Farrington DT Fehoko commits to Texas Tech

(Via Hawaii News Now)

Farrington High School defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko committed to play football for the University of Texas Tech, Monday.

Fehoko (class of 2015) will become a four-year starter for the Govs next season and according to “24/7 sports” was the 8th ranked DT in his class and 45th recruit overall.

Breiden will continue a family tradition of suiting up for the Red Raiders. His brother VJ recently transferred from Utah; while Sam Fehoko (2007-11) also played linebacker for Texas Tech.

Breiden’s eldest brother — Whitley — also played football for San Diego State.

Coast Guard: Sewage spilled at Sand Island

(Via Hawaii News Now)

U.S. Coast Guard officials say a ship docked at Sand Island dumped about 4,800 gallons of sewage into the ocean because a valve was left open.

The Coast Guard said Tuesday that a crew member aboard Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau reported smelling sewage Monday morning. An engineer found the sewage flowing overboard from a discharge port meant only for use at sea.

The engineer found a valve from the ship’s sewage system had been locked in the open position since the ship ported Friday.

Coast Guard officials say the system automatically discharges wastewater from showers and sinks when its holding tank reaches about 1,200 gallons. The system pumped four times.

The Hawaii state Health Department says it is posting signs warning people to stay out of nearby waters.

Bill targets gambling machines — A measure before the City Council would outlaw electronic gaming devices

(Via StarAdvertiser)

One of 77 sweepstakes machines, previously approved for use by bars, seized in a gambling raid.

A bill before the Honolulu City Council would make it illegal to own, operate or use a simulated gambling machine on Oahu.

Gaming parlors that feature Products Direct Sweepstakes machines and similar devices have sprouted across Oahu in recent years and have been the target of raids by law enforcement who say the brightly lit video terminals meet the definition of gambling machines.

But the city prosecutor’s office has not prosecuted anyone arrested in those raids.

Councilman Joey Mana­han said he wants to provide police and prosecutors with more tools for their crackdown effort.

“Lately there have been a lot of them popping up,” he said. That includes within the Kalihi business district he represents and other sections of the island.

Manahan said his office has received repeated complaints for more than a year.

There are three or four parlors with the machines in his district, including one near schools and another on a side street in a heavily residential neighborhood, Mana­han said.

The complaints are coming primarily from neighbors bothered that the establishments are open until the wee hours of the morning and have drawn unsavory elements, including alcohol, drugs, loud parties and fighting, Manahan said.

“The activities that go on in and around these places are cause of concern for most of us,” he said.

The bill would make it illegal to “manage, supervise, maintain, provide, produce, possess or use” the machines. The violation would be considered a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to 30 days in jail or both.

Since September 2012 law enforcement officials have raided a number of the parlors and seized more than 100 of the machines. PJY Enterprises LLC distributes and maintains the machines and also operates several of the parlors.

PJY and its associate companies insist that the devices are not gambling machines. They say that, much like the popular McDonald’s nationwide Monopoly game, people can enter the sweepstakes and win prizes without any purchase.

Winner’z Zone on Ward Avenue offers a typical range of “sweepstakes” games, including machines that play electronic variations of sweepstakes scratch cards, keno and poker; electronic slot machines; and “push coin” games. Each of the machines requires payment, and winnings are received as vouchers that can be exchanged for cash at a designated service window.

PJY and prosecutors are currently in federal court over the machines.

PJY attorney Keith Kiu­chi said he and company owner Tracy Yoshi­mura contend the language in Mana­han’s bill is too vague and will not pass legal muster.

“It will probably not pass a constitutionality review,” Kiu­chi said.

A spokeswoman for the Hono­lulu Police Department said the agency is monitoring the bill, while a spokes­man for city Prosecutor Keith Kane­shiro declined comment.

The bill will get its first hearing Wednesday.

PJY has sued in U.S. District Court for return of the machines and to stop further actions by authorities, alleging the actions constitute illegal search and seizure. After a motion by Kane­shiro’s office to drop the case was denied, trial before U.S. District Judge Leslie Koba­ya­shi is set to begin May 20.

Yoshimura has never been charged with a crime, and the employees arrested at the raids have all been released pending investigation.

“The city still hasn’t prosecuted anybody,” Kiu­chi said.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office said the investigation is ongoing.

