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: http://www.patchhawaii.org/families/paying/preschool
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]
October 6, 2016 - Crosswalks; bus stops could be removed in Aina Haina. A proposed crosswalk and bus stop removal will be focused on a small stretch of Kalanianaole highway in Aina Haina. The study was brought on by safety issues after two separate pedestrian deaths. Right now, there are three crosswalks with no traffic lights between Waa and Kaai streets. The state is proposing to get rid of those, and the city is also thinking about taking away four nearby bus stops, a fifth would be relocated. [KHON]
October 4, 2016 - OK Poultry has returned to the Kaiser HS Farmer's Market on Tuesdays. The farm fresh eggs are a popular item among local residents.
September 30, 2016 - Honolulu Police Department (HPD) warns residents on law enforcement imposters. “A local male approached a Hawaii Kai residence, knocked on the door, relayed he was an officer with HPD,” said Sgt. Jerome Pacarro, Honolulu Police Department. The impersonator told the 95-year-old would-be victim he wanted to install a surveillance system in the home, but the man did not let him in. “For these kind of situations, please, please keep the door locked, and talk through the peephole through the door,” Pacarro said. [KHON]
September 26, 2016 - The Waimanalo Beach Park campground will be closed starting Wednesday, Oct. 5, to allow Department of Parks and Recreation crews to improve the campsites. Camping at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park and Bellows Field Beach Park will remain open during this time. The improvements at Waimanalo Beach Park include cleaning, landscaping, installing new bench tables and conducting maintenance. [KHON]
September 26, 2016 -Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city officials are under fire from a nonprofit organization for “the continuing misuses of admission fees paid by visitors to Hanauma Bay.”
“The simple reality is that the City has intentionally, and persistently, misused these funds in violation of court rulings,” attorneys Paul Alston and Michael Purpura said in a seven-page letter to Mayor Kirk Caldwell that they sent on behalf of Friends of Hanauma Bay. [Civil Beat] This article was followed by an October 30, 2016 Op-Ed from Civil Beat, "Honolulu Should Audit Hanauma Bay Fund, Repay Any Misused Cash"
September 26, 2016 -Just around the corner from Makapuu, the turquoise ocean water is inviting and the view offshore stunning. The sight along one section of beach is also stunning -- but in a completely different way. Several areas are strewn with broken bottles, fragments of furniture, and lots of leftover litter. The group "808 Cleanup" alerted us to the piles of trash. It plans to help clear the coastline of rubbish in the coming weeks. [KITV]
September 23, 2016 - The state Department of Health sent a Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) team to look into the discovery of discarded syringes at an East Oahu Beach Friday. Workers combed the beach near Makai Research Pier looking for anything that may have been missed. [KHON]
Tyson Foods has recalled more than 130,000 pounds of precooked chicken nuggets due to a concern that the product may be "contaminated with hard plastic," the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.
The Class I recall — which indicates the highest level of risk — applies to the following products:
- 5-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets with a "Best If Used By" date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33, and distributed nationally
- 20-pound packages containing "Spare Time Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat" with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03 and shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania. [source:USDA]
Wow, time flies! It's once again almost time for the monthly plant exchange at Kaiser High School. Bring a plant, take a plant, or if something catches your fancy and you don't have an exchange, just leave a donation. Net proceeds go 100% to Friends of Kaiser PTSA, where they use it for teacher supplies, award donations and other academic endeavors.
This month, we'll be bringing our revolving stock of plants and adding pandan plants, which have finally matured enough to give away. Pandan is a great culinary plant, used extensively in Malaysian, Indonesian, Filipino and Singaporean cooking. I mostly use it to flavor rice, adding a few leaves before steaming. If you're feeling fancy, you can make a nice pot of Nasi Lemak with little ado.
We also have a number of green ti leaf remaining, as well as kupukupu fern and true oregano.
Kaiser High School Parking Lot, 511 Lunalilo Home Road from 4-7pm on October 4. Hope to see you there.
September 22, 2016 - Pacific Business News reports that Henry Kapono's Portlock home is on the market for 1.9 million dollars. [PBN]
September 22, 2016 - Aloha Petroleum will operate a new Hawaii Kai gas station to be located at the site of the current Tesoro on Keahole Street. Permits have been filed to demolish and rebuild. [PBN]
September 21, 2016 - 30-year-old Zachary Felipe of Manoa was pulled from the water at China Walls near Portlock. He was pronounced dead by EMS. [KITV]
September 21, 2016 - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser highlights reknown surf photographer Mike Prickett and his courage in persevering after paralysis. Prickett saved a surfer but suffered the bends and lost use of his legs. Prickett, 51, is a Kaiser High School graduate who landed his first photography job at the age of 15. [Star-Advertiser - library card required]
September 20, 2016 - Prominent Hawaii musician Ernie Cruz, Jr., of the Ka‘au Crater Boys, died after being found unresponsive at Sandy Beach. [Star-Advertiser]
September 20, 2016 - Following car break-ins at Manoa, Noelani, Wilson, Aina Haina and Waialae elementary schools this month, the Hawaii Department of Education issued a press alert. The break-ins occurred during afterschool hours. In each case, vehicle windows were broken and small items taken, including purses, bags, cellphones and laptops. [Hawaii DOE]
September 19, 2016 - Niu Valley Middle School registar's office reports problems with transitioning to the new statewide system. The school requests patience as the issues are remedied. [Niu Valley Middle School]
September 19, 2016 - National-chain Jersey Mike's Subs is scheduled to open in the Hawaii Kai Towne Center in early 2017. It will occupy the space formerly leased to GameStop. [PBN]