See also news from earlier this week, including Kaiser football, water leak and temporary closure of Makapuu trail.
Sep 20 - Crimemapping reports 15 incidents between 9-14-2017 and 9-20-2017 in the Hawaii Kai Area
The popular Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and parking lot in East Oahu will close Thursday, Sept. 21, for striping work.
A contractor for the Department of Land and Natural Resources will stripe the parking stalls in the final step of maintenance work for the lot. [KHON]
A transmission line leak in east Oahu is causing low water pressure in Kalama Valley and Queen's Gate.
The problem with the 36-inch line began Sunday morning (Sept 17, 2017) when the Board of Water Supply (BWS) announced the line was leaking.
Queen's Gate and Kalama Valley do still have water, but it is at very low pressure.
Three water wagons have been dispatched to the area. One is located at the corner of Ninini Way and Ninini Place, and two others are roving near Queen's Gate and Mokuhano Street.
UPDATE FROM BWS:
At 6:30 PM (9/17), BWS announced a planned water shutdown. At 8:15 PM, the shutdown was rescinded, and the following message transmitted (https://www.nixle.us/alert/6164697/)
BWS crews continue work on a leak on a 36-inch transmission line in the East Honolulu area. After further assessment, water service will NOT be turned off, but will remain at low pressure. The BWS asks residents of the affected area to conserve water to help minimize the situation.
Residents of Queen’s Gate and Kalama Valley are asked to conserve water. Specific areas that will be affected are: Ninini Way, Namahealani Place, Nahoku Place, Kalama Paka Place and the Kalamapu’u Townhouses. 51 services including the 80 townhouses will have very low water service during repairs. One water wagon will be located at the corner of Ninini Way and Ninini Place and 2 roving water wagons will be in the other areas to assist area residents.
Repairs are expected to continue into Monday evening. There are no traffic impacts to the area as the pipeline is located in utility tunnels and not under any roadways.
Update from BWS: 9pm 9/18:
BWS crews continue work on a leak on a 36-inch transmission line in the East Honolulu area. Repairs are expected to continue into Tuesday morning.
Normal water service has been restored to residents of Queen’s Gate and Kalama Valley. 8 – 9 services on Ninini Way remain without water. Two water wagons are available for those residents.
Sep 14 - Hawaiian Electric (HECO) successfully transported an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Kaneohe via Kalanianaole Highway through East Oahu. The large load moved along at a snail's pace of 15 miles an hour, eventually reaching its Windward goal at around 3pm. [KHON]
Sep 14 - The final stage of work to remove rockfall hazards along the exterior and interior slopes of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument will begin Sept. 18. This phase will focus on the summit hiking trail, and is expected to be completed by early December 2017. Closures are expected as follows:
- Starting Monday, Sept. 18, the summit trail will be closed every weekday afternoon, beginning at noon, Monday through Friday. All hikers must be off the summit trail by 2 p.m.The summit trail will be open on weekends and state holidays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Later in the fall, full-day closures will be required to complete work along trail slopes. DLNR will announce and post full-day closures when determined. [KHON]
Sep 13 - Hahaione residents are on the alert after a string of robberies in the neighborhood. The burglaries happened Thursday about 3:29 a.m. on Hahaione Street, then Friday at 10:23 a.m. on Kauna Street, and at 10:58 a.m. on Ainapo Street. As of 9/15, no additional burglaries have been reported. [CrimeMapping] [HNN]
Sep 12 - A federal jury yesterday determined that the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) did not violate the law by using a “Rifton chair” to help physically support a preschool special needs student during some of his classes at Koko Head Elementary. [Governor's Office]
Sep 11 - Hawaii's DOE faces a lawsuit brought by parents of a Kaimuki Middle School student. The family alleges that their child was traumatized by a mock terror event where a man wearing a beanie and swinging a hammer rushed into the classroom threatening the students. During this period, the students were not aware that this was a drill. [KHON]
EAST OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A popular hiking trail in East Oahu will be temporarily closed to the public as crews complete improvements to the parking lot area.
Officials with the Department of Land and Natural resources said the trail will be closed from Wednesday September 13 until Friday September 15. During the closure, crews will be applying a weather-resistant protective slurry to the park's entry road and parking lot.
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]