Who Took Pahoa’s Trash Cans?

I noticed the other day that trash was beginning to pile up in Pahoa around different spots of town.

Pahoa Town

Pahoa Town

Today as I was driving around… I noticed that the public garbage cans that were around town had been removed.

I asked Pahoa Businesswoman and County Council Candidate Madie Greene what happened to them and she said that the contract for the people who were taking care of them had expired.

Greene said that the garbage cans should be back this week with a new contract in place but she wasn’t sure which company is contracted for the services as of yet.

Also if you haven’t heard, Business Services Hawaii has now set up a recycling redemption center right across from the Pahoa Post Office.

Counterfeit Bills Being Circulated in Puna – Bogus

Last night I went into the 7-11 store to take out cash from the cash machine and all of a sudden I hear the clerk saying really loud… “That’s a counterfeit bill… I can’t take that!”

Would you be able to tell this is a fake bill?

Would you be able to tell this is a fake bill?

I got up to the cash register and asked the clerk what just happened and she said someone tried to pass off another counterfeit $5.00 bill onto the store.  I said “another” and she turned to the other clerk on duty and he said it was like the second one that has been tried to be passed onto the store in the last week.  They also mentioned that even $1.00 bills were being counterfeited.

I asked the clerk if they called the police and she said no… the company doesn’t call the police as there is just too much paperwork to be filled out every time someone tries to pass one off.

I thought about this and then went to Paul’s Gas Station at the end of Pahoa Town and while I was paying for my gas there… I noticed they had a $5.00 bill taped to the wall.  I asked the lady at Paul’s Gas Station if they had also had any counterfeit bills being passed onto them… and she said yes.  Recently they have had quite a few people trying to pass on bogus bills and one even got through.

The clerk uses a pen to mark the bill to see if it is a fake bill.

The clerk uses a pen to mark the bill to see if it is a fake bill.

So if stores like 7-11 and Paul’s Gas Station are being targeted… I can only imagine what might be going on elsewhere.  I can only imagine a place like the Maku’u Farmers Market being a prime place for these folks to pass on these bogus bills to unsuspecting folks… and then perfectly innocent folks get caught up in trying to purchase something with them legally.

You can purchase pens that detect counterfeit bills online.

You can purchase pens that detect counterfeit bills online.

Be vigilant and realize that folks are passing $5.00 bills and $1.00 bills that are bogus around Pahoa right now and if you are a merchant… you may want to invest in a pen that can detect bogus bills.

 

Maps of Old Puna Surface Courtesy of Ho’okuleana

The following maps were posted on my Facebook site by Peter Young of  Ho’okuleana LLC after I raised a question about the Old Government Rd. that follows the coastline from Puna into Hilo.

This is a map of 1902 Puna:

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Click to Enlarge

This is a map of the Puna District of Hawaii from 1875:

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Click on image to enlarge

2013 Pahoa Holiday Parade Information

Mainstreet Pahoa Association, celebrating 20 years in operation, will host the Pahoa Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 7.

2012 Pahoa Holiday Parade 187

Pahoa Village Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Montessori Country School, which celebrates 30 years in Pahoa this year, will be honored as the parade’s grand marshal. The parade’s theme will be “Passport to Pahoa.”

2012 Pahoa Holiday Parade 098

Get parade applications at Pahoa Puna Buy and Sell, Puna Style or Jeff Hunt Surfboards.

Since Pahoa High and Intermediate School won’t be hosting a ho’olaulea his year following the parade, food and arts and crafts vendors may rent a booth at the farmers market in Pahoa Village.

hoolauleaContact Mainstreet Pahoa Association holiay parade co-chairs Tiffany Edwards Hunt at (808) 938-8592 and Madie Greene at (808)965-7296 for more information.

 

Luquin’s Waitress in Pahoa Receives Surprise $500.00 Tip from “Aaron’s Last Wish”

A waitress at Luquin’s restaurant in Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii was blessed with a huge $500.00  tip from “Aaron’s Last Wish“.

