25-Year-Old Hilo Man Charged with Kidnapping and Other Offenses

A 25-year-old Hilo man has been charged with kidnapping and other offenses in connection with a series of events this past weekend that began in Hilo and ended at a West Hawaiʻi beach thanks to the help of concerned citizens.

Keahi Calvin Sale

Keahi Calvin Sale

On Saturday morning (April 19), police received a report that Keahi Sale had kidnapped an adult female in Hilo. Police began an intensive search for Sale, who was also wanted on three unrelated warrants and had been featured on “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted.”

That afternoon, the victim managed to call for help to bystanders at Spencer Beach Park. The bystanders physically restrained Sale until police arrived.

Sale was initially arrested and charged with violating terms of release and two counts of violating probation. He was later taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Juvenile Aid Section continued the investigation into the kidnapping incident. On Monday, after conferring with prosecutors, he was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, terroristic threatening and two counts of abuse. His bail was set at $80,000.

During the investigation, detectives also arrested Sale on suspicion of numerous additional offenses for incidents that reportedly occurred between September and April in Hilo and Puna.

For the September and October cases, Sale was arrested on suspicion of felony assault of a female infant, terroristic threatening, unlawful imprisonment of a 33-year-old woman, four counts of abuse and two additional counts of abuse of a 7-year-old boy.

For a November case, he was arrested on suspicion of terroristic threatening and custodial interference.

For a January case, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of an adult female, unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening and two counts of abuse.

For an incident in April, he was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, sexual assault of an adult female, terroristic threatening, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle and four counts of abuse, as well as for 11 traffic offenses from Hilo to Puna in connection with the same series of crimes.

After conferring with prosecutors Tuesday afternoon (April 22) on the additional offenses, police did not charge Sale with any of them and will forward those cased to the Office of the Prosecuting attorney for final disposition.

Sale is incarcerated at Hawaiʻi Community Correctional Center and is being held there on the three warrants. His initial court appearance for the charged offenses is scheduled for Friday afternoon (April 24).

Hawaii Wildfire – Close Call! GoPro Evacuation

On a viciously windy day while out running some errands in town we get a call from our friends saying “The backyard is on fire blowing straight towards the house, we’re taking the dogs!”.
Maui Wildfire

They were not kidding. We were 10 minutes away, and by the time we got halfway home we could see the black smoke billowing from the horizon, and we got back just in time to pull our valuables out of the house before the Maui County Fire Department closed off the street completely while they battled the 2 acre blaze being fed by the constant 30mph+ winds coming from the north.

Wildfire Truck

With the assistance of many fire trucks and a helicopter bringing water from the ocean less than 1/2 mile away they were able to bring the flames under control before they got to the neighborhood. Nothing was damaged other than the house smelling like a huge campfire for a few days afterwards thanks to the quick response by fire and police units, it could have been very much worse than it was.

Special thanks to all involved with helping protect our homes, you guys rock!!

Via EpiCapture Productions

Arbitration Award Aligns with DOE Goals in Raising the Bar in School Leadership

An arbitration panel has issued an award for educational officers of the State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) who are members of the Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA) bargaining unit 06. The decision, announced April 21, affects DOE school principals and other educational officers.

DOE Release“Our principals do tremendous work in leading their schools towards student and staff success, as seen in recent student achievement gains,” said School Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We are pleased that the arbitration has concluded and we can move forward in supporting our educators to prepare students for college and careers.”

“I want to thank all those who were involved in the various stages of the negotiation and arbitration process,” added Matayoshi.

Major highlights of the arbitration award include:

  • Annual across-the-board salary raises of 4.5 percent for four years, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2017.
  • A 90-day vacation cap that is consistent with other 12-month educational officers and other 12-month employees.
  • Establishes a rewards and recognition program (RRP) for the last two years. A joint committee of DOE and HGEA representatives led by an outside professional facilitator will determine how to best reward and recognize educational officers based on their performance evaluation rating. The details, criteria and procedures of the RRP will be decided through the committee’s work. The RRP will be able to distribute $200,000 for the 2015-2016 school year and $200,000 in 2016-2017.

In December 2012, HGEA and the DOE agreed to principal performance evaluations on a new Comprehensive Evaluation System for School Administrators (CESSA). These evaluations are being conducted in all 255 DOE public schools.

CESSA was designed to support and improve principal effectiveness, thereby boosting teacher and student performance. This is aligned with Goals 1 and 2 of the Department’s Strategic Plan. The DOE and HGEA worked together to provide school principals with guidelines, training and support in advance of successful CESSA implementation in the 2013-14 school year.

