Spot the Space Station Tonight for Six Minutes in Hawaii

Spot the Space Station tonight in Hawaii for approximately 6 minutes beginning at 6:33 pm

Time: Thu Oct 31 6:33 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 73 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: SSE

International Space Station

Kauai Mayor Vetoes GMO Ban on Kauai – Statement From Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

HCIA

We commend Mayor Carvalho for his decision to veto Bill 2491 and for recognizing that the measure was severely flawed and would do more harm than good for Kauai County.

We thank the Mayor for his leadership in giving thoughtful consideration to balancing the issues raised in Bill 2491. This measure, although intended to be good for the community, would have had long-term negative effects on all agriculture in Kauai and our state, not just the seed industry or big agriculture.

These past several months have been difficult for Kauai. Bill 2491 has divided us – families, friends and neighbors – for far too long. It is time that we come together and do what the people of Hawaii have done for so long – ho’oponono, work together for a better Kauai.

Since this measure was introduced, the public debate has been loud, emotional and often filled with fear, rather than fact. As responsible stewards of the land, we take pride in growing the seeds that help farmers all over the world grow safe, healthy and affordable food for all people. We care for the land and the people of Kauai and are committed to transparency, being good neighbors and working with the community.

We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with the Mayor and the Council on how to address the concerns of the community and continue to support a voluntary program to address these concerns.

Alicia Maluafiti, Executive Director Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

 

Big Island Police Holding Community Meeting in Hilo to Discuss Police-Related Concerns

The Hawaiʻi Police Department will hold a community meeting on Friday, November 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hilo police station.
HPDBadgeThe purpose of the meeting is to allow the public to meet the Police Department’s command staff and to discuss police-related concerns with the police chief and commanders who oversee police operations in the South Hilo District.

The Hilo event continues district community meetings, which are rotated throughout the eight police districts on the Big Island. To aid police commanders in focusing on specific community concerns, they ask that participation in this meeting be limited to persons who live or work in the South Hilo District.

The meeting will take place in the Building A Training Room. Attendees should park at the Kapiʻolani Street entrance, go down the stairs below driver’s licensing and follow the signs to “Community Meeting.”

Those interested in participating but unable to attend may e-mail their concerns or comments to copsysop@hawaiipolice.com.

For more information, you may call Captain Richard Sherlock at 961-2214.

Big Island Police Seeking Person or Persons Responsible for Hilo Burglary

Hawaiʻi Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for a Hilo burglary on Wednesday (October 30).
HPDBadgeSeveral pieces of gold jewelry and wristwatches were stolen from a home on lower Haihai Street during the mid-morning hours.

Police ask anyone who may have seen anything while driving on lower Haihai Street between 8 a.m. and noon or who may have any information about this case to call Officer Courtney Bello at 961-2213 or 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 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

 

Happy Halloween!

When my son said he wanted to be a “Centaur”… My wife was able to make his wish come true!

New Hawaii Law Allows Property Owners to Collect Deposit for Pets that Reside in Rental Units

Effective Nov. 1, property owners and tenants will be able to negotiate their contracts to allow a household pet to reside on the premises. This provision will allow more Hawaii residents to adopt companion animals and bring them into their homes, and also decrease the number of pets surrendered to shelters in the future due to housing issues.

Property owners could not collect a pet deposit prior to the enactment of this legislation, and some landlords and building managers were reluctant to rent to tenants with pets because they were unable to add an additional deposit for any pet related damage.

The new provision allows property managers and tenants to negotiate a deposit, not to exceed one month’s rent, to allow a pet to reside in the rental unit. Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed Senate Bill 328, sponsored by Sen. Clayton Hee, on July 26, 2013, which allowed a six month period for rental contracts to be amended to allow for a pet.

SB328Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “We hope this new law will create access to more pet-friendly housing to keep pets and people together, and to reduce the number of pets surrendered to shelters or abandoned due to housing issues. Furthermore, property managers and tenants can now agree on a single deposit, rather than charging more each month in rent to have a pet as some property managers have been doing instead.”

