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Big Island Police Investigating Ag Theft of 1200 Pounds of Longan Fruit

Big Island police are investigating the theft of longan fruit from several Kurtistown farms.

Multiple thefts were reported between February 21 and March 8 . During that time, 20 longan plants and more than 1200 pounds of fruit were stolen. These types of agricultural thefts constitute a felony offense.

Police ask that anyone with information about these thefts call Officers Scott Amaral or Sandor Finkey at 965-2716 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Grand Opening of the New Waimea Artists Guild

A new opportunity for artists and artisans of all kinds is now available in North Hawaii, via Waimea Artists Guild (WAG).  WAG invites the public to celebrate its Grand Opening on Friday, March 16, 7-9 p.m., with a traditional blessing by Lanakila Manguil, music, refreshments and Open Studio time to enjoy the new space and learn more about the Guild.

WAG member Ti deL’Arbre will be presenting a “living mandala,” created entirely with fresh local flowers.  Visitors can experience the mandala at the opening, as well as during Open Studio hours on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WAG is located in the industrial complex adjacent to Mama’s House thrift store, just past NAPA Auto.  The Guild was created by graduates of HOEA, the Hawaiian ‘Ohana for Education in the Arts, whose mission is to “increase the number, accessibility, and visibility to Native Hawaiian Arts and Artists.”

“We humbly intend to continue this goal, while striving to exert, through the arts, a culturally relevant influence on the community at large,” said Co-Director Tom Mehau.

“The Waimea Artists’ Guild is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for the arts in North Hawaii,” said Beth Mehau, Co-Director.  “Our facility includes equipment for small woodworking projects, carving and soldering stations for jewelry-making, and presses for relief and intaglio printing. These are made available to Guild members, but the workspace is also available for workshops and classes which are open to the public.”

Although Native Hawaiian ancestry is not required for membership in the Waimea Artists Guide, sensitivity for cultural themes, materials and practices is of primary concern in the operation of the program.

The community is invited to come and join in the blessing and learn more about what WAG has to offer in the way of classes, resources and more.  For additional information, contact: Beth or Tom Mehau at 887-2289, email waimeaartists@gmail.com or visit www.waimeaartistsguild.com

Big Island Police Investigating the Theft of Two ATV’s

Big Island police are investigating the theft of two ATVs from a home in Laupāhoehoe.

Sometime between February 12 and February 24, one or more unknown persons removed a light green, 2008 “Rancher” 4-wheel Honda ATV, model 2RX420, and a red, 2001 “Foreman” 4-wheel Honda ATV from a home on Kihalani Homestead road in Laupāhoehoe.

Value of the ATVs is estimated at $10,000.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Officer Emerson Paranada at 775-7533 or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.