Hawaii Island News, 11 Jan 2019

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Hawaii auditor says premature contracts inflated rail costs

HONOLULU — Officials prematurely awarded contracts for Honolulu’s commuter rail line a decade ago to minimize public criticism and show the project was moving along. But this practice dramatically swelled costs as plans changed, a new audit of the vastly over-budget project said Thursday.

Fire destroys Puna home

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Hawaiian Acres subdivision house Wednesday night.

2018 was Hilo’s third-wettest year on record

While windward rain gauges on Hawaii Island received mostly near- to above-average precipitation in December, the rest of the island had mostly below-average rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Honolulu.

Obituaries for January 11

Diana Puakina Aki, 76, of Hilo died Jan. 8, at Hilo Medical Center. Born in Hilo, she was a singer, songwriter and ‘ukuleleist known as the “Songbird of Miloli‘i,” won the Na Hoku Hanohano Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1990, performed with many well-known musicians including Cyril Pahinui and Eddie Kamae, and was a Hawaiian educator at Hale O Ho‘oponopono, former early childhood educator and member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Visitation 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 15) at Dodo Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service at 6:30 p.m. Cremation to follow. Casual attire; no flowers. For more information, contact Shane Aki at (907) 978-3388. Survived by sons, Benjamin Akana, Eisen (Sylvia) Aki, Fidelis (Cristine) Aki, Jr., Kevin (Francine “Weegee”) Aki, Jason Aki and Shane (Stacey) Aki; hanai daughter, Pi‘ilani (Kiki) Johnson; 27 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Dodo Mortuary.

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