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HPD, County Crack Down on Illegal Raves

January 22, 2015, 7:37 AM HST
* Updated January 22, 7:38 AM
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The Hawai’i Police Department says that its Community Policing Officers are working with the Hawai’i County Planning Department to protect the public from illegal “rave” parties on the Big Island.

In 2014, the Planning Department issued a $5,000 fine to a property owner in connection with a “rave” party in Hawaiian Acres.

The HPD says that the “rave” party associated with the fine was a two-day event held on Oct. 31 through Nov. 1. It was advertised on social media, and Community Policing Officers from the Puna District were made aware of the event. Officers warned the property owner about a lack of proper permits for the event.

Despite a warning from police, the party was held. Police enforcement action was taken near the property to ensure public safety on the night of the event. A follow-up investigation has also been conducted by HPD with the assistance of the Planning Department, which resulted in the fine.

Property owners are reminded by police that unpermitted non-agricultural commercial events on agricultural property is prohibited. HPD asserts that it will continue to work with members of the public, as well as property owners and the Planning Department, to ensure compliance and enhance public safety.

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