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|After the panic in Hawaii, it might be time to bring back Bert the TurtleHawaii News / 11 min. ago more|
At the height of the Cold War, schoolchildren in Chicago would practice taking shelter under their desks at 10:30 every Tuesday morning. Alarms and sirens would sound outside and the children would watch a short film about how to survive a nuclear attack.
|Editorial: Hawaiia s texted death threat: It can happen here too.Hawaii News / 4 h. 19 min. ago more|
Hawaiians, as we all know, had to live through a frightening 38 minutes Saturday trying to figure out what to do - find some kind of shelter, pray, jump in the ocean, whatever - in the face of their state government telling them they faced a fiery death within a matter of minutes. And after the alert, they received no follow-up about what to do, where to go, how to survive after a blast, or what plans the state and U.S. government had.
|Hawaii Distributed Phony Image Of Missile Warning ScreenCivil Beat / 4 h. 57 min. ago more|
Officials in Gov. David Ige’s office released what they now say is an inaccurate image of the computer screen an employee was looking at when a false missile alert was sent out to hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors. The image, shared with Civil Beat prior to Ige’s press conference Monday evening, was eventually published by news organizations around the country such as BuzzFeed, Yahoo News and The Washington Post. The point was to show the public exactly what the worker saw when he clicked on the screen, sending out a cellphone alert that spread widespread panic and fear across Hawaii. State officials now say this screen shot, which appeared in many news outlets, doesn’t show the actual interface that the operator who mistakenly set off the false ballistic missile alert would have seen.Hawaii Emergency Management However, state officials now say that image was merely an example that showed more options than the employee had on the actual screen. “We asked (Hawaii Emergency Management Agency) for a screenshot and that’s what they gave us,” Ige spokeswoman Jodi Leong told Civil Beat on Tuesday. “At no time did anybody tell me it wasn’t a screenshot.” HEMA Administrator Vern Miyagi texted her the image, Leong said, and she subsequently provided it to the media. Richard Rapoza, HEMA’s public information officer, said that the agency gave the governor’s office the screenshot without his knowledge. “It was not handled officially through our office,” Rapoza said Tuesday. “That’s on us. That’s on our office, that an error was made in the way we handled the governor’s request.” “The governor’s office wanted to know what did this look like and it should have been more fully explained to them. I personally apologize,” he said. HEMA can’t publicize the actual screen because of security concerns — the system could then then be vulnerable to hackers, Rapoza said. Hawaii emergency management officials say this facsimile, provided Tuesday, better represents what an employee would have seen on Saturday. However, the “false alarm” option was only added after the erroneous missile alert was sent out.Hawaii Emergency Management Agency On Tuesday, the state emergency agency provided what Rapoza described as a “more accurate” look at what a worker might see. It lists the actual options the worker had Saturday morning during what was supposed to be a drill. It also includes a new “false alarm” option that the agency added after the the false alert, according to Rapoza. The staffer who triggered the false alarm has been temporarily reassigned. The confusion over the image comes as Gov. Ige and HEMA face scrutiny over their handling of Saturday’s massive malfunction, and as they work to restore public trust in their leadership. The first image sent out was widely criticized online Tuesday for what many believed was a crude, “jumbled” design prone to cause mistakes. But that was before state officials disclosed that the interface wasn’t real. This is not the kind of interface you would expect to see for something this important. https://t.co/0mUWXt33OG — Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 16, 2018 I was pretty sure terrible UI/UX was the cause of that missile alert, but sweet beard of zeus, it's so much more terrible than I had imagined. https://t.co/19Mz2pIcli — Josh Pigford (@Shpigford) January 16, 2018 OMFG. This appears to be the interface that was at fault for the ballistic missile alarm on Hawaii. It is way way worse than I possibly could have conjured up in my wildest dreams.https://t.co/4zErizigPZ — Per Axbom (@axbom) January 16, 2018 Apologies for the profanities: As a UX designer I’m literally losing my shit. — Jonathan Maimon (@jonmaimon) January 16, 2018 Whatever the real interface looks like, it requires the employee to click through a second warning prompt before sending out the alert, according to state emergency officials. The drill has been suspended while the state investigates further what happened, and any subsequent tests will require two HI-EMA employees to press the button, they add. The post Hawaii Distributed Phony Image Of Missile Warning Screen appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Lead Story – Mildred Kobashikawa’s Good, Long LifeThe Hawaii Herald / 6 h. 48 min. ago more|
Mildred Kobashikawa surrounded by her four adult children (from left) — Ruby Arasato, Peter Kobashikawa, Leilani Agena, mom Mildred and Fred Kobashikawa. Centenarian Mildred Kobashikawa Maintains a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit Kevin Kawamoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald At 100 years old — 101, next month — Mildred Kobashikawa is an active older adult who enjoys cooking, taking care of her home and garden and spending time with her family. On the day of our interview for this Hawai‘i Herald feature, she had baked homemade manju that was the best manju this writer had ever tasted. She had even created a special flower-like design stamp to decorate her manju, which made it look extra fancy. What a surprise it was to learn that the stamp she had used to imprint her design was one end of a spool of thread! Mildred enjoyed visiting Hawai‘i’s “ninth island” until a few years ago. Kobashikawa was born in February 1917 in the sugar plantation town of Pu‘unënë on the island of Maui. To give readers a sense of how long ago that was, Queen Lili‘uokalani was still alive at the time, although her monarchy had been overthrown more than two decades earlier. “My father came from Okinawa,” Kobashikawa said. Her father, Saburo Oshiro, went to work in the sugar fields of Pu‘unënë. “My mother came later as a picture bride, also from Okinawa.” When they married, her father was 24 and her mother, Ushi, was 18. The first two children born to the young couple were boys. Then came Kikue — or “Kiku-chan,” as she was called back then. Kikue took the English name of Mildred when she got older. As the first daughter born into the family, Kiku-chan was spoiled by her relatives. She would often cry if she wasn’t being carried, which led to her being nicknamed “nakimiso,” an affectionate term for a crybaby. In all, Kobashikawa’s parents had seven children: two boys and five girls. Their second son died in infancy from the Spanish flu, and their last daughter, Sumi, died of a liver infection when she was only 24. Mildred’s nieces — and writer Kevin Kawamoto — say Aunty Mildred’s manju is awesome. Here she is in her kitchen making manju “My parents moved to the Big Island when I was 4 years old,” said Mildred. “They went to a sugar plantation in Kohala.” However, that would be only the first stop for the growing Oshiro family. They continued moving to improve their financial circumstances. “They moved to so many places because they found that certain places give more money.” Mildred said it felt like they had moved all over the Big Island. Besides Kohala, the family lived in Hälawa in North Kohala and Niuli‘i, near Kohala and Waipi‘o. She still recalls an incident from her childhood. “One day, my mom told me to buy ume (Japanese pickled plums) after school. She gave me 10 cents. For 10 cents you could get kind of a big plate (of ume). So I got the 10 cents, and after school, I was going to the store . . . Hirano Store.” Mildred working in her yard, where she raises plants, flowers and vegetables. She is shown here with a bunch of mums she nurtured. Before reaching the store, however, she noticed a bunch of kids having the time of their lives jumping on a pile of sugarcane. It looked like fun, so she decided to join them. In the process, she lost the dime her mother had given her for the ume and went home empty-handed. She got a good scolding from her mother. “Those days, 10 cents was big money,” Kobashikawa said. Her mother made her go back to the sugarcane pile to look for the dime, but it was no use — she couldn’t find it. It was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. When an opportunity presented itself on Maui, the family returned there, this time settling Upcountry, in Makawao, where her father joined a relative working on a pineapple plantation. To get the full article, please subscribe to The Herald! Kevin Kawamoto is a longtime contributor to The Hawai‘i Herald. Tom and Mildred Kobashikawa and their children — (from left) Peter, Leilani, Fred and Ruby — just before boarding the plane on a family trip. Young Tom and Mildred Kobashikawa with Mildred dressed in a formal wedding kimono. (Photos courtesy Kobashikawa family)
|Spotlight – Colbert Matsumoto Receives Imperial DecorationThe Hawaii Herald / 6 h. 52 min. ago more|
Colbert Masayuki Matsumoto was conferred The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Government of Japan in a ceremony at the Japanese Consulate on Dec. 21. The Imperial Decoration, which was presented at the Ja- panese Consulate by Consul General of Japan Koichi Ito, recognized Matsumoto’s work in strengthening ties between Hawai‘i, the United States and Japan. Matsumoto, who is chairman and president of Island Holdings, Inc., has long been involved in the Japanese community, with both local and national organizations. In 2002, the Läna‘i-born sansei chaired the Committee to Save the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, which was threatened with closure due to debts in the millions of dollars. In a matter of months, the committee raised $9 million from among 7,000 donors to clear the debts. In 2011, then-Lt. Gov. (and now U.S. Sen.) Brian Schatz asked Matsumoto to coordinate a fundraising drive to aid the people of northeastern Japan in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami. The “Aloha for Japan” campaign, as it came to be known, raised $8 million in disaster relief for the Töhöku area. Matsumoto was also the 2010 chair at PICHTR — Pacific International Center for High Technology Research — the year the “Okinawa-Hawai‘i Clean Energy Partnership” was established, providing the framework for key collaborative activities connecting Okinawa and Hawai‘i in the field of renewable energy. Last May, Island Holdings was a key sponsor of the Japan-Hawai‘i Economic Summit, which convened in Kona to promote economic ties and friendship between regional businesses in Japan and Hawai‘i. In presenting the Imperial Decoration to Matsumoto, Consul General Ito stated, “I sincerely hope that Mr. Matsumoto will continue to lend his steadfast focus and his defined leadership qualities so that we may continue to maintain a strong Japan-Hawai‘i and a strong Japan-U.S. relationship in the coming years.” After receiving the Imperial Decoration, Matsumoto addressed the audience. “I am truly humbled and grateful to receive this prestigious honor from the government of Japan,” he said. “As an American, I am proud of my Japanese heritage and the cultural values that were transmitted to me by many teachers in my life. My involvement in the Japanese American community and with U.S.-Japan relations reflects my desire to share those qualities with others.” An attorney by training, Matsumoto said he was “truly humbled” to receive the Imperial Decoration. He shared that there was a time when he was not proud of his Japanese heritage. “It was during the post-World War II period in the 1950s when Japan was the subject of much animosity and derision in America. It was a time when popular American World War II movies depicted Japanese as the enemy and a morally corrupt people because of the notorious sneak attack on Pearl Harbor,” Matsumoto explained. It was a “confusing” time to be a young American boy of Japanese ancestry, he said. “But my parents and my grandparents raised me to take pride in my cultural heritage. They gave me a Japanese middle name, ‘Masayuki,’ to remind me of my ancestral roots.” They also introduced young Colbert and his brother to various aspects of Japanese culture. “By the time I attended college on the Mainland, having grown up in Hawai‘i, I was confident in my sense of who I was as an American of Japanese ancestry,” he told friends and family members who attended the presentation. Each community effort, from the Save the Center JCCH campaign to the “Aloha for Japan” disaster relief effort, to involvement in PICHTR, the Japanese American National Museum and the U.S.-Japan Council, of which Matsumoto was a founding member, deepened his understanding of the community’s “connectedness” and “reminded me of the communal values I experienced growing up among the Issei and Nisei generations.” Matsumoto said he decided to recount the history of his involvement with activities relating to cultivating ties between the U.S. and Hawai‘i and Japan “because they were truly the result of collective efforts and contributions by many people like all of you who have joined me here today.” He especially recognized his mother, Matsuko Matsumoto, who was in attendance, for raising him to be a proud American of Japanese ancestry. He also thanked his wife Gail and daughters Maya and Mandy for their support and understanding of his community involvement, Consul General Ito and his staff for organizing the program.
|Culture4Kids!The Hawaii Herald / 6 h. 56 min. ago|
|HIEMA: Alert screen actually looks more like this drop-down menu ... - Hawaii News NowGoogle News / 7 h. ago more|
HIEMA: Alert screen actually looks more like this drop-down menu ...Hawaii News NowGovernment officials released an image of the actual screen where the false missile alert was triggered from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Saturday morning.and more »
|Oshogatsu – New Life for Your Leftover MochiThe Hawaii Herald / 7 h. ago more|
Mochi topped with natto and daikon. (Photos by Chloe Suzuki) Editor’s note: It’s the fifth day of the new year and every time you open your frig, those trays of glutinous white rice cakes — mochi — are staring you in the eye. “Ahhhhh, I ordered too much,” you say to yourself. “What am I going to do with all this mochi? I’m going to be bachi’d if I toss it out.” Toss it out?! Don’t even think of doing that . . . because there is a second, even more exciting, life for all of that leftover mochi, as I learned by asking a few friends. Joanne Ninomiya, founder and former owner of the translation and video production company JN Productions, Inc., came back with some great ideas that gave those plain white rice cakes a total makeover. Here are Joanne’s contributions. Ideas for Mochi Toppings Most local families fry their leftover mochi in butter, or they boil it or bake it in a toaster oven sprinkled with combinations of kinako (ground soybean flour) and sugar, or shoyu and sugar or azuki beans. But how about being creative and giving your mochi a different taste and look? Use Kiri Mochi (square-cut mochi) or the round ones and cut them into thirds or fourths before cooking. Keep in mind that mochi packs a lot of calories and carbs, so by cutting them smaller, you can get more bites with toppings. I cut my Kiri Mochi into three pieces and then cut those three pieces in half again for a total of six pieces. You can either bake the mochi pieces in a toaster oven or fry them in a skillet. If you use a toaster oven, place your mochi on a piece of foil lightly coated with Pam, butter or oil and set it at 375 to 400 degrees for about eight to 10 minutes or until the top of the mochi gets puffy. Remove the mochi from the oven or pan and place the pieces on a large plate. And now for my toppings. To get the full recipe, please subscribe to The Herald! Mochi topped with kinako and peanut butter. Mochi topped with bacon.