Ford Island Bridge Run draws big numbers

(Via Ho’okele News)

More than 2,500 runners, joggers and walkers of all ages laced up their shoes for the Ford Island Bridge Run held April 5 by Joint Base

Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s MWR Athletics Department.


Runners of all ages participated in this annual event, now in its 17th year.

Juan Romero won the male open division with a time of 35 minutes, 28.4 seconds. Only seven seconds behind was Susie Stephen, the first to cross the line in the female open division, at 38:35.6.

Ryan Larson won the male military division while Jackie Geiger took first place in the female military division.

Participants’ ages for this year’s run ranged from younger than 9 years old to more than 80 years old.

Easter sunrise service to be held at Battleship Missouri, April 20

(Via Ho’okele News)

The sun rises over the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Easter Sunday 2007. U.S. Navy file photo

Brandon Bosworth


Assistant Editor, Ho’okele

The Battleship Missouri Memorial will host its annual Easter sunrise service beginning at 6:30 a.m. April 20.

Chaplain Lt. James Ragain, Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, will lead the service.

It isn’t unusual for the Battleship Missouri Memorial Easter sunrise service to attract more than 1,000 people, and this year’s event could prove to be particularly well attended.

“It’s exciting,” said Ragain. “We’re holding a joint service with not just the Navy and Air Force but the Army and the Marines, too.”

He believes the memorial is a particularly powerful place to hold a service.

“The Battleship Missouri Memorial has become a symbol of peace, and that’s what Easter is about,” he said.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial Easter sunrise service is a free event and is open to anyone with base access. The inter-denominational service begins at 6:30 a.m. and runs about an hour. Guests are advised to arrive by 6 a.m., and carpooling is encouraged. Dress will be crisp aloha attire.

The chapel is also looking for volunteers to serve before and after the Easter sunrise service. For more information or to volunteer, call the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel at 473-3971 or email Fruji .mills@navy.mil.

Other Holy Week events include:

Catholic services
* Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic), 8:45 a.m., April 13.
* Holy Thursday, 6 p.m., April 17.
* Good Friday, 6 p.m., April 18.
* Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m. April 19.
* Easter Sunday, 9 a.m., April 20.

Protestant services
* Palm Sunday, 11 a.m., April 13.
* Foot washing ceremony and dinner, 5:30 p.m., April 16 (Fellowship Hall).
* Easter service, 11 a.m., April 20.

Unless otherwise noted, all services will be held at Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel. For more information, call 473-3971.

In addition, the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Chapel will hold an Easter sunrise service beginning at 5:45 a.m. April 20 at Ft. Hase Beach, Landing Zone Eagle. For more information, call 257-3552.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

(Via Ho’okele News)

April 2014 is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and will be recognized as such throughout the Department of the Navy. This year’s theme is “Live Our Values: Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault.”

Sexual assault is a crime. Every Sailor, Marine and Department of the Navy civilian is responsible for their own actions and for intervening to protect others from harm. We hold ourselves to high standards, our core values demand nothing less, and our nation rightfully expects us to set a visible and consistent example for all.

We must all be personally committed, as I am, to a culture of gender respect where no one must suffer the trauma of sexual assault, where sexual assault victims receive support and protection, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable.

Together, we have accomplished much in the past year. Sailors and Marines are better educated and more aware of sexual assault issues than they have ever been. They are more comfortable reporting sexual assaults when they occur, and many have intervened themselves, or witnessed acts of intervention to prevent assaults.

Leaders at all levels are engaged, and victim support processes are stronger, as are our capabilities for criminal investigation and prosecution of cases. Our primary challenge remains-to prevent sexual assaults in the first place. There are no simple precedents to follow, and we will break new ground in doing so. One result will be enduring culture change.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month is an annual reminder of values and commitments that apply all year. I encourage you to organize or participate in local and regional events. Together, we can eliminate this crime. Nothing less is acceptable.

I pledge to all victims of sexual assault our department-wide commitment to your support and healing. I encourage you to seek that support. Your local victim advocate, uniformed victim advocate, sexual assault response coordinator, or civilian employee assistance specialists are excellent initial points of contact.

In addition, live confidential assistance is available anywhere 24/7 from the safe helpline toll-free at (877) 995-5247 or by chat at http://www.safehelpline.org.

Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium brings international strategic partners together

(Via Ho’okele News)

0411_7(Top) Attendees at the Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium listen to a briefing presented March 29 at the Pacific Air Forces Headquarters building at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Middle left) Senior Chief Alex Rincones, chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet’s commander’s barge, explains how the wall at the USS Arizona Memorial lists the names of each crew member who died in the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. (Middle right) Gen. Harukazo Saitoh (left), Japan Air Self-Defense Force chief of staff, signs the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) guestbook with the help of Gen. “Hawk” Carlisle, PACAF commander, at the 2014 Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium held March 29 at the Pacific Air Forces Headquarters building at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (Above) Attendees of the 2014 Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium salute outside the Pacific Air Forces Headquarters building March 29 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Pearl Harbor Commissary launches farmers’market, promotes Healthy Base Initiative

(Via Ho’okele News)

The Pearl Harbor Commissary gives patrons the ability to purchase fresh grown produce from local farmers in Hawaii.

Story and photo by MC2 Tiarra Fulgham


Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Detachment Hawaii

The Pearl Harbor Commissary hosted a farmer’s market on April 4. The event was part of the Healthy Base Initiative, focused on promoting healthy behaviors and healthy environments for military members and their families.

Part of the entertainment included hula dance exercise and music by Sailors of the Pacific Fleet Band. Representatives from health and wellness and local farmers were on hand.

Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, together with Air Force Col. David Kirkendall, 647th Air Base Group Commander and deputy commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, were on hand in a show of military support.

“The Healthy Base Initiative could also be called the common sense initiative,” said James about HBI. “It aligns what we already know about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, good nutrition, regular exercise, no tobacco use with more formal resiliency programs, such as the 21st Century Sailor, to help inform sound decision-making across a broad spectrum of subjects ranging from design of streets, sidewalks and crosswalks, to food options on base, to fitness programs offered to service members and their families,” he said.

The events were designed to promote both healthy food choices and a healthy active lifestyle.

“Today we are trying to introduce our local farm products,” said Eyvinne Umemoto, Pearl Harbor commissary store director.

“There are over 115 vendors that we have on island, and we get to call and order fresh products from. We also want to continue supporting the Healthy Base Initiative with the Naval Health Clinic.”

A new display was featured that includes fresh locally grown foods available in the produce section of the commissary. Patrons were able to taste different samples and ask farmers questions.

“We were invited to do this program with the commissary on promoting Hawaii grown products,” said Derwin Okinaka, representative for Sugarland Farms.

Zumba and hula dance exercise demonstrations offered some fun ways for people to stay active.

“It’s a health alliance through DECA, MWR, the NEX, AFFES and Health Promotions, both Air Force and Navy,” said James Duff, Healthy Base Initiative program representative for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“There are various health promotions classes, MWR health classes to help lose weight, healthy eating at DECA, promoting eating healthy fruits,” Duff said.

“I am part of a team within ‘Choose to Lose,’” said Linda Stolze, who was participating in the hula dance exercise.

“And we have done hikes together and we have met at parks with equipment like weights, medicine balls and we workout outside which is awesome because we are in Hawaii and it’s great to get out. That has really motivated me. I still have a long way to go, but I am on my way and I am going to stick with it,” Stolze said.

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is a Department of Defense agency that supports more than 245 commissaries worldwide, providing groceries and household supplies to members of the armed services and their families since the early 1800s.

The Healthy Base Initiative began in 2013 as a demonstration project that examines select military installations’ efforts to support improved nutritional choices, increased physical activity, obesity reduction, and decreased tobacco use. HBI is also a part of Operation Live Well, which aims to make healthy living the easy choice and the social norm across the Department of Defense.

For more information, visit greatlifehawaii.com or any DECA store or health promotions office.

‘Think green’ at upcoming Earth Day events

(Via Ho’okele News)

A clean islands oil spill response vessel will be at the Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor (NAVSUP FLCPH) Earth Day Fair April 22. Photos courtesy of NAVSUP FLCPH

Don Robbins


Ho’okele Editor

A series of events will be held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and Pacific Missile Range Facility throughout this month to celebrate Earth Day.

They include:

* Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange (NEX) Earth Day coloring contest now through April 15 at the NEX mall aloha center and garden center. Authorized patrons ages 12 and under can show off their Earth Day creativity in the contest. Parents can pick up the official entry form and drop off the finished entry by April 15 to the NEX aloha center. Entries will be judged on April 17 and the winner will be presented with a prize and award on April 18. All artwork will be featured in the NEX rotunda.

