Makua Lani Christian Academy to Buy Hualalai Academy Campus

Aloha kākou. A little over a month ago we sent you a message to let you know that Kamehameha Schools was looking into the possible purchase of the campus and buildings of Hualalai Academy, a small independent school in Kona that had announced in January that it would be ceasing operations at the end of this school year.

Hualalai Academy on the Big Island

Hualalai Academy on the Big Island

After conducting careful due diligence throughout the month of March, Kamehameha Schools has decided not to move forward with that acquisition. We extend our sincere mahalo to the staff and leaders at Hualalai Academy for their time and assistance as we conducted our due diligence; they have built and maintained a beautiful campus. We have committed to lend them as much assistance as we can to transition to their next potential buyer, Makua Lani Christian Academy.

“This decision does not change our commitment to serving the West Hawai‘i community with educational programs and support,” said Jack Wong, KS interim Chief Executive Officer. “We will continue to increase our emphasis on assisting and strengthening new and existing West Hawai‘i community educational capacity, resources and partnerships. Accordingly, we are pleased to see an established, quality educational program such as Makua Lani be positioned to grow into the Hualalai campus property, and we look forward to future discussions with them to explore possible learning partnership opportunities.”

Mahalo for your interest and support in this matter. We look forward to keeping you informed of other events and activities in West Hawai‘i in the weeks and months ahead.

UH Student Thinks Girlfriend is Being Disrespected… Leads to Fractured Jaw

The following was reported by the University of Hawaii Security Department:
UH Hilo log

Report Status: Pending.

Location: Hale Kanilehua lounge.

Time Reported: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:55 PM.

Incident Occurred Between: 12:00 PM and 12:05 PM on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Crime Details:
A verbal misunderstanding lead one student to believe his girlfriend was being disrespected. A subsequent physical confrontation involved a knife and resulted in a fractured jaw. The student drove himself to the hospital. HPD and Campus Security have initiated investigations.

Waiākeawaena Park Playground to Close During Equipment Replacement Project

Hilo’s Waiākeawaena Park playground will be closed for renovation from Monday, April 7, through early June. The project is a partnership between the Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (DOE) that will provide a safe, modern playground for both the community and Waiākeawaena Elementary School students to enjoy.

Mt. View's new Playground

Mt. View’s new Playground

The park’s ball fields and gymnasium will remain open and available for use during the construction phase, although the work will have a slight impact on part of the main ball field’s right field area.

The DOE has hired contractor Pacific Recreation Co. LLC to build a replacement playground designed for keiki 2 to 5 years old and an adjacent play area for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Features include multiple slides, covered decks, climbing walls and a safety surface. Waiākeawaena Elementary School, which is located next to the park, is providing two park benches that will be installed as part of the overall project estimated to cost approximately $220,000.

The Department of Parks and Recreation thanks state Sen. Gilbert Kahele for helping secure state funding needed to replace the aging playground, along with Mayor Billy Kenoi and Hawai‘i County Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi for their valuable support of this needed project.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Albizia-Control Training Workshops in Puna

Invasive albizia trees pose imminent danger to homes, powerlines, emergency access routes, and native forests. As the fastest-growing tree in the world, its brittle branches and shallow roots make it an impending threat to public safety. As part of the “Albizia Demonstration Project,” the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) is providing community training workshops on albizia control on the second Saturday of April and May, in Black Sands, Puna.

Albizia

 

When:        Saturday, April 12th & May 10th, 8:30am-12:00pm

Where:       Meet at the Corner of Ocean View Parkway and Aloha Road, in Black Sands (map).

Directions from Highway 130: Turn right onto One Ele`ele Road. Take the first left onto Ocean View Parkway. Park on the side of the road near the BIISC tent at the corner of Ocean View Parkway and Aloha Rd (12 minutes from Pahoa Town).

What:         Participants will learn how to estimate tree height and the “Incision Point Application” control method, developed by the University of Hawaii and the U.S. Forest Service. Through hands-on training, volunteers will apply their skills to trees endangering the Keauohana Forest, roads, homes and power lines in Black Sands Subdivision.

Who:          Anyone interested in learning about Albizia control. Volunteers under 18 years old must have parental consent.

