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Hawaii is 2016’s Best State for Women’s Equality

With Women’s Equality Day just three days away and the U.S. in 28th position on the Global Gender Gap Index — falling eight places since 2014 — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality.
equalityIn order to determine the most gender-egalitarian states, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states across 15 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the gap between female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s unemployment rates.

Women’s Equality in Hawaii (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 1st – Earnings Disparity
  • 7th – Executive Positions Disparity
  • 5th – Work Hours Disparity
  • 1st – Educational Attainment Disparity (Among Bachelor’s Degree Holders)
  • 5th – Minimum-Wage Workers Disparity
  • 1st – Unemployment Rate Disparity
  • 8th – Entrepreneurship Rate Disparity
  • 1st – Political Representation Disparity

For the full report, please visit:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-states-for-women-equality/5835/

Family Fun Day at Kahilu Theatre

Saturday, August 27, 10AM – 2PM, the Kahilu Theatre will be hosting a Family Fun Day event called Animal Fun! to celebrate the launch of the Theatre’s 2016/2017 Presenting Season. The event will be full of family fun and entertainment, inside and surrounding the Theatre. Animal Fun! is free and open to the public.
Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Hara

Arts Ed @ Kahilu students performing at the Circus Camp Finale. Photo by Andrew Richard Hara

Young stars from the recent Kahilu Circus Camp and Kahilu Performance Arts Classes (KPAC) will perform at Animal Fun!. Performances will feature aerial arts, juggling, unicycling, hooping, clowning, and magic. In addition to student performances, there will be live music, face painting, and balloon sculptures from Ari the Clown.
Tickets for Kahilu Theatre’s 36th Season will also go on sale to the general public during the event.
This will be the first of three Family Fun Days planned for Kahilu Theatre’s 2016/17 Season. The next Family Fun Day is slated for Saturday, February 4, in celebration of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Call the Kahilu Theatre Box Office at 808.885.6868 for more information about upcoming events, memberships, and Arts Ed @ Kahilu programs.

Look Out Nate Garner… Councilman Ilagan Starting YouTube Channel

After serving four years on the Hawai’i County Council, Greggor Ilagan is seeking a bigger audience — working with YouTube.

ilagan youtube

One week after the primary election, he launched his new venture as a content creator, Ilagan Videos, with the shaving cream challenge. Besides the Ilagan Challenges, other possible ventures that are being explored include Ilagan News and Ilagan Travel.

It’s far from his original goal of running for the State Senate, but after the hard-fought campaign, it is a way to keep moving. It is also in line with his innovative use of technology to run his office and to reach out to constituents. “Sometimes in life our path changes,” Ilagan said. “And it’s how fast we adapt to that change that matters.”

So the Puna councilman decided to follow a new path outside of government. “Thank you everyone for your support,” he said. “Continue to exercise your right to vote, and please subscribe to Ilagan Videos.”

Finger Flipper Not Showing “Aloha Spirit” Creates Resolution of Removal

(UPDATE) A resolution to remove Chelsea Kent, the woman from Texas that moved to Oahu and became part of the Hawaii delegation at the Democratic National Convention and decided to flip the cameras off while the Hawaii Democrats were reading their votes during a live broadcast… has been removed was created from the Hawaii Democratic Party based on a Hawaii Revised Statute that is to hold the Aloha Spirit in high regards.

Aloha Spirit removalThe Aloha Spirt Law (HRS 5-7.5):

[§5-7.5] “Aloha Spirit”. (a) “Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of the life force, “Aloha”, the following unuhi laula loa may be used:
“Akahai”, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
“Lokahi”, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
“Oluolu”, meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
“Haahaa”, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
“Ahonui”, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.
These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaii. “Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. “Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return. “Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence. “Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
(b) In exercising their power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the “Aloha Spirit”. [L 1986, c 202, §1]

Also a resolution was made to remove Bart Dame as the Hawaii Democratic Party National Committee District Chair for his role in not enforcing things it appears he failed to manage the behavior and expression of Kent and it appears he took no decisive action against Kent.

Bart Dame

Mayor-Elect Harry Kim On “Insights on PBS Hawaii”

On Thursday August 18th, Hawaii County Mayor-Elect Harry Kim was on PBS Hawaii’s television show “Insights on PBS Hawaii“.

