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July 6 - Honolulu firefighters are questioning yet another brush fire that sparked near Hawaii Kai’s Kamilo Nui Valley early Thursday morning.

The location of the fire is in the area of Niumalu Loop, near the entrance of the valley, which was the scene of a recent rash of suspicious brush fires that have been plaguing the community throughout the year. [KHON]

July 6 - The Bus announced service changes for July 8 (Saturday) due to the Family Day parade in Waikiki.  East Oahu routes affected include #14 Maunalani-St Louis Heights,  #23 Hawaii Kai-Sea Life Park and #24 Kapahulu-Aina Haina [TheBus]

July 6 - Filming for the "Jurassic World" sequel is set to close Halona Blowhole this weekend. The lookout, parking and cove will all be closed starting 5:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday.  Kalanianaole Highway near these locations will remain open, but police may intermittently hold traffic as needed, causing potential delays. [HNN]

July 5 - Seven gymnasts -- including 15-year-old Kayttie Nakamura of Kaimuki and 12-year-old Samantha Miyashiro of Aina Haina -- put Hawaii on the map this weekend, competing in the USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [HNN]

July 3 - Police were at the scene of a barricade situation in Hawaii Kai Monday. The Honolulu Police Department's SWAT Team were also there and an ambulance was on scene as a precaution. Just before 1 p.m., all roads were reopened on Kalanipuu Street after a family member talked the occupant into giving himself up. [KITV]

July 3 - The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office identified a 43-year-old Hawaii Kai man who died in a single-vehicle crash as Michael Kaneala Epstein.  Epstein died after he struck a concrete pillar near Market City Shopping Center around 5 am. [Star-Advertiser]

June 30 - Paiko Ridge conservation project delayed by new City regulations [Civil Beat]

Jun 29 - Police arrest woman squatting at Kahala home: Cars and cash are found missing. [Star-Advertiser]

Jun 28 - Don Quijote group to buy Times Supermarkets chain. The acquisition is scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2017 and will not affect daily store operations. All current employees are expected to be retained.  In East Oahu, Times operates two branded locations -- Kahala and Kaimuki -- as well as Shima's market in Waimanalo.  [HNN]

Jun 26 -- Developer plans to build new housing units behind Aina Haina Elementary, causing a stir among residents. [Civil Beat]

June 22--A husband and wife were taken into custody in state court Wednesday after they were each sentenced to 10-year prison terms for stealing $278,653 from the company that owns Hawaii Kai Shopping Center. The wife told the judge that the couple used the money for gambling and methamphetamine.  In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered the couple to repay the shopping center.  [Star Advertiser - library card required]

June 10 - Kahala Mall held its first job fair with more than 30 merchants participating.  Hawaii's unemployment rate remains at enviable lows for job-seekers. [KHON]

June 8 - Tiki's Fun Center will open at Koko Marina in the former Price Buster's space. [PBN - Subscription required]

The Kahala Hotel's request to take over public beach land for its weddings and other events continues to garner a backlash of protest.  The latest to weigh in on the issue is Civil Beat reporter Ian Lind. [Civil Beat]

June 6 - Hawaii Kai residents gatered for a town hall meeting at Hahaione Elementary to discuss a rash of crime in the community, including arson.  Following more than a dozen brush fires over the calendar year, a suspect was arrested on May 29.  Also discussed, were the crimes at Maunalua Bay, where canoes were vandalized in three separate incidents. [KHON]

 

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June 1 - The owner of a gate blocking access to a lane that leads to a popular Portlock beach known as "Seconds" estimates the city would need to pay more than $2 million to condemn the lane to keep it open. If the city condemns the private lane, Bert Dohmen-Ramirez told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Wednesday, "they have to pay fair market value," which he pegs at more than $2 million. "Do you think taxpayers would agree to that?"

In the past, the City had made plans to condemn the property, but those plans fell through. A city Department of Planning and Permitting representative lended weight to Dohmen-Ramirez' statement, saying that while the city is looking to acquire three shoreline access lanes along Portlock Road, liability and budgetary concerns stopped the City Council in the past. [Star-Advertiser, library card required]

May 31 - The Department of Transportation has plans to restripe the Eastbound Waialae Avenue H-1 Offramp.  As it is, many use the shoulder lane to wait: traffic often backs up during rush hour and on weekends. [KHON

May 31 - A fishing hook was removed from the cheek of a baby monk seal at  Baby Makapuu Beach.  The seal was released and is expected to make a full recovery. [HNN]

May 30 - Residents showed up in force at May's Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting.  At issue is public access to a beach fronting the 300-block of Portlock Road, which is home to a surf spot known as “Seconds.”  The question at large is whether the City or State can condemn the land.  Currently, no specifice plans to do so exist. [KHON]

May 30 - An arrest has been made in connection to the series of suspicious brush fires plaguing Hawaii Kai. [KHON]

May 29 - Kapiolani Community College's culinary program opened a new concept restaurant in the Waikiki Parc Hotel.  The restaurant gives students experience in the dining industry while serving locals and visitors alike.  [UH Press Release]

May 26 - The US Army Corp of Engineers is inviting public comment on its Ala Wai Canal Project.  The project investigates and evaluates solutions to flood damage problems throughout the entire Ala Wai watershed (Manoa, Palolo, and Makiki drainages, including Waikiki and surrounding areas). More information is available at this website link: http://www.poh.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Civil-Works-Projects/Ala-Wai-Canal/ 
[Federal Register]

May 25 - Aina Haina Elementary and Kamiloiki Elementary took first and second place in this year's Hawaiian Electric Home Energy Challenge.  Aina Haina will receive $10,000 and Kamiloiki, $6,000. [Hawaiian Electric]

May 25 - Kan Zaman Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine has opened its second restaurant in Kaimuki.  The eatery is located next to the Pillbox Pharmacy. [Frolic]

May 24 - The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) suspects arson in the latest string of fires in Hawaii Kai. Last week's fire in Kamilo Nui Valley is believed to be the area's 12th for the year.  [HNN]

May 23 - Another brush fire burned near the same location as last week, in Kamilo Nui Valley.  It is highly suspected that these fires are being deliberately set. [KITV]

May 22 - Hawaiian Electric has been working to repair the cause of recurring brief outages in the East Honolulu area over the past week. The outages stem from faults on an underground cable that serves a large segment of East Honolulu, including Hawaii Kai. In order to restore service, crews temporarily rerouted several circuits and recurring faults have affected additional neighborhoods. An outage that affected the Kaiser High School area Monday was unrelated to the recurring cable issues. The Kaiser outage was the result of an equipment malfunction and subsequent fire. [KHON]

May 21 - A man was pulled from the waters at Baby Makapuu in critical condition. [KHON