Hawaii Governor Appoints Darrel Galera to Board of Education

Gov. David Ige has appointed former public school teacher and principal Darrel Galera to the Board of Education.

Darrel Galera was appointed to the Board of Education today.

Darrel Galera was appointed to the Board of Education today.

Galera has a rich background in public education in Hawai‘i. He is the School Leadership Consultant and Coach for the Hawai‘i Center for Instructional Leadership and is currently serving as chairman of the Governor’s ESSA Team (Every Student Succeeds Act).

Galera began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Moanalua High School where he was named Teacher of the Year in 1984. He has also served as principal at Shafter Elementary, S.W. King Intermediate, ‘Aiea Elementary, Moanalua High and Castle High. Galera has been recognized as the Hawai‘i National Distinguished High School Principal of the Year, Central O‘ahu District Principal of the Year and the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program’s Distinguished Teacher, 1989 (Washington, D.C.).

A graduate of Waipahu High School, Galera earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration and bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Hawai‘i.

“Darrel has been instrumental in engaging the public all across the state to help build the blueprint for our public school system. His service on the board will help bridge the work of the Board of Education and the ESSA Team,” said Gov. Ige.

“It’s truly an honor and privilege to serve our students and schools. I’m inspired by Governor Ige’s vision and plan for public education in Hawai‘i,” Galera said.

Galera replaces Jim Williams who resigned from the board last month.

Public Information Meeting for Lahaina Ferry Pier Improvements

Maui legislators Rep. Angus McKelvey, Sen. Rosalyn Baker, and the Department of Land and Natural Resources are jointly hosting a public information meeting  on Thursday October 20, 2016, to provide an update on the design of the proposed Lahaina Small Boat Harbor ferry pier improvements.

lahaina-small-boat-harborThe meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Na Aikane O Maui Cultural Center located at 526A Front Street in Lahaina.

The new interisland ferry pier will be located approximately 70 feet to the north of the existing public pier at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor.  It will be approximately 115 feet long and 20 feet wide and will be on piles.

Construction will also include:

  • construction of a shade roof involving four open-sided, roofed structures 14 feet in height, connected by three open trellises on the ferry pier to shelter passengers during arrivals and departures;
  • construction of two sewage pump out stations;
  • construction of a concrete gangway measuring 16 feet by 70 feet to connect the existing pier with the new pier structure;
  • replacement of the existing harbor administration office; and
  • resurfacing of a portion of Wharf Street to facilitate safe passenger/pedestrian movement in and around the small boat harbor.

Hawaii DOE Renames School to Honor Late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) celebrated the renaming of Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, formerly Hale Kula Elementary, this morning with a special ceremony and unveiling of the school’s multimillion-dollar renovation. The Hawaii State Board of Education approved the renaming earlier this year in honor of the late US Senator and his contributions to public education and military-impacted families and students in Hawaii.

Dignitaries, administrators and students help Sen. Inouye's son, Ken, unveil the new school sign. Photo Credits: Department of Education

Dignitaries, administrators and students help Sen. Inouye’s son, Ken, unveil the new school sign. Photo Credits: Department of Education

“Senator Inouye was a stanch supporter of our public schools, and his commitment to education has resulted in millions of dollars in federal resources for our students,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “It is an honor to name the school after Hawaii’s beloved Senator, and we are proud to be able to carry on his legacy through the work of our administrators, teachers and students.”

Daniel K. Inouye Elementary is located at Schofield Barracks, which was the home the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the unit that Senator Inouye served in during World War II. The school recently underwent a $33.2 million dollar renovation, which was funded largely by the U.S. Department of Defense ($26.6 million) and HIDOE ($6.6 million). The upgrades included a new two-story classroom building, student center, additional classrooms, library-media center, a new covered play court, and facelifts to the administration building and existing classrooms.

“This school has historic ties to Senator Inouye,” Principal Jan Iwase said. “This school was opened in 1959 when Hawaii became a state and Senator Inouye was first elected to Washington. He always cared about education and the military, and this campus is a combination of both.”

Ken Inouye shared that his father would be grateful for the naming of the school adding, “My father would always say that education isn’t just about learning – it’s about transformation.”

The senator’s family donated several items to the school that are featured for students and visitors to see, including Senator Inouye’s Purple Heart, photos and military coins he earned in the military as given while a lawmaker.

Major General Christopher Cavoli praised the renaming of the school stating, “His legacy showed each of us that service is at the heart of a community. I don’t believe there is a more fitting role-model for the students who learn within these walls.”

  Photo #1 The remodeled library is just one part of the multimillion-dollar campus-wide renovation.

Photo #1
The remodeled library is just one part of the multimillion-dollar campus-wide renovation.

The school’s new buildings include state of the art designs that allow for natural lighting, and heat reducing roofing material.

Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School currently services more than 800 students from special education pre-school to fifth grade. For more information about the school, visit http://www.inouye.k12.hi.us/.

Coast Guard Continues Search for Missing Big Island Man

Responders are continuing the search for Charles Locklar, 26, near Lapakahi State Park, Big Island, Monday.

  • Crews currently engaged in the search are:
    HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point
  • Crews of USCGC Kittiwake (WPB-87316) from Honolulu and USCGC Kiska (WPB-1336) from Big Island
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui
  • A Navy MH-60 helicopter crew from Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay
  • Air and surface assets with divers from the Big Island Fire Department
  • Weather in the area is reported as 27 mph winds with waves at 6 feet.

Locklar was last seen swimming toward shore with his uncle after their 10-foot skiff reportedly capsized due to high winds approximately a half mile offshore, Saturday.

