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East Hawaii Cable Outage Is Strange

Cable problems being reported throughout East Hawaii right now.

snow-on-tvI myself only can hear things on my television and receiving snow with a faded signal and others have reported that their cable is completely down.

This outage is strange as we all seem to still have full internet connectivity as of now.

I Proudly Endorse Senator Kai Kahele

I too endorse Senator Kai Kahele for Senate District One.


Butchering and Curing Meat Class Coming to Hilo

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers a class in “The Art of Butchering and Curing Meat for Home Food Preservation” on Saturdays, November 19 and December 3, from 1 – 4 p.m. at The Kitchen, located at 615 Haihai Street in Hilo. Tuition is $80.



Chef Dean Shigeoka, co-founder of The Kitchen, will cover a wide range of topics, including meat dressing, salting, corning and aging. Shigeoka will also provide participants with an introduction to the craft of charcuterie as they make sausage and porchetta, corn their own beef, and taste samples. The instruction and hands-on experience will provide students with the basic skills needed to begin experimenting with home butchery and charcuterie.

For more information, disability accommodations, or to register, call CCECS at 932-7830 (V) or 932-7002 (TTY).

Hawaii National Guard Receives Three New Blackhawk Helicopters

The Hawaii Army National Guard’s newest unit has received three HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The Blackhawks were offloaded from a C-17 transport at the Kalaeloa Airfield today. They will be assembled on-site and operate out of Wheeler Army Air Field until a new facility at Kalaeloa is completed.

new-helisDetachment 1, Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment is a new aeromedical evacuation unit and is in the process of filling its ranks. The detachment’s mission is to provide MEDEVAC support to military entities. The unit will have about 30 soldiers, most of whom will be drill status, or part-time forces.  The unit will not provide full-time support to civil authorities, but when fully staffed, it may provide supplemental support.

This unit is one of the most requested types of units to deploy, with its specialty of MEDEVAC being in high demand.


The new Blackhawk models have a couple of features that differentiate them from the HIARNG’s current UH-60M Blackhawks. These HH-60M have an external hoist, a Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) and the capability to carry six litter patients or six ambulatory (or three of each patients) within its MEDEVAC cabin configuration. The four-person crew is made up of two pilots, one crew chief and one flight medic.

It will initially operate from Wheeler Army Airfield, Army Aviation Support Facility #1, until administrative requirements are completed. The new unit will then operate from the nearly completed Army Aviation Support Facility located at Kalaeloa. The Kalaeloa AASF cost $32.6 million and is being built by Watts Constructors, LLC. The estimated completion date is November 2016. The Kalaeloa AASF will encompass almost 67,000 square feet and will have a large hangar to support aircraft as well as an administrative area for classrooms, restrooms, conference rooms and offices.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes Will Charge for Camping Starting November 1

Starting November 1, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will charge for all overnight camping as part of a plan to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities.

Kīlauea aglow from its summit crater is visible from Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Kīlauea aglow from its summit crater is visible from Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

For backcountry camping, a $10 fee will be charged per trip, in addition to the park entrance fee. All eight backcountry campsites (Ka‘aha, Halapē, Keauhou, ‘Āpua Point, Nāpau, Pepeiao Cabin, Red Hill Cabin and Mauna Loa Cabin) require a permit, with a stay limit of three consecutive nights at one site. Campers can move to another backcountry site for the fourth night, but no more than seven consecutive nights per trip will be allowed.

A camper enjoys the shade at Halapē. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

A camper enjoys the shade at Halapē. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Permits must be obtained no more than 24 hours in advance from the Backcountry Office, open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fees for backcountry camping can be paid in person at the Backcountry Office, or online through pay.gov. Call (808) 985-6178 for more information.

Tent camping at ‘Āpua Point along the coast at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Tent camping at ‘Āpua Point along the coast at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Kulanaokuaiki Campground, a drive-in, front-country campsite off Hilina Pali Road, will cost $10 a night per site, with a stay limit of seven consecutive nights, and a maximum of six people per site. The nine designated campsites at Kulanaokuaiki have picnic tables and tent pads, and are available on a first-come basis. Fees for Kulanaokuaiki can be paid at the campground’s self-registration station. Checkout time is 11 a.m.

