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Pāhoa, HIbigislandnow.com

Big Island Man Missing And Endangered, Police Say

Big Island police are searching for a missing man who may be in danger. HPD has requested public assistance to locate 76-year-old Michael Rosenbaum, of Pāhoa. He was reportedly last seen in Pāhoa Town on the evening of Thursday, July 22, at approximately 6 pm. Police said he is in need of various medications.
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Hilo, HIbigislandnow.com

Police Seek Help with Missing Girl

The Hawaii Police Department seeks your help in locating a missing child, Kaliah Quiocho, F-15, Asian, 5’2”, 130 lbs with brown eyes and dark long hair. She was last seen in the Kaumana area in Hilo 11:00 PM, 07-24-2021 wearing a white T-shirt and black spandex shorts. If you have...
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Pāhoa, HIbigislandnow.com

4 Different Control Substances Found During HPD Search of Pāhoa Home

A Pāhoa man already facing a myriad of drug offenses, was arrested Wednesday, July 21, on 12 additional drug charges after four different control substances were found in a Puna residence. Thirty-four-year-old Jordan Maka’ala Valente Kaneshiro appeared in Hilo District Court on Friday, July 23, where his bail was increased...
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Kailua-kona, HIbigislandnow.com

HPD Honors Kona Officer of the Month

For his quick actions in helping to save an injured man, Hawai‘i Police Department Officer Adam Hanes was recognized by the Kona Crime Prevention Committee as the Kona Officer of the Month for July 2021. He was honored during a luncheon at Huggo’s in Kailua-Kona on July 7. Officer Hanes...
Hilo, HIbigislandnow.com

Water Notice for Aug. 4

AFFECTED AREA: CUSTOMERS ALONG KALANIANAʻOLE AVENUE BETWEEN KAUHANE AVENUE AND KEA‘A STREET, INCLUDING SILVA STREET; INCLUDING ANY SIDE ROADS AND LANES; SOUTH HILO, HAWAI‘I. The Department of Water Supply will be conducting a fire hydrant flow test along Kalanianaʻole Avenue between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on...
Public Healthbigislandnow.com

276 New Cases

The Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 276 new cases of coronavirus statewide Sunday, bringing the overall total to 40,659. Two new COVID-related deaths were reported. A total of 85 new cases were identified on the Big Island Sunday. Following 11 consecutive days of case counts in the triple-digits, the state’s...

Big Island Teens Place Top 10 Shooting Competition

Two Big Island teens placed top 10 in the NHSRA – shooting competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over 100 High School state shotgun finalists competed in world nationals. Congratulations to Hawai’i Island teens for placing in the top 10:. Logan Kidani, Parker School, 12th gradeTop #6, shotgun trap shooting. Brayden Okubo,...
Congress & Courtsbigislandnow.com

Bipartisan Legislation To Reform Disaster Recovery

U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) today introduced legislation to help communities plan for and recover from major disasters. The Reforming Disaster Recovery Act would strengthen the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) disaster recovery grants for states, local governments, and tribes. It would also improve coordination at the federal level by establishing an office within HUD that would be devoted to disaster recovery and resilient communities.

DHS Launches New Online Application Portal

The Hawai’i Department of Human Services (DHS), Child Welfare Services (CWS) launched a new online portal this week that will modernize the resource caregiver licensing process from the traditional paper process to a simpler, more efficient, and user-friendly system for applicants. Furthermore, this new system will optimize the matching process by identifying the resource caregiver based on a child’s/youth’s (infant – 18 years old) unique needs. The link to this portal is rcg.hawaii.gov.

Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau Park Closure

On Aug. 11, 2021, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park will be closed. The purpose of the closure is to carry out a resources management operation to remove feral goats. This action is being taken in cooperation with the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to protect cultural and natural resources.

Kailua Pier to Close Daily Starting Later This Week

Kailua Pier will temporarily close starting Wednesday, July 28, in an effort to reduce illegal conduct and restore the historic and cultural resource. Closures will be scheduled daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. During that time, entering the pier will be prohibited. People violating the closure can be cited, fined, or arrested.
Ewa Beach, HIbigislandnow.com

Large Earthquake in Philippines Won’t Impact Hawaiian Islands

The National Weather Service’s (NWS) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach said there is no tsunami threat to Hawai´i following a distant earthquake. A magnitude-6.8 earthquake was reported in Mindoro Philippines at around 11 am Hawai´i Standard Time. Large earthquakes in the Pacific Ocean have the potential to create tsunamis that can impact locations thousands of miles away. However, based on all available data, the NWS said there is no tsunami threat to Hawai´i following this earthquake.
Hilo, HIbigislandnow.com

Recently Found Hilo Teen Runs Away Again

Authorities seek the public’s help locating a 17-year-old girl who has run away twice within the past couple of weeks. Simeko Kosme was last seen in Hilo on Saturday, July 17, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 147 pounds, having a dark complexion with black hair and brown eyes. Kosme is believed to frequent both the Hilo and Puna districts.

State Releases More Than $3 Million in CIP Funds For Big Island District 4 Projects

The State of Hawai´i recently released $3,392,388 in funding for three capital improvement projects (CIP) in Honokaʻa and Honomū. The CIP projects that received funding are as follows:. $2,642,388.00 for construction to develop subsistence agricultural lots in Honomū. $750,000 to finance design for improvements at Honokaʻa Elementary and Honokaʻa Intermediate...
Public Healthbigislandnow.com

Big Island Active Virus Cases Surpass 300

The Hawai‘i Department of Health reported 258 new cases of coronavirus statewide Saturday, bringing the overall total to 40,383. No new COVID-related deaths were reported. A total of 44 new cases were identified on the Big Island Saturday, with 302 active cases and five individuals hospitalized, according to Hawai´i County Civil Defense.
Ocean View, HIbigislandnow.com

Big Island Police Seek Suspect Caught on Video

The Hawai‘i County Police Department is seeking public assistance to identify a man who is being sought for questioning in connection with a stolen moped and other property crimes occurring in the Ocean View area of Ka‘ū. His image was captured on video surveillance. Around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, July...
Hilo, HIbigislandnow.com

Police Seek Help Finding 16-Year-Old Runaway

Authorities seek the public’s help locating a 16-year-old runaway. Ezra Kirkpatrick was last seen in Hilo on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. She is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds, having a tan complexion with brown hair and brown eyes. Ezra is believed to frequent the...
Waimea, HIbigislandnow.com

Kamuela Man Facing Terroristic Threatening Charges Granted Supervised Release

A Kamuela man was granted supervised release after allegedly threatening and harassing two different victims and assaulting a police officer earlier this week. Thirty-seven-year-old Pieter Colson was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening, harassment by stalking, resisting arrest, two counts of first-degree assault of a police officer and second-degree assault of a police officer.
Honolulu, HIbigislandnow.com

Live Skunk Caught at Honolulu Harbor

A live skunk was captured at Pier 1 in Honolulu Harbor Wednesday, July 21, 2021. This is the second skunk caught in Hawai‘i this year. Inspectors from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture’s Plant Quarantine Branch (PQB) were called Tuesday morning by a ship’s terminal supervisor who reported that an animal, possibly a skunk, was seen on the deck of a container ship that arrived from San Diego on Monday. A team of inspectors were dispatched and searched the vessel but were unable to locate the animal.