• Breaking News

  • Dolphin Quest Waikoloa
  • Discount Hawaii Car Rental
  • RSS Mayor Kenoi’s Blog

  • RSS Pacific Business News

  • Say When

    November 2014
    M T W T F S S
    « Oct    
     12
    3456789
    10111213141516
    17181920212223
    24252627282930
  • When

  • RSS World Wide Ed

  • RSS Pulpconnection

HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic Skills Challenge Winners Announced

Hawai‘i’s premier youth basketball players displayed their talents during the Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge held Friday night in Hilo as part of the 33rd Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic.

Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge Winners: Front row L-R: Tanniya Uchida, Jay Young, Kai Nafarrete and Colby Casinas. Back row L-R: Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Mandi Kawaha, Jaelina Wells, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Elijah Dobson. Not pictured: Liko Soares. Photo credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Kevin Kai‘ea Pavel Skills Challenge Winners: Front row L-R: Tanniya Uchida, Jay Young, Kai Nafarrete and Colby Casinas. Back row L-R: Jamila Collins-Ebanez, Mandi Kawaha, Jaelina Wells, Koby Tabuyo-Kahele and Elijah Dobson. Not pictured: Liko Soares. Photo credit: Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation

Named in honor of the former Hilo basketball player who lost a battle with cancer on Christmas morning 2007, the Skills Challenge offered players the chance to compete in either the Hot-Shot or 3-Point Shooting events held at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Tournament sponsors the Hawai‘i Police Department’s Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League, or HI-PAL, and the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation wish to congratulate the following Skills Challenge age-group winners:

3-Point Shooting Competition:

  • 9/10-year-old boys: Koby Tabuyo-Kahele; Team Ballistic
  • 9/10-year-old girls: no contestants
  • 11/12-year-old boys: Kai Nafarrete; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 11/12-year-old girls: Tanniya Uchida; Team Stingrays
  • 13/14-year-old boys: Jay Young; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 13/14-year-old girls: Mandi Kawaha; Team Wahine Ryders

Hot-Shot Competition:

  • 9/10-year-old boys: Colby Casinas: Team Honolulu Sharks Gold
  • 9/10-year-old girls: no contestants
  • 11/12-year-old boys: Liko Soares; Team Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 11/12-year-old girls: Jamila Collins-Ebanez; Team Wahine Ryders
  • 13/14-year-old boys: Elijah Dobson; Honolulu Sharks Green
  • 13/14-year-old girls: Jaelina Wells; Team Wahine Ryders

The four-day Winter Basketball Classic attracted 49 teams from Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

For additional information, please call Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646, ext. 258, or Darrell Yamamoto of the Department of Parks and Recreation at 961-8735.

 

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Identifying Two Folks Caught on Surveilance Attempting to Burglarize Fast Food Restaurant

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two persons captured on surveillance video during an attempted burglary at a fast food restaurant in Hilo.
Fast Food Thief
The attempted burglary on the 200 block of Waiānuenue Avenue took place in the early hours of October 8.

Fast Food Thief 2

The suspects did not make entry but caused damage to a security screen door.

Police ask anyone who knows the identity of the individuals in the photos to contact Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or gtodd@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.

 

2nd Annual Vikings Football Clinic a Success

On Wednesday (October 23), Hawaiʻi Police Department School Resource Officer Bryan Tina and HI-PAL Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. held the 2nd annual Vikings Football Clinic at Hilo Intermediate School.

Front row: elementary students. Middle row: Officer Tina (far left), intermediate students and Officer Botelho (far right). Back row: Coach Baldwin (far left) and his Hilo High School football players.

Front row: elementary students. Middle row: Officer Tina (far left), intermediate students and Officer Botelho (far right). Back row: Coach Baldwin (far left) and his Hilo High School football players.

Twenty-eight students from Kalanianaole Elementary School, Hilo Union School and Hilo Intermediate School participated in seven different football drills and skills. Hilo High School Vikings football coach David Baldwin and 16 members of the Hilo High School football squad coached the young participants.

This activity was created last year through a combined effort by Officer Tina and Coach Baldwin. Coach Baldwin said, “Having our players give back to the younger kids and the community through an activity such as this can only benefit everyone involved.”

 

Hawaii Island Police Searching for Armed Suspect in Old Stainback Highway Area

Hawaiʻi Island police shut down a portion of the Old Stainback Highway Thursday morning (August 29) due to a search for a suspect in a car theft case.

