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Notice – Attorneys Interested in Providing Legal Services to DLNR as Hearing Officer in Thirty Meter Telescope CDUP PERMIT Contested Case

In anticipation of the need for the Board of Land and Natural Resources to hold a  contested case hearing on In Re Petitions Requesting a Contested Case Hearing Re Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) for the Thirty Meter Telescope at the Mauna Kea Science Reserve, Kaohe Mauka, Hamakua District, Island of Hawaiʻi, TMK (3) 4-4-015:009, the Department of Land and Natural Resources now seeks qualified applicants to provide professional legal services as a hearing officer in this potential case which is pending a remand to the Board by the Third Circuit Court of the State.

TMT laser

Qualifications

An applicant must possess the following basic qualifications:

  • Being an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaiʻi and in good standing;
  • Being able to serve with strict impartiality and no conflicts of interest or appearance of conflict;
  • Being available to devote a substantial amount of time in the next six to twelve months; and
  • Willing to accept the prevailing charge rate relevant to the professional service as a hearing officer, as determined by the Department.

Other desirable qualifications include civil litigation experience, practice in administrative law and process, familiarity with government proceedings and procedures, and knowledge of the Hawaii Revised Statutes and Hawaii Administrative Rules administered by the Department.

Submittal Requirements

Qualified parties interested in being considered for selection are invited to submit a letter of interest with a curriculum vitae or resume to:

Department of Land and Natural Resources
Attn: Administrative Proceedings Office
1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 130
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Facsimile: (808) 587-0390
E-Mail: DLNR.CO.APO@HAWAII.GOV

Applicants from the same company or law firm must submit separate applications to the Department.  Applications may be submitted by mail, facsimile or electronic mail.  The Department will not be responsible for lost or misdirected mails.

All submittals must be received by the Department or postmarked by Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to be considered.

Building and Design Expo Feb. 12-14 – Live Cooking Demo and Book Signing with Sam Choy

The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce presents the 11th annual Building & Design Expo February 12 – 14 at the Sheraton Kona Resort at Keauhou Bay‘s Kaleiopapa Convention Center.

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy, known for his Hawaiian cuisine, will feature his newest kitchen accessories line, Sam Choy’s Hawaiian Kitchen. He will also do a live cooking demo and book-signing.

Abbas Hassan of Tiki Shark Art, Sam Choy and Kirstin Kahaloa, Executive Director of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

Abbas Hassan of Tiki Shark Art, Sam Choy and Kirstin Kahaloa, Executive Director of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

Touted as “Hawai‘i Island’s largest home show,” more than 40 vendor booths will exhibit their goods and services in the three-day event. From general contracting and materials to home design and décor including fine art, the expo often features furnishings, blinds and shutters, window-tinting, kitchen countertops, cabinets and flooring, pest control PC solar and financing.

Event sponsors include Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Hawaii Gas, P.A. Harris Electric, Renewable Energy Services, Sam Choy & Tiki Shark Art and West Hawaii Today. Contact the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce office at marketing@kona-kohala.com or 808.329.1758.

Hokulea Departs Fernando de Noronha for Natal

After a four-day stop at Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago off the Brazilian coast, Hokulea departed the UNESCO Marine World Heritage site yesterday at 11:00 a.m. Brazil time (3:00 a.m. HST) and is now headed to Natal, Rio Grande do Norte. Note: Fernando de Noronha is eight hours ahead of Hawaii Time. During their stay, crewmembers were able to learn about efforts to protect the marine life and other natural resources of the pristine island.

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The Hokulea crew is now sailing approximately 241 miles to reach Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, located in northeastern Brazil. The arrival to the coastal city will mark Hokulea’s first visit to the South America continent. The leg will take approximately two days.

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After stopping in Brazil, Hokulea will continue the Malama Honua Worldwide Voyage and stop in several ports in the Caribbean before sailing north and visiting cities along the East Coast of the United States. She is scheduled to arrive in New York City by June 8, 2016 to celebrate World Oceans Day.

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Since departing Hawaiian waters in May 2014, Hokulea has sailed more than 20,000 nautical miles and made stops in 11 countries and 46 ports, weaving a “Lei of Hope” around the world. Along the way, more than 160 volunteer crewmembers have helped to sail Hokulea accompanied by escort vessel Gershon II to spread the message of malama honua (or taking care of Island Earth) by promoting sustainability and environmental consciousness, as well as exchanging ideas with the countries she has visited.

