Squatters Busted for Burglary and Theft

A Pepeʻekeo man and woman have been charged with burglary and theft for allegedly staying in an unoccupied house in Pepeʻekeo.

On Friday (May 30) police received reports of suspicious activity at a home on Kaupakueha Homestead Road, where lights were on in a house that was supposed to be unoccupied.

Akoni Perry

Akoni Perry

South Hilo Patrol Officers located and arrested 27-year old Akoni Perry, and 32-year old Holly White, and held them at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

Holly White

Holly White

At 3:10 p.m. Sunday (June 1), detectives charged Perry and White with first-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft. Bail was set at $5,250 each.

The two remained at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (June 2).

Big Island Police Seeking Identity of Man Wanted for Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for fraudulent use of a credit card. The card was used at a store in Hilo for charges totaling approximately $176.

Have you seen this guy?

Have you seen this guy?

The man’s image was captured on a surveillance camera. He is described as African-American, in his late 20s with a slim build.

Police ask that anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts 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.

Merchants are reminded to follow proper protocol when making credit card transactions and to be especially cautious when processing large purchases—especially if the credit card doesn’t swipe properly. When in doubt, check with the credit card company.

Malama O’oma Day

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Rescue Crews Searching for Man Off Big Island

The Coast Guard, Hawaii Police Department, and Hawaii Fire Department are searching for a man reported missing near Cape Kumukahi, Hawaii, Friday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Missing is 30-year-old Peter Mahoe.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report from crewmembers at the Hawaii Fire Department regarding a missing 30-year-old man who was last seen Thursday between 12 p.m., and 2 p.m., climbing down a cliff face where he was picking opihi.

Mahoe’s all-terrain vehicle was found 200 feet from the area he was last seen. His family was also camping close by.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point were launched to search along with the crew of the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, homeported in Hilo, and crews from the Hawaii Police Department and the Hawaii Fire Department.

Mahoe is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall, has shoulder length brown hair and was reported to be wearing blue boardshorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.

Bethany Hamilton Selected for “The Amazing Race” Season 25

Hawaii Pro Surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark attack,  has been selected to participate in this years CBS Television Reality Show “The Amazing Race” which kicked off this morning in Times Square in New York City.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband will compete in this years Amazing Race.

Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks will compete in this years Amazing Race.

Here is the complete cast list, as provided by CBS:

  • Bethany Hamilton and Adam Dirks: married surfers from Princeville, Hawaii
  • Kym Perfetto and Alli Forsythe: urban bike racers from Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Amy DeJong and Maya Warren: food scientists from Madison, Wisc.
  • Lisa Thomson and Michelle Thomson: Realtor sisters from Miami, Fla.
  • Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo: firefighters from Boston, Mass.
  • Brooke Adams and Robbie E. Strauss: dating pro wrestlers from Houston, Texas, and Woodbridge, N.J., respectively.
  • Tim Tsao and Te Jay McGrath: college sweethearts from Pasadena, Calif.
  • Isabelle Du and Dennis Hour: model and accountant, respectively, from Tustin, Calif.
  • Keith Tollefson and Whitney Duncan: engaged couple from Nashville, Tenn.
  • Misti and Jim Raman: married dentists from Columbia, S.C.
  • Shelley and Nici Porter: mother/daughter from Detroit, Mich.

What Do Kona and Mississippi Have in Common? BEER!

Kona Brewing Company has announced it has added Mississippi to its distribution lineup, rounding the Hawaiian craft brewer’s total offering up to 40 US states.

Kona BeersAs of early May 2014, bars, restaurants, specialty beer shops, liquor stores and regional grocery store chains have been making Kona brews available in key cities including Jackson, Hattiesburg, Gulfport, and Biloxi. Craft beer lovers can find Liquid Aloha nearest to them by going to www.konabrewingco.com and clicking on the beer finder link.

Longboard Island Lager, Kona Brewing Company’s flagship beer will be available in 12oz bottles and on draught throughout the state. In addition to Longboard Lager, Kona Brewing offers Big Wave Golden Ale, Fire Rock Pale Ale, as well as the newly available Castaway IPA, which made its debut on the mainland in April, 2014.

Aaron Marion, Kona Brewing brand manager said: “Mississippi is a great state for handcrafted beer, and it’s amazing to see how excited Mississippians are about Kona’s arrival. The warmth and openness of Southern hospitality goes perfectly with the Liquid Aloha lifestyle.”

The Hawaii-based brewery is celebrating its 20-year anniversary in 2014, and is proud to be one of the fastest growing craft brewers in the country, at double the growth rate of the craft beer category.

