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Hawaii Island News, 15 October 2010

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Due to the breakdown of the Haina Well pump, Department of Water Supply customers in the Honokaa area will be provide drinking water from an emergency source beginning October 14th for a period of up to six (6) months.  this source maynot meet all drinking water standards.  Customers are advised to keep informed on the quality of their drinking water by contacting the Department of Water Supply.  For details, call 961-8070, ext. 257.

The Hawaii Fire Department has ended its search for a missing bodyboarder who reportedly drowned off of Kaimu Beach fronting the Kalapana Village Care.  The body was lost in the white wash and was not seen again.

The Kona Community Hospital has announced that Kathryn Harter has been appointed the Interim Chief Executive Officer for the hospital.  She is currently the hospital’s Chief Nurse Executive.  Her new position starts on November 1st.

Hawaii residents have debated for years how the leadership structure of state’s educational system should be changed.  On November 2nd, voters will have the chance to make a significant shift in how our schools are run.  A proposed amendment would allow the governor to appoint and hold accountable members of the Board of Education, who would be responsible for selecting a schools superintendent.  Board members are now elected.

Legislative Auditor Coleen Schrandt tells the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that her office will audit Hawaii County’s Parks  and Recreation and Public Works Departments.  Past audits have found contracts with the county have exceeded costs by at least 10 percent.  Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong says he is preparing legilation requiring the county administration to provide monthly reports to the council on all contracts incurring change orders higher than 10 percent.

Hawaii County police have arrested a suspected drug dealer after officers served a search warrant on his Orchidland Estates home.  Forty-nine year old Keith Frendo is charged with a variety of drug offenses.  Lt. Richard Sherlock, the commander of the Hilo Vice Section, told the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that the investigation was triggered by a tip from the special “ICE” hotline.  Frendo will appear in court next Thursday afternoon.

A 15-year old Hilo girl is recovering from her fourth heart operation.  Natazza kahunahana was discharged from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego after a cathererization procedure.  Natazza, sophomore at Waiakea High School, was born with complex single ventricle, a birth defect that left her heart with only one pumping chamber.  The family is accepting donations to help defray expenses.  You can contact Rosemary Hokoana at 50 Ohuohu st., Hilo, HI, 96720.

Police have charged a 38-year old Hilo man with robbery stemming from an incident October 7th at the downtown Hilo branch of Hawaii National Bank.  Daniel Alcaraz was arrested on Wednesday and charged with second-degree robbery for his actions at the bank.  Bail for Alcaraz has been set at $5,000.

Big Island police are warning the public about a possible telephone scam.  A Mountain View woman reported that an unidentified woman with what sounded like a southern acent called her cell phone from a blocked number and claimed that her phone service would be shut off due to an outstanding bill.  The caller did not disclose what company she supposedly worked for.  The caller solicited payment over the phone.  Police advise the public never to give credit card information over the phone without verifying that the call is legitimate.

The Kona Community Development Plan’s Action Committee is inviting the public to a meeting at 2 p.m. on October 27th ways to vitalize the economy of Kona and for a review of Priority Projects for 2011.  The discussion will also cover the status of proposals to raise money to finance the committee’s goals, a review of the draft Village Design Guidelines, recommendations for calibration to local conditions of nationally recognized designs for how to lay out communities.  The meeting will be held at the Mayor’s Conference Room at Hanama Place.

Notice to motorists.  On Saturday, the south bound lane on Highway 11 in Kealakekua, fronting Sakamoto Electric, will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  HELCO will be installing a utility pole.  Also on Saturday, the mauka lane fronting 31 East Lanikaula street in Hilo will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Loefler Construction will be installing a new sewer line for the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Community news:  Workers at the Hospice of Hilo will hold a benefit fundraiser garage sale on Saturday, November 6th, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, at 261 Kuhilani Street.  Proceeds from the sale will be donated to a co-worker to help defray costs she has incurred due to illness.

Community news:  On Saturday, October 23rd, Ka’u will hold its first “Clunkers to Classics” car show for all cars made before 1985.  The event will raise money to buy computers for the 8th graders at Naalehu School.  Activities include an engine elimnation contest, a classic car show, food, and entertainment.  The event will take place one mile south of the Ocean View Town Center, Makai side of the Highway.  For details, call Dorothy Antolin at 895-0491.

Community news:  On Friday, October 22nd, the Rotary Club of North Hawaii will present its 10th Annual Oktoberfest to raise money for community organization grants and local high school scholarships.  The event will take place at Pukalani Stables in downtown Waimea.  Tickets are available at the Kamuela Liquor Store, Waimea Country School, Bentley’s at the Parker Square, and at the Waimea branches of Bank of Hawaii and First Hawaiian Bank.

Community news:  You are invited to a free workshop entitled “Financial Savvy in a Volatile Market” on October 19th, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant in Kamuela.  A round of free workshops will be held October 21st, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., at Anderson Wealth Planning in Kailua-Kona.  For details, call 327-5410.

Please submit your community news items at least two weeks before your event.  You can send items to our fax line at 935-0396 or to rroberts@pacificradiogroup.com.

You’re invited to participate in our station news polls.  Our new question concerns a proposed amendment on the general election ballot that would permit the governor to appoint members of the Board of Education.  You can also indicate your preference for governor on the poll question below the Board of Education question.

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