Flood Advisory Issued for Big Island – Flash Flood Watch Also in Effect

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HONOLULU HAS ISSUED A FLOOD ADVISORY 
FOR THE ISLAND OF HAWAII IN HAWAII COUNTY
1:55 Hawaii Time

1:55 Hawaii Time

* UNTIL 430 PM HST

* AT 125 PM HST...RADAR SHOWED HEAVY RAIN OVER THE SLOPES OF THE 
  NORTH KONA AND SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICTS. THE HIGHEST RAIN RATES OF 
  1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR WERE NEAR THE PUUANAHULU AREA. THE AREA OF 
  HEAVY RAIN WAS NEARLY STATIONARY AND ADDITIONAL RAINFALL MAY 
  DEVELOP OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE ADVISORY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
  WAIKOLOA VILLAGE...WAIKII...SADDLE ROAD JUNCTION...KALAOA...
  KAILUA-KONA AND HIGHWAY 190 SOUTH OF MILE MARKER 5.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS...DRAINAGE DITCHES AND LOW LYING AREAS PRONE
TO FLOODING.

RAINFALL AND RUNOFF WILL ALSO CAUSE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE
TO PONDING...REDUCED VISIBILITY AND POOR BRAKING ACTION.

DO NOT CROSS FAST FLOWING OR RISING WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE OR ON FOOT.
TURN AROUND...DON/T DROWN.

&&

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR HAWAII COUNTY THROUGH 
THIS AFTERNOON.

THIS ADVISORY MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED BEYOND 430 PM HST IF HEAVY RAIN
PERSISTS.

Chevron’s “Fuel Your School Campaign” Awards Big Island School

Today, members of the Chevron Hawaii team visited Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo.  They dropped off a box full of supplies and STEM-related games that Ms. Gonsalves requested in a proposal submitted to Chevron’s Fuel Your School Campaign via DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students learn.

Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaina Elementary School in Hilo

Ms. Leticia Gonsalves’ 2nd grade class at Waiakeawaena Elementary School in Hilo

The supplies requested in Ms. Gonsalves’ proposal, “Hands On, Minds On,” foster collaboration, creativity and enrich a child’s overall learning experience.  Ms. Gonsalves was very thoughtful in her selection of items, including various Bingo games that teach children how to tell time and count money, Legos to help children imagine and create a built environment, magnets for classroom surveys, and four shades of brown paint because her students want painted colors that match their skin tones when they paint pictures of themselves, their families and friends.

Students opening packages.

Students opening packages.

To view a complete list of Ms. Gonsalves’ project post, click here: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=1018573

Supply Box

After the supply box was opened, students selected a game, broke off into groups and played together.  The new games and supplies are a big help to Ms. Gonsalves, who, like many teachers across the state, often spend up to $500 of their own money a year to purchase additional classroom supplies for their students.

Marble Run

This is the first year that the Fuel Your School Campaign is in Hawaii.  Throughout the month of October, everyone can help their local schools by filling up at participating Chevron and Texaco locations.  Chevron will donate $1 for every 8-gallon or more fill up, up to $350,000, to support public education at Hawaii schools.

Teachers are encouraged to post project proposals and requests for learning materials on DonorsChoose.org by November 30, 2013.  Fuel Your School is designed to help support and improve critical educational programs, particularly in STEM subjects, to help prepare students for everyday experiences and plant “seeds of interest” in future STEM-related careers.

Chevron Games

Carina Tagupa, Chevron Hawaii’s Community Relations Specialist stated, “Chevron is a stakeholder in seeing students succeed in science and math. We are proud to launch Fuel Your School in Hawaii in partnership with DonorsChoose.org. We encourage public school teachers to post projects on the Donors Choose website now until Nov 30. We also encourage families to visit our Chevron stations and fill up as $1 is donated for an 8 gallon purchase”

Lt. Gov. Tsutsui to Lead New Sports Development Initiative

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today appointed Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui to spearhead the state’s Sports Development Initiative, which aims to coordinate efforts throughout Hawaii to build a thriving sports industry.

Shan Appointed

“This initiative will help to expand sports entertainment and participation opportunities in Hawaii, while also strengthening our visitor economy – particularly during the shoulder seasons when visitor arrivals are less robust,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “With Shan at the helm, we hope to take advantage of each island’s unique characteristics and bring athletic events that fit into their individual environments.”

While collaborating with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, University of Hawaii System, Stadium Authority, and private sports organizations, the initiative will identify, promote and engage opportunities to establish Hawaii as a premier sports destination for professional, amateur and youth athletics. The improvement of current facilities and development of world-class, state-of-the-art venues are also part of the initiative, intended to attract sporting events and athletic training opportunities not only on Oahu but throughout the state.

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In addition to positive media exposure and awareness, professional sporting events have contributed well over $100 million to the state’s economy each year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

“With this Sports Development Initiative, we have the opportunity to diversify our visitor industry and generate more revenue for our state,” Lt. Gov. Tsutsui said. “Everyone can benefit from this initiative – from keiki to kupuna. They will be able to either participate in or attend a variety of sporting events.”

