Hawaii DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Opens Office on Kailua-Kona Pier

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has opened a new boating office at the Kailua Pier, in Kailua-Kona.  DOBOR staff based in this office will manage the day-by-day operation of the Kailua Pier and provide support services for recreational boaters.

DLNROffice hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Hours of operation may be subject to change depending on staff availability.  The Kailua Pier office will be closed weekends and State holidays.

The entrance to the facility parking lot will be gated when the office is closed or unattended.  When the office is open, the public can hail DOBOR staff on the gate intercom to gain access to five (5) parking stalls available at the pier to conduct DOBOR business only (permits, vessel registration, etc.).  For questions about access and available services, the public can call the Kailua Pier office at (808) 327-4318.

“We opened this new office as an extension of our Honokohau Harbor office for the benefit of boaters residing in West Hawaii,” said Ed Underwood, DOBOR Administrator.  “Because the pier is heavily used and it is a recreational resource for the community, we want to be sure we have a presence here to keep it well-managed and maintained.”

The Kailua-Kona Pier is the point of entry for cruise ship passengers visiting Kailua-Kona.  It has hosted the Iron Man competition every October dating back to the early 1980s and the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament since 1959.  Historically, the pier was used in the early 1900s for loading cattle on ships for transport.

Wally Lau Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Hawaii Island – Resigns Post as Managing Director

Hawaii County Managing Director Wally Lau today resigned his position and announced he is running for mayor of Hawaii County.

Wally Lau

Wally Lau

Lau has helped manage the daily operations of the Hawaii County administration for the past seven years, as deputy managing director and managing director. His next step forward in a career of caring for people and strengthening our island community is to become mayor and leader of our Hawaii Island.

“I did not want any perception of a conflict of interest, or that 100 percent of my energies are not being invested in my job,” Lau said. “By resigning, I am able to focus on my campaign by meeting with people and sharing with them my values and my vision.”

Lau’s humility, honesty and fairness have earned him the respect of many in the community and as well as his co-workers. “I listen and respond,” Lau said. “I always seek for what is fair and pono.

“When presented with challenging decisions, I always ask – will it be in the best interest of the public? Is it good for the community?”

Lau said that principle will guide the county under his administration if elected, as he leads our island with aloha and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration with the community.

Lau’s vision is to meet the needs of the people, support and sustain a healthy economy, care for the environment and create a safer and better island community, where government is responsible, accountable and open.

“I have worked with many wonderful and hard-working county employees,” Lau said. “I look forward to continuing to work with them as we improve services to our island community.”

Lau said he will continue the current administration’s efforts of being accessible and responsive to the community. He will uphold a balanced administration that represents East and West Hawaii with a “how can” attitude and treating people with aloha.

Lau is prepared to address issues of public safety and disaster preparedness, homelessness, affordable housing, the need to improve our business climate, ensure efficiency of the county permitting process, improving maintenance of county facilities and properties, improving solid waste operations, exploring renewable energy projects that would provide lower rates for consumers without environmental tradeoffs, and diversified agriculture, all while preserving and protecting our environment.

Lau, 67, is married to Sandra Lau and they have a son, Kawika, and a daughter-in law, Lahela. He has two grandchildren and a great grandchild. Born on Oahu, he returned to the home of his ancestors where his grandparents are from – Naalehu and Keauhou. He graduated from Damien High School (1967) and has a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology by Central Washington State College (1971).

Lau’s work history of community dedication includes:

  • Managing director, Hawaii County
  • Deputy managing director, Hawaii County
  • Executive Director, The Neighborhood Place of Kona (prevention of child abuse and neglect and family strengthening)
  • Director of Alternative Education, Kamehameha Schools
  • Program Director, E Ala Ike — Kapulena, therapeutic school for special needs students
  • The Salvation Army Residential Treatment Center for Children

Lau’s participation in civic groups and services includes:

  • Board member, Hawaii Island United Way
  • Board member, Blueprint for Change (prevention of child abuse and neglect)
  • Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council, Prevention and Accountability sub-committee member
  • Board member, Ke Puka o Ke Ola (behavioral health care) Waimea
  • Member Royal Order of Kamehameha I (Moku o Kona)

For additional information, visit wallylau.com. Join the campaign on his Facebook page and follow @wally_lau on Twitter and Instagram. For volunteer opportunities or to make a donation to support Lau’s candidacy, email wallylau4mayor@gmail.com or call Friends of Wally Lau for Mayor at (808) 557-0213.


Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation Announce the Return of Mahiʻai Match-Up

Kamehameha Schools and the Pauahi Foundation announce the return of Mahiʻai Match-Up – an agricultural business plan contest dedicated to supporting Hawaiʻi’s sustainable food movement and decreasing the state’s dependence on imports.  Mahiʻai means farmer.  The contest is open to all farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural entrepreneurs. The application window opens today and ends Feb. 29, 2016.

Pahoehoe Parcel

Pahoehoe Parcel

“Mahiʻai Match-Up provides a venue for farmers and entrepreneurs to access some of our most valuable agricultural lands,” said Sydney Keliʻipuleʻole, senior director of statewide operations for Kamehameha Schools. “Kamehameha Schools is engaged in an ongoing effort to work with community partners to find and nurture talented farmers with innovative ideas that will increase food production for Hawaiʻi’s market.”

The top two business plans will receive an agricultural land agreement with up to five years of waived rent from Kamehameha Schools and seed monies from the Pauahi Foundation totaling $35,000 to help increase the probability of long-term, sustainable success.

Ulupono Initiative – the Hawai’i-focused impact investing firm – is once again lending its support to the business plan contest.

“Ulupono Initiative is proud to continue its partnership with Kamehameha Schools and Pauahi Foundation to assist talented farmers in realizing their dream of establishing a bona fide agricultural business in Hawaiʻi,” said Murray Clay, managing partner of Ulupono Initiative. “The goal of Mahiʻai Match-Up directly aligns with our mission of making Hawaiʻi more self-sufficient by increasing local food production. The group of entrants from the first two years has been impressive, and we are excited to see what year three has in store.”

Hawaiʻi Farm Bureau’s “Hawaiʻi Food and Farm” magazine is also a sponsor of the contest.

This year the program provides more opportunities for aspiring farmers with the introduction of Mahiʻai Mentorship – a competition created through a partnership between the schools and GoFarm Hawaiʻi aimed at developing the next generation of farmers.

Four applicants will be chosen to receive funding from Pauahi Foundation and Kamehameha Schools to attend GoFarm Hawaiʻi, a program that turns the AgCurious into AgProducers. Valued at $3,000, participants are given a combination of knowledge, experience, and support designed to assist them in becoming viable production growers, and accomplish it in a manner that encourages sustainability.  Applications for Mahiʻai Mentorship will be accepted from March 1 through May 2, 2016

To apply for the Mahiʻai Match-Up contest or for more information, visit http://www.pauahi.org/mahiaimatchup/index.html.

2016 Mahiʻai Match-Up Parcels:


Access to Healthcare and Violence Against Women Focus of Women’s Legislative Caucus in 2016

Access to healthcare and violence against women is the focus of a House-Senate joint package of bills submitted this session by the Women’s Legislative Caucus.  The caucus consists of women members from the state Senate and House and county councils.  In addition, six additional bills and five resolutions were submitted by individual members as a result of their involvement with the women’s caucus. Capital

“Women’s issues have historically taken a backseat to other legislative priorities even though women in Hawai`i make up nearly half the population,” said Senator Rosalyn Baker (South and West Maui).  “That’s why there has always been a critical need for such a focus—especially in the areas of healthcare and violence against women, where government has been so slow in addressing their particular concerns.”

Violence against women has been making national headlines both in the sports world and in the home recently and has been a steadfast focal point for the caucus since its inception.

“While violence against women has come to the forefront in recent years, the problem persists across the entire spectrum of society and, clearly, more needs to be done to protect women in the workplace, in our schools and in their homes,” said Representative Della Au Belatti (Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa).

Women’s health has been another major focus of concern in past sessions for the caucus and the 2016 legislative session will be no different.

