Politics — Hawaii County’s Most Notable Person In 2012: Former County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi

Former Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi is now working as a deputy prosecutor for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Kona. Photo by Tiffany Edwards Hunt. All rights reserved. Use with permission only.

Whether you thought she was a victim, a martyr, or a savior, you have to agree that former Hawaii County Clerk Jamae Kawauchi qualifies as the most notable person in Hawaii County for 2012.  Kawauchi put Hawaii County on the map with her management of the Primary Election and pointed to Elections Division staff, the deputy county clerk, and the state Office of Elections for the problems this county encountered. The state Office of Elections took over management of the General Election.  Scott Nago, who heads the state Office of Elections, sent over his most competent staffer Lori Tomczyk to run this county’s General Election. But without Tomczyk, Oahu’s election was a mess. Tomczyk ultimately took the fall for a ballot shortage mess that occurred on Oahu during the General Election, even though she was here in Hawaii County running  our election! Auwe! If anything, the downfall of Tomczyk in the General Election made Kawauchi’s claims against the state Office of Elections more viable. After Kawauchi’s term ended earlier this month, she went on to be among newly elected Prosecutor Mitch Roth’s first hires.  Kawauchi is now reportedly working for the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in Kona.

Letters — About Pepe’ekeo Landing Access


There has been much media coverage lately about our county’s intention to acquire a public access trail to the beach at Papa‘ikou’s old sugar mill site. In that case, the property owners had actually taken the initiative to make a trail to the shoreline for limited public access where there was no legal public easement.  As some community members were not satisfied with that, the county is moving to take the trail through eminent domain.

A few miles north, in the area of the old Pepe’ekeo Landing at the end of Sugar Mill Road, quite the opposite is occurring.  Here a property owner has cut off a public access easement that is recorded in the Bureau of Conveyances, and the county appears willing to tolerate it. Unfortunately for us, the access trail now has been moved around a construction site, so that the shoreline fronting the property, including a small black-sand beach, is inaccessible.

As of this writing, the public access trail, which is on record as going along the coast and around the point and on towards the lighthouse, is blocked on one side of the property by a chain link fence, which seems to float over the pali into space!  It’s as much as your life is worth to try to get down to the beach around this fence. On the other side of the property, construction material and soil is piled up over the trail, and there is a “no trespassing” sign. Community members have been ordered off the trail that we all have a right to access.

Moreover, our Planning Department has issued a permit allowing a “single family residence” of over 7,000 square feet, to be constructed as close as 20 feet from the top of the pali, even though the original permit for the subdivision states “No house or other substantial structure shall be built closer to the ocean than 40 feet from the top of the sea cliff.”  That permit, which the county should have upheld, laid out the guidelines under which the community, through its county government, agreed to allow the development to proceed in the first place.

Since Patricia Tummons of Environment Hawaii pointed out this and other issues to the Planning Department, the County has issued a cease and desist order, ostensibly because the property owner failed to file the plans for the swimming pool he was beginning to construct. The Planning Dept. also has levied a $20,000.00 fine for various violations on the Pepe’ekeo property however the County continues to allow the public access trail to be closed off at the Landing area. .  The concern remains that the county may yet give away a public benefit that the community had every right to believe was secure.  According to Environment Hawaii, the property owner has “been told that, if he resolves an outstanding violation, the department may look with favor on his request to shut down lateral shoreline access for two more years – and possibly beyond that.” This is the kind of sweet deal that our Special Management Area was created to prevent, and it is unacceptable.  The result of allowing the 20 foot setback will be that if this portion of the public access trail is ever re-opened, on a daily basis, the fishermen and public in general will be walking as close as 10 feet from the “Pepe’ekeo Palace” on their way around the area of historic Pepe’ekeo Landing.

Instead, the property owner must change his plans so that his house is constructed within the confines set forth in the original SMA permit for the subdivision. The county should have the property owner apply for an SMA major permit. This way, there will be an opportunity for a public hearing, and the county will have the benefit of everyone’s perspective before deciding what to permit on this property.

