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EPA Cites Honolulu Wood Treating for Producing and Selling Mislabeled Pesticide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Honolulu Wood Treating of Kapolei, Oahu, which will pay a $33,750 penalty for producing and selling a mislabeled pesticide on five occasions in 2013 and 2014 under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

Honolulu Wood TreatmentThe Hawaii Department of Agriculture conducted inspections for EPA at the company’s facility in 2014 and 2015 and referred this case to EPA for follow-up enforcement. During the inspections, the Department found that Clear-Bor F.T., a product used to protect wood from termites and wood decay fungus, did not meet federal label requirements. Specifically, the first aid information and EPA Establishment number were incorrect. The company has since fully corrected the product label.

“Mislabeled pesticides put people at risk,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Every company must ensure its products are properly labeled to protect the health and safety of those who use them.”

EPA requires companies to revise the first aid statements on their pesticide product labels to include medically up-to-date language. The instructions on the non-compliant containers of Clear-Bor F.T. would  have likely interfered with proper medical treatment, as the label instructed the user to “induce vomiting by touching back of throat with finger” in case of ingestion. Current medical first aid instructions no longer recommend inducing vomiting.

The required EPA Establishment number was also found to be incorrect for the product.  This number is used to identify where the product was last produced. It is crucial to maintaining product integrity, as production includes formulating, packaging, labeling and any alteration of the product prior to sale.

For more information about the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/laws-regulations/summary-federal-insecticide-fungicide-and-rodenticide-act

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor to Display Rare Kate Aircraft

The Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber was the pride of the Imperial Japanese Navy and was considered the most effective aircraft of its kind at the beginning of World War II. She caused most of the battleship damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941.

Seventy-five years later, the Type 97 Carrier Torpedo Bomber, dubbed the “Kate” by the allies, will return to the exact spot where she made aviation history and be displayed at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Ford Island.

Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber

Nakajima B5N Torpedo Bomber

“This aircraft is one of a few known to have survived the war,” said Kenneth DeHoff, executive director of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. “An estimated 1,149 B5N’s were built, and only bits and pieces survive today, except for this Kate with its intriguing history.

Work has begun on the Kate’s fuselage and wings in the Museum’s Lt. Ted Shealy’s Restoration Shop, located in historic Hangar 79.  “We expect it will take five years to restore the B5N for static display quality” according to DeHoff. “With this year being the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the museum is honored to be able to display the Kate where she made aviation history, sharing a legacy with thousands of visitors worldwide.”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located on Historic Ford Island, where the first bombs fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Visitors to the Museum can see remnants from that day of infamy, including the 158-foot tall, red and white iconic Ford Island Air Field Control Tower, Hangars 37 and 79, and bullet holes that still remain. Through its preservation and restoration of World War II fighter planes and accompanying artifacts in the Museum’s historic hangars, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor shares the story of the vital role aviation played in winning of World War II, and its continuing role in maintaining America’s freedom.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on Historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.

26 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Settled Involving the Diocese of Honolulu and Other Religious Orders

Clerical Expert Identifies Bishop Joseph Ferrario as Child Abuser Before Appointment as Bishop and Three More Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Filed Before April 24 Legal Deadline

Bishop Joseph Ferrario

Bishop Joseph Ferrario

At a press conference tomorrow, Wednesday April 13th, Kailua Attorney Mark Gallagher will:

  • Announce the filing of three lawsuits on behalf of three sexual abuse survivors before the April 24, 2016 legal deadline. The new lawsuits ask courts to force public disclosure of the identity and whereabouts of all credibly accused clerics in the Diocese of Honolulu;
  • Release the expert report of Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, a canon lawyer and expert in the field of clerical child sexual abuse, identifying Bishop Joseph Ferrario as a child molester prior to his appointment as Bishop;
  • Discuss the settlements of 26 child sexual abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Honolulu and various religious orders; and
  • Encourage sexual abuse survivors in Hawaii to come forward and pursue legal action under a Hawaii law that expires April 24, 2016.

 

Honolulu Bans Non-Essential Publicly-Funded Travel to North Carolina and Mississippi Due to LGBT Discrimination Bills

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Thursday issued a moratorium on non-essential publicly-funded travel by city employees to the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.

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Similar actions have been taken by municipalities across the country after lawmakers in North Carolina and Mississippi recently enacted laws that endorse discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

“This moratorium sends a clear message to states where discrimination against people in the LGBT community, as well as any discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, age, biological sex, or handicap, is tolerated,” said Mayor Caldwell. “Hopefully, common sense and our core American values of equality and tolerance will prevail in these states, allowing us to lift this moratorium.”