|Business – Long Life Sun NoodleThe Hawaii Herald / 7 h. 6 min. ago more|
Hidehito and Keiko Uki and their Sun Noodle crew at the company’s Colburn Street factory in Kalihi. (Photos courtesy Sun Noodle) Thirty-five Years of Long Life and Good Fortune Jodie Chiemi Ching Special to The Hawai‘i Herald For many Japanese, noodles are a must-have at New Year’s. Toshikoshi Soba are buckwheat noodles traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve to help you “leap from the old year into the new year.” Noodles in general are also said to symbolize long life. So, Sun Noodle was destined for a long life and good fortune from the day Hidehito Uki left his hometown of Tochigi in the Kantö area of Japan and arrived in Hawai‘i in 1981. At 19, he could barely speak English. So, he let his noodles do his talking for him by going door-to-door, delivering samples to prospective customers. Each time they gave him some feedback, he returned to his factory, revised his recipe and took it back to the restaurants until he had made them just the way they liked it. Each restaurant had its own preference: One wanted thick noodles, another wanted them thin, still another wavy, another chewy. Uki never said “no” — and that is how he makes noodles even today, more than 45 years after making his first batch of fresh noodles in Hawai‘i: custom-made to his customers’ preference so they can pair it with the right broth. In time, Uki met and married his wife Keiko, who owned a restaurant near his noodle factory in Kalihi. After marrying, they became a team. He made noodles in the morning and delivered orders in the afternoon while she balanced the books and managed their small staff. Sun Noodle and the Uki family continued to grow. By the early 1990s, Sun Noodle started shipping its noodles to the West Coast and to Vancouver, Canada. They now had three children: Jamie, Hisae and Kenshiro, who, from a young age, began taste-testing samples, packaging noodles and learning to cook Japanese food. One opportunity after another presented itself for Sun Noodle. In 2004, the year Kenshiro left for college, the company opened a factory in California. As it turned out, Uki’s timing was perfect. The company began producing noodles for ramen restaurants that were opening up all over the country. The ramen boom was on in big cities like Los Angeles and New York. Another golden opportunity arose for Sun Noodle in Hawai‘i: the chance to purchase S&S Saimin, the popular instant saimin producer. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe to The Herald! Jodie Ching is a freelance writer and blogger who also works for her family’s accounting firm in Kaimukï. She has a bachelor’s degree in Japanese from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa and is a past recipient of the Okinawa Prefectural Government Foundation scholarship. Hidehito and Keiko Uki and their children (from left) Hisae, Kenshiro and Jamie.
|Nengajo – 2018,Year of the DogThe Hawaii Herald / 7 h. 15 min. ago more|
The artwork on the following pages are the winning entries in the annual nengajö, or New Year’s card, design contest for students taking Japanese language. The statewide contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Teachers of Japanese and is open to the elementary, middle and high school students of teachers who are members of HATJ. Awards are presented in the categories of most artistic, most original, most comical and “New Year’s in Hawai‘i” for each school level. The entries are judged on its artistic value, as well as on the correct “spelling” of the Japanese words that appear on the card and the form of the Japanese characters. Alisa Yost, Mililani High School — special award, original, high school. Madisyn Ueyama, Mililani ‘Ike Elementary School — third place, comical, elementary school. Lisa Shirai-Holland, Washington Middle School — first place, Hawai‘i, middle school. Akemi Santiago, Hawaii Baptist Academy — third place, Hawai‘i, high school. Anne Ruedo, Waipahu High School — second place, artistic, high school. Brennen Roylo, Mililani ‘Ike Elementary School — third place, original, elementary school. Jace Ramiscal, Mililani ‘Ike Elementary School — second place, artistic, elementary school. Ashley-Kate Pura, Mililani High School — first place, artistic, high school. Grace Pu, ‘Äina Haina Elementary School — first place, comical, elementary school. Catherine Palmer, Sacred Hearts Academy — second place, original, high school. Jaysee Moore, Roosevelt High School — third place artistic, high school. Mika Montano, Washington Middle School — first place, original, middle school. Eunchong Min, Roosevelt High School — first place, Hawaii, high school. Connor Low, ‘Äina Haina Elementary School — first place, original, elementary school. Jiahui Liao, Roosevelt High School — special award, Hawai‘i, high school. Tatsuo Kim, Washington Middle School — first place, comical, middle school. Hye Lim Kim, Roosevelt High School — first place, original, high school. Jayni Ishikawa, Hawaii Baptist Academy — first place, comical, high school. Jada Inouye, Hawaii Baptist Academy — third place, original, high school. Sarah Ing, Wilson Elementary School — first place, artistic, elementary school. Reanne Inafuku, Hawaii Baptist Academy — third place, comical, high school. Sue Hong, ‘Äina Haina Elementary School —second place, original, elementary school. Tatem Fuller, Wilson Elementary School — third place, Hawai‘i, elementary school. Bryce Hara, Wilson Elementary School — second place, Hawai‘i, elementary school. Hilinai Gilliland, Kamehameha Schools — special award, comical, high school. Brendan Fujimoto, ‘Äina Haina Elementary School — third place, artistic, elementary school. Siena Fernando, Mililani High School — second place, Hawai‘i, high school. Ethan Chun, Mililani ‘Ike Elementary School — second place comical, elementary school. Victoria Brown, ‘Äina Haina Elementary School — first place, Hawai‘i, elementary school.
|Escapee From Hawaii State Hospital Pleads Not GuiltyCivil Beat / 7 h. 20 min. ago more|
(AP) — A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California will stay behind bars instead of going back to the facility he was sent after being acquitted by reason of insanity for a woman’s 1979 killing, his attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Michael Green said Randall Saito’s family does not plan on bailing him out of jail, where he participated in a court hearing via video but did not speak. Green entered a not-guilty plea to an escape charge on his client’s behalf. Saito was caught in Stockton, California, in November, days after walking out of Hawaii State Hospital. He had two high-quality fake IDs, two cellphones and more than $6,000 cash, prosecutors said. Hawaii State Hospital escapee Randall Saito was taken into custody by authorities in Stockton, California.San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office At the hearing, Deputy Hawaii Attorney General Kory Young asked the judge to deny bail, increase it from $500,000 or require it be paid only in cash to prevent Saito from returning to the hospital. That’s where he would go if he posted bail. Saito’s family also wants to ensure he doesn’t go back to the hospital, Green said. Judge Collette Garibaldi ruled that his $500,000 must be posted in cash. Officials are still investigating how he was able to escape, including where he got the money and other supplies. If he returned to the hospital, it would be impossible to keep him away from potential witnesses, hospital Administrator William May wrote in a letter to the court. Saito plotted his escape with a banned cellphone, Young said in documents. “The escape is obvious,” Green told reporters outside court, but it’s now a matter of working something out with prosecutors. A trial is scheduled for March. The post Escapee From Hawaii State Hospital Pleads Not Guilty appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Here Is What America Should Learn from Hawaii's Missile Scare - The National Interest OnlineGoogle News / 7 h. 31 min. ago more|
The National Interest OnlineHere Is What America Should Learn from Hawaii's Missile ScareThe National Interest OnlineHawaii's effort should be applauded, not scorned, but dismissive scorn is easier. Politicians demand action to find cause, and assurance that it won't happen again. Translation: Fire the poor blighter who pushed the wrong button, fire all the officials ...and more »
|FEMA: Hawaii Didn’t Need Approval To Retract Missile AlertCivil Beat / 7 h. 38 min. ago more|
(AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said the state of Hawaii didn’t need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile attack. Hawaii has had the authority to cancel or retract warnings since 2012, when it applied for access to the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, FEMA said in a statement. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency spokesman Richard Rapoza said Tuesday his agency asked FEMA for clarification on Saturday about whether rescinding an alert was an appropriate use of the warning system. There was a 38-minute gap between the text messages.Screen shot Hawaii officials have said the process was one factor that delayed their retraction. Another was writing the cancellation notice, since a retraction script was not kept on file. The Hawaii agency didn’t send a retraction until 38 minutes after the initial alert. Rapoza said officials weren’t clear on whether they could use the system to cancel the first alert. “We didn’t want to pile one mistake on top of another,” Rapoza said. Officials said a state employee clicked the wrong link and activated a real alert instead of an internal test when the mistaken message was distributed. Hawaii is the only state that is set up to send cellphone alerts about the threat of an incoming ballistic missile. It’s had the ability to do so since November, Rapoza said. Hawaii is also the only state that has siren alerts that will be sounded specifically to warn of a ballistic missile threat. Hawaii started testing these sirens last month. The state set up the ballistic missile warning infrastructure after North Korea demonstrated its ballistic missiles had the range to reach the islands. Hawaii is home to key military bases and command centers, making it rich with potential targets for adversaries. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday the agency will work with states to follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts like Hawaii’s warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Hawaii Democrat, said it’s clear that human error initiated the false alert. But she worries that system failures allowed it to go uncorrected for too long. “This had the potential for being totally catastrophic,” Hirono said. Nielsen told a Senate panel the department had been unaware that Hawaii officials did not have a mechanism in place to address false alarms and retract them. She also said the Department of Homeland Security is examining how the U.S. government can quickly verify the accuracy of alerts with agencies such as the Department of Defense. The post FEMA: Hawaii Didn’t Need Approval To Retract Missile Alert appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|'The stress brought on a heart attack': Man, 51, suffered a massive HEART ATTACK in Hawaii minutes after false ... - Daily MailGoogle News / 9 h. 16 min. ago more|
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|The US Congress will probe how Hawaii sent out an erroneous alert about an incoming missile - RecodeGoogle News / 9 h. 35 min. ago more|
RecodeThe US Congress will probe how Hawaii sent out an erroneous alert about an incoming missileRecodeCongressional lawmakers plan to probe how Hawaii officials sent an erroneous emergency alert to its citizens' smartphones warning of an incoming ballistic missile — and what the United States government can do to prevent another, similar mishap. The ...38 excruciating minutes in Hawaii reveal key questionsCNNIn Hawaii, Reacting to a False Alarm of an AttackNew York TimesThe Latest: Hawaii congresswomen want hearings on alertWashington PostChicago Tribune -ABC Newsall 486 news articles »
|Ryan’s Table – Sustainability for 2018The Hawaii Herald / 9 h. 36 min. ago more|
Ruscello’s Zucchini Carpaccio. (Photos by Ryan Tatsumoto) Ryan Tatsumoto Hawai‘i Herald Columnist For the past several years, I have been making a concerted effort to purchase my food ingredients from local purveyors so that more of my hard-earned dollars remain in the 50th. I realize that some of my money stays in Hawai‘i even if the produce I purchased was grown on the continent. That purchase still supports the local employee who works in that produce section or the local cashier who processed my purchase. But if you purchase local products, everyone local benefits — the employees working for that company; the grower or farmer who produced the product; and even the company managers, executives and owners return some of the dollars to the local economy by spending locally for their own personal needs. I had this epiphany recently following a totally unrelated experience. If you recall, I enjoy a nice glass of vino. In fact, after the Hawai‘i Legislature approved direct wine shipments to the 50th, I created my fair share of accounts at various wineries in California and Washington. If you’re lucky, you are immediately offered wine directly from the winery — if not, the winery places you on a wait list. While I’m always happy to receive a wine shipment, I began noticing in the past year or so that the shipping costs have risen to the point where I am reassessing whether to continue purchasing my annual allocation of wine. Although the 50th does have its own local winery — Maui Wine Co., on the slopes of Haleakalä — I still want to sample wine from more than just one winery. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe to The Herald! Ryan Tatsumoto is a clinical pharmacist by day. In his off-hours, however, he and his wife enjoy seeking out perfect marriages of food and wine. Ryan is a certified sommelier and a certified specialist of wine. The Windward O‘ahu resident also writes a column for San Francisco’s Nichi Bei Weekly called “The Gochiso Gourmet.” Ryan Tatsumoto’s zucchini carpaccio. Raw Corn Salad
|Gannemono 150th – The GannemonoThe Hawaii Herald / 9 h. 41 min. ago more|
The “People of the First Year” Were Hawai‘i’s First Japanese Immigrants Kei Suzuki Re-edited from “Hawai‘i’s AJA Pioneers” Editor’s note: The year 2018 marks 150 years since the Gannenmono, or “First-Year People,” arrived in Hawai‘i in June 1868. This first group of immigrants planted the seeds of today’s Japanese community in Hawai‘i. This milestone anniversary will be celebrated statewide throughout the year, with the Kizuna Group and Gannenmono Committee taking the lead in organizing events and activities, a few of which are listed at the end of this piece. The committee is led by tri-chairs Tyler Tokioka, Christine Kubota and Sal Miwa. The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i’s New Year’s ‘Ohana Festival on Jan. 14 will kick off the celebration year. The following historical profile of the Gannenmono by researcher Kei Suzuki was published in “Hawai‘i’s AJA Pioneers: One Hundred Profiles Commemorating the Centennial of Hawaii Hochi.” The book was published in 2012 by Hawaii Hochi, Ltd. to commemorate the newspaper’s 100th anniversary. The first organized and documented group of immigrants from Japan was referred to as the “Gannenmono” — “People of the First Year” — who arrived in Hawai‘i on June 19, 1868. These immigrants were also referred to as “Meiji Gannen” people, meaning they arrived in Hawai‘i in the first year of Emperor Meiji’s reign in Japan. The person most responsible for the immigration of the Gannenmono was Eugene Van Reed, an American of Finnish descent who, in 1865, had been appointed consul general of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Van Reed knew of the sugar planters’ need for laborers to work the Islands’ sugar plantations and decided to ask the Japanese government to send contract laborers to Hawai‘i and worked with the government in recruiting the laborers. In their book, “A Pictorial History of the Japanese in Hawai‘i, 1885-1924,” Dr. Franklin Odo and Kazuko Sinoto note that the Gannenmono were a mixed group that consisted of a few samurai, artists, a hairdresser, cooks and even a 13-year-old who was a heavy drinker — people “hardly prepared to cope with the rigors of sugar plantation work.” There is a discrepancy in the number of emigrants who came ashore in Hawai‘i in May 1868. According to Odo and Sinoto, there were 148 passengers on the ship. Jane Komeiji and Dorothy Hazama, on the other hand, cite 153 emigrants in their book, “The Japanese in Hawai‘i: Okage Sama De.” When the emigrants sailed out of Yokohama Harbor aboard the Scioto on May 17, 1868, they did so knowing that the new Meiji government had not authorized their departure. And although they knew nothing about their destination prior to departing, many believed they could earn money quickly and easily in Hawai‘i after learning about a Hawaiian government effort to eradicate snakes in the Islands for which the government would pay 1 ryo (a gold coin) for each snake caught. The leader of the Gannenmono was an armor-maker from the Sendai Clan named Tomisaburo Makino, who reportedly could speak a few words of English. Another in the group, Yonekichi Sakuma, kept a trip journal, documenting their lives at sea. Among his entries were reports of a death en route to Hawai‘i and a near-knife fight with a Chinese sailor. Sakuma also wrote about most of the emigrants cutting off their topknots prior to docking in Honolulu. After the immigrants’ arrival, the Hawaiian Gazette, an English-language newspaper, reported in its June 24, 1868, edition: “At first glance, these Japanese looked like good people. They were brimming with vigor and zest. These people from the Empire of Japan did not appear to have visited foreign countries before and strolled through the streets as if they were enjoying the novelty of it all very much. “They are of a very polite race. They quickly took to our greeting, ‘Aloha!’ and repeatedly returned the courtesy with ‘Aloha, Aloha.’ “In spite of their shabby clothing, they did not appear to be timid in the least. On the whole, they created a favorable impression and were greeted warmly by white residents and natives alike. It is hoped that they will turn out to be amiable and useful workers.” About two weeks later, the newly arrived immigrants were given their work orders: Roughly 70 workers were assigned to plantations on O‘ahu, about 50 were sent to Maui plantations and eight workers were sent to Kaua‘i. Another 20 remained in Honolulu and were assigned domestic jobs. Their contracts with the Kingdom of Hawai‘i called for them to be paid $4 per month for a period of three years. (The contract was later amended to $10 a month for the same three-year term.) To read the rest of this article, please subscribe to The Herald! One of the highlights of the 150th anniversary celebration will be the annual convention of the Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad, set for June 6 and 7 in Honolulu. A commemoration ceremony and symposium will be held June 7 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Speakers will include Dr. Dennis Ogawa, professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa; Dr. Akemi Kikumura-Yano, former president of the Japanese American National Museum, who has done extensive research on immigration to the Americas; and Dr. Masako Iino, former president of Tsuda College and head of Fulbright Japan. Other Gannenmono 150th anniversary celebration events include: • Jan. 5: Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce shinnenkai • Jan. 6: United Japanese Society of Hawaii shinnenkai • Jan. 14: JCCH ‘Ohana Festival • Feb. 3: Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival on Hawai‘i Island • Feb. 11: Ukulele Picnic at Kaka‘ako Gateway Park • March 9-11: JTB Honolulu Festival • March 11: Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden • March 17: Cherry Blossom Festival Ball • May 7: Maui Matsuri at Queen Ka‘ahumanu Shopping Center For more information on the Gannenmono 150th anniversary, visit kizunahawaii.com, or email email@example.com.
