• East Oahu News - Friday Update 07/10/2015

    Weekly Friday news summary (July 10, 2015) for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  News sources are available through various entities on the web.  Links are posted.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    parking enforcement near sandy beach leaves users puzzled

    Beach-goer Shane Lono reported to Hawaii News Now that while parked in the area between Sandy Beach and Makapuu, he  "was approached by a pair of Honolulu police officers on all-terrain vehicles.  He says they told him that he had to move his car, because they were trying to reduce crime in the area"

    HPD issued the following statement: "We're told that DPR is in the process of putting up new signs in that area that will prohibit parking.  Honolulu Police Officers will be responsible for enforcing those rules".

    Interestingly, Hawaii News Now checked the area and found no new signs.  They reached out to the Department of Parks and Recreation and have not received a response.

    Hawaii 5-0 at koko head in hawaii kai for sixth season blessing

     

    Read more at Honolulu Pulse

    maunalua bay sanctuary use meeting to be held july 14 at 6pm; marina merchants plan rally

    On Tuesday, June 30, the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board announced a community meeting to be held regarding NOAA’s proposed whale sanctuary expansion in Maunalua Bay.  The meeting will be held on Tues., July 14, 7:00-8:30 .pm. at Hahaione Elementary cafeteria.  In response, the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association and its merchants announced the formation of a rally to oppose NOAA and to inform the public that "NOAA has not been forthcoming to the public about the overly broad and vague implications of its plan, which could negatively impact Maunalua Bay, the Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association and East Oahu."  

    Interested attendees can find out more about NOAA's plan at its website and through the March 2015 PDF documentation the agency has made available.

    hawaii opera theatre opens student performance of the magic flute at niu valley to packed house

    Hawaii Opera Theatre writes:

    HOT's Summer Opera Residency at the Niu Valley Middle School production of The Magic Flute opened on July 6, 2015, to a packed house and the cast certainly did not disappoint! 

    Check out their Facebook album for photos.

    saving ka iwi coast receives huge boost; currently at 44% of total goal

    The Save Ka Iwi Coast Coalition aims to raise $500,000 in private funding to cap off the $4 million required by Aug. 30 to purchase 182 acres above the seven-mile Ka Iwi coast.  This week, it received a tremendous boost when local philanthropist Randy Ching donated $100,000.  Importantly, Ching's donation sparked additional momentum that took total donations as of July 10, 2015 to 220.5K, 44 percent of the total goal.

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    Donate and track current progress through this [Link

    PIEOLOGY TO OPEN AT AINA HAINA SHOPPING CENTER

    From the Star-Advertiser, July 1, 2015:

    The nation's fastest-growing pizza chain is coming to Hawaii. . . The Hawaii operator will be Peter Capriotti, owner of the isles' seven Wendy's hamburger restaurants and many restaurants on the mainland.  Capriotti's Cotti Foods Pizza One Inc. is in the final stages of executing a lease at Aina Haina Shopping Center.  "We should have a signed lease within two weeks," he said. "We're shooting for (opening) in the first quarter of 2016," and while "we would love to see it before the holidays, I doubt" it will be ready to open its doors, he said.

    [Link] to Star-Advertiser through Hawaii State Library with card # and PIN

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 07/3/2015

    Weekly Friday news summary (July 03, 2015) for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  News sources are available through various entities on the web.  Links are posted.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    hiker airlifted from makapuu

    http://khon2.com/2015/06/27/injured-hiker-airlifted-from-above-makapuu-lighthouse-lookout/ 

    city to take action on neglected kaimuki home

    http://khon2.com/2015/06/24/city-to-take-action-over-neglected-kaimuki-home/

    kuliouou / Kalani IKI neighborhood board - june 2, 2015 minutes

     Minutes from the June 2, 2015 meetinghave been posted. Of note,a discussion with Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Chairperson Suzanne Case regarding management of Maunalua Bay Ocean Recreation Area: An excerpt reads:

    Implementation of Rules by the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) without Public Input:  DOBAR issues statewide rules and issues commercial activity licenses, who launch out of state facilities. DOBOR is unable to enforce violations on boats launched from private harbor facilities. Public notice was posted. Commercial operators must have a registered and pay $200 monthly fees, liability insurance and ministerial is required. This does not change what the operator can or cannot do regulated or not.

    Zoning Rules: Zoning rules since the 1980’s Regulates commercial activities in the bay. However, the rules do not included surfing schools, kayaking and paddle boards, which did not exist at that time. It was noted that the population has increased and the 1980 rules maybe outdated.

    Amended Rules: There is an increase of bay activity, which gives DOBOR an opportunity to reopen the current process.

    Current Status of the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) formation within the 10 Ocean Recreation Management Areas under DOBORA meeting was held on Monday, April 20, 2015 with some communit input. The current proposal adds one (1) seat to the council. The concept is that people in various use areas must be neutral. The goal is to have people who articulate a neutral stance, lesser use stance and be active community member.

    Case's update was followed by a question and answer session by audience members.  Minutes include comments calling for restrictions on commercial activity in Maunalua Bay.  The Board voted 11-0-1 for moratorium on unregulated commercial activities, surf schools and others in Maunalua Bay until the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) is formed.

    Minutes from June's meeting were detailed.  Other items included the ongoing conversations over traffic, Paiko Lagoon access, and Board vacancies.  Updates were given by elected officials and their representatives. 

    kaiser hs band performs for lions international parade - june 27, 2015

    DLNR accepting nominations for maunalua bay recreation committee until july 8

    From the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR): ATTENTION MAUNALUA BAY RESIDENTS: The nomination period for Maunalua Bay Recreation Advisory Committee (M-RAC) members begins today and will run from July 1, 2015 – July 8, 2015. Everyone already signed up to participate will be receiving emails allowing them to nominate M-RAC members. If you have not already signed up and would like to, you have until July 5, 2015 to sign up to nominate M-RAC members. To sign up and/or to receive more information on the M-RAC please go to: http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mrac/. Please note, you can sign up at any time to be placed on an email list for activities pertaining to the M-RAC but only those signed up through July 6, 2015 will be able to nominate M-RAC members. Please spread the word and refer interested parties to the DOBOR website for more information. Thank you for your participation!

