Man Who Was Extradited Back to the Big Island Dies in Vehicle Pedestrian Crash

The Big Island Police reported the following today:

Big Island police have identified a man killed June 10 from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on the Hawai’i Belt Road in Captain Cook as 41-year-old Bounxou Saychantha, who had no permanent address.

The name sounded familiar and sure enough he was the guy that was wanted here in Hawaii (Star-bulletin January 30, 2008):

Big Island police are looking for a 37-year-old Hilo man missing since Dec. 20. Bounxou Saychantha, who has no permanent address, has a medical condition and needs medication.

He is known to frequent the area surrounding the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Saychantha is 5 foot 2, 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

and captured in Las Vegas. (Honolulu Advertiser, February 1, 2008)

Hawai’i County police have located a 37-year-old Hawai’i man who was recently reported missing.

As a result of tips from the public, police learned that Bounxou Saychantha was arrested in Las Vegas on an outstanding probation revocation warrant issued in Hawai’i.

Saychantha remains in custody in Las Vegas pending extradition to Hawai’i, Big Island police officials said.

This is the initial crash reported a few days ago:

Thanks to tips from the public, Big Island police have located a vehicle that was involved in a fatal hit-and-run motor vehicle/pedestrian crash on June 10 on the Hawai’i Belt Road (Route 11) .3 miles south of the 108-mile marker in Captain Cook, South Kona.

The 2001 Chevrolet Blazer was found in Captain Cook on Sunday morning (June 12).

The pedestrian, who died at Kona Community Hospital on June 10, has still not been identified. He is described as a local male, 35 to 45 years old, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6, 140 to 150 pounds with black short hair, a mustache and beard, and a tattoo—possibly of a dragon—on his right arm. He was wearing a yellow tank top and dark khaki shorts and carrying a maroon California Pak bag.

Traffic Enforcement Unit investigators are looking for a possible witness to the crash, identified as 57-year-old Stanford Omori of Captain Cook or the Nāpo’opo’o area.

Police thank the public for their help in locating the car and ask that anyone with information as to the identity of the pedestrian or the whereabouts of Omori 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.

Local Food Buyers and Producers are Needed for the 16th Annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival

Media Release:

Local food buyers and producers are needed for the 16th annual Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agricultural Festival on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

The state’s premiere ag showcase again offers a free trade show for Hawai‘i farmers, ranchers and food producers to hookup with food buyers. Called the Agriculture Festival, this year’s expo coincides with the 6-8 p.m. Taste of the Hawaiian Range.

The Agriculture Festival provides a venue for food producers to present their products to wholesale and retail buyers—including chefs. This year’s new time slot ensures tradeshow participants will gain increased awareness among the attending public. The expo is also open for agricultural and sustainability-themed organizations to present informational displays.

One of many pools at the Hilton Waikoloa

Food buyers and producers interested in participating may contact Ashley De Mattos at 808-981-5211 or ashleydemattos@gmail.comThe signup deadline for producers is August 3 and for buyers the deadline is August 16.

Those interested in having an educational display at the Taste may reach Glenn Sako at 808-969-8252 or gsako@hawaii.edu.

Taste will headline more than 30 statewide chefs who will dazzle diners using various cuts of forage-fed meats and a cornucopia of island fruits, vegetables and other farm products. Also on tap is a 3 p.m. culinary activity, “Grass Fed Beef Cooking 101,” presented by KTA’s Derek Kurisu of TV’s “Living in Paradise.” Taste tickets are on sale online, http://www.tasteofthehawaiianrange.com. Follow Taste of the Hawaiian Range on Facebook or on Twitter, #TasteHI.

Big Island Grass Fed Cows

Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range provides a venue for sustainable agricultural education, encouragement and support of locally produced ag products. The premiere ag tourism event is a partnership between CTAHR,, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Kulana Foods and community volunteers. Sponsorship also includes the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii County Research and Development, Big Island Resource Conservation & Development, the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association and KTA SuperStores.

Mayor Kenoi Meets House Rep. Colleen Hanabusa

Earlier I mentioned that Mayor Kenoi was in Washington D.C.

US House Representative Colleen Hanabusa just tweeted the following picture with the following comment:

Mayor Billy Kenoi and Representative Colleen Hanabusa in Washington D.C. (Picture via yfrog)

Colleen Hanabusa
Met with Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi today. http://t.co/KH1xx9W

Mayor Kenoi in Washington D.C. – Elected to Advisory Board of United States Conference of Mayors

Mayor Billy Kenoi attended the 79th Annual United States Conference of Mayors in Baltimore, Maryland, the last few days where he was elected to the Advisory Board of USCM. (See bottom of press release)

Mayor Kenoi talks policy at the United States Conference of Mayors held in Baltimore the last few days

For more pictures from the conference click here.

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I saw a facebook post of him and Senator Inouye and asked the mayors office what he was doing in Washington D.C. and was told that he was attending the USCM conference.

2011 USCM Annual Meeting Baltimore

Here are the most recent releases from the conference:

Mayor Billy Kenoi is apparently in Washington D.C. today meeting with US Senator Daniel K. Inouye.  Senator Inouye just posted the following on his facebook page:

“Senator Inouye is meeting with Hawaii County Mayor William P. Kenoi in the US Capitol”

US Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

US Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

Kona Man Arrested for Ramming Truck Into Estranged Wifes SUV and Other Offenses

Media Release:

A Kailua-Kona man was arrested and charged with 16 offenses stemming from alleged actions against his estranged wife on two consecutive days.

Curtis L. Warner

Curtis L. Warner is being held at the Kona police cellblock in lieu of $129,250 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (June 21).

On Friday, Police received a report that Warner illegally entered his estranged wife’s sports-utility vehicle in Kailua-Kona around 3:30 p.m. and removed a backpack belonging to a 25-year-old Kailua-Kona man. Police issued an all-points bulletin for Warner’s arrest.

Before officers were able to locate him, police received a new report at 5 p.m. Saturday that Warner had intentionally rammed the woman’s SUV with his pickup truck several times while she was driving with her 25-year-old male passenger on Hualālai Road above Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona.

Within the hour, Traffic Enforcement Officers located Warner driving the truck on Kuakini Highway and arrested him. He was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 5:35 p.m. Monday, detectives charged him with driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, driving without insurance, unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft, first-degree criminal property damage, second-degree criminal property damage, two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening, two counts of reckless endangering, unauthorized possession of confidential information, promoting a dangerous drug, promoting a detrimental drug and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Verizon Wireless Bringing 4G Network to Big Island in July

Map of Hawaii highlighting Hawaii County

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Media Release:

Verizon Wireless announced today that it is bringing the world’s first large-scale 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to Hilo on July 21. Residents in areas such as Hilo, Keaau, Mountain View, and Pahoa with 4G LTE smartphones, laptop modems and hotspots will be able to take advantage of speeds up to 10 times faster than the company’s 3G network.

“We are proud to help lead the Big Island of Hawaii into the 4G LTE wireless broadband world, helping residents, small businesses and local government connect faster and more fully with each other and those outside our community,” said Kevin Zavaglia, region president for Verizon Wireless. “Our 4G LTE network is revolutionizing the way people communicate, and we know this connectivity will be a key communications and technology enabler for many years to come.”

In real-world, fully-loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. Verizon Wireless began introducing the globe’s first large-scale LTE network on December 5, 2010, covering more than 110 million Americans, and is quickly expanding national coverage, currently offering service in 74 metropolitan areas. The company is rapidly building out its 4G LTE network, and is on course to deliver 4G LTE to its entire 3G wireless footprint by the end of 2013.

As the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy game-changing 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.