Big Island Police Arrest Hilo Man in Connection With Theft of State Truck

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 37-year-old Hilo man with several offenses involving a vehicle that was stolen from a repair shop in Hilo in July.

Eddie Paaluhi Poai

Eddie Paaluhi Poai

On July 5 at about 7:06 a.m., police responded to a repair shop on Pohaku Street after employees discovered that a vehicle being repaired, a Ford pickup truck registered to the State of Hawaiʻi, was missing. Police recovered surveillance footage from the business.

On October 3 at about 4:50 p.m., the same truck was allegedly involved in a separate theft incident and was recovered by police. Detectives continued the investigation after discovering descriptors that led them to believe the truck was stolen.

Detectives worked with agents from the National Insurance Crime Bureau and were able to verify that the vehicle identification number plate and license plate were from another Ford truck. Detectives were then able to identify the truck as the one that had been stolen from the repair shop.

At 12:15 p.m. Wednesday (October 9), after conferring with prosecutors, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged Eddie Paaluhi Poai with two counts of first-degree unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, fraudulent use of a license plate and altering a motor vehicle serial number. His bail was set at $22,000. He was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon (October 10).

Big Island Police Charge Man in Connection to Wednesday’s Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a man arrested Wednesday in connection with a commercial burglary in Hilo.

Robert Pookela Manaole

Robert Pookela Manaole

At 10 a.m. Thursday (October 10), 18-year-old Robert Pookela Manaole, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $4,000.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Friday (October 11).

At 1:44 a.m. Wednesday (October 9), police received a report of an alarm call from a business at Waiakea Center. Responding officers saw a man fleeing from the area and discovered entry had been made into one of the businesses.

Patrol officers established a perimeter around the industrial area and arrested Manaole at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday. He was taken to the cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.


Hawai‘i Artist Collaboration 2013

The third annual Hawaii Artist Collaboration Art Auction is set for Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 7 p.m, at Holualoa Inn’s Malulani Pavilion. This year the theme is “A Show of Hands -Holumua Kakau” (Moving Forward Together) and admission is free with on-site registration.

Artist Collaboration

The auction is the culmination of 30 local and international artists, representing a variety of mediums, coming together to participate in a four-day, invitation-only event. They work collaboratively to create original art pieces that will be auctioned to the highest bidders through an experience that is like no other. The no-reserve auction begins promptly at 4 p.m. with a Hawaiian blessing led by collaborator, Kala Willis, and his halau. The exhausted, but finally scrubbed up, artists are introduced and everyone gets a chance to meet the collaborators and appreciate their end results. The auctioneer (actor, Dick Hershberger) gets things rolling at 5 p.m. and the bidding is quick.

“One of our goals is to encourage artists to venture outside their usual medium, working in alternative art forms to expand their vision and skills. Collaborators specialize in everything from wood turning and ceramics to painting and jewelry-making, and much more,” says Tai Lake, Hawaii Artist Collaboration co-founder and Holualoa-based furniture maker. “We all learn from one another and this year we have some great international talent joining our collaboration—Lyonel Grant, Maori woodcarver from New Zealand; Graeme Priddle, New Zealand wood sculptor; blacksmith sculptors Henry Pomfret from England and Farrell Ruppert from Maine; and Laura Hosaluk,  multi-media artist and coordinator for the original Emma International Artist Collaboration in Canada.”

“It’s is all about gathering artists together to share ideas, inspiration and skills. Together we create numerous pieces of art – with two or more artists working on each piece – using a mixed media approach,” shares Cliff Johns, Hawaii Artist Collaboration co-founder and Kailua-Kona based woodturner and sculptor.

Event administrator, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, notes, “The collaborative spirit is quite contagious and the harmony and gratitude expressed during the event are evident in the resulting works. We have such an incredibly talented creative community here.”

“Hawaii Collaboration is made possible through the joint effort of the entire island community. It’s an ideal way to blend the contributions that each of us can make to create something bigger than anyone could ever do on their own. It takes many hands, and a ton of volunteer hours but the possibilities and ideas that emerge connect lifetimes of experience,” says Tai Lake.

Following the auction this year, Lyonel Grant, Henry Pomfret, and Laura Hosaluk will be giving a public presentation at a potluck gathering at the Donkey Mill Art Center on November 1 from 6 to 8 pm. Lyonel will teach the Maori style of woodcarving and Henry will hold an introductory blacksmithing class, November 2 and 3. Contact the Donkey Mill Art Center at or phone (808) 322-3362 for more information.

To see a list of all the participants and their work, and learn about upcoming events, visit A not-for-profit event, all proceeds from the “no reserve” art auction benefit art scholarships and future events. For and more information, contact or (808) 331-0813.