Big Island Police Charge Honoka’a Man for August Break-In

Police have charged a Honokaʻa man for a break-in that occurred in August of this year in Honokaʻa.

Sam Ryelan Perez

Today at 10:45 a.m. (September 14, 2012) after conferring with prosecutors, Sam Ryelan Perez was charged for one count of first degree burglary and one count of second degree theft. Bail for Perez was set at $35,000.00 and he is being held at the police cellblock pending his initial appearance on Monday.

On August 23, 2012 shortly before 4:00 p.m., a 57-year-old Honokaʻa woman called police and reported that upon returning home, she discovered that her residence was entered and several items were missing.

Police learned that a neighbor observed a male running through adjacent yards and recognized Perez.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and Perez was identified as the suspect.

Police have recovered a portion of the stolen property allegedly taken by Perez.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities to call either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or email him at jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or email him at rpserrao@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.

North Hawaii’s $125,000 Federal Grant at Risk

North Hawaii will lose $125,000 in federal funds unless $30,000 needed for matching operational funding can be secured by the end of the month, according to North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition (NHDFC), a project of Five Mountains Hawaii.   This tenth and final year grant is scheduled to begin on September 30.  NHDFC was recently notified that Five Mountains Hawaii was not able to secure sufficient funds needed to continue operations through the entire grant cycle, required by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health  Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“It would be such a shame to have it all come to an end—especially for our youth,” said Coalition member Holly Algood of North Kohala.  “The money is used for many things, including capacity-building, which this island really needs.  For example, when the Coalition sponsors North Hawaii youth to attend national training, they learn to identify key issues and develop strategic, targeted plans to address those issues in their own communities.  They come home with a plan of action.”

“With $30,000 in community support by the end of September, we’ll be able to accept the award for more than four times that amount in federal funds,” said Five Mountains Executive Director Robin Mullin.  “Of the $187,500 of matching funds required, we are able to secure the majority from in-kind donations and volunteer activities and provide partial operational cash, but we are currently $30,000 short even after revising the budget.”

Prior to 2003, four task forces in North Kohala, Waikoloa, Waimea and Hamakua were working hard on grass roots efforts to address the impact of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) in their communities.  In 2003, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded NHDFC $125,000 per year for ten years through its Drug Free Communities Continuation Grant program.  With federal funding, the four core groups joined forces and became North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition in order to increase capacity—which has proved very successful.

“In the past nine years, we have sponsored over a million dollars of SAMHSA funding into the drug free coalition initiative in North Hawaii and always raised needed matching funds, but unfortunately that is just not the case this year,” said Robin Mullin.  “And even though NHDFC was awarded the year ten grant, we may lose this $125,000 for its final year unless we move quickly.”

Without community support this month, NHDFC will have to decline SAMHSA’s 10th year grant – losing a primary funding vehicle for drug and alcohol-free preventive messaging in the North Hawaii communities.

Affiliate/partner programs include:

Arc of Kona
Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC)
Children’s Research Triangle
Hamakua Youth Foundation Inc.
Ka Hana Noeau

Lokahi Treatment Centers
Lifeplan Institute Hawaii
Mama’s House Thrift Store
Roots Advocates for Youth
Waikoloa Skate Park

“We have secured in-kind support as required by the Grant,” said Mullin.  “And we have reached out to numerous community stakeholders and our political leader for support and any assistance possible and have received a couple of small pledges already.  But with only two weeks until the end of the grant year, we felt it was important to give the community a chance to step forward and help us continue our work.”

Here’s how you can help.  Make a Pledge for a tax-deductible donation of any size to support the North Hawaii Drug Free Coalition by September 29th and if we meet our goal of $30,000, we will ask for the pledged funding by October 30.  You may find a pledge form template on the website at: http://fivemountains.org/.  Forms can be mailed to: Five Mountains Hawaii, P.O. Box 437200, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743 or dropped off at the Five Mountains office at the Carter Professional Building (across from (across from Waimea Elementary School), 65-1230 Mamalahoa Highway, #D20a.  If the full required amount of $30,000 is raised, you will be notified and asked to make payment on your pledge by October 30.  For more information, please contact Robin Mullin at 887-1284 or Deanna Kackley at 887-0756, dkackley@fivemountains.org.

Tomorrow – Hollywood Comes to Hilo

Have you ever wondered how the special effects are done on Hollywood blockbuster movies? Have you ever thought about what it takes to produce a network television series? Have you ever thought what a cinematographer and his or her team do in pre-production to prepare themselves for a feature film or television project? Are you interested in a career in film production or digital media and wonder what it takes to get from The Big Island to Hollywood?

