• East Oahu News - Friday Update 03/31/2017

    March 31 - McDonalds at Kahala Mall closed today in anticipation of demolition of the building and subsequent reconstruction of a larger multi-store complex. [KHON]

    March 30 - Big wave surfer Kai Lenny is on a mission to promote marine environment awareness in Hawaii.  He raced to across the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Maunalua Bay by hydrofoil in a record time of 3 hours and 26 minutes. At the end of each leg of the journey he holds a community trash clean up that removes 2 to 3 tons of trash on average.  [HNN]

    March 30 - Niu Valley Middle School musicians performed at Carnegie Hall. Billy V. interviews school staff and students regarding the experience. [HNN Video]

    March 29 - The Old Waialae Bowl at Kahala Mall, vacant for nine years, will be demolished to make way for a new shopping complex.  McDonalds Corporation will lead the development. Reconstruction is expected to be completed by September. [HNN]

    March 28 - The Salvation Army has opened a donation bin at Kalama Valley Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.  

    March 28 - After the suspected theft of the "Little Free Library" from a Kailua neighborhood, a Hawaii Kai family made a nighttime delivery to recreate the popular roadside book stand. [HNN]

    March 26 - Work has begun on reducing rockfall hazards along Diamond Head Road. [HNN]

    March 25 - Kaiser High School's computer club spent Saturday giving free coding lessons to Koko Head Elementary students and their parents. [HI DOE]

    March 25 - An expended military flare prompted the closure of Haunauma Bay for 3 hours.  Visitors were evacuated due to fears the object could be unexploded ordnance. [Star-Advertiser]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 11/25/2016

    November 25 - Scuba diver found unconscious in waters off of Kahala Beach Hotel. (Star-Advertiser)

    November 23 - Firefighters extinguished a Hawaii Kai fire that started in a garage on Kaeleku Street.  No parties were reported injured and the fire that started around 4:50pm was put out in 15-minutes. [PressReader]

    November 23 - The lender for the developer of Kalama Hokupaa, a 14-home project near the Hawaii Kai Executive Golf Course in East Oahu, has filed a foreclosure lawsuit against the developer for not making timely payments on its $6.3 million loan. [PBN]

    November 23 - The State is investigating a chemical dump at the Aina Haina drainage canal.  The chemical waste has turned the water purple. [HNN]

    November 22 - The HPD sergeant involved in last week's bizzare SUV crash fronting Kaiser High School has asked for an independent investigation of the incident.  Following the crash, he was served a search warrant and a DNA swab was obtained.  The sergeant is a witness in the case against Police Chief Kealoha and his wife. [HNN]

    November 23 - HPD have arrested an Aiea man for impersonating a police officer in the Kaimuki area.  [Star-Advertiser]

    November 18 - Residents near Kaiser High School have been advised of its ongoing construction.  The track and field area is being improved and although steps are being taken to mitigate the effects, residents may experience an increase in windblown dust through August 2017, when the improvements are scheduled to be completed. [Hawaii DOE]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update10/14/2016

    October 15, 2016 - A former administrative assistant for the company that owns the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center is facing charges that she forged hundreds of checks to steal $286,000 from her employer. An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging Adrienne M. Saffery with first-degree theft and 203 counts of forgery. The indictment also charges Saffery's husband, Lyle, with first-degree theft and 96 counts of forgery. Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi set bail for the Safferys at $100,000 each. [Star Advertiser - library card required]

    October 14, 2016 - DOE reminds parents that applications for the Preschool Open Doors program are due Oct. 31 for January-July 2017 term. The program provides subsidies to qualifying families for preschool tuition and the opportunity to gain essential skills to be successful in school and in life. Income eligibility limits apply. Children must be born between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012. Details & application: http://www.patchhawaii.org/families/paying/preschool 

    October 12, 2016 - Kamaka Ukulele becomes the first musical instrument manufacturer in Hawaii to reach its 100 year anniversary. In 1916 Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka established the Kamaka ‘Ukulele and Guitar Works in the cellar of his home on 5th Avenue in Kaimuki.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser recalls its illustrious history. [Star-Advertiser]

