Airport businesses and airlines adjust to Blue Angels practice

(Via KHON)

The Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron was up in the air again Friday afternoon in order to prepare for this weekend’s shows and, compared to the previous day, there were no flight cancellations.

On Friday, Hawaiian Airlines adjusted its flight schedule, hoping to avoid a repeat of Thursday’s rolling delays.

A spokesperson told KHON2 that the adjustments will last through Sunday and that the airline will be monitoring flights closely.

In the afternoon, KHON2 caught up with passengers who were heading to Pago Pago in American Samoa, the only Hawaiian Airlines flight scheduled to leave Honolulu during the no-fly time.

Their flight was supposed to leave at 4:45 p.m., but was pushed back about a half-hour.

“It’s an inconvenience,” said passenger Molita Pouesi. “We’re going to get home a little bit later, but it’s nice to know that they notified us first by phone text.”

“I was notified via email that I used when I booked my ticket online,” said passenger Lina Matau, “that there was going to be a delay, and I saw it also on the news last night.”

The temporary flight restrictions aren’t just affecting airlines, but also businesses.

For Novictor Aviation, that means cancelling two helicopter tours each day there’s a restriction. The owner said that because of that, the company is losing an average of $1,800 a day.

“It’s quite a lot of money, definitely,” said business owner Nicole Vandelaar. “It’s a big deal.”

Although it’s costing her business, Vandelaar said she welcomes the Blue Angels.

“As a businesswoman, it’s a pain, but you know, as an aviator, it’s wondrous. It’s amazing. So we’re excited they’re here and we really support the air show,” she said.

“I love the military,” Matua said, “and good luck to those guys that are flying tomorrow.”

The Department of Transportation told KHON2 that businesses and airlines were notified well in advance.

The no-fly restrictions will continue Saturday and Sunday.

Hidden camera found in airport locker room

(Via KHON)

Concerns about privacy are being raised after a hidden camera was found at Honolulu International Airport.

The Department of Public Safety says it is investigating a hidden camera found in a women’s locker room at the airport.

The department said they could not confirm which airline is involved.

KHON2 checked with Hawaiian Airlines who say they understand there is an open investigation into this incident.

KHON2 wanted to know if there was a way to detect these cameras.

“They’re getting smaller, They’re getting less expensive,” said Matt Lau.

They’re even becoming more discreet. Lau works for Cam Security, a company that sells all types of cameras for security purposes.

“They’re primarily for protection that’s the bottom line to protect your property,” said Lau.

While most cameras do remain visible and are used for the security of businesses and homes. These days you can find cameras with a lens as small as a pin hole and even ones that fit in watches.

These little cameras can cause some to worry, but KHON2 News spoke with Lau about a few ways to detect these cameras if you do feel they are being used for the wrong reasons.

“If it’s a wireless camera then you would need an RF signal or radio frequency detector,” said Lau.

But what if it isn’t sending off an RF signal?

Well, that can be a little tricky, but there is still a way.

“You can take a tube and look through it while flashing a light around the room,” said Lau. “Most cameras have a lens, even if they are small, so the light from the flash light should reflect no matter how small it is.”

Finally if the camera has night vision simply turn out the lights in the room and point the camera on your smart phone at the hidden camera. The infrared light from the camera should show up on your smart phone camera.

“The quality is getting a lot better,” said Lau. ” It’s going to be a point where you really want to think before you do anything illegal.”

The Blue Angels grace the sky at the ‘Wings over the Pacific’ airshow

(Via KHON)

The Navy’s Blue Angels “Aerial Acrobatic Flying Team” criss-crossed the skies over Oahu Saturday afternoon.

They’re the highlight attraction at this year’s “Wings over the Pacific” air show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Due to the nature of the flying, flights at Honolulu Airport, which shares runways with the base, were delayed.

There are also restrictions on the ground. Lagoon Drive access is limited to employees of businesses along the road and their customers.

The Department of Transportation reminds drivers not to stop along the H-1 viaduct to watch the show.

“Wings over the Pacific” continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5:30 in the afternoon.

Blue collar battle New divisional foes Farrington and Mililani boast unbeaten records and powerhouse rosters

(Via Star Advertiser)

In the OIA Blue Division, football game plans are all about blueprints.

