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We went with a Hollywood glamour theme for this year’s 40 Under 40, and we’re grateful to the honorees for playing along. They all dressed up appropriately for a fun photo shoot, yielding us a great-looking section for Friday's print edition of Pacific Business News. We also asked them, if a movie were being made about your career, what would it be called, who would play you, and what kind of movie would it be? Click on photos to see what they had to say! (Hint: Tina Fey, clear your calendar!) Naturally,…
How are Hawaii’s keiki faring when it comes to health and safety issues? On Thursday, the Hawaii State Department of Health, Department of Education (HIDOE), and University of Hawaii released high school data from the 2015 Hawaii Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) for the state and all four counties. The YRBS is a bi-annual survey that regularly monitors the health risk behaviors of public, non-charter school students statewide. Over 12,000 Hawaii students in grades 6 through 12 participated in the 2015 survey. Topics covered in the survey include unintentional injuries and violence; tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. The survey also monitors the percentages of students affected by obesity and asthma. Here are a few categories and results: Physical fighting: 15 percent of high school students reported that they..
It takes 0.4 seconds for a 90 mile-per-hour fastball to reach home plate. That’s also how long it took Hilo native Kolten Wong to find his swing again after his demotion to Triple-A Memphis Monday. In his first at-bat with the Redbirds Thursday, Wong smoked a leadoff home run to right field. The fireworks weren’t over. In the bottom of the ninth inning with Memphis trailing 5-4, Wong cracked a walk-off grand slam to bookend the game with home runs. He finished the game 3-4 with a single, the 2 home runs, and 5 runs batted in. Wong had hit .222 in the Major Leagues before his demotion on Monday. Following the move, Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he still expects Wong to be the organization’s second baseman of the future. “Obviously, we made the investment,” said Mozeliak. “I do see him at some point getting that job back.”
It takes 0.4 seconds for a 90 mile-per-hour fastball to reach home plate. That’s also how long it took Hilo native Kolten Wong to find his swing again after his demotion to Triple-A Memphis Monday. In his first at-bat with the Redbirds Thursday, Wong smoked a leadoff home run to right field. The fireworks weren’t over. In the bottom of the ninth inning with Memphis trailing 5-4, Wong cracked a walk-off grand slam to bookend the game with home runs. He finished the game 3-4 with a single, the 2 home runs, and 5 runs batted in. Wong had hit .222 in the Major Leagues before his demotion on Monday. Following the move, Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he still expects Wong to be the organization’s second baseman of the future. “Obviously, we made the investment,” said Mozeliak. “I do see him at some point getting that job back.”
The 2016 Major League Baseball draft runs June 9-11. KHON2, along with a handful of anonymous MLB scouts, coaches, and baseball analysts compiled a MLB Draft Top 10 list for Hawaii prospects. Hawaii’s Top 10 MLB Draft Prospects 1. Brandon Bonilla – LHP – Hawai’i Pacific The 6’4″ 215 lb. senior will hope that the third time in the MLB draft is a charm. Bonilla was selected in the 37th round out of IMG Academy (FL) by the Marlins in 2011, and in the 25th round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Grand Canyon University (AZ) in 2014. The strong-framed left handed hurler ran his fastball up to 98 miles-per-hour this spring, generally sitting in the 90-94 MPH range. He features a sharp curve ball that helped him break the HPU record for saves in a season with 12 in 2016. Command consistency has been an issue for the projectable prospect. Bonilla is the son of former six-time All-Star outfielder Bobby Bonilla, and the godson of all-time home run king Barry Bonds. In a dominant 2016 campaign ..
Investigators have yet to confirm whether Wednesday’s police pursuit across Oahu was linked to a big heist at a construction site. Bryson Bagio, 24, was arrested in Kailua Wednesday morning. We learned police followed Bagio through Leeward Oahu, eventually getting stopped and arrested in Kailua. Along the way, police say Bagio hit a car driven by an elderly female near Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery. He was arrested for reckless driving, fleeing a motor vehicle collision, unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle, driving without a license, and a contempt warrant. Bagio has not yet been charged. Bryson Bagio We learned the truck Bagio was driving at the time of his arrest was stolen, but that’s not all that was taken. A construction site in the Ewa area has been unusually quiet these past two days after more than $20,000 worth of equipment — two work trucks and a trailer — were taken. “It was actually a shock because when we drove in, all of the container doors were open. Pretty ..
