State GIS Map: US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed critical habitat sites for the Island of Hawaii.
Click here for more information: Big Island Proposed Critical Habitats
State GIS Map: US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed critical habitat sites for the Island of Hawaii.
Click here for more information: Big Island Proposed Critical Habitats
East Hawaii (EHCDC) is pleased to support Hilo High School’s Robotics Club
The East Hawaii Community Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Hilo Viking Robotics (HVR) and Hawaii TechWorks have partnered to support the technical and career education of students and community members in the areas of robotics, science, technology, entrepreneurship, and related activities.
Both HVR and Hawaii TechWorks recognize the profound need to strengthen these areas within our community and foresee powerful alignments given the similarity of vision between our organizations. To further our community development-focused goals, Matthew Pearring, President of HVR, has joined our Senior Advisory Board, which may be viewed here: http://easthawaii.org/who-we-are/.
About East Hawaii (EHCDC)
The East Hawaii Community Development Corporation (http://easthawaii.org), 501(c)(3), established by organization Chair and President Ernest Matsumura and headed by Executive Director Anthony Marzi, is a non-governmental, social enterprise organization working in East Hawaii and surrounding communities. The goals of East Hawaii (EHCDC) are to: coordinate with, as well as develop and expand upon, existing economic development activities through strategic project planning and outreach to build a vibrant community with quality economic activity; provide training and mentoring, as well as an expanded professional community, so a next generation of leaders can emerge; and, facilitate the development of strong community ties through informal networking and relationship-building, new job opportunities for local residents, and spurred community economic development. Hawaii TechWorks and Hawaii Food Hub are EHCDC programs that serve these goals.
About Hawaii TechWorks
Hawaii TechWorks is an open-access community workspace for enabling invention and innovation by providing the learning communities, the general public, and business communities of Hawaii Island access to computer design software, high-technology industrial design and fabrication equipment, mentoring and training services, and the business infrastructure needed to support entrepreneurial development in the community.
About Hilo Viking Robotics
Hilo Viking Robotics (http://www.hilovikingrobotics.com/) is a club at Hilo High School dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fields of science, engineering, and business. With those goals in mind, HVR competes in various robotics competitions throughout the year, including the VEX Robotics Competition and the FIRST Robotics Competition. HVR is a fully student-driven club that allows the students to take full control of the club’s actions and its future. Students immerse themselves in the fields of engineering, computer-science, and business when building their robots, working on documentation, or soliciting to businesses. HVR strives to promote robotics within their community by attending outreach events and organizing annual robotics youth camps called Camp Eureka.
In the past two years, HVR has continued to grow, as well as garnered several awards at various robotics events. In 2012, HVR was awarded the Judges Award at the Hawaii Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. HVR competed at the 2012 Maui VEX Tournament and won the Excellence Award. At the TMT Big Island VEX Tournament, HVR won Tournament Champion and Finalist. At the 2012 Big Island VEX League, HVR won the Best Programming Skills Award, Best Driver Skills Award, Tournament Finalists, and the Excellence Award. At the prestigious 2012 Pan Pacific VEX Championship, HVR was named Tournament Champion.
Filed under: aloha, Announcements, Big Island, Education, Hawaii, Hilo, Kids, Technology | Tagged: East Hawaii (EHCDC), EHCDC, FIRST Robotics Competition, Hawaii Island, Hawaii TechWorks, Hilo High School, Hilo High School’s Robotics Club | Leave a Comment »
To improve service for East Hawaii residents, the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA) will start development of a new office building in the heart of Keaau town on two acres recently acquired from W.H. Shipman, Limited. The relationship between HMSA and Shipman began three years ago when HMSA representatives started looking for land for new customer service, sales, and call center operations.
“This is an investment in the health care infrastructure on Hawaii Island,” says Steve Van Ribbink, HMSA chief financial and services officer. “HMSA opened its first Hawaii Island office in 1946. Since then, we’ve grown our operations to include 45 employees in three separate offices.” The choice of Keaau shows a continuation and even acceleration of job growth in Puna, noted Shipman President Bill Walter.
“What we’re seeing are good quality jobs coming to Puna, which is important for Keaau and Puna,” said Walter, pointing to the Department of Education school complex and Big Island Bio Diesel as recent examples. “HMSA was looking for a location that would be readily accessible and have the convenience of a small town.”
The new two-story building will be located at the corner of Old Volcano and Keaau-Pahoa Roads. Shipman has retained the front portion of the property to provide retail services.
Parking for both the HMSA office and future retail space will be accessible from both Old Volcano Road and the entrance to the Shipman gym. The 20,000 square-foot complex is expected to be ready for business by the end of 2014 and the building’s design will be reminiscent of the plantation era, with gabled roofs, ample overhang, and breezeways.
