|The children of famous taiko drummer Takumi Sato joined him at Nāʻālehu Hongwanji on Saturday. Photo by Robin Sato|
|Takumi Sato and family take taiko to Nāʻālehu Hongwanji.|
Photo by Robin Sato
|Kato Lion gently bites Charlie Sakamoto to ward off bad luck and encourage good health. Photo by Robin Sato|
|Victor Kandle is new administrator for |
Hele On and all of the other Mass Transit
services for the County of Hawai'i
Photo from Hawai'i County
"We are thrilled to welcome Victor Kandle as the new Administrator for the County of Hawaiʻi Mass Transit Agency," stated Mayor Mitch Roth. "His impressive skill set and industry knowledge make him an invaluable asset to our team. Under his leadership, we are confident that our transportation services will continue to meet the needs of our growing community, helping us to forge a sustainable and equitable island where our keiki can thrive and succeed for generations to come."
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PET SAFETY TIPS FOR FOURTH OF JULY were offered Monday by Hawai'i County Animal Control Services: Keep pets secured inside. Pets tied up outside can panic due to the loud noise and may break their tie-out or jump over a fence to escape the noise. Make pets are microchipped and the current owner information is updated, to help increase the chances of reunification. Go to my24pet.com to register pets' microchips. Thunder shirts, favorite treats, and crating, are all ways to help keep pets calm. Check with the veterinarian about anxiety medications for dogs. Check yard for fireworks debris before allowing pets to explore the area.
|Hawai'i County Animal Control & Protection Agency released tips and this image to help pets during Fourth of July.|
|Hawai'i County Animal Control & Protection Agency transitions from Hawai'i Police Department to|
an independent County of Hawai'i Agency on July 1. Photo from County of Hawai'i
Hawai‘i County Animal Control asks the public to please kokua this July Fourth by following the rules regarding fireworks to reduce the risk of injuries to people and pets alike. As a reminder, as of July 1, Hawai‘i County Animal Control Services will transition to become the Animal Control and Protection Agency, and will no longer be under the management of the police department.
FIREWORKS PERMITS BECOME AVAILABLE THIS THURSDAY. Hawaiʻi County Fire Chief Kazuo Todd announced on Monday that firework permits will be available for purchase beginning 8 p.m., Thursday, June 29, until Tuesday, July 4, at 8 p.m. pm. Firework permits and firecrackers can be obtained exclusively from two designated locations: TNT Tent @ Safeway Parking Lot, 381 E. Makaala Street, Hilo and TNT Tent @ Walmart Parking Lot, 75-1015 Henry Street, Kona.
Each permit costs $25, enabling the holder to purchase up to 5,000 individual firecrackers. Permits will
|Fire Chief Kazuo Todd issues some safety tips|
for the Fourth of July holidays. Photo from HFD
Individuals with valid permits can set off firecrackers and consumer fireworks during the approved hours of 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on July 4. However, the Fire Chief emphasizes that buying, selling, possessing, or setting off any Aerial Luminary Device, including Sky Lanterns and Hawaiʻi Lanterns, is illegal. He said that individuals possessing such devices are encouraged to contact Fireworks Auditor Shonne Sasaki at 808-323-4760 for proper disposal with amnesty.
To ensure public safety, the Hawaiʻi Fire Department reminds everyone of the following illegal activities: Removing the contents from any firework(s); throwing firework(s) from a vehicle; setting off firework(s) outside the approved time period or within 1,000 feet of hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the elderly, animal hospitals, schools, highways, parks, or churches during service times; and selling, giving, or possessing firework(s) for minors, and minors setting off or igniting firework(s) without adult supervision.
The Fire Department also urges the public to take these precautions to prevent fires and injuries caused by firework(s): Ensure that a water hose is connected to a water source or have a fire extinguisher readily available and wet down the surrounding brush before setting off firework(s). Ensure children playing with firework(s) are always under adult supervision, as even the smallest fireworks can cause serious injuries. Set off firework(s) in a safe area away from dry grass, buildings, vehicles, and flammable materials. Dispose of used firework(s) properly by soaking them in water before disposal.
Hawaiʻi Fire Department will conduct a collection of unused and unwanted firework(s) after Fourth of July holiday. Individuals interested in disposing of firework(s) can contact Fireworks Auditor Shonne Sasaki at 808-323-4760 for information on pick-up and drop-off locations. Local fire stations are not designated drop-off points for firework(s).
For more information on purchasing fireworks permits, safe use of firework(s), or firework(s) disposal, please contact Fireworks Auditor Shonne Sasaki at 808-323-4760.
POLICE HAVE ARRESTED AND CHARGED A VOLCANO MAN FOR HARD DRUGS, FIREARMS AND THEFT OF A PICKUP TRUCK and ask the public for more information. Lt. Zachary Fernando, of
Hawai'i Police Department's Criminal Investigations Section Area I, made the announcement Monday after charging and arresting 55-year-old Jonathan Edward Kirkpatrick.
HPD reported that the charges stem from Thursday, June, 22 at 7:10 p.m. when an off-duty police officer observed a pickup truck strike a pole in a drive-thru in Kea'au. Noticing the pickup driver slumped over and fearing he was suffering a medical condition, the off-duty officer contacted the
Detectives with HPD’s Area I Criminal Investigation Section obtained and executed a search warrant on the pickup truck, recovering more than 29 grams of fentanyl, 9 grams of methamphetamine, 76 grams of marijuana, a loaded .357 magnum revolver, 12 rounds of .357 ammunition, three rounds of .22 ammunition, and a digital scale.
After conferring with the County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday, June 23, detectives with the Area I Criminal Investigation Section charged Kirkpatrick with the following offenses: Unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle (auto theft); three counts of second-degree promotion of a dangerous drug
second-degree promotion of a detrimental drug; two counts of ownership prohibited; possession of loaded firearm on a highway; two counts of place to keep; and possession of firearm with intent facilitate the commission of a felony drug offense. His total bail was set at $237,000.
Kirkpatrick is being held at HPD’s East Hawai’i Detention Center pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday June 26.
Those with information regarding this crime can also contact Detective Jeremy Kubojiri at email@example.com. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.