Big Island Police Warning the Public About Recent Car Break-Ins at Popular Surfing Spot

Big Island police are warning the public about recent car break-ins and thefts that have been concentrated in the area of Honoliʻi Beach Park. During the month of October, police investigated twelve vehicle break-ins at Honoliʻi, and another three break-ins from the surrounding area. The incidents are occurring throughout the day, with a higher concentration during the early morning and evening hours.

The primary method of entry is by breaking a window or through an unlocked door. Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any valuable items left inside should be concealed from view. If at all possible, don’t leave any valuables inside the vehicle.

Police ask that the public to report any suspicious persons or activities and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling 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.

Pictures From the APEC Welcome and Reception

Tonight was the Welcome and Reception for the APEC 2011 Summit and it was held at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Here are pictures from the event:

Big Island Police Searching for 15-Year-Old Boy Missing Since September

Big Island police are searching for a 15-year-old boy reported as missing from Hilo since September 27, 2011.

Bradley Kelii Solis-Kim

Bradley Kelii Solis-Kim

Bradley Kelii Solis-Kim is described as, 5-foot-11, about 200 pounds with medium brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on her 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton On America’s Pacific Century

DR. MORRISON:  Aloha.

AUDIENCE:  Aloha.

DR. MORRISON:  How do you introduce the Secretary of State?  And I think the first thing I think of as a public servant, we sometimes hear the word public servant spoken in a kind of derogatory tone.  But the public servants that I’ve known, the members of our state and local government, members of our Congress, members of the international community, with a lot of volunteers and within a certain (inaudible) of the Department of State, are people who are incredibly dedicated and work tirelessly.

But there’s no one, I think, who is more tireless than the Secretary of State, and our own little vignette on this is that there was 25 years that the East-West Center saw no Secretary of State come to our campus.  And in the last two years, we’ve seen this Secretary of State three times.  (Applause.)  Now I have learned one other thing about her this time.  She is a risk-taker.  We told her that the weather was going to be raining, the program should be on the inside, and she told us that the weather was going to be fine – (laughter) – that the program was going to be on the outside.  And you can see who won the argument – (laughter) – but I think calculated and intelligent risk and something we also need in public service.

So I’m very pleased to present our Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON:  Thank you.  Thank you all.  Aloha.

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NMCP to Host Veterans Day Ceremony with Special Guest Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

On Friday, 11 November 2011, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) will host the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony commencing at 10:00 a.m.

During the ceremony, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, will be firing a 21-Gun Memorial Cannon Salute; members of the 199th Fighter Squadron, 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard, will perform a “missing man fly-over” in F-22 Raptors.

The Honorable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia

A Special Guest in attendance will be The Honorable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, who will participate in this American ceremony.

The ceremony is opened to the public and all guests are requested to be in the cemetery and seated by 9:30 a.m.

Statement by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on APEC Finance Ministers Meeting

We met this week in the face of continuing global economic challenges.  The crisis in Europe remains the central challenge to global growth.  It is crucial that Europe move quickly to put in place a strong plan to restore financial stability.

We are all directly affected by the crisis in Europe, but the economies gathered here are in a better position than most to take steps to strengthen growth in the face of these pressures from Europe.

In this context, the principal focus of our discussions was how to help strengthen growth around the world and make it more balanced and sustainable in the future.  The finance ministers here voiced their support for last week’s pledge by G-20 Leaders to support the global recovery.

In order to achieve the objectives of stronger, more balanced growth now and in the future, APEC finance ministers concentrated on making progress in a number of areas:

·        As the United States continues to work through the problems that caused our crisis and Europe confronts a period of slower growth, Asian economies will need to do more to stimulate domestic demand growth—both so they are less vulnerable to slowdowns, such as the situation in Europe, and so they can continue to contribute to global growth.

·        This process of rebalancing will be aided by exchange rate policies in China and other Asian economies that allow their currencies to adjust in response to market forces.  China, in particular, must continue to allow its currency to strengthen, and China has acknowledged the importance of faster exchange rate adjustment.

·        Ministers agreed to continue our work to advance global financial reform and build a level playing field, in order to reduce the chances that risk-taking shifts to jurisdictions with lower standards.