Winner of Aaron's tip

Winner of Aaron’s tip

Aaron was born June 15, 1982.  He was a computer technician for Computers Plus in Lexington, KY and held a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management.  Aaron lived his life quickly, not holding on to many things and always with a vigor to have experiences not possessions.

He was incredibly sentimental, though he always tried to hide it.  The small things people did for him are what touched him the most.  He was generous with the limited means he had, and his last wishes were that any money he had be given freely in ways that would impact those who received it.

See more at: http://aaroncollins.org/?page_id=2#sthash.08BkDodw.dpuf

Aaron states:
I finally made my way out to Hawaii. Thanks to William (from the Spokane video) I had a wonderful family to stay with on the big island. Wednesday we all went out to eat at Luquin’s and surprised Pepper with a $500 tip. Check it out and stick around at the end for cupcakes!

Here is video of the surprise:

Pahoa Punk Wanted AGAIN for Robbery, Assault and Terroristic Threatening

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 26-year-old Pāhoa man wanted (*EDIT* AGAIN) on two outstanding warrants. Michael Dwayne Carvalho is also wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery, assault and terroristic threatening.

Michael Dwayne Carvalho

Michael Dwayne Carvalho

He is described as Filipino, about 5-foot-11, about 190 to 200 pounds with brown eyes and short black hair. Police advise the public not to approach him.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Citizens may also 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 Searching for 16-Year-Old Boy Last Seen in Pahoa in July

1/22/14 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 16-year-old Jake Miyake-Kamahele of Hilo, who was was reported missing last summer.   He was found Wednesday (January 22) in good health on Oahu.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing.

Jake Miyake-Kamahele

Jake Miyake-Kamahele

Jake Miyake-Kamahele was last seen at 9:45 a.m. on July 22 in Pāhoa. He is described as 4-foot-11, 91 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police ask anyone with information on his 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.

Pahoa Japanese Community Association, Friends and Guests Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The Pahoa YBA Hall was filled with more than 130 current and former Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai (Japanese community association) members, friends and guests to commemorate the official incorporation of the organization in 1963.

Pahoa Nissei

(seated) Fusae Arakawa, Chieko Sugimoto, Masami Ohara, Hisae Campbell, Doris Kuwahara; (second row) Albert Nishimura, Lefty Kawazoe, Kay Kawazoe, Yukio Yamamoto, Tomiye Kukino; and (standing) Sueko Arakawa, Mitsuo Miyatake, Stanley Oishi, Bernice Tanioka, Julie Uyeki, Jack Oshita, Kikuko Kuwahara and Sumiko Miyamoto

The earliest known organization – Pahoa Nihonjin Kai – was formed circa 1904 by the early Japanese immigrants who settled in Pahoa to work on the sugar plantations. Many started their own businesses and Pahoa Village became a thriving center of commerce. During World War II, the name was changed to Pahoa Zairyumin Kai( Pahoa Resident’s Association). The organization formally incorporated in 1963.

Pahoa Nikkei Jin Kai presently continues to perpetuate the goals and culture of the early forefathers and support the Japanese and Pahoa community with a variety of projects. They conduct the annual bon dance, they prepare mochi for the new year (mochi tsuki), they maintain the YBA Hall – currently used by the Big Island Boys and Girls Club for daytime youth activities – and they maintain the Pahoa Japanese Cemetery located above Pahoa town.

Current leadership includes president Craig Shimoda and officers Jason Hashimoto, Marilyn Sato, and Janet Watarida. Past presidents Stanley Oishi, Glenn Watarida and Robert Sugihara serve as advisors.

Among activities during the 50th anniversary celebration were plantation days games, identification of old photographs in the Lyman Museum collection, and honoring members 80 years of age and older (keirosha).

