Archive | January, 2014

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Senate Minority’s 2014 legislative package

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Sam Slom, the minority leader in state Senate, spoke at a news conference Friday to unveil his 2014 Legislative Package. Slom indicated the Senate Minority’s primary goal is to give more power to the people of Hawaii. At the press conference, he said, “The Senate Minority this year, with renewed vigor, has […]

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Poll: Support for marijuana law reform surges

MEDIA RELEASE Mirroring nationwide attitudes, a newly released poll shows sharp increases in support for overhaul of Hawaii marijuana laws. The new poll, commissioned by Hawaii’s Drug Policy Action Group showed voter support for reform of Hawaii’s policies on marijuana trending upward across the board. Prominent local polling firm QMark Research conducted a statewide, statistically […]

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Police warrants list for Friday, January 31, 2014

As of Friday, January 31, 2014, the listed individuals are wanted by the Hawaii Police Department because of outstanding warrants. Persons who know a warrant is out for their arrest are advised to report to the nearest police station to avoid having an officer go to their home or workplace to arrest them.

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Crime Stoppers to use one phone number for Big Island

Hawaiʻi Island now has one Crime Stoppers telephone number to serve the entire island. The number is 961-8300. In the past, two community organizations ran Crime Stoppers operations, one serving East Hawaiʻi and one serving West Hawaiʻi. The community organization that previously served East Hawaiʻi now operates islandwide.

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Kailua-Kona man reported missing since Thanksgiving

Hawaiʻi Island police are renewing their request for information about a 37-year-old Kailua-Kona man who was reported missing. Robert Keawe Lopaka Ryder was last contacted on Thanksgiving Day, 2013. He is described as 5-foot-10, 150 pounds with green eyes and short brown hair.

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Police arrest man following robbery in Pahoa Wednesday (Jan 29)

A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with several offenses following a robbery in Pāhoa on Wednesday night (January 29). Puna Patrol officers responded to a 9:09 p.m. report that a 59-year-old Pāhoa man had been walking in Pāhoa around 8:30 p.m. when an unknown man kicked him, knocked him to the ground and stole […]

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Man robbed at knifepoint Friday (Jan 31)

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a robbery Friday morning (January 31) in Hilo. Between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., a 31-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk on the mauka side of Kanoelehua Avenue near the intersection of Leilani Street when he was approached by a man on a bicycle who brandished a knife and […]

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DOE reports on school year and instructional time

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education has provided its 2014 report on School Year and Instructional Time before a joint legislative education committee hearing. Act 167 and Act 52 define student instructional hours as “… student learning time during which students are engaged in learning activities including regularly-scheduled instruction and learning assessments within the […]

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NASA Astronaut Rex J. Walheim shares images taken during STS-122

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Police seek witnesses to Wednesday bank robbery in Hilo

Hawaiʻi Island police have charged the man arrested after a bank robbery that took place Wednesday afternoon (January 29) in Hilo. At 12:05 p.m. Friday (January 31), 61-year-old Lelome Kahaualoa Rogers, who has no permanent address, was charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree theft. His bail was set at $70,000.

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Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance increase

MEDIA RELEASE The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (S. 1926), which U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz co-sponsored. This bill will prevent aggressive flood insurance rate hikes until the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) examines how it can ensure affordable flood insurance for families and businesses. It will also require […]

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Scholarship applications now being accepted

MEDIA RELEASE A variety of scholarship opportunities are available for Big Island students and deadlines are fast approaching … Hawaii Community Foundation With the changing economic landscape, HCF has seen an increase in the number of those in Hawaii seeking scholarships, including nontraditional students who are juggling families and jobs as they pursue their educational […]

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Farm Bill to fight coffee berry borer beetle

MEDIA RELEASE U.S. Sen. Mazie K. Hirono has announced the 2014 Farm Bill expected to be passed by Congress this week includes a measure to fight the coffee berry borer that has been ravaging Hawaii Island coffee farms for almost three years. Hirono had worked with Senate and House agriculture committees to include language that […]

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Governor releases $20M for DLNR facilities, natural resource protection

Sen. Solomon: ‘I’m also particularly pleased to see the release of funds for the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor and the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor’

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