Posts Tagged ‘ North Kona ’

Kukio Challenge Set for Sunday, June 3

May 13, 2012
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Kukio Challenge Set for Sunday, June 3

The Kuki’o Challenge is coming up Sunday, June 3.  The race consists of a .5 mile swim, 3 mile run, and 4 mile paddle, or 2 mile paddleboard/stand-up paddleboard inside the exclusive Kuki’o Resort. A n awards lunch with local entertainment follows the race at beautiful Kikaua Point Park.   The event is limited to 100 competitors.  In addition to the athletes participating, there should be more than 100 spectators and volunteers to watch and help with the race.   The event is a benefit to ensure the protection of the natural, cultural and scenic…

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North Hawaii Hospital Limits Mom Care to Service Area Only

May 11, 2012
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North Hawaii Hospital Limits Mom Care to Service Area Only

North Hawaii Community Hospital  CEO Ken Wood announced he has reached a decision about the hospital’s maternal care program.   To ease overcrowding and preserve patient safety, NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center will only accept new maternal care patients who live within the hospital’s defined service area effective immediately. NHCH was designed to support a maximum of 550 births each year. Last year, 663 babies were delivered, and that number is on pace to exceed 700 births in 2012. At present, 51% of  the births at North Hawaii Community Hospital are from women who live outside of…

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DLNR to Fill Vacant Seats on Laupahoehoe and Pu’uwa’awa’a Councils

April 20, 2012
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The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, is now accepting applications for one vacant seat on the Laupahoehoe Advisory Council (LAC) and  two vacant seats on the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council (PAC) on Hawai‘i Island.   Laupahoehoe Advisory Council LAC members are expected and encouraged to provide guidance to DLNR and the USDA Forest Service on issues related to management, research, education and public access in the Hawai‘i Experimental Tropical Forest and state lands in the Hamakua…

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Hawaii County Council Gives $275K to Food Basket

March 10, 2012
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The Hawaii County Council has made an emergency appropriation of $275,000 to the Hawaii Island Food Basket, which is the island’s food bank and provides food to many nonprofit agencies which get food directly to the public.  Most of the funding, $200,000, will come from the Disaster and Emergency Fund.  The other $75,000 comes from the County Auditor’s budget. Hawaii County Council member Pete Hoffman, a longtime supporter of The Food Basket, introduced the legislation, which declares a public health emergency. Council members Dennis “Fresh” Onishi, and J Yoshimoto urged the Council to take some…

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Urgent Plea Issued to Save Na Leo ‘O Hawai’i Community Television

February 6, 2012
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Note:  This article was submitted by Baron Sekiya, a longtime journalist, founder and editor of Hawaii 247.com, and president of Na Leo ‘O Hawaii Public Access Television.   This request has significant urgency and requires action today.  The opinions are those of Mr. Sekiya but this plea bears reading! Legislation that would silence Public Access Community TV has been introduced by Big Island Representative Bob Herkes with the backing of Cable TV giant Oceanic Time-Warner.   The bill, introduced by Rep Herkes, would rip-apart the PEG (Public, Educational, Government) Community TV station agreements and divert 67…

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New Kohanaiki Park to Start After Blessing Tuesday

February 4, 2012
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On Tuesday, February 7, there will be a blessing to get work underway at a new coastal community park at Kohanaiki in North Kona.  The blessing will be at 11 a.m.; during that time there will be a brief closure of beach access.   The new community park is the result of years of collaboration between community groups, the County of Hawai`i, the Kohanaiki Shores project, and lineal descendants of the area.  The park is along 1.5 miles of coastline, and will provide an improved road, parking and facilities at some of North Kona’s most…

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17 Candidates for County Offices Get Filing Packets

February 2, 2012
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Seventeen potential candidates for Hawaii County political offices picked up their filing packets from the Hawaii County Elections Office on Wednesday, the first day on which they were eligible to do so.   They include candidate for the Mayor and County Council offices, all of which are nonpartisan:   For Hawaii County Mayor, James L. Agee of Pahoa and Anne L. Marsh of Honoka’a.  Both incumbent Mayor Billy Kenoi and current County Council Chair Dominic Yagong, who represents District 1, Hamakua, have also announced plans to run but neither is listed on the Elections Office…

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Hawaii County Declared Federal Disaster Area–Drought

February 2, 2012
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Governor Neil Abercrombie has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hawai’i County as a primary natural disaster area resulting from ongoing drought conditions. The Governor last month applied for the designation, which clears the way for Hawai’i Island farmers and ranchers to apply for available federal relief.   “By designating Hawai’i County a natural disaster area, President Obama and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have recognized that the island’s farmers and ranchers have endured enough,” said Governor Abercrombie. “Even today, Big Island residents continue to experience drought conditions ranging from severe…

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Seven Council Candidates So Far Seek Public Funding

January 24, 2012
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Several County Council candidates have indicated their intent to take advantage of the Public Funding option, which provides public money to finance their County Council campaigns in the primary election.   Right now, Hawaii County is still part of a pilot project that allows candidates to have their campaigns funded by the State.   The state website lists seven candidates who have applied for public funding as of January 23 : District 4 (Puna)  candidates James Weatherford and Gregorr Ilagan, District 6 (Ka’u/South Kona) candidates  Maile David, Brenda Ford and Harry McIntosh,  District 8 (North…

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Pilago Aide Karen Eoff to Run for Council District 8, North Kona

January 9, 2012
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Pilago Aide Karen Eoff to Run for Council District 8, North Kona

Karen Eoff has announced she will run for County Council for District 8, North Kona,  the seat currently held by Angel Pilago.   Eoff has been with Hawaii County Council for 8 years, starting in a job as Angel Pilago’s assistant.  Pilago says he is endorsing Eoff for the seat.   Eoff also worked as the Deputy Executive Assistant  for the County Council Chair Pete Hoffman.  She performed the same job for County Council Chair J Yoshimoto, during which time she also served as the  Secretary to the Charter Commission.    For the past year,  she served…

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Road Near Macy’s Kona to Close For a Month

January 9, 2012
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Hawaii County Department of Public Works will close Kamakaeha Street from the south entrance of Macy’s at Makalapua Center to Palani Road in North Kona.  The closure will start Wednesday, January 18 and last one month. Those wanting to get to Makalapua Shopping Center will need to use Makala Boulevard from Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway.  The closure will be 24 hours per day, and will allow the County to reconstruct the intersection of Kamakaeha Avenue and Palani Road, opposite the Kailua-Kona Fire Station.

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Kiholo to Reopen December 9

December 7, 2011
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From Department of Land and Natural Resources: The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) has completed an extensive coastal area cleanup at Kiholo State Park Reserve, thanks to strong support from community volunteers, and is now implementing an interim camping management plan to allow for permitted camping in designated areas that are appropriately situated to avoid impacts to cultural sites. “DLNR recognizes Hawai‘i’s longtime need for recreational shoreline camping, and this interim camping action will eliminate impacts associated with driving on the shoreline,” said William J. Aila, Jr. DLNR Chairperson. “Division of State Parks…

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Public Works Plans Lane Closures on Ali’i Drive, Palani Road

December 6, 2011
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Press Release from Hawaii County Public Works: Bridgework will close one lane on Ali’i Drive — Preparation to install a post and beam underneath Ali’i Drive bridge in North Kona has been underway for several weeks.  The bridge is adjacent to Kona Tiki.  The Highway Maintenance division will work from the southbound lane of bridge  Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14; leaving only the northbound lane open to travel.  Public Works estimates the one lane closure between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Palani Rd one lane closure– Nan Construction Inc.,…

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