Governor Abercrombie Declares May 3rd as “Big Island Chocolate Festival Day”

Hawai‘i Governor Neil Abercrombie has declared Saturday, May 3 as Big Island Chocolate Festival Day! The proclamation not only heralds Hawai’i’s growing cacao industry, but also the culinarians who masterfully create foods featuring chocolate.

Chocolate Festival

The three-day festival offers a full lineup of chocolate decadence from planting to plating: a Kona cacao farm tour, plus seminars, how-to culinary demonstrations, guided chocolate tastings—yum!— and an indulging festival gala at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i. All activities are open to the public.

Star power celebrity chocolatiers include “Mr. Chocolate” Jacques Torres of New York City, Chef Donald Wressell of Guittard chocolate, Chef Vincent Bourdin of Valrhona Chocolate and cacao consultant Ed Seguine.

Chef Jacques Torres

Chef Jacques Torres

The 6-10 p.m. Saturday gala features the Big Isle’s own celebrated contingent of culinarians for a chocolate-inspired feast of savory and sweet treats. Returning favorites include the savory mole bar staffed by West Hawai‘i culinary students, a towering chocolate fountain complete with fresh fruits and macaroons, plus an array of gaily decorated bonbons.

Gala fun showcases a chocolate sculpture using 40 pounds of chocolate, chocolate body painting, fine wines, chocolate-infused beer and the debut of a tasty new Bacardi Mango Fusion cocktail. Attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award, dance the night away with Girls Nite Out! band and bid for activities and merchandise at a silent auction.

Hands-on Culinary seminar at last year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival

Hands-on Culinary seminar at last year’s Big Island Chocolate Festival

Festival beneficiaries are the $150,000 “Equip the Kitchen” campaign for the future Hawai‘i Community College-Palamanui and the Waldorf-inspired Kona Pacific Public Charter School. The third annual event is presented by the Kona Cacao Association, Inc.

For tickets, visit www.BigIslandChocolateFestival.com. For accommodations, book with the hotel at 808-885-2000 and mention “Big Island Chocolate Festival.”

Public Invited to Discussion on Water System Plans for Upper Puna

The Department of Water Supply Manager-Chief Engineer, Quirino Antonio, Jr. together with his Engineering Staff will present the water system plans for upper Puna at the next meeting of the Mountain View Village Planning Committee.

Quirino Antonio, Jr

Quirino Antonio, Jr

Please join us on May 8, 2014, 6:00 p.m., in the Cafeteria of the Mountain View Elementary School. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces Flight Plans

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans:

  • April 28, May 12, and May 26, between 8 a.m. and noon, to transport fencing material from the summit of Kīlauea to an area near the top of Mauna Loa Road.
  • April 29, morning flight to Kahuku for wildlife management.
  • May 16: flying camp supplies and equipment from end of Chain of Craters Road to ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, and Halapē campsites for annual monitoring of hawksbill turtle nesting season.

HVNP

The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.

Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

Hawaii Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida Resigning From County of Hawaii

In an email memo sent to Hawaii County Employees today, Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida has announced his intention to leave the County of Hawaii to join the Law Offices of Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris as their Senior Counsel beginning May 1, 2014.

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the recent Pahoa "Rock the Vote" event.

Mitch Roth and Lincoln Ashida share a table at the Pahoa “Rock the Vote” event.

About Torkildson Katz Moore Hetherington & Harris :

Shortly after its founding in 1947, Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris quickly developed into one of Hawaii’s premier business-oriented law firms. Since that time, the firm has grown to serve our clients’ needs, not only in Hawaii, but also in Asia, the Pacific, and on the U.S. Mainland. Our firm is committed to providing the highest quality legal services while leveraging the depth of our experience and the breadth of our specialized expertise. Our firm is poised to provide top-quality legal services to Hawaii affiliated businesses. The firm maintains significant practices focused on corporate and business planning, real estate, health care, education law, labor and employment law representing management, housing and public accommodation discrimination, commercial and complex litigation, tax planning, immigration law, government relations and non profit law. The firm represents a broad base of clients ranging from large multi-national corporations, to closely-held corporations, partnerships, families, and individuals.

