Remembrance Ceremony for Senator Daniel K. Inouye

The people of Hawaii are invited to pay their final respects to a national hero.

Senator Inouye visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons

Senator Inouye visited the F-22 compound to meet and greet with Airmen from the 199th and 19th Fighter Squadrons

On Saturday, Dec. 22, Senator Inouye will lie in state from 5 p.m. to midnight in the State Capitol Rotunda. A short program will commence with the arrival of the senator’s casket. Public viewing will begin after the program for all to show their aloha to Senator Inouye with respect and quiet dignity.
accept the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.

Senator Inouye accepts the Congressional Gold Medal on behalf of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the 100th Infantry Battalion and the Military Intelligence Service.

The family has requested no flowers. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Daniel K. Inouye Fund, care of the Hawaii Community Foundation. The fund was created at the request of the senator’s widow, Irene Hirano Inouye.
There will be a condolence book available for people to sign from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Governor’s Office. Condolence books will also be available at the Lying in State service on Saturday.
Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl

Sen. Daniel Inouye places soil in an umeke bowl during a dedication ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex to be constructed at two sites at PMRF. The Hawaiian blessing site dedication was conducted by noted Waimea kupuna Aletha Kaohi, with assistance from Sherri “Puni” Patrick. Rear Adm. Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Horn, Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) program director for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, and other dignitaries were in attendance. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jay C. Pugh.

We anticipate a very large crowd and encourage motorists to carpool or use public transportation. There will be no public parking at the State Capitol, but the public can park at the following locations:
  • LOT G, 1151 Punchbowl Street (Kalanimoku Bldg), enter from Beretania or Punchbowl Streets
  • LOT L, 1250 Punchbowl Street (Kinau Hale), enter from Punchbowl Street, Makai-bound ONLY
  • LOT D, 465 S. King Street, enter from King or Punchbowl Street
  • City Civic Center, located at Alapai and Beretania Streets
  • City Joint Traffic Management Center, located at Beretania and Alapai Streets
  • Only handicap parking will be available at Lot F, 364 S. King Street (Iolani Palace). Motorists should enter from King Street, the driveway between Iolani Palace and the Hawaii State Library.
Olelo Community Media will cablecast live the lying in state ceremony from 5 p.m. through midnight on Channel VIEWS 54. The program will also be streamed live at


Man Dies in Crash with Hele-On Bus – Five on Bus Taken to Hospital

UPDATE: The 45-year-old Kona man involved in yesterday’s (December 19) two-vehicle crash in Oʻokala was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m. this morning (Thursday, December 20) at the Hilo Medical Center.

A 45-year-old Kona man died Wednesday (December 19) in a two-vehicle crash on the Hawaiʻi Belt Road (Highway 19) at the 30-mile marker in Oʻokala.


He was identified as Kris Korban of Kailua-Kona.

Police determined that Korban was operating a 1993 Ford Explorer heading north at 3:58 p.m. when his sports-utility vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with a Hele-On bus traveling south.

Korban was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m.

Five passengers from the bus were taken to North Hawaiʻi Community Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. The bus driver, a 58-year-old Hilo man, was treated for minor injuries at Hilo Medical Center.

Police believe that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash.

This is the 38th fatality so far this year compared with 21 at this time last year.

Share Your Aloha for Sen. Daniel K. Inouye at Mayor Kenoi’s Offices

The late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye touched many lives through his five decades of service in Washington, D.C., leaving behind a legacy that will touch countless more lives through the years.

US Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

US Senator Daniel Inouye and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi

Mayor Billy Kenoi invites the public to share their memories, their thoughts, and their aloha for Senator Inouye. Memorial books will be available through the end of next week (Dec. 28) at the Mayor’s Offices at the Hawai‘i County Building and the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

The public is invited to come in to sign the books and remember a man who did so much for the people of Hawai‘i for so long. At the end of next week, the books will be sent to the Inouye family.

The Mayor’s Office is open weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The offices will be open regular hours on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call the Mayor’s Office in Kona at 323-4444 or in Hilo at 961-8211.

Call for Proposals & Abstracts for the 21st Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

Call for Proposals & Abstracts for the 21st Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference, Living Today, Sustaining Tomorrow: Connecting People, Places and Planet July 16th – 18th, 2013 at the Hawai`i Convention Center.

Hawaii Conservation Conference

Session and Abstract Proposal Deadline: January 21, 2013      Revisions Deadline: March 15, 2013

2013 marks the 21st annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference (HCC) allowing us the opportunity to bolster island conservation in Hawai‘i and wider Pacific Islands. Highlights include:  thought provoking keynote speakers; innovative panels and forums; a community event, novel lunch & reception, training opportunities, and more. Join us in celebrating the 21st annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference!


