• East Oahu News - Friday Update 03/24/2017

    March 23 - State sweeps homeless camps on Diamond Head.  [HNN Video]

    March 20 - Hele gas has opened at the former Aloha Petroleum Hawaii Kai site in front of the 7-11 at Hahaione Valley's entrance.  Aloha Petroleum will soon begin construction on an Aloha Island Mart at the former Tesoro site next to Hawaii Kai Costco. [PBN] + observation

    March 20 - Civil Beat reports on the overuse of emotional support "service animals," providing as an example a woman at Hawaii Kai's Villa Marina condo with two emotional support chickens. [Civil Beat]

    March 19 - A 34-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday evening, after slamming into the guard rail along Kalanianaole Highway.  Honolulu Police closed the highway in both directions between Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach. [KITV]

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

    March 2 - A visitor from South Carolina was rescued from high surf at China Walls in the Portlock area.  After receiving medical attention, he was transported to a local hospital. [Star-Advertiser]

    March 1 - Heavy rains and strong winds forced closures throughout Oahu, including at Hawaii Kai Satellite City Hall, where power was temporarily out. [HNN]

    March 1 - Police are investigating the death of a 34 year-old man found dead in his car in Waimanalo.  His body was discovered February 28.  There were no signs of foul play. [Star-Advertiser]

    February 26 - The fire department rescued an injured 22 year-old spear fisherman from Spitting Caves.  He had fallen 15 feet onto the ledge below.  [KITV]

  • What should sustainable agriculture look like in Hawaii?

    Senate bill 1313 seeks to require an additional 10 percent of our food be locally sourced.  It's the brainchild of Senator Brickwood Galuteria, whom argues that our state's reliance on food imports imperils residents' safety in times of need.  Granted, with more than 50 percent of our produce and 90 percent of our beef coming from outside the state, we are unique in our reliance of food imports.

    But, is this the solution for a real-estate-poor metropolis?  Hawaii's population density consistently ranks in the top quartile of states, and kamaaina's biggest complaint is that children can't stay here after college because there is no affordable housing.

    Hawaii Kai prides itself on having farms smack dab in the middle of the suburb.  Me, I'm not a fan.  Then again, I live right in front of one of the farms.  While I enjoy fertile topsoil, I enjoy it much less thrown by tractors onto my windowpanes on a frequent basis.  Truth is, even those farmers are struggling.  They lease their land from Bishop Estate, which is in turn unable to do anything else with the land because of a public perception of "sustainability."  The farmers also have difficulty finding workers to plow and harvest.  A few innovative ones have turned to "farm tours" to extract voluntary help.

    Farms in the suburb are all around just a bad idea: a bad fit and an ill use of space.

    No one likes a negative view without a positive alternative.  That is why I would propose that Hawaii make a plan for microfarms.  They really are the wave of the future.  They can be placed in garages, rooftops and wherever there is available room.  Granted, you can't raise cows there.  (Given that the Hawaii Farm Bureau has only given its blessing to this bill if all agriculture is included -- like flowers -- I seriously doubt this bill is truly serious about food sustainability anyhow.) But you can raise the most expensive types of greens: those that are easy and quick to grow but have limited shelf life once picked.

    Aquaponics lettuceAs it turns out, I've been experimenting with produce sustainability and I think I've reached a pretty good balance.  To get a good idea of what can be accomplished, visit The Aquaponics Place in Waimanalo.  They have an incredible selection of both components and turnkey systems -- and at a good price too.  Hawaii Kai residents only need to drive 10 minutes to get there.  It's on Lukanela Street right behind the feed store off of Mekia Street and Kalanianaole Highway.

    So far, I've purchased rockwool and large tubs from them.  They were even kind enough to drill a hole in one of the tubs for me.  I'll post an article about it and my low-maintenance low-cost hydroponic system in the near future.

