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Hawaiian Electric Companies Launch Facebook Page and Social Media Power Sweekstakes

The Hawaiian Electric Companies – Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light – launched their Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/HawaiianElectric.

Hawaiian Electric Companies Facebook page

We will be posting daily, offering safety and clean energy tips, updates on community events, and the latest information on our companies and employees.

Kicking off the launch is our Power Sweepstakes, a social media-based contest open to Hawaii residents 21 years and older. The sweepstakes asks that our customers “Like” the Hawaiian Electric Facebook page, as well as follow its Twitter accounts, for chances to win prize bundles that include an Apple iPad Air, Apple iPad mini , and solar-charging backpacks.

Details and official rules for the Power Sweepstakes rules may be found at www.HawaiianElectric.com/Power.

On Feb. 19, 2014, Hawaiian Electric launched twitter accounts for its three companies:

Hawaiian Electric Company (Oahu) @HwnElectric
Maui Electric Company @MauiElectric
Hawaii Electric Light @HIElectricLight

Outage notifications are being tweeted on @HwnElectric using the hashtag #OahuOutage.

The Hawaiian Electric Companies can also be found on the following social networks:

Flickr: flickr.com/hawaiianelectric
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/hawaiianelectric
YouTube: youtube.com/hawaiianelectric

Hawaii’s Largest Private Union Backs Governor Abercrombie

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 142, representing nearly 18,000 members throughout the islands, is endorsing Governor Neil Abercrombie for a second term.

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Abercrombie at the Palamanui Campus Groundbreaking

Mayor Kenoi and Gov. Abercrombie at the Palamanui Campus Groundbreaking

“Governor Abercrombie is the clear choice,” said Donna Domingo, ILWU president. “He’s always stood on the side of workers. He also understands the critical role ILWU plays in many of Hawaii’s most important industries including tourism, agriculture, and shipping. Hawaii’s future is in good hands with his leadership.”

“In many ways, ILWU helped build the state into what it is today,” said Governor Abercrombie. “It is an honor to receive the support of the union that brought the Democratic Party to prominence. With their support, we’ll move Hawai‘i forward to a brighter future for generations to come.”

Governor Abercrombie took office in December 2010. He has turned state finances around by over $1 billion, creating jobs and reducing unemployment. Hawai‘i now has a strong foundation to advance education for our keiki, improve benefits and services for our seniors, and expand stewardship of the environment.

Go! Airlines to End Operations in Hawaii – Questions and Answers

Mesa Air Group, Inc. (“Mesa” or “Company”) announced today that it will cease its Hawai’i operations effective April 1, 2014.

go! Mokulele – Hawaii ’s Low Fare AirlineSince June 2006, go! has served its nearly five million passengers with safe, reliable and low fare service. The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision to focus the organization on maximizing its growth in the capacity purchase “codeshare” operations which comprise over 98 percent of the Company’s business “While this was an extremely difficult decision to reach, we believe it is in the best interest of Mesa’s long term strategic objectives, particularly given the Company’s ongoing expansion of aircraft in service with United Airlines and US Airways.

Mesa will be placing into service 30 EMB 175 aircraft with United beginning in June 2014, and is adding 4 CRJ-900 aircraft with US Airways in 2014, having added 9 CRJ-900s in 2013,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “With the significant expansion opportunities in flying large regional jets in contracted service, we are re-deploying the go! aircraft to support our existing mainland operations.


An additional factor that we accounted for was the long term increase in the cost of fuel, which has more than doubled since go! began service and has caused sustained profitability to be elusive” continued Ornstein. Under the terms of an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines, go! will be able to re-book passengers ticketed through go! for travel scheduled between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 in specifie fare classes on Hawaiian’s Interisland network. go! will refund tickets for passengers who cannot be accommodated on Hawaiian Airlines, or for passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014.

All ticket holders will be contacted by go! reservations representatives regarding the re-accommodations. Customers and travel agents needing additional information may call 1-888-435-9462 or visit the website .

go! will continue to provide its passengers with safe and reliable transportation through its last day of service, and will work with our passengers and Hawaiian Airlines to minimize the impact that this announcement will have on our passengers,” noted Chris Pappaioanou, President of go!. “On behalf of Mesa Air Group, I would like to thank all of our many loyal passengers and the continued hard work and dedication of our employees – all of whom will be given an opportunity to continue their employment with Mesa Airlines.

