Man Drowns in Wailuku River Spot Known as “Narnia”

Hawaii Fire Department Incident Report 14527:
Wainaku DrowningType of Incident: Drowning

Situation Found at Scene: Upon arrival in the Upper Wailuku River area, locally known as “Narnia”, we found three (3) people on the river bank. They stated that a family member jumped into the water and had difficulty swimming. They jumped in to save him, but were unsuccessful with holding onto him.

Remarks: A Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) team member cleared fallen trees using a chainsaw, allowing easier access to the river for HFD and Hawaii Police Department personnel.

With Chopper 1 providing aerial support, two (2) Fire Rescue Specialists conducted a free dive search and found the victim in approximately thirty (30) feet of water on the river bottom.

Hawaiian Electric Donates $25K to Waianae Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

Students at the Waianae Clubhouse of Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) have received a much-needed boost from the Hawaiian Electric Companies today with a check for $25,000.

Hawaiian Electric presented a $25,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii for the Waianae Clubhouse "Power Hour" - an afterschool program for students to focus on their studies so they can improve their school performance and achieve academic success.

Hawaiian Electric presented a $25,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii for the Waianae Clubhouse “Power Hour” – an after school program for students to focus on their studies so they can improve their school performance and achieve academic success.

The funds, appropriated for the 2016-2017 school year, will be used to support the Clubhouse’s Power Hour, a dedicated after-school time for students to focus on homework or be tutored by trained staff members, allowing students to stay on pace with their peers and enter the next school day with confidence.

“Power Hour has helped me a lot,” said Tyrese Clark, a Waianae Clubhouse kid. “I use to hate math and I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t like to do the homework, because it was hard. I was failing tests and not trying my best. But at Power Hour, Mr. Ortiz-Morales taught me how to do fractions in a way I can understand – and I made an ‘A’ on my last test.”

Power Hour at the Waianae Clubhouse began on August 1, 2016 with an estimated 65 elementary through high school student participants. Last year, the program served over 120 students throughout the school year.

“We are deeply grateful for Hawaiian Electric Companies’ generous gift,” said Tim Motts, President and CEO of BGCH. “Often coming from an underserved community and unstructured home environment, the students from the Waianae Clubhouse will benefit immensely from Power Hour to encourage academic success for a bright future.”

Statistics overwhelmingly show that nationally one in five kids will not graduate from high school, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. For low-income children, academic struggles can lead to disengagement from school and high drop-out rates. In 2015, 98 percent of BGCH high school seniors graduated with a high school diploma. Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support of Power Hour will provide youth with the opportunity to achieve their educational goals.

“We are encouraged by organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii for their unwavering commitment to improving the lives and future of the communities they serve,” said Colton Ching, Hawaiian Electric vice president – energy delivery, and BGCH board member. “Seeing first-hand the impact of their programs and hearing from the kids themselves has been so rewarding. We share BGCH’s commitment to the health and welfare of children and youth, and we are honored to partner with them in their efforts.”

Coast Guard Evacuates Man From Oil Tanker Off Oahu

The Coast Guard medevaced a 45-year-old citizen of India from an oil tanker 12 miles south of Oahu, Wednesday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point rescued a 45-year-old man from an oil tanker 14 miles south of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2016. Personnel aboard the Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager reported a crewmember with heart attack symptoms to watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ron Green/Released)

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point rescued a 45-year-old man from an oil tanker 14 miles south of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2016. Personnel aboard the Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager reported a crewmember with heart attack symptoms to watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ron Green/Released)

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point safely hoisted the man from the 1,050-foot Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager at 7 a.m. and transferred him to Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point lowers a rescue swimmer onto an oil tanker 14 miles south of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2016. Personnel aboard the Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager reported a 45-year-old crewmember with heart attack symptoms to watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ron Green/Released)

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point lowers a rescue swimmer onto an oil tanker 14 miles south of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2016. Personnel aboard the Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager reported a 45-year-old crewmember with heart attack symptoms to watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ron Green/Released)

Personnel aboard the ship contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center at 11 a.m. Saturday requesting assistance for a crewmember presenting heart attack symptoms. The vessel was 1,438 miles from Oahu at the time headed toward the U.S. from Southeast Asia and elected to divert their course toward Honolulu.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point hoists a 45-year-old man from an oil tanker 14 miles south of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2016. Personnel aboard the Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager reported a crewmember with heart attack symptoms to watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ron Green/Released)

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point hoists a 45-year-old man from an oil tanker 14 miles south of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2016. Personnel aboard the Bahamian-flagged oil tanker Andromeda Voyager reported a crewmember with heart attack symptoms to watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Ron Green/Released)

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the vessel continue toward Honolulu. The man’s condition was stable and plans were made to get him to shore via water taxi. However, when his condition began to deteriorate it was decided that a hoist would be conducted when the vessel arrived 14 miles offshore of Oahu to expedite his access to a higher level of medical care.

