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March 26, 2014

Lt. Gov. Tsutsui takes on National Transportation Funding Crisis

Keaau-Pahoa Shoulder Lane Conversion mentioned in call on Congress

HONOLULU – With the Highway Trust Fund projected to become insolvent this year, the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution, cosponsored by Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, calling on Congress to, “Develop a shared, long-term vision for surface transportation.” Tsutsui cosponsored the resolution while attending the NLGA conference in the nation’s capital … Full article →

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March 26, 2014
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Blessing Held for New Honoka‘a Park Playground

HONOKAA Hawaii – Excited schoolchildren from Ka Hale O Nā Keiki Preschool today became the first keiki to enjoy Hawai‘i County’s newest playground. The $295,000 play area at Honoka‘a Park was opened Tuesday morning following a public blessing and dedication ceremony. “I was first approached by Joycelyn Embernate about her concern for a safe place … Full article →

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March 25, 2014

Hawaii could be ground zero for improving NASA communications

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Senator Will Espero, along with officials from NASA, today held a press conference urging the approval of Senate Bill 2583 Senate Draft 1, a bill related to launching Hawaii’s aerospace industry through investment in a laser optical communications ground station. The measure is awaiting a hearing in the House Finance committee. The … Full article →

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March 17, 2014
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Hilo Adult Day Center gets $385,000

HILO, Hawaii – The new Hilo Adult Day Center on Mohouli Street is getting $385,000 in capital improvement grant funds, released by Governor Neil Abercrombie. The new center will replace the old facility on Rainbow Drive, and is a collaborative project of two 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with long histories of serving the Big Island community. … Full article →

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March 14, 2014

State Representatives plan community meetings

HAWAII ISLAND – Representative Cindy Evans will hold three community meetings throughout the 7th House District in March. She plans to discuss highlights of the Legislative session at its midpoint. The public is encouraged to attend. The dates are Friday, March 21, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at Waikoloa Elementary / Middle School cafeteria. … Full article →

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March 10, 2014
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Tracking the UHH Aviation bills

Kai Kahele updates on critical measures

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Kai Kahele, a pilot with the Hawaii Air National Guard and son of Senator Gil Kahele, has been keeping us informed on the latest legislation involving the future International Flight Training Center and associated aeronautical training programs at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College. Kahele says key senate bill (SB3092 … Full article →

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March 10, 2014
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Hawaii statewide employment forecasted to grow 4%

Construction leads the way

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The state of Hawaii expects to see 60,540 total job openings over the next two years. Of that, 26,880 will be new jobs, according to a Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations media release. From the media release: While tourism sparked Hawaii’s rise from the Great Recession, the construction industry … Full article →

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February 19, 2014
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Puna man arrested after gun threat

Peter Johnston-Riveira arrested

Media release: Hawaii County Police HAWAIIAN PARADISE PARK, Hawaii – A Puna man has been charged with five offenses in connection with a gun incident early Monday morning in Puna. In response to a 2:24 a.m. call Monday (February 17), Puna patrol officers responded to 28th Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision, where it … Full article →

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February 18, 2014
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Puna man charged for alleged assault on neighbor

Happened in victim’s Waa Waa home on Pakala Road

Media release: Hawaii County Police Dept. A Puna man has been charged with assault after his neighbor went to the hospital with substantial injuries to his face and body. at 2:49 a.m. Monday (February 17), South Hilo Patrol officers responded to Hilo Medical Center, where a 47-year-old man was being treated for injuries reportedly received … Full article →

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February 18, 2014
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House to hold briefing on medical marijuana dispensaries

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

WHO: Representative Della Au Belatti (Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa), Chair of House Committee on Health WHAT: Informational Briefing on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Conference Room 329 Honolulu, Hawaii – The House Committee on Health will be holding an informational briefing on medical marijuana dispensaries in … Full article →

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February 18, 2014

BOE sets firm support of Hawaiian Education

Key policy changes affirming Hawaiian language, culture

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) and the Department of Education (DOE) today reaffirmed their commitment to Hawaiian Education and Hawaiian Immersion programs in Hawaii’s public schools. The BOE approved key policy changes affirming that Hawaiian language, culture and history should be an integral part of Hawaii’s educational standards for all students … Full article →

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February 18, 2014
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Judge Michael Wilson named to Hawaii Supreme Court

to replace retiring Associate Justice Simeon Acoba

HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie today named Judge Michael D. Wilson as his nomination for associate justice to the state Supreme Court. This nomination will fill the upcoming vacancy when Associate Justice Simeon Acoba retires next month and is subject to state Senate confirmation. Gov. Abercrombie joined Judge Wilson and his family members to announce … Full article →

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February 18, 2014

Hapuna Beach warning siren test scheduled

set for Thursday, February 20

Media release: Hawaii County Civil Defense Incident: Warning Siren Scheduled Test for Thursday February 20, 2014 Civil Defense will be conducting a test of the warning siren located at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Thursday, February 20, 2014. The testing will be conducted between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. This test will … Full article →

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February 17, 2014
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Hawaii steps up forest protection to secure water supply

DLNR, American Bird Conservancy air public service message

MEDIA RELEASE: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources HONOLULU – More than 140,000 acres of forest lands in Hawaii are now being managed to conserve Hawaii’s forests thanks to funding provided by Governor Abercrombie’s “The Rain Follows the Forest” Watershed Initiative. That number will increase to more than 480,000 acres by the time projects … Full article →

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February 15, 2014

TRAFFIC: Lane closures for Feb. 15 to Feb. 21

via Hawaii DOT

MEDIA RELEASE: Department of Transportation There will be no Roadwork on Monday, February 17, for President’s Day. BIG ISLAND LANE CLOSURES FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUAY 15 – 21 PLEASE NOTE: Lane closure schedules may change at any time without further notice. All projects are weather permitting. — HAWAII BELT ROAD— 1) VICINITY OF UMAUMA … Full article →