April 14 - The Hawaii Kai and Waialae-Kahala post offices are among the 27 Hawaii locations offering extended service on April 18 for tax returns. Items dropped off before midnight will receive an April 18 postmark. Post office hours, however, remain the same. [KITV]
April 14 - Hawaii Public Radio spotlighted recent trend changes in golf course ownership in Hawaii, including the sale of Hawaii Kai Golf Course in 2015 to South Korean investors YHB. [HawaiiPublicRadio]
April 14 - Travel Weekly highlights the new Kaimuki vegan restaurant. Vegan Hills, headed by Chef Megumi Odin, opened in March. [Travel Weekly]
April 12 - The finalized sale of Ka Iwi preservation land has spurred several op-ed pieces on the enormity of the deal and the journey to completion. [Civil Beat 1] [Civil Beat 2] Transaction completion was officially announced on April 6. [KITV]
April 11 - Honolulu police have arrested a woman after the brutal hit-and-run at Kahala Mall that left a Japanese tourist seriously injured. [KHON] Police records indicate Chiaan Bitar was taken into custody around 10:40 p.m. at a Kaimuki address roughly a mile from where the alleged hit-and-run took place. She was arrested on two counts of fleeing a scene where there was serious injury or death.
Late Sunday evening, witnesses say, a 35-year-old woman had just finished strapping her two young children into their car seats when a white SUV slammed into the back of her Nissan, pinning her between the vehicles. [Hawaii News Now]
April 11 - Koko Head Elementary school sent out an alert to parents at nearby schools regarding a Caucasian man, apparently in his 30s, approaching a teen on Makaweli Street near the school. The man was unclothed. [DOE letter]
Mahalo Everyone !
This month's plant exchange / plant swap was a resounding success thanks to you. We were overwhelmed by the response, from those who drove from as far as Makaha, Wahiawa and Kahaluu just to participate, to those of you who volunteered to assist with set up and running the event.
Here's a picture of me pet-sitting a guinea pig. She and I got to be good friends. My new buddy burrowed down and fell asleep while her owners browsed the ever-growing farmer's market.
The next exchange will be May 2nd, the next first Tuesday of the month. Hope to see everyone there!
Bring a plant, take a plant. It's an informal exchange for gardeners, landscapers and all plant lovers. Every first Tuesday, we host a plant exchange at the Kaiser High School farmer's market. This coming week we expect to start with:
Walking Iris, Cosmos, Rosemary, Mint, Kale, Jalapeno, Pandan, Lipstick Palm, Citrus, Longan, Staghorn Fern, Kupukupu Fern, Twisted Sister: a Mother-in-law's Tongue variety), Aloe, Dracaena (Song of India), Air Plant varieties, Oregano, Garlic Chive, Succulents, Oyster Plant, Zinger Hibiscus, Red Dragonfruit, Alocasia and more.
Any updates will be posted here at http://www.eastoahu96825.com/plants. List is, of course, subject to change based on what else is donated or exchanged. Come and see what's new.
March 31 - McDonalds at Kahala Mall closed today in anticipation of demolition of the building and subsequent reconstruction of a larger multi-store complex. [KHON]
March 30 - Big wave surfer Kai Lenny is on a mission to promote marine environment awareness in Hawaii. He raced to across the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Maunalua Bay by hydrofoil in a record time of 3 hours and 26 minutes. At the end of each leg of the journey he holds a community trash clean up that removes 2 to 3 tons of trash on average. [HNN]
March 30 - Niu Valley Middle School musicians performed at Carnegie Hall. Billy V. interviews school staff and students regarding the experience. [HNN Video]
March 29 - The Old Waialae Bowl at Kahala Mall, vacant for nine years, will be demolished to make way for a new shopping complex. McDonalds Corporation will lead the development. Reconstruction is expected to be completed by September. [HNN]
March 28 - The Salvation Army has opened a donation bin at Kalama Valley Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.
March 28 - After the suspected theft of the "Little Free Library" from a Kailua neighborhood, a Hawaii Kai family made a nighttime delivery to recreate the popular roadside book stand. [HNN]
March 26 - Work has begun on reducing rockfall hazards along Diamond Head Road. [HNN]
March 25 - Kaiser High School's computer club spent Saturday giving free coding lessons to Koko Head Elementary students and their parents. [HI DOE]
March 25 - An expended military flare prompted the closure of Haunauma Bay for 3 hours. Visitors were evacuated due to fears the object could be unexploded ordnance. [Star-Advertiser]
March 23 - State sweeps homeless camps on Diamond Head. [HNN Video]
March 20 - Hele gas has opened at the former Aloha Petroleum Hawaii Kai site in front of the 7-11 at Hahaione Valley's entrance. Aloha Petroleum will soon begin construction on an Aloha Island Mart at the former Tesoro site next to Hawaii Kai Costco. [PBN] + observation
March 20 - Civil Beat reports on the overuse of emotional support "service animals," providing as an example a woman at Hawaii Kai's Villa Marina condo with two emotional support chickens. [Civil Beat]
March 19 - A 34-year-old motorcyclist died Sunday evening, after slamming into the guard rail along Kalanianaole Highway. Honolulu Police closed the highway in both directions between Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach. [KITV]
The Hawaii Kai Carnival returns for this weekend and next along Kalanianaole Highway.
The carnival, located across from the Maunalua Bay parking lot, will run for two consecutive Friday-Sunday weekends, March 17-19 and 24-26. Carnival hours will be 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays and noon-9 p.m. Sundays. [KHON]
March 15 - Firefighters rescued a man stuck in a drainage ditch near the condo complexes on Hawaii Kai Drive [HNN]
March 14 - Niu Valley Middle School Orchestra performed at Carnegie Haii in the midst of a New York blizzard. [HNN]