Navy Issues Record of Decision for Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement

The U.S. Navy has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS).

A Navy ship at Pearl Harbor last week.

A Navy ship at Pearl Harbor last week.

Following several years of research, environmental analysis, and public involvement, the Navy has chosen Alternative 2, the Preferred Alternative described in the HSTT Final EIS/OEIS, to accomplish the Proposed Action. This alternative includes establishment of new range capabilities, adjustments to the types and levels of training and testing and modifications to existing capabilities.

The Navy’s Proposed Action is to conduct training and testing activities – which will include the use of active sonar and explosives – throughout the in-water areas around the Hawaiian Islands, off the coast of Southern California, in the transit corridor between Hawaii and Southern California, and at Navy pierside locations. The Proposed Action also includes sonar maintenance and gunnery exercises conducted concurrently with ship transits as well as pierside testing conducted as part of overhaul, modernization, maintenance and repair activities at Navy piers located in Hawaii and Southern California.

“This EIS was developed with the best available science and will enable the Navy to continue training and testing in Hawaii and Southern California while minimizing potential injury to the environment, as we have safely done for more than 60 years,” said Alex Stone, senior environmental planner for the U.S. Pacific Fleet and HSTT EIS project manager. “This training and testing is essential for the fleet to fulfill its mission of defending the nation and the global commons and leading America’s rebalance to the Indo-Asia-Pacific.”

The Navy prepared the EIS/OEIS to assess potential environmental impacts from its training and testing activities and to support authorizations, permits and consultations required under the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and other relevant statutes.

The ROD is now available to the public. The document and the HSTT Final EIS/OEIS can be found online at


Kona Man Charged with Six Offenses Following Condominium Burglary

A suspect is in police custody in connection with a burglary Monday (December 23) at a Kona condominium.

At 7:16 a.m. Monday, police received a report of a burglary at a condo on the 75-6000 block of Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona. Sometime overnight, an unknown person had entered a unit in the condo through an unlocked door and stolen several items—including a jewelry box, a ukulele and cellular telephones—while the residents were asleep.

At 9:25 a.m. Monday, investigating officers were called back to the same condo complex in response to a report of a man sleeping behind a garage.

An officer made contact with the man and noticed items in his possession matching the description of stolen items from the burglary. While the officer attempted to place the suspect under arrest, the suspect resisted and struck the officer in the head, causing a laceration and swelling.

Ian Medeiros

Ian Medeiros

A second officer arrived at the scene and assisted the first officer in subduing the suspect and placing him under arrest. The suspect was identified as 22-year-old Ian Medeiros, who has no permanent address but frequents the Kailua-Kona area.

Fire Department personnel treated the injured officer at the scene for his minor injuries.

Medeiros was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section investigate possible charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer and terroristic threatening.

Police urge the public to keep their doors locked when they are asleep or away from home.


A suspect arrested Monday (December 23) after a burglary at a Kona condominium has been charged with six offenses.

Tuesday afternoon (December 24), detectives charged 22-year-old Ian Medeiros with second-degree theft, resisting arrest, first-degree assault of a police officer, first-degree terroristic threatening, promoting a dangerous drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $10,500.

He remained at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (December 26).


Big Island Police Charge 55-Year-Old Man in Connection with a Harassment By Stalking Incident

A 55-year-old Kamuela man has been charged with eight offenses in connection with a harassment by stalking incident last week.

John Amina

John Amina

Tuesday afternoon (December 24), John Amina was charged with first-degree criminal property damage, first-degree terroristic threatening, harassment by stalking, second-degree reckless endangering, reckless driving, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

He was released from the Kona police cellblock after posting $14,750 bail on Wednesday (December 25).


Big Island Police Investigating Fatal Fire Christmas Eve in Mountain View

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a fatal fire Christmas Eve in Mountain View.

Palainui Fire
At 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (December 24), Police Department and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Palainui Street in the Eden Roc subdivision.

After extinguishing the flames, firefighters discovered a badly burned body inside the structure.

Detectives from the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section and Fire Department investigators are investigating the cause of the fire.

Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and to assist with identifying the remains.


Big Island Police Charge Hilo Man with Theft and Six Other Offenses

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 33-year-old Hilo man with theft and six other offenses in connection with the theft of a check.

In July, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a financial institution in Hilo for a report that the suspect had cashed two stolen checks on two separate days. The checks were from an invalid account that had been closed for five years.

