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Weekly Friday news summary (February 19, 2016) 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. 


Free help in preparing basic federal and state income tax returns is being offered again this year at the Aina Haina Public Library Meeting Room, with trained volunteers available to help those who cannot prepare their own tax returns, have low to moderate income, are disabled, have limited English skills, or are elderly.

Duration: February 4 - April 16, 2016

"Sources said Shiraishi is being transferred to HPD's patrol division in Hawaii Kai and East Honolulu on Feb. 28."

SOURCE: Hawaii News Now




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Weekly Friday news summary (July 17, 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. 

Body found along kuliouou trail identified

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's Office said Monday that the body found by Boy Scouts along the Kuli­ouou Ridge Trail [July 11] was that of a 35-year-old Mili­lani man.  He was identified as Daniel Koren.  Koren died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was suicide, the Medical Examiner's Office said. Source: Star-Advertiser (HSPLS library card required)

makapuu trail improvements; closure postponed until august

Makapuu trail improvements, slated for late July 2015 have been postponed until late August.  When work is done there will be new lookouts and new asphalt. Source: Hawaii News Now

maunalua bay sanctuary use meeting held july 14; status quo an option

A town hall meeting was held on Tues., July 14, 7:00-8:30 .pm. at Hahaione Elementary cafeteria in response to questions on NOAA's potential plan to restrict the use of Maunalua Bay.  Hundreds of residents attended and the most vocal were opposed to more restrictions for the area.  NOAA reiterated that status quo remains an option, a point that Marina merchants are advocating. Source: Civil Beat

saving ka iwi coast almost halfway to August 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.  as of Friday, July 17 the group is nearly halfway there with $242,897 raised.


Donate and track current progress through this [Link

feral chicken removal at hanauma; other city facilities

From the Star-Advertiser, July 11, 2015:

The city recently awarded an $80,000 contract to Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions to remove wild chickens at 70 city facilities.

Formally called the Integrated Feral Chicken Management Program, the pilot project, expected to last four to six months, targets feral fowl at the Wai­kiki Shell, Hanauma Bay, Kai­aka Bay Beach Park in Hale­iwa, Kua­loa Regional Park, the Board of Water Supply Manana base yard in Pearl City, and the West Loch and Pali golf courses, among other sites.

Sheri Kajiwara, director of the Department of Customer Services, said the program will be limited to city properties. Private property owners are on their own, she said.

Source: Star-Advertiser (HSPLS library card required)


affordable housing rental applications available for 7000 Hawaii kai drive

From the project's website:

There are 54 affordable rental units that will be available mid-2016:

2 Bedroom (26 units) - $1,485/month
3 Bedroom (28 units) - $2,293/month

Applications are being accepted until August 31 and income restrictions apply.  See site for more information.



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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.

For full text of Star-Advertiser articles, access the database at the Hawaii State Library site and enter your library card number and PIN. 

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.


Donate and track current progress through this [Link


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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Weekly Friday news summary (July 03, 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. 

hiker airlifted from makapuu 

city to take action on neglected kaimuki home

kuliouou / Kalani IKI neighborhood board - june 2, 2015 minutes

 Minutes from the June 2, 2015 meeting have been posted. Of note,a discussion with Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Chairperson Suzanne Case regarding management of Maunalua Bay Ocean Recreation Area: An excerpt reads:

Implementation of Rules by the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) without Public Input:  DOBAR issues statewide rules and issues commercial activity licenses, who launch out of state facilities. DOBOR is unable to enforce violations on boats launched from private harbor facilities. Public notice was posted. Commercial operators must have a registered and pay $200 monthly fees, liability insurance and ministerial is required. This does not change what the operator can or cannot do regulated or not.

Zoning Rules: Zoning rules since the 1980’s Regulates commercial activities in the bay. However, the rules do not included surfing schools, kayaking and paddle boards, which did not exist at that time. It was noted that the population has increased and the 1980 rules maybe outdated.

Amended Rules: There is an increase of bay activity, which gives DOBOR an opportunity to reopen the current process.

Current Status of the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) formation within the 10 Ocean Recreation Management Areas under DOBORA meeting was held on Monday, April 20, 2015 with some communit input. The current proposal adds one (1) seat to the council. The concept is that people in various use areas must be neutral. The goal is to have people who articulate a neutral stance, lesser use stance and be active community member.

Case's update was followed by a question and answer session by audience members.  Minutes include comments calling for restrictions on commercial activity in Maunalua Bay.  The Board voted 11-0-1 for moratorium on unregulated commercial activities, surf schools and others in Maunalua Bay until the Recreation Advisory Council (RAC) is formed.

