E-Waste Collection Sites Coming to Four Transfer Stations and Landfills Around the Big Island

Department of Environmental Management Deputy Director, Hunter Bishop, just mentioned the following to the Opala in Paradise Facebook group:

Happy to report the Department of Environmental Management will be setting up e-waste collection sites at four public transfer stations and landfills around the island. Several one-time public e-waste events that were being planned for later this month will not be held after the County was unable to secure the dates needed on both sides of the island. Scheduling private e-waste vendors for one or two collection events a few times a year has worked to some extent in the past but hasn’t provided the long-term solution necessary for the disposal of e-waste. The state law intended for manufacturers to pay for recycling has not provided convenient options for our County and proper disposal of e-waste has become a challenge. The County has requested funds to help offset the costs and grant funding may yet arrive but we can’t wait. Instead of periodic collection events, DEM will collect e-waste and safely dispose of it through a private vendor contract. The e-waste collection sites are expected to open daily beginning some time in September for residents at transfer stations in Waiohinu, Waimea, Kona and Hilo, and for businesses at the landfills, pending approval of modifications in the County’s permits to operate these solid waste facilities. We do not expect that to be a problem. Meanwhile we’re asking residents to hold their e-waste until these sites are permitted. You also may check to see if a manufacturer’s mailback offer for electronic devices applies to your e-waste at www.hawaiizerowaste.org, or you may take e-waste to Mr. K’s Recycling on Kinoole Street in Hilo (some charges may apply). We believe this service will help meet the growing demand for proper e-waste disposal that we’re hearing in the community. It will also help extend the life of our landfills by increasing diversion of recyclable waste, and will help keep our island clean, healthy and safe.

Big Island Visitors Bureau Presents Check to Hawai’i Island United Way

Media Release:

Representatives from the Big Island Visitors Bureau presented a check for $2,320 to the Hawai’i Island United Way this afternoon. The gift was a result of a follow-up promotion to meeting planners who attended PRIME2011 earlier this year at the Hawai’i Convention Center on O’ahu.

Big Island Visitors Bureau and Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods Present Hawai'i Island United Way With Donation

PRIME2011, held June 8-11, was attended by more than 100 qualified planners representing North America, Australia, China, Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and Europe. PRIME’s goal is to provide an opportunity for hospitality industry suppliers to conduct business and develop new business with these meeting planners, and to share all that makes Hawai’i the perfect meeting destination. Held on Hawai’i Island for the past three years, PRIME moved to O’ahu this year, leaving Hawai’i Island with a challenge to gain exposure in other ways.

This prompted the team at BIVB to come up with a post-conference follow-up strategy to reach out to the participants of this year’s event.

“Our goal was to create an outreach program that would leave a lasting impression, forever connecting these planners to Hawai’i, while promoting some of our island’s messaging,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of BIVB. “We worked closely with the County of Hawai’i and The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative creating a program to plant a koa tree on the island in each meeting planner’s name. The gift was unique and shared a message of culture and sustainability. Each planner received a certificate with GPS coordinates for their tree, a letter from the Mayor, and a notecard and sales DVD from the Big Island Visitors Bureau,” he said.

“Response from the meeting planners has been very positive,” said Debbie Hogan, Senior Director of Sales for BIVB. “It definitely made a lasting impression and, as we hoped, forever connected them to our island home. It also created a ‘chain reaction.’ One planner is considering purchasing a tree for each of their conference attendees when they get to the island. Another is looking at how they can create a similar program in their area.”

It’s not the first time a group has given back to the local community.

“The CMI market impacts Hawai’i Island beyond the travel industry,” said Applegate. “Earlier this year, a convention staying on the Kohala Coast contributed thousands of dollars worth of new computer equipment and software to schools on our island.”

As a result of working with The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative at Kuka’iau Ranch, a donation check was provided to the charity of BIVB’s choice, which was the Hawai’i Island United Way, an organization that supports Hawai’i Island charities. Nearly all money (98 percent) raised on Hawai’i Island stays on Hawai’i Island, benefiting specific programs that have excellent track records of service and positively influence the lives of the community, from keiki (child) to kupuna (elder).

3.5 Earthquake Shakes East Hawaii Earlier Today

Location 19.218°N, 155.493°W
Depth 8.3 km (5.2 miles)
  • 2 km (1 miles) NW (318°) from Pahala, HI
  • 20 km (12 miles) NNE (30°) from Naalehu, HI
  • 31 km (20 miles) ENE (67°) from Hawaiian Ocean View, HI
  • 69 km (43 miles) SW (218°) from Hilo, HI
  • 337 km (209 miles) SE (133°) from Honolulu, HI
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.5 km (0.3 miles); depth +/- 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
Parameters Nph= 41, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.19 sec, Gp=101°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=1
Event ID hv60256481

County of Hawai`i Has Forwarded the Names of Five Fire Chief Applicants for Consideration in Selecting our County’s Next Fire Chief.

Media Release:

The County of Hawai`i Department of Human Resources has forwarded the names of five Fire Chief applicants to the Hawai`i County Fire Commission for consideration in selecting our County’s next Fire Chief. The qualified applicants are:

1. Aaron Arbles

2. Glen Honda

3. Gerald Kosaki

4. Paul Paiva

5. Darren Rosario

Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira officially retired on August 1, 2011, and has agreed to hold over as the Temporary Fire Chief on a volunteer basis until the next Chief is selected. The Fire Chief vacancy was advertised statewide for three consecutive weeks as required by Fire Commission rule. All applicants were screened by the Department of Human Resources personnel to ensure they met with minimum qualifications for the position. After reviewing all applications received, the above five names were forwarded by Human Resources to the Fire Commission.

The Fire Commission has scheduled the following public hearings and meetings to receive public input on all qualified applicants, and to interview them. The meeting dates are:

East Hawai`i meeting West Hawai`i meeting

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011

Time: 9:00 a.m. Time: 9:00 a.m.

Place: Dept. of Liquor Control Conf. Room Place: West Hawai`i Civic Center

Hilo Lagoon Centre, Ste. 230 Council Room (Building A)

101 Aupuni St. 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy.

Hilo, HI 96720 Kailua-Kona, HI 967402

Members of the public and all interested persons may offer testimony in person at either of the above locations. The Commission will allow oral testimony in open and closed sessions as allowed pursuant to Chapter 92, Hawai`i Revised Statutes, as amended. Commission rule allows each member of the public five minutes for public testimony.

Additionally, all interested persons may submit written testimony to the Commission c/o Corporation Counsel, 333 Kilauea Ave., 2nd Floor, Hilo, HI 96720. Written testimony may also be submitted via email to the Commission secretary at JKualii@co.hawaii.hi.us. The deadline for all written testimony or input submitted via email is Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.

Governor Abercrombie Visits BJ Penn’s Gym

Governor Neil Abercrombie visited the BJ Penn Hawaii Youth Foundation at BJ’s Gym in Hilo, Hawaii.


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