Big Island Police Arrest 18-Year-Old in Connection to Hilo Commercial Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a commercial burglary early Wednesday (October 9) in Hilo.

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Police received a report of an alarm call at 1:44 a.m. Wednesday from a business at Waiakea Center. Responding officers saw a man fleeing from the area and discovered entry had been made into one of the businesses.

Patrol officers established a perimeter around the industrial area and arrested a suspect at 2:20 a.m. Robert Pookela Manaole, 18, who has no permanent address, was taken to the Hilo police cellblock on suspicion of second-degree burglary while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the burglary to contact Detective John Rodrigues at 961-8222 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Hawaii Island Humane Society Pet Walks

Just over two weeks remain until the Hawaii Island Humane Society Hilo Pet Walk at Queen Liliuokalani Park on Saturday, October 26 and the Kona Pet Walk at Kona Commons on Sunday, October 27.
petwalkThere is still plenty of time to do advanced fundraising. It’s easy with FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk. Just click, create your own personal fundraising page then email family and friends far & wide to donate.

You may also download and print a registration form and solicit donations in person. Visit the News and Special Events page at HIHS.org.

As if helping shelter pets through donations to Pet Walk weren’t incentive enough, all walkers who raise $50 or more in donations receive a FREE Pet Walk tee shirt!

Hilo and Kona Pet Walk registration begins at 8am, walks begin at 9am followed by fun contests and prizes.

MAHALO to these Pet Walk 2013 sponsors:

TINGUELY DEVELOPMENT, PETCO FOUNDATION, KEAUHOU VETERINARY HOSPITAL, ALII VETERINARY HOSPITAL, THE PET HOSPITAL HILO AND PAWS UNIVERSITY.

The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more.

Big Island Police Charge Man Involved in Report of Gunshots Last Week

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the man who was arrested last week in connection with a report of gunshots in Hilo on September 30.

Kevin Kuhia

Kevin Kuhia

At 2:25 p.m. Saturday (October5), 34-year-old Kevin Kuhia, who has no permanent address, was charged with first-degree reckless endangering, unauthorized control of a motor vehicle, ownership of a firearm prohibited and place to keep a firearm prohibited. His bail was set at $70,000.

He was held at the Hilo police cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday (October 7).

On the afternoon of September 30, Hilo patrol officers responded to a report that a man had fired several rounds from a red Mazda Miata in front of a house on Elama Street in the Panaʻewa area.

On Thursday (October3), police located the car and Kuhia in a vacant lot on Lehua Street in the Fern Acres subdivision in Puna. Kuhia was arrested and taken into custody while detectives continued the investigation.

 

Representative Cabanilla to Serve as Majority Floor Leader

Representative Rida Cabanilla (Ocean Pointe, West Loch, Ewa Gentry, Ewa Villages, Ewa Beach), in her 10th year of service in the House of Representatives, has been selected as the new Majority Floor Leader.  She joins the House leadership team during an important time before the October 28th special session.  Previously, she served as the Chair of the Committee on Housing and the Committee on International Affairs.

Rep. Rida Cabanilla

Rep. Rida Cabanilla

Admired for her honesty, diligence and directness on the issues, Rep. Cabanilla is one of two women in the Majority leadership.  Her institutional knowledge from years of service and leadership skills as a career Lieutenant Colonel Army Officer, Registered Nurse and business woman will be significant assets to the State House.

As the Chair of the Housing Committee, Rep. Cabanilla facilitated and passed many beneficial measures, including public housing reforms, affordable rentals and the availability of senior housing.  She was also instrumental in numerous appropriations for her district.

“The confidence of my colleagues in my selection as Floor Leader is inspiring and I will continue to collaborate and work hard to serve the best interests of my constituents and the State of Hawaii,” stated Rep. Cabanilla.

For additional inquiries, please contact the Office of Rep. Cabanilla at (808) 586-6080 or by email at Repcabanilla@capitol.hawaii.gov.

Hawaii Attorney General Launches Online Notary System

The Hawaii Attorney General, Notary Public Office has launched a new online Notary system at https://notary.eHawaii.gov/. The new system is designed to help the public quickly and easily submit and pay for their applications to become a Notary or renew their Notary Commission. It also provides the Notary staff with a platform to administer new applications and renewals from their mobile devices or desktops.

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“This new system will reduce the amount of manual data entry and manual payments processed”

“This new system will reduce the amount of manual data entry and manual payments processed,” said Hawaii Deputy Attorney General Shari Wong. “We’ll also reduce cost by eventually doing away with all the paper-based reminders and letters. This is part of the Attorney General’s continued efforts to transform how we can serve our customers more efficiently and effectively.”

The mobile version of the system optimizes touch screen technology and smart phone interfaces by providing larger text, buttons designed for touch response and layouts for smaller screens. This provides speed and efficiency on a platform that enables the Notary Public office to quickly implement additional improvements and realize future cost savings.