Here is a list of attorneys that work for that office:

Hawaii Public Radio Wins Three Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced its regional 2014 Edward R. Murrow Awards, and Hawaii Public Radio has won in three categories. The entire newsroom won for “Best News Series” for “Feeding Ourselves: Hawaii ’s Food Future,” which included contributions from reporters on Oahu , Hawaii Island and Molokai . Reporter Molly Solomon won for “Best Breaking News” for her coverage of the molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor . Solomon also won in the “Feature Reporting” category for her piece “ Hawaii ’s Brain Drain,” done as part of the HPR News series “Neighbors.”

Regional Winners

“We are honored to receive recognition in this prestigious competition,” said HPR News Director Bill Dorman. “The work of our local news team is part of what is made possible by the generous support of our station members.” HPR CEO and General Manager Michael Titterton added “The commitment to quality journalism is an important and continuing piece of what we are at Hawaii Public Radio, and this recognition of the team’s accomplishments is gratifying.”

The RTDNA website says “the awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world.” The organization also noted that there were a record number of entries for this year’s awards, “in what proved to be one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.” They are named for the broadcast news pioneer and longtime CBS news correspondent, legendary for both his radio and television coverage.   “The Murrow Awards honor journalism at its finest,” added Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. “Local newsrooms serve their communities 365 days a year, and we’re proud to recognize the great work they do.”

All regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May and presented in October.

Hawaii Public Radio can be heard throughout the state.  On Hawaii Island, HPR 1 is over the air in West Hawaii at 90.7 f.m. in Waimea at 94.7 fm, and in East Hawaii at 91.1 fm, and on Oceanic Cablevision 864.  HPR 2 is over the air in West Hawaii at 88.7 fm and at 89.7 fm, in Pahala at 91.7 fm, and on Oceanic Cablevision 865.  HPR 2 should be available over the air in East Hawaii by the end of the year.  Both stations are also online at www.hawaiipublicradio.org

Willie K Headlines “Best of the Fest” – Big Island Film Festival at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i

Blues man, jazz artist, Hawaiian songwriter, slack key master, rock & roll, reggae and occasional opera singer, Hawaii’s own Willie K brings his considerable talents to the stage on Monday, May 26, 2014, for Big Island Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” concert at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i. Willie Kahaiali‘i, (Willie K) has been entertaining audiences around the world since age 10; won multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards—most recently for “Warehouse Blues”–and a Grammy Award nomination.

Willie K

An eclectic and charismatic guitarist, Willie K has been called “a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix,” by Honolulu Weekly, who also said, “he’s Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key and jazzy, almost baroque, acoustic 12-string.”

In 2011, Willie K appeared on screen at BIFF in “Get a Job,” the outrageously funny comedy written and directed by Brian Kohne.

Willie K and Eric Gilliom

The Maui-created film boasted an all-star lineup of top Hawai‘i entertainers that also included Eric Gilliom, Augie T, Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Omine, Slam Poet Kealoha, Ernie Cruz, Jr., Amy Hanaiali‘i, Mick Fleetwood, Pat Simmons, the late Charles Ka‘upu, Willie Nelson, and Henry Kapono.

An entertainer with a generous heart, Willie K finds numerous ways to give back to the community. His annual Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Oncology Department is now in its eleventh year; and he is Hawai‘i spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. And, he can add Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center to his credit, as “Best of the Fest” includes a silent auction benefit for this important resource for military families.”

Tickets for “Best of the Fest” with Willie K can be purchased online at www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com. Admission is $40 at the door ($30 kama‘āina) and $35 in advance ($25 kama‘āina), $10 keiki 7-12. Some chairs will be available as will no-host bar, gourmet pupus and other movie snacks (no coolers please).

Best of the Fest includes:

  • Silent Auction to benefit Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center, 5-7 p.m.
  • Willie K in Concert, 5-7 p.m.
  • Audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short Films of BIFF 2013, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Best of the Fest is also a fundraiser for Hawai‘i Island Food Basket.

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of independent narrative films and filmmaking, taking place May 22-26, with celebrity guests Jackson Rathbone (the “Twilight” series) and Portia Doubleday (“Carrie,” “Youth in Revolt”). Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i, The Shops at Mauna Lani and Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP grant. Admission to films is free for active-duty military service members with I.D. For complete schedule information and tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call (808) 883-0394.

Relay For Life of Waimea Announces New Daytime Hours

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Waimea is holding an official kickoff this week for its 11th annual event on Saturday, October 25th with new daytime hours of 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., instead of overnight from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Relay for Life Waimea

This week’s kickoff will take place this Saturday, April 26th at the Parker School Farmer’s Market from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and in front of KTA in Waimea from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Community members can stop by the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life booth at either location to learn about the event’s new daytime hours and sign up teams to walk.

