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Hawaii Island News, part II, 06 February 2010


Parents, community members, and employees at Laupahoehoe High and Elementary School are deciding the fate of the Hamakua Coast school this week.  Residents are being asked to vote on converting the school to a public charter school.  A simple majority would allow the Laupahoehe Alumni and Community Association to apply to the state to change the school to a public charter school.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, the school is currently on the Department of Education’s school closure/consolidation list because of low enrollment.

The Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission has voted 6-0 to approve a proposed 57-unit housing project on a site near the Hilo Police Station.  According to the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald:, Vincent Tai’s “Hualalai Court would consist of 47 attached townhouses, along with either 10 market-rate or 15 affordable multiple family units.  The homes would be sold as fee simple and could be built in a couple of years after the project is rezoned and financing is obatined.

The $9.3 million HIlo refuse reload facility will be completed this month near the Hilo landfill.  Solid Waste Division Director Michael Dworsky tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the mission of the original project was changed after the life of the Hilo landfill was extended.  The reload staiton was reconfigured into a recycling center for commercial waste.  That use will be enhanced by a commercial recycling fee and a ban on commercial recyclables in the landfill.

NFL Football players and NFL cheerleaders will be holding Youth Clinics for Hawaii Island students on Tuesday, February 9th, 3 p.m., at Kealakehe High Schoo and on Wednesday, February 10th, 3 p.m., at Keaau High School.  Players and cheerleaders also will visit local schools for assemblies before the clinics as part of a program focusing on motivating youth to realize their dreams and maximizing their potential.  For information on the Youth Clinics, call Rita Miller at 937-3815.

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