Congressional Candidate Bob Marx Calls for Breakup of Mega Banks

Bob Marx says banks must be broken up to increase competition and prevent future taxpayer funded bailouts from occurring.

Congressional Candidate Bob Marx

Bob Marx, Democratic Candidate and Small Business Owner in Hilo, Hawaii, today called on Congress to pass legislation to decentralize control of the country’s financial institutions. The announcement that JP Morgan Chase had a $2 billion trading loss has renewed concerns about how banks manage risk.

Speaking to a crowd gathered at K’s Drive-In this morning, Marx lamented on the sad state of affairs in the nation’s banking sector. “The best way out of this mess is to not have banks that are ‘too big to fail.’ We should be supporting and encouraging the breakup of mega-banks and allow smaller, local banks to flourish,” Marx opined.

Marx referenced the breakup of monopolies as evidence of the need to increase competition in the American banking Sector. “Financial institutions are incapable of self-regulation. Asking banks to regulate themselves is like asking a fox to guard the chicken coop. It makes no sense,” Marx said.

Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd co-authored legislation aimed at reforming the ways in which banks are regulated and monitored. Part of the Dodd-Frank reforms, known as the Volcker Rule, is supposed to restrict high-risk banking activities. However, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon said that the trades were made to hedge risk, and would therefore be permissible.

“The problem is that the rules only target proprietary trading; that is, trades made for pure profit. It doesn’t include trades that are made to hedge risk.” Marx paraphrased Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher, a strong supporter of breaking up the largest banks: “How big is too big? Let me tell you: Too big is when you have no idea what’s going on underneath you. If you’re that big, you’re too big.”

The real problem for Marx is that the laws in place remain too speculative and subjective. “It shouldn’t be about stopping banks from hedging their high-risk gambles; it should be about not allowing banks to take on high-risk loans, mortgage-backed securities, and other investments in the first place,” Marx said. “As a first step, I strongly suggest the re-implementation of the depression-era Glass-Steagall Banking Act of 1933.”

The Glass-Steagall Act prohibited commercial banks from engaging in the investment business. It was part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and enacted as an emergency measure after the failure of about 5000 banks during the great depression. The act strictly prohibited commercial banks from underwriting securities. It was repealed by Congress in the late 1990s.

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group to Visit Hawaii

In 2010 I got to land on the USS Ronald Reagan Aircraft Carrier and then got catapulted off.  I just heard that the USS Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier will be visiting Hawaii starting tomorrow:

In this file photo, aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with Sailors’ friends and families aboard for a ‘Tiger Cruise’ in June 2011. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans)

[Pearl Harbor, Hawaii] Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, including aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), is scheduled to arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam May 15 for a port visit.

CSG 1, led by Rear Adm. T.K. Shannon, also consists of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 embarked aboard Carl Vinson.

The ships of the CSG are currently transiting to their homeport of San Diego following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East areas supporting maritime theater security operations with the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleets.

“The dedication demonstrated by every Sailor up and down the chain of command was the key factor in accomplishing every mission objective for our time in the 5th and 7th Fleets,” said Carl Vinson Commanding Officer Capt. Kent D. Whalen. “With our return to 3rd Fleet, our focus may have changed but our mission-ready mindset continues.”

Big Island Police Locate Puna Man Wanted in Stabbing, Beer Bottle Incident and Domestics

Big Island police have located, arrested and charged 27-year-old Brannon Ramirez of Hawaiian Beaches, who was wanted in connection with a stabbing, a beer bottle incident and a domestic argument in Puna on Friday.

Brannon Ramirez

Ramirez turned himself in at the Pāhoa police station at 5:42 p.m. Saturday (May 12). He was held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 2:48 p.m. Monday (May 14), detectives charged him with first-degree assault, first-degree criminal property damage and two counts of third-degree assault. His bail was set at $11,000.

He is being held at the Hilo police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (May 15).

HPD and the Public Celebrated Police Week Today

Members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the public celebrated Police Week on Monday (May 14) at the Hilo police station.

A 21-gun salute, “Taps” and a candle-lighting ceremony were part of the tribute to the four Hawaiʻi Police Department officers killed in the line of duty since 1918. They are Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).

