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Big Island Artist Parker and Hawaii Island Creations Expand Into Dubai Market

Renowned local artists Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker along with his company’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) based partner, Tiki Style ME have inked a deal with Redondo Beach based Dive N Surf and our very own Honolulu based Hawaii Island Creations (HIC Surf) to expand into the UAE market.

This deal will cover opening of several retail stores under the 2 brand names – Dive N Surf scheduled to open late April 2017 in Kite Beach Dubai. HIC Surf scheduled to open later 3rd quarter 2017. The introduction of the Hawaiian Beach culture is heavily supported by His Excellency Abdulla Alsaboosi – Consul General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Los Angeles who is a frequent vacationer to the Islands and also has deplomatic responsibility of the Pacific Region.

Billy Meistrell – Second Generation Owner of the Brand Dive N Surf signs with Brad Parker

“I look forward to installing mural sized artwork into these high profile stores” commented Brad Tiki Shark Parker “as well as designing a Tiki/Hawaiiana themed line for both Dive N Surf and HIC Surf – Dubai.

“It was 3 years in the making of this historic deal” commented Abbas Hassan – SVP of Global Operations. “It is my pleasure to represent the Island and the Aloha spirit across the globe” he adduced.

“Tiki Shark Art has been a very active and supportive member and we’re so pleased to see their business continue to thrive and grow,” said Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President & CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara. “Artist Brad Parker reflects the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism that is representative of our members. We look forward to continuing to support and partnering with Tiki Shark.”

In keeping with the Dubai culture, the company plans to have a high end and extravagant Grand opening in late April.

Inaugural Maunakea Speakers Series Begins

The Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM), in collaboration with ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy, is launching a new monthly lecture series giving community members unprecedented access to scholars and their knowledge-based work. The Maunakea Speakers Series brings scholars to Hilo to present on diverse subjects including fauna, biodiversity, climate change, botany, geophysics and other topics; all components of the immense resource diversity found on Maunakea.

“Our intent is to provide thought-provoking lectures and presentations while deepening our collective knowledge and understanding of the resources on Maunakea and strengthening educational opportunities —goals we all share,” said OMKM Director Stephanie Nagata.

Birds of Paradise Lost: Evolution, Extinction and Conservation of Hawai‘i’s Birds

The first program under the Maunakea Speaker Series kicks off with a one-hour presentation, Birds of Paradise Lost: Evolution, Extinction and Conservation of Hawaii’s Birds by Dr. Rob Fleischer, Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park. Dr. Fleischer will discuss Hawai‘i’s native birds and how he and his colleagues use DNA methods to study evolutionary relationships, population genetics, diet, and the impacts and mitigation of introduced disease.

Dr. Fleischer’s Smithsonian research involves application of DNA and genetic analyses to studies in conservation, evolution and animal behavior. His research often focuses on the use of DNA and genetics to document changes in genetic variation and to study the evolutionary interactions between hosts, vectors and infectious disease organisms (such as introduced avian malaria in native Hawaiian birds).

The Birds of Paradise Lost presentation will be held on Thursday, February 9 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the UH Hilo Science & Technology Building auditorium (Room 108) and is free and open to interested community members. On-campus parking is available without charge.

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation in partnership with the Office of Maunakea Management, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center and the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. For more information visit malamamaunakea.org or call 808-933-0734.

Speed Limit to Increase 60 MPH on Portions of Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road)

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be replacing speed limit signs on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway (also known as Saddle Road) beginning Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Approximately 70 new speed limit signs will reflect an increase in speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph. The increased speed limit takes effect Feb. 7 from mile post 11.88 on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway to its intersection with Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190).

“I listened to my constituents who asked for a speed limit change on the Daniel K. Inouye Highway and I am pleased we were able to make it happen for the people of Hawaii County,” said State Senator Lorraine Inouye, Senate Transportation Committee Chair.

Motorists are required to follow the posted speed limit, which remains 40 mph at the Pohakuloa Training Area and 45 mph between mile post 19.57 and 20. A gradual decrease in speed approaching the intersection with Mamalahoa Highway (Route 190) will also remain in place.

Crews will work from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the shoulder lanes starting from the west, or Kona, side of Daniel K. Inouye Highway moving towards Hilo. No lane closures are anticipated as part of the sign replacements.

All speed limit signs in areas affected by the increase should be replaced within a week, weather permitting.

HDOT is coordinating with the Hawaii Police Department on this speed limit increase.

Hawaiian Air Line Pilots Reach Preliminary Contract Agreement

The Hawaiian Airlines Master Executive Council (HAL MEC) met today to consider changes to our PWA that have been negotiated by our pilot group’s Negotiating Committee, assisted by ALPA’s professional negotiators, financial advisors and benefits experts.

Hawaiian Air line Pilots reach preliminary contract agreement

We are pleased to announce that we have reached an Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) with Hawaiian Airlines that is subject to completion of a few parts of remaining contract language. The MEC resolution passed today, by a 3-1 vote, is attached to this message.

We believe that remaining language will only take a few days to complete. As soon as that happens, the MEC will reconvene to formally consider the merits of the tentative agreement (TA). If approved by the MEC, we will ask each active member to participate in the democratic process of our Union and decide whether it deserves ratification.

Before that, please know that there will be plenty of time to read the actual draft contract language, attend presentations that cover all changes, ask questions and get them answered, and then cast your vote. There will be no rush.

MEC members are already receiving calls, texts, emails and questions. It’s clear from many of these that facts are in very short supply. We urge everyone to wait until you have clear facts, the chance to ask questions and get them answered, and the opportunity for our pilot group to have respectful discussions and make our collective decision.

In the meantime, and to make sure that basic facts are known, you should be aware of a few key facts. Other less significant improvements and changes also deserve your attention and will be explained later.

  • The final agreement is much improved from the offer that the Company communicated to you in November;
  • Pay rates have been substantially improved and represent the competitive market for pilots and recent contract settlements. If a tentative agreement is approved and ratified:

o   12-year A330 Captain rates will be $290 on the date of signing, increase to $300 in 2017, and reach $337 in the last year of the PWA;

o   12-year B767 Captain rates will be $240 on the date of signing, increase to $250 in 2017, and reach $281 in the last year of the PWA;

o   12-year A321 Captain rates will be $235 on the date of signing, increase to $245 in 2017, and reach $275 in the last year of the PWA;

o   12-year B717 Captain rates will be $210 on the date of signing, increase to $220 in 2017, and reach $247 in the last year of the PWA.

  • The First Officer percentage of Captain’s pay (the “FO slope”) will increase immediately.
  • All HA pilots will receive very substantial ratification bonus payments consistent with industry rates that would have been in place for the equipment each of us has flown since the amendable date of the contract.
  • Our trip rig has been significantly enhanced (3.5:1) to provide more pay and credit for inefficient pairings.
  • An average min day (Minimum Flight Grouping Credit) has been established that provides pay and credit for inefficient trips.
  • Recurrent training pay and credit has been increased.
  • Retiree health benefits have been monetized and secured by a VEBA trust like the one that exists for our LTD benefits. That means that our retiree health benefits will continue to be industry leading, and be protected against merger or Company economic downturns.

Your unity and support have made this accomplishment possible, and we look forward to sharing full details with you in the near future.  Until then we urge you to avoid speculation, be skeptical of rumors, and continue to do the outstanding work you do each day.

HAL MEC