PICKUP TRUCK HITS AND KILLS POLICE OFFICER
(AP). The Honolulu Police Department is mourning the death of an officer killed during a routine traffic stop in West Oahu. Police Chief Louis Kealoha said yesterday that 45-year-old Eric Fontes was a seven-year veteran who was killed late Tuesday when a pickup truck crashed into him and another officer. A 20-year-old Waianae man is in custody facing multiple charges.
KONA NIGHTENGALES BOUND FOR CALIFORNIA
(Humane Society). As the next step of their journey from Hawaii to California, 120 of the iconic Waikoloa donkeys will board a plane bound for Los Angeles on Friday, 1:30 p.m., from the Kona International Airport. The donkeys will be taken to Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue in Tehachapi, California and to the Humane Society’s Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas. The donkeys are headed to new homes in California as part of the Waikoloa Donkey Rescue and Re-homing Project, which began last year.
COUNTY TO RECOGNIZE NEWEST AMERICAN CITIZENS
(Office of the Mayor). The county Office of Immigration at the Office of the Mayor in partnership with the Exchange Club of Hilo, the Aloha Exchange Club, Hilo Lions, and the Akaka Falls Lions Club is celebrating its second annual Citixenship Day on Friday, 16 September, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale in Hilo. The ceremony will honor and recognize the newest Americans who were recently naturalized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For details, call Rose at 961-8220.
OFFICER OF THE YEAR NAMED\
(The Kona Crime Prevention Committee). The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized police officer Jeremy “Schotty” Lewis as “Officer of the Year” in a luncheon ceremoney held Wednesday at King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. Lewis had already been honored twice this year as “Officer of the Month.” In April, Lewis was recognized for his investigation of an unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle case. The case ended with arrest and successful prosecution of suspects involved in multiple car break-ins targeting tourists. Since then, the Kailua Village area has experienced a downturn in such crimes.
OPIHI PICKER DROWNS
(Hawaii County Police Department). An opihi picker drowned and his partner was rescued while he was treading water about 50 yards off the coastline just north of Hilo early Wednesday afternoon. According to a Fire Department press release, four units, including a helicopter, responded to a call for help in the ocean fronting Paukaa Drive at 12:42 p.m. The survivor was taken to shore in a Billy Pugh net. Medics were unable to save the other man.
NEW NEIGHBORHOOD PARK UNDER CONSTRUCTION
(Hawaii Tribune-Herald). A long anticipated neighborhood park in the Waiakea Homesteads is finally taking shape. Before he left public office in 2006, then Hilo Councilman James Arakaki predicted that a vacant property in his district would become a low impact, “passive” park adhering to the wishes of his community. Machado Acres Park is now being built on a 7.9 acre site on Keone Street, between Haihai and Ainaola streets. Arakaki says the park will be a great asset for the community. Weather permitting, the park should be finished by 02 November.
LAND TOUR OFFERED FOR PA’AUILO PROPERTIES
(Hawaii County Council). County Land Manager Ken VAn Bergen will conduct a tour of the county land that is being leased in Pa’auilo on Sunday, 25 September. The tour will start at the Pa’auilo Store at 2 p.m. Due to the condition of some of the roads, a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended. For details, call councilman Yagong’s office at 961-8538.
WEST HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGE
(West Hawaii Today). Although University of Hawaii officials remain committed to a community college at Palamanui, those attending a Kailua-Kona community meeting on Tuesday expressed doubts that the developer would hold up its end of the deal. University officials are working to obtain necessary permits, so that construction can begin in May 2012. Kailua-Kona resident Ted Leaf said he wouldn’t count on the developer depositing the funding, considering the slowing housing market and lack of successful new developments in West Hawaii. John Morton, the UH vice president for Community Colleges, said the university would turn to the state legislature if funding falls through.
HAWAII STATE NEWS BRIEFS
(AP). A former U.S. service member arrested in Honolulu for allegedly sending emails from Thailand threatening to kill Vice President Joe Bide has been ordered held without bail. Justin Alan Woodward appeared Wednesday in federal court in Honolulu for a detention hearing. He was arrested last week at the Honolulu Airport when he arrived on a flight from Bangkok. Woodward’s public defender declined to comment on the case.
(AP). Maui, which has the most expensive gasoline in Hawaii, is set to get a Costco gas station. Costco has been given a planning commission permit to expand its Kahului store to include a gas station. Of the areas tracked by AAA, Wailuku on Wednesday has the highest average price in Hawaii for a gallon of unleaded at $4.39. The average price in the state, the most expensive in the nation, is $4.19.
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The Positive Coaching Alliance and the County of Hawaii’s Parks and Recreation Division will host two free “Double-Goal Coach” Level 1 workshops together with a Speed & Agility Program for children ages 6-14 years old in attendance. The East Hawaii workshop will be held at the Pahoa Community Center on Saturday, 24 September, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. For details, call Mason Souza at 961-8740, extension 23.
You are invited to join the Peace Day Festival this Sunday, 18 September, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Honoka’a Sports Complex. The event includes a run for peace and a peace day parade.
The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and the attorneys of Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris present “The 2011 Employment Law Seminar” on Thursday, 13 October, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Imiloa Astronomy Center’s Moanahoku Hall. For details, call 935-7178.
Discover the Hilo Wayfinding and Navigation Festival, 08 and 09 October, at the Imiloa Astronomy Center. Celebrate artists as stewards of culture and the life and legacy of a Hawaiin Hero, Eddie Aikau. Compete in Makahiki games, learn navigation skills, enjoy cultural demonstrations, and special presentations. The event is free. For details, call 969-9703.
WATER SHUT-OFF NOTICE
Water will be turned off temporarily along Slaughter House Road, Shipman Road, and East Kipimana Street in Kea’au on Saturday, 17 September, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The shut-off is needed to make a waterline connection for the Hawaii Brewery Development Company.
This week, local law enforcement officers will support the Special Olympics Program with the annual “Cop On Top” program. Officers will spend time atop Walmart Stores statewide from Friday through Sunday, to raise awareness of and funds for Special Olympics. For details, call 1-808-943-8808.
Hawaii Island weather for Thursday, 15 September 2011:
Hilo and vicinity–Mostly cloudy with occasional showers throughout the day. Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Partly sunny and hazy with a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 80 to 86. Lows 68 to 73. Northeast winds around 15 mph with higher gusts.
Hawaii Island surf forecast for Thursday, 15 September 2011:
Hapuna Beach breaks–flat. Kona and Banyans–1-2. Ka’u and Pohoiki–3-4. Hilo and Honolii–1-2. Keaukaha–1. Hamakua and North Kohala–2-3.
Russ Roberts, News Department