The new camping permit fees are similar to other public camping fees statewide. At Kulanaokuaiki, campers who hold the Interagency Senior (Golden Age) and Golden Access passes pay $5 per site.

Picnicing at the Kulanaokuaiki Campground. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Picnicing at the Kulanaokuaiki Campground. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Nāmakanipaio Campground off Highway 11 is managed by Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC and is under its own fee structure.

Pets are not permitted in any of the campgrounds, except for leashed pets in Nāmakanipaio Campground. Leashed service animals are allowed.

Officer of the Month: Roberto Segobia

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Roberto Segobia on Thursday (October 27) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for October.

segobiaSegobia was honored for what Sergeant Chris Correia described as his “constant vigilance and continuous dedication to duty.”

Correia highlighted several examples:

  • Officer Correia’s and Officer Chance Lunsford’s response to a woman’s request to take a photo with her young son who was “freaking out with excitement” at seeing the officers, who also took the time to mentor the child by encouraging him to do well in school and by stressing the importance of listening to his parents.
  • For stopping a drunk driver while off duty and on his way home after working a 12-hour shift.
  • For recovering a stolen vehicle and arresting the driver on drug charges while driving home from another long shift.
  • For proactively helping a missing child with special needs before dispatchers had a chance broadcast a missing person report to patrol officers.

“Officer Segobia has established a reputation among his peers as a ‘24-hour policeman’ that dedicates himself to police work whether on or off-duty,” Correia wrote in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Segobia is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

Coordinated State Efforts Aim to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

State of Hawai‘i departments are coming together to increase opportunities and support for the employment of people with disabilities. The agreement was announced during a ceremony today that also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the success of employees, employers, and training programs that have brought down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

service-auditoriumThe Departments of Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Services, Education, and Health, along with the University of Hawai‘i Center for Disability Studies are working together to develop and sustain a coordinated approach to develop and expand business and employer networks. These networks will provide greater job search, job referrals, vocational training, and work-based learning opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

service-dog“This agreement is among the first of its kind. It brings together various stakeholders in state government to support individuals with disabilities and their opportunities to work in our communities,” said Department of Human Services Director Pankaj Bhanot.

The Cooperative Agreement positions the State of Hawai‘i to maximize resources and shift policies to serve a more diverse audience and improve workforce outcomes. The agreement also calls on departments to identify and leverage resources to provide training and build capacity of employers. It will simultaneously work to expand work opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying career pathways, coordinating assistive technology programs and services where appropriate, and streamlining services.

service-auditorium2“The Department of Health is proud of the collaborative partnerships reflected in the Cooperative Agreement,” said Director of Health Dr. Virginia Pressler. “It promotes a shared value of stakeholders to provide opportunities to advance the employment and workforce development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The announcement of this agreement was marked by the ceremony which featured employers, employees, and state government agencies partnering to increase opportunities and reduce barriers to employment. The event also honored Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland for her service to this community in her years as a legislator.

14th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival

If it is mid-November and Waimea, it is almost guaranteed that local legends in Hawaiian music will be somewhere in town, strumming a guitar, plucking ‘ukulele, singing, talking story, jamming, teaching, laughing, eating, and giving their all to honor the best of Hawai‘i’s musical traditions.

The 14th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival takes place November 17, 18 and 19, 2016, and will offer concerts, workshops and Kahilu Theatre’s most inclusive educational outreach for students.

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa (photo credit: Steven Roby)

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa (photo credit: Steven Roby)

This year’s event features treasured Festival performers Nathan Aweau, Benny Chong, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Sonny Lim, and Jeff Peterson. New to the Kahilu Festival, but not to Hawaiian music, is Hilo-based musician and songbird, Kainani Kahaunaele, and from Waikoloa on steel guitar, Iaukea Bright.

The 14th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Festival includes two days of the musicians travelling from Kona to Laupahoehoe to give free concerts in Hawai’i Island schools. Organized by Kahilu Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck, last year’s Festival musicians performed to more than 5,000 local students.

