyama. Consistent with the fund’s purpose, The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is celebrating the first annual Guy Toyama Day with a beach cleanup and barbeque.

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy's Keauhou Poke Contest

Guy Toyama gave a presentation at the 2012 Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest

“Guy was such a big part of our success and this event symbolizes a small part of the Guy’s vision for a better future by simultaneously improving our community and our environment,” said Greg Barbour, Executive Director of NELHA. Beautifying Hawaii’s coastline fosters a sense of community pride and improves the beach experience for residents and visitors alike.

An aerial photo will also be taken to commemorate the event and capture the moment with an exciting visual. Photographer Angy Chesler and Paradise Helicopters are providing this service and it is a fun way to recognize those who participate in this unique event. Guy Toyama, a Hawaii visionary and champion of sustainable business and renewable energy, passed away in November of 2012. In honor of his longstanding commitment to improving the relationship between people and the islands, his never‐ending spirit of kuleana is being carried on through the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund.

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

Guy Toyama rides a hydrogen fuel scooter

All who knew Guy were touched by his enthusiasm for life and his many passions. His joyful exuberance and his exceptional knowledge of how to live lightly on the planet were a source of inspiration to many. This memorial fund, made possible by donations from friends, family, and businesses, furthers Guy’s global vision for a better future.

Event Details:

  • Who: The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is sponsoring this event
  • What: 1st Annual Guy Toyama Day Celebration: A Gathering for Guy: Beach Cleanup and BBQ
  • When: 2:00pm – 5 :00pm, Sunday December 1, 2013, rain or shine.
  • Where: Wawaloli Beach Park on Makako Bay Drive at the Natural Energy Lab (OTEC)

About the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund

The Guy Toyama Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring the memory of Guy Toyama by establishing scholarships and giving grants to non‐profits working in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy, waste reduction, and local food production. Requests for additional information can be addressed to info@guytoyamafund.org, or by visiting www.guytoyamafund.org.

About the Institute for a Sustainable Future

The Institute for a Sustainable Future (ISF), a Hawaii 501(c)3 non‐profit organization, is dedicated to empowering communities to manage their resources and affairs in a sustainable manner. The ISF is accepting contributions to the Guy Toyama Memorial Fund. Checks should be made payable to Institute for a Sustainable Future, include “Guy Toyama Memorial Fund” in the memo line, and be mailed to Institute for a Sustainable Future, PO Box 3220, Kailua Kona, HI 96745.

Big Island Man Arrested and Charged in Connection With Burglary in Hōlualoa

A Kealakekua man has been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary in Hōlualoa on October 28.

While detectives were investigating the burglary, they recovered jewelry from a second-hand shop in Captain Cook belonging to the three victims. They also recovered jewelry that had been taken during two additional burglaries in Hōlualoa on September 1 and October 7.

Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit

Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit

Detectives obtained the identity of the person who had sold the jewelry to the second-hand shop and arrested 32-year-old Mathew Robert Kaleo Malapit of Kealakekua at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday (November 6). He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 3:30 p.m. Thursday, detectives charged Malapit with first-degree burglary and five counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $15,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance Friday morning (November 8).


New Episode of “Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted” Begins Airing Tonight

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a 23-year-old man still wanted in a murder investigation, a man wanted for questioning in connection with sexual assaults and a man wanted on bench warrants and for questioning in other cases.

The new episode begins airing Friday (November 8).

In it, police again ask for help in locating 23-year-old Boaz David Johnson, who is still at large and wanted for the strangulation death of his girlfriend, Brittany-Jane Royal, whose body was found in the ocean off Kalapana on May 28.

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson

Johnson is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He has a tattoo of the upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen. He is considered dangerous.

The television program also asks for help in locating 45-year-old Rudolfo Gomoban Rios Jr.—also known as Rudy Rios—who has no permanent address.

Rudy Rios Jr.

Rudy Rios Jr.

He is wanted for questioning in an investigation into multiple sexual assaults involving minors. Rios is described as 5-foot-6, 145 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in locating 22-year-old Airiel Rhodes Jost—also known as Ariel Jost — of Waikoloa, who is wanted on three outstanding bench warrants and for questioning in two unrelated robbery investigations.

Airiel Rhodes Jost

Airiel Rhodes Jost

He is described as 6-feet tall, 145 pounds with strawberry-blond hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaiʻi Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.