In contrast to the Papa‘ikou situation, there is no need for the county to lay out money so that the public can access the shoreline at Pepe‘ekeo Point all that has already been provided for. The county just needs to follow its own guidelines and uphold its permit conditions.

Edward Johnston

Letters — About The Public Land Development Corporation

Editor,  (Hau`oli Makahiki Hou!)

 One man at a Public Land Development Corporation meeting said it best; “The PLDC is like selling a kidney to pay your hospital bill.”

 When Governor Abercrombie came to Kona recently, I told him the PLDC was THE worst idea the legislature has ever come up with. Neil then challenged me – “so what’s your idea to raise money?”
 Here is my idea. State Auditor, Marion Higa, has just retired. There is not a single person in the state that doesn’t trust and respect her. We should beg her to come back for a short while. Give her helpers and free reign to go through every department to root out every inefficiency and follow herdirectives to a T before we prostitute our public lands and buildings on the altar of privatization and cronyism.
 We don’t want time shares or garbage dumps on our special places being decided by three O’ahu PLDC board members and there’s not much in the PLDC rules to stop such a thing. This kind of anti-democratic legislation is sweeping the country and we should be on guard that it doesn’t get a foothold here. All of our current laws are in place for a very good reason; to protect the public. Beg Marion Higa to take on this special task and DO exactly what she recommends if we are serious about finding money.
 The legislature starts in two weeks. If any of us are paying attention to the serious dangers of the Public Land Development Corporation, we should be contacting our legislators to repeal this rotten to the core legislation that is the PLDC and any future, similar legislation, now. Also, complain about bills such as this being changed and passed in a matter of hours, shutting out public comment completely.
If you think your comments will not be taken into consideration by the very legislators who voted for this abomination of a bill, you can donate now to the Repeal the PLDC Defense Fund, (attorney Margery Bronster) at: PPK Legal Fund 4865G Nonou Road, Kapaa, HI 96746 and also on PayPal.

Shannon Rudolph

Hawaii News — Help Police With Leads On Hilo Bayfront Murder

(Media release) — Hawai?i Island police continue to requests the public’s assistance in a murder investigation following the discovery of a body along Bayfront Highway in Hilo.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section and an evidence specialist continued processing the scene Sunday morning (December 30) and recovered evidence, which will be sent to a forensic lab for analysis.

Bayfront Highway was opened shortly after 10 a.m. after being closed in both directions overnight while detectives investigated the incident, which is classified as a second-degree murder.

Detectives are also reviewing videos from various businesses and establishments along Kamehameha Avenue.

Investigators also want to interview fishermen who frequent the Bayfront area, which is a popular location for shoreline fishing, and who may have left before police could contact them. In addition, police are asking that motorists or pedestrians call police if they were in the area and witnessed a confrontation near a silver or light-colored vehicle that was parked on the makai shoulder of the highway just makai of the Mo?oheau ball field.

On Saturday (December 29) at about 8:47 p.m., police received a number of calls of possible gunshots heard in the area of Mo?oheau Park in Hilo. Responding officers discovered an unresponsive male victim with apparent gunshot wounds.

Faafetai Fiu, 32, of Hilo was identified as the victim. He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made in this investigation.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383 nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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 doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

(Submitted by Hawaii Police Department via Nixle.)

Puna News — Jason Russell Jump Charged With Second-Degree Murder For James Johns’ Death

Jason Russell Jump

(Media release) — Hawai?i County police charged 36-year-old Jason Russell Jump of P?hoa with second-degree murder for the death of 54-year-old James V. Johns Sr. of Nanawale Estates earlier this month.

An autopsy conducted Dec. 18 determined that Johns died of injury to the brain caused by blunt force trauma.

Johns’ body was found in his home Dec. 16.

