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Big Island of Hawaii News for 28 May 2013. Post #2005


The views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are mine unless otherwise stated.

Big Island of Hawaii News is covering these Hawaii stories through Tuesday, 28 May 2013:


Kamehameha Schools is suing HSC, Inc. and Realty Investment Company.

Rubber Duckies will fight cerebral palsy on 04 July 2013.

Cruise visitors may drop in the coming year.

Hawaii Island auto sales on the upswing.

DETAILS (with sources cited):

(Hawaii Tribune-Herald).  According to reporter John Burnett, Kamehameha Schools is suing HSC, Inc. and Realty Investment Company, “alleging the companies are in default of a five-decade-plus lease of commercial property on Kekuanaoa Street near the Hilo Shopping Center.”

The civil action filed on 08 May 2013 in Hilo Circuit Court by Honolulu attorney Cheryl Nakamura asks for the termination of the lease.  There are several Hilo business on the property under dispute, including Big Island Used Cars, which is on the site of the former Excelsior Dairy.  The used car dealership and other tenants on the disputed property are not parties in the lawsuit.

Frank Jung, who represents Hilo businessman and former Hawaii Island state Senator Richard Henderson, tells reporter Burnett that “they’re looking to collect what they claim are past rents and to foreclose on the lease.”

When she was asked if HSC had paid any rent since 01 September 2010, Nakamura said she didn’t have that information available and referred questions to  Kamehameha Schools spokesman Kekoa Paulsen.  In an email dated 14 May 2013, Paulsen avoided the issue, saying “since the matter you are inquiring about is in litigation, we would prefer not to comment on it at this time.”

Jung told reporter Burnett that, despite the ongoing legal action, he remains hopeful that a settlement can be reached.  Jung said “with the latest suit, it looks like (Kamehameha) is trying to take the property back, but I believe they’re still open to negotiation.”  Jung added that business located on the property won’t be affected by dispute, adding “I don’t believe they’ll be affected at all.”

(Stephens Media).  It’s time to get your rubber duckies in a row.  The 22nd Annual Rubbie Duckie Race to help the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii is set for  04 July 2013 on the pond at the Kings’ Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort.

UCPA Executive Director Donna Fouts says the Hawaii Island effort combined with a similar fundraiser on Oahu has generated more than $1 million for the organization.  Fouts says the procedure is simple:  donors adopt a duck for $5 and the donor’s name is attached to the duck with a waterproof certificate.  Precisely at 3  p.m. on 04 July, the ducks are lifted into the pond and race to the finish line.  The first 50 rubber duckies to cross the finish line win a prize.  The total prize basket is $25,000.

Last year, the effort raised more than $35,000 for the association.  Fouts adds that every dollar raised helps families affected by the neurological disorder.  Fouts says that about 1 in every 333 births can result in a child being born with cerebral palsy.  Along with cerebral palsy, the association often helps those affected by autism, a disorder showing a marked increase in recent years.  Rubber duckies go on sale during the first week of June.  People may make the donation at the KIngs’ Shops Market Place Management office.  Mail-in order forms will be available at the Waikoloa Village Market and online donations can be made at Kings’

(Hawaii Tribune-Herald).  According to reporter Hunter Bishop, Hawaii Island’s influx of cruise ship visitors “could see a plateau in the rising numbers of cruise ship visits arriving in East Hawaii.  Bishop  says  Hilo Harbor expects to greet around 130 cruise vessels this year, “carrying up to 286,922 passengers, most of whom disembark for day excursion to shop in downtown Hilo and visit local attractions, such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.”  Current projections for the year 2014 are down a bit, ” showing 123 ship visits and 265,472 passenger aboard the ships.”  That figure could change.  Elton Suganuma, the marine specialist for the state Department of Transportation, says “we’re still accepting bookings for next year.”

(Stephens Media).  According to store managers belonging to the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, car sales are on the upswing.  Allan Jose, the store manager of Aloha Kia Kona, tells reporter Erin Miller that  his dealership hasn’t received its shipment of new Kia vehicles since the business opened, but he has 50 people on a waiting list to be called when the cars arrive this summer.

Jose added that small cars are selling well, “as people are starting to reduce how long they hold on to a vehicle.”  Jose feels people are feeling more secure about their job future and a willing to spend money for a new vehicle.

According to reporter Miller,  car registrations for Hawaii Island were up by 3.8 percent during the first quarter, which comes to “40 more vehicles this year than last year.”  Miller says industry officials cited several factors responsible for increased vehicle sales, including unanswered demand, low-interest rates, availability of credit, and high trade in values.


Hilo and vicinity–Partly sunny with a few trade wind showers.

Kailua-Kona and vicinity–Partly cloudy with a chance of upslope showers, particularly south of Captain Cook.

Highs near 82.  Lows near 69. Wings shifting to the east southeast, 6 to 12 mph, by Tuesday.

Sunrise Tuesday–5:41 a.m.  Sunset Tuesday–6:54 p.m.  Total hours of daylight Tuesday–13 hours, 12 minutes, and 56 seconds.


Hilo High Tide–5:17 a.m./6:27 p.m.  Hilo Low Tide–12:27 a.m./11:09 p.m.

Kailua-Kona High Tide–5:55 a.m./7:05 p.m.  Kailua-Kona Low Tide–1:04 a.m./11:46 a.m.


Hapuna Beach breaks–flat.  Kona and Banyans–flat to 1 foot.  Ka’u and Pohoiki–2 to 4 feet.  Hamakua, including Kolekole Beach Park–3 to 4 feet.  Hilo and Honolii–2 to 3 feet.


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