The Hawaii County Police Commission… A Fox in the Hen House?

Anyone want to start a discussion on the possibility of finding out a better way to resolve police complaints without the public having to fight the “Fox in the Hen House”?
With the utmost respect to the current Hawaii County Police Commission, the police commission are just normal folks like us… yet, the “alleged” power they may and could hold, is really very small considering anything they eventually recommend, just falls back onto the Police Chief to make the final decision on things anyways.
After my recent experience in front of the commission… I honestly worry about many of the complaints that may be brought forward, but not looked at seriously for one reason or another.
Not much time is given to the folks that want to present their case, and in my case… it was done towards the end of a very long day.
I expect to be getting a letter some time this week with the results of the Police Commissions results in my own complaint (HPC 11-32).  One way or another… I brought my complaint forward and the results of this, will have no bearing on any pending lawsuit I may be filing soon.

Investigations Being Done on Death of Two Hawaiian Monk Seals on Molokai

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in cooperation with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, is investigating the deaths of two Hawaiian monk seals on the south shore of Moloka‘i.

A young female was found dead this past week. This follows the death of an adult male seal in mid- November. Necropsies indicate that both seals appear to have died under suspicious circumstances and that foul play cannot be ruled out as the cause of death in either case.

“I was saddened to hear of these two incidents, especially the loss of a young female who would have helped restore the diminished seal population.” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson. “Monk seals are an important part of the Hawaiian ecosystem and need to be respected as a valued part of our natural and cultural environment. The harm to one is a blow to Hawai‘i,” he said.

In June 2010, the Legislature passed Act 165*, specifically to increase penalties for taking (which is defined to include harassing or killing) a monk seal. It’s a Class C felony (up to 5 years imprisonment).

Someone convicted under this law could face a fine of up to $50,000. It is also against federal law to kill or harm a Hawaiian monk seal.

Anyone having information related to these deaths should call the NOAA OLE hotline at 1-800-853-1964 or Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) at (808) 873-3990 or after hours call 643-DLNR.

Department of Health Releases Influenza Educational Videos

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health announced the release of a new series of influenza education videos. Working in partnership with the Department of Education and private schools, the video series was developed with input from students and teachers as well as community pediatricians.

“The whole idea was to involve youth and see how we could help our educational partners inform kids about important health and science topics while having fun,” stated Dr. Sarah Y. Park, State Epidemiologist. “Working with the kids was amazing,” she added.

In the videos, students in grades 4–6 explore and explain various facts about influenza, “going viral,” flu prevention, and pandemic preparedness in a series of skits and real-world scenes.

Highlights include the Blue Flu Rap:

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An interview with a local family caught overseas and falling ill during the early days of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

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The flu video release is a timely reminder of the importance of continuing flu vaccination during and after the holiday season, into January and beyond. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get the annual flu vaccination.

Formore information about getting vaccinated, please talk to your healthcare provider. For a listing on where to get vaccinated, go to: http://hawaii.gov/health/flu-hawaiigov/Documents/flushotschedule.pdf.

The family-friendly videos are:

“The Flu is a Very Viral Thing,”

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“Keep the Flu from Going Viral,”

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“Prepare Your Family,”

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