    October 11, 2016 - Hola Mexican Cantina Bar and Grill now hiring for Hawaii Kai Shopping Center location [Craigslist]

    October 10, 2016 - After four months, Gyotaku restaurants have dropped their 4 percent kitchen-service charge after complaints from customers.  Gyotaku operates four restaurants on Oahu, including one in Niu Valley. [PBN]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 9/9/2016

    September 9, 2016 - Gerald Glennon is the new general manager of The Kahala Hotel & Resort.  Previously, he held the same position at Halekulani. [PBN]

    September 9, 2016 - The University of Hawaii at Manoa sent out an alert Thursday morning of a possible armed person coming to campus.  By about 12:45 p.m., the security alert was lifted after the suspect was found in Hawaii Kai and placed in police custody. [KHON]

    September 6, 2016 - A 18-year-old Palolo man was arrested today after he was identified as a suspect in a taxi robbery in July, police said. Three males robbed the taxi driver, a 27-year-old man, at about 3 a.m. July 20 in Kaimuki, police said.[Star Advertiser]

    September 6, 2016 - The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the 58-year-old Missouri visitor, who died August 2 after being pulled out of the water at Sandy Beach, as Mark Saffell. [Star Advertiser]

    September 5, 2016 - A neighborhood carpool van emblazoned with a Make-A-Wish Hawaii logo and colorful graphics, stolen September 4 from a Kahala neighborhood, was recovered Sunday night in Waipio. [Star Advertiser]

    September 2, 2016 - A Honolulu firefighter was in stable condition after sustaining injuries in a 30-foot fall from a rescue basket at Diamond Head State Monument. [Star Advertiser]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 9/2/2016

    September 1, 2016 - Kona Brewing Company announced its upcoming POG (passion-orange-guava) beer.  The brew will be called Hanalei Island IPA and will only be avallable in 2016 at its local brewpubs on Hawaii Island and in Hawaii Kai. [Brewbound.com]

    August 31, 2016 - A class-action lawsuit alleges at least 160 individuals had their property illegally foreclosed by 72 condominium associations.  Three Hawaii Kai condominium associations at Colony Marina, Esplanade and Mawaena Kai, are among the 72 named. The lawsuit seeks payment of restitution and damages, including punitive damages, along with interest, to those whose properties were allegedly improperly foreclosed. [Civil Beat] [Ilind]

    August 31, 2016 - Police are investing a report of a car that caught on fire and rolled down Wilhelmina Rise early this morning and ended up hitting a utility pole. No one was in the car, a fire official said. [Star Advertiser]

    August 31, 2016 - Cha Cha Cha Salsaria in Hawaii Kai Shopping Center closed its doors August 30 after 22 years in business.  The restaurant was sold to Cardenas Familia Corp., a family-run Mexican restaurant business, for undisclosed terms. According to the previous owner, the new buyers hope to reopen within two weeks "but are prepared for a month" [Star Advertiser - library card required]

    August 31, 2016 - Island Distillers plans to open an expanded distillery and tasting room in Hawaii Kai, behind Kaiser High School. Known for its Hawaiian Moonshine, the Honolulu-based company was issued building permits in May to build new tasting and distillery buildings at its current location at 577 Pakala St. [PBN]

    Aug. 30, 2016 - Promoters of a planned $25 million artificial reef containing cremated human remains off Hawaii Kai are dropping their "memorial reef" proposal but will push ahead with trying to establish a new fish habitat. A Hawaii Memorial Reefs LLC official notified the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board in a letter Sunday that the company has abandoned its plan to deploy structures made with concrete and cremated remains as an artificial reef in Maunalua Bay, after a community outreach effort produced mainly negative feedback. The company still wants to create an artificial reef, just without using cremated remains. [Star Advertiser - Library Card Required]

