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Hilo International Airport Adds New Speed Bumps to Address Speeding Concerns

The state Department of Transportation (HDOT), Airports Division, advises Hilo motorists of new speed bumps that will be installed at the Hilo International Airport fronting the terminal building on Monday, March 24, to address community concerns about speeding in the area.

Airport Speed Bumps

The first speed bump will be installed at the crosswalk on the Terminal Access Road across from the rental car lot. It will be monitored for the several weeks to help motorists and pedestrians adjust to the new changes. The HDOT plans to eventually install speed bumps at all crosswalk locations. Signs will be in place to warn drivers of the alteration.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution while entering the airport terminal area and to be aware of the new modifications.

Puna Man Busted at Hilo Airport With Eight Pounds of Marijuana in Carry-On Bag

A Puna man was arrested at Hilo International Airport last week with eight pounds of marijuana in his carry-on bag.

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At 6:30 a.m. Friday, 39-year-old Wendell Figueroa Jr. of Mountain View was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted commercial promotion of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia after police recovered a duffle bag containing four 2-pound bags of marijuana in the terminal, where he was waiting for his flight. He was taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Vice Section continued the investigation.

After consulting with prosecutors, detectives released him at 8:10 a.m. Friday pending further investigation.

 

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park July 2013 – Hawaiian Cultural & After Dark in the Park Programs

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues its tradition of sharing Hawaiian culture and After Dark in the Park programs with the community and visitors in July. All programs are free, but park entrance fees may apply. Programs are co-sponsored by the Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association, and your $2 donation helps support park programs.  Mark the calendar for these upcoming events:

Hawaiian Hula Presented by Haunani’s Aloha Expressions. This entertaining hula group is comprised of native Hawaiian kāne and wāhine kūpuna, or elders, ranging from 70 to over 90 years old. For years, they have shared the aloha spirit by welcoming malihini (visitors) on cruise ships arriving at the Port of Hilo, and at Hilo International Airport.

The kūpuna also entertain on a regular basis for the patients at the Life Care Center of Hilo, Hale ‘Anuenue, Extended Care, Hawai‘i Island Adult Day Care, Aunty Sally Kaleohano Lū‘au House Senior Program and more. They won overall at the Kūpuna Hula Festival with the song, Tutu E. They also won the Moku o Keawe competition on numerous occasions. They make all of their own colorful costumes and lei, singing and dancing hapa-haole hula and have performed at the park’s annual cultural festival on numerous occasions. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ ongoing Nā Leo Manu “Heavenly Voices” presentations. Free.

When: Wed., July 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

A train with the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway plies the rails between Hilo and the Hamākua Coast. Photo courtesy of the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum.

A train with the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway plies the rails between Hilo and the Hamākua Coast. Photo courtesy of the Laupāhoehoe Train Museum.

All Aboard! The Laupāhoehoe Train Museum (www.thetrainmuseum.com) mission is to emphasize the history of railroads in Hawai‘i and to preserve, promote, and protect the community interests of the Hilo-Hamākua Coast.  Many visitors – and residents – are surprised to learn that there were trains in Hawai‘i.  Learn the history of the Hawai‘i Consolidated Railway (the only standard gauge train in the islands), the impact of the 1946 tsunami, and the development of the train museum which started in 1995.  Museum treasurer Doug Connors will discuss the history of the railroad on the island of Hawai‘i, the sugar plantations, and the development of the Hamākua Coast. Free.

When: Tues., July 30 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium

 

Senator Kahele’s 2012 Legislative Accomplishments

Hawaiʻi Islands District Two State Senator Gilbert Kaheleʻs 2012 legislative accomplishments included $35 Million in new projects for Hawaiʻi Island. See the full list below which includes all Capital Improvement Projects, Legislation and Resolutions sponsored by Senator Gilbert Kahele this year and approved by the 2012 Legislature.

Senator Kahele will also be hosting a 2012 Legislative Update for East Hawaiʻi residents on June 19th 2012 at 5PM at the Hilo High School Cafeteria.

This years session was extremely productive for Hawaiʻi Island. The CIP projects and legislation I was able to lobby for and achieve would not have been possible without the help of our Big Island Legislative team in the House and Senate. It is always a team effort as all of us strive every day to improve the quality of life for our Hawaiʻi Island families. I am looking forward to working closely with the Executive Administration and our Governor to insure that these funds are released so work can begin on these critical projects.” said Senator Gilbert Kahele

CIP projects for Hawaiʻi Island secured by Senator Gil Kahele in the FY13 Budget
TOTAL APPROPRIATION: $35,000,000.00

