Hawaii News — Supreme Court Reverses Connections School Employee’s Ethics Code Violations

This morning, the Hawaii State Supreme Court issued its decision reversing the Hawaii State Ethics Commission’s finding that Eric Boyd, from Connections Charter School in Hilo, violated the State Code of Ethics for purchases made in 2007.  In 2010, the State Ethics Commission charged Eric Boyd with 26 counts of violating the State Ethics Code.  In 2012, the Ethics Commission amended the charge and reduced the charges to 20.   After a two-day hearing, the Ethics Commission found that Boyd violated the State Ethics Code and imposed the maximum fine of $10,000 and a recommended to the Governor that Boyd be terminated on Feb. 8, 2013.

Boyd appealed the Commission’s decision to the Third Circuit Court which reduced the number of violations to nine and imposed a fine of $4,500, which Boyd paid.  Both Boyd and Ethics Commission appealed to the Intermediate Court of Appeals.  On Aug. 19, 2015, the Intermediate Court of Appeals denied Boyd’s appeal and reinstated all charges and penalties.
After six years of defending himself, the Hawaii State Supreme agreed with Boyd and ordered the Commission to dismiss all charges against Boyd.  Boyd said that he is profoundly grateful the Supreme Court heard his case.  Boyd noted that although this case had a devastating effect on his personal and professional life, he had to prove to his children and family, that what he did and how he did it, was the proper way to do things.  “The lesson of my case is to fight for what you believe in and it is something I teach my kids everyday,”  Boyd said.  “I am also grateful that Ted Hong, my attorney, was always been at my side and believed in me.”
Hong noted that the Commission under the former leadership of Leslie Kondo and Maria Sullivan, should have listened to their argument about jurisdiction from the beginning “instead of ruining Eric’s life and dragging his name through the mud for the past six (6) years.”  Hong also noted that no state agency, including its officers and board members are above the law.  “We are humbly grateful that the  Supreme Court took a careful look at the arguments that we made.”

Hawaii News — Information Regarding The Kalapana Lava Flow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The active lava flow from Pu?u ???? is making its way over the Pulama Pali along the western boundary of the former Royal Gardens Subdivision. The lava flow does not pose a threat to any community.

To maintain public safety and to preserve the emergency road or Highway 130, the County of Hawai‘i will open the emergency road to lava viewing on June 30, 2016. Lava viewing along the three mile stretch of the County’s portion of the emergency road is permitted between the hours of 3 pm to 9 pm, daily. Vehicular traffic on the emergency road will be limited to local residents and emergency vehicles.

Security guards will be posted on the emergency road or Highway 130 before the entrance to Kalapana Gardens to provide lava viewing information and to direct parking. As in previous lava viewing events, visitors will be asked to park in marked areas near the end of the paved portion of Highway 130. Again, it is approximately three (3) miles from this parking area to the end of the County portion of the emergency road, and vehicular traffic on the emergency road will be limited to local residents and emergency vehicles.

Visitors are reminded that the emergency road is a gravel road that traverses over older lava flows and ends at the National Park Service boundary. Visitors are also reminded to prepare for the trek with proper footwear, sun screen, warm clothing, and water.

The County has established lava flow viewing areas along Highway 130 as far back as 2001 and most recently in P?hoa in 2014.

Our goal is to maintain public safety, protecting the interests of Kalapana residents, and the protection of the emergency road or Highway 130. We ask for your patience and kokua.

Celebrate Independence Day With A 5K Race Saluting Our Vets

ALOHA! RUNNERS AND WALKERS NEEDED
A Salute to Our Veterans Hilo Bay 5K 6th annual race at 7:00 am kicks off the 4th of July festivities in Hilo at beautiful Lili?uokalani Park and Gardens. supports the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3830 in Pahoa
All Veterans, and especially those named by participants, will be honored. Come and participate to honor your special Veteran on this day as we celebrate
our country’s independence and the Veterans who fought for it. Registration forms and information are available at various businesses around the island or at http://www.asalutetoourveterans.org
For Further information contact: Mike or Pat Sauer 965-0565, cell: 936-7611, ohana@sauerfarm.us
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Hawaii Island’s needy Veterans and their families. Our goal is to increase the size of our
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facility and our programs to better serve these, their families and the many other Veterans
in our Big Island o’hana.

