Big Island Police Still Looking for Missing Man Last Seen This Weekend

Big Island police are searching for a 31 year-old Hilo man reported as missing.

Keolamaikeakoa Akui

Keolamaikeakoa Akui

Keolamaikeakoa Akui, was last seen in Hilo Saturday morning (April 6). He is described as Hawaiian, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, having a thin build with short black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and shorts and may be in need of medical attention.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts 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.

Big Island Police Asking for Public’s Help in Identifying Shoplifter

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for shoplifting.

Have you seen this lady?

Have you seen this lady?

On March 27 at about 4:20 p.m. the unidentified woman removed items from a Hilo retail establishment without paying for them. She is described as Caucasian-mix, short with a large build and long dark hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her identity or location 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 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 Searching for Man Who Robbed Taxi Driver

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 31-year-old Hilo man wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery of a taxi driver in Hilo.

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque

Bernard K. Antoque is described as part Hawaiian, about 5-foot-6, about 175 pounds with a fair complexion, short black hair and brown eyes. He has a piercing below his lower lip and numerous tattoos on his neck, chest, abdomen, arms and legs.

On April 6, at 10:07 a.m., police received a report from a 59-year-old taxi driver that after he picked up a fare in the Banyan Drive area, he transported him to the Mountain View area in Puna. The fare claimed he did not have money to pay for the ride and asked to be taken to another location. After the driver refused, the fare assaulted and threatened the driver and took the driver’s bag containing cash. The driver forced the fare out of the cab and drove to Keaʻau to report the robbery to police.

The victim was initially treated by Hawaiʻi Fire Department medics. He was later treated at Hilo Medical Center for minor injuries and released.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as second-degree robbery and first-degree terroristic threatening.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or who may know the whereabouts of Antoque call Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 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.


Lane Closures Along Ka’iminani Drive Beginning Next Week

Alternate lane closures along Ka‘iminani Drive will happen for two weeks.

Kaimani Drive

Ka‘iminani Drive will be resurfaced starting from Imo Place and will continue in the makai direction toward Ahiahi Street beginning April 11.  Alternating one- lane closures will be in effect between the hours of 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, weather permitting for two weeks.

This $10 million improvement project is federally funded.  The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is paying 80% of the construction cost and the County 20%.  Improvements focus on roadway reconstruction, and drainage improvements that include six-foot shoulders, tie-ins to private driveways on Ka‘iminani, retaining walls, and re-striping of the roadway.

Improvements began in October 2012 at the intersection with Highway 190 and will end at Ahiahi Street in the third quarter of 2013.


UH Hilo Now Accepting Summer School Applications

Applications are currently being accepted and registration is now in progress for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Summer Session. Classes will be conducted over two sessions: May 20-June 14, and June 17-July 26. Students will be able to take advantage of the tuition schedule introduced in 2011, which rolled undergraduate resident rates back to 2009 levels.
UH Hilo
Tuition costs range from $248 per credit hour for resident students to $357 for non-residents, and $483 for graduate students. There is also a special $302.50 rate for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and Pacific Islander students.

“Many of today’s students are trying to balance their studies with a full- or part-time job and/or raising a family,” said Dr. Matthew Platz, vice chancellor for academic affairs. “So it’s important for us to provide our students with both educational value and more opportunities to meet their needs.”

This year, students will have more selections to choose from with a total of 171 courses, or 8% more than the 159 provided last summer. Over 40% of those courses are being offered online.

Organizers have adjusted their curriculum to address newly revised General Education requirements and to support the goals of the UH System’s “15 to Finish Campaign” that seeks to increase the number of students graduating in four years by emphasizing courses that fulfill the students needs in those areas.

“We fully support ‘15 to Finish,’ but recognize the challenges some students face making that commitment to go all in,” Platz said. “Summer Session can be a valuable planning resource that allows them to spread out that commitment yet still achieve the goal of graduating in four years.”

This summer’s course offerings highlight UH Hilo’s familiar role as a living, learning laboratory with classes and programs emphasizing the island’s cultural and academic resources including field courses in biology, geography and marine science.

Back by popular demand is QUEST (Quantitative Underwater Ecological Surveying Techniques), the intensive marine science field course conducted each year on the west side of the island. The two-week course trains undergraduates in underwater ecological surveying methodologies including design, implementation and analysis of a research project, and incorporates instruction in identifying the common seaweeds, corals, invertebrates and fishes of Hawaiian reefs.

A number of unique or novelty courses are also being offered, including an Island Ecology Field School taught by Dr. Allan Arndt from the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) near Vancouver, British Columbia, and UH Hilo’s Dr. Cam Muir. The course will combine students from both universities who will register with their respective home institutions.

For a tentative course listing and information, visit, email, or call (808) 974-7664. Students who haven’t registered for a UH Hilo credit course within the last six months can apply at International students will need to submit additional forms.


If You Donʻt Like It, What Makes You Think They Do?

If you donʻt like it, what makes you think they do?


Big Island Police Catch and Charge Escapee Araw

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 21-year-old Pepeʻekeo woman in connection with an escape from a Hilo correctional facility.

Shaylyn's time on the run was cut short last night

Shaylyn’s time on the run was cut short last night

At 5:32 p.m. Sunday (April 7), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives charged Shaylyn Momi Araw with second-degree escape. Her bail was set at $10,000. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance Monday afternoon (April 8).

At 7:35 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the Hale Nani facility off Route 11 after receiving a report from correctional officers that Araw had scaled a fence and fled on foot. She was being held at Hale Nani for various property crimes.

