By David Corrigan and Stephanie Salazar
HILO, Hawaii: In Hilo news, the 13th Annual Taste of Hilo was held on Sunday… and the downtown Sangha Hall was packed with participants looking to tempt their pallet with something new, and locally made.
The popular annual food show features more than 35 different restaurants, chefs, pastry and beverage suppliers.
MC Skylark Rossetti manuevered through the crowd, grabbing interviews with various presenters.
And the show drew dignataries from beyond Hilo… United States Senate hopefuls Ed Case and Linda Lingle were both in attandance, shaking hands and talking story with the Big Island electorate.
The event is a benefit for Hawaii Community College, and is sponsored by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
HILO, Hawaii: Turning to some troubling Hilo news, police warning the public about recent car break-ins and thefts of pickup truck tailgates in Hilo.
During the month of September, police investigated reports of 10 vehicle break-ins and six thefts of tailgates.
In the tailgate thefts, which have occurred in various locations in Hilo, the thieves have targeted Toyota Tacoma trucks.
Police say the car break-ins have taken place in downtown Hilo, Honoli?i and the Hilo High School track — usually during the late night and early morning hours. The primary method of entry is by breaking a window or reaching through a partially opened window to unlock a door. Victims of these crimes have included both visitors and local residents.
Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any items left inside should be concealed from view. If at all possible, don’t leave valuables inside at all.
Police ask that the public to report any suspicious activity and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.