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Rat Lungworm Informational Meeting on Lanai

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), Maui District Health Office, will hold a public informational meeting on rat lungworm disease on Tuesday, July 6, 2017 at the ILWU Hall in Lanai City, Lanai from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

A number of public health experts and community partners will be present to share their findings and recommendations on preventing the spread of rat lungworm, including the DOH, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) and Maui School Garden Network.

Rat lungworm is a rare disease caused by the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis which is found in rats, slugs and snails. The disease affects the brain and spinal cord and occurs when a person ingests raw or undercooked snails or slugs or unwashed raw produce such as leafy greens. To date, DOH has confirmed 15 cases of the illness in Hawaii for 2017, including nine (9) from Hawaii Island, four (4) Maui residents and two (2) Maui visitors.

DOH has launched a number of initiatives to address rat lungworm. Together with partner agencies, DOH has held community meetings on Maui and Molokai to educate the public on rat lungworm and to share best practices on the prevention of this disease, including the proper care and washing of produce, as well as rodent and slug control. DOH food safety inspectors have also worked with permitted food establishments on hygiene and food preparation, and medical advisories were sent to physicians and hospitals to increase awareness of the disease.

DOH is planning future public information efforts to educate residents and visitors about rat lungworm prevention.

For additional information on the disease, go online to https://mauiready.org/ratlungworm/ or http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/rat-lungworm-angiostrongyliasis/. Call the DOH office on Lanai at (808) 565-7114 or on Maui at (808) 984-8201 for more details on the meeting.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Hosts Lānaʻi Town Hall, Addresses Local and National Issues

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) hosted an intimate Town Hall on the Island of Lānaʻi this evening, where over one hundred residents turned out despite the pouring rain—something they welcomed after a very long period of dryness. Students from the Lānaʻi Academy of Performing Arts kicked off the meeting with a lively local rendition of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke about her work in Congress and the bills she’s introduced and cosponsored that affect Hawaiʻi communities. The Lānaʻi residents were particularly interested in her work to improve access to services and health care in rural areas, high cost of housing, and increased opportunities for workforce vocational training. They stressed the importance of protecting our environment and preserving precious water resources.

Other local issues discussed included federal funding for highways and education, improving veteran services on the island, and supporting local farmers whose focus is farm-to-table and increasing food security.

A Lānaʻi resident from Syria thanked Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for fighting for peace in her home country after the congresswoman spoke about the need to end the counterproductive regime change war in Syria. Other topics of interest included the threat of North Korea’s nuclear escalation, defeating terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, and Trump’s recent illegal attack on Syria.

Sailboat Runs Aground Off Lanai – Woman Medically Evacuated

The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 25-year-old woman from a sailing vessel after it ran aground outside of Ka’a Fishpond, Lanai, Saturday.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification via Channel 16 at 7:28 p.m. from 38-foot sailboat Raven that it was aground and taking on water on the east side of Lanai with three people aboard.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui launched enroute to the aground vessel.

When the RB-M crew arrived on scene at 9 p.m. they assessed the location of the vessel and determined that they were unable to maneuver close enough to take the vessel in tow.  The sailboat was hard aground but not in danger of sinking.

Two of the sailboat’s crew would remain overnight on the vessel.

Due to a preexisting medical condition of the third crewmember, watchstanders consulted a flight surgeon who made the recommendation for medical evacuation.

At 12:14 a.m., a rescue swimmer was lowered into the water to conduct a hoist of the patient and also supplied back-up VHF radios to the two remaining crewmembers.

The helicopter crew safely transported the patient to awaiting EMS at Kahului Airport.

Raven remains hard aground with one crewmember aboard until salvage arrangements can be made. The second crewmember kayaked into the beach at Ka’a Fishpond Sunday morning.

