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Don’t Shoot The Messenger

I’ve gotten word from a sponsor that someone contacted them in an attempt to make them stop sponsoring my site.

Thankfully they aren’t listening to this person.

I can only assume it’s because of recent controversial stuff I have posted whether it be the racist shop owner or issues dealing with Mauna Kea and TMT.

It seems many folks are on edge right now… many deservedly so with all the stuff many Puna Residents have had to deal with during the last year.

If any of my sponsors would like me to remove their ad from my site… I’m sure I will hear from them personally.

Until then… Mahalo to my sponsors for supporting me unconditionally and allowing me to say what I want w/out repercussions of things.

I try my best to speak the truth and say what I know and can verify.

Big Island Man Stabbed on Bus – Police Investigating

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a stabbing Saturday morning (April 25) on a Hele-On bus in Honokaʻa.

HPP Bus Picture

At 9:34 a.m. Saturday, Hāmākua Patrol officers and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics responded to a report of a stabbing victim at the Hele-On bus stop on Lehua Street in Honokaʻa. The victim, a 40-year-old Hilo man, sustained a laceration to his forehead and was taken in serious condition to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries .

Police learned that the victim and the suspect had been arguing in the bus when the suspect cut the victim’s forehead with an unknown instrument. The suspect then exited the bus and ran away on foot.

A suspect has been identified but no arrests have been made and the case is still under investigation. It has been classified as a first-degree assault.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Officer Paul Isotani at 775-7533.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers 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.

Big Island Police Arrest 4 After Attempted Escape from Correctional Center

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a reported attempted escape from Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center early Saturday (April 25).

HPDBadgeAt about 2:05 a.m. Saturday, HCCC personnel reported that four inmates broke through a door that leads to the fenced recreational center at the jail, which is located on Punahele Street. The inmates were unable to escape from that area. HCCC personnel detained them and notified the Police Department to investigate further.

All four suspects case were arrested for attempted escape and criminal property damage. They are identified as 26-year-old Malaki McBride, 26-year-old Kawaipuna Noa, 31-year-old Douglas Kaimiola and 23-year-old Ariel Jost.

They were returned to the custody of HCCC while the Police Department’s Area I Criminal Investigations Section continues the investigation.

Lava Lake Now Visible From Jaggar Overlook

The level of the lava lake within the Overlook crater, set within Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano, continues to rise.

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Yesterday, the level was as high as 14 meters (46 feet) below the Overlook crater rim. This photograph was taken from the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, in an area closed to the public due to volcanic hazards, but the lava level was high enough today that the lava lake surface could be seen from Jaggar Overlook, which is open to the public.

Missing Mariner Was Lost at Sea for Twelve Days Last Year

The Coast Guard continues searching for a missing mariner after the fishing vessel he was aboard capsized approximately one mile west of Lanai, Saturday.

Missing is Ron Ingraham.

Ron Ingraham sits on the dock at the Kaunakakai Wharf on Molokai, Hawaii Thursday, April 16, 2015.  The Coast Guard says it is searching for Ingraham, a mariner from Hawaii who last year survived 12 days lost at sea. The Coast Guard is searching for him again, after the fishing boat he was on ran aground on rocks early Friday April 24, 2015 about a mile west of Lanai. (Connie Post, Dayton Daily News via AP)

Ron Ingraham sits on the dock at the Kaunakakai Wharf on Molokai, Hawaii Thursday, April 16, 2015. The Coast Guard says it is searching for Ingraham, a mariner from Hawaii who last year survived 12 days lost at sea. The Coast Guard is searching for him again, after the fishing boat he was on ran aground on rocks early Friday April 24, 2015 about a mile west of Lanai. (Connie Post, Dayton Daily News via AP)

The Coast Guard rescued Kenny Corder and is still searching for Ingraham after receiving a mayday call over VHF radio channel 16 at 12:12 a.m. Friday from the 34-foot fishing vessel Munchkin.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point located and recovered Corder in the water at 3:20 a.m. He was transferred to the Memorial Hospital on Maui where he was reportedly in good condition.

Corder reported that Ingraham was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-Island class patrol boat homeported in Hilo, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point continue the search for Ingraham.

Current on-scene weather conditions are 8 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

On-scene assets have completed 29 sorties, searched a total of 1,600 square miles and deployed three self-locating datum marker buoys.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center used data gathered from the SLDMBs and the search and rescue optimal planning system to calculate the search area. SAROPS is a software system that uses simulated particles generated by users in a graphical interface. These particles are then influenced by environmental data to provide information on search object drift. Using information on a point of origin and local currents, it calculates the most likely area to find a person or object in the water.

Audio from the distress call can be found at: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2497374/.

Photos of the debris field and a graphic of the current search area can be found at: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2497542/.

DLNR Continues to Remove Possible Japan Tsunami Debris From Hawaii Beaches

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) continues to respond to reports of possible Japan Tsunami Marine Debris items that arrive on island reefs and beaches.

beached boat

Today, a DLNR crew retrieved a reported 20’ skiff at Sandy Beach area, bearing Japanese characters and vessel registration numbers. It is the seventh boat reported since February this year, following six others that arrived on Hawaii shores. Three were on the Big Island, at Kohanaiki, Kawaihae and Kawa Bay. One was overturned on Maui near the Aston Mahana, and two on Oahu were reported, at Kahuku and Punaluu.

Beached Boat at Sandy

Two large plastic bins were also reported this week, which bore identification marks that may be traceable to Japan. One was located at Kamilo Beach, Hawaii and removed by volunteers of the Hawaii Wildlife Fund. The other was located on Kauai at Larsen’s beach.

Tsunami container

Items with identification numbers, Japanese characters, are reported to NOAA which works with the Japan Consulate in Hawaii to confirm provenance with the Government of Japan. Items not claimed by the original owner may then be disposed of.

To report large or unusual marine debris items, especially those that may have attached marine organisms, please email dlnr.marine.debris@hawaii.gov and DisasterDebris@noaa.gov. Calls may also be made to DLNR at 587-0400.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

Spot the International Space Station tonight.

Spot the International Space Station tonight.

It will be visible beginning tonight, Saturday, April 25 at 8:10 PM. It will be visible for approximately 1 minute.  Maximum Height: 43 degrees, and it will appear in the West Northwest part of the sky and disappear to the Southwest.