HPD Cites 5 for ‘Prohibited Acts’ From May 20-26

Hawaiʻi Police Department has continued enforcement of this and previous orders when appropriate, primarily in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service. 

During the ninth week spanning (May 20-26, 2020), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested two persons, and cited three persons, (total of 5 violations), broken down by district as follows:

  • Puna District:  1 person arrested, 1 person cited
  • Kona District: 1 person arrested
  • South Kohala District:  1 person cited
  • Kaʻū District: 1 person cited

None of the past week’s statistics involved visitors violating the 14-day travel self-quarantine.

During this past week:  Other unrelated criminal offenses, which prompted the police response and subsequent arrest of the suspects, involved Unauthorized Control of Propelled Vehicle (UCPV) and an outstanding Bench Warrant. Some of the behavior exhibited by violators to whom citations were issued consisted of disregarding repeated warning by police, and loitering/consuming alcohol in a closed park.

The Hawaii Police Department’s ninth week combined total enforcement stands at 352 individual offenses (100 arrests, 240 citations issued, and 12 additional cases).

Governor David Ige’s Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated May 18, 2020, Section 1, orders that: 

III. Act with Care

Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(b)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻi are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except as necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as set forth in Exhibit B attached hereto, and as further designated below or by the Director of HIEMA.

With respect to persons residing in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, or other multi-unit dwellings, “place of residence” means the person’s individual hotel room or unit. To the extent, persons use shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must comply with the social distancing requirements set forth herein to the fullest extent possible. With the exception of persons subject to the traveler self-quarantine set forth below in Section IV, persons may leave their home or place of residence for the businesses or operations identified in Section III. A of the Eighth Supplementary

Emergency Proclamation (Proclamation) and/or to engage in permitted activities outside their homes or places of residence described in Section III.B of this Proclamation.

The Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

  • 4 Criminal Penalties. (a) Any person violating any of these rules shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Hawaiʻi Police Department has continued enforcement of this and previous orders when appropriate, primarily in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service. 

HPD Seeking Female in Theft Investigation

Hawaiʻi Island Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a female suspect involved in a theft investigation that occurred on (May 12) in the Kealakekua/Kainaliu area.

It was reported that at approximately 4 p.m. an unknown female person left a clothing store in the 79000 block of Mamalahoa Hwy. without paying for several items.

The female suspect is described as having a tan complexion and a large build. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with blue “Adidas” letters and logo and blue jean pants.

Police ask anyone with any information about this case or the identity of the person depicted, to call the Hawaiʻi Police Department non-emergency number at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Leonard Warren at (808) 326-4646 ext. 253.

HPD Report 31 Violations of ‘Prohibited Acts’

Hawaiʻi Police Department has continued enforcement of this order when appropriate, primarily in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service. 

During the seventh week spanning (May 6-12, 2020), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested 11 persons, and cited 20 persons, (total of 31 violations), broken down by district as follows:

  • Kona District:  6 persons arrested, 7 persons cited
  • South Hilo District:  5 persons arrested, 4 persons cited
  • South Kohala District:  5 persons cited
  • Puna District:  4 persons cited

None of the arrests or citations involved visitors violating the 14-day travel self-quarantine.

During this past week:  Other unrelated criminal offenses, which prompted the police response and subsequent arrest of the suspects, involved Robbery, Theft,  Operating a Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants (OVUII), Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing, Liquor Prohibited, and Obstruction of Government Operations.  Some of the behavior exhibited by violators to whom citations were issued consisted of disregarding repeated warning by police, traffic/motor vehicle offenses, congregating/loitering on/alongside the road, or at a park/beach area.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department seventh week combined total enforcement stands at 329 individual offenses (94 arrests, 226 citations issued, and 9 additional cases).