Part of the program included remarks from State Senator Russell Ruderman and State Representative Faye Hanohano, who were present, as well as a message from Governor Neil Abercrombie read by his Hawaii Island representative Wendy Botelho-Cortez. Messages were read from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi.

“We had so much fun,” said long-time member Marilyn Sato. “Friends got re-acquainted. Everyone enjoyed the displays. My favorite moment was seeing Albert Nishimura wear a crown for winning the jun ken po competition.”

For further information on Pahoa’s early history, Hiroo Sato’s book Pahoa Yesterday can be obtained by calling Craig Shimoda at 430-6497.

Squatters in Paradise… Dogs on the Loose – What is the Solution?

Mahalo to Pahoa Community Police Officer Pacheco for helping to secure this building that has been an ongoing problem with squatters, homelessness and drugs here in Pahoa for the last few years.

BEFORE:

Photo by Sean King

Photo by Sean King

AFTER:

After the police secured the building

After the police secured the building

We have a serious problem here in Puna and that is that folks are just taking over houses that are foreclosed and there is nothing the local police can do.  Here is an example of a recent letter I received with some things cut out to ensure their privacy:

Aloha Neighbors,

I know everyone is quite busy, so I will keep this as concise as I can.

I thought I would keep you abreast of a few issues that have happened in your neighborhood.  BTW, thank you for keeping me in the loop with other concerns happening in our neighborhood, past or present.

#1.  There has been squatters that have moved in the house on Kula Street. Some of you may know this as (edited) old place.

What I can tell you is this:

-They have established electricity

- The police can not do anything since it is a civil matter, not criminal.

-Chase Bank owns the house, and is paying the taxes on it.

- The Leilani Community Association can not do anything to help in this regard per advise of there consult with an attorney.

-The owner is the only one who can order these people to leave.

-Chase bank is not very forthcoming about taking possession of the house since there are at lease $40k in liens against the property. (btw, formally foreclosed in 2009 by the court system).

-There are several people that come and go all hours of the day/night.

-I do not want to pursue calling in a drug suspicion, as I do not want any retribution…

-Charlie Stanton, Leilani resident, has been kind to patrol the streets of Leilani as Neighborhood Watch, and knows of this matter and has even taken photos of a few cars as they have drove by and decided not to stop at the house as he was present.  Thank you Charlie.

Has anyone else been faced with this kind of issue or maybe can shed some light on this matter? Maybe an elected official?

And,

#2.  On Friday, June 7th, (EDIT) roughtweiler attacked my dog in our front yard. I have asked her repeatedly to keep her dog restrained.  I have filed a police report in regard to this issue and my dog will need an expensive surgery to walk normal again.  The police have filed this as a vicious dog claim. The officer who reported to the call is Officer C. Arnold. He said to call the Humane Society every time I see the dog out of the owners yard.  The Humane Society said that every photograph of the violation will result in a fine. As many of you may know, this is not the first time I have had to deal with a vicious dog issue on my property.

Thank you for taking the time to read over the information in this email. If you have insight or know of a good resources to tap for more info to move either of these issues forward, I would be very happy to hear about them.  Also, if you would like to connect this email to others in our neighborhood who may want to know about this matter, please do so.

Stay safe and have a fantastic Friday!

So with that being said… does anyone have any advice?

Nice Boots… Homeless in Pahoa

Homeless in Pahoa by Sean King

The homeless problem is getting worse and worse all over the place and Pahoa has also been affected by it.  This picture was submitted to me the other day.  Today, I saw a guy walking down the street who had literally crapped his pants.

Anyone have any solutions to the problem?

Big Island Police Arrest 18-Year-Old Puna Man in Connection with Knife Incident in Pahoa

Hawaiʻi Island police arrested an 18-year-old Puna man Wednesday (July 10) in connection with a knife incident in Pāhoa.

Cordell Studley

Cordell Studley

Responding to a 5:12 p.m. call at a business establishment at 15-2875 Pāhoa Village Road in Pāhoa town, police located and arrested Cordell Studley of Pāhoa, who had allegedly threatened staff with several knives.

