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Older Women in Hawaii are 57% More Likely to Live in Poverty Than Older Men

A new analysis finds that Social Security benefits are especially crucial for older women in Hawaiʻi, who are more likely to live in poverty and less likely to have access to assets or savings in retirement. The report, released by the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is a first in examining more closely the economic status of older adults in Hawaiʻi by gender and race/ethnicity.

Just over nine percent (9.1 percent) of older women in Hawaiʻi live in poverty, compared with 5.8 percent of older men. Single older women in Hawaiʻi, however, are three times more likely than married older women to be living in poverty (13.0 percent and 4.1 percent poverty rates, respectively). The majority of older women in Hawaiʻi are single, while the majority of older men are married. There are also differences by race/ethnicity: Rates of pension coverage are highest among older Japanese women and lowest among older Filipinas, and rates of marriage also vary, with Filipinas most likely and Native Hawaiian women least likely to be married.

Dr. Colette Browne

“Many of the economic challenges that older women experience stem from inequities that women face earlier in life, including a persistent wage gap, the high cost of child care and a shortage of affordable housing. This builds up over the course of a lifetime and limits women’s ability to lay the foundation for economic security in retirement, especially for the many older single women living without a spouse,” said Dr. Colette Browne, the Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowed Professor in Social Policy at the School of Social Work and author of the report’s recommendations.

The paper finds that Social Security is the most common source of income for both older men and women in Hawaiʻi, and is especially crucial for women. In Hawaiʻi, nearly 40 percent (39.4 percent) of older women’s annual income is from Social Security, compared with 29 percent of older men’s. Still, Social Security benefits received by older women in Hawaiʻi total about 80 percent of the amount older men receive ($12,000, compared with $15,158).

Older men have greater access to pensions, retirement savings and asset income than older women. Nearly half (47 percent) of older men receive income from a pension or retirement savings plan, compared with just over a third (35.5 percent) of older women in the state. Even for those with a pension or retirement savings plan, women’s median annual income is about 60 percent of men’s ($12,596 compared with $21,344).

The report concludes with recommendations for Hawaiʻi policymakers to focus on strategies and programs that alleviate age-, gender- and race-based inequalities and poverty across the lifespan.

Strategies to address inequity and support the health, educational and employment aspirations of women of every age in Hawaiʻi, coupled with policies that support women with child and elder caregiving responsibilities, such as paid sick days, paid family leave and an affordable and secure long-term care funding mechanism, would bolster women’s financial security throughout their life course and especially in their later years.

“Today’s younger woman is tomorrow’s older woman, so improving the economic status of older women in Hawaiʻi must start with addressing inequality at school, work and home,” said Browne. “But, we must also pay attention to the needs of older women today, and this means honoring women’s contributions to family and community, protecting Social Security and committing ourselves to funding for health and long-term care if and when disabilities occur.

The findings are presented in a paper by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work funded the analysis and authored the paper’s recommendations through the school’s Takasaki Endowment.

For more information, visit: https://iwpr.org/publications/economic-security-older-women-men-hawaii/

Queen’s Medical Center and NHCH Create First Telemedicine ICU on the Big Island

The sickest patients at North Hawai’i Community Hospital (NHCH) are now being monitored 24/7 by highly specialized physicians thanks to state-of-the-art integrated technology provided by The Queen’s Health Systems.

The new system allows for real-time videoconferencing, putting the staff at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu virtually at the bedside of each ICU patient at NHCH. NHCH ICU patient vital signs are continually displayed in the Queen’s ICU on Oahu. The complete patient chart is visible, exams can be done virtually with advanced videoconferencing located in each patient room, and heart and lung sounds can be heard by the Oahu team thanks to a virtually connected stethoscope.

“The goal is to deliver high quality, patient-centered care where intensive care experts are available at the bedside when the patient needs it. This ensures patients at NHCH have timely access to intensive care specialists in their home community without having to transfer inter-island to Queen’s on Oahu. The telemedicine ICU partnership will improve outcomes by reducing treatment delays and providing state-of-the art care,” said Matthew Koenig, MD, Medical Director of Telemedicine for The Queen’s Health Systems.

Physicians and staff in the ICU at North Hawai’i Community Hospital now conduct rounds alongside intensivists at the Punchbowl campus thanks to this new technology. Intensivists are physicians who specialize in the care of critically ill patients, most often in ICUs. Having intensivists available via telemedicine has shown to reduce mortality. This top-level expertise is now available 24/7 for the sickest patients who come to North Hawai’i Community Hospital.

