Hawaii Island News, 07 August 2010


Construction of the state’s largest agricultural park is underway.  Last year, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi offered to dedicate 1,739 acres of land between Honokaa and Waipio Valley as an ag park to help quiet critics of this plan to sell former Hamakua Sugar Company lands to help balance the county budget.  Kenoi told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that doing the ag park was the proper course of action.  Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong agreed, saying “I give the mayor credit for listening to the public and doing the right thing.”

Patrons of Hawaii Island’s public libraries are finding a few changes in the fees charged for replacing library cards and for overdue materials.  Under new rules adopted by the Board of Education in May, the Hawaii State Library System is increasing overdue fees paid by children from 15 cents to 25 centes per day.  The current maximum fine of $4.50 per item paid by those 17 and younger will increase to $7.50 per item.  The cost of replacing an adult library card decreased from $10 to $5.

A draft environmental assessment released on Thursday says construction of a long-promised Kailua-Kona subdivision park could begin by the end of the year.  The 1.6 acre park, in the Alii Kai subdivision, was promised to homeowners when the neighborhood was founded more than 40 years ago.  According to “West Hawaii Today”, the park will include onsite parking, a comfort station, a pavilion with picnic tables, playground, and other amenities.  The assessment says the project will fulfill the commitment by the County of Hawaii for a neighborhood park.

Although Hawaii County doesn’t have enough money to build a new police station near Captain Cook, an environmental assessment sees no significant impact from the facility which could cost between $16 and $17 million.  Because of the money squeeze, no date has been set for starting the project.  Councilwoman Brenda Ford tells “West Hawaii Today” that the proposed station is extremely important to the fast-growing area between Honalo and Milolii.  Ford says she is asking for funding support from the mayor’s office, the state, and the federal government.

The Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) has issued a statement that a power shut-off is scheduled for the North Kohala area for the night of Thursday, August 12th, from 11 p.m. to approximately 5 a.m., Friday, August 13th.   The shut-off is necessary to allow HELCO personnel to make repairs to equipment serving the North Kohala area.  HELCO recommends that refrigerators and freezers be opened only when absolutely necessary.

The Kona Game Fishing Club-Kusatsu team from Japan won the 51st edition of the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament off Kailua-Kona.  Team captain Teruo Koshikawa attributed his win to the daily ritual of pouring a can of Coors Light beer into the ocean, an act which Koshikawa said was to bless the ocean and show respect for the daily catch.

The County of Hawaii Department of Environmental Management is temporarily closing the White Goods Recycling Area at the Pahoa Transfer Station due to ongoing construction at the site.  Residents may take their white goods/appliances to the Hilo Scrap Metal Facility adjacent to the Hilo Transfer Station on Leilani Street.  For details, call 961-8270.

Community news:  St. Joseph school will hold a benefit rummage sale today from  7 a.m to 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  All proceeds will help pay for the soccer team’s travel expenses to Oahu.

Community news:  The Aloha Club of Hilo is accepting donations for its annual fundraising event today from 7 a.m. to noon.  Club members are having a rummage sale, food sale, and plant sale.  The club runs a thrift store for those recovering from mental illness.  The clubhouse is located at 1045B Kilauea Avenue in Hilo.  For details, call Larry at 974-4320.

Notice to motorists:  Drivers are advised of the two-day “Bike MS Ride”, a fundraiser for the Multiple Scleroisis Society which takes place today, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m, from Waikoloa to Kapaau and tomorrow (Sunday), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona.  Major intersection will have police officers directing traffic and assuring that cyclists stay within bike lanes.

Notice to motorists:  The state Department of Transportation will begin field investigations or “potholing” to accurately locate existing underground utility lines along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway on Monday, August 9th.  The work will start just south of Kealakehe Parkway and continue to the end of the project just north of the Keahole Airport.  Lane closures will not be required and the work should result in minimum delay or inconvenience to the traveling public.

Community news:  Tickets are now available for the 13th Annual Daniel H. Sayre Memorial Foundation Anniversary Benefit Awards Dinner/Silent Auction, scheduled for Saturday September 4th, at the Fairmont Orchid in the Mauna Lani Resort.  The event raises funds to help in the purchase of much needed rescue equipment and training for the Hawaii County Fire Department.  For more information, call the Foundation at 329-8067

Community news:  Due to the 2nd Annual Don The Beachcomber’s Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort, Kahakai Road will be closed in front of the Royal Kona Resort between Huggo’s parking lot and Hale Kona Kai Condominium from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 14th.  For more information on this road closure, call the Royal Kona Resort at 329-3111.

