School Garden Thrives at Hale Kiaaina – State of Hawaii and Volunteer Groups Plant Lessons of ‘Seed to Table’

With Earth Day on April 22, the adoption of a very special garden by St. Andrew’s Priory School students – and the lessons it instills – is taking on extra significance.

Governor Garden

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Dr. Nancie Caraway have welcomed the sixth and seventh grade students to the grounds of historic Washington Place and the Governor’s residence, Hale Kiaaina, to learn about growing fresh food in the thriving organic garden that serves as a living, outdoor classroom.

“The New Day school garden project represents our commitment to food self-sufficiency and the importance of instilling that value – as well as the knowledge and skill to do it – in the next generation,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Growing our own food and connecting our keiki to the land through hands-on environmental education can plant lifelong lessons that students will carry with them throughout their lives.”

The New Day Garden was first planted in 2011 as a collaborative effort led by Dr. Caraway and supported by a diverse group of non-profit organizations, state agencies, local businesses, volunteers, and students. The garden is dedicated to Dr. Caraway’s mother, Ellen Caraway.

“My mother Ellen’s greatest joy was seeing green things grow,” Dr. Caraway said. “She absorbed all the beauty the earth provided. We wanted her spirit of Malama Aina to inspire us all.”

Gardening at Washington Place has proven to be a source of inspiration for the students and teachers. For some of the students, this is their first time in a garden. Jessie, a sixth grade student, said she signed up for the Garden Club because she just “wanted to learn about plants.”

But her classmate, Genevieve, not only expressed the benefit of having fun with other people while gardening together, but also the thrill of harvesting. “It is exciting because when you finish planting you can eat everything you planted,” she said.

One of the seventh grade students, Nevaeh, has more expertise than her peers in this area and could already identify many of the plants growing in the New Day Garden. “It feels great because I can share my knowledge with those who don’t know,” she said.

The students also recognize that their school garden is located at an extra special venue. When asked what she liked best about gardening at Hale Kiaaina, seventh grader Brianne replied, “The hard work we put into it will be shown to the Governor.”

Teachers Murielle Sipola and Kaipo Walsh bring their personal experiences and passion to the garden as they weave lessons of “seed to table” into the curriculum. Sipola’s primary goal is to help her students eat a healthier diet that includes more vegetables. This semester, she is integrating the after-school Garden Club with the nutrition and cooking classes for the middle school students. As the world languages teacher, Sipola plans to feature the botanical names from the garden in her Latin classes next year as well.

Walsh learned about gardening from conversations with vendors at her local farmer’s markets. She is offering a garden design class as part of Priory’s summer school program. Her students will have the opportunity to design and construct raised bed gardens on the campus, modeled after the New Day Garden, to expand and connect their efforts.

The garden project represents the concept of laulima, or cooperation. The full list of organizations and individuals that have helped the garden to thrive are listed below.

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New Day Garden Helpers

  • Hawaii Department of Agriculture
  • Hawaii Department of Transportation
  • UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  • Fresh Start Organics, 1st Look Exteriors
  • Leyla Cabugos, Grow Hawaii
  • Matt Lynch, Asia-Pacific Center of Regenerative Design
  • Kokua Hawaii Foundation
  • Jacqueline Kozak Thiel, Hawaii Invasive Species Council
  • Jeremai Caan
  • Voyager School
  • MAO Organic Farms
  • Whole Foods
  • Cameron Heen
  • Kokua Market
  • Town Restaurant
  • MOA Foundation
  • Hawaii Carpenter’s Union
  • Kainalu Elementary Garden Club
  • Koolau Farmers
  • Mike Davis
  • St. Andrew’s Priory School

“Honor Flight: One Last Mission” – Hawaii Premiere and Reception at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Honoring those who have served, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor has announced a special Memorial Day observance Friday, May 24 with the Hawaii premiere screening of the movie Honor Flight: One Last Mission. A reception honoring veterans is at 5:30pm; the screening of Honor Flight is at 6:30pm. The event is free for Museum Members and Volunteers; $25 for non-members.

