6th Annual Ocean Day Hawai‘i Mālama Kanaloa Festival

UPDATE:  Ocean Day Mālama Kanaloa Festival postponed!  The University of Hawai`i at Hilo’s 2013 Ocean Day Mālama Kanaloa Festival has been postponed due to current and forecasted weather conditions.  The festival was scheduled for Saturday, February 23 at Hilo Bayfront Beach Park. The event is now scheduled for Sunday, April 21!

The public is invited to the 6th annual University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ocean Day Hawai‘i Mālama Kanaloa Festival, to be held on Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hilo Bayfront Beach Park.

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Information booths feature UH Hilo Marine Science and Hawaiʻi IMUA III EPSCoR researchers, Kalākaua Marine Education Center, NOAA’s Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, The Honolulu Zoo, Hilo Marine Mammal Response Network, Pacific Tsunami Museum, Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, Mālama ka `Āina Hana ka `Āina, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and many others.

Family-friendly activities include fishing games, marine critter touch tanks, mask and puppet making, marine life block-printing, makahiki games, face painting, poi pounding, seed planting, and more. Enjoy live music by Kainani Kahaunaele, Lono Kanaka`ole Trio, and hula by Ka `Umeke Kā`eo students.

Ocean Day is focused on increasing awareness of ocean and coastal issues such as conservation, sustainable use of resources and ocean safety through fun and interactive displays, activities and booths. The mission is to raise public awareness of the impact people have on the ocean environment, promote conservation of precious ocean and coastal resources in a culturally sensitive way, and communicate the outcomes of current ocean and coastal research, management and education efforts in Hawai‘i.

The event is hosted by the UH Hilo Pacific Island Programs for Exploring Science in partnership with the County of Hawaiʻi, EPSCoR Hawaiʻi IMUA III, Hawaiʻi Pacific Island Campus Compact, UH Hilo Campus & Community Service Program, UH Hilo Student Activities Council, and the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant.

For more information, e-mail Ho`oululahui Perry at hperry@hawaii.edu or call JoAnne Riviera at 933-0706.

Update on the Hilo Stabbing

Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 37-year-old Hilo woman in connection with a stabbing Monday morning (January 7) in Hilo.

HPDBadgeAt 7:17 p.m. Monday, detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section arrested Cherie Sueko Moskwa on suspicion of second-degree murder.

She is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continue the investigation.

In response to a 5:19 a.m. call Monday (January 7), South Hilo patrol officers responded to the 1400 block of Kaumana Drive, where they found a 38-year-old Hilo man with a stab wound.

The victim was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he died at 7:11 a.m.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or Detective Wendall Carter at 961-2378. Detective Carter also may be reached by email at wcarter@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Update on the Investigation of Body Found Along Bayfront Highway in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police continue to requests the public’s assistance in a murder investigation following the discovery of a body along Bayfront Highway in Hilo.

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Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and an evidence specialist continued processing the scene Sunday morning (December 30) and recovered evidence, which will be sent to a forensic lab for analysis.

Bayfront Highway was opened shortly after 10 a.m. after being closed in both directions overnight while detectives investigated the incident, which is classified as a second-degree murder.

Detectives are also reviewing videos from various businesses and establishments along Kamehameha Avenue.

Investigators also want to interview fishermen who frequent the Bayfront area, which is a popular location for shoreline fishing, and who may have left before police could contact them. In addition, police are asking that motorists or pedestrians call police if they were in the area and witnessed a confrontation near a silver or light-colored vehicle that was parked on the makai shoulder of the highway just makai of the Moʻoheau ball field.

On Saturday (December 29) at about 8:47 p.m., police received a number of calls of possible gunshots heard in the area of Moʻoheau Park in Hilo. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive male victim with apparent gunshot wounds.

Faafetai Fiu, 32, of Hilo was identified as the victim. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made in this investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Launch Murder Investigation After Body Found Along Bayfront Highway

Hawaii Island police have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of a body along the Bayfront Highway in Hilo.

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On Saturday (December 29) at about 8:47 p.m., police received a number of calls of possible gunshots heard in the area of Moʻoheau Park in Hilo. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive male victim with apparent gunshot wounds.