Notice to motorists:  Honokaa area–There will be alternating lane closures on the Hawaii Belt Road in both directions from Pakalana Street to Paauhau Road on Monday, August 9th, through Friday, August 13th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., for pavement resurfacing.  Ka’u area–There will be alternating single lane closures on the Mamalahoa Highway in both directions from Kmaoa Road to Kiolakaa Homestead Road, on Monday, August 9th, through Friday, August 13th, from 7:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., for pavement resurfacing.  Kamuela area–There will alternating single lane closures on the Kohala Mountain Road in both directions from Kawaihae Road, near the Waiaka Stream Bridge, to the Kohala Ranch Road, on Monday, August 9th, through Friday, August 13th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., for pavement resurfacing.

Please submit your community news items at least two weeks before your event.  You can send news items by fax at 935-0396 or by e-mail to rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com.

Russ Roberts, News Director.

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Hawaii Island News, 06 August 2010


(AP).  A part-time U.S. Census worker arrested for trespassing while handing out goverment forms on the Big Island won’t be prosecuted following a deal that dismisses a charge against him.  Russell Haas was arrested March 20th after he enetered the property of a police officer, who refused to accept Census forms.  The settlement requires police be better trained in dealing with census workers.

(AP).  A state lawmaker from the Big Island says he plans to introduce a bill to ban tropical fish collecting in Hawaii waters.  Democratic representative Josh Green calls it “a simple bill” on a controversial issue.  Green says the legislation is needed because the number of fish in Big Island and Maui waters has decreased.

(AP).  Members of Hawaii’s voyaging community are sailing around the state in honor of the late master navigator Mau Piailug.  The Hokulea canoe was set to leave Honolulu for Molokai yesterday.  It’ll later travel to Hilo, Kawaihae, Kona, and Maui.  Hokulea’s two sister canoes will join the trip part of the way.  The Hokualakai will meet the Hokulea in Hilo, and the Makalii will do so at Kawaihae.  Piailug, of Micronesia, died on July 12th.

Hawaii County police are asking for your help in identifying  two persons involved in a shoplifting incident on July 23rd at a Pahoa surf shop.  The suspects were recorded on video surveillance.  both were described as female, in the late 20s through mid 30s, about 5-foot-5, 210 to 250 pounds with short hair, tan complexions, and large builds.  One appears to have a “tribal type” tatoo on the right upper arm.  Those with leads should call police at 935-3311.

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Scotty Aloy as the “Officer of the Month” for August in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.  Aloy was honored for his investigation of a burglary that led to a fingerpring match implicating a 19-year-old man who was ultimately charged with burglary and theft.  The Kona Crime Prevention Committee is an organization that encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaii.

Notice to motorists:  Drivers are advised of the two-day “Bike MS Ride”, a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which runs Saturday, 7 am to 1 pm, from Waikoloa to Kapaau, and on Sunday, 7 am to 1 pm, from Waikoloa to Kailua-Kona.  The bicyclists will be using the shoulders of the highway for the ride.  Major intersections will have police officers directing traffic and assuring that cyclists stay within bike lanes.  For details, call 808-532-0808.

Hawaii Legacy Hardwoods has developed a fundraiser initiative to help school and organizations raise money while improving the planet and benefitting Hawaii’s unique ecosystem.  HLH’s Koa Legacy Tree program makes it possible to honor an individual and memorialize a loved one or special event by planting a native Hawaiian Koa tree in their honor.  Special Projects Manager Tiffany Shafto says the Koa Legacy Tree program offers a way for everyone to help reforest Hawaii and to have a positive effect on the global environment.  For details, call HLH at 977-707 TREE (8733).

Hawaii Island police are investigating a robbery Thursday morning above the Kailua View Estates subdivsion in Kailua-Kona.  A 25-year old Kailua-Kona man told police that he accepted a ride in a silver or white older model pickup truck with an extended cab and a six-inch lift after he spent time at a Kailua-Kona nightclub the previous evening.  The truck stopped at a spot on “Guava Lane”, whereupon a male suspect threatended the victim with a knife and demanded his wallet.  The victim was later hit on the head and rendered unconscious.  Anyone with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.