Scott Gallacher, MD, Medical Director of the Medical ICU at The Queen’s Medical Center, notes that “our medical center’s founder, Queen Emma, said that ‘people are the key to healing.’ Our new tele-ICU capability with NHCH may involve quite a lot of high-technology behind the scenes, but it is essentially a tool to help connect people – patients, families, nursing staff, physicians – at a time when expert help might be the most needed, enhancing our collaborative approach to care. We have already seen that our face-to-face virtual bedside interactions have been a welcome source of comfort and reassurance that the very best in critical care is being delivered within the North Hawai’i community. While we always have the option to transport patients to our Punchbowl MICU from NHCH, this new model turns old ideas of bringing patients to doctors on its head by virtually transporting specialty physicians directly and immediately to the patient bedside where timely care is essential.”

“This new system of care, with North Hawai’i Community Hospital working together with The Queen’s Medical Center, means that we are able to provide the highest quality service to our patients at an extremely critical time,” said Gary Goldberg, MD, Chief Medical Officer, North Hawai’i Community Hospital. “It also means that we can keep more patients close to home – this is good for patients and good for families.”

Aloha Green Receives Department of Health’s Notice to Proceed for Growing on Oahu

Aloha Green Holdings Inc. (Aloha Green) received its Notice to Proceed to Acquire and Cultivate Marijuana from the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) for Aloha Green’s second production center on Oahu – a purpose-built cannabis greenhouse the company has been developing with engineers and architects since the application. This is the first structure of its kind in the State of Hawaii for cannabis cultivation, allowing for a 400% increase in current production capability.

Aloha Green is currently leading the industry as the only licensee on Oahu to receive notice from the DOH for both production centers, in accordance with statutory and regulatory requirements. Aloha Green was the first Oahu licensee to receive a Notice to Proceed to begin cultivation in Production Center #1 on February 1, 2017. Production Center #1 is a computer controlled, environmentally sealed indoor cultivation nursery with advanced cannabis cultivation equipment. The Aloha Green also has opened the first and only dispensary in the state, though there are no cannabis products currently available for sale.

Aloha Green is now authorized to expand cultivation into Production Center #2, which was designed specifically to provide a stable environment for cannabis cultivation while taking advantage of the natural growing conditions in Hawaii and reducing carbon emissions. The greenhouse’s state-of-the-art opaque roof materials provide for superior natural sunlight diffusion for optimal plant health. It has computer controlled environmental systems, light deprivation, supplemental lighting, fan controls, heating, and cooling.

“By bringing our state-of-the-art greenhouse online, Aloha Green is able to meet current and future patient demand for safe lab-tested cannabis medicine,” states Tai Cheng, Chief Operating Officer of Aloha Green, “Aloha Green hopes to become a world leader in sustainably grown greenhouse cannabis.”

James H.Q. Lee, Chief Executive Officer, adds, “Aloha Green’s goal is to provide value-priced medicine to qualified patients. Greenhouse grown cannabis will use significantly less electricity than indoor grown cannabis. These savings are being passed on to the patients. The cost of living is already high in Hawaii, and the cost of medicine should not force patients to make the hard choice of whether to seek relief from their symptoms.”

United Airlines Increasing Routes to Hawaii – Adding Lie-Flat Seating From 5 Hubs

United Airlines (UAL) today announced an increase of service on 11 routes connecting the continental U.S. and Hawaii, offering customers more flights between the mainland and the Hawaiian Islands than any other carrier.

Beginning December 20, United will increase service from its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Hawaii. The airline will continue operating its daily nonstop service to Honolulu from all seven domestic hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., plus Guam and Tokyo.

“As we celebrate our 70th anniversary in Hawaii this year, today’s announcement carries a very special significance for our customers,” said Jake Cefolia, United’s vice president of Sales. “Our customers have asked for more ways to get to Hawaii, and by adding these flights we are thrilled to make Hawaii more accessible than ever for our customers travelling from the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and West Coast regions.”

Lie-flat seating from 5 United hubs

Beginning this summer, premium cabin customers on all overnight flights between Hawaii and Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York/Newark and Washington, D.C., will enjoy 180-degree flat-bed seats for a more relaxing and sleep-enhancing flight with custom-designed duvets and pillows provided by leading luxury specialty store and New York-bred retailer Saks Fifth Avenue.

Celebrating 70 years of service in Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are an important part of United’s history. With the maiden departure of a United DC-6 Mainliner from San Francisco to Honolulu in May 1947, United played a major role in helping to make Hawaii an easily accessible destination for tourism and business. In fact, United’s West Coast hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco will remain the country’s largest gateways for connecting customers to Hawaii, and in December, United’s Denver hub will be another primary interior gateway to Hawaii, offering customers the ability to get to Hawaii from more than 90 destinations in the U.S. and Canada.

“United Airlines has been a leader in air travel between the mainland and Hawaii for 70 years and the airline continues to deliver positive benefits in our communities,” said Ford Fuchigami, Director of Hawaii’s Department of Transportation. “We look forward to welcoming more flights and visitors to Hawaii and another 70 years of partnership.”

