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05-27-16 Transfer station fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher D. Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16014517   Media Release A 78-year-old Puna man died Friday (May 27) in a vehicle-pedestrian collision at the Keaʻau Transfer Station. He has been identified as Gary S. Ambrose of Keaʻau. In response to an 11:13 a.m. call, officers […]

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05-27-16 Reckless driving reports lead to felon in possession of weapons and illegal drugs

Hawaiʻi Police Department Vice Section, Area II Lieutenant Sherry Bird Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 226 Report No. C16014482 Cory Young Media Release Tips from motorists about a reckless driver have led to multiple drug and weapons charges against a convicted felon. At 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, (May 25) South Kohala Patrol Officers responded to reports of a […]

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05-27-16 Police seek driver in vehicle-pedestrian accident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Brandon Konanui Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16014529   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a vehicle-pedestrian accident in the Nānāwale Estates subdivision Thursday evening (May 26). A 34-year-old Pāhoa man reported that he was walking southbound on Nānāwale Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when a car traveling in […]

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03-27-16 New episode of ‘Hawaii Island’s Most Wanted’ starts Friday

Hawaiʻi Police Department Administrative Services Division Major Samuel Thomas Phone: 961-2265 Alexander Lancaster Sky Lewis Kristopher Hodgson Media Release The most recent edition of the Crime Stoppers television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” highlights a Puna man wanted for questioning in theft investigation, a Kona man wanted for abuse and a Puna man wanted on […]

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05-26-16 Missing teen: Summer Steenolsen

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16009299 Missing: Summer Steenolsen   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Summer Steenolsen was last seen in Hilo on April 3. She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-7, 135 pounds with green eyes […]

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05-26-16 Officer of the Month: Jared Cabatu

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2252 Aloha Exchange Club member Joey Estrella presents an ‘Officer of the Month’ award to Officer Jared Cabatu.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Jared Cabatu on Thursday (May 26) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the […]

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05-26-16 Man arrested after parking lot car break-in

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C15014196 Jason Lindsey   Media Release A Kona man has been charged with four offenses stemming from the break-in of a car in the parking lot of a “big-box” store in Kailua-Kona. At 2:38 p.m. Tuesday (May 24), […]

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05-25-16 Missing teen: Koltan Yago

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16007989 Missing teen: Koltan Yago Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 14-year-old Hilo boy who was reported missing. Koltan Yago was last seen in Hilo on March 20. He is described as Japanese, 5-foot-6, 114 pounds with black hair […]

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05-26-16 Western Week festivities to close some roads in Honokaa on Friday

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Captain Andrew Burian Phone: 775-7533   Media Release Because of Western Week festivities in Honokaʻa, Māmāne Street will be closed to traffic from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday (May 27) between Koniaka Place and Lehua Street. On the same date, a Western Week parade will close all of Akia […]

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05-25-16 Missing: Michael John David

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16014226 Michael John David   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 64-year-old Pāhoa man who was reported missing. Michael John David was last seen in Kalapana on May 20. He is described as 5-foot-10, 135 pounds with […]

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05-25-16 Temporary traffic pattern Saturday (clarification)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release (clarification — this is not a qualifier for the full Ironman) In conjunction with the Ironman 70.3 Hawaiʻi qualifier event, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Old Puakō Road in the South Kohala District on Saturday (June […]

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05-25-16 Temporary traffic pattern Saturday

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release In conjunction with the Ironman 70.3 Hawaiʻi qualifier event for the Ironman World Championship, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Old Puakō Road in the South Kohala District on Saturday (June 4). On that date between 4:30 […]

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05-24-16 Tips help police identify woman in surveillance image

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16013748   Media Release (update) Thanks to tips from the public, Hawaiʻi Island police have identified a woman whose image was captured on a surveillance camera during a shoplifting at a retail establishment in downtown Hilo on May 19. Police thank […]

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05-24-16 Motorists reminded not to turn from shoulder of road

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Captain Samuel Jelsma Phone:  965-2716   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police remind motorists that right turns are to be made from the roadway and not from the right shoulder. Puna District Captain Samuel Jelsma said some motorists wrongly believe it is safer to travel onto the right shoulder before turning, […]

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05-23-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of May 16, 2016, through May 22, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 21 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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05-23-15 National “Click It or Ticket” Campaign