Notice to motorists:  The state Department of Transportation will begin field investigations or “potholing” to accurately locate existing underground utility lines along the Queen Kaahumanu Highway on Monday, August 9th.  This work will start just south of Kealakehe Parkway and continue to the end of the project just north of the Keahole Airport Road until  it is complete at the end of this month.  Lane closures will not be required and the work should result in minimum delay or inconvenience to the traveling public.

The Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) has issued a statement that a power shut-off is scheduled for the North Kohala area for the night of August 12th, from 11 p.m. to approximately 5 a.m.  The shut-off is needed to allow HELCO personnel to make repairs to equipment serving the North Kohala area.  HELCO recommends that refrigerators and freezers be opened only when absolutely necessary.

Community news:  The entry deadline for the 2010 P & R Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament has been extended to Friday, August 13th.  Applications need to be received at the Recreation Divsion Office by 4 p.m.  For details on the tournament, call Ed at 964-3301.

Community news:  St. Joseph School will hold a rummage sale this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school cafeteria.  All proceeds will help pay for the soccer team’s travel to Oahu.

Community news:  The Kona Music Society’s Youth Chorus will hold its first rehersal is set for September 9th, 3 p.m., at the Kealakehe Intermediate School chorus room.  Students in grades 3 through 12 are encouraged to join the youth chorus.  For details, call Carol at 325-6388.

Community news:  Due to the 2nd Annual Don The Beachcomber’s Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort, Kahakai Road will be closed in front of the Royal Kona Resort between Huggo’s parking lot and Hale Kona Kai Condominium from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 14th.  For more information on this road closure, please call the Royal Kona Resort at 329-3111

Please submit your community notes at least two weeks before your event.  You can send your news items by fax at:  935-0396 or by e-mail:  rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com.

Russ Roberts, News Director.

Hawaii Island News, 05 August 2010


(AP).  Two men and a woman on the Big Island now face drug charges.  Police say vice officers charged 30-year-old Joshua Kaahu of Honolulu, 33-year-old Shane Ducuycuy of Glenwood, and 18-year-old Crystal Olivar of Keaau with first-degree methamphetamine trafficiking, promotion of a dangerous drug, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  The charges stem from a vehicle that officers stopped Monday on Pahoa Village Road.

Overflight update.  The Federal Aviation Agency has implemented a flight restriction over the Kalapana subdivision threatedned by slowly advancing lava flows.  Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento told “Hawaii News Now” that recent lava activity has created a crush of visitors and low flying helicopters which have generated too much noise over Kalapana Gardens.  The FAA says the restricted area is only a half mile in radius and it only goes up to 1,500 feet.

(AP).  A Hawaii County Council committee has approved a resolution calling for spending public money to fix private roads.  Tuesday’s 5-4 vote by the Committee on Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations sends the measure to the full coucil.  Supporters say residents of so-called “substandard subdivisions” pay fuel taxes, too, and they deserve better roads.  Critics say the measure fruns counter to state law.

Public Works Director Warren Lee has reassigned the controversial head of the county’s building division to another department.  Lee tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that Brian Kajikawa has been given a special assignment in the Department of Environmental Management dealing with landfill issues.  Lee says the shift is neither a punishment nor a reward.  Hilo landowner Vernon Lindsey says the move of Kajikawa was needed because “of his unfair treatment of us who are trying to fix up this town.”

The Director of the Driver’s License Revocation office tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the 26-year old Honaunau man arrested following a fatal drunken driving crash had been previously barred for life from driving or registering a car.  Ronald Sakata says a lifetime revocation is given when a person has three or more alcohol or drug convictions during a ten year period.  Police arrested Robert W. Smith, Jr. on suspicion of negligent homicide, manslaughter, negligent injury, and other charges.

Six men, including five from Hawaii Island, have been charged with soliciting prostitution as the result of a police sting operation in Kailua-Kona.  Police Lt. Miles Chong of the Kona Vice Section tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” the men were strictly soliciting, with police officers only providing opportunity.  All suspects were arrested at the Kona Coast Resort on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.

The Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) has issued a statement that a power shut-off is scheduled for the North Kohala area for the night of Thursday, August 12th from 11:00 p.m. to approximately 5:00 a.m. Friday.  This is necesasry to allow HELCO personnel to make repairs to equipment serving the North Kohala area.  HELCO recommends that refrigertors and freezers be opened when absolutely necessary.

The Pokemon World Championship is coming to the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Ballroom on Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th.  Over three hundred world-class gamers are expected to compete in three divisions for the coveted title of “Pokemon World Champion.”

Hawaii State Senator Josh Green tells “West Hawaii Today” he will introduce legislation banning tropical fish collecting in Hawaii.  Josh Says the measure “is common sense…the number of fish here and in Maui waters is severely depleting…it’s time we restore the Gold Coast.”  Current state law requires fish collectors to obtain permits that allow the use of fine mesh nets or traps in capturing fish and  show “they possess facilities to, and can, maintain fish and other aquatic life.” 

Community news:  St. Joseph School will host a benefit rummage sale this Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The sale will be held in the school cafeteria and will help pay for the soccer team’s travel expenses to Oahu.

Community news:  Get ready for the “6th Real Beef by Real Cowboys” fundraiser on Saturday, August 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center.  This beef tasting event will raise money for the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Fund and for the Anna Ranch Heritage Center’s educational programs.  Tickets are on sale now, $40 in advance and $45 at the door.  For details, call Anna Ranch in Waimea at 885-4426.

Community news:  The Hawaii Food Basket is holding its first Walk, Run, and Ride for Hunger on Saturday, August 28th.  The event begins at the Queen’s Market Place located in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Motorcycle Clubs and volunteers should call 933-6030.

Community news:  The Hawaii County Committee on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for the seventh annual Women’s Hall of Fame awards to be announced on Saturday, September 25th, at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.  Deadline for nominations is August 20th.  For details, call Jean at 961-8316.

Community news:  The Big Island Auto Club presents a special “Door Slammers Shoot-Out” on Saturday, August 14th, at the Hilo Drag Strip.  This one-day event will include bracket races for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and junior dragsters.  Gates open at 7:00 a.m.  Admission is $7.00 for adults and $1.00 for keiki ages 6-12.

Community news:  Due to the 2nd Annual Don The Beachcomber’s Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort, Kahakai Road will be closed in front of the Royal Kona Resort between Huggo’s parking lot and Hale Kona Kai Condominium from 7:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m on August 14th.  For details, call the Royal Kona Resort at 329-3111.

Please submit your community news items at least two weeks before your event.  You can send news items by fax at:  935-0396 or by e-mail to: rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com

A Hawaii County Council committee has approved a measure to use taxpayer money to pay for private road repairs in “substandard subdivision”.  What do you think about this?  You can express your opinion in the following poll.

Hawaii Island News, 04 August 2010


Incumbent Hawai Island legislators are winning the early campaign funding contest with money raised outside of their districts.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, Democrats in the State House up for re-election  depended heavily on Oahu donors, political action committees, and labor unions for a combined total of $112,586.77.  In one example, of the 45 donors giving more than $100 to Big Island Representative Bob Herkes’ campaign, 37 are from Oahu.

Craft Brewers Alliance, Incorporated has entered into a merger agreement tha will strengthen a nine-year partnership with Kona Brewing Company in Kailua-Kona.  As a result of the merger agreement, Kona Brewing Company will become a wholly owned subsidiary of CBA and have the opportunity to expand its brand and distribution while maintaining its craft brewery operations on Hawaii Island.  Terry Michaelson, the CEO of the Craft Brewers Alliance, tells “Business Wire” that he is looking forward to new opportunities to grow the Kona brand.

A routine traffic stop for a seat belt violation turned into a large drug bust and the arrest of three persons for alleged drug offenses.  Police Lt.  Richard Sherlock of the Hilo Vice Section told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that Puna patrol officers pulled over  the grey sedan on Tuesday and called vice officer who were near by with a drug sniffing dog.  Sherlock said police got a search warrant for the car and found 52.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale, numerous re-sealable plastic bags, and approximately $1,800 in cash.