HPDBadge
Officers were attempting to stop a suspicious pickup truck just after midnight on Highway 11 in the Pana‘ewa area when the vehicle fled the area.

It was located on an unimproved side road off the Old Stainback Highway in the Panaʻewa Rainforest. As the driver attempted to flee from police again, the truck became lodged in the brush. The suspect then exited the truck and fled on foot.

While officers were securing the vehicle—a black Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen from Hilo in July—gunshots were heard from the vicinity of the forest where it was believed the suspect had fled.

Patrol officers secured the area and conducted a further search of the forest area during daylight hours with assistance from the Police Department’s Special Response Team and Criminal Investigations Section.

Once the area was deemed safe, the Old Stainback Highway was reopened at 1 p.m.

The suspect is still at large and the investigation is continuing.

Police ask anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or his location to 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.

 

Father Found in Bushes – Son Arrested on Outstanding Warrants

Police have located a Puna man wanted for assaulting a police officer, domestic abuse, and terroristic threatening. Christopher Gonsalves, Male 48, of Hawaiian Beaches, was arrested on 08-11-13, at approximately 5:40 pm, off of Ono Street, Hawaiian Beaches, hiding in a brush area in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision.

Christopher Gonsalves

Christopher Gonsalves

He is being transported to the Hilo Police Station Cellblock where he will remain pending further investigation. Also arrested a few minutes earlier on Ono Street, Hawaiian Beaches, was his son Christopher Gonsalves, Male 27, for two outstanding warrants and for a burglary that occurred in an apartment complex in Hilo. Gonsalves, Male 27, is also being transported to the Hilo Cellblock where we will remain pending further investigation.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Man with Bugs Bunny Tattoo on Back… Again

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching *edit* AGAIN *edit* for a 32-year-old Puna man wanted for three warrants.

Matthew Keone Tilfas

Matthew Keoni Tilfas

Matthew Keoni Tilfas is wanted on a $1,000 bench warrant for contempt of court, a $150 bench warrant for failure to appear in court and a no-bail warrant for violating terms of supervised release.

He described as 5-foot-5,160 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and possibly a mustache and goatee. His last known address was in Hawaiian Acres. He is also known as “Matt” and “Jenning.”

He has several tattoos:

  • Bugs Bunny on his back
  • A large cross and the name “Keoni” on his upper left arm
  • A series of triangles on his left forearm
  • A rose and the name “Courtney” on his left inner forearm
  • The name “TILFAS” on his abdomen

Police ask that anyone with information on his 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 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Arrest Man After Two Attempted Robberies in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island Police have arrested a man in possession of a car that was used in two attempted robberies in Hilo on Wednesday.

Kris Villasista

Kris Villasista

At about 11:40 a.m., a man armed with what appeared to be a firearm attempted to rob the cashier at a gas station on Kaumana Drive. He left without getting any cash. The cashier was not injured.

Approximately 20 minutes later, the same person attempted to rob an employee at a recycling center off Waiānuenue Avenue but again was unsuccessful. The employee was not injured.

The suspect fled in a white Suzuki Samarai that had previously been reported stolen.

At approximately 3:20 p.m., while conducting checks in the Honomū area, officers located the car at a Honomū residence. Kris Villasista, 37, of Honomū was arresting for unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. He was taken to the Hilo Police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

 

Big Island Police Searching for SUV Involved in an Attempted Robbery in Hilo

Hawai’i Island police are searching for a sports-utility vehicle that was involved in an attempted robbery in Hilo at approximately 11:45 a.m. today.

HPDBadgeThe car is a lifted white Suzuki Sidekick with a black soft top, silver rims and wide tires. It has no license plates.

The public is advised not to approach the car but to call police if you see it. The driver may be armed and dangerous.

 

Hilo Orchid Society Preview Party Benefits Scholarship Fund and Ku’ikahi Mediation Center

The Hilo Orchid Society presents a benefit Preview Party to kick off its 61st anniversary Orchid Show and Sale at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium. Held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 61st Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The Preview Party on Thursday evening, August 1, gives ticket holders the first opportunity to see the lush displays and buy orchids, plants, and related products.

The Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium is the site for the Hilo Orchid Society’s 61st Annual Orchid Show and Sale. The Preview Party on Thursday evening, August 1, gives ticket holders the first opportunity to see the lush displays and buy orchids, plants, and related products.

“Preview Party guests will be surrounded by lush displays at their freshest expressing this year’s theme of ‘Orchids Around the World,’” said party chair Sandra Song. “Party-goers will have the first chance to purchase exciting new hybrids and exotic orchid species that growers will have for sale, as well as other unusual plants and orchid-related products.”

