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Kamehameha Highway will be closed in both directions between Waipio Uka Street and Lanikuhana Avenue beginning Sunday night for a repair project.

The closures will happen from 8:30 p.m. until 4:30 a.m. nightly Sunday through Friday mornings until the project is completed by the end of October.

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and use the H-2 freeway as an alternate route. Local residents will have limited access to the road.

A contractor, Grace Pacific, is resurfacing the pavement, restriping the road and repairing guardrails and drainage.

30 Garden Isle health workers get pink slips

The Hawaii Health Systems Corp. will lay off 30 employees on Kauai — 20 at the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital and West Kauai clinics, and 10 from Mahelona Memorial Hospital, the Garden Island reports.

The workers were notified of their pending layoffs on Friday.

“We had courtesy meetings with the affected people and formal notifications will be made Aug. 1,” said Missy Keyes-Saiki, a spokeswoman for the system’s Kauai Region.

Rep. Dee Morikawa (D, Niihau-Koloa-Kokee) said she and fellow legislators Derek Kawakami (D, Hanalei-Prince­ville-Kapaa) and James Tokioka (D, Wailua-Hanamaulu-Lihue) were notified of the job cuts by an email from an HHSC board member.

Keyes-Saiki said the positions are a combination of full time, part time and temporary.

The West Kauai Medical Center, including the Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, a hospital outpatient clinic in Port Allen, and a free-standing clinic in Kalaheo with a new clinic scheduled to open at The Shops at Kukuiula, employs 276 people, according to HHSC. Mahelona Hospital, including its 24-hour emergency services, employs about 145 people.

The facilities face a roughly $3 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016.

SUV hits power pole, leaving many in the dark

An SUV hit a power pole on Molokai on Saturday, causing a blackout in some neighborhoods.

The single occupant of the vehicle was not injured, Maui County said by email.

The accident happened at 2:28 p.m. on Kalae Highway near mile marker 3, the county said.

Fire crews with Engine 9 in Hoolehua and Engine 4 in Kaunakakai responded to the crash. Maui Electric crews also were on hand to repair the pole.

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