“HMSA embraced our desire to have plantation-style buildings in the village,” Walter said. “They understand that what we’re trying to build here is something that will have a lasting and memorable character to it, something that will draw people in and create a destination,” Walter said. “We see HMSA as a company that is going to contribute to building a family-oriented, health-oriented, and friendly, livable community.”
HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit society founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit hmsa.com.
W.H. Shipman, Limited, is a family-owned company vested in Keaau with more than 16,000 acres and a 130-year history in Puna. Engaged in land stewardship, commercial/industrial development and leasing, including the lease of agricultural lands, W.H. Shipman, Limited’s, growth is at the pace of East Hawaii’s. Building character and quality companies are chief concerns for W.H. Shipman, Limited.
Filed under: Announcements, Big Island, Community, Economy, Hawaii, Health, Puna, Something New? | Tagged: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Hawaii Island, Hawaii Medical Service Association, HMSA, HMSA Keaau, Kea'au, Puna, Shipman Park, W.H. Shipman | Leave a Comment »
As the 2013 legislative session hits the half way mark, proposed bills affecting the economy and quality of life for Big Island residents have been approved by the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate for further consideration. Representative Richard H.K. Onishi (Hilo, Keaau, Kurtistown, Volcano, Pahala) has been working to keep several of those measures moving forward.
“Agriculture is an important component of life for residents who live in my district and for all of us on Hawaii Island. I am pleased that the House has approved legislation that supports, improves and strengthens this vital part of our economy and life style. If we truly want to achieve food sustainability for Hawaii and put more local food in our markets and homes we need to assist farmers in every way we can, “said Representative Onishi.
The House also approved funding for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) to improve facilities at Keeau Middle School, and appropriated money to renovate the Keaukaha Military Reservation to house the Youth Challenge Academy.
Onishi said, “The funding for Keeau Middle School allows us to renovate the music building, and provide for the health and safety of our students by demolishing classrooms that are deemed not safe. As for the Youth Challenge Academy, it needs to be relocated to the Keaukaha Military Reservation so that its current site, Kulani Correctional Facility, can be returned to its original and proper mission as an incarceration facility.”
Legislative Highlights for Hawaii Island:
House CIP Highlights for Hawaii Island:
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I have just been informed that HB106, calling for the repeal of Act 97, will not be scheduled for a hearing in the Senate. The bill will die if it is not scheduled for hearing by Monday, March 18. If that happens, then Act 97 will govern the development of the geothermal industry in this state.
It is so very difficult to understand or accept that despite all of the support and testimony for HB106 for the repeal of Act 97 by people of Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai and Oahu, which includes the County governments of Maui and Hawaii Island, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Sierra Club, Hawaii’s Thousand Friends, and many others, HB106 may not be given even an opportunity to be heard by the Senate.
It has not been an easy task to convince people that this was not about a position for or against the development of the geothermal industry. This was about doing it right, with the concerns of the people and the environment being addressed.
What does Act 97 do?
It is noted that the sponsors of Act 97 originally attempted to exempt exploratory geothermal wells from Ch. 343, the state EIS/EA laws. Due to opposition, they sought an exemption from EIS/EA requirements from the Office of Environmental Quality Control in May 2012, but fortunately, this effort failed. Imagine what it would be today if this had passed. Imagine the only notification that the public would have of geothermal drilling would be waking up in the morning and seeing the drilling rig! It is of concern that the supporters of Act 97 may try again.
I consider Act 97 a huge threat to Hawaii’s people and its environment. I believe that Act 97 shows a blatant disregard for the community, the environment, local units of government, and the County and State laws of zoning and land use.
It is difficult to understand or accept that sweeping land use changes were made without any care or mention of people, of land, or of lifestyle. I ask for understanding that the sadness expressed here is not just about the development of the geothermal industry. This is about the relationship between the people and their government. This is about a hope for a government that is an extension of the people, and not for special interests or financial gain. It is asked that you become aware that if Act 97 is not repealed, it will open the way to an open door policy for the development of the geothermal industry including “enhanced geothermal systems (EGS)” or “fracking,” which is now being explored by the State of Hawaii. As stated, this is not about being for or against geothermal, this is about doing it right, with the greatest care of impact on environment and people.
At this time, efforts are being made to see how we can ensure that a hearing will be scheduled on HB106 in spite of efforts to kill the bill. It is probable, due to the lateness of this writing, that the deadline of March 18 will have passed. If you are reading this before the deadline of March 18, I ask that you contact the following Senators and ask that HB106 be scheduled for hearing: Senator Malama Solomon, Chair of the Committee on Water and Land (808-586-7335); Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Committee on Energy and Environment (808-586-6830), and Senator Will Espero, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs (808-586-6360).
