• Aug 18 - Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai has forfeited its first two football games due to a shrinking roster.  Hawaii Prep World highlights some of the issues affecting both the team and Hawaii high school football overall. [Hawaii Prep World

    Aug 18 -  Chef Eric Oto has lived, learned and worked his whole life on Oahu. This month he debuts in his new post as chef de cuisine for Hoku's, Kahala Hotel and Resort's signature restaurant. Oto, a graduate of the culinary program at Oahu's Leeward Community College, worked his way up at Halekulani, becoming sous chef at Orchids restaurant. He then moved on to Four Seasons Ko Olina, where he helped open the Ko Olina Fish House as the sous chef. [Travel Weekly]

    Aug 15 - Following community outcry, the Kahala Hotel has pulled its environmental impact assessment regarding expansion of its wedding venue to shoreline areas. [HNN]

    Aug 14 - Middle school charter SEEQS began instruction at their new location, shared with them via generous consent of Kaimuki High School.  [Civil Beat]

    Aug 14 - The derelict home in Kaimuki that caused concern among neighbors has now been replaced by a new two-story home and new owners.  Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi spoke to KHON2 regarding the subsequent ordinance and lessons learned. [KHON2]

    Aug 13 - Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii posted surveillance images online over the weekend of a man they believe stole a drone from their Kaimuki home office. The organization said the apparent robbery took place on Monday Aug. 7 just after 7:30 p.m. [HNN]

    Aug 12 - The Medical Examiner identified the fisherman swept away from the shores near the Kahala Hotel as Matthew Mabida-Bridges, 30, of Honolulu. Mabida-Bridges and his companion were fishing Aug 11 when a large wave knocked them off their feet.  [Star-Advertiser]

    Aug 11 - The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has been ramping up its patrol of parking lots in the Makapuu area following a rash of vehicle break-ins. [HNN]

  • The Dick Evans Memorial Bicycle Race begins at 5:45 am on August 21, 2016 at Kalama Valley Shopping Center.  It travels through East Oahu along Kalanianaole Highway.  The route ends 112 miles later in Makapuu. [flyer] [Facebook page] [map]

    dick evans bicycle race map 2016

  • 4/27/2016 Kaiser Football standout Michael Eletise, former Kaiser Coach Rich Miano and other Hawaii football athletes speak out against the NCAA's proposed ban on satellite football camps; urge public to petition against its acceptance. [Hawaii News Now]

    4/27/2016 Honolulu City and County Budget Proposals pertaining to East Oahu for Fiscal Year 2016-2017

    • Amendments:
        • Provision of funds for the acquisition of land and miscellaneous costs for the Aina Haina Nature Preserve Expansion, Wailupe (TMK: 3-6-024:001), as recommended by the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission in Council Communication 49 (2014) for purposes consistent with the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, Chapter 6, Article 62. No moneys for this project shall be expended or encumbered if the moneys appropriated for this project in the Executive Capital Budget for fiscal year 2015 (Ordinance 14-19) have been expended or encumbered. 
      • Kanewai Spring, Kuliouou $1,000,000
        Provision of funds for the acquisition of land and other miscellaneous costs for the preservation of Kanewai Spring, Kuliouou as recommended by the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission in Council Communication 293 (2015) for purposes consistent with the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu, Chapter 6, Article 62. 
        • Plan, design, construct, inspect and provide related equipment for park improvements. 

    4/20/2016 Body found near Hawaii Kai Townhouses may be that of missing person  [KITV]


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

  • East Oahu Soccer Club.  Open tryouts are from June to July.

  • Hawaii Kai based soccer club.  Tryouts are held in early June.  Check website for details.


    Ages 6-18 competitive play soccer at Waialae Iki Field

  • Practice at Kapaolono Field, 12U and 15U teams

  • Hawaii Kai Baseball League  is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of 
    youth baseball and to the positive development of Hawaii Kai's youth. Ages 5-12.  Home field is Koko Head Regional Park.