Tsunami Watch Declared

A magnitude 8.3 quake has occurred off the coast of Chile, causing the Pacific Tsunami Center to declare a tsunami watch for Hawaii.   According to the Center’s latest bulletin, the earliest a tsunami is expected to reach here, if one happens, is 3 a.m. tomorrow morning.

IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII, read the latest update.

The center will be publishing hourly updates.

The tsunami that devastated Hilo in 1960 also originated off Chile’s Coast.  That quake was somewhat stronger, at M8.6.


Features — Not An Ordinary Homecoming — 5th Annual Kipimana Cup For Kamehameha and Kea’au is Friday


KipimanaCup(Media release) — Homecoming on the Kea’au campus of Kamehameha Schools will be extra special, falling on game day for the 5th annual Kipimana Cup.

The Kipimana Cup is a goodwill football game between the public and private schools located within a few miles radius.

“We look forward with the two schools and the community to this game every year,” said Bill Walter, president of W.H. Shipman, Limited. “I am always pleasantly surprised by the goodwill shown by both teams.  The coaches and staff have made this more than simply a game but also a time to celebrate Kea’au as a great place to live, work and be educated.”

Kamehameha Schools and Kea’au High School didn’t play against each other, being in different divisions — Kea’au being in Division 1 and Kamehameha being in Division 2.  The Big Island Interseholastic Federation League ultimately changed that, but not before W.H. Shipman, Ltd. first pitched the annual Kipimana Cup five years ago.

Kipimana is how Hawaiians referred to Shipman more than 100 years ago, and both Kea’au and Kamehamhea Schools are located on land formerly owned by Shipman.

W.H. Shipman provides $500 to each of the school’s booster clubs following the game, and a trophy to the winning team.

Kamehameha Schools has won all four of the previous Kipimana Cups, but not without a fight. “They always play us very tough,” said Dan Lyons, head football and aquatics coach at Kamehameha.

“The Kipimana Cup is a great way to showcase the Kea’au and Puna areas of the island of Hawaii as well as the graciousness of W.H. Shipman,” said Dan Lyons, the head football and aquatics coach at Kamehameha Schools.

Both he and Dean Cevallos, principal at Kea’au High School, emphasized that the Kipimana Cup is meant to be friendly competition amongst the neighboring schools.

“It’s an expression of Shipman’s commitment to high school athletics and the two school’s athletics,” noted Lyons. “We always need good competition, and something we look forward to…” Read more

Letter: Join Bernie’s Supporters at Gay Pride Parade

You and all your friends are invited to come walk with me and the Bernie Sanders crew in the Pride Parade this Saturday in Hilo, 10am, with park festival to follow. I am also singing with PMC in the bandstand at noon (some Beatles tunes and other songs, only 5 this time). Wear purple if you want; many Sanders supporters will be in purple. I’d recommend an umbrella too, in case of rain or blazing sun. Parade line-up between 9:30 and 9:50am this Saturday in the Ben Franklin parking lot or somewhere very nearby there. Great chow available at the festival. Should be a fun day! PS: Mark your calendar: 20DEC Christmas show at the Palace, Puna Mens Chorus & audience singing! It is a fund-raiser for Palace air conditioning system. Will have the PIPE ORGAN to accompany PMC! Please join us!

–Aloha Steven


Man Charged in Kamehameha Vandalism

From the Hawaii Police Department:

After conferring with prosecutors, Hawai?i Island police have charged a former Oahu man in connection with a spear that was stolen from the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo on Tuesday (September 8).

At 1:20 p.m. Friday (September 11), 31-year-old William Roy Carroll III, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree theft, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $11,000.

He remains the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday.

State Art Museum Wants Docents

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) is looking for enthusiastic art lovers to be volunteer docent guides. The four-month training session begins in early October, 2015 and ends in February, 2016. Docents will learn to give informative and interactive tours focusing on the works of art on display in HiSAM exhibitions. Each artwork belongs to the Art in Public Places Collection, a part of the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The collection includes pieces from Hawai`i’s many fine artists, and is primarily focused on modern and contemporary art (1960 to the present).
For more information, please call 586-9959 or email hisameducation@gmail.com. You can download an application form at www.hawaii.gov/sfca.
The Hawai‘i State Art Museum is located at 250 South Hotel Street in downtown Honolulu. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information contact: Susan Hogan, HiSAM Educator
Phone: (808) 586-9958, Email: susan.m.hogan@hawaii.gov
Website: www.hawaii.gov/sfca

