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Hawaii Island News, 05 December 2009


Most Hawaii County solid waste transfer stations will be scheduling early morning hours again to accommodate morning commuters with rubbish to dump.  Effective December 15th, 11 transfer stations will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 4:00 p.m.  Transfer stations in Hilo, Honomu, Kealakehe, Kalapana, Milolii, Pahala, Pahoa, Puako, Waimea, and Waiohinu are not affected by the time changes.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and his staff will explain how they plan to deal with the difficult economy at a Kona Town Meeting on Tuesday, December 8th, 6 p.m., at the Makaeo Pavilion at the old Kona Airport.  Residents are welcome to attend and questions for the mayor and his staff are encouraged.

The Hawaii Police Department will hold a community meeting on Tuesday, December 15th, from noon to 2 p.m. at the North Hawaii Intergenerational Center.  the purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the North Kohala District.

The Hawaii Chapter of the American Red Cross has recognized two outstanding volunteers on Hawaii Island.  Stephanie Schroeder was named the 2009 West Hawaii Red Cross Volunteer of the Year at the statewide level.  The 2009 East Hawaii Red Cross Volunteer of the Year is Wesley Kahakua.

The non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau is sponsoring four workshops on Hawaii Island.  The workshops, entitle “We the Powerful”, will help residents discover the public’s power in the legislative process.  The first meeting is set for December 10th, 5:30 p.m., at the Honokaa Public Library.  The second meeting will be held December 14th at the Naalehu School Cafeteria.  The third meeting is set for December 15th at the Hilo Public Library.  The final meeting will be held on December 16th at the Liquor Control Conference Room in Kailua-Kona.   For details, call 974-4000, extension 7-0478.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service are establishing a 14-member citizens’ Laupahoehoe Advisory Council to provide guidance to DLNR and the Forest Service on management issues and plans related to the Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest and state lands in Laupahoehoe.  Those interested in serving on the council should call Roger Imoto at 974-4221.

The “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” has released the All-BIIF girls volleyball teams for 2009.  Player of the Year for the East Division is Waiakea High School senior Chelsey Buyuan.  Player of the Year for the West Division is Honokaa High School senior Kaylene Kanekoa.  East Divsion coach of the year is LeeAnn Maikui of Waiaikea High School.  West Division coach of the year is Michael Fernandez of Honokaa High School.

In the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Football Championship series, Kamehameha (Kapalama) defeated Kahuku, 34-21, to take the Divsion I title.  In the Diivision II  title game, Iolani swept past Kauai, 24-17.

Traffic Adisory for upcountry Kona drivers for tonight–Mamalahoa Highway will be restricted to one-way traffic through Holualoa Village tonight 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 the 6 p.m to 9 p.m. evnet.