Four Hawaii Police Department Officers Killed in the Line of Duty Honored Today

Members of the Hawaiʻi Police Department and the public celebrated Police Week on Monday (May 13) 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: Manuel Cadinha (1918), William “Red” Oili (1936), Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliipio (1997).

Ronald "Shige" Jitchaku

Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku

During the ceremony, Mayor Billy Kenoi said he is proud of the men and women serving in the Hawaiʻi Police Department. “We have, if not the finest, one of the finest departments in the entire country,” he said.

Kenoi added he is grateful that Cadinha, Oili, Jitchaku and Keliipio are the only officers we have had to honor for losing their lives.

Kenneth Keliipio

Kenneth Keliipio

Chief Harry S. Kubojiri noted that the law enforcement memorial in Washington, D.C., names 19,981 officers nationwide who have been killed in the line of duty since 1792. “Of these names,” he said, “54 are from the State of Hawaiʻi.”

Chief Kubojiri also acknowledged Officer Joshua Gouveia, who attended the ceremony, and Officer Garrett Hatada. The two officers were shot January 2 while responding to a report of gunshots in Hilo.

William "Red" Oili

William “Red” Oili

“Thankfully, although both officers received gunshot wounds to their lower extremities, they survived the encounter and are currently recovering,” Kubojiri said. He asked the audience to pray for their speedy recovery.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week. In honor of National Peace Officer Memorial Day this year, President Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. Flags to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday (May 15).

Manuel Cadinha

Manuel Cadinha

Another Police Week ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday (May 14) at the Kona police station. The public is invited to attend.

U.S. DOJ Recognizes Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director for Efforts in Support Crime Victims

The U.S. Department of Justice has recognized Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director Pamela Ferguson-Brey with the Crime Victims’ Financial Restoration Award. Attorney General Eric Holder presented the award to Ferguson-Brey during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards ceremony on April 24 in Washington, D.C.

Department of Justice

Hawaii Crime Victim Compensation Commission Executive Director Pamela Ferguson-Brey with the Crime Victims’ Financial Restoration Award. Attorney General Eric Holder presented the award to Ferguson-Brey during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week awards ceremony on April 24 in Washington, D.C.

Ferguson-Brey, working in conjunction with Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, legislators, community stakeholders, and the Council of State Governments, ensured that the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) in Hawaii included a victim service component.

The addition of that component resulted in a standardized framework for offenders to pay restitution to crime victims. Services for victims were improved by funding 22 new advocate positions, 15 of which are for county-based victim advocates, two for a corrections-based victim service program, and five for a restitution accountability program in the commission.

“I am proud of Pam’s commitment to helping crime victims get the restitution they deserve,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “Pam is a reflection of our state’s commitment to our Justice Reinvestment Initiative goals and the progress we have already achieved. Through her hard work, victims can be reassured that the people who committed the crimes will be held accountable for their actions.”

Ferguson-Brey’s efforts also led to funding for the creation of a comprehensive computer database to track restitution orders, collections and payments, and establishing the permanent Statewide Automated Victim Notification system.

In addition, Ferguson-Brey successfully advocated for an increase in the amount of restitution payable by inmates from 10 percent of inmate wages to 25 percent of all funds received by an incarcerated offender.

“Pam has worked tirelessly to help victims get back some peace of mind,” said Public Safety Director Ted Sakai. “The Justice Reinvestment Initiative is helping us right-size our corrections system while, at the same time, helping victims find justice.”

JRI is a data-driven approach to improve public safety, reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending, and reinvest cost savings in strategies that can decrease crime. The purpose of justice reinvestment is to manage and allocate criminal justice populations more cost-effectively, generating savings that can be reinvested in evidence-based strategies that increase public safety while holding offenders accountable.

Attorney General Holder also recognized 12 other individuals and organizations for their outstanding efforts on behalf of crime victims.

Descriptions and videos of the honorees are available at the Office for Victims of Crime’s Gallery.

Historic F-104 Lands at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.

The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.

The iconic Lockheed F-104A Starfighter, Serial No. 56-817, arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on May 9, 2013, joining the Museum’s ever-expanding collection. The Starfighter is on long-term loan from Museum of Aviation Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, Georgia, and is the 43rd aircraft to join the Museum’s collection of historical and unique aircraft. It was transported by Pasha Hawaii and will be displayed in Hangar 79.

