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Hawaii Teachers May Plan Trips and Serve as Chaperones with Private Tour Companies

The Hawaii State Ethics Commission announced it reached an agreement with HSTA regarding teachers serving as chaperones on school-related trips. Under the agreement, teachers may continue to plan trips and serve as chaperones with private tour companies.

This morning the Hawaii State Ethics Commission (Ethics Commission) announced it reached an agreement with the Hawaii State Teachers Association regarding teachers serving as chaperones on school-related trips. Under the agreement, teachers may continue to plan trips and serve as chaperones with private tour companies. However, this is subject to Board of Education policies.

Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi issued the following statement regarding the agreement.

Teachers work hard to create these educational opportunities that go beyond the classroom. For many of our students, these trips are the first time they’ve traveled beyond their communities. We’re pleased about this news and look forward to working with the Board of Education in creating clear guidance for our schools to ensure these trips meet the requirements of the Ethics Commission.

Kamokuna Lava Delta Collapse Also Takes Part of Old Sea Cliff

The rocky shelf at the base of the sea cliff is all that remains of the Kamokuna lava delta following the New Year’s Eve collapse (Dec. 31, 2016), which sent acres of rock plunging into the sea.

The exposed lava tube continued to feed a cascade of molten rock down the steep sea cliff, beginning the process of building another lava delta at the ocean entry, as this photo was taken on Jan. 1, 2017.

When the lava delta collapsed, solid and molten fragments of lava and superheated steam exploded skyward, creating tremendous hazard for anyone who ignored the warning signs and entered the closed area on land or ventured too close to the lava delta by boat.

This map shows the coastline at the Kamokuna lava entry on Kīlauea Volcano, with labels denoting areas impacted by the large, progressive lava-delta collapse on December 31, 2016. Nearly all the Kamokuna lava delta collapsed into the sea, along with a large section of the older sea cliff east of the delta. The red line denotes the current (post-collapse) sea cliff; the land seaward of this line collapsed into the ocean. The blue line refers to the rope line that marks the boundary of the area closed by the National Park Service; a section of this rope line was taken out by the collapse on Saturday. These mapped lines, based on handheld GPS points captured on January 1, 2017, are preliminary and subject to change (HVO geologists are in the field again today). For up-to-date information about access to the new ocean entry viewing area, please consult the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Hawaiʻi County websites.

Hokulea Reaches Colon, Panama and Prepares for Historic Canal Crossing

Thirteen days since departing Key West, iconic sailing canoe Hokulea arrived yesterday in Colon, Panama, a seaport located by the Caribbean Sea near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. The crew will spend the next two to three days preparing for their historic crossing through the 48-mile isthmus of Panama. Upon completion of the waterway, Hokulea will arrive in Balboa to re-enter the Pacific Ocean for the first time in nearly two years.

“It’ll surely be a sight to see Hokulea travel through the Panama Canal,” said pwo navigator and Hokulea captain, Bruce Blankenfeld. “Like Hokulea, the Panama Canal brings international communities together and serves as a bridge between the Atlantic and the Pacific.”

The Panama Canal has been an international landmark for over 100 years. The unique geography of Panama has allowed for increased international trade, fortifying international relations through modern technology. The canal continues on a new purpose with the passage of Hokulea, where both the vessel and its mission to share a message of caring for Island Earth will travel through the stretch of man-made waterway.

It will take the crew about two days to make their way from Colon to Balboa through the canal. With her return to the Pacific as an ancestral homecoming, Hokulea will continue with the mission of engaging with local communities worldwide before she reaches Hawaii.  The canoe will make stops in the Galapagos Islands, Rapa Nui and French Polynesia. Hokulea will conclude her Worldwide Voyage with a historic homecoming at Magic Island on June 17, 2017.