Click for more information

Click for more information

The acclaimed documentary film Honor Flight: The Last Mission is the story of four living WWII veterans and the community that gave them the trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial constructed to honor them, nearly 60 years after the war. The Los Angeles Times calls it, “enormously moving.”

Seating capacity is limited to 200 for each screening. Reservations for the May 24 evening event are required by May 17. RSVP, tickets, and all information are online at PacificAviationMuseum.org. Call 808-441-1007 or email  Education@PacficAviationMuseum for more information.

Commentary on Roger Christie Resolutions: “An Injustice in Lawmaking, a Manipulation of Process, and a Deliberate Disregard for Fellow Committee Members”

Guest Commentary:

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I witnessed an injustice in lawmaking, a manipulation of process, and a deliberate disregard for fellow committee members vote on the Roger Christie resolutions from the Senate Judiciary Committee Chair, Sen. Clayton Hee.

Here is a short video I put together to explain what happened.

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Hee kills Christie Resolution from Jonas William on Vimeo.

Feel free to share it with others.

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Contemporary Artist Phan Barker Exhibits “Soul Work” in Volcano Village

Volcano Art Center’s Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani will soon serve as host to an inspiring new collection of artwork entitled The Garden Within. Created by Volcano artist Phan Barker, this contemporary multimedia exhibit will be on display Saturday, May 4 through Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:00am to 4:00pm daily (closed Sundays).

Artist Phan Barker

Artist Phan Barker

An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 from 4:00 to 6:00pm. Phan will lead an exhibit tour beginning at 5:00pm, offering insights into her technique, process and inspiration. The artist will also be available every Tuesday in May from 10:00am to noon.

The Garden Within features abstract fiber sculptures, quilts and paintings made of silk, thread, beads and wood meant to illustrate the beauty found internally as one tends to soul searching and spiritual discovery. 

“With the abundance of rain and space here in Volcano, I have been creating a flower garden with a path meandering around our property,” explains Phan. “I feel physically and mentally well working outside. But the inner work, which I call soul work, has always been very important to me. Like the outside garden, the garden within requires just as much tending, especially weeding. My artworks are metaphors that represent the garden within. The two gardens support me physically, emotionally, and spiritually; the very support one needs to become whole.”

Phan is no stranger to internal struggles. Born in Tu Chau, a Catholic Village north of Hanoi in Vietnam, she escaped to the south with her family at the time of partition in 1954. Phan emigrated to the United States in 1969, considering Vietnam to be a place of death and sorrow.

After a 23-year absence, Phan returned to her homeland in 1992 where she burned incense at her mother’s grave and visited family members she never expected to see again, including her sister, her sister’s nine children and nine grandchildren. Returning home to Kona, Phan’s overwhelming emotional response to this trip inspired a new kind of work called The White Mourning Cloth Series. One piece in this series, A Poem for My Mother, was widely exhibited across the United States as part of The Smithsonian Institution Exhibition Traveling Service.

Phan has been an active member of the Volcano community since 2000, considers Hawaii to be a healing refuge, and feels blessed by the sacred energy she feels on the Big Island.  

The Rainforest Gallery at Niaulani is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village on Hawaii Island. For more information, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org or contact the gallery directly at (808) 967-8211 or gallery@volcanoartcenter.org.

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.

 

Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision on Highway 11 Kills Man

An unidentified man died Wednesday (April 17) from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision on Highway 11 in the area of the 18-mile-marker in Glenwood.

HPDBadgeResponding to a 3:06 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that a 55-year-old Hilo man was operating a 2013 Toyota pick-up truck and traveling south on Highway 11 when he struck the male walking on the roadway.  The pedestrian was taken by Fire Rescue personnel to the Hilo Medical Center where he later died at 4:28 a.m.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The pedestrian had no identification and police are asking the public’s help for identification. The man is described as being a Caucasian male, late 20’s to early 30’s in age, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds, long black hair, beard and mustache.  Police do not suspect that speed, alcohol or drugs were involved. Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119 or the police non-emergency number at 935-3311.

