Man Gets Assaulted and Photographed in UH Hilo Bathroom

According to the University of Hawaii Hilo Crime records, a man was assaulted and had pictures taken of him inside a bathroom at K-Hall.

UHH Bathroom assault

You can read the full release here: Assault at UH Hilo Bathroom.

In other UH Hilo news:

A female reported her math book was stolen by a student while she was waiting for class on Thursday.

Big Island Now Has Only One Crime Stoppers Number – 961-8300

Hawaiʻi Island now has one Crime Stoppers telephone number to serve the entire island. The number is 961-8300.

HPDBadgeIn the past, two community organizations ran Crime Stoppers operations, one serving East Hawaiʻi and one serving West Hawaiʻi.

The community organization that previously served East Hawaiʻi now operates islandwide.

Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. When you call Crime Stoppers, you will be given a code number to track the status of your case. By calling later and giving your code number, you can find out whether you qualify for a reward.

If the Crime Stoppers board of directors selects you for a reward, you will be directed to an agreed-upon location to pick up the money. You will never be required to provide your name. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record any calls or subscribe to caller ID.

Councilman Ilagan to Introduce Bill 185 – Certified Organic Bill

On Tuesday, February 4, Councilman Ilagan will be introducing Bill 185, which further defines agricultural tax incentives to include an organic produce provision. This bill will be heard in the Finance Committee scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.

Click to read the proposed bill

Click to read the proposed bill

Encouraging the growing certified organic industry is a positive step forward in helping Hawaii County move towards the goal of food self-sufficiency. In conjunction with conventional farming operations, we need to explore and promote all means possible for reducing the amount of food and agricultural products imported into the state.

Bill 185 is a step along this path. Supporting local agricultural activity is not only an economic benefit but can also significantly reduce the threat of importing pests, and lower the possibility of introducing diseases that can threaten native plants and locally produced foods. A thriving agricultural industry is an important part of our island lifestyle, and helping farmers from different agriculture fields will bring us closer to realizing food self-sufficiency on the Big Island.

Highlights of Bill 185:

  1. Certified organic farmers are assessed at the same value as pasture and slow rotation forestry, which is the lowest assessed value per acre for agricultural use.
  2. A certified organic tax relief is based on more intensive agricultural use with limited County agency oversight due to third party enforcement and site inspections.
  3. A tax incentive for certified organic operations will help to enable new farmers to start, and established small farms to continue farming.
  4. Annual recertification process for certified organic operations encourages farmers to continue farming land for intensive agriculture use.
  5. Tax breaks will lessen the burden of certification costs which ranges from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, and relatively high production costs due to the increased labor requirements.
  6. Approximately 200 growers are certified organic farmers in Hawai’i, and the median size is 5 acres on the Big Island, according to the 2007 Agriculture Census.
  7. Encourages the establishment of high value niche market products.

For more information call (808) 961-8825, or visit http://puna4.com

Big Island Police Charge 61-Year-Old Man for Wednesday’s Bank Robbery in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the man arrested after a bank robbery that took place Wednesday afternoon (January 29) in Hilo.

Lelome Kahaualoa Rogers

Lelome Kahaualoa Rogers

At 12:05 p.m. Friday (January 31), 61-year-old Lelome Kahaualoa Rogers, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $70,000.

He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (February 3)

Governor Abercrombie Releases $15.85 Million for Agriculture, Watershed Preservation

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $15.85 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) administered by the state Department of Agriculture in support of the local agriculture industry and further preservation of Hawaii’s watersheds.

“Hawaii’s agriculture industry is vital to our local economy and supports thriving rural communities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “It’s essential to protect our mauka forest areas, which contain native plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Our state’s watershed initiative remains a top priority, and it is the most cost-effective and efficient way to absorb rainwater and replenish groundwater resources to prevent erosion that muddies our beaches and fisheries.”

Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:

$12,500,000 – Agricultural Land, Oahu – Funds to purchase three land parcels in Wahiawa for agribusiness operations; the properties have access to roads, municipal water, and utilities, which make it efficient for transport of produce and cost effective for agribusiness operations (A fourth parcel may be purchased, pending negotiations with another buyer)

Temporary repair of one of the original wooden flumes. Some of the wooden flumes will be restored to their original state for historical purposes.

Temporary repair of one of the original wooden flumes. Some of the wooden flumes will be restored to their original state for historical purposes.

