Hawaii Youth Business Center Grand Opening in New Location

HYBC Opening

Boston Globe – Raw Video of the Explosions at the Boston Marathon Today

Watch the aftermath of the explosions that rocked Boylston Street during the Boston Marathon.

Boston Globe

Video by Steve Silva


UH Hilo Turns in Top Three Finish at Model United Nations

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Model United Nations Team, Hui Na Lahui Huipu (Club United Nations), reinforced its reputation as a force to be reckoned with on the international stage by turning in another strong performance at this year’s Model United Nations Competition, which recently took place in New York.

UH Hilo, which last year captured the highest honor of Outstanding Delegation, earned Honorable Mention, which is essentially a third place award presented to teams who place in the top fifteen percent of the competition.

“12 of our 15 members were competing at Model United Nations for the first time, so they did extremely well,” said Dr. Phillip A. Taylor, political science professor, who served as the team’s coach and faculty advisor. “Instead of re-building, we re-loaded.”

This year’s team was led by head delegate Krista Aoki. Other members included business manager Mindy Alles, Ashley Branch, Taylor Coons, Euclitos Da Costa, Hannah Furumo, Soyoung Han, Marcus Hoeflinger, Aimehio Iyeke, Saerom Lee, Kirstie Naone, Michael Nurnberger, Corey Patton, Priya Rashid, and Ardena Saarinen.

UH Hilo’s delegation represented Hungary during the five intense days of simulated UN deliberations, which saw them present their country’s foreign policy positions on 24 different issues before 8 committees. Top tier finishes have become a habit for the UH Hilo team dating back to 2006. This is the second time the delegation has earned Honorable Mention. The team has also captured the second place award, Distinguished Delegation, awarded to teams in the top ten percent four times during that period.

The competition annually attracts teams from 300 universities and colleges from around the world. Student and faculty participants work in the conference setting to propose resolutions on a wide range of issues such as regional conflicts, human rights, economic and social development, women and children and the environment.

UH Hilo Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowships

A University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo senior majoring in mathematics and computer science has been awarded a 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF).

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Marissa Loving was among 70 math students chosen from more than 13,000 applicants for the prestigious award, which is open to U.S. citizens who are graduating college seniors as well as first- and second-year Ph.D. students. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000, a $12,000 a year cost of education allowance to the graduate institution of the recipient’s choice, plus various opportunities for international research and professional growth.

Loving will use her award to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall where she gained first-round acceptance to the math Ph.D. program and was awarded the Graduate College Distinguished Fellowship. That award includes a full tuition and fee waiver along with a $25,000 stipend for three years. The two fellowships, combined with other awards, bring the total assistance Loving will receive for her doctoral studies to over a half-million dollars.

The NSF GRF recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees.

A UH Presidential Scholar, Loving’s research credentials include co-authorship of a paper entitled “Non-Stable K-theory for Leavitt Path Algebras,” which was accepted for publication last fall and will appear in the peer-reviewed Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics.

“The fellowships will allow me to focus on research, rather than on teaching, working or other commitments during my graduate studies,” Loving said. “It is with excitement that I look forward to what mathematics holds for me in the future.”

Hawaii Public High Schools Initiate New Approach to Help Students Prepare for Future Education Opportunities

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) this month is initiating an unprecedented move designed to better prepare students for post-high school success.

DOE Release

Approximately 50,000 students in grades 8 through 11 will take the ACT College and Career Readiness assessment. The nationwide testing date for the ACT assessment test for high school juniors will take place on Tuesday, April 23. All other grades will be taking their tests over a two-week window that also begin on the same date.

With the ACT College and Career Readiness System, the DOE for the first time will be able to comprehensively collect and examine college and career readiness data in reading, mathematics, science and English.

“College and career readiness is a key cornerstone of student success,” says Keith Hayashi, principal, Waipahu High School. Mr. Hayashi recently won the Tokioka Excellence in Leadership Award among island public school principals. He developed several programs at Waipahu aimed at helping students achieve their college and career goals.

Mr. Hayashi added, “One of the Department’s strategies is to provide better data on students’ academic progress. This ACT test will help tremendously in that area.”

“The DOE’s decision to administer the ACT College and Career Readiness System for all students in 8 – 11th grades is evidence of their strong commitment to preparing students for post-secondary success,” said Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. “The data gathered from the assessments will be invaluable as we work together with institutions of higher education to reach the state’s goal of 55 percent of working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree in 2025.”

About the ACT

The tests for 11th graders will include all four of the areas, plus a writing section. The tests are designed to help students plan for future education opportunities and explore careers based on their skills, interests and ambitions.

Students in 8th and 9th grades will take the ACT EXPLORE; those in 10th grade will take the PLAN exam, and the ACT assessment in grade 11. The ACT College and Career Readiness System is benchmarked to both the expectations of higher education institutions and workforce.

