Big Island Police Arrest Pahoa Man in Connection With Ke’aau Incident – Looking for Others Involved

Big Island police have charged a 20-year-old Pāhoa man in connection with an incident that occurred in Keaʻau last month.

Sepeti Alamti Tuaefe also known as Joe Tuaefe

At 9 a.m. Wednesday (July 11) Sepeti Alamti Tuaefe—also known as Joe Tuaefe—was charged with first-degree burglary. His bail was set at $5,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon.

On June 27 at about 2 a.m., police responded to a home on 14th Avenue in Hawaiian Paradise Park after receiving a report of several men breaking into a house and assaulting a 19-year-old Keaʻau man. The victim sustained minor injuries and declined treatment at the scene.

Tuaefe and the others fled the scene prior to the arrival of police, who issued an all points bulletin. Tueafe was arrested Wednesday morning at 6:45 a.m. After conferring with the prosecutor’s office, he was charged for the offense.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue to work on identifying the other individuals allegedly involved in this incident.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call Detective Royce Serrao at 961-8810 or email him at

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.

Video – Cruise Paradise 2012

Cruise Paradise is a classic car event on the Big Island of Hawaii coordinated by the Hawaii Classic Cruisers.

Cars from all over Hawaii cruised around the Big Island last week and here is a cool video from the event:


Eighth Annual Building and Design Expo

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce presents the eighth annual Building & Design Expo July 20 – 22 at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa.

On Friday, the event is open to the public 5-8 p.m. and includes a no-host bar and musical performance by Joe Conti from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Master of the 12-string MIDI Warr Guitar, Conti’s “Stick” can blend the single notes or chords of a piano with the string bending and slides of a guitar.

Weekend expo hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Visit with over 50 exhibits featuring home design, construction and remodel ideas including home decorating; roofing and decking; flooring and window treatments; kitchen and baths; solar products and more. Vendor booths offer products, services and information relating to the building and improvement of homes, apartments and condos. Browse through a variety of local plants for sale and choose the ones just right for your location and personality. Be sure to come early as quantities are limited.

New this year is a Grand Prize Giveaway consisting of products and services offered by participating vendors. Valued at over $3,000, this monster giveaway will go to a lucky expo attendee.  The drawing is at the close of the expo on Sunday; winner need not be present to win.

For additional information regarding the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce Building & Design Expo, visit or phone the Chamber office at 329-1758.

Sunday – 30th Annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club Show

The 30th annual Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club (KDOC) show and sale is Sunday, July 22 at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall. Time is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and the Daifukuji taiko drummers perform 10 a.m. Attendees receive a complimentary orchid boutonniere corsage—while they last.

Photos by Fern Gavelek

The anniversary theme of this year’s show is “Kona’s Orchids Through Time,” and includes a tributary display on the late Tom Kadooka, club advisor, nurseryman and developer of the Big Isle’s vanilla industry.

Also on tap will be an elaborate display of live blooming cattleya, cymbidium, dendrobium, phalaenopsis, miltonia, vanda and more by club members. In addition to the other displays, the annual event offers an outdoor sale of high-quality orchid species and hybrids.

The Kona Daifukuji Orchid Club is West Hawai‘i’s oldest orchidaceae organization with a mission to learn and foster orchid culture and promote fellowship among orchid collectors. The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Daifukuji Soto Mission Hall on Hwy. 11 at mile marker 114, just north of Kainaliu. For information, contact 808-328-8375.

Big Island Police Investigating Theft of Generator

Big Island police are investigating the theft of a generator last week in Hilo.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. Friday (July 6) and 10 a.m. Saturday (July 7), a red and black Honda 3000 generator was stolen from a pickup truck parked in front of a house on the 500 block of Kekūanāoʻa Street in Hilo. The generator was about five years old.

Police ask that anyone who saw anything suspicious or knows the whereabouts of the stolen generator call Officer Erhard Autrata Jr. at 961-2213.

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.

Big Island Police Receiving Complaints About Unlicensed Contractors Scamming Elderly Citizens

Big Island police have received complaints about unlicensed contractors who appear to be soliciting our elderly citizens to hire them for various residential projects such as power washing and painting homes, paving driveways, performing auto body and mechanical repairs.

The scam surfaces when the unlicensed contractor offers his services to perform the work and asks for full payment, often claiming that material and supplies need to be purchased in advance. The potential victim verbally agrees and often pays the subject, who completes only a portion of the agreed upon work and leaves, claiming that he will return later to complete the job. The victim makes several attempts to contact the subject, who never returns to complete the job.

A variation on this scam is one in which the victim makes full payment in advance—often an exorbitant amount—and then receives shoddy results.

Police caution the public against agreeing to having residential improvements done without first conducting their own research. Although many unlicensed contractors perform excellent work, the remedies are few if an unlicensed contractor performs substandard work.

Consumers should ask for documents of identification from the individuals performing any work and only sign a written contract that specifies conditions of the project, including a deadline.

Police ask that anyone who may have been victimized in a similar scam call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or go to the nearest police station to file a complaint.

Consumers may also call the division of the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO) of the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) at 808-587-3222. The RICO web address is

Hawaii Island Chefs Gather to Support more than 53 Local Causes – An Evening in Paradise

Don’t miss one of the biggest culinary fundraising extravaganzas of the year, the aptly titled, “An Evening in Paradise” benefiting the Hawaii Island United Way this Saturday, July 14 2012 from 6-8.30pm at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows’ Hale Hoaloha Pavilion.

This ‘foodies paradise’ will feature signature dishes from more than 23 Hawaii Island chefs, including the culinary team from the event hosts, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, and from restaurants such as Roy’s, Sam Choy’s, Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Tommy Bahamas, Huggos, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and many, many more.

Hawaii Island United Way is hoping Evening in Paradise will raise significant monies contributing to its year-round fundraising programs that support more than 53 crucial health and human service programs on the island. Ninety eight percent of all dollars raised on Hawaii Island, stay on Hawaii Island .

Expect to enjoy plenty of fresh island seafood, beef from local ranchers and the best and freshest produce available from numerous Hawaii Island farmers in this energetic festival-like setting.  Sweet tooths will be satisfied with desserts including mochi pudding cake, Lilikoi float and sugar cookies with Dulce de Leche.

A range of local food and beverage purveyors will also be joining in on the occasion including Mountain Thunder Coffee, Big Island Delights, Kona Brewing Company, Juice 101 and Young’s Market, who will be serving up a Ty Ku Coconut Sake Cocktail “Coconut Colada” and Grey Goose “Greyhound” Cocktail.

While dining and imbibing soak up the entertainment from Hilo ’s Ol’ School band, playing favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s plus contemporary Hawaiian, rock, blues and country.

Outgoing President & Chief Professional Officer (CPO) of Hawaii Island United Way , Darla DeVille and incoming President and CPO Jeanine Atebara state that the mission of the organization is to “unite people, organizations and resources to build a healthier community”. Both agree that what better way to live united than to raise funds and awareness in an atmosphere that promotes the spirit of aloha.

WHAT:            An Evening in Paradise benefiting Hawaii Island United Way

WHEN:            Saturday, July 14, 2012, 6 – 8:30 pm

WHERE:           The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Hale Hoaloha Pavilion

WHO:              Hawaii Island’s finest chefs and gourmet food purveyors

COST:              Adults $85 (12 and older), Children $50 (5-11 years)

TICKETS           Available from Hawaii Island United Way at 935-6393 or at KTA Super Stores, Waikoloa Village Market, First Hawaiian Bank and Bank of Hawaii .

About Hawaii Island United Way

The mission of the Hawaii Island United Way is to unite people, organizations, and resources to build a healthier community. No other non-profit involves as many Big Island residents as HIUW, both in giving and receiving help.

