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06-27-16 Active shooter presentation in Naalehu on July 6

Hawaiʻi Police Department Kaʻū District Captain Burt Shimabukuro Phone: 939-2520   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department will make an “active shooter” presentation in Nāʻālehu on Wednesday, July 6. The presentation will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Nāʻālehu Community Center. It is designed to help individuals increase their survivability should […]

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06-27-16 Kohala Officer of the Quarter: May Lee

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Kohala Officer of the Quarter: May Lee   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Island Safety and Security Professionals Association recognized Officer May Lee as “Kohala Officer of the Quarter” for January-March during a ceremony on May 13. Officer Lee was honored for a […]

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06-27-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 20, 2016, through June 26, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 18 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One of the drivers was under the […]

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06-27-16 Use of farm vehicles on public roads

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone:  961-2305   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are informing the public that operating a farm vehicle, such as a tractor, on county roadways or state highways is prohibited and in violation of numerous equipment and regulatory offenses. In addition those vehicles are unable to maintain […]

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06-27-16 Wanted: Terry Chesnut

Hawaiʻi Police Department Juvenile Aid Section Lieutenant Gilbert Gaspar Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 230 Report No. C16006013   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 66-year-old woman wanted for questioning in theft and sexual assault investigations. Terry Chesnut is described as 5-foot-3, 105 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair. Her last known address […]

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06-27-16 Patricia Wong located

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C09019194   Media Release (update) A 54-year-old Mountain View woman wanted on Hawaiʻi Island was taken into custody on the mainland Monday morning (June 27). Patricia Wong, also known as Patricia Hanoa, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in […]

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06-27-16 Missing: Cedricah Pila-Hoopai

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Paul Kim Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16016890 Cedricah Pila-Hoopai Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Hilo girl who was reported missing. Cedricah Pila-Hoopai was last seen in Hilo on May 10. She may now be on Oahu. She is described as part Hawaiian, 5-foot-6, […]

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06-24-16 Wanted: Patricia Wong

Hawai’i Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C09019194   Media Release Police are seeking a 54 year-old Mt. View woman who is wanted for a 2009 murder in Puna. Patricia Wong also known as Patricia Hanoa was indicted by a grand jury for second degree murder. The […]

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06-22-16 Abandoned vehicles

Hawaʻi Police Department Kona Community Policing Section Sergeant  Roylen Valera Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 259   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public for help in identifying individuals or businesses who are responsible for the dumping of abandoned and derelict vehicles. Since January 1, approximately 280 abandoned or derelict vehicles have been reported in […]

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06-22-16 Missing: Michael Kalla (with new photo)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Lieutenant Reed Mahuna Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C15037224 Michael Kalla   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police have obtained a new photo of a 48-year-old man who was reported missing last year. Michael Kalla was last seen October 5 in Kalapana. His last known address was in Honokaʻa. […]

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06-20-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 13, 2016, through June 19, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 16 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. Two of the drivers were under the […]

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06-20-16 Police seek identity in shoplifting case

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16011253 Surveillance Image Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public for help in identifying a person whose image was captured on surveillance cameras in connection with a shoplifting investigation. On April 25, items were shoplifted from a store in Hilo. […]

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06-20-16 Puna fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher D. Gali Phone:  961-2332 Report No. C16026605   Media Release A 32-year-old Pāhoa woman died Friday (June 17) from injuries she received after being involved in a two-vehicle crash on Route 11 at the 21-mile marker in Glenwood. The victim was identified as Crystal M. […]

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06-17-16 Pahoa man arrested for assault on man in wheelchair (correction)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Brandon Konanui Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16015481 Christopher Mohrlang   Media Release (corrects time element in second paragraph) A Pāhoa man has been charged with two offenses in connection with an assault on a man in a wheelchair. In response to a 10:46 a.m. call on June 7, police […]

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06-17-16 Pahoa man arrested for assault on man in wheelchair

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Brandon Konanui Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16015481 Christopher Mohrlang   Media Release A Pāhoa man has been charged with two offenses in connection with an assault on a man in a wheelchair. In response to a 10:46 p.m. call on June 7, police determined that a 57-year-old man had […]

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06-16-16 Wanted: Joshua Figueroa

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C15015381 Joshua Figueroa   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 34-year-old man who is wanted on a bench warrant. Joshua Figueroa is wanted for violating terms of a deferred plea in an assault and unlawful imprisonment case. […]

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06-16-16 January attempted robbery (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16002900   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about an attempted robbery in January. In response to an 8:03 p.m. call on January 27, South Hilo Patrol officers responded to the 70 block of Banyan […]

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06-16-16 July 4 road closures

Hawaiʻi Police Department Community Policing Officer Paul Mangus Phone : 961-8121 Road Closure Map for July 4: Bayfront Highway closed 6-10 p.m. Lihiwai Street closed 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. Media Release The Hawaiʻi police Department announces road closures for 4th of July festivities in Hilo: Bayfront Highway (Route 19) from Waiānuenue Avenue to Pauahi […]

