Dave Corrigan and Baron Sekiya’s Excellent Coverage of Emperor Akihito’s Visit

Big Island resident Dave Corrigan has been ripping it up on the video coverage of Big Island events.

I haven’t seen any clips on any major networks that show this good of footage of the Emperor’s visit.

I highly recommend everyone check out the video of the Emperor of Japans visit that was compiled by Mr. Corrigan and Baron Sekiya.

Mr. Sekiya also has some excellent pictures available here at Hawaii247.org with a write up by Karen Stanton.

VIDEO: Emperor and Empress of Japan arrive in Kona

Video Coverage ofEmperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Arrival in Kona by Dave Corrigan of Big Island Video News

Video Coverage of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Arrival in Kona by Dave Corrigan and Baron Sekiya

VIDEO:  Emperor,  Empress at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Emperor and Empress of Japan at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Emperor and Empress of Japan at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

VIDEO: Emperor and Empress leave Hawaii, returning to Japan

VIDEO: Emperor and Empress leave Hawaii, returning to Japan

VIDEO: Emperor and Empress leave Hawaii, returning to Japan

Pahoa… We Do it Puna Style

Pahoa is a unique little town.

Clock in front of Historic Akebono Theater

Clock in front of Historic Akebono Theater

The Akebono theater is definitely one of the landmarks in town

Akebono Theater

Akebono Theater

We also have a church in town that has some interesting sites.

Interesting angle of Statue from the road across from Paul's Gas Station

Interesting angle of Statue from the road across from Paul's Gas Station

The town has lots of small shops and businesses that are all within walking distance of eachother.

The "South Side" of Town

The "South Side" of Town

If you look closely on a lot of the shops, you can get an idea of some of the problems and concerns of the residents of the area.

Rat Lungworm has been a big concern

Rat Lungworm has been a big concern

Everything from health to Hawaiian things can be found in the windows of some of the shops.

Save an Ancient Hawaiian Burial Cave

Save an Ancient Hawaiian Burial Cave

You can find just about everything… including Lava Tours.

Lava Tours

Lava Tours

Even some of the buildings have very unique murals on them.

"The Healing Nation"

"The Healing Nation"

This one is on the side of the Thai Restaurant.

"Aloha"

"Aloha"

This one is on the back of the Pahoa Museum.

Mural on the back of the Pahoa Museum

Mural on the back of the Pahoa Museum

Of course Rudedogg would shoot me (with a tattoo gun)  if I didn’t at least take a picture of his sign.

Rudedogg Tattoos

Rudedogg Tattoos

We even have a spa and massage parlor!

Paradissimo Tropica Spa & Massage

Paradissimo Tropica Spa & Massage

We even have lodging right in the center of town.

Island Paradise Inn

Island Paradise Inn

There are a few cute coffee shops

Sirius Coffee

Sirius Coffee

A health food store

Island Naturals Market & Deli

Island Naturals Market & Deli

And we even have a great Aquatics Center… I just wish the pool temperature was a bit warmer!

So cold someone had to get out and warm up at his swim lessons!

So cold someone had to get out and warm up at his swim lessons!

Today only one lane was open through town for a good period of time.

One lane of traffic today

One lane of traffic today

As utility work was going on.

Utility Work in Pahoa Village

Utility Work in Pahoa Village

They say people do funny things in the bushes here in Pahoa.

Interesting spot to dispose of a bottle

Interesting spot to dispose of a bottle

But on my walk… I only found a few harmless things in the bushes.

Protector of the Bushes

Protector of the Bushes

Our town can be so cool… that one second gas will be one price

Gas View One

Gas View One

And just by walking by the place and looking at the other side of the sign… the price of gas will just instantly drop.

Gas View 2

Gas View 2

Our town is so cool… that even our cars are cool.

Sanpan?

Sanpan?

Yes folks… you see those wheels… this is a converted Mercedes.

Mercedes Converted to Sanpan

Mercedes Converted to Sanpan

So come on out to Pahoa and check things out… We do it “Puna Style”

Puna Style

Puna Style

2009 Koa Anvil Awards Announced for Best in Public Relations

Media Release:

The Hawaii chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA Hawaii) honored the best in public relations at its 26th annual PRSA Hawaii Koa Anvil Awards reception and dinner last night at the Sheraton Waikiki. From nearly 120 entries, a record 61 Koa Anvil and Hammer awards were presented to recognize excellence in both public relations programs and tactics, respectively.

