Even as Tropical Storm Iselle passed south of Oahu, surfers Friday morning braved the conditions and headed out to the breaks at Kewalo Basin, Ala Moana and Ala Moana Bowls.
“I don’t think the guys are really worried about (the storm),” said Bud Kracher, who was watching the surfers through binoculars at Ala Moana Beach Park.
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Question: Whatever happened to the student dormitories that the University of Hawaii-West Oahu agreed to provide for Hawaii Tokai International College’s adjacent campus in the Kapolei area?
Answer: The UH-West Oahu campus put out a call for offers in March for private financing, development, construction and operation of student housing that can accommodate students from both campuses.
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Restaurant patrons can find out the results of a restaurant’s health inspection in real time under a new color-coded grading system the state Department of Health started this week.
Once an establishment has been reviewed, health inspectors will place a green, yellow or red placard on the outside wall that is easily visible to patrons.
“One thing it will do is it will increase transparency so that the public (will be) informed of the status on a restaurant in a very simple green is good, yellow is caution and red means the restaurant is closed,” said Gary Gill, deputy director for environmental health. “Hopefully, it will inspire greater responsiveness and responsibility on the part of the restaurant owners to take care of any problems that they may have.”
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Question: Whatever happened to the Department of Education’s plans to provide laptops for all Hawaii public school students and teachers?
Answer: The department just completed the first year of its Access Learning pilot program, which provided eight schools with nearly 7,000 digital devices, and is in the process of reviewing the lessons learned to develop a statewide implementation plan.
But because the state Legislature did not provide additional funding for more laptops, tablets, training and support this year, the program will not be expanding beyond the original eight schools in the 2014-15 year.
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