County of Hawaii Seeks Applications for Civil Defense Administrator

The County of Hawai‘i will open recruitment for the position of Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Administrator at midnight on Sunday, June 16.

Hawaii County Logo

Electronic applications will be accepted at the county jobs website at

The Civil Defense Administrator is responsible for county civil defense programs under the direction of the Mayor, including the development and maintenance of plans for the operation of government and related agencies in times of emergencies. The administrator also coordinates programs with agencies of federal and state governments.

Retired Hawai‘i County Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira has been serving as acting Civil Defense Administrator since Jan. 9, and will remain in that role until a permanent administrator is selected.

Family Events Planned for Tomorrow at Pohoiki and Mo’oheau Bandstand

“Jake”, assistant with Neighborhood Place of Puna, announces two family events on Saturday, June 15, 2013.



Neighborhood Place of Puna will participate in both events.

Summer Kick-Off

  • Where: Pohoiki
  • When: 10am to 3pm

Details: Free food, entertainment, water slide, bounce castle, resource booths, Hawaiian crafts, Makahiki games. NPP will have free Father’s Day cards to decorate and take home.

Day of Mercy

  • Where: Mo’oheau Bandstand
  • When: 10am to 1pm

Details: Free food and activities. NPP will have free Father’s Day cards to decorate & take home and Blinko game. Free school supplies will be given, while supplies last.



Hilo Woman Charged in Connection to Eight Property Crimes

Hawaiʻi County police charged a 24-year-old Hilo woman with eight property crimes Thursday (June 13), including three counts of burglary.

Suzy Chun

Suzy Chun

Suzy Chun was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant late Wednesday afternoon (June 12).

Through further investigation, it was determined that she was also responsible for or involved in break-ins of three homes in Panaʻewa Farm Lots, Upper Waiākea and Laupāhoehoe. Items removed included jewelry, computer laptops and gaming systems with a combined value of more than $10,000. The burglaries occurred during the first week of May.

At 6:05 p.m. Thursday, Chun was charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree theft. Her bail was set at $116,000. She was held at the Hilo cellblock Thursday night pending her initial court appearance on Friday (June 14).


Three Big Island Police Officers Promoted to Rank of Captain

Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri has announced three promotions to the rank of captain.

Burt Shimabukuro, now the Vice Section lieutenant in East Hawaiʻi, will be captain of the Kaʻū District. He joined the Police Department in June 1987 and worked as a patrol officer in Kona and Puna and a Vice Section detective in East Hawaiʻi.

Burt Shimabukuro

Burt Shimabukuro

After being promoted to lieutenant in 2008, he was assigned first to South Hilo Patrol, then to the Special Response Team and, most recently, to the Vice Section.

Kenneth Bugado, who is now the lieutenant in charge of the department’s Accreditation Section, is promoted to captain in charge of the Criminal Intelligence Unit and the Office of Professional Standards.

Kenneth Bugado

Kenneth Bugado

Bugado, who joined the department in February 1989, served as a police officer in Kona and Hāmākua, a sergeant in Kaʻū, and a detective in the Internal Affairs/Criminal Intelligence Unit before he headed the Accreditation Section, which earned the Hawaiʻi Police Department accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., last November.

Randal Ishii, who has been the lieutenant in charge of the Records and Identification Section since September 2006, will be captain of Kona Patrol.

Randal Ishii

Randal Ishii

Since joining the Police Department in February 1990, his career has included patrol duties in Puna and South Hilo and detective work in the Criminal Investigations and Juvenile Aid Sections in East Hawaiʻi. He was lieutenant in charge of the Juvenile Aid Section in West Hawaiʻi before he moved to Records and Identification.

The promotions take effect on June 16.

Lawmakers Listen Meeting in Hilo


Carvers of Hawaii-Themed Carousel Drop Chips At Kona Home Depot

Paradise Ponies, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, intends to construct and operate a unique Hawaii-themed carousel, called the “Carousel of Aloha,” along the Volcano Heritage Corridor on Hawai’i, the Big Island.

Carousel of Aloha

Paradise Ponies is demonstrating traditional hand-carving techniques being used for the carousel figures at the Kona Home Depot store this Saturday, June 15th starting at 9am. The demonstration is open to anyone who just wants to watch or learn more about the project and the age-old art form.

“This demonstration will help us spread the word about the community project. Mahalo to the Home Depot in Kona for their community support” said Juanette Baysa, founder and visionaire of the project. Baysa has been studying under Master Carousel Carver Ken Means for 15 years. “Ultimately, the Carousel of Aloha will be the focal point of a bigger park and pavilion that will serve our community and bring everyone together,” Baysa said.

The Carousel of Aloha will feature hand-carved Hawaii-themed menagerie figures like a monk seal, a green sea turtle, pa`u style horses and a “nightingale,” (the coffee-bean toting donkeys once used on coffee plantations island-wide). It will feature seating benches, scenic panels, mirrors and other colorful carousel amenities carved and painted by volunteer artisans throughout Hawaii. An expansive pavilion will house the carousel, gift shop and other indoor spaces available to the community for art and cultural activities, recreation and entertainment. An adjacent park will add outdoor space for cultural events, and activities for families, residents and visitors to the east side of Hawaii Island.

Volunteers, donations, corporate sponsors and major benefactors are needed. For information on classes or how to help, go to website or contact Katherine Patton at 808-315-1093.

An informational display, including carousel figures in progress, is shown at the Hilo Coffee Mill in Mountain View every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.