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Big Island News, 28 July 2009


A large macadamia nut grower on the Big Island is making a six-figure investment to aid nut garmers and create jobs. Edward Olson tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” he is negotiating to become a major owner of the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Company, incorporated and absorb the company’s debt. Olson says he wants to double or triple the production volume by operating the facility more frequently.

West Hawaii State Senator Josh Green tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that state officials don’t think the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority has the power or right to limit beach access. Green says he called the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism director Ted Liu after hearing from residents worried about the potential gate closure after 4:30 pm on weekdays and all weekend long. Green says DBEDT will not allow decreased beach access.

According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will have a new visitor emergency operation center by the fall of 2010. Thanks to federal stimulus funds, park rangers and eruption monitoring crews will have more room to stretch out. The project will replace and more than triple the size of the cramped and dilapidated ranger station.

On MOnday night, the Hilo All-Stars buried Aiea in a 10-0, 5-inning TKO in the state Little League Juniors Baseball Tournament. The win gives the Hilo team the state title and a trip to the Western Regional Tournament in Aliso Viejo, California from August 4 through August 11th.

The Hilo Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Hilo Medical Center’s
commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease. The award will be presented on Friday, July 31, at 2 pm in the Hilo Medical Center’s Main Lobby.