It just got a lot easier to book an Uber ride from Hawaii’s busiest airport. Always Investigating found out the ride-sharing giant has unblocked Honolulu International Airport on its app, causing an outcry from taxi and commercial drivers who carry costly airport permits. They say their own business has plummeted by half in just a couple of days. Since 2014, ride-sharing company Uber has blocked Honolulu International Airport on its app for noncommercial bookings, meaning customers could only arrange an Uber ride with an “Uber Select” driver who also has all the state commercial stickers and permits too; about a dozen of them in Honolulu. Always Investigating found out that has just changed. “The Uber rider app suddenly and without warning was allowing riders to request UberX and UberXL rides at the airport,” said UberSelect driver Brenten Yamane, owner of Kanoa Transportation. “I’m doing approximately, I’d say 50 percent of the business I was doing prior,” said Matthew Wetzel, an..
FORT WORTH, Texas (KTVT/CNN) — A Texas mother suddenly went into labor with no one around to help her. Allison Marquardt called 911, and said, “I’m in labor and I have a history of precipitous labor.” At first, MedStar 911 operator Kate Gillinger thought the call was routine. “I thought it was just going to be one of those we get there we transport and then we go to the hospital, but it didn’t turn out that way,” Gillinger said. “I called 911 and was like, ‘I don’t think anyone’s going to get here in time.’ It was scary,” Marquardt said. Though in tears, she managed to keep herself breathing deeply and remained as calm as she could. Dispatcher: Are you alone? Caller: Yes. Dispatcher: I want you to assume the most comfortable position and take deep breaths between your contractions. Marquardt laid down on her bedroom floor as Gillinger began helping her through the birth. Dispatcher: Let me know when the baby is completely out. Caller: (Cries in pain) Dispatcher: Let me know wha..
A word of caution to West Oahu residents, especially those who drive into town regularly during the evening hours. More lane closures will start next week due to rail construction. A second balanced cantilever will be built over the H-1 Freeway near the Sears Distribution Center. Much like the first cantilever project, the next one will be done above the freeway, which will close town-bound lanes from 6:30 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. starting next week. “At no time will the entire road be closed but, for instance, if you were going to go town-bound in the middle of the night, you might actually see it shut down to one lane, just so you have a safe work zone for all the employees,” explained Dan Grabauskas, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation CEO. Grabauskas says the overhead clearance will also be affected starting next week, so those who drive big rigs and military vehicles need to be aware. The height clearance starts at 19 feet 5 inches from the inside lane and gradually decr..
Hawaiian Electric confirms more than 2,000 customers in East Oahu were out of power due to a downed power line. The outage was initially reported at around 4:30 p.m. and stretched from Kaimuki to Aina Haina, including Kahala Mall. Crews pinpointed the cause: a downed power line on 19th Avenue. Repairs were completed and power restored shortly before 6 p.m.
Hawaiian Electric confirms more than 2,000 customers in East Oahu are currently out of power. The outage was initially reported at around 4:30 p.m. and stretches from Kaimuki to Aina Haina, including Kahala Mall. A first responder is en route. Stay with KHON2.com for updates.
Kohanaiki Estate Lot 37 with roughly 220 feet of beautiful emerald green golf course frontage from the 14th hole of the Rees Jones designed 18-hole private golf course on the Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii. View a Lifestyle Video Kohanaiki is an oceanfront private club community along the Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii. The club includes unsurpassed world-class amenities such as luxurious spa, fine dining, fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms, lounge areas, multiple serene swimming pools, tennis courts, and Championship golf course. Kona coast is known for some of the best surfing, diving, and deep sea fishing Kohanaiki is an adventure waiting to be explored, and where fun is bound to be achieved. Superb weather allows lots of experiences in this brilliant playground of adventure. Experience the best of the best with first-class amenities at the Shores at Kohanaiki Resort. Kona Coast, Big Island of Hawaii | Golf and Ocean Activities Just two miles from the Kona Inte..