UH Hilo Announces Fall Dean’s Lists

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Business and Economics received Dean’s List recognition for Fall 2016:

Eva Abraham, Amerfil Grace Acob, Caitlin Aiona, Yesica Avendano-Villanueva, Irine Diane Bautista, Andrew Bayang, Peter Betham, Courtney Ann Brock, Summer Burns, Marson Cabay, Kyan Catton, Claire Cea, Kadey Chambless, Lexi Dalmacio, Lorena Dela Cruz,

Jhoanne Domingo, Cayla Michelle Esposo, Charles Fernandez, Manuel Fernandez, Mackenzie Foley, Kai Anthony Gaitley, Francine Andrei Gallego, Darcy Gaylord, Jordan Hart, Lara Hughes, Janine Iseri, Aisha Izuno, Jordan Kamimura, Nicholas Kaya, Cherilyn Kelii,

Zoe Kimura, Kimberlee Kitano, Jessica Kolish, Kiera Kua-Ramirez, Chelsey Lai, Marissa Lai, Stephanie Letro, Anna Liu, Xiaoting Liu, Samantha Lord, Cheyenne Losalio, Kainoa Lyman, Victoria Magana Ledesma, Nicholas Martin, Seth Master, Emily Masutomi, Dilrae Mechol, Xianbin Meng, Raeann Mukini, Wyatt Nelson, Neon Nishimura, Adora Omodt, Adam Onishi, Jazzle Paraiso,

Uookjin Park, Robert Parks, Jan Paulo Pascual, Nicole Perea, Leannka Rigby, Alicia Rodriguez, Nicole Saito, Annika Schulz, Ang Sheng, Vaclav Slezak, Danielle Stover, Erin Swain, Jubylen Teehee, Jade Thomas, Ryan Torio, Calvin Uemura, Onosa’i Va’a, Maria Vicente, Kinsey Volkart, Travis Winters, Tahiya Zaman, and Yuye Zhao.

The following students from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2016 fall semester:

Class of 2020
Joshua Dillon, Amelia Furlan, Mary Lui, Stacey Nguyen, Felix Rasgo, Robyn Rector, Shaina Saiki, Reid Shimada, Thi Hong Vo, Brandi Chun, Jensine Melody Domingo, Jhoana Paula Gonzales, Jared Toba, Jarin Miyamoto, Tony Moua, Su Hyon Kwon, Courtney Elam, Tracy Lopez, Johnny Tran, Brooke Zarriello, Brent Ocker, Thuy-Mi Tran, Joseph Tanchevski, David Cao, Anna Claire Masuda, Kamala Lizama, Stacie Waiamau, Taumie Richie, Kelsey Trujillo, Andrew Nguyen, Taylor Hori, Logan Abney, Tyler Peterson, Charles Slusher, Wilson Datario

Class of 2019
Tyler Millar, Rachel Randall, Ashley Uehara, Nancy Wong, Carrie Yeung, David Pham, Preston Ho, Kara Paulachak, Gam Phan, Rene-Scott Chavez, Tyler Hirokawa, Kate Malasig, Nicholas Tsoi, Vance Hill, Jennifer Nguyen, Veronica Wong, Deniz Bicakci, Samantha Gonzalez, Kevin Lei, Athena Borhauer, Torrence Ching, Katrina Downey, Veronica Morales Colon, Shannon Trinh, Clement Tran Tang, Leigh Heffner

Class of 2018
Cierra Gauvin, Kerri Nakatsu, Carli Owan, Lauren Skorheim, Quan Truong, Goody Cacal, Sara Evanko, Kelli Goo, Macie Kim, Vicky Nguyen, Lauren Sato, Paolo Vinh Tuan Truong, Tram Le, John James Taman, Ciara Butts, Robby-Sean Cayetano, Karen Christian, Jui-Yu Kao, Andrew Skorheim, Caroline Rhee, XuanLam Le, Joann Phan, Seungyeun Yoo, Ha Tran, Krystle Kiyuna, Niaz Nafisi, Mari Takushi, Candace Woo, Chelsea Aipoalani, Mathew Eng, Niko Pogorevcnik, Katherine Post, Jennifer Fujio, Jonathan Kataoka, Jessica Penaranda, Erik Ferreira, Katrina Kutter, Miyuki Miller, Zebedee Walpert, Phuong Nguyen, Tiffany Alberg, Nicolette Lew, Marina Ortiz, Christopher Nakagawa, Jessica Lee, Tran Pham, Joshua Belcher, Jane Choi, Megan Olaguer, Cindy Khamphaphanh