Sign-up:     Space is limited, please sign-up by emailing biisc@hawaii.edu your name and phone number by Wednesday, April 9th (for April workshop) and Wednesday, May 7th (for May).

What you should bring:

Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy shoes, pants, a long-sleeved shirt, hat, bug repellent, and sunscreen. Gloves, hatchets, herbicide, safety gear, hand-washing stations, and refreshments will be provided.

Why in Black Sands?

BIISC identified the Black Sands area of Puna as a case study to showcase the wide range of issues in albizia control, develop best management practices, and empower communities to limit the spread of these menacing trees in their own neighborhoods. The 500-acre “Albizia Demonstration Project” area in Puna includes trees overhanging homes and roads, as well as in native lowland Keauohana forest.

Why use herbicide?

The “Incision Point Application” control method has proven most effective and efficient at killing non-hazard albizia trees in natural areas (at least 100 ft. away from homes or roads). This method involves making one angled cut every 6-10’’ around the tree trunk, then carefully applying 0.5-1mL (10-20 drops) of Milestone Specialty Herbicide into each cut. The herbicide is then taken into the tree’s circulatory system, killing the tree. The tree will drop its leaves within two weeks and crumble over the next two years. This method does not disturb the surrounding foliage, allowing a natural shield from more albizia seeds taking root. More information about Milestone and how to ensure environmental and human safety will be available at the training workshops.

What is BIISC?

The Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) is a voluntary partnership of private citizens, community organizations, businesses, and government agencies working to address invasive species issues on the island of Hawaii. The mission of BIISC is to prevent, detect, and control the spread of the highest risk invasive species threats to the Big Island environment, economy, and way of life. BIISC’s guiding principle is to serve the land and people of Hawaii. BIISC is a project of the Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit of the University of Hawaii.  Projects are funded by a combination of public and private service contracts and competitive grants.

Spot the International Space Station Tonight in Hawaii

If you live in Hawaii you can spot the International Space Station tonight at 7:15 PM.
International Space StationVisible: 6 min, Max Height: 40 degrees, Appears: SSW, Disappears: ENE

Hawaii Police Department Holding Community Meeting at Kona Police Station

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Thursday, April 17, from 12-2 p.m. at the Kona police station.

HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the Kona District. This event continues the district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island.

To aid police commanders in focusing on specific concerns, police request that participation be limited to persons who live or work in the Kona district. Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@co.hawaii.hi.us.

For more information, you may call Captain Randal Ishii at 326-4646, extension 299, or stop by the Kona police station

Kamehameha Schools CEO Search Update

Aloha kākou:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to share with you an update on our CEO search.

Dee Jay Mailer’s last day as CEO of Kamehameha Schools was Tuesday, April 1. As we announced earlier, Jack Wong, current Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel, has assumed the role of interim CEO. Jack will serve in both roles until the next CEO assumes office. During the past few months, Jack has worked closely with Dee Jay and her staff to prepare for a smooth transition without unnecessary disruption to our work. This partnership has enabled the Board of Trustees to focus our full attention on a successful conclusion to the CEO search.

Jack has served Kamehameha Schools since 1997 in several key roles, initially as a Senior Counsel and most recently as Director of the Endowment Legal Division. He knows our people, our mission and the way we do things. Jack will focus on moving all of our key initiatives forward – on schedule – with the strong support of the executive leadership team he oversees.  We are all gratified that Jack has agreed to accept this critical role and we’re confident that he will provide continuity and strong leadership on an interim basis.

We continue to have conversations with a wide-range of outstanding leaders in our search for a new CEO, our commitment to selecting an individual of the highest caliber is unwavering, and we are grateful for the incredibly high quality of interest this opportunity has attracted. It is our expectation to have a new CEO identified before the end of the year. We will continue to provide updates throughout the search process. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the process, please feel free to provide your thoughts at: KSCEO@spencerstuart.com.

This past week we all experienced the joys and memories that flood our senses as we bid a fond aloha to one of our most admired leaders. As Dee Jay transitions from being the CEO of Kamehameha Schools to begin her life’s next chapter, we are all enriched from her thoughtful guidance and leadership. She has nurtured us, and renewed us, and from here, we will continue to flourish.

And, now we begin the next chapter, dedicated to delivering the highest quality education and doing the good work that has always been the measure of Kamehameha Schools. Mahalo for your continued dedication and execution of our mission. The work you do every day is so valued, and we are very grateful.