This is the 12th traffic fatality this year compared to 11 at the same time last year.

Wordless Wednesday – Kaumana Caves

Top 10 U.S. Electric Utilities For Solar Power Usage

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released a new list of the 10 U.S. electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012.

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This annual ranking, which identifies the companies that are integrating solar into the nation’s power grid, is part of SEPA’s sixth annual Utility Solar Rankings report. The full report, which will be released next month, identifies industry trends, such as total installed capacity, market share and industry growth rates.

Utilities ranking in this year’s top 10 (by solar megawatts) accounted for 73% of all capacity integrated in 2012, a slight increase from 2011. Among the top three in the rankings are some of the nation’s largest utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), Southern California Edison and Public Service Electric & Gas Co. – which often rank highly in this category due to their expansive customer solar programs and utility purchasing programs.

Rounding out the list are Arizona Public Service, NV Energy, Jersey Central Power & Light, Tucson Electric Power Co., Progress Energy Carolinas, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Hawaiian Electric Co. All were previously ranked in 2011, with the exception of Progress Energy Carolinas, which is in its first year on the list.

This is the fifth year that PG&E has topped the list, SEPA notes.

Separately, the rankings of the top 10 utilities by solar watts per customer take into account the number of customers each utility serves relative to their solar megawatts installed, giving small utilities a more competitive opportunity to measure their solar energy capacity.

Leading these rankings are many municipal utilities, including the City of St. Mary’s, Ohio; Kauai Island Utility Co-op in Hawaii; and Bryan Municipal Utilities in Ohio. Both Ohio utilities were not previously ranked, and Kauai moved up from No. 12 in the 2011 rankings.

The remaining top 10 providers include Hawaiian Electric Co., Chickasaw (Tenn.) Electric Co-op; Maui (Hawaii) Electric Co.; Imperial Irrigation District in California; Tucson (Ariz.) Electric Power Co.; City of Napoleon, Ohio; and Vineland Municipal Electric Utility in N.J.

Complete rankings can be found here.

 

West Hawaii’s Annual D.A.R.E. Day Celebration

On May 2nd 2013, Auto Body Hawaii will partner with the Kailua Fire Department & the D.A.R.E. Program in West Hawaii’s annual D.A.R.E. Day celebration.

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Auto Body Hawaii will be providing a totally damaged vehicle to be used as a visual aid in an effort to teach children about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs & alcohol.

This will mark the 6th time Auto Body Hawaii has directly partnered with the fire department & local first responders by providing them access to vehicles that have been damaged so they may learn how to respond more effectively to accidents.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Invites Everyone to Hikes & Programs Offered During National Park Week

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to join special hikes and programs offered at the park during National Park Week, April 20-28. Entrance fees are waived Monday through Friday, April 22-26.

This year’s theme, “Did You Know,” provides a fun way to get to know the park, for both visitors and local residents. For example, did you know that Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is 520 square miles, nearly as large as the entire island of O‘ahu (597 square miles)?

The special, free programs during National Park Week include the following. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, raingear, day pack, snacks and water.

Kīlauea Iki trail and crater will be explored in the Kīlauea Ik hike with Charlene Meyers on April 23, during National Park Week. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi.

Kīlauea Iki trail and crater will be explored in the Kīlauea Ik hike with Charlene Meyers on April 23, during National Park Week. NPS Photo/Michael Szoenyi.

Kīlauea Iki Crater Hike. Join master ranger volunteer Charlene Meyers on an invigorating four-mile, three-hour hike through the rain forest and onto the crater floor of Kīlauea Iki. Learn how the 1959 eruption forever changed this landscape.
Where: Meet Charlene at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook Parking lot (on Crater Rim Drive)
When: Tuesday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Amazing Mauna Ulu. Explore fascinating volcanic features like fissures and lava trees that were formed during the 1969-74 Mauna Ulu eruption with master ranger volunteer Noel Eberz. The one-mile, one-hour round-trip hike will highlight the amazing process of plant survival on this harsh lava landscape.
Where: Meet Noel at the Mauna Ulu parking lot, four miles down Chain of Craters Road.
When: Wednesday, April 24 at 11 a.m., and again at 1 p.m.