In an outdoor ceremony, Hawaiʻi County Managing Director William Takaba read a mayoral proclamation declaring May 13-18 as Police Week in the County of Hawaiʻi and May 15 as Police Officers Memorial Day.

Chief Harry Kubojiri told the audience that Police Week ceremonies are taking place this week at police departments all across America—including one in in the nation’s capital attended by approximately 25-thousand law enforcement officers. “In size, that event is more massive than ours,” Kubojiri said, “but in sentiment, ours is equally grand.”

The chief noted that he never knew Officers Cadinha and Oili, but said both Jitchaku and Keliipio were his co-workers who laughed with him one day and were gone the next. “I still miss them and I know many of you do, too,” he chief said. “We can only begin to imagine the loss their families still feel.”

The chief added that Police Week also honors officers injured in the line of duty, noting that 61 Big Island officers were hurt on the job last year. He thanked his officers for working to make the Big Island communities safe and said he prays that each one returns home safely to their their loved ones at the end of each workday.

A similar ceremony will be held Thursday (May 17) in Kona.

North Hawaii Community Hospital Answers Questions Following Controversial Decision to Serve Maternity Patients by Zip Codes

North Hawaii Community Hospital answered the following questions regarding their decision to only serve patients in certain zip codes for maternity care.

Q: What is North Hawaii Community Hospital’s mission?

A: NHCH’s mission is “to improve the health status of the people of North Hawai‘i by improving access to care and providing high quality services at a reasonable cost.”

Q: Why is NHCH limiting OB patients to those who live in their service area?

A: North Hawaii Community Hospital was designed to support a maximum of 550 births each year. Last year, 663 babies were delivered, and that number is on pace to exceed 700 births this year. Overcrowding in the Family Birthing Unit raises safety concerns and puts a strain on our ability to provide outstanding clinical care to every family delivering at NHCH.

Q: Are you closing the Waimea Women’s Center or laying off midwives?

A: No, we are not closing the Waimea Women’s Center or laying off midwives. We are committed to our maternal care program and to keeping midwifes as an integral part of our team.

Q: How did NHCH arrive at this decision?

A: Six weeks ago, NHCH formed an internal Maternal Care Work Group comprised of three doctors, one midwife, six nurses and three staff members to evaluate NHCH issues of overcrowding, safety, patient satisfaction and financial and resource implications. NHCH deliberated the Maternal Care Work Group recommendations along with additional input from the NHCH Community Advisory Board, NHCH Board of Directors and public input facilitated by the Waimea Community Association. Before the executive team arrived at the hospital’s decision to ease overcrowding by defining the NHCH maternal care service area, they determined that maternal care is available on Hawaii Island.

Q: What is NHCH’s defined service area?

A: NHCH’s service area is defined by the Hawaii County Emergency Medical Response Zone, which is the area north of a line roughly running from Laupahoehoe on the Hamakua Coast across the Saddle to Kukio in North Kona. Effective immediately, NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center will only offer maternal care services to women whose primary address is within the EMT area:

  • 96719—Hawi
  • 96727—Honokaa
  • 96738—Waikoloa
  • 96743—Kamuela
  • 96755—Kapaau
  • 96764—Laupahoehoe
  • 96774—Ookala
  • 96776—Paauilo
  • 96780—Papaaloa
  • And Kukio and Hualalai only.

Q: What are some examples of area excluded from NHCH’s service area?

A: East Side ‐ Ka’u, Volcano, Puna, Pāhoa, Hilo and Ninole are not included in NHCH’s service area. West Side ‐ North Kona (i.e., Kona Palisades Subdivision, Kaloko), Kealakekua and South Kona are not included in NHCH’s service area.

Q: Who is affected by this new service area definition?

A: The new policy affects new OB patients who live outside NHCH’s service area. An OB patient is someone receiving care for a pregnancy: prenatal, delivery or postnatal. Effective May 11th, those who live outside NHCH’s service area and become pregnant will be unable to receive prenatal care at Waimea Women’s Center or deliver at NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit. However, if a woman lives outside the NHCH service area and is currently an established pregnant patient of the Waimea Women’s Center, she can continue to receive prenatal care at Waimea Women’s’ Center and deliver at NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit.

