Big Island Police Locate One Suspect in Connection to Home Invasion Robbery in July

Hawai´i police have located one of the 30-year-old men previously charged in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred in July 2013 in the Leilani Estates Subdivision in Puna.

Mark Mc Curley

Mark Mc Curley

Yesterday (September 16, 2013) at 2:20 p.m., detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section arrested and charged Mark Mc Curley on the strength of a grand jury indictment for second degree robbery, second degree theft, and kidnapping. His bail was set at $85,000.00 and he was scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

Kawika Kahee

Kawika Benny Kahee

Mc Curley and 30-year-old Kawika Benny Kahee were scheduled to appear in court after being charged for several offenses stemming from the July 24, 2013 robbery in which the 56-year-old female victim reported that three individuals forced their way into her home, assaulted and restrained her before fleeing from the residence with property stolen from her residence. The third assailant remains at large and has not been identified.

At the time, Mc Curley was charged with second degree robbery, second degree theft, and kidnapping. Kahee was charged for second degree robbery, second degree theft, and third degree assault.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Kahee, who is described as Hawaiian, 5’11” tall, weighing about 265 pounds, shoulder length straight black hair, brown eyes, tan complexion, a large build. He often wears a light mustache and goatee. He also has several tattoos, including “Trinity” on his chest, “Serenity” on his entire right forearm, and a large ornamental tattoo wrapping around his left forearm.

As a result of a grand jury indictment, Kahee is wanted on a warrant for second degree robbery, third degree assault, second degree theft, third degree promoting a dangerous drug, and drug paraphernalia. He also has two arrest warrants for probation revocation and a bench warrant for contempt of court.

Police ask that anyone with information on Kahee’s whereabouts or information on the identity of the third suspect to call Detective Derek Morimoto at 961-2380 or email at

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers in East Hawaii at 961-8300 or in West Hawaii at 329-8181 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00. 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 Looking for Three Suspects in Puna Home Break-In While Residents Were Sleeping

Hawaiʻi Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects who entered a Puna home last night (September 16, 2013) while the occupants were asleep.

At about 10:30 pm last night, police received a call from a 54 year-old woman who reported that while she and her 63 year-old husband were asleep in their North Kulani Road residence, they were awakened by noises in an adjacent room. Her husband went to check and discovered three male suspects, who ran when confronted by the occupant.

The suspects ran out of the residence with two of the three suspects running towards Ihope Road.

Ihope Rd

The other suspect ran towards Route 11.

Neither occupant was not injured nor was nothing taken from the residence.

Responding officers conducted checks in the nearby area and were not able to locate the suspects.

Two of the suspects were described only as being about 5’6 to 5’7” while the third suspect was described only as being about 5’9” tall.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation, which is classified as an First Degree Unauthorized Entry into a Dwelling.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case to call Detective Royce Serrao at 961-2272 or email 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.

Sixty Kids Participate in HI-PAL Clinic Held at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii Campus

Sixty youths participated in the HI-PAL Click It or Ticket Hoops Clinic for Elementary and Intermediate students held at Kamehameha Schools Hawaiʻi Campus this past Saturday, September 14, 2013.

“The clinic was a tool to remind our youth to wear their seat belts”, said Officer Nelson Acob, “and we also reminded them not to use drugs and how to deal with bullying”.

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Basketball was also played, and Louisville, was crowned champions of the 5th-6th Grade Division. Members of the championship squad included (as pictured) Makana Credo, Kiai Apele, Braedy Yamada, Jazelle Dorser, Cuinn Cariaga, Kaupena Yasso and Elyas Sheffet. They were coached by Officer Matt Kaaihue.

Kiai Apele was also selected as the divisions Most Valuable Player. Kuakahi Alameda was selected as the Outstanding Team Player, Izayah Chartrand won the Best Attitude Award and Dominique Pacheco was the Outstanding Defensive Player.

Duke won the 7th-8th Grade Division championship. Team members (as pictured) were Liko Medeiros, Rekki Prudencio, Aukea Hooper, Jordyn Mantz, Emmarose Sheffet, Kiai Apele and Thaze Gomes. They were coached by Maurice Janado.

Rekki Prudencio was selected as the divisions Most Valuable Player. Randon Arima was the Outstanding Defensive Player, Dabney Uchima was awarded the Best Teammate Award and Gabriel Bergen was the Outstanding Team Player.

“The clinic was a huge success”, commented Officer Brian Tina. “We look forward to hosting future clinics like this to promote seat belt use and provide a safe drug free event for our youth”.

For additional information on any Click It or Ticket or HI-PAL event, please contact Officer Joseph Botelho at 961-8121 or Officer Randy Morris at 326-4646 extension 258.