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawai’i ma Hilo koleke ‘o Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha ‘oi no ke kau Ha’ulelau 2016:
(The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester):

Jainine Abraham, Destanie Alayon, Zion Apao, Laura Birse, Christopher Chow, Sophie Dolera, Kameron Ho, Bridgette Ige, Kiana Kamala, Alana Kanahele, Ashley Nakoa-Kawahakui, Alana Paiva, Isaac Pang, Moananuimaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld, Kainalu Steward, Tema’u Teikitekahioho-Wolff, Vanessa Winchester-Sye,

Joshua Bass, Ramzen Coakley, Angelica Durante, Roberta Gaskin, Ezra Grace, Karise Hallsten, Yukako Iha, Mary Kealaiki, Shoichi Kitaguchi, Hyesun Kong, Ana Methuselah, Risako Mise, Haruka Miura, Lauren Mizuba, Sarah Rafferty, Josiane Saccu, Trevor Slevin, Gin Tezuka, and Ryotaro Toshima

Closure of Honokohau Small Boat Harbor Mauka Ramp to Start January 30 for Installation of New Loading Docks

A capital improvement project for the Honokohau Small Boat Harbor mauka boat ramp is scheduled to begin on January 30, 2017, that will include the removal of both concrete loading docks and installation of new loading docks with new plastic lumber fendering and cleats. The project has been contracted to Isemoto Contracting and will cost $562,700.

The ramp will be closed until the improvement project is completed, estimated by March 30, 2017.  During the closure boaters will need use alternative launching sites. Boaters should coordinate with the Hawaii district boating staff for alternate launching sites during the closure.

This project will help improve user safety and provide additional boating access for recreational and commercial vessel operators.  The Honokohau Small Boat Harbor mauka boat ramp loading docks are structurally deteriorated due to spalling of the concrete and corrosion of the steel reinforcement.  The loading dock on the mauka side of the loading dock has been condemned for several years due to structural instability.  The makai loading dock has similar structural deficiencies, although not as severe.

New Map Shows Collapsed Section of Lava Viewing Area

This map shows the coastline at the Kamokuna lava entry on Kīlauea Volcano, with labels denoting areas impacted by the large, progressive lava-delta collapse on December 31, 2016. Nearly all the Kamokuna lava delta collapsed into the sea, along with a large section of the older sea cliff east of the delta.

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The red line denotes the current (post-collapse) sea cliff; the land seaward of this line collapsed into the ocean. The blue line refers to the rope line that marks the boundary of the area closed by the National Park Service; a section of this rope line was taken out by the collapse on Saturday. These mapped lines, based on handheld GPS points captured on January 1, 2017, are preliminary and subject to change (HVO geologists are in the field again today). For up-to-date information about access to the new ocean entry viewing area, please consult the Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Hawaiʻi County websites.

Securities Commissioner Orders Leilani Embernate and Joycelyn Embernate to Cease and Desist

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Commissioner of Securities issued a preliminary order to cease and desist and notice of right to hearing against Leilani Embernate, Joycelyn Embernate, and their financial consulting company, Twin Stars of the Pacific, Inc. (Respondents), for violating state securities laws.

The order asserts that, in March 2008, the Respondents solicited a Big Island resident to invest in a real estate development project they were planning, promising a 7 percent interest return after a year and a half. As a result, the Hawaii resident invested $100,000.00.

Leilani Embernate and Joycelyn Embernate are accused of failing to disclose to the investor that the funds would be used to pay back a previous investor; to make a “loan” to one of Leilani Embernate’s businesses; and, for telephone, credit card, and insurance payments. The real estate development project never came to fruition and the Hawaii investor remains unpaid.

State securities laws include anti-fraud provisions, requiring both securities and persons soliciting or transacting securities to be registered with the DCCA’s Securities Compliance Branch.  The order asserts that the Respondents violated these anti-fraud provisions by employing deceptive schemes and devices to perpetuate fraud.  It further alleges that the investment they sold to the investor was an unregistered security.

The order seeks $50,000.00 in penalties in addition to a permanent injunction against Leilani Embernate and Joycelyn Embernate from transacting securities in the state, rescission, and a refund to the investor.