Lawrence Ellison, CEO and Co-Founder of Oracle Buys Lanai Island in the Hawaii Islands

Landowner Castle & Cooke has filed a transfer application with the Public Utilities Commission.  Castle & Cooke owns 98 percent of the island’s 141 square miles. The buyer is Lawrence Ellison, co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation.

Lawrence Ellison buys the Island of Lanai

Governor Neil Abercrombie today released the following statement:

“It is my understanding that Mr. Ellison has had a long standing interest in Lana’i.  His passion for nature, particularly the ocean is well known specifically in the realm of America’s Cup sailing. He is also a businessman whose record of community involvement in medical research and education causes is equally notable.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Ellison in the near future.”

Bow Hunting for the Axis Deer

The Axis Deer has become a major problem here in Hawaii.  These hunters on Lanai use Bow and Arrows to help control the population problem.

An Axis Deer jumps in the air after being shot

Jayson Medeiros reports on youtube: “….a big 32” axis deer. I was watching this buck for 2 week and I got the pass to go hunting and got it done..BIG Mahalo to Every thing Archery Hawaii..”

[youtube=http://youtu.be/eZPw7jrDWwM]

3.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Lanai, 3.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Volcano Area of the Big Island

The following earthquake shook the Big Island today after the earlier one on Lanai

Magnitude 3.4
Date-Time
Location 19.380°N, 155.237°W
Depth 2.5 km (1.6 miles)
Region ISLAND OF HAWAII, HAWAII
Distances
  • 8 km (5 miles) S (181°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (228°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 19 km (12 miles) SW (227°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 39 km (24 miles) WSW (241°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 40 km (24 miles) SSW (204°) from Hilo, HI
  • 345 km (214 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 47, Dmin=2 km, Rmss=0.09 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID hv60320566

And the following earthquake was reported on Lanai:

Magnitude 3.3
Date-Time
Location 20.778°N, 156.910°W
Depth 0.6 km (~0.4 mile) (poorly constrained)
Region MAUI REGION, HAWAII
Distances
  • 6 km (4 miles) SSE (167°) from Lanai City, HI
  • 27 km (17 miles) WSW (244°) from Lahaina, HI
  • 30 km (18 miles) SW (234°) from Kaanapali, HI
  • 47 km (29 miles) WSW (256°) from Kahului, HI
  • 112 km (70 miles) ESE (122°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 1.8 km (1.1 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 20, Dmin=52 km, Rmss=0.34 sec, Gp=151°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=5
Source
Event ID hv60320526

Mokulele Airlines Announces Service Between Lanai and Maui

Kona-based Mokulele Airlines today announced service between the islands of Lana’i and Maui, starting on April 15, 2012. Listening to their customers’ needs, the airline provider is “happy to follow through with providing affordable and needed flights,” said Ron Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Mokulele Airlines. The airline, recently under new ownership, will provide one daily direct flight from Lana’i to Maui and two daily direct trips from Maui to Lana’i. The new flights have allowed for an additional morning flight from Lana’i (with a brief stop on Moloka’i) to Honolulu.

Senator J. Kalani English, chairman of the Hawai’i State Senate Committee on Transportation and Senator for Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i and Kaho’olawe said, “I am elated that people on Lana’i will have over more opportunities to travel to visit their ‘ohana on other islands. I appreciate Mokulele Airlines’ willingness to listen to their customers and provide fair and affordable travel options, especially in my district which is remote in nature – air travel is a lifeline.”

Hansen added, “We are happy to provide the only nonstop scheduled flights between Lana’i and the Valley Isle. Lana’i travelers can now fly to Maui to shop, visit their doctor, or spend the weekend with ‘ohana. I’m hopeful that kama’aina will continue to make Mokulele their first choice for inter-island travel.”

Mokulele’s spring season start will offer daily flights between Lana’i City (LNY) and Kahului, Maui (OGG) with fares as low as $67.79 each way (taxes and fees included, seats may be limited, additional rules below). The flights are now available online at www.mokuleleairlines.com and will be available in the next few days to local travel agents and online websites.