Senator Hirono Statement on the Passing of Shizuko “Mary” Teshima

Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on the passing of Shizuko “Mary” Teshima.

Shizuko "Mary" Teshima

Shizuko “Mary” Teshima

“Hawaii has lost a true ambassador of aloha with the passing of my friend, “Grandma” Mary Teshima. In all the years I had known her, Grandma Teshima was always warm, caring and energetic. Stopping by her iconic Teshima’s restaurant in Kona and enjoying comfort food, such as the famous tempura and udon, made me feel right at home.

“Grandma Teshima had been one of my strongest supporters throughout my career; making sure that I was doing okay and always encouraging me to ganbatte – To do my best, never give up!

“We will all miss Grandma Teshima. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Teshima ‘ohana.”

 

USS Pearl Harbor Finds 49 Pounds of Marijuana Floating in Ocean

U.S. Navy landing dock ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) recovered a bale of marijuana Oct. 23 found adrift while conducting training exercises off the Southern California coastline.

Crew members aboard the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) recover a bale of marijuana found adrift in the Pacific. Pearl Harbor is currently underway conducting training exercises off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo)

Crew members aboard the dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) recover a bale of marijuana found adrift in the Pacific. Pearl Harbor is currently underway conducting training exercises off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo)

Pearl Harbor was conducting underway training exercises when crewmembers spotted a suspicious object adrift near the ship. Upon recovery and inspection it was determined that the object was a bale of marijuana weighing approximately 49 pounds.

“You never know what you may come across anytime you are at sea. The crew members who initially spotted the floating object had the foresight and diligence to take the appropriate action and as a result these drugs won’t find themselves in the wrong hands,” said Cmdr. Michael Harris, commanding officer of the Pearl Harbor.

Upon confirmation, the bale was immediately placed in a secure location. The United States Coast Guard was contacted and arrangements were made for the transfer of custody of the marijuana.

“The Coast Guard is always appreciative of the watchful, vigilant eye of the Navy. Partnering with the Navy, MTF [Maritime Task Force], and all of our San Diego agencies is the most effective way to ensure the safety and security of our borders,” said Cmdr. Jeremy Smith, chief of response, USCG.

Pearl Harbor is assigned as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) stationed out of San Diego. Expeditionary Strike Group THREE commander, Rear Adm. Fernandez Ponds, sent his congratulations to the officers and crew commending them for their alertness and a job well done.

“The Pearl Harbor and her crew continue to be a standard bearer of operational excellence, their vigilance is yet another demonstration of the range of our amphibious force capabilities,” said Ponds.

Pearl Harbor recently returned from a four-month deployment in the Oceania region in support of Pacific Partnership 2013; a mission focused on building sustained capacity, improving maritime security and stability in the Pacific region, as well as strengthening Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) preparedness while improving multilateral interoperability.

DLNR Announces Opening of Game Bird Hunting Season on the Big Island

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2013-2014 Game Bird Hunting Season on the Big Island, on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

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The fall game bird hunting season will run through Monday, January 20, 2014, with legal hunting days on Saturday, Sunday, and State Holidays.

DLNR wildlife biologists are predicting an “average” season of bird hunting, with the easing of drought conditions in many parts of the state. A December 31, 2007 appellate court ruling determined that no game bird stamp sales are allowed for hunting. A valid hunting license only is required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands. All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw “Administrative Rules”).

Here is the pertinent information for the island of Hawaii:

MAUNA KEA FOREST RESERVE AND Game Management Area (GMA) will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA will be open for game bird hunting, at the direction of the Department of Defense, subject to training schedule. Hunters are to call the hunter’s hotline at 969-3474 for information on hunting days, open areas and access routes.

KAPAPALA RANCH COOPERATIVE GMA (CGMA) AND KAPAPALA FOREST RESERVE will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

PUU WAAWAA CGMA (now FOREST RESERVE) – All sections of Puu Waawaa CGMA, will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season

PUUANAHULU GMA will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

KAOHE GMA and STATE LEASED AREA (now MITIGATION SITE) will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

KIPUKA AINAHOU will be open for game bird hunting on weekends and State Holidays throughout the game bird hunting season. A special permit is required, and is available from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices in Hilo and Kamuela and at the Puu Huluhulu Hunter Check Station. Hunters are to avoid nene geese that are in the area. Mammal hunting in this area is closed from November 1 through February.

