Kona Historical Society Lecture Series Continue June 27th

Voices From the Edge: Hawai‘i’s Ancient Trails and Their Message Today

What can we learn from the ancient Hawaiian trails? How do they connect us to earlier times and what are the thoughts today about access? Dr. Richard Stevens will touch upon these topics and more in the sixth lecture in Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

During his slide show, which features images by the late Hawaiian artist Wailehua Gray, Stevens will discuss Hawai‘i’s ancient trails, their lessons for the present, their connections to the past, and their current imperiled status. Also on his agenda are access issues and the influence of these trails on land use decisions.

A Vietnam veteran who earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Stevens teaches history at the UH Center West Hawai‘i. In addition, he has worked as a “trail hunter” for the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the UH Research Corporation. He’s an author as well, having written books about Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail and articles about Hawaiian trails for Honolulu Magazine.

This is the June portion of a community lecture series for 2012 that spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai‘i, this lecture series is a gift from the society to the community that has supported it for so long.

Free of charge, the lectures are open to all, residents and visitors alike. Further information is available at 808-323-3222.

Lawrence Ellison, CEO and Co-Founder of Oracle Buys Lanai Island in the Hawaii Islands

Landowner Castle & Cooke has filed a transfer application with the Public Utilities Commission.  Castle & Cooke owns 98 percent of the island’s 141 square miles. The buyer is Lawrence Ellison, co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation.

Lawrence Ellison buys the Island of Lanai

Governor Neil Abercrombie today released the following statement:

“It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lana’i.  His passion for nature, particularly the ocean is well known specifically in the realm of America’s Cup sailing. He is also a businessman whose record of community involvement in medical research and education causes is equally notable.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ellison in the near future.”

Kauai Man and Corporation Cited for Operating Unpermitted Solid Waste Management Facility

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a notice of violation against Mr. Charles Lee and PRC Corporation for operating an unpermitted solid waste management facility.

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The violations occurred at 1480 Kaumualii Hwy., Lihue, Kaua‘i, and involved the processing of scrap metal and disposed vehicles.

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DOH has imposed a penalty of $94,800 and has ordered Mr. Lee and PRC Corporation to cease accepting further solid waste and remove all solid waste from their property. Mr. Charles Lee and PRC Corporation may request a hearing to contest the allegations or order.

The DOH Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation and transfer systems. Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or waters of the state; prevent air pollution; prevent the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances; protect the public health and safety; conserve natural resources; and preserve and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.

Department of Health Completes TB Contact Investigation at HPU and KCC

The Hawai‘i State Department of Health (DOH) has completed its contact investigation for tuberculosis (TB) that began in March after a student attending Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) and Kapiolani Community College (KCC) was diagnosed with active TB disease.

As of today, no new related cases of active TB disease have been identified. Two students were found to have latent TB infection, which is the inactive (dormant) and noncontagious form of TB. Both students were offered treatment.

According to Dr. Richard Brostrom, Chief of the DOH Tuberculosis Control Branch, “Our investigation has shown that this patient was not highly infectious. We appreciate the cooperation of the students and faculty that were potentially exposed, as well as our successful collaboration with the two colleges.”

Both HPU and KCC worked very closely with the DOH to provide notification and follow-up to those who may have been exposed. Emails were sent immediately to a total of 210 students and faculty who shared the same classroom with the ill student to inform them of the exposure and the need to be tested for TB. Of those, 108 reported for evaluation.

The DOH conducted a total of eight days of testing on-campus at both institutions at no cost to those exposed. Reminder phone calls were made prior to the testing events. Persons who did not take advantage of the testing on-campus received another phone call and a letter (by postal mail or delivered in class) with instructions to report to the DOH for TB testing.

Those notified who have not completed their evaluation, but still want to be screened, should call 832-3539 to make arrangements for TB testing at no cost at the DOH TB Control Branch located at the Lanakila Health Center.

