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Hawaii Island News, 09 November 2009


To honor the men and women who lost their lives in Fort Hood, Texas, acting Governor James “Duke” Aiona, Jr., on behalf of Governor Linda Lingle, has ordered te Hawaii State Flag at all state and county buildings throughout Hawaii to be flown at half-stff until sunset on Tuesday, November 10th.

Airports Division officials will break ground on a new Hold Cargo and Light Indusrial Building at the Hilo Internationa Airport at 10 a.m. Tuesday November 10th.  The new 60,000 square-foot, steel framed cargo building will be used to accommodate the delivery and transport of goods into Hilo.  Also included in this project will be the consruction of a 50,000 square-yard aron and taxiways designed  support wide-body cargo aircraf

Th state Department of Land and Natural Resources is holding a series of meetings on Hawaii Island to discuss the Kahaualea’a Natural Area Reserve Extension and the Maste Plan update for the Kealakekeua Bay State Historical Park.  The Natural Area Reserve meeting wil be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, November 12th, at the Volcano Cooper Center.  The Kealakekua Bay scoping meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 14th, at the Konawaena Elementary School Cafeteria.

(Pacific Business News).  Hawaii hotel room revenues fell 19.8 percent to $1.84 billin for the year to date throug September.  That’s $455 million less evenue as compared with the first three quarters of last year.

Mental Health Kokua has received a grant of $5,000 from the Bank of Hawaii Charitable Foundation to support Group Home Repairs and Renovations in Hilo and Kailua-Kona.  Mental Health Kokua’s transitional and supportive housing programs provide safe and stabliizing places for aults with serious mental illness to live with trained staff on site up to 24 hours a day.  The Hilo Office is located at  208 Wainaku Avenue.  he Kailua-Kona Office is located at 75-166 Kalani Street, Suite 103.

Parker Ranch will sell  its real esate arm in an attempt to  liquidate assets and trim operating costs following a year of finacial losses.  Bill Maris, the Chief Operating Oficer for Parker Ranch, Inc., tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the sale to Clark Realty Corporation will be effective on December 1st.  Maris says the sale is part of the Parker Ranch’s overall strategy of moving out of its non-core businesses, including general real estate brokerage.  The terms of the sale were not released.

UH-Hilo has received millions of dollars to expand one building, plan for anoter, and to pay for various deferred maintenace projects.  According to a press release from the governor’s office, the funds are part of more than $200 released by Governor Lingle during the last quarter for renovations and new construction at UH campuses statewide.  The funds include $27.5 million to design and renovate the UH-Hilo Student Services Building.  Another $1 million were released for the continued design of a College of Hawaiian Studies Building.  $107 million will go toward system-wide repairs.  UH-Hilo will get air conditioning upgrades, new roofs, parking repairs and repaving, fire protection, and building modernization.

(AP).  An additional 14 weeks of federal benefits will be available t unemployed workers in Hawaii who previously exhausted their emergency unemployment compensation benefits.  Darwin Ching, the director of the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations says the department will mail out notices to all claimants who have exhausted their 33 weeks of benefits and may be eligible for extra benefits under new federal guidelines.