Sig Zane to Deliver Keynote Address at UH Hilo Fall Commencement

Hawaiʻi Island artist, dancer, cultural practitioner and clothing designer Sig Zane delivers the keynote address at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo fall commencement on Saturday, December 21 at 9 a.m. in the UH Hilo New Gym.

The Zane Family celebrates Kuhao Zanes Na Hoku Hanohano Award presented by the Na Hoku Festival for Best Graphics

The Zane Family celebrates Kuhao Zane’s Na Hoku Hanohano Award presented by the Na Hoku Festival for Best Graphics

Students have petitioned for a total of 262 degrees and/or certificates from the colleges of Arts and Sciences (174), Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (19), Business and Economics (21), and Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language (18), while 30 others are candidates for various post-graduate honors.

Zane, an O`ahu native, moved to Hilo in the mid-1970s in search of an unhurried life and to study the Hawaiian culture. He joined Hilo’s Halau O Kekuhi in 1981, and immersed himself in the art of hula under the direction of Edith Kanaka`ole along with her daughters Pua Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka`ole, who he would later marry. Through hula, Zane developed a deep understanding of the relationship between native plants and the Hawaiian culture.

He opened Sig Zane Designs in Downtown Hilo over 25 years ago, featuring a line of aloha shirts, dresses, bags and tees with popular motifs that reflect native Hawaiian culture, heritage and practices. Zane, Nalani, and their son, Kuhaoimaikalani, have been working together for more than a decade on special projects which combine their unique designs with fundamentals rooted in culture and place. They have produced iconic images for jewelry, hotel rooms and airplanes, and most recently created the traditional bamboo stamp design ohe kapala for Hawaiian Electric Incorporated.

Amanda O’Farrell, a Hawaiian studies major, is student speaker. O’Farrell was born in Hilo, raised in Puna, and graduated from the Kamehameha Schools Kea`au campus. She has maintained a 3.6 GPA at UH Hilo and made the Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani Dean’s List four times.

O’Farrell has been an active participant in numerous cultural and environmental initiatives throughout the island, taking part in invasive species removal around Hale Pohaku on Mauna Kea, collecting native species seeds at Hualalai, and participating in a heiau clean-up in Keaukaha. Her immediate post-graduate plans are to care for her two young children, but hopes to return within two years to pursue a masters degree in ethnobotany/ethnomedicine. Her dream is to be a traditional Hawaiian healer, practicing the art of la`au lapa`au and lomilomi. She also expressed interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in traditional medicine or public health.


3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Fern Acres Area of the Big Island This Afternoon

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Fern Acres area of the Big Island this afternoon:


Tomorrow – Former Top Honolulu Catholic Bishop to be Accused of Abuse and Sex Assault

Former Top Catholic official accused of abuse, Victim speaks publicly for the first time. He says he was 7 when ex-Honolulu bishop molested him, New lawsuit is one of more than two dozen filed since 2012

Joseph Ferrario

Joseph Ferrario


Holding signs and childhood photos at a news conference, a third alleged child sexual abuse victim of a now-deceased Honolulu Catholic bishop will speak publicly about his abuse for the first time. He’ll discuss why he’s filing a civil abuse and cover up lawsuit, and

  • how he tried to warn neighbors and reach out to other survivors,
  • how church officials flew to his home and tried to silence him, and
  • how he hopes to encourage other survivors to reach out, and get help.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 11 am


7 Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 400 in Honolulu


The alleged victim and another abuse victim who is a leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (, the nation’s largest support group for men and women sexually abused as children in religious and institutional settings.


A third alleged victim of a former Honolulu Bishop Honolulu Catholic Bishop Joseph Ferrario is filing a lawsuit and coming forward publicly saying that the cleric sexually abused him.

The man, who now lives in Las Vegas, was a seven-year-old student at Kailua’s St. Anthony’s grade school in 1975 when, he says, then Fr. Ferrario began to groom and sexually molest him during and after school hours. Ferrario allegedly assaulted the boy in rooms on church property for roughly three years.

The alleged victim is the third man to come forward and file a lawsuit accusing Ferrario of abuse. In 2012, former St. Anthony’s parishioner Mark Pinkosh came forward and accused Ferrario and Kailua priest Joseph Henry. Ferrario was first sued for child sex crimes in 1993 by a now-deceased Honolulu man David Figueroa.

All three boys were allegedly molested during roughly the same time period at St. Anthony’s.

Copies of the lawsuit and photos will be available at the event.

The victims are represented by attorneys Mike Reck (714) 742-6593, [email protected]and Mark Gallagher (808) 779-5012, [email protected]


Big Island Police Looking for Missing Man Who Uses Wheelchair for Mobility and Requires Medication

Hawaiʻi Island police have located 70-year-old John Richard Strange of Hilo, who was reported missing.

He was found Wednesday morning unharmed in Pāhoa.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 70 year-old Hilo man.

John Richard Strange

John Richard Strange

John Richard Strange was last contacted by a caretaker on December 3, 2013 and has not been seen since.   Strange is described as a Caucasian male, about 5’8” tall, weighing about 160 pounds, tan complexion, brown eyes, and wavy grey medium length hair and a full beard. Strange has several tattoos on both inner forearms. He uses a wheelchair for mobility and also requires medication.

Strange’s family is concerned for his safety and well-being.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or may know the whereabouts of Strange to call Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 961-2252 or email at [email protected]

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.

