Big Island Police Find Man Wanted With at Least a Dozen Car Break-Ins

Big Island police have arrested a Hilo man in connection with a dozen car break-ins in Hilo.

Most of the break-ins were in either downtown Hilo along Kilauea Avenue or the Keaukaha area. The investigation began when an employee of a Kilauea Avenue business reported that she saw a man open her car door, grab her purse and run away on October 26. The woman chased the suspect on foot but lost him after he turned up Kukuau Street.

Joseph Ada

Joseph Ada

Police investigation led to the arrest of 45-year-old Joseph Ada on Thursday (November 10). Further investigation linked him to 11 additional cases.

On Friday (November 11), detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Ada with 12 counts of unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, four counts of second-degree theft, two counts of third-degree theft, 12 counts of fourth-degree theft, eight counts of third-degree identity theft and eight counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

His bail was set at $262,000. He was held at the Hilo police cellblock until his initial court appearance on Monday (November 14).

Police remind the public not to leave valuables unattended and visible in their cars.

Police also discourage the public from pursuing suspects themselves. It is safer to call police for assistance.

The Pahoa “Kupuna Housing Project” Get’s First Units Delivered

The Pahoa Kupuna Housing Project had some “units” delivered to the project today.  I’m not sure if these units in the picture below are intended to be the houses for the kupuna or office units.  I hope it’s the latter as these seem really small

The beginning of the Kupuna Housing Project in Pahoa

The location is located behind Jan’s Barbershop just below the Pahoa Catholic Church.

Big Island Police Seeking Witnesses to Hilo Robbery

Big Island Police are investigating a robbery that was reported on October 28 at about 11 p.m.

South Hilo patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center after a 67-year-old Hilo man reported that while he was in the downtown Hilo area at about 8:30 p.m., two local males accosted him and demanded money. One may have been wearing a black jacket.

When the victim indicated he didn’t have any money, he was assaulted and loss consciousness.

The victim reported that when he regained consciousness, he discovered that his wallet had been removed from his person and discarded on the ground. The suspects were no longer in the area.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident call Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386.

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.

President Obama’s Speech Before Makana Sang His “Occupy With Aloha” Protest Song at the APEC World Leaders Dinner

This is the speech that President Obama gave at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki shortly before Makana Cameron got on stage in front of the world leaders and sang his song about “Occupy with Aloha” (Note bold paragraph I emphasized).

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, everybody.  To all the leaders who are representing their countries here at APEC, I hope you’ve had a wonderful stay so far, and hope you had a wonderful dinner.  To members of the delegation, welcome.

Two years ago, when I was in Singapore and it was announced that we would be hosting the APEC Summit here in Honolulu, I promised that you would all have to wear aloha shirts or grass skirts.  (Laughter.)  But I was persuaded by our team to perhaps break tradition, and so we have not required you to wear your aloha shirts, although I understand that a few of you have tried them on for size, and we may yet see you in them in the next several days.

But one tradition that we did not want to break is the tradition of the luau.  Here in Hawaii, there is a traditional gathering that we call luau, and it’s basically an excuse for a good party, and it’s used for every occasion.  We have birthday luaus and graduation luaus.  And now we have APEC luaus.  (Applause.)  And there is — somebody is ready to party already.  (Laughter.)

We have music.  We have song.  We have celebration.  And we have hula dancing.  And Michelle does not think I’m a very good dancer, so I will not be performing this evening.  (Laughter.)  But I think we will have some wonderful examples of traditional Polynesian dance and music and song.  And it will capture, I think, the extraordinary spirit of these islands, but also capture, I think, the spirit in which I hope we proceed in our important work during the course of this APEC Summit.

We are bound together by an ocean.  We are bound together by a common belief and a common concern for our people — their aspirations, their hopes, their dreams.  And so I hope that all of you feel the extraordinary spirit of Hawaii and very much look forward to a wonderful set of meetings tomorrow.

So, with that, please enjoy. 

Christmas at the Fairmont – HCC Students Constructing Hawaii Landmarks From Gingerbread

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for culinary students at Hawai‘i Community College-West Hawai‘i. The future chefs are constructing gingerbread centerpieces fashioned to resemble a variety of Hawai‘i landmarks. The unique, holiday centerpieces will be auctioned at Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Presented by the American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Assn., the 23rd annual gala finances local culinary scholarships and kitchen equipment for the future West Hawai‘i community college campus at Palamanui. Formerly held at the now-closed Kona Village Resort, the event has moved to the oceanside Turtle Pointe at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.