Dale Bordner, President of the Hawai’i Association of REALTORS® representing more than 8,000 REALTORS® in real estate sales and property management, says: “This bill will allow for more pet-friendly opportunities as Hawai’i property owners may be more inclined to allow renters to have pets.”

Facts

  • More than 60 percent of Hawaii households have a pet
  • Housing issues, including lack of access to affordable pet-friendly rentals, are one of the leading reasons people surrender their pets to local shelters
  • Certified assistance animals providing a reasonable accommodation to a tenant are exempt from the deposit requirement per the federal Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The HSUS provides resources for pet owners seeking a national list of pet-friendly rentals, and property managers seeking free model pet-friendly contracts and housing addendums.

 

Big Island Police Warning Residents About a Debit Card Scam

Hawaiʻi Island police are warning the public about a debit card scam.

HPDBadgeIsland residents have reported receiving a text message from someone claiming that the recipient’s debit card has been temporarily deactivated and asking them to call a phone number to reactivate the card. When the recipients call that number, they are asked for the card number, expiration date, security code and personal identification number.

This is a scam by someone trying to fraudulently obtain personal information for illicit purposes.

Police advise the public that if they receive such a message to delete it and not to call the phone number provided. Legitimate financial institutions do not ask for that kind of personal information over the phone or internet.

If you think a notification from your financial institution might be legitimate, call the published phone number in the phone book not any phone number you receive on the phone or over the internet.

Hirono Introduces Bill To Extend Emergency Care For Vets, Raises Issue With VA Official

U.S. Senators Mazie K. Hirono, Jerry Moran (R-KS), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Mark Begich (D-AK), members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced new legislation this week to help extend emergency care coverage for veterans.

 Hirono spoke about the bill during today’s Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, bringing the issue of emergency care to the attention of VA officials. VA Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert Jesse noted to Hirono that the bill raised an “important point” and he would bring her concerns back to VA.


Hirono spoke about the bill during today’s Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, bringing the issue of emergency care to the attention of VA officials. VA Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert Jesse noted to Hirono that the bill raised an “important point” and he would bring her concerns back to VA.

Currently, a veteran enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) system can only be reimbursed for emergency care at a non-VA facility if he or she has received treatment at the VA within the past two years. However, veterans who have recently returned from deployment or live in rural communities often can’t meet this requirement because they have not received even their first VA exam due to a delay in examination appointments at participating facilities. This bipartisan bill – endorsed by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – would waive this pre-requisite and allow our nation’s heroes to be reimbursed for medical care at non-VA facilities.

“For Hawaii veterans in rural Oahu or the neighbor islands who live far from VA facilities, emergency care outside the VA may be their only option,” said Senator Hirono. “Just last week, I met a veteran from Waianae who had a medical emergency while waiting four months for his first appointment at VA. Veterans like him who were denied VA reimbursement would get much needed relief under this legislation. It isn’t fair to punish veterans for waiting times outside their control.”

“Veterans who have served our country with duty and honor deserve access to quality health care when they need it,” Senator Moran said. “They should not be forced to bear the burden of emergency health care costs simply because of exorbitant VA waiting times to see a doctor. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am committed to improving access to care for Kansas veterans. This legislation will provide veterans with the emergency care they deserve.”

“It’s unacceptable for veterans to be denied emergency health care coverage because of bureaucratic red tape caused by inefficiencies in the VA system. I’m proud to join my colleagues in supporting this commonsense legislation that will ensure that our veterans receive the benefits that they have earned,” said Senator Isakson.

“Our veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice deserve the benefits that they worked hard to earn. This bill provides a much needed fix to close a loophole preventing too many of our veterans from getting reimbursed for emergency room visits. I thank my colleagues for crossing the aisle to make sure our veterans can get the care they need,” said Senator Begich.

The Hirono-Moran-Isakson-Begich bill would give more than 144,000 veterans access to medical treatment without worrying about reimbursement. The VA asked for the statutory authority, granted in this bill, in its FY2014 budget request and has also set aside funds for the change. In addition, H.R.2216, as reported by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 27, 2013, would cover any additional costs that the VA will incur.