  • EXPLORE (8th and 9th grade) serves as the entry measure of academic progress toward college and career readiness. It helps students understand and begin to explore the wide range of career options available.
  • PLAN (10th grade) is a midpoint assessment of academic progress toward college and career readiness. It’s a curriculum-based achievement test that measures college and career readiness, and is used for course placement as well.

The ACT aligns with Goal 1 of the DOE’s Strategic Plan. The Plan calls for specific measurable targets and goals for student achievement. It builds on key strengths and reform initiatives to ensure all students graduate ready to succeed in college or careers.

School communities, educators and students will benefit from ACT programs and services that reduce the need for remediation, align with state standards, and foster student success in postsecondary education. ACT’s unique student-level assessment data may also be used by counselors to improve the effectiveness of student-intervention plans.

In preparation for the tests, parents and students should be aware that each test is about four hours in duration. Cell phones of any type, and some calculators are not permitted in the testing areas as well. A website (http://www.act.org/aap/hawaii/) also provides more information about the testing. For more information about the ACT test, log on to http://www.act.org/aap/hawaii/.

The DOE Systems Accountability Office is leading the implementation of the ACT College and Career Readiness System. ACT, Inc. was awarded a contract totaling approximately $882,000 for the system’s assessment package, programs, and services for school year 2012-13.

To learn more about the DOE’s Strategic Plan and transformation in public education, please visit: http://hawaiidoe.org/curriculum/strategicplan2011-2018/update/index.htm.

A Bad Day at the Pahoa Post Office – Car Goes Postal!

A bad day at the “Post” Office:

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The owner of this truck thought he was in reverse… but he was actually in drive!

Post Office Truck 2

This accident happened about 1:30 this afternoon blocking off the access to the Pahoa Post Office from Main Government Road.Post Office Truck 3

It didn’t look like anyone was injured and the guy just seemed a bit embarrassed!Post Office Truck 4

Controversial Public Lands Development Corporation Abolished – Lawmakers Vote to Repeal Legislation That Created the Corporation

The Hawaii House of Representatives today unanimously passed HB1133, SD2 that repeals the Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC). The bill now heads to the Governor for his consideration.

capitalThe PLDC was created in 2011 to develop state lands through public-private partnerships and generate revenues for the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  However, growing public concern over the corporation’s broad exemptions from land use laws, county zoning laws, and construction standards erupted into strong, statewide opposition and calls to repeal the PLDC.

Early in the 2013 legislative session, Hawaii Island Representative Cindy Evans (North Kona, North Kohala, South Kohala) introduced HB1133 calling for an outright repeal of the PLDC. The bill was unanimously approved by the House and sent to the Senate where it was also approved.

Evans noted that by repealing the PLDC, lawmakers today changed the work of the 2011 Legislature.”I believe we have listened to the people and responsibly debated HB 1133.  This vote today is a vote for ethical management of our natural resources,” Evans said.

House Majority Leader Scott Saiki (McCully, Kaheka, Kakaako, Downtown) voted against the original 2011 legislation that created the PLDC.  Today, in voting to repeal the corporation he said, “We know that government plays a pivotal role in facilitating economic development, but that entails responsible development.  The PLDC failed because it went too far and unchecked.”

Several other members of the House also spoke in strong support of the bill with many of them citing repeal as the right thing to do, including Hawaii Island and first year Representative, Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau).

“Society is healthiest when its citizens are confident their leaders are acting in their interest and this repeal is a step in the right direction,” Lowen said.


Open Cockpit Day at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Did you ever wonder what you’d look like sitting in the cockpit of one of America’s famous warbirds? You’ll have the opportunity to sit in the seat, man the controls, and see the instruments of a WWII fighter or modern-day jet fighter at Open Cockpit Day, Saturday May 11, 9am to 5pm at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hangar 79.

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Open Cockpit Day is free with paid Museum admission and free for Museum Members.

Guests younger than 10 years of age will require parental supervision to climb up and into the aircraft. Guests must also be able to climb boarding stairs and in to a cockpit to participate. Museum visitors are invited to bring their own cameras and the Museum staff will do the rest. Pilot’s gear, the Museum’s vintage aircraft, and meetings with aviation heroes will create a unique family day.

Open Cockpit

Download a free flight simulator coupon and purchase tickets online at www.PacificAviationMuseum.org. Phone 808-441-1007 for more information or email Education@PacificAviationMuseum.org.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is open 9am to 5pm daily except Christmas, New Year’s and Thanksgiving days, and is accessed by shuttles from the USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is located at 319 Lexington Boulevard, Historic Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818.


Big Island Police Looking for Missing Man in Need of Medical Attention

Police are looking for a missing person last seen on April 14, 2013, in the morning hours in Wainaku.

Paulo Vakautafefine

Paulo Vakautafefine

Paulo Vakautafefine, Male age 69, is described as being 5’11”, 205 lbs., with gray hair, wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans. He is in need of medical attention.