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert P. Pauole Phone:  961-2305   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are informing the public that the enforcement period for the National “Click It or Ticket” campaign starts today (May 23) and runs through June 5. During this period, police will increase islandwide enforcement of seat belt and […]

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05-23-16 Police seek ID in shoplifting investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Division Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16013748 Surveillance Photo   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman whose image was captured on a surveillance camera during a shoplifting at a retail establishment in downtown Hilo. At approximately 8:45 p.m. […]

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Man charged in restaurant burglaries 5-20-16

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16013676 Kenneth Harris   Media Release A Hilo man has been charged with eight offenses in connection with break-ins at a Hilo restaurant. Police initially responded to a report that the restaurant, located on the 300 block of Keawe Street, had been […]

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05-20-16 DUI enforcement

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert P. Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release With the approach of high school graduations and Memorial Day weekend, Hawaiʻi Island police will be on alert to help prevent tragedy on our roads. Officers will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning tonight (May 20), and continuing through […]

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05-20-16 Woman charged in two stolen vehicle cases

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16012873 Elaine Abbott   Media Release A Waimea woman has been charged with five offenses related to a stolen rental car and a stolen personal van. On May 11, a Nissan Altima was stolen from a rental car […]

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05-20-16 Teen charged in school threat case

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Lucille Melemai Phone: 961-2254 Report No. C16013683   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a 15-year-old boy in connection with threatening notes left at Waiākea High School in Hilo. At 11 a.m. Friday (May 20), the teen was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and fourth-degree criminal […]

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05-20-16 Kona shooting (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009018   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have completed their investigation into a March 31 fatal shooting and have reclassified the case from a murder to a suicide. Final autopsy results determined that the […]

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05-20-16 Teen arrested in school threat case

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16013683   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with threatening notes left at Waiākea High School in Hilo. Multiple notes threatening violence were left on bathroom walls sometime between 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 11 a.m. Thursday. […]

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05-20-16 Temporary one-way traffic pattern on Lanikaula Street May 27-June 15

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release A temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect along a portion of Lanikaula Street from Friday, May 27, through Wednesday, June 15, weather permitting. Traffic will flow in the mauka, or westerly, direction only on Lanikaula Street, between Kinoʻole Street […]

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05-18-16 Promotions announced

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Media Release Chief 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. […]

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05-19-16 Missing woman located: Darciea Hilderbrand

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16013035   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 26-year-old Darciea Hilderbrand of Hilo, who was reported missing. She was found Friday night (May 13) in Kurtistown.

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05-17-16 Wanted: Floyd Chapman

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15004568 Floyd Chapman   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 46-year-old Puna man wanted on two bench warrants for contempt of court. Floyd Edgar Chapman is also wanted for questioning in connection with ID theft and criminal […]

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05-17-16 Wanted: Manuel Perez

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No. C15036625 Manuel Perez   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 52-year-old Kailua-Kona man who is wanted for contempt of court and violating a protective order. Manuel A. Perez is described as 5-foot-11, 230 pounds with […]

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05-17-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of May 9, 2016, through May 15, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 36 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Twelve of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One of the drivers was under the […]

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05-16-16 Hilo attempted car theft and robbery (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15029763   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island Police are renewing their request for information about a reported attempted car theft in Hilo on October 8, 2015. Patrol officers responding to a 9:35 p.m. call met with a 20-year-old Volcano man […]

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05-16-16 Fallen officer memorial unveiled at Police Week ceremony

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244   Ka Malu Aloha, a newly-unveiled memorial, honors Hawaiʻi Island police officers killed in the line of duty. Candles burn in honor of fallen officers Manuel Cadinha, William “Red” Oili, Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku and Kenneth Keliipio.   Media Release A memorial wall […]

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05-07-16 Puna multiple murders (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16012360 John Hoffman   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Puna man arrested Friday (May 6) in connection with multiple murders in the Leilani Estates subdivision. At 8:30 p.m. Saturday (May 6) 49-year-old John Ali Hoffman of Leilani Estates was charged with […]

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05-06-16 Owen Ching located

Hawaiʻi Police Department North Kohala District Officer Denise Smith-Erickson Phone: 889-6540 Owen Ching   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have located a 34-year-old North Kohala man who was wanted for assault and violating probation. Owen K. Ching of Kapaʻau was arrested Wednesday (May 4) in Kapaʻau and charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, second-degree assault and probation […]

