On the Agenda for Tomorrow’s Hawaii County Council Meeting

Here are the things on the agenda for tomorrow’s Hawaii County Council meeting:

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Council Index ~ Wednesday, March 19, 2014 ~ Kona Council Chambers:

9:00 a.m          PETITIONS, CERTIFICATES OF MERIT, AND EXPRESSIONS OF CONDOLENCE

  • Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout:          Certificates of Merit for Andrew Creitz and James Shalen, Dru Kanuha
  • Kohala by the Sea Firewise Community:          Certificate of Merit for ten years of dedication, etc., M. Wille

9:30 a.m.         STATEMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS

COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Comm. 675:                      NOMINATES WILLIAM MEYERS TO PONC COMMISSION, Mayor Kenoi
  2. Comm. 676:                      NOMINATES MS. CAROL R. IGNACIO TO THE FIRE COMMISSION, Mayor Kenoi
  3. Comm. 705:                      NOMINATES JOHN DILL TO ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, Mayor Kenoi

ORDER OF RESOLUTIONS

  • Res. 243-13:          FORD CRF, Dist. 6, $180 to Mass Transit for Bus Passes for Domestic Abuse Shelter       C548.1:                       Transmits amendment to Reso to increase amount of appropriation from B. Ford.
  • Res. 317-14:          EOFF CRF, Dist. 8, $1,000 to Liquor Control for Creating Readers in Babies – Twinkling Stars
  • Res. 319-14:          ILAGAN CRF, Dist. 4, $1,500 to Prosecutors for Puna JPO Program for Appreciation Day
  • Res. 320-14:          ONISHI CRF, Dist. 3, $3,000 to Fire Dept. for tracking bracelets and remote tracking devices
  • Res. 321-14:          KANUHA CRF, Dist. 7, $5,000 to Parks and Rec for Kailua Playground
  • Res. 322-14:          KANUHA CRF, Dist. 7, $2,000 to Parks and Rec for Table Tennis Tables
  • Res. 323-14:          KERN CRF, Dist. 5, $2,000 to Parks and Rec for Tobacco Free Signs in Puna
  • Res. 324-14:          YOSHIMOTO CRF, Dist. 2, $10K to Parks and Rec for annual fireworks display in Hilo Bay
  • Res. 325-14:          ILAGAN CRF, Dist. 4, $5,000 to Public Works for 20 tons aggregate material
  • Res. 326-14:          POINDEXTER CRF, Dist. 1, $7,000 to Parks and Rec for Honoka’a Western Week
  • Res. 327-14:          KERN CRF, Dist. 5, $3,226 to Police Dept. for Stealth Stat Self Radar to enforce speed limits
  • Res. 328-14:          EOFF CRF, Dist. 8, $3,000 to Civil Defense for C.E.R.T. and Neighborhood Watch
  • Res. 331-14:          AUTHORIZES MAYOR Re: Agreement to provide Work Comp. Services for P&R and Police
  • Res. 333-14:          ONISHI CRF, Dist. 3, $700 to Prosecutor for Ohana Fun Day for supplies

BILLS FOR ORDINANCES (FIRST READING)

  • Bill 216:                Re: OPERATING BUDGET, Approp. $5K for aggregate material for repair of Puna unpaved roads

ORDER OF THE DAY (SECOND OR FINAL READING)

  • Bill 196:                Re: PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS, Establishes appropriations of $2,300,121 for various specific projects
  • Bill 197:                Re: OPERATING BUDGET, Approp. $274,703 for Capital Projects Fund for Public Works
  • Bill 198:                Re: PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS, Adds $20 Million for Hokulia/Mamalahoa Bypass, etc.

REPORTS

  • Financial Report:   Monthly Budget Status Report for the Month Ended October 31, 2013, from the Department of Finance.

REFERRALS FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION

  • Res. 331-14:          AUTHORIZES MAYOR Re: Agreement to provide Work Comp. Services for P&R and Police Dept.

Hawaii State Department of Education’s Continued Race to the Top Progress Shows Extraordinary Growth

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.

DOE Release“Over the last few years, we have seen Race to the Top states build on the systems and framework that they have been developing to lay the foundation for long-term, sustainable progress,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Hawaii has made key steps in implementing its plans, developing great teachers and leaders, and in improving students’ outcomes. As Hawaii completes the third year of implementing its Race to the Top grant, it has continued to demonstrate leadership in education reform.”