“This combination of increased and enhanced service by United Airlines is fantastic news for Hawaii’s tourism industry, especially with the number of direct flights being added to Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii,” said George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “United’s customers anywhere in the nation will have easy access to all of Hawaii’s major islands and be able to experience our aloha spirit and diversity of culture and natural beauty statewide.”

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Beginning December 20, service between Denver and Kona (KOA), Lihue (LIH) and Maui (OGG) will increase from seasonal to daily year-round service. The airline will continue its year-round daily service from Denver to Honolulu.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Offering the only nonstop service between Chicago and Hawaii, United will increase service to Maui (OGG) to five times per week beginning December 20.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

From Los Angeles, United offers nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. In addition to United’s five times daily service to Honolulu, United will increase service between LAX and Hilo, Kona, Maui and Lihue beginning December 20. United is the only U.S. airline with nonstop service from LAX to Hilo, on the Island of Hawaii.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

From San Francisco, United offers more nonstop service to more Hawaiian Island destinations than any other airline. In addition to its five times daily service between SFO and Honolulu, United will increase service to Kona, Lihue and Maui beginning December 20.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Statement on One-Year Anniversary of Tragic Orlando Shooting

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02), a Member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in remembrance of last year’s shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  She is an original co-sponsor of a resolution introduced in the House of Representatives today which commemorates the one year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida – June 12, 2016.

“On the one year anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting, we mourn the 49 innocent men and women who lost their lives, and our hearts go out to the survivors, friends, families, and the larger Orlando community. If there is any lesson to be learned from this injustice, it is that we must continue to fight to ensure the safety and equality of all people regardless of their sexual orientation,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

The 49 people who died in the shooting are Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34; Stanley Almodovar III, 23; Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20; Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22; Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36; Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22; Luis S. Vielma, 22; Kimberly Morris, 37; Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30; Darryl Roman Burt II, 29; Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32; Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21; Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25; Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35; Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50; Amanda Alvear, 25; Martin Benitez Torres, 33; Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37; Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26; Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35; Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25; Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31; Oscar A. Aracena-Montero, 26; Enrique L. Rios Jr., 25; Miguel Angel Honorato, 30; Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40; Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32; Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19; Cory James Connell, 21; Luis Daniel Conde, 39; Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33; Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25; Jerald Arthur Wright, 31; Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25; Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25; Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24; Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27; Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33; Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49; Yilmary Rodriguez Sulivan, 24; Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32; Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28; Frank Hernandez, 27; Paul Terrell Henry, 41; Antonio Davon Brown, 29; Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24; Akyra Monet Murray, 18; and Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25.

Background:  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has a strong record advocating on behalf of the LGBT community. She has co-sponsored and supported civil rights and anti-LGBT discrimination legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act, the Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the Equality Act, and the Equality for All Resolution. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is also a Member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, whose mission is to promote LGBT equality in the U.S. and around the world.

Sewage Spill Leads to Closure of Kailua Bay

This is a Civil Defense Message for Monday, June 12 at 3:30 PM.

The Department of Environmental Management reports a sewage spill occurred earlier today at Ali’I Drive and Palani Road due to a ruptured main and has entered the ocean at Kailua Bay.

Warning signs are posted and Kailua Bay from Kamaka Honu Beach to Hulihee Palace is currently closed out to 1,000 feet offshore.

Water samples have been taken and the Department of Health Clean Water Branch has been notified.

Please cease all water activity in this area until tests indicate bacteria levels are normal.

The spill is contained and repairs to the ruptured main will beginning tomorrow.  Expect road closure and/or detour in this area beginning tomorrow.

You will be notified as the situation changes.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.

Busy Week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

USS Carl Vinson visits Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following deployment
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is scheduled to visit Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 14.

