Mayor Kenoi Responds to Governor’s Plan to Take Counties’ Share of the TAT

From the Mayors Office:

Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi released the following statement today in response to Governor Linda Lingle’s bid to balance the state budget by stripping the counties of their fair share of the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT).

“I would have hoped that as a former Maui mayor, Governor Lingle would understand that taking resources from the counties does not solve the problem,” said Mayor Kenoi. “The counties rely on the transient accommodations tax to balance their budgets, and for the state to take away that source of funding puts pressure on the counties to raise taxes at the county level.

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UH President M.R.C. Greeenwood – “A Letter to the University of Hawaiʻi About Our Budget Challenges”

UH President M.R.C. Greenwood

Dec. 21, 2009
Dear Colleagues,

As we complete our fall semester, I want to update you regarding our efforts to meet the major budget challenges we face to maintain our university system.

We all know that the University of Hawai‘i provides critically needed opportunities for our citizens and contributes in so many ways to the health and well being of the people of Hawai‘i. The university educates Hawai‘i’s citizens and, thereby, generates the foundation of the state’s workforce. UH graduates drive innovation, build our economy and provide needed services and leadership throughout the state. Without the University of Hawai‘i, our state’s future would be drastically diminished.

Unfortunately, the university’s biennium budget was severely and unexpectedly reduced by $154 million because of the state’s budget crisis. The economic crisis came suddenly and the deficit continues to grow every quarter, leaving the state and the university with an unpredictable financial situation. We have attempted to address the challenge with a combination of strategies.

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NeilPryde Race Against the Machine (AKA Hawaii Superferry)

When Japanese Culture Meets American Street Beats You Get “Taiko Stomp”

I just noticed this video on Youtube that was uploaded today.

It didn’t have much information about the video other then it was located at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Firework Permits on Sale Saturday

From the Mayors Office:

The Hawaii Fire Department announced that fireworks permits will be issued beginning Saturday, December 26, at limited locations for the upcoming New Year’s celebration. The sites are:

  • Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court
  • TNT Fireworks Tent, Prince Kuhio Plaza, Makaala Street, Hilo
  • Pinky’s 5/Eight, Papaikou
  • Pacific Fireworks Hilo Shopping Center
  • Pacific Fireworks Kona, 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy, Kailua-Kona
  • Thunder Fireworks Store, 75-1022 Henry Street, Kailua-Kona

Each permit, which costs $25, will entitle the holder to purchase 5,000 individual firecrackers.  Permits will be issued to a person 18 years of age or older and are non‑transferable, and non-refundable.

Setting off fireworks is allowable only between the hours of 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.  Permits should be visibly displayed at the site of use on the day at the time of the firing.

Persons who fail to follow all rules and regulations may have their permit revoked.

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira reminds the public that it is illegal for anyone to:

  • Remove the powder or pyrotechnic contents from any fireworks;
  • Throw fireworks from a moving vehicle.

It is also illegal to set off fireworks:

  • At any time not within the time periods as permitted;
  • Within 1,000 feet of any operating hospital, nursing home, home for the elderly or animal hospital;
  • In any school building or on any school grounds and yards on any occasion; and

The Hawaii Fire Department also asks everyone to do their part to prevent fires and injuries caused by fireworks:

Permits are not required for novelties and paperless firecrackers.

Fireworks sales will not begin until December 26, 2009.

For more information on purchasing fireworks permits, or the use of fireworks, please call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 932-2912 (Hilo) or 327-3546 (Kona).