Farrington (5-0, 5-0 OIA Blue), for example, has aired the ball out a bit more this season. Senior Montana Liana has the arm strength, pocket poise and size — 6 feet 1, 210 pounds — to stand and deliver without flinching. But the strength of the Governors’ offense remains its bullish offensive line and a nicely balanced group of running backs.

When the Govs want to spread the field, handing the ball to speedsters Ranan Mamiya (10.2 yards per carry) and Challen Faamatau (6.8) is no problem. If they simply want to move the chains and chew chunks of time off the clock, coach Randall Okimoto can send in pulverizing fullbacks Freedom Alualu (5-8, 252) and Bugsy Tui (5-7, 248) to spring the tailbacks out of an I-formation.

Okimoto loves his ground and pound. He even lines up Alualu as a slot from time to time to send him in motion and drill down on the 1-technique (nose tackle) for a decided advantage in the trenches.

So, as No. 2 Mililani (6-0, 5-0) prepares for its new, Blue rival on Saturday, coach Rod York can’t be blamed for drawing up the most basic of defensive strategies: take away the edges, jam the point of attack up the gut and hope Liana doesn’t connect with his receivers.

Only recently have the pass-catching corps begun to spread their wings. Kingston Moses-Sanchez (10 receptions, 174 yards, one TD) is a prototypical tall, long playmaker. C.J. Liana has stepped up recently and now ranks second on the squad in receiving yardage.

In reality, Liana hasn’t been forced to go to the air extensively, not with Mamiya and Faamatau accounting for 14 rushing TDs. He has thrown more than 13 passes in a game just twice: 11-for-21, 117 yards, one TD, one INT in a wild 47-27 win at Moanalua, and 16-for-23, 216 yards, two TDs, no picks in a 38-7 win at Kailua last week.

Liana will face the toughest defensive line on the Govs’ schedule. Mililani defensive tackle Rex Manu has been beastly. Defensive end Kaimana Padello had his best game in last week’s 57-28 win over Campbell with four sacks, all in the first half. Tielu Mamea also emerged as a playmaker, coming up with three interceptions against the Sabers, including a pick-6.

Then there’s Mililani’s offense, a hybrid of smashmouth I-formation, four-wide run-and-shoot and a little Oregon-esque quick-trigger read-option action that fits quarterback McKenzie Milton perfectly.

GAME OF THE WEEK

Farrington vs. Mililani
Saturday at 7 p.m. at Mililani

Milton, the 5-10, 155-pound junior, has already passed for 1,370 yards and 15 TDs with just three interceptions in five games. But what separates him is the decisiveness with which he decides to tuck and run. Milton has rushed for 505 yards on just 35 carries, scoring eight touchdowns by foot. His 101-yard average per game on the ground leads all quarterbacks.

The problem for defensive coordinators is that there are so many Trojan weapons, it’s easy to forget that Milton may be the most dangerous of all. Accounting for a fast QB is one thing; Milton has game speed that belies any 4.6, 40-yard dash recording. More recent accounts of 4.4 speed are more accurate.

Averaging 53 points per game, the Trojans are a machine unlike any seen in recent prep football.

So, the Governors’ defense has a major exam this weekend. Defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko is one of the most heralded prospects in the state. Seufagafaga Luafatasaga (6-2, 213) has become one of the top defensive ends in the league, a hoopster who has returned fumbles for touchdowns twice.

The Govs not only face the most dangerous QB in the league, they’ll take on Vavae Malepeai, who has rushed for 558 yards and 11 TDs. Malepeai is relatively fresh; his 29-carry load against Campbell (for 145 yards, two TDs) was by far his heaviest workday since Week 1 against Saint Louis. He did get dinged up, though, midway through the game, before returning.

The one aspect no defense has been able to contain is Milton’s ability to spread the wealth. Milton, following York’s mantra, takes what the defense gives him. From Kalakaua Timoteo (28 receptions, 602 yards, four TDs) to Bronson Ramos (14, 201, three) to Bryson Ventura (10, 71, two), the Trojans never hesitate to target an open receiver and deliver the ball.