The answers to these and many more questions about production in Hollywood today will be provided at an upcoming “not to be missed” seminar at the Palace Theater in Hilo, “Hollywood Comes to Hilo: A Cinematography Master Class,” on tomorrow, September 15 from 10 am to 3 pm. This program is being sponsored by The Big Island Film Office and The Palace Theater.

The seminar will feature presentations by three Academy and Emmy Award winning cinematographers who are also members of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers, the ASC.

Richard Edlund, ASC, known as the “father” of modern special effects, will talk about his effects work on such classic films as “Star Wars,” one of the most influential Hollywood movies ever made and for which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and other epics, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Return of the Jedi.” Clips from these films will be screened to go along with the discussion.

Ron Garcia, ASC, is the host and organizer of this impressive and unique program. He is a Cable ACE Award winner for his work on “El Diablo,” and has received two Emmy Award nominations and four ASC nominations for best cinematography. He was also one of the cinematographers during the first season of “Hawaii Five 0,” now in its third season filming on Oahu. Ron will talk about network television production and how the camera team must function and perform to produce successful network television week-to-week.

The third presenter will be Bob Primes, ASC, who is a winner of the ASC Award for Outstanding Cinematography and a two time Emmy Award winner for Best Cinematography for his work on the mini-series “Sleeper Cell,” and the series, “Felicity.”  Bob has also been very active on many ASC and industry technical standards committees, and he will share results and findings from the seminal camera study, “The Great Camera Shootout,” which compared 24fps/HD/ DSLR cameras vs. HD/Digital Motion Picture cameras.

Lighting magician John Buckley will also join the presenters. John is a member of IATSE Local 728 electrical branch, and has worked on many award winning features and television shows including “Avatar,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Hawaii Five 0,” and others too numerous to mention as Chief Lighting Technician.

And if this is not enough, representatives from professional camera manufacturer Canon will be on hand to talk about Canon’s new DSLR C300 and C500 cameras in “hands on” sessions during a long lunch break in the lobby of the theater. Digital cameras like the ones Canon will demo are revolutionizing the way movies are made at the top professional level. All participants will be available for Q&A at the end of the program.

This seminar is a “must” for the professional film community on The Big Island, film students, and those from the general community who just want to learn more about how Hollywood movies are made by hearing and seeing the masters “who make the movies” in person.

Tickets are $20 for students and $35 for adults. A box lunch is included with the program fee. Call 323-4705 for more program information. Tickets will be available at the door.  Cash or check made out to The County of Hawaii accepted.

Big Island Police Charge Former Pepeʻekeo Man in Break-In Earlier This Year

Police have charged a former Pepeʻekeo man for a break-in that occurred in February of this year in Pepeʻekeo.

Ralph Curtis Riveira

On September 12th, after conferring with prosecutors, Ralph Curtis Riveira, 54, of no permanent address, was charged for one count of first degree unauthorized entry into a dwelling. Bail for Riveira was set at $5,000.00 and he is scheduled to make his initial court appearance this afternoon.

On February 17, 2012 at about 10:35 a.m., a 59-year-old Pepeʻekeo man called police and reported that while at home, he discovered an unknown male in his home. The male suspect fled the area after being confronted by the home owner.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section continued the investigation and Riveira was identified as the suspect.

Police ask that anyone with information on recent burglary activities to call either Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-2384 or email him at jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or email him at rpserrao@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.

Rapper J-Diggs Arrested and Charged with Assault and Attempted Murder After Bar Fight in Waikiki

J-Diggs has broken his silence about his weekend arrest in Oahu, Hawaii, revealing he and his associates were just trying to defend themselves from burly locals.

The Thizz Entertainment president, real name Jamal Diggs, and three members of his entourage were arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder after allegedly attacking security men outside the Big Kahuna bar in Waikiki.

In a statement obtained by WENN, he writes, “Me and 3 of my entourage got kicked out of BIG KAHUNA bar and grill. The security punched one of my dudes in the Jaw as the police were pulling up, so we went across the street and posted on the strip.