Police ask that anyone with information on this incident contact Detective Norbert Serrao at (808) 961-2383 or nserrao@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona 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 doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

***Commentary*** Do You Know What Happened To ‘Shaka Steve’?

Image courtesy of Brianna Enriquez-Cabalis

Do you know what happened to “Shaka Steve?”

A little over two weeks ago, Shaka Steve reportedly suffered a fatal beating at his home. This is the man who is known throughout Puna to have frequently hitchhikd back and forth to Pahoa waving shaka from the side of the road.  He lived off of Highway 130 just past the entrance to Leilani Estates, his driveway denoted by a spraypainted wooden sign reading, “Steve.”

Missing People — Help Find Yogi Yoswara

Yogi Yoswara

Police and family members are searching for a 31-year-old California man last seen in Hilo Dec. 19.

Yogi Yoswara left a friend’s cabin on around 8 p.m. or 9 pm to go back to his bed and breakfast, according to his sister. Yoswara and his friend were supposed to meet again on Dec 20 at 11 a.m. to go hiking, but he never showed up, Sylviana Kaharudin said. “And that’s the last time we heard from him,” she said.

Yoswara is described as 5-foot-7, 140 pounds with short black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at (808) 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

(Adapted Nixle report.)

***Commentary*** About Thievery In Pahoa Village

Lola Santos Hamilton and an accompanying teenager, Kiki Toki, were caught on video surveillance around 3 p.m., yesterday, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, stealing approximately $150 worth of merchandise from Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa village. Police were notified of the incident. Lola and Kiki were identified through Facebook posts. Aparently, after the surf shop theft, the family went to Malama Market and was caught on video surveillance stealing bottles of Crown Royal. Lola Santos Hamilton and other family members have gained a notorious reputation amongst shopkeepers in Pahoa, not only for stealing, but using children to help her steal.


Hawaii News — Newly Appointed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz Seeks To Staff Office

(Media release) — Senator Brian Schatz will be staffing his office in the weeks ahead.

“Getting my office operational and building our team is essential and we’ve made good progress in a very short period of time,” Senator Schatz stated.

“We will be receiving resumes of people interested in serving in either our Washington D.C. or Hawai`i offices.  We’re looking for talented, energetic and public-minded people who want to serve their State and their Country,” the Senator stated.

Resumes should be sent to: senatorschatz.jobs@gmail.com.

The deadline for receipt of resumes is Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.  Applicants should indicate whether they are applying for positions in Hawai`i, D.C. or both.

Senator Schatz spoke with Senator elect Hirono today and the entire delegation will meet as soon as all members are in Washington, D.C.

“These are difficult times and it is incredibly important that we unify around what is best for Hawai`i and every indication so far is that we are going to be able to do that,” the Senator stated.

(Submitted by Malia Paul.)

Letters — A Pledge To A Dream Of Uncle Sam’s

“Sovereignty means to me, I’m home. I’m home in the heart
of my people where my family is. That’s what it means to me, my land,
and all that goes with being free. That’s what sovereignty means to me.”

Uncle Sam Kaleleiki

We love you Uncle Sam Kaleleiki.

Uncle Sam Kaleleiki has served in the military of what he thought was his country and after coming home he started learning the truth about what happened to his real Country, Hawaii and how it is still Occupied illegally today by the CORPORATE DE FACTO UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. Active in the “Lawful Hawaii Government” he fights tirelessly for the rights of the Hawaii people and is trying to reverse the wrong of what the USA has done to the Country of Hawaii.

Uncle Sam’s dream is to be a good steward of property and to use the property to help his fellow man. This property would provide a safe and secure place for local Hawaiians to talk story; continue the oral cultural history; display their handiwork; share with the general public the products and wisdom of traditional and customary Hawaiian hunting; fishing; gathering; growing food; mauka to makai resource management practices; craftsmanship; arts; medicine; history; spirituality and holistic housing. Methods that blends both the old ways with the new ways that serve humankind and humankind is not made a slave too.