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Hirono spoke about the bill during today’s Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing, bringing the issue of emergency care to the attention of VA officials. VA Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health Dr. Robert Jesse noted to Hirono that the bill raised an “important point” and he would bring her concerns back to VA.

 

University of Hawaii Search for President Narrowed Down to Three Finalist

The University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents Presidential Selection Committee decided to invite three finalist executive search firms to make in-person presentations to the committee before making a final selection in the search for a new university president. The committee narrowed the field to three candidate firms from the submissions sent in response to the Invitation to Submit Proposals issued on October 4, 2013, at its meeting on October 29 at Bachman Hall at 10 a.m. The three firms will be invited to make presentations to the committee within the next two weeks if possible, and the committee will make a final selection of a firm to assist and advise in the presidential search after interviewing the firms’ representatives.

UH Logo

“The Presidential Selection Committee concluded that further discussion was required with the finalists we identified, and that that discussion should occur in person,” said Selection Committee Chair Regent Carl Carlson. “We’ve asked the firms to show their commitment to the process and belief in their own excellence by coming to present to us at their own expense here in Hawaiʻi. We will make a final decision as soon as possible after these presentations have taken place.”

The finalist firms will not be publicly identified, nor will their names be disclosed to the other finalists, so as to maintain confidentiality and to protect the proprietary nature of the firms’ strategies, concepts, database strength and expertise. “We’re obviously looking for the very best in the next president, and therefore need a firm that understands the unique qualities of Hawaiʻi while providing a high caliber of service. Competitiveness in pricing and a proven track record are also critical components that we are taking into consideration,” said Carlson.

The committee will be responsible for negotiating the best price for services with the firm, in keeping with good stewardship of public funds practices, and will make public the selected firm’s name and fee for services after an agreement has been reached.

The committee also continues its community outreach activities, appearing before local groups and organizations and soliciting feedback on what type of individual is desired and what skill set should be required in the next university president. The committee has met with close to 15 community groups in September and October, and has another 15 to 20 listening dates scheduled in November and beyond. A complete listing by date of upcoming appearances and ways to contact the committee to invite them to appear before other groups can be found at the committee’s website or by clicking the “Presidential Search” button on the University of Hawaiʻi home page.

Hawaii Department of Education Revises Graduation Rates After Learning of Data Errors

The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) today reported revised high school graduation rate results. The data changes affect the statewide graduation rate percentage, graduation rates for 37 high schools and the status of 11 schools in the Strive HI Performance System.

The Strive HI Performance System is designed to measure and understand school performance and progress and help tailor rewards, supports and interventions for improvement.

Following an internal review of 2012 graduation rate data initially reported in August, the DOE identified a programming omission that incorrectly coded outcomes for 205 students. The DOE immediately corrected the data and notified affected schools.

“Learning of data errors, particularly this late in the year, is frustrating, complicates communication with school faculties and communities, and disrupts improvement efforts,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “There is no excuse for these errors. We have notified affected schools and I have directed a number of internal actions designed to ensure the accuracy and transparency of our data processes.”

Specifically, the DOE is implementing quality assurance processes to ensure the integrity of data collection and use.

“The Strive HI Performance System transforms the way we look at the performance of our schools so we can have a deeper understanding of their progress and what’s needed to improve,” said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “Our complex area superintendents, principals and teachers are using the Strive HI data to have meaningful conversations and take action to improve student outcomes.”

Under the Strive HI Performance System, schools earn points based on achievement, growth, readiness and achievement gap measures. In combination with additional factors, schools are classified into one of the following five steps: Recognition, Continuous Improvement, Focus, Priority and Superintendent’s Zone.

For most of the 37 high schools with corrected graduation rates, there are minor changes to their Index score and no changes to their Strive HI classification. The updated Strive HI Performance Systems Results are posted at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. The corrections to the statewide graduation rate are:

Graduation Rates

The Hawaii State Department of Education is the ninth largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country. It is comprised of 288 schools and serves more than 185,000 students. To learn more about the Department, its goals and vision for success, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.​

Big Island Police Arrest Man and Woman Following Puna Burglary Last Week

A man and a woman are in police custody following a burglary last week in Puna.