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06-15-16 Suspect collapses in Hilo cellblock

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16015802   Media Release A man who was wanted for questioning in a robbery case is in critical condition after collapsing while in police custody. At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday (June 14), 38-year-old Clarence Hatori of Pāhoa turned himself in at the Hilo […]

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06-15-16 Backpack drive

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244   Media Release The Hawaiʻi Police Department is proud to participate again in a backpack drive for children who cannot afford to buy them. As in previous years, all police stations around the island will double as drop-off points for persons interested in […]

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06-14-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of June 6, 2016, through June 12, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 20 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. So far this year, there have been […]

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06-13-16 Wanted: Clarence Hatori

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16015802 Clarence Hatori   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 38-year-old Pāhoa man wanted for questioning in connection with a robbery in Hilo. In response to a 2:20 p.m. call Friday (June 10), South Hilo patrol officers […]

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06-09-16 Man charged after bomb threat at bank

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16015717 Russell Monlux   Media Release A 29-year-old Hilo man has been charged with two offenses in connection with a bomb threat at a bank in Hilo. At 3:45 p.m. Russell Monlux was charged with two counts of second-degree terroristic threatening. His […]

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06-09-16 Man arrested after bomb threat at bank

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Miles Chong Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16015717   Media Release A man was arrested Thursday (June 9) in connection with a bomb threat at a bank in Hilo. In response to a 12:04 p.m. call, South Hilo Patrol officers learned that a male customer had passed a handwritten […]

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06-09-16 Police seek witnesses to rock-throwing incident

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol, Area I Sergeant Norbert Serrao Jr. Phone: 961-2311 Report No. C16015523   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to an incident involving two cars in Hilo on Tuesday afternoon (June 7). At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, a Puna woman and her passengers reported to South Hilo Patrol […]

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06-08-16 Officer-involved shooting (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16015402 Media Release (update No. 2) An autopsy was conducted Wednesday (June 8) on the body of the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon (June 6) at a home off West Kawailani Street in Hilo. The […]

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06-08-16 Still missing: Michael Kalla

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna District Sergeant Charisse Wakita Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C15037224 Missing: Michael Kalla   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 48-year-old man who was reported missing. Michael Kalla was last seen October 5 in Kalapana. His last known address was in Honokaʻa. He is […]

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06-08-16 Two arrested in stolen rental car

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16013428 Jeremy Pilgrim Rita Reeves   Media Release A man and a woman face multiple charges after being found in a stolen car. At 8:03 a.m. Monday (June 6), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of a […]

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06-08-16 Police seek ID in counterfeit case

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16014522 Surveillance Image   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public for help in identifying the person whose image was captured on surveillance cameras in connection with passing counterfeit money at a Hilo store. On May 27, a man in […]

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06-07-16 Officer-involved shooting (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16015402   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon (June 6) at a home off West Kawailani Street in Hilo. He has been identified as 25-year-old Kalyp Allen […]

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06-07-16 Hilo robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16015396   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a reported armed robbery Monday afternoon (June 6) in Hilo. Shortly before 3 p.m., police received a call from a 66-year-old Hilo man who reported that while he was walking in […]

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06-07-16 Police seeking ID in tablet theft case

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16002972 Surveillance Photo   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public for help in identifying  the person whose image was captured on surveillance cameras in connection with the theft of a Samsung tablet. On January 26, a Samsung tablet was […]

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06-07-16 Police seek ID in surveillance camera theft

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16013308 Surveillance Shot   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking the public for help in identifying the person whose image was captured on surveillance cameras in connection with the theft of surveillance cameras. On May 14, two surveillance cameras were stolen […]

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06-06-16 Officer-involved shooting

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16015402   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon (June 6) at a home off West Kawailani Street in Hilo. At about 4:20 p.m., police received a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, an officer encounter a […]

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06-06-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of May 30, 2016, through June 5, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 23 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. One of the drivers was involved in a traffic crash. Two of the drivers were under […]

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06-06-16 Honokaa burglary

Hawaiʻi Police Department Hāmākua District Sergeant Tyson Matsumura Phone: 775-7533 Report No. C16008653   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in providing information about a burglary in Honokaʻa on March 27. The break-in occurred at a home on the 45-300 block of Lehua Street, which is in the Haina Camp […]

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06-06-16 Missing: Tharee Anne “Palen” Davis

Hawaiʻi Police Department Puna Patrol Sergeant Chris Correia Phone: 965-2716 Report No. C16014953 Tharre Davis   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 45-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing. Tharee Anne “Palen” Davis was last seen by a family member in mid-March 2016. She is described as 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with brown […]

