|Ikaika Rodenhurst and the county administration parted ways this week. He served for 18 months as chief of the Department of Public Works. Photo from Tracy Niimi|
The county also announced that Julann Sonomura is the new Acting Building Division Chief and Neal Tanaka is Acting Deputy Building Chief.
The mayor stated, “We would like to thank Ikaika for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors, as well as welcome both Julann and Neal to their new positions. Our administration remains
NEEDS OF THOSE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES are subject of a public survey by Hawaiʻi State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The survey announced on Wednesday can be filled in online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HSCDDsurvey. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It is confidential and requires no identifying information to complete it. The survey is available now until Aug. 3 and the responses will inform the council and shape how the state of Hawaiʻi meets the needs of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
"It is our hope that we reach all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Hawaiʻi," said Daintry Bartoldus, the Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi State Council on Developmental Disabilities. "We want to hear from them, their families and their caregivers about their health, educational and work or employment related needs that are so vital to their quality of life and well-being."
Those invited to the survey are people diagnosed with and not limited to: autism spectrum disorder; CHARGE syndrome; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; fetal alcohol spectrum disorder; fragile X; a genetic defect; down syndrome; intellectual disability; Prader-Willi syndrome; Spina bifida; and Williams syndrome.
Council on Developmental Disabilities asks that the survey be filled out once for each individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disability. The survey link may be shared with everyone who is eligible to take it. Family members, support workers, educators, or caregivers, may assist the individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities in filling the survey out.
For more information on the Developmental Disabilities Council's needs assessment survey or to request a copy of the survey via mail, call (808) 586-8100, or via email HSCDDsurvey@gmail.com.
The Hawaiʻi State Council on Developmental Disabilities empowers, advocates, and supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities statewide. The council helps them control their own destiny and determine the quality of life they desire.
Hawaiʻi State Council on Developmental Disabilities envisions that: "Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are viewed as equal to all persons and enjoy basic human rights, life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness, and that they have choices about where they live, work, learn, play, and pursue their spiritual beliefs, are respected and receive the support they need."
JUSTICE JAYDEN KAWELU KAAWA DIED AFTER A MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT. The three vehicle collision happened Wednesday in South Kona, south of the intersection of Old Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 180) and Mamalahoa Highway (Highway 11). This marks the third traffic fatality in as many days on Hawai‘i Island roads.
Kaawa, 19, was operating the the motorcycle and was listed as living in Kona. Responding to a 9:28 a.m. call, police determined that a gray 2019 Toyota 4Runner SUV operated by a 64-year-old Kealakekua woman, was making a left turn onto Highway 11 (north) when it was struck by a southbound black 2001 Honda VT1100 motorcycle operated by Kaawa. After striking the Toyota SUV, the motorcycle then struck a silver 2016 Kia Sedona van operated by a 38-year-old Captain Cook woman. The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death and the Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent homicide investigation.
|Peterson Balos arrested for burglaries in Ocean View.|
Upon reviewing video surveillance footage from several area businesses, police identified two suspects: 28-year-old Daeja Elizabeth Taetuna, of Kailua-Kona, and 33-year-old Peterson Balos of Ocean View.