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Hawaii Island News, 02 November 2009


(AP).  The Federal Aviation Administration has broken ground for a new $39 million air traffic control tower at the Keahole-Kona International Airport.  The FAA says the new 100-foot tower will p rovide controllers with better views of the airfield.  Construction is to begin in December.  The new tower is expected to be put into use in May 2012.

(AP).  An overflow crowd of more than 1,200 people attend a mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu Sunday to mark the canonization of Saint Damien.  The Vatican made Damien a saint last month.  Damien is revered for selflessly caring for Hawaii’s leprosy patients in the 19th century.

Thousands of local residents and visitors participated in the “All Things Creative” Halloween Block Party this past Saturday in Kailua-Kona.  Funds raised by the event will be used  to support the Hawaii Island Food Basket.  Halloween revelers were treated to a children’s costume parade, a series of costume contests, and three stages of continuous entertainment.  The free event was sponsored by “All Things Creative” and Pacific Radio Group Stations KAPA-FM, Native-FM, and KBIG-FM.

(Honolulu Advertiser).   Hawaii Island police say a 27-year old Kona man driving a moped died early Sunday morning in a crash involving three vehicles.  The drivers of two of the vehicles were arrested on charges of negligent homicide.  The moped driver killed in the 1:56 a.m. accident Sunday on Poinciana and Alii drives was identified as Michael Jauss of Kailua-Kona.

Governor Linda Lingle has released $5.5 million for planning and design of a permanent building for the University of Hawaii Hilo’s College of Pharmacy.  The state legislature approved the funding earlier this year.  The College has admitted students for the last three academic years, sharing classrooms and laboratories with other UH-Hilo departments.  UH-Hilo Chancellor rose Tseng said “a permanent home is absolutely crucial in order for the College of Pharmacy to achieve full accreditation as well as to provide an environment that is conducive to quality educational and research opportunities.”

The Department of Water Supply announces a water shut-off on Wednesday, November 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on both sides of Komohana Street, between U’ilani Place and Mauna Iho Place.  The shut-off is necessary to make a waterline connection for roadside improvements.  Please direct your questions to Mr. Carl Nishimura at 961-8790.

Hawaii Island Police have arrested close to 20 students stemming from a series of violent incidents last Wednesday on the Keaau High School campus.  Police Sgt. Allan Watanabe told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” he did not know if either of the two victims was taken to a doctor or to the emergency room for treatment.