Mayor Elect Kim at PBS
Mayor-Elect Kim talked about committing to the be the mayor of the Big Island for the next 4 years, some of the reasons why he ran for office, trust in government in general at all levels while even touching a bit on the Billy Kenoi p-Card legal predictions our current mayor is in.

He also spoke about this current election and the feedback he has been receiving since being re-elected as the Mayor of Hawaii County.  He spoke a little about the divide between East Hawaii and West Hawaii and part of the lack of communication that he had in his previous time in office.

The PBS Hawaii Replay is tomorrow at 2pm but you can watch it anytime here:

 

Hawaii Island Festival of Birds Welcomes All

The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds – Ha`akula Manu – is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, local keiki (children) 15 and under accompanied by an adult with a paid general admission ticket can attend the festival for FREE!  Adult entry is $10 and includes $5 of Birdie Bucks coupons that can be spent on items at the vendor booths and silent auction.

Bird Festival 2016The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds is an opportunity for Big Island keiki to increase their knowledge of birds and their habitats. The festival will highlight the important role played by birds in Hawaiian culture, the need to preserve and restore our island’s unique habitats critical to these birds’ survival, and help children learn that birding is a just like a real life, fun version of Pokemon-Go!

The Festival, scheduled for the weekend of September 24-25 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, includes on-site events on Saturday and field trips on Sunday. The Saturday, September 24 events held at the Sheraton Kona will include educational seminars, bird-related trade and arts booths, and fun activities for the whole family. The seminars will be stimulating for adults and teens, while younger ones will enjoy the hands-on activities related to Hawaii’s unique birds. General admission tickets can be purchased at the door.

Sunday activities include guided birdwatching field trips hosted by Hawaii Forest & Trail, a bird photography tour hosted by Jack Jeffrey, and a guided boat trip out of Honokohau Harbor to watch seabirds with on-board pelagic leaders Lance Tanino, Brian Sullivan and Mike Scott. Tours are already discounted to $150 with no additional discount for keiki or kama’aina. Space is limited on field trips, so register now if you would like to take advantage of this great deal (includes transportation, lunch, dinner, and guides).

Here are a few of the family-oriented activities everyone can participate in at the Festival:

  • Build a Bird Contest – Create a unique bird out of supplied materials to keep or enter into a contest to win a T-shirt.
  • Birdwatching Basics – Here’s how to get started on a new hobby that can turn into a lifelong passion (may also be used as partial fulfillment for Scout merit badge requirements).
  • Where in the World? – See if you can identify the original homes of our island birds (hint: some are found only here in Hawaii!).
  • Trivial Pursuit – Our own island bird edition.
  • Birds and Beaks – Take a close-up look at how the beaks of our island birds are adapted for the foods they find here.

“The Hawai’i Island Festival of Birds, with the help of experts who will be joining us to teach, will give our keiki a chance to learn more about the birds of Hawaii,” said Hawaii Forest & Trails’s Rob Pacheco.  “The learning is just a first step though.  Through learning, kids gain an appreciation and develop a fascination with birds, which then, often leads to a lifelong affair with nature.”

Festival sponsors include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii, Alaska Airlines, Audubon Magazine, Hawaii Forest and Trail, Destination Marketing Hawaii and others.

For more information and Festival registration, please visit the website hawaiibirdingtrails.com.

Hawaiian Stilt Returns Home

A little endangered Hawaiian Stilt chick is all grown up and ready to be on its own after a seven week stay at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center (HWC).
The Stilt at 2 weeks

The Stilt at 2 weeks

The chick was rescued on O‘ahu and after an unsuccessful attempt to reunite the chick with its parents, it was decided that the young bird would need to be sent to HWC to be raised until it was old enough to be on its own. The successful rescue and release was a team effort by USDA Wildlife Services, Wheels for Wildlife volunteers, Feather and Fur Animal Hospital, the Hawai‘i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), and the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center.
The Stilt at 5 Weeks

The Stilt at 5 Weeks

While at HWC, the chick was monitored using a remote camera system and staff took great care to prevent the stilt from becoming accustomed to humans. In addition to minimizing physical contact, HWC staff used a mirror and photos of stilt habitat and Hawaiian Stilt adults in the incubator and aviary to provide some enrichment while the bird was in HWC care.
The Stilt at 7 Weeks before its release

The Stilt at 7 Weeks before its release

The bird’s growth was documented through weekly pictures taken from intake until it was transferred to O‘ahu DOFAW staff for release yesterday.
Stilt Growth
This release is the latest in a busy release week for HWC, including a Hawaiian Duck (Koloa Maoli) from O‘ahu, Wedge-tailed Shearwater (‘Ua‘u kani) from O‘ahu, and a White-tailed Tropicbird (Koa‘e kea) from O‘ahu.