While we say goodbye to our many passengers in Hawaii, we look forward to serving you on the mainland through our significant codeshare operations,” continued Ornstein. Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 407 daily system departures to 85 cities, 36 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively. The Company was founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a reservation for travel on go! between March 17, 2014 and March 31, 2014. Do I need to do anything?
A: No, go! will be operating its full flight schedule through March 31, 2014. Only passengers with travel on go! beginning on April 1, 2014 and beyond are affected by this announcement.

Q: I have a travel reservation for a flight after April 1, 2014, what should I do?
A: All passengers holding tickets for flights on April 1, 2014 and beyond will be contacted by go! reservations staff to discuss their reservations. go! has reached an agreement with Hawaiian Airlines to accommodate eligible ticket holders onto flights operated by Hawaiian Airlines. Passengers who are not able to be accommodated onto Hawaiian Airlines will receive a refund.

Q: I am a travel agent with a customer that holds a ticket on go! what should I do?
A: All travel agency bookings must be reaccommodated by go! reservations. Travel Agents should call (888) 435-9462 for assistance.

Q: Should I contact Hawaiian Airlines directly?
A: No, all changes to reservations must be initiated by go!’s reservation department.

Q: I bought my ticket through a travel agency and am not sure what to do?
A: go!’s reservations department will work directly with your travel agent to assist with changes to your reservation. Your travel agent can reach us at (888) 435-9462.

Q: What if I am holding a go! ticket for travel after June 30, 2014?
A: All passengers holding tickets for travel after June 30, 2014 will receive a refund from go!

Q: Can I request a refund even if I am holding a go! ticket for travel on June 30, 2014 or earlier?
A: Passengers holding tickets for travel between April 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014 may request a refund from go!

Q: What if I am unable to travel at the times go! is offering for the new flight schedule?
A: Passengers will be advised of availability for reaccommodation, and any passenger declining the available flights and times will receive a refund.

Q: What if I am holding a reward redemption ticket for travel on go!?
A: Reward redemptions are limited to flights operated by go! through March 31, 2014.

Q: Will I receive a new confirmation number for my flights on Hawaiian Airlines?
A: Yes, when your flight is reaccommodated onto a Hawaiian Airlines flight, you will be issued a new confirmation number.

Q: What number should I call if I have any more questions or need more information?
A: Passengers are encouraged to visit www.iflygo.com for information regarding this announcement and may also contact go! directly at (888) 435-9462.

Q: I booked my travel on Mokulele Airlines and it includes a flight on go!, what should I do?
A: All passengers who purchased tickets from Mokulele Airlines should contact Mokulele to discuss their travel and/or refund options.

If you are requesting a refund, please complete the following form:  Refunds
If you are traveling between now and March 31 you can continue to book here: Booking

Landslide Closes Part of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was closed past Kealakomo today due to large landslide:

Photo via NPS.

Photo via NPS.

Big Island Police Looking for Suspect Caught on Tape Burglarizing Hilo Residence

Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating a residential burglary on Sunday (March 16) in Hilo and are looking for a suspect who was captured on video surveillance.

Have you seen this guy?

Have you seen this guy?

At about 8:06 p.m. Sunday, police responded to the upper portion of Kukuau Street after receiving a report of a burglary. Responding officers discovered that the house had been forcibly entered while its occupants, a 45-year-old Hilo man and his 43-year-old wife, were in a separate portion of the home. Police learned that several valuables were removed from the house.

Officers recovered surveillance video footage. It appears to depict a man exiting a light-colored late-model four-door sedan, which he parked on the shoulder in front of the property before walking to the front door.

Hilo Burglar Car

The suspect momentarily remains at the door before returning to the vehicle, which is seen leaving. The same suspect is seen returning to the home several minutes later, but he leaves the area prior to officers’ arrival.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect, who appears to be Caucasian, in his 30’s, between 6-feet tall and 6-foot-4 with a slim build, a fair complexion and neatly cut dark brown hair. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, slippers and a black long-sleeved shirt with images on both the back and front.

Detectives from the Area I Criminal Investigation Section are continuing the investigation, which is classified as a first-degree burglary.

Police ask anyone with information on this incident or anyone who may recognize the suspect to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311 or contact Detective John Rodrigues Jr. at 961-8222 or jrodrigues@co.hawaii.hi.us.

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 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.

Healthy Schools Day at Capital Engages Policymakers in Hands-On Student Wellness Activities

As part of Education Week, the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DOE) will conduct interactive demonstrations for legislators at this year’s Healthy Schools Day on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, in the Capitol Rotunda from 9 to 11 a.m.

capitalPolicymakers will meet student gardeners, experience a fitness assessment that DOE students receive in PE class, and compete in a fitness relay race. Students in grades K-12 will assist and cheer on legislators. Demonstrations will showcase policies and programs in Hawaii schools that support healthy students, including school gardening and promising practices for health and physical education (PE).

