Bill Limiting Telescopes on Maunakea Passes Senate 25–0

Hawai‘i Senate Bill 3090 SD2 passed the Hawai‘i Senate in favor with a vote of 25–0 today, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and now moves over to the Hawai‘i House of Representatives.

Senate Bill 3090 SD2:

Establishes the Maunakea Management Authority. Limits the number of telescopes that may be authorized on Maunakea.

Authorizes the renegotiation of leases, subleases, easements, permits, and licenses pertaining to Maunakea. Requires that revenue derived from activities on Maunakea be shared with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Excludes Maunakea lands from the definition of “public lands.” Provides for free access to Maunakea for traditional cultural purposes. Establishes police powers and provides for enforcement of laws on land under the jurisdiction of the Maunakea Management Authority. Appropriates funds. Effective 12/31/2033.

A statewide series of community presentations about the future of Maunakea begins tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Nānākuli at Ka Waihona O Ka Na‘auo, 89-195 Farrington Highway.

A meeting has been scheduled for the Big Island in Hilo with Sens. Kahele and and Rep. Chris Todd at Keaukaha Elementary School on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Death With Dignity Bill Passes Key Hurdle

Hawai‘i House lawmakers voted to legally permit medically aided death in Hawai‘i this afternoon, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after an emotional floor debate in which lawmakers recalled their own family members who suffered before they died

Nine Democrats and three Republicans in the 51-member House opposed the bill.

House Bill 2739 would allow patients with less than six months to request prescriptions for lethal doses of medication.

The measure now goes to the state Senate, where it is expected to win approval.

House Health and Human Services Committee Chairman John Mizuno contends House Bill 2739 has the strongest safeguards to prevent abuse of any state. Five states and the District of Columbia have already legalized medical aid in dying, including California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Under the procedures in the bill, patients would be required to submit two verbal requests a minimum of 20 days apart and one written request to their attending physicians for a prescription.

The written request would have to be signed by two witnesses who can attest the patient is of sound mind, and is acting voluntarily. One of the witnesses cannot be a relative and one witness cannot be someone who stands to inherit anything upon the patient’s death.

The bill also requires counseling from a psychiatrist, psychologist or clinical social worker after two physicians confirm the patient’s diagnosis, prognosis and competence.

3rd Annual Kickball Tournament Seeks Teams

Slideshow of the 2017 Hilo Kickball Tournament

The 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament presented by PARENTS (Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy Support), will be held the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018, at the Walter Victor Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The tournament is a benefit to help kick child abuse out of Hawai‘i.

The entry fee is $300 per team until Tuesday, April 3, 2018. The entry fee between Wednesday, April 4, and Saturday, April 14, is $500.

Rally your team, grab your lawn chairs and kicking shoes, along with your family and friends and join the two-day event of double-elimniation kickball.

There will be food, music, entertainment, prizes and a keiki zone.

To find out more about how you can be a sponsor or to register a team, go online.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities or would like to make a donation, call (808) 934-9552.

Zonta to Honor Hirono & Community Leader with Rose Award

The Zonta Club of Hilo will honor Sen. Mazie Hirono and community leader Irene Nagao with its biennial “Rose Award of Excellence” on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Moku Ola Ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner and program starts at 5:30 p.m.

The Zonta Rose Award of Excellence recognizes women who have made a significant impact on the lives of others through their employment, volunteer activities and associations. The award is part of Zonta International’s observance of International Women’s Day and Zonta Rose Day. Zonta’s mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.

“We are proud to celebrate Sen. Hirono’s work to improve the quality of life for humanity across the globe and Irene’s efforts here at home to help those who need a second or third chance at life,” said Julie Tulang, Zonta Hilo service chair. “Both women have gone above and beyond in service to the local and global community, and truly embody Zonta’s mission to empower women.”

Sen. Hirono has led a life of public service. From working to protect victims of domestic violence to extending protections for Filipino veterans of US military, Sen. Hirono is a fierce advocate for Hawaii, women, children and immigrants in Congress. Nagao, president of Going Home Hawai‘i, has convened public and private groups to support programs for youth as well as those experiencing traumatic loss or integrating back into the community from incarceration.

A limited number of tickets, which includes dinner, are available; $55 a person, or $550 for a sponsor table of eight. Purchase tickets at ZontaRose2018.eventbrite.com by Monday, March 12, 2018. For more information email info@zontahilo.org.

Clinic Set to Spay/Neuter 500–700 Cats; Volunteers Sought

Hui Pono Holoholona is seeking volunteers on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Eagles Lodge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help with preparations for the upcoming Animal Balance Mash Clinic happening Wednesday through Sunday, March 21 through 25, 2018, in Hilo.

The intent of the clinic is to spay and/or neuter 500 to 700 cats for free.

On Thursday, March 8, volunteers will be cutting and folding surgical drapes, cutting sheets to cover humane traps, and much more.

The Hui is also volunteers to please donate towels and sheets. Volunteers can help out for an hour or two or all day, however they are asked to bring their own lunch.

To find out more information, call (808) 769-1128 or go online. The Eagles Lodge is located across from Kea’au Humane Society on Highway 130.

To find out more about the Animal Balance Program, click here.