West Hawaii News — Kokua Kailua Village Stroll Is Nov. 21

(Media release) — Historic Kailua Village’s monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll takes place from 1pm until 6pm on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010.

With the approaching holidays, Kokua Kailua promises to be chock-a-block with merchants and vendors offering up unique gift ideas in the unparalleled open-air street market atmosphere that Alii Drive becomes. Following an afternoon of shopping and strolling, thirst and appetites can be whetted at any number of Kailua Village’s tasty eateries.

As always during Kokua Kailua, Alii Drive is closed to vehicular traffic and the area is available to pedestrians only. Read more

Kona News — Search For Daniel Wright Is On After He Jumped Off Cliff In High Surf At ‘End Of The World’ Earlier This Week

(Media release) — A man reported missing after he jumped off a cliff into high surf has been identified as 30-year-old Daniel Wright of Kailua-Kona.

Wright was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Monday (January 11) in waters off “End of the World” at the end of Ali’i Drive. He was observed drifting out to sea and treading water. Shortly thereafter, witnesses lost sight of him.

The Fire Department searched for him Monday and Tuesday using a boat and a helicopter. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the search was unsuccessful.

Kona News — Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll Is Sunday

Photo Courtesy of Kailua Village Business Improvement District

Photo Courtesy of Kailua Village Business Improvement District

(Media release) — Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll welcomes residents and visitors on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 to Historic Kailua Village. Alii Drive is converted into a festive pedestrian walkway from until 6 p.m. Hulihee Palace hosts their monthly free concert honoring Queen Liliuokalani at 4 p.m.

Concert goers may bring their own beach mat or chair and utilize the free chair check at Emma’s Square for hands-free shopping and dining in the Village during Kokua Kailua which always features vendors, local artists and participating merchants offering special kamaaina discounts.

Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll is sponsored by the Kailua Village Business Improvement District, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, Destination Kona Coast, Kailua Village Merchants Association, Hulihee Palace and Pacific Radio Group. The program is designed to rally support for merchants and restaurants and to remind residents to shop, dine and buy local.

The next Kokua Kailua Hulihee Palace Concert and Village Stroll date is Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated to assist with closing and re-opening the road. If you are able to help so that these events can continue, please contact Marie Aguilar at (808) 334-0562 or Dorlene Kolina Chao at (808) 936-9202.

***Commentary*** Beware Of Thieves — Scammers, Burglars And Robbers

Image Courtesy of Christopher Cocca

Image Courtesy of Christopher Cocca

The Hawaii Police Department is warning of an islandwide door-to-door scam being directed at senior citizens.  Someone is apparently asking for thousands of dollars in exchange for “lifetime” cleaning service, pressure washing, rubbish removal and driveway repairs, and then not following through with the work.  Anyone with information about the scam is encouraged to call Community Policing Officer Frank Mohica at (808) 961-8121.

Meanwhile, police are seeking information on an armed robbery that occurred at the ABC Store in the Coconut Grove Marketplace on Alii Drive early Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.  The robber, who is described as a “thin local male in his early 20s with tan-to-dark skin and a mustache,” reportedly attacked a 68-year-old female cashier with a knife and demanded that she open her cash register.  The store clerk wasn’t able to, so the 50-year-old store manager threw another cash drawer onto the floor near the store’s exit, a media release states.

The robber, said to be wearing “a black hooded sweatshirt, orange and green surf shorts with a floral print and a baseball cap that had a yellow and black bill visible from under the sweatshirt’s hood,” fled the store heading south through the Coconut Grove Marketplace. He was last seen going into a driveway that leads to the Kama’aina Hale apartment complex on Kuakini Highway.  Anyone with information about the crime should call Detective Tyson Matsumura at (808) 326-4646, ext. 277.

Also, not announced by police but circulating amongst residents via email is a warning of a series of burglaries that have occurred in Kona and Volcano recently. Read more

KONA BULLETIN — Kuakini Highway Resurfacing Commences Sept. 10

(Media release) — The County will resurface one mile of Kuakini Highway starting just below Highway 11 to Pottery Terrace starting Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.

Roadwork will be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. One lane will be closed. Motorists are advised to use Walua Road or Lunapule to enter Pottery Terrace and Highway 11 or Ali’i Drive to enter Kailua-Kona. Motorists can expect detours, should plan on delays and are reminded to observe all traffic control devices while driving on Kuakini Highway during the scheduled roadwork, which will be completed Sept. 18, weather permitting.

Kuakini Highway was paved between Hualālai Street and Walua Road in 2007.

In conjunction with the Kuakini resurfacing, on Sept. 10, the county’s Highway Division will give a two-hour demonstration for a statewide supervisor and overseer conference on methods to resurface roads, and apply the level and finish courses.

One method is rubber locators, which have been installed down the center of Kuakini Highway. When covered with asphalt the four-inch locators are still visible above the surface and serve as a reference point for marking the road after resurfacing. This eliminates re-measuring and speeds up the striping process. Motorists can safely drive over the locators.

The County of Hawai’i’s Department of Public Works is responsible for a broad range of functional areas including streetlights, traffic signals, and signs, markings, and other traffic control facilities, and the repair, construction, maintenance and improvement of 941.76 miles of roadways.