A Hilo man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for trying to distribute crystal methamphetamine.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, Circuit Judge Glenn Hara set a mandatory term of three years for 53-year old Wayne Chilton Gillia, Sr.  Judge Hara said he was bothered by a repor that Gillia brought girls to his apartment to turn them on to meth.

The Waters of Life charter school has a new lease on life.  For the past decade, the Mountain View school has struggled with financial and facility problems.  Impressed by the strong leadership of Principal Daniel Caluya and the repayment of a $100,000 debt to the state, the Charter School Review Panel decided to remove its revocation notice.  Caluya told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that running a school is about leading by example and that means maintaining politeness, order, and organization.

Researchers at UH-Manoa tell “Science Daily” that the Leeward side of Hawaiian Islands may be ideal for future ocean-based renewable energy plants that would use seawater form the oceans’ depths to drive massive heat engines and produce steady amounts of renewable energy.  The history of Ocean Thermal Energy dates back more than half a century, with the Big Island’s Natural Energy Lab near Kailua-Kona being a recent improvment on the technology.  UH-Manoa scientists believe current technology being develope in Hawaii could make ocean thermal energy plants efficient and competitive with fossil-fueld facilities.

(AP).  The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of the heroic service and sacrifices of Japanese-American servicement during World War II.  The medal would to to the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Japanese-American soldiers who were part of the Military Intelligence Service.  The bill now heads to the U.S. House for consideration.

Hawaii Island police are asking for your help in finding those responsible for assaulting a Hilo woman last week Tuesday at Carlsmith Beach Park.  The woman was sunbathing when one of several males drinking nearby reportedly hit the woman on the back of the head several times, punched her in the face,  and took a black fanny pack with contents.  The assailant is described as a local male, approximately 5-foot-9 with short hair.  Those with leads should call police at 935-3311.

Community news:  St. Joseph School will hold a benefit rummage sale in the school cafeteria this Saturday, August 7th, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will help pay for the soccer team’s travel expenses to Oahu.

Community news:  The American Cancer Society is offering a free program called “Look Good…Feel Better” for women undergoing cancer treatments.  For details on this free program, call 935-9763.

Community news:  The Pokeman World Championship is coming to the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Ballroom on Saturday, August 14th and Sunday, August 15th.  Over three hundred Plemon TCG and video game players from around the world will compete for the title of Pokemon World Champion.  For details, visit:  www.pokemonworldchampionships.com.

Community news:  The Lyman Museum announces the completion of the Mission House Annex restoration.  Never before open to the public, this wing of the Mission House features exhibits on the Hilo Boarding School, early 19th century trade, and the lime plaster characteristic of 1800s architecture.  Special Annex-only tours will be offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 pm. daily through October 30th.  For details, call 935-5021.

Community news:  The 4th Annual Pu’uanahulu Wahine Rodeo is coming to the Pu’uanahulu Arena and Center on Saturday, August 7th, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.  For details, call Dee Dee at 325-5937.

Community news:  The County of Hawaii Elections Division will be at the Hilo Walmart this Saturday, August 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to register people to vote and provide election information as well as demonstrating the Electronic Voting Machines.  For details, call the Elections Division at 961-8277.

Please submit your community news items at least two weeks before your event.  You can send your news items by fax at: 935-0396 or by e-mail to:  rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com.

Russ Roberts, News Director.

Hawaii Island News, 03 August 2010


(AP).  Big Island police have identified a woman who died in a traffic accident as 31-year old Stella Corona of Kealakekua.  They say Corona was pronounced dead Sunday after the car she was driving collided with an oncoming car that crossed the center line of the Hawaii Belt Road in South Kona.  The other driver, a 26-year old man, was arrested on numerous charges, including nelgigent homicide, manslaughter, habitual operation of a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant, and driving while his license was suspended/revoked for DUI.  The man remains in serious condition at Kona Community Hospital, as were two passengers from Corona’s car.  Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Hawaii Island police are investigating a robbery in the Keaukaha area of Hilo that occurred around 4:30 p.m. last Tuesday (July 27th).  According to police, several males accosted a 44-year old woman who was sunbathing at Carlsmith Beach Park.  One of the suspects reportedly hit her on the back of the head several times, punched her in the face, and stole a black fanny pack with contents.  The assailant is described as a local male, approximately 5-foot-9 with short hair.  Anyone with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.

