Helping to Test Google +

Well I got invited to Google+ and I wanted try and add some of my friends but apparently it is still in a trial stage and I got the following message:

Google + message

Google + message

I really don’t know what this means too much but when I can add friends… I will.

County of Hawai‘i Department of Finance Authorized Change Orders Report

 

If you want some interesting reading… may I suggest you browse some of this stuff! Interesting to see how much added money gets piled onto county contracts for various reasons:

Hawai’i Department of Finance Authorized Change Orders Report:

Federal Express – Please Don’t Detonate My iPhone

Well as some of you may know by now, I had a problem with my new iPhone speaker that has required me to send it to somewhere… who knows where.  I hope it doesn’t come back an “etch-a-sketch”!

I’ve needed it for my job for the last few days so I waited until today to finally ship it off to them.  I did everything that the iPhone Service Guide told me to do except for one thing!  I forgot to turn off my automatic alarms that go off for certain things throughout the days.

I can just see the folks at Federal Express thinking they have some sort of a bomb or something ticking away with the alarms going off every few minutes since no one can turn them off w/out opening the box and physically turning off the alarms.

I sure hope they don’t do something drastic with that package… like detonate it!

So in the mean time… if you’re trying to call me… well I won’t get your message for a few days.  At least I did put a message on my phone stating my phone was being serviced.

 

Hamakua Becomes First Site of Rural Outreach Initiative Providing Direct Access to Government and Community Resources

Media Release:

The Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) today launched a new effort to provide residents of Hawai’i’s most rural areas with direct access to government and community resources.  The initiative’s first site is located in Honoka’a, within the Hamakua Coast, where services will be provided at the North Hawai’i Education & Research Center (NHERC). The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a partnership between federal, state, county governments, and private non-profit agencies.

“We are here to serve all people of Hawai’i,” Governor Neil Abercrombie said. “We’re making it easier for those who live in remote communities to receive the services they expect by bringing together government agencies, community groups, nonprofits and businesses.”

Hamakua residents will receive services from 38 agencies on a rotating basis.  The wide range of services include among other issues -job training, health care, housing, and agriculture.

“Rural Outreach Services is an initiative that will turn lives around,” said Rep. Mark Nakashima, a member of the initiative’s coordinating committee, who also sits on the advisory board for NHERC. “Because of the long distances that people need to travel on the Big Island, many residents have not been getting the services they need, whether it is job-related, housing, or even health care.”

The Rural Outreach Services initiative is a public-private partnership of agencies supported by the DLIR Workforce Development Division, University of Hawai’i – Hilo’s NHERC, Hamakua Partners in Eldercare, Hawai’i County’s Kapulena Lands project, and the Department of Education’s East and West Hawai’i Community School for Adults.

“We are creating an opportunity to better serve the rural communities of North Hawai’i, which will be a model for other rural areas across the state,” said DLIR Director Dwight Takamine, also a member of the coordinating committee for Rural Outreach Services. “This is a truly community-driven effort to address barriers to services by empowering rural communities.”

Services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments necessary.

During the month of July, one agency will be available at the NHERC on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Agency availability will increase beginning August. For more information and a schedule of upcoming services, workshops and conferences, contact the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center at 775-8890.  A calendar of events is posted at: http://goo.gl/fS9T3.

The first workshop on entrepreneurial opportunities will take place at NHERC on July 27, 2011. It is being provided by Hawai’i County’s Department of Research & Development and the Small Business Development Center West Hawai’i and will include one-on-one consultations on-site.

