Big Island Police Investigating an Attempted Murder and Suicide in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted murder and suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision in Kaʻū.
Tiki Lane
Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12), Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a property on Tiki Lane at the intersection of Luau Drive.
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Police investigation determined that two men, who live in separate dwellings on the property, got into an argument. The victim, a 37-year-old man, entered his house and the suspect, a 48-year-old man, followed him and shot him. He then stepped out of the house and fatally shot himself.

The victim was flown to Kona Community Hospital and then to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal investigations section are continuing the investigation.

Big Island Police Reclassify Coroner’s Inquest to a Murder

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (March 12) on human remains found in South Kohala on Monday.

HPDBadgeThe medical examiner determined the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and the manner of death was homicide.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section have reclassified the case from a coroner’s inquest to a murder. They are attempting to identify the victim through forensics.

Detectives located the human remains at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday (March 10) on vacant land between Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Puakō Beach Drive.

Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center Opens Retail Store

After much anticipation, the Hawaiʻi Wildlife Center Retail Store is open for business and celebrating the milestone with a Grand Opening Week event from March 18-22 9a.m. to 3p.m. daily. During the Grand Opening Week, the HWC Retail store will be offering specials including 50% off Patrick Ching’s Hawai’i National Wildlife Stamp poster and a free gift with purchases over $100.

The Hawaii Wildlife

The Hawaii Wildlife Center’s retail store grand opening week is next week

All items in the store represent the HWC’s conservation mission and celebrate Hawaiʻi’s native birds and bats. Many of the items are works by local artists. The Retail Store carries a variety of items including books, hats, photography and art prints, children and adult clothing, and stuffed animals.

100% of the store’s profits goes directly back into funding the critical wildlife conservation programs at the Center, including the hands-on care of sick and injured native wildlife at the Center’s wildlife hospital in Kapa‘au.

Please come and celebrate this milestone for the Center, support local artists and contribute to the conservation of our native wildlife!

The HWC Retail Store is locate on Lighthouse Road in Kapa’au, HI. For addresses and directions, please visit our website:

Update: KSBE Hawaii Middle School Band & Keiki Choir Southern California Tour

The Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Keiki Choir and Middle School Band will be in Southern California making some public appearances.  Here is the updated schedule of public appearances.  Note time changes:

Disney Flier

Hilo’s NAS Swimming Pool to Close for Repairs

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close Hilo’s NAS Swimming Pool from Monday, March 17, through Friday, March 28, in order to perform necessary repair work.


The temporary closure is needed to replace a leaking mechanical seal and worn bearings that are part of the pool’s circulation system.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the shutdown may cause and thanks the public for its understanding while the repairs are being made.

The NAS Swimming Pool is expected to reopen for public use on Monday, March 31. Operating schedules for all nine Hawai‘i County swimming pools are available at:

For updates on the status of the pool, please call 961-8697.

Commission Seeks Nominations for Open Space Purchases

The County of Hawai‘i Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Commission (PONC) is inviting the public to propose properties that should be purchased and preserved for open space. Forms to suggest properties can be downloaded from the County of Hawai‘i website at: or by obtaining a form at the address below. Suggestion forms are due by June 30, 2014, and may be included in the commission’s annual prioritized list and report to the Mayor.

Hawaii County LogoCommissioners review the suggestion forms submitted by the public, and consider the significant factors of each property such as historic and culturally important features; opportunities for outdoor recreation and education; public access to beaches or mountains; preservation of forests, beaches, coastal areas, and natural beauty; protection of natural resources and watershed lands; potential partners for management; and the general benefits to the public.

Potential acquisitions are then prioritized and listed in a report that is sent to the Mayor at the end of each year. The Mayor then forwards his recommendations to the Hawai‘i County Council, which adopts resolutions to authorize property purchases. For more information on the process, go to: 

Past open space purchases total 1,249 acres, and include Kāwā oceanfront parcels in Ka‘ū; Kaiholena and Pa‘o‘o oceanfront parcels in North Kohala; Kipapa Park (mauka of Magic Sands Beach Park in Kailua-Kona); property near Waipio Lookout in Hāmākua; and the newly acquired ‘O‘oma oceanfront parcel in North Kona.

PONC funds are derived from 2% of Hawai‘i County’s annual real property tax revenues.  The County has also been able to obtain more than $7.5 million in matching funds and donations from other sources to help purchase open space properties.  A Maintenance Fund has also been established to maintain properties that are acquired with PONC funds.