Puna News — Malama O Puna To Host Political Forums Throughout July

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(Media release) — This election season Malama O Puna will once again host a series of candidate forums to assist the public in making informed choices.  All the candidates for a given race will be invited.  All questions will be worded in a neutral, non-leading form.  Candidates will rotate first through last in the answering sequence, so that no one has an unfair advantage.  Each candidate will give an introductory statement of three minutes.

Because Malama O Puna is an environmental nonprofit, its board will select the first three to five questions.  They will not be yes-no questions, but will require knowledge of the issue and allow the attendees to gain an insight into the thinking of the candidate.  The next phase of the program will open the floor to questions from the audience until 8 p.m., when the event ends.

The public is encouraged to attend all the forums.  Malama O Puna does, however, request that everyone arrive early so that the forum can move forward without any interruptions or disruptions.

Following is the candidate forum schedule:

Council Districts 4 & 5: Thursday, July 14

State House & Senate:     Monday,   July 18

Mayor, Hawai‘i County: Thursday, July 21

Prosecuting Attorney:     Monday,   July 25*

*only if race is contested

All forums will be held at the Pahoa Neighborhood Facility and will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

For more info: malamaopuna@yahoo.com.

Kona News — West Hawaii Dance Theatre proudly presents Snow White Ballet

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An original production based on the beloved fairy tale at the Kahilu Theatre on Monday, May 30, 2016. Performance time is at 4:00pm.

“Snow White” is well known today thanks to the vision of Walt Disney ’s full length animated feature film which debuted in 1937.
However, the story of Little Snow White was originally published in 1812 by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as one of many stories contained in their book Children’s and Household Tales or what is today more commonly known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Audience members will enjoy all the classic elements of this favorite make believe fairy tale; the story happens Once Upon A Time & Long Ago, is filled with magic, an Evil Stepmother, a Handsome Prince, really cute forest creatures, the comedic Dwarves and contains a Happily Ever After ending.

Over 50 West Hawaii Dance Academy students and Guest Dancers from the Maui Academy of Performing Arts bring the ballet to life.

Choreography is by West Hawaii Dance Theatre & Academy’s Founder and Artistic Director Virginia Holte, Assistant Director Midori Satoh, and Instructors Jenna Ojeda, Megan Joy Chapman & Juanita Finkenberg.

Academy pianist Megumi Kopp will accompany the dancers on piano to an engaging classical music compilation.

 

* Buy Tickets at >> http://kahilutheatre.org/Showinfo/Snow-White-Ballet
More information, contact West Hawaii Dance Theatre at Phone (808) 329 8876  www.whdt.org

West Hawaii Dance Theatre is a 501 (3) c Non-Profit Educational Arts Organization and is sponsored in part by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Ironman Foundation, Hawaii Tug & Barge,  Macy’s, Ironman Foundation, and our local family and businesses.

 

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Local Politics — Wally Lau To Run For Mayor

image(Media release) — Hawaii County Managing Director Wally Lau today resigned his position and announced he is running for mayor of Hawaii County.

Lau has helped manage the daily operations of the Hawaii County administration for the past seven years, as deputy managing director and managing director. His next step forward in a career of caring for people and strengthening our island community is to become mayor and leader of our Hawaii Island. Read more

Hawaii News — Sen. Gilbert Kahele Is Dead At 73

gilbert kahele(Media release) — It is with heavy heart and great sadness that the Hawai‘i State Senate reports the passing of Senator Gilbert Kahele, Senator of the First Senatorial District.

Surrounded by his loving family, Sen. Gil Kahele passed peacefully at 7:55 a.m. surrounded by family at Queens Medical Center.

Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi issued the following statement on the passing of Sen. Kahele:

“The Hilo community and the State of Hawai‘i today has lost a great Senator, a gentleman, and passionate advocate who cared deeply about public service and the people he represented. I am honored to have served with him and I know his fellow colleagues in the Senate feel the same.

Senator Kahele’s family thanks the public for their words of support and aloha and respectfully asks for privacy at this difficult time.

Senator Kahele’s staff will be in the office to handle the concerns and issues of the district. His Tourism and International Affairs committee will be handled by the Vice Chair, Sen. J. Kalani English.