“This record-breaking aircraft has quite the history and we’re pleased to give it a new home,” said Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff.

The Starfighter went into production in 1956 and was the first combat aircraft capable of easily sustaining twice the speed of sound. It held simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and rate of climb. Due to its length of 54’ 9” and wingspan of only 21’ 11,” it was dubbed the Missile with a Man in It. The Starfighter served in the USAF from 1958 through 1975, as well as with several allied air forces around the world, including Japan.

Gen. Chuck Yeager famously displayed the “right stuff” during a high-altitude, record-breaking ascent in a rocket-assisted F-104, climbing to the edge of space at more than 100,000 feet.

f-104

The Museum invites donations of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. Donated artifacts are professionally cared for and enjoyed by millions of visitors from all over the world. The Museum also invites monetary donations for its Restoration and Education programs, as it is a nonprofit, private Museum, which depends on members and donors. To support the Museum, call 808-441-1006 or donate online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org.

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Carbon Dioxide in Atmosphere DID NOT Break 400 Parts Per Million Last Week!

Carbon dioxide measurements in the Earth’s atmosphere did not top 400 parts per million as reported by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

“On May 9, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since measurements began in 1958. Independent measurements made by both NOAA and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been approaching this level during the past week. It marks an important milestone because Mauna Loa, as the oldest continuous carbon dioxide (CO2) measurement station in the world, is the primary global benchmark site for monitoring the increase of this potent heat-trapping gas….

This is simply not true.  Here is the revised data and you can see that on May 9th it did not go over 400 PPM:

Climate Change BS

Source: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/weekly.html

More Hawaii Public School Students Ready for College, Class of 2012 Data Show

More Hawaii public school students from the Class of 2012 enrolled in college compared to the previous year’s graduates, and they were better prepared for mathematics and English courses, new figures show.

DOE ReleaseThe new College and Career Readiness Indicators reports, released today by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education and the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE), demonstrate improvements by public school students at every step of the college-readiness pipeline. Among the highlights:

· The percentage of students taking Advanced Placement exams increased to 24 percent.
· College enrollment among graduates increased from 53 percent to 54 percent.
· The percentage of students who enrolled in a University of Hawaii campus in college-level math (24 percent) and college-level English (42 percent) both increased by four percentage points over the class of 2011.
· The percentage of students requiring remedial classes dropped to 31 percent in English and remained at 36 percent for math.

“This new data is very encouraging, and the upward trend in college-going rates is a positive sign for our students and the state’s economic outlook,” said DOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our culture around using data for improvement has changed considerably. The College and Career Readiness Indicators reports provide school administrators and educators with a diverse set of data that will help inform critical decision-making to ensure our graduates are ready to enter college and compete in a global workforce. The improvements on all of the indicators reflect our ongoing statewide reforms and we expect continued improvement over time.”

A number of high schools made significant, double-digit percentage gains in college-going rates over a two-year period. Kapaa High on Kauai increased its rate by 13 percentage points, to 59 percent for the class of 2012 compared to 46 percent for the Class of 2010. Farrington High’s rate rose by 12 percentage points, to 48 percent from 36 percent, and rates for Pahoa and Baldwin high schools jumped 11 percent over the same two-year period.

“The College and Career Readiness Indicators reports are an important tool to measure the college readiness of our public high school students, and to gauge progress on their assessments and college remediation rates. This information is invaluable to the Hawaii P-20 goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025,” said Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “We are very pleased to see college-going rates and college preparation increase over the past three years.”

The College and Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) reports are an annual collaboration between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii, coordinated by Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, to present information on how well Hawaii public school graduates are prepared for college. Hawaii’s CCRI reports are continuously recognized by national organizations, including the Education Sector, the Data Quality Campaign, Achieve, and the National Governors Association, as a leading example of both collaboration among K-12 and higher education and for providing useful information on college readiness. The full reports can be found at: http://www.p20hawaii.org/CCRI2012

Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide partnership led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System works to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve college and career success. Hawaii P-20’s partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawaii’s educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy, and have established a goal of 55% of Hawaii’s working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025. For more information, visit http://www.p20hawaii.org.

