Governor Abercrombie Will Release Money for Bishop Museum and Polynesian Hall Restoration

Governor Neil Abercrombie receives the Charles Reed Bishop medal at the 13th annual Pauahi Awards and then announces that he will release $1.5 million for the Bishop Museum planetarium and $1 million for the Polynesian Hall restoration.


Goodbye Hunter Bishop Dot Com Forever! URL: http://HunterBishop.Com For Sale

Well we all knew a long time ago that when Hunter Bishop took a job with the Mayor’s Office that he announced that he would be ending his very popular blog.

I think many of us were hoping that someday he would return to blogging on his own site.  I was clearing out some of my old bookmarks and clicked on Hunter’s old site ( and noticed that his domain is for sale.

I’m sure that Hunter himself has nothing to do with his old URL being for sale and I doubt he will receive any money if the site is purchased.  If you ask me… it almost seems kind of a sleazy thing to do already “Chucker”.

I’m sure Hunter would have no time getting his site back on legal grounds from anyone that did purchase his domain name from Chucker.

There aren’t too many “Hunter Bishop’s” in this world… I think Hunter should be able to own his own domain w/out having to freaking purchase it from Chucker!  There is something called cyber-squatting you know!

UFO Caught on the Canada-France-Hawaii (CFH) Telescope on Mauna Kea?

*UPDATE* Please read Andrew Cooper’s explanation in the comments below.  This should clear everything up.

Someone pointed me to this video that the Canada France Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea captured on July 10th of this year and asked if I could explain the light that shoots across the screen near the bottom of the screen at the 1 minute and 24 second mark.  I really don’t have an explanation for it other then the fact that it’s definitely unidentifiable to me.  Can anyone else identify this Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)?

No… I don’t think the aliens are out to get us!


The CFH observatory hosts a world-class, 3.6 meter optical/infrared telescope. The observatory is located atop the summit of Mauna Kea, a 4200 meter, dormant volcano located on the island of Hawaii. The CFH Telescope became operational in 1979. The mission of CFHT is to provide for its user community a versatile and state-of-the-art astronomical observing facility which is well matched to the scientific goals of that community and which fully exploits the potential of the Mauna Kea site.

The Observatory headquarters are located in Waimea (also known as Kamuela by the US Postal Service), where CFHT has been part of the community since 1977. Waimea is a small country town of 6,000 nested at 2,500 feet in the saddle between the Mauna Kea dormant volcano and the Kohala mountains. Named by the 2000 Robb Report as one of the 10 most desirable places to live in the United States, it has retained its 150-year old Paniolo (cowboy) culture but also offers many conveniences of modern life. Along with its green pastures grazed by cows, horses, sheep, and goats, Waimea hosts excellent schools, a modern hospital, the Kahilu Theater, shopping centers, over a dozen restaurants, and more!

What the Hecht? Lack of Water for Planned Build Out – Public Meeting


The state Water Use Plan has not been updated since 1990, now we have a 2010 plan.  The article in West Hawaii Today states that:

 “…the aquifer that feeds Kona and the surrounding area…should the area see full build-out.. water demand would exceed the sustainable water yield.. by 4 or 5 times.”

South Kona, Waimea and Kohala will also not have enough water to provide to new residents at build out.

See the whole article:

PUBLIC MEETINGS:  Wednesday, August 3rd, at 6 pm Konawaena High School’s cafeteria and Thursday, August 4th, 6 pm at Waiakea’s HS cafeteria to discuss the Plan dated August 2010.

To view the report:


  1. WHAT is responsible development?
  2. If everything was built in the Kona/ South Kona/ Kohala areas tomorrow that’s allowed by current zoning and approved subdivisions, how many new homes would there be?
  3. Where would the water come from?
  4. Would existing residents be required to pay for new or updated water systems for new residents buying new homes?
  5. At what point in population growth do we put a cap on how many people can we provide with water?
  6. On the other side of the equation (excuse the pun) how much sewage can our soils absorb?  What is the limiting factor?
  7. Do we need legislation to guarantee that each new home have water for 50 years?

Mahalo for caring about our island!

Debbie Hecht

Sweaty Sunday – Global Legends Slime Attack (First Hand Account)

This is what happens when you sit front row and center at a Global Legends game.

Globetrotters Golden Legends Game

Paul "Showtime" Gaffney busts a move with a fan

Yep… my wife got SLIMED by Paul “Showtime” Gaffney:


The Big Clean Up… Take a Stand for Your Land – Hawaii Ocean View Estates

"Nine sites were cleaned in all and about 62 tons of rubbish and scrap mental and 16 cars and about 60 tires... " Starsha Young

Today marked another day that folks around the Big Island came together to help clean up some illegal dump sites.

