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At The Mercy Of Nature: Two Famous Hawaii Beaches See Unprecedented Erosion

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Two of Oahu's most popular beaches are experiencing erosion at unprecedented levels.
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This phenonmenon is happening around the world.  Climate change has been especially critical in low lying islands and atolls in the Western Pacific, where nations, such as Tuvulu, could be inundated in a few decades.  Aloha, Russ.

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New development planned for Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

Four parcels would be developed with 54,000-square-feet for commercial space.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The proposed 54,000-square-foot project is located on the mauka side of the Mamalahoa Highway and also connects with Lehua Lane and Keaka Parkway.  Another 12,500-square-feet would be used as an open, landscaped area for craft fairs, theater productions, and public meetings.  The applicant, William C. Foulk, wants to change the zoning from agricultural to village commercial.  The Hawaii County Council's Planning Committee gave a favorable recommendation to the request on Thursday.  The development would be adjacent to the existing Ocean View Market.  Aloha, Russ.

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Thousands have no health care in Hawaii.

Estimate placed at 75,000 with no health insurance.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

Reporter:  Oskar Garcia.

 

According to Associated Press reporter Oskar Garcia, the rate of people without health insurance in Hawaii has dropped below 6 percent since the implementation of the federal health care law.  State Health officials said the approximately 75,000 people in Hawaii don't have health insurance, down from well over 100,000 from last year.  Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito told the AP that the rate is down from about 8 percent before the push to enroll people last year. The new numbers come as legislators discuss Hawaii's troubled health insurance exchange, which can't sustain itself financially. Interim executive director of the Hawaii Health Connector, the state's health exchange, Tom Matsuda,  said "the state is still figuring out how to operate on a much smaller budget."   Hawaii plans to propose a central system to federal officials in August that would allow the state to help drive people to the health exchange, bypassing problems that plagued the application process earlier in the year. When the Hawaii Health Connector was first launched, it was beset with software glitches, lost applications, and other technical issues. Aloha, Russ.

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Adoption advocate in Honolulu jail on sex charges - Hawaii News Now

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Adoption advocate in Honolulu jail on sex charges Hawaii News Now The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Martinez, using the name David Louis, opened Heart Gallery Hawaii in 2005 and then became executive director of Florida-based Heart Gallery of...
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Louis Martinez is the former executive director of an organization that encourages adoption of foster children.  Earlier this month, he was charged with attempted sexual assault involving a girl who was 11 years old in 2011.  Last year, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, allegedly in her sleep after he gave her three to five shots of hard liquor.  The victim has received psychological treatment for suicidal tendencies.  Martinez was extradited to Honolulu from the mainland earlier this year after he fled while under supervised release.  Comment:  There must be a special place in Hades for sociopathic predators like this.  I trust a jury will render the necessary verdict.  For what it's worth, lock him up in solitary confinement for the rest of his life.  Aloha, Russ.

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Big Island police investigate officer-involved shooting - Hawaii News Now

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Big Island police are investigating a non-fatal officer-involved shooting in Hilo on Monday.
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According to "Hawaii Tribune-Herald" reporter John Burnett, a reported domestic incident resulted in a non-fatal shooting around noon on Monday.  The shooting  occurred after police officers responded to a report of a domestic incident in a pink sport-utility vehicle in the Panaewa area.  When officers found the vehicle, the driver led them on a chase going up the Stainback Highway, where the vehicle allegedly turned around and headed "recklessly toward the officers."  In response, officers fired three shots at the SUV, which continued down the Stainback Highway.  The vehicle then stopped a short distance away and the suspect fled into the bushes.  Police soon found 38-year-old Riley Asuncion of Pahoa, arrested him on suspicion of terroristic threatening, and took him to the Hilo Medical Center, where he remained in stable condition with a non-lethal wound to the torso.  Court records indicate that Asuncion has 21 criminal convictions, including one felony conviction for burglary in 2007.  The Hilo Criminal Investigations Section is conducting a formal investigation into the shooting and the Office of Professional Standards is conducting an administrative investigation.  This is standard practice in any police-involved shooting incident.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii police arrest fugitive.

Kyle Koa Dawson has been taken into custody.

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Source:  Hawaii Police Department/Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

Hawaii police have arrested  32-year-old Kyle Koa Dawson of Kailua-Kona, who was the subject of a public bulletin describing him as possibly armed and dangerous.  Dawson was detained on a no-bail warrant for probation violations Saturday in Keaukaha.  Aloha, Russ.

