FREE Culinary Apprenticeship Training Available Through Kapi‘olani Community College

FREE Culinary Apprenticeship Training Available Through Kapi‘olani Community College

What:  WANTED: Restaurants and local food service establishments and their workers interested in participating in the Hawai‘i Cook Apprenticeship, a free, 20-week culinary program to develop the next generation of cooking professionals, offered by Kapi‘olani Community College’s award winning culinary program.

Culinary students at KCC


  1. Current employees of local restaurants and food service establishments interested in career advancement.
  2. Local restaurants and food service establishments interested in free, professional training for their employees.


  1. The employees receive free culinary training from one of the best culinary schools in the Pacific region that will lead to career advancement and higher paying jobs.
  2. The restaurants and local food service establishments save time and money in training their own employees and will, in a relatively short time, employ more professionally trained employees that will result in better product and higher customer satisfaction.

When & How:  Current Kapi‘olani CC Hawai‘i Cook Apprenticeship enrollment ends on June 30, 2017 and the next enrollment period begins on October 2 for the intake that begins on November 13, 2017. Go to or contact Marcus Fikse, Kapi‘olani CC culinary apprentice coordinator at marcusjt@hawaii.ed or (425) 308-6163 or (808)734-9484.

 Other facts:  

  • Apprentices attend a six-hour in-person lab class at Kapi‘olani CC once a week for 20 weeks on the basics of cooking and enroll in four five-week online lecture courses that cover food service industry, sanitation, menu planning and culinary nutrition and complete 2,000 work hours under the guidance of the employer’s chef.
  • Apprentices will be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages during their apprenticeship based on the acquisition of increased skill and competence on-the-job and in related instruction.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices should receive promotions to be a bona fide line cook for that employer and being paid at the journey worker’s rate.
  • Apprentices receive a Hawai‘i Cook Apprenticeship certification equivalent to 14 credits, which is considered a full semester that would cost a Hawai‘i resident $1,794 and a non-resident $4,790
  • Kapi‘olani CC pays an apprentice’s employer a $500 stipend per apprentice who completes the program to compensate them for the time and effort to monitor their apprentice.
  • Apprentices must be at least 17 years of age, with a high school diploma or equivalent, have current TB clearance and MMR innoculations and possess physical, verbal and reading abilities essential for job safety.

Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook Reopens to Public

The Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened after being closed since February to protect breeding nēnē (endangered Hawaiian geese) in the area.

A couple enjoys the newly reopened overlook. NPS Photos

During the closure, the nēnē parents successfully raised their single gosling and the family has now moved on to their summer grounds.

It’s been a decade since the last gosling was reared in the vicinity, and that nēnē is the grandfather of this year’s gosling, according to Kathleen Misajon, wildlife biologist at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.

The young nēnē gosling and its parents near Pu‘u Pua‘i ​Overlook on Feb. 6, 2017

“This year’s gosling was the fifth generation of the same nēnē family I’ve monitored over the years. After a 10-year hiatus, it is really exciting to see this female return to a favored family spot,” Misajon said.

In 1952, only 30 nēnē remained statewide.  In the 1970s, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park began efforts to save the species from extinction. Today, more than 250 wild birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet. There are more than 2,500 nēnē statewide.

During the closure, the park’s facilities maintenance team made improvements to the popular deck, which overlooks Kīlauea Iki crater and trail. Missing boards were replaced, and the deck was painted prior to the reopening.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park facilities maintenance team repairs Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook prior to the reopening.

Pu‘u Pua‘i is a massive reddish-brown cindercone that formed during an eruption at Kīlauea Iki crater in 1959. It is visible from many areas along Crater Rim and Kīlauea Iki trails.

UH College of Education Faculty Member Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Promote Life Sciences

UH Mānoa College of Education (COE) Department of Curriculum Studies Professor Pauline Chinn received a four-year award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for Transforming Scientific Practices to Promote Students’ Interest and Motivation in the Life Sciences: A Teacher Leadership Development Intervention.

Chinn says the program is aligned with the vision of Hōkūle‛a’s Worldwide Voyage and the Promise to Children signed by the COE, University of Hawai‛i and Hawai‛i Department of Education. “We are the stewards and navigators of Hawai‛i’s educational community,” she said.  “We believe that the betterment of humanity is inherently possible, and that our schools, collectively, from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies, are a powerful force for good.” (Promise to Children).

Jackie Camit shows how art can be integrated into a lesson on ocean acidification.

Three courses, underwritten by NSF, integrate science with culture and place to engage students in developing design-based solutions to local problems of economic, cultural and ecological importance.

Teachers and community partners will form an interdisciplinary professional learning community with a UH team, comprised of Chinn, Curriculum Studies Assistant Specialist Kahea Faria, Institute for Teacher Education Assistant Professor Kirsten Mawyer, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language Professor Puakea Nogelmeier, and Botany Professor Celia Smith. Community partners provide students with STEM role models and exposure to future careers.

Recruitment is under way for the Fall 2017 EDCS 640J/P Seminar in Place-based Science. The seminar is designed to help teachers build their knowledge mauka-makai (ridge to reef) to engage students in problem-based learning addressing ecological issues, such as invasive and endangered species, water quality and climate change. Other courses in the program will enable teachers to develop and teach lessons aligned to standards as well as to hone research skills that are integral to educational expertise.

Nine credits of NSF sponsored coursework may be applied to an Interdisciplinary MEd or PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. For more information, contact Pauline Chinn at

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Community Talk – “How to Live with a Life-Limiting Illness”

Kupu Care, a Community-Based Palliative Care program offered exclusively in East Hawai‘i by Hospice of Hilo, is inviting the public to join them for their free community talk titled, “How to Live with a Life-Limiting Illness” on Wednesday, July 5, from 9:00am-10:30am at the organization’s Community Building located at 1011 Waiānuenue Avenue, Hilo.

Last month’s presentation on Living with a life-limiting illness.

This month’s presentation explores the medical specialty called palliative care, part of a growing nationwide movement to bring a greater quality of life to those challenged with a serious illness.

“When someone we love is diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, the worst thing we can imagine is that he or she might die,” said presenter Lani Weigert.  “The sobering fact is that there are worse things than having someone you love die, but our tendency as a society is to deny the reality of death.  That unwillingness by mainstream culture to grapple with the fundamental fact of morality keeps us from knowing what to expect and what is possible when the inevitable happens.”

Attendees will learn the natural progression of the disease process and the eight activities for basic physical independence, as well as get the health support they need to prepare for dealing with a life-limiting diagnosis.

“Most people can’t imagine anything worse than having the person you love die,” said Weigert.  “But watching your loved one die badly is even harder, and worse still is realizing later that much of his or her suffering could have been prevented.”

Those interested in attending the talk are asked to RSVP no later than Monday, July 3rd by contacting Lani Weigert at (808) 934-2913 or online at (events).

22 DUI’s Last Week on the Big Island

During the week of June 19, 2017, through June 25, 2017, Hawaiʻi Island police arrested 22 motorists for driving under the influence of an intoxicant. Six of the drivers were involved in a traffic accident. Two of the drivers were under the age of 21.So far this year, there have been 560 DUI arrests compared with 535 during the same period last year, an increase of 4.67 percent.

There have been 675 major accidents so far this year compared with 720 during the same period last year, a decrease of 6.25 percent.

To date, there were 18 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 20 fatalities, compared with 10 fatal crashes (one of which had multiple deaths), resulting in 11 fatalities for the same time last year. This represents an increase of 80 percent for fatal crashes, and 81.82 percent for fatalities.

DUI roadblocks and patrols will continue island-wide.

Duane Rapoza Jr. Selected East Hawaii Aloha Exchange Club’s Officer of the Month

Officer Duane Rapoza, Jr. (4-year police veteran) has been selected as the East Hawaiʻi Aloha Exchange Club’s June 2017 Officer of the Month. Officer Rapoza was selected for singlehandedly locating and arresting two individuals in high profile cases, the most recent being a person who had fled the scene of a fatal traffic collision, the other being a highly elusive car thief in a brand new stolen vehicle.

Officer Duane Rapoza, Jr.

On (May 17) at around 9:00 p.m. Officer Rapoza and other officers responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 130 near Pōhaku Drive, one vehicle was reported to be fully engulfed in flames. Upon Officer Rapoza’s arrival he confirmed it was a fatal traffic crash with a 1990 Toyota Pickup laying on its side, and that the driver of the responsible 2003 Mazda sedan had been observed walking away and lea ving the area.

Officer Rapoza conducted witness interviews, and then advised other officers of his intent to make checks for the registered owner of the vehicle. Officer Rapoza proceeded to the home of the registered owner and successfully located the 26-year-old male, apprehending him before any other officer’s arrival.

On (January 21) at around noon Officer Rapoza was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle report on Amaumau Road in Volcano. Arriving in the area and while conducting checks, he was flagged down by a resident who related there was suspicious activity at a vacant property located up the road. Officer Rapoza drove to the entrance to the property and discretely parked his vehicle at the beginning of the driveway electing to proceed solo on foot through the thick, overgrown foliage. Upon walking up the driveway, Officer Rapoza observed a new white Subaru WRX sedan within the carport of the home and a male and female loading items into the trunk of the vehicle.

As the two individuals become aware of his presence, they immediately dove into the vehicle and attempted to flee, reversing rapidly out of the carport but losing control crashing into some bushes. The occupants then bolted off on foot into a thick, grassy field toward some bushes, Officer Rapoza immediately chased after them and caught the male on the uneven, grassy terrain, after a short struggle he was able to safely apprehend him. The female was able to get away.

As a result of Officer Rapoza’s actions the stolen 2017 Subaru (taken from a car dealership in Kona earlier that week) was recovered, Officer Rapoza additionally recovered a stolen motorcycle, and parts from another stolen Subaru which were discovered in the carport of the vacant residence.

Through his continued actions, Officer Rapoza exemplifies the ʻPolice Department Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Teamwork and Community Satisfaction.

Rat Lungworm Informational Meeting on Lanai

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), Maui District Health Office, will hold a public informational meeting on rat lungworm disease on Tuesday, July 6, 2017 at the ILWU Hall in Lanai City, Lanai from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include an opportunity for the public to ask questions.

A number of public health experts and community partners will be present to share their findings and recommendations on preventing the spread of rat lungworm, including the DOH, College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources (CTAHR), the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) and Maui School Garden Network.

Rat lungworm is a rare disease caused by the parasite Angiostrongylus cantonensis which is found in rats, slugs and snails. The disease affects the brain and spinal cord and occurs when a person ingests raw or undercooked snails or slugs or unwashed raw produce such as leafy greens. To date, DOH has confirmed 15 cases of the illness in Hawaii for 2017, including nine (9) from Hawaii Island, four (4) Maui residents and two (2) Maui visitors.

DOH has launched a number of initiatives to address rat lungworm. Together with partner agencies, DOH has held community meetings on Maui and Molokai to educate the public on rat lungworm and to share best practices on the prevention of this disease, including the proper care and washing of produce, as well as rodent and slug control. DOH food safety inspectors have also worked with permitted food establishments on hygiene and food preparation, and medical advisories were sent to physicians and hospitals to increase awareness of the disease.

DOH is planning future public information efforts to educate residents and visitors about rat lungworm prevention.

For additional information on the disease, go online to or Call the DOH office on Lanai at (808) 565-7114 or on Maui at (808) 984-8201 for more details on the meeting.

Hilo International Airport (ITO) Receives Outstanding Airport Award From Federal Aviation Administration

Hawaii Department Of Transportation is pleased to announce that the Hilo International Airport (ITO) received an award for outstanding and continued safety and compliance performance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the Annual Airports Conference Awards on June 13, 2017.

From left to right: Winsome Lenfert, FAA Acting Associate Administrator for Airports; Steven Santiago, Hilo International Airport District Manager; Mark McClardy, FAA Western Pacific Region Director of Airports

Under the direction of Airport District Manager Steven Santiago, the Hilo International Airport flourishes because of its strong leadership and the devotion of its staff to constantly improve the airport’s facilities, aviation safety programs, and community outreach.

The Hilo International Airport continues to thrive largely because of the capital improvements and maintenance projects that enhance the airport’s facilities. This year several projects are planned including terminal improvements to the existing airport restrooms; design of the arcade building upgrades which include enclosing and air conditioning the second floor; and the design and reconstruction of the aircraft apron areas. There will also be construction for noise attenuation to benefit the surrounding community of Keaukaha, parking lot repaving at the main terminal, and the addition of vehicle canopies over the parking lot entries and exits.

In addition to airport facility projects, a major component that elevates Hilo International Airport is its outstanding aviation safety program. Santiago has shown dedication to the implementation of activities that have improved airport safety. He identified and implemented services for the pilot community including safety briefings and airport operating rules, and he exposed pilots to WINGS, an FAA educational pilot proficiency program.

It is the leadership and integrity of Santiago and his team that makes Hilo International Airport worthy of the Outstanding Airport Award. HDOT strives for growth and efficiency at the Hilo International Airport in order to create a safe and comfortable environment that will leave visitors and residents with a positive impression of Hawaii.

HDOT is making improvements to our airports statewide through the Hawaii Airports Modernization program. More information can be found by clicking here.