Riot at Hilo High School Leads to Students Being Arrested

HPDBadgeI was viewing tweets today and all of a sudden I came across something that concerned me.  I posted the following on Facebook tonight:

The cops arrested someone outside the Pahoa May Day Assembly today… and now I read the following happened at Hilo High:

“there was a massive riot at my school. like kids were hitting cops & all”…

“…yeah, it was crazy. a girl got falsed by a boy & all”

KITV confirmed what I heard about the Hilo riot.  I myself saw the person getting arrested outside of Pahoa High School.

Here is what KITV reported:

A fight today at Hilo High School resulted in several students being arrested… that’s according to Hilo police.
We’re told the brawl broke out in the afternoon, and one student described it as a “massive riot” with kids hitting cops.
A state Education official says the fight involved some 20 to 30 students… and happened just as school let out for the day at 1:20 p.m.
No major injuries were reported and school is scheduled to resume on Monday.
However the principal is requesting support from police.

UH Hilo Faculty Honored by Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association

Three faculty members from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo were honored at the 2014 Ka Palapala Poʻokela Awards held recently at the East-West Center in Honolulu and presented by the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association (HBPA). The competition included 48 entries from 37 separate book projects representing a spectrum of local publishers who were nominated in 10 categories.

UH Hilo Moniker
Hawaiʻi: A Novel, by Mark Panek, professor of English, won the Award of Excellence for Excellence in Literature. Kerri Inglis, chair and associate professor in History, earned honorable mention for Excellence in Hawaiian Language, Culture, and History for her book Mai Lepera. Alohalani Housman, associate professor, Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, won honorable mention for Excellence in Illustrative or Photographic Books for Ke Ao Nani: He Puke Huaʻōlelo 1000.

The event marked the 21st year for the awards, which recognize the finest books published in Hawaiʻi during the previous year and honor the individuals and companies involved in their creation.

Big Island Chocolate Festival Begins – Supports Two Non-Profit Organizations

The Big Island Chocolate Festival has officially started at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i.
Big Island Chocolate FestivalThe event is supporting two non-profit organizations with proceeds from the silent auction this year. Both organizations, “Equip the Kitchens” campaign and Kona Pacific Public Charter School are building campus improvements that will be beneficial to the Kona community for years to come!

The Campaign Purpose:The American Culinary Federation is very pleased with progress on the long awaited Hawaii Community College – Palamanui, opening in 2014. The ACF Kona Kohala Chefs Association members are industry leaders committed to culinary development and education within the membership and throughout the community. This group of food service professionals, vendors and growers comprises one of the most active chapters in the American Culinary Federation. It is their earnest desire to support the new culi-nary campus by helping to secure funds for the kitchens.

  • There will be two 1200 square foot kitchens
  • 800 square foot baking kitchen.
  • 800 sq. ft. preparation and butcher kitchen
  • The facilities will enable 65 students per semester to work toward their AAS degree in Culinary Arts. This program pre-pares students to enter the hospitality industry, including world-class restaurants.

The Campaign Goal:
A $1,000,000 goal of capital funds is being sought to equip the kitchens. The campaign is anticipated to be completed with all cash and pledges received by the end of 2014.

The Culinary Arts Program at the Hawaii Community College – West Hawaii Center is currently located in a small shopping center in Kealakekua with limited space and facilities. The ar-eas of concentration are Certificate and Degree Programs, Ad-vanced Culinary and Hospitality Training Programs. The Culinary Arts Program is fully accredited by the American Culinary Federation. It also provides direct industry placement and the development of qualified committed professionals ready to be successful leaders in the culinary field.

The Campaign Timeline:
The Culinary Arts Program plans to move into the Palamanui facility in the fall of 2014. “The Board of Regents University of Hawaii is very grateful for the commitment and support of the Kona Kohala Chef’s Association in raising funds to support the new culinary facility at the Palamanui campus.”

If you want to learn more about what the Culinary students are doing, follow them on Facebook at West Hawaii Culinary.

