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Big Island News, 20 July 2009


Hawaii County is proceeding with plans to sell 737 acres of land above Paauilo. Deputy Finance Director Deanna Sako tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that three appraisal bids have been received on the property which is worth $8.2 million dollars. The money raised will help avoid a budget deficit for the county.

People working for the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority are in a jam which threatens to cut off funding for power, security, and maintenance of the facility near the Hilo International Airport. NELHA CEO Rob Baird tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the state legislature has moved NELHA funds into the department of Accounting and General Services, while his staff is still attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. With no access to funds, operations at the facility could be cut back severely.

One hundred thirty two teams and 1,388 participants took part in Saturday night’s “Relay For Life” at Hilo’s Wong Stadium. Cancer survivors and those suffering from the disease said a positive attitude, giving support to others, and not taking life for granted are keys to keeping ahead of a disease that kills an estimated 562,000 Americans every year. This year, the East Hawaii effort raised $194, 387 in donations to fight cancer.

For five days beginning today (Monday). the world will once again meet in Kona to fish for elusive marlin
during the 50th Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Forty-two teams from around the Pacific Rim, the U.S. mainland, and even Great Britain will pit their skill against some of the largest gamefish in the world. Daily weigh-ins will be held at 4 pm at the Kailua-Kona Pier.

The Kai O pua Canoe Club dominated Saturday’s Moku O Hawaii Canoe racing championships along the Hilo Bay Front. Kai O Pua took first place in the A Division with 229 points. In the B Division, Kai Ehitu took first place with 77 points. In the C Division, Hui Wala O Waiakea took first place with 32 points. The state canoe racing championships will take place August 1st along the Hilo Bay Front.