The HCC organizing committee is soliciting proposals for symposia, forums, workshops, trainings and individual oral or poster presentations in the following six tracks. Integrated approaches to research and management that involve community and cultural knowledge and approaches as a best practice will be given priority ranking.

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1. Practicing Laulima (many hands): Building of Bridges between Ecosystems and Society

Human well-being is inextricably linked to the natural world through a myriad of exchanges – most of which go unnoticed or are under-appreciated in modern times.  Radical changes in land use and natural resource governance over the past century has resulted in rapid degradation of our native ecosystems, alienating changes in human relationships to the land and sea, and a common disassociation with our natural world. Management and research organizations need to better understand the context of this history in order to better measure, and share the value of ecosystem services and, in turn, build a broader base of support for and engagement in effective conservation and management.This Track will focuson sharing lessons and experiences (good and bad) from efforts to build bridges among the diverse communities by providing credible and robust information on the links between ecosystem management and the attainment of economic and social goals. Sessions will demonstrate that conservation and management efforts that take a laulima (cooperative) approach are more likely to succeed, and will provide detailed experiences on how the whole can indeed be greater than the sum of the parts.

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2. Safeguarding Sacred Places: Restoration and Protection of Managed Areas

Hawaiʻi is blessed with many special places set aside for their importance, bio-cultural resources, and unique characteristics.  These protected areas are found on the highest peaks, deep ocean, and everywhere in between.  Protected areas are microcosms of larger ecosystems and landscapes. At the same time, Hawaii’s extensive systems of protected federal, state and privately or community-owned and -managed lands and waters provide critical ecosystem system services that sustain us.  They also serve as important sources of native species used in restoration elsewhere. To be effective and successful, their managers must deal with both the issues that pervade conservation issues in Hawaiʻi: invasive species, loss of ecosystem function, climatic change, population effects, and the socio-cultural needs of community. This track will focus on place-based conservation occurring in our protected areas.  Sessions will demonstrate the importance of place-based conservation, the differences between place-based and issue-based conservation, ecosystem services provided by protected areas, the importance of refugia, and need for community stewardship.

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3.  Invertebrates:  Gems of Pacific Island Ecosystems

With their incredible abundance, diversity, and distribution, invertebrates – both on land and in the sea – are the ties that bind our island ecosystems together.  Our amazing endemic species are not only vital food sources, pollinators, and decomposers, but serve as indicators of ecosystem health, harbingers of global climate change, and icons of cultural significance. The incredible physiological and behavioral adaptations that have made our native invertebrate species so unique also put them and the ecosystems that they support, at great risk. Track and sessions will focus on illustrating the role of invertebrates in sustaining our natural, agricultural, and urban ecosystems and their cultural importance into the future, and include demonstrations of achievements in research, conservation, and management.

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4. Oceans and Shorelines: Where Conservation Meets Everyday People

Hawaii’s human history is based on the ocean.  From the earliest Native Hawaiians who settled here to people today, our shorelines and nearshore waters are the places where conservation most directly meets people – as the provider for food, transportation, recreation, livelihood, and settlement. Unfortunately, with declining fishery resources, rising sea levels, warming ocean temperatures, ocean acidification and pollution, the health of our oceans are changing rapidly, requiring us to focus more attention on how these changes will affect us and what we have to do to increase the resiliency of both ecosystems and human communities. Increased attention and focus on marine conservation will aid Hawaii’s conservation community in increasing our relevance to people and communities.  This track is aimed at: mainstreaming marine conservation issues and successes within the broader conservation community; highlighting successful mauka-makai conservation approaches; sharing new initiatives and innovations aimed at enhancing food security and restoring fisheries in Hawai’i and larger Pacific region; and focusing attention on the cultural importance of the ocean to Hawaii’s people.

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5. Connecting People to Place: Bio-Cultural Foundations and Innovations in Resource Management

In Hawaiian conservation, there are cultural connections to the places we work. As such there is also a wealth of cultural knowledge tied to the history and people of these places upon which to draw from in order to increase our conservation success.  This track will focus on both the foundations of culturally integrated conservation, as well as examples of cultural innovations to conservation in Hawaiʻi. Sessions are aimed at bio-cultural innovations and approaches to conservation, including integration of biology, culture, land-use history, community-based stewardship, and all that is rooted in aloha ʻāina.

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6. Collaboration Across Sectors: Island Leadership in Defining the New “Green (and Blue) Economy”   

What sectors need to be involved in green initiatives, and how can island communities encourage cross-sector dialogue to promote effective developments in clean energy, food security, and the environment?

