Big Island Police Searching for 15-Year-Old Kona Girl Missing Since May

The Hawai´i Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 15-year-old Kona teen.

Reina Aldorasi

Reina Aldorasi

Reina Aldorasi was last seen on Monday (May 27, 2013) at about 2:55 p.m. in Kailua-Kona and may possibly be in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates.

Aldorasi is 5’04” tall, weighing about 115 pounds, with dark brown hair, and was last seen wearing gray sweat pants with “PHAT” letters in pink and a gray t-shirt with “KAU HIGH” in maroon letters going across the front and also having a black hoodie.

Police ask that anyone with information on Aldorasi’s whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646 ext. 276.

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.

Coast Guard Rescues Three After Boat Runs Out of Fuel Near Kailua-Kona

Three adults are safe after being rescued from a recreational vessel that ran out of fuel 21 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona Sunday morning.

Three adults are safe after they were rescued from their vessel that ran out of fuel 21 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona June 9, 2013. Several Coast Guard crews responded, took the vessel in tow and returned them safely to Kawaihae harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Three adults are safe after they were rescued from their vessel that ran out of fuel 21 miles northwest of Kailua-Kona June 9, 2013. Several Coast Guard crews responded, took the vessel in tow and returned them safely to Kawaihae harbor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a call from a friend of the vessel’s crew, notifying Coast Guard watchstanders that the 21-foot pleasure craft was running out of fuel.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat Medium crew from Station Maui, a HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point and the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska were launched to the scene.

The aircrew arrived on scene at 5:15 p.m., and dropped provisions, flares and a radio in a watertight container and was able to establish communications with the vessel’s captain.

At 7:10 p.m., the response boat crew took the vessel in tow and returned them safely to Kawaihae harbor.

The Coast Guard strongly encourages boaters to remain aware of their vessel’s fuel capacity and other limitations while operating offshore of the Hawaiian Islands. Filing float plans, installing a VHF marine band radio and frequently checking safety equipment like flares and life jackets can greatly increase your survival in an emergency or help avoid an emergency altogether.

For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org

 

Japanese Tourist Attacked and Robbed By Three Men in Kailua-Kona

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery early Thursday (February 7) in Kailua-Kona.

A 41-year-old Japanese national reported that he was walking to his hotel with three male friends at about 2:30 a.m. when he was attacked by three men at the intersection of Aliʻi Drive and Likana Lane. They knocked the victim to the ground, punched and kicked him and stole his fanny pack.

Ali'i Drive

The attackers, described as being local males in their mid-20s, then fled toward Likana Lane.

The victim sustained scrapes and abrasions to his arms, legs and back but declined medical attention.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Joshua Lewis at 326-4646, extension 228. Detective Lewis may also be reached by email at jlewis@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.

Kona Man Charged With 11 Offenses as a Result of Robbery Investigation

A Kona man has been charged with 11 offenses as the result of a robbery investigation.

On December 16, police responded to a 7:30 p.m. report of a robbery. Responding officers determined that the victim, a 36-year-old Ocean View man, was confronted by the suspect as the victim was coming out of a garage access area at Kona Plaza in downtown Kailua-Kona. The suspect grabbed cash from the victim’s hand and ran away.

The victim chased the suspect to the parking lot of Coconut Grove Marketplace, where the suspect began striking the victim repeatedly with a metal chain, causing minor injuries. The victim was able to gain possession of the chain and the suspect fled the area.

Jacob DeMasters

Jacob DeMasters

Investigation by detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section determined the identity of the suspect, 31-year-old Jacob DeMasters of Kailua-Kona, who was located and arrested Tuesday (January 15).

Wednesday (January 16), DeMasters was charged with robbery, assault and theft. He was also charged with three counts of promoting a dangerous drug, two counts of promoting a harmful drug, one count of promoting a detrimental drug and two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia for items that were in the car he was in at the time of his arrest.

DeMasters was held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $18,750 bail until his initial court appearance Thursday (January 17).

 

Kona Man Arrested After Carrying Loaded Shotgun Down Mamalamahoa Highway

A Kona man has been charged with five offenses after carrying a loaded shotgun on a public highway in Kealakekua.

Ioster Henly

Ioster Henly

At 8 a.m. Tuesday (January 1) a motorist reported seeing a local male in a red hooded sweatshirt carrying what appeared to be a rifle while walking on the side of Māmalahoa Highway (Highway 11) in the area of Hale Kiʻi Street in Kealakekua.

Responding officers located a man fitting that description and holding what appeared to be a rifle. When the officers approached him, the suspect fled into brush area behind Pualani Terrace. The officers located and arrested 39-year-old Ioster Henly of Kailua-Kona and recovered a loaded shotgun. Police recovered an additional 16 rounds of shotgun ammunition on Henly’s person. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (January 2), detectives charged Henly with possessing a loaded firearm on a public highway, place to keep loaded firearm, place to keep ammunition, registration mandatory and permit to acquire. His bail was set at $13,000. He remained at the cellblock until his initial court hearing Thursday (January 3).

 

Big Island Police Searching for 17-Year-Old Missing Since August

Big Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Kona boy who was reported missing.