I send heartfelt condolences to the Kahele family as we mourn the loss of this remarkable man.”

Sen. Gil Kahele, 73, has served in the Senate since 2011, when he was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie for the 2nd District, encompassing the communities of Hilo, Puna and Ka‘u on Hawai‘i Island. In 2012, he was elected to represent the community of Hilo, now known as the 1st Senatorial District as a result of reapportionment.

As a visionary and proponent for strengthening Hilo’s economy, Sen. Kahele sought ways to help create jobs and business in his district. Among his many accomplishments, Sen. Kahele was instrumental in bringing much needed funding to build the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.  He also was a staunch supporter behind the creation a world-class School of Aviation at the underutilized Hilo Airport and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo.

Services for Sen. Kahele are pending.

Senator Gilbert Kahele was born in the fishing village of Miloli‘i in South Kona before moving to Hilo on Hawai‘i Island. Following his graduation from Hilo High School in 1960, Senator Kahele served in the U.S. Marine Corp until 1964 and graduated from Laney College in Oakland, Calif. After a few years on the Island of O‘ahu, in 1976 he returned to his hometown in Hilo with his wife Linda to raise their family. He retired from the Hawai‘i State Department of Defense after 33 years as the Director of Public Works, Pohakuloa Training Area.

Hawaii Politics — Governor Ige’s State of the State Address

david ige state of the state address(Media release) — Gov. David Ige today delivered his second State of the State address. The governor outlined his plans for a renaissance for Kalihi, including the future of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center, air conditioning for Hawai‘i’s public schools, affordable housing which is key to addressing homelessness across the state and proposed investments in public housing, the Hawai‘i State Hospital, agriculture and the environment and innovation economy. Following is his speech:  Read more

Island News — Special presentation by Big Island Film Festival at Aloha Theatre Saturday

Our FatherIn a special presentation of award-winning films, the Big Island Film Festival will screen two dynamic, award-winning films at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. The short film, “Our Father,” and feature “Honeyglue” will screen at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Acclaimed for strong acting and impactful story, “Our Father” chronicles an aging father, estranged from his family and suffering from late stage dementia. In a fleeting moment, he reveals to his son secrets that begin to heal a broken family. The film stars Michael Gross, who played “Burt” in the “Tremors” movies, and is still recognized worldwide as Michael J. Fox’s father from “Family Ties.” “Our Father” is a short film, under 30 minutes, and would be considered R-rated.

Feature film “Honeyglue” won Audience Choice Feature at last year’s Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. Winner of numerous film festival awards, including Cannes World Cinema Initiative Best Feature, “Honeyglue” is a story of love that steps out of all boundaries. In the only three months they have, Morgan, a protected young woman with terminal cancer, and Jordan, a gender-defying adventurer, make every second worth more than the last. This film would be rated PG13.

Tickets are $10 adults, $5 children, available at the door.

The Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, with free family films under the stars, international features and shorts, stellar social events, celebrity receptions, screenwriting workshops, film awards and much more in an outstanding island setting. Anchor sponsors include: The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Shops at Mauna Lani, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County Department of Research and Development CPEP, and many other generous sponsors and supporters. For detailed information, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call 808-883-0394.

HAWAII BULLETIN — Police Suspect Foul Play With Body Found On Daniel K. Inouye Highway

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Hawai?i Island police are investigating the early morning discovery of a body in a vehicle on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday, police received information that led them to a silver Honda sports-utility vehicle parked against the flow of traffic on the highway in the area of the 27-mile marker. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive man in the SUV.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section and evidence specialists responded to the location to further the investigation, which is currently classified as a coroner’s inquest. The victim has yet to be identified.

Police believe foul play is involved. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday (January 6) to determine the exact cause of death.

Detectives are also investigating what appears to be a related incident that was reported Monday night (January 4) at about 11:56 p.m. Officers responded to a reported shooting in the upper Wai?kea Uka area but were unable to locate a shooting victim. They initiated a first-degree terroristic threatening investigation.

Police are asking for any motorists who may have seen the silver Honda SUV parked along the highway, may have seen a man hitchhiking toward the Kona direction or may have picked up a hitchhiker and taken him to Kona to contact either Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or robert.almeida@hawaiicounty.gov or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 grant.todd@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribed to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.