Charles Locklar

Charles Locklar

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast has been issued alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center.

locklar-rescue-areaAnyone with information that may help locate Locklar is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu command center at 808-842-2600.

Bay Restoration Supported by Hawaiian Electric Grant

Malama Maunalua was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Hawaiian Electric Companies to support critical conservation projects in Maunalua Bay. The grant was presented by Sean Moura, Hawaiian Electric’s wildlife biologist and an environmental scientist in the company’s Environmental Department, during a community workday at the Bay.

malama-maunalua“This award from the Hawaiian Electric Companies is an important investment in the restoration of Maunalua Bay, which is such a significant, yet fragile marine resource. We are very grateful to the Hawaiian Electric Companies for joining other organizations in making our projects with the community and scientists possible,” said Jennifer Taylor, Board President.

Hawaiian Electric’s grant will help expand the Habitat Restoration Program which includes increasing community “huki” (pull) events where volunteers assist in removing invasive alien algae, launching an initiative to restore native sea grass, developing a bay algae consortium to address the implementation of restoration techniques and monitoring, and expanding community engagement through research, internships and careers. In addition, a priority for Malama Maunalua is the development of a partner-supported knowledge geo-database to be used to guide management priorities and strategic uses for the bay.

Moura, a Hawaii Kai resident who has volunteered with Malama Maunalua, said the organization’s efforts to raise awareness of marine conservation and grow community participation aligns with Hawaiian Electric’s value of environmental stewardship. “Developing the next generation of marine stewards by engaging with public and private organizations speaks to the long-term conservation of the Bay, and we gladly support that effort.”

Malama Maunalua is a community based non-profit organization committed to restoring the health of Maunalua Bay, the near shore area in East Oahu which stretches from Black Point to Portlock Point. Malama Maunalua focuses on reducing the three major threats to Maunalua Bay – removing invasive alien algae, reducing run-off of sediment and pollutants and increasing marine life. Malama Maunalua is finding solutions to these problems through working with thousands of community volunteers and collaborating with community and conservation partners and government agencies.

Volunteer board members are Jennifer Taylor (President), Mitch D’Olier (Vice President), Jean Tsukamoto (Treasurer), Amy Monk (Secretary), Dawn Dunbar, Steve Schatz and Dr. Leighton Taylor.

To donate to the organization or to participate in a community workday, visit www.malamamaunalua.org or contact info@malamamaunalua.org.

Howl’ween Dog Walks Slated for Hilo and Kona

Costumed Furry Friends Take to the Street to Raise Pledges at the Big Island’s Largest Dog Friendly Events

The Hawaii Island Humane Society is readying plans for its annual Howl’ween Dog Walk slated for Saturday morning, October 22 in Hilo and a week later on Saturday morning, October 29 in Kona. All walkers with – or without – dogs are invited to participate and are encouraged to raise pledges to support shelter animals. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walks get underway at 8:00 a.m.

dog-costume“Our Howl’ween Dog Walks bring buckets of smiles to participants, pooches and passersby. What a great way to enjoy this seasonal holiday and encourage camaraderie between pets and their owners,” said HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker. “Everyone always enjoys seeing the dogs – and their owners – in fantastic costumes that really add to the holiday spirit.”

The Hilo Howl’ween Dog Walk, produced in partnership with Aloha Ilio Rescue, takes place at Queen Liliuokalani Park. The Kona Howl’ween Dog Walk gathers the following Saturday on the bayfront Honu Lawn at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

dog-contestThe HIHS Howl’ween Dog Walks include fun contests, costumes, prizes and team challenges. Registration is free and walkers are encouraged to join the pack and help raise funds. Event proceeds help offset costs of shelter supplies and low-cost spay and neuter services to help eliminate pet overpopulation on Hawaii Island. Secure pledges can be made at www.FirstGiving.com/HIHS/howlween-dogwalk-2016.

Walkers who earn a minimum of $25 in pledges will receive a surprise gift. Those who earn $50 in pledges will receive a free Howl’ween Dog Walk t-shirt. Download pledge forms at HIHS.org.

Jovino Santos Neto in 2nd Installment of Steinway Series

Sunday, October 30, 4pm, Kahilu Theatre presents the 2nd installment of the Kahilu Steinway Series with acclaimed Brazilian composer and pianist Jovino Santos Neto.

Jovino by Daniel Sheehan

Jovino Santos Neto, Photoo by Daniel Sheehan

Three-time Latin Grammy nominee Jovino Santos Neto is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Mr. Neto’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, and lyrical melodies inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha, and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

In his solo piano recitals, Jovino explores all the possibilities of the instrument, combining the rhythmic and harmonic audacity of his mentor Hermeto Pascoal’s pieces with his own Brazilian tone poems, spanning the distance between lyrical and effervescent within a few measures. He also pays tribute to some of the great Brazilian composers like Jobim, Pixinguinha and Ernesto Nazareth. His commentaries on the music are enlightening and educating, providing the audience with a unique musical experience.

The Kahilu Theatre doors open at 3pm for the performance and there will be snacks and beverages available for sale at the Kahilu Theatre bar. The Kapa Kahilu exhibit will be on display in the in the Kohala Gallery.

The Steinway Series is a series of performances showcasing Kahilu Theatre’s Model D Steinway Concert Grand piano at accessible ticket prices.

Tickets are $28 / $23 / $18 / $8 and available for purchase online at http://www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, M-F 9am to 1pm.

The Steinway Series is made possible by generous sponsorship by Mike & Ruth Bernstone, Sharon Cornish-Martin, Karen Ferrara, Betty & Lee Meyerson, Dr. Marcia Wishnick & Mr. Stanley Wishnick, and Other Friends of Kahilu.