Pahoa Recycling & Transfer Station Brings in Bronze to County of Hawaii’s Solid Waste Division

The Solid Waste Division of the County of Hawai‘i’s Department of Environmental Management has received a bronze award for the Pāhoa Recycling & Transfer Station, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has announced.
SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management. The newly remodeled Pāhoa Recycling & Transfer Station was blessed in June 2011 after $3.9 million in renovations. It features solar power and a catchment water system, along with alcoves to accept various separated materials.
Terin Gloor, Solid Waste Division Chief, said the design and construction of the Pāhoa facility as true partnership between the Department of Environmental Management, two Puna council representatives, and the community.
“During project development one our primary considerations was, ‘how can the design influence the behavior of the community?’” said Gloor. “We wanted to make sure that the facility would motivate increased recycling, promote green construction, and inspire civic pride. To accomplish these goals we built a facility that reflects our commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Mayor Kenoi attended the opening of the Pahoa Transfer Station

In addition to convenient design of the five-structure facility, recycled materials were used in its construction. Concrete from construction demolition sites was used in both construction and the landscaping of the site. Recycled and shredded tires were also integrated into the landscape design, along with crushed, recycled glass. It is also designed for modular expansion.
Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi said the Pāhoa Recycling & Transfer Station will be used as a model as the county continues to upgrade its transfer stations around Hawai‘i Island. “It demonstrates efficient, effective, and innovative design,” said Mayor Kenoi. “It also fosters essential practices in our quest to reduce the amount of solid waste we generate.”

In celebration of the award, the public is invited to a ceremony at the Pāhoa Recycling & Transfer Station on ‘Āpa‘a Road tomorrow, September 20 at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Hilo at 961-8211

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Park Invites Students to Enter Film Festival

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is ready for its close up, and invites students to focus their cameras on the park and enter the fourth annual Digital Mountain Film Festival.

Student filmmaker on location in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park/NPS
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Student filmmakers from seventh to twelfth grade can contact Park Ranger Kūpono McDaniel to arrange filming and editing at the park, and beginners are welcome. Ranger Kūpono can be reached at 985-6015 or by email at kupono_mcdaniel@nps.gov.

“This is an opportunity not only for students to express what Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park means to them in a creative, fun way, but for the park to see how we are perceived by our youth – the ones who will be the future stewards of public lands,” said McDaniel.

The short films will be uploaded by park staff to YouTube, and the public will be able to vote for their favorite films online starting Nov. 12. The deadline for all entrants is Nov. 5. The park will loan cameras to students who need them.

The Digital Mountain Film Festival culminates on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. with a celebration and public showing of the films at the park’s Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Winners, who have a chance to win Mac laptop computers and digital cameras, will be announced at the festival.

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of L.L. Bean, Disney, the Anschutz Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation.

Additional help, funding, and support comes from the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and the Big Island Film Office.

For more information, contact Ranger Kūpono McDaniel at 985-6015 or by email at kupono_mcdaniel@nps.gov, and visit the festival’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DigitalMountainFilmFestival.

Big Island Police Bust 10 People in Connection to Drug-Related Burglary Ring

Big Island police have arrested 10 individuals in connection with a drug-related burglary ring.

Joshua Watan

On September 12, police arrested 31-year-old Joshua Watan of Kealakekua. On September 14, detectives charged him with criminal trespassing, meth trafficking, promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of possessing illegal drug paraphernalia. While Watan was still in police custody he was rearrested and charged on September 15 with burglary, promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and four counts of theft. His bail for all the above offenses was set at $428,000. In addition, he was arrested for discharge of sureties (for having a previous bail revoked) and for revocation of release on bail, which is an offense that doesn’t allow him to be released on bail.

Nicole Adams

Also on September 12, police arrested 51-year-old Nicole Adams of Captain Cook on suspicion of hindering prosecution for hiding Ryan Jeffries-Hamar, who was wanted for escape. On September 13, she was charged with that offense. Her bail was set at $2,000.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Curtis Hoku Kekahuna Jr.

