Big Island Police Week Festivities May 15th to 21st

Police Week festivities on Hawaiʻi Island will be held next week (May 15-21).

HPDBadgePolice Week is a nationally recognized week of activities in support of police work and in recognition of officers who have died or been disabled in the line of duty. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy proclaimed every May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week it falls in as National Police Week. In Hawaiʻi County, Police Week activities this year are scheduled from Monday, May 16, to Friday, May 20.

The public is invited to attend formal Police Week ceremonies on Monday, May 16th, 10:00 a.m., at the Hilo police station and Tuesday, May 17th, 10:00 a.m. at the Kona police station. Both ceremonies include pre-ceremony entertainment and a tribute to Hawaiʻi County police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Police will pay tribute to Officer Manuel Cadinha, who gave his life in 1918, Officer William “Red” Oili, who gave his life in 1936, Officer Ronald “Shige” Jitchaku, who gave his life in 1990 and Officer Kenneth Keliipio, who gave his life in 1997.

During this year’s Hilo event, there will be a dedication ceremony for the new Police Memorial, “Ka Malu Aloha”, which has been erected adjacent to the East Hawaii Detention Facility. The wall will stand forever, in remembrance of these fallen heroes, who gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and serving the residents of the County of Hawaii.

Also during Police Week, station tours for all districts will be offered to the public. Station tours at the Hilo Police station will be on Tuesday, May 17th, with tours being held at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Call Officer Jason Grouns at 961-3066 to schedule an appointment.

USGS Updates Lava Flow Map – Widening and Advancement Since Last Map

This small-scale map shows Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field in relation to the eastern part of the Island of Hawaiʻi. The area of the flow field on March 25 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow field as mapped on May 9 is shown in red.

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Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray. The black box shows the extent of the accompanying large scale map.

The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth’s surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. The base map is a partly transparent regional land cover map from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM). The bathymetry is also from NOAA.

Because the flow field is changing very little at the moment, mapping of the lava flow is being conducted relatively infrequently. We will return to more frequent mapping if warranted by an increase in activity.

This map shows recent changes to Kīlauea’s active East Rift Zone lava flow field. The area of the flow field on March 25 is shown in pink, while widening and advancement of the flow field as mapped on May 9 is shown in red.

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The yellow lines show the mapped portion of the active lava tube system. Puʻu ʻŌʻō lava flows erupted prior to June 27, 2014, are shown in gray. Puʻu ʻŌʻō is at lower left.

The blue lines show steepest-descent paths calculated from a 1983 digital elevation model (DEM; for calculation details, see http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/). Steepest-descent path analysis is based on the assumption that the DEM perfectly represents the earth’s surface. DEMs, however, are not perfect, so the blue lines on this map can be used to infer only approximate flow paths. The base map is a partly transparent 1:24,000-scale USGS digital topographic map draped over a 1983 10-m digital elevation model (DEM).

Senator Schatz Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) met with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court. The two met in Senator Schatz’s office on Capitol Hill to discuss the nominating process, his record and judicial philosophy.

Meeting Follows Garland’s Submission Of Senate Judiciary Questionnaire, An Essential Part Of The Confirmation Process For All Federal Judicial Nominees

Meeting Follows Garland’s Submission Of Senate Judiciary Questionnaire, An Essential Part Of The Confirmation Process For All Federal Judicial Nominees

“Chief Judge Garland and I had a productive discussion about his record and approach to the law, and it is clear to me that he is a well-qualified candidate for the Supreme Court. While I was glad to hear from him personally, the American people deserve to hear from him too,” said Senator Schatz. “We also now have Chief Judge Garland’s completed Senate Judiciary Questionnaire which I will be carefully reviewing. These documents hold key information on his judicial philosophy, opinions, and experience. Every member of the Senate should read it. Now that we have these documents, it’s time for Senate Republicans to do their job, take the next step in the process, and give Chief Judge Garland a fair and timely hearing and vote.”

Earlier today, Chief Judge Garland officially submitted his Senate Judiciary Questionnaire, as all previous nominees to the Supreme Court have done. The completed questionnaire is 141 pages long and includes 2,066 pages of appendices. It includes key information on Chief Judge Garland’s employment, honors and awards, published writings, litigated cases, judicial opinions, speeches, and interviews.

The standard Senate Judiciary Questionnaire is an essential part of the confirmation process for all federal judicial nominees. It is typically used by all senators to evaluate the nominee’s qualifications and then used as the basis for developing questions at the nominee’s confirmation hearing.

West Hawaii Forum: Hawaii County Budget Review, FY 2016-17

Learn how your hard earned tax dollars will be applied to County-established budgetary priorities for the fiscal year of 2016-17 on May 12th from 6-8 pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers (Doors Open at 5:30).

Kenoi Budget

Mayor Billy Kenoi and members of his cabinet will explain the new County budget and spending priorities for Hawai`i County.

Joining the Mayor will be Department of Finance Director Deana Sako, along with Susan Akiyama – Director, Office of Housing and Community Development, Clayton Honma – Director, Department of Parks and Recreation, Warren Lee – Director, Department of Public Works, and  Tiffany Kai – Director, Mass Transit Agency.

Karen Eoff, County Council member for District 8 and Chair of the Committee on Finance, will provide the Forum’s opening remarks and explain the budget development process and how spending and revenue priorities are established.

This informational Forum will be moderated by Sherry Bracken of KKOA, LAVA, and KOA radio.