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Hearing Scheduled for PLDC Bills

Hearing Scheduled for PLDC Bills

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WHAT: The Committees on Water & Land (WAL) and Finance (FIN) will be hearing 6 bills relating to the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC) and will be joined by the Committee on Education (EDU) to hear a bill relating to public school redevelopment. Decision making will follow.

WHEN:  Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:00 A.M.

WHERE:  Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

WHY:  The public has voiced serious concerns with the PLDC and the Legislature has taken swift action in hearing these bills, which represent a variety of options to comprehensively address the issue.

WHO:  WAL Chair Cindy Evans, Vice Chair Nicole E. Lowen, FIN Chair Sylvia Luke and Vice Chairs Scott Y. Nishimoto and Aaron Ling Johanson will be joined by members from their respective committees to hear the bills.

The hearing will be broadcast live on Olelo, Channel 54.

The notice posted below contains the bills on Saturday’s agenda as well as links to submit online testimony.

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2013/hearingnotices/HEARING_WAL-EDN-FIN_02-09-13_.HTM

 

Former Big Island Resident Ryan Higa Up for Audience Choice Awards at 2013 Streamy Awards

According to the Wrap.com, former Big Island resident Ryan Higa is nominated for an Audience Choice Awards at the 2013 Streamy Awards as well as nominated in the “Best First-Person Series” as well:

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“Ryan Higa, the Fine Brothers and the Young Turks are among the 20 nominees for two Audience Choice Awards at the 2013 Streamy Awards, which will take place February 17 in Hollywood.

Tubefilter and Dick Clark Productions on Tuesday also unveiled the nominees for Personality of the Year and Series of the Year, opening voting until February 11.

The nominees for Personality of the Year are Ashley Clements, Bernie Su, Brad Bell, Chester See, Grace Helbig, Mary Kate Wiles, Megan & Liz, Ryan Higa, SMOSH and the Fine Brothers. SMOSH ranks as the most subscribed YouTube channel on the online video site, while Higa ranks third…”

More here:  Ryan Higa, Fine Brothers nominees for audience Choice Awards at 2013 Streamys

 

Hawaii House Votes to Rename Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai and Saddle Road on the Big Island to Honor Late the Late Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The House today passed two concurrent resolutions to rename the Kilauea Point Lighthouse on Kauai the Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse (HCR 41), and designate Hawaii Island’s Saddle Road as the Daniel K. Inouye Legacy Highway (HCR 42).

  • HCR 41 was introduced by Kauai Representatives Derek Kawakami (Hanalei, Princeville, Kilauea, Anahola, Kapaa, Wailua) and James Tokioka (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao) on behalf of the Kauai Caucus.
  • HCR 42 was introduced by Representatives Mark Nakashima (Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo) and Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) on behalf of the Hawaii Island Caucus.
Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Kilauea Point Lighthouse

In his remarks today, Representative Derek Kawakami said, “the Kilauea Point Lighthouse is similar to our beloved Senator. Both provided guidance and protection. Both served to protect the weak from the mighty. Both provide beacons of hope and comfort.”

Saddle Road

Saddle Road

In introducing the resolution to rename Saddle Road on Hawaii Island, Representative Mark Nakashima said, “United States Senator Daniel Inouye was a true statesman having devoted his life to service of his country in the battlefields of Europe and in the halls of Congress. With values born in Hawaii, the Senator’s actions were visionary and looked to invest in the future of Hawaii for generations to come.  The Saddle Road Project is one such investment that will bridge east and west Hawaii.”

The measures now advance to the Senate for their consideration

Governor Abercrombie Appoints Max Otani Deputy Director of Corrections

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Max Otani as deputy director of corrections with the state Department of Public Safety, effective immediately.

Max Otani

Max Otani

“Max brings decades of experience to his position, from many years ‘on the line’as a parole and probation officer and in leadership roles at the Hawaii Paroling Authority, to most recently as division administrator at the Department of Public Safety,”said Gov. Abercrombie. “His familiarity with Public Safety issues and sound leadership, professionalism and efficiency are sure to be an asset to the department and the state as we work to implement our Justice Reinvestment Initiative objectives.”

Since 2011, Otani has served as the division administrator at the Department of Public Safety’s Intake Service Center. Previously, he served in a variety of roles for the Hawaii Paroling Authority, including field service branch administrator from 2010 to 2011, paroles and pardons administrator from 2007 to 2010, field service branch administrator from 2005 to 2007, Oahu intake service center from 2003 to 2005, and field service branch administrator from 1997 to 2003. He also worked as a parole supervisor and parole officer for the authority and as a probation officer for the Hawaii State Judiciary.