    August 30, 2016 - On his first day of a new assignment at Kaimuki Middle School, Aaron Hess said, he witnessed a disturbing scene: an educational assistant pouring iced coffee over the head of a student.  Shortly after reporting the incident to authorities, Hess was fired. According to Civil Beat, which had inquired about the situation, "The department [of Education, State of Hawaii] would disclose nothing about the outcome – for instance, whether the educational assistant had been exonerated or disciplined. Nor would it say when the investigation concluded." Hess worked for Bayada Home Care, a company that contracts paraprofessionals to Hawaii's public schools. [Civil Beat]

    Aug. 30, 2016 - The Hawaii Kai Satellite City Hall and police substation at Hawaii Kai Towne Center will relocate to a different site in East Honolulu after the property owner more than doubled the rent.  After the city's long-term lease ends on August 31, the city will begin leasing the property on a month-to-month basis. The monthly payment will be $3,200 until a new location is established for the satellite city hall and police substation. For now, the city and property owner, ValueRock Realty Partners, based in California, recently agreed to a month-to-month lease extension at no rent increase. [Star Advertiser - library card required]

    August 29, 2016 - Choppy sea conditions causing surf between 8 to 10 feet kept Ocean Safety lifeguards busy  rescuing paddlers from two canoes at Makapuu.  No injuries were reported. [Star Advertiser]

    August 28, 2016 - Homelessness concerns Hawaii Kai.  Article addresses homelessness issue and the limits to what can be done about it.  Bishop Estate has cleared area by the post office and will be clearing more area on Keahole. [Star-Advertiser]

    August 27, 2016 - Hawaii Prep World features Andrew Kaufusi, Kaiser Football player on offense, defense and special teams in their 34-7 win over Radford. [Hawaii Prep World]

    August 26, 2016 - A heartbroken family requests the public's help in finding 21 year-old Johnathan Fraser.  Fraser has been missing since July 30 and was last seen in Hawaii Kai. [HNN]

    August 26, 2016 - The Oahu SPCA is up against a September 1 deadline to vacate its space in Kalama Valley Shopping Center.  Kamehameha Schools moved to evict the group after it ran into trouble with the city over unpermitted renovations as well as zoning issues. The city says the fines accruing against KS and the non-profit are now more than $14,000. On drive-by observation, the shelter appeared to be open for business as usual on September 1. [KITV] [+ drive-by observation]

    August 26, 2016 - Hawaii Public Radio highlights one of Honolulu’s leading developers, Christine Camp, president & CEO of the Avalon Development Company. Avalon's most recent project is the 7000 Hawaii Kai rental complex. [HPR]

    August 26, 2016 - PBS Hawaii has posted video replay of its episode, "INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I: State Senate District 9 / State House District 29,"  which originally aired on August 25, 2016. In District 9, Former City Councilman Stanley Chang is challenging the State Senate’s only Republican incumbent, Sam Slom, in the race to represent East Honolulu, which includes Kahala, Diamond Head, Aina Haina and Hawai‘i Kai. [PBS Hawaii]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 8/25/2016

    August 25 2016 - Honolulu City Council is exploring guided tour limits at Waimanalo beaches. A bill under consideration is aimed at addressing an influx of tourists who are making their way to East Oahu as part of organized guided tours. Some believe the increase in visitor traffic became an issue when a similar commercial activity ban went into effect in Kailua and Lanikai, essentially, displacing tour groups into neighboring communities. Now some are concerned this bill would force an influx of visitors into areas like Kahala and Hawaii Kai. [HNN]

    August 24, 2016 - The Takitani Foundation has announced the winners of its academic scholarships for 2016.  From the Honolulu district,: AJ Clifford Alcover of Farrington High School; Emily Wong of Kaimuki High School; Ria Oba of Kaiser High School; Yiju Huang of Kalani High School and Courtney Hiraoka of University Laboratory School.  Sixty-six scholarships were awarded in total across different learning institutions. [Takitani Foundation]

    August 23, 2016 - Denby Fawcett weighs in on the Kahala Avenue luxury condo debate in a Civil Beat column. [Civil Beat]