We are manifesting that this dream will soon be a reality by asking that all make a small contribution. For every dollar raised towards the $16,000 figure it will be backed one for one by us and possibly if the donated amount gets close enough we will still make up the difference! Yes Uncle Sam is also putting up his own money into this community opportunity. Of course larger donations would be appreciated as well. By the inch it’s a cinch!

The land has a prominent location where all can see the wonderful works and fruit that will come forth. Having control of this land will be another step forward in Uncle Sam’s efforts to use the land to help people where the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is trying to stop him. (In his current situation he cannot.) see http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/?s=uncle+sam&Submit.x=0&Submit.y=0

Contributions can be mailed to Kayleen Kameda/KR Hunt P.O. Box 492658, Keaau, Hi 96749 or by PayPal at WeloveyouUncleSam@Yahoo.com You can contact us about the debt elimination program at the same e-mail address. Checks should be made payable to Kayleen Kameda or Sam Kaleleiki and please put in the memo Uncle Sam’s Dream. . We will notify you by whatever means you provide us should we receive a check from you.

Let’s help Uncle Sam Kaleleiki get a special gift that will benefit all of us in the long run.

Much Mahalo,

Mikki & Kr

Letters — Another Lack In Services Uncovered

Aloha Tiff –

On Christmas Day, PCMC’s urgent care clinic was open and seeing patients until noon.  Unfortunately, we discovered that the Puna Pharmacy across the parking lot was closed.  Longs was open, but not their pharmacy.  We had our front desk person, Nalani, call every E. Hawaii pharmacy to find out who was open, so that we could refer our patients there to fill their prescriptions.  The only show in town was Hilo Medical Center. A long drive that not everyone can make.

There is something wrong with this picture.  The pharmacies who planned to be closed should have notified the providers.  They did not.  Ideally, the pharmacies should have arranged among themselves to have at least one of them open on holidays – probably on a rotating schedule.  Imagine a patient unable to get their meds… what about diabetics? blood pressure medicine for cardiac patients?  An accident victim who could get an antibiotic shot at our clinic, but not able to follow up with the oral antibiotics?  Someone with an abscessed tooth and no painkillers available? These people would not have a merry Christmas.

Any ideas how to deal with this problem so that it doesn’t happen again?  In time for New Years’ Day perhaps? I would like your readers to do some constructive brainstorming and take action.

Rene (Siracusa)

Noteworthy Obituaries — Pay Respect To The Late Daniel Inouye Thursday

The public is invited to a memorial service for the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a war hero, distinguished president pro-tempore of the United States Senate, and an effective advocate for the people of Hawai‘i for more than five decades.
The Hawai’i Island memorial will be held tomorrow, December 27, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo. Visitation will begin at noon with a service beginning at 1 p.m.
Led by Kahu Daniel Kaniela Akaka, Jr., the service will include remembrances by State Senator Malama Solomon; former State Senator Dwight Takamine, who is Director of the State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Barry Taniguchi, President and CEO of KTA Super Stores; Monty Richards, Chairman of Kahua Ranch; Ka’iu Kimura, Director of the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center; and Mayor Billy Kenoi.
The Inouye family requests no flowers and no koden. They request instead that donations be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, 96813. Contributions may also be made online atHawaiiCommunityFoundation.org. The fund will continue to help organizations and causes that the Senator championed over the years.
Memorial Books Still Available at Mayor’s Offices
Memorial books will be available through Friday, Dec. 28, at the Mayor’s Offices at the Hawai‘i County Building and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center. The public is invited to sign the books and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawai‘i for so long. The books will be sent to the Inouye family.
The office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211.

County of Hawaii announces new venues for 32nd Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic

101 Pauahi Street, Suite 6 • Hilo, Hawai‘i 96720
(808) 961-8311 • Fax (808) 961-8411

December 21, 2012

Venue changes announced for HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic

Sponsors of the upcoming HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic have shifted tournament venues so public memorial services for U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye may be held at Hilo’s Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

Upon learning the auditorium is needed for large crowds expected to honor the late senator, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i Police Activities League promptly modified the 32nd Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic schedule.

