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Puna Father and Son Charged in Assaulting Police Officer

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Puna man and his son in connection with what started as a case of domestic abuse in Pāhoa.


Top: Christopher Thomas Gonsalves Bottom: Gordon A.E. Gonsalves

When Puna patrol officers responded to the abuse report on Saturday (August 10), the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Christopher Thomas Gonsalves of Pāhoa, struck and threatened an officer and then fled the scene.

Gonsalves was located and arrested Sunday and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Gonsalves was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, assaulting a police officer and abuse of a family/household member. His bail was set at $22,000.

In addition, detectives arrested 21-year-old Gordon A.E. Gonsalves of Pāhoa Tuesday morning and charged him at 1:30 p.m. with second-degree hindering prosecution for using force against an officer to allow his father to get away. His bail was set at $500.

Both men are being held at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (August 14).


Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Boy Last Seen in Pahoa in July

1/22/14 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 16-year-old Jake Miyake-Kamahele of Hilo, who was was reported missing last summer.   He was found Wednesday (January 22) in good health on Oahu.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing.

Jake Miyake-Kamahele

Jake Miyake-Kamahele

Jake Miyake-Kamahele was last seen at 9:45 a.m. on July 22 in Pāhoa. He is described as 4-foot-11, 91 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to 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.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces New Fire Management Officer

James Courtright is the new Fire Management Officer (FMO) at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and will oversee fire management for 11 national parks in the Pacific Island Park network.

James Courtright

James Courtright

Courtright, who previously worked as the Assistant Fire Management Officer at Zion National Park and the Utah Parks Group, has extensive experience in fire and aviation management. He has helped extinguish countless fires in the western states and worked cooperatively with multiple agencies during his nearly 20-year career. His experience ranges from interagency management of wildland fires and all risk incidents, prescribed fire, aviation operations, engines to “hotshot” hand crews.

In his new position, Courtright will again coordinate fire management with partner agencies, including the County of Hawai‘i Fire Department, the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry & Wildlife, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Pacific Island Park network extends from the West Pacific and includes the National Park of American Samoa, American Memorial Park in Saipan, War in the Pacific National Historic Park in Guam, and all eight national park units in Hawai‘i.

Courtright and his wife Leslie live in Volcano and have twin three-year-old daughters, and an eight-month-old son.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Announces New Clients for China and Taiwan Markets – WHO Is JWI Marketing?

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, today announced the selection of Travel Link Marketing (TLM) and JWI Marketing (JWI) to provide destination representation services in the China and Taiwan markets respectively. Both companies will be responsible for promoting leisure and business travel to Hawai‘i.

Travel Link Marketing

TLM, a Chinese marketing company founded in 2005, has offices in Beijing, Shanghai,

Guangzhou and Chengdu. It has established an extensive network with thousands of tour operators and media outlets throughout China. TLM also owns Travel Link Daily, a well-recognized online traveltrade publication. Taipei-based JWI specializes in marketing representation, public relations, media creative development and distribution, event planning, promotions and more. They are a marketing firm with more than 120 employees in Taipei, Taiwan.

“We are excited to partner with TLM and JWI,”said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “Both Mainland China and Taiwan have become important markets for Hawai‘i’s tourism economy with tremendous growth potential.  With the commitment and expertise of these two companies, we’re confident they will be able to further cultivate these emerging markets for Hawai‘i.”

The HTA’s current contractor, Aviareps Marketing Garden, will manage the China and Taiwan contract through Dec.31, 2013 with TLM and JWI’s contract commencing Jan. 1, 2014. Aviareps Marketing Garden has represented Hawai‘i in China, Taiwan and Korea since 2004, and will continue to manage the Hawaii Tourism Korea contract from Jan. 1, 2014.

“We want to extend a sincere mahalo to Aviareps Marketing Garden for promoting Hawai‘i as a premier destination for leisure and business travel in China and Taiwan. Their hard work and contributions to Hawai‘i and Hawai‘i’s visitor industry has helped to elevate Hawai‘i’s presence in the two regions,” added McCartney.


Friday – Town Hall Meeting at the Pahoa Community Center

Town Hall Meeting Flyer FINAL

Big Island Police Participating in “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” National Campaign

Hawaiʻi Island police will increase enforcement of drunk driving as part of a national campaign called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” which runs August 16 through September 2. During the campaign, police will conduct 20-30 sobriety checkpoints island wide.

To help bring awareness to the upcoming campaign, the Police Department’s Traffic Services Section plans a sign-waving event on Kamehameha Avenue in Hilo from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday (August 15). Volunteers are encouraged to participate. For more information on the sign-waving event, you may call Traffic Safety Coordinator Dieter Blattler at 961-2226.

Impaired driving presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian the driver encounters. Already this year, Hawaiʻi Island police have made more than 700 DUI arrests, and 12 of the 21 traffic fatalities this year involved drugs and/or alcohol.

Pahoa Town Meeting on Proposing Amendments to Hawaii County Code

The Pahoa Regional Town Center Steering Committee will be hosting a public talk story meeting where a draft ordinance proposing amendments to Chapters 3 and 25 of the Hawaii County Code to create a Pahoa Village District in the Zoning Code (Chap. 25) that includes the requirement for compliance with architectural design guidelines being proposed for concurrent adoption by resolution.

Future site of the Pahoa Office Plaza

Future site of the Pahoa Office Plaza

The ordinance further proposes to create a separate article establishing signage standards in the Pahoa Village District.

You can view the proposed documents:

The talk story will be on Wednesday Evening, August 21st from 6 p.m. till 7:30 pm. at the Pahoa Community Center.  For more information, please contact PahoaPlan@gmail.com