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Monday, May 31, 2010

US Humane Society Still Takes Interest

We are happy to say we are having a conference call on Tuesday morning with representatives from the U.S.H.S. about ways to take care of our donkeys and keep them out of harms way. There is a lot to do to find humane ways of herd management, and having their assistance is the best there is.

Also I had a chance to speak briefly with Billy Kenoi, our Mayor, plus Cindy Evans, our State Rep., and Pete Hoffmann, our County Council Rep and brought them up to date on the status of donkeys on Waikoloa Road. They remain concerned and interested.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Multiple Sightings of One and Two Donkeys on Waikoloa Road

They are also on the "Power Line Road" behind the Waikoloa Hills Condominiums, from where they have direct access to the road. Be especially careful at the entire length of the S curve. Keep an eye on cars ahead and behind you, too, so you can avoid a multi-vehicle crash. They are most often on the road at night.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What to Do When You See a Donkey on the Road

Call Police Dispatch
Don't Hit It!

As of last night there is a donkey on Waikoloa Road at the upper part of the S Curve just above the Village.

Captain Sanborn has confirmed that you can call Hawaii County Police Dispatch when you see a donkey on or by the road. They will send out an officer to try to locate the donkey, so give the clearest directions possible. (The S Curve is near the 7 mile marker. The bottom of the S Curve is "just above the stables.")

If they can find the donkey, they will get a rancher to come take it to the Hawaii Island Humane Society. It's hard to find a donkey in the dark; The Police will do their best.

Do not call 911, Call 935-3311 Please don't call them when you see the donkeys in your yard or behind fencing.

Working With County of Hawaii

The South Kohala Traffic Safety Committee has asked Public Works to develop a procedure whereby the County's flashing traffic warning signs could be occasionally placed along Waikoloa Road, especially at the S curve above the Village, as a reminder to ourselves that there may be donkeys ahead. After a while, the posted signage becomes "invisible" to those of us who regularly traverse that section of road. I hope to have an update on the status of this by next month.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Donkeys are Healthy!

Great News: a Malama Waikoloa Nightingales member has seen the donkeys captured by the WVA in their new home and they look great! They like it there, too. Right now their water worries are over.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Donkey Relocation Update

Jim Whillock has provided an update to Waikoloa Village Association (WVA) members on the donkeys the WVA is capturing and relocating in order to keep them out of people's yards. Members of Malama Waikoloa Nightingales have been able to verify the methods of trapping and movement are humane, and that the place the donkeys are being taken is a good place. This will help reduce the frequency of donkeys on lower Waikoloa Road.