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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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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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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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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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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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Motions to dismiss filed in Kenoi theft case | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


A lawyer for Mayor Billy Kenoi has filed a number of pretrial motions in Kenoi’s felony theft case, most seeking to dismiss the indictment or specific charges contained in the indictment.

Source: Motions to dismiss filed in Kenoi theft case | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/motions-dismiss-filed-kenoi-theft-case).

Accessed on 16 August 2016, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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According to court records, Honolulu attorney Todd Eddins filed the dismissal requests on 08 August 2016 as well as a motion “seeking dismissal of the two felony theft charges.” Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi is also facing “two misdemeanor theft charges, three counts of tampering with a government record, and a single count of making a false statement under oath…”

The charges stem from Kenoi’s alleged misuse of his county purchasing card (pCard).

Kenoi is scheduled fro trial on 10 October 2016 in Hilo before Honolulu Circuit Judge Dexter Del Rosario.


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Bandstand to be closed for repairs | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


The Mo‘oheau Bandstand will close Monday for extensive repairs.

Source: Bandstand to be closed for repairs | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/bandstand-to-be-closed).

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The Mo’oheau Bandstand in Hilo will be closed through November 2016 for “extensive repairs.” According to Hawaii County officials, work includes architectural and structural repairs, painting, lighting, and electrical upgrades.

Monthly county band concerts will be held in Aupuni Center Conference Room at 101 Aupuni Street.

Noontime concerts in the conference room will be held on Saturdays, 10 September, 01 October, 12 November, and 03 December 2016.


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Council seeks assurances: Parks and Recreation says its taking care of problems with cash handling, rental permit receipts | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Several County Council members quizzed the legislative auditor and administration officials Tuesday, seeking assurances the county isn’t leaking cash when people rent facilities.

Source: Council seeks assurances: Parks and Recreation says its taking care of problems with cash handling, rental permit receipts | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/council-seeks-assurances-parks-and-recreation-says-its-taking-care-problems).

Accessed on 04 August 2016, 03:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Hawaii County Council members are concerned over recent record keeping problems in the Department of Parks and Recreation.  According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, the issue was brought to light by a recent audit that “found sloppy handling of cash payments and a lack of numbered receipts and other controls in connection with rental permits for pavilions and other park facilities.”

Legislative Auditor Bonnie Nims says it’s not known how much cash might have been lost in various transactions.  Nims adds that “We couldn’t tell if anything didn’t make it to deposit.”

Nims believes the issue is tied to “lack of training and no segregation of duties, so the same person taking money isn’t also the one who balances the books at the end of the day.”

Parks and Recreation Business Manager Reid Sewake said the department has switched to a new software system that “puts data into the accounting when the permit information is input, rather than a dual-input system.”  Sewake added that “the permit number column has been locked so employees can’t change it.”  The Parks and Recreation Department has begun accepting credit cards, instituted improved staff training, and started surprise cash  counts for double-checking.


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