The work of HIUW helps deliver services to the following local organizations: Alahou Clean & Sober, Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America, American Heart Association, Hawaii County, Integrated Heart and Stroke Initiatives, American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, Arc of Hilo, Arc of Kona, Bay Clinic, Inc, Big Island Substance Abuse Council, Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, Brantley Center, Inc, Bridge House, Inc, Child & Family Service, Domestic Abuse Shelter – West Hawaii, Care Resource Hawaii, Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, Family Support Services of West Hawaii, Food Basket, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii, Girl Scouts of Hawaii, Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii, Inc, Hale Aloha O Hilo Habitat for Humanity, Inc, Hawaii Island Adult Care, Inc, Hawaii Island HIV/ AIDS Foundation, Hawaii Island Home for Recovery, Inc, Hospice of Hilo, Hospice of Kona, Island of Hawai`i YMCA, Kona Adult Day Center, Ku`ikahi Mediation Center, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Mental Health Kokua, Neighborhood Place of Puna, North Hawaii Hospice, Office for Social Ministry, PATCH (People Attentive to Children), Salvation Army, Hilo Temple Corps, Salvation Army, Kona Corps, West Hawaii Mediation Center and YWCA of Hawaii Island.

The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is recognized as one of the world’s premier eco-friendly resorts and one of the  Islands ’ leading destinations for a Hawaiian cultural vacation.  Preserving and sharing the history and culture of Hawaii is a huge part of the Mauna Lani Bay experience, led by the resort’s Director of Cultural Affairs, Daniel “Kaniela” Akaka, Jr, who is also a respected kahu, teacher, musician, storyteller, explorer and preservationist.  Mauna Lani’s famous golf courses, the Francis H. I’i Brown North & South Courses, named in honor of the former Mauna Lani landowner and champion Hawaii golfer, offer breathtaking scenery, unforgettable signature holes and cutting-edge course design built around ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs, trails and fishponds.

The award-winning Mauna Lani Spa resembles a traditional Hawaiian village with thatched hales (huts) for treatments. It is the only spa in Hawaii to offer natural Lava Saunas and the Lava Watsu Experience set within a lava tube.  The resort’s signature restaurant, CanoeHouse, is consistently ranked as one of Hawaii ’s best restaurants for its commitment to farm to table cuisine and bold, imaginative flavors using simple, high quality ingredients.

Mauna Lani Bay is establishing its reputation as a popular health, fitness and outdoor lifestyle retreat partnering with international pro triathletes and a local stand up paddling champion.

The resort is committed to delivering aloha in everything it does by extending complimentary programs and services to its guests that go beyond the norm.

Mauna Lani Bay has maintained its original owners since opening in 1983 and is a member of the Preferred Hotel Group recognizing the world’s best independent luxury hotels and resorts.  For reservations call (800) 367-2323 or visit .

Meetings to be Held in Hilo, Kona to Review New Driver License Rules

Federal and State mandates now prohibit the issuance of a driver license or permit to any person who is not legally authorized to be in the United States. Individuals applying for or renewing a Hawai‘i driver’s license or permit are required to provide proof of identity, date of birth, Social Security Number, and legal presence. Proof of an individual’s legal presence includes a U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport or other documents.

Meetings to explain these new requirements and to answer questions on applying for or renewing your driver’s license or permit will be held on:

  • Tuesday, July 24, 5 – 6 p.m., Aupuni Center Conference Room, 101 Pauahi Street, Hilo
  • Thursday, July 26, 5 – 6 p.m., County Council Room, Building A, West Hawai’i Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona

This is a part of a series of meetings to inform the public about the new requirements to help reduce the wait time and ensure that everyone comes in with the correct documents. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we comply with these new Federal and State mandates.

These meeting places are accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations, call 961-8021.

Information about the new requirements is available online at If you have questions, please email to determine how attachments are handled.

Wordless Wednesday – Budha Point at the Hilton Waikoloa