During a call with media before the report’s release Secretary Duncan stated: “When we originally gave (Hawaii) the RTTT grant, lots of folks doubted our judgment there, and said there was no way they could be successful. They initially struggled…a lot of people didn’t think they could succeed, and they’ve shown amazing leadership in a relatively short amount of time…they’ve made huge progress.”

Governor Neil Abercrombie welcomed the news. “The U.S. Department of Education’s recognition of Hawaii’s progress highlights our commitment to transform public education,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our principals, teachers, staff and students. Hawaii has proven that no matter how great the challenge, we can pull together to make sure Hawaii’s keiki have the opportunities they need to succeed.”

Among Hawaii’s highlights as noted in the report, which documents efforts from Sept. 2012 – Sept. 2013:

  • Improved scores on national benchmarks and access to more rigorous course work and resources like AP classes. Specifically, “The Nation’s 2013 Report Card” by the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) where Hawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders proved to be among the nation’s leaders when it comes to improved progress in mathematics and reading achievement. Last year also marked the first time Hawaii’s fourth-graders surpassed the national average in mathematics.
  • Progress in initiatives related to supporting teachers in leaders in Year 3, primarily due to the ratified contract with the Hawaii State Teachers Association in April 2013, allowing the implementation of the Educator Effectiveness System (EES) design and implementation.
  • Continued support and training for educators statewide as we transitioned to new college-and career-readiness standards: Hawaii’s Common Core.
  • Extensive supports the DOE has put in place to turn around low-achieving schools, particularly those in the Zones of School Innovation (ZSI), where community partners have played a key role in ensuring success. They include the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, AT&T, Hawaii 3R’s, Hawaiian Electric Industries and the Hawaii Business Roundtable.

“The third-year report is a testament to the remarkable efforts of our educators in meeting elevated expectations,” said Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “As we head into the final months of the grant, we continue our commitment to put into place systems and practices that will keep our students successful in college, careers and community long after the grant ends. Race to the Top was an important step in the transformation of our public school system and we are staying the course.”

In speaking with education reporters Tuesday morning, Ann Whalen of the USDOE’s Office of the Deputy Secretary commented: “Shout out to Hawaii – this time last year was on high risk, and over the past year has absolutely demonstrated amazing progress. (Hawaii) is one of our rising stars and one of the states we’re really watching as those with promising practices within the field.”

In August 2010, the USDOE awarded Hawaii with a four-year, $75 million RTTT grant. The following year, Hawaii was placed on high-risk status. In February 2013, the USDOE removed Hawaii’s high-risk status in two of five areas. These areas addressed education reform in the areas of standards and assessments (area B); and data systems (area C). In July 2013, the USDOE lifted the high-risk label for the entire grant, including three additional areas: system alignment and performance monitoring (area A); great teachers, great leaders (area D); and turning around persistently low-achieving schools (area E).

The Year 3 RTTT Hawaii Report also noted challenges for the state’s final year, which included transition to standards, building better data systems, and improving teacher effectiveness.

“We are already tackling these challenges and are holding ourselves accountable, not just for Race to the Top but because these are areas of focus in our Board of Education and DOE joint Strategic Plan,” said Matayoshi.

Resources from Hawaii’s Year 3 RTTT report:

Two Big Island Students Competing in 2014 Hawaii State Spelling Bee

PBS Hawaii will air a live broadcast of the 2014 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. PBS Hawaii President and CEO Leslie Wilcox will host, and for the first time, Hawaii Literacy Executive Director Suzanne Skjold will be pronouncer.

Two students from the Big Island are representing the Island of Hawaii.

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Hope Kudo

They are Hope Kudo from Kealakehe Intermediate and Christianne Abella from Konawaena Middle School.

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Christianne Abella

These 14 student finalists representing Grades 4-8 will vie for the state championship:

  1. Christianne Abella of Konawaena Middle School, Grade 8
  2. Fred Adella of Waimea Canyon Middle School, Grade 6
  3. Kelly Brown of Ewa Makai Middle School, Grade 8
  4. John Griffin of Our Savior Lutheran School, Grade 6
  5. Susan Hasegawa of Iolani School, Grade 8
  6. Katherine Hui of Iolani School, Grade 8
  7. Reanna Inafuku of Hawaii Baptist Academy, Grade 7
  8. Hope Kudo of Kealakehe Intermediate School, Grade 8
  9. Alisha Maake of Iroquois Point Elementary School, Grade 5
  10. Leila Nelson of Kaapa Middle School, Grade 7
  11. Nic Sarji of Aikahi Elementary School, Grade 5
  12. Ameera Waterford of Emmanuel Lutheran School, Grade 6
  13. Amalie Yach of Holy Family Catholic Academy, Grade 8
  14. Paul Yamane of Kamalii Elementary School, Grade 4

The finalists’ families, friends and sponsors will watch the live broadcast inside a hospitality tent set up at the station’s parking lot. Throughout the evening, OC16’s Felipe Ojastro will provide spectator commentary from the tent.

