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5:30 p.m. Bunker Explosion: $415,200 in Penalties
The Labor Department today said it has finished its investigation of the April Waikele bunker explosion that killed five people taking apart commercial grade cake-style fireworks for Donaldson Enterprises.
A penalty of $415,200 has been proposed — something Donaldson can contest.
“We have concluded that there were so many unsafe working conditions and work practices that could have caused the explosion. To continue efforts to find a single cause would neither be productive nor serve our mission of assuring safe and healthful working conditions for every working person in the State,” said HIOSH Administrator Jennifer Shishido. “At the end of our investigation, we identified eleven potential causes for the explosion, each of which carries a penalty for violating health and safety laws.”
4 p.m. Children and Youth Day Sunday
The 18th annual event is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Capitol, Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, Iolani Palace grounds, Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Kalanimoku Building grounds, Washington Place and Health Department parking lot.
“For more than a decade, Children and Youth Day has become a wonderful and meaningful way for our community to honor Hawaii’s keiki and opio,” said Suzanne Chun Oakland in a press release.
2:20 p.m. Hanabusa Sells Ko Olina Home
Colleen Hanabusa and husband John Souza have completed the sale of their home in Ko Olina, and are pursuing the purchase of a property in the Nuuanu area.
The three-bedroom home — here’s a photo — was listed for $1.25 million with Prudential Locations. It sold for $1,057,265 in 2005
From a press release:
The sale fulfills Hanabusa’s 2010 campaign pledge to move into the First Congressional District.
While current State Reapportionment Commission proposals would place Ko Olina in the First Congressional District, Hanabusa felt it was important to make the move anyway. “I made a commitment to move,” Hanabusa said, “and I think some people would question whether having the district come to me, so to speak, would be the same thing. It’s important to me that I fully live up to my promises.”
The Nuuanu property meets her needs. “It’s a beautiful place. The location is convenient for both my husband and me. And it has room for our dog, Little, to play which, as you know, is a big consideration.”
For now, Hanabusa continues to live in the Kakaako apartment that she began renting earlier this year.
11:45 a.m. Wise Leaving Housing Authority
Denise Wise, who was appointed executive director of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority in 2010, is leaving her post Oct. 12.
According to a press release, Barbara Arashiro, the authority’s executive assistant, will serve as the interim executive director until the HPHA board of directors appoints her successor.
The HPHA helps provide Hawaii residents with affordable housing and shelter. But it is a troubled agency — e.g., Mayor Wright Housing, Kuhio Park Terrace — that has had eight director in 12 years.
Neil Abercrombie, Marc Alexander and others will be on hand at 11:30 a.m. today at the Institute for Human Services to announce a federal grant to help homelessness.
The three-year, $1.5 million grant — “Aligning Community Partners to Enhance Well-Being of Chronically Homeless” — comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Press release: “The grant monies will allow for increased collaboration, infrastructure changes, and establishing key services to help end homelessness on Oahu.”
Flags Lowered for Nakama
The governor has ordered that all U.S. and Hawaii flags at all state offices, agencies and at the Hawaii National Guard be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset today in memory of Keo Nakama.
Nakama was a former state Representative and swimming legend.
• Today: Institute for Human Services press conference, IHS (downtown), 11:30 a.m.
• Today: Supporting Families Affected by Incarceration luncheon, Japanese Cultural Center, 12:30 p.m.
• Sunday: Freeway Service Patrol Announcement, UN Manoa (Music Hall), 10:30 a.m.
• Sunday: Children & Youth Day, Capitol Rotunda, 11:30 a.m.
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