USS Carl Vinson

Commanded by Capt. Douglas Verissimo, the ship and her crew of more than 5,000 Sailors departed Naval Air Station North Island for a regularly-scheduled deployment with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group as part of the U.S. Pacific Fleet-led initiative to extend the command and control functions of U.S. 3rd Fleet into the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, Jan. 5.
During the deployment, Carl Vinson conducted training as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group off the coast of Hawaii to improve readiness and cohesion as a strike group.
Carl Vinson also conducted bilateral operations with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, including visit, board, search and seizure drills, tactical maneuvering, flag hoisting drills, photo exercises and air, surface and anti-submarine warfare training.
Additionally, Carl Vinson participated in the maritime portion of Exercise Foal Eagle, a series of annual defense-oriented training events designed to increase readiness to defend the ROK, protect the region, and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. The exercise is conducted by ROK-U.S. Combined Forces Command and United States component commands in Korea, to include ground, air, naval and special operations.
Over the five-and-a-half month span, Carl Vinson executed port visits in Guam; Busan, Republic of Korea; and Singapore. While visiting each port, Carl Vinson Sailors participated in numerous community service events, including volunteer service at schools, community centers, an animal shelter and a food bank.
U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.  Third Fleet constantly coordinates with U.S. 7th Fleet to plan and execute missions based on their complementary strengths to promote ongoing peace, security, and stability throughout the entire Pacific theater of operations.
USS Michael Murphy returns from five-month deployment
USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) will return to its homeport Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a successful five-month deployment.
While deployed to the Western Pacific under the U.S. 3rd Fleet Forward construct, Michael Murphy promoted security and stability throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The ship was underway for nearly 150 days and conducted more than 600 flight hours with the ship’s attached helicopter squadron Maritime Helicopter Strike Squadron (HSM) 37, Detachment 2.
“I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication the crew exhibited during this deployment with the Carl Vinson Strike Group,” said Cmdr. Robert A. Heely Jr., Michael Murphy’s commanding officer. “They were resilient and always up to the task.”
Michael Murphy began the deployment by conducting training as part of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group off the coast of Hawaii to improve readiness and cohesion as a strike group.
Michael Murphy then conducted an 18-day joint mission with the U.S. Coast Guard in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security.
Following the OMSI mission, Michael Murphy linked back up with the strike group to conduct a routine security patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, focusing on normalizing U.S. presence in the region.
“Our missions spanned from Oceania, through the South China Sea, and ended in the Sea of Japan as we strengthened our partnerships within the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” said Heely. “Team Murphy performed exceptionally well and led the fight each step of the way.”
Michael Murphy conducted several exercises with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) to build and strengthen alliances with foreign navies.
Among the exercises was a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) exercise. Sailors from ROK Gang Gam Chan (DDH 979) conducted a VBSS boarding aboard Michael Murphy. Michael Murphy VBSS members then boarded Gang Gam Chan to complete the exercise.
“Being part of the VBSS team is pretty cool,” said Operations Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Rosado. “Being able to board a warship from another country is an incredible experience. The South Koreans were very welcoming, and I am glad to have met them.”
Over the five-month span, Michael Murphy executed port visits in Suva, Fiji; Honiara, Solomon Islands; Port Klang, Malaysia; and Guam. A group of Sailors also visited Funafuti, Tuvalu, for a community service event. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored tours and events were also offered, allowing Sailors to explore the ports and experience the culture of each location.
“I went on an MWR tour in Malaysia,” said Damage Controlman 2nd Class Peter Rodriguez. “We took a long bus ride through the Malaysian countryside to an elephant park. It was incredible seeing the landscape and vegetation in Malaysia. I don’t think many people experienced Malaysia like I did.”
Sailors also had many opportunities to participate in community service projects, with events in Fiji, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Guam. Sailors landscaped in Fiji, interacted with students at an intermediate school in Tuvalu, delivered extra medical supplies to a hospital in Solomon Islands and painted and picked up trash around a school in Guam.
“I participated in the Tuvalu community service event at a local intermediate school,” said Ensign Kasey Landry. “It was humbling to experience the culture of Tuvalu. I was amazed to see how passionate the teachers were, and although we were there to help their community, it was the people of Tuvalu who gave the most, humbling and embracing Michael Murphy Sailors in their homes.”
Commissioned Oct. 6, 2012, USS Michael Murphy is named after former U.S. Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan, June 28, 2005. He was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan and was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.
Michael Murphy is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. Naval Surface Forces. U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy, working constantly with U.S. 7th Fleet. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.
USS CHAFEE to Depart for Western Pacific Deployment
The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90) is scheduled to depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and South America, June 13.
Chafee has a crew of nearly 350 officers and enlisted Sailors and is a multi-mission ship designed to operate independently or with an associated strike group. The embarked air detachment from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 will serve as the air support for the ship.
While deployed, the ship will conduct theater security cooperation and maritime presence operations with partner nations. Having steadily worked thought a pre-deployment readiness cycle, the ship’s commanding officer is confident in his ship’s performance.
“Chafee recently returned from a highly successful Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final event preparing us for deployment,” said Cmdr. Brian Fremming, commanding officer of Chafee. “The crew is ready to deploy and is looking forward to operating again with our allies and partners from around the world.”
Chafee was named after the late Sen. John Lester Hubbard Chafee, a Marine veteran who fought in the Battle of Guadalcanal and served as secretary of the Navy.  The ship was last deployed to the Western Pacific and South America in 2015.
Chafee is part of U.S. 3rd Fleet and U.S. Naval Surface Forces. U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Pacific and provides realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy, working constantly with U.S. 7th Fleet. The forces of both fleets complement one another across the spectrum of military operations in the Pacific.
For more information on Navy Surface Forces visit the Commander, Naval Surface Forces website at http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/Pages/home.aspx.
For more information on Chafee visit the ship’s website at:

Commentary – Mayor Kim’s Administration Has Made Me Very Discouraged

Mayor Harry Kim’s administration has been in office roughly six months. The way I’ve been treated over this period of time has been nothing short of abysmal, and made me very discouraged about interacting with his administration about transportation issues. It isn’t very appealing to get a phone call from the mayor directly, who proceeds to yell at you over the phone and state that you don’t have the facts straight.

