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10/12/2017 - A water main break in the early hours of 10/12 affected Mariner's Ridge residents.  The road was partially blocked while Board of Water Supply employees fixed the leak, and a water wagon was provided for affected homes. [KHON]

10/9/2017 - Instacart begins offering grocery delivery service for the East Oahu area this week.  Deliveries start at $5.99 each, and the first one is free.  There are also three express options that promise expedited deliveries from any of the available stores for an annual fee. For 3 deliveries a month the express option cost is $79/year.  For 4 deliveries a month, $99/year.  For unlimited deliveries, the cost is $149/year.  There is a minimum delivery of $35 but multiple stores can be selected.  Instacart will deliver goods from Safeway, Costco, CVS, Petco and Times.  Pricing practices vary among outlets, but CVS indicates it charges the in-store price, and Costco does not indicate a markup but that prices may vary from the local store. [Instacart]

Sep 26 - The battle over beach access in the Portlock community may soon come to an end after the city took its first step in resolving the conflict .  Honolulu City Council voted to condemn the property and buy it from the landowner.  The City is in the process of having the area appraised and must now identify funds for the right-of-way. [HNN]

Sep 25 - Jimmy Pflueger, auto dealer, controversial landowner, Hawaii Kai resident dies at 91 [HNN]

Sep 24 - Hunter Long, the only Hawaii resident to compete in the X-games, is setting her sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.  Long has her roots here on Oahu: the Hawaii Kai skate-park is where it all started for this skateboarder twelve years ago. [HNN]

Sep 23 - Businesses are Koko Marina are seeking solutions after a car crashed into Paina Cafe, injuring seven.  This is among a string of similar incidents in Hawaii Kai: in one incident, a car crashed into Bank of Hawaii Koko Marina, and in two more separate incidents, cars crashed into the Hawaii Kai Post Office. [KHON]

The popular Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and parking lot in East Oahu will close Thursday, Sept. 21, for striping work.

A contractor for the Department of Land and Natural Resources will stripe the parking stalls in the final step of maintenance work for the lot. [KHON]

From [HNN]:

A transmission line leak in east Oahu is causing low water pressure in Kalama Valley and Queen's Gate.

The problem with the 36-inch line began Sunday morning (Sept 17, 2017)  when the Board of Water Supply (BWS) announced the line was leaking.  

Queen's Gate and Kalama Valley do still have water, but it is at very low pressure. 

Three water wagons have been dispatched to the area. One is located at the corner of Ninini Way and Ninini Place, and two others are roving near Queen's Gate and Mokuhano Street.

 

UPDATE FROM BWS:

At 6:30 PM (9/17), BWS announced a planned water shutdown.  At 8:15 PM, the shutdown was rescinded, and the following message transmitted (https://www.nixle.us/alert/6164697/)

BWS crews continue work on a leak on a 36-inch transmission line in the East Honolulu area. After further assessment, water service will NOT be turned off, but will remain at low pressure. The BWS asks residents of the affected area to conserve water to help minimize the situation.

Residents of Queen’s Gate and Kalama Valley are asked to conserve water. Specific areas that will be affected are: Ninini Way, Namahealani Place, Nahoku Place, Kalama Paka Place and the Kalamapu’u Townhouses. 51 services including the 80 townhouses will have very low water service during repairs. One water wagon will be located at the corner of Ninini Way and Ninini Place and 2 roving water wagons will be in the other areas to assist area residents.

Repairs are expected to continue into Monday evening. There are no traffic impacts to the area as the pipeline is located in utility tunnels and not under any roadways.

Update from BWS: 9pm 9/18:

BWS crews continue work on a leak on a 36-inch transmission line in the East Honolulu area. Repairs are expected to continue into Tuesday morning.

Normal water service has been restored to residents of Queen’s Gate and Kalama Valley. 8 – 9 services on Ninini Way remain without water. Two water wagons are available for those residents.

Sep 14 - Hawaiian Electric (HECO) successfully transported an 80-ton transformer from Kapolei to Kaneohe via Kalanianaole Highway through East Oahu. The large load moved along at a snail's pace of 15 miles an hour, eventually reaching its Windward goal at around 3pm.  [KHON]

Sep 14 - The final stage of work to remove rockfall hazards along the exterior and interior slopes of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument will begin Sept. 18. This phase will focus on the summit hiking trail, and is expected to be completed by early December 2017. Closures are expected as follows:

  • Starting Monday, Sept. 18, the summit trail will be closed every weekday afternoon, beginning at noon, Monday through Friday.  All hikers must be off the summit trail by 2 p.m.The summit trail will be open on weekends and state holidays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Later in the fall, full-day closures will be required to complete work along trail slopes. DLNR will announce and post full-day closures when determined.  [KHON]

Sep 13 - Hahaione residents are on the alert after a string of robberies in the neighborhood. The burglaries happened Thursday about 3:29 a.m. on Hahaione Street, then Friday at 10:23 a.m. on Kauna Street, and at 10:58 a.m. on Ainapo Street. As of 9/15, no additional burglaries have been reported. [CrimeMapping]  [HNN]

Sep 12 - A federal jury yesterday determined that the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE) did not violate the law by using a “Rifton chair” to help physically support a preschool special needs student during some of his classes at Koko Head Elementary. [Governor's Office]

Sep 11 - Hawaii's DOE faces a lawsuit brought by parents of a Kaimuki Middle School student.  The family alleges that their child was traumatized by a mock terror event where a man wearing a beanie and swinging a hammer rushed into the classroom threatening the students. During this period, the students were not aware that this was a drill. [KHON]