Temporary Residential Tire Amnesty Collection Program Now in Effect

County of Hawaii’s continues “Fight the Bite!” campaign efforts at the onset of wet season

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration recently reported that this year’s wet season probabilities are favoring near to above average rainfall through next spring.  Because rain water can collect in spare tires and create mosquito breeding environments, the County of Hawaii is encouraging tire clean up in our communities. The County of Hawaii Department of Environmental Management is now accepting tires at full-service transfer stations (those that are open seven days of the week) for the month of November only.  For more information on the Wet Season Outlook, click on the following link: NOAA Media Advisory.

mosquito-biteThis temporary tire amnesty program is an addition to ongoing, proactive mosquito control efforts managed by the recently staffed County Vector Control team that sprays and conducts surveys at County facilities on a regular basis.

For this new program, Hawaii Island households may bring in up to four (4) passenger vehicle, motorcycle or ATV tires to any of the County of Hawai‘i Solid Waste Division’s Recycling & Transfer Stations which are open on a seven (7) day per week basis, during normal operating hours, see below.

Transfer Station Location Hours of Collection                   
Hāwī Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hilo Daily 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Honoka‘a Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kea‘au Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kealakehe Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Keauhou Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Pāhoa Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Waimea Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wai‘ōhinu Daily 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For directions to the locations listed above please click on the following link: Map and Directions to County of Hawaii Solid Waste Facilities

Customers should locate the Solid Waste Facility Attendant (SWFA) on duty (they will have a fluorescent safety vest on) and advise the SWFA that they have acceptable tires for recycling, the SWFA will instruct the customer where to properly place the tires.  Tires dropped off before or after normal operating hours will be considered illegal dumping.

In order to fairly serve the public and ensure that one customer doesn’t overload the site and unnecessarily prevent other customers from participating in the temporary collection, there is a 4 (acceptable) tire limit per day per vehicle. Tires should be empty of any liquids, dirt or any other foreign material before bringing them in for disposal.

Tires from businesses, commercial haulers, non-profits or farms; including industrial tires (e.g. backhoe, tractor, forklift & etc.) will not be accepted.  Businesses, commercial haulers, non-profits or farms can contact Hawai‘i County Civil Defense for options to dispose of their tires.

This Fight the Bite Temporary Residential Tire Amnesty Collection Program may be extended if conditions warrant.

For more information on ways you can “Fight the Bite” go to the State of Hawai‘i Department of Health information website: fightthebitehawaii.com

Hawaii Police Department Announces Promotions

hpd-badgeChief Harry S. Kubojiri has announced upcoming promotions of five employees from the rank of police officer to the rank of sergeant/detective:

  • Sergeant Erich D. Jackson, a 10-year veteran of the Hawaiʻi Police Department, will be assigned to the South Kohala District. He is currently assigned to Kona Patrol.
  • Sergeant Bryan I. R. Tina, a 10-year-veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Puna District. He now works as a school resource officer in Hilo.
  • Detective Pernell E. Hanoa, an 11-year veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Criminal Investigations Section in Kona. His current assignment is in the Kaʻū District.
  • Detective Brandon K. Mansur, an 8-year veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area II Juvenile Aid Section in Kona. He is now assigned to Kona Patrol.
  • Detective Bobbie-Jo K. Sagon, an 11-year-veteran of the Police Department, will be assigned to the Area I Criminal Investigations Section in Hilo. She is currently assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Unit.

The promotions take effect on November 16.

Marquee Brands Acquires Body Glove®

Marquee Brands LLC announced today that it has acquired the Body Glove® brand and related intellectual property assets from Body Glove International.

Established in Redondo Beach, California in 1953, by twin brothers Bob and Bill Meistrell, Body Glove has grown into one of the most revered and treasured outdoor sports brands across global markets and a wide array of lifestyle product categories. From its humble beginnings as a pioneer in wetsuit technology to a history steeped in surf and adventure, generation after generation continue to make Body Glove a staple both in and out of the water.

Pro Surfer Jamie O'Brien in front of the Body Glove Boat in Kona.

Pro Surfer Jamie O’Brien in front of the Body Glove Boat in Kona.

