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“Fireworks permits and fireworks on sale now for New Year’s Eve.”

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Good morning Big Island,

Fireworks and fireworks permits are on sale now through the end of the year and today we have a story telling you where to get them and what rules to follow. We also have a story about a University of Hawaiʻi study that finds local farmers are struggling with depression and an alarming number have had suicidal thoughts.

Other posts: Hawaiʻi island police arrest a man on Christmas Day who had been wanted for more than a year; a man from Puna is arrested for burglary and car thefts; a Kona police officer is honored for his efforts in murder investigations; and the Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a missing runaway teen.

We also have posts about the upcoming deadline for public comment about mosquito “birth control,” Gov. Josh Green extends emergency proclamation to provide life flight resources; and officer recruits for the Department of Land and Natural Resources donated “Toys for Tots.”

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Fireworks permits and fireworks on sale now for New Year’s Eve By Nathan Christophel

It doesn’t matter where you are at midnight New Year’s Eve on the Big Island, there’s bound to be a fireworks show somewhere nearby.

The booms, bangs, crackles and whistles of those festive displays send a colorful and raucous report into the night sky, saying farewell to the year that was and ringing in the year ahead. Even if by some dumb luck you don’t catch a lightshow itself, you can’t miss the wafting cloud of smoke accompanied by a distinct and lingering smell of sulfur that will emanate from the backyards of many island homes and neighborhoods.





UH Study: Local farmers struggle with depression in Hawaiʻi

Hawaiian farmers 45 years old or younger are going into 2023 facing unprecedented mental stress, with a recent University of Hawaiʻi study finding 48% have experienced depression and 14% have struggled with suicidal thoughts.

The figures are almost two times higher than Hawaiʻi’s general population, and 17% higher than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2021 report on public health workers.





Ocean View man sought by police for over a year found on Christmas Day

A wanted Ocean View man sought by authorities for more than a year is out on bail after his arrest on Christmas Day.

Hawaiʻi Police located 42-year-old Ronald Patrick Keahonui Kahihikolo in Kailua-Kona. He’s been wanted since July 2021 on three outstanding arrest warrants, as well as for questioning in several other criminal investigations.





Puna man charged in connection with alleged burglary, car thefts

A Big Island man faces several charges in connection with three separate alleged car thefts and a reported burglary, all of which are alleged to have taken place in past two months.

According to the Hawai’i County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, 24-year-old Jonah Drummondo-Rodrigues was arrested and charged in the incidents that were reported in November and December. Drummondo-Rodrigues is alleged to have stolen a Chevrolet truck between Nov. 16 and 18, burglarized a Mountain View home on Nov. 18, stolen a Dodge pickup truck on Dec. 2 and stolen a race car and car trailer on Dec. 23.





Hawai‘i Police seek public help finding runaway teen

Authorities seek the public’s help locating a teen reported as a runaway.

Seventeen-year-old Deandre Moore was last seen on Aug. 20 at 10 a.m., in the area of the 1700 block of Kino‘ole Street in Hilo. He is described as being around 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 to 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Moore is known to frequent the Puna area.





Comment period ends soon about mosquito ‘birth control’ to combat avian malaria

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture wants to use mosquito “birth control” to protect native birds throughout the islands from avian malaria and potentially save several critically endangered birds, including the ‘akeke‘e and ‘akikiki, from extinction.

The public has until Friday, Dec. 30, to comment on a request from the state to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an emergency exemption from the federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to use biopesticide male mosquitoes to control the population of one mosquito species, Culex quinquefasciatus, which is a known vector for avaian malaria.





Green extends emergency proclamation in response to Hawai‘i Life Flight accident

With Hawaiʻi Life Flight in a transition phase as its crews come back online and it begins coming out of a “safety stand down” following the apparent accident earlier this month off the coast of Maui involving one of the company’s air medical transport aircrafts, Gov. Josh Green has extended an emergency proclamation in response.

Green extended the disaster emergency relief period through Jan. 6, 2023. The governor issued the emergency proclamation Dec. 16, activating collaborative efforts to add personnel, airframes and other important resources, the day after the flight went missing. The emergency resources have cared for 52 patients to date.





Kona police detective honored for his efforts in murder investigations

A Kona police detective was recently honored by a West Hawai‘i organization for his meticulous work in connection with murder investigations on both sides of the island.

As a result of his exhaustive efforts, Hawai‘i Police Department Detective Anson Caceres was named the Kona Crime Prevention Committee’s Officer of the Month for December. Caceres received the honor during an awards ceremony Dec. 7 in Kona.





Department of Land and Natural Resources enforcement recruits donate gifts for Toys for Tots

It is the season for giving, and recruits with the Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement Academy Program went the extra mile this year to connect with their community and boost holiday spirits.

The 42 men and women of recruit class 22-01 collected more than 80 new toys, books and games for the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.





List: New laws in the New Year relating to tobacco taxes, fireworks, catalytic converters and more

A list of new laws take effect in the new year on Jan. 1, 2023. 



County of Maui Christmas tree recycling available

The County of Maui, Department of Environmental Management announced a list of options for Christmas tree drop-off and recycling. The County has opened two temporary Christmas tree drop-off sites in Kīhei and Makawao; in addition to the ongoing green waste drop off services throughout Maui County. 




Kauai Weather Forecast for December 28, 2022

Light to moderate trades will trend southeasterly and weaken tonight. A land and sea breeze pattern will become established during the latter half of this week… 



Kauai Surf Forecast for December 28, 2022

The current west northwest swell will be holding steady through the morning. A pair of increasingly larger west northwest swells will pass around the islands… 




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