Also today, Mayor Caldwell joined the newly formed coalition group Mayors Against Discrimination spearheaded by San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Currently, the coalition also includes the mayors of Seattle, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Oakland, Sante Fe, Washington, D.C., and Tampa, with a quickly growing list of Mayors who are standing against bigotry and hatred. The press release is attached.

Hawaii Department of the Attorney General Holds Auction of Seized and Forfeited Property

A public auction of property seized and forfeited to the State of Hawaii will be held on April 9, 2016 in the Pikake Room at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

auctionAmong the property being auctioned are multiple vehicles, including:

  • 2011 Kia Rio 4 door sedan;
  • 2010 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab 4×4 pickup truck;
  • 2006 BMW 325i 4 door sedan;
  • 2005 Mercedes E500 4 door sedan;
  • 2003 Hummer H2 SUV;
  • 2003 Lincoln Navigator SUV
  • Three sport bikes;
  • One Harley Davidson motorcycle; and
  • Other vehicles.

Other property to be sold includes, among other things:

  • Flat screen monitors and televisions;
  • Surveillance equipment;
  • Jewelry (including Ming);
  • Collectible coins and currency;
  • One vintage Rolex watch; and
  • Various electronics and other miscellaneous property.

The property to be auctioned may be inspected starting at 11:00 a.m. on April 9th. The auction, conducted by Rosen Auctions, will begin at noon the same day. For a list of the property, visit www.rosenauctions.com.

The auction is the result of ongoing efforts by state and county law enforcement agencies to fight crime by seizing and forfeiting assets used or acquired in connection with criminal activities. Assets that were used in, or obtained from, the commission of certain criminal offenses can be seized and forfeited under the state’s asset forfeiture law. Taking away the tools criminals use to commit crimes and the profits from those crimes is one way to deter and impede criminal conduct. Proceeds from this auction will be used by state and county law enforcement agencies to combat crime.

Employees (and their immediate family members) of county police departments, county prosecuting attorney’s offices, and the Department of the Attorney General are not eligible to purchase forfeited property.

Anyone having information about individuals who are profiting from criminal activity should call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 955-8300.

Hawaii Department of Health Investigates Travel Related Cases of Mosquito Borne Illnesses on Oahu

The Hawaii State Department of Health is investigating four cases of travel related mosquito borne viruses on Oahu. The cases include an individual who traveled to Latin America, returned ill, and is being tested for dengue and Zika virus, as well as individuals who are being tested for dengue fever and chikungunya and have a history of travel to the Pacific Islands and Latin America. All of the individuals have recovered.

Mosquito Bite

Initial lab tests for the first individual referenced above conducted by the State Laboratories Division were not conclusive, and further testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The department’s Vector Control teams have been assessing residential and other areas in urban Honolulu and along the North Shore this week to determine if mosquito control measure such as eliminating mosquito breeding sites or spraying to reduce adult mosquitos activity will be necessary.

Dengue fever, Zika, and chikungunya are all mosquito borne viruses that are spread when a sick person is bitten by a mosquito, which later bites another person. Evidence suggests that Zika can also be transmitted through unprotected sexual contact with someone who has been infected. The best way to prevent all these viruses is to take mosquito control measures and to avoid getting bitten. Some who carry Zika do not show symptoms, and in others, illness may last from several days to over a week. There is currently no cure for these viruses.

“The department expects to see more of these travel related cases as outbreaks of all these diseases continue in other countries,” said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. “The department is working closely with the counties and taking precautionary measures to respond to all suspected and confirmed cases. We ask for the public’s help in reducing mosquito breeding areas around homes and workplaces and preventing mosquito bites by using repellant or protective clothing.”

Department of Health staff will continue to conduct site visits in various areas on Oahu in the coming week to assess problem areas for mosquito breeding and inform residents of the need to take precautions against mosquito-borne viruses. Residents who are not at home when a Vector Control team visits their neighborhood will receive a flyer or letter from the Department of Health and are advised to read the information carefully.

The public is advised that anyone who has traveled outside the country and has mild to severe symptoms such as fever, joint pain, rash, or red/pink eyes within 2 weeks after returning from travel should see their healthcare provider. All residents and visitors should avoid getting mosquito bites by using repellent and wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves, pants, shoes and socks when outdoors. Residents should fix broken window and door screens at home, and get rid of standing water in the yard. Old tires, buckets, toys and plants, especially bromeliads, can become breeding sites for mosquitos.

