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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.

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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.

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PIEOLOGY TO OPEN AT AINA HAINA SHOPPING CENTER

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.

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