Today’s target was 9 dumping sites of MANY illegal dumping sites in the Hawaii Ocean View Estates area.

I’d like to personally thank the more then 70 volunteers that showed up and participated in this clean up that was partially funded by the County of Hawaii.

I’d like to say thanks to the following businesses, groups and agencies that were here this morning: Office of the County Prosecuting Attorney, Hawaii Police Department, Office of the Mayor, Prevent Illegal Dumping Task Force, Goodfellow Brothers Inc., Pacific Waste Inc., Superior Sanitation, Ocean View Auto Parts, Big Island Scrap Metal, Junk Yard Dog Towing, Arrow Hawaiian, Precision Construction, The Opala in Paradise Facebook Group, Kolohe Auto Repair and Big Island Gear.

A very special mahalo to Cynthia “Starsha” Young of Keep Hawaii Beautiful and to Mark Dubois of Atlas Recycling Centers for really stepping forward and getting this coordinated.

Also, to all those kind folks that showed up from The Kau Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You folks really came out in numbers and the support was certainly appreciated.

I’d also like to personally thank Kevin Dayton of the Mayors office for taking video of it and submitting it to some of his contacts.

It’s not over… this was just the first step of several community clean-ups down there. Dubois then showed us this HUGE Lava Pit that is quickly getting used as an illegal dumpsite that will need to be taken care of with some heavy machinery.

As I was leaving… I noticed many more illegal dump sites in the area.  I’m not sure what is going on in that area… it is good to hear that they finally got a “Temporary” transfer station put in there a year ago so maybe this will stop a bit.

Feel free to click on any of the pictures below for larger images… if your eyes dare:

“Global Legends” Defeat the Hilo All Stars 69 – 55

The “Global Legends” team defeated the Hilo All Stars tonight 69 – 55.

The "Golden Legends" with Larry Czerwonka

The Hilo All Stars, lead by Mayor Billy Kenoi, put on a good fight but in the end it wasn’t enough to beat the legendary team.

The Hilo All Stars

The real winners of tonight though… were the kids of the Big Island who got to see such a great entertaining game.

My wife was having a great time… until one of the legends decided to give her a big sweaty hug during the middle of the game!

But I guess that’s what happens when your sitting in the best seats in the house… just glad he didn’t bear hug me!

During half-time, Special Olympics Champion, Louie Perry was honored as well.

The Honoka’a Special Olympics Basketball team the “Honoka’a Hawks” also got to take the court and meet the teams during half-time.

It was a great game and I just want to remind folks that there is another game tonight (Saturday) in Kona at the Kekuaokalani Gym and tickets are available at the door.

Feel free to click on the pictures below for a larger image.

Hawaii Police Department Gets New Website… Uses Grant Money to Fund It!

I just noticed the Hawaii Police Department got a new website.

To me it just looks like a regular blog to me!

I do find it funny that they had to pay money from a grant to get the site built.

This website has a new look. The redesign was financed by a grant and without the use of taxpayers’ dollars. We hope you find this updated site easier to use. As always, we welcome your feedback.

I wonder how much was paid for this site?  I could have built something like this in under an hours worth of time.  I certainly hope they aren’t paying someone to maintain the site.  That should just be a regular clerical duty.

Big Island Police Searching for Missing 29 Year Old Woman

8/1/11 UPDATE: Big Island police have located 29-year-old Sarah Cain of Na’alehu, who was reported missing.

She was found unharmed in Ka’u on Saturday afternoon (July 30).

Media Release:

Big Island police are searching for a 29-year-old Nāʻālehu woman who was reported missing.

Sarah J. Cain

Sarah J. Cain was last seen in the Green Sands subdivision in Nāʻālehu on July 14.

She is described as Caucasian, 5-foot-6, 120 pounds with brown eyes and brown shoulder-length hair.

Police ask that anyone with information on her whereabouts call Detective Myra Iwamoto at 326-4646,
extension 281, or the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

From Parade Magazine to the Streets of Unemployment – A Sign of the Times

A sign of the times?

When the Star-Bulletin and the Honolulu Advertiser merged to become the Honolulu Star-Advertiser many jobs were lost.

Now it appears one of the top brass at the former Star-Bulletin has literally hit the streets in an attempt to find employment.