Center Offers Mediation Training

Hilo’s Ku`ikahi Mediation Center still has room for more enrollees in its next Basic Mediation Training, which will take place over two weekends, September 12-13 and 19-20, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 1225 Kinoole St., Hilo. The 30-hour training session, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, “offers instruction in the process of mediation and how to apply advanced communication skills–such as active listening, summarizing and reframing, and using open-ended questions–in order to help people resolve their differences.” Participants learn how to use mediation techniques to manage and resolve conflict, communicate more effectively, become more effective negotiators and problem solvers, and contribute to conflict resolution in their homes, business places and communities.
“People in conflict often focus on each other as the problem, going head to head. Mediation helps people focus on the issues, not on each other, so they can see that they have a joint problem to solve,” noted an e-mail flyer on the training. “Whether you want to improve your peacemaking and communication skills or want to become a mediator, this training gives you the tools you need to start resolving conflict in a peaceful and lasting way.
No particular background or personality is needed–all are welcome!”
The course will be taught by Diane Petropulos & Catherine Lampton. Cost, including training materials, is $295 but partial scholarships are available; to get an application form, e-mail gail@hawaiimediation.org. For more information, call (808) 935-7844
ext. 9.

Kamehameha’s Spear Recovered

The removal of King Kamehameha’s spear from his statue in Wailoa State Park was more a case of vandalism than of theft.  The upper section of the bronze  spear, which police determined had been “forcibly removed” was recovered from the overgrowth near Alenaio Stream near the statue.  But the HPD’s public notice about the recovery of the spear still refers to it as “stolen.”

Police checking the stream in a boat discovered the missing section.  Detectives, with the aid of a Fire Department ladder truck, also collected additional evidence from the statue and “determined that the section of the spear was forcibly removed from the lower staff section.”

“The spear segment will be processed for any forensic evidence and returned to the statue’s organizers,” continued the police communique. “Detectives continue to check nearby businesses and buildings for the existence of video surveillance.

The Chronicle asked the police if the gold leaf that covered the end of the spear as still there when the spear was recovered.  It was, so stealing the gold wasn’t a motive (even if it had been, it would have been misguided; the amount of gold was minuscule.  The only motive appears to have been pure maliciousness.

The removal of the spear was first reported last Sunday in the early afternoon.

“Police continue to ask for the public’s assistance in identifying the responsible person or persons in this case to call Detective Sandor Finkey at 961-2384 or email him at sandor.finkey@hawaiicounty.gov. “or an call CrimeStoppers anonymously at 961-8300.  A reward of up to $1000 has been offered for evidence leading to the solution of the case.

Kitchen Diva — ‘Seven Chefs’ And An Island Filled Culinary Inspiration; Food And Wine’s Farm To Table Event Doesn’t Disappoint

imageBy Sofia Wilt

I was fortunate to recently attend the 5th Annual Food & Wine Magazine’s annual festival at the Hilton Waikoloa on August 29th representing the Big Island Chronicle. This year’s signature event was titled Seven Chefs, One Big Island and featured some of the best chefs in the country, including some from Hawaii and New Zealand. The Hilton served as an ideal venue for gourmet enthusiasts to enjoy bio-regionally specific haute cuisine. The current farm to table trend that focuses on local ingredients was emphasized and with the incredible and varied gifts we have here in Hawaii from both land and sea, the chefs were provided outstanding ingredients to dazzle guests.

Beginning just before sunset there was a VIP reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Hans Lentz and his team from the Hilton Waikoloa Village. If this was any indication of what we would be feasting on later, we knew we were in good hands. There were several delicious offerings inducing : Roasted Kabocha Pumpkin Shooter with Ohia Honey, Coconut Foam and Ginger Brittle; Opihi Poke Nori Wonton Cup with Yazu, Uni Creme Brulee and Micro Wasabi; my favorite was the Charred Gochujang Kauai Prawns with Kalamansi Compressed Watermelon, Cotija Cheese, Lime Caviar & Micro Cilantro. I missed out on the Berkshire Pork Belly Crostini with Pineapple Adobo Gastrique with Crispy Pancit, but heard rave reviews.

After the reception we were guided to our tables in the adjoining banquet hall for dinner. As a custom in Hawaii for a special gathering, a traditional Hawaiian Pule or chant was performed, first in Hawaiian and then in English. The Pule was to bless the attendees, the chefs and the food and wish everyone safety and wellbeing following the meal. The land and sea were both honored for their contributions as well as the many (many) hands that put the time and effort to make such a grand and beautiful event possible. A band onstage performed live music throughout the event.

