Bill Introduced to Curb Domestic Violence by Law Enforcement Officers

Vice Speaker John M. Mizuno introduced HB1199 which requires law enforcement agencies to adopt and implement a written policy on domestic violence committed or allegedly committed by law enforcement officers.

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The bill also requires standards to be adopted as well as training deadlines, administrative procedures and reporting requirements. The bill requires public and private non-profit domestic violence advocates to be consulted when adopting policies.

“A victim of domestic violence is placed in an especially precarious position if her abuser happens to be a law enforcement officer” said Mizuno. “It is imperative that strong policies, procedures and training are in place so that incidents such as the recent indictment of a police officer for assault on his girlfriend can hopefully be prevented in the future.  If officers receive the proper training and clearly understand the agency’s policies and potential consequences regarding domestic violence we should be able to lower incidences by law enforcement officers in the future.”

Big Island Police Searching for Hilo Girl Missing Since January

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing.

Kyara K. Kalili

Kyara K. Kalili

Kyara K. Kalili was last seen in Hilo on January 9.

She is described as 5-foot-3, 170 pounds with brown eyes and long brown hair with “ehu” highlights.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts 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.

Big Island Police Investigating Hit-and-Run

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a vehicle/pedestrian traffic crash that occurred Thursday evening (February 5.)

HPDBadgeAt approximately 9:00 p.m., Thursday, a 38-year-old Hilo man was walking on Piʻilani Street in Hilo when he was struck by a vehicle resembling a silver or gray Mazda Tribute, which then left the area. This vehicle should have some noticeable front-end damage.

The pedestrian was taken to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash or the whereabouts of this vehicle 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Pahoa Man Drowns at Boiling Pots in Hilo

A Puna man apparently drowned Thursday (February 5) at Boiling Pots in Hilo.

In response to a 5:13 p.m. call, police responded to Boiling Pots, where Fire Department rescue personnel located a submerged man, who was unresponsive, and attempted unsuccessfully to revive him.

Witnesses said the man began struggling after swimming in an area under a waterfall.

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was officially pronounced dead.

Police have tentatively identified him as a 33-year-old Pāhoa man but are withholding his name pending positive identification and notification of his family.

Police do not suspect foul play. The case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Boiling pots critical condition

Japan Visitor Dies in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A 71-year-old male visitor from Japan died yesterday after suffering an apparent heart attack at Thurston Lava Tube in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.
Thurston Lava Tube

Acting Chief Ranger John Broward reported that the man was hiking out of the lava tube with a tour group, at approximately 1 p.m. After walking up the steepest section of the trail, the visitor felt fatigued, was short of breath, and sat down to rest.

Shortly after sitting down, he collapsed, lost consciousness, and stopped breathing. Several visiting nurses and a tour operator performed CPR until park rangers arrived with an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Rangers went through three cycles of CPR and AED analysis but the man’s heart was not in a rhythm the machine could detect.

County of Hawai‘i Medic 19 arrived and assumed care. After county medics completed their protocols, a doctor from the Hilo Medical Center pronounced the visitor dead through online medical control.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending further notification of his family.

Olson Trust Buys 321 Acre Hilo Riverfront Estate in Landmark Sale

One of East Hawaii’s largest and most prized estates is now under new ownership.
Perched along the edge of Downtown Hilo bordering Wailuku River and Pukihae Stream, the 321 acre Greer Family Estate was purchased on February 6 by the Edmund C. Olson trust in a landmark sale.
olson estate orchards
Formerly owned by C. Brewer, the expansive ocean view acreage was once destined for high density urban development, before being voluntarily converted to agricultural zoning by David and Doris Greer, who went on to plant thousands of tropical fruit trees on the property.
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Kelly Moran of Hilo Brokers, Ltd. was hired to list the acreage for sale in May of 2014.  Moran described the interest he received in the property as “unprecedented,” with buyers from across the U.S. mainland and Asia touring the parcels, and multiple offers leading to a bidding war for the property.
It was Olson who presented the strongest position, acquiring the acreage for $6.25 million.  The purchase represents the third highest land sale in East Hawai`i history.
Olson, who holds large ownership positions in numerous Big Island businesses including the ka`u Coffee Mill, presented a “perfect match,” according to Moran.
“Ed understood the property’s history fully.  He already owned land in the area, and is deeply vested in the community there.”
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The 321-acre estate is one of the largest exotic fruit orchards in the state of Hawai`i, overlooking thundering waterfalls and commanding views of Hilo Bay.  Thousands of Longan, Lychee, and Rambutan trees are planted on the property, along with rare Mangosteen and several varieties of citrus.  Cattle also graze portions of the estate, which sits just above Wainaku street in Hilo.
Hilo Brokers, Ltd. listed the estate on the market for $7.5 million in late September.
“Properties of this size are almost non-existent this close to Downtown Hilo,” Moran commented, adding, “this was a once-in-a-generation type of sale.”