    Urban Growth Boundaries and Saving the Ka Iwi Coast: Ann Marie Kirk

    Hawaii Public Radio interview with Ann Marie Kirk - Livable Hawaii Kai Hui  [MP3]
    Urban growth often seems to have a mind of its own and as long as there’s money to be made from a scenic spot, someone’s going to try to develop it.  O’ahu’s Ka Iwi coastline is at the very spot where city becomes country as you drive around the island, so perhaps it’s inevitable that it should become the focus of an effort to keep it undeveloped in perpetuity.   Ann Marie Kirk is a member of the Board of Directors for Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and the head of its Cultural Committee. She joined us in our studio to talk about saving the Ka Iwi coast.

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    [Link] to donation site to purchase Ka Iwi land.  $500K needed by the end of August.  As of 7/3, 18% of the goal has been met.

     

    hAWAII Public School Meal Prices increased ON July 1, 2015

    New prices are as follows:

    Breakfast

         Elementary Student :  $1.10
         Reduced-price student:  .30
         Second and subsequent student:  $2.40
         Adult:  $2.40

     Lunch

         Elementary Student:  $2.50
         Reduced-price student:  .40
         Second student entree:  $2.00
         Second and subsequent student:  $5.50
         Adult:  $5.50

     

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  • Nationwide, East Oahu Leads in Income Sacrifice

    new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics by economists David Albouy, of the University of Illinois, and Bert Lue, of the University of Michigan finds that East Oahu, Hawaii, tops the list of household sacrifice to live in the best neighborhoods.  According to the economists’ analysis; households sacrifice 25 percent more than the average American to live there. California’s Marin, San Mateo, and San Francisco are not far beyond. 

    To read more about this recent study by David Albouy of the University of Illinois, and Bert Lue of the University of Michigan, visit CityLab, a division of Atlantic Monthly.

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 06/26/2015

    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.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    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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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 06/19/2015

    Weekly Friday news summary (June 19, 2015) for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  News sources are available through various entities on the web.  Links are posted.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    $500,000 to buy ka iwi coastline forever; sounds like a bargain

    That is what the Trust for Public Land (TPL) needs you to know.  TPL has begun a crowdfunding campaign to raise the last of the money needed to purchase the 182 acres mauka of Kalaniana‘ole Highway, between the Hawai‘i Kai Golf Course and Makapu‘u. A consortium of public interest entities has worked tirelessly to raise the bulk of funds needed to acquire the land in perpetuity. They've raised more than 3.5 million dollars; they need just $500,000 more by August 30, 2015 in order to make the purchase.

    From the website:The same community that has been advocating for years for the Ka Iwi Coast’s protection as the Friends of Queens Beach, Save Sandy Beach, and Ka Iwi Coalition, now operates under the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Livable Hawai‘i Kai Hui. Livable Hawai‘i Kai Hui’s mission is to promote sensible growth and respect for the land by upholding the East O'ahu Sustainable Communities Plan, and protecting land through stewardship, acquisition, and community education. If the remaining $500,000 is raised by August 30, 2015, The Trust for Public Land will purchase the lands and transfer them to Livable Hawai‘i Kai Hui to care for.

    Donations are tax-deductible.  Put in perspective, if just the residents of Hawaii Kai zip code 96825 gave $20,a piece, the hui would meet its goal and the land would be transferred to it.  For anyone anywhere who wants this land to remain pristine, it's time open that checkbook.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration (NOAA) receiving feedback on expansion of hawaiian island marine sanctuary 

    In March 2015, NOAA announced its proposed rule for expanding the size and the focus of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary to include multiple marine species. Public feedback continues to be collected through June 19, 2015 at this weblink.

    Although town hall meetings had been held throughout this period, public reaction remained muted until just recently.  On Saturday June 13, "A cadre of recreational ocean users and water-sport business owners demonstrated Saturday afternoon i. . ..in opposition to a proposed expansion of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.  [Protesters picketed,] bearing signs that read "No Fishing?" and "Say No to NOAA" -- referring to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- protesters lined Kalanianaole Highway in Hawaii Kai. [Source: Star-Advertiser]

    KHON2 and KITV televised NOAA's response, as well as comment and footage from demonstrators.

    Malama Maunalua backed NOAA's plan, issuing a statement in favor of sanctuary expansion.  Malama Maunalua's support dates back to the announcement of the proposal.  In a statement March 30, Malama Maunalua posted:

    Frazer McGilvray, Malama Maunalua’s Executive Director says “This is significant. It represents an unprecedented marine stewardship cooperative by federal and state agencies and has the full support of our community conservation organization."

     

     

     Interested readers can access the March 2015 DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN [pdf]on NOAA's website and read it in full.

    Additional References: Federal Register dated March 26, 2015 | Hawaii News Now video + transcript June 17,, 2015

    Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce [Honolulu, Hawaii] 17 June 2015.

    The Hawaii Kai Rotary is partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii Kai, and the Hawaii Kai Chamber of Commerce. to kick off the 4th of July with the second annual, Rotary Saves Lives Health Fair. They will be bringing together; First Responders and others to offer tips and  answer questions. The Honolulu Police Department and the Hawaii Blood Bank, are just a few of the information stops you’ll find.

    Learn how to perform CPR, have your child fingerprinted or register for bone marrow transplant.  Check your blood pressure at Longs Drugs, receive a free eye exam with Dr Ede’s Eye Clinic near Safeway. Check out the Bike Safety clinic conducted by Natalie Iwasa, and be better prepared for our busy roads..

     IT’S FREE!

    Saturday, the 4th of July | Hawaii Kai (Safeway) Shopping Center | from 10:00 am to 2pm.| Games & grab bags for the keiki.

    feral cats in hawaii raise concerns

    KITV [Honolulu, Hawaii] 16 June 2015.

    Should people who feed feral cats be fined?  No proposal is currently on the table, but Councilman Trevor Ozawa would like to open the conversation on what citizens can do about the growing population.  The bulk of this news story takes place at Hawaii Kai's kiss and ride facility which by some estimates is home to several hundred strays.

    http://www.kitv.com/news/increase-in-feral-cats-in-hawaii-raises-concerns/336239

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 06/12/2015

    Weekly Friday news summary (June 12, 2015) for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  News sources are available through the web.  Links are posted immediately under the story headline.  

