UH Hilo Appointment of Administrators

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Matthew Platz announces the appointment of two deanship positions following the UH Board of Regents meeting held today on O`ahu. The positions take effect November 1, 2016.

uh-hilo-monikerDr. Bruce Mathews has been appointed permanent dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management. He previously served as acting dean from January – July 2012, then interim dean to present.

A 1986 graduate of UH Hilo, Mathews joined the University in 1993 as a Temporary Assistant Professor of Soils & Agronomy and became a tenure-track assistant professor two years later. His areas of research include plant nutrient cycling and soil fertility as affected by environmental conditions and crop management, assessment of the impact of agricultural and forestry production practices on soil, coastal wetlands, and surface waters, and the development of environmentally sound and economically viable nutrient management practices for pastures, forests, and field crops in the tropics.

He received an M.S. in agronomy from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in agronomy & soils from the University of Florida.

“As a graduate, faculty member and most recently interim dean, Bruce has unrivaled knowledge of this College, its mission, and its potential,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “I can think of no one else who better understands our responsibility to the community and the entire state of Hawaiʻi than Bruce Mathews.”

Dr. Drew Martin will serve as interim dean of the College of Business and Education. He joined UH Hilo in August 2004 and most recently served as professor of marketing. He has over 25 years of higher education teaching experience that spans three countries. Currently, he is also an affiliate faculty member of Daito Bunka University’s (Japan) Business Research Institute and the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s Center for Japanese Studies.

Martin received a B.A. and an MBA in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

His intellectual contributions include extensive research on consumer behavior. He has published 65 research papers and book chapters.

“Drew is an intellectual heavyweight with an extensive professional background in business, government and academia,” Platz said. “His extensive research and publications have earned him international acclaim and numerous invitations to speak with emerging scholars on how to get their research published in leading academic journals.”

Farrah-Marie Gomes Appointed UH Hilo Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney today announced the appointment of Farrah-Marie Gomes as the University’s new permanent vice chancellor for student affairs following the UH Board of Regents meeting held today on O`ahu. The appointment is effective December 1, 2016.

uh-hilo-monikerGomes currently serves as interim associate vice president for student affairs for the UH System, a position she has held since April 1, 2016. Prior to that, she served as founding director of the North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center since its inception in 2006, and from 2011-2016, also served as interim dean of the College of Continuing Education and Community Service. She is active in numerous university and community committees.

Gomes received her B.A. in psychology and sociology from UH Hilo in 1998, Masters in counseling psychology from Chaminade University in Honolulu in 2000, and a Ph.D. in educational studies with a specialization in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 2016.

“Farrah is a dynamic leader who has effectively served our students and community in numerous administrative roles,” Straney said. “She also possesses tremendous energy, vision and a special capacity to connect with various constituencies, which will help the Division of Student Affairs serve the needs of our students.”

Gomes succeeds Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Gail Makuakane-Lundin, who returns to the position of Executive Assistant to the Chancellor.

“We all deeply appreciate the outstanding and tireless job Gail has done as interim vice chancellor for student affairs,” Straney said. “I now look forward to her putting those same unique skills and versatility to work again as a member of my executive team.”

Notice of Last Date of Molokai Ferry Service and How to Obtain Refunds

On October 17, 2016, the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaiʻi (“PUC”), in Order No. 33977 in Docket No. 2016-0214, approved Sea Link of Hawaii, Inc.’s (“Sea Link”) request to voluntarily surrender its certificate of public convenience and necessity (“CPCN”) to provide water carrier services between Maui and Molokaʻi (“Maui-Molokai Ferry”).

molokai-ferryThe PUC found “good cause” to approve, subject to certain conditions, Sea Link’s request to voluntarily surrender its CPCN, in part, because the Commission acknowledged Sea Link’s representation that its financial losses are no longer sustainable and the Commission cannot compel (i.e. force) Sea Link to continue to operate as a water carrier of passengers and property at a financial loss.  As a result, the last date of ferry service operations will be Thursday, October 27, 2016.

