July 6 - Honolulu firefighters are questioning yet another brush fire that sparked near Hawaii Kai’s Kamilo Nui Valley early Thursday morning.
The location of the fire is in the area of Niumalu Loop, near the entrance of the valley, which was the scene of a recent rash of suspicious brush fires that have been plaguing the community throughout the year. [KHON]
July 6 - The Bus announced service changes for July 8 (Saturday) due to the Family Day parade in Waikiki. East Oahu routes affected include #14 Maunalani-St Louis Heights, #23 Hawaii Kai-Sea Life Park and #24 Kapahulu-Aina Haina [TheBus]
July 6 - Filming for the "Jurassic World" sequel is set to close Halona Blowhole this weekend. The lookout, parking and cove will all be closed starting 5:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday. Kalanianaole Highway near these locations will remain open, but police may intermittently hold traffic as needed, causing potential delays. [HNN]
July 5 - Seven gymnasts -- including 15-year-old Kayttie Nakamura of Kaimuki and 12-year-old Samantha Miyashiro of Aina Haina -- put Hawaii on the map this weekend, competing in the USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. [HNN]
July 3 - Police were at the scene of a barricade situation in Hawaii Kai Monday. The Honolulu Police Department's SWAT Team were also there and an ambulance was on scene as a precaution. Just before 1 p.m., all roads were reopened on Kalanipuu Street after a family member talked the occupant into giving himself up. [KITV]
July 3 - The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office identified a 43-year-old Hawaii Kai man who died in a single-vehicle crash as Michael Kaneala Epstein. Epstein died after he struck a concrete pillar near Market City Shopping Center around 5 am. [Star-Advertiser]
June 30 - Paiko Ridge conservation project delayed by new City regulations [Civil Beat]
Jun 29 - Police arrest woman squatting at Kahala home: Cars and cash are found missing. [Star-Advertiser]
Jun 28 - Don Quijote group to buy Times Supermarkets chain. The acquisition is scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2017 and will not affect daily store operations. All current employees are expected to be retained. In East Oahu, Times operates two branded locations -- Kahala and Kaimuki -- as well as Shima's market in Waimanalo. [HNN]
Jun 26 -- Developer plans to build new housing units behind Aina Haina Elementary, causing a stir among residents. [Civil Beat]
Although our plant exchange is normally held on the first Tuesday of the month, this year falls on July 4 and the farmer's market will be closed for the holiday.
We'll be there on July 11, so please keep growing your plants and coming to our exchange. This month I expect to be bringing shiso since the seedlings are ready for new homes. I'll update this post with other plants that are coming, including Caladium that looks like this picture.
|BASIL, Mini leaf, Container|
|CHIVE, White flower|
|TIGER JAWS succulent|
June 22--A husband and wife were taken into custody in state court Wednesday after they were each sentenced to 10-year prison terms for stealing $278,653 from the company that owns Hawaii Kai Shopping Center. The wife told the judge that the couple used the money for gambling and methamphetamine. In addition to the prison term, the judge ordered the couple to repay the shopping center. [Star Advertiser - library card required]
On Saturday, June 17 two lanes of Kalanianaole were shut down Eastbound by Kalani High School due to a water main break. As of this morning, all lanes have been reopened.
June 10 - Kahala Mall held its first job fair with more than 30 merchants participating. Hawaii's unemployment rate remains at enviable lows for job-seekers. [KHON]
June 8 - Tiki's Fun Center will open at Koko Marina in the former Price Buster's space. [PBN - Subscription required]
The Kahala Hotel's request to take over public beach land for its weddings and other events continues to garner a backlash of protest. The latest to weigh in on the issue is Civil Beat reporter Ian Lind. [Civil Beat]
June 6 - Hawaii Kai residents gatered for a town hall meeting at Hahaione Elementary to discuss a rash of crime in the community, including arson. Following more than a dozen brush fires over the calendar year, a suspect was arrested on May 29. Also discussed, were the crimes at Maunalua Bay, where canoes were vandalized in three separate incidents. [KHON]