East Oahu road alert - Eastbound between 11am and 1pm Thursday
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Thursday, Hawaiian Electric contractors will move an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Kaneohe — and the heavy load will affect traffic.
The transport vehicle will travel at about 10 to 15 mph on roads and 5 mph on bridges.
The delivery will take about four hours, and start about 9 a.m. at Hawaiian Electric's Ewa Nui Substation on Farrington Highway.
The route travels through the Ewa area and heads east through Salt Lake to Nimitz Highway. At Waiakamilo. the route heads up to Vineyard Boulevard, and then travels downtown on Bishop Street to South King Street.
Continuing east, the route heads onto Waialae Avenue through Kaimuki and the Kahala Mall area to join Kalanianaole Highway, and then heads to Hawaii Kai. The transport then goes around Makapuu Point, through Waimanalo and Kailua, and onto Kamehameha Highway.
The route ends at the Koolau Substation on Kahiko Street.
The heavy load will be accompanied by a police escort.
EAST OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A popular hiking trail in East Oahu will be temporarily closed to the public as crews complete improvements to the parking lot area.
Officials with the Department of Land and Natural resources said the trail will be closed from Wednesday September 13 until Friday September 15. During the closure, crews will be applying a weather-resistant protective slurry to the park's entry road and parking lot.
Aug 18 - Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai has forfeited its first two football games due to a shrinking roster. Hawaii Prep World highlights some of the issues affecting both the team and Hawaii high school football overall. [Hawaii Prep World]
Aug 18 - Chef Eric Oto has lived, learned and worked his whole life on Oahu. This month he debuts in his new post as chef de cuisine for Hoku's, Kahala Hotel and Resort's signature restaurant. Oto, a graduate of the culinary program at Oahu's Leeward Community College, worked his way up at Halekulani, becoming sous chef at Orchids restaurant. He then moved on to Four Seasons Ko Olina, where he helped open the Ko Olina Fish House as the sous chef. [Travel Weekly]
Aug 15 - Following community outcry, the Kahala Hotel has pulled its environmental impact assessment regarding expansion of its wedding venue to shoreline areas. [HNN]
Aug 14 - Middle school charter SEEQS began instruction at their new location, shared with them via generous consent of Kaimuki High School. [Civil Beat]
Aug 14 - The derelict home in Kaimuki that caused concern among neighbors has now been replaced by a new two-story home and new owners. Honolulu City Councilmember Ann Kobayashi spoke to KHON2 regarding the subsequent ordinance and lessons learned. [KHON2]
Aug 13 - Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii posted surveillance images online over the weekend of a man they believe stole a drone from their Kaimuki home office. The organization said the apparent robbery took place on Monday Aug. 7 just after 7:30 p.m. [HNN]
Aug 12 - The Medical Examiner identified the fisherman swept away from the shores near the Kahala Hotel as Matthew Mabida-Bridges, 30, of Honolulu. Mabida-Bridges and his companion were fishing Aug 11 when a large wave knocked them off their feet. [Star-Advertiser]
Aug 11 - The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) has been ramping up its patrol of parking lots in the Makapuu area following a rash of vehicle break-ins. [HNN]
Our next Hawaii Kai Plant exchange returns to its normal time and place.
First Tuesday: September 5, 2017
Kaiser H.S. Farmer's Market: Kaiser High School Parking Lot, Tuesday
Time: 4pm - 7pm
Bring your plants, cuttings, seeds and gardening items. Exchange them for donations from other participants. If you don't have a plant to exchange, you can always donate to the Kaiser PTSA. Come check it out. Both the exchange and the farmer's market have been growing and there's something for everyone.
On Monday, Aug. 21, Hawaiian Electric will conduct emergency pole repairs that will require temporary closures of Koko Crater Trail.
A replacement pole needs to be flown to a hill behind a residential area where there are low-hanging power lines that provide service to more than 150 customers and the Hawaii Kai fire station. More at: [KHON2]