    It seems to me that suburbanites really aren't into gardening. Truthfully, it's a heartbreaking experience.  You toil and till and once the seedlings are looking good, the slugs and snails eat them.  Hydroponics and indoor gardening take the pain out of the gardening.  It also removes the weeding.  And, even in tight spaces, we can find room.  So, Senator Galuteria, if you're listening, I'm not disagreeing that sustainability is a good asset.  I'm just questioning whether a quota on growing and a reliance on old farming methods is the solution.  I also think the Hawaii Farm Bureau's stance on including all agriculture detracts from the overall purpose of the bill.  As a matter of fact, if I were starving, a vaseful of proteas wouldn't console me.

    For more on the subject and the inspiration for this post, reference this 2/27 Pacific News article.

  • Costco may raise its membership fees 10 percent

    Business Insider reports that Costco may raise its membership fees ten percent in the coming months.  At December's conference call, Costco CFO Richard Galanti signaled that it might be the right time to raise fees, saying that every five to six years Costco does so.  He hedged that by saying, "I'm not trying to suggest that it’s tomorrow afternoon."  Business Insider notes however, that perhaps Thursday's earnings conference call may be the right time.  After all, Costco already raised membership fees ten percent at its stores in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

    On a separate note, our household just received its annual VISA rebate check.  I think Costco may be right in believing rising rates shouldn't adversely affect membership.  As a household, we still get back far more in rebates than we pay.

  • Hawaii Kai Farmer's Markets: Tuesdays, Saturdays & Other Options

    Hawaii Kai Farmers' Market Options

    With the exception of the Saturday farmer's market at Kapiolani Community College(KCC), Oahu's selection for farm to table agriculture has shrunk.  Fewer farmers are finding it profitable to attend these markets and as interest dwindles, the audience likewise gets smaller.  It's a self-fulfilling outcome.

    Still, Costco can't fulfill all of a household's food needs.  I often find myself needing fresh Thai basil or a bundle of cilantro.  If I'm feeling ambitious, I'll make the trek to KCC on Saturday morning.  More likely than not, however, I'll end up going to my favorite open market: the City's one-hour event at the Hawaii Kai Park and ride.

    The City's People's Open Market runs from 1pm to 2pm on Saturdays in Hawaii Kai, at the Park and Ride near the dog park.  Parking is ample and the selection is usually pretty good: mostly food staples like the type you can get in Chinatown.  On a typical Saturday you can buy daikon, chinese parsley, chives, watercress and any other number of those vegetables not easily obtained.

    I also like the Friends of Kaiser High School farmer's market on Tuesdays.  It runs from 4pm to 7pm at the school's parking lot.  Again, there is ample parking and access is fairly good.  Selection at Kaiser's farmer's market is limited.  Kay's produce stand is always there, however.  I highly recommend it for its fresh basil.  Without fail, the basil is fresh and full.  You can choose from either sweet or Thai basil.

    Olay Thai restaurant also has a booth at Kaiser High School's market.  If you're having a craving for a Thai plate lunch, sticky rice, spring rolls, green papaya salad or an iced coffee, this is the place to go  There's a regular following of customers who have made it part of their routine.

    Recenly added, Kaiser also has fresh Waimanalo eggs directly from the farm, as well as rice milled that day or the day before.

    Finally, if you're looking for those Chinatown-like vegetables and can't make it to the Saturday open market, the Hawaii Kai Towne Center also hosts a stand behind Panda Express, facing the marina.  It runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m.– 3:00 p.m.  I haven't visited it in a while, but the last time I was there, the stand had about two dozen or so different items, including ripe papaya.

  • Plant Exchange and Sale - December 6, 2016, Hawaii Kai, Kaiser HS

    Friends of Kaiser High School PTSA runs a farmer's market every Tuesday from 4-7pm in the school parking lot.  The market has piping hot food from Olay's Thai food and true farmer's stand run by Kay and filled with in-season fruits and vegetables. Recently, the market added a local egg producer.

    Every first Tuesday, we also run a plant exchange as a community service. I'm bringing my plants to exchange them with you.  You bring yours, take one of mine or someone else's.  Don't have any plants to give?  Bring empty pots so they can be refilled for the next event.  Don't have those either?  Just take a plant and leave a voluntary donation to Kaiser's PTSA.  It's that easy.