“We join all Hawai‘i residents in mourning the passing of Sen. Inouye and are happy to reschedule tournament play to accommodate memorial services for this true American hero,” Parks Director Clayton Honma said. “The Department of Parks and Recreation and HI-PAL thank the 56 teams entered in the tournament for their understanding.”

Memorial services for Sen. Inouye, who died Monday at the age of 88, will occur Thursday, December 27, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.

The tournament will be played December 26 through December 29. The following gymnasiums will be used:

• Hilo Armory – mixed-gender teams of players up to 8 years old
• Kawananakoa Gym in Keaukaha – boys and girls 9-10 years old
• Andrews Gym at Wai?kea Waena Park – boys and girls 11-12 years old
• Pana‘ewa Covered Play Courts – boys and girls 13-14 years old

Game schedules may be viewed online by highlighting “32nd Annual HI-PAL Winter Basketball Classic” listed near the bottom of the homepage on the Department’s website, www.hawaiicounty.gov/parks-and-recreation/.

Championship games for all but the youngest age-group category will be played Saturday, December 29, at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. A special skills challenge and dinner banquet will be held at the Hilo Armory on the evening of Thursday, December 27.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.


***Commentary*** Not Just About The Derelict’s Little Weenie

Some drunk guy, a derelict regular in Pahoa, was outside our shop this afternoon peeing on the sign. We could see his little weenie from the shop window. People were honking as they drove by. I ran outside, yelling at the guy. He continued to pee on the sign, even as I yelled at him. I realized he was wearing headphones. I stood on the other side of the sign hollering at him, “Put your weenie back in your pants and beat it!” I literally studied how little his penis was as I was shouting at him and watching in disbelief as he was right there on the side of the road urinating.
This is the same guy who tried to beat down the police’s door when they graced us with a presence in the village a few years back.
I was actually interviewed with police, having witnessed what they classified as a “burglary.” That case, like so many others I am aware of, went down the proverbial black hole. I wonder if the police themselves got the infamous County of Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney’s Office form letter, claiming the deputy prosecutor who reviewed the case did not have enough evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Obviously nothing ever came of the “burglary” case, or whatever punishment handed to the guy had no effect on his personality disorder.
I saw him later this evening, sitting on the rock wall in front of Hele-on bus. I wondered then how many people have peed in our County of Hawaii buses.
It seems to me like we shouldn’t be allowing bus riders to be drunk and disorderly. Have you ever thought about how many derelicts are using Hele-on buses to make their way around to communities islandwide.’
I am sure there are other townspeople in other communities here who have seen derelicts busting out their weenies in plainsight.
Pahoa Village is beautifully old-school, with carports amid the businesses.
The other day I caught a guy urinating in an elderly couple’s carport near our business. I hollered for him to get out of the carport and asked him if his mother taught him to pee on people’s stuff like that.
As I was hollering at the guy, a school security officer passed, then parked and walked up to help me get the guy on his way.
I left, but I found out later the school security officer had the guy buy water at Pahoa Cash and Carry to rinse the urine off the carport wall.
The guy apparently threw the water on the carport wall, along with his entire plate lunch.
The school security officer found the guy loitering outside the bank and had him go back and clean his urine AND plate lunch.
This stuff is so ridiculous you have to write about it to see the humor and laugh. Otherwise, it is maddening.
It’s hard to believe people are so emboldened they just whip out their weenies on the side of the road in plain sight.
Maybe, rather than a police substation in the village, we need a big, icky public restroom. Let’s take that old substation and let the derelicts kick down the door to take a dump.
I will tell you honestly that I am not going to tolerate derelicts openly sharing their private parts for my children to see.
Clearly, there is a need for public restrooms and a police presence.
Having given up on the latter, I will be advocating for the former. But I am not going to tolerate bad manners. The next time I am witness a derelict whip out his weenie on the side of the road, I am going to bust out the hose.