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Fallen tree cost county thousands of dollars


Hawaii News Digest, 20 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15808.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/fallen-tree-will-cost-county-thousands-dollars

Reporter:  Jeff Hansel (“Hawaii Tribune-Herald”).

Accessed on 20 October 2017, 1555 UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii County Managing Director Will Okabe says The Honomu Park banyan tree that fell Sunday will cost an estimated $16,00 to $20,000 for replacement of two telephone poles, the clearing of the road, and damage to two vehicles parked near the fallen tree.

Some Honomu residents questioned whether the banyan tree might fall after it was trimmed by a professional tree trimming company.  A few residents thought the banyan tree “seemed top heavy” just after the tree trimming project.

Okabe added that a nearby tree might be cut down in the interest of public safety.

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Update on North Kona Emergency Water Restriction–another failure


Hawaii News Digest, 23 September 2017, 0550 UTC, post #15641.

Source:

http://damontucker.com/2017/09/22/update-on-north-kona-emergency-water-restriction-another-failure/

Reporter:  Damon Tucker.

Accessed on 23 September 2017, 0550 UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply says the Emergency Water Restriction remains in effect for North Kona because of several pump and motor failures in deep wells serving the area.

The water situation has worsened slightly with the recent failure of wells owned and operated by The Kohala Ranch Water Company.  This recent pump failure will delay repairs for the Hualalai and Palani well systems by about a week.

According to the Department of Water Supply, a water tanker is available for those who’ve run out of fresh water:

“We also recommend that residents store a sufficient amount of water for basic household needs, such as drinking, cooking, and hygiene purposes, in the event of service disruptions.”

“For your use, potable water can be obtained from a water “buffalo” located on Hina Lani Street below Anini Street as well as water spigots along Ane Keohokalole Highway, between Kealakehe High School and Palani Road. Please bring your own drinking water containers to fill.”

“For more information visit our website at www.hawaiidws.org. To report any observed wasteful use of water, call 961-8060 during normal business hours or email dws@hawaiidws.org. For after hour emergencies call us at 961-8790.”

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DWS confirms stringent water usage restriction to persist for at least two months


Hawaii News Digest, 22 August 2017, 14:55 hrs, UTC, Post #15462.

Source:

http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/dws-confirms-stringent-water-usage-restrictions-persist-least-two-months

Accessed on 22 August 2017, 14:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible.

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Comment:

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply says strict water restrictions will apply for at least two months following the failure of a motor and pump at the Honokohau Deepwell.  DWS mandates include restrictions on residential irrigation and the recreational washing of boats and vehicles.

DWS manager and chief engineer, Keith Okomoto explains why the restrictions will remain in place for an extended period of time:

“DWS has warned that if there isn’t widespread community cooperation, water service to specific areas may be disrupted to ensure minimal water service to all customers. Mauka areas are likely to be hit first and hardest in the event of strategic disruptions.”

“The restrictions were ratcheted up from the standard 25 percent water usage reduction that’s been in place for most of the 2017 calendar year after plans to bring the recently downed Honokohau Deepwell back online today were dashed by yet another premature equipment failure — this time a defective motor.”

“Keith Okamoto, manager and chief engineer at DWS, confirmed in an email to WHT Sunday that the motor, which was diverted from its intend-ed insta-llation site in Waimea along with the accompanying pump, had never been used. The precise problem has yet to be identified, but a technician informed DWS the motor would likely fail if installed.”

“We’re looking at options, but don’t have anything with an immediate turnaround,” Okamoto wrote regarding the timeline for Honokohau’s potential return to service. “At this time, it appears all options will take at least (two) months.”

“This means the current water restrictions will remain until we can get either Palani or Hualalai operational,” he added.

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Upgrades at wastewater treatment plant are expected in next 3 years | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KEALAKEHE — Hawaii County wastewater experts hope to have the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant upgraded and able to produce quality, reusable water in the next three years.

Source: Upgrades at wastewater treatment plant are expected in next 3 years | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/upgrades-wastewater-treatment-plant-are-expected-next-3-years).

Accessed on 27 September 2016, 19:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Plans for the Kealakehe Wastewater Treatment Plant would enable the facility to produce what is called “R-1” water, which is “considered suitable enough for irrigating food crops.  The recycled water won’t connect with any drinking water sources.”

