Norwegian Cruise Line Vessel Pride of America Undergoing $30 Million in Upgrades at Pearl Harbor Shipyard

The Norwegian Cruise Lines vessel Pride of America is currently docked at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard for maintenance repairs.

Pride of America

Pride of America at the Pearl Harbor Shipyard on March 23, 2013.

BAE Hawaii will work round-the-clock on the ship for the next two weeks as part of its $30 million upgrades and renovations. The maintenance repairs is a first for Pride of America at the Shipyard.

Hawaii State and HSTA Reach Tentative Agreement

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, and Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Don Horner today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached between the State of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA).


The four-year tentative agreement that the HSTA will now take to its members for ratification, includes annual pay increases and performance evaluations for teachers.

“This is a major breakthrough for our teachers, our students, and the future of our state. I believe this contract is fair and provides opportunities for pay increases, which are long overdue after years of sacrifice from teachers and other public employees,” said Gov. Abercrombie. “With the state now being administered in a fiscally sound manner and improving economic estimates by the Council of Revenues, we were able to offer a comprehensive and favorable contract.”

“Public school teachers and their union representatives are critical partners in transforming education for our students and our state,” stated Superintendent Matayoshi. “We’ve worked very hard to get to this point, and we remain committed to providing teachers with necessary resources and support to achieve our strategic goals.”

“The Board is appreciative of the dedication, sacrifices, and achievements of our teachers,” stated BOE Chair Horner. “This agreement will allow us, together, to better support our teachers in reaching the objectives of our educational strategic plan.”


This tentative agreement comes after a week of mediation between the two parties. The HSTA membership will now review the agreement and vote on it.

Click here to read the tentative agreement:

TEDxChange 2013 Official Satellite Event on Hawaii Island

TEDxHilo will be broadcasting TEDxChange 2013 live from Seattle on Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in UCB 100. The public is invited to this free event. A TEDxHilo organizer meeting will be held after the discussion.


TEDxHilo will be one of only 200 official satellite events held around the world. Convened by Melinda Gates, the 2013 theme is Positive Disruption.

“Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger,” said event organizer Jennifer Ruggles. “We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance.”

When asked if there would be any positive disruptions at the event, Ms. Ruggles replied, “You bet, we’ll be broadcasting and discussing how disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. We’ll be challenging old assumptions, igniting conversations, shedding light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges on Hawaii Island.”



Puna Wins the Kirk Banks Tournament!

Congratulations to the Puna U-10 team for winning the Kurt Banks soccer tournament on Oahu. Five wins and zero losses!