Hawaii Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Declines to 6.0 Percent; School Clerk Charged with Theft, Forgery; Kailua Fireworks Group Promotes Innovative Fundraising Product to Fund 4th of July Event

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Hawaii Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate Declines to 6.0 Percent in May

The Hawai‘i State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May declined to 6.0 percent, from 6.1 percent in April.


There were 597,000 employed and 38,150 unemployed in May, for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 635,100.  Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.1 percent in May from 9.0 percent in April.

The unemployment rate figures for the State of Hawai‘i and the U.S. in this release are seasonally adjusted, in accordance with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) methodology. The not seasonally adjusted rate for the State increased to 5.9 percent in May from 5.6 percent in April. – Submitted by DBEDT

Former Pearl Ridge Elementary Administrative Services Assistant Charged with Felony Theft and Forgery

Attorney General David M. Louie announced today that a ninety-nine count complaint was filed on June 13, 2011 in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit Court against former administrative service assistant Denise N. Hayashi, 41, of Waipahu.  The complaint alleges one count of Theft in the First Degree and ninety-eight counts of Forgery in the Second Degree.  Theft in the First Degree is a B felony and is punishable by up to 10 years in jail and/or up to $25,000 fine.  Forgery in the Second Degree is a C felony and is punishable by up to 5 years in jail and/or $10,000 fine.

The complaint alleges that between January 11, 2008 and May 20, 2011, Ms. Hayashi forged the signature of the Pearl Ridge Elementary school principal on checks belonging to the Pearl Ridge Elementary local school account and obtained over $68,000 from that account for her personal use.

Arraignment and plea is set for Monday, June 20, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. before the Honorable Richard K. Perkins, Circuit Court of the First Circuit.  The complaint filed against Ms. Hayashi is merely an allegation filed by the State and she is presumed innocent of the charges unless and until she is found guilty by a judge or jury. – Submitted by the AG’s office

Photo: Emily Metcalf

New Coupon Book Released to Fund Kailua 4th of July Celebration

A Kailua group working diligently to raise money for a 4th of July celebration at Kailua Bay is releasing a coupon discount book to fund the event.

The fireworks show over Kailua Bay, which traditionally starts at 8 p.m., attracts an estimated 10,000 people.

Many windward residents also watch the fireworks show from the safety of their home. The event is a way to celebrate our country’s birthday and bring together family and friends at a safe outdoor neighborhood event.

A tradition since 1948, the Kailua 4th of July Fireworks show is entirely funded by donations.  “We still need to raise about $35,000 to make the event a reality. So we have partnered with Kailua businesses to create The Kailua Coupon Book, which is filled with over $4,400 in savings.  The cost?  Only $20!  And best of all, proceeds will help pay for the Fireworks show,” said Brook Gramann, coordinator for the event.

She said there are savings at restaurants and retails stores all over Kailua.  All the coupons in The Kailua Coupon Book expire 12/31/11.

Ways to purchase the book include:

Buy in person at one of these Kailua businesses:

  • 808 Skate
  • A Place in Time
  • Agnes’ Bake Shop
  • Baliboo
  • Bead It
  • Bob’s Pizzeria
  • Bookends
  • Dr Linda Chiu
  • Elvin’s Bakery
  • Global Village
  • Hardware Hawaii
  • Hawaii Healing Arts College
  • Island Treasures
  • Kailua Beach Walk
  • Kailua Chiro
  • Kailua Computer Repair
  • Kailua Verde
  • Lanikai Bath & Body
  • Lanikai Home
  • Little Sprouts
  • Morena
  • Morning Brew
  • My Gym
  • Nook & Cranny
  • Oeno Winemaking
  • Peppers Place
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Segway
  • The Medical Corner
  • Windward Jewelers
  • Yogurt Mama

Or call in bulk orders of 25 copies or more get FREE delivery anywhere in Kailua: call 808-383-7450.