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Live and Play in Aiea



A busy part of Aiea is about to get even busier as a major development is about to get underway at the old Kam Drive-In site.

The “Live, Work, Play Aiea” project will be 14 acres of condos, offices, restaurants and retail shops.

If everything goes as planned, it will also be the first development to be built around the rail system.

“I think it’s a really signifcant project for the folks who live on this island,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, “specifically those who live here and are looking for marketplace housing close to a transit station and close to downtown.”

The $766-million project will contain 1,500 residential units and offer 30 percent of those units as affordable housing.

“This is true affordability,” Caldwell said. “Those people that are hanging on by their fingernails, are living off of the minimum wage (and) barely able to make ends meet, can find housing now.”

George Atta, Director of the Department of Planning and Permitting, said there will be improvements to roadways to accommodate the increase in population.

“We have done a Traffic Impact Analysis Report,” Atta said. “We are doing road widening on Moanalua and Kaonohi along with some other improvements.”

With the “Live, Work, Play Aiea” project slated to break ground in about a year, the development is also being built to work hand-in-hand with rail.

“From what we hear from folks, there is strong interest in riding it,” said Harrison Rue, administrator for the Transit-Oriented Development program. “More important is the interest in making the Aiea/Pearl City area more walkable, so you can walk or maybe ride your bike.”

The rail transit station will be located one block makai from the development.

The hope is that all the options — TheBus, rail, walking and biking — will keep cars off the road, and keep traffic to a minimum.

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A $300 million super yacht with a stairwell banister worth $60,000 and bath knobs costing $40,000 each has berthed at Honolulu Harbor.

Norman Cheu, owner of Norko Marine Agency, said the boat, whose arching hull reminds him of a submarine, is the most impressive vessel he’s seen in 30 years as a ship agent in Hawaii.

“I was awestruck with the design,” said Cheu, who boarded the vessel, called “A,” after it arrived at Pier 11 in Honolulu Harbor on May 23. “There was a number of people, state employees actually, standing on the pier watching them come in.”

Cheu, whose company is representing the boat while it is in Hawaii, and immigration officials boarded the vessel by a gangway and were ushered into a room to process those onboard in about one hour.

“During that time we were just working,” he said by phone. “Basically, it was just to take care of business.”

Cheu didn’t get a tour of the boat and never met its owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, 42, who amassed his wealth in energy and fertilizer. He said to protect his client’s privacy he couldn’t say whether the owner is onboard.

Melnichenko named his yacht A after himself and his wife, supermodel Aleksandra Nikolic.

The state Department of Transportation said the 394-foot A is taking up two piers, a cruise ship terminal and an all-purpose pier. The department said the vessel’s owner is paying rent for both piers.

The department couldn’t immediately provide the vessel’s cost to berth in Honolulu Harbor.

Cheu declined to say where the yacht had come from and where it will head to next. He said he didn’t know when it will depart.

Designed by Philippe Starck of France, Motor Yacht A was launched in 2008 from a shipyard in Kiel, Germany. Its port of registry is Hamilton, Bermuda, and it has a crew of 37.

According to the Wall Street Journal, it has 24,000 square feet of interior space, including a 2,500-square-foot master suite surrounded by bombproof glass. Six guest staterooms have movable walls so they can be configured into four larger suites.

Living space on A, which can accommodate 14 guests, is therefore at least 23 times larger than an average two-bedroom apartment in Honolulu.

The interior design is dominated by mirrored surfaces, Baccarat crystal and animal hides.

There are a helipad and a swimming pool on the forward deck, and two more pools toward the stern, one of which has a glass bottom and can be viewed from the below-deck entry hall/discotheque.

Cheu said his company, which represents a variety of maritime vessels docking around the islands, arranges services for the vessels while they are docked. He said that no work has been scheduled for the A while in Hawaii.

Chronicles of the boat drew a few onlookers to the pier.

Blake Blackman of Honolulu pulled into a parking lot along Nimitz Highway to take photos of the luxurious vessel with her friends.

“It’s beautiful,” she said, but added that it wasn’t as lavish as she expected. “This one doesn’t really blow my mind for it to be that expensive.”

Bought for $323 million, A is the fifth most expensive luxury purchase of all time, according to research firm Wealth-X.

On the same list, published in December, Larry Ellison’s $500 million purchase of Lanai in 2013 ranked second. In first place was Azzam, the world’s largest private yacht at 590 feet long, delivered in 2013 to United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for $627 million.

But A didn’t break the bank for Melnichenko, who has a current net worth of $12 billion, according to Forbes.

