Hale Nani reports escape


An inmate made an unauthorized exit from the Hale Nani Reintegration Center in Hilo Tuesday morning.

According to a written Department of Public Safety statement, Michael Blanco was spotted walking out of the facility on the southern outskirts of Hilo just before 2 a.m.


Blanco reportedly ran when security staff told him to stop. A pursuit was unsuccessful, so police were notified.

Blanco is 42 years old, is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 190 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair, but might have a shaved head.


Blanco was convicted of promotion of a dangerous drug. His next parole hearing was scheduled for December.

Anyone who has information on Blanco’s whereabouts is asked to call the police nonemergency line at 935-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300.

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