“The Koa Anvil awards stand for the work of many savvy professionals in the public relations industry who often work behind the scenes on behalf of their clients and employers” said Kristen Bonilla, APR, PRSA Hawaii president. “This annual awards ceremony allows these deserving professionals to emerge from the shadows and take a bow. We congratulate all of our winners and thank them for inspiring their colleagues to continue to raise the bar in strategic thinking, creativity and resourcefulness.”

Pang Communications took home the organization’s top award, winning the Best in Show for its “Graham Builders/Multi-Generational Home and Aging-in Place Specialists” campaign executed on behalf of Graham Builders. The coveted “Best of Show” award is given to the highest scoring Koa Anvil entry. Pang Communications received a total of three awards and this was the company’s first “Best of Show” award.

McNeil Wilson Communications topped last night’s awards ceremony winning 13 accolades in total, while Bennet Group Strategic Communications received 10 awards. Other multiple award winners were: Becker Communications, Inc. (four awards); Castle Medical Center, Current Events, Maui Communicators Public Relations, Stryker, Weiner, & Yokota Public Relations, and The Limtiaco Company (three awards each); and Communications Pacific, Olomana Marketing, and Schweitzer Consulting, who each won two awards.

Four individuals were also honored by the chapter in celebration of their contributions to the industry and PRSA Hawaii.

Nancy Daniels, APR, Director of Public Relations for Hawaii-based Outrigger Enterprises Group, received the Gregg W. Perry Public Relations Professional of the Year award. The award honors an exemplary practitioner, who during a distinguished career, has made a major contribution to the profession and has applied public relations techniques in a professional manner to achieve meaningful objectives. An active member in the hospitality industry and the community, Daniels is a long-time member of the Public Relations Society of America, serving as a board member of the Hawaii chapter for the past eight years, Hawaii chapter president in 2006, and PRSA Western District representative for the past two years.

Michael Ni, Account Executive at McNeil Wilson Communications, was honored with the 2009 Hokupa‘a Award, also known as the Young PR Professional of the Year award, which is presented to an outstanding practitioner with less than five years of experience. Ni currently serves as the chapter’s Treasurer and also headed the Koa Anvil Awards committee for two years.

Ruth Ann Becker, President of Becker Communications, Inc., received the distinguished President’s Leadership Award in recognition of her significant contributions to the success of the chapter and the profession. In addition to her many outstanding professional accomplishments, Becker is being honored for her generous support of her staff’s involvement in PRSA and her mentorship of Hawaii’s talented local PRSSA students.

Lou Torraca, APR, was bestowed with PRSA Hawaii’s highest recognition – the Hall of Honor Award. This award recognizes those with distinguished and exemplary careers in public relations who have used the profession to help create understanding between the community and organizations or companies they represented. A retired Air Force Colonel, Torraca’s distinguished 40+-year career in public relations included positions with the U.S. Pacific Command, Bishop Museum and the Department of Education. He has also held adjunct faculty positions at Chaminade University, Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii. Torraca served on the chapter’s Board of Directors for many years, most notably as president in 1995.

The PRSA Hawaii/Roy Leffingwell Scholarship was awarded to Callie Fisher of Honolulu, a junior at Boston University, and Amber Marques of Kapaau, Big Island, a junior at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Each will receive $1,000 to put toward their public relations studies. PRSA Hawaii was responsible for raising all scholarship monies.

2009 Koa Anvil Winners:

Entry: Graham Builders/Multi-Generation Home and Aging-in Place Specialists
Company: Pang Communications
Category: Marketing Consumer Services
Subcategory: Other

Entry: Ala Moana Center Celebrates Shop a Le‘a and Grand Opening of New Nordstrom Wing
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Community Relations
Subcategory: Business – Products

Entry: Ala Moana Center Celebrates Shop a Le‘a and Grand Opening of New Nordstrom Wing
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Events and Observances (Seven Days or Fewer)
Subcategory: Business – Products

Entry: Hawaii Superferry 125,000th Passenger Promotion
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Events and Observances (Seven Days or Fewer)
Subcategory: Business – Services

