See also news from earlier this week, including Kaiser football, water leak and temporary closure of Makapuu trail.
Sep 20 - Crimemapping reports 15 incidents between 9-14-2017 and 9-20-2017 in the Hawaii Kai Area
BREAKING: September 30, 2017
Kaiser Coach Arnold Martinez resigns amidst conflict and parent confrontation. Excerpts from his statement:
In late June of 2016 I was hired as the Head Football Coach for Henry J. Kaiser High School. Our program philosophy was to build a long-term sustainable program that treats athletics as an extension of the classroom and overall educational experience of our students. We believed in teaching our players to be great people, students, and athletes, in that order. We believed that winning in the interscholastic athletic arena begins with winning at home, in the community, on campus, in the classroom, in the locker room, in team meetings and at practices. We believed that giving your best in the classroom, being a good teammate, being on time, attending practices, earning a roster spot, earning playing time, wearing the team uniform and being coachable is normal procedure for all teams at all levels. We believed in a football culture of quality, hard work, and standards, where character is the foundation of success.
Due to a series of events throughout the season there were extreme concerns for student, parent and staff safety. There were threats aimed at school staff, school administration and myself. These threats have reached my family, my personal property, and my home. I received a letter at my home threatening my family and me with physical harm. Because of this hostile environment I am formally resigning as Head Football Coach for Kaiser High School. Although I will miss our players, I must prioritize. The emotional, mental, and physical well being of my wife and children are my highest priority.
September 30, 2017
Kaiser parent arrested for terroristic threatening:
The controversy led to an incident on September 19th in which a parent of a player, Gregory Illuminato Tartamella became violent with Kaiser staff. Tartamella was arrested Friday (Sept 29) on two counts of terroristic threatening and a count of assault 2 from events that evening. Source: [KHON]
September 22, 2017
Video surfaces of parent / Head Football Coach Arnold Martinez confrontation at Kaiser High School [KITV]
An altercation at the Kaiser football field requiring police attention led to the school’s decision to cancel the rest of the Cougars’ season.
According to a source high up in the Kaiser administration, an argument between parents and head coach Arnold Martinez began after practice Monday.
“The parents almost punched him and it got really ugly,” the source said. “The parents were irate and there was some pushing and shoving.”
The source said the school has asked for a police presence of six to eight officers for the rest of the week, which concludes with the annual homecoming assembly Friday.
[KHON2] September 19, 2017, 6:07 pm
Officials also announced that the grand opening of the school’s new athletic facilities and renovated track and field will not take place as scheduled Wednesday “as an added safety precaution.”
The department declined to comment further, or give us access to campus.
We received several calls and emails from parents who are disappointed with the decision.
[Hawaii News Now] September 19th 2017, 4:30 pm
In an email obtained by Hawaii News Now that was distributed internally to faculty and staff members, school administators said that the decision to cancel the remainder of the football season was "due to escalating threats against members of our faculty and staff."
Multiple sources tell Hawaii News Now that there was a second, unspecified altercation involving a parent, but that the incident happened at head coach Arnold Martinez's home, not at the school.
Court records obtained by Hawaii News Now show that Martinez filed for a temporary restraining order last week. It was not immediately clear whether the request for a restraining order was related to the incident.
The popular Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and parking lot in East Oahu will close Thursday, Sept. 21, for striping work.
A contractor for the Department of Land and Natural Resources will stripe the parking stalls in the final step of maintenance work for the lot. [KHON]
A transmission line leak in east Oahu is causing low water pressure in Kalama Valley and Queen's Gate.
The problem with the 36-inch line began Sunday morning (Sept 17, 2017) when the Board of Water Supply (BWS) announced the line was leaking.
Queen's Gate and Kalama Valley do still have water, but it is at very low pressure.
Three water wagons have been dispatched to the area. One is located at the corner of Ninini Way and Ninini Place, and two others are roving near Queen's Gate and Mokuhano Street.
UPDATE FROM BWS:
At 6:30 PM (9/17), BWS announced a planned water shutdown. At 8:15 PM, the shutdown was rescinded, and the following message transmitted (https://www.nixle.us/alert/6164697/)
BWS crews continue work on a leak on a 36-inch transmission line in the East Honolulu area. After further assessment, water service will NOT be turned off, but will remain at low pressure. The BWS asks residents of the affected area to conserve water to help minimize the situation.
Residents of Queen’s Gate and Kalama Valley are asked to conserve water. Specific areas that will be affected are: Ninini Way, Namahealani Place, Nahoku Place, Kalama Paka Place and the Kalamapu’u Townhouses. 51 services including the 80 townhouses will have very low water service during repairs. One water wagon will be located at the corner of Ninini Way and Ninini Place and 2 roving water wagons will be in the other areas to assist area residents.
Repairs are expected to continue into Monday evening. There are no traffic impacts to the area as the pipeline is located in utility tunnels and not under any roadways.
Update from BWS: 9pm 9/18:
BWS crews continue work on a leak on a 36-inch transmission line in the East Honolulu area. Repairs are expected to continue into Tuesday morning.
Normal water service has been restored to residents of Queen’s Gate and Kalama Valley. 8 – 9 services on Ninini Way remain without water. Two water wagons are available for those residents.
Sep 14 - Hawaiian Electric (HECO) successfully transported an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Kaneohe via Kalanianaole Highway through East Oahu. The large load moved along at a snail's pace of 15 miles an hour, eventually reaching its Windward goal at around 3pm. [KHON]
Sep 14 - The final stage of work to remove rockfall hazards along the exterior and interior slopes of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument will begin Sept. 18. This phase will focus on the summit hiking trail, and is expected to be completed by early December 2017. Closures are expected as follows:
- Starting Monday, Sept. 18, the summit trail will be closed every weekday afternoon, beginning at noon, Monday through Friday. All hikers must be off the summit trail by 2 p.m.The summit trail will be open on weekends and state holidays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Later in the fall, full-day closures will be required to complete work along trail slopes. DLNR will announce and post full-day closures when determined. [KHON]
Sep 13 - Hahaione residents are on the alert after a string of robberies in the neighborhood. The burglaries happened Thursday about 3:29 a.m. on Hahaione Street, then Friday at 10:23 a.m. on Kauna Street, and at 10:58 a.m. on Ainapo Street. As of 9/15, no additional burglaries have been reported. [CrimeMapping] [HNN]
Sep 12 - A federal jury yesterday determined that the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) did not violate the law by using a “Rifton chair” to help physically support a preschool special needs student during some of his classes at Koko Head Elementary. [Governor's Office]
Sep 11 - Hawaii's DOE faces a lawsuit brought by parents of a Kaimuki Middle School student. The family alleges that their child was traumatized by a mock terror event where a man wearing a beanie and swinging a hammer rushed into the classroom threatening the students. During this period, the students were not aware that this was a drill. [KHON]