Governor Abercrombie Video on Jobs and Homes for the Homeless

Robert and Kimo, two homeless residents at Next Step Shelter, share the story of how they are overcoming their challenges and with the help of state and community partnerships, they are able to work, give back to the community, and save towards a new home and destiny of their own.

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UPDATE: Oklahoma Man Daniel Mitchell FOUND

*UPDATE*

Police have located Daniel Mitchell of Oklahoma, who was reported missing. He was found in good health on Saturday, April 9, 2011.

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a 40-year-old Oklahoma man reported as missing.

Daniel Mitchell

Daniel Mitchell of Moore, Oklahoma, has a medical condition that requires medication. He may be in the Kona area.

He is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-1, 180 to 200 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He may be operating a silver Dodge Avenger, license plate HMD 385.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Rhonda Beaulieu Mystery Continues… Call Your Mom Rhonda!

This mystery about Alberta, Canada resident Rhonda Beaulieu has really become fairly mysterious.

Rhonda Beaulieu

It all started when the police released a media report announcing that she had gone missing.

Then reports started leaking in that she was safe and unharmed.

Then she actually allegedly posted something to Facebook and the Hawaii Police Department confirmed that she was safe and found unharmed:

Big Island police have located 34-year-old Rhonda Beaulieu of Alberta, Canada, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday in Captain Cook, South Kona.

Then her mother Myra Beaulieu posted this comment on my site stating she heard from her daughter and she was drugged and ripped off of her entire savings account.

…I SPOKE TO MY DAUGHTER AND SHE WHEN MISSING FROM A LOUNGE WHERE SHE WAS LEFT WAITING FOR 4 HRS FOR DON TO PICK HER UP-SOME WOMAN BEFRIENDED HER AND SHE HAD SOMETHING GIVEN TO HER AND SHE BLACKED OUT NEXT THING SHE CAME TO ON A MOUNTAIN SOMEWHERE -HER WHOLE BANK ACCOUNT WAS CLEANED OUT AND AN SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY CLEANED OUT OF HER ACCOUNT

Myra has “Friended” me on Facebook and today the following was posted on Myra’s Wall:

MY DAUGHTER NEVER RELEASED WHOLE STORY U GOOD CITIZENS OF HAWAII-SHE WAS NOT FOUND AS STATED SHE GOT AWAY FROM PEOPLE WHO DRUGGED HER AND EMPTIED HER BANK ACCOUNT-

Then on her Daughter Rhonda’s wall the following conversation is going on now:

Damon Tucker Sorry to step in… but I hope everyone is really stoked she is safe. There are many parts of the Big Island that are not accessible by Cell Phone. Captain Cook (town) is one of them. I believe she may just be out of reach at times. She’s probably also overwhelmed byt this all.
19 hours ago

Myra Beaulieu Thanks Mr Tucker-u don’t know the whole story surrounding this -I have my reasons 4 my posts -I’m her mother and her children r with me-
14 hours ago ·

Myra Beaulieu Don spoke 2 Laura (cousin) -implied we’re “nosy” -I spoke 2 Rhonda soon as she got 2 phone I need 2 speak 2 her now-and I
14 hours ago

Myra Beaulieu so thankful 4 ur report much appreciated all prayer etc.-no words
14 hours ago

Myra Beaulieu of thanks r accurate -I lost a son he was 31 yrs old died under suspicion circumstances-I’m not a hysterical mother
14 hours ago

Cleo Styles no ur not mom only a loving one. ur the best momma eva:)
about an hour ago ·

Myra Beaulieu ‎@ DAMON -THERE IS ACCESS TO DON’ CELL SO WHY NO RESPONSE FROM RHONDA –
49 minutes ago

Veronica Wiens when i got a text from Don it was just before he was going to Kona which at the time was 1.5 hours from where Rhonda was. and that was just after her last post about going to clear her head.. so Ive sent him a few messages and he hasnt responded, thats all I know.
46 minutes ago