KPPCS logo

Kona Pacific Public Charter School

Kona Pacific is a school that is growing. Situated on 40 acres of land above the Kona Community Hospital, it resides in the middle of South Kona, an area that does not have a public community amphitheater, although there are dozens of artists and musicians in Kona who could bring live music to this space if it were built. The money the Chocolate Festival raises will go to a capital campaign to build this structure so the students at the school would have access to it during school time and the public would have access it to at nights and weekends. Still in the planning phases, we are raising funds to get this project off the ground to create a space for our vibrant island musicians and performing artists to have a space to showcase their talent and have the students have a space to create their own performances, as well!

KKPCS Upper Lawn

Kona Pacific Public Charter School’s curriculum offers a holistic, hands-on, project-based education inspired by Waldorf education, promoting student achievement in language arts, math, science, visual arts, foreign languages, musical training and movement.

Demo Day – New Business Showcase at Imiloa Astronomy Center

Support Hawaii Island’s Startup Community

Join us on Saturday, May 10th at 1:00pm in the Moanahoku Hall of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for the first ever Hawaii Island Demo Day event.

Register Today

About the Event

The 2014 Demo Day New Business Showcase highlights some of Hawaii Island’s newest and most innovative companies. Meet the founders and learn about Hawaii Island’s growing community of Entrepreneurs. The event will begin at 1:00pm with a brief meet and greet followed by opening remarks. Hear from community thought leaders on our island’s economic development and the role new business development plays. Afterwards, our entrepreneurs will take the stage and present their businesses. We’ll wrap up the afternoon with snacks and socialization.

The Hawaii Tech Exchange, HITX, promotes the economic development of Hawaii Island through educational workshops and events to foster entrepreneurship. It brings together talented individuals and innovative businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) community. HITX operates a membership directory for area businesses, students, entrepreneurs and individuals. It also hosts related special interest group meetings on topics such as software, design, writing, robotics, game development, app development and astronomy.

Hawaii TechWorks assists in the development of Hawaii-based high growth and high impact businesses. It helps entrepreneurs convert great ideas into successful businesses. Hawaii TechWorks operates a co-working space and hosts a monthly tech meeting that supports entrepreneurs in Hilo and the surrounding community. It helps companies succeed by providing technical assistance, business infrastructure and networking opportunities. Hawaii TechWorks is focused on fostering the emergence of a next generation of leaders, in facilitating the development of strong community ties through informal networking and relationship-building, in new job opportunities for local residents, and in community-based economic development.

Our Sponsors

HTDC High Technology Development Corporation
HI Growth InitiativeHigh Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) is a state agency established by the Hawaii State Legislature in 1983 to facilitate the development and growth of Hawaii’s commercial high technology industry. The State views high technology as an important driver in the diversification of Hawaii’s economy and one that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents.


The HI Growth Initiative is a State investment program focused on building an innovation ecosystem that supports entrepreneurial high growth businesses and creates high wage jobs for our people. The HI Growth Initiative provides $20 million of investment capital that will focus on the critical building blocks of an innovation ecosystem: entrepreneur development, research commercialization and the mobilization of startup investment capital.

Our Host

Nalukai Foundation

Nalukai Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to support entrepreneurs and innovation in Hawaii. It provides mentoring services to entrepreneurs, helps connect founders and investors, and organizes community events. Nalukai’s mentors have years of experience advising startup founders and have mentored in some of the top accelerators in the country.

Get Involved!

Attend Be part of a growing community and learn about new businesses on Hawaii Island and the rest of the state. Register for Demo Day today.

Participate Gain recognition for your new business. Meet potential partners, supporters and investors. Demo Day is open to qualified Hawaii businesses. If you would like to present your business, please contact us at:

Sponsor Help our local economy grow by supporting events like this. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring this or other events, please contact us at:

Governor Abercrombie Signs Bill Making Kindergarten Mandatory for All 5 Year Olds

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed Senate Bill 2768 (Act 76), a measure that makes kindergarten mandatory for children who will be at least 5 years of age on or before July 31 of the school year, unless otherwise exempt.

SB2768 Signing Ceremony

SB2768 Signing Ceremony

“Mandatory kindergarten builds on this administration’s early childhood education initiative by providing continuity in a child’s learning experience,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This legislation assists in implementation of Common Core State Standards designed for kindergarten to grade 12, and places our students on the path to success in today’s global marketplace.”

