Virtual tour of new preschool playground for Hawaii Community College Early Childhood Education Children’s Center

Using ground-based play features and a natural landscape, children are introduced to a variety of play settings and interactions suited for outdoor exploration.

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1900 Passengers Quarantined on Cruise Ship in Australia that Departed from Hawaii Because of Influenza-Like Illness

A 15-year-old Melbourne boy is Australia’s latest swine flu case but authorities say the outbreak here is “fairly mild” compared to overseas.

As the number of Australian cases rose to 14, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd defended the government’s decision to upgrade the alert level to containment stage from delay.

Passengers on a cruise ship berthed in Sydney were quarantined for more than five hours on Saturday as they underwent checks after reporting cases of influenza-like illness.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said four passengers were found to have mild influenza-like symptoms and their test results were expected overnight.

The 1,943 passengers and 900 crew on board the Dawn Princess, which arrived from Hawaii, have now disembarked the ship…

More Here

The Crazy Ducks of Mauna Lani Golf Course

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Senatory Inouye on the Hawaii Capitol National Heritage Area

Senator Daniel Inouye introduced legislation in the U.S. Congress to designate the Hawaii Capitol National Heritage Area for the Honolulu/Kapalama Ahupua’a, which covers Kaka’ako, Downtown, Nuuanu and Kapalama. The bill Senate # 359 was co-sponsored by Senator Daniel Akaka.

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Updates on the Live Streaming Conversation… Calling the BS NOW!

So now I get the following email from Goodenow telling me why something can’t be done. He sent me the PDF File that he talks about, but I can’t link it from my email right now for some reason.

Mr. Tucker,

Please see the attached Department of Human Resources. I’ve already been through this before, but I thought I check again. I have also been told by HR the following:

1) In the case of video-streaming the law hasn’t caught up to the technology yet. Podcasts and webcasts are now mentioned as falling under the ADA requirements for accessibility.

2) The County of Kaua ‘i had a lawsuit filed against them based on Communications Access because transmission of County Council Meetings was not captioned. There was a judgment against County of Kauai and now everything they do is captioned.

Thank you again for your comments. Again, if you think you can provide the services for less, I encourage you to participate in the next RFP.

Thank you,

Ken Goodenow

They just don’t get it!!!

Of course the Site itself needs to be ADA Compliant. But they can run a Live Stream through the Site.

Olelo runs the County MEETINGS… Na Leo Could as well and it wouldn’t cost that much!

Sheesh People Try Open your dang eyes!

Matter a fact… why don’t I just post them to my site (sorry the formatting is so screwy as I’m just taking the links from another site now some links don’t work due to this format but the videos are there):

SPECIAL Budget Committee Meeting May 18, 2009 14h 12m Agenda
Transportation & Planning Committee May 14, 2009 03h 49m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee May 14, 2009 00h 12m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee + Kapiolani Park Trustees Meetings. May 13, 2009 01h 18m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee May 13, 2009 03h 24m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee May 12, 2009 01h 54m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee May 12, 2009 01h 47m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting April 22, 2009 06h 08m Agenda MP3 Audio
Special Budget Meeting April 13, 2009 08h 55m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee April 9, 2009 03h 52m Agenda MP3 Audio
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING April 8, 2009 00h 04m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Commitee April 8, 2009 00h 56m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee April 8, 2009 02h 27m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee April 7, 2009 02h 00m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 30, 2009 00h 40m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 25, 2009 06h 40m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 24, 2009 07h 59m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 23, 2009 07h 51m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 20, 2009 01h 51m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 19, 2009 04h 11m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting March 18, 2009 07h 39m Agenda MP3 Audio
Special Budget Meeting – RESOLUTION 09-75 March 17, 2009 01h 25m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING Cont’d. Part 2 of 2 March 17, 2009 00h 34m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING Part #1 of 2 March 17, 2009 03h 30m Agenda MP3 Audio
DEPARTMENTAL BUDGET BRIEFING March 16, 2009 03h 34m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee March 5, 2009 02h 40m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee March 5, 2009 01h 18m Agenda MP3 Audio
Kapiolani Park Trustees Meeting March 4, 2009 00h 02m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee March 4, 2009 01h 51m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee March 4, 2009 03h 29m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee March 3, 2009 00h 38m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee March 3, 2009 00h 59m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting February 25, 2009 06h 36m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee February 12, 2009 04h 01m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee February 12, 2009 02h 01m Agenda MP3 Audio
Kapiolani Park Trustees February 11, 2009 01h 43m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee February 11, 2009 02h 07m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee February 11, 2009 03h 02m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee February 10, 2009 02h 04m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee February 10, 2009 02h 06m Agenda MP3 Audio
REGULAR CITY COUNCIL Meeting January 28, 2009 06h 03m Agenda MP3 Audio
SPECIAL Zoning Committee – Public Hearing January 20, 2009 04h 07m Agenda MP3 Audio
Transportation & Planning Committee January 15, 2009 02h 22m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Safety & Services Committee January 15, 2009 02h 11m Agenda MP3 Audio
Executive Matters & Legal Affairs Committee January 14, 2009 01h 19m Agenda MP3 Audio
Budget Committee January 14, 2009 01h 25m Agenda MP3 Audio
Zoning Committee January 13, 2009 02h 12m Agenda MP3 Audio
Public Infrastructure Committee January 13, 2009 01h 12m Agenda MP3 Audio
*City Council – INAUGURAL SESSION January 2, 2009 00h 42m Agenda MP3 Audio