Cheavis Kataoka

Cheavis Kataoka

Cheavis Kataoka, who lives in the Hilo area, was arrested Monday (December 23) and held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 9:26 a.m. Tuesday (December 24), detectives charged Kataoka with fourth-degree theft, two counts of third-degree forgery, two counts of second-degree identity theft, and two counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $75,000.

He remained at the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (December 26).

District 5 Democrats Complete Review of Candidates for Vacated State House Seat

The District  V Council of the Hawaii Democratic Party met on Friday, December 27, to consider nine candidates who applied for the State House District 5 seat recently vacated by Representative Denny Coffman.

Rep. Denny Coffman

Rep. Denny Coffman

The nine candidates who applied to be among the three nominees submitted to Governor Neil Abercrombie for selection were: Abigail Au, Kaliko Chun, Richard Creagan, Barbara Dalton, Una Greenaway, Lei Kihoi, Gene “Bucky” Leslie, Michael Matsukawa, and Steve Sakala.

Thirteen members of the District Council participated in the  ranking and selection process to determine the three nominees to the House Seat.  Four members of the District Council – Creagan, Dalton, Greenaway, and Matsukawa – applied for the position and were recused from the meeting and the selection process.

According to District 5 spokesperson, John Buckstead, “the ranking and selection process maximized the preferences of the Council members, and folks were pleased that we are able to submit three well qualified nominees to the Governor and that the process of making the selection was very fair and transparent to the voters.”

The names of the three nominees will be released by the Governor or the Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.  With the opening of the Legislative session being less than three weeks away, a selection by the Governor is expected soon.


Waimea Ocean Film Festival Launches 50th Anniversary Tour of ‘The Endless Summer’

The 2014 Waimea Ocean Film Festival (Ocean Film) offers an exciting lineup of films, special guests, intimate coffee talks, Q&As, exhibits, receptions and morning activities, running non-stop January 2-10. The festival brings over 50 films to the big screen this year, most of which are world, U.S., Hawai‘i or Big Island premieres.

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

Courtesy Photo: Copyright 1964 Bruce Brown Films, LLC

As part of its lineup of exceptional films and activities, Ocean Film launches the 50th anniversary tour of The Endless Summer, one of the most popular surf films of all time. In partnership with Bruce Brown Films (BBF), fun launch festivities include a high-octane, surf-themed opening night reception at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i on January 2—1960s attire optional. Following the Surfing the Sixties fun, the film will be screened on The Fairmont Orchid’s recently renovated Lehua Theater.

“The Endless Summer is one of the most popular surf films of all time and we are honored to have been asked to launch the 50th anniversary tour,” says Tania Howard, Ocean Film founder and director.

Produced in 1964, The Endless Summer introduced the notion of surf adventure travel, leading surfers to travel the world in search of their own perfect wave. The novelty, footage and high-energy musical score mesmerized audiences everywhere. Despite studio distributor’s initial reluctance to carry the film, The Endless Summer went on to become a worldwide box office hit, grossing over $30 million.

Renown 60’s surf photographer and former Reyn’s Spooner CEO Tim McCullough hosts Q&As following the screening of The Endless Summer at 6:30 p.m. January 2 at The Fairmont Orchid and 3:15 p.m. January 10 at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. McCullough is one of the festival’s many guest speakers, including M Sanjayan, Eddie and Myrna Kamae, Alan Cohen, Auntie Queenie Dowsett, Dawn Lippert, Josh Fox, Zach Weisberg and Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy alum Alison Teal.

In addition to offering films themed to ocean experience (such as surfing and paddling), Ocean Film features films that examine ocean environment—including things we do on land that impact the sea; and island culture. Inspirational films are also screened.

Ocean Film opens on January 2, with films playing simultaneously from January 2-5 at multiple venues in Waimea (Kahilu Theatre, HPA Gates, Parker Theatre), and showings at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i January 2-4. On January 6, the festival moves to Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

The full lineup of films and the complete festival program are available to download at Festival passes can be purchased via the website or at 808-854-6095. The pass system enables attendees to enjoy blocks of the festival’s dynamic selection of films, speakers, Breakfast Talks and more—which are richly woven together. Passes and programs are available at the festival hospitality desk January 1-5 at Kahilu Theatre and January 6-10 at Four Seasons Ballroom foyer; hours vary, phone 808-854-6095.

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