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Updated Map Pinpoints Dengue Fever Cases on Big Island of Hawaii

Below is a map that depicts case locations as of 1/4/2016.

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This map will be updated Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with location data provided by the State Department of Health. Locations may represent multiple cases. For the most up to date case counts and other information from the Department of Health, visit their website at health.hawaii.gov.

Surveying and spraying is being conducted at the residences of all suspect and confirmed cases, in addition to proactive spraying at nearby public facilities.

This map should not be used to exclude any areas of the island from proactive mosquito control measures. All residents islandwide are encouraged to Fight The Bite by reducing mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.

Confirmed Dengue Fever Cases on the Big Island of Hawaii Remains at 202

The Dengue Fever outbreak on the Big Island continues and the total amount of confirmed cases remains at 202.
Mosquito BiteAs of January 4, 2016*:

Since the last update, HDOH has identified 0 new cases of dengue fever.  Currently, as many as 5 of the confirmed cases to date are potentially infectious to mosquitoes. All others are no longer infectious.

Potentially infectious individuals
5 Illness onset  12/25/15 to 12/27/15
Cases no longer infectious
197 Illness onset 9/11/15 to 12/24/15
Past and present confirmed cases (Cumulative TOTAL)

Of the confirmed cases, 182 are Hawaii Island residents and 20 are visitors.
164 cases have been adults; 38 have been children (<18 years of age). Onset of illness has ranged between 9/11/15 – 12/27/15.

As of today, a total of 772 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 30, 2015)

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

Tech Evangelist @GuyKawasaki to Appear on ‘Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox’

Tech evangelist and social media maven Guy Kawasaki will be featured on a new Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox, premiering Tuesday, January 12 at 7:30 PM on PBS Hawaii.

Guy Kawasaki's Twitter Profile Picture

Guy Kawasaki’s Twitter Profile Picture

Kawasaki was born and raised in Kalihi and now lives in Silicon Valley. He is the Chief Evangelist for Canva, an online graphic design tool, and was the Chief Evangelist at Apple Inc. in the 1980s. Kawasaki has written 13 books and has more than 1.4 million followers on Twitter.

The interview was taped in September, when Kawasaki was on Oahu for the funeral of his father, former state senator Duke Kawasaki.

“He did not believe in taking crap from anybody,” Kawasaki said about his father. “I would say that is something he probably passed on to me.”

A graduate of Iolani, Stanford and UCLA, Kawasaki said all Hawaii students should strive to attend college out of state, “if they can afford it and if the situation works out,” he said.

“It is an eye-opening experience,” Kawasaki said. “It increases your perspective, it increases your horizons, it increases your expectation for life. And I think that if you only stay in one place, you judge things, you judge yourself in only one context. And that’s not enough.”

Kawasaki continued: “You could start a company. You don’t have to go work for just a hotel or just for a store in Ala Moana Center. So that opened my eyes. And I never looked back.”

VOG “Tasting Party” at the Lyman Museum

As Kīlauea’s current eruption continues to produce enough lava to fill a football stadium every week or so, it also releases huge amounts of volcanic gases, which are converted in the atmosphere to the vog (volcanic smog) that impacts our island environment.

Photo courtesy of Andrew J. Sutton showing volcanic gases boil out of the lava lake within Kilauea’s summit     “Overlook Vent,” to form the visible vog plume being carried to the southwest and up the Kona coast by trade winds in this 2008 USGS-HVO photograph.

Photo courtesy of Andrew J. Sutton showing volcanic gases boil out of the lava lake within Kilauea’s summit
“Overlook Vent,” to form the visible vog plume being carried to the southwest and up the Kona coast by trade winds in this 2008 USGS-HVO photograph.

On Monday, January 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Lyman Museum, Jeff Sutton, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory gas geochemist, tells us everything we always wanted to know about volcanic gases, vog, and how they affect people, land, and our island infrastructure. Jeff will also host a “volcanic gas tasting party” at which you can identify specific volcanic gases using your sense of smell!

The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai`i. Located in historic downtown Hilo at 276 Haili Street, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission to this program is free to Museum members, $3 for nonmembers. For additional information, call (808) 935-5021 or visit www.lymanmuseum.org.

Low Bidder Announced for Daniel K. Inouye Highway Project

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. today announced that its affiliate, Road and Highway Builders, LLC (RHB), is apparent low bidder on a $61.0 million Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) project to perform reconstruction work on a 6.6 mile stretch of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The project, which will begin in the first quarter of 2016 and be completed in approximately two years, will require 800,000 cubic yards of excavation, construction of several large concrete structures, and 80,000 tons of asphalt paving.

Saddle Road earlier in project.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Stene

Saddle Road earlier in project. Photo courtesy of Aaron Stene

Paul J. Varello, Sterling’s Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The Daniel K. Inouye Highway, known to locals as Saddle Road, was built in the 1940’s to connect the major population centers on the east and west coasts of the island. In 2004, FHWA began a multi-phase project to upgrade the original 48-mile route to meet the current standards of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. RHB completed one of the phases between 2009 and 2011.

The current phase requires a high degree of experience and sophisticated construction capabilities given the highway’s age and its maximum elevation of over 6,600 feet. We are pleased to have been selected to rebuild a portion of this important and historic roadway, and look forward to collaborating with the FHWA on other projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands.”

Sterling is a leading heavy civil construction company that specializes in the building and reconstruction of transportation and water infrastructure projects in Texas, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and other states where there are profitable construction opportunities. Its transportation infrastructure projects include highways, roads, bridges and light rail. Its water infrastructure projects include water, wastewater and storm drainage systems.