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Combating burglaries and mail theft in Windward Oahu

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- Windward Oahu families are fed up with increasing crime, including burglaries, car break-ins and stolen mail. The problem was the hot topic at a town hall meeting in Kaneohe on Tuesday night.

Kahaluu resident Eric Merkel carefully monitors his mail. Four homes on his street have had letters stolen in the last two weeks. A couple of days ago he also saw a driver rummaging through mailboxes on nearby Waihee Road.

"I've seen someone driving up on the driver's side across the road into oncoming traffic, stop, pull letters out of the mailbox, look through them, then put them back in, then drive on to another mailbox," said Merkel.

The neighborhood faced a similar situation about three years ago. That's when long-time resident Jacob Ferreira Jr. bought a secured mailbox and helped start a community watch program.

Kaneohe principal receives national honor

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- A Hawaii educator has received a high honor. Sheena Alaiasa, principal at King Intermediate School, has been named one of three finalists for the national middle school principal of the year.

Alaiasa is credited with turning test scores around at the Kaneohe school once nicknamed the "King Zoo" because many students there were often disruptive.

As a finalist in the national competition, Alaiasa earned a $1,500 grant for King Intermediate School. If she takes the top honor, the school will collect another $3,500.

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Fighter jets to increase noise over windward Oahu

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KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Marine Corps Base Hawaii announced on Monday that 12 F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will be temporarily based in Kaneohe Bay throughout July while supporting pre-deployment training on the Big Island.

The 12 jets will arrive July 9 and are scheduled to depart early August.

Windward residents can anticipate increased aircraft activity due to day and night operations, which are scheduled to end at 11 p.m. daily. Maintenance may continue throughout early-morning hours to ensure aircraft readiness and safety.

The aircraft, pilots and crewmen, assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 in Fort Worth, Texas, will support Marines of 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment during Exercise Lava Viper at Pohakuloa Training Area.

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Ten local Red Cross volunteers head to Arizona for disaster relief

Ten local Red Cross volunteers head to Arizona for disaster relief

Hawai`i Red Cross volunteers will share their aloha to those affected by the Arizona wildfires.

19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed battling the blaze that left many without basic necessities.

Three Hawai`i Red Cross nurses left yesterday for Arizona and seven additional volunteers will be leaving this week - from Maui, O`ahu and the Big Island.

"Not only do we want to give our aloha and reach out to these poor people that are suffering so tremendously but when they come back, they're going to have experience in order to help Hawai`i be stronger for when we get hit by a disaster," American Red Cross Hawai`i State Chapter CEO Coralie Matayoshi said.


David Karl and Edward DeLong awarded $4.2M to pursue high risk research in marine microbial ecology

David Karl and Edward DeLong awarded $4.2M to pursue  high risk research in marine microbial ecology


HONOLULU - The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded Dr. David Karl and Dr. Edward DeLong, both UH Mānoa professors in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) individual grants totaling $4.2M to support their marine research. These awards are part of the Moore Foundation’s national Marine Microbiology Initiative that awarded 16 scientists from 14 different institutions a total of up to $35 million over five years to pursue pioneering research in the field of marine microbial ecology.

Servco Automotive restructures automotive parts operations

Servco Automotive restructures automotive parts operations

HONOLULU, HAWAII (July 1, 2013) – Servco Automotive (Servco) today announced the re-alignment of its retail and wholesale auto parts business, serving the Toyota, Scion and Suzuki brands on Oahu. No personnel will be laid off.  The changes are effective from July 1, 2013.


Retail customers can continue to purchase their Toyota, Scion and Suzuki parts at the following dealerships:

  • Servco Auto Honolulu in Mapunapuna at 2850 Pukoloa St., Ste. 106, Honolulu, HI 96819
  • Servco Auto Windward in Kaneohe at 45-655 Kamehameha Hwy., Kaneohe, HI 96744
  • Servo Auto Leeward in Waipahu at 94-729 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu, Hawaii 96797


Promises for preschool

Promises for preschool

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a bill today supporting early childhood education in Hawai`i.

Senate Bill 1093 calls for a Preschool Open Doors Program that will provide keiki with resources that will help them with emotional, social, linguistic, cognitive and physical development. The measure will set aside $1.16 million for the next two fiscal years to create three temporary positions and services for program implementation. Additionally $6.4 million will be used to subsidize 900 children to attend preschool for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The money will be made available from the State Department of Human Services.

“That’s not enough – but that’s alright,” Abercrombie said referring to 900 kids. “That’s not a complaint. It’s a promise.