Mahalo Everyone !
This month's plant exchange / plant swap was a resounding success thanks to you. We were overwhelmed by the response, from those who drove from as far as Makaha, Wahiawa and Kahaluu just to participate, to those of you who volunteered to assist with set up and running the event.
Here's a picture of me pet-sitting a guinea pig. She and I got to be good friends. My new buddy burrowed down and fell asleep while her owners browsed the ever-growing farmer's market.
The next exchange will be May 2nd, the next first Tuesday of the month. Hope to see everyone there!
Bring a plant, take a plant. It's an informal exchange for gardeners, landscapers and all plant lovers. Every first Tuesday, we host a plant exchange at the Kaiser High School farmer's market. This coming week we expect to start with:
Walking Iris, Cosmos, Rosemary, Mint, Kale, Jalapeno, Pandan, Lipstick Palm, Citrus, Longan, Staghorn Fern, Kupukupu Fern, Twisted Sister: a Mother-in-law's Tongue variety), Aloe, Dracaena (Song of India), Air Plant varieties, Oregano, Garlic Chive, Succulents, Oyster Plant, Zinger Hibiscus, Red Dragonfruit, Alocasia and more.
Any updates will be posted here at http://www.eastoahu96825.com/plants. List is, of course, subject to change based on what else is donated or exchanged. Come and see what's new.
March 31 - McDonalds at Kahala Mall closed today in anticipation of demolition of the building and subsequent reconstruction of a larger multi-store complex. [KHON]
March 30 - Big wave surfer Kai Lenny is on a mission to promote marine environment awareness in Hawaii. He raced to across the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Maunalua Bay by hydrofoil in a record time of 3 hours and 26 minutes. At the end of each leg of the journey he holds a community trash clean up that removes 2 to 3 tons of trash on average. [HNN]
March 30 - Niu Valley Middle School musicians performed at Carnegie Hall. Billy V. interviews school staff and students regarding the experience. [HNN Video]
March 29 - The Old Waialae Bowl at Kahala Mall, vacant for nine years, will be demolished to make way for a new shopping complex. McDonalds Corporation will lead the development. Reconstruction is expected to be completed by September. [HNN]
March 28 - The Salvation Army has opened a donation bin at Kalama Valley Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.
March 28 - After the suspected theft of the "Little Free Library" from a Kailua neighborhood, a Hawaii Kai family made a nighttime delivery to recreate the popular roadside book stand. [HNN]
March 26 - Work has begun on reducing rockfall hazards along Diamond Head Road. [HNN]
March 25 - Kaiser High School's computer club spent Saturday giving free coding lessons to Koko Head Elementary students and their parents. [HI DOE]
March 25 - An expended military flare prompted the closure of Haunauma Bay for 3 hours. Visitors were evacuated due to fears the object could be unexploded ordnance. [Star-Advertiser]
March 23 - State sweeps homeless camps on Diamond Head. [HNN Video]
March 20 - Hele gas has opened at the former Aloha Petroleum Hawaii Kai site in front of the 7-11 at Hahaione Valley's entrance. Aloha Petroleum will soon begin construction on an Aloha Island Mart at the former Tesoro site next to Hawaii Kai Costco. [PBN] + observation
March 20 - Civil Beat reports on the overuse of emotional support "service animals," providing as an example a woman at Hawaii Kai's Villa Marina condo with two emotional support chickens. [Civil Beat]
March 19 - A 34-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday evening, after slamming into the guard rail along Kalanianaole Highway. Honolulu Police closed the highway in both directions between Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach. [KITV]
The Hawaii Kai Carnival returns for this weekend and next along Kalanianaole Highway.
The carnival, located across from the Maunalua Bay parking lot, will run for two consecutive Friday-Sunday weekends, March 17-19 and 24-26. Carnival hours will be 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays. [KHON]
March 15 - Firefighters rescued a man stuck in a drainage ditch near the condo complexes on Hawaii Kai Drive [HNN]
March 14 - Niu Valley Middle School Orchestra performed at Carnegie Haii in the midst of a New York blizzard. [HNN]
March 9 - Well-loved Ethel's Grill in Kalihi has opened up a new location at the Oahu Club in Hawaii Kai. You don't have to be an Oahu Club member to eat there, just sign in and let the front desk know you'll be dining. [Frolic Hawaii]
March 8 - The Honolulu Police Department recently participated in Niu Valley Middle School's career day and posted a picture of their community outreach on Twitter. [Twitter]
March 7 - A tour group from Kaimuki Christian School became the first group to tour the White House under the Trump administration. One parent, who attended a later tour, also had the chance to see the president during a surprise visit. [KHON]
March 6 - Eighteen year-old photographer fell 90-feet at Spitting Caves in Portlock on March 5; suffered broken bones. [HNN]
March 5 - Aloha Gas fronting 7-11 has closed. The Hahaione Valley station closure means that there are only two gas stations remaining in Hawaii Kai, 76 and Chevron, both at Koko Marina Center.