Monthly Archives: April 2013

Wellness in Waimea

Maleah Adams does the limbo at a booth sponsored by Waimea Country School at the 14th Annual Waimea Healthy Keikifest on Saturday. (Anna Pacheco/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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Construction to begin this summer on long-awaited harbor expansion project

After years of delay, a project to improve the eastern portion of Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor is moving forward.

The Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District, has issued a letter of permission authorizing the state Department of Land and Natural Resources’s Division of Boating and Outdoor Recreation to begin phase one of the expansion project, which had been stymied by the difficulty of obtaining the proper federal permit for such work and fulfilling the environmental obligations.

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Mortgage business on Big Isle healthy

Neighboring homes in Waikoloa are listed for sale. (Anna Pacheco/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Despite reports about the difficulty of obtaining mortgages, some local lenders and brokers say this is not the case on Hawaii Island. They also say the time needed to close a loan is not getting longer and there are more players in the mortgage buying game, many of whom they are coaching through the obstacles that may have kept them from previously obtaining a loan.
Marcelle Loren, principal mortgage broker at Island Mortgage, said every borrower she has worked with this year and last has been approved for a loan, including borrowers with bad credit and foreclosures. She declined, however, to reveal how many borrowers she has helped.

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Hundreds gather for Easter sunrise

Worshipers revel to the music Sunday morning during the 32nd annual Community Sunrise Easter Service as the sun rises over Hualalai. (Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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