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More free lunches for needy children.

Eligibility increased for Hawaii Island students.

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Source:  Stephens Media Hawaii.

 

According to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more Hawaii families could be eligible for food assistance under a new program that begins this August.  The reports says a family of four can earn $35,659 and still qualify for free meals under updated eligibility criteria.  The income limit for free meals for a family of four has been increased to $50,746.  Application forms and a letter from the state Department of Education were scheduled to be sent to homes this week.  The meals are partially supported by the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.  According to the Casey Foundation report, sixty-five percent of Hawaii Island's students qualified for the subsidized meal program in 2012.  As of this spring, just over half of students qualify for the program statewide.  The state Department of Education Food Services Branch provides meals for approximately 100,000 students and school staff at 265 schools statewide.  Aloha, Russ.

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East Hawaii gets thorough soaking from passing tropical storm.

No major damage reported from two days of heavy showers.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Tom Callis.

 

The remains of Tropical Storm Wali left most of East Hawaii very wet, with reports of minor flooding, but no major damage.  Weather forecasters will most likely lift the flood watch status by 6 p.m. today (Monday, 21 July 2014).  According to meteorologist Maureen Ballard of the National Weather Service, "The worst of the weather should have passed Hawaii Island by then, though some areas could still see heavy rains or thunder showers tonight."  Conditions for Hawaii Island remained fairly calm Sunday evening, following heavy showers in windward sections on Saturday.  Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira told reporter Tom Callis that "We have been really fortunate over the weekend."  Rainfall was heavier on the island of Oahu, where on gauge recorded 13.85 inches in 24 hours.  Aloha, Russ.  

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James Garner of 'The Rockford Files' dies - Hawaii News Now

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According to the Associated Press, few actors could register disbelief, exasperation or annoyance with more comic subtlety than the late James Garner. " Garner had a way of widening his eyes while the corner of his mouth sagged ever so slightly.  Maybe he would swallow once to further make his point.  This portrait of fleeting disquiet could be understood, and identified by every member of the audience. " Garner took these rare talents and molded himself into an unlikely, quiet hero of such TV favorites as "Maverick" and "The Rockford Files."  Garner died Sunday at age 86 in Los Angeles. He will be remembered for "his quick - witted avoidance of conflict" that "offered a refreshing new take on the American hero..." He will be missed.  Aloha, Russ.

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People Nationwide Rally To Help Man Paralyzed While On Vacation In Hawaii ... - Huffington Post

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People Nationwide Rally To Help Man Paralyzed While On Vacation In Hawaii ...
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I'm continuously amazed by the kindness of strangers.  Take the case of Todd Duitsman of Stanwood, Washington, who suffered a serious spinal injury while he was body surfing at Big Beach, Maui.  His family didn't have the $50,000 necessary to fly him home.  Following a media story about his paralysis and inability to get home, "people across the nation were inspired to show him support and offered donations to fly him home."  Duitsman thanked his unknown benefactors on his Facebook page and said he'll be back following a long period of rehabilitation.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @EarthPix

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Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii http://t.co/nZal0BucS0
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A quiet day at Hanauma Bay, a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu.  Aloha, Russ.

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Marines Prepare For Future War With Robot Horses And Swimming Trucks

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Robots bring lunch to the battlefields of tomorrow.
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One of the purposes of the current RIMPAC training exercise is to test new or experimental equipment in simulated combat situations.  Among the new devices undergoing field trials is "the Legged Support System (LS3)," a mechanical "mule" that carries up to 400 pound of equipment to marines operating on patrol.  Another piece of military equipment getting a field test is a new type of beach landing craft that is quicker, more durable, and better armed than previous craft use to put marines on hostile beaches.  Robots will be integral parts of tomorrow's battlefield.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @OurWorldPhotos

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The Molokini Crater, Hawaii. http://t.co/NXejOBL7WL
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Nice shot of Molokini Island and sunken crater just off the Maui coast.  This is a favorite skin diving spot.  Aloha, Russ.