 

Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia Depart Hilo Bay for Worldwide Voyage

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today commented on the departure of voyaging canoes Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia, as crew members embark on the first leg of their 36-month worldwide voyage.

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Hokulea in Radio Bay

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“We congratulate Hōkūle‘a, Hikianalia and crew members for today’s successful launch and wish them fair winds and following seas throughout their Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. This journey is living proof that the ocean connects us rather than divides us and it is our hope that people around the globe take this as an opportunity to unite in the spirit of aloha and mālama honua.”

“Sunday Walk in the Park” to Feature Kilauea Iki and Thurston Lava Tubes

The non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (FHVNP) presents its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Led by Nick Shema, this month’s five-mile roundtrip hike will start at the resources management parking area.

Kilauea Iki with Rainbow. The public is invited to join the non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Photo Carol Johnson

Kilauea Iki with Rainbow. The public is invited to join the non-profit Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park for its next “Sunday Walk in the Park” on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Photo Carol Johnson

“We will take the Kilauea Iki Trail to Na Huku (Thurston Lava Tube).  From there we will proceed past Na Huku down the Escape Road for about one mile and take a right on the Crater Rim Trail.  We will follow that trail to the Chain of Craters Road and proceed to the Devastation Trail parking lot.  From there we will take the Byron Ledge Trail to the Kilauea Iki Trail and back to the starting location.  We will stop for bag lunches along the way,” says Shema, who is a member of FHVNP’s Programs Committee.

This will be a moderately strenuous hike of about five miles roundtrip, mostly on forested trails.   Participants should be prepared for the base 4,000’ elevation as well as for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy.

This monthly program, offered on second Sundays, is aimed at bringing together the members of FHVNP to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

FHVNP’s “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend.  Annual memberships are $30 for individuals and $45 for families, and come with a variety of benefits.

To register, contact FHVNP at 985-7373 or admin@fhvnp.org.  For more information, visit www.fhvnp.org.  Park entrance fees apply.

Forest Restoration Project to Focus on Ginger Removal

The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park hosts a volunteer FOREST RESTORATION PROJECT on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Removing Invasive Ginger with Ranger Jason Zimmer and FHVNP Volunteers.  Photo by Dave Boyle

Removing Invasive Ginger with Ranger Jason Zimmer and FHVNP Volunteers. Photo by Dave Boyle

This month we will be cutting invasive Kahili ginger. The park will then treat the area to kill the corms and prevent regrowth.  This is a nice area of Ohia forest with a mixed understory that recovers well when ginger is removed. We will also learn about the park’s native forest restoration and invasive plant control programs.

Volunteers should be at least 12 years old, and able to hike at least one half mile over uneven terrain with a moderate slope. Sturdy walking shoes and long pants are required, along with gear for variable weather conditions (be prepared for sun or rain with a hat, raincoat, sunscreen, etc.) plus drinking water and a snack.

Our goal is a crew of 16 people, and pre-registration is required. All participants will need to sign a Friends release form and a park volunteer form. For those under 18, an adult will need to co-sign.

Be aware that there can be VOG or high levels of SO2 in the area. If it is too heavy or the park is closed, we will cancel the project and try to notify everyone in advance.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Patty Kupchak at forest@fhvnp.org or call (808) 985-7373 by Monday evening, June 16. Please include your first and last name, email address, and a phone number where we can reach you at the last minute in case of cancellation.

Repairs To Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Harbor Begin – FEMA, State Share Cost of Tsunami Damages

The Department of Land and Natural Resources began two repair projects addressing tsunami damage at its West Hawaii boating facilities, starting May 27 at Kailua-Kona Pier and June 9 at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor. Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

DLNR Begins Repairs To Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Harbor FEMA, state share cost of addressing tsunami damages

DLNR Begins Repairs To Kailua-Kona Pier, Keauhou Harbor FEMA, state share cost of addressing tsunami damages

Funds for the estimated cost of tsunami damage repairs were appropriated by the 2011 State Legislature. FEMA will reimburse costs for up to 75 percent.

Work planned for the Kailua-Kona Pier will include paving of the entire hardtop or pier area, repair of the pump out station at the southwestern end of the pier, repair of the western and eastern revetment walls, and repair of the old U.S. Coast Guard office, which will be used for DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation staff upon completion. The launch ramp will need to be closed for two days during repair of the bottom or “toe” of the ramp. Ramp permittees who will be affected will be directly notified of the ramp closure.

Specific areas of the pier will be blocked off during the construction process using water-filled jersey barriers. Contractor Drayko Construction will begin work on the southwestern portion of pier and work its way toward the entry gate. The public is advised to use caution while in the pier area. Project cost is $1,626,000.

