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Queen's to reopen HMC-West after finalizing deal with St. Francis

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Queen's Health Systems and St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii Monday announced that they have reached an agreement that enables The Queen's Health Systems to acquire and reopen the former Hawaii Medical Center West campus.

"This is an exciting day for the West Oahu community,"  said Jerry Correa, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii. "We recognize the vital need to reopen the Ewa hospital with an emergency department for West Oahu residents and our agreement represents a major step forward in that direction.  We believe Queen's solid track record of quality care and thorough understanding of Hawaii's culture and the health needs of the local community make it ideally suited to operate the West hospital. We look forward to working with Queen's to expedite the reopening of the West campus hospital."

DOE schools to be awarded Target grants

DOE schools to be awarded Target grants

The following information is provided by the Department of Education:

The Hawaii State Department of Education will accept two grants from Target Corp. to benefit Maili Elementary and Kahaluu Elementary in separate ceremonies at each school on Tuesday, August 28.

10:30-11 a.m. at Maili Elementary
(Courtyard behind office) 87-360 Kulaaupuni Street, Waianae (Ph. 697-7150)

1:00-1:30 p.m. at Kahaluu Elementary
(in Cafeteria) 47-280 Waihee Road, Kaneohe (Ph.

Wildfire's Damage Reveals part of Ancient Hawaii

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been nearly three-months since residents in Waianae valley watched Oahu's largest wildfire this year, surround their properties and threaten their homes. While no one was hurt, the community is still feeling the effects.

Ka'ala farm rests deep in Waianae valley. It serves over 3,000 students a year by teaching them Hawaiian culture, values, and the history of their community. But all of that was threatened this past June.

"Very dramatic to say the least, it was like a war zone in here at the time," said Butch DeTroy, manager at Ka'ala Farms Cultural Learning Center.

That war zone left hundreds of acres on the farm burnt and blackened, including its grass hale and over 6,000 feet of the farms main water pipeline; cutting off the source of life for its taro patches.    

Waianae Neighbors Fight Illegal Dumping

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow)- Waianae High School Cheerleaders, newly crowned Hawaii State baseball champions, keiki, friends and neighbors teamed up on their day off Friday to fight illegal dumping and the criminals who prey on desolate areas in their backyards. Activists say they are sick and tired of being Oahu's dumping ground. They're fighting for their future and the legacy of their kupuna.

Pacific  American Foundation Director, Leslie Kahihikolo, explained why:"Two landfills, a power plant, an industrial park, military installations, industrial pollutant sites impacting a primarily Native Hawaiian and low income community." State Representative Kymberly Pine, who says a reward systen to rid Eva of illegal dumping, worked well in that community. "We don't know who's doing the dumping but we do know we want to change our future by educating the children,"she said.

Police auto accident short circuits Waianae family

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Everything that was in Randy and Keala Gomes' kitchen is now toast.

The Waianae family of five lost most of their modern day comforts ten days ago when a Honolulu police officer accidentally ran his patrol car into a utility pole on Lualualei Homestead Road. The car caught fire. The collision with the pole triggered an electrical surge that zapped the Gomes' air conditioner, washer and dryer.

"When I went to turn on the washer it didn't go on," Keala Gomes said.

Nearly every appliance was fried, including the freezer, fridge and oven. Their $24,000 solar water system that slashed their electricity bill is now useless.

"We opened it and the solar lights were all off," she said.

Spots where the kitchen appliances once stood are now empty spaces. Since the accident August 13, they haven't been able to cook in their kitchen.

UH West Oahu Campus Over Budget

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Construction of the newly completed University of Hawaii West Oahu campus is $14 million over budget.

And many of the companies that work on the project haven't been paid for some time.

Hawaii News Now has learned that UH West Oahu Chancellor Gene Awakuni told the UH Board of Regents that the school has a shortfall due to change orders on the project.

Sources also said Awakuni told regents that the university was counting on an $18 million special loan to fill the gap but that money won't be available until October.

Awakuni told lawmakers a different story in January when construction of the $170 million campus was on the home stretch.

National accreditation panel warns UH West Oahu about lack of academic leadership

Kapolei, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has slapped the University of Hawaii West Oahu with a "notice of concern," one step below a formal warning that its brand new Kapolei campus could be in danger of losing its accreditation.

Students filled the UH West Oahu campus off Farrington Highway for the first time Monday as classes began for the new school year. They were shocked to learn that the accreditation panel found their new school is in danger of not complying with national standards.