July 29, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
VIDEO courtesy Hawaii247.com
The Aunty Maile Moku o Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Racing Association Championships were held at Hilo Bay this weekend, and once again Kai Opua ruled the water.
The Kona canoe club capped off a season of dominance with 11 golds, 10 silvers and 11 bronzes en route to the day’s best 245 points.
That surpassed the next Division A club – Keaukaha – by nearly 50 points.
Second pace Keaukaha scored 198 points and third place Puna totalled 192.
With 189 points, fourth place Keauhou did best in grabbing golds, with a total of 13.
Tui Tonga captured the B Division title with 67 points, edging out Honaunau’s Keoua by only two points, and third place Hui Waa O Waiakea, who scored 46.
WAILOA FLOOD CHANNEL WORK
The Department of Public Works will remove over 3,000 cubic yards of sediment from the Wailoa concrete flood control channel, the county announced this week.
The maintenace area is situated upstream of Kilauea Avenue and downstream of the Kino‘ole-Mohouli intersection.
Isemoto Contracting Company, Ltd., is scheduled to begin the project before the end of August at an estimated cost of $343,000. The project is expected to take three months to complete.
The county says the dredged material will be transported to the Hilo Landfill Quarry to be used by the Highway Maintenance Division for road work.
HILO HAWAIIAN SOLD
For the first time in 20 years, the Hilo-Hawaiian Hotel will be under local ownership.
The Banyan Drive landmark was sold for $17.3 million to a group of local investors led by Castle Resorts & Hotels, the current managers of the Hilo-Hawaiian.
The previous owners, CarVal Investors of Minnetonka, Minnesota – and Japan-based Capital Medica Company – had bought the Hilo Hawaiian in 2007 for an undisclosed price.
Carval had made over $1.2 million in upgrades to the 286-room hotel, which was built in 1975.
The new owners includes RAM Corp., and Honolulu attorney Rick Fried.
An emotional reunion between three local nurses and the kupuna whose life they saved…
An appreciative crowd gathered at the Hale Anuenue Restorative Care Center to honor Cathy Tabile, Sheila Padasdao and Anna Labasan, the three nurses who did CPR on Thelma Akeo, after she collapsed while dancing on stage at a baby luau at Sangha Hall.
Akeo ultimately survived from what was later learned to be a massive heart attack, and doctors credited the quick and decisive action by the nurses with improving her chances for survival.
The nurses were given a mayoral promclomation, and recieved the heartfelt thanks of Thelma’s family.