I would let this go if this was my only issue with Mayor Kim,  but it is not. February 6th, 2017 is a day I’ll remember for a very long time. The new Department of Public  Works director Frank DeMarco issued a sweeping  directive against me that stated I cannot talk to anyone at DPW, and would have submit all inquiries directly to the mayor’s office in writing.

I was able to get this directive somewhat amended, so I could go through the DPW public affairs officer. This made a very difficult situation more palatable, but I still couldn’t talk to the front line engineers that I established relationships with. Some of these engineers I’ve known for 10 years or more. As of a result of this ill-advised directive, I can’t communicate with these engineers going forward.

These actions by Frank DeMarco are a stark example that he intends to ignore public feedback regarding transportation issues. Warren Lee, the previous director, welcomed feedback from the public. He went as so far to take me on a tour of the construction of the Mamalahoa Highway bypass at one point.

I’ve helped DPW advance several West Hawaii transportation projects, which has established a favorable track record with these engineers. However, Frank DeMarco stated at council meeting on April 11th that I was making too many inquiries with DPW staff, which was causing problems for DPW and other county departments. This could be farther from the truth, along with being very hurtful.

I’ve lived in here Kailua-Kona over 41 years, and have had only the community’s best interest at heart.  These issues with Mayor Kim’s administration are far and beyond the biggest challenge that I’ve faced with a government entity. We should be working together to make this a better place as I have a lot to offer, but Mayor Kim’s administration insists on treating me like an enemy of the state instead.

Aaron Stene, Kailua-Kona

Editors note – Clip taken from the DPW Homepage. http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/public-works/

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Joins Waiʻanae Community in Recognizing UFC Winners Holloway, Medeiros in Homecoming Celebration

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) joined community leaders and people across the Waiʻanae Coast to recognize Waiʻanae natives UFC Featherweight title-holder Max Holloway and Yancy Medeiros for their victories at UFC 212 held on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At age twenty-five, Holloway has amassed the most career wins ever among competitors in his weight class, and his recent defeat of Jose Aldo—an athlete that has ruled the WEC and UFC for nearly a decade—earned him the title of undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion. Medeiros also brought home his fourteenth career win from Rio De Janeiro, defeating Erick Silva of Brazil.

Following a community parade from Nānākuli to Waiʻanae High School, the congresswoman presented Holloway and Medeiros with congressional certificates recognizing their achievements and their proud representation of Hawaiʻi to the world.Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “The eyes of the world are on Waiʻanae as we proudly welcome home Max and Yancy after their victories at UFC 212. Both of these young men have made Hawaiʻi so proud, representing our state with courage, strength, and aloha.  Max and Yancy are not only champions in the octagon, they are also leaders in our community who take Hawaiʻi with them wherever they go, and who serve as mentors and role models to our keiki when they are here at home.  I join the people of Waiʻanae and all of Hawaiʻi in congratulating Max and Yancy, and wishing them continued success.”

The congresswoman will return to Washington, DC tonight to participate in the annual King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony in the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, and for votes in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.

Man Dies Attempting to Harvest Opihi on the Big Island

A man in his sixties passed away in the Pahoa District of the Big Island today while attempting to get Opihi:

Hawaii Fire Department Incident Report: 10851

Situation Found at Scene:

Unresponsive male Opihi picker in waters off shore of Kumukahi Lighthouse.

Photo via Eli Duke

Remarks:

Report of Opihi picker who was swept into the ocean by wave action.  Two bystanders assisted victim away from rocky shoreline and were met by lifeguards on jetski’s.  The Victim, 60’s Male, was pulled from the water by Hawaii Fire Department rescue personnel on Chopper 1 via Billy Pugh Net.  Victim was then transported to awaiting medic at Kumukahi Lighthouse, for emergency medical service assessment.  The victim was found to have no signs of life and was released to Hawaii Police Department.

Steal a Doritos Locos Tacos From Taco Bell on June 13th

With the Golden State Warriors “stealing a game” from Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland… folks around the United States can obtain a FREE Doritos Locos Taco from Taco Bell:
Details:

Consumers may obtain one (1) Free Taco during the Promotion Window on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 while supplies last. To obtain the Free Taco, Eligible Consumers must visit and be in line at any participating Taco Bell® restaurant between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00p.m. on the Redemption Date only and request a Free Taco.