Hawaii, which was ranked the No. 5 state in solar energy installations just two years ago, has failed to make the top 10 for the second straight year, according to a new report. The Aloha State finished in 11th place as of the first quarter, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight quarterly report done by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. Last year, Hawaii came in 13th place in the country in the annual state solar photovoltaic installation rankings. California continues…
(CNN) — A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that there is no Second Amendment protection for concealed weapons — allowing states to prohibit or restrict the public from carrying concealed firearms. The en banc opinion by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could set up a new showdown on gun rights at the Supreme Court. At issue was California’s law on concealed weapons, which requires citizens to prove they have “good cause” to carry concealed firearms to get a license. Plaintiffs challenged guidelines in San Diego and Yolo counties that did not consider general self-defense to be enough to obtain a license. The 9th Circuit held 7-4 in the case, Peruta v. County of San Diego, that the restrictions on concealed carry are constitutional, ruling that the Second Amendment right to bear arms does not provide a right to carry concealed arms. “The historical materials bearing on the adoption of the Second and Fourteenth Amendments are remarkably consistent,” wrote Judge William Fl..
A planned condominium-hotel project at the former Kyo-ya Restaurant site on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki is still aiming to start construction in the second quarter of 2017, with a completion date estimated for the end of 2019, according to its recently published final environmental assessment. Hawaii-based Best Hospitality LLC, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Tsukada Global Holdings, is currently developing conceptual plans for the property at 2055-2057 Kalakaua Ave., as first reported by Pacific Business…
by Carleen MacKay :: Angelica Lewis :: Fabian Lewis :: Rob Kinslow Are you in your mid-late career? Do you still think you can change the world? “The People who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs We’re writing about you, you who were
Good news for residents in Mililani Mauka. Pest detection crews returned to the neighborhood Thursday to make sure Little Fire Ants discovered back in 2014 are gone. They tested 21 residences on two streets, and results all came back negative. Since the detection of LFA in June 2014, the six-acre area was treated eight times with pesticides and bait formulas in six-week intervals. The last treatment was conducted in May 2015. Subsequent checks found no sign of the ants. “It’s important that we get 100-percent cooperation from the residents,” said Derek Arakaki, Department of Agriculture. “That’s the reason we were successful. The residents were very cooperative.” The state will continue to monitor the area for the next two years. LFA are an aggressive and invasive species that pack a painful sting. If you think you have an infestation, you’re urged to collect a sample and let the Department of Agriculture know.
(CNNMoney) — Facebook is about to delete a group of photos on your account that you might have forgotten about — or not even known were there. They currently live in the private “Synced” or “Synced from Phone” section of your Facebook photos. Back in 2012, Facebook launched an optional photo syncing feature that automatically uploaded your phone’s photos to a private album. The company wanted to make it easy for you to share those photos online at a later date. But Facebook began phasing out the feature late last year in order to encourage people to download and use its Moments app. Facebook will delete any photos that were previously in a Synced folder unless users download and log into Moments to transfer them before July 7. Users who don’t want to use Moments but want to save their photos can download the files right now on their computer. Facebook’s notice to me that my synced photos will be deleted. Moments, which launched in June 2015, performs a similar auto-syncing funct..
Activities will continue as planned for thousands of students on the North Shore this summer. A Haleiwa fish pond will reopen after sewage leaked from a neighboring restaurant’s wastewater system. Last week, Malama Loko Ea Foundation suspended all activities at the pond due to health concerns. The pond is owned by Kamehameha Schools and frequently used by children for education purposes. According to executive director Rae DeCoito: “Malama Loko Ea Foundation has serious concerns about the restaurant reopening and of DOH’s promise of continuous enforcement of limiting the number of patrons. But more importantly, we would like to let the community know about the actual results of the Department of Health dye test which found evidence of dye in a puddle off the restaurant’s septic wastewater system and nowhere else at Loko Ea. Based on these results, Malama Loko Ea Foundation plans to reopen the fishponds to the public again as early as next week.” Health officials say renovations ..
Dan Grabauskas, executive director of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, and Brennon Morioka, deputy director, recommend that the new elevated rail system terminate Downtown as the board reconsiders options for the over-budget project. Members of the HART board of directors met Wednesday to discuss financial options for the rail project, which has a potential $1.14 billion deficit. On Monday, the Federal Transit Administration wrote to Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Grabauskas asking them…