HB106, that calls for the repeal of Act 97, needs your help. This Act is a blatant disrespect of people, local units of government, of lifestyle, and impact on environment. It is hoped that our government will be of fairness and do what is right by law and a sense of what is right.
Filed under: Announcements, Big Island, Economy, Environment, Guest Commentator, Hawaii, Hawaiian, Health, Legal, Legislature, Puna, Rumors, State Affairs, Technology | Tagged: Fracking, Geothermal in Hawaii, Harry Kim, Hawaii Island, HB 106, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Sierra Club | Leave a Comment »
The House passed HB353 HD1, introduced by Representative Nicole Lowen, which would appropriate funds to address the infestation of the coffee berry borer beetle, a pest that is causing widespread damage to coffee crops on the Big Island.
In recent years the coffee berry borer beetle has been ravaging coffee farms in the Kona area, with over 90% of coffee operations on Hawaii Island being affected. Help is clearly needed for an industry that is responsible for $30 million in revenue annually, and help is on the way. The bill, which will now advance to the Senate for consideration, would appropriate $300,000 in State funds to be matched by an additional $200,000 from federal or other sources. When added to current federal funds of $330,000 already granted and another $200,000 that the State DOA has committed to, it adds up to a total of just over $1 million in state and matching funds over the next four years.
“Our farmers need help in dealing with the coffee berry borer beetle before it decimates the Kona coffee industry,” said the bill’s introducer, Rep. Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau). “The final draft that we sent over to the Senate provides the industry with the aid it desperately needs in a manner that is fiscally responsible, and I plan to keep working hard to secure additional funds in the future.”
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Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a likely drowning in Kona over the weekend.
A 40-year-old Kailua-Kona man, who had been swimming in an area of high surf, was floating face down in the water and appeared unresponsive. Fire Department personnel pulled him from the water, attempted life-saving measures, and took him to Kona Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.
Police have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death
Aina Koa Pono (AKP) received support from Hawaii Island residents in a recent survey, but a larger number revealed that many are still unaware of the company and its Kau project.
The survey results were released today to coincide with the Hawaii Public Utilities’s Commission hearings on Hawaii Electric Light Company’s request for approval of the biofuels contract.
Aina Koa Pono is proposing a biorefinery in Kau which would produce 24 million gallons of biofuel annually—16 million gallons will be used at HELCO’s Keahole power plant and eight million gallons will be distributed by Mansfield Oil for transportation, with preference to Hawaii. When completed, AKP can supply 18 percent of the island’s power needs from renewable resources.
“Hawaii Island residents were surveyed because we wanted to get a sense of the level of acceptance and support for the Kau project,” said Chris Eldridge, partner of AKP. “What we learned was that while there’s support, we need to do more education and outreach.”
AKP engaged SMS Research and Marketing of Honolulu to conduct the survey. The survey, taken in September and October, found that 85 percent support “developing more renewable energy sources for the Island of Hawai‘i.”
The Kau project would provide “base load” electricity, which is essentially steady electricity, as opposed to other alternatives such as wind or solar, which are intermittent and depend on weather conditions.
Aina Koa Pono’s operation would initially convert invasive plant species, coconut husks and macadamia nut hulls to biofuel using Microwave Catalytic Deploymerization (Micro Dee). Microwave technology has been successfully and safely used in the herbal extraction and pharmaceutical industries for decades.
SMS Research has served organizations in Hawaii for more than 50 years.
The research also indicated that a large minority Hawaii Island residents do not know enough about Aina Koa Pono or its project.
SMS Research found that only 10 percent of those interviewed knew about the Aina Koa Pono project when asked on an unaided basis. Of the residents who knew of the project, 65 percent support the project compared to 16 percent who do not.
A description of the project was provided to all respondents and when asked whether they favor or oppose the project, 56 percent stated they were in favor of the project as compared to 11 percent opposed— a 5-to-1 ratio. 33 percent stated they did not know enough about the project.
“We have been meeting with folks in Kau and will be increasing our outreach to the community so they are aware of our project,” Eldridge said.
Excluding those who do not know enough, the support for Aina Koa Pono development is strong in the areas of safety, keeping money in the State, additional jobs, revitalization of Hawaii’s agricultural industry, reduction of electric bills for Island residents, and more.
Again, excluding those who do not know enough, some of the concerns with the project include the perception that Aina Koa Pono will be run by outsiders, may have some impact on traffic, biofuel will cost more to produce than imported oil, and the plant will be too expensive to build.
“Serious misinformation is circulating throughout the community. Aina Koa Pono is locally owned and the $450 million project is privately funded,” Eldridge said. “Eight to 12 trucks a week will deliver biofuel to Keahole. The project poses no financial risk to ratepayers, who pay nothing until the biofuel is produced and accepted by HELCO.”