Q: What if I live outside NHCH’s service area and have received care at Waimea Women’s Center for previous pregnancies, including delivering at NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit?

A: NHCH is unable to accept any OB patients, new or previous patients, from outside our service area effective May 11th, 2012.

Q: I live outside NHCH’s service area, where will I receive obstetric care?

A: Please refer to the below list of current providers in Hilo and Kona.

Physician/Provider Specialty Phone Office Location

Hilo Providers

  • Dr. Lucy Bucci Family Medicine 932‐4215 Hawai‘i Island Family Medicine 45 Mohouli St, Suite 101, Hilo
  • Dr. Julie Chee Family Medicine 932‐4215 Hawai‘i Island Family Medicine 45 Mohouli St, Suite 101, Hilo
  • Dr. Ian Ebesugawa OB/GYN 969‐2055 75 Puuhonu Place, Hilo
  • Dr. Randall Hirata OB/GYN 969‐7763 82 Puuhonu Place, Hilo
  • Dr. Eric Helms OB/GYN 934‐3280 Bay Clinic 73 Puuhonu Place, Suite 204, Hilo
  • Dr. Kristin McCoy Family Medicine 932‐4215 Hawai‘i Island Family Medicine 45 Mohouli St, Suite 101, Hilo
  • Dr. Karen Nakamoto OB/GYN 935‐7765 82 Puuhony Place, Hilo
  • Dr. Fred Nitta OB/GYN 961‐5922 670 Ponahawai Street, Suite 200, Hilo
  • Dr. Quye Tran OB/GYN 933‐2100 670 Ponahawai St, Suite 115, Hilo

Kona Providers

  • Dr. Christina Collins OB 331‐2300 75‐5905 Walua Rd, Suite 3, Kailua Kona, HI
  • Dr. Michelle Gilbert OB 334‐4400 Kaiser Permanente 75‐184 Hualalai Road, Kailua Kona
  • Dr. Deborah Lachance OB 334‐4400 Kaiser Permanente 75‐184 Hualalai Road, Kailua Kona
  • Dr. Santad Sira OB 329‐6447 75‐ 184 Hualalai Road, Ste 202, Kailua Kona

Q: Who is NOT affected by this restriction?

A: Anyone living within the defined service area is not affected. If a woman is currently pregnant, is already being seen at the Waimea Women’s Center for obstetric care, and lives outside NHCH’s service area, she can continue to be a patient and deliver at NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit.

Q: Can I receive GYN care at Waimea Women’s Center if I live outside your service area?

A: Yes, NHCH is accepting established and new gynecological patients who live outside our service area, since this service is not at capacity. The Waimea Women’s Center offers the following gynecological services: annual exams, pap smears, breast examinations, birth control counseling, menopause management, urinary incontinence management and more.

Q: I am a Kaiser patient who lives outside your service area. May I transfer to the Waimea Women’s Center in my third trimester and deliver at NHCH?

A: We are no longer accepting patients who live outside our service area. However, if you are a Kaiser patient who lives within our service area, you may transfer to Waimea Women’s Center and deliver at NHCH’s Family Birthing Unit.

Q: What is needed to verify my address?

A: You must present a driver’s license or legal photo ID with your current primary address. If your license or state ID does not have your current primary address, you must present a current utility bill that includes your name and address.

Q: When does this policy go into effect?

A: This new policy to address overcrowding in the Family Birthing Unit goes into effect May 11, 2012.

Q: Are other medical services at NHCH based on NHCH’s service area?

A: Other medical services at NHCH are not at capacity; therefore, NHCH will continue to accept patients who live outside the service area for all other medical service areas, which include: gynecological services in the Waimea Women’s Center, general surgery, orthopedics, emergency department, and so on.

Q: Will NHCH continue to use midwives?

A: NHCH is committed to maintaining Certified Nurse Midwives as an integral part of our maternal care program.

Q: Can you recommend a midwife as I am considering a home birth?

A: NHCH does not support home births. None of our midwives provide home birthing services.

Q: Is this decision to define service area access purely a financial one?

A: Overcrowding, patient safety and quality of care are NHCH’s primary reasons for establishing this new policy. Financial and resource implications are also factors. Overcrowding in the Family Birthing Unit has taken a financial toll with NHCH losing $7.2 million over the past three years.