“In Hawai`i where our families have always required two incomes to make ends meet, women in the workforce is not a new phenomenon,” said Senator Laura Thielen (Kailua, Kaneohe Bay).  “In fact, Hawai`i’s landmark legislation on healthcare was specifically created to address the needs of working women and families.  Today, we need to continue to build on that foundation to address the changing needs of women in today’s world.”

“Today women face the same issues that their mothers and grandmothers faced,” said Representative Lauren Matsumoto (Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani).  “Yet the world has changed dramatically and so have women’s roles in society.  Our laws and protections need to change to meet their changing needs and to reflect the world in which we live today.”

A full list of official measures in the Women’s Legislative Caucus’s package for the current biennium is available on the Capitol website at http://ow.ly/XCh5h.

The House and Senate bills submitted by the Women’s Legislative Caucus for the 2016 session include:


HB1895/SB2319, relates to prescription contraceptives, contraceptive services and supplies, and reimbursement.  Requires insurers to cover a three-month period for the first dispensing of prescription contraceptive supplies to the insured.  Requires insurers to cover a twelve-month period for the subsequent dispensing of the same contraceptive supply to the insured.

HB1896/SB2320, relates to prescriptive authority and contraceptive supplies.  Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense contraceptive supplies to persons eighteen years of age or older.  Specifies requirements pharmacists must meet prior to prescribing and dispensing contraceptive supplies.  Requires all insurers in the State, including health benefits plan under chapter 87A, Hawai’i Revised Statutes, and Medicaid managed care programs, to reimburse pharmacists who prescribe and dispense contraceptive supplies.

HB1897/SB2323, relates to health insurance coverage, sexually transmitted diseases.  Ensures insurance coverage for sexually transmitted disease screenings, including screenings for human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, during a female insured’s annual pelvic exam.

HB1898/SB2317, relates to maternal mortality review panel and the Department of Health.  Creates Maternal Mortality Review Panel for Hawai’i that conducts comprehensive, multidisciplinary reviews of maternal deaths with the purpose of identifying factors associated with those deaths to highlight system changes needed to improve services for all women.

HB1899/SB2326, relate to licensure for midwives.  Establishes licensure requirements for the practice of midwifery.  Requires the Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs to adopt rules regulating the practices of midwifery.


HB1900/SB2318, relate to address confidentiality program, domestic violence, sexual offense and stalking.  Develops a mechanism to keep addresses confidential for domestic violence/sex assault survivors.  Establishes an address confidentiality programs that will give victims a substitute legal address to use in place of their physical address and can be used whenever an address is required for public records, such as voter or drivers’ license registries.  Requires courts to find, based upon a preponderance of the evidence, that the disclosure of a victim’s address is required in the interests of justice.

HB1901/SB2321, relates to domestic violence intervention training of first responders.  Requires any state or county agency who employs personnel whose job duties require or may require intervention in a domestic violence situation to provide such employees with a minimum of fifteen hours of domestic violence intervention training.

HB1902/SB2322, relates to sex trafficking.  Replaces the offense of Promoting Prostitution in the First Degree with Sex Trafficking to be classified as a violent crime.  Makes Sex Trafficking a class A felony and a strict liability offense if a minor is the victim of sex trafficking.  Provides that the offense of prostitution for a younger than eighteen years of age is a violation.  Expands the Department of the Attorney General’s Statewide Witness Program to include sex trafficking;  provides victims with access to criminal injury compensation;  and amends laws relating to civil liability for cases of coercion into prostitution.  Makes amendments to strengthen enforcement of laws and increase penalties against the sex trafficker.

HB1903/SB2325, relates to establishing law enforcement standards boards.  Establishes a law enforcement standards board for the certification of county police officers, state public safety officers, and employees of the departments of transportation and land and natural resources with police powers.  Establishes a special fund.  Appropriates funds.

HB1904/SB2324, relates to the composition of the county police commissions.  Amends the composition of the county police commissions to require that there are commissioners on each police commission that have experience or backgrounds in women’s issues, civil rights, and law enforcement.

Additional bills resulting from the Women’s Legislative Caucus include:

HB1905/SB2310, relates to domestic abuse protective orders.  Prohibits the court from granting mutual protective orders unless separate petitions are filed.