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|Politics – “The Japanese Vote”The Hawaii Herald / 9 h. 45 min. ago more|
How Significant is “The Japanese Vote?” Richard Borreca Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Asking about ethnic voting in Hawai‘i is like posing the question: “Is it raining in Hawai‘i?” Yes, somewhere in Hawai‘i almost every day, rain is falling and, yes, Hawai‘i voters take ethnicity into consideration when they go to the polls. But it is way more complicated than that. Historian and journalist Tom Coffman, who has written several books on Hawai‘i’s history and politics, says it is more difficult to pinpoint the influence of “the Japanese American vote” now that so many Hawai‘i families are made up of many different ancestries. “It’s obviously of diminished importance because of the decline from percentage in the high 30s of total population to one-fifth,” said Coffman in an interview. “However, I would bet AJAs still vote in disproportionate numbers, effectively resulting in being the most important element of Democratic primaries,” Coffman added. Professor Jonathan Okamura, who teaches the Japanese in Hawai‘i course in the University of Hawai‘i’s ethnic studies department and the author of several books about race and ethnic identity in Hawai‘i, explains that while the proportionate number of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i has gone down, the importance of AJA voters remains a building block of the Democratic Party. “Clearly, at least for statewide elections, the Japanese American vote is not as organized or as strong as in the past, but it need not be. Japanese American families have the financial resources to provide for their children’s current and future well being without having to depend on electoral politics to create opportunities for their socioeconomic mobility, as was the case until about the 1990s,” Okamura said in an interview. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe to The Herald! Richard Borreca is a veteran Honolulu journalist. He has worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, KHVH News Radio, KHON-TV, Honolulu Magazine and The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, for whom he now writes a Sunday column.
|Landmarks – K. Nakamura Nursery’s Deep RootsThe Hawaii Herald / 9 h. 50 min. ago more|
An Oasis of Plants and Trees in Kapahulu Gregg K. Kakesako Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Nestled among the high-rise apartment buildings and older homes along Date Street in Kapahulu sits a quarter-acre oasis of flowering plants and small fruit trees that Helen and Masayoshi Nakamura have been tending to for more than half a century. Once a banana patch, K. Nakamura Nursery has thrived for decades as an off the beaten path place to find plants and fruit trees to add to your home garden. Although the business has neither a website nor an email address, it is the subject of dozens of postings on social media. One Yelp contributor called it “a jewel in the city.” A 2016 posting from Arizona said: “Mrs. Nakamura was amazing, from greeting us with delicious mandarins to helping us pick out the right plants for our space. She even encouraged us to consider less expensive options. This place is a gem.” Another Yelp endorsement from 2012 said: “This is the place everyone has been hoping for; small business, family owned and operated — I think it is only mama and papa — he waters, she assists the clients. Total down to earth Japanese style nursery. Mama-san will give you recommendations of “good” or “no good” with your choices if you give her the details of your plan. Eclectic selection and awesome variety. If you accept her suggestions, she always throws in a few potted plants for free.” The “K.” in the name of the business comes from Kanichiro Nakamura, who immigrated to Hawai‘i from Hiroshima, said his granddaughter, Charleen Nakamura-Leong. Her father, Masayoshi — Kanichiro’s second son — operates the nursery with his wife Helen, Charleen’s mother. In the 1930s, prior to starting the nursery, Kanichiro owned and operated Waialae Store, which was located mauka (mountainside) of today’s Kahala Mall, said Nakamura-Leong. He later obtained his broker’s license and helped others lease land in the Kapahulu area. Kanichiro himself leased and cleared a 17,000-square foot banana patch on Date Street, which he later purchased from the I‘aukea Estate. Rice paddies and taro and banana patches once dotted the area where Kaimukï High School now stands, and golfers now tee up at the Ala Wai Golf Course, once the site of rice paddies and the Territorial Fair Grounds. Several small streams and a freshwater well kept the area irrigated before emptying into the Ala Wai Canal, where Lukepane Street is today. At certain spots along Waikiki Beach, water can be seen bubbling to the surface. To read the rest of this article, please subscribe to The Herald! Gregg K. Kakesako worked for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Gannett News Service and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for more than four decades as a government, political and military affairs reporter and assistant city editor.
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|8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The LegislatureCivil Beat / 23 h. 13 min. ago more|
The 2018 legislative session officially kicks off Wednesday. That means lawmakers will begin reviewing thousands of measures and soliciting public input on bills. Engaging in the political process might seem intimidating or overwhelming, so here are some tips to keep you on track this session. Whether you can make it to the Capitol or not, you can make your opinion known on pending legislation.Cory Lum/Civil Beat 1. Know Your Lawmakers If you don’t already know who your elected representatives in the House and Senate are, type your street name into this box at the upper right corner of the Capitol website: capitol.hawaii.gov. Here’s a list of names and contact information for big players in the House and Senate: Position Name Phone Number Email Senate President Ronald Kouchi 808-586-6030 firstname.lastname@example.org Senate Majority Leader Kalani English 808-587-7225 email@example.com Senate Ways and Means (Budget) Committee Chair Donovan Dela Cruz 808-586-6090 firstname.lastname@example.org House Speaker Scott Saiki 808-586-6100 repsaiki@Capitol.hawaii.gov House Majority Leader Della Au Belatti 808-586-9425 repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov House Minority Leader Andria Tupola 808-586-8465 reptupola@Capitol.hawaii.gov House Finance (Budget) Committee Chair Sylvia Luke 808-586-6200 repluke@Capitol.hawaii.gov For a list of all lawmakers’ contact information, click here. 2. Find Bills If you’re interested in a specific issue, search for bills by keyword (such as “education”) or bill number (such as “HB1 for House Bill 1”) in the upper left corner of the Capitol’s homepage. To see all bills introduced by a particular lawmaker, go to their homepage by clicking a name on this list. Once you click on a bill, you can see the full text, testimony on the bill, its introducers, committee votes on the bill and more. 3. Follow Hearings A list of all upcoming hearings can be found here. These public meetings offer a chance for the public to give testimony on a bill and hear what lawmakers have to say on the issue. Olelo broadcasts certain hearings online and on TV. Videos are also available in the Olelo archives, but it can take weeks for files to be uploaded. The Hawaii State Public Access Network, an on-demand video service, is available on Channel 50 for Spectrum customers. 4. Testify If you exceed your allotted testimony time limit, you might see a sign like this.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Your opinion does matter. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ll have been looking through testimony on a bill and it highlights a question that I might not have picked up because I don’t know enough about it,” said Sen. Laura Thielen at a Civil Beat event last week. “So please keep your testimony coming in. Don’t get cynical, it is very helpful.” To submit written testimony online, create an account on the Capitol site and follow these instructions — whether you plan to speak at a hearing or not. If you don’t know what to say, here’s a template. Be sure to send it in 24 hours before the hearing. If you’re testifying before the committee, first state your name and group affiliation, if any. Committee chairs tend to limit testimony to a few minutes, and even less time may be allowed in crowded hearings. For neighbor island constituents wishing to testify online, it’s not quite so easy. The Senate has a videoconferencing program, but it’s only available for select hearings in a certain room. The program isn’t utilized much, a Senate spokeswoman said, but more information can be found here. 5. Understanding Jargon Lawmakers don’t always speak in plain English. Check out this glossary to understand what’s actually going on. Acronyms are explained here. The Legislative session can be hard on a lot of folks — even staffers.Cory Lum/Civil Beat 6. Mark Your Calendars Don’t lose track of important dates. Keep checking this calendar to keep tabs on what’s next. Jan. 24, for example, is the last day that new bills can be introduced. The first “decking” date, March 2, is the final day that bills can be submitted for a floor vote. 7. Still Confused? The Capitol’s Public Access Room is a great resource whether you’re charging your laptop or writing testimony. If you’re looking to learn more about a particular bill, call the office of a lawmaker who introduced it. For more on committee decisions or amendments, call the chair’s office. Click here for more information on all committees. To find the Public Access Room, look for the potted plants and colorful fliers on the fourth floor of the Capitol.Courtney Teague/Civil Beat 8. Be Alerted To set up email alerts, create an account on the Capitol site. Log in and you’ll see this menu: Click “hearing notification” to track committees and be notified of important dates. To track changes in certain bills, click “measure tracking” and type in the bill number. If you’re into social media, follow Civil Beat on Twitter and Facebook. To make sure you see more of our posts, follow this guide to add us to your “See First” Facebook list. On Twitter, you can track the hashtags #HILeg, #HIgov and #HInews for more information. For all of Civil Beat’s coverage on the 2018 Legislative session, click here. The post 8 Tips That Will Help You Get Involved In The Legislature appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|The Hawaiian Nation’s Overthrow 125 Years OnCivil Beat / 23 h. 13 min. ago more|
On Jan. 17, 1893, the Hawaiian Nation was wrongfully overthrown by a small group of haole businessmen with the support of the U.S. minister and troops. On the same day, Queen Liliuokalani, the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian islands, drafted a letter of protest temporarily conceding to “the superior force of the United States of America” until the facts were reviewed by the U.S. and the queen’s authority reinstated. An investigation was launched into the overthrow and on Dec. 18, 1893, President Cleveland acknowledged to Congress that the overthrow was a “substantial wrong” committed to a friendly nation that the U.S. should “endeavor to repair.” U.S. troops lower the Hae Hawaii (Hawaiian flag) on Aug. 12, 1898, at Iolani Palace.Hawaii State Archives Unfortunately, what followed was the unlawful annexation of Hawaii (through a U.S. congressional resolution rather than by treaty) and the seizure of nearly 2 million acres of Hawaiian national lands by the U.S. On Aug, 12, 1898, the Hae Hawaii (Hawaiian flag) was lowered at Iolani Palace and the American flag raised. It was a day of mourning for the Hawaiian people, many of whom wept in the streets. Despite an apology 100 years later by the U.S. for the role they played in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation, the “substantial wrong” that had been done to the queen and the Hawaiian people to this day has never been rectified. A Time Of Mourning Wednesday marks the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation. Thousands of Hawaiians and supporters will be marching from the Royal Mausoleum at Maunaala starting at 9 a.m. to Iolani Palace where the Hae Hawaii will be raised once more. The event will be followed by music and inspirational speeches by past and present Hawaiian leaders such as Kaleikoa Kaeo, Mililani Trask, Jamaica Osorio, Kahookahi Kanuha, and Kekuhi Kanahele at the Palace Bandstand. Despite the challenges of U.S. colonization and occupation, we are still here and over half a million strong. The commemoration of 125 years since the overthrow for many of us is a time of mourning for a traumatic event whose ripple effects can still be felt today with the Hawaiian people owning some of the worst socio-economic statistics and over-represented among the houseless and incarcerated populations in Hawaii. For others it’s a time of celebration, that despite the challenges of U.S. colonization and occupation, we are still here and over half a million strong spread throughout Hawaii and the continental U.S. No matter what emotion the overthrow evokes, the events of Jan. 17 are clearly part of the collective historical experience of the Hawaiian people. It is this collective experience that united 40,000 Hawaiians and supporters 25 years ago at the 100th anniversary of the overthrow, and it is this experience that calls Hawaiians from all walks of life, political corners and cultural backgrounds to converge once again at Iolani Palace. During weeks leading up to the 125th Overthrow Commemorative March and Gathering, there has been a lot of discussion and contention on the topic of “unity.” Thousands converged on Iolani Palace on Jan. 17, 1993, on the 100th Anniversary of the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation.Ed Greevy There is a fallacy that Hawaiians as a collective have never been unified enough to rise to power in our own homeland, to determine for ourselves our political status, and to pursue social and cultural development as one people and nation. This fallacy has been used time and again as an excuse by the U.S. and its agents to hold back any serious attempt at justly reconciling the wrong that was done to the Hawaiian people in 1893 at the time of the overthrow. The truth of the matter is that Hawaiians are more unified than not. Bound together by a common genealogy tying us to this aina (land), an ancient culture and shared experiences no matter what we call ourselves and wherever we go, we are connected to this special place and this historical moment. The march and the gathering commemorating the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation is not about some unachievable idea of “unity’ but rather a call to all Hawaiians and supporters to onipaa (stand firm) until the wrong that was done 125 years ago has been made right. Mahalo to Hui Ku Like Kakou and the many organizers of this important event. For more information on the 125th Commemoration of the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation go to www.onipaakakou.org. The post The Hawaiian Nation’s Overthrow 125 Years On appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Denby Fawcett: Saving Manoa’s MonkeypodsCivil Beat / 23 h. 13 min. ago more|
I may sound like a dreamer but the day might be coming when Hawaii’s land developers start to value mature shade trees as assets to draw people into shopping areas rather than detriments to be obliterated. This has not always been the case. In 2014, Kobayashi and MacNaughton Groups and General Growth cut down 26 healthy large canopy shade trees to make way for the Park Lane residential development at Ala Moana Center. But during the same period, International Market Place developers saved the 160-year-old Indian banyan tree at the entrance to the Waikiki shopping complex as well as several large monkeypod trees throughout the project. Alexander & Baldwin now is considering ways to save nine trees it planned to either cut down or relocate in the Manoa Marketplace. The company says it will give serious consideration to a new plan from the Outdoor Circle to preserve seven mature monkeypod trees between Safeway and Longs the developer says it needs to cut down, and keep in place another two large shade monkeypod trees it now plans to relocate to the Woodlawn entrance to the shopping complex. The company is scheduled to meet with the Outdoor Circle and representatives from other Manoa community groups Wednesday to review the proposal to save the trees. Alexander & Baldwin had planned to destroy iconic monkeypod trees at Manoa Marketplace but now says it will reconsider.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Monkeypod trees have flourished in Hawaii for more than a century. In her book “Trees of Hawaii,” field biologist Angela Kay Kepler says: “Even back in 1915, naturalist W.A. Bryan commented that they ‘occupied every yard and square about Honolulu’ and that specimens spreading shade over a space 150 feet across were common on all the islands.” A&B’s plan to remove the monkeypod trees prompted an outcry from the Manoa community that sparked a petition now signed by more than 14,000 people. Some of the most adamant critics say they are willing to resort to civil disobedience if they have to to preserve the large shade trees. “If A&B keeps violating the wishes of the community, it will turn into a very emotional response. This is a deep, deep emotional issue for the people who live here,” says Manoa resident Nancie Caraway. Supporters of the shopping center trees say they create a cool, shady look iconic to Manoa that attracts people to the shopping center. In a statement emailed to Civil Beat Friday, A&B said it’s evaluating the Outdoor Circle’s proposal to save the trees “along with other design concepts and are encouraged about the possibility of saving some or potentially all of the trees while addressing the safety concerns in the parking lot. We look forward to our next meeting with the Outdoor Circle.” “We understand the trees are a prominent feature of the shopping center and that the residents have a lot of attachment to them,” says A&B spokesman Darren Pai. A&B informed the Manoa Neighborhood Board Dec. 6 that it needed to remove the healthy monkeypod trees because the trees’ roots had become a safety hazard, uplifting asphalt and creating cracks in the parking lot which people were tripping over. “The aggressive root systems of some trees have broken through the pavement, making the area potentially dangerous to pedestrians,” Pai says. Yellow paint covers the protruding roots of monkeypod trees. The roots are a public hazard, the shopping center owner says.