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Spot the Space Station Tonight for Six Minutes in Hawaii

Spot the Space Station tonight in Hawaii for approximately 6 minutes beginning at 6:33 pm

Time: Thu Oct 31 6:33 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 73 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: SSE

International Space Station

Kauai Mayor Vetoes GMO Ban on Kauai – Statement From Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

HCIA

We commend Mayor Carvalho for his decision to veto Bill 2491 and for recognizing that the measure was severely flawed and would do more harm than good for Kauai County.

We thank the Mayor for his leadership in giving thoughtful consideration to balancing the issues raised in Bill 2491. This measure, although intended to be good for the community, would have had long-term negative effects on all agriculture in Kauai and our state, not just the seed industry or big agriculture.

These past several months have been difficult for Kauai. Bill 2491 has divided us – families, friends and neighbors – for far too long. It is time that we come together and do what the people of Hawaii have done for so long – ho’oponono, work together for a better Kauai.

Since this measure was introduced, the public debate has been loud, emotional and often filled with fear, rather than fact. As responsible stewards of the land, we take pride in growing the seeds that help farmers all over the world grow safe, healthy and affordable food for all people. We care for the land and the people of Kauai and are committed to transparency, being good neighbors and working with the community.

We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Mayor and the Council on how to address the concerns of the community and continue to support a voluntary program to address these concerns.

Alicia Maluafiti, Executive Director Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

 

Big Island Police Holding Community Meeting in Hilo to Discuss Police-Related Concerns

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Friday, November 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.
HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.

The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapiʻolani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Sherlock at 961-2214.

Big Island Police Seeking Person or Persons Responsible for Hilo Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for a Hilo burglary on Wednesday (October 30).
HPDBadgeSeveral pieces of gold jewelry and wristwatches were stolen from a home on lower Haihai Street during the mid-morning hours.

Police ask anyone who may have seen anything while driving on lower Haihai Street between 8 a.m. and noon or who may have any information about this case to call Officer Courtney Bello at 961-2213 or 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.

 

Happy Halloween!

When my son said he wanted to be a “Centaur”… My wife was able to make his wish come true!

New Hawaii Law Allows Property Owners to Collect Deposit for Pets that Reside in Rental Units

Effective Nov. 1, property owners and tenants will be able to negotiate their contracts to allow a household pet to reside on the premises. This provision will allow more Hawaii residents to adopt companion animals and bring them into their homes, and also decrease the number of pets surrendered to shelters in the future due to housing issues.

Property owners could not collect a pet deposit prior to the enactment of this legislation, and some landlords and building managers were reluctant to rent to tenants with pets because they were unable to add an additional deposit for any pet related damage.

The new provision allows property managers and tenants to negotiate a deposit, not to exceed one month’s rent, to allow a pet to reside in the rental unit. Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 328, sponsored by Sen. Clayton Hee, on July 26, 2013, which allowed a six month period for rental contracts to be amended to allow for a pet.

SB328Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “We hope this new law will create access to more pet-friendly housing to keep pets and people together, and to reduce the number of pets surrendered to shelters or abandoned due to housing issues. Furthermore, property managers and tenants can now agree on a single deposit, rather than charging more each month in rent to have a pet as some property managers have been doing instead.”

Dale Bordner, President of the Hawai’i Association of REALTORS® representing more than 8,000 REALTORS® in real estate sales and property management, says: “This bill will allow for more pet-friendly opportunities as Hawai’i property owners may be more inclined to allow renters to have pets.”

Facts

  • More than 60 percent of Hawaii households have a pet
  • Housing issues, including lack of access to affordable pet-friendly rentals, are one of the leading reasons people surrender their pets to local shelters
  • Certified assistance animals providing a reasonable accommodation to a tenant are exempt from the deposit requirement per the federal Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The HSUS provides resources for pet owners seeking a national list of pet-friendly rentals, and property managers seeking free model pet-friendly contracts and housing addendums.

 

Big Island Police Warning Residents About a Debit Card Scam

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a debit card scam.

HPDBadgeIsland residents have reported receiving a text message from someone claiming that the recipient’s debit card has been temporarily deactivated and asking them to call a phone number to reactivate the card. When the recipients call that number, they are asked for the card number, expiration date, security code and personal identification number.

This is a scam by someone trying to fraudulently obtain personal information for illicit purposes.

Police advise the public that if they receive such a message to delete it and not to call the phone number provided. Legitimate financial institutions do not ask for that kind of personal information over the phone or internet.

If you think a notification from your financial institution might be legitimate, call the published phone number in the phone book not any phone number you receive on the phone or over the internet.