Warehouse Tenants Cited With 59 Serious Safety and Health Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DLIR) Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division (HIOSH) has issued 59 serious citations with proposed fines of up to $89,265 to 10 tenants of Unicold Corporation’s refrigerated food warehouse in Honolulu. Unicold and the tenants face $340,595 in total proposed fines following joint inspections conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and HIOSH.

unicoldThe serious violations inspectors found include providing only one exit door, some of which were not side hinged, failure to select appropriate exit routes, train employees in the routes and hold periodic evacuation drills; neglecting to label routes that were not exits, obstructions to exit doors, and failure to train employees in the hazards of ammonia. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“The workers were exposed to grave hazards due to the employers’ decision to obstruct emergency routes to enlarge the available storage space,” said DLIR Director Dwight Takamine. “We are very fortunate that a tragic event did not occur, especially as the danger involved the potential of leaking ammonia, which could have exposed workers to asphyxiation, chemical and thermal burns, and other hazards. This could have been worse than the tragedy that occurred in the Waikele Bunker explosion in April 2011.”

“We hope the employers will act swiftly to correct the serious issues identified through this collaborative effort between OSHA and HIOSH,” said Galen Lemke, Director of the Honolulu Federal OSHA Office. “This is a good example of how federal and state actions can help achieve our common goal of providing safe and healthy workplaces for Hawaii’s workforce.”

Unicold Warehouse has 3.4 million cubic feet of refrigerated space 5 minutes from Honolulu piers and has 78 container spots

Unicold Warehouse has 3.4 million cubic feet of refrigerated space 5 minutes from Honolulu piers and has 78 container spots

Other serious violations cited included hazards relating to improper use of forklifts as personnel lifts, forklifts in disrepair, expired training credentials for forklift operators, unguarded machinery, damaged storage systems, and inadequate electrical equipment.

The companies cited for one or more of the above violations include Ramar International Corporation, P&E Foods, Norpac Fisheries, Love’s Bakery, Lappert’s Inc., Kahuna Distribution LLC, Eskimo Candy Oahu, Eight Point Distributors, Choyce Products, and C&S Wholesale Grocers.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742), the agency’s Honolulu office at 808-541-2680 or the HIOSH office at 808-586-9092.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. HIOSH’s role is to ensure these conditions for Hawaii’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit or


Five Big Island Artisans Win Awards at 2013 Hawaii’s Woodshow

The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association (HFIA) recently announced the winners of the 2013 juried Hawaii’s ‘Woodshow, Na Lā‘au o Hawai‘i. Five artisans from Hawaii Island returned with awards from the prestigious exhibition.

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“The Last Kiss… Extinction” by Scott Hare. Photo by Hal Lum

Triple award-winner Scott Hare from Kurtistown brought home an Honorable Mention recognizing outstanding execution and design for his Milo wood piece, “The Last Kiss…Extinction.”  Based on votes by visitors to the exhibition, the work was as pleasing to the crowds as to the exhibition’s jurors. Hare’s entry won the People’s Choice Award. Hare’s peers also recognized his outstanding work. Participating artists selected “The Last Kiss…Extinction” for the Artist’s Choice Award. Hare’s woodworking business, Hawaii Koa Naturals, is based in Kurtistown.

Another Kurtistown resident, Michael Patrick Smith, was also a triple award-winner returning to the Big Island with three Honorable Mentions. “Fan Leaf Sculpture” of Milo, Lychee, Koa and Ebonized Mango was recognized in the sculpture category and in the turning category, “Yin Yang Fern” made from Mango and “Earth, Sea & Sky” made from Cook Pine were awarded.

First Place Sculpture, sponsored by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, went to Cliff Johns for “Holo Hula.” The sculpture was created from Bermuda Cedar from a tree removed from a private yard in Captain Cook. The Cliff Johns Gallery is located in Kainaliu.

First Place Woodturning

First Place Woodturning by J. Kelly Dunn. Photo by Hal Lum

First Place Turning, sponsored by Hawaii Forest Institute, was awarded to J. Kelly Dunn, a wood lathe artist from Hawi, for his piece “Plumeria Nocturne,” which he crafted from Mexican Cypress. Kelly and Linda Dunn’s all-wood art gallery, Dunn Gallery, in Kapaau represents some of the finest wood artists and craftsmen in the state as well as selected wood artists from around the world.

Artisan Mats Fogelvik brought home an Honorable Mention for “Pua Koa,” a furniture piece made from curly Koa burl veneer, Koa veneer, and Rosewood.  His company, Fogelvik Furniture, is based in Ocean View.