“Adding to Marquee’s portfolio of heritage brands, Body Glove represents what great brands are all about. While the brand is already ubiquitous and wildly successful, the opportunity to further expand its global footprint is at the core of our focus,” said Michael DeVirgilio, president of Marquee Brands. “There is tremendous growth ahead for Body Glove to develop new product categories that cater to a consumer that embraces life, the outdoors and an active lifestyle.”

The Meistrell family will retain a minority interest in the Body Glove brand and remain partners in the future growth of the brand. In addition to its New York headquarters and London design office, Marquee Brands will also be opening a west coast office to support the Body Glove brand management and marketing teams.

Members of the Body Glove family celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Body Glove in Kona a few years ago.

Members of the Body Glove family celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Body Glove in Kona a few years ago.

“Body Glove presents us with both the opportunity to, and responsibility for, Marquee to be stewards for the future of this American treasure. Whether it’s the California vibe or the excitement of outdoor sports, Body Glove has never been beholden to styles and trends and remains an evergreen brand with its best years ahead.” stated Cory M. Baker, chief operating officer of Marquee Brands. “We’re grateful to be entrusted with the confidence of the Meistrell family to further build Body Glove in the U.S. and around the world.”

Body Glove is the third investment for Marquee Brands, following its acquisition of Italian luxury brand Bruno Magli® and British fashion brand Ben Sherman®.  As one of the most well capitalized brand acquisition and management companies in the space, Marquee will remain highly acquisitive as it builds its brand portfolio.

“We are very proud of the brands we have acquired at Marquee and remain committed to building a diversified global portfolio. Our large committed capital base continues to position us well to execute our acquisition strategy moving forward.  Body Glove is our first acquisition in the Active and Outdoor sector which will continue to be a focus area for Marquee moving forward.” said Zachary Sigel, of Neuberger Berman and director of Marquee Brands.

Marquee Brands was advised by Jane Goldstein and Jacob Silberberg of Ropes & Gray LLP, as well as Kindal Kreamer, associate general counsel, and Christian Neira, general counsel, of Neuberger Berman Private Equity.

About Marquee Brands

Marquee Brands is a brand acquisition, licensing and development company. Sponsored by Neuberger Berman Private Equity, a business of Neuberger Berman, one of the world’s leading employee-owned investment managers, Marquee Brands targets high quality brands with strong consumer awareness and long-term growth potential. Marquee Brands seeks to identify brands in various consumer product segments with the goal of expanding their reach across retail channel, geography and product category while preserving the brand heritage and enhancing the ultimate consumer experience. Through its global team of professionals and partners, Marquee Brands monitors trends and markets in order to grow and manage brands in partnership with retailers, licensees and manufacturers through engaging, impactful marketing and strategic planning. www.marqueebrands.com

About Neuberger Berman

Neuberger Berman, founded in 1939, is a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager. The firm manages equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for institutions and advisors worldwide. With offices in 19 countries, Neuberger Berman’s team is more than 1,900 professionals and the company was named by Pensions & Investments as a Best Place to Work in Money Management for three consecutive years. Tenured, stable and long-term in focus, the firm fosters an investment culture of fundamental research and independent thinking. It manages $255 billion in client assets as of September 30, 2016. For more information, please visit our website at www.nb.com.

UH Hilo Announces Night Photography Classes

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo announces classes in night photography with award-winning landscape photographer Michelle Shuey. Sessions will be held on the main campus Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at a location to be announced and will include a field trip. Tuition is $75 and includes transportation.

Kīlauea aglow from its summit crater is visible from Kulanaokuaiki Campground.  NPS Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Kīlauea aglow from its summit crater is visible from Kulanaokuaiki Campground. NPS Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Shuey, a member of the UH Hilo Geography and Environmental Science faculty, will teach participants how to manipulate a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera to take captivating night photos. The classes will focus on basic camera techniques and settings used for long exposure photos, and taking photographs at various locations, with possible venues including Hilo town, Hilo Bay, Coconut Island, Mauna Kea, and the night-time glow from Halema`uma`u crater, weather permitting.

Students are responsible for providing their own DSLR or mirrorless camera, a remote shutter release, and tripod. To register and for more information, contact CCECS at 932-7830 or email ccecs@hawaii.edu.