Community Voices Sought for Input on Public Education Plans

Since April, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and Board of Education’s (BOE) has engaged the community as it reviews its joint Strategic Plan. BOE members have hosted meetings in Waimea (Hawaii Island) and Wailuku, and the public has more opportunities to provide feedback at upcoming community meetings on Oahu, Kauai and Molokai.

A group brainstorms ideas during the Maui Community Meeting on Aug. 8.  Photo: Department of Education

A group brainstorms ideas during the Maui Community Meeting on Aug. 8. Photo: Department of Education

“It is important for us to dialogue with members of all sectors of our communities as we work on strategies towards achieving student success,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Education affects all of us, that’s why we appreciate the public input provided so far and urge others to attend the few meetings we have left before finalizing plans that will set the direction for public education in the upcoming years.”

The public has the remaining opportunities to lend their voice at the following community meetings:

  • Aug. 22: Kailua High School College and Career Center, 451 Ulumanu Drive
  • Aug. 31: Manoa Public Library, 2716 Woodlawn Drive
  • Sept. 1: Kaunakakai Elementary School, 30 Ailoa Street
  • Sept. 14: Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou Street
  • Sept. 15: Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway

All meetings will be held from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Storyline Consulting, a third-party facilitator, brought in to ensure the objective report of community input, reported on the first phase of HIDOE’s community outreach, which included 108 focus groups on six islands and 1,429 online survey responses. The Phase I report noted the following emerging themes as community-based descriptors of student success:

  • Giving back to the community, environment, and world;
  • Discovering and pursuing passions so students can reach their full potential;
  • Demonstrating strong academic and soft skills, and showing an ability to think critically, solve problems, and apply knowledge to new situations or contexts;
  • Being prepared for life after high school, including setting clear goals and developing short-term and long-term engagement in learning;
  • Exhibiting strength, confidence, and resilience in their every day lives and being generally healthy and happy; and
  • Gaining a strong sense of cultural understanding and appreciation for Hawaii.

For more information, view the digital and print reports.

The Department and BOE are updating the description of student success, and strategies for school and community innovation, professional development, leadership and more. A draft plan will be presented to the BOE in mid-October, and final plan will be presented to the BOE in December.

“Since we embarked on community engagement in April, we have received tremendous amounts of valuable information that will help us craft a Strategic Plan that meets the ever-changing needs of our students and community,” said Tammi Chun, assistant superintendent, Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. “The process has been two-fold as we’re also using the feedback from the community to help us with our state plan in response to the new federal education law, ESSA, that is required to receive federal funds.”

HIDOE continues to monitor the national changes for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and has offered feedback to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on how the rules and timelines will impact Hawaii.  The Department took issue with the draft regulations appearing to be more prescriptive than what is described in the spirit of the law. HIDOE anticipates submitting the state’s plan for ESSA funding on the USED’s March 6, 2017 deadline.

For more information about the Strategic Plan and HIDOE’s ESSA efforts, click here; to join the conversation on social media use #HIQualityEd.

Hawaii Governor Extends Emergency Homeless Proclamation

Gov. David Y. Ige today signed a sixth supplemental proclamation on homelessness, which will remain in effect until Oct. 19. The supplemental proclamation provides 60 additional days in which to further expand the state’s collaborative efforts to house the most visible and chronic homeless individuals.  In the past year, the proclamations have helped more than 4,800 people — representing 1,353 families — move out of homelessness or prevent it altogether.

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Click tor read

“The tide is turning,” said the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness Scott Morishige.  “Collectively, our state is moving forward with a unified strategy that addresses three levers of change: affordable housing, health & human services and public safety. All stakeholders are working together in unison across multiple sectors. This coordinated and persistent approach is moving people off the streets,” he said.

