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Student Attack at UH Hilo Restroom Was Fabricated

I’m hearing news now that the alleged attack that happened at the UH Hilo restroom the other day was a fabricated story.

UH Hilo Moniker
More to come later… but this comes from my initial source I got the report from in the first place:

“Damon I just got some disturbing news regarding the attack. I’m waiting on a phone call! Not sure if it was due to pressure or not but her mom told me it was false! OMG WTF! Ugh I have a migraine now!”…

…She came back to Hilo and met with detectives. Then called her mom and is on her way back home right now. Her parents said they don’t know what’s going on and are talking to the detective. I’m not sure what to believe either. Not sure if the media pressure is making her fold or what. So her mom will call me later and let me know but I think she cannot handle the attention…

…Her mom said her friends were pressuring her, I don’t know what that means. Ugh”

Hilo Man Charged for Burglaries and a Theft at Hilo High School

Detectives have charged a 21 year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from separate burglaries and a theft that occurred at a Hilo school.

Today (November 22, 2013) at 1:15 p.m., after conferring with prosecutors, Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana was charged with two counts of first degree burglary and three counts of second degree theft. Kaaumoana’s bail was set at $80,000.00 and he was scheduled to make his initial court appearance next week Monday.

Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana

Kalei Kaina Kaaumoana

The incidents stem from:

An October 23, 2013 burglary in which a 91 year-old Hilo woman discovered that her residence was entered and several items were stolen.

An October 30, 2013 burglary in which a 36 year-old man reported to police that his residence was entered and several items were also stolen.

A theft of a Kamaka ukulele, reported by a Hilo school on October 21, 2013.

Police were able to recover evidence at these crime scenes, which were instrumental in the identification of the suspect in this case.

 

Update From the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory

Kahaualeʻa 2 flow and Puʻu ʻŌʻō:

The tip of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow was 7.3 km (4.5 miles) from Puʻu ʻŌʻō when mapped on November 21.

Active breakouts were scattered all across the flow up to about 4 km back from the front.

Active breakouts were scattered all across the flow up to about 4 km back from the front. Click to Enlarge

Puʻu ʻŌʻō looms in the background in this photo taken from about 4 km (2.5 miles) away.

The source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow—a spatter cone at the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor—forms the knuckle-like bump just above the center of the photo.

The source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow—a spatter cone at the northeast edge of Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor—forms the knuckle-like bump just above the center of the photo. Click to Enlarge

The Kahaualeʻa 2 lava tube is marked by the fuming areas that extend to the right down the flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Spatter cones on Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater floor:

Lava erupted a few times from two different spatter cones on Puʻu ʻŌʻō’s crater floor over the past few weeks.

These show up as the lighter-colored flows on the near (southeast) flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Click to Enlarge

These show up as the lighter-colored flows on the near (southeast) flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō. Click to Enlarge

The larger spatter cone to the right, with the obvious fume trace leading away from it to the right (marking the lava tube), is the source of the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

Incandescent skylights adorn the spatter cone and the lava tube in this close shot of the source for the Kahaualeʻa 2 flow.

The lighter-colored flows in the foreground are recent flows which broke out from the near side of the spatter cone. Click to Enlarge

The lighter-colored flows in the foreground are recent flows which broke out from the near side of the spatter cone. Click to Enlarge

Webcams and other monitoring equipment dot the north rim of Puʻu ʻŌʻō in the background.

Hawaii’s College-and Career-Readiness Efforts Recognized

Hawaii’s efforts to prepare students for college and careers earned high marks from Achieve, a national non-partisan education reform organization. Hawaii is one of 46 states and D.C. to adopt Common Core State Standards (CCSS), rigorous education standards aligned with college- and career-readiness (CCR), or the knowledge and skills necessary for success after high school.

“The report confirms that we have set a higher bar for students, teachers, as well as ourselves as educational leaders,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our efforts continue daily to enable high school graduates to seamlessly enter postsecondary education prepared to succeed.”

Click to view the report

Click to view the report

Achieve’s 8th annual “Closing the Expectations Gap” report released earlier this week praised Hawaii in several categories that detail progress in elevating student achievement and success. Among the findings, Hawaii is:

  • One of 10 states that “…has adopted college and career readiness standards and assessments capable of producing a score that colleges value and either require all students to take courses that deliver the CCSS/CCR standards to graduate or default all students into a CCR course of study in 9th grade and permit modifications as needed.”
  • Among states taking steps to ensure that teacher preparation programs and licensure requirements are CCSS/CCR aligned. The report specifically cites: “In Hawaii, teacher preparation programs must incorporate the CCSS into their programs when preparing teacher candidates and are required to submit evidence to the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board about how their candidates use the standards in working with P-12 students. The Hawaii Teacher Performance Standards support the CCSS.”
  • One of only seven states that have mandatory diplomas requiring students to take the content through the level of the CCSS/CCR standards by 2016.
  • One of 11 states to require the ACT test for all high school students. In a landmark move last school year, the DOE began offering the ACT to all students free of charge. In the ACT’s last administration over the spring, Roosevelt High senior Gillian Desmond was the only student statewide with a perfect score of 30, a feat accomplished by only 781 students out of the 1.66 million who took the test.

