Hakalau Bridge Closing for Repairs

The Hakalau Bridge located mauka of Highway 19 on Kanna Road, between Chin Chuck Road and Kaiwiki-Homestead Road will be closed for repair work starting on Monday, January 4, 2016 beginning at 7:00 a.m. and will remain closed for the duration of the project.

Hakalau Bridge

The repair work involves the rehabilitation of the existing bridge structure which includes replacing the old timber components with new wood preservative treated components.  The project is estimated to be completed by Wednesday, March 30, 2016, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Hawai‘i County Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Updated Map Shows New Risk Areas for Potential Dengue Infection on the Big Island of Hawaii

An updated map of potential areas of infection by mosquito for confirmed dengue fever cases has been released:

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Top High School Teams to Compete in LifeSmarts Hawaii State Championship

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) Office of the Securities Commissioner announces the competitors in the LifeSmarts Hawaii State Championship. The lineup for the state competition is made up of the four top scoring high school teams in the local online competition, which ran from October 26 to December 4, 2015.

Iolani Schools, 2015 State Champions represented Hawaii in the National Competition held in Seattle Washington.

Iolani Schools, 2015 State Champions represented Hawaii in the National Competition held in Seattle Washington.

The LifeSmarts Hawaii program is sponsored by the DCCA Office of the Securities Commissioner in partnership with the Hawaii Credit Union League and the National Consumers League. LifeSmarts is a consumer education program designed to teach students in grades 6-12 about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities through online quizzes and in-person competitions.

“We congratulate the winning teams and thank all the students and coaches who participated in the 2015 LifeSmarts online competition,” said Securities Commissioner Ty Nohara. “We’re excited that a record 19 teams competed in the online competition this year and remain committed to growing the program to teach youth critical life skills.”

The top four teams are from Iolani, Maryknoll, Pearl City and Waiakea high schools. The teams will compete in-person 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium. The event is free and open to the general public.

The winner of the LifeSmarts Hawaii State Championship will be determined through written tests, a “speed dating the experts” activity, and a gameshow style buzzer round. The overall winner represents Hawaii at the National LifeSmarts Competition in Denver in April 2016.

For program information on the next competition season and/or sponsorship inquiries, please contact LifeSmarts State Coordinator, Theresa Kong Kee at 808-587-7400 or email tkongkee@dcca.hawaii.gov. For up-to-date happenings on the LifeSmarts Hawaii program, follow the Office of the Securities Commissioner on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by searching “HISecurities”.

Ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, Na Pua Lei o ka Na`auao (College of Hawaiian Language Dean’s List)

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo, Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha `oi no ke kau ha`ulelau 2015:

(The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester):

UH Hilo Moniker
Della Ann Ah Nee, Destanie Alayon, Jainine Abraham, Alexandria Agdeppa, Kristen Enriquez, Pomaikai Iaea, Kayla Ing, Bridgette Ige, Brenna Usher, Karise Hallsten, Kiana Kamala, Alana Kanahele, Hyesun Kong, Seoryoung Lee, Sheena Lopes, Alohilani Maiava, Michael Moore, Hokulani Mckeague, Zachary Nanbu, Daniel Nathaniel, Samantha Nua, Alana Paiva, Isaac Pang, Vanessa Winchester-Sye, Joshua Bass, Courtney Ann Brock, John Crommelin, Anayah Doi, Angelica Durante, Mahealani Freitas, Philip Gamiao, Alexander Guerrero, Kalai Grothman, Pomaikai Ravey, Samantha Reis, Koa Rodrigues, Eliza Silva, Nakuinaokalani Soma, Marleena Sheffield, Trevor Slevin, Victoria Taylor, Gin Tezuka, Kiliona Young, Cheyne Yonemori, and Abcde Zoller.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 190

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases rose by 8 more case since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 190.

Mosquito Bite

As of December 30, 2015*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 8 new cases of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 4 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
4 Illness onset  12/21/15 to 12/26/15
Cases no longer infectious
186 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 12/20/15
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 172 are Hawaii Island residents and 18 are visitors.
153 cases have been adults; 37 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 12/26/15.

As of today, a total of 736 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

For a map of potential areas of infection by mosquito for confirmed dengue fever cases, click HERE**. (Updated December 23, 2015)

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

CDC Interim Assessment of the Response by the Hawaii State Department of Health to the Dengue Outbreak on the Island of Hawaii

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, two imported dengue fever cases have been confirmed (one on Oahu and one on Hawaii), and one imported chikungunya case (on Hawaii) has been confirmed. These cases are not associated with the Hawaii island investigation.

Hawaii Becomes First State to Accommodate Hearing & Visually Impaired at Movie Theaters

Pioneering event marked by showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Ward Theatres

Star Wars LogoA bill introduced by Kauai Representative James Tokioka (Wailua Homesteads, Hanamaulu, Lihue, Puhi, Old Koloa Town, Omao), and signed into law by Governor David Ige will make Hawaii the first state in the nation to accommodate for the hearing and visually impaired at movie theatres statewide.

HB1272 requires anyone that operates a motion picture theater in more than two locations in the state to provide open captioning during at least two showings per week of each motion picture that is produced with open movie captioning. It also requires them to provide an audio description of any motion picture that is produced and offered with audio description. The measure takes effect Jan. 1, 2016 and sunsets Jan. 1, 2018.

The law allows equal access to movie theaters for the deaf, blind, deaf/blind and hard-of-hearing communities.  It also brings Hawaii closer to achieving full inclusion for our deaf and blind communities that was first initiated with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

The law removes communication barriers and provides equal access to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or have poor vision through reasonable accommodations at movie theaters. It will also help seniors who have trouble hearing, as well as individuals who are learning English as a second language by providing the written dialogue on screen.

  • WHO:  Aloha State Association of the Deaf
  • WHAT: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12:15 pm) to be the first open captioning and audio description movie showings for deaf and visually impaired movie goers   Reception to follow (media availability at reception)
  • WHEN: Saturday, January 2, 2016 3:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Dave and Busters, Pa’ina Room (2nd Floor), 1044 Auahi Street,          Honolulu, Hawaii