Bill urges creation of airport authority


HILO — Hawaii’s airports could have their own governing body in the coming years, thanks to a Senate bill seeking to expedite modernization of the state’s key transit system.

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The legislative legacy of the late Hawaii Island State Senator Gilbert Kahele lives on, this time in the form of SB 3072, which would create an airport authority that would manage Hawaii’s 15 airports.  Presently, the state’s airports are managed by the state Department of Transportation.  An airport governing body would make operations at the state’s airports more efficient and responsive to travelers’ needs.  Hawaii Island State Senator Lorraine Inouye tells reporter Ivy Ashe that "Our airports are much busier now, and we need to catch up with lots of modernization."  Inouye says the late State Senator Gilbert Kahele was "well aware of the challenges airports face with regard to capital improvement funding."  Inouye added that SB 3072 was one of the "very, very few" measures to receive the support of all 25 state senators since she has served in the Hawaii State Legislature.  Aloha, Russ.

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Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel gets new name and owner – Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel will remain open under a new owner, a new name and new management.

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Effective Friday, 12 February 2016, Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel will get a new name and a new owner.  The 145-room hotel on Hilo’s Banyan Drive was bought recently by Honolulu-developer Peter Savio.  He has renamed the iconic Hilo hotel "The Pagoda Hilo Bay Hotel", to be operated by Castle Resorts & Hotels.  The announcement follows a Board of Land and Natural Resources ruling to transfer the land lease under the hotel to Savio.  Twenty-seven employees of the hotel and 10 at nearby stores will be retained.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife Receives Major Federal Grant | Hawaii News and Island Information


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that the State of Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources is the recipient of more than $485,000 as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The program’s focus is on public-private partnerships that enable private companies, land owners, local communities and other non-government partners to deliver…

Source: Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife Receives Major Federal Grant | Hawaii News and Island Information (http://www.damontucker.com/2012/02/12/hawaii-division-of-forestry-and-wildlife-receives-major-federal-grant/).

Accessed on 13 Februrary 2016, 06:22 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Hawaii news blogger Damon Tucker.

Here’s some good news for state agencies trying to protect native plant and animal species.  The Hawaii Department of Forestry and Wildlife will get a federal grant of $485,000 as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.  The goal of the private and state partnership “is to keep lands resilient, improve water quality and quantity, protect wildlife and promote business growth.”

The funds will be used to control beach erosion, protect native Hawaiian forests, and control invasive insects that threaten native plant species.

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Hawaii Legislators Seek to Establish the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus


Hawaii Legislators Seek to Establish the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus
Posted on February 12, 2016 by Damon
The Department of Business, Economic Development and Technology (DBEDT) and the Office of Aerospace Development could be tasked to develop a plan for the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus.

One of the last bills the late Senator Gilbert Kahele introduced was Senate Bill 3073, which if passed this session, would establish the School of Aeronautical Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. Looking to build upon the possibility of the School of Aeronautical Science, State Senators Brickwood Galuteria (Dist. 12 – Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, McCully, and Mo‘ili‘ili) and Donovan M. Dela Cruz (Dist. 22 – Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho) have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 27 and Senate Resolution 10 requesting the Office of Aerospace Development to develop a plan for the Gil Kahele Aero Technology Campus in Hilo.
“This is more than the Senate’s way to recognize the good work of the late Senator,” said Sen. Galuteria. “This is a memoir that reflects the way he operated, bringing people together to plan and build for a better Hawai‘i. And you see that in the resolution, it brings together various groups to develop a plan for the Hilo community and the state of Hawai‘i.”
Sen. Dela Cruz has been working with DBEDT in developing industry hubs to create jobs. “We are looking at all the industries and assets relating to aerospace, aeronautics, and aviation. If the School of Aeronautical Science is established at Hilo, then we need to make sure the school is supported by all industries related to these fields,” said Dela Cruz.
DBEDT has adopted a goal of creating 80,000 new jobs with salaries over $80,000 in technology and innovation by 2030. Creating an aero technology campus in the Hilo area will help the State meet this goal by supporting a new industry and retaining local graduates.
“This is an important reality for jobs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)”, said Dela Cruz. “As we continue to focus and push STEM curriculum in our schools, we need to make sure there is a pathway from our schools into the industry so our students can have the proper skills to be career or college ready.”
The plan for the aero technology campus will be facilitated and coordinated among Hawai‘i’s public, private, and academic sectors, in line with the vision of Sen. Kahele and continuing to build upon the foundation he had developed over the years.
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Source:  http://www.damontucker.com/2016/02/12/hawaii-legislators-seek-to-establish-the-gil-kahele-aero-technology-campus/

Accessed on 13 February 2016, 06:05 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Hawaii news blogger Damon Tucker.

