Our next Plant and seed exchange will take place on the first Tuesday of June, June 6. It's held at Kaiser High School from 4-7 pm. Bring a plant and take a plant. If you don't have one to exchange, you can always bring us one the following month, or if you prefer to leave a donation, proceeds will go to Friends of Kaiser PTSA and be used for scholarships and fee assistance for students and teachers.
May 4 - Portlock gate re-ignites debate over beach access: A locked gate has been erected along the path leading to the Portlock surf spot known as "Seconds." The property owner had no comment. This is the second time a gate has gone up on the site. The earlier one was later removed. [HNN]
Apr 29 - Hawaii Kai Lions Club hands out 100 flotation devices to prevent drownings: The Hawaii Kai Lions Club handed out 100 donated yellow rescue tubes that are intended to assist swimmers in distress. The tubes were given out on a first come, first serve basis, and those who got one watched an instructional video on how to properly use the device. [HNN]
Apr 28 - Three Hawaii public school students have been selected out of 5,100 candidates as semifinalists for the US Presidential Scholars Program, including Emily Yang from Kalani High School. [HI DOE]
Once again it's time for the first Tuesday plant swap at Kaiser High School. We'll be there from 4-7 at the farmers' market in the school parking lot. As of this weekend, here are the plants it looks like we'll start with.
Tomatillo (green and/or purple)
Mini pear tomatoes (yellow and/or red)
Dracaena (white/green and red/white)
Bearded Iris (purple)
This is a tentative list. Some items such as mint and jalapeno are plentiful and we'll likely have them available throughout the event. Others are more limited in quantity. Bring your plant to and take another in exchange. It's a true community sharing experience.
Apr 25 - Chevron Gas at Koko Marina has changed its name to parent company, Texaco.
Apr 25 - The new owners of the Kahala Hotel are requesting the right to use public beaches in exchange for use of their equipment. As it now stands, several structures are already built on State land and without proper permission. [KITV]
Apr 25 - Senator Mazie Hirono pens an op-ed recalling her early days at Koko Head Elementary and how she -- and other Hawaii residents -- remain staunch and patriotic American citizens. [Philadelphia Tribune]
Apr 21 - Star of the Sea will be hosting its 12th annual East Oahu Food Festival on April 29. Sixteen local restaurants will be featured at the event. [KHON]
Apr 20 - An unusually large amount of box jellyfish washed ashore in Kailua this month. The influx is expected to continue through Friday. [HNN]
Apr 19 - Representative Gene Ward, posting to Hawaii Free Press, questions the striking of verbiage from the record as a violation of First Amendment rights and free speech. He has asked Attorney General Doug Chin for a clarification. [Hawaii Free Press]
Apr 19 - Remaining closed since last June due to hazardous conditions, the Waimanalo gym serves as a reminder to nearby residents of neglect. Locals have expressed concern over the amount of time it is taking to repair. At this juncture, it does not appear that money has been allocated for its restoration. [Civil Beat]
Apr 19 - The Board of Water supply once again warns residents to be alert to scammers posing as BWS employees. Recently, a Kaimuki family was approached by men claiming to be water quality specialists. When confronted, the men could not produce credentials. [HNN]
Apr 17 - Slack-key musician Makana, who had his guitar stolen from his Kaimuki home 11 years ago, was reunited with it. He recently received a phone call from a guy who suspected the used guitar on Craigslist belonged to Makana and met the musician in Hawaii Kai to return it. Makana plans to play the instrument in his upcoming concert this month. [HNN]
Apr 17 - A North Shore woman is pleading with thieves to return a sentimental bracelet and quilt. The items, along with other belongings, were stolen from her car as she hiked the Makapuu trail at Ka Iwi. Police say there have been a rash of break-ins there and have stepped up surveillance. However, they caution that visitors and locals alike must take precautions to protect their valuables. [KHON]
Apr 16 - Honolulu police are asking for your help in finding a woman who’s accused of stealing from a senior by forging nearly one-hundred checks. Authorities are looking for Tovaega Maliaelo. Police have a 250-thousand dollar warrant for her arrest. Relatives of the victim recently discovered the theft while preparing taxes for her. The victim lives at Kahala Nui and Maliaelo was her caretaker. [KHON]
Apr 14 - A pilot project, supported by the Hawaii Kai Lions Club, Hawaiian Cement, Hui Nalu Canoe Club and a number of individuals, seeks to provide water-goers with safety float tubes for Hawaii's beaches. The Hawaii Kai Lions clubs started a GoFundMe to purchase more rescue tubes, which are about $85 each;the group hopes to give 100 away for free. [HNN]
April 14 - The Hawaii Kai and Waialae-Kahala post offices are among the 27 Hawaii locations offering extended service on April 18 for tax returns. Items dropped off before midnight will receive an April 18 postmark. Post office hours, however, remain the same. [KITV]
April 14 - Hawaii Public Radio spotlighted recent trend changes in golf course ownership in Hawaii, including the sale of Hawaii Kai Golf Course in 2015 to South Korean investors YHB. [HawaiiPublicRadio]
April 14 - Travel Weekly highlights the new Kaimuki vegan restaurant. Vegan Hills, headed by Chef Megumi Odin, opened in March. [Travel Weekly]
April 12 - The finalized sale of Ka Iwi preservation land has spurred several op-ed pieces on the enormity of the deal and the journey to completion. [Civil Beat 1] [Civil Beat 2] Transaction completion was officially announced on April 6. [KITV]
April 11 - Honolulu police have arrested a woman after the brutal hit-and-run at Kahala Mall that left a Japanese tourist seriously injured. [KHON] Police records indicate Chiaan Bitar was taken into custody around 10:40 p.m. at a Kaimuki address roughly a mile from where the alleged hit-and-run took place. She was arrested on two counts of fleeing a scene where there was serious injury or death.
Late Sunday evening, witnesses say, a 35-year-old woman had just finished strapping her two young children into their car seats when a white SUV slammed into the back of her Nissan, pinning her between the vehicles. [Hawaii News Now]
April 11 - Koko Head Elementary school sent out an alert to parents at nearby schools regarding a Caucasian man, apparently in his 30s, approaching a teen on Makaweli Street near the school. The man was unclothed. [DOE letter]