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Outdoor Circle president and landscape architect Steve Mechler gave A&B his sketch last week to show how all safety concerns can be addressed while at the same time preserving all the trees. “The trees make the shopping center a unique and special destination for Manoa residents as well as the rest of the community,” says Mechler. In Mechler’s plan, the asphalt around the trees would be removed and replaced with a green belt with the current parking relocated closer to a largely unused, pedestrian area in front of the shopping center building. It rains so frequently in Manoa that the uncovered pedestrian area is usually empty. Mechler says benches could be installed in the planted areas around the trees to make gathering places for the community. Mechler is responsible for the landscaping of many Oahu shopping centers including Ala Moana Center in its first remodeling before it was sold to General Growth Partners and the Koko Marina Shopping Center “My plan for Manoa Marketplace addresses A&B’s safety concerns by moving the asphalt from the top of the trees’ roots which currently is creating a negative element and instead creates a positive impact by moving the parking,” he says. A&B’s real estate subsidiary, A&B Properties, purchased the 40-year-old Manoa Marketplace two years ago. The property is suffering from years of deferred maintenance and, besides removing the tree hazards, the company says it will restripe the now-unevenly marked parking area to end up with more parking spaces. Mechler says his plan also adds more parking stalls for a total of 152 parking places, eight fewer than what the marketplace will end up with after A&B restripes the lot. Outdoor Circle President Steve Mechler has come up with a plan he says will work for both the tress and the developer.Cory Lum/Civil Beat “It isn’t the only solution but it is a solution that meets all the variables that need to be addressed such as preventing pedestrians from tripping on uplifted asphalt and adding additional parking,” says Mechler. Outdoor Circle executive director Winston Welch says: “We believe we have come up with an elegant solution to address safety concerns, save the trees, provide green space and more parking. We know the company has a responsibility to keep people safe but it also has a responsibility to be a good neighbor.” Melcher’s plan comes after 14,521 people to date have signed a petition urging A&B to keep all the trees in place at the Manoa Marketplace. Manoa resident Neil Bond of the group called Manoa Alliance launched the on-line petition Jan. 1. Bond says he’s overwhelmed by the response to the petition which is averaging 2,000 new signatures each day. “The issue has become a lightning rod. It’s really galvanized the people. The trees in Manoa Marketplace are a cherished symbol of the valley,” says Bond. “The trees make the shopping center a unique and special destination for Manoa residents as well as the rest of the community.” — Steve Mechler, Outdoor Circle president In another new development, the directors of the community group Malama Manoa voted unanimously Wednesday to ask A&B to preserve all nine trees. “Besides being beautiful, big trees, they are the essence of Manoa,” says Malama Manoa board member Lowell Angell. “Without the trees, the parking lot will look barren like Costco in Iwilei. It is horrible to think of cutting large shade trees it took 40 years to grow.” Malama Manoa plans to send a letter this week to its 3,700 members to urge them to write letters, email and call A&B CEO Chris Benjamin to let him know the Manoa community wants the shade trees kept in place. “It is something we feel passionate about,” says Angell, whose family has lived in Manoa Valley for three generations. A&B is scheduled to meet with the Manoa Neighborhood Board Feb. 7 at Noelani Elementary School to give an update on its plans for the trees. The post Denby Fawcett: Saving Manoa’s Monkeypods appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked?Civil Beat / 23 h. 13 min. ago more|
The state appeared threatened, the people panicked, and citizens and the media looked to Hawaii’s governor for assurance that things would be alright. The assurance came, with the governor saying that the state was doing “everything possible” to protect the public and that the state would “respond quickly to any potential impacts.” Cynics warned that the governor, who was in a tough re-election battle, might use the crisis to his political advantage. As it turned out, Hurricanes Iselle and Julio would not cause nearly as much damage as had been warned in August 2014, though the Puna district on the Big Island got walloped nonetheless. And the governor, Neil Abercrombie, ended up losing the primary by the largest margin of any sitting governor in U.S. history. Gov. David Ige held a press conference that was broadcast live on all three Hawaii television stations to announce a review of what led to the false missile alert.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat The man that beat him, Gov. David Ige, does not find himself in quite the same situation as his predecessor. The primary this year is seven months away, not mere days, and the crisis was manmade, not caused by Mother Nature. And public opinion polls showed that Abercrombie was well on his way to a landslide defeat before the storms moved in. His leadership in handling the storm seems not to have been a factor in his loss. But many questions are being raised as to whether Ige’s political nene is cooked. A story in Monday’s New York Times said that a “black eye” looms for both Ige and Hawaii, and there were plenty of local critics quoted. “I deeply apologize for this false alert that created stress, anxiety and fear of a crisis in our residents and guests.” — Gov. David Ige Colin Moore, a University of Hawaii political scientist, said that the false alert and the response to it was “one of the worst things that could happen to an incumbent governor who has already been criticized for his lack of leadership.” Ige’s challenger in the 2018 Democratic primary, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, suggested the delay may be perceived as a matter of incompetence. “The governor and his administration did not handle this correctly,” she said. Glenna Wong, the communications director for the Ige campaign, fired back: “It is unfortunate that she is using (the) event to draw attention to herself while offering no solution.” But the knives are out, perhaps none sharper than from Abercrombie himself, who described the state’s perceived sluggishness in responding to the incident as “a monumental example of failure of leadership — incredible. It’s beyond incompetent. It is stunning. It should have been rescinded instantly.” Saying Our ‘I Love Yous’ No question that the alert should have been pulled immediately. But I am not sure that Ige is to blame for that. He took responsibility and responded appropriately. Changes have been implemented. Ige has also made clear his regret over the incident, saying on Saturday following meetings and debriefings with leaders at the Department of Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management: Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,” and prayed for peace. Those are some fine words, not quite Peggy Noonan, yet fitting and sincere. But Ige has to be aware of the optics of all this, and his administration has been working in overdrive since Saturday morning. A Monday night press conference broadcast live on all three local TV stations and Facebook Live showed the governor and his team trying to control the narrative. That’s when he apologized once more, issued an executive order to start a review process of the incident and named a “top brass official,” his press team said, to lead it. Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi and Gov. David Ige speak to reporters during a press conference at the Diamond Head Emergency Operating Center on Saturday.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Asked several times about the criticism from Hanabusa and others and whether his campaign was in trouble, Ige dodged all three times, explaining that he was focused on public safety and fixing the emergency system. But his campaign is in clear damage-control mode, sending out an email this weekend to supporters: “Governor Ige immediately investigated the cause and addressed the public to express his apologies and reiterate an assuring message.” The governor showed his remorse in that email, too, saying, “I deeply apologize for this false alert that created stress, anxiety and fear of a crisis in our residents and guests.” The email concluded by, regrettably, including a link for those wishing to donate to Ige’s campaign. Let’s Talk To North Korea Will Ige’s response be enough? Will voters remember in August that parents stuffed their kids into storm drains along streets and cowered under mattresses in bathtubs? Keep in mind that there were also a lot of people who did not overreact to the false alert. Many did not have smart phones or ones properly enabled. There was also no siren (or at least none that were widely heard). Some of us figured out that there had been a mistake before the all-clear signal came. A lot can happen between now and August, when the primary is held. A joint state House and Senate hearing on the false alert has already been scheduled for Friday at the Capitol. Lawmakers will be sure to call for heads to roll. House Speaker Scott Saiki has said there will be “consequences” while Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English said he is “outraged” and is calling for legislative oversight. One wonders just how long Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi will keep his job. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, meanwhile, reported Monday that the non-unionized state employee at the center of Saturday’s false alert has received “dozens of death threats by fax, telephone, social media.” Colleen Hanabusa, who formally launched her campaign for governor of Hawaii last week, is highly critical of Gov. Ige’s response to the false missile alarm.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat Ige has made attempts to direct our attention where it should be: On Donald Trump and North Korea. The reason we set up an alert system is because of the heightened tensions, fueled by Kim Jong Un’s remarkably improved missile technology but also by the U.S. president’s bellicosity. “We must also do what we can to demand peace and a de-escalation with North Korea, so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past,” said Ige. He reiterated the point at Sunday’s press conference, saying he hoped there would come a time when sirens and warnings “become a thing of the past.” I will broadcast on Facebook LIVE https://t.co/MF3bfjbtvM this evening at 6:00 p.m. to address the people of the State of #Hawaii on Saturday’s #false #missilethreat alert. #FalseMissileAlarm #FalseAlarm #FalseMissileAlert pic.twitter.com/FZ83DwFo3t — Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) January 15, 2018 The points about dialogue and de-escalation were made as well by Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who demanded immediate talks between the U.S. and North Korea. And yet, the drums of war keep beating, enabled by the media. The Sunday New York Times had this story, with a headline that says it all: “Military Quietly Prepares For A Last Resort: War With North Korea.” Hawaii can prepare all it wants, but unless we start a dialogue — as North and South Korea are now attempting — a nuclear catastrophe may be unavoidable. Ige, by the way, was among the Hawaii residents who received the missile alert on his cell phone. The first thing he did was wake up his wife, Dawn. Then he started making calls — many did not go through — and following, as he put it, “protocol” that took him to the emergency control center at Diamond Head Crater. The post Chad Blair: Is David Ige’s Political Nene Cooked? appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’Civil Beat / 23 h. 13 min. ago more|
At 8:07 on Saturday morning, Hawaii residents woke up to an emergency alert on their cellphones: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” Until a second message called it a false alarm 38 minutes later, the people of Hawaii contemplated the end — the end of their lives, of their families, of essentially everything they know and love. I am originally from Hiroshima. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park was within walking distance from my grandfather’s house. It’s time to take steps to prevent nuclear annihilation, the author argues.Flickr: The Official CTBTO Photostream As a family physician, I cared for Marshall Islander survivors of nuclear testing. Disaster medicine is one of my academic interests. The war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un brings the world perilously close to nuclear Armageddon. As North Korea tests nuclear devices and delivery systems, the U.S. conducts military exercises and draws up plans for pre-emptive strikes. Existential Moment As adversaries go on hair-trigger alert, the potential for a mistakenly launched nuclear exchange increases. The probability of nuclear war thus approaches the probabilities that during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The standoffs at the Russian border and in Syria are other reasons why the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have placed the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. Under these circumstances, the people of Hawaii had good reason to fear that the threat was real. Many surely had an existential moment. We should all pause to contemplate how each of us lives each day. Since on any given day the wind might pick up a roof tile from a Copenhagen building and drop it on one’s head, Kierkegaard suggested that we should live each day in a manner such that we would not regret sudden annihilation. We should all pause to contemplate how each of us lives each day. A 100 kiloton blast over Honolulu would be expected to cause 156,000 fatalities and 139,000 injuries. Hawaii schools have issued guidance to shelter-in-place “[i]n the event of a nuclear attack.” The air raid siren is now being tested monthly. Many argue for more robust missile defense for Hawaii. Nine of 18 flight tests, however, of the missile defense system have failed. Technical experts express grave doubts about the ability of the system to defend against missile attack. More missiles will not save us. Escalating military threats serves to increase the risk of a nuclear holocaust. The only rational response is prevention. As pediatrician Helen Caldicott taught us, we must “eradicate nuclear weapons because they are medically contraindicated.” Her observation is not simply that nuclear war will ruin your day. Rather, her insight is that it is our duty as health workers to work to prevent nuclear war. As Caldicott noted, the German physician, writer and politician Rudolph Virchow said: “Medicine is a social science and politics is medicine writ large,” and I’ve realized in this work that the only way to stop the nuclear arms race is to educate the politicians that nuclear war is medically contraindicated and, if they don’t believe us, remove them from office for the public health of the people of the world.” We need to revive the social movement to oppose the manufacture of nuclear weapons. We must first call for taking the weapons off of hair-trigger alert. We learned this Saturday that it is easy to make mistakes. Hawaii’s governor noted that an “employee pushed the wrong button.” In this arena, pushing the wrong button has unacceptable consequences. My Kierkegaard moment this Saturday morning has convinced me that I am not doing enough to prevent nuclear war. I will work on correcting that. The post A Hiroshima Native’s View: ‘More Missiles Will Not Save Us’ appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Pod Squad: Why Doug Chin Wants To Be Our CongressmanCivil Beat / 23 h. 13 min. ago more|
Attorney General Doug Chin is about to step down to focus on his run for the 1st Congressional District. He recently talked with Pod Squad host Chad Blair about numerous significant issues facing the country and why he believes he is uniquely qualified to represent Hawaii. Attorney General Doug Chin, center, dropped by Civil Beat for a Pod Squad session.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Subscribe to the Civil Beat Pod Squad on iTunes or Stitcher. The post Pod Squad: Why Doug Chin Wants To Be Our Congressman appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|What We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii LegislatureCivil Beat / 23 h. 14 min. ago more|