Free Taco will not be offered at a consumer’s request on any other date or time, regardless of circumstance, but Taco Bell reserves the right to change the redemption date at its sole discretion for some or all participating Taco Bell restaurants.

Participating Taco Bell restaurant managers reserve the right to deny Free Taco to any person they reasonably believe has already received a Taco or has engaged in any other fraudulent activity. Free Taco offer is subject to store availability and Taco Bell reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute an item of equal or greater value due to unavailability; any difference in value will not be awarded. All Taco Bell managers’ decisions are final regarding Free Taco offer.

GENERAL CONDITIONS : As a condition of the offer, each Eligible Consumer who participates in the Promotion agrees (a) to be bound by these Terms and Conditions; (b) to release and hold harmless the National Basketball Association, each of their parent, subsidiary, affiliated and related entities, any entity which, now or in the future, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with the teams and the owners, general and limited partners, shareholders, directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns of the foregoing entities (hereinafter, “NBA Entities”), Sponsor and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, retailers, licensees, sales representatives, distributors and franchisees, and each of their officers, directors, employees and agents (“Promotional Parties”) from any and all claims, demands, losses, promises, causes of action, injuries, damages and/or liabilities, that may arise, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from the participation in this Promotion or from the receipt, unavailability or use or misuse of the Free Taco, or any travel or activity related to the receipt or use of the Free Taco; (c) that under no circumstances will Eligible Consumer be permitted to obtain awards for, and Eligible Consumer hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, special, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (d) that all causes of action arising out of or connected with this Promotion or any Free Taco (or the unavailability thereof) or any advertising, marketing, promotion or publicity materials in connection therewith, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (e) that any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs; and (f) that all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Terms and Conditions, Eligible Consumer’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with this Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. In the event there is a discrepancy or inconsistency between Announcements and these Terms and Conditions, these Terms and Conditions shall prevail, govern and control and the discrepancy will be resolved in Taco Bell’s sole and absolute discretion. This Promotion may be modified or terminated at any time without notice at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

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Man Who Gave Native Bird its Hawaiian Name Given Citizen Conservationist Award

During a ceremony at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today, Noah Gomes was honored with the second DLNR Citizen Conservationist award. Gomes, a park ranger is known here as someone who perpetuates Hawaiian culture in his interactions with visitors and always demonstrates the spirit of Aloha.

As a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Gomes conducted painstaking research in an effort to find the historical name for the endangered Hawai‘i Creeper. He pored through hundreds of pages of old Hawaiian newspapers and reviewed virtually every bit of literature he could find on the traditional name of the tiny forest bird.  In his thesis, which was published in the ‘Elepaio Journal, Gomes posited that the customary name of the Hawaiian Creeper is ‘Alawī.  This convinced the Hawaiian Lexicon Committee to approve the name.  The committee, established in 1987, approves the creation of words for concepts and material culture, unknown to Hawaiian ancestors.

DLNR First Deputy Director Kekoa Kaluhiwa presented the award to Gomes.  He said, “As a graduate student, Noah chose to research and review major literature on native Hawaiian birds by important authors in the late 19th and early 20th century to try and find a specific Hawaiian name for the Hawaii Creeper.  For more than a century there was no known Hawaiian name for this endangered bird.” In a statement read during today’s award ceremony Kaluhiwa added, “We are grateful for Noah’s efforts and hereby present him with a DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award, for his efforts to preserve our Native Hawaiian cultural heritage; in a time when birds like the ‘Alawī are endangered and even on the brink of extinction. His efforts help us all recognize not only the ecological importance of the ‘Alawī, but also the role it plays in our lives and those of our ancestors.

On May 31, 2017, during a naming ceremony for the ‘Alawī at the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve, not far from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Gomes did the blessing and led an ‘awa ceremony in honor of the bird’s naming. In remarks after he received his award Gomes explained, “This joined my life-long love of birds with my passion for Hawaiian culture and our language. I’m thrilled and honored to have been involved in the naming of the ‘Alawī.”

Alex Wang, (pronounced Wong) a bird specialist with the DLNR Natural Area Reserve program, and a Gomes’ friend commented, “Noah has such a deep sense of place and appreciation for native Hawaiian culture and what it represents to everyone, Hawaiian or not, living in these islands today.  He truly personifies the very best traits associated with the people of our host culture. In addition to what I expect will be many notable accomplishment in his future, he will be known in the history books as the person who named the ‘Alawī. and as Noah said how many of us are fortunate enough to marry a childhood fascination with a professional contribution to science and culture.”

The DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award program was established in early 2017 to recognize people in the community who go above and beyond to assist the department in fulfilling its mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i nei.