Entry: 10th Annual Lantern Floating Hawai‘i Ceremony
Company: Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.
Category: Events and Observances (Seven Days or Fewer)
Subcategory: Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Reopening
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Events and Observances (More than 7 days)
Subcategory: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: Ignition Interlock Becomes Law in Hawaii
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Public Service
Subcategory: Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Ignition Interlock Becomes Law in Hawaii
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Public Affairs
Subcategory: Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Mabuhay Manila! – Hawaiian Airlines Launches Honolulu – Manila Flights
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Marketing Consumer Services
Subcategory: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: Hawai‘i’s Return on Vacation Campaign
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Crisis Communications
Subcategory: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Koa Anvil Awards of Excellence

Entry: Rebranding Royal Hawaiian Center
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Reputation/Brand Management
Subcategory: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: Aloha Medical Mission 25th Silver Anniversary Gala
Company: Olomana Marketing LLC
Category: Events and Observances (Seven Days or Fewer)
Subcategory: Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Aloha Festivals – Preserving An Island Tradition
Company: Communications Pacific
Category: Events and Observances (More than 7 days)
Subcategory: Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: UH Bone Marrow Drive
Company: University of Hawaii PRSSA
Category: Public Service
Subcategory: Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: “The Power of Effective Public Relations: Winning the Fight for a West Maui Hospital”
Company: Maui Communicators Public Relations
Category: Public Affairs
Subcategory: Business

Entry: Kraft Foods in Hawaii – Shop & Score 2008
Company: Becker Communications
Category: Marketing Consumer Products
Subcategory: Packaged Goods

Entry: Kona Village “Green for Decades” Campaign
Company: Current Events (?)
Category: Marketing Consumer Services
Subcategory: Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: King Lunalilo Home
Company: The Limtiaco Company
Category: Marketing Consumer Services
Subcategory: Healthcare

Entry: Introduction of Better Place Hawaii
Company: Communications Pacific
Category: Marketing Consumer Services
Subcategory: Other

Entry: Navigating a Voluntary Recall
Company: Schweitzer Consulting, LLC
Category: Crisis Communications
Subcategory: Business

Koa Hammer Winners

Entry: Hawaiian Host Christmas Medley with Raiatea Helm
Company: Bright Light Marketing
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Products
Subcategory: Packaged Goods

Entry: bebe Loves Hawaii at Royal Hawaiian Center
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Products
Subcategory: Other

Entry: ‘Iolani Palace Awareness Campaign
Company: The Limtiaco Company
Category: Media Relations – Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: “Affordable Kaua‘i” News Release
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Media Relations – Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: “Culinary Rehab”
Company: University of Hawaii
Category: Feature Stories

Entry: Opinion Editorial: “Evolving Waikiki Stays Popular and Competitive”
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Editorials/Op-Ed Columns

Entry: Huaka‘i ‘Aina Ho‘oilina: Exploring the Lands that Sustain Us
Company: Kamehameha Schools
Category: External Video Programs

Entry: Hawaii Theatre 2008-2009: A Season for All to Enjoy
Company: Mele Pochereva Public Relations
Category: Brochures
Subcategory: 10 Pages or More

Entry: “Fit to Fight: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard 1908-2008 The Story of “the Yard” and the Men and Women Who Made Her Great”
Company: Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard
Category: Publications
Subcategory: Books

Entry: Olelo Community Television Report to the Community
Company: Olomana Marketing LLC
Category: Annual Reports
Subcategory: Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Kona Village Repeat Guest Postcard Campaign
Company: Current Events (?)
Category: Direct Mail/Direct Response

Koa Hammer Awards of Excellence

Entry: Club Monaco’s Hawai‘i Debut
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Products
Subcategory: Non-Packaged Goods

Entry: Whole Foods Market Offers Sneak Peek of First Hawai‘i Store
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Products
Subcategory: Non-Packaged Goods

Entry: Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park New Year’s Eve
Company: Harris Agency
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Products
Subcategory: Other

Entry: Ala Moana Center’s 17th Annual Fourth of July Fireworks
Company: Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Products
Subcategory: Other

Entry: Puna Geothermal Venture 15th Anniversary Celebration
Company: Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Services
Subcategory: Technology

Entry: Philip K White & Associates 40 S. School St. Offices Demonstrate Commitment to Building and Living Green
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Services
Subcategory: Other

