Governor Abercrombie Visits Japan

Here are some pictures from Governor Abercrombies trip to Japan.

Governor Abercrombie Meets With Japan Association of Travel Agents

Governor Abercrombie Meets With Japan Association of Travel Agents

Governor Neil Abercrombie and officials from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority (HTA) participated in back-to-back meetings in Tokyo last week.  They met with representatives of various Japanese agencies that are key partners in the visitor industry.

Governor Abercrombie Meets With Japan Association of Travel Agents

Governor Abercrombie Meets With Japan Association of Travel Agents

Before discussing matters of business, the Governor relayed Hawai’i’s ongoing commitment in supporting Japan as it recovers from the March tsunami.

“These are resilient people, and it is important for them to know that our aloha for Japan continues as it rebuilds,” said Governor Abercrombie.  “But it was equally important to build upon our relationship as we work to strengthen visitor industry ties.”

Governor Abercrombie with Japan Travel Bureau

Governor Abercrombie with Japan Travel Bureau

According to the HTA, 17.6% of visitors to Hawai’i traveled from Japan in 2010.  Visitor spending from Japan is up 4.9% to $1.27 billion for year-to-date.

Last weeks meetings were:

  • Japan Association of Travel Agents, led by Chairman Mr. Akira Kanai
  • JALPAK, led by JALPAK President Makoto Onishi
  • Japan Airlines, led by Japan Airlines President Masaru Onishi
  • JTB/JWV, led by company president, Hiromi Tagawa
  • Kintetsu, led by company president, Katsuhisa Yoshikawa
  • H.I.S., led by company president, Akira Hirabayashi
Governor Abercrombie with JALPAK and Japan Airlines

Governor Abercrombie with JALPAK and Japan Airlines

JTB Corporation General Manager Toru Furusawa said, “The Governor has a clear vision and solid insight and we look forward to growing our relationship in order to strengthen Hawai’i’s tourism industry.”

Governor Abercrombie with Japan Travel Bureau

Governor Abercrombie with Japan Travel Bureau

“The energy and passion of Governor Abercrombie is infectious and unlike any others we have met before,” commented JATA Chairman Akira Kanai.

Governor Abercrombie and Mayor Arakawa march in the parade

Governor Abercrombie and Mayor Arakawa march in the parade

The Governor travels to Okinawa this week where he will participate in its Uchinanchu Parade and attend the Okinawa Governor’s Reception.  Tomorrow the Governor will be joined by University of Hawai’i President MRC Greenwood for meetings at the University of Ryukyus/Ryudai where they will also participate in a tree planting ceremony.

Governor Abercrombie at a Tree Planting Ceremony

Governor Abercrombie at a Tree Planting Ceremony

This is Governor Abercrombie’s first international trip since taking office.  He is traveling to Tokyo, Okinawa, and Beijing for meetings with travel industry leaders.  He is accompanied by HTA officials who arranged part of the trip in an effort to reach out to international markets and strengthen economic relations prior to the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.  The Governor will also attend the National Governors Association U.S. – China Governors Forum in Beijing before returning to Hawai’i on the October 21st.

Big Island Police Seeking Man Wanted in Connection with Stabbing Incident Near Honoli’i Beach

*UPDATE* Big Island police have located 29-year-old Michael Glendon, who was wanted in connection with a stabbing incident near Honoliʻi Beach Park.  Glendon was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Monday (October 17) on suspicion of first-degree assault. He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

Big Island police are searching for a man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident near Honoliʻi Beach Park.

Michael Glendon

Michael Glendon

South Hilo patrol officers responded to a call for assistance at 11 a.m. today (October 17) and discovered that a 29-year-old Hilo man had sustained two injuries to his lower back in an altercation with an acquaintance on Kahoa Road fronting the Honoliʻi lookout area. Before police arrived, the injured man had been taken by private vehicle to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of his wounds, which don’t appear to be life threatening. He remains at the hospital in stable condition.

Police want to question 29-year-old Michael Glendon of Keaʻau. He is described as 5-foot-8, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Police ask that the public not approach him, as police have not recovered the weapon used in the incident.

Police ask than any witnesses to the altercation or anyone with information on Glendon’s whereabouts call Detective Reed Mahuna at 961-2384 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.

ACLU of Hawaii and Olelo Community Media Present “Know Your Rights: Documenting Law Enforcement Interactions in Hawaii”

I just got a facebook invitation to the following presentation from the American Civil Liberties Union Hawaii Chapter: “Know Your Rights: Documenting Law Enforcement Interactions in Hawaii

Presented in the public interest and by request from individuals wishing to engage in peaceful protest. An informational session discussing general guidelines on photographing, video recording or otherwise documenting interactions with law enforcement in public spaces. Free, open to the public. This session be recorded by ‘Olelo for future rebroadcast.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i is a private, non-profit, non-partisan government watchdog that defends individual rights from government abuse. The ACLU regularly provides information sessions at no cost to the public to increase awareness about individual freedoms. Individuals who are aware of their rights under the Constitution are an important check and balance on government abuse of power.

Presented by the ACLU of Hawai‘i and the Palolo Community Media Center/‘Olelo Community Media, 10/26 3-4 p.m., at Palolo Community Media Center, Jarrett Middle School, 1903 Palolo Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816

Gee… I wonder why I would get this invitation?

Big Island Police Investigating 10 Vehicle Break-Ins and 6 Tailgate Thefts

Big Island police are warning the public about recent car break-ins and thefts of pickup truck tailgates in Hilo.During the month of September, police investigated reports of 10 vehicle break-ins and six thefts of tailgates.

In the tailgate thefts, which have occurred in various locations in Hilo, the thieves have targeted Toyota Tacoma trucks.

The car break-ins have taken place in downtown Hilo, Honoliʻi and the Hilo High School track—usually during the late night and early morning hours. The primary method of entry is by breaking a window or reaching through a partially opened window to unlock a door. Victims of these crimes have included both visitors and local residents.

Police remind the public that all vehicles left unattended should be locked and secured properly. Any items left inside should be concealed from view. If at all possible, don’t leave valuables inside at all.

Police ask that the public to report any suspicious activity and provide any leads that might help identify possible suspects by calling 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.