HI-PAL “Click It or Ticket” 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments Announced

The Hawaiʻi Police department’s Traffic Services Section and the Hawai‘i Isle Police Activities League (HI-PAL) are sponsoring their annual “Click It or Ticket” 3-on-3 basketball tournament.


The events will take place on the following dates at the locations listed below:

June 15-16: Keaʻau High School, Keaʻau (tentative)
June 22-24: the old Pāhoa High gymnasium, Pāhoa
June 29-July 1: Kekuaokalani Gymnasium, Kailua-Kona
July 14: Kamehameha Park gymnasium, Kohala
July 20-22: Papaʻaloa Gymnasium, Laupāhoehoe
August 10-12: the new covered sports building, Panaʻewa
August 24-26: Honoka‘a Sports Complex gymnasium, Honoka‘a
September 8: the Naʻalehu gymnasium in Ka‘ū (tentative)

The Keaʻau and Ka‘ū dates are still being confirmed. All other dates and locations have been confirmed, and preparations are progressing to make each event successful.

Team entries are being accepted in the following age groups: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, high school boys, girls 10 & under, girls 12 and under, girls 14 & under and high school girls. The age cutoff date is December 31, 2012.

A player may play in only one division during this tournament.

Each division will be limited to the first 10 teams. (Organizations wishing to enter multiple teams are asked to enter one at a time and as space becomes available, additional teams can be entered). Each team will be required to complete a registration packet prior to the tournament. Completed packets must be turned in two weeks prior to each scheduled event date.

Completed packets should be dropped off at the Hilo police station’s Community Policing office (the former Receiving Desk on the first floor) or at the Kona police station’s Receiving Desk.

The high school division boys and girls games will be played and completed on the scheduled Friday nights. During those scheduled dates, activities about child restraint and seat belt usage and DUI education will be available at the various gyms.

Officer Joseph Botelho

Teams interested in participating or anyone requesting additional information may call Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. in East Hawaiʻi at 961-2220 or Officer Randy Morris in West Hawaiʻi at 326-4646, extension 258.

“The Hawaiʻi Police Department is excited about again bringing the ‘Click It or Ticket’ message to eight different district communities on the island,” Botelho said. “Last year’s success has allowed us to continue this type of venture island wide.”

“Click It or Ticket” is a national educational and enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage and decrease traffic fatalities and injuries.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 16-Year-Old Puna Girl

7/9/12 UPDATE: Big Island police have located 16-year-old Munirah Mokihana Dewan-Fabian, who was reported missing. She was found unharmed in Puna on Friday afternoon (July 6).

Editors Note… this girl was previously listed as Missing in February and I was never informed that she had been found before today’s PR from the Big Island Police Department:

Big Island police are searching for a 16-year-old girl reported as missing from Puna since March 21.

Munirah Mokihana Dewan-Fabian

Munirah Mokihana Dewan-Fabian is described as 5-foot-5, about 110 pounds with long black hair and brown eyes.

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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Film Festival Around the Corner – Workshops Filling Up Fast

Space is still available for the Big Island Film Festival’s two exciting professional screenwriting and filmmaking workshops during BIFF 2012, May 24-28 at The Shops at Mauna Lani and The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i.

An outdoor screening at The Shops at Mauna Lani

NBC’s “Writers on the Verge” Story/Career Consultant Jen Grisanti will present “How to Write TV Spec and Pilot Scripts,” 9-11:30 a.m.  Maui hit filmmaker and “Person of the Year” Brian Kohne explores “From Conception to Completion: Indie Films,” 12:30-3 p.m.  Both workshops take place Thursday, May 24 at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i Amphitheatre, at $50 each.  Advance registration is required by May 20, at www.bigislandfilmfestival.com

The Big Island “Talk Story” Film Festival is a celebration of narrative filmmaking, Memorial Weekend, May 24-28.  Events include free family films under the stars at The Shops at Mauna Lani, daytime movies and nightly double features at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i (self-parking validated), networking opportunities, celebrity receptions, awards brunch and a closing night “Best of the Fest.” Best of the Fest is a fundraising event for Hawai‘i Island Food Basket, with KOHALA in concert, silent auction for the Tripler Army Medical Center’s Fisher House for military families, and the audience-voted Best Feature and Best Short films of BIFF 2012.