·        APEC ministers also discussed practical, direct measures for boosting future growth in all of our economies, focusing on the vital role of infrastructure investment in catalyzing growth and employment creation.

·        Finally, to protect the poor and promote financial resilience, APEC economies have taken steps to expand the reach of safe and reliable financial services.

While APEC economies are the most vulnerable to a global slowdown, they can also play the greatest role in contributing to the global recovery and establishing the foundations of strong, sustainable, and balanced future growth.  The APEC economies account for more than half of global GDP, and the bulk of these economies are likely to grow significantly faster in coming years than the rest of the world.  They also account for more than half of global current account surpluses, and their rebalancing efforts are critical to the foundations of strong, sustainable global growth.

That capacity for growth is essential to the prosperity of the United States, and that’s why we are committed to continued engagement with the economies of the Pacific Rim, including more open and productive trade relationships.  APEC economies are the destination for 60 percent of U.S. exports, a figure that is likely to continue increasing.  U.S. exports overall increased 15.9 percent over the past year.  Our exports are growing at a rate nearly four times faster than our overall economy, further underscoring the importance of the Pacific Rim to American jobs and global growth.  As APEC economies grow, and as they move to increase domestic demand, the importance of our relationships with them will only grow.

The United States recently ratified trade agreements with Korea, Panama, and Colombia, and we have made substantial progress toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will increase U.S. trade with the most dynamic economies of the Pacific Rim.  All of these efforts are essential to meeting the National Export Initiative’s goal of doubling exports in five years, which will support millions of American jobs.

But in order for the United States to take advantage of the substantial opportunities offered by this region, we need to invest in reforms to make us more competitive.

This means making smart, targeted investments in education, innovation, and infrastructure, and doing what’s necessary to put our fiscal house in order.

The President’s strategy is to combine immediate investments and tax incentives, as proposed in the American Jobs Act, with long-term reforms to reduce our future deficits.  We need to take immediate steps to strengthen growth now, as well as make long-term reforms that will help us sustain growth in the future.

The meetings over the past two days have reinforced the importance of the relationships shared by APEC members.  This weekend, President Obama will host the APEC Economic Leaders, and they will work to further strengthen those relationships, and in turn, strengthen growth in the Pacific Rim and around the world.

Thank you.  I will now take your questions.


University of Hawaii Announces Reusable Water Refill Stations

Sustainable UH is excited to announce that the most advanced reusable water bottle refill station in the world is now available on the UH Mānoa campus.
Refill station benefits over bottled water:

1) Five stage filtration system including a sediment filter, carbon filter, coconut carbon filter, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light provides the highest quality best tasting water. “Purified” bottled water companies use reverse osmosis as their main filtration system.

2) Chilled to 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
3) 25¢ fills instead of bottles for $1.50.
4) A 25¢ fill a day costs $91.25/year. A $1.50 bottle a day costs $547.50. That’s a savings of $456.25 per year for better water!
5) No more bottled water pollution.
6) No possible plastic leaching of harmful cancer causing BPA.
7) Refill your bottle in just eight seconds and be on your way to class in no time.

Bring your own bottle to UH Mānoa’s brand new refill station outside of Kuykendall Hall on the Campus Center side.

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Hawai’i Community Foundation Invites Students to Apply for $4.5 Million in College Scholarships

Hawai’i students seeking financial assistance to fund their college or vocational education can apply using Hawai’i Community Foundation’s new online application process. Applicants simply need to complete an online application at www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarshipsbetween December 1, 2011 and February 17, 2012. As the third largest private scholarship provider in the state, the organization distributes $4.5 million in scholarships to students each year, with individuals receiving an average scholarship award of $2,054.

“Our new online system will make it easy for deserving students to be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities without filling out dozens of different forms,” said Ronnie Hee, scholarships officer at the Hawai’i Community Foundation. “We are committed to helping young people in Hawai’i achieve higher education and succeed in life through connecting them to scholarships sponsored by our generous donors.”

The Hawai’i Community Foundation’s online Student Profile takes approximately 60 – 90 minutes to fill out and upload the required documents to the application. Supporting documents include: A full Student Aid Report (SAR) generated when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), official grade transcript, and personal statement. Students can determine if additional information, such as letters of recommendation or essays, may be required by using the scholarship search function to view specific opportunities.

