Hawaii County Civil Defense Releases New Map Pinpointing Dengue Fever Cases

This is a Dengue Fever information update for Tuesday December 22nd at 1:15 PM.

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The State Department of Health continues to work with other state and county agencies to control the dengue outbreak. As of 1:00 today the Department of Health reported three additional confirmed cases since yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the outbreak to 170. These cases include 152 residents and 18 visitors.

Dengue is a virus that is transmitted from an infected person to a mosquito, which can then infect another person. Dengue fever cannot be spread directly from person to person. Of the 167 confirmed cases, 3 are currently in the stage of their illness in which they can infect mosquitoes.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 170

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases has risen by 3 more cases since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 170.

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As of December 22, 2015*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 3 new cases of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 3 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
3 Illness onset 12/13/15 to 12/14/15
Cases no longer infectious
167 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 12/11/15
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 152 are Hawaii Island residents and 18 are visitors.
134 cases have been adults; 36 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 12/14/15.

As of today, a total of 670 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 16, 2015)

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

CDC Interim Assessment of the Response by the Hawaii State Department of Health to the Dengue Outbreak on the Island of Hawaii

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, two imported dengue fever cases have been confirmed (one on Oahu and one on Hawaii), and one imported chikungunya case (on Hawaii) has been confirmed. These cases are not associated with the Hawaii island investigation.

Contempt Charges Filed Against Government-Sponsored, Race-Based Nation Building Effort

The plaintiffs in the case Akina v. the State of Hawaii on Tuesday filed a Motion for Civil Contempt at the U.S. Supreme Court against the Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, Nai Aupuni, and other defendants in the case.  The motion argues that the respondents are in violation of the letter and spirit of the Court’s temporary injunction issued on December 2nd, after which Nai Aupuni cancelled their election and offered to seat all candidates as delegates in a convention to form a government.

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The plaintiffs have asked the Court to hold respondents in contempt and take all steps necessary to enforce the temporary injunction.

“It’s outrageous that Na’i Aupuni and state agencies such as OHA and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission have ignored and defied the Supreme Court of the United States,” stated Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president of the Grassroot Institute and a plaintiff in the case.  Dr. Akina continued, “All citizens of Hawaii, including Native Hawaiians, should be appalled at the contempt our own state government is showing to the U.S. Constitution.  The majority of Native Hawaiians, in particular, have made it clear that they do not support and are not represented by those trying to push through a state-sponsored, racially discriminatory government-creation process.”

The case is being argued by Judicial Watch, assisted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, an independent, free-market think tank that has enlisted the plaintiffs.  Plaintiffs include four native Hawaiians and two non-native Hawaiians.

Robert Popper of Judicial Watch, lead attorney in the case said, “This whole election was based on a trick, using a non-profit that was really a state agent to accomplish what the State could not.  It was all an attempt to get around prior Supreme Court precedent.  This latest move of certifying all the candidates as winners is simply another trick.  This time it’s an attempt to get around the Supreme Court’s Dec. 2 injunction.”

Michael Lilly, former Hawaii Attorney General and an attorney for the plaintiffs added, “Nai Aupuni cancelled its election and certifies delegates without first asking the US Supreme Court whether that was in violation of its Temporary Injunction.  By certifying delegates, Nai Aupuni violated the Supreme Court’s order for which we have asked them to be held in contempt of court.”

To see all the filing and documents associated with the case of Akina v. Hawaii, go to http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/2015/10/akina-v-hawaii-the-documents/

Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death Prompts Interagency Attention and Battle

Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death has already killed hundreds of thousands of this native tree in Hawaii Island forests.  This disease is new to science and to Hawaii and thus has prompted state and federal agencies to combine efforts to try and find answers and potential treatments, as well as to inform and educate people about Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.

ohia deathAt simultaneous news conferences on Oahu and Hawaii Island, managers and researchers will provide updates on Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death as well as on an awareness campaign associated with this disease.

