Big Island News, 24 July 2009

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi says, for the first time ever, that the County of Hawaii mass transit system exceeded 1 million passenger trips for the fiscal year that ended June 30th.  Kenoi noted that transit ridership grew by 28 percent.  More buses are expected to be added with help from the federal stimulus program.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi says he’s troubled that the state may close a Big Island prison because of a state budget shortfall without involving the community and elected island officials in the discussion.  State Senate Public Safety and Military Affairs Committee Chairman Will Espero tells the associated press an announcement about the Kulani Correctional Facility could come as early as today.

As the 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament enters its final day, the Malibu Marlin Club continues to lead 41 teams with 1,367 points.  Weigh-ins will be conducted this afternoon a 4 along the Kailua-Kona Pier.

Kailua (Oahu) eliminated the Hilo American All-Stars in little league play by slipping past the Hilo team 908 at the Aiea Annex Field on Oahu.  Hilo’s 11 and 12 year olds went 0-2 for the tournament.

A Hilo man was knocked out, tied up, gagged, and robbed in his home by an unknown intruder on Thursday afternoon.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the robbery took place while the victim’s grandchildren were playing in the Kinoole Street home.  Anyone with leads should call police.

Honolulu attorney Arthur Park and Hilo attorney Robert Marx have filed a complaint against a paroled murderer, who became the choir director at a Pepeekeo church and later attempted to molest a 12-year old girl there. The subject of the suit is Peter Bailey, who allegedly commited the act on July 22, 2007 at the Hamakua Coast Assembly of God Church.

Bg Island News, 23 July 2009

Malibu Marlin Club team captain Sam Spinello boated a 567-pound Pacific Blue
Marlin Wednesday, propelling the California team into first place at the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament in waters off Kailua-Kona. The Malibu Marlin Club has the lead with 1,267 points. Team Malaka is second with 1,200 points.

State officials have confirmed a report from KITV News that all the employees at the Kulan Correctional Facility have been notified that their jobs will be eliminate if the state moves forward with layoffs. Sourcs told KITV the state maymak an announcement about the fuure o he 63-year old prison on the
Big Island as soon as Friday.

The 145th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council continues through Saturday at the King Kamehaeha Kona Beach Hotel. Partof the conference will be the “Fishers Fourm” at 6:30 pm today. The meeting will discuss the past, present, and future of Marlin fisheries in the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Police are investigating several rock throwing incidents last week in the Ka’u District. Four vehicles were damaged from rocks thrown by somene on Highwa 11 between the 50 and 51 mil markers in Pahala. Ka’u police heard an all-terrain vehile leave the scene and head norh into an adjacent macadamia orchard. Those with leads should cal the crimestoppers number at 961-8300.

Big Island News, 22 July 2009

Phillip Duke tagged and released an estimated 150 pound Pacific blue marlin yesterday to help Team Malaka of California surge ahead after the second day of fishing at the 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament off Kailua-Kona. Team Malaka has amassed 900 points to lead the event. HIBT founder Peter Fithian told the “Honolulu Advertiser” that the tournament is doing well with lots of fish being caught and released.

(AP). A consortium of U.S. and Canadian universities has decided to build the world’s largest telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea summit. The $1.2 billion dollar telescope should allow scientists to see some 13 billion light years away. It’s mirror will stretch almost 100 feet in diameter.

Target will dedicate its third Hawaii store in Kailua-Kona this morning at 8 am. The grand opening is set for Sunday, July 26th. The Kona Target store will employ more than 300 team members in a store covering approximately 160,000 square feet of space.

The 145th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council will be held today through Saturdayat the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel. Part of the conference will be the “Fishers Forum” on Thursday. The topic will be the past, present, and future of marlin fisheries in the U.S. Pacific Islands. For details, go to

(AP. Astronomers say Jupiter has apparently been struck by an object, possibly a comet. Images taken by NASA early Monday show a scar in the atmosphere near the south pole of the gas giant. The images, taken by the space agency’s infrared telescop on Mauna Kea, come on the 15th anniversary of another comet strike. In 1994, Jupiter was bombarded by pieces of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Big Island News Extra, 21 July 2009

After careful evaluation and comparison between two outstanding cadidate sites–Mauna Kea in Hawaii and Cerro Armazones in Chile–the Board of Diretos of the TMT Observatory Corporatio has selected Mauna Kea as the preferred site for the new Thirty Meter Telescope. Hawii Governor Linda Lingle called the decision “an extraordinary step forward in the state’s efforts to establish Hawaii as a center for global innovation for the future”. (remarks courtesy of the Governor’s Office).