A also has twin high-speed diesel engines that deliver 24,000 horsepower and can move the boat about 27 mph. Fueling the mega-yacht costs more than $500,000, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to a 2010 Wall Street Journal article, Melnichenko spends weeks at a time at sea. He spent several months in the Mediterranean in 2009. In 2010 it was the Caribbean.

Cheu said this is the first time that A has visited Hawaii.

For a video tour, go to the Wall Street Journal at on.wsj.com/1kPwKa4.


Article by Star Advertiser.

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16 Hawaii restaurants make OpenTable’s Top 100 outdoor dining list



Hawaii is well represented in OpenTable’s Top 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in America.

The online service compiled the list based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014.

Sixteen Hawaii restaurants made the list:

  • Beachhouse at the Moana — Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Blue Dragon Restaurant — Kamuela, Hawaii
  • Brown’s Beach House-The Fairmont Orchid — Kohala Coast, Hawaii
  • Duke’s Beach House Maui — Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante Maui — Wailea, Hawaii
  • Five Palms Beach Grill — Kihei, Hawaii
  • Gannon’s — Wailea, Hawaii
  • Hau Tree Lanai — Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Hula Grill-Kaanapali — Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Island Lava Java Bistro — Kailua, Hawaii
  • Kamuela Provision Co. — Waikoloa, Hawaii
  • Oasis — Kapaa, Hawaii
  • Ola at Turtle Bay — Kahuku, Hawaii
  • Pacific’o — Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Plumeria Beach House — Kahala, Hawaii
  • ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge — Kaupulehu, Hawaii

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Learn to save a life. Take a Red Cross training class today!

CPR class



Learn to save a life. Take a Red Cross training class today!

These classes will be offered at two separate locations (Diamond Head/Mililani).


Some Red Cross trainings can be taken in two ways:  online blended-learning or full course.

ONLINE BLENDED-LEARNING COURSE:  Great for people who take training regularly. Online Blended Learning is convenient with shorter training time.  Involves partially online learning (approx: 1 hr) and a classroom session (2 hrs) training.

FULL COURSE:  Traditional training class in a classroom, instructor led with video, bookwork and hands-on skills (practice on manikins). Depending upon the desired course, class length can run from 4 to 10 hrs.

If not indicated that online course is offered, then training is held only in the classroom.

Adult CPR/AED –Learn to recognize and care for victims of life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies and to use an AED on adults.  Cost:  $70


July 11,16, 25, 31 [8:30am-12pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.


July 1 [12:30pm-1:45pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Get trained to recognize and care for victims of illness and sudden injuries and learn how to administer CPR and use an AED for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies on adults.

Cost: $90


July 6, 11, 16, 22, 25, 31 [8:30am-2:00pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.


July 1 [12:30pm-2:30pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.

Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED  Get trained to recognize and care for victims of illness and sudden injuries and life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults, children, and infants and learn how to use an AED. Cost: $110


July 6, 11, 16, 22, 25, 31 [8:30am-3pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.


July 1 [12:30pm-2:45pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.

Babysitter’s Training – Prepare youth with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants.  Youth develop leadership skills; develop a babysitting business, learn how to help children behave and keep them safe. Learn basic child care and basic first aid. Cost: $75


July 15 and 16 [9:30am-1:15pm] at 95-10991 Ainamakua Dr, Mililani, HI 96789.

July 29 and 30 [9am-12:45pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.

CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Healthcare Providers: For those with a duty to act (professional rescuers) learn skills needed to respond appropriately to breathing and cardiac emergencies.  This course includes two-man CPR method, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and bag-valve mask to care for cardiac arrest and breathing emergencies.  Cost: $110


July 1 [8:30am-11:30am] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.

First Aid  Learn emergency action steps and first aid procedures for injuries and sudden illnesses. Cost: $70


July 6, 22 [8:30am-12pm]

Wilderness Remote First Aid – Learn first aid principles and skills to respond and give emergency care in areas that do not have immediate emergency medical services (EMS); to include wilderness and remote environments and in urban disasters after earthquakes or hurricanes. 2 days actual field work. Cost:  $150


July 12 and 13 [8am-6pm] at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI  96816.

AMERICAN RED CROSS INSTRUCTOR TRAINING – Interested in becoming an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor?  Contact Sales Rep. Earl Yamaguchi at 808-456-0431 orEarl.Yamaguchi@redcross.org

July 26 and 27 [9am-4pm]

To register, call 1-800-733-2767 or go to www.redcross.org/take-a-class.  Register for the date of classroom session you are available for. After registering, you will receive an emailed attachment with more info on the class. If taking an Online Blended-Learning class, you must complete the online portion prior to attending the classroom session. Successful completion of the course provides a certificate.  All Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED certifications are valid for two years. Classes are based on availability and subject to change