Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp Moving to UHH Gym Due to Tropical Storm Darby

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will move next week’s Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Gymnasium.

Yagi

All children participating in the camp should report to the UHH Gym, located at 200 West Kāwili Street in Hilo, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, for registration and the opening day of the camp.

The new venue will replace the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, which has been reserved for another event that must be postponed to protect attendees from the anticipated impacts of Tropical Storm Darby.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo for allowing its gymnasium to be used for the Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Camp. The department also apologizes for any inconvenience the venue change may cause and thanks camp participants and their families for their understanding.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

New Traffic Signals Being Installed at Mohouli and Kapiolani Intersection

The Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be working on the new traffic signals at the Mohouli St. and Kapi‘olani St. intersection on Wednesday July 27, 2016.

Kapiolani Light

The traffic signals will be energized and tested for functionality.  Special off-duty police officers will be posted at the intersection to facilitate traffic movement during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution as the signals will be placed in flash mode for 24 hours (flashing yellow light on Mohouli St. and flashing red light on Kapi‘olani St.).  The traffic signals on all four approaches to the intersection will be operational on Thursday, July 28, 2016.  Work is still in progress on the Kapi‘olani St. Extension between Mohouli St. and Lanikāula St. and will remain closed to through traffic.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Hawaii County Product Enrichment Program Hō‘ike

The 2016 Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) County Product Enrichment Program (CPEP) Ho’ike will be held at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on July 29th from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
Hilton Waikoloa Village Skyview

This one day event is a celebration for all who have worked hard to support festivals, events and community programs in the county of Hawai’i. This Ho’ike will also provide a platform for CPEP applicants and grantees to network and connect with each other essentially creating a greater opportunity to grow their programs.

A registration fee of $30 includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, a panel discussion discussing “How To Involve Millennials in Community Events”, inspiring speakers and round table discussions with industry experts and past CPEP success stories. Bo Campos from Kai Opua Canoe Club, Richard Oshiro from Island Air, Missy Kaleohano from Island of Hawai’i Visitor Bureau, and Gary Marrow the Co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures are just a few who will be sharing their experiences, success stories and greatest achievements. For the first time this year, the County will be hosting an “Aloha Friday” gathering from 4-6pm for more time to talk story and network. Register online at cpephoike.org.

Some festivals, events and programs that are funded by CPEP include HawaiiCon, Queen Liliʻuokalani Canoe Races, Big Island Film Festival, Hawai’i Yoga Festival, Pana’ewa Stampede, and First Fridays in Downtown Hilo. They showcase the unique and diverse experiences available for residents and visitors.

This year, HTA is supporting 162 community, environment and cultural programs; 18 of those are on Hawai’i Island. The results of this program include more efficient and effective use of HTA and County funds and resources, more local control, direction and management, and better oversight and support of awardees.

Roadway Resurfacing Work on Kekuanaoa St. to Begin on July 25th

UPDATE: Our Highways Division has notified me that they are extending the resurfacing work from Hīnano St. to Kīlauea Ave. (originally from Mililani St. to Kīlauea St.)

The County Highway Maintenance Division will begin resurfacing work on Kekūanāo’a St. between Mililani St. and Kīlauea Ave. on Monday, July 25, 2016 and estimated to be completed on Monday, August 8, 2016.  Working hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather conditions permitting.

road work 713Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution as heavy vehicles and machinery will be in the work zone.  One lane closures, alternate lane closures, lane shifts will be in effect and at a minimum, one lane of travel (for two way traffic) will be provided at all times through the construction area.  The lane closures are necessary to complete the roadway resurfacing work in a timely manner and for the safety of the workers and the traveling public.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist at 961-8787.

HPP’s Loss is Pahoa’s Gain – $22.3 Million Dollar Pahoa Park “In a Nutshell”

Mahalo to Councilman Paleka’s Assistant Nadia Malloe for following up on my question as to why the Pahoa Park has inflated from $5 million dollars to $22.3 million dollars and she got this answer:

Pahoa Park ExpansionAfter inquiring with Hawaii County Parks and Recreation (P&R), the following was shared:

P&R designs 4 types of parks, listed by size/capacity:

  • NEIGHBORHOOD Park – typically designed to meet the needs of neighborhood, such as University Heights
  • COMMUNITY Park – typically designed for small neighborhood communities, such as Isaac Hale and Hawaiian Beaches
  • DISTRICT Park* – typically designed to meet the needs of an entire district population capable for islandwide attractions, such as Pāhoa Park
  • REGIONAL Park* – typically designed to meet the needs of a specific region, usually a larger scale in comparison to a district park, such as Old Ace Park in Kona
    *Swimming pools are only allowed in DISTRICT and REGIONAL Parks.