The victims reported that the suspect walked into their business and used a telephone without permission. When the staff members refused to allow him to use the phone a second time, he reportedly brandished two knives and threatened them.

No one was injured during this incident.

Studley was later charged with two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $4,000 bail.

 

Voodoo and Human Trafficking in Puna? – “… But the Last Night On The Island I Fought For My Life…”

Ok, the other day I got a very strange email and I think I got sucked into something very mysterious.  I will be posting each of these emails in the order that  I received them.  I hope I didn’t miss anything.

Voodoo

It all started out when I received this public comment on my website under the “Missing” tab:

My name is Kate. I am not 100% sure what happened to me, but the last night on the island I fought for my life. i think I almost got sucked into being taken without it being connected to these folks I got to know. I think they work in human trafficking. But I am not sure, but I think so. I think they have a guy on the island who they call in when they “have one” (a person who they might be able to take without much trouble) and then he uses voodoo to slowly capture them in a way that it goes unnoticed. I think the ring extends to CA and down into Mexico. I think they are very well funded and organized. I am scared to make accusations for a few reasons. But I also want to talk about it all. The first day I went around the island with the guy- Ms. Royal died that day and I was fed a Pig who was slaughtered that day and who there was a picture of. It WAS THE ODDEST DINNER I HAVE EVER BEEN TO.

I then received the following comment on my site but quickly deleted thinking it was a repeat of the above comment… but now realize it was a different comment:

My name is Kate Ellen Nicholson. I experienced intense trauma on the Big Island in Hawaii. The police were involved but were not helpful, more so they inflicted more trauma. I wanted them called both times, as I was fearing for my life, and I never have before. I am 30 years old. I maintain that the island has a major issue with NOT recording by the police. All across the Unites States cop cars must record the situation via voice and video. On your island, there is none of that. I find it highly odd and problematic.
The island is like all of the world, it is controlled by a few, who are connected to a bloodline. I am a geographer who went to the George Washington University, I work with demographics. The situation in Hawaii is analogous to the apartheid when it comes to the ethnic stats- when it comes to the minority ethnicity ruling. I have a story to tell and am not ready to tell it. Damon Tucker is harassing me and being extremely rude as he wants to get himself all involved and wants the story. He has treated me with intense disrespect, threatening to post my IP address, when I have already stated I have PTSD and do not feel safe. He is threatening and harassing. And he swore at me. Please find it in your hearts to send me positive vibrations and to be kind and understanding. Thank you for your time and understanding. May peace and joy be in your hearts.
Sincerely,
Kate

I didn’t really think of anything… and just allowed the first comment on my site… then I got bombarded with the following emails to my personal email address:

Hi. My name is Kate. I am 30 and from vt. I was on Big Island for month and a half. I think I escaped a human trafficking capture but it was very very complicated and I barely escaped and I think it gets into this: they have a guy on the island with REALLY STRONG vooodoo powers. control thoughts, actions, words and electronics. I think they are very careful.

just wanted to reach out.

-k

My reply to her initial email:

Did you report this to the police?

Damon Tucker

Here is reply after I sent her this question:

I got the police involved yes. I am not even 100% positive that is what they were trying to do. They drugged me I think….it was a week long spiral into confusion.  I am sorry I can’t elaborate right now. It’s too emotional for me.
Do you ever catch wind of voodoo cults on the island, down near the lava flow>? By voodoo I do mean magic and voodoo. I never believed in it, but I do now. They messed with me so much I don’t even know what happened. I don’t know if he was a good spiritual guide or he was going to take me. I decided on the last night that the situation was that they had their ducks in a row to take me and not get blamed so I pre-emptively fought him and got dna on me and ate necklaces around our necks (he gave me mine) and got those beads in my stomach. I will say, from an intuitive stand point, he changed at that point as thought I had really shifted the situation. He had a lady staying with her. She was very odd and even though he asked for more help holding me down etc she seemed to work with me. The cops were eventually called by her (but a car came in between, i had run into the woods at that point and was leaving hair dna. I NEVER AGREED TO ANY DRUGS. and i think they put something in the tea. she was making it, he said it was the best on the island. then she said o I forgot to make u a cup. but she had. i took two tiny sips. which might have helped me. he was a very very powerful man with powers i did not believe existed. he fist the description of a pscyho/sociopath PERFECTLY.  I am looking at the face of a girl missing in CA that I am trying to consider was with them when I first saw the, The lady introduced her as her daughter but they didn’t look anything alike and when the Ms. Royal was found there was some wierd conversations about it. He actually said “is that your daughter, did you hear about it, have you heard from her.” i watched her response. it was twilight zone-like. 
i have been following articles from the puna area. one is notable to me: a guy is involved in a house where people are getting raped- or so he says as he leaves the court room. i was in that area and i think they scout for people, capture them and it’s all S&M from there. slave sex trafficking. I think the reason they do it is for the money. I also have a suspicion that the victims are used to grow marijuana in hawaii and n/ CA. 

sorry for the ramble.  thanks for the response. 
one of the few people i am talking about this too.

i know it’s a very odd complicated story.
i went to GWU in DC. I am educated & bright. I acknowledge the story is difficult…I can’t even make sense of it and again, GWU 3.73GPA. Voted most likely to succeed and most organized in HS.  Very clever girl here.  not willing to go through emotional distress of the psychward or police report as I know where others are at mentally. I must make some headway first. Part of that was writing on your page and seeing if anyone responded with something that might help me– even though my ultimate hope would be to be able to help others. 

thanks you for your time.
-Kate

At this point I really didn’t know what I had on my hands so I started CC’ing Tiffany Edwards Hunt some of the email correspondences that we were having and my next reply was:

Send me a police report number.  Which officer did you talk to.  This all sounds very suspicious and very “Rumorish”.

I suggest you take it up w/ Tiffany Edwards Hunt to see if she knows anything about it.

This type of thing really isn’t my type of story.

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker

Her response was the following:
I would never interact with a Hunt. You should learn who the Hunts are.

sorry to add another layer. but i know who the Hunt brothers are and I know their connection to the zionists and pedophilia. I went to GWU and I study the world and have many aquintances from powerful families.

I then started to suspect this lady may need her meds and replied to her the following:
Ok… now your just sounding a bit off!!!
Aloha,

Damon Tucker

Tiffany then interjected the following:
I am definitely not involved in zionism or pedophilia. What is going on here?
And then Tiffany followed up with:
Hi Kate,
 
If you believe you can trust me, I am happy to talk with you and take a drive to try and figure out where you were taken. 
 

Were you given ayahuasca?

Kate then replied to Tiffany:
i don’t trust u and i don’t want to talk to you.
i know the Hunt brother story etc.
i live in the town with Heny G Jarecki;s son
i don’t mingle with people from your bloodline
you scare me.
I then replied to Kate and Tiffany:
Kate… I’m not sure what you are talking about the “Hunt” Brothers… But I will vouch that Tiffany is not involved w/ any Hunt Brothers that you may have come across in the past.

She is an independent reporter here on the island and she is probably the best one to get your story out to.  (If you haven’t seen her website it is http://www.bigislandchronicle.com )

I’m not an investigative journalist the way she is.

Trust Tiffany to give you your side of the story w/out any corporate or police influence.

I’m out of this story… I only blog as a hobby.  Some folks like to play games online for a hobby… I like to be a newshound.

Wish you the best Kate,

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker

I then received the following from Kate:

This is called harassment and I will take you to court. Leave me alone. And I did not give you permission to post anything. LEAVE ME ALONE.

I then reply:

I wish you would trust Tiffany to tell your story.

