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Honoka‘a Gymnasium to Reopen Tomorrow

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce it will reopen Honoka‘a Gymnasium on Thursday, Aug. 9, following completion of a two-month repair project to replace the facility’s aging roof.
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Efficient work by Ivan Mochida Contracting Inc. has allowed the department to reopen the gym days earlier than expected.

The contractor replaced the roof over the main courts, installed new thermal insulation, and replaced numerous steel framing members to create a safe, leak-free recreational venue that will continue to serve the public well for many years.

The gym’s exterior will be repainted during the next several weeks, although that work is not anticipated to disrupt use of the popular facility.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the Honoka‘a community and all gymnasium users for their understanding and patience while the facility was closed for repair. A special mahalo is extended to the Hawai‘i Department of Education for graciously allowing the department to hold its Summer Fun Program at the Honoka‘a High and Intermediate School cafeteria.

To inquire about gym hours and availability for reservations, please may call Recreation Director Anna Muranaka at 775-7505.

Improvements Slated for Hilo’s Mo‘oheau Park

Public access to the bandstand and bus terminal at Mo‘oheau Park in downtown Hilo will be improved following completion of a construction project that will start Monday, Aug. 13.

General contractor Site Engineering Inc. will modify parking, concrete walkways, ramps, restrooms and other building elements to satisfy federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Additional work specified under the $660,300 contract will include re-roofing, painting, installing new windows, doors and cabinets, reconditioning the restrooms, and performing miscellaneous repairs to the bus terminal.

Construction will occur in two phases to accommodate continued use of the facility. Expected to be completed Sept. 21, the first phase will require cordoning off much of the park and restricting pedestrian access to designated routes. The bus terminal will remain open, however.

Work on the second phase, which will start when the County accepts the initial construction, will focus on the bus terminal and is projected to be finished Dec. 21. Inclement weather and unforeseen conditions could delay the expected completion date.

To accommodate Hele-On bus passengers, temporary canopy shelters with seating accommodations will be erected adjacent to the terminal building, while portable bathrooms and wash basins will be provided for the public’s benefit.

The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, which sells Hele-On bus tickets and taxi coupons, and provides visitor information services from the terminal, will move to a mobile office trailer to be located near the construction area.

Every effort will be made to reduce construction impacts. This approach will allow special events such as the KWXX Downtown Ho‘olaule‘a, the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk and the Salvation Army Christmas Festival to be held as planned.

The public is advised that vehicular access to the bus terminal will be restricted to Hele-On buses until the construction project is finished. Drivers of private buses, taxicabs and other vehicles are asked to use an alternate entrance to access the parking lot adjacent to the terminal.

The Department of Parks and Recreation wishes to thank park users, Hele-On bus customers and the general public for their patience and understanding while improvements are being made to this important downtown Hilo facility.

Waikoloa Crash Victim Identified as Kamehameha School Graduate Wyland Keola Damaso

A 19-year-old Waikoloa man died Tuesday (August 7) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway 200 feet south of Kaiminani Drive on July 30 has been identified as Wyland K.B. Damaso of Waikoloa.

Wyland Keola Damaso

Responding to a 10:43 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that Damaso was operating a 2012 Ford four-door sedan and traveling north on the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2001 Isuzu van being operated by a 54-year-old Kailua-Kona man.

Both men were wearing their seat belts. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Fire Rescue personnel took Damaso to Kona Community Hospital. He was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center.

The Kailua-Kona man was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.

Damaso died at Queen’s at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday (August 7).

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

This is the 24th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 15 at this time last year.

Big Island Police Searching for Four with Outstanding Warrants

Big Island police are asking the public’s help in locating four individuals with outstanding warrants.

Curtis Hokulani Kekahuna Jr.

Curtis Hokulani Kekahuna Jr., 35, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $500 warrant for contempt of court and a $300 warrant for failure to appear in court. He is described as 5-foot-9, about 300 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a scar that runs across his left eye.

Trent Lippertz

Trent Lippertz, 23, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $2,000 warrant for contempt of court. He is also wanted for trespassing, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and burglary. He is described as 5-foot-11, 140 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has several tattoos, including the name “REGO” running vertically down the back of his right arm.

Zerica Bell-Ching

Zerica Bell-Ching, 23, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $500 warrant for contempt of court. She is described as 5-foot-5, 127 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She has a small black mole between her eyebrows and a tattoo of the name “Kaipo” on her right foot.

Sriyani Anang

Sriyani Anang, 40, who has no permanent address, is wanted on a $300 warrant for failure to appear in court as well as failure to return a rental vehicle. She is described as 5-foot-1, 115 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She has a small black mole on the bridge of her nose.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals 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.

Big Island Police Warning Folks of Scams

Big Island police are warning the public about two mail scams.

The first scam was reported by a Hilo resident who received a letter claiming to be from Reader’s Digest.


The letter claims the recipient has won a lump sum payout of $500,000. A check for $3,000 is enclosed, along with a number to call for instructions. The letter contains many spelling and grammatical errors.

When police called the number, the person answering asked a number of personal financial questions. He then gave specific instructions on how to cash the check and send the money via Western Union. The person identified himself as “Mr. York” and spoke with a heavy foreign accent.

In the other mail scam, a Hilo resident received a letter from a purported insurance company about a recently deceased relative. The letter claimed that money was being held from an insurance policy belonging to the deceased. It asked that a Federal Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (W9) form be filled out, along with a copy of the recipient’s driver’s license, and faxed to a number printed on the letter.

These letters are different variations of the same scam, all designed to attempt to get the recipient to cash the check and send the money back, or give out personal financial information. The checks are fraudulent, so the person who responds by cashing the check will suffer financial loss.

Police caution the public not to respond to suspicious letters especially any requesting personal or financial information. The public should also be aware that many of these scams originate from foreign countries, and recovery of stolen funds for victims of these scams is highly unlikely.

19-Year-Old Waikoloa Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash

A 19-year-old Waikoloa man died Tuesday (August 7) from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash on Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway 200 feet south of Kaiminani Drive on July 30.

Responding to a 10:43 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the Waikoloa man was operating a 2012 Ford four-door sedan and traveling north on the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2001 Isuzu van being operated by a 54-year-old Kailua-Kona man.

Both men were wearing their seat belts. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Fire Rescue personnel took the Waikoloa man to Kona Community Hospital. He was later flown to The Queen’s Medical Center.

The Kailua-Kona man was treated and released from Kona Community Hospital.

The Waikoloa man died at Queen’s at 4:43 p.m. Tuesday (August 7). His name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation.

This is the 24th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 15 at the same time last year.

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Big Island Video News for Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

County Clerk on media hot seat, police accreditation hearing in Hilo,  and Council District 6 race on today’s Big Island Video News for Tuesday, August 7, 2012:

 

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