Entry: Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties 10-Day Sales Event
Company: Pang Communications
Category: Media Relations – Consumer Services
Subcategory: Other

Entry: The Power of Effective Media Relations: Winning the Fight for West Maui Hospital
Company: Maui Communicators Public Relations
Category: Media Relations – Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Polynesian Cultural Center’s Iosepa: Voyage of Discovery
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Media Relations – Associations/Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Tornado Grand Opening
Company: Becker Communications
Category: Media Relations – Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: News Releases Regarding ATA & Aloha Airlines Shutdowns
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Media Relations – Travel and Tourism/Hospitality

Entry: Op-Ed: Health research a sure way to better Isle lives, economy
Company: Becker Communications
Category: Editorials/Op-Ed Columns

Entry: New $70 million plan will deliver more than a hospital to West Maui
Company: Maui Communicators Public Relations
Category: Editorials/Op-Ed Columns

Entry: OutriggerHawaii.com (External Website)
Company: Outrigger Enterprises Group
Category: Websites
Subcategory: External

Entry: Promoting Loyalty – One Photo at a Time
Company: Schweitzer Consulting, LLC
Category: Word-of-Mouth
Subcategory: General Word-of-Mouth Marketing Program

Entry: Maryknoll School – Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation Press Conference
Company: Becker Communications
Category: Press Conferences

Entry: Hilton Grand Vacations’ Grand Waikikian Soft Opening
Company: Stryker Weiner & Yokota Public Relations, Inc.
Category: Press Conferences

Entry: Club Monaco’s Hawai‘i Debut
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: Press Kits/Media Kits
Subcategory: Products

Entry: Project DVD of the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Section 4(f) Evaluation
Company: Rapid Transit Division City and County of Honolulu
Category: External Video Programs

Entry: Verizon Wireless’ Commitment to the Community
Company: Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Category: External Video Programs

Entry: “Reflections: The Ritz-Carlton at Kauai Lagoons” Newsletter
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Newsletters
Subcategory: External Audiences Primarily

Entry: Ha‘i ‘Olelo Ma Ka‘upulehu – Storytelling at Ka‘upulehu
Company: Current Events (?)
Category: Brochures
Subcategory: Fewer Than 10 Pages

Entry: Battleship Missouri Special Events Brochure
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Brochures
Subcategory: Fewer Than 10 Pages

Entry: Ku I ka Mahalo
Company: Castle Medical Center
Category: Publications
Subcategory: Other

Entry: Annual Quality Report
Company: Castle Medical Center
Category: Annual Report
Subcategory: Non-profit Organizations

Entry: Chip In for Castle Golf Tournament
Company: Castle Medical Center
Category: Direct Mail/Direct Response

Entry: Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner invitation and program
Company: Pang Communications
Category: Direct Mail/Direct Response

Entry: Hawaii Superferry Serves Building Trade Industry
Company: McNeil Wilson Communications
Category: Advertorials

Entry: Hawai‘i Convention Center Advertorial
Company: The Limtiaco Company
Category: Advertorials

Interesting Emails at Lincoln Ashida’s Office

The other day I posted:

Lincoln Ashida on the West Hawaii Today Lawsuit and the Council

Well the link to internal memo wasn’t working at the time.  It is now available to the public and reads as follows:

From: Rodillas, Martha
To: “Dawn.M.Shimabukuro@hawaii.gov”
Cc: Ashida, Lincoln
Subject: FW: Hawai`i County Council Reorganization
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:14:13 PM

Good Afternoon Dawn:

Hope this email finds you doing well! Please see email below from Corporation Counsel Lincoln Ashida. Could you kindly forward this to the assigned attorney in your office who is handling this matter? Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information. Thank you for your time.

Aloha,
Martha
Martha A. Rodillas
Private Secretary to
Lincoln S.T. Ashida
Corporation Counsel
County of Hawaii
PH: 808-961-8251
E-mail: Mrodilla@co.hawaii.hi.us

From: Ashida, Lincoln
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 4:09 PM
To: Rodillas, Martha
Subject: Hawai`i County Council Reorganization

Dear OIP,
Thank you for allowing the County of Hawai‘i to respond to the three complaints submitted to OIP concerning the recent reorganization of leadership of the Hawai‘i County Council. I have been asked by the Hawai‘i County Council to respond on behalf of the Council.

