Big Island Police Seeking Man Who Was Possible Witness to Pahoa Assault

UPDATE: Party located in Pahoa.

Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in located a male party who was a possible witness to an assault that occurred in Pahoa Town on June 25, 2013.

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae, Male, 58 years-old and is described being Hawaiian, 5’8”, 170 lbs., with brown eyes and black/gray hair. Kumalae hangs out in the Pahoa Town area, but is also known to frequent Mooheau Bus Terminal.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alfred Kumalae, to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385.

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.

Governor Signs Measures for Animal Protection

At the Hawaiian Humane Society today, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed six bills related to protecting animals.

“These measures will rightfully hold those who abuse pets accountable for their actions,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “They will also provide those who care for pets more opportunities.”

The bills will strengthen animal cruelty laws, help residents find rental housing that allows pets, and provide other protections and accommodations for animals.

SB635 (Relating to Animal Cruelty) provides protection for law enforcement animals as they perform their duty, and adds a definition of “law enforcement animal” to the Penal Code.

SB328 (Relating to Animals) allows for “pet deposits” to increase rental options for tenants with pets.

HB235 (Relating to Collection of Restitution for Crime Victims) assists humane societies in their care of animals previously subjected to animal cruelty.

SB6 (Relating to Animal Cruelty) prohibits the use of steel-jawed leg-hold traps and limits the use of snares and certain other traps in residential areas where domesticated pets may fall victim and suffer serious injury.

SB9 (Relating to Animals) keeps pets out of the hands of those found guilty of animal cruelty.

SB978 (Relating to the Penal Code) provides harsher penalties for those found guilty of animal cruelty by upgrading misdemeanor cruelty offenses involving 10 or more animals to a Class C felony.

“We commend Gov. Abercrombie, Senate Judiciary Chair Clayton Hee, House Judiciary Chair Karl Rhoads, and the state Legislature for strengthening our state animal welfare laws, including holding those who cruelly abuse animals more accountable,” said Inga Gibson, Hawaii director for The Humane Society of the United States. “Strong animal welfare laws not only protect pets, but create safer, more compassionate communities for all of the people of Hawaii.”

 

Governor’s Intended Vetoes Unlikely to Spur Special Legislative Session

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Earlier this week, the Governor informed the State Legislature of his intent to veto nine bills passed during the 2013 legislative session.

After reviewing the bills and discussions with members of the Legislature, House Speaker Joseph M. Souki and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim announced that it does not appear at this time that any of the Governor’s intended vetoes rise to the level of an override by the Legislature in a Special Session. The Legislature intends to further review the Governor’s rationale for vetoing the bills and will look into addressing his concerns in the coming session.

 

Temporary Closure of Hilo “Isles” Recreational Area on July 4th

The Department of Parks and Recreation will close the Hilo “Isles” recreational area temporally on July 4 to accommodate preparations for a unique Fourth of July fireworks display.

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Located across from Lili‘uokalani Gardens, the “Isles” peninsula will be off limits to the public between 2 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. This action is being taken so fireworks may be loaded safely onto a barge that then will be stationed in the middle of Hilo Bay to provide a spectacular public display honoring America’s birthday.

The Hilo Jaycees, in partnership with Hawai‘i Explosives, is planning an even bigger and better fireworks presentation than those held in recent years. Changing the launching site from Moku Ola Island, also known as Coconut Island, to the bay is intended to maximize public safety and enhance the annual fireworks display by allowing more people to witness the festivity.

The Hilo Jaycees’ fireworks exhibition is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the temporary closure may cause and thanks the public for its understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

 

Statement by Hawaii House Speaker Joseph M. Souki on Defense of Marriage Act Ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

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Hawaii House Speaker Joseph M. Souki today issued the following comment on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.

“We will be having full discussions with the members of the majority caucus on the ruling and its ramifications. I expect we will come to some decision as a caucus as to how we want to proceed.”

Queen’s Health Systems and North Hawaii Community Hospital Enter Into Agreement

Both Organizations Explore Possibility of Formal Affiliation

The Queen‟s Health Systems (Queen‟s), corporate parent of The Queen‟s Medical Center, announced today that it has officially entered into an agreement with North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH). This agreement will allow Queen‟s to explore the possibility of a formal affiliation with NHCH, as well as conduct in-depth due diligence into physical and regulatory requirements on next steps before moving forward.

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The Queen‟s Medical Center has had a clinical affiliation with NHCH since 2005.

“Queen‟s remains mindful and dedicated to our mission to provide in perpetuity quality health services to improve the well-being of Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawaii,” said Art Ushijima, President of The Queen‟s Medical Center. “North Hawaii Community Hospital shares a similar mission. Founded in 1859 by Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV, Queen‟s has served its mission of providing quality healthcare services for over 153 years. If given the opportunity, we would dedicate ourselves to serving the people of North Hawaii with the same standard of excellence that has been the foundation of our founders‟ values and vision.”

