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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Kids organize campaign against beach smoking

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) _ A group of middle school students is celebrating a victory for marine life at one Kailua-Kona beach. After nearly a year of helping usher a new law through the Hawaii County Council, the West Hawaii Fisheries Council youth group had been waiting only for Mayor Harry Kim's signature on an ordinance that prohibits smoking or disposing of cigarette butts at Kahaluu Beach Park. Kim signed the ordinance Friday. Violators may face a fine of 25- to 50-dollars. Inspired by a science fair project, the students got a little more than they bargained for when they invited a county councilwoman to their meeting last year. They wanted former Kona Councilwoman Virginia Isbell to stop people from smoking at the popular surf and snorkel spot off Alii Drive.

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