Hawai’i County Announces New Business Resource Centers

In an effort to support local entrepreneurs forming small businesses, the County of Hawai‘i’s Department of Research and Development recently opened two Business Resource Centers, in Hilo and in Kona.

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Located in the departmentʻs offices in the Hawaiʻi County Building in Hilo and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center in Kona, the Business Resource Center serves as a one-stop-shop for small business information. Each location is equipped with a public use computer, a collection of business registration forms, and staff to assist entrepreneurs to get started.

The Business Resource Center is pleased to partner with the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the State Departments of Commerce & Consumer Affairs and Taxation, and other County agencies on this initiative.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., except for State Holidays. Anyone interested in this new resource is welcome to stop by or visit the department online at hawaiicounty.gov/research-and-development and download the Business Resource Center’s guide, “How to Start a Business in Hawai‘i County.”

New Dengue Fever Map Released – 5 More Confirmed Cases

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases has risen by 5 more cases since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 117.

As of December 1, 2015*:

Hawaii Island residents 103
Visitors 14
Confirmed cases, TOTAL 117

Of the confirmed cases, 103 are Hawaii Island residents and 14 are visitors.
88 cases have been adults; twenty-nine have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 11/20/15.

A new map was released yesterday that only shows the 112 confirmed cases that are now pinpointed.  The previous map showed 88 confirmed cases:

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As of today, a total of 277 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

A team from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) arrived on the island today to assist with the outbreak.

MAP INFORMATION:

  • This map will be updated weekly with location data provided by the State Department of Health. Locations may represent multiple cases.
  • For the most up to date case counts and other information from the Department of Health, visit their website at health.hawaii.gov.
  • Surveying and spraying is being conducted at the residences of all suspect and confirmed cases, in addition to proactive spraying at nearby public facilities.
  • This map should not be used to exclude any areas of the island from proactive mosquito control measures. All residents islandwide are encouraged to Fight The Bite by reducing mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Recognizes Its First Graduate

The Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court of the Third Circuit (Big Island) celebrated its first graduate on Monday, November 30, 2015.  The courtroom was filled with supporters of the U.S. veteran who completed the intensive program in one year.

From Left to Right:  Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Probation Officer Alika Querubin; Third Circuit and Presiding Judge of the Veterans Treatment Court, Ronald Ibarra; Veterans Center's David Willard; Keona Paahuli; Deputy Public Defender Wendy Deweese; Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Graduate Paris Marques; Friends of the Big Island Drug Court President Peter Kubota; Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald; County of Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth; Chief of Police Harry Kubojiri; Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Grayson Hashida

From Left to Right: Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Probation Officer Alika Querubin; Third Circuit and Presiding Judge of the Veterans Treatment Court, Ronald Ibarra; Veterans Center’s David Willard; Keona Paahuli; Deputy Public Defender Wendy Deweese; Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Graduate Paris Marques; Friends of the Big Island Drug Court President Peter Kubota; Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald; County of Hawaii Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth; Chief of Police Harry Kubojiri; Big Island Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Grayson Hashida

“I want to thank our graduate and the other Veterans Treatment Court participants for their service to our country, and for their commitment to this program,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.  “Your faith in the program, and your commitment to succeeding in it, has helped to prove its worth, and has opened doors for many others who will be able to benefit from it in the future.”

Six veterans are now enrolled in the Hilo and Kona Veterans Treatment Courts since the program’s inception in November 2014.  The Hawaii Veterans Treatment Court continues to grow, on both Oahu and Hawaii Island (Third Circuit), as an increasing number of attorneys submit applications for their clients to participate in the program. The defendants selected to participate in Veterans Treatment Court are military members who served our country, and later experienced adjustment difficulties, such as mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse.

The Veterans Treatment Court takes a holistic approach to help provide the resources and treatment these veterans need to get healthy, get employed, and return to being law-abiding citizens so they may enjoy the freedoms they fought to protect.  Each veteran has undergone extensive treatment and counseling, which includes frequent urinalysis, meetings with probation officers, and court appearances.  Many services rendered to these veterans were provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at no cost to the state of Hawaii.

The defendants are also paired with volunteer veteran mentors, who have an understanding of the difficulties these men and women are facing and help support them through the process of recovery.

“In addition to our volunteer veteran mentors, I’d also like to acknowledge the following partners who have been instrumental to our Veterans Treatment Court: the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); Veterans of Foreign Wars; Office of the Prosecutor, County of Hawaii; Public Defenders Office; Hawaii County Police Department; Friends of the Big Island Drug Court, and other veterans groups and community based treatment providers,” said Chief Judge of the Third Circuit and Presiding Judge of the Veterans Treatment Court, Ronald Ibarra.  “It is this team approach that helps our veterans not only get the support and encouragement they need while in court, but in their daily lives.”

The program also assists graduates with finding housing and employment.  Graduation celebrates their success in achieving a clean and sober lifestyle and the opportunity for a successful future.