For more tips on how to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, visit health.hawaii.gov.

After 25 Years at Pearl Harbor, USS Chosin to Leave for New Homeport

The U.S. Navy announced that USS Chosin (CG 65) will depart for San Diego this Friday, completing 25 years of duty and deployments from its homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

USS Chosin

Chosin is scheduled to depart Pearl Harbor Friday morning to begin the cruiser modernization program in San Diego. The ship will be considered on deployment until July 1, at which time it will officially change its homeport to San Diego.  This move supports the Navy’s plan to modernize select cruisers to extend their service lives to 40 years, as well as upgrade shipboard combat systems to address current and future warfighting requirements.

In 1992 Chosin deployed for the first time to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.  On several occasions over the years, Sailors aboard Chosin rescued stranded fishermen at sea, including Iraqi and Yemeni seafarers.  In 2014 USS Chosin led recovery efforts of the disabled Canadian navy oil replenishment ship Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Protecteur (AOR 509) after an engine fire.  Chosin participated in humanitarian operations in the Pacific and dozens of international exercises, including Rim of the Pacific exercises in the Hawaiian Islands.

“Thousands of men and women served aboard USS Chosin over the past 25 years that the ‘War Dragon’ was homeported here at Pearl Harbor,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific and Navy Region Hawaii. “Chosin Sailors and their proud ship kept sea lanes open, built strong international partnerships and stood at the ready to defend our nation.”

“We wish USS Chosin fair winds and following seas as the ‘War Dragon’ prepares for modernization — taking warfighting readiness to the next level,” Fuller said. “I join her commanding officer, Capt. Kevin Brand, and Chosin shipmates, past and present, who offer deep appreciation to the people of Hawaii for their strong support and Aloha over many years.”

Chosin is the first U.S. Navy warship named in commemoration of the First Marine Division’s heroism at the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War, “The Chosin Few.” The ship’s motto is “Invictus,” Latin for invincible or unconquered.

USS Chosin was commissioned in 1991 and since then has proudly served in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor.

The Navy will maintain cruisers undergoing modernization in a commissioned status using a reduced crew size and transferring the administrative control of the ship to Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command at the start of the modernization period.  At a future date, the Navy will restore the ship to full manning and transfer administrative control back to the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the ship returns to operational status.

Cruisers are designed to directly support a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) as the Air Defense Commander (ADC). These ships are multi-mission surface combatants capable of supporting carrier strike groups, expeditionary strike groups, or operating as flagships of surface action groups. They are equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles giving them additional long range strike warfare capability.

Maintaining the most technologically advanced ships supports the commitment of United States to the security, stability, and prosperity of the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

Public Invited to View Solar-Powered Plane “Solar Impulse 2”

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is pleased to announce a free public viewing of the Solar Impulse 2. The public will be able to view the aircraft and meet the crew that’s making the first flight around the world in a solar-powered plane.

Solar Impulse in Hawaii

The viewing is scheduled at the following location and time:

Saturday, April 2, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hangar 111 at Kalaeloa Airport
Midway Street, Kapolei, HI 96707

The date of the event may need to be changed to Sunday, April 3, 2016, depending on the possibility of the plane leaving the hangar for training flights linked to weather conditions.

Those interested in attending the event are urged to register online which includes accepting a waiver granting Solar Impulse SA and their affiliates the right to use photos, video, and other materials taken at the event for promotional purposes.

On the day of the event, attendees who registered in advance will save time upon arrival by presenting a print out of their registration or by showing it on their smartphone. Those who have not registered prior to the event will not be able to utilize the express line. The public may register and read more about the waiver by clicking here.

For more information on the Solar Impulse’s mission and journey around the world, please visit their website at http://www.solarimpulse.com/.

Parking map for Hangar 111

Hawaii Man Charged with Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person

Attorney General Doug Chin announced today that Lawrence Paul Miguel has been charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

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Mr. Miguel was a staff member at the Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii, Adult Daycare Program. The allegation against him is that on June 11, 2014 he manhandled two different clients in two separate events. The charges allege that Mr. Miguel bent the first victim’s wrist backwards before grabbing him by the shirt and forcing him into the wall. The charges further allege that the second victim was forced to the ground, straddled, and choked for removing a sandwich from a locker. Both victims are afflicted with profound intellectual disabilities and as a result are unable to communicate. Both incidents were observed by an eyewitness who intervened immediately.