  • What:  Honolulu and Hilo News Conferences
  • When:  Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015,  11 a.m.
  • Where: Honolulu-DLNR Chairperson’s Office, 1151 Punchbowl Street (Kalanimoku Building) and Hilo-Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, 64 Nowelo Street
  • Who: Suzanne Case, Chair, Dept. of Land & Natural Resources (Honolulu), Scott Enright, Chair, Dept. of Agriculture (Honolulu), Rob Hauff, Forest Health Coordinator, Acting Protection Forester, DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (Honolulu), J.B. Friday, Extension Forester, UH Cooperative Extension Service (Hilo), Flint Hughes, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (Hilo), Lisa Keith, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service (Hilo), Steven Bergfeld, Branch Manager, DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife (Hilo)

Preview of Film on Hawaii Labor Pioneer Katsu Goto on Nippon Golden Network

Discover the story about Katsu Goto, an early Japanese immigrant who came to Hawai‘i in 1885 aboard the City of Tokio, the first ship of the Kanyaku Imin (contract laborers) to work on the sugar plantations in Hawai‘i. After enduring a three-year labor contract at Soper, Wright & Co. along the Hamakua coast of Hawai‘i Island, Goto became a successful businessman and labor leader. He was killed via a lynching in Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i in 1889 while helping Japanese sugar plantation workers.

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Katsu Goto

“Bringing the Legacy of Katsu Goto to Life” is the first documentary of his story presented by the Katsu Goto Memorial Committee (KGMC) of the Honokaa Hongwanji Mission. This special is a 25-minute preview as well as a behind the scenes look at the “making of” the documentary on Katsu Goto featuring a fundraising campaign to document his story on film. The preview will run four times on Nippon Golden Network (NGN Channel 677):

  • 9:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016
  • 12 a.m. Sunday, Jan 3, 2016
  • 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016
  • 3:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan 3, 2016

The previews are airing during the Nippon Golden Network “Freeview” period (Dec. 30 – Jan. 3) when NGN will be available for free to all Oceanic Time Warner subscribers in the state of Hawai‘i. Interviews will be captioned for Japanese and English speakers.

In the preview, experience interviews with his descendants, academic and historical scholars, community members and the film’s production team.

“As a film director, you look for those really beautiful stories that come together to make a movie and I think we really have those powerful stories in this film,” says Director and Editor Danny Miller.

“We still have new immigrants coming to Hawai‘i all the time so it is important for us to remember our history so we do not repeat some of the mistakes we have made in the past,” said Baron Sekiya, producer and writer.

It was Goto’s knowledge of the English language and Western laws that thrust him into his role as a bridge between Japanese contract laborers and plantation management as he fought for workers’ rights. “I feel that my life is in danger by being here . . . but I am not afraid,” said Goto while meeting Japanese laborers accused by plantation management of arson of a canefield, according to court documents. Goto was ambushed then lynched from a telephone pole in the town of Honoka‘a after this late night meeting.

Goto’s death in 1889 at 27 was tragic, but his legacy didn’t end there. Dr. Fumiko Kaya, Goto’s niece and a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, learned about the lynching of her uncle in 1985. Kaya admirably turned the tragedy into the Goto of Hiroshima Foundation in 1993 to benefit Hawai‘i scholars and improve cross cultural communication. The foundation continues today through the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s American Studies Department.

The KGMC is now seeking individual, foundation, corporate or organizational sponsors to provide production and completion funds and welcomes your participation to bring this important story to film. Executive Producer and Writer Patsy Iwasaki strongly believes “His story has become a legacy. It’s a Hawai‘i story, it’s an immigrant story, it’s a national story, it’s a story that needs to be told.”

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Patsy Iwasaki at patsy@KatsuGotoMovie.org. The KGMC was created under the fiscal sponsorship of the Honokaa Hongwanji Mission, an affiliate of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. To make a tax deductible contribution to the Katsu Goto film project, please make checks payable to: Katsu Goto Memorial Committee, ℅ Honoka‘a Hongwanji Mission, P.O. Box 1667, Honoka‘a, HI 96727 or you can make a contribution via Paypal on the website: KatsuGotoMovie.org