Park Ranger Adrian Boone will lead a special trek to the Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs during National Park Week, on April 25. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Park Ranger Adrian Boone will lead a special trek to the Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs during National Park Week, on April 25. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson.

Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs. Join Park Ranger Adrian Boone for a two-hour, 1.5-mile round-trip trek across ancient lava flows to the largest petroglyph field in Hawai‘i. Discover the meanings inherent in these rock carvings and gather a greater understanding of the native people who created them.
Where: Meet Ranger Adrian at the Pu‘uloa Petroglyphs parking area, near the end of Chain of Craters Road. (A 45-minute drive from the park entrance).
When: Thursday, April 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

NPS Volunteer Day. Save Hawai‘i’s native rainforest, and join forces with volunteers Jane and Paul Field to remove Himalayan ginger, faya, strawberry guava, and other invasive non-native plants that threaten the native understory alongside Halema‘uma‘u Trail. Bring garden gloves. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water.
Where: Meet the Fields at Kīlauea Visitor Center. Tools will be provided.
When: Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.

There are also regularly scheduled programs in the park, and at the Kahuku Unit, during National Park Week. For a complete listing, visit the park website: http://www.nps.gov/havo/parknews/20130319_pr.htm. In addition, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has special programs during National Park Week: http://fhvnp.org/events/.

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees again on July 13 (Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park’s 33rd Annual Cultural Festival), August 25 (NPS Birthday), Sept. 28 (National Public Lands Day) and Nov. 9-11 (Veteran’s Day weekend).

Hawai‘i Volcanoes is one of five national park units on Hawai‘i Island. Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park is also free of charge on the NPS fee-free 2013 dates. There is no admission at Pu‘ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park, or along the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

 

 

Hawaii Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Boston Tragedy Victims

As a mark of respect for the victims of the tragedy in Boston, Mass., Gov. Neil Abercrombie has ordered that all State of Hawaii flags at all state offices and agencies as well as the Hawaii National Guard are to be flown at half-staff alongside U.S. flags now through sunset April 20.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, families and many others impacted by the terrifying events that unfolded yesterday at the Boston Marathon,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “We offer our support and our aloha to the people of Massachusetts during this difficult time.”

President Barack Obama today ordered that flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset April 20, 2013. The President also directed that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

Boston Proclamation

 

Hawaii Youth Business Center Grand Opening in New Location

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Boston Globe – Raw Video of the Explosions at the Boston Marathon Today

Watch the aftermath of the explosions that rocked Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon.

Boston Globe

Video by Steve Silva

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UH Hilo Turns in Top Three Finish at Model United Nations

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Model United Nations Team, Hui Na Lahui Huipu (Club United Nations), reinforced its reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage by turning in another strong performance at this year’s Model United Nations Competition, which recently took place in New York.

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UH Hilo, which last year captured the highest honor of Outstanding Delegation, earned Honorable Mention, which is essentially a third place award presented to teams who place in the top fifteen percent of the competition.

“12 of our 15 members were competing at Model United Nations for the first time, so they did extremely well,” said Dr. Phillip A. Taylor, political science professor, who served as the team’s coach and faculty advisor. “Instead of re-building, we re-loaded.”

This year’s team was led by head delegate Krista Aoki. Other members included business manager Mindy Alles, Ashley Branch, Taylor Coons, Euclitos Da Costa, Hannah Furumo, Soyoung Han, Marcus Hoeflinger, Aimehio Iyeke, Saerom Lee, Kirstie Naone, Michael Nurnberger, Corey Patton, Priya Rashid, and Ardena Saarinen.

UH Hilo’s delegation represented Hungary during the five intense days of simulated UN deliberations, which saw them present their country’s foreign policy positions on 24 different issues before 8 committees. Top tier finishes have become a habit for the UH Hilo team dating back to 2006. This is the second time the delegation has earned Honorable Mention. The team has also captured the second place award, Distinguished Delegation, awarded to teams in the top ten percent four times during that period.