It’s sometimes a string of quick passes to slots in four-wides until defensive backs and safeties get lured to the bait. Then deep-threat playmakers like Timoteo go to work. The question this week, however, is whether Timoteo will be 100 percent. He took a shot to the right shoulder as he pulled in a TD pass from Milton last week and had a sling on it.

That might complicate things for Mililani, which already had elite receiver Kainoa Wilson out (collarbone). Yet, with Ramos, Ventura, Luani Matagiese and Roman Tovi getting more and more targets, Milton hasn’t missed a beat.

The last time they met (Nov. 1), Mililani won handily, 37-6, in the OIA final. The Trojans limited Farrington to 65 rushing yards.

Since then, the Govs have welcomed major additions in Mamiya, who has already returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns since transferring from St. Francis, and former Mililani defensive tackle Tamatoa Silva.

FRIDAY’S GAMES

‘Iolani (3-1, 2-1 ILH) at No. 1 Punahou (3-0, 3-0)

It’s been four wins in a row for the Buffanblu over the Raiders, and the past three games have been one-sided. Punahou has won 56-0 (2013), 56-14 (’12), 38-18 (’11) and 24-19 (’10). The Raiders last beat the Buffanblu in ’09, 35-12.

No. 4 Leilehua (5-0, 5-0 OIA Red) at No. 7 Kahuku (4-1, 4-1)

The Mules are coming off a bye week and have one of the hottest passers in the state, Kalanimoku Pauole. The senior has already thrown for 1,345 yards and 20 TDs at a 69-percent completion rate. His QB rating of 218.73 is surpassed only by Punahou’s Ephraim Tuliloa (225.74). The Red Raiders are coming off a 20-19 upset loss at Kaiser. They committed seven turnovers in the loss.

No. 10 Kaiser (3-2, 3-2 OIA Red) at Castle (1-4, 1-4)

The Knights show improvement each week while Kaiser might be in for a slight letdown after a superlative win over Kahuku. After a so-so start, Castle quarterback Willie Ewaliko has been more consistent with 32-for-68 passing, 274 yards, two TDs and only one pick in his last two games. Castle’s defense hasn’t permitted a 100-yard rusher since Week 1 (Terell Johnson of Campbell). Kaiser’s Jensen McDaniel has not cracked the century mark in his past two games but still has 669 yards (6.7 per carry) and 12 TDs so far. His versatility is a big asset; he had three catches for 99 yards against Kahuku, including an 87-yard TD.

Waianae (3-2, 3-2 OIA Red) at Waipahu (1-5, 1-5)

The Seariders have won two in a row since a 1-2 start. They’ve won three in a row over the Marauders, who last beat Waianae in ’08. Wide receiver Jordan Taylor had a breakout game in a win over McKinley last week with 10 catches for 146 yards and four TDs.

Pearl City (5-0, 5-0 OIA D-II) at Nanakuli (5-0, 5-0)

Showdown time on the Leeward Coast means first place in the division is at stake. The Chargers have won six of the past eight meetings, including a 35-12 rout at the Golden Hawks’ field last year. Jordan Taamu, who passed for 122 yards that day, threw for 241 yards and three TDs in a win over Radford last week. He has thrown just one pick in 82 pass attempts with a completion rate of 65 percent this season. Makaila Haina-Horswill continues to bulldoze defenses. The compact (5-6, 166) senior is averaging 10.9 yards per carry and has 567 yards and five TDs.

Anuenue (0-6, 0-6 OIA D-II) at Roosevelt (1-5, 1-5)

The Rough Riders broke into the win column with a 19-9 victory over Kalaheo last week. Keanu Furtado began the season as their starting QB but has since become a key wide receiver. The 6-1, 145-pound senior had six grabs for 86 yards and a TD last week.

Radford (4-2, 4-1 OIA D-II) vs. Kalaheo (2-3, 2-3) at Kailua

The Mustangs are still in contention for a playoff berth, but they’d need to upset Radford and then run the table against Kaimuki and Pearl City to have their best opportunity.

