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Hawaii Island News, 03 November 2009


Funeral arrangements have been set for hula master George Naope, who died on October 26th at age 81.  Friends may call at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium on Friday, November 6th, from 1 pm to 9 pm, where a wake service will be held at 5:30 pm.  Friends may also call on Saturday, November 7th, from 9 am to 5 pm, where a funeral service will be held at 1 pm.  The family requests that aloha attire be worn to the closed casket services.

Police are asking for your help in finding 15-year old Meghan Olcott, who was reported missing from her Hilo home Sunday evening.  Meghan is 5′ 5″, weighs 128 pounds, and has curly red hair and blue eyes.  If you have any information on this case, call police at 935-3311.

(AP).  The Federal Emergency Management Agency is offering a $176,000 grant to provide crisis counseling in American Samoa in the aftermath of a deadly tsunami.  The agency says 24 crisis couselors are visiting villages to conduct outreach, education, and referrals.  The September 29th tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.3 earthquake killed 34 people in American Samoa, 183 in Western Samoa, and nine in Tonga.

(AP).  The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what a small plan was doing on a runway of Honolulu International Airport, force a Hawaiian Airlines jet to abort its landing. An FAA spokesman says there was no immediate danger of a collision involving Hawaiian Flight 383 from Hilo on Thursday.

According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, two measures supported by Hawaii County Councilwoman Emily Naeole are expected to go down in defeat this week, because she won’t be able to participate in the voting.  Naeole has informed Council Chairman J. Yoshimoto she will be off island until this Friday because she’s honeymooning on Maui.  One measure authorizes the county to sell 737 acres of land near Paauilo.  The other would require the administration to come back for council approval of all major land sales.  Both measures are up for council action on Wednesday.  Without Naeole present, the votes would be 4-4, effectively killing the bills.

(AP).  Big Island police have identified a 7-year old girl who was fatally injured while she participated in a hay ride during a Halloween night church function.  Acting Sgt. Robert Pauole says Emily Midgley of Hawaiian Ocean View Estates was run over Saturday night when she jumped off a trailer being pulled by a pickup truck.  Pauole says the accident happened at the end of the hay ride as the truck and trailer were coming to a stop in the parking lot of the Ocean View Evangelical Community Church.  The girl was pronounced dead at the Kona Community Hospital.  Police don’t believe speed or alcohol were factors in the accident.

Notice to motorists:  On Friday, November 6th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Alii Drive will be closed from Palani Road to Hualalai Road for the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Lantern Parade.

The Department of Water Supply will shut-off water to both side of Komohana Street on Wednesday, from 9 am to 1 pm, to make a waterline connection for roadside improvements.  The affected area runs from U’ilani Plance to Mauna Iho Place. 

The Thelma Parker Memorial Public and Schoo Library in Kamuela will be closed from November 9th to November 30th for repairs due to previous earthquake damage.  The Library’s book drop will remain open during the closure.

Volunteers are needed for the HPP Community litter pickup on Saturday.  Meet at the HPP Activity Center, 16th and Maku’u between 8-10 am.  Participants will be given the proper tools, gloves, bottled water, and refreshments.  For details call the Neighborhood Watch at 966-4500.