The Hawai’i Community Foundation scholarship program consists of over 160 different scholarship funds established by generous individuals, families, businesses or organizations to assist Hawai’i’s residents in obtaining a college education.

To submit an online application, search for a scholarship or find more information, please visit www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/scholarships.

The 5th Annual E Mau Ana Ka Hula & Makahiki Festival

Keauhou Beach Resort is proud to once again present the 5th Annual E Mau Ana Ka Hula (“The Hula is perpetuated”) and this year the program coincides with the inaugural Makahiki Festival for a double celebration elevating the cultural experience. The two-day event scheduled for Friday, November 18, 2011, and Saturday, November 19, 2011, respectively, will keep everyone engaged with hula workshops, hula performances, health & wellness exhibits and expos, and more.

The E Mau Ana Ka Hula kicks off on Friday, with three scheduled hula workshops starting from 1:00 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. in the Keauhou Beach Resort Ballroom. Space is limited and minimal fees apply for the workshops.  Interested participants can register via email at administrator@nawaiiwiola.org or call 808-640-1384.

On Saturday, the festival will feature the E Mau Ana Ka Hula Celebration with various presentations at the Keauhou Beach Resort Royal Luau Grounds. This special celebration pays tribute to King David Kalakaua, the “Merrie Monarch” with both “kahiko” (ancient) or “hula auana” (modern) hula performances performed by various Hula Halau from Hawai’i, Japan and Europe, including:

  • Kumu Keala Ching, Ka Pā Hula Nā Wai Iwi Ola
  • Kumu Bobo Palacat, Nā Pua Ha’aheo o Kona
  • Kumu Lori Lei Shirakawa, Lori Lei’s Hula Studio
  • Kumu Nalani Kanaka’ole-Zane, Hālau o Kekuhi
  • Kumu Wayne Takemoto, Kaulaokalani o Kona
  • Kumu Bulla Kailiwai, Hālau Kukuimalamalama o Kona
  • Kumu Hulali Solomon- Covington , Beamer Solomon Hālau O Po’ohala
  • Kumu ‘Ulalia Berman-Ka’ai, ‘ Ulalia School of Hawaiian Dance
  • Kumu Ki’iwaikapu Hoapili & Kumu Aulani Young, Aulani’s Hula Hālau
  • Kumu Meleana Manuel, Hālau Ke ‘Olu Makani o Mauna Loa
  • Kumu Iwalani Kalima, Hula Hālau o Kou Lima Nani e

In conjunction with the E Mau Ana Ka Hula celebration, the Makahiki Festival will take place on the same day which includes exhibits by the Hawaii Healing Garden and Hawaii Health Expo, Makahiki games, cultural activities, cooking demonstrations, music and much more! Various vendors will be featuring quality handmade Hawaiian crafts and delectable foods. Both events are free and open to the public, so be sure to bring the whole family down to what is sure to be a fun event! For more festival information, visit www.emauanakahula.org, email info@hawaiihealthguide.com or call 808-638-0888.

Keauhou Beach Resort is an oceanfront hotel on the sunny Kona Coast of Hawaii Island. Ocean tide pools with gentle sea turtles and gardens with native Hawaiian flowers and trees are part of the resort’s beautiful natural surroundings. Special room rates are available starting from $99 per night. For more information or reservations, please call (808) 324-2515, Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.

APEC Leaders to Lay Wreaths at Punchbowl

WHO:      Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan &  President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea

Punchbowl National Cemetary

Punchbowl National Cemetary

WHAT:    Will pay their respects to American Veterans and War Dead in two (2) separate wreath-laying ceremonies

WHERE: The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu

WHEN:    Saturday, 12 November 2011

Official Japanese ceremony – 8 am – 8:30 am

Official Korean ceremony – 10 am – 10:30 am

Obstruction of Government Operation Charges Dismissed Against Me – Pictures Released From the Night I Got Arrested at Pahoa Village Cafe

The State of Hawaii, through the undersigned deputy prosecuting attorney, and Damon Tucker, through his counsel Gerard Lee Loy, Esq., hereby stipulate to entry of a nolle prosequi without prejudice in this case in the interests of justice.  Any bail or release conditions should properly be cancelled and bail returned to the poster. 