Police have positively identified the victim as 32 year-old Faafetai Fiu of Hilo.

The suspect in this investigation remains at large.

The Bayfront Highway was closed to traffic from Pauahi Street to Waianuenue Avenue while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section responded and are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a second-degree murder. The highway is expected to remain closed throughout Sunday. Traffic is being routed onto Kamehameha Avenue into Downtown Hilo.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Man Dies in Crash with Hele-On Bus – Five on Bus Taken to Hospital

UPDATE: The 45-year-old Kona man involved in yesterday’s (December 19) two-vehicle crash in Oʻokala was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m. this morning (Thursday, December 20) at the Hilo Medical Center.

A 45-year-old Kona man died Wednesday (December 19) in a two-vehicle crash on the Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 19) at the 30-mile marker in Oʻokala.

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He was identified as Kris Korban of Kailua-Kona.

Police determined that Korban was operating a 1993 Ford Explorer heading north at 3:58 p.m. when his sports-utility vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a Hele-On bus traveling south.

Korban was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m.

Five passengers from the bus were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. The bus driver, a 58-year-old Hilo man, was treated for minor injuries at Hilo Medical Center.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.

This is the 38th fatality so far this year compared with 21 at this time last year.

Has Another Snake Arrived on the Big Island?

On Friday, January 26, 2007, a snake was found at Hilo Harbor.

“A snake that was found at Hilo Harbor last Friday (1/26) has been identified as a chequered keelback snake, also known as an Asiatic water snake (Xenochrophis piscator).  The non-venomous snake is commonly found in Asia and the East Indies, but not common in the pet trade in the U.S.  It is not known how the snake arrived in Hawaii.

This is the snake that was found in Hilo Harbor back in 2007

This is the snake that was found in Hilo Harbor back in 2007

On Friday, a construction worker working at Pier 2 in Hilo Harbor saw the two-foot-long snake under the pier and was able to kill it. The incident happened at about 9:30 a.m. and inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture were called to pick up the snake.  The snake was flown to Oahu late Friday afternoon and identified yesterday by a herpetologist at the Bishop Museum….”

More here: Snake found at Hilo Harbor

Someone just sent me the following message TODAY:

“Hi Damon, have you heard anything about brown tree snake sightings at Hilo bay front?…

(I replied that I hadn’t)

Please bring it to light for the public’s sake! Traps have been setup at the Puna Canoe Club. Numerous reports from different people according to an Ag inspector I spoke with this morning. NOT GOOD! And…no mention to the public about the matter. The Public will be the ones to find them, not the damn traps! Fn irraz! Damn inspectors setting our beautiful island up once again. Too many harmful invasive species! Thanks for letting me vent…”

I’ve checked around online and I haven’t heard of anything being confirmed yet.

Big Island Police Still Searching for Missing Puna Man

Big Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in locating a 47-year-old Puna man who was reported missing.

Robert Allen Park

Robert Allen Park is described as Hawaiian, about 5-foot-7, about 230 pounds with a stocky build, a bald head, brown eyes and a tan complexion. He may be in need of medical attention.

He was last seen around 2:30 p.m. on October 22 at a home on Pikake Street in Mountain View.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Asking for Help Identifying Woman Wanted for Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for fraudulent use of a credit card in Hilo. The card was used in at least two locations for charges totaling approximately $250.


The woman is described as local with a large build and possibly in her 50s. Police ask that anyone with information on her identity or whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Merchants are reminded to follow proper protocol when making credit card transactions and to be especially cautious when processing large purchases—especially if the credit card doesn’t swipe properly. When in doubt, check the credit card company.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 15-Year-Old Hilo Boy

Big Island police are searching for a 15-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing.

Jonah Farmer

Jonah Farmer was last seen in Hilo on Saturday (November 10). He is described as 5-foot-10, 145 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Searching for Witnesses to Fatal Car Accident

Big Island police are renewing their request for witnesses to a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash on July 13 or anyone who saw either vehicle before the crash at the intersection of Kinoʻole Street and Mohouli Street.