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05-06-16 Puna multiple murders (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16012360   Media Release (update) An autopsy is scheduled for today (May 6) on the bodies of three persons found early this morning in Puna. At approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday (May 6), officers responded to a call about a disturbance at a […]

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05-06-16 Man charged with assault for incident that sent victim to hospital

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16012231 William Sutton   Media Release A Hilo man has been charged with assault for an incident that sent another man to the hospital. In response to a 7:30 p.m. report of a fight at Moʻoheau Bandstand in Hilo on […]

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Community Satisfaction Survey results 05-06-16

Hawai’i Police Department Office of the Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Media Release Chief Harry Kubojiri wishes to thank the 583 members of the public who participated in the Hawai’i Police Department’s 2016 Community Satisfaction Survey during the month of March. As in previous surveys, Chief Kubojiri said the survey was a tool to […]

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05-06-16 Puna multiple murders

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16012360 John Hoffman   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have arrested a Puna man on suspicion of multiple murders. At approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday (May 6) officers responded to a disturbance call in the Leilani Estates subdivision in Puna. Upon arrival, they […]

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05-05-16 Reminder: Vehicles of drunk drivers can be towed at operator’s expense

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert P. Pauole Phone: 961-2305 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are reminding motorists about a county ordinance that gives officers the discretion to have vehicles towed at the operator’s expense for certain driving offenses. Hawaiʻi County Ordinance No. 11-102, also known as “Aliyah’s Law,” permits the towing of […]

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05-05-16 Temporary one-way traffic pattern on Mohouli Street starting May 9

Hawaii Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone:  961-2305   Media Release A temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect along a portion of Mohouli Street from Monday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 25, weather permitting. On those dates, traffic will flow only in the makai, or easterly, direction on Mohouli Street […]

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05-04-16 Officer of the Month: Mike Thompson

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Mike Thompson   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Mike Thompson as “Officer of the Month” for May in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (May 4) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Thompson was honored for an […]

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05-03-16 IRS telephone scam

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about an IRS scam. Residents have reported that they receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS who threatens a government lawsuit because they owe a large sum of money to the […]

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05-03-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 25, 2016, through May 1, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 25 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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05-02-16 Missing: Edmond Rodrigues

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Juergen Canda Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011957   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 70-year-old man who was reported missing. Edmond Rodrigues was last seen in Hilo at noon Monday (May 2). His family is concerned about his well-being. He is described as 5-foot-9 with […]

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05-02-16 Cemetery vandalism

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010896 Damaged Monument Damaged Vase   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying whoever was responsible for causing damage to numerous grave monuments and concrete vase holders at the Kapoho Zairyumin Kai Japanese Cemetery on Kapoho Lighthouse […]

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05-02-16 Hilo robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo District Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011894   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Monday morning (May 2) in Hilo. At 6:15 a.m., a 27-year-old Hilo man was assaulted near the corner of Keawe Street and Haili Street and his wallet and cell phone were […]

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05-02-16 Puna shoplifting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Division, Area I Sergeant Shawn Tingle Phone: 965-2715 Report No. C16010043 Surveillance Image Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a shoplifting case last month. Just after midnight on April 21, an unidentified man was observed removing a pair of sunglasses, […]

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04-29-16 Wanted: Charita Lopez

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No. C15030583 Charita Lopez   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Kailua-Kona woman wanted for abuse and contempt of court. Charita Lopez is described as 5-foot-3, 120 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police […]

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04-29-16 Post Office vandalism

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16011438   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying one or more persons involved in recent reports of criminal property damage at the Pāhoa Post Office. Between Tuesday and Wednesday (April 26 and April 27), locking mechanisms […]

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04-29-16 Kemas charged with murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. F48921 Peter Kema Sr. Jaylin Kema   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Pāhoa couple with murder in connection with the disappearance of their son 19 years ago. Forty-five-year-old Peter Kema Sr. and his 46-year-old wife, Jaylin Kema, were […]

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04-28-16 Officers of the Month: Daniel Kuwabara and Gregory Horton