     

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  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 10/21/2016

    October 20, 2016 - Oceanic Cable advises East Oahu residents of potential disrupted services on the following days:

    Thursday, 27 October 2016| 12:00 AM – 05:00 AM
    On Oahu, in Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, Kalama, Hawaii Kai and surrounding areas, video services, including but not limited to Video On Demand, Look Back, Start Over services, may be intermittent or briefly unavailable due to network maintenance.
    Thursday, 27 October 2016 | 12:00 AM – 05:00 AM
    On Oahu, in Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako, Moiliili, Makiki, Manoa, Waikiki, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Kahala, Kalani, Niu Valley and surrounding areas, video services, including but not limited to Video On Demand, Look Back, Start Over services, may be intermittent or briefly unavailable due to network maintenance.

    Other Statewide upgrades are scheduled for: 10/24, 10/26, 10/27 and 10/28 [Oceanic Cable]

    October 20, 2016 - On Hiki No, Episode #804, Students at Kalani High School in East O‘ahu demonstrate how to make a thaumatrope – a simple device made from paper and string that creates rudimentary forms of animation. [PBS]

    October 19, 2016 - Koko Crater Stables to reopen October 28 [Midweek]

    October 19, 2016 - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed an additional case of hepatitis A in an Oahu food service worker. The infected case is an employee at McDonald’s of Kahala, located at 4618 Kilauea Avenue in Honolulu. Affected dates of service are Sept. 20–21, 23–24, 27–29, and Oct. 1, 4–5, 7, and 11, 2016. [Damon Tucker]

    October 15, 2016 - Ground has broken on Kaikaina, a new Department of Hawaiian Homelands project in Waimanalo.  Thirty-one new units are being built. [KHON]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 10/7/2016

    October 6, 2016 - Crosswalks; bus stops could be removed in Aina Haina. A proposed crosswalk and bus stop removal will be focused on a small stretch of Kalanianaole highway in Aina Haina. The study was brought on by safety issues after two separate pedestrian deaths. Right now, there are three crosswalks with no traffic lights between Waa and Kaai streets. The state is proposing to get rid of those, and the city is also thinking about taking away four nearby bus stops, a fifth would be relocated.  [KHON]

    October 4, 2016 - OK Poultry has returned to the Kaiser HS Farmer's Market on Tuesdays.  The farm fresh eggs are a popular item among local residents.

    September 30, 2016 - Honolulu Police Department (HPD) warns residents on law enforcement imposters. “A local male approached a Hawaii Kai residence, knocked on the door, relayed he was an officer with HPD,” said Sgt. Jerome Pacarro, Honolulu Police Department. The impersonator told the 95-year-old would-be victim he wanted to install a surveillance system in the home, but the man did not let him in. “For these kind of situations, please, please keep the door locked, and talk through the peephole through the door,” Pacarro said.  [KHON]

  • East Oahu News - Friday Update 9/22/2016

    September 22, 2016 - Pacific Business News reports that Henry Kapono's Portlock home is on the market for 1.9 million dollars. [PBN]

    September 22, 2016 - Aloha Petroleum will operate a new Hawaii Kai gas station to be located at the site of the current Tesoro on Keahole Street.  Permits have been filed to demolish and rebuild. [PBN]

    September 21, 2016 - 30-year-old Zachary Felipe of Manoa was pulled from the water at China Walls near Portlock.  He was pronounced dead by EMS. [KITV]

    September 21, 2016 - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser highlights reknown surf photographer Mike Prickett and his courage in persevering after paralysis.  Prickett saved a surfer but suffered the bends and lost use of his legs.  Prickett, 51, is a Kaiser High School graduate who landed his first photography job at the age of 15. [Star-Advertiser - library card required]

    September 20, 2016 - Prominent Hawaii musician Ernie Cruz, Jr., of the Ka‘au Crater Boys, died after being found unresponsive at Sandy Beach. [Star-Advertiser]