Responding to a 10:05 p.m. call on July 13, South Hilo patrol officers determined that 55-year-old Earl M. Arakaki of Hilo had been operating a 2007 Honda motorcycle and traveling north on Kinoʻole Street when a 67-year-old woman from Kailua-Kona operating a 2003 Honda four-door sedan and traveling south on Kinoʻole Street failed to yield the right of way and made a left turn in front of him.

Fire Department rescue personnel took Arakaki to Hilo Medical Center, where he remained confined until his death on August 26.

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

Police ask that anyone who observed either driver before or during the crash call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

Big Island Police Arrest Three Following Early Morning Robbery in Hilo

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred early Friday morning (November 9) in Hilo.

At about 12:20 a.m., an 18-year-old Hilo woman reported that she was on Haili Street near the Palace Theatre in Hilo when she was confronted by several individuals who assaulted her and stole her handbag.

 

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The suspects fled the area on foot toward Kinoʻole Street.  The victim sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

Responding officers located two Hilo women, 23-year-old Tyaony Luis-Kahalioumi and 20-year-old Lile Fifta Nau, and arrested them on suspicion of second-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Twenty-year-old Salilo Bruce Sele-Pang, also of Hilo, was arrested for fourth-degree theft. All three are being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Police ask that anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information about it contact Detective Grant Todd at 961-2385 or gtodd@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Nobert Serrao Jr. at 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Police Investigating Robbery of 63-Year-Old Hilo Man

Big Island police are investigating a reported robbery that occurred early Thursday morning (November 8) in Hilo.

At about 12:30 am, a 63-year-old Hilo man reported that he was walking along Puʻuʻeo Street in Hilo when he was confronted by a lone male who pushed him to the ground and stole his wallet. The suspect fled the area on foot toward Downtown Hilo.

The victim was not injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as Polynesian, about 5-foot-2, about 180 pounds with a stocky build. He was possibly wearing a light colored “hoodie” over his head.

Detectives are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a second-degree robbery.

Police ask that anyone with information on this case or who may have witnessed the incident contact Detective Ernest Matsumoto at 961-2379 or ematsumoto@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Big Island Police Searching for 16-Year-Old Girl Missing Since August

Big Island police are searching for a 16-year-old Honokaʻa girl who was reported missing.

Chelsey Olival

Chelsey Olival was last seen in Honokaʻa on August 29.

She is described as 5-foot-3, 110 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Paradise Roller Girls Annual Jell-O Wrestling Tournament

It’s slippery. It’s sticky. It’s silly. It’s the Paradise Roller Girls Jell-O wrestling tournament and calendar signing day at the Hilo Town Tavern! Come join the fun November 10 in downtown Hilo to watch your favorite derby girls battle it out in a pool of slimy goo before the presentation and signing of the Paradise Roller Girls newly released 2013 photo calendar.

Paradise Roller Girl’s 2011 Jell-O wrestling tournament champion Atomic Ace holds her hands up in victory.

This year’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is the third such event to be hosted by PRG. During last year’s tournament Atomic Ace defeated Firefly Fatal and Sasha Buzzkill before beating Derbutante Diva to become the 2011 Jell-O wrestling champion. Ace, who was just a rookie last year, explained that like derby, Jell-O wrestling is not a staged event – it’s the real deal!

“Yeah, we were really wrestling in there. It was a really rough match,” she said about last year’s final matchup with Derbutante Diva. “I had never Jell-O wrestled before, but it was kind of cool because it is a bar that I go to often and there are a lot of people there that I know.”

2010 Jell-O wrestling tournament champion Holly Von Slappenbitsch Zimmerman basks in the glory of her triumph.

Holly ‘Von Slappenbitsch’ Zimmerman, the 2010 Jell-O wrestling champion, explained that the event is not just for entertainment either. “It helps to raise funds for the Paradise Roller Girls and it is fun,” she said.

Money raised from the event helps to pay for some of PRG’s administrative and operating costs. Entrance to Saturday’s Jell-O wrestling tournament is $5, with the wrestling action beginning at 4 p.m. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be sold at a discounted price for all PRG fans and Tavern regulars who make it through the door. For more information contact Ann Illusion at 315-0494 or the Hilo Town Tavern at 935-2171.

