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Big Island News, 03 August 2009


Four thousand canoe paddlers representing 60 racing associations crowded the Hilo Bay Front on Saturday for the Hawaii Canoe Racing Association’s State Championship. Congratulations to the Puna Canoe Club for taking the AAA title and to the Keaukaha Canoe Club for taking the AA title.

The Hawaii Police Department conducted its last two marijuana eradication raids just before funding ran out on June 30th. Assistant Police Chief Marshall Kanehailua told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that there is no money left for eradication efforts, other than a small amount left over from a previous grant. Last November, voters passed a law making adult personal use of marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority, with the council mandated not to accept any funds for the marijuana eradication program.

(AP). The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa on the Big Island has been sold to the Bank of America after the resort’s owner defaulted on its mortgage with giant lender. The bank’s winning bid was $8 million dollars. Koa Hotel LLC defaulted last year with about $60 million dollars remaining on its loan.

(AP). A 21-year college student will spend 30 days in jail for exploding “bottle bombs” on the UH-Hilo campus. Edward Emerson Wine II pleaded no contest to first-degree terroristic threatening charges in a deal with county prosecutors.

A Singapore capital group will provide $62 million dollars in financing for the first phase of a 1,000 acre master-planned subdivision mauka of the Mauna Lani Resort. According to “Pacific Business News”, DW Aina Lea Development, LLC has signed a financing agreement with Capital Asia, which will raise money for the first phase of the project. The project will include 385 affordable town homes.

The Hawaii State Commission on the Staus of Women has reserved seats for two young Hawaii Island women in the 11th grade to attend Governor Linda Lingle’s 2009 International Women’s Leadership Conference on September 22nd at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel and Resort. For details, call Jean at 961-8316.

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