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Hawaii Island News, 04 January 2011


The “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reports that County Council members meeting at the Sheraton Keauhou approved adding $5.5 million to the capital improvements budget for a new public park in Hawaiian Paradise Park.  The vote came despite concerns that members of the HPP Owners Association did not have full agreement to transfer 20 acres for the part to the county.  Council members deferred action on upgrades to the Waiohinu recycling and transfer station and a $500,000 building at the Hilo landfill until their February 1st meeting.

On Monday, County Council members agreed that the county’s affordable housing policy needs some changes.  Those changes will be refined in the months ahead.  The “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reports that Kohala councilman Peter Hoffman wants to prevent developers from making their affordable homes available only to those earning 140 percent of the island’s median income.

Jeff Nashio and Rojei Jonithan of Kailua-Kona had their newborn son, Elles Kekoa Harry, at the Kona Community Hospital on Saturday, January 1st, at 12:25 a.m.  Elles is the first baby born this year at the Kona Community Hospital.  The new arrival weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces and was 19.5 inches “tall”.  KCH nurses and staff celebrated the birth with a presentation of a first baby package for the family, including generous gifts from community merchants and individuals, who donated gifts from Choice Mart, Floral Expressions by Lisa, Keei Cafe, Longs Drug Store Keauhou, Oshima Store, Robert Thomas Photography, and Teshima’s Restaurant.

“West Hawaii Today” reports that a 16-year-old girl died and two others were injured Thursday afternoon after the oldest girl lost control and flipped an all-terrain vehicle on Pratt Road in Kapaau.  The victim, Malia Vea of Kailua-Kona, apparently lost control, overturned,a nd struck a pole.

“Hawaii 24/7” reports that average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 4.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.68 per gallon as of Sunday.  This compares with the national average that has increased 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.05 per gallon.  Including the change in gas prices in Hawaii during the past week, prices were 39.5 cents per gallon higher than the same period last year.

(AP).  A Hawaii nonprofit that works to prevent the spread of HIV and help people living with HIV and AIDS is receiving a $7,500 from Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.  The gift to the Life Foundation is expected to support HIV prevention, case management, and patient care for Native Hawaiians.

Hawaii Island police report that a 70-year-old Pahoa man died Saturday, January 1st, in a motor vehicle/motorcycle crash in Hawaiian Beaches.  Police identified the dead motorcycle driver as James F. Hurd of a Pahoa address.  Puna police officers  determined that Hurd’s Kawasaki motorcylce was traveling west on Kahakai Boulevard when it collided with a Honda sedan traveling north.  The sedan had pulled out from Aweoweo Street after it had stopped at a stop sign.  The 16-year-old driver of the sedan was not injured.  Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have begun a negligent homicide investigaton and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.  The victim was wearing a helmet.

The state Department of Health urges parents of children ages 11 and 12 years to get their preteens vaccinated against serious, and sometimes life-threatening diseases, including pertussis, meningococcal, Human papillomavirus, and influenza infections.  Even with treatment, meningococcal infection can kill 10 percent of those infected.  Papillomavirus can cause cervical cancer.  For more information, call your preteen’s doctor or health care professional.

(AP).  President Barack Obama took his family and friends for a final vacation treat before heading back to Washington, D.C.  After an afternoon at the beach, the Obama party stopped at Island Snow for shave ice.  First lady Michelle Obama, their daughters, and about a dozen friends joined the president.  The Obamas left Hawaii last night.  Lisa Kubota of “Hawaii News Now” filed this report late last night.  Click on tab to hear the story. 010411-President’s departure

Community news:  Nurturing Families is ready for another free parenting class at Kealakehe Elementary School this month.  Free massages will be available to parents signing up for the course.  For information, go to

Community news:  The Fern Acres Community Association will hold its open market and yard sale-a-bration this Saturday, 08 January, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community Association clubhouse.  For details, call Shelly at 968-6006.

Community news:  January is “Volcano Awareness Month.”  During the month, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory will promote the importance of understanding and respecting the volcanoes on which we live by offering a series of public programs.  During the week of 03 January to 08 January, Hawaii residents and visitors are invited to attend teh following events:  “What happened during Kilauea’s deadly 1790 eruption”, 07 January, 7 p.m., at the UH-Hilo Wentworth Hall 1.  The lecture is free.  The second event is “Take a hike to Mauna Ulu”–a 3-mile guided hike to the site of Kilauea’s 1969-1974 east rift zone eruption led by HVO geologist Don Swanson.  The hike is free, but Park entrance fees apply.  For details, call 967-8844.

Pet Possee.  Lost dog–female German short-hair pointer.  Last seen in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.  Call 929-9294.

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Hawaii Island weather for Tuesday, 04 January 2011.  Hilo and vicinity–partly cloudy with scattered showers.  Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Mostly sunny and hazy…turning  mostly cloudy by late afternoon…some isolated showers.  Highs 75-80.  Lows 66-71.  Northeast winds around 15 mph.

Hawaii Island surf forecast for Tuesday, 04 January 2011.  High surf warning for west facing shores starting tonight.  Hapuna  Beach breaks–3-5.   Kona-Banyans–2-4.   Ka’u-Pohoiki–2-3.  Hilo-Honolii–2-3.  Keaukaha–1-2.  Hamakua-North Kohala–2-3.

Russ Roberts, News Department

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