Kaiholena North Purchased for $6.5 Million… How Come I Never Heard About This?

I may totally be off base here… but did I miss something recently?  I’ve been very busy… but geez!

I just took a look at the Public Access, Open Space and Natural Resources Preservation Fund Accounting report for July of 2010 that came from the August meeting and I seem to be caught off guard by a very large purchase that I haven’t heard of.

In December of 2009, the Preservation Fund had over $10 million in it after an accumulation of three years.  One month later, the fund was down to $4.4 million.

A quick look at the sheet shows that the purchase was the Kaiholena North Purchase.

I just haven’t heard anything about this in the last few years.  There was this preservation plan put forth back in 2005 so it does look like it’s a pretty important piece of property.

County to Receive $5 Million Grant for One-Stop Transportation Facility and ADA Compliant Buses

Media Release:

Hawaii and Kauai County will receive $5.925 million to build a transit facility and buy new buses, Senator Daniel K. Inouye announced today.

Hawaii County will receive the bulk of the money, $4 million to construct a one-stop transportation facility in Hilo and $1 million for the purchase of Americans with Disability Act compliant new buses.

Kauai will receive $925,000 to purchase new buses.

The funds are provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“The safe and timely transportation of our residents and visitors is critical to maintaining a healthy economy.  These funds will help people on Kauai and the Big Island get to and from work while reducing traffic congestion and limiting the impact fossil fuels have on the environment, ” said Senator Inouye.

Better Place, Sheraton Waikiki and Hawaiian Electric Partner on EV Charge Network in Hawaii

Media Release:

Better Place announced today the start of its initial deployment of EV infrastructure in Hawaii, with the launch of a project to incorporate its electric-vehicle infrastructure in Honolulu, in partnership with Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts’ Sheraton Waikiki Resort and Hawaiian Electric Company. The project will start with a small number of charge spots in Waikiki and around Oahu and includes seven electric vehicles. Better Place will manage the charging of the vehicles via a network operations center located in Palo Alto, California.

“Hawaii’s commitment to being a world leader in renewable energy, as demonstrated by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, aligns very strongly with our mission to help end the world’s reliance on oil,” said Jason Wolf, Vice President of Better Place’s North American Operations. “This project marks the beginning of our initial, pre-commercial infrastructure deployment in Hawaii. It supports the state’s goal of leading the nation in renewable energy use, which Better Place will integrate into the grid via electric cars.”

Better Place was among five clean-energy companies awarded funding from the Hawaii Renewable Energy Development Venture (HREDV), a project of the local nonprofit Pacific International Center for High Technology Research that allocates U.S. Department of Energy funds.

“The role of HREDV is to accelerate commercialization of these clean-tech projects so that private investors and customers can follow with increased confidence,” said HREDV project director Maurice Kaya. “The winning companies showed how their technologies could be game-changers in Hawaii and demonstrated strong technical and management expertise to execute the projects and manage federal funds…”

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Cirque Du Soleil Coming to Honolulu

Island Family Magazine got a sneak preview of the upcoming Cirque Du Soleil tour coming to Honolulu, Hawaii (Oct. 15-31, 2010). Video taken by Island Family Magazine’s Associate Editor Sherie Char.