Governor David Ige’s Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated May 5, 2020, Section 1, orders that:

III. Safer at Home Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(b)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻare ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except as necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as set forth in Exhibit B attached hereto, and as further designated below or by the Director of HIEMA. With respect to persons residing in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, or other multi-unit dwellings, “place of residence” means the person’s individual hotel room or unit. To the extent, persons use shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must comply with the social distancing requirements set forth herein to the fullest extent possible. All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for the businesses or operations identified in Section III. A of the Seventh Supplementary Emergency Proclamation (Proclamation) and/or to engage in permitted activities outside their homes or places of residence described in Section III.B of this Proclamation.

The Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

  • Criminal Penalties. (a) Any person violating any of these rules shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

HPD Contacts Result in 70 Violations of Stay-at-Home Order

Governor David Ige’s Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated (March 23, 2020), Section 1, orders that:

All Persons in the State Must Stay at Home or in Their Place of Residence Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(a)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻi are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except as necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as identified at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 and as further designated below or by the Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA). With respect to persons residing in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, or other multi-unit dwellings, “place of residence” means the person’s individual hotel room or unit. To the extent, persons use shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must comply with the social distancing requirements set forth herein to the fullest extent possible. All persons may leave their home or place of residence only for essential activities or to engage in the essential businesses and operations identified herein. This order shall take effect on (March 25, 2020) at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on (April 30, 2020).

Sub-section F of the Supplementary Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

  1. Criminal Penalties – Any person who intentionally or knowingly violates any provision set forth in this Section I shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Hawai‘i Police Department has continued enforcement of this order when appropriate, primarily in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service. 

During the fourth week spanning (April 15-21, 2020), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested 15 persons, cited 53 persons, and initiated criminal cases against 2 people (total of 70 violations), broken down by district as follows:

  • South Hilo District:  7 persons arrested, 11 persons cited
  • Kona District:  6 persons arrested, 21 persons cited
  • South Kohala District:  2 persons arrested, 4 persons cited, 2 cases
  • Puna District:  8 people cited
  • Kaʻū District:  5 persons cited
  • Hāmākua:  4 persons cited

During this past week:  Other unrelated criminal offenses, which prompted the police response and subsequent arrest of the suspects, involved Burglary, Unauthorized Entry into Motor Vehicle (UEMV), Theft, Assault, Trespassing, Contempt Warrant, Disorderly Conduct, Place to Keep Firearm, Open Lewdness, Resisting order to stop Motor Vehicle, and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants/DUI.  Some of the behavior exhibited by violators to whom citations were issued consisted of disregarding repeated warning by police, traffic/motor vehicle offenses, congregating/loitering on/alongside the road, or at a park/beach area.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department three week combined total enforcement stands at 232 individual offenses (55 arrests, 168 citations issued, and 9 additional cases)

HPD Contacts Result in Enforcement of Stay at Home order, 94 Violations

During the third week spanning (April 8-14, 2020), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested 17 persons, and cited 77 persons, (total of 94 violations), broken down by district as follows:

  • South Hilo District:  11 persons arrested, 7 persons cited
  • South Kohala District:  3 persons arrested, 8 persons cited
  • Kona District:  1 person arrested, 22 persons cited
  • Kaʻū District:  1 person arrested, 22 persons cited
  • Puna District:  1 person arrested
  • North Kohala District:  13 persons cited
  • Hāmākua:  5 persons cited

During this past week:  Other unrelated criminal offenses, which prompted the police response and subsequent arrest of the suspects, involved Burglary, Assault, Trespassing, Contempt Warrant, Disorderly Conduct, Terroristic Threatening, Resisting order to stop Motor Vehicle, and Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants/DUI.  Some of the behavior exhibited by violators to whom citations were issued consisted of disregarding repeated warning by police, creating a disturbance, traffic/motor vehicle offenses, congregating/loitering on/alongside the road, or at a park/beach area.

The Hawaiʻi Police Department three week combined total enforcement stands at 162 individual offenses (40 arrests, 115 citations issued, and 7 additional cases).

Governor David Ige’s Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated (March 23, 2020), Section 1, orders that:

All Persons in the State Must Stay at Home or in Their Place of Residence Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(a)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻi are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except as necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as identified at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 and as further designated below or by the Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA).

