Big Island officers report underage drinking parties

Each party would have 50 or more juveniles

 UPDATED 5:55 PM HST Jul 05, 2012
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WAIKOLOA, Hawaii -

Hawaii County police officers have responded to several reports of large parties with 50 or more juveniles drinking alcohol in residential areas within the past week.

In Waikoloa, a 17-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man were arrested after acting disorderly, challenging police officers to a fight, and refusing to leave the area.  Both were found in possession of alcoholic beverages.

Police are reminding the public about the laws relating to promoting intoxicating liquor to a person under the age of 21.

Hawaii law chapter 712-1250.5 prohibits a person from permitting persons under the age of 21 to posses intoxicating liquor while on property under their control.  The law further prohibits anyone from knowingly giving to a person under the age of 21 intoxicating liquor.

Hawaii law chapter 281-101.5 prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from possessing intoxicating liquor.

In addition to the criminal laws, Hawaii state law 663-41 holds any person 21 years of age or older, responsible civilly for; owning, occupying or controlling premises on which alcoholic beverages are consumed by persons under the age of 21 and who knows of alcohol consumption of persons under the age of 21 and who reasonably could have prohibited or prevented such alcohol consumption.

Police are requesting anyone hosting large parties that they be aware of the consequences if there are persons under the age of 21 found consuming alcoholic beverages at these parties.

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