The DOH TB Control Program works to reduce the incidence of TB in the state by providing effective prevention, detection, treatment, and educational services. Program activities include diagnosis and treatment; identification and investigation of cases; providing treatment of latent TB infection in high risk patients including contacts of active TB cases, those who are HIV positive, and those with evidence of untreated TB; conducting direct services including chest xray, sputum smear and culture, tuberculin skin testing, anti-tuberculosis therapy, and directly observed therapy through various clinics locations. For more information on TB go to http://hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/contagious-disease/tb/faq.html

More Meet and Greets Planned for Congresswoman Mazie Hirono Set for East Hawaii

This weekend, the public is invited to meet Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Senator Daniel Akaka. She will be in Hilo on Saturday, June 23, for a noon gathering at the Hilo Hongwanji Mission, 457 Manono St., directly across Manono MiniMart. On Sunday morning, she will be at the Volcano Farmers’ Market at Cooper Center, then attend a coffee hour at 9 a.m. at Kilauea Lodge in Volcano Village.

Rep. Hirono will visit the Maku’u Farmers’ Market off Hwy. 130 around lunchtime Sunday before meeting with the public at a 2 p.m. coffee hour at the Longhouse in Nanawale Estates in lower Puna.

There is a playground for keiki and lots of parking at the Nanawale Longhouse, located at the 4-way stop on Nanawale Boulevard. Call 965-8945 for further information.

Kona 4th of July – Parade and Firework Show Information

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce the opening of Hale Hālāwai Pavilion in Kailua-Kona for July Fourth festivities.

Food booths, live entertainment and a children’s bouncing castle will be offered at the popular Ali‘i Drive park on Wednesday, July 4. The food concessions and bouncing castle will be available starting at 3 p.m., while the live entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Hale Hālāwai is a spectacular viewing site for both the Fourth of July Parade and nighttime fireworks show, which is sponsored through a combination of Hawai‘i County funding and generous donations from area businesses and individuals.

The parade, set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., passes the park, while the 8 p.m. fireworks display will originate from a barge stationed in Kailua Bay.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105, or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

North Hawaii Community Hospital Announces New Board of Director

North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) announces the addition of Robert K. Lindsey to the hospital’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Lindsey, a retired Kamehameha Schools Administrator, brings years of political, cultural, business and community experience and knowledge to NHCH’s board.

Robert “Bob” Lindsey

Born in Hilo and raised in Kamuela, Hawai‘i, Robert “Bob” Lindsey has lived in Waimea all his life, only leaving to attend high school and college on O‘ahu. Lindsey earned his BA from the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa. He worked with Kamehameha Schools from 1987 until retiring in 2004, serving the last 13 years as Director – Land Assets Division – Hawai‘i. Prior to joining Kamehameha Schools, Lindsey was a social worker, park ranger and served a two-year term as State House Representative – District 6 from 1984 to 1986.

Lindsey also currently resides as board member of 10 non-profit organizations, including The Kohala Center (co-founder and director), Waimea Outdoor Circle, Waimea Hawaiian Civic Club, Kanu O Ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana, Kohala Ditch Foundation, Habitat for Humanity – West Hawai‘i, and President of Laiopua 2020. In addition, Lindsey is Vice Chair on the Board of Trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and sitting member of the Hawai‘i Island Legislative Caucus.

“Our roots as a community hospital reach throughout North Hawai‘i, and Bob brings a rich understanding of the community’s healthcare needs, which will help us to better fulfill the hospital’s mission,” says Ken Wood, President and CEO of NHCH. Robert Momsen, Chairman of NHCH’s Board of Directors adds, “Bob is the kind of leader that our community is blessed to have. His passion for improving education, healthcare, and housing is reflected in everything he does. NHCH is very fortunate to have Bob join our board.”

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on the NHCH Board of Directors and will be an active advocate for the hospital’s mission and vision,” says Lindsey. “I would like to share an ‘Olelo Noeau from Tutu Pukui: ‘O ke kahua mamua, mahope ke kukulu,’ which means ‘the foundation first, the building afterwards.’ This ‘olelo aligns well with NHCH’s Value Statement, which is, “As ‘Ohana, we Value an environment of Aloha, which nurtures trust, respect, self-expression without fear, open minds and hearts, and continuous improvement.”