The Legislature is set to open its 2018 session Wednesday with a focus on housing and homelessness, two perpetual problems in Hawaii that are only expected to get worse in the coming years. But with 76 lawmakers representing diverse districts, competing demands from the public and special interest groups and the many requests from Gov. David Ige’s administration and the counties, there will be a lot going on in the 2018 session. Nearly 3,000 bills from last session are still alive and hundreds of new bills likely will join them before the deadline for new bills passes Jan. 24. Speaker Scott Saiki and House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke listen to questions at a Civil Beat Editorial Board meeting last week at the Capitol.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Ige is slated to lay out his agenda Monday when he delivers his annual State of the State address to the Legislature. His administration’s package of bills are due by Jan. 22. The House minority caucus — down to just five Republicans, led by Rep. Andria Tupola — will be announcing its bill package Friday. Here’s what Civil Beat’s reporters will be watching for before the session wraps May 3. Musical Chairs Rep. Scott Nishimoto became head of the House Judiciary Committee last year and Sen. Brian Taniguchi has taken over the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee this year. After the money committees, chaired by Rep. Sylvia Luke and Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, these are two of the most important committees. Hundreds of bills must pass through them before the full chamber can cast a vote, which gives the chairs incredible influence over what becomes law. State Sen. Brian Taniguchi, left, is the new Senate Judiciary chair.Cory Lum/Civil Beat On the House side, Majority Leader Della Au Belatti said chairs will be given autonomy to decide which bills from last session are revived. The Senate will take the same approach. We’ll be watching to see how their priorities differ from their predecessors, how they run their committees and how inclusive they are of their colleagues’ efforts to pass meaningful legislation. Consolidated Power Since 2015, House and Senate lawmakers have shifted their allegiances to install a new speaker, Rep. Scott Saiki, and new president, Ron Kouchi, while replacing Sen. Jill Tokuda with Dela Cruz as head of the Ways and Means Committee. New members are being courted constantly to further fortify the power structure in each chamber. The House has as strong and big of a leadership bloc as it has had in years, with Saiki and Luke at the helm. We expect the speaker and president and major committee chairs to hold onto their roles in relative comfort this session but that others will be jockeying for better positions next year. Election Year With the full House and half the Senate up for election this year, priorities tend to change. Controversial issues often get shoved aside early in the session. Behind closed doors, the focus becomes what political bacon lawmakers can bring home to voters. Ige, who’s also facing a tough re-election, has asked the Legislature for a $1.5 billion boost in the capital improvement projects budget for fiscal 2019, which begins July 1. Typically, the vice chairs of the money committees — Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran and Rep. Ty Cullen — handle the bulk of the work in deciding what projects should be funded. It’s an election year. That’s sure to have an effect on how lawmakers behave.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Lawmakers have said in the past, under different chairs, there has been horse-trading and threats to deny funding to a certain district without a favorable vote on a certain bill. We’ll be watching for any shenanigans in how the CIP pie gets served. Issues We’ll Be Tracking Two major reports, ordered by the Legislature, came out last month and have multi-billion-dollar implications. One examines Hawaii’s vulnerability to sea-level rise and the other focuses on the 88,000 cesspools that threaten the state’s drinking water supply, coral reefs, public health and the overall economy. Yet there has been little talk from lawmakers about what they plan to do, if anything, in response to these longstanding problems. We’ll also be watching for ways the Legislature tries to improve — or not — government transparency, ethics and overall accountability to the public. Police reform and the criminal justice system remain a concern. Lawmakers have considered but still not yet passed a bill to create a statewide standards and training board for law enforcement, among other things. Hawaii is the only state without a statewide standards board. Foster care and elder care will also continue to be on our radar. The state’s rapidly aging population is increasingly seeking long-term care in smaller facilities in neighborhoods rather than nursing homes but this burgeoning industry receives less scrutiny from regulators. Most inspections, for instance, are announced and health officials have said they are perpetually understaffed. We’ll also be looking for any moves the Legislature may make to lower the cost of living in Hawaii, which has been linked to numerous problems in the state. High teacher turnover rates, for instance, are often due to educators moving to the mainland in search of more affordable housing. Climate change is an important issue but lawmakers have been largely silent about a new major report on sea level rise in Hawaii. This picture shows erosion at Sunset Beach in December.Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat Leadership Priorities Housing and homelessness have emerged as key issues to be taken up by the Legislature this session. Lawmakers say they will be looking at ways to increase housing specifically for local residents — not investors. One option, according to Saiki, the House speaker, is to revisit a statute allowing high-rise developers to hold back half of the units from the public. Those units may be going to buyers overseas. Legislators are expected to take another shot at the regulation of online vacation rental brokers such as Airbnb, which has been criticized for exacerbating the housing crisis by filling neighborhoods with tourists. Short-term rentals make up one in five Kahuku homes and one in 10 Hauula homes, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Ige, who vetoed one such measure in 2016, had been working behind the scenes to draft an agreement with the rental giant. That deal has since been scrapped and the administration will defer to the Legislature for a resolution, said Luke, chair of the House Finance Committee. Hawaii land-use laws tend to limit landowners’ ability to rent properties as short-term rentals, but county laws are supposed to ensure neighborhoods don’t become overrun with tourists. Senate Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz says transit-oriented development along the rail line will be a priority.Cory Lum/Civil Beat Housing and homelessness will also be major issues under consideration for the Senate, said Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Senators will take up transit-oriented development along the rail line, he said, and growing Hawaii’s economy to ensure residents can “live, work and play.” The chamber is also expected to take a critical look at the island’s visitor capacity, impacts of tourism in public places such as beaches or hiking trails, and criminal and juvenile justice reform, Dela Cruz said. Sen. Russell Ruderman has already confirmed to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald that he plans to introduce a measure to legalize cannabis for recreational use. A measure to legalize medical aid in dying, also called death with dignity and physician-assisted suicide, will likely resurface. Multiple bills have failed in past years, despite public support in multiple polls. The bill that stalled in the House Health Committee after easily clearing the full Senate is still alive. Lawmakers also plan to take up mail-only voting again this year in an attempt to resuscitate voter turnout. Hawaii has ranked dead last for voter turnout the past five presidential elections, hitting a historic state low of 35 percent turnout in last year’s primary election. Also left on the cutting room floor last session were bills to fund public education via visitor accommodations taxes and another to create an “Airport Authority,” effectively removing airports from the Department of Transportation’s purview. The Women’s Legislative Caucus plans to introduce broad-based legislation on domestic violence, according to Sen. Laura Thielen. She noted that measures looking at consequences for abusers, services to change offender behaviors and early intervention programs would be up for consideration. The Hawaii State Association of Counties’ legislative asks include bills to regulate drones, change the distribution of the hotel room tax, use identification cards to indicate a disability and create a 25 percent tax credit for fire suppression systems in residential properties. Maui County has again requested legislation to loosen the state’s open meetings law for county council and board members. The post What We’ll Be Watching At The Hawaii Legislature appeared first on Honolulu Civil Beat.
|Gov Ige’s address on the false missile alert and investigationHawaii 24/7 / 23 h. 57 min. ago more|
MEDIA RELEASE Governor David Ige’s televised address on the false missile alert Gov. David Ige addresses the false missile attack warning. I want to begin by offering my personal apology for the fear, anxiety and heartache the false alert on Saturday created for you. It was terrifying for all of us – our families, visitors, and especially, the children of Hawaiʻi. My number one priority is the safety and security of the people of Hawaiʻi and our visitors. Our everyday heroes are protecting our state, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. I thank them for their dedication and sacrifice. I will not stand for scapegoating of our emergency management personnel when a number of unfortunate errors caused this event. Death threats are completely unacceptable and not how we do things here. I am the governor and these good, decent emergency personnel work for me. I am ultimately responsible. I wish I could say there was a simple reason for why it took so long to get the correction to the false alert out. While we got to Twitter, TV and Facebook fairly quickly, we were hamstrung by a number of factors making it difficult to get a timely cancellation out to cell phones. It is clear what happened Saturday revealed the need for additional safeguards and improvements to our state system. I already directed the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to cease their ballistic missile defense internal warning drill until a full review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the false alert is concluded. We created an immediate process with a pre-scripted cancellation and false alert message. We imposed a two-step, two-person rule for all TV, radio and wireless activation. And we established better protocols and lines of communication across our emergency management network. Moving forward, there is much to fix, plan for and do. Today, I signed an Executive Order appointing Brigadier General Kenneth Hara, the Deputy Adjutant General, to oversee a comprehensive review of our emergency needed changes. He will be working closely with General Miyagi and the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency team. General Hara is also tasked with helping us, government, businesses, families and individuals know what to do, where to go and how to prepare. Children going down manholes, stores closing their doors to those seeking shelter and cars driving at high speeds cannot happen again. We will do a better job of educating the public. General Hara will give me an initial action plan within 30 days and a formal report in 60 days. We’ve already made a number of fixes. On Saturday, we went to work immediately to implement improvements to our emergency management system, staffing, and procedures to fix these problems. Let me be clear, false notifications – and waiting for what felt like an eternity – will not happen again. You have my promise on this. I have also been pushing for the ability to test the cellular alerts, just as we do the monthly siren test. But it has been blocked nationwide. This has prevented us from testing the cell phone warning alert system. Long before Saturday, I signed a formal opt-in agreement with FirstNet. This is a nationwide broadband network for the first responder community being built across the state. FirstNet makes it possible to exchange critical information instantly among all of Hawaiʻi’s responder community. They will have the latest and most accurate information and will be able to respond more quickly. FirstNet will continue to function should telephone circuits and cell systems be overloaded. I look forward to partnering with the legislature and our Congressional delegation to make sure we provide you with the tools and resources you need to keep you and your families safe. We are a resilient community. each other. Hawaii knows how to stand strong and defend itself. But we must also work for a more peaceful world. We must demand a de-escalation with North Korea, so warnings become a thing of the past. sirens and In the words of Martin Luther King, Junior, who we remember today, “The time is always right to do what is right.” Thank you and aloha. DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of Hawaii Governor Ige appoints Brigadier General to head review of emergency management enterprise EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 18-01 Brigadier General Kenneth S. Hara By the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Hawaii, in order to provide alerts, response, and relief for emergencies, damages, losses, and suffering, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people, I, DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of the State of Hawaii, hereby determine and order as follows: WHEREAS, Hawaii, with a population of approximately 1.4 million residents across eight inhabited islands, are susceptible to a myriad of natural and man-made hazards; and WHEREAS, Hawaii is located in the most remote location on Earth separated by great distances and travel time from the continental United States; and WHEREAS, Hawaii’s location in the Pacific makes it a highly strategic location for government and military interests which necessitates additional emergency management coordination and preparation; and WHEREAS, Hawaii’s location and vulnerability to multiple hazards has helped Hawaii continue to develop an emergency management system intended to protect the public from all natural and man-made hazards; and WHEREAS, as part of Hawaii’s preemptive and protective measures, Hawaii officials have been actively working on warning and response plans that include alerting the public as early as possible in order to maximize preemptive and protective actions to protect the public; and WHEREAS, on January 13, 2018, an emergency warning of an actual ballistic missile launch was inadvertently issued during a shift change drill conducted by the State Warning Point; and WHEREAS, this false alarm resulted in significant response actions at all levels and sectors in Hawaii; and WHEREAS, while Hawaii’s emergency management system is highly evolved, this recent false alarm reinforces the need for continued improvement of all emergency NOW, THEREFORE, I, DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of the State of Hawaii, pursuant to the powers delegated to me by the Constitution and the applicable laws of the State of Hawaii, including chapter 127A and section 121-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, hereby authorize and direct Brigadier General, Kenneth S. Hara, currently serving as the Deputy Adjutant General of the State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, to review the current emergency response system, including notifications and warnings, and make recommendations for improvement with such review to include: 1. Facilitating efforts to identify capability and resource gaps and develop an action plan that recommends prioritization for resources required to enhance resilience, preparedness, and response capabilities. 2. Identifying actions to strengthen and expand government, private, and public partnerships for preparedness for all hazards. 3. Revising and recommending emergency notification procedures to ensure immediate notification, confirmation, or cancellation of threats 4. Strengthening information sharing, collaboration, and communication. 5. Improving public education to help the public know what to do when an alert goes out. 6. Produce an initial action plan no later than 30 days of this executive order, a final report no later than 60 days of this executive order, and identify any portions of these documents that should not be released to the public for security or other legal reasons. Done at the State Capitol, this 15th day of January, 2018. DAVID Y. IGE, Governor of Hawaii
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|Glowing Red Lava Rolls Down Slopes of Philippine VolcanoBig News Network.com / 1 d. 5 h. 9 min. ago more|
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|Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 5.4 cents per gallon the past weekHawaii 24/7 / 1 d. 5 h. 40 min. ago more|
MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii, HI, January 15- Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.52/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Hawaii during the past week, prices yesterday were 55.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 1 cent per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 18.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on January 15 in Hawaii have ranged widely over the last five years: $3.03/g in 2017, $2.65/g in 2016, $3.37/g in 2015, $4.01/g in 2014 and $4.05/g in 2013. Areas near Hawaii and their current gas price climate: Alaska- $3.19/g, up 4.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.14/g. Anchorage- $2.92/g, down 1.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.93/g. Honolulu- $3.11/g, flat from last week’s $3.11/g. “With oil prices rallying to their highest level since 2014, it’s no surprise that gasoline prices continue to show frustrating strength for this time of year,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “While winter is usually a time for modest declines at the pump, this year has seen anything but. While two years ago areas of the country flirted with sub-$1 gas prices, we now see most areas more than double that. One bright spot however, is that gasoline production remains very strong at a time of year when it tends to be weak, and that could open the door for some larger discounts in the weeks ahead as refiners begin to move winter gasoline out of inventories to prepare for the transition to cleaner burning gasoline. The window is relatively small and closes shortly after Valentines Day, so don’t expect much improvement before the annual spring surge begins.” For Hawaii Island gas prices and trends visit — www.hawaii247.com/gas
|2018 Narcissus Queen crowned at Hawaii TheatreHawaii News / 1 d. 7 h. 31 min. ago more|
Despite the pandemonium that occurred on Saturday due to a false incoming missile alert in Hawaii, the Narcissus Queen pageant went on and crowned a new winner. Jami Zhong, 21, of Salt Lake, was crowned the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii's 69th Narcissus Queen on Saturday evening at Hawaii Theatre in Honolulu.
|Hawaii worker who pushed button reassigned after bungled missile alertHawaii News / 1 d. 12 h. 1 min. ago more|
The 10-year employee has been reassigned, pending an investigation into the incident, to a job that 'does not provide access to the warning system.' A false alarm warning of a ballistic missile heading to Hawaii sent the islands into a panic.