For the last ten years, Relay For Life of Waimea was held overnight from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., however, this year’s event will be held at Waimea Park at 65-1260 Kawaihae Road during the day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. encouraging more families and school-age children to participate. Individuals and teams camp out at the park, with the goal of keeping at least one team member walking around a track in the park at all times. “This event brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups . . . people from all walks of life – aimed to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease,” says Bernie Kainoa, Event Board Chair and founder of American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Waimea.

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Big Island Police Identify Man That Drowned at Kua Bay Last Week – RIP Ozzie

A 54-year-old man died Wednesday (April 16) in waters off Kua Bay in Kona. He has been identified as Robert Gregory Osborne of Hōlualoa.
Kua Bay
At 1:25 p.m. on April 16, Kona Patrol officers responded to a report that an unresponsive man had been pulled from the water at Kua Bay.

Officers obtained information that the he had been observed floating and was pulled to shore by bystanders, who attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Fire Department personnel arrived and took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

At autopsy revealed that he died of saltwater drowning.

Here is my friends account of what happened:

Around 2pm on the 16th I was snorkeling about a quarter mile north of Kua Bay and saw a white male floating face down near the shoreline.

After determining he had no pulse and that it was unsafe to bring him safely to the rocky shore break I swam him back to Kua Bay. The swim took around a half hour to my estimation.

There were two doctors sunbathing on the beach when I brought him in. 911 was immediately called and CPR was given to the man with no success for 30 minutes until the HFD arrived.

They were unable to revive the man as well and put him in an ambulance shortly after.  A bag was found nearby that contained a Hawaiian drivers license that identified him physically.

He was born in 1960, brown hair, medium height and build.

Two hours later HPD called and I gave this statement. At this current time, 32 hrs later, I am unable to find any public information concerning this tragedy.

Jeff McBride

Family members have reported the following:

The man Jeff rescued was my brother Ozzie. Thank you Jeff McBride for bringing my brother in and trying to save him and putting this information out. A memorial service will be held next Sunday at City of Refuge for Ozzie at 2:30 pm.

Tracey Osborne Miller

Kids at Kahilu – Waimea Theatre Connects Kids With Creativity

Whether it’s dance, drumming, soccer, or gardening that get your kid’s creative juices flowing, Kahilu Theatre has it covered with an array upcoming events and programs for youngsters.

On Saturday April 26th from 10am to 1pm Kahilu is opening its doors for a Family Fun Day in conjunction with the 15th annual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest at the Parker Ranch Center Food Court. Kids of all ages are invited to be astounded by The Great Barusky Magician, join drop-in Hip Hop classes, learn the art of Origami, and create a sidewalk chalk masterpiece. Local musical duo “Hamajang” will set the beat with live music. The Herb Kane Hawaiian art exhibit, snack bar and Box Office will also be open to the public.

Next door, at the Parker Ranch Center, more than 30 presenters will offer hands-on activities to develop healthy keiki. The excitement continues outside with a climbing wall, bouncer, and keiki bike rodeo. Admission to the Keiki Fest and Family Fun Day are free.

Kahilu Dance

On Saturday evening, Kahilu Theatre presents Prince Dance Institute’s Season Finale: “Living Colors.” Director Angel Prince has devised a spectacular performance that exhibits the Big Island in all its glory, by showcasing the island’s many microclimates through dance, theatre, original music, time-lapse film and photography. A cast of 60 dancers aged 5 to adult will use trapeze, hip hop, breakdance, acting and contemporary dance to captivate the audience.

In addition to the “Living Colors” Saturday April 26th show at 7pm, there will also be a matinee show on Sunday April 27th at 2pm, along with two school shows on Wednesday April 23rd.  Prince Dance is Kahilu Theatre’s “in residence” dance academy, offering after-school classes as part of Kahilu’s ongoing Education program.  Tickets to the shows are priced at $25, $20, $15 and $10, and can be purchased from the Kahilu website www.kahilutheatre.org or from the Box Office which is now open from 12noon to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday, drop in or call 885-6868.

The Waimea Community is invited to the K(Arts) Grand Finale performance at Kahilu on Wednesday April 30 at 5.30pm.  Waimea Middle school students have participated in classes for 9 weeks, learning hip hop, Tahitian and Kahiko hula and chanting, African drumming, basket weaving and flower making, and backstage production.  K(Arts) instructors have been provided by Kahilu Theatre for the last seven years to create the popular, free after school enrichment program.  The family friendly finale celebration is also free.