This track will focus on islands as microcosms for the world’s sustainability challenges.  It will highlight how Hawai`i is defining green growth to include sound management of our natural resources from the mountains to the sea and advancing innovative green growth initiatives through multi-sector and international collaborations. Sessions will demonstrate unique partnerships, programs and projects that will lead to a greener economy with more opportunities for green jobs.


Organizations and practitioners are welcome to conduct trainings (see “Conservation Campus” below) and workshops before or following the conference. While Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA) can contribute minimal logistical support, the facilitating organization(s) is responsible for organizing and supporting most aspects of their training or workshop. Please contact us for details about this new capacity building opportunity.


Session Proposal & Abstract Deadline: January 21, 2013

Revisions Due: March 15, 2013



Symposium: a formal moderated session with 4-5 presentations organized around a topic or theme; individual presentation time is limited to 20 minutes; moderator introduces presenters and conducts Q&A session at end of session. Time limit: 2 hours per session. Abstracts for each presenter are required and due Jan 21, 2013, along with a complete session agenda.

Forum: A less formal, interactive panel or roundtable session organized around a topic or theme; moderator guides presenters’ discussion and conducts Q&A session with audience during or after presentations. Time limit: 2 hours per session, with a minimum of :30 for audience participation. Abstracts for each presenter are not required unless requested by the forum organizer/chair.

Workshop: An interactive, highly facilitated, “hands on” session that minimizes formal presentations and emphasizes the application of information and/or technology. Active audience participation is encouraged. Subject categories may include: Education & Outreach, Community Engagement, Career & Skills Development, Management Tool Applications, etc. To register, one cohesive workshop abstract is required that describes engagement technique used by the person(s) facilitating the workshop. Hawaii-based workshop facilitators must be registered participants.

Conservation Campus: This an opportunity for organizations to host capacity building trainings and activities that focus on a specific skills transfer to conservation practitioners, teachers, etc or a time to engage a specific audience in a particular topic related to our larger theme (i.e. GIS analysis, integration of conservation in the classroom for teachers). A description is required to explain the goals and target audience of the training. Hawaii-based training facilitators must be registered conference participants. Trainings may occur on the weekend before or after the conference.

Oral and Poster Presentation Abstracts

Formal, individual presentations on various conservation topics will be scheduled in one of the following sessions depending on the abstract content. On the abstract submission form, you will be asked to choose a preferred presentation format (oral or poster) and identify the status of your project: information or news item; project/idea under development; completed project with data and results. In some cases, the review committee may suggest that you change your preferred format depending on the content of your abstract, available time in the program, and available space in the exhibit hall. All oral and poster presenters must be registered participants.

Oral presentations:

a.) 20-minute individual presentations (16-minute talk, 3 minutes Q&A, 1 minute for transition time)

b.) 10-minute individual presentations (7-minute talk, 2 minutes Q&A, and 1 minute for transition time).

Oral presentations will be scheduled into 2-hour sessions concluding with a 20-minute Q&A session. The 10-minute presentation format is appropriate for a topic of broad appeal, a new project or innovative idea, a recent success, a news story or update.

Poster presentation: This is a visual presentation to showcase your work to conference attendees throughout the entire conference. Posters are particularly useful as a way to present quantitative research. More than one participant may author a poster, but at least one of the primary authors must be in attendance to discuss the poster at the Opening Reception July 16th.

For more information Contact HCA Program Coordinator, Shelley Steele  808-687-6152


Reed’s Island Bridge to Close in Preparation for Bridge Repairs – Road Resurfacing on Kaiminani Drive

South Hilo

Reed’s Island Bridge Closure

Reeds Island

The bridge will close Friday, Dec. 28 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  This is to prepare for bridge repairs next month.  The bridge will close Monday, Jan 14, 2013, and remain closed until October 2013.  Ka‘iulani Street was extended 400-feet in the westerly direction to Hale and Kahema Streets as the detour route during the bridge closure.

No on street parking along Kīlauea Avenue

On January 2 and 3, the contractor will be grinding asphalt along both sides of Kīlauea Avenue from Ponahawai to Pauahi Street.  No, on street parking, will be allowed from 8 a.m. to noon along both sides of Kīlauea Avenue.

January 2– No on street parking allowed from Two Ladies Kitchen to Kukuau Street.

January 3– No on street parking permitted from the Ben Franklin Store to Goodyear Tires.

Driveways along Kīlauea Avenue will not be blocked.

North Kona

Road resurfacing on Ka‘iminani drive that has closed one lane and created temporary delays this week ends Friday (Dec. 21.) at 3:30 p.m.  The alternating one-lane closure between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starts from Hua Place in the makai direction.

There is no road resurfacing on December 24-January 1.  The week of January 2, road resurfacing will continue on Ka‘iminani drive to Ahiahi street.

All work is weather permitting.