Big Island News, 21 July 2009

The 50th annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament began with a flurry of action on Monday, but no monster marlin were snagged. Twenty fish were tagged and released throughout the opening day of the event which drew 41 teams from nine countries. Team Makaka and the Malibu Marlin Club were tied for the lead with 600 points apiece. Daily weigh-ins are held at 4 pm along the Kailua-Kona Pier.

Hilo’s Borthwick Mortuary is asking the Windward Planning Commission to issue a use permit for a crematorium in downtown Hilo. According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the company wants to add the operation to its site on the western corner of the Kinoole-Kukuau street intersection.

During its 60-year lease, the propose Hilo Target Store will pay $52.2 million dollars to the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Safeway will pay $25.4 million dollars for the same time period for its nearby site. According to records obtained by the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, construction will begin by the end of this year on the complex located behind the Hilo Wal-Mart Store and across the street from The Home Depot.

The U.S Postal Service will unveil a commemorative stamp for Hawaii’s 50th anniversary in August. The statehood stamp features a painting of a longboard surfer and wo paddlers on an outrigger canoe. The art was done by Herb Kane of Kailua-Kona, who designed a 25th anniversary stamp for Hawaii.

Big Island News, 20 July 2009

Hawaii County is proceeding with plans to sell 737 acres of land above Paauilo. Deputy Finance Director Deanna Sako tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that three appraisal bids have been received on the property which is worth $8.2 million dollars. The money raised will help avoid a budget deficit for the county.

People working for the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority are in a jam which threatens to cut off funding for power, security, and maintenance of the facility near the Hilo International Airport. NELHA CEO Rob Baird tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the state legislature has moved NELHA funds into the department of Accounting and General Services, while his staff is still attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. With no access to funds, operations at the facility could be cut back severely.

One hundred thirty two teams and 1,388 participants took part in Saturday night’s “Relay For Life” at Hilo’s Wong Stadium. Cancer survivors and those suffering from the disease said a positive attitude, giving support to others, and not taking life for granted are keys to keeping ahead of a disease that kills an estimated 562,000 Americans every year. This year, the East Hawaii effort raised $194, 387 in donations to fight cancer.

For five days beginning today (Monday). the world will once again meet in Kona to fish for elusive marlin
during the 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Forty-two teams from around the Pacific Rim, the U.S. mainland, and even Great Britain will pit their skill against some of the largest gamefish in the world. Daily weigh-ins will be held at 4 pm at the Kailua-Kona Pier.

The Kai O pua Canoe Club dominated Saturday’s Moku O Hawaii Canoe racing championships along the Hilo Bay Front. Kai O Pua took first place in the A Division with 229 points. In the B Division, Kai Ehitu took first place with 77 points. In the C Division, Hui Wala O Waiakea took first place with 32 points. The state canoe racing championships will take place August 1st along the Hilo Bay Front.

Big Island News over the weekend, 18/19 July 2009

The Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has honored the Kona Village with three awards, including the Koa Anvil Award of Excellence for the resort’s “Green for Decades” public relations campaign that brought media and consumer awareness to the resort’s long-standing eco-practices.

The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 is set for August 14 through August 16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which was established last year to help abused and abandoned horses on the Big Island. For details, go to

(AP)-Hawaii’s public employees union says dozens of its members are receiving layoff notices. The Hawaii Government Employees Association says members reported being called into their bosses’ offices Friday and were told they will lose their jobs. The HGEA president says Governor Lingle is being “inhumane” in her abrupt notice of layoffs.

(AP)-State Health officials say a third person who tested positive for swine flu has died in Hawaii. The health department said it’s unclear what role the disease had in the person’s death because other medical conditions were involved. Hawaii’s count of swine flu cases has increased to more than 1,000 since the first case was reported May 5.

(AP)-The Waters of Life Public Charter School on the Big Island plans to resume classes August 3 after a judge ruled its charter couldn’t be revoked by the state Charter School Review Panel. Circuit Judge Glenn Hara held the state Board of Education doesn’t have rules for probation or revocation of charters for charter schools.

The 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament returns to the Historic Kailua Village on the Big Island. The tournament runs from Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24th. Forty-two teams from Australia, South Africa, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Florida, the
British Isles, and North Carolina will be
active in waters off Kailua-Kona. Daily
weigh-ins will be held at 4 pm at the Kailua Pier.

The 145th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council will be held from July 22nd through July 25th at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
Part of the conference will be the “Fishers Forum” on Thursday, July 23rd, at 6:30 pm. The topic will be the past, present, and future fo marlin fisheries in the U.S. Pacific Islands. For details, log onto

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