10 vehicles towed on IRONMAN Race Day

October 15, 2019, 6:59 AM HST (Updated October 15, 2019, 7:00 AM)

Vehicles obstructing the roadway on Palani Road was the biggest issue Hawai‘i Police Department dealt with over IRONMAN weekend.

The Vega IRONMAN World Championship race commenced at Kailua Pier at about 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 12. Thousands of people descended on downtown Kailua-Kona starting as early as 3:30 a.m. to watch the event throughout the day.


Approximately 40 citations were issued to people who had parked in a way that obstructed Palani Road, Hawai‘i Police Lt. Paul Bugado stated in an email Oct. 14. About 10 vehicles were towed.

Overall, officers responded to incidents throughout Kona District as usual. From Oct. 11 to 13, there were five reported thefts and one unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle.

Tiffany DeMasters
Tiffany DeMasters is a reporter for Big Island Now. Tiffany worked as the cops and courts reporter for West Hawaii Today from 2017 to 2019. She also contributed stories to Ke Ola Magazine and Honolulu Civil Beat. Tiffany is an award-winning journalist, receiving recognition from the Utah-Idaho-Spokane Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists. Tiffany grew up on the Big Island and is passionate about telling the community’s stories.


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