Steven Yamamoto and Keolalani Oka come from coffee. Friends since kindergarten, they both grew up on small family coffee farms in Kona and can trace their heritage back to relatives who migrated from Japan in the late 1800s to work on Konas early coffee plantations.
In the news recently was a stunning announcement by Justin Kollar, who is the Kauai County Prosecutor. State law says that for folks driving without a license or driving without insurance, heavier fines and more jail time apply to repeat offenders. He said that he has decided to prosecute all cases under his watch as first-time offender cases, no matter how many prior convictions the defendant may have or how quickly those priors were accumulated.