Big Island Police Investigating the Discovery of Skeletal Remains in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island Police are investigating the discovery of skeletal remains in Puna.

HPDBadgeOn May 24 at about 2:03 pm, police responded to a report of skeletal remains in a forested area near the 14-mile marker of Route 130 in Pahoa.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and evidence specialists responded to the area and discovered a partial set of human skeletal remains. In addition to the remains, detectives also recovered a weapon that was located nearby. The remains were taken to Hilo Medical Center for an examination by the medical examiner, who was unable to determine a cause of death due to their condition.

Police recovered identification that was found with the remains but will rely on DNA for positive identification.

Detectives are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a coroner’s inquest.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or email at ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also 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 Reminder About the “Kuleana Hotline”

Hawaiʻi Island police are reminding the public that the “Kuleana Hotline” is not a substitute for 9-1-1 calls. In an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

HPDBadgeThe Kuleana Hotline is designed to prevent tragic events in public places, including schools, restaurants and other locations where members of our community gather.

Unlike Crime Stoppers, to which citizens may report information about a specific crime, the Kuleana Hotline is an avenue for reporting something that may not be criminal yet but has the potential to turn disastrous if not prevented.

Many tragedies committed by individuals or organized groups have been preceded by warning signs. We as a community are responsible for notifying the police if we see or hear anything that has the potential to turn into a malicious act.

For example:

If you read a post on a social networking site about a person interested in purchasing a firearm and the person signals intent to cause harm with that weapon, call the Kuleana Hotline.

If you witness suspicious activity around public buildings, utility companies or bridges, call the Kuleana Hotline.

If you see something or someone’s behavior that may seem innocuous but gives you a “funny feeling” in your stomach that something is “just not right,” call the Kuleana Hotline.

Your tip could help authorities intervene before those warning signs develop into a crime or tragedy.

“Kuleana” is the Hawaiian word for “responsibility.” The significance of the hotline’s name is that we are all neighbors living on this island together, and we are all responsible for preventing acts of terror or mass injury.

The number for the Kuleana Hotline is 961-2219. It is not manned around the clock but it allows for callers to provide information by leaving voice mail messages.

Together, we can protect our community from destructive acts.

Today’s Earthquake Upgraded to 5.3 Magnitude

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5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Pahala Coast of the Big Island – NO TSUNAMI THREAT

We just had a 5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Off the Pahala Coast of the Big Island:

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See large red dot on bottom right for location of quake.

TSUNAMI SEISMIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER   1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
215 PM HST TUE JUN 04 2013

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - LOCAL TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 0213 PM HST 04 JUN 2013
   COORDINATES - 18.9 NORTH  155.1 WEST
   LOCATION    - IN THE DEEP OCEAN SOUTHEAST OF THE BIG ISLAND
   MAGNITUDE   - 5.2

EVALUATION

 NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED. REPEAT. NO TSUNAMI IS EXPECTED.
 HOWEVER...SOME AREAS MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED STRONG SHAKING.

THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.

Neighborhood Place of Puna Sports Rescue Program’s Next Collection Day

The Neighborhood Place of Puna’s Sports Rescue program will be having its next collection day on June 22nd at the 9th Annual Ready to Learn School Supply Drive at Maku’u Market. The collection booth will be taking donations from 8:30am- 11:30 am.

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Families are encouraged to bring any gently used (or new) sports equipment of any kind while picking up FREE school supplies for their keiki.

A complete list of acceptable equipment can be found at neighborhoodplace.org/sports or you can call 808-965-5550.

Contact:  Stacey Breining, Sports Rescue Program Coordinator, Program Outreach Specialist, 808-965-5550, sportsrescue@neighborhoodplace.org

Sheraton Kona Announces Sponsorship of 5th Annual Lavaman Keauhou Triathlon

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay,a 22-acre oceanfront resort on Hawaii, the Big Island, has once again stepped forward to become the title sponsor for the 5th Annual Lavaman Keauhou Triathlon scheduled for Sunday, November 24, 2013.

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Lavaman Keauhou is a fully sanctioned USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Triathlon produced by Hawaii Sports Connection. It is open to elite triathletes, triathlon enthusiasts and relay teams of all ages and levels.

“Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa is committed to the local community. The resort’s continued sponsorship of Lavaman Keauhou is a perfect fit for a variety of reasons,” said Area Managing Director and General Manager Steve Lindburg. “We have seen firsthand the excellence that Hawaii Sports Connection brings to the event and we feel the partnership with them benefits everyone involved, including the athletes themselves.”

Lavaman Keauhou begins with a single lap 1500 meter swim in Keauhou Bay where water temperature averages 80-degrees Fahrenheit and visibility averages 40-feet. Athletes then transition to the bike portion, a scenic single-loop 43K course which begins with a challenging 1.5-mile climb up Kamehameha III Road to Kuakini Highway and onto Queen Kaahumanu Highway. Bikers proceed north to the turnaround at the entrance to Kona’s Natural Energy Lab (NELHA).

Once back in town, bikers race oceanfront along Alii Drive, a Hawaii Scenic Byway. The bike to run transition is at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa. The 10K run traverses historic Keauhou Resort grounds, past ancient battlefields with sweeping ocean and golf course views and back to the finish at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa and Lavaman’s famed beach party.

On Friday, November 22 the Lavaman Keauhou Sports, Health & Nutrition Expo opens at the resort’s Kaleiopapa Convention Center. During the Expo, racers as well as the local community can peruse the many sports, health & fitness booths as well attend one or more of the informative talks. Admission is free.

The 3rd Annual Lavaman Keauhou Sunset Run will begin and end at the Kaleiopapa Convention Center on Friday, November 22 as well.

LavaKids  takes center stage Saturday morning, November 23 with the Lavakids Youth Aquathon swim/run at Keauhou Bay for children 7 to 14 and a special LavaKids Dash for children under age 7.

Topping off the weekend’s excitement and in keeping with Lavaman tradition, the weekend concludes with an awards party and banquet, complete with live music, great food and camaraderie for volunteers and athletes immediately following the Lavaman Triathlon on Sunday, November 24.

“We sincerely appreciate our continued partnership with Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa,” said Gerry Rott, race producer and founder of Lavaman Triathlons. “The resort’s location in the heart of the race course along with superb facilities allows us to produce a great race that is in keeping with Lavaman Keauhou’s reputation as one of Hawaii’s best races.”

Visit www.SheratonKona.com.
For Lavaman information visit http://lavamantriathlon.com/keauhou/

Big Island Police Warn of Area Code 876 – Jamaican Phone Scam

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public to beware of telephone scams, especially those that require a phone call to an unfamiliar area code.

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Some three-digit area codes that look like toll-free numbers connect callers to international telephone numbers. One of the most common ones, Area Code 876, is in Jamaica and results in exorbitant charges billed to the caller, as much as $20 for a 30-second call.

Scammers often target older citizens and claim that they won a valuable prize, such as the lottery or a car. They then ask for a processing fee before they can deliver the winnings. They sometimes use Google Earth to identify local landmarks and make the scam sound more believable. Please be aware that legitimate operations don’t require winners to pay before collecting their prizes.

The public is reminded not to provide personal information such as bank accounts, pin numbers or Social Security numbers over the phone or by internet without confirming independently that the person asking for it is legitimate.