EPA Requires Oil Spill Containment Improvements at Aloha Petroleum Bulk Fuel Facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Aloha Petroleum Ltd. that resolves federal Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act violations at its Hilo East bulk fuel storage terminal in Hilo, Hawaii Island. In addition to installing spill containment at its fuel storage facilities statewide at an estimated cost of $3.25 million, the company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $650,000.

aloha petroleumThe company failed to install vapor controls at its Hilo East Terminal that complied with emission limits on its gasoline loading rack, and failed to have appropriate secondary spill containment for oil storage tanks. Aloha Petroleum recently shut down operations at the Hilo East facility, and the company cannot reopen it until volatile organic compound (VOC) vapor controls are installed and oil spill containment is improved, which EPA estimates would cost a total of at least $900,000.

“This enforcement action ensures that harmful gasoline vapors will be controlled at the Hilo East Terminal,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “And Aloha Petroleum will be upgrading its oil containment basins, which are made of coral rock and too porous to prevent spilled fuel from leaking into the environment.”

Aloha Petroleum will need to make oil spill secondary containment improvements to its bulk fuel facilities in Hawaii, including the construction of impermeable dikes, berms and basins to contain oil in case of a spill from its tanks. These improvements, which EPA estimates will cost up to $3.25 million, will occur at the following five facilities:

  • Hilo West Facility, Hilo, Hawaii
  • Kahalui Terminal, Kahului, Maui
  • Nawiliwili Terminal, Lihue, Kauai
  • Barbers Point Terminal, Kapolei, Oahu
  • Honolulu Terminal, Honolulu, Oahu

To resolve the Clean Water Act violations, $117,000 of the $650,000 civil penalty will be deposited into the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Clean Air Act rules require vapor controls on loading racks to limit VOC emissions during tank truck loading. Gasoline vapors include hazardous air pollutants, such as benzene, and VOCs, which are an ingredient in the formation of ground-level ozone or smog and can cause human respiratory impacts and aggravate respiratory conditions such as asthma. For more information please visit: http://www3.epa.gov/ozonepollution/

Oil, fuel spills and other contamination from onshore sources can pollute and harm coral reefs and marine life. Clean Water Act regulations require onshore oil and fuel storage facilities to have spill prevention, control and countermeasures that include proper secondary containment to prevent oil and fuel from being discharged into wetlands, streams and the ocean. For more information please visit: http://www2.epa.gov/oil-spills-prevention-and-preparedness-regulations

Amy Hanaiali’i Returns to Kahilu Theatre

Wednesday, December 16, 7:00 PM, Kahilu Theatre presents the award winning, and much beloved, Hawaiian Singer-Songwriter Amy Hānaiali‘i.

Amy Hānaiali‘i is the aloha state’s top selling female vocalist of all time, and her success as a recording artist speaks for itself as evidenced by a multitude of awards and acknowledgements, including five GRAMMY nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album.

Hānaiali‘i has also won a range of Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, which showcases her varied musical depth.

Amy Hanaiali'i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Amy Hanaiali’i at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

Over the years Hānaiali‘i won the in following categories: Female Vocalist of the Year, Hawaiian Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Christmas Album of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and many others. Her diverse success, with cultural responsibility, provides clear recognition by Hawai‘i’s music community and Amy’s fans that her musical appeal is universally accepted. Hānaiali‘i’s albums have consistently been placed at the top of the World Album Billboard charts.

Hanaiali’i’s talent emerges from a disciplined blend of classical training, fusing powerhouse vocalists, and honoring her family through her worldly heritage and rooted ancestral responsibility.

Amy Hanaiali

Amy Hanaiali

Amy has played for sold out crowds in Europe, Japan, China, all across America, and French Polynesia. She also has performed live and opened for renowned artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, Carlos Santana, Boz Scaggs, Diana Krall, Joe Cocker and many more.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from United States International University- School of Performing and Visual Arts in San Diego, Amy spent time with her paternal grandmother, International Hawaiian superstar – Jennie Nāpua Woodd. Undoubtedly her world famous falsetto training and strict pronunciation lessons gave Amy a beloved respect of Hawaiian Culture and Music, making her grandmother Nāpua one of Hānaiali’i’s most influential people in her life.