The nine PONC commissioners represent each of the nine County Council districts on Hawai‘i Island. To find out the commissioner for your district go to:  The Commission meets every other month at the Hilo County Building or the West Hawai’i Civic Center, and   public testimony is welcome.

If you need further information or are interested in becoming a commissioner, please contact Alexandra Kelepolo of the County of Hawai‘i Property Management Division, County Building on 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 1101 at (808) 961-8069 or visit the website at:

Big Island Science Teachers Invited To Hands-On Demonstration Workshop

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i science department is bringing in two nationally recognized professors team from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point to conduct a special chemical demonstration workshop. All Hawai‘i island science teachers are invited to participate and learn more about how they can create fun with science.

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus hosts a chemical demonstration workshop for teachers.

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus hosts a chemical demonstration workshop for teachers.

The demonstrators, Dr. Marv Lang and Dr. Donald Showalter, have both been awarded the American Chemical Society Helem M. Free award for public education. They have been featured on television programs like Newton’s Apple and the World of Chemistry.

“The demonstrations span K-12 and all science disciplines,” said KS Hawaii chemistry teacher Joel Truesdell, who is coordinating the workshop.

“They [Lang and Showalter] are masters of teaching science demonstrations that excite kids about science. We had to book them a year in advance.”

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The workshop is a fun, engaging professional development opportunity and a chance for teachers to network with one another.

“Our goal is to create a larger network of science teachers here on Hawai‘i island so that we can continue to collaborate and idea share throughout the year,” said Truesdell.

The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 29th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Keawe Dining Hall on the Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i campus in Kea‘au. All attendees will receive a handbook of demonstrations that are good for all ages.

Interested teachers should email or call 808-220-9539 to register. The workshop is limited to 30 participants.

5th Anniversary Celebration of the Puna Community Medical Center

Come to the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Puna Community Medical Center on Saturday, March 29th at 4:30 PM:
PCMC Party

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Hosting Gov. Abercrombie at 2014 Focus Luncheon

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) will host Governor Neil Abercrombie at their 2014 Focus Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

King Kam Hotel

Sponsored by Parker Ranch Center and Bank of Hawaii, the annual two-hour luncheon offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from the Governor on issues important to the State as well as the West Hawai`i community.

Attendees can also visit the Business Expo before and after the luncheon, where KKCC members showcase their products and services to the community.

Cost for the luncheon is $45 for Chamber and Rotary members; $55 for non-members. No walk-ins allowed. Reservation deadline is Friday, March 21. Business Expo is free and open to the general public. For more information and/or to register, visit or call the Chamber office at 808-329-1758.

County of Hawai’i Offering Home Repair Loans

The Office of Housing and Community Development is currently accepting applications to its’ Residential Emergency Repair Program (RERP).


The RERP program was established in 1997 to make low interest loans available to low-and moderate-income homeowners who are interested in repairing and improving their primary residence. The RERP loan can be used for roof repairs, electrical and plumbing work, sewer improvements, termite treatment and damages caused by termites or wood rot and the installation of a solar water heating system.

Loans range from $2,500 to $25,000 at 3% interest. Loan payments are deferred for 15 years, at which time full payment will be due. Applicants 62 years or older or with special needs, may have 30% of the principal balance of the loan forgiven as a grant.

For more information or an application packet contact Brandi Ah Yo at 959-4642. Application packets can also be found on-line at

Waitlist Patients Burden Hawaii Hospitals

Hawaii’s waitlisted patients—that is, those remaining in a hospital after the need for acute care ceases—account for an annual loss of $62.7 million, according to discharge data analyzed by the Hawaii Health Information Corporation (HHIC), the state’s premier healthcare data collector and analyzer.

Well waiting rooms have certainly gotten better since my grandfather was a doctor in the South Pacific. (Click picture for story on that)

Well waiting rooms have certainly gotten better since my grandfather was a doctor in the South Pacific. (Click picture for story on that)

Waitlist patients can be characterized as needing treatment, but not at the severity that requires inpatient acute care.  They continue to stay in a hospital largely because there is no available funding for community placement options that provide the necessary treatments.

The analysis covers a period from 2006 through 2011 and reveals a trend: waitlists were a continuing problem and there was a lack of community resources to address this, at least during the period.

