Democratic Party of Hawaii Remarks on Hokule’a Homecoming

Tomorrow, (Saturday) June 17th, members of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i (DPH) will join the thousands of Hawai‘i residents at Magic Island to honor the iconic voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a as it concludes its epic three-year sail connecting cultures and people around the world and returns home to the Hawaiian Islands.

The Democratic Party of Hawai‘i fully supported the mission of the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to weave a lei of hope around the world through sharing indigenous wisdom, groundbreaking conservation and preservation initiatives, creating global relationships, and discovering the wonders of Island Earth.

“The support and recognition of the voyaging spirit of the Hawaiian people is reflected in our platform, the proud history of our Hawaiian Affairs caucus, and even in the logo of our state party,” said DPH Chair Tim Vandeveer. “We honor and celebrate the achievements of all the Hōkūle‘a ‘ohana and welcome them home.”

The DPH Hawaiian Affairs Caucus has helped to share a set of FAQs that were developed in consultation with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the KS Hoʻokahua Cultural Vibrancy Group and invited members to participate in tomorrow’s ceremonies by doing the mele located at: www.kanaeokana.net/hokulea. https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDems/ For more information contact: tim@hawaiidemocrats.org

Hawaii Department of Education Makes Progress with Energy Efficient Strategies for Cooling Schools

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) has been working to fast track heat-relief initiatives through its Heat Abatement Program. During the last three years, schools across the state were evaluated for various cooling options including air conditioning (AC), ceiling fans, nighttime heat flushing fans, solar light, trees, heat reflective paint, and more.

Phase II of the Heat Abatement program is already underway with an emphasis on implementing passive cooling projects. Photo Credit: Department of Education

“The department has made every effort to find solutions to cooling our classrooms in ways that are not only cost-efficient but also energy efficient,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our Heat Abatement program includes long-term plans for our schools as well as addressing the high-priority classrooms quickly. We want to thank the legislature for funding this effort to accomplish this goal.”

The Department has made significant upgrades to lower temperatures in many of the classrooms at Campbell High including an awning installation over O Building’s courtyard. Photo Credit: MK Think

In 2016, Governor David Ige signed Act 47, which appropriated $100 million to fund equipment and installation costs for AC and other cooling measures. Progress from the department’s Heat Abatement program in conjunction with the Governor’s Cool Classrooms initiative includes:

  • 456 classroom AC units have been installed;
  • 1,062 AC units have been ordered;
  • 1,062 units are out to bid;
  • 201 photovoltaic AC units installed; and
  • 402 portable AC units were distributed to the hottest classrooms statewide.

Phase II of the Heat Abatement program is already underway with an emphasis on implementing passive cooling projects. To date, the following projects have been completed:

  • 461 portable classrooms have been covered with heat reflective material;
  • Trees planted at numerous campuses;
  • 4 buildings have installed or are currently installing awnings;
  • 139 classrooms had ceiling fans installed; in addition, large diameter fans are being installed in cafeteria dining rooms.

“Despite a few setbacks, which included high bid prices due to Hawaii’s construction; the department has worked diligently to come up with solutions that have kept our heat abatement efforts moving forward. Our push for better prices has allowed us to cool more classrooms,” added Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson.

Duane Kashiwai, public works administrator, shares what HIDOE has been doing to fast track heat-relief initiatives through its Heat Abatement Program. Photo Credit: Department of Education

At James Campbell High School (JCHS), third on the heat abatement priority list, the Department has made significant upgrades to lower temperatures in many of the classrooms. The completed and ongoing improvements include:

  • Installation of new tinted windows;
  • Air conditioning;
  • Nighttime heat flushing fans;
  • Ceiling fans;
  • Progress in the awning installation over O Building’s courtyard;
  • Solar AC and battery units for the portable classrooms;
  • Upcoming fan installation in the cafeteria; and
  • Covered walkways project that will begin early next year.

JCHS is also undergoing other facility renovations and construction from a 30-classroom building currently in the design phase to restroom renovations in O and D buildings, and new portables and reroofing on I Building.

“We have seen a positive change in the campus culture because of these facility improvements,” shared Principal Jon Henry Lee. “The school community recognizes the investment the legislature and department have made towards enhancing the academic experience at our school, and we look forward to seeing the excitement of our students and staff when they return in August.”

For more information about HIDOE’s Heat Abatement program and continued updates about projects going on statewide, click here. A cost breakdown of the AC projects is available here.

Coast Guard Conducts Overflight, Prepares for Return of Hōkūleʻa to Oahu

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point conducted an overflight of the voyaging canoes Hōkūleʻa, Hikianalia and other vessels en route to Oahu from Molokai, Friday morning.

Crewmembers on an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, conduct a fly over of the Hōkūleʻa, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hikianalia and other voyaging canoes, June 16, 2017. The Hōkūleʻa will return home to Oahu, June 17 after being gone for 36 months, sailing approximately 40,000 nautical miles around the world. (U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

“We recognize the incredible outpouring of public interest and support surrounding the homecoming of the Hōkūleʻa,” said Capt. Michael Long, commander Coast Guard Sector Honolulu and Captain of the Port. “Along with DOCARE we want to ensure that this is a safe, enjoyable and memorable time with our primary focus being on the safety of all waterway users and responders while we honor the cultural significance of this event.”