The specific nature of any affiliation between Queen‟s and North Hawaii will be determined and announced after due diligence is completed. That process is expected to take between 90 to 120 days. Both organizations have signed confidentiality agreements.

“We are very encouraged about the possibility of a formal affiliation with The Queen‟s Health Systems,” said Bob Momsen, NHCH Board of Directors Chairman since 2008. “Queen‟s was instrumental in the founding of NHCH, in the early fund raising, and has consistently been very supportive of the needs of NHCH and our North Hawaii community over the years. Affiliating with Queen’s will dramatically improve our ability to fulfill our mission: Improving the health status of the people of North Hawaii.”

North Hawaii Community Hospital is a private, non-profit community hospital that serves more than 30,000 residents in North Hawaii. Located in Waimea (Kamuela), Hawaii Island, NHCH opened in May 1996. Its mission is to improve the health status of the people of North Hawaii by improving access to care and providing high-quality services at a reasonable cost. NHCH is an acute-care hospital with 33 licensed beds, 24 hour emergency services, 376 employees, and 68 active physicians.

 

Honey Badgers Ready to Compete in 3rd Battle of the Islands – Maui

The Paradise Roller Girls’ Honey Badgers are riled up and ready for some hard-hitting action in the upcoming 2013 Battle of the Islands in Maui, June 28-29. Honey Badger Talina DiMartino, aka “Sasha Buzzkill”, said the PRG all-star team is prepared to “out-block, out-score, and out-skate” their opponents. “We’re ready for anything, she said. “We’ve been doing extra endurance drills, scrimmaging, and having meetings about strategy.”

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit: Mr. Forbidden

Teammate Hau’oli Sayles, aka “Stealth SoulJAH”, agrees with DiMartino about the team’s readiness, saying all the players are in top shape and eager to play. “We are working on specific strategies and skills that will be used to hopefully win this tournament,” Sayles said.

The Maui Owie Rollers and Waimea Wranglers will roll out to warm the fans up in the first matchup of the tournament, Friday, June 28 at 6:30 pm. Second up in the starting night’s double header will be the much anticipated bout between the Honey Badgers and the Maui Roller Girls, slated to begin at 8 pm.

Teams from Pacific Roller Derby (Oahu), Garden Isle Renegade Rollerz (Kauai), and Aloha City Rollers (Oahu) will play on the second day of the tournament, with the first bout starting at 10 am. Seven teams will vie for the championship slot in two separate brackets. The final bout for B bracket is scheduled for 5 pm on Saturday. The battle for the top spot in bracket A starts at 6:30 pm.

In addition to the extra endurance drills and team strategy meetings, Honey Badger players are taking time out to do some personal training too. Sayles said she is doing High Intensity Interval Training in order to “step up the jammer game, increase performance, and prevent injury.”

Kaya Lela, aka “Chola Roll-ya”, said she’s “eating a nutritious diet and practicing four times a week.” Lela started skating with PRG “from the get-go,” but said this will be her first time competing in the Battle of the Islands.

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Paradise Roller Girl’s Honey Badgers SheBang SheBang #911, Reba Smack N’ Flyher #65, Tsunamea #25, and VonSchlappenbitsch #8 hold back the Maui Roller Girls jammer at the 2012 Hilo Battle of the Islands. Photo credit Mr. Forbidden

Battle of the Islands is a state-wide bi-annual flat-track roller derby tournament. The tournament rotates to different islands where it is hosted by the local roller derby league. Paradise Roller Girls hosted the first Battle of the Islands tournament last July in Hilo. A second Battle of the Islands took place in Oahu last September. The fourth Battle of the Islands will be in Kauai later this year. Money earned from the June 2 PRG Skate-a-Thon fundraiser is being used to pay for some of the Honey Badgers’ travel costs for this year’s trip to Maui.

Games will take place at Central Maui Boys and Girls Club Outdoor Basketball Court 100 Kanaloa Avenue Kahului, HI 96793. For tickets and a full schedule of the upcoming June 28-29 tournament visit mauirollergirls.com. Those attending the tournament are encouraged to bring a canned food or pantry item to help support the Maui Food Bank.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

 

Low Flying Helicopter Scares Kona Residents

The Hawai’i Police Department is not conducting any operations involving the use of a helicopter in the Kona area.

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A private company is conducting a GPS mapping survey in the Kona area, which will continue until later this afternoon.

The Hawai’i Police Department has received several complaints about a low flying helicopter.

The company’s name is Fugro Aerial Mobile Mapping.

 

Governor Abercrombie Signs Measures in Support of Agriculture

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed seven bills related to agriculture, a central component of the state’s economic and environmental sustainability.

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“Part of Hawaii’s history and way of life, our agriculture industry keeps money in the local economy and supports thriving rural communities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “These bills are important to combat harmful pests and invasive species, promote urban gardening, and expand the agriculture industry through programs that support farmers while educating and encouraging youth in pursuing agricultural careers.”