Kaimuki (1-4, 1-4 OIA D-II) at Waialua (2-3, 2-3)

Kaimuki’s Nixon Siona was spectacular with two TD catches in a 21-20 loss to Kalani, including a diving grab for a 24-yard score. Waialua has pulled out two close wins (10-7 over Kalaheo, 21-20 over Roosevelt) and is still in the playoff hunt.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

St. Francis (2-4, 0-4 ILH) vs. No. 5 St. Louis (3-3, 3-1) at Aloha Stadium

The Crusaders are on a three-game win streak, including last week’s 46-38 win over Kamehameha. Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been on fire during the run, throwing for 1,191 yards and 13 TDs with just one pick. Coach Cal Lee probably would prefer that the 6-foot, 190-pound lefty run less often — he had 172 yards and two TDs on 24 carries against Kamehameha.

Pac-Five (2-2, 1-2 ILH) vs. No. 6 Kamehameha (3-1, 2-1) at Aloha Stadium

The Warriors had a career-high 264 passing yards from Fatu Sua-Godinet in the loss to Saint Louis. He also put his fleet feet to use, rushing for 121 yards and two TDs.

The Warrior defense, which was tested severely by Saint Louis last week, will see another wide-open passing attack. Pac-Five’s Kainoa Ferreira has passed for 1,390 yards and 14 TDs in four games. ‘Iolani limited prolific wide receiver Tsubasa Brennan to 73 yards on eight receptions, both season-low totals.

No. 8 Campbell (4-1, 4-1 OIA Blue) at Aiea (2-3, 2-3)

The Sabers are coming off a homecoming loss to Mililani, but they ran well with the duo of Terell Johnson (143 yards, two TDs) and Austin May.

Moanalua (2-3, 2-3 OIA Blue) at Kailua (0-6, 0-6)

Na Menehune are angling toward a playoff berth. Kawika Keama-Jacobe got back on track with a 335-yard, two-TD passing performance in last week’s win over Aiea. Jason Sharsh was superb with 11 grabs for 232 yards and two TDs.

STANDINGS, STATISTICS

Compiled by Billy Hull, Star-Advertiser; statistics are for conference games only; see full statistical leaders at hawaiiprepworld.com

 

ILH

Division I

Team Conf. Pct. PF PA Overall Pct. PF PA
Punahou 3-0 1.000 163 13 3-0 1.000 163 13
Saint Louis 3-1 .750 168 126 3-3 .500 229 252
Kamehameha 2-1 .667 119 61 3-1 .750 144 78
Division II              
‘Iolani 2-1 .667 119 88 3-1 .750 164 109
Pac-Five 1-2 .333 58 143 2-2 .500 112 180
Damien 1-3 .250 72 140 2-3 .400 100 161
St. Francis 0-4 .000 48 176 2-4 .333 137 190

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Player, school G C-A Pct Yds TD INT
Tua Tagovailoa, Saint Louis 4 74-106 0.70 1323 14 2
Kainoa Ferreira, Pac-Five 3 57-137 0.42 875 8 4
Ephraim Tuliloa, Punahou 2 31-47 0.66 619 7 0

Rushing

Player, school G Att. Yds TD Y/C YPG
KJ Pascua, ‘Iolani 3 61 403 6 6.6 134.3
Wayne Taulapapa, Punahou 3 32 371 5 11.6 123.7
Jordan Bayudan, Kamehameha 3 32 288 5 9.0 96.0

Receiving, by catches

Players, school G Rec. Yds TD YPR YPG
Tsubasa Brennan, Pac-Five 3 33 336 3 10.2 112.0
Jarrod Infante, Pac-Five 3 21 232 1 11.0 77.3
Ricardo Sallas III, Saint Louis 4 18 268 2 14.9 67.0

OIA Red

Team Conf. Pct. PF PA Overall Pct. PF PA
Leilehua 5-0 1.000 214 69 5-0 1.000 214 69
Kahuku 4-1 .800 200 75 4-1 .800 200 75
Waianae 3-2 .600 139 103 3-2 .600 139 103
Kaiser 3-2 .600 123 67 3-2 .600 123 67
Castle 1-4 .200 117 162 1-4 .200 117 162
Waipahu 1-5 .167 53 232 1-5 .167 53 232
McKinley 0-6 .000 47 196 0-6 .000 47 196

