Kenoi Trial – “This puritanical, prudish, prissy fixation on alcohol… Are we in the twenties?”

I’ve attended the Mayor Kenoi Trial for a few days and feel I have a good grip on things.

Today, both the prosecutor and defense had one hour to make their final statements in the case.

kenoi-trialTo me the one personal statement that stood out to me most was the following statement regarding the use of alcohol to possibly bring in federal monies to the Big Island.

“This puritanical, prudish, prissy fixation on alcohol… Are we in the twenties? Is this prohibition?” asked defense attorney Todd Eddins during his final summation. “Are we in modern-day Saudi Arabia? The mayor of this county can expend money on alcohol.”

You can view the closing argument here:

VIDEO: Closing Arguments In Kenoi Trial, Jury Deliberates

Hawaiian Electric Time-of-Use Rates Program Off to a Brisk Start

In slightly more than a week, more than 500 residential customers have signed up for the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ new Time-of-Use rates, a program that will charge customers less for power used during the day – when solar energy production is highest – and more at night.

As of Oct. 28, 508 customers had enrolled. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) set a limit of 5,000 customers for the program, meaning 10 percent of the total enrollment has already been reached.

The strongest response has been on Oahu, with 426 customers enrolled, followed by Maui County with 61, and Hawaii island with 21.

Developed under the direction of the PUC, this program provides customers with an opportunity to save money if they shift their energy use to daytime hours. For example, customers who do laundry, cook, or heat water during the day may be able to save. Customers who charge electric vehicles or energy storage systems in the day may also benefit.

The amount of savings, if any, will depend on how much a customer can shift the use of electricity from night to day. As a result, this program may not fit the needs of all customers.


As directed by the PUC, this program is voluntary and will run for two years. The rates are only available to residential customers.

Participating customers will receive information on their bills that compares their costs under this program and the standard residential rate for electricity. Customers may opt out of the program if they feel it isn’t the right fit for them.

To enroll or for more information, go to or call:

  • Oahu: (808) 548-7311
  • Maui: (808) 871-9777
  • Molokai and Lanai: 1-877-871-8461
  • Hilo: (808) 969-6999
  • Kona: (808) 329-3584
  • Waimea: (808) 885-4605

Hawaii Recovers $130,367 in Prevailing Wages for Work Done on UH Hilo College of Hawaii Language Building

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it has assessed Tradewind Plastering and Drywall, Inc. a total of $143,000. $130,367 is for wages owed to construction workers, with $13,037 added for penalties. Tradewind Plastering and Drywall, Inc. was a subcontractor of Jacobsen Construction Co., Inc. on the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Hawaii Language Building construction project.

tradewind-drywallThe most costly of the violations was underpaying construction workers by misclassifying them as apprentices, and paying lower apprentice wages, with no registered apprenticeship in evidence. This was in violation of Hawaii’s prevailing wage law covering public works construction.

“Our State prevailing wage law intends that all construction contractors bid on a “level playing field” with regard to labor costs,” said DLIR Director Linda Chu Takayama. “Bids are to be won because of better, more efficient contracting methods, rather than by pushing down the standard of living for Hawaii’s workers.”

Director Takayama explained, “This is a different sort of misclassification from the case at the presumptive Holiday Inn Express at the Maile Sky Court. In that case, workers were wrongly misclassified as independent contractors, and protections and benefits required for employees were not provided. In this case, workers were classified as lower paid apprentices, but there was no registered apprenticeship. In both types of cases, law-abiding bidders face unfair competition, and the workers lose.”

DLIR also notes that it recently recovered wages for hair salon workers who were paid nothing for work performed. They were labelled as apprentices, and kept off-the-books for employment purposes. DLIR has been working with the Hawaii State Department of Commerce and Consumer affairs to educate salon owners and workers on the matter.

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center Dinner Honors Barry Taniguchi, Newton Chu, Judge Hara

On Sunday, November 13, the Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center–in participation with the Hawai‘i County Bar Association (HCBA)–is hosting its Eleventh Annual Recognition Dinner in Hilo to support ‘Finding Solutions, Growing Peace.’

Barry Taniguchi

Barry Taniguchi

This year Ku‘ikahi is giving its ‘Peacemaker Award’ to Barry Taniguchi, Chair and CEO of KTA Super Stores, and Newton J. Chu, Esq., Director of the Hawai‘i Island office of Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington & Harris.

