Roth administration honors Pono Nakamura for heroic rescue

Mayor Mitch Roth and Hawaii County officials gathered at the Kohala Intergenerational Center Wednesday morning to honor Parks and Recreation Supervisor Pono Nakamura for his exceptional act of heroism. Nakamura, while off-duty, rescued two distressed swimmers off the coast of Mahukona Beach Park. The ceremony, attended by community members, first responders, and local officials, commemorated Mr. Nakamura’s selfless actions on August 6, 2023.