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Player, school G C-A Pct Yds TD INT
Kalanimoku Pauole, Lei. 5 79-112 0.71 1345 20 6
Kalawai’a Judd, Kaiser 5 53-107 0.50 963 8 7
Tuli Wily-Matagi, Kahuku 5 32-57 0.56 584 4 3

Rushing

Player, school G Att. Yds TD Y/C YPG
Jensen McDaniel, Kaiser 5 100 669 12 6.7 133.8
Kesi Ah-Hoy, Kahuku 5 47 346 7 7.4 69.2
John Barbieto, Waianae 5 60 344 4 5.7 68.8

Receiving, by catches

Players, school G Rec. Yds TD YPR YPG
Toma Savea, Leilehua 5 19 313 4 16.5 62.6
Chad Figueroa, Castle 5 19 270 2 14.2 54.0
Tyreek Keough, Leilehua 5 17 300 4 17.6 60.0

OIA BLUE

Team Conf. Pct. PF PA Overall Pct. PF PA
Mililani 5-0 1.000 205 63 6-0 1.000 268 110
Farrington 5-0 1.000 200 60 5-0 1.000 200 60
Campbell 4-1 .800 155 89 4-1 .800 155 89
Moanalua 2-3 .400 119 159 2-3 .400 119 159
Aiea 2-3 .400 71 164 2-3 .400 71 164
Kapolei 2-4 .333 117 130 2-4 .333 117 130
Kailua 0-6 .000 35 226 0-6 .000 35 226

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Player, school G C-A Pct Yds TD INT
Kawika Keama-Jacobe, Moa. 5 89-154 0.58 1,372 8 6
McKenzie Milton, Mililani 4 73-108 0.68 1,001 11 3
Ezra Savea, Campbell 4 62-106 0.58 974 11 8

Rushing

Player, school G Att. Yds TD Y/C YPG
Ranan Mamiya, Farrington 5 45 464 10 10.3 92.8
Terrell Johnson, Campbell 5 67 462 5 6.9 92.4
Paepaeiva Silifaiva-Kaeha, Kail. 5 88 455 1 5.2 91.0

Receiving, by catches

Players, school G Rec. Yds TD YPR YPG
Jayce Bantolina, Campbell 5 27 465 6 17.2 93.0
Naliko Kea, Kapolei 6 23 288 3 12.5 48.0
Jason Sharsh, Moanalua 4 21 415 4 19.8 103.8

OIA DIVISION II

Team Conf. Pct. PF PA Overall Pct. PF PA
Nanakuli 5-0 1.000 213 47 5-0 1.000 213 47
Pearl City 5-0 1.000 150 52 5-0 1.000 150 52
Radford 4-1 .800 131 66 4-2 .667 151 88
Kalani 4-2 .667 123 72 4-2 .667 123 72
Kalaheo 2-3 .400 62 85 2-3 .400 62 85
Waialua 2-3 .400 52 136 2-3 .400 52 136
Kaimuki 1-4 .200 82 135 1-4 .200 82 135
Roosevelt 1-5 .167 84 151 1-5 .167 84 151
Anuenue 0-6 .000 26 179 0-6 .000 26 179

STATISTICAL LEADERS

Passing

Player, school G C-A Pct Yds TD INT
Kale Kanehailua, Nanakuli 4 41-71 0.58 674 10 3
Tyler Ching, Kalani 6 54-129 0.42 639 4 3
Jordan Taamu, Pearl City 4 53-82 0.65 615 8 1

Rushing

Player, school G Att. Yds TD Y/C YPG
Makaila Haina-Horswill, Nana. 5 52 557 7 10.7 111.4
Ace Faumui, Kalani 4 53 447 6 8.4 111.8
Sean Noda, Kaimuki 4 57 377 4 6.6 94.3

Receiving, by catches

Players, school G Rec. Yds TD YPR YPG
Justin Lugo, Radford 4 25 235 1 9.4 58.8
Shayne Teruya, Roosevelt 5 21 306 2 14.6 61.2
Blaise Manabe, Kalani 6 18 291 3 16.2 48.5

Destined to soar Talented pilots will fill the sky for the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show

(Via Star Advertiser)

When it comes down to it, Navy Cmdr. Tom Frosch is really nothing more than a recruiter.