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Man released in murder case is arrested on suspicion of robbery; Man freed in stabbing case jailed in breach of park hours

    Gregg K. Kakesako Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii]  11 June 201506 June 2015

    June 11- Police on Thursday arrested Gary Landis, who was released June 3 from police custody in the stabbing death of an 80-year-old newspaper vendor, on suspicion of trying to rob a 75-year-old woman in Honolulu.

    Police arrested at 10:48 a.m. Landis, who has no local address, was arrested at an Ala Moana Boulevard address at 10:48 a.m. Thursday on suspicion of first-degree robbery.

    On June 5, Landis was arrested at 2:15 a.m. and cited for being at Kapiolani Park after it closed.

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    June 06 - Gary L. Landis was released from custody earlier this week as police continued to investigate the stabbing death of a 70-year-old newspaper vendor in November, but Landis was back in jail again Friday.

    Just 32 hours after being released without being charged in the death of Thaddeus "Ted" Pirga Jr. of Hawaii Kai on Nov. 9 on Wai­alae Avenue, Landis was cited and arrested at 2:15 a.m. Friday for allegedly being in Kapiolani Park after it closed at midnight. 

    food news: central bakery opens in kahala

    Nadine Kam Honolulu Pulse [Honolulu, Hawaii] 10 June 2015.

    Someone pinch me. Beyond chasing after Chris Sy, Honolulu finally has a permanent spot for world-class breads with the arrival of Central Bakery in Kahala in the former Kahala Moon/Wahoo’s space next to Olive Tree Cafe.

    Bread lovers will rejoice, but so will diners. The name doesn’t reflect that Central Bakery is also a full restaurant serving Italian- and French-style cuisine, with a hint of its Japan roots. . .

    Central Bakery is at 4614 Kilauea Ave. Current hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday; lunch and brunch service are expected to start at the end of the month. The cost of dinner is about $60 to $80 for two without drinks. Call (808) 777-6700. 

    [Read more and see pictures at Honolulu Pulse]

    elderly couple pulled from burning kaimuki home by neighbors

    Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 10 June 2015.

    Family rushed to the home after getting word of what happened while medics treated the couple for smoke inhalation. Neighbors took a step back not wanting recognition just grateful everyone was safe. "Oh my goodness I was sitting here praying giving thanks. It could have been anyone of us," said Mrs. Adams.  [Read more at Hawaii News Now]

    State health officials fail to take action against Kaimuki squalor home

    Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 10 June 2015.

    The Hawaii News Now video opens along the banks of Kapalama Canal, where homeless are being displaced and their belongings cleared.  The video changes locations to Kaimuki, where neighbors can't get local government to clear a home infested with rodents and roaches, and where they say the owner hasn't occupied the residence in months. 

    Excerpt from the website:

    A house of squalor in Kaimuki remains untouched with heaps of trash fouling up the neighborhood.  Neighbors are in disbelief, wondering what it takes to get help from anyone in the government.  City and state officials are well aware of that property where the yard is piled so high with junk you can barely see the home.  State officials said its Sanitation Branch had not received any complaints about the home on 2nd Avenue. But one neighbor said she has kept a record of each time she called the state and the city which dates back to 2004.  [read more and watch the video at Hawaii News Now]

    state feels paris' pain on [makapu'u] love locks

    Nina Wu Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 09 June 2015.

    On any given day, padlocks appear on the rusted, mesh-link fence at the highest lookout on the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail in east Oahu.

    Sometimes, a dozen or more of these "love locks," which are meant to express sentiments of love or commitment, pop up during the week, despite a sign informing the public that they will be removed. There are locks of all shapes, colors and sizes, some inscribed or marked with couple's names and a date, others left blank.

    They are part of a problem that stretches from Makapuu to Paris. The love locks became a serious problem for the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris when a chunk of fencing fell under the weight of the locks last summer. City workers in Paris began removing 45 tons of locks last week to prevent long-term damage to the historical bridge.

    While the custom seems to have originated in Europe -- some believe it exploded in popularity after a film adaptation of an Italian book entitled "I Want You" in 2007 -- the trend is now worldwide.

    In Hawaii, state officials aren't happy about that. [To read more, use Star-Advertiser link above, enter Hawaii Library card # and PIN]

    kaimuki grad '01 ruthie ann miles wins Tony for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical”

    KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 07 June 2015.

    The 69th-annual Tony Awards were handed out in New York Sunday evening, and one of them went to a local O’ahu girl!  Ruthie Ann Miles in her Broadway debut won the Tony for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical.” That’s for her role in the Broadway revival of the classic “The King and I.”

    Kaiser high football standout michael eletise narrows choice from 41 to 10

    Hawaii Prep World [Honolulu, Hawaii] 07 June 2015.

    After months of being a prized prospect in the eyes of universities from Hawaii to the East Coast, Michael Eletise of Kaiser High School has narrowed his list of 41 BCS offers and one Division II offer to 10 schools.

    Koko Crater Stables dying slow death at hands of perplexing city decisions

    Kimo Franklin  Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 07 June 2015.

    [T]imes have been difficult for KCS [Koko Crater Stables] in recent years, with the loss of the horseback riding trail and the age-related deterioration of the barns on the property.

    Issues include the city's denial of the 2-mile horseback trail ride in Koko Crater and the forbidding of designated stables staff to live 24/7 on the grounds cottage, which had been placed there decades ago. . .

    Other concerns such as horse manure (which the gardens could use) and erosion could be mitigated with community kuleana in the crater and soil conservation best-management practices. . .

    Regarding the cottage that has been used by KCS staff for decades, the city offers no explanation other than to say that the cottage is no longer part of the contract. Hence, it is no longer available for use. This prevents KCS from having staff present 24/7 to monitor the horses. . .

    [To read more, use Star-Advertiser link above, enter Hawaii Library card # and PIN]

    bruno mars PORTLOCK HOME sold for $2.7m

    Neal J. Leitereg Los Angeles Times [Los Angeles, CA] 06 June 2015.