Approximately 10 years ago, it became very apparent that Puna is a rapidly growing community. Thus, in efforts to meet the recreational needs in this geographic area, the administration of P&R proposed building a 20-acre community park in Hawaiian Paradise Park, with an estimated cost of $5.5 million.

At the time this $5.5 million project was being proposed in 2010-2012, area residents were strongly in opposition of this project due to concerns relating to traffic, safety and privacy of area residents, fee simple ownership, etc. P&R did not want to impose this project where it was not wanted. Thus, P&R began to look at other solutions to our rapidly growing Puna community.

In Pāhoa, the geographical heart of Puna, a district park already existed with 56 acres of land not yet developed. Since County P&R already had an established district park, it would ease the process as no land acquisition nor eminent domain was necessary to move forward.

This district park expansion is the most expensive project in P&R history and its being granted to not just Puna, but the geographical heart and center of Puna. There will be multiple benefits such as reducing criminal activity, promoting healthy living, creating a safer community, potential revenue for Puna, area residents and vendors.

P&R can offer more programs, engaging families, elderly, and persons with disabilities as well. In fact, according to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, in the past 4 years, juvenile crime decreased approximately 52%, thanks to the hard work and dedication from our County Parks and Recreation Dept. The projected completion of this project is as soon as next month or early September.

In a nutshell, basically the proposed project went from a small community park in HPP to a large district park in Pāhoa. For a price comparison, the amount of money the State spent to build the ONE new gym at Pāhoa High School, can build FIVE of our County gyms.

Nan Inc. provided me with the following aerial footage of the park being built:

Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament Aug. 19-21

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation invites anglers to register for the 20th Annual ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament that will be held August 19-21.

Fishing Tournament Fish

Separate divisions are offered for keiki 5 to 12 years old, teens, men, women, kūpuna at least 55 years old, and ‘ohana or families. There also will be a barbless circle hook challenge. Entry fee is either $25 or $30 per person or family, depending on the division entered. Please make checks payable to “County Director of Finance.”

Weigh-ins will be conducted from noon until 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at Honoka‘a Gymnasium.

Completed registration forms must be turned in to the Department’s Recreation Division office at 799 Pi‘ilani Street in Hilo or postmarked by Friday, July 29. Registration forms, along with tournament rules, are available at County Parks and Recreation facilities island-wide, S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo and J. Hara Store in Kurtistown. The forms also can be found online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation/.

For more information about the ‘Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament, please call Jayme Carvalho at 962-2109 or 936-4285.

Hawaii County Lava Viewing Area Reminders

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports the active lava flow southeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō continues to advance across the coastal plain on the southern flank of Kīlauea. The flow has spread about 400 yards beyond the base of the pali (cliff) of the abandoned Royal Gardens subdivision; and is about 1.8 miles from the ocean. Bright incandescence is visible from the active lava flow field, and the lava flow does not pose a threat to any community.

Photo by Milly Marchioni

Photo by Milly Marchioni

To maintain public safety and to preserve the emergency road or Highway 130, the County of Hawai‘i opened the emergency road to lava viewing since last week Thursday, June 30, 2016. Vehicular traffic on the emergency road is limited to local residents and emergency vehicles, and is being monitored by security guards posted along the viewing area.

Visitors need to be aware of the following reminders:

  • Viewing area hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily, with the last car allowed to park at 8:00 p.m.
  • It is about 6 miles round-trip from end of the pavement on Highway 130 to the end of the viewing area and back. The flow can be seen starting from just beyond the parking lot all along the viewing area route.
  • The road is unpaved and surrounded on all sides by rough lava flows on private property. Public access is restricted to the graded roadway and viewers are asked to please respect private property and the rights of local residents.
  • Restroom facilities are limited and lack running water.
  • All members of your party should dress appropriately with boots or sturdy, covered shoes, long pants and a hat.
  • Be prepared for rain, wind, sun, heat and dust exposure.
  • Bring lots of water (1-2 liters per person), there is no potable water available.
  • Bring a flashlight for walking at night over the rough ground.

Our goal is to maintain public safety, protect the interests of Kalapana residents, and protection of the emergency road or Highway 130.  We ask for your patience and kokua (help).

Kahana Drive Bridge Repair Completed

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that the Kahana Drive Bridge repair and restoration project has been completed.  The Kahana Drive Bridge No. 46, located mauka of Highway 19 on Kahana Drive is now open to the traveling public.

