Backpack Drive to Assist Less Fortunate Children

Once again, the Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to participate in a backpack drive to assist less fortunate children in these hard economic times. All police stations around the island will double as drop-off points for those interested in helping children in need. Backpacks may be dropped off between July 17 and August 31.


Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi. The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

This is the fourth consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Police Chief Kubojiri offers police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “I again ask those of you who have backpacks your child is no longer using to consider donating them to this worthy cause,” Kubojiri said. “In past years your generosity has proven that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts and lending a helping hand.”

Orlando Duque Describes His Passion and Preparation for Cliff Diving

Ten time Cliff Diving World Champion and Hawaii resident Orlando Duque describes his passion and preparation for the sport he loves, cliff diving.

It takes approximately three seconds for a diver to jump, perform and hit the water, so it’s imperative that everything goes smoothly.

Watch as Orlando gives his perspective on how to execute the perfect dive.

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38-Year-Old Kamuela Man Dies in Three-Vehicle Crash in North Kona

A 38-year-old Kamuela man died Thursday (July 12) from injuries he sustained in a three-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway at the 82-mile marker in North Kona.

The driver who was killed was identified as Christopher M. Landers of a Kamuela address.

Picture of Chris Landers from his Facebook page

Responding to a 3:53 p.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that a 49-year-old Kailua-Kona man was operating a 2000 Ford F350 pickup truck and traveling south on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when his left tire blew out causing him to lose control and sideswipe a 2011 Nissan Altima traveling north.

The Ford truck continued into the northbound lane and collided with a 2002 Ford Ranger pickup truck traveling north and being operated by Landers, who was not wearing a seat belt.

The 67-year old driver of the Nissan and her female passengers, ages 20, 38 and 44, all of Austin, Texas, were not injured.

The driver of the Ford truck was taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

Landers was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

Police do not suspect alcohol, drugs or speed in connection with this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 16th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.

52-Year-Old Man Dies in Vehicle/Bicycle Crash on Akoni Pule Highway

A 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man died Thursday (July 12) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/bicycle crash on Akoni Pule Highway at the 19-mile marker in the North Kohala District.

The bicyclist was identified as Jessie Taylor of a Kailua-Kona address.

Responding to a 1:18 p.m. call, North Kohala patrol officers determined that a 16-year-old girl from Hawi was operating a 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck and traveling east on Akoni Pule Highway when she apparently fell asleep, drifted off the right side of the highway and struck the bicyclist, who was on the shoulder of the road and also traveling east.

The driver of the truck and her mother, a 45-year-old Hawi woman, were not injured.

The bicyclist was taken to the Kona Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Larry Flowers at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 12 at this time last year.

Be on the Lookout, Stolen Car!

Stolen Car:  ’95 orange Honda Coupe license #HHE 825.

Taken from Queens marketplace yesterday. Last seen headed to Kona above Costco. If you see it please call Police @935-3311. Helping a friend, car was taken while he was at work!