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Hawaii Island News, 08 September 2009


Puna councilwoman Emily Naeole has told Hawaii’s congressional delegation that major improvements are needed at the Pohoiki Boat Ramp–now the second businest in the state.  Naeole called the increasing mixed use of the area a “recipe for accidents and mishaps.”  Naeole told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that she is pursuing an ambitious plan to create a safe swimming area by dredging the coastline near where Highway 137 floods during high tide.

The Hawaii Police Department is asking for your help in finding 35-year old Jason Adams, who was last seen leaving his Mountain View home Friday morning.  He was driving a silver 2000 Nissan Frontier pickup truck with a makeshift pipe rack attached to the tailgate.  Police found the truck abandoned on the Onomea Scenic route on Saturday.

Some of Hawaii’s finest musicians displayed their talent at the annual Hawaiian Slack Key Festival this past Sunday on the great lawn of the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa.  The free event brought together artists ranging from the traditional to the contemporary to those pushing the traditional envelope of local music.  Slack key guitarist John Keawe told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”  that Aloha is the heart of slack key, an element promoted by pianist George Winston, who opened the door for slack key musicians and recorded their music.

(AP).   Education and legal experts say Kamehameha school officials should have informed authorities that a 12-year old student reported being sexually assaulted on campus.  University of Hawaii professor Michael D ‘ Andrea says private and public schools are “obligated” to call police when a crime has been committed.  The school says it relies on parents to file criminal reports.

(AP).  The University of Hawaii has reported to the NCAA the improper use of two Rainbow Wahine volleyball players in advertisements published by the “Honolulu Advertiser.”  But UH athletic director Jim Donovan says there will be no penalties for the students depicted in an ad for a car dealership in the volleyball program distributed at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii County will resurface one mile of the Kuakini Highway starting below Highway 11 to Pottery Terrace starting Thursday, September 10th.  Roadwork will be done between 8 am and 5 pm weekdays.  One lane will be closed.  Motorists are advised to use Walua Road or Lunapule to enter Pottery Terrace and Highway 11 or Ali’i Drive to enter Kailua-Kona.  Also, roads in and around Sea view Circle are scheduled to be resurfaced late this month.

The state Department of Transportation advises Big Island motorists of alternating single lane closures on Volcano Road between the Keaau Bypass Road and the Panaewa Bridge in the Volcano-bound direction.  Work begins today and will last at leasth through Friday.

Motorists are being asked to drive carefully near the Queen Kaahumanu Highway, where various construction projects are underway.  Electronic message boards will be placed around construction sites and special duty officers will be on site to direct traffic.