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London - A US Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain's highest honour for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was a
|Hawaii state bureaucrat who sent out fake missile alarm escapes any...Hawaii News / 1 d. 16 h. 41 min. ago more|
The words "accountability" and "government bureaucrat" are strangers to each other for many of the almost 22 million people who work for governments in the United States. Imagine having a job where you can totally screw-up and seriously inconvenience a million people, and not only remain unpunished, but not even be identified to the people you scared the wits out of.
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|As missile warning brought chaos, police dispatch tried to relay that a ita s only a drill.aHawaii News / 1 d. 21 h. 23 min. ago more|
Audio from Saturday's missile scare in Hawaii revealed dispatchers desperately trying to relay the message that it was just a drill. The time figures to be etched into the memories of Hawaiians and their tourists for the rest of their lives.
|Missile False Alarm in Hawaii: How Wrong Buttons Can Wreak HavocHawaii News / 2 d. 1 h. 49 min. ago more|
On Saturday at 8:05 am, residents of Hawaii were terrified by a text message that said a missile was heading their way, and they should "seek shelter immediately." Helpfully, the message Ten minutes after it was sent, it was canceled, and updates were broadcast over social media saying so.
|Police have located a man reported missingHawaii 24/7 / 2 d. 4 h. 42 min. ago more|
UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE (1/15/18) Police report William Throop, has been located. MEDIA RELEASE William Throop Police are searching for William Throop, a 30-year-old man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, 154 pounds, brown hair, a beard, last seen wearing a red striped tanktop, and white shorts on Saturday (Jan 13) in the Seaview/Kalapana area in Puna. Police ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the Police Department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311. Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. All Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
|What went wrong with Hawaii's false emergency alertHawaii News / 2 d. 6 h. 9 min. ago more|
An emergency missile alert accidentally went out to everyone in Hawaii on Saturday after an employee "pushed the wrong button." The mishap took place during a routine drill run after a shift change, Vern Miyagi, the agency's administrator, said.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – State of Hawaii CIO UpdateHawaii Reporter / 2 d. 9 h. 33 min. ago more|
Reg Baker and State of Hawaii CIO Todd Nacapuy discuss technology upgrades and Hawaii’s Department of Taxation tax systems. What a challenge he has!! And then add a massive tax reform package! The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – State of Hawaii CIO Update appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|FCC investigates Hawaii's false missile alarm debacleBig News Network.com / 2 d. 9 h. 45 min. ago more|
HAWAII, U.S. - After sending an entire state in shock, something that they are yet to emerge from, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has investigated how a false missile alert was sent to
|Hawaii Rep.: Trump, Kim should talk after false alarmHawaii News / 2 d. 10 h. 36 min. ago more|
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, listens to testimony from Thae Yong-ho, former chief of mission at the North Korean Embassy in the United Kingdom, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Nov. 1, 2017. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said the false ballistic missile warning her constituents received Saturday underscores the importance of the United States and North Korea entering into negotiations toward denuclearization.
|High surf warning for Hawaii island extended through MondayHawaii 24/7 / 2 d. 11 h. 54 min. ago more|
Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA High Surf Warning https://www.hawaii247.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/20180114-0900-hccd-highsurf.mp3 This is a Hawaii County Civil Defense high surf message for Sunday morning, January 14 at 9. The National Weather Service High Surf Warning remains in effect for Puna, Hilo, Kohala and Kona shores today through tomorrow. A High Surf Warning means there is a dangerous threat to life and property from the surf. The highest threat will coincide with today’s high tide at 1:30 p.m. Due to the High Surf Warning, the following are in effect: Oceanfront residents and beachgoers along the affected shores are advised to be on the alert for high and dangerous surf. Boat owners and oceanfront residents should take action to secure their property. Mahukona Beach Park, Kauna’oa Bay, and Coconut Island Beach Park are closed until further notice. Additional closures of roads and beaches may occur without notice. Consider canceling or postponing recreational or boating activities until the danger has passed. The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a high surf warning for north and west facing shores of Hawaii Island until 6 a.m. Monday (Jan 15). SURF…Along north and west facing shores of Niihau and Kauai, and north facing shores of Oahu, Molokai, and Maui, surf will be 35 to 50 feet through early this morning, then slowly decline to 25 to 35 feet tonight. Along west facing shores of Oahu and Molokai, surf will be 20 to 30 feet this morning, then slowly decline to 15 to 25 feet tonight. Along west facing shores of the Big Island, surf will be 12 to 16 feet today, then decline to 6 to 10 feet tonight. TIMING…Surf will peak on the smaller islands around daybreak today, then around noon for the Big Island. Surf will possibly hold at warning levels for most north and west facing shores through Monday before gradually trending down through midweek. Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out. Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas. Small Craft Advisory A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday (Dec 15) for the Alenuihaha Channel, Hawaii Island windward, leeward and southeast waters. A small craft advisory indicates inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these hazardous conditions. A Small Craft Advisory means that winds speeds of 25 to 33 knots and/or seas 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.
|Missile alert in Hawaii sparks terrorHawaii News / 2 d. 15 h. 6 min. ago more|
Information related to a false emergency alert is displayed in Oahu on January 13, 2018. Information related to a false emergency alert is displayed in Oahu on January 13, 2018.
|False Alarm About a Ballistic Missile Scared HawaiiBig News Network.com / 2 d. 19 h. 6 min. ago more|
False alarm for a ballistic missile launch frightened the Hawaiians, the World Agencies have reported. Shortly after 8pm Bulgarian time last night a Hawaiian emergency response officer triggered the a
|Arpaio not shocked by erroneous Hawaii alert, points to handling of Obama certificateHawaii News / 2 d. 19 h. 32 min. ago more|
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio gestures to the crowd as he delivers a speech at the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland. Arizona Senate candidate Joe Arpaio , the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County and an outspoken "birther," said Saturday he is not surprised that Hawaiians received an erroneous emergency mobile alert about an imminent ballistic missile attack because "there's something wrong with that government."
|Very strong 7.1M quake near the coast of Peru, no tsunami threat to HawaiiHawaii 24/7 / 2 d. 23 h. 38 min. ago more|
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 3 NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 1027 UTC SUN JAN 14 2018 ..PTWC FINAL TSUNAMI THREAT MESSAGE... THE TSUNAMI FORECAST IS UNCHANGED IN THIS MESSAGE. PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS --------------------------------- * MAGNITUDE 7.1 * ORIGIN TIME 0919 UTC JAN 14 2018 * COORDINATES 15.7 SOUTH 74.7 WEST * DEPTH 10 KM / 6 MILES * LOCATION NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU EVALUATION ---------- * AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.1 OCCURRED NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL PERU AT 0919 UTC ON SUNDAY JANUARY 14 2018. * BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA... THE TSUNAMI THREAT FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS NOW PASSED. * NO TSUNAMI WAVES WERE OBSERVED ON THE NEAREST SEA LEVEL GAUGES AVAILABLE TO THIS CENTER. TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST...UPDATED --------------------------------- * THERE IS NO LONGER A TSUNAMI THREAT FROM THIS EARTHQUAKE. RECOMMENDED ACTIONS ------------------- * REMAIN OBSERVANT AND EXERCISE NORMAL CAUTION NEAR THE SEA. OTHERWISE... NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS MAY OCCUR IN SOME COASTAL AREAS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS. NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION -------------------------------------- * THIS WILL BE THE FINAL STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS NEW INFORMATION IS RECEIVED OR THE SITUATION CHANGES. * AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTHQUAKE FROM THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CAN BE FOUND ON THE INTERNET AT EARTHQUAKE.USGS.GOV/EARTHQUAKES -ALL LOWER CASE-. * FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THIS EVENT MAY BE FOUND AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV AND AT WWW.TSUNAMI.GOV. * COASTAL REGIONS OF HAWAII... AMERICAN SAMOA... GUAM... AND CNMI SHOULD REFER TO PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE PLACES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV. * COASTAL REGIONS OF CALIFORNIA... OREGON... WASHINGTON... BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD ONLY REFER TO U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES THAT CAN BE FOUND AT NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV. USGS: How large does an earthquake have to be to cause a tsunami? Magnitudes below 6.5 Earthquakes of this magnitude are very unlikely to trigger a tsunami. Magnitudes between 6.5 and 7.5 Earthquakes of this size do not usually produce destructive tsunamis. However, small sea level changes may be observed in the vicinity of the epicenter. Tsunamis capable of producing damage or casualties are rare in this magnitude range but have occurred due to secondary effects such as landslides or submarine slumps. Magnitudes between 7.6 and 7.8 Earthquakes of this size may produce destructive tsunamis especially near the epicenter; at greater distances small sea level changes may be observed. Tsunamis capable of producing damage at great distances are rare in the magnitude range. Magnitude 7.9 and greater Destructive local tsunamis are possible near the epicenter, and significant sea level changes and damage may occur in a broader region. Note that with a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the probability of an aftershock with a magnitude exceeding 7.5 is not negligible. To date, the largest aftershock recorded has been magnitude 7.1 that did not produce a damaging tsunami.
|How emergency alerts are supposed to happenHawaii News / 2 d. 23 h. 58 min. ago more|
Human error is blamed for a false alarm of a missile heading for Hawaii, but the scare left Americans wondering how the missile detection and emergency messaging systems are supposed to work -- and what went wrong. The U.S. military is in charge of detecting ballistic missile launches and maintains a complex and integrated network of sensors and detection capabilities in the Pacific to follow missile activity, a network that has been improved in recent years.
|Pentagon Confirms False Hawaii Missile AlertBig News Network.com / 3 d. 1 h. 39 min. ago more|
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The US Department of Defense confirmed Saturday that a missile alert to Hawaiians was sent by mistake. In a statement, the Pentagon said: "The US Pacific Command has detected no bal
|Body found on Reef Runway in Honolulu closes airport runway temporarilyHawaii 24/7 / 3 d. 7 h. 7 min. ago more|
UPDATED (6 p.m. on 1/13/2018) The Reef Runway (26L) at HNL is back open and returned to service following the earlier incident. No operational delays reported. MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) confirms law enforcement authorities are investigating the discovery of a body found near the Reef Runway (26L) at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu. The body was discovered today after 12:15 p.m. when HDOT crews were alerted of an object on the runway. Additional details will be shared as they become available. The Reef Runway will be closed during the investigation. Airport operations will continue on the other three runways and no delays are being reported or anticipated as a result of the investigation. There may be some increased noise over the Ewa plains as a result the Reef Runway closure.
|High surf warning for Hawaii islandHawaii 24/7 / 3 d. 9 h. 5 min. ago more|
Weather advisory map via National Weather Service/NOAA High Surf Warning High surf warning for north and west facing shores of Hawaii Island until 6 p.m. Sunday. An extremely large, long period northwest swell will build quickly during the day, peaking this afternoon and evening. Very large surf well above the warning level is expected beginning this morning and continuing through the weekend, and potentially into Monday for the smaller islands. North and west facing shores on Hawaii Island should expect warning level surf by this afternoon. Coastal areas can expect strong breaking waves, shore breaks and strong longshore and rip currents making swimming difficult and dangerous. Beachgoers, swimmers and surfers should heed the advice given by ocean safety officials and be careful. Know your limits and when in doubt, don’t go out. Boaters should expect recreational surfers and bodyboarders using harbor channels to access surfing areas. Small Craft Advisory A Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday (Dec 14) for the Alenuihaha Channel, Hawaii Island windward, leeward and southeast waters. A small craft advisory indicates inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these hazardous conditions. A Small Craft Advisory means that winds speeds of 25 to 33 knots and/or seas 10 feet or greater are expected to produce conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in these conditions.