The burglary occurred Friday (October 25) at a home on 21st Avenue in the Hawaiian Paradise Park subdivision.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Police investigation led to the identities of two suspects, 40-year-old Michael Anderson of Keaʻau, and 24-year-old Celeste Geraghty of Pāhoa.

Celeste Geraghty

Celeste Geraghty

Both were arrested Monday and taken to the Hilo police cellblock while detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation. Detectives recovered two stolen rings taken in the burglary as well as four packets of a white crystalline substance and drug paraphernalia after search warrants were executed at Geraghty’s home in the Ainaloa subdivision and on Anderson’s personal property.

Tuesday evening, Geraghty was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. She was also charged with failure to appear in an unrelated case. Her bail was set at $15,050. Anderson was charged with second-degree theft, promoting a detrimental drug, two counts of promoting a dangerous drug and two counts of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $60,000.

The pair remained at the cellblock pending their initial court appearance scheduled for Wednesday (October 30).

Senator Schatz Introduces Bills to Create Jobs and Grow Hawai‘i’s Economy

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz introduced two bills that will create high-quality jobs in Hawai‘i and promote American manufacturing as part of a collaborative “Make it in America” initiative with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and other Senate colleagues.

Sen. Brian Schatz

Sen. Brian Schatz

  • The SelectUSA Authorization Act would help businesses tap into the investment needed to expand and create jobs, spur economic growth and promote American competitiveness. A companion bill in the House has been introduced by Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA).
  • The Native Small Business Conformity Act, introduced by Senators Schatz and Hirono, would enhance opportunities for Native Hawaiian Organizations to engage in federal contracting as other Native owned small business firms do.

In the coming weeks, Senator Schatz will also be introducing two additional bills to promote trade and incentivize energy efficiency in manufacturing.  The American Export Promotion Act, which accompanies legislation introduced in the House by Representative Pete Gallego (D-TX), would boost exports of Hawai‘i’s unique products and help small businesses access global markets. He will also be working with Senate colleagues to introduce the Expanding Industrial Energy and Water Efficiency Incentives Act, which would offer targeted incentives to promote energy efficiency improvements in industrial and manufacturing facilities and make American industry more competitive.

“These policies will help create good jobs in Hawai‘i and help Hawai‘i businesses grow,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.  “New clean energy incentives, opportunities for Native Hawaiian small businesses, increasing Hawaii’s exports, and promoting foreign investment in our businesses are all part of a dynamic economy here in Hawai‘i.”

On SelectUSA Authorization Act of 2013:

“The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii supports the SelectUSA bill to provide funding in support of the organization’s efforts to showcase the Unites States as the world’s premier business location, and increase both foreign and domestic investment in U.S. business. This bill, if enacted, will enable SelectUSA to hold future conferences, including one with an Asia-Pacific focus, which, because of Hawaii’s strategic mid-Pacific location, would greatly benefit our local economy and businesses in the state, and is why the Chamber is proud to represent Hawaii at the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit.”
-Sherry Menor-McNamara, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

American Export Promotion Act of 2013:

“As the sole representative to the National Association of Manufacturers for the State of Hawaii, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii supports the American Export Promotion Act. We believe that Hawaii businesses could benefit from this legislation, which will help small and medium-sized businesses export their products across the globe. The Act’s promotion of American exports and advocating for small businesses and American jobs is good for Hawaii, and clearly ties in to the Chamber’s manufacturing in Hawaii initiative, which is designed to help the industry grow in the state.”
-Sherry Menor-McNamara, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce

“The American Export Promotion Act appears to be a vital step in supporting this essential effort for our economy. I feel strongly that Hawaii Small Businesses would benefit from the technical assistance that could be provided by the Hawaii SBDC to support development of plans to export, particularly to the Asia and Pacific Region.”
-Cathy Wiltse, Hawaii Small Business Development Center

On Native Small Business Conformity Act of 2013:

“The Native Hawaiian Organizations Association supports the Native Small Business Conformity Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Brian Schatz, which seeks to create opportunities for job growth in America. Though small in number, our companies have successfully created thousands of jobs while simultaneously contributing millions of dollars to support community-based non-profit organizations in areas including education, health, economic development, and culture.  This bill will allow us to advance our efforts by increasing business opportunities, creating jobs in Hawaii, and providing the resources to help us fulfill our mission to improve the socio-economic status of the Native Hawaiian community.”
-Ron Jarrett, President, Native Hawaiian Organizations Association

“NACA applauds the introduction of the Native Small Business Conformity Act, an initiative which will allow Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian community-owned businesses to continue to thrive and grow in today’s federal marketplace. We look forward to the favorable review of the bill, which is based on the federal trust responsibility for Native Americans. The advancement of this responsibility allows our communities to further our self-sufficiency and spur economic development across our nation.”
-Kevin Allis, Executive Director, Native American Contractors Association

Hawaii Volcano Observatory Update – Thermal Image Sequence of Lava Lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater

This thermal image sequence shows the typical motion of the lava lake in Halemaʻumaʻu Crater.

Thermal image sequence of summit lava lake motion... Click Picture to view the sequence.

Thermal image sequence of summit lava lake motion… Click Picture to view the sequence.

For scale, the lake is about 160 meters (520 feet) wide in this view. The clip spans about 12 minutes, and is shown at 30x speed. The lava upwells along the north margin of the lava lake (in this view, near the top of the image). The crust slowly migrates towards the south, where it sinks back into the magmatic system along the south and southeast margins of the lake (bottom of image). The surface moves at roughly 0.5 meters per second, or about 1 mile per hour. The lake surface consists of numerous thin plates of crust, separated by hot cracks. As the lake surface migrates, these plates split, merge and change shape.

 

District Court Judges Honorable Harry P. Freitas and the Honorable Barbara T. Takase to Receive “Peacemaker Awards”

On Sunday, November 10, the Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center—in participation with the Hawai‘i County Bar Association (HCBA)—is hosting its Eighth Annual Recognition Dinner and Auction in Hilo to help fund the non-profit human services agency.

“Founded in 1983 as a program of the Hawai‘i Island YMCA, Ku‘ikahi became an independent community mediation center in 2005,” said board president Andrew P. Wilson, Esq.  “Please join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!”

No-host cocktails will be served at 5:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  The buffet will feature three entrees—prime rib, Furikake salmon, and shrimp scampi over fettuccini—as well as salad, side dishes, and dessert.

Newton John Chu, Esq. will emcee the gala event, which features a silent auction, live auction, and door prizes.  Items up for bid include rounds of golf, adventure tours, entrance to local attractions, overnight stays, gift cards to restaurants and retail stores, artwork, gift baskets, flower arrangements, and more.

This year Ku‘ikahi is giving ‘Peacemaker Awards’ to the Honorable Harry P. Freitas and the Honorable Barbara T. Takase, both District Court judges serving second terms in the Third Circuit.

“The value of the services provided by the Ku’ikahi Mediation Center cannot be measured in dollars and cents or even in time.  What mediation affords litigants is a chance to participate in a confidential process in which a neutral third party helps people work out their differences to reach an agreed upon settlement.  This agreement may include issues that would not or could not be dealt with if they decided to try the case in court,” said Judge Takase and Judge Freitas in a joint statement.

They added, “In court, the judge decides, based on the law and the facts which are allowed to be presented pursuant to the rules of evidence; and as participants are often told, most of the time, neither party is satisfied with a decision the court makes.  In mediation, participants play an active part in and have a say in the outcome of their case.  That is the value that cannot be measured.”

2012 Award Winners: Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right)

2012 Award Winners: Judge Greg K. Nakamura (left), Prosecuting Attorney Charlene Y. Iboshi (center), and Andrew P. Wilson, Esq. (right)

This fundraiser provides a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi needs to provide free and low-cost dispute resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.  Over half of Ku‘ikahi’s clients are at or below the poverty level, meaning they are unable to pay even modest fees for their mediation sessions.

