Governor Abercrombie’s Statement on the Resignation of UH President

Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued the following statement this afternoon regarding the announcement by M.R.C. Greenwood that she will resign her position as president of the University of Hawaii this September.

Gov. Abercrombie stated:

“From the moment I met President Greenwood, I was impressed with her commitment and her desire to give her very best effort on behalf of the University of Hawaii. She brought a wealth of experience and determination to put that to work for the university. I personally wish her every good fortune in the years to come.

“As for the university and the presidency, I will be contacting the Board of Regents and the wider university community as we chart our next steps.”

Governor Abercrombie Recognizes State’s Inaugural Transformation Internship Program Participants

Upon the completion of the state’s first Transformation Internship Program (TIP) session, Gov. Neil Abercrombie recognized the spring 2013 participants in a special ceremony held today in Executive Chambers. The innovative internship program provides Hawaii undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work alongside innovators within state government and gain hands-on experience in a wide range of areas.


“TIP represents an investment in those who have likewise invested in themselves through higher learning,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This public-private partnership offers a unique opportunity for college and university students to gain training and experience while taking part in our ongoing transformation of state government. The students emerge ready and empowered to take an active and leading role in shaping Hawaii’s future, particularly as they begin their respective careers in an increasingly technological global marketplace.”

At the ceremony, the Governor presented certificates of appreciation to more than 20 students able to attend with friends and family (A total of 45 students participated in the spring session). He also recognized state Chief Information Officer (CIO) Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Deputy CIO of Business Transformation Randy Baldemor, Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) Deputy Director Leila Kagawa, and Enterprise Honolulu President and CEO Pono Shim for their part in the session’s success.

In December 2012, the state Office of Information Management Technology (OIMT), led by Bhagowalia, first announced the internship program in partnership with DHRD and Enterprise Honolulu, which provided featured speakers to enhance the program.

In addition to OIMT and DHRD, participating state agencies included the Departments of Agriculture, Public Safety and Taxation, with students participating from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, Brigham Young University – Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and University of Phoenix.

Through the program, students had the opportunity to:

  • earn academic credit while gaining “real-world” experiences;
  • participate in meaningful work assignments relevant to academic area of study;
  • apply business, communications, public administration, information technology, and engineering classroom concepts to work assignments;
  • be exposed to public service careers; and
  • develop a network of professional contacts for future opportunities.

For example, students interning at OIMT were supervised by Baldemor and worked with program teams to evaluate challenges and assist in the implementation of the State of Hawaii’s IT Transformation Plan improvements throughout the state’s various departments. They interacted with, met and interviewed state employees, as well as summarize research results and present findings through presentations, reports, white papers, dashboards, and scorecards.

TIP is open to students in a wide range of majors including business administration, management information systems, computer science, social sciences (research focus), political science, public administration, human resource development, communications, engineering and other related fields.

The TIP Summer 2013 Session starts in June, with applications being accepted through June 8. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student or undergraduate student with junior or senior status, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher, and have the ability to work well in a team with a broad range of stakeholders (e.g. state employees, outside consultants and private organizations) and communicate effectively at multiple levels. Applications can be submitted online at:

Public Invited to Second DLNR Meeting on Buoy Placement in Hilo Waters

The Department of and Natural Resources (DLNR) is hosting the second of two public meetings to seek input on where day use mooring buoys should be placed in the waters in and around Hilo Bay, as part of a coral mitigation plan for Hilo Harbor that the Army Corps of Engineers permitted for the dredging of the Hilo harbor channel by the state Department of Transportation (DOT).


DLNR is working to implement the mitigation plan, and the meeting will cover the purpose of the day use mooring program, the modified draft list of day use mooring buoy locations, and public feedback to develop a priority ranking for these sites.

The meeting will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in the Aupuni State Building first floor conference rooms A and B, 75 Aupuni St., Hilo.  A previous meeting was held on April 18, 2013.

To install a series of day use moorings in Hilo, a draft list of appropriate sites will be developed based upon the advice of a core group of fishermen and professionals familiar with the waters off of Hilo.

Boaters, fishers, commercial dive operators and other ocean users who frequent Hilo Bay and especially Blonde Reef, and are interested in preserving this resource, are urged to consider attending.

Previously, the need for day use mooring buoys in the Hilo area was not recognized, primarily because there was no overt request from charter boats for their deployment.

During surveys of Blonde Reef for the artificial reef initially proposed as mitigation for the project, a variety of abandoned anchors was seen littering the bottom and coral cover was much higher than anticipated.  The need for buoys to offset damage from recreational users over this reef is apparent but has not been documented.

Because Hilo Bay has multiple user groups (cruising sailboat moorings, sailing, canoe, paddling, jet skis, free diving, Scuba, and bottom fishing), it is imperative to coordinate the location of day use mooring buoys to serve multiple purposes appropriate with multiple user types.

3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Fern Forest Area of the Big Island


Magnitude 3.3 3.4 (UPGRADED)
Location 19.349°N, 155.071°W
Depth 8.4 km (5.2 miles)
  • 15 km (9 miles) SSE (155°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 17 km (10 miles) SSE (167°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) S (174°) from Fern Acres, HI
  • 28 km (17 miles) SW (218°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 40 km (25 miles) S (178°) from Hilo, HI
  • 361 km (224 miles) SE (127°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 55, Dmin=6 km, Rmss=0.11 sec, Gp=169°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60496401

Big Island Police Asking Public’s Help in Identifying Waikoloa Shoplifter

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted for questioning in a theft case. Merchandise valued at $226 was stolen from a retail store on the 96-200 block of Waikoloa Beach Drive on April 8.

Shoplifter 4

Police ask anyone with information about the identity or whereabouts of the person pictured above to 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 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.


Ala Moana Hotel Contest Celebrates the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Kama’aina have the opportunity to win a free two-night stay at Ala Moana Hotel

As the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Ala Moana Hotel will present its own prize envelope to three lucky people that correctly predict the winners of three Na Hoku award categories. Kama’aina and Pacific Business Connection members are invited to enter for a chance to win a free two-night stay in a sleek one-bedroom, ocean-view suite at Ala Moana Hotel.

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Photo Credit: Poi Planet

2012 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
Photo Credit: Poi Planet

“Ala Moana Hotel is proud to be the official hotel of the 36th annual Na Hoku Hanohano awards,” said Marty Milan, Ala Moana Hotel’s director of sales and marketing. “To celebrate Hawaii’s biggest night in music, our island residents are encouraged to stop by and take a guess at who might bring home the gold for a chance to win a two-night stay here at Ala Moana Hotel.”

“And the Winner is…”

The 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, May 25. Kama’aina and Pacific Business Connection members have until Friday, May 24 to correctly guess the winner in three categories of the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and be entered to receive a free two-night stay at Honolulu’s Landmark Hotel. All eligible entry forms with three correct guesses in the categories of ‘female vocalist of the year,’ ‘male vocalist of the year’ and ‘group of the year,’ qualify for the random drawing that will determine the three prize recipients.

Qualified entrants must be 21 years or more at the time of entry and legal residents of the State of Hawaii or Pacific Business Connection guests. Participants may pick up a form at the front desk and can vote once per day. All completed forms must be returned to the front desk by midnight on Friday, May 24. The drawing will take place on Friday, May 31. No purchase necessary to participate in this sweepstakes. Official contest rules for the “And the Winner is…” contest are available upon request at the Ala Moana Hotel front desk. 

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Free Value-Added Guide for Hawai’i Producers Released

A free 58-page guide entitled, Adding Value to Locally Grown Crops in Hawai‘i: A Guide for Small Farm Enterprise Innovation is now available. Because of the high cost of labor, land, and materials in Hawai‘i, family farms are only economically sustainable if they can produce high-quality products that are valued above cheap imports.

Front cover: Adding Value to Locally Grown Crops in Hawai‘i: A Guide for Small Farm Enterprise Innovation

Front cover: Adding Value to Locally Grown Crops in Hawai‘i: A Guide for Small Farm Enterprise Innovation

This guide helps growers add value to all aspects of their farm enterprise and offers resources for further developing their strategies. “If you cherish the farming lifestyle and want to keep farming, you have to make your farm profitable. This guide goes a long way towards showing how to escape from the fatal trap of commoditization by adding value for the consumer,” observes Dr. Kent Fleming, an extension economist who has developed numerous cost-of-production spreadsheets for the University of Hawai’i and other organizations worldwide.

The guide was authored by Craig Elevitch and Ken Love with input from agricultural professionals statewide. Elevitch is an agroforestry educator whose most recent book Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011) provides insights into sustainable cultivation and processing techniques for local and export markets with an emphasis on production methods, postharvest processing, and marketing. Love, widely known as a passionate advocate for the innovative small farm, is co-owner of Love Family Farms in Kona, Hawai’i, which produces a range of value-added products including jams, jellies, dried fruits, and coffee.

“Adding value is an essential component of small farm sustainability,” says Love, who has extensive experience working with farm enterprises. “There are many different ways to add value in growing, processing, and marketing products. This guide is about finding ways of adding value to your operation that are best suited for you and that are ultimately profitable.”

The publication was produced with funds from the State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, the Agribusiness Incubator Program of the University of Hawai‘i, and the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development. The guide is available as a free download and a limited number of free hard copies will be available throughout Hawai’i. Distribution locations and a link to download the free guide are listed at


Kamehameha Schools Chief Executive Officer Dee Jay Mailer to Retire in 2014

DEE JAY A. MAILER Chief Executive Officer Kamehameha Schools

Chief Executive Officer
Kamehameha Schools

Aloha e ka ‘Ohana o nā Kula ‘o Kamehameha,

Today, I am announcing my decision to retire from Kamehameha Schools in 2014. I have spoken with our Trustees, and want to allow them ample time to properly recruit your new Chief Executive Officer.