“Four large island security guards came across the street demanding us to get off the strip and that’s when it turned into an all-out brawl on Waikiki beach… I was charged with slapping and beating a 6 foot 4, 320 pound security (guard) and his friend with a board… Another dude’s throat is cut… And three out of the four went to the hospital with major head back and neck wound…

Full Article here:  Rap Mogul Speaks Out After Weekend Assault In Hawaii

MEDIA RELEASE:

Most notably known as the youngest American Gangsta on BET’s notorious series, Thizz Entertainment President J-Diggs and three members of his entourage were arrested over the weekend and charged with assault and attempted murder on security personnel, after they were thrown out of a Big Kahuna bar & grill on the island of Waikiki. Although witness testimony confirms the rapper and crew were acting in self-defense, they were the only ones arrested. The rapper, who was recently released after posting his $150,000 bail, claims they are being railroaded because they are not from the islands and were only protecting themselves from the over sized, overzealous security guards.

In the following statement he explains the incident; “Me and 3 of my entourage got kicked out of BIG KAHUNA bar and grill. The security punched of my dudes in the Jaw as the police were pulling up, so we went across the street and posted on the strip. Four large island security guards came across the street demanding us to get off the strip and that’s when it turned into an all-out brawl on Waikiki beach… I was charged with slapping and beating a 6 foot 4 320 pound security and his friend with a board… Another dude throat is cut… And three out of the four wet to the hospital with major head back and neck wounds. The dudes wrote statements against us and we were all charged”.

Still waiting to bail out a member of his entourage who has a hold on his bail, Diggs has a court date today to see if/when he will be allowed to leave the island. The rapper was in Hawaii preparing for the release of his album titled “Izm 101 with Philthy Rich” as well as filming a pilot for his reality TV show detailing behind the lives of Diggs and the Dirty girls, and shooting footage for his DVD DIGGS DOIT MOVING

I had to check out his tweets from the night that things broke out until now and here is his twitter feed:

Goodby Hawaii… See us Sundaynight… I’LL B BACK (terminator voice @ Honolulu International Airport (HNL) http://instagr.am/p/Pj_gw_Q-3-/ 

Packed up and headed to the airport… BAYAREA here I come… @ Secret Location Waikiki http://instagr.am/p/Pj8-4tQ-2R/ 

15h j diggs j diggs@jdiggsthizz

I’m hard at word in Hawaii @ Vibe Asylum Studios http://instagr.am/p/PivDvfQ-3h/ 

Sittin on the Rock blowin a BACKWOOD watchin the Dolphins Play… Laterally @ Dolphin Quest http://instagr.am/p/PiK7neQ-9D/ 

Just bailed my nigga out… We goin swimmin wit the Dolphins gotdamit

Smokin the Best Weed in the World and the flyest hotel in Hawaii @ Kahala Hotel and Resort http://instagr.am/p/PiG-OGw-6D/ 

This where I go to swim wit the Dolphins.. Me and @smurflucci @ Kahala Hotel and Resort http://instagr.am/p/PiGt7rw-51/ 

RT @LAtotheBay @jdiggsthizz you still gonn make it to Anderson after laying down some cutthroat shit on dem giants pimp? #CCC ..FASHO

Nd thats Real ! Just Wait Till We Get Our Stuff 2gether We Really Fina Do This ! #FightingCases #TeamDiggs @jdiggsthizz pic.twitter.com/c6H6rflt

Got to give a S/O to the people that’s by my side no matter what Diggs go thru..u know who u are, and trust me when I say I Reconize

@jdiggsthizz Anytime, Promises, I just want you >>>>> can relate to them like THAT #thankyou

Make no mistake about it I’ll b at my show Friday in Fairfax http://img.ly/ngis  And back in Hawaii for court Monday..

This is what a Hawaiian Mc Donald’s breakfast menu look like.. @ McDonald’s http://instagr.am/p/PgML8SQ-7N/ 

What else would I do after a night in jail!! Duh!! @ Ruth’s Chris Steak House http://instagr.am/p/PgLlN4w-66/ 

This shit is crazy… I need a BACKWOOD, a GOOD MEAL, and a STIFF DRINK..I’m headed to The Beach for peace and some Eats

Ima need my FANSUPPORT on this BULLSHIT… CLICK THE LINK FOR STORY Check out this newsletter: http://mad.l http://instagr.am/p/Pf9SsOQ-z6/ 

@TheThizzler Ima need my FANSUPPORT on this BULLSHIT… RT Check out this newsletter: http://mad.ly/c27513  via @madmimi

Ima need my FANSUPPORT on this BULLSHIT… RT PLEASE IM STUCK IN HAWAII Check out this newsletter: http://mad.ly/c27513  via @madmimi

GOT COUT IN HAWAII IN 30 mins… I’ll explain later.. Y’all ain’t gone believe this shit

Big Island Police Looking for 22-Year-Old Mt. View Man Reported Missing

Police are looking for a 22-year-old Mt. View man who was reported missing.

