Owner Chases Men Off Property in Puna… Men Fire Shots Back at Property

Big Island police are investigating an incident involving three male parties who cut an entrance gate and entered a property in Hawaiian Acres Subdivision, and subsequently left the area after being chased off by the owner.

HPDBadgeThe suspects were in a silver colored older model pickup truck, unknown make, and as they left the area several guns shots were fired from the vehicle. The male parties as described as being three local males, approximately 5’6” to 5’8”, having no reported identifying marks or tattoos.

Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or the whereabouts of the vehicle involved is asked to contact Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or email gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers can also notify police dispatch by calling 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.


Governor Abercrombie Honors Shimeji Kanazawa as Lifetime Honorary Kupuna

In a ceremony held today in Executive Chambers, Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Shimeji “Shim” Kanazawa as a Lifetime Honorary Kupuna of the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs (PABEA).

Shemeji Kanazawa

Shimeji Kanazawa

On April 10, 2013, Gov. Abercrombie signed House Bill 1258 (Act 8) into law, allowing PABEA to honor a non ex-officio member with the title of Lifetime Honorary Kupuna. The title includes all the rights and privileges of other PABEA members. Kanazawa was chosen as the first to receive the honor in recognition of her decades of achievement in advancing policies and programs that enhance the lives, safety and welfare of Hawaii’s elders and their caregivers across the state and nation.

“Shim is a living expression of what it means to live with Aloha,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “She has spent her life in service to others, especially as an advocate for youth and the aged. I am confident that she will continue to be a valuable contributor to the Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs and a tireless advocate for Hawaii’s kupuna.”

Born 1915 in Kamuela, Hawaii Island, Kanazawa was raised on Parker Ranch as the eldest of 11 siblings. She attended and graduated from Waimea Elementary School, Hilo Intermediate, Hilo High School, and later Chamberlain School of Retailing. After graduating from Hilo High School in 1934, Kanazawa worked as a school secretary at Kohala High and Elementary School, where she also taught a course in office training and filled in as vice principal. She remained there until August 1941, when she moved to Oahu and worked at the Vocational Education Division of the Department of Public Instruction.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, her life was transformed dramatically.

Gustav W. Olson, Queens Hospital administrator and Vice Consul of Sweden, hired Kanazawa as the administrative secretary to the Swedish Vice Council. She functioned as the liaison between the Japanese civilian population and the U.S. military. She inspected the living conditions of the Japanese prisoners of war, of the internees in the Hawaii camps, and she accompanied Japanese families on their trans-Pacific journey to internment camps in the continental United States. It is during this time that she came to be known as the “Florence Nightingale of Hawaii.”

Kanazawa has made it her life’s work to aid those in need of assistance and to lift the spirits of those she comes across. Since the late 1950s, Kanazawa has worked as an advocate for youth and for the aged. She was a driving force behind the foundation of the State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging and, in 1989, founded the Project Dana (Dana means “selfless giving” in Sanskrit), an interfaith volunteer caregiver program based at the Moiliili Hongwanji Mission to provide support to frail, elderly and disabled residents. She was also appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Aging by President Jimmy Carter (as well as subsequently by Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton).

In addition, Kanazawa has been a pioneer in numerous other leadership roles, including:

  • first female director and chair of the Board of Kuakini Medical Center;
  • first Nisei female on the board of Aloha United Way;
  • chairperson of Family Life and Law Committee (which led to the creation of the Family Court System in Hawaii); and
  • chairperson of Hawaii’s White House Conference on Aging.

For more information and to find ongoing opportunities to celebrate and support older Americans, contact the Executive Office on Aging at (808) 586-0100, visit the Aging and Disability Resource Center online at www.hawaiiadrc.org to locate a local Area Agency on Aging, or call (808) 643-2372.

Kawamoto Pool Closed for Maintenance – NAS Pool Opened for Adult and Public Swimming

Hilo’s Charles “Sparky” Kawamoto Swim Stadium will be closed for scheduled maintenance from Thursday, August 1 through Friday, August 9. The temporary shutdown is necessary to replace the swimming pool’s filter material.