Active in the community, Otani is a member of the Interagency Council on Intermediate Sanctions and the Justice Reinvestment Working Group. He is also the head instructor of the Newtown Shinseikan Judo Club.

Otani earned his master’s degree in social work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and bachelor of arts at UH Hilo.

He resides in Aiea with his wife, Ann.

 

Description of Three Men Wanted for Robbery and Assault of Japanese National in Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police have obtained more detailed descriptions of three men wanted for a robbery early Thursday (February 7) in Kailua-Kona.

The first suspect is described as a local male, 25-26 years old, about 5-foot-9 with a skinny build, a black goatee and ear-length brown curly hair. He was wearing a gray or beige hooded sweatshirt.

The second suspect is described as a local male, 25 years old, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-10, with a thin-to-medium build. He was wearing black shoes, a black jacket and black shorts.

The third suspect is described as a local male, 25-27 years old, 5-foot-7 with a small-to-thin build. He was wearing a Cleveland Indians baseball cap.

A 41-year-old Japanese national reported that he was walking to his hotel with friends at about 2:30 a.m. when he was attacked by the three suspects at the intersection of Aliʻi Drive and Likana Lane. They knocked the victim to the ground, punched and kicked him and stole his fanny pack.
Ali'i Drive
The attackers then fled toward Likana Lane.

The victim sustained scrapes and abrasions to his arms, legs and back but declined medical attention.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 228. Detective Lewis may also be reached by email at jlewis@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

 

Crew at Work to Reduce Pooling at Pahoa Road Residences – Two Dry Wells to Be Installed

A Big Island construction crew is currently working to install two dry wells along Pāhoa Rd. Ludwig Construction Inc, which has been contracted by the county of Hawai‘i, has control of the project, and aims to reduce pooling fronting two Pāhoa Rd. residences.

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The dry well work, which began in January, was recently suspended to allow time for the contractor to cast concrete components; digging is scheduled to start again at the Pāhoa Rd. sites on Monday, February 11, weather permitting. Work is expected to continue through February and be completed on March 4, 2013, though this timetable may be impacted by inclement weather. Crews will be active from 7:30am-3:30pm on weekdays, and will post flagmen if any one-lane road closures are necessary.

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When reached for comment, Councilmember Zendo Kern expressed his enthusiasm for the project, “We look forward to seeing this project completed in a timely manner. I see these dry wells as being an important step towards improving public safety in Pāhoa town.”

For further information, please contact the office of Councilmember Zendo Kern at 961-8536, or the Department of Public Works at 961-8321.

Big Island Police Release Sketch of Body Found in Park Last Year

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in identifying a person whose partially decomposed body was found in a West Hawaiʻi public park last summer.

Police hope someone will recognize a two-dimensional facial reconstruction from the skull recovered at the scene.

Two-dimensional facial reconstruction from the skull recovered at the scene

Two-dimensional facial reconstruction from the skull recovered at the scene

The decedent may have been a middle-aged homeless Caucasian man between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11 who frequented the Kainaliu, Kealakekua and Honalo areas. When found at Higashihara Park in Keauhou Mauka on July 19, he was wearing blue jeans, no shoes and a blue T-shirt depicting a SpongeBob character and the words “It’s Hip To Be Square.”

The cause of death is still undetermined.

Police received numerous tips from the public with leads about the man’s possible identity but detectives confirmed that all the persons named were still alive.

Higashihara Park

Higashihara Park

Police ask that anyone who knows the identity of a person similar to the artist’s sketch call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646, Ext 238.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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 Looking for Folks Responsible for Theft of Coffee Parchment Worth $21,700

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating one or more persons responsible for four thefts of coffee parchment from two companies in Kaʻū.

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Coffee Parchment Drying

The first three thefts were from a property on Wood Valley Road. In those incidents, unknown persons removed 1,300 pounds of coffee parchment over the past two weeks.

The most recent theft was on Saturday (February 2) from a property on Kaalaiki Cane Haul Road. In that theft, about 1,000 pounds of coffee parchment were taken.

The combined value of the stolen goods is $21,700.

Police remind the public that it is illegal to be in possession of stolen property. They ask that anyone with information on these thefts call Officer Dane Shibuya at 939-2520.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

 

Japanese Tourist Attacked and Robbed By Three Men in Kailua-Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery early Thursday (February 7) in Kailua-Kona.