The first course was from Chef Michael Meredith of Merediths Restaurant in New Zealand. It was a Beetroot Cured Ono with Japanese Cucumber, Kauai Shrimp & Avocado Cream. It was paired with Kitaya Kansansui “Cold Water Mountain” Junmai-Dai-Ginjyo Sake from Fukuoka Prefecture. This was perhaps my favorite dish of all, it had a slight citrus backnote, the fish had a lovely mouth-feel and was infused with the beautiful color of beets. All the textures and flavors had a nice interplay. I am not usually one for sake, but this one was extremely smooth and matched the flavors perfectly.

The second course was from Hawaii’s own Chef Roy Yamaguchi who has his signature restaurants all over the Hawaii islands as well as a few places on the mainland. His offering was Miso Charred Lobster with Toasted Rye Cavatelli, Beurre Noisette Lemon Cream and Smoked Ikura. It seemed everyone at my table was initially confused as to what the Cavatelli is, it’s a rustic handmade rye pasta in a small cylinder shape. The lemon cream was a delightful counterbalance to the smoked ikura. Lovely presentation. The wine pairing was a 2011 Bouchard Pere et Fils Puligny Montrachet from Burgundy and it was nothing short of outstanding.

Our third course was from the famous Chef Ming Tsai of the Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA. His offering was a Steamed Kona Abalone and Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Black Bean Flash. If you like Foie, you love it, and if you don’t, I’m so sorry for you. There were a few folks at my table that were not fans and I certainly felt sorry for them because they were truly missing out. The foie was inside of the abalone shell and the abalone was on the outside. There was a serrano chili garnish that provided a nice spicey offset to the richness of the dish. The wine pairing was a 2013 Maison L’Envoye Cote de Py’ Gamay, Beaujolais, France, as somewhat surprising choice of red with seafood, but really the star of the dish was the foie.

Our fourth course was from Chef Andrew Sutton of Napa Rose in Anaheim CA. His offering had multiple directions and flavors. Grilled Big Island Wild Boar Meat Loaf on Red Chile Chimichurri with Hearts of Palm Salad, Poha Berries and Macadamia nuts. There was the earthiness of the wild meat, the spice and smokiness of the chimichurri, the neutral and mild flavor of the hearts of palm and the sweet and crunch of the poha and macnuts. This wine was maybe my favorite of all them all, a 2011 Gramercy Cellars ‘Inigo Montoya’ (yep, think Princess Bride) Tempranillo from Walla Walla, Washington.

Our fifth course was from Chef Richard Rosendale of the USA Representative Bocuse d’Or 2013. This course was a Coriander Rubbed Grassfed Beef with a Short Rib Dumpling, Lapsang Souchong Poached Beets, Seared Bok Choy and Orange & Pepper Puree. The beef was outstanding, perfectly prepared. The was some confusion at my table about the dumpling which didn’t seem to have any noticeable beef inside of it. Otherwise the flavors married nicely and it was and a great way to finish the savory portion of the meal. The wine paring was a delicious 2012 Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, CA.

For dessert we had an incredible and playful offering from Chef Jayson Kanekoa of the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort. We were served a Lilikoi Sponge Cake with Hawaii Island Goat Cheese Panna Cotta and Lilikoi Macaroon with Lilikoi Meringue. What was also included was a curious plastic syringe of sorts filled with a kind of berry puree that allowed the dinner to administer onto their desert as desired. Frankly, even though I’ve mostly out-grown my sweet tooth, I cleaned this plate. The lightness of the cake which was thankfully not overly sweet melted in your mouth. We were served both Kona Coffee as well as a 2011 Domaine De L’Alliance Sauternes from France, a sweet dessert wine.

A huge thanks to the Food & Wine magazine, the chefs, the Hilton and everyone else that made this event possible. By the end of the meal after six courses and paired wine it seemed everyone had been swooned by the gracious efforts of the chefs. Hopefully next year we will see some new and exciting offerings from the event. I’d also like to thank my editor Tiffany Hunt for sending me to the event. This evening in particular had me think, lucky to live Hawaii.

(Sofia Wilt, also known as Kitchen Diva, is a columnist for Big Island Chronicle and a personal chef based in Puna.)

No Hurricane, but Flash Flood watch and High Surf Anyway

From County of Hawaii Civil Defense:

This is a Weather and High Surf Warning Information Update for Thursday September 3rd at 7:30AM.

As of 5:00AM this morning, Hurricane Jimena was located 720 miles east of Hilo and moving in a northwest direction at 5 miles per hour.  No watches or warnings have been issued at this for Jimena and the system is being monitored closely.