Other winners at the 21st Annual Hawaii’s Woodshow were:

  • Best of Show – sponsored by Kamehameha Schools; presented to the most outstanding entry in the exhibition:  Tak Yoshino – Zen Meditation Chair “Mantra”
  • Award of Excellence – sponsored by Woodcraft Hawai‘i; presented to the most outstanding entry by one of the qualifying Career Recognition artists:  Joel Bright – Credenza
  • First Place Furniture – sponsored by Department of Land & Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife:  Douglas Gordon – Writing Desk
  • First Place Musical Instrument:  Rich Godfrey – “Mahina” Koa Guitar
  • First Place Novice:  Hongtao Zhou – Energy Wood
  • First Place Open:  Francisco Clemente – “Silent Whisper”
  • Honorable Mention: presented to recognize outstanding execution and design:  R. W. Butts – King’s Cauldron,  Tom Calhoun – “Persephone’s Purse”,  Shaun Fleming – “Maui Forest”
  • Spirit of the Show Award; best showcases use of wood from under-utilized non-native trees while meeting exhibition criteria. Work featuring koa, mango, Cook or Norfolk Pine are not eligible:  Landon Hamada – Curved Chair
  • Kent Award – sponsored by Ron & Myra Kent; recognizes and honors the most promising first-time entrant age 18 and under: Landon Hamada – Curved Chair

Internationally recognized premier woodworker Paul Schurch, award-winning studio furniture designer Marian Yasuda and award-winning member of the American Institute of Architects and CEO at Group 70 International Norman G. Y. Hong served as jurors at this 21st annual Hawaii’s Woodshow. They had the difficult task of selecting winners from among more than 80 entries that ranged from furniture and woodturning to sculpture and musical instruments.


Hawaii’s Woodshow was held September 1-15 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona. More than 20 pieces were sold following the exhibition’s conclusion and four works received recognition awards from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

Sponsors helping make Hawaii’s Woodshow possible were Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Hawai‘i Forest Institute, Woodcraft Hawaii, Halekulani On the Beach at Waikiki, Maui Custom Woodworkers, Inc., Ocean Eagle, Ron and Myra Kent, Hilo Frame Shop, Tusher Architectural Group, Thomas A. Loudat, C. Barton Potter, and Bubbies Ice Cream.

Hawaii’s Woodshow was created to promote an appreciation for the remarkable variety of Hawai’i-grown woods as well as for the talented woodworkers throughout our Islands.  Artists are limited to Hawai’i-grown wood and are encouraged to use conservative techniques such as veneering to make the most effective use of woods in limited supply. Certain rare or endangered species are prohibited.

About The Hawai‘i Forest Industry Association:

Established in 1989, HFIA is a nonprofit corporation founded by and for people dedicated to responsible forest management. HFIA promotes healthy and productive forests and a sustainable forest industry. In addition to Hawaii’s Woodshow™, along with affiliate Hawai‘i Forest Institute, HFIA sponsors projects and programs to promote healthier forests including Hawaii’s Wood Brand, forest restoration projects, and community forests with youth outreach programs. Visit HFIA and the Hawai‘i Forest Institute (HFI) at

Senator Hirono Announces $7,485,000 to Improve Inter-Island Ferries

Today, Senator Mazie K. Hirono announced that $7,485,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation funding is coming to Hawaii to improve its inter-island ferries.

Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Resolution Honoring Mother Marianne of Molokai

Congresswoman Hirono Introduces Resolution Honoring Mother Marianne of Molokai

The funding will be used to support ferries from Kaunakakai, Manele, and Maalaea small boat harbors, located on Molokai, Lanai, and Maui respectively.

“Connecting our islands through transit and supporting air transit alternatives are necessary strategies to develop a more sustainable economy,” said Hirono. “This funding will help modernize Hawaii’s small commercial ferry infrastructure and ensure that residents on Lanai, Maui and Molokai can easily get from island to island.”

The DOT funding will go to projects that rehabilitate ferry terminals and piers, increasing the efficiency, safety and hospitability of the existing inter-island ferry system. The ferries make daily roundtrips and provide critical transportation needs between the three islands.


Grassroot Institute Announces Big Island Tour in October

Today, Grasssroot Institute of Hawaii announced two exciting new events on the island of Hawaii. The events will feature Grassroot President Keli’i Akina, former Representative Charles Djou, and Hawaii Shippers Council President Michael Hansen and will honor the legacy of Freddy Rice as well as discuss the local damage caused by the Jones Act.

