Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Hilo Girl

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a 15 year-old Hilo girl reported missing on Monday. (July 2, 2012)

Hannah Haus

Hannah Haus is described as caucasian, about 5’ tall, weighing about 140 pounds and average build. She now has partially shaved black hair with long bangs. Haus is known to wear prescription glasses with dark trim. She was last seen at her residence on Kaiwiki Road in Hilo on July 1, 2012 at about 9:00 pm.

Haus has a medical condition that requires medication.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email him at, or 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.

Hapuna Beach and Kekaha Kai State Park Closing Early Tomorrow, July 4th

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will close Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area and Kekaha Kai State Park at 5 p.m. tomorrow, July 4.

Hapuna Beach

Hapuna Beach SRA, including the Waialea Bay section, and Kekaha Kai State Park, including the Manini‘owali (Kua Bay) and Mahaiula sections, will both close early.

“We are closing the park early to discourage use of fireworks, which is prohibited in state parks, and to protect the public and natural resources of the area,” said DLNR Chairperson, William J. Aila, Jr.  Normal park hours will resume on Thursday, July 5 2012 as follows: Kekaha Kai State Park – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Public Invited to Candidate Forums in Kona During July

The public is invited to several candidate forums sponsored by local organizations in Kona during July.


Monday, July 9, 6 p.m., a moderated forum for the Mayor candidates and the County Prosecutor candidates.  The forum is at Kealakehe High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m, with food sales by the Kealakehe High Yearbook, starting at 5:15 (the public is encouraged to support the the school’s yearbook by enjoying dinner at the forum).

The Mayor candidates who are confirmed are incumbent Mayor Billy Kenoi, who is seeking a second term; former Mayor Harry Kim, who’s seeking to return to public life after 8 years as Mayor and four years of retirement; County Council Chair Dominic Yagong, who has represented Hamakua on the County Council for 12 years, and Share Christie, wife of the incarcerated “Marijuana Minister” Roger Christie.  The County Prosecutor Candidates are Lincoln Ashida, Mitchell Roth, and Paul Dolan.

Monday, July 16, 5:30 p.m., (note earlier time)  Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, a moderated forum for United States Senate Candidates and U. S. House Candidates.  For U S. Senate, the candidates are former Congressman Ed Case and attorney John Carroll and Pahoa resident Charles Collins.  Note: Congresswoman Mazie Hirono has declined this and all other forums on Hawaii Island.  The U.S. House Candidates Tulsi Gabbard, Mufi Hannemann, Esther Kia’aina and Bob Marx will be on stage.    The Kealakehe High Yearbook team will sell food starting at 5, and we encourage support.

Monday, July 23, 6 p.m., Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Kealakehe High School Cafeteria, a moderated forum for County Council Candidates for Council District 6 (South Kona-Ka’u; Brenda Ford, Maile David, Bradley Westervelt, and Lee Mcintosh), District 7 (Kainaliu to Kailua Village; Dru Kanuha), District 8 (North Kona; Karen Eoff and Charles Guccione).  The Kealakehe High Yearbook team will sell food starting at 5:15, and we encourage support.

Sherry Bracken (LAVA 105, KKOA, Hawaii Public Radio) will moderate the forums, which  are sponsored by the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the Kohala Coast Resort Association, the Hawaii Island Board of Realtors, Rotary of Kona,  West Hawaii Today, LAVA 105.3 fm/Mahalo Broadcasting, the online news web site, and Kealakehe High.

Submit questions for any of the forums via email to or via fax at 769-5050.  The forums will all also be carried live on the radio on LAVA 105.3 fm, and will be broadcast on KLEI TV Channel 6 on the Tuesday evening following the forum. Na Leo ‘O Hawaii Public Access Television will also film for later broadcast.

Perils and Pearls in Paradise – Town Hall Community Meetings Announced

“Perils and Pearls in Paradise – Hawai‘i Island Alcohol Stories & Facts” premiers at a free Town Hall meeting Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Kohala Intergenerational Center, 5-6:30 p.m.  The original documentary by Holly Algood of North Kohala, spotlights 29 Hawai‘i Island residents whose lives were in some way dramatically touched by alcohol.

“We have stories from the head of the trauma center at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital, from various people in recovery,  more than a dozen youth talking about how they’ve stayed away from it, and parents of an adopted child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,” said Algood, an independent organization development consultant who also does volunteer work with West Hawai‘i Mediation Center, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, and Recycle Hawai‘i.

According to her research, 49% of pregnant women screened on Hawai‘i Island had a positive screen for substance abuse.*  Drinking alcohol during pregnancy  can change the structure and function of the developing fetal brain.  “The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome piece is big; the drunk driving piece is big,” said Algood.  “We found that people in the film were very touched by the experience, and as a result felt like they wanted to do more activism in their community.”

“Perils and Pearls in Paradise” will be part of a series of community Town Hall meetings that also include pūpū, panel discussion and facilitated “talk story.”  Admission is free and all are welcome (see below).  In addition, it will air on Na Leo o Hawai‘i during August, and be available to view on

Free Town Hall Meetings:

  • Saturday, July 7, 5-6:30 p.m., Kohala Intergenerational Center, behind the gym at Kamehameha Park in Kapa‘au
  • Monday, July 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m., West Hawai‘i Civic Center Planning Conference Room, 74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Highway
  • Friday, July 27, 4:30-6:00 p.m., County of Hawai‘i Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), Training Room, 1055 Kino‘ole Street, Hilo

“Perils and Pearls in Paradise—Hawai‘i Island Alcohol Stories & Facts” is part of an integrated awareness campaign for prevention of underage drinking, managed by Five Mountains Hawai‘i.  This project is an equal opportunity program funded through the County of Hawai‘i – Mayor’s Office, Hawai‘i Department of Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Substance Abuse Prevention: Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant SPO 13944.  For more information, visit