Retirement means I will step out of a role I have been very fortunate to be in for 10 years at Kamehameha Schools. However, Kamehameha’s mission, people, and this precious kuleana will always be a blessed part of my life. My heart is perpetually warmed by our work together to help educate and nurture your keiki. What an honor it has been to care for Mr. and Mrs. Bishop’s dearest treasures — Pauahi’s people, her children, and her lands, all through the perpetuation of our culture and by being “good and industrious” under Ke Akua’s love and guidance.

I have given my decision to retire much thought, considering that the logical point for leadership change at Kamehameha Schools is at the end of our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan. I believe more firmly than ever that the 2015-30 Strategic Plan should be supported by a new CEO, who will be inspired by the aspirations of the community for the coming 15 years, and who will bring additional perspectives to the plan’s execution.

Looking back at my decade with Kamehameha Schools, of all the kuleana I shepherd here, the most important and fulfilling is being involved with the lives of our students! I overflow with pride each time I hear of the stellar achievements of your keiki, our haumāna — achievements of character, scholarship and talent that honor both their families and Kamehameha.

We are very proud to graduate 700 well-prepared seniors and 1,600 preschoolers every year. And with the help of many collaborators and partner organizations, we have quadrupled our reach into communities to impact thousands more keiki annually. We continue to steward and nurture our lands for the Lāhui and all of Hawai‘i, using the wisdom of our ancestral past and the clarity of present day to bring our precious ‘Āina back to health and productivity.

I offer my deepest mahalo palena ‘ole for your constant support and encouragement, and ask that over the next year, you continue to work closely with me, step-by-step to fulfill the dreams Pauahi had for your keiki and our Lāhui. There is no better way for a leader to say Aloha than with a solid and joyful finish.

Dearest mākua, I will continue to watch with pride your children and youth as they grow up to serve our world. And to our awesome alumni, I remain a proud member of your hui and give thanks for all of the deeds you have done to carry forth the values of Pauahi.

I mua Kamehameha!
Dee Jay Mailer
Dee Jay Mailer
Chief Executive Officer


Hawaii Teen Named One of America’s Top 10 Youth Volunteers of 2013

Michael-Logan Jordan, 14, of Kailua, Hawaii was named one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers of 2013 today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards during the program’s 18th annual national award ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Logan

Michael-Logan Jordan

Selected from a field of more than 28,000 youth volunteers from across the country, Michael-Logan has earned the title of National Honoree, along with a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for his school, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of his choice.

Also honored this week in Washington, D.C., was Brittany Amano, 15, of Honolulu. Brittany and Michael-Logan were named Hawaii’s top youth volunteers in February, and were officially recognized last night at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History along with the top two youth volunteers in each other state and the District of Columbia. At that event, each of the 102 State Honorees for 2013 received $1,000 awards as well as personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. The honorees each also received engraved silver medallions and all-expense-paid trips with a parent to Washington, D.C., for this week’s recognition events.

Michael-Logan Jordan, 14, of Kailua, Hawaii, an eighth-grader at Kailua Intermediate School, has donated all of his birthday gifts for the past eight years to children in need; collected Christmas cards, clothing and other items for wounded soldiers; and raised more than $10,000 for the National Arthritis Foundation. Michael-Logan’s interest in volunteering stems in part from being afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. “There is not a day that goes by that I’m not in some amount of pain,” he said. “However, that pain seems a little easier to bear when I’m focusing on helping others.” When he was in kindergarten, he started working with his parents at a local Toys for Tots warehouse. “It broke my heart to know that some children wouldn’t receive gifts for Christmas without the generosity of others,” he said.

As a result, he vowed to donate his birthday presents each year to Toys for Tots. Then, when his father’s Marine unit was deployed to Iraq, Michael-Logan enlisted his classmates’ help in making and stuffing more than 400 Christmas stockings for the soldiers in his unit. He also volunteers at the veteran’s homeless shelter, the Lokahi Giving Project and the Armed Services YMCA. For the past five years, Michael-Logan has participated in the Arthritis Foundation Walk, raising more than $10,000 last year. Michael-Logan also works with at-risk kids and speaks at elementary schools about his disease, healthy eating habits and bullying. In recognition of all his volunteering, the mayor of his town designated May 4, 2012 “Michael-Logan Jordan Day.”

Big Island Police Searching for Man Wanted in Abuse Case

Police are searching for a Big Island man wanted in an abuse case.

The suspect, Raneiri Montijo, also goes by the names Adrian and Ray.

He has lived in Hilo and Kona. He also has ties to the Kaʻū area. He is described as 5-foot-10, 200 pounds and in his 30s.

Police ask that anyone with information on his 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 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.