As the Easter Season approaches we wish you and your families a happy and safe Easter. We are most appreciative of your continuing support of Kamehameha Schools.

Me ka ha‘a ha‘a,

Janeen-Ann A. Olds, Chairman
Board of Trustees

Kona Crime Prevention Committee Recognized Officer Sheldon Nakamoto as “Officer of the Month”

The Kona Crime Prevention Committee recognized Officer Sheldon Nakamoto as “Officer of the Month” for April in a luncheon ceremony Wednesday (April 2) at Huggo’s restaurant in Kailua-Kona.

Officer Sheldon Nakamoto

Officer Sheldon Nakamoto

Nakamoto was honored for an investigation that led to felony charges in a stolen vehicle case.

On the afternoon of September 22, Officer Nakamoto and another officer responded to a report that a possible stolen car had been seen near a home in Captain Cook. It was reported that a couple on an all-terrain vehicle told an area resident that a car parked nearby had broken down and that they were on their way to a gas station. The resident noticed that the car’s license plate had been altered with black electrical tape.

The officers investigated and learned that the car had been stolen from Kealakekua while the owner was jogging.

Using forensics from the stolen car, Officer Nakamoto was able to identify a female suspect, who had an extensive criminal record. The woman was charged with the felony offense of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle.

Sergeant Mekia Rose commended Nakamoto for his “diligence, attention to detail, thorough investigative techniques and dedication to duty.”

As “Officer of the Month,” Nakamoto is eligible to become “Officer of the Year.

Parker Ranch Launches Paniolo Power Company

Parker Ranch has launched a new subsidiary, Paniolo Power Company LLC, Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, CEO of Parker Ranch, Inc., announced today.
Parker Cows
“The preliminary results from our energy team, led by Siemens, tell us there is the real opportunity to attract capital to invest in our community grid concept,” Kuyper said.

Parker Ranch hired a consortium led by Siemens to evaluate the merits of a community-based energy solution for Greater Waimea and Kohala as well as prepare a utility-grade integrated resource plan.

Hawaii Island electric rates from Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO) are consistently more than 37 cents a kilowatt-hour, and often well over 40 cents, despite nearly half of the island’s electricity being generated from renewable sources. The national average for electricity rates last year was 12.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

“We think that the residents and businesses of the Big Island could be better served by a series of community solutions with regional level distributed generation focusing on our plentiful renewable resources,” said Kuyper.

“Because our island is so large, it is in a sense a few islands within the island.  Waimea is 55 miles from Kona and 60 miles from Hilo.  A combination of several regional solutions for the various parts of the island seems to make logical sense.”

Kuyper said that Paniolo Power has begun discussions with potential operating and capital partners to manage and fund the effort. “We are pleased and excited about the inquiries that we have received in recent months to co-invest in our concept.  My background lends itself to raise capital for these kinds of investments,” said Kuyper.

Parker Ranch will present the preliminary findings on its Integrated Resource Plan study to the Waimea Community Association Thursday, April 3, 5:15 p.m. in the Waimea School Cafeteria.

Community Forum Features Mayor Kenoi and Senior Officials

If you want to learn more about current activities and projects of our county officials and staff, come to the free Community Enterprises’ April 8, 2014 West Hawaii Community Forum. The forum will feature Mayor Billy Kenoi and his senior officials.

Community Forum with Mayor Kenoi

Council member Dru Kanuha will also share issues before the Hawaii County Council. And a special presentation will be made to the youth who lobbied Hawaii County Council with the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii which resulted in raising the age to buy cigarettes to 21.

The April 8 West Hawaii Community Forum will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Maka`eo Old Airport Pavilion. Pupus and beverages will be served.

Community Enterprises Inc. is a private non-profit organization with a 501c (3) designation from the IRS. Its mission is to bring educational resources to the residents of West Hawaii so they can better participate in the public policy issues that affect their lives and their communities. Visit us at our website www.konatownmeeting.org.

For more information please call Shirley David at 756-1633 or email at shirleydavid@hawaii.rr.com

Tsunami Advisory Has Been Cancelled

726 AM HST WED APR 02 2014

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI ADVISORY CANCELLATION

THE TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ENDED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE
AT 0725 AM HST.

