Missing Kona teen sought by police


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 15:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15424.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/missing-kona-teen-sought

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii Island police are looking for 15-year-old Irene Hernandez who was last seen in Hilo on 08 December 2016.  Ms. Hernandez is Hispanic, 5 feet 1 inch, weighs about 150 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes.  If you see this person, please call police at 935-3311.

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New Council Office in Waimea


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 15:40 hrs, UTC, Post #15423.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/council-waimea

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Waimea residents no longer will have to travel to Kona or to Hilo to offer testimony before the Hawaii County Council.  The Hawaii County Council has established a new council office at 65-1279 Kawaihae Road, Suite 109, in Parker Square.  Residents can record up to three minutes of video testimony, beginning Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

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Hawaii’s economy continues to grow at a slower pace


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 04:35 hrs, UTC, Post #15422.

Source:

http://damontuckers.com/2017/08/11/hawaiis-economy-continues-to-grow-at-a-slower-pace/

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 04;35 hrs, UTC.

Author:  Damon Tucker.

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Comment:

Thanks to Hawaii Island news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.

According to The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Hawaii’s economy after adjustment for inflation, registered only a slim gain of 0.9 percent during the first quarter of 2017.

While there was robust growth in the visitor industry, other segments of our local economy suffered declines.

According to the report, several areas of state economic activity aren’t so healthy:

The “economic growth is not evenly allocated to all the industries. There are still a few industries that lost jobs during the first half of 2017. Construction lost 500 jobs, manufacturing and health care each lost 400 jobs, and the wholesale trade lost 300 jobs.”

“The job loss in construction is mainly due to the decrease in the value of building permits issued during the first half of 2016, which usually shows about one year from the time building permits are issued and the start of construction. During the first half of 2016, total value of private building permits decreased by 29.6 percent from the same period in 2015, and that decrease is reflected in the actual construction activities in the first half of this year.”

“After five years of continuous job growth, the manufacturing industry started to lose jobs since the fourth quarter of 2016, and during the first half of 2017, this industry lost 2.9 percent of its jobs from the same time a year ago. Compared with the job count from 1990 in the manufacturing industry, the first half of 2017 job count was 66 percent of what it was then.”

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Hawaii Anti-Bullying Campaign Marks its 10th year


Hawaii News Digest, 12 August 2017, 00:25 hrs, UTC, Post #15421.

Source:

http://damontucker.com/2017/08/11/hawaii-anti-bullying-campaign-marks-its-1oth-year/

Accessed on 12 August 2017, 00:25 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Thanks to Hawaii Island news blogger Damon Tucker for this story.

It’s been 10 years since The E Ola Pono campaign created a “cultural response” to bullying in our local schools.  The program urges students “to foster respect and harmony” through student-led campaigns and projects.

Six schools in three divisions receive monetary awards for their efforts to promote peace, pono, and respect within their schools and communities.

According to Damon Tucker, the Na Wai Ola Public Charter School in Mountain View on Hawaii Island scored a first-place finish for elementary schools:

“First Place: Na Wai Ola P ublic Charter School (PCS), Mountain View, Hawaiʻi Island – Na Wai Ola PCS’ māla (garden) program teaches students how to grow food, medicines and plants with aloha and respect. Shari Frias, the agricultural Science teacher and advisor for their pono campaign, observed that students who have been at their school for a few years have a personal connection and understanding of their māla, the environment and themselves. The older students have developed a strong connection to place. She tells her students that, “every plant in our māla has a place, and kulelana just like you. If we care about ourselves the way we care for our plants we will be pono, and balanced.”

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Public’s help sought after handguns stolen from shipping container on Hawaii Island


Hawaii News Digest, 11 August 2017, 23:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15420.

Source:

http://khon2.com/2017/08/11/publics-help-soought-after-hand-guns-stolen-from-shipping-container-on-hawaii-island/

Accessed on 11 August 2017, 23:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii Island police report another large theft along the Hamakua Coast.  This time, thieves broke into a shipping container on a vacant Paauilo Road property and took a red portable Honda generator, several collectible Smith & Wesson, Colt, and AMT revolvers, and some semi-automatic pistols.

Those with information on this case should call police:

“Anyone who may have witnessed the theft or have any other information about it is asked to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311 or Detective Jesse Kerr of the Area I Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 961-2377 or Jesse.Kerr@hawaiicounty.gov.”

“Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.”

“Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers does not record calls or subscribe to any Caller ID service. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.”

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Kailua-Kona woman indicted in fatal Captain Cook crash


Hawaii News Digest, 11 August 2017, 16:00 hrs, UTC, Post #15419.

Source:

http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/local-news/kailua-kona-woman-indicted-fatal-captain-cook-crash

Accessed on 11 August 2017, 16:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Tiffany DeMasters.

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Comment:

Chalk up another needless death to alcohol or drugs.  According to reporter Tiffany DeMasters, Matelita A. Taumoefolau was indicted for negligent homicide stemming from a fatal vehicle crash in Captain Cook on 02 July 2016.  Police records indicate the death of Jessica Uulopa was caused “by the operation of a vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.”

Reporter Tiffany DeMaster has more:

“Police say they were traveling south on Puuhonua Road when the car ran off the west shoulder of the roadway, struck a lava rock wall and overturned. Uulopa was ejected into a lava field. Police say Uulopa was taken to Kona Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 12:25 a.m. on July 3. At the time, authorities say, speed, inattention and alcohol were believed to be factors in the crash.”

“Taumoefolau, 21 at the time, was arrested on suspicion of negligent homicide and operating vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. However, she was released pending further investigation.”

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State to create new police force for Honolulu’s Airport and ports


Hawaii News Digest, 11 August 2017, 07:45 hrs, UTC, Post #15418.

Source:

http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36112437/state-transportation-department-to-start-new-police-force-airport-deputies-already-part-of-it

Accessed on 11 August 2017, 07:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Lynn Kawano (Hawaii News Now).

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Comment:

The State Department of Transportation is expanding its law enforcement plans.  According to reporter Lynn Kawano, the Harbor Police Division and the deputy sheriffs will join forces so DOT can create a police force in charge of the state’s ports and the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu.

DOT spokesman Tim Sakahara told Hawaii News Now that many things have created this opportunity to consolidate law enforcement personnel:

“After 9/11, a lot of things changed with security and it’s been evolving since that time,” said Transportation Department spokesman Tim Sakahara, “Some changes need to be made to the outdated agreement.”

“DOT still needs to secure funding from the legislature, but…(doesn’t) anticipate resistance since it would be similar to current budgets.”

“Over the next year or so we will be going over the process and working with the state legislature to try to refine the process, come up with the procedures and iron out the details,” Sakahara said.

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