    In its celebrity real estate section the Los Angeles Times reports

    Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars, who bought a tricked-out estate in the Fryman Canyon area last year, has sold a Balinese-inspired home in the eastern part of Honolulu for $2.7 million. . .

    The nearly one-third-acre property came on the market last year for $3.5 million and was more recently priced at $2.995 million, records show. Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, bought the house from John Browning, heir to the Browning firearms company, in 2012 for $3.1 million.

    interview with stacey aldrich, new state librarian and hawaii kai resident

    Mark Coleman Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 05 June 2015.

    The June 5 "Honolulu Star-Advertiser Mark Coleman Column" features Stacey Aldrich, new State Librarian and recent Pennsylvania to Hawaii Kai transplant.  Aldrich assumed her new role on April 6.  She speaks with Mark Coleman to great length, discussing changes, both professional and personal, as well as highlighting the many services of our state system public libraries: an excellent read.  To see the unabridged interview, go to -- you guessed it -- the Hawaii State Library database, online. (clicking the link above and entering your library card # and PIN will take you there)

    Auntie Pasto's restaurant won't be opening at Aina Haina Shopping Center in East Oahu

    Duane Shimogawa Pacific Business News [Honolulu, Hawaii] 05 June 2015.

    Pacific Business News confirms what many of us suspected long ago.  After seeing Auntie Pasto restaurant signs go up at the Aina Haina Shopping Center nearly a year ago, then seeing them removed with virtually no construction taking place, it's true; Auntie Pasto's restaurant will not be occupying the space.

    Hawaii Kai Trash delay makes news

    KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 05 June 2015.

    The original news piece is entitled, "Could Oahu trash troubles be solved with new fee?" and asks whether it's simply an issue of money.  KHON2's Brent Ramadna writes,

    "Bulky trash pickup issues are an ongoing problem, but currently Hawaii Kai is dealing with delays in normal trash pickups."

    The piece then goes on to detail a number of issues faced by the City Department of Environmental Services, including truck maintenance and staffing issues.

    Alleged fraud has trial set for August

    Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 05 June 2015.

    A 58-year-old Aina Haina woman who allegedly used stolen credit cards to make thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases at upscale retailers over a six-month period is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

    Kathleen Watanabe entered a plea of not guilty Thursday to a total of 23 counts of first-degree theft, first-degree identity theft, second-degree theft, second-degree identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.

    Police said they investigated several cases of credit card fraud reported Nov. 21 to March 2 by three women.

    At Watanabe's arraignment in Circuit Court, Judge Richard Perkins scheduled her trial for the week of Aug. 3 and assigned Circuit Judge Karen Ahn to the case. Watanabe is being held at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

    An Oahu grand jury indicted Watanabe last week. Police arrested her May 21 at her home.

     

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 06/05/2015

    June 5, 2015

    Weekly Friday news summary for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  Due to the quantity of news stories, there is also a Tuesday June 2, 2015 supplement to this week's news.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Suspect in stabbing of Kaimuki newspaper vendor released

    Gregg K. Kakesako Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 04 June 2015.

    A 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 70-year-old man who sold newspapers in Kaimuki was released, pending further investigation. Honolulu police arrested Gary Lee Landis Tuesday on suspicion of murder in the death of Thaddeus “Ted” Pirga Jr., of Hawaii Kai, in November.  Police released Landis Wednesday, He was not charged. 

    Brush fire closes kalanianaole near makapuu in afternoon hours

    KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 03 June 2015.

    The initial call came in at 2:43 p.m. Ten [fire] companies with 32 personnel responded.  The closure was in effect between Alan Davis Beach and Sea Life Park until about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.  It was 100 percent contained by 6:30 p.m. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

    PV Panels to go up again at Aina Haina Library

    KITV4 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 02 June 2015.

    Paying for solar -- twice! It may not sound very book-smart, but that is what the state has done at one of its libraries. 

     . . .it seemed like a bright idea four years ago to put photovoltaic panels on the library roof until windy weather blew in last year.  "We had an accident where a couple of panels flew off the roof. Luckily no one got hurt, but it led to an inspection and they deemed the system to be unsafe," said [Keith] Fujio, [assistant to the state librarian].

    Some of the rack mounting materials were found to be defective, and the panels came down. They have stayed down for more than a year because there has also been a problem getting them fixed.

    "We tried to go back to the original contractor, and they are no longer in business," said Fujio.

    While the state waits to recover what it can from the contractor's insurer, it has decided to put PV panels back up at the library.

    A whole new system will cost an $280,000. That is on top of the $590,000 the state paid back in 2011 for roof repairs and the initial photovoltaic system.

    Police arrest man, 30, in Kaimuki fatal stabbing

    Star-Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 02 June 2015.

    A 30-year-old man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 70-year-old man who sold newspapers in Kaimuki.

    Honolulu police arrested Gary Lee Landis at 11:15 a.m. on suspicion of murder in the death of Thaddeus “Ted” Pirga Jr., of Hawaii Kai, according to a news release from CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department. Charges against Landis are pending.

    Pirga, a retired welder and popular seller of the Sunday Honolulu Star-Advertiser in Kai­muki, died Nov. 9 after he was stabbed while at his post in front of Cafe Miro on Wai­alae Avenue.

     Chef Ed Kenney’s Mud Hen Water restaurant opens in Honolulu’s Kaimuki neighborhooD

    Darin Moriki Pacific Business News [Honolulu, Hawaii] 02 June 2015.

    Hawaii chef Ed Kenney, the owner of Kaimuki Superette and Town, open[ed] his third restaurant in Honolulu’s Kaimuki neighborhood, Mud Hen Water, on Tuesday night following months of extensive renovations.

    . . .Mud Hen Water, [is] across the street from Town and next door to Kaimuki Superette at 3452 Waialae Avenue, 

     

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  • East Oahu News - Tuesday Update 06/02/2015

    June 2, 2015

    Tuesday news supplement for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  Regular updates are issued Friday.  This supplement was created due to the larger than normal amount of local news items.

