Public Hearing on Draft Safe Harbor Agreement for Kamehameha Schools Lands at Keauhou and Kilauea, Ka’u

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday November 16 to receive testimony on the request of Kamehameha Schools for a 50-year Incidental Take License (ITL) from the Board of Land and Natural Resources for a Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for a 32,280-acre property located near Volcano Village on the island of Hawai‘i.

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The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on November 16, 2016 at the Volcano School of Art & Science, Keakealani Campus, 19-4024 Haunani Road, Volcano, HI 96785.

The safe harbor agreement is a voluntary agreement between parties that is intended to promote recovery of endangered species. It covers 8 wildlife and 25 plant species (“covered species”). The 50-year agreement promotes recovery of the Federal- and State-endangered Hawaiʻi Creeper (Loxops mana), Hawaiʻi ʻĀkepa (Loxops coccineus), ʻAkiapōlāʻau (Hemignathus wilsoni), ʻIʻiwi (Vestiaria coccinea), ʻIo or Hawaiian Hawk (Buteo solitarius), Nēnē or Hawaiian Goose (Branta sandvicensis), ʻAlalā or Hawaiian Crow (Corvus hawaiiensis), ʻŌpeʻapeʻa or Hawaiian Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus semotus) and twenty-five endangered plant species.

The SHA specifies the types of activities that would occur and that could result in incidental take. Overall, the plan will increase the likelihood of recovery of the covered species and result in a net environmental benefit through habitat improvement and resulting expanded species ranges and populations, and increased genetic diversity.

Baseline is a key concept for an SHA and is defined in the SHA as a quantified habitat area (in acres) or a specific number of listed individuals present on the Enrolled Property and that reflect how much habitat or how many individuals of a species are present at the start of the SHA.

SHA conservation measures are intended to increase the baseline. Although unlikely, the enrolled property can be returned to baseline upon termination of the agreement.

Copies of the draft safe harbor agreement are available for review at the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife office in Honolulu, 1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 325. Copies will also be available at the public hearing.

The draft SHA can also be viewed at a link provided in the Office of Environmental Quality Control’s October 23, 2016 issue of the Environmental Notice. http://oeqc.doh.hawaii.gov/Shared%20Documents/Environmental_Notice/Archives/2010s/2016-10-23.pdf

Anyone planning to attend the hearing who requires auxiliary aids (taped materials or sign language interpreter) please contact the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813; (808) 587-0166.

If you are unable to attend the hearing and wish to provide testimony, please send comments to the above address, attention Kate Cullison or send an email request to katherine.cullison@hawaii.gov. Comments should be received by December 22, 2016.

Hawaiian Telcom Unleashes 1 Gig Internet on Hawaii Island

Today Hawaiian Telcom announced that it has expanded availability of its ultra-fast 1 gigabit per second High-Speed Internet service to homes in Hawai‘i Island’s Puʻu Lani Ranch subdivision and the surrounding Puʻuanahulu area, using Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology. Hawaiian Telcom has been extending its broadband infrastructure on Hawaiʻi Island, an effort partially supported by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Connect America Fund (CAF).

Initially launched in 2015, Hawaiian Telcom’s Fiber 1 Gig service is the fastest in Hawaiʻi and among the fastest in the nation. Today more than 125,000 homes and 5,600 businesses statewide are enabled for 1 gigabit per second service and Hawaiian Telcom continues to expand availability to new locations every month.

“As Hawaiʻi’s Technology Leader and our state’s only local service provider, Hawaiian Telcom is committed to increasing speeds and expanding broadband access statewide,” said Scott Barber, President and CEO. “Puʻu Lani Ranch is our first 1 gigabit per second deployment using CAF Phase II support and we’re excited about the increased educational and economic opportunities that are now open to this community with Hawaiʻi’s fastest internet.”

One gigabit per second, which is equal to 1,000 megabits per second, enables multiple connected devices to run bandwidth-intense applications like streaming video and online gaming simultaneously over a shared connection without sacrificing quality.

“Studies have shown that there are at least eight Internet-connected devices in the average U.S. household today and that number is continuing to rise,” said Jason Fujita, Vice President – Consumer Sales and Marketing. “All of these bandwidth-hungry devices are pulling on the same broadband connection. With Hawaiian Telcom’s Fiber 1 Gig, you can operate all of your connected devices simultaneously without interruption.”

Last year Hawaiian Telcom announced that it was awarded approximately $26 million in CAF Phase II support to deploy a minimum of 10 megabits per second downstream and 1 megabits per second upstream by the year 2020 to more than 11,000 unserved and underserved locations.

