Big Island Police Searching for Missing 31-Year-Old Woman

Big Island Police report the following missing person report:

Cristin Guerpo-Banks

Missing Person Cristin Banks, also known as Cristin Guerpo-Banks, F-31, Caucasian, 5’2″, 120#, fair complexion, brown hair, brown eyes. Maybe in the Kohala, Kona, or Hawaiian Ocean View areas. If located contact police.

Conceptual Design of New Pahoa Community Park

Conceptual Design of New Pahoa Community Park revealed tonight at the meeting at the Pahoa Community Center:

Here is an information sheet that I scanned about the plan:

Keiki Auana Hula Festival ‘E Malama Mau I Ka Hula Festival

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Merrie Monarch Festival Committee, is pleased to announce the return of the Keiki Auana Hula Festival ‘E Malama Mau I Ka Hula Festival.

Hulihe‘e Palace

Children dancers from 10 Hawai‘i Island halau will perform auana, or modern, hula from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. October 20 at the Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo.

Started in 1981 by the late Aunty Dottie Thompson, the Keiki Auana Hula Festival ran for 22 consecutive years until an election day scheduling conflict in 2003 resulted in the event’s suspension.

In Thompson’s memory, the department of Parks and Recreation is reviving the competition, now called ‘E Malama Mau I Ka Hula Festival, to benefit Hawai‘i Island keiki and to preserve the island’s rich hula tradition.

“We’re delighted this exciting event is returning,” said Luana Kawelu, Merrie Monarch Festival Committee president. “Keiki represent the future of hula, and my mother loved keiki and would be honored to see this event again.”

The ‘E Malama Mau I Ka Hula Festival will feature a total of 20 performances in the following three divisions:

  • Elementary Division – keiki attending kindergarten through fifth grade
  • Intermediate Division – keiki enrolled in sixth through eighth grades
  • Senior Division –  high school keiki in ninth through twelfth grades

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age category.

Standard rules include a minimum of five dancers per performance, use of live musicians, and no plastic lei or cellophane skirts. Also, each mele must be sung in Hawaiian.

Prominent kuma hula Leolani Pratt Ha‘o, Glenn Vasconcellos, Sandra Lee and Holoua Stender have graciously agreed to judge the keiki performances.

Admission is $5 per person. Tickets may be obtained from the performing halau, at the Merrie Monarch Festival office located at 865 Piilani Street in Hilo or by phone by calling 935-9168 weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Hilo’s Walter Victor Ball Fields Closed Temporarily for Annual Maintenance

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed Hilo’s Walter C.K. Victor Baseball Complex to perform annual maintenance work.


Following a busy summer season that saw the return of professional baseball to Hilo, the three ball fields are receiving new sod and being manicured in preparation for the 2012 Poi Pounder Baseball Tournament to be held in November.

Work is scheduled to be completed October 12, at which time the department will reopen the fields for practices and league play.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks the public for its patience while the field maintenance is occurring.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or

Big Island Police Searching for 41-Year-Old Man With Medical Condition

9/11 UPDATE: Big Island police have located 41-year-old Sumer Keoni McDowell who was reported missing. He was found in Kailua-Kona on Monday afternoon (September 10).

Big Island police are looking for a 41-year-old man who was reported missing.

Sumer Keoni McDowell

Sumer Keoni McDowell failed to return to his Ocean View home on September 7. He has a medical condition that requires medication.

He is described as 5-foot-9, about 220 pounds with a fair complexion, light brown shoulder length hair and brown eyes. McDowell operates a silver 2004 Nissan four door sedan and is known to frequent the downtown Kailua-Kona area.

Police ask that anyone with information of his whereabouts call Detective Walter Ah Mow at 326-4646 extension 238 or 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. 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.

Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff on September 11 in Observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

Governor Neil Abercrombie today ordered that all Hawai’i flags at all State offices and agencies as well as the Hawai’i National Guard are to be flown at half-staff alongside U.S. flags from sunrise to sunset on tomorrow, September 11, 2012. President Barack Obama ordered that all U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The presidential proclamation states:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2012, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. I invite the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and interested organizations and individuals to join in this observance. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Hawai‘i Island Health Care Organizations Celebrate National Health IT Week

The Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community (HIBC) and its participating organizations are celebrating National Health Information Technology (Health IT) Week from Sept. 10-14, 2012 and raising awareness about how technology is achieving better health care, improved health and lower costs.

“Health care delivery on the Big Island is at the forefront of the nation because of groundbreaking collaboration and technology,” said Susan Hunt, HIBC project director and CEO. “Thanks to the partnership and leadership of our participating organizations, we are seeing tremendous results from implementing and using Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to improve patient care and health outcomes. Technology streamlines access to information and connects providers across the state, enabling communication that can change and save lives.”
Some of the most noteworthy milestones in Health IT on the Big Island to date are:
  • More than 85 percent of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) have set up EHRs and more than 26 percent have achieved Stage 1 Meaningful Use to qualify for federal incentive payments. HIBC and the Hawai‘i Pacific Regional Extension Center (REC) are assisting Big Island physicians with adopting EHRs and demonstrating Meaningful Use.
  • There are 29 PCP practices serving approximately 25,000 patients participating in HIBC’s Practice Redesign initiative to adopt the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, which includes the use of EHRs.
  • More than 500 patients are participating in the Care Coordination initiative, which is paving the way for Health IT to enhance communication between providers and create collaborative health care “neighborhoods” in East Hawai‘i, North Hawai‘i and West Hawai‘i for patients with chronic disease. A new HIBC partner, Hawai‘i Island Care Coordination Services (HICCS), has introduced another Health IT tool that provides in-home monitoring.
  • An array of Health Information Exchange (HIE) options are becoming available for physicians. One HIE system being developed through the partnership of HIBC, North Hawai‘i Community Hospital and Alere Wellogic, has completed a successful pilot phase and is expanding to other providers. Big Island physicians are also signing up to use secure direct messaging and referrals through the statewide Hawai‘i HIE.
“The physician community is coming together to implement Health IT,” said Dr. William I. Park, general surgeon at North Hawai‘i Community Hospital. “Together with HIBC, we are working to make care even better.”
During Health IT Week, HIBC will be sharing patient stories about the impact of Health IT through daily emails, online at and through Facebook ( and Twitter (@hibeacon) with the #NHITWeek hashtag. There will also be flyers and stickers displayed at various sites across the island.
“Through HIBC, our health care organizations have rallied to transform health care and improve the health of our people,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi of the County of Hawai‘i. “The Big Island really is a shining example of how technology can power better health care and better health.”
Some of HIBC’s participating organizations include:
  • AlohaCare
  • Bay Clinic
  • County of Hawai‘i
  • East Hawai‘i Independent Physician Association
  • Five Mountains Independent Physician Association
  • Hāmākua Health Center
  • Hawai‘i Health Information Exchange
  • Hawai‘i Island Care Coordination Services
  • Hawai‘i Medical Service Association
  • Hawai‘i Pacific Regional Extension Center
  • Hilo Medical Center
  • Hui Mālama Ola Nā ‘Ōiwi
  • Kona Community Hospital
  • National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i
  • North Hawai‘i Community Hospital
  • University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
  • West Hawai‘i Community Health Center
  • West Hawai‘i Independent Physician Association
  • 19 Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) projects island-wide
The Beacon Communities have been working for the last two years to build and strengthen Health IT infrastructure, turn investments in Health IT into measurable improvements, and test innovative Health IT options. Today, more than 100,000 providers nationally are using EHRs.
“Thanks in great part to the work conducted by Beacon Communities, more and more providers — especially in rural communities like those of Hawai‘i Island — are now using EHRs and other technologies to modernize our health care system” said Craig Brammer, director of the Beacon Community Program with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. “We hope these achievements will help pave the way for other communities across the country.”

