Alan McNarie is One of the Best Freelance Writers on the Big Island

Alan McNarie is one of the best freelance writers on the Big Island.

Alan McNarie takes a moment to take things in.

Alan McNarie takes a moment to take things in.

If I was looking for someone to write something for me and I had a budget… he’s the guy I’d have write something up.

Mahalo for all you do for the Big Island!

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16-Year-Old Hilo Boy

Hawaiʻi County police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo boy reported as missing from Hilo since January 14.

Makananui Fejeran

Makananui Fejeran

Makananui Fejeran is described as Hawaiian, approximately 6-foot-2, 178 pounds with brown eyes and short dark hair.

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.

 

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement Regarding the Public Land Development Corporation

In November, Gov. Neil Abercrombie deferred action on pending administrative rules of the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) to fully consider and address public concerns about the agency. Gov. Abercrombie directed the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), to which the PLDC is administratively attached, to facilitate the meetings with stakeholders.

abercrombieheaderGov. Abercrombie today stated:

“With many others, I believe in the legislative intent of Act 55, which has the potential to support using public lands for public purposes that otherwise will not have sufficient funding. 

“However, after reviewing the information compiled by the DLNR and suggested rule and regulation proposals, I believe the administrative rules process may not be able to reconcile existing support with opposing views to the extent necessary to satisfy outstanding concerns.

“The Hawaii State Legislature may need to adjust Act 55 so that its good intention can be implemented appropriate to the goals of this law.  Public understanding and support are essential. If the Legislature cannot achieve this outcome, the possibility of repeal will ensue. I will take that outcome into consideration but we cannot walk away, should that occur, without a solution that moves us forward. 

“As always, we will continue to work closely with the Legislature. We need to work together to achieve what is best for Hawaii.”

 

 

Big Island Police 30-Year-Old in Connection With Dissapearance of Hawaiian Acres Man

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Puna man in connection with the disappearance of 44-year-old Dante Peter Gilman of Hawaiian Acres, who was reported missing on January 10.

Claude Keone Krause

Claude Keone Krause

At 12:40 p.m. Thursday (January 17), 30-year-old Claude Keone Krause of Kurtistown was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@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.

Kona Man Charged With 11 Offenses as a Result of Robbery Investigation

A Kona man has been charged with 11 offenses as the result of a robbery investigation.

On December 16, police responded to a 7:30 p.m. report of a robbery. Responding officers determined that the victim, a 36-year-old Ocean View man, was confronted by the suspect as the victim was coming out of a garage access area at Kona Plaza in downtown Kailua-Kona. The suspect grabbed cash from the victim’s hand and ran away.

The victim chased the suspect to the parking lot of Coconut Grove Marketplace, where the suspect began striking the victim repeatedly with a metal chain, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to gain possession of the chain and the suspect fled the area.

Jacob DeMasters

Jacob DeMasters

Investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section determined the identity of the suspect, 31-year-old Jacob DeMasters of Kailua-Kona, who was located and arrested Tuesday (January 15).

Wednesday (January 16), DeMasters was charged with robbery, assault and theft. He was also charged with three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of promoting a harmful drug, one count of promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia for items that were in the car he was in at the time of his arrest.

DeMasters was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $18,750 bail until his initial court appearance Thursday (January 17).

 

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Boat Ramp and Breakwater at Mahukona Beach Park

The County Department of Parks and Recreation announces a public meeting to discuss a proposed project to construct a new boat ramp and breakwater at Māhukona Beach Park in North Kohala.

Mahukona

When: January 23rd , Wednesday

Location: Māhukona Beach Park Pavilion

Time: 5pm to 6pm

Staff from the US Army Corps of Engineers along with County representatives from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation will be conducting this meeting to provide a general overview of the North Kohala Navigation Improvement Feasibility Study process, to present project alternatives and receive input from the users.

Persons who need special accommodations to attend this meeting should call 961-8311 at least 1 day prior to meeting date.

 

 

Victims of Sexual Abuse Blast Local High School

Victims of sexual abuse are blasting a Honolulu high school for publicizing a scholarship named after a three-time accused predator priest.

In a letter to the president and board of directors of Maryknoll High School, members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org) say that a scholarship honoring accused predator priest Fr. James A. Jackson “hurts victims and discourages them from speaking up, thus endangering more kids.”

