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Hawaii Island News, 02 December 2009


The final two parts of a plan to manage Mauna Kea were presented to the public Tuesday evening at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.  The new sub-plans deal with public access and telescope decommissioning.  Another public meeting is set for today at the Kahilu Theatre in Waimea, with a follow-up meeting Thursday at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.  Both meeting begin at 4:30 p.m.

Kilauea’s ongoing eruption will be highlighted at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting December 14th through December 18th in San Francisco.  Hawaiian Volcano and University of Hawaii-Manoa scientists will present observations and interpretations of Kilauea’s activity in this year’s program.

Hawaii Police have renewed their investigation of a reported home invasion robbery that occurred in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa.  Puna Patrol officers told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that an unknown man entered a woman’s home and demanded marijuana.  The suspect left the house with an undisclosed amount of personal belongings.  Anyone with leads in this case should call police at 935-3311.

The Hawaii Police Department is warning residents of a possible telephone scam.  A Puna woman told police that a man claiming to be a representative of the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” newspapaer was soliciting funds for a “neighborhood give back” program.  The woman’s caller ID showed that the call was not from the newspaper.  Police have confirmed that the newspaper was not asking for funds.

Hawaii County residents who live in homes built with post and pier foundations are invited to a special FEMA workshop on recommended earthquake retrofits this Saturday, 8:30 a.m., at the UCB Auditorium on the UH-Hilo campus.  The presentation includes a preview of an exciting new interactive electronic tool being developed at UH-Hilo.  For reservations, call 974-7631.

Traffic advisories–Mamalahoa Highway will be restricted to one-way traffic through Holualoa Village this Saturday between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., for the annual Music & Light Festival.  Police officers will only allow alternating north and south bound traffic between the Imin Center and Holualoa School during that period. 

On Thursday,  December 3rd, the Naalehu Elementary School Community Council will host its second community dinner and meeting.  Everyone is invited to share a  FREE spahhetti dinner followed by a meetin to discuss the final draft of the academic plan.  For details, call Principal Teddy Burgess at 939-2413.

(AP).  Budge cuts may force the state Elections Office to close 40 percent of the state’s polling places for next year’s gubernatorial and other major elections.  A plan released by Chief Elections Officer Kevin Cronin says his tiny agency has been hampered by budget cuts and has far too little money to hire necessary seasonal staff to train a sufficient number of volunteers for the 2011 balloting.