Major sponsors include The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai’i, The Shops at Mauna Lani, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority/Hawai‘i County CPEP and many others.  For more information, complete schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.BigIslandFilmFestival.com or call 808-883-0394.

Hawaii to Receive Federal Money for Monk Seal and Sea Turtle Protection

Hawaii will receive $128,584 to develop and expand programs designed to protect and help preserve the Hawaiian monk seal, green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles, Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Senator Daniel K. Akaka announced today.

Monk Seal sign posted at Onekekaha Beach Park

The money comes from a grant administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The project will enhance efforts to reduce and document human disturbance of monk seals and sea turtles caused by growing numbers of beach goers and inshore recreational fishers on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii island.

The project will establish the States first Marine Protected Species (MPS) program for the long-term conservation and management of monk seals and sea turtles.

The work will include developing and delivering public education products and activities. Outreach efforts will be designed to enhance public knowledge of “seal-friendly” and “turtle-friendly” ocean recreation and fishing practices.

The work will also entail direct intervention at popular beaches and fishing areas.

“Protecting the monk seal, the most endangered fin-footed marine mammal in U.S. waters, the green sea turtle and the hawksbill turtle will require a concerted effort by all who use the ocean.  The alleged killing of four monk seals during the last six months highlights the immediate need for a combination of intervention and culturally sensitive education and outreach.  This grant will continue the process of correcting misinformation about the monk seal while also addressing the challenges facing the green sea and hawksbill turtles.  We must be diligent stewards of the ocean and I am very pleased the administration recognizes the need to invest in the protection of these marine animals,” said Senator Inouye.

“The monk seal and honu are among Hawaii’s most treasured native species.  We must do all we can to protect these important marine animals so that our keiki and future generations can learn from and enjoy them like we do,” said Senator Akaka.

Department of Health Settles Enforcement Case With Koya USA Corporation – Mahalo Hawai’i Deep Sea Water

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has agreed to settle its enforcement action against Koyo USA Corporation (Koyo) filed in September 2011. Koyo has agreed to pay the department a total of $2 million in two installments. The first $1 million payment was received by DOH on May 2, 2011. The second and final payment is due to the department no later than August 31, 2013.

DOH issued a Notice of Violation and Order against Koyo for utilizing an unapproved manufacturing process for its bottled water from July 7, 2006 to May 19, 2011. Koyo is required to adhere to a specific process in making bottled water from the ocean. Koyo’s product is branded as Mahalo Hawai‘i Deep Sea and has been marketed to consumers in Japan, Hawai‘i and elsewhere.

No recall or embargo of the Koyo bottled water product was initiated by DOH. Test results from independent laboratories and the state laboratory confirmed that consumption of the affected bottled water product did not pose an immediate and/or substantial risk to human health. Koyo performed a disinfection process prior to their water product being sold.

“The Koyo company staff and leadership have been cooperative in correcting the unpermitted drinking water filtration process,” said Gary Gill, Deputy Director for Environmental Health. “The settlement payments are being dedicated to support the department’s drinking water, food safety and laboratory programs.”

Koyo remains permitted by the DOH to filter ocean water at its Kona facility and produce a bottled drinking water product.

The DOH Food and Drug Branch protects public health by ensuring food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices and related consumer products within the state are safe, effective and properly labeled. The DOH Safe Drinking Water Branch monitors drinking water quality and regulates water systems throughout the islands. The state laboratory tests water and food for contamination and performs a wide range of public health support functions.  These programs and others within the department work together to ensure the health and safety of the people of Hawai‘i.

Senator Kahele’s 2012 Legislative Accomplishments

Hawaiʻi Islands District Two State Senator Gilbert Kaheleʻs 2012 legislative accomplishments included $35 Million in new projects for Hawaiʻi Island. See the full list below which includes all Capital Improvement Projects, Legislation and Resolutions sponsored by Senator Gilbert Kahele this year and approved by the 2012 Legislature.

Senator Kahele will also be hosting a 2012 Legislative Update for East Hawaiʻi residents on June 19th 2012 at 5PM at the Hilo High School Cafeteria.

