WWII Triple Ace Bud Anderson, WWII and Pearl Harbor Survivors at Dinner Gala

More than a dozen Pearl Harbor and WWII survivors are expected to join WWII Triple Ace Fighter Pilot and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson at this year’s 9th annual Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor gala, December 5, at 6 pm.

Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson

Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson

The event is the Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, and for many WWII survivors, serves as a prelude to the December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Commemoration at Kilo Pier, Pearl Harbor.

“It’s such a privilege to host these WWII heroes at our signature event,” said Kenneth DeHoff, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Executive Director. “The evening is intended to honor the spirit of the men and women who serve our country, and what better way to do this than in the presence of Pearl Harbor and WWII survivors in this historic Hangar 79.”

During WWII, Col. Anderson served two combat tours, escorting heavy bombers over Europe in the P-51 Mustang from November, 1943 through January, 1945. He flew 116 combat missions and destroyed 16.25 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and another one on the ground. In addition to his Congressional Gold Medal of Honor,

Col. Anderson has been decorated 26 times, including 2 Legion of Merits, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 16 Air Medals, The French Legion of Honor, and the French Croix de Guerre, as well as many campaign and service ribbons.

Themed, “For Love of Country—Pass It On,” this year’s gala will remember the past, honor the present, and inspire the future, while raising funds for the Museum’s education and restoration programs. The event takes place in the Museum’s historic 86,000 square foot WWII Hangar 79 – its windows still riddled with bullet holes from guns fired on December 7, 1941.

Highlights for the evening include:

7:15 pm: American Flag Art Explosion by Speed Painter and Artist Michael Ostaski.

8:00 pm: Partnership announcement and unveiling of commemorative Nose Art emblem for Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s B-17 Swamp Ghost by Greg Coleman, VP of Worldwide Marketing & Franchise Management at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

8:45 pm: Keynote address by WWII Triple Ace Fighter Pilot and Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson. Special performance by American Idol finalist Jordon Segundo

This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, and according to the United States Navy, more than 40 Pearl Harbor survivors are expected to attend the December 7 commemoration ceremony.

Imua Hawaii Board President on Supreme Court Ruling

While the U.S. Supreme Court has issued an injunction on the Na‘i Aupuni Hawaiian self-governance election, this has no bearing on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s proposed rule for a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian people.

Kealii Lopez, Imua Hawaii Board President

Kealii Lopez, Imua Hawaii Board President

It is important that we not confuse these two separate issues. The proposed DOI rule would give Native Hawaiians a seat at the table so our voice has power.

Imua Hawaii urges support of the U.S. DOI proposed federal rule that would help resolve long-standing disparities in federal policy.

The period to comment on the U.S. DOI’s proposed rule closes on December 30, 2015.

The high court’s injunction on the Na‘i Aupuni Hawaiian election points up the need for federal recognition for Hawaiians that would be part of the proposed rule. Being at that table is critical for our people, and Hawaii as a whole.

Our community has the opportunity to review the proposed rule and provide our mana‘o, but the clock is ticking. Please visit www.imuahawaii.org for instructions for providing comment, and background on what this option means for our people.

These proposed rules and the opportunity for federal recognition are the one viable option available to Native Hawaiians today. Let’s imua: toward federal recognition, toward self-governance, toward justice.

Imua Hawaii is a consortium of leadership from Hawaiian organizations and the larger Hawaiian community committed to a more empowered future for our people in our island home.

Kealii Lopez, Imua Hawaii Board President

US Supreme Court Upholds Injunction Against State-Sponsored, Race-Based Election

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the decision of Justice Anthony Kennedy to halt the counting of ballots or certification of results in Hawaii’s race-based Native Hawaiian election, pending final disposition of the appeal of Akina v. Hawaii in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In applauding the ruling, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. stressed that it was a significant victory for all citizens of Hawaii, and could be the first step towards the end of the state’s wasteful and divisive nation-building effort.
Supreme Court
“The ultimate winners are all people of Hawaii, including Native Hawaiians, who do not support the wasting of millions of dollars of public funds that have been diverted the real needs of Hawaiians for housing, jobs, education, and health care,” said Dr. Akina, who is also a plaintiff in the case brought by Judicial Watch. “This is a powerful step in holding the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Native Hawaiian Role Commission accountable for their unconstitutional and un-Hawaiian attempts to divide people based on race.”

“We are pleased that a majority of the Supreme Court justices granted our motion and stopped Na’i Aupuni from counting any votes until after our appeal to the 9th Circuit,” added Michael A. Lilly, former Hawaii Attorney General and attorney for the plaintiffs. “One requirement for our motion was to show that  we were likely to prevail on the merits of our claims. In short, the Na’i Aupuni election is an unconstitutional race-based election being conducted by the State of Hawaii.  We are confident that we will ultimately prevail.”

“The fact that OHA and the state have poured millions of dollars into this unconstitutional election prompts some very serious questions about how the needs of Hawaiians are being served,” stated Dr. Akina. “It is time for the state to stop this wasteful and divisive nation-building effort and pay attention to the real needs of Hawaiians, not the special interests of an entrenched elite.”