SEA LINK WILL REMAIN AVAILABLE TO PROCESS REFUNDS UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

Refund instructions for unused fares:

Unused Paper Tickets and Coupon Books

  • Refund Forms will be made available on Sea Link’s website, molokaiferry.com, and at Sea Link’s main office by mail by phone at (808) 661-3392, by email to info@molokaiferry.com, or by postal mail, 1036 Limahana Place, 3E, Lahaina, HI 96761.
  • By December 16, 2016, completed Refund Forms may be mailed, along with unused paper tickets or coupons, to Sea Link of Hawaii, Inc., 1036 Limahana Place, 3E, Lahaina, HI 96761. Unused paper tickets or coupons must be stapled to or enclosed with the form.
  • Until October 27, 2016, Refund Forms will also be available in person at:
    • Sea Link’s ticket sales/terminal at Lahaina Harbor from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday;
    • Sea Link’s ticket sales/terminal at Kaunakakai Harbor from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and
    • Sea Link’s Main Office, located at 1036 Limahana Place, 3E, Lahaina, HI 96761, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Unused Electronic Tickets

  • By December 16, 2016, Sea Link will attempt to notify Electronic Ticket holders using the contact information provided at the time of sale of the last date of ferry service and options for refunds via phone and/or email. Electronic Ticket holders may contact Sea Link’s office by phone, 808.661.3392, or by email, info@molokaiferry.com.  Please provide full name and/or confirmation number to expedite refund.

Unused Prepaid Bulk or Group Tickets

  • By December 16, 2016, Sea Link will attempt to notify Prepaid Bulk or Group Ticket holders using the contact information provided at the time of sale of the last date of ferry service and options for refunds via phone and/or email. Prepaid Bulk or Group Ticket holders may contact Sea Link’s office by phone, 808.661.3392, or by email, info@molokaiferry.com.

THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT REFUND REQUESTS IS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2016

PUC CONTACT INFORMATION

Comments addressed to the PUC may be mailed to 465 South King Street, Room 103, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96813, or sent by electronic mail to Hawaii.PUC@hawaii.gov.

Big Island, UH Hilo to Host PWC Cross Country Championships

When the University of Hawai`i Hilo hosts the Pacific West Conference Cross Country Championships this Saturday (Oct. 22), one thing is certain… the course will be unlike any other that the teams have run on this season, or maybe ever.

uhh-xcThe jungle trail at Kamehameha School Hawai`i will feature grass, gravel, mud and likely, standing water. There will be a mixture of hill and flat. There could be rain, and it will be warm and humid.

In other words, this is no walk in the park.

“It is a true cross country course,” said Vulcan head coach Jaime Guerpo. “Other than the Hawaii schools that were here for our meet early in the year, this will be a new experience for everyone else. It’s a fair course, and it is challenging, which in my mind is perfect for a championship meet.”

14 schools will make their way to Hilo and Keaau, flying in from Utah, northern California, southern California and Oahu. 14 men’s teams will compete in the 7:30 a.m. race, and 12 women’s squads (including UHH) will run at 8:30 a.m.

In both races, California Baptist University is the defending champion. In fact, the Lancers have won the last five championships on the men’s side, and the last two trophies in the women’s race. Individually, 2015 PacWest champion Eileen Stressling from Azusa Pacific is back. The junior is running strong again this season and was named the PacWest Runner of the Week earlier in the month after crossing the line as the top Division II finisher at the Stanford Invitational.

CBU is ranked 17th nationally this week in the men’s NCAA Division II poll, with Academy of Art at No. 24. On the women’s side, the Lancers are No. 8 in this week’s national listing, with Point Loma at No. 16.

Hawai`i Hilo hosted the very first PacWest Cross Country Championships in 2006, on their campus. The conference was much smaller back then, but now nearly 250 student-athletes will race and many more coaches, administrators, parents and fans will travel to the Big Island for the event.

“We are pleased to host this event for a number of reasons,” said Vulcan athletic director Patrick Guillen. “We are excited to show off the Big Island to our fellow PacWest universities and we look forward to putting on a quality event. At the same time, these championships bring in significant tourism dollars to Hilo and the surrounding communities, and we feel privileged to partner with local businesses to help make this a great experience for all involved.”