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Video – Hilo in the Early 1940’s Before the Tsunami

Downtown Hilo before the Tsunami

Check out this vintage video of Hilo uploaded today by youtube user Kailuakid:

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Kailuakid states:

We recently discovered several vintage, never before seen, 16mm films at a garage sale which were taken during a worldwide tour in 1940. This digital conversion of a short portion of those films depict the pre-tsunami town of Hilo, Hawaii. Music: “Hilo My Home Town” “Hilo Hula” “Kaua I Ka Huahua’i” by Ku’uipo Kumukahi

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun

Ghouls, ghosts, zombies, creatures, and humans of all types will be haunting and howling at the Afook Chinook Civic Auditorium Saturday, October 13, where the Paradise Roller Girls will host the spookiest derby bout in the state – ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun.’ So get your fangs on, call your zombie mommas, and head down to the Civic for a night of clean, family, derby fun and spooks. It’s the only place on the Big Island where you’ll find skeletons and witches zipping around on roller skates, smashing into each other just to provide the type of morbid entertainment everyone craves.

These ghouls may just want to have fun, but it’s always serious inside the rink where the Big Island’s toughest girls ‘derby down’ in what some have called the fastest growing sport in the world. Learn why as the Big Island Babes Junior Derby kick the night off with a pre-bout scrimmage at 5:45 p.m. Skeletons and witches take the rink at 7:30 p.m. and will skate for two 30 minute periods.

Eight dollar pre-sale tickets are available on the PRGWebsite, via one of your favorite derby girls, at Mountain View Village Video, CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Jungle Love Pahoa, or Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. Tickets can also be purchased at the Civic the day of the event for $10. Admission for kids age 5 and under is free.

By attending this event witch fans, skeletons, zombies, ghouls, and ghosts will not only help to support the Paradise Roller Girls, but they’ll also be helping the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the ‘Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun’ bout will go to the HawaiiWildlifeFund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Hawaii’s native wildlife through research, education, and conservation.

Much of what Paradise Roller Girls does couldn’t be made possible without the help of their sponsors. The league’s 2012 season sponsors are Ace Hardware Pahoa, WillKill Termites & Pests, Kona Marine Supply, Curly Pinky Designs, Britten Traughber Photography, Aloha Coast Realty, Surrounded By Blue, and Coldwell Banker Day-Lum. PRG gives special thanks to them, the Big Island community, and derby fans around the world!

Paradise Roller Girls is a women’s flat-track roller derby league located on the Big Island of Hawaii. PRG’s mission is to promote a healthy, athletic lifestyle in their community through the alternative sport of roller derby.

Information on the Third Annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge

The third annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge (HNHC) will be held in conjunction with the Hilo Harvest Festival on Saturday November 10th, in downtown Hilo Hawaii. This year’s Hilo Harvest Festival is dedicated to honeybees and beekeeping. Beekeepers from throughout the State of Hawaii are encouraged to submit entries of their favorite liquid, solid, and/or comb honeys for judging at this event.

The drop dead date for submissions to the Challenge is Friday, October 26th. Anything received after that date will be returned to the sender unopened.  This means that to receive the forms you need for a submission you should contact the Challenge Registrar (Pattie at HNHCRegistrar@gmail.com) well ahead of time to allow her to send you these items through the mail, and for you to return them to her through the mail by the deadline.

The requirements to be considered a Hawaiian Natural Honey are:

  • Samples must be collected and bottled by the contestant from apiaries located in the State of Hawai’i.
  • No heat may be used in the extracting or bottling process.
  • No additives, seeding or flavoring may be used.
  • Honey may be “strained” (strainer mesh size no smaller than 500 microns) but not “filtered” (strainer mesh size smaller than 500 microns).
  • The honey should not be processed in any way such as “creaming,” “spinning,” “churning,” or other manipulations.

The categories of competition will be the floral varieties of the honey, such as Kiawe, Ohia/Lehua, Coconut, and others. Multifloral varieties will be placed in one of three “Tropical Multifloral” categories; light, amber, or dark. Certain unique categories of varietal honeys may consist of only one entry.

