Picture Released of Suspect in Puna Attempted Murder

Hilo detectives have charged a Keaʻau man in connection with a brutal home invasion that occurred in Puna early Saturday morning (October 22) that left a Keaʻau woman hospitalized.

Seferin Tilipau

Seferin Tilipau

Sunday (October 23) at approximately 8:45 p.m., detectives charged 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. He is being held without bail pending his initial court appearance in South Hilo District Court tomorrow (October 24) at 1 p.m.

Saturday (October 22) shortly after midnight, Puna patrol officers responded to the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision to investigate a report of a woman screaming for assistance. Upon arrival, police discovered the 69-year-old woman with severe head injuries and determined that a man had forced his way into her home before assaulting her.

Officers from the Puna district converged in the area to assist in the search for the suspect. He was observed fleeing the home upon officers’ arrival at the scene.

At about 1:25 a.m., following an extensive search, 18-year-old Seferin Tilipau of Keaʻau was found hiding in a nearby house and was arrested and taken into custody.

Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics took the victim to Hilo Medical Center, where she was treated for her injuries and is listed in stable condition.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 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.

Motorcycle Rider Dies Near Lava Tree State Park on Route 132

The following Nixle report came in today:

Route 132 closed below Nanawale Blvd (Kaululaau Rd) to just above Lava Tree State Park due to traffic crash.

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A friend of mine reported the following:

R**** was heading back from Pahoa about 3 pm and went past a horrible accident. He stopped to offer assistance but there were many people already there. Does anyone know how the woman did? 911 had already been called but not there yet when he stopped.

R**** was really upset when he got home as he said the woman wasn’t breathing it appeared and had a cut on her head that didn’t bleed (and those usually bleed profusely) and the man kept checking on her and it reminded him of the mongoose we had that lost its mate.

He knew it wasnt A****** (couple was in their 40’s/50’s).

Husband and wife riding side by side on 2 bikes.

Unfortunately I just heard from another friend the following:

” Saw a motorcyclist get KILLED by a tow-truck…..”


A 53-year-old Hilo woman died Sunday (October 23) from injuries she sustained in a motorcycle crash on Kapoho-Pahoa Road .2 miles south of the 2-mile marker,

Responding to a 2:55 p.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that the victim was operating a 1999 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kapoho-Pahoa Road, when she ran off the right side of the road, lost control and struck a guardrail.

She was not wearing a helmet.

Fire Rescue personnel took her to Hilo Medical Center, where she died at 6:48 p.m.

Police believe that speed may have been a factor in this crash. They do not suspect any alcohol or drug use.

The name of the victim is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of the next of kin.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a coroner’s inquest case and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

This is the 18th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 23 at this time last year.


The 53-year-old woman who died Sunday (October 23) from injuries she sustained in a motorcycle crash on Kapoho-Pahoa Road has been identified as Jill E. Peterson of Hilo.

Herb Kāne: 2011 Kamaʻāina of the Year

The late Herb Kawainui Kāne was honored as 2011 Kama’aina of the Year at this year’s Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation event for his contributions in the revival of our Hawaiian culture.

The Voyagers

My signed copy of The Voyagers

The event was held October 22 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Room.