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Hawaii Island News, 16 October 2009


KTA superstores will soon remove a downtown building as part of a $1.2 million renovation of its grocery store. KTA vice president of administrative services, Andrew Chun, told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that he is proceeding with the demoliton of the 7,700 square foot building located at Mamo and Keaw streets.  the bulding is attached to the downtown Hilo KTA sotre.  Chun said he has a demolition permit and that the work would begin on Saturday, November 8th.

Almost 3,500 people have signed up t ouse an automated emergency notification system, which the county bought for two more years at a cost of $35,500.  Since JUne of 2008, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency has used City Watch, which calls and e-mails residents about local emergencies.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, residents who wish to get on the call list shuld go to the City Watch Web site and complete an application.

The state has begun a massive flu shot program in the public schools.  On Thursday, health department workers, college of pharmacy students, and parent volunteers showed up at Keonepoko elementary school to start the vaccination program.  The next flu shot clinic is set for October 19th at Hilo Union School.

A grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and some help from Hawaii County will clear the way for construction of a canoe shed at the Old Kona Airport Park.  Kai Opua Canoe Club vice president Jerry Halverson told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the $300,000 grant plus assistance from the county and a North Kona developer will help the project go forward.

Domestic violence victims will be remembered today at the 21st Annual Domestic Vilence Family Peace Walk and Vigil.  Participants will meet at 4:15 pm at the Kamehameha Statue on Hilo’s Bayfront.  The walk will end at the Mooheau Park Bandstand.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the event is part of that observance.  The  campaign will end with Saturday’s “Walk a Mile in her shoes” event at 10:30 am from the downtown Hilo YWCA building to the Bandstand.

Seniors, some county administrators, and Puna’s County Council member will share space in the Pahoa Fire Station once a replacement for the old station opens.  County officials said that senior citizens would get a main part of the old station once the new facility is built.  Part of the old station will be used for a variety of county services, including immigration processing, the issuing of licenses, and the processing of permits.

Baggage claim area designations at the Hilo International Airport will be modified beginning Sunday, October 18th, to accommodate construction work on a window improvement project in the arcade building.  Only baggage claim areas C and D will be available until the project is done in March 2010.  Claim area C will be for Mokulele and go! Airlines, while claim area D will be used by Hawaiian Airlines.

(AP).  An invasive ant species has been found on Maui.  The state Department of  Agriculture syas the litle fire ant was found at a farm in Waihee earlier this month.  The tiny, pale, orange-colored ants are native to South America and have been causing problems in Hawaii County since 1999. This is the first time any fire ants have been found on Maui.

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