Key barriers to community placement of waitlisted patients include insufficient higher staffing mix in nursing homes and other placement alternatives to meet the complex needs of these individuals; a lack of specialty equipment to provide appropriate care; the cost of multiple or high-cost antibiotics, and lack of community-based resources to support the mentally ill.

In 2011, the 7,055 patients who were discharged after being waitlisted represented an 11 percent increase from 2006. That year, hospitals reported an annual loss of $55.4 million or $8,749 per waitlisted patient.  Over the succeeding five years, the average annual loss has been $64.6 million, with the largest loss, $72.7 million, reported in 2008.

Statewide, HHIC found that between seven and eight percent of those admitted to hospitals were waitlisted for discharge, with the average patient’s age being 70 years.  Government payers represented four of every five waitlisted patients (5,777), with Medicare the primary payer for two in every three (4,619).  In 2011, government-funded waitlisted patients accounted for $51.4 million or 82 percent of the annual loss.

In 2012, the Governor’s Office, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and the State Department of Human Services collaborated on legislation, which passed, to address uncompensated care costs of Hawaii’s hospitals and nursing facilities; it was extended in 2013, but a reimbursement gap continues.  Both the hospital and nursing facility sustainability initiatives utilize a federal matching fee program which recognizes revenues lost through Medicaid services.

“What we found is that ultimately, hospitals bear the cost of waitlisted patients,” said Peter Sybinsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of HHIC.  “Until more funded community-based treatment alternatives are available, the data indicates we will continue to see unnecessary and inefficient use of Hawaii’s most expensive healthcare resources.”

About the Data
Findings are based on data collected from all acute care hospitals across the state, except Tripler Army Medical Center.  The report was funded by Hawaii Medical Service Association, Kaiser-Permanente, AlohaCare, Ohana Healthcare and United Healthcare, in order to provide a clear description of Hawaii’s waitlist population and estimate the financial impact on Hawaii’s hospitals.

Bill Proposes Sunshine Law Exemptions for City Council Members

Sunshine Week is next week, March 16-22, 2014.  This is an occasion for all of us to celebrate and facilitate citizen participation in government decision making.

But there’s little to celebrate with HB2139 HD 1 Relating to Public Agency Meetings. If passed by the Legislature this measure would create a loophole in Hawaii’s Sunshine Laws and allow a quorum or all members of a county council to attend and participate in discussions at free in-state meetings and presentations held by private interests.

It is common for private interests seeking county land use approvals, private businesses seeking county contracts and ad hoc “NIMBY” groups  to hold “informational meetings and presentations” for the purpose of advocating for or against special interest projects.  Currently, Hawaii’s Sunshine Law does not allow a council quorum to attend a “meeting or presentation”.  This helps prevent one-sided presentations, discussions and vote-trading in private followed by pro-forma public meetings where official votes are taken.

The Sunshine Law ensures that county councils conduct the public’s business in public.  The existing law guarantees the public both advance notice and the opportunity to hear, question, and disagree with any private presentation to a county council quorum.  The existing law also guarantees the public both advance notice and the opportunity to listen to all discussions and decisions by a county council quorum.


If HB 2139 HD 1 becomes law, all county council members could be invited to attend an “informational meeting or presentation” organized by proponents of a special interest project.  Prior public notice would not be required.  Only invitees might know about the “meeting or presentation” even if the event were open and “free” to the public.   At the “meeting or presentation”, the proponents could make a one-sided presentation in support of a special interest project and then discuss the project with a quorum or even all council members.  It would be possible for the host to structure the “meeting or presentation” to prevent the public from asking questions or participating in discussions.  Regardless of how many council members participate, minutes would not be required.

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii and Common Cause Hawaii are not unsympathetic with county councils members who wish to remain actively engaged with their constituents. However, this does not justify amending the sunshine law to allow county council quorums to attend one-sided private presentations and discuss special interest projects without public notice.

Common Cause Hawaii is a state chapter of the national Common Cause organization. Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to reinventing an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest. For more information, visit

The League of Women Voters of Hawaii is a non-partisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.   For more information visit

Senator Donna Mercado Kim to File for US House of Representatives

Hawaii State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is filing her nomination papers to run in the 1st Congressional District race today.