Judge Glenn Hara

Judge Glenn Hara

In addition, The Honorable Glenn S. Hara is being honored by the HCBA for his many years of service.  “Judge Hara is a Circuit Court Judge who participated in the highly successful Foreclosure Mediation Program, plus he’s one of the founders of Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center,” said board president Jeff Melrose.

Chu and Jeri Gertz will emcee the gala event, which features a cameo appearance by Harmony on Tap, guitar music by Unzan Pfennig, and door prizes.  Items up for bid in the silent and live auctions include rounds of golf, adventure tours, entrance to local attractions, overnight stays, gift cards to restaurants and retail stores, artwork, gift baskets, flower arrangements, and more.

No-host cocktails will be served at 5:00 p.m., with dinner served at 6:00 p.m.  The buffet will feature three entrees–prime rib, Furikake salmon, and shrimp scampi over fettuccini–as well as salad, side dishes, and dessert.

This fundraiser provides a significant portion of the funds that Ku‘ikahi needs to provide free and low-cost dispute prevention and resolution services to the East Hawai‘i community.  Over half of Ku‘ikahi’s mediation clients live at or below the poverty level, and are unable to pay even modest fees for their mediation sessions.

“Our mission is to empower people to come together–to talk and to listen, to explore options, and to find their own best solutions,” Melrose noted.  “Ku‘ikahi means a treaty, covenant, agreement, feeling of unity, peace, reconciliation.”

Tickets for the Annual Dinner are $90 per person (of which $45 is tax deductible) and are available from Ku‘ikahi’s board of directors, Ku‘ikahi’s office in The Hilo Lagoon Centre at 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014 B-2, and Day-Lum Rentals at 2 Kamehameha Avenue.

To reserve tickets or tables, donate to the auction, or become a platinum, gold, or silver sponsor, contact Jenifer at 935-7844 x 1 or

UH Hilo Accepting Applications for Marine Science and Conservation Project

Applications are currently being accepted for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Project Maʻa. The year-round Mānowai o Hanakahi project, funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service, provides up to 15 students marine conservation and outreach training.

manowai-o-hanakahi-projectHawai’i Island middle and high school students currently attending grades 8-12 are eligible to apply for the free program. The application deadline is Friday, November 11, 2016.

Activities will include field trips, mentored research projects and career pathway exposure beginning in mid-November and running until mid-May. A kick-off tide pooling event will be held on Sunday, November 6, from noon – 3 p.m. at Onekahakaha Beach Park, where more can be learned about the project.

For more information, to apply, or to RSVP for the tide pooling kickoff, call 933-0707, email or visit

Arbor Day Tree Giveaway in Hilo

Hawaii Electric Light announces the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at its office at 1200 Kilauea Avenue in Hilo from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or while supplies last.

hayden-arbor-dayThe annual event is a partnership with Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hooulu Lahui, Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program, and Hawaii Electric Light. To help perpetuate native species, a variety of organizations across the state routinely organize educational events to distribute native trees and shrubs to the community. Trees to be given away this year include ohia, koa, puhala, lama, niu, kou, and kukui.

Kua O Ka La students care for the trees and compile a newsletter to distribute with the trees. Information on how to properly plant, site, and care for the tree also is distributed. Students and instructors will be available to educate the public on how to care for their trees and explain the cultural significance of the native plants.

For more information, contact Kenyan Beals at (808) 969-0137.

West Hawaii Forum – Hawaii’s Climate Change Challenge

How prepared is Hawai’i for the climate changes now underway that affect our daily lives?climate-changeSea level rise, super storms, flooding of shoreline and low lying island areas, erratic and decreasing trade winds, declining rainfall, warming temperatures with agricultural consequences, impacts to Hawaii’s marine ecosystem and fisheries; and the list of impacts goes on.

Don’t miss this all important November 17th forum from 6pm – 8pm at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers. For more details visit:‐climate‐change‐challenge/

Forum Presenters

  • Bruce S. Anderson, PhD., DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR) Administrator
  • Henry Curtis, Executive Director, Life of the Land
  • Abby G. Frazier, Ph.D., Pacific Islands Climate Science Center (PICSC)
  • Scott Glenn, AICP, Director, State of Hawaiʻi Office of Environmental Quality Control

Forum Moderator

  • Bill Bugbee, Director, Community Enterprises

Join the Community on Thursday, November 17th, as experts explain the challenges that Climate Change poses and the near-term actions Hawai’i County and the state may take.

