Family Ends Search for Missing Kayaker Off the Big Island

After a three day search with aerial, land and dive personnel the male kayaker that was missing off Kawaihae was not found.

Per the family, the search was to end today if nothing further was found.

Situation found at scene per HFD:

66 y/o male who is known to frequent the area separated from his kayak.  Kayak was found approximately 300 yards north of Kawaihae harbour mouth, 50 yards offshore.

National Social Media Day in Pahoa Tomorrow

National Social Media Day in Pahoa Tomorrow at Hawaii Youth Business Center/Mauka Makai Restaurant in Pahoa (former KFC Building).

HI-PAL 2013 “Click or Ticket” 5 On 5 Basketball Tournament Results

Fifty-nine (59) youth, (39 from the 5-8 division and 20 from the 9-12 age division), participated in eighteen (18) games during the Hawai´i Police Activities League (HI-PAL) 2013 “Click It Or Ticket” 5 On 5 Basketball Tournament held at the Honomu Gymnasium on June 15, 2013.

Coming out on top in the 7-8 division was Panaewa Sharpshooters, coached by Donald Yamada. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Kaikahi Deperalta-Hiuhiu; Zayer Fuiava; Kala Kahooilihala; Kahalia Masaoka; Caden Pasa; Royden Ratific-Justo and Braedy Yamada.

7-8 Division winning team: Panaewa Sharpshooters

7-8 Division winning team: Panaewa Sharpshooters

Coming out on top in the 9-10 division was PGU (Point Guard University), coached by Domonic Pacheco and Brandon Kauhi. Members of the team are (in alphabetical order): Kiai Apele; Paige Hiraki; Gyson Ogata; Dominique Pacheco; Keawe Silva and Ka’upena Yasso.

9-10 Division winning team: Point Guard University

9-10 Division winning team: Point Guard University

“Click It Or Ticket” is a nationwide campaign whose purpose is to educate vehicular operators and passengers on the use of seat belts/child restraints and the fines associated with non-compliance.

Commentary – Drunk and Disorderly in Pahoa

Editors note… All commentary should be sent to my email address:

Last night (Thursday) I drove through Pahoa about 10:30. Drunks were literally staggering all over the street and I had to stop so as not to hit them. More deadbeats were using the covered sidewalks in front of closed businesses as their personal flophouse and urinal. Where are the police? Why are places like Luquins, Black Rock, and Cash and Carry not being fined for serving those who are clearly too far gone to walk let alone drive. For those of us who live in Lower Puna, it’s police tolerating this sort of antisocial behavior that gives our area such a bad rep. We need some crusading exposé journalism demanding police presence in town and not just in their comfy new headquarters!!!

The new Pahoa Police Station

The new Pahoa Police Station

BTW, when I went to the Pahoa police station today to complain about this THERE WAS NO ONE THERE. That’s right. The station was completely unmanned. I rang the bell, called, no one there. It was lunchtime so I guess that took priority. The reason Puna is “lawless” is because the law is AWOL. Surely something can be done.

Amanda Claiborne