Oahu Residents to Get Small Refund From Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)

Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. announced today that electric customers on Oahu will receive a small refund as the result of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) final decision in Hawaiian Electric Company’s 2011 rate case.

The total estimated refund is approximately $800,000 including interest, although Hawaiian Electric must still finalize and submit to the PUC for review the detailed calculations. The company estimates a typical residential customer using 600 kilowatt-hours a month will receive a refund of 85 cents, which includes interest since July 2011 when the original interim increase was approved.

The refund will be issued in the form of a credit on customer electric bills. The timing will depend on the customer’s normal billing cycle. The refund credit is expected to start showing up in bills sent out in August.

Aside from the refund, the PUC’s ruling will not have any further impact on the amount Oahu customers currently pay for electricity. This is because the decision finalizes the remaining interim rates which are already reflected on customers’ bills.

The majority of the final 3.4% increase was approved by the PUC and included in rates almost a year ago in July 2011, with the remainder effective in April 2012.

Stormy Saturday, Perfect Sunday for UH in DC

The University of Hawaii contingent worked together on July 1 to pick up the pieces and prepare for the re-opening of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival after a severe thunderstorm shut down the festival on June 30.

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Volcano Art Center Presents Traditional Hula, Chant and Cultural Demonstrations this Saturday

Volcano Art Center (VAC) celebrates the traditions and art of hula with the Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko Performance on Saturday, July 7 from 10:30 to 11:30am at the pa hula (hula platform) in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The honor of performing at this Saturday’s Hula Kahiko goes to Halau Na Pua ‘O Uluhaimalama under the direction of kumu hula Emery Aceret.

States Aceret, “Our halau carries on the tradition of the late kumu hula Rae Kahikilaulani Fonseca, descending from the lineage of Merrie Monarch co-founder Uncle George Naope to perpetuate the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Liliuokalani through performances of hula.”

Since 1980, VAC has held the responsibility and privilege of inviting hula schools from all over Hawaii to perform at the stone hula platform, which is reserved exclusively for the perpetuation of traditional hula and chant. For cultural practitioners, an offering of hula in the presence of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kilauea, the legendary home of the volcano goddess Pele, is especially inspiring.

For the hour-long outdoor hula performance, the audience is encouraged to bring mats for sitting on the grass and be prepared for variable weather conditions. On the same day, traditional Hawaiian arts and craft demonstrations will be held on the front porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Demonstrations include hands-on displays and lessons where all ages are invited to meet, learn from and talk story with friendly and knowledgeable locals.

Na Mea Hawaii Hula Kahiko is a free community event presented in cooperation with Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and supported in part by the County of Hawaii’s Department of Research and Development and the Hawaii Tourism Authority. As park entrance fees apply and parking is limited, carpooling is strongly recommended. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact Julie at (808) 967-8222 or julie@volcanoartcenter.org.

Police Searching for Females Caught Shoplifting on Tape in Waikoloa

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in the identification of two females wanted for questioning in a theft investigation. The two females pictured were caught on video on May 12, 2012.

Suspect 1

Persons with information as to the identity of these suspects are asked to contact Officer Kuilee Dela Cruz of the South Kohala Patrol Division at 887-3082, the police department’s non-emergency telephone number at 935-3311, or Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona.

Suspect 2

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona. All Crime Stoppers information is kept strictly confidential.

Adopt a Tsunami Siren

NEW! Adopt-A-Siren Smartphone APP: Adopt-A-Siren: http://sirens.honolulu.gov/ Allows users to adopt a tsunami siren in their neighborhood. They will take responsibility for the siren by checking to ensure its functuality and report on the status of the siren to the City. The application also allows users to name their siren and receive an email notification alerting them when the siren will be tested.

Siren Malfunction: If the siren in your community does not sound or does not operate properly please call the Department of Emergency Management at 723-8960 to report it. You can also email the department at dem@honolulu.gov. With more than 170 outdoor warning sirens on Oahu we appreciate the public’s assistance in identifying problem units.

Siren Damage or Vandalism: You can help us to safeguard our Outdoor Siren Warning System. Please report any acts of vandalism, damages, or missing sirens or components to the Department of Emergency Management at 723-8960. You can also email the department at dem@honolulu.gov and include any images you may have of the siren in question. Any suspicious activity should be reported immediately to the Honolulu Police Department by calling 911.

Residents now have the option of reporting malfunctioning or vandalized sirens on-line. Visit the City’s Siren Trouble Report page at http://www3.honolulu.gov/DEMSiren/ to file your report as well as upload pictures.

Remember, important emergency information including evacuation maps can be found in the Hawaiian Telecom and Paradise Pages telephone directories or on our website at www.oahuDEM.org.