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TETRABRAZIL Coaches to Return for Second Big Island Camp

The TETRABRAZIL Coaches are here for another week instructing a TETRABRAZIL OUTDOOR CAMP. Since the current running TETRABRAZIL CAMP is successful, we are proud to announce that the 3 Futsal Coaches from BRAZIL are here on Hawaii Island for another week of Brazilian style training.

They will be heading to Maui next week then returning to Hilo!! We will welcome Coach Bruno Conteville, Coach Sergio Morales, and Coach Victor for a second camp.

So far the camp is filling up as expected with the TETRABRAZIL program and looking to be an awesome week of Soccer. The TETRABRAZIL OUTDOOR CAMP combines traditional Brazilian technical practices with the flair, passion, and creativity of South American soccer.

The TetraBrazil curriculum has been designed by an organization of professional soccer educators in Brazil to provide teams, coaches and players in Hawaii with the same expert level of training received by the Professional Brazilian Clubs.

Campers will warm up to samba music, learn Portuguese phrases and discover what it is like to grow up in a country where playing soccer is treated like a religion with the background of Hawaii Island and Buddy Perry Soccer Fields.

  • Where: Buddy Perry Soccer Fields, Keaau HI (Shipman Park)
  • When: June 19-23
  • Cost: Half Day Development  Ages 6-9  9am-12pm  $125, Half Day Advanced  Ages 9-14  9am-12pm  $125, Full Day  Ages 6-14  9am-4pm  $170

Attorney General Doug Chin and Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Steve Levins Demand U.S. DOE Help Hawaii Students Victimized by For-Profit Schools

Attorney General Doug Chin and Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Steve Levins joined 18 other state attorneys general in demanding that the U.S. Department of Education end long delays in its program to cancel federal student loans for thousands of students in Hawaii victimized by predatory for-profit colleges.Former Corinthian Colleges Inc. students are experiencing delays in review and approval of their loan cancelation applications. About 27,000 students nationwide who have already been approved for loan forgiveness have yet to see their loans discharged. Some students are nearing the end of 12-month forbearances on their loans, and face restarting monthly payments on debts that should be canceled.

Attorney General Chin said, “Students here in Hawaii have already been hurt by these for-profit colleges. The federal government should be protecting them promptly.”

In a letter sent yesterday to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Chin urged the U.S. Department of Education to review the mounting applications and work to timely finalize the discharge of loans where forgiveness has already been approved. The letter was joined by 19 state attorneys general.

The letter presses DeVos to provide information on what the department is doing to rectify the growing backlog of applications, and to provide a timeframe for discharge of the student debt. In addition, since the U.S. Department of Education has already determined that these students are eligible for loan forgiveness, the letter urges DeVos to abandon the application process and automatically discharge all eligible loans.

After intense scrutiny by various government entities, for-profit Corinthian Colleges abruptly ceased operations in 2015. Corinthian owned and operated Heald College campuses in Hawaii.

The U.S. Department of Education found that while it was operating, Corinthian made widespread misrepresentations between 2010 and 2014 about post-graduation employment rates for certain programs at its campuses.

About 2,474 residents who attended programs at Corinthian schools received a letter in April explaining that they are eligible for streamlined federal student loan cancelation based on the U.S. Department of Education’s findings. The students were directed to fill out a short application for the U.S. Department of Education.

The Hawaii students were notified as part of a bipartisan effort by 47 attorneys general across the country to inform more than 100,000 former Corinthian students that they are eligible for streamlined loan cancelation.

“Relieving these hard-working Americans of their fraud-induced student debt will free them to participate more fully in their local economies, or even continue their educations with reputable schools,” the letter explains.

Hokulea and Hikianalia Approach Hawaiian Waters, Nearing Home

Legendary voyaging canoes Hokulea and Hikianalia are approaching the Hawaiian Islands after three years at sea.

Given that Hokulea and Hikianalia are dependent on nature, a two week window was created to ensure the canoes arrive on time to meet the love, support and aloha of Hawaii. The two-week window also allows crewmembers to visit three very special sacred sites in Hawaii: Kahoolawe, Kalaupapa and Kualoa. There, the crew will pay respect to the culture, environment, history and heritage.

These sites will be the last ports of the Worldwide Voyage and act as the final permission that allows Hokulea to come home and finish the epic voyage.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet jokes with members of the Hokule’a Crew following the Earth Blessing and Consecration of the Hokule’a and the World Wide Voyage.