Background

On June 16, 2009, the Hawai‘i County Council at a regularly scheduled meeting considered three resolutions concerning the reorganization of the Council leadership.

In sum, the two resolutions that eventually passed via majority vote accomplished the following:

1. The Council Vice Chair responsibility was transferred from Pete Hoffmann to Emily Nae`ole.
2. Council committee chairmanships were redistributed among all nine members.

Members of the public who testified at the Council meeting expressed dissatisfaction with the reorganization, alleging (1) the removal of Mr. Hoffmann from the vice chairmanship and transfer of Dominic Yagong and Brenda Ford away from the Finance and Public Works committees represented retribution for their recent disagreement with other Council members concerning the County’s budget, and (2) that the reorganization was an attempt to centralize power in the “East” (primarily the Hilo districts).

During the meeting, allegations that the Sunshine Law had been violated by some members of the Council were raised by the public as well as some Council members.

When the County Clerk was called upon to provide an opinion as to what should be done concerning these allegations, he recommended each Council member place on the record the nature of the contact they had had with one another. When our office was called upon to reflect upon this recommendation, we concurred that under the circumstances and given the limited information available at the time, this would be the wisest course in order to work towards a “cure” of any possible violation.

The former leadership of the Office of Information Practices had advised our office in previous reorganizations and similar issues that a possible “cure” for inadvertent Sunshine Law violations would be to place all contacts on the record so the public is afforded the benefit of knowing what transpired outside of a properly noticed meeting (assuming these contacts were required to be held at a properly noticed meeting and were not subject to an exception under HRS Chapter 92).

Matters placed on record by Council members

We understand OIP was provided a DVD copy of the Council meeting of June 16, 2009. After being requested by the Council to assist in this response to OIP, I questioned each Council member individually as to their recollection of what contacts they had with one another, and what was placed on the record on June 16. Some Council members have responded to me and others have not. We recommend you verify the contents of the DVD recording against the following short summary:

1. Guy Enriques. Mr. Enriques indicated he along with Mr. Onishi approached
Mr. Yoshimoto within the past few weeks in order to discuss a reorganization
of the Council. In related media reports, Mr. Enriques indicated he may have
discussed the issue of leadership generally with Mr. Ikeda, but that occurred
prior to the present reorganization effort.
2. Dennis Onishi. Mr. Onishi indicated he along with Mr. Enriques approached
Mr. Yoshimoto within the past few weeks in order to discuss a reorganization
of the Council. Mr. Onishi indicated he spoke with Mr. Greenwell on Friday,
June 12, 2009.
3. J Yoshimoto. Mr. Yoshimoto indicated he was approached by Mr. Enriques and Mr. Onishi within the past few weeks in order to discuss a reorganization of the Council. Mr. Yoshimoto indicated that on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, he met with Mr. Hoffmann to discuss the reorganization.
4. Pete Hoffmann. Mr. Hoffmann indicated that on June 10, 2009, Mr.
Yoshimoto requested to meet with Mr. Hoffmann in the Waimea Council Office in an attempt to obtain Mr. Hoffmann’s support of the proposed reorganization.
5. Donald Ikeda. Mr. Ikeda did not have contact with any Council member
concerning the present reorganization.
6. Emily Nae`ole. Ms. Nae`ole did not have contact with any Council member
concerning the present reorganization.
7. Brenda Ford. Ms. Ford indicated she learned of the proposed reorganization sometime after June 10, 2009. Upon learning of this, she contacted Mr. Hoffmann and learned that Mr. Yoshimoto had approached Mr. Hoffmann after Mr. Yoshimoto met with Mr. Enriques and Mr. Onishi. Ms. Ford subsequently contacted Mr. Yagong and Mr. Greenwell to discuss the reorganization.
8. Kelly Greenwell. Mr. Greenwell indicated that on June 10 or 12, 2009 (he is not certain), Mr. Onishi contacted him and relayed he (Mr. Onishi) would be assuming chairmanship of the Finance Committee, that the number of
committees would be reduced from nine to five, and there would be an
increase in Mr. Greenwell’s responsibilities with intergovernmental affairs.
9. Dominic Yagong. Mr. Yagong did not make any statement.

The above factual summaries do not change our opinion that there was an
inadvertent violation of the Sunshine Law.

