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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Congratulates Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Apprentice Graduates

This afternoon at the Historic Hickam Officers Club, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard delivered congratulatory remarks at a ceremony honoring 135 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility apprentice program graduates.

tulsi-pearl-harborThe congresswoman serves on the House Armed Services’ Sea Power and Projection Forces Subcommittee and spoke about the importance of the journeymen’s service and their work to care for the military’s aging ships, especially with the United States’ focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.

tulsi-pearl-harbor2The Shipyard’s Apprentice Program is a partnership between the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Honolulu Community College. The program prepares students for Shipyard careers by combining academic study with paid work experience. This year’s graduating class includes journeymen in nineteen different trades.

tulsi-pearl-harbor3The Shipyard is a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command and a one-stop regional maintenance center for the Navy’s surface ships and submarines. It is the largest industrial employer in Hawaiʻi with a combined civilian and military workforce of over 5,000.  Strategically located in the mid-Pacific, the Navy’s largest ship repair facility between the West Coast and the Far East is about a week of steam time closer to potential regional contingencies in East Asia than sites on the West Coast.

Prohibited Advertising/Political Signs Being Removed From State Right of Ways

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) would like to remind the public that outdoor advertising, including political campaign signage, is prohibited on the state right of way. In the last month alone, Highways Maintenance staff have removed more than 200 signs from HDOT jurisdiction, which takes time and resources away from other maintenance duties.

The exceptions to this are the following:

(1)  Directional and other official signs and notices, which signs and notices shall include, but not be limited to, signs and notices pertaining to natural wonders, scenic and historic attractions as authorized or required by law.

(2)  Signs, displays, and devices advertising the sale or lease of the property upon which they are located.

(3)  Signs, displays, and devices advertising activities conducted on the property upon which they are located.

(4)  Signs lawfully in existence on October 22, 1965, determined by the director to be landmark signs, including signs on farm structures or natural surfaces, of historic or artistic significance

The state law prohibiting the installation of signs is Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 264, Part V. Text of the law can be found at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol05_Ch0261-0319/HRS0264/HRS_0264-0072.htm

illegal-signsThe removal of outdoor advertising along state highways is also in line with the federal Highway Beautification Act of 1965. More information on the Highway Beautification Act of 1965 can be found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/real_estate/oac/oacprog.cfm#OACP

To report an illegally placed sign in HDOT jurisdiction, please contact the Highways Maintenance Hotline at 808-831-6714 or email MSWClerk@hawaii.gov

2 New Cases of Hepatitis A – 291 Confirmed Cases in Hawaii

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 2 new cases of hepatitis A. Seventy-three (73) have required hospitalization.

hepatitis-headerFindings of the investigation suggest that the source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu. Eleven (11) individuals are residents of the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, or Maui, and seven visitors have returned to the mainland or overseas.

Although the 50-day maximum incubation period from the date of the scallops embargo has passed, HDOH continues to be alert for people who have had onset of illness earlier but may present late to a clinician, as well as possible secondary cases. Secondary cases have been rare in this outbreak and have been limited to household members of cases or close contacts of cases.


Onset of illness has ranged between 6/12/16 – 10/9/16.

Hilo Elks Drug Awareness Contests Announced

The Drug Awareness Program of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) is dedicated to preventing the use of illicit drugs by the youth of our country as well as informing them of the dangers caused by the use of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco. As part of the program, Hilo Elks Lodge is inviting east Hawaii youth to send in their submissions to the Drug Awareness Poster, Essay, and Video contests.

just-say-noThe theme for this year’s contests is “Just Say No”. The following is information about each contest.


  • All students in the 3rd to 5th grades are eligible to participate.
  • Poster size is 8.5” x 11”. Posters should be grammatically correct.
  • Use of copyrighted characters on the poster, except Elroy the Elk, is prohibited. All entries will become the property of BPOE.
  • Posters are judged based on the theme, originality, neatness, grammar, and without copyrighted characters (except Elroy).
  • Judging goes through local lodge (Hilo), district (Hawaii State), and state (California-Hawaii) levels. State winning poster will be submitted for entry into the National Elks contest and for inclusion in the Elks Drug Awareness Program Coloring Book.