The online Notary application was developed at no cost to the state and is maintained via the eHawaii.gov program, a largely self-funded public-private partnership between the State of Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i Information Consortium LLC (HIC), a Hawai‘i corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC Inc..

 

 

Hawaiian Electric Companies Introduce New Logo

The Hawaiian Electric Companies today introduced a new logo that represents the companies’ roots in the islands as well as their commitment to developing a better energy future for Hawaii.

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“We’re proud of our long history of service to our islands. At the same time, we know we need to continue to change and do better,” said Dick Rosenblum, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “We’re working hard to lower bills for our customers, improve our service, and develop more low-cost clean energy. The logo is a symbol of those commitments.”

Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company have initiated ambitious projects to deliver on these commitments. Some of the latest actions include:

  • Pursuing, with Public Utilities Commission approval, five new low-cost renewable energy projects on Oahu – including four solar farms and one wind farm – with a combined capacity of 64 megawatts
  • Making it easier, faster, and cheaper for customers to install photovoltaic projects (as of August 2013, there were more than 34,000 installed PV systems across the companies’ service territories with a combined capacity of approximately 250 megawatts)
  • Planning the deactivation of older, less efficient utility generating units on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island for a combined 226 megawatts – about 14 percent of generation owned by the utilities

In the coming weeks, the companies will be announcing more projects to lower bills, improve service and develop more low-cost renewable energy.

“With oil prices driving up electric bills, we know how tough it is for our customers. Through projects like these, we’re working to bring customers some relief,” Rosenblum said. “This won’t happen overnight, but these are steps to help get us there.”

An estimated 18 percent of the electricity currently used by customers on Oahu and Hawaii Island and in Maui County comes from renewable resources, already ahead of the state’s goal of 15 percent by 2015. So far this year, this use of clean energy has saved customers an estimated $243 million by reducing oil use by 1.9 million barrels.

The new logo was developed by respected designer Sig Zane of Hilo and combines traditional Hawaiian design elements with a modern look. Zane worked on the design with his wife, cultural expert Nalani Kanakaole, and their son Kuhao. They drew upon Hawaiian Electric’s 122-year history for their inspiration.

“From the very beginning, when King Kalakaua pioneered electricity at Iolani Palace and chartered Hawaiian Electric, the company has played a key role in Hawaii’s growth. We wanted to create a design that captures that history and reflects the way the company connects our communities,” Zane said.

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Our New Logo:
A Symbol of Where We’ve Been, Who We Are, and Where We’re Going

AN IMPORTANT MOMENT IN TIME

At Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light Company, we’re proud of our long history of service to our communities. But we know it’s not enough for us just to look back. Looking forward, we know we can and need to do better. At the top of our priority list:

  • Lowering bills for our customers
  • Improving service
  • Developing more low-cost clean energy

As we reaffirm our responsibility to our customers and communities, we’ve introduced a new logo – one that represents our deep roots in these islands as well as our commitment to creating a better energy future for Hawaii.

A REFLECTION OF OUR HERITAGE

The new logo was developed by respected Hilo designer Sig Zane and combines traditional Hawaiian design elements with a modern look. Zane worked on the design with his wife, cultural expert Nalani Kanakaole, and their son Kuhao. They drew upon Hawaiian Electric’s 122-year history for their inspiration.

“From the very beginning, when King Kalakaua pioneered electricity at Iolani Palace and chartered Hawaiian Electric, the company has played a key role in Hawaii’s growth,” Zane said. “We wanted to create a design that captures that history and reflects the way the company connects our communities.”

Learn more about the story behind the logo by watching the video on this page.

The cost of designing and introducing the logo is not included in customers’ electric rates. To save on costs, the logo is being phased in gradually through the normal course of business.

A SYMBOL OF OUR COMMITMENTS

Today we reaffirm our commitment to our customers – to lower bills, improve service and develop more renewable energy. To deliver on our commitments, we’re taking a number of important steps:

  • Pursuing low-cost renewable energy projects to reduce our use of high-priced oil
  • Continuing to help customers to install solar power
  • Planning the deactivation of some of our older power plants
  • Modernizing our systems and electric grids to improve reliability
  • Improving customer service with new technology and added staff

While the logo is an important symbol of our commitments, we know that, in the end, our actions will speak the loudest. So each and every day, we’re working hard to live up to what our logo represents. And we look forward to working with you, our customers and communities to achieve a clean energy future for Hawaii.

In the coming months, customers will begin to see the logo on company websites, signs, vehicles, uniforms, ID badges, and mailings. To save on costs, the logo will be phased in gradually through the normal course of business. For example, existing inventories of materials will be used up before replacement items that carry the new logo are ordered.