Not only will attendees be wowed by the creative talents of budding culinarians, but also be treated to tantalizing cuisine, elegant desserts and mouthwatering confections prepared by chefs from West Hawai‘i’s top resorts and restaurants.

West Hawaii Community College Students at the 2010 Festival

A sample of confirmed culinary station offerings include Fresh Island Catch with Spicy Sichimi Togarashi, Molokai Sweet Potato Puree, Asian Sprout Salad drizzled with Lemongrass Haupia Sauce, Island Tomato Consume, Sweet Corn Bisque and Chocolate Mint Brownies.

Twenty-some resorts and restaurants from Waimea to Kealakekua annually participate in the event, offering exceptional cuisine at culinary stations and volunteering their private services for bid at the exciting live auction. One of the standout auction items this year includes dinner for six in the presidential suite at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa with one night stay for two followed by breakfast— a $3,200 value.

Attendees can bid on the student gingerbread “houses” by silent auction. Using dough and a variety of food products—ice cream cones, noodles, pretzels and candy—the enterprising HawCC students have been busy constructing landmarks like Hulihe’e Palace and Moku‘aikaua Church. Debuting last year as gingerbread “hale,” the gingerbread creations are designed under the supervision of pastry instructor-chef Fernand Guiot, 15-year owner of Kailua-Kona’s former French Bakery. During the event, students will be on hand to “talk story” about their creations and will assist chefs and confectioners at culinary stations.

New this year, the fundraiser offers a variety of locally sourced gift baskets, food products and family activities available via silent auction. “We have stepped up our fundraising efforts to help outfit the culinary classrooms at Kona’s future community college,” says Stephen Marquard, event director. “The Palamanui campus will have two, 1,200-square-foot kitchens and an 800-square-foot bakery.”

In addition to the fine food, attendees will enjoy 100 percent Kona coffee, handcrafted ales and fine wines. Also on tap is dancing on the lawn and under the stars to the jazz of the Bill Noble Trio.

Attendance is limited to 600. Tickets are again $75 per person and include all-you-can-eat-and-drink, a souvenir tasting glass and free self-parking. In addition, reserved tables of 10 are available for $1,000, tables for six are $600. Tickets can be charged by phone at 808-329-2522 and can be purchased at Kailua Candy Company, Clark Realty/Kona, Kona Wine Market, Café Pesto in Hilo and The Fairmont Orchid.

A special event rate of $239 is offered for Partial Ocean View accommodations including breakfast for two and self-parking at The Fairmont. Contact reservations for details at 808-885-2000 or 800-845-9905 and mention “Christmas at The Fairmont.” For info, visit

Event updates are posted on facebook. For details, phone 808-329-2522.

American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association

ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors and growers;

State Senator Gilbert Kahele Hosts His Final “Talk Story” Forum

Hawai’i Island’s District 2 State Senator Gilbert Kahele hosts his final “Talk Story” forum this Wednesday at Waiakea High School in Hilo.

At least Senator Kahele knew how to show some Aloha attire to the world at the APEC Summit!

Building upon the completion of a successful legislative session as Hawai’i Island’s District 2 State Senator, Senator Kahele is using this final forum to hear the concerns of his constituents in the largest community in East Hawai’i, Hilo. These forums have allowed him to help prepare for the upcoming 27th legislative session in January as well as provide a re-cap of his recently completed freshman legislative term. Some topics of discussion will cover various pieces of legislation that Senator Kahele helped become law, future projects at the University of Hawaii Hilo and surrounding area and the recently begun Hilo harbor and airport expansion.

Members of the community can email the Senator with issues and questions for the forum. He will make every effort to address those questions and report on the findings of those issues at the forum.

Senator Kahele’s final “Talk Story” forum date and location:


November 16th 2011, 5:30-7:30PM at Waiakea High School Cafeteria
Email your issue(s) to:

or call/fax in your issue to:

1-808-586-6760 (Office)

1-808-586-6689 (Fax)