“Family Court could not succeed without the partnership of the mediation center,” said Family Court Judge Anthony K. Bartholomew, who is being honored by HCBA at the event.  “I’ve begun thinking of mediation as one of the ‘healing arts’ because it resolves a form of trauma from the existence of the conflict.  If you can help people resolve their conflict, it’s like a weight has been lifted, and people can move forward.”

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $85 per person (of which $50 is tax deductible) and are available from Ku‘ikahi’s board of directors and from Ku‘ikahi’s office in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2.  For reservations, contact Ku‘ikahi Executive Director Julie Mitchell at 935-7844 x 116 or email julie@hawaiimediation.org.

“American Jungle” – New Eight-Part TV Series Follows Hunting Clans on The Big Island

On the island paradise of Hawaii, thousands of acres of untamed jungle are home to wild beasts and the men who live off the land in the ancient ways of their ancestors. Generations of families have claimed, maintained and fought over their own sacred hunting trails. When the dry season comes, wild boar, goats, feral bulls and small game crisscross the island in search for water. These clans must do whatever it takes to protect their turf.

Click to read about the cast

Click to read about the cast

But in a land where traditions run deep and ancient spirits rule the mountains, hunting is about more than putting food on the table. It’s about respecting the family and revering the ancestors. AMERICAN JUNGLE, a new series on HISTORY, follows several tight-knit clans as they hunt the old way – with knives and spears – and battle for control of their territory. The eight-part series premieres Sunday, November 10 at 10 pm ET on HISTORY.

About the clans:

The powerful Spear Clan, descended from Hawaiian royalty, has hunted and preserved their trails for more than 150 years. The trails fell into decline and other clans saw opportunity. Their leader Scotty is determined to return the clan to its former power. Scotty turned his back on his family and traditions seven years ago and left for the mainland. Now he is back and seeking redemption.

The Rosa Clan survives entirely off of the land. Clan leader Tony was estranged for the past ten years, and has reconnected with his son Isaac, 19, to teach him the ways of his family. The clan is small, and if Isaac doesn’t learn, the family’s knowledge of the jungle will end with Tony. The Rosa’s chief rivals are the Correas. The clans began feuding nearly 40 years ago.

Pa, 67, is the leader of the Correa Clan. He descends from the legendary “Barefoot Hunter” from the island of Oahu. When Oahu became developed as a tourist destination, Pa moved the family to the Big Island and carved out his own trails. Game became the main source of food for his rapidly growing family. So keen were his hunting abilities that he brought home enough food to feed some 20 immediate family members. Now in his sunset years, he needs to make a hard decision – which of his sons will take his place.

Johnny Blaze is leader of the Blood Clan. The former college football star and his friends Eric and Kalei teamed up to learn the ways of the jungle. They are a band of outlaws who hunt all the trails in the belief that the jungle belongs to no one clan. Seldom seen by other clans, it is believed that the Bloods are mystically in touch with the spirits of the jungle and engage in strange rituals, such as drinking the blood of their kill.

The Cowboy Clan is led by Curly, a highly skilled horseman who possesses deadly precision with a lasso. He and his trusted partner Lionel are descendents of a long line of Californian-Mexican vaqueros (cowboys). They hunt the plains on horseback and like the Bloods, they don’t respect the idea of trails being owned.

Chewy and Prophet of the Ocean Clan are born and bred locals who don’t take kindly to intruders. Their behavior and alliances are completely unpredictable, changing their tactics to suit whatever the situation calls for. Most clans would rather keep the peace than to cross them.

Because they don’t own trails and are not respected on the island, the Outsiders are not a clan, but they aspire to be one. Big Joe, born in Oklahoma, learned the ways of the jungle from the local elders. He discovered early on that hunting means asking permission of the clans who claim ancestral heritage of the trails. Mark, born on the military base outside Hilo, learned the ways of the jungle from his father before they had a falling out. The pair realized that, as outsiders, they will always be at the mercy of the powerful clans unless they make a name for themselves.

New Precinct Added to Second Senatorial District – Polling Place to Return to Pahoa High School

Pahoa High and Intermediate

Senator Ruderman just posted the following on Facebook:

The Hawaii State Office of Elections has added a new precinct within the Second Senatorial District. District 04-02, which has Keonepoko Elementary School as its polling place, will be split.

