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Police close Kuakini Hwy in Kailua-Kona due to suspicious device

UPDATED (5:34 p.m. on 12/9/2016)

The Hawai’i Police Department reports that Kuakini Hwy, from the Palani Road to the Kaiwi Street intersections in Kailua-Kona is now open. This roadway was closed due to a suspicious device being located, this device has been properly removed and addressed. The Hawai’i Police Department thanks the public for their patience and understanding.


Hawaiʻi Island police have closed a shopping mall and part of a road in Kona because of a suspicious device.

At 7:23 a.m., police received a call about a suspicious device in front of a business at the King Kamehameha Mall in Kailua-Kona. Police evacuated the mall and formed a perimeter around the area. As a result, Kuakini Highway, from Palani Road to Kaiwi Street is closed to traffic and is expected to remain closed through the afternoon Friday (Dec 9).

Personnel from the U.S. Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) are responding.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police thank the public for their cooperation.

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