Big Island Police Charge Kaʻū Man With Attempted Murder and Other Offenses

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Kaʻū man with attempted murder and other offenses in connection with a stabbing Saturday afternoon near a beach park in Hilo.

Paul Gibson via Facebook

Paul Gibson via Facebook

At 2:10 p.m. Monday (May 12), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged 46-year-old Paul Gibson of Ocean View with attempted second-degree murder, third-degree assault, two counts of terroristic threatening, five firearms offenses, resisting an order to stop and failure to provide a DNA sample.

His bail was set at $374,000. He remains at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (May 13).

At 2:15 p.m. Saturday (May 10), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a stabbing off Keaukaha Road near 4-Mile Beach Park in the Keaukaha area.

When officers arrived, they learned that a 41-year-old Hilo man had sustained multiple stab wounds to the back during an altercation with another man. The victim was en route to the hospital in a private vehicle when the vehicle came upon responding Fire Department rescue personnel, who transported him to Hilo Medical Hospital in critical but stable condition.

Gibson was located six minutes later on Laukapu Street in Hilo. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Big Island Police Investigating Suspicious Fire in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a suspicious fire Monday morning in Puna.

HPDBadgeAt 9:15 a.m. Monday (May 12) officers responded to a structure fire on the 12-7000 block of Akanikolea Street in the Kalapana Seaview Estates subdivision.

12-7037 Akanikolea according to Google Street View

12-7037 Akanikolea according to Google Street View

By the time police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene, the three-story house had already burned to the ground.

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Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are investigating the fire and have not ruled out arson.

Police ask anyone with information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number 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.

21-gun salute, “Taps”, Candle-Lighting Ceremony Part of Tribute to HPD Officers Killed in Line of Duty

Members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the public celebrated Police Week on Monday (May 12) at the Hilo police station. A 21-gun salute, “Taps” and a candle-lighting ceremony were part of the tribute to the four Hawaiʻi Police Department officers killed in the line of duty since 1918: Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).

Candles burn during a Police Week ceremony in honor of Officers Manuel Cadinha, William “Red” Oili, Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku and Kenneth Keliipio.

Candles burn during a Police Week ceremony in honor of Officers Manuel Cadinha, William “Red” Oili, Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku and Kenneth Keliipio.

During the ceremony, Chief Harry Kubojiri said that Momi Cazimero, the sister of Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, has been working to erect a memorial for the Police Department’s fallen officers and that she is optimistic construction will commence soon.

Chief Kubojiri said Cadinha, Oili, Jitchaku and Keliipio are among 20,000 law enforcement officers nationwide who have been killed in the line of duty. “The sacrifice of our four brother officers will never be forgotten,” he said.

The chief also acknowledged Officer Joshua Gouveia and Officer Garrett Hatada, who were shot and injured last year while responding to a report of gunshots in Hilo. Both officers have since returned to work.

Hawaiʻi County Managing Director Wally Lau, who was representing Mayor Billy Kenoi, said in his opinion every day should be Police Week. “We should remember and we should say thank you,” he said.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.

Another Police Week ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday (May 14) at the Kona police station. The public is invited to attend.

Pahoa Spirit Parade is This Saturday

The Pahoa Booster Club  is pleased to showcase all Pahoa schools including Pahoa High and Intermediate, Kua O Ka La and HAAS, all wearing their school colors.  Please join us in celebrating the students, athletics and clubs.  The Pahoa Spirit Parade will begin at 9:30 with Village Road being closed from 9:00 a.m. thru 10:30.

The Hawaii County Band at the 2013 Holiday Parade

The Hawaii County Band at the 2013 Holiday Parade

The parade will be led by Governor Abercrombie and featuring the Hawai’i County Band  and most all students from Pahoa, Kua O Ka La and HAAS.  This year’s Grand Marshall is Diane Hultman, a lifelong volunteer in Pahoa and Puna.  The Parade will wind thru the historic Pahoa Village ending up at Sacred Heart Church where a Steak BBQ fundraiser will be hosted by the Pahoa Booster Club and Lion’s Club in support of all schools in 96778.