To accommodate pool users, the Department of Parks and Recreation will allow daily adult lap swimming and public recreational swimming at the NAS Swimming Pool also located in Hilo. The expanded operating hours are as follows:

August 1-2

  • Adult lap swim – 9-10 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim – 12-1 p.m.
  • Public recreational swim – 5:30-7:10 p.m.

August 3-4

  • Public recreational swim – 9-10:45 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim – 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Public recreational swim – 1-4:10 p.m.

August 5-9

  • Adult lap swim – 9-10 a.m.
  • Adult lap swim – 12-1 p.m.
  • Public recreational swim – 5:30-7:10 p.m.

These schedules are subject to change. For more information, please call Mason Souza, recreation administrator, at 961-8077.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks pool users and the general public for their understanding and patience while the maintenance is being performed.

Big Island Police Searching for Three Suspects Involved in Leilani Estates Robbery

Big Island police are looking for three suspects involved in a robbery that occurred in the Leilani Estates Subdivision in the Puna District on Wednesday night (July 24).

The victim, a 56-year-old female, reported that three individuals who were invited to her home, used force against her and removed several items from within. The suspects left the residence operating a white Ford Mustang, unknown license plates.

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Top: Mark McCurley Bottom: Kawika Kahee

Two of the suspects have been identified as being Mark McCurley, Male 30 years-old, of a Hawaiian Beaches address, and Kawika Kahee, Male 30-years-old, of a Black Sand Subdivision address in the Puna District.

Anyone with information regarding these individuals, or the whereabouts of the vehicle involved is asked to contact Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email dmorimoto@co.hawaii.hi.us. Callers can also notify police dispatch by calling 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 Charge 28-Year-Old Man With 37 Offenses in Connection With Various Financial Crimes

Big Island police have charged a 28-year-old Captain Cook man with thirty-seven offenses in connection with various financial crimes that allegedly occurred in Kailua-Kona.

Travis Lee Charbonneau

Travis Lee Charbonneau

On Friday (July 26) at 1:00p.m., detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section, after conferring with prosecutors, charged Travis Lee Charbonneau with theft of a credit card, eight counts of second-degree theft, eleven counts of third-degree theft, six counts of fourth-degree theft, nine counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, one count of identify theft second-degree and one count of identity theft third-degree.

On Monday (June 3) police received a report from a business owner in Keauhou that a company charge card had been used to make several unauthorized charges at a retail store in Kailua-Kona.

Charbonneau is being held at the Kealakehe police cellblock in lieu of $57,000.00 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (July 29).

13-Year-Old Girl Goes Missing From Hamakua Health Center

A 13 year old girl went missing yesterday from Hamakua Health Center around 12:00 noon with another local looking girl, her name is Tatiana Lehua Miller Tayamen. Police report has been filed. Was initially a runaway but now changed to missing.

Tatiana Lehua Miller Tayamen

If any info, please call Angela Tayamen, the girls mom, at 756-7383 or call the police station.



Description from mother:

5’4″ 115-120 lbs brown hair w dark ends, brown eyes w green specks, glasses, last seen wearing blue shorts, a light colored tank and multi-color osairis high tops…the other missing girl is dark wavy hair, dark eyes, dark skin, just a lil shorter than Tati,and a lil chunkier, She has lime green shoes (Tati)

Big Island Police Arrest and Charge 20-Year-Old Hilo Man for Burglary and Other Charges

Big Island police arrested and charged a 20-year-old Hilo man for Burglary and other related charges this afternoon.

James Kama

James Kama

James Kama was arrested for his involvement in the burglaries of two residences which occurred in the Waiākea Uka area in November and December of 2012.

Items removed in these burglaries included ammunition, hunting equipment, electronic, household and yard items totaling over $5,000.00.

Kama was charged with two counts of Burglary in the First Degree and one count of Theft in the Fourth Degree.

His total bail was set at $10,250.00 and is being held at the Hilo Police Cellblock pending arraignment.


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 52-Year-Old Visitor

Big Island police are looking for a 52-year-old-man who was reported missing.

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson failed to return to his Kailua-Kona home on Thursday (July 18) after leaving his residence on foot to swim at Honl’s beach off of Ali´i Drive.