The report comes during American Education Week, which recognizes the efforts of educators who work tirelessly to advance public education across the nation.

To see the report, go to www.achieve.org/ClosingtheExpectationsGap2013.

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. Hawaii’s public school system was established in 1840 by King Kamehameha III. To learn more, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.

Two Big Island Police Officers Awarded “Police Cross”

Officers Joshua Gouveia and Garrett Hatada were both awarded the Police Cross this morning by Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri.

(from left to right) Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri, Officer Joshua Gouveia, Officer Garrett Hatada, Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira

(from left to right) Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri, Officer Joshua Gouveia, Officer Garrett Hatada, Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira

The award was presented as a result of both officers having sustained gunshot wounds in connection with an incident that occurred earlier this year. During the presentation, Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri remarked how one of Officer Gouveia’s first thoughts after getting shot was his concern for the safety of other officers at the scene. Chief Kubojiri also related how Officer Hatada fired at the assailant in protection of others at the scene and did not mention his own gunshot wounds until several minutes later.

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:44 p.m., police responded to a report of several gunshots heard in the area of Kilauea Avenue near the Wailoa River in Hilo. At approximately 8:52 p.m., while checking parked vehicles in the area of the 800 block of Kilauea Avenue, officers observed a man hiding under a parked vehicle. Upon approaching him, Officers Gouveia and Hatada were fired upon and sustained gunshot injuries. One of the officers was able to return fire. The suspect, 31-year-old Keaka D. Martin of Hilo, fled the area on foot and was captured the next day.

Martin was charged on January 4, 2013 with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, second-degree reckless endangering, place to keep a firearm, possessing a loaded firearm on a highway, two counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, ownership/possession of a firearm prohibited, and altering the identification markings on a firearm.

Governor Abercrombie Appoints Jeffrey Portnoy to UH Board of Regents

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Portnoy to the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. He assumes one of the board’s Honolulu seats, an interim position until confirmed by the state Senate.

Jeffrey Portnoy

Jeffrey Portnoy

“Jeff is a champion of the University of Hawaii and a respected leader in our community,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “He has always been a great friend to the university community, and his leadership, insight and expertise within and beyond his field will prove a valuable asset to the UH system.”

A member of State Bar of Hawaii since 1972, Portnoy has worked with Cades Schutte LLP since 1972; as a partner since 1979. A speaker, teacher and author, his practice specialties include media, insurance, employment and product liability law; personal injury defense; attorney and physician malpractice; and securities litigation and arbitration.

His prior involvement with the University of Hawaii includes serving as community representative on the UH Athletic Advisory Board for two 3-year terms (1996 to 2002) and as a UH adjunct professor in media law from 1985 to 1992.

Portnoy was president of the Hawaii State Bar Association in 2007 and director from 1989 to 1993. He was a member of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board from 2005 to 2008, chairman of the U.S. District Court Advisory Committee from 1992 to 1996, State Chairman of the Defense Research Institute from 1989 to 1998, and president of the Hawaii Defense Lawyers Association from 1989 to 1995. In addition, he served as Lawyers Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for two 3-year terms, is a past member of the Media Defense Resource Council, and is former editor-in-chief of The Hawaii Labor Letter.

Portnoy is an active member of the community outside the legal profession and is currently the president of Manoa Valley Theatre. He served as president of the Hawaii International Film Festival from 1994 to 2005, chairperson of the Honolulu Neighborhood Commission from 1984 to 1988, and chair of the Honolulu Community Media Council from 2001 to 2002.

His awards and honors include the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award (1995) and the SPJ Hawaii Chapter’s Freedom of the Press Award (1983). He was also selected by his peers for Best Lawyers in American and listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers and Hawaii Super Lawyers.

Portnoy earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, with a minor in journalist, from Syracuse University (Cum Laude) and juris doctor degree from Duke University School of Law.

He is a resident of Honolulu.

 

Volunteers Enrich Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Volunteers work for free, but their time is certainly not without value. At Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, 1,193 volunteers worked 46,757 hours in fiscal year 2013 – which equals about $1,035,200 in donations.

The 2013 Volunteers of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park were honored at a luncheon this week.  NPS Photo by Jay Robinson

The 2013 Volunteers of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park were honored at a luncheon this week. NPS Photo by Jay Robinson

At a luncheon honoring park volunteers Thursday, Superintendent Cindy Orlando praised the group, whose varied duties include working in museum collections and archives, monitoring the backcountry, visitor service, native forest restoration, trail maintenance, endangered species projects and much more.
“Volunteers not only enrich the visitor experience, but also the lives of our employees,” said Orlando. “They help us with every imaginable task and we are indebted to their service.”

Citizens interested in volunteering at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park may visit www.volunteer.gov/gov, or contact Kūpono McDaniel at (808) 985-6015 or email him at kupono_mcdaniel@nps.gov.