Lever One: Affordable Housing

A major priority for the Ige Administration is to increase affordable housing. The proclamations allowed for emergency housing of approximately 300 homeless individuals who were in jeopardy of being displaced after federal budget cuts to seven local organizations.

impact1Additionally, the proclamations reduced the development time of nine different joint projects with the counties by up to a year per project. These housing projects are specifically designed for homeless individuals and families, including the Family Assessment Center in Kaka`ako Makai, which will open in September and house 240 people per year.  Today’s supplemental proclamation adds two additional City & County of Honolulu long-term housing projects, bringing the total to 11.

Lever Two: Health & Human Services

The proclamations allowed faster distribution of financial resources for permanent housing and to prevent homelessness.  Between August 2015 and July 2016, there was a 51 percent increase in the number of individuals and families moving into housing or preserving housing, as compared to the prior 12-month period.   This includes a 55 percent increase on O‘ahu and a 47 percent increase on the neighbor islands.  The following programs received increased funding:

  • The State Homeless Emergency Grant (SHEG) provides one-time assistance for housing, food, medical and other types of expenses arising from emergency needs.
  • Housing Placement Program (HPP) provides first month’s rent or security deposit, as well as temporary case management, for homeless families with minor children.
  • Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative (CSHI) provides homelessness prevention and Rapid Re-Housing statewide, and increases coordination for the statewide telephone navigation service (2-1-1) for homeless individuals.

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Lever Three: Public Safety

By enabling the quick execution of contracts and allocation of dedicated resources, the emergency proclamations supported the reduction in the number of unsheltered persons in the Kaka`ako Makai area.  The population decreased from a high of approximately 300 unsheltered persons in August 2015 to approximately 50 unsheltered persons in August 2016.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Announces Real Estate Sale

Mauna Kea Resort Services LLC, which is an affiliate of Prince Resorts Hawaii Inc., has closed the sale of the 8,000-square foot Hapuna Villa and 96 of the hotel’s 350 guest rooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel to an affiliate of Angelo Gordon & Co. and development partner West Point Investment Corporation.

Hapuna Villa

Hapuna Villa

Proceeds from the sale will be used to fund renovations of the hotel’s public areas and remaining 254 guest rooms, enhance The Club at Mauna Kea amenities, and fund improvements to the golf club and fitness facilities at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Additionally, renovations and enhanced programming in food and beverage will deliver elevated offerings and unique experiences for hotel guests and the community.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel

“This deal comes at an ideal time as Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel embarks on an exciting future,” said Mauna Kea Resort vice president of operations, Craig Anderson. “The new business model means continuation of good jobs for our team members and a beautiful hotel for guests to enjoy for years to come.”

Hapuna Prince VillaPrince Resorts Hawaii will continue to operate all 351 guestrooms at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel for the next 12 months while plans are prepared by the development team for conversion of the 96 guestrooms into new 5-star resort residences within one of Hawaii’s most admired resorts.

Fair Wind Cruises Celebrates 45 Years of Cruises with $4.50 Kona Coast Cruises

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, family-owned and operated Fair Wind Cruises will celebrate 45 years of offering world-class ocean adventures on the breathtaking south Kona coast.

Fairwinds in KonaTo say mahalo to the community and visitors to Hawaii Island for their support, Fair Wind Cruises will be hosting a fun-filled day for the whole family from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the day will go towards the Kahaluʻu Reef Teach Program committed to promoting reef etiquette to protect the bay’s fragile ecosystem. Fair Wind Cruises will match the money raised on the day dollar-for-dollar.

Fairwind3In honor of the 45-year milestone, the day’s festivities will be just $4.50 including 45-minute cruises on the Fair Wind II and Hula Kai vessels. The boats will depart every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

fairwindFair Wind II passengers will have the chance to swim and play on the water slides and high-jump platform. Hula Kai passengers (minimum 5-years) will enjoy a scenic cruise along the Keauhou and Kona coastline with historical narrative throughout the journey.

Also on offer throughout the day:

  • Hot dogs, shave ice and refreshments.
  • Raffle drawings with prizes such as Fair Wind snorkel cruise certificates, shirts, hats and more.
  • Live music by Dennis Garcia.
  • Games and activities for the whole family.
  • Live broadcast by The BEAT 93.9.

