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Hawaii Island News, 07 March 2010


Behind the 17 points of guard Nick Fisher and the 12 points of game MVP Isaiah Ekau, the Pahoa Daggers edged Kailua-Oahu, 41-38, to take the Division II boys state basketball championship.  In the battle for fifth place, St. Joseph beat Roosevelt 48-42.  In the Division I final, Iolani defeated Kamehameha-Oahu, 46-43.

(AP).  Licensed medical marijuana users in Hawaii can smoke and even grow the plant, but buying it for personal use remains illegal.  A new proposal in the state legislature would create a California style medical dispensary system, where smokers could buy the islands’ well know varieties.  The state senate has sent a measure to the state house for further consideration.

Dry conditions and gusty winds on Saturday afternoon sparked a 300-acre brush fire on the Kona side of Waikoloa Road.  those temporarily evacuated from the Puu Melia Apartments spent some time at Waikoloa Elementary School until fire crews let resident return shortly after 6 p.m.  Both lanes of Waikoloa Road were opened early Sunday morning.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the brush fire destroyed three abandoned buildings and an abandoned vehicle.

Hawaii County police have charged a Mexican national with assault for an incident that occurred last month in Kailua-Kona.   According to police reports, 29-year old Saul Villamil-Roque was charged with second degree assault fo rthe February 12th incident that happened in the parking lot of the King Kemehameha Center.  The victim was a 21-year old Kailu-Kona man, who sustained multiple lacerations.

(AP).  Despite recent rains, areas of the Big Island have reached the most intense drought classification.  The National Weather Service says it’s the first time since the inception of the drought monitor in 1999 that an area in Hawaii has received the D4 designation.  The South Kohala and leeward North Kohala area are the most hard-hit.  In all, more than 75 percent of Hawaii is under at least a moderat drought classification.

Several callers have indicated their concern over the impending de-funding of the Hawaii County Band in both East and West Hawaii.  Several petitions are circulating asking for continued funding of the musical group which dates back to at least 1883.  Those concerned over the band’s uncertain future should contact their Hawaii County Council representative and the mayor’s office.

Our stations have posted a news poll about the future of the Hawaii County Band.  You can vote on the poll by directing your Google browser to:  The poll ran on Saturday, 06 March 2010 and will remain active until 13 March 2010.