The new District Precinct will be numbered 04-04. The tentative polling place for this new precinct is Pahoa High School, pending approval from the school.

With the split, District Precinct 04-02 will have approximately 2300 registered voters and District Precinct 04-04 will have approximately 2750 registered voters. The new precinct will serve voters who live makai of Highway 130.

First of 101 Perfect Wave Murals and the Largest Wave Mural Completed in Honolulu

On October 19th artist Hilton Alves began painting the world’s largest wave mural at 1320 Kalani Street in Honolulu. The mural, five stories tall and four hundred feet wide, was completed on October 26th in a record 8 days. Miraculously the weather stayed perfect for the entire 8 days allowing the artist to complete in time and for onlookers to watch the process transforming the blank and drab wall to an art centerpiece in Honolulu.

Artist and waterman Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea and water sports. Born in 1980 and raised in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton began painting professionally in 2000. His passion leads him to express the magnificent beauty of the aquatic world in drawings, paintings and murals. Hilton has a passion for the sheer beauty of ocean life. This beauty is expressed through a series of paintings about surf, marine life, perfect waves, seascapes, and others. The self-taught artist uses oil, acrylic, and airbrush to bring life to his playful imagination and inspiring dreams. The artist brought his art to another level in 2004 when he began painting murals. His murals convey the awe of the ocean and bring viewers closer to the earth's precious marine life and perfect waves. Hilton's murals can be admired in Santos, Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Bahia and Floripa in Brazil and on Oahu in Hawaii.

Artist and waterman Hilton Alves has long been a lover of the sea and water sports. Born in 1980 and raised in Guaruja, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Hilton began painting professionally in 2000. His passion leads him to express the magnificent beauty of the aquatic world in drawings, paintings and murals.

The concept of the approximately 14,080 square feet mural is bringing the North Shore to the South Shore with an image depicting a beautiful Banzai Pipeline wave scene. This mural is a celebration of Hawaii’s surf culture and acknowledgement of Hawaii being an ocean lovers and surfers mecca for the world. At the mural’s completion, artist Hilton Alves exclaimed, “I can’t believe we finished this massive wall and we are going to paint 100 more around the world!”

This wall is the first in a series of his 101 Perfect Waves International Mural Project created in partnership with Brian Wyland of Hawyland Styles Gallery. Partner Brian Wyland mentioned, “It’s just really to show people the beauty of the ocean and help people to get inspired to preserve it and look out for it”. The project aims to bring the beauty of the oceans and the power of waves close to people in hopes that they are inspired to protect and preserve the life of the ocean and it’s creatures. Students from Halau Lokahi received this message during their visits to the site and also got a chance to hear how teamwork was a crucial element of the project.

Project materials, including 150 gallons of paint, were provided through sponsorship from Vertical Technologies and Al’s Tinting Inc. and donations from Planet Sun, Everpaddle, Once a Month Church, the North Shore News and individual donors. The completion of the mural process from inception was also made possible through the help of volunteers who worked hard for about 6 months to make it come to life. The colossal mural art itself a donation from Hilton Alves to the city of Honolulu and all who will enjoy it and only made possible through donations and community support. Thanks also goes to all who came to visit the mural, those who honked passing by and those who followed Hilton on Facebook during the mural completion process. The artist, and his team, are grateful and appreciative to all who helped this mural become a reality.

For more information you can visit www.theartofhilton.com . If you are interested in having one of the 101 Perfect Wave Murals in your community, if you have any questions or would like to get involved please feel free to contact Hilton Alves at 382-2098, hiltonsurfart@hotmail.com or www.facebook.com/hiltonalves.

 

New Vehicle Safety Inspection Program Begins November 1st – Prices to Increase

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the launch of the new vehicle safety inspection program beginning November 1, 2013, creating an efficient and secure method of keeping vehicle information. The program will do away with monthly reporting by the inspection stations and provide immediate recordation and proof of the vehicles current results.

