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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Kaʻū News Briefs December 26, 2023

See https://lrb.hawaii.gov/par/, Public Access Room at the state Legislative Reference Bureau, to learn how to introduce,
support, oppose and track legislation and follow Kaʻū's state Senator Dru Kanua and member of the state House of
Representatives Jeanne Kapela. Image from PAR

Dru Kanuha represents Kaʻū'
 and is also the state Senate's
 Majority Leader
PAR, THE PUBLIC ACCESS ROOM, HAS RELEASED THE 2024 HAWAI'I LEGISLATURE CALENDAR. PAR, a part of the Legislative Reference Bureau, provides many ways for the public to become involved in the introduction of new legislation, testifying pro and con and following each measure through the House and Senate.
     The 2024 Hawai'i Legislature will last about four months, opening on Jan. 17.      
     Public Access Room offers direct assistance to the public in helping with research and understanding the process, on line, on the phone and in person at is office and workspace in the state Capitol. It provides training, desk space and computers for people traveling to the legislature to research, testify and follow legislation. See more on PAR at https://lrb.hawaii.gov/par/.

    The public can follow the activities of Kaʻū's state Senator, Dru Kanuha, who is the Senate's Majority Leader. His Senate District 3 runs from Kona through Kaʻū into Volcano. In the 2024 Hawai'i Legislature, he will serve on Committees on Education, Housing and Ways & Means. See more about Kanuha, along with numerous measures he introduced for 2024 at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/legislature/memberpage.aspx?member=184&year=2024.

Jeanne Kapela is Kaʻū's state House
 member and is vice-chair of the
Education & Tech Committee.

     State House of Representatives member Jeanne Kapela's District 5 runs from Ho'okena through Ocean View, Waiʻōhinu, Nāʻālehu, Punalu'u, Pāhala, and Volcano into Fern Forest, Glenwood, Mountain View and Kurtistown and portions of Kea'au. In the 2024 Hawai'i Legislature she will serve on Committees of Higher Education & Technology; where she is vice-chair; Culture, Arts & International Affairs; Education; and Labor & Government Operations. See more about Kapela, along with numerous measures she introduced for 2024 at https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/legislature/memberpage.aspx?member=71&year=2024.

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FIREWORKS PERMITS ARE NOW AVAILABLE, reports Hawaiʻi Fire Department. Permit sales began Tuesday at the following vendor locations for the upcoming New Year's celebration. These sites are:
    KTA Puainako, 50 E. Puainako Street, Hilo
    KTA Kona, Kona Coast Shopping Center, 74-5594 Palani Rd. Kailua-Kona
    KTA Waimea, 65-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy, Kamuela
    Pacific Fireworks, 74-5629 Kuakini Hwy Suite 155 Kailua-Kona
    J. Hara Store, 17-343 Volcano Hwy Kurtistown
The closest fireworks sales to east Kaʻū is at
 the Tent Sale at J. Hara store in Kurtistown.
Kimura General Store 27-289 Mill Rd. Papaikou, Hilo
    Phantom Fireworks Tent, 74-5511 Luhia St. Kailua Kona
    Phantom Fireworks Tent, 325 E. Makaʻala St. Hilo
    Phantom Fireworks Tent, 111 E. Puainako St. Hilo
    TNT Tent, 381 E. Makaʻala St. Hilo
    TNT Tent, 75-1015 Henry St. Kailua-Kona
    TNT Tent, 45-3327 Kou St. Honokaʻa
    TNT Tent, 16-711 Milo St. Keaʻau
    No permits will be sold in the Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court this year.
    Fireworks permits will also be available for purchase at: 
    Fire Administration Office at Hilo County Building, 25 Aupuni Street, Suite 2501, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through Dec. 29. Call 808-932-2911 to set up an appointment.
    Kona Fire Prevention Office at West Hawaiʻi Civic Center, 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Bldg E, second floor, by appointment only through Dec. 29. Call 808-323-4760 to set up an appointment.
    Each permit costs $25 and will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 firecrackers. Multiple permit purchases are authorized. Permits shall only be issued to persons 18 or older and are nontransferable and non-refundable. Fireworks sales will began on Dec.r 26 and end at midnight on New Year's Eve.
      Permits are not required for the purchasing of novelties and paperless firecrackers.

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SETTING OFF FIREWORKS FOR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IS ALLOWED between 9 p.m. on New Year's Eve and 1 a.m. on New Year's Day. Permits shall be visibly displayed at the site of use during the firing.
    Hawai'i Fire Department reminds the public that it is illegal for anyone to:

    Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any firework;
    Throw fireworks from, at, or into any vehicle; 

  Set off any fireworks at any time outside specified periods.
    Set off fireworks within 1,000 feet of any hospital, convalescent home, care home for the elderly, zoo, animal hospital or shelter, or church when services are held; on any school property without authorization from the said school official; on any public way such as a highway, alley, street, sidewalk, or park.

    Offer for sale, sell, or give any fireworks to minors; or for any minor to possess, purchase, sell, or set off, ignite, or otherwise cause to explode any fireworks, except under the immediate supervision of an adult;

     Set off any aerial luminary devices, commonly called Sky Lanterns or Hawaiʻi Lanterns, or any other aerial devices, such as bottle rockets, skyrockets, Roman candles, cakes, mortars, or shells.
    The Hawaiʻi Fire Department asks everyone to please kōkua in helping the Department prevent fires and avoid the unnecessary injuries caused by fireworks each year.
     HFD says that rresidents can help by using extreme care when setting off fireworks. Children playing with fireworks should always be under an adult's close supervision. Even the smallest of fireworks can cause severe injuries that will quickly ruin the Holidays. Please help us to help you start the New Year off safely.
     Fireworks should be set off in an area well away from dry grass or flammable materials.
    Light fireworks one at a time. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
    Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
    Never place any part of your body directly over or under a fireworks device when lighting the fuse.            Never hold a lighted firework in your hand or aim it at another person.
    Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
    Be mindful of lighting fireworks during moderate to high winds that could contribute to spreading a brush fire rapidly.
    Be sure fireworks are completely extinguished before being disposed of.
    Have a fire extinguisher and/ or a water hose for use during an unplanned or unexpected fire. Be sure the water hose(s) can reach all areas where fireworks are being conducted, especially around the entire house. Wetting down any dry, grassy area before and after setting off Fireworks is also a great idea. Doing it before will also let you know the capability of your water source.
    Wear protective eyewear to prevent eye injuries.
    If injured, get medical attention immediately by calling 911.
    For more information on purchasing Fireworks permits, the use of Fireworks, or the Fireworks Amnesty program, call Fire Prevention Branch at 932-2911 (Hilo) or 323-4760 (Kona).

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