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Bonterra Solar powers up Simply Storage

Bonterra Solar powers up Simply Storage

HONOLULU – Bonterra Solar has completed the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Simply Storage of Hawaii. The new system, powered by 298 PV panels manufactured by U.S.-based Solar World, will help the Iwilei self-storage company significantly reduce its energy costs. 

In its first year, the new PV system is expected to save Simply Storage over $29,000 in electrical costs. 

“With Bonterra’s no-money-down financing option we were able to cut our monthly electrical cost by 40 to 50 percent which has allowed us to increase our cash flow,” said Simply Storage owner Todd Middleton, who also hired Bonterra to install a photovoltaic system on his house. “In today’s tough economic times, cash flow is vital to a business’s success.”

Power restored to Kaneohe residents after outage

KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Hawaiian Electric Company crews finished replacing a wooden pole and overhead lines that had been damaged by a fire near Windward Community College at around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, restoring power to all customers who had been affected by the outage.

Initially, about 5,000 residential customers lost power. Service was restored to most of them in about 45 minutes, but 500 customers in the Hokulele and Crown Terrace subdivisions were without power while crews finished repairs.

When Martha Kaimana came home from work, she was frustrated when nothing turned on.

"I wasn't happy and then what am I going do and I'm looking all over the place for flashlights and batteries. Only my neighbors have a generator," said the Hokulele subdivision resident.

Many families in her neighborhood are turned to pizza deliveries or take-out food for dinner.

MCBH's 'BayFest' latest victim of sequestration

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- The popular music and community celebration known as 'BayFest,' held annually at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, has been cancelled for 2013, according to a post on the event's Facebook page. 

Car catches fire on the H-3

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow)- A car caught fire on the H-3 Saturday afternoon.

According to Capt. Main, a single car fire broke out on the Kaneohe side just before the H-3 tunnel.

The incident happened at about 5:07 p.m.

We will have more information on this story when it becomes available. Stay with HawaiiNewsNow.com for the upcoming details.

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Country star Toby Keith launches Hawaii USO tour

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Award-winning singer and songwriter Toby Keith will play four free USO concerts for Hawaii's military community this weekend.

Keith will start his Hawaii tour on Friday with two concerts one on Kauai (Barking Sands) the other on Oahu (Pearl Harbor).  He will then play Schofield Barracks on Saturday, May 4 and Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on May 5.

Keith has been an outspoken supporter of the U.S. military and has traveled all over the globe for several USO tours.

The Hawaii tour is part of a 10-day USO tour that will take Keith to the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii. According to the USO, since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has performed 11 USO tours and traveled to 15 countries. 

dck-ecc pacific Breaks Ground on New Air Station Operations Complex at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

dck-ecc pacific Breaks Ground on New Air Station Operations Complex at Marine Corps Base Hawaii

HONOLULU — dck-ecc pacific broke ground last week on a $46.6 million air station operations complex at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The new complex will include an air passenger terminal, dormitory for the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Marines, six new fire truck bays and new office space. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2014.

“This project was awarded to the dck-ecc team last year and we recently completed the design phase of this design-build contract for NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Command) Hawaii,” said Eric Tessem, dck pacific senior vice president and general manager. “Now with construction activities ready to begin, we are confident that our project team will be successful in constructing state-of-the-art, sustainable, and highly functional facilities for the Marines and sailors at MCBH.”

Tip leads to renewed search for man missing since 1996

Rick Calhau

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are asking for the public's help to track down Rick Calhau.

According to police, Calhau disappeared on Nov. 18, 1996, but they recently received new information that led them to renew their investigation into his whereabouts.

Calhau was last seen by his wife 16 years ago at their home in Kaneohe. He had told her he was going to a friend's home in Kalihi, but never returned. Calhau's 1992 brown Ford pickup was found the following day in Aiea near Our Savior Lutheran Church on Moanalua Road.

Police are not revealing details about the new information they received.

Anyone who can help investigators with this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on your mobile device.

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