|BALLISTIC MISSILE FALSE ALARM IN HAWAIIHawaii 24/7 / 3 d. 14 h. 55 min. ago more|
UPDATED (10 a.m. on 1/14/2018) Statement of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on false emergency alert in Hawaii WASHINGTON, January 14, 2018 — Yesterday, a false alert of an imminent missile attack was broadcast to the homes and cellphones of the residents of Hawaii using the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts. These public/private partnerships allow federal, state, and local officials (in this case, Hawaii state authorities) to send alerts regarding public safety emergencies. Chairman Pai issued the following statement: “The false emergency alert sent yesterday in Hawaii was absolutely unacceptable. It caused a wave of panic across the state—worsened by the 38-minute delay before a correction alert was issued. Moreover, false alerts undermine public confidence in the alerting system and thus reduce their effectiveness during real emergencies. “The FCC’s investigation into this incident is well underway. We have been in close contact with federal and state officials, gathering the facts about how this false alert was issued. Based on the information we have collected so far, it appears that the government of Hawaii did not have reasonable safeguards or process controls in place to prevent the transmission of a false alert. “Moving forward, we will focus on what steps need to be taken to prevent a similar incident from happening again. Federal, state, and local officials throughout the country need to work together to identify any vulnerabilities to false alerts and do what’s necessary to fix them. We also must ensure that corrections are issued immediately in the event that a false alert does go out.” UPDATED (3 p.m. on 1/13/2018) Governor David Ige’s statement after meetings and debriefings with leaders at the Department of Defense and Hawai‘i Emergency Management: Today is a day most of us will never forget. A terrifying day when our worst nightmares appeared to become a reality. A day where we frantically grabbed what we could, tried to figure out how and where to shelter and protect ourselves and our ohana, said our “I love yous,” and prayed for peace. I know firsthand how today’s false notification affected all of us here in Hawaii, and I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing. I have spent the morning with Gen. Logan, Hi-EMA Administrator Vern Miayagi and their teams and have directed that they make immediate changes. We are doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again. I encourage all of us to take stock, determine what we all can do better to be prepared in the future – as a state, county and in our own households. We must also do what we can to demand peace and a de-escalation with North Korea, so that warnings and sirens can become a thing of the past. Governor David Ige UPDATED (1:38 p.m. on 1/13/2018) HONOLULU — The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) has confirmed that there was no ballistic missile and that there were no computer hacks to the HI-EMA system. The cause of the false alarm was human error. The following is a synopsis of what occurred: HI-EMA has already taken measures to ensure that an incident such as the one that occurred this morning does not happen again. HI-EMA has also started a review of cancellation procedures to inform the public immediately if a cancellation is warranted. We understand that false alarms such as this can erode public confidence in our emergency notification systems. We understand the serious nature of the warning alert systems and the need to get this right 100% of the time. “I know first-hand how today’s false alarm affected all of us here in Hawaii, and I am sorry for the pain and confusion it caused. I, too, am extremely upset about this and am doing everything I can do to immediately improve our emergency management systems, procedures and staffing,” said Gov. David Ige. The following is a synopsis of what occurred: Approx. 8:05 a.m. – A routine internal test during a shift change was initiated. This was a test that involved the Emergency Alert System, the Wireless Emergency Alert, but no warning sirens. 8:07 a.m. – A warning test was triggered statewide by the State Warning Point, HI-EMA. 8:10 a.m. – State Adjutant Maj. Gen. Joe Logan, validated with the U.S. Pacific Command that there was no missile launch. Honolulu Police Department notified of the false alarm by HI-EMA. 8:13 a.m. – State Warning Point issues a cancellation of the Civil Danger Warning Message. This would have prevented the initial alert from being rebroadcast to phones that may not have received it yet. For instance, if a phone was not on at 8:07 a.m., if someone was out of range and has since came into cell coverage (Hikers, Mariners, etc.) and/or people getting off a plane. 8:20 a.m. – HI-EMA issues public notification of cancellation via their Facebook and Twitter accounts. 8:24 a.m. – Governor Ige retweets HI-EMA’s cancellation notice. 8:30 a.m. – Governor posts cancellation notification to his Facebook page. 8:45 a.m. – After getting authorization from FEMA Integral Public Alert and Warning System, HI-EMA issued a “Civil Emergency Message” remotely. The following action was executed by the Emergency Alert System (EAS): 1. EAS message over Local TV/Radio Audio Broadcast & Television Crawler Banner. “False Alarm. There is no missile threat to Hawaii.” “False Alarm. There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. Repeat. There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii. False Alarm.” 2. Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) “False Alarm. There is no missile threat or danger to the State of Hawaii.” 9:30 a.m. – Governor makes initial media notification. 9:34 a.m. – Governor’s message posted to his Facebook and Twitter accounts. These are the actions that HI-EMA has already taken. 1. On the recommendations of the HI-EMA Administrator, Vern Miyagi, the Governor has suspended all future drills until HI-EMA has completed a full analysis of the event. 2. HI-EMA has already instituted a two-person activation/verification rule for tests as well as actual missile launch notifications. 3. A cancellation command that can be done automatically that can be triggered within seconds of an error, has been put in place. This is the process that HI-EMA is currently reviewing: 1. Expanding notification processes for Hawaii’s Congressional Delegations, County Mayors, and key staff. A formal preliminary report of findings and corrective actions will be issued next week. UPDATED (10:44 a.m. on 1/13/2018) Statement by Senate Majority Leader English on false ballistic threat alarm The following is a statement by Senator J. Kalani English (Dist. 7- Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe), Senate Majority Leader, on today’s false ballistic threat alarm: “The events surrounding this morning’s false alarm regarding a “ballistic missile threat to Hawaiʻi” is both unfortunate and very unacceptable. The Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (Civil Defense) and the United States Pacific Command Center have confirmed that there is no threat to our islands. I am outraged that a mistake of this magnitude occurred. The initial alert was sent out via Civil Defense at 8:15 a.m. HST and it took the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency over 38 minutes to clarify that the “alarm” was inadvertent and indeed a mistake. The panic and pandemonium that many in Hawaiʻi experienced was unwarranted and completely unnecessary. I will be working with my colleagues in the Legislature to investigate into this matter and to provide the proper oversight to ensure that our state emergency alert system is properly functioning. We need to ensure that this never happens again and I am committed to doing so.” UPDATED (9:46 a.m. on 1/13/2018) Statement by House Speaker Saiki following false report of missile attack House of Representatives Speaker Scott K. Saiki released the following statement after the false missile strike alarm. “This system we have been told to rely upon failed and failed miserably today. I am deeply troubled by this misstep that could have had dire consequences. Measures must be taken to avoid further incidents that caused wholesale alarm and chaos today. “Clearly, government agencies are not prepared and lack the capacity to deal with emergency situations. Apparently, the wrong button was pushed and it took over 30 minutes for a correction to be announced. Parents and children panicked during those 30 minutes. “The Hawaii House of Representatives will immediately investigate what happened and there will be consequences. This cannot happen again.” UPDATED (9:29 a.m. on 1/13/2018) Statement by Governor David Ige Governor David Ige is meeting this morning with top officials of the State Department of Defense and the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to determine what caused this morning’s false alarm and to prevent it from happening again. “While I am thankful this morning’s alert was a false alarm, the public must have confidence in our emergency alert system. I am working to get to the bottom of this so we can prevent an error of this type in the future,” said Gov. Ige. UPDATED (8:36 a.m. on 1/13/2018) HAWAII COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE: This is a Civil Defense Message. Please disregard message of nuclear attack. There is NO THREAT of Missile Launch at this time. I repeat, there is NO THREAT at this time. UPDATED (8:24 AM on 1/13/2018) THIS IS A FALSE ALARM. THERE IS NO THREAT. THE ALERT WAS SENT OUT BY ACCIDENT. 8:08 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2018 HST BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
|Stene: Hawaii’s new highway projects stuck in administrative gridlockHawaii 24/7 / 3 d. 15 h. 44 min. ago more|
(Reader Opinions Disclaimer: This column allows members of the community to share their opinions and views, which do not necessarily reflect those of Hawaii 24/7, its staff, sponsors or anyone other than the writer. Hawaii 24/7 reserves the right to refuse any column deemed to be misinformation, of an unethical nature, a personal attack, or a blatant commercial pitch.) By Aaron Stene | Special to Hawaii 24/7 The Hawaii Department of Transportation decided to defer most roadway capacity projects in 2016. This is why there won’t be a lot of new roads constructed statewide going forward. I didn’t agree with this arbitrary decision, as I believe there is a way to continue the much-needed capacity program, along with maintaining the existing inventory of state roads and highways. Its been argued that HDOT has enough existing funds in place to do both, especially since there is 505 million dollars in unspent Federal Highway funds at their disposal. These funds are already committed to existing roadway projects though, which require state matching funds (20% of the project’s costs). That 20% figure adds up when you have multiple projects that are ongoing or in the process of starting. As a result, the preservation of the state of Hawaii’s existing roadway inventory has suffered over the years. I firmly believe the powers that be have to stop arguing over semantics, and discuss out of the box solutions to this issue, such as streamlining the delivery of new highway projects, and finding additional funding sources. HDOT also needs to do a better job selling the need for additional funding at the legislature and to public at large. The general public, and by extension the legislature, is frustrated by poor roadway conditions and traffic congestion, but they don’t want to expend the additional funds because HDOT hasn’t adequately justified it in my opinion. I, for one, would be willing to pay more to register my vehicle, and fill my gas tank if it allows the HDOT to restore their roadway capacity program, improve roadway safety and system preservation. These issues ultimately impact the quality of life of the general public, and economic growth. Hawaii needs a robust roadway system to remain economically competitive. This won’t happen if the HDOT continues to focus on solely on system preservation and safety improvements. Aaron Stene Kailua-Kona
|Police ID Puna man who shot himself after Hawaiian Beaches standoffHawaii 24/7 / 4 d. 6 h. 5 min. ago more|
MEDIA RELEASE An autopsy was held today on the man who shot himself, ending the standoff with police in Hawaiian Beaches earlier this week. Hawai’i Island police have identified the man as 51-year-old Keith K. Cummings of Pāhoa. The pathologist was able to confirm that he died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death has been determined to be suicide. Tuesday morning, (January 9), at about 12:20 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of gunshots fired at a residence on Kamanu Street in Hawaiian Beaches. Upon their arrival, officers were confronted by a male with a firearm seated within a vehicle parked in the driveway of a residence. Several more shots were fired upon the officers’ arrival, though it is unclear if any shots were directed at the officers. The occupant of the residence was able to leave home safely and is physically unharmed. The department’s Special Response Team responded to the scene, and crisis negotiators established communication with the suspect who remained in his vehicle.
|Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai restaurant cited for removing ‘Conditional Pass’ placardHawaii 24/7 / 4 d. 8 h. 31 min. ago more|
MEDIA RELEASE KAILUA-KONA, HI – The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has issued a Notice of Violation and Order against Kona Daze, LLC (dba Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai) with a penalty fine of $13,000. Violations include intentionally removing the posted yellow “Conditional Pass” placard from their facility and re-posting a green “Pass” placard, and non-compliance with food safety requirements during routine and follow-up inspections. Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai is located at the Keauhou Shopping Center at 78-6831 Alii Drive, Kailua- Kona. The company has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the notice. “Placard removal is a serious violation with substantial consequences because this act intentionally places profit above health and safety and compromises the public’s trust and their right-to-know when violations occur during an inspection,” said Peter Oshiro, environmental health program manager. “Since the start of the placarding program in July 2014, we’ve seen good compliance with the food industry; this is only the fifth incident involving tampering with a placard.” On Jan. 4, 2018, DOH conducted a routine inspection at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai and issued a yellow placard for five major food code violations. A yellow placard is issued if there are two or more major violations observed during an inspection. Major violations are those conditions known to cause foodborne illnesses as recognized by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai was cited for the following major food code violations: bare-handed contact with ready-to-eat foods; improper storage of raw foods above other foods; failure to date- stamp refrigerated ready-to-eat foods; failure to ensure the availability of hand wash sinks; and failure to provide hand wash sinks with hand towels. On Jan. 5, the department conducted an inspection in response to an anonymous complaint that the yellow placard posted at Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai by a DOH inspector on Jan. 4, had been removed by restaurant staff and replaced with a green placard from a previous inspection. The onsite inspection verified the complaint, and a DOH inspector re-posted the yellow “Conditional Pass” placard and removed the invalid green placard. According to Hawaii Administrative Rules 11-50-9 (b), only authorized DOH agents may post or remove a color-coded placard indicating the compliance status of a food establishment. A follow-up inspection on Jan. 8 revealed there were still outstanding issues with improper hand- washing technique, bare-hand contact with foods, improper storage of foods and improper date- stamping of foods to be discarded. An additional follow-up inspection conducted on Jan. 10 found ongoing violations of bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat foods and a violation for failing to adhere to the restaurant’s written procedure for disposition of perishable food out of refrigeration beyond the prescribed time period. A yellow placard will be displayed at the restaurant until all violations have been corrected. Since the inception of state’s restaurant placarding program in 2014, the DOH’s Food Safety Program has conducted more than 26,000 inspections and issued more than 4,500 Yellow “Conditional Pass” placards for major food safety violations. Of the 4,500 yellow placards issued, only six have resulted in red “Closed” placards due to non-compliance. Hawaii’s restaurants, hotels, retail and food manufacturing industry have embraced the state’s new food safety regulations and earned an impressive 99.8 percent compliance rate. The DOH Sanitation Branch protects and promotes the health of Hawaii residents and visitors through education of food industry workers and regulation of food establishments statewide. The branch conducts routine health inspections of food establishments where food products are prepared, manufactured, distributed, or sold. The branch also investigates the sources of food borne illnesses and potential adulteration, and is charged with mitigating foodborne outbreaks and/or the prevention of future occurrences. Health inspectors work with business owners, food service workers, and the food industry to ensure safe food preparation practices and sanitary conditions. For more information on the department’s restaurant placarding program go to health.hawaii.gov/san/.