Libations include fine wine tasting, plus beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. Ticket holders receive a souvenir wine or beer glass upon entry. Coffee will be provided by Hilo Coffee Mill.

Guests will enjoy fine wine tasting at the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party.  Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium on August 1, the gala event also features beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. and coffee tasting from Hilo Coffee Mill.

Guests will enjoy fine wine tasting at the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale Preview Party. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium on August 1, the gala event also features beer sampling from Kona Brewing Co. and coffee tasting from Hilo Coffee Mill.

Delectable food will be available at various serving stations compliments of Island Naturals and AJ & Sons Catering, featuring the food stylings of Audrey Wilson. A cookbook author, Wilson writes the weekly “Let’s Talk Food” column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Throughout the evening, music by local artists will fill the stadium. The gala event will be “green,” with eco-friendly eating utensils, plus recycling and composting stations.

Proceeds of the Preview Party benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and the non-profit Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center. The Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund offers financial assistance to students of tropical agriculture at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center provides affordable dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.

August 1 marks the Preview Party for the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale.  Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales.  Proceeds benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

August 1 marks the Preview Party for the 61st Annual Hilo Orchid Show and Sale. Held at the Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gala event features drinks, food, music, and orchid pre-sales. Proceeds benefit both the Hilo Orchid Society scholarship fund and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center.

Song recommends buying tickets early because they expect to sell out. “We want to ensure a fabulous, satisfying experience for all our guests.”

Tickets for the Preview Party are $65 ($25 of which is tax deductible) and may be purchased in advance from The Most Irresistible Shop on bayfront at 256 Kamehameha Avenue and Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2. Or call Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116. For more information, visit www.hiloorchidsociety.org or www.hawaiimediation.org.

Boaz Johnson Now Considered the Suspect in Murder Investigation of Brittany-Jane Royal

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the 22-year-old former boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman whose body was found in waters off the Kalapana coast on May 28. After the completion of additional follows-ups conducted in this investigation, Boaz David Johnson is now considered the suspect in the murder investigation. He may still be on the island.

New picture released

New picture released

Johnson is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-7, about 150 pounds with a slim build and a fair complexion. He was last seen unshaven and with medium-length brown hair. He also has a tattoo of a upper body of a horse near the right side of his abdomen. He is considered dangerous.

On May 28 at about 6:28 a.m., police received a report that a body was caught in a fishing line from a nearby boat. With the assistance of a Hawaiʻi Fire Department helicopter, the body was retrieved from the ocean and taken to a nearby landing zone, where detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and continued the investigation.

The body was identified through fingerprints as Brittany Jane Royal. The medical examiner ruled that she died as the result of strangulation.

Detectives continue to actively pursue leads in this investigation. Police ask that anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts contact Detective Robert Almeida at 808-961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us, Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 808-961-2278 or famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us, or Lieutenant Gregory Esteban at 808-961-2252 or gesteban@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Alaska Man Last Seen in Puna

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 22-year-old Alaska man who was reported missing.

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson

Boaz D. Johnson of Petersburg, Alaska, last spoke to his family at noon Monday (May 27). He was reportedly in Puna.

He is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, 145 pounds with short brown hair and blue eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 or famuimuia@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.

 

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard Visits Hospice of Hilo on Memorial Day

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard spent her Memorial Day lunch visiting Hospice of Hilo’s Pōhai Mālama a Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Care Center staff and patients.  Throughout the afternoon, the Congresswoman discussed significant reforms to healthcare, learned about the issues challenging hospice care, and presented Hospice of Hilo a certificate of excellence.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.   From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

Receiving Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
From Right: Board President Karen Moriuchi, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hospice of Hilo CEO Brenda Ho, Hospice of Hilo Spiritual Counselor Phillip Jones, Hospice of Hilo Development, PR & Education Coordinator An Umamoto.

During the tour, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was invited to visit a patient who was very excited to see her.  During the visit, the two held hands and talked about the wonderful care and amenities offered to the patient in the care center.  The patient said with glistening eyes, “I am so proud of what you are doing Congresswoman Gabbard,” and in return, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard thanked the patient for her encouragement and trust.

Hospice of Hilo CEO, Brenda S. Ho, was presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the exception care and outstanding community service provided by the organization.  “It is an honor to recognize Hospice of Hilo for their community involvement,” said Congresswoman Gabbard, “This facility is truly a model for the exceptional care offered to our citizens.  Thank you for helping families in their time of need.”