    August 22, 2016 - President Barack Obama recognized four Hawaii teachers as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The teachers will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation and a trip to Washington D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities. From East Oahu, one of the recipents is ​Bryan Silver, Kalani High (7-12 Science awardee)  Silver has been teaching Industrial Engineering Design, Drafting Technology I+II and Engineering for 16 years at Kalani High. He runs a robust afterschool robotic program in VEX, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Robotics and Real-world Design Challenge.​​  [Hawaii DOE]

    August 22, 2016 The Hawaii Department of Education has published a newsletter entitled "Supporting Student Success: Phase I Statewide Listening Tour." Findings and best practices are outlined within the six page document.  [Hawaii BOE/DOE]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 8/19/2016

     

    August 18, 2016 - The fourth annual Keith Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta was held in the waters off Lahaina near Mala Wharf in West Maui on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14.  Representing the Hawaii Kai Boat Club, this year's overall winner was Gavin Ball. [Lahaina News

    August 17, 2016 - Civil Beat's long-read on toxoplasmosis highlights the danger feral cat feces pose to endangered species.  At least eight critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals, two spinner dolphins, nene geese and native birds over the past 15 years have died from the parasitic disease.  At issue is whether the current policy of Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) is working with just 10,000 cats sterilized of an estimated population of 300,000.  Hawaii Kai's feral cat colony was featured prominently throughout the article. [Civil Beat]

    August 16, 2016 - ProService Hawaii, a staffing company headquartered in Hawaii Kai, is buying HiHR, the human resources arm of The Hawaii Group.  The purchase will boost ProService's total of worksite employees served to more than 30,000, the two companies said Monday. [PBN]

    August 15, 2016 - The State Health Department traced the Hepatitis A outbreak to raw scallops consumed at Genki Sushi restaurants.  All locations, including the restaurant in Aina Haina, were ordered closed until further notice [Civil Beat]

    August 15, 2016 - KITV weighs in on the contest between Hawaii Kai's incumbent State Senator Sam Slom and challenger Stanley Chang.  [KITV]

    August 15, 2016 - A Hawaii Kai man has been charged with murder in a Makiki stabbing. [Star Advertiser]

    August 13, 2016 - Hahaione PTSA has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for playground repairs following last week's vandalism.

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 8/12/2016

    August 11, 2016 - Vandals damaged Hahaione Elementary School's playground over the August 6 weekend.  The $45,000 structure, paid for with community donations, will have to be removed at a cost of $20,000. [HNN]

     

    August 11, 2016 - Kila Ka‘aihue tells Hawaii Prep World how uncanny timing delivered him  from Iolani grad to MLB player to Head Coach for Kaiser High School's baseball team. [Hawaii Prep World]

     

    August 9, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School has been selected as one of 28 schools in the R.E.A.C.H program. R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation by engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. [Governor's News Release]

     

     

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 8/5/2016

     

    August 4, 2016 - The Honolulu City Council unanimously approved a special management area use permit for expanding the former Kaiser Estate in East Oahu’s Portlock neighborhood on Wednesday. [Star Advertiser (paywall) - EBSCO link forthcoming]

    August 3, 2016 - The H-1 freeway near the Koko Head overpass closed briefly, for about 30 minutes, as emergency crews responded to a man who had jumped from the overpass.  The man was transported to the hospital and the freeway was reopened around 6:15 pm. [Star Advertiser]

    August 3, 2016 - A community meeting was held to discuss Alexander and Baldwin's plan to build waterfront condominiums in Kahala at the intersection of Kahala Avenue and Hunakai Street.  This was the last public hearing. The Department of Planning and Permitting will continue accepting written comments on the project through August 12th. [KITV]

    August 3, 2016 - Gecko droppings are to blame for the false civil alert siren that sounded in Kuliouou Valley before 6:00 am. [KFIVE]

    August 2, 2016 - The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced the inaugural meeting of the Maunalua Bay Recreation Advisory Committee for the purpose of community input on the regulation of safe ocean recreation in Maunalua Bay. The meeting will be held August 18 at Koko Head Elementary. [DLNR] [Agenda - PDF]

    August 1, 2016 - A new pilot program based on a $200,000 grant allows victims of domestic abuse to receive immediate assistance rather than be given a referral. The Safe on Scene (SOS) program is being offered to HPD District 7 residents.  The area includes Manoa, McCully, Moiliili, Kaimuki, Palolo, Diamond Head, Waialae, Kahala, Aina Haina, Kuliouou, Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley, and Sandy Beach. [KHON]

    August 1, 2016 - Radio Shack Hawaii Kai at Koko Marina Center has closed.

