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Hawaii Island News, 30 November 2009


The future of Laupahoehoe School will be discussed at a public meeting today at 6:30 p.m. in the Humanities Room of the Laupahoehoe Public Library.  The meeting will bring the community up to date on the Conversion Charter planning process and on the recent federal grant obtained to facilitate that purpose.

(AP). World AIDS Day will be observed during several events state-wide.  The Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation will hold a memorial service at Hilo’s Liliuokalani Park.  Kona Community Hospital, Kohala Hospital, and teh Hospice of Kona will display “Living Positive in Hawaii,” a photo display of HIV-positive individuals.

Work on Palani Road in North Kona begins today and will continue through December 14th.  From November 30th to December 4th, Palani Road will be resurfaced and widened near Grace Community Church between 8 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.  Off-duty police officers will direct traffic.  Motorists should expect delays.  During the week of December 7th through December 14th,  the contractor will work on a water system for Grace Community Church.  Traffic will not be affected.

In a move toward financial self-sufficiency, the Department of Environmental Magement wants to create and raise waste disposal fees.  Envrionmental Management Director Lono Tyson tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”  a controversial “pay as you throw” plan that would charge between $2 and $2.50 per bag for residential garbage will not be a popular decision.   Tyson says “these are hard times and hard decisions have to be made.”

The County of Hawaii Planning Department will be accepting applications for the Hamakua Community Development Plan Steering Committee until Friday, December 11th.  The Steering committee is a volunteer, community-based working committee that supports the Hamakua CDP to ensure that the process meaningfully involves diverse stakeholders and that the CDP reflects community values, vision, and priorities.  Application packets can be downloaded at www.

(AP).  Hawaii is one of several American tourist destinations vying fiercely for the vast and largely untapped new market known as the Chinese traveller.  Tourism officials in Hawaii and many other U.S. destinations expect millions of Chinese to visit in coming years, a result of strong growth in China’s economy and in the size of its middle and upper classes.  State tourism officials are preparing for these new visitors by sending industry workers to learn Chinese cultural tips and phrases in Mandarin.

The Department of Water Supply will be closing Hailai Street between Halai Stree and Alae Street for the changing of a service lateral.  The work and road closure will occur on Friday, December 11th, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, please call 961-8050.

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