A 41-year-old Japanese national reported that he was walking to his hotel with three male friends at about 2:30 a.m. when he was attacked by three men at the intersection of Aliʻi Drive and Likana Lane. They knocked the victim to the ground, punched and kicked him and stole his fanny pack.

Ali'i Drive

The attackers, described as being local males in their mid-20s, then fled toward Likana Lane.

The victim sustained scrapes and abrasions to his arms, legs and back but declined medical attention.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 228. Detective Lewis may also be reached by email at jlewis@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.

Hilo’s Own Bryant Tadeo Gets Scare of Lifetime on American Idol Last Night

Trevor Blakney, Charles Allen, and Bryant Tadeo all had their chance to perform in front of the judges.

Tadeo falls to the ground after hearing the news on last nights American Idol.

Tadeo falls to the ground after hearing the news on last nights American Idol.

Who’s moving on and who’s going home?

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Parking Will Be Added to Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal Parking Lot

Work begins Monday Feb 11 to increase parking (by 17 stalls) in the Mo‘oheau Bus Terminal parking lot in Downtown Hilo.  The mauka lane, between Mamo and Hāla‘i Streets, fronting Kamehameha Avenue, will be widened by 7-ft.  Six trees along Kamehameha Avenue will be relocated to the Pana‘ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens.

Mooheau Park

Construction will be weekdays between the hours of 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  Completion is scheduled for mid-March, weather permitting.

No parking will be allowed in the mauka parking lane between Mamo and Hāla‘i Streets, fronting Kamehameha Avenue starting from 6:00 AM on Monday, Feb 11.  A no parking restriction sign will be posted Feb 9-10.  Vehicles will be towed on Feb 11.  Department of Public Works will resurface and restripe the parking lot later.

$100,000 in CIP Funds Released for Volcano Road Improvements

Governor Neil Abercrombie has released $100,000 in CIP funds for the Volcano Road and Drainage Improvements in the vicinity of Kulani Road. In releasing these funds, the Governor also expressed his appreciation for the work involved in securing these projects for the district.
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The Governor stated, “I understand how important these projects are to the people you serve in your district. I look forward to working together to see its completion. I hope that together we can work to decrease unemployment, jump start business activity, and get our people back to work while strengthening our communities across Hawai’i.”

Senator Russell Ruderman expressed his delight in the release of the CIP funds saying, “The release of CIP funds for the Volcano Road intersection and drainage improvements is a welcome influx of needed funding to improve the infrastructure and safety for our community. I appreciate the Governor’s New Day Work Projects initiative and thank him for his personal attention to this matter. Projects like this will help make our community safer while giving a much needed push towards reducing unemployment in our district.”

Keonopoko Elementary Receives $296,200 Race to the Top Funds

Public Works Administrator Duane Kashiwai has announced that Keonepoko Elementary School has been notified of their award of Miscellaneous Repair and Maintenance for Race to the Top, Zones of School Innovation funds and that work on the projects will begin shortly. The contract for the projects has been awarded to Site Engineering in the amount of $296,200.

Senator Russell Ruderman

Senator Russell Ruderman

Sen. Russell Ruderman said, “Congratulations to Principal Kathleen Romero and Keonopoko Elementary School. Funding for these implementation grants was made available as part of a total of $75 million in support from the state’s successful Race to the Top proposal. The projects supported by this funding will greatly extend school building modernizations and provide expanded and improved educational opportunities. This award will not only fortify our efforts in improving the comfort, safety, and learning environment for all keiki at Keonepoko Elementary School, it will also assist in creating jobs across the state.”

Big Island Police Renewing Request for Information on Missing 19-Year-Old Washington Woman

2/11/13 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 19-year-old Nhi Nguyen Tuyet Pham of Maui, who was reported missing.

She was found in good health in Puna on Sunday (February 10).

Hawaiʻi County police are renewing their request for information about a 19-year-old Maui woman who was reported missing from Lakewood, Washington, where she attends college.

Nhi Nguyen Tuyet Pham

Nhi Nguyen Tuyet Pham

Nguyen Tuyet Pham may be on the island of Hawaiʻi, possibly in Puna.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386. Detective Almeida may also be reached by email at ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Hapuna Beach Parking Area Repairs and Paving Begin Next Week

Starting Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will begin paving repairs to the main parking areas at the Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area that services the makai areas of the Hapuna Beach section of the park. Additional work will be completed at the Waialea section of the park. The project is expected to take 90 days to complete, or sooner if conditions allow.