Paul Moses Abiley

Paul Moses Abiley is described as a Portuguese male, about 5’9” tall, weighing about 175 pounds, with short brown hair, brown eyes, and a fair complexion.

Abiley was last seen at a bed and breakfast in the Volcano area yesterday (September 13, 2012) at about 12:00 p.m. He was last seen wearing surfer shorts and a cap, was bare backed, and carrying a black backpack.

Abiley has a medical condition that requires medication.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Abiley call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers may also call the police non emergency line at 935-3311.

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.

Freaky Friday – The Wild Hawaiian Experience Hawaii Aloha

“The Wild Hawaiian Experience Hawaii Aloha” is something that was posted today on youtube by Kapono.

It features professional poetry slammer “Kealoha” in it.

Some Thugs Caught… Some Remain on the Loose

The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Kona and the many neighborhood watch associations for their assistance in locating several wanted individuals. Thanks to the outpouring of tips provided by the community, police have located Nicole Adams, Michael Galon, Sean Gregory, Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., and Joshua Watan.

From left to right (top row): Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., Joel Landsborough, Sean Gregory, (bottom row): Michael Galon, Daniel “Danny” Estocado

Big Island police continue their efforts to locate the following two individuals who have outstanding warrants or who are wanted for questioning.

Joel Landsborough, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest.

Danny Estocado, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning for an unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle investigation. He is described as 5-foot-7 and about 178 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tribal type tattoo on the left side of his chest.

Police ask that the public not approach any of these wanted persons, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to inform the public that the department does not post information concerning wanted individuals on social media websites and information concerning persons who are being sought by police is distributed via the department’s website located at www.hawaiipolice.com.

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.

Mayoral and Prosecutor Debates to Headline UH Hilo Media Symposium

Hawaii County Mayoral and Prosecutor debates will headline the a media symposium slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at UH Hilo Campus Center.

From Left to Right at table – Ian Lind, Andy Parx and John Temple discuss blogging while Sherry Bracken moderates at the 2011 Media Symposium. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya | Hawaii247.com

The debates between Mayor Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim and Deputy Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida will take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively in the plaza area of campus center.

UH Hilo political science professor Todd Belt and Sherry Bracken, a reporter for Lava 105 and Hawaii Public Radio, will serve as moderators.

A panel discussion on the state of media in Hawaii will follow the candidates debates, and include a cross section of reporters from print, radio and new media.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr. talks about the Sunshine Law at the 2011 UH-Hilo Media Symposium as Cheryl Kakazu Park, Director of the Office of Information Practices looks on. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya | Hawaii247.com

The symposium will commence at 9 a.m. Friday in Campus Center Room 301, with a libel, defamation, and copyright workshop headed by Hilo attorney Steve Strauss.

Attorney Steven Strauss holds a Libel and Defamation workshop at the 2011 UH-Hilo Media Symposium. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya | Hawaii247.com

Marty Orlando, of Tropic Mac, will offer an iPad workshop, and Simon Kaliko Trapp, of Hale Kuamo’o, UH Hilo’s Hawaiian Language Center, will speak on technology and the Hawaiian language.  Patsy Iwasaki, of UH-Hilo’s communication department, will offer a workshop on reporting and news writing. Nancy Cook Lauer, a West Hawaii Today reporter and blogger, will give a presentation on ethics.  Steve Petranik, of Hawaii Business Magazine, will share details on global media trends.  Sen. Les Ihara will speak on the state’s Sunshine Law.

Lunch and refreshments will be served. $10 for students/$20 for general public. Call 974-7504 for more information or to register.

Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk – New Star Station to be Located on the Big Island

The Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk will soon be the largest exhibition in the world! On Sept. 28, the exhibition will expand from Ithaca to Hawaii to include the star nearest to the Sun, Alpha Centauri.

In keeping with the 1-to-5 billion scale of the exhibition, this new star station will be located on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Imiloa Astronomy Center of the University of Hawaii. The newly expanded Sagan Planet Walk will measure 5,000 miles from end to end.The Alpha Centauri station has been two years in the making, a partnership of the Sciencenter, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Cornell University, the University of Hawaii and NASA…

More Here:  Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk expands to Hawaii

Neighbor Attempts to Help Extinguish Fire… Ends Up Dying

Police have initiated a Corners Inquest following the death of a 69-year-old man.

