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Sunday, September 24, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023

Ocean Nihipali-Sesson runs the ball around the end for the gain, helping the Trojans break the school
record for points earned in 11-man football and beating Kohala 60 to 13 on Saturday at home. Photo by Mark Peters 

Steve Adler intercepts and carried the ball 73
yards for a touchdown. Photo by Mark Peters.
KAʻŪ TROJANS EARNED A 60-14 VICTORY OVER KOHALA COWBOYS, Saturday on home turf. Trojans offense helped set a new school record of 60 points for 11-man football, scored on a strong running game totaling 318 yards. 
    Ocean Nihipali-Sesson led all runners with 11 carries for 217 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 19.7 yards per carry. Joe Buyuan also contributed to a TD run.
   Kaʻū Trojans defense was led by a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by Stephen Adler. There was also an interception by Keaka McDonnell and one by Diya Ellis-Reyes. Sacks were recorded by Desmond Camba, Blake Self-Ah Yee and Dakota Seaver. McDonnell led the Defense in tackles with six. 
    Next game is Saturday, Sept. 30 in Pāhala at 1 p.m. against Pahoa. 

Cowboy defender breaks up a deep pass attempt
 to TJ Kuahuia-Faafia. Photo by Mark Peters

A HIT AND RUN IN OCEAN VIEW on Saturday has led Hawai‘i Island police to search for the driver in the traffic collision that left a 26-year-old female with life-threatening injuries. 
    HPD reported: "The single-vehicle collision occurred on Saturday evening, Sept. 23, 2023, near the intersection of Paradise Parkway and Lu'au Drive in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision. The female pedestrian has not been positively identified, but is believed to be from the Ocean View area.
    "Responding to a 10:26 p.m. call, police determined that an unknown pickup truck or SUV ran over the woman, who was possibly lying in the middle of the roadway. Investigators are not able to determine the direction of travel of the unknown vehicle at this time."
    The female pedestrian was transported to the Kona Community Hospital for treatment and later transferred to the Queens Medical Center on O'ahu for further treatment, where she is currently listed in critical condition.
    The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and failed to render aid to the pedestrian. Failure to render aid when a person is seriously injured or killed in a traffic collision is a Class “B” felony that may be punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000. Failure to render aid is covered under section 291C-14 of the Hawai'i Revised Statutes.
A solid block by Senior lineman Dakota Seaver
 helps open a hole for the Trojan running backs.
Photo by Mark Peters
    The Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit has initiated a negligent injury investigation and is asking for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Adam Roberg at (808) 326-4646, ext. 229 or email at adam.roberg@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

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LT. GOV. SYLVIA LUKE is covering for Gov. Josh Green who is on the mainland again, away four nights from Thursday until Monday afternoon. A statement from his office says that he is in Nevada "to attend meetings with various business and trade leaders."
    The Governor is on the the mainland after being back in Hawai'i for a few days last week following his visit to New York the previous weekend to participate in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals meeting and a followup presentation for the Brookings Institution and United Nations Foundation.
    The Lt. Governor is Acting Governor from late afternoon of Thursday Sept. 21 through midday Sept. 25. She was also acting governor the previous weekend and was scheduled to be Acting Governor for a portion of Green's trip out of state July 30 to Aug. 15 but Green came back to Hawai'i after the Maui firestorm disaster.
   Green was also in New York in July for a United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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Senior Dominic Nurial-Dacalio closes in on the Kohala ball carrier with support from teammates. He achieves
another solid game in the trenches, playing offense and defense. Photo by Mark Peters