Kahana Bridge fixedThe repair work involved the rehabilitation of the original bridge structure replacing the old timber components with new wood preservative treated components.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works would like to thank the community and motorists for their patience, understanding and support throughout the repair and restoration project.

County Opening Emergency Road for Lava Viewing Tomorrow

The active lava flow from Puʻu ʻŌʻō is making its way over the Pulama Pali along the western boundary of the former Royal Gardens Subdivision.  The lava flow does not pose a threat to any community.

Lava ViewingTo maintain public safety and to preserve the emergency road or Highway 130, the County of Hawai‘i will open the emergency road to lava viewing on June 30, 2016.  Lava viewing along the three mile stretch of the County’s portion of the emergency road is permitted between the hours of 3 pm to 9 pm, daily. Vehicular traffic on the emergency road will be limited to local residents and emergency vehicles.

Security guards will be posted on the emergency road or Highway 130 before the entrance to Kalapana Gardens to provide lava viewing information and to direct parking. As in previous lava viewing events, visitors will be asked to park in marked areas near the end of the paved portion of Highway 130.  Again, it is approximately three (3) miles from this parking area to the end of the County portion of the emergency road, and vehicular traffic on the emergency road will be limited to local residents and emergency vehicles.

Visitors are reminded that the emergency road is a gravel road that traverses over older lava flows and ends at the National Park Service boundary.  Visitors are also reminded to prepare for the trek with proper footwear, sun screen, warm clothing, and water.

The County has established lava flow viewing areas along Highway 130 as far back as 2001 and most recently in Pāhoa in 2014.

Our goal is to maintain public safety, protecting the interests of Kalapana residents, and the protection of the emergency road or Highway 130.  We ask for your patience and kokua.

Kahana Drive Bridge Repair Closes Bridge

The Kahana Drive Bridge No. 46-9 located mauka of Highway 19 on Kahana Drive will be closed for repair work starting on Monday, June 27, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and will reopen on July 1, 2016, weather and constructions conditions permitting.

Kahana Bridge Repair

Motorists will be able to use the Old Māmalahoa Highway and Kalehua Road as alternate routes during the bridge closure period.

The repair work involves the rehabilitation of the existing bridge structure which includes replacing the old timber components with new wood preservative treated components.  The project is estimated to be completed by Friday, July 8, 2016, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Ed Teixeira Appointed Interim Administrator of Hawaii County Civil Defense

After four decades of service at the federal and state government level, former Hawai‘i State Civil Defense vice director Ed Teixeira will be directing the emergency management operations of the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency as interim administrator, effective May 16.

Ed Teixeira

Ed Teixeira

Teixeira is a combat veteran who served in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, and Germany, retiring from the U.S. Army as a colonel after 26 years of service. He began his emergency management career at State Civil Defense in 1996 and was named vice director in 1999. Teixeira retired from State Civil Defense in 2011. Since then he has worked as an instructor at Chaminade University in Honolulu and as a disaster preparedness and planning consultant.

“Ed Teixeira has worked for many years to keep the people of Hawai‘i Island safe in his role at State Civil Defense. We welcome his expertise and leadership at the helm of Hawai‘i County Civil Defense,” said Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Though he was born and raised on O‘ahu, and spent much of his career away from Hawai‘i Island, Teixeira bought a home in Waimea while stationed at Pōhakuloa Training Area in 1986. His familial ties to the island are in Honohina, where his mother was raised.

“I want to thank Mayor Kenoi for his confidence and for giving me the opportunity to serve the good people of Hawaiʻi County, said Teixeira. “As a resident of the Big Island, I am proud to be a member of his Civil Defense team. I extend my thanks and congratulations to Chief Darryl Oliveira for his outstanding work in the Civil Defense Agency, an agency with a history of excellence.”

Previous Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira retired at the beginning of May. Oliveira led Hawai‘i County Civil Defense since 2013. His tenure included preparation for and response to Tropical Storm Iselle, the recent Puna lava flow, and an outbreak of dengue.

Openings Still Available for Hawaii Summer Fun Programs

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation announces openings are still available for select youth Summer Fun Programs and Summer Sports Camps offered throughout Hawai‘i Island.

Summer FunSummer Fun Programs include excursions, swimming, nature exploration, arts and crafts projects, indoor and outdoor games, sports, music, and dance. Open to boys and girls who have completed kindergarten through the sixth grade, Summer Fun Programs are offered weekdays from June 6 through July 15, except for holidays.