  • All students in the 6th, 7th, & 8th grades are eligible to participate.
  • Essays are to be 250 words or less and typed, computer generated text, hand written or hand printed on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Each Essay must be in a single file folder.
  • Essays are judged based on closeness to the theme, neatness, originality, and correct grammatical structure.
  • Judging will go through local lodge (Hilo), district (Hawaii State), and state (California-Hawaii) levels.


  • Individual or group entries from pre-high school, high school, and post graduate are welcome.
  • Videos should be 2 minutes to 5 minutes long on a flash drive or similar “mobile” media in readable format.
  • Videos should be based on this year’s theme “Just Say No” and have an anti-abuse message or making the right choice (e.g. anti-bullying, etc.)
  • Videos should not depict any copyrighted characters or Trademarks with the exception of “Elroy the Elk”.
  • All video entries will become the property of BPOE.

Judging will be based on closeness to the theme, neatness, originality, age and language appropriateness, positive message, and quality of video.


If selected, submitter will be contacted to fill out consent and waiver forms.

There will be 19 district winners of $100 each. State winners include one 3rd place of $300, one 2nd place of $400, and one 1st place of $500.

For more information, please contact the Hilo Elks Lodge at 935-1717 or email hiloelks@gmail.com.

Hawaii World Class Wedding Expo This Weekend

Are you a bride looking for ideas for your special day?  Check out the Ko’olau Ballroom and Conference Center’s booth this weekend at the Hawaii World Class Wedding Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center!


October 21-22, 2016 doors open on Friday, at 6:00pm and on Saturday, the expo runs from 11:00am–5:00pm!

Tickets $10.00 at the door. Fashion show times:

  • Friday, Oct.21st – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 22nd – 8:00pm

Puako Boat Ramp Community Cleanup

The public is invited to participate in the Puako Boat Ramp Community Cleanup led by Keep Puako Beautiful here in Puako from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 22.

puako-clean-upBeach cleanup tally sheets, buckets, pickers, gloves, a jug of water and snacks will be provided. Partners in marine conservation will be on site to talk story and share information.

Reservations to rent a donated tank, dive air or kayak for water cleanup are required in advance from Puako Dive company at 854-4114, Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures at 886-0980 or Hawaii Surf & Kayak at 741-7768.

RSVP for cleanup and potluck: kpb@hawaii.rr.com

Local Derby Will ‘Resurrect’ One Last Time in Season-Ending Bout

Paradise Roller Girls will be hosting their last bout of the 2016 season, sure to showcase heavy hits and high flying maneuvers to score all the points, Sat. Oct. 29 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo.

Captain Kate "Anita Whiskey" Wood (90) braces teammate Holly "Von Schlappenbitch" Zimmerman (8) as she plows into Garden Isle Roller Girls jammer. Amy "AC Slayed-her" Shipley (1993) looks on as she prepares to regroup with her teammates.

Captain Kate “Anita Whiskey” Wood (90) braces teammate Holly “Von Schlappenbitch” Zimmerman (8) as she plows into Garden Isle Roller Girls jammer. Amy “AC Slayed-her” Shipley (1993) looks on as she prepares to regroup with her teammates.

Friendly neighbor rival Waimea Wranglers will be one of three teams at the event with the other being Resurrection Roller Girls, a mainland team hailing from California.

Games are scheduled for Waimea to play RRG at 3 p.m. The Big Island Babes, Hawaii’s junior roller derby league, will have two inter squad scrimmages at 5 and 6 p.m. The main event will begin at 7 p.m. with PRG taking on Resurrection.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under the age of five. Tickets can be bought at Jungle Love, CD Wizard, Mt. View Video, Kadota Liquor, Lucy’s Taqueria, at the door or from any of the Paradise Roller Girls.

For more information visit paradiserollergirls.com or find “Paradise Roller Girls” on Facebook.

Updates From Mayor Billy Kenoi Trial

Hawaii News Now Reporter Chelsea Davis is at the Hilo Courthouse and she is live tweeting the Mayor Kenoi trial.