This years session was extremely productive for Hawaiʻi Island. The CIP projects and legislation I was able to lobby for and achieve would not have been possible without the help of our Big Island Legislative team in the House and Senate. It is always a team effort as all of us strive every day to improve the quality of life for our Hawaiʻi Island families. I am looking forward to working closely with the Executive Administration and our Governor to insure that these funds are released so work can begin on these critical projects.” said Senator Gilbert Kahele

CIP projects for Hawaiʻi Island secured by Senator Gil Kahele in the FY13 Budget
TOTAL APPROPRIATION: $35,000,000.00

  • Ka’u Irrigation System Upgrade ($1.5 Million) – Plans, design and construction for improvements to the transmission ditch and flume system of the former Kaʻu Agribusiness Plantationʻs irrigation system.
  • Pacific International Space Center for Explorations System ($1.8 Million) – Plans, design and construction for a Pisces Facility at Shipman Industrial Park
  • Transpacific Cable Project ($2.2 Million) – Plans to create privately managed shared open access submarine fiber optic cable land stations statewide.
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary School  ($450K) Construction for additional parking on Kinoole Street; ground and site improvements; equipment and appurtenances.
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary School ($350K) – Plans, design and construction and equipment to install a fall safety surface with ground covering and padding at the schools playground.
  • Waiakea High School ($500K) – Construction and equipment for the schools new all-weather track and field facility.
  • Friends of the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences ($618K) -Plans and design to relocate Volcano School of Arts and Sciences to Keakealani School in Volcano Village on the Island of Hawaiʻi.
  • Hawaiʻi Island Community Development Corporation ($385K) – Plans, land acquisition and design for an adult care center facility in Hilo.
  • Hilo International Airport, ARFF Facility improvements ($1.75 Million) – Construction for the renovation of the aircraft rescue and fire fighting station and other related improvements for the airport modernization program.
  • Volcano Road Widening, Keaau to Paahana ($4 Million) – Construction for the widening of Volcano Road from Keaau to Paahana includinginstallation of signs, pavement markings, drainage, guardrails and other improvements.
  • Keaau-Pahoa Road Shoulder Lane Conversion ($2 Million) -Construction for reconstruction and widening of the existing shoulder and constructing new shoulders from Keaau Bypass Road to the vicinity of Shower Drive, Hawaiʻi.
  • UHH, College of AG, Forest and Natural Resource Management ($25K) – Plans, design and construction for the University of Hawaii at Hiloʻs College of Agriculture, Forest and Natural Resource Management Bee Hive research facility in Panaewa, Hawaiʻi.
  • West Hawaiʻi Community College at Palamanui, Hawaiʻi ($750K) – Construction and equipment for Phase 1 & 2 at the Hawaiʻi Community College at Palamanui.
  • Lanakila Homes Renovation, Hilo, Hawaiʻi (HPHA06) ($7.5 Million) – Design and construction for Lanakila Homes and renovation of the existing vacant buildings.
  • Miloliʻi Wharf and Small Harbor Pier Renovation ($500K) – Plans, design and construction for improvements at various boating facilities statewide to include piers, loading docks, utilities, boat ramps, restrooms, etc.  Total appropriation statewide: $4 Million

HAWAIʻI ISLAND DOE UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS

  • Pahoa Elementary Electrical Upgrade – $1.2 Million
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary Electrical Upgrade – $1.5 Million
  • Kaʻu High School – Softball Field Improvements – $400K
  • Waiakea High School – Softball Field Improvements – $800K
  • Kaʻu High & Pahala Elementary – Science Facility Upgrades *
  • Pahoa High and Intermediate – Science and Facility Upgrades *
  • Keaau High School – Science and Facility Upgrades *
  • Renovation of existing science labs, cost per school will vary based on number of labs and extent of upgrades. Also split between Molokai High, Kapaa High, Radford High and Lahainaluna High.