    September 20, 2016 - Following car break-ins at Manoa, Noelani, Wilson, Aina Haina and Waialae elementary schools this month, the Hawaii Department of Education issued a press alert.  The break-ins occurred during afterschool hours. In each case, vehicle windows were broken and small items taken, including purses, bags, cellphones and laptops. [Hawaii DOE]

    September 19, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School registar's office reports problems with transitioning to the new statewide system.  The school requests patience as the issues are remedied. [Niu Valley Middle School]

    September 19, 2016 - National-chain Jersey Mike's Subs is scheduled to open in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center in early 2017.  It will occupy the space formerly leased to GameStop. [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]

  • Safeway Hawaii Kai Now Delivers Groceries

    Safeway now delivers in Hawaii Kai and throughout the Honolulu metro area.  For a limited time new users can get free delivery plus $15 off by entering promo code: NCH234 at checkout.  Otherwise, new users can get one free delivery by entering promo code: EASY7. Details are available on Safeway's delivery FAQ page.  Same day delivery is available for orders placed by 8:30am, and sale prices do apply to purchases.

    With a $9.95 delivery fee here in Hawaii for orders of greater than $150, and $12.95 for orders between $50 and $150, delivery service makes sense if for some reason it is too difficult to go shopping on your own.  Examples include those with disabilities, those without a car, or for large purchase occasions.

    When I was living in California with a newborn, I utilized Safeway's delivery service.  I found the service excellent.  Users can specify down to the hour when they would like to receive their groceries, and even items that give buyers pause, like meat and produce, arrived as well as if picked oneself.

  • Gas Grill Propane Options for Hawaii Kai

    New Grill?  Here are your local fuel options

    1. Buy a tank empty and fill it at one of these nearby stores
            City Mill - Hawaii Kai Towne Center
            Kahala Shell Auto Care - 4204 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816 - Across from Kahala Mall
    2. Buy a tank full and exchange it when it becomes empty
            Aina Haina 76 - at Aina Haina Shopping Center - Hawaii Gas PropaneXchange - 17# proprietary see-through canister
            Lowes or Home Depot - Nimitz by the Airport - tank exchange - standard 4.7 gallon canister

     

     Comparison shopping 

    As of September 2016, City Mill refills your tank for $6 a gallon (I'm rounding the pennies in this piece for simplicity.  Technically, it's $5.99).  For a 4.7 gallon standard tank, that's $28.20.  Tanks must be less than 10 years old.  The manufacture date is stamped at the top.

    Aina Haina 76 uses Hawaii Gas' PropaneXchange program, with proprietary see-through canisters.  The canister size is 17 pounds. Once you've bought their proprietary canister, refills are $30.  To purchase the initial filled canister costs $60.  You cannot refill these tanks once you've purchased them.  They must be exchanged at a PropaneXchange vendor.

    Lowes uses Blue Rhino service with standard tanks.  Lowes price is $22 for an exchange of your empty for a filled, or $50 for a filled tank with no exchange.  Filled is considered 15 pounds of propane.

    Home Depot uses AmeriGas service with standard tanks.  Home Depot's price is $22 for an exchange of your empty for a filled, or $53 for a filled tank with no exchange.  Filled is considered 15 pounds of propane.

     The Takeaway

    Both Lowes and Home Depot refill the tanks to 15 pounds, whereas City Mill just fills the tank.  A standard tank holds more than fifteen pounds.  A filled tank is closer to 20 pounds at capacity.  For my money -- and the Hawaii Kai convenience -- I like City Mill for propane gas.  I've also found that my "empty" tank is rarely as empty as I think, so a refill is a better value for me.

    I also have one Hawaii Gas PropaneXchange tank.  I got it when they were still exchanging standard steel tanks for their proprietary ones.  They don't do that anymore.  Visually, the tanks look great.  I like that I know when they are truly empty.  However, for the price, I can't recommend it as a value choice.  Honestly, I don't feel that they last as long.  It seems like I exchange it more often than other ones.