Kenneth Goodenow… Change in Thinking?

Earlier I blogged how the County Clerk used the excuse of ADA requirements as to why the County is not Streaming the meetings live.

Date: Friday, May 22, 2009, 9:59 AM

Thanks for taking the time to think of this. Actually, we have looked at free-streaming. Corporation Counsel gave the go ahead, regarding advertising being done on the site, but the problem is ADA requirements for live transcriptions – both Corporation Counsel and HR have advised that it would be dangerous not to provide for live transcriptions as these are official meetings. This would add significantly to the cost and is not part of our current RFP that includes transcription for delayed broadcasts. Earlier this year we determined we would should wait and go out for a new RFP to take into account live transcription (and other matters relating to our new location and the possibility of an automatic camera system, etc.) when our current contract expires 06 /30/10..

Kenny

Now a few hours later Goodenow is tell me:

I will make another request of corporation counsel and the department of human resources for their input. We were looking at free streaming back in January (Out of the Sea Media) put us on to this. I’ll let you know what they say.

Kenny

I sure wish people would figure out what was going on and quit telling me one thing… then a few hours telling me another thing.

It’s not that hard to do and I think they are making a much bigger issue about the technology behind this.

On Tiff’s blog… the Significant cost quoted was $12,000. I don’t think that is a significant cost for a years worth of public access.

…This route was decided as there were other options to consider such as the design of the new council chamber, software designed for legislative bodies going paperless, voice activated cameras, etc. The $12,000 per year figure we received was the lowest bid on the request for proposal sent out by the Purchasing Division…

Even more on the Council Members Cancellation of Plans to Stream Meetings on the Internet.

Councilman Yoshimoto on Live Streaming… But Wait… Goodenow Says ADA a Problem Still?

I got the following email from Councilman Yoshimoto in reply to the same letter that I sent to Councilman Yagong that I blogged about earlier.

This is Councilman Jon Yoshimoto’s response to Live Streaming:

Thank you for your email.  We are in the process of looking into having live streaming video of our council meetings that could possibly result in considerable savings to the county.

Here lies the problem so Kenneth Goodenow states:

Thanks for taking the time to think of this. Actually, we have looked at free-streaming. Corporation Counsel gave the go ahead, regarding advertising being done on the site, but the problem is ADA requirements for live transcriptions – both Corporation Counsel and HR have advised that it would be dangerous not to provide for live transcriptions as these are official meetings. This would add significantly to the cost and is not part of our current RFP that includes transcription for delayed broadcasts. Earlier this year we determined we would should wait and go out for a new RFP to take into account live transcription (and other matters relating to our new location and the possibility of an automatic camera system, etc.) when our current contract expires 06 /30/10.