HB353 (Relating to Agriculture) appropriates $550,000 over the fiscal biennium to combat the coffee berry borer, a small beetle harmful to coffee crops worldwide that has infested coffee crops in the Kona and South Kona regions.

HB1263 (Relating to Irrigation) appropriates $75,000 for the East Kauai Irrigation System and $45,000 for the Peekauai Ditch Irrigation System (also known as the Menehune Ditch).

SB593 (Relating to Agriculture) expands livestock feed subsidies to include milking goats, goats raised for meat, sheep, lambs, fish, and crustaceans; and appropriates $1.5 million to the state Department of Agriculture for livestock feed subsidies and the Livestock Revitalization Program.

SB993 (Relating to Agricultural Loans) expands the state’s Agricultural Loan Program by adding farm innovation loan programs and expanding the definition of a new farmer.

HB560 (Relating to Affordable Housing Urban Gardening) authorizes the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) and the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) to develop programs that provide incentives for the development of housing projects that incorporate urban gardening programs.

SB586 (Relating to Agricultural Building Permits) provides certain building code and permit exemptions for nonresidential buildings and structures, including indigenous Hawaiian hale, on commercial farms and ranches located outside the urban district.

SB757 (Relating to Agriculture) appropriates $75,000 to the state Department of Education for the Future Farmers of America to educate and support youth in agricultural careers.

 

Big Island Police Warning Public About Recent Company Selling Magazines Door to Door

Hawai´i Island police are warning the public about a recent company selling magazines door to door.

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The salesperson says that they are selling the magazines to benefit a local high school or get points for college or for cancer research.

The individual obtain personal information from the buyers and uses this information fraudulently and the magazine(s) that the buyers order never arrives.

Some of the names the company have been using are, Frontline Communications, LLC; HP Consulting and MD Network. They originated in the State of Colorado where they have been fined for 1 million dollars.

If you have encountered these individuals and need to make a police report please call the Police Department’s non-emergency number at 935-3311.

 

Governor Abercrombie’s Statement on Same Sex Marriage Rulings by U.S. Supreme Court

Gov. Neil Abercrombie strongly supports the decision by the United States Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, which will now afford full federal rights to all couples married in states that allow same sex marriage.

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Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“In Hawaii, we believe in fairness, justice and human equality, and that everyone is entitled to the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else, including the ability to get married. So I am pleased that the Supreme Court, in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case, did not overturn the federal district court’s ruling striking down Proposition 8 – which attempted to bar same sex marriage in California – thereby effectively allowing same sex couples in California to be married.

“Although the Supreme Court did not directly require that same sex couples in other states be allowed to marry, I am encouraged by the fact that language in the Windsor ruling supports my position in the Hawaii lawsuit, which is currently pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In that lawsuit, I argue the Constitution’s equal protection clause requires same sex marriage in all states, including Hawaii.

“I believe my position to support a constitutional right to same sex marriage in Hawaii and elsewhere was given a substantial boost by today’s Supreme Court rulings. I will continue to work to assure justice and equality for all.”

 

Pahoa Man Shot With Spear Gun During Confrontation in Leilani Estates

Big Island police are investigating an incident involving a spear gun that occurred in the Puna District which left one person critically injured.

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Late last night (June 25, 2013) at about 10:15 pm, police responded to a call of a 20 year-old Pahoa man who was shot with a spear gun during a confrontation on Leilani Avenue in the Leilani Estates Subdivision.

Police and Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics responded to the location and stabilized the victim at the scene before transporting him to the Hilo Medical Center.

Police also learned that a 61 year-old female sustained a non life-threatening injury to her lower leg during the confrontation after being struck by a large rock. She was also transported to the Hilo Medical Center for treatment and was subsequently released .

Officers arrested a 49 year-old Pahoa man for second degree attempted murder and he is being held in the police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continue the investigation.

The victim underwent surgery at the medical center and he remains in critical condition.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or email him at famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Todd Pataray at 961-2382 or email him at tpataray@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.

 

Big Island Police Investigating Mysterious Bloody Mess Found in Pahoa Town

Big Island Police are currently doing an investigation of a bloody mess that was found in Pahoa Town this morning.

This picture was taken before police arrived on the scene

This picture was taken before police arrived on the scene

They taped off the area and were doing an investigation when I drove by just now.

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The place where most of the blood was located was next to Pahoa Buy and Sell, however blood spots were seen leaving the area and no body was found.

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Police on the scene would not comment on the case as an active investigation was currently going on.

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I’ll update this post if I hear anything further about what is going on.  If anyone else has heard of anything… please feel free to let me know.

UPDATE 6:42 PM:

Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in located a male party who was a possible witness to an assault that occurred in Pahoa Town on June 25, 2013.

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae, M-58, is described being Hawaiian, 5’8”, 170 lbs., with brown eyes and black/gray hair. Kumalae hangs out in the Pahoa Town area, but is also known to frequent Mooheau Bus Terminal. Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alfred Kumalae, to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385. 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.