The state champion will represent Hawaii at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 25 – 31 near Washington, D.C.

Today at the Hawaii County Council Meeting – Re: VOLCANO-PĀHOA Emergency Road Project

Here is what was scheduled to be discussed at today’s Hawaii County Council meeting (note agenda item 4):

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Committee Index ~ March 18, 2014 ~ Kona Council Chambers

9:00 a.m.         GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

1.   Comm. 10.15:       HSAC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

2.   Comm. 10.16:       HSAC SPECIAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

9:45 a.m.         AGRICULTURE, WATER and ENERGY SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

3.   Comm. 721:          PRESENTATION BY PETER YOUNG, RE: KEAUHOU AQUIFER SYSTEM

Comm. 721.1: Submit power point presentation materials by Peter Young, from Dru Kanuha

12:45 p.m.       PUBLIC SAFETY and MASS TRANSIT COMMITTEE

4.   Comm. 697:          Discussion and Formation of AD HOC Re: VOLCANO-PĀHOA Emergency Road Project

1:15 p.m.         PLANNING COMMITTEE

5.   Comm. 729:          NOMINATION OF MR. JAY UYEDA TO THE WATER BOARD

6.   Comm. 730:          NOMINATION OF COLLIN KAHOLO TO THE LEEWARD PLANNING COMMISSION

7.   Bill 211:                Re: SLU, AG TO URBAN AT KEONEPOKO, PUNA, Applicant:  Jerry Souza, 1 acre

Bill 212:          REZONE, A-1a to CV-20, Applicant: Jerry Souza, 1 acre

8.   Bill 213:                REZONE, Time Ext., RS-10 to MCX-20 at Waiakea, Applicant: Waterfall Ent., 21,000 sf

9.   Bill 214:                REZONE, RM 2.5 to RM-1.5, at Waiakea, S. Hilo, Applicant: Vincent Tai, 3.2 acres

3:00 p.m.         PUBLIC WORKS and PARKS AND RECREATION COMMITTEE

10.  Bill 200:               RELATING TO 20 MPH Speed Limit, adds Haunani Road, Puna

11.  Bill 201:               RELATING TO SPEED LIMITS, amends provision re portion of Haunani Road, Puna

12.  Bill 202:               RELATING TO MOVING VEHICLES, adds portion of Ka’alaiki Road, Ka’u

13.  Bill 203:               RELATING TO NO PARKING AT ANYTIME, adds portion of West Kawili, S. Hilo

14.  Bill 204:               RELATING TO BUS STOPS AND PUBLIC ROAD TAXI STANDS, portions of Banyan Drive

15.  Bill 205:               RELATING TO PARKING, revises re prohibited parking along Banyan Drive

16.  Bill 206:               RELATING TO PARKING, revises re prohibited parking during certain hours on Banyan Drive 17.  17.  Bill 207:                      RELATING TO FREIGHT LOADING ZONES, revises freight zone locations on Banyan Drive 18.  18.  Bill 217:             RE: PARKS & REC FACILITY, names Honoka‘a stadium, “Rose Andrade Correia Stadium”

3:45 p.m.         FINANCE COMMITTEE

19.  Comm. 3.31:        REPORT OF CHANGE ORDERS AUTHORIZED:  JANUARY 16 – 31, 2014

20.  Comm. 3.32:        REPORT OF CHANGE ORDERS AUTHORIZED:  FEBRUARY 1 – 15, 2014

21.  Comm. 7.24:        REPORT OF FUND TRANSFERS AUTHORIZED:  JANUARY 16 – 31, 2014

22.  Comm. 7.25:        REPORT OF FUND TRANSFERS AUTHORIZED:  FEBRUARY 1 – 15, 2014

23.  Comm. 117.1:      FAIR SHARE ANNUAL REPORT AS OF JUNE 30, 2013           From Duane Kanuha

24.  Comm. 272.3:      Submits Report from TIH Re: Procedures for Clerk and Elections Re: 2012 Primary and Elections

Comm. 272.4: Submits Summary of Findings by TIH from Lane Shibata

25.  Comm. 704:         2013 ANNUAL REPORT OF PONC COMMISSION, Mayor Kenoi

26.  Res. 308-14:         AUTHORIZES PAYMENT for PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND LAPTOPS FOR I.T.