The Aina Koa Pono project would increase electricity bills for HECO and HELCO customers by 84 cents to $1 a month for typical 500 to 600 kWh usage.
At the conclusion of the survey, participants were asked again the level of support or opposition to the development of the biofuel plant at Kau, a majority of 63 percent support versus 12 percent who oppose with 25 percent having no opinion.
The final report will be released by SMS Research shortly.
(Research Methodology: 303 interviews conducted between September 20 to October 3, 2012, margin of error is +/– 5.6 percentage points.)
Hawaii County Mayor’s Office on Japan Tsunami Debris “… We are Prepared for Whatever Will Be Washed Up…”
Tsunami debris from the March 11th, 8.9 earthquake that destroyed parts of Northern Japan is expected to come ashore to the Hawaii Islands according to recent studies.
The following two letters were sent in to the Hawaii County Mayor’s office recently regarding the expected debris that will be washing up on Hawaii’s Islands in the next few years:
Tons of debris from Japan will soon be washing up on our beaches. Literally tons of this, containing whole houses, shoes with feet in them, machines, anything and everything, will be deposited on our beaches that catch these currents. An unknown quantity of this debris will be radioactive, and will pose an attractive danger to the populace. What are you planning to do to address this problem?
Concerned about Debris
In the same mailbag:
I am 12 years old, and I am currently writing an article on the tsunami debris that is floating here from Japan. I was wondering if you have any cleanup and disposal plans in place for when it arrives at our island
Aloha Concerned and Young,
Mahalo for your inquiries. Yes, we are prepared for whatever will be washed up on our shores and we already have protocols for the various items that have routinely been washing ashore for many, many years. Hawaii County Civil Defense is charged with making sure that items of danger will be cleared from our shorelines.
While we may not initially have personnel on constant lookout for debris, we are confident that those who live, work and play along the shoreline will inform us of dangerous debris, just as they do now when such items wash ashore. Should large amounts of debris begin littering our shorelines, we would likely assign county personnel to make regular inspections and, if necessary, sweeps.
That being said, no one really knows how much debris is in the ocean or how much will end up on our shorelines. While there was an estimated 20 million tons of debris that was washed into the ocean by the March 11 tsunami, it is also estimated that the debris lies in a field 2,000 miles long by 1,000 miles wide. That’s 2 million square miles, or equal to three times the size of Alaska, or roughly the size of Texas, California, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado … multiplied by two.
From what the scientists have said, this will not be the rumored field of debris that someone can walk on, but there certainly will be an increase in the amount of flotsam that comes ashore. The unknown is how much of an increase.
Whatever it is, we will be prepared to make sure our beaches are clean and safe if and when it does arrive.
Two other points:
- Coincidentally, the debris field is expected to hit the West Coast of North America as this article is published, so let’s all keep an eye out for news about the debris field.
- Should you happen to find personal items washed up on shore that may be able to be identified, there are a number of people on the Internet who have offered to try any return them to their owners. Use your discretion before handling items, and before you contact anyone on the Internet.
Filed under: Announcements, Big Island, Environment, Hawaii, National Affairs, Opala in Paradise, Rumors, Security, Something New?, State Affairs, Unexplained Phenomenon | Tagged: Beaches in Hawaii, Hawaii County Civil Defense, Hawaii Island, Japan Tsunami Debris, Tsunami Debris and Beaches | 1 Comment »
It’s kind of cool our police department at least warns folks when they are going to be having DUI Checkpoints. Those that get nailed during these times are idiots. Well those that drive drunk are idiots to begin with.
This Friday, Good Friday, kicks off a three-day holiday weekend.
To help prevent tragedy on our roads, Big Island police will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving patrols beginning Friday and continuing through the Merrie Monarch festival the following week. The effort is part of a national and statewide campaign called “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”
Driving under the influence of alcohol presents a potential danger to every motorist, passenger and pedestrian that driver encounters. So far this year, Big Island police have made 404 DUI arrests.
Police remind the public that the County of Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency maintains a Shared-Ride Taxi program year round. Every individual is entitled to buy subsidized taxi coupons for as low as $2 each and use them with participating taxi companies. For details, call 961-8744 or visit www.heleonbus.org/shared-ride-taxi-program.
So far this year, there have been eight traffic fatalities on the Big Island. Those crashes ended the lives of eight individuals who never imagined they wouldn’t reach their destination. Please do your part to keep our roads safe. Always remember to have a designated sober and licensed driver before you start drinking. If you don’t find one, don’t take a chance—take a taxi.
For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4680914/?sub_id=329893.
