“Big Island of Hawaii News” is tracking these local stories through Tuesday, 10 April 2012:
Merrie Monarch Festival begins; tree crashes over Waimea school; and man sought in abuse case.
Sources cited in this summary include the Associated Press, the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, Stephens Media, and “Hawaii 24/7 News”.
MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL RETURNS TO HILO
(Hawaii Tribune-Herald). The arrival of April showers heralded the arrival of the Merrie Monarch Festival, which opened Sunday with a Ho’olaule’a at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. The event was an all-day exhibition, featuring hundreds of Hawaiian and Tahitian dancers and hours of hula and other attractions. The Naniloa Volcanoes Resort continues the tradition at noon Monday with the Keolalaulani Halau ‘Olapa O Laka, led by kumu Aloha Dalire. At 1 p.m. Monday, the Halau Hula ‘O Hilo Hanakahi under the direction of Pua Crumb will perform at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Both hotels will have mid-day hula performances through Friday. The Miss Aloha Hula Competition will be held Wednesday evening at the Edith Kanaka’ole Multipurpose Stadium. The Group Kahiko Competition is set for Friday evening, while the Group Hula ‘Auana Competition is scheduled for Saturday evening. The Royal Parade will take place Saturday, 10 a.m. through downtown Hilo.
TREE FALLS OVER WAIMEA SCHOOL
(Stephens Media). On Saturday, powerful winds brought down an approximately 100-foot eucalyptus tree, sending parts of the tree crashing down onto Waimea Country School’s playground. The collapsing tree also brought down power, telephone, and cable lines, as well as dmaged a small play structure, fence, and gate. According to Waimea resident and retired police captain Leningrad Elarionoff, the tree measured about 30-inches in diameter and was located on county property and was part of the Waimea Trails and Greenways project, known as the Ke Ala Kahawai O Waimea. Elarionoff said the tree may have been diseased because of discoloration an decay were found at the scene. The retired police officer said the eucalyptus can be problematic and is sometimes called “the widow maker” because of deaths caused by falling branches. Fortunately, the tree fell late Saturday afternoon, outside of school hours, and no children or others were injured. Donations of money and labor to replace the damaged school items or to chip the fallen tree would be greatly appreciated. Waimea Country School is a small, independent elementary school with 43 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. To help, call the school at 885-0067.
MAN SOUGHT IN ABUSE CASE
(Hawaii County Police Department). Hawaii County police are asking for the public’s help in finding 40-year-old Carl Cadavon of Hilo. He is wantd for a domestic incident resulting in charges of abuse and unlawful imprisonment. He is described as being 5 feet 9 inches tall, 230 pounds, with short, black hair, brown eyes, and a tan complexion. Those with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAWAII ISLAND FORECAST THROUGH TUESDAY, 10 April 2012:
Hilo and vicinity–Partly sunny with a few showers throughout the day. Cloudy at night with a few showers.
Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Partly sunny with the chance of a few upslope showers.
Highs near 77. Lows near 64. Winds shifting to the northeast by Tuesday, 8 t 16 mph. Sunrise Tuesday–6:06 a.m. Sunset Tuesday–6:37 p.m. Total hours of daylight Tuesday–12 hours, 31 minutes, and 08 seconds. Hilo tides for Tuesday: High tide–5:08 a.m./6:49 p.m. Low tide–12:25 a.m./11:23 a.m.
HAWAII ISLAND SURF FORECAST THROUGH TUESDAY, 10 April 2012:
Hapuna Beach breaks–flat to 1 foot. Kona and Banyans–1 to 2 feet. Ka’u and Pohoiki–1 to 3 feet. Hamakua–5 to 6 feet. Hilo and Honolii–3 to 4 feet.
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Have an excellent day!
Russ Roberts, editor
Laupahoehoe, Hawaii–along the beautiful Hamakua Coast