Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, January 11, 2003

14 vintage surfboards taken from Maui shop

WAILUKU >> At least 14 vintage surfboards, including two designed by Duke Kahanamoku in the 1960s, have been stolen from a Maui business.

Hi-Tech Surf Sports in Kahului said the stolen surfboards also included a big-wave "gun" surfboard owned by the late Mark Foo, who died in 1994 in high surf at Mavericks, and a surfboard used by Noah Shimabukuro in 1998 to win a world longboard competition.

Hi-Tech owner Kim Ball said the boards were estimated to be worth a total of $25,000, but he regards them as priceless.

"I'm superbummed. You can't replace them," he said.

Ball said a man and a woman were arrested trying to steal one of the surfboards on Jan. 4 from a storage area about a block from the Hi-Tech store, but the others were missing and believed to have been stolen a few days earlier.

Ball said three men tried to sell Shimabukuro's former board at a surf store, but the employees refused to buy it after the men were unable to provide proper identification.

Ball said the Duke Kahanamoku boards were both 9 feet long, and one of them was red while the other was prepared with clear resin.

State prepares boat for scuttling at sea

An 85-foot former fishing vessel that was grounded on Maui on Tuesday is being prepared by state officials at Keehi Small Boat Harbor for a burial at sea within the next week.

"We're trying to keep it afloat long enough to clean it and to sink it," said Steve Thompson, Oahu District manager for the Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation.

The state took control of the Messenger of Peace after its owner, J.C. Ministries, of Marysville, Wash., said it had no insurance or money to rescue it. The owner had used the boat for humanitarian missions to the South Pacific.

It has yet to be determined whether the owner will be charged for the cost of disposing of the now unseaworthy vessel, Thompson said yesterday.

It cost $100,000 to tow the Messenger of Peace from the reef off the Sugar Beach at Kihei, where it was blown last Saturday by high winds, Thompson said.

The state spent an additional $25,000 removing oil and hazardous chemicals from the boat to meet Environmental Protection Agency requirements for scuttling at sea, he said.

Meanwhile, divers with the state Division of Aquatic Resources determined yesterday that about 950 square feet of coral reef offshore from Sugar Beach was damaged by the boat, said Russell Sparks, an education specialist for the division on Maui.




>> The Hawaii Police Athletic Federation has granted $500 to $1,500 scholarships for the 2002-2003 school year to the following college students:

Brandi Barefoot of Dixie State College; Joyce Lum, Ohio State; Dawn Muraoka, University of Hawaii-West Oahu; Ryan Nakamura, UH-West Oahu; Jason Nakasato, California Maritime Academy; Karla Nakashima, University of Washington; Melanie Phillips, Maui Community College; Stephanie Tsugawa, Pacific University; Bodrina Saragosa, Honolulu Community College; and Bronson Sismar, UH-Manoa.

"Taking Notice" runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Listings also appear online at Please send items to City Desk, Star-Bulletin, 500 Ala Moana, Suite 7-210, Honolulu, HI 96813.


Corrections and clarifications

>> Lucile Abreu and other policewomen assigned to the Honolulu Police Department's Juvenile Services Division were not police matrons. A story on Page A1 on Monday incorrectly stated that all of the policewomen who entered the department prior to 1975 were matrons.

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at

Police, Fire, Courts


By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers


Missing boy last seen with his grandfather

Derick Gilman:
Sought in connection with his missing grandson.
Daniel Gilman: 9-year-old was last seen with his grandfather in the Pearlridge area.
The Honolulu Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing 9-year-old boy who was last seen with his maternal grandfather last week.

Police said Daniel Gilman was seen Tuesday with his grandfather, 49-year-old Derick Gilman, in the Pearlridge area riding on a city bus. Police said Derick Gilman has 29 misdemeanor convictions, three outstanding warrants at this time and no legal custody of Daniel.

Prior to the sighting last week, Gilman and his grandson were last seen at an Olive Street residence in Wahiawa on Christmas Eve. Daniel Gilman is described as 4 feet 10 inches tall, 125 pounds, with a husky build, short dark brown hair and brown eyes. Derick Gilman, also known as Erick Kanamu and George H. Wright, is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds, with a medium build, brown hair, brown eyes and a mustache.

Witnesses to this case may call Detective Erik Iinuma directly at 529-3099 or Missing Child Center-Hawaii at 753-9797. Anonymous calls may also be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, *CRIME on a cellular phone.


Home repair scam has HPD seeking suspect

Home repair scam suspect.

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are investigating a house repair scam that occurred in the Kalihi area between Dec. 28 and 31.

Police said that on Dec. 28 a male suspect, his wife and two sons approached an 85-year-old woman who was working in her front lawn and offered to paint her house and fix her roof for $7,000. The victim paid the money, and the family did some painting and applied a layer of a black substance on the roof, but afterward the suspect stated that he would return in 100 days to finish the work.

Police said it was later discovered that no preparation work was done on the house prior to painting, inferior paint is believed to have been used and the black substance used on the roof is still being investigated. Investigators said this case appears to be the newest version of an old series of scams in which people offer to do house repairs for a "reasonable" fee and do inferior work without ever completing the job.

Police are investigating the incident as a potential theft case. The suspect is described as a male who goes by the name of Harry. He is in his late 30s, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 150 pounds and has black hair, brown eyes, an olive complexion and a foreign accent.

Anyone with any information about the suspect or similar cases is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellular phone.


Woman dies after car crash near Hilo

HILO >> A Big Island woman was killed when her small pickup truck crossed Volcano Highway and hit a larger pickup head on about 6:05 a.m. yesterday, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Moana Balles, 29, of Volcano. She was driving a 1979 Toyota flatbed truck when she crossed the center line of the highway while driving uphill at Glenwood, south of Hilo, police said.

Mathias Cuison, 31, of Naalehu, driving downhill, unsuccessfully attempted to avoid Balles by driving onto the right shoulder, police said. Skid marks showed Cuison tried to stop, police said. There were no skid marks from Balles' truck.

Balles was dead at the scene, Fire Department paramedics said. Cuison, who was not wearing a seat belt, was admitted to Hilo Hospital in guarded condition.

Balles was the first traffic fatality of the year on the Big Island, compared with none at this time last year.

Hawaiiana item stolen from Waimea shop

Police are looking for information about the theft of a traditional Hawaiian shark's-tooth war weapon from a shop in Waimea earlier this week.

South Kohala police were told Thursday that the item, valued at $625, was stolen from the Cook's Discoveries Shop in Waimea. The stolen item, created by artist Ski Kwiatkowski, was described as a piece of koa wood, about 15 inches long, with shark's teeth pegged in place in traditional Hawaiian fashion.

Anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the collector's piece is asked to call South Kohala community policing officer John Keone Rodrigues or South Kohala patrol officer Daniel Nietling at 887-3080, or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Rebecca Pelfrey: Wanted for outstanding warrants.

Big Isle police seek woman on warrants

Big Island police are looking for a 28-year-old woman wanted on four outstanding warrants.

The woman was identified as Rebecca Kehaulani Pelfrey. Pelfrey is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds and having brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call officer Daniel Nietling of the South Kohala Patrol at 887-3080 or the police nonemergency number at 935-3311.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

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