Letters — From Brittany’s Mother

I would like to personally thank all who have supported us during the past 8 months. Nothing can compare to losing a child and grandson, but your love has carried us through this. Knowing that people who don’t even know us or Brittany and CARED is amazing. We have justice and I am grateful for that. Grateful that this is over and we can start to heal.

Brittany’s tattoo was Veritas (Latin for Truth), we have now found the truth. Aequitas (Latin for Justice) have been served. Ultimate Justice. I am confident about how the HPD has handled this case. Much has been said about it, I even had my doubts. But now knowing all the evidence that has been shared with us, the family, I can say that they did their job to our satisfaction. Early on I was told by many who has been through the justice system that they will not or can not tell us what they know, what they have etc. It was painful to wait and wonder and speculate. But after our briefing on Tuesday morning I can honestly say that I am confident about the events that took place. That Bo killed her and then took his own life.

It’s very sad that 3 lives were taken at the hand of one person, Bo. Not only are 3 lives taken from this world but many lives are affected with his heinous act of violence. I have said before that it is time for us to heal, to move forward. Life will go on, life will just be different; somewhat less than complete. Many of you didn’t know this, but Brittany’s baby is a boy. When she visited in May to tell us the news she told me if it was a boy she was going to name him Io, which is a majestic Hawaiian hawk. Brittany and Io are in the ultimate paradise, Heaven. I know they are with us and guiding us. Brittany would not want us to have hate in our hearts. I don’t know if forgiveness is with me now, but acceptance is.

RIP Brittany and Io.

Julie Spahn Royal

Letters — From Greggor Ilagan, Regarding His Bill To Include Organic Produce In Ag Tax Incentives

Aloha Media,

On February 4, I will be introducing Bill 185, which further defines agricultural tax incentives to
include an organic produce provision. This bill will be heard in the Finance Committee
scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.

Bill 185
News Release – Certified Organic
Graphic – County Seal


Greggor Ilagan, Council Member
District 4 | Hawai?i County Council

Politics — Regarding The Senate Bill To Regulate Home Births

pregnant-woman-silhouette1By Tiffany Edwards Hunt

Controversy is stirring over a senate bill establishing a home birth safety board to adopt rules and protocols for home birth providers.

At press time, an online petition seeking to “kill Senate Bill 2569 and protect Midwife Care in Hawaii” had more than 650 signatures.

The petition claims the bill “is harmful to women and their families, creates a monopoly in health care and will eradicate the safe practice of home birth and midwifery in Hawaii.”

“I want to support home birth in Hawaii in all ways,” said Sen. Josh Green, who introduced the bill. “No regulation for safety or standards currently exists.” He vowed to take input over the never several months “to create a great, safe, accommodating system for all midwives and other providers.”

He maintained, though, that training and certification/licensure of midwifes is in need of attention.

“I hope everyone weighs in so we help all good providers.”

Midwives Alliance of Hawaii sent out a mass email detailing how Senate Bill 2569 “criminalizes every home birth midwife in the state who is not a certified nurse-midwife.” Read more

Hawaii News — State Lawmakers Seek To Overturn Hawaii County’s GMO Ban

gmo apple  Thirty six representatives, including Hawaii Island’s very own Richard Onishi, Clift Tsuji, Cindy Evans and Faye Hanohano, have put forth a bill to amend Hawaii’s Right to Farm Act to essentially overturn Hawaii County Council’s recent action to ban genetically modified organisms (GMO).

House Bill 2506 would amend the act “to ensure that counties cannot enact laws, ordinances, or resolutions to limit the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in modern farming and ranching practices.”

The bill, after being introduced and passing first reading Jan. 23, had been referred to both the House Agriculture and Finance Committees at press time. Read more

Administrative Notes — 15th Print Edition To Circulate In The Next Week

BIC january 14 coverThe 15th print edition of Big Island Chronicle will circulate in the next week.  Be sure to grab a copy when you spot one. There are 6,000 copies of this alternative monthly.  This edition’s featured artist is Linda Rowell Stevens. If you are a Big Island artist or photographer and would like to be featured in/on Big Island Chronicle, email newswoman@mac.com.


Puna News — Pahoa’s Shaka Fitness Will Host Skip Hancock

Shaka Fitness-Jan-2014  Shaka Fitness in Pahoa will host Skip Hancock on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7.

Hancock was a direct student of Ed Kealoha Parker, from Hawaii, who was an actor, teacher and father of American Kenpo.
Hancock studied under Parker as a friend and student. Hancock helped Parker write some of his books. Hancock helps establish martial arts practices around the world, and honoring Mr. Parker. Hancock has helped establish dojos in Mexico, Holland, Canada and the USA.  He also donates a lot to the Tongan people.

Hancock is a Senior Grandmaster, however he choses to be called professor out of respect for Parker.
“We are a resource for your personal path to excellence,” Hancock says of his workshops. “The focus of your training will be the martial arts. You will strive to be excellent in self-defense and by learning, with larger generalized principles, you will practice excellence throughout your life.”
Hancock is known for Kenpo 2000.

The Hancock-taught workshops are at no cost to Shaka Fitness and Pahoa School of Kenpo Karate members.  Non members pay $20 per night. The workshop are for ages 9 and up. Find more information on the Shaka Fitness Facebook page. Or, call (808) 747-4379.