Work at Keauhou Small Boat Harbor will include repair of the bulkhead on the northern side of the bay, paving on a portion of the state property on the northern side parking lot, repair of the makai loading dock at the launch ramp area (the mauka side will remain open during construction), and repainting the interior of the comfort station.

The boat launch ramp and wash down area will need to be closed while it is being re-paved. This work is expected to completed by July 31, 2014. Project cost is $428,000.

My Audition for Wheel of Fortune… And Now the Wait Begins

So folks want to know about the Wheel of Fortune Audition that happened at the Hilton Waikoloa Village last night.

The sun sets at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

The sun sets at the Hilton Waikoloa Village

The room started out w/ about 200 folks that had previously sent in a video and had gotten a letter from WOF stating their audition times.

I gather that they had auditions at 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM yesterday.

They were really looking for contestants that were smiling and clapping a lot and basically enthusiastic that they were there.

We filled out applications that basically asked general questions about us.

Then they made a seating chart of who the folks were in the room.

They then called out everyone’s name in the room for a chance to play a simulated version of the game.

I was doing pretty good on my puzzle but then I chose a wrong letter.

They then called up a few more folks to ask them to do another puzzle.

They then issued us a 5 minute written test that was a lot harder then I thought it would be and the time flew by. I think I got about half the puzzles right and skipped the ones I couldn’t figure out.

We broke for about a half an hour while they graded the written tests.

We came back in the room and they showed us some old school clips of the show and then they told us that this is the hard part and that not everyone can be on the show.

They then read off a list of 12 folks that were partnered w/ “friends and family”,  then 12 individuals.

I was one of two guys that they called of the individuals to stay in the room and play some more simulated games.

I stayed and competed against a group of six folks playing two simulated puzzles. I didn’t win any of the puzzles but I got a bunch of letters correct before hitting a lose-a-turn.

After the simulated games we all sat down and they explained the process of things if we are selected to be on the show and that we would find out by the second week of August if we were selected.

They took Polaroid pictures of those of us remaining in the room and attached that to our written tests and the applications we initially filled out.

It was an interesting experience to say the least and now I sit back and wait for the “Casting Call” so to speak!

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) to Test Next Week on Kauai

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

Briefing panelists scheduled to be on hand include:

  • U.S. Navy Capt. Bruce Hay, PMRF Commanding Officer
  • Mike Gazarik, Associate Administrator of the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Mark Adler, LDSD Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
  • Ian Clark, LDSD principal investigator at JPL

NASA has identified six potential dates for launch of the high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD experiment: June 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 13. Decisions to attempt launch of the LDSD test will be made the day before each launch opportunity date.

Students Awarded Prestigious 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship by UH Hilo

Twelve students from public and private high schools in Hawaiʻi have been awarded the prestigious 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

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The award, valued in excess of $26,500, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earned either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

All Chancellor’s Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community services with other Chancellor Scholars.

The 2014 Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Adam Onishi, Waiakea High School
  • Casey Chow, Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Pahoa High School
  • Dustin Tacdol, Kamehameha High School-Maui
  • Jhoanne Domingo, Farrington High School
  • Melialani Agcaoili, Pahoa High School
  • Melissa Mizuguchi, Waiakea High School
  • Micah Carter, Kamehameha High School-Hawaiʻi
  • Noelle Lovesy, Kauai High School
  • Tori Nakagawa, Roosevelt High School
  • Vernon Warnock, Hilo High School
  • Zayin Minia, Waimea High School

Two Men Arrested in Connection With Violent Robbery in Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged one of the men arrested in connection with a violent robbery early Tuesday in Kailua-Kona.

Randall Todd

Randall Todd Chase

At 5 p.m. Wednesday (May 28), detectives charged 28-year-old Randall Todd Chase of Kailua-Kona with first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, assault, two counts of third-degree theft, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug, and possessing drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $40,250. He was being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday morning (May 29).

Nohea Gene Heinicke

Nohea Gene Heinicke

The other suspect, 43-year-old Nohea Gene Heinicke of Kailua-Kona, was released to the custody of the Department of Public Safety on a probation violation charge. Detectives are continuing their investigation into his role in the robbery.

At 1:57 a.m. Tuesday (May 27), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a robbery outside a restaurant on the 75-1000 block of Henry Street.

Police determined that an acquaintance had reportedly approached a 25-year-old Kailua-Kona man and a 23-year-old Kailua-Kona man. He then reportedly struck the 25-year-old in the head, arms and legs with a blunt object and stole both their backpacks. The assailant then left the area in a black sedan being driving by a second man.

The 25-year-old victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital with serious head injuries and later transferred to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he remains in stable condition. The 23-year-old victim was not injured.