    July 31, 2016 - Writer Lee Cataluna weighs in on Hawaiian Memorial Reefs' proposal to bury loved ones in cement in Maunalua Bay.  Notably, she mentions that the company wouldn't answer questions posed by her or her colleagues at the Star Advertiser, but seemed eager to sell the plan to nonplussed local residents.  She notes, "There is much to be said about this odd business endeavor, and much was said at the Wednesday meeting, but of note was the community's power to tell a developer, "Hey, slow your roll and answer our questions."  The company was invited back to next month's neighborhood board meeting to continue the conversation. [Star Advertiser - library card req.]

    July 31, 2016 - Police continue to look for two males who drew a weapon and robbed a 61-year old near Kahala Mall. [KFIVE]

    July 30, 2016 - Marina land across from Costco to become boat storage rental. Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to sunset. [Star Advertiser - library card req.]

    July 29, 2016 - Mariners' Ridge residents in Hawaii Kai spied a thief on video.  Video was posted to Nextdoor, a virtual neighborhood watch online. [HNN]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 7/22/2016

    July 21, 2016 - Fire department rescue personnel came to the aid of a 10-year old boy whom fell about 10 feet just short of the Koko Crater summit.  No major injuries were reported. [Star Advertiser]

    July 20, 2016 - Former City Councilman Stanley Chang and two first-time candidates -- a doctor and a dentist -- are vying for the chance to replace Sam Slom, the lone Republican in the state Senate.  Dr. Michael Bennett, an ophthalmologist, Dr. Richard Y. Kim and Chang are running in Senate District 9, which stretches from Diamond Head and Kahala to Hawaii Kai. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]

    July 20, 2016 - Niu Valley Shopping Center is now a commercial condominium with individually owned spaces and shared common areas including parking under a deal completed July 15.  Local developer Peter Savio arranged the deal and has resold 10 of the 14 spaces that he acquired.  The four spaces not resold are leased to Jack in the Box, Le Bistro, Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant and an office tenant. Additionally, King's Cathedral declined to sell the space it uses, as well as an adjacent space leased to 7-Eleven.  Savio retains the first opportunity to buy these two pieces in the future should the church decide to sell. [Star Advertiser- Library Card req.]

    July 19. 2016 - A 21-year-old woman was treated by paramedics and taken to the hospital in serious condition Monday after she dove into the ocean at the area known as “Pele’s Chair” near the Makapuu Lighthouse trail.  This incident follows one just a few days earlier when a father and daughter died after being swept into the ocean near Makapuu Tidepools. [Star Advertiser]

    July 19, 2016 A Hawaii Kai home at 569 Portlock Road was voted HGTV Ultimate House Hunt winner. The home, currently on the market for 13.5 million dollars, sports over 8,000 square feet of interior space and fronts the ocean. [KHON]

    July 18, 2016 Tesoro gas stations will be rebranded as Hele.  Additionally, approximately 1/3 of Hawaii's current 76 gas stations will also change their name to Hele. [PBN]

    July 17, 2016 - Former Kaiser Estate awaits City Council special-use permit approval.  The owner of a run-down Portlock estate once considered the largest private residence in America is seeking the city's OK to restore and enhance the property as a family compound with three mansions and a private harbor.  A Honolulu City and County law enacted in 2012 makes it necessary to seek special approval on homes larger than 7,500 square feet.

    Owner Chans' residential SMA permit is believed to be the second one taken up, according to the Department of Planning and Permitting. More are expected, including one slated for an Aug. 3 hearing that pertains to a plan by Alexander & Baldwin Inc. to build three luxury duplex homes on a large waterfront lot at 4607 Kahala Ave.