Island Air Signs Purchase Agreement for up to Six Planes – Looking to Expand

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Hawaii Island Air, Inc. (Island Air) has placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners and has also taken options for four additional Q400 NextGen aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered with a dual-class, 71-seat configuration. Island Air is Hawaii’s leading regional airline and second oldest carrier.

Q400 NextGen turboprop

Inside a Q400 NextGen turboprop

Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the firm order is valued at approximately $60.9 million US. The value could increase to $188 million US should Island Air exercise all its options.

“As part of our ongoing restructuring and expansion strategy, the Island Air team considered a number of aircraft and we are pleased to announce the selection of the Q400 NextGen turboprop. With its superior speed, performance and fuel efficiency; outstanding operational flexibility; and market-leading passenger comfort, the Q400 NextGen aircraft is the optimal solution for our needs,” said Paul Casey, President and Chief Executive Officer, Island Air.

“We are pleased to partner with Bombardier as Island Air moves to redefine regional travel within the Hawaiian Islands and offer our passengers the premium product they expect. The Q400 NextGen aircraft is clearly the most suitable airliner for Island Air and will provide a superior passenger experience coupled with unbeatable performance. My experience with Bombardier over the years has been nothing but positive which has further led to our selection of the Q400 NextGen aircraft for the next chapter of Island Air,” said Island Air’s owner, Larry Ellison.

“We are proud to welcome Island Air back to the Bombardier family and we are excited to see the Q400 NextGen airliner take to Hawaiian skies,” said Ryan DeBrusk, Regional Vice President, Sales, Americas, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “The Q400 NextGen aircraft with its superior passenger comfort and market-leading performance characteristics will serve Island Air well as it embarks on its re-fleeting strategy.”

“The Q400 NextGen aircraft is designed to respond to the needs of an evolving market and our growing customer base shows that the aircraft is creating excellent value for operators and meeting a wide variety of business requirements. This operational flexibility maximizes the profit potential of the aircraft and positions it well ahead of competitive aircraft,” said Ray Jones, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Asset Management, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “I’m delighted that Island Air has chosen to re-join the Bombardier family and I wish the airline much success in its future ventures.” Island Air currently offers flights to and from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Lanai and Kauai.

Tsunami Advisory in Effect Until 8 AM

TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT TODAY UNTIL 8AM WEDNESDAY, 4/2/2014.

NO LAND EVACUATIONS ARE NECESSARY; HOWEVER WITH THE OCEAN CURRENTS AND FLUCTUATION CITY OFFICIALS ARE ASKING THE PUBLIC TO STAY OUT OF THE OCEAN AND AWAY FROM SHORELINES AND MARINAS. IN ADDITION, STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS AND CANALS THAT FEED DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. BOATERS NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION ENTERING AND EXITING HARBORS.

DEM EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WILL ACTIVATE DUE TO THE TSUNAMI AND CONTINUE TO MONITOR CONDITIONS.

Instructions:

TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY 4/2/2014, THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO STAY OUT OF THE OCEAN AND AWAY FROM SHORELINES AND MARINAS. IN ADDITION, STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS AND CANALS THAT FEED DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. BOATERS NEED TO EXERCISE CAUTION ENTERING AND EXITING HARBORS.

Tsunami Advisory Issued for State of Hawaii

TO – CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT – TSUNAMI ADVISORY

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE
AT 0545 PM HST.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME – 0147 PM HST 01 APR 2014
COORDINATES – 19.8 SOUTH   70.8 WEST
LOCATION    – OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE   – 8.2  MOMENT