Ormat and Puna Geothermal Agree to Pay the United States $5.5 Million to Resolve Civil Fraud Allegations

Several Reno companies that operate geothermal power plants in Nevada, California, Hawaii, and elsewhere, have agreed to pay the United States $5.5 million to resolve civil fraud allegations that they unlawfully applied for and received millions in federal clean energy grants, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.

“The False Claims Act is an effective civil tool to ferret out fraud in federal taxpayer-funded programs,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “The settlement monies announced today will be deposited into a federal fund used to help crime victims and for a variety of other law enforcement purposes.”

Ormat Technologies, Inc., Ormat Nevada, Inc., Puna Geothermal Venture II, L.P., ORNI 18, LLC, and Puna Geothermal Venture, G.P. (hereinafter referred to as Ormat), and the United States entered into the agreement to avoid the delay, uncertainty and expense of protracted litigation. The agreement states that it is neither an admission of liability by the defendants nor a concession by the United States that its claims are not well founded.

The settlement agreement, effective this week, arises out of a civil lawsuit filed on Feb. 4, 2013, by Tina Calilung and Jamie Kell against Ormat alleging that they violated the civil False Claims Act by submitting false applications for federal clean energy grants to which they were not entitled. The defendant companies are based in Reno, Nev. Calilung and Kell are former employees of Ormat Technologies.

The lawsuit alleged that the federal government had claims against the defendant arising from the submission of applications for and receipt of grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009, related to the 8MW Puna Geothermal Power Plant and Puna KS-14 Well, both on the island of Hawaii, and the North Brawley Geothermal Power Plant in Imperial County, Calif.

puna-geothermal-venture-signSince January 2009 and through the end of federal fiscal year 2015, the Justice Department has recovered a total of more than $26.4 billion from cases involving fraud and false claims against the government. The False Claims Act is the government’s primary civil remedy to redress false claims for government funds and property under government contracts, including national security and defense contracts, as well as under government programs as varied as Medicare, veterans’ benefits, federally insured loans and mortgages, highway funds, research grants, agricultural supports, school lunches, and disaster assistance. In 1986, Congress strengthened the Act by amending it to increase incentives for whistleblowers to file lawsuits on behalf of the government.

Most false claims actions are filed under the Act’s whistleblower, or qui tam, provisions that allow individuals to file lawsuits alleging false claims on behalf of the government. If the government prevails in the action, the whistleblower, also known as the relator, receives up to 30 percent of the recovery. Whistleblowers filed 638 qui tam suits in fiscal year 2015 and the department recovered $2.8 billion in these and earlier filed suits this past year. Whistleblower awards during the same period totaled $597 million.

Assistant United States Attorney Roger Wenthe handled the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada.

East Hawaii Cable Outage Is Strange

Cable problems being reported throughout East Hawaii right now.

snow-on-tvI myself only can hear things on my television and receiving snow with a faded signal and others have reported that their cable is completely down.

This outage is strange as we all seem to still have full internet connectivity as of now.

I Proudly Endorse Senator Kai Kahele

I too endorse Senator Kai Kahele for Senate District One.


Butchering and Curing Meat Class Coming to Hilo

The College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo offers a class in “The Art of Butchering and Curing Meat for Home Food Preservation” on Saturdays, November 19 and December 3, from 1 – 4 p.m. at The Kitchen, located at 615 Haihai Street in Hilo. Tuition is $80.



Chef Dean Shigeoka, co-founder of The Kitchen, will cover a wide range of topics, including meat dressing, salting, corning and aging. Shigeoka will also provide participants with an introduction to the craft of charcuterie as they make sausage and porchetta, corn their own beef, and taste samples. The instruction and hands-on experience will provide students with the basic skills needed to begin experimenting with home butchery and charcuterie.

For more information, disability accommodations, or to register, call CCECS at 932-7830 (V) or 932-7002 (TTY).