Hawaii News — Council Chairs To State Legislature: Do Not Take Projected $72 Million In Hotel Tax Revenue

140131 GCB with 4 Chairs(Media release) — Council chairs from all four Hawaii counties today jointly announced their support for legislation that would repeal the cap on distribution of hotel room tax revenue to the county governments.

Council Chairs Gladys Baisa of Maui County, Jay Furfaro of Kauai County, Ernie Martin of the City and County of Honolulu and J Yoshimoto of Hawaii County said they are testifying in support of House Bill 1671 (2014), which is before the House Committee on Tourism on Monday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m.

Revenue from the state’s hotel room tax, known as the transient accommodations tax or TAT, is partially remitted to the counties. Citing the state government budget shortfalls, the legislature imposed an artificial cap on the counties’ annual remittance three years ago, resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue to each county.

The council chairs said county residents and county governments earn TAT revenue by supporting the visitor industry in countless ways, including by funding tourism promotion, providing police, fire and lifeguard services and maintaining roadways, beach parks and other public infrastructure. They say the revenue should be proportionally returned to the counties, under an established formula. Read more

Hilo News — Two 16-Year-Old Boys Small Explosion At Hilo High School

(Media release) —  Two high school students are in police custody in connection with a small explosion at Hilo High School.

No one was injured in the incident.

At 11:34 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 30), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report that a device had detonated on campus. When police arrived, the school went into lockdown.

Police recovered the remnants of a plastic liquid container and an unidentified liquid substance. The device was in an open corridor near the school’s auditorium. The only damage was residue at the site.

Patrol officers and school security guards screened the campus for any additional devices but found none.

The lockdown was lifted shortly before 1 p.m.

Two 16-year-old male students were arrested and taken into custody while detectives from the Juvenile Aid Section continue the investigation.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Hawaii News — Three Years After A Baby’s Death, Grand Jury Indicts Xavier ‘PeeWee’ Cortez


Xavier “PeeWee” Cortez

(Media release) — Police have arrested a 38-year-old Mountain View man for a 2011 murder in Hilo.

At 9:40 a.m. Tuesday (January 28), acting on a tip, police arrested Xavier J. Cortez Jr., also known as Pee Wee Cortez, on the strength of a sealed arrest warrant for second-degree murder. He was located at a home in the Livingston subdivision in Mountain View and taken into custody without incident.

On January 22, the case was presented to a grand jury, which returned an indictment for second-degree murder. At the request of police and the prosecutor, the indictment was sealed while police actively searched for Cortez.

Cortez was held without bail until he made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

On January 2, 2011, police received a report that 19-month-old Pomaikai Ferreira had been taken to Hilo Medical Center and was experiencing difficulties breathing. She was transferred by air ambulance to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where she died on January 9, 2011.

Cortez was initially arrested for first-degree assault on the day of the incident. He was later released pending further investigation by detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Ferreira ruled the death a homicide as a result of crainiocerebral injuries due to, or as a consequence of, abusive head trauma.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

***Commentary*** Send A Message To Legislators To Ensure Equal Funding Of Charter Schools

vodka steveEnsure all children receive equal treatment under the law — join charter school parents and teachers this week, protesting disparate funding and trying to send a message to legislators to write the wrong.  Meet on the grass island fronting Pahoa Marketplace at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.  It takes a village and when charter schools get the transportation and facilities funding they need their opportunity for success will be that much greater. — Tiffany Edwards Hunt 


Letters — ‘You Have Really Lost It’

Hi, You did a good job in the beginning of this investigation, but you have botched your analysis now. Bo didn’t kill himself. The Royal family has been (understandably) stupid since the event – even letting their daughter’s body be quickly cremated when it was some of the only available evidence. Their even more stupid insistence on being “part of voicing their opinion” that the police are always doing a good job smells extremely bad. Your unwillingness to say the truth because it might offend them or someone else is horrid. You should go investigate further because you have really lost it.

Daniel Shay

Letters — Regarding Land Acquisition For The Eastern Portion Of Saddle Road

The acquisition the of right of way for highway projects is an ongoing
issue for the State and County of Hawaii it seems.  Two projects come to
mind; the second phase of the Mamalahoa Highway bypass and the final
east side phase of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

The Coupe family single-handedly held up the Mamalahoa  Highway bypass
for 11 years. They fought the condemnation of  1,500 feet of their
property all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The US Supreme Court
declined to hear the Coupe’s petition, which ended their battle and
paved the way for the county to acquire the necessary right of way for
this much-needed highway.

I’m deeply concerned the final east side phase of the Daniel K. Inouye
Highway is facing the same fate. Three holdout landowners (Marvin
Arruda, Richard Alderson and Rick Towill) refuse to convey part of their
lands for this 5.7 mile highway. These parcels are located on the Puna
side of the Puainako Street Extension and Country Club Drive.

I’ve tried to ask the Land Transportation Division of the State Attorney
General’s office where things stand with the right of way acquisition
for this phase, but they refuse to acknowledge my e-mails and hide
behind attorney-client privilege.  The Hawaii Department
of Transportation response to my inquiries isn’t much better.

The final east side phase of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway is currently
unfunded.  I firmly believe its important to finalize the right of way
acquisition, so this phase is shovel ready when funding is available.

Aaron Stene