Only thing: His office is in the cockpit of a fighter jet, soaring at supersonic speeds, performing death-defying stunts and wowing crowds from coast to coast and around the world.

He is the leader of the Blue Angels, the Navy’s elite flight demonstration team that will perform this weekend in the skies over Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show.

Frosch, the Blue Angels’ flight leader, knows well the recruiting power of an air show. The Michigan native was 6 years old when his father took him to his first air show at a National Guard base in Detroit.

“I was certainly wowed by what I saw,” he recalled. “It sticks in your head. It sparked an interest in aviation for me … And lo and behold, I was lucky enough to get here.”

Frosch and his Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornets will join the Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team and much more during the free show. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the event runs until 5:30 p.m. both days.

Officials said crowds of about 50,000 are expected each day.

“We’re expecting a great show,” Frosch said at Hickam before Thursday’s practice flight. “We’re excited to be in Hawaii. Wherever we go, it’s a tremendous opportunity to represent the Navy and the Marine Corps.”

In April 2013, the Blue Angels had its flying season curtailed due to forced spending cuts. This year, the team is flying at 39 locations.

Also planning to make a good impression this weekend is Capt. John Cummings, commander of the Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team. He has his own stories to tell about attending air shows.

As a child, he annually attended one of the nation’s largest air shows near his hometown of Appleton, Wis.

The fighter jets made a big impression on him.

After graduating from college, he worked on airplanes as an electrical engineer. But after Sept. 11, he decided he wanted to join the Air Force and fly for his country.

“It’s my dream job,” said Cummings, also a pilot and flight instructor based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. “The fact that I get to fly this airplane is awesome. It can do stuff no other airplane can do. And it’s a rush every single time.”

However, he said, his favorite part is at the end of the show, when he gets out of his aircraft, enters the crowd and talks to the youngsters — and their parents.

He tells them about the joy of flying the Raptor F-22, the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft. Its combination of stealth, speed, maneuverability and integrated avionics represents an exponential leap in aerial warfighting capabilities, Cummings said.

Air Force Capt. Bernard Rapp said he prefers flying the heavy aircraft — and he will do just that this weekend as part of the C-17 Globemaster III Demonstration Team.

Rapp said he’s dreamed about flying big planes since small-kid time in Colorado, when he experienced several opportunities to visit airliner cockpits during his family’s travels. Of course, security restrictions mean you can’t do that anymore, he said, so the air show might be as close as most kids will get to the flying experience.

The big and lumbering C-17, a military transport jet, will demonstrate its high-speed passing and turning capabilities, slow-speed maneuvers and its relatively tight turning radius, said Capt. Justin M. Taylor, also on the C-17 team.

“While it’s a big plane, it still flies well and is pretty maneuverable,” Taylor said.

The Navy’s parachute team, Leap Frogs, will launch the air show with a flag jump during the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. The Blue Angels will perform in the late afternoon.

Blue Angels to fly over Oahu this weekend

(Via Hawaii News Now)

Residents across the leeward side of Oahu can expect increased noise as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other show performers practice for an upcoming air show this weekend.

The general public is invited to “Wings of the Pacific,” an event featuring flight demonstrations as they soar over the skies at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, F/A-18 Hornets, and the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration team will be among the featured air show performers during the two-day air show.

The show will be on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 and the event is free and open to the public. Gates will open at 10 a.m. and will run until 5:30 p.m.

The public and base community can expect increased noise during the air show practices and air show times as follows:

  • Thursday, September 25 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Friday, September 26 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 during performances between noon and 5 p.m.

The Blue Angels will amaze the crowd with their precision formation flying and aerobatic demonstrations, while the F-22 demo team will offer a rare and memorable performance, appearing at only 20 air shows in North America in 2014. The Navy’s parachute team, Leap

Frogs, will launch the air show with a flag jump during the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. These air acts and more will perform throughout the day, culminating with the Blue Angels in the late afternoon. All acts are subject to weather conditions.