They are urging that the scholarship be dissolved.

Father James Scholarship

The endowed scholarship, advertised on the school’s website is named after Fr. Jackson, a Maryknoll missionary priest. The scholarship goes to students who “demonstrat[e] a willingness to contributed to the continued excellence of the Maryknoll family.”

In 2002, Fr. Jackson was accused of abusing three former students. At the time of the alleged crimes, Fr. Jackson was working as a missionary priest on the Big Island. He is now deceased.  At least one of Fr. Jackson’s victims came forward publicly at that time to warn the community of the threat Fr. Jackson posed.

SNAP believes that this scholarship deters victims from Maryknoll or any school in Honolulu from reporting predators.

“You may say that the scholarship is a ‘simple oversight,’ but that is little more than a cheap excuse.” the letter says. “There is no room for ‘simple oversight’ when it comes to the safety of your students, the prosecution of predators and healing of children who have been horribly hurt by abuse.”

The group wants the school to immediately dissolve or re-name the scholarship and apologize to Fr. Jackson’s alleged victims and the school’s alums. SNAP is also inviting school officials to host a “listening session” with victims of child sex abuse, so that the Maryknoll community can “better understand the harm that abuse causes to victims and communities and the chilling messages such insensitive actions send to other abuse victims.”

“When an institution praises a credibly accused serial predator, it’s basically saying that adult criminals will be believed and kids will not be,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director. “It encourages silence about child sexual abuse, which leads to more abuse, and it rubs salt into the wounds of victims, which leads to more pain.”

The group is also encouraging anyone who was abused, or who has seen or witnessed abuse, to come forward and report to law enforcement. A new Hawaii law allows child sex abuse victims to use the court system and expose their predator no matter when the abuse occurred. The law can help many victims of child sex abuse in Hawaii get justice and accountability, the group says. Similar laws in California and Delaware exposed more than 250 previously unknown child sex predators and helped law enforcement put at least five predators behind bars.

The law has already exposed ten predator clerics who worked at Honolulu’s Damien Memorial School.

OFFICIAL LETTER:

January 17, 2013

Perry Martin

Maryknoll School

Office of the President

1526 Alexander St.

Honolulu, HI 96822

president@maryknollschool.org

development@maryknollschool.org

fax: 808 952-7201

cc: Office of Development, Board of Directors

Dear Mr. Martin and members of the Board of Directors;

We are victims of sexual abuse who are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women who were sexually abused in religious or institutional settings. We are writing you today because we are shocked and disturbed to discover that you support and publicize a student scholarship named after three-time accused predator, Fr. James A. Jackson. http://www.maryknollschool.org/page.aspx?pid=521

In case you do not know, Fr. Jackson has been accused of child sexual abuse by three children from when Jackson was a priest working on the Big Island. One of those victims even came forward publicly to warn the community about Jackson and the alleged abuse. The only reason Jackson was not prosecuted was due to the statute of limitations, not the merits of the victims’ accusations.

Having any honor for Jackson is implying that Maryknoll leadership honors silence when it comes to child sexual abuse. You are also saying that you admire and respect accused predators more than the brave victims who came forward and reported the crimes against them to law enforcement.

We hope you agree that this is a dangerous situation that must be immediately fixed. That is why we ask that you do the following:

  • Immediately dissolve the Jackson scholarship,
  • Inform the Maryknoll community of the accusations against Jackson,
  • Publicly apologize to the Maryknoll community and victims of sexual abuse,
  • Reach out other potential victims of Jackson or any predator who may have worked at Maryknoll School, and
  • Host a ‘listening session’ with victims of child sex abuse so that members of the Maryknoll community can learn about the effect of abuse and abuse prevention.

You may say that the scholarship is a ‘simple oversight,’ but that is little more than a cheap excuse. There is no room for ‘simple oversight’ when it comes to the safety of your students, the prosecution of predators and healing of children who have been horribly hurt by abuse.

We look forward to your immediate response to this matter and are more than willing to help you schedule a listening session.

Sincerely,

Joelle Casteix

SNAP Western Regional Director

jcasteix@gmail.com

Barb Dorris

SNAP Outreach Director

snapdorris@gmail.com