Here is what she has posted so far from day 2 of the trial and you can follow her here https://twitter.com/ChelseaDavisHNN:


Testimony will resume Monday, Oct. 24th at 830am


Wilson’s response to prosecutor is that she didn’t write the email, she received it. Pros. passes the witness to the defense

Earlier, prosecutors showed receipts showing wine and alcohol purchased at the luncheon

5m5 minutes ago Hilo, HI

Pros. asks Wilson about Kevin Dayton’s farewell lunch held at Hilo Yacht Club, which was categorized as an office strategic planning meeting

Court back in session

Court in recess for lunch. Reconvene at 1pm

Hawaiian Electric Companies Offer Customers a Lower-Cost Daytime Option With Time-of-Use Rates

The Hawaiian Electric Companies are offering an optional Time-of-Use rate program that will charge customers less for power used during the day – when solar energy production is highest – and more at night.

Developed under the direction of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, these rates encourage customers to use electricity when solar power is abundant and enable cost-effective integration of renewable energy.

This program will provide customers with an opportunity to save money if they shift their energy use to daytime hours. For example, customers who do laundry, cook, or heat water during the day may be able to save. Customers who charge electric vehicles or energy storage systems in the day may also benefit. The amount of any savings will depend on how much a customer changes their usage. As a result, this program may not fit the needs of all customers.

Here’s how the rates will compare with current residential rates for October 2016 (all prices in cents per kilowatt-hour):


As directed by the PUC, this program will run for two years and these rates are only for residential customers. Participation will be voluntary and limited to the first 5,000 customers who enroll.

Participating customers will receive information on their bills that compares their costs under this program and the normal residential rate for electricity. Customers may opt out of the program at any time if they feel it isn’t the right fit for them.

To enroll or for more information, go to www.hawaiianelectric.com/timeofuse or call:

  • Oahu: (808) 548-7311
  • Maui: (808) 871-9777
  • Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-8461
  • Hilo: (808) 969-6999
  • Kona: (808) 329-3584
  • Waimea: (808) 885-4605

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Mariner Near Lapaki State Park

The Coast Guard suspended the search Tuesday afternoon for a mariner who originally went missing when his 10-foot skiff reportedly capsized due to high winds approximately a half mile offshore of the Big Island, Saturday.

Charles Locklar, 26, remains missing.

charles-locklar“Our crews and partners saturated the area with assets in an effort to locate Locklar and despite our best efforts we were not successful in finding Charles,” said Capt. Michael Long, commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. “Speaking as a both a Coast Guard officer and a father, suspending a search is a decision that never gets easier. Our sincere condolences go out to Charles’ family and friends during this difficult time. We thank our partner agencies for their professionalism and continued support of search and rescue efforts around the main Hawaiian Islands.”

On-scene assets searched a total area of more than 2,878 square miles, 26 number of searches and deployed three self-locating datum marker buoys over four days.

Involved in the search were:

  • MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
  • Crews of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB-87316) and USCGC Kiska (WPB-1336) from Big Island
  • Air and surface assets with divers from the Big Island Fire Department
  • Navy MH-60 helicopter aircrews from squadrons at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay

Locklar was reported missing by his uncle after their skiff reportedly capsized prompting the search.

Temple Children Brings Global Artists, Public Art to Hilo

This week, seven globally renowned artists are on Hawai‘i Island to paint large-scale, sustainability-themed murals throughout Downtown Hilo.
The concerted effort to beautify and revitalize the community is the third public art activation of its kind driven by Temple Children, an arts and sustainability organization that coordinates projects to strengthen communities, promote social and environmental innovation, and incite positive global change.
The public and media are invited to drop by the following locations between Wednesday, October 19 and Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to view artists paint live:

  • Hilo Backpacker’s Hostel on Waianuenue Ave // Artists: Rick Hayward and Emily Devers (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Agasa Furniture Store on Ponahawai St // Artist: Yoskay Yamamoto (Toba, Japan)
  • Downtown KTA Super Stores on Keawe St // Artist: Kai Kaulukukui (Puna, Hawai‘i)
  • Former Ebesugawa Flower Shop on Furneaux Ln // Artist: Jet Martinez (Oakland, California)
  • Hana Hou Hilo on Bayfront // Artist: Brandy Serikaku (Hilo, Hawai‘i)
  • Nikisa Properties Building on Ponahawai + Kinoole // Artist: Sam Yong (Auckland, New Zealand)

The public art and sustainability project is made possible with financial support from Novo Painting (Cole and Lisa Palea), OluKai, K. Taniguchi, Ltd., Hana Hou Hilo, Agasa Furniture Store and PUEO.

