Missing People — Another Plea, This Time From Police, Seeking Satya’s Whereabouts

(Media release) — Big Island police are searching for a 31-year-old Pāhoa woman who was reported as missing since early last week.
Kimberly Satya Horoschak is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-4, 135 pounds, with blond hair and hazel eyes. She was sighted in Kohala on Monday, Jan. 30 driving a white older-model Toyota 4Runner.

Her family is concerned about her welfare.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Puna News — Police: Robert John Leong Was Murdered

(Media release) — Big Island police have reclassified the investigation of body a found Saturday in the Eden Roc subdivision from a coroner’s inquest to a murder.

An autopsy conducted Tuesday morning (January 31) determined that the victim died from a combination of ligature strangulation and a brain injury from a gunshot wound. The victim has been identified as 52-year-old Robert John Leong of Eden Roc.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email him at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

***Commentary*** Did You See My Article In The Sunday Edition Of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser?

Alan Fine art. Photos by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

I was on Kaua’i this past weekend when I had the thrill of picking up a copy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday (for $3 at the Whaler’s General Store in Anahola) to find my name in print on page G7.  (Find it online here.) This was the first time my byline appeared in that statewide newspaper, thus, the “special to the Star-Advertiser” reference.  I feel like this is a personal career goal accomplished and I sincerely hope for more freelance assignments from the Star-Advertiser.  Check out my article about the Observation Inspiration exhibit at the Volcano Art Center or, better yet, go check out the exhibit that runs through Feb. 19.  The story that appeared in the Star-Advertiser was edited for length and for the fact that it focused on the visual artists that are featured in the exhibit.  For the story, I also interviewed storyteller and poet Kimberly Dark and I’d like to share that part of the story that didn’t make it to print.

That follows, along with links for the websites of the artists I interviewed.

Tim Freeman's pit-fired vessels

Kimberly Dark

… While Kimberly Dark teaches an online sociology course in Southern California, she travels the country to colleges, universities, theaters and festivals to engage in storytelling.

“I’ve been a writer for a long time,” Dark said. “It has taken different forms at different times in my life.  This thing I do now, I’m a story teller primarily.  I use everyday life to get at emotion in cultural critique.  An easier way to say it,  I help people talk about things they don’t think they want to talk about.  I use humor and intimacy.”

For the Observation Inspiration exhibit, Dark submitted a couple of pieces of poetry in honor of the Goddess of Volcanoes. 

 “Each time I visit her she takes a piece of my flesh, and I grow new. Sometimes I think my foolish thoughts, ‘ I don’t like to be spoiled by scratches, cuts and bruises.’ Somehow there seems a virtue in keeping nice. She reminds me that I am made to be torn down, my pride to be shredded, my false safety to be gauged, blind and washed away in the tide.  There is nothing to protect, no virtue in niceness. Pele and the laughing sea make jokes of my protections, perfections, possessions of flesh, she reminds me that I heal, get new skin, become new, and that beauty is in the living” are lines from “Pele,” a poem she wrote “to the mother of land” in 2004, not too long after moving to Puna from San Diego.

“Each one among us has the warm hand of Pele holding the egg that carries beloved Hi’iaka” is a line from another poem Dark prepared especially for the Observation Inspiration exhibit.  “We choose how to use the power we possess, quotidian or far reaching, our strength is significant.”

Dark recited her poetry in true storyteller fashion, with dramatic enunciation and pausing to spellbind, at the opening night of the Observation Inspiration exhibit earlier this month.

When asked to contribute to Observation Inspiration, Dark noted her initial “mixed feelings,” given the “common western disregard for indigenous culture and impact on the land.”

Having given it some thought and noted that the 100-year anniversary is about the volcano observatory specifically, she realized that Observation Inspiration is “far more broadly interpretable.”