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So far, crew members have connected with over 45,000 people in communities across the South Pacific, Tasman Sea and Indian Ocean including Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, Indonesia, Mauritius and South Africa. For a midway recap of the Worldwide Voyage, please view http://www.hokulea.com/2015-worldwide-voyage-recap/

Hokulea first set out on the Pacific Ocean in 1975. Since then, she has traveled to multiple countries across the globe, reawakening a Hawaiian cultural renaissance in the process through reviving the traditional art of wayfinding – navigating the sea through means of using natural resources like ocean swells, stars, and wind.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

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

International Space Station

It will be visible beginning tonight, Friday, January 29th, at 7:05 PM. It will be visible for approximately 4 minutes.  It will appear 30 degrees above the West Southwest part of the sky and disappear 16 degrees above North Northeast.

Satellite Image Captures Latest Lava Flow Advancement

This satellite image was captured on Thursday, January 7, by the Advanced Land Imager instrument onboard NASA’s Earth Observing 1 satellite.

The image shows that scattered breakouts continue to be active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, with no overall advancement in recent months. The farthest active lava was 5.6 km (3.5 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō.  (Click to enlarge)

The image shows that scattered breakouts continue to be active northeast of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, with no overall advancement in recent months. The farthest active lava was 5.6 km (3.5 miles) northeast of the vent on Puʻu ʻŌʻō. (Click to enlarge)

The image is provided courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Although this is a false-color image, the color map has been chosen to mimic what the human eye would expect to see. Bright red pixels depict areas of very high temperatures and show active lava. White areas are clouds.

Video: Fly HI with The Maka Project – Big Island of Hawaii

The Maka crew enjoying life on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

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Capturing the Big Island of Hawaii from a slightly different perspective!

Full of aloha and adventure, the Island of Hawaii is an epic place to call home- especially for the Maka crew. Filmed by Joshua Lambus and Eric Franke.

Tech Evangelist @GuyKawasaki to Appear on ‘Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox’

Tech evangelist and social media maven Guy Kawasaki will be featured on a new Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, premiering Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30 PM on PBS Hawaii.

Guy Kawasaki's Twitter Profile Picture

Guy Kawasaki’s Twitter Profile Picture

Kawasaki was born and raised in Kalihi and now lives in Silicon Valley. He is the Chief Evangelist for Canva, an online graphic design tool, and was the Chief Evangelist at Apple Inc. in the 1980s. Kawasaki has written 13 books and has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter.

The interview was taped in September, when Kawasaki was on Oahu for the funeral of his father, former state senator Duke Kawasaki.

“He did not believe in taking crap from anybody,” Kawasaki said about his father. “I would say that is something he probably passed on to me.”

A graduate of Iolani, Stanford and UCLA, Kawasaki said all Hawaii students should strive to attend college out of state, “if they can afford it and if the situation works out,” he said.

“It is an eye-opening experience,” Kawasaki said. “It increases your perspective, it increases your horizons, it increases your expectation for life. And I think that if you only stay in one place, you judge things, you judge yourself in only one context. And that’s not enough.”

Kawasaki continued: “You could start a company. You don’t have to go work for just a hotel or just for a store in Ala Moana Center. So that opened my eyes. And I never looked back.”

State Conditionally Approves Transfer of Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s Hawaii Cable Franchises to Charter Communications

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Cable Television Division (CATV) conditionally approved the merger transaction transferring control of Oceanic Time Warner Cable LLC’s (Oceanic) six cable franchises to Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter).

otwcCharter provides entertainment and communications services to approximately six million customers in 28 states. Charter and Time Warner Cable, Inc. (TWC), the parent company of Oceanic, filed an application in July to indirectly transfer control of Oceanic’s cable franchises statewide, pursuant to a merger transaction between Charter and TWC.

“After an extensive review of the merger transaction application, which included statewide public hearings, we determined that the proposed transfer of Oceanic’s Hawaii cable franchises to Charter, with the conditions imposed on by the state, is in the public’s best interest,” said CATV Administrator Ji Sook “Lisa” Kim. “As outlined in the Decision and Order, Charter is committed to improving cable networks in Hawaii and providing a low cost broadband service for Hawaii’s low-income consumers.”