“With this Sports Development Initiative, we have the opportunity to diversify our visitor industry and generate more revenue for our state,” Lt. Gov. Tsutsui said. “Everyone can benefit from this initiative – from keiki to kupuna. They will be able to either participate in or attend a variety of sporting events.”

Through this initiative, community involvement and outreach will expand with more mentoring, camps and clinics to develop young athletes using unique concepts, utilizing teams, players and participants. It will also encourage active lifestyles and improve the health of keiki and adults

 

Consumer Electronics Industry to Team with ERI for Hawaiian E-Waste Recycling Events

Partnering with the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), in an effort to properly recycle unwanted consumer electronics in the state of Hawaii, Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) has announced two one-day opportunities for Hawaiians to recycle e-waste on Saturday, October 19th. Both events are free to the public, and accepted items include computer equipment, televisions and mobile devices.

Ewaste

For this special manufacturing takeback program, ERI, the largest recycler of electronic waste in the nation, partnering with a number of electronics manufacturers and a local recycling organization in Hawaii, safely recycles all e-waste collected across the Hawaiian islands. Manufacturers work through MRM to sponsor the events. Sponsoring manufacturers include Funai Corporation, Inc., Hitachi America Ltd., Imation, JVC America, Mitsubishi, Orion, Panasonic, PLR IP Holdings (Polaroid), Sanyo Manufacturing Corp., Sharp, Toshiba and VIZIO.

The special e-waste collection events will take place at the following venues:

· Kaimuki High School (2705 Kaimuki Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816), as part of the 10th Annual Community Cleanup for many items beyond electronics — 9:00 – 1:00 pm

· Kapolei Middle School (91-5335 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707) — 1:00 – 5:00 pm

For those unable to participate in the events, MRM-participating manufacturers and ERI have provided and continue to provide the community an opportunity to safely unload their old computers, television sets and other out-dated, unusable or unwanted consumer electronic items via permanent drop off locations across the Hawaiian islands for proper recycling that is safe and environmentally sound.

“With their collaborative support and proactive actions in Hawaii – and across the U.S. as well,” said Tricia Conroy, MRM’s Executive Director, “ERI has continued to be an organization we are proud to partner with. Just as the manufacturers that make up MRM are leaders in the electronic profession by being responsible recyclers of electronic waste and stewards of the environment, so too is ERI. ERI uses innovation and a commitment to doing things right to help forge processes that benefit all of us as well as our planet’s natural resources.”

“Partnering with the responsible electronics manufacturers through MRM to benefit the good people of Hawaii has been and continues to be an honor and a privilege, and the events we are holding later this week are no exception,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “MRM has proven to be a partnering of manufacturing organizations that has been forward-thinking in terms of environmental concerns. That we have already prevented literally millions of pounds of electronic waste from ending up in landfills in Hawaii through our partnership with MRM is a further example of just what can be accomplished when great organizations pool their resources for the common good.”

“Events like these are so important because they help the local residents unload the electronic junk that’s just sitting around while also benefiting the environment,” said Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services, who will be collecting the e-waste at the events. “We are proud to be able, alongside MRM and ERI, to help Hawaii’s residents become more environmentally responsible by offering them convenient opportunities to safely dispose of their old electronic devices.”

For local information about these special recycling events, consumers can contact Nik Nikolaidis of T&N Computer Recycling Services at (808) 371-0281. Also, consumers can visit the Hawaii MRM webpage (http://mrmrecycling.com/locator_hi.htm) for ongoing collection information.

For more information on general recycling needs, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com, http://1800recycling.com or www.urbanmining.org.

 

Applications Being Accepted for 2014 Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student Scholarships

The cost of education continues to rise. For many students entering college, this means getting a job to help pay for school. For others, higher costs mean sacrificing their dream school. Through the 2014 Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student (MVS) scholarship contest, 500 current high school seniors will be able to start college next year with less stress.

scholarship

This year, the Elks National Foundation is investing in our nation’s future by awarding $3.74 million in college scholarships. MVS scholars are graduating from college at a rate of 90 percent, nearly 40 percent higher than the national average.

Through the contest, the ENF will award 20 top scholarships ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. The remaining 480 runners-up will receive $4,000 scholarships.

The MVS scholarship is available to all high school seniors who are United States citizens. Applicants do not need to be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately, and are judged on scholarship, leadership and financial need.

Completed applications from east Hawaii residents must be turned into Hilo Elks Lodge at 150 Kinoole St., Hilo HI 96720 no later than December 6, 2013. The 500 national winners will be announced in late April 2014, after the top 20 finalists participate in a Leadership Weekend in Chicago.

Applications for the 2014 contest are available on the Elks National Foundation’s website. For complete Most Valuable Student scholarship contest details including the application, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars, or call Lily Chan-Harris, Hilo Elks Scholarship Chair at 935-1717.