    Currently work at the Estate is progressing on construction not requiring the SMA permit.  If the special permit is approved, construction is expected to last 18 months. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]

    July 17, 2016 - Frustration grows over water safety after a father and daughter visiting Makapuu Tidepools are swept out and die. [KHON]

     

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 7/15/2016

    July 15, 2016 In addition to earlier announcements decoupling teacher performance from student scores, Hawai‘i’s public education accountability system, the Strive HI Performance System, will not include Index Scores or Classifications. [Hawaii Dept. of Education]

    July 15, 2016 The Hawaii Dept. of Education has updated its heat abatement program (Air Conditioning, etc. . .) list. From East Oahu, Kamiloiki and Niu Valley Middle are listed East Oahu under the "Solar Ventilator" section.  Wilson, Kahala and Kaimuki Middle are listed as "100% AC in Classrooms." Kaimuki High is listed as "Solar Light."  [Hawaii Dept. of Education]

    July 14, 2016 The city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division and Honolulu Fire Department are telling people not to jump off the cliff at Spitting Caves, especially after two people had to be rescued last weekend. [KHON]

    July 11, 2016 Residents call for intervention after multiple rescues at Portlock's Spitting Caves. [HNN]

    July 10, 2016 A 14-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition after falling about 40 feet at the Spitting Caves in Hawaii Kai on Sunday.  Emergency Medical Services crew said the girl did not clear the jump and hit the side of the cliff. [HNN]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 7/8/2016

    July 7, 2016 Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson (Waimanalo) has lost his post as head of the Zoning and Planning Committee to Trevor Ozawa (Ala Moana to Hawaii Kai) in a shakeup announced Thursday by Council Chair Ernie Martin.  Anderson alleges retribution for his attendance at a Kirk Caldwell fundraiser. [Civil Beat]

    July 7, 2016  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) yesterday began construction of improvements at the Maunalua Bay boat launch ramp to expand the vessel washdown area and construct a roadway around it. Work is scheduled to continue this week and next week.  The washdown area is scheduled to reopen on July 15. [State of Hawaii Governor's Office]

    July 6, 2016 The city of Honolulu  is currently in negotiations with Lio Lani Equestrian Group to have them move into the recently vacated Koko Head Stables. [Midweek]

    July 2, 2016 The State Department of Health has updated its E-waste disposal site list including Hawaii Kai locations. [State of Hawaii]

    June 30, 2016 Chef Ed Kenney's PBS series, Family Ingredients, Debuts in the Bay Area [7x7]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 6/24/2016

    June 22, 2016 Homeless encampments growing in Hawaii Kai

    "It went from like 3 people to 40 people"

    The [Hawaii Kai Marina Community Association]'s tactic of clearing [land on the marina behind the dog park] worked, as the population dispersed, but only temporarily.  Now, just feet away is a complex of elaborate dwellings on city owned land. . .[Director of Facilities Maintenance] Ross Sassamura says the city has removed property from the site.  While clearing out the brush is an option, Sassamura says there are currently no plans to do so.  He also notes that any action taken by the City has to be in response to a complaint. [Hawaii News Now]

    June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS announces new temporary website: http://www.kaiserhighschoolhawaii.org/

    June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS announces new varsity football coach, Arnold Martinez

    June 22, 2016 Kaiser HS one of just 15 schools represented at the national Junior Achievement conference in Washington DC. JA team 8finity is a team from the 2015-2016 fall semester that sold the phone powered mini fans. 

    June 20, 2016 Kaiser HS 2015 valedictorian dies while hiking Manoa Falls

    A hiking accident at one of Oahu's most popular trails has claimed the life of Kaiser High School's 2015 top valedictorian.  19-year-old Kristi Takanishi died Friday, two days after the tragic fall at Manoa Falls. [Hawaii News Now]

    June 20, 2016 Photo slideshow: Koko Head Shooting Complex hosts 23rd annual Shooting Sports Fair.   [Civil Beat]

    June 19, 2016 KHON features video on 43rd annual Hawaii Kai Lions' Father's Day pancake breakfast. [KHON]

    June 17, 2016 A veteran firefighter has died following a rough water training accident off Diamond Head.  The Honolulu Fire Department says 63-year-old Clifford Rigsbee died on June 16th. 