Kids inspired to explore the arts themselves still have time to enroll in the 2014 Summer Arts program, happening June 2nd to July 3rd , Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, for kids ages 6-12. Presented by Lavaroots Performing Arts, this year’s theme is “The Roots of Hip Hop.” Kids will have a chance to explore hip hop culture through drumming, African dance, capoeira, breakdance, soccer and other art forms. Field trips will include Imi Loa Astronomy Center, sailing and biweekly visits to Mala’ai Gardens.  Sign up forms are available online from http://kahilutheatre.org/Education/Youth.

Finally, the Kahilu Theatre hosts the Hawaii Opera Theatre on Sunday May 4 for a Gala Concert, and on Monday May 5 for a special production of The Mikado for schools audiences, at 9.30am.  The theatre Youth Show Coordinator Lisa Shattuck communicates with schools well in advance of the shows to arrange block bookings for the students.  Currently there are almost 400 tickets booked and about 100 tickets left.  Any pre-school or home school families interested in coming to the Mikado show please contact Lisa at youth@kahilutheatre.org.

Commentary – Hawaii County Housing Violated My Right to a Fair Hearing

This is how Hawaii County Housing violated my right to a fair hearing due to notice of rent increase, by back dating my notice to 03/21/2014 and mailing it out postmarked 04/17/2014.

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Not only do I not get a chance to appeal the decision but they only gave me 13 days notice of a rent increase to be effective 05/01/2014, based on the date the notice was postmarked! Is that against the law!

Melissa Morris, County of Hawaii

 

Abercrombie Releases Money for Hawaii Airports – ITO to Get $3.3 Million

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP). These funds will improve the air travel experience for Hawaii’s residents and visitors that drive our economy, while invigorating our growing construction industry and creating local jobs in the process.

“We have seen great strides in our Hawaii Airports Modernization Program over the past few years, and the release of these funds is evidence that we remain committed to transforming our airports into world-class facilities,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Any investment in our airports is an investment in our economy and jobs.”

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

Kahului Airport Consolidated Car Rental Facility

Kahului Airport Consolidated Car Rental Facility

$305,500,000 – Consolidated Car Rental Facility and Roadway Improvements, Kahului Airport, Maui – Construction funds for a multi-level consolidated car rental facility that will include a customer service building, quick turnaround, ready and return vehicle parking spaces, four 15,000-gallon fuel storage tanks, a people mover system to and from the terminal, site improvements, roadway connections to airport terminal roadways, additional employee parking spaces and potential flat-plate, non-reflective photovoltaic panels. The new facility will provide added customer convenience and will reduce traffic congestion at the airport. Access to the new facility will be through a new access road from Hana Highway to Airport Loop Road.

$14,460,000 – Overseas Terminal, 2nd Level Roadway Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction funds to improve the 2nd level roadway fronting the Overseas Terminal. Improvements will include repair of the concrete roadway, replacement of existing expansion joints, drainage system repairs, roadway lighting system repairs, hazardous material abatement and demolition of existing planter boxes.

$11,749,000 – Concession Improvements, Honolulu International Airport, Oahu – Construction funds for an additional 28,000 square feet of concession space for the Ewa Concourse, which currently has just 5,200 square feet. The project will include the demolition and/or renovation of existing restrooms and the enclosure of the exterior sidewalk by relocating the existing curtain wall to the Wiki-Wiki shuttle roadway, including necessary interior improvements. The concession area development should allow the state Department of Transportation to maximize potential sales revenue, and improve the passenger experience by bringing the concessions closer to the gates.

$3,300,000 – Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Facility Improvements, Hilo International Airport, Hawaii Island – Construction funds for a new ARFF station to replace the current one, which does not meet the requirements set by the Federal Aviation Administration. The current ARFF building will be utilized for storage upon completion of the new facility.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Puna Boy

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

Justin Pola

Justin Pola

Justin Pola was last seen in his Pāhoa home on April 11. He is described as 5-foot-9, 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police ask anyone with information on his 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help Identifying Two People

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two persons depicted in surveillance images in connection with an incident outside a department store in Hilo last week.

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At 12:09 p.m. Friday (April 18), a female patron was observed concealing an item and then exiting a store in a shopping mall on Puainakō Street without paying.

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After store employees confronted the woman and a male companion outside the store and attempted to escort them inside, the male threw one of the employees to the ground, causing injuries to his head and ribs. The pair then fled the area on foot in the direction of Makaʻala Street.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity or location of the persons in the surveillance images 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.