Nancy Christenson was laid off after working 12 years for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and was even featured in Parade Magazine in an article entitled “What Do People Make” back in 2002 where it was reported that she was making $56,000 per year as a copy editor for a local paper.

She has changed her name since then

Two days before the papers merged after working as 9 years as the assistant editorial editor and then a while as the director of online content, Nancy was laid off.

Today on Facebook she posted the following picture:

I asked Nancy more about this and she stated that she was standing at the bottom of Waialae exit (off H-1) by Kahala, just about a half block Ewa of the Kahala Mall and received lots of positive feedback and aloha from motorists.

I’ve met Nancy personally I would recommend her for anything she may be applying for.  If your interested in hiring Nancy… she can be reached at

3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes the Big Island

Magnitude 3.2
Location 19.359°N, 155.207°W
Depth 2 km (1.2 miles)
  • 11 km (6 miles) SSE (163°) from Volcano, HI
  • 15 km (9 miles) SSW (213°) from Fern Forest, HI
  • 18 km (11 miles) SW (215°) from Eden Roc, HI
  • 38 km (24 miles) SW (236°) from Hawaiian Beaches, HI
  • 41 km (25 miles) SSW (198°) from Hilo, HI
  • 349 km (217 miles) SE (128°) from Honolulu, HI

Some of the Restaurants Announced for the BBQ Cook-Off

Some of the restaurants that will be participating in the BBQ Cook-Off being held at the Royal Kona Resort on August 13th are the following:

Royal Kona’s Don The Beachcomber

Don the Beachcombers Stand at last years BBQ Cook-Off

Big Jakes Island BBQ

Roy’s Waikoloa

Roy's Waikoloa at last years BBQ Cook-Off

Romano’s Macaroni Grill



Outrigger Keauhou

Banji’s Paradise Par and Grill in Waikoloa

Other restaurants are still submitting and getting their applications approved.

Also on hand that afternoon will be Henry Kapono, the Mai-Tai Festival and The Spin Doctors under the moon!


East Hawaii Officer of the Month for July – Sergeant Juergen Canda

Media Release:

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i recognized Sergeant Juergen Canda on Thursday (July 28) as “Officer of the Month” for July.

Aloha Exchange President Dale Tokuuke presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Sergeant Juergen Canda

Aloha Exchange President Dale Tokuuke presents an 'Officer of the Month' award to Sergeant Juergen Canda

The Puna sergeant was honored for arresting a highly intoxicated reckless driver who had evaded police and national park law enforcement officers for an hour while drinking and speeding from Ka’ū into territory patrolled by the National Park Service.

Sergeant Canda had just made a speeding traffic stop near the 24-mile marker in Volcano when he headed toward the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park boundary to intercept the reckless driver. Within a minute, he encountered the driver swerving down the wet Volcano highway in busy traffic going 93 miles per hour. When Canda pulled the driver over, the man restarted his vehicle, sped off in the Hilo direction, turned into a subdivision and ran his vehicle off the road. Canda subdued two occupants who were attempting to flee while the driver ran into the forest.

When backup officers arrived, Canda conducted an extensive hour-long search until the suspect was located and arrested. The man was later charged with DUI, reckless driving, resisting an order to stop, driving without a license, driving without insurance, excessive speeding and accident involving property. His blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Lieutenant Glenn Uehana nominated Canda for the recognition of his good work. “Sergeant Canda’s dedicated efforts to make the roadways safer for the citizens and visitors of Hawai’i County prevented what was sure to end in a tragedy, as this dangerous driver headed into the populated areas during heavy weekend traffic,” Uehana wrote in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Canda is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawai’i “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of Hilo.

Lawmakers Told by Governor’s & Mayor’s Office that Roundup of Homeless Will Not Occur Prior to the APEC Summit

Media Release:

The House Human Services chair, Rep. John Mizuno, announced today that the state and county (Honolulu) will not seek a “sweep” or “roundup” of the homeless in Waikiki prior to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in November 2011.



In November, Waikiki will be the center stage for the APEC Summit, before 21 APEC nations and 2,500 journalists.  In an effort to avoid a possible sweep or roundup of homeless in preparation for APEC, the House Committees on Housing and Human Services held a legislative briefing today seeking to secure a plan for a safe zone for the homeless.

During the briefing, Mufi Hannemann (former Mayor of Honolulu), representing the Hotel & Lodging Association, concurred with lawmakers that a “sweep” of homeless in the Waikiki area prior to APEC would look bad for Hawaii.  Mr. Hannemann also pledged support by the hotel association to lawmakers and stakeholders in finding both a short-term and long-term solution to reducing homelessness.