Pacific Aviation Museum Now Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution – Free Day Coming Up

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has recently been named the newest Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, as part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliates Program, it was announced by Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

“The Smithsonian Affiliations Program is an expansive network of 150+ museums and educational organizations that demonstrate excellence in the field of historic preservation and education and we’re delighted to be selected to be a member of this esteemed organization,” DeHoff said.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s association with the Smithsonian Institution means access to artifact loans, traveling exhibitions and education programs from the Smithsonian Institute, the world’s largest museum, as well as from other Affiliate museums. The Museum is hosting a private reception on Thursday, September 20, 5:30 to 7:30PM to celebrate its Smithsonian Affiliate status.

Again this year, the Museum will be participating in Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! with free admission to the Museum on September 29 with tickets from: .

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. It provides educational programs for adults and children and is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard on Historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. Opened December 6, 2006, it has been ranked by TripAdvisor as one of the “top ten aviation attractions” in the nation.  Phone (808) 441-1000 or visit for tickets, information and to download a coupon for a free combat simulator flight.

17-Year-Old Pa’auilo Boy Dies in Motor Vehicle Pedestrian Crash

A 17-year-old Paʻauilo boy died Friday (September 7) from injuries he received in a motor vehicle/pedestrian crash at the intersection of Mamalahoa Highway (Route 19) and Paʻauilo Makai Road in the Hamakua District.

The victim was identified as John DeLuz, of a Paʻauilo address.

Responding to a 5:32 p.m. call, Hamakua patrol and Traffic Enforcement Unit officers determined that the victim had exited a Hele-On bus that was stopped on the mauka side of the road, ran in front of the bus and ran out into the highway. He was struck by a 1988 International semi tractor trailer that was traveling east on Mamalahoa Highway.

The driver of the semi tractor trailer, a 22-year-old Kamuela man, was not injured.

Fire Rescue personnel medevaced the victim to the North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:37 p.m.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol or speed was a factor in this crash.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide case and have ordered and autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is asked to call Officer Clarence Davies at 961-8118.

This is the 27th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared to 15 at the same time last year.

Big Island Police Catch 31-Year-Old Hale Nani Escapee

A 31-year-old Kailua-Kona man wanted for allegedly escaping from a correctional facility was arrested in West Hawaiʻi.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar was located and arrested Saturday (September 8) in Kealakekua near the intersection of Highway 11 and Halekii Street. He is suspected of escaping from Hale Nani off Route 11 Tuesday afternoon (August 14).

Jeffries-Hamar also had an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of terms and conditions of furlough that he was arrested for.

At 6:00 p.m. Sunday (September 9), detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section charged Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar with escape in the second degree. Bail was set at $10,000. There was no bail set by the courts for the arrest warrant.

He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (September 10).

Warrant Sweep on Maui Nets 66

U.S. Marshals Hawaii Fugitive Task Force Officers, Hawaii State Sheriffs, Maui Police Officers, Hawaii County Police Officers, and Kauai County Police Officers conducted a joint fugitive warrant sweep on the island of Maui.

During the 3-day mission, sixty-six wanted fugitives were arrested clearing a hundred-four outstanding warrants. Those who were apprehended were wanted for various violent crimes which include drug offenses, sex offenses, robbery, and probation violation.

During the course of the mission, the following fugitives were apprehended, most notably 49 year-old Alan M. Santos. On September 5, Santos was arrested in Kahului on a $250,000 felony warrant for one count of sexual assault in the first degree and two counts of sexual assault in the third degree. The alleged victim in this case is under the age of 14. Santos is currently being held at Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) pending further court proceedings.

On September 4, Bill Warner Manuel, Jr. from Wailuku was arrested without incident at Waiale Road in Wailuku for ten outstanding bench warrants. The warrants were for probation violation, criminal contempt of court and failure to appear. Bail for all warrants netted $59,800. Manuel is being held at MCCC.

The U.S. Marshals Hawaii Task Force officers who participated in the collaborative mission consist of law enforcement officers from Maui County Police Department, Kauai County Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department and Hawaii State Sheriffs.