It’s business as “almost-usual” for Hawai’i Island, following the tsunami that struck March 11 due to an earthquake near Honshu, Japan. There were no deaths or injuries in Hawai’i, and the majority of Big Island businesses are back to normal (those impacted most are in the Kona District.) See below for Big Island updates. For detailed statewide updates, visit the Hawai’i Visitors and Convention Bureau’s special alert website. BIVB supports the statewide relief effort for Japan, “Aloha for Japan.”
Thanks to the help of dedicated community volunteers, Hulihe’e Palace has reopened for self-guided museum tours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Repair of damages suffered by the March 11 tsunami continue to the palace basement, grounds and exterior buildings; the gift shop remains closed. Hulihe’e Palace continues free monthly outdoor concerts honoring late Hawaiian royalty. Time is 4 p.m. Apr. 17, May 15, June 12, July 17, Aug. 14, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. Call (808) 329-1877 or visit www.daughtersofhawaii.org.
Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka’upulehu will reopen Apr. 30, 2011. While there is no significant structural damage, management is well aware of what their guests desire and their need to provide an uncompromising experience. For updates, visit www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
Kona Village Resort remains closed “for an extended period of time,” according to a statement issued by its management. Damage to the 45-year-old iconic resort was severe enough to cause the layoff of all employees and no re-opening date has been established at press time. For information, visit www.konavillage.com.
King Kamehamemeha’s Kona Beach Hotel is open and there was no damage to guest rooms. The award-winning Island Breeze Lu’au has resumed its normal schedule. Carpets are being replaced in the lobby and meeting areas, and the Billfish Bar is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
‘Anaeho’omalu Beach is again open on both sides. The public parking, restrooms and access on the south side had been previously closed due to debris.
All Big Island National Parks Are Open. Assessment continues at Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park on impacts to its cultural sites, but the park is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Its royal grounds, pu’uhonua and coastal trail are closed. All other areas of the park are open. Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park is open daily and the only area closed is the coastal trail between the north end of ‘Aimakapā and the south end of Kaloko fishponds. The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Continental Airlines today announced new daily nonstop service to Hilo, Hawai’i, from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and once-weekly service to Hilo from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) beginning June 9, 2011.
The new flights complement Continental’s and United’s extensive service to Hawai’i. United, which has served the islands since 1947, and Continental collectively provide more mainland service to Hawai’i than any other carrier from their hubs at Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Houston, Chicago and Newark/New York.
“We are excited to provide customers the only direct flights to Hilo from the mainland,” said Jim Compton, executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc. “These flights will offer customers convenient, nonstop service to the Big Island without having to connect in Honolulu.”
“The addition of the two routes is welcome news for Hawai’i Island and the entire state, and a result of the momentum established by our tourism industry to lead Hawai’i's tourism recovery. Based on initial Hawai’i Tourism Authority projections, the flights could bring nearly 40,000 more visitors to the island and generate $50.6 million in direct visitor spending and $5.52 million in tax revenue,” said Mike McCartney, Hawai’i Tourism Authority president and CEO.
Continental will utilize a 160-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the new routes, with 16 seats in first class and 144 seats in economy. The flight schedules are as follows:
|Los Angeles – Hilo (daily)||Hilo – Los Angeles (daily)|
|5:00 p.m.||7:40 p.m.||737-800||8:55 p.m.||5:15 a.m.*||737-800|
|San Francisco – Hilo
|Hilo – San Francisco
|4:20 p.m.||6:40 p.m.||737-800||9:20 p.m.||5:20 a.m.*||737-800|
|*Arrival time is the next day.|
The new flights are timed to provide convenient connections at Los Angeles and San Francisco, with an extensive network of United and Continental flights to more than 82 destinations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. United’s hubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco are the largest of any carrier on the West Coast.
“Hilo has demonstrated its value as a premier visitor destination with nearby Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the annual Merrie Monarch Hula Festival as featured attractions, and we believe that once visitors discover Hilo, they will want to return again and again,” said County of Hawai’i Mayor Billy Kenoi. “I am grateful for Continental’s confidence in our future as a visitor destination, and I know these direct flights will become a win-win for both Continental and Hawai’i Island. Aloha and mahalo to Continental Airlines for being an industry leader and making this happen.”
About United Continental Holdings, Inc.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate a total of approximately 5,800 flights a day to 371 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries. United’s and Continental’s more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world.For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to UnitedContinentalHoldings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com, and follow each company on Twitter and Facebook.
SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.
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Kamehameha Schools stewards about 180,000 acres of agricultural lands as part of its statewide portfolio. On Hawai‘i Island alone, more than 72,000 acres of high-value agricultural lands help support a reliable food source, local jobs and a sustainable future for all Hawai‘i.
Prudent management of the Schools’ natural and cultural resources is essential. Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division (LAD) forged a strategic agricultural plan to provide goal-based initiatives for optimal agricultural management. Roughly 800 Kamehameha Schools agricultural tenants are actively farming a variety of crops on Hawai‘i Island. These agricultural tenants play a vital role in providing Hawai‘i’s bountiful harvest and supporting Kamehameha Schools’ mission of creating educational opportunities to improve the capability and well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry.
