Former Boss, Barbara Arthurs, Wins UHCC’s Chanellor’s Award

It was an honor and a privilege for me to work as Barbara Arthurs personal assistant as a student at Hawaii Community College when I attended school their in 1996. I’m stoked to read about the following:

I was Barbara Arthurs Work Study Student Assistant back in 1996

(Media Release)

The University of Hawai‘i announces its recipients of the University of Hawai‘i Community Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. The award recognizes a faculty member or civil service or administrative, professional and technical (APT) employee for outstanding demonstrated work performance, service, leadership and fostering of excellence in higher education.

Barbara Arthurs is the recipient of the Hawai‘i Community College Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service. Arthurs is the vice chancellor for student affairs at Hawai‘i CC. She has unselfishly served the UH System for over 20 years as a counselor, acting dean of student services and head counselor. Arthurs serves as a role model of tireless and faithful commitment to the cause of education, which has been evidenced by the long hours put in, night after night, even on the weekends to improve present and future opportunities for students. A diligent and dedicated educator and administrator, she has made it her life’s mission and work to improve our educational system through student services…

House Committees Visit Homeless in Waikiki to Discuss Viable Solutions Such as “Homeless Safe Zones”

From the House Communications Office:

WHAT: The House Committees on Housing and Human Services will visit Kapiolani Park in Waikiki to see firsthand the plight of homelessness and talk to the homeless living there about viable solutions.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – 12:00 noon

WHERE: Kapiolani Park – Fronting the area of Waikiki Beach across the Honolulu Zoo

WHY: Rep. Rida Cabanilla, chair of the Housing Committee, Rep. John Mizuno, chair of the Human Services Committee, and Rep. Tom Brower, vice chair of the Human Services and district representative, are working with community organizations to meet with local homeless residents. During the site visit, they will discuss the chronic homeless, the Housing First Pilot Program and “safe zones” for the homeless.

“It’s important to have our lawmakers come out and actually see the living conditions, and to hear directly from the homeless on what works or doesn’t work,” said Rep. Brower, author of House Resolution 62, HD1, which was adopted by the House of Representatives and proposes to offer an immediate solution for the homeless, by establishing “safe zones” that would designate a safe and supervised area for the homeless to stay at night.

“This is a complex issue, and it will remain so unless lawmakers get out of their offices and see what’s happening on the street,” said Rep. Cabanilla.  “This is a way to reach out and personally work with the homeless community on solutions that are viable for them.”

“We will hold a legislative briefing this Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m., perhaps much of what we cover may become a prelude for discussion at the upcoming briefing.  Still concerning to me is the sheer number of homeless we are dealing with, as well as the percentage of homeless that are from outside Hawaii,” said Rep. Mizuno.  “Our services are being drained and we need to turn this around, in a prudent, cost effective, and humane way.  That’s why I support my Vice Chair’s resolution for an immediate solution for our homeless.”

Big Island Hit With Two Earthqaukes Within 12 Hours

A minor earthquake occurred at 6:37:48 AM (HST) on Monday, July 12, 2010 .
The magnitude 3.1
event occurred 10 km (6 miles) WNW of Ka`ena Point.
The hypocentral depth is 10 km ( 6 miles).

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A minor earthquake occurred at 8:58:57 PM (HST) on Sunday, July 11, 2010 .
The magnitude 3.0 event occurred 14 km (9 miles) NE of Hawi.
The hypocentral depth is 39 km (24 miles).

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Words From an Ex Naval Photographer on the Hilo Tsunami Photos

Yesterday, I posted a video of newly released photos of the aftermath of the 1960 Hilo Tsunami.

I have begun dialog with Charles Hansen, the US Navy Photographer that was granted access to the Big Island the day after the Tsunami hit and hopefully he will be sending more pictures soon.

… I am now feeling guilty for sitting on these meaningful images for 50 years.

I was a young US Navy man at the time, stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Oahu. We were on the big island on vacation and staying at the military rest camp up on the mountain. We had a shipmate and his family (Warrant Officer Moo Thick Soo Hoo) on board the SS Lurline and visited them. We knew that the wave was coming and arrived on the scene the next morning. As US Navy photographers and were able to gain access and photograph the destruction…

… I have many photographs from that era. Can you imagine a young 20 year old fresh out of Naval photo school being sent to that beautiful Hawaiian Territory (1958) and asked to document it. I was in heaven.

I had two pictures published in Life magazine during the two years that I was there…three full pages dedicated to those two pictures. Fifty years later and I am still bragging about them…