Minutes from June's meeting were detailed.  Other items included the ongoing conversations over traffic, Paiko Lagoon access, and Board vacancies.  Updates were given by elected officials and their representatives. 

kaiser hs band performs for lions international parade - june 27, 2015

DLNR accepting nominations for maunalua bay recreation committee until july 8

From the State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR): ATTENTION MAUNALUA BAY RESIDENTS: The nomination period for Maunalua Bay Recreation Advisory Committee (M-RAC) members begins today and will run from July 1, 2015 – July 8, 2015. Everyone already signed up to participate will be receiving emails allowing them to nominate M-RAC members. If you have not already signed up and would like to, you have until July 5, 2015 to sign up to nominate M-RAC members. To sign up and/or to receive more information on the M-RAC please go to: Please note, you can sign up at any time to be placed on an email list for activities pertaining to the M-RAC but only those signed up through July 6, 2015 will be able to nominate M-RAC members. Please spread the word and refer interested parties to the DOBOR website for more information. Thank you for your participation!

Urban Growth Boundaries and Saving the Ka Iwi Coast: Ann Marie Kirk

Hawaii Public Radio interview with Ann Marie Kirk - Livable Hawaii Kai Hui  [MP3]
Urban growth often seems to have a mind of its own and as long as there’s money to be made from a scenic spot, someone’s going to try to develop it.  O’ahu’s Ka Iwi coastline is at the very spot where city becomes country as you drive around the island, so perhaps it’s inevitable that it should become the focus of an effort to keep it undeveloped in perpetuity.   Ann Marie Kirk is a member of the Board of Directors for Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and the head of its Cultural Committee. She joined us in our studio to talk about saving the Ka Iwi coast.


[Link] to donation site to purchase Ka Iwi land.  $500K needed by the end of August.  As of 7/3, 18% of the goal has been met.


hAWAII Public School Meal Prices increased ON July 1, 2015

New prices are as follows:


     Elementary Student :  $1.10
     Reduced-price student:  .30
     Second and subsequent student:  $2.40
     Adult:  $2.40


     Elementary Student:  $2.50
     Reduced-price student:  .40
     Second student entree:  $2.00
     Second and subsequent student:  $5.50
     Adult:  $5.50


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new study published in the Journal of Urban Economics by economists David Albouy, of the University of Illinois, and Bert Lue, of the University of Michigan finds that East Oahu, Hawaii, tops the list of household sacrifice to live in the best neighborhoods.  According to the economists’ analysis; households sacrifice 25 percent more than the average American to live there. California’s Marin, San Mateo, and San Francisco are not far beyond. 

To read more about this recent study by David Albouy of the University of Illinois, and Bert Lue of the University of Michigan, visit CityLab, a division of Atlantic Monthly.

Weekly Friday news summary (June 26, 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. 


Pedestrian crosswalks along busy Kalanianaole Highway are meant to be a convenience for pedestrians. But do they think so?. . .The concern comes after a woman was hit by two vehicles while attempting to cross the highway during her morning jog. She was pronounced dead at the scene. (source:KHON2)

The city Medical Examiner's Office identified 54-year-old Cynthia Timtim Soneda as the jogger who died after being hit by two vehicles Friday morning while in a marked crosswalk on Kalanianaole Highway. Soneda may have been trying to avoid a separate car accident near Wailupe Beach Park when she was hit. 

Traffic was backed up for hours on Friday, June 19, as investigators closed down multiple lanes of the highway to investigate. 


Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting minutes for May 2015 have been published.  Notable discussions involved the volume and composition of dumping at the proposed cemetery site, changes to ownership at Koko Head Stables, proposed changes to parking at the corner of Keahole St. and Hawaii Kai Drive fronting the wetlands, proposed wireless tower sites, and proposed changes to the Maunalua Bay designation by NOAA, a federal agency.


Kaimuki Neighborhood Board meeting minutes for May 2015 have been published.  Special meeting discussion centered on zoning, in particular, Permitted Action Group formation, creation of a special district and the possibility of designating Transit Oriented Development for the area.



Kaimuki Christian School  on Koko Head and Harding Avenues in Kaimuki broke ground on its newest building, the Clarence T.C. Ching Educational Center, on June 23, 2015.  Thanks to a $1.5 million matching grant from the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation, in conjunction with the school’s major capital fund raising campaign, the facility is scheduled to open in July, 2016. 

hmsa kaimana scholarship awardees announced

Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) announced winners of its 2015 Kaimana scholarship program.  Nina Bean of Kaimuki High School was one of 15 scholars selected.  Miss Bean lettered in cross country, track, and wrestling for the Bulldogs. She competed on the state level in wrestling and finished third in the state in pole vaulting. She’s dedicated her high school years to volunteering in activities that promote environmental conservation, restoration, and cultural awareness through such organizations as Kupu Hawaii and the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps.  This valedictorian intends to use her 29 already earned college credits to study marine biology at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

 Six junior ambassadors to japan prepare for july visit

Six Junior Ambassadors, including Luke Cisneros of Aina Haina Elementary, continue to prepare for their visit to Fukuoka Japan.  The group, selected on February 7, represents the Japan America Society of Hawaii.  The Japan America Society of Hawaii is sponsoring these fifth and sixth graders to represent Hawaii as JASH Junior Ambassadors (JAs) at the 27th Asian-Pacific Children’s Convention (APCC), which will be held in Fukuoka, Japan, from July 9 - 22, 2015. A total of 232 children from 45 countries and cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region have been invited to participate this year.  

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