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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Kaʻū News Briefs Jan. 23, 2024

Volcano Golf Course is celebrating the first hole in one for 2024. See more on the course
activities and the hole in one below and at volcanogc.com. Photo from Volcano Golf Course

HAWAI'I HAS THE LOWEST RACIAL WEALTH GAP IN THE NATION, with the exception of West Virginia which is tied for 50th, reported WalletHub on Tuesday. The income gap study its based on comparing incomes of white, non-Hispanics, with Hispanics and Blacks.
    The study doesn't examine the wealth gap here between the overall population in Hawai'i and Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders who live here.
    Based on WalletHub metrics that show Hawai'i with the lowest racial wealth gap, the study released Tuesday reports that the highest median racial household income gap is four times higher in the District of Columbia than in Hawai'i. The highest racial homeownership rate gap is three times higher in North Dakota than in the District of Columbia. The highest racial poverty rate gap is 13 times higher in the District of Columbia than in Hawai'i. The highest uninsured rate gap is 22 times higher in Maryland than in Hawai'i. Read more about the study at https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-the-highest-and-lowest-financial-gaps-by-race/9842

Regina Baker
FLEEING THE SCENE AND FAILING TO ASSIST A VICTIM OF A VEHICULAR ACCIDENT has led to arrest of an Ocean View woman. Officers with Hawai‘i Police Department’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit arrested the driver of a 2006 Nissan Murano SUV that fled the scene of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 11 at Aloha Blvd. on Saturday. The crash left an Ocean View man with life-threatening injuries.
    Responding to a call at 10:16 p.m, police determined that a blue 2003 Harley-Davidson Road King driven by a 59-year-old man, was heading south and overtaking several vehicles in a no-passing zone. As the motorcycle was passing the fourth vehicle, a 2006 Nissan SUV, the SUV made a left turn onto Aloha Boulevard resulting in the motorcycle striking the rear of the vehicle. The rider was ejected more than 250 feet, sustaining severe head and internal injuries. The SUV fled the scene into the upper portion of the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision.
    The motorcyclist was transported to the Kona Community Hospital and subsequently transferred to the Queens Medical Center on Oahu for further treatment where he remains in critical condition.
    HPD’s Area II Traffic Enforcement Unit launched a traffic crash investigation and on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 10:40 a.m., arrested 49-year-old Regina Baker of Ocean View for failure to render aid/accident involving injury or death, driving without a driver’s license, and operating a vehicle without valid insurance. She was subsequently released pending further investigation. The Nissan SUV involved in the collision was taken into police evidence and the investigation remains ongoing at this time.
    Police ask anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact Officer Ansel Robinson at 808-326-4646, ext. 229, or email at ansel.robinson@hawaiicounty.gov. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (808) 961-8300.

Janet Nishiki with her first hole
in one. She achieved it at Volcano
 Golf Course. Photo from VGC
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VOLCANO GOLF COURSE ANNOUNCED A HOLE IN ONE as a start to the New Year. Alyss Tsukayama, of Volcano Golf Course, reports that on Jan. 17, Janet Nishiki accomplished her first hole in one on Volcano's 125-yard Hole No. 3. See more on activities at Volcano Golf Course at www.volcanogc.com.

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THE FIRST GOLF TOURNAMENT TO SUPPORT KAʻŪ LITTLE LEAGUE will be sponsored by The Club at Discovery Harbour on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Discovery Harbour Golf Course. All teams are two persons and the cost is $80 per team.  
    There will be games and prizes on some of the holes. A late lunch will be provided. Registration ends Jan. 30. Check in time is 8 a.m.  For more information or to register contact Diana at 808-935-4805.
    Kaʻū Little League is also looking for hole sponsors, cash donations and hole prizes. Sponsoring a hole costs $100 and businesses will be advertised throughout the year on a banner, the website, Facebook and more. For more information on donating, contact Diana at 808-935-4805.
    Kaʻū Little League registration has begun and will end on Feb. 26.  Registration packets can be picked up at the Wednesday O Kaʻū Kākou Market at the CROOKed C Ranch booth and at Nāʻālehu and Pāhala libraries. Registration is $100. 
    Scholarships are available for Little League registration. Packets can be picked up at the OKK market. The booth is next to the OKK booth.              
    Players can be ages 8-14; no experience necessary. 
    Volunteers are needed for the 2024 season. The league needs coaches, umpires and other volunteers to help at games.         
    Kaʻū Little League is looking to organize teams in Nāʻālehu, Pāhala and Ocean View. 
    Contact Elizabeth Crook at 
808-345-0511 for more information. She said that "Little League believes in the power of youth baseball and softball to teach life lessons that build stronger individuals and communities. One Team. One Little League."

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