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Proposed Critical Habitat Sites for the Island of Hawaii

State GIS Map: US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposed critical habitat sites for the Island of Hawaii.

Critical Habitats

Click here for more information: Big Island Proposed Critical Habitats

RESULTS: Hawai’i Police Department’s Community Satisfaction Survey

Chief Harry Kubojiri wishes to thank the 608 members of the public who participated in the Hawai’i Police Department’s Community Satisfaction Survey and the news media for helping to attract this record number of participants during the month-long survey in May.

The chief and his staff are in the process of analyzing all the individual comments collected so the Police Department can identify common concerns. The chief will then respond to the most common concerns expressed by the community members and visitors who participated in the survey.

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The responses to those comments and questions will be posted (along with the questions) on the Police Department’s website. In the meantime, the public may view the survey summary at http://www.hawaiipolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Community-Satisfaction-Survey-2013.html..

As in previous surveys, Chief Kubojiri said the survey and follow-up analysis are tools to assist him in

  • identifying problem areas the community is experiencing with the Police Department
  • determining if he can rectify those issues through specific training of Police Department personnel
  • making changes to policies and procedures if necessary
  • clarifying misinformation about laws and/or police practices

“Your feedback in past surveys has allowed us to make changes that were beneficial to the Police Department and the public we serve, and we will continue to publish surveys in the future,” Kubojiri said. “Your input is one of the many tools that we use in our continuing efforts to improve how we provide services to the public.”

In addition to processing comments from the survey, the Police Department will continue to hold monthly public meetings around the island to respond to concerns from the public. Chief Kubojiri encourages community members to attend these public meetings or communicate their concerns or comments using the “Feedback” link on the Police Department’s website.


Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Snorkeler

The Coast Guard suspended the search at 1:25 p.m., Thursday, for a snorkeler last seen near Molokini Crater Tuesday evening.

The 56-year-old man, Paul Blackburn from Illinois, was snorkeling near Molokini Crater with his son when he went missing. He was last seen at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the situation at approximately 5:51 p.m., Tuesday.

The Coast Guard searched with air and sea assets covering more than 448 square miles. Personnel, fire boats, jet skis and helicopter crews from local agencies contributed to the search.

“After exhaustive efforts searching with the Maui Fire Department, Ocean Safety, and the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission over the last few days, it’s with a heavy heart that we suspend this search,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tim List, Sector Honolulu search and rescue mission coordinator. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blackburn family at this difficult time.”


Department of Health Cites United Solvent Services for Solid Waste Violations

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has filed a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order against Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. for violations that occurred in 2012 and 2013, at 330 Hukilike St., Kahului, Maui.


The incidents involved the operation of an unpermitted solid waste management system that was accepting and processing disposed tires.

During an inspection conducted in February 2013, DOH noted the presence of approximately 10,000 tires at the 15,078 square foot site.

DOH conducted two inspections of the site, one in 2012 and one in 2013. Unitek was warned to cease operating the unpermitted facility in a letter dated May 11, 2012.

DOH imposed a penalty of $10,100 and ordered Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. to cease accepting solid waste and remove all solid waste from the facility. Unitek Solvent Services, Inc. may request a hearing to contest the allegations or order.

The DOH, Solid Waste Section regulates standards governing the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of solid waste disposal, recycling, reclamation, and transfer systems. Such standards are intended to prevent pollution of the drinking water supply or waters of the state; prevent air pollution; prevent the spread of disease and the creation of nuisances; protect the public health and safety; conserve natural resources; and preserve and enhance the beauty and quality of the environment.



Hawaii to Observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Hawaii will join communities across the globe in observing June 15, 2013, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), which recognizes the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)

“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day encourages the people of Hawaii to recognize our kupuna as an integral part of island lifeand deserving of their rights to safety and dignity,” said Gov. Abercrombie, who has issued a proclamation making the observance official in the islands. “Elder members of our community link us to our history, culture and genealogy. We all have a role to play in protecting these valued members of our society by remaining vigilant and connected to those living within our communities and networks.”

First observed in 2006, the day supports the United Nations International Plan of Action and is an annual event vital to creating awareness of elder abuse.

This year’s theme is “My World… Your World… Our World- Free of Elder Abuse.” Throughout the world, abuse and neglect of older persons are largely under recognized or treated as an unspoken problem. Unfortunately, no community is immune from this public health and human rights crisis.

According to The National Elder Mistreatment Study published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2010, 7.6 -10 percent of study participants experienced abuse in the prior year. The Metlife Study of Elder Financial Abuse reports the annual financial loss by victims of elder financial abuse is estimated to be at least $2.9 billion dollars, a 12 percent increase from $2.6 billion estimated in 2008. Affinity Fraud Presentations The

State of Hawaii Executive Office on Aging partnered with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs in offering  presentations at local senior centers that educate kupuna about protecting themselves from “Affinity Fraud.”

These educational sessions are designed for seniors as well as the general population and are available throughout the year. For more information, contact the Executive Office on Aging at (808) 586-0100 or a local Area Agency on Aging by visiting the Aging and Disability Resource Center at www.hawaiiadrc.org.