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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2001

Neighbor Island briefs

Advertiser Staff

Eight arrested in Big Isle drug raid

KALAOA-KONA, Hawai'i — Eight suspects remained in custody yesterday after being arrested in an early morning drug raid Monday in Pu'ukala, North Kona.

The four men and four women are awaiting charges in an assortment of drug and firearm offenses.

Lt. Robert Hickcox, commander of the West Hawai'i vice squad, said police and Hawai'i National Guard personnel searched a Kona Ocean View Estates residence at 6:45 a.m. and seized $7,500 cash, a shotgun, an assault rifle, a .22 caliber rifle, 76 grams of methamphetamine, 89 grams of cocaine and 15 grams of marijuana.

The female suspects, all in their 30s, live in the Kona Ocean View Estates subdivision.

The other suspects are a 20-year-old Waimea man, a 31-year-old man from Kailua-Kona, and two men ages 25 and 36 from the subdivision.

Three children belonging to one of the suspects were placed under the care of Child Welfare Services.

Hickcox said the raid was in response to reports of drug activity in the subdivision north of Kailua-Kona.

It was the second major drug raid in four days by the Kona-based vice squad.

Five people were arrested Friday in South Kona on various drug and firearm counts.

Motor vehicle office closed until Friday

WAILUKU, Maui — The Kihei satellite office for the Maui County Division of Motor Vehicles and Licensing is closed until Friday while the air conditioner is being replaced.

The office is at the Azeka Place Shopping Center at 1280 South Kihei Road.

Questions regarding motor vehicle licensing and registration may be directed to the Wailuku office at (808) 270-8080.

Senior PGA Tour gives gift to agency

KAHULUI, Maui — Hale Makua, which runs long-term-care facilities and services on Maui, has received a $25,000 donation from the Senior PGA Tour.

The nonprofit agency was the major beneficiary of the 2000 Ka'anapali Classic Senior PGA Tournament.

Hale Makua has been associated with the tournament since the golf event was launched in 1988.

Hale Makua president and chief executive officer Tony Krieg said the tournament has contributed more than $200,000 to his agency over the years.

MCC registration begins next week

KAHULUI, Maui — Maui Community College will conduct registration for its summer sessions beginning Tuesday.

Along with liberal arts core classes and nurse aide training, the summer sessions will offer culinary arts courses for the first time.

Registration will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the admissions and records office starting Tuesday through the first day of instruction for the different sessions.

Extended registration hours will be April 5, 11 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Registration can be done in person, or by phone with a Visa or Mastercard.

On Maui, call 984-3530; from the other islands or the Mainland, call (800) 479-6692.

Pump failure closes Maui pool

PUKALANI, Maui — The county's 50-meter Upcountry swimming pool will be closed until Friday because of a pump failure.

The pool is near the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

The keiki pool at the aquatic center was not affected and remains open.

The Department of Parks and Recreation has replaced the larger pool's pump motor and is running the system to allow the chlorine to circulate and return to proper health standards.

For more information, call the Aquatics Division at (808) 270-6135.