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]  



  • 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

  • Kaiser High School's class of 2016 will be graduating this Friday, May 20, 2016.  Ceremonies take place on campus.  Here is additional information pertaining to parking and accommodation for the disabled.

    Graduation Parking
    • Parking is available on Tiers 2,3,4 and grass lot.
    • Reserved and Handicapped parking available on Tier 1,
    • AFJROTC will assist guests with parking

    Accommodations for the Disabled:
    • Please contact Vice Principal Dana Takahara-Dias at 394-1200 (2226) 

    Post Graduation Ceremony Traffic Plan:
    • HPD will contra flow all lanes exiting Kaiser High School to make a left turn only on Lunalilo Home Road from 7:30 pm to 8:30pm
    Traffic Plan Map:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzRPZR3Lk_QLTVFtdm1Yd2xOUE0/view?usp=sharing

    Helpful Graduation Info
    Friday, May 20, 2016

    Map of Campus - http://www.kaiser.k12.hi.us/downloads/dlroot/General_Files/Map_of_Campus.pdf (ceremony is held at the Cougar Stadium)

    Graduation Night - Graduation Ceremony Begins at 6:30 PM
    Ceremony ends at approximately 7:30 PM.

    What to Bring for Comfort
    You'll be sitting in the sun, so a hat, sunscreen, cool clothing, sunglasses are all good ideas.

    Kaiser's Project Graduation 2017 will be selling snacks and water

    Where Are the Graduates After the Ceremony?
    The graduates will leave their stand in the field and move to the edges of the stadium field where "Last Name" letters are posted.  They will have some family time before they are asked to check in for Project Graduation.

  • We're ready to apply for Costco's new Citibank VISA, but apparently Citibank isn't ready for us.  

    If you're one of Costco American Express' customers however, you won't have to reapply or wait.  Your Costco VISA is automatically being sent to you in lieu of your current AMEX card.  There are numerous benefits to the new VISA.  First and foremost, the Citibank VISA has no annual fee.  It also has other perks, such as higher cash back amounts.  Specifically:

    • 4% cash back on eligible gas purchases, including at Costco
    • 3% cash back on restaurant and eligible travel
    • 2% cash back on Costco purchases in-store and on-line
    • 1% cash back on all other purchases

    Other benefits include:

    • Extended manufacturer's warranty for purchases made with the card
    • Damage and theft purchase protection
    • Worldwide car rental insurance

    If I find out more about how to apply for a Citibank Signature Costco VISA card, I'll post it here.  As of now though, it appears that only those converting from American Express are in the queue.


    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]

  • May 3 2016 Hawaii Kai homeless encampment continues to grow [KITV]

    May 2 2016 Kokua Line responds to reader inquiry on Medicare Certification at Koko Marina Dialysis Center [Star-Advertiser]

    April 29, 2016 SOPHIE'S GOURMET HAWAIIAN PIZZERIA  to open at Koko Marina Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai (next to Zippys). A new locally branded fast-casual pizzeria offering design-your-own custom pizzas and specialty gourmet pizzas using the freshest and finest ingredients. Our pizzas are baked in an Italian-made wood/gas fired oven that produces a rustic, flavorful, thin-crust gourmet pizza that is simply delicious.  Opening date not yet announced, job hiring underway.

    April 24, 2016 Friends of Niu Valley announces the grand opening of the long awaited playground - Saturday, June 4  [Facebook]

  • Consolidated Theatres has announced its lineup of $1 summer movies for the Keiki Hui Club.  Movies take place throughout June and July on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00am.  Tickets can also be purchased in advance at the box office.  Save your ticket too. Some Koko Marina merchants will also offer a discount to moviegoers with recent ticket stubs.

    [Click here and search events for Wednesday and Thursday}

    June 1 & 2 - Lego Movie

    June 8 & 9 - Hotel Transylvania 2

    June 15 & 16 - How to Train Your Dragon 2

    June 22 & 23 - Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

    June 29 & 30 - Minions

    July 6 & 7 - The Peanuts Movie

    July 13 & 14 - Home

    July 20 & 21 - Mr. Peabody and Sherman

    July 27 & 28 - The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

  • Niu Valley students wear uniforms, t-shirts purchased from The Custom Company Harbor Center: 98-027 Hekaha Street, Building #3 Unit #12, located in Aiea.  Phone number is 845-8811.  Shirts will also be available on Payment Fee Day, July 18, 2016.