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Schatz, Hanabusa size up records in Hawaii debate - Sacramento Bee

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Schatz, Hanabusa size up records in Hawaii debate
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HONOLULU -- U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep.
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According to the Associated Press, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa argued about who has achieved a better record in Congress as the Democrats faced off in their final debate before the 09 August primary election.  The candidates are vying to serve the state in the U.S. Senate met Thursday evening on Hawaii News Nine.  Schatz said Hanabusa's record is not distinguished after she introduced about 28 bills in the past three-and-a-half years.  Hanabusa countered that the tourism committee where Schatz is chairman met only once--he said it met twice--and it didn't introduce any bills.  Hanabusa added that she secured federal spending for Hawaii by supporting the National Defense Authorization Act.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kulani receives its first inmates.

Twenty-one inmates return to the formerlly closed facility.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The state Department of Public Safety announced Friday that 21 inmates arrived at the renovated facility, located on the Stainback Highway.  The Kulani Correctional Facility was closed in 2009 as a result of state budget cuts.  Currently, there are 56 staff working at the facility.  Sixteen new corrections officers started training on 30 June and will begin their jobs at Kulani upon graduation in August.  Kulani's 200 low-risk inmates will return in phases.  The rest will return in increments over the next five months.  Aloha, Russ.

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Top Scientists Warn World Health Organization Not to Stub Out E-Cigarettes

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London: A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organization not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.The UN agency, which is currently assessing its position on the matter, has previously indicated it would favour applying similar restrictions to all nicotine-containing products.In an open letter to WHO Director General Margaret Chan, the scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia argued that low-risk products like e-cigarettes were
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Here's more on the continuing battle to legitimize e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to inhaling tobacco smoke.  In an open letter to World Health Organization (WHO) General Margaret Chan, scientists from Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America argued that "low-risk products like e-cigarettes were 'part of the solution' in the fight against smoking, not part of the problem."  In the letter, scientists called e-cigarettes one of "The most significant health innovations of the 21st century--perhaps saving hundreds of million of lives."  WHO says it will study the letter and render an opinion at a later date.  Aloha, Russ.

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Navy investing in Kaneohe wave energy testing - Hawaii News Now

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HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii says the U.S. Navy is investing $9 million more in a Kaneohe wave energy development project.
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According to the University of Hawaii, the funds will help the Manoa campus' Hawaii Natural Energy Institute conduct additional underwater surveys with its partner Sea Engineering, Incorporated.  The funds will also benefit divers and remotely controlled underwater vehicles.  Kaneohe is expected to become the first wave energy test site in the nation to connect to an active power grid.  The Navy began testing wave energy devices in Kaneohe Bay several years ago with a test berth in about 100 feet of water.  This year, the Navy plans to establish two additional test berths at depths of of about 200 feet and 260 feet.  Aloha, Russ.

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Rain floods Oahu homes, affects other islands - Hawaii News Now

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HAUULA, Hawaii (AP) - Remnants of a broken-up tropical storm brought rainy weather to Hawaii, flooding windward Oahu homes and affecting areas of the Big Island and Kauai.
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According to the Associated Press, the remnants of tropical storm Wali brought heavy showers and flooding to windward Oahu homes.  Water rose about 13 inches inside Holly Smith's Hauula home, causing about $100,000 damage.  Smith told police that "It was acutally bubbling up through the termite holes, the foundation of the house, coming through the walls of the house."  Honolulu fire officials received 13 flood calls in 36 hours.  Fire Captain David Jenkins said firefighters had to rescue a woman and her son after their vehicle was flooded.  Windward Oahu got most of the rain left over from the weakened storm system, about one foot over 24 hour.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii surveying female veterans statewide.

Female veterans suffer from high rates of PTSD.

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Source:  Associated Press (Honolulu).

 

The Hawaii Office of Veterans Services is surveying female veterans to see how to better meet their needs.  A Hawaii female veterans' task force recently concluded that female veterans suffer from high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Many also suffer from the effects of sexual harassment or sexual assault.  They are disproportionately jobless and homeless.  The state estimates that 14,000 female veterans are permanent residents of Hawaii.  The state will provide survey data to health care providers and other who work with women veterans.  Respondents won't provide personal information unless they want to.  The survey is available at the Spark Matsunaga VA Medical Center on Oahu and at veterans' services offices on Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Island sports briefs.

Hilo High School football, Keaukaha volleyball program, and coaching vacancies.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

 

The Hilo High School Viking Football coaching staff will be holding a mandatory parent meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at the school cafeteria.  Program expectations and details about the season will be discussed.  For details, call Vikings head coach David Baldwin at 769-0107.

 

The Keaukaha Sports Youth Volleyball Program will be accepting registrations for ages 13-14 for participation in the upcoming P & R volleyball league.  If you are interested, call Tene at 333-7232.

