HPD Busts Dealers in Pahoa Town

Media Release:

Hawaii Police Department Officers initiated several drug investigations earlier this year in response to concerns voiced by Councilwoman Emily Nae’ole-Beason regarding rampant street drug dealing taking place in Pāhoa Town.

A coordinated effort between the department’s Vice Section and Community Policing Officers led to the execution of a search warrant and the arrest of three individuals on drug related offenses. Aaron Johnson, a 39-year-old Pāhoa man, was arrested and charged with promoting a detrimental drug after a warrant was served on his car and person, resulting in the recovery of 10 grams of dry processed marijuana in several baggies packaged for distribution.

Also arrested in connection with the investigation were Michael Carvalho and Michael Lancaster, both 23 and both of Pāhoa. These individuals were released pending further investigation.

These arrests are part of the police department’s ongoing effort to curtail the proliferation of illicit drug distribution in our community. We encourage concerned citizens to continue providing tips to the Vice Section at (808) 934-8423.  Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.  All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.

Taj Mahal and Ledward Kaapana to Tour the Islands

April 16, Friday – Big Island
The Honokaa Peoples Theater – Honokaa ( 808-775-9963 )
$45. Adv. $50.Door $55. Gold Circle
Doors: 7:30 pm Show: 8:00 pm.

April 17, Saturday – Maui
The Royal Lahaina Resort – Kaanapali ( 808-661-3611 )
Tickets: $45. Adv. $55. Door $65. Gold Circle Tables
Gates 7:00 pm. Show: 8:00 pm

April 18, Sunday
Kauai Kilohana Plantation ( 808-337-9234 )
Tickets: $40. Adv. $50. Door $55. Gold Circle Tables
Doors: 5:30 pm. Show: 6:00 pm.

County of Hawaii… Why Don’t You Try and Buy These Lands?

The Eugene developer owns thousands of acres of coveted koa trees in Hawaii, but getting permission to harvest them is a difficult task…

…His JRH Engineering is owed money by Arlie & Co., a major local real estate company that has filed for the protection of bankruptcy court while it reorganizes its finances. And harvesting koa on land that Arlie owns in Hawaii has been batted about in bankruptcy hearings as one way for the company to repay the $873,734 it owes unsecured creditors — including $8,930 that belongs to Hanks’ company.

Money owed to unsecured creditors isn’t backed up by any collateral that the creditors could seize.

In a three-hour meeting with the unsecured creditors committee earlier this week, Arlie’s forester touted the value of koa timber that covers much of 5,600 acres of land Arlie owns in Hawaii, Hanks said.

Arlie executive vice president John Musumeci said during a recent bankruptcy hearing that harvesting the rare timber, which only grows on Hawaii, could produce a couple of million dollars a month.

“My preference, right now, given everything I know — and we want to be open with everybody about this asset to the extent it makes business sense — now is the time to harvest it,” he said, later adding, “Let’s just go ahead and harvest it…”

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