The Wings Over the Pacific air show will feature a variety of static displays of vintage and modern aircraft. The Air Force will showcase its military transport aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster, which will also perform during the air show, and the military aerial refueling aircraft, KC-135 Stratotanker. The Army will bring Stryker armored vehicles, Howitzer variants and other assets from the 25th Infantry Division. The Coast Guard will have an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue C-130, and the Marine Corps will showcase an RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle. Featured historic aircraft include the vintage warbird SNJ (T-6), 1928 Pietenpol Air Camper, and Hawaiian Air 1929 Bellanca. These and other military and civilian general aviation aircraft will be on display.

The air show will offer food, beverage and merchandise booths for purchase and an “Xtreme Fun Zone” for kids with rides, games and more. 

For those wishing to upgrade their viewing experience, premium seating tickets are available for purchase by going to the air show website.  

Blue Angels return for Hawaii’s ‘Wings over the Pacifc’ air show

(Via KITV)

The Blue Angels are back in Hawaii and are back flying over our skies this weekend. It’s for the annual Wings over the Pacific air show.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Click here to watch Brenton Awa’s report.

The pilots are ready to perform, but some of them say that it’s not just about the show. They shared some advice for the future pilots who’ll be watching.

“Future pilots out there I would say work hard. Do well in school. Do as best you can and never let anyone tell you that you can’t follow those dreams and chase those dreams until one day they hopefully they come true,” said Capt. Justin Taylor, a C-17 Pilot.

“It starts with hard work, discipline, having a goal and having dreams and we’re hoping to spark that interest to set some goals you know,” said Capt. Tom Frosch, a Blue Angels pilot. “That’s how I saw myself as a six-year-old kid. It just sparked an interest in aviation, so that’s what our hope is.”

Capt. John Cummings, an F-22 Raptors pilot, shared more advice for the up and comers.

“Study hard. I mean there’s a lot to learn about in flying a jet and aviation and everything like that so always do your best,” said Cummings. “Do well in school. Join sports teams, community programs, all of that because all of those things are really important in the military and to the Air Force in general.”

“And, the cool thing is that when you get to the point where you love what you’re learning about, it doesn’t really matter. You’re having a good time anyway,” said Cummings.

The Blue Angels won’t be the only ones performing over the weekend. They will be joined by Taylor and Cummings, a C-17 pilot and an F-22 pilot. Both of them will be putting on a show out here as well.

There will also be food, games and entertainment for the kids and for everyone. It’s all free and open to the public.

The event starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

Organizers say the pilots will be practicing for just over an hour Friday starting at 4 p.m.

Blue Angels practice triggers noise complaints, flight delays

(Via KHON)

Don’t be alarmed if you hear loud planes flying overhead.

The Blue Angels are practicing in Honolulu ahead of this weekend’s Wings Over the Pacific Air Show at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Increased noise is expected over the next several days during the following times:

  • Practice: Friday, Sept. 26, 4-5:15 p.m.
  • Performances: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27 and 28, noon-5 p.m.

Jets took to the skies Thursday afternoon, startling many residents.

“It was actually quite frightening. It reminded me of living on a military base,” said Debbie Dew, Ewa Villages resident. “(It) sounded like the airplanes were actually going to come through the roof. I felt like I needed to duck.”

“They are basically learning the airspace they are going to be performing in, so it is really for the safety of the team as well as those attending the show and our community as well,” said Col. David Kirkendall, Deputy Commander, JBPHH.

Thursday’s practice session also triggered flight delays at Honolulu International Airport.

The airport duty manager confirmed a temporary flight restriction from 4-5:15 p.m. and similar restrictions will occur through the weekend per FAA regulations.

Sec. 91.145 Management of aircraft operations in the vicinity of aerial demonstrations and major sporting events.

(a) The FAA will issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) designating an area of airspace in which a temporary flight restriction applies when it determines that a temporary flight restriction is necessary to protect persons or property on the surface or in the air, to maintain air safety and efficiency, or to prevent the unsafe congestion of aircraft in the vicinity of an aerial demonstration or major sporting event.

Hawaiian Airlines said in a statement, “We are experiencing more than 40 interisland flight delays today as a result of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels practicing over Honolulu International Airport in preparation for this weekend’s Wings Over the Pacific Airshow, and we expect further impact as practice continues tomorrow. Our team is working quickly to accommodate all of our customers. We advise our customers to check on the status of their flights tomorrow and to anticipate more delays.”