 

UH Hilo Announces Year-End Award Recipients

A student, staff, and faculty members were honored at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Awards and Recognition Celebration held recently on campus.

UHHIlologo

Xietan Kawai Anuhea Dutro, a student fiscal/administrative assistant at Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language, was honored as Student Employee of the Year. Dutro has worked at the College since 2008 and is an integral part of its preparation and planning for events and activities as well as being the College’s representative on the Merrie Monarch Parade committee.

The Outstanding University Support Employee Award was presented to Shana Kaneshiro whose work as an office assistant in the Financial Aid Office positively affects the 8,200 students applying for financial aid each year. Kaneshiro redesigned all the FAO forms that can now be done online, and each year volunteers for the College Goal Sunday events in Hilo and Kona that help up to 400 students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). She has served as president of the UH clerical support group Nā Laulima, and has been the campus clerical representative on the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee since 2011.

College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) Program Coordinator Corinne Tamashiro, who began working for the College as a student in 1971, received the Professional Staff Award. A former Interim and Acting Dean, Tamashiro played a significant role in planning and establishing the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a, and single handedly built UH Hilo’s summer session program into what it is today.

This year’s Taniguchi Excellence & Innovation Award went to Dr. Philippe Binder, professor of physics, and Dr. Ramon Figueroa-Centeno, associate professor of mathematics. Binder and Figueroa-Centeno were recognized for their work on three-dimensional visualization of complex mathematical objects in `Imiloa’s 16-meter state-of-the-art stereoscopic planetarium. Their work offers significant advances in the presentation of complex mathematical data sets, which allow data to be manipulated so that it can be better understood and become a powerful tool in physics and mathematics courses. The first of its kind to be presented in a planetarium environment, the data has been presented at a national level visualization conference and used in university classes.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of service awards.

Big Island Police Asking the Public’s Help in Identifying Thief

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted in connection with numerous theft and fraudulent use of credit card investigations.
Scammer

On March 24, an unidentified male used a stolen credit card at several retail establishments in the Hilo and Puna districts. He is described as a local Caucasian-Portuguese mix about 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with a skinny build and a fair complexion.

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

 

Colorado Man Died of Accidental Drowning in Puna

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed Tuesday (March 26) indicate that a 37-year-old Colorado man died of accidental drowning.

Wa Wa
At 3:38 p.m. Saturday (March 23) Puna police officers responded to a report of a swimmer in distress at Orr’s Beach in the Waʻa Waʻa area of Puna. They learned that the victim had been jumping off cliffs into the water with friends when he became caught in the current and pulled under.

Fire Department personnel retrieved him from the water and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounce dead at 5:50 p.m.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Puna Man Who May Need Medical Attention

UPDATE: HE HAS BEEN FOUND:

http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Missing-Big-Island-man-36-found/-/8905354/19370978/-/1122pjcz/-/index.html

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 36-year-old Puna man.

Chad Chun

Chad Chun

Chad Chun was last seen in the area of 15-1402 11th Avenue, Hawaiian Paradise Park on Saturday (March 16, 2013) at about 1000 a.m.

Chun is 6’0” tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with medium length black hair in a pony tail, and was last seen wearing camouflage pants and a blue jacket.

He has a medical condition requiring medication.

Police ask that anyone with information on Chun’s whereabouts to 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 any calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Coast Guard Crewmembers Aid Disabled Vessel Off Big Island

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska assisted the crew aboard a disabled vessel approximately 6 miles east of Pohokiki, off the Big Island Sunday, March 3, 2013.

The motor vessel Mellow Yellow, center, is escorted back to Hilo by the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, foreground, Sunday, March 3, 2013, approximately 6 miles off the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Coast Guardsmen aboard Kiska boarded the disabled Mellow Yellow and determined there were issues with the vessel’s steering. Engineers effected temporary repairs to assist the Mellow Yellow crew by making a rudder system out of wood and rope. Kiska crew members remained aboard and escorted the Mellow Yellow back to shore and completed a post search and rescue boarding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The motor vessel Mellow Yellow, center, is escorted back to Hilo by the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska, foreground, Sunday, March 3, 2013, approximately 6 miles off the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Coast Guardsmen aboard Kiska boarded the disabled Mellow Yellow and determined there were issues with the vessel’s steering. Engineers effected temporary repairs to assist the Mellow Yellow crew by making a rudder system out of wood and rope. Kiska crew members remained aboard and escorted the Mellow Yellow back to shore and completed a post search and rescue boarding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified that the 24-foot Mellow Yellow had lost steering at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Two people were aboard the vessel.

