Best of Vine HAWAII 2013 Compilation

Best of Vine Hawaii 2013 compilation featuring some of Hawaii’s best videos on Vine from Hawaii viners:

3.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Waikoloa Area of Big Island

A 3.5 magnitude earthquake shook the Waikoloa area of the Big Island today around 1:25 this afternoon.  No tsunami was generated from it:
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Hawaii Community College Student Named New Century Scholar

Hawaiʻi Community College student Edward Bufil has been named the 2014 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar for the state of Hawaiʻi. Bufil was one of 51 community college students from the United States, Canada and American Samoa to receive the award from a pool of more than 1,700 nominees.

Edward Bufil

Edward Bufil

Each New Century Scholar will receive a $2,000 scholarship and be honored at the American Association of College Presidents Convention in Washington, D.C.

Bufil is a student in Hawaiʻi CC’s Tropical Forest Ecosystem and Agroforestry Management (Forest TEAM) program and is vice president of the Forest TEAM Club.

He has participated in many service-learning projects related to conservation and reforestation, including planting native species in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge. As a student employee with the U.S. Forest Service, he also assisted with research on biological control of invasive species.

Bufil, who aspires to be a park ranger, plans to graduate from Hawaiʻi CC in May with his associate in science from the Forest TEAM program as well as an environmental studies academic subject certificate and will continue his education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.


Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Kona Girl Reported Missing AGAIN

UPDATE 4/9/14 Hawaiʻi island police have located 16-year-old Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion of Kona, who was reported missing. She was found April 3.

Hawaiʻi island police are searching for a 16-year-old Kona girl who was reported missing… AGAIN.

Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion

Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion

Shellsea Gouveia-Asuncion was last seen in Kealakekua on February 24. She is described as 5-foot-5, 100 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair in a Mohawk cut. She has a pierced tongue and wears gauges in both earlobes.

She was last seen wearing baggy black jeans, a black shirt printed with the word “Diamond,” a tan belt and black shoes.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Kirkland Signature Sliced Fruit Recalled from Costco for Potential Salmonella

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. of Albany, OR has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores. In cooperation with Costco, the company issued the recall after determining the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

kirkland-sliced-fruit-406Precautionary recall measures began on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Consumers who may have purchased the product were contacted by phone and US. Mail, and a letter regarding the voluntary recall was posted on the Costco website. Furthermore, the affected product was removed from Costco floors.

The company says that any Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit that is currently available for purchase has been tested and is safe for consumption. No other products made by Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. are affected.

Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit is sold in a red and white case containing 20 pouches of freeze-dried snacks. Consumers who have purchased Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit with the following “Best Before Dates,” listed on the upper left corner of the front panel of the case, are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Best Before Date: FEB 14 2015 – MAR 11 2015 (which reads FEB142015 – MAR112015)

No illnesses have been reported, but due to the time required to trace an illness back to a specific food product, it is impossible to say if any illnesses have occurred.

Cases of the potentially contaminated Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit were distributed to Costco Wholesale stores in the following locations: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.

Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. is issuing the recall as a proactive safety precaution. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Human Remains Identified as Missing Man in South Kohala Homicide Case

The human remains found in South Kohala on Monday have been identified through dental records as 37-year-old Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder of Kailua-Kona, who had been reported missing.

HPDBadgeRyder’s family reported on January 17 that they had not heard from him since Thanksgiving 2013.

During an autopsy conducted on Wednesday (March 12), the medical examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and that the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the case as a murder.

Detectives located the human remains at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 10) on vacant land between Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Puakō Beach Drive.

Hawaii to Receive $1,783,393 Federal Grant to Turn Around Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 10 states will receive more than $95 million to continue efforts to turn around their persistently lowest-achieving schools through awards from the Department’s School Improvement Grants (SIG) program. The following states are receiving awards: Hawaii, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon and Texas.


“When schools fail, our children and neighborhoods suffer,” Duncan said. “Turning around our lowest-performing schools is hard work but it’s our responsibility, and represents a tremendous opportunity to improve the life chances of children. We owe it to our children, their families and the broader community. These School Improvement Grants are helping some of the lowest-achieving schools provide a better education for students who need it the most.”