With respect to persons residing in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, or other multi-unit dwellings, “place of residence” means the person’s individual hotel room or unit. To the extent, persons use shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must comply with the social distancing requirements set forth herein to the fullest extent possible. All persons may leave their home or place of residence only for essential activities or to engage in the essential businesses and operations identified herein. This order shall take effect on (March 25, 2020) at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on (April 30, 2020).

Sub-section F of the Supplementary Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

  1. Criminal Penalties – Any person who intentionally or knowingly violates any provision set forth in this Section I shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Hawai‘i Police Department has continued enforcement of this order when appropriate, primarily in cases of non-compliance after verbal warnings or when in conjunction with unrelated calls for service. 

HPD Begins Enforcement of Stay-at-Home Order, 18 Violations

Governor David Ige’s Third Supplementary Emergency Proclamation, dated (March 23, 2020), Section 1, orders that:

“All Persons in the State Must Stay at Home or in Their Place of Residence Pursuant to sections 127A-12(a)(5), 127A-12(a)(14), 127A-13(a)(1), and 127A-13(a)(7), HRS, all persons within the State of Hawaiʻi are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except as necessary to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as identified at https://www.cisa.gov/identifyingcritical-infrastructure-during-covid-19 and as further designated below or by the Director of the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA). With respect to persons residing in hotels, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, or other multi-unit dwellings, “place of residence” means the person’s individual hotel room or unit. To the extent, persons use shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must comply with the social distancing requirements set forth herein to the fullest exte nt possible. All persons may leave their home or place of residence only for essential activities or to engage in the essential businesses and operations identified herein. This order shall take effect on (March 25, 2020), at 12:01 a.m. and remain in place until 11:59 p.m. on (April 30, 2020).”

Sub-section F of the Supplementary Proclamation specifies the penalty associated with violations as follows:

  1. Criminal Penalties – Any person who intentionally or knowingly violates any provision set forth in this Section I shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, the person shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Hawai‘i Police Department has begun enforcement of this order. 

During the first week spanning (March 25-31, 2020), specific to the offense of “Prohibited Acts” (Emergency Management), Hawaiʻi Police Department officers arrested nine  persons, cited six persons, and initiated criminal cases against three persons (total of 18 violations), broken down by district as follows:

  • Kona District:  3 persons arrested, 4 persons cited
  • South Hilo District:  2 persons arrested, 2 persons cited
  • Puna District:  2 persons arrested, 1 criminal case initiated
  • Kaʻū District:  1 person arrested, 2 cases initiated
  • South Kohala District:  1 person arrested

Weekly updates of the Hawaiʻi Police enforcement efforts will be posted every Wednesday.

Hawaii Police Department Promotions Announced

Police Chief Paul Ferreira has announced three promotions, two employees from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain, and one employee from Captain to Major.

Thomas Shopay, a 20-year veteran, has been promoted to Captain and assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigation Division (Kona). He formerly commanded the Area II Criminal Investigation Section and has previously worked on the Special Response Team, Area II Vice Section (Kona), and Kona Patrol District.

Regino Saludares, a 22-year veteran, has been promoted to Captain assigned to the Hāmākua Patrol District. He formerly commanded the CALEA (Accreditation) section, and he has previously worked in the Area I Criminal Investigation Division (Hilo) and South Hilo Patrol District.

Kenneth Quiocho, a 27-year veteran, has been promoted to Major assigned to the Area I Field Operations Division (Hilo). He formerly commanded the South Hilo Patrol District, and previously worked in the Puna Patrol District, Kaʻū Patrol District, CALEA (Accreditation), South Kohala Patrol District, Area I VICE Section (Hilo), and Hāmākua Patrol District.

These promotions are effective today (March 16, 2020).

Thieves Break Into State Base Yard Steal Truck & Tools

Hawaii Island Police are investigating a break in that occurred at the State base yard in Hilo overnight. Taken in the break-in was a 2018 Ford Truck, white in color with a black lift gate.

Pictured is a similar truck. Investigators are still trying to determine what type of tools were removed from the base yard.

