Change in Hours for HI-5 Redemption Centers at County Transfer Stations

Effective Monday, July 15, hours of operation at four HI-5 certified beverage container redemption centers at Hawai’i County recycling and transfer stations will change following a reduction in funding for the program by the state Department of Health.

The Pahoa Transfer Station will not be effected by these changes

The Pahoa Transfer Station will not be effected by these changes

The following redemption centers will have new hours:

  • Hilo: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Waimea: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Kealakehe: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Keauhou: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Certified redemption center hours at all other recycling and transfer stations will remain the same. Please note, all certified redemption centers are closed for lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Department of Environmental Management thanks the public for your cooperation and understanding as we work with our contractor to make the HI-5 program as convenient as possible.

For more information or copies of the new schedule, please visit or contact Chris Thayer at (808) 323-4412 or

Governor Abercrombie Signs Bills Expanding Protections, Support for Women and Keiki

Measure extends voluntary foster care age to 21

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today enacted legislation that strengthens laws protecting the rights of women and children throughout Hawaii.

“I commend the Hawaii Women’s Legislative Caucus, Commission on the Status of Women, and women’s advocates for their dedicated efforts in support of these measures, which address a wide variety of issues ranging from protections for domestic workers, to human trafficking, to recognition of the societal and health benefits of breastfeeding,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “Many of these bills, now enacted as law, are the result of members of the community getting involved in the legislative process to protect the rights and safety of women and children.”

The Governor also signed bills that extend the voluntary foster care age to 21 as well as keep keiki safe from a parent who has been convicted of a sexual assault.

“SB529 not only shields the child from a convicted sex offender, it also protects the survivor from being further victimized,” the Governor said. “Through SB1340, which extends the voluntary foster care age to 21, we are sending a message to former foster youth that we will continue to support their transition to adulthood, independence and self-sufficiency. Doing so lays the foundation for long-term positive outcomes for youth when they leave foster care. It will also result in substantial cost savings in future government services.”

The Governor signed the following bills today:

SB535 (Relating to Labor) makes Hawaii the second state – after New York – to place basic labor protections for domestic workers into law. It also establishes basic rights and protections for domestic workers, entitles workers to overtime pay and time for meal and rest breaks, and provides basic civil rights protections against abuse and harassment.

HB1187 (Relating to Human Trafficking) designates January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month and adds minor victims of sex and labor trafficking to the scope of the Child Protective Act and other state child abuse laws.

HB1068 (Relating to Human Trafficking) requires certain employers to display a poster that provides information relating to human trafficking and contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.

SB192 (Relating to Prostitution) makes solicitation of a minor a crime and increases the statute of limitations to bring a cause of action for coercion into prostitution from 2 to 6 years. It also clarifies the minimum and maximum fine for a person convicted of committing the offense of prostitution; adds the offenses of solicitation of a minor for prostitution, habitual solicitation of prostitution, and solicitation of prostitution near schools and public parks under the state’s forfeiture laws; amends the definition of “sexual offense” under the sexual offender registry laws to include acts that consist of the solicitation of a minor who is less than 18 years of age for prostitution; and requires registration with the sexual offender registry for conviction of solicitation of a minor for prostitution as a Tier 1 offense.

HB587 (Relating to the Penal Code) amends the penal code to include that it shall be unlawful to physically abuse persons in a “dating relationship.” It also requires a police officer to separate a perpetrator and family or household member who has been physically abused for 48 hours.

SB655 (Relating to Health) allows health professionals to treat partners of patients diagnosed as having certain sexually transmitted diseases by dispensing or prescribing medication to the partners without examining them. The measure also ensures that expedited partner therapy is in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations, and it provides limited liability protection.

SB532 (Relating to Breastfeeding in the Workplace) requires certain employers to provide reasonable time and private location for breastfeeding employees to express breast milk. The measure also requires covered employers to post a notice, and it establishes a civil fine for each violation.

SB1340 (Relating to Foster Care) extends voluntary foster care to age 21.

SB529 (Relating to Parental Rights) requires family courts to deny custody or visitation, and allows courts to terminate parental rights, to a person convicted of a sexual assault with respect to the child conceived through that assault.


UH Hilo Team Sets Sights on Russia for Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals

A student team from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo departs Hawaii for St. Petersburg, Russia on Saturday, July 6 to represent the United States in the Imagine Cup 2013 Worldwide Finals sponsored by Microsoft. The Imagine Cup is recognized as the premier student technology competition that honors innovations that address the world’s toughest problems.