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Hahaione Elementary School Wins HECO POWER DOWN CHALLENGE 2015

    KITV4 | Hawaiian Electric [Honolulu, Hawaii] 01 June 2015.

    Hahaione Elementary School students and families finished first in this year’s Home Energy Challenge.  Kamiloiki finished third. Both schools received cash prizes from Hawaiian Electric.

    Here are the grand prize winners of the 8th annual Home Energy Challenge

    1st Place, $10,000 prize, Hahaione Elementary School
    2nd Place, $6,000 prize, Palisades Elementary School
    3rd Place, $3,000 prize, Kamiloiki Elementary School

    The participating families at these three schools combined saved a total of $43,600 on their electric bills from Oct. 2014 through March 2015.. . . The Home Energy Challenge is an educational partnership between the State Department of Education, participating elementary schools, and Hawaiian Electric.

    For schools interested in participating next year, applications for the 2015-16 Home Energy Challenge will be sent to all Oahu public elementary schools this summer. Interested schools can call Ms. Sam Nichols at 543-7511 for more information.

    Hawaii Kai cemetery may finally be built, despite concerns

    Ben Gutierrez HawaiiNewsNow [Honolulu, Hawaii] 31 May 2015.

    It has been more than a decade since the city approved the building of a cemetery in Hawaii Kai. Those plans haven't gone anywhere since then, but work has begun once again, and that has some Hawaii Kai residents concerned.

    [Hawaii Kai Memorial Park LLC Attorney William] McCorriston said the owners have applied for a business license from the state and a master grading permit. If those are approved, construction could finally began later this year.

    Feral Chickens in EAST OAHU? you don't say?

    KITV [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    KITV reports that you can find feral chickens on St. Louis Heights.  You can also find feral chickens at Kahala Zippys.  Kapiolani Community College has become so frustrated by the noise, they're even attempting to trap the chickens.  The takeaway? 

    "You don't need a permit to trap wild chickens. The public is being asked to help manage the feral chicken population if they have them on their property."

    KITV has posted a 2 1/2 minute video to go along with the story.  Click the link above to view the page.

    For-profit exercise classes not authorized at city parks; Hiking tours at hanauma bay "eligible to be permitted"

    Watanabe, JuneHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Question: As a frequent Ala Moana Beach Park user, I've noticed more exercise groups using the park. Some are small but others have over 20 people. According to an article in the Star-Advertiser, people are paying to participate in these exercises. Are they regulated in any way? Does this mean mobile car detailing or portable massage businesses can also use the park?

    Answer: If people are paying to take part in the exercise classes, it is not an authorized park use.

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    If no money is solicited or given, under current rules, groups of fewer than 50 people can gather in city parks without a permit, said Jon Hennington, spokesman for the Department of Parks and Recreation.  "This is the same limit that applies to picnics," he said. "As long as the group does not solicit the public and does not require exclusive use of an area of the park, no permit is required." For any kind of commercial activity to take place in any of its parks, the Parks Department requires a public hearing. . .He explained that a public hearing is required before a decision is made to authorize commercial activities of a "particular type."

    Among the commercial activities "eligible to be permitted" are filming, hiking tours at Hanauma Bay, scuba, snorkeling, swimming, tour companies and windsurfing, Hennington said.  "This does not mean, however, that any or all of these activities are eligible for a commercial use permit at a given park," he said.  Meanwhile, craft fairs and art marts sponsored by nonprofit organizations are eligible for permits. To find out more about commercial activities at city parks, go to bit.ly/1HV9wKa.

    [To read full article, click link above and enter your Hawaii State library card # and PIN, or subscribe to the Star-Advertiser]

    Crews Rescue Sailboat Twice in East Oahu

    Web Staff KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Honolulu firefighters were called to help a sailboat that got into trouble [off "of Sandy Beach] twice Friday night in East Oahu. . .[the second time the boat overturned]. ,  , HFD decided to tow the boat to shore.

    Kaimuki business gets liquor license despite opposition

    Mendoza, Jim Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    WZ Family Entertainment Center opened its doors on Waialae Avenue last year. Thursday night, the Honolulu Liquor Commission granted WZ's request for a liquor license.  . .But the chairman of the Kaimuki Neighborhood Board said a family fun center serving alcohol doesn't fit Kaimuki's culture of mom and pop shops.

    20 Kaimuki business owners signed a petition [opposing the liquor license.]

    Mylar balloon shuts down power at aina haina elementary

    Aina Haina Elementary [Honolulu, Hawaii] 29 May 2015.

    Please be aware that [May 28] after school, a single, stray mylar balloon flew in to one of the electrical poles on the mauka side of campus causing a campus wide power outage and a fuse blow out on the high voltage pole. HFD and HECO needed to be called and worked over two hours on being sure the campus was safe and that power was restored. This is a great learning opportunity regarding potential consequences to electrical and building infrastructure when coupled with mylar balloons. We ask everyone to please consider other types of celebratory items during the graduation season which includes our own Grade 5 celebration on Tuesday. Thank you for attention to our school and community safety efforts.

     

    Journalist Ian Lind "Crashes" Kahala Elementary School's 60th Anniversary Celebration, is welcomed with aloha

    ILind [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015.

    From noted journalist Ian Lind's blog, a thoughtful, insightful & nostalgic piece, excerpted here.  The full article is available on his website, link provided above.

    . . .My first thought–I should attend. I was, after all, there at the beginning. I entered the 2nd grade at Kahala School when it first opened in 1954. . .

    I decided that I would just drop in, not for lunch, but to look around the school and see what it’s like after all this time. . .

    My introduction went something like this: “I’m don’t have a reservation and don’t plan on having lunch, but I was a student here the first year the school opened, and I hope I can just look around a bit.”

    I quickly got the idea that I was perhaps the only student from the school’s first year to be present for the 60th anniversary. I was introduced to the principal, and warmly welcomed to make myself at home. . .

    To read the full article, as well as to see pictures from 60 years prior, please visit Ian Lind's blog

     

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 05/29/2015

    May 29, 2015

    Friday news update for East Oahu and Hawaii Kai.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

    Kaimuki High School inducts inaugural Hall of Honor class

    Web Staff. KHON2 [Honolulu, Hawaii] 26 May 2015.

