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National Organization Selects Rep. Beth Fukumoto for Leadership Position

Representative Beth Fukumoto (Mililani Mauka, Mililani) has been selected to serve in a leadership role for the nation’s oldest non-partisan organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government.

Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Fukumoto was appointed to serve as the 2017 Hawaii State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).

“We need women now more than ever to start stepping into positions of influence in government. I’m proud to be partnering with an organization that has a long history of reinforcing female leaders,” said Fukumoto.

“We are so proud that Representative Fukumoto has accepted a leadership position in our Foundation,” stated Minnesota State Senator Carrie Ruud, NFWL’s 2017 Chair. “NFWL’s theme for 2017 is leadership and Representative Fukumoto exemplifies this theme. She will play a key role in aiding elected women in Hawaii, as we continue to grow as an organization.”

Photo of Rep. Beth Fukumoto at the Hawaii Women’s March in January, 2017 by Rep. Fukumoto’s office.

Fukumoto begins serving in her new position immediately and will hold this office through the end of 2018.

Elected women from across the country will gather in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 14-18, for NFWL’s 2017 Annual Conference to identify effective solutions to some of the nation’s most timely and pressing issues. Fostering a non-partisan environment that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information and experiences, women leaders are able to build coalitions, share the concerns of their constituents, and identify out-of-the-box solutions to the most pressing issues facing their communities today.

About the National Foundation For Women Legislators, Inc. (NFWL)
Through annual educational and networking events, the National Foundation for Women Legislators supports elected women from all levels of governance. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization, NFWL does not take ideological positions on public policy issues, but rather serves as a forum for women legislators to be empowered through information and experience. www.womenlegislators.org

Unseen Archival Footage from Eddie Kamae Films to Debut

Historic and previously unseen footage shot by the late musician and filmmaker Eddie Kamae for his “Listen to the Forest” documentary will be available to the public online through the efforts of ʻUluʻulu: The Henry Kuʻuloha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi to preserve, digitize, and catalog archival footage from the making of 10 award-winning documentaries by Kamaʻe and his wife, producer Myrna Kamae.

Eddie Kamae interviewing Kupuna Loea Malia Craver

The work is debuting online to commemorate what would have been Kamae’s 90th birthday on Aug. 4, and to celebrate the completion of the “Listen to the Forest” digitization effort. Kamae, recipient of a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, was a noted musician who began producing films to document and preserve authentic Hawaiian culture. When he passed away in January 2017 the Los Angeles Times remarked Kamae was “one of the most influential Hawaiian musicians in the last half-century and a filmmaker who painstakingly documented the culture and history of the islands.”

The complete descriptive catalog of “Listen to the Forest” and short streaming video clips of newly digitized footage can be found at http://uluulu.hawaii.edu starting tomorrow.

“Listen to the Forest” was part of the Hawaiian Legacy documentary series released between 1988 to 2007. The 1991 film is about the biodiversity of Hawaiʻi’s rainforests and the unique relationship of reverence existing between Hawaiʻi’s native people and its native landscape. In total, more than 33 hours from 84 videotapes of raw footage and interviews from the making of “Listen to the Forest” have been digitized and preserved by ʻUluʻulu.

The effort is the result of a March 2016 Preservation and Access Partnership between ʻUluʻulu and the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation to make the documentaries’ archival footage available to the public after it is preserved, cataloged and digitized. The Hawaiian Legacy Foundation was created by Eddie and Myrna Kamae to help perpetuate the cultural heritage of Hawaiʻi through music, film and video, educational programs, community outreach and archival work.

Work continues on preserving and digitizing the entire Hawaiian Legacy Foundation collection of nearly 1,000 videotapes housed at ‘Ulu‘ulu. Researchers registered with ‘Ulu‘ulu may view the full-length footage of interviews, traditional chants, and original songs and dances, upon request.

For more information regarding the Hawaiian Legacy Foundation, call (808) 951-7316 or visit https://www.hawaiianlegacyfoundation.org/.

The ʻUluʻulu Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi is Hawaiʻi’s official moving image archive located in the UH West Oʻahu Library. The mission of the ʻUluʻulu Archive is to perpetuate and share the rich moving image heritage of Hawai‘i through the preservation of film and videotape related to the history and culture of Native Hawaiians and the people of Hawai‘i. For more information call (808) 689-2740 or visit uluulu.hawaii.edu.

