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Hawaiian Idol Semi-Final Warm Ups

April 18 – Semi-FinalsHawaiian Idol VI – 20 contestants perform in front of three judges and the crowd. Crowd vote counts 50%, judges count 50%, top 5 scored singers will be scheduled to return for the finals on May 9th where 1 singer will be crowned as the next Hawaiian Idol!

Here are some of the warm ups for the 18th Semi-Finals:

Pt. 1


Pt. 2


Pt. 3.


Attempted Murder Charges Filed Against Hilo Man for Attempting to Run Over Officer

Big Island police have charged a 47-year-old Hilo man with a variety of offenses in connection with a vehicle pursuit early Wednesday evening (April 8 ) that resulted in the man allegedly intentionally crashing into a police vehicle. Valentin R. Solis was taken into custody after his vehicle came to rest in the bushes in the median of Highway 11 a short distance on the Hilo side of Macadamia Road.

Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the parking lot of Prince Kuhio Plaza, two plain-clothed law enforcement officers confronted Solis in connection with an ongoing investigation. Immediately upon being contacted, he fled in his vehicle, nearly running over one of the officers in the process.

South Hilo patrol officers attempted to stop the vehicle, which led them on what was described as a “normal speed” pursuit. The suspect led police through the Panaewa House Lots subdivision and eventually onto Highway 11 in the Volcano direction.

Upon reaching the area of the intersection with Stainback Highway, the suspect vehicle approached another police vehicle, which was already ahead of it, and apparently struck the vehicle intentionally. After that collision, he continued in the Volcano direction until reaching the area of Macadamia Road, at which time he struck another vehicle, hit a guard rail, crossed back across the two-lane highway and ended up in the median. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Neither he nor the occupants of the second collision received any injuries. The police officer involved in the first collision was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was treated and released for his injuries.

Solis was charged late Thursday afternoon with one count of first-degree attempted murder (the alleged intentional collision with the officer), one count of first-degree criminal property damage, first-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of first-degree terroristic threatening, resisting an order to stop, and reckless driving. He is being held in the police cellblock in lieu of $250,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday afternoon in South Hilo District Court.

These events caused traffic to be severely affected on Highway 11 in the Volcano-bound lanes. One lane of traffic was shut for several hours to allow investigators to conduct their investigation at the scenes.

Police apologize for any inconvenience this caused for motorists trying to make it home on time.

Police ask anyone who may have witnessed either incident to call Lieutenant Mitchell Kanehailua at 961-2252 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

List of Recent Police Complaints Against Hawaii County Police Department to be Discussed at Upcoming Commission Meeting

The following is a list of complaints that will be discussed in Executive Session at the upcoming April 17th Police Commission Meeting:

HPC 08-32: Complainant alleged that during his arrest, officers did not present a search warrant, his cane was taken away, he was pushed and knocked to the ground, and the handcuffs were too tight.

HPC 08-33: Complainant alleged that an officer disclosed her confidential medical records without her authorization. At the previous meeting, the commission found insufficient evidence to prove the complainant’s allegation. The complainant presents additional information for reconsideration of the commission’s decision.

HPC 09-01: Complainant alleged that the police did not serve his TRO.

HPC 09-02: Complainant reported that a male and female asked him about purchasing cannabis. He alleged that an officer told him it was because of the way he looked. He also alleged that the officer told him that if he didn’t like it, he could move away from that side of the island.

HPC 09-03A & 03B: Complainants alleged that an officer arrested the wrong person in a domestic abuse case. At the previous meeting, the complaint was deferred in order to obtain additional information.

HPC 09-08: Complainant complained about the manner in which a police vehicle was driven. Complainant also complained about the manner in which an unmarked police vehicle was driven.

HPC 09-11: Complainant alleged that an officer incorrectly gave him a citation. Hawai`i County Police Commission Page 4 April 17, 2009

HPC 09-12: Complainant alleged that when officers responded to a domestic dispute at his home, they decided his guilt and insisted he leave his residence.

Hawaii Ranks Highest in Nation for Electricity and Gasoline Rates

U.S. energy costs for gasoline and electricity are lowest in the state of Wyoming, while Hawaii ranks the highest, according to a new survey focusing on individuals, families and small businesses…

More here

April 13th – A New Era: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin’s New Youtube Ad… And They Still Can’t Spell Their Own Ericka Engles Name Correctly!

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin will begin publishing its new morning edition on April 13, 2009.

Looks like they are already taking to youtube… But who is Erica Engle? ;)


Does anyone find it strange that the Starbulletin is now running the Honolulu Advertisers news via RSS feed?

Wedeman Memorial 5-Mile Run/Walk Tomorrow

The Emily Wedeman 5-mile run walk starts at 5 p.m. on Friday at the entrance to the Moku Ola (Coconut Island) parking lot in Hilo.
Wedeman was a strong supporter of running and walking events and served as a volunteer for many years before losing her battle with cancer in April 2006.

The event is open to the public with a nominal $2 entry fee. Proceeds will be given to the American Cancer Society, Hawaii Chapter. Post race refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Greg Lum Ho at 987-5224 or email kahakuokahale@msn.com.

For more information on Big Island Running events, be sure to check out the “Big Dog” Wayne Joseph’s Blog.