    Kaimuki High School inducted three graduates during its first-ever Hall of Honor ceremony Tuesday.

    U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono (’66), U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni (’70) and ukulele performer Jake Shimabukuro (’94) were honored for their achievements and contributions to the community. . .Graduates are eligible to be nominated 10 years or more after their date of high school graduation.

    Hawaii Beat [Molokai SurfSki Event Ending in Hawaii Kai Takes Place on Saturday, May 30, 2015]

    Honolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 26 May 2015.

    The Maui Jim Molokai Challenge surfski event, from Kaluakoi, Molokai to Hawaii Kai, will take place Saturday [May 30, 2015] starting at 8:30 a.m.  The Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association event, which has a $15,000 purse, will also have an OC-1 solo division and stand-up paddleboard relay division.  .  .The first finishers are expected to complete the race at around 1:45 p.m.

     

    ANNUAL HAWAII KAI DOG WALK CANCELLED IN 2015; new dog park features; continued pet citizenship encouraged

    Hui 'Ilio [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015.

    According to Hui 'Ilio's website homepage:

    Thank you for joining us at the 10th annual Hawaii Kai Dog Walk on June 1, 2014.  As it turns out, this was to be our last dog walk. . .

    As a reminder of the continuous effort needed by the community, the non-profit volunteer group writes from their May 2015 Newsletter:

    [Hawaii Kai Dog] Park users have probably noticed the two new drinking fountains near the front entrance, one in the big park and one in the small dog park, which were installed by the Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR). With DPR’s permission, Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i installed anchored bowl holders under the dog faucets to keep the water bowls in place. . .

    On Sunday, May 3rd, we closed the park for the entire day to accomplish a number of maintenance projects. Most notably, we had a huge pile of dirt (provided by DPR) to be moved under the fence line and around the benches to fill in depleted areas caused by erosion and digging dogs. Thanks to the assistance of local Boy Scout Troop 101 and some of their family members, the dirt was moved in record time. The troop also planted grass seed in the new soil, and raked and watered. . .

    As we continue to strive for park user involvement in maintaining a beautiful community dog park, please remember that the poop bag dispensers are only filled if EVERYONE pitches in and brings recycled bags to fill the dispensers. Oftentimes we have run out of recycled bags and have purchased new bags to fill the dispensers, but that will not be happening in the future. Through the generosity of Petco, we will be adding a new poop bag dispenser on the fence between the small dog park and big dog park. Petco has committed to provide refill bags for this dispenser. Please be aware that this particular dispenser will not get replenished every day. We will continue to need recycled bags in the other dispensers to supplement Petco’s generous donations. . .

    About Hui 'Ilio:

    Hui 'Ilio Hawai'i is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that was established to promote public dog parks and to promote responsible dog ownership. Its officers and directors receive no compensation. Activities of the organization are carried out with the help of volunteers and sponsors. Our first objective was to make the Hawai'i Kai Dog Park a reality. Now that the park is open, we help to support it through the City’s Adopt-a -Park program. We also reach out to help other dog groups who are trying to establish dog parks in their respective communities.

    Kahala renaissance

    Gomes, AndrewHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 24 May 2015. 

    . . .A transformation has been gradually spreading since [Gensiro] Kawamoto relinquished 30 residential properties 18 months ago on the prestigious Oahu street lined with mansions and historic million-dollar homes.  Among new owners of former Kawamoto properties are a professional poker player, a contractor and a waste management business owner from Hawaii, along with South Korea's wealthiest person, a Russian, a car-racing money manager from Michigan and an Australian billionaire. The new owners are pumping millions of dollars into construction and landscaping. To date, 20 of the 30 parcels that local real estate investment firm Alexander & Baldwin Inc. acquired in bulk from Kawamoto in late 2013 have been resold for more than $100 million, including two deals in escrow. . .

    [Note: The full article contains 4 full-color photographs and is approx. 30 paragraphs long. Click the Star-Advertiser link in title and enter your Hawaii State Library Card and PIN # to access.]

     

    kaiser high school elects to begin july 30, 2015; Classes Start July 31

    Kaiser High School Calendar [Honolulu, Hawaii] 22 May 2015.

    Although the Department of Education school year for students begins July 29, 2015, Kaiser Complex schools will take a teacher work day on July 29th and Kaiser will begin the school year on July 30 with student registration.  The first full day of Kaiser classes will be July 31.  On July 30, students who had not prepaid their dues must complete the registration process and pick up their final schedules in the school cafeteria.  Draft schedules are available earlier, from June 15, in the Registrar's Office. 

    Please contact school directly at Kaiser_HS [at] notes.k12.hi.us for clarification and updates.

     

    [KAISER HIGH SCHOOL'S EDEN] Kai eyes L.A. after Brown Bags win

    BY ERIN SMITH / Special to the Star-Advertiser Honolulu Pulse [Honolulu, Hawaii] 20 May 2015.

    What the future holds, we’ll never know. But after watching this year’s winner, 16-year-old Kaiser High School student Eden Kai, I couldn’t help but draw a comparison between his and Shimabukuro’s virtuoso performance styles.

    The kid is good.

    Kai performed a song on guitar that he had written for the Brown Bags to Stardom competition, “Beautiful Stars,” and he tore it up. He has a fluidity of playing and a skill level far beyond his 16 years. [read all of Erin Smith's rave article here]

     

    Kudos to other East Oahu winners: Karlie Goya, 1st Place Solo Female Vocalist from Niu Valley Middle School; Paul Shin, 1st Place Male Vocalist from Kaimuki High School.  [ Full Brown Bags to Stardom winners list 2015]

    New law targeting hoarders not enforced in Kaimuki

    Chelsea Davis / Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 20 May 2015.

    , , city records show the resident had racked up nearly $191,700 in property violations. Neighbors say she's mentally ill and her condition has worsened since her parents died years ago. Meantime, homeless people have been rummaging through these belongings that have spilled out into the front yard even on the sidewalk. "There was even legislation written specifically as a result of this regarding hoarding. Nothing has been done," said Environmental activist Carrol Cox. Cox is referring to Bill 52, which passed last December giving the city the power to clear junk like this from private property. . .[click HawaiiNewsNow link to see full article]

     

    NIU VALLEY MIDDLE, SACRED HEARTS AND KAIMUKI CHRISTIAN win at 'OLELO VIDEO COMPETITION

    'OLELO [Honolulu, Hawaii] May 2015.