Donna Mercado Kim and son Micah

Donna Mercado Kim and son Micah

Kim will be flanked by friends and supporters as she takes the Oath and signs the paperwork to formally enter the race to represent Hawaii in Washington D.C.  This will take place at the State Office of Elections at 802 Lehua Avenue in Pearl City.

“Today, I am formalizing my candidacy for the US House of Representatives.  I look forward to a vigorous campaign where I plan to personally meet as many residents in the 1st Congressional District.  By filing these papers, I offer the voters the choice for a candidate with extensive experience at the local and state level, in starting a running a small business and proven leadership,” said Kim.

Kim has raised more than $330,000 in the first few months of her campaign, giving her a financial lead over her competitors in fundraising.

She is also the most experienced candidate in the race, with more than 3 decades in elective office.  Born and raised in Kalihi, Kim has served on the City Council, State House of Representatives and in the State Senate.

3.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Pahala Tonight

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Pahala area of the Big Island around 5:42 Hawaii time:

31 Pahala3No tsunami was generated from this event.

FBI Combing My Area Looking for Terrorist Daniel Andreas San Diego

The FBI has been combing my area of the Big Island (Puna District) looking for terrorist Daniel Andreas San Diego.

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If anyone in the Puna District is harboring him… I suggest you turn him in.  See the Wikipedia entry below for more information about him.

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From Wikipedia:

Daniel Andreas San Diego (born February 9, 1978) is the first Revolutionary American environmentalist added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists list. He is a straight edge vegan and animal liberationist who has an alleged association with the Animal Liberation Brigade cell responsible for two bombings in 2003. He is believed to have ties to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty.


San Diego was born in 1978 in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Rafael, California. He attended Terra Linda High School. He took classes at College of Marin and worked at San Rafael High School’s radio station, KSRH, listening to heavy metal and rock music. As a young man he gave up drugs, alcohol, meat, and milk products, taking an interest in the straight edge movement and becoming vegan.

At the time of the bombings he lived in Schellville, California, a small community outside of Sonoma, where he worked as a computer specialist. His landlord described him as “very nice and personable,” mentioned his claim to be starting a new business venture of vegan marshmallows made without gelatin, and said that he had never given the impression of holding radical views on animal rights. The FBI claims this was all an act.

San Diego is described as having ties to Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) as a well-known San Francisco Bay Area animal rights activist. SHAC is an international campaign set up to close down Europe’s largest animal testing laboratory, Huntingdon Life Sciences, a company that performs drug and chemical research experiments on animals.[7] Before the related bombings SHAC targeted HLS customer Chiron and its employees with a series of actions, accusing them of being “puppy killers.”

Animal Liberation Brigade

On August 28, 2003, two sophisticated homemade bombs exploded approximately one hour apart, at the Chiron Corporation in Emeryville, California, causing minor property damage but no injuries.The FBI believes the second bomb was timed to target first responders.  Another bomb, wrapped with nails to produce shrapnel, exploded on September 26, 2003 at the Shaklee Corporation in Pleasanton, California, again causing damage but no casualties.  The bombs used ammonium nitrate explosives and mechanical timers.

A group called the Revolutionary Cells – Animal Liberation Brigade claimed responsibility via an email message after each bombing. FBI agents admit that they cannot prove San Diego has ties to the emails, but believe he has ties to the group that sent them. The bombing targets were chosen because they were both clients of Huntingdon Life Sciences.


The agency had San Diego under 24 hour surveillance in 2003.However, he discovered that he was being watched. On October 6, 2003 he parked his car in downtown San Francisco, California, walked away, and never returned.

Most Wanted

San Diego was profiled on America’s Most Wanted six times after his disappearance. In April, 2009, he became the first domestic terrorism suspect to be added to the FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List.This sparked a global search for him in Germany, Britain, Costa Rica, France, Spain, Denmark, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Argentina, the Philippines, and Chile. The FBI believes he could be in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.

Because of his many years on the run, authorities believe that San Diego may be excessively secretive and vague about details of his life. He may also use prepaid cellphone cards and other means in order to further hide his identity. A reward of $250,000 has been offered by officials for information leading to his arrest, five times that of other animal rights activists.

Honoka’a Man Arrested for Theft From Tourist’s Rental Car

A Honokaʻa man is in police custody in connection with a theft from a tourist’s rental car.