Dr. Tam Vu, Chair of the UHH Business Administration and Economics department, confirmed that teams visiting Hilo bring in significant dollars.

“Between airfare, rental vehicles, hotel rooms, restaurants and shopping, there will be significant spending,” said Vu, who along with
Dr. Eric Im compiled the long-run impact for this event. “That includes spending in Oahu and the Big Island. The number on the Big Island can be estimated at over a half million dollars ($556,100) including the leakage spending due to the larger number of Big Island residents shopping in Oahu in the future, and with Oahu as the base for Hawaiian Airlines, their number is close to $400,000 ($390,700). That brings you close to a million dollars ($946,800) in long term impact.”

Foul Play Suspected in Discovery of Dead Kona Man

Hawaiʻi Island police have initiated a murder investigation in connection with the recovery of a Kona man’s body.

hpd-badgeOn Sunday, police received an anonymous tip about a possible murder in Kailua-Kona.

Investigation led to the discovery of a burial site late Tuesday afternoon (October 18) off Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 190) north of the 27-mile marker. Police secured the area overnight and recovered the body Wednesday morning (October 19).

The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Alanaokala Solomon Covington of Kailua-Kona.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is scheduled for Friday (October 21).

Police ask anyone with any information about this case to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective Jerome Manuel at 326-4646, extension 262, or jerome.manuel@hawaiicounty.gov.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Scheduled Power Outage in North Kohala on Nov. 3-4

Hawaii Electric Light Company announces a scheduled power outage that will affect customers in North Kohala. The outage will be from 10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, to 5 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

outageThis temporary outage is necessary to allow Hawaii Electric Light personnel to safely perform maintenance and upgrade equipment to improve system reliability. The affected communities are Hawi, Kapaau and Halaula, as well as customers along Kohala Mountain Road between mile marker 6 and mile marker 9.

Hawaii Electric Light advises affected customers to unplug sensitive equipment prior to the outage and to keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Customers who depend on medication or life support equipment should make arrangements for a back-up power supply or transportation to a facility outside the affected area.

Hawaii Electric Light regrets any disruption this outage could cause and thanks customers for their patience and understanding. If there are any questions or concerns, please call 969-6666.

Hawaii First Becomes First Blue Zones Approved Worksite in Hawaii County

Hawaii First Federal Credit Union has been approved as a Blue Zones Project Worksite, an initiative to creating a healthier, happier and more purpose-driven work environment. Hawaii First joins the Blue Zones Project, sponsored by Hawaii Medical Services Association, to take a systematic approach to community transformation.

blue-zonesHawaii First becomes the first financial institution to be Blue Zones approved in the state of Hawaii. The 60-year-old credit union is also the first Blue Zones approved worksite in Hawaii County.

The Blue Zones Project was first introduced to Hawaii in 2013. The Blue Zones principles are at work in cities and communities in seven states. The initiative is based on nine evidence-based common denominators of communities across the globe where people happily live the longest.

For Hawaii First, the goals for improving well-being includes reducing healthcare costs, lowering absenteeism and improving productivity. By promoting better lifestyle principles, the credit union says better retention and a more engaged, focused and happy workforce will ultimately lead to happier members.

“Our world – what we do every day –  is about putting people first,” said Hawaii First President and chief executive Laura Aguirre. “The Blue Zones Project is a movement among movements that provides the tools and resources to support healthier choices. We fully embrace making Hawaii a Blue Zone where our residents live longer, happier, healthier lives.”

Within two branches, Hawaii First employs 21 full-time and three part-time employees. The credit union serves 7,756 members on the Island of Hawaii.

United Nations Official to Address Global Refugee Crisis at UH Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo observes United Nations Day with a public lecture by Robert Skinner, director of the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, October 25 at 2 p.m. in UCB Room 100. Skinner’s talk, entitled “Global Refugee Crisis: Finding a Way Forward,” will focus on the current crisis and discuss UN efforts to mitigate such crises.