  • Ka’u Irrigation System Upgrade ($1.5 Million) – Plans, design and construction for improvements to the transmission ditch and flume system of the former Kaʻu Agribusiness Plantationʻs irrigation system.
  • Pacific International Space Center for Explorations System ($1.8 Million) – Plans, design and construction for a Pisces Facility at Shipman Industrial Park
  • Transpacific Cable Project ($2.2 Million) – Plans to create privately managed shared open access submarine fiber optic cable land stations statewide.
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary School  ($450K) Construction for additional parking on Kinoole Street; ground and site improvements; equipment and appurtenances.
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary School ($350K) – Plans, design and construction and equipment to install a fall safety surface with ground covering and padding at the schools playground.
  • Waiakea High School ($500K) – Construction and equipment for the schools new all-weather track and field facility.
  • Friends of the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences ($618K) -Plans and design to relocate Volcano School of Arts and Sciences to Keakealani School in Volcano Village on the Island of Hawaiʻi.
  • Hawaiʻi Island Community Development Corporation ($385K) – Plans, land acquisition and design for an adult care center facility in Hilo.
  • Hilo International Airport, ARFF Facility improvements ($1.75 Million) – Construction for the renovation of the aircraft rescue and fire fighting station and other related improvements for the airport modernization program.
  • Volcano Road Widening, Keaau to Paahana ($4 Million) – Construction for the widening of Volcano Road from Keaau to Paahana includinginstallation of signs, pavement markings, drainage, guardrails and other improvements.
  • Keaau-Pahoa Road Shoulder Lane Conversion ($2 Million) -Construction for reconstruction and widening of the existing shoulder and constructing new shoulders from Keaau Bypass Road to the vicinity of Shower Drive, Hawaiʻi.
  • UHH, College of AG, Forest and Natural Resource Management ($25K) – Plans, design and construction for the University of Hawaii at Hiloʻs College of Agriculture, Forest and Natural Resource Management Bee Hive research facility in Panaewa, Hawaiʻi.
  • West Hawaiʻi Community College at Palamanui, Hawaiʻi ($750K) – Construction and equipment for Phase 1 & 2 at the Hawaiʻi Community College at Palamanui.
  • Lanakila Homes Renovation, Hilo, Hawaiʻi (HPHA06) ($7.5 Million) – Design and construction for Lanakila Homes and renovation of the existing vacant buildings.
  • Miloliʻi Wharf and Small Harbor Pier Renovation ($500K) – Plans, design and construction for improvements at various boating facilities statewide to include piers, loading docks, utilities, boat ramps, restrooms, etc.  Total appropriation statewide: $4 Million

HAWAIʻI ISLAND DOE UPGRADES AND IMPROVEMENTS

  • Pahoa Elementary Electrical Upgrade – $1.2 Million
  • Waiakeawaena Elementary Electrical Upgrade – $1.5 Million
  • Kaʻu High School – Softball Field Improvements – $400K
  • Waiakea High School – Softball Field Improvements – $800K
  • Kaʻu High & Pahala Elementary – Science Facility Upgrades *
  • Pahoa High and Intermediate – Science and Facility Upgrades *
  • Keaau High School – Science and Facility Upgrades *
  • Renovation of existing science labs, cost per school will vary based on number of labs and extent of upgrades. Also split between Molokai High, Kapaa High, Radford High and Lahainaluna High.

Total appropriation: $5 Million

HILO MEDICAL CENTER UPGRADES

This years budget provided that the general obligation fund appropriation for Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation (HTH 212), the sum of $20,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 shall be expended by the Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation for repair and maintenance projects, including those to correct health and safety deficiencies; provided further that of the total sum:

  1. $160,000 shall be used to replace the walk-in refrigerator/freezer at the Hilo Medical Center
  2. $146,000 shall be used for a new nurse call system at the Hilo Medical Center
  3. $200,000 shall be used for spill prevention control & countermeasure corrections at the Hilo Medical Center
  4. $134,000 shall be used for a new security wall at Hale Hoola, Hilo Medical Center
  5. $650,000 shall be used to reroof the West Wing, River Cottages and Hospital Cottage at the Hilo Medical Center
  6. $728,000 shall be used to replace the atrium roof wall at the Hilo Medical Center
  7. $1,052,000 shall be used for acute hospital repairs at the Hilo Medical Center
  8. $400,000 shall be used to upgrade the air conditioning and perform additional duct work at the Hilo Medical Center
  9. $350,000 shall be used to replace the chiller piping at the Hilo Medical Center
  10. $233,000 shall be used for the demolition of Old Building (Pink Palace) at the Hilo Medical Center
  11. $160,000 shall be used to replace the laundry dryers/washers at the Hilo Medical Center
  12. $235,000 shall be used to renovate the parking lot at the Hilo Medical Center
  13. $262,000 shall be used for a walking bridge at the Hilo Medical Center
  14. $150,000 shall be used for retro-commissioning and an energy audit at the Hilo Medical Center.

