Hawaiian immersion students still can ‘opt-out’ of tests in English | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Hundreds of students in Hawaiian immersion public charter schools learn primarily in Hawaiian, yet many take standardized tests each year that are written in English.

Source: Hawaiian immersion students still can ‘opt-out’ of tests in English | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/hawaiian-immersion-students-still-opt-out-tests-english).

Accessed on 25 September 2016, 15:55 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Kirsten Johnson.

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The Hawaii Public Charter School Commission has ruled that students enrolled in Hawaiian immersion schools can “opt-out” of testes conducted in English.  The opt-out option will remain in place “until a comparable Hawaiian language assessment is available for all tested grade levels.”

According to reporter Kirsten Johnson, the Public Charter School Commission says testing students in a different language creates a “mismatch when determining how those students are performing academically, as they’re tested in a language that’s different than the one in which they’re taught.”

Five state charter schools used the English language test opt-out option in the past two years.  Hawaiian assessments for all tested grade levels are still being developed.


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Mayor Kenoi’s latest escapades call attention to potential ethics issues | i L i n d


Source: Mayor Kenoi’s latest escapades call attention to potential ethics issues | i L i n d (http://www.ilind.net/2016/09/24/mayor-kenois-latest-escapades-call-attention-to-potential-ethics-issues/).

Accessed on 25 September 2016, 15:40 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ian Lind.

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Comment:

Interesting analysis from longtime political reporter Ian Lind.

While the recent issue of Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi’s behavior at a planning meeting on Kauai made the rounds on the internet, Mr. Lind feels the real issue is not Kenoi’s inebriated speech captured on video, but rather the lack of public ethics shown by planners at the Kauai gathering.

Lind says the mayor’s behavior is only a symptom of a greater problem. “When our public planners are enjoying themselves to the booze and prizes provided by corporate sponsors who think they will be called on to regulate when they return to their day jobs, I think that is a serious concern.”

Unfortunately, the “wine and dine” approach to business seems ingrained in our economic culture.  Rooting out this business strategy will take a long time.


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Strong 6.9 magnitude quake near Fiji Islands, no tsunami threat | Hawaii 24/7


An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 occurred in the Fiji Islands region at 11:29 a.m. HST on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat from this earthqu…

Source: Strong 6.9 magnitude quake near Fiji Islands, no tsunami threat | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/09/24/strong-quake-near-fiji-islands-no-tsunami-threat).

Accessed on 25 September 2016, 15:25 hrs, UTC.

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According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Oahu, the strong temblor did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami.  The earthquake occurred at a depth of 626 km/398 miles in an area north of the Fiji Islands.


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State briefs for September 24 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


UH cited for safety violations after lab explosion

Source: State briefs for September 24 | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/state-briefs-september-24).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 17:55 hrs, UTC.

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Here are some of the top stories in Hawaii for Saturday, 24 September 2016:

UH-Manoa fined $100,000 for safety violations after a lab explosion earlier this year.  The explosion took the arm of a university researcher.

Hawaii Governor David Ige seeks emergency declaration for Maui following $15 million damage from recent flooding in Iao Valley.

Trump hotels settle with New York AG for data breach.


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Ookala flooding raises concern; Residents meet with county, dairy officials to discuss solutions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


After experiencing severe flash flooding and mudslides last week, Ookala residents met with county and state officials Thursday evening in an attempt to ensure their homes will be protected in the future.

Source: Ookala flooding raises concern; Residents meet with county, dairy officials to discuss solutions | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/ookala-flooding-raises-concerns-residents-meet-county-dairy-officials-discuss).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 17:30 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Ivy Ashe.

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Comment:

Ookala residents impacted by recent flooding met with Hawaii County and Hawaii State officials Thursday night to find ways to protect their homes and property in the future.

Flood waters broke through a culvert and “brought torrents of swirling muddy water from the dairy on the slopes above Highway 19 across the road, through a piece of county-owned land and into Ookala.”

Residents showed officials video of the flood damage and expressed their fear of touching the accumulated mud because of infection concerns.

Ookala residents told officials that “current diversions needed to be widened and deepened in order to accommodate the deluges.”  Interim Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Ed Teixeira said he was working with the Department of Public Works to address the roads.  Big Island Dairy general manager Brad Duff said he was “willing to take on the responsibility of clearing those diversions, which would require a Memorandum of Understanding between the dairy and the county.”

Hawaii County Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, who lives in Ookala, told reporter Ivy Ashe that she wanted to discuss the flood and run-off issues with the state Departments of Health and Agriculture.


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Native Hawaiians given way to create ties with US government | West Hawaii Today


HONOLULU — Native American communities with their own governments have long had a way to establish a relationship with the United States, but until now one of the largest indigenous groups in the country hasn’t had the same opportunity.

Source: Native Hawaiians given way to create ties with US government | West Hawaii Today (http://westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/native-hawaiians-given-way-to-create-ties-us-government).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 17:00 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Jennifer Sinco Kelleher (Associated Press, Honolulu).

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On Friday, 23 September 2016, the U.S. Department of the Interior said it “had finalized a rule for creating a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians–if they choose to form their own government and if they want such ties.”

The effort to recognize Native Hawaiians as a distinct governing entity has been pursued for years.  According to AP reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, former Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka “spent about a dozen years trying to get a bill passed that would give Native Hawaiians the same rights already extended to many Native Americans and Alaska Natives.”  Those efforts failed to gain acceptance during Akaka’s years of senatorial service.

Native Hawaiians haven’t had a formal government since the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.  Kris Sarri, the Interior Department’s principal deputy assistant secretary for policy management and budget, told reporter Jennifer Sinco Kelleher that Native Hawaiians “are the largest group in the U.S. that has not been offered the chance for a relationship with the federal government.”

The new federal rule requires there be a formal governing document that is ratified by Native Hawaiians. A Hawaiian Constitutional Convention fell apart last year after a lawsuit questioned the legality of holding a race-based election.

Sarri says it’s up to Native Hawaiians to figure out “how the ratification requirement would be met.”


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Police ‘active shooter’ presentation in Waimea Monday (Sept 26) | Hawaii 24/7


The Hawaiʻi Police Department will host an “active shooter” presentation in South Kohala on Monday, September 26. The presentation, which is open to the public, will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 …

Source: Police ‘active shooter’ presentation in Waimea Monday (Sept 26) | Hawaii 24/7 (http://hawaii247.com/2016/09/23/police-active-shooter-presentation-in-waimea-monday-september-26).

Accessed on 24 September 2016, 16:45 hrs, UTC.

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The program is free and will be held at the Waimea Elementary School cafeteria.

According to the Hawaii Police Department, the “active shooter” program “is designed to help individuals increase their survivability should they encounter an active shooter or other type of active violence…”

This presentation could save your life.


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