Wheel of Fortune Returns to the Big Island – Seeking Contestants

Wheel of Fortune, America’s #1 game show will celebrate its 32nd season with shows taped on Hawaii, the Big Island. Host Pat Sajak, co-host Vanna White, and the entire Los Angeles-based crew will set up shop at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in September to tape four weeks of shows.

Pat and Vanna will be back on the Big Island soon.

Pat and Vanna will be back on the Big Island soon.

Marking the fifth time Wheel of Fortune has taped in Hawaii since 1996, the production will ship 37 trailers and containers with 1.8 million pounds of equipment. More than 225 staff and crew will be on hand to produce 20 episodes and share the beauty of Hawaii with the show’s 25 million weekly viewers.

“We have taped Wheel of Fortune on location 65 times,” said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “But no destination creates a greater sense of excitement than Hawaii. The scenery, the hospitality and the warmth of the Aloha spirit simply can’t be found anywhere else.”

Contestant auditions will be held on Hawaii, the Big Island in late May; and on Oahu in late June for individuals (18+), and married couples, as well as best friends who are not related. Tune into KHON2 or log on to www.khon2.com to find out how to audition and for audience ticket information.

Click here to apply to be on the show: Hawaii Contestant Search

UH Hilo Student Awarded Space Internship

A University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student has been selected for NASA’s prestigious Sally Ride Internship.

Melissa Adams. (Photo courtesy of PISCES)

Melissa Adams. (Photo courtesy of PISCES)

Melissa Adams, a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geology, was among a select group chosen for the program, which awards only 10 internships during the spring and fall semesters of each school year.

The Sally Ride Internship was established in 2013 to encourage more students from underserved backgrounds to pursue a research interest at one of NASA’s centers nationwide and eventually enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program named after the first American woman in space provides students the opportunity to work side-by-side with practicing scientists and engineers.

Adams, a native Hawaiian, was awarded the internship for joint research she conducted with Jacobs/NASA Scientist Trevor Graff and John Hamilton, logistics and EPO manager for the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). The trio employed satellite imagery to identify specific geologic properties contained in basaltic lava located on Mauna Kea. For Adams, a former PISCES intern, her selection is a dream come true that took a while to sink in.

“I am so busy with school work that the news about getting the internship did not phase me at first,” Adams explained. “But one evening in the middle of the night, I awoke out of a deep sleep, startled, and said to myself, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to be working at NASA this summer.’ I still cannot believe it.”

The 10-week internship begins in May and will reunite her with Graff and fellow NASA Scientist Dr. Richard Morris, who will serve as her mentors at the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. Their research will involve a chemical analysis of the analog samples collected in Hawaiʻi, with the findings used to support various robotic missions to Mars.

Adams will prepare samples, conduct instrumental analysis and assist with data analysis and interpretations using some of the most sophisticated instrumented research techniques, including Visible Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, Optical/Digital Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy.

“To think of where I was two years ago and what I have done since then makes me feel so blessed,” Adams said. “I am so grateful for the people that have been instrumental in helping me get this opportunity. To them I say my warmest mahalo nui loa!”

Waikoloa Man Charged With Attempted Murder

A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing Thursday evening (April 17) in Waikoloa.

At 6:48 p.m. Thursday, South Kohala patrol officers responded to a report of a man bleeding from the neck on the 68-1600 block of Malie Street in Waikoloa.

Responding officers located the victim, a 20-year-old Waikoloa man, who had multiple wounds to his torso and throat. He was taken to North Kohala Community Hospital.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, who was an acquaintance of the victim, went to the victim’s house and the two got into an altercation. The victim was cut with a sharp object and then ran to another house nearby.

Joel H. White

Joel H. White

The suspect, 35-year-old Joel H. White of Waikoloa, was arrested at the scene and taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 11:05 a.m. Saturday, detectives charged him with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $275,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday (April 21).

The victim remains hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

“The Volcano Kilauea” – 1918 Rare Silent Movie Surfaces

This original 1918 film, The Volcano Kilauea, is a version updated through 1924.  Filmed using the Prisma Process, this was the first Hawaii film produced in color on the Islands.

The Volcano

No audio as words/lines were inserted; thus, a silent film. Rare film documented as being ‘lost’.

Ray J Baker was the producer; he was an early Hawaii photographer who progressed into moving film. Produced in Los Angeles by William Horsley Company.