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06-03-16 Puna fatality on March 28 (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008673   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a fatal vehicle-pedestrian crash on March 28 on Route 130 near the Kaloli Drive intersection in Puna. Skye Kahealeilani Noah, 19, of Pāhoa […]

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06-03-16 Waipio Valley body (update No. 2)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16008935   Media Release (update No. 2) Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a body that was discovered in Waipio Valley on March 3. The victim has been identified as 49-year-old Thaine Ulysses Lucifer Price of […]

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06-03-16 Police seek IDs of persons in pawn shop theft

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Sergeant Norbert Serrao Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16014924 Surveillance Image Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men whose images were captured on a surveillance camera during a theft in downtown Hilo on May 26. At approximately 3:10 p.m. on that date, […]

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06-01-16 Officer of the Month: Wyattlane Nahale

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244 Officer of the Month: Wyattlane Nahale   Media Release The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized School Resource Officer Wyattlane Nahale as “Officer of the Month” for June in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (June 1) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona. Nahale was honored […]

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06-01-16 Spike in counterfeit cases

Hawaiʻi Police Department Community Policing Office Lieutenant Robert Fujitake Jr. Phone: 961-2350   Media Release Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a spike in counterfeit cases in the Hilo and Puna districts. In May, police investigated 23 counterfeit cases in those districts compared with seven cases in April and two cases in January […]

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06-01-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of May 23, 2016, through May 29, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 15 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Three of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. So far this year, there have been […]

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05-31-16 Police seek witnesses to transfer station fatality

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Enforcement Unit, Area I Sergeant Christopher D. Gali Phone: 961-2332 Report No. C16014517   Media Release (update) Hawaiʻi Island police are seeking witnesses to a fatal vehicle-pedestrian collision Friday (May 27) at the Keaʻau Transfer Station. In response to an 11:13 a.m. call Friday, officers determined that 78-year-old Gary S. Ambrose […]

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05-31-16 Pair arrested after park robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area II Lieutenant Gerald Wike Phone: 326-4646, Ext. 266 Report No. C16014565 Briana Pama Justin Matias   Media Release Two people were arrested after a Texas man reported a robbery Friday (May 27) at Koloko-Honokōhou National Historical Park. In response to 7:15 p.m. call Friday, Kona Patrol officers determined […]

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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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5-20-16 Man charged in restaurant burglaries

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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05-18-16 Hilo robbery (update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16011894 Media Release (updates detective’s contact information) Hawaiʻi Island police are continuing a May 2, 2016 Hilo robbery investigation. 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 […]

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05-18-16 Hilo attempted robbery

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16013406     Media Release Police are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred early Tuesday (May 17) morning in the Hilo area. Shortly after midnight, police received a report of a female yelling for assistance in the area of Leilani […]

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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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05-13-16 Missing: Darciea Hilderbrand

Hawaiʻi Police Department South Hilo Patrol Lieutenant Alan Kimura Phone: 961-2213 Report No. C16013035   Darciea Hilderbrand Media Release Hawaii Island police are searching for a 26-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing. Darciea Hilderbrand was last seen in Hilo on February 17. She is described as 5-foot-6, 240 pounds with brown eyes, medium length […]

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05-12-16 Three charged in Hilo threat investigation

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Section, Area I Lieutenant Gregory Esteban Phone: 961-2252 Report No. C16012582     Betty Anzai Jake Gassett Travis Anzai Media Release In response to a 12:21 a.m. report of a disturbance at the 1000 block of Kuahiwi Place in Hilo on Monday (May 9), police arrived to find numerous people […]

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05-11-16 DUI stats

Hawaiʻi Police Department Traffic Services Section Sergeant Robert Pauole Phone: 961-2305   Media Release During the week of May 2, 2016, through May 8, 2016, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested twenty-three motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes. One of the drivers were under the […]

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05-10-16 Police Week May 15-21

Hawaiʻi Police Department Office of the Chief Harry S. Kubojiri Phone: 961-2244     Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku Kenneth Keliipio William “Red” Oili Manuel Cadinha Media Release Police Week festivities on Hawaiʻi Island will be held next week (May 15-21). Police Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in […]

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05-10-16 Puna multiple murders (update No. 4)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16012360     Media Release Police have identified the two juvenile victims that were found deceased with gunshot wounds at the residence on Moku Street. The female juvenile has been identified as being Clara Hoffman, 7-years-old, and the male as John Hoffman, […]

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05-09-16 Puna multiple murders (update No. 3)

Hawaiʻi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Captain Robert Wagner Phone: 961-2251 Report No. C16012360       Media Release Police have identified through fingerprints the identity of the female adult victim. She was identified as being Aracely Hoffman, formerly known as Aracely Monroy Urruela, 40-years-old, of Leilani Estates. Documents located at the residence reveal that […]

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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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