Monthly Archives: June 2011

Driver in UH Student Fatality Set for Trial

June 17, 2011
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Driver in UH Student Fatality Set for Trial

The driver accused in a hit-and-run collision appeared in court Thursday.  The trial for 41-year-old Keolaokalani Kailianu is scheduled for October 31, 2011 before Hilo Circuit Court Judge Glenn Hara.   University of Hawaii student Ted Braxton 22, was driving a mo-ped and was killed in the accident.  He was dragged more than 150 feet under Kailianu’s van. In court yesterday, Deputy County Prosecutor Rick Damerville said the May 28 accident was caught on video from security cameras at Kadota Liquor and K’s Drive In.   It was also revealed that Kailianu’s blood alcohol level was .262,…

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Bryan Andaya Wins Business Leader of the Year

June 18, 2011
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Submitted by Caroline Guira Honolulu, HI – L&L Hawaiian Barbecue/L&L Drive-Inn Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bryan Andaya was awarded the Pacific Business News 2011 Young Business Leader of the Year. He is the first Filipino to win the award. Andaya was chosen out of 40 finalists from PBN’s Forty Under 40 list of candidates. Andaya was born in Honoka`a and raised in Hilo by Filipino immigrants – his mother picked macadamia nuts at Mauna Loa; his father was a sugar-cane farmer at Hamakua Sugar. He attended Waiakeawaena Elementary and Waiakea Intermediate Schools. During…

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Police Remind Public: Don’t Respond to Nigerian Emails

June 19, 2011
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One of the popular ongoing emails scams is known as “The Nigerian Scam.”  The email suggests the recipient has been left or awarded a great amount of money, but asks the recipient to send in money to claim the prize.  Those who do, lost the money they send in. This time, scammers have used the name and photo of Hawaii Police Department officer Patrick Menino.  Menino says he had nothing to do with it.  He also said it was  daunting to have his name out there in this manner.  Menino hosts “Hawaii’s Most Wanted” on…

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Rock Music Legend to Talk Monday Night

June 17, 2011
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Rock Music Legend to Talk Monday Night

The Big Island’s Ollie Mitchell has worked with some of the biggest names in pop music, from Elvis to Ella Fitzgerald, from Burt Bacharach to the Beach Boys.  He was part of the legendary studio band The Wrecking Crew from the 60s to the early 80s.  His web site lists more than 300 musical collaborators.  Monday night at Kawaihae’s Blue Dragon, Mitchell and co-Wrecking Crew member Slyde Hyde will be on hand for a screening of a documentary about The Wrecking Crew.  Afterwards, LAVA 105 radio personality Danny Jesser will moderate a talk story with…

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Yamashiro Services Set for Saturday

June 17, 2011
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Flags statewide will fly at half staff this Saturday in honor of former Hawaii County Mayor Stephen K. Yamashiro.     Mayor Yamashiro passed away May 25 at Hilo Medical Center of pneumonia after years of declining health. Services will be at Dodo Mortuary in Hilo on Saturday, June 18, with visitation from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and a service to follow at 4 p.m.    Yamashiro had a long career as an attorney, government worker, and politician, and several government and political dignitaries are expected to attend his services.   The public is invited. Yamashiro served as…

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Mayor Vetoes County Council’s Amended Budget

June 15, 2011
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Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi has vetoed the County Council’s modified budget.   The Mayor submitted not only a letter explaining his veto, but a letter from the County’s lawyer, Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida, questioning the legality of the Council’s approach.     The Council took the Mayor’s initial $377 million budget and returned it to him two weeks ago.   In an unprecedented action, one Council amendment created a “Council Adjusted Expense Account,” into which they slotted $5.6 million.  What’s unusual about their action is that rather than reduce other line items to give them the $5.6 million…

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Fire, Police Find Missing Volcano Man

June 16, 2011
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Wednesday afternoon, Hawaii County Police and Fire Department conducted a ground and air search for a missing man.  Walter K. Victor left his Volcano residence around 1 p.m. for a walk, but failed to return home as expected.  Because he has a medical condition requiring medication, the search was launched.  Victor was found and returned home around 7 p.m., unharmed.

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Pahoa Transfer Station Blessing Thursday

June 15, 2011
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The public is invited to a dedication and blessing of the newly renovated Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station on Thursday, June 16. The $3.9 million project is the model for a new generation of transfer stations in the County of Hawai’i, designed to serve the growing need for convenient and efficient waste management in our communities. The Hawai`i County Department of Environmental Management, Fifth District Councilmember Fred Blas and the office of Mayor Billy Kenoi are co-sponsoring the event which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the transfer station on Apa`a Road. For more information,…

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Mayor Kenoi Talks Budget, APEC, Aloha (w/video)

June 14, 2011
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Mayor Kenoi Talks Budget, APEC, Aloha (w/video)

Mayor Billy Kenoi was the featured speaker Tuesday at the Rotary Mauka Club’s lunch meeting at Teshima’s Restaurant.  A key issue was the County Budget.  Two weeks ago, the County Council returned the Mayor’s $367 million budget to him with their amendments.  They removed $500,000 in golf subsidies for West Hawaii and removed $1 million from the open space budget. But they took an unprecedented step as well:  they put $5.6 million into a new line item, a fund which they will distribute, and instructed the Mayor to cut $5.6 million elsewhere, from departmental budgets. …

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Hemic Top Congress Cat

June 15, 2011
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Hemic Top Congress Cat

Tuesday night, the Humane Society of the United States named Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s cat, Hemic, the winner of the U. S. “House Cat” division in the 2011 Congressional Pet Photo Contest. Members of the 112th United States Congress and congressional staff submitted more than 200 photos of their favorite furry friends for this year’s contest.  Hemic beat the all to become Capitol Hill’s Top Cat. Hemic is 17 years old and still going strong.  His family describes him as wise, caring, and obviously handsome.  He’s been a member of Congresswoman Hirono’s family since she brought…

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Police Arrest Puna Man for Attempted Murder

June 13, 2011
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Police Arrest Puna Man for Attempted Murder

Update from Hawaii Police: Detectives have charged a Puna man with attempted murder and other offenses in connection with an attack Monday (June 13) that sent a 65-year-old Hilo man to the hospital. At 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (June 14) detectives from Area I Criminal Investigations Section charged 68-year-old Robert R. Diego of Hawaiian Paradise Park with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock in lieu of $70,000 bail pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (June 15). The victim remains at Hilo Medical Center…

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Police Investigating Deaths of Two Horses

June 14, 2011
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From Hawaii Police Department: Big Island police are investigating the suspicious deaths of two horses in the Hakalau area of East Hawai’i. The caretaker of a property off Chin Chuck Road across from Veterans Park discovered the decomposing body of a horse entwined in barbed wire with what appeared to be a gunshot wound on June 8. The next day he found a second dead horse on the property with an apparent gunshot wound. Police ask than anyone with information about any suspicious activities in that area call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.…

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Police Continue Focus on DUI Arrests

June 14, 2011
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From Hawaii Police: During the week of June 6, 2011, through June 12, 2011, Big Island police arrested 21 motorists for drunk driving. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. So far this year, there have been 654 DUI arrests compared with 689 during the same period last year, a decrease of 5.1 percent. There have been 605 major accidents so far this year compared with 610 during the same period last year, a decrease of of 0.8 percent. So far this year, there were 11…

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