Makahiki heralds this time of year where abundance and the harvest is celebrated. With more than 70% of all Kona coffee grown on the Schools’ lands, Kamehameha Schools is honored to actively participate as a sponsor of the 40th annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
According to Les Apoliona, Kamehameha Schools North Kona land manager, “Farmers are the ambassadors of the Kona Coffee brand worldwide.” And on Wednesday and Thursday, November 10-11, the Kona coffee industry gathers at the Keauhou Beach Resort to witness the prestigious judging of Kona’s finest coffees at the Gevalia Kona Coffee Cupping. The public is invited to meet these Kona coffee ambassadors and to judge a bit for themselves at the Keauhou Resort Kona Coffee Label and Website Competition. Dave and Trudy Bateman, KS agricultural tenants and owners of Heavenly Hawaiian, will be on hand alongside Kamehameha Schools to share farm information and samples of their 100% Kona coffee.
On Thursday, November 11 at the Keauhou Beach Resort, join Kamehameha Schools and their featured agricultural tenant – the family-owned Kona Coffee & Tea Company, the 2009 winner of the Gevalia Cupping Contest. The Private Reserve and Malia Ohana roasts will be available for sampling and purchase.
Following the Kamehameha Schools Kona Coffee Grand Parade on Saturday morning, November 13, the Schools will join the festivities and cultural events at the Makaeo County Pavilion. KS agricultural tenants Hawaii Island Gourmet and Kona Cowboy Coffee will be featuring delicious food pairings. With three generations of paniolo, Onaka Ranch proudly makes their special Kona Cowboy Coffee available for all to taste and savor. Hawaii Island Gourmet, known to many for their signature Atebara potato chips will also be available for sampling and purchase including taro, sweet potato and shrimp chips and cookies.
Also this week, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is convening their annual convention at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. Kamehameha Schools will be exhibiting and sharing their land stewardship and strategic agricultural plans with convention attendees.
For more information on how to support local farmers or to view Kamehameha Schools agricultural tenants with commercial businesses, visit www.ksbe.edu/land.
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The Katsu Goto Memorial Service Committee will be hosting two events on the Big Island commemorating the life of Katsu Goto, a “first boat” Japanese plantation worker-turned successful businessman, tragically killed in Honokaa, in the late 19th Century.
Katsu Goto Memorial Service
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 11:00 a.m.
Honokaa Hongwanji Mission, 45-5016 Plumeria Street, Honokaa
“A Walk with Katsu Goto”
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 3:30 p.m.
Hilo Public Library, 300 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii
The Memorial Service will mark the 125th anniversary of the arrival of Katsu Goto to Hawaii on February. 8, 1885, aboard the “City of Tokio,” the first of 26 shiploads of “Kanyaku Imin,” government contract laborers. Goto was one of tens of thousands of men and women who left behind family, friends and their homeland for these islands in the middle of the Pacific to seek their fortunes. Assigned to work on Ookala Plantation along the Hamakua Coast, Goto fulfilled his 3-year contract and opened a successful general store in Honokaa town.
Because of his leadership skills, character, and his knowledge of English, Goto became a liaison between the Japanese laborers and plantation management, facilitating mediation, serving as an interpreter and advocating for improved working conditions. Goto’s Japanese-Hawaii immigrant experience is one of hardship, success, injustice, and ultimate tragedy, and is a cultural legacy for all of us.
Attending the Memorial Service will be descendents of the late Katsu Goto from Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan, Mr. Kiichi Kaya and Mrs. Toyoko Saeki and their spouses.
“A Walk with Katsu Goto” will be a presentation and reading by Patsy Iwasaki, author of the recently released graphic novel, “Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story.” Both Mr. Kiichi Kaya and Mrs. Toyoko Saeki will be present and part of the presentation at the Hilo Public Library.
The public is welcome to attend the Katsu Goto Memorial Service and “A Walk with Katsu Goto” presentation and reading. There is no charge.
The Katsu Goto Memorial Service Committee is comprised of Hawaii State Senator Dwight Takamine, Hawaii State Representative Mark Nakashima, Miles Okamura of the Peace Committee and Honokaa Hongwanji, Patsy Iwasaki of the University of Hawaii, Hilo Campus and author of the graphic novel on Katsu Goto, “Hamakua Hero: A True Plantation Story” and Wayne Miyao of the Hiroshima-Hawaii Sister State Committee. For more information, contact Patsy Iwasaki (808) 640-0683, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition (NHDFC), a project of Five Mountains Hawaii, recently appointed Ms. Deanna Kackley as Program Coordinator, a position previously shared by Jan Sears and Lori Eldridge, who served NHDFC since 2007. Kackley, originally from Kauai, has lived on Hawaii Island for more than twenty years. She spent the last five years developing the “About Face!” program for the Hawaii National Guard Education and Health Programs. “About Face!” focuses on skills training for youth aged 13 to 17, in a variety of essential life skills for interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, health, fitness, leadership and employability. The innovative program has been successfully established in numerous U.S. states, Washington, DC and Guam.
