Two North Kohala men killed a boar while illegally hunting at night and carrying marijuana earlier this month, Big Island police said.
Responding to a report of gunshots from possible illegal hunters near Cannery Road about 9 p.m. Feb. 13, officers found a 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old man in a pickup leaving the area.
While checking the truck, the officers found hunting dogs and a wild boar carcass in the truckbed, police said. Officers also allegedly recovered marijuana and a rifle.
Both men were arrested for night hunting and third-degree promotion of a detrimental drug. They were released pending further investigation.
Capt. Richard Miyamoto, of the North Kohala District, said illegal hunting, which includes hunting at night, is a problem all over the Big Island.
“We just want to make sure people are aware,” there are hunting laws, Miyamoto said. “We are enforcing those laws.”
He said illegal hunting offenses are often committed with other offenses such as trespassing and firearm violations.
Police did not say what happened to the boar carcass.
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The onolicious fun is part of the 14th Mealani A Taste of the Hawaiian Range and Agriculture Festival at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.
The day-long ag showcase features Big Island products Friday, Sept. 18 and culminates with the 6-8 p.m. taste extravaganza.
More than 30 of the state’s premiere chefs rely on their culinary expertise to prepare delectable dishes using a variety of meat cuts — everything from beef tongue to oxtail.
While “grazing the range,” eager eaters can get acquainted with Hawaii’s food producers at gaily-decorated vendor booths and talk story with the farmers and ranchers who make a living growing our food. Tickets are $40 presale; $80 at the door.
Prior to the evening taste experience, learn how to prepare local, pasture-raised beef at a 4 p.m. culinary demonstration: “How to Cook Grass-Fed Beef 101” by Chefs Jackie Lau and Ronnie Nasuti of Roy’s Restaurants-Hawaii.
Participants receive a takeaway recipe and cooking tips. Tickets are $10 for the informative, hour-long cooking demo.