Decision & Order No. 366 giving DCCA’s conditional approval for the merger can be viewed at http://cca.hawaii.gov/catv. Requirements outlined in the Decision and Order include:

  • Provide a broadband service for low-income consumers in Hawai`i (providing families with children participating in the National School Lunch Program and seniors, age 65 and older who are eligible and receive federal Supplemental Security Income benefits, with broadband service initially for $14.99/month, at speeds up to 30 Megabits per second (Mbps) download, and 4 Mbps upload) within three years of the close of the merger transaction.
  • Invest $10,000,000 to build out its networks in Hawai`i; and build out 1,000 new line extensions of its networks to homes in its Hawai`i cable franchise areas within three years of the close of the merger transaction.
  • Provide 1,000 new public WiFi access points within three years of the close of the merger transaction, 100 of these new access points to be deployed at public parks, civic and community centers, and other public open areas and gathering places at the direction of DCCA.
  • Within 30 months after the close of the merger transaction, transition virtually all of OTWC’s cable systems to all-digital networks and, upon the conversion, Charter/OTWC shall provide, among other things, subscribers two (2) digital transport adaptors or “basic boxes” free of charge for a period of two (2) years and make them available at OTWC’s customer service centers and delivery by mail (including pre-paid return service).
  • Promote and make available energy efficient set-top boxes (within three years of close of merger transaction, at least 90% of newly deployed boxes shall meet energy star requirements), and Charter/OTWC is encouraged to: (1) partner with community organizations to educate and promote the use energy efficient set-top boxes; and (2) develop an economically feasible program to trade out old boxes with efficient ones.

The merger and transfer of Oceanic’s Hawaii franchises will not take place until federal regulatory review of the merger transaction is completed. As of today, Dec. 18, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission is on its 98th day of review of the Charter and TWC merger.

Six Hawaii Robotic Teams Advance to VEX Worlds Championship

An alliance comprised of two robotics teams from Pearl City High School and one team from Punahou School were named the tournament champions at the 3rd annual Hawaiian Electric Companies Hawaii High School State VEX Championship held on Dec. 12.

Darcy Endo-Omoto, Hawaiian Electric vice president of government and community affairs (back row, right) is shown with the Hawaii High School State VEX tournament champions Pearl City High School (Teams 4142A and 4142B) and Punahou School (Team Buff ‘n Blue). Hawaiian Electric has been the presenting sponsor of the state VEX championships since 2013, and has supported STEM educational programs and initiatives in Hawaii for more than 30 years.

Darcy Endo-Omoto, Hawaiian Electric vice president of government and community affairs (back row, right) is shown with the Hawaii High School State VEX tournament champions Pearl City High School (Teams 4142A and 4142B) and Punahou School (Team Buff ‘n Blue). Hawaiian Electric has been the presenting sponsor of the state VEX championships since 2013, and has supported STEM educational programs and initiatives in Hawaii for more than 30 years.

The Pearl City and Punahou robotics teams are now qualified to advance to the VEX World Championship along with teams from Leilehua High, Waialua High and Kohala High.

The Pearl City High robotics team, 4142A, also captured the Excellence Award for its overall performance at the event in addition to earning the Programming Skills and the Design Awards.

The VEX Worlds Championship will be held in Louisville, KY next April 2016.

For a complete list of all team award winners, please visit http://www.robotevents.com

Wave Glider Arrives on Oahu After Month Long Journey From the Big Island

Liquid Robotics’ Wave Glider, the world’s first hybrid wave and solar powered ocean robot, arrived this week in Oahu’s Maunalua Bay after its month long journey collecting scientific ocean data through the Maui Nui Channel from Puako Bay in West Hawaii Island.

Click to learn more

Click to learn more

This journey is part of an Aloha Aina Case study, a new outreach program developed by Liquid Robotics and in collaboration with partners, Malama Maunalua, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), non-profit and grassroots community partners. The goal of the program is to promote and educate the public on the importance and economic, environmental and social benefits of a healthy, sustainable ocean.

“Malama Maunalua is proud to support this collaborative effort and welcomes the Wave Glider to Maunalua Bay,” said Frazer McGilvray, executive director of Malama Maunalua. “The Wave Glider will provide data we need to understand current conditions of the Bay, which we can use to help improve the quality and future of the Bay.”

During its’ travels, the Wave Glider named “Malama”, Hawaiian for “to take care of”, is collecting ocean data on water quality, weather, salinity, and other critical factors that affect ocean health. The Wave Glider will also tweet surface and underwater images, location and weather information as it visits and collects data in Maunalua Bay. Anyone on twitter can also request a tweet from @Holoholo_WG by using the keywords picture, location, or weather. A live video feed from the deck of the Wave Glider can be viewed at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eVyJEfCMbqq

The data collected will assist Hawaii’s communities and natural resource managers to develop conservation management plans and make informed decisions.