At least six members of the Hawaii County Council’s Finance Committee have told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” they won’t support charging higher taxes for disabled veterans, the owners of modest dwellings, and others now paying the minimum tax rate of $25 a year.  South Kona councilwoman Brenda Ford said it really bothers her that the county is going after the poorest of the poor, saying it’s a question of fairness.  David Carlson of the American Legion’s Kona Post 20 said it’s shameful that the county wants to squeeze more money from veterans.

A woman who lived more than a decade on Hawaii Island after escaping from a Florida prison has been sentenced to a year in jail for welfare fraud.  According to court records, Hilo Circuit Judge Greg Nakamura also sentenced 59-year old Cynthia Lynnette Edwards to five years probation and ordered her to make restitution of more than $37,300 when he sentenced her on July 26th.

The Hawaii County Council’s Human Services and Economic Development Committee has given its support to move the 24-units Kawaihae transitional housing facility to county land behind the Pahoa swimming pool.  Committee Chirwoman Emily Naeole-Beason told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” the shelter is needed in the Puna District to provide shelter for families with substance-abuse problems.

Adoption of a long-range development plan for Hilo was delayed by the Hawaii County Council’s Planning Committee.  Members told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that they want more revisions and increased stakeholder participation before the plan is considered again.  Hilo Councilman Donald Ikeda said he likes the plan, but thinks there are a lot of unresolved problems in the document.  Several landowners told the Planning Committeee that they weren’t included in the effort to guide Hilo’s future.

The Hawaii Island community is invited to a free HIBT Science Night this evening at 7 in King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.  Led by Standford University Professor of Marine Science Dr. Barbara Block, the lecture will highlight the scientific findings from last year’s Great Marlin Run.

(AP).  The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy is inviting four finalists for its director position to give public presentations this month.  Each candidate is due to speak as part of separate four-day visits to the institute and astronomy facilities on Maui and Hawaii Island.

Community news:  The County of Hawaii Elections Division will be at the Hilo Walmart, this Saturday, August 7th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., to register people to vote and to provide election information as well as demonstrating the Electronic Voting Machines.  For details, call 961-8277.

Community news:  Jackie Pualani Johnson of UH-Hilo returns to the Lyman Museum for an encore performance as Isabella Bird on Monday, August 9th, from 7:00 pm. to 8:30 p.m..  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Admission is by ticket only.  Members must reserve or pick up tickets, and nonmembers must pay for tickets prior to 4:30 p.m. on performance day.  Tickets are free to Museum members and $3 for nonmembers.  Mahalo to the Kona Historical Society for allowing this encore performance.  For details, call 935-5021.

Community news:  Get ready for the 6th “Real Beef by Real Cowboys” event to be held at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea.  This is a beef tasting event to raise money for the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Fund and the Anna Ranch Heritage Center’s educational program.  The program is set for Saturday, August 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $40 in advance.  For details, call Anna Ranch at  885-4426.

Community news:  The Puna Hongwanji Mission will be having a cinder sale on Saturday, August 14th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  A bag of black cinder will be sold for $3.00.  Limited delivery will be available for $3.50 per bag with a minimum order of 10 bags.  For details, call 966-9981.

Comminity news:  You are invited to join the Hawaii Island Food Basket in its first Walk/Run/Ride for Hunger on Saturday, August 28th.  The event begins at the Queen’s Market Place located in the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Volunteers can serve in many areas.  Motorcycle clubs should call the Food Basket at 933-6030 for more information.

Community news:  The Hilo Association for Family and Community Education invites you to a “Meet Your Candidates” forum to be held Wednesday, August 11th, 6 :00 p.m, at UH-Hilo’s UCB-100.

Please send your community news items to our fax line at:  935-0396 or by e-mail to:  rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com.  Please send in your notes two weeks before your event.

Russ Roberts, News Director

Hawaii Island news, 02 August 2010


Civil Defense officials have opened Highway 190 (the upper road between Waimea and Kailua-Kona) after firefighters contained a brush fire between Makalei and the Waikoloa Junction.  Police cleared the Queen Kaahumanau Highway as well, following a traffic accident at mile marker 87.