    Finally, a note about tanks older than ten years old.  If you have one, you can exchange it at Lowes or Home Depot.  Just be sure to exchange it for one that is newer.  I say this because I think I got an old tank the last time I did an exchange there, so when I went back -- well -- fair is fair.  The clerk was very understanding when I asked him to check the dates.

     

     

  • 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.

  • Pet food at Waimanalo Feed Supply

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    Because I'm told that fish don't count, our family's first "real" pet is a rabbit.  He's a Netherland Dwarf, a tiny little black creature that lives in a three-story one-of-a-kind apartment.  I've always bought partial bales of Timothy hay for him on Amazon.  It seemed like a good deal, usually about $30 for ten pounds.  That was before I discovered Waimanalo Feed Supply.

    I pass by the store all the time.  It's just 20 minutes from Hawaii Kai and on the way to multiple destinations on the Windward side.  It's right next to Shima's supermarket and near the Jack-in-the-Box.  There is ample parking right in front of the store.  Inside, you'll find a variety of pretty much everything.  Most of it pertains to animals, but if you're short on time, you can also buy your laundry soap there, or perhaps a can of SPAM.

    Long story short, I bought a 3 pound bag of Timothy hay for $5.10 including tax.  Just to show you how much hay that is, I took a picture right next to our diminutive pet.  

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    Waimanalo Feed Supply is open Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.  Be sure to check out their website for holidays and hours.

     

  • Hawaii State Federal Credit Union to open in Hawaii Kai

    As most kama'aina know, credit union membership is a must here in the Islands; service is more personal and consumer value can't be beat.  Although membership is often limited to certain groups, many credit unions have a special loophole through which average residents can apply.  

    eo hawaii executive plazaHawaii State Federal Credit Union (HSFCU) has announced it will open a new branch at the Hawaii Kai Executive Plaza, 6700 Kalanianaole Hwy # 110, the location HawaiiUSA Credit Union once occupied.

    As far as accesibility, credit unions have fewer branches overall when compared to banks.  However, they participate in a code sharing program that allows members to bank at any NCUA institution.  They also have other types of reciprocal arrangements.  For instance, HSFCU has an ATM agreement with Bank of Hawaii and members can access their money at Bank of Hawaii ATMs without extra charges.

    I'm told that the Hawaii Kai branch is scheduled to open in early September, but may open slightly earlier in a soft opening.  For those who want to know how to become a member, check out their FAQs on membership eligibility.  Generally speaking, it's open to State and County employees.  However, HSFCU's resident entryway is Friends of the Library membership.  If you become a member of Friends of the Library of Hawaii, you can apply for HSFCU membership too.

  • Livestreaming: What works, what doesn't

    I'm going to call my first attempt at livestreaming a flop:  A disaster:  A good idea whose time has not yet come.

    Livestreaming has been in the news quite a bit lately, from the House Democrats' sit-in to the Minnesota police shooting of Philando Castile.  In the first example, on June 22, 2016, House of Representative Democrats staged a sit-in to force a vote on gun control.  CSPAN would normally have broadcast it, but  -- CSPAN directives are given by House staffers: that is, the controlling Republican majority.  They ordered the cameras turned off.  Democrats responded by livestreaming video through Periscope while posting updates through Facebook.  In the second example, Philando Castile, an unarmed black man, was shot dead at a traffic stop.  His girlfriend had the livestream video running the whole time, from the confrontation to his death.  The video added additional evidence to U.S. outrage over black deaths at the hands of law enforcement and sparked yet more protests and calls for action.

    My own experience pales in comparison.

    First, I thought I'd shoot the opening before the start of the ESSA Town Hall meeting at Kalani.  That left me walking with the phone in front of me, talking to myself.  I grabbed a quick glimpse of a what was still a nearly empty school cafeteria.  Then, I moved to a corner of the courtyard to continue to talk to myself.  No one.  No one joined the stream. . .then one. . .he/she said "Hi."  This was my highlight.  I was about to reply.  Then the phone rang.  It was my husband.  I purposely hung up on him, not knowing if this was being caught live. He called again.  I answered. "Yes." He said, "I'm at Costco.  Need anything?"  To this day, I have not yet reviewed what was captured on the livestream.  I guess the world can know we have stocked up on milk.

