Big Island Spearfisher Dies in Kona SubDivision

A 27-year-old male who was spearfishing in a Kona Subdivision has been reported to be found dead:

HFD report

Big Island Social Media Firm Kinoshita Communications Hires New Account Supervisor

Laura Kinoshita over on the Kona side of the Big Island has been killing it recently with things in the social media field here on the Big Island:

Kinoshita Communications LLC has hired Jillyn Dillon as account supervisor. Jillyn will be helping with business growth and developing optimized websites for sales and marketing.

 Jillyn Dillon

Jillyn Dillon

The agency was selected for an online community engagement campaign for Honolulu Police Department ( which resulted in the HPD being named one of the 13 most social media friendly departments in the nation. Founder Laura Kinoshita has been the communications board chair for Social Media Club Hawaii Chapter for 2 years and is using what she’s learned to help clients like MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty ( get more new business leads and sales.

The announcement comes as the Hawaii-based marketing agency expands to Honolulu with an office in Hawaii Kai. Founder Laura K. Kinoshita was named the SBA 2013 Women in Business Champion for Hawaii County and previously won awards for Bite Me Sportfishing in Kona and The Shops at Mauna Lani, including the prestigious 2012 PRSA Koa Anvil award for integrated marketing.

Building Community – Expo & Walk

Building Community Expo

Hawaii Island Police Searching for 36-Year-Old Hilo Man Wanted on Warrant Arrest

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 36-year-old Hilo man wanted on a warrant of arrest.

Lathan Rosa

Lathan Rosa

Lathan Rosa is wanted on a $10,000 warrant for violating probation in an abuse case. He is also wanted for questioning in connection with an unrelated theft case.

He is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of “ROSA” on his upper back.

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 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.

Hawi Man and Woman Busted For Meth Trafficking

A Hawi man and woman are in police custody on drug charges after police served a search warrant at their house.

On Tuesday (September 3), officers from the Area II Vice Section, along with Community Policing officers and North Kohala Patrol officers, served a search warrant on a home on Hiwahiwa Street. They recovered 120 grams of a crystalline substance and paraphernalia associated with methamphetamine use and distribution.

Nicole Hayes

Nicole Hayes

Arrested at the scene were 46-year-old Steven Pang and 26-year-old Nicole Hayes. They were taken to the Kona police cellblock while Vice Section detectives continued the investigation.

Steven Pang

Steven Pang

Wednesday morning, Pang was charged with first-degree meth trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $52,000. Hayes was charged with third-degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail was set at $4,000. They remain at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (September 5).

Police encourage members of the public to report suspected narcotics activity to the Police Department’s Ice Hotlines at 329-”ZERO-ICE” (329-0423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Kaʻū, Kona, South Kohala and North Kohala, and at 934-”VICE” (934-8423) for information pertaining to the Districts of Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo and Hāmākua.

Tipsters may also 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.

Hawaii Police Chief Kubojiri Promotes Four to Rank of Lieutenant

Chief Harry Kubojiri has promoted four individuals to the rank of lieutenant.

Lieutenant Juergen Canda is now assigned to the South Kohala District in Waimea. He joined the Police Department as a radio dispatcher in October 1992 before becoming a police officer in September 1996. His assignments have taken him to Hāmākua, South Hilo and Puna as a patrol officer, to the Area I and Area II Criminal Investigations Sections as a detective and back to Puna as a sergeant.

Lieutenant James Gusman is assigned to South Hilo patrol. Gusman, who joined the Hawaiʻi Police Department in September 1995, has worked as a patrol officer in Kaʻū and South Hilo, a sergeant in Kaʻū, and a detective first in the Area I Vice Section and, most recently, in the Area I Juvenile Aid Section.

Lieutenant Alan Kimura is also assigned to South Hilo Patrol. Kimura most recently served as a detective in the Office of Professional Standards (formerly known as Internal Affairs). Before that, he worked as a police officer in Hāmākua and South Hilo. He joined the Police Department in November 1994.

Lieutenant Allan Watanabe is assigned to the North Hilo district in Laupāhoehoe. His previous assignments were in Kaʻū and Puna as a police officer and in South Hilo as a sergeant. He joined the Police Department in December 1990.

The promotions took effect September 1.

UH Hilo Student to Witness Historic Lunar Launch

A University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo student will participate in the launch of NASA’s latest lunar probe, LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) at the Mid-Atlantic Test Range in Virginia.

LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer)

LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer)

Sophomore Krystal Schlechter spent the past summer as an intern with the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) under the Akamai Workforce Initiative. She was responsible for managing the Lunar Impact Observing Program, which involved coordinating student and community volunteers who used small C-11 telescopes to observe faint flashes produced by meteor impacts on the unlit portion of the moon.

The video data was processed to isolate and identify candidate impacts, then sent to NASA’s global impact database. Schlechter also presented her work to the NASA Lunar Science Forum during a virtual online conference this past summer.

LADEE is designed to study the Moon’s thin and tenuous atmosphere, or “exosphere” and the lunar dust environment to help scientists understand other planetary bodies with exospheres like Mercury and some of Jupiter’s bigger moons. The mission will also examine the density, temporal and spatial variability of dust particles that may get lofted into the atmosphere.

The nearly 850-pound robotic spacecraft will be launched on top of a Minotaur V rocket as early as September 6, 2013 and will spend about 2 1/2 months reaching the Moon, getting into its science orbit, and checking systems before its 100-day scientific mission begins.

Schlechter and her mentor, John Hamilton (PISCES EPO and Test Logistics Manager), were invited by NASA to be part of the official launch effort and joins the Public Outreach activities at the NASA Wallops Island Visitor Center.

Temporary Closure of Old Kona Airport Park Tennis Courts

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces the temporary closure of the tennis courts at Kailua-Kona’s Maka‘eo Park, also known as the Old Kona Airport Park, so the courts may be resurfaced.

Hawaii County Logo

All of the park’s tennis courts will be closed Monday, September 9, through Friday, September 20. Volunteers will perform the maintenance project.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the public for its understanding and patience while this important work is occurring.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or



Latest Phase of Saddle Road to Open This Weekend

The latest phase of the Saddle Road realignment project will be open to vehicular traffic from Saturday, September 7, following a dedication ceremony at 3 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Stene

To promote safety for the motoring public, police will conduct education by way of “speed boards,” devices which provide a digital display of approaching vehicles’ speed. Additionally, officers will conduct speed enforcement as part of the two-prong approach aimed at seeking compliance with the posted speed limits.

Highway 130 Wreck

A car wreck just happened at Highway 130 and Auli’i.