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Aloha Exchange Club member Joey Estrella presents an “Officer of the Month” award to Officer Daniel Kuwabara. Aloha Exchange Club member John Stewart presents an “Officer of the Month” award to Officer Gregory Horton.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of […]

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04-27-16 Man charged with theft after found with county radio

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16011407   Winson Reiong   Media Release A Hilo man faces a theft charge after being found in possession of property belonging to Hawaiʻi County. On Wednesday morning (April 27), police arrested 26-year-old Winson Reiong of Hilo on a bench […]

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04-27-16 Stolen federal vehicles

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16011339 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of three U.S. government vehicles from Hilo. Early Tuesday morning (April 26), a gray 2011 Ford pickup truck, a white 2014 Ford flatbed truck and a black 2013 Ford Explorer […]

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04-27-16 Firearms stolen in Hilo burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16010823   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating the theft of weapons during a burglary in Hilo. Sometime between April 15 and April 20, personal items, including numerous firearms, were removed from a house on the 800 block of […]

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04-27-16 Ocean View coroner’s inquest (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Operations Major Mitchell Kanehailua Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 270 Report No. C16011223   Media Release (update) An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (April 27) on the body of a man who died Monday (April 25) outside a house in the Hawaiian Ocean View subdivision after police responded to a report of a […]

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04-26-16 Ocean View coroner’s inquest

Hawaiʻi Police Department Area II Operations Major Mitchell Kanehailua Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 270 Report No. C16011223   Media Release A Kaʻū man died Monday (April 25) after police responded to a report of a shooting. He has been identified as 46-year-old Jonathan Watson of Ocean View. At 9:51 a.m. Monday, the Police Department received a […]

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04-25-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 18, 2016, through April 24, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Three of the drivers were under the […]

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04-25-16 Kona fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646. Ext. 229 Report No. C16011197   Media Release A 54-year-old man died in a single-vehicle traffic crash Monday morning (April 25) in Kailua-Kona just south of the Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway intersection. He has been identified as Christopher Allen […]

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04-25-16 Stolen buckets of cash

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011088   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying anyone involved in a break-in at a county facility on the 600 block of Lanikaula Street. The break-in occurred between late evening Friday (April 22) and early afternoon […]

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04-22-16 Missing: Curtis Spencer

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Juergen Canda Phone: 961-2350 Report No. C16005857 Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 56-year-old Hilo man who was reported missing. Curtis Spencer was last seen in Hilo on February 24. He has a medical condition that requires medication. He is described as 5-foot-7, 290 pounds […]

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04-22-16 Missing: Robert Klepps

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010794 Robert Klepps Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 52-year-old Keaʻau man who was reported missing. Robert Klepps was last seen in Hilo on February 25. He is described as Caucasian, bald, 5-foot-5, 185 pounds with blue eyes and possibly […]

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04-22-16 Missing man: Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol (update with photo)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Charisse Wakita Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010641 Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol Media Release (update with photo) Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old Mountain View man who was reported missing. Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol was last seen at 4 a.m. Monday (April 19) in the Fern Acres subdivision. He may be in […]

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01-26-16 Puna robbery (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16002728   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a robbery on January 26 in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision in Puna. Sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m., a 30-year-old woman was checking […]

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04-20-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of April 11, 2016, through April 17, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Eight of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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04-20-16 Wanted: Alexander Lancaster

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16006106 Alexander Lancaster   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 27-year-old man wanted on a warrant for criminal contempt of court. Alexander Kaleookalani Lancaster is also wanted for questioning in connection with an unrelated theft investigation. He […]

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04-19-16 Missing man: Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Charisse Wakita Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16010641   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for an 18-year-old Mountain View man who was reported missing. Kaikona Kahakai-Bohol was last seen at 4 a.m. Monday (April 19) in the Fern Acres subdivision. He may be in Hawaiian Acres. He is […]

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04-18-16 Rubbish truck collision update

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone:  961-2332 Report No. C16010032   Media Release (update) A 29-year-old Puna man has died from injuries he sustained in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Kīlauea Avenue and Kawailani Street in Hilo on April 12. He has been identified as Ryan W. […]

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04-18-16 Two arrested with stolen SUV

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16009356 Paul Alisa Jessie Campbell   Media Release Two men were arrested at a state park Friday (April 15) after exiting a stolen vehicle. The sports-utility vehicle was removed from a home on Malolo Street in the Hawaiian Beaches subdivision […]