Results of the 2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade

The winners for the Pahoa holiday parade are as follows:

Best Keiki Group

2013 Pahoa Parade 202

  1. Montessori Country School
  2. Head Start

2013 Pahoa Parade 257

Best Student Group

2013 Pahoa Parade 215

  1. Malamalama Waldorf
  2. Boys and Girls Club

2013 Pahoa Parade 268

Best Kupuna

2013 Pahoa Parade 224

  1. VWF Motorcycles
  2. (TIE) Puka Ukulele and Red Hat

2013 Pahoa Parade 324

Best Club

2013 Pahoa Parade 344

  1. Kalani Honua
  2. Spa Paradissimo

2013 Pahoa Parade 370

Best True To Theme

2013 Pahoa Parade 286

  1. Black Sands
  2. Pahoa High School Float

2013 Pahoa Parade 361

Best Community Spirit

2013 Pahoa Parade 266

  1. Malama Market
  2. (TIE) Boys and Girls Club and Savio Realty

2013 Pahoa Parade 271

Big Island Police Arrest September’s Most Wanted Female – Mary Lolita Santos

Hawaiʻi Island police have located 40-year-old Mary Lolita Santos of Mountain View, who was wanted in connection with a reported burglary and domestic incident in Kurtistown on August 16 and on bench warrants.

Mary Lolita Santos

Mary Lolita Santos

Santos was arrested in Hilo on November 20 and charged on bench warrants for second-degree theft stemming from an incident on May 19 at a store on Makaʻla Street in Hilo and two counts of contempt of court. While at the Hilo police cellblock over the next two days, she was also charged with shoplifting for an incident on July 12 at a store on Makaʻala Street in Hilo, with fourth-degree theft for an incident on August 17 at a store on Henry Street in Kailua-Kona and with second-degree theft for an incident on November 13 at a store in Waiākea Plaza in Hilo.

In addition, Santos was arrested on suspicion of burglary, assault, terroristic threatening, criminal property damage, phone ripping and violation of a protective order in connection with the August 16 incident in Kurtistown. After conferring with prosecutors, detectives released Santos on the Kurtistown offenses pending further investigation. Detectives have since forwarded those investigations to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.


Third Annual “Magic Of The Season” Begins Tonight

The County of Hawai’i is proud to present the third annual Magic Of The Season holiday open house at the Hawai’i County Building in Hilo, December 9 to 20, 2013. Unless otherwise noted in the schedule, festivities will run 5:30 to 8:00 nightly with free entertainment, activities, and refreshments hosted by your County departments.
Magic of the Season
County volunteers have decorated dozens of trees and lit up the Hawai’i County Building. Members of the public may view the exciting decorations daily starting at 7:45 a.m.

Cyril Pahinui, Mark Yamanaka, Darlene Ahuna and Henry Kapono will be among the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning performers. Taiko drummers, hula dancers and student musicians also will take turns entertaining audiences. School groups, civic organizations and individuals are invited to experience the holiday offerings by touring the office building located at 25 Aupuni St.

For more details, please contact the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi at 961-8211.

Local Girl and True Blood Star Kristina Anapau made an appearance in 2011.

Local Girl and True Blood Star Kristina Anapau made an appearance in 2011.

Two Men Arrested After Ripping Off Items from Boat at Wailoa Boat Harbor

Two men were arrested Friday (December 6) after police received a call shortly after midnight reporting suspicious men on a boat at Wailoa Small Boat Harbor.

Dennis Poai

Dennis Poai

South Hilo patrol officers responded to the 12:10 a.m. call and learned that the men had removed items from the boat and fled in a pickup truck. A few minutes later, police located the truck nearby and observed eight fishing poles with reels in the truck’s bed. They arrested 47-year-old Milton Ahnee of Hilo and 36-year-old Dennis Poai of Hilo and took them to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Milton Ahnee

Milton Ahnee

Detectives recovered the truck and executed a search warrant. In addition to the stolen fishing poles, they recovered 0.9 grams of a crystalline substance, paraphernalia associated with the use of crystal methamphetamine, a rifle and ammunition.

At 9:40 p.m. Friday, detectives charged Ahnee with burglary and theft. His bail was set at $20,000. Poai was charged with burglary, theft, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and four firearms offenses. His bail was set at $121,000.

Both men remained at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance on Monday (December 9).

Big Island House Representative Denny Coffman Resigns From State House of Representatives

Speaker Joseph M. Souki today shared the following statement on the resignation of Representative Denny Coffman from the Hawaii House of Representatives:

Rep. Denny Coffman

Rep. Denny Coffman

“It is with deep sadness and regret that I accept the resignation of Rep. Coffman from the State House. I am grateful for all that he has done for state and the Legislature where he has been a respected and positive proponent of environmental progress. I am honored to have been able to call Denny a colleague and I, along with the members of the House, offer our sincere sympathies and wish him and his family the best. He will surely be missed.”

Big Island Representative Denny Coffman announced earlier today his resignation from the State House of Representatives. In a letter to State leaders, he expressed his plans to spend time with his family as his daughter faces a medical issue. His resignation is effective December 20, 2013

The Hawaii House District 5 seat (Na’alehu, Ocean View, Captain Cook, Kealakekua, Kailua-Kona) will officially be vacant on December 21, 2013. Upon the seat’s vacancy, the Democratic Party of Hawaii must submit within thirty days a list of three prospective appointees to the Governor for his consideration. The Governor must then appoint a replacement to fill the remainder of Rep. Coffman’s seat within 60 days of the vacancy from the list of candidates provided by the party.