I will now be posting what you have sent to me on my website to see if anything comes up from folks that know what is up.

I will also be using your name as a the person that sent this to me.

I gave you the option to tell your story to Tiffany…

I will now be piecing together the things you sent to me and will publish it as a commentary I received via e-mail.

You have until tomorrow morning to respond to this.

Please understand that I think you are mistaking Hunt family for someone not even related to her…. for that matter do you know how many “Tucker’s” there are on the Big Island alone that I get associated with.

I will be posting your name and IP address to the email you sent me if you do not follow up on this email I’m sending you now.

Those that know me… know I don’t put up w/ shit or rumors.

Sincerely,

Damon Tucker

She then responded:
If you post my IP address that puts me in danger and you will be held accountable in COURT. That is absolutely what the laws are about. You cannot post my personal information. This is WHY I don’t talk to people. You are rude and you are attacking me, dont you see that? I was willing to talk to you. You lost my trust entirely by contacting Ms. Hunt. I maintain and I will continue to maintain I do not TRUST THE HUNT FAMILY nor their associates. I went to the GWU and I am not stupid.

Good luck figuring out what’s going on around you.
And consider being nicer.

Kate Ellen Nicholson

I then told her:

Shut up already…. your digging yourself in a hole.

She then sends me the following:

You are mean.

I hope you gain a sense of accomplishment.

Good luck trying to make the world a better place. You’re not headed in the right direction.

I want something posted with what you are posting::

My name is Kate Ellen Nicholson. I experienced intense trauma on the Big Island in Hawaii. The police were involved but were not helpful, more so they inflicted more trauma. I wanted them called both times, as I was fearing for my life, and I never have before. I am 30 years old. I maintain that the island has a major issue with NOT recording by the police. All across the Unites States cop cars must record the situation via voice and video. On your island, there is none of that. I find it highly odd and problematic.
The island is like all of the world, it is controlled by a few, who are connected to a bloodline. I am a geographer who went to the George Washington University, I work with demographics. The situation in Hawaii is analogous to the apartheid when it comes to the ethnic stats- when it comes to the minority ethnicity ruling. I have a story to tell and am not ready to tell it. Damon Tucker is harassing me and being extremely rude as he wants to get himself all involved and wants the story. He has treated me with intense disrespect, threatening to post my IP address, when I have already stated I have PTSD and do not feel safe. He is threatening and harassing. And he swore at me. Please find it in your hearts to send me positive vibrations and to be kind and understanding. Thank you for your time and understanding. May peace and joy be in your hearts.
Sincerely,
Kate

Then the last message I sent to her:
LADY…. YOU ARE A TRIP!

DT

She then replied:

I need to let you know that I am altering my email so as to not receive anymore emails from you email. Should you send me an email from another account, that is harassment I do believe. I am perfectly comfortable using the website you set up as a forum. We can discuss this on there in front of everyone. I will not be put in a corner by you or Ms. Hunt, you are threatening and rude. You can express yourself on your website in front of others rather than in personal direct communication with me.  
Thank you for putting time and effort into caring for missing people Damon. 
I think what you are doing is very important. 
Keep up the good work in that regards.

Kate

Tiffany then politely rounded out our conversation with the following:

Kate,
 
I find it interesting you judged me based on my last name alone, and treated me with contempt, based on my last name, yet you are making a public plea for positive vibrations. You are a mirror, and you projected a good deal of animosity, just in my brief interaction with you. Maybe you have come to the Big Island to delve a little bit deeper into some self reflection beyond your degree and “expertise.”

Enveloping you with white light,

Tiffany Edwards Hunt

 

Commentary – Drunk and Disorderly in Pahoa

Editors note… All commentary should be sent to my email address:

Last night (Thursday) I drove through Pahoa about 10:30. Drunks were literally staggering all over the street and I had to stop so as not to hit them. More deadbeats were using the covered sidewalks in front of closed businesses as their personal flophouse and urinal. Where are the police? Why are places like Luquins, Black Rock, and Cash and Carry not being fined for serving those who are clearly too far gone to walk let alone drive. For those of us who live in Lower Puna, it’s police tolerating this sort of antisocial behavior that gives our area such a bad rep. We need some crusading exposé journalism demanding police presence in town and not just in their comfy new headquarters!!!