Video clips available on request.

Gov. Ige Appoints Robert K. Masuda to First Deputy Position at the Department of Land and Natural Resources  

Gov. David Y. Ige has appointed Robert K. Masuda as First Deputy Director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) effective August 4, 2017.

Robert K. Masuda

In his new role, Masuda will help manage, develop, oversee and implement initiatives, programs, and policies for DLNR’s eleven divisions, including DLNR’s implementation of Gov. Ige’s Sustainable Hawaiʻi Initiative.

Masuda previously served as DLNR First Deputy Director from May 2005-May 2007. He led DLNR’s efforts during two critical natural disasters and was the department’s representative for numerous interagency working groups. Masuda has more than 55 years of experience as an executive leader including top roles with the YMCA and the City and County of Honolulu.

“Bob is the right leader for the right time,” commented Gov. Ige. “As second-in-command of DLNR, one of the key agencies developing sustainability and environmental leadership initiatives, I couldn’t be more pleased to have someone of Bob’s experience and dedication on board.”

DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “Bob is well known across the state as an inspirational leader with a passion for natural and cultural resource protection and education, and forestry and marine life sustainability. He knows DLNR well. We are fortunate and appreciative that Bob is willing to serve Hawaiʻi in this capacity.”

Since 2007 Masuda has served as Senior Advisory for Special Programs Development at the USDA’s U.S. Forest Service’ Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry. In this role he advised, consulted and assisted management and scientists with a variety of programs and projects related to inter-agency cooperation on multiple government levels.
“I’m honored to be returning to DLNR and happy to help continue its mission of protecting and perpetuating the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i,” said Masuda. “I believe my work on the local, national and international levels is very much in alignment with the governor’s and Chair Case’s vision for how we work through and improve upon the monumental tasks DLNR is responsible for. I’m excited to re-engage with many of my former DLNR colleagues and look forward to working with new co-workers who share my passion for protecting what makes Hawaiʻi such a special place.”

Mr. Masuda holds a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Science & Group Work Education from George Williams College, and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i.

Masuda’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation during the next legislative session.

2017 Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament Fishes for Volunteers

The Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s tournament. Volunteers are needed Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 17 for a variety of tournament support including Kailua pier operations, pre and post Tournament set up and breakdown, headquarter administration, security and a whole lot more.

Interested volunteers should plan to attend the HIBT Volunteer Orientation on Monday, August 14th at 5:30pm at Ocean Seafood Restaurant, located in the King Kamehameha Mall on Kuakini Hwy.

HIBT event headquarters, retail and tournament control will once again be anchored at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, located adjacent to Kailua Pier. The 58th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament gets started Saturday September 9, 2017 – Sunday September 17, 2017.

To volunteer please email hibt@hawaii.rr.com or call 329-6155

For more tournament information, log onto www.hibtfishing.com

About Those New Volcanic License Plates…

On Tuesday, August 1, (the 101st anniversary of both Hawai‘i Volcanoes and Haleakalā), staff from Hawai‘i Volcanoes and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association exchanged their plates at the Hilo DMV. It was a very exciting morning, and DMV was a pleasure to work with!

HVNP Superintendent Cindy Orlando and new plates

Lots of questions have come up. Here are a few answers:

Q: How much do the plates cost?
A: $35.50, and $18 goes to support the parks.  UPDATE*  $25.00 per year increase in car registration fee which goes to the National Parks.

Q: Can I get personalized license plates in the specialty design?
A: The plates are pre-numbered, so customizing isn’t an option

Q: I have two vehicles. Can I get one of each?
A: Yes! The Hilo DMV now has the Haleakalā plates. (But they are running low on the Hawai‘i Volcanoes plate). Call your local DMV to double-check availability.

Q: Can I get the specialty plate for my electric vehicle?
A: You can exchange your EV plates for the specialty plates, however, it does not come with the EV designation so you’d have to forego the benefits of having an EV plate.

Q: Can I pay with a credit card?
A: No. The DMV accepts cash or check only (at least that’s the case in Hilo)

We hope to see you on the road and in the park with your gorgeous new license plates soon! Post a photo to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #FindYourVolcano to show your park pride!