Aside from the music community, Hānaiali’i has garnered accolades from Pacific Business News as their “40 under 40 Business Person of the Year” award, recognizing not only Hānaiali’i’s talent, but also her business acumen needed to market her talent. Hānaiali’i has recently launched the Hānaiali’i Collection featuring a line of children’s clothing, inspired by her daughter, with legendary Hawai’i retailer Hilo Hattie. In addition to the clothing line, she has also launched a line of wines, as well as releasing a CD called Chardonnay; created to be enjoyed with her signature libations.

Tickets are $68 / $58 / $47 / $20 and available for purchase online at www.kahilutheatre.org, by calling (808) 885-6868, or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela, HI 96743, Monday-Friday, from 9am to 1pm.

The Kahilu Theatre performance is made possible by sponsorship from Nancy Lematta and Hapuna Prince Beach Hotel.

The Kahilu 2015/2016 Hawaiian Music Series is sponsored by KAPA Radio and Kona Brewing Company.

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy Delivers on Promise

Celebrity Chef Sam Choy signed and delivered today to Hawaii Island HIV/AIDS Foundation a check in the amount of $750. This donation was made possible thru partial sales proceeds of his brand new Hawaiian Kitchen Line, which debuted in Kona last month.

Chef Sam Choy signs the check

Chef Sam Choy signs the check

“It’s is very important to support our local Big Island charities so they can keep doing the good work” said chef Choy. “Was a pleasure working with them on this project” he added.

Sam Choy Check and other

“Without generous contributions from our Big Island friends we would not be able to do our important work” quoted Teri Hollowell – Director of Programs “thank you so much for including us on this project Uncle Sam and Tiki Shark Art Inc” she added.

Sam Choy’s Hawaiian Kitchen Line will be available on all islands, in all States Nationally and selected Countries, Internationally in major retail stores starting late Spring 2016.

sam choy cooking line

The line has been designed for Chef Sam Choy to his exact specs by renowned local artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker”.

For more information and availability about Sam Choy Hawaiian Kitchen Line please contact: Nick Corish – HIC Corp (ncorish@hi-corp.com)

Dengue Fever Outbreak Rises to 130 Confirmed Cases – CDC On Island

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases has risen by 8 more cases since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 130.

Darryl Oliveira, Administrator, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and Dr. Lyle Petersen, Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention speak to the media today at Hawaii County Civil Defense Command Center.

Darryl Oliveira, Administrator, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and Dr. Lyle Petersen, Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention speak to the media today at Hawaii County Civil Defense Command Center.

As of December 3, 2015*:

Hawaii Island residents 114
Visitors 16
Confirmed cases, TOTAL 130

Of the confirmed cases, 114 are Hawaii Island residents and 16 are visitors.
100 cases have been adults; 30 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 11/28/15.

As of today, a total of 344 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

For a map of potential areas of infection by mosquito for confirmed dengue fever cases, click HERE**. (Updated December 2, 2015)

For Hawaii Island Dengue Fever Unified Command Updates, click HERE.  (Updated December 2, 2015)

HDOH continues to routinely monitor for cases of imported dengue infection on ALL islands and will continue to have Vector Control perform mosquito site assessments and abatement as needed.  Since the beginning of our current investigation on Hawaii island, one imported dengue fever case has been confirmed (on Oahu). This case is not associated with the Hawaii island investigation.

Dengue Fever and Mosquitoes — Information and Resources

DOH Dengue Investigation Steps (1:02)
Fight the Bite Fact Sheet
Fight the Bite Flyer
Frequently Asked Questions (11/25/2015)
Letter to Hawaii Island Residents and Visitors
Bug Off! Using Mosquito Repellants
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites (11”x17”)
CDC Mosquito Control

Dengue Fever Brochures


Call Aloha United Way 2-1-1 for general information about dengue fever and the current Big Island dengue investigation.  (Out of state callers may call 877-275-6569, toll free)

To report a suspect case, contact:

  • On the Big Island: 808-974-6001 (East Hawaii) or 808-322-4880 (West Hawaii)
  • On other islands: DOH Disease Outbreak Control Division at 808-586-4586.

To report mosquito concerns, contact:

  • On the Big Island: 808-974-6001 (East Hawaii) or 808-322-4880 (West Hawaii)
  • On Oahu: 808-586-8021, on Maui: 808-873-3560, on Kauai: 808-241-3306

If you are ill and are worried that you might have dengue fever, contact your healthcare provider.

Clinicians: for updates go to http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/updates-and-resources-for-clinicians/

*Updates to case counts, when available, will be posted Monday-Friday by 1:00 p.m. HST

**Updates to the map, when available, will be posted Wednesday by 1:00 p.m. HST