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Hazmat Company Responds to Foamy White Substance Near Coconut Island

The Hawaii County Fire Department responded to patches of a foamy white substance on the shoreline and in the water fronting Coconut Island today on the Big Island.

Coconut Island

Coconut Island

Samples of white substance and air, in the area, tests by Hazmat Company 4 resulted with negative results of any type hazardous material in the area.

Per Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) personnel, the white substance is Algae bloom. No actions need to be taken.

Second Annual Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph 5K Walk/Run

Big Island Roadrunners will be holding it’s Second Annual Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph 5K Walk/Run on Thursday, November 28 starting at 7:30 am.

Big Dog 5k

The event is open to all and there is no time limit. The run was named after long time Big Island Roadrunner Club President and Hilo Marathon Director. Wayne passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer.

Wayne Joseph in his better days.

Wayne Joseph in his better days.

The event starts and ends at the Coconut Island parking lot in Hilo. It starts at 7:30 am with registration just prior to the start. The event is free, however participants are encouraged to bring canned goods for the Food Basket and/or to make a monetary donation to the Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph Scholarship fund. For more information please call Steve Pavao at 430-0267.

Spear Fisherman Dies Off Coconut Island

This morning at approximately 11:20 a.m., Officers responded to Coconut Island for a reported spear fisherman in distress.

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Upon arrival, along with Fire Department Rescue personnel, a 77-year-old male had already been removed from the ocean and was unresponsive. The male party was transported to Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police are continuing the investigation an initiated an Coroner’s Inquest to determine exact cause of death. The name of the decedent is not being released at this time.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Hilo Woman Who May Need Medical Attention

4/1/12 UPDATE She has been located.

South Hilo Patrol received a report of a missing person, Susan O’Connell, F-53, of Hilo, is described as being 5’2″, 110 lbs., having short red hair, and hazel eyes.

Susan O'Connell

Party reported checked out of a hotel today in the Banyan Drive area in Hilo. Her vehicle, a green Mercury sedan, was located in the parking area of Coconut Island. Party may be in need of medical attention.

Video From Today’s World Peace Festival on Coconut Island

Hundreds attended the World Peace Festival held today at Moku Ola, or Coconut Island in Hilo.

World Peace Festival

Hawai’i County presented the festival in partnership with the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association (HDIA) with sponsorship support from the International Committee of Artists for Peace (ICAP) assisted by Sokka Gakkai International.


The festival was a free family event that offered a global line-up of Hawai’i Island talent including traditional Hawaiian Slack key stylings from Na Hoku Hanohano and GRAMMY Award winner Sonny Lim, exciting percussion from Hui Okinawa’s Kobudo Taiko Troupe, fun Kachi Kachi music performed by El Leo-The Jarican Express, riveting Tahitian dance and music of Merahi o Tapiti, a Chuukese warriors dance performance by members of Micronesians United-Big Island, and the dynamic UH-Hilo Samoan Club-Tupulaga o Samoa Mo A Taeao. Soka Gakkai International youth and women’s division participants offered a range of cultural dances.

World Peace Festival

The festival included a Jumping Castle and Water Slide for the keiki, information booths, displays, artists and crafts, people selling their works plus a variety of food booths.