“This bill aligns with the Department of Education goals and supports our young children so they may be successful learners,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

“Now that Hawaii has finally joined the vast majority of states that have a state-funded prekindergarten, it is critical that kindergarten be seen as the logical and required next step,” said state Executive Office on Early Learning Director GG Weisenfeld. “With the rigors of the Common Core State Standards that are in place starting in kindergarten, we have to ensure our children get off to a good start, and this will really help every child to be successful.”

State Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Jill Tokuda said, “High-quality kindergarten establishes a firm foundation for a child’s educational future, helping to ensure growth and success as they move forward. Establishing mandatory kindergarten is an important part of creating our early learning system, especially as we call upon students to develop deeper levels of understanding through the Common Core.”

“There is no greater core function of government than providing our children the opportunity to succeed in life through public education,” House Education Committee Chair Rep. Roy Takumi said. “Mandatory kindergarten is a key part of this effort and a timely one at that. Until now, there has not been a need to require all families to enroll their children in kindergarten. But as we establish the first foundations of Hawaii’s early learning system, we need this important support to bridge the way for our children to succeed from prekindergarten throughout their school careers.”

Act 76 will take effect by the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. It amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Section 302A-411 and 302A-1132, which lists exemptions from mandatory attendance.

Nine Hawaiʻi Island Students Awarded Dorrance Scholarships

Nine Hawaiʻi Island students who will begin their studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in fall 2014 have been awarded Dorrance Scholarships.
UH Hilo Moniker
The Dorrance Scholarship is an innovative, four-year award designed to benefit local students who are the first in their family to attend college. Each year, the program awards up to 10 students need-based scholarships of $8,000 per year to attend UH Hilo. The 2014 recipients include:

• Kapuanani Arsiga, Christian Liberty Academy
• Kawena Case, Kealakehe High School
• Tifaine Crivello, Hilo High School
• Kamrie Koi, Ka`u High School
• Melissa Mizuguchi, Waiakea High School
• Kodie Solis-Kalani, Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi
• Kalena Spinola, Kealakehe High School
• Tara West, Hilo High School
• Turfa Zaman, Kealakehe High School

This year’s awardees are the third cohort to receive the prestigious scholarship. Prior to the start of fall classes, the students will take part in a custom-designed summer bridge program to help them transition from high school. They will also participate in international travel and employment preparation in subsequent summers, bringing the total estimated value of each award for the entire four-year period to more than $60,000.

“The Dorrance family has become a valuable partner in UH Hilo’s effort to help more students shatter that proverbial ‘glass ceiling’ by becoming the first member of their family to obtain a college education,” said Chancellor Donald Straney. “Their gift to the past, present and future cohorts will have a profound impact on the lives of those students.”

UH Hilo’s program is an extension of the highly successful Dorrance Scholarship Programs that have operated in Arizona for the past 14 years. The program is credited with opening the doors of higher education while boosting graduation rates for more than 600 first-generation college students.

For more information about the Dorrance Scholarship Programs, contact Maria Martin at (808) 557- 6268 or email

Big Island Man Dies From Injuries Sustained in Crash on Route 19

UPDATE: The man who died Thursday (May 1) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Route 19 in Pepeʻekeo has been identified as 54-year-old Colin Y. Ishii of Pepeʻekeo.

A 54-year-old Pepeʻekeo man died Thursday (May 1) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Route 19 in the area of the 9-mile-marker in Pepeʻekeo.
HPDBadgeResponding to a 1:54 p.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the 54-year-old man was operating a 1998 Toyota four-door sedan and traveling north on Route 19 when he crossed the centerline and sideswiped a 2013 Ford flatbed truck traveling south that was being operated by a 29-year-old Nāʻālehu man.

The driver of the Ford was not injured.

Fire Department rescue personnel took an 82-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Toyota, to Hilo Medical Center. She did not receive any significant injuries but was being confined overnight as a precaution.

All occupants were wearing their seat belts.

The 54-year-old man was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:24 p.m.

It does not appear at this time that speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Keith Nacis at 961-8119.

This is the 5th traffic fatality on the Hawaiʻi Island this year compared with 12 at the same time last year.

Big Island Police Searching for 18-Year-Old Hilo Man Reported Missing

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing.

Sterling Shackley

Sterling Shackley

Sterling Shackley was last seen in Hilo at 5 a.m. Thursday (May 1). He has a medical condition that requires medication, and his family is concerned for his safety.

He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of a shark on his left shoulder.

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

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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.