Hawaii National Guard Receives Three New Blackhawk Helicopters

The Hawaii Army National Guard’s newest unit has received three HH-60M Blackhawk helicopters. The Blackhawks were offloaded from a C-17 transport at the Kalaeloa Airfield today. They will be assembled on-site and operate out of Wheeler Army Air Field until a new facility at Kalaeloa is completed.

new-helisDetachment 1, Company G, 1st Battalion, 189th Aviation Regiment is a new aeromedical evacuation unit and is in the process of filling its ranks. The detachment’s mission is to provide MEDEVAC support to military entities. The unit will have about 30 soldiers, most of whom will be drill status, or part-time forces.  The unit will not provide full-time support to civil authorities, but when fully staffed, it may provide supplemental support.

This unit is one of the most requested types of units to deploy, with its specialty of MEDEVAC being in high demand.


The new Blackhawk models have a couple of features that differentiate them from the HIARNG’s current UH-60M Blackhawks. These HH-60M have an external hoist, a Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) and the capability to carry six litter patients or six ambulatory (or three of each patients) within its MEDEVAC cabin configuration. The four-person crew is made up of two pilots, one crew chief and one flight medic.

It will initially operate from Wheeler Army Airfield, Army Aviation Support Facility #1, until administrative requirements are completed. The new unit will then operate from the nearly completed Army Aviation Support Facility located at Kalaeloa. The Kalaeloa AASF cost $32.6 million and is being built by Watts Constructors, LLC. The estimated completion date is November 2016. The Kalaeloa AASF will encompass almost 67,000 square feet and will have a large hangar to support aircraft as well as an administrative area for classrooms, restrooms, conference rooms and offices.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes Will Charge for Camping Starting November 1

Starting November 1, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will charge for all overnight camping as part of a plan to meet national standards for parks with similar visitor amenities.

Kīlauea aglow from its summit crater is visible from Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Kīlauea aglow from its summit crater is visible from Kulanaokuaiki Campground. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

For backcountry camping, a $10 fee will be charged per trip, in addition to the park entrance fee. All eight backcountry campsites (Ka‘aha, Halapē, Keauhou, ‘Āpua Point, Nāpau, Pepeiao Cabin, Red Hill Cabin and Mauna Loa Cabin) require a permit, with a stay limit of three consecutive nights at one site. Campers can move to another backcountry site for the fourth night, but no more than seven consecutive nights per trip will be allowed.

A camper enjoys the shade at Halapē. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

A camper enjoys the shade at Halapē. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Permits must be obtained no more than 24 hours in advance from the Backcountry Office, open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fees for backcountry camping can be paid in person at the Backcountry Office, or online through Call (808) 985-6178 for more information.

Tent camping at ‘Āpua Point along the coast at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Tent camping at ‘Āpua Point along the coast at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Photo/Jacob W. Frank

Kulanaokuaiki Campground, a drive-in, front-country campsite off Hilina Pali Road, will cost $10 a night per site, with a stay limit of seven consecutive nights, and a maximum of six people per site. The nine designated campsites at Kulanaokuaiki have picnic tables and tent pads, and are available on a first-come basis. Fees for Kulanaokuaiki can be paid at the campground’s self-registration station. Checkout time is 11 a.m.

The new camping permit fees are similar to other public camping fees statewide. At Kulanaokuaiki, campers who hold the Interagency Senior (Golden Age) and Golden Access passes pay $5 per site.

Picnicing at the Kulanaokuaiki Campground. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Picnicing at the Kulanaokuaiki Campground. NPS Photo/Jay Robinson

Nāmakanipaio Campground off Highway 11 is managed by Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC and is under its own fee structure.

Pets are not permitted in any of the campgrounds, except for leashed pets in Nāmakanipaio Campground. Leashed service animals are allowed.

Officer of the Month: Roberto Segobia

The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi recognized Officer Roberto Segobia on Thursday (October 27) as the East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” for October.

segobiaSegobia was honored for what Sergeant Chris Correia described as his “constant vigilance and continuous dedication to duty.”

Correia highlighted several examples:

  • Officer Correia’s and Officer Chance Lunsford’s response to a woman’s request to take a photo with her young son who was “freaking out with excitement” at seeing the officers, who also took the time to mentor the child by encouraging him to do well in school and by stressing the importance of listening to his parents.
  • For stopping a drunk driver while off duty and on his way home after working a 12-hour shift.
  • For recovering a stolen vehicle and arresting the driver on drug charges while driving home from another long shift.
  • For proactively helping a missing child with special needs before dispatchers had a chance broadcast a missing person report to patrol officers.