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
——————-  —– ——  —–  —————  —–
JUAN FERNANDEZ       33.6S  78.8W  0215Z   0.16M /  0.5FT  36MIN
SAN FELIX CL         26.3S  80.1W  0137Z   0.68M /  2.2FT  06MIN
COQUIMBO CL          30.0S  71.3W  0138Z   0.15M /  0.5FT  34MIN
CALDERA CL           27.1S  70.8W  0102Z   0.11M /  0.4FT  30MIN
CHANARAL CL          26.4S  70.6W  0133Z   0.24M /  0.8FT  28MIN
CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE   12.1S  77.2W  0158Z   0.12M /  0.4FT  38MIN
ARICA CL             18.5S  70.3W  0116Z   1.83M /  6.0FT  18MIN
MATARANI PE          17.0S  72.1W  0127Z   0.58M /  1.9FT  08MIN
PAPOSO CL            25.0S  70.5W  0125Z   0.26M /  0.9FT  22MIN
PISAGUA CL           19.6S  70.2W  0055Z   2.01M /  6.6FT  12MIN
MEJILLONES CL        23.1S  70.5W  0103Z   0.86M /  2.8FT  34MIN
TOCOPILLA CL         22.1S  70.2W  0109Z   0.42M /  1.4FT  10MIN
DART 32402           26.7S  74.0W  0044Z   0.05M /  0.2FT  44MIN
ANTOFAGASTA CL       23.7S  70.4W  0034Z   0.25M /  0.8FT  18MIN
PATACHE CL           20.8S  70.2W  0015Z   1.51M /  5.0FT  10MIN
IQUIQUE CL           20.2S  70.1W  0005Z   2.11M /  6.9FT  12MIN

LAT  – LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON  – LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME – TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL – TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS …NOT… CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER  – PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

NOTE – DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.

EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO
STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER…SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND
STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD
TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT
BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS.  THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR
SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS

0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014

FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

Big Island Police Charge 23-Year-Old Woman for Offenses Stemming from Fraudulent Use of Credit Card

Detectives have charged a 23-year-old Honaunau woman for several offenses stemming from the fraudulent use of a stolen credit card.

Kimi Keani Bento

Kimi Keani Bento

On January 8, 2014 a 37-year-old Kealakekua man reported to police that his wallet had been stolen and that several unauthorized transactions were conducted with the victim’s credit card that was in the wallet. Detectives with the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation and identified a suspect in the case.

On March 31 (Monday) at 7:15 p.m. detectives arrested and charged Kimi Keani Bento with theft forgery of a credit card, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, four counts of forgery, four counts of identity theft, and five counts of theft.

Bail for Bento was set at $14,000. She was held at the Kona cellblock pending her initial court appearance scheduled for April 1 (Tuesday).

Big Island Police Have Charged 22-Year-Old Woman With Several Offenses Stemming From Attempted Murder

Detectives have charged a 22-year-old Captain Cook woman for several offenses stemming from the attempted murder of a Kona man.

Randi-Keli K. Banagan

Randi-Keli K. Banagan

On March 31 (Monday) at 6:45 p.m. detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section charged Randi-Keli K. Banagan with attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the second degree, terroristic threatening in the first degree, reckless endangering in the second degree, use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, three counts of place to keep loaded firearm, three counts of loaded firearm on a public highway, place to keep ammunition, two counts of illegal transfer possession of firearms, two counts of permit to acquire firearm, two counts of ownership possession firearm prohibited, promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, and drug paraphernalia.

Bail for Banagan was set at $498,000. She was held at the Kona cellblock pending her initial court appearance scheduled for April 1 (Tuesday).

Tsunami Threat To Hawaii Still Being Evaluated After 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Chile

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
Civildefense
SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT
THIS TIME. HOWEVER... THE TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII IS STILL
BEING EVALUATED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 0147 PM HST 01 APR 2014
   COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH   70.8 WEST
   LOCATION    - OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
   MAGNITUDE   - 8.0  MOMENT

EVALUATION

 THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING
 REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC
 LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. AN EVALUATION OF THE PACIFIC
 WIDE TSUNAMI THREAT IS UNDERWAY AND THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT
 HAWAII COULD BE ELEVATED TO A WATCH OR WARNING STATUS.

 IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
 TIME IS  0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014

FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

Clothesline Project Comes to the Big Island

The Clothesline Project was created to bring awareness to the issue of violence against women.  In an effort to express themselves, women who were affected by violence were asked to decorate t-shirts that would later be hung on a line for public display.

