Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Offers Free Admission for 17 Days in 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016, and so does Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. All national parks will waive entrance fees on 16 special days in 2016, and Hawai‘i Volcanoes will offer one additional fee-free day to celebrate its 100th birthday on Aug. 1, 2016.

Kilauea Iki with Rainbow.  Photo Carol Johnson

Kilauea Iki with Rainbow. Photo Carol Johnson

The 17 fee-free days in 2016 will be:

  • January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 16-24 – National Park Week (nine fee-free days)
  • August 1 – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park 100th birthday
  • August 25-28 – National Park Service Birthday Weekend (four fee-free days)
  • September 24 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day

In 2016, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will celebrate 100 years  of connecting people to, and caring for, the extraordinary landscape, native plants and animals and Hawaiian culture linked with Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. Visit the park’s centennial web page to see what special events are in store for the entire year, and visit Find Your Park to see what national parks across the country are doing to celebrate the NPS centennial.

Usually, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has an entrance fee of $15 per vehicle and the pass is good for seven days. Park visitors can also purchase the annual tri-park pass for $25 and enjoy Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park  for less than seven cents a day. The annual tri-park pass, which is good for one year from the date of purchase, is available at the entrance stations of all three parks.

Hawaii Judges Lead Grassroots Effort to Help Landlords and Tenants Curb Evictions

First Circuit District Court Judges Hilary B. Gangnes and Michael K. Tanigawa are leading a grassroots effort called STAE (Steps to Avoid Eviction).  STAE’s mission is to find ways to ensure that landlords get paid the rent they are owed and tenants are not evicted, by encouraging tenants and landlords to use available resources in a more timely and effective manner.

Judiciary“There are a lot of organizations and people out there who want to help,” said Judge Michael Tanigawa.  “The first step was getting everyone together in one room to discuss current landlord and tenant challenges and to see how we could more effectively partner together and use the resources we have.  The next step was getting essentially a one-stop-shop of information, listing the collective resources and services currently offered to landlords and tenants.”

The grassroots effort includes representatives from the State Department of Human Services, Homeless Programs Office; City & County of Honolulu, Department of Community Services; University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law, Students for Public Outreach and Civics Education; Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Hawaii; Legal Aid Society of Hawaii; Helping Hands Hawaii; Catholic Charities Hawaii; Mediation Center of the Pacific; and landlord attorneys David Chee, Kenneth Lau, and Richard Yanagi. The group put together an informational flyer (please see attached), which will be distributed throughout the community.  The Honolulu Board of Realtors has also offered to make copies of the flyers for distribution to community groups.

“By the time the landlord-tenant cases come to us, it is frequently too late,” said Civil Lead Judge Hilary B. Gangnes.  “We see many mom and pop landlords struggling to make ends meet after their tenants have skipped months of rent.  We also see tenants who are drowning in mounting bills, often after unexpected circumstances.  The key is early intervention.  We hope by providing more collaborative information, we can help save landlords and tenants time and money, as well as curb evictions.”

“I’d like to thank Judges Gangnes and Tanigawa for their initiative and desire to help the community, as well as District Court Chief Judge Barbara Richardson for her leadership,” said Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald.  “I also want to extend my appreciation and thanks to the city and state agencies, non-profit organizations, community partners and those in the private sector, whose collaborative efforts and generous support have made this initiative possible.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Rises to 180

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total confirmed amount of cases has risen by 4 more cases since the last update bringing the total amount of confirmed cases to 180.

As of December 24, 2015*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 4 new cases of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 8 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
8 Illness onset 12/13/15 to 12/20/15
Cases no longer infectious
172 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 12/13/15
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 162 are Hawaii Island residents and 18 are visitors.
144 cases have been adults; 36 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 12/20/15.

As of today, a total of 700 reported potential cases have been excluded based on test results and/or not meeting case criteria.

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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