Hokulea was launched from Kualoa; on the return leg of her maiden voyage, from Tahiti to Hawaii, the first place she anchored back in Hawaii was at Kalaupapa. These are spiritual and deeply important places for all people in Hawaii and Hokulea crewmembers will be paying respect to them with a private ceremony.

Hokulea has not been in Hawaiian waters since the journey’s launch in May 2014. One of the many extraordinary aspects of the Worldwide Voyage is the opportunity it provided to train the next generation of navigators. “Succession is part of the mission and we are so proud,” says Nainoa Thompson, pwo navigator and president of Polynesian Voyaging Society. “We made a promise to the next generation that we would train them to be able to navigate these canoes in the future.”

Thousands of people have been working over a year to celebrate the completion of the worldwide voyage. Hokulea will be welcomed home to Oahu on June 17 at Magic Island, with a grand public celebration and ceremony followed by community Hoolaulea later in the day.  The Malama Honua Fair and Summit, held at the Hawaii Convention Center, will extend the celebration through June 20.

Hawaii Becomes the First State to Align with the Paris Agreement!

Several Hawaii House representatives joined their colleagues from the Senate, State Administration and all four Counties today to support Gov. David Ige signing two environmental bills into law.

HB 1578, which establishes the Carbon Farming Task Force, and SB 559, which aligns Hawaii with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris climate accord, are now law.

Following President Donald J. Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement last week, Hawaii is now the first state to enact laws to officially support the agreement.

“With today’s bill signings, Hawaii is all in – joining the world’s leaders, cities across the nation, businesses and individuals in combatting climate change threats, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leading the way towards a more sustainable future,” said House Vice Speaker Rep. Della A. Belatti (Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa). “The House believes that developing stronger renewable energy and sustainable farming policies is not only the right thing to do, it will also help create jobs and develop clean industries that are critical to the future of our island home.”

Rep. Chris Lee (Kailua, Waimanalo) was one of the introducers of House Bill 1578 and said the bill establishes a process for local farmers to receive carbon credit dollars for agricultural practices that sequester carbon dioxide.

“It’s important to commit to addressing climate change, but it’s even more important that we actually take meaningful action,” said Lee, Chair of the Energy & Environmental Protection Committee. “These bills ensure local industries continue to reduce emissions and empower local farmers for sequestering carbon.”

Man Dies From Accident Last Month in Kaū

A single vehicle accident on (May 6) in Kaū, resulted in the driver being ejected from the vehicle. The victim has been identified as Jonathan A.K. Brown (M-31) who was taken to Kona Hospital and later transported to Queen’s Hospital in critical condition.

Notification was received yesterday from the Oʻahu Medical facility that the victim had passed away on (May 22).

Police are also conducting an investigation into the vehicle which was reported stolen prior to the accident.

This is the 18th fatality this year as compared to 10 fatalities this same time last year.

New Study Investigates Whether Oysters Can Be Used for Ecosystem Enhancement in Pearl Harbor

Taking a cue from the successful impact of oysters on water quality in places like the East Coast’s Chesapeake Bay, the DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) and Kualoa Ranch are conducting a study to see how oysters might positively impact the water of Oahu’s iconic Pearl Harbor.

Crassostrea gigas oyster

Pearl Harbor once supported abundant native oyster populations (Pinctada radiada) and an introduced species (Crassostrea virginica) in 1860’s-1920’s. It is the largest natural estuary in Hawai‘i, and historically has been an important fishery and breeding area for many species of fish and other forms of aquatic life, including oysters.  Excessive dredge harvesting during the times of the Hawaiian Monarchy and sediment-laden runoff from changing land-use during the mid-1900’s severely comprised the oyster settlement capability and survival.  Modern day challenges for oyster survival in the bay include the accumulated sediments, petrochemicals and heavy metals.

Commercial production of oysters from Pearl Harbor for consumption is not a goal but oysters can contribute a substantial ecological/revitalization value to their habitat. They remove microorganisms and nutrients from the water column and improve water clarity and light penetration for other species to thrive and help to prevent oxygen depletion. The use of oysters for bioremediation has had a positive impact in Chesapeake Bay and other areas with water quality problems on the U. S. mainland, but has not been evaluated in Pearl Harbor due in part to competing uses.