Hawaii State Land Board Imposes $15,000 Fine for Lava Tour Boat Violations

The Board of Land and Natural Resources today assessed a fine of $15,000 for three violations by lava tour boat operator Shane Turpin (dba Kohala Tours) for conducting commercial activity from a state boating facility without a required commercial use ramp permit, in violation of boating administrative rule, HAR 13-231-51.

The violations took place between February 3-7, 2017 from the Pohoiki boat launch ramp in south Hawaii island. These involved repeated launches of the vessel LavaKai II from the ramp without having a valid commercial use ramp permit.

Turpin’s other company Lava Ocean Tours, Inc. does hold one of the four available commercial use ramp permits issued by the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) for use of the state ramp for operation of its vessel, LavaOne. On the same dates the LavaOne was also carrying passengers for lava viewing tours. However, permit holders may not use the boat ramp to launch other vessels not covered by the permit.

The board declined to assess additional fines ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 against two vessel captains for multiple counts of violating the same boating rule. Any future violations may result in citations, fines or possible revocation of the commercial use launch ramp permit.

Hollywood Movie Seeking Native Hawaiians to Audition for Chiefess Kapiʻolani and Queen Liliʻuokalani

Seeking Native Hawaiians to audition for Chiefess Kapiʻolani and Queen Liliʻuokalani – Send pics to: casting@theislandsmovie.com

How would you like to be involved in the biggest movie on Hawaii’s history ever told on the big screen?

We plan to shoot “THE ISLANDS” – The sweeping, incredible story on the beginning of Hawaii from Captain Cook to King Kamehameha to the last reign of Queen Liliuokalani.

We believe the film will be nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards and are shooting for this goal. We will also have a well-known cast matched with the award-winning producer/director Tim Chey. The film will hit 3,000 theaters worldwide on November 9, 2018.

We are seeking to raise $20 million to produce the groundbreaking film and $15 million in marketing and advertising to take the film out to a guaranteed 2,500 theaters nationwide. We will also receive a 20% rebate back from the State of Hawaii ensuring another $4 million in our advertising war chest.

We believe “THE ISLANDS” will be one of ten films nominated for ‘Best Picture’ for 2018.

We’re aiming for a $65-$150 million box office.“THE ISLANDS” will be the biggest movie on Hawaiian history ever put in cinema.

We’re aiming for A-list stars like Russell Crowe, Pierce Brosnan, or Hugh Jackman to play Captain Cook. And also get The Rock and Marcus Mariota to possibly play roles. In other words, we’re aiming to hit a major homerun.

This is YOUR chance to participate in history in the making, and make a possible huge return and income. Join us on this amazing voyage! Don’t miss the boat on this.

Hilo Traffic Alert for Next Week

The Department of Public Works Traffic Division will be upgrading the traffic signal controller at the Maka‘ala St. and Kanoelehua Ave. intersection on Wednesday, June 14th between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.

Work will continue on Thursday, June 15th at the Waiānuenue Ave. and Ka‘iulani St. intersection between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., weather conditions permitting.  Work involves removing and replacing the makai bound mast arm and traffic signal.

The traffic signals at both intersections will be shut down during the scheduled work hours and special off-duty police officers will be in the area to facilitate traffic movement.  Motorists are advised to expect delays and to drive with caution.

The County of Hawai‘i Department of Public Works apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and thanks the community for their patience and understanding.

If there are any questions or concerns, please call Barett Otani, Information and Education Specialist, at 961-8787.

Applications Being Accepted for Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Mānowai O Hanakahi program is currently accepting applications for its Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training course, to be held in Hilo Monday-Friday, June 26 – 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Hawaiʻi Island youth age 15 and above are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in marine health, stewardship and related marine careers will be given special consideration. The application deadline is Friday, June 23.

The course is made possible through funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Education and Training Mini Grant program.

For session information and an application, visit: http://stem.hilo.hawaii.edu/manowai, call 933-0707, or email hperry@hawaii.edu.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to Join Max Holloway Homecoming Parade

This weekend, in between congressional voting weeks in Washington, DC, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is flying home today to join the state and community of Waiʻanae in a homecoming parade recognizing and celebrating UFC Champions Max Holloway & Yancy Medeiros for their undisputed victories at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Holloway will be making an appearance at The District Nightclub later that evening.

The congresswoman will participate in the community parade that will begin in Nānākuli and end at Waiʻanae High School on Saturday, and present Holloway and Medeiros with congressional certificates recognizing them for their achievements.

The congresswoman will then depart for Washington, DC Saturday night and join the Hawaiʻi State Society of Washington, DC and local and state leaders at the annual King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol.