But Wait just a minute… Goodenow already said ADA wasn’t the problem in a response to the Big Island Chronicle’s inquiry on March 24th:

“Tiffany:

The previous clerk’s policy was not to respond to postings on blogs. I’m not sure if I want to get into that habit as well. Despite that, since you have requested a response, here is one:

I agree that the ADA doesn’t mandate that live hearings have transcriptions for captioning (though this is not entirely clear – our lawyers tell me is that if the cost burden is weighed and found to be unreasonable, we can forgo the captioning). If, however, the transcripts are to be kept for reviewing as was part of the request for proposals that was conducted by the Purchasing Division of the Finance Department with the specifications as provided last year, then transcripts or captioning are needed (the idea for web-casting first came up as an idea to provide archives via the internet which could be searched by subject matter or bill, resolution or communication number). As we already have a contract that includes transcription for captioning (not instantaneous), we would have to either modify our existing contract with Out of the Sea (if found by the Finance Department not to violate the Procurement Code) or wait for their contract to end and go out for a new RFP. This route was decided as there were other options to consider such as the design of the new council chamber, software designed for legislative bodies going paperless, voice activated cameras, etc. The $12,000 per year figure we received was the lowest bid on the request for proposal sent out by the Purchasing Division.

So I replied back to Goodenow and Yagong the following:

The live streams DO NOT require ADA mandates. The State LEGISLATURE BROADCASTS AND STREAMS LIVE MEETINGS W/OUT THESE MANDATES… WHY SHOULD Hawaii County Council?

Council Meetings are streamed live all across this country on the internet.

Is there something I’m not understanding?

“Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service, you can get audio transcribed for less than $1 a minute with a 24-hour or less turnaround” and have that on the site as well!

Damon Tucker

Folks… I really don’t like getting the run around!

Councilman Yagong Looking to Find Money for Live Streaming of Council Meetings and Amend Budget

I sent off a letter to the Council Members yesterday explaining who I was and that I basically thought we the public weren’t getting our money’s worth for what the council is paying to have their meetings shown on TV.

This was in regards to the blog that I posted two days ago.   I sent them a copy of the blog posting as well.

I forgot to mention in that post, that I don’t even see the need or justification of doubling the amount earmarked for this future year from the year before.  Unless more services can be brought to the public.

In my email to the county members last night, I flat out asked them this:

I want to know why Live Streaming of the Council Meetings is not being done when the cost to do them would be very little…”

This morning, I received the following reply CC’d to me from Councilman Dominic Yagong to Kenneth Goodenow the county clerk:

Aloha Kenneth,

I think we should do this if at all possible.  Let me know how much money it would take, and I can see if we can find the money and amend the final budget on our June 2nd meeting.  In today’s hectic world, we need to utilize technology that will provide the most convenient service to our island constituency.  Thanks Ken.

TMT Draft Environmental Impact Statement Published: Potential Benefits, Stewardship and Mitigation Measures Stressed

Media Release

Hilo, HI—The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed $1.2 billion Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) will appear Saturday, May 23 in the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s (OEQC) Environmental Notice. The draft document details the environmental, community, economic, and cultural impacts of locating TMT on Maunakea.

The purpose of the Draft EIS is to present the existing environmental conditions, analyze the potential effects of the project, and identify ways to minimize potential adverse impacts. The Draft EIS also outlines the potential benefits of TMT to the local economy and community.

Scope of the Draft EIS

The TMT project encompasses the construction, operation, and ultimate decommissioning of the world’s most advanced optical / infrared telescope. The plan proposes building TMT on the northern plateau of Maunakea at a location designated in the 2000 Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan for the next generation of optical telescopes. This location was preferred because it provides suitable observation conditions with minimum impact on existing facilities, wēkiu bug habitat, archaeology/historic sites, and the view of the mountain from various areas on the island.

The Draft EIS addresses the proposed TMT Observatory and associated facilities, including the mid-level facility at Hale Pōhaku, the headquarters in Hilo, and a potential satellite office in Waimea.

The Draft EIS was prepared by Parsons Brinckerhoff. The University of Hawai‘i is the Proposing Agency for the Draft EIS. The Accepting Authority is the Governor for the State of Hawai‘i.

Impact and Mitigation

The Draft EIS acknowledges that there are differences of opinions concerning TMT’s potential impact on cultural resources.