Council Members Enriques, Onishi, and Yoshimoto were permitted to discuss this reorganization as the Sunshine Law allows less than a quorum of a board’s members (here up to 4) to discuss the board’s leadership. Unbeknownst to Messrs. Enriques and Onishi, Mr. Yoshimoto contacted Mr. Hoffmann. Unbeknownst to Messrs. Enriques and Yoshimoto, Mr. Onishi contacted Mr. Greenwell.

Matters were complicated when Ms. Ford learned of the reorganization and contacted Mr. Hoffmann. According to Ms. Ford, she learned Mr. Hoffmann discussed the reorganization with Mr. Yoshimoto, who had discussed the matter with Messrs. Enriques and Onishi. Ms. Ford then brought what amounted to the 5th and 6th Council members into the discussion when she called Messrs. Yagong and Greenwell.

Focusing on a cure

No doubt the Council is entitled to reorganize their leadership as they deem
appropriate.

In communications received from your office, we note OIP has periodically referred to local media reports and premised some questions based on representations contained therein. Although these media reports may provide a general recitation of events, we respectfully caution OIP to independently corroborate these representations, since some reports we have seen contain unfortunate editorial innuendo weaved into the reporting of factual events.

One report suggested this reorganization of the Council leadership represented an effort by the “East side” Council members to “seize power” over their “West side” counterparts. This divisive assertion ignores the fact all West side Council members retain the chairmanship of at least one Council committee, unlike previous Councils where members from the East side were excluded from such responsibility. It is important to note here that Mr. Onishi’s resolution that was allegedly discussed with Mr. Greenwell that proposed to reduce the number of committees from nine to five did
not pass and in fact was withdrawn by Mr. Onishi. Although we fully respect the right of all persons to form their own conclusions and voice their opinions, we believe the salient inquiry by OIP is limited to whether there has been a violation of the Sunshine Law with respect to the legislation that was actually heard and passed.

Arguably, the reorganization of the Council leadership may have been a matter that could have been placed on the Council agenda via amendment on the day of the meeting. In an abundance of caution, and in an effort to allow full disclosure to all parties involved (despite Council leadership being an internal matter), a decision was made by the Council majority to notice the proposed changes on the agenda. Further, there was no guarantee OIP would similarly agree that this was purely an internal matter not of reasonably major importance that did not affect a significant number of people as the statute requires. In sum, the Council majority “took the high
road” and embarked upon the most conservative course in this  reorganization.

Since the complaint filed by Ms. Ford alleges a violation of the Sunshine Law based on her claim that the agenda was posted too late, we thought it important to stress that the County included this reorganization on the agenda in an abundance of caution. Since one of the critical inquiries will be the HRS Chapter 92 criteria that it is a matter of reasonably major importance affecting a significant number of people, it is important for the County to point out the changes involved with this reorganization are
relatively minor and the “major” issue being played out is the media is a perceived “power struggle” between the “East versus the West,” an issue not relevant for purposes of the Sunshine Law. As history of our Council has shown, leadership and majorities are based upon relationships between Council members, and not where they are from. In fact, it has been the members of the “North” and “South” districts of our island (i.e., Hāmākua and Ka‘ū) who have made the difference with respect to the makeup of Council leadership, whether the predominant number of members have hailed from the East or West side.

A final note with respect to Ms. Ford’s complaint. Please review the record. Ms. Ford asserts the following:

When I challenged the Council Members regarding Sunshine Law violations and the solicitation of votes, Mr. Lincoln Ashida, Corporation Counsel, was requested to come forward. He explained that in a previous Sunshine Law violation (Gary Safarik) that “open meetings disclosure” “cured” the violation. Briefly, he stated that more than a quorum might discuss reorganization of Council Committee Chairmanships without violating the Sunshine Law.

I do not recall stating that “more than a quorum might discuss reorganization” as that is not a correct recitation of Hawai‘i law. There appears to have been confusion on Ms. Ford’s part as to the permissible interaction of two members versus four members (where leadership is discussed). I apologize that I was not more clear so that Ms. Ford could properly understand.

Based on the above, the County submits whatever inadvertent violation of the Sunshine Law committed by Ms. Ford or other members was not willful or malicious.
Turning to a cure, the on-the-record disclosure made by each Council member followed by an individual inquiry of each Council member by our office revealed no further inadvertent (or willful) violations; thus the present record is factually accurate.