Attorney General Chin said “Mr. Miguel was supposed to help these people, not hurt them. This Department will prosecute anyone who takes advantage of his position to harm those most in need of our assistance.”

The charges against Mr. Miguel are brought under section 709-905 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS). A conviction for these charges is a misdemeanor that carries with it a sentence of up to one year in jail pursuant to HRS section 706-663.

Mr. Miguel is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Whales Sighted at Entrance to Pearl Harbor

On Sunday morning, phone lines in Hawaii buzzed with the news that whales were at the Pearl Harbor entrance.  Joint Base’s Port Operations and Harbor Patrol teams kept Navy vessels at a respectful distance, protecting what turned out to be a cow/calf pair – a mom humpback whale and her calf.

 Photos by Master at Arms Second Class Jadira Viera (Feb. 28, 2016)


Photos by Master at Arms Second Class Jadira Viera (Feb. 28, 2016)

“These whales continue to be protected under both the Endangered Species and Marine Mammal Protection Acts,” reminds Navy Region Hawaii Environmental Counsel Rebecca Hommon. “Some of these animals winter in Hawaii, mate, give birth and then head back to colder waters such as those off of Alaska to feed during the summer months.”

Photos by Master at Arms Second Class Jadira Viera (Feb. 28, 2016)

Photos by Master at Arms Second Class Jadira Viera (Feb. 28, 2016)

As soon as the whales were observed, the Navy notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Marine Mammal Response staff.

NOAA’s David Schofield advised that “It’s probably a normal situation of a mother whale bringing her calf in close to shore.” NOAA officials expressed appreciation for the Navy’s immediate response and knowledge that these marine mammals require a certain stand-off and slow boat traffic.

Whales in Pearl Harbor 3“Humpback whales continue to be protected under the Endangered Species, Marine Mammal Protection, and  National Marine Sanctuaries Acts.  It is unlawful to approach this marine mammal species by any means within 100 yards (90 m) and to operate any aircraft within 1,000 feet (300 m).  If you see a marine mammal in distress (beached, entangled, or otherwise injured) please report the sighting immediately to Pacific Islands Region Marine Mammal Stranding & Entanglement Hotline 888-256-9840.”

Red Hill Update – NAVY Says Water Remains Safe to Drink

Last week, Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, sent another Red Hill “stakeholder letter” to business and community leaders and elected officials. Fuller shared the latest information about the fuel storage facility and how the Navy is keeping drinking water safe.

Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific, left of right, briefs members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit to one of the fuel tanks at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility near Pearl Harbor. The group visited the modernized Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where leaders and subject matter experts showed how the Navy maintains the facility as a national strategic asset. Red Hill provides fuel to operate overseas while ensuring drinking water in the area remains safe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released)

Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific, left of right, briefs members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit to one of the fuel tanks at the Red Hill Underground Fuel Storage Facility near Pearl Harbor. The group visited the modernized Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where leaders and subject matter experts showed how the Navy maintains the facility as a national strategic asset. Red Hill provides fuel to operate overseas while ensuring drinking water in the area remains safe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released)

The letter is a means for keeping communication lines open, providing details about ongoing improvements, and thanking public officials and the community for support to the military and its mission in Hawaii.

Fuller’s letter opens with a note of appreciation.

“Before I discuss Red Hill, I feel honored to thank you for your heartfelt expressions of aloha and continued support to the families, friends and colleagues of the 12 Marines who recently lost their lives during night training off of Oahu.”

Regarding new information about advancements in and around Red Hill:

“I am pleased to report that on December 4, 2015, staff from the Navy, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), State of Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), and Region IX of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded a week of face-to-face, in-depth meetings in accordance with the Administrative Order on Consent signed on September 28, 2015.”

Fuller noted, “These initial scoping meetings met our objectives.  The participants organized into groups to address specific sections of the statement of work within the order including:  tank inspection, repair and maintenance procedures report; tank upgrade alternatives report; corrosion and metal fatigue practices report; and the groundwater flow model and contaminant fate and transport report.  We are pleased with the outcome of these discussions.”

Regulatory agencies approved outlines for reports on fuel release monitoring systems and corrosion and metal fatigue practices.

The Navy is working closely with stakeholders. The team expects to complete the scoping work for tank inspection, repair, and maintenance procedures, and for tank upgrade alternatives, by the end of March.  Draft reports for release detection/tank tightness testing and corrosion and metal fatigue practices are due in April.