Due to unstable weather conditions across the state, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood watch for all islands effective through midnight tonight. Localized heavy rains and possible thunder showers can be expected.  Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for hazardous conditions to include ponding and run off and to anticipate traffic delays.

The High Surf Warning for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island remains in effect through 6:00PM tonight. Dangerous surf conditions continue to be observed and reported across areas of East Hawaii.  Surf heights of 10-15 feet are forecast for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island.  Residents along the coast and in low lying areas are advised to take necessary precautions.  Beachgoers swimmers and surfers are advised to exercise caution and to heed all advice given by Ocean Safety Officials.  All beaches and roadways are open at this time.


Council Resolution Against Citizens United Passes

A resolution by the County Council urging Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment declaring that corporations are not people and money is not speech passed the County Council today, but only after a lot of complaining by county councilors. Several councilors expressed reservations or outright opposition to the bill before it finally passed, 6-3.

Resolution 266-15 stemmed from Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which gutted protections against excessive corporate spending in elections. The resolution got overwhelming support from residents who testified on it.

“The vast majority of the American population is completely angry and completely alienated…. We will believe corporations are people when corporations are in prisons,” said one. Another noted that in the early days of the United States corporations “weren’t for profit. They were for a single project and they were terminated when the project was done,” and that the constitution had never mentioned them, much less granted them the status of legal human beings, as Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions had.

State Senator Russell Ruderman, testifying for himself, urged the passage of the resolution. “The whole political system has become Obscene in terms of the cost of competing,” he noted. “They might as well put it on ESPN and call it a sport.”
“Giving corporations the same rights as citizens is the biggest single threat to our democracy,” testified Justin Avery. “…All of the hard work that was done in this county to build a healthy, vibrant democracy was shot down by a 5-4 court decision in the Washington, DC.”

But the testimony didn’t convince some council members.
“I will be voting no, not because I’m voting for crooked government…,”maintained Hilo Councilor Aaron Chung. “What I find wrong about this amendment is that it vilifies corporations…the main problem is that we have this wealth gap…. We see it even on this island, where the rich sometimes try to use their muscle. “ But at another point in his speech, he identified a different problem: “The problem isn’t the corporations, it’s the Super PACs” (enormously wealthy political action committees—which, one supporter of the amendment pointed out afterward, had been allowed to grow so huge and wealthy because of the Citizens United decision).

Councilor Daniel Paleka,   (Western Puna), said he was “taken aback” by Citizens United, but he identified another problem as more important: voter apathy caused by long election cycles: “If you look at American Politics from outside of America, many friends of mine from outside the states say the election period is just too damn long.”

Greggor Ilagan (Eastern Puna) echoed Chung’s comments, noting that the title of the bill singled out corporations as a culprit: “I will be voting no as well, but if you change that title, I will support it whole-heartedly.”

Dennis Onishi (South Hilo, Kea’au) and Chair Dru Kanuha (Portions of North and South Kona) also expressed some reservations about the bill, but still voted for it, as did Maile David (South Kona-Ka’u-Volcano), Valerie Poindexter, Margaret Wille (Kohala) and sponsor Karen Eoff (North Kona). A companion resolution, 267-15, which urges the Hawaii State Association of Cunties to also enact a resolution supporting the constitutional amendment, passed by a 7-2 margin after Ilagan switched sides.

Kawaihae Harbor Community Meeting

Representative Cindy Evans will be holding a meeting regarding South Kawaihae Recreational Harbor and North Kawaihae Recreational Harbor on Saturday September 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Kawaihae Canoe Club. 

 Officials from the Department of Land and Natural Resources Boating Division will give an overview of the South Kawaihae Harbor and future plans for the North Kawaihae Harbor. Community input is encouraged and there will be a Q & A to follow.

 Some of the items that will be discussed are: damages from flooding, anything outstanding with the US Corps of Engineers, the boat ramp for South Boat Harbor, security measures, possibility of mooring buoys at South Boat Harbor, update on road, waterline, and master plan for South Kawaihae Harbor, breakwater at North Kawaihae harbor, needs for North Kawaihae Harbor, and storm water runoff at North Kawaihae Harbor

 Working with her Hawaii Island colleagues,  Evans shepherded a $400,000 appropriation this past legislative session for North Kawaihae Boat Harbor.

 “This meeting is an opportunity to identify what improvements are needed to make the harbor safe and more functional for the enjoyment of all who enjoy the ocean.  And I strongly encourage the public to come to the meeting to provide their thoughts on issues and priorities they feel are important for the harbor,” said Evans.

 Evans serves as House Majority Floor Leader and represents House District 7 (North Kona, South Kohala, and North Kohala).