27.  Res. 316-14:         AUTHORIZES PAYMENT FOR INTERNET FIREWALLS FOR I.T.

28.  Res. 318-14:         ACCEPTS DONATION OF PARCEL FOR MANONO STREET from Violet Camara

29.  Res. 329-14:         Authorizes R&D to award funds to HCEOC, $113K for Transmedia Accelerator Program

30.  Res. 330-14:         AUTHORIZES PAYMENT for NEW PHONE SYSTEM FOR Pros. Atty, Hilo Office

31.  Res. 332-14:         AUTHORIZES FINANCE FOR ACQUISITION OF BANYAN TREES PARK, N. Kohala

32.  Bill 181:               RELATING TO THE CODE OF ETHICS

33.  Bill 210:               Re: OP BUDGET, Approp. $70,000 to purchase equipment for terrorism & other hazards.

34.  Bill 215:               RELATING to Appropriation Of Funds to NP Organizations, (property to belong to the NP)

 

Mokulele Airlines Honoring Flights Purchased on go! Airlines

Mesa Air Group has announced that it is shutting down the interisland airline go! effective April 1.  Mokulele Airlines, Hawaii’s low-cost interisland air carrier, is honoring the flights purchased on go! Airlines for travel on Mokulele where available. For go! flights that were purchased on Mokulele’s website for travel to Kaua’i and Hilo, passengers should contact Mokulele for refunds. Mokulele Airlines has had a code share agreement with go! since November 2011 when TransPac Aviation purchased the turbo prop division from Mesa Air Group.

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For over two years, Mokulele has differentiated itself from go! by creating a new brand image that includes a new logo and color scheme. Mokulele also established its own counters at the airports it serves. Mokulele Airlines currently serves eight airports on five islands with plans for two additional airports to open later in 2014.

Mokulele Airlines has added nine new Cessna Grand Caravans to its fleet in the last 12 months due to increasing demand for low cost, interisland travel. For most of the airline’s destinations, Mokulele is offering a rate of just $59 one way, including taxes and fees, for reservations made by March 31, 2014. The $59 fares are based on availability, seats are limited, and reservations can be made online at www.mokuleleairlines.com.

All Royalties Derived From Geothermal Resources Development on Hawaiian Home Lands Must Benefit Native Hawaiians

Attorney General David M. Louie announced today that he has issued a Formal Opinion concluding that 100% of the royalties derived from geothermal resources development on Hawaiian home lands must be used for the benefit of native Hawaiians.

Puna Geothermal Venture

Puna Geothermal Venture

Attorney General Louie has announced that he has issued Formal Opinion No. 14-1 (Op. No. 14-1) in which he has concluded that pursuant to article XII, sections 1 and 3, of the Hawaii State Constitution, and section 4 of the Admissions Act, 100% of the royalties derived from geothermal resource development on Hawaiian home lands must be paid to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to be used for the benefit of native Hawaiians.

As a compact with the United States upon admission of Hawaii as a state, Hawaii accepted responsibility to manage and dispose of the Hawaiian home lands under the terms of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, as amended (HHCA). Section 203 of the HHCA describes the lands that comprise the Hawaiian Home lands (also known as the “available lands”). The Admissions Act provides that “all proceeds and income from the ‘available lands’, as defined by the [HHCA], shall be used only in carrying out the provisions of [the HHCA].”

Attorney General Louie stated that “following a comprehensive legal analysis by the capable deputy attorneys general in my office, I have concluded that the DHHL has the right to receive all proceeds and income from the available lands, including 100% of the royalties derived from geothermal resource development.” Based on the analysis of sections 204 and 206 of the HHCA, the opinion also concludes that DHHL is the state entity authorized to manage geothermal resources on Hawaiian home lands.

“I hope that by issuing Op. No. 14-1, the Legislature and the community will have a greater appreciation of the constitutional and legal foundation for DHHL’s rights to the economic benefits of geothermal resource development on Hawaiian home lands.”

A copy of Op. No. 14-1 can be reviewed and downloaded at Op. No. 14-1 Letter to the Honorable Jobie M.K. Masagatani, Chairman, Hawaiian Home Commission, Regarding Management and Disposition of Geothermal Resources on DHHL Lands<http://ag.hawaii.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/AG-Opinion-14-1.pdf>.