DETAILS

Saturday June 10

  • 10:00 am Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will participate in the Waiʻanae Coast Homecoming Parade to recognize and celebrate UFC 212 Champions Max Holloway and Yancy Medeiros, and honor the athletes with congressional certificates in recognition of their achievements and proud representation of Hawaiʻi to the world
  • WHERE: Parade kicks off at 87-2020 Farrington Hwy (PVT) and ends at Waiʻanae High School at 85-251 Farrington Hwy.

Sunday June 11:

  • 2:30 PM (EST) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will deliver remarks at the 2017 King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony
  • WHERE: U.S. Capitol Building, Visitor Center, Emancipation Hall, Washington, DC

Island Air Flight Attendants, Molokai Police Officer Recognized by Hawaii Governor and Mayors for Lifesaving Actions

Two Island Air flight attendants and an off-duty Moloka‘i police officer were recognized today by Gov. David Ige for recently coming to the aid of a woman in need of medical attention.

Gov. David Ige recognized two Island Air flight attendants and a Moloka‘i police officer for their life saving actions (left to right): Moloka‘i Police Officer Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario; Island Air flight attendant Shanay Coloma; Island Air flight attendant Wendy Nakamura-Chan; Gov. David Ige

On March 6, 2017, Island Air flight attendants Wendy Nakamura-Chan and Shanay Coloma witnessed a medical emergency at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Commuter Terminal in Honolulu. The two flight attendants, who were on reserve assignment at the time, immediately responded when a 50-year-old female passenger became unconscious and unresponsive. With the assistance of Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario, an off-duty police officer from Moloka‘i who was waiting to board a flight, Nakamura-Chan and Coloma used an automated external defibrillator (AED) located in the terminal to revive the passenger. The woman regained consciousness and was taken to a nearby hospital for further examination. She was released from the hospital and was able to continue her family vacation on Maui the following day.

“Island Air flight attendants Wendy Nakamura-Chan and Shanay Coloma and Officer Bishaw-Juario came to the aid of a stranger in need, and that speaks volumes about their character,” said Gov. Ige, who presented the three individuals with letters of commendation in the Executive Chambers of the Hawai‘i State Capitol. “Without hesitation, they used their CPR and AED training, and their quick response likely saved a woman’s life. Their actions serve to remind us of the importance of learning CPR and knowing how to properly use automated external defibrillators.”

Earlier this week, Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa presented the flight attendants and police officer with commendations in his office, while also declaring June 1-7, 2017 as “CPR/AED Awareness Week” in Maui County. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued Award of Recognition certificates to them.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa recognized two Island Air flight attendants and a Moloka‘i police officer for their life saving actions (left to right): Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa; Island Air flight attendant Wendy Nakamura-Chan; Moloka‘i Police Officer Kyle “Ikaika” Bishaw-Juario; Island Air flight attendant Shanay Coloma; Maui County Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu; Island Air Vice President of Administration, Safety and Security Dee Airman.

“Wendy and Shanay, with the assistance of Officer Bishaw-Juario, instinctively responded to a critical situation and assisted a passenger in need,” said David Uchiyama, Island Air president and CEO. “I would also like to thank Gov. Ige and Mayors Arakawa and Caldwell for recognizing these three individuals and raising awareness for training in CPR and the use of AEDs.”

Kona Crime Prevention Committee Officer of the Month, Marco Segobia

Congratulations to Kona Crime Prevention Committee Officer of the Month, Marco Segobia, for his work in the Vice Unit.

Detective Jeremy Lewis, Officer Segobia, and Assistant Chief Mitchell Kanehailua. Photo: Courtesy of Sherry Bracken

Thanks to the work of Officer Segobia and his fellow vice officers, drugs including crystal meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills were taken off the street

Coast Guard Searching for Possible Person in the Water Near Cove Beach Park, Maui

UPDATE:

Emily Walton was verified to be safe and on land Friday following a search off Kihei, Maui.

“This is the best possible scenario and we are glad Ms. Walton is safe, ” said Petty Officer 1st Class William Cusic, a watchstander at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center. “We were not certain she was in the water, but there was as strong possibility and we take every case seriously. We recommend all waterway users leave word with family or friends of their plans including their intended return.”

Walton called the Coast Guard command center to report herself on land Friday afternoon. Maui County police officers made contact with her and verified she was her identity and safety. All response assets were stood down. 

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a relayed 911 emergency call from dispatchers stating Walton’s boyfriend reported her missing off Cove Beach Park Thursday. The call prompted watchstanders to issue an urgent marine information broadcast requesting the assistance of mariners in the area and to direct the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Maui. The RB-M crew searched the area for approximately two hours Thursday. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conducted a first light search of the surrounding area Friday. The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316), homeported in Honolulu, also launched to assist in the search but was stood down once Walton was located.

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