“Our successful DOH-DOE partnership has led to exceptional policies and programs for Hawaii public schools,” said Health Director Dr. Linda Rosen. “We want our senators and representatives to know about these initiatives so that we can continue to provide a healthy environment for our keiki and expand offerings statewide.”

The event will also celebrate DOE schools receiving the 2014 Excellence in Wellness Awards.

The awards are presented annually to schools that have reached high levels of achievement on the DOE Wellness Guidelines, a set of standards for schools that includes benchmarks for foods and beverages offered to students, health education, physical education, and other activities that support a healthy school environment. The Excellence in Wellness Awards are given to schools that score 90 percent or above on the state’s annual Safety and Wellness Survey. A total of 55 schools are receiving awards in 2014, up from 50 schools last year.

“We recognize the accomplishments of our school administrators who emphasize health and wellness,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We commend them for promoting student health as it contributes to enhanced academic achievement and better learning.”

Hawaii public schools have direct contact with more than 80 percent of the state’s children ages five to seventeen. School settings are an ideal location to nourish children’s minds and bodies when they align classroom instruction with foods and beverages sold and offered on campus and support regular physical activity.

For more information about wellness in schools, please visit: http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/HealthAndNutrition/WellnessGuidelines/Pages/home.aspx or http://health.hawaii.gov/school-health/


Big Island Police Searching for Missing 48-Year-Old Pahoa Woman

Hawaiʻi Island police are searching for a 48-year-old woman who was reported missing.

Danielle Caron

Danielle Caron

Danielle Caron was last seen at her Pāhoa home on March 6.

She is described as Caucasian, 4-foot-11 with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes.

She may be in the Puna District and frequents Keaʻau, Kalapana and the Pāhoa town areas.

Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts 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. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.

Big Island Police Identify Man Who Shot Himself During Attempted Murder/Suicide

Hawaiʻi Island police have identified the man who shot himself during an attempted murder and suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision last week.

HPDBadgeHe was identified as 48-year-old Clyde Hawse Criswell, also known as Cris Criswell, of Ocean View.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on March 12, Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a property on Tiki Lane at the intersection of Luau Drive.

Police investigation determined that two men, who live in separate dwellings on the property, got into an argument. The victim, a 37-year-old man, entered his house and Criswell followed him and shot him. He then stepped out of the house and fatally shot himself.

The victim was flown to Kona Community Hospital and then to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

Detectives from the Area II Criminal investigations section are continuing the investigation as an attempted murder and suicide.

Hawai‘i County Fights Fire Ants at Hilo Beach Park

The Hawai‘i County Department of Parks and Recreation will close Hilo’s Richardson Ocean Park, weather permitting, at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, so maintenance personnel may apply a second round of baiting treatments designed to combat fire ant infestations. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. the following morning. Signs will be posted starting Monday, March 24, to inform park patrons of the temporary shutdown.

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

Little Fire Ant – Queen and worker ant

The Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with the University of Hawai‘i to establish an effective strategy for reducing fire ant colonies at Hawai‘i County parks. Fire ant populations at Richardson Ocean Park decreased by more than 50 percent following the placement of nontoxic baited vials at the park in mid-January.

The Department of Parks and Recreation apologizes for any inconvenience the short closure may cause.

For more information, please contact Jason Armstrong, Public Information Officer, at 345-9105 or jarmstrong@co.hawaii.hi.us.

March of Dimes Awards Grant to North Hawaii Community Hospital

The March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter has awarded a grant to the Waimea Women’s Center at North Hawaii Community Hospital. This grant will enhance the “CenteringPregnancy” group model of prenatal care. CenteringPregnancy® empowers women to make healthy life choices and has been found to increase babies birth weights and gestational age, which improves pregnancy outcomes.

NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center has been awarded a grant from March of Dime Hawaii to enhance their CenteringPregnancy® group model of prenatal care.

NHCH’s Waimea Women’s Center has been awarded a grant from March of Dime Hawaii to enhance their CenteringPregnancy® group model of prenatal care.

This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.

“We will use the March of Dimes grant to meet our objective of providing mothers and babies with the “CenteringPregnancy” group prenatal care model,” said Annette Manant, Certified Nurse Midwife at Waimea Women’s Center. “We are grateful to those volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participation in events like March for Babies and who donate in other ways. That participation and those donations make this grant possible,” said Pat Hopkins, Certified Nurse Midwife at Waimea Women’s Center.