On September 13, police received a tip that 36-year-old Curtis Hoku Kehahuna of Kamuela, whom police were seeking, was at a home in the Kalaoa area. When police went to the property they found Kehahuna and methamphetamines at the scene. They arrested Kekahuna, 28-year-old Halatoa Fakatoumafi of Kailua-Kona and 22-year-old Gensyn Waltjen of Hilo on suspicion of drug offenses.

Halatoa Fakatoumafi

While on the property, police located a vehicle that had been stolen from Hilo. A search warrant led to the recovery of two additional vehicles that had been stolen from Hilo and Kona.

Jessica Tuifua

Also on September 13, 39-year-old Jessica Tuifua of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kehahuna from police). She was charged with that offense on September 15 and her bail was set at $2,000.

Waltjen was released on September 15 pending further investigation.

Kehahuna was charged on that date with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia and three counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was also arrested and charged on four outstanding warrants as well as for discharge of sureties and held without bail for the charge of violating terms of release on bail. His bail for the above charges was $83,000.

In addition, Kehahuna was charged with kidnapping, assault, terroristic threatening and burglary for an incident that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona. Those offenses added another $87,000 to his bail total.

Additionally on September 15, police charged Fakatoumafi with promoting a dangerous drug, possessing illegal drug paraphernalia, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna from police). His bail was set at $6,250.

On September 17, Sean Gregory of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of two counts of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle in connection with a vehicle that was taken from Waikoloa in July and an all-terrain vehicle that was taken from the Kalaoa area on September 15. He remains in police custody at the Kona cellblock while police continue the investigation.

Joseph Augustino Narzisi

On Tuesday (September 18), Joseph Narzisi, who was already in custody at Hawaii Community Correctional Center, was arrested and charged for a kidnapping case that occurred August 21 in Kailua-Kona in which a suspect forced his way into a 26-year-old man’s home, assaulted him and threatened him with a firearm, before forcing him into a vehicle, where the threats and assault continued until the victim was able to escape. The victim declined treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries. Police recovered a firearm in connection with that case. Narzisi’s bail for that offense was set at $87,000.

Colvin Gaspar

Also on Tuesday, 20-year-old Colvin Gaspar of Kailua-Kona was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution (for hiding Kekahuna). He was charged Wednesday morning (September 19) with that offense and his bail was set at $2,000.

And finally, on Tuesday, police arrested 24-year-old Daniel Estocado on suspicion of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle for a February 24 incident in Kona and on suspicion of burglary for an August 27 incident in Kealakekua. He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending further investigation.

Lieutenant Sherry Bird said tips from the public played an important role in dismantling this burglary ring. “We are grateful to our community for helping to act as our eyes and ears,” Bird said. “Their help was critical in helping us solve this rash of crimes.”

Joel Landsborough

Police are still searching for 24-year-old Joel Landsborough of Kailua-Kona, who is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest. Police ask that anyone with information on his 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 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.

Wordless Wednesday – Feral Kittens

I found these feral kittens in my storage area.

The mother quickly moved them after they were discovered.

Big Island Police Seeking Witnesses to Kona Robbery

Big Island police are seeking witnesses to a robbery Tuesday night (September 18) in West Hawaiʻi.


Kona patrol officers responded to a 7:45 p.m. report of a robbery in a parking lot below Kona Community Hospital and learned that a 22-year-old Captain Cook woman had been sitting in a parked Gold Mazda sedan when a male reportedly approached her and pointed what appeared to be a firearm at her. After he demanded her valuables, the victim gave the suspect her purse, which was valued at $150 including contents. The suspect then fled toward Haukapila Road in the makai direction.

The suspect was described as 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds with a thin build. He was wearing dark long pants, a dark hooded sweatshirt and a red bandanna, which covered his lower face. He spoke with a heavy Pidgin accent.

A red SUV was seen traveling in the makai direction on Haukapila Road at the time the suspect fled. Police would like to speak to the driver or any other potential witnesses who may have been in the vicinity during the robbery.

Police ask that anyone with any information on the incident call Detective Tyson Matsumura at 326-4646, ext. 277, or 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.