Summer Sports Camps are open to older children, in some cases up to high school seniors, and offer sports, strength, speed and agility, and cross-training. They are held weekdays June 6 through July 15, except for holidays.

Registrations will be accepted for the following programs on a first-come, first-served basis until all open spots are filled:

Hilo District

  • Wainaku Gymnasium Summer Fun

Hāmākua District

  • Honoka‘a Gymnasium Summer Fun
  • Pa‘auilo Gymnasium Summer Sports Camp
  • Pāpa‘aloa Gymnasium Summer Fun and Summer Sports Camp
  • Pāpa‘ikou Gymnasium Summer Fun and Summer Sports Camp

Puna/Ka‘u District

  • Hawaiian Beaches Summer Fun
  • Kahuku Park Summer Fun
  • Kea‘au Middle School Summer Fun (registrations taken at Shipman Gymnasium)
  • Mountain View Gymnasium Summer Fun
  • Nā‘ālehu Community Center Summer Fun
  • Pāhala Community Center Summer Fun
  • Pāhoa Community Center Summer Fun

Kona and Kohala District

  • Kekuaokalani Gymnasium Summer Fun (at Kailua Park)
  • Yano Hall Summer Fun
  • Waimea Community Center Summer Fun
  • Waikoloa Park Summer Fun
  • Kamehameha Park Summer Fun

Parents should contact a site or sites directly to find out individual program details and learn if openings remain. Site information is listed on the Hawai‘i County website under: http://records.co.hawaii.hi.us/weblink/browse.aspx?dbid=1&startid=57945&cr=1.

For more information about Summer Fun Programs or Summer Sports Camps, please call 961-8740.

West Hawaii Forum: Hawaii County Budget Review, FY 2016-17

Learn how your hard earned tax dollars will be applied to County-established budgetary priorities for the fiscal year of 2016-17 on May 12th from 6-8 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers (Doors Open at 5:30).

Kenoi Budget

Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of his cabinet will explain the new County budget and spending priorities for Hawai`i County.

Joining the Mayor will be Department of Finance Director Deana Sako, along with Susan Akiyama – Director, Office of Housing and Community Development, Clayton Honma – Director, Department of Parks and Recreation, Warren Lee – Director, Department of Public Works, and  Tiffany Kai – Director, Mass Transit Agency.

Karen Eoff, County Council member for District 8 and Chair of the Committee on Finance, will provide the Forum’s opening remarks and explain the budget development process and how spending and revenue priorities are established.

This informational Forum will be moderated by Sherry Bracken of KKOA, LAVA, and KOA radio.

Right Turn Lane Being Installed on Kuauli Road

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works will be installing a right turn lane on Kuauli Road where it intersects the Volcano Highway (makai side) heading towards Keaau.  Work is scheduled between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, April 26th, and is estimated to be completed by Friday, May, 20th, weather and construction conditions permitting.  There will be no roadwork on weekends or holidays.

kuauli

Motorists are advised to expect delays and drive with caution as heavy vehicles and machinery will be in the work zone.  The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Waianuenue Avenue Road Improvements Between Carvalho Park and Rainbow Drive in Progress

The County of Hawai’i Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be conducting striping work beginning on Monday, April 25th as part of the road improvements on Waiānuenue Avenue between Carvalho Park and the makai intersection of Rainbow Drive.  The working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Wainuenue Widening

The Traffic Division also announces that the one-way section of Rainbow Drive will be closed permanently to provide a safer pedestrian/wheelchair route to cross the bridge.    The project also includes the widening of the existing T-intersection for bus and vehicular access to Rainbow Drive.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution as heavy vehicles and machinery will be in the work zone.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.  If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Shipman, Kurtistown Park Will be Closed April 14 for Fumigation Treatment

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close both the Herbert Shipman Park pavilion in Kea‘au and the Kurtistown Park pavilion on Thursday, April 14, to perform fumigation treatments.

Shipman Park

Other park areas, including ball fields, outdoor athletic courts and parking areas, will remain open. Both pavilions will be available for public use starting at 6 a.m. Friday, April 15.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the temporary closures may cause and thanks park patrons for their understanding while works to maintain the recreational sites.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

West Hawaii Forum – Hawaii County’s General Plan and Future Impacts

Join the discussion at this month’s West Hawaii Forum: Hawai’i County’s General Plan and Future Impacts on March 10th from 6 – 8 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center – County Council Chambers.   Doors will open at 5:30 pm. This program is free and open to the public.