    Next, on to the live notetaking during the meeting.  I would call that a measured success.  I rigged up a clipboard with a makeshift phone holder, connected a bluetooth keyboard and typed as the meeting went on.  I'd say they're among the better notes I've taken and best of all, they're done and posted all in one step.  You can review the first draft at EastOahu96825.com/gpublic, where I keep all of the Google Drive public documents related to this site.  The [direct link] is here.  I'll use those notes to write a short review of the meeting soon.

    I had promised a follow-up livestream through Periscope, but alas, I had problems connecting at the coffee shop my friend and I stopped at.  Truthfully, I was pretty much done with the humbling experience of livestreaming, at least for now.

  • Hawaii Kai Goodwill Donation Shack Gone

    The Hawaii Kai Goodwill donation shack has been removed from the Park and Ride near the Dog Park.  I spoke to Goodwill, and there is no intent to bring it back.  It was communicated to Goodwill that the Hawaii Kai community took issue with it, so it is permanently closed.

     

    I've updated the Recycling page.

     

     

  • Hawaii Kai Plant Exchange - September 6, 2016

    Thank you to everyone who participated in August's plant exchange.  The exchange received a wide variety of new plants and cuttings.  I was particularly touched by those of you thoughtful enough to start new cuttings and seedlings for us -- just for the sake of community.  

    Over the next week, this site will be spiffed up to include a database of plants that have come through the exchange.  Many will be in stock for September as well.  If you see one you like, pop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and if it's still available I'll do my best to have it brought over.

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    Here's a picture of a cuban oregano plant with variegated leaves that was exchanged this month.  It's both beautiful and fragrant.

    The next plant exchange is once again, the first Tuesday of the month from 4-7 pm at Kaiser High School.  We'll be there on September 6.  Hope to see you there.  Remember, it's a casual exchange.  Bring something, take something, or just leave a donation to the Kaiser High School community.  Everyone benefits.

  • Kaiser High School New Temporary Website

    Henry J. Kaiser High School continues to work on its website.  Meanwhile, users are asked to use 

    http://www.kaiserhighschoolhawaii.org/

    for the latest information.

  • Largest Residential Complexes in Hawaii Kai: Condos & Apartments

    Every time I drive by the new 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive building at the corner of Keahole Street and Hawaii Kai Drive, I'm struck by how large it appears.  Today, my curiosity got the better of me.  I looked up the largest residential complexes in Hawaii Kai to find out where the new building places in terms of housing units.  Here's what I found:

     

    Rank
    Year Completed
    Condominium or Apartment Name TMK # Address Units
    1 2002 PENINSULA AT HAWAII KAI 139008016 520 LUNALILO HOME ROAD 658
    2 1974 MAUNA LUAN THE 139070004 511 HAHAIONE ST 433
    3 1999 LALEA AT HAWAII KAI 139008042 7080 - 7200 HAWAII KAI D 293
    4 2016 7000 HAWAII KAI DRIVE – NEW 139008043 7000 HAWAII KAI DR 269
    5 1973 ESPLANADE THE 139008009 500 LUNALILO HOME RD 250
    6 1969 KUAPA ISLE 139008001 156 OPIHIKAO WAY 234
    7 1993 KALELE KAI 139008030 ONE KEAHOLE PL 219
    8 1973 PLAZA HAWAII KAI THE 139070001 6770 HAWAII KAI DR 146
    9 1973 HERITAGE HOUSE HAWAII-KAI 139008001 6710 HAWAII KAI DR 135
    10 1972 MT TERRACE 139035013 250 KAWAIHAE ST 126

     The new building isn't included in the DCCA listing: it is 100 percent rental unit and not a condominium.  However, relative to the other complexes in Hawaii Kai, it places fourth with 269 units of its own reporting.  In addition to being surprised by its size, I was also surprised at how nearly all of the other large complexes are over 20 years old.  Many are even older than 40 years old.