On Wednesday (September 12) at approximately 10:35 p.m., Kaʻū Patrol Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Kamaoa Road in Waiʻōhinu.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the residence. A male party who was assisting the homeowner in attempting to extinguish the blaze prior to arrival of Fire Department personnel was found unresponsive outside the residence. The 69-year-old male has been identified as Gerald Erickson of Kamāʻoa Road. It was determined that shortly after the fire started Erickson was summoned by his neighbor to assist in putting out a fire which started in the kitchen area. As the residence began to fill with smoke the homeowner, Lui Salas, told Erickson to go outside and call 911. Shortly thereafter Salas found Erickson outside the house and unresponsive, he immediately began to administer CPR. Erickson was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on September 13 at 3:30 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death and officers from the Kaʻū Patrol Section are continuing this investigation. The fire appears to have been started by an unattended propane stove. Damage to the structure was estimated at $50,000.00

Hilo Orchid Society Preview Party Raises $5,360 for Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center

The Hilo Orchid Society’s benefit Preview Party, which kicked off the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale, raised $5,360 for Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center (KMC).  Held on August 2 at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium, the benefit featured wine and beer tasting, catered food, live music, and orchid pre-sales.

Hilo Orchid Society president Julie Goettsch and show chair Sandra Song present a donation to Julie Mitchell, executive director of Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center (KMC). The $5,360 check represents a portion of ticket sales from the August 2 Preview Party, which KMC helped organize. The benefit party kicked off the 60th Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium.

“We were so grateful to be the beneficiary of this event for the second year in a row,” said KMC Executive Director Julie Mitchell.  “In these difficult economic times, partnerships between organizations are essential.  These funds will truly make a difference in helping us provide much-needed human services.”

KMC offers a big mahalo to the Hilo Orchid Society, especially president Julie Goettsch and show chair Sandra Song.  Mahalos to Kona Brewing Co., AJ & Sons Catering, Island Naturals, Hilo Coffee Mill, Sustainable Island Products, Kui & I Florist, and Hawai‘i Printing Corporation.  Thanks also to James McCully, Rene Ahu, Boni Norito, Leafy Hao, Danny Robinson, and all the volunteers who helped make the Preview Party possible.

Since 1983, Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center has helped to bring about peaceful resolutions to conflicts in our community–first as a program of the Hawai‘i Island YMCA, and from 2005 as an independent non-profit organization.  Ku‘ikahi is the sole non-profit mediation center serving East Hawai‘i, and one of only five in the state.

“Our agency provides a vital service to the community, especially in the areas of domestic and foreclosure mediations,” Mitchell stated.  “Over 50% of our clients have annual household incomes of under $20,000.  Our services are provided on a sliding scale fee schedule, and no one is turned for lack of funds.”

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center is offering a 28-hour “Basic Mediation Training” starting Saturday, September 29.  For more information, call 935-7844 or visit www.kmchilo.com.  KMC is located in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.

Big Island Police Asking for the Public’s Help Locating Five Individuals

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating five individuals who have outstanding warrants or who are wanted for questioning.

From left to right (top row): Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., Joel Landsborough, Sean Gregory, (bottom row): Michael Galon, Daniel “Danny” Estocado

Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., 35, who has no permanent address, is wanted for four warrants totaling $32,500. He is also wanted for several all-points bulletins. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 270 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has the letters “CVK” tattooed in red and green letters on his right inner forearm and the name “Keahi” tattooed on his left inner forearm. He also has a scar that runs from his left cheekbone to his left eye. He may be in the company of 37-year-old Nani-Jo Keanini of Honoka’a, 34-year-old Elona Keanini of Kailua-Kona, or both.

Joel Landsborough, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest.

Sean Gregory, 21, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning in a theft investigation. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 165 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has the word “Kalaoa” tattooed on his left tricep.

Michael Galon, 39, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning in kidnapping and burglary investigations. He is described as 5-foot-11 and about 210 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Daniel “Danny” Estocado, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning for an unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle investigation. He is described as 5-foot-7 and about 178 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tribal type tattoo on the left side of his chest.

Police ask that the public not approach any of these wanted persons, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

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

Governor Abercrombie Releases $147 Million for Education, Health and Other CIPs

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $147 million for design, construction and administration of various Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) statewide, including work to decrease repair, maintenance and upgrade backlogs that over years have accumulated at public schools, the University of Hawai’i, health facilities, and the Hawai’i State Capitol.

“These CIP projects are part of an economic strategy that has already put our state back on track toward economic recovery,”said Governor Abercrombie. “Since the start of 2012, my administration has announced the release of more than $732 million for CIPs selected for their potential to immediately address priority work while stimulating the economy and generating job opportunities for residents. More than $187 million of this has been for public school facilities across the state.”