Community engagement is an essential tactic for making school turnaround more effective. The U.S. Department of Education’s Reform Support Network (RSN) is releasing a paper, Strategies for Community Engagement in School Turnaround, which examines engagement in action. Between April and August of 2013 the RSN conducted reviews of 11 states and districts—urban and rural—with engaged communities surrounding low-performing schools. The enquiry yielded five primary lessons or takeaways about successful community engagement: make engagement a priority and establish an infrastructure, communicate proactively in the community, listen to the community and respond to its feedback, offer meaningful opportunities to participate and turn community supporters into leaders and advocates.

School Improvement Grants are awarded to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) that then make competitive subgrants to school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to provide adequate resources to substantially raise student achievement in their lowest-performing schools.

Under the Obama administration, the SIG program has invested up to $2 million per school at more than 1,500 of the country’s lowest-performing schools. Early findings show positive momentum and progress in many SIG schools. Findings also show that many schools receiving SIG funding are improving, and some of the greatest gains have been in small towns and rural communities.

States announced today and their grant amounts are:
North Dakota—$1,110,048

Big Island Police Investigating an Attempted Murder and Suicide in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted murder and suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision in Kaʻū.
Tiki Lane
Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12), Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a property on Tiki Lane at the intersection of Luau Drive.
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Police investigation determined that two men, who live in separate dwellings on the property, got into an argument. The victim, a 37-year-old man, entered his house and the suspect, a 48-year-old man, followed him and shot him. He then stepped out of the house and fatally shot himself.

The victim was flown to Kona Community Hospital and then to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal investigations section are continuing the investigation.

Big Island Police Reclassify Coroner’s Inquest to a Murder

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (March 12) on human remains found in South Kohala on Monday.

HPDBadgeThe medical examiner determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section have reclassified the case from a coroner’s inquest to a murder. They are attempting to identify the victim through forensics.

Detectives located the human remains at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 10) on vacant land between Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Puakō Beach Drive.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center Opens Retail Store

After much anticipation, the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center Retail Store is open for business and celebrating the milestone with a Grand Opening Week event from March 18-22 9a.m. to 3p.m. daily. During the Grand Opening Week, the HWC Retail store will be offering specials including 50% off Patrick Ching’s Hawai’i National Wildlife Stamp poster and a free gift with purchases over $100.

The Hawaii Wildlife

The Hawaii Wildlife Center’s retail store grand opening week is next week

All items in the store represent the HWC’s conservation mission and celebrate Hawaiʻi’s native birds and bats. Many of the items are works by local artists. The Retail Store carries a variety of items including books, hats, photography and art prints, children and adult clothing, and stuffed animals.

100% of the store’s profits goes directly back into funding the critical wildlife conservation programs at the Center, including the hands-on care of sick and injured native wildlife at the Center’s wildlife hospital in Kapa‘au.

Please come and celebrate this milestone for the Center, support local artists and contribute to the conservation of our native wildlife!

The HWC Retail Store is locate on Lighthouse Road in Kapa’au, HI. For addresses and directions, please visit our website:

Update: KSBE Hawaii Middle School Band & Keiki Choir Southern California Tour

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Keiki Choir and Middle School Band will be in Southern California making some public appearances.  Here is the updated schedule of public appearances.  Note time changes:

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Hilo’s NAS Swimming Pool to Close for Repairs

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close Hilo’s NAS Swimming Pool from Monday, March 17, through Friday, March 28, in order to perform necessary repair work.


The temporary closure is needed to replace a leaking mechanical seal and worn bearings that are part of the pool’s circulation system.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the shutdown may cause and thanks the public for its understanding while the repairs are being made.

The NAS Swimming Pool is expected to reopen for public use on Monday, March 31. Operating schedules for all nine Hawai‘i County swimming pools are available at:

For updates on the status of the pool, please call 961-8697.