HPM Building Supply donated Pratt & Lambert paint; ladders and lifts supplied by Takamine Construction; and artist meals donated by Sweet Cane Café, Aloha Mondays and Loved by the Sun. Additional local donations were provided by Moon and Turtle, Big Island Booch, OK Farms, The Locavore Store, Island Naturals and Shark’s Coffee. Onsite support and keiki volunteers provided by Circle of Life Hilo’s Leandra Keuma and local artist Kathleen Kam.
Aside from painting, artists participated in a lo‘i restoration workday in Waipi‘o Valley organized by local non-profit Pōhāhā I Ka Lani. To round out the artists’ stay, Kilauea EcoGuides will lead an educational hike to the lava flow prior to artists’ departure.

The October project is led by Temple Children founders, Miya Tsukazaki and David “MEGGS” Hooke, and Regional Director Ashley Kierkiewicz. It is being documented by Cory S. Martin, a freelance cinematographer, director and editor based in Buffalo, New York.

The murals are expected to be complete by Sunday, October 23.

Hepatitis A Infection in Food Service Worker at McDonald’s of Kahala

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed an additional case of hepatitis A in an Oahu food service worker. The infected case is an employee at McDonald’s of Kahala, located at 4618 Kilauea Avenue in Honolulu. Affected dates of service are Sept. 20–21, 23–24, 27–29, and Oct. 1, 4–5, 7, and 11, 2016.

kahala-mcdonalds“This case was identified and reported to us later in their illness, but had their symptom onset within the 50-day maximum incubation period from the date the scallops were embargoed,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “The department will continue to investigate all reported cases of hepatitis A and remain alert for other late-presenting cases as well as secondary cases.”

The likelihood that patrons of this business will become infected is very low. DOH is providing this information to the public as a precaution to prevent any new cases. To date, 291 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed as part of the outbreak investigation that began in August. Updated case counts and information are provided at: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/hepatitis-a-outbreak-2016.

Vaccination provides the best protection from hepatitis A, so any person who consumed food or beverage products prepared or served at this business during the identified periods may want to contact their healthcare providers about receiving a vaccine or immune globulin (IG). This may provide some protection against the disease if administered within two weeks after exposure. A statewide list of vaccinating pharmacies is available at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2013/07/IMM_Adult_Resource_List.pdf or by calling the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1.

Help prevent the spread of hepatitis A by washing your hands often and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom and before preparing food. For more information on proper handwashing, go to: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/dib/infectious-disease-surveillance/handwashing.

An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet

On Wednesday, November 9 at 6pm, Kahilu Theatre presents the award-winning Modern Māori Quartet from New Zealand.

modern-maoriThe Modern Māori Quartet brings the concept of a Māori Ratpack into the present with a contemporary twist, weaving their acting and musical abilities together to tell stories and fusing hearty and humorous Māori storytelling with the Western tradition of show band entertainment.

Their signature cabaret- style show, An Evening with the Modern Māori Quartet, promises a trip down memory lane as this multi-talented foursome bring a fresh twist to Kiwi golden oldies and a unique spin on recent international hits.

The group’s work highlights New Zealand’s musical past and present through a repertoire that blends old-school charm with modern pizzazz, featuring unique spins on Māori waiata, show band hits and pop music, all infused with group’s irresistible charisma, sublime harmonies, and universal humor.

modern-maori2Hailing from different corners of Aotearoa the Modern Māori Quartet consists of accomplished actor/musicians James Tito, Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau and Francis Kora. They aspire to be one of Aotearoa’s global cultural ambassadors, representing the revival of a proud heritage of world- class Māori show band entertainment with relevance and appeal to today’s contemporary markets; at the heart of it all – hearty Māori entertainment.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 5pm for the performance and there will be beverages and snacks available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar.

Tickets are $68 / $48 / $38 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday – Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

This performance is made possible by generous sponsorship from Michael & Ruth Bernstone, Carol & Clive Davies, Bob & Nancy Male, Regan & Shoshana Matsumura, and Kona Brewing Co.