In Brief | Big Island & State | June 16, 2013


Road work continues around West Hawaii

Alternating lane closures in both directions are planned this week on Mamalahoa Highway for roadway widening work near Kukui and North Peck roads, south of the highway’s intersection with Waikoloa Road in South Kohala, according to the state Department of Transportation.

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

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, 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, 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, according to the department.

Intermittent road closure, lasting approximately 5 to 10 minutes, will be in effect between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday on Kawaihae Road between mile markers 58 and 59, near the Sandalwood subdivision in Waimea, for investigation and removal of military ordnance and explosives.

Crews will be working from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, unless otherwise noted. Road work is weather permitting.

Man killed in Keaukaha crash

One man was killed and another injured in a Friday night crash in Keaukaha.

The vehicle was headed toward Hilo on Kalanianaole Avenue around 11 p.m. when it crossed the center line, struck a mailbox, sheared a utility pole and then slammed into a stone wall.

A man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Hawaii Police Department. A 17-year-old boy was taken to Hilo Medical Center.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. This is the 18th traffic fatality on Hawaii Island this year compared with 14 at this time last year.

Saks Fifth Avenue to open store in Waikiki

HONOLULU — Department store operator Saks Inc. plans to build a Saks Fifth Avenue in the center of Waikiki.

The Queen Emma Land Co. and shopping mall manager Taubman Centers Inc. said Friday the retailer will be the anchor tenant of a redeveloped International Market Place.

Queen Emma Land is a nonprofit organization that supports The Queen’s Medical Center hospital in Honolulu and its affiliates. Income from the redevelopment of International Market Place will support Queen’s financially.

Saks says the store will be its first full-line Saks Fifth Avenue store in Hawaii. Saks already has an outlet store in Waikele on Oahu.

Jack Johnson pulls off the switch at Bonnaroo

MANCHESTER, Tenn. — Nicely done, Jack Johnson.

Hawaii’s Johnson and his band overcame tough odds and thorny logistics to headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Saturday night, replacing late cancellation Mumford & Sons. The group overcame short notice and thorny logistics to produce a set filled with good humor, mellow vibes and a ton of hits.

“We want to dedicate this whole set to Ted Dwane and all of Mumford & Sons,” Johnson said after taking the stage before tens of thousands of fans. “And we wish we could all be here playing music together. Maybe that will be next year.”

Mumford & Sons was forced to pull out of its much-anticipated headline slot on Thursday after bassist Dwane underwent a surgical procedure earlier in the week to treat a blood clot on his brain. The group had hoped to keep the date in Manchester. Though Dwane is recovering, he was not ready to perform and the group was unwilling to take the stage with a replacement, leaving a large amount of money on the table.

There was much speculation among Bonnaroo organizers and watchers about how fans would react to the switch — the first headliner cancellation in 12 years of Bonnaroo. But Johnson quickly won over the crowd and kept its fickle attention with a light touch and his easygoing persona.

By local and wire sources