Hawaii DOE to Request Waiver for School Improvement Grant Funds

DOE Release

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) intends to request a waiver to Section 421(b) of the General Education Provisions Act (20 U.S.C. § 1225(b) to extend the period of availability of school fiscal year (FY) 2010 and FY 2011 School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds for the State Education Agency and all of its complexes to September 30, 2014 and September 30, 2015, respectively.

The requested waiver will increase HIDOE’s ability to implement the SIG program effectively in eligible schools in the State of Hawaii in order to improve the quality of instruction and increase the academic achievement of students in Tier I and Tier III schools.

The waiver request is in accordance with the guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education in January 2010 on using SIG funds. If granted, the waiver will allow the HIDOE to use these funds in accordance with the requirements for the SIG published in the Federal Register in January 2010.

Written comments regarding the described waiver should be submitted by April 19, 2013, and addressed to the DOE Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Support, Attention: Sharon Nakagawa, 475 22nd Avenue, Room 124, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816, emailed to sharon_nakagawa@notes.k12.hi.us or faxed to (808) 735-8375. For additional information, call (808) 203-5520.



One Millionth Visitor Gets Lavish Reception Today at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor welcomed its 1,000,000th visitor today, April 4, 2013–the Valencia family from Modesto, CA. Mr. Ivan Valencia and Mrs. Mari Valencia and their two children Hiram, 9 and Christopher, 5, received four gift bags filled with books, aviation gear, aircraft memorabilia, plus a Lifetime Family Membership to the Museum.

PAM 1,000,000

They were greeted with a balloon, confetti and cake reception, and congratulations from Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, Museum Chairman of the Board ADM Ronald Hays, USN (Ret), Museum Board President Clint Churchill, State Representative Mark Takai, and Museum staff.  Rep. Takai presented a certificate from the Hawaii State Legislature, congratulating the Museum on this auspicious milestone.

“We opened our doors December 6, 2006 and achieved this monumental visitor number in less than seven years,” said Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff. “I’m extremely pleased and proud of our staff who’ve worked so diligently to make Pacific Aviation Museum a must visit Hawaii destination.”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum on historic Ford Island that educates young and old alike, honors aviators and their support personnel who defended freedom in The Pacific Region, and to preserve Pacific aviation history.


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 17-Year-Old Pahoa Girl

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 17-year-old Pāhoa girl who was reported missing.

Tearon Pacheco-Fernandez

Tearon Pacheco-Fernandez

Tearon Pacheco-Fernandez was last see in Pāhoa at 7 p.m. on March 19. She is described as Hawaiian, 5-feet tall, 120 pounds with brown eyes and long black hair.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 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.


Hilo Viking Robotics Partners with Hawaii TechWorks

East Hawaii (EHCDC) is pleased to support Hilo High School’s Robotics Club

The East Hawaii Community Development Corporation is pleased to announce that Hilo Viking Robotics (HVR) and Hawaii TechWorks have partnered to support the technical and career education of students and community members in the areas of robotics, science, technology, entrepreneurship, and related activities.

Hilo Vikings Robotics

Both HVR and Hawaii TechWorks recognize the profound need to strengthen these areas within our community and foresee powerful alignments given the similarity of vision between our organizations. To further our community development-focused goals, Matthew Pearring, President of HVR, has joined our Senior Advisory Board, which may be viewed here: http://easthawaii.org/who-we-are/.

About East Hawaii (EHCDC)

The East Hawaii Community Development Corporation (http://easthawaii.org), 501(c)(3), established by organization Chair and President Ernest Matsumura and headed by Executive Director Anthony Marzi, is a non-governmental, social enterprise organization working in East Hawaii and surrounding communities. The goals of East Hawaii (EHCDC) are to: coordinate with, as well as develop and expand upon, existing economic development activities through strategic project planning and outreach to build a vibrant community with quality economic activity; provide training and mentoring, as well as an expanded professional community, so a next generation of leaders can emerge; and, facilitate the development of strong community ties through informal networking and relationship-building, new job opportunities for local residents, and spurred community economic development. Hawaii TechWorks and Hawaii Food Hub are EHCDC programs that serve these goals.

About Hawaii TechWorks

Hawaii TechWorks is an open-access community workspace for enabling invention and innovation by providing the learning communities, the general public, and business communities of Hawaii Island access to computer design software, high-technology industrial design and fabrication equipment, mentoring and training services, and the business infrastructure needed to support entrepreneurial development in the community.

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About Hilo Viking Robotics

Hilo Viking Robotics (http://www.hilovikingrobotics.com/) is a club at Hilo High School dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fields of science, engineering, and business. With those goals in mind, HVR competes in various robotics competitions throughout the year, including the VEX Robotics Competition and the FIRST Robotics Competition. HVR is a fully student-driven club that allows the students to take full control of the club’s actions and its future. Students immerse themselves in the fields of engineering, computer-science, and business when building their robots, working on documentation, or soliciting to businesses. HVR strives to promote robotics within their community by attending outreach events and organizing annual robotics youth camps called Camp Eureka.

In the past two years, HVR has continued to grow, as well as garnered several awards at various robotics events. In 2012, HVR was awarded the Judges Award at the Hawaii Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. HVR competed at the 2012 Maui VEX Tournament and won the Excellence Award. At the TMT Big Island VEX Tournament, HVR won Tournament Champion and Finalist. At the 2012 Big Island VEX League, HVR won the Best Programming Skills Award, Best Driver Skills Award, Tournament Finalists, and the Excellence Award. At the prestigious 2012 Pan Pacific VEX Championship, HVR was named Tournament Champion.