Hapuna Beach

The improvements include the removal of existing asphalt paving, repairing road shoulders, installation of new asphalt paving, new striping, replacement of wheel stops, signage as needed, and related improvements in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Other work will include the grubbing of unused park areas adjacent to existing parking areas for park use including storage and parking, in compliance with County of Hawaii permitting requirements.

The park will remain open during the project. However, certain parking areas will be closed to allow for visitor safety during the construction activities. The contractor may also be closing or narrowing roadway access to accommodate the project activities.

Project will occur during normal day use hours of the park and no work will be done on the weekends unless there is an imminent need. To ensure the safety of park users, traffic control measures will be implemented as wells as appropriate barriers, coverings and implements.

“We appreciate the patience and understanding from visitors and kamaaina using the park during this time of our repair project. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a popular destination for all users.” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairperson.

The contractor is Keauhou Kona Construction Corporation and the project cost is $650,000.

Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area is a landscaped beach park on 61.8 acres, with swimming during calm seas, bodysurfing during periods of shore breaks, sunbathing and other beach-related activities, and lifeguard services. There is hiking along the Ala Kahakai coastal trail, picnicking and shelter lodging opportunities. The park has restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, lodging, trash cans, drinking water, and payphone. It is located on Queen Kaahumanu Highway (Highway 19), 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae. It is open daily during daylight hours.

 

Latest Monk Seal Death Increases Concern of Fishery Impacts

First Monk Seal Death of 2013 Could Have Been Prevented with Earlier Reporting

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this morning reported that a juvenile monk seal flown by the U.S. Coast Guard from Hawai‘i Island to O‘ahu last Friday for medical treatment has died. A necropsy conducted by NOAA Fisheries revealed that the young male seal, known by his ID tags as RK68, suffered fractured ribs earlier in life, but ingestion of a fishing hook more recently is believed to be the cause of death.

Monk Seal Hook

Results of the necropsy reveal that the seal may have been hooked for several weeks or months. Officials believe had they received a detailed report of the hooking incident when it occurred, the chances of a life-saving response could have been much greater.

“Early reporting of a monk seal hooking can possibly mean the difference between life and death for one of these critically endangered animals,” said DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. “We rely on the community to be active and mindful stewards of our oceans. Had someone come forward, even anonymously, to report this hooking when it occurred, we may have been able to save his life.”

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NOAA Permit 932-1905 K68 @ WAq 02-01-2013-1

This was the first monk seal death of 2013 and the first from Hawai‘i Island according to available data. Hawai‘i Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has promised increased support from the County.

“We are sad to learn that Hawai‘i Island has had its first monk seal death resulting from a hooking,” Mayor Kenoi said. “We will be encouraging everyone to report any injured or distressed seals to DLNR, and the County will be adding more informational materials in all our parks to help alert residents and visitors to this situation.”

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“Many people today use the term ‘kuleana,’ but we all must remember that kuleana is not just about our rights, it is also about our responsibilities. Our community has a responsibility to help manage and care for Hawaiian monk seals,” Aila added. “Hooking a monk seal is often preventable, but we know sometimes things happen beyond a fisherman’s control. However, reporting is almost always within our control, and when someone observes a hooking and doesn’t call it in, it means an unfortunate incident can go from bad to worse, and become fatal for the seal. We have an opportunity at this time to find solutions that will work for both the seals and the fishermen.”one of which resulted in deaths. There were 15 hookings reported in 2012, resulting in three deaths. This incident marks the first seal death of 2013. Another seal was reported with a hook in its tongue Monday (Feb. 4) afternoon on Kaua‘i. DLNR and NOAA Fisheries considers these numbers concerning.

“It is certainly discouraging to see the number of hookings continue to increase, but it is alarming when monk seals lives are needlessly put at greater risk because people fail to report hookings as they occur,” noted Charles Littnan, Lead Scientist with NOAA’s Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Program. “We remain strongly committed to studying monk seal behavior so we can find means of mitigating these interactions, but we depend on community members to provide us information on interactions. The more we receive public reportings of hookings and other interactions, the quicker we will be able develop solutions for mitigating these situations.”

The toll-free, 24/7 reporting hotline for all fishery interactions and other marine mammal incidents is

1-888-256-9840. DLNR and NOAA Fisheries urge all fishermen and other ocean users to write down this hotline and/or save it in their mobile phones for timely use whenever a seal is hooked or entangled.

Big Island Police Initiate Coroners Inquest Investigation on Body Found of Man Who Was Swept Out to Sea

Big Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest investigation in connection with a 31-year-old man whose body was found Wednesday morning after he was swept out to sea Tuesday afternoon.

