U.S. Supreme Court Orders Supplemental Briefing to Address Travel Ban 3.0

The United States Supreme Court today ordered the parties in the travel ban lawsuits to submit additional arguments analyzing the effect of President Trump’s third version of the travel ban issued yesterday. The Supreme Court also removed oral arguments for these cases scheduled to be heard on October 10, 2017 from its calendar. The cases have not been dismissed and the Supreme Court has reserved the option to reschedule oral arguments for a later date.

Attorny General Doug Chin

According to Attorney General Doug Chin, “Hawaii has always said the President must safeguard the country, but not in a way that violates immigration laws or discriminates based upon religion or national origin. The first and second travel bans failed this test, violated the law, and violated the constitution. We respect the Supreme Court’s instruction to analyze how, if at all, Travel Ban 3.0 affects the existing cases. We are reviewing the new order itself to determine if it is also legally objectionable.”

Because the Supreme Court has ordered supplemental briefing to be submitted by October 5, 2017, Hawaii will reserve most of its arguments, analysis, and comments about the effects of the new ban for those briefing papers.

South Point Fire Update

This is a fire information update for Monday September 25, 2017 at 2 pm.
Hawaii Fire Department reports the brushfire located in the area of Ka’alu’alu near South Point, in Ka’u is approximately 80% contained. No structures or communities are threatened at this time.

Due to this fire, the following advisories are issued:

  • There are no roadway closures at this time. Area motorists should be on the lookout for emergency vehicles.
  • Smoke from the fire may affect visibility for driving and air quality for Waiohinu area including Green Sands, Mark Twain Estates, and Discovery Harbor.
  • The public is requested to stay out of the active fire area.
  • This update is also available at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/
  • Closures may occur without notice.

Annual National Emergency Alert System TEST – September 27, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be conducting the 2017 Annual National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test on September 27, 2017, at 8:20 AM HST.

The test message will clearly state that the alert is only a test of the EAS system. 

All EAS Participants are required to participate in this nationwide test.
The purpose of this test is to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System.

It will use the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), which allows broadcast stations to receive test audio from the internet-based Common Alerting Protocol-Based (CAP-Based) and then measures how effective these alerts are sent and received.

If conditions on the day of the test require the rescheduling of the test, a secondary test date is scheduled for October 4, 2017.

Statement From Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift

Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, released the following statement, Sept. 25.

Adm. Scott Swift

I have been informed by the Chief of Naval Operations that I will not be his nominee to replace Adm. Harris as the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. In keeping with tradition and in loyalty to the Navy, I have submitted my request to retire. I do so with great appreciation and gratitude for the honor of having served so many Sailors and their families for what will be 40 years in January.

Submitting this request now is done with an abundance of respect and admiration for the CNO and his leadership, as well as for the Chairman and Secretary of Defense as both of them face the challenge of selecting someone to step into the leadership role Adm. Harris has filled with such distinction over the last three years.

I have not requested a retirement date as there is much work to be done here in the Pacific area of responsibility.

Whether my timeline of remaining service is six weeks or six months, I will fill that time with the energy of an Ensign and the wisdom drawn from the 140,000 Sailors who report for duty every morning in the Pacific Fleet.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) Hosting Admission Events for Prospective Students

Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) is hosting a series of admission events for prospective K-12 day students.

Prospective students entering grades 9-12 and their parents can register for one of three Preview Days that will be held at the school’s Gates Performing Arts Center on Monday, October 9, Friday, November 17, and Friday, December 1. The Upper School events begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m. Guests will receive an in-depth look at the school’s academic, athletic, fine arts, student life programs, and more. Each high school event is limited to 20 guests applying for the 2018-2019 school year.

A Preview Day for Middle School students entering grades 6-8 will be held at the Village Campus from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. Students and parents will meet school administrators and faculty members, learn about HPA’s philosophy on academic and social development during the Middle School years, observe Middle School classes, and tour the Village Campus.

A kindergarten Open House will be held in the kindergarten classroom at the Village Campus from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 4. Parents and prospective kindergarteners are invited to drop in and meet administrators and faculty members, learn about the school’s philosophy on academic and social development during the kindergarten year, and tour the Village Campus.

Registration is required for the Upper and Middle School events; registration is encouraged for the kindergarten event. To register, visit www.hpa.edu/admissions/events. For more information, contact Jackie Jefferson at 808-881-4091 (email: jjefferson@hpa.edu).

Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation Director and Deputy Resign

Department of Parks and Recreation Director Charmaine Kamaka and Deputy Director Ryan Chong have submitted their resignations, effective September 22, 2017.

Mayor Harry Kim

Mayor Harry Kim has thanked them and praised them for their very good and hard work.

“We are very grateful for all that Charmaine and Ryan have done for the community,” the Mayor said. “They took on a very difficult task and did good work.”

Roxcie Waltjen, the Department’s Culture Education Administrator, has been asked to fill in as the interim Director of Parks and Recreation, the Mayor said in a statement.  A letter to the County Council for Ms. Waltjen’s confirmation will be drafted this week.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Offers Free Entry and Stewardship Opportunities on National Public Lands Day

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park offers free entrance and two opportunities to help protect Hawai‘i this Saturday, National Public Lands Day, Sept. 30, by removing invasive plant species in the park and in the Ocean View community.
In honor of National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offering the Stewardship at the Summit program from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet volunteers Paul and Jane Field at Kīlauea Visitor Center at 8:45 a.m., then head into the forest to remove Himalayan ginger from the summit of Kīlauea.

NPS Photo

Himalayan ginger is one of the most invasive plants in the park, and on earth. It is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as one of the 100 World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. The park strives to protect the rainforest habitat of native birds and plants, but Himalayan ginger takes over the native rainforest understory, making it impossible for the next generation of forest to grow, and it crowds out many native plants, including pa‘iniu (a Hawaiian lily), ‘ama‘u fern, and others. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, and water. Loppers/gloves provided. No advance registration required.

Volunteers for Stewardship at the Summit on Saturday will receive a free park pass to use on another date of their choosing.

In Ocean View, volunteers are needed to remove invasive fountain grass from roadsides in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE). Meet at the Ocean View Community Center on Sat., Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.; bring lunch, water, a hat and sun protection. This noxious weed increases the risk of wildfire. In 2005, fountain grass was responsible for a 25,000-acre fire that forced evacuation of Waikoloa Village. Contact Park Ecologist David Benitez at (808) 985-6085 or email him at david_benitez@nps.gov for more information about this project.

Every year on National Public Lands Day (NPLD), all fee-charging national parks offer free entry. Many parks and public lands across the nation organize stewardship projects and special programs on NPLD to raise awareness about why it is important to protect our public lands.