“Liquid Robotics is honored to collaborate with Malama Maunalua, NOAA and our community partners to create awareness about the importance of ocean health, and the human impacts on the ocean,” said Roger Hine, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Liquid Robotics. “To navigate change and make the right stewardship decisions, we need scientific data. The scientific data collected by our Wave Glider will contribute towards advancing the health of our ocean and marine resources, with the intention of creating greater sustainability for the State of Hawaii and globally.”

The arrival of the Wave Glider coincides with Aloha Aina’s Citizen Science Day on Saturday, Dec. 5th to encourage members of the general public to partake in scientific research by gathering data, asking questions, and analyzing information. While the Wave Glider gathers data on water quality in the offshore waters of Maunalua Bay, Malama Maunalua invites the public to a community huki, or invasive algae “pull,” to conduct their own water quality monitoring tests and discover how invasive alien algae affect ocean water quality. For more information or to attend the community huki, contact Nicole Williams at nwilliams@malamamaunalua.org.

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

Hawaii residents can spot the International Space Station tonight (depending on clouds). It will be visible beginning tonight, Wednesday, December 2nd, at 6:08 PM.

International Space Station

It will be visible for approximately 4 minutes.  It will appear 38 degrees above the West Southwest part of the sky and disappear 10 degrees above North Northeast.

Hawai’i County Announces New Business Resource Centers

In an effort to support local entrepreneurs forming small businesses, the County of Hawai‘i’s Department of Research and Development recently opened two Business Resource Centers, in Hilo and in Kona.

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Click to see opportunities

Located in the departmentʻs offices in the Hawaiʻi County Building in Hilo and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center in Kona, the Business Resource Center serves as a one-stop-shop for small business information. Each location is equipped with a public use computer, a collection of business registration forms, and staff to assist entrepreneurs to get started.

The Business Resource Center is pleased to partner with the Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center Network, the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, the State Departments of Commerce & Consumer Affairs and Taxation, and other County agencies on this initiative.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., except for State Holidays. Anyone interested in this new resource is welcome to stop by or visit the department online at hawaiicounty.gov/research-and-development and download the Business Resource Center’s guide, “How to Start a Business in Hawai‘i County.”

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the International Space Station Tonight

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

International Space Station

It will be visible beginning tonight, Sunday, November 29, at 7:07 PM. It will be visible for approximately 3 minutes.  It will appear 10 degrees above the Southwest part of the sky and disappear 62 degrees above South Southwest.

Hawaii Electric Bills Fall to Lowest Levels in More than Five Years

Customers of Hawaiian Electric and Maui Electric this month are seeing the lowest monthly electric bills in more than five years, largely due to the continued drop in fuel prices. And on Hawaii Island, customers of Hawaii Electric Light are benefitting even further, with the lowest monthly bills in more than six years.

“Lower oil prices are helping our customers right now, but we know our state needs to stay committed to long-term solutions, which means developing a diverse portfolio of low-cost renewable energy resources. It’s critical that we keep working toward our state’s goal of a 100 percent renewable portfolio standard,” said Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric spokesman.

Based on 500 kwh/month for Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui; 400 kWh/month for Molokai and Lanai

Based on 500 kwh/month for Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui; 400 kWh/month for Molokai and Lanai

Currently, 22 percent of the electricity needs of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ customers are met using renewable resources and Hawaii is by far the national leader in the percentage of customers with rooftop solar. And the Hawaiian Electric Companies are continuing to increase renewable resources and develop new options for customers to manage their bills. Recent actions include:

  • Proposed time-of-use rates for residential customers, public schools and electric vehicle owners
  • Expansion of utility-owned electric vehicle fast chargers
  • Piloting intelligent energy storage systems
  • A proposed community-based renewable energy program that would benefit customers who cannot or chose not to take advantage of rooftop solar to receive the benefits of renewable energy
  • Plans to install 137 megawatts of solar power from grid-scale projects to be completed in 2016

Friends of the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority Names New Executive Director

Candee Ellsworth is the new executive director of the Friends of the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (FON). A new Hawai’i Island resident, Ellsworth most recently worked as executive director of the Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation & Conservation Education in Ohio.

Candee Ellsworth

Candee Ellsworth

The Midwest native also served 16 years as conservation coordinator of the Toledo Zoo and was a graduate program adjunct professor at Miami University. Ellsworth has a master’s degree in biology from Miami University and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from The University of Findlay.

