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Hawaii Island News, 23-24 August 2009


The National Weather Service is monitoring Tropical Storm “Hilda” located far to the east of Hilo.  The storm is moving west at about 9 miles per hour with winds near 45 miles an hour.  A weather graphic of the storm can be found on our station website by clicking on the hurricane tracking icon.  Hawaii County Civil Defense will provide daily updates.

Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong wants Hawaii County to disclose the buyer, price, and the intended use for 737 acres of land above Paauilo that is up for sale.  Yagong tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that he wants more public oversight of land sales and for the council to block any deal it finds unaccepable.  The council’s Finance Committee will discuss the matter during its September 1st meeting in Keauhou.

Regular flu shots are now available at the Safeway Supermarket in Hilo from 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays.  On the weekends, flu shots will be given from 10 am to 3 pm.  The cost is $30.  Many insurance plans will cover the cost of the shot, as does the Medicare part B program.  For details, call 959-2000 or your family doctor.

With enrollments increasing at UH-Hilo and the economy continuing to weaken, more student returning to classes find themselves unable to pay for their school expenses.  Jeff Scofield, the financial aid director at UH-Hilo, tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that he is seeing at least a 50 percent increase in applications for financial aid.  Scofield believes 65 to 70 percent of UH-Hilo students are on some kind of assistance. 

(AP).  The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation is honoring pastoral Hawaiian homesteader James P. Akiona with the 2009 Native Hawaiian Advocate Award.  Akiona, who was born and raised in Hilo, will be presented with the honor Tuesday in Honolulu.  The honor recognizes an outstanding advocate of Hawaiian rights.

Local Sports Notes–Just a few days after being tabbed as the team to beat in the Pacific West Conference, the UH-Hilo volleyball team knowcked off a fired-up Alumni squad, 25-15, 25-17, and 25-16 in the UH-Hilo gym.  Pre-season Pac West Player of the Year, Josimara Pinheiro, led the Vulcans with 10 kills and 12 digs.

In BIIF pre-season football, Quarterback Kamaka Lewis accounted for three touchdowns and Chan Spikes capped a 26-point fourth quarter with a 9-yard TD run with 1:16 remaining to lead Hilo to a close 26-22 win over Konawaena.  In other pre-season games, Waiakea beat Kamehameha-Hawaii, 12-0.  HPA swept past Waimea of Kauai, 14-6.

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