Other recent changes to NHCH’s Board of Directors include the resignation of Vice Chair Sharon Vitousek, MD, and Carolyn Quick, RN. Quick joined NHCH’s board in 2008 with more than 30 years of nursing and hospital administration experience, including serving as NHCH’s Vice President of Patient Care Services. Quick resigned from NHCH’s Board of Directors as she will be relocating to the mainland this summer.

Sharon Vitousek, MD, is a founding member of NHCH’s Board of Directors and helped to write the hospital’s mission more than 16 years ago. Vitousek most recently re-joined NHCH’s board in 2009 and is the director of North Hawai‘i Outcomes Project, a collaborative community effort to both measure and improve the health and quality of life in North Hawai‘i. Vitousek resigned from NHCH’s board after accepting the board president position of the Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community Board of Directors.

With these recent changes, the Board of Directors for NHCH includes:

  • Bob Momsen, Chairman (Retired Health Care Venture Capitalist)
  • Ginny Pressler, MD, Vice Chair and Treasurer (Chief Strategic Officer, Hawaii Pacific Health)
  • Robert Hastings, II, JD, Secretary (Trusts and Estate Planning Attorney)
  • William “Doug” Hiller, MD (Chief of Staff – NHCH)
  • Dutch Kuyper (President and CEO – Parker Ranch)
  • Dick Levy (Chairman – Varian Medical Systems; Member – Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health Board; Chair – Finance and Planning Committee of Sutter Health Board)
  • Robert K. Lindsey (Retired Kamehameha Schools Administrator)
  • Kahu Billy Mitchell (Kahu and Community Leader)
  • Bill Park, MD (Chief Medical Officer – NHCH)
  • Ken Wood (President and CEO – NHCH)

NHCH Background: North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH) is a rural 33-bed acute care hospital located in Kamuela, on Hawai‘i Island. Non-profit, and locally governed, the hospital opened in May 1996 and cares for Hawai‘i Island residents and visitors. NHCH offers an extensive set of hospital services that are centered on patient needs, creating a healing experience for the whole person – mind, body and spirit.

Hawaii Entrepreneurs Reveal Helpful Industry Secrets at Monthly Hilo Business Education and Networking Series

Liza T. H. and Byron Yogi of Hawaii Business Fairs feature local Hawaii-based speakers plus a unique opportunity for new and expanding business owners to get their questions answered by these Health, Beauty, Green, Agriculture, Marketing and Technology experts.

Social Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders Liza T. H. and Byron Yogi of www.HawaiiBizNet.com are hosting their monthly event for aspiring and established business owners interested in professional and community empowerment.  Discover your role in elevating Hawaii’s position in the global economy as a model of sustainability, innovation and excellence.

This month’s “Health and Financial Fitness Series” theme is Health and Beauty and happens Wednesday June 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. HST (registration at 5:30 p.m.) at Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale.  The event rides on the momentum of their 2011 Hawaii Body and Beauty Trade Fair and several other gatherings earlier this year.

Attendees are encouraged to pre-register online by going to: http://hawaiibiznet.com/27_jun_2012.asp The investment to attend is $15 per person or $10 for two if paid in advance.  Participants may also secure the advance rate and pay at the door by calling 808-341-8614 to RSVP.  $20 will be charged at the door for those not pre-registered.

“We are encouraging the growth of the services and businesses that are available through the talented and driven members of our community. We have a great amount of premium resources that we can offer nationally and globally. This results in a more stable economy leading to a better quality of life and in turn, increase of tax revenues” said Liza.

This month’s event features several exciting local speakers including an internationally prominent Physicist who is also a Herbal Remedy Inventor, a World-Class Master Marketer who calls Hilo home, a motivational Business Strategist and Leadership Trainer and a local girl turned Creative Business Consultant who specializes in Personal Branding and Relationship Marketing for Conscious Entrepreneurs.

Here are the topics being covered at this month’s event:

  • “3 Reasons to Stay Slim and Trim” by Liza Yogi
  • “5 Steps to Health, Beauty and Longevity” by Dr. Rulin Xiu
  •  “Work On The Root, Bear Better Fruit: Nurturing… Wealth” by Astania Caputo
  • “Get Paid for Being Social: 10 Keys to Social Media Success” by Rev. Dewi Maile Lim

Hawaii Business Fairs is an annual event that was founded by Liza T.H. Yogi of www.HawaiiBizNet.com in order to create opportunities, increase knowledge of Marketing and Distribution, Business start-ups and Development in Hawaii.