Anderson is visiting from the mainland and has been staying with family members in Kona. He is described as 5-foot-10, about 160 pounds with a tan complexion, medium length gray hair and blue eyes.

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.

Volcano Art Center’s “Ever Changing Island” – Exhibit Features Clytie Mead, Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross

Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, July 27, Volcano Art Center will present “Ever Changing Island” at Volcano Art Center Gallery in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This latest exhibition features glass art from artists Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross of the Big Island Glass Gallery juxtaposed against watercolors on prepared silk from artist Clytie Mead.

Featured artwork from VAC’s upcoming “Ever Changing Island” exhibit

Featured artwork from VAC’s upcoming “Ever Changing Island” exhibit

The lavishly detailed and divergent creations of both Honokaa-based art studios effortlessly combine to express the wondrous beauty found within the life cycle of Hawaii Island’s native flora. Join the artists for an opening reception from 5:00–7:00pm on July 27 and enjoy their works from 9:00am–6:00pm daily through September 8.

On Friday, August 16, Mead will conduct a live silk painting demonstration at the gallery from 10:00am–2:00pm, sharing her technique, materials and the inspiration behind her work.

“Mead’s intricate watercolor depictions of bud to flower to seed evoke unexpected emotion and connection to the subject when experienced through the fluid, abstract lense of glasswork offered by Jenkins and Ross,” states Emily Catey, VAC’s Gallery Curator.

Clytie Mead was practically born with a watercolor brush in her hand. As a small child in Pennsylvania, her parents would keep her busy painting while they worked in their home studio creating architectural renderings with watercolors. She later went on to earn a BFA in Painting from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Architectural History from Cornell. Mead lived in Southern California until relocating to Hawaii in 1986 and began working in watercolor on silk after studying with the prominent Chinese painter Jane Chao in 1999.

An ancient Asian technique, painting with watercolor on silk has become Mead’s primary focus. She brings a lifetime of experience as well as her own Western point of view to each piece which can take up to 30 hours to complete. Using conventional watercolor paints and brushes, Mead carefully selects imported Chinese silks which have been specially treated to resist blurring or running as her preferred canvas.

“Ever since I first came to Hawaii, I’ve been inspired by the lovely natural surroundings,” says Mead. “I have wanted to express my deep appreciation for the beauty of the many native Hawaiian plant species, and to bring them to the attention of people who may never have had a chance to see these rare and sometimes endangered plants.”

Mead’s work has been exhibited in Hong Kong and Japan, at the Wailoa Center, Firehouse Gallery and Volcano Art Center on Hawaii Island, and is included in many private collections around the United States. She has won several awards, including Best in Show for the Helen Cassidy Show at the Firehouse Gallery in Waimea. She now lives and works in Ahualoa near Honokaa with “her husband Pete, four dogs, and too many cats.”

Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross are the dynamic husband and wife team behind Honokaa’s Big Island Glass Gallery. Even with an extensive collection of glasswork on display and new pieces constantly emerging, Jenkins and Ross proclaim “that perhaps the most creative thing we have done is to create this working relationship. With nature as a constant inspiration, the glass pieces are the natural outcome.”

Hugh Jenkins has pursued a life in glass work from his first introduction to glass blowing in 1969 at The Foundry in Honolulu, Hawaii. He carried his passion with him to the Punahou School in 1972 where he was an art teacher until 1998. Jenkins even spent his summers and sabbaticals engrossed in teaching glass at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Jenkins’ glasswork has evolved through several functional and sculptural phases, usually including highly polished optical surfaces.

Stephanie Ross earned her degrees first at California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and then received her graduate degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has taught art to high school and elementary school students since 1975. Ross was introduced to glass in 1995 and has worked in collaboration with her husband since 1996. She excels at design and color, while Jenkins often takes the reins on finishing the form.

Since 1996, the couple has focused in collaboration on a highly-colored series of bowls and vases while also helping other glass blowers improve the efficiency of their equipment. Their recent creations evolved as a direct response to their Hawaii Island life, depicting impressions of the volcanoes, forest, ocean and widely varying climate and light.

“Ever Changing Island” is free to the public, though park entrance fees apply and donations are accepted.  For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact the VAC Gallery at (808) 967-7565 or gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.