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Nakamoto appointed as Big Island family judge

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii state Judiciary says a Hilo lawyer has been appointed as a family court judge on the Big Island.

Court officials said Wednesday that Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald appointed Henry Nakamoto as judge of Third Circuit Family Court.

Judiciary officials say Nakamoto has been a partner in a law firm since 1996. He specializes in family and real estate law as well as estate planning.

Nakamoto was picked among a group of at least six nominees put forward by the Judicial Selection Commission.

The appointment requires confirmation by the state Senate. If confirmed, Nakamoto would hold office for six years.

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Big Island lawmakers postpone property bill

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Local lawmakers on the Big Island are postponing a bill that could affect property of homeless people.

West Hawaii Today reported Wednesday that Councilman Dru Kanuha of Kona postponed the bill after hearing about a dozen people express concerns about the measure to allow the county to confiscate personal property left in public places.

Kanuha says the bill doesn't target the homeless. Others who testified disagreed.

Commander David Carlson of American Legion Kona Post 20 says the county shouldn't be rough on the homeless because they can't handle it. He says taking away their possessions isn't helpful.

Public works officials say the bill came about because the department found personal property in a driveway leading to a baseyard. Officials discovered there were no procedures to deal with the property.

Nominees Sought for 2014 Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame

Nominees Sought for 2014 Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame

The Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame will induct its new class of distinguished waterman legends this summer and the public is invited to nominate worthy candidates for consideration.

The Hall of Fame nomination packet and submittal instructions are available at the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s (ODKF) website, www.DukeFoundation.org. There is no fee required. Nominations are accepted throughout the year, but need to be submitted by May 30 for 2014 consideration.

With support from respected watermen in the community, ODKF established the Hawai‘i Waterman Hall of Fame four years ago to honor the accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s legendary watermen and waterwomen. The criterion for induction is:

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Hilo charter school's build plans hit permit snag

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A hearing officer has advised the Hawaii County Planning Commission to deny a special permit to a Hilo charter school that wants to build a new campus.

A lawyer for Connections New Century Public Charter School told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he expects the county's Windward Planning Commission to accept the recommendation and deny the permit at its May 1 meeting. He says the school will appeal that decision to the 3rd Circuit Court.

The school wants to build a new school and dormitories on 70 acres agricultural land it was given by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

The hearing officer's report says that at full build-out the campus would need more water than it could access.

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UPDATE: Big Island dentist's offices may be closing following complaints

Dr. John Stover

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow)-  

[Update 4/11/14]

Dr. John Stover's offices appear to be closing.  The sign was taken down Friday morning at his Kona office on Mamalahoa Highway.  And we were told that he was not returning to the property.  

The sign reads 'closed' at his Hilo office on Kinoole Street, but his name is still posted outside.

And we did not get an answer at his Waimea office.

But his website is still up and running and does not mention any closings.

Family and friends of former patients hope the offices stay closed.

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