Remembering 9/11 – Let’s Roll


USS BELLEAU WOOD, at sea (Sept. 6, 2002) More than 500 Sailors and Marines assemble on the ship’s flight deck to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States by spelling out the now famous quote from Mr. Todd Beamer, “Let’s Roll.” Beamer was one of the heroic passengers on United Flight 93, which crashed in a western Pennsylvania field after he and several other passengers attempted to regain control of the plane from terrorist hijackers. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Steven L. Cooke)

Redistricting Online Software Updated and Tweaked to Reflect Only Hawaii Island Population

The Online Software for creating a Redistricting Plan has been updated to reflect only the resident population of Hawai‘i Island.

Hawaii County districts

The results of the 2001 redistricting

The new template has extracted the non-resident military and non-resident student population.

If you wish to create a Redistricting Plan to submit to the Commission, the default template for Hawaii Council now uses the Extraction C population base.

If you have already created a plan and wish to re-save it with the updated population numbers, plans can be migrated using the steps provided on the attached document. (This document provides step by step instructions for migrating a previously created plan to a different population base)

Be sure to use “Hawaii_2010_C” for the source geography.

Alternate Plans must be submitted to the Commission by September 15, 2011.

 How to view a map:

1.         Go to the County Redistricting website:

2.         Click on “Maps” Folder

3.         Click on “Online Plans” Folder

4.         Choose “Plan”

5.         Save Plan (file) to desktop

6.         Login to

(Note: first-time users must create a user name and password)

7.         Choose Template Plan (Hawai‘i Council) Hit OK

8.         Click on “File” (top left)

9.         Click on “Open Local” Folder

10.       Select Plan (file) from your desktop

11.       Open Plan (file)

How to create a map: (note: Mac users – requires Safari to access software)

Login to

1.         Read ESRI tutorial materials to get familiar with the software.

2.         Using the ESRI software, create an account for yourself.

3.         After logging in, click the “Create” tab to begin work on your plan.  Save often.

4.         Once your plan is completed (and verified using the ESRI online tools in conjunction with the     published committee guidelines), save a local copy to your computer.

To save a local copy:

Click the “File” tab (next to the “Create” tab)

Locate and click the button labeled “Save Local.”

Make sure the navigator window is opened to your local Desktop.

Give your plan a name, then click “Save.”

To submit your Plan to Redistricting Commission to review:

Locate the file on your Desktop. (Close or minimize the ESRI software loaded in your browser). The file will have a plan extension (e.g. MyPlan.plan).

Open your email program and create a new email message to

Using the email program’s attachment feature, attach your .plan file to the email and send.

Tomorrow the County of Hawaii Will Enter Into a Sister City Relationship with the Island of Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan

Seal of Hawaii County, Hawaii

Image via Wikipedia

The County of Hawaii will enter into a Sister City Relationship with the island of Kumejima, Okinawa, Japan on Sunday during a Ocean Thermal Energy Workshop (OTEC) at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA).

The signing ceremony will take place at noon. The Mayor of Kumejima, Choukou Taira, and County of Hawaii Mayor Billy Kenoi will enter into the agreement, which will stress economic ties rather than the traditional cultural bonds of sister city relationships.

Kumejima is an island about 50 miles east of Naha, Okinawa. Much like Hawaii Island of about 20 years ago, Kumejima’s economy is based on the visitor industry and sugar cane, known as sato kibi in Japan.

Kumejima, which has a climate and appearance similar to Kauai, also shares another similarity with Hawaii Island, a deep sea pipeline which has allowed aquaculture to blossom on the island, which is about the same size as Molokai.

In November, public and private officials visited Kumejima to take part in an OTEC Workshop, where the possibility of a partnership between Kumejima and Hawaii Island was discussed. This pact, which could result in the establishment of a demonstration plant at NELHA using the 55-inch pipelines already installed at the facility on Keahole Point, will be further discussed at the workshop by Japanese and American officials.

It was during this visit in November that the governments of Kumejima and Hawaii County realized that a sister city relationship would be a natural extension of the proposed natural energy partnership taking place at the time.

“We are honored to enter into this agreement with Kumejima,” said Mayor Kenoi. “The similarities between our islands are striking, including the fact that we are both outlying islands of island groups far away from their mainland countries. I think we can learn many things from each other as we both strive to break our dependence on fossil fuels.”

OTEC technology, which was successfully tested off Keahole Point in the 1970s, uses the temperature difference of deep sea and surface water to make a working fluid — in this case ammonia — to “boil.”

The boiling fluid releases “steam” which is used to drive a turbine.

Intensive OTEC research is now taking place in a number of places in the world, including NELHA, where Lockheed-Martin recently blessed a facility, and at Saga University in Saga, Japan, where scientists are generating electricity using a small demonstration unit.

“OTEC has the potential to provide virtually inexhaustible, clean energy in the equatorial regions of the earth,” said Kenoi. “This is an opportunity for Hawaii Island to play a role in furthering a technology that could have worldwide implications.”