West Hawaii Civic Center

Hawai’i County’s General Plan, approved in 2005 by the County Council represents the County government’s overall plans and policy direction for Hawai’i Island.  Under the General Plan, the County engages in a process of revising and adopting a Community Development Plan (CDP), most recently in 2015 that will affect communities throughout our island home.

Hawai’i County’s CDP provides a strategy for our local government’s budgetary and planning priorities. This forum will feature experts from both inside and outside County government who will assess Hawai’i County’s General Plan and development plans and impacts for 2016 forward.

Hear the experts, ask questions, and get involved:

  • Duane Kanuha – Hawai’I County, Planning Director
  • Mike Matsukawa – Hawai’i Real Estate and Land Use Attorney
  • Bo Kahui – Executive Director, La’i’Opua 2020

Department of Parks and Recreation Offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Classes

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is offering American Red Cross lifeguard training classes at both Hilo’s Kawamoto Swim Stadium and Laupāhoehoe Swimming Pool.

Red Cross Training

Class participants must be at least 15 years old and pass a pretest that requires demonstrating their swimming ability. Also required are a lifeguard training manual, available free online at redcross.org, and a pocket mask.

The American Red Cross lifeguard training class costs $75 per person. After successfully completing the class, students will be issued an American Red Cross certificate for lifeguarding, first aid, CPR, and AED use. Certification lasts for two years and may be used to apply for pool lifeguard positions with the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation.

A four-day American Red Cross lifeguard training class will be offered at Laupāhoehoe Swimming Pool from 8:45 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on March 16, 18, 21, and 23. To register for this class, please call Mark at 962-6993.

The same class will be offered at Kawamoto Swim Stadium from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. starting Monday, April 18, and ending Friday, April 29. Pretesting will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. To register for this class, please call Janie at 961-8698.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.

Dengue Fever Outbreak Continues – Hookena Beach Park Reopening March 1st

This is a Dengue Fever information update for Friday February 26th at 1:10PM.

The response to the ongoing Dengue Fever outbreak continues.  Although the number and frequency of new confirmed cases appears to be on the decline, the outbreak is not anticipated to be considered over anytime in the near future.  Therefore we need everyone’s help to continue to Fight the Bite.

To prevent mosquito bites, wear clothing that minimizes exposed skin, use mosquito repellent on skin that cannot be covered, and avoid areas of high mosquito concentration during the early morning and late afternoon periods when mosquito activity is greatest.

If you suspect you may have dengue, remain indoors to prevent the possibility of being bitten and infecting mosquitoes, and contact a health care provider. Community health centers are working with the Department of Health to see patients who suspect they may have dengue regardless of ability to pay.

Help to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas around homes and businesses.

As of 1:00PM today the Department of Health reported no additional confirmed cases since yesterday and the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak is at 260. These cases include 235 residents and 25 visitors.

As there have been no confirmed cases associated with the Hookena Beach Park since November 11th and with the actions taken to include numerous sprayings and treatments of the beach park, County and Department of Health Officials will be reopening the park for normal use to include camping effective Tuesday March 1st.

Everyone is reminded that ensuring the safe and enjoyable use of our park facilities depends on everyone’s help and cooperation.  Please use repellent while visiting and enjoying the park and help to keep it clean.  If feeling ill, avoid visiting parks and public areas and remain home to prevent transmission of any communicable diseases.

For additional information on dengue and preventing the spread, go to health.hawaii.gov or call the Department of Health at 974-6001. Everyone’s help and assistance with this outbreak is much needed and appreciated.

Below is a map that depicts case locations as of 2/25/2016.

This map will be updated weekly with location data provided by the State Department of Health. Locations may represent multiple cases. For the most up to date case counts and other information from the Department of Health, visit their website at health.hawaii.gov.

Surveying and spraying is being conducted at the residences of all suspect and confirmed cases, in addition to proactive spraying at nearby public facilities.

Dengue Pinpoint 22616

Pāhala Swimming Pool Closing for Repairs Feb. 22 – March 4

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close Pāhala Swimming Pool starting Monday, February 22, so the pool’s pump may be repaired.

County worker works on the Pahoa Pool last year

County worker works on the Pahoa Pool last year

This closure is expected to continue through Friday, March 4, 2016.

Normal operating hours are scheduled to resume on Saturday, March 5, when Pāhala Swimming Pool will be reopened for public recreational swim at 9 a.m.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the temporary closure might cause and thanks pool patrons for their understanding while the needed repairs are performed.

Operating schedules, events listing, and holiday closures for each of Hawai‘i County’s nine swimming pools are listed online at: http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/pr-aquatics/. Admission is free.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.