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Youth Basketball Teams Invited to 33rd Annual Winter Basketball Classic

Youth basketball teams from throughout Hawai‘i are invited to compete in the 33rd Annual Winter Basketball Classic to be held December 26 through December 29 at Hilo-area gymnasiums.

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Each participating team must submit a completed registration packet by Friday, December 6, to the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Office located at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo. Registration packets are available at the office and online at www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

Registration fees are $60 per team for those enrolling in the mixed-gender division for players up to 8 years old, $80 per team for the other age-group divisions, and $25 for each visiting off-island team. Please make checks payable to: Winter Basketball Classic.

Co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hawai‘i Police Activities League, or HI-PAL, and the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation, the basketball tournament is open to boys and girls 5 to 14 years old.

The Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge and dinner banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, December 27, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Championship games will be played Sunday, December 29, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

For additional information, please call Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. in East Hawai‘i at 961-8121, Officer Randy Morris in West Hawai‘i at 326-4646, ext. 258, or Darrell Yamamoto of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 961-8735.

Statewide Hawaii Honey Festival is Saturday

On Saturday, November 23, the Big Island Beekeepers Association(BIBA) will proudly present the first-ever, statewide, Hawai’i Honey Festival, which will include the Fourth Annual Hawai’i Natural Honey Challenge. The premier event will be held at the beautiful Nani Mau Gardens, at 421 Makalika Street in Hilo, from 11 am til 5 pm.

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The Honey Festival will also feature the Fourth Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Festival, where beekeepers will offer their naturally produced, chemically free honeys in friendly competition against one another. Awards will be made to participating apiaries for best liquid, comb and solid honeys in many different categories, including regional and type of flower from which nectar is gathered. This competition will be professionally judged based on blind tasting, and awards will be made during the Festival. The very popular “Peoples’ Choice Honey Tasting and Awards” will also be offered again this year.

The First Annual Hawai’i Honey Festival is made possible by a generous grant from the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

To read more about the Big Island Beekeepers Association at http://www.bigislandbeekeepers.com/

 

Governor Releases $83.9 Million for University of Hawaii Campuses

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $83.9 million for capital improvement projects at University of Hawaii campuses systemwide.

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Abercrombie at the Palamanui Campus Groundbreaking

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Abercrombie at the Palamanui Campus Groundbreaking

“These priority projects are investments in the state’s economy and vitality. They address needed maintenance and repair work and create jobs, while expanding affordable, academic opportunities for residents,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This is especially the case for the new UH Palamanui campus, which will serve as an anchor in the community and increase access to higher education opportunities in West Hawaii.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects were identified by members of the state Legislature and approved by the Governor:

  • $50,000,000 — Systemwide Capital Renewal and Deferred Maintenance — Planning, design and construction for repair and maintenance projects at UH Manoa ($37,606,000), UH Hilo ($1,938,000), UH West Oahu ($41,000), UH Community Colleges ($10,164,000) and other projects systemwide ($251,000)
  • $28,000,000 — Systemwide Health, Safety and Code Requirements — Design and construction for health and safety projects at UH Manoa ($5,085,000), UH Hilo ($9,400,000), and UH Community Colleges ($13,515,000); projects include structural repairs, lighting, traffic safety, electrical system upgrades, and other safety and code requirements
  • $3,500,000 — University of Hawaii West Oahu — Design and construction for Road B connection to Kualakai Parkway, a second entry/exit to the campus; it will consist of a paved, landscaped four-lane roadway and provide access to water, sewer and drainage systems (Road A, which has been completed, connects to Farrington Highway and serves as the main entrance to the campus)
  • $2,400,000 — University of Hawaii Palamanui Campus, Phase I, Hawaii Island — Construction to complete Phase I of the Palamanui campus in West Hawaii; funds will be used to complete the simultaneous construction of Phases 1A (Culinary Arts Building) and 1B (Health Science and Student Services Building)
UH Palamanaui Campus Rendering

UH Palamanui Campus Rendering

Big Island Police Searching for Kamuela Man Wanted in Connection with Theft Investigation

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 24-year-old Kamuela man wanted for questioning in connection with a theft investigation.
HPDBadgeBrandon Kelii Paulino-Pawai is described as 5-foot-10, 190 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, which may have a lighter tint. He also has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Levon Stevens at 326-4646, Ext. 275, or lstevens@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 Trying to Locate Owners of Hawaiian Bracelet Found in Waters Off Richardson Beach Park

Hawaiʻi Island police are trying to locate the owner of a Hawaiian bracelet that was found in June in waters off Richardson Beach Park.