“Officer Segobia has established a reputation among his peers as a ‘24-hour policeman’ that dedicates himself to police work whether on or off-duty,” Correia wrote in nomination papers.

As “Officer of the Month,” Segobia is eligible for “Officer of the Year.”

The East Hawaiʻi “Officer of the Month” award is a project of the Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaiʻi.

Coordinated State Efforts Aim to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

State of Hawai‘i departments are coming together to increase opportunities and support for the employment of people with disabilities. The agreement was announced during a ceremony today that also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the success of employees, employers, and training programs that have brought down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

service-auditoriumThe Departments of Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Services, Education, and Health, along with the University of Hawai‘i Center for Disability Studies are working together to develop and sustain a coordinated approach to develop and expand business and employer networks. These networks will provide greater job search, job referrals, vocational training, and work-based learning opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

service-dog“This agreement is among the first of its kind. It brings together various stakeholders in state government to support individuals with disabilities and their opportunities to work in our communities,” said Department of Human Services Director Pankaj Bhanot.

The Cooperative Agreement positions the State of Hawai‘i to maximize resources and shift policies to serve a more diverse audience and improve workforce outcomes. The agreement also calls on departments to identify and leverage resources to provide training and build capacity of employers. It will simultaneously work to expand work opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying career pathways, coordinating assistive technology programs and services where appropriate, and streamlining services.

service-auditorium2“The Department of Health is proud of the collaborative partnerships reflected in the Cooperative Agreement,” said Director of Health Dr. Virginia Pressler. “It promotes a shared value of stakeholders to provide opportunities to advance the employment and workforce development for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The announcement of this agreement was marked by the ceremony which featured employers, employees, and state government agencies partnering to increase opportunities and reduce barriers to employment. The event also honored Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland for her service to this community in her years as a legislator.

14th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival

If it is mid-November and Waimea, it is almost guaranteed that local legends in Hawaiian music will be somewhere in town, strumming a guitar, plucking ‘ukulele, singing, talking story, jamming, teaching, laughing, eating, and giving their all to honor the best of Hawai‘i’s musical traditions.

The 14th Annual ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar Festival takes place November 17, 18 and 19, 2016, and will offer concerts, workshops and Kahilu Theatre’s most inclusive educational outreach for students.

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa (photo credit: Steven Roby)

Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa (photo credit: Steven Roby)

This year’s event features treasured Festival performers Nathan Aweau, Benny Chong, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Sonny Lim, and Jeff Peterson. New to the Kahilu Festival, but not to Hawaiian music, is Hilo-based musician and songbird, Kainani Kahaunaele, and from Waikoloa on steel guitar, Iaukea Bright.

The 14th Annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Festival includes two days of the musicians travelling from Kona to Laupahoehoe to give free concerts in Hawai’i Island schools. Organized by Kahilu Education Coordinator Lisa Shattuck, last year’s Festival musicians performed to more than 5,000 local students.

Nathan Aweau (photo credit: Steven Roby)

Nathan Aweau (photo credit: Steven Roby)

“It is a delightful confluence of our mission and vision,” says Kahilu Theatre Executive Director Deb Goodwin. “These renown musicians, many who have been regular performers since our very first ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Institute, tell us they look forward to coming together to play music and to give back. Our staff, Board members, and sponsors are all enthusiastic to know Hawaiian music and all the trimmings will once again fill the Theatre and reach out to schools across the island.”

Jeff Peterson (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Jeff Peterson (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Thursday night’s concert will invite audience members who bring their own instrument to come on stage after intermission and play along with the performers in true “kanikapila” style. The Friday night concert will feature all the Festival musicians performing new work as well as playing together in crowd-pleasing, classic collaborations. Saturday morning Kahilu will offer a slate of workshops led by the musicians and culminate in a final performance of island favorites with some special guests adding to the mix. All of the musicians are active and passionate cultural practitioners and have individually and collectively played at a variety of esteemed public and private events.

Benny Chong (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Benny Chong (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

“The Festival members hope to offer a fresh new program that renews respect for the unique sounds of traditional Hawaiian music,” says Paul Buckley, proprietor of Waimea Music Center and one of the event sponsors. “What we all share in common is that we want to inspire the next generation to pick up an instrument and play.”