A short time later, police located a car matching the description of the suspects’ car and learned that the sole occupant, Heinicke, was wanted on a bench warrant. He was arrested and charged with violating probation and held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on the bench warrant.

Later Tuesday both Heinicke and Chase were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Big Island Police Looking for Shoplifter Caught On Tape

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for questioning in connection with a shoplifting case.

wanted48A surveillance camera captured an image of a suspect taking a cell phone case from a store at 50 E. Puainako Street on April 17.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity or whereabouts of the person in the photo 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.

Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Offered

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events will occur between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., as follows:

  • Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Hilo Recycling and Transfer Station.
  • Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe) Recycling and Transfer Station.

These events are for household generated and self-hauled waste only.  Business, government agency, non-profit agency or farm wastes are not allowed.  NO electronic waste will be accepted.

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The County of Hawai‘i Department of Environmental Management holds these regular collection events so households can conveniently dispose of acceptable HHW in a manner that protects both public health and the environment.  Some types of acceptable HHW are automotive fluids, used batteries, fluorescent lights and pesticides.  Latex paint will be accepted at the Hilo & Kona events for reuse.  For a more complete list of acceptable or unacceptable HHW, please visit our website www.hawaiizerowaste.org. The website includes other useful information on solid waste diversion and recycling.

If you are unable to attend the events described above, the next scheduled HHW Collection Events will be on December 6, 2014 in Hilo and December 13, 2014 in Kailua-Kona (Kealakehe).

Please direct your comments or questions regarding these HHW Collection Events to Chris Chin-Chance, Recycling Specialist with the Department of Environmental Management at 961-8554 or email to recycle3@co.hawaii.hi.us.

2014 Big Island Film Festival Highlights

The 2014 Big Island Film Festival at the Fairmont Orchid wrapped up last night.

Here is a video of the pictures I compiled:

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Mahalo to everyone that came and participated this year!

Puna Man Charged with Escape and Other Offenses

A 37-year-old Puna man has been charged with escape and other offenses after he failed to report to a correctional facility last year as required.

Aaron Nobriga

Aaron Nobriga

Aaron Nobriga of Mountain View was scheduled to report to Hale Nani on November 4, after an extended work furlough, but he never appeared.

On the evening of May 17, an officer located him in a sports-utility vehicle in the Kukui Camp area. Nobriga fled from the officer, smashing into the officer’s car as he drove away.

On the afternoon of May 21, police located Nobriga in a stolen car in Mountain View. He was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 6 p.m. Thursday (May 22) he was charged with escape, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, first-degree criminal property damage and second-degree criminal property damage. His bail was set at $70,000.

He remained at the cellblock until his initial court appearance on Friday (May 23).

Hilo Man Dies in Crash on Puainako Street Extension

A 30-year-old Hilo man died Sunday (May 25) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash on the Puainako Street extension between the 4 and 5 mile-markers.

Palani Cobb-Adams

Palani Cobb-Adams

The driver was identified as Palani B. Cobb-Adams of Hilo.

Responding to a 4:21 a.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined that the man was operating a 1994 Toyota pickup truck and traveling west on the Puainako Street extension when he crossed the centerline and collided with a street sign and embankment.

Fire Rescue personnel took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:21 a.m.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask anyone with information about this crash to call Officer Casey Cabral at 961-8889.

This is the 7th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 13 at this time last year.

Big Island Police Charge Man in Connection With Hilo Stabbings at Two Locations

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 28-year-old Hilo man in connection with the stabbing of three individuals in two separate locations in Hilo just after midnight Friday (May 23)

Varaha Mims

Varaha Mims

. At 4 p.m. Saturday (May 24), Vahara Nrsngha Mims was charged with first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal property damage, first-degree burglary and third-degree promoting a detrimental drug. His bail was set at $500,000. He remains in custody at the Hilo police cellblock.

At 12:02 a.m. Friday, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to 168 Keawe Street and found a 28-year-old Pāhoa man and a 27-year-old Hilo woman with stab wounds. A man unknown to them had reportedly stabbed them outside a bar, damaged a car and then fled on foot toward the Wainaku area.

Minutes after police arrived at the scene, they received additional calls reporting a stabbing at a residence on the 300 block of Ohai Street in the Wainaku area. Responding officers found a 49-year-old man with multiple stab wounds. At 7:36 a.m., police located Mims at the home of a Hilo acquaintance and arrested him.

All three victims were initially taken to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. The Pāhoa man is now in serious condition at The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. The Hilo man is in stable condition at Hilo Medical Center. The woman was treated for her injuries and released on Friday.

Police ask anyone with information about these cases or anyone who may have witnessed either incident to contact Detective Todd Patarayat 961-2382 or tpataray@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or jfield@co.hawaii.hi.us.

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.