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From clearing Kakaako to construction in Waikiki, 5 newsmakers to watch for this week in Hawaii

Update on emergency relief efforts

Community meetings will be held this week for all Kauai residents affected by the recent flooding.

The meetings will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Koloa Neighborhood Center, Wednesday at Anahola Clubhouse, and Thursday at Hanalei Elementary School.

Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., the County of Kauai, state, federal, and community partners will give an update on emergency relief efforts, status on infrastructure in and around the affected communities, and information on upcoming recovery plans and available resources.


Fight to keep Kakaako clear

The fight to keep Kakaako parks clear of illegal homeless campers may soon be gaining some ground.

A state agency will vote this week on whether to transfer control of its parks to the City and County of Honolulu.

Every time there's a law enforcement crackdown campers living in the area have been picking up their belongings and shuffling around in-between city and state jurisdictions. 

The hope is by transferring control, the city can better enforce its efforts to keep the parks clear.


Sidewalk makeover in Waikiki 

There will be more construction coming to Waikiki. 

Starting Tuesday, a portion of the sidewalks along Kalakaua Avenue will be renovated. 

The work will be conducted in phases and will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.  

Work is expected to be completed by January 2019. 


Lei Day celebration

On Tuesday, Honolulu will celebrate one of the most recognized and beloved symbols of aloha during the 91st Annual Lei Day Celebration.

The time-honored tradition will be held  from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. around the bandstand at Kapiolani Park near the Waikiki Shell.

This free event not only celebrates the skill and artistry of Hawaii's lei makers, but also features fantastic local entertainment, and performances from hula halau. 

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 9 a.m .- 9:45 a.m. Royal Hawaiian Band
  • 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Na Wahine O Ka Hula Mai Ka Pu'uwai
  • 11 a.m .- 12:30 p.m. Investiture Ceremony for the 2018 Lei Queen & Court
  • 12:30 p.m. Official Opening of the Lei Contest Exhibit by the 2018 Lei Queen & Court (open to the public at 1 p.m.)
  • 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Kamakakehau Fernandez and Keaolani Pau
  • 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Kamuela Kimokeo
  • 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hoku Zuttermeister
  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Bobby Moderow, Jr.
  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Halau Hula 'O Hokulani

Mostly sunny skies ahead, except for the Big Island 

A cooler and drier airmass has settled over much of the state, which will mean great outdoor weather with sunshine, low humidity and light winds for the smaller islands. However, if you're on the Big Island, expect continued showery weather, thanks to a cold front lingering nearby for the next few days. 

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