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Big Island News over the weekend, 18/19 July 2009


The Hawaii Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America has honored the Kona Village with three awards, including the Koa Anvil Award of Excellence for the resort’s “Green for Decades” public relations campaign that brought media and consumer awareness to the resort’s long-standing eco-practices.

The Hawaii Horse Expo 2009 is set for August 14 through August 16 in Kailua-Kona and at the Kahilu Theatre and adjacent grounds in Waimea. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund, which was established last year to help abused and abandoned horses on the Big Island. For details, go to

(AP)-Hawaii’s public employees union says dozens of its members are receiving layoff notices. The Hawaii Government Employees Association says members reported being called into their bosses’ offices Friday and were told they will lose their jobs. The HGEA president says Governor Lingle is being “inhumane” in her abrupt notice of layoffs.

(AP)-State Health officials say a third person who tested positive for swine flu has died in Hawaii. The health department said it’s unclear what role the disease had in the person’s death because other medical conditions were involved. Hawaii’s count of swine flu cases has increased to more than 1,000 since the first case was reported May 5.

(AP)-The Waters of Life Public Charter School on the Big Island plans to resume classes August 3 after a judge ruled its charter couldn’t be revoked by the state Charter School Review Panel. Circuit Judge Glenn Hara held the state Board of Education doesn’t have rules for probation or revocation of charters for charter schools.

The 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament returns to the Historic Kailua Village on the Big Island. The tournament runs from Monday, July 20, through Friday, July 24th. Forty-two teams from Australia, South Africa, Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Hawaii, California, Florida, the
British Isles, and North Carolina will be
active in waters off Kailua-Kona. Daily
weigh-ins will be held at 4 pm at the Kailua Pier.

The 145th meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Council will be held from July 22nd through July 25th at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
Part of the conference will be the “Fishers Forum” on Thursday, July 23rd, at 6:30 pm. The topic will be the past, present, and future fo marlin fisheries in the U.S. Pacific Islands. For details, log onto