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Hawaii Island News, 03 May 2011

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State officials tell the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” that they are looking to build a new baseyard in West Hawaii.  The draft environmental impact assessment released last week describes the current facility in Captain Cook as “old and in very poor physical condition, and lacks adequate storage areas.”  Department of Accounting and General Services officials believe the new baseyard will have no significant impact on the environment.  The new baseyard will be located on state property on the Hawaii Belt Road in Keauhou.

(AP).  A Hawaii County police contract for sensitivity training has been cancelled amid questions that the bid was given to the mayor’s 2008 campaign manager.  “West Hawaii Today” reports that Mayor Billy Kenoi canceled the planned contract and that campaign manager Christian Kimo Alameda will instead conduct one training session for free.  Police officials told the newspaper that the initial class for 40 officers would cost less than $500 and that costs for the remainder of the department had yet to be determined.  Alameda is director of mulitcultural services for the state Department of Health.  Alameda says the police chief approached him after holding sensitivity training for Maui police and that he doesn’t believe being a campaign manager is a conflict of interest.

On Sunday, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program honored Hawaii’s top two youth volunteers at the 16th annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Those honored included 17-year-old Natalie Mohr of Kailua-Kona, who has been a key volunteer for the past six years at an exotic wildlife refuge and 14-year-old Carly Button of Waialua, who co-founded a nonprofit organization to help disadvantaged children around the world.  The two Hawaii students received personnal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo marks a historical milestone when the College of Pharmacy awards its first Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at spring commencement on Saturday, 14 May, 9 a.m., at the Edith Kanakaole Stadium.  Dean John Pezzuto, who has spent 30 years in academic pharmacy, described the class of 2011 as “dynamic and self-driven pioneers.”  He said their graduaton will clearly be marked as one of the most joyous days in the institution’s history.

Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has announced that family medicine physician Eric Lindborg, MD, will increase his time at the new South Kona clinic to four days–Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.  With this schedule change, Kaiser Permanente is improving access to pediatric and adult care for the South Kona community.  Dr. Lindborg is accepting new patients at the clinic.  The new Kaiser Permanente South Kona Clinic opened in November of last year and is located near Sakamoto Electric.  For details, call 334-4400.

The Kamehameha Schools Public Education Support Division has awarded the Hawaii State Library System a $25,000 grant for academic support materials in nine state libraries.  The funds have been used to buy library materials for students from preschool to age 20.  Among the libraries getting financial support for the project are the Keaau Public and School Library, the Naalehu Public Library, and the Pahoa Public and Schoo Library.

Hawaii state news briefs:

(AP).  A federal appeals court in California has heard arguments about a lawsuit challenging the U.S. citizenship of President Barack Obama, despite the release of his detailed birth certificate last week.  Attorneys Gary Kreep and Orly Taitz appeared Monday before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena.  They argued that the lawsuit, which was dismissed two years ago, be remanded back to U.S. District Judge David Carter.

(AP).  Hawaii families in danger of losing their homes will be able to meet their lenders face-to-face in an attempt to avoid foreclosure, accroding to a broad overhaul of state foreclosure laws nearing approval.  The 102-page bill calls for a dispute resolution process to begin facilitating potential loan modifications by October.  The measure is scheduled for final votes today.

(AP).  Work has resumed at Oahu’s oldest church and Christian cemetery for construction of a multi-purpose building.  Construction was halted two years ago after trhe church found 69 sets of human remains while digging trenches for utility lines.  The church voluntarily stopped the work and conferred with state agencies about how to proceed.

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Community news:

Honaunau School is bringing back its famous May Day Celebration on Saturday, 7 May, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   For details, call REna Grace at 328-2727.

InPeace, the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, brings you “Keiki Steps to Kindergarten”–a FREE, 3-week summer transition program for children with little or no preschool experience.  For details on this free program, visit inpeace-hawaii.org.

Hawaii HomeWonership Center is offering classes and counseling to help you prepare to buy a home.  Live and online classes are available.  There is no charge while subsidy funds last.  The next class in Hilo is 5 May and 6 May.  There is also a class in Kona on 7 May.  Deadline to apply is today, 3 May.  Visit hihomeownership.org.

Summer Art in the Park.  Calling all youth, teens, adults, artists and volunteers to participate in a mural and solar powered concert celebration.  The event takes place on Saturday, 30 July, in Waimea Park.  Mural entries can be submitted to www.youthhorizonshawaii.org.  You can also call 640-5482 or 990-6380.  Deadline for mural entries is 31 May.

Hawaii Island weather for Tuesday, 03 May 2011:

Hilo and vicinity–Mostly cloudy with numerous showers…isolated thunderstorms possible by late afternoon.

Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Partly sunny…scattered showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Highs 80-85.  Lows 66-71.  East winds around 15 mph.

Hawaii Island surf forecast for Tuesday, 03 May 2011:

Hapuna Beach breaks–flat.  Kona-Banyans–1-2.  Ka’u-Pohoiki–1-3.  Hilo-Honolii–1-3.  Keaukaha–1.  Hamakua-North Kohala–1-3.

Russ Roberts, News Department

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