Clothesline ProjectThe intent was to honor survivors while promoting awareness of these crimes.  In recognition of Victims’ Rights Week an annual commemoration to promote victims’ rights and service available to victims, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney will be creating a clothesline project to not only bring awareness for violence against women, but awareness of victims of all crime in our community. Our clothesline will be displayed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday, April 9th – UH Hilo, The NEW Student Services Center
  • Thursday, April 10th – Aupuni Center, Hilo
  • Friday, April 11th – West Hawai’i Civic Center, Kailua-Kona

Supplies will be available for anyone who wishes to make a t-shirt to display on the line.  Anyone who has been affected by crime in our community whether male or female is invited. In addition, the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney will display informational material regarding services for crime victims.  For more  information regarding this event, please free to contact the Victim Assistance Unit at (808) 934-3306.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Praises Hawaii’s Education Leadership

Hawaii’s public schools can be a model for the nation, according to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who visited two schools today before returning to Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi spoke with media in reflecting on the progress made during the last three years based on the Race to the Top (RTTT) federal education reform grant.

 Secretary Duncan with Keith Hayashi, Supt, Matayoshi, Gov. Abercrombie in Waipahu HS aquaponics lab


Secretary Duncan with Keith Hayashi, Supt, Matayoshi, Gov. Abercrombie in Waipahu HS aquaponics lab.

“When we first did the RTTT grant, there was a huge amount of skepticism in the outside world, and frankly, internally,” stated Secretary Duncan. “Hawaii initially had its challenges; they’ve shown amazing leadership, courage and vision. I can’t overstate how important the Governor’s leadership has been…the leadership of the State Superintendent…they are a profile in courage. The only way you get better is to challenge the status quo. The only way to accelerate the rate of change is to do something different. The progress has been extraordinary. Hawaii by any objective measure – is one of the fastest improving states in the nation – top five states, that’s top 10 percent in the nation.”

Ka Waihona student (newly accepted to Kamehameha) explains kalo to Secretary Duncan

Ka Waihona student (newly accepted to Kamehameha) explains kalo to Secretary Duncan

Secretary Duncan began the day at Ka Waihona o ka Naauao, a public charter school in Nanakuli, where he learned how to pound taro (paiai) and participated in a discussion about culture-based education with stakeholders and Kirin Ahuja, the U.S. DOE’s executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Secretary Duncan pounds kalo

Secretary Duncan pounds kalo

Secretary Duncan then visited Waipahu High where he participated in a Hawaii DOE and Hawaii State Teachers Association joint-committee meeting followed by a tour of the school with Gov. Abercrombie and Supt. Matayoshi.

Supt. Matayoshi and WHS students greet Secretary Duncan.

Supt. Matayoshi and WHS students greet Secretary Duncan.

Waipahu High is the second-largest high school in Hawaii with 2,450 students. About 70 percent of its students are of Filipino ancestry, while nearly 6 out of 10 students come from economically disadvantage backgrounds. Waipahu High Principal Keith Hayashi, who was appointed in 2009, has led a tremendous academic turnaround at the school. Reading proficiency among 10th graders rose to 69 percent in 2013 from 58 percent in 2011, while math proficiency jumped to 47 percent from 26 percent. College-going rate increased to 58 percent from 49 percent during the same period.

“We are proud to share the passion of what we do here at Waipahu with Secretary Duncan,” Principal Hayashi said.

Secretary Duncan with Andrea Gurado, WHS student with full ride to Columbia University, looking at her science project exploring synthesizing molecules.

Secretary Duncan with Andrea Gurado, WHS student with full ride to Columbia University, looking at her science project exploring synthesizing molecules.

One of the students who enjoyed lunch with Secretary Duncan at Waipahu was Andrea Jurado, who recently accepted a full scholarship from Columbia University. She arrived to the islands just four years ago from her native Philippines, and since then, she has taken advantage of opportunities that have helped her excel during her four years at Waipahu. She’s participated in internships with the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories in Livermore, Calif. She will also represent Hawaii at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, Calif., which is the largest science and engineering fair for high school students from around the globe.

“Waipahu is very focused on students succeeding in post-secondary life,” said Supt. Matayoshi. “The school has a great early college program, and great opportunities for students to succeed. We’re very happy that Secretary Duncan can see the fantastic work being done here by our faculty, teachers, and students.”

“I ask anybody in the state, before you make a judgment about the public schools, see what’s been accomplished in the last three years. By any outside observation, Hawaii public schools are rising, and we’re going to keep on rising,” added Governor Abercrombie.