This project is investigating the use of oysters as a bioremediation tool to improve water quality and to rejuvenate the ecosystem in Pearl Harbor.  It will do this by providing data on water quality, growth rates, and the possible bioaccumulation of various chemicals, such as PCBs, and selected metals in the oyster’s tissue.

Dr. Bruce Anderson, DAR administrator, designed the floating cages that were assembled to support the oysters while they grow.  The U.S. Navy is providing access to this area in the harbor as well as coordination with our operations to afford this opportunity for study, The same cages are used at Moli‘i fish pond at Kualoa Ranch, where Anderson has teamed with ranch owner John Morgan to grow oysters for public consumption.

Anderson said, “The cages are made of coated steel wire mesh with ends consisting of simple plastic bucket covers. Inside each cage is a 4 inch diameter float which keeps it suspended off the bottom where oysters would otherwise be vulnerable to predation by crabs and other creatures.

The suspended grow-out system allows the oysters to grow without contacting the benthic sediments and optimizes the restorative capability of oysters’ natural filtration system.”

The oyster species Crassostrea gigas is being used for the Pearl Harbor project because they have shown good survival and spectacular growth rates in Hawaiian fishponds, 8-10cm in 5-6 months verses 20-30 months in the ocean around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

The project will answer to what degree the waters of Pearl Harbor are able to support the growth of oysters today as a means of improving water quality and restoring the ecosystem in Pearl Harbor.  In addition to measuring oyster growth and survival, DAR will be able to evaluate the feasibility of scaling-up the project for future bioremediation efforts.

“I grew up digging oysters in Pearl Harbor, so I’m eager to see the results of this innovative project. I hope the oysters can help clean up the water in the harbor to create a heathier environment for future generations,” said Gov. David Ige.

Hurricane “Emergency Kits” Recommended for 14 Days Now

Hurricane season has arrived and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) recommends residents prepare an “emergency kit” of a minimum of 14 days of food, water and other supplies.

“The reason we’re increasing the recommendation to 14 days (previously 7) is based on the documented experience from other states and jurisdictions that have gone through similar disasters. If our residents are resilient, able to take care of themselves during an event, we can focus more on restoring critical infrastructure such as our ports, roads and power plants,” said Vern Miyagi, the HI-EMA Administrator. “Depending on the damage, it will likely take 2 weeks or longer for the critical infrastructure to be fully or partially operational.”

Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30.

Miyagi recommended putting together an emergency kit now and maintaining it throughout the hurricane season to avoid long lines at stores and gas stations shortly before and after a potential tropical storm event.  Please do not return your supplies to the store after a hurricane or storm passes – keep them for the entire season and plan to partially consume and replenish to keep the items fresh.  The time to prepare your kit is now.  Get ahead of the game.  Don’t try to purchase your 14 days of supplies or fill your tanks with gas the day before the hurricane arrives.  It will be too late!

HI-EMA also recommends residents and visitors take the following actions to prepare for any possible hurricane or tropical cyclone.

  • Talk with family members and develop a clear understanding what you will do if a hurricane or tropical storm threatens. Prepare an action plan that includes details such as whether your family plans to shelter in place or evacuate.
  • Know if your home is in an inundation zone, flood zone, or susceptible to high winds and other hazards.  Know if your home is retrofitted with hurricane resistant clips or straps.
  • Stay tuned to local media and their websites/applications regarding weather updates.
  • Sign up for local notification systems (i.e., HNL Info, Blackboard CTY).
  • Get to know your neighbors and community so you can help each other.
  • Download the “Ready Hawaii: app from the iTunes or Google Play! store. This app can aid in your emergency planning and will list shelters if they are opened for evacuation.
  • Walk your property and check for potential flood threats. Clear your gutters and other drainage systems.  Remove and secure loose items.  Keep your car gas tanks filled.
  • Prepare your pets by checking or purchasing a carrier and other preparedness items. A pet carrier is necessary for your pet’s safety if you plan to evacuate to a pet-friendly shelter. Don’t forget 14 days of food and water for your furry family members.
  • Set aside an emergency supply of any needed medication and keep a copy of your prescriptions in case you run out of medication after a disaster.
  • Secure your important documents in protective containers.
  • Visitors should download and read the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Safety Brochure at http://www.travelsmarthawaii.com.
  • Build an emergency kit – now.

“Know where to go, know what to do, and know when to do it …. ahead of time. Now is the time to prepare.” said Miyagi.