    June 17, 2016 New Avalon apartment complex at 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive holds open house.  

    Hawaii News Now provides an inside look at the apartments in its photo slideshow. [Hawaii News Now]

     

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 6/17/2016

    June 16, 2016 Senator Laura Thielen targeted by Hawaii GOP for alleged registration irregularities.  GOP wants her name removed from upcoming ballot. [Civil Beat]

    June 16, 2016 Monk seal born on Ka Iwi Coast [Hawaii News Now]

    June 14, 2016 Two firefighters injured off Diamond Head during training exercise [Star-Advertiser]

    June 10, 2016 Brazen thieves hit Hawaii Kai parking lots, shattering car glass and stealing credit cards [Hawaii News Now]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 6/10/2016

    June 9, 2016 Downed power line cuts electricity from Kaimuki through Aina Haina during evening rush hour. [KHON]

    June 6, 2016 Duc Ong, a physics teacher at Kaiser High in Hawaii Kai, is among the 24 teachers selected to attend Data Camp in Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. Data Camp is designed to be an introductory workshop for both new and veteran teachers of physics and physical science to learn about particle physics and high energy physics. [UH Manoa]  

    June 5, 2016 Police arrest three after an armed fight at Sandy Beach. [Hawaii News Now]

    June 4, 2016 Niu Valley finally gets its playground [KHON2 Video on YouTube]

    June 4, 2016 Hiker Airlifted from Makapuu Tidepools [Star-Advertiser]

    June 3, 2016 Hawea heiau and Keawawa wetland are targets of attempted theft [Hawaii News Now]

    June 2, 2016 When Hawaii Kai resident Hunter Long drops in at the X-Games in Austin this weekend, she won't only become the first female skateboarder from Hawaii to ever do so, she will be the contest's first skater from Hawaii, period. [Hawaii News Now

    May 31, 2016 Hawaii-based hamburger chain Teddy’s Bigger Burgers will part with its 1950s-inspired diner design and switch its name to Teddy’s Steak Burgers, owners confirmed with PBN this week. [PBN]

    The chefs from Kale's Deli, formerly at Hawaii Kai Shopping Center, are now cooking for Juicy Brew in Hale Pawaa (1401 S. Beretania) and Kaimuki (Waialae and 8th). The menu is mostly Vegan and they are highlighting local ingredients. [Facebook

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 6/3/2016

     

    Grand opening of Niu Valley Playground set for June 4. [Facebook]

    5/31/2016 Sophie's Gourmet make-your-own pizza has opened at Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai. [Honolulu Magazine]

    5/27/2016 Horse enthusiasts have plan to save Koko Crater Stables [Hawaii News Now]

    "The city is still exploring options and has not made a final decision on Koko Crater Stables," said Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Michele Nekota. [Star-Advertiser]  

    5/25/2016 After a nearly yearlong investigation, the city prosecutor's office has declined to file criminal charges in the death of a 54-year-old ophthalmologist who was hit by two cars during an early morning jog on Kalanianaole Highway near Wailupe Beach Park. [Star-Advertiser]  

     

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  • Hawaii Kai Memorial Day Hours and Closures

    Monday, May 30, 2016 is Memorial Day.  Memorial Day is a State, County and Federal Holiday.  Closures and special hours include:

    Costco - CLOSED
    Satellite City Hall - CLOSED
    RRR Recycling (between Hawaii Kai Park & Ride and Dog Park) - CLOSED
    Hawaii Kai Post Office - CLOSED, no mail delivery
    Hawaii Kai State Library - CLOSED
    Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Kai Clinic - CLOSED

    Island Urgent Care - special hours 8-5pm
    TheBus - Sunday schedule

    Trash pickup - normal collection schedule

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 05/27/2016

     