Grassroot President Keli'i Akina

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina

On Friday, October 4th, Grassroot Institute will present a Jones Act Reform Night at Hilo’s Naniloa Volcanoes Resort. There, Dr. Akina and Michael Hansen will explain what the Jones Act is and why it is harmful to Hawaii’s future.  The event is part of Grassroot’s mission to educate the public as well as political leaders and to lead the charge in bringing about a much-needed reform of the Jones Act. This event is sponsored by the Conservative Forum of Hilo. For more details, please go to

On Saturday, October 5th, Grassroot will be at Kona’s Mauni Lani Golf Course for an event entitled “Upholding the Legacy of Freddy Rice.” There, Mr. Rice, a longtime defender of liberty and the free market in Hawaii, will be presented with the Grassroot Institute Legacy Award and Dr. Akina will speak on how Mr. Rice’s example can lead us to a better Hawaii. In addition, former Representative Charles Djou will address how it is possible to “shift the tide” on the Jones Act. For more information on the Kona event, go to

“We are delighted that Grassroot Institute can continue to serve residents of the Big Island and all neighbor island counties,” stated Keli’i Akina, President of Grassroot Institute. “Across the state, there are countless freedom-loving individuals who are banding together to build a better Hawaii for all.  They represent the real hope for the future of Hawaii’s economy, government and society.”


“Get Your Pink On” at North Hawaii Community Hospital’s 13th Annual Girls Night Out

North Hawai‘i Community Hospital (NHCH) invites women of all ages to their 13th Annual Girls Night Out event on Friday, October 11th, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School in Kamuela, HI. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and NHCH’s Girls Night Out helps keep the women in North Hawaii healthy, happy and informed. This year’s theme is “Get Your Pink On.”

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, North Hawaii Community Hospital hosts their 13th Annual Girls Night Out on Friday, October 11th at Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century public Charter School in Waimea.  This year’s theme is “Get Your Pink On”.

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, North Hawaii Community Hospital hosts their 13th Annual Girls Night Out on Friday, October 11th at Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century public Charter School in Waimea. This year’s theme is “Get Your Pink On”.

“Girls Night Out offers women in our community the opportunity to learn about breast cancer and enjoy a fun, free evening with friends,” says Laurie Edmondson, NHCH Event Coordinator. “This event strives to fulfill the hospital’s mission: to improve the health status of the people of North Hawai’i by improving access to care and providing high quality services at a reasonable cost,” continues Edmondson. Girls Night Out is one of two annual community outreach events held by NHCH; the other event is Senior Health Fair, held in May to support National Senior Health and Fitness Day.

Women will enjoy a fun and educational trade show by local resources and businesses, including massage, hair styling, manicures, make-up, energy work and acupuncture. Several booths will offer items for sale, including jewelry, make-up, and more. Women will also be treated to complimentary dinner, breast cancer bingo, silent auction and door prizes. A variety of women’s health and wellness information will also be provided to Girls Night Out attendees by: West Hawaii Mediation Center, bone density screenings and flu shots by Foodland, NHCH’s Rehabilitation Services, NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center and NHCH’s Breast Health Program.

Last year NHCH upgraded their Breast Health Program, which offers patients access to the latest cutting-edge technology, a more comfortable experience, faster image analysis and on-going support, in coordination with Hawaii’s new mammography self-referral law. Thanks to a new Hawai‘i state law which took effect on July 1stof last year, for the first time ever women over the age of 40 have the right and ability to choose when, where and with whom they’d like to schedule their annual breast-screening exam, without a referral from their primary care physician. Early detection is key in treating breast cancer, and annual mammography can help detect breast tumors at their earliest, most treatable stages.

Kanu o ka ‘Aina New Century Public Charter School is located at 64-1043 Hi’iaka Street, Kamulea, HI. For more information about NHCH’s Girls Night, please visit or contact NHCH’s Event Coordinator, Laurie Edmondson at or 881-4425. To take advantage of Hawaii’s new self-referral process and NHCH’s new Breast Health Program, please call NHCH’s Imaging Department at 881-4882 to schedule your annual mammogram.

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Non-profit, community owned and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Big Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 35-Year-Old Woman

9/19/13 UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 35-year-old Claudette Morel of Kapaʻau, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed Thursday morning (September 19) in Honokaʻa.

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Kapaau woman who was reported missing.


Claudette Morell

35-year-old Claudette Morell moved to Hawai´i in May of 2013. She last spoke to her mother on August 29, 2013 saying she was going to Waimanu Valley and would be out of touch for 5 days. On September 07, 2013, Morell’s mother received a concerning text from an unknown telephone number saying that Morell will be in Waimanu Valley for 2 to 4 weeks/years. Morell’s mother called the phone number and spoke with an unidentified male who informed her that Morell was in Waimanu Valley with Heather and Jake.

Morell is described as a Caucasian female; approximately 5’3” tall, approximately 150 lbs, blue eyes, long strawberry blonde straight hair and wears glasses. And also wears a straw hat. She has a tattoo of a vine with leaves from her knee to ankle on her left outer side of her leg and a cross shape scar on her chest. Morell has a 2001 white Chrysler Sebring, 4 door sedan bearing license plate, HAN 343 that is registered to her.

Police ask that anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these individuals 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.