The first 200 paid entrants will receive a free special edition Fair Wind Cruises trucker hat.

fairwind2Fair Wind Cruises was born from what was supposed to be a brief stopover in Kona on a cruise from Monterey to the South Pacific in 1971. The Dant family turned their passion into a lifetime of adventure and today, 45 years later, and several Dant generations later, Fair Wind is now one of Hawaii’s premier ocean activity companies.

For more information about Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration visit Fair-Wind.com/anniversary

  • WHAT: Fair Wind Cruises 45th anniversary celebration
  • WHEN: Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • WHERE: The Fair Wind Courtyard at Keauhou Bay, 78-7130 Kaleiopapa Street Kailua-Kona
  • COST: $4.50 per person (toddlers under three free)
  • PARKING: Available on Kamehameha III Road. Link to map: https://www.fair-wind.com/directions/

INFORMATION: Call 808-322-2788 or visit:

https://www.fair-wind.com/anniversary/

7th Annual “Taste of Mauna Lani” Coming Soon

Mauna Lani Resort is happy to present the 7th Annual Taste of Mauna Lani, starting Monday, September 5, and continuing through Sunday, September 25, 2016.
Taste of Mauna LaniThe Shops at Mauna Lani, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i have partnered together to offer a variety of tantalizing and affordable menu selections showcasing the very best of Big Island Cuisine. Six of Mauna Lani Resort’s top restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe dinner, ranging in price from $35 to $65.

A portion of the proceeds from each Taste of Mauna Lani dinner sold will be donated to Hawai‘i Island Food Basket. In addition, diners will receive a VIP Shopping Discount Card with special savings from participating Shops merchants including 50% off tickets for Kozy’s Magic and Comedy Show and a free 4D Adventure Ride.

Participating restaurants include: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Monstera Noodles & Sushi, The Blue Room Brasserie & Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House, all at The Shops at Mauna Lani. Additionally, CanoeHouse at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and Brown’s Beach House at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawai‘i are participating in Taste of Mauna Lani. Reservations are recommended.

Ceremony Schedule for Late Congressman Mark Takai at State Capital

The ceremony tomorrow for Late Congressman Mark Takai at the the Hawaii State Capital is scheduled to begin at 10:00 A.M.

Congressman Mark Takai

Congressman Mark Takai

The proposed schedule follows:

  • 9:00 a.m. Reception tables open
  • 9:45 a.m. Depart Borthwick
  • 10:00 a.m. Hearse and car(s) with Takai family arrive at State Capitol Casket is carried from hearse into rotunda by Hawaii National Guard. Family follows casket. Mrs. Takai and children are escorted into rotunda by Governor Ige, House Speaker Souki, and Senate President Kouchi.
  • 10:15 a.m. Emcee Representative Luke to settle and welcome guests
  • 10:20 a.m. National Anthem by CPT Torano Harris Hawaii Ponoi by CPT Torano Harris
  • 10:25 a.m. Opening Prayer by Pastor Dan Chun
  • 10:30 a.m. Scripture Reading of John 15:1-8 by Representative Scott Saiki
  • 10:35 a.m Remarks by U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • 10:40 a.m. Remarks by House Speaker Souki
  • 10:45 a.m. Remarks by Senate President Kouchi
  • 10:50 a.m. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Holunape (Kama Hopkins, Kekoa Kaluhiwa and Kanaia Nakamura)
  • 10:55 a.m. Remarks by Adjutant General Logan
  • 11:00 a.m. Remarks by Governor Ige
  • 11:05 a.m. Scripture Reading — Psalm 23 by Representative Nishimoto
  • 11:10 a.m. Closing Prayer by Pastor Dan Chun
  • 11:15 a.m. “Aloha Oe” by Holunape
  • 11:20 a.m. Representative Luke closes the program and thanks all for coming. Instruct on the viewing. Family will pay respects first and depart for their Green Room.
  • 11:30 a.m. Public Viewing and Paying of Respects until 7:00 p.m.
  • 7:00 pm National Guard to move casket from Capitol to mortuary.  Ross Takai (brother) will be on site to escort casket back to Borthwick
  • Move wreaths into Capitol Auditorium on basement level
    Friday 8/19 in morning
  • National Guard to move wreaths to First Presbyterian Church/Koolau Ballrooms

Based on the crowd and possible line for the viewing, decision will be made on or about 7:00 p.m. on whether to extend or shut down for the evening.