The Supreme Court order can be seen at: http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/15A551-Akina-v-Hawaii-Order.pdf

To see all the filings and documents associated with this case, go to: http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/2015/10/akina-v-hawaii-the-documents/

New Satellite Image Shows Puna Lava Flow

This satellite image was captured on Monday, November 30, by the Advanced Land Imager instrument onboard NASA’s Earth Observing 1 satellite. The image is provided courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds.

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The image shows that scattered breakouts continue to be active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō in two main areas. First, small scattered breakouts are active as far as 5.8 km (3.6 miles) from the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō, continuing the activity we have seen over the past several months. Second, the breakout that began on November 25 continues to be active, but this breakout is still relatively minor and extends no farther than 2 km (1.2 miles) from Puʻu ʻŌʻō.

Hawaii Island Dengue Fever Unified Command Update

The Unified Command under the leadership of incident commander Darryl Oliviera, Administrator of the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, is directing the response activities on the Big Island of Hawaii for the dengue fever outbreak.

Mosquito Bite

Partners in this effort are providing support under the unified command and include Department of Health (DOH) and the office of Governor David Ige. County partners are Civil Defense, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and the Office of Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Since the beginning of this outbreak, DOH has been in constant contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose role is to provide technical expertise and advice. At the request of the State and County, Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, is on Hawaii Island this week to assess efforts and share his analysis with officials.

In addition to Dr. Petersen, a CDC entomologist and technician are providing consultation and assistance on mosquito surveillance strategies to DOH.

Outbreak Investigation:

DOH State Laboratories Division has been receiving dengue fever samples and completing testing routinely within 24 hours Monday through Friday. All confirmed cases to date have recovered or are recovering. In addition to the confirmed cases to date, more than 300 suspect cases have been excluded based on the work of DOH disease investigators and/or negative test results.

Vector Control:

DOH Vector Control has performed more than 100 property assessments and is taking precautionary action by spraying at case residences and other areas that have been specifically identified by the investigation as potential areas of concern. To date, more than 200 mosquito abatement sprayings have been conducted since the beginning of the outbreak. DOH environmental staff has been supplemented by County Parks & Recreation and Public Works, as well as State Highways crews.

This week, additional state staff will be trained to further supplement those crews. Hawaii County Civil Defense is taking complaints of possible mosquito habitats on public property, or on neighboring property when contact cannot be made with the property owner. Teams consisting of County, Community Emergency Response Teams, and DOH personnel will investigate complaints and identify appropriate corrective action.

To date, more than 50 complaints have been received and are being addressed.

Education, Information and Outreach:

An upcoming community meeting presented by Hawaii County and DOH will be held on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Pahoa High School Cafeteria

Hawaii County radio messages are running regularly on Hawaii Island radio stations, as well as Maui radio stations that reach certain areas of Hawaii Island.

Ongoing updates, additions and revisions are being made regularly to Hawaii County and DOH websites and social media channels.

Multidisciplinary outreach teams are on the ground reaching out to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and immigrants. Teams include Hawaii Fire Department Emergency Medical Services and social services personnel. The objective of the teams is to coordinate access to healthcare, education on prevention measures, and gathering suspect case data.

Fight the Bite and other informational materials are being disseminated in the community at meetings, public facilities, visitor industry facilities, through community organizations and more.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit DOH’s website to download and share materials http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/dengue-outbreak-2015/

Big Island Police Investigating Possible Electrocution

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with a possible electrocution.

HPDBadgeAt 10:20 a.m. Wednesday (December 2), Kona Patrol officers responded to a report of an unresponsive man who may have fallen out of a tree at a home on the 78-7000 block of Kuakini Highway.

When they arrived, the man was lying on the road with burn marks next to a long tree-trimming pole, which also had burn marks. Police determined that he had been trimming branches near electrical power lines.

He was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead at 1:38 p.m. He has been identified as 26-year-old Christopher Volpa of Kailua-Kona.

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Dengue Outbreak Continues – 122 Confirmed Cases 2 More Visitors Infected

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 122.

As of December 2, 2015*:

Hawaii Island residents 106
Visitors 16
Confirmed cases, TOTAL 122

Of the confirmed cases, 106 are Hawaii Island residents and 16 are visitors.
93 cases have been adults; 29 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 11/24/15.

As of today, a total of 313 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

For Hawaii Island Dengue Fever Unified Command Updates, click HERE.  (Updated December 2, 2015)

Potential areas 12215

HDOH continues to routinely monitor for cases of imported dengue infection on ALL islands and will continue to have Vector Control perform mosquito site assessments and abatement as needed.  Since the beginning of our current investigation on Hawaii island, one imported dengue fever case has been confirmed (on Oahu). This case is not associated with the Hawaii island investigation.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds). It will be visible beginning tonight, Wednesday, December 2nd, at 6:08 PM.

International Space Station

It will be visible for approximately 4 minutes.  It will appear 38 degrees above the West Southwest part of the sky and disappear 10 degrees above North Northeast.