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04-18-16 North Kona fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area II Sergeant Bradley P. Freitas Phone: 326-4646. Ext. 229 Report No. C16010517   Media Release A 22-year-old Kona man died in a single-motorcycle traffic crash Sunday morning (April 17) in North Kona near the 22-mile marker of Māmālahoa Highway (Route 190). He has been identified as Jonathan Salinas […]

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04-14-16 Police seek information about stolen generator

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Sergeant Tyson Matsumura Phone: 775-5533 Report No. C16002817   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in providing information about the theft of a generator in January. Sometime between January 26 and January 27, an older-model Hitachi 6000 generator on wheels was removed from a base […]

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04-14-16 Wanted: Jantzen-James Mata

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15020336 Jantzen-James Mata   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 30-year-old man wanted for questioning in connection with a stolen pickup truck. Jantzen-James K. Mata is described as 5-foot-7, 152 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. […]

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04-14-16 Man charged in Volcano break-in

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16009920 Nicholas Soares   Media Release A Puna man has been charged with two felonies in connection with a break-in in Volcano on Sunday (April 10). In response to a 4:12 p.m. call Sunday, police determined that an unknown man […]

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04-13-16 Man arrested after entering building illegally

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15027117 Kawehi Linkee   Media Release A 33-year-old man was arrested after residents thwarted his efforts to force his way into a house on Ohai Street in Hilo around 4:30 a.m. Saturday (April 9). Kawehi Linkee of Pāhoa was arrested […]

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04-13-16 Stolen autographed boxing gloves located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16001846   Stolen boxing gloves   Media Release (update No. 2) Thanks to tips from the public, Hawaiʻi Island police located a pair of Everlast boxing gloves that had been removed from a home in Hawaiian Beaches during a burglary […]

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04-13-16 Suspicious brushfires

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009903   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated arson investigations in connection with three out of four suspicious brushfires over the weekend in West Hawaiʻi. All four fires were reported between 9:45 a.m. and 4:36 p.m. Sunday […]

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04-13-16 Police seek witnesses to Hilo traffic collision

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16010032   Media Release A 29-year-old Pāhoa man was critically injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision on Tuesday (April 12) at the intersection of Kīlauea Avenue and Kawailani Street. Responding to a 4:51 a.m. call, South Hilo patrol officers determined […]

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04-06-16 Officer of the Month: Brian Beckwith

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Brian Beckwith   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Brian Beckwith as “Officer of the Month” for April in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (April 6) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Beckwith was honored for his […]

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04-01-16 Kona shooting (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009018 James Mansker Media Release (update) A Kona man who was arrested after a fatal shooting in Kona on Thursday (March 31) has been released from police custody. At 2:15 p.m. Friday (April 1), detectives released 70-year-old James […]

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04-01-16 Wanted: Sky Lewis

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section, Area II Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No. C156035934 Sky Lewis   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 36-year-old Kona man who is wanted for abuse and violating parole. Sky Lewis of Kailua-Kona is also wanted for questioning in connection with a theft […]

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04-01-16 Wanted: Nicholas Volpa

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16008834 Nicholas Volpa   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 26-year-old Kona man wanted for probation violation. Nicholas Volpa of Kailua-Kona is also wanted for questioning in connection with financial crimes stemming from a burglary. […]

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04-01-16 Stolen autographed boxing gloves (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16001846   Stolen boxing gloves   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for the public’s help in locating a pair of Everlast boxing gloves that have the signatures of numerous boxers and referees who participated in […]

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03-31-16 Mauna Kea property damage incident (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008805 James Coleman   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have charged a Kona man with seven offenses in connection with a property damage incident at one of the astronomy facilities near the summit of Mauna Kea on Tuesday morning […]

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03-31-16 Kona murder

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16009018   Media Release A Kona man is in police custody in connection with a fatal shooting Thursday morning (March 31) in Kona. In response to a report of a woman with a gunshot wound at a home […]

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03-31-16 Wanted: Bruno Facchini

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Captain Andrew Burian Phone: 775-7533 Report No. C15033654 Bruno Facchini   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 32-year-old Paʻauilo man wanted for assault. Bruno A. Facchini is described as 5-foot-9, 205 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to […]