Principal Sheena Alaiasa of Castle High in Kaneohe was one of the educators selected to meet with Secretary Duncan during his visit. As head of King Intermediate last year, Alaiasa was named the 2014 National Middle Level Principal of the Year by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

“It’s great for Hawaii as a whole for the U.S. DOE to see what we’re doing,” said Principal Alaiasa. “It means a lot to our students for them to meet and greet someone of such importance.”

Hawaii is the 50th and final state to welcome Secretary Duncan during his tenure. Prior to this visit, the last U.S. education secretary to visit the islands was Richard W. Riley in 1994 under President Bill Clinton. The last federal education official to visit Hawaii was Martha Kanter, U.S. Department of Education under secretary of education, who spoke at a September 2010 higher education summit in Waikiki. Also, in December 2009, Peter Cunningham, assistant secretary for communications and outreach for the U.S. Department of Education, visited several island schools.

Hawaii Wildlife Fund and State Team Up to Clean Manukā Natural Area Reserve (NAR)

Saturday marked the fifth year that Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund (HWF) has teamed up with the State’s Natural Area Reserve crew to clean up a stretch of coastline within the Manukā Natural Area Reserve (NAR), which extends from Ka‘ū into South Kona.  During this time, over 130 people have helped haul over 2,975 pounds of marine debris and shoreline rubbish off this remote stretch of coastline that extends from Humuhumu Pt. to the north.

Group photo at the end of a long, successful, cleanup day!

Group photo at the end of a long, successful, cleanup day!

This weekend was no different.  After driving over very rough roads and hiking over a mile each way, the 30 cleanup participants hauled 26 bags of debris (weighing ~430 lbs.) off the isolated shoreline.  Volunteers came from Hilo, Kona, Puna and Kaʻū and worked for hours on this collective mission to mālama ke kahakai (take care of the shoreline).

Cleanup volunteer, Joe Robinson, drives the HWF truck towards the cleanup site.

Cleanup volunteer, Joe Robinson, drives the HWF truck towards the cleanup site.

NAR Specialist, Jenn Randall, arranged to bring an all-terrain vehicle to haul debris back to the staging site where it will be removed by helicopter in the coming week.  Mike McCagh, with HI Kombucha, brought a keg of grapefruit kombucha tea to share with the hardworking participants.  Tony Villegas, with Coconut Auto Repair, provided a 4WD vehicle to transport a group of youngsters from Kaʻū.  Joe Robinson, underwater photographer from Kailua-Kona, donated his time and equipment to photo document and film the event.  Randall, added that they were quite pleased by the outcome of the day and that volunteers had removed all the debris she was hoping for with energy and enthusiasm.

Volunteers, Brian Waldo and Tony Villegas, showing off their debris finds.

Volunteers, Brian Waldo and Tony Villegas, showing off their debris finds.

HWF has been leading community-based efforts to remove marine debris from along the Ka‘ū coastline since 2003.  During this time, HWF estimates that over 90% of the 168 tons of debris removed is plastic (e.g., fishing line/nets, shampoo bottles, toothbrushes).  As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Marine Debris Program shares, “Marine debris affects everyone”.  Here locally, HWF strongly believes that the solution begins with individuals like those of who volunteered this weekend and with the small decisions that residents of Hawaiʻi Island make each day.

An assortment of interesting finds from the event … (not including one small glass float).

An assortment of interesting finds from the event … (not including one small glass float).

Examples of these choices include re-using or simply refusing single-usage plastics, bringing your own water bottle or using available drinking fountains, and carrying your own to-go ware to Styrofoam-toting restaurants.

HWF’s Project Coordinator, Megan Lamson, implores, “Do your part to help our marine and coastal wildlife: choose to re-use, remember to recycle, and limit your single-use purchases!  We live on an island, and we must be mindful of how we are treating the land, freshwater, and ocean that support us.”

Kaʻū youth group with their leader, Terry Shibuya, and NARS crew (intern Rory and Specialist Jenn Randall).

Kaʻū youth group with their leader, Terry Shibuya, and NARS crew (intern Rory and Specialist Jenn Randall).

For more info about getting involved in an upcoming cleanup event, please contact HWF at kahakai.cleanups@gmail.com, call 808-769-769 or check out their website at www.wildhawaii.org