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Latest Episode of Big Island’s Most Wanted Now Airing

The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a 42-year-old man wanted for parole violation, a 21-year-old man wanted on three outstanding bench warrants and a 25-year-old man who is wanted on a warrant and for theft.

The new episode began airing May 16.

Dale Daniel Arruda

Dale Daniel Arruda

In it, police ask for help in locating 42-year-old Dale Daniel Arruda of Hilo, who is wanted for parole violation. He is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-7, 170 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He may have a goatee. He is known to frequent the Puna District.

Hakunaalii Kane

Hakunaalii Kane

The television program also asks for help in locating 21-year-old Hakunaalii Kane, who is wanted in the South Kohala area on bench warrants for contempt of court and two counts of violating probation. He is described as 5-foot-11, 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Kaina Namaka Black

Kaina Namaka Black

In this latest edition of “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted,” Officer Patrick Menino also asks for help in locating 25-year-old Kaina Namaka Black, who is wanted on a warrant for contempt of court and for questioning in a theft case. He is described as 5-foot-6, 145 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and a missing front tooth. He has no permanent address but frequents the Kona and South Kohala districts.

Police ask that anyone with information about any of these men not to approach them but to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. Crime Stoppers does not tape record phone calls or subscribe to caller ID.

“Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” is a project of Crime Stoppers Hilo, Inc., which is a partnership of the business community, the media and the police. It was inspired by the national TV show, “America’s Most Wanted.” The program airs on Na Leo O Hawaiʻi Community Television Channel 54 on Sundays at 5 p.m. and Fridays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs intermittently on Channel 53.

Big Island Man Arrested Again – Stolen Truck Crashes in Federal Jurisdiction

One Hilo man is being held on a felony charge and another has been release from police custody in connection with a stolen truck that crashed Sunday morning (May 18).

Hiram Kawelu

Hiram Kawelu

The crash occurred in the Volcano area under the federal jurisdiction of the National Park Service. After the driver, 25-year-old Hiram Kawelu of Hilo and his passenger, 22-year-old Cole Evans-Tanigawa appeared in court on federal charges Monday (May 19), detectives from the Hawaiʻi Police Department arrested them for being in possession of a stolen vehicle and stolen items. Both men were taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

The pickup truck was reported stolen from Hilo on May 14. A generator, fishing poles with reels and a cooler were reported stolen from a campsite at South Point early Sunday morning (May 18). In addition, several vehicles were broken into at the entrance to Kawa Beach in Nāʻālehu the same morning.

At 1:30 Wednesday (May 21) Kawelu was charged with unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle. His bail was set at $10,000. He remains at the cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday (May 22).

Evans-Tanigawa was released pending further investigation.

Related: Two Hilo Men in Custody Over Incidents Involving Car and Gun

We Vote Hawaii Seeking Votes on New Logo

In advance of the 2014 General Election, students statewide will be voting on a new look for We Vote Hawaii, which allows students the opportunity to practice and experience voting.

We Vote HawaiiStudents statewide will be voting on a new look for Kids Voting Hawaii, now renamed WE VOTE HAWAII, an affiliate of Kids Voting USA, in advance of the 2014 General Election. Five new logo designs have been selected from scores of entries submitted by professionals around the country, and on Friday, May 23, students will log on to the new www.wevotehawaii.org website to vote for their favorite logo.

The non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots organization Kids Voting Hawaii (KVH) has been giving students the opportunity to practice the fundamental American right to vote in Hawaii’s General Elections since 1996. Since 2002, youth voters have gone on-line to cast their student ballots and access information about the candidates and issues. In the 2012 General Election, more than 120,000 students logged on to vote. The results of the KVH ballot are tabulated and reported to the media immediately after the adult polls close on Election Night.

KVH heard from students that they want a new name and a new look for their vehicle to the on-line General Election experience. To reflect the K-12, public, private, Charter and home school sources of student voters, We Vote Hawaii replaces Kids Voting Hawaii, in name and logo only, as the only statewide youth civic engagement project simulating the adult voting experience. We Vote Hawaii will continue to be affiliated with Kids Voting USA, and provide access for teachers and parents to the Kids Voting USA curriculum and other resources, while assuming a more local, mature moniker, as requested by older Hawaii students.

The final designs in the logo design competition are on display on the www.wevotehawaii.org website the week of May 19th. On Friday, May 23, a one-day ballot will be available for the public to vote on the www.wevotehawaii.org website and determine the future image of We Vote Hawaii.

Wordless Wednesday – Backseat Barn

As seen at Paul’s Gas Station in Pahoa a few minutes ago:

I asked the guy what his goats name was and he said something like Ganji!

I asked the guy what his goats name was and he said something like Ganji!

U.S. Navy Launches Missile From Kauai Test Site

The US. Navy conducted a missile test off Kauai yesterday:

The Aegis Ashore Weapon System launched an SM-3 Block IB guided missile from the land-based Vertical Launch System during a Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy test from Kauai, Hawaii on May 20, 2014.

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Learn more about Aegis Ashore by visiting the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense Site.

UH Hilo Students Awarded Hollings Scholarship

Two students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo majoring in Marine Science have been named to the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program’s Class of 2014 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education.

UH Hilo Moniker

Katherine “Kate” Carroll and Emily Wallingford will both be juniors this fall. Carroll has concentrated her studies on marine debris and micro plastics, while Wallingford’s independent Marine Option Program (MOP) project has focused on shark ecology.

The Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides awards that include academic assistance (up to $8,000 per year) for two years beginning in September and running through May 2016, with a full-time summer internship position in 2015 ($650 per week) at a NOAA facility, subject to academic performance.

Carroll hopes to attend graduate school to earn a masters degree and possibly a Ph.D. She also plans to conduct research and is considering careers in teaching at a university or working in a conservation-related field.

“This is one of the best opportunities to happen to me,” Carroll said. “I plan to use this scholarship to gain research experience.”

Wallingford plans to use the scholarship to gain field experience with NOAA, career networking, and to narrow the area of marine science she’ll study in graduate school.

“Receiving this scholarship is very exciting,” Wallingford said. “I’m especially looking forward to the 10-week internship with NOAA, which will help me become a more experienced and knowledgeable marine scientist.”

Both students will attend a mandatory, one-week Orientation Program this month at NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where they will meet the agency’s administrator, senior program managers, and scientists from NOAA’s organizations.

For more information about the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program, visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/scholarships/hollings.html#page=program.

Commentary – Stene on Critical Hawaii Highway Projects That are Stalled

I’m very disappointed by the lack of progress on two important (and stalled) Big Island transportation improvements; the second phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway  widening and final east side Daniel K. Inouye Highway phase-SR200(3).

These projects will help the Big Island’s struggling construction industry, but neither has started yet. The second phase of the Queen Kaahumanu Highway widening was supposed to start in 2008 and be completed by 2010. However, it’s been held up for the past six years because of two bid protests and a last minute Section 106 consultation process, which is still ongoing with no end in sight.

Mrs. Irene Inouye, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi dedicate the former Saddle Road as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

Mrs. Irene Inouye, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi
dedicate the former Saddle Road as the Daniel K. Inouye Highway.

The final east side Daniel K. Inouye Highway phase, on the other hand, is being held up by a glacial right of way acquisition process. The Hawaii Department of Transportation has acquired the necessary land for this project from twelve out fifteen landowners. The acquisition of the right of way from the remaining three landowners won’t be completed
until September 2015.

Both of these critical highway projects will improve highway safety and provide much-needed jobs and economic stimulus.

Aaron Stene
Kailua-Kona