A spokesman said the airline expects rolling flight delays from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“This was coordinated with the FAA and the pilots’ unions and Honolulu International Airport, so we are sensitive that there were flight delays. This was fully coordinated with all the competent agencies that are in charge of those programs,” said Col. Kirkendall.

Passengers KHON2 spoke with said that while they do understand the delays because of the air show, they still would have liked to receive notice before purchasing tickets.

Michael and Hannah Marquez were greeted at the airport by signs showing that their flights had been delayed.

“(There was) no notice, no notifications. There’s nothing posted and so yeah, it’s kind of disappointing,” Michael Marquez said.

“I actually got a text that they would let me know if there were changes but I didn’t get a text when it changed,” Hannah Marquez said. “The schedule should be out there. We should have known it was going to be delayed and if it’s a scheduled show, I would think this could be planned and notifications sent.”

On Saturday and Sunday at noon, there will also be F-22 Raptor demonstrations, and the U.S. Navy Elite Frogs Parachute Display Team will be on hand.

“We’re expecting, due to previous air shows, up to 50,000 people visiting us on Saturday and Sunday, so it’s going to get pretty hectic,” said Col. Kirkendall. “It’s going to be pretty congested. So we’re just asking people when they visit to be patient with us. Make sure they look on the website to see what the restricted items are, and understand that we ant them to have as happy and an enjoyable experience as they can here on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.”

Click here for more information on the Wings Over the Pacific Air Show.

Man charged in Sand Island copper theft case

(Via Star Advertiser)

Prosecutors charged a 29-year-old homeless man Wednesday in connection with the theft of more than a pound of copper from a Sand Island construction site.

Police said Brandon Baniaga was one of two men whom witnesses said took the copper Monday night. Both men fled before officers arrived. Police caught Baniaga  on Sand Island Access Road near the entrance to the Keehi Small Boat Harbor.

His bail was  set at $30,000 for copper theft and a drug charge.

Theft of a pound or more of copper is a class C felony that carries a jail sentence of up to five years and maximum fine of $10,000.

Bishop Museum hosts the return of the blood moon viewing on Oct. 7

(Via KHON)

9-22 blood moon

HONOLULU, HI – It’s the perfect time to howl at the moon as Bishop Museum hosts the “Return of the Blood Moon,” a viewing party for the upcoming total lunar eclipse. Hawai’i is in perfect position to view the total lunar eclipse that will occur late Tuesday evening, Oct. 7, 2014.

During a lunar eclipse, the earth passes in between the sun and the full moon blocking much of the sun’s light from striking the moon. The partial phase of this lunar eclipse will begin at 11:14 p.m. (Hawai’i Standard Time), as the moon starts to enter the earth’s dark inner shadow, or “umbra.” During the partial phase, more and more of a “bite” will be taken out of the moon. The total phase will last one hour from 12:25 a.m. to 1:24 a.m. During the total phase, the moon will be entirely within the earth’s dark shadow, and the moon will turn very dark and possibly copper red, hence the term “blood moon.”

To celebrate this special event, Bishop Museum is hosting a late night viewing party on Oct. 7 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The evening’s activities will include telescope viewing of the eclipse on the great lawn with volunteers from the Hawaiian Astronomical Society. Additionally, the entire museum will be open, blood moon planetarium shows will be presented in the Watumull Planetarium every hour throughout the evening, and special tours focusing on the moon and the Hawaiian lunar calendar will be conducted in Hawaiian Hall. As an added bonus, guests will also be able to explore the museum’s recently installed traveling exhibit “Scream Machines: The Science of Roller Coasters.”

Admission costs for this special night are $10 general and $5 for museum members and youth

(4-12 years old). Pre-sale tickets are available at http://www.bishopmuseum.org<http://www.bishopmuseum.org&gt;.

For those guests 21 years and over, the museum’s Eclipse Lounge Bar will feature live music. Special cocktails and midnight snacks will be available for purchase.

For more eclipse information, visit eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html <http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html&gt;.