New Park Proposed for Hawaiian Paradise Park

The Department of Parks and Recreation is proposing to develop a master plan for a new public park within Hawaiian Paradise Park.

There will be two public presentations:

The first presentation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 7th

The second presentation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19th

The location for both presentations will be the Hawaiian Paradise Park Owners Association Activity Center located at 15-1570 Maku’u Drive between 16th and 17th Streets in Kea‘au. The public is invited to attend both meetings.

The purpose of the first public meeting is to present the Department’s proposed vision, goals, and preliminary alternative plans and to gather input from the community and interested parties. The purpose of the second public meeting will be to present the preliminary master plan and gather any additional input.

The new park would be located on a County-owned, 20-acre parcel bordered by Kaloli Drive, 25th Avenue and 26th Avenue. Proposed facilities being considered in the master plan include a baseball and softball field, soccer and football field, tennis courts, skate park, playground, covered play courts, and a community center.

For more information or to request special assistance for these meetings, please contact
Jared Chang from SSFM International at 808-356-1242 or jchang@ssfm.com. If requesting special assistance, please contact Jared at least three days prior to the meeting.

Big Island Police Investigating Burglary of 72 Year Old Woman by Five Men in Puna

Big Island police are investigating a burglary in Puna that took place in November.

At about 2:25 p.m. on November 25, Puna patrol officers responded to a reported burglary on 26th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision. They determined that between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., a 72-year-old woman was confronted by five men while outside her house.

After asking for something to drink, three of the suspects allegedly entered the house uninvited. One prevented the woman from using her phone when she attempted to call a relative for assistance.

While in the house, the suspects reportedly searched for beverages. When they were unable to find any, the victim surrendered an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspects, who fled the area on foot. While fleeing, one of the men damaged a window on a parked vehicle.

All of the men were described as being about 40 years old. One was described as African-American with short black curly hair and a short beard. The others were described as being possibly local with tan complexions and ranging in height from 5-foot-7 to 6-feet tall.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section responded to the scene to further the investigation, which is currently classified as a first-degree burglary, a second-degree robbery, and a third-degree criminal property damage.

The victim sustained a minor injury but declined medical treatment.

Police ask that anyone with information about this incident call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at dmorimoto@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.

Big Island Marathon Director Attacked By Pitbull… “Big Dog” Gets Taken Out

Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph, who is the Director of the Big Island Marathon and has always been a strong advocate of folks running for a healthier lifestyle  got attacked by a Pit Bull yesterday on one of his daily runs!

Wayne posted:

Wayne Joseph

Wayne "Big Dog" Joseph

…I’ve had an ongoing problem with such a person over the past few years who believes that, and I quote, “my dog has as much right as you to be on the street and if you don’t like it find someplace else to run.”

I’m partially at fault because I did not notify the Humane Society the 10 to 12 times that the dog came running after me, barking and growling.

Everything came to a breaking point on Thursday, April 14, when Tasha, the name of the pit bull mix, decided to escalate our relationship by taking a bite – leaving three prominent puncture wounds just above my right ankle…

You can read more about his misfortune here: Runner attacked by dog in Hawaii Paradise Park

I’ve always told folks that when you walk or run around most parts of these islands… Its always good to carry what I call a “WHACK-STICK” or in another words… a stick that can knock a dog out if need be!

I hope Mr. Joseph is feeling better soon as I know how it feels to be limping around for a few days!