The Navy uses ten groundwater sampling locations now and plans to install four additional groundwater monitoring wells to “improve our ability to assess and predict the potential migration of subsurface fuel constituents.”

Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Lovgren, fuel director at Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, right, briefs members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam. The group visited the modernized Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where subject matter experts showed how the Navy maintains the facility as a national strategic asset. Red Hill provides fuel to operate overseas while ensuring drinking water in the area remains safe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released)

Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Lovgren, fuel director at Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor, right, briefs members of the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Moanalua Valley Community Association and Pearl City Neighborhood Board No. 21 during a visit at Joint Base Pearl Harbor‐Hickam. The group visited the modernized Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, where subject matter experts showed how the Navy maintains the facility as a national strategic asset. Red Hill provides fuel to operate overseas while ensuring drinking water in the area remains safe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Laurie Dexter/Released)

Fuller noted, “The Navy continues to monitor the quality of the drinking water sources closest to the Red Hill facility and share that data with EPA and DOH.  As I mentioned in my November 2015 letter, over the years, we intermittently detected trace amounts of fuel constituents adjacent to the Navy’s Red Hill drinking water shaft . at barely detectable levels.  The other important facts about our trace detections are that these levels are far below DOH Environmental Action Levels (EAL), and most importantly, these levels pose no risk to human health.”

He added, “Most recently, in July 2015, we detected trace amounts of Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (a fuel constituent) at an estimated value of 17 parts per billion, well below the EAL of 100 parts per billion. Our EPA-certified lab had to estimate the amount because the detection level was too low to accurately quantify.”

The drinking water near Red Hill is safe and has been safe through 70 years of operation.

“The water was and continues to be safe to drink,” Fuller said.  “Moving from today and looking into the future, the Navy will continue to perform diligent and careful water quality analyses on our water.  We will continue to submit water test results to DOH, and will promptly inform DOH, EPA and the public if there is ever any risk to the safety of the drinking water.”

Fuller concluded his letter with another note of appreciation to the community:

“Thank you for your continued support to our military and our mission in Hawaii.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any concerns regarding Red Hill or our progress.  I encourage you to review the Navy’s website on Red Hill and suggest that you subscribe to EPA’s website.  You can find those sites at www.cnic.navy.mil/redhill and www.epa.gov/region9/waste/ust/redhill/index.html.”

Parking on Kamehameha Highway to Be Restricted Near Waimea Bay for the Eddie Aikau Tournament

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is alerting motorists of parking restrictions on Kamehameha Highway on Oahu’s North Shore in anticipation of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf tournament. No parking will be allowed on either side of Kamehameha Highway from Iliohu Place to the Saints Peter & Paul Mission beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at 10 pm through the duration of the tournament.

Eddie contest

Temporary barriers will be placed in the shoulders to prevent parking and allow safe pedestrian access. Honolulu Police officers will be patrolling the area enforcing the parking restriction. Vehicles parked within the restricted area will be cited and/or towed at the owner’s expense. Should the event be cancelled the barriers will be removed as quickly as possible and the parking restriction will be lifted.

HDOT is postponing planned lane closures on Kamehameha Highway along Oahu’s North Shore in anticipation of the crowds of people venturing to Waimea Bay. Previously planned utility installation and repair work on Thursday, Feb. 25 will be postponed.

Electronic message boards will be strategically placed at key decision making points including Wahiawa, Kahaluu and Kahuku to alert motorists of parking restrictions and heavy traffic on the North Shore. Additional signs will be placed on both ends of the designated area near Waimea Bay to notify drivers of the parking restriction.

We ask those travelling to the North Shore to be patient, drive safely, and expect delays. As with past Eddie’s, we expect the number of cars on the road to significantly exceed the capacity. HDOT has been in coordination with the Honolulu Police Department, City & County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation Department, and Department of Transportation Services to mitigate impacts to the best extent possible.

To view a complete list of the scheduled roadwork around the state visit the Hawaii Department of Transportation website by clicking here.

Thunder From Down Under – Coming to Oahu and Big Island of Hawaii

Bamp Project Presents Thunder From Down Under on the Big Island of Hawaii for two nights at the Kahilu Theatre.  Shows will be on Monday, June 06, 2016 and Tuesday June 07, 2016 with both shows beginning at 7:00 PM. Prices are $62.50/$52.50 and $42.50. Door sales to increase in price by $5.00 at the door.