$1,500,000 – Lower Hamakua Ditch Watershed Project, Island of Hawaii – Construction to repair flumes, ditches, reservoirs and tunnels; remove sediment in the ditches; modify intake structures; and install new lateral distribution lines for the irrigation system

$1,000,000 – State Agricultural Water Use Development Plan, statewide – Project planning to continue to inventory irrigation systems throughout the state, prepare historic description of the original irrigation infrastructure, assess the current condition, propose maintenance improvements, identify irrigation source and water use requirements, and develop long-term water use projections

$700,000 – Kunia Agricultural Park, Oahu – Design of the 150-acre Kunia Agricultural Park in Royal Kunia; design plans will include provisions to subdivide the land parcel into 26 lots and coordinating adjacent infrastructure to make utilities available to the parcels

$75,000 – East Kauai Irrigation System, Kauai – Construction for upgrades and repairs including clearing, lining, repairing and stabilizing the access roads, ditches, flumes, tunnels, reservoirs, diversions and intakes

$75,000 – Waimanalo Irrigation System Improvements, Oahu – Design for the extension of the main irrigation pipeline; the extension will be approximately 1,500 linear feet

DLNR Invites Public Input On Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks in partnership with PBR HAWAII, invites the public to informational meetings about the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP). Hawaii updates the SCORP every five years to remain eligible to receive funds for outdoor recreation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal grants program administered by the National Park Service.

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Public participation in the meetings will help State Parks and National Park Service select projects to receive Land and Water Conservation funding that best meets Hawaii’s recreational needs and helps resolve any recreational conflicts.

Meetings will be for two hours and will include a brief presentation near the beginning, but information will be available throughout the evening. The public can drop by for as much or as little time as they wish. Keiki are welcome, and there will be a special activity for them.

Anyone who is unable to attend any of the meetings is invited to take the SCORP survey, which is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HISCORP2014 and will be open through Feb. 28, 2014.
MEETINGS SCHEDULE

Oahu
Wednesday, Feb. 5
5 – 7 p.m.
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Kanaina Building Conference Room
at Iolani Palace
364 South King St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
From King Street, turn left onto Likelike Mall and left again into the Iolani Palace grounds. The Kanaina Building is the first building on the right after the gates.
Kauai
Thursday, Feb. 13
5 – 7 p.m.
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Lihue Neighborhood Center 
Main Hall
3353 Eono St.
Lihue, HI 96766
Hawaii
Hilo
Tuesday, Feb. 18
5 – 7 p.m.
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State Office Building
Conference Rooms A, B, C
75 Aupuni St.
Hilo, HI 96720
Kailua-Kona
Thursday, Feb. 27
5 – 7 p.m.
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Community Meeting Hale at the
West Hawaii Civic Center
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy.
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Maui
Monday, March 3
5 – 7 p.m.
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Planning Department Meeting Room
Room 106, 1st Floor, Kalana Pukui Building
250 South High St.
Wailuku, HI 96793

BACKGROUND

Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants provide a match for state and county funds to acquire new land for outdoor recreation and develop or renovate recreational facilities. Since 1967, the State of Hawaii and the four counties have received more than $38 million in LWCF grants for acquisition and development of outdoor recreation lands and facilities. In recent years, LWCF grants have been awarded to the County of Hawaii to install new playground equipment at Panaewa Zoo in Hilo, the City and County of Honolulu to replace the ball field lights at Ala Wai Community Park, the County of Maui to construct a new skate park within the Lahaina Recreation Center, and State Parks for renovation of park cabins, pavilions, and comfort stations at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Hawaii Island.

Big Island Police Searching for Suspect in Hilo Robbery This Morning

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Friday morning (January 31) in Hilo.

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Between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., a 31-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk on the mauka side of Kanoelehua Avenue near the intersection of Leilani Street when he was approached by a man on a bicycle who brandished a knife and demanded money. The suspect then rode north with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The victim was not injured in the robbery.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, thin, in his mid 30s to early40s with long hair. He was wearing a white tank top, bright red or orange shorts and was carrying a light-colored messenger bag.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or who knows the identity of the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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 Arrest 23-Year-Old Man Following Robbery in Pahoa on Wednesday

A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with several offenses following a robbery in Pāhoa on Wednesday night (January 29).

Puna Patrol officers responded to a 9:09 p.m. report that a 59-year-old Pāhoa man had been walking in Pāhoa around 8:30 p.m. when an unknown man kicked him, knocked him to the ground and stole his backpack. The suspect fled on foot.

Fred I. Silva

Fred I. Silva

A short time later, police found the suspect in the vicinity. Fred I. Silva, 23, who has no permanent address, was arrested and charged with four counts of contempt of court and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation into the robbery.

At 10:50 a.m. Thursday (January 30), detectives charged him with second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and fourth-degree theft. His bail was set at $27,000. He remained in the cellblock pending his initial court appearance on Friday (January 31).

“Jive for Wildlife” – Benefit Concert to Protect Native Wildlife & Wild Places

Layout 1The concert will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014 (Presidents’ Day), 12 noon to 4 pm at the Moku Ola Ballroom, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel. Please come and enjoy the music, heavy pupu, no-host bar, door prizes, silent auction, and wildlife store.

Tickets are $50 ($25 of which is tax-deductible).  To purchase tickets or to help sponsor the event, please contact Julie Leialoha on the Big Island at jakleialoha@gmail.com or 443-4039.