Hawaii Islands Most Wanted Recent Episode

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a Kona man wanted for a stabbing, a Pāhoa man wanted for auto theft, and a 40-year-old man wanted on an outstanding warrant.

The new episode begins airing Friday (June 29).

Tommy Eugan Howard

In it, police ask for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Tommy Eugan Howard of Kona, who is wanted for a stabbing at White Sands Beach in Kona on May 22. Howard also goes by the names Casino, Tommy Washington and Cesar Waltz. He is described as African-American, 5-foot-7, 145 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes—but he might wear contact lenses that alter his eye color. He has a tattoo of a chain of musical notes that runs from his left shoulder down along his left arm. He may be in Kailua-Kona or Pāpaʻikou. He is also wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections for failure to register as a sex offender.

Ronsten Andrade

The television program also asks for help in locating a 20-year-old Pāhoa man wanted for auto theft and other offenses. Vehicles were stolen from Pāhoa on March 3 and from Hilo on May 25. In both cases they were taken from homes in the late night or early morning hours. Ronsten Andrade is described as 6-feet tall and 180 pounds. He frequents the lower Puna area. He is also wanted for allegedly entering a vacant home in Pāhoa illegally and remaining there for an extended period of time, and for several traffic offenses—including reckless driving.

Sheldon Joaquin

(UPDATE 7/9/12 Police have located Sheldon Joaquin)

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for information about a 40-year-old man wanted on an outstanding warrant. Sheldon Joaquin is wanted for violating terms of probation for an assault conviction. He is described as local, 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with a tan complexion. He is known to frequent the Hāmākua and Waipio Valley areas.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these cases call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaii Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

Big Island Police Investigating Robbery in Hilo Involving Firearm

Big Island police are investigating a report of a robbery in Hilo that involved a firearm.

On Wednesday morning (June 27) shortly after 6 a.m., police responded to a convenience store in the upper Kaumana Drive area, where a 41-year-old Hilo man reported that while on his morning walk at about 4:30 a.m., he was approached by two male suspects standing near a car at the intersection of Kaumana Drive and the Puainakō Avenue extension. While one of the suspects asked the victim a question, the other suspect reportedly struck him on the head from behind.

After regaining consciousness, the victim reportedly saw one of the suspects brandishing a firearm. As an approaching vehicle passed, the victim fled into the bushes.

One of the suspects is described as possibly a local male with a slightly muscular build.

The second suspect is described as possibly a Micronesian male, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7 with a dark complexion. He was described as wearing a black shirt and silver shorts with what appeared to be a dragon design on it.

The car was described as an older model light-colored foreign make sedan.

The victim’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of cash were reportedly stolen during the incident, which is classified as a first-degree robbery and a first-degree terroristic threatening.

Fire Department personnel treated the victim at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and then released him.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information on the identity of the suspects or the responsible vehicle call Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email him at gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.

Hawai‘i County Sponsors Keiki Triathlon

Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) are teaming up to hold a Keiki Triathlon on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Kona Community Aquatic Center and Maka‘eo Park in Kailua-Kona.

Children between the ages of 7 and 14 years old are invited to race in swimming, bicycling and running events similar to the Ford Ironman World Championship that will be held one week earlier.

“We’ve designed a safe and exciting course that will challenge the children’s fitness levels,” Parks Director Bob Fitzgerald said. “This is a great opportunity for the next generation of triathletes to compete in the same environment that for years has tested the world’s best triathletes.”

There will be a $5 per-child entrance fee. Applications are available from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the following locations:

  • Yano Hall in Captain Cook
  • Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in Kailua-Kona
  • Pu‘u Nui Park in Waikoloa
  • Waimea Community Center
  • And Kamehameha Park in Kapaau

To ensure the athletes’ safety, enrollment will be limited to the first 30 children who sign up in each of the four age-group categories or a maximum 120 total racers. All participants must supply their own bicycle, helmet, swim goggles and other equipment.

Racers must check in between 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. on race day Oct. 20. The youngest children will start the triathlon by entering the Kona Community Aquatics Center pool promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Individual events will consist of a 100-yard swim, 3.2-mile bicycle course and a mile-long run for all but the 7- and 8-year-old children, who will race half those distances.

Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers, both boys and girls, in each age category, while all finishers will receive commemorative certificates.

The Keiki Triathlon will be combined with Mayor Billy Kenoi’s 2012 Health Fest. Designed to promote public health and wellness, the 2nd Annual Health Fest will feature a fun run/walk, Zumba classes, tai chi, keiki activities, bicycle safety training, and informational displays promoting good nutrition, diet and exercise practices.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

New Venues for Select July Fourth Events in Hilo

Persistent rain and soggy field conditions have prompted Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation to move certain 2012 Hilo Bay Blast events to different Hilo venues.

Hilo Bay FireworksTo avoid damaging the Kamehameha Avenue soccer fields, the July Fourth classic car show, live entertainment and skateboarding competition will be held at the Hilo Bayfront Park canoe landing area.

Other events and all scheduling times remain unchanged.

Hawai‘i Classic Cruisers’ Car Show & Shine will feature hundreds of classic automobiles staged for public viewing along the park’s makai lane, which is the former section of Bayfront Highway located between Pauahi and Manono streets. Part of the 10-day-long Cruise Paradise 2012, the car show will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4.

Accompanying the car show will be a variety of dancers and musicians who will perform near the park’s canoe judging stand from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Making space for the car show and stage will be the Hilo Skate Plaza Coalition, which has graciously agreed to move its “Street Seen” team skateboarding competition to the park’s mauka lane, near the Pauahi Street intersection. Skaters will be performing between noon and 5 p.m.

Also, a free drive-in movie night will be held in the Civil Air Patrol’s parking lot on Kekūanaō‘a Street, near Hilo International Airport. That’s where “American Graffiti” will be shown from approximately 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7. Food and drinks will be available from on-site vendors.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the public, 2012 Hilo Bay Blast participants and event organizers for understanding the need for new venues and apologizes for any inconvenience the changes may have caused.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hi.hawaii.us.

Chef Ippy Aiona, Hawaii’s Own Food Network Star is Cooking Up a Little Competition of His Own at Kings’ Shops this Fourth of July

Whether you are a fierce competitor or prefer to watch friendly competition, the Kings’ Shops is the place to be this Fourth of July.  Chef Philip “Ippy” Aiona, who is currently competing in the 8th Season of the Food Network Star; is cooking up a little competition of his own for his fans here in Hawaii at the 21stAnnual Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race at Kings’ Shops in Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Chef Ippy Aiona

Starting at 11:45 a.m., Chef Ippy will host a “Chopped” style food competition between two local amateur chefs, Darde Gamayo and Kelvin Dela Cruz, vying for a prize from Merriman’s Restaurant in Waimea.  Local farms in Waimea – Mitchell’s Farm, Nakamoto Farm and Aganus Farm – will all donate locally grown products and produce for the competition.   Solimene’s Restaurant owned by Ippy’s parents and where Ippy is the executive chef, will host the pantry and chef help.  Three guest judges will preside over the competition.

It is a full day of fun!  Be one of the first 500 to arrive at 9:30 a.m. and receive a FREE Kings’ Shops goodie bag filled with promotions and discounts and a rubber duckie.

Kings’ Shops, Hawaii Island’s premier shopping and dining destination is located at 250 Waikoloa Beach Drive in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.   For more information call the Adoption Headquarters, Kings’ Shops Management Office at (808) 886-8811 or visit www.kingsshops.com.

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