The County submits no further action is necessary.

We thank OIP for the assistance they are providing our County. We appreciate the working relationship we have with OIP and look forward to hearing your comments with respect to the Hawai‘i County Council’s position.

Lincoln S. T. Ashida
Corporation Counsel
County of Hawai`i
Hilo Lagoon Centre, Ste. 325
101 Aupuni Street
Hilo, Hawai`i 96720
Tel. (808) 961-8304, x118
FAX (808) 961-8622
Email: Lashida@co.hawaii.hi.us
Website: www.co.hawaii.hi.us/cc/home.htm

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The original draft of this can be found here.

US Department of Energy Selects 28 Wind Energy Projects for Funds… HECO Gets $750,000

Media Release:

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the selection of 28 new wind energy projects for up to $13.8 million in funding – including $12.8 million in Recovery Act funds.  These projects will help address market and deployment challenges including wind turbine research and testing and transmission analysis, planning, assessments. Along with the new awards, Secretary Chu announced the release of DOE’s 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report, detailing $16 billion in investment in wind projects made in the U.S. in 2008 – making the U.S. the leader in annual wind energy capacity growth, as well as cumulative wind energy capacity.

“American families and businesses are struggling in a recession and an increasingly competitive global economy.  The Recovery Act was designed to rescue the economy from the immediate dangers it faces while rebuilding its fundamentals, with an eye toward new industry and opportunity,” Secretary Chu said.  “To help meet these challenges, the Recovery Act invests significant dollars to put people to work to spur a revolution in clean energy technologies.”

“Wind energy will be a critical factor in achieving the President’s goals for clean energy, while supporting news jobs,” said Secretary Chu.  “While the United States leads the world in wind energy capacity, we have to continue to support research and development as we expand renewable energy deployment.”

DOE’s new report, a comprehensive overview of developments in the U.S. wind power market released today, found that wind power capacity increased by 8,558 megawatts (MW) in 2008. This $16 billion investment in wind projects made the U.S. the fastest-growing wind power market in the world for the fourth consecutive year. Wind power contributed 42% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2008; for the fourth consecutive year, wind power was the second-largest new resource added to the U.S. electrical grid in nameplate capacity.

The report, which has been issued annually since 2007, analyzes a range of developments in the wind market, including trends in wind project installations, turbine size, turbine prices, wind project costs, project performance, and wind power prices. The report also details trends in project financing, a key concern for the wind industry in the current economic climate, as well as trends in project ownership, public policy, and the integration of wind power into the electrical grid. DOE’s report provides the wind industry, state and local policy makers, and the general public with valuable information on the state of wind power in the United States.

Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • The U.S. continues to lead the world in annual capacity growth and overtook Germany to take the lead in cumulative wind capacity.  For the fourth straight year, the United States led the world in wind capacity additions, capturing roughly 30% of the worldwide market.
  • The cumulative wind capacity installed in the U.S. at the end of 2008 would, in an average year, be able to supply roughly 1.9% of the nation’s electricity consumption.
  • Soaring demand for wind has spurred expansion of wind turbine manufacturing in the U.S. As a result of this continued expansion, the American Wind Energy Association estimates that the share of domestically manufactured wind turbine components has grown from less than 30% in 2005 to roughly 50% in 2008, and that roughly 8,400 new domestic manufacturing jobs were added in the wind sector in 2008 alone.
  • Texas led all states with 7,118 MW of total wind capacity installed, followed by Iowa (2791 MW) and California (2517 MW). Seven states now have more than 1,000 MW installed, and 13 have more than 500 MW.
  • Iowa and Minnesota have the highest levels of wind penetration (in-state wind generation as a percentage of all in-state generation). Seven states have wind penetration levels greater than 5%; six utilities have in excess of 10% wind on their systems.
  • Wind power remained competitive in wholesale power markets in 2008, with average wind power prices at or below the low end of the wholesale power market price range, although upward pressure on wind power prices looks set to continue.

Download the full 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report.