For more information on their upcoming October 25, 26 and 27 Fair, Training and Development Workshops and the other upcoming Health and Financial Fitness Series events contact Liza at: 808-341-8614 or liza@hawaiibiznet.com

TechConKona 2012 Helps Small Business Owners Learn Tech Solutions

Teaching business owners technology solutions to boost their triple bottom line is the goal of TechConKona, a unique, one-day, four track business solutions conference being held on August 2, 2012 at the newly renovated Sheraton Keauhou Convention Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

TechConKona is a small business focused event that addresses questions about emerging technology trends and how attendees can implement these solutions in their business endeavors. Panelists will lead discussions on computer technology, digital marketing technology, sustainability/renewable energy, and promote ideas on innovation and start ups on the Big Island.

Keynote speakers, Paul Hawken, author of “Natural Capitalism” and the founder of the first natural food store in the U.S. and Dustin Luther, Head of Social Media at Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corporation will address the expected 400 attendees at the conference.  Mr. Hawken will address business sustainability issues and Mr. Luther will discuss “Social Media Optimization” and tools to listen to and engage clients to help drive sales.

At TechConKona attendees will learn how to:

  • RAISE funds to start a business
  • MARKET their business with online tools
  • ACCESS data from anywhere, anytime, securely
  • GENERATE business through online search
  • INCREASE income by lowering energy costs
  • MASTER the “Top 10 Apps For Small Businesses”
  • UNDERSTAND the power of mobile tech and tablets.

Tickets to the event are $75 before June 29th and $100 after that date. Ticket holders will receive lunch, a post event networking reception and access to exhibitors. An open discussion forum to learn specific topics of interest from the speakers and other business professionals is the projected highlight.

“Small businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs and future business owners can’t afford to miss this event”, stated Guy Toyama, Executive Director of Friends of NELHA, a key organizer of the event. “They will learn about specific and affordable tools and technologies to implement the day after the conference. At TechConKona, our presenters AND other business owners will show attendees how to use technology to boost the bottom line using affordable, and often times FREE, tools such as mobile apps, social media, email marketing and energy efficiency information. TechConKona is an exciting networking, educational and synergistic event which we are proud to sponsor.”

NELHA, Hawaii Community College, the County of Hawaii, the Small Business Development Center, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and RevoluSun are presenting sponsors.

More information and how to purchase tickets can be found at www.TechConKona.com

Exhibitors and sponsors are being sought before July 1. Visit the website or call Julie Ziemelis, at Ziemelis Communications at 808-854-6769.

InnerSea Discoveries Adds Expedition Vessel to Hawaii in 2013

InnerSea Discoveries’ 76-guest expedition vessel Wilderness Explorer begins active adventure cruising among the Hawaiian Islands in fall 2013. The boat joins the line’s 36-guest upscale yacht Safari Explorer offering island explorations from the sea.

From November 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail seven-night AdventureBound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka’ena Point State Park, Wai’anae Harbor, Maui, Lana’i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic cruising and searching for whales and dolphins in the wildlife-rich Humpback National Marine Sanctuary.

“We are sending the Wilderness Explorer to Hawaii to add another option for travelers seeking an active island adventure at a moderate price.” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s a tremendous value when you add in all the included activities and the ability to explore multiple scenic islands.”

Highlights of the new itinerary include snorkeling at Molokini’s undersea volcanic crater, a night snorkel with Giant Pacific Manta Rays, watching whales and dolphins and guided hikes exploring scenic areas on all four islands. Expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.

The Wilderness Explorer has a swim platform for easy access to water sports equipment and entry into the water. A specially built kayak launch platform comfortably launches four kayaks at once. Guests enjoy included water sports activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, skiff explorations and swimming.  Guests may also take a spin on the innovative human-powered watercraft powered by two peddlers and up to six paddlers.

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