The license plate is SH H626, and both doors have the Hawaii state seal on them.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the police non-emergency number at 935-3311, tips via Nixle, or CrimeStoppers at 961-8300. Tipsters using CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous.

RE: Police Report 20-019034

Two Die in Two-Car Crash After Auto Theft and Kidnapping Incident Reported

A man and a woman in a stolen car died in a two-car crash Thursday (August 4) on the Mohouli Extension near Kukuau Street in Hilo.
Mohouli Wreck
At 12:45 p.m., police received a call reporting an auto theft and possible kidnapping. The victim reported that his car had been stolen from Kekaulike Street in Downtown Hilo and that his friend had been asleep in the car before it was stolen.

Police made a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle at the intersection of Kaumana Drive and the Mohouli Extension. When the officer exited his vehicle and approached the stolen sedan, the sedan sped away, turning south onto the Mohouli Extension.

The officer returned to his car, followed the stolen vehicle, lost sight of it momentarily and then encountered two crashed sedans. A witness reported that the stolen car had crossed the center line, slid into the other sedan and then overturned.

A man and a woman in the stolen car were both dead at the scene. They have not yet been identified. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

The sole occupant of the other car, a 39-year-old Keaʻau woman, was taken to Hilo Medical Center in critical condition.

Police later learned that the owner’s male friend, who had been sleeping in the stolen car, had managed to jump out immediately after the male driver entered and took control of the vehicle.

The crash is being investigated by the Area I Traffic Enforcement Unit. The auto theft is being investigated by the Area I Criminal Investigations Section. An administrative review will also be conducted, as is standard policy in any police pursuit.

Police ask that anyone who witnessed the crash to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Acting Lieutenant Grant Todd at 961-2385 or grant.todd@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 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. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Hawaii Police Department Announces Promotions

HPDBadgeChief Harry S. Kubojiri has promoted the following seven sworn officers to the following positions:

Scott J. Kurashige, hired in 1990, was promoted from Area II Juvenile Aid Section detective to lieutenant assigned to Kona Patrol, effective April 1.

Jenny K. L. Lee, hired in 2004, was promoted from South Hilo Patrol officer to sergeant assigned to the Kaʻū District, effective May 16.

William C. Brown, hired in 2003, was promoted from South Hilo Patrol officer to detective assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section, effective May 16.

Officer Nelson M. Acob, hired in 1999, was promoted from Hāmākua Patrol officer to sergeant assigned to the Communications/Dispatch Section, effective May 16.

Kalaʻe R. Lee, hired in 2004, was promoted from Area II Vice officer to sergeant assigned to the Kaʻū District, effective May 16.

Richard A. Itliong, hired in 2002, was promoted from South Hilo Community Policing officer to detective assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section, effective May 16.

Gavin K. Kagimoto, hired in 2004, was promoted from South Hilo Community Policing officer to detective assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section, effective May 16.

Police Department to Hold Community Meeting In Kea’au

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, July 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Keaʻau Community Center, located at 16-192 Pili Mua Street (off Old Volcano Highway).

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

This Puna event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, it is requested that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may call Captain Samuel Jelsma at 965-2716, stop by the Pāhoa police station, or e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

Annual HPD Backpack Drive

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 July 8 and August 30.

Backpacks donated in 2012

Backpacks donated in 2012

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 fifth consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawaiʻi (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

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

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Police Chief Harry S. Kubojiri offers police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “I again ask anyone who has backpacks their child is no longer using to donate them to this worthy cause,” Kubojiri said. “In past years your generosity has proven that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts to children in need.”

Low Flying Helicopter Scares Kona Residents

The Hawai’i Police Department is not conducting any operations involving the use of a helicopter in the Kona area.

Fugaro

A private company is conducting a GPS mapping survey in the Kona area, which will continue until later this afternoon.

The Hawai’i Police Department has received several complaints about a low flying helicopter.

The company’s name is Fugro Aerial Mobile Mapping.

