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The Tinman Triathlon is postponed from July 23, 2016 due to Tropical Storm Darby. It is rescheduled for Sunday, July 31. The Kaimuki Carnival, held at Kaimuki High School, has been cancelled for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24th. It is rescheduled for Friday through Sunday the following weekend, July 29-31, 2016.

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July 21, 2016 - Fire department rescue personnel came to the aid of a 10-year old boy whom fell about 10 feet just short of the Koko Crater summit.  No major injuries were reported. [Star Advertiser]

July 20, 2016 - Former City Councilman Stanley Chang and two first-time candidates -- a doctor and a dentist -- are vying for the chance to replace Sam Slom, the lone Republican in the state Senate.  Dr. Michael Bennett, an ophthalmologist, Dr. Richard Y. Kim and Chang are running in Senate District 9, which stretches from Diamond Head and Kahala to Hawaii Kai. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]

July 20, 2016 - Niu Valley Shopping Center is now a commercial condominium with individually owned spaces and shared common areas including parking under a deal completed July 15.  Local developer Peter Savio arranged the deal and has resold 10 of the 14 spaces that he acquired.  The four spaces not resold are leased to Jack in the Box, Le Bistro, Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant and an office tenant. Additionally, King's Cathedral declined to sell the space it uses, as well as an adjacent space leased to 7-Eleven.  Savio retains the first opportunity to buy these two pieces in the future should the church decide to sell. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]

July 19. 2016 - A 21-year-old woman was treated by paramedics and taken to the hospital in serious condition Monday after she dove into the ocean at the area known as “Pele’s Chair” near the Makapuu Lighthouse trail.  This incident follows one just a few days earlier when a father and daughter died after being swept into the ocean near Makapuu Tidepools. [Star Advertiser]

July 19, 2016 A Hawaii Kai home at 569 Portlock Road was voted HGTV Ultimate House Hunt winner. The home, currently on the market for 13.5 million dollars, sports over 8,000 square feet of interior space and fronts the ocean. [KHON]

July 18, 2016 Tesoro gas stations will be rebranded as Hele.  Additionally, approximately 1/3 of Hawaii's current 76 gas stations will also change their name to Hele. [PBN]

July 17, 2016 - Former Kaiser Estate awaits City Council special-use permit approval.  The owner of a run-down Portlock estate once considered the largest private residence in America is seeking the city's OK to restore and enhance the property as a family compound with three mansions and a private harbor.  A Honolulu City and County law enacted in 2012 makes it necessary to seek special approval on homes larger than 7,500 square feet.

Owner Chans' residential SMA permit is believed to be the second one taken up, according to the Department of Planning and Permitting. More are expected, including one slated for an Aug. 3 hearing that pertains to a plan by Alexander & Baldwin Inc. to build three luxury duplex homes on a large waterfront lot at 4607 Kahala Ave.

Currently work at the Estate is progressing on construction not requiring the SMA permit.  If the special permit is approved, construction is expected to last 18 months. [Star Advertiser - Library Card req.]

July 17, 2016 - Frustration grows over water safety after a father and daughter visiting Makapuu Tidepools are swept out and die. [KHON]


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Quick, name four things open 24/7 East of Kahala.

Were you able to come up with:

Hawaii Kai at Night

  1. Safeway
  2. Longs Drugs
  3. Seven Eleven 
  4. Jack in the Box

I was only able to name the first two until I did some research.  Seven Eleven has two locations, Hahaione (Hawaii Kai), and Niu Valley.  The Niu Valley Jack in the Box near Seven Eleven is also open 24 hours.  Perhaps it's the new Zippys, which in Hawaii Kai, is only open until 11 pm.

From a cursory review, here are the other stores I found that are open past 10 pm.



Foodland Farms (Grocery), Aina Haina  daily to 11pm
Walgreens, Koko Marina midnight
Consolidated Theatres, Koko Marina last showing around 10:30 pm
Ross Dress For Less, Hawaii Kai Towne Center 10:30pm, Fri & Sat to 11pm
Bubbies Ice Cream, Koko Marina 11pm, Fri & Sat to midnight
Zippys, Koko Marina fast food to 11pm, dine in Fri & Sat 11pm
Starbucks. Koko Marina 10:30pm, Fri & Sat to 11pm
Starbucks, Aina Haina daily to 10:30pm
Burger King, Hawaii Kai Towne Center midnight
Yogurtland, Hawaii Kai Towne Center Fri & Sat to 11pm
McDonalds, Hawaii Kai Shopping Center 11pm, Fri & Sat to midnight*

*check with McDonalds directly, their two door signs have different hours, and their website has something else entirely.