For Dark, nature and mythology poetry is not her standard. “A lot of what I do is storytelling about social life.  But Pele is a vital theme here.  There is no getting around that. So, it feels very natural…”


Alan Fine: alanfineart.com

Tim Freeman: tfreeman.net/Ceramics/Welcome.html

Catherine Robbins: www.catherinerobbins.com

Letters — Kudos From Catherine Robbins

Catherine Robbins' paintings hang at the Observation Inspiration Exhibit at Volcano Art Center until Feb. 19. Photo by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

Aloha Tiffany,

Mahalo nui loa for the great story in Sunday’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser about VAC’s Observation/Inspiration exhibit.  It was totally a ‘wow’ experience for me to open the paper and see the photos and read the story!
Everything written about me was great.  You used a lot of details that could have been easy to mix up – but you got them right!  I’m just curious, if you have a moment, how did you come to describe the paintings as “luminary oils”?  That’s not a term that I use – I’ve never really found an accurate way to easily describe my style.  I have looked at the luminist’s work though and it’s not an inaccurate description.
I’m just curious if you had intuitive insight, or if somebody else used the descriptive when they saw the paintings.
Mahalo and a hui hou!
Catherine (Robbins)

Letters — Dan Nix To Audition For ‘America’s Got Talent’

Aloha Tiffany,
Some of my fans, especially Carol at Pahoa Physical Therapy encouraged me audition for America’s Got Talent. I sent them a video and T
they were impressed enough that I am flying to Charlotte, NC to perform for the National TV producers. After the success of the live audition, I will go on the the big contest in Las Vegas where the winner is awarded One million dollars and a show in Las Vegas. 
I will be representing our Island and hope to, at least, progress far enough to be able to help our community with the new fame and international exposure.
Win or draw, my career is skyrocketing after a life time of preparation. 
I hope to make Puna proud of me.
Oh, and am performing as Dan Nix,  not Elvis.

Chi­c Eco — Beloved Bamboo Fabric Gets a Bad Rap

by Delia Montgomery

It was about six years ago green-movement “insiders” were talking about the upcoming bamboo fabric crash. Bamboo clothing was the rage at the time, so every eco-fabric industry leader wanted to ride the wave as long as possible.

Once word got to customers two years later, they fiercely resisted. Typical reactions were “I love my bamboo, you can’t take it away from me! —  along with expressions of disbelief. Read more

Hilo News — ‘Hope For Hawaii Education: How We Can Win School Choice’ Is The Subject Of Feb. 2 Talk From Heritage Foundation Representative

(Media release) — Jennifer Marshall of the distinguished national think-tank Heritage Foundation will be speaking in Hilo on “Hope for Hawaii Education: How We Can Win School Choice.”   The talk is open to the public and will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at the New Star restaurant, 172 Kilauea Ave., Hilo. Marshall is Director of Domestic Policy Studies for the Heritage Foundation, widely considered one of the world’s most influential public policy research institutes. In 2010, National Journal named her as “one of 12 power players” in Washington, D.C. for her work on school choice and education reform.

She will be speaking about Hawaii education at several engagements around the state, on Oahu at BYU and at the Heritage Foundation special event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, then in Hilo and Kona.

Big Island residents ranked Education their #1 concern at the recent Hawaii Island Economic Summit sponsored by the County of Hawaii and Kona Transportation.  There are ongoing concerns about the quality of our Hawaii public schools, the increasing popularity of charter schools and the recent HSTA contract issues about teacher performance evaluation. Parents are increasingly seeking empowerment to influence their children’s education for the better. Ms. Marshall has great insight in such issues, especially in light of recent Washington, D.C. school system experiences such as their Opportunity Scholarship Program passed by Congress in 2004, phased out by President Obama in 2009 and resurrected in 2011.

The Conservative Forum for Hawaii and The Hilo Tea Party are jointly sponsoring Marshall’s Hilo presentation.

$15 charge will include buffet dinner.

For further information contact Marie Ruhland (808) 895-3741 marie@hiipm.com

(Submitted by Ed Gutteling, M.D.)

Letters — Support Legislation Making It Easier To Restore Hawaiian Fishponds

Please submit testimony to the State Senators listed below in favor of SB 3023 to allow for the streamlining and facilitation of the permitting process for the restoration of Hawaiian fishponds (loko i‘a). Allow for the commercial use of the fishponds if the applicant is a lineal or cultural descendant of Native Hawaiians or a Native Hawaiian organization. Amends the definition of “mariculture” for chapters 171 and 190D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to exclude Hawaiian fishponds from certain lease provisions.
sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov, senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov, senryan@capitol.hawaii.gov, sensolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov, sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov

The bill can be also viewed at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=3023.  

To track or submit testimony for any legislative bill(s), sign on to http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/home.aspx and you can create a user account for free. 

For information about State Legislation tutorial, click on this link to the Capitol’s Public Access Room: http://hawaii.gov/lrb/par/

Chuck Flaherty

Kona News — 2012 Dryland Forest Symposium Is Feb. 24


Image courtesy of Kathy Frost.