    Niu Valley Middle School, Sacred Hearts and Kaimuki Christian were category winners at ‘Ōlelo Community Media’s 2015 Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition.  Niu Valley Middle Schoolwon the Creating Peace category, Middle School division for its short video, "Stop Bullying." Sacred Hearts won with "Stop Forest Fires" in the Forest Health in Hawaii category and “Hula Ki`i: Hula Puppets” in the Mini-Documentary category; Kaimuki Christian won with  “Focus In Class But Not At The Clock”  in the Start Healthy Living category, High School division.

    Congratulations to our East Oahu schools for their outstanding work.  A full catalog of entries and recognition is available through this link to Olelo's website.

     

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  • Hawaii Kai - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Note: This article was updated 1/18/2017

    DONATE USED ITEMS:

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the National Kidney Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy have teamed up to provide pickup of donations throughout Oahu.  The easiest way to schedule a pickup is through their website, DonateTogetherHawaii.com

    United Cerebral Palsy has attended sites at Aina Haina and Hahaione Elementary Schools.

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters also has a drop-off bin in Kalama Valley at 501 Kealahou St.  (gone as of 1/15/2017)

    The Salvation Army can pick-up furniture donations.  Schedule at SATRUCK.ORG, or call 800-728-7825

    Extra plastic bags can always be used at the Hawaii Kai Dog Park.  Dispensers are located near the park entrance.

    RECYCLE/REUSE
    THRIFT STORES AND HOURS, AS OF 5/27/2016: please check with store for latest information.

    Leahi Thrift Shop - 3675 Kilauea Ave - Weds & Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Holy Nativity - 5286 Kalanianaole Hwy - Wednesday & Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m./ Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Holy Trinity Catholic Church - 5919 Kalanianaole Hwy - Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Goodwill Kaimuki - 3638 Waialae Avenue  (808) 737-3284 - for donations, please bring at least 1 hour prior to close

    Monday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

    Hawaii Kai Community Bookstore - (Books Only) - Basement of Hawaii Kai Library on Lunalilo Hm Rd

    Mon  12:30pm-4:30pm.
    Tue-Th    10am-4:30pm
    Sat                9:30am-3pm
    Closed: Sun, Fri & library holidays

    HI-5 AND OTHER RECYCLABLES

    RRR Recycling - across from Costco next to Dog Park on Keahole St.

    Mon - Fri:      9:15am - 4:45pm
    Sat - Sun:     8:00am - 3:30pm

    closed from 12:30 - 1pm for lunch

    Accepts HI-5 recyclables, newspaper, bi-metal cans, Plastic PETE 1 &2  Please sort materials and leave caps off of plastic containers. No glass without Hi-5 label.

    BULKY ITEM PICKUP:

    Hawaii Kai's Bulky Pickup Day is the Fourth Wednesday of every month.  According to the City's website, OPALA.ORG, Sector 8 encompasses: Niu Valley, Kuliouou, Hahaione Valley, Hawaii Kai, Mariner's Ridge, Portlock, Kalama Valley, and Queen's Gate. From Hawaii Loa Street to Kalama Valley.

    The area from approximately Hawaii Loa Ridge through Kahala, Sector 7, has the Fourth Monday of every month as its Bulky Pickup Day.  This area is defined as:  Kahala, Waialae Nui, Kalani Valley, Waialae Iki, Aina Haina, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Wailupe Peninsula, and the Koko Head side of Diamond Head to the lighthouse. From 22nd Avenue and Hunakai Street to Hawaii Loa Street.

    See City site for additional zones and locations.

    Additional reading: City information on Hazardous Waste

     

     

     

  • East Oahu AYSO Youth Soccer Signups Ongoing for Fall 2015 Season

    AYSO Hawaii Region 48 (Kaimuki through Hawaii Kai) is currently accepting mail-in registrations for its Fall 2015 season.  Registration will continue until teams are filled. More information can be found [here]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 5/22/2015

    A Friday news recap is now a regular feature of this site.  This inaugural issue contains two weeks worth, to catch us up to date.  Full text of these excerpts is available through the web.  Where access is granted to the public, there is a link.  

    For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN.

    3 Oahu elementaries named as Hawaii Blue Ribbon Schools

    Ursua, MathewHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 12 May 2015.

    The state Department of Education announced [May 12, 2015] that Hahaione, Kaelepulu and Palisades elementary schools are Hawaii's 2015 Blue Ribbon Schools nominees. . .  Hahaione Elementary in Hawaii Kai has an International Baccalaureate World?School program. During the 2013-14 school year, Hahaione's student proficiency, growth, readiness and achievement gap rates ranked in the top 5 percent in the state's public schools system.

    Sugar cane still vital -- for rum

    Gomes, AndrewHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 11 May 2015.

     Dave Flintstone, owner of Island Distillers, a Hono­lulu-based maker of vodka and okole­hao (a cane spirit with ti root), said he plans to relocate his distillery in industrial Kalihi Kai to 2 acres of farmland in Hawaii Kai, where he plans to grow hybrid sugar cane to make rum that people can sample and buy in a tasting room.

    Issues below road's surface complicate repair work

    Watanabe, JuneHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 15 May 2015.

     Question: Work on Kalanianaole Highway in the block near Aina Haina Shopping Center hasn't been resurfaced in over a month. It's hazardous with the wet weather and the fact that the road isn't smooth. What's going on?

    Question: What's the status of the rehabilitation of Kalanianaole Highway in East Oahu? It's been going on for some time. On the mauka side of the highway, there is a 2- to 3-inch discrepancy between the gutter and highway along much of the course. It's quite dangerous if you are riding a bicycle. Why is it taking so long and only half completed in sections?

    Answer: The repaving part of the work along Kalanianaole Highway is targeted to be completed in June, but the entire project isn't slated for completion until February.