Kackley’s early career work included Hubble Space Telescope at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Division, and she holds a degree in Engineering from the University of the Pacific and graduate degree from Stanford. A busy mom in addition to her vocation, Kackley has three sons attending or graduates of Kamehameha Schools East Hawaii Campus.
“We are so fortunate to have Deanna join our NHDFC team,” said Five Mountains Executive Director Robin Mullin. “She has a unique professional perspective and strong relationship skills from over twenty years of active community involvement. I am confident she will be an excellent support and liaison for our developing Leadership Team as we move forward into the 2010-11 year.
The Leadership Team, a group of qualified volunteers representing twelve community sectors, works within the North Hawaii neighborhoods of Hamakua, North Kohala, Waimea and Waikoloa to facilitate programs designed to reduce underage drinking, provide alternate activities for youth, share resources and raise public awareness to encourage smart choices about drugs and alcohol.
In the past year, the 24-member Leadership Team actively accomplished important milestones, furthering significant goals and projects. They were able to help Roots Skatepark and Waikoloa Skatepark move forward, support the efforts of Hamakua Youth Center, From Kids For Kids, Hawaii Island Health Alliance, Children’s Research Triangle and other community organizations. In addition, NHDFC distributed resource cards to 14,000 homes, raised awareness with appearances at public events, radio and print advertising and monthly education column, “U Need 2 Know.” They also helped provide professional evaluation training to nonprofit organizations through Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
“We are extremely grateful to Jan and Lori, and to the 2009-10 Leadership Team,” said Mullin. “Their talents have helped to move our mission forward, and they will be sorely missed. My hope is that their excellent example will inspire others to step up to help the community and make a difference.
“NHDFC is actively seeking new Leadership Team members in the areas of Youth, Parent, Business, School, Media, and Law Enforcement,” Mullin said. “The commitment level and meeting schedule are manageable for this advisory group that guides the coalition decisions. We advocate for each other’s projects and brainstorm to address emerging issues challenging our shared vision for a drug free community. In the final three years of our grant, we plan to refresh our approach using environmental strategies and have fun together as we help make our Island an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”
For more information about the Leadership Team opportunity, please contact Deanna Kackley, at NHDFC, 887-0756, email@example.com. For more information about our program, see our website at www.fivemountains.org//nhdfc.
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For the last few weeks, there has been a big push to eat and drink foods that are locally grown.
They limited the amount of people to thirty folks for this first event as kind of a beta test to see how things would turn out.
I was quite stoked to see a few of my former professors there supporting this cause.
The food was top notch….
…and I left the place with a full stomach!
Of course the alcohol was also made in Hawaii!
Kuhao mentioned that there would be more events like this in the future so I will let folks know in advance next time as it becomes a more public event.
Feel free to click on the pictures below for larger images.
WHAT: The Department of Agriculture, Big Island Legislative Delegation, UH College of Tropical Agriculture, Kona coffee growers, and members of the Hawaii coffee industry will meet to discuss the recent discovery of a pest known as the coffee berry borer at Kona coffee farms on the Big Island. The coffee berry borer is considered a devastating coffee pest that reduces yield and quality of the coffee bean. Given the potential impact to the Kona coffee industry in Hawaii, the purpose of the meeting is to bring the industry together, pool information, discuss what has been done so far, and what action to take to eradicate the pest.
WHEN: Monday, September 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Captain Cook Coffee Company
79-7415 Mamalahoa Highway
Kainaliu, Hawaii 96750
WHO: Rep. Clift Tsuji, Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture
Big Island Legislators
Sandra Lee Kunimoto, Chairperson – Board of Agriculture, Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA)
Ken Grace, Interim Associate Dean of Research, University of Hawai`i at Manoa – College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (UH-CTAHR)
Eric Jang, Research Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center
WHY: The identification of the coffee berry borer in Hawaii was confirmed on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture entomology laboratory in Riverdale, MD. The coffee berry borer is a small beetle, native to Central Africa and is found in many coffee-growing regions of the world, including Central and South America. The beetle bores into the coffee “cherry” to lay its eggs. The larvae feed on the coffee bean, reducing the yield and quality of the bean. Because the larvae are inside the bean, it makes it difficult to control by pesticides.
