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Man Collapses in Police Custody – Wife Responds

A man who was wanted for questioning in a robbery case is in critical condition after collapsing while in police custody.

At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday (June 14), 38-year-old Clarence Hatori of Pāhoa turned himself in at the Hilo police station, where he was charged with two counts of contempt of court and arrested on suspicion of robbery. He was held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance on the contempt charges and while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the robbery investigation.

At 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, (June 15), Hatori collapsed while alone in his cell. Fire Department rescue personnel responded and took him to Hilo Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

Due to his medical condition, he was released from police custody in connection with the robbery case. That investigation is continuing.

Because the critical medical event occurred while Hatori was in police custody, the Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of Professional Standards are investigating.

EDITORS NOTE: The following was posted on his Facebook page:

Clarence Hatori Facebook picture posted by his wife.

Clarence Hatori Facebook picture posted by his wife.

To all you social media this is his wife speaking!! You tell me after all that we post why we never go turn himself in sooner because we investing cops that brutally killed his brother and by proof he was innocent to that alleged robbery! Now suddenly found in the cell block unresponsive on life support! You idiots who all talking mad shit about how you feel about him thinking it was a drug deal my man was trying to change his life around, what if I told you he saved 2 lives in this process if you can figure that out! He turned himself in and look what suddenly happens!! He asked for prayers he is a good man with a bad past! People n the system needs to change maybe open your eyes! And for those of you know an addict that does drugs from a age of 12 can’t suddenly quit there body depends on it at a certain point!! Regardless now maybe you can explain why n wtf, n how this has suddenly happened!!! Yet i was here since 12 no answers!! To my honey I love you so much your a strong man with a good heart I’ll be by your side always!

Backpack Drive for Children Who Cannot Afford Them

The Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to participate again in a backpack drive for children who cannot afford to buy them. As in previous years, all police stations around the island will double as drop-off points for persons interested in helping children in need. Backpacks may be dropped off between now and August 30.


Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawaiʻi. The donated backpacks will be distributed to children at women’s shelters, homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities around the Big Island.

This is the eighth consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry).

Hope Services Hawaiʻi provides a continuum of homeless and transitional programs from outreach to emergency shelters, including permanent supportive housing placements.

Volcanoes National Park Centennial Events for July

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, and continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park (ADIP) programs with the public in July.

All ADIP and Hawaiian cultural programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Programs are co-sponsored by Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Centennial Hike: Kīpukapuaulu, the Park’s First Special Ecological Area. Dr. Rhonda Loh leads an easy 1.2-mile hike through the park’s inaugural Special Ecological Area (SEA), Kīpukapuaulu. This forested area is considered a “hot spot” of biological diversity, with more native tree species per acre than any other forest in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The essence of this treasured habitat is captured in its name: kīpuka (island of ancient vegetation surrounded by a sea of younger lava flows), pua (flower), and ulu (growing)—a fertile oasis of flourishing plants. Sturdy footwear, water, light raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended. About two hours.

  • When: Sat., July 2, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Where: Meet at the Kīpukapuaulu trailhead
A park ranger demonstrates feather work. NPS Photo.

A park ranger demonstrates feather work. NPS Photo.

Kāpili Manu and Haku Hulu – Hawaiian Bird Catching and Feather Work. Join Park Ranger Noah Gomes and learn about the historic art of catching beautiful and unique birds for featherwork in Hawai‘i. Create a small piece of featherwork for yourself. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

  • When: Wed., July 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

What’s Buggin’ the Mountain? The alpine and subalpine environments on Maunakea support a diversity of native and endemic insects. Heather Stever and Jessica Kirkpatrick present their thesis research on the diversity of insects on different plant types in the subalpine community, and the distribution of wekiu bugs on cinder cones in the alpine stone desert. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing After Dark in the Park series. Free.

  • When: Tues., July 12, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Kanaka Tree Performs. Come and listen to Hawaiian music by Kanaka Tree. Kiliona Moku Young, T.R. Ireland, Kalei Young and the Young ‘ohana will blend the classic sounds of Hawaiian music with fresh rhythms and melodies. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

  • When: Wed., July 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Centennial Series After Dark in the Park: Salt Production Sites Along the Rugged Park Coastline. Park Archeologist Summer Roper reveals the importance and history of pa‘akai (salt) production sites in the park.

