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]
June 1 - The owner of a gate blocking access to a lane that leads to a popular Portlock beach known as "Seconds" estimates the city would need to pay more than $2 million to condemn the lane to keep it open. If the city condemns the private lane, Bert Dohmen-Ramirez told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Wednesday, "they have to pay fair market value," which he pegs at more than $2 million. "Do you think taxpayers would agree to that?"
In the past, the City had made plans to condemn the property, but those plans fell through. A city Department of Planning and Permitting representative lended weight to Dohmen-Ramirez' statement, saying that while the city is looking to acquire three shoreline access lanes along Portlock Road, liability and budgetary concerns stopped the City Council in the past. [Star-Advertiser, library card required]
May 31 - The Department of Transportation has plans to restripe the Eastbound Waialae Avenue H-1 Offramp. As it is, many use the shoulder lane to wait: traffic often backs up during rush hour and on weekends. [KHON]
May 31 - A fishing hook was removed from the cheek of a baby monk seal at Baby Makapuu Beach. The seal was released and is expected to make a full recovery. [HNN]
May 30 - Residents showed up in force at May's Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting. At issue is public access to a beach fronting the 300-block of Portlock Road, which is home to a surf spot known as “Seconds.” The question at large is whether the City or State can condemn the land. Currently, no specifice plans to do so exist. [KHON]
May 30 - An arrest has been made in connection to the series of suspicious brush fires plaguing Hawaii Kai. [KHON]
May 29 - Kapiolani Community College's culinary program opened a new concept restaurant in the Waikiki Parc Hotel. The restaurant gives students experience in the dining industry while serving locals and visitors alike. [UH Press Release]