 

Big Island Police to Have Access to Gated Communities at Communities Expense

Gaining access to gated communities can be problematic for emergency responders. Working in collaboration with gated communities around the island, the Hawai‘i Police Department has developed a solution to provide law enforcement with immediate access into gated communities during times of emergency.

The estimated 200 gated communities across the island use various methods to control access, and it is impractical for emergency responders to carry keys for every lock or keep track of every combination. Some attempts to do so in the past have resulted in police personnel being substantially delayed when communities changed their lock or reprogrammed the combination without informing the Police Department.

Working together with gated communities, a solution has been agreed upon to standardize access by utilizing radio-controlled gate openers. Once a community installs the system, police officers will be able to open the locked gate with their police radios. This technology allows for immediate access by police personnel during an emergency, while continuing to provide security and prevent unauthorized access by those other than residents.

Each community association that wishes to utilize this technology will be responsible for purchasing, installing, programming maintaining and repairing the radio-controlled gate system. The Police Department is equipped to use the technology with its existing police radios and will not incur any additional costs associated with the implementation of this new access system.

Chief Harry Kubojiri said he is grateful for the participation of the community associations in reaching this agreement. “It has always been our goal to work in partnership with our communities to address and resolve problems that affect public safety. Police want to provide residents and visitors alike a safe place to live, visit and conduct business while on the island of Hawaiʻi,” Kubojiri said.

Participation by gated communities in this program is strictly voluntary. The Police Department will continue its practice of not storing keys and/or recording individual combination lock numbers for these gated communities.

To participate in this program, a gated community association must designate a contact person and have an authorized representative sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Police Department. The MOU sets forth the responsibilities of both the gated community and the Police Department with respect to the radio-controlled access system.

For more information or for a copy of the MOU, please contact the police commander in the district where your gated community is located. You may find the police commander for each district by going to the Police Department’s website at www.hawaiipolice.com and clicking on “Police Stations” under “Contact Us.”

Big Island Police Looking for Missing 39-Year-Old Man Carrying Skateboard

Hawaii County Police DepartmentThe Hawaii Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing person:

Roland Moki Hose, 39 year old male, Pt. Hawaiian, 5’6″, 125 pounds, Last seen wearing an all black t-shirt, shorts, a baseball cap and carrying a black backpack and long brown skateboard with red wheels.

He was last seen on Kam III Road on September 21, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.

If you have information that can assist in helping safely locate Roland Moki Hose, please call 911 or contact the police.

Hawaii Police Department Recognizes New Recruits

Media Release:

Members of the Hawai’i Police Department’s 79th Recruit Class were recognized Friday (July 15) during ceremonies held at Nani Mau Gardens in Hilo.

79th HPD Recruit Class

The 79th Recruit Class—(bottom row): Joshua K. Pa, Kelsey K. Kobayashi, Bruce I. M. Parayno, Jensen X. Rodrigues, Chelsey W. Heidenfeldt, Officer Aaron Carvalho (Instructor), Vaughn S. Kelii, Brad L. Resureccion, Branden K. Watanabe, Amy C. Masuyama, (Middle Row): Wyatt K. Kaili-Leong, Peter P. Tourigny, Roland A. Kuamoo, Aaron M. Tanaka, Nicholas C. K. McDaniel, Hanalei S. Pagan (top row): Aaron K. Kaeo, Kelena D. Ho'okano, Keng C. Singleton, Dwayne E. Sluss, Derek Kenison Jr., Jonathan K. Kailiuli, Robert A. K. Ayau, Ernest B. K. Texeira.

The police recruits, who just completed 5 1/2 months of intensive training, will undergo four months of on-the-job field training with veteran police officers before they are qualified to work alone.

During Friday’s ceremony, class President Peter P. Tourigny said most of the recruits were born and raised on the Big Island but some members traveled from Oahu, Maui and as far as New Hampsiire to be here. Prior to entering the Police Department, he said, the recruits worked as school teachers, retail sales associates, farmers, armored truck drivers, college students, personal trainers, loss prevention agent, police dispatcher, corrections officer, former police officer and amateur dancer.