Officials with Royal Dutch Shell and HR Bio-Petroleum joint venture want to turn pond scum or algae into alternative fuel.  CEO Gabriel de Scheemaker says the Celiana process will provide a long-term solution to a lot of the world’s energy and food problems.  While not saying how much the joint venture is investing in the Kailua-Kona area,  De Schemmaker says considerable effort and expense have been invested in turning algae into a useable substitute for crude oil.  Once the oil is separated from the algae, the remaining material can be used for animal feed.

(AP).  The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy is inviting four finalists for its director position to give public presentations this month.  Each candidate is due to speak as part of separate four-day visits to the instutite and astronomy facilities on Maui and the Big Island.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to establish a no-fly zone over a Kalapana subdivision threatened by a slow-moving lava flow.  Kalapana Gardens residents have complained about the constant buzzing of tour helicopters fllying low over their homes.  Mento tells the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” that “we’re preparing for the worst…I’m not going to make a show out of someone’s home burning down.”  Mento says he expects the FAA to impose the restrictions sometime this week.  Mento adds that those limitations should not affect tour operators who fly along the coastline.

According to “Pacific Business News”, Hospice of Hilo plans to complete a $10 million in-patient facility in Hilo later this year, the only one of its kind on a Neighbor Island.  Federal stimulus funds and Hawaii County are helping to move the project forward.  The infrastructure and site-improvement phase is done.  Additional funding is being sught for construction of the new 14,140 square-foot home-like facility.  The new development will help patients who are too sick to be cared for at home or don’t have family members available to serve as caregivers.

Renewing your motor vehicle registration just got easier.  The County of Hawaii is now offering an online vehicle registratrion renewal service at https://mvr.chawaii.gov/renewals/hawaii.  The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi says the online service is designed to help make county government more accessible to the general public, and is part of an overall plan to improve efficiency. 

A five-year effort to implement a community-based, long-range vision for downtown Hilo will be discussed by the Hawaii County Council’s Planning Committee at 3:30 p.m. today.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the planning vision is a 59-page document that builds on the 2025 plan the County Council adopted in 2005.

Hawaii Volcanoes Observatory scientists say a few small lava breakouts on the east margin of the flow moving toward Kalapana Gardens have advanced about 30 feet in the past 24 hours.  HVO representatives tell the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that expansion of the lava has stagnated, leaving molten rock about 100 to 170 feet from the two closest homes.   Police are monitoring the area to prevent sightseers from trespassing through the private subdivision.  Only area residents are being granted access off the Highway 130 easment.

Community news:  The 4th Annual Pu’uanahulu Wahine Rodeo is coming to the Pu’uanahulu Arena and Center, Saturday, August 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.  For details, call Dee Dee at 325-5937.

Community news:  Get Ready for the 6th Real Beef by Real Cowboys this year to be held at Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea, Saturday, August 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Ten ranches will be participating this year and will be showing off by cooking up their best and favorite beef recipes.  For details, call Anna Ranch at 885-4426.

Community news:  Due to the 2nd annual Don The Beachcomber’s Mai Tai Festival at the Royal Kona Resort, Kahakai Road will be closed in front of the Royal Kona Resort between Huggo’s parking lot and Hale Kona Kai Condominium from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 14th.  For more information, call the Royal Kona Resort at 329-3111.

Please send your community news at least two weeks before your event.  You can send items by fax at:  935-0396 or by e-mail to:  rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com.

You are invited to participate in our news polls, which run several times a week after the regular news summary and the community news.  Today, we ask you for your reaction to restricting air traffic over Kalapana Gardens during the current eruption of Kilauea.  The poll follows.

Hawaii Island News, 02 August 2010, afternoon


Renewing your motor vehicle registration just got easier.  The County of Hawaii is now offering an online vehicle registration renewal service at https://mvr.chawaii.gov/renewals/hawaii.  The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Inprepared remarks, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi said the online service is designed to help make county government more accessible to the general public, and is part of an overall plan to improve efficiency.

With election season upon us, the Hawaii Electric Light Company reminds the public that posting signs, advertisements, flyers, notices or other material on utility poles is illegal and may pose a risk to the safety of utility crews performing routine maintenance and emergency work on or near utility poles and lines.  Nails, staples, and tacks used to attach signs to poles can puncture insulated safety gloves and other protective equipment and may expose line workers to serious injury.