The Dolphin aircrew launched from Air Station Barbers Point at 5:45 a.m. and conducted the hoist at 6:35 a.m. He was delivered to awaiting emergency medical personnel in stable condition.

Hawaii Sheriff Impersonators – Jury Duty Phone Scam Alert

Recent Sheriff impersonator scam incidents have prompted the Hawaii Sheriff Division to put out this reminder warning. Impersonators claiming to be from the “Sheriff Department”, “Honolulu Sheriff Department” or “Sheriffs’ Office” are calling Hawaii residents to say they are wanted on a warrant for failing to show up for jury duty. The alleged scammer is offering to clear the warrant in exchange for payment by phone.

scam alertIn three recent cases, the individuals received calls from people who identified themselves as Captains or Lieutenants with the Sheriffs. All of the scammers in these reports had what was described as a southern drawl or accent.  After mentioning that the individual had a warrant for failure to show up for jury duty, the caller then asked for money and told the individuals to go over to the Honolulu District Court and meet with the Sheriffs to clear the warrant.  In two of the cases, the individuals figured out it was a scam before giving any money over the phone and immediately notified the Hawaii State Sheriffs.  A third report resulted in a Theft 2 case being opened.

The public is reminded that Sheriffs do not call people about warrants having to do with jury duty.  They will NEVER ask for personal information or solicit payment over the phone.  Hawaii residents are also advised not to provide credit card numbers or other personal information to callers claiming to represent a law enforcement agency or the courts.

“This is a nationwide scam that started affecting Hawaii residents in early 2014,” said Hawaii State Sheriff Renee Sonobe Hong. “The calls appear to be random. The victims are usually scammed to pay money. We urge people to share this alert with your family and friends so they don’t become the next victim”.

If you receive a call matching this scam please alert the Sheriff Division by calling 586-1352.

Hawaii Governor Announces Opening of Section 8 Waiting list for First Time in Decade

Gov. David Ige announced that the Section 8 waiting list is opening on O‘ahu for the first time in 10 years. There is currently no one on the waiting list, which will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 for families under the first tier of preferences which includes homeless individuals and families, victims of domestic violence, and families involuntarily displaced. More than 8,000 people have found housing through this program in the last decade.

On April 8, 2016, Governor David Ige proclaimed April "Fair Housing Awareness Month."

On April 8, 2016, Governor David Ige proclaimed April “Fair Housing Awareness Month.”

“We know that affordable housing is the primary concern for many families in our state,” Gov. Ige said. “Today’s announcement shows progress and confirms there is movement through the system.”

The state has worked diligently to increase access to housing by establishing an online application process. It estimates that approximately 12,000 new applications will be accepted before the list closes at midnight on Aug. 18, 2016.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to work with homeless service providers to access the online application portal.

Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority Executive Director Hakim Ouansafi acknowledged Hawai‘i’s landlords who make their properties available to Section 8 renters.  There are currently more than a thousand landlords participating in the program, a 375 percent increase over the last decade. “Each landlord provides more than a home to a local family,” said Ouansafi. “Landlords who open their properties to Section 8 renters provide the stability families need to thrive in our community. Applying for Section 8 has never been more convenient. Now applicants can even submit their online application from their mobile devices.”

For more information about the Section 8 program or the online application process, go to www.hpha.hawaii.gov.

More Restaurants Tied to Hepatitis Outbreak – 168 Cases – New Survey for Residents

The number of people affected by the hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii continues to rise, including two additional cases confirmed in Oahu food service workers today by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH). As a public health precaution, food handlers identified as contacts of a case must be tested for hepatitis A and found negative for the virus before returning to work.

One infected food service worker is an employee at Papa John’s restaurant, located at 94-1021 Waipahu Street, in Waipahu. The employee worked on July 23 and 24, and Aug. 2, 2016.

The other infected food service worker is an employee at New Lin Fong bakery, located at 1132 Maunakea Street, in Chinatown. The employee worked on July 20, 22-23, 25, 27, 29-30, and August 1, 3, and 5-6, 2016.

Establishment Island Location Dates of Service
Papa John’s Oahu Waipahu                        (94-1021 Waipahu St.)

 

July 23 and 24, and Aug. 2, 2016

 

New Lin Fong Oahu Chinatown                        (1132 Maunakea St.)

 

July 20, 22-23, 25, 27, 29-30, and Aug. 1, 3, and 5-6, 2016

Since DOH began its investigation, a total of 168 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed as part of the outbreak, as of Aug. 10, 2016. DOH investigators have been hard at work to identify the outbreak source, which was likely a product widely distributed primarily on Oahu.

