Big Island Babes Jr. Roller Derby Debut at the Civic Saturday May 19th

The Big Island’s first junior roller derby league, The Big Island Babes, will be holding their first public bout at the Hilo Civic on Saturday, May 19th. “It’s A’ Bout Family”, the name of the event, is a benefit for The Neighborhood Place of Puna. The Babes will be donating their time to support The Neighborhood Place, a non-profit organization which benefits families and communities of Puna.

The bout will be held at the Afook-Chinen Hilo Civic Center on Saturday, May 19th. Doors will open at 10am and the first bout will begin at 11am. General admission tickets are $5 and children under 12 are $2. Tickets are available at The Neighborhood Place of Puna, or from your favorite Jr. Derby girl.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league was started in June 2011 by Paradise Roller Girls with approximately thirty girls, ages 7-17. Practice is held in Hilo at the Wainaku Gym, coached by a dedicated group of Paradise Roller Girls’ skaters and referees. “Playing roller derby is a very athletic sport that develops endurance, flexibility, core strength, positive attitudes and self confidence “says Big Island Babes President, Hallie Adolf. The Babes provide girls with a healthy and fun way to exercise and builds self-esteem. They provide a safe environment free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and enforce the use of all required safety equipment. Junior Derby also celebrates individuality, does not discriminate, and strives to provide a supportive environment at all times.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby is open to all girls, ages 7-17. The Babe’s next 4-week rookie bootcamp will begin June 6. Visit for information and requirements.

Please join us at The Hilo Civic Center on May 19th to support these young athletes, and the Neighborhood Place of Puna. Information can be found at or at

Big Island Police Investigating Series of Car Break-Ins in the Hilo Area

Big Island police are warning the public about recent car break-ins that are occurring in Hilo.

For the past several months, there have been approximately 15 to 20 car break-ins in Hilo monthly. Of these break-ins, approximately 50 percent involves vehicles being left unlocked, to include vehicles left unlocked at home. Other major contributing factors are valuable items being left in plain view within a vehicle, and car keys being stolen which are left unattended alongside the beach areas which allow suspects to gain access into vehicles. These break-ins have occurred at various locations in Hilo.

Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any items left inside should be concealed from view. Beach goers should secure their keys appropriately. If at all possible, don’t leave valuables inside at all.

Police ask that the public to report any suspicious activity and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling 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.