TOTAL UPGRADES TO HILO MEDICAL CENTER: $4,860,000.00

LEGISLATION WHICH SENATOR KAHELE WAS THE PRIMARY INTRODUCER AND PASSED THE 2012 HAWAIʻI STATE LEGISLATURE

  • SB 2648 – Relating to Campaign Finance – Authorizes the use of campaign funds to be used to award scholarships to full time students attending an institute of higher education or vocational school.
  • SB 2337 – Relating to Transportation – Authorizes the Department of Transportation to extend the term of any airport concession in exchange for revenue enhancing improvements.
  • SB 2386 – Relating to the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission – Requires the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to be responsible for the verification documents provided by individuals seeking to be on the roll.
  • SB 3003 – Relating to Geothermal Resources – Differentiates between “geothermal resources exploitation” and “geothermal resources development”. Makes permissible in all state land use districts and conservation district zones.
  • SB 2001 – Relating to the Public Land Trust – Amends the Hawaiʻi State Planning Act to include promoting the development of indigenous geothermal energy resources that are located on public trust land as a firm source of power. Requires consultation from the Native Hawaiian community and the general public.
  • SB 3001 – Relating to Wildlife – Prohibits the inter island possession, transfer, transport, or release after transport of wild or feral deer; establishes mandatory fines.
  • SB 3002 – Relating to Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons – Amends provisions relating to the licensing and penalties of real estate brokers and salespersons by requiring the real estate commission to consider whether a licensee relied in good faith on the information they provided.

RESOLUTIONS WHICH SENATOR KAHELE WAS THE PRIMARY INTRODUCER AND PASSED THE 2012 HAWAIʻI STATE LEGISLATURE

 

  • SCR 156 – Urges the creation of an exploratory committee to consider the establishment of an International Aviation Training Center at the Hilo International Airport and an Advanced Degree Training Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. – Requests that the Governor convene a 10 member exploratory committee to examine the feasibility and necessary resources required to establish the center and academic program. Requires the committee to report itʻs findings, recommendations and any budget requests to the 2013 Legislature.
  • SCR49 – Requesting the Department of Transportation to form a working group to expeditiously resolve the issue of “Roads in Limbo” statewide.
  • SCR67 – Recognizing the Hawaiʻi Agriculture Research Center for its benefits to the agriculture industry and urging the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center to establish the proposed Kunia Agriculture Processing and Sales Center.
  • SR17 – Requesting the Department of Transportation to form a working group to expeditiously resolve the issue of “Roads in Limbo” in Maui County.
  • SR33 – Urging the Counties to preserve property tax exemptions for Kuleana Lands.
  • SR42 – Establishes a working group to discuss the creation of a strategic plan for the development and marketing of the Hawaiʻi Tea Industry and make recommendations for labeling requirements of Hawaiʻi grown tea.

 

$2.9 Million for Airport Renovations in Hilo, Hana, and Kalaupapa

Senator Daniel Akaka

Media Release:

U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced today that $2.9 million in federal grants will be awarded to airports on the islands of Hawai’i, Maui, and Moloka’i.

“Hawaii’s airports provide residents access to friends and family, doctors and patients, and customers and business partners,” said Senator Akaka.  “Air travel is critical in our island state, and regular improvements are essential.”

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizes the need to maintain our air travel infrastructure to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors.  These funds will help ensure that those traveling to and from Hilo, Hana, and Kalaupapa enjoy safe and timely air travel,” said Senator Inouye.

Federal grants were awarded by the FAA to the following projects:

  • Hilo International: Rehabilitate Apron, Rehabilitate Taxiway – $2,592,500
    This grant will provide federal funding for the Hilo International Airport in Hawaii to maintain the structural integrity of the taxiway and General Aviation Apron pavements threatened by surface variations and cracks.  The project will also correct severe ponding observed at Taxiways A, C, E, and L as the existing drainage is insufficient, and fix various striping, signage and lighting to comply with FAA part 139 requirements.
  • Hana: Improve Terminal Building – $150,000
    This grant will provide federal funding for the Hana Airport in Hawaii for the design phase to renovate and improve the public-use area in the existing terminal building.  The project will perform site investigation, propose scope of work to be done, generate bid documents, and provide post-design services for a project whose focus will be to renovate terminal spaces.
  • Kalaupapa: Improve Terminal Building – $150,000
    This grant will provide federal funding for the Kalaupapa Airport in Hawaii for the design phase to renovate and improve the public-use area in the existing terminal building.  The project will perform site investigation, propose scope of work to be done, generate bid documents, and provide post-design services for a project whose focus will be to renovate terminal spaces.