In Brief

  • Jonah Dakujaku

Business as usual at Hilo VA clinic

Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System’s Hilo Community Based Outpatient Clinic is open and stands ready to provide and support scheduled appointments and walk-ins for veterans.


Any veterans needing an appointment can call the toll-free call center at 800-214-1306.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Hilo who are affected by the recent Kilauea Volcano eruptions and earthquakes,” said Jennifer Gutowski, director VAPIHCS. “Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff and veterans.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/VAPacificIslands.

Boy Scout rises to rank of Eagle

Hilo Boy Scout Jonah Dakujaku was awarded the rank of Eagle in March during a Court of Honor ceremony.

Dakujaku’s Eagle Scout service project benefited United Community Church, the location of Troop 19’s weekly meetings. Seeing the need for a safer path to the church’s rear parking lot, Dakujaku and his team of Scouts, parents and volunteers cleared the area, poured a 32-foot-long concrete walkway, installed hand railings and fitted the church with LED motion-sensor lights.

Dakujaku is a 2017 graduate of Waiakea High School. He is learning the contracting trade with the family business, C. Dakujaku Contracting, with hopes to run the business in the future. He is the son of Conrad and JoAnne Dakujaku of Hilo.

Glenn Sako serves as the scoutmaster of Troop 19. The Troop is chartered by the Waiakea Lions Club and supported by UCC.

Miss Billfish entries accepted

The 59th annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is searching for its 2018 Miss Billfish.

Each year, Miss Billfish plays a valuable role in the tournament including taking photos with teams and their catches and appearing at evening functions throughout tournament week. Applicants must be available to HIBT from Aug. 2-12.

Interested young women must complete a two-page application and include two current photos: one head shot and one full body with bathing suit and/or pareau.

Download the application at www.hibtfishing.com. Deadline for entry is June 1.

Tropic Care 2018 set at Keaau High

Free medical care, including health screenings, dental and optometry services and more, will be offered on nine days in June as part of Topic Care 2018 at Keaau High School.

The Oahu-based 1984th U.S. Army Hospital will conduct the two-week Army Reserve Innovative Readiness Training in cooperation with the state Department of Health and Hawaii County.

The event is for people of all ages; no identification or insurance is needed. Services will be provided from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. June 18-19, 22-28 and 25-28. Free food will be served to children ages 3-18. Breakfast is from 7:45-8:15 a.m. and lunch noon-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A free legal clinic is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 23.


Food trucks will be on-site for food purchase throughout the event.

For more information, contact the public health nurse at 974-6035.