Thunder from Down Under will be performing at the Kahilu Theatre

Thunder from Down Under will be performing at the Kahilu Theatre

They will also be playing on Oahu on June 10th, 11th and 12th at The Safehouse (the Lounge within The Republik).  More information on the Oahu shows can be found here: Thunder from Down Under on Oahu.

AUSTRALIA’S THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER – The PERFECT Girl’s Night Outback! Australia’s HOTTEST Export – Thunder From Down Under – hits an intimate Vegas stage every night of the week showing off chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, cheeky humor and boy-next-door charm that you won’t be able to resist! Each sexy performer embodies a different female fantasy and brings it to life, turning your wildest dreams into reality.

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This isn’t the type of show you just sit and watch – Thunder is a fully interactive experience. The blokes dance on tabletops, make their way through the crowd and even select a few lucky ladies to join in the fun on stage. Don’t miss your chance to get up close and personal with these Aussie hunks! Critics, celebrities and fans from around the world rave that Thunder From Down Under is the best male revue show on the Strip! This show is the ultimate bachelorette party, divorce party and girls’ night out destination.

Video: Civilian Helicopter Crashes in Pearl Harbor

Five passengers were safely recovered after a civilian helicopter went down in the waters of Pearl Harbor at about 10:30 a.m. today in the area near the Ford Island bridge and the National Park Service Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
Helicopter Crash in Pearl Harbor
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Navy boats and Federal Fire (FFD) were among the first responders to the scene. All five reported passengers were recovered at the scene and transported to local hospitals for further evaluation.

Operations at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, including visits to the USS Arizona Memorial have been suspended until further notice. FFD and security personnel have immediately secured the area to conduct their investigation.

The helicopter reportedly belongs to Genesis Aviation.

The safety of base personnel, the public and the environment remain priorities as the investigation continues.

Victims to Hawaii Bishop: Make All Predators’ Names Public

Thirty other dioceses have exposed accused clerics, Seattle list included abuser in hiding in Honolulu – Former bishop should also be on list, group says, Releasing names is public safety imperative, SNAP says

Victims of sex abuse are demanding that the Catholic Bishop of Hawai’i publicly release the names of all clerics, employees, and volunteers who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse.

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In a letter (see below) to Honolulu Bishop Larry Silva, members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), say that releasing the list is an “important step for transparency, healing, and child protection.”

More than 30 other dioceses have released the names of accused clerics, and a recent list released by the Archdiocese of Seattle exposed a 50-time accused former Irish Christian Brother who is living “under the radar” in Hawai’i.

The group fears that Hawai’i’s credibly accused predator clerics could be living in local neighbors where they have unfettered access to children.

“How many credibly accused predators are living ‘under the radar’ here and elsewhere, where they can continue to prey on children?” the letter said. “Releasing these names is a public safety imperative.”

The letter also stresses the importance of releasing names of all of the accused, living and deceased. For example, former Honolulu Bishop Joseph Ferrario has been publicly accused of sexual abuse by at least three men. The first came forward in the 1980s.

“Bishop Ferrario led this diocese for years. He has been sued and/or accused by at least three brave victims” said Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director. “The public and Catholics deserve to know the truth. For the sake of the victims and of Catholics who considered Ferrario to be their spiritual leader, will Ferrario’s name be included?”

Other deceased serial predator priests have also been honored for decades.

For more than 40 years, St. Anthony’s in Kailua honored serial child molester Fr. Joseph Henry, who has been accused of abuse by 18 boys,” the letter said. “You must do more than just take his name off of the parish hall, you must also publicly acknowledge that he and former Bishop Ferrario were credibly accused of sexual molestation.

According to court documents, more than 60 cases of child sexual abuse against the Diocese of Honolulu are in mediation. Approximately 30 of them have been settled. These victims were able to come forward and use the civil courts because of Hawai’i’s landmark civil window for child sex abuse victims, which gives survivors the opportunity to use the civil courts to expose their abuse. The window expires in April.

February 14, 2016

Most Reverend Clarence (Larry) Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, Chancery, 1184 Bishop St., Honolulu, HI 96813, Fax: 808.537-1860, bishop@rcchawaii.org

Dear Bishop Silva;

We are members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), the nation’s largest support group for men and women who were sexually abused in religious and institutional settings. We are writing you today with a simple request:

Publicly release the names of all credibly accused clerics who have worked in Hawai’i, both living and deceased. We also ask that you keep the list posted on your website and published in parish bulletins.

