Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17 Year Old Girl Since March

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a missing 17-year-old girl.

Kuuleinani Taketa

Kuuleinani Taketa

Kuuleinani Taketa was last seen at her Captain Cook home on March 15. She is described as being of Hawaiian-Chinese-Japanese descent, 5-feet tall, about 115 to 121 pounds with brown eyes and medium-length brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her 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.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Awarded Active Trails Grant

Thirteen national parks receive grants from the National Park Foundation to support interactive and engaging projects that will strengthen Americans’connection with their national parks

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The National Park Foundation announced that it is proud to award Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park a grant to support the launch of Digital Mountain: It’s My Park Film Festival, an innovative project for students in grades 7 – 12 to make a film about the trails in their National Park. The grant is part of the National ParkFoundation’s Active Trails program that uses national parks as a venue for community engagement and promotes healthy lifestyles through various forms of recreation and volunteer service on land and water trails.

“It is an honor to receive the Active Trails grant,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “This exciting opportunity gives us another way to engage local youth in being active with their families on the trails in Hawai‘i Volcanoes, and the grant allows us to offer great prizes, including computers and cameras, to the young filmmakers,” she said.

Digital Mountain: It’s My Trail Film Festival is a dynamic endeavor for seventh through twelfth graders. Students will participate in trail maintenance projects with their families and make a film illustrating why the park and the trails are important to them.

Students and teachers interested in learning more about the Active Trails project can contact Laura Williams at (808) 985-6304 or laura_williams@nps.gov. The project begins Aug. 1, 2011 and culminates with a gala event showcasing the films at Kīlauea Visitor Center Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. The films will also be available for viewing on YouTube.

“With these grants, we’re actively encouraging Americans to personally connect with their national parks through fun and engaging activities that not only promote a healthy lifestyle, but also help protect and preserve some of the most treasured places on earth for generations to come,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation, awarded Active Trails grants to 13 national parks across the country.

A full list of grantees and project descriptions will be available on the National Park Foundation website.

All Points Bulletin… Theft of Sushi Maker!

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Big Island detectives are investigating the theft of a sushi maker during a February burglary in Hilo.

On February 20, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a business on the 700 block of Kīlauea Avenue and learned that a large maki sushi maker valued at $12,000 had been removed during a burglary sometime between February 19th and 20th.

A sushi maker similar to this was stolen in a burglary

The electric appliance weighs nearly 100 pounds, stands about 20 inches high and is about 22 inches long and about 14 inches wide. It is an Autec brand, model ASM830A and may not have the green rice hopper affixed to the top, as is depicted in the image above.

Police ask that anyone with information on the location of the sushi maker or any other information about this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380.

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 Still Looking for 16 Year Old Missing Since Christmas

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Big Island police are renewing their request for help in locating a 16-year-old Miloli’i boy, who was reported missing.

Vernon Kahele

Vernon Kahele

Vernon Kahele was last seen on Christmas Day (December 25). He is described as Samoan-Hawaiian, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9, 135-150 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call Officer Robert Sakata at 326-4646, extension 276, 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.

DUI Checkpoints and Roving Patrols in Place on the Big Island Over Memorial Day Weekend

Media Release:

With the approach of the long Memorial Day weekend and the continuation of graduation parties, Hawai’i County police will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads. Officers will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning Thursday, May 26, and continuing through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

On Wednesday (May 25), officers from the Traffic Enforcement Unit conducted a DUI checkpoint in Hilo supported by Traffic Safety Coordinator Dieter Blattler and MADD Program Coordinator Ashley Drake representing the Impaired Driving Task Force. They reminded motorist about the hazards of drinking and driving and gave them literature on the subject with emphasis on how little it takes to exceed the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.08 percent.

Driving under the influence of alcohol presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters.

Already this year, Big Island police have made well over 500 DUI arrests, and nine people have died in traffic fatalities. Those crashes ended the lives of nine individuals who never imagined they wouldn’t reach their destination.

Police remind the public that the County of Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency maintains a Shared-Ride Taxi program year round. Every individual is entitled to buy subsidized taxi coupons for as low as $2 each and use them with participating taxi companies. For details, call 961-8744 or visit www.heleonbus.org/shared-ride-taxi-program.

Please do your part to keep our roads safe. Always remember to have a designated sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you don’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.

Denver Zoo Hatches Three Nene – Wait a Second… Hawaiian Geese in Colorado?

The Denver Zoo is celebrating the hatching of three nene, or Hawaiian, geese.

Two hatched May 7 and the third hatched May 9. They are the state bird of Hawaii and are called “nene” because of the sound of their soft calls, which sound like “nay nay.” Though the three female goslings will eventually be on display, they are currently growing and developing under the watchful eye of bird keepers in the zoo’s Bird Propagation Center.

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Two hatched May 7 and the third hatched May 9. These goslings are the first to hatch in several years at Denver Zoo. Though the three female goslings will eventually be on display, they are currently growing and developing under the watchful eye of bird keepers in the zoo’s Bird Propagation Center. The name “nēnē” comes from the sound of their soft calls, which sound like “nay nay.” The goose is the state bird of Hawaii and can now only be found on four of the Hawaiian Islands; Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. The nēnē goose is closely related to the Canada goose. On average, they stand about 16 inches tall and weigh between three to five pounds. Unlike other geese, their feet are only half-webbed, which allows them to more easily walk and run across the rocky, uneven terrain of lava beds.