For information on the briefing
Miles Hakoda, Director of Communications, UH-CTAHR – (808) 956-3093, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janelle Saneishi, Public Information Officer, HDOA – (808) 973-9560,
The public is invited to a nonpartisan, moderated candidate forum.
Thursday, August 31, County Council Candidate Forum, 6 p.m. til 8 p.m.
Come early, food sales benefit Kealakehe High Culinary Program and Rotary Sunrise by Tante’s Restaurant at 5 p.m.
County Council District 7, South Kona: Incumbent Brenda Ford, Enoch Friere
County Council District 8, North Kona: Incumbent Kelly Greenwell, Debbie Hecht , Angel Pilago, Jim Rath
Forum moderator is Sherry Bracken , news reporter for Hawaii Public Radio and host of the LAVA 105.3 fm and KKOA 107.7 fm weekly broadcast, Island Issues.
Please submit questions in advance to email@example.com or at the forum. Questions call Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce, 329-1758.
West Hawaii Today
Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
Kohala Coast Resort Association
Kona Outdoor Circle
Community Enterprises – Kona Town Meetings
Rotary Sunrise and Tante’s Restaurant
LAVA 105.3 FM/Mahalo Broadcasting
Kealakehe High School
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Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs premiers a new, exciting line of distinctive aloha wear for women with “Hōkū Mālama” an elegant brunch and fashion show, Sunday, September 5, 2010 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Monarchy Ballroom.
Part of Waikoloa Beach Resort’s 4th Annual Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festivals 30 Days of Aloha, the show introduces “Hōkū Mālama” to the Big Island and the world with a fashion splash. The program includes music by Na Palapalai, 18-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winners, and “magical” arrangers of traditional songs for today’s listeners, trendsetters in the falsetto style of ha‘i ha‘i.
The Hawaiian Cultural Weekend and Hawaii Island Festival, carry on the longstanding tradition begun with “Aloha Week” in the 1950’s, celebrating Hawaii’s unique history, music, style and cuisine with a fun series of cultural events, designed to delight audiences of all ages. The celebration kicks off with the big, beautiful Big Island pageantry of the Ms. Aloha Nui Gala on Friday, honoring women with “supersized” aloha, talent and grace.
On Saturday, it’s everybody’s favorite Poke Contest with tastings of “Hawaii’s Soul Food.” Home cooks and top chefs vie for the championship, mixing it up with inspired interpretation of the traditional snack made with bite-sized raw fish, creatively seasoned with worlds of ingredients and imagination. Saturday night, the 19th Annual Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest spotlights the talents of male singers who lift their voice into the upper register and captivate the audience with the stories behind the songs.
Sunday’s Hawaiian Elegance Fashion Show Brunch is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a Big Island audience to experience a brand-new style of contemporary women’s wear, created by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs, the well-known island designer of signature aloha fashions.
“This is a new look, and it is extraordinary,” said Waikoloa Beach Resort’s Margo Mau-Bunnell, Sales and Operations Manager for Queens’ MarketPlace. “And we are just delighted that Kumu Nalani and Sig chose our Hawaiian Cultural Weekend to premier her new line. The Big Island is already a world-class destination, and designer events like this add a different level of excitement. People will be talking about this show for a long time.”
Hawaiian Cultural Weekend at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Hawaii Island Festivals “30 Days of Aloha”
Friday September 3
Ms. Aloha Nui Gala
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
Doors open 5:00 p.m. pageant begins 6:00 p.m.
For contest information, call Leiola Mitchell, 896-3798.
Saturday, September 4
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kona Ballrooms
Please call Linda Pokipala, 937-4896 for contest information.
Clyde “Kindy” Sproat Falsetto & Storytelling Contest
Doors open 6:00 p.m., contest begins 7:00 p.m.
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, Naupaka Ballroom
For contest information, call Pua Garmon, 345-8575.
For information, visit www.hawaiiislandfestival.org. A nearly month-long Big Island cultural celebration with years of tradition, “Hawai’i Island Festival—30 Days of Aloha” begins Saturday, August 28, 10:00 a.m., with the Royal Court Investiture, Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park, includes the famed Paniolo Heritage Parade in Waimea Saturday, September 18, and concludes Thursday, September 16, 5p.m. with the Kupuna Hula Festival, Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort. Complete schedule available online.
Sunday, September 5
Hawaii Elegance Brunch and world premier Hōkū Mālama Fashion Show by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole for Sig Zane Designs*
10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Fashion Marketplace
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Na Palapalai in Concert
12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. Brunch
1:30-2:00 p.m. Fashion Show
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Monarchy Ballroom
Tickets $45 in advance—until Saturday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m.—and $50 at the Door. Admission includes self-parking, spectacular brunch buffet, concert and fashion show. *This very special event is a benefit for the Moku O Keawe Foundation
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