  • When: Tues., July 26, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Ku‘i Kalo – Pound Poi. Made from the root of the kalo plant, poi is the traditional staple of the Hawaiian diet. Experience this nutritious and special food. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau “Experience the Skillful Work” workshops. Free.

  • When: Wed., July 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai

Centennial Hike: Salt Production Sites Along the Rugged Park Coastline. Join Park Archeologist Summer Roper on a two-mile roundtrip hike to the extensive remnants of pa‘akai gathering sites along the coast, and learn how the residents of this area used a unique method to extract the salt – a crucial resource to sustaining life on this dense lava landscape. Sturdy footwear, water, light raingear, sun protection, and a snack are recommended.  About 90 minutes, moderately easy, expect hot and dry summer conditions.

  • When: Sat., July 30, 2016 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Meet at the parking lot after Pu‘u Loa Petroglyph Trailhead, on Chain of Craters Road

2016 is the centennial anniversary for Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and the year-long Centennial After Dark in the Park & Hike Series. To find out what’s happening throughout 2016, visit the park website. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. To find centennial events at other national parks, visit FindYourPark.com.

UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Names Spring 2016 Dean’s List

UH Hilo Inouye College of Pharmacy

The following students from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 spring semester:

Class of 2017: Sean Abreu, Trenton Aoki, Lena Asano, Robert Bautista, Mark Allen Bibera, Megan Calderwood, Christopher Cao, Rhea Castro, Nicole Chin, Francesco Console, Terri Anne Corpuz, Ronnijean Delenia, Christopher Diaz, Andy Diep, Mark Finlay, Madeline Fu, Audrey Fung, Gibe Gelan, Melissa Giachetti, Ryan Higa, Dann Hirayasu, Abraham Jose, David Khan, Mickey Ku, Shaun Lasky, Jaclyn Lee, Lauren Levine, Caleb Malinski, Sean Menda, Kevin Meno, Kelsea Mizusawa, Lauryn Mow, Jonathan Muna, Loc Ngo, Angela Nguyen, David Nguyen, Khanh Nicholas Nguyen, Phuc Nguyen, Kelia Parrilla, Asal Rafie Delijani, Kimberlee Roseman, Hannah Shin, Ryan Shiroma, Nadine So, Jaime-Rose Tangonan, Lillian Tran, Jenni Ueno, Hoa Vo, Hong Vong, Brenda Yuen, Zi Zhang

Class of 2018: Chelsea Aipoalani, Goody Cacal, Robby-Sean Cayetano, Matt Chen, Jane Choi, Karen Christian, Sara Evanko, Jennifer Fujio, Cierra Gauvin, Kelli Goo, Jui-Yu Kao, Jonathan Kataoka, Cindy Khamphaphanh, Macie Kim, Krystle Kiyuna, Bernice La, Tram Le, XuanLam Le, Jessica Lee, Nicolette Lew, Niaz Nafisi, Christopher Nakagawa, Kerri Nakatsu, Phuong Nguyen, Vicky Nguyen, Megan Olaguer, Marina Ortiz, Carli Owan, Joann Phan, Niko Pogorevcnik, Caroline Rhee, Lauren Sato, Andrew Skorheim, Lauren Skorheim, Mari Takushi, John James Taman, Lucilla Tong, Ha Tran, Vivian Tran, Paolo Vinh Tuan Truong, Quan Truong, Seungyeun Yoo

Class of 2019: Sydney Barney, Deniz Bicakci, Athena Borhauer, Rene-Scott Chavez, Samantha Gonzalez, Leigh Heffner, Vance Hill, Tyler Hirokawa, Preston Ho, Logan Kostur, Kevin Lei, Kate Malasig, Tyler Millar, Veronica Morales Colon, Jennifer Nguyen, Thu Nguyen, Kelsey Noetzelmann, Kara Paulachak, David Pham, Gam Phan, Rachel Randall, Jae Sung Shim, Shannon Trinh, Nicholas Tsoi, Ashley Uehara, Nancy Wong, Veronica Wong, Carrie Yeung