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

Education

· $75,000,000 – Various Schools, statewide – Design, construction and works of art for school repairs and maintenance for schools statewide; projects include reroofing, electrical upgrades, plumbing, and other school repairs and renovations (DOE’s estimated backlog for repair and maintenance is currently $382 million)

· $6,750,000 – Stevenson Middle School, O’ahu – Additional construction funds to complete the school’s multipurpose educational facility; the project is based on a learning curriculum focused on science and a team teaching approach and will include a flexible multipurpose space to accommodate large instructional meetings (Existing facilities are too small for meetings having more than 25 participants)

· $4,940,000 – DOE project positions, statewide – Fiscal Year 2013 staffing costs for 58 project-funded positions to provide the technical and clerical support necessary to adequately address CIP needs

· $2,500,000 – Kailua High School, O’ahu –Design and construction for removal and replacement of bleachers and storage rooms for the soccer/football field at Kailua High School; DOE plans to replace the visitor side bleachers with concrete bleachers, provide a handicapped accessible path, and construct permanent storage for football and track equipment

· $600,000 – Radford High School, O’ahu – Additional construction to upgrade the all-weather track from six to eight lanes, and to provide renovations to bleachers due to the larger track layout

· $550,000 – Kalani High School, O’ahu – Design for girls locker room/shower building to achieve gender equity per Title IX

· $200,000 – Lunalilo Elementary, O’ahu – Resurfacing of worn basketball courts and replacement of aged, outdated and non-functioning play equipment; this project will allow for multi-sport courts and provide removable equipment to support various games

(University of Hawai’i)

· $12,500,000 – UH Manoa Athletic Facilities, O’ahu – Design and construction for projects including the Physical Education/Athletics Complex, football video platforms, Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex, Stan Sheriff Center Complex, Les Murakami Stadium, Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, and Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium

· $5,000,000 – Minor Capital Improvement Program Projects for Campuses of the Community College System, statewide – Design and construction for building renovations at Honolulu Community College, Kapi’olani Community College, Kaua’i Community College, and Leeward Community College

· $825,000 – UH Manoa Richardson Law School, O’ahu – Design and construction as part of the law school’s master plan for expansion of the west (Phase I) and east (Phase II) buildings; this allotment will be used to design west wing improvements to the classroom/administrative building, public entry, community clinic, and faculty suites

Health

· $7,100,000 – Hospital Information System/Electronic Medical Record System, statewide – Equipment and implementation of system elements as required to help ensure continued receipt of Medicaid and Medicare incentive funds

· $1,000,000 – Maui Memorial Medical Center, Maui –Construction and equipment for the upgrade of medical center’s fire alarm system; Phase I focuses on changing fire safety devices to maintain fire codes; Phase 2 will focus on the fire sprinklers, fire extinguishing systems, smoke detectors, and signage

· $50,500 – Le’ahi Hospital, O’ahu – Repair and maintenance, including replacement of the hospital’s electrical transformer

Transportation

· $12,000,000 – Kahului Airport, Maui – Acquisition of remaining parcels of land adjacent to airport to ensure compatible land use for airport and aircraft operations

· $7,440,000 (and $29,760,000 federal funds) – Hawai’i Belt Road, Rehabilitation of Umauma Stream Bridge, Hawai’i Island – Construction of new concrete towers to support bridge loading requirements, widening of the existing bridge deck, correcting existing roadway deficiencies, and reconstructing bridge railings to meet current safety standards

Other

· $8,000,000 – Hawai’i State Capitol, O’ahu – Construction to replace the roof/deck, install waterproofing and resealing, and upgrade other related improvements to the Capitol building; the project is being coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Division because the Capitol is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places

· $2,576,292 – DLNR project positions, statewide – Fiscal Year 2013 staffing and associated costs for project-funded positions necessary to adequately address CIP needs; projects undertaken by the CIP staff include those for ADA compliance, water and land development, forest and wildlife resources, water resources management, conservation and resources enforcement, park development and operation, ocean-based recreation, park interpretation, flood control, and public lands management.

Calling All Hawaii Island Visual Artists

Art makers and lovers alike are invited to join Volcano Art Center for the first of many creative conversations about their Hawaii Island Network of Artists initiative on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

Hosted at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village from 5:30 to 7:00pm, HINA project coordinator Tiffany DeEtte Shafto and VAC CEO Tanya Aynessazian will lead an open discussion on the needs of local artists—what works, what doesn’t, and share ideas for collective improvement. The overall goals for HINA will be examined with attendee input warmly encouraged.

