Puna Man Charged After Shots Fired Inside Home Next to Womans Head

A Puna man has been charged with several offenses in connection with the discharge of a firearm in his home.

On Tuesday (June 10), Puna Patrol officers responded to a 4:32 p.m. “drop 911″ call. When they arrived at the home on Orchid Drive in the Ainaloa subdivision, they made contact with a 50-year-old woman, who reported that her husband had brandished a .22-calliber rifle and fired shots next to her head while she was lying in bed.

Leighton Kaai Jr.

Leighton Kaai Jr.

Police arrested 48-year-old Leighton Kaai Jr. and took him to the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation by the Juvenile Aid Section, which investigates domestic abuse cases.

At 11:45 a.m. Thursday (June 12) detectives charged Kai with first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree terroristic threatening and two firearms offenses. His bail was set at $6,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (June 13).

New Leadership Principal Group Will Help Shape Education Priorities

After a recruitment and selection process of nearly two months, the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing a new Deputy Superintendent’s Principal Roundtable for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.

DOE ReleaseThe Roundtable is designed to engage with principals directly to improve communication, garner feedback, develop collaborative solutions to critical challenges, and identify individuals for future complex area, state and national leadership positions and opportunities.

Twenty-six individuals, including all members of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) Unit 6 Board of Directors and 14 additional sitting principals from four major islands, representing a diverse mix of schools and principal experience, have been named to the Roundtable. See the list of SY2014-15 Roundtable members below.

“As a former principal who knows firsthand about the challenges our principals face each day, we are committed to a thoughtful process of selecting school leaders for this Roundtable,” said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “We value their feedback and their dedication to their schools, communities as we continue to transform public education.”

HGEA Executive Director Randy Perreira stated, “We are encouraged by this additional opportunity for our principals to provide feedback from the field. With this critical information, we hope to create solutions that will transition into meaningful change to positively impact the everyday work of the principals and vice principals. We look forward to working with all stakeholders to support these efforts.”

The opportunity to be part of the Roundtable was first shared with DOE principals in April. The Department received nearly 40 nominations from principals, Complex Area Superintendents, and the HGEA.

Roundtable members will meet over the summer to establish priorities. All DOE principals will be informed of the work of the Roundtable and given an opportunity to give further feedback.

“I’m looking forward to helping with finding solutions for our school leaders,” said Fred Murphy, principal, Mililani High School. “We hope to set priorities moving forward, and to help principals be as creative and dynamic as they can be at their institutions.”

The 26 Roundtable members for School Year 2014-2015 are:

  1. Lorelei Aiwohi, Kalakaua Middle School (Honolulu District, Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani)
  2. Wade Araki, Kaimuki High (Honolulu District, Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt)
  3. Duwayne Abe, Salt Lake Elementary (Central District, Aiea-Moanalua-Radford)
  4. Bert Carter, Ka‘ewai Elementary (Honolulu District, Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani)*
  5. John Costales, Kalama Intermediate (Maui District, Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui)*
  6. Patricia Dang, Kapalama Elementary (Honolulu District, Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani)*
  7. Gary Davidson, Molokai Middle School (Maui District, Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai)
  8. Chad Farias, Kea‘au Elementary (Hawaii District, Kau-Keaau-Pahoa)*
  9. Shelley Ferrara, Mauka Lani Elementary (Leeward District, Campbell-Kapolei)
  10. Daniel Hamada, Kapaa High (Kauai)
  11. Debra Hatada, Ka‘imiloa Elementary (Leeward District, Campbell-Kapolei)*
  12. Disa Hauge, Waianae High School (Leeward District, Nanakuli-Waianae)
  13. Keith Hayashi, Waipahu High (Leeward District, Pearl City-Waipahu)
  14. Francine Honda, Kailua High School (Windward District, Kailua-Kalaheo)*
  15. Kelcy Koga, Waiakea High School (Hawaii District, Hilo-Waiakea)*
  16. Naomi Matsuzaki, Kahalu‘u Elementary (Windward District, Castle-Kahuku)*
  17. Wilfred Murakami, Kealakehe High (West Hawaii)
  18. Fred Murphy, Mililani High School (Central District, Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua
  19. Deborah Nekomoto, Kapunahala Elementary (Windward District, Castle-Kahuku)
  20. Irene Puuohau, Hawaii Government Employees Association
  21. Fred Rose, Eleele Elementary (Kauai)*
  22. Janette Snelling, Kohala High School (West Hawaii)
  23. James Sunday, Radford High School (Central District, Aiea-Moanalua-Radford)*
  24. Brett Tanaka, Office of Curriculum Instruction, Student Support*
  25. David Tanuvasa, (Vice Principal) Waipahu High School (Leeward District, Pearl City-Waipahu)*
  26. Keoni Wilhelm, Mokapu Elementary (Windward District, Kailua-Kalaheo)

*Member of HGEA Unit 6 Board of Directors

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Kawaihae Man Arrested and Charged with Murder of Robert Lopaka Ryder

A Kawaihae man has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with human remains of a missing Kona man discovered in South Kohala in March.

Martin Frank Booth

Martin Frank Booth

On Monday (June 9), a Kona Grand Jury indicted 55-year-old Martin Frank Booth on one count of second-degree murder. At 9:40 a.m. Thursday (June 12) police arrested him at the Kona police station.

Detectives located the human remains March 10 on vacant land between Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Puakō Beach Drive. The remains were identified through dental records as 37-year-old Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder of Kailua-Kona, who had been reported missing. His family reported on January 17 that they had not heard from him since Thanksgiving 2013.

During an autopsy conducted on March 12, the medical examiner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and that the manner of death was homicide.

At that time, detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section reclassified the case to a murder. During their investigation, they developed evidence linking Booth to the crime.

Booth has been incarcerated at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center since February pending trial on an assortment of charges, including meth trafficking and firearm offenses. While in the custody of the Department of Public Safety, he was transported to the Kona police station Thursday morning on the arrest warrant for the Grand Jury indictment.

“Runaway” Civil Defense Siren

The Hawaiʻi Police Department received a report of a “runaway” Civil Defense siren that was activated shortly before 1:20 a.m. Wednesday (June 11) in the area of the Honomū gym.

 

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With assistance from the Hawaiʻi County Fire Department, the siren was turned off.

On Thursday (June 12) while personnel were looking into the cause of the runaway siren on Wednesday, it was inadvertently activated again shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Police apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

“Puna Round Table – Ready To Learn” 10th Annual School Supplies Distribution

Children pre-school to 12th grade are invited to bring their parents, tutus or guardians to receive free basic school supplies at the 10th Annual School Supplies Distribution on June 28, 8:30am to 11:30am at Maku’u Farmers Market and St. Theresa Parish Hall in Mt. View.

School SuppliesAdults need to be accompanied by a child. School supplies are given on a first come, first served basis till supplies last.