 

Here are some more details of a state legislative plan to create a School of Aeronautical Science at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.  The essence of the proposed program is SB 3073, which was introduced into the Hawaii State Senate shortly before Hawaii Island State Senator Gilbert Kahele died. State economic experts believe the new curriculum could create as many as 80,000 technical and scientific jobs by the year 2030.  The creation of this new program at UH-Hilo would be a fitting honor for the late Hawaii Island state senator.  Aloha, Russ.

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Hawaii House of Representative Richard Onishi Disqualified From Running for Late Senator Kahele’s Senate Seat


Hawaii House of Representative Richard Onishi Disqualified From Running for Late Senator Kahele’s Senate Seat
Posted on February 12, 2016 by Damon
Hawaii House Representative Richard Onishi (D-3) has been disqualified from running for late Senator Gilbert Kahele’s Senate Seat according to the Hawaii County Democratic Party.

According to the Chair for House District 2, Micah Alamedia, Onishi submitted 11 names on his “Statement of Candidacy” to run for the vacant seat, however, only 3 of those names were registered democratic members.
Candidates needed to have at least 5 members sign the Statement of Candidacy that were in good standing with the Democratic Party.
Each candidate did have the opportunity to verify that each of the folks that signed on the Statement of Candidacy were in good standing, however it appears that Rep. Onishi did not double check the signatures against the registered voters list.
The Hawaii Island Democratic Party will be meeting tomorrow at Keaukaha Elementary School at 10:00 am where members of the party will hold a vote and then select 3 nominees to be sent on to Governor Ige.  Governor Ige will then decide which of the three will replace the late Senators spot in office.
The following folks are still in contention, Margarita “Day Day” Hopkins, Donald Ikeda, Kaialii “Kai” Kahele, Shannon Matson, Kaloa Robinson, and Dolly Strazar. Representative Onishi will remain in office as a House Representative and no penalty will be held for not having 5 confirmed signatures.
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Source:  http://www.damontucker.com/2016/02/12/hawaii-house-of-representative-richard-onishi-disqualified-from-running-for-late-senator-kahele).  Accessed on 13 February 2016, 05:53 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Hawaii news blogger Damon Tucker.

 

Hawaii Island State Representative Richard Onishi won’t be running for the Hawaii Island State Senate seat held by the late Gilbert Kahele.  The Hawaii Democratic Party said Onishi didn’t have the minimum of 5 registered democrats in good standing on his "Statement of Candidacy" and would be disqualified from the special appointment.  On Saturday, 13 February 2016, 10:00 a.m., Hawaii Island democrats will meet at Keaukaha Elementary School in Hilo to select three persons eligible for the vacated state senate seat.  Hawaii Governor David Ige will make the final selection.  Aloha, Russ.

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KHNL : Gov. Ige signs emergency proclamation to fight mosquito-borne illnesses


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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation to fight mosquito-borne illnesses in Hawaii.
The announcement comes as the state grapples with a growing dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii Island, and as lawmakers and state officials raise alarms about the resources required to prepare for the Zika virus.
As of Friday, there have been 255 cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island since September.
There have been no cases of Zika virus in Hawaii this year.
The proclamation will release much-needed state funds for personnel and resources, and will suspend procurement laws to ensure speedier responses to problems.
Virginia Pressler, state Department of Health director, said the proclamation will allow her to quickly hire entomologists on Hawaii Island, and add to the department’s communications staff.
She said the goal is to “vector-born disease division so we can keep Hawaii safe.” (The state’s vector control branch was decimated by budget cuts, but has slowly been built back up.  
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Source:  m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db_352779/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=AOBBDniK).  Accessed on 13 February 2016, 05:36 hrs, UTC.

 

After weeks of pressure from Hawaii’s medical and political communities, Hawaii Governor David Ige has finally issued an emergency proclamation addressing the dengue fever outbreak on Hawaii Island and the possible spread of the Zika virus on Oahu. The emergency declaration will give the state more resources to fight and contain dengue fever, which has infected 255 people on Hawaii Island.  The emergency announcement also discusses steps to contain the 4 cases of Zika virus found on Oahu.  Zika virus has been implicated in the disabling brain disorder known as microcephaly (small head) in newborns.  The proclamation gives the state Health Department the legal tools to spray on private property in the interests of public health and safety.  Aloha, Russ.

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Center for Disease Control Confirms 4 Zika Cases This Year in Hawaii


The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that there were 4 cases of the Zika virus reported in Hawaii in the last year. This is news to many of us, as previously we had only heard of the one case that was brought here from Brazil!

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Surprise, surprise! There have four confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Hawaii. The governor’s emergency decl station comes just in time. Expect to see more cases of Zika and dengue fever as the climate changes. Aloha, RUSS

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