The new Pahoa Police Station

The new Pahoa Police Station

BTW, when I went to the Pahoa police station today to complain about this THERE WAS NO ONE THERE. That’s right. The station was completely unmanned. I rang the bell, called, no one there. It was lunchtime so I guess that took priority. The reason Puna is “lawless” is because the law is AWOL. Surely something can be done.

Amanda Claiborne

Big Island Police Seeking Man Who Was Possible Witness to Pahoa Assault

UPDATE: Party located in Pahoa.

Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in located a male party who was a possible witness to an assault that occurred in Pahoa Town on June 25, 2013.

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae, Male, 58 years-old and is described being Hawaiian, 5’8”, 170 lbs., with brown eyes and black/gray hair. Kumalae hangs out in the Pahoa Town area, but is also known to frequent Mooheau Bus Terminal.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alfred Kumalae, to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385.

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 Investigating Mysterious Bloody Mess Found in Pahoa Town

Big Island Police are currently doing an investigation of a bloody mess that was found in Pahoa Town this morning.

This picture was taken before police arrived on the scene

This picture was taken before police arrived on the scene

They taped off the area and were doing an investigation when I drove by just now.

Blood scene

The place where most of the blood was located was next to Pahoa Buy and Sell, however blood spots were seen leaving the area and no body was found.

Pahoa Cordoned off

Police on the scene would not comment on the case as an active investigation was currently going on.

Investigation

I’ll update this post if I hear anything further about what is going on.  If anyone else has heard of anything… please feel free to let me know.

UPDATE 6:42 PM:

Big Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in located a male party who was a possible witness to an assault that occurred in Pahoa Town on June 25, 2013.

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae

Alfred Kumalae, M-58, is described being Hawaiian, 5’8”, 170 lbs., with brown eyes and black/gray hair. Kumalae hangs out in the Pahoa Town area, but is also known to frequent Mooheau Bus Terminal. Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Alfred Kumalae, to contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385. 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.

New Hawaiian Paradise Park Bus Route Begins April 1st

Effective April 1, 2013, a change to the Pahoa-Hilo Hele-On Bus route will bring long-awaited service to the residents of Hawaiian Paradise Park.

New Bus Route

On any given day, a young mother has her child strapped to her back, hiking down Maku`u Drive; residents struggle as they hitchhike long distances, and our kupuna become isolated and shut-in. “It’s a dangerous situation,” said Council Member Greggor Ilagan of District 4. “The community needs this bus service to access necessary social and medical services,” said Council Member Ilagan.

The Hilo-bound bus will turn from Highway 130 down Maku’u Drive to 16th, across to Paradise Drive, and back up to Highway 130. The Pahoa-bound bus will turn down Paradise, across 16th, and up Maku’u before continuing on Highway 130 toward Pahoa. The dedicated bus stop will be located at the HPP Activities Center and riders may park their vehicles or bikes there. Flag stopping will be honored where it is safe to do so, however riders should call the transit agency for tips.

“We thank our riders for supporting our Hele-On Bus system. This expansion will have a positive impact on the Hawaiian Paradise Park,” said Acting Administrator of Hawai’i County Mass Transit Agency, Tiffany Kai.

The Hilo-bound bus will run through HPP at 6:25 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 4:35 p.m. The Pahoa-bound bus will run through HPP at 10:45 a.m., 2:35 p.m., and 4:50 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“This new Hele-On Bus route in HPP is the result of many people working together. I thank the HPP Owners Association’s President June Conant, the Board of Directors, Tiffany Kai and the Hawai’i County Mass Transit Agency, as well as Mayor Billy Kenoi for making this happen,” said Council Member Ilagan. “Serving the community is my priority. We invite everyone to utilize this new route to ensure its success.”

