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“Most of the Big Island should be looking at perfect or near perfect weather…for the New Year’s holiday weekend.”

Views expressed in this West Hawaii News update are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Accessed on 30 December 2022, 1352 UTC.

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Burian named acting chief — for less than three weeks

The Hawaii County Police Commission on Thursday unanimously selected Assistant Police Chief Andrew Burian to be the Big Island’s acting chief of police until Honolulu police Maj. Benjamin Moszkowicz is sworn in Jan. 17 as the department’s chief.

Seventeen nabbed for DUI

Hawaii Police Department officers arrested 17 motorists for suspected drunken driving between Dec. 19 and Sunday. Five of the drivers were involved in traffic crashes and four were younger than age 21.

Waipio Valley Access Road remains closed

Waipio Valley Access Road remains closed to the general public as the Department of Public Works continues clean-up efforts due to the kona low weather system that impacted Hawaii Island last week.

Hayashi: COVID impact to linger

It could take three to five years for students to fully recover behaviorally and academically from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to state Department of Education Superintendent Keith Hayashi.

Police locate Ocean View man wanted since July 2021

Hawaii Island police have located 42-year-old Ronald Patrick Keahonui Kahihikolo, of Ocean View, who has been wanted since July 2021 for three outstanding arrest warrants, as well as for questioning in several other criminal investigations.

Police locate missing California woman

Update: Hawaii Island police reported Tuesday that 42-year-old Heather Heathman of California, who was previously reported missing, was located in Hilo on Friday in good health.

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