Note that the Starbucks all have different hours.  The one at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center closes around dinnertime every day.


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Pile of Amazon Gift Cards

I just returned from Safeway.  Once again, they're out of the variable value Amazon gift cards, so I had to hand enter a series of smaller denominations.

Here in Hawaii Kai, where we have both a Chevron gas station (Koko Marina) and a Safeway (Hawaii Kai Shopping Center) -- not to mention a Costco that doesn't sell gasoline -- buying gift cards at Safeway is an easy way to save up to 20 cents a gallon on fuel.

Pretty clearly, given the amount of times I couldn't find the right card or amount, it's not much of a secret.  All you have to do is buy your gift cards at Safeway and use your Safeway Club Card when checking out; you'll be given a discount on your gasoline price at Chevron. The standard amount is a discount of ten cents a gallon per $50 spent on gift cards.  

There is a maximum of 20 cents a gallon per gas station purchase, but your credits accumulate so you can use them on your next visit.  They do expire two calendar months after being earned.  

In addition to buying gift cards, you can also earn credits with your grocery purchase; it takes $100 in regular grocery purchases to earn a ten cent gas credit.

Gift cards are more convenient, however.  You also earn credits faster.  There are number of cards that fall into the category of purchases one makes on a routine basis, for instance, Amazon gift cards.  Safeway Hawaii Kai also carries Petco, Lowes, Home Depot, McDonalds, Burger King and Bed, Bath and Beyond, just to name a few of the stores one might visit regardless.


Note:  Just got a comment/observation from a reader.  Tesoro is usually at least ten cents cheaper than Chevron to begin with.  That's true.  Aloha Petroleum can also be cheaper to begin with.  Here's a link to, a site that tracks prices reported by readers.

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Posted: 8 months 5 days ago by Auntie #11
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Just read this on the Citibank Costco Visa site: http://

Any establishment classified as a gas station receives a 4% cashback rebate, Costco gas as well as stations like Tesoro (soon to be Hele), Aloha Petroleum & Chevron.

Regarding your comment on Chevron being 10 cents more to start with -- I guess using the Safeway discount only makes sense if you have enough credits to get 20 cents off without having to make purchases you wouldn't otherwise. (i.e. $100 in gift card purchases or $200 in other grocery)
Posted: 8 months 1 week ago by Hawaii Kai Reader #9
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Just read your blog.
I usually find that Chevron is more expensive than Tesoro, usually about 10 cents more.

Coming back from Kahala yesterday, I noticed that Tesoro here was at least 10 cents cheaper than the two stations near the mall there.

When prices are going up, sometimes Aloha is the cheapest, maybe because they are slower to react.

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July 15, 2016 In addition to earlier announcements decoupling teacher performance from student scores, Hawai‘i’s public education accountability system, the Strive HI Performance System, will not include Index Scores or Classifications. [Hawaii Dept. of Education]

July 15, 2016 The Hawaii Dept. of Education has updated its heat abatement program (Air Conditioning, etc. . .) list. From East Oahu, Kamiloiki and Niu Valley Middle are listed East Oahu under the "Solar Ventilator" section.  Wilson, Kahala and Kaimuki Middle are listed as "100% AC in Classrooms." Kaimuki High is listed as "Solar Light."  [Hawaii Dept. of Education]

July 14, 2016 The city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division and Honolulu Fire Department are telling people not to jump off the cliff at Spitting Caves, especially after two people had to be rescued last weekend. [KHON]

July 11, 2016 Residents call for intervention after multiple rescues at Portlock's Spitting Caves. [HNN]

July 10, 2016 A 14-year-old girl is in serious but stable condition after falling about 40 feet at the Spitting Caves in Hawaii Kai on Sunday.  Emergency Medical Services crew said the girl did not clear the jump and hit the side of the cliff. [HNN]

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