HB1906/SB2311, relates to Domestic Violence.  Removes certain unnecessary and redundant reporting responsibilities of the family courts and the department of human services in cases where temporary restraining orders are sought for alleged domestic abuse involving a family or household member who is a minor or incapacitated person.

HB1907/SB2309, relates to Sexual Assault.  Establishes the sexual assault kit tracking program. Requires a law enforcement agency to submit sexual assault kits obtained in connection to a criminal investigation to an authorized laboratory within 10 days, the laboratory to complete analysis within 6 months, and results to be uploaded to the state DNA database and data bank identification program and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Combined DNA Index System. Requires each law enforcement agency that obtains a sexual assault kit in connection to a criminal investigation to report to the department of the attorney general annually on the number of sexual assault kits in its possession. Requires the police department of each county, the department of public safety, and the division of conservation and resources enforcement to submit a report to the legislature prior to the convening of the regular session 2017 on the number of kits in its possession and progress on any backlog. Requires the legislative reports to be made available to the public.

HB1908/SB2312, relates to the Penal Code.  Redefines “sexual conduct” as that term is used in the offense of promotion of child abuse in the first, second, and third degrees.

HB1909/SB2313, relates to Equal Pay.  Amends the provisions for equal pay and sex discrimination for substantially similar work, clarifies the employer defenses.  Prohibits employer action regarding wage disclosure.

HB1910/SB2316, relates to Health and Health Insurance.  Requires a child to receive at least one dosage of the human papillomavirus vaccine prior to attending seventh grade, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and administer the human papillomavirus vaccine to persons between eleven and seventeen years of age. Specifies requirements pharmacists must meet prior to administering the human papillomavirus vaccine. Requires all insurers in the State, including health benefits plans under chapter 87A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Medicaid managed care programs, to reimburse the costs of human papillomavirus vaccination services.


(To Be Introduced)


Encourages the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to continue and expand its community-based work furlough programs to assist in transitioning formerly incarcerated female inmates back into society.


Requests a report from the Department of Education regarding its compliance with the requirements of Title IX, including the status of its Title IX policies, procedures, staffing and statistics to the Legislature not later than 20 days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2017.

Creating paid family leave task force

Creates a task force to examine the costs, benefits, and challenges of instituting a paid family leave system in the state.


Recognizes and affirms the State of Hawai’i’s gratitude to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands for providing vital health care services to women and families statewide.

URGING U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) TO RESTART BASIC IMMIGRATION SERVICES VIA MOBILE ROUTE TO NEIGHBOR ISLANDS Applicants with immigration applications adjudicated by USCIS must travel to Honolulu for fingerprinting and interviews, which presents a substantial barrier to the immigration process for non-Oahu residents. Women are disproportionally impacted because one out of five women on neighbor islands are foreign-born, as compared to 14.9 percent of men

Four Kona Parks to Close Temporarily January 29 to Conduct Dengue Mosquito Treatments

The Department of Parks and Recreation will temporarily close four Kona parks on Friday, January 29, so those facilities can be treated for mosquitoes that have the potential to spread dengue fever.

Mosquito BiteWhile there is no indication that any of these parks are sources of possible infection, this measure is being employed as a proactive and preventative strategy for reducing mosquito concentrations and thereby lowering the risk of potential exposure.

The following parks are slated for treatments expected to start, weather permitting, at approximately 7 a.m. Friday, January 29:

  • Kailua Playground, also known as “The Ghetto”
  • Kipapa Park located on the mauka side of Ali‘i Drive, across from La‘aloa Bay Beach Park
  • Harold H. Higashihara Park
  • Arthur C. Greenwell Park, including Sgt. Rodney J. Yano Memorial Hall

Unauthorized persons will not be allowed to enter the affected parks until the treatment work is completed and the parks are cleared for public use. Signs will be posted at each park informing the public of the closures, spraying activity, and when the parks are reopened.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks park patrons and the general public for their understanding while it assists in the efforts to control the spread of dengue fever.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 961-8311 or jarmstrong@hawaiicounty.gov.