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MADD Awards Five Big Island Officers

At their annual Law Enforcement Awards, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaiʻi and Big Island Toyota honored Big Island police officers Monday (November 18) for their outstanding efforts and dedication to preventing impaired driving and reducing underage drinking. The awards were presented at a ceremony at The Luau House in Hilo.

Left to right: Officers Keith Nacis, Nicholas McDaniel, Christopher Kapua-Allison, Shea Nactor and Sergeant Christopher Gali.

Left to right: Officers Keith Nacis, Nicholas McDaniel, Christopher Kapua-Allison, Shea Nactor and Sergeant Christopher Gali.

During the presentation, the following officers were honored for the following number of arrests during 2012:

  • Officer Keith Nacis, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I, 76
  • Officer Shea Nactor, Puna patrol, 27
  • Officer Nicholas McDaniel, Kona patrol, 21
  • The “Top Cop” award went to Officer Christopher Kapua-Allison of South Hilo patrol with 104 arrests.
  • Additionally, Sergeant Christopher Gali of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I, was awarded the Big Island Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Alcohol Logo Lampoon Contest – Youth Poster Contest Pokes Fun at Alcohol Ads

Waimea’s Friday Night Crew youth group is hard at work on its first-ever “Alcohol Logo Lampoon Contest,” open to all North Hawaii youth, grades 6-12.  The Friday Night Crew will host a poster-making party at the Waimea Community Center on Friday, March 1 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. to help students complete their entry, and all are encouraged to attend.

Waimea Community Center

“The idea is for young artists to create a poster that’s a ‘logo lampoon.’  In other words, mocking or making fun of a real alcohol company logo or advertisement, like ‘Mad Magazine’ used to do,” said youth group leader Beth Mehau.  “In doing this, they are focusing on how alcohol would be advertised if they were telling the truth about the consequences of using it.”

Contest entries should educate/inform others about the deceptiveness (false information) of alcohol advertising.  For example, “Wine Un-Cooler” is a lampoon way of saying alcohol companies promote the idea that drinking makes people look cool and attractive, when the reality can be quite the opposite.

Entries will be judged by the “deceptiveness/false information” in alcohol advertising (30%), creativity, imagination or humor (50%) and neatness, presentation and overall appearance (20%).  There will be separate divisions for grades 6-18 and 9-12.

Deadline to enter is Mon., March 11, and posters can be dropped off at Mama’s House (adjacent to NAPA Auto) from 4 to 6 p.m. (Waimea Middle School students have until Tues., March 12 to submit to the school office).  One entry per person, please.

The winners will be announced and given their prizes at the March 22nd Youth Group meeting at Waimea Community Center (near the ball park) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.   Awards to include:   $50 Visa card to the top overall entry; $25 Visa card for 2nd Prize; gift certificate to Waimea Domino’s for a Medium Pizza and more.  Plus, the first 30 students to submit their posters on March 11 receive a free t-shirt.

For more information, contact Beth Mehau (887-2289) or email: bethmehau@gmail.com

The Pantry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which includes The Friday Night Crew youth group, Waimea Artists’ Guild and Mama’s House Thrift Store.  The Friday Night Crew is a prevention-based youth group focused on community service, peer leadership and goal-directed mentoring.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at The Pantry, 887-2289.

Hilo MADD Sensitivity Training Today

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)-Hawaii is proud to bring Debbie Weir, MADD National Office Vice President of Victim Services, to Hilo to facilitate a FREE sensitivity training.  This training is designed for professionals who work with adults and children affected by sudden grief and loss.  It is ideal for first-responders and crisis workers.

Bring your own sack lunch and join us for this very important training.

Seating is limited to 30 and is held on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact the MADD Hilo office at 934-0300 to hold your spot or RSVP by email to ashley.drake@madd.org

April is “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month”

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department’s Traffic Services Section organized a sign-waving event on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo on Monday (April 4). As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared April “National Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” this event was to remind motorists about the dangers of the use of electronic devices while driving— especially talking and texting.

The Traffic Services Section was supported by Sergeant Gali and Officer Davies of the Traffic Enforcement Unit, members of the Impaired Driving Task Force, representatives of the Office of Social Ministry (HOPE HAWAI’I), MADD Victims Advocate Ashley Drake and private citizens.

Dieter Blattler, Traffic Safety Coordinator at the Hawai’i Police Department, said that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,474 people were killed on U.S. roadways in 2009 and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. Of those people killed in distracted-driving-related crashes, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction.

“These numbers are on the rise,” Blattler said. “That’s why we all need to change our attitude about the use of electronic devices!

Representative Cynthia Thielen Speaks With MADD Executive Director and Chairman… Video

Pt. 1
Representative Cynthia Thielen speaks with Arkie Koehl, Chairman and Public Policy; abd Leah Marx Executive Director


Pt. 2
Representative Cynthia Thielen speaks with Madd Chairman and Public Policy Director Arkie Koehl; and Leah Marx Executive Director

Pt. 3
Representative Cynthia Thielen speaks with Arkie Koehl, Chairman and Public Policy; abd Leah Marx Executive Director

Can be seen here