As executive director, Ellsworth will oversee the organization’s operations, which includes weekday public tours and presentations focusing on cutting edge renewable energy and aquaculture at the ocean science and technology park. Tour volunteers are needed; phone 329-8073 for details.

FRIENDS of NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY of HAWAII AUTHORITY

FON is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing education and outreach at NELHA for the responsible and sustainable use of renewable resources for energy, aquaculture and ocean technology. It offers weekday tours and presentations headquartered from NELHA’s Gateway Visitor Center—a LEED Platinum, sustainable, zero-net energy facility located in Keahole-Kona on Hawai‘i Island. www.FriendsofNELHA.org

 

Major Players in Energy Debate for Live Televised Discussion

Should the state allow a major Florida company, NextEra Energy, to buy Hawaii’s largest public utility provider, Hawaiian Electric?

PBS Hawaii Presents

This week, PBS Hawaii’s live public affairs program, Insights on PBS Hawaii, brings together some of the leading figures on different sides of this hotly contested issue.

President of NextEra Energy Hawaii Eric Gleason; Representative Chris Lee, Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection; Jeffrey Ono, Executive Director of Consumer Advocacy for the State of Hawaii; and HECO President and CEO Alan Oshima have agreed to take part in this live unscripted discussion about the potential merger of Hawaiian Electric Industries and its subsidiaries and NextEra Energy, and the future of Hawaii’s largest power utility, on Insights at 8:00 pm Thursday, October 22. Daryl Huff will moderate the discussion. Viewer questions are welcome.

While NextEra Energy says the proposed multi-billion-dollar merger would provide a more affordable clean energy future for Hawaii, opponents have concerns over how a merger might impact consumers and Hawaii’s renewable energy goals. The proposed deal also has prompted some to examine the merits of other options, such as utility cooperatives and county-run utilities.

The one-hour program also will be streamed live at pbshawaii.org. Viewers are encouraged to phone in questions at (808) 973-1000 or (800) 238-4847; send an email to insights@pbshawaii.org ; or tweet the hashtag #PBSInsights on Twitter.

UKIRT Observatory on Mauna Kea to be Decommissioned

The University of Hawaiʻi has identified the third observatory to be decommissioned and removed from the summit of Maunakea, advancing the implementation of the Mauna Kea Comprehensive Management Plan. The third observatory is the UKIRT Observatory, formerly known as the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope.

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The decommissioning of three observatories is part of Governor David Ige’s plan announced in May to enhance the stewardship of Maunakea. Since then, the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory has ceased operations and begun the decommissioning planning process, and UH Hilo has initiated the decommissioning process for its Hoku Kea telescope. Detailed planning for the removal of the UKIRT observatory and restoration of the site will begin some time after the decommissioning processes for the Caltech and Hoku Kea observatories and will be completed in accordance with the governor’s plan. No new observatories will be built on the three sites.

The general decommissioning process for observatories is outlined in the Office of Mauna Kea Management’s Comprehensive Management Plan to ensure that the decommissioning is handled properly and in a culturally and environmentally respectful manner. The process starts with the development of a site decommissioning plan that must include an environmental due diligence review, deconstruction and removal plan, site restoration plan and remedial action plan if necessary.

The UKIRT Observatory began operations in 1979 and was built and operated by science agencies of the United Kingdom. Ownership recently was transferred to UH, and the observatory is currently operated as a research partnership with UH, the University of Arizona and the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Advanced Technology Center. It remains highly productive, with current work areas including orbital debris studies, observation and cataloging of Near-Earth objects and world-leading astronomical survey projects. UH is confident that UKIRT’s scientific program will continue to be at the highest level during the remaining life of the observatory.

New High-Speed Private Fiber Link to Link Hawaii Film, Television & Creative Media Industry with Hollywood

With brand new private fiber technology, competitive tax incentives, state-of-the-art studios, postproduction facilities and a development fund…it’s time to rethink Hawai’i’s Film, Television & Creative Media Industry.

A new Hawai’i-based digital technology is connecting the filmscape of paradise with a secure, high-speed Private Fiber back to the heart of Hollywood and more than 400 studios across three continents.

History was just made for Hawaii-in-Hollywood as GVS Connect (http://www.globalvirtualstudio.com), together with Hawai`i's Creative Industry DBEDT Officials, State Film Office and technology experts presented a dynamic, "LIVE" multimedia demonstration that connected Honua Studios in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii, with more than 100 Hollywood influencers who gathered at Jack L. Warner's personal Screening Room #5 at Warner Brothers Studios in California.

