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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.

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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.

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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 woundedwarriorproject.org