Maku'u Drive

The victim has been identified as Charles Lyon of Keaʻau.

At 6:32 p.m. Tuesday (February 5) Puna Patrol officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a possible drowning off Makuʻu Drive in Paradise Park. Upon arrival, officers learned that the victim had been washed out to sea while fishing with his brother.

The case was originally classified as a missing persons.

Fire Department and Coast Guard personnel searched for the missing man but were unable to locate him initially and the search was suspended due to nightfall and weather conditions.

The search resumed at first light Wednesday (February 6) morning and the victim’s body was soon located by Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel.

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

FROM THE COAST GUARD:

The body of a man missing in the ocean near Paradise Park, on the Big Island, was located by first responders at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The Coast Guard was notified Wednesday that the Hawaii County Fire Department located the body of Charles Lyon who reportedly fell into the sea Tuesday.

“This is a terrible loss and we offer our deepest sympathies to the Lyon family during this difficult time,” said Cmdr. Steven Wheeler, Sector Honolulu search and rescue mission coordinator.

Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center were notified of a person in the water near Paradise Park, approximately 10 miles south of Hilo, on Tuesday evening. The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, a 110-foot cutter homeported in Hilo, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point, were launched to search for Lyon at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Kiska crew searched throughout the night, while the Dolphin crew conducted evening and early morning searches.

Lyon was reportedly walking along a bluff approximately 20 feet above the water when he fell into the ocean.

Hawaii’s high surf conditions and rocky coastlines can be treacherous and the Coast Guard recommends individuals use extreme care when hiking, check local weather and sea conditions and heed all warnings from local authorities and posted signs.

For more information on this case contact Lt. Kevin Cooper, the Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, at 808-842-2657. To contact the Hawaii County Fire Department dispatch, dial 808-961-8336.

Renewable Energy Tax Credit Reform Bill Advances in House

The House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection (EEP) adopted HB497, which will serve as the vehicle to thoroughly address the issue of using tax credits to maintain economic expansion and further promote renewable energy in a fiscally equitable way.

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Under the proposed legislation, solar hot water incentives would remain a priority, with the tax credit cap for a single family dwelling increasing to $2500 per household and $500 per unit for multi-family residential properties. Small wind projects (1 Megawatt or less) would be unaffected.

The tax credit for photovoltaic systems will be incrementally phased down from 30 percent of the actual cost to 15 percent over the next 5 years. At that point, the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) will provide a cost-benefit analysis of the incentive and help determine its future.

“What we’ve done here, is taken input from stakeholders on all sides of the issue to come up with a comprehensive solution that keeps the economy growing and continues to expand access to renewable energy in a fiscally responsible manner,” said EEP Chair Chris Lee (Kailua, Waimanalo).

The measure will now advance to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

 

Tourist From Beijing Robbed at Rainbow Falls Park

Police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred this afternoon at Rainbow Falls Park in Hilo.

HPDBadgeOn February 6, 2013 at about 3:00 pm, police received a report that a 49 year-old male tourist from Beijing was assaulted by a male suspect and robbed of his belonging while near the bathroom area at Rainbow Falls Park. The male tourist was part of a larger tour group but seperated himself when we went to use the restroom.

The suspect was described as possibly in his 30’s or 40’s, about 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing a dark blue shirt with light colored white stripes, and dark colored pants.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of the suspect to contact police.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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 Robbery at Kolekole Beach Park This Morning

Police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred in a Hilo park early this morning.

My son enjoying himself at Kolekole Park

My son enjoying himself at Kolekole Park

On February 6, 2013 at about 4:54 am, police received a report that a 29 year-old female victim and a 29 year-old male victim were camping at the Kolekole Beach Park when they were awakened by a male suspect who entered their tent. The suspect threatened them with a knife before taking several of their possessions and also demanded the keys to a rental vehicle that was parked nearby.

The suspect left the area in the rental vehicle, which is described as a white 2012 Ford Mustang coupe with license plate #HMX-973. The vehicle was found abandoned in the upper Wainaku area and has since been recovered by police.

Both victims walked to a nearby residence to call police and were uninjured during the incident, which is being investigated as a first degree robbery, second and third degree thefts, first degree terroristic threatening, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, and unlawful imprisonment.

The suspect was described as possibly Caucasian, in his mid 20’w, standing about 5’8” tall, weighing about 150-160 pounds, fair complexion, and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a dark colored jacket or hoodie, either a beanie or a hood, and possibly a khaki colored pants.

Police ask that anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or may have witnessed this robbery to call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or by email at nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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.