In Brief | Big Island 6-30-13


DCCA office in Kona open today

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kona office will be open today to provide security guards needing to file applications time to meet a Monday registration deadline.

The Kona office, located at 75-170 Hualalai Road, Suite C309, will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help applicants process their required paperwork, which must be submitted Monday, according to the department. The office can be reached at 327-9580.

Several trainers have also provided their time to hold the required training classes. A class will be offered Sunday in Hilo; no classes are scheduled in Kona. Contact David Heaukulani at daveheaukulani@yahoo.com for more information.

Fieldprint Hawaii will also provide appointments to allow applicants the chance to get their required FBI criminal background checks. Applicants can go online to FieldprintHawaii.com to schedule an appointment. The office management also suggests calling 532-3911 to see if there are any openings in case the online schedule is full.

Road work planned around West Hawaii

Alternating lane closures in both directions are planned this week on Mamalahoa Highway for guardrail installation between mile markers 92.5 and 96.5, in the vicinity of Kaapuna to Kaohe in South Kona, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Alternating lane closures in both directions will also be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway for roadway widening work near the highway’s intersection with Waikoloa Road in South Kohala,

Alternating lane closures will also be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway for pavement striping and guardrail installation between Uluoa Street and Old Kona Village Road in the vicinity of Makalei in North Kona, according to the department.

Alternating lane closures will also be in effect on Mamalahoa Highway for guardrail installation near mile marker 114 in the vicinity of Kainaliu in North Kona, according to the department.

Alternating lane closures in both directions are also planned this week on Mamalahoa Highway for guardrail installation between Kiloa and Rabbit Hill roads in the vicinity of Captain Cook in South Kona, according to the department.

Alternating lane closures will also be in effect on Akoni Pule Highway for roadway reconstruction between mile markers 21 and 24 in the vicinity of Hawi and Kapaau in North Kohala, according to the department.

Crews will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday. Crews will not work on July 4 in the observance of the Independence Day holiday. Road work is weather permitting.

Kona road resurfacing projects start Monday

Hawaii County on Monday will begin resurfacing several roads in North Kona. The work will likely require one-lane road closures on St. John’s Road and the Sunset Terrace subdivision, according to the Hawaii County Department of Public Works.

On Monday and Tuesday, crews will resurface 2,500 feet of St. John’s Road starting from the church, according to the department.

On Tuesday, Wednesday and July 8 through July 12, crews will resurface roads in the Sunset Terrace subdivision, according to the department.

The work will commence at the top of the subdivision and head downhill. Areas affected include: the Ono Road and Puuwai Alii Place intersection; Marlin Road from Alina Street; Kilohana Street from its intersection with Ailina Street; Leilani Street at its intersection with Ailina Street; and Pualani Street starting at Walua Road, according to the department.

Crews will work from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thorugh Friday. Crews will not work on Thursday, July 4, in observance is the Independence Day holiday.

HELCO continues cable work

Utility work in the Kilohana subdivision of Kona to replace underground cables continues this week, according to the Hawaii Electric Light Co. Work began June 10 and will continue for approximately five to six months.

Work hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, the hours may vary.

Work begins at the Lako Street intersection and continues toward Kokoolua Way, and includes all side streets, according to HELCO. Traffic is limited to one lane only.

If there are any questions or concerns, call 969-6666.

Group given more time to remove feral cats

A group that has been feeding, neutering and tending to the veterinary needs of a cat colony at the Keaau Transfer Station has been given a reprieve until September from an order to remove the animal feeders and cats.

Hui Pono Holoholona, a nonprofit animal sanctuary whose volunteers have taken care of the felines at the rubbish facility since 2007, had been given until today to stop feeding the animals under terms of a new lease deal between the county and landowner W.H. Shipman Ltd.

Hui Pono President Frannie Pueo, who was informed on June 13 about the new lease, which starts Monday, had earlier called the clause “inhumane” and said she wasn’t given enough time to relocate the cats.

The solid waste facility is on 10 acres of Shipman property, which the county leases at $2,500 a year. The new lease is on a year-to-year basis, with renewable options up to June 30, 2018, Leithead Todd said.

By local sources