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Hawaii Island News, 17 October 2009


Thanks to Captain Kurt Bell of Fair Wind Cruises, there is documentary proof that 6 to 8 foot tidal surges swept through Keauhou Bay the day an 8.0 earthquake and tsunami struck American and Western Samoa.  Charles McCreery, the director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, admitted to the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin” that there were no tidal gauges at Keauhou Bay to record the event.  Photos carried by the “Guava Bee” website show tidal surges entering Keauhou Bay at 2:30 pm, September 29th.  The Tsunami Warning Center says it will consider adding a tidal guage at Keauhou Bay.

This morning at 9:30 am, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Environet, a locally owned environmental remediation company, will hold a new hire orientation seminar for recent graduates of an entry level Unexploded Ordnance Technician’s course that Hawaii Community College recently offered.  Hawaii Island Mayor Billy Kenoi praided the U.S. Army for its commitment to the cleanup of the Big Island and for the significant investment made in making Hawaii County safer for its residents and visitors.

The Department of Parks and Recreation announces that the West Hawaii Veterans Cemetery III expansion project is almost done.  The project includes building a new access road, comfort station, committal shelter, maintenance building, cremains garden and a memorial walkway.  For safety reasons, the cemetery will be closed October 28-30 for movement of the columbaria to its permanent location in the cremains garden.  For more details, call 961-8311.

(AP).  State health workers warn that there’s a line to receive the newly arrived swine flu vaccines.  State Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo says people who are most at risk, such as children and pregnant women, will get first priority.  Health care workers and people with underlying health conditions also get priority.

(AP).  More than 100 students and faculty crowded this week’s meeting of the University of Hawaii board of regents meeting at UH-Manoa to protes the general fund cuts to the university.  Some waved signs saying, “support schools, not banks” and “capitalism is the crisis.”  Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw said the cuts are hurting but her campus can’t be exempt from reductions.

UH-Hilo advises motorists that the traffic signal at the UH-Hilo main entrance intersection on West Kawili Street is scheduled to begin normal operation starting Thursday, October 22nd at 9:00 am.  Lights will be placed on flashing operation beginning Wednesday, October 21st.  Motorists are encouraged to use extra caution during the initial familiarization period.

Baggae claim area designations at the Hilo International Airport will be modified beginning Sunday, October 18th to accommodate construction work on a window improvements project in the arcade building.  Baggae claim area C will be assigned to Mokulele and go! Airlines.  Baggage claim area D will be used by Hawaiian Airlines.  Completion of the six-month project is anticipated in March 2010.

Forest City, in partnership with the State of Hawaii, invites you to attend a second plannin workshop for Kamakana Village At Keahuolu, the mixed-use affordable housing community planned for the Keahuolu ahupua’a.  The meeting will be held Monday, October 19th, 5 pm, at the Ekahi Ballroom in King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.  For details, call Lauar Aquino at 326-7820.

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