There will be a 5 k run beginning at First Hawaiian Bank at 7:30 a.m.   All proceeds from the 5k run will go to the Pahoa High Cross Country Team.  Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to be at First Hawaiian Bank in Pahoa no later than 7 a.m.  Grand Prize for the 5k run is a GoPro3 Camera, valued at over $450.

Pahoa Community Center SignParking will be available at the Community Center.  If you wish to be in the parade, line-up begins at 9:00 a.m., at Apa’a (Rubbish dump) Road and Village Road.  All proceeds will benefit the Pahoa Schools athletic programs. We hope to see you there!!!

Big Island Police Holding Community Meeting in Hilo

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Thursday, May 22, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.

The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapiʻolani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Sherlock at 961-2214.

Governor Releases $1.5 Million for Kahilu Theatre Improvements

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of $1.5 million in capital improvement grant funds for the Kahilu Theatre Foundation (KTF) on Hawaii Island.

The Kahilu Theatre photo by Jane Sibbett

The Kahilu Theatre photo by Jane Sibbett

Identified by the state Legislature, these funds will finance design and construction costs for improvements at the 33-year-old Kahilu Theatre in Waimea.

“The Kahilu Theatre has not had significant upgrades or repairs since it was built in 1981,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This grant will fully fund much-needed improvements at the facility, reducing its operating costs in the future and strengthening the financial sustainability of this artistic and educational venue for many Big Island communities.”

This project will repair or replace the 20,000-square-foot building’s roof, stage and auditorium curtains and scrim, auditorium seats, steps leading to the stage, and stairways and hand railings leading to the front entrance. In addition, the electrical system, sound system and Kohala-side restrooms will be upgraded at the 490-seat theatre. A new emergency generator will also be installed. Local contractors will be used for these projects and the majority of construction is planned for this summer. Jess Turnbull of Construction Dynamics has been hired as Project Manager, and that Rhoady Lee Architecture and Design has been engaged as lead architect.

Kahilu Theatre Foundation Staff, left to right: Tim Bostock, Managing and Artistic Director, Dayva Keolanui, Director of Marketing and Development, Molly Hui, Box Office Manager, Mimi Kerley, Board President, Alva Kamalani, Operations Director, Paul Buckley, Technical Director.  (Photo by Jane Sibbett)

Kahilu Theatre Foundation Staff, left to right: Tim Bostock, Managing and Artistic Director, Dayva Keolanui, Director of Marketing and Development, Molly Hui, Box Office Manager, Mimi Kerley, Board President, Alva Kamalani, Operations Director, Paul Buckley, Technical Director. (Photo by Jane Sibbett)

Incorporated in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, KTF is responsible for the management and operations of Kahilu Theatre. The mission of KTF is making a place where community, creativity and inspiration thrive. The facility presents a wide array of performances and events, including music, dance, drama, film and visual arts. The theatre will present a full 2014-2015 season, launching this July, which includes free public events. Various arts education programs for youth at KTF impact over 8,000 students each year.

“These improvements would not be possible without the committed support of our community, who wrote over 200 letters to the legislature, and the determination of Senator Malama Solomon. Kahilu belongs to the people of Waimea; with this grant we can look after the Theatre for present and future generations. We look forward to presenting an exciting 2014-2015 season under a roof with no leaks!” said Tim Bostock, Managing and Artistic Director, Kahilu Theatre Foundation

KTF has a 20-year lease for land and building from Parker Ranch. Kahilu Theatre was founded by Parker Ranch air Richard Smart, but is not funded by the Ranch.  Dutch Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch, Inc. commented “We are grateful for the grant from the State of Hawaii.  We very much look forward to many residents and neighbors rediscovering the Kahilu Theatre as a cultural, educational and entertainment centerpiece of Waimea town.”