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Ige tours, commends Kona micro-housing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Gov. David Ige visited the micro-housing project in the Kona Old Industrial Area on Wednesday, nearly one year after he issued an emergency proclamation for Hawaii’s homelessness crisis.

Source: Ige tours, commends Kona micro-housing project | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ige-tours-commends-kona-micro-housing-project).

Accessed on 13 October 2016, 16:25 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

On Wednesday, 12 October 2016, Hawaii Governor David Ige paid a visit to the micro-housing project in the Kona Old Industrial Area.  Ige has been touring a variety of projects designed to reduce homelessness in Hawaii. The micro-housing project is one way Hawaii County is responding to the growing homeless problem in the state.

According to reporter Max Dible, Governor Ige was impressed with the initial results of the effort just off Pawai Place, calling it “the final portion of the three-piece solution to the puzzle of homelessness…”  Ige also was pleased with the speed with which the micro-housing project was designed and built.

Ken Van Bergen, the assistant housing administrator at the Hawaii County Office of Housing and Community Development, said a formal blessing of the project will occur before Thanksgiving and “tenants likely will move in by the first week of December.”


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Ironman 2016: Frodeno, Ryf repeat as world champions | Hawaii 24/7


Swiss triathlete shatters women’s record by 5 minutes; German rookie betters 27-year-old run record

Source: Ironman 2016: Frodeno, Ryf repeat as world champions | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/08/ironman-2016-frodeno-ryf-repeat-as-world-champions).

Accessed on 09 October 2016, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Karin Stanton.

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Comment:

Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf repeated as winners of the 2016 Ironman World Triathlon Championship on Saturday in Kailua-Kona.

Frodeno finished in a time of 8 hours, 6 minutes, and 30 seconds for the third faster time in the event.

Ryf broke the women’s record with a time of 8 hours, 46 minutes, and 46 seconds.

Tim O’Donnell of Colorado was the first American to cross the finish line with a time of 8 hours, 16 minutes, and 20 seconds.

NBC will televise the race on 10 December 2016.


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New wells proposed for North Kona | West Hawaii Today


KAILUA-KONA — Two new wells are being proposed in North Kona to increase water capacity at higher elevations, with the goal of reducing the use of water sources closer to sea level.

Source: New wells proposed for North Kona | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/new-wells-proposed-north-kona).

Accessed on 03 October 2016, 14:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cameron Miculka.

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Comment:

The Hawaii County Department of Water Supply will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 05 October 2016, in the West Hawaii Civic Center to discuss the drilling of two new wells in North Kona.

According to reporter Cameron Miculka, the two wells, “along with upgrades and improvements” are among several capital improvements planned for the next five years.

Miculka says the new wells “would help the county meet anticipated water demands of 28.07 million gallons per day” and “reduce pressure on the Kahalu’u Shaft.”

The new wells are needed because chloride levels in the Keauhou Aquifer System are rising to “critical levels.”


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Puuanahulu landfill and Kealakehe transfer station closed Ironman Triathlon day (Oct 8) | Hawaii 24/7


The Pu‘uanahulu Landfill in Waikoloa and the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station in Kailua-Kona will be closed all day on Saturday, October 8, 2016, due to road closures for the Ironman World …

Source: Puuanahulu landfill and Kealakehe transfer station closed Ironman Triathlon day (Oct 8) | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/01/puuanahulu-landfill-and-kealakehe-transfer-station-closed-ironman-triathlon-day-oct-8/).

Accessed on 02 October 2016, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

There will be several traffic disruptions on Saturday, 08 October 2016, to accommodate the Ironman World Triathlon Championship in Kailua-Kona.

Road closures will shut down the Puuanahulu Landfill and the Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station that day.

Alternate services for residential rubbish disposal HI5 redemption, and 2-bin recycling will be available at the Keauhou Recycling and Transfer Station.

The Kealakehe Recycling and Transfer Station will reopen on Sunday, 09 October 2016.  The Puuanahulu Landfill will reopen on Monday, 10 October 2016.


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Ironman triathlete disqualified over ChapStick – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL


When Matt Smith finished, he was asked if he accepted anything on the course. He did, and that ended his chance to compete in the world championships. Even for ChapStick.

Source: Ironman triathlete disqualified over ChapStick – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL (http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33289485/ironman-triathlete-disqualified-over-chapstick).

Accessed on 01 October 2016, 01:55 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Although Denver triathlete Matt Smith qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, his recent win in the Chattanooga, Tennessee triathlon was marred by the use of ChapStick given to him by his wife near the end of the race.  A judge ruled that Smith couldn’t accept anything offered on the course and disqualified him from participating in the Ironman World Championship.  Earlier, race officials said Smith got a penalty during the race and was told “not to accept anymore outside help.”  Officials said the ChapStick was not the sole reason for Smith’s disqualification.


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Manta ray tour rule proposals would require permit, limit site access | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Manta ray tour operators would need special “manta viewing” permits, given out exclusively to tour companies that have operated since June 2015 or earlier, under a proposed set of new rules released by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources earlier this month.

Source: Manta ray tour rule proposals would require permit, limit site access | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/manta-ray-tour-rule-proposals-would-require-permit-limit-site-access).

Accessed on 22 September 2016, 17:10 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Cameron Miculka.

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Comment:

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources has released a proposed set of new rules governing manta ray tours.  Under the new regulations,  manta ray tour operators would need special “manta viewing” permits ,”given out exclusively to tour companies that have operated since June 2015 or earlier.”

DLNR has scheduled a public meeting for Saturday, 24 September 2016, 10:30 a.m., at the Hawaii Community College-Palimanui Campus to discuss the proposal and other plans affecting the popular manta ray excursions.

Under the proposal, companies would be given one permit and allowed to use only the Makako Bay or Keauhou Bay waters.

Kirstin Kahaloa, the executive director of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, said the business group “is concerned about the impact the proposed rules would have on the ocean recreation industry.”  Kahaloa added that “Before rules are created, the state should consider those impacts…it doesn’t seem like an economic impact study has been done.”


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Water main break on Alii Drive blamed on old age | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — A water main broke Monday afternoon on Alii Drive, leading to flooding of the roadway that spilled into the underground parking area at Waterfront Row.

Source: Water main break on Alii Drive blamed on old age | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/water-main-break-alii-drive-blamed-old-age).

Accessed on 21 September 2016, 22:17 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Max Dible (“West Hawaii Today”).

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Comment:

Old age catches up with all of us–a basic natural law that also affects water mains under Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.

A water main on Alii Drive broke Monday afternoon, flooding the roadway and spilling into an  underground parking lot.  The rupture in the fresh water line interrupted water to several business along Alii Drive, causing them to close for the day.

The Hawaii County Department of Public Works managed to repair most of the road by late Monday. Robert Ravenscraft, the district supervisor of the Department of Water Supply in Kona, said “DWS workers finished excavation and pipe maintenance sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m.” DWS spokesman Darren Okimoto believed the pipe rupture was a result of “old age” or the failure of a “stressor” of some type.

On Tuesday, 22 September 2016, Alii Drive was open to two-way traffic and running water was restored to affected shops.


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