The competition annually attracts teams from 300 universities and colleges from around the world. Student and faculty participants work in the conference setting to propose resolutions on a wide range of issues such as regional conflicts, human rights, economic and social development, women and children and the environment.

UH Hilo Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

A University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo senior majoring in mathematics and computer science has been awarded a 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF).

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Marissa Loving was among 70 math students chosen from more than 13,000 applicants for the prestigious award, which is open to U.S. citizens who are graduating college seniors as well as first- and second-year Ph.D. students. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000, a $12,000 a year cost of education allowance to the graduate institution of the recipient’s choice, plus various opportunities for international research and professional growth.

Loving will use her award to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall where she gained first-round acceptance to the math Ph.D. program and was awarded the Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship. That award includes a full tuition and fee waiver along with a $25,000 stipend for three years. The two fellowships, combined with other awards, bring the total assistance Loving will receive for her doctoral studies to over a half-million dollars.

The NSF GRF recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees.

A UH Presidential Scholar, Loving’s research credentials include co-authorship of a paper entitled “Non-Stable K-theory for Leavitt Path Algebras,” which was accepted for publication last fall and will appear in the peer-reviewed Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics.

“The fellowships will allow me to focus on research, rather than on teaching, working or other commitments during my graduate studies,” Loving said. “It is with excitement that I look forward to what mathematics holds for me in the future.”

Hawaii Public High Schools Initiate New Approach to Help Students Prepare for Future Education Opportunities

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this month is initiating an unprecedented move designed to better prepare students for post-high school success.

DOE Release

Approximately 50,000 students in grades 8 through 11 will take the ACT College and Career Readiness assessment. The nationwide testing date for the ACT assessment test for high school juniors will take place on Tuesday, April 23. All other grades will be taking their tests over a two-week window that also begin on the same date.

With the ACT College and Career Readiness System, the DOE for the first time will be able to comprehensively collect and examine college and career readiness data in reading, mathematics, science and English.

“College and career readiness is a key cornerstone of student success,” says Keith Hayashi, principal, Waipahu High School. Mr. Hayashi recently won the Tokioka Excellence in Leadership Award among island public school principals. He developed several programs at Waipahu aimed at helping students achieve their college and career goals.

Mr. Hayashi added, “One of the Department’s strategies is to provide better data on students’ academic progress. This ACT test will help tremendously in that area.”

“The DOE’s decision to administer the ACT College and Career Readiness System for all students in 8 – 11th grades is evidence of their strong commitment to preparing students for post-secondary success,” said Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “The data gathered from the assessments will be invaluable as we work together with institutions of higher education to reach the state’s goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree in 2025.”

About the ACT

The tests for 11th graders will include all four of the areas, plus a writing section. The tests are designed to help students plan for future education opportunities and explore careers based on their skills, interests and ambitions.

Students in 8th and 9th grades will take the ACT EXPLORE; those in 10th grade will take the PLAN exam, and the ACT assessment in grade 11. The ACT College and Career Readiness System is benchmarked to both the expectations of higher education institutions and workforce.

  • EXPLORE (8th and 9th grade) serves as the entry measure of academic progress toward college and career readiness. It helps students understand and begin to explore the wide range of career options available.
  • PLAN (10th grade) is a midpoint assessment of academic progress toward college and career readiness. It’s a curriculum-based achievement test that measures college and career readiness, and is used for course placement as well.

The ACT aligns with Goal 1 of the DOE’s Strategic Plan. The Plan calls for specific measurable targets and goals for student achievement. It builds on key strengths and reform initiatives to ensure all students graduate ready to succeed in college or careers.

School communities, educators and students will benefit from ACT programs and services that reduce the need for remediation, align with state standards, and foster student success in postsecondary education. ACT’s unique student-level assessment data may also be used by counselors to improve the effectiveness of student-intervention plans.