Total appropriation: $5 Million

HILO MEDICAL CENTER UPGRADES

This years budget provided that the general obligation fund appropriation for Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation (HTH 212), the sum of $20,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 shall be expended by the Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation for repair and maintenance projects, including those to correct health and safety deficiencies; provided further that of the total sum:

  1. $160,000 shall be used to replace the walk-in refrigerator/freezer at the Hilo Medical Center
  2. $146,000 shall be used for a new nurse call system at the Hilo Medical Center
  3. $200,000 shall be used for spill prevention control & countermeasure corrections at the Hilo Medical Center
  4. $134,000 shall be used for a new security wall at Hale Hoola, Hilo Medical Center
  5. $650,000 shall be used to reroof the West Wing, River Cottages and Hospital Cottage at the Hilo Medical Center
  6. $728,000 shall be used to replace the atrium roof wall at the Hilo Medical Center
  7. $1,052,000 shall be used for acute hospital repairs at the Hilo Medical Center
  8. $400,000 shall be used to upgrade the air conditioning and perform additional duct work at the Hilo Medical Center
  9. $350,000 shall be used to replace the chiller piping at the Hilo Medical Center
  10. $233,000 shall be used for the demolition of Old Building (Pink Palace) at the Hilo Medical Center
  11. $160,000 shall be used to replace the laundry dryers/washers at the Hilo Medical Center
  12. $235,000 shall be used to renovate the parking lot at the Hilo Medical Center
  13. $262,000 shall be used for a walking bridge at the Hilo Medical Center
  14. $150,000 shall be used for retro-commissioning and an energy audit at the Hilo Medical Center.

TOTAL UPGRADES TO HILO MEDICAL CENTER: $4,860,000.00

LEGISLATION WHICH SENATOR KAHELE WAS THE PRIMARY INTRODUCER AND PASSED THE 2012 HAWAIʻI STATE LEGISLATURE

  • SB 2648 – Relating to Campaign Finance – Authorizes the use of campaign funds to be used to award scholarships to full time students attending an institute of higher education or vocational school.
  • SB 2337 – Relating to Transportation – Authorizes the Department of Transportation to extend the term of any airport concession in exchange for revenue enhancing improvements.
  • SB 2386 – Relating to the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission – Requires the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to be responsible for the verification documents provided by individuals seeking to be on the roll.
  • SB 3003 – Relating to Geothermal Resources – Differentiates between “geothermal resources exploitation” and “geothermal resources development”. Makes permissible in all state land use districts and conservation district zones.
  • SB 2001 – Relating to the Public Land Trust – Amends the Hawaiʻi State Planning Act to include promoting the development of indigenous geothermal energy resources that are located on public trust land as a firm source of power. Requires consultation from the Native Hawaiian community and the general public.
  • SB 3001 – Relating to Wildlife – Prohibits the inter island possession, transfer, transport, or release after transport of wild or feral deer; establishes mandatory fines.
  • SB 3002 – Relating to Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons – Amends provisions relating to the licensing and penalties of real estate brokers and salespersons by requiring the real estate commission to consider whether a licensee relied in good faith on the information they provided.

RESOLUTIONS WHICH SENATOR KAHELE WAS THE PRIMARY INTRODUCER AND PASSED THE 2012 HAWAIʻI STATE LEGISLATURE

 

  • SCR 156 – Urges the creation of an exploratory committee to consider the establishment of an International Aviation Training Center at the Hilo International Airport and an Advanced Degree Training Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. – Requests that the Governor convene a 10 member exploratory committee to examine the feasibility and necessary resources required to establish the center and academic program. Requires the committee to report itʻs findings, recommendations and any budget requests to the 2013 Legislature.
  • SCR49 – Requesting the Department of Transportation to form a working group to expeditiously resolve the issue of “Roads in Limbo” statewide.
  • SCR67 – Recognizing the Hawaiʻi Agriculture Research Center for its benefits to the agriculture industry and urging the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center to establish the proposed Kunia Agriculture Processing and Sales Center.
  • SR17 – Requesting the Department of Transportation to form a working group to expeditiously resolve the issue of “Roads in Limbo” in Maui County.
  • SR33 – Urging the Counties to preserve property tax exemptions for Kuleana Lands.
  • SR42 – Establishes a working group to discuss the creation of a strategic plan for the development and marketing of the Hawaiʻi Tea Industry and make recommendations for labeling requirements of Hawaiʻi grown tea.