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Foxworthy named ‘Officer of the Month’

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Jason Foxworthy as “Officer of the Month” for June in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Foxworthy was honored for his efforts in a burglary investigation.

On March 15, Foxworthy responded to an alarm at a Kailua-Kona business. He found the front door to the business had been forced open and the interior was in disarray. He initiated a burglary investigation and recovered video surveillance of a man breaking into the building and rummaging through office drawers. Foxworthy was able to identify the suspect and arrest him the next day.

In addition to this investigation in March, Foxworthy investigated 41 incidents, three traffic accidents and 39 miscellaneous public complaints. He made 19 adult arrests and issued 31 traffic citations.

Foxworthy, a five-year veteran of the Hawaii Police Department, has received extensive training as a certified drug recognition expert. From March 2013 to March 2014, he conducted 42 drug recognition evaluations on suspects arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

As “Officer of the Month,” Foxworthy is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee encourages community involvement in aiding and supporting police in West Hawaii.

Blessing held Sunday at new Makua Lani campus

Makua Lani Christian Academy has officially become the owner of the former Hualalai Academy Campus located at 74-4966 Kealakaa St. in Kailua- Kona. The 14-acre campus is currently capable of accommodating between 250 and 300 students and was certified as a wildlife habitat by the national Wildlife Federation in 2007.

“As part of the community, we were, like many, saddened by the news of Hualalai Academy’s closing,” said Dylan Mabuni, chairman of the Makua Lani Christian Academy board of directors. “We realized the impact on everyone involved. It is our sincere hope that by moving MCLA into this amazing facility we can further serve the needs of affordable, private education in West Hawaii.”

Immediate plans are to prepare the school to welcome the Makua Lani Christian Academy upper campus comprised of students grades eight through 12 for the upcoming school year.

A blessing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the campus with a short speaking agenda, a tour, and gathering with light refreshments. The public is welcomed.

Makua Lani Christian Academy is a member of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools. It is accredited through the Accrediting Commission for Schools of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the Association of Christian Schools International. More than 90 percent of the graduates of Makua Lani Christian School have matriculated in colleges and universities across the country or entered mission work abroad.

Makua Lani Christian Academy is part of a select group of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade independent schools on Hawaii Island. In its mission statement, the school pledges, “It will work together with parents and the church to provide a Christ-centered, spiritual, academic and physical foundation that will produce individuals who will be biblical thinkers capable of serving the world for Christ.”

Libraries closed for Kamehameha Day

In observance of Kamehameha Day, all public libraries will be closed Wednesday. Visit librarieshawaii.org for a complete list of public service hours for libraries.

Soil and water group meets Wednesday

The Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation District meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service center, 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy., Suite 148 in Waimea.

Those requiring an accommodation or auxiliary aid should call 885-6602, extension 100.

North Kohala Kamehameha Day events planned

A Kamehameha Day celebration will be held June 11 in North Kohala.

A lei draping ceremony will occur from 7:45 to 9 a.m. at the Kamehameha statue in Kapaau. A floral parade featuring honorees, a hula halau and pa‘u riders will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. A hoolaulea will feature food, craft vendors, and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau. All events are free. For more information, visit kamehamehadaycelebration.org or call 541-778-2642.

Akoni Pule Highway will be closed from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in front of the statue and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. from Hawi to Kapaau for the parade.

Rotary honoring community partners

The Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise will recognize community partners at its meeting Wednesday at 6:45 a.m. upstairs at Humpy’s Restaurant. Breakfast is $11; coffee is $5. Call Laura Guluzzy for more information at 326-2100. All are welcome.

American Legion meets Wednesday

American Legion Post 20 and its auxiliary meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Makala Boulevard in Kailua-Kona. The meeting will include a discussion of a new meeting site. A dinner will be provided by the auxiliary and is $10. For dinner reservations, call Dave Carlson at 325-6491 or Kalani Hamm at 329-7274 or 936-8033.

Kaniho graduates basic training

Air Force Airman William M. Kaniho graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Kaniho is the son of Klem Kaniho Jr. and Jamie Giltner, both of Waimea. He is a 2012 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Hawaii.

Meyer completes basic training

Air Force Airman Isaiah K. Meyer graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Meyer is the grandson of Bill Chambers of Honokaa and Frank Hess of Waikoloa. He is a 2013 graduate of Honokaa High School.

Civil Air Patrol members honored for World War II service

President Barack Obama on May 30 signed into law a bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol for its service during World War II.

The legislation recognizes the volunteer service of more than 120,000 men, women and teenagers who joined Civil Air Patrol immediately before and during the war. They helped protect the nation by warding off German U-boat attacks on American oil tankers bound for Allied nations. Early members also took to the skies to patrol the nation’s borders, tow targets for military training, watch for forest fires, conduct search and rescue missions, provide disaster relief, transport people and parts and conduct orientation flights for future pilots.

More information about Civil Air Patrol’s World War II service is available at capgoldmedal.com.

The Kona Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol trains regularly to execute tsunami warning flights, searches for missing boaters, hikers, campers or other emergency services using their aircraft and trained ground crews. The Kona squadron meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at their airport building.

For more information, contact commander Lisa Myrick at capkona@gmail.com or 333-9061.