At the briefing, Rep. Mizuno read the email from Chad Buck, the Owner and CEO of the Hawaii Foodservice Alliance and the biggest individual donor (over 400,000 lbs.) of food to the Hawaii Food Bank:  “I support this effort to provide a safe zone for our homeless citizens in need and applaud the efforts by Representative Mizuno to reach out to coordinate the efforts from government, non-profits and the business community. As a business owner and resident, I recognize that the homeless issues that we face will only be solved when we stop relying on just the government. If businesses, non-profits, faith based initiatives and government agencies all join hands, the solutions will come both for the short and long term.”

At the briefing, Marc Alexander, State Homeless Coordinator & Bridget Palmer Holthus, Deputy Director of the Honolulu Department of Community Services, both confirmed their focus in reducing homelessness was on 1)  Affordable Housing, 2) Permanent Housing Solutions for homeless, and 3) Job Development.

“Today was extremely important, because we obtained a commitment from the Governor’s Office and Mayor’s Office that no “sweep” or “roundup” of the homeless in Waikiki will occur prior to or during APEC, said Rep. Mizuno. “Moreover, we confirmed support from the hotel industry and a major food distributor willing to help government in its efforts to reducing homelessness.  Today we gained concurrence with state, county, non-profits, private businesses, and faith based organizations willing to work together to better address homelessness.  A viable solution for our “safe zones” for homeless will be to expand our current homeless shelters, possibly in Kakaako and Kalaeloa, to accept some of the estimated 200 homeless in Waikiki.  These shelters provide homeless with a secured facility to sleep at night, showers, restrooms, meals, healthcare, and workforce development.”

“We have homeless with a mental illness and/or drug addiction who will refuse to go to a shelter and some are homeless by choice, so realistically we will always have a percentage of chronically homeless,” added Rep. Mizuno.  “Working together in a coordinated effort with all the stakeholders allows us greater ability to prove assistance to homeless who desire to transition back into the community.  We offer hope to those that seek it.”

Updated Flood Maps May Change Insurance Rates for Hawai‘i County Residents

Media Release:

The Department of Public Works is holding public meetings regarding updated flood maps. The purpose of these meetings are to give everyone a chance to thoroughly review and comment on the proposed Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map before it becomes official. Once the map becomes official it may affect insurance rates and it will be difficult and expensive to change. Coastal areas especially near Honaunau, Ho’okena, Ki’ilae, and Miloli’i should be aware that their insurance rates may increase. Pa’auau Stream near Pahala will also be discussed at these meetings.

Please help spread the word and/or attend one of these public meetings:

  • August 9, Aupuni Conference Center, Hilo 1:00 – 4:00PM
  • August 10, West Hawaii Civic Center, Kailua-Kona 2:00 – 5:00PM

Here is the 7/28/2011 Press Release from the Department of Public Works:

Click for Post-Preliminary Processing - Digital Flood Map

“Updated Flood Maps May Change Insurance Rates for Hawai‘i County Residents 

The revised preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) for Hawai‘i County will be released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and available for public comment during open houses on August 9 and 10.

Results of the Kona and Puna Flood Studies are not included in the preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for Hawai‘i County.

To ensure affected property owners understand the preliminary DFIRM map change process, open houses will be held on August 9 at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M., and on August 10 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Building A, Conference Room A, in Kailua-Kona from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Personnel from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), FEMA, State Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Hawai‘i County, Department of Public Works will be available to answer questions.

Also taking place at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center on August 10, from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., will be a workshop on the topic of Substantial Improvement / Substantial Damage.  This workshop provides a valuable training opportunity for engineers, architects, planners, and community officials.

If you require additional auxiliary aids and services for effective communications at these meetings, please contact Department of Public Works at 961-8321 as soon as possible, but no later than five days prior to the meeting date, to arrange for accommodations.

Link to FEMA Post-Preliminary Process Digital Flood Map Fact Sheet.

P.S.  The plan is to link the 2011 maps on to the flood hazard assessment tool, if not we will see it on maps for the 1st time at the open houses.”


Historical Map Donated to Hawaii County

Media Release:

Artist Blaise Domino utilizes the authority and grace of an old map as a canvas and utilizes his ability as an artist to cover it with beauty. The result brings history to life.