Sonny Lim (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

Sonny Lim (Photo Credit: Steven Roby)

The 14th Annual Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival is sponsored by Zora & Les Charles, Ka‘eo & Mahina Duarte, Alva Kaipoleimanu Kamalani, Bob & Donna Povich, Kamuela Inn, and Waimea Music Center.

The Kahilu 2016/17 Hawaiian Series is sponsored by Hawaiian Airlines and Kapa Radio.

Ticket Pricing & Information:

  • Thursday: $23 / $13 with Instrument
  • Friday: $63 / $43 / $23
  • Saturday: $63 / $43 / $23

Tickets – Thursday: Showinfo/14th-Annual—- Ukulele—Slack-Key-Guitar- Festival—Kanikapila

Tickets – Friday: Showinfo/14th-Annual—- Ukulele—Slack-Key-Guitar- Festival—Main-Concert

Tickets – Saturday: Showinfo/14th-Annual—- Ukulele—Slack-Key-Guitar- Festival—Festival-Finale


Happy “Hawaii-Ween” at Kona Oceanfront Gallery

Meet Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and World Famous Artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker at Kona Oceanfront Gallery’s “Happy HAWAII-WEEN” this Monday, October 31st.
haloween-with-sam-and-bradBrad Parker will be doing a “Live Art Demo” between 1 to 6 and he along with Sam Choy will be carving pumpkins with one of them being raffled away.

sam-choy-and-draculaThere will original sketches up for grabs, a costume contest with a prize for the best costume along with other tricks and treats.

brad-and-skullThe Kona Oceanfront Gallery is located at 75-5770 Ali’i Drive in Waterfront Row next to Bubba Gump restaurant.  Contact 808-334-0037 for more information.

Lava Flow Update: East Kamokuna Ocean Entry Still Active – West Entry Inactive

An aerial image of the east Kamokuna lava delta this morning shows lava entering the ocean at the front of the delta.

Photo by Rick Hazlett, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Photo by Rick Hazlett, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

Looking down from the helicopter, cracks are visible on the surface of the east Kamokuna lava delta. These cracks are reminders that lava deltas are inherently unstable features that can collapse without warning.

hvo-1028a A lava delta collapse can send tons of hot rock into the sea, generating steam-driven explosions that can hurl fragments of molten lava and solid rock 100s of meters (yards) in all directions—inland and seaward.

The east Kamokuna ocean entry was still active on October 25, with multiple entry points spread along the eastern side of the lava delta.

Lava dribbling into the sea at the front of the delta creates a billowy white plume, which looks harmless, but is actually a mixture of superheated steam, hydrochloric acid, and tiny shards of volcanic glass.

The west Kamokuna lava delta was completely inactive, with no lava entering the ocean.

The west Kamokuna lava delta was completely inactive, with no lava entering the ocean.

3.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Volcano Area of Big Island

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Volcano area of the Big Island today.

37-volcanoThis follows the 3.6 magnitude earthquake that shook the same area of the Big Island yesterday.

Hawaii Awarded $1.5 Million Apprenticeship Grant

The Hawaii State Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DLIR) today announced it was awarded $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor to expand its registered apprenticeship programs by partnering with high-growth businesses and industries to train and produce skilled workers.

state-logoDLIR will initiate outreach and recruitment events to not only inform and engage employers but also to attract a wide array of persons into existing and new apprenticeship programs for both traditional and non-traditional apprenticeship programs.

“Expanding apprenticeship programs is a win-win because they allow student workers to earn a living wage while achieving continued growth in their occupation,” said Linda Chu Takayama, DLIR Director. “Apprenticeships are also a cost-effective way for employers to train their employees while fostering worker productivity, loyalty and reliability.”

Key outcomes expected include expanding employer networks and support employers’ continued engagement to ensure sustainability of health apprenticeship programs, to establish new models of post-secondary career pathways that are adaptable and flexible and meet industry’s current and future needs, to increase the number of low-income and underrepresented population through career awareness, pre-apprenticeships, and apprenticeships. Target populations include low-income, underrepresented populations such as women, veterans, Native Hawaiians, and persons of disabilities.

DLIR will collaborate with key partners to hold outreach and recruitment events to attract new apprentices. Other important grant activities will include presentations to employer networks and meetings of professional associations to provide technical assistance, assistance to employers in developing on-the-job work processes, development of promotional materials in the healthcare, culinary, construction and hospitality industries to inform and educate potential apprentices, and sessions to provide career awareness and pre-apprenticeships.

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