    April 29, 2016: Transition to Middle School Parent Night 5:30pm - 7pm School Cafeteria

    July 14, 2016: Parent Orientation Night for New Students 5:30pm - 7PM School Cafeteria

    July 18, 2016: Fee Payment Day

    Payment Fee Day for 2016-17 School Year

    Monday, July 18th, 8:00am – 10:00am, School Cafeteria (12:00noon – 4:00pm School Office)

    Purchase school uniforms (The Custom Company is now located in Aiea), 

    Make deposits into meal time accounts,

    Go on student led school tours, and

    Pick up Student Schedules (Because the DOE will be having some system changes in July, there is a  possibility that schedules will not be ready – only Team assignments. Please check the NVMS website for updates.)

    There will be two lines on Monday, July 18:

    1)  Payment Line:  For those who haven't paid school fees yet (EXACT cash or check)

    2)  Pre-Paid Line:  For those who already paid all their fees in advance of the June 26 prepay deadline - please bring white receipt to enter cafeteria in order to deposit into meal account, pick up schedule, take school tour, etc

    August 2, 2016: First day of school.  Have school supplies available.

    Information deemed reliable on the date printed.  For updates, please check the Niu Valley Middle School website.


  • On March 30, 2016 Representative Gene Ward announced the defeat of House Resolution 21 and related HCR54.  The measure sought to exchange Bishop Estate lands with Hawaiian Homelands and would directly impact the status of the Great Lawn fronting Maunalua Bay by potentially making it available to development. [Gene Ward via Twitter] [Gene Ward on measure]

    Wind and weather conditions brought down power on March 25, 2016.  Outages were reported islandwide, including Aina Haina, Niu Valley and Hawaii Kai.  Three generating units and the H-Power plant went down briefly, prompting Hawaiian Electric to issue a conservation order for a brief period of time. [Hawaii News Now]

    Unnamed Honolulu City Spokesperson nixes North Shore playground built by volunteers.  Cites decade-long Niu Valley process as proper and states that Niu Valley playground is slated for Summer 2016 completion. [KHON]

    After a brief health scare earlier this month, Sam Slom (R-Hawaii Kai) was back on the job voting against a measure to reduce state judges'  retirement benefits. He was joined in his dissent by State Senators Maile Shimabukuro and Laura Thielen [CivilBeat]

    Friends of Hanauma Bay has staved off a proposal to allow Roberts Hawaii to transport busloads of tourists to the site while screening the mandatory video in its buses.  The proposal is believed to have been a means for circumventing limitations on daily visitors to the park. [Friends of Hanauma Bay] [Civil Beat]

    From February 2016 Minutes of the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board:

    • A traffic sign "Yield to Pedestrians" will be installed at Keahole Street and Hawaii Kai Drive.  The sign is the City's response to the Board's intersection concerns.  The Board had proposed a more concrete solution, such as a turn lane.
    • A bill to form a Maunalua Bay advisory committee has been deferred.
    • Regulations are in place for homeowners to keep vegetation from hindering public access to beaches.  These rules pertain to areas such as Portlock.
    • Hahaione Elementary School Principal Shannon Goo is being recognized for the school's prestigious "Blue Ribbon" status.
    • Despite concerns over the appearance of the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center and its maintenance, the Board stressed that the land is private property and not within the jurisdiction of the Board.
    • The Board has moved to support Senate Bill 2358 which would require proof by City contractors of legal dumping.
    [Neighborhood Board Minutes - PDF]

    Four Niu Valley Middle School students were among the finalists for the 2016 'Olelo video contest.  Over 900 competed.  Here are their entries:



  • Weekly Friday news summary (February 19, 2016) 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. 

    SOURCE: Hawaii News Now


    Free help in preparing basic federal and state income tax returns is being offered again this year at the Aina Haina Public Library Meeting Room, with trained volunteers available to help those who cannot prepare their own tax returns, have low to moderate income, are disabled, have limited English skills, or are elderly.

    Duration: February 4 - April 16, 2016

    "Sources said Shiraishi is being transferred to HPD's patrol division in Hawaii Kai and East Honolulu on Feb. 28."

    SOURCE: Hawaii News Now




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  • Hawaii Kai Carnival Returns 2016


    From EK Fernandez' website:


    Open two weekends!

    March 18, 19 & 20
    March 24, 25, 26 & 27

    Hours & Dates


    Fridays, March 18 & 25:  6 p.m. – 11 p.m.         
    Saturdays, March 19 & 26:  Noon – 11 p.m.          
    Sunday, March 20:  Noon – 10 p.m.
    Thursday, March 24:  6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
    Sunday, March 27:  2:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

  • Weekly Friday news summary (February 19, 2016) 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. 


    Free help in preparing basic federal and state income tax returns is being offered again this year at the Aina Haina Public Library Meeting Room, with trained volunteers available to help those who cannot prepare their own tax returns, have low to moderate income, are disabled, have limited English skills, or are elderly.

    Duration: February 4 - April 16, 2016

    "Sources said Shiraishi is being transferred to HPD's patrol division in Hawaii Kai and East Honolulu on Feb. 28."

    SOURCE: Hawaii News Now




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  • Weekly Friday news summary (July 17, 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. 

    Body found along kuliouou trail identified

    The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the body found by Boy Scouts along the Kuli­ouou Ridge Trail [July 11] was that of a 35-year-old Mili­lani man.  He was identified as Daniel Koren.  Koren died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was suicide, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Source: Star-Advertiser (HSPLS library card required)

    makapuu trail improvements; closure postponed until august

    Makapuu trail improvements, slated for late July 2015 have been postponed until late August.  When work is done there will be new lookouts and new asphalt. Source: Hawaii News Now

    maunalua bay sanctuary use meeting held july 14; status quo an option

    A town hall meeting was held on Tues., July 14, 7:00-8:30 .pm. at Hahaione Elementary cafeteria in response to questions on NOAA's potential plan to restrict the use of Maunalua Bay.  Hundreds of residents attended and the most vocal were opposed to more restrictions for the area.  NOAA reiterated that status quo remains an option, a point that Marina merchants are advocating. Source: Civil Beat

    saving ka iwi coast almost halfway to August 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.  as of Friday, July 17 the group is nearly halfway there with $242,897 raised.


    Donate and track current progress through this [Link

    feral chicken removal at hanauma; other city facilities

    From the Star-Advertiser, July 11, 2015:

    The city recently awarded an $80,000 contract to Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions to remove wild chickens at 70 city facilities.

    Formally called the Integrated Feral Chicken Management Program, the pilot project, expected to last four to six months, targets feral fowl at the Wai­kiki Shell, Hanauma Bay, Kai­aka Bay Beach Park in Hale­iwa, Kua­loa Regional Park, the Board of Water Supply Manana base yard in Pearl City, and the West Loch and Pali golf courses, among other sites.

    Sheri Kajiwara, director of the Department of Customer Services, said the program will be limited to city properties. Private property owners are on their own, she said.

    Source: Star-Advertiser (HSPLS library card required)


    affordable housing rental applications available for 7000 Hawaii kai drive

    From the project's website:

    There are 54 affordable rental units that will be available mid-2016:

    2 Bedroom (26 units) - $1,485/month
    3 Bedroom (28 units) - $2,293/month

    Applications are being accepted until August 31 and income restrictions apply.  See site for more information.



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  • 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.


    Donate and track current progress through this [Link


    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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  • 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


    city to take action on 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.


    [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:


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


         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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  • 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. 


    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 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 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  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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  • I read about NOAA's proposed changes to the The Hawaiian Islands National Marine Sanctuary three months ago.  I knew about the informational meeting held on April 28 in Niu Valley.  In fact, I posted it to the event calendar, as I always do when there is an event relevant to the East Oahu area.  So, imagine my amazement upon reading that Robin Jones, vice president of the Hawaii Kai Marina Association, which represents three Hawaii Kai shopping centers and about 2,000 commercial operators and residents, only heard about the planned designation last month.  Really?

    Truth is, I skimmed through the proposal in March and found nothing extraordinary about it.  In short, there are four proposals currently on the table, one of them being status quo.  Only two proposals, albeit including the recommended one, directly impacts Maunalua Bay,  


    Under proposals 3 and 4, the following area is added to the designation 

    Again, it is important to note that this affects just two of the four scenarios put forth by NOAA.  The newly added Special Sanctuary Management Area (SSMA) would differ from the current designation only in a few ways.  Notably, none of the changes would adversely affect Maunalua Bay users other than those that might remove signage, introduce invasive species, or chase whales. Admittedly, the proposal could affect fireworks launched from the Bay, but as Civil Beat reports, Malia Chow, sanctuary superintendent for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary said that if the regulations are adopted, NOAA may still allow fireworks.  Overall, NOAA's goal in issuing these proposals is more administrative than anything.  The primary purpose for proposals 2-4 is to streamline jurisdiction and remove overlapping authorities.

    My take on Saturday's protesters is that they are well-meaning citizens spurred into action by Hawaii Kai Marina business owners with self-serving motives.  I personally think that NOAA's overall plan for proposal 3 is prudent and I will submit my comments accordingly.




  • 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.


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  • 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.


    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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