More than 30 other dioceses have made this simple and effective step.

The importance of releasing these names cannot be overstated. A similar list in Seattle exposed a 50-time accused cleric who is living here in Hawai’i. Until his name was exposed by the Seattle archbishop and reported in the Los Angeles Times, communities in Hawai’i had no idea the risk.

How many of Hawai’i’s predator clerics are living ‘under the radar’ here and elsewhere, where they can continue to prey on children?

Releasing these names is a public safety imperative. Keeping the names under wraps protects no one and only enforces the cycle of abuse.

We also ask that you ensure that the list includes ALL credibly accused clerics, even if they are deceased. Doing this helps victims heal and exposes the truth about the scope and scale of abuse and cover-up here in Hawai’i.

Bishop Ferrario led this diocese for years. He has been sued and/or accused by at least three brave victims. The public and Catholics deserve to know the truth. For the sake of the victims and of Catholics who considered Ferrario their spiritual leader, you must ensure Ferrario’s name is on the list. We also ask that you include Fr. Henry, who, despite being accused by more than 18 victims, was honored at St. Anthony’s in Kailua as recently as November.

No Catholic wants to unknowingly honor a child molester. No victim wants to see his/her perpetrator honored. No community wants to live in fear that their child is at risk from a hidden Hawai’i predator priest. The only way for victims to heal and to protect children right now is for you to show that you truly care about child safety and victims and take this important step for transparency, healing, and child protection.

We look forward to your immediate action.

Sincerely.

Joelle Casteix, SNAP Volunteer Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434, jcasteix@gmail.com

Barb Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003

David Clohessy, SNAP Executive Director, (314) 566-9790

Navy Re-Sodding High School Football Field After Military Debris Discovered

Naval Facilities Engineering Command announced this week it is ready to begin re-sodding Radford High School football field.  The field has been the site of remediation actions by the Navy after decades-old military debris was discovered there two years ago.
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The Navy has worked closely with the state Department of Education and Department of Health on required remediation actions at the school.

“On behalf of the Navy, I offer a big thank you to the parents, teachers and especially the students of Radford High School for their patience and understanding,” said Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific.

“We were and are committed to doing a careful and thorough job in restoring the Radford track and field. Our highest priority continues to be the safety, health and welfare of people, especially young people,” Fuller said.

“We appreciate that this project is moving forward. The Hawaii State Department of Education is grateful for the patience of the Radford High School community throughout the delays,” Office of School Facilities and Support Services Assistant Superintendent Dann Carlson said.

The Navy contractor began site work this week, which includes scraping vegetation and weeds from the field area, placing new top soil, and shaping the field for drainage. Over the next two weeks, the Navy will continue field preparations and begin installing fresh sod.

“Special thanks goes to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii teams – environmental, contracting, engineers and other support. NAVFAC got the funding, ensured contractor availability, and worked closely with the Department of Education and the school administration to ensure the track and field will be ready for the 2016 football season,” Fuller said.

“By the way, congratulations again to Coach Fred Salanoa and the Radford Rams for winning the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division II football championship last November at Aloha Stadium. Go Rams!”

Honolulu Selected for “Local Foods, Local Places” Federal Initiative

On behalf of the White House Rural Council, six federal agencies joined to announce 27 communities selected to participate in Local Foods, Local Places, a federal initiative that helps communities increase economic opportunities for local farmers and related businesses, create vibrant places, and promote childhood wellness by improving access to healthy local food.

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“Local Foods, Local Places helps people access healthy local food and supports new businesses in neighborhoods that need investment,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The program is good for the environment, public health and the economy. By helping bring healthy local food to market and offering new walking and biking options, Local Foods, Local Places can help improve air quality, support local economies, and protect undeveloped green space.”

Honolulu was one of the cities selected in 2016 from EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region:

Honolulu, Hawaii – The Hawaii Community Development Authority will focus their Local Foods, Local Places efforts on plans to identify food-based projects that will spur greater investment and stewardship in the Kakaako Makai community; enhance local food production; integrate food security initiatives with community and transit-oriented development planning; and reduce stormwater runoff and vulnerability to sea level rise.

The selected communities were chosen from more than 300 applicants.

Each Local Foods, Local Places partner community works with a team of experts who help community members recognize local assets and opportunities, set goals for revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods, develop an implementation plan, and identify targeted resources from the participating federal agencies to help implement those plans.