The following agencies are participants in the Rural Outreach Services initiative in Honoka’a:

Arc of Hilo

Arc of Kona

Catholic Charities

Center for Agricultural Success

County of Hawai’i—Aging & Disability Resource Center

County of Hawai’i—Coordinated Services for the Elderly

County of Hawai’i—Office of Housing & Community Development

County of Hawai’i—Human Resources

County of Hawai’i—Research & Development

Department of Defense (Hawai‘i), Office of Veterans Services

Department of Education, Hilo & Kona Community School for Adults,

Department of Labor & Industrial Relations—Disability Compensation

Division, Hawai‘i District Office, Unemployment Insurance Division, Workforce Development Division, Wage Standards Division, Occupational Safety & Health Division, Veteran Employment & Training Service

Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Division

Hawai’i Center for Independent Living

Hawai’i Community College, Office of Continuing Education & Training

Hawai’i County Economic Opportunity Council

Hawai’i Island Beacon Community

Hawai’i Disability Rights Center

Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union

Hawai’i Home Ownership Center

Hawai’i Island Adult Care, Inc.

Hawai’i Island Workforce & Economic Development Ohana

Hawai’i Small Business Development Center

Hope Services of Hawai’i

Five Mountains Hawai’i

North Hawai’i Drug Free Coalition

University of Hawai’i at Hilo, North Hawai’i Education & Research Center

Services for Seniors

UH – Hilo, College of Pharmacy

Unites Stated Department of Veterans Affairs

Workforce Solutions

Big Island Police Seeking Women Wanted in Connection in Connection with Burglary Investigation

Media Release:

Big Island police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a woman wanted for questioning in connection with a burglary investigation.

Christina Ingle

Christina Ingle

The woman being sought is Christina Ingle, who is described as Caucasian, approximately 30 years old, 5-foot-10 and thin with curly brown hair and brown eyes. Her last known address was in the Hāmākua area.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

$2.9 Million for Airport Renovations in Hilo, Hana, and Kalaupapa

Senator Daniel Akaka

Media Release:

U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced today that $2.9 million in federal grants will be awarded to airports on the islands of Hawai’i, Maui, and Moloka’i.

“Hawaii’s airports provide residents access to friends and family, doctors and patients, and customers and business partners,” said Senator Akaka.  “Air travel is critical in our island state, and regular improvements are essential.”

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes the need to maintain our air travel infrastructure to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.  These funds will help ensure that those traveling to and from Hilo, Hana, and Kalaupapa enjoy safe and timely air travel,” said Senator Inouye.

Federal grants were awarded by the FAA to the following projects:

  • Hilo International: Rehabilitate Apron, Rehabilitate Taxiway – $2,592,500
    This grant will provide federal funding for the Hilo International Airport in Hawaii to maintain the structural integrity of the taxiway and General Aviation Apron pavements threatened by surface variations and cracks.  The project will also correct severe ponding observed at Taxiways A, C, E, and L as the existing drainage is insufficient, and fix various striping, signage and lighting to comply with FAA part 139 requirements.
  • Hana: Improve Terminal Building – $150,000
    This grant will provide federal funding for the Hana Airport in Hawaii for the design phase to renovate and improve the public-use area in the existing terminal building.  The project will perform site investigation, propose scope of work to be done, generate bid documents, and provide post-design services for a project whose focus will be to renovate terminal spaces.
  • Kalaupapa: Improve Terminal Building – $150,000
    This grant will provide federal funding for the Kalaupapa Airport in Hawaii for the design phase to renovate and improve the public-use area in the existing terminal building.  The project will perform site investigation, propose scope of work to be done, generate bid documents, and provide post-design services for a project whose focus will be to renovate terminal spaces.

Big Island Police Looking for Driver of Car that Hit Moped Rider

Media Release:

Big Island police are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver of a vehicle that crashed into a moped in Kona on Sunday (July 17).

Around 8:05 p.m. Sunday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a reported vehicle/moped accident at the intersection of Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and Kealakehe Parkway. A witness said the vehicle was traveling south on Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and preparing to turn left onto Kealakehe Parkway when it struck the moped in the intersection and then continued its left turn onto Kealakehe Parkway without stopping.

The operator of the moped sustained severe head injuries and was taken to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he is listed in critical condition.

The vehicle is described as possibly a dark-colored pickup truck or sports-utility vehicle. It was last seen heading east on Kealakehe Parkway. It should have some front-end damage and may have a broken or cracked windshield.

Police ask that anyone with information about the vehicle or its operator call Officer Josiah Coe at 326-4646, extension 254, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.