The DCCA took previous action against Leilani Embernate in 2012, revoking both her mortgage solicitor’s license and real estate license. Joycelyn Embernate’s mortgage solicitor license was terminated in 2009, and she forfeited her real estate license in 2012.

Anyone who has been solicited by or transacted securities or investment-related business with Leilani Embernate, Joycelyn Embernate, or Twin Stars of the Pacific, or who may otherwise have information regarding this matter is urged to contact the DCCA’s Securities Enforcement Branch (SEB) at 808-586-2740 or toll free at 1-877- HI-SCAMS.

The SEB receives and investigates complaints regarding potential violations of Hawaii securities laws and prosecutes securities fraud as well as other securities law violations.

Securities Enforcement Branch:

  • Oahu (808) 586-2740
  • Kauai: (808) 274-3141, followed by 62740 and the # sign
  • Maui: (808) 984-2400, followed by 62740 and the # sign
  • Hawaii: (808) 974-4000, followed by 62740 and the # sign
  • Lanai and Molokai: 1-800-468-4644 (toll free), followed by 62740 and the # sign
  • Email: seb@dcca.hawaii.gov

 

New Coastal Lava Viewing Area Opens in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Park rangers opened a newly established lava viewing area at the Kamokuna ocean entry in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park today, following a two-day closure caused by a large lava delta collapse on New Year’s Eve.

New lava cascade at Kamokuna in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Monday, January 2. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

The new viewing area is approximately 900 feet east of a cascade of lava pouring into the ocean, and about 60 feet inland of the coastal cliffs. Rangers, in conjunction with USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists, thoroughly assessed the area, and established the new viewing site with white rope lines and numerous signs that clearly mark hazardous closed areas.

Visitors are strongly urged to stay out of closed areas and heed all posted warning signs and park rangers.

Visitors who do not heed warnings not only endanger themselves but the lives of others, including our park rangers, who work tirelessly to ensure a safe visitor experience,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Visitors begin the five-mile hike to Kamokuna shortly after the park opened the lava viewing area on Tuesday, January 3. Today marks the 34th anniversary of the eruption of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent on Kīlauea, the source of the lava flows going into the ocean today. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

After the delta collapse on New Year’s Eve, a group of five visitors ignored rangers and warning signs and slipped beneath the white rope lines into a closed area at the coast. Two park rangers had to chase after them, and made them turn around – 15 minutes before the area they were standing on collapsed into the ocean.

In addition to the threat of another land collapse, the toxic plume of volcanic particles and acidic gas generated by lava mixed with ocean water is very dangerous, and irritates the lungs, skin and eyes. Land collapses, which trigger tsunami-like waves, and the toxic gas plume, are also a serious threat to aircraft and boats. There is currently a 1,000-foot above-ground-level temporary flight restriction at Kamokuna.

HVO scientists estimate that nearly all of the 26-acre lava delta is now gone, along with more than four acres of older coastal cliff area, which included the former lava viewing site. The collapse on New Year’s Eve started in the afternoon and lasted several hours, creating blasts of volcanic rock and a series of damaging waves, in addition to a thick, dark plume of debris and gas.

It is closer from the east entrance to reach the new lava viewing area within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. From the east, or Kalapana/County of Hawai‘i side, visitors must hike about 4.2 miles one way along the gravel emergency access road. This entrance is open daily from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. From the park, or west side, visitors can hike out from the Coastal Ranger Station at the end of Chain of Craters Road, about five miles one-way. About one mile of the hike goes inland of the gas plume over hardened, uneven lava flows. The park entrance is open 24 hours a day.

Hikers need to be prepared for a long trek. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots, gloves to protect the hands, and long pants to protect against lava rock abrasions.  Carry plenty of water (three to four quart/liters per person). Wear sunblock, sunglasses and a hat. Visitors who plan to stay after dark need a flashlight and/or headlight with extra batteries.

For hiking tips, visit the park website https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/upload/Hiking-Tips.pdf. For County of Hawai‘i Lava Viewing information, call (808) 430-1966. For the latest eruption updates, visit the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory website: http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/activity/kilaueastatus.php. Monitor air quality at http://www.hawaiiso2network.com/.