Click to take survey

Click to take survey

As a part of the ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in our state, we are performing a survey of Hawaii residents to determine how frequently residents eat at restaurants and obtain food from grocery stores in our communities. This survey should take less than 5 minutes. Please limit survey responses to one survey per household/family. Mahalo for your help!

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As of August 10, 2016*:Since the last update, HDOH has identified 33 new cases of hepatitis A.  All cases have been in adults, 46 have required hospitalization.

Findings of the investigation suggest that the source of the outbreak is focused on Oahu. Eight (8) individuals now live on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui, and one visitor has returned to the mainland.

CONFIRMED CASES OF HEPATITIS A
168

Onset of illness has ranged between 6/12/16 – 8/1/16.

This information is provided to the public as a precaution in an attempt to prevent any new cases, and the likelihood that patrons of this business will become infected is very low. Updated case counts and information are provided each Wednesday along with a complete list of food service establishments who have had employees diagnosed with hepatitis A infection at the following link: http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/hepatitis-a-outbreak-2016/.

“The public’s health is our primary concern, and we feel it is important to provide them with the most up-to-date information so they can work with their healthcare providers to protect themselves and their families,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park. “At the same time, we also want the public to understand that these businesses and the other previously affected food establishments are not the source of the outbreak.”

Vaccination provides the best protection from hepatitis A, so any person who consumed food or beverage products prepared or served at this business during the identified periods may want to contact their healthcare providers about the possibility of receiving a vaccine or immune globulin (IG), which may provide some protection against the disease if administered within two weeks after exposure. A statewide list of vaccinating pharmacies can be found at http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/files/2013/07/IMM_Adult_Resource_List.pdf, or call the Aloha United Way information and referral line at 2-1-1

Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap after using the bathroom or changing a diaper, and before preparing food can also help prevent the spread of hepatitis A. Additionally, appropriately cooking foods can also help prevent infection.

Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame Announces the 2016 Inductees

The Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame announces the 2016 inductees. The ceremony will take place at the Outrigger Canoe Club on the 23rd August, the eve of what would be the 126th birthday of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing.

“The Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame honors legends and celebrates those who help perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku,” notes Bill Pratt, co‐chair of the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame.

Miss Yokohama greets Hokule'a captain Bruce Blankenfeld when the canoe reached the end of its Voyage to Japan.

Miss Yokohama greets Hokule’a captain Bruce Blankenfeld when the canoe reached the end of its Voyage to Japan.

Bruce Blankenfeld is one of the most influential figures in canoe paddling and Polynesian Voyaging Society.  He is a distinguished pwo navigator and captain of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea and was the president of Hui Nalu Canoe Club for more than 20 years.

Diane Stowell

Diane Stowell

Diane Stowell is an All-America swimmer at UCLA. She went on to claim more than 100 national and international titles in swimming. Stowell was also a dedicated volunteer in her community, serving on numerous charitable boards and serving as a counselor in the Hawaii prison system.

Paul Strauch, Jr.

Paul Strauch, Jr.

Paul Strauch, Jr. was one of the most influential figures in the world of surfing back in the 1960s. Founder of the “Cheater Five” and the first to use bottom turns in large waves, Strauch won numerous surfing titles and was a member of the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Surf Team.

Sharron Weber

Sharron Weber

Sharron Weber is a two-time world surfing champion and member of the Surfing Walk of Fame. Weber is also known today as a leader in her community. Weber was recently bestowed with the prestigious Kauai Living Treasures Award, given for her lifetime commitment and kokua to her community.

The Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame awards dinner will recognize the honorees, and it will raise money for Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation’s (ODKF) college scholarships and athletic grants program.

Since its inception in 1986, ODKF has gifted more than 2.5 million dollars to scholar athletes and non‐profit organizations in Hawaii. Past Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame inductees include Duke Kahanamoku, Eddie Aikau, Fred Hemmings, Mark Cunningham, Randy Rarick, Duane DeSoto and much more.

Tax System Modernization – Limited Service August 11-12, 2016

The Department of Taxation will be transferring taxpayer data to the Department’s new tax information computer system on August 11-12, 2016, as part of its Tax System Modernization program. Taxpayer services which require access to the current tax information computer system, including the processing of tax clearance requests, may be temporarily limited August 11-12, 2016.

Department of Taxation

All of the Department’s District Tax Offices will be open and continue to serve the public during regular office hours of 7:45am to 4:30pm on August 11-12, 2016. The Kona Office has new office hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Taxpayer information and services that do not require Department staff to access the computer system will continue throughout the data migration on August 11-12, 2016. Services that require access to taxpayer accounts, including the issuance of tax clearances, will be temporarily limited during these dates. The Department is unable to process any new requests for tax clearances August 11-12, 2016.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience this may cause taxpayers. The new tax systems will ultimately result in better taxpayer service and improved enforcement of tax laws.

For more information about Tax System Modernization, please visit our website at tax.hawaii.gov