    May 26, 2016 Dr. Beach Names Hanauma Bay the Best Beach in America [ABC News]

    May 26, 2016 Public school students in the Farrington-Kalani-Kaiser Complex will not be sent home for head lice, alarming some concerned parents. [KHON]

    May 26, 2016 Cameron Higgins has stepped down as the Head Kaiser High School Football Coach [KHON]

    May 25, 2016 Hawaii Kai family to compete on Family Feud next week. Parents Ron and Kathy Schaefer, both doctors, and kids, Eric, Renee, and Amber, say they’ve been testing their skills by using the Family Feud app on Facebook. [KHON]

    May 25, 2016 BYO Bowls is now hiring for a June opening. The restaurant will open next to Koa Pancake House at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center [PBN]

    May 24, 2016 Utah Firm Creates New Entity, Extra Space Storage of Honolulu Keahole Street LLC; Buys Diamond Head Property for $29M

    [Extra Space Storage] recently formed a new business in Hawaii called Extra Space Storage of Honolulu Keahole Street LLC, which could mean that another location is in the works for the Extra Space Storage in Hawaii Kai in East Oahu.

    The company, which is one of the largest owners and operators of self-storage properties in the United States, recently purchased Diamond Head Self Storage’s property at 633 Ahua St., according to public records. Extra Space Storage has 12 facilities in Hawaii. [PBN]

    May 23, 2016 Honolulu Charter Commission opts to cancel 5/26 meeting on potential elimination of neighborhood boards. The purpose of the cancelled meeting was to have been “Should the City increase citizen participation in the decision of government though the use of electronic communication, such as television, Internet, and email, and eliminate the Neighborhood Board System Honolulu.gov

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 5/20/2016

    5/18/2016 The city Department of Parks and Recreation closed Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve shortly after 11 a.m. due an electrical malfunction affecting the pump. [KHON [1]] The park reopened the next day. [KHON [2]]

    5/18/2016 Sam Slom self-reports and apologizes for campaign error.

    The previous day's announcement that he was seeking re-election was issued via [his office]’s Capitol email account, at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, and includes the state seal. Slom said the error was “inadvertent,” as he had hoped to inform constituents of his health status since undergoing coronary bypass surgery last month. The email in question notes his “better-than-expected progress in his recovery.” “I did not look at it as any kind of campaigning,” he said. “I thought it was more informational. There were rumors that I wasn’t going to run again or that Gene Ward was going to run for my seat.”[Civil Beat

    5/17/2016 Sam Slom, the Hawaii Senate’s sole Republican, announced today that he is seeking another four-year term this fall. Slom, first elected in 1996, represents District 9, which spans Hawaii Kai to Diamond Head.[Civil Beat

    5/16/2016 Republican Rep. Gene Ward announced Monday that he is seeking his 10th term, ending conjecture that he would leave his seat representing Hawaii Kai to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sam Slom in the Aug. 13 primary.[Civil Beat

    5/13/2016 - Kaiser High teacher Paul Balazs, who teaches Leadership, English Language-Arts and International Baccalaureate Theory of Knowledge courses in grades 10 through 12, was honored with the prestigious Teacher of Promise Award from the National Milken Educators of Hawaii.[Hawaii DOE

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 5/13/2016

     

    5/10/2016 - Hawaii Kai Park and Ride slated for City feral chicken control measures [Hawaii News Now

    5/9/2016 - Hawaii public schools struggle to provide athletes with top-rated helmets  KHON interviewed Former Kaiser Coach Rich Miano. "Everything they [the private schools] have is so beautiful, and here I am at a public high school, Kaiser High School, and we look like the Bad News Bears. They look like the New York Giants,” Miano said. [KHON]  Article also contains link to public high schools and their equipment inventory.

    5/8/2016 - Kaiser High School wins KFive "It's Academic" quiz show over competitors Hawaii Baptist Academy and Iolani School. [Watch]

    5/6/2016 -  Avalon's 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive project nears completion [PBN]