Weekly Friday news summary (June 26, 2015) for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai. News sources are available through various entities on the web. Links are posted.
CALLS FOR IMPROVED SAFETY ON KALANIANAOLE
Pedestrian crosswalks along busy Kalanianaole Highway are meant to be a convenience for pedestrians. But do they think so?. . .The concern comes after a woman was hit by two vehicles while attempting to cross the highway during her morning jog. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (source:KHON2)
The city Medical Examiner’s Office identified 54-year-old Cynthia Timtim Soneda as the jogger who died after being hit by two vehicles Friday morning while in a marked crosswalk on Kalanianaole Highway. Soneda may have been trying to avoid a separate car accident near Wailupe Beach Park when she was hit.
Traffic was backed up for hours on Friday, June 19, as investigators closed down multiple lanes of the highway to investigate.
HAWAII KAI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD MAY 2015 MINUTES
Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting minutes for May 2015 have been published. Notable discussions involved the volume and composition of dumping at the proposed cemetery site, changes to ownership at Koko Head Stables, proposed changes to parking at the corner of Keahole St. and Hawaii Kai Drive fronting the wetlands, proposed wireless tower sites, and proposed changes to the Maunalua Bay designation by NOAA, a federal agency.
KAIMUKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD MAY 2015 SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES – ZONING
Kaimuki Neighborhood Board meeting minutes for May 2015 have been published. Special meeting discussion centered on zoning, in particular, Permitted Action Group formation, creation of a special district and the possibility of designating Transit Oriented Development for the area.
KAIMUKI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL BREAKS GROUND ON ITS NEWEST BUILDING,
THE CLARENCE T.C. CHING EDUCATIONAL CENTER
Kaimuki Christian School on Koko Head and Harding Avenues in Kaimuki broke ground on its newest building, the Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center, on June 23, 2015. Thanks to a $1.5 million matching grant from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, in conjunction with the school’s major capital fund raising campaign, the facility is scheduled to open in July, 2016.
hmsa kaimana scholarship awardees announced
Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) announced winners of its 2015 Kaimana scholarship program. Nina Bean of Kaimuki High School was one of 15 scholars selected. Miss Bean lettered in cross country, track, and wrestling for the Bulldogs. She competed on the state level in wrestling and finished third in the state in pole vaulting. She’s dedicated her high school years to volunteering in activities that promote environmental conservation, restoration, and cultural awareness through such organizations as Kupu Hawaii and the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps. This valedictorian intends to use her 29 already earned college credits to study marine biology at the University of Hawaii Manoa.
Six junior ambassadors to japan prepare for july visit
Six Junior Ambassadors, including Luke Cisneros of Aina Haina Elementary, continue to prepare for their visit to Fukuoka Japan. The group, selected on February 7, represents the Japan America Society of Hawaii. The Japan America Society of Hawaii is sponsoring these fifth and sixth graders to represent Hawaii as JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 27th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 9 – 22, 2015. A total of 232 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year.
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