In preparation for the tests, parents and students should be aware that each test is about four hours in duration. Cell phones of any type, and some calculators are not permitted in the testing areas as well. A website (http://www.act.org/aap/hawaii/) also provides more information about the testing. For more information about the ACT test, log on to http://www.act.org/aap/hawaii/.

The DOE Systems Accountability Office is leading the implementation of the ACT College and Career Readiness System. ACT, Inc. was awarded a contract totaling approximately $882,000 for the system’s assessment package, programs, and services for school year 2012-13.

To learn more about the DOE’s Strategic Plan and transformation in public education, please visit: http://hawaiidoe.org/curriculum/strategicplan2011-2018/update/index.htm.

A Bad Day at the Pahoa Post Office – Car Goes Postal!

A bad day at the “Post” Office:

Post Office Truck 1

The owner of this truck thought he was in reverse… but he was actually in drive!

Post Office Truck 2

This accident happened about 1:30 this afternoon blocking off the access to the Pahoa Post Office from Main Government Road.Post Office Truck 3

It didn’t look like anyone was injured and the guy just seemed a bit embarrassed!Post Office Truck 4

Controversial Public Lands Development Corporation Abolished – Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Legislation That Created the Corporation

The Hawaii House of Representatives today unanimously passed HB1133, SD2 that repeals the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC). The bill now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

capitalThe PLDC was created in 2011 to develop state lands through public-private partnerships and generate revenues for the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  However, growing public concern over the corporation’s broad exemptions from land use laws, county zoning laws, and construction standards erupted into strong, statewide opposition and calls to repeal the PLDC.

Early in the 2013 legislative session, Hawaii Island Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) introduced HB1133 calling for an outright repeal of the PLDC. The bill was unanimously approved by the House and sent to the Senate where it was also approved.

Evans noted that by repealing the PLDC, lawmakers today changed the work of the 2011 Legislature.”I believe we have listened to the people and responsibly debated HB 1133.  This vote today is a vote for ethical management of our natural resources,” Evans said.

House Majority Leader Scott Saiki (McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown) voted against the original 2011 legislation that created the PLDC.  Today, in voting to repeal the corporation he said, “We know that government plays a pivotal role in facilitating economic development, but that entails responsible development.  The PLDC failed because it went too far and unchecked.”

Several other members of the House also spoke in strong support of the bill with many of them citing repeal as the right thing to do, including Hawaii Island and first year Representative, Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau).

“Society is healthiest when its citizens are confident their leaders are acting in their interest and this repeal is a step in the right direction,” Lowen said.

 

Open Cockpit Day at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Did you ever wonder what you’d look like sitting in the cockpit of one of America’s famous warbirds? You’ll have the opportunity to sit in the seat, man the controls, and see the instruments of a WWII fighter or modern-day jet fighter at Open Cockpit Day, Saturday May 11, 9am to 5pm at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hangar 79.

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Open Cockpit Day is free with paid Museum admission and free for Museum Members.

Guests younger than 10 years of age will require parental supervision to climb up and into the aircraft. Guests must also be able to climb boarding stairs and in to a cockpit to participate. Museum visitors are invited to bring their own cameras and the Museum staff will do the rest. Pilot’s gear, the Museum’s vintage aircraft, and meetings with aviation heroes will create a unique family day.

Open Cockpit

Download a free flight simulator coupon and purchase tickets online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org. Phone 808-441-1007 for more information or email Education@PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily except Christmas, New Year’s and Thanksgiving days, and is accessed by shuttles from the USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.

 

Big Island Police Looking for Missing Man in Need of Medical Attention

Police are looking for a missing person last seen on April 14, 2013, in the morning hours in Wainaku.

Paulo Vakautafefine

Paulo Vakautafefine

Paulo Vakautafefine, Male age 69, is described as being 5’11”, 205 lbs., with gray hair, wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans. He is in need of medical attention.

2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominees Announced

Here is the list of the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominees:

Na Hoku 2013

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FEMALE VOCALIST of the Year