Community Messages From the Big Island Police Department


The Hawaiʻi Police Department held an information booth on Home Security and Property Inventory, in conjunction with the Waiakea Intermediate School Pumpkin Patch Event On Saturday (October 20).

Officer Bryan Tina speaks to a 2nd grader about home security and safety.

Community members enjoyed the day at Waiakea Intermediate School and spent a few minutes at the booth to learn about how to better secure their homes and how to properly inventory property should they become victims of a crime. This was part of the department’s continuous effort to improve the community’s awareness of burglary prevention strategies.


The Hawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL), along with Hawaiʻi Island Hoops, will hold monthly clinics for agility, conditioning and skills at the Panaʻewa covered facility beginning Friday (October 26) from 4-6:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 4 p.m.

Additional dates for the clinic will be announced later.

Andy Smith, director of Hawaiʻi Island Hoops and former University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo basketball standout, founded Hawaiʻi Island Hoops in 2004 in an effort to provide local student-athletes with outlets to help them achieve their goals of higher education and playing on the next level.

Hawaiʻi Island Hoops and HI-PAL are helping to build strong communities through sports and education.

For more information, call Officer Joseph Botelho Jr at 961-2220 or Matt Kaʻaihue, a Panaʻewa community volunteer, at 961-6270.


Young children squealed with delight as costume characters mingled among them during a breakfast presentation Wednesday by Community Policing officers at Hilo Union Elementary School.

The “Character Breakfast” was the second in a series planned to both entertain and educate keiki. McGruff the Crime Dog and D.A.R.E. mascot Daren the Lion are the closest some of these kids will get to Disney-style characters, and their presence Wednesday morning attracted more than the typical numbers of students who eat breakfast at the school before the start of classes.

During the presentation, HI-PAL Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. offered tips about Halloween safety. Other Community Policing officers passed out traffic safety stickers.

Elementary schools interested in having a “Character Breakfast” on their campus are encouraged to call School Resource Officer Nelson Acob at 961-8121.

What Will Happen to the Old Pahoa Police Station?

Does anyone know what’s going to happen with the old Pahoa Police station after they move into the new one?

If they don’t already have plans for it… does anyone have any good ideas for it?

The current Pahoa police station

I like the thought of it becoming something like a Satellite City Hall.  Someplace that could be staffed by about 6 folks who would normally work down at the County Building.

Let’s bring more government services out to Pahoa!

As you can see, the project is behind schedule