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Police investigate body found in North Kohala

The investigation into the body of a man found Friday evening 80 feet below a cliff at Kapanaia Beach in North Kohala has been turned over to the Hawaii Police Department.

A shoreline fisherman reported about 6:50 p.m. seeing a body on the rocky coastline area known as “Hapu” near Kapanaia Beach, according to the Hawaii Fire Department, which arrived at the scene, accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles, at 6:58 p.m. Upon their arrival, personnel confirmed finding a lifeless male body, estimated to be between 30 and 40 years old, 80 feet below on rocky shoreline.

According to the fire department, an unattended parked vehicle was also found in the area.

Fire department personnel waited while Hawaii Police Department officers completed their investigation before retrieving the body. Because of the area’s terrain, rescue personnel based in Kailua-Kona assisted in the recovery effort.

The man was taken to Kohala Hospital, according to the fire department, which stated the cause of death was unknown.

Water service to be interrupted in Waimea

Water will be temporarily turned off Wednesday night to customers between Lindsey Road and the Carter Business Center on Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea, according to the Department of Water Supply.

Water will not be available between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday in order to establish a waterline connection for the Greenwood Center, according to the department.

Affected customers are asked to take any and all precautions necessary to protect their property and facilities, according to the department. That includes, but is not limited to, disabling electrical power to pumps and/or any other devices that normal operation depends on water pressure and/or water supply, and which might be harmed if automatically energized during the water shut-off.

When water service resumes, the waterlines will be flushed and cleaned, during which time customers may notice turbid and/or discolored water, according to the department. Customers may also notice trapped air in their plumbing, which will be released as you initially use water.

For more information call Andrew Higa, district supervisor, at 887-3030.

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, 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 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.

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.

Kona road resurfacing project continues

Hawaii County will continue resurfacing several roads in North Kona. The work will likely require one-lane road closures within the Sunset Terrace subdivision, according to the Hawaii County Department of Public Works.

Starting Monday and continuing through Friday, 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.

Hawaii police win 16.8% raise HONOLULU — Hawaii’s police officers are getting a 16.8 percent raise over four years after binding arbitration.

The State of Hawaii Police Officers Union or SHOPO entered arbitration in November.

The union represents more than 2,800 police officers in Hawaii’s four counties. Their contract expired on June 2011.

A spokesman for Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell told Hawaii News Now paying competitive salaries is important but the wage increases are “far more” than anticipated.

He says his administration and the city council will need to find more revenue and look for more cost savings if the city is going to meet its financial obligations.

Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa issued a statement to KITV saying he’s surprised by the amount of the raise but the arbitration process needs to be respected.

By local and wire sources