Personnel from South Hilo Patrol, the Special Enforcement Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Division conducted extensive searches along Route 11 as well as in the Hilo area. Police received and followed up on a tip that Araw might be in the upper Wainaku area. She was located there and arrested at 3:50 p.m.


Pet Reminder for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Managers of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remind the public that dogs and other pets are not allowed in many areas of the park for safety reasons, and for the protection of threatened and endangered species.

A visiting nature enthusiast strolls along the Ni‘aulani Nature Trail, examining a natural arbor formed by fallen and merged endemic Hawaiian tree ferns

A visiting nature enthusiast strolls along the Ni‘aulani Nature Trail, examining a natural arbor formed by fallen and merged endemic Hawaiian tree ferns

According to 36 CFR § 2.15, pets are prohibited in the following areas of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park:

  • All undeveloped areas of the park, including designated wilderness areas.
  • All trails, including backcountry trails.
  • All backcountry campgrounds, including Kulanaokuaiki.
  • ‘Āinahou, Kīpuka Nēnē, and all of Hilina Pali Road.

Authorized service animals are permitted, but may be prohibited from certain areas if their presence is detrimental to park management programs, like nēnē recovery.

“During  my career in national parks, I have witnessed dogs go over the sides of cliffs chasing birds, and in the past year at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, we have had incidents of dogs off leash in nēnē areas, and most recently, falling into steam cracks, all while seemingly under control of their owners,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Pets are like our family, and the best way to protect them is to not expose them to the unnecessary hazards and risks prevalent in a national park,” she said.

All pets and service dogs in the park must be leashed at all times. Recently, hikers have reported being bitten by dogs off leash on park trails. In 2012, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park law enforcement officers cited, warned and responded to 24 dog incidents in the park.

Dogs are used by the park to support ungulate control programs, and by law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties, in accordance with federal and state laws.


Hulihe‘e Event Remembers Boy Prince

The Daughters of Hawai‘i present Afternoon at Hulihe‘e 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21 at Hulihe‘e Palace to remember the late Prince Albert. Enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs and Hawaiian performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Halau Na Pua Ui O Hawai‘i. The halau is fresh from dancing at the recent Merrie Monarch Festival.

Hula Dancers dance behind Hulihe'e Palace. (Photo Fern Gavalek)

Hula Dancers dance behind Hulihe’e Palace. (Photo Fern Gavalek)

Afternoon at Hulihe‘e is part of the palace’s series of free monthly concerts that honor Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating won’t be provided.

 “Albert was the only royal Kamehameha of his generation,” notes Casey Ballao, palace docent coordinator. “The baby was named after Queen Victoria’s prince consort, and the British royals agreed to serve as his godparents.”

King Liholiho and his young family enjoyed traveling to the neighbor islands and visited Hulihe‘e Palace several times, favoring the seaside royal residence for vacations from Honolulu’s busy pace. “We have a crib used by the baby prince on display in the palace’s north bedroom,” adds Ballao.

 The north Kauai community of Princeville is named after Prince Albert in honor of his family’s visit there in 1860. Tragically, the prince died at the young age of 4, shortly after he was declared Ka Haku o Hawai‘i (His Royal Highness the Prince of Hawai‘i.)

Hulihe‘e Palace is open for self-guided tours. Museum and gift shop hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Hulihe‘e Palace admission, which at this time includes a self-guided tour brochure, remains $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $1 for keiki under 18. Volunteer docents are sometimes available to give guided tours. For details, contact the palace at 329-1877, the palace office at 329-9555 or visit The gift shop can be reached by phoning 329-6558.

Caretakers of Hulihe‘e Palace are the Daughters of Hawai‘i. The organization was founded in 1903 and opens membership to any woman who is directly descended from a person who lived in Hawai‘i prior to 1880. Helping the Daughters in its efforts since 1986 are the Calabash Cousins; membership is available to all.

2013 Afternoon at Hulihe‘e schedule: 4-5 p.m. on the palace grounds

All Afternoons at Hulihe’e present hula by Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i Hula Halau and vocals by the Merrie Monarchs. Some events also include the Hulihe’e Palace Band and are noted below. On band dates, only kahiko hula is showcased. Other events offer a full hula show.

  •  Apr 21: Event remembering Prince Edward Albert
  • May 19: Event remembering King Kamehameha IV “Alexander Liholiho”
  • Jun 9: Band appearance remembering King Kamehameha I “Paiea”
  • Jul 21: Event remembering John Adams Kuakini
  • Aug 18: Event remembering King Kamehameha III “Kauikeaouli”
  • Sep 15: Band appearance remembering Queen Lili‘uokalani
  • Oct 20: Event remembering Princess Ka‘iulani
  • Nov 17: Band appearance remembering King Kalakaua, Palace Curator Aunty Lei Collins and Bandmaster Charles “Bud” Dant
  • Dec 15: Event remembering Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop

“Cherish the Child” Family Event

The whole family is invited to attend the 9th annual Celebrate Your Family on April 27, 10am to 1pm at Sangha Hall.

Puna Event

This is FREE event. There will be lots of fun games, activities, crafts, prizes, and food.

Don’t miss the opportunity for the Keiki to meet, Dr. Health E. Hound.

Get your Keiki’s eyes checked with FREE vision screening for children provided by the Akaka Falls Lion’s Club.

Keiki ID will also be available.  If you have questions about your child safety seat, Hilo Medical Center will help you makes sure you have the right seat for your keiki, and that the seat is installed properly.

The event is presented by the East Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect whose mission is to empower the community to keep children safe from child abuse and neglect.

Please join us for food, fun, and family activities and Celebrate Your Family on April 27th, 10am at the Sangha Hall in Hilo.