Participation in the Hawaii Island Network of Artists is free to all visual artists on Hawaii’s Big Island. Meeting attendance is also free and future gatherings are already being coordinated for each District:

  • Kickoff Meeting:  September 19 at 5:30pm, Volcano Art Center, 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano
  • Puna Community:  September 20 at 5:30pm, Pahoa Community Center, 15-2910 Puna Road, Pahoa
  • South Kohala Community:  October 9 at 5:30pm, Waimea Community Center, 65-1260 Kawaihae Road, Waimea
  • South Hilo Community:  October 24 at 5:30pm, UH Hilo, Room UCB 127, Hilo
  • Hamakua Community:  November 7 at 5:30pm, NHERC, 45-539 Plumeria Street, Honokaa
  • South Kona Community:  January 24, 2013 at 5:30pm, SKEA, 84-5191 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook
  • North Kona Community:  February 7 at 5:30pm, Donkey Mill Art Center, 78-6670 Mamalahoa Hwy, Holualoa
  • Kau Community:  March 7 at 5:30pm, Naalehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Hwy, Naalehu
  • North Kohala Community:  TBA
  • North Hilo Community:  TBA

There are many ways to participate if you are unable to attend a meeting in person. For more information, visit www.HINArtists.org, connect on Facebook at facebook.com/HINArtists, on Twitter at @HINArtists, through email at info@HINArtists.org or call Volcano Art Center directly at (808) 967-8222.

Hawaii Island Network of Artists is a project of Volcano Art Center and is supported in part with funding from Hawaii County. Photo and video artist volunteers are needed to assist with documenting meetings and project progress. Please email Tiffany if you are interested in lending your services at info@HINArtists.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

3.4 and 3.0 Magnitude Earthquakes Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island – No Tsunami Generated

Magnitude 3.0
Date-Time
Location 19.419°N, 155.289°W
Depth 33.1 km (20.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 7 km (4 miles) WSW (239°) from Volcano, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) WSW (251°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 20 km (13 miles) SW (229°) from Mountain View, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SW (214°) from Hilo, HI
  • 338 km (210 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 5.2 km (3.2 miles); depth +/- 1.9 km (1.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 11, Dmin=1 km, Rmss=0.32 sec, Gp=148°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60396806

And Earlier in the day:

Magnitude 3.4
Date-Time
Location 19.389°N, 155.245°W
Depth 3.4 km (2.1 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 7 km (4 miles) S (188°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (233°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (231°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) SSW (205°) from Hilo, HI
  • 343 km (213 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 43, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp= 54°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID hv60396546

Public Meeting to Discuss New Kealakehe Regional Park Master Plan

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to invite the public to an informational meeting regarding development of a new regional park on a 190-acre site in Kealakehe.

An overview of the planning process will be presented and community input sought during the meeting set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in Building G, Community Meeting Hale, of the West Hawai‘i Civic Center located at 74-5044 Ane Keohokāole Highway in Kailua-Kona.

This will be the first of three public meetings to determine what recreational activities and land uses are appropriate for the regional park to be built on state-owned land two miles north of Kailua-Kona. In January 2011, Governor Neil Abercrombie issued an executive order setting aside the vacant land for public purposes and placing it under the County of Hawai‘i’s control.

The goal of the meetings is to generate and implement a comprehensive master plan that will guide development of the regional park for the next 20 years.

For more information or to obtain flyers (electronic or hard copy), please contact Leslie Kurisaki, Kimura International, at (808) 944-8848 or lkurisaki@kimurainternational.com.

For accessibility accommodations for this meeting or to request a sign language interpreter or printed materials in alternate format, please contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at 323-4321.

6th Annual “Peace Day” Parade and Festival Information

In what has become a most colorful yearly tradition, Honoka‘a town is busy decorating storefronts, building floats and making plans to read, run, walk, dance, draw, drum and otherwise celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.  On Saturday, September 22, the 6th Annual “Peace Day” Parade and Festival steps off at 10 a.m. from Honoka‘a High School, with what’s been called a “moving stage” of multi-cultural and multi-generational entertainment.

Taiko drums, marching bands, bon dance groups, belly dancers, robots, rock & roll, hula hālau, costumed school groups and senior citizens all perform their way down the town’s main Mamane Street, and wind up  at the Sports Complex for the Peace Day Festival.   The Festival, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features numerous craft and food booths, live music on stage, and a large community Bon Dance for everyone to join.  Featured entertainment for the Parade & Festival includes “Elvis,” Hiccup Circus, Honoka‘a High School Jazz Band, the Big Time R&B Band, Honoka‘a Seniors Women’s Chorus, The Hawaii Island Festival’s Royal Court, and Kea‘au High School Band.