I always knew I would be vindicated when a government official, interested in honesty and integrity in the prosecution process, would review the evidence contained in my video camera and in my iPhone’s motherboard, and would know that certain police fabricated the claim of my misconduct.

I am hopeful that the prosecutor’s review of the police officers’ conduct in fabricating
claims of my misconduct will lead to better training in the police department about honesty and integrity in preparing police reports, and in selecting honest people to become police.

False reporting is a crime. And so is beating up a 150 pound citizen by a 260 plus pound police officer.

I’d like to apologize to my wife for having to go through some of the stress that I have dealt with in dealing with.

I’d also like to apologize to my son for not being able to show up at many school and extra-curricular functions while I’ve had this legal gorilla on my back.

I’d like to thank those folks that have supported me from the get go… you know who you are.

While my body is healing and the wounds are fading… the memories of that fateful night have haunted me nightly since it happened and I hope now I can move past some of the nightmares and visions I’ve been having of getting slammed onto the ground by a huge police officer for no reason at all.

To the three folks that have investigated my name “Damon Shane Tucker” online and anonymously called the prosecutors office reporting that I was the Sex Offender currently incarcerated in ArizonaI am not that person and I would appreciate it if those rumors stopped immediately. That person is incarcerated until 2062.

The "Damon Shane Tucker" that is incarcerated in Arizona

I value my name and I value my employment with the Federal Government and I value my service to our community. I will continue to do my best to serve our community and my country in the capacity that I have been doing.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia November 9-19, 2011, underscoring U.S. efforts to fully engage the region’s multilateral institutions and to strengthen key alliances.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii November 9 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. On November 10, Secretary Clinton will give remarks at the East-West Center, recapping the APEC 2011 year and underscoring America’s Pacific century. She will also meet bilaterally with a number of foreign ministers and representatives from the Asia-Pacific region. Later that evening, she will co-host the APEC Ministers Dinner with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

On November 11, Secretary Clinton will co-host, along with Ambassador Ron Kirk, a joint session with foreign and trade ministers. Secretary Clinton will lead her foreign minister counterparts at a High-Level Dialogue on Disaster Resiliency and chair a working luncheon High-Level Dialogue on Open Governance and Economic Growth. Later that afternoon, Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks at the APEC CEO Summit, highlighting the benefits of broader inclusion of women in the global economy. On November 12, the Secretary will host a meeting of Pacific Island leaders as part of the Administration’s commitment to ongoing dialogue with this region. On November 12-13, Secretary Clinton joins President Obama for his bilateral meetings and the North American Leaders Summit.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Manila, Philippines on November 15 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Her visit there will underscore the Administration’s ongoing broader efforts to reaffirm and broaden our alliances. In addition to meetings with Philippine officials on November 16, Secretary Clinton will also participate in a signing ceremony to launch the implementation phase of the Partnership for Growth with the Philippines.

On November 16, Secretary Clinton will travel to Bangkok, Thailand to underscore our strong alliance with Thailand and U.S. support for Thailand’s recovery efforts following severe flooding. She will meet with senior officials to discuss shared interests and regional issues in advance of the East Asia Summit.

Secretary Clinton will travel to Bali, Indonesia November 17-19 for the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting.

She returns to Washington, D.C. on November 19.

Secretary Clinton to Discuss Women and the Economy at APEC CEO Summit

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will participate in a special session of the APEC 2011 CEO Summit on “Women and the Economy” in a conversation with FORTUNE Washington Columnist and Senior Editor Nina Easton.

The discussion follows up on Secretary Clinton’s speech on the inclusion of women as an economic growth strategy in September in San Francisco and will take place on November 11, 2011 at approximately 3:15 p.m. HST / 8:15 p.m. ET in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The conversation will be open to media who hold U.S. government issued media credentials and have registered with the CEO Summit via media@apec2011usa.org.

Prime Minister of Malaysia to Speak at East-West Center Nov. 12

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Honorable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, will speak at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2:15 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST). Prime Minister Najib will speak on the topic of “The Global Movement of Moderates.”

President of Vietnam to Speak at East-West Center Nov. 11

The President of Vietnam, His Excellency Truong Tan Sang, will speak at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST). President Sang will speak on the topic of “Vietnam’s Comprehensive Integration and New Developments of Vietnam-U.S. Relations.”