Letter: Council Resolution would Support Amendment to Counter Citizen’s United

Dear One,

We worked HARD to get CLEAN ELECTIONS for our island. And it was GREAT! Now Karen Eoff is proposing a Resolution to get rid of Citizens United through the nationwide group: MOVETOAMEND.
Please come on Wed. Sept 2nd to the County building and testify in support of this resolution. Municipalities and states all over the nation are starting this groundwork to amend the US Constitution to clarify that Corporations are not “people” and that money is not speech. The future of our democracy depends on our getting this cleared up. Please pass on this message to your progressive friends. Aloha,

Noelie Rodriguez



Editor’s Note:  The Council meeting takes place in Hilo starting at 9 a.m. with live connections for video testimony at the Council’s satellite offices around the island.  Text of the resolution is below:


WHEREAS, the United States Constitution was written and approved with the intention of protecting the rights of individual human beings (“natural persons”); and

WHEREAS, corporations are not mentioned in the Constitution, and the people of the Unites States (“The People”) have never granted constitutional rights to corporations, nor decreed that corporations have authority that exceeds the authority of The People; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court, in Austin v. Michigan Chamber of commerce (1990), recognized as a threat to a republican form of government “the corrosive and distorting effects of immense aggregations of wealth that are accumulated with the help of the corporate form and that have little or no correlation to the public’s support for the corporation’s political ideas”; and

WHEREAS, the United States Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010) (“Citizens United”) reversed the decision in Austin by rolling back legal limits on corporate spending in the electoral process and allowing unlimited corporate spending to sway votes and influence elections, candidate selection, and policy decisions; and

WHEREAS, the majority decision in Citizens United was recognized as a serious threat to self-government by the four dissenting justices. Corporations have special advantages not enjoyed by natural persons, such as limited liability, perpetual life, and favorable treatment of the accumulation and distribution of assets. These advantages allow them to amass and spend prodigious sums on campaign messages that often have far greater reach and influence than messages from individuals; and

WHEREAS, federal courts in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) and in SpeechNow.org v. FED (2010) overturned limits on independent expenditures because the “corruption or perception of corruption” rationale was only applicable to direct contributions to candidates; and

WHEREAS, Unites States Supreme Court in Justice Stevens observed in Nixon v. Shrink Missouri Government PAC (2000) that “money is property, it is not speech”; and

WHEREAS, Article V of the United States Constitution allows The People of the various states to amend the U.S. Constitution to correct those egregiously wrong decisions of the United States Supreme Court that challenge our democratic principles and the republican form of self-government; and

WHEREAS, there is widespread opposition to the Citizens United ruling that money is speech and that independent corporate campaign spending cannot be limited; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAI‘I that it urges Hawai’i’s congressional delegation to propose and pass an amendment clarifying that corporations are not people with constitutional rights, and that unlimited campaign spending is not free speech.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the County Clerk shall forward copies of this resolution to United States Senator Brian Schatz, United States Senator Mazie Hirono, United States Representative Mark Takai, United States representative Tulsi Gabbard, Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., Governor David Y. Ige, State Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi, and Speaker of the State House of Representatives Joe Souki, and the Honorable Mayor William P. Kenoi.


Not Quite Through with Ignacio…

As Ignacio roils past offshore, it could still have some effects on the Big Island–especially its waves.  From Hawaii County Civil Defense:

“As of 5:00AM this morning, Hurricane Ignacio was continuing on a northwest track at 12 miles per hour.  Ignacio was located approximately ­­­­275 miles northeast of Hilo and recording sustained winds of 80 miles per hour with higher gusts.  As Ignacio continues on the current track and weakens, Hawaii Island could  experience the remnants or trailing weather conditions from the storm.  This may include windy conditions with gusts up to 40 miles per hour in some areas and localized heavy rains that may cause flooding.   The Bayfront Highway in Hilo is closed between Waianuenue Avenue and Pauahi Street due to surf and rocks on the roadway.  All other major highways and roadways are open at this time and motorists are advised to drive with caution and to be prepared for hazardous conditions to include ponding and runoff and to anticipate traffic delays.  The Civil Defense Agency will continue to maintain close communications with the National Weather Service and monitor the system.

“The High Surf Warning issued for the east facing shores of Hawaii Island has been extended to 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.  Surf heights of 12 to 20 feet are expected with highest surf conditions coinciding with the high tides.   Residents in low lying coastal areas and boat owners are advised to take necessary precautions.

“With the ongoing unstable weather conditions the public is advised to monitor your local radio broadcasts for information and updates and to always plan and prepare early for possible impacts from all hazards that pose a threat to our community.”