Tiki Shark Partners with Kozy’s Tiki Palace – New Comedy/Magic Club Opening on Big Island

 

Tiki Shark Art Inc just announced today its partnership with Kozy’s Tiki Palace – a brand new high end Comedy Club owned and operated by world renowned entertainer/magician Paul Kozak.

Paul "Kozy" Kozack and Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker.

Paul “Kozy” Kozack and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker.

The establishment will be heavily decorated with Brad’s Poly-pop Tiki Art fit to entertain and delight the minds of all who are lucky enough to walk through the doors.

Artwork of Dennis Mathewson

Artwork of Dennis Mathewson

Parker will be assisted in this venture by his long time friend and colleague – Artist Dennis Mathewson.  “This will be the ultimate venue for displaying my unique, mind bending style of art” quoted Brad, “and Mathewson is the only other Hawaiian Artist who can understand my vision for this venue and add to its magic” quoted Brad.

“I am honored and blessed that my Comedy/Magic Club will be the showcase of Brad’s Tiki Art” quotes celebrity magician Kozy “plus I am most defiantly his biggest fan!” he added.

Soft opening of the club is scheduled for late summer. For details go to www.konakozy.com.

Senator Schatz Accepting Applications for High School Internship Program

Schatz Seniors Internship Program Open to High School Seniors from Across the State

The office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) is currently accepting applications for this year’s Schatz Seniors High School Internship Program.

Sen. Schatz in Puna after Iselle hit the area.

Sen. Schatz in Puna after Iselle hit the area.

The Schatz Seniors program provides a hands-on learning opportunity about the U.S. Senate and encourages students to be advocates in their schools and communities.   Schatz Seniors will work with outreach staff, identify issues of interest to their communities, and attend and staff special events.

“Each year our Schatz Seniors show a commitment to service and our state that keeps me optimistic about Hawai‘i’s future.  I encourage all high school seniors who want to help make a difference in their communities to apply to be a part of our team,” said Senator Schatz.

This is not an office position.  Students will complete the majority of assignments in their homes, schools, and communities and should miss little or no class time.  The internship runs from October 2016 – April 2017, and interns must commit for the full term.  Public, private, charter, and homeschool seniors may apply.  Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or better and have personal access to email throughout the internship.  Schatz Seniors will be selected based on their involvement in their community, diversity of interests and life experiences, and demonstrated leadership.

The application is available on his website at schatz.senate.gov and must be completed no later than 6:00pm on Friday, September 16, 2016.  Please contact our Honolulu office at 808-523-2061 with any questions.

Internships for undergraduate and graduate students are also available year-round in our Washington, D.C. and Honolulu offices.  More information can be found on his website.

NEHLA and County of Hawaii Host Energy Storage Conference

The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) announced today that it is partnering with the County of Hawaii to host a conference on energy storage trends and opportunities in Kailua-Kona on Sept. 12 and 13.

The NEHLA Plant from above

The NEHLA Plant from above

”As the state works to reach its 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2045, energy storage will be necessary to address increasing amounts of variable resources brought into the grid,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “This conference will bring together experts from U.S. National Laboratories, academia, government and industry to present energy storage technologies and applications and consider opportunities and challenges.”

“We are excited about the caliber of the speakers that will be presenting,” said Gregory Barbour, NELHA’s executive director. “This conference brings together experienced scientists, engineers, and policymakers to discuss energy storage and microgrid initiatives, issues and projects. This is an area that is not only at the forefront of renewable energy but also critical to widespread implementation of intermittent renewable technologies such as solar and wind technologies.”

The conference, which is supported in part by the County of Hawaii, includes presentations and panel discussions as well as visits to site demonstrations. It aims to have the latest information presented by leaders in energy storage technology, particularly on the economics of energy storage. Meeting participants will also discuss opportunities as well as regulatory and policy issues.

“We are pleased to partner with NELHA on this conference in an effort to bring leaders in the field of energy storage to the Island of Hawaii to share their insight and explore opportunities” stated Mayor Billy Kenoi. “Hawaii Island is already generating 50 percent renewable energy and grid-scale energy storage is certainly part of the equation for building towards our 100 percent goal”.

