Michael Jackson Fans at Ala Moana Park and Final Concert in Hawaii

An impromptu gathering of Michael Jackson fans at Ala Moana Park to “Celebrate his life”.

I bet this is actually happening all over the world tonight!

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Here is some footage of when Michael Jackson was in Hawaii in 1997… this would be the last time he came to Hawaii.

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Five Year Student Projections of Big Island Schools

Enrollment projections for Hawaii District Public Schools: 2009 to 2014  (Public charter schools not included)

Year      2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014

De Silva 375   369   358   362   362   359

Haaheo 155   155   146   136   135   131

Hilo High 1,294   1,293   1,290   1,291   1,290   1,289

Hilo Intermediate 493   481   488   485   485   485

Hilo Union 438   427   437   434   433   428

Holualoa 480   482   493   497   490   488

Honaunau 131   130   128   127   126   125

Honokaa Elementary 353   373   378   389   388   380

Honokaa High & Intermediate 780   774   804   867   925   917

Hookena 129   118   134   129   124   118

Kahakai 628   632   644   657   660   658

Kalanianaole Elem. & Intermediate 286   280   279   276   275   274

Kapiolani 381   365 3  62   358   360   362

Kau High & Pahala Elementary 525   591   580   567   577   590

Kaumana 226   221   217   222   225  226

Ke Kula O Ehunuikaimalino 192   190   197   201   202   213

Keaau Elementary 762   760   773   802   818   818

Keaau High 965   967   969   985   1,001   1,061

Keaau Mid 586   588   612   628   659   692

Kealakehe Elementary 963   974   1,016   1,051   1,107   1,126

Kealakehe High 1,600   1,605   1,603   1,646   1,676   1,704

Kealakehe Intermediate 872   856   860   892   894   908

Keaukaha 300   297   298   299   298   299

Keonepoko 661   654   657   670   668   667

Kohala Elementary 371   371   364   360   354   353

Kohala High 272   261   247   253   234   229

Kohala Mid 191   192   207   188   192   187

Konawaena Elementary 561   574   581   585   599   599

Konawaena High 699   697   666   666   636   626

Konawaena Mid 430   397   399   390   403   404

Laupahoehoe High & Elementary 206   205   206   208   212   215

Mt.View Elem. 551   568   582   625   626   625

Naalehu 421   375   379   391   389   395

Paauilo Elementary & Intermediate 270   286   294   306   307   308

Pahoa Elementary 408   408   409   412   413   413

Pahoa High & Intermediate 750   742   742   734   767   780

Waiakea Elementary 874   876   879   880   881   882

Waiakea High 1,260   1,276   1,278   1,275   1,276   1,277

Waiakea Intermediate 861   860   858   857   858   857

Source:  County of Hawaii

Number and Value of Building Permits on Big Island Drop for Third Straight Year

NUMBER AND VALUE OF BUILDING PERMITS, HAWAII COUNTY:

1982 to 2008  (Thousands of dollars. Private and public construction, including demolition and razing)

Year-Number issued- Estimated value

1982     2,581     75,715

1983     2,649     95,979

1984     2,834     102,805

1985     2,933     132,735

1986     2,717     231,997

1987     3,175     146,035

1988     3,719     192,433

1989     4,880     365,456

1990     4,720     493,788

1991     4,799     402,790

1992     4,226     418,791

1993     4,302     270,689

1994     2,935     205,137

1995     3,046     289,996

1996     2,892     215,646

1997     2,724     219,288

1998     3,153     273,873

1999     3,121     297,427

2000     3,460     376,749

2001     3,354     411,820

2002     3,690     490,179

2003     4,507     655,729

2004     4,974     912,788

2005     5,663     1,077,022

2006     5,348     979,071

2007     4,768     963,980

2008     4,566     803,001

Source: Hawaii County Building Division, records.