    The block near the shopping center required more reconstruction work than other segments because of concrete slabs situated below the surface, said a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

    Group empowers residents to spruce up natural sites

    Wu, NinaHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 11 May 2015.

     Last month 808 Cleanups partnered with Rep. Gene Ward to clean up more than 600 pounds of bonfire debris -- nails, pallets and broken glass from the Ka Iwi shoreline. [Interested volunteers can find 808 Cleanups on Facebook at fb.com/groups/808cleanups, Twitter and Instagram at @808cleanups or at 808cleanups.org]

    Tenants may buy as church sells lion's share of Niu Valley Center

    Gomes, AndrewHonolulu Star - Advertiser [Honolulu, Hawaii] 08 May 2015.

     [Note: this article is particularly information-filled.  Reading the full text through the library database (or if you have a subscription to the Star-Advertiser, directly on the site) is recommended.]

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    King's Cathedral has agreed to sell the portion of the [Niu Valley Shopping Center] property that it doesn't occupy to local developer Peter Savio for an undisclosed price. . .Savio met with tenants Wednesday informing them of his plan to offer them the spaces as commercial condominiums that they could own instead of rent. . .Prices range from about $600,000 for a 744-square-foot unit to $5.2 million for a 6,719-square-foot space. . .If tenants decline to buy their spaces, Savio will try to sell the spaces to investors who would have to honor existing leases. . .Savio said the church, which occupies 37,570 square feet in the 66,786-square-foot center, is looking for a smaller home elsewhere in East Oahu. If that happens, Savio has an option to buy the church space at Niu Valley Center, which he said he would try to sell to a grocery store. A drugstore would be an alternative, as would dividing the space into smaller pieces for sale.

    NO JULY 4TH FIREWORKS FOR HAWAII KAI, AGAIN

    Hawaii News Now [Honolulu, Hawaii] 15 May 2015.

     HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the second year, there will be no fireworks celebration on the 4th of July at Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai.

    Fundraising for the community event fell short again, according to Maunalua Communities Foundation, sponsors of Independence Day at Maunalua Bay Festival.

    Even with holdover donations from the canceled 2014 event and new donations this year, funding was $35,000 short, according to organizers.

    east oahu NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD RESULTS POSTED; to be certified may 26, 2015

    Neighborhood Commission Office [Honolulu, Hawaii] 21 May 2015.

     Unofficial 2015 results have been posted to the Neighborhood Commission Board website.

    HAWAII KAI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD

    GARVIN, Rene´ M.,; IWASA, Natalie; KNUDSEN, Greg; REILLY, Elizabeth; CLARK, Robert E.; GREY, Marian; MAKINO, Carl H.; RUTKOWSKI, Maxine A.; JAXON, Carol; SCHREINER, Herb ; SALBOSA, Lasha; LOCKARD, Liza S.; MAYOR, Roberta A.; ALTONN, Paige

    KULIOUOU-KALANI IKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD

    YAP, Melvin M.L.; CARROLL, Paula S.; SPANGLER,; Sheridan R.; BOLTZ, Bernie; GREIG, Joshua D.; HIGA,; Kathryn T.; LUM, Heather; MORI, Martin; STAMM, Jessica; STARR, Linda W.L; AKIONA, Malia A.; LAJALA,; Kurt W.; MULKERN Kevin J.

    WAIALAE-KAHALA NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD

    FUKUDA, Lester; SCHILLER, Martin; AU, Marianne H.; CHANG, Kenneth C.C.; PYLES, John R.; TURBIN, Richard; DUDGEON, Peter A.; HIMEDA, Sylvia S.

    KAIMUKI NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD

    KANG, Brian A.; MONIZ-KAHO'OHANOHANO, Marilyn; PAIK, William A.; ROSS, Walt; BULLOCK, Lyle G. Jr.; HAGADONE, Mark, R.; SCHNEIDER, Sharon; YAMADA, LORI K.; HOE, Paul D.; PERALTA, Liberty K.; TAM, Vernon H.

    DIAMOND HEAD/KAPAHULU/ST LOUIS HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD

    ALLEN, Julia E.; ARMENTROUT, Barbra J.; MANFREDI,; Lee; MILLER, Barbara C.; NARITA, Bert T.; NAHOOPII,; Bertha S.J.; PERALTO, Keolu Jacob; VILLERS, Bryn; WAIALEALE, George; WEST, George N.; HOSHIKO, Carol A.; MATSON, Michelle Spalding; PERSONS, DON A. ; ST. DENIS, Laura; WONG, Linda

    hawaii kai NEIGHBORHOOD BOARD april 28, 2015 minutes POSTED

    Neighborhood Commission Office [Honolulu, Hawaii] 20 May 2015.

    Minutes from the April 28, 2015 Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting were posted 5/20/2015.  Topics included updates from the Water, Police, and Fire Departments, confirmation of Subdistrict 8 position by of Britney Taamu-Miyashiro, concerns by residents, (e.g. overflow parking near Hanauma Bay, rifle range ordnance, LED lighting and light pollution) Maunalua Bay recreational usage-meeting recap and declaration, and Kalama Hokupa‘a's plan for 14 new residential units in Hawaii Kai.

    Next Board Meeting: The next regular meeting for the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood No. 1 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m. at Hahaione Elementary School cafeteria.

    HAWAII KAI CEMETERY CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES TO DRAW RED FLAGS FROM RESIDENTS

    KHON2.com [Honolulu, Hawaii] 21 May 2015.

     

    The construction of a cemetery in Hawaii Kai, located in Kamilonui Valley has been in the works for more than a decade, but never seems to get started. Along the way residents have raised questions about the project and the materials being dumped there.. . .The city says they will be sending an inspector out to the property each week and if the stockpile material does not meet approval they will be issuing a notice of violation. The city also say no new stockpile permits will be issued to the property owners until a cemetery master plan is submitted for the site.

     

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  • Hawaii Kai Plant Exchange and Sale

    Hawaii Kai Plant Exchange and Sale takes place every first Tuesday in the parking lot of Kaiser High School.  Bring a plant, take a plant, leave a donation, it's up to you.  Proceeds benefit the school.