Christopher Borst

Christopher Borst was last seen August 10 in Kailua-Kona. He is described as Caucasian, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds with a tattoo of a lauhala weave with an island chain on his right chest and an oval birthmark on his left waistline.

He is known to frequent body board surf spots.

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.

Juveniles Arrested for Damaging 11 Vehicles During School Evacuation Drill

Big Island police arrested two juveniles on Thursday (December 8) and one juvenile on Friday (December 9) in connection with damage to numerous vehicles on a Kona school campus.

Officers from the Community Policing Section arrested the three juveniles on suspicion second-degree criminal property damage after they allegedly caused damage in excess of $1,500 by scratching the paint of 11 vehicles parked on Konawaena School Road during an evacuation drill for the High School.

The juveniles were released pending further investigation.

 

Big Island Police Investigating Suspicious Kona Nightclub Incident

Big Island police are investigating a suspicious incident early Saturday at a Kona nightclub.

Kona patrol officers responded to a 1:30 a.m. report of an injured man in a nightclub in the Coconut Grove Marketplace. A 28-year-old Kailua-Kona man was found unconscious in the bathroom with a laceration over his eye. Police have reason to believe he might have been assaulted.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police are looking for witnesses to the incident and ask that anyone who may have any information call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646, Ext. 281 or 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.

Water Tanker Flips at Kona Airport Killing Driver

Media Release:

A 36-year-old Hōnaunau man was killed Monday (June 27) from injuries he sustained in a one-vehicle crash at Keahole International Airport in Kailua-Kona.

The victim was identified as Newton K. Leslie of a Honaunau address.

Responding to an 11:35 a.m. call, Kona patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 2001 Sterling water tanker and traveling north on Perimeter Road when he lost control on a curve in the roadway and overturned.

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt was partially ejected from the passenger door window and was pinned under the vehicle.

The tanker had a full load of water and belonged to a local construction company that is doing work at the airport.

The victim was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:01 p.m.

Police believe that speed was a factor in the crash.

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

Being that this death occurred within Keahole International Airport on a road not open to the public, it is not counted toward the official traffic fatality count.

Project Compassion for Hawaii Island Hoops

Join Dennys in Kailua-Kona on March 27 from 4-9 as we help raise funds for Hawaii Island Hoops at the Kona Denny’s. Twenty percent of food and drink sales and 100% of our special guest servers’ tips will go to support helping our island youth develop their basketball skills and explore college opportunities.

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Sarah Palin Calls into Kailua-Kona… “Alaska’s Favorite Whine is I Want to Go to Hawaii”

You know… there are times in life when you just might not want to be endorsed by someone.  On Thursday, October 7th, Sarah Palin called into a Kailua-Kona residence to endorse a couple local candidates.  This sounded like a full on scripted phone call.

I also find it ironic that she states that Alaskans favorite “whine” is that they want to go to Hawaii, when in her biography she states that she didn’t even like the weather on this island during college at UH Hilo

“According to a biography – “Sarah” by Kaylene Johnson – Palin and three friends went to the University of Hawaii at Hilo after graduation from high school in Alaska in 1982. But they left after a few weeks because of the constant rain there, the book said.”

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Sarah Palin calls in to Conservatives and Kona Tea Party activists gathered at the home of Charlie and Vickie Bussel , in Kailua-Kona Hawaii , to personally endorse Republican candidates John Willoughby (Hawaii – 2nd U.S. Congressional District) and Scott ‘Hendo’ Henderson (Hawaii State House of Representatives – 7th District)

$1.5 Million Released for Kealakehe Community Center

From the Hawaii House  Blog:

Rep. Denny Coffman today praised the release of $1.526 million in design and planning funds to Laiopua 2020, an organization under the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), to build a new community center and medical clinic in Kealakehe.

“This project was my number one capital improvement priority during the 2010 legislative session,” said Rep. Coffman (District 6 –North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau.)  “In addition to creating construction jobs and permanent employment, the Laiopua Community Center will provide core government service facilities in a key location of the Kailua-Kona community. I want to thank my legislative colleagues for including this project in the CIP budget during a year when we face many fiscal challenges, and applaud the Governor for releasing the funds.”

The site is next door to the 1,500-student Kealakehe High School and nearby to the 800-student Kealakehe Intermediate School and the 1,000-student Kealakehe Elementary School.  On the immediate north side of this 26-acre community complex, is over 325 Native Hawaiian homes with another 900 homes in the planning stage.  On the immediate south side of the community complex is the planned Kamakana Villages Project; a 2,300-unit affordable housing development being planned by Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC) and developed by Forest City.

According to DHHL, groundbreaking is anticipated to take place in July 2011.  The community center is currently planned to include a computer lab and learning center, audio-visual center, after school and summer enrichment programs, culinary program and community kitchen, and space for community meetings and gatherings.  In addition, the community center will include space for social service programs related to existing agencies.

“When completed, this project will provide childcare, healthcare, Hawaiian cultural, recreation and family support services,” continued Rep. Coffman.  “The Big Island team of legislators believe that this is a model community project in the right place at the right time.”