Local Foods, Local Places is a partnership among the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Delta Regional Authority. The initiative was launched in 2014 and has already helped 26 communities make a difference in people’s lives.

Local Food, Local Places is one of the administration’s community-based initiatives in action across the country. In these places federal experts are working side by side with residents and local leaders to create customized solutions; bolstering coordination across agencies and improving how we interact with communities as a ‘one Government’ partner; and relying on valuable data to help inform solutions and evaluate what is working and what is not.

A complete list of communities participating in the Local Food, Local Places Initiative can be found at http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-summary-reports

Security Guards Indicted for Taking Bribes at Honolulu Airport

An Oahu grand jury indicted four Securitas law enforcement and traffic control officers for accepting bribes from taxi and shuttle drivers at the Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced.

SecuritasDeputy Attorney General Albert Cook said, “Securitas employees Ruben Corpuz Alonzo, Ranie A. Ilagan, Gay Manicia Gatchalian and Euriphides Magalang allegedly solicited and accepted more than three thousand dollars in monetary payments from taxi and shuttle drivers at the airport. In exchange the defendants provided customers to these drivers and allowed the drivers to circumvent the rules and regulations relating to taxi and shuttle drivers and ground transportation at the Honolulu International Airport.”

“These indictments followed a months-long, complex undercover investigation conducted by the FBI in conjunction with Special Agent Investigators at the Attorney General’s office. Taxi drivers complained about certain officers at the airport taking bribes and showing favoritism to those willing to pay,” said Attorney General Chin.

The four Securitas employees were indicted for bribery, a violation of section 710-1040, Hawaii Revised Statutes. This is a class B felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $25,000.00 fine.

The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Securitas receives about $33 million a year to provide security.

Another Pacific Skydiver Seriously Injured on North Shore of Oahu

Another skydiver jumping with Pacific Skydiving was seriously injured this afternoon.

Skydiving injury

Details on the injury are still coming in as of this report.

Decision to End Search for Marines “Extremely Difficult”

The Coast Guard will suspend the active search at sunset Tuesday for the 12 Marine aviators of Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron 463 off the North Shore of Oahu.

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“A decision to suspend searching without finding survivors is extremely difficult given the depth of its impact and I know I speak for the entire Coast Guard when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Marine Corps helicopter squadron and particularly with families and loved ones of those missing,” said Capt. Jim Jenkins, chief of staff and acting commander, Coast Guard 14th District. “I want to thank all our partners, the Navy, Army, the National Guard, the Hawaii Fire, Police and Ocean Safety for their extraordinary professionalism. I am proud of my Coast Guard crews and most of all thank you to the Marines for your leadership and partnership during this case. I emphasize that as we suspend the search, we pass the baton to the Marine Corps for any follow on actions. We stand ready to support any future maritime operations, and we will continue to provide any comfort we can for those suffering from this terrible loss.”

As of sunset Tuesday, the Coast Guard and military partners will have conducted a cumulative search effort of 40,530 sq. nautical miles, plus the extensive shoreline effort by the Honolulu Fire and Police Departments with Ocean Safety Lifeguard Service. More than 130 individual searches were conducted over five days, a continuous sustained search effort of 115 hours.

Involved in the search were:

Aircraft:
Surface assets:
Shoreline:
MH-65 Dolphin helicopter & HC-130 Hercules airplane with multiple crews
Navy P-3 Orion airplane with multiple crews
Navy H-60 helicopter with multiple crews
Army H-60 helicopter with multiple crews
Honolulu Fire Department helicopter with multiple crews
Honolulu Police Department helicopter with multiple crews
USS Gridley
USS John Paul Johns
USS Paul Hamilton
USNS safeguard-class ship Military Sealift Command
Mobile Diving & Salvage Unit 1 with ROV
Coast Guard Cutter Kiska & Coast Guard Cutter Ahi
Ocean Safety jet ski teams with multiple crews
Honolulu Fire Department rescue boat
Marines comprising shoreline search teams
Incident Command Post team Honolulu
Incident Command Post team Haleiwa
Coast Guard MSST 91107 & Regional Dive Locker Pacific
Coast Guard Sector Honolulu
Hawaii Army National Guard  & Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources

Coast Guard watchstanders in Honolulu received notification of two possible downed military helicopters off the coast of Oahu’s Waimea Bay, each reportedly with six personnel aboard, late Thursday evening prompting the joint search effort. The aircraft were CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.

The Marine Corps has the lead role for any salvage and the ongoing investigation into the cause of the incident.