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Hawaii Island News, part 2, 20 March 2010


Due to wet track conditions and scattered showers, today’s (Saturday) pro-gas events at the Hilo Drag Strip have been cancelled.  Racing resumes Sunday, with gates opening at 7 a.m.

On Friday evening, the Big Island lost one of its living treasures.  According to KITV-4, Dorothy Thompson, one of the prime movers in the Merrie Monarch Festival, passed away at her home in Hilo.  Over the span of three decades, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival and Aunty Dottie have been a big part of Hawaii’s cultural life.  Thompson’s daughter, Luana, told KITV-4 that her mother will be remembered for her passion to keep the integrity of Hula intact.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi tells the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin” that he is against imposing an impact fee that requires residential builders to contribute money to develop schools in West Hawaii.  Kenoi says the fee plan is “absolutely the worst place at the worst time.”  Kenoi says the proposed impact fee for building schools is worthy, but discriminates against West Hawaii homebuilders.