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Puna Lava Flow Approaches Highway 130, Police and Fire Stations

The June 27th flow remains active near its leading tip, with breakouts scattered in the distal portion of the flow.

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The leading tip has not advanced significantly over the past few days, and remains about 600 meters (0.4 miles) from Highway 130.

This photograph looks north, and shows the position of the leading tip of the flow relative to Highway 130.

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The brown swaths cut through the forest are fire breaks, and the large brown area at the left side of the image is a recent burn scar.

A view looking upslope at the leading tip of the flow.   Click to enlarge

A view looking upslope at the leading tip of the flow. Click to enlarge

Pahoa Police Station Remains Open – Secondary Location Being Finalized

The Puna police station in Pāhoa remains open and police have no plans to close it.

The Pahoa Police Station

The Pahoa Police Station

A misleading news report wrongly implied that the Pāhoa station was no longer occupied.

If and when lava blocks access to the Puna station to residents of lower Puna, police will set up a secondary location somewhere on the south side of the lava flow. That location has yet to be finalized.

Police will continue to patrol all occupied areas of the Puna District.

New Pahoa Police Station Open for Business Effective May 2nd

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Police Department announces that the new Pāhoa police station will be open for business effective May 2. This station in lower Puna, which is larger and more modern than the Kea‘au police station, will serve the public temporarily as Puna’s main district station.

Pahoa Police Station

Pahoa Police Station

The Kea’au station, which is no longer large enough to meet the demands of a district station, will be converted to a substation until a more suitable facility for a main Puna station is acquired. The Puna District is the third busiest police district on the island—behind South Hilo and Kona.

The new Pāhoa station is located just north of Pāhoa town on Highway 130. Business hours of operation will be 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (except holidays and county furlough days).

The new expanded facility will offer enhanced services to the public. Beginning in May, citizens will be able to apply for gun permits and register firearms by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Persons wishing to make an appointment for these services may call the station’s business number at 965-2716.

Driver’s license renewal and vehicle registration are already available in a portion of the new building operated by the County Department of Finance.

The public is reminded to call 911 in case of emergency or 935-3311 for non-emergency calls for service.

New Pahoa Police Station Finally Opens

Media Release:

County dignitaries and members of the public celebrated the grand opening of the new Pāhoa police station Thursday morning (February 17).

The new Pahoa Police Station

The new station, located just north of Pāhoa town on Highway 130, will replace a converted kit house in Pāhoa town that functions as a police substation.

Mayor Billy Kenoi, Deputy Police Chief Paul Ferreira and Puna Captain Samuel Jelsma addressed the crowd of community residents who came out to show their support and see the new station. Afterward, the audience toured the station and enjoyed light refreshments.

The new station has more workspace that the old one, is more secure, and includes three holding cells, surveillance cameras and plenty of parking.

Citizens may renew their driver’s licenses and register their vehicles in a portion of the new building operated by the County Department of Finance. In the near future, they will be able to apply for gun permits and register firearms by appointment. (The Police Department will notify the public when firearm registration at the Pāhoa station becomes available.)

The Puna District is the third busiest police district on the island – behind South Hilo and Kona. In Fiscal Year 2009-2010, 4,076 of Puna’s cases came from lower Puna, compared with 2,917 from upper Puna.

Public Invited to the Grand Opening of the New Pahoa Police Station

Media Release:

The public is invited to the grand opening of the new Pāhoa police station on Thursday, February 17.

Only nine months off the target completion date

The new station, located just north of Pāhoa town on Highway 130, will replace a converted kit house in Pāhoa town that functions as a police substation.

The Old Pahoa Police Station

Puna Captain Samuel Jelsma said the opening of the new station is an “important milestone” that will provide better service to the public and allow police officers to work more effectively. “This new structure provides a secure facility, more workspace, three holding cells, surveillance cameras and adequate parking,” Jelsma said.

He added that the station will provide a stronger police presence for lower Puna, which generates the vast majority of calls for police assistance in the Puna District. “The location along Highway 130 will provide quicker response times in an emergency to most subdivisions in the area, as officers will no longer need to negotiate the narrow roadways of Pāhoa Village before reaching the highway when responding from the station,” Jelsma said.

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Citizens are already able to renew their driver’s licenses and register their vehicles in a portion of the new building operated by the County Department of Finance. In the near future, they will be able to register firearms by appointment. (The Police Department will notify the public when firearm registration at the Pāhoa station becomes available.)

A ceremony marking the station’s grand opening is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 17. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served during an open house from 10-11 a.m.

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

Pahoa’s Police Station Left out of Counties Data Book

Go figure… Pahoa’s Police Station is left out of the County of Hawaii Data Book:  Table 4.1 Hawaii County Police Stations By location (Last Modified 10/13/09)

Being that it takes up to an hour or more for them to respond to a call at times… Maybe there was a reason why it was left out.  :roll:

Table 4.1– HAWAII COUNTY POLICE STATIONS BY LOCATION,

DISTRICT AND PHONE NUMBERS: 2009

Name

Location

District

Phone

Hilo headquarters 349 Kapiolani St., Hilo S. Hilo 935-3311
Hilo station Hilo S. Hilo 961-2213
Honokaa station Honokaa Hamakua 775-7533
Kapaau station Kohala N. Kohala 889-6540
Keaau station Keaau Puna 966-5835
Kealakehe station Kona Kona 326-4646
Laupahoehoe station Laupahoehoe N. Hilo 962-2120
Naalehu station Naalehu Kau 939-2520
Waikoloa sub-station Waikoloa S. Kohala 885-4213
Waimea station Waimea S. Kohala 887-3080

Source: Hawaiian Telcom, (The Official Hawaiian Telcom), 2009-2010, County Offices  Section, p.12.

I know that they are gonna tell me something like, we didn’t publish the current one because it will be moving in a few months.  I’m not even gonna bother to ask.

I wonder how long it will take to update the online version?