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Since 2015, with CAF Phase I support of approximately $1.4 million, Hawaiian Telcom successfully deployed High-Speed Internet to more than 1,800 locations on Hawaiʻi Island. These locations are within areas that include Ainaloa, Aliʻi Kane, Fern Acres, Fern Forest, Glenwood, Hawaiian Acres, Kaiwiki and Miloliʻi. Interested residents should visit hawaiiantel.com/Internet and key in their address to learn which services and speed tiers are available or call Hawaiian Telcom’s consumer sales center at (808) 643-3456.

The FCC created CAF in 2011 by reforming its Universal Service Fund (USF), which consumers contribute to as a Federal Universal Service fee on their monthly telephone and wireless bills, in an effort to accelerate broadband deployment to the approximately 23 million Americans in rural populations that lack access.

Makapu’u Lighthouse Undergoing Maintenance

The Makapu’u Lighthouse is scheduled to undergo maintenance starting Tuesday.

Photo By Kaleismith

Photo By Kaleismith via wikipedia

The project is expected to be completed on Feb. 22, 2017. Mariners are advised during this time, there will be a temporary light established with diminished brightness and range. These changes are noted in the local broadcast to mariners.

“The purpose of the refurbishment of the lighthouse is to ensure the structural integrity and the aesthetic quality for years to come,” said Cmdr. Brian Donahue, chief of prevention waterways, Coast Guard 14th District.

Some repairs being made to the lighthouse are repainting the walls and roof panels, replacing broken wall panels and the metal gutter, patching cracks in the concrete steps and adjusting the exterior door panel.

The lighthouse will remain off limits to the public, but those who hike the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail are urged to exercise caution due the increased activity and traffic of the construction crews.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Youngblood, Coast Guard 14th District prevention waterways at 808-535-3409.

The Makapu’u Lighthouse was built in 1901, and has since been a spectacle for sightseers and continues to serve as an aid to navigation for mariners.

Zappa-4-Ever Coming to UH Hilo

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Jazz Orchestra presents its 4th Annual Frank Zappa Tribute Concert Zappa-4-ever on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 & 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center.

frank-zappaThis year marks the 50th anniversary of Zappa’s debut album Freak Out! In celebration, the concert will feature songs from Freak Out!, such as Hungry Freaks Daddy and Trouble Every Day. Musical Director Trever Veilleux describes Zappa as a brilliant social commentator and notes a song like Trouble Every Day with lyrical themes of racial violence, social injustice, and sensational journalism is just as relevant today as it was when it was released in 1966.

“Because 2016 has been so crazy we decided to include more of Zappa’s political songs in this year’s show,” Veilleux said. “The concert will also feature songs from the albums You Are What You Is, Bongo Fury, We’re Only In It For the Money, and more.”

The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra includes over 25 singers and musicians with a large horn section blowing over a rock and roll rhythm section. To capture Zappa’s complex music, the orchestra began rehearsals for the show back in August.

“Zappa always had amazing musicians in his bands, and he would push them to their limits with very challenging compositions,” said Veilleux. “Our students have the difficult task of performing these compositions. They’ve worked incredibly hard throughout the semester to bring our audience a tight, professional-sounding show.”

Tickets are open seating priced at $10 General, $7 Discount, $5 seniors, students w/valid ID & children 17 and under. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For more information, or to order tickets, contact the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center Box Office at 932-7490 or artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu.

For disability accommodation, contact Dori Yamada at 932-7496 (V) or 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 working days prior to the event.

Autopsy Ordered in Death of Surfer

A 63-year-old man died while surfing Saturday morning in waters off Lighthouse Road in Hāwī.

He has been identified As John Willard of Waikoloa.

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In response to a 10:16 a.m. call Saturday reporting an unresponsive man at a surf spot known as “Lighthouse,” officers learned that Willard had not been surfing long when he caught a wave and disappeared. Other surfers in the area went to investigate. They found Willard floating face down in the water and took him to shore.

Fire rescue personnel retrieved him from the area using a helicopter to carry him to a waiting ambulance. He was taken to Kohala Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:23 a.m.

The case has been classified as a coroner’s inquest. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause of death.

Hawaii House of Reps Announces 2017 Leadership

The Hawaii House of Representatives Majority Caucus met today to reaffirm Rep. Joseph M. Souki as Speaker for the 2017 legislative session.

capitalSpeaker Souki was re-elected as Speaker of the House in January 2013. He previously served as Speaker from 1993 to 1999, and Speaker Emeritus from 2000 to 2013. He also served as Chair of the Committee on Finance, and most recently as Chair of the Committee on Transportation.

The 2017 House leadership team includes:

  • Speaker: Joseph M. Souki
  • Speaker Emeritus: Calvin K.Y. Say
  • Vice Speaker: John M. Mizuno
  • Majority Leader: Scott K. Saiki
  • Majority Floor Leader: Cindy Evans
  • Majority Whip: Ken Ito
  • Majority Policy Leader: Marcus R. Oshiro
  • Assistant Majority Leader: Roy M. Takumi, Chris Lee, Dee Morikawa