A Coast Guard Cutter Kiska crew member helps steer the motor vessel Mellow Yellow back to shore Sunday, March 3, 2013, approximately 6 miles off the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Kiska crew members responded to the disabled boat after receiving a report stating the Mellow Yellow suffered a steering casualty. Kiska engineers boarded the Mellow Yellow and effected temporary repairs to assist the crew by making a rudder system out of wood and rope. Kiska crew members remained aboard and escorted the Mellow Yellow back to shore and completed a post search and rescue boarding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A Coast Guard Cutter Kiska crew member helps steer the motor vessel Mellow Yellow back to shore Sunday, March 3, 2013, approximately 6 miles off the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Kiska crew members responded to the disabled boat after receiving a report stating the Mellow Yellow suffered a steering casualty. Kiska engineers boarded the Mellow Yellow and effected temporary repairs to assist the crew by making a rudder system out of wood and rope. Kiska crew members remained aboard and escorted the Mellow Yellow back to shore and completed a post search and rescue boarding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Kiska crew arrived to the vessel’s location and transferred engineers to make temporary repairs on the Mellow Yellow’s steering system. Coast Guardsmen made a very basic rudder system using wood and rope. Coast Guard engineers remained aboard the vessel and ensured its safe return to Hilo Harbor, using the makeshift rudder.

A temporary steering system made by Coast Guard Cutter Kiska engineers was used to escort the motor vessel Mellow Yellow back to port, Sunday, March 3, 2013, off the "Big Island" of Hawaii. Kiska crew members responded to the disabled boat after receiving a report stating the Mellow Yellow suffered a steering casualty. Kiska engineers boarded the Mellow Yellow and effected temporary repairs to assist the crew by making a rudder system out of wood and rope. Kiska crew members remained aboard and escorted the Mellow Yellow back to shore and completed a post search and rescue boarding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A temporary steering system made by Coast Guard Cutter Kiska engineers was used to escort the motor vessel Mellow Yellow back to port, Sunday, March 3, 2013, off the “Big Island” of Hawaii. Kiska crew members responded to the disabled boat after receiving a report stating the Mellow Yellow suffered a steering casualty. Kiska engineers boarded the Mellow Yellow and effected temporary repairs to assist the crew by making a rudder system out of wood and rope. Kiska crew members remained aboard and escorted the Mellow Yellow back to shore and completed a post search and rescue boarding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

As the Coast Guard is America’s maritime first responder, the Coast Guard’s professional workforce and locally based units are always ready to respond. The Coast Guard’s readiness and constant presence on America’s coasts and waterways enable fast, flexible response to assist those in need.

For more information contact Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, at 808-842-2657.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 26-Year-Old Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Hāmākua woman who was reported missing.

Cherie Ward

Cherie Crystal Grace Ward

Cherie Crystal Grace Ward, 26, moved to Hawaiʻi in December. Her family on the mainland has not heard from her since December or January. She is described as Caucasian, tall with a slender build, light-brown medium hair and green eyes. She may be in the Hilo area in the company of a man named Denny Burniston.

Denny Burniston

Denny Burniston

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of either of these individuals 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.

EDITORS NOTE:  According to Facebook Denny Burniston last had activity on Facebook on February 27th when he added new friends to his account:

Denny Burniston FB Activity

And this was his last status update:

Denny Burniston job

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Assistance in Identifity Weed Eater Thief in Puna

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect caught on video during the theft of a weed eater. The crime took place in Puna in late January of 2013. The suspect appears to be a male with close cropped dark hair and a thin build.
unkown
Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this theft or who has any information about it call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Kimo Veincent of Puna Patrol at 965-2716.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Hāmākua Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 57-year-old Hāmākua woman.
Kelie Sensano

Kelie Sensano

Kelie Ann Feliciano Sensano, also known as Kelie Sensano, is described as Caucasian, about 5-foot-5, 150 pounds with straight brown neck-length hair and green eyes.

She was last seen in Pāpaʻaloa on Saturday (February 23) at about 11 a.m. She was wearing blue jeans, a white tank top and black leather shoes.

Her family and friends are concerned about her safety and well being.

Police ask anyone with information on this case or who may know her whereabouts to call Detective Joel Field at 961-2381 or email him at jfield@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. – See more at: https://local.nixle.com/alert/4965531/#sthash.zajWee14.dpuf