The Hawaii County Redistricting Commission has begun its task of redrawing district boundaries to reflect population trends from the 2010 Federal Census. The “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reports the task will be challenging, since population on Hawai Island has grown 24.5 percent, creating district disparities. The county charter requires population variations to be corrected each decade to conform with census results. Commission member Patrick Kahawaiolaa says creating districts with 20,500 people each won’t be easy, saying “someone is alway going to be unhappy.”
The “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” reports that a well-known mixed martial arts fighter is facing first-degree burglary and second-degree theft charges in Hilo Circuit Court. Wesley John Correira, Jr., also known as “Cabbage”, pleaded not guilty to the charges on Thursday. Trial is set for 01 August before Circuit Judge Glenn Hara. Correira is accused of burglarizing a home in Hawaiian Paradise Park on 01 September 2009.
Hawaii-based military units will convoy between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. today (Friday) between the Army Reserve Center near the Hilo International Airport to the Pohakuloa Training Area via Lanikaula and Mohouli streets, Komohana avenue, Kaumana Drive, and Saddle Road. On Sunday, between noon and 2 p.m., the reserve units will use the same roads to return to Hilo.
(AP). The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has confirmed detection of a Coffee Berry Borer infestation at a Big Island farm. The department says surveys are being conducted in the Ka’u coffee-growing area to determine the extent of the infestation. The small beetle native to Central Africa is a major threat to coffee bean crops. This is the first detection of infestation on a Ka’u farm.
“West Hawaii Today” reports that Kona Community Hospital officials are opposing a request from Hawaii Radiologic Associates to add an MRI macnine in Kailua-Kona. Kona Community Hospital CEO Jay Kreuzer says the original certificate of need “was justified on the number of procedures in Hilo, but they (Hawaii Radiologic Associates) want to put the machine in Kona.” Kreuzer notes that “the need isn’t in Kona for two machines.” Kona Community Hospital is replacing its existing MRI machine with a large bore MRI this summer. This machine is much larger than the MRI device currently in use.
Two UH-Hilo students have been awarded prestigious Study Abroad Scholarships in the amounts of $4,000 and $4,500, respectively. Twin sisters Sabrina and Samantha Hanabaga, both graduates of Keaau High School and alumni of the Upward Bound Program, received awards from the summer Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Progam. The Hanabaga sisters will be participating in UH-Hilo’s Castellano en Peru program starting 15 May.
A Hawaii-born orthopedic surgeon who closed his Big Island practice in 2008 to open a new office in Wyoming, has returned to Hawaii Island and joined the staff of the North Hawaii Community Hospital. Dr. Doug Hiller told “West Hawaii Today” that he had several discussions with the hospital and decided to work for a medical grooup within the hospital. Once he settles in, Hiller said he would like to continue speaking to legislators and insurance providers about the hurdles that prevent new doctors from moving to Hawaii and staying here to help local communities. Hiller said he is looking at reimbursement rates from insurance companies and the state, and the cost of malpractice insurance.
Hawaii Island police are investigating the theft of a black PJ Gooseneck flatbed trailer that was removed near Ookala between the 32 and 33 mile markers. The trailer carries an Oregon license plate with the number H584726. The trailer’s load of plate glass , valued at $40,000, was found shattered along the makai side of the Hawaii Belt Road between the 33 and 34 mile markers. Those with leads should call police at 935-3311.
Hawaii state news briefs:
(AP). Gas prices in Hawaii have dropped this week but the average price continues to the most expensive in the nation. AAA Hawaii says the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $4.54, four cents less than a week ago.
(AP). Hawaii home foreclosures continued to fall in April for the fifth consecutive month. “The Honolulu Star-Advertiser” reported Thursday the decline is attributed to several major lender holding back on new filings after loan documentation practices were called into question. Real estate research firm RealyTrac says there was a 33 percent decrease in Hawaii fiings from a year earlier.
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Attention parents! You can still enroll your children, kindergarten through 6th grade, in the YWCA of Hawaii Island’s Summer Fun Program. Registration takes place this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., at the YWCA, 145 Ululani Street in downtown Hilo. For details, call the YWCA at 935-7141.
Get ready for a powwow weekend. It’s the 2011 Hilo Inter-Tribal Powwow, 28 May through 30 May at Wailoa State Park in Hilo. Enjoy Native American dancing and music, special performances, traditional foods, arts and crafts. Don’t miss the honoring of veterans on Monday, May 30th. Everyone is welcome to bring your chairs and mats for seating. This is a drug and alcohol-free event. For details, visit hilopowwow.com.
Free public information. Andy Bohlander, DLNR/University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program Coastal Geologist, will give a talk about the shoreline certification process. The presentation will be given on Tuesday, May 17th, at the Kealakehe High School Library, 6:30 p.m.
The Laupahoehoe Charter School Movement is hosting a free showing of the film “Waiting for Superman”, the powerful documentary on the break down of the American education system. The film will be shown on Saturday, 21 May, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Old Laupahoehoe Infirmary.
On Saturday, 14 May, N2 Dance will hold its annual fundraiser/concert at Nawahi School, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the benefit will enable dancers to attend the national “Spotlight” competition in Honolulu in July. For details, visit N-2dance.com.
The Intensive English Program at Hawaii Community College offers classes for non-native speakers of English. The small classes and friendly atmosphere help students to make steady improvement. For details, call 933-0807 or visit www.iephawaiilcom.
The Berry Company, publisher of the Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages, has partnered with Big Island schools to kick off its annual “Think Yellow, Go Green” recycling program. Students from participating schools will be working to collect the most telephone directories to win cash prizes for their schools. After the close of the program on 21 May, the directories will be recycled into useful materials, such as insulation, for local use. For details on the recycling program, visit www.sbcadvertising.com.
Hawaii Island weather for Friday, 13 May 2011:
Hilo and vicinity–Scattered showers in the morning…numerous showers in the afternoon.
Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Partly sunny, hazy, and the possibility of scattered showers by afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible upslope this afternoon.
Highs 80 to 85. Lows 66 to 71. Northeast winds around 15 mph.
Hawaii Island surf forecast for Friday, 13 May 2011:
Hapuna Beach breaks–flat. Kona-Banyans–1-2. Ka’u-Pohoiki–1-3. Hilo-Honolii–1-2. Keaukaha–1. Hamakua-North Kohala–1-3.
Russ Roberts, News Department