Attendance to the conference is open to the public.

Registration information is located at: nelhaenergystorage2016.hawaii-conference.com/.

Delta Airlines to Serve Free Alcohol on Flights Flying To or From Honolulu

Well this is a sure way to get customers back after the recent computer glitches left passengers stranded around the country:

Delta enhances its services onboard, offering complimentary meals and beer, wine and spirits for customers on all flights, in all cabins on its long-haul flights to and from Honolulu.

Mai Tai on flightThe service will initially launch on flights between Atlanta and Honolulu beginning Sept. 15, and will apply to seasonal flights to/from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport beginning Nov. 3 and John F. Kennedy International Airport to/from HNL beginning Dec. 17.

Delta inflightDelta Comfort+ and Main Cabin customers will be offered two complimentary meal services, one at the beginning of the flight and one prior to arrival, to align with the airline’s similar long-haul flights.

Snack boxMeal service enhancements include a meal service with a choice of two hot entrees, a sandwich with a brownie and a continental breakfast snack box, depending on the route, as well as complimentary beer, wine and spirits, including the airline’s signature Mai Tais.

Congressman Takai to Lie in State

The people of Hawaii are invited to pay their final respects to Hawaii Congressman and longtime State Legislator Mark Takai.

Mark Takai

Congressman Mark Takai

On Thursday, Aug. 18, Takai will lie in state from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda. A short program will begin at 10 a.m. Public viewing will begin after the program for members of the public and family and friends to pay their respects.

A book of condolence will be available for the public to sign at the ceremony.

We expect a large crowd and encourage motorists to carpool or use public transportation. There will be no public parking at the State Capitol, but the public can park at the following locations.

  • Lot G, 115 Punchbowl Street (Kalanimoku Building), enter from Beretania or Punchbowl streets
  • Lot L, 1250 Punchbowl Street (Kinau Hale), enter from Punchbowl Street, makai-bound only
  • Lot D, 465 S. King Street, enter from King or Punchbowl streets
  • City Civic Center, located a Alapai and Beretania streets
  • Alii Place, 1099 Alakea Street
  • Handicap parking will be available at Lot F, 364 S. King Street (Iolani Palace). Enter from King Street, the driveway between Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Library.

Olelo Community Media will cablecast the event live on Channel 49 and it will be live streamed at www.youtube.com/user/olelocm .

On Friday, August 19, a Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu at Koolau, 45-550 Kionaole Road in Kaneohe.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m.

In keeping with the late Congressman’s tradition of celebrating Aloha Friday, the family requests participants to dress in Aloha attire.

Overflow parking at Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Loa Campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway. Shuttle service will be provided.

Debi Bishop Appointed Managing Director at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Worldwide announced today that Debi Bishop has been named managing director of its flagship resort in Hawai‘i, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Debbie Bishop

Debi Bishop

Bishop brings with her 30 years of industry experience as she takes the helm of the company’s largest hotel, which encompasses 22 beachfront acres and 2,860 guest rooms effective April 1. “I’ve been impressed watching Debi successfully develop and lead our team at Hilton Waikoloa Village over the past seven years,” said Jerry Gibson, area vice president, Hilton Hawaii.

“We’re lucky she’ll remain in our Hilton Hawaii Ohana as the new leader at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.” Bishop served as general manager of Hilton Waikoloa since 2008. During her tenure at Hilton Waikoloa Village, the resort achieved numerous awards of excellence, including the Hilton Worldwide Genius of the AND; Hilton Worldwide Sales American Summit Breakaway; Best Use of Social Media; Best Tactical Marketing Revenue Generating and Most Improved Profit.

She currently serves on the board of directors for the Big Island Visitors Bureau, Hawaii Island Chapter of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association, Kohala Coast Resort Association, Waikoloa Beach Resort Conference, and Waikoloa Resort Association. She is also on the advisory board for University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Business and Economics.

Prior to joining the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Bishop served as managing director of Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Bishop also served as vice president of sales for Interstate Hotels & Resorts and worked with MeriStar Hotels & Resorts in several capacities, including vice president of operations and director of operations, Atlanta.

Senator Kai Kahele Says Mahalo Hilo!

Senator Kahele Mahalo

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