July 28, 2016 A bakery worker at Hawaii Kai Costco is confirmed to have Hepatitis A. Costco members who purchased baked goods prepared or packaged in the bakery between June 16-20 are being contacted by the store. "If you don’t receive a phone call or letter, you are not affected." [KHON]
July 28, 2016 A local company has drawn largely negative public feedback after sharing more details of an artificial reef it proposes to build using concrete infused with cremated remains of people who want to rest on the floor of Maunalua Bay.
Hawaii Memorial Reefs LLC made a presentation to the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board on Tuesday night, hoping to gain some community support for the plan it claims will enhance coral and fish life in a largely lifeless area 40- to 60-feet deep about 1-1/2 miles off Paiko Peninsula in East Honolulu. . .public reaction at the meeting was mainly a mix of skepticism and opposition.
The company had applied for a conservation district use permit from DLNR for the Maunalua Bay site. DLNR's Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands rejected the application earlier this month because the application was incomplete, while another DLNR division governing aquatic resources has questioned whether a memorial reef would constitute a cemetery under state law and therefore have to comply with rules governing cemeteries. [Star Advertiser - library card req.]
July 27, 2016 In an op-ed piece, Representative Gene Ward asks, "How Many More Spitting Caves Deaths Before Signs Are Posted" [Civil Beat]
July 25, 2016 Former MLB slugger Kila Ka’aihue accepts head coaching job at Kaiser High School [KHON]
July 24, 2016 Kaiser's "It's Academic" team wins season 5 semi-final and goes on to defend its title on Sunday.