Robert Skinner

Robert Skinner

Skinner was appointed to his current position by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on November 9, 2015. He previously held leadership positions in the United Nations Foundation New York Office as executive director and the United States Department of State as deputy spokesperson at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. He was also a public affairs officer for the United States Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

The talk is sponsored by the UNA-USA Hawaiʻi Chapter, the UH Hilo Political Science Department, and the UH Hilo International Student Services & Intercultural Education program.

For more information, contact Dr. Su-Mi Lee at 932-7127 or email sumilee@hawaii.edu.

Hawaii Game Bird Hunting Season for 2016-2017 to Start on November 5

The Department of Land and Natural Resources announces the opening of the 2016-2017 Game Bird Hunting Season on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  Department biologists are predicting a below average season of bird hunting, with lingering drought impacts in many parts of the state.

hawaii-turkeyThe fall game bird hunting season will run through Sunday, January 29, 2017.  A valid hunting license and a game bird stamp are required for all game bird hunting on public and private lands.  All game bird hunting is regulated by Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 13, Chapter 122 (see http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw “Administrative Rules” for all legal hunting days).

ISLAND OF KAUAI

HUNTING UNITS A, B, E, H and I on the island of Kaua‘i will be open for the entire 2016-2017 game bird hunting season.  Game bird hunting will be permitted on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays.  Hunters planning to hunt in Unit I (Wailua Game Management Area) should review the hunting map at either Rice Gate or the Kondo Gate hunter check stations to find out which paddocks will be open to bird hunting.  Wailua GMA maps are also available at the State Office building in Lihu‘e.

HUNTING UNIT J will be open to game bird hunting using archery equipment only during the regular season on weekends, Mondays and State holidays.

New HUNTING UNIT L – formerly WAIMEA HEIGHTS SPECIAL GAME BIRD HUNTING AREA will be open during the regular season on Saturdays and Sundays only.  Access is not allowed thru safety zones surrounding Unit L.  Access from the bottom will be restricted to the Paua valley roadway (Kokee Road checking station) only.  No other makai ingress / egress routes will be permitted.  For more information and maps on the new hunting Unit L, please inquire with the Lihue DOFAW office at 274-3433.

Other PRIVATE LANDS on the island of Kauai are open to game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays, with landowner permission in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

ISLAND OF OAHU

KUAOKALA GMA (UNIT 1) will be open on weekends and State Holidays from November 7, 2015 through January 31, 2016.  Hunters must check in and out of the Kaena Point Satellite Tracking Station Access Road.  Species occurring in this area include ring-necked pheasant (common and blue variety), Erckel’s francolin, black francolin, gray francolin, chukar partridge, barred dove, and spotted dove, with bag limits as listed in Chapter 122, Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.  Hunting of female Ring-Necked Pheasants is allowed, in Kuaokala GMA only, and will count against the listed “Daily Bag Limit” in Ch. 122.  Hunting of peafowl (male and female) is allowed in Kuaokala, no bag limit. HUNTING OF WILD TURKEYS IS STILL PROHIBITED in all public and private hunting areas to allow the population to reach a level suitable for hunting in the future.

MAKUA KEAAU PHA (UNIT2) will be open on weekends and State Holidays.  Species occurring in Makua Keaau include ring-necked pheasant (rare), Erckel’s francolin, barred dove and spotted dove, with bag limits as listed in Chapter 122.

PRIVATE LANDS on the island of Oahu will be open to game bird hunting on weekends and State Holidays in accordance with Chapter 122.

MAUI COUNTY

ISLAND OF MAUI

KULA FOREST RESERVE AND COOPERATIVE LEASE AREA (HUNTING UNIT C) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire season.

Game mammal hunting will be closed within Unit C on legal game bird hunting days.

KAHAKULOA GMA AND WEST MAUI FOREST RESERVE (HUNTING UNIT F) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire season.

Game mammal hunting will be closed within Unit F during the game bird hunting season (November 2016 through January 2017).

ISLAND OF MOLOKAI

MOLOKAI FOREST RESERVE (HUNTING UNITS C, D, AND E) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire season.

For Units C, D and E, game mammal hunting will be closed from November 2016 through January 2017.