 

Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii is looking for applicants for the following positions:  Assistant coach (cheerleading)  and Assistant coach girls middle school volleyball.  The closing date is 23 July 2014. To apply, visit http://www.ksbe.edu/careers.

 

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Hilo girls headed to RBI World Series.

Hilo slips past Arizona, 302 at Compton, California.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Matt Gerhart.

 

Behind the clutch-hit single of Honokaa's Kayla Requelman, Hilo swept past Arizona, 3-2, Sunday at Compton, California to win the West Regional final of the RBI.  The Honokaa senior's hard-hit single up the middle in the seventh inning scored Alissa Kaneshiro and sent the Hawaii All-Stars "screaming out of their dugout in celebration." The girl's team will remain in Los Angeles until Wednesday and plans to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Beverly Hills during the next two days. Next stop--the upcoming RBI World Series.  In the RBI West Regional baseball final, Los Angeles beat Hilo, 7-3, at Dodger Stadium. Aloha, Russ.

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China sends spy ship off Hawaii during US-led drills - Reuters

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Reuters China sends spy ship off Hawaii during US-led drills Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China has sent a spy ship to international waters off of Hawaii during a giant U.S.-led naval exercise involving 22 countries, even as Beijing participates...
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Nothing too surprising here.  Russia, China, and the U.S. have been "bird dogging" each other since the early 1950s.  It's all part of the international espionage scene.  Occasionally, as in the case of the Pueblo incident in the late 1960s, spying becomes an international media story.  Much of the spying these days is done electronically or through breaching weaknesses in the internet.  No country is immune from cyberspying.  The presence of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ship monitoring the RIMPAC exercise is just the more visible side of what author Ladislas Farago called "The Game of Foxes."  Aloha, Russ.

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Honolulu police search for missing couple last seen in downtown Honolulu - Hawaii News Now

Honolulu police search for missing couple last seen in downtown Honolulu
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A $300 million yacht belonging to a Russian billionaire was spotted docked near Aloha Tower in Honolulu Harbor on Friday.
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Honolulu police have arrested an Oahu man suspected of kidnapping and attempted murder.  Twenty-seven-year-old Matthew Bright was arrested Sunday night.  The woman he was believed to have been seen with, 26-year-old Laura Layugan, reportedly was found safe.  Police say the couple was involved in a domestic dispute.  Aloha, Russ.

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UH West Oahu archaeology students take part in historic dig - Hawaii News Now

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Honouliuli first opened in March 1943 and out of the 13-plus internment camps, was the largest and longest running internment camp in Hawaii.
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Archeology students at the West Oahu Campus of the University of Hawaii are helping to restore a bitter and often forgotten memory of Hawaii's World War II history.  Like many mainland U.S. states, the Territory of Hawaii interned Japanese Americans in holding areas or camps throughout the islands.  According to local historians, there were at least 13 internment camps in the Hawaiian Islands during the war years.  One of the largest and longest running camps was located in a gulch known as Honouliuli, which opened in March, 1943. Students are doing  directed digs, trying to find artifacts and remnants of that camp for later exhibition and study.  Aloha, Russ.

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Tweet from @BEAUTIFULPlCS

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Afternoon sun at Akaka Falls in #Hawaii. Photo by Yves Rubin. http://t.co/S7c84BPfDI
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Well-crafted shot of Akaka Falls, just a few miles northwest of Hilo.  Akaka Falls is about 17 miles from my house.  Thanks to Yves Rubin for this beautiful photo.  Aloha, Russ.

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Kai Opua Canoe Club takes the Moku O Hawaii Canoe Racing Championship.

West Hawaii club wins 8th consecutive regatta on Saturday.

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Source:  Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Reporter:  Sports Editor Matt Gerhart.

 

A little rain and fog didn't stop the Kai Opua Canoe Club from taking its 8th straight canoe regatta at Hilo Bay on Saturday.  Amassing 204 points in 42 events, the Kailua-Kona-based canoe club won the Aunty Maile/Moku O Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Racing Association Championship in fairly calm waters in Hilo Bay.  The Puna Canoe Club finished behind Kai Opua with 157 points in the A division.  The Keaukaha and Keauhou  clubs tied for third place with 139 points. Selected crews from Hawaii Island will participate in the HCRA state championships, set for 02 August 2014, at Keehi Lagoon in Honolulu. Aloha, Russ.

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