Kailua Park Vandalized

County of Hawaii

Kailua Park, also known as the Old Kona Airport Park, was vandalized Monday night or Tuesday morning, according to Bob Fitzgerald, director of the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation.

Fitzgerald said the locks on gates were filled with cyanoacrylate, also known as “super glue,” concrete and human waste was mixed and poured down a number of toilets near the beach pavilions and sprinkler heads were broken off at the Friends for Fitness walking track. Fitzgerald estimated damage at about $3,000, although it could have been much more expensive if the concrete had time to cure and harden.

Parks maintenance officials said a group of people was ordered to leave the park recently after some of them were seen intentionally tipping over trash cans. Fitzgerald said he does not know if the incidents are related but said the information has been passed onto police.

Fitzgerald asked that anyone seeing suspicious activity at Kailua Park or any other county facility call the police dispatch number at 935-3311.

Should anyone have information regarding this incident, call Police Sgt. Gary Souther at 326-4646, or CrimeStoppers at 329-8181 in Kona. Calls which lead to an arrest or conviction may be eligible for a reward of as much as $1,000. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to caller ID.

For more information contact Bob Fitzgerald at 961-8311

Honolulu TSA Agents Engaging in Racial Profiling of Mexican Passengers

Most of us are pretty sick and tired of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) policies at the airports but realize they are in place to protect all of us.

Well it appears that a group of Honolulu TSA agents were taking their job a bit further and profiling folks that looked like Mexicans.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security Committee, wrote a letter to TSA Administrator John Pistole after reports that Mexican passengers were targeted by TSA at airports in Honolulu, Hawaii and Newark, N.J.

The officers, who Thompson said were part of TSA’s Screening of Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) program, were engaging in racial profiling, the Mississippi lawmaker said.

More here – DEM: TSA behavior detection program allows ‘Dem Lawmakers racial profiling

Intermediate Kids Sought for ICE Pledge for HI-PAL Program

Police Chief Harry Kubojiri has again asked the Hawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL) program to reach out to intermediate schools island wide to engage in a friendly competition to create a pledge against “ice” use. The winning pledge will be used and uttered by participants before the 31st Annual Winter Basketball Classic being held December 26-29.

Officer Joseph Botelho

The pledge must be short (three to five sentences), precise and to the point. It must include the phrase “Not Even Once,” which is part of the Hawaiʻi Meth Project’s message to Hawaiʻi’s youth.

All interested intermediate school students are encouraged to submit a pledge submission along with their name, age, school and grade. Application forms are available at the Police Department’s website (www.hawaiipolice.com).

Pledges entries can be submitted by any of the following methods:

Drop it off with the School Resource Officer at your intermediate school.
Drop it off at the HI-PAL office in either Hilo or Kona.
Mail it to: HI-PAL Program, c/o Hawaiʻi Police Dept., 349 Kapiʻolani Street, Hilo, HI 96720.
FAX it to 933-4000.
Scan and email it as an attachment to hcpd3838@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Interested students are advised to act quickly. To qualify, entries must be received by next Monday, December 5.

For more information, please call Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. at 961-2220.

A representative of the Hawaiʻi Police Department will recognize the winner during the Winter Basket Ball Classic’s “Skills Challenge Night” on Tuesday, December 27.

Good luck and remember…”Not Even Once!”

Highway 130 and Malama Market Intersection to Become Round-A-Bout

Anyone that has driven through the intersection at Highway 130 and Old Government Road (Malama Market Intersection) knows how dangerous that intersection is and how danger Highway 130 is in general.

Well it looks like that intersection is going to be turned into a round-a-bout fairly soon.

Department of Transportation (HDOT), Highways Division is seeking qualified consultants to provide general engineering services for Keaau-Pahoa Road, Intersection Improvements at Old Government Road, Island of Hawaii.

The Intent of project is to improve operations and address and reduce the number of crashes at subject intersection by converting existing T-Intersection into a single-lane modern roundabout.

I just read about the consultation contract and the contract will be a Definite Quantity Contract, in accordance with §3-122-142, HAR. A contract time of performance of 6 months, and a budget of $500,000 are anticipated.

You can read more about the solicitation for the project here,  and let’s hope this thing gets fixed before we have any more serious accidents there.

In other Highway 130 related news, Senator Gilbert Kahele will be continuing his talk stories about Highway 130 on Thursday, December 1st from 6-8 pm at the Pahoa Community Center.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing Kayaker

Big Island Police are searching for a 41-year-old kayaker reported as possibly missing.

Lance Oliver

Lance Oliver of Kailua-Kona was last seen at Kahaluʻu Beach Park on November 22. He was scheduled to travel north along the coast to the Mahukona Beach area, then south to the Puʻuhonua O Honaunau City of Refuge, and finally return to Kahaluʻu Beach Park sometime around December 12.

He is described as 6-foot-2, approximately 200 pounds with a muscular build and short brown hair.  He left in an inflatable boat or kayak.

Oliver has no cell phone or other form of communication with him.

Police ask that anyone with information on his 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.

County of Hawaii Environmental Prosecution Grant Information

The Hawai`i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is working on an Environmental Clean Up Campaign.  A limited number of grants in the amount of $250.00 – $1,000.00, are available for private non-profit organizations or organizations that have a non-profit community sponsor to assist organizations in the clean up of illegal dump sites in the community.

Members of the Kau Church of Later Day Saints Pick Clean-Up Hawaii Ocean View Estates

Grants will be given to those organizations who demonstrate the ability to complete the project and who have community involvement and sustainability.

The number of grants given will be determined by several factors:

  • Availability of funds
  • Sustainability
  • Community Involvement
  • Budget Request
  • Timeline
  • Development of Partnerships

If you should have any questions please contact Howard Medeiros at the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney at 961-0466.

County of Hawaii Revamping Their Website… Again

Well it looks like the County of Hawaii is FINALLY revamping their website.  I try and visit the site at least once a day to see if anything is new going on.

Click to go to the new Hawaii County website

The message under Mayor Kenoi reads:

Welcome to the County of Hawai‘i website!

This website offers a directory of County offices and services available to the public, as well as a guide to a variety of government programs, recreational facilities, senior activities, permits and budget information, and County government job opportunities.

Our website is provided as a means of making Hawai‘i County government more understandable and accessible to the public. I sincerely hope you will find the website an informative source of news and information about our County government.

Mahalo for visiting us!