“I challenge each of you to wear your uniform with pride and remember that we are now held to a higher standard of living,” Tourigny said. “We must serve the community in a way that will never disgrace the honor or our badges.”

During the ceremony, three of the recruits received special recognition for their excellence in training. They were Branden K. Watanabe, who excelled in academic training, Vaughn S. Kelii, who excelled in physical fitness training, and Vice President Amy C. Masuyama, who excelled in firearms training.

The other members of the 79th Recruit Class are:

  • Robert A. K. Ayau
  • Chelsey W. Heidenfeldt (treasurer)
  • Kelena D. Ho’okano
  • Aaron K. Kaeo
  • Wyatt K. Kaili-Leong
  • Jonathan K. Kailiuli
  • Derek Kenison Jr.
  • Kelsey K. Kobayashi
  • Roland A. Kuamoo
  • Nicholas C. K. McDaniel
  • Joshua K. Pa
  • Hanalei S. Pagan
  • Bruce I. M. Parayno
  • Brad L. Resureccion
  • Jensen X. Rodrigues
  • Keng C. Singleton
  • Dwayne E. Sluss
  • Aaron M. Tanaka
  • Ernest B. K. Texeira.

Big Island Police to Get K-9 to Help With Missing Persons

Media Release:

Police Chief Harry Kubojiri is happy to announce that Big Island police will soon have another valuable tool in locating missing persons. The Friends of the Missing Child Center of Hawai’i is graciously donating a scent-discriminating tracking dog to the police department.

The male Labrador named Magnum was purchased through a grant that the non-profit organization was able to secure from the Atherton Foundation. During his training in North Carolina, Magnum was already credited with finding a missing person.

The dog arrived in the state last week and has been housed at the Honolulu Police Department’s training and canine facility in Waipahu. He is scheduled to arrive in Kona on Thursday (July 14th).

Chief Kubojiri said the Police Department anxiously awaits Magnum’s arrival. “While, thankfully, it’s rare that a child goes missing in our community, we must remain prepared for such a tragic event,” he said. “Since Tucker’s retirement more than three years ago, we have been without such an asset in West Hawai’i.”

Hawaii Police Department Backpack Drive Happening Now

Media Release:

Once again, the Hawai’i Police Department is proud to be a participant in a backpack drive to assist children less fortunate in these hard economic times. All police stations around the island will double as drop-off points between July and September for those interested in helping children in need.

Backpacks have been identified as the most requested non-food item for charities in Hawai’i. 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 third consecutive year the Police Department has worked in partnership with HOPE Services Hawai’i (formerly known as the Office of Social Ministry) and From Kids For Kids in the collection and distribution of these items.

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

From Kids For Kids was founded in 2006 by Big Island resident Nani Welch-Keliihoomalu, then 10, who was responsible for distributing backpacks containing books, clothing, art and school supplies.

Police Chief Kubojiri again offers police stations as drop-off points to make it convenient for anyone who wishes to donate backpacks for the project. “I humbly ask those of you who have backpacks your child is no longer using to consider donating them to this worthy cause,” Kubojiri said. “I know that the continuing economic downturn across our nation affects all of us, but I also know that the aloha spirit is alive and well when it comes to opening our hearts and lending a helping hand.”

Puna Community Meeting on Police Related Concerns

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, May 24, from noon to 2 p.m. at Cooper Center in Volcano.

The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Puna District.

The Puna event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the Puna District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Acting Captain Glenn Uehana at 965-2717.

The Police Department Will Hold a Community Meeting Tuesday April 19, in Waimea

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, April 19, from 12-2 p.m. at the Department of Hawaiian Homelands’ Kuhio Hale building in Waimea. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Kohala District.

This event continues the Police Department’s district community meetings, which are rotated monthly throughout the eight police districts on the island of Hawai’i.

To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, police request that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the South Kohala District.

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to jsanborn@co.hawaii.hi.us.

For more information, you may call Captain James Sanborn at 939-2520 or stop by the South Kohala police station in Waimea.