History was just made for Hawaii-in-Hollywood as GVS Connect (http://www.globalvirtualstudio.com), together with Hawai`i’s Creative Industry DBEDT Officials, State Film Office and technology experts presented a dynamic, “LIVE” multimedia demonstration that connected Honua Studios in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii, with more than 100 Hollywood influencers who gathered at Jack L. Warner’s personal Screening Room #5 at Warner Brothers Studios in California.

This new, high-speed, private fiber technology by GVS Connect is a game-changer for Hawai’i’s creative industry. This advanced connectivity, along with Hawaii’s post and VFX incentives, will enable filmmakers to conduct POST, AUDIO and VFX via remote collaboration, as well as transfer and simultaneously edit burstable gigabytes of raw, high-definition dailies to producers and studios around the world. This private fiber technology is the industry’s leader in content sharing with a commitment to security, cost efficiency and smart-device capability.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015, representatives from the Hawai’i State Film Office, Creative Industries; GVS Connect; tech advisors and industry influencers gathered at Warner Bros. Studio to present “Hollywood – Hawai`i Film & Media Connect,” a live, point-to-point demonstration, of real-time, high-speed data transfer between Kailua-Kona (on the Island of Hawai`i at Honua Studios) and Los Angeles.  Hawai’i’s Film, Television & Creative Media industry is now well positioned to support state-of-the-art global production, as well as export creative content developed in Hawai`i.

 This never-before-seen interactive demonstration was made possible by a NEW private fiber technology that is now available in the islands which allows burstable gigabytes of HD data to be shared in real-time with global producing entities (more than 400 studios across three continents). This new, advanced technology is a GAME-CHANGER for Hawaii's creative industries allowing filmmakers to conduct POST, AUDIO and VFX via remote collaboration.  This breakthrough invites the world to rethink Hawaii's vast multimedia and broadband entrepreneurial potential and capability.


This never-before-seen interactive demonstration was made possible by a NEW private fiber technology that is now available in the islands which allows burstable gigabytes of HD data to be shared in real-time with global producing entities (more than 400 studios across three continents). This new, advanced technology is a GAME-CHANGER for Hawaii’s creative industries allowing filmmakers to conduct POST, AUDIO and VFX via remote collaboration. This breakthrough invites the world to rethink Hawaii’s vast multimedia and broadband entrepreneurial potential and capability.

“With a strong commitment from government and private investors, Hawai’i is creating a compelling environment for filmmakers and media professionals to capitalize on the state’s growing production, post, and VFX infrastructure,” says David Cunningham, founder of GVS Connect.

Hawai’i’s competitive tax incentives, are considered among the most reliable credit programs in the country:

  • 20-25% film, digital and television rebate
  • No overall spending ceiling
  • Per production credit cap of $15 million – POST, VFX, ANIMATION, GAME DEV included
  • Above-and-below-the-line/resident and non-resident salaries/wage qualification

Hawai`i is now part of a global, collaborative media network. With Hawai’i’s first private fiber technology, a production can maximize its economic potential with global reach to its producing entities. In addition, Hawai`i has an award-winning accelerator program, called the GVS Transmedia Accelerator (http://www.gvsaccelerator.com), which fast-tracks and funds development for content creation in Hawai`i, the Creative Lab which is a feeder content development program, and a follow-on development fund available for accelerator content produced in these programs.

With a long-term vision and commitment, the State of Hawai’i has allocated millions to develop a cable-landing infrastructure that will further increase Hawai’i’s global broadband connectivity and capacity.

Time Warner Cable Subscribers Having Difficulties With Facebook

I started noticing that Facebook was giving me problems earlier today and it seemed as though it was going in and out of service.

I thought it was just a Facebook problem… but it turns out the problem is actually with Time Warner Cable and they are working on the problem.

Apparently their servers are having difficulties aligning with the Facebook servers in California.

Time Warner Help responded to my twitter inquiry asking if Facebook was having difficulties and they posted the following reply:

Time Warner Help

Hawaii Residents Can Spot the Space Station Tonight

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

International Space StationIt will be visible beginning tonight, Thursday, October 1st at 6:57 PM. It will be visible for approximately 4 minutes.  Maximum Height: 50 degrees and it will appear in the West Southwest part of the sky and disappear to the North Northeast.