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For Friday, November 11, 2011

By Star-Advertiser staff


Catamaran permit talk delayed

The state Board of Land and Natural Resources deferred discussion Thursday on a proposal to issue commercial use permits to Waikiki catamaran operators.

The proposal made by the Division of Boating and Recreation will be discussed at the Dec. 9 Land Board meeting. Board members granted the deferral because three of seven catamaran operators were unable to attend Thursday's meeting to testify.

The Boating Division will also ask the board to determine whether the commercial use fee for Waikiki operators should be $200 or 3 percent of gross receipts per month, whichever is greater. The operators have asked for a fee of $60 per seat per year.

Waikiki operators currently pay an annual $8.50 registration fee.


Body identified as Hilo man, 50

Hawaii County police said the body of a man found Tuesday in the Banyan Drive area of Hilo has been identified as that of Ronald Moku Kahapea, 50, of a Banyan Drive address.

Police detectives identified the body Wednesday and were investigating the circumstances of Kahapea's death.

South Hilo Patrol officers responded at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a body near the Banyan Drive golf course.

An autopsy is scheduled for today. The case has been classified as an unattended death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this case or who recently interacted with Kahapea call Detective Reed Mahuna at 961-2384 or Detective Wendell Carter at 961-2378. People who wish to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Police warn of car break-ins

Hawaii County police are warning the public about recent car break-ins and thefts that have been concentrated near Honolii Beach Park, north of Hilo. In October, police investigated 12 vehicle break-ins at Honolii and another three in the surrounding area.

The incidents are occurring throughout the day, with a higher number during the early morning and evening hours, police said. In most cases, thieves get in by breaking a window or through an unlocked door.

Police is asking the public to report leads or suspicious activity to the police nonemergency line at 935-3311. People who wish to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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