Just after 1 p.m. Monday (March 10), a 58-year-old visitor from Henryville, Indiana, reported that as he was returning to his unlocked rental car parked near a shopping center in Honokaʻa, he saw a man leaning in through the passenger door, removing cash from the console and fleeing on foot.

Jovin Baba Batalona

Jovin Baba Batalona

About 15 minutes later, police located the suspect, identified as Jovin Baba Batalona. He was arrested and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 2:05 p.m. Tuesday (March 11), Batalona was charged with unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle and third-degree theft. His bail was set at $11,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (March 12).

Former Hawaii Superferry to Serve US Navy in Western Pacific

The Hawaii Superferry when it was harbored in Honolulu

The Hawaii Superferry when it was harbored in Honolulu

According to Defense News one of the former Hawaii superferries will be put into service in the Western Pacific:

Q. What is the rationale for counting Joint High-Speed Vessels (JHSVs)?

A. JHSVs would be a support ship. An important connector. In peacetime, they’re going to be operating forward supporting Navy Expeditionary Combat Command and riverine forces; theater cooperation forces such as the Seabees, point-to-point transportation of Marine Corps and Army forces. And in wartime they will be doing inter-theater transport.

I think of them as the LST [landing ship tank] of the total force battle network. Very shallow draft, can go into these austere ports and offload capability in support of the battle force. They will be very, very useful.

The [two recently-acquired] Hawaii Superferries [known as high-speed vessels, or HSVs] will not count. They do not have the capabilities of the JHSV, all they have are airline seats and you can put stuff on them. The JHSVs are specifically designed to support a company combat team. There are 104 racks, 312 airline bunks. They’re designed to transport an intact company combat team.

We will debate whether the HSVs should count as part of the high-speed vessel force that will be operating. But the JHSV and the HSV are not interchangeable.

So the universe of things we’re debating right now is how you count the PCs, the mine warfare vessels, the hospital ships and the Hawaii Superferries. The rest of the force will probably stay.

[NOTE: One of those Hawaii Superferries is being put into service in the Western Pacific to support Japan-based Marines, replacing a ship named WestPac Express. The Navy now has decided that the replacement ferry will count toward the battle force.]

You can read the full article here:  New US Navy Counting Rules Add Up To More Ships


Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Hilo Girl Reported Missing AGAIN

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing (AGAIN).

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones

Brianna Kehaulani Freitas-Jones was last seen in Hilo on February 26. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 130 pounds with green eyes and long brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police to Have Community Meeting in Kaʻū

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting at noon on Tuesday, March 18, at the Naʻalehu Community Center.
HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Kaʻū District.

The Kaʻū event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Hawaiʻi Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the Kaʻū District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Burt Shimabukuro at 939-2520, stop by the Kaʻū police station in Nāʻālehu or e-mail their concerns or comments to

HI-PAL Elementary and Intermediate School Championship Results

The HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Elementary and Intermediate School Championships were held this past weekend, March 8-9, at Carvalho Park in Hilo.

The Waiākea Titans finished the tournament with a 4-0 record to claim the Elementary Division championship for 4th through 6th graders.

The Titans

The Titans

Members of the Titans include Davin Amar Jr, Kiaʻi Apele, Makana Credo, Kawai Kiko, Shesley Martinez, Guyson Ogata, Chance Simeona, Cole Shiroma and Braedy Yamada.

The Hilo Spartans defeated the Hilo Jr. Vikings 28-20 to take the Intermediate Division championship for 7th and 8th graders.

The Spartans

The Spartans

Members of the Spartans include Kaukahi Alameda, Caleb Cabison, Derik Canion, Dan Gallego, Alex Hernandez, Simon Lafita, Holden Paiva, Camren Statler-Ellamar, Jamell Thompson and Jolim Vergara.

In the Intermediate Girls Division, Kamehameha upended Waiākea 27-17 to win the title.



Members of Kamehameha include Trinity Alameda, Naveah Fukui-Stoos, Makenzie Kalawaia, Jaslin Kamaka-Mauhili, Jordan Mantz, Dominique Pacheco, Jasmine Pakele, Camille Poe, Hera Salmeron, Taylor Sullivan and Meghan Wong.

“The Hawaiʻi Police Department encourages all children and adults to use your seat belts at all times,” said Officer Nelson Acob. “We want everyone to be protected in the unlikely event of a car accident.”

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please call Lieutenant Horio at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, extension 258.