The “Fastest Man in America.”  Special honoree for the 2012 Peace Day Parade will be one-time “fastest man in America,” Everett Souza of Honoka‘a, who as a teenager held the record in the 50-mile run during President Kennedy’s physical fitness challenge to America.  Souza completed the run from Hualālai to Honoka‘a in about 12 hours, besting U.S. Marines, college track teams and many others, and has good-naturedly offered to participate and encourage students to keep fit, 50 years later.

Pictures from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Picture from the 2010 Peace Day Parade

Peace Poster Contest.  Peace-related events take place throughout the month.  Ongoing now, the Peace Poster Contest for K-12 students will accept entries until 6 p.m.  Friday, September 14. Posters are rated on focus and clarity of this year’s theme, “Aloha Peace.” Cash prizes for first, second and third places will be awarded by groups: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with winners announced at the Festival. “Best of Show” receives $100 and an overnight stay at contest sponsor Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast.  Entry forms at www.peacedayparade.org.  For more information, call 775-7232.

Read for Peace.  On Monday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m., the community is invited to join an engaging conversation based on Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Peace Is Every Step, at the Honokaa library.  “Read for Peace” is sponsored by the Friends of Hamakua Libraries and the Peace Committee.

Benefit for GMO-Free Hawai‘i—including films, local-networking, panel discussion, food, and dancing to great reggae music by international recording star Marty Dread, with special guest “Big Time.”  Events take place Monday, Sept. 17, 4:30-10 p.m. at the Honoka‘a Peoples Theater.  Proceeds go towards GMO-Free Hawaii’s completion of the Documentary “With Love and Gratitude from Hawai‘i to Japan: Thank you for saying NO to GMO Papaya,” an international collaboration that will spread the message abroad of the fight to keep Hawai‘i GMO-free. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for 18 and under with student ID before 5 p.m. show day, available at Taro Patch Gifts. For more information, call 775-7159.

Honoka'a Peace Parade

Day of Mindfulness, Forgiveness and Personal Peace.  On Friday, Sept. 17, prior to the Parade & Festival, the Peace Committee hosts a “Day of Mindfulness, Forgiveness and Personal Peace” at Kalopā State Park.  As opposed to meditation, “mindfulness”  is a practice of paying careful attention to what is happening in the present moment—including sensations, sounds, smells, visual images , emotions and thoughts.  It can be done any time, while engaged in any kind of activity, but the quiet natural setting of the forest promotes more complete relaxation and focus.   Guidance will be provided by Reverend Mary David of Mililani Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (Oahu). Registration fee of $25 includes a vegetarian lunch.  Please contact info@peacedayparade.org to sign up, as advance registration is required.

Run/Walk for Peace.  The 2nd Annual “Run/Walk for Peace,” a 5K run or 2-mile walk open to everyone, will start at 9:00 a.m. from the Honoka‘a High School Football Field—prior to the Parade on Saturday, September 22, with check-in 8:15-8:45 a.m. Entry Fee of $20 includes “Peace Day Parade” T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded top finishers.  For more information, please visit www.peacedayparade.org

Global connections.  This year’s events will have international ties, partnered with concurrent Peace Day concerts and activities around the world via live streaming video.  These include: One Day One Dance, a program of founder Jeremy Gilley’s organization Peace One Day, and Playing for Change Day, a global multimedia musical project taking place on the same day, September 22.  The Peace Committee is proud to be part of these initiatives and encourages readers to learn more and support their good works.

The 6th Annual Parade & Festival for the United Nations International Day of Peace are presented by the Peace Committee of the Honoka‘a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in cooperation with the United Nations and numerous community organizations. Major financial support has been provided by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai’i Committee on Social Concerns.  For more information visit www.PeaceDayParade.org or email info@peacedayparade.org

Big Island Police Initiate Investigation of Allegations of Voter Fraud on Hawaii Island

The Hawaiʻi Police Department has initiated an investigation into an allegation of Voter Fraud on Hawaiʻi Island.


The investigation was launched based on information provided by the Hawaiʻi County Office of Elections involving elections conducted in 2010.

Voter Fraud, under section 19.3.5 of the Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes, is a class C felony.

The investigation is being handled by Detectives of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section.

At this time, no other details will be released as it is an active investigation.

Birth of Dolphin Caught on Tape!

The birth of a dolphin caught on tape is a very rare experience.

Check this out!

Hawaii Pacific University and Oceanic Institute help a Bottlenose Dolphin Give Birth to a Calf.