Announcements: August 4, 2021

Friday’s Ohaha Food Drop moved to Honokaa

The Food Basket is moving its Ohana Food Drop scheduled this Friday in Waimea to Honokaa due to the ongoing wildland fire in South Kohala.


The decision was made not to postpone the event, but rather to move it to ensure those in need do not go without, according to Leelen Park, the nonprofit’s COVID-19 Response Project Manager. The drop is the first of four scheduled for August, and the nonprofit is assessing future operations.

“Although it is not as central as Waimea, Honokaa will serve as the point for this month to service the Kohala and Hamakua areas of Hawaii Island,” Park said.

Friday’s drop for the North Hawaii community will get underway at 10 a.m. at the Honokaa Sports Complex and Skate Park. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Remaining Ohana Food Drop events are slated Aug. 11 at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo; Aug. 20 at Old Kona Airport Park Pavilion; and Aug. 24 at Naalehu Hongwanji Temple in Ka‘u.

For more information on the nonprofit, resources available to those in need or to contribute to The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s lone food bank, visit

Kona Trolley back rolling

The Kona Trolley is back in operation.

The Kailua Village Business Improvement District in partnership with the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency and Robert’s Hawaii celebrated the relaunch of the trolley on Sunday.

The route operates between Kona Commons Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona and Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa in Keauhou via Ali Drive. Destinations served include Kona Brewing Co., Kona Coast Shopping Center, Kailua Pier, Coconut Grove Marketplace, Lanihau Center, Kona Inn Shopping Center, Royal Kona Resort, Royal Sea Cliff, Kona by the Sea, Kona Bali Kai, Magic Sands Beach, Kahaluu Beach Park, Keauhou Shopping Center, Kona Country Club and Sheraton Kona Resort.


The trolley operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the circle route running every 60 minutes. One-way general fare is $2 with discounts offered to students, seniors and persons with disabilities. One child per paying passenger is permitted to ride free. Ticket books and monthly passes are also available.

For more information, visit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email