Team Poliahu - Featured from left to right: Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, Professor Edwards and Mike Purvis.

Team Poliahu – Featured from left to right: Ryder Donahue, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada, Professor Edwards and Mike Purvis.

Team Poli`ahu, comprised of Mike Purvis, Kayton Summers, Wallace Hamada and Ryder Donahue from the UH Hilo Computer Science Department, won the U.S. Championship held in San Jose, California in May with their application entitled, “Help Me Help.” The program aids the community and emergency response personnel in disaster situations by allowing users to upload images of nearby hazards through the use of smart phones.

For Purvis and his teammates, the past several weeks have been a whirlwind experience. But he believes the team has gotten over the emotional jitters it felt in the aftermath of its victory, and is now focused on the task at hand.

“Right now we’re concentrated on refining our vision, business model and technology description into a polished, eight-minute presentation,” Purvis said. “From here on out, we will be practicing our final speech over and over until we can recite it in our sleep.”

This year’s competition features 86 teams of students from 69 countries competing in six categories for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. The UH Hilo squad will compete against 31 other teams in the Innovation Competition category that includes entries from China, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom. Purvis said his teammates are looking forward to the challenge along with the opportunity to spread some aloha.

“We’re excited to be representing the U.S., but Hawaiʻi in particular,” Purvis said. “Our speech, decorations and slideshow are all being tailored to showcase the Big Island.”

Over the past 10 years, more than 1.65 million students from more than 190 countries have participated in the Imagine Cup competition.

A video link is available at:

Dates Announced for Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs

Marking its 25th year, Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs is Saturday, Dec. 14. Presented by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Kona Kohala Chefs Assn., the festive gala benefits local culinary scholarships and is 5:30-8 p.m. oceanside at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.

Christmas at the Fairmont

Twenty top Hawai‘i chefs and confectioners use primarily locally sourced ingredients to prepare tantalizing cuisine—all accompanied by handcrafted ales, wines and 100 percent Kona coffee. Attendees can enjoy live music under the stars and an exciting live auction of exclusive, private dinner parties and receptions professionally hosted by local chefs.

The event debuts the Fairmont’s towering holiday tree, which last year was crafted entirely of coconuts.

Tickets remain $85 and will be sold starting October 1. Purchase online starting October 1 at or at Kailua Candy Company. Phone 329-2522 for info and to also charge tickets by phone.

Special event room rates of $259 for Partial Ocean View and $249 for Garden View are offered, including breakfast for two and self-parking at The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. Contact reservations for details at 808-885-2000 or 800-845-9905 and mention “Christmas at The Fairmont.”

For updates, visit Christmas at The Fairmont-Dining with the Chefs on facebook.

American Culinary Federation Kona Kohala Chefs Association: ACF is the largest, professional, non-profit organization for chefs and cooks in the nation. Founded in 1980, the Kona Kohala chapter is comprised of food service professionals, vendors, growers and culinary enthusiasts;


Drawing In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcano Art Center invites seasoned artist Ken Charon to teach others how to gain inspiration from the stunning natural environment of Kilauea in a series of free instructional outings during the month of July.

Ken Charon

Ken Charon

The offerings are scheduled on Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17 and 24. The one and a half hour instructional class meets on the porch of the Volcano Art Center Gallery, next to the Kilauea Visitor Center, and is open to park visitors and island residents over eight years of age.

Charon covers basic drawing techniques and other helpful tips before leading participants to a scenic location around the caldera to witness the creative forces of Kilauea and develop the ability to capture its unique natural beauty.  If you have attended this popular offering in the past, coming back is sure to be a new and enriching experience. Charon likes to switch locations to keep things exciting, and inspiring!

Ken Charon is one of the founding members East Hawaii’s artist cooperative “Stairway to ART” located above Reuben’s Mexican Restaurant at 336 Kamehameha Avenue in downtown Hilo. The venue displays work of their cooperating members promoting freedom of artistic expression as well as private art lessons and mentoring for art students of all ages.

Sign-up is on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the class, so please arrive prior to the 10:30am start time to ensure your place. Bring a sketch pad, pencils, eraser, sharpener and a folding chair or mat for sitting, if necessary. Dress for both warm sun and chilly rain, as the weather is unpredictable. This offering is free although park entrance fees apply. For more information call (808) 967-8222 or visit

Volcano Art Center (VAC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1974 to develop, promote and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii’s people through the arts and education.