Through the use of visual vignettes depicting historical personalities, events and ecological and cultural conditions of the past, Domino’s collectible prints turn the two-dimensional tool that is a map into a stimulating teaching instrument that is a work of art in itself.

Councilman Fred Blas, Blaise Domino and Mayor Billy Kenoi

Domino recently donated two of his framed “giclée” – a high quality print of an art work – to the County of Hawaii. The pieces, which depict the history of Hawaii Island, will be hung in the Mayor’s Offices in Hilo and Kona.

“’Island of Hawaii’ is my fifth in a series of my historical maps of Hawaii,” said Domino, who publishes these maps through his Picture Map Company, located in Honolulu. “At first glance, it would appear to be quite busy with content, but unlike other art forms, maps are to be poured over and studied with relish.”

On Thursday morning, Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi presented the artist with a certificate of appreciation at an unveiling ceremony in Hilo. “On behalf of the County of Hawai’i, it is an honor and a privilege to showcase this unique and beautifully detailed map of our Hawai’i Island, and we are grateful for Mr. Domino’s very generous gift,” Kenoi said.

Following the Hilo unveiling, Mr. Domino travelled to the West Hawai’i Civic Center for a reception that afternoon with the Kona staff of the Mayor’s Office. Domino’s giclée is the first work of art that visitors will encounter as they enter the mayor’s offices in Hilo and Kona.

For more information on Mr. Domino’s work, visit, or email him at, or call him at (808) 737-3777. For more information on the donation to the county, contact Charmaine Shigemura, Executive Assistant, at (808) 961-8503 or email

25 Year-Old Dies in a Two-Vehicle Crash in Kamuela

Media Release:

A 25-year-old Waimea man died Wednesday (July 27) from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash on Kawaihae Road (Route 19) .4 miles west of the 63-mile marker in Kamuela.

The driver was identified as Isaiah Lindsey of a Kamuela address.

Responding to a 5:44 p.m. call, South Kohala patrol officers determined that Lindsey was operating a 1988 Ford multi-purpose vehicle and traveling east on Kawaihae Road when he crossed the centerline and collided with a 2010 Toyota pickup truck traveling east and being operated by a 27-year-old woman from Kamuela.

Both drivers and a 31-year-old woman from Kamuela, who was a passenger in the Ford, were taken to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

Lindsey was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m.

The female passenger was in serious condition and confined to North Hawaii Community Hospital.

The driver of the Toyota was treated and released with minor injuries.

Lindsey was not wearing a seat belt. It is unknown at this time if speed, alcohol or drugs were involved.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Police ask that anyone with information about this crash call Officer Thomas Koyanagi at 326-4646, extension 229.

This is the 15th traffic fatality on the Big Island this year compared with 18 at this time last year.

First Public Electric Vehicle Charger at the State Capitol Introduced Today

Media Release:

Governor Neil Abercrombie today unveiled the first electric vehicle charger at the State Capitol, located in the building’s underground parking garage. The charging station, which accepts major credit cards and requires no membership, is available to all electric vehicle owners and is the first of many charging stations to be installed across the state as part of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s (DBEDT) EV Ready Program.


At the State Capitol, it will cost EV drivers $2 an hour to charge, with a maximum of four hours. Charging times vary depending on the range of the car, but generally an hour of charging provides about 15 miles of range.

“Our vision for the future is that it becomes more common and accessible for people to drive electric vehicles,” Governor Abercrombie said. “The first public charging station for electric vehicles is a step toward a clean energy future, and every single step is important.”

Hawaii Electric Vehicle Charge Station

Electric Vehicle Charge Station

Through this program, the state is supporting the transformation of Hawaii’s transportation sector to be less dependent on petroleum and becoming electric vehicle friendly by installing approximately five charging stations at State owned buildings downtown and adding a small fleet of electric vehicles to the State motor pool. In June, the State received its first electric vehicles, two Nissan all-electric Leafs. The Hawaii State Energy Office and state motor pool currently have the vehicles.

Honolulu-based Volta Industries installed the Eaton Corporation charger equipped with a credit-card-swipe system, at the State Capitol. The charger is a Level 2, 240-volt station, using the industry-standard J1772 connector, which is compatible with all new electric cars currently in production. The cost of the charger unit and installation was approximately $8,000.

In 2009, $4 million of the State Energy Program’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding was allocated to the Transportation Energy Diversification EV Ready Program. DBEDT provided $475,500 of federal ARRA stimulus funds to the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) Automotive Management Division to assist Hawaii State governments comply with statutory requirements for electric vehicle parking and to lead by example through the purchase of advanced technology vehicles such as electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and electric vehicle supply equipment (EV charging stations).