For more information, call 423-3287.

* NEX Earth Day Expo: Partnering for a Greener Future from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18 at the NEX mall-side tent. NEX and JBPHH will welcome all authorized patrons to “think green” at the expo. The event will include eco-friendly demonstrations, information booths explaining how to create a greener future, Earth Day children’s games, awards presented to the coloring contest winner and new earth-friendly products. For more information, call 423-3274.

* Earth Day festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at Hickam Harbor. The event will include boat rides, a touch tide pool and informational booths.

* Beach cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon April 19 at Pacific Missile Range Facility.

* Fifth annual Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor (NAVSUP FLCPH) Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at building 473 at Kilo 7/8 Piers. The event will include environmental displays, a clean islands oil spill response vessel and alternative fuel vehicle displays. For more information, contact Lt. j.g. Chris Herbert at 473-7818 or email Christopher.l.heber1@navy.mil.

Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to place environmental protection onto the national agenda. It is officially designed on April 22 and now celebrated globally to show support for environmental protection.

JBPHH earns Retention Excellence Award

(Via Ho’okele News)

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brianna Castaneda, assistant command career counselor, and Navy Counselor 1st Class Johnathon Young, command career counselor, prepare to raise the Retention Excellence Award Pennant.

Story and photo by MC1 Nardel Gervacio


Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Sailors assigned to various commands at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam stood in formation at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fountain as the Retention Excellence Award (REA) pennant was raised on April 7.

The Retention Excellence Award is given to select commands by the Department of the Navy for meeting and exceeding career program requirements.

“For me, although it’s great to meet certain criteria for the Retention Excellence Award, it’s most important that Sailors get quality information. The Sailors are being taken care of through mentorship and their chain of commands are involved and assisting,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class (SW/AW) Johnathon Young, command career counselor at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The big part is mentorship. The Sailors really need to understand what is going on and what might be an immediate concern so they can plan for it, so they can take appropriate action, so they can be happy,” said Young.

The annual award recognizes accomplishments in executing programs and policies that enable Sailors to have successful naval careers and be afforded all opportunities possible.

Programs aimed at retention like career development boards, sponsorship programs, mentorship, Career Waypoints, and Selective Reserve help the Sailors with choices for their naval careers.

The Retention Excellence Award is given once a year to those commands that have met or exceeded the Chief of Naval Operations’ retention requirements for two or more quarters. “Having the Retention Excellence Award says we’re doing our job and we’re doing it well. We met the criteria that has been set by the Navy and we are performing outstanding or above, which is great,” said Young.

Commands awarded the retention excellence award are authorized to fly the retention excellence pennant.

“Retention Excellence Award is an award that every command competes for every year, so that they can be recognized for meeting requirements or benchmarks that are outlined earlier that year,” said Chief Navy Counselor (SW/AW) Athena R. Allen, command career counselor at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“Hopefully, it’s giving a realistic reflection of the career development team and the leadership’s ability to keep Sailors on track.”

Allen said that the Retention Excellence Award would not have been possible without the hard work of Young and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Brianna Castaneda, assistant career counselor.

“They help us to schedule, execute, track and submit career development boards into the systems, document training, communicate with the chain of command on who have approval to stay in the Navy, who has plans to separate and where Sailors are transferring to. They assist with all the re-enlistment and retirements to make sure the requests are processed. They do everything. They’re awesome,” said Allen.

Young and Castaneda submit the Career Waypoint (formerly Perform to Serve).

“Not only do we have Sailors that want to stay Navy and actually re-enlist, we also have to make sure in the career counselor office, we are providing every single opportunity for Sailors to be able to stay. So as soon as they (Sailors) come to their window to be eligible for a career waypoint application, we have to submit it. If you have one application for one Sailor for one-month missing, then you don’t earn the award, so they’re meticulous about making sure that everything is submitted on time. They do a great job,” said Allen.

Awardees selected achieve a score of 85 points or better on the annual Career Development Program Review (CIPR), achieve 100 percent perfect Career Waypoint on-time submission for each review a Sailor is eligible to receive, achieve 100 percent qualification of PACT Sailors in the Fleet Rating Identification Engine (Fleet Ride) and achieve 100 percent Leadership Development Program completion for required personnel.

To learn more about career options and retention, contact your command career counselor.