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03-31-16 Man arrested in tractor-trailer incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008968   Media Release   Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a series of crimes involving a stolen tractor and trailer. At 7:17 p.m. Wednesday (March 30), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to a report of a tractor and trailer that […]

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03-30-16 Witnesses sought in hit-and-run case

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū District Captain Burt Shimabukuro Phone: 939-2520 Report No. C16007978   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a pedestrian a week ago Saturday. About 11 p.m. on March 19, Kaʻū patrol officers responded […]

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03-30-16 Two arrested for driving stolen vehicle

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008575 Kimo Oberle Keahi Javine   Media Release Two people have been arrested and charged with crimes in connection with a stolen vehicle. On Saturday (March 26) a Toyota 4Runner was taken from 19th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park […]

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03-29-16 Puna fatality (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16008673   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the woman killed Monday (March 28) after being struck by a vehicle on Route 130 in the Puna District. Skye Kahealeilani Noah, 19, of Pāhoa was walking in the Pāhoa […]

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03-24-16 Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Police Officer Ryan Pagan and Fire Captain Garrett Kim display plaques from the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.   Media Release The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Ryan Pagan as “Officer of the Year” and Captain Garrett Kim […]

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03-24-16 Detectives send 2013 murder investigation to prosecutors

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C13001658   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police detectives have completed their investigation into the 2013 discovery of a body in Hilo. On January 18, 2013, police discovered a badly decomposed body off the “ATV Trail Park” near Stainback Highway in […]

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03-24-16 “Click It or Ticket” basketball results

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hawaiʻi Police Activities League (HI-PAL) Lieutenant Robert Fujitake Phone: 961-8121 Hoop Dreams Wahine Ryders   Media Release Fifty-four youths from seven teams participated in the HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 14-and-under basketball championships this past weekend at Andrews Gym. In the Boys Division, Hoop Dreams defeated Pāhoa 54-12 to claim the championship. Keawe […]

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03-23-16 Witnesses sought in assault and property damage incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Norbert Serrao Jr. Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16008146   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to an assault and criminal property damage incident in Pepeʻekeo. A 21-year-old Hilo woman reported that at approximately 3 a.m. Monday (March 21), she was traveling on Kumula Street in Pepeʻekeo […]

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03-22-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of March 14, 2016, through March 20, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Seven of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One was under the age of 21. […]

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03-18-16 Missing woman located: Lila Uyeshiro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16007821   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have located 37-year-old Lila Uyeshiro, who was reported missing. She was found in Hilo at noon Friday (March 18).

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03-18-16 Missing woman: Lila Uyeshiro

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16007821 Missing: Lila Uyeshiro Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 37-year-old woman who was reported missing. Lila Uyeshiro has a Kailua-Kona address but frequents the Hilo area. She was last seen in Hilo on March 14. She […]

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03-17-16 ‘Most Wanted’ man turns self in

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo District Captain Richard Sherlock Phone: 961-2214 Jon Garcia   Media Release A 35-year-old man being featured on the cable access television program “Hawaiʻi Island’s Most Wanted” turned himself in at the Hilo police station Wednesday evening. Jon Garcia of Pāhala was arrested on the strength of a Grand Jury indictment […]

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03-17-16 One-way traffic pattern for Merrie Monarch

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release In conjunction with the 53rd Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Kalanikoa Street in Hilo. Traffic will be allowed to flow in the makai, or northerly direction on Kalanikoa Street between Piʻilani Street and […]

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03-16-16 Suspects charged in courthouse arson, other crimes

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16006461 Kainoa Lindo Randi-Keli Banagan   Media Release A man and a woman arrested this week on unrelated offenses have been charged with arson in connection with a deliberately-set fire at a Kona courthouse. At 8:45 a.m. Wednesday […]

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03-16-16 Puna robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16007597   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are looking for witnesses to a robbery Tuesday (March 15) in Puna. A 57-year-old man reported that he was walking on Orchidland Drive in the Orchidland Estates subdivision when two men exited a […]

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03-16-16 Easter one-way traffic

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release In observance of 2016 Easter season activities at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hilo, a temporary one-way traffic pattern will be in effect on Kapiʻolani Street. Traffic will be allowed to flow only in the Puna—or southeasterly—direction on Kapiʻolani Street, between […]

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