Stop Flu at School Program Begins Today

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) annual Stop Flu at School program begins today and will continue in more than 300 public, private, and charter schools statewide through Nov. 27, 2013. This is the seventh year for the voluntary program, which administers free flu vaccinations to Hawaii students in kindergarten through grade 8.

Flu Shot“Despite cutbacks in spending at all levels of government, we prioritized funding for this important program, which helps protect our children,” said Health Director Loretta Fuddy. “By reducing flu in our keiki, older adults in the household will have less exposure to the virus, so that fewer of them will get it. Ultimately, this cost-effective prevention program saves lives and reduces healthcare costs.”

To vaccinate more than 60,000 students during the six-week program, DOH will orchestrate a team of more than 1,000 clinic staff that include volunteers from the Hawaii Medical Reserve Corps, state Department of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, UH Hilo School of Pharmacy, nursing programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Pacific University, Kapiolani Community College, Chaminade University, UH Hilo, Kauai County Community College, and UH Maui College.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends an annual flu vaccination for everyone six months and older.

“The Stop Flu at School program not only helps to protect the health of Hawaii students, it is an integral part of maintaining the state’s ability to respond to infectious disease emergencies like pandemic influenza,” said Dr. Sarah Park, state epidemiologist.

“Through this program, we are able to work with our many partners to practice and refine our mass vaccination plans.”

For more information about the Stop Flu at School program, go to http://flu.hawaii.gov/sfas.html or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1. The Stop Flu at School program is an innovative partnership between the State of Hawaii Departments of Health and Education, the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and Hawaii Catholic Schools. The program is endorsed by the Hawaii Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians and is made possible through funding received from the CDC and the Hawaii Association of Health Plans.

Hawaii Scientist Wins International Ocean Challenge

Build a better reef, and the world will beat a path to your shore.

A marine biologist at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) has won an international competition by proposing to develop stocks of corals with an extended functional range and resilience to the more acidic and warmer conditions predicted for the oceans of the future.

Ruth Gates, a researcher at HIMB

Ruth Gates, a researcher at HIMB

The winning concept titled “Building a biological toolkit to mitigate ocean acidification impacts and restore corals reefs,” is led by Ruth Gates, a researcher at HIMB, and Madeleine van Oppen, senior principal research scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.  They submitted their concept in response to the Ocean Challenge:  Mitigating Acidification Impacts issued by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation in collaboration with The Oceanography Society.  The winning proposal was selected from a pool of 36 concepts from 7 countries around the world.

“Human-assisted evolution for corals is a radical departure from the conservation perspective traditionally applied in the field,” said Gates.  “It’s often confused with GMO-type approaches in which foreign DNA is introduced, but in reality, we are proposing to accelerate naturally occurring evolutionary processes.”

Ofu lagoon, image courtesy Gates laboratory

Ofu lagoon, image courtesy Gates laboratory

Gates and van Oppen propose to build a stock of super corals that are equipped to survive the conditions in oceans of the future.  “Our approach is analogous to the genetic selection of animals and plants in agriculture, aquaculture and forestry and involves pre-conditioning corals to high-acidification scenarios, selective breeding, and introducing new symbionts to the coral hosts,” said van Oppen. “Our goal is to develop and maintain banks of ecologically important, structurally diverse and geographically widespread coral species.”

As test cases, Gates and van Oppen propose to use their modified coral stocks to both restore a denuded reef and to ‘green’ a concrete artificial reef, demonstrating that over time, full reef services can be restored.  This greening effort reflects a growing trend in physical restoration projects that seek to protect coastlines where native corals in barrier reef populations have been destroyed.

“Coral reefs are reservoirs of biodiversity and play central roles in coastal security, tourism and fisheries. Reef health is declining at an alarming rate across the globe as a result of human-induced climate change,” said Gates. “The results of this project have the potential to transform our capacity to preserve and restore coral reefs and to sustain human services in a future characterized by more acidic and warmer coastal waters.”

Madeleine van Oppen, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Madeleine van Oppen, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Over the last 150 years, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased from 290 ppm to 395 ppm, primarily due to burning of fossil fuels.  The ocean, as a primary carbon sink, is absorbing increasing amounts of atmospheric CO2, lowering surface water pH, impacting the global ocean ecosystem, and potentially threatening marine food supplies.

“We are extremely grateful to the Paul G. Allen Foundation for the award and for raising awareness regarding the potential gains that can be made by employing human-assisted evolution in coral reef ecosystems,” said Gates.  “This is an exciting transition from documenting the demise of reefs to science focused on implementable solutions.”

 

Big Island Police Searching for 32-Year-Old Woman Wanted on Outstanding Warrants

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 32-year-old woman wanted on outstanding warrants.

Janette Marie Silva

Janette Marie Silva

Janette Marie Silva is wanted on two $10,000 warrants for felony drug offenses. She is also wanted for questioning in connection with a burglary investigation.

She is described as 5-foot-1, 170 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She has no permanent address but frequents the Puʻuʻeo area of Hilo.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts 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.