Nathan Aweau (photo credit: Steven Roby)

Nathan Aweau (photo credit: Steven Roby)

“It is a delightful confluence of our mission and vision,” says Kahilu Theatre Executive Director Deb Goodwin. “These renown musicians, many who have been regular performers since our very first ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Institute, tell us they look forward to coming together to play music and to give back. Our staff, Board members, and sponsors are all enthusiastic to know Hawaiian music and all the trimmings will once again fill the Theatre and reach out to schools across the island.”

Jeff Peterson (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Jeff Peterson (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Thursday night’s concert will invite audience members who bring their own instrument to come on stage after intermission and play along with the performers in true “kanikapila” style. The Friday night concert will feature all the Festival musicians performing new work as well as playing together in crowd-pleasing, classic collaborations. Saturday morning Kahilu will offer a slate of workshops led by the musicians and culminate in a final performance of island favorites with some special guests adding to the mix. All of the musicians are active and passionate cultural practitioners and have individually and collectively played at a variety of esteemed public and private events.

Benny Chong (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Benny Chong (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

“The Festival members hope to offer a fresh new program that renews respect for the unique sounds of traditional Hawaiian music,” says Paul Buckley, proprietor of Waimea Music Center and one of the event sponsors. “What we all share in common is that we want to inspire the next generation to pick up an instrument and play.”

Sonny Lim (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Sonny Lim (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

The 14th Annual Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival is sponsored by Zora & Les Charles, Ka‘eo & Mahina Duarte, Alva Kaipoleimanu Kamalani, Bob & Donna Povich, Kamuela Inn, and Waimea Music Center.

The Kahilu 2016/17 Hawaiian Series is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines and Kapa Radio.

Ticket Pricing & Information:

  • Thursday: $23 / $13 with Instrument
  • Friday: $63 / $43 / $23
  • Saturday: $63 / $43 / $23

Tickets – Thursday: http://kahilutheatre.org/ Showinfo/14th-Annual—- Ukulele—Slack-Key-Guitar- Festival—Kanikapila

Tickets – Friday: http://kahilutheatre.org/ Showinfo/14th-Annual—- Ukulele—Slack-Key-Guitar- Festival—Main-Concert

Tickets – Saturday: http://kahilutheatre.org/ Showinfo/14th-Annual—- Ukulele—Slack-Key-Guitar- Festival—Festival-Finale


Happy “Hawaii-Ween” at Kona Oceanfront Gallery

Meet Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and World Famous Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker at Kona Oceanfront Gallery’s “Happy HAWAII-WEEN” this Monday, October 31st.
haloween-with-sam-and-bradBrad Parker will be doing a “Live Art Demo” between 1 to 6 and he along with Sam Choy will be carving pumpkins with one of them being raffled away.

sam-choy-and-draculaThere will original sketches up for grabs, a costume contest with a prize for the best costume along with other tricks and treats.

brad-and-skullThe Kona Oceanfront Gallery is located at 75-5770 Ali’i Drive in Waterfront Row next to Bubba Gump restaurant.  Contact 808-334-0037 for more information.

Lava Flow Update: East Kamokuna Ocean Entry Still Active – West Entry Inactive

An aerial image of the east Kamokuna lava delta this morning shows lava entering the ocean at the front of the delta.

Photo by Rick Hazlett, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Photo by Rick Hazlett, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Looking down from the helicopter, cracks are visible on the surface of the east Kamokuna lava delta. These cracks are reminders that lava deltas are inherently unstable features that can collapse without warning.

hvo-1028a A lava delta collapse can send tons of hot rock into the sea, generating steam-driven explosions that can hurl fragments of molten lava and solid rock 100s of meters (yards) in all directions—inland and seaward.

The east Kamokuna ocean entry was still active on October 25, with multiple entry points spread along the eastern side of the lava delta.

Lava dribbling into the sea at the front of the delta creates a billowy white plume, which looks harmless, but is actually a mixture of superheated steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

The west Kamokuna lava delta was completely inactive, with no lava entering the ocean.

The west Kamokuna lava delta was completely inactive, with no lava entering the ocean.