Sep 14 – Hawaiian Electric (HECO) successfully transported an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Kaneohe via Kalanianaole Highway through East Oahu. The large load moved along at a snail’s pace of 15 miles an hour, eventually reaching its Windward goal at around 3pm. [KHON]
Sep 14 – The final stage of work to remove rockfall hazards along the exterior and interior slopes of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument will begin Sept. 18. This phase will focus on the summit hiking trail, and is expected to be completed by early December 2017. Closures are expected as follows:
- Starting Monday, Sept. 18, the summit trail will be closed every weekday afternoon, beginning at noon, Monday through Friday. All hikers must be off the summit trail by 2 p.m.The summit trail will be open on weekends and state holidays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Later in the fall, full-day closures will be required to complete work along trail slopes. DLNR will announce and post full-day closures when determined. [KHON]
Sep 13 – Hahaione residents are on the alert after a string of robberies in the neighborhood. The burglaries happened Thursday about 3:29 a.m. on Hahaione Street, then Friday at 10:23 a.m. on Kauna Street, and at 10:58 a.m. on Ainapo Street. As of 9/15, no additional burglaries have been reported. [CrimeMapping] [HNN]
Sep 12 – A federal jury yesterday determined that the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) did not violate the law by using a “Rifton chair” to help physically support a preschool special needs student during some of his classes at Koko Head Elementary. [Governor’s Office]
Sep 11 – Hawaii’s DOE faces a lawsuit brought by parents of a Kaimuki Middle School student. The family alleges that their child was traumatized by a mock terror event where a man wearing a beanie and swinging a hammer rushed into the classroom threatening the students. During this period, the students were not aware that this was a drill. [KHON]