Proposed sites for the upgraded water treatment facility include the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center, the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area, and the Kohanaiki development.  Treated water from the facility could be used to irrigate land surrounding the current plant.

Even with the four sites, consultant Craig Lekven says “there’s still going to be plenty of water that can’t be used as a result of fluctuations in water use…that presents a need to manage unused water.”

Lekven adds that under the current proposal, excess wastewater would be channeled into what is called “subsurface flow wetlands” around the perimeter of the treatment facility.  After preliminary treatment, wastewater would “flow into the constructed wetlands, which act as a natural treatment system designed to pull nutrients from the wastewater, effectively ‘polishing’ the water.”

Lekven says once the wastewater is “polished”, it “will go through soil aquifer treatment, with the water eventually making its way through the ground.”

Bobby Jean Leithead-Todd, the director of Hawaii County’s Department of Environmental Management, says the proposed upgrade would cost around $54 million.


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Komohana delays explained; Rain, equipment issues, shift in priorities blamed | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Reconstruction of Komohana Street is now expected to last more than a year.

Source: Komohana delays explained; Rain, equipment issues, shift in priorities blamed | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/komohana-delays-explained-rain-equipment-issues-shift-priorities-blamed).

Accessed on 08 September 2016, 13:41 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

On Wednesday, Warren Lee, the director of Hawaii County’s Public Works Department, said delays in completing a major upgrade of Hilo’s Komohana Street can be blamed on rain/inclement weather, equipment issues, and the shifting of some resources for work at the Hilo Drag Strip and at the Puna General Park.

Lee said there have been 79 rain days and equipment failures which have pushed the original February 2016 completion date to October 2016. Yamada & Sons General Contractor is paying a fine of $1,000 per day for not meeting the original project completion date.


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County seeks to block release of Kenoi emails | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


County attorneys are seeking to keep the contents of 40 emails, most of them sent in the month after Big Island newspapers reported Mayor Billy Kenoi’s misuse of his county-issued credit card, secret.

Source: County seeks to block release of Kenoi emails | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/county-seeks-to-block-release-of-kenoi-emails).

Accessed on 04 September 2016, 15:58 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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Comment:

The Office of the Corporation Counsel won’t surrender the contents of Mayor Billy Kenoi’s emails to the state attorney general, citing attorney-client privilege.  Deputy Corporation Counsel Steve Strauss filed a motion to stop the subpoena from the state AG demanding the emails. Mayor Billy Kenoi’s theft trial is set to begin on 10 October 2016 in Hilo.

According to reporter John Burnett, Mayor Kenoi’s pCard charges “became the focus of a criminal investigation after Big Island newspapers reported on March 29, 2015, that he used the county credit card at a Honolulu hostess bar.”  While most of the $130,000 tab was for county business, “there were numerous personal charges put on the card,” including a hostess bar tab, a surfboard, and money spent at Bike Works in Kona.

The mayor returned $22,292 to the county between January 2009 and March 2016.  After the newspapers published their findings, the mayor paid back another $9,500.

According to the state AG’s office, the emails contain correspondence between the mayor and his advisors/staff under the title “Attorney/Client Privilege Log.”


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Neighbors protest Kukuihaele Park project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A small group of Kukuihaele residents staged a protest Tuesday afternoon at the site of a controversial county park project.

Source: Neighbors protest Kukuihaele Park project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/neighbors-protest-kukuihaele-park-project).

Accessed on 17 August 2016, 17:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

Koohan Paik, the interim secretary for the Kukuihaele Neighborhood Association, told reporter Ivy Ashe that she “was prepared to be arrested” to make her point that “we want the county to desist until our appeal is heard…I need to stay.”

Apparently, it’s not the park itself that is at issue, but rather the proposed baseball field and the traffic it would bring to the quiet Hamakua Coast town near Waipio Valley.  Kukuihaele resident Jeanne Teleia says, “Having Waipio traffic is already significant…the park is the heart of our community…the open space…there’s nothing like it…we love the park the way it is.”

Reporter Ivy Ashe said an appeal was filed in the Intermediate Court of Appeals asking it to reverse Judge Greg Nakamura’s rejection of a preliminary injunction against the park project.


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