The Hawaii State Department of Education’s mission states: We serve our community by developing the academic achievement, character, and social-emotional well-being of our students to the fullest potential. We work with partners, families and communities to ensure that all students reach their aspirations from early learning through college, career and citizenship. For more information, visit www.hawaiidoe.org.

 

Hawaii Department of Agriculture Inviting Public to Sew Leis to Honor Those Interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is inviting the public, from keiki to kupuna, to come and sew locally grown flowers to honor those interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl and the State Veterans’ Cemetery in Kaneohe.

HDOA’s Plant Quarantine Branch will open its doors on: Saturday, May 25, 2013, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Made with Aloha

HDOA will provide thousands of locally grown flowers and the lei-making supplies.  Backyard flowers are also welcome!

“The long-standing tradition that honors our veterans holds greater Aloha when the lei is made with our local flowers,” said Russell S. Kokubun, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “Over the past years, many Hawaii flower growers have gone out of business due to competition from foreign growers.  When we talk about sustainability, it doesn’t just mean food security, it also includes the preservation of traditions and cultural aspects that make our community thrive.”

Finished lei will be taken to the Oahu veterans’ cemeteries to be placed on the graves by local scouting organizations the following day.  More than 50,000 lei are needed to honor every grave.

“We have ordered thousands of plumeria, tuberose, orchids and other lei flowers and foliage,” said Carol Okada, manager of the Plant Quarantine Branch.  “We need to turn the tide and replace imported flowers with local flowers and the more people get that message, the stronger Hawaii’s floriculture industry can become.”

HDOA is working in coordination with the City and County of Honolulu, which is responsible for the Memorial Day ceremonies at Punchbowl.  City lei queens will make a special appearance at the event.

There will also be lei-making demonstrations and educational displays.  The event also ties into the Buy Local, It Matters campaign, which encourages consumers to purchase locally grown produce and products whenever possible.

“If you don’t know how to sew a lei, we will have people available to teach you,” said Okada.  “We feel it’s a really nice way to honor our veterans as well as showcase Hawaii blossoms.”

The public may also drop off flowers at the Plant Quarantine Branch earlier in the week if they are not able to attend on May 25.

 

Plant Quarantine Branch, 1849 Auiki St., near Sand Island  Free parking!  Free Buy Local, It Matters giveaways!

Plant Quarantine Branch, 1849 Auiki St., near Sand Island
Free parking! Free Buy Local, It Matters giveaways!

 

UH Hilo Announces Year-End Award Recipients

A student, staff, and faculty members were honored at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo 2013 Awards and Recognition Celebration held recently on campus.

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Xietan Kawai Anuhea Dutro, a student fiscal/administrative assistant at Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language, was honored as Student Employee of the Year. Dutro has worked at the College since 2008 and is an integral part of its preparation and planning for events and activities as well as being the College’s representative on the Merrie Monarch Parade committee.

The Outstanding University Support Employee Award was presented to Shana Kaneshiro whose work as an office assistant in the Financial Aid Office positively affects the 8,200 students applying for financial aid each year. Kaneshiro redesigned all the FAO forms that can now be done online, and each year volunteers for the College Goal Sunday events in Hilo and Kona that help up to 400 students and their families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). She has served as president of the UH clerical support group Nā Laulima, and has been the campus clerical representative on the UH Hilo Chancellor’s Professional Development Committee since 2011.

College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) Program Coordinator Corinne Tamashiro, who began working for the College as a student in 1971, received the Professional Staff Award. A former Interim and Acting Dean, Tamashiro played a significant role in planning and establishing the North Hawai’i Education and Research Center (NHERC) in Honoka`a, and single handedly built UH Hilo’s summer session program into what it is today.

This year’s Taniguchi Excellence & Innovation Award went to Dr. Philippe Binder, professor of physics, and Dr. Ramon Figueroa-Centeno, associate professor of mathematics. Binder and Figueroa-Centeno were recognized for their work on three-dimensional visualization of complex mathematical objects in `Imiloa’s 16-meter state-of-the-art stereoscopic planetarium. Their work offers significant advances in the presentation of complex mathematical data sets, which allow data to be manipulated so that it can be better understood and become a powerful tool in physics and mathematics courses. The first of its kind to be presented in a planetarium environment, the data has been presented at a national level visualization conference and used in university classes.

The event also recognized retirees and employees receiving various years of service awards.