|Volcano Watch: What makes the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u rise and fall?Hawaii 24/7 / 5 d. 5 h. 31 min. ago more|
Time-lapse thermal image movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent with deformation tilt graph overlay. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO (Volcano Watch is a weekly article written by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.) On January 8, 2018, Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level was 38 m (125 ft) below the rim of “Overlook crater,” the small crater that formed above the active vent in Halemaʻumaʻu. The lava lake continuously emits elevated levels of sulfur dioxide gas and erupts small, but measurable, amounts of Pele’s hair and other ash-sized tephra (airborne lava fragments) that accumulate on the rim of Halemaʻumaʻu (lower right) and areas downwind of the lake. USGS photo by J. Sutton. About a year ago, the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u at Kīlauea Volcano’s summit was high enough that spattering on the lake surface was commonly visible from the Jaggar Museum overlook in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Although nighttime glow from the lava lake remains impressive, direct views of spattering lava are now less common, because the lake level has gradually dropped since that time. The lake level is constantly changing, and it fluctuates over many different timescales, from minutes to months. So what causes the lake level to rise and fall? To answer this question, USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scientists have been closely observing the lava lake behavior and making careful, regular measurements of the lake level. A key to understanding the processes that control lake level is to compare the lake level measurements to other monitoring parameters, such as gas emission rates, ground tilt, and seismic tremor. Direct visual observations of lake activity are also essential. With several years of such data, we can show that the lake level is related to two main factors: magma chamber pressure and gas emission rates. Magma chamber pressure is the main control on the lava lake level. On a day-to-day basis, the lake level rises and falls in concert with the volcano’s deflation-inflation cycles. Deflation results in lava levels dropping as much as 20 meters (yards) over several days, with inflation leading to lake level rise. Over longer time periods, such as months to years, magma chamber pressure is affected by the rate of magma supply from deeper levels. For example, an apparent increase in magma supply rate in early 2016 caused the volcano to inflate slightly and drove the lake higher. The decline in the lake level over the past year might relate to a slight decrease in magma supply rate. The close correlation between magma chamber pressure and lava lake level means that the lake can be thought of as a “barometer” for the underlying magma chamber. The lake provides a tool for judging the pressure state of the volcano, which is potentially useful for anticipating future eruptive events on Kīlauea’s rift zones. For example, the lake rose to high levels just before the March 2011 Kamoamoa fissure eruption near Pu‘u ‘O‘o on the volcano’s East Rift Zone. The pressure of the summit magma chamber also determines the rate at which magma is flowing to Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō on the East Rift Zone. Higher lake levels in Halema‘uma‘u normally mean elevated lava supply rates at the Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō vent, and potentially more vigorous lava flows. So tracking the lake level can be another tool for forecasting lava flow hazards on the East Rift Zone. Gas emission rate is the other main control on the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake level. Increases in the gas emission rate from the lake relate to increases in the amount of spattering on the lake surface. Releasing more gas from the lake results in a slight drop in lake level, normally of a few meters (yards). Unlike the lava level changes due to magma chamber pressure, these gas-driven changes normally occur over much shorter time periods, ranging from minutes to hours. HVO scientists normally measure the lake level with a handheld laser rangefinder, but new tools for tracking lava lake level are on the horizon. University of Cambridge scientists are currently testing a radar system to continuously measure Kīlauea’s summit lava lake level with high precision. Stereo cameras are also being tested this month to track the lake level, as well as changes in crater and lake dimensions. The level of the Halema‘uma‘u lava lake is a simple indicator of the pressure state of Kilauea’s magma chamber, and the lake provides a “window” for peering into the volcano’s interior. The lake has provided another useful tool to add to HVO’s monitoring toolbox. Speaking of Halemaʻumaʻu, you’re invited to attend a Volcano Awareness Month presentation on Kīlauea Volcano’s summit eruption on Jan. 16 in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. On Jan. 17, a “talk story” event focused on Mauna Loa will be held in the Ocean View Community Center. The Volcano Awareness Month schedule and program details are posted on HVO’s website (volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/), or you can email askHVO@usgs.gov or call 808-967-8844 for more info.
|Volcano Watch: Kilauea activity update for January 11, 2018Hawaii 24/7 / 5 d. 5 h. 49 min. ago more|
Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Overlook Vent. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO Time-lapse movie of Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook Vent from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO Time-lapse movie of Kīlauea Caldera from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO Time-lapse movie of Halemaumau Crater looking Southwest. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Activity updates are written by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.) This past week, Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake level fluctuated with summit inflation and deflation, ranging about 30–47 m (98–154 ft) below the vent rim. On the East Rift Zone, the 61g lava flow remained active downslope of Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō, with scattered breakouts on the pali and coastal plain, but no ocean entry. The 61g flows do not pose an immediate threat to nearby communities. Mauna Loa is not erupting. Rates of deformation and seismicity remain above long-term background levels, but rates are decreased from earlier in the year. Similar decreases have occurred in the past during the ongoing period of unrest; it is uncertain if these lower rates will persist or will pick up again in the near future. Small-magnitude earthquakes occurred beneath the summit caldera and upper Southwest Rift Zone at depths less than 5 km (3 mi). A few deeper earthquakes were scattered beneath the volcano’s southeast flank at depths of 5‒13 km (3‒8 mi). GPS and InSAR measurements continue to show deformation related to inflation of a magma reservoir beneath the summit and upper Southwest Rift Zone. No significant changes in volcanic gas emissions were measured. No earthquakes were reported felt on the Island of Hawaiʻi this past week. Time-lapse movie of Pu’u ‘O’o Crater. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO Time-lapse movie from a camera positioned on the southeast flank of Puʻu ʻŌʻō, looking toward the active flow advancing to the southeast. The breakout point is at the left edge of the image, and the mid-field skyline at the right is roughly coincident with the top of the pali. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO Time-lapse image movie from a research camera positioned on Holei Pali, looking east towards Lava Flow 61G and Kalapana. January 4-11, 2018. Images courtesy of USGS/HVO A HVO geologist at Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō takes GPS measurements at a webcam and thermal camera. Photo taken Friday, January 5, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey The episode 61g Kamokuna lava delta remains inactive. The only observed change was a pile of rubble at the base of the older sea cliff (black arrow). This was formed by a collapse of the solidified lava falls from one of the cliff breakouts during the second half of 2017. Photo taken Friday, January 5, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey Kīlauea’s 61g flow on Pūlama Pali and the coastal plain continues, with scattered breakouts at the base of the pali. The closest active lava is roughly 2.5 km (1.6 miles) from the emergency road, and 0.6 km (0.4 mile) out from the base of the pali. Photo taken Friday, January 5, 2018 courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg BakerHawaii Reporter / 16 d. 9 h. 29 min. ago more|
The last show of the year focuses on tax reform and Hawaii’s economic diversification, or lack thereof. Very fast paced discussion. Tax reform – Something for almost everyone, especially small businesses. Most individuals will save on their 2018 taxes. Some will save a lot. Be prepared and work with your tax preparer to maximize the […] The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|King Tides, Supermoon returning for New Year’s DayHawaii Star / 24 d. 9 h. 26 min. ago more|
Dr. Gail Grabowsky “King Tide” is not technically a scientific term, but it should be. It describes a specific tidal happening that people care a lot about – especially now. And shortly after 2018 begins, we’ll experience an exceptionally rare and noticeable King Tide. It peaks at 3:54 a.m. Jan. 1 in Honolulu when our New Year’s Eve champagne buzz has worn off. Regular tides are caused by the moon’s gravitational pull and to a lesser extent by the sun. King Tides are caused when two celestial events take place simultaneously: a spring tide and perigee. Spring tides – the highest tides of the month – occur when the moon, sun and earth line up, causing the gravitational pull of the moon and sun to complement each other. These tides generally occur twice a month year round, meaning the scientific term “spring tide” is a bad one! Perigee, you might remember from eighth-grade science class, is when the moon is nearest to earth and exerts the greatest gravitational pull on our oceans. Perigee adds about two inches to high tides. The New Year’s King Tide will not only involve a spring tide and perigee “supermoon.” We’ll also experience perihelion on Jan. 2 when the earth’s elliptical orbit is nearest the sun. This improbable celestial mix may make the first King Tide of 2018 even more remarkable. All this would just be cool science and coincidence but for one glaring thing: climate change. King Tides coupled with sea level rise due to human-caused climate change spell trouble for coastal peoples. Predictions on the amount of sea level rise we’ll encounter by 2100 vary, but a number of scientific conclusions are unequivocal: Sea levels are rising and will continue doing so into 2100; The rate of rise may not be linear (the same from year to year), meaning it may increase; and Our behaviors can affect the amount of sea level rise over the next decades and centuries. King Tides are as old as the earth and moon but have become threatening and damaging due to climate change. So now the term King Tide, which was likely invented by the Aussies or Kiwis, has inundated our ocean-awareness vocabulary and is used the world over. King Tides are well known to my Chaminade University students from the low-lying Pacific islands of Majuro, Kiribati, Palau and Chuuk. Their homemade videos show how recent King Tides – combined with sea level rise – covered coastal crops, infiltrated fresh-water tables, flooded homes and even immersed burial sites of ancestors. The impact of sea level rise coupled with King Tides in the Pacific is captured in a powerful slam poem, ” Dear Matafele Peinem,” written and performed by Marshallese native Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at the opening ceremony of the United Nations’ Climate Summit 2014. Hawaii awakened to the term “King Tide” on April 26 and 27, May 25 and June 23 of this year when photographs and eyewitness accounts documented higher-than-usual tides. The weekly fireworks show at Hilton Hawaiian Village had to be cancelled more than once. The ocean reached the wall at Ala Moana Beach Park. Sand covered the walkway along Kuhio Beach in Waikiki. These and many other noticeable extremes took us to the consciousness-raising tipping point. We cannot control what happens when something celestially rare and wondrous occurs this New Year due to a King Tide caused by a supermoon, spring tide and perihelion. We can, however, control climate change and its effects. Doing so means we could one day return to a time when King Tides are much less noticeable and not damaging. So when making New Year’s resolutions and gazing at the stunning supermoon, let’s all resolve to be Pacific climate warriors determined to stop the causes of climate change in Hawaii and globally. Let’s adopt better practices that leave us simply appreciating, not fearing, amazing celestial events such as the one awaiting us at the dawn of 2018. Associate Professor Gail Grabowsky directs the Environmental Studies program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. The post King Tides, Supermoon returning for New Year’s Day appeared first on Hawaii Star.
|ThinkTech: Business in HawaiiHawaii Reporter / 25 d. 8 h. 24 min. ago more|
This weeks Business in Hawaii features guest host Dailyn Yanagida and guest Chad Higa of Express Employment Professionals, the largest staffing company in the US with 750 locations. Dailyn and Chad discuss the very challenging employment situation in Hawaii and what companies can do to deal with the challenge. The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Being a CPA as a Career ChoiceHawaii Reporter / 46 d. 7 h. 21 min. ago more|
Aloha!! Welcome to the Business in Hawaii Show with Reg Baker and Carl Williams. What happens when you get two “very experienced” CPA’s on the same show? Actually, more than you might expect!! Carl Williams who has about 40 years’ experience and I with about 35 years’ experience had a lot of fun chatting about […] The post ThinkTech: Being a CPA as a Career Choice appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – Making Money Growing PlantsHawaii Reporter / 59 d. 9 h. 9 min. ago more|
These two fantastic ladies stole the show today!! Learned so much about growing flowers, plants and all kinds of things here in Hawaii. Watch this show and be prepared to learn! Aloha, Reg The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii – Making Money Growing Plants appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Five O Stuntman Shares His StoryHawaii Reporter / 66 d. 13 h. 30 min. ago more|
Hawaii Five O stuntman shares his story about getting into the acting business. Not an easy process and patience is one of the keys to success in acting. Not to mention knowing people and having some outstanding skills! The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Five O Stuntman Shares His Story appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Buisness in Hawaii with Reg Baker and The Amazing Hawaii SymphonyHawaii Reporter / 74 d. 6 h. 40 min. ago more|
Wow! What a fantastic story! We are so lucky to have Michael Titterton and the Symphony in Hawaii. Truly an amazing story about how a few people in Hawaii was able to make such a huge impact on our community. The post ThinkTech: Buisness in Hawaii with Reg Baker and The Amazing Hawaii Symphony appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Employment UpdateHawaii Reporter / 80 d. 11 h. 32 min. ago more|
If you are having a hard time finding qualified workers you need to watch this!! A powerful secret is revealed to find qualified workers fast. The post ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Hawaii Employment Update appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Diving with Wounded WarriorsHawaii Reporter / 94 d. 14 h. 4 min. ago more|
It was so interesting to learn about Darren Fox and his International Diving Academy called Ocean Legends. Starting from nothing he has built a company that serves international clients and is opening additional locations in southern California and Florida (Tampa Bay area). They are the first and only dive company in the US that has […] The post Think Tech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker – Diving with Wounded Warriors appeared first on Hawaii Reporter.
|13 ways the Trump-GOP tax plan will hurt working people The Hawaii Independent more|
According to tax experts, the proposed legislation will benefit the wealthiest Americans—like President Donald Trump, his cabinet and members of Congress—at the expense of working families with children.
|8 takeaways from the state tax system review The Hawaii Independent more|
Hawaiʻi Tax Review Commission recommendations will form the backbone of House and Senate revenue packages in 2018.
|A Thanksgiving guide to indigenous justice The Hawaii Independent more|
Resources for important holiday discussions with family and loved ones about race and justice
|Why we should oppose agribusiness mergers like Monsanto-Bayer The Hawaii Independent more|
Such mergers raise serious antitrust concerns and threaten the democratization of food supplies and global self-determination.
|Common sense regulations necessary to create a sustainable agricultural industry in Hawaii The Hawaii Independent more|
Is it possible to combine the power of genetic engineering with the ideals of sustainability to revolutionize the agricultural industry in Hawaiʻi? Only if public policy puts people ahead of corporate profits.
|What native insight can teach us about responsible development The Hawaii Independent more|
The criteria for economic decision-making among indigenous peoples often involves holistic considerations that go beyond simply balancing people, planet and profits.
|‘Island Earth’ connects food security, corporate malpractice and the human impact The Hawaii Independent more|
What the recent documentary teaches us about pesticides, GMOs and the future of agriculture in Hawaiʻi and around the world.
|The Rail tax special session: what happened to our representative democracy? The Hawaii Independent more|
How the rumble over Rail has fractured relationships between legislators, between O‘ahu and neighbor island constituents, and dangerously eroded trust in our representative democracy.
|Kauai doctor, ACLU, sue over federal restrictions on abortion medication The Hawaii Independent more|
Lawsuit challenges medically unjustified FDA restrictions that push abortion medication out of reach of those who need it most.
|A dreamer’s reality The Hawaii Independent more|
The story of one of Hawaiʻi’s 315 DACA recipients and his family’s struggle to thrive in America
|Holding Hawaiian education hostage The Hawaii Independent more|
OHA is poised to award vital education monies to a non-profit with non-existent expertise in supporting the mission of Hawaiian education and a track record of strong-arming the Hawaiian community into supporting its political views.
|Battleship Guam The Hawaii Independent more|
U.S. militarism has turned islands into targets and peoples into weapons: Only a movement for peace will save the Pacific.
|State house reorganizes amid Rail session The Hawaii Independent more|
The House of Representatives today adopted a resolution formalizing new committee assignments
|An open letter to Rep. Hanabusa RE: Israel Anti-Boycott Act The Hawaii Independent more|
Cynthia Franklin is a Jewish-American scholar and co-founder of the Hawaiʻi Coalition for Justice in Palestine.