CLOSED: KAHUA/PONOHOLO RANCH SPECIAL PERMIT AREA will be closed due to continuing drought conditions with private landowners concerns with the potential for wildland fires.

OPEN: All other public hunting areas not listed above are open to game bird hunting on weekends and State holidays, November 2, 2013 through January 20, 2014 in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

PRIVATELY OWNED LANDS are open to game bird hunting on weekends and State holidays November 2, 2013 through January 20, 2014, with landowner permission and in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

FOR ALL AREAS STATEWIDE:

All game bird hunters should be familiar with Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.”

Hunters will be required to check in and out at established hunter check stations. First obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land. Prevent wildfires. DO NOT PARK OR DRIVE IN TALL GRASS OR BRUSH! Report fires to 911.

Support wildlife conservation: Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (-3567). Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers: Kauai: 274-3433; Oahu: 587-0166; Maui: 984-8100; Molokai: 553-1745; Lanai: 565-7916; Hilo: 974-4221; Kamuela: 887-6063.

 

One World, One Universe, One Dream – TMT in China

The TMT Collaborative Board of Directors met in Beijing, China this week. The Board meets quarterly and this marks the first time the Board has gathered in China.
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Guests included several Chinese officials, including Xu Guanhua, the former Minister of Science and Technology, Cao Guoying, the Vice Director General for the Department of Basic Research and Xu Ruiming, Director General of the Bureau of Frontier Sciences and Education, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

In his remarks to the Board, Minister Xu described the frontier science questions that TMT will explore.

“Nearly one thousand exoplanet systems have been discovered. I hope the question ‘Are we alone in the universe?’ will be answered by TMT,” said Xu. “It is my sincere hope that TMT does this.”

TMT is an international partnership among institutions in the U.S., Canada, China, India and Japan. Marking the international flavor of the project, leadership meetings have rotated among the partner countries. In October 2012 the Board met for the first time in Tokyo, Japan, followed by a January 2013 meeting in New Dehli. India. In an important milestone in July 2013, the Board met in Hawaii and signed the TMT Master Agreement. The Master Agreement establishes a formal agreement amongst the international parties defining the project goals, establishing a governance structure and defining member party rights, obligations and benefits.

“TMT is a unique project. Never before in history has something of this magnitude been developed collaboratively by people from these nations,” said Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT Collaborative Board.

As TMT approaches the beginning of construction in 2014, Board meetings have expanded with many guests from the partners attending and contributing to the development of the international partnership agreements. During the latest meeting in Beijing, over 50 Board members and guests were in attendance, the largest meeting to date.

“We are sitting very close to the 2008 Olympic site, and so I would like to end by saying astronomy is shared by the whole human kind, we truly have only ‘One World, One Universe, One Dream.’ I wish TMT success in the pursuit of our common dreams of unraveling of the mystery of the Universe,” Xu added.

TMT is a collaboration of the California Institute of Technology, University of California, the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, a consortium of Chinese institutions led by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and institutions in India supported by the Department of Science and Technology of India. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.

 

2nd Annual Vikings Football Clinic a Success

On Wednesday (October 23), Hawaiʻi Police Department School Resource Officer Bryan Tina and HI-PAL Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. held the 2nd annual Vikings Football Clinic at Hilo Intermediate School.

Front row: elementary students. Middle row: Officer Tina (far left), intermediate students and Officer Botelho (far right). Back row: Coach Baldwin (far left) and his Hilo High School football players.

Front row: elementary students. Middle row: Officer Tina (far left), intermediate students and Officer Botelho (far right). Back row: Coach Baldwin (far left) and his Hilo High School football players.

Twenty-eight students from Kalanianaole Elementary School, Hilo Union School and Hilo Intermediate School participated in seven different football drills and skills. Hilo High School Vikings football coach David Baldwin and 16 members of the Hilo High School football squad coached the young participants.

This activity was created last year through a combined effort by Officer Tina and Coach Baldwin. Coach Baldwin said, “Having our players give back to the younger kids and the community through an activity such as this can only benefit everyone involved.”