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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has issued the following alert for its National Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) network:


NOHW40 PHFO 042154

Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Honolulu HI
1154 AM HST Fri Nov 4 2016


Due to a HECO system upgrade, which requires replacing powerline
poles, the Hawaii Kai NWR transmitter will be down intermittently
on the following dates: November 15th, 17th, and 19th. The power
will be shut off at approximately 8:00am on these dates and will
be reconnected each date as the work is complete. We apologize for
any inconvenience this may cause our listeners.



November 3 - The Honolulu Police Department continues to investigate the source of a stray bullet which landed in a Hawaii Kai home.  HPD concedes it would be difficult to determine whether the bullet came from the nearby Koko Head Shooting Range. [KHON]

November 2 - Gridlock along Kalanianaole Highway is prompting calls to improve traffic light synchronization on the highway and brainstorm other efforts to accommodate more cars, especially given talk of potential new developments popping up in East Honolulu. [HNN]

November 2 - Aina Haina community comes together for pedestrian awareness [KITV][KHON]

November 1 - Firefighters rescued a hiker from Koko Crater trail at around 6:30pm.  The visitor from Oregon was hiking alone and sustained injuries from an apparent fall. [Star Advertiser]

October 25 - The Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale, Downtown/Chinatown, Hawaii Kai and Koolauloa neighborhood boards have been among those that have unsuccessfully sought to get Hawaii police to report more comprehensive information. The Honolulu Police Department was the only department among more than 150 that the Star-Advertiser checked nationally to limit its mapping to nonviolent crimes. [Star-Advertiser - Library card required]

October 27 - Island Brew Coffee at Hawaii Kai Shopping Center has opened a second location in Kaimuki. [PBN]

October 27 - The Schaefer family of Hawaii Kai appears on Family Feud [Star Advertiser]

October 26 - Hawaii's Board of Education (BOE) announces a Nationwide search for Kathryn Matayoshi's replacement.  Matayoshi, the superintendent of Hawaii's public schools, has not announced that she is resigning.  This surprise move takes place shortly after the resignation of Jim Williams and the subsequent appointment of Darrel Galera at BOE. [HNN] [Civil Beat (1) (2) (3)]

October 26 - The Hawaii Kai community recently formed a homeless task force with a two-fold mission: Offer help to the homeless and ensure encampments aren't allowed to stick around and grow.  The 10-member task force formed last month under the guidance of state Rep. Gene Ward (Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley).  Ward notes that most of those approached are not interested in assistance.  Meanwhile, those near the homeless encampments, such as those near the Lunalilo Home Road one, fear that vacant land owned by Bishop Estate will continue to occupied with homeless. [HNN]

October 24 - Ninteen year-old Josiah Ramos died while body surfing at Sandy Beach [Star Advertiser]

October 24 - A Civil Beat poll finds that nearly 70 percent of Hawaii residents want feral cats killed.  Specifically the survey asks:

One additional local issue that has received a lot of attention is the large number of feral house cats living in the state. There are about 300,000 free-roaming cats on Oahu and thousands more on the neighbor islands. The cats are an invasive mainland species, and many of them spread a disease called toxoplasmosis, which is deadly to an endangered local species called the Hawaiian Monk Seal. There are just over one-thousand Hawaiian Monk Seals left in existence.

A recent Civil Beat editorial suggested that the only way to maintain Hawaii’s ecosystem, and keep Hawaiian Monk Seals from edging closer to extinction, is to kill off the population of feral cats. But others have argued that the cats should not be killed, because these problems are not their fault. If you had to choose — what would you do?

[Civil Beat]


October 20, 2016 - Oceanic Cable advises East Oahu residents of potential disrupted services on the following days:

Thursday, 27 October 2016 | 12:00 AM – 05:00 AM
On Oahu, in Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, Kalama, Hawaii Kai and surrounding areas, video services, including but not limited to Video On Demand, Look Back, Start Over services, may be intermittent or briefly unavailable due to network maintenance.
Thursday, 27 October 2016 | 12:00 AM – 05:00 AM
On Oahu, in Downtown Honolulu, Kakaako, Moiliili, Makiki, Manoa, Waikiki, Kaimuki, Diamond Head, Kahala, Kalani, Niu Valley and surrounding areas, video services, including but not limited to Video On Demand, Look Back, Start Over services, may be intermittent or briefly unavailable due to network maintenance.

Other Statewide upgrades are scheduled for: 10/24, 10/26, 10/27 and 10/28 [Oceanic Cable]

October 20, 2016 - On Hiki No, Episode #804, Students at Kalani High School in East O‘ahu demonstrate how to make a thaumatrope – a simple device made from paper and string that creates rudimentary forms of animation. [PBS]

October 19, 2016 - Koko Crater Stables to reopen October 28 [Midweek]

October 19, 2016 - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed an additional case of hepatitis A in an Oahu food service worker. The infected case is an employee at McDonald’s of Kahala, located at 4618 Kilauea Avenue in Honolulu. Affected dates of service are Sept. 20–21, 23–24, 27–29, and Oct. 1, 4–5, 7, and 11, 2016. [Damon Tucker]

October 15, 2016 - Ground has broken on Kaikaina, a new Department of Hawaiian Homelands project in Waimanalo.  Thirty-one new units are being built. [KHON]

October 15, 2016 - A former administrative assistant for the company that owns the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center is facing charges that she forged hundreds of checks to steal $286,000 from her employer. An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging Adrienne M. Saffery with first-degree theft and 203 counts of forgery. The indictment also charges Saffery's husband, Lyle, with first-degree theft and 96 counts of forgery. Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi set bail for the Safferys at $100,000 each. [Star Advertiser - library card required]

October 14, 2016 - DOE reminds parents that applications for the Preschool Open Doors program are due Oct. 31 for January-July 2017 term. The program provides subsidies to qualifying families for preschool tuition and the opportunity to gain essential skills to be successful in school and in life. Income eligibility limits apply. Children must be born between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2012. Details & application: 

October 12, 2016 - Kamaka Ukulele becomes the first musical instrument manufacturer in Hawaii to reach its 100 year anniversary. In 1916 Samuel Kaialiilii Kamaka established the Kamaka ‘Ukulele and Guitar Works in the cellar of his home on 5th Avenue in Kaimuki.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser recalls its illustrious history. [Star-Advertiser]

October 11, 2016 - Hola Mexican Cantina Bar and Grill now hiring for Hawaii Kai Shopping Center location [Craigslist]

October 10, 2016 - After four months, Gyotaku restaurants have dropped their 4 percent kitchen-service charge after complaints from customers.  Gyotaku operates four restaurants on Oahu, including one in Niu Valley. [PBN]