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The bracelet is 5/8 of an inch wide with a flower print and the name Leinaalaokaawapuhi on the outside. It also has engraving on the inside, which the owner will be asked to describe.

The owner of the bracelet is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Erhard Autrata Jr. at 961-2213.

Big Island Police Investigating Sex Assault at UH Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a sexual assault in Hilo on Tuesday (November 19).

The attack occurred in a women's restroom at UH Hilo

The attack occurred in a women’s restroom at UH Hilo

An adult female was reportedly attacked in the bathroom of a state facility in the Waiākea area of Hilo around 4:30 p.m. The victim was able to fight off her attacker, who fled in a 2003-2006 red Ford Expedition with tan or gold on the bottom.

The suspect is described as a man in his early 20s, 6-feet tall, 160-180 pounds with a thin build, curly blond hair and facial acne. He was wearing a white tank top and black surf shorts.

Police ask anyone with information on this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jesse Kerr at 961-8883 or jkerr@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.

 

Coast Guard Rescues Fishermen in Distress Off Maui

Two fishermen are safe after their vessel began taking on water approximately two miles north of Kahului, Maui, Wednesday.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Maui tow a 21-foot recreational vessel after it began to take on water approximately two miles north of Kahului, Maui, Nov. 20, 2013. Open lines of communication between multiple agencies allowed for assets to respond quickly, locate and save the lives of two fishermen. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Maui tow a 21-foot recreational vessel after it began to take on water approximately two miles north of Kahului, Maui, Nov. 20, 2013. Open lines of communication between multiple agencies allowed for assets to respond quickly, locate and save the lives of two fishermen. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Maui received a call for assistance from the Maui Fire Department who were responding to a 21-foot recreational vessel named Kakaloa, which began to take on water at 7:45 a.m.

The captain of the vessel reported his bilge pump was pumping out water but was unable to determine how long the pump would last.

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued over VHF marine radio channel 16 to notify other vessels in the area of the emergency and the need for immediate assistance.

A 25-foot Response Boat – Small boatcrew was launched to the scene from Coast Guard Station Maui along with a helicopter aircrew from the Maui Fire Department who was able to pass the exact position of the vessel to the RBS crew.

Station Maui deployed a crewman and a P-6 portable pump to help dewater the vessel as it was towed into Kahului Harbor where it was safely removed from the water.

All of the boaters were wearing their life jackets and no injuries were reported.

“This case highlights the hard work that Maui County, state and federal agencies including the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary have put into developing effective partnerships,” said Chief Petty Officer Erin Stapleton, Officer in Charge of Coast Guard Station Maui. “Open lines of communication between the agencies allowed for the correct assets to respond immediately and locate and save the lives of these two fisherman. The Coast Guard response boat was vectored into the location by Maui County’s Air One helicopter, nearly ten miles away from the location the vessel thought they were in. This allowed for the Coast Guard small boat to arrive on scene and expeditiously dewater the vessel”.

For more information on boating safety visit http://www.uscgboating.org.

For more information on this case contact Lt. Kevin Cooper, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, at (808) 842-2657.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Woman

Big Island police are searching for a missing woman.

Charmaine Burns

Charmaine Burns

Police say 50-year-old Charmaine Burns may be driving a green 2000 Toyota Echo with the license plate HJV 502.

Burns is 5-feet-9-inches-tall, weighing 270 pounds, with brown hair and a fair complexion.  She also wears glasses.