Myra Beaulieu THANKS VERONICA-MY NIECE GOT A TEXT FROM DON’ CELL SAYING THIS IS RHONDA I’M OK-WHY HASN’T SHE CALLED ME? SHE KNOWS HER CHILDREN R HERE AND SHE WOULD CALL ME IF SHE “CAN”–HOW DO U TAKE THIS-I’M BAFFLED TO SAY THE LEAST AND TRYING NOT TO WORRY NOR JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS -NEXT MOVE WOULD BE TO THE DEPT OF POLICE
40 minutes ago

Myra Beaulieu HAS ANYONE SPOKE TO RHONDA SINCE HER “DISCOVERY” ANYONE PLEASE LET ME KNOW -WHO EVER HEARD HER VOICE PLEASE RESPONSE TO THIS PLES
39 minutes ago

Veronica Wiens i know my mom called him just before he was leaving to go get her in Kona, right around the time that she had posted ect… and then i texted him 2 times to which he responded back , then that night and twice yesterday i tried to text him and i got no answer… soooo i am kinda getting worried myself, for both of them, he said they were comming back to Canada.
36 minutes ago

Damon Tucker If the Hawaii Police Department reported that she has been found… that would mean one of their officers would have seen her and asked her for her ID. If what is being said by Myra regarding her bank being depleted of funds and her being drugged and brought up to a Mountain and left… Then I would assume someone has told this to the Police over here…. MYRA??? Have you told the police the information you put on my blog?
16 minutes ago

Federal Government Shutdown Updates From USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri and the Pacific Avaiation Museum

Media Release:

In the event of a federal shutdown and closure of the National Parks Service-operated USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will continue to welcome visitors.

Inside the Pacific Aviation Museum

The regular free shuttle buses to the Battleship Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will remain operational, picking up from the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center parking area.

No bags are allowed on the shuttle. Visitors may bring camera, wallet, cell phone, and water bottle on the shuttle.

Tickets for each attraction may be purchased at the attractions, upon arrival, online at PacificAviationMuseum.org, USSMissouri.org, or from Expedia and the tour desks in Waikiki.

The Museum is open 9am to 5pm daily. Call 808/441-1000 or visit www.PacificAviationMuseum.org for more information.

Community Discussion with Fire Chief Oliveira in Na’alehu

President Obama Signs Hawaii Disaster Declaration

Media Release:

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Hawaii and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by tsunami waves on March 11, 2011.

Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the tsunami waves in Hawaii County, Maui County, and the City and County of Honolulu.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Michael L. Karl as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

Mystery NOT SOLVED: What Really Happened to the Missing Canadian Lady Rhonda Beaulieu

I just received the following comment from Rhonda Beaulieu’s mother, Myra Beaulieu stating the following:

SORRY FOLKS IF U THINK THIS WAS “JUST A BENDER’” MISSING REPORT WAS WRONG I SPOKE TO MY DAUGHTER AND SHE WHEN MISSING FROM A LOUNGE WHERE SHE WAS LEFT WAITING FOR 4 HRS FOR DON TO PICK HER UP-SOME WOMAN BEFRIENDED HER AND SHE HAD SOMETHING GIVEN TO HER AND SHE BLACKED OUT NEXT THING SHE CAME TO ON A MOUNTAIN SOMEWHERE -HER WHOLE BANK ACCOUNT WAS CLEANED OUT AND AN SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY CLEANED OUT OF HER ACCOUNT-DON’T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS-GOD FORBID U GOOD FOLK OF HAWAII THIS EVER HAPPEN TO UR CHILD-WE IN CANADA WOULD NOT DISMISS THIS CASE SO QUICKLY AND NO FOLLOW UP-HOW DARE PEOPLE SPEAK B4 THEY KNOW THE WHOLE STORY—MY FAMILY WILL GLADLY PAY UR THE PEOPLE THAT “FOUND” HER -SHE WAS ABLE TO ESCAPE WHERE UR GOOD CITIZENS HELD HER AGAINST HER WILL–