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Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

Island Insurance Foundation Recognizes 13 Public School Principals

The Island Insurance Foundation has recognized 12 outstanding public school principals nominated for its 10th Annual Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award in a presentation ceremony on Saturday, March 29th.

Island Insurance Foundation President Tyler Tokioka and Department of Education representatives presented commendations to the nominees in a ceremony at the Island Insurance Center. The Island Insurance Foundation presented each nominee with a $1,000 personal cash award and commemorative plaque.

The recipient of the annual award, named in honor of the late Masayuki Tokioka, founder of Island Insurance Company, Ltd., will be announced at the Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation Dinner on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Captain Cook woman charged with attempted murder

Charged: Randi-Keli K. Banagan

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Detectives have
charged a 22-year-old Captain Cook woman for several offenses stemming from the
attempted murder of a Kona man.

On March 31 (Monday) at 6:45 p.m. detectives from the Area II Criminal
Investigations Section charged Randi-Keli K. Banagan with attempted murder in
the second degree, assault in the second degree, terroristic threatening in the
first degree, reckless endangering in the second degree, use of a firearm in
the commission of a separate felony, three counts of place to keep loaded
firearm, three counts of loaded firearm on a public highway, place to keep
ammunition, two counts of illegal transfer possession of firearms, two counts
of permit to acquire firearm, two counts of ownership possession firearm
prohibited, promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, and drug

Bail for Banagan was set at $498,000. She was held at the Kona cellblock

Audit: Big Island '12 elections cost $1.5M

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - An audit prompted by Hawaii County's problematic 2012 primary election found inadequate oversight, communications and documentation.

Hilo Councilman Dennis Onishi requested an audit of the 2012 election cycle because of concerns about overtime charges.

West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday the audit found a lack of supporting documentation for some transactions and overtime charges in both the county-run primary and state-run general elections.

Many Big Island polling places opened late on primary day, leading to the governor issuing an unusual proclamation to keep the island's polls open 90 minutes later. The state took over management of that year's general election.

The audit found that the 2012 cycle cost $1.5 million, compared to $1.8 million for the 2008 election.

Council members say it's more important elections are conducted correctly than cheaply.

Volunteers begin space confinement mission

Image source: Sian Proctor

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Six volunteers have begun a four-month assignment to live in a small dome on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano to gauge the effects of long-time confinement in space missions.

The volunteers will largely be confined to a 1,000-square-foot space during the next round of the Hawaii Space Exploration and Analog Simulation research project.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald says the goal is to see what problems arise when people are confined to small spaces on long missions, such as a Mars expedition.

Volunteers began their mission Friday.

The project's principal investigator, Kim Binstead, says the mission could provide insight into what's called the "third-quarter syndrome," which refers to the psychological wall people can hit on long missions.

Two later phases will follow, one lasting eight months and the other for one year.

$160 Million superyacht cruises Hawaiian islands

Image: Mike Brown

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow)- A $160 million mega yacht has been cruising the Hawaiian Islands this month. 

The VAVA II is owned by Swiss/Italian pharmaceutical tycoon and billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli and his wife, songwriter Kirsty Bertarelli.  

Bertarelli had the yacht made as a gift for his wife.

How is this for size, the vessel is longer than a football field, equipped with a fold-down beach club, helicopter pad, six decks, swimming pool and can accommodate 36 guests.

The ship took 200 workers more than two years to complete. In 2012, it was reported that it took more than $400,000 to fill the yacht up with fuel.

The mega yacht has been spotted off Kailua-Kona, Lahaina and Waikiki. VAVA II spent last weekend cruising around the island of Maui. As of Friday evening the yacht was heading back to Honolulu. 

Big Island police identify Hilo murder victim

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Big Island police have identified the victim in a murder investigation as 59-year-old Robert A Evanson of Hilo.

At 7:32 p.m. Wednesday, police officials say the department responded to a reported disturbance at an apartment complex on the 100 block of Ululani Street. Upon arrival, police discovered Evanson's lifeless body in one of the apartment units.

He was taken to the Hilo Medical Center, were he was pronounced dead.

Protest held outside office of accused Hilo dentist

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaii News Now is in Hilo Friday where dozens of friends and family are protesting outside Dr. John Stover's office.

Many of the protestors are loved ones of Kristen Tavares, 23, the mother who is in a coma after having her wisdom teeth pulled. The people say they want to alert the public and hope to send a message to the State that they think Dr. Stover's medical and dental license should be revoked.

Hawaii News Now has also learned disabled veteran Curtis Wagasky, 52, died after complications having one tooth pulled in Dr. Stover's Kona office in December 2012.

Dr. Stover's office was locked and closed at the time of the protest. His attorney has previously said it would be inappropriate to comment.

Watch Hawaii News Now starting at 5 p.m. on KGMB and KHNL for a full report from the Big Island.

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