For more information, contact the Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency at www.heleonbus.org, or call 961-8744. Council Member Ilagan of District 4 is available at 965-2712.

 

Bill Introduced to Bring $65 Million for Capital Improvements Projects to Puna Area

Senator Russell Ruderman has introduced Senate Bill 377 that would bring over $65 million dollars for capital improvement projects to the Puna District.

Senate Bill 377

Senate Bill 377 (Click to Read)

SECTION 1.  The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $67,550,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary, and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2013-2014 for the purpose of capital improvement projects for the second senatorial district, as follows:

1.   Traffic Signal at the Pahoa Bypass/Post Office Road Intersection – Plans, design, construction, materials, and equipment    $2,000,000

Total funding                              $2,000,000

2.   Albizia Tree Control in Hawaii County – Funding to Hawaii Island Invasive Species Council

Total funding                                $200,000

3.   Pohoiki Swimming Area, Puna TMK (3) 1‑4-002:008 – Planning, feasibility, engineering, and initial design to develop a safe swimming area at Pohoiki Boat Ramp and Isaac Hale Beach Park     $250,000

Total funding                                $250,000

4.   Hawaiian Paradise Park Elementary School, Phase I -Plans, design, and construction $20,000,000

Total funding                             $20,000,000

5.   Puna Medical Center Emergency Room – Plans and design                   $100,000

Total funding                                $100,000

6.   Pahoa Wastewater Treatment Plant – Plans, design, and construction $15,000,000

Total funding                             $15,000,000

7.   Highway 130 Improvements – Department of Transportation – Widening of the highway and other improvements     $25,000,000

Total funding                             $25,000,000

8.   Puna Makai Alternate Route – Emergency Route on the Old Railroad Easement – Plans and design for an alternate route connecting Puna to Hilo          $5,000,000

Total funding                              $5,000,000

 

Old Government Road to Temporarily Close for Pahoa Holiday Parade

The main street in the town of Pahoa (Old Government Road) will be temporarily closed for the Pahoa Holiday Parade from approximately 8:30 am to 11:30, Saturday, December 1, 2012.

The road closure will be from Apa’a Street (the dump road) to Ka’ohe Homestead Road (Pahoa School’s intersection).

Participants will line up along Apa’a Road, entering from Ka’ohe Homestead Road.

Please drive carefully on the morning of the parade!

For more information, call Shawn at 965-7592 Monday-Thursday

Video: U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono Rallies East Hawaii Voters at Big Island Bus Stop Tour

Big Island of Hawaii’s Democratic contingency took part in an East Hawaii Bus Stop tour today starting at Laupahoehoe Community Charter School and ending at Auntie Sally’s Luau in Hilo today.

I took the following pictures at HAAS Community Charter School in Pahoa today on their third stop of the tour.

Unfortunately Governor Abercrombie and Democratic Candidate Tulsi Gabbard were unable to make the event, however, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono had this to say at the rally:

Pahoa Town Community Meetings – The Pahoa Plan

The Pahoa Regional Town Center Steering Committee and Working Groups will host the second in a series of Pahoa Town community meetings updating area residents on the progress of the Pahoa Plan effort which was launched in March of this year.

An extension of the Puna Community Development Plan, the Pahoa Plan is a community-inspired and community-created growth management plan specifically for Pahoa.  The upcoming public meeting will be held at the Pahoa Neighborhood/Community Center on Tuesday, October 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  The results from the Pahoa Survey and the Pahoa Town property owner questionnaire will be discussed and an optional interactive poll will be available to those attending the meeting.  Your attendance and participation is important as the planning for Pahoa moves forward.  All members of the planning group for the Pahoa Plan are volunteers from our community.   For more information, please contact PahoaPlan@gmail.com