Follow Up to the Island Trust Break-In… Bike Patrol to Start in Pahoa

Five days ago I blogged about the Pahoa Branch of Island Trust Real Estate being broken into.

Pahoa Branch of Island Trust Properties

Pahoa Branch of Island Trust Properties

This follows the Christmas Eve burglaries of several Pahoa town businesses.

Two good news items to follow up on this.

I received the following email from the owner of Island Trust:

“…The police finally called me back about the break-in (it took ’em 6 days..)
According to the officer, it seems that there was some event happening at Shaka’s, and a witness saw two “males” kick the door in. The witness called the cops and they showed up and actually arrested one of the guys.
He was a 17-year old juvenile, and he was booked and released. He has to appear in Family Court for it. The total for the damage / repair was almost $800…

I appreciate the follow-up on the incident and it’s good to know that this was a random incident that was not apparently related to the other burglaries.

The other good news.

I attended the Pahoa Main Street Association meeting last night, and it was mentioned that a Bike Patrol would soon be started up using funds from the federal “Weed and Seed” program.

I forgot to ask who would be running the program, but after a follow up email, I learned that the Police Department will be running it.

It was almost three years ago that US Attorney gave Pahoa $175,000 for the weed and seed program.

Another look back at the announcement by US Attorney Ed Kubo can be found here.

I sure hope the Bike Patrol works and that it is good use of the funds.  I know of a bunch of people who would just love to ride around the town at night for probably a third of what the officers will be making. :roll:

I’m not sure when it’s going to be starting up… but don’t be shocked to see police officers riding bikes around 24 hours a day now.


2 Responses

  1. Great post Damon and good news for Pahoa. While we live farther north, we have a deep Puna Love, as it was our first introduction to Hawaii. Making the place safe for visitors, residents and business owners is really important to the vitality of Pahoa. Thanks for being the eyes and ears of Pahoa for the rest of us.

  2. Aloha!
    I am happy to see that you mentioned The Pahoa Weed and Seed Project , as it has done so much for the Pahoa Community. We just finished the grant request for the 2009-2010 funding year and we had the chance to reflect back on our success’s during the process. I commend all the community people who participate in making Pahoa a better place for our families. Remember if you want to know what is going on in Pahoa or are interested in what Pahoa Weed and Seed is about and up to check out our Steering Committee Meetings. The next one is Jan 13, at 2:00 at The Pahoa Neighborhood Center (The community Center by the fire station) The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 2:00pm. All are welcome.

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