Saturday residents and visitors to Oahu will welcome Hōkūleʻa home from their 3 year worldwide voyage. The canoes will sail from a mooring to Waikiki and then up the Ala Wai Canal to Magic Island. Hōkūleʻa and the Hikianalia are expected to moor at Magic Island by 9 a.m., with an official welcome ceremony to follow at 10 a.m.
The State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE), the City and County of Honolulu Emergency Services Department Division of Ocean Safety, the Honolulu Fire Department, Polynesian Voyaging Society and the Coast Guard are teaming up to provide on-water safety and security for the homecoming.

  • For its transit to Waikiki, water safety assets will be enforcing a 500-yard safety perimeter around Hokule’a. Vessels and canoes may be allowed to operate within the 500-yard safety perimeter with the permission of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, coordinated through the on-scene patrol commander, but will be required to remain a minimum of 100 feet from Hōkūleʻa. All crossing traffic will be prohibited on Hōkūleʻa’s final approach to the Ala Wai Canal.
  • The Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor boat ramp will be closed Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Only vessels returning to their berth in the Ala Wai boat harbor will be allowed up the Ala Wai channel adjacent to Magic Island. All motorized traffic will be asked to turn around and stay out of the canal as the canoes and Hōkūleʻa transit up the Ala Wai to their mooring. This is for safety in an area of limited space and restricted maneuverability.
  • Following the Hōkūleʻa’s mooring, all motor vessels wishing to transit the Ala Wai will require an escort coordinated through DOCARE.
  • Operators of all watercraft (motorized and non-motorized) are reminded to keep a sharp lookout for other traffic and waterway users. They are also reminded not to boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to comply with all state and federal regulations regarding life jackets and other safety equipment.

Officer Joshua Baumgarner Presented With “Bronze Medal of Merit”

Officer Joshua Baumgarner was presented with a Bronze Medal of Merit yesterday (June 15) by Hawaiʻi Police Chief Paul K. Ferreira. The Officer’s wife and daughter were by his side to share his special moment.

On September 23, 2016, Officer Baumgarner and Officer Roberto Segobia responded to a report of a home accident in the Hawaiian Beaches Subdivision in the District of Puna. Upon arriving, the victim’s husband reported that his wife was bleeding extensively from several lacerations on her right forearm and upper arm. Officer Baumgarner saw that the victim was pale and laying in a pool of blood.

Using his knowledge as a Combat Medic in the Hawaiʻi National Guard, he quickly and calmly applied direct pressure to the victim’s bronchial artery to control the bleeding and elevated her feet to prevent shock. He reassured her that she was going to be okay and continued to maintain pressure to control the bleeding. When the Hawaiʻi Fire Department Medic Unit arrived, they transported the victim to the Hilo Medical Center for further treatment. Personnel from the Hawaiʻi Fire Department Medic Unit confirmed that the outcome of the situation would have potentially been different if not for the first aid treatment Officer Baumgarner provided.

“With deep and heartfelt appreciation, the Hawaiʻi Police Department is pleased to award you with a Bronze Medal of Merit for your heroic and selfless act. Another display of the Police Department Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Teamwork, and Community Satisfaction, said the Chief.”

Hawaii Police Department 85th Recruit Class Graduation

Congratulations are in order to the 85th Recruit Class of the Hawai`i Police Department who were honored yesterday (June 15) at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel surrounded by proud family, friends and colleagues. Graduates are Debney Jaramillo, Erica Carballo, Jarrin Okutsu, Bryson Arquitola-Takiue, Lawrence Yeung, and Adam Hanes.

There were 14 who started out together, but only six made it through to the end under the watchful eyes of Sergeant Paul Fukuda, Sergeant Duffy Duldulao and Officer Daniel Rances. Two of the graduates are female and four are males.

The Master of Ceremonies was Sergeant Reynold Kahalewai. The Invocation was offered by Chaplain George Kamakahi and speakers included Keith T. Morioka (Police Commission), Dabney Jaramillo (Class President) and Tracey Wise (Department of Heal th, Adult Mental Health Division. Mr. Kamakahi and Ms. Wise spoke about the road ahead for the new officers and the great challenges and responsibility placed on their shoulders. They also thanked the families for all of their support and encouragement as the officer’s move into the field-training phase of their careers.

As Class President Debney Jaramillo recalled, “The first challenge was to get 14-people on the same page. We were constantly prepped throughout our 10-month training period both mentally and physically; this was a humbling experience for us all. As we continue our journey we would like to show our appreciation to our family, friends, training staff and instructors for their support and dedication.”

Their class motto is “Ka Ikaika Mālama me ke Aloha” (The strong serve with aloha).

Presentation of Certificates, Awards, Badge Pinning and Reaffirmation of Oath was under the direction of Chief Paul K. Ferreira.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds).

It will be visible beginning tonight, Friday, June 16 at 8:07 PM. It will be visible for approximately 3 minutes at a maximum height of 75 degrees. It will appear 31 degrees above the Northwest part of the sky and disappear 33 degrees above the South Southeast part of the sky.

You can view a livestream from the space station here: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive