Hawaii House Approves Bills on Master Plan to Build a New Stadium and Other Bills

With just about a month left in the 2017 legislative session, the House passed 35 Senate bills today.

The bills passed head back to the Senate for their consideration. If the Senate does not agree with the House amendments, the bills will be negotiated in conference committees.

Key measures passed by the House today include:

Public Education

SB 683 SD2 HD1 proposes amendments to Articles VII and X of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to authorize the Legislature to establish a surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations to increase funding for public education.

Aloha Stadium

SB 1200 SD2 HD1 appropriates funds to create a master plan and environmental impact statement for the construction of a new Aloha Stadium.

Red Light Photo Detector

SB 221 SD2 HD1 establishes a Photo Red Light Imaging Detector Systems Program to improve enforcement of traffic signal laws and requires the DOT to establish a Red Light Running Committee to review the program and make further recommendations.

Child Care Facilities

SB 511 SD2 HD1 requires the DHS to post reports of all child care facility inspections on its website, include all actions that involve complaints of suspected or actual violations, and appropriates funds to implement and comply with the reporting requirements for child care facilities.

Maui Hospitals

SB 944 SD1 HD1 appropriates funds to the Department of Budget and Finance for collective bargaining cost items to facilitate the transition of the affected Maui region hospital employees to employment with Maui Health System, a Kaiser Foundation Hospitals LLC.

Aquatic Life

SB 1240 SD2 HD1 requires the DLNR to submit their proposed legislation by 2019 including that a definition of “sustainable”, a policy for sustainable collection practices of near shore aquatic life, limits on collection, and any additional resources required by the apartment. It also prohibits issuance of new aquarium permits and transfer of existing aquarium permits.

A complete list of Senate bills passed by the House to date is available on the Capitol website at http://capitol.hawaii.gov/advreports/advreport.aspx?year=2017&report=deadline&rpt_type=secondCross_ammend&measuretype=SB&title=Second Crossover.

New Works of Art By Distinguished Local Artist Displayed at Honolulu International Airport

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airport Division, in coordination with DFS and HMSHost, on behalf of the Airport Concessionaires Committee were presented with a piece of fine art by local artist Satoru Abe.

From left; Kahu Kordell Kekoa; Tobi Solidum; Mel and Pally Chiogioji; Satoru Abe; Gail Goto, Mr. Abe’s daughter; State Senator Ronald Kouchi, Senate President; Ross Higashi, HDOT Airports Division Deputy Director

The art piece is displayed at the Honolulu International Airport (HNL) main lobby terminal near the newly renovated cultural gardens.

Artist and sculptor Satoru Abe, 90, stands beside his work “Sunburst” located at the Honolulu International Airport.

Hawaii’s renowned sculptor and artist Satoru Abe will grace one of the walls at HNL with his work. Abe’s vision was to create a visceral sensory dynamic sharing 40 laser engraved wood etched paintings to tell his story in collaboration with his grandson Donovan Goto. This combination of grandfather and grandson brings the best of traditional artwork blended with high technology to depict themes from nature such as the sun and trees.

The Satoru Abe gallery is located on the second level of the Central Concourse overlooking the newly renovated cultural gardens.

As a capstone to this commission Abe is including a special metal sculpture named “Sunburst” presented to DFS and the residents and visitors of Hawaii. A ceremony at HNL this morning marked the occasion with a memorandum of understanding and a proclamation announcing Feb. 24, 2017 as Satoru Abe Day.

“Sunburst” by Satoru Abe is proudly displayed at Honolulu International Airport. Photos courtesy, Hawaii Department of Transportation or HDOT.

In all Abe, 90, has created more than 8,000 art pieces, many of which have found their way to locations of distinction such as the Hawaii State Capitol, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii State Art Museum, Aloha Stadium, Hawaii Convention Center, and his alma mater William McKinley High School.

Video: Warrior Walk – First Hawaii Warrior Walk Before Lamar Game

The University of Hawaii beat Lamar 54-2 this past weekend in what was Norm Chow’s first home game of the season.  What many folks don’t know is that he has brought a new tradition to the home games called the “Warrior Walk” where the coaches and players get off the bus and walk through supporters of the team to get to the stadium.

University of Hawaii Head Coach Norm Chow gets off the bus and leads his team to the stadium.

Starting the tradition with the first ever Hawaii Warrior Walk prior to the 9/15/12 game against Lamar.


Video by VH07V and World Wide Ed

NFL Pro Bowl Trophy, Cheerleaders, Autographs and a Block Party… The 2012 NFL Pro Bowl Strolls Into Wolfgang’s in Waikiki

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfang Zwiener at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki is, once again, the official Pro Bowl 2012 Trophy Host from January 24-28, 2012.  Wolfgang’s Steakhouse was also the official home of the trophy last year, the Pro Bowl MVP trophy’s inaugural year.

The trophy will be featured at a press conference (for media, only) at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa on Tuesday, January 24th, then brought to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse at approximately 12:45 p.m. by Wolfgang and Peter Zwiener and General Manager Bill Nickerson, accompanied by the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders and mascot.  The public is invited to greet the trophy at this time.  Limited photo ops will be available with the cheerleaders, as well.

From January 24th through the Pro Bowl Block Party on January 28th* (*except 1/25 – see below), the Pro Bowl Trophy will be on display at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse during regular hours – 11 a.m.~10:30 p.m. daily, and the public is invited to take a photo with the trophy at no charge.

“We welcomed thousands of excited Pro Bowl fans who came in last year to take a photo with the trophy,” said Nickerson.  “And many of them also stayed for lunch, happy hour, and dinner with us!  This is really the only opportunity for fans to take a photo, up close and personal, with such an iconic trophy – it’s truly a unique experience!  I recommend coming earlier in the week – there were long lines and hours-long wait on Saturday night during the Pro Bowl Block Party.”

A summary of events is below.  Stay tuned for more announcements on cheerleader appearances at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse throughout Pro Bowl Week.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener
Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Building C, Level 3
Tel. (808) 922-3600

12:45/1:00 p.m.
Following the NFL Pro Bowl press conference at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa at 11:30 a.m., the new NFL Pro Bowl Trophy will be ceremoniously brought to Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, it’s “home” during Pro Bowl Week in Hawaii.  Be among the first to see the trophy and take a picture with it at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse!  Limited photo ops available with the Pro Bowl Cheerleaders.

And stay for lunch!!!  In addition to our regular menu, Wolfgang’s popular $10 Daily Lunch Specials include our 1/2-lb. Prime Sirloin Burger with Fries & Onion Rings; Fresh Mahimahi Fish & Chips with Fries; Fresh Mahimahi Sandwich with Fries & Onion Rings; or the Wolfgang’s Tropical Chop Salad.

1:00-10:30 p.m.
The public is invited to take photos with the NFL Pro Bowl Trophy.  No purchase required, but check out our menu and ask about our specials during Pro Bowl Week!

Wolfgang’s Tip:  Join us for lunch (11 a.m.~5 p.m.), happy hour (4~6:30 p.m.) or dinner (5~10:30 p.m.)!

1:00-3:00 p.m., only*

*The trophy will be removed temporarily for private player events at another location.

11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Wolfgang’s Tip:  Join us for lunch (11 a.m.~5 p.m.), happy hour (4~6:30 p.m.) or dinner (5~10:30 p.m.)!

11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Wolfgang’s Tip:  Join us for lunch (11 a.m.~5 p.m.), happy hour (4~6:30 p.m.) or dinner (5~10:30 p.m.)!

11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Wolfgang’s Tip:  Join us for weekend brunch (11 a.m.~3:30 p.m.), lunch (11 a.m.~5 p.m.), happy hour (4~6:30 p.m.) or dinner (5~10:30 p.m.)!

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Wolfgang’s Tip:  Join us for dinner and watch the activities on Kalakaua Avenue from our third floor vantage point.

The NFL Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 29th, at Aloha Stadium.

“We hope all football fans will take this opportunity to visit Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, take a photo with the trophy, meet the cheerleaders, and also enjoy some of our fabulous food!” added Nickerson.  “Royal Hawaiian Center has the best parking deal in Waikiki – first hour free and $1 per hour for the next 3 hours, with validation.”

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is also hosting private events for the NFL during Pro Bowl Week.

For more information on NFL Pro Bowl Hawaii 2012, please visit http://www.nfl.com/probowl.