As the Hawaii Island economy continues to weaken, one segment of our community is seeing unprecedented growth.  Darinna Manuel-Cortez, Hawaii Community College’s administrative officer, tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that eh Hilo campus is expecting 3,900 students or more this year.  That would be an 18 percent jump over the 3,299 students who attended the community college in the fall 2009 semester.  Interim chancellor Noreen Yamane says the downturn in the economy is prompting many people to come back to get retrained in their skill areas.\

Congratulations to Hilo’s 12-year old Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion, Shaedon Quevedo.  Before this weekend, Shaedon had already won over 30 medals and xix samurai swords in five years of matches.  This past Saturday, Quevedo added to his medal trove by taking the 70 to 79 pound orange belt division of the 3rd World International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Riverside, California.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the championship event included the best fighters in the 4 to 17 year old category battling in various divisions.  Quevedo, who trains at the BJ Penn Academy subdued his first opponent with an exceptionally difficult mounted triangle choke.  Shaedon is the son of Shannon and Delsha Quevedo of Hilo.  The young champion will return to Hilo on Tuesday, arriving at 2:37 p.m. on Hawaiian Airlines Flight 302.

Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi met Friday with Kalapana Gardens subdivision residents to discuss implementing emergency measures in the face of lava moving along Highway 137.  Among the problems experienced by residents in the area is the growing number of visitors who have created excessive noise, trespassed on private property, and left trash behind.  Mayor Kenoi told teh “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the county will lock the gate entering the subdivision and the viewing area at the 10 p.m. closing time.  Police will also patrol the area after 8 p.m.

Hawaii County Public Works Director Warren Lee tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that Walgreens is planning its first Big Island store.  Leee says the nation-wide drug store chain plans to occupy the Borders Books and Music store and is now applying for building permit.  The establishment of a Walgreens drug store in Hilo could mean more jobs for students majoring in Pharmacy at UH-Hilo.  Pharmacy dean John Pezzuto says Walgreens has a long-standing relationship with the university.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Quince Mento has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to establish a no-fly zone over a Kalapan subdivision threatened by a slow-moving lava flow.  Kalapana Garndens residents have complained about the constant buzzing of tour helicopters flying low over their homes.  Mento tells the “Honolulu Star-Advertiser” that “we’re prparing for the worst…I’m not going to make a show out of someone’s home burning down.”  Menot says he expects the FAA to impose the restrictions sometime this week, but he adds that those limitations should not affect tour operators who fly along the coastline.

According to “Pacific Business News”,  Hospiced of Hilo plans to complete a $10 million in-patient facility in Hilo later this year, the only one of its kind on a Neighbor Island.  Federal stimulus funds and Hawaii County are helping move the project forward.  The infrastructure and site-improvement phase is done.  Additional funding is being sought for construction of the new 14,140 square-foot home-loke facility.  The new development will help patients who are too sick to be cared for at home or don’t have family members available to serve as caregivers.

(AP).  The commander of military drills in the Pacific that ended Sunday says those exercises were held for training, not to send a message to North Korea.  Vice Admiral Richard W. Hunt says the biennial 14-nation Rim of the Pacific military exercises had been planned for two years and weren’t a reaction to the North’s accusation earlier this mongh that the U.S. and South Korea were plotting an attack.

Community news:  Get ready for the 6th Real Beef by Real Cowboys event which will be held Saturday, August 14th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center.  Ten ranches will be participating this year and will be showing off by cooking up their best and favorite beef recipes.  For ticket information, call Anna Ranch at 885-4426.

Community news:  The 4th Annual Pu’uanahulu Wahine Rodeo is coming to the Pu’uanahulu Arena and Center on Saturday, August 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  This is the only wahine rodeo on the Island of Hawaii.  This is a drug and alcohol free event.  For details, call DeeDee at 325-5937.

Community news:  Hawaii County will offer Community Emergency Response Team Training to Hawaii Island residents on August 21st, August 28th, September 4th, and September 11th at Konawaena High School.  The 27-hour course runs between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on each Saturday.  The course is free, but reservations are required.  For details, call Bill Hanson at Hawaii County Civil Defense–935-0031.

Russ Roberts, News Director

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