There will be both a formal judging and an informal public vote for the best honey. The formal judging will be conducted by a panel of five judges selected for their culinary expertise. They will judge the entries based upon the four criteria of taste, texture, appearance and aroma. For any entry to win a prize, it must receive an overall score of at least 80 out of 100. A potential of five awards (Best Appearance, Best Aroma, Best Texture, Best Taste, and Best in Show) will be distributed for each type of honey (solid, liquid, or comb) within each of the competition categories (floral varieties). The “People’s Choice Award” is given to the most popular of all the entries as determined by the results of the informal public vote, tallied after the public tasting.

All contestants will receive a summary of the judge’s evaluation. Winners will receive a certificate and a sheet of stickers that may be affixed to their labels indicating that they won an award at this year’s Challenge. Winners may also purchase a Challenge T-shirt imprinted with the words “Award Winner”.

The Hawaiian Natural Honey Competition is the only event of its type in the United States that we are aware of, that focuses exclusively on honey in its natural state, and which does not give a priority to appearance over other characteristics.

The goal of the Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge is to 1) increase public awareness of the superior quality of the natural honey that is available within the State of Hawaii, and thereby help Hawaiian beekeepers increase their profitability by increasing demand for their products, and to 2) provide feedback to entrants of the Challenge that can then be used to produce even better honeys in the future.

For further information, or to receive an entry packet, please contact the Challenge Registrar Pattie at HNHCRegistrar@gmail.com.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 14-Year-Old Pāpaʻikou Boy

Big Island police are searching for a 14-year-old Pāpaʻikou boy who was reported missing.

Noah Lautalo

Noah Lautalo was last seen in Hilo on August 24th.

He is described as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential. was last seen in Hilo on August 24th.

He is described as 5-foot-9, 165 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Free Elder Abuse Prosecution and Prevention Workshop Offered in Hilo

Hawai‘i County is pleased to invite seniors age 55 and older to enroll in the Elder Abuse Prosecution and Prevention Workshop that will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Hilo.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s Elderly Activities Division, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and State Department of Human Services, the free workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kamanā Senior Center, Room RR. The center is located at 127 Kamanā St.

Presenting valuable information for protecting seniors from fraud, neglect and other forms of abuse will be:

  • Lexi N. McKay, a legal assistant in the Elder Abuse Prosecution and Prevention Unit of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Tim Kitagawa, Section Administrator of the State Department of Human Services Adult Protective and Community Care Services

Workshop enrollment is limited and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis.  To sign up, please call the Elderly Activities Division at 961-8710.  For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Improvements Slated for Hilo’s Mo‘oheau Park

Public access to the bandstand and bus terminal at Mo‘oheau Park in downtown Hilo will be improved following completion of a construction project that will start Monday, Aug. 13.

General contractor Site Engineering Inc. will modify parking, concrete walkways, ramps, restrooms and other building elements to satisfy federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Additional work specified under the $660,300 contract will include re-roofing, painting, installing new windows, doors and cabinets, reconditioning the restrooms, and performing miscellaneous repairs to the bus terminal.

Construction will occur in two phases to accommodate continued use of the facility. Expected to be completed Sept. 21, the first phase will require cordoning off much of the park and restricting pedestrian access to designated routes. The bus terminal will remain open, however.

Work on the second phase, which will start when the County accepts the initial construction, will focus on the bus terminal and is projected to be finished Dec. 21. Inclement weather and unforeseen conditions could delay the expected completion date.

To accommodate Hele-On bus passengers, temporary canopy shelters with seating accommodations will be erected adjacent to the terminal building, while portable bathrooms and wash basins will be provided for the public’s benefit.

The Hilo Downtown Improvement Association, which sells Hele-On bus tickets and taxi coupons, and provides visitor information services from the terminal, will move to a mobile office trailer to be located near the construction area.

Every effort will be made to reduce construction impacts. This approach will allow special events such as the KWXX Downtown Ho‘olaule‘a, the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk and the Salvation Army Christmas Festival to be held as planned.

The public is advised that vehicular access to the bus terminal will be restricted to Hele-On buses until the construction project is finished. Drivers of private buses, taxicabs and other vehicles are asked to use an alternate entrance to access the parking lot adjacent to the terminal.

The Department of Parks and Recreation wishes to thank park users, Hele-On bus customers and the general public for their patience and understanding while improvements are being made to this important downtown Hilo facility.