(Media release) — The 6th annual Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium is just a month away!  Join us for another year of interesting talks and great networking. Once again we’ll be at the Keauhou Beach Resort.  The registration fee includes lunch by the hotel.

There will be a poster session outside the conference room during the day, with dedicated viewing after lunch.  Contact Barrie Moss (bmoss1sm@yahoo.com)if you would like a table – or to share a table – to present information about your group or activity.

The deadline for early registration and to sign up for the field trip is Feb. 13.
Symposium information will be posted on both the Kohala Center and Nahelehele websites within the next few days. http://www.kohalacenter.org/nahele12.html  OR

Hope to see you there.

(Submitted by Kathy Frost)

Volcano News — Last Chance To See ‘The Fantasticks’ This Weekend

Image courtesy of Suzi Bond.

This weekend is your last chance to catch KDEN’s production of “The Fantasticks” by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones. The longest-running production of any kind in the world is a moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned, only to discover a more mature, meaningful love.

The talented cast is: Pedro Ka’awaloa as El Gallo, Cara Leonard and Stephen Bond as the young lovers, Bill Chikasuye and Dick Hershberger at the lovers’ fathers, Steve Peyton and Roch Jones as the actors and Canda Bloir as the Mute. The show is directed by Suzi Bond.
The show runs through Jan. 29. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Kilauea Military Camp’s Kilauea Theater in Volcano. Tickets are $15 general, $12 students and seniors and $10 children under 12. Tickets available at Kilauea General Store, Kea’au Natural Foods, Paradise Plants, The Most Irresistible Shop and at the door. Call (808) 982-7344 for reservations and more information. — Suzi Bond

***Commentary*** Regarding Our Tax Dollars At Work Tearing Up Newly Constructed Sidewalks

Last week I published a “photo of the week” of Isemoto Contracting workers tearing up a sidewalk outside the newly built Judiciary Complex. Pressed for time and unable to put on my reporter’s cap to call the State Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) to inquire about the comment made my one of the Isemoto workers, specifically “somebody screwed up,” as I snapped their photo, I left it to you, dear readers, to find out exactly what was going on outside the Judiciary last week.  Rest assured, if you didn’t call DAGS yourself, I will eventually get to calling that state agency for all of us.

Also last week, I came across the opportunity to photograph sidewalk construction in Pahoa.  This one, I hoped, was going to be good news for you — Construction workers installing a curb cut at one of the few intersections in Pahoa that we have a sidewalk.  I was all set to cheerlead for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance in Pahoa Village.  Then, on Monday morning, as I was headed into the bank, I caught a glimpse of a County vehicle in the parking lot across the street from the construction area.  I looked over at the curb cut and saw what was obviously a County worker that had driven that County vehicle from Hilo on his hands and knees with a level, looking up and speaking sternly to the construction workers standing around above him.  Uh-oh, what’s going on over there, I thought to myself.

But I didn’t have my camera in hand to snap a photograph and I really didn’t have the time to run back to my vehicle, grab my camera, and play reporter at that moment.  I stored my observation away and moved on with my day.  Then, on Tuesday, as I was headed to a Mainstreet Pahoa Association board meeting, I saw Ludwig Construction workers tearing up the very curb cut that I had observed being constructed last week!  I kid you not.  I wasn’t the only Mainstreet Pahoa Association board member that saw that Tuesday; as you can imagine, it certainly was one of the topics of our conversation during our meeting.  In fact, I welcome County Public Workers Department employees to our next Mainstreet Pahoa Association meeting at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Luquin’s to offer us an explanation as to why the curb cut was torn out less than a week after it was constructed. (If you squint, you can see all the torn-up concrete piled in the back of the pickup in photo below.) Please know that I’m not lurking about, actively looking for our tax dollars at work tearing up newly constructed sidewalks.  These are observations I’m making as I am going about my business, and I really can’t help but photograph them and post them here.

Missing People — Darlene Santos Hasn’t Been Seen Since Tuesday

(Media release) — Big Island police are searching for a 54-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing.

Darlene Santos was last seen in the Kaumana area of Hilo on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6:45 a.m. She has a medical condition that requires medication.

She is described as part Hawaiian, 5-feet tall, about 175 pounds with brown eyes, graying brown hair and a tan complexion. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown oversized jacket over an unknown type of top, and wedge slippers.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)