Safety Check

“With this program we enter the new age of wireless computerization, instant recordation and protection from fraud and theft,” stated Glenn Okimoto, director of the state Department of Transportation.
Under the proposed regulations, the cost of the vehicle safety inspection for automobiles and trucks will increase to $19.19 + tax with $1.70 for each inspection going to HDOT for administration and enforcement of the program and $1.69 going to Parsons for providing the equipment and technical support.
The HDOT Motor Vehicle Safety Office worked closely with the City & County of Honolulu and the Neighbor Island counties to develop this program and will continue working together to improve the efficacy of the inspection program.

 

Mayor Kenoi Proclaims “October 25th, 2013 – Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day” in the County of Hawaii

Last week, Body Glove International celebrated it’s 60th Anniversary with a party in Kona, Hawaii that was attended by the family of Body Glove and was open to the public.

Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mayor Kenoi

Creature From the Black Lagoon and Mayor Kenoi

The following night the party continued at the Wyland Gallery in Kona where Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker was signing merchandise and had his new Body Glove 60th Anniversary “Tiki Mug” release party.

Brad "Tiki Shark" Parker, Mayor Kenoi and Abbas Hassan

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker, Mayor Kenoi and Abbas Hassan

Here is a photo of the new mugs:

Brad Parker Tiki Mug

Mayor Kenoi was on hand and proclaimed October 25th, 2013 as Body Glove 60th Anniversary Day in the County of Hawaii.

Meistrell Brothers, Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Billy Meistrell (2nd generation Owner and Co-Founder of Body Glove), Russ Lesser (President), Abbas Hassan and Mayor Kenoi

Here is the proclamation that he read to folks in attendance:

Proclamation:

WHEREAS, growing up in Missouri, twin brothers Bob and Bill Meistrell fell in love with the water. They dreamed of making a life in the ocean, and those dreams came true when the family moved to California in 1944; and

WHEREAS, in 1953, the Meistrell brothers turned their passion for the ocean into a business venture. They joined Bev Morgan and the three became business partners at Dive N’ Surf, the first dive and surf store of its kind; and

WHEREAS, Dive N’ Surf became quickly known for being the home of the first practical and commercially viable wetsuit, invented by the Meistrell brothers and Morgan. The name given to the suit – Body Glove, because it fit like a glove – has become an iconic brand worldwide; and

WHEREAS, over their sixty years in business, serious watermen and waterwomen worldwide have come to count on Body Glove’s products, and Body Glove-sponsored teams in surfing and wakeboarding are made up of many of the most skilled athletes in those sports in the world; and

WHEREAS, the values that have guided Body Glove for the past six decades – hard work, perseverance, love of family, and love of the environment – are values shared by the people of Hawai‘i Island and the many long-standing family-owned businesses that are the cornerstones of our economy; and

WHEREAS, we are honored to host Body Glove’s 60th anniversary celebration on Hawai‘i Island here in Kailua-Kona, home of local partners Body Glove Cruises and Tiki Shark Art Hawai‘i,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLY KENOI, Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i, do hereby proclaim October 25, 2013, as BODY GLOVE 60th ANNIVERSARY DAY in the County of Hawai‘i, and we hope to celebrate many more Body Glove anniversaries in the future.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused The Seal of the County of Hawai‘i to be affixed.  Done this 25th day of October, 2013 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.

Billy Kenoi
MAYOR

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Numbering System Being Implemented for House Hearing to Assist Flow of Testimony on Marriage Equity Bill

Due to the anticipated high volume of testifiers for the October 31, 2013  House hearing on SB1 relating to equal rights, the Judiciary and Finance Committees will assign registration numbers to people who submit testimony and wish to testify in-person. Those who submit testimony on line and wish to testify at the hearing will receive an email with their registration number.  Those who submit their testimony in person will be assigned a number at that time.

capitalThe numbering system is being implemented to more efficiently assist the flow of people and their testimony during the hearing.  It will also allow testifiers to know where they are on the testimony list and plan their presence accordingly.

All regular hearing procedures will remain in place including submitting testimony on line or in person up until the day of the hearing and limiting oral testimony to two minutes.

For more information please see the testimony submission instructions on the hearing notice at: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession2013b/Hearing_JUD-FIN_10-31-13_.pdf