Some Thugs Caught… Some Remain on the Loose

The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Kona and the many neighborhood watch associations for their assistance in locating several wanted individuals. Thanks to the outpouring of tips provided by the community, police have located Nicole Adams, Michael Galon, Sean Gregory, Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., and Joshua Watan.

From left to right (top row): Curtis “Hoku” Kekahuna Jr., Joel Landsborough, Sean Gregory, (bottom row): Michael Galon, Daniel “Danny” Estocado

Big Island police continue their efforts to locate the following two individuals who have outstanding warrants or who are wanted for questioning.

Joel Landsborough, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for a $300 warrant for contempt of court. He is described as 5-foot-8 and about 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He has a tattoo of the Hawaiian islands on the right side of his chest.

Danny Estocado, 24, of Kailua-Kona, is wanted for questioning for an unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle investigation. He is described as 5-foot-7 and about 178 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a tribal type tattoo on the left side of his chest.

Police ask that the public not approach any of these wanted persons, as they may be armed and dangerous. Instead call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department would like to inform the public that the department does not post information concerning wanted individuals on social media websites and information concerning persons who are being sought by police is distributed via the department’s website located 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.

Mayoral and Prosecutor Debates to Headline UH Hilo Media Symposium

Hawaii County Mayoral and Prosecutor debates will headline the a media symposium slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21 at UH Hilo Campus Center.

From Left to Right at table – Ian Lind, Andy Parx and John Temple discuss blogging while Sherry Bracken moderates at the 2011 Media Symposium. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya |

The debates between Mayor Billy Kenoi and Harry Kim and Deputy Prosecutor Mitch Roth and Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida will take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively in the plaza area of campus center.

UH Hilo political science professor Todd Belt and Sherry Bracken, a reporter for Lava 105 and Hawaii Public Radio, will serve as moderators.

A panel discussion on the state of media in Hawaii will follow the candidates debates, and include a cross section of reporters from print, radio and new media.

Senator Les Ihara, Jr. talks about the Sunshine Law at the 2011 UH-Hilo Media Symposium as Cheryl Kakazu Park, Director of the Office of Information Practices looks on. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya |

The symposium will commence at 9 a.m. Friday in Campus Center Room 301, with a libel, defamation, and copyright workshop headed by Hilo attorney Steve Strauss.

Attorney Steven Strauss holds a Libel and Defamation workshop at the 2011 UH-Hilo Media Symposium. Photo credit: Baron Sekiya |

Marty Orlando, of Tropic Mac, will offer an iPad workshop, and Simon Kaliko Trapp, of Hale Kuamo’o, UH Hilo’s Hawaiian Language Center, will speak on technology and the Hawaiian language.  Patsy Iwasaki, of UH-Hilo’s communication department, will offer a workshop on reporting and news writing. Nancy Cook Lauer, a West Hawaii Today reporter and blogger, will give a presentation on ethics.  Steve Petranik, of Hawaii Business Magazine, will share details on global media trends.  Sen. Les Ihara will speak on the state’s Sunshine Law.

Lunch and refreshments will be served. $10 for students/$20 for general public. Call 974-7504 for more information or to register.

Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk – New Star Station to be Located on the Big Island

The Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk will soon be the largest exhibition in the world! On Sept. 28, the exhibition will expand from Ithaca to Hawaii to include the star nearest to the Sun, Alpha Centauri.

In keeping with the 1-to-5 billion scale of the exhibition, this new star station will be located on the Big Island of Hawaii at the Imiloa Astronomy Center of the University of Hawaii. The newly expanded Sagan Planet Walk will measure 5,000 miles from end to end.The Alpha Centauri station has been two years in the making, a partnership of the Sciencenter, Imiloa Astronomy Center, Cornell University, the University of Hawaii and NASA…

More Here:  Sciencenter’s Sagan Planet Walk expands to Hawaii

Neighbor Attempts to Help Extinguish Fire… Ends Up Dying

Police have initiated a Corners Inquest following the death of a 69-year-old man.

On Wednesday (September 12) at approximately 10:35 p.m., Kaʻū Patrol Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a report of a structure fire on Kamaoa Road in Waiʻōhinu.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel extinguished a fire in the kitchen area of the residence. A male party who was assisting the homeowner in attempting to extinguish the blaze prior to arrival of Fire Department personnel was found unresponsive outside the residence. The 69-year-old male has been identified as Gerald Erickson of Kamāʻoa Road. It was determined that shortly after the fire started Erickson was summoned by his neighbor to assist in putting out a fire which started in the kitchen area. As the residence began to fill with smoke the homeowner, Lui Salas, told Erickson to go outside and call 911. Shortly thereafter Salas found Erickson outside the house and unresponsive, he immediately began to administer CPR. Erickson was later transported to the Hilo Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on September 13 at 3:30 a.m. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death and officers from the Kaʻū Patrol Section are continuing this investigation. The fire appears to have been started by an unattended propane stove. Damage to the structure was estimated at $50,000.00