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Supporting Wind Turbine Research and Testing

  • Alpha Star CorporationAdvanced Composite Wind Turbine Blade Design Based on Durability & Damage Tolerance (Long Beach, CA) –  $200,383
  • Analatom, Inc.Remote Structural Health Monitoring and Advanced Prognostics of Wind Turbines (Sunnyvale, CA) – $200,000
  • Bayer Material Science, LLCCarbon Nanotube Reinforced Polyurethane Composites for Wind Turbine Blades (Pittsburgh, PA) – $750,000
  • Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska-LincolnOnline Nonintrusive Condition Monitoring and Fault Detection for Wind Turbines (Lincoln, NE) – $380,398
  • DNV Global Energy Concepts, Inc.Supporting Wind Turbine Research and Testing – Gearbox Durability Study (Seattle, WA)$399,616
  • Dow Corning CorporationLifetime Lubricating Fluid for Gearboxes to Increase Efficiency and Durability of Wind Turbine Drive Trains (Midland, MI) – $745,189
  • General ElectricWind Turbine Manufacturing Process Monitoring (Niskayuna, NY) – $697,769
  • Honeywell International, Inc.Condition Based Monitoring for Wind Farms (Golden Valley, MN)$626,086
  • Michigan Aerospace CorporationTurbine Reliability and Operability Optimization Through the Use of Direct Detection LIDAR (Ann Arbor, MI)$748,002
  • Native American Technologies CompanyAutomated Welding, Forming, Coating for On-Site Fabricated, Self-Erecting Utility Scale Wind Towers (Lakewood, CO) $749,739
  • Northern Power Systems, Inc.Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Automation (Barre, VT) $683,388
  • PPG Industries, Inc.Wind Blade Manufacturing Innovation (Shelby, NC)$741,754
  • QM Power, Inc.Advanced High Power Density Permanent Magnet Wind Generators (Greenwood, MO)$398,005
  • University of Massachusetts LowellEffect of Manufacturing-Induced Defects on Reliability of Composite Wind Turbine Blades (Lowell, MA)$499,886

Transmission Analysis, Planning and Assessments

  • Areva Federal ServicesBest Practices and Advances in Strategies and Decision Support Systems for Integrating Wind Energy for Reliable Grid Operations (Bethesda, MD)$275,610
  • Western Electricity Coordinating Council – Balancing Authority Cooperation Concepts to Reduce Variable Generation Integration Costs in the Western Interconnection (Salt Lake City, UT) – $319,200*
  • Electric Power Research InstituteIntegrating Midwest Wind Energy into Southeast Electricity Markets (Knoxville, TN)$399,135
  • EnerNex CorporationDocumentation, User Support, and Verification of Wind Turbine and Plant Models (Knoxville, TN)$749,868
  • Hawaiian Electric CompanyHawaii Utility Integration Initiatives (H.U.I.) to Enable Wind (Honolulu, HI)$750,000
  • Illinois Institute of TechnologyWINS: Market Simulation Tool for Facilitating Wind Energy Integration (Chicago, IL)$749,877
  • Regents of New Mexico State UniversityInvestigating Short Circuit Models for Wind Turbine Generators (Las Cruces, NM)$272,816
  • Regents of the University of MichiganTechniques for Voltage Control and Transient Stability Assessment (Ann Arbor, MI)$413,534
  • Tennessee Technological UniversityMulti-Level Energy Storage and Controls for Large-Scale Wind Energy Integration (Cookeville, TN) $265,677
  • The Regents of the University of ColoradoUpstream Measurements of Wind Profiles with Doppler Lidar for Improved Wind Energy Integration (Boulder, CO)$233,082
  • University of Texas at AustinTechno-Economic Modeling of the Integration of 20% Wind and Large-scale energy storage in ERCOT by 2030 (Austin, TX)$510,688*
  • University of WI-MilwaukeeLithium-Ion Ultracapacitors integrated with Wind Turbines Power Conversion Systems to Extend Operating Life and Improve Output Power Quality (Milwaukee, WI)$422,266
  • V&R Energy Systems Research, Inc.Improving Reliability of Transmission Grid to Facilitate Integration of Wind Energy in Tri-State G&T and AECI (Los Angeles, CA)$195,002*
  • WINData, Inc.Use of Real-Time Off-Site Observations as a Methodology for Increasing Forecast Skill in Prediction of Large Wind Power Ramps One or More Hours Ahead of Their Impact on a Wind Plant (Great Falls, MT) – $398,966

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