Senator Helps Park Rangers Get Every Kid in a Park

Fourth graders on a field trip to the erupting summit of Kīlauea Monday morning received their free Every Kid in a Park pass from a strong supporter of the program: Senator Mazie K. Hirono of Hawai‘i.

Ka‘ū Learning Academy fourth grade students learn about Kīlauea volcano and the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Ka‘ū Learning Academy fourth grade students learn about Kīlauea volcano and the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

The Senator, Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando, and park rangers greeted students from Ka‘ū Learning Academy, a charter school located 41 miles south of Kīlauea, at Kīlauea Overlook. The keiki hiked along Crater Rim Trail with Senator Hirono to the observation deck at Jaggar Museum to learn about the volcano in the backyard, and earn their Every Kid in a Park pass.

The Every in Kid in a Park program is part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s iconic outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit them. This is the second year of the innovative program, which gives fourth graders and those accompanying them, free access to 2,000 public lands and waters nationwide – including Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park – for a whole year.

Fourth graders from Ka‘ū Learning Academy display their free Every Kid in a Park pass at Jaggar Museum. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

Fourth graders from Ka‘ū Learning Academy display their free Every Kid in a Park pass at Jaggar Museum. NPS Photo/Janice Wei

“Senator Hirono is a dedicated advocate of education for Hawai‘i youth, and fully embraces Every Kid in a Park,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “The Ka‘ū students who hiked with her today not only met one of Hawai‘i’s senators, but were able to spend quality time outdoors with someone who truly advocates for our keiki and national parks,” Orlando said.

The students took photos with Senator Hirono, and were mesmerized by the surges of lava spattering from a vent within Halema‘uma‘u  Crater, one mile away.

“My favorite thing was seeing the volcano,” said 9-year-old T’rael Pesnell, who took photos of his classmate posing with the eruption behind him.

Senator Hirono also presented the national park with Senate Resolution 541, proclaiming Aug. 1, 2016 as Hawai‘i Volcanoes and Haleakalā National Parks Day, to honor the parks’ centennial anniversaries.

“As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, the Every Kid in a Park program promotes a lifelong appreciation for our environment and natural resources,” said Senator Mazie K. Hirono.

Closeup up view of the Every Kid in a Park pass. NPS Photo

Closeup up view of the Every Kid in a Park pass. NPS Photo

Educators for all grades can learn more about the park’s educational opportunities and curriculum on the park website: https://www.nps.gov/havo/learn /education/index.htm, and by calling the Education Center at (808) 985-6019.

Public Meeting Regarding Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the Proposed Connectivity Improvements of Puna Subdivisions with Volcano Highway

Click to read more about the proposed project.

Click to read more about the proposed project.

A public meeting on the Draft EA will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at the Mountain View Elementary School Cafeteria, 18-1235 Volcano Road, Mountain View, Hawai’i 96771, from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. to:

  • Discuss the proposed improvements that would assist in response to floods, fires, automobile accidents, or other emergencies that would block critical roads. It would also provide residents of Fern Acres and nearby subdivisions with permanent access alternatives to the South Kūlani Road outlet.
  • Discuss the three proposed component sub-projects that are under study:
  1. The improvement and extension from Volcano Highway to Pūhala Road of South Lauko Road.
  2. The improvement and extension from Volcano Highway to Pūhala Road of South Pszyk Road.
  3. The extension of Pūhala Road south to South Kopua Road.

Depending on funding availability and other factors, the County may choose to construct one, two, all three, or none of the component projects under study.

  • Allow individuals to present comments, ask questions, and discuss concerns regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA).

The DEA provides the County of Hawai‘i with the information necessary to determine whether impacts associated with the proposed projects have the potential to contribute to cumulative impacts to the environment.  Based on this determination, the County of Hawai‘i  will either issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or the agency will require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to further analyze the proposed projects and associated impacts.

The Draft EA is posted for review on OEQC’s website: http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/EA_and_EIS_Online_Library/Hawaii/2010s/2016-10-23-HA-5B-DEA-Puna-Subdivision-Connector-Roads.pdf or can be viewed at the Mountain View Public and School Library.

Public comments must be received in writing or via email by November 22, 2016.  Public comments will be included in the Final EA and submitted to the County of Hawai‘i for review and consideration.

If you require special accommodations or auxiliary aid/ and or services to participate in this meeting, (i.e. Sign language interpreter, large print,) please call (808) 961-8321 by November 10, 2016.

Nordstrom Ala Moana Picks Up Sam Choy Hawaiian Kitchen and Tiki Shark

Located in Hawaii’s biggest and most high profile mall, Nordstrom Ala Moana has picked up Sam Choy’s Hawaiian Kitchen and artist Brad “Tiki Shark” Parkers souvenir line just in time for the 2016 Holiday Season.

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Celebrity Chef Sam Choy and Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker getting into the holiday spirit.

“We are so excited to feature such a colorful and high quality line in our At-Home section” quoted Deja Young At-home Dept Manager “hope to see you for Chef Sam Choy’s and artist Brad Parker’s personal appearance next month” she added.

sam-choy-nordstrom-display“Wow these towels are soft and absorbent…turned out better than I expected”, “I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful store” commented the world famous celebrity chef.

“These are embroidered designs specially manufactured for Nordstrom and other limited venues” commented Abbas Hassan – Senior Vice President of Tiki Shark Art Inc. who is also the celebrity chefs and renowned artists agent.  “We had a lot of inquiries about Brad’s art being available in Honolulu and we are so happy to be able to fill that demand thru Nordstrom’s” he quoted.

sam-in-nordstromsA public signing and personal appearance is scheduled at the 186,000 square foot store on December 4 – 2 PM to 6 PM.  General public is encouraged to arrive early to avoid the rush.

sam-in-front-of-nordstromsChef Sam Choy’s products can also be purchased on line at www.chefsamchoy.com

Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker and his artworks are currently featured in Hawaiian Airlines Hana Hou Magazine. His company Tiki Shark Art Inc was name the 10th Fastest Growing Companies in the State of Hawaii by Pacific Business News.