“Hawaii is charging ahead and making charging stations more accessible to people choosing to drive electric vehicles. We are committed to a smaller carbon footprint, 70 percent clean energy by 2030 and opportunities help protect our environment,” said Bruce Coppa, Director, State Department of Accounting and General Services.

The Capitol station, located in the State Capitol underground parking garage, is accessible via Miller Street off of Punchbowl Street, is open to the public during operating hours; 4:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday; 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays; closed on Sundays.

“Hawaii drivers now have a convenient charging facility downtown. Thanks to our success in securing federal funding, this is the first of an entire network of charging stations we plan to install throughout the state, as we build an infrastructure that will maintain Hawaii’s leadership in electric vehicles and entice more manufacturers to Hawaii,” said Richard Lim, Director, State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

DBEDT’s EV Ready Grant Program has awarded $2.6 million in federal stimulus funds to six organizations to accelerate Hawaii’s adoption of electric vehicles and related charging equipment. Another $1.4 million in federal stimulus money was allocated to the EV Ready Rebate Program, which allows rebates of up to $4,500 toward the purchase of new electric vehicles. Rebates of up to $500 are also available for the purchase and installation of new electric vehicle chargers in homes or business sites. Rebate forms are available on DBEDT’s Energy office electric vehicle website,

In addition to the State EV rebates, Federal tax incentives of up to $7,500 are also available for highway-capable vehicles (the Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle credit, which applies to at least 200,000 units per auto manufacturer before it phases out) and up to $1,000 for individual buyers and up to $30,000 for businesses installing EV charger stations.

The State of Hawai’i’s economic enterprise is to pursue energy independence by building a clean energy economy and reaching 70 percent clean energy by 2030. The DBEDT State Energy Office’s mission is to act as a catalyst for efficiency measures, renewable energy resources, transportation initiatives, green jobs, and investments in Hawaii’s economy.

For more information, visit and

Hawaii County Furlough Fridays – What’s Open… What’s Closed

Media Release:

Most County of Hawai`i offices that serve the public will be closed on Friday, July 29, which will be the first county employee furlough day of the new fiscal year. Starting in August, the county furlough days will be scheduled on the first Friday of each month.

In an effort to minimize any inconvenience to the public, county officials are asking residents to include the furlough schedule in their planning to ensure the county agencies they need will be open when they arrive.

In particular, motorists who need to register their vehicles or renew their drivers licenses near the end of July are urged to plan ahead. County vehicle registration offices will be closed on Friday, July 29, which would normally be the last business day of the month.

Hele-On bus service will operate as regularly scheduled, but administrative offices for the bus system will be closed on furlough days.

The Department of Parks & Recreation will not close any pools in July because of the furlough, but pools will be closed for two furlough days in August. Pool users are asked to check with the individual pools to determine the furlough schedule for each facility.

The Department of Public Works’ Aupuni Center and West Hawai’i Civic Center offices will be closed to the public on furlough days, and contractors are asked to schedule critical work and administrative requirements around the furlough days.

The county is implementing one furlough day per month as a cost-saving measure under a new two-year agreement between the County and the Hawai`i Government Employees Association. The furloughs will save the county an estimated $2.1 million per year.

For more information about county news and events, please visit

Frank DeMarco Resigns as the Director of the Department of Environmental Management

Media Release:

The Director of the Department of Environmental Management, Frank DeMarco, recently submitted his resignation from this position to transfer back to the Department of Public Works, effective August 1. DeMarco, a licensed professional engineer, will return to his former position as the Floodplain Manager in the Engineering Division.

Dora Beck, current head of Environmental Management’s Wastewater Division will be temporarily assigned to the Director’s position. Beck has worked in various engineering capacities for the department since June 2003. She holds a MS degree in Civil Engineering, with emphasis in Environmental Engineering, from San Jose State University. Beck is a licensed professional engineer in California and Hawaii.

In announcing these changes, Mayor Billy Kenoi praised DeMarco for his leadership in addressing difficult situations, and for carrying out the critical work of the department. He also expressed gratitude for Beck’s willingness to step in to provide continued leadership and expertise.

According to Kenoi, “I feel fortunate to have had a man of Frank DeMarco’s background on our team. I appreciate his willingness to tackle the many challenges of the department and I respect his decision to spend more time with his family. We look forward to working with Ms. Dora Beck in her new role as acting Director of the Department of Environmental Management.”