4th of July Road Closures, Parking and Facilities

4th of July Road ClosuresShuttle Route

Designated parking areas, free shuttle services and road closures are being provided for the safety and convenience of the public (see map).

Just remember:

  • Bayfront Highway will be closed from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July for the safety of fireworks viewers in the area (see map above);
  • Shuttle bus service will be available from parking lots at various locations (see map below); and
  • Tents, canopies, alcohol and personal fireworks are strictly prohibited.

GOOD VIEWING SITES

  • Along the Bayfront Highway and beach area. Three pedestrian gates are located along the fence along the Bayfront Highway and will be marked with orange flags.
  • The soccer fields along Kamehameha Avenue.
  • Liliuokalani Park

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Lihiwai Street from Banyan Drive near Coconut Island to Old Isles parking lot, 2 a.m. on July 4 to 10 a.m. on July 5.
  • Bayfront Highway from Waianuenue Avenue to Wailoa Bridge, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4. (No parking allowed all day to allow for a better fireworks viewing area and ensure the safety of viewers and pedestrians by eliminating traffic.)
  • Pauahi Street from Kamehameha Ave. to Bayfront Highway, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4.
  • Access will be restricted to Bishop Street and Piopio Street on July 4, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PARKING

  • Aupuni Center parking lots on Pauahi Street.
  • Afook Chinen Civic Auditorium parking lots.
  • Soccer field on the downtown (Hamakua) side of Kumu Street.
  • Designated disabled parking available in all parking areas, and an area exclusively for disabled parking at the Liliuokalani Park Tea House parking lot.

For those parking at the State Building, and on nearby mauka streets, please access the viewing area through the crosswalk at Pauahi Street.

While Kamehameha Avenue will be open there will be no parking along Kamehameha Avenue or the adjacent open fields.

Additional parking will be available on the Hāmākua side of Kumu Street, where people can then cross Kamehameha Avenue and access Bayfront through gates in the fence.

SHUTTLE SERVICE

Free round trip shuttles provided by Mass Transit yellow buses will be available to carry people and their picnic gear between designated parking areas and viewing sites from 10a.m. to 10 p.m. on July 4th (see map below). Shuttles are equipped with lifts to accommodate persons with disabilities.

WHY NO TENTS OR CANOPIES?

  • To prevent accidents and injuries due to fire.
  • To improve fireworks viewing.
  • To allow emergency responders to reach people needing assistance.
  • To comply with state parks rules and regulations.

RESTROOM FACILITIES

Along with permanent facilities, portable toilets will be located throughout the areas.

KEEP HILO TOWN CLEAN AND GREEN

In past years, people viewing the fireworks have left behind more than 11 tons of litter that was picked up by volunteers, so please kokua:

  • HI5 Recycle Bins will be distributed throughout the area by Department of Environmental Management and serviced by Hilo AYSO. Please recycle all your cans, glass and plastic bottles.
  • Trash bags will be distributed by Parks and Recreation personnel on July 4th.
  • Dumpsters will be located throughout the areas. Please use them.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Traffic Closures and Parking: Lt. Jason Cortez, 961-2350

County Park Activities: Roxcie Waltjen, 961-8706

Shuttle Service: Betty Alcover, 961-8343

Fireworks Rules: Fire Inspector Gantry Andrade, 981-8369

State Parks: 974-6200

RIP Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett

It has been confirmed that both Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett have died today.

Merrie Monarch Posters Available for Sale

Merrie Monarch Posters

Na Makua is now offering Merrie Monarch posters for sale from the previous years Merrie Monarchs.


2004 Merrie Monarch Poster

2005 Merrie Monarch Poster

2006 Merrie Monarch Poster

2008 Merrie Monarch Poster

2009 Merrie Monarch Poster

3.2 Earthquake Registered Near Kalapana

A minor earthquake occurred at 11:15:02 PM (HST) on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 .
The magnitude 3.2 event occurred 9 km (5 miles) S of Kalapana.
The hypocentral depth is 42 km (26 miles).

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