The Draft EIS proposes specific mitigation measures for both the cultural and environmental resources on Maunakea, including:

  • Action plans related to cultural resources, including on-site cultural monitor archeologist;
  • A construction monitor to oversee compliance with the permit and who has authority to cease construction activities if the activity violates the permit and/or is harmful to the cultural resources;
  • Designing the TMT to limit its visual impact;
  • A zero-discharge wastewater system at the TMT Observatory;
  • Implementing a Habitat Restoration Plan if a sensitive habitat is disturbed;
  • Cultural and Natural Resources Training Programs; and,
  • Invasive Species Prevention and Control Program.

Benefits

The project’s objective is to advance human understanding and knowledge. The potential benefits of the proposed TMT project in Hawai‘i are primarily related to education and employment opportunities and direct contributions to the local and state economies.

Specific benefits include:

  • Hundreds of construction jobs created during the anticipated 8-year construction period;
  • Additional jobs created through materials, goods, and services purchased and contracted locally for this work; and,
  • An estimated 140 full-time employees during TMT’s operations.

Educational and community benefits outlined in the Draft EIS include:

  • A comprehensive Workforce Pipeline Program that is designed to educate, train and mentor Hawaii students to help them succeed and to be qualified for TMT and other high tech jobs; and,
  • A higher education and community benefit package to provide funding for (a) selected educational initiatives on the Island of Hawai‘i and observing time to UH astronomers; and (b) locally chosen and managed educational programs.

The higher education and community benefit package would be negotiated and become part of a lease or sublease, if TMT decides to come to Hawai‘i. Details of the packages will be described in the Final EIS, provided an agreement is reached.

Process and Next Steps

To date, the Draft EIS process has included more than six months of research, environmental studies, public comments, and compliance with the requirements in the Comprehensive Management Plan for Maunakea.

The process began in October 2008 with a series of public scoping meetings. Another series of public meetings to solicit comments on the Draft EIS is scheduled for mid-June at various locations on the Island of Hawai‘i and in Honolulu.

The community has expressed great interest in TMT, in protecting the natural and cultural resources of the island and in developing a different basis for compensation such as higher education and community benefit packages.

“Throughout this process, TMT board and project personnel have looked to the local community for guidance on these issues,” said TMT Site Studies Manager Sandra Dawson. “Environmental, cultural, educational, and civic leaders and community members have been extremely generous with their time and knowledge.”

Comments generated by the Draft EIS will be incorporated into the Final EIS.

The Draft EIS is the first step in the regulatory process. Subsequent milestones include the Final EIS and the submission of a Conservation District Use Application (CDUA) should Hawai‘i be selected as the preferred TMT site.

The TMT project is a partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and ACURA, an organization of Canadian universities. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan has also joined TMT as a Collaborating Institution.

Contact:

Sandra Dawson, TMT

(626) 353-9732

sdawson@tmt.org

Currently, public meetings on the Draft EIS are scheduled for:

June 16:            Waimea Elementary School Cafeteria, 5-8 p.m.

June 17:            Hilo High School Cafeteria, 4-8 p.m.

June 18:            Pahoa High School Cafeteria, 5-8 p.m.

June 22:            Kau High / Pahala Elementary School Cafeteria, 5-8 p.m.

June 23:            Kohala Cultural Center, 5-8 p.m.

June 24:            Kealakehe Elementary School Cafeteria, 5-8 p.m.

June 25:            Farrington High School Cafeteria, 5-8 p.m.

Here are renditions of the proposed TMT Click on Image for Larger Picture:

The Honolulu Agonizer – Burl Burlingame

For those of you who know the scoops… you know the scoops on the Newspaper War that happened and is still pretty much happening on Oahu.

For those of you don’t… well I’m not gonna go into it too much because it’s not really my story to tell.

But needless to say long time reporter and writer Burl Burlingame does not like the Honolulu Advertiser.

So much that he dislikes the advertiser, that he now has his own site that parodies the name “The Honolulu Agonizer

agonizer

I’ve added his “Blog” or to the Oahu section of my blogroll.

He’s got access to much of the pictures that the Star-Bulletin has covered over the years.  Well he had access until Gannett snatched up the majority of the collection, but that’s a whole nother story for him to tell you.

Here’s a picture he posted of Star-Bulletin from 1920’s:

Here’s a promotional ad for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin when the paper was riding high in the 1920s. The irony is that the circulation was far, far less then than it is now… Burl Burlingame on “Better Days at the Star-Bulletin“.

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