ISLAND OF LANAI

COOPERATIVE GMA (UNITS 1, 2, AND 3) will be open for game bird hunting on Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

Special conditions:

  1. Access to Unit 3 will be by the main perimeter roads (“Guard Road” and “No. 57 Road”).
  2. Abandoned field plot roads are closed for safety reasons.

ISLAND OF HAWAII

MAUNA KEA GAME MANAGEMENT AREA AND FOREST RESERVE AND PUU MALI MITIGATION SITE (UNIT A) will be open for game bird hunting Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season. Mammal hunting will be closed in Unit G and A below Tree Line during the legal game bird season as stated in Ch. 123 “Rules Regulating Game Mammal Hunting”.

POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA will be open for game bird hunting, at the direction of the Department of Defense, subject to training schedule.  Hunters are to use the iSportsman website (https://pta.isportsman.net/) for information on hunting days, open areas and access routes.

KAPAPALA RANCH COOPERATIVE GMA AND KAPAPALA FOREST RESERVE will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

PUU WAAWAA  FOREST RESERVE AND PUU ANAHULU, WEST SECTION (UNIT F) – All sections of Puu Waawaa FR, will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.  Vehicles must remain on designated roads to minimize the risk of fire. Maps will be made available at the Puu Waawaa Hunter Check Station and at the DOFAW offices in Hilo and Kamuela. Please leave all gates as they are found due to active cattle ranching in the area.

PUUANAHULU GMA, EAST SECTION will be open for game bird hunting Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season. 

KAOHE GAME MANAGEMENT AREA AND KAOHE MITIGATION SITE (UNIT G) will be open for game bird hunting Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, and State Holidays for the entire game bird season.

KIPUKA AINAHOU will be open for game bird hunting on weekends and State Holidays throughout the game bird hunting season.  A special permit is required, and is available from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife offices in Hilo and Kamuela and at the Puu Huluhulu  or Kaumana Hunter Check Station.  Hunters are to avoid nene geese that are in the area.  Mammal hunting in this area is closed from November 1 through February. Note: Portion of Kipuka Ainahou on Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is no longer open to public hunting.

KAHUA/PONOHOLO RANCH SPECIAL PERMIT AREA will be open for game bird hunting on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) beginning Saturday, December 17, 2016 through Sunday, January 15, 2017. Hunting in the area will be closed on Sunday, December 25, 2016 (Christmas) and Sunday, January 1, 2017 (New Year’s Day).

OPEN:  All other public hunting areas not listed above are open to game bird hunting on weekends and State holidays, November 5, 2016 through January 29, 2017 in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

PRIVATELY OWNED LANDS are open to game bird hunting on weekends, State holidays and Wednesdays – Thursdays for Units A, G, PTA and private lands during the regular game bird season which is November 5, 2016 through January 29, 2017, with landowner permission and in accordance with Chapter 13-122.

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FOR ALL AREAS STATEWIDE:

All game bird hunters should be familiar with Title 13, Chapter 122 “Rules Regulating Game Bird Hunting.”

Hunters will be required to check in and out at established hunter check stations.  First obtain permission from landowners when seeking to hunt on private land.  Prevent wildfires.  DO NOT PARK OR DRIVE IN TALL GRASS OR BRUSH WITHOUT EXPECTING TO START FIRES!  Report fires to 911.

Support wildlife conservation:  Report game law violators to the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement by calling 643-DLNR (-3567).  Further information may be obtained by contacting Division of Forestry & Wildlife offices at the following phone numbers:  Kauai:  274-3433; Oahu:  587-0166; Maui:  984-8100; Molokai:  553-1745; Lanai:  565-7916; Hilo: 974-4221; Kamuela: 887-6063.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 36-Year-Old Woman

UPDATE: Hawaiʻi Island police have located 36-year-old Bobbie